(Attn.editors: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with PRNewswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same). The Election Commission Conducts Worlds First School Elections in IndiaKOTTAYAM, India, August 23, 2016/PRNewswire/ — As the worlds largest democracy celebrates its 70th year of Independence, the students of Labour India Public School, Kottayam marched to the polling booth. It was first time ever in Indian history that the State Election Commission conducted the School Parliament elections directly – an unprecedented event in any of the democratic countries across the world. Students from Nursery to Senior School rehearsed their future democratic right through this pioneering attempt. The indelible ink of democracy is on their left index finger as on the 23rd of August, 2016. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160823/400373) (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160823/400374LOGO) Each election is a festive celebration of democracy. The freedom earned by the sacrifices of the previous generations will be sufficiently valued only when the present generation imbibes the true spirit of the democracy. This realisation has led the Election Commission to take the lead in familiarising electoral process amongst the student community and Labour India Public School, Kottayam is honoured to be hosting this path-breaking endeavour. Returning officer, presiding officers and polling officers were selected from the faculty and the election was held for the posts of School President, Head Boy, Head Girl and Sports Captain. There were over 20 contestants competing for these positions. The school ID cards replaced the electoral voter ID cards.advertisementA mock poll was held prior to the real voting which commenced at 9.00 AM and the results were announced by the State Election Commission officials. The office of the State Election Commission headed by Justice Bhaskaran has issued the orders to this effect (No.3626/B/2016) to the District Collector of Kottayam and to the Election Officials of the district. Accordingly, the trainers including the Deputy Collector were assigned to the school by order (No. L:3-7949/16).Three booths were set up in the school, each booth had 4 Electronic Voting Machines and the voters had to cast their franchise by pressing the button against their respective candidates. The symbols of candidates were approved by the Election Commission; these symbols were the official election symbols approved by Election Commission itself.About Labour India Public SchoolLabour India Public School was founded in 1993 as a residential CBSE affiliated co-educational school based at Marangattupilly near Kottayam, Kerala. The school was in news for many of its pioneering educational initiatives like the first National Plastic Awareness campaigns, National Green India-Clean India Drive from Kanyakumari to Kashmir in 2010, participation in Republic Day parade by its NCC cadets and Consecutive National Championships at CBSE athletics. For more details, visit their website: http://www.gurukulam.com Media Contact: Rajesh George firstname.lastname@example.org +91-9288080808 Director Labour India Public School Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160823/400373 http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160823/400374LOGO Source: Labour India Public School (PRNewswire) KSC
As anger rises over the brazen terror attack in Uri by Pakistan-backed terrorists, India Today has got access to the government’s strategy to counter Islamabad. According to sources, the Narendra Modi government is firm on the fact that Pakistan can’t go unpunished. In fact, within hours of the Uri attack, the Prime Minister had said that “those behind this despicable attack will not go unpunished”.EFFECTIVE RETALIATIONPrime Minister Modi has approved “effective retaliation” to the Uri terror attack, sources told India Today. The time and method of the retaliation will be decided by the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and the three service chiefs. This follows the statement by Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) Lt Gen Ranbir Singh on Monday that the Army had the “desired” capability and it reserved the right to respond at a time and place of its own choice.UPPING THE ANTE AT UNThe proposed military response, it has been learned, will not be initiated during the United Nations General Assembly session. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is expected to keep the spotlight on Kashmir in his address to the UN on Wednesday.ALSO READChina condemns Uri attack, but wants India, Pakistan to have ‘dialogue’ India has begun its diplomatic offensive to corner Pakistan on its terror plans. Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj is expected to address the UN General Assembly on September 26 and she is likely to make a strong pitch against Pakistan and terrorism to counter Sharif’s rhetoric on Kashmir.advertisementCLAMOUR FOR CLEAR POLICY ON PAKISTAN Meanwhile, an all-party meet is expected to take place at the end of this week. Political parties across the spectrum have condemned the Uri attack. However, the government’s lack of a clear policy on terrorism and Pakistan has come under attack from the Opposition. Senior Congress leader Manish Tewari accused the BJP government of “pendulum-like shifts” in its Pakistan policy.ALSO READUri terror attack: Congress trains gun on PM Modi, Parrikar The Uri attack puts pressure on the armed forces to neutralize terror camps in Jammu and Kashmir. Efforts are underway to identify terror hotbeds in the region, and accordingly chalk out a plan to eliminate them.ALSO READTwitter goes ‘nuclear’ in its anger over Uri terror attackWatch:
Daniel Ricciardo claimed an elusive maiden win of the season at a dramatic Formula One Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday, the Australian handed victory when a race-leading Lewis Hamilton retired with a blown engine.Ricciardo was shadowed across the line by his 19-year-old Red Bull team mate Max Verstappen, a result that gave the former champion team a first one-two finish since the 2013 season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix in their dominant heyday.Nico Rosberg finished third for Mercedes, fighting back from 21st after being spun around by Sebastian Vettel at the start and also collecting a 10-second time penalty for causing a collision with Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari.The result prevented Mercedes from wrapping up a third straight constructors’ title at the home race for title sponsor Petronas but allowed Rosberg to extend his championship lead over team mate Hamilton to 23 points with five races remaining.The Briton, who kept clear of the chaos unfolding behind him to build on a dominant pole, was comfortably on course to score a 50th career win when his engine exploded in a burst