A modest ₹2.1 crore has been donated by the people to a fund set up a month ago by the Home Ministry to help families of paramilitary personnel who laid down their lives fighting extremists.About ₹60 lakh of the said amount has been received for 25 personnel massacred by Naxals at Sukma in Chhattisgarh on April 24.“Encouraging response to #BharatKeVeer website. Within a month, the portal has received more than ₹2 crore for helping martyrs’ families,” Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted.The app and the website ‘BharatKeVeer’ was launched last month by Mr. Singh along with Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar, who mooted the idea. The public can visit the portal and make the contribution to support the families of those jawans who died in the line of duty.“The monetary contributions made on the website go straight into the bank account of martyred soldier’s family,” the Home Minister said.Pool fundingAttending the launch of the app and the website, Mr. Akshay Kumar had lauded the Home Ministry for making his dream come true and providing a platform for everyone to help the next of the kin of slain soldiers financially.“This website has been made exactly in two-and-half months. About three months ago, this idea came in my mind while watching a documentary film on terrorists, which showed how terror leaders financially support the families of the terrorist who carry out terror acts,” Akshay had said at the inauguration.As many as 2.6 crore people have visited the site so far. In the baratkeveer.gov.in or Bharat Ke Veer portal, the general public can make donations online.The main objective of the portal is to enable general public help the families of martyrs by donating money online directly to the individual braveheart’s account or to Bharat Ke Veer corpus.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday reiterated his poll promise that every poor person in India would be guaranteed minimum income akin to the employment guaranteed under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA).“We have taken a historic decision. People have been benefited by MGNREGA. But the decision which we are taking now is bigger than the MGNREGA. The Congress party has been working on minimum income for all the poor for five to six months,” said Mr. Gandhi addressing a public meeting at the western Odisha town.“Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he would give ₹17 per day to a farmer’s family. The Congress will guarantee payment of a minimum income to every poor person in India. This income will be directly transferred to their bank accounts,” he said, adding that the minimum income guarantee would be similar to that of the employment guarantee in the MGNREGA.“If Narendra Modi could write off loans amounting to ₹3,50,000 crore of 15 industrialists, the Congress will make sure that the minimum income would be credited into the account of every poor person. We will protect every poor family. If you have the courage, then stop us from doing so, and the whole of India will rise against you,” the Congress president dared the ruling party amidst huge applause.“The time for joke and deceit is over. The time for a minimum income has just begun,” he said.Mr. Gandhi accused both Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of “gifting” corruption. If it’s chit-fund scam for Mr. Patnaik, it was Rafale deal for Mr. Modi, Mr. Gandhi alleged. “Money looted from the poor through demonetisation was given to Vijay Mallya and Nirav Modi. Anil Ambani was given ₹30,000 crore,” Mr. Gandhi alleged while assuring that when the Congress comes to power, the looted money would be given back to the poor.The Congress president reiterated his poll promises of crop loan waiver and revision of minimum support price (MSP) to ₹2,600 per quintal of paddy to woo voters in western Odisha.Mr. Gandhi assured that the land of the poor and the tribals would not be acquired without consulting them. The land, if acquired, would be returned back to them in the event of non-establishment of factories within five years, he added.“We made it happen. The Chhattisgarh government returned the land which was acquired for the TATA Group’s project to the tribals as no project came up in five years,” he pointed out.Mr. Gandhi also brought up the episode of Dana Majhi, a tribal man who walked 12 km carrying his wife’s body, and accused Mr. Patnaik of keeping mum and not apologising about the incident.Mr. Gandhi also reiterated his support to primitive Dongria Kandh tribals who were protesting against the proposed bauxite extraction from Niyamgiri Hill.In 2008, the Congress president had held a rally in Kalahandi’s Lanjigarh, where the alumina refinery of the Vedanta Group is located. Dongria Kandhs, a primitive tribe, were opposing the proposal of extraction of bauxite from the Niyamgiri Hill for its refinery. He had then said that there was a soldier in Delhi named Rahul Gandhi for the tribals of Kalahandi.Congress workers from western and southern Odisha district attended the public meeting. Later in the day, Mr. Gandhi will address another meeting at Rourkela.Bhakta Charan Das, president of campaign committee of Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee and three-time MP of Kalahandi, is likely to contest from the Kalahandi parliamentary constituency.
