Injured in cross-border firing, 10-day-old baby dies in J&K’s Poonch

first_imgA 10-day-old infant who was injured during cross-border firing in Poonch sector on Sunday has succumbed to the injuries at a hospital there.“The baby was undergoing treatment but unfortunately he succumbed [late on Sunday],” Deputy Commissioner Poonch Rahul Yadav said.The infant and his mother, Fatima Jan, were injured in cross-border firing in Shahpur area of Poonch district on Sunday night.The baby was yet to be named, according to the family.According to officials, the Pakistani army started firing and mortar shelling around 7.30 p.m. in Bandi Chechian, Karmara and Kerni areas of Poonch sector on the Line of Control. “A total of three persons were treated at the Poonch hospital,” the official said.last_img

Michael Ferreira wins World Amateur Billiards title for third time in six years

first_imgThree times champion Michael Ferreira: DisgruntledThere is now no disputing who the title ‘monarch of the green baize’ belongs to – Michael Ferreira, the stocky Bombay-based Indian. At Valletta in Malta last fortnight, Ferreira made history by winning the World Amateur Billiards title for the third time in six years.For,Three times champion Michael Ferreira: DisgruntledThere is now no disputing who the title ‘monarch of the green baize’ belongs to – Michael Ferreira, the stocky Bombay-based Indian. At Valletta in Malta last fortnight, Ferreira made history by winning the World Amateur Billiards title for the third time in six years.For India, Ferreira’s feat was occasion for special celebration since his opponent in the final was Subhas Agarwal which made it the first time that two Indians have figured in the final of an international sporting event.For Ferreira, however, victory almost eluded his outstretched cue. When the last session of the semi-final against England’s Norman Dagley, former title-holder and Ferreira’s arch-rival, started, Ferreira was trailing by 735 points, an almost unbeatable margin.But in what he himself described later as a “miracle”, Mike as he is fondly known, pulled off a sensational wafer-thin victory to march into the all-Indian finals. Exulted Ferreira after defeating Dagley: “For anyone who believes there is no God and the age of miracles is over, I’ve got news for you baby. Miracles do happen, there is a God above and at the moment he is showering blessings on the Indians.”Disappointing Response: Tragically, the limited following that the game attracts in this country ensured that what should have been hailed as a historic occasion was sidelined by the vicissitudes of the Indian cricket team against the West Indies. Undoubtedly, Ferreira deserved much more.Ferreira first won the title at Melbourne in 1977, lost it to Paul Mifsud of Malta in Sri Lanka in 1979 and regained it at New Delhi in 1981 defeating Dagley, a London bus-driver. Ferreira’s feat is only rivalled somewhat by Australia’s Bob Marshall, who managed to bag the title four times – but over a period of 26 years.advertisementIncidentally, the list of two-time title-holders includes another Indian, Wilson Jones. Ironically enough, the second time that Jones won the title in 1964 was the year Ferreira started competing at the international level.But even then, he had all the makings of a champion. In his first bid in 1964, he finished third and only lost to Jones and runner-up Jack Karneham by very slim margins. His next bid was at Colombo in 1967, where a painful leg injury forced him out of the tournament but not before he had dazzled the billiards world with the highest tournament break of 507.He topped that in his next international appearance in the 1969 World Amateur Championships in London by becoming the first Indian to chalk up an official break of 600. His 629 in that tournament stood as a world record till it was eclipsed by Sri Lanka’s Mohammed Lafir in Bombay in 1973.Ferreira finished second in that tournament and at that stage it appeared that he lacked the final championship edge to make it to the top. After London, Ferreira went into a slump and it looked like India’s hopes of a second world billiards champion had faded. Ferreira had been chasing the title for over a decade without success but most people underestimated his tremendous fighting spirit.Steady Improvement: Billiards players, like good wine, usually mature with age and Ferreira was showing signs of doing just that, practising for long hours and getting more consistency into his game. In Melbourne, in the 1977 championships, he dramatically dispelled any doubts about his big match temperament and became the second Indian to win the title.If any further doubts about his lack of the killer instinct remained, they received the same treatment in 1981 in New Delhi: he demolished record after record with the brilliance of his table craft.Billiards’s gain, however, has been badminton’s loss. Ferreira was one of the top schoolboy badminton players at St Joseph’s, Darjeeling, and would probably have taken seriously to the game had not an injured elbow ended his badminton career at an early age. He switched to billiards and continued to play after his arrival in Bombay to study law and eventually join his father, a well-known barrister, in the family profession. His work, however, gave him little time for practice and less so when he decided to join Voltas as a law officer.The other Tata company, TOMCO, always on the lookout for sporting talent, quickly absorbed him and gave him facilities where he could spend long hours at practice and play. The results were immediate and spectacular. In 1966, he became the first Indian to defeat the indomitable Wilson Jones. He was then a mere 27, a relative babe by billiards standards. The rest, as they say, is history.advertisementDisillusionment: Unfortunately, the world champion is still a frustrated man. His success has been rudely ignored by the Government. Even after winning his second world title in 1981, Ferreira says he received not one word of congratulations from the state or the Union Government.The only grudging acknowledgement of his existence has been the Shivaji Chhatrapati Award and Arjuna Award. Says he bitterly: “Our cricketers are feted and rewarded for their moderate successes. What will I have to do to deserve similar treatment?”That bitterness comes through eloquently in his writing whenever he takes on reporting assignments for Indian dailies. In his dispatch from Malta after beating Dagley, he wrote: “I was alarmed by the fact that my play had been deteriorating steadily for reasons I could not analyse other than an intense desire to win and prove to the honourable Mr N.K.P. Salve and others of his like that India has more than just Prudential World Cup winners.”It is precisely for that reason that Ferreira has dissuaded his two sons from following in his footsteps. One son, Mark, took to tennis instead and seems to have inherited some of the famous Ferreira talent. He is now in California on a tennis scholarship and has already registered quite a few creditable victories.But Ferreira’s real inspiration is his wife, Fay. She accompanies him on every world tournament since 1977 and according to Ferreira, was responsible for his win last fortnight. “When I was trailing just before the last session, she told me that I had as good as lost so why not relax and enjoy my game. She then slipped a picture of St Jude, the patron saint of desperate cases, into my hand,” he says, adding with a twinkle in his eye, “in fact, St Jude is the joint holder of the title with me.”last_img read more

