Women activists join hands against liquor use in elections

first_imgBraving the scorching sun, female anti-liquor activists formed human chains to create awareness against the use of liquor during election campaign in 12 panchayats of Daringbadi block under Kandhamal Lok Sabha constituency on Thursday.For the last three decades, women from this area are continuing their crusade against liquor menace under the banner of ‘Nari Mahasangh’. On Thursday, they chose the major roads of their respective panchayats for their peaceful demonstration. Their aim was to make the local residents and political campaign vehicles notice their unity and conviction. Sporting placards against liquor sale and consumption, they stood silently, hand in hand, from 10 a.m. till noon.According to Nari Mahasangh activists, similar human chains will be formed in the remaining 13 panchayats in their block in a phased manner. “The women who participated in the human chains were farmers and daily wagers who are the worst sufferers of liquor addiction of men in their families,” said Nabati Mantri, president of Nari Mahasangh.‘Land rights for women’“We are also demanding a complete ban on intoxicants in Kandhamal and Odisha as well as land rights to the landless, especially destitute women of our area,” said Ms. Mantri. According to her, the political parties seeking votes should give a written promise that after they are elected they will make efforts to fulfil their demands.Their organisation has decided to ask women in their area not to vote for parties which use liquor to woo voters during the elections. They have also started collecting written promise on stamp papers regarding their demands from political activists who visit their panchayats to campaign.last_img read more

Despite Being Tech Innovators, Indian Firms Slower in Adopting Digitisation: Experts

first_imgIndian corporations are slower in adopting digitisation due to lack of infrastructure despite the fact that most of the technological innovations and solutions are being developed in the country, experts said here today. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

Mohammad Amir is like a brother to us: Wahab Riaz

first_imgMohammad Amir is part of the Pakistan family and will always have the support of his team mates as he prepares to return to Lord’s six years after the scandal that derailed his career, fast bowler Wahab Riaz has said.The paceman spent time in jail and served a five-year ban for spot-fixing after admitting he had deliberately bowled no-balls at predetermined times in the fourth test against England at the fabled London venue in 2010.Then 18, Amir was rated among the world’s most exciting fast bowlers before the high-profile incident stalled his progress and resulted in similar penalties for fellow accused parties, former test captain Salman Butt and fast bowler Mohammad Asif.The 24-year-old has now returned to the Pakistan setup and the left-arm paceman will be firmly in the spotlight should he be selected for the first test of the four-match series starting at Lord’s on July 14.”Obviously he has struggled a lot,” Wahab told ESPNcricinfo. “He has learned a lot of things in the past five years, he has become more strong and he wants to answer everyone with his performances, and that’s what he’s really looking for.Amir’s return to the national side was initially resented by some of his team mates but the paceman has enjoyed steady and growing support from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).LIKE A BROTHER”As a team, as a squad of 17 plus our team management, all of us are going to support Mohammad Amir,” Wahab added. “We are all behind him, we are all supporting him, whenever he needs us, however he needs us, we will be around him all the time.advertisement”So he is not the one who is being left alone, he is a part of our family. He is the youngest part of our family, so he is like a kid to us, he’s like a brother to us, a son to most of our senior players.”We are always here for him, we are going to support him, and we will push him up because we know what kind of capability he has in his bowling and how he can perform.”The 30-year-old Wahab said Pakistan would try to retain a positive attitude throughout what appears to be a tough series in England.”What is in our hands is to go into the ground and have a smile on our faces,” Wahab said. “We know what our goal is and we know how to achieve our goal, so we have to do that.”We have to enjoy our cricket, we have to laugh all the time, if anyone says anything, a smile can do everything for them.”last_img read more

If Rihanna were Bob Marley’s daughter, this is what she’d look like

first_imgSinger Rihanna’s ever-changing looks have become synonymous with her style. Her fashion sense is fierce and she does not abide by any rules–just the things that make her so kick*ss.From starting a crazy, uneven hair trend with Umbrella to making red hair sexy again–Rihanna has been the torchbearer for hair games for women all over the world.Her latest hair style, however, has us standing up for a round of applause. The 28-year-old’s new crowning glory is what we call dreadlocks.The singer also posted pictures of her new hairdo on Instagram and captioned it ‘Buffalo Solder’–after the iconic Bob Marley song.Also Read: A fan threw her bra at Rihanna, and RiRi’s response was EPIC This is not the first time that Rihanna has been seen with dreadlocks. She carried the look for the first time in 2012 when she appeared on American Idol. The only thing that’s different is that the dreadlocks are far longer this time.Dreadlocks can be rooted back to the Rastafari tradition, though the trend made its way to pop culture through Bob Marley; his dreadlocks were his unique style statement back then. In the present times, a lot of celebs have been sporting this look. This unique and intricate hairdo garners attention from almost everyone.Though there is no “right” way to wear the dread, Rihanna is doing a darn nice job at it!last_img read more

5th ODI Highlights: This is how Virat Kohli’s hundred helped India win series vs West Indies