Indian taxi aggregator Ola Cabs is launching its operations in the United Kingdom, months after it entered Australia. Ola has obtained the licenses to run taxi services in South Wales and Greater Manchester, and is working with local authorities to expand its presence across the United Kingdom by the end of 2018.“Ola is excited to announce its plans for the UK, one of the world’s most evolved transportation markets,” CEO Bhavish Aggarwal said in a statement on Aug.7. “We look forward to our continued engagement with policymakers and regulators as we expand across the country and build a company embedded in the UK,” he added.The company will allow passengers the option to book local black cabs, besides private hired vehicles (PHV), through the Ola app. It is now inviting PHV and metered taxi drivers in Cardiff, Newport and Vale of Glamorgan to learn more about driving with the firm, and has urged the drivers to take the benefits of a low introductory commission rate. As Ola adds the United Kingdom as its second stop in its international journey, the company will put up further challenge to Uber. The Indian rival to the American taxi calling app took the competition beyond India when it launched operations in Australia earlier this year. It now has 40,000 registered drivers across seven cities in the country. In the United Kingdom, Ola will join the apps Gett and Mytaxi to link passengers to black cabs. Uber does not provide this choice, and has seen vociferous opposition from drivers of black taxis. Uber has also experienced hurdles with regulators in London, and lost its license to operate in the city last year after the Transport for London (TfL) said that it was not a “fit and proper” operator. In June this year, a judge overturned TfL’s assessment and provided a 15-month probationary license to the firm.Uber has also been in the center of controversies around the world over allegations of assault against drivers, the working conditions of staff, and its use of software.Both Ola and Uber have Japan’s Softbank as an investor.Ola was founded by Bhavish Aggarwal and Ankit Bhati in Bengaluru in 2011, and operates in 110 cities in India. It integrates city transportation, including autos, for customers and driver-partners onto a mobile technology platform. Uber was launched two years before Ola, and operates in 600 cities in 65 countries. Related ItemsOlaUberUnited Kingdom
Earlier in the third round, Juan Martin del Potro moved closer to securing the last spot for the finals by beating Robin Haase 7-5, 6-4.Del Potro, who lost to Roger Federer on Sunday in the Swiss Indoors final, is in 10th place in the race to qualify for the tournament. Only the top eight players will compete in London and there is one place left, to be taken in Paris.“I would love to reach London once again. It could be a fantastic moment for me,” said del Potro, who was way back in 47th place in the race before the U.S. Open. “I’m excited to keep improving for this kind of surprise.”Del Potro has a tough challenge next, against big-serving American John Isner.The ninth-seeded Isner, last year’s runner-up to Andy Murray, hit 25 aces as he beat sixth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 7-6 (10), 5-7, 7-6 (3).Seventh-seeded David Goffin of Belgium was through to the finals in London, despite a surprise loss to Benneteau 6-3, 6-3. The unseeded Frenchman reached the quarters of a Masters for the first time since Shanghai in 2014 in his final tournament before retiring.Goffin will have waited nervously on the result of Frenchman Lucas Pouille’s result against Jack Sock. But Pouille’s 7-6 (6), 6-3 loss to the American sent him through, at Pouille’s expense, making him the first Belgian to qualify for the season finale.“I would have preferred to have qualified by winning and Lucas is a friend,” Goffin said. “But I am still so happy to have qualified.”Dominic Thiem went out early again, falling to Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-4.Since losing to Del Potro in the fourth round of the U.S. Open, the fifth-seeded Austrian has won only two matches in five tournaments. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH “It’s not the moment to talk much about the knee,” he said. He also was elusive about whether it might prevent him from playing in the season-ending ATP Finals next week in London.“Anything can happen in one week and a half,” Nadal said. “But if nothing strange happens then I’m going to be there.”Nadal was not moving with his customary speed around court in the third set but held comfortably enough for 5-2. He clinched victory on his first match point when Cuevas sent a return wide.Nadal is guaranteed to finish the year with the top ranking for the fourth time. A maiden victory here would give him a record 31 Masters titles, one more than Novak Djokovic.Marin Cilic of Croatia downed Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 7-6 (4), 6-2 and next faces veteran Julien Benneteau.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Verdasco next plays Sock. Krajinovic advanced with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 win against Nicolas Mahut. /kga Read Next “He had a very successful season, winning a lot of challengers, and now he’s playing well on the tour,” Nadal said of Krajinovic. “When you’re winning a lot of matches you’re in a good dynamic.”Cuevas competed well in spells against a nervy Nadal, who was erratic on serve and made countless unforced errors in a gritty contest.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutOne of the most glaring came at 5-5 in the second-set tiebreaker, when Nadal hit an easy forehand into the net to give Cuevas a set point. After a brief rally, Nadal hit a backhand long and Cuevas leveled the match.Nadal had some strapping under his right knee before the deciding set, then raced into a 3-0 lead before the jitters came back. Rafael Nadal of Spain arrives on court to play against Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay during the third round of the Paris Masters tennis tournament at the Bercy Arena in Paris, France, Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)PARIS – Rafael Nadal remains on track for an elusive Paris Masters title after beating Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals on Thursday.He has not reached the final since losing to David Nalbandian in his first appearance 10 years ago. 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MOST READ Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles The Korean then landed stiff hammer throws forcing the referee to call a stop to the match 19 seconds into the first round. Eric Kelly helped off the mat after absorbing brutal KO from South Korea’s Won Il Kwon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—It took just one punch for South Korea’s Won Il Kwon to dictate the match and score the technical knockout win over the Philippines’ Eric Kelly in ONE: Roots of Honor Friday at Mall of Asia Arena.Won landed a big right overhand that sent Kelly to the mat.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Won bounced back from his February loss to Masakazu Imanari to improve to 4-1 while Kelly (12-6) continued his slide, losing his sixth straight fight since 2015.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated ‘In His perfect timing’: Cha Cruz-Behag is expecting a baby PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “Pretty Boy” Kwon Won Il stuns the home crowd with a BEAUTIFUL knockout of Filipino hero Eric Kelly at 0:19 of Round 1! #WeAreONE #RootsOfHonor #Manila #MartialArts pic.twitter.com/n3CQdXsdoa— ONE Championship (@ONEChampionship) April 12, 2019FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics
It turned out to be a memorable evening for Team India in Antigua on Monday evening. As the players were settling in to have a quiet dinner, Antigua’s favourite son and West Indian legend Sir Vivian Richards dropped in to meet skipper Virat Kohli and his men.What followed next was the most obvious. Members of the Indian team got into a huddle to hear words of wisdom from the legend. Batting, aggression, past and present, Sir Viv’s short but prized class had it all.Skipper Virat Kohli, always the inquisitive student of game, had a long conversation with Richards even after his teammates were done with clicking selfies with one of the best batsman game has ever seen.KING MEETS THE PRINCE”What a memorable moment. With the greatest ever. Words of pure gold from him. Feel grateful that I could have chat with him. He’s the man. Sir Viv. Memorable,” Virat posted his first reaction on Instagram.What a memorable moment. With the greatest ever, Sir @vivrichards56. Words of gold from him. #Grateful #Memorable pic.twitter.com/sK0xsIDC3P Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 19, 2016Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane followed.”Enjoyed having little conversation with great Sir Viv Richards. Still feeling happy,” said Shikhar.Enjoyed having little discussion with Great Sir viv richards!!! Still feeling so happy!!????????? pic.twitter.com/v2bHAgB8Cd Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) July 19, 2016For Rahane, discussing aggression with the most feared batsman of his time was the proverbial cherry on cake.”So happy to meet Sir Vivian Richards. What a man! So many things to learn from him. Specially his aggression on the field. Legend,” tweeted the Mumbai batsman.advertisementIndia play their first Test against the host West Indies at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua from July 21 and this small meeting with one of the biggest heroes from the Caribbean will certainly pump up the team morale for the rest of the tour.The King @vivrichards56 and the Prince @imVkohli together in Antigua. pic.twitter.com/Dt6jok46zI BCCI (@BCCI) July 19, 2016A meeting to remember and cherish! Sir @vivrichards56 meet Team India members in Antigua. pic.twitter.com/bRSJANMqlp BCCI (@BCCI) July 19, 2016
Cheteshwar Pujara continued with his rich vein of form as he celebrated his 50th Test appearance in style at Colombo. Pujara joined an elite list of cricketers in becoming one of the quickest to reach 4000 Test runs.Pujara needed 34 before the start of the second Test between India and Sri Lanka at the SSC stadium. The Saurashtra batsman was calm as usual even when Sri Lanka fought back with KL Rahul and Virat Kohli’s wickets in quick succession.Pujara reached the milestone in the 42nd over when he guided a flatter delivery by Dilruwan Perera towards third man for a couple of runs in his 84th innings. By doing so, he joined his idol Rahul Dravid to become the third quickest Indian to score 4000 runs in Test cricket. Virender Sehwag took 79 innings to achieve the feat while Sunil Gavaskar did it in 82 innings. Overall, he became the 15th Indian to aggregate 4000 runs.Cheteshwar Pujara 15th Indian to 4000 Test runsBut 6th Indian 2 ave 50+ while doing so after Gavaskar/Tendulkar/Dravid/Sehwag/Kohli#SLvInd- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 3, 2017He made his 50th Test more fruitful when he scored his 16th half-century in the 48th over. This time he played with the spin past short leg fielder for a single off Perera to bring up his fifty.Pujara has been a key figure in the India team. In the last one year, he has played 18 Tests scoring 1613 at 64.51.Even the great Sourav Ganguly feels Pujara should continue to bat at No.3 in whites and hopes the 29-year-old goes on to play at least 100 Tests.advertisement”He’s half-way through now. You expect him to play 100 Tests. He doesn’t play ODI and T20 cricket. You bring him back in Tests and he hits the stride straight away. The good thing about him is that he went to county cricket and that has helped him. I said a year ago when he was dropped against the West Indies that they should play him at No. 3 and I was not wrong,” Ganguly said.India had won the first Test by 304 runs and are a win away from their eighth consecutive Test series victory.
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes on the sidelines during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)The brother of fired Ohio State wide receivers coach Zach Smith took to Twitter on Saturday night to post a revealing message about everything that’s happened with his brother, Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes’ football program.Smith, of course, was fired by Ohio State in July following the filing of a domestic violence protection order. His ex-wife, Courtney Smith, alleges that he committed domestic violence against her on multiple occasions. She told all in an interview with college football insider Brett McMurphy.McMurphy’s story led to the placing of head coach Urban Meyer on paid administrative leave. He was later suspended for the first three games of the season following an investigation.Smith’s brother took to Twitter on Saturday night to post a lengthy message addressing the situation.He makes one thing clear: He claims his brother, Zach, never committed domestic violence against Courtney Smith.“This is the last post I will make about all that has gone on,” he wrote.This is the last post I will make about all that has gone on. pic.twitter.com/9O08cMzjWv— Carter Smith (@cbsmith3) August 26, 2018Zach Smith and his ex-wife, Courtney Smith, will have their day in court in September. We’ll likely learn more about what actually happened then.Urban Meyer, meanwhile, can’t return to the sideline until Ohio State’s Week 4 game. The Buckeyes open the season against Oregon State Week 1. Ryan Day is coaching the team in Meyer’s absence.
