“Guys are devastated,” says Kiwi captain Kane Williamson after losing the Cricket World Cup to England

The guys are shattered; it's truly devastating. ©Getty Images

A dejected captain, Kane Williamson told the media that the kiwi players are shattered and devastated after losing the World Cup Final. New Zealand lost to England at Lord’s after a tie in the super over. The World Cup winner decided by the number of boundaries rules.

Speaking to media after the match Kane Williamson said, “Congratulations to England. They’ve had a fantastic campaign and they deserved the victory. It’s been challenging; the pitches have been different to what we expected. There weren’t many 300+ scores. I’d like to thank our side for the fight and heart they showed to get us this far. It just wasn’t meant to be today. The guys are shattered; it’s truly devastating.

“We wanted to bat first if we won the toss. We felt runs on the board would be challenging. We may have liked another 10-20 but in a World Cup final, we thought 240-250 might be enough. It was a fantastic game of cricket. For it to go down to the last ball – and then the last ball of the next little match – is tough. But credit to England. There are a lot of positives for us.

Kane being the nicest guy among all, when asked about the overthrow, he said, “That [Stokes’s accidental boundary] was a little bit of a shame, wasn’t it? You just hope it doesn’t happen at moments like that. Perhaps it wasn’t meant to be for us.”

This is the second World Cup final in a row New Zealand lost. The last time they lost against Australia in 2015 at Melbourne.

Video and stats from World Cup Final between England v New Zealand

The New World Cup Champions - England ©ICC

The BEST One Day International of all time. Yes. Agony and sadness in Kiwi camp, joy, and happiness in English camp. A World Cup winner decided with a super overrule, and that too was not enough. Yes, even the super over was a tie, and the team scored the most number of boundaries was declared the winners.

New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat first in the pressure game, the World Cup Final at Lord’s, a dicey decision in overcast condition. They started cautiously, with some miss and hits, lost Guptill early on just like in previous games. He was caught in front of the wicket and adjudged LBW, and with him, New Zealand also lost their only review.

Williamson and Nicholls batted for 16 overs for their partnership of 74 runs. When it looked like all was set for the Kiwis, they lost their premium batsman and captain Williamson. It was a significant setback for them as he was the one who was scoring runs consistently and big. The next most experienced, Ross Taylor also got out for cheaply, had there was a review left, he would have survived the LBW call. The wicket fell on regular intervals, and New Zealand could score only 241 runs in their 50 overs. Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett bowled beautifully and took three wickets each.

England, unlike their usual start, lost Jason Roy early. That made them struggle throughout the innings. New Zealand bowlers bowled wicket to wicket and didn’t let England score freely, and got three quick wickets in the middle overs. Struggling at 86 for 4, Stokes was joined by Buttler; the pair batted sensibly with some brilliant shots in between added 110 runs for the 5th wicket. But as soon as Buttler got out, the match turned into Kiwis’s favor once again. Stokes kept his nerves, scoring runs at one end and losing partners at the other. A catch went for a six; a throw went for a four, luck was in England’s favor, as the match ended in a tie.

Buttler and Stokes scored 15 runs off Boult in the super over. Archer bowled the super over for England, Neesham and Guptill almost pulled off a win when the two scored 14 runs off 5 balls, with 2 runs required off 1 ball, a stoke to mid-wicket, Guptill ran for his life for the second run, but alas, he got run out and England won the World Cup after a tie in the super over on the basis of more boundaries scored.

Video Highlights


  • England won the World Cup for the first time.
  • This is the first time a World Cup Final was tied.
  • The first time a World Cup Final was decided through Super Overs.

Upset over death of cows Yogi Adityanath suspends 8 officers for negligence, 3 others sent show cause notice

UP CM Yogi Adityanath with cows (image: Economic Times)

Following deaths of cows in Ayodhya and Mirzapur, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has suspended eight officials. The state government has suspended Mirzapur’s Chief Veterinary Officer and Ayodhya’s BDO along with 6 other officials. Show-cause notice has also been sent to Ayodhya’s District Magistrate (DM), Chief Veterinary Officer and Mirzapur’s DM.

Yogi has also directed Prayagraj Commissioner to invest the aspects of the death of destitute cows by determining relative responsibility of the same. On Sunday evening, the CM held a video conference with all the DMs of the state. Following which, the action was initiated.

He also issued a warning that in future, criminal proceedings could also be initiated under the Prevention of Animal Husbandry Act and Animal Prevention Act. Recently, as many as 35 cattles were found dead in a temporary shelter home in Prayagraj. Prima facie it appeared that they died due to lightning.

Recently, Yogi Adityanath had directed the Cow Protection Commission to issue certificates and provide security for cattle transportation. This will ensure that while legal transporters of cattle will get protection, illegal transporters and smugglers will be detected easily. Earlier, it was reported that the Yogi government has allocated Rs 20 million for setting up cow shelters in 12 district jails across the state. Additionally, the government has decided to allocate Rs 81.6 crores to open gaushalas in 68 of the 75 districts of Uttar Pradesh.

Rebel Karnataka MLAs write to Mumbai police, cite ‘serious threat’ from Mallikarjun Kharge and Ghulam Nabi Azad

Rebel MLAs in Mumbai hotel have written to police that they do not want to meet any Congress leaders
Mallikarjun Kharge and Ghulam Nabi Azad

The 14 rebel MLAs from Karnataka staying in a luxury hotel in Mumbai, have alleged ‘serious threat’ from senior Congress leaders. As per reports, the rebel MLAs have named Congress veterans Mallikarjun Kharge and Ghulam Nabi Azad in their allegations.

The MLAs, staying in the Renaissance Hotel in Powai, had also rebuffed the efforts of JDS-Congress senior leadership to meet and talk to them.

Writing to the police inspector of Powai station, these MLAs stated that they have “absolutely no intention of meeting Mallikarjuna Kharge, Ghulam Nabi Azad or any other Congress leaders from Maharashtra or Karnataka.”

The MLAs who have submitted the letter are Shivram Hebbar, B.C. Patil, Mahesh K, Vishwanath, Muniratnam, Narayan Gowda, R Shankar, H Nagesh, Pratap Patil, Gopalaiah, Ramesh J, MTB Nagraj, Somshekar and Basavaraja.

On 11 July, these MLAs had returned to the Powai hotel after meeting Karnataka assembly speaker KR Ramesh in Bengaluru.

The Supreme Court had directed the MLAs to meet the speaker and submit their resignations again.

The Karnataka government had been under threat of collapse after 16 MLAs, 13 from the Congress and 3 from the JDS had submitted their resignations on July 6.

Congress leader DK Shivakumar had attempted to meet the MLAs at Mumbai, but he was escorted back as the MLAs had declined to meet him.

The Supreme Court had also ordered the speaker not to decide on the resignation and disqualification of the MLAs till July 16.

Chandrayaan 2 launch called off one hour before the launch

ISRO's Chandrayaan 2. (image: @ISRO on Twitter)

An hour before the historic Chandrayaan 2 launch, a technical snag was observed in the launch vehicle system. Following that, as a measure of ‘abundant precaution,’ the launch was called off.

Revised date of the launch will be announced soon.

Chandrayaan 2 is India’s second lunar spacecraft which was to be launched earlier today from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. It was to be launched at 2:51 am. However, at 3:09 am, ISRO tweeted that the launch has been called off.

If the mission turns out to be successful India would be the fourth country to land on the moon. Previously the US, the former Soviet Union and China were the ones to have successfully accomplished the moon landing.

In a major feat, the Chandrayaan 2 mission is actually cheaper than Hollywood blockbusters like Avengers Infinity Wars and Bandra Worli Sea link.

After an unbelievable Cricket World Cup final match, NDTV manages to misreport the result

The Cricket World Cup final on 14th July between England and New Zealand was one of the most dramatic cricket matches ever played, and finally, England was declared as the winner of the World Cup. But controversial media house NDTV managed to goof up while reporting this simple fact. They reported that England had beaten New Zealand in the Super Over to win the World Cup, which is a totally incorrect interpretation of the results of the match.

The final match of the World Cup played at the Lords Cricket Ground had ended in a tie after England finished their innings at 241 all out, matching the New Zealand score of 241/8. Hence the match went to a tie-breaker over, called Super Over. In Super Over, each team nominate three batsmen and one baller each, and whoever scores more runs in this over is declared the winner of the match. But amazingly, both the scores tied at the end of that over too, with both teams scoring 15 runs.