In Other News Better Childcare Would Go a Long Way to Improve

first_imgEnsuring military families have adequate childcare would make a significant difference in their lives, according to a new study sponsored by the USO. Without stable childcare, spouses cannot afford to work, Chris Marvin, head of the firm that conducted the survey of military spouses, told Military.com. “It’s not a ‘nice-to-have’; it’s not a morale thing; it’s not, ‘thank you for your service.’ It should be a national security priority because … it would do more for the financial well-being of the military families than 10 years of pay raises,” Marvin said. The study’s other top recommendation was that DOD shouldn’t treat military spouses as a monolithic group. … The Air Force plans to relocate a surveillance mission from RAF Mildenhall to RAF Fairford in England by 2024 in a move stemming from the European Infrastructure Consolidation, officials said last week. Relocating the RC-135 Rivet Joint mission, conducted by the Air Force’s 95th Reconnaissance Squadron and 488th Intelligence Squadron, will require moving 530 military personnel and 740 family members. The action is intended to reduce excess capacity, reported Stars and Stripes.Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Actress Taapsee Pannu shuts down trolls of her movie Game Over like

first_imgActress Taapsee Pannu’s recent film Game Over has been released in Telugu, Tamil and Hindi. The film is doing well at the box office and the actress is being praised for her performance as Swapna, a person who is suffering from trauma and anxiety related issues.Well, the actress and Game Over were being trolled after Sumit Kadel, a film Critic and analyst, tweeted that shows of Men In Black International and Bharat have replaced Game Over as there was no audience in the theatres.#GameOver shows reduced at many centers because of no audience. Allotted shows transferred to #Bharat & #MIBInternational .— Sumit kadel (@SumitkadeI) June 17, 2019TwitterIn responses to this, many have tweeted saying Alia and Ranveer are missing this time in promoting the film and that Game Over has become like Nayanthara’s Kolayuthir Kaalam. A Twitter user called Vaibhav Salonia has replied to this saying that Taapsee’s Game Over has zero box office pull.But Taapsee is unmoved in the face of criticism. She replies to critics on social media platforms like a boss. This is something she has been doing every time when people keep themselves busy by trolling the actress for her films and the roles she plays. She replied, “No sir I don’t. My movies do  hope you give it a chance too.” (sic)Well, she ended the conversation with a hashtag #GameOver, indicating that the game of the trolls is over.No sir I don’t. My movies do 🙂 hope you give it a chance too #GameOver https://t.co/0BjgauEs0D— taapsee pannu (@taapsee) June 17, 2019TwitterA few minutes after that, she retweeted the tweet of Atul Mohan which was about the weekend occupancy of films at National Multiplexes in percentages from June 14-16 and Game Over topped the rest of the films with 40 percent. The actress retweeted it and wrote that it definitely doesn’t look bad.She also retweeted a tweet of a youngster from Ludhiana, where he wrote that the theatre in which Game Over was being screened was packed on Monday and that he has never seen movies packed on working days in Ludhiana. He also praised the actress for her performance and gave full marks to director Ashwin Saravanan for an excellent thriller.@taapsee ‘s new release Game Over was house packed on Monday i.e. working day in Ludhiana! We haven’t seen Hindi movies packed on working days in Ludhiana ! Her performance is remarkable! Movie is extraordinary ! Full marks to the director @Ashwin_saravana for excellent thriller pic.twitter.com/IeJeeDbLkK— Maninder Guliani (@maninderguliani) June 17, 2019TwitterThis proves that Taapsee and her remarkable performance in films like Mulk, Manmarziyan, Badla and now Game Over have moulded her as a person who would choose different and thrilling scripts irrespective of what the audience says. She works harder to shut all the trolls, like a boss.last_img read more