advertisement scorecard No data available! view more view less commentary World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma meet 87-year-old superfan after India reach semi-finalsIndia captain Virat Kohli thanked 87-year-old Charu Lata Patel for immense support to Team India as Men in Blue defeated Bangladesh by 28 runs to enter the semi-finals of World Cup 2019. Saurabh Kumar BirminghamJuly 3, 2019UPDATED: July 3, 2019 07:53 IST Ms Charulata Patel was spotted by a cameraman during India’s innings (BCCI Twitter)HIGHLIGHTS87-year-old superfan Charulata Patel was seen cheering for Team India in Birmingham on TuesdayIndia captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma went to meet Ms Patel after the match vs BangladeshIndia (314/9) beat Bangladesh (286) by 28 runs to reach the CWC 19 semi-finalsIndia captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma went onto meet 87-year-old Charu Lata Patel after India defeated Bangladesh by 28 runs to reach the semi-finals of the 2019 Cricket World Cup.Virat Kohli also tweeted an image with Charu Lata Patel, thanking her for immense support and saluting her passion and dedication as a fan.”Also would like to thank all our fans for all the love & support & especially Charulata Patel ji. She’s 87 and probably one of the most passionate & dedicated fans I’ve ever seen. Age is just a number, passion takes you leaps & bounds. With her blessings, on to the next one, ” Virat captioned the image.Also would like to thank all our fans for all the love & support & especially Charulata Patel ji. She’s 87 and probably one of the most passionate & dedicated fans I’ve ever seen. Age is just a number, passion takes you leaps & bounds. With her blessings, on to the next one. pic.twitter.com/XHII8zw1F2Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) July 2, 2019Rohit Sharma became only the 2nd batsman after Kumar Sangakkara to hit 4 hundreds in a single World Cup and in the process became the leading run-scorer in this World Cup. Rohit fell to Soumya Sarkar on 104.Rohit unfurled a flurry of strokes and played with a lot of freedom during his almost 2-hours-long vigil at the crease. En route his century, Rohit also hit 5 huge sixes to go along with 7 boundaries.How amazing is this?!India’s top-order superstars @imVkohli and @ImRo45 each shared a special moment with one of the India fans at Edgbaston.#CWC19 | #BANvIND pic.twitter.com/3EjpQBdXnXadvertisementCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 2, 2019Rohit along with KL Rahul forged record 180-run opening stand to set up the foundation of India’s big total against Bangladesh.KL Rahul hit 66 while Rishabh Pant smashed an enterprising 48 before Hardik Pandya starred with the ball to ensure India’s 28-run win over Bangladesh at Edgbaston.Ms Patel was spotted by a cameraman during India’s innings. She was pictured blowing a horn and many fans took note and shared her pictures onCricket really is for all ages!Meet the #TeamIndia fan whose support is simply sensational #BANvIND | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/4TaXCvSgzrCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 2, 2019She proudly admitted that this is her team and the players are like her kids. “I love this Indian team and all the players are like my kids,” she said.For sure, her passionate cheering for Team India was one of the highlights of India’s win and she instantly became an internet sensation.Also Read | Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya star as India beat Bangladesh to enter semi-finalsAlso Read | Rohit Sharma played chess with Bangladesh bowling attack, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Read | Rohit Sharma best one-day player in the world, says Virat KohliFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs BangladeshFollow World Cup 2019Follow Virat KohliFollow Rohit SharmaFollow Charulata Patel graphs Next
Next Samsung Galaxy A80 available for pre-order until July 31: Offers, price and specsThe Galaxy A80 is up for pre-orders until July 31. Priced at Rs 47,990, the Galaxy A80 touts a New Infinity display, rotating triple camera setup and a Snapdragon 730G chipset, among other things. Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJuly 24, 2019UPDATED: July 25, 2019 14:46 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Galaxy A80 price in India has been set at Rs 47,990.You can pre-order the Galaxy A80 until July 31. The smartphone will go on sale starting August 1.Galaxy A80 brings a New Infinity display, rotating triple camera setup and Snapdragon 730G.Samsung announced the Galaxy A80 in India last week and the smartphone is currently up for pre-orders in the country. The Galaxy A80 is the most premium device in the Galaxy A lineup right now and among Samsung’s most innovative phones as well. It is notably the company’s first smartphone to feature a notchless New Infinity display as well as a unique rotating triple camera setup.The Galaxy A80 price in India has been set at Rs 47,990 and it comes in a single 8GB + 128GB memory and storage option. The Galaxy A80 can be pre-ordered until July 31. The smartphone will go on sale starting August 1 across retail stores in India, e-Shop, Samsung Opera House and major leading online channels in Ghost White, Phantom Black and Angel Gold colours. Customers who pre-book the Galaxy A80 will also avail a one-time screen replacement offer.Samsung Galaxy A80 specificationsThe Galaxy A80 is the first Samsung phone to sport a New Infinity display. This is an edge-to-edge display that comes without a notch or punch-hole cutout of any kind. The bezels are extremely thing around the screen to offer a high screen ratio. The Galaxy A80 sports a large 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display.In order to remove the notch, Samsung came up with a unique pop-up camera mechanism where the triple camera setup on the back rises up and flips to the front. This way, the user will be able to use the same high quality cameras for selfies as well. The triple camera setup offers a 48-megapixel Sony IMX 586 f/2.0 primary camera, an 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultra wide-angle camera and ToF (Time of Flight) camera for depth mapping. The camera also supports 4K UHD video recording, Super Steady mode, scene optimiser and Night mode, among other things.advertisementThe Galaxy A80 is powered by an 8nm Snapdragon 730G processor that is equipped with Adreno 618 GPU. The Galaxy A80 comes with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It packs a 3,700mAh battery and supports 25W fast charging over Type-C.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Note 10 full specs leaked ahead of August 7 launch: Here’s what we knowGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow SamsungFollow Galaxy A80
TNCA, Haryana, Maharashtra barred from attending BCCI AGM for non-complianceThe Committee of Administrators (CoA) barred Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA), Haryana Cricket Association (HCA) and Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) from attending the BCCI Annual General Meeting in Mumbai.advertisement Next Press Trust of India PuneOctober 9, 2019UPDATED: October 9, 2019 20:52 IST BCCI logo (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThe three non-compliant units will not have any voting rights in case there is an electionCoA has intimated the two state units that they would be debarred from participating in the electionsCoA chief Vinod Rai, who is currently in the United States, was unavailable for a commentTamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA), Haryana Cricket Association (HCA) and Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) have been barred by the Committee of Administrators (CoA) from attending the BCCI Annual General Meeting in Mumbai on October 23 due to non-compliance in their amended Constitutions.This effectively means that the three non-compliant units will not have any voting rights in case there is an