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 •  WATCH | Ashes, 1st Test: Australia rally late to restrict England on intriguing Day 1

Australia fought back with two late wickets to restrict England to 196 for four and leave the Ashes series-opener in Brisbane delicately poised on Thursday after the tourists' unheralded batsmen threatened to dominate an intriguing first day.

Ashes debutants Mark Stoneman and James Vince had frustrated Australia's vaunted pace attack with a 125-run partnership on a slow Gabba wicket but seamer Pat Cummins hauled the home side back in the game. The young paceman bowled Stoneman for 53 in the last over before tea then returned to capture England captain Joe Root lbw for 15, leaving Moeen Ali and Dawid Malan to negotiate a nervy finish to stumps.

Spinner Nathan Lyon denied Vince a potentially career-defining century with a brilliant piece of fielding, running him out for 83 after nearly four hours of pain-staking graft. Malan was 28 not out and Moeen on 13, with both sides having fought hard after Root won the toss and sent his team into bat.

England would have been buoyed by the performance of rookies Vince and Stoneman but tempered by the disappointment that neither could go on to make bigger scores. Stoneman was bowled four balls short of the relief of tea, while Vince was out making a needless dash for a single.

Vince's wicket seemed like a turning point and though Root dug in for 50 balls, he was out lbw by a scorching delivery from Cummins, the wicket awarded after home captain Steve Smith demanded a review of Marais Erasmus's not out decision.

Cummins greeted Moeen with a short ball that hammered into his upper body. Unperturbed, the all-rounder drove Cummins for four and casually despatched Lyon for six with a slog sweep over deep midwicket a few overs later. Australia lost a review trying to remove Malan lbw in the last over before play was halted due to poor light.

DROPPED CATCH

Vince, England's surprise selection at number three, brought up his maiden 50 in his eighth test, having never before surpassed 42 in his previous seven matches. Stoneman raised his 50 with a streaky edge off Cummins, the ball falling short of second slip before racing off for two, leaving fielder Peter Handscomb punching the turf in frustration.

Worse was to come for the hosts in the following over as recalled wicketkeeper Tim Paine grassed a chance to have Vince out for 68 when he nicked Lyon behind. Paine had taken Matthew Wade's place in the test squad in a surprising selection, beating out Peter Nevill, and the miss saw Smith fling his head back in exasperation.

While the Gabba wicket showed a green tinge, Smith said he too would have batted first and his fast men rarely threatened early, struggling to extract much pace or movement off the seam in the morning. The exception was a peach of a delivery from paceman Mitchell Starc which moved away slightly from Alastair Cook and kissed the outside edge on the way to Handscomb in the slips.

Smith earlier confirmed opener David Warner and Shaun Marsh would play after they suffered neck and back strains in recent days.

Here are highlights from Day 1

(Inputs from Reuters)

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 •  Ranji Trophy: Other teams getting stronger than Mumbai, says Sanjay Manjrekar

Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar feels one reason for the recent dwindling dominance of oft-crowned Ranji champions Mumbai could be because other teams are getting stronger.

Even in this season's Ranji Trophy, Mumbai have been made to wait till the last league game to try and seal their knockout spot. The 41-time champions need to beat Tripura in their last Group C league game, commencing on November 25, to make it to the quarters.

Last year, Mumbai were beaten by Gujarat in the final held in Indore. "May be one reason is that the other teams are getting stronger (in the Ranji Trophy). Earlier Mumbai and a couple of other metros who were dominant, now the small town boys are playing with the same kind of 'jigar' (enthusiasm)," Manjrekar said on Wednesday. "There are more players from around India who are putting up a stiff competition," he said.

The topic came up at the discussion after Manjrekar and former Mumbai opener Lalchand Rajput released a book, 'Spell-binding Spells', penned by Anindya Dutta. Manjrekar also believes that in the early Mumbai teams, there was one India player, who was captaining the side and that is somehow missing in the present team.

"And the other reason, if we look at all the good Mumbai teams, there was always an international player captaining them, that's where somehow (they) were able to rub on the right kind of culture," he said. "I played under Sandeep Patil and he made sure that the message was passed on from the highest level to those players. That link, I think, is missing," added Manjrekar.

Rajput, a domestic bulwark who scored tons of runs in domestic cricket before going on to play for India, echoed similar views, while pointing out the positive influence of the Indian Premier League on other teams' players.

"That is one of the reasons, yes, other players (apart from Mumbai) have also started (playing well). The second part is the IPL. A lot of players become more mature by rubbing shoulders with national stars. So they become more confident," he said.

"I will give you an example, if Gujarat was playing against Mumbai, they would get out before the match started, they would say 'do din me khatam hoga ya ek din mei' (will it get over in two days or one day)," said Rajput, who now coaches Assam.

Rajput, who was the Indian team manager for a brief time, also believes that the mindset of opposition players is changing when they take on Mumbai. "But now the players are saying 'Bombay ko mar sakte hai' (we can beat Bombay), the mindset is changing. It all depends on the mindset and other players have started believing that we can beat the best team," he signed off.