Therefore, the World Cup winner was decided on the basis of a little-known rule to settle such matches with tied scores, the number of boundaries. As England had hit more boundaries in the match, they won the Cricket World Cup 2019. It is important to note that the result of the match remains tie, as both teams scored equal runs both in the regular match and the Super Over. But NDTV wrongly reported that England had beaten New Zealand in the Super Over.

England did not beat New Zealand in the Super Over, as NDTV is reporting, because both teams scored 15 runs in that over. England became one day cricket world champions because they had hit more boundaries in the finale match. NDTV completely misread the rules of cricket and results of the final match to publish a misleading and incorrect story.

Despite UP Police’s clarification, IndiaSpend’s faulty ‘factchecker’ continues to peddle lies about Unnao madarsa incident

A couple of days back a scuffle broke out between two groups over the game of cricket in Uttar Pradesh’s Unnao. However, twisting the context of the fight, the Imam of the Jama Masjid in Unnao claimed that the fight erupted after Muslim students of a madarsa were coerced to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans. The Uttar Pradesh Police, on the other hand, refuted the allegations claiming that the fight broke out on the playground and it had nothing to do with the communal undertones the incident is being attached to.

The FactChecker.in, which is notoriously infamous for running a prejudicial viewpoint, disregarded Uttar Pradesh Police’s investigation which conclusively established that the Muslim youths weren’t dragooned to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans and instead chose to believe the complainant Nisar Ahmed’s version that the victims were beaten for protesting against chanting of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans.

Even after the Uttar Pradesh police issued a clarification that the reports of Muslim youths being pummeled for not chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans were baseless, factchecker.in continued to believe the victim’s version of the event, showing utter contempt and disregard for the law enforcement agency charged with administering law and order in the state.

According to the CCTV footage accessed by the police, the alleged perpetrators, against whom an FIR was lodged and who were accused of allegedly thrashing Muslim youths for not chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ slogans were not even present at the spot. The mobile phone records also show that the accused were not present at the spot. The police have also said the complaint of raising slogans hasn’t been verified yet.

However, in a subversive attempt to discredit the police findings and run them down, FactChecker.in blatantly defended its stated version of the event without providing any credible evidence to back their claim.

This is in line with their archetypal modus operandi where they twist facts to portray Muslims as victims and Hindus as brutal aggressors. Recently, in the temple desecration incident in Delhi’s Hauz Qazi, factchecker.in distorted the facts to depict Muslims as victims and Hindus, whose temple was desecrated by a Muslim mob and idols vandalised, were painted as instigators. According to them, tensions were flared up by Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal members and Muslims were depicted as victims, even though a Hindu temple was vandalised and idols were broken.

There is a distinct pattern in how factchecker.in perceives an event in which Hindus are invariably portrayed as perpetrators against the minorities. They peddle fictitious narratives to allege that Muslims and other minorities are wantonly targeted by Hindus. They unscrupulously categorise such incidents under their dubious ‘Hate Tracker’ to document crimes committed in the name of religion. Their vile propaganda was ably exposed with painstaking details by Swati Goel, a journalist associated with Swarajya Magazine. She had called out the website for being selectively cherrypicking certain incidents while ignoring others to suit a particular narrative. OpIndia also has shown several times how information is distorted by factchecker.in in their so hate tracker to show Hindus as aggressors.

Exclusive: Another ‘hate crime’ turns out to be fake, Bhaghpat SP says Imam was not made to chant ‘Jai Shree Ram’

Another fake hate crime: Imam not made to chant Jai Shree Ram
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Repeating a PTI syndicate feed, several media houses reported today that one Imam (Muslim cleric) called Imlaq-Ur-Rehman was assaulted by men and was made to chant Jai Shree Ram. The report also mentions that his beard was pulled by the assailants and that the police has booked 12 people in connection with this case. This has turned out to be another case of fake ‘hate crime’ that is being propagated by the media.

OpIndia reached out to Superintendent of Police of Baghpat police station who has categorically rubbished the claims and asserted that Imam Imlaq-Ur-Rehman was not made to chant Jai Shree Ram, his beard was not pulled and there was no religious undertone to this assault. He asserted that this was a case of a petty brawl between some men and the Imam.

SP Shalesh Kumar Pandey said that the Imam and the assailants are from Muzaffarnagar. After the fight, the Imam, along with several of his supporters reached the Muzaffarnagar police station to file a complaint. While in the police station, the Imam narrated the incident of the assault and at that time, there was no mention of the allegation that he was made to chant Jai Shree Ram or that his beard was pulled by the assailants.

The Imam was later informed that while he and the alleged assailants were from Muzaffarnagar, the incident that occurred falls in the purview of Baghpat police station.

It was when the Imam reached Baghpat police station, was the fact about being forced to chant ‘Jai Shree Ram’ added in his complaint.

SP Kumar added that he had confirmed with the Muzaffarnagar police station that when the initial FIR was filed, no such mention of any religious slogan was mentioned.

While speaking to OpIndia, SP Kumar also said that when the Imam had narrated the incident at the Muzaffarnagar police station, the entire episode was recorded and he had confirmed from the video footage that no religious chant was mentioned initially.

On being asked why he thought the claims of being forced to chant ‘Jai Shree Ram’ was added as an afterthought, he said that perhaps the Imam came under the influence of his supporters and added it thinking that his case would be taken seriously if it becomes religious in nature and such sentiments are only fanned by the media.

The Superintendent of Police also confirmed that the town is absolutely peaceful and the police is yet to determine what started the brawl in the first place.

Interestingly, the media has reported that 12 people have already been booked in this case. This claim was also contested by the SP. He said that they have their suspicion on 2-3 individuals but the process of investigation is still on-going and nobody has been booked yet.

Recently in various cities, there have been incidents of violence after Friday prayers by Muslim mobs protesting against “mob lynchings” and alleged incidents of Muslims being forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram”, though many of such claims have been found to be either false or unverified.

‘Mazrool said he would make me Musalmani’, said the wife molested by Muslim men who thrashed her husband and hurled casteist abuses

Victim Shashank, Source: swarajyamag.com

The wife of the Dalit man who was beaten up by some Muslim men in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh on June 21 has alleged that one of the accused Mazarool Hasan had touched her inappropriately and torn her kurta. She said that Hassan threatened her that he would make her Muslim. “Mazrool told me that he would make me a Musalmani (Muslim woman)”, she alleged.

Recently a video of Dalit man being beaten by a mob had gone viral on social media. Later on, it was found out that the video of a June 21 incident where a Dalit man named Shashank Padam Bhusan Sonkar was brutally beaten up by some Muslim men after he stopped them from molesting his wife.

According to a report by journalist Swati Goel Sharma of Swarajya, Sonkar ran a coaching centre in Mohalla Kharkha of Amethi’s Jais area. This is a Muslim majority area as told by Sonkar. His coaching centre provides free of cost one month course in computers under the Prime Minister’s Digital India programme.

As per the report, an FIR was registered on June 21 which stated that on the day of the incident, Sonkar and his wife Gayatri were at the coaching centre. Around 3:50 PM, Mazrool Hasan entered into the coaching centre and started molesting Gayatri. She raised an alarm hearing which Sonkar came running.

Hasan dragged Sonkar out of the coaching centre and hurled casteist remarks at him calling him ‘Sale Khatik’ (Khatik is a Scheduled Caste). Soon three men named Shabbu, Faiziyab and Rehaan joined Hasan and started thrashing Sonkar with iron rods with an intention of killing him. When Sonkar’s younger brother Mayank and sister Sarika tried to stop them, they were also attacked.

The victims have alleged that the police did not add several of their allegations in the FIR and that the motive of the attackers is also not mentioned therein. Sonkar has alleged that Mazrool and some other men have been pressurising him to shut down the coaching centre. “They are jealous that a Dalit like me is able to successfully run a coaching centre while several men from their community failed to do so in the past”, said Sonkar. The victim couple told that there have routine attempts to intimidate them but this was the first time that an assault happened.

The report mentions the statements of two eyewitnesses of the incident Azad Mehboob and Khatija Bano. Mehboob is the owner of the space rented to Sonkar for running his coaching centre and Khatija Bano is a student at his coaching centre. Mehboob told that he was sitting at his shop which is on the ground floor when the incident took place. He said that he saw Sonkar being dragged out of the coaching centre and brutally beaten. “I snatched a wooden rod from an attacker twice and tried to intervene. But I do not know till date what really ensued between the two sides”, he said. Mehboob told that Mazrool’s daughter also studies at the centre. Khatija told that Mazrool’s daughter had been absent for a week before the incident.

