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Srinagar acid attack case: two get life imprisonment

[ad_1] The Jammu & Kashmir court on Tuesday sentenced two persons to life imprisonment in an acid attack case in Srinagar.“I am happy with the judgement. It’s the maximum punishment for the crime under the law. I wish law provided for capital punishment in such offences,” the victim said after the judgement.Jawad Ahmed, Principal District and Sessions Court, Srinagar, pronounced the quantum of punishment in the case. “The prosecution has been able to establish the charges against the accused persons beyond any reasonable shadow of doubt. As such, this chargesheet is accepted and the accused persons are held guilty for the offences punishable under Sections 326-A, 201 and 120-B Ranbir Penal Code (RPC),” the court said.The court imposed a fine of ₹5 lakh each on the convicts and termed...
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Srinagar acid attack case: two get life imprisonment

[ad_1] The Jammu & Kashmir court on Tuesday sentenced two persons to life imprisonment in an acid attack case in Srinagar.“I am happy with the judgement. It’s the maximum punishment for the crime under the law. I wish law provided for capital punishment in such offences,” the victim said after the judgement.Jawad Ahmed, Principal District and Sessions Court, Srinagar, pronounced the quantum of punishment in the case. “The prosecution has been able to establish the charges against the accused persons beyond any reasonable shadow of doubt. As such, this chargesheet is accepted and the accused persons are held guilty for the offences punishable under Sections 326-A, 201 and 120-B Ranbir Penal Code (RPC),” the court said.The court imposed a fine of ₹5 lakh each on the convicts and termed...
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Sachin Tendulkar to be EC’s national icon

[ad_1] Former cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. File | Photo Credit: ANI Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar will become a “national icon” of the Election Commission (EC) and spread awareness regarding the need for greater voter participation in the electoral process. The poll body will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with Mr. Tendulkar in the national capital on Wednesday. It will be a three-year agreement as part of which the cricketing legend will spread voter awareness. This collaboration will mark a significant step towards leveraging Mr. Tendulkar’s unparalleled impact with the youth for increasing voters’ participation in the forthcoming elections, especially in General Elections 2024, the EC said in a statement. Through this partnership, the EC aims to bridge the gap between c...
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Tigers blow away Blasters; Lions roar against Warriors

[ad_1] Hubli Tigers’ Mohammed Taha scored a blistering half-century in his team’s successful chase against Bengaluru Blasters Hubli Tigers’ K.C. Cariappa, whose double-wicket blow dismissing Mayank Agarwal and D. Nischal, helped restrict Bengaluru Blasters Bengaluru Blasters remain rooted to the bottom after losing its seventh match of the 2023 Maharaja Trophy KSCA T20, to Hubli Tigers by six wickets, at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium here on Tuesday.Batting first, Mayank Agarwal (68, 38b, 3x4, 6x6) helped his side put up a challenging 188-run total. But the Tigers romped home with nine balls to spare, as opener Mohammed Taha scored a quick-fire 66 (35b, 5x4, 5x6) and found support in K.L. Shrijith (45, 30b, 2x4, 3x6) and captain Manish Pandey (35 n.o., 22b, 3x4). The Blasters, until Maya...
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Ravichandran Ashwin urges Indian fans to move past ‘IPL warfare’; backs Shreyas Iyer for No 4 slot

[ad_1] Ravichandran Ashwin weighed in on who should be India’s No 4 batter in the 50-over format a day after the Asia Cup squad for the Men in Blue was announced. “The No 4 slot is one of the most debated slots. Shreyas Iyer is extremely important to our side. He’s one of the best players in the Indian line-up against spin and a very consistent No 4 for India. He’s played a crucial role in India’s success whenever he’s played at No 4. If he’s completely fit to play, there’s no debate who should be No 4 for India,” said Ashwin on his YouTube channel, Around The World of Cricket. He went on to add: “Tilak Verma is an exciting talent. Both Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak bring an X-factor to the team as back-up middle-order batters. Tilak hasn’t scored a lot in the Ireland series. But he’s showi...
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Reboot of game and ambition needed for PV Sindhu, who wobbles to tame defeat to Nozomi Okuhara

[ad_1] Memories of past glory are casting a long, debilitating shadow on PV Sindhu’s present game, which is in urgent need of rejigging upgrades and one real reboot, but is instead sloping down a spiral. It’s been 10 long, tiring years of fighting at the World Championships, of taking out the fancied names in giant kills, since her 2013 bronze. Add to that the two Olympic medals. But someone would need to shake the 28-year-old awake and drill into her conscience that she is built to go upto 32-33 and is capable of multiple World titles, not just the one at Basel. Fading out gently, passively following Nozomi Okuhara’s lead in the pace and cadence of rallies, offering little initiative of her own, just reacting, is not how the World Championships saga ought to end in the storied Sindhu v...
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The curious case of Sanju Samson

[ad_1] Sanju Samson’s vocal, massive fan base is impressive, given that he is not a regular in the India squad. His supporters were up in arms, not for the first time, when Samson was not included in the 2023 ODI Asia Cup squad. The wicketkeeper-batter will travel with the team as just a back-up player, as K.L. Rahul is carrying a niggle (unrelated to his original injury). It now appears that Samson’s prospects of making it to the 2023 Cricket World Cup are slim to none. The selectors have made this clear by excluding Samson to accommodate a returning Rahul and Ishan Kishan. Rahul makes his comeback from injury, and will don the role of wicketkeeper-batter. Kishan has been named as the second wicketkeeper, sending Samson down the hierarchy. 🚨 India names 17-member Asia Cup squad.▪️ Tilak...
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Praggnanandhaa springs a surprise opening, but Magnus Carlsen fights back to wrestle a draw in Round One