Mumbai recently played their 500th Ranji game versus Baroda and were made to struggle for a draw after conceding the first innings lead. Even their next game against Andhra Pradesh in Ongole ended in a draw after Mumbai gained the first innings lead.

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 •  Always respect competitiveness in opponents: Virat Kohli all praise for Niroshan Dickwella

Virat Kohli is known to play cricket the hard way. He does not give an inch to the opposition, nor does he expect any either. Play fair and square has been Kohli’s mantra.

He was in the thick of things in the final stages of the first Test in Kolkata when Sri Lanka, faced with a stiff target of 231, were facing defeat. In came gutsy wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella, who used time-wasting tactics as light was also fading at the Eden Gardens.

Kohli was often seen complaining to the umpires Nigel Llong and Joel Wilson about Dickwella’s tactics. In the end, he was all admiration for the competitive skills showed by the left-handed batsman-wicketkeeper as the match ended in a draw.

Kohli, never one to hide his admiration for rival players, said on Thursday: “I like to see that character. I liked that competitiveness on the field. He (Dickwella) is someone who takes a lot of pride in his cricket. I was impressed with what I have seen so far from the last series as well.

“He has got great ability to do something very special for Sri Lankan cricket. I like to see that competitiveness on the field. In the heat of things, I will do anything for my team to win. Afterwards we had a normal chat, and on the flight as well. Those things end on the field. When you are competitive as an opponent, we always respect that about any opponent. He is a very feisty character and that works for his game. Credit to him for maintaining that and I am sure he will do many good things in Sri Lankan cricket.”

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 •  Everyone starts judging players when results come: Virat Kohli aghast at poor scheduling of South Africa

Virat Kohli has maintained his stance on the packed international schedule for quite some time now. Rather than complaining about it, he is leading his team by example into making use of whatever is available to them and creating opportunities within the available time to excel in the current series while also preparing for the upcoming tougher battles in the overseas conditions, what with South Africa being the next immediate tour followed by visits to England and Australia next year.

Speaking to the media on the eve of the second Test against Sri Lanka on Thursday, Kohli said the request was made to prepare pitches this series keeping South Africa in mind: “Yes, because unfortunately we get only two days before we fly to South Africa (in December end) after this series gets over. So, we have no choice but to be in game situation and think of what’s coming ahead of us. Had we got a month off ideally, we would have done a proper preparation in a camp sort of scenario but we have to sort of make do with what we have. As usual cramped for time, which I think we needed to assess in future as well because we very easily assess the team when go abroad but we don’t look at how many days we have got to prepare before we go to a particular place to play.

“And, everyone starts judging players when results come after Test matches. It should be a fair game where we get to prepare the way we want to and then we are entitled to be criticised. So, we thought this is an ample opportunity for us to challenge ourselves, put us in a situation. As I said, we want to embrace being in difficult conditions. I am not saying that everyone will go out and perform immediately but if we can feel comfortable about it after one or two or three innings, someone will come good. And, once you come good, you build on that confidence. It’s the same for the bowlers. Yes, we are looking at this as an opportunity.”

Kohli also spoke about his magnificent unbeaten 104 that set up the first Test into an exciting finish, almost winning the match for India despite a lot of time lost due to rain and bad light. Kohli said that he looked at the positive things of his risk in the latter part of his 18th Test century, rather than the negative side.

“At international level, you need to take risks. There is no safe game at the international level. You need an element of risk at all times. The magnitude of the risk depends on the situation that you are in. I was pretty comfortable taking risks. I knew I was thinking of the other side, not the negative side, ‘what if it comes off’. I was not thinking ‘what if it doesn’t come off’. Thinking matters a lot in such situations, and whatever you think, as they say, you end up achieving that. I back myself to do it and luckily it came off.

“As a captain of the team, my job is to assess the situation at all times. It is not only left to my positions while batting or where the bat is coming from or where I am leaving the ball or where I am hitting it. It is also to keep a check on what is going on in the game. That is something I relish, I enjoy, having to do a lot of things at one time. There was an opportunity to find the right moment to actually change things around. That is something that you want to do as a cricketer. Very seldom do you get to make a difference in a Test match in a short span of time. I look forward to opportunities like that.

“Everyone wants to bat long, everyone wants to bat well. Yes, in Test cricket you want to bat correctly with good technique. You will get those opportunities where you can make or set up a match for the team. Those are the kind of things we create for as a team now. If you look at the past couple of years, everyone wants to step in and make an impact at times. We have won important sessions in all the Test matches that we have played. I looked at it as an opportunity.”

Praise for Vijay Shankar

Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar has been drafted into the second and third Tests as a replacement for Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Kohli spoke highly of the 26-year-old who has five centuries and taken 27 wickets in his 32 first-class games since debut in December 2012 at the same city, though at the old VCA Cricket Ground.

Kohli said the team management was looking at grooming a second all-rounder after Hardik Pandya for overseas conditions.