flames, with 16 circuits of the 56-lap race to run.”I just can’t believe that there are eight Mercedes cars and only my engines are the ones that have been going this year,” the 31-year-old triple world champion, who also suffered a series of reliability woes earlier this season, told reporters.”Something just doesn’t feel right but there’s nothing I can do about it.”These next five races, I know me and my mechanics have got it in us but who knows what those next engines that I have are going to do,” the visibly disappointed Briton added.advertisement’SHOEY’ CELEBRATIONRicciardo, who lost a certain victory to his Mercedes rival at the Monaco Grand Prix in May due to a bungled pitstop, was more than happy to accept his good fortune in Malaysia.”It obviously went the other way at Monaco, so I’ll take this today,” Ricciardo said after marking his fourth career win by drinking champagne from his boot in his now famous ‘shoey’ celebration.”No hard feelings to Lewis but I’ll definitely take the win,” added the Australian, who last won at the 2014 Belgian Grand Prix and had claimed four podiums in the last five races.There was no evidence of the misfortune that would befall Hamilton at the start when the Briton pulled clear from pole, keeping the lead off the line ahead of his team mate and through the first corner.Behind him, though, there was a tremendous battle for position with Verstappen and Vettel fighting for the same piece of road only for the Ferrari to tag the back of Rosberg’s Mercedes that pushed the championship leader into a spin.The damage from the collision broke Vettel’s suspension, ending his race immediately, and prompting the first of several virtual safety car periods.From that point on the race was finely poised strategically with Verstappen initially gambling on a two-stop strategy as Hamilton and Ricciardo opted for one less tyre change.The Red Bull pair engaged in a lively tussle of their own in the second half of the grand prix, racing side-by-side before Ricciardo gained an advantage, until they both pitted one last time after Hamilton’s retirement.Raikkonen finished fourth for Ferrari after battling Rosberg for the final podium spot, the Finn unable to take advantage of the penalty handed to his rival after the German clattered into him while overtaking.
“Our experience of dealing with government and local “Our experience of dealing with government and local authorities are totally different when it comes to match preparations and cannot be left to professional employee managers, when the compliances are time bound and are addressed by the authorities invariably at the last critical moments even if state Associations initiate the process much in advance,” Shetty stated in the letter. “These arguments seem to have never (been) made before the Honble Supreme Court. Under the circumstances, I personally feel that State Association(s) including MCA should present (these) before the Justice Lodha committee and seek advice as directed by the Honble Supreme Court,” the MCA joint secretary said. “The committee appears to have received complaints of defalcations and siphoning of funds, opaqueness in administration, blatant favouritism and political interference in almost all Associations, varying only in degree from place to place,” Shetty said in his letter. “Let us assure you that, we are not aware that any such complaint of defalcation and siphoning of funds, opaqueness in administration, blatant favouritism, provide accessibility and transparency, prevent conflict of interest situations political interference in as enumerated above is pending against our Association,” Shetty has pointed out. Shetty noted that MCA was the first association which, in the past, had taken action against persons “for financial mismanagement” by debarring them and filing legal cases against erring members. “We are also first in India responsible for passing a rule for not allowing member of the Association to take part in management, on the basis of conflict of interest,” Shetty said. Pointing out Mumbais proud record in Ranji Trophy, Shetty stated, “Ours is the Association who has distinction of becoming national champions for 42 times out of 80 years, which is a world record, which also proves that there is no blatant favouritism or any political or other interference. (More) PTI SSR NRB SSC SSCadvertisement
The death of an old friend and mentor has doubled Lewis Hamilton’s determination to win Sunday’s title-deciding Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. (Latest F1 stories)The Mercedes driver paid a moving tribute on Thursday to Aki Hintsa, the McLaren team doctor and fitness expert who played a key role in convincing the former champions to give him a Formula One debut in 2007.”Whilst I have that fighting spirit in my heart from the last races I’ve done, I come here with almost double the power in the sense that I feel I want to win this race more so for him,” the Briton told reporters. (Jenson Button says Abu Dhabi will be his last race)”We were texting every single race through his battle and particularly the last race on Sunday,” he added. “So coming here this weekend, whilst it’s an emotional time, I’m here to try and do him proud.”Hamilton, 12 points behind team mate Nico Rosberg, revealed that he had flown to Switzerland immediately after winning the Brazilian Grand Prix to be with the Finn. (Decisive day looms for Hamilton and Rosberg)A former missionary and medic, who had worked in Ethiopia and African war zones before joining McLaren in the days when compatriot Mika Hakkinen was champion, Hintsa died of cancer last week at the age of 58.”I was very, very fortunate to have been able to be there with him and his family in the last days and actually get to see him on the last day of his…,” Hamilton said, his voice tailing off with emotion.advertisement”On the Monday after Brazil, I got to see him and spend time with him and we played music, got to see him smile, got to see the amazing man he was,” added the Briton, who flew back to Los Angeles before arriving in the Middle East.”He was very instrumental in me getting that seat at McLaren… he’d built a really strong relationship with (former team boss) Ron (Dennis) and Ron was kind of a mind to say that if Aki says you’re ready then I believe you’re ready,” he recalled.Hamilton has won the last three races, and nine in total this season — more than any driver has ever managed in a season without taking the title.With Rosberg sure to be crowned for the first time if he finishes on the podium, regardless of other results, Hamilton said his sole goal was to win the race.”If it doesn’t go the way I’d hope, well — the championship generally hasn’t gone the way I’d hoped up until now,” said the Briton.”So 2016 has generally not been a spectacular year but there’s been lots of positives to take out from it and either way I will take all the positives into next season.”