Mehboob told that Mazrool had tried to defend his actions before the onlookers by alleging that his daughter was assaulted by Sonkar but his daughter herself refuted the allegation before the police.

An organisation named Agniveer has reported the matter to the National Commission for Scheduled Castes (NCSC). The organisation wrote a letter to the NCSC chairman Ram Shankar Katheria accusing the police of going soft on the culprits. It alleged that the victims’ statements were not recorded as per section 164 of the CrPC due to which the accused got the time to get a stay against their arrest from the court.

Mobile billboard with “Help end enforced disappearances in Balochistan” message seen outside Lord’s cricket ground before World Cup Final

Yet another political slogan related to South Asia was seen during the Cricket World Cup when a truck carrying mobile billboards was spotted today outside the Lord’s cricket stadium. The billboards read “Help end enforced disappearances in Balochistan”. The truck was spotted before the start of the World Cup final match between New Zealand and England.

The posters were displayed during a campaign conducted by Baloch Republican Party and World Baloch Organization who were protesting against human rights abuses in Balochistan.

This is the fourth time that political messages have been displayed during the World Cup. Just two days ago, an aeroplane with a political message in support of Balochistan was spotted over Edgbaston during the Australia-England semifinal match. The banner had read, “World must speak up for Balochistan”.

Reportedly, after this incident, the airspace above the grounds have been ordered to be closed due to security concerns.

Earlier a plane was seen flying over Headingley stadium in Leeds where India is battling Sri Lanka in a World Cup cricket match. The plane carried the message “India stop genocide and free Kashmir”.

Last month, while Pakistan and Afghanistan were playing the ICC World Cup 2019 at the Headingley Cricket Ground in Leeds, fans of both teams broke into a fight outside the stadium. The fight broke out after fans spotted a plane carrying a slogan ‘Justice for Balochistan’ flying over them.

Baloch activists have been campaigning during the Cricket World Cup using posters and banners to attract the attention of the world towards atrocities of Pakistan government in Balochistan province. Earlier, Pakistani fans were seen tearing such posters put up by Baloch organisations in London.

Chandrayaan 2: India’s mission Moon cheaper than Hollywood blockbusters like Avengers Infinity Wars and Bandra Worli Sea link

Chandrayaan-2 mission cheaper than Hollywood blockbusters, Bandra Worli Sea Link
Chandrayaan-2 (Source: Hindustan Times)

One of the most startling facts about India’s ambitious second mission to the moon- Chandrayaan 2 besides being the world’s first expedition to the south pole region of the moon is its economical budget. The mission is touted to be accomplished within a budget of Rs 960 crores, which is approximately $143 million, significantly cheaper than the budget of several Hollywood movies.

Recent superhit movies like Marvel’s Dark Pheonix, Avengers’ Infinity Wars and Avengers’ Endgame etc. all had their budgets on the higher side of Rs 1200 crores. However, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has managed to encapsulate the Chandrayaan-2 mission at just about Rs 960 crores.

The United States has so far invested about $100 billion (in current prices) in 15 Apollo missions to the Moon. China’s first expedition to Moon in 2007 cost about $180 million. In fact, the Chandrayaan-2 mission is cheaper than even the construction of Bandra Worli Sea link which took about $340 million.

The Chandrayaan -2 comprises two main elements: Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) ‘Bahubali’ rocket and the Lunar module (orbiter, Lander ‘Vikram’ and rover ‘Pragyan’). The GSLV Mk III rocket (Rs 370 crores) plays a vital role in overcoming Earth’s gravitational field and thrusting the satellite out of the Earth’s atmosphere. The second stage comprises of a core booster that provides thrust to the rocket after the first stage is detached. The cryogenic engine in the third stage provides the rocket with the last-mile thrust.

The Lunar module of the Chandrayaan-2(Rs 603 crore) would comprise of three integrated parts namely: the Orbiter, the Lander (Vikram) and the Rover (Pragyan). The Rover would be used to conduct experiments on the Moon’s surface. The mission is to land at the south pole of the moon. This would be the world’s first expedition to the south pole region of the Moon.

With the Chandrayaan-2 mission, ISRO will use the moon as a laboratory to better understand Earth’s history. The moon was believed to have been a part of the Earth at one point in time. The water held at the south pole of the moon might be 3-4 billion years old, containing clues of the atmosphere during the earlier days of the solar system.

Besides this, the water may also serve a utilitarian purpose as well in the distant future. Reports also suggest that ISRO would be hunting for Helium-3 as well. In future, Helium-3 could be possibly used for waste-free nuclear energy. This particular isotope is rare on Earth but is found in abundance on the moon.

Porn is bigger than Amazon or Netflix and that’s a cause for worry

I recently did a piece in praise of India’s new Child Pornography Bill but the issue didn’t leave me and several related issues teased as a stripper does in a bar full of men. Porn is one of those words which have a totally different meaning to me now than when I was in my 20s and I guess it’s true to most of the 1970s generation.

But I wasn’t prepared to how pervasive it is to humanity once I got inside the sheets of reality and fumbled with its contours.

Do you know the porn industry is bigger than Hollywood? Meatier than major baseball leagues, NFL and NBA, combined? That porn sites get more visitors than Netflix, Amazon and Twitter combined do in a month? That just one site, XVideos, is larger than New York Times, CNN and Dropbox combined?

And this is still just foreplay and not the real deal. That is now laid bare by SimilarWeb.com, a data-mining gold standard, which tells us that two porn websites –XVideos and Pornhub—engage more visitors and their time than—hold your breath—even Google! Indeed, in terms of worldwide website rankings, these two are in the Top 8, bigger than Amazon, Wikipedia, MSN, Yahoo, Netflix, eBay, LinkedIn, PayPal or WhatsApp. Phew!

The net worth of the Porn industry was $97 billion dollars two years ago which could feed up to 5 billion people a day. The profits are upwards of $15 billion which is one-and-a-half times more than Hollywood. So if you know Google and Netflix as behemoth bandwith-consuming companies, include Mind Geek as the third biggest for it owns PornHub, Brazzers, YouPorn and Reality Kings.

And how much do you think the pornstars are worth? Jenna Jameson was once rated to be worth more ($30m) than some of Hollywood’s top stars. Their one shot is worth bucketful of sweat to producers, and not just to viewers.

Lest you think this is a piece for titillation, this in reality is to stoke your conscience. With such figures involved, millions of girls—and boys—are lured into a cycle of exploitation where their personal and emotional orchard is laid waste for filthy bucks. Most find themselves unable to break free of this matrix, transported from city to city, country to country, continent to continent. Those who watch inflict no less damage on themselves for sociologist confirm they are prone to unstable and aggressive behaviour. Lot of fantasies stoked by porn-clips actually are the seeds on which heinous crime such as rape grow.

A few other facts perhaps could let the terrible truth sink in our minds. A recent report has found out that (a) 35 percent of all internet downloads are porn; (b) 64% of youth in 13-24 age bracket are its biggest consumers; (c) teen videos are most watched and teen viewership is the biggest too; and (d) lesbian was the most searched porn term on the world’s largest porn site last year.

All these issues need to be discussed in public for porn is not a personal choice alone. When you watch such a video, you actually play your role in someone’s exploitation; and often eventual destruction. The society needs a robust debate on porn. It needs mass awareness. It’s the underbelly of humanity. So many lives are destroyed, crimes propped and it could all be happening with our active, sick contribution.

Take a call. Now.

Chandrayaan-2: Here’s what ISRO plans to achieve in its second mission to the moon

ISRO Chandrayaan-2 moon mission
The Chandrayaan-2 on board the GSLVMkIII (source: Twitter)

ISRO has today announced the commencement of the 20 hours launch countdown for its second mission to the moon, the Chandrayaan-2. The GSLV-MkIII, carrying the Chandrayaan-2, would be launched at 2:51 pm from the second launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota.

If the mission turns out to be successful India would be the fourth country to land on the moon. Previously the US, the former Soviet Union and China were the ones to have successfully accomplished the moon landing. Here is what the Chandrayaan-2 seeks to achieve.