“He has been very consistent. He has earned his spot. We wanted to look at another all-rounder keeping in mind that’s a very important aspect of the team going forward. Obviously, Hardik is in our scheme of things as our first all-rounder. But we need to, obviously, find out more people who have that capability and whom we can groom and make as back-ups for all-rounder’s slot, which is very very crucial for us when we travel abroad. That is the whole idea of bringing him in and keeping him in the set up and making him familiar with what’s going on here and making him understand what he needs to work on and look at his game as well.

“He is a pretty balanced cricketer, he is a very composed, he is handy with the ball, he can easily give you 10-12 overs a day and he is very solid with the bat. I just saw him at the nets. Big moment for him. He has earned it, as it said.”

With two forced changes in the side, with Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar not available, Kohli said it did not bother him and that it provided others a chance to “step in”.

“Not difficult at all, because we pick a squad keeping in mind all 15 are equipped with what is required to perform at the international level,” the 29-year-old right-handed batsman said. “These kinds of scenarios where two guys miss out for personal reasons is an opportunity for the guys who get games in these situations. I am not worried at all. Am very confident of the ability of the guys who will step in and they are looking at this as an opportunity to go out and do well for the team which everyone likes to do. Obviously, those two guys (Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar) have made an impact in a lot of games for us. As I said, it provides an opportunity for others stepping in.”

Kohli did not give a hint as to who would replace them, but indications are that Murali Vijay and pacer Ishant Sharma will walk into the side, which means that Shankar has to wait for his Test debut.

The pitch, according to Kohli’s assessment, is “quite hard as it is usually is at Nagpur with a nice grass covering on it”. He reckoned that the fast bowlers should be in play for the first couple of days because of the bounce and the nice carry off it as well. “From there on, the spinners will come into play. It is a pretty good wicket for overall Test cricket, I feel,” he said.

Even though the spinners have dominated the Tests at this VCA Stadium, Kohli said the past results don’t matter in selecting the final 11.

“That wouldn’t matter because, obviously you have to look at what you are playing at, what kind of wicket you are playing on and pick the team accordingly. I don’t think the past record should matter a lot because you can see totally different wickets at venues when you play at different times. For example, the Ashes Test match going on right now (in Brisbane) doesn’t seem to be the usual Gabba wicket that we see with lot of pace, bounce and carry. So, it all depends on what you are playing on and then select the team accordingly.”

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 •  Check out the first ever footage from 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom'

As a Thanksgiving present, writer/producer Colin Trevorrow gifted first footage from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

The footage shows Chris Pratt's Owen Grady - the Raptor whisperer - playing with tiny hatchlings. The purrs and giggles feel real as they get. The dark patches on the back of baby Raptor resemble the ones on the back of Owen's favourite Raptor, Blue. Is this Blue's baby? (no pun intended) We will know for sure when the movie releases.

Here' what we have from the movie so far - 

A mysterious first look

Director JA Bayona had shared the first look of the movie in March this year. It showed a small girl in a staring contest with a Triceratops skull. What looked like a museum is filled with various skeletons of the now extinct species.

No details about the child actor, including her role in the movie, were revealed at the time.

First poster and title reveal

In June this year, the official Twitter handle of Jurassic World unveiled the title with a dark poster.

Trevorrow has promised that the sequel will be more suspenseful and scary. "It's just the way it's designed; it's the way the story plays out. I knew I wanted Bayona to direct it long before anyone ever heard that was a possibility, so the whole thing was just built around his skill set," he said.

Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and BD Wong are returning to reprise their roles.They are joined by James Cromwell, Toby Jones, Geraldine Chaplin, Rafe Spall, and Ted Levine.

Best of all, Jeff Goldblum, who played the fantastic Dr Ian Malcolm is returning too!

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is scheduled to release June 22, 2018

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 •  Ashes: Debutants Mark Stoneman, James Vince defend England in first session

Alastair Cook fell cheaply but Mark Stoneman and James Vince showed impressive defiance in their Ashes debuts to steer England to 59 for one at lunch on the first day of the series-opening test in Brisbane on Thursday.

Opener Stoneman and number three Vince had built a 57-run partnership at the break, steadying the tourists after Mitchell Starc had Cook caught in the slips for two in the third over.

After England captain Joe Root won the toss and sent his side in to bat, Stoneman compiled 25 and Vince 32 as the pair frustrated Australia's vaunted pace attack.

While the Gabba wicket showed a green tinge, Australia captain Steve Smith said he too would have liked to bat first and his fast men rarely threatened, struggling to extract much pace or movement off the seam.

The exception was a peach of a delivery from Starc which former captain Cook had no choice but to play, the ball moving away slightly and kissing the outside edge on the way to Peter Handscomb in the slips.

Starc then tried to soften up Stoneman with short balls and a few choice words after his follow-through but the Australian attack was surprisingly subdued for the first morning of cricket's oldest rivalry.

Vince, England's surprise selection at number three, did his best to put the pressure back on the bowlers, stroking two consecutive boundaries off Josh Hazlewood before the drinks break, the first a glorious cover drive followed by a dismissive flick off his pads.

It was mostly slow going for the tourists, however, as they patiently held firm against the pacemen, with Stoneman seeing off 90 balls and Vince 74.