election during the scheduled AGM.”Yes, the CoA has intimated the two state units that they would be debarred from participating in the elections as they have not amended their Constitutions as per Supreme Court orders on August 9, 2018. Maharashtra is also going to be debarred from attending the AGM,” a source close to CoA told PTI on condition of anonymity.CoA chief Vinod Rai, who is currently in the United States, was unavailable for a comment.The TNCA, which is under the control of former BCCI president N Srinivasan, was supposed to be represented by its secretary SS Ramasaamy while Haryana, under the rule of outgoing treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry, was set to be represented by Mrinal Ojha.Even Maharashtra is going to be debarred from AGM as the Charity Commissioner of the state had found anomalies in their amended constitution. The unit still under the control of former Board secretary Ajay Shirke, was supposed to be represented by Riyaz Bagban.The TNCA, which recently elected Srinivasan’s daughter Rupa Gurunath, had 21 violations in their amended Constitution, including non-compliance in age cap (over 70 years), tenure of cooling off period being a few major ones.advertisementEven after they complied with a few later on, they didn’t adhere to the major reforms and had taken a tough stand that it is not in CoA’s authority to debar any state unit as their job is to merely file status report on compliance.Haryana and Maharashtra also toed the same line.On part of CoA, their argument is that the elections are being conducted under their watch and no non-compliant association will be allowed to take part in the AGM.Now the implication of this decision could be two-fold and the BCCI could be divided on this issue.In case, there are unanimous choices for the five office-bearers’ post (president, vice president, secretary, joint secretary and treasurer), it won’t mean much even if they are debarred.”If TNCA, Haryana and Maharashtra move court and get a stay on AGM, the CoA stays on. Do we want that? Not me at least as I want to get the board back from CoA on October 23 and take it from thereon,” a former office bearer and Board veteran told PTI.”In any case, Srinivasan is playing an active role in decision making and is in touch with influential people who would have final say in these matters. So if the posts are pre-decided, CoA’s strategy to not let TNCA, Haryana doesnt hold much ground,” the official said.This time at the AGM, may be just four to five people will be there who would have attended a big Board meeting, which was a regular feature till 2015.”Only having first timers is also not a great thing. We need experience to guide as the Board is in a mess,” said a first-time president of a state unit, who could get a major role in the Board’s functioning.Many in the Board believe that once CoA goes, everyone can come around together and decide further course of action.There is a school of thought that India, having lost its position and power of bargaining in the ICC, should get it back and who better than Srinivasan to do that.”There is no age-cap of representation in the ICC. Mr Srinivasan has been the reason why we had such clout in the ICC. There is no harm if he again represents India at the ICC. We can do that after getting the Board back and for that we should avoid another round of legal tussle,” said a disqualified BCCI veteran.Also Read | India vs South Africa 2nd Test Live Streaming: When, where to watch live telecast, online coverageAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. 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Noida: With the arrest of nine persons, Noida police have busted a fake call Center who duped nearly five hundred people on pretext of providing loans from banks and other finance companies.Police officials said that the gang would ask money on the name of processing fee and file charge but the loans were never delivered. According to police, the arrested persons have been identified as Faisal, Asad, Sameer, Bilal, Jainul, Arif, Azeem, Aman and Akil. Cops said that all the accused persons belonged to Meerut district and most of them are graduates. Also Read – Kejriwal ‘denied political clearance’ to attend climate meet in DenmarkVaibhav Krishna, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Gautam Buddh Nagar said that the gang had been operating their office from a rented accommodation in sector 63 under Noida Phase III police jurisdiction. “The gang had been running the call centre by the name of Navjivan Info Solutions private limited in sector 63 area and have used internet and other social media platforms for their advertisements. Police acted upon a complaint received from a victim who had alleged to have been duped of Rs 6 lakhs 20 thousand by the gang on pretext of providing loan. A raid was conducted and police successfully managed to nab nine persons from the building on Saturday,” said Krishna. The officer further said that the gang would call the targets and ask them to pay between Rs.3500 as Rs.12430 as processing fee and file charges respectively. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”Upon interrogating them, they told police that they have duped hundreds of people on pretext of providing loans. The gang would ask the target to pay a hefty amount as processing and file charge which depends on the amount of loan. For loan amount between 1 to 9 lakhs the gang would ask for Rs 3500 as file charge and for 9 lakhs to 1 crore the file charge remained Rs 4130. They also ask for a fixed processing fee of Rs 12430 for sanctioning the loans. Also they used to lure people on the name of verified finance companies and banks. Once the amount is transferred into their bank accounts, the gang would stop receiving calls from the target,” added Krishna. Police have recovered Rs 90 thousand cash, 19 mobile phones, 2 cars and several loan forms and fake stamps from their possession. Meanwhile police are looking for the mastermind of the gang who has been identified as Raja alias Najar Nawaz, a native of Hapur adda in Meerut.
MONTREAL — Air Canada says it intends to remove its grounded Boeing 737 Max 8 jets from service until at least July 1 in order to provide more certainty for passengers that wish to book flights in the coming months.Airlines around the world have been working to redeploy their fleets since their Max 8s were grounded last week following the deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight that killed all 157 people on board, including 18 Canadians.Air Canada says it has now adjusted its schedule through to April 30 to cover 98 per cent of its planned flights.RELATED: Canadian trying to get back home faced multiple delays with grounding of Boeing Max 8s It is also updating its May schedule to re-accommodate customers and optimize its fleet.Air Canada says it has taken several steps to adjust for grounded Max 8s, which represent about six per cent of its total fleet capacity.Among other things, it has substituted different aircraft in its fleet, chartered flights or leased aircraft from Air Transat, suspended some routes temporarily, and adjusted its rebooking policy for affected customers.