The Chandrayaan-2 would comprise of three integrated parts namely: the Orbiter, the Lander (Vikram) and the Rover (Pragyan). The Rover would be used to conduct experiments on the Moon’s surface. The mission is to land at the south pole of the moon. This would be the world’s first expedition to the south pole region of the Moon.

So what’s there in the south pole? 10 years ago the Chandrayaan-1 mission had found evidence of water on the Moon’s sub-surface. Subsequent findings have also indicated the presence of water at the poles, in the darker side.

Till now only traces of sub-surface water has been found on the Moon. However, there is a greater possibility to find water in the south pole as it has a larger surface area under a permanent shadow. The south pole also contains craters that are cold traps and contain a fossil record of the early solar system.

As explained by ISRO, the mission is to use the moon as a laboratory to better understand Earth’s history. The moon was believed to have been a part of the Earth at one point in time. The water held at the south pole of the moon might be 3-4 billion years old, containing clues of the atmosphere during the earlier days of the solar system.

Besides this, the water may also serve a utilitarian purpose as well in the distant future. Reports also suggest that ISRO would be hunting for Helium-3 as well. In future, Helium-3 could be possibly used for waste-free nuclear energy. This particular isotope is rare on Earth but is found in abundance on the moon.

“The countries which have the capacity to bring that source from the moon to Earth will dictate the process. We don’t want to be just a part of them, we want to lead them”, said ISRO chairman K Sivan.

Reportedly, Wester media and scientific journals have said that the Chandrayaan-2 would only be costing half of the budget of the Hollywood movie “Avengers Endgame”.

According to ISRO the most critical part of the mission would be the landing on the Moon’s surface. In April this year, an Israeli private mission crash-landed on the Moon’s surface.

ISRO had announced the launch date of the mission a month ago. Once launched by the GSLV rocket, the composite structure—Orbiter, Lander and Rover together—will use five orbit raising manoeuvres over 16 days before it lands on the moon. The Chandrayaan-2 mission would cost Rs 603 crore while the GSLV MK III would cost Rs 375 crore.

ISRO recently signed an MoU with the Indian Air Force (IAF) to select and train astronauts for India’s first manned mission, the Gaganyaan project. An all-weather earth observation spy satellite RISAT-2B was launched greatly boosting the country’s space capability.

SP leader Azam Khan to be listed as land mafia on the Anti-Bhoo Mafia portal of Uttar Pradesh government

Azam Khan, Courtesy: thehansindia.com

Senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan might soon be listed as a land mafia on the Anti-Bhoo Mafia (anti-land mafia) portal of the Uttar Pradesh government. Khan, who is infamous for making controversial statements, has more than 30 cases in his name. Majority of these cases relate to grabbing of land belonging either to the government or to poor farmers.

The Anti-Bhoo Mafia portal was set up by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath in the year 2017 to identify land mafia and register complaints relating to land grabbing. According to Ajay Pal Sharma, the Superintendent of Police, Rampur, said that Khan’s name would be recommended to be listed on the portal considering his long history of involvement in land grabbing cases.

“The District Magistrate and I would be reviewing reports (FIR/cases) of various police stations in the district which relate to land grabbed by Azam Khan or his aides. Subsequently, his name would be recommended to be listed on the land mafia portal of the government”, said Sharma.

An FIR was registered against Khan, who is a member of Parliament from Rampur, by the Revenue Department at Azim Nagar Police Station. Based on the FIR a case was also registered against him on Friday. According to the FIR, Azam Khan and Aaalehasan Khan, a former police officer and Khan’s close aid, grabbed land from 26 farmers and utilised it in the construction of Mohammad Ali Jauhar University. The University project was allegedly worth crores. The victim farmers whose lands were allegedly grabbed by Khan and were tortured to sign a forged sale deed will now file separate FIRs.

The State Revenue Department’s complaint alleges that Khan had misused his position as Cabinet Minister between 2012-17 for grabbing the land of the farmers. He is alleged to have illegally occupied 5,000 hectares of land. “This land comes under the riverside (of Kosi river) and cannot be acquired. However, revenue records were forged and subsequently, this land, worth over several hundred crores, was illegally occupied by Jauhar Ali University”, a Revenue officer said.

The SP supporters are opposing the action of the State government.

Hyderabad based TV anchor accuses ‘Bigg Boss Telugu’ organisers of demanding sexual favours, case registered

Swetha Reddy, a Hyderabad-based actress and television anchor, who was nominated for the third season of the reality show ‘Bigg Boss Telugu’, has lodged a complaint with the Banjara police in Hyderabad alleging that the organisers of the reality show asked her for sexual favours in exchange for being selected for the final round.

While speaking to news agency ANI, the Assistant Commissioner of Police of the Banjara Hills division, KS Rao said that the police have lodged a complaint against four members of the reality show at the police station, and further probe is underway based on the complaint lodged by the journalist. The accused persons have been identified as Abhishek, Ravikanth, Raghu and Shyam.

“We received a complaint on July 13 afternoon from a senior journalist and anchor stating that in March, she received a call from ‘Bigg Boss Telugu’ stating that she has been selected for its third season which will begin on July 21,” ACP Rao said.

“She accepted the offer and met four members of the reality show. As per the statement, during the meeting, those four members misbehaved with her and asked her to satisfy their boss for the final selection for the show,” he added.

The TV presenter also alleged of being body shamed by all accused during their meeting. Recalling the ordeal, Swetha said, “They (organisers) didn’t give me any agreement and asked me how I am going to satisfy the boss. They also body shamed me.”

A complaint under IPC section 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) has been registered.

The third season of Bigg Boss Telugu will be aired from July 21 on Star Maa channel. It will be hosted by superstar Akkineni Nagarjuna.

Angry mob of over 100 people barge into Emergency ward of hospital and attack doctors after patient Saira Bano died of heart-attack

100 people attacked hospital after patient Saira Bano died of a heart attack
Lari Cardiology Centre(Source: Jagran)

A major furore erupted over the death of a patient named Saira Bano in the Lari Cardiology centre in Lucknow. After the patient’s death in the Hospital, the angry family members along with 100 other people barged into the Emergency ward and created a ruckus there. Resident doctors had to hide in the bathroom to save themselves from the public fury. After this, the agitated doctors declared strike due to which many patients had to face a lot of difficulties.

The case pertains to KGMU’s Lari Cardiology. Saira Bano, a resident of Khara, was admitted to Lari Cardiology at noon on Friday afternoon. The doctors reported that she had a minor heart attack. Resident doctors of the Lari Hospital gave her emergency treatment and stabilised her, after which she was allowed to leave. However, around at 1:30 AM in midnight, she was again having some trouble. Her family took her to the same hospital but the doctors refused to admit her as the hospital was fully occupied and there was no bed for the patient.

The family of the patient has alleged that Saira Bano died because the doctors refused to admit her in the hospital. Half an hour later, the family members came along with around 100 people of an angry mob who forcibly entered the Emergency ward and started attacking the doctors. Vice-Chancellor Prof MLB Bhatt was informed about the ongoing fracas. Even after the police’s arrival, the mob remained inside the Emergency ward. After great toil, police succeeded in getting the mob out of the Emergency ward and settle the matter.

The Emergency ward of the Lari Hospital didn’t operate for 5 hours as it was held hostage by the mob. The patients coming in for treatment were in profound distress watching the mob taking over the Emergency ward and not letting the doctors do their job. The hospital authorities put up a notice shifting their Emergency services to the Trauma centre. On the other hand, OPD also started late due to resentment among doctors.

Recently, the attack on the NRS Hospital and the Bengal police’s lack of action over the violent mob had led to nationwide protests by doctors who had demanded that the government must ensure the safety of doctors. In West Bengal alone, reportedly, there have been hundreds of attacks over doctors and medical staff in the last few years. The apathy of the TMC government and its appeasement politics were severely criticised by doctors in the state.

Almost all major hospitals and medical colleges had joined the protests against the Mamata government. The protests were only halted after CM Mamata Banerjee visited the doctors personally and assured safety and security at hospitals.

RBI to launch mobile app for currency note identification to help visually impaired people

The Reserve Bank of India will soon come up with a mobile application to help visually impaired people in identifying currency notes.

“The Reserve Bank of India has been sensitive to the challenges faced by the visually challenged in conducting their day to day business with Indian banknotes,” said the central bank which is at the moment in a lookout for a vendor to develop this particular mobile application.