Smith introduced spinner Nathan Lyon shortly after the drinks break and he coaxed a leading edge with his first ball but he was also fended off despite finding plenty of turn.

The pitch is likely to harden and quicken as the day progresses, meaning stiffer tests are likely for England's inexperienced batsmen.

Smith earlier confirmed opener David Warner and Shaun Marsh would play after they suffered neck and back strains in recent days.

England picked Jake Ball as their fourth seamer and he joins James Anderson, Stuart Broad and all-rounder Chris Woakes in their pace attack as they bid to retain the urn, having won the last series 3-2 on home soil in 2015.

Australia won the previous series Down Under 5-0 in 2013/14.

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 •  Amit Shah roars with Naranpura support

It is difficult to call Naranpura a BJP bastion as the constituency came into existence only after 2008 delimitation. So far, the region has seen just the 2012 assembly election. The seat, which is dominated by the upper caste (both Patels and Jains have around 40,000 votes each) voters, is likely to back the ruling party. BJP national president Amit Shah won the seat in 2012 by a margin of 63,335 votes. He resigned as an MLA of the Gujarat assembly in August 2017 after he was elected to the Rajya Sabha. Shah shifted to Naranpura in 2012. Until then, he had been elected from Sarkhej constituency.

Naranpura seat constitutes areas taken from the Sabarmati constituency. Naranpura constituency comprises Naranpura ward, Stadium and Nava-wadaj. A completely urban seat, the constituency is a combination of mostly upper-class and middle-class voters (Naranpura and Stadium areas) except for some part of Nava Wadaj which is home to a big slum- Ramapir No Tekro. 

Despite the presence of a large section of Patel's, the area saw only minor skirmishes even during the Patidar reservation agitation. 

During the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) elections, all the 12 seats that fall under the constituency voted for BJP corporators, a proof that the ruling party enjoys people's support. Gautam Shah, the mayor of Ahmedabad, whose name is touted as one of the probable candidates of the BJP for the seat, said Amit Shah has nurtured his constituency well. "Development work worth crores of rupees are being done in the constituency.

While some are in the pipeline, others have been finished. Around 7,700 homes will be built under the smart city programme for the people of Ramapir no Tekro, one of the biggest slums in the city," Shah said. New water tanks have been built, water and drainage work, worth Rs67 crores, have been made in the constituency, he added.

"Of the 11 new urban health centres planned in Ahmedabad, one is in Naranpura. We have also planned a sports sankul for the constituency. The development work alone shows how much Amit Shah cares for his constituency," said Shah. "BJP will not only win the seat but be victorious with a stupendous margin," he added.

Not everyone is impressed. Jitu Patel of Congress, who contested against Amit Shah in 2012, said the quality of development work can be known by just looking at the roads. "The roads are so poor. One rain and it washes away. Another problem is the high property tax in this area. The government makes a show of giving something and then snatches it through high taxation," said Patel, who does not plan to contest in this election. The BJP also needs to worry about the influence of Hardik Patel on Patel voters here not to mention the impact of GST.

WHAT THE COMMON MAN SAYS

The potholed roads are the biggest problems. I have been living here for over a decade. The condition of roads has only worsened. The MLA keeps making promises, but the results are never seen. The only time some work is done is when a politician is expected to visit the place. 
Kalyani Jadawala, Student

The biggest concern is the stray cattle in the area. It leads to other problems such as the area is very dirty. Politicians remember us only during elections. Moreover, GST and demonetisation have ensured that there is no “ease of doing business” for the small businessman. 
Kalpesh Bhatia, Businessman 

The area that I live in has a big menace of mosquito breeding. An MLA needs to visit his voters and interact with them and ask them their problems. However, that doesn’t happen. Personally, I faced a lot of difficulties during demonetisation. 
Geeta Mehta, senior citizen

Naranpura is one of the best areas in the city.  I’m happy with the development of the area. However, the condition of roads in some places is pathetic. As someone who manages home, I can say that price of vegetables has risen. The fuel price has also increased drastically.
Nupur Desai, Homemaker

Drainage has been an issue here for sometime now particularly during heavy monsoon. The other problem is of traffic. Demonetisation and GST were impleme
-nted shoddily. There has been no great improvement that the country has seen, instead there is economic slowdown.
Ankita Vashi, Banker

 

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 •  Notice to Centre on steroid misuse plea

The Delhi High Court (HC) on Wednesday issued notices to the Centre on a plea seeking directions to ensure that no topical medications containing a "cocktail of harmful steroids" are sold without a valid prescription. The steroids in question are used to treat several skin diseases.

The plea, filed by the Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists, and Leprologists (IADVL), a leading official body of dermatologists and skin specialists, has questioned the misuse of topical corticosteroids, a class of drugs used to treat a variety of skin diseases.

The petition sought a ban on the manufacture and sale of several skin creams containing steroids, which are marketed for skin conditions such as pigmentation, itching, fairness, and inflammation.