SEATTLE — Washington is set to become the first state to enter the private health insurance market with a universally available public option.A set of tiered public plans will cover standard services and are expected to be up to 10% cheaper than comparable private insurance, thanks in part to savings from a cap on rates paid to providers. But unlike existing government-managed plans, Washington’s public plans are set to be available to all residents regardless of income by 2021.The Legislature approved the plan last month, and Gov. Jay Inslee is scheduled to sign it into law Monday.The move thrusts Washington into the national debate over the government’s role in health care, with a hybrid model that puts the state to the left of market-only approaches but stops short of a completely public system.Instead, the state will dictate the terms of the public option plans but hire private insurance companies to administer them, saving the state from having to create a new bureaucracy — and guaranteeing a role for the insurance industry in managing the new public option.Lawmakers in at least eight other states including Colorado and New Mexico have proposed their own public option measures. But so far none have passed legislation implementing a public option.Backers acknowledge the rate caps at the heart of the plan risk creating coverage gaps in rural areas. But they hope to persuade doctors to accept lower rates by bringing the state’s purchasing power to bear. The savings would be used to sell the plans at a competitive price.Inslee, who is also running for president, embraced the idea based on early work by a state legislator and later officially requested the public option bill.Its sponsor, Seattle Sen. David Frockt, a Democrat, said the hybrid system was a compromise.“What’s important about this plan is that the government is coming in and taking a more aggressive role in regulating the cost drivers of health care,” Frockt said.The core proposition of Washington’s plan, dubbed Cascade Care, is that it will save consumers money by capping payments to doctors, hospitals and other health care providers.The cost cap is central to the program’s long-term survival: Set it too high, and there will be no savings to pass along. Set it too low, and the state runs the risk of providers declining the plan, leaving it to whither as consumers seek alternatives that provide more choice, said Jennifer Tolbert, director of the Kaiser Foundation’s state health care analysis program.The question is especially critical in Washington’s rural counties, many of which were already hit hardest by health care cost increases.To attract providers, Washington lawmakers chose a relatively high figure to start: The plan caps payouts at 160 per cent of federal Medicare rates.That’s more than other states have proposed. In New Mexico, lawmakers considered using Medicaid rates, among the lowest paid to doctors and hospitals by any insurance plan. Lobbying firm Manatt estimated that could have translated into cost savings for consumers of more than 20% compared with similar private plans on the individual market.By comparison, Washington’s higher pay rate for doctors is estimated to save participants only 5 to 10%, according to Jason McGill, Inslee’s senior policy adviser on health.But even at the higher rate, the plan risks leaving coverage gaps in the least-populated counties, said Democratic Rep. Eileen Cody, an early architect of the plan who chairs the House Health Care and Wellness committee.The state has already had problems guaranteeing private coverage in those areas. Two counties were recently at risk of having no insurers offering individual plans, and others have only a single hospital or hospital network, allowing providers to drive up costs.The result has been rural areas bucking the state’s broader trend of moderate cost increases: A quarter of Washington counties, mostly rural, have seen triple-digit increases in the cost of premiums for a benchmark bronze-level plan in the last year alone, with some rising by as much as three times the increase seen in King County, home of Seattle, according to data from the Kaiser Foundation.Another unique aspect of Washington’s plan is its hybrid management model.Despite its name, the public option won’t be provided by the state itself, and state employees won’t deal directly with patients.Instead, the measure directs state health care authorities to hire one or more private insurance companies: The state will determine the broad outlines of the public plans, but private companies will handle day-to-day administration, including enrolling patients and paying out claims.“It’s an attempt to keep the insurance companies in the game,” said Aaron Katz, a University of Washington professor who teaches health policy and has studied U.S. health care markets.Like earlier decisions to have private companies administer parts of the Medicare and Medicaid systems in some states, Washington’s hybrid model tries to preserve some competition while fixing problems like stability and coverage gaps, Kaatz said.But it also has the effect of weaving insurance companies further into the fabric of public health care — potentially creating a barrier for later efforts to move to a completely public system.“The size of the business that we are giving to private insurers makes it ever more difficult to ever extract ourselves from those dependencies,” Katz said.It’s also a departure from public option proposals that have cropped up in other states, where lawmakers have mostly tried to broaden eligibility for programs like Medicaid, said Emily Blanford of the National Conference of State Legislatures.Still, a hybrid model theoretically has some advantages, Blanford said, including allowing the state to start from scratch designing rates and provider networks without needing a new program and staff.Tom James, The Associated Press
12 February 2007The United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has reported early successes in the disarmament campaign it is carrying out around the town of Beni, close to the country’s eastern border with Uganda. The Beni office of the UN Mission, also known as MONUC, launched a sensitization programme via radio last month targeted at the roughly 1,000 Congolese and Ugandan rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces/National Army for the Liberation of Uganda (ADF/NALU).In the broadcasts which aim to persuade young rebels to give up their weapons, the methods available to renounce the rebellion with honour, as well as ways to return to their respective countries with MONUC’s assistance, are explained. To reach the widest audience possible, the programme is broadcasted in such languages as Swahili, Kinade/Lukonjo, Ugandan, French and English.On 13 January, two rebel Ugandans, ages 23 and 27, who had been forced to join the ADF/NALU when they were 14 and 16, surrendered.Rebels are banned from listening to disarmament, demobilization, repatriation, reintegration and reinsertion (DDRRR) programming, yet “it was through word of mouth that both soldiers had the chance to listen to the broadcasts with their colleagues,” according to Major Rohit Mishra and Mwitiravali Sikuli of MONUC.“Both ex-combatants really wished to join the DDRRR programme, and renounce their part in an illegal rebellion which was being made less and less justifiable by the major political changes taking place in both Uganda and the DRC,” they added.Despite the formal end in 1999 of a civil war, widely considered the most lethal conflict since World War II, which cost 4 million lives due to fighting, hunger and disease, threats to law and order remain. MONUC has overseen the country’s transition, culminating in a landmark multi-party election in 2006, the country’s first in over four decades.