The RBI said that identification of banknote denomination is key to the successful completion of cash-based transactions by visually impaired persons.

As of now, Intaglio printing based identification marks for helping the visually challenged in the identification of banknotes denomination is present in the notes of Rs 100 and above.

The proposed mobile app would be able to identify the denomination of notes of Mahatma Gandhi Series and Mahatma Gandhi (new) series. It would do this by capturing the image of the notes placed in front of the mobile camera, the RBI said while inviting bids from tech firms to develop the app. It would also generate “audio notification” intimating the currency note denomination to the user if the image is captured correctly. Else, it will intimate the user to try again in case of the image is not readable.

The central bank had last year in June declared that it would explore the feasibility of developing such a suitable device or mechanism. It had added that this would aid the visually impaired in the identification of Indian banknotes.

At present, banknotes in the denominations of Rs 10, 20, 50, 100, 200, 500 and 2,000 are in circulation. Besides Re 1 notes is also issued by the Centre.

If successful, the RBI would help about 80 lakh blind or visually impaired people in the country.

Modi government 2.0’s first 100 day plan: 167 ‘transformative ideas’ shortlisted to be implemented by October 15th

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PM Narendra Modi

Modi government 2.0 has shortlisted 167 ‘transformative ideas’ and has set an internal target of 100 days to implement the plan. The first 100 days of the Modi government’s second stint would be completed on October 15, 2019.

Cabinet secretary Pradeep K Sinha in a communication to all secretaries on July 10 said that based on the recommendations of the Sectoral Group of Secretaries, and after further consideration by the Group of Ministers, “it has been decided to implement 167 transformative ideas as the 100-day programme of the Government.”

July 5, 2019, to October 15, 2019, will be the period for implementing these ideas, which have been shortlisted after several rounds of presentations by all the ministers and top-level deliberations.

Few among the approved ideas of the Modi 2.0’s 100 days plan:

  • The department of administrative reforms and public grievances’ plan to upgrade the Centralised Public Grievance Redress and Monitoring System to expedite processing of public grievances.
  • Plans to launch a national e-services delivery assessment and a new Central Secretariat Office Manual of Office Procedure.
  • The human resource development ministry has been tasked with launching a mega drive to fill up 300,000 faculty vacancies across all higher education institute.
  • The ministry of culture shall ensure completion of the structure of the museum on prime ministers of India at Nehru Memorial Museum & Library.
  • The inauguration of three new barrack museums at Red Fort.
  • Several activities associated with the commemoration of Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary.

The officials maintained that the idea behind the 100-day plan is to ensure that the Modi government 2.0 wastes no time in deciding its course of action. It added that the BJP-led government had begun preparations for this, even as the Lok Sabha elections were underway.

Meanwhile, Sinha’s communication accessed by the Economic Times confirmed that the secretaries have been tasked with implementing these ideas under their own supervision. The cabinet secretary has also said he will be monitoring the progress of this ‘100-day plan’ through weekly status reports that each secretary will be expected to send to him every Friday by 5 pm.

Performance monitoring of the 100-days plan

Further, all ministries have been asked to put out performance monitoring dashboards on all major the major schemes that would be worked on so as to enable public access to the progress made on these schemes. Moreover, according to officials, a consolidation of training institutions and printing presses under every ministry has also been sought.

Keeping up the promises made in the election manifesto, the Modi government, almost immediately after taking an oath for its second tenure, kickstarted India’s road-building mission with an ambitious and exacting daily target of several kilometres of newly built roads.

Moreover, keeping up to another key promise, that is the promise of roads in even the smallest and remotest hamlet, the Modi government is also planning to connect all villages with roads, irrespective of the villages’ size or population, before the Prime Minister’s Independence Day speech on August 15.

This will mark a departure from the policy to date under which roads connected all houses in villages with more than 500 persons in the plains and more than 250 persons in hilly areas.

In addition to this, the Modi government also plans to build 5,000 kilometres of roads by 2022 in areas which have been already identified by the Home Ministry. Moreover, in the next five years, around 18,000 kilometres of roads built under the initial phases of PMGSY will now be widened and strengthened.

Recently, Union Minister of Agriculture, Radha Mohan Singh had elaborated on the steps that had been taken to improve the affairs of the agricultural sector by Modi government 2.0. Singh reaffirmed the government’s commitment toward doubling farmers’ income.

Moreover, Modi himself, on June 20, interacted with farmers across the country via the NaMo app and reasserted his government’s commitment to its goal for India’s agriculture sector of doubling farmers’ income by 2022.

Recently, Minister of Commerce and Industries, Suresh Prabhu had also announced that the UAE and Saudi Arabia had decided to use India to address their food security concerns and that the two countries were looking to invest in the agricultural sector in India. He had further stated that the NDA government has removed restrictions on organic and processed products which will benefit Indian farmers who are looking for a higher price for their products.

Kerala: SFI leaders involved in stabbing of University College student absconding, former student narrates hooliganism of SFI members

SFI accused absconding
Akhil, the injured victim (Source: Manorama)

On Friday morning, a student of the University College in Thiruvananthapuram was stabbed in the chest allegedly by the members of the college SFI unit. The police have said that the attack was a planned move. The accused are now absconding the police.

The investigation of the incident

Allegedly 20 members of the SFI were involved in the attack. In the FIR it has been mentioned that two SFI leaders, Naseem and Amal, held Akhil while SFI college unit chief Sivaranjith stabbed him. Witnesses say that the knife used belonged to Naseem. They also said that several SFI workers who were not part of the college were also involved in the attack. Murder charges have been slapped on six people in total. The accused have gone in hiding after having spent nearly an hour on the campus after the stabbing incident.

Students have revealed that the SFI union office in University College was known as the ‘torture room’. In some reports, the room was named as the ‘assault room’. Police searched the rooms after students claimed that weapons were kept in these rooms. However, police have claimed that they haven’t found any weapons in the room.

Contrary to the claims made by the police, Janam TV had visited the union room and revealed that room indeed had weapons. The room had also bottles of alcohol as well as other signs that indicate the people have been living in the room.

Former student narrates her ordeal

Meanwhile, Nikhila, a former student of University College, came out and narrated the ordeal she faced at the hands of SFI members. She had earlier attempted suicide before deciding to leave the campus. She was fed up with the hostile and violent campus ambience. “SFI hooliganism is rife at the University College. If the principal had taken a more stringent stance, such instances would not have happened”, she said.

Speaking to reporters Nikhila claimed that the SFI was running the college and even the principal was afraid to take action against them. According to her, everyone who joins the college should become a member of SFI. If students refused to do so they would be threatened. SFI members have threatened Nikhila that she would be prevented from writing her exams and prevent her from studying if she didn’t cooperate. The members have also claimed to have given TC to several such female students who had resisted.

Nikhila said that SFI members would ensure that every student would attend their protest marches. She complied in the beginning. Protests were repeatedly held in the college, sometimes even at midnight. She claimed that they were made to participate despite not having any food.

She claimed that if students need to go home or do something in the college they always had to take the permission of SFI. Their lives were controlled by them. Ragging of first-year students was a common occurrence in the college. However, students who worked closely with the union were exempted from strict control.

For Nikhila the situation escalated when SFI members had called upon all female students. Just a day before the exams, female students were required to paint a poster. Angry at the situation, Nikhila had updated her WhatsApp status refusing to cooperate with them. Her classmates took a screenshot and sent it to the SFI unit members. On the next day, she was prevented from having her food and was asked to meet a unit member. If she didn’t so, she would be prevented from writing her exams.

The unit member had threatened her that she would need to adjust to the demands of the SFI if she wished to continue her studies. Several of her friends had also given up supporting fearing that they would be reprimanded. Finally, she had decided to change her college.

In another interview, Nikhila had also claimed that college authorities had never acted against SFI members. Unit members were free to bring a textbook or mobile to exam centres and copy from them. Unit members also lived in the unit room. Alcohol and drugs were used in the room.

On prime accused Naseem

Nikhila had claimed that Naseem used the college SFI union room for hiding from the police in last December-January. Naseem was previously wanted for assaulting two traffic policemen. He had absconded for over a month before surrendering.

According to some reports, Naseem is close to the Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan. Reports say that when he had surrendered for the police assault case, he was fed with chicken biryani and Coca-Cola.