first_imgHello and welcome to our live coverage of the fifth ODI between West Indies and India at Kingston. (LIVE SCORECARD)INDIA INNINGS:02.21 IST: THAT’S IT! INDIA WIN BY 8 WICKETS. India have cruised away towards yet another victory and they have successfully clinched the 5-match ODI series by winning it 3-1. After being put into bowl, the visitors were superb with the ball as they restricted the hosts to a below par total which was never going to be intimidating. However, West Indies thought else wise as they looked to recreate the magic of the last match. They started off really well with dismissing Shikhar Dhawan early. After Dhawan’s dismissal nothing looked going in the way of the home side. Rahane and Kohli laid a brilliant platform but the former could not capitalize on the start he got. The Indian skipper on the other hand with the help of Dinesh Karthik sealed the deal for the tourists with ease. The former went onto score yet another century while chasing which also makes him the player with the most number of hundreds while chasing. Dinesh Karthik also managed to get a half century under his belt. None of the West Indian bowlers looked to trouble the away side.02.10 IST: CENTURY! That’s century No.28 for Virat Kohli. India 190/2 (34.4 overs) vs West Indies (205/9)02.02 IST: FOUR! Ends the over on a high note! Full on middle, Karthik gets a touch across and flicks it through wide mid on. It’s in the same gap as earlier but this time around the timing is better and so the ball runs to the fence.advertisement5th ODI. 28.2: D Bishoo to V Kohli (79), 4 runs, 157/2 https://t.co/9slMUAtWdE #WIvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 6 July 20175th ODI. 27.6: A Nurse to D Karthik (34), 4 runs, 153/2 https://t.co/9slMUAtWdE #WIvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 6 July 201701.33 IST: FOUR! Beautifully timed! Fuller in line of the stumps, Kohli makes room and drives it crisply through the extra cover region for a boundary.01.29 IST: FOUR! Short and wide outside off, Karthik slashes hard at it. Gets it through the backward point region. Rovman Powell runs to his right from third man but fails to stop it with a dive. The ball goes to the fence and the bowler is furious.01.25 IST: FOUR! Was that intentional? If it was then it was sensational. Quicker around off, Kohli plays really late at it. Gets a thick outside edge past the keeper. Beats the short third man fielder and races away to the boundary.5th ODI. 23.1: A Nurse to D Karthik (18), 4 runs, 121/2 https://t.co/9slMUAtWdE #WIvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 6 July 201701.13 IST: SIX! Get that ball says Kohli! Short delivery by Bishoo, Kohli camps back and just lofts that over the mid-wicket region for half a dozen. Enough of the waiting game.01.12 IST: FIFTY! Virat Kohli notches up his 44th half-century in ODIs. 10th one against West Indies. Full and wide outside off, Kohli just reaches out to it and drives it elegantly through the cover region for a boundary. Another brilliant knock while chasing and he will look to finish things off.5th ODI. 20.1: D Bishoo to D Karthik (7), 4 runs, 98/2 https://t.co/9slMUAtWdE #WIvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 6 July 201700.59 IST: FOUR! Top notch stuff! It’s a similar delivery. Full and angling in. Kohli covers his stumps and whips it beautifully over in the cow corner for a boundary. This shot is the sign of Kohli’s confidence.00.58 IST: WICKET! Bishoo strikes! Rahane looked nervy after the break and this has resulted in his wicket. It was a slider from Bishoo, which Ajinkya fails to pick. He prods forward to defend but gets rapped on the pads. The players appeal and the umpire raises his finger straightaway. Ajinkya Rahane fails to register a half century this time around. Can WI land some more blows to the visitors? India 84/2 (18.5 overs) vs West Indies 205/900.30 IST: FOUR! Slightly streaky! Served wide outside off, Kohli flashes hard at it. Gets it off the outer half and the ball runs past the backward point fielder for a boundary. Spoils a good over.5th ODI. 8.5: A Joseph to V Kohli (21), 4 runs, 49/1 https://t.co/9slMUAtWdE #WIvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 6 July 201700.09 IST: FOUR! It just gets better this time! Again a short ball but stays a bit low. Kohli shuffles across and swivels it through the square leg region for a boundary.00.07 IST: FOUR! After Rahane, Kohli is now adding up his pile! Fuller delivery around off, Virat just leans into the drive and drills it through the mid off region for a boundary.advertisement5th ODI. 5.6: J Holder to A Rahane (23), 4 runs, 31/1 https://t.co/9slMUAtWdE #WIvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 6 July 20175th ODI. 4.2: A Joseph to A Rahane (10), 4 runs, 16/1 https://t.co/9slMUAtWdE #WIvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 6 July 201723.55 IST: DROPPED! Short and wide outside off, Rahane slashes hard. The ball rockets towards the fielder at cover-point. Bishoo gets low and his hand to it but fails to hold onto it. Rahane gets a life just like the last game. The batsmen run a single. How costly will this drop prove to be?23.44 IST: WICKET! Shikhar Dhawan departs in the first over. Alzarri Joseph bowls a fuller delivery outside off, Dhawan checks into the shot. Plays a half shot as he manages to drive it straight to the fielder at short covers. Evin Lewis makes no mistake as he pouches it with ease. The West Indians are delighted. India 5/1 (1 over) vs West Indies 205/95th ODI. 0.4: A Joseph to S Dhawan (4), 4 runs, 5/0 https://t.co/9slMUAtWdE #WIvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 6 July 201723.40 IST: The players are back for the last innings of the ODI series. As usual it’s Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan to open for India. Alzarri Joseph to start the proceedings with the first new ball. He has a slip in place.WEST INDIES INNINGS:22.56 IST: WEST INDIES END ON 205/9! Another inspirational bowling performance from India has restricted the hosts to a below par total. The top-order gave the home side a good start but the scoring rate kept on dipping as no one except Kyle Hope could score at a good pace. Shai Hope, though kept ticking from the other end but hardly got any support until Jason Holder stepped out in the middle. They both stitched in a vital 48-run stand but the former lost his wicket in search of quick runs. However Shai Hope did manage to get to his fifty.West Indies were seen crippling at the end but thanks to a cameo from Rovman Powell, they have managed to cross the 200-run mark. Mohammed Shami was the pick of the bowlers as he ended with figures of 10-0-48-4. Umesh Yadav also supported him really well as he clinched three wickets as well. The spin duo of Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav kept the scoring rate in check but they were unlucky to go wicketless. The Windies will look to recreate a similar magic they did in the last game to pull off a victory here. Can the hosts emerge on top or will the tourists chase it down easily? Join us in a while to find that out.49.4: WICKET! R Powell (31) is out, c MS Dhoni b Umesh Yadav, 205/9 https://t.co/9slMUAtWdE #WIvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 6 July 20175th ODI. 49.1: U Yadav to R Powell (29), 6 runs, 203/8 https://t.co/9slMUAtWdE #WIvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) 6 July 201722.47 IST: SIX! Into the stands! Slower delivery outside off, Powell clubs it over long on for a maximum. For the first time he connects it well and gets the deserved result.advertisement46.6: WICKET! D Bishoo (6) is out, c MS Dhoni b Mohammed Shami, 182/8- BCCI (@BCCI) 6 July 201722.37 IST: FOUR! Streaky! Slower delivery on the fuller length. Bishoo looks to drive it on the off side but gets an outside edge and the ball takes an outside edge past the keeper. The third man fielder fails to cut it off and WI pick an valuable boundary.22.29 IST: DROPPED! And that too by Dhoni! Served around off, spinning away sharply with extra bounce. Bishoo looks to punch it on the off side but gets an outside edge. It goes straight in the gloves of Dhoni, who fails to grab it. Now, that’s a rarity. The ball then lobs just ahead of Dhawan at first slip, who is guilty of not being alert and flat-footed. A reprieve for Bishoo.22.24 IST: Shami to Nurse OUT! Soft dismissal! 3-fer for Shami! Very full on middle and off, Nurse looks to dig it out on the leg side but ends up chipping it to Kuldeep Yadav at short mid-wicket. Shami has pulled things back for India in a great fashion. Nurse his latest scalp, gets out on a nought. West Indies 171/7 in 44 oversWicket! A Nurse departs for a duck as M Shami takes his 3rd wicket in this spell. Windies – 171/7 now #WIvIND- CricketWestIndies (@westindies) July 6, 201722.18 IST: Shami to Shai OUT! In the air… gone! Beautifully taken by Rahane in the end! Slightly behind length around off, Hope looks to pull it away but gets a top edge. The ball skies high in the air and is in the air for a long time. Rahane at deep square leg, looks to get under it, misjudges a bit in the start but keeps his eyes on the ball and adjusts beautifully. West Indies 169/6 in 42 overs 22.07 IST: Shami to Holder OUT! Short delivery outside off, Jason Holder stays in his crease and tries to make the most of it. Flat bats it towards the long on region. Dhawan the fielder there goes to his left and takes a good running catch to dismiss the dangerous Holder. A wrong time to lose a wicket. West Indies 166/5 in 41 oversM Shami is back into the attack and gets rid of J Holder who was looking very dangerous. A well played 36(34) nonetheless #WIvIND- CricketWestIndies (@westindies) July 6, 201722.06 IST: Shami to Holder FOUR! Holder is getting on a move on here! Fuller around off, Holder backs away on the leg side. Smashes it over the cover region for a boundary.22.03 IST: Kuldeep to Holder FOUR! West Indies 157/4 in 3921.58 IST: Pandya to Holder SIX! Brilliant… What a hit! Length delivery outside off, Holder shuffles across and just clips it aerially over the mid-wicket region. Times it so beautifully that the ball goes over the ropes for a maximum. West Indies 152/4 in 3821.56 IST: Kuldeep to Holder to FOUR! Full toss around off, Holder goes for the reverse sweep again. Gets it through the backward point region for a boundary.West Indies 143/4 in 37 overs21.47 IST: Pandya to Shai. FOUR! Lucky but much-needed! Short and angling into the body, Shai Hope goes for the pull. Gets a glove on it and the ball flies over the keeper’s head for a boundary.West Indies 135/4 in 36 overs21.42 IST: DROPPED! Floats this one outside off, Holder gets forward to defend it. Gets a thick outside edge and the ball goes towards the keeper. Dhoni fails to grab it and the ball hits him on his pads. A tough chance goes down.21.36 IST: WICKET! Jadhav strikes! Short and flatter outside off, Jason Mohammed camps back and swats it straight back to the bowler. Kedar Jadhav makes no mistake this time and takes the catch gleefully. Mohammed’s struggle in the middle comes to an end. Jadhav again provides India with a vital breakthrough, which he has been doing consistently for India in the recent times.21.02 IST: Kuldeep Yadav follows up a quiet first over with another tidy over. West Indies 88/3 in 21 overs21.00 IST: Ravindra Jadeja bowls a tidy 20th over. West Indies 87/3 in 20 overs20.55 IST: Kuldeep Yadav bowls a tidy first over, gives away just two run. West Indies 85/3 in 19 overs20.52 IST: Umesh to Shai FOUR! Back of a length delivery outside off, Shai flashes and flashes hard. Gets it through the backward point region for a boundary. West Indies 83/3 in 18 overs20.50 IST: Jadeja gives away just three runs. West Indies 79/3 in 17 overs20.44 IST: Umesh to Chase OUT! Umesh strikes gold! Roston Chase departs on a golden duck! Bowls it right on the money on a very fuller length, Chase cannot get his bat down on time and the ball sneaks through and gets rapped on the pads. The players appeal and the umpire is quick to raise his dreaded finger. Chase consults Shai Hope and opts for the review. Replays show that there was no bat involved. Ball Tracker also shows that it was pitched in line, impact was in line and it was also going onto hit the stumps. West Indies have lost their review and India have got a major breakthrough. Another disappointing performance from Roston Chase. West Indies 76/3  from 16 overs5th ODI. 15.6: WICKET! R Chase (0) is out, lbw Umesh Yadav, 76/3 https://t.co/9slMUAtWdE #WIvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) July 6, 201720.43 IST: Umesh to Kyle OUT! Kyle throws it away in search of quick runs! Back of a length delivery outside off, Kyle goes for a pull. Does not get the height on it as the ball rockets straight towards the fielder at mid-wicket. Dhawan takes a good catch and an important partnership between the Hope brothers comes to an end.20.39 IST: Umesh to Kyle FOUR!  Two in a row! Umesh bangs in short this time, Kyle Hope stays in his crease and pulls it over the mid-wicket region for a boundary. There is no stopping these.20.39 IST: Umesh to Kyle FOUR! Length delivery outside off, Kyle punches it powerfully down the ground. Beats the mid off fielder and the ball races away to the fence.20.35 IST: Jadeja to Shai FOUR! Fuller in line of the stumps, Shai sweeps and sweeps beautifully through the backward square leg region for a boundary. West Indies 68/1 in 15 overs vs India Kyle Hope 38*Shai Hope 16* 20.32 IST: Umesh Yadav continues good work, gives away just 3 runs in the 14th over. West Indies 62/1 in 14 overs20.26 IST: Pandya to Shai FOUR! Fuller outside off, Shai Hope leans into the delivery and drives it beautifully through the cover region for a boundary. West Indies 59/1 in 13 overs20.25 IST:  Umesh Yadav comes back and gives away just one run. West Indies 54/1 in 12 overs20.20 IST: Hardik Pandya follows up the wicket-taking over by giving away four runs. West Indies 53/1 in 11 overs20.15 IST: Shami to Kyle FOUR! Beautiful… Simply beautiful! Full around off, Kyle drives it sweetly past the bowler. Beats the man at mid off and finds the fence to pick up back-to-back boundaries. 