___WeWork CEO stepping aside amid questions about companyNEW YORK (AP) — WeWork’s charismatic but controversial CEO is stepping aside from the communal office-space company he founded, another moment of reckoning between the fast-growing startup and its disenchanted investors. The New York-based company said Tuesday that Adam Neumann will be replaced by two co-CEOs: Artie Minson, formerly co-president and chief financial officer, and Sebastian Gunningham, formerly vice chairman. Neumann will remain on its board as non-executive chairman.___Google wins case over EU’s ‘right to be forgotten’ rulesBRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union’s highest court has handed Google a major victory. It says that the EU’s “right to be forgotten” rules that allow people to control what comes up when their name is searched online do not apply outside the 28-nation bloc. People in Europe have had the right to ask Google and other search engines to delete links to outdated or embarrassing information about themselves, even if it is true.___US home prices rise at slowest pace in 7 yearsWASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. home prices rose in July from a year earlier by the smallest amount in seven years, as modest sales are forcing sellers to keep costs in check. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller 20-city home price index moved up 2% in July from a year ago, down from a 2.2% annual gain in June.___Volkswagen bosses charged in Germany over emissions scandalBERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors have dealt a blow to Volkswagen’s efforts to put the 2015 emissions-cheating case behind it. They have charged the automaker’s chief executive, chairman and former CEO with stock manipulation for not telling investors at the time that the scandal was about to break. The charges come as VW pushes ahead with its shift toward zero-emissions vehicles and a new, more environmentally friendly image.___Feds: Engineer manipulated diesel emissions at Fiat ChryslerDETROIT (AP) — An engineer has been charged with conspiracy and fraud in an alleged scheme to fool regulators about engine pollution from more than 100,000 Fiat Chrysler diesel vehicles. Emanuele Palma is due in a Detroit federal court Tuesday on a raft of charges. Palma, who was a manager until June 2016 at an engine company owned by Fiat Chrysler, is accused of manipulating emissions during government tests to make it appear that engines were producing less pollution than they were.___World postal union rejects Trump’s favoured reform planGENEVA (AP) — In a showdown at a Universal Postal Union meeting, countries rejected the Trump administration’s favoured approach to an international mail problem that is making the U.S. consider leaving the 145-year-old body. Trump trade envoy Peter Navarro appealed at an emergency meeting to urge other countries to support Washington’s reform push. But delegates voted to reject the option 78-57 with nine abstentions. The U.S. says countries like China are not paying enough to send packages to the U.S.___Stocks fall as Democrats turn up heat on TrumpNEW YORK (AP) — Stocks dropped on Wall Street Tuesday as House Democrats met to consider a potential impeachment probe of President Donald Trump and a report showed a drop in consumer confidence. After a higher open, stocks declined as the Conference Board, a business research group, reported its consumer confidence index fell to 125.1 in September from a revised reading of 134.2 in August. That’s worrisome because consumer spending has underpinned the economy during a slowdown in manufacturing.___US consumer confidence drops as economic uncertainties riseWASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer confidence fell sharply in September, a likely indication that growing economic uncertainties are taking a toll on American households. The Conference Board, a business research group, says its consumer confidence index fell to 125.1 in September from a revised August reading of 134.2. Consumers’ assessments of both current economic conditions and expectations for the next six months slipped.___Top UK court: Johnson’s suspension of Parliament was illegalLONDON (AP) — In a decision that badly undermines Boris Johnson’s authority, Britain’s Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that he broke the law by suspending Parliament. The court blamed Johnson for squelching legitimate scrutiny of his Brexit plan. The historic move by Britain’s highest court offered a ringing endorsement of Parliament’s sovereignty and slapped down what it viewed as Johnson’s attempt to use executive power to silence the legislature.___Investigator says FAA training inspectors weren’t qualifiedA federal investigator says safety inspectors who set pilot-training standards for the grounded Boeing Max weren’t qualified, and the FAA misled Congress about the matter. But the Federal Aviation Administration isn’t backing down; it says all inspectors who worked on evaluating the Max were fully qualified for the work they did.___The S&P 500 index fell 25.18 points, or 0.8%, to 2,966.60. The Dow slid 142.22 points, or 0.5%, to 26,807.77. The Nasdaq lost 118.84 points, or 1.5%, to 7,993.63. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks gave up 24.64 points, or 1.6%, to 1,533.61.The Associated Press
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Coca-Cola’s profit rises despite sluggish growth in face of bumpy global economy by Candice Choi, The Associated Press Posted Oct 15, 2013 5:54 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Coca-Cola reported a higher quarterly profit as the world’s biggest beverage maker managed to sell more of its drinks despite choppy economic conditions.The maker of Sprite, Powerade and Vitaminwater said global sales volume edged up 2 per cent for its third quarter, helped by its performance in countries such as China, India and Russia.Still, the company conceded that it was facing an economic slowdown in many parts of the world including Mexico, where the government is also considering a tax on sugary soft drinks.In a conference call with analysts, CEO Muhtar Kent pushed back at the suggestion that the company’s days of growth were coming to an end. He noted that the company is emphasizing affordability and smaller packages to “keep the drinkers base growing” in developing markets.That strategy is critical for “when economies also start turning up and when disposable incomes start heading north,” he said.Kent also shot down the prospect of the tax in Mexico, saying that such measures don’t work and that he didn’t want to discuss the matter any further because “the discussions under progress.”“We’ve made our case to the government,” he said. The company stood by its goal to double system-wide sales by 2020, from 2009.Back in the U.S., where soda has been under fire as well for fueling obesity rates, the Atlanta-based company rolled out smaller cans and bottles of soda that are more profitable and better suit the reduced portions people are seeking. Coca-Cola is also focusing on other drinks, such as flavoured water, as Americans continue to cut back on soda.In North America, for instance, soda volume was flat for the period, following a 4 per cent decline in the previous quarter and flat growth a year ago. But uncarbonated drinks such as tea, juice and bottled water rose 5 per cent. That lifted overall volume for the region by 2 per cent.Meanwhile, soda sales are faring much better in developing markets. The company said its namesake brand saw volume growth of 22 per cent in India. In China, soda volume rose 8 per cent.The company blamed volatile economic conditions for more disappointing results in other parts of the world. In Europe, volume fell 1 per cent. Coca-Cola also cited hurricanes for a 2 per cent volume decline in Mexico.For the quarter, the company said it earned $2.45 billion, or 54 cents per share, up from $2.31 billion, or 50 cents per share, a year ago.Not including one-time items, earnings per share were 53 cents, which was in line with Wall Street expectations.Revenue fell 3 per cent to $12.03, hurt by structural changes and unfavourable currency exchange rates. Analysts had expected $12.05 billion, according to FactSet.The results for the quarter were boosted by a gain related to a bottling transaction in Brazil.Shares of Coca-Cola Co. rose 1.6 per cent at $38.51. Over the past year, the stock is down almost 1 per cent.____Follow Candice Choi at www.twitter.com/candicechoi
“Violence and fear must not be allowed to prevent journalists and media workers from doing their work,” Irina Bokova, Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), said in a news release, following the killing of Arshad Ali Jaffari and Aftab Alam.“The safety of journalists and media workers is an essential condition for the press to keep the public informed. It is important that the authorities investigate these cases and bring those responsible for them to trial.”Mr. Jaffari, a satellite broadcast engineer for Geo News TV, was killed on 9 September in the city of Karachi when gunmen fired on a broadcast van in which he was working.A few hours later, Mr. Alam, who had reported for a number of news outlets including Geo News TV and Samaa TV, was shot while driving his car near his home in Karachi.