Reportedly, the names of the two accused prime Shivaranjith and Naseem were also found to be on the PSC rank list. Both are awaiting a call to become police constables. This is despite the well known criminal background of Naseem.

The Student Federation of India (SFI) is the student body of the ruling CPM party. Naseem is the prime accused of the incident in which SIF members had stabbed Akhil. They had a dispute over the issue of singing in the canteen. Akhil is in a stable condition and has submitted his statement to the police. Students of all political affiliations have come out in protest against the SFI. The college unit has been subsequently disbanded.

Earlier, the SFI had previously put up a derogatory poster of Sabarimala’s Lord Ayyappa at the Kerelaverma College in Thrissur.

Aspiring model Khushi Parihar murdered over ‘friendship with other men’, live-in partner Ashraf Sheikh arrested

Khushi Parhar (Picture credit: Navbharat Times)

Aspiring model Khushi Parihar was found murdered with her head and face smashed on Saturday morning at Chatarpur farms, around 50 KMs away from the Nagpur city. A passerby detected her body allegedly disposed of in the pit. The local police quickly rushed to the spot after being informed of the body. Ashraf Sheikh, Khushi’s boyfriend and live-in partner have been detained by the police with regard to her murder. He has allegedly confessed to the crime.

Khushi Parihar, in her 20s, was an upcoming model who had participated in various beauty pageants held in Nagpur. She was allegedly in a live-in relationship with Ashraf Sheikh, son of an alleged drug peddler in Nagpur. The police have registered a case of murder and destruction of evidence against Ashraf. According to police, Ashraf killed Khushi following a quarrel with her over her friendship with other men.

Khushi’s body was found with her face disfigured, possibly with heavy stones. Looking at the nifty outfit on the body, the police suspected that the victim might be from urban areas. Soon, they started inquiring about missing person reports in the city’s various police stations. The police achieved a major breakthrough with the tattoos on the victim’s body. ‘Khushi’ was tattooed on her back while a picture of a crown with ‘Queen’ written underneath was on her chest. The third tattoo was that of ‘Ashu’ in one of her arms. The tattoos played a crucial role in determining her identity. The police verified her Facebook account and photos of her tattoos uploaded by on her account to establish her identity.

Khushi had uploaded many photos with her boyfriend Ashraf on her Facebook account. With the help of local police, Kelvad police arrested Ashraf. Ashraf had lied to the police that he was with Khushi till 9 PM on Friday night. However, when the location of their mobile phones was tracked, it came to the light that Ashraf was with Khushi till late in the night on Friday.

Ashraf has allegedly confessed to the crime while his interrogation by the police. He admitted that the duo had gone to a dhaba in Kalamna late in the night where they had drinks and dinner. From there, they went towards Padhura where they had a scuffle over Khushi’s friendship with other men, leading to her alleged murder.

Ashraf has also informed the police that he was supposed to get married to Khushi in the next 10 days. He had recently rented an apartment in Nagpur’s Gittikhadan neighbourhood where he lived with Khushi Parihar. He also claimed that he had gifted a mobile and a car to Khushi.

Rahul Gandhi is still the president of Congress since Rahul Gandhi is yet to accept Rahul Gandhi’s resignation. Here is how

Rahul Gandhi in a CWC meeting. PTI Photo

Although Rahul Gandhi formally resigned from the post of Congress President on 3rd July, ending speculations for more than a month, he continues to call the shots in the party. This was confirmed when the All India Congress Committee announced the appointment of several office bearers of the party in Maharashtra.

Yesterday the AICC announced the appointment of Balasaheb Thorat as Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee along with 5 working presidents. A press release issued by AICC General Secretary says that the appointments were approved by the “Hon’ble Congress President”.

The party also announced that “Hon’ble Congress President” has approved the appointment of K.C. Padvi as Congress Legislative Party Leader for Maharashtra. The Congress president also made new appointments to several committees in the party in Maharashtra. All those appointments were made yesterday.

After the resignation of Rahul Gandhi, there were reports that Motilal Vora will be made the Interim President till the time a full-time President is elected by the party. Although the media had appointed Vora as the interim president, there was no such formal announcement from the party, and Vora himself had said that he has not received any such formal communication from the party.

As the appointments have been made by the “Congress President”, and not by an “Interim President” of the party, this means that the proposals for appointments were approved by Rahul Gandhi only.

It may be noted that although Congress President Rahul Gandhi has resigned from the post, it becomes effective only after it is accepted by the Congress Working Committee, therefore he remains the party president. A senior Congress leader has confirmed the same according to an NDTV report, who has said that Rahul Gandhi remains the party president because the Congress Working Committee is yet to accept his resignation. Although it is almost certain that CWC will have to accept the resignation this time, the apex committee of the party has not met yet to take up the matter. When Rahul Gandhi had announced his resignation for the first time in the month of May, the CWC had rejected the same at that time.

The Congress Working Committee, which is headed by the party president, is likely to meet in the next week to decide the leadership issue. According to reports, the meeting has been delayed due to the ongoing political crisis in Karnataka. When the CWC meets, probably it will formally announce the resignation of Rahul Gandhi, and also decide on an interim president to lead the party during one of the worst periods for the grand old party. Therefore, until the CWC headed by Rahul Gandhi accepts Rahul Gandhi’s resignation formally, Rahul Gandhi remains the president of the Congress party.

World Cup Final Preview, England v New Zealand: Who will become the new champion?

The two captains with the World Cup Trophy at Lord's ©ICC

Two Teams, a World Cup Final and a new champion, that’s how Sunday is going to be. England has been into a World Cup finals three times before this one, and one of them was in 1979 at their home turf, yet they couldn’t win. Can they finally win? On the other hand, New Zealand will be playing its second World Cup Final, the first one was a nightmare for them, would be hoping to win this one and make the country proud.

England started the tournament with a bang; they beat South Africa in the opening game with their excellent display of all-round performance. They lost to Pakistan in the second game, but then dominated the next three opposition and was almost sure to reach the semis. A loss to Sri Lanka and then Australia made it difficult for them to qualify for the knock out stage, but the team drastically improved their game and won against India and New Zealand to book a place in the semi-final.

The English team displayed an extraordinary show against their arch-rivals Australia in the semi-final at Edgbaston. A lot has changed in this team since their early exit of World Cup 2015. They are favorites to win the title, and at Lord’s, it will be all blue on Sunday.

New Zealand has started the tournament exceptionally well, as they won three in three. Their fourth game against India washed out, but then again they won two in two, which secured their place in the semis. However, they started losing matches after that, first to Pakistan, then against Australia and England. This put them on the 4th number on the points table and had to face the number team of the World Cup, India.

In the semi-final, New Zealand won the match when everyone thought it would be a cakewalk for India. Their pacers derailed India’s top order and pulled the game in their favor. They are not favorite to win the title against the host nation but if they do it will a great thing for New Zealand cricket.

Players to watch out for

Jason Roy – The English opener has batted with a superb strike rate and destroyed all the bowling attacks of the tournament. If he plays well, England would be off to a flyer in the finals. A dream of every English fan to see them lifting the trophy would be a lot depending on how he starts the innings.

Kane Williamson – He needs to play the part of sheet-anchor in the middle overs as the openers are not able to give their best. He is also on the verge of breaking Tendulkar’s record of most runs in a single World Cup edition. His calm mind has won many games in the tournament. If he wins here, it will be a great tribute to his former Kiwi captain McCullum who led the team in 2015 final.

England v New Zealand in ODIs:

Overall: Matches 90, England Won 41, New Zealand Won 43, Tied 2 No Result 4

World Cup: Matches 9, England Won 4, New Zealand Won 5

Recent Form (most recent first): England  W W W L L, New Zealand W L L L W

ICC Rankings: England (1), New Zealand (3)

Upcoming Records:

Martin Guptill has scored 976 runs in World Cup and needs 24 to reach the 1,000 runs milestone.

Ross Taylor has scored 987 runs in World Cup and needs 13 more to reach the 1,000 runs milestone.


England: Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jos Buttler (wk), Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, James Vince, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Tom Blundell (wk), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.

Jharkhand: Hindu organisations allege bias as girl is arrested for Facebook post on Tabrez Ansari death based on FIR by Islamia committee

Acting on a complaint by the Anjuman Islamia Committee in Pithoria district, Ranchi, over a Facebook post on the Tabrez Ansari death, the Jharkhand police have today arrested a girl named Richa Bharti.