It also sought an independent high-level inquiry into how the Central Drug Standards and Control Organisation (CDSCO) granted approval for the commercial manufacture, use, and sale of hazardous as well as irrational and unscientific steroid combinations, and an order to prosecute the officers concerned.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar termed this a serious issue and asked the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and the Central Drug Standards and Control Organisation (CDSCO) to file their response on the plea by January 23, the next date of hearing.

Appearing for the petitioner, advocate Tania Agarwal contended that by enforcing the provisions of the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, the government must curb the menace of abuse of certain drugs that have been affecting the health of millions of Indians.

"The unchecked and unregulated manufacture and sale of irrational, unscientific, and hazardous corticosteroids, either in the form of a single molecule or in combination with other antifungals or antibacterials has caused serious adverse effects on the health of millions of Indians," the plea stated.

It also contended that these drugs caused growth retardation in infants and children, Cushing syndrome, suppression of hypothalamic pituitary adrenal axis, acute adrenal insufficiency, severe hard to treat steroid modified fungal infection of the groin and other body areas, male genital dermatophytoses, topical steroid damaged face, among other things.

The petition sought directions to the government to include these drugs in Schedule H of the Drugs and Cosmetic Rules, 1945, as proposed by the Drugs Technical Advisory Board. Schedule H is the category of drugs that can to be dispensed only through a prescription and that cannot be advertised. The sale of steroid creams is over half-a-billion-dollar business, with almost two-thirds of them being sold without prescription.

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 •  Find solutions to stubble woes, says NGT

The National Green Tribunal (NGT) on Wednesday directed the Centre and the state governments of Delhi and neighbouring states to come up with "workable solutions" to curb burning of crop residue, including using the paddy straw as fuel in power plants. The Tribunal directed the Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, to chair a meeting on the issue.

It also asked the Secretary, Ministry of Energy, Managing Director of the National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India Limited and senior officials of the Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited and the National Thermal Power Corporation Limited (NTPC) to participate in this meeting, which will be held on November 28.

The NGT bench, headed by Justice Swatanter Kumar, passed these directions while hearing a contempt plea filed by environmental activist Vikrant Tongad on the issue of stubble burning.

During the meeting, the bench ordered the officials to deliberate on a host of issues and submit their recommendations by December 6. It also said that it shall be deliberated if, "every state should or should not be directed to establish its own pelletisation plant for agriculture residue to make it fit for utilisation as fuel in the thermal power plants run by the NTPC."

Further, the officials would have to deliberate on incentives that could be provided to farmers and recommend ways to transport the crop residue to the plants.

In response, the NTPC informed the Tribunal that at six thermal power plants located in north India, the demand for crop residue in pellet form is 8,000-15,000 metric tonnes per day.

"This demand shall form a very small (5-10 per) percentage of the total coal that is being used by the NTPC," the NGT bench observed.

THE BENCH SAID

  • The bench also directed each state to submit to the Secretary, Agriculture Ministry, a list of all existing and proposed thermal power plants or biomass-based energy plants.
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 •  Ryan accused back in juvenile home

The Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) in Gurugram on Wednesday sent a 16-year-old student of the Ryan International School to the juvenile home again for 14 days.

The juvenile has been accused of murdering a seven-year-old student, Pradyuman Thakur, in the school premises on September 8. 

He was produced before the JJB after his custody ended on Wednesday. He was last produced before the board on November 11. 

He has since been put up at an observational home in Faridabad.

Meanwhile, the juvenile's father alleged that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) interrogated his son beyond the prescribed time.

The board had fixed his interrogation for 10 am to 6 pm during a three-day remand that the agency got on November 8. Hearing on his plea is now scheduled for December 29, said a lawyer who attended the proceedings.

The agency also sought permission to get his fingerprints but the matter has been posted for a later hearing. "There has been no decision on whether the juvenile should be tried as an adult," Sushil Tekriwal, counsel of the victim's father, Barun Chandra Thakur, said.

On November 14, Thakur had filed a petition before the JJB, seeking that the 16-year-old accused be tried as an adult, stating that the crime he committed was "chilling, horrific, monstrous, and serious in nature".

"The juvenile should be treated as an adult as he knew what he was doing, his intention was to kill. He bought a knife a day before and also researched poisons on the internet. The statements recorded by the CBI officers indicate that he planned this murder to delay the exams and the parents-teachers meeting. The murder had a motive," said Tekriwal.

SCHOOL BUS CONDUCTOR RETURNS HOME

Ashok Kumar, the school bus conductor arrested in connection with the Ryan murder case, was released on bail from the Bhondsi Jail on Wednesday evening. As the media persons thronged outside the Jail premises, the authorities as well as Kumar’s lawyers were quick to get him out from the back gate. His family members and other villagers were waiting for him at his home. Kumar’s lawyers claimed that he was not in a condition to speak to the media. He reached home around 9 pm and soon went to sleep. Kumar was granted bail on Tuesday under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution, which states that everyone has a right to personal liberty and life.

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 •  Visual relief for commuters as artwork to adorn Phase III Metro stations

Commuters using Metro on a daily basis are in for some visual relief and even enjoyment as the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has decided to beautify the stations with the use of creative artworks.