Gold falls Rs 1250 in 6 days closes at Rs 28850

first_imgA woman holds gold bangles at a jewellery shop in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata October 14, 2009 (representational image).Reuters fileGold prices in India witnessed a sharp decline on Friday, mirroring the precious metal’s fall below $1,200 per ounce ahead of the US government releasing non-farm payroll data. The metal closed Rs 400 lower at Rs 28,850 per 10 gm, marking 4.15 percent fall since March 4 closing of Rs 30,100. Silver ended Rs 525 lower at Rs 40,975 per kg.In the international market, spot gold receded 0.2 per cent to $1,197.90 per ounce at 0410 GMT from $1,197.02 earlier in the session, marking its weakest since January 31, according to Reuters.”The precious complex has extended the overnight declines during early Asian trade and we expect this to continue leading into tonight’s NFP (non-farm payroll) print as the USD sees support,” the agency quoted MKS PAMP Group trader Sam Laughlin as saying.The jobs data is also seen as a factor that could influence the US Federal Reserve next week to decide on hiking interest rate.”Gold will be under pressure going into the FOMC meeting and hover around the $1,185-$1,190 level,” Ronald Leung, chief dealer at Lee Cheong Gold Dealers in Hong Kong, told the agency.Gold stocks ended in a narrow range on Friday even as the Sensex closed 17 points higher at 28,946 and the NSE Nifty gained 8 points to end at 8,934.Bosch gained 3.32 percent on NSE to close at Rs 22,760 per share.Foreign institutional investors (FIIs) were net buyers of Indian equities worth Rs 413 crore, according to provisional data released by the National Stock Exchange (NSE).Titan ended 0.58 percent higher at Rs 444, Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri (TBZ) closed 1.95 percent lower at Rs 63. PC Jeweller ended almost flat at Rs 376.Results of elections held in five states — Punjab, Uttarakhand, Goa, Manipur and Uttar Pradesh — will be declared tomorrow (Saturday, March 11).last_img read more

24 travel agencies fined in Sylhet

first_imgA mobile court in Sylhet on Monday fined 24 travel agencies a combined Tk 475,000 for various irregularities and not having legal papers, reports UNB.Five teams led by five executive magistrates conducted drives against illegal travel agencies in the town.Police arrested Hera of UCS Education, Mahbub of Reach Reliance and an employee of Jakir Education from West World Shopping City at Zindabazar.They were awarded one month jail term and fined Tk 20,000 each.Executive magistrate Helal Chowdhury passed the order.In the meantime, executive magistrate Irtiza Hasan led a drive in Ambarkhana area and fined Tk 20,000 to Abu Syed Enterprise, Tk 25,000 to Travel Time, Tk 5,000 to Jilani Air International, Tk 20,000 to Miraj Air International, Tk 20,000 to J Square Consultancy, Tk 20,000 to Ranger International, and Tk 30,000 to New Jannat Travels.Deputy commissioner Ashraful Hoque led a drive at Rose View Complex in Upashahar area and fined Tk 20,000 to Abid Overseas, Tk 15,000 to Assalam Hajj and Omra, Tk 20,000 to Alkefa, Tk 20,000 to Khaja Air International Service and Tk 10,000 to White Travels.last_img read more

Three HC judges asked to refrain from performing duties

first_imgHigh CourtThree judges of the High Court on Thursday were asked to refrain from performing their duties as an investigation is underway against them for their ‘misconduct’, reports UNB.The judges are justice Salma Masud Chowdhury, justice Kazi Rezaul Haque and justice AKM Jahirul Haque.The names of the three judges were not there on the daily cause list of the court on Thursday.Md Saifur Rahman, a special officer and representative of the Supreme Court, told newsmen that the three judges were asked to refrain from judicial activities after consultation with president Abdul Hamid based on the findings of a primary investigation.Meanwhile, the three judges submitted applications seeking leave, he added.last_img