In the FIR filed in Pithoria police station, the members of the Islamia committee alleged that a girl named, Richa Bharti had posted an ‘objectionable’ Facebook post over Tabrez Ansari’s death. She had allegedly made comments hurting the ‘religious sentiments’ of the Muslim community. Richa is a graduation part-three student.

Following the complaint, the Jharkhand police immediately sprung to action and arrested the girl within two hours and sent her to jail.

Tabrez Ansari’s death:

Tabrez Ansari, a 24-year-old man from Jharkhand, was allegedly, brutally beaten by a mob in Jharkhand on the 18th June on the accusation of theft. He had died on 22nd in police custody allegedly of cardiac arrest.

According to the police, people had gotten into a fight with Ansari on 18th June who was accused of trying to steal a bike. After police got information about the same, they reached the spot and rescued him. Police had also recovered the stolen bike and some other items. The Police gave him first aid, subjected him to a medical examination and then submitted the report to the Court, only then he was sent to jail. Three days later, his health deteriorated and he died. Therefore, the Police says it is wrong to claim he died due to mob lynching.

Recent reports on Tabrez Ansari’s death:

Recent reports have confirmed that the 24-year-old died due to the negligence on the part of police and doctors. Two police officers have already been suspended in the case and action would be taken against the erring doctors, the investigating team said in its report.

Moreover, the investigation team set up by the district administration had concluded that Tabrez Ansari could have died of cardiac arrest. Police and doctors had maintained mob lynching not cause of death.

What Hindu organisations are saying about Richa Bharti’s arrest

This arrest of Richa Bharti over her Facebook post has, evoked discord, rage and distress amongst various Hindu outfits.

Many people belonging to different Hindu outfits, including members of VHP, RSS, Bajrang Dal and district office bearers of Hindu Jagaran Manch approached the Pithoria police station on July 13, 2019, and staged protests. Claiming that there was nothing ‘objectionable’ about the Facebook post the protestors demanded Richa Patel’s immediate release. They also demanded strict action against the Pithoria police.

The protestors alleged that the police has been biased and have not investigated the case properly. They alleged that the Pithoroa police have acted in haste without proper fact-finding.

The Hindu protestors claimed that if the girl has made religious comments in her Facebook post the people of the Muslim community opposing the post have also made equally objectionable comments on the girl’s religion in its response. In such a case, when both the parties have hurt each other religious sentiments then why such partial, one-sided action had been taken, questioned the protestors, who demanded Richa’s immediate release.

It would be interesting to note here that Mumbai police, on the other hand, had taken no action against the failed actor-turned rogue Ajaz Khan who had recently resorted to taunting Mumbai Police after they filed an FIR against TikTok ‘celebrities’ for propagating revenge over Tabrez Ansari’s death.

Meanwhile, the unfortunate death of this youth named Tabrez Ansari in Jharkhand has led to several incidences of violence.

Incidents of violence following Tabrez Ansari’s death:

On July 7, protest meetings carried out by a group of Muslim organisations under the banner of Muttahida Muslima Mahaz (MMM) yesterday in Ranchi, Jharkhand against the alleged lynching of Tabrez Ansari in Saraikela district of the state turned violent resulting in mounting tension in the area. The protestors reportedly vandalised a bus of Central Institute of Psychiatry (CIP) at Rajendra Chowk creating panic among the passengers.

According to reports, a boy named Vivek Srivastava was brutally stabbed by the mob protestors. Another one was also beaten up in the night when the two boys were passing by on a bike.

On June 27, it was reported how some members of Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM party had been threatening the villagers of rape, loot and violence over the unfortunate death of Tabrez Ansari.

Many more such incidents of violence, following Tabrez Ansari’s death, where stones were pelted, buses and houses set ablaze, police attacked, have also been reported from Meerut and Agra in the past.

Nevertheless, rural SP Ashutosh Shekhar and ASP Amit Renu reached the Pithoria police station and have assured that all the arguments made by the protestors would be considered. If the officer on duty, Vinod Ram, is found guilty, appropriate action would be taken against him, assured the SP.

They further said that the police would also investigate the Facebook post. They assured that if found guilty appropriate action would be taken against the complainants.

Navjot Singh Sidhu resigns as Punjab minister, sent resignation letter to Congress President Rahul Gandhi on 10th June

In a letter that has now been made public by controversial politician Navjot Singh Sidhu, the Congressman has written to ‘Congress President’ Rahul Gandhi that he is resigning as a Minister from the Punjab Cabinet.

Interestingly, Navjot Singh Sidhu has tendered his resignation on 10th June to ‘Congress President’ Rahul Gandhi. Ideally, Navjot Singh Sidhu should have addressed his resignation letter as Minister of Punjab Cabinet either to Captain Amarinder Singh who is the Chief Minister of Punjab or the Governor. It is unclear if he did that and why he chose to resign to Rahul Gandhi in the first place.

Sidhu has tweeted that he will be sending his resignation letter to Captain Amarinder Singh too. However, one wonders why he would be resigning to the Chief Minister now when he had resigned to the Congress President a month ago and why the letter did not go to the CM in the first place.

It is also interesting that the resignation letter was written by Sidhu to Rahul Gandhi a month ago, on 10th June 2019. It would seem like Rahul Gandhi kept the letter in abeyance despite resigning as the President of the party on 6th July 2019.

On 6th July, Rahul Gandhi had posted a four-page resignation letter, full of contradictions, on Twitter reiterating his decision to step down from the post of Congress president, and also taking responsibility for the election results.

In the letter, Rahul Gandhi says that he is taking responsibility for the party’s bad performance, where he admits that the party needs new leadership that could lead the fight against BJP and the RSS. However, the second half of the same letter he hints that the 2019 Lok Sabha elections were not free and fair.

Amethi police confirm viral video showing Dalit man being beaten up by Muslim men, 2 arrested

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A video showing a man being mercilessly beaten up by a group of Muslim men has gone viral on social media. The Twitter user who shared the video claimed that a Dalit man was beaten up by men from the Muslim community in Amethi.

The Amethi police, yesterday, released a sound byte in which an officer incharge named, Tiloi confirms the incident.

He is heard saying that in the incident which transpired on June 21, 2019, in Jayas district in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh, a Dalit man named, Shashank Padam Bhusan Sonkar was mercilessly beaten up by people of ‘another community’. Shashank’s brother and his wife also suffered injuries in the brawl. It is being claimed that the victim was opposing molestation of his sister when the people of the Muslim community attacked him and started beating him up.

The police confirm that on the basis of the victim’s wife’s complaint a case against the miscreants had been registered under IPC sections, 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 504 (intentional insult with intent to provoke breach of the peace), 506 (Punishment for criminal intimidation) and the SC/ST Act. Two arrests have also been made so far, confirmed inspector Tiloi in the sound byte.

He further confirms that the police are investigating the case and perpetrators would be punished.

Many such incidents of atrocities and discrimination against Dalits by men from the Muslims community have previously also come to the fore. Yesterday we reported how the Dalit community had approached the police in Moradabad district of Uttar Pradesh against caste-based discrimination by Muslim barbers in the area.

Last month, it was reported how a Muslim mob had entered a temple in Ghasauli village, Meerut, and beat up a group of Dalit men who had put up loudspeakers in the temple for playing devotional songs. The Muslim community had objected to the loudspeaker on temple premises, which is near a mosque after the men from Dalit community put them up.

Later, the mob attacked the temple and beat up the Dalit men with lathis and sticks. They also reportedly attacked them with a sharp object and even started pelting stones. Over half a dozen people inside the temple were injured and the communal tensions escalated.

In February also, reports had emerged wherein a minor conflict between some people belonging to the Dalit and the Muslim communities escalated into communal violence in Durveshpur village of Sardhana, Uttar Pradesh.

Mob pelts stones at police arresting cow-smuggler, youth fire weapons and flee with accused Nurain

A shocking incident has emerged from Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh. Reportedly, police personnel were attacked by villagers when they went to arrest an accused cow smuggler. The incident occurred in Mariyadih village of the district where the police team was visiting to arrest an absconding accused, Nurain. The case of cow-smuggling was lodged against Nurain in March this year.

The accused, Nurain, fled the scene after the villagers attacked the police personnel, according to a report in Zee News.

The police has said that the police personnel were attacked when they went to arrest man accused of cow-smuggling and was absconding. Strict action will be taken against the culprits, he said. Reportedly, 7 police personnel have been injured in the altercation.