As many as 11 stations on the upcoming Majlis Park–Shiv Vihar corridor of Phase III will be beautified under the project. These stations include Netaji Subhash Place, Shalimar Bagh, Naraina, Bhikaji Cama Place, Sarojini Nagar, South Extension, INA, Lajpat Nagar, Vinobha puri, Nizamuddin, and Ashram.

"As part of the project, digital glass prints will be installed on the entire shafts of lifts. The graffiti and artworks are expected to add aesthetic value to these structures as well as brighten up the premises," a DMRC official said. All these lifts run from ground to concourse and concourse to platform levels of these underground stations.

The artworks have been inspired by themes such as nature, Indian classical dance forms, and so on, and have been meticulously prepared by the DMRC's team of architects.

"Delhi Metro always endeavours to design its stations in an aesthetic manner. Artworks and installations have been put up at many of the Delhi Metro's stations. In Phase II, the lift shafts at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Metro station were decorated," the official said.

Also, on the Heritage Line, stations have artworks depicting the history and culture of the area. In the upcoming Botanical Garden–Kalkaji Mandir section also, artworks have been installed to beautify stations.

PROJECT METRO

  • As many as 11 stations on the Majlis Park–Shiv Vihar corridor of Phase III will be beautified including Netaji Subhash Place, Shalimar Bagh, Naraina, Bhikaji Cama Place, Sarojini Nagar, South Extension, INA, Lajpat Nagar, etc.
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 •  FIR filed against Noida society for throwing out newborn pups

The People for Animals (PFA) has registered an FIR at Noida Sector 49 police station against the builder of Prateek Wisteria in Sector 77, the Apartment Owners Association (AOA), secretary of the society, and even the security agency involved for mercilessly separating weeks-old puppies from their mothers and throwing them out of the premises.

According to a PFA member, two female dogs gave birth to 12 puppies in the Prateek Wisteria last week. On November 19, they were thrown out of the society. When some residents informed PFA member Kaveri Rana Bharadwaj, she lodged a police complaint.

Police confirmed that an FIR has been lodged under Section 11 of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act (PCA) 1960, and sections 428 (mandates a punishment of two years' imprisonment or fine, or both, for killing or maiming an animal of value of Rs 10 or more) and 429 (mandates a punishment of up to five years' imprisonment or fine, or both, for killing or maiming an animal of value of Rs 50 or more) of the Indian Penal Code.

"When residents informed me about the step taken by the AOA, I was shocked. So, I immediately spoke to the AOA secretary. She told me she was thinking about taking some steps as the puppies were a nuisance. Later, a society member informed me that the puppies have already been thrown out," Bharadwaj said.

Then Bharadwaj and resident Pragati Khanna visited the society only to find that nine of the 12 puppies were living on a vacant plot near the society while three had gone missing.

She added that the security guard at the building's gate admitted to the incident. Now, a search has been launched for the missing ones.

In response, the secretary of the society also lodged an FIR against the PFA and a resident at the same police station, under IPC Sections 289 (negligent conduct with respect to animals) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation).

"Last Sunday, the AOA called a meeting that was attended by all residents. The decision was taken unanimously as everyone agreed that the puppies were creating a lot of nuisance. We took this decision after a general agreement," said society secretary Nisha Rai.

She also said that as many as eight people have been bitten by dogs in a week, and their medical reports have been submitted to the police station. Investigating officer Padam Singh said: " Initial investigation suggests the dogs had become a menace. We can say more only after a complete probe."

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 •  Police nab accused who gunned down BJP worker

The Gautam Budh Nagar Police have arrested the main accused, in connection with the murder of the Bharatiya Janata Party worker, from the Salarpur underpass in the Noida area of Gautam Budh Nagar on Wednesday morning.

According to the police, the accused has been identified as Deepak Verma, a relative of a person contesting the municipal elections scheduled later in November. Deepak allegedly shot Sagar Sharma with his licensed revolver.

"Yesterday (on Tuesday) we had formed different teams to nab the accused as he was absconding. We had got information that he is trying to escape the city. A team was formed and he was nabbed from the Salarpur underpass in the morning at around 7 am," said Piyush Kumar Singh, Circle Officer – 2, Greater Noida.

During interrogation, the accused revealed that he was drunk and had gone to meet Sagar. Later, the two had an argument in which he lost his cool and shot Sagar.

"He said that he didn't have any intentions to kill Sagar as the two were good friends. He had gone to meet Sagar along with his brother, Manoj. While talking, the two disagreed on something due to which Sagar abused him. He then lost his cool and took out his revolver and shot him," Singh added.

On Monday night at around 11.30 pm, according to the complaint filed by Sharma's brother, Abhimanyu, both of them were sitting at a tent house near their house. Later on, they got a call from their family and left for their homes.

"While heading back Manoj and Deepak came from behind and took Sharma about 200 meters away on the pretext of some work. They had an argument and later the argument got ugly. Suddenly, Manoj held him from behind and Deepak took out his revolver and shot him. The two then fled the spot," said Abhimanyu."

