Delighted at Sindhu’s victory: Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday expressed happiness on woman shuttler .P.V Sindhu’s victory at the Macau Open.

“I am delighted to hear about P.V. Sindhu’s victory at the Macau Open. Her accomplishments make our entire nation very proud,” Modi in a statement.

Sindhu successfully defended her Macau Open Grand Prix Gold women’s singles title, beating South Korean Kim Hyo Min in straight games at the Tap Seac Multisport Pavilion in Macau Sunday.

(IANS)

Kill women and children who oppose jihadis: Extremist preacher

An Islamist preacher, known to have radicalised the killers of British soldier Lee Rigby, has justified the murder of women and children who oppose jihadis, according to media reports.

In a message on the social media site Facebook, the preacher Omar Bakri Muhammad, also known as the “Tottenham Ayatollah”, said it was sometimes necessary to kill women and children sheltering in schools and hospitals, Daily Mail reported Sunday.

Two arrested in Bengal after Jamaat posters found

Two people were arrested Sunday in connection with recovery of posters of terror outfit Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, Bangladesh (JMB) from West Bengal’s Purulia district, police said.

The posters of the terror outfit, said to be involved in the Oct 2 Burdwan blast, were found Saturday from Nimtala village in the district.

IPTL: Indian Aces beat UAE Royals for 3rd straight win

Micromax Indian Aces registered their third successive victory in the International Tennis Premier League (IPTL), defeating UAE Royals 28-20 at the Mall of Asia Arena here Sunday.

UAE coach John Laffnie de Jager won the toss and elected to receive and in the first encounter, Kristina Mladenovic beat Aces’ Ana Ivanovic 6-4. Ivanovic gave a spirited display despite being down 1-5.

Experienced mixed doubles pair Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna notched a 6-3 win in the second set over Mladenovic and Nenad Zimonjic to equalise for the Aces.

FC Goa eyeing second spot in ISL table

High flying FC Goa can move into second place if they win their third game in a row when they take on NorthEast United FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium here Monday.

On the other hand, the NorthEast too can move up from sixth to third spot at the cost of Goa with a win.

Both sides are coming into the tie on a high, having tasted success in their last outings by impressive 3-0 margins at home, the Highlanders’ (NorthEast United) win being the more significant as they humbled league toppers Chennaiyin FC.

BJP, Congress, PDP imposed polls on flood-ravaged Kashmir: Omar

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah Sunday blamed his rivals in the Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party for “imposed elections on the people of Jammu and Kashmir whose lives had been devastated by unprecedented floods”.

Modi slips to second spot in TIME’s ‘Person of the Year’ poll

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has slipped to the second place in the Time magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ poll with the Ferguson protesters surging ahead of him in a vote by the readers.

As per latest reports, Modi is leading second with 9.8 per cent of the total votes polled so far while the Ferguson protesters are leading with 10.8 per cent of the votes.

Joshua Wong, face of the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement, is placed third.

Nobel Peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai (5.3 per cent) and Russian President Vladimir Putin are placed fourth and fifth respectively.

20 workers fall unconscious following gas leak at meat plant in UP

At least 20 workers, 16 of them women, fainted following an ammonia gas leak at a meat packaging plant here, police said today.

Around 50 workers were working at the meat packaging plant, situated on Meerut-Hapud road, when the incident took place last night, they said.

The workers, who fell unconscious, have been admitted to a hospital and the condition of four is stated to be critical.

Witnesses say the ammonia gas leaked from the freezing chamber of the plant following which the 20 workers fainted. The rest of the workers managed to escape, police said.

Gays wish for freedom from ‘myopic mindset’

The setting Sunday sun in the heart of the capital was accompanied by a rainbow of a different kind. As the assertive and confident members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community took part in the Delhi gay parade, they all wished for freedom from the myopic mindset of society and acceptance of their existence.

The annual parade Sunday, in its seventh year, continued to garner support from people from different walks of life, especially students, who mingled with a group of over 700 people and danced along with them to drumbeats and whistles.

Bangladeshi Jamaat leader challenges death penalty in SC

Mir Quasem Ali, a top leader of fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami party and Bangladeshi media tycoon, today moved the Supreme Court to challenge the death penalty given to him for the atrocities he committed during the 1971 independence war against Pakistan.

Ali, 62, founding president of Jamaat’s student wing Islami Chhatra Shibir, was sentenced to death by Bangladesh’s second war crimes tribunal on November 2.

Fan critically injured in fight before start of La Liga match

A supporter of Spanish football club Deportivo la Coruna was critically injured Sunday in a fight between followers of his side and Atletico Madrid outside Atletico’s Vicente Calderon Stadium.