9 runs off the over. West Indies 49/1 in 10 oversFOUR! A terrific straight drive to end the Powerplay 1. End of over 10, Windies – 49/1 (K Hope 36*, S Hope 2*) #WIvIND- CricketWestIndies (@westindies) July 6, 201720.15 IST: Shami to Kyle FOUR! Crunched! That made a crackling sound off the bat. Length delivery outside off, Kyle opens up his stance a touch and punches it square of the wicket on the off side for a boundary.20.08 IST: Pandya to Lewis OUT! Soft dismissal! Bowling change works! Pandya bowls it slightly ahead of a length outside off, Lewis looks to loft it over mid off but neither gets timing behind it nor gets any power. It lobs straight to Kohli in the ring, who makes no mistakes. First blood is drawn and Lewis has to walk back to the hut. West Indies 40/1 in 9 overs 8.2: WICKET! E Lewis (9) is out, c Virat Kohli b Hardik Pandya, 39/1 https://t.co/9slMUAtWdE #WIvIND #TeamIndia- BCCI (@BCCI) July 6, 201720.04 IST: Mohammed Shami gives away just one run in the 8th over. West Indies 39/0 in 8 overs19.59 IST: Umesh to Kyle FOUR! Full and drifting down leg, Kyle Hope shuffles across and times his flick superbly. Gets it through backward square leg regiion to the fence. This is poor bowling from Yadav, seeing Hope timing his flick superbly before. West Indies 38/0 in 7 overs19.54 IST:  Shami to Kyle FOUR! A brilliant delivery and an even better shot! Full and nipping into the stumps, Kyle Hope nearly fell over as he shuffles across. Still manages to clip it beautifully through the mid-wicket region for a boundary. West Indies 34/0 in 6 overs19.49 IST:  Umesh to Kyle FOUR! Another one! Short outside off, Kyle punches it through covers. The fielder in the ring gives it a chase but fails to pull it back. West Indies 26/0 in 5 overs 19.48 IST:  Umesh to Kyle FOUR! Slapped away! Short and wide outside off, Hope stays tall and cuts it through point for a boundary. Change of ends not working for Umesh19.47 IST:  A change of ends for Mohammed Shami brings better result, as he gives away just two runs. West Indies 16/0 in 4 overs19.43 IST:  Hardik Pandya bowls a quiet third over, gives away just three runs. West Indies 14/0 in 3 overs19.35 IST: Umesh to Kyle FOUR! Easy pickings! Shortish delivery, angling down leg. Lewis shimmies a touch and tickles it fine past the keeper and to the fine leg fence. West Indies 11/0 in 2 overs19.34 IST: Mohammed Shami  keeps it tidy in the opening exchange. West Indies 3/0 in 1 overs19.30 IST:  The players have made their way out in the middle. Evin Lewis and Kyle Hope to open for the hosts. Mohammed Shami to start the proceedings with the first new ball. He has a couple of slips in place.19.09 IST: “Not a bad option to bowl first. We are unchanged as we go in today. We decided in the last game that we would go in with the same team over the last two games and that is why we made that change. Not a bad time to be bowling first, would look to restrict them to a low total. It is always nice to reflect what went wrong when we lose games. We are a team that always does that and the boys are keen to go out there and rectify. A hiccup here and there always happens and you have to take it in your stride. Definitely as a player you want to contribute in every game but you also have to understand that it isn’t going to happen every time. When you’ve played for a while you realize that. You have to respect the opposition and the conditions. In the end it is important for me to win matches. Even if I do not do well it is important for someone else to step up and perform.” – Virat Kohli at the Toss. 19.06 IST: Both teams remain unchanged.India: Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed ShamiWest Indies: Evin Lewis, Kyle Hope, Shai Hope(w), Roston Chase, Jason Mohammed, Jason Holder(c), Rovman Powell, Ashley Nurse, Devendra Bishoo, Alzarri Joseph, Kesrick WilliamsWI XI: E Lewis, K.A. Hope, S Hope, R Chase, J Mohammed, J Holder, R Powell, A Nurse, D Bishoo, A Joseph, K Williams- BCCI (@BCCI) July 6, 2017IND XI: A Rahane, S Dhawan, V Kohli, D Karthik, MS Dhoni, K Jadhav, H Pandya, R Jadeja, K Yadav, U Yadav, M Shami- BCCI (@BCCI) July 6, 2017 19.03 IST: West Indies win toss elect to bat. West Indies have won the toss and elected to bat first #TeamIndia #WIvIND pic.twitter.com/Xza7pfMwHG- BCCI (@BCCI) July 6, 2017Toss, 5th ODI: Windies have won the toss and elected to bat first #WIvIND- CricketWestIndies (@westindies) July 6, 2017This is what Umesh Yadav hadto say before the final ODI in the five-match series.VIDEO: India pacer @y_umesh speaks about his process & a constant urge to improve as a bowler in each outing https://t.co/UpCYch196E #WIvIND- BCCI (@BCCI) July 6, 2017West Indies have won 9 out of their last 10 ODIs at the Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica, while India on the other hand have lost all their previous three matches at the ground.Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be turning 36 on July 7 (Friday) and what better present can there be a strong performance from the team to win the series. In the previous match, Dhoni racked up the dubious distinction of scoring the slowest half-century by an Indian batsman in more than a decade with a painstaking, snail-like innings of 54 runs which included a single boundary over 114 deliveries. Known for his hard-hitting batting in the closing stages and his ability to chase down challenging targets, Dhoni will be eager to produce another trademark high tempo innings and redeem himself.Calling all fans in Jamaica ???? ???Sabina Park???Thursday???Windies v @BCCI in 5th ODI ??9am (10 East Caribbean time)#WIvIND #Jamaica pic.twitter.com/1dGEB4YxJo- CricketWestIndies (@westindies) July 6, 2017Smarting from the defeat in the previous match, India will be eager for revenge and finish the series with a victory when they take on West Indies in their fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) here on Thursday.The visitors lost the fourth ODI by 11 runs in North Sound, Antigua after some extremely slow batting while chasing a low target of 190 runs.That defeat took some of the gloss off India’s dominating performances in the previous matches of the series which they currently lead 2-1. The opener of the five-match series was a washout falling victim to rain.last_img read more