Sharma was rushed to a nearby hospital where he succumbed to his injuries during treatment. "Deepak was produced before the court and have been sent to jail while Manoj was arrested on Monday and sent to jail on Tuesday," said a senior police officer.

Police have recovered the pistol used in the crime from his possession and police have dismissed the reports of the incident of being a fallout of political rivalry.

COP SUSPENDED AFTER MURDER

  • A controversy has emerged as police stated Deepak had used his licenced pistol to kill Sagar Sharma. As a result, following the killing, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Gautam Budh Nagar Love Kumar ordered the suspension of sub-inspector Pritam Singh. A probe has also been ordered to find out why Deepak’s licenced arms were not deposited with the authorities in view of the upcoming local body polls.
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 •  Crafts council scholarship to encourage young talent

Young artisans across all fields of art will be awarded the Kamaladevi Puraskar (KDP) for their talent in a function to be held at India International Centre on Saturday. Given annually by Delhi Crafts Council (DCC), KDP is an annual scholarship award given to encourage young talent among artists in the age 14-20 years, so they continue to practice their craft and are motivated to take it up as a means of livelihood eventually.

The award was instituted in 1986 in the name of its patron founder Kamala Deviji, who also presented the first Puraskar. The awards will also mark the Golden Jubilee year of DCC, hence the focus will be on crafts that support the performing arts. Since the inception of the award more than three decades ago, over 150 children have benefited from the scholarships. Some of the awardees have also been honoured as Master Craftsmen, an award bestowed on them by the Government of India.

Five young artisans, who have been selected for the Kamaladevi Puraskar this year, represent the art of leather puppet making for the Ravan Chhayashadow puppet theatre of Odisha, mask making for SeraikelaChhau of Jharkhand, Potloi (dress) making for the RaasLeela of Manipur, Phad painting for the storytelling tradition of Rajasthan, and making of the Manipuripungdrum.

"Theatre craft was an area of particular interest to Late Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay and the DCC would like to pay tribute to her while celebrating its Golden Jubilee this year. Short cultural performances of the related crafts will also be presented by talented groups that have traveled especially for this event," a representative of DCC said.

Shekhar Sen, chairperson, Sangeet Natak Academy will be the chief guest and Guru Singhajit Singh will be the guest of honour at the event.

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 •  Gujarat elections 2017: 66 in 2012, BJP MLA is 69 in 2015

If her poll affidavit is anything to go by, BJP MLA and the party's candidate from Bhuj constituency Nima Acharya has grown older by only three years in the last five years.

In the affidavit filed along with her nomination papers on Tuesday, the senior MLA and BJP nominee from Bhuj seat in Kutch stated her age as 69.

In her 2012 election affidavit, she had stated her age as sixty six.

The anomaly in the affidavit was spotted by her Congress rival Aadam Chaki who distributed copies of the 'erroneous' declaration in the affidavit to media.

He also complained to the election officials about the same and demanded cancellation of his rival's nomination form.

Acharya could not be reached for a comment.

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 •  SC denies appeal by Hadiya's father

Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to modify its order on a plea filed by KM Asokan seeking an in-camera trial on November 27, when his daughter Akhila/Hadiya is set to appear before a court bench comprising Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.

The bench, which also comprised Justices AM Khanwilkar and DY Chandrachud, ruled that the decision to conduct the trial in-camera would be taken on the day of the hearing itself. However, it allowed Asokan's counsel to mention the matter again on Monday.

The advocate appearing for Asokan, however, said the matter would become infructuous if the decision is taken on the day of the trial itself.

The father's move comes days before Hadiya is set to appear in the Supreme Court to finally speak up and give her side of the story.

Hadiya, who has been caught in the eye of the storm for converting to Islam and marrying Shafin Jahan, is supposed to appear before the court bench on November 27.

"It is respectfully submitted that a family's anguish and misery caused by the acts of an extremist organisation should not be reduced to a public spectacle and or a reality show. The object of the production of Akhila in a court is to enable this court to arrive at the truth and ascertain the role of PFI/other extremist elements, and whether there is a network in place or systematic conversion and radicalisation activities," the application filed through advocate Madhavi Divan said.

In May, the Kerala High Court had nullified Jahan's marriage with 24-year-old Hadiya aka Akhila condemning it as "love jihad".

Jahan appealed in the top court against the HC order and sought his wife's presence since she was in her father's custody. Jahan claimed that Ashokan was holding Hadiya against her wishes since their marriage was "arbitrarily" annulled. However, Ashokan — the father, claimed that Sathya Sarani who propagated conversion to Islam, influenced his daughter.

Flip-flopping on this issue, at the previous hearing, the apex court finally agreed to meet Hadiya in person to decide for itself whether her move was by her free-will or whether she was "brainwashed".

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 •  Delhi High Court pulls up DDA, NDMC over unused IFC

Miffed with the wastage of tax payers money, the Delhi High Court on Wednesday rapped the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NDMC) for its failure to ensure that the traders from the walled city shift to the integrated freight complex (IFC) in Narela, even after plots have been allotted for the purpose.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said that shifting of the markets, including chemical traders, from central and Old Delhi would decongest the area.