Utility player Thato Mokeke has reunited, once more, with his former coach Eric Tinkler at Chippa United.The two previously worked together at Cape Town City and most recently, SuperSport United.Mokeke, 28, has been in the wilderness since leaving United in the offseason and looks set to find a new home in Port Elizabeth. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “Yes I can confirm that Thato is with the team,’ club CEO Lukhanyo Mzinzi said.”He has been with the team for over a week now and he is obviously known by the coach as they have worked together before. “The intention is to sign him,” Mzinzi told Goal .The highly versatile Kimberly-born man could add the much needed stability at the Chilli Boys as he can deputise across a number of positions including centre-back, left-back, central-midfield and also out on the left wing.Other than City and Matsatsantsa, he has also turned out for Ajax Cape Town and has four Bafana Bafana caps to his name.Together with Tinkler, they won the Telkom Knockout trophy with the Citizens and the MTN-8 with United.
The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators has asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India to convene a selection meeting to pick the team for the ICC Champions Trophy, India Today has learnt. (India uncertainty unsettling advertisers, host broadcaster tells ICC)BCCI is unhappy with the ICC’s new revenue model. Despite the offer of an additional USD 100 million, the Indian cricket board has refused to budge and not named the squad for the Champions Trophy scheduled to be played in England next month. (BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhary tries to create unanimity among members on Champions Trophy boycott threat)BCCI is contemplating pulling out of the Champions Trophy to drive home its point but the CoA has warned the board against making any such move.Earlier today, India Today also broke news of the CoA assuring an “anxious Virat Kohli” that India will indeed get the chance to defend the Champions Trophy it won back in 2013. (CoA assures Kohli’s India will get to defend Champions Trophy: Sources to India Today)Unaccustomed to being snubbed at the International Cricket Council (ICC) meetings, the BCCI was outvoted 13-1 last week in its bid to stall a new revenue model which considerably slashes India’s share from global events in the 2015-2023 cycle.Unimpressed by the $293 million forecast, down from the $570 million it would have received under the 2014 arrangement, the BCCI responded by refusing to name the squad for next month’s Champions Trophy before the April 25 deadline.BCCI has convened a special general meeting (SGM) to consider the additional USD 100 million offer from the ICC but the CoA has warned it will move the apex court if BCCI takes any drastic step in its SGM on May 7.advertisementEarlier this week, BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry had asked full members of the board to issue a letter to Amitabh Chaudhry stating that the Indian board has approved the decision to send a notice to the IBC/ICC to cure the breach as per the terms of the Members Participation Agreement immediately.India Today is in possession of the letter.The decision, Anirudh, said in his letter to the full members, was taken during a conference call which was organised through the BCCI office “rather than the other channel for obvious reasons.”However, the CoA has also warned the BCCI against sending any notice to BCCI.Here’s the full letter:Dear Mr. Choudhary,1.You have already called for a Special General Meeting on 7th May 2017 (“SGM”) to conduct the following business:”To apprise the General Body of the BCCI on the discussions held with representatives of other Member Boards of the ICC and on the decisions taken at the ICC Meetings held on the 24th of April, 2017 and the 26th of April, 2017 and to take all necessary decisions pursuant thereto.”2.In the above circumstances, there is no reason why any notice should be issued to the ICC before the members of BCCI have had the opportunity to discuss the matter and take a well-considered decision as mentioned in our email dated 3rd May 2017. We do not believe that BCCI’s legal rights will be prejudiced in any manner if a notice is not issued to the ICC prior to the SGM. A decision of such magnitude needs to be taken after following due process and the correct forum for that is the SGM. The Committee of Administrators will consider the matter of issuing a notice to the ICC only after the SGM takes a decision.3.As mentioned in our email dated 3rd May 2017, the Committee of Administrators will extend all possible cooperation and support to any decision taken at the SGM which protects the interests of Indian cricket as a whole but will be duty bound to approach the Hon’ble Supreme Court and take other necessary steps in the event the decision(s) taken at the SGM is/ are, in our view, against the interests of Indian cricket.4.We believe that the BCCI has not yet given the possibility of a negotiated outcome a fair chance. As communicated to you during our meeting on 21st April 2017, the resolutions passed during the Special General Meeting on 18th April 2017 did not give you any flexibility to negotiate with the ICC and other cricket boards. We also believe that it is in the interests of Indian cricket that the possibility of a negotiated outcome be fully and constructively pursued before the BCCI takes any irreversible step/ measure. Our discussions with the ICC and other