January to September new car market remains up 0.3 per cent at 2,079,956 units September 2004 market cools two per cent to 430,763 units New car registrations are 19,606 units above 1999-2003 September average Commenting on the September new car market, SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘We need to be clear that demand for new cars remains strong. However, it is inevitable that a plateau would be reached after three record years and it appears that further growth this year is unlikely. The impact of rising interest rates and the effect on consumer demand from a cooling housing market has, no doubt, accelerated the slowdown in the new car market in the last few months. ‘In an intensely competitive market, new car buyers can expect some great deals in the next few months and despite modest reductions in volume, we still expect to be close to last year’s record when more than 2.57m new cars were registered in the UK.’ September 2004 The attached tables show the registration figures for Great Britain, Northern Ireland, The Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in detail. Top performers by range and UK penetration figures are also listed. Providing SMMT is acknowledged as the source of this information, the figures may be quoted. Substantial reproduction needs specific approval by SMMT. Notes to editors 1.The twice-yearly plate change was first introduced in 1999.2. New car registrations in the UK reached a record 2,579,050 units in 2003, up from 2,563,631 units in 2002 and 2,458,769 units in 2001.DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
By Peter Della Penna Guyana Amazon Warriors 150 for 1 (Walton 84*, Ronchi 55*) beat Jamaica Tallawahs 149 for 7 (McCarthy 44, Sangakkara 38) by nine wicketsChadwick Walton lays into a pull shot Randy Brooks – CPL T20 / Getty Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTallawahs qualify for Hero CPL knockoutsJuly 21, 2016In “Sports”CPL 2017: Calm Williams takes Tallawahs up to second in thrilling finishAugust 18, 2017In “latest news”Guyana Amazon Warriors book place in Hero CPL finalAugust 4, 2016In “latest news” There was no respite at the other end as Luke Ronchi – who entered at the end of the first over after the fall of Sohail Tanvir – smashed Thomas for two sixes and a four in the third over. Ronchi then signed off on Williams’ disastrous 26-run fourth over with a six clubbed back over the bowler’s head.Even when change bowlers stemmed the flow of runs, the Tallawahs fielders did them in. Williams’ wayward throw from short fine leg to the bowler’s end off Mahmudullah resulted in four overthrows in the fifth over. Ronchi and Walton were then dropped off consecutive balls bowled by Mohammad Sami in the sixth over. By the time the Powerplay was done, Warriors were on 88 for 1, the joint-highest Powerplay in CPL history, equaling Trinbago Knight Riders’ electric chase earlier this year.Partnership markThe runs and no-balls – Williams overstepped another three times on consecutive deliveries in the 10th over – continued unabated for the rest of the chase as Walton and Ronchi finished with an unbeaten 135-run stand, the highest partnership for any wicket in CPL 2017. Both had opportunities to eclipse the individual fastest half-century of the season – jointly held by Darren Sammy and Colin Munro, in 23 balls – but Walton eventually reached his half-century in 26 balls while Ronchi took one delivery longer. (ESPNcricinfo) Guyana Amazon Warriors’ surge toward the final CPL playoff berth continued on Friday night at Sabina Park as they walloped the Jamaica Tallawahs by nine wickets. Chadwick Walton rocked to the top of the CPL scoring charts after his unbeaten 84 off 40 balls helped clinch victory with 57 balls to spare.Warriors started the week with a +0.061 net run rate advantage on Barbados Tridents. But their second heavy win of the week, following on from their 99-run demolition of Barbados Tridents on Tuesday, has swelled their lead in the tiebreaker to +1.409. It means the Tridents will need to beat St Kitts & Nevis Patriots and first-place Trinbago Knight Riders in their final two matches this weekend by sizable margins to overtake them.Sangakkara’s fifty streak endsTallawahs had made an assured start after a 79-run stand between captain Kumar Sangakkara and Andre McCarthy. When McCarthy fell in the 14th over for 44 off 35 balls, it was up to Sangakkara to carry on for a big score.However, he fell a dozen short of the milestone for 38 when his attempted paddle flick over short fine leg off Rayad Emrit failed to clear Jason Mohammed on the circle on the last ball of the 16th over. With both set batsmen now gone, Tallawahs limped through to the end of the innings, adding just 29 off the final four overs.Free-flowing WaltonOshane Thomas began his first match on Wednesday night with three dots including the wicket of Chris Gayle. On Friday night, his first two deliveries were a pair of massive oversteps. Walton pulverized both free hits over square leg for six – the second one a deep strike into a parking lot. Walton punished Krishmar Santokie’s opening over from the opposite end for three boundaries, driving him twice through mid-off and a third time over point.The free-hits for Walton returned in the fourth over courtesy of Kesrick Williams. After a boundary through midwicket to start the over, Walton carved a Williams no-ball over point for another. Walton then made it a hat-trick of sixes off free-hits with a slash over third man. Walton mocked Williams’ notebook wicket celebration after each shot, plucking out his own quill to mark notches in his bat.Powerplay mark