Asiad gold medallist Swapna to get customised Adidas shoes

first_imgBy Saumojyoti S Choudhury New Delhi, Sep 14 (PTI) Asian Games gold-medallist Swapna Barman will have customised shoes for her 12-toed feet soon as the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has tied up with footwear company Adidas to ensure specially-designed gear for the heptathlete. “After coming to know about Swapna’s case, the Sports Minister immediately directed us from Jakarta to get customised shoes made for her. We have taken up the matter with Adidas and they have agreed to provide the footwear,” SAI Director General Neelam Kapur told PTI. Born with six toes in both her feet, Swapna’s plight came to light only after she became the first Indian athlete to win an Asiad gold in heptathlon with a career-best performance in the 18th edition of the Games in Jakarta last month.After her victory, the athlete made an emotional appeal for customised shoes and the SAI immediately sprung into action after Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore directed the concerned authorities to take up the matter on an urgent basis. The SAI has already sent a communication to Swapna’s coach Subash Sarkar at its Centre of Excellence in Kolkata, asking for specifications, such as size, pressure points and drawings for the customised spikes. Barman confirmed that he got a mail from the SAI headquarters in New Delhi On Thursday, seeking the necessary details required for the shoes. “Yes, I got a communication from SAI, Delhi asking for specification to prepare Swapna’s customised shoes. I am yet to meet Swapna as she is injured but I will provide the details soon once I meet her,” Sarkar said from Kolkata.advertisement Sarkar said he had told SAI officials about the need for customised shoes for Swapna just before the Asian Games but the matter gained importance only after her victory in Jakarta. “Once I informally told a SAI official about the shoe issue but I never took up the matter seriously. Actually I didn’t want her to alter things just before the Asian Games as she got adjusted to the regular shoes and was doing fine. Trying a new shoe just before the Games could have been adverse,” he said. “And she hadn’t gained fame at that time. Now after winning the gold, she has become a celebrity and every company is trying to get mileage out of her.” Swapna was identified in 2012 and since then she has been training at the SAI Centre of Excellence in Kolkata. Swapna was inducted in the Government’s Target Olympic Podium Scheme (TOPS) in September last year. PTI SSC PM PMlast_img read more

Ohio State 4-Star Addresses Commitment After Brother’s Transfer

first_imgOhio State's players walking onto the field.COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 03: A general view as the Ohio State Buckeyes enters the field before the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on November 3, 2007 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 38-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Ohio State basketball was struck with disappointing news today, as Micah Potter announced he’ll transfer. It’s important to keep in mind that his brother, Noah Potter, is currently on track to play football for the Buckeyes.Potter is a defensive end from the class of 2019, and he’s an Ohio native. Although his brother will leave the Buckeyes after two seasons, the high school recruit is staying with his original choice.Just in case fans were worrying about his future intentions, Potter set the record straight on social media.He left this message on Twitter:For anyone wondering I am still 1000% committed to Ohio State.— Noah Potter (@noah_potter10) November 5, 2018Credit to Potter for sticking with his commitment to the Buckeyes. As for the tweet itself, it’s great to see him already engaging with his future supporters.The four-star recruit has several reasons to remain in Columbus, which should validate his decision.Moving over to Ohio State’s basketball team, losing the junior forward before the start of the season could hurt its overall depth. However, it’s hard to blame him for wanting more opportunity on the hardwood.last_img read more

Private Sector Urged to Increase Support for Financially Challenged Students

first_img He said that education is expensive but is key in breaking the cycle of poverty in many families across the island. Story Highlights President of The Mico University College, Dr. Asburn Pinnock, has called for increased private-sector support for education through the provision of scholarships and bursaries to benefit young people from financially challenged backgrounds.He said that education is expensive but is key in breaking the cycle of poverty in many families across the island.Dr. Pinnock, who was speaking at a donor appreciation reception at Mico’s Marescaux Road campus in Kingston on Monday (April 30), said increased involvement of the private sector can add to a more prosperous and stable society.“Businesses rely on the stability of a country, and results have shown that a stable nation is a much more prosperous country. We believe that education can help to solve some of the issues of crime,” he said.“So, by investing in education and creating more opportunities for persons… we reduce the likelihood of persons moving into deviant and antisocial behaviour,” he added.Dr. Pinnock told the donors that students at the institutions who benefit from grants and other financial support are giving back to their communities by volunteering at early-childhood educational institutions and participating in other efforts.“They become leaders; so the multiplier effect is worth it. They are first to help; any event you have, they will be there,” he said.Meanwhile, scholarship recipient, Britonny Haye, told the donors that their contribution is “immeasurable”.“Hope had been restored to me, motivating me to work harder, driving me to do my utmost best and steering me down the narrow path of success,” she said.The reception was held to say thanks to the alumni and corporate companies that have provided support to Mico over the years, and to hear the testimonies of those that have benefited and continue to benefit from the contributions.Mico receives $4 million each year in scholarships, which is credited to the accounts of second- to fourth-year students to complete their degrees. Dr. Pinnock, who was speaking at a donor appreciation reception at Mico’s Marescaux Road campus in Kingston on Monday (April 30), said increased involvement of the private sector can add to a more prosperous and stable society. President of The Mico University College, Dr. Asburn Pinnock, has called for increased private-sector support for education through the provision of scholarships and bursaries to benefit young people from financially challenged backgrounds.last_img read more