cricket boards have revealed a trust deficit that the BCCI needs to do its part to address. At the same time, the ICC and other cricket boards have, during the said discussions, also expressed willingness to find common ground with the BCCI. The General Body of the BCCI has itself recognized the need to adopt a collaborative/ non-confrontational approach with the ICC and other cricket boards during the Special General Meeting held on 19th February 2016.advertisement5.In the meantime, it would be appropriate to make all necessary preparations for ensuring that Team India can successfully defend its title in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 which commences on 1st June 2017. You are aware that the squad representing India at the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 was to be submitted by 25th April 2017 but the squad has not even been selected as yet. Please convene a meeting of the selection committee for selecting the squad immediately. The squad can then be submitted to the ICC without prejudice to BCCI’s legal rights.6.We believe that any decision taken at the SGM should be predicated on the fact that India has the best team in the world today. Team India should be provided with a supportive environment to showcase Indian cricket instead of being surrounded with uncertainty and confusion. There has been more than enough negativity surrounding Team India’s participation in the ICC Champions Trophy and the sooner the same is put to rest the better. The players’ interests are paramount and they must be given the best chance to prepare for, defend and retain the ICC Champions Trophy. The focus should be on enabling our team to achieve even greater heights and further laurels, which will automatically attract higher revenues. The BCCI appears to have lost sight of the fact that it attained a pre-eminent position in the ICC not by a combative approach but by building consensus and ensuring a positive image including by helping other cricket boards in their time of need.7.As your email mentions that a majority of the Members of BCCI have urged you to send a notice to the ICC, we are also copying the Members on this email to communicate our views to them.Yours faithfully,The Supreme Court Appointed Committee of Administrators
New Delhi, May 12 (PTI) Sports Minister Vijay Goel today inspected facilities at the Indira Gandhi Stadium, which is hosting the Asian Wrestling Championships, after reports emerged that the venue lacked basic facilities for the athletes. Wrestlers from more than 20 countries are competing in the Championship. Goel took stock of the facilities and met SAI official Manjushree S Rao, who said they have rented out the venue to the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) and it was their responsibility to ensure that required facilities are in place. The Minister checked the toilets and when he found littered tissue papers, he picked them up and also asked two young cricketers to help in cleaning the floor. Later, he visited the girls and boys hostel apart from having a look at the gymnastics and boxing halls. “I have visited almost all stadiums, except this one. I had come here two-three days back. Today everything is clean. The administrators are saying that the responsibility is with the other agency but the foreigners who are coming for competition, they do not know this,” Goel told reporters. “Efforts should be made that there is better utilisation of stadiums,” he said. PTI AT PM PM
A fire broke out on Wednesday at the soccer World Cup venue under construction in the southern Russian city of Volgograd, authorities said, attributing its cause to neglected safety regulations.Russia will host the opening match for FIFA’s Confederations Cup on Saturday in St. Petersburg, a tournament widely seen as a dress rehearsal for the 2018 World Cup finals.Volgograd, an industrial city 865 km (540 miles) south of Moscow, is not part of the Confederations Cup line up but will host four group-stage matches in the 2018 tournament.Russia’s Emergencies Ministry said the blaze, which was put out just before 7 a.m. (0400 GMT), had been caused by a “violation of fire safety regulations during welding”.No people were injured or killed in the fire, the ministry said in a statement.A spokeswoman for Stroytransgaz, the company building the stadium, told Reuters the fire was thought to have been caused by a welding spark that ignited thermal insulation materials before spreading to some plastic foam nearby.The company – which is controlled by businessman Gennady Timchenko, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin who was slapped with U.S. sanctions after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 – has yet to estimate the damage but expects it to be small, the spokeswoman said.Video footage of the blaze circulated by Russian media showed a plume of thick smoke rising from the carcass of the 45,000-seat stadium.”There was simply a lot of smoke, which made it look really bad, but no major damage,” a source in the local World Cup organising committee told Reuters. “Some smoke damage to one of the columns but that can be painted over.”advertisementRussia will host the World Cup finals next year in 12 venues spread across 11 cities, including Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Sochi and Kazan.These four cities are hosting the Confederations Cup, a two-week tournament that will feature the host country, world champions Germany and the various regional champions.