"Tax payers money is being wasted. Why are you (DDA and North MCD) not doing your job? It is mind-boggling to think that a project with such a huge money value is being permitted to slide, while the Supreme Court, National Green Tribunal and this court are struggling with pollution issues. It is only because the officials are not doing their duty," it said.

The bench expressed concerns on the continuance of the chemical traders here and said that it would have disastrous consequences.

During the course of the hearing, the DDA pinned the blame on the NDMC stating that it was the latter's responsibility to make sure that people are shifted to the land allotted to them.

The court also suggested the cancellation of allotment to such persons who are not shifting to commercial complexes, thereby directing the DDA and the civic agency to carry a joint inspection of the walled city to identify the chemical traders who have not shifted to Narela.

The court was hearing an NGO's plea seeking shifting of the wholesale markets from the walled city to the IFC.

The bench directed them to file a report and listed the matter for hearing on December 19.

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 •  Multi-level parking facility in Noida Sector 18 misses yet another deadline

People in Noida will have to wait a little more for the multi-level parking facility in Sector 18 market complex as the Noida Authority pushed its deadline to December 31 on Wednesday.

According to a senior authority official, work on the parking commenced on July 22, 2013, and was initially slated to be completed by July 21, 2015.

"The private agency which was assigned to complete the project has failed to finish the work as per the deadline. We have imposed a penalty on the agency for slow construction work. The new deadline for the agency is December 31. We will take strict action if they fail to do so. The private agency's work was slowed down due to financial issues," said a senior project engineer of Noida Authority.

According to a senior official, the agency is yet to finish working on shafts and hasn't completed plastering of the walls also.

"The eight-level parking facility will accommodate over 3,000 cars which will solve the issue of the commuters of the Sector -18 hub. The authority failed to complete the parking facility as per scheduled deadline because the contractor had stopped work mid-way," the officer added.

The parking area in Sector 18 market is always filled to capacity and the vehicles often spill over on to the roads, causing difficulties for visitors and traders, particularly during the weekend.

Till now the parking project has missed seven deadlines. Since July 2015, it has missed deadlines including December 2015, March 2016, June 2016, August 2016, July 2017 and October 2017. It is now supposed to be completed by the end of the year.

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 •  Gujarat elections 2017: After drama, Rajguru's form accepted

Congress heaved a sigh of relief on Wednesday when election officials dismissed a petition by BJP seeking cancellation of the candidature of Indranil Rajguru from the Rajkot West seat after hours of drama at the old collector office in Rajkot. A minor scuffle was also reported between BJP and Congress supporters at the spot.

BJP's Nitin Bharadwaj, who is also the election agent for Chief Minister Vijay Rupani who is in fray from Rajkot West, had sought cancellation saying Rajguru had not spelled his name correctly. "It was as per the name mentioned in the voter's list. The EC dismissed the silly objections raised by the BJP," said Manish Doshi, Congress spokesperson.

Rajguru reached the collector office with a battery of lawyers to argue his cause. Deputy collector Pragnesh Jani in a statement to the media said after taking the guidance of the EC, Rajguru's form was accepted.

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 •  Crime branch arrest history-sheeter with Rs 25k bounty after long chase

In a dramatic chase along the railway lines of Sawai Madhopur in Rajasthan on Tuesday, Delhi Police's Crime Branch arrested a wanted criminal carrying a cash reward on his arrest for a murder he committed in Delhi last year. The 53-year-old man was nabbed following the arrest of his aide, also his son, from a landfill site in Bhalaswa, a day before.

The accused, Kanduswamy, was wanted for murder, attempt to murders, smuggling, extortion cases, threats and in Arms Act. A proclaimed offender, Kanduswamy, who is a resident of Wazirpur in Delhi, was carrying a cash reward of Rs 25,000 on his arrest.

According to senior police officers, it was on Tuesday, when a crime branch team under the supervision of DCP G Ram Gopal Naik, received some information regarding the whereabouts of the accused."A raid was conducted by a team comprising Inspector Jatan Singh at various spots, including Nala Pusta Road, near Bhalaswa Landfill and GT Karnal Road bypass, and one Narayan alias Krishna, son of Kanduswamy, was arrested from there," said Alok Kumar, Joint Commissioner of Police, Crime.

Following interrogation, the accused Narayan disclosed specific information regarding the whereabouts of the main perpetrator, Kanduswamy and revealed that he was hiding in Sawai Madhopur, Rajasthan.

"On this, a team was rushed to the hideouts identified in Sawai Madhopur and Kanduswamy was spotted near the railway station. 

He was identified and a raid was conducted. Seeing the police team, Kanduswamy got suspicious and attempted to escape. But following a chase by the police, he was overpowered and arrested," Kumar informed.

During questioning, Kanduswamy revealed that he was absconding after committing the murder last year, and had been hiding in different parts of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Punjab, in order to evade arrest. He also started dealing in cattle trading in UP, Haryana and Punjab but never stayed at any one place to keep the cops on their toes, police stated.

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