Nova Scotia Bids Farewell To Royal Couple

first_imgThe rain held off and thousands of Nova Scotians got the chance to catch a glimpse of Their Royal Highnesses as they toured Halifax and Dartmouth before heading to Pictou to cap off their visit to the province. The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall experienced the sights and sounds of Halifax Regional Municipality today, May 19, and met residents, business owners, community groups, artists, young farmers and musicians. “It was our pleasure and honour to host Their Royal Highnesses on the first stop of their tour to Canada,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “It was wonderful to see so many Nova Scotians, young and old, come out for the celebration.” Gov. Gen. David Johnston, Premier McNeil and other dignitaries officially welcomed Their Royal Highnesses at Grand Parade this morning where the Prince of Wales gave his only remarks during his tour to the province. Following the official welcome ceremony, Their Royal Highnesses visited the Halifax and Region Military Family Resource Centre and met with groups that provide support to military families. “We have been fortunate to enjoy the company of members of the Royal Family on many occasions in the past, and at times of great significance for our nation,” said Premier McNeil. The Prince of Wales toured the Public Gardens while The Duchess of Cornwall visited the Northbrook Community Centre in Dartmouth and attended a barbecue. “It was an honour to have the Prince of Wales visit the Public Gardens because of his strong interest in cultivation and gardening,” said Bev MacPhail, chief horticulturalist with HRM. “As a Victorian garden and historic site, we have many connections to the Royal Family, including the recently restored bandstand and Jubilee Fountain that were originally built to commemorate the 50th and 60th anniversaries of Queen Victoria’s reign.” The Royal Couple then made a trip to the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market where they met with some of Nova Scotia’s inspiring artisans and young entrepreneurs and farmers. After meeting Their Royal Highnesses, 14-year-old Hope Blooms member Bocar Wade said he thought the Prince of Wales was a nice guy and the whole thing was a really cool experience. Jessie Jollymore, project lead for Hope Blooms, said the kids were very excited. “They thought that Dragons’ Den was a big thing, but to meet the Royal Family, it doesn’t get any better than that,” said Ms. Jollymore. Their last stop in Halifax was the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 for tea with war brides and Second World War veterans. “The Duchess of Cornwall went to every table and made herself at home,” said war bride Joan Stead, of Halifax, originally from England. “Everyone really appreciated their visit.” The historic Ship Hector made a fitting backdrop for the final stop on the Nova Scotia leg of the tour. The Royal Couple was joined in Pictou by a crowd of hundreds along the water at the Hector Heritage Quay to enjoy music and song as a plaque was unveiled to commemorate the visit. The Royal Couple is now off to Prince Edward Island and will wrap up their tour Wednesday, May 21, in Manitoba. For more information about the Canadian tour, visit http://canadiancrown.gc.ca/ . To see photos of the Royal Tour in Nova Scotia, go to https://www.flickr.com/photos/123667820@N06/ .last_img read more

Bruce Greenwood is a man of many roles

first_img“I’ll do anything is the simple answer,” jokes Greenwood, 61, when his extensive list of credits is mentioned.“I’m a little choosier now than I have been in the past, but I’ll fall off that wagon of choosiness with alarming frequency and just go and do something just because I don’t happen to be busy and it seems like fun, or it’s in a nice location or something like that. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Advertisement He has played doctors, lawyers, TV executives, disapproving fathers, a murderous husband, U.S. presidents, a U.S. secretary of defence and a starship captain, among many other things.In fact, if you have watched a TV show or seen a movie in the last four decades, chances are you’ve seen Bruce Greenwood’s face onscreen.On this particular morning, that face is across the table at Cafe Boulud in the Four Seasons Hotel. “I like being on a set, I really do; it’s hard for me to say no.” Login/Register With: Bruce Greenwood plays Dr. Randolph Bell — “a guy past his best-by date” — in The Resident. (ROGERS MEDIA) Facebooklast_img read more

Markets update

On the markets at 9:50 a.m. (ET):In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index is down 150.54 points to 15,205.04.The Dow Jones industrial average lost 11.09 points to 21,443.52.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index shed 6.02 points to 2,434.67.The Nasdaq composite index dropped 48.86 points to 6,185.55.The Canadian dollar was trading at 76.80 cents US, up from Wednesday’s average price of 76.57 cents US.

Davy Jones claims to have hacked more Lankan sites

While those two websites however seemed to operate without a glitch, the hacker said that the database server of those websites were breached and the database was leaked in a pastebin post. A hacker going by the name ‘Davy Jones’ claims to have hacked several government websites in Sri Lanka, the latest being the Sri Lanka Port Authority (SLPA) website.According to E Hacking News the hacker said that the websites of Rupavahini television (State TV) and Sri Lanka One had been hacked last week. E Hacking news also said the hacker went into the One SriLanka website and extracted all data with 1,000 e-mail IDs and passwords, in a separate pastebin post. The paste also included a mediafire download link that contains the dump comprised from One SriLanka TV Web site.Last week, Davy Jones also hacked into the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment’s Web site, and leaked the database on a pastebin in a similar manner. Last week, the official Web site of Sri Lanka Media Center for National Security (MCNS) had also been hacked and defaced by a hacker calling himself Game Over. (Colombo Gazette) The hacker had breached the SLPA website. While the main page had not been defaced a Web page with a path to the “admin” folder was uploaded. read more

Sri Lanka insists ISIS not directly linked to Easter attacks

Sri Lanka has insisted that the Islamic State (IS) or ISIS were not directly involved in the Easter Sunday attacks.A Sri Lanka intelligence officer who wished to remain anonymous, told local journalists that investigations had confirmed that the Easter Sunday attacks were carried out purely by a local group. IS leader Al Baghdadi had later claimed responsibility for the multiple suicide attacks in Sri Lanka. However the intelligence officer insisted that the local network was not led by Al Baghdadi but may have had some form of contacts with some IS members.“They are not pure ISIS members,” he said. The officer said that the video sent to IS on the Sri Lankan bombers which was later released to the media by IS, was sent via Indonesia. The National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) was accuse of being involved in the deadly attacks on Easter Sunday targeting hotels and churches.NTJ leader Zahran Hashim was among the bombers killed in the attacks.Hashim had promoted the ISIS ideology through videos and other propaganda material. (Colombo Gazette) read more

General Assembly invites East Timor to upcoming forum on sustainable development

The United Nations General Assembly today invited the newly independent Democratic Republic of East Timor, which has applied for membership in the UN, to participate in an upcoming summit on sustainable development issues.In a resolution adopted without a vote, the Assembly welcomed East Timor’s independence on 20 May and invited the new nation, pending its admission to membership in the UN, to participate as a State in the World Summit on Sustainable Development, scheduled to be held from 26 August to 4 September in Johannesburg, South Africa.The Assembly also agreed that East Timor could take part in the fourth session of the Summit’s preparatory committee, which is starting next week in Indonesia.In other action, the Assembly adopted a resolution requesting its Special Political and Decolonization (Fourth) Committee to continue its efforts for a comprehensive review of the whole question of peacekeeping operations and all their aspects.The resolution said the Special Committee should also review previous proposals and consider any new ones in order to enhance the UN’s capacity to fulfil its responsibilities in that field.The Assembly also urged Member States, the UN Secretariat and relevant UN bodies to take all necessary steps to implement the proposals, recommendations and conclusions of the Special Committee.Meanwhile, on the recommendation of its Administrative and Budgetary (Fifth) Committee, the Assembly appointed Kenshiro Akimoto of Japan to serve the remainder of the term of office of another Japanese official in the Committee on Contributions. read more