Guwahati, Jun 17 (PTI) Assam Police today said that it would recruit nearly 9,000 people by the end of this year against the current vacancy of over 12,000 posts in the force.”We currently have a total vacancy of 12,000 posts of non-gazetted officers, of which 8,000 are constable ranks. Besides, 79 posts of DSP and 154 inspector ranks are lying vacant,” State Level Police Recruitment Board chairman Pradeep Kumar said.Assam Police was currently completing the pending recruitment process for 3,980 posts which would be over by the next month, he added.”The government has also asked us to recruit 5,013 persons for various posts. During July-August, we will bring out the advertisement for these posts and the appointment process will be completed by the end of this year,” said Kumar, who is also the Director General of Home Guards.”We are waiting for the new recruitment policy. We have suggested some new provisions like 10 per cent reservation for backward regions, two per cent for sports quota and two per cent for surrendered militants. The government has not finalised these yet,” Kumar said.For sports quota, he said, Assam Police has suggested direct recruitment to DSP for Olympic gold medallists, direct appointment as inspector for winning Olympic silver or bronze or gold in Asian or Commonwealth Games and a special two per cent quota for national and state players.”We have also sent a proposal to the Centre to raise three India Reserve battalions. If that is sanctioned, we will be adding 3,000 more personnel in the force,” Kumar said.advertisementAssam Police has a sanctioned strength of 74,000 people, of which 12,000 are lying vacant at all levels.”The representation from different areas are also not symmetrical. The hill districts have only 0.2 per cent representation in Assam Police, while it is just 1.67 per cent from BTAD (Bodoland Territorial Area Districts) areas. Tinsukia and Sadiya have less than six per cent people in the force,” Kumar said, adding these anomalies are likely to be addressed in the new recruitment policy.On police public ratio, he said Assam has 107 personnel for every one lakh population, while the UN norm is 210 for every one lakh people. PTI TR NN PS
Hamirpur, June 23 (PTI) Himachal Olympic Games today began in Hamirpur as athletes from 11 districts took to the arena in the biggest sporting extravaganza in Himachal Pradeshs history. International Wrestler and son of Legendary Wrestler Master Chandgi Ram Ji, Jagdish Kaliraman, who also acted in film “Sultan”, graced the mega sports event. The biggest sports event of Himachal Pradesh is organized by the Himachal Pradesh Olympic Association (HPOA) and is the brainchild of HPOA President Anurag Thakur. Speaking on the occasion, Kaliraman, who awarded the medals to the winning athletes, said: “Himachal Olympics has been a great event. Anurag Thakur has conceived the event in an excellent way. Events of such magnitude are going to be wonderful launch pads for budding sportspersons of the state.” The one-of-its-kind State Olympic Games consist of 11 games, namely Hockey, Athletics, Boxing, Basketball, Judo, Kabaddi, Volleyball, Wrestling, Kho-Kho, Weight Lifting and Shooting. The games are being held in an inter-district format and are following the format of the International Olympic Games. PTI ATK AH
(Eds: Adding fresh quote) New Delhi, Jun 25 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi and cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar, among others, lavished praise on Kidami Srikanth for claiming the Australian Open title with a stunning win over reigning Olympic and world champion Chen Long. It was Srikanths fourth Super Series title and second successive. “We are really proud of the victory of @srikidambi in the Australian Open. I congratulate him for yet another wonderful win,” Modi wrote on his twitter handle.The triumph is his second straight after clinching the Indonesia Open Super Series Premier title last week and Tendulkar said he was proud of “champion” Srikanth. “Heartiest congratulations to @srikidambi on winning 2nd successive superseries title. Proud of you champion! #AustralianSS,” wrote Tendulkar on his twitter handle. Another former India cricketer Virender Sehwag also extended his best wishes as he wrote, “Congratulations @srikidambi on beating reigning Olympic & World Champion Chen Long & winning a 4th Superseries title. Take a bow, Srikanth ! Srikanths compatriot H S Prannoy tweeted: “Looks like its getting tough for everyone to Clinch titles when Indian boys are in form!! Congrats @srikidambi.” Denmark shuttler Mathias Boe felt Srikanths achievement of winning back-to-back titles was rare. “Massive congrats @srikidambi back to back titles, not many players have done that. Jai hind.” Sports Minister Vijay Goel also lauded Srikanths second consecutive Super Series title. “2nd successive Superseries title for @srikidambi. Defeats Olympic champ Chen Long 22-20, 21-16 to become #AustraliaSS winner! Proud of you!,” Goel tweeted. Former India hockey captain Viren Rasquinha not only applauded Srikanth but also his coaches, especially national coach Pullela Gopichand. “Congrats @srikidambi what a stunning win. Salute!! Amazing work Gopichand, Indonesian coaches @GoSportsVoices,” he wrote on his twitter handle. Tennis ace Sania Mirza said, “@srikidambi on fire love it.. huge congratulations once again .. keep it rolling.” Hockey player Rupinder Pal Singh added, “Congratulations @srikidambi for yet another title! Heres to many more in the future.” PTI CM AH CMadvertisement