After the information of cow-smuggling was received by the police, the forces were out looking for Nurain. Once they got the information that he was at home, the police force reached the location. After the police arrested the accused, a mob of hundreds of people congregated and started pelting stones at the police personnel.

Reportedly, a large part of the mob consisted of women and before the police could react, the mob started pelting the police with stones and sticks. While the police were being attacked, they retreated and some youth from the mob forcefully got hold of Nurain and fled.

Reportedly, while the youth were fleeing from the scene along with Nurain, the accused in the case of cow-smuggling, they fired at the police. The firing hindered the police chase and the personnel had to retreat as a result. After the information was relayed to the CO, the forces of over a dozen police stations were deployed in the area.

In the attack, 7 police personnel were injured, among whom were SI Nityanand, Constable Krishnand, Deepak Kumar and Deepak Bhardwaj. A case has been filed against 20 people who were named as well as several women who were part of the mob accused of attempt to murder, rioting and others. 

There have been several such cases where police personnel have been attacked by cow-smugglers and their supporters in the village or otherwise. Recently, a mob had attacked the police in Bareilly after they had arrested cow-smuggler Anees.

BJP’s Mukul Roy sounds the war bugle, says 107 MLAs, mostly from TMC, set to join BJP ‘very soon’

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West Bengal is turning out to be the state to watch out for as the political battle seems to be simmering post BJP’s new-found foothold in the state. Mukul Roy, BJP leader, has now claimed that 107 MLAs, majority of whom are from the Trinamool Congress (TMC) are all set to join BJP ‘very soon’.

He said that 107 MLAs belong mostly the the TMC, but a few are from Congress and CPIM. He also asserted that most people are sick of Mamata Banerjee’s rule and are fed up with the way things are functioning.

BJP had recently won 18 out of the 42 seats in West Bengal during the Lok Sabha 2019 elections. Since then, 6 TMC MLAs have joined BJP and one each from Congress and CPIM have switched the the saffron party.

After dwindling electoral fortunes, Mamata Banerjee had hired Prashant Kishore to improve the image of her party and Kishore had recently announced that his aim was to get 5 lakh youngsters to join the party. 

Last month, there were speculations that TMC supremo Banerjee, spooked by BJP’s implausible inroads in West Bengal, had decided to hire services of renowned poll strategist Prashant Kishor almost two years ahead of the 2021 West Bengal assembly elections.

After reports confirming that poll strategist had agreed to work for TMC started doing the rounds, JD(U) had distanced itself from the Kishor. JD(U) had on June 7, disowned Kishor, merely eight months after inducting him as the party’s National Vice-President.

According to reports, however, Kishor is unlikely to be the face of TMC campaign in the state. His team is specifically looking into the reasons behind the shift of vote bank from Left to BJP and the region-specific reasons behind BJP’s vote share increase in the recently concluded Lok Sabha election.

Here is OpIndia’s list of 11 players who stole the show this World Cup 2019

The ones with most runs and wickets, Rohit and Starc ©Getty Images

The World Cup is about to come to its conclusion, and there would be a new World Champion on Sunday. Individual players gave their best to help the team to win the cup. So if one has to make a World Cup XI of 2019, who all can be part of that?

Picking an XI is always a personal choice, and there are still few players who missed the list, and few make to the list. Here is OpIndia’s World Cup XI:

  1. David Warner

The Australian opener scored 647 runs in the World Cup, the second-most by any in this World Cup. He also scored the most hundreds (3) after Rohit Sharma. He can hit boundaries from the first ball of the innings.

2. Rohit Sharma

He is the top performer of the World Cup, most runs and hundreds in the tournament. The perfect partner for Warner too, a left-hand, right-hand combination and someone who takes time to get set. Once Rohit is set, we all know what he can do with his magic willow.

3. Joe Root

England’s Mr dependable at number 3, first English batsman to score 500 more runs in a World Cup edition. In the case of the early fall of a wicket, he can steady the innings. Can bowl some off spins too.

4. Kane Williamson

The most consistent number 4 for New Zealand, led his team to the World Cup final. Captain of this team, bats as per the situation. Not only with batting, but he also has to look after the strategies for the team.

5. Shakib Al Hasan

The best all-rounder of World Cup 2019 and the most definite contender to win the player of the tournament. He batted at number 3 for Bangladesh, but for the team’s combination, he will play at number 5. His slow left-arm spin is a bonus for the team.

6. Ben Stokes

With 381 runs and seven wickets, the second-best all-rounder of the tournament, perfect for number 6. One of the best fielder too, the ‘3-dimensional players’ in a real sense.

7. Alex Carey

Three hundred seventy-five runs as the wicket-keeper in the competition, the most by any. Not only he impressed with his batting but also with his keeping, 20 dismissals in World Cup 2019. Topping the list in both the charts, he is an automatic selection for the XI.

8. Mitchell Starc

The highest wicket-taker in any edition of the World Cup. Starc has shown incredible consistency; he was the highest wicket-taker in the previous World Cup too. His yorkers are his biggest strength, and he is the perfect partner for Bumrah.

9. Jofra Archer

England’s most significant find of the tournament, they picked him over David Willey, and he proved the selectors his worth. Nineteen wickets in the World Cup before the finals, most by any English bowler in any World Cup edition. He is super quick with the ball and has bowled the maximum number of dot balls in the tournament (338).

10. Jasprit Bumrah

The number one ODI bowler can swing the ball both ways, keeping the batsman guessing. The most economical bowler of World Cup 2019. Imagine the situation for the batsmen when they have to face Starc and Bumrah in tandem. A treat to watch for the fans, maybe someday in IPL.

11. Imran Tahir

The oldest player of the competition, the genuine leg spinner in the team, took 11 wickets in the tournament. He also bowled the first over of the World Cup. And oh ah, yeah, his wild celebrations after taking a wicket, the best among the rest.

What will be your World Cup XI?

‘Chacha Nehru Madarsa’ run by former VP Hamid Ansari’s wife to also have a ‘temple’ inside

Salma Ansari, Courtesy: manoramaonline.com

Salma Ansari, the wife of former Vice President Hamid Ansari, has decided to build both a temple and a mosque inside the Chacha Nehru Madarsa that she runs in Aligarh. In the year 2017, rat poison was reportedly mixed in the water supply of her madarsa by some unknown men.

She said that the step is to ensure the safety of the hostel students who need to go outside for visiting a temple or a mosque.

Salma Ansari told that she got her school affiliated as a madarsa because it cost her much cheaper compared to the cost of affiliation from other boards. She said that people had warned her that people would be hesitant to associate with her school if she got it affiliated it as a madarsa. However, the biggest donors of her madarsa are Hindus and the six biggest rolling trophies of her school are also funded by Hindus.

Speaking on the illegal weapons recovered from madarsa in Bijnor, Ansari condemned the incident and said that madarsas should ensure that such incidents do not take place. Ansari also said that there is a need for a law to control the population and that people need to be educated about population control. “There is a drastic climatic change that is taking place. Monsoons are weakening. People in villages travel miles for water. Fields are drying”, she said.

Recently, a former Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) officer had levelled some serious allegations on her husband former Vice President Hamid Ansari of endangering the lives of RAW officers in Tehran and exposing the RAW set-up there. This allegedly happened during Ansari’s tenure as Indian Ambassador to Iran.

Kangana Ranaut sends legal notice to Entertainment Journalist Guild and Press Club of India for supporting PTI journalist Justin Rao

Actor Kangana Ranaut (image: outlookindia.com)

Actress Kangana Ranaut has sent a legal notice to the Entertainment Journalist Guild and Press Club of India for “wrongful, immoral, unethical and illegal acts of lending support to a journalist Justin Rao who is accused of indulging in unprofessional and illegal activities”.

She has accused the journalist Justin Rao of intentionally violating journalistic norms by openly ridiculing, annoying, criminally intimidating and defaming her.

Recently, Kangana’s sister took to Twitter to post a video message where she shot back at the Entertainment Journalists’ Guild for her their alleged bias and propaganda. This was triggered after the newly formed ‘Entertainment Journalist Guild‘ banned her following her spat with PTI journalist Rao.

Amusingly, a Google search for the words ‘Entertainment Journalists Guild’ prior to this month returns nothing, which means there is no news or any mention about this organisation prior to their announcement about the actor. The Twitter handle also mentions no website of the organisation.

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