The Warriors Chances Of Getting 73 Wins Are Back Up

7343.960.1 The Warriors are just fine.Two nights after a loss to the Boston Celtics dropped Golden State’s odds of breaking the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ record of 72 regular season wins to 54.6 percent according to our CARM-Elo projections, the Warriors thumped the Portland Trail Blazers 136-111 and those chances are back to 60 percent. Stephen Curry scored 39 points on 21 shots and made nine of 13 3-pointers; Draymond Green had 22 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists, three blocks and two steals.The Trail Blazers’ Damian Lillard had a good game — 38 points on 27 shots — and Portland kept it tight through two and a half quarters, but the Warriors pulled away late with James Michael McAdoo taking Anderson Varejao’s minutes in the second half. (The Warriors played much of Sunday’s game without a true center, with Andrew Bogut out with a rib injury and Festus Ezeli, back after a 31-game absence, playing just nine minutes.) 7416.216.2 WINSEXACTLY THIS MANY WINSAT LEAST THIS MANY WINS 700.7>99.9 7231.691.7 69<0.1%100.0% The win takes the Warriors to 69-8 with five games to play. Projections for an exact number of wins are volatile as the season winds down, in large part because there are so few games left, and also because the Warriors are such big favorites in most of their games (CARM-Elo said they were an 89-percent favorite to win against the Celtics) that any loss has an outsize effect. Even after the loss to the Celtics, however, the Warriors’ most likely record was still 73-9, one game ahead of the ’95-’96 Bulls.Assuming it can sweep the other games in its schedule, Golden State still needs to win at least one of its two remaining games against the San Antonio Spurs to break the record. As usual, it’s hard to tell what Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will do; with his team already in the playoffs, he has been alternating playing his normal rotations and resting core players. The Spurs’ starters played heavy minutes against Toronto on Saturday, though, so they haven’t closed up shop just yet.Beyond that, CARM-Elo says the Warriors have about a 74.2 percent chance of winning the other three games on the schedule — one against Minnesota (95.6 percent) and two against Memphis (83.0 percent and 93.5 percent) — going by current ratings. Chances the Warriors finish with: 717.699.3 read more

Shaqtin A Fool Vol 3 Episode 2

On the next Shaqtin’ A Fool: vol. 3, episode 2, there’s no JaVale McGee this week, but Shaq still had plenty of material to work with on this episode’s nominees.Carmelo Anthony gets caught up in a defensive trap and he panics. The best thing that Anthony can come up with is throwing the ball into the stands. Knicks head Coach Mike Woodson’s reaction was priceless.Corey Brewer gets screened by Chandler and puts on a bit of a performance to get the attention of the refs, but whatever he was selling, nobody was buying. Jazz rookie Enes Kanter is wide open for a 15-foot shot, but he rather shoot for the fans in the stands rather than the basket.The No. 1 2013 draft pick Anthony Bennett, who remains scoreless this entire season, gets a fastbreak and there’s nothing between him and his first two points of his professional basketball career, sadly it doesn’t end well for the Cleveland rookie.If they don’t get your vote then repeat offender Kendrick Perkins will. On a well executed pick-and-roll, Perkins attacks the basket with a reverse lay-up that goes horribly wrong.As always vote for your favorite at NBA.com/fool read more

WITH 3 TO BLAUGRANA Montpellier beat Barca

HC Montpellier Handball made a small advantage before the second match of VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 16 clash in Barcelona.The team of Patrice Canayer won 28:25 (13:13) with Lithuanian giant Truchanovicius in the main role with eight goals.28 – Montpellier: Gérard; Richardson (2), Porte (4), Faustin, Afgour, Truchanovicius (8), M. Guigou (3, 2p); Simonet, Kavtinick (4, 2p), Bonnefont (3), Soussi (2) y Fabregas (2).25 – FC Barcelona:Pérez de Vargas; Tomás, Mem (3), Raúl Entrerríos (1), Sorhaindo (1), N’Guessan (7), Rivera (2, 1p); Morros, Palmarsson (2), Syprzak (5), Dolenec, Ariño y Aleix Gómez (4). HC Montpellier Handball ← Previous Story “Flying Danes” from Skjern smash Veszprem Next Story → BATTLE FOR THE UAE CHAMPION: The decisive time

Wilmington Band Parents To Hold Trivia Night Fundraiser On April 5

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington Band Parents Association is holding its annual Trivia Night on Saturday, April 5, 2019 at the Wilmington Knights of Columbus Hall (112 Middlesex Avenue). Doors open at 7pm.  Trivia begins at 8pm.Tickets cost $20 per person. Tables of 10 are available. For tickets, please contact whswildcatbandparents[at]gmail.com.  (Checks can be made payable to The Wilmington Band Parents Association.)Attendees are asked to bring their own your own food for their table, and to come prepared for the raffle basket table and cash bar.Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Learn more about them HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Band Parents Raffling Off A Jumbo Wildcat Connect Four GameIn “Community”Tickets Still Available For Wilmington Rotary Trivia Night On June 14In “Community”Wilmington Band Parents To Hold Trivia Night Fundraiser On March 18In “Community”last_img read more