Washington, Jul 7 (PTI) Scientists have developed a computer that understands the body movements of multiple people from a video in real time, including the pose of each individuals fingers.This ability to recognise poses will make it possible for people to interact with computers in new and more natural ways, such as communicating with computers simply by pointing at things, researchers said.Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in the US developed a new method at the Panoptic Studio, a two-story dome embedded with 500 video cameras.The insights gained from experiments now make it possible to detect the pose of a group of people using a single camera and a laptop computer, researchers said.Yaser Sheikh, associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University, said these methods for tracking two dimensional (2D) human form and motion open up new ways for people and machines to interact with each other, and for people to use machines to better understand the world around them.Detecting the nuances of nonverbal communication between individuals will allow robots to serve in social spaces, allowing robots to perceive what people around them are doing, what moods they are in and whether they can be interrupted.A self-driving car, for instance, could get an early warning that a pedestrian is about to step into the street by monitoring body language, researchers said.Enabling machines to understand human behaviour also could enable new approaches to behavioural diagnosis and rehabilitation for conditions such as autism, dyslexia and depression, they said.”We communicate almost as much with the movement of our bodies as we do with our voice. But computers are more or less blind to it,” Sheikh said.advertisementIn sports analytics, real-time pose detection will make it possible for computers not only to track the position of each player on the field of play, as is now the case, but to also know what players are doing with their arms, legs and heads at each point in time.The methods can be used for live events or applied to existing videos.To encourage more research and applications, the scientists have released their computer code for both multiperson and hand-pose estimation.Tracking multiple people in real time, particularly in social situations where they may be in contact with each other, presents a number of challenges.Simply using programmes that track the pose of an individual does not work well when applied to each individual in a group, particularly when that group gets large.Sheikh and his colleagues took a bottom-up approach, which first localises all the body parts in a scene – arms, legs, faces, etc – and then associates those parts with particular individuals. PTI SAR SAR
Two people have been killed and several injured in a stampede at South Africa’s FNB Stadium during a soccer match between Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, state broadcaster SABC said on Saturday.The SABC, citing stadium officials, said the stampede was at one of the gates of the stadium that hosted the 2010 World Cup final.Live television coverage of the match showed no obvious disturbance and police and emergency services officials could not immediately confirm the report.
Virat Kohli is on the verge of creating history.He has now led India to eight successive series victories in Test cricket. If India beat Sri Lanka in the Test series on the return tour later this year, Kohli will edge closer to Ricky Ponting’s world record of 10 straight Test series wins. But that is where the real challenge starts. India’s next assignment will take them away from home to South Africa, where they have never won a Test series. Over the last couple of times, India have been competitive, drawing a series in 2011 and losing another one narrowly in 2013-14.(Jadeja banned for Pallekele Test after dangerously throwing ball at Sri Lankan batsman)Make no mistake, Kohli’s India have not had it easy despite playing at home mostly. Their away Test matches have been against Sri Lanka (2015 and 2017) and West Indies (2016). Besides, England were competitive and Australia could have done some serious damage – they had won in Pune and made life really difficult for the hosts before they finally prevailed in the cooler climes of Dharamsala to pull off a memorable win. (Jadeja elated after India thrash Sri Lanka in Colombo Test)India beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 53 runs in Colombo to take an unassailable 2-0 series lead #SLvINDReport ?? https://t.co/V2ywNophBe pic.twitter.com/rvOt7HxNdT- ICC (@ICC) August 7, 2017The Sri Lankan team of 2017, without Dilshan, Jayawardene, Sangakkara, were not even expected to be a force to be reckoned with. India, riding high on their overall supremacy, made lightwork of the islanders and cruised away to two comprehensive wins in Galle and Colombo.advertisement2-0 #TeamIndia #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/10V1xaOEig- BCCI (@BCCI) August 6, 2017But Sanjay Manjrekar, the former India batsman, put it all in perspective when he said Kohli should do perhaps do what Imran Khan had done in his stint as Pakistan captain: ask the authorities for sterner tests against better opponents. (STATS: R Ashwin’s record spree continues as India win another Test series)And sterner tests will come. South Africa were blown away by India in 2015 but they are a different kettle of fish in their own conditions. The fast wickets, the fast bowlers and the explosive batsmen will present a challenge this Indian team would be eagerly awaiting.For all that it’s worth, Team India is no longer in a phase of transition. The players have plenty of experience in the longest format – they have a settled side that even the Proteas cannot possibly boast of given their recent travails with injuries to key players. Ab de Villiers is not yet certain of his future in the Test arena and Hashim Amla is increasingly beginning to look like he is struggling to hold his own at the top of the order.Dale Steyn’s fitness of course has been a major cause for concern while skipper Faf du Plessis would be under pressure to lead from the front and be the catalyst the side need him to be.But all their flaws could be ironed out when South Africa find themselves in the comfort of their home conditions. For India, it would be an opportunity to show to the world that they are the only side in this era who have the ability to dominate teams everywhere.India will also soon travel to Australia in the coming months before setting sail to England, which will bring back vivid memories for the India captain: but is Kohli ready? Is Cheteshwar Pujara ready? Can Ajinkya Rahane inspire in the middle order? Will the pacers, who have bowled so heroically in the sub-continent, pick up pace and rattle the pros in their own den?Say cheese! @imjadeja with the Man of the Match award for the 2nd Test #TeamIndia #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/ZJEizvCcvK- BCCI (@BCCI) August 6, 2017