Eleven other people were injured in the fight with three reported to be suffering from stab wounds, while police made two arrests and identified 30 people involved in the fight, reports Xinhua.

Two killed in explosion at toy-making unit in Telangana

Two persons were today killed and one was seriously injured in an explosion at a toy manufacturing unit on the outskirts of Karimnagar town.

The explosion took place at around 7 AM when the workers at the private unit, where toys are made out of Plaster of Paris (PoP), were diluting an outdated chemical with water near a gas cylinder kept in the premises, Karimnagar Deputy Superintendent of Police J Rama Rao said.

While doing so, the chemical, due to some reaction, exploded and subsequently there was also a blast in the gas cylinder kept nearby, killing two workers, he said.

Blatter insists 2022 World Cup will be staged in Qatar

FIFA president Sepp Blatter said here Sunday that the 2022 World Cup will in all surety be staged in Qatar.

“Believe me, if we see what has been said, what’s told around the world, it’s by those who are not involved exactly (in) what happens in football,” Blatter told delegates at the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) awards here, reports Xinhua.

“The World Cup 2022 will be played in Qatar.”

Pak violates ceasefire in Samba in J&K

Pakistan rangers on Sunday opened fire on Indian border posts after objecting to construction by Border Security Force on the Indian side in Samba sector in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Border Security Force retaliated to the ceasefire violations. No casualties have been reported so far.
The Pakistani rangers fired around 25 rounds of small arms on Indian positions along the international border in Samba sector, a senior BSF officer told PTI.

Concentrate on Delhi instead of Bengal, Trinamool tells BJP

West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress Sunday hit back at BJP president Amit Shah, who had asserted the party would be uprooted form the state, asking him concentrate on Delhi instead of Bengal and Kolkata.

Dubbing Shah’s Kolkata rally as a “grand flop show”, Trinamool secretary general Partha Chatterjee accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of trying to ensure disintegration of regional political parties by using power and police to maintain its political supremacy.

Iraqi national football coach sacked

The Iraqi Football Association (IFA) is seeking a replacement after the sacking of national team coach Hakim Shakir following their disappointing results in the 22nd Gulf Cup.

“The Association decided to sack the coach of national team Hakim Shakir after the majority of the members of national team’s panel voted in dismissing him in a meeting late Saturday,” al-Zaman newspaper quoted Ali Jabbar, the deputy head of the IFA, as saying Sunday, reports Xinhua.

Fit-again Gul, in-form Younis back in Pak limited overs squads

The national selection committee has recalled experienced speedster Umar Gul for the two T20 matches and first two ODIs against New Zealand, here today.

The PCB announced a 14-member T20 squad to be captained by Shahid Afridi and a 16-member ODI squad led by
Misbah-ul-Haq.

Gul, who has been in and out of the team having undergone knee surgery in May, has been recalled for both formats.

The selectors have also called up senior batsman Younis Khan for the first two ODIs after his sparkling performances in the
Tests against Australia and New Zealand.

Students scuffle on eve-teasing, senior kills junior

A 19-year-old BCom second year student was beaten to death allegedly by his senior when the former objected to eve-teasing of a girl student at a private college here, police said.

The accused, Satish Kodkar, allegedly hit the victim Harshavardhan Rao twice on his neck and chest after which he fell on the classroom bench and hit his head on the edge of the bench, a senior police officer said.

Kodkar, who is a final-year student, is absconding since the incident, they said.

‘Modi govt should take up Bhopal gas tragedy issue with Obama’

Two days before world’s worst industrial disaster’s 30th anniversary, Amnesty International Secretary General Salil Shetty on Sunday said that the Narendra Modi-led NDA government should raise issues pertaining to the Bhopal Gas tragedy with US President Barack Obama during his visit to India in January next year.

“It is time to give victims and survivors the compensation they deserve. It is time to clean up the site and toxic wastes. And it is time to ensure justice and bring Dow Chemicals and Carbide to book,” he told reporters here.

Bombings kill 7 in Baghdad

Iraqi officials say two separate bombings have killed seven people in the capital Baghdad.

Police officials say a bomb exploded today near a small restaurant, killing four people and wounding nine others in
northwestern Baghdad.

A separate bomb blast near a wholesale fruit and grocery market killed three people and wounded 12 others in a southern
Baghdad suburb.

Medical officials confirmed the casualties. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not
authorised to brief the media.

BIE extends date for Scholarship applications

The Board of Intermediate Education on Sunday informed that the last date for submission of fresh scholarship application forms by students, who have passed Intermediate Public Examination in March, 2014 and who are provisionally selected by the BIE for Scholarships under “Central Sector Scheme of Scholarship for College and University Students” (CSSS) admitted in Degree / Professional Colleges during the academic year 2014-15 has been extended from November 30 to December 31.