Whats so critical about polar bear habitat

first_imgGraphics: Federal RegisterDownload AudioA federal appeals court last week ruled the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service was following the law when it designated a California-sized piece of the Alaskan Arctic as critical habitat for the polar bear. The ruling dismayed the state of Alaska, the oil industry and several Native groups.  They’d challenged the habitat designation, saying it was too broad and would deter activity in the region. Let’s take a look at this designation and what it could mean for the industry.The first thing to know is that this habitat is an enormous area, but 96 percent of it is off-shore, covering sea-ice or sea. The 4 percent that’s on land is a band of coast that stretches from the Canadian border in the northeast to Barrow, and  all the barrier islands, down to Hooper Bay in Western Alaska.U.S. Fish and Wildlife Biologist Ted Swem says the habitat designation won’t require anyone to get any new permits. For oil companies, he says, it just adds a question for federal permits they’d have to get anyway.“In my experience it adds paragraphs or pages to the length of a document, and that requires the project applicant and the federal agency with which we’re working to add more text, and we have to have more thought, and more discussion … . But it doesn’t add weeks or months to the process.”That’s because, Swem says, regardless of whether the habitat is designated, the polar bear is listed as a threatened species. Under the Endangered Species Act, he says, any federal permit for development in this area of the Arctic already requires consultation with his agency, to evaluate its impact on the bear.  And here’s the thing: even without the habitat designation, Swem says Fish and Wildlife still has to look at the impact on the habitat, because harming the habitat could harm the bear.“Every place there’s critical habitat, there is also polar bears,” as Swem put.The habitat designation adds a new question– what’s the impact on the bear’s habitat? — but the answer is roughly the same.“Not just roughly, but I would say it would be the same.Swem says. “It has been the same. In my experience, the answer is the same.”Swem cites Point Thomson, the Exxon project on the North Slope, as an example. Exxon got the crucial wetlands permit for that in 2012, when the polar bear habitat designation was in place, before the legal challenge put it on hiatus.“And it was right on the coast and it is in critical habitat, and I would contend that it didn’t affect that development at all, to have that project within critical habitat,” Swem says.The Corps of Engineers’ wetlands permit required Exxon to bring two drilling pads in from the coast a bit  and shrink a third, to accommodate polar bears coming ashore. The Corps also required Exxon to pay compensation for filling 267 acres of  wetlands, at a 3-to-1 ratio. That meant paying a conservation fund to preserve 801 acres elsewhere. Exxon won’t say how much they had to pay, but safe to say it was several million dollars.Joshua Kindred, an environmental attorney for the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, an industry trade group, contends the habitat designation adds exponentially to that kind of cost.“If an area of land in which say a developer want to develop is critical, then the Corps puts sort of an automatic multiplier on the value of that land, from a wetlands mitigation standpoint,” he said.That’s not how the Corps of Engineers sees it.“There’s no one thing that says ‘OK this is habitat for a polar bear, therefore the wetland mitigation ratio is X,’” says Sheila Newman, chief of the Special Actions Branch, in the regulatory arm of the Corps of Engineers-Alaska District.It’s not easy to explain the Corp’s evaluation methods. Newman says they examine wetland “functions” but have no standard assessment tool. They use several. Newman says they’re trying to pare down the methodologies so companies can better predict their mitigation costs.“But, you know, we are not there yet,” she says.But, she says, in all the assessment tools in use, it wouldn’t make a difference whether an area is a designated critical habitat, or just a place known to see polar bears.“So the critical habitat designation, in itself, does not make a difference at all,” she said.Kindred, from the Alaska Oil and Gas Association, says the designation, if nothing else, adds uncertainty to a project. He says AOGA and the other plaintiffs haven’t decided yet whether to pursue their legal challenge further.last_img read more

Pompeo to visit Delhi before ModiTrump meeting

first_imgUS Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that he will be visiting India later this month to build on “an incredibly important relationship” that is “closely tied economically”.Pompeo’s visit will take place as the two countries get ready for a meeting between a newly re-elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump during the G-20 Summit on June 28 and 29 in Osaka, Japan.In preparation for his visit, Pompeo will be outlining to Indian business leaders in Washington on Wednesday “what we’ve been working on for my entire time here in the Indo-Pacific”, he told reporters at the State Department on Monday.Pompeo’s focus on economic ties comes amid stresses in trade relations from Trump’s America First policy and priority to cut trade deficits.”I’m looking forward to the opportunity both to give the set of remarks about how it is our relationship is so closely tied economically, but also importantly the things that the United States and India can continue to do to build out what is an incredibly important relationship for both countries,” he said.Modi and Trump are to meet during the G-20 Summit hosted by Japan in Osaka on June 28 and 29.Pompeo described India as “an important part of President Trump’s strategy in the Indo-Pacific”.His visit to the region starting on June 24 will “broaden and deepen our partnership with key countries to advance our shared goal of a free and open Indo-Pacific”, State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said on Monday.”Prime Minister Modi’s recent election victory provides an excellent opportunity for him to implement his vision for a strong and prosperous India that plays a leading role on the global stage,” she added.After India, Pompeo is scheduled to visit Sri Lanka.Pompeo is to deliver the keynote address on Wednesday to the two-day India Ideas Summit of the US-India Business Council on “The US and India: An Economic Foundation for a Free and Open Indo-Pacific”.India has been in Trump’s trade crosshairs. The US ended tariff concessions to some imports from India under the General Scheme of Preferences earlier this month accusing New Delhi of not giving “equitable and reasonable access” to its markets.India was also hit by Trump imposing 25 per cent tariff on steel imports and 10 aluminium imports last year. India has threatened retaliatory tariffs on agricultural imports from the US.Trump has criticised India several times over import duties on Harley Davidson motorcycles, which are a favourite of a section of his base, and whiskey, a product of Kentucky state that was one of his electoral bastions.India has also criticised the US tightening restrictions on H1-B professional visas that affects technology workers from India and moves to strip the spouses of the visa-holders of work permits.India has also been affected by the harsh oil sanctions on Iran and Washington’s refusal to extend the exemption given to New Delhi for buying oil from Teheran.The trade diplomacy baton appears to have been passed on to Pompeo from Trump officials with primary responsibility. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, the principal negotiator, did not make an expected visit to India last year and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross cancelled a visit in February.Although Trump’s Indo-Pacific strategy that places democracies India and the US as “bookends of stability” for the region is girded by shared defence interests, the economic factor has also been introduced into it.Late last month, the Quad countries — India, Australia, Japan and the US that are the key players in balancing China in the Indo-Pacific — discussed leveraging the power of the private sector by encouraging “transparent, principles-based investment in quality infrastructure”.This would be a strategy to counter China’s economic diplomacy that promotes infrastructure development in its quest for global influence.The US wants to increase military hardware sales to India and Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Clarke Cooper, who oversees defence sales, visited India days after the Indian elections.The State Department said before his visit that the agenda was to focus on “expanding our security cooperation, and furthering opportunities for American industry” and noted that US-India bilateral defence trade has risen from virtually zero in 2008 to $15 billion now.But India buying the Russian S-400 anti-missile defence system could be a roadblock to the US expanding military sales to India.The US has retaliated against NATO partner Turkey over its planned purchase of the system denying the sale of F-35 stealth jets and restricting training for its air force.While Washington opposes India’s purchase of the S-400, it has not directly threatened sanctions. Pompeo is expected to try to persuade India to drop the purchase and offer alternatives.last_img read more