Described as the fight the fans asked for by the executives who made it happen, Saturday’s clash between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor was only ever about one thing — money.Having beaten the Irish pretender with a 10th-round technical knockout, Mayweather can retire with a perfect 50-0 record and a payday said to be worth up to 300 million dollars, and the American has promised never to return to the ring.McGregor, however, is a different story.His 30-million-dollar purse for the fight is 10 times his previous best disclosed purse from the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where, as he says, he endures “shinbones to the head” as he makes his living.In the altogether more genteel surroundings of the boxing ring, he made a lot more money with a lot less damage, and his appetite has surely been whetted by the enormous riches on offer.McGregor has made no secret of his desire for more.(AP Photo)Asked what he liked most about his boxing experience, “Money” Mayweather prompted UFC lightweight champion McGregor to say the cash.”The cheque is alright. The cheque is not bad,” the Irishman laughed as he sipped his own “Notorius”-brand whiskey on the podium of the post-fight media conference.”I’ve already been raising the MMA (mixed martial arts) cheques. I’m still going to be raising the MMA cheques when I go back there,” he added.The 29-year-old has started his own website, a clothing line and a number of other businesses, and he was clearly delighted to see the logo of his latest venture, McGregor Sports and Entertainment, in the ring at Saturday’s fight.advertisementThe value of his brand, however, stems from what he does in the ring or the octagon and the brash personality he displays as he goes about his sporting business.UFC president Dana White is keen for McGregor’s boxing experiment to end sooner rather than later, and said that he was in a position to offer McGregor similar riches for mixed martial arts bouts.”If our fights do what the (pay-per-view) buys did here tonight, and the gate, we’ll all be good, trust me. Nobody will be bitching about anything,” White told reporters.”It takes two very special people in the right place at the right time to do the freakish kind of numbers and the watercooler talk that these guys had. You’ve got to have the right people in the right place at the right time.”With Mayweather, holder of a handful of the biggest pay-per-view sales of all time, vacating the stage at the age of 40, there is an opening for McGregor to move in and take over as the biggest draw in combat sports.The problem is that there are few prospective opponents for him in either boxing or MMA who can generate that kind of interest.A bitter training-camp row between McGregor and boxer Paulie Malignaggi might provide the kind of intrigue that would get fans to part with their money to see them face each other in the ring, but McGregor is most likely to return to the octagon to fight Nate Diaz.Diaz gave McGregor his first UFC defeat in a 170-pound matchup in 2016, which McGregor avenged months later with an epic five-round decision victory at the T-Mobile Arena, before going on to win the organisation’s lightweight title.With the teak-tough Californian more than a match for McGregor in terms of trash talk, a trilogy fight to bring that rivalry to a close is about the only thing that would make sense — and the required amount of dollars — for McGregor at this point.
Uruguay have left Luis Suarez out of their squad for November friendlies against Poland and Austria to help him overcome a knee problem.The Barcelona striker sustained the injury in August against Real Madrid in the Spanish Super Cup but has been playing since for both club and country, helping Uruguay seal qualification for next year’s World Cup.Comunicado de Sanidad de la AUF.Luis Surez no participar de los amistosos ante Polonia y Austria. pic.twitter.com/CRGCJ5fzvc- Seleccin Uruguaya (@Uruguay) October 20, 2017″The AUF reports that Barcelona’s medical department proposes, in order to continue with the good evolution and rehabilitation of Luis Suarez’s right knee, that he undertakes medical and physiological treatment for a week from November 11,” the Uruguayan FA said in a statement on Saturday.
Caroline Wozniacki claimed the biggest title of her career after the Dane staved off a ferocious Venus Williams fightback to take a 6-4 6-4 triumph in the WTA Finals title showdown at a captivated Singapore Indoor Stadium on Sunday.The 27-year-old former world number one entered the contest having lost to the evergreen Williams seven times in as many matches but the resilient Dane served and retrieved brilliantly and emerged with a deserved victory after 89 minutes.Wozniacki was faultless for an hour as she raced to a one-set and 5-0 lead but Williams always plays to win and the 37-year-old American reeled off four games in a row before the Dane could finally lift the title at the elite, eight-woman event in her fifth appearance..@CaroWozniacki is your #WTAFinals champion! ??? pic.twitter.com/J7wiPcaKKJ- WTA Finals Singapore (@WTAFinalsSG) October 29, 2017″It was all going well at 5-0 in the second set, then she went for her shots and I was just so happy to get it done in the end,” Wozniacki, who will rise three places to third in the world rankings after the win, said in a courtside interview.”Well eight is my lucky number and I figured if I was ever going to beat her it would be today…and I just went out there and did my best.””I’m still shaking” -@CaroWozniacki pic.twitter.com/j1fpDrVmf6- WTA (@WTA) October 29, 2017The first three games were dominated by the server until the Dane started to find the corners with her powerful backhand and fashioned the first break of the match with back-to-back winners off both flanks.advertisementWilliams was trying to get to the net at every opportunity and came forward to good effect after dropping her serve. A vicious cross-court backhand enabled the American to break back immediately on her way to levelling the score at 3-3.She continued to be the aggressor but the Dane held on in the face of some brutal hitting for her opponent and somehow forged her second break of the set with some exquisite deep hitting to move within one game of taking the opener.The American came roaring back once more, leaving the Dane looking on as a helpless spectator, with a barrage of winners to get the high-class contest back on serve.After working so hard to stay in touch, Williams would have been deeply frustrated to gift her opponent the set when the Dane did not have to work to seize the third break in a row, the wayward American sending forehands wide, long and into the net.Wozniacki had seized the momentum with her variation, depth of shot and complete lack of errors preventing Williams from grabbing any sort of foothold in the contest and the flying Dane raced into a 5-0 lead in 11 second-set minutes.Check out @CaroWozniackis winning moment and more on the official WTA Instagram! ???? #WTAFinals pic.twitter.com/VTaMlFqcDX- WTA (@WTA) October 29, 2017Needing to hold serve just to stay in the contest, Williams found her rhythm to belatedly get on the scoreboard in the second set and then secured her first break of the second with some solid play against an increasingly anxious Wozniacki.Williams suddenly appeared relaxed and free, holding easily to heap more pressure on the Dane before stretching every muscle and sinew in an impressive ninth game to break once more and get it back to 5-4.The crowd wanted more but Wozniacki was not prepared to give them what they wanted, breaking again and sealing victory on her second match point with a backhand winner down the line, and tossing her racket in the air as she celebrated a stunning triumph.Wozniacki’s victory is her second of the season in eight finals after she successfully defended her Pan Pacific Open title in Tokyo last month.Congrats, @CaroWozniacki!Lift that #WTAFinals trophy! ??? pic.twitter.com/nsU6nODiYZ- WTA (@WTA) October 29, 2017
Liverpool and Arsenal played out a thrilling draw at the Emirates stadium on Saturday with Roberto Firmino scoring the equaliser in the 71st minute while Manchester City hammered four past Bournemouth at the Etihad stadium in the Premier League.It was Philippe Coutinho who opened the scoring in the 26th minute and that was to be the only goal in the first half. But the real action unfolded in the second half as Liverpool doubled their lead through Mohammed Salah in the 52nd minute.The Gunners immediately responded with Alexis Sanchez scoring in the very next minute. Arsene Wenger’s side then equalised three minutes later as Granit Xhaka found the back of the net. Two minutes later Mesut Ozil put the home team ahead for the first time in the match before Firmino drew level in the 71st minute.Manchester City lead the points table with 55 points in 19 games followed by Manchester United (41), Chelsea (39), Liverpool (35) and Arsenal (34).Such were the depths of Arsenal’s defensive ineptitude that the players were booed off at halftime at Emirates Stadium. And that was only when Arsene Wenger’s side was trailing 1-0 following Philippe Coutinho’s header.Arsenal’s troubles deepened seven minutes into the second half when Mohamed Salah was gifted even more space to double Liverpool’s lead.But inside 388 seconds, Arsenal was a force transformed. Liverpool paid the price.Showing the desire and assertiveness completely missing in the first half, Arsenal pulled level through Alexis Sanchez and Granit Xhaka by the 56th minute.Much to the fury of Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, Mesut Ozil was able to dink the ball over goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to send Arsenal into a 58th-minute lead that seemed improbable minutes earlier.advertisementChelsea on the other hand, managed to draw their game against Everton at Goodison Park.Meanwhile, Sergio Aguero’s double took Manchester City’s Premier League goal total for 2017 to more than 100 goals.Raheem Sterling also claimed his 16th goal of the season and Danilo grabbed his first for the club as Pep Guardiola’s side extended the top-flight football record to 17 successive victories.City has 101 goals for the calendar year – across two league seasons – and it still has two games remaining. City has a 14-point lead over Manchester United, which is at Leicester on Saturday night.Meanwhile, Sam Allardyce kept up his unbeaten start as Everton manager with a 0-0 draw that further undermined Chelsea’s Premier League title defense on Saturday.Antonio Conte’s side, missing suspended top scorer Alvaro Morata, played most of the game in Everton’s half and had 25 attempts on goal to the host’s five but the closest they came was when home defender Ashley Williams headed against his own bar trying to clear a cross.Everton are now unbeaten in five games under new manager Sam Allardyce who has steered the Merseysiders to ninth place having looked in real relegation trouble earlier in the campaign.SWANSEA DRAW WITH PALACEPlayer-coach Leon Britton’s first game in charge of Swansea ended in a 1-1 home draw against Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Saturday.Swansea had put the club veteran in temporary charge after firing Paul Clement on Wednesday.Luka Milivojevic sent Palace ahead on the hour but substitute Jordan Ayew rescued a point 13 minutes from time with a powerful 20-yard (meter) drive. It was Ayew’s second goal of the season, with his previous league strike coming against Palace at Selhurst Park in August.Britton oversaw a vastly improved display from last-place Swansea which had scored only 10 goals in 18 games under Clement this season.Palace dropped to 16th, five points ahead of Swansea.(With inputs from AP & Reuters)