[ad_1] It’s rare to see five-time world champion Magnus Carlsen jovially chat with his opponent and discuss moves in-depth after a Classical over-the-board game, that too in the final of a FIDE World Cup.It isn’t just any opponent. It’s India’s young trailblazer, 18-year-old R Praggnanandhaa, someone who the Norwegian has become really fond of. So much so, that when their first game in Baku ended in a draw in just 35 moves on Tuesday, the duo chatted for a good couple of minutes, exchanging notes and possibly discussing the could-have-been scenarios.It’s a far cry from when Carlsen took on India’s legend Viswanathan Anand in the World Chess Championship final in 2013 and 2014. Then, the young Carlsen who beat Anand to win his first title in 2013, never really interacted with his older op...
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Litmus test for India’s world-leading long jumpers Sreeshankar, Jeswin Aldrin at World Athletics Championships

[ad_1] Five of Murali Sreeshankar’s six jumps at the Asian Athletics Championships in Bangkok were over 8 metres, the last of them a remarkable 8.37 metres. Sreeshankar let out a roar after his final jump that sealed the silver medal last month. A couple of weeks later, Jeswin Aldrin, the national record holder, jumped 8.22m at the Citius Meeting in Bern to finish first. Aldrin’s national record of 8.42m is the best jump in the world this year, Sreeshankar’s 8.41 the second best. Sreeshankar, 24, and Aldrin 21, have been making waves. Sreeshankar finished third at the Diamond League in Paris. After Olympic champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra and former discus thrower Vikas Gowda, Sreeshankar became just the third Indian athlete to finish in the top-three in a Diamond League event. Ald...
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Haris Rauf leads Pakistan’s rout of Afghanistan in first ODI | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Pakistan's fiery fast bowler, Haris Rauf, spearheaded a relentless pace attack against Afghanistan, achieving a career-best five-wicket haul and propelling his team to a resounding 142-run victory in the first one-day international (ODI) in Hambantota, Sri Lanka on Tuesday.Rauf's exceptional performance of 5-18 in 6.2 overs left Afghanistan struggling at their second-lowest ODI total of 59 runs, attained over a mere 19.2 overs. This remarkable feat followed Pakistan's batting innings, where they were dismissed for 201 runs in 47.1 overs.With this triumph, Pakistan now hold a 1-0 lead in the three-match series, marking the first bilateral series between these two nations. The upcoming matches are scheduled to take place in Colombo on Thursday and Saturday.Rauf's destruct...
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PV Sindhu bows out of World Championships | Badminton News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Former title holder PV Sindhu's unfortunate streak persisted as she exited the World Championships in Copenhagen on Tuesday.As the most accomplished Indian participant in World Championships history, amassing five medals, Sindhu displayed a lack of her usual vigour in her offensive play and was defeated in a subdued manner with a score of 14-21, 14-21.Her opponent, Nozomi Okuhara from Japan, a former gold medalist in 2017 and silver medalist in 2019, posed as a familiar adversary.It is the first instance where the 16th-seeded Sindhu has not advanced to the quarterfinals in this prestigious tournament.Sindhu and Okuhara, best known for their marathon 110-minute-long 2017 World Championships final in Glasgow, have always produced engaging contests but the second round mat...
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‘Secretly prayed for KL Rahul’: Venkatesh Prasad after visit to New Jersey temple with Suniel Shetty | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Former Indian cricketer Venkatesh Prasad, who has previously expressed reservations about the selection of batsman KL Rahul in the national team, adopted a fresh perspective during a recent encounter.This transformation came about when he met actor Suniel Shetty, who also happens to be Rahul's father-in-law. Prasad's visit to the Swami Narayan temple in New Jersey, USA, alongside Suniel Shetty, led to a change in his outlook.In a shared photograph with the Bollywood star, Prasad revealed that he had privately offered prayers for Rahul's success in the upcoming World Cup, with the hope of silencing any detractors."Visited the Swami Narayan temple in New Jeresy with Anna. Prayed for well being of all Bharatvasis & for the Indian Team to do well in the World Cup. Also ...
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Magnus Carlsen reveals he suffered food poisoning after semi-final win at FIDE World Cup

[ad_1] World No 1 Magnus Carlsen revealed that he had endured a couple of rough days in Baku after suffering a bout of food poisoning after his semi-final win over Nijat Abasov. Carlsen was speaking to the FIDE YouTube channel after his first game draw against India’s R Praggnanandhaa. The Indian started with white pieces and had a handsome time advantage at the start of the game after seeming to catch the Norwegian off guard. But soon, Carlsen caught up and the game ended in a draw after 35 moves. While Carlsen had a rest day after his semi-final win over Abasov, Pragg was playing World No 3 Fabiano Caruana in a tiebreaker to seal his spot in the final. “Normally, I would just probably have a bit of an advantage having a rest day while he (Praggnanandhaa) had to play a tough tiebreak ...
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‘Bumrah, Krishna need…’: India head coach for Ireland tour | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: India's head coach for Ireland tour Sitanshu Kotak emphasised the importance of providing additional game time to fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Prasidh Krishna, who have made remarkable comebacks following back surgeries.During the current tour, both Bumrah and Prasidh have exhibited encouraging performances, securing two wickets apiece in the two matches played thus far.Their contributions have significantly contributed to India's commanding lead in the three-match series, making it insurmountable for the opposition."Not really (any) pressure, I would say. They were at the NCA for their RTPs (return to play) and strength and all. They are very smart; they never looked like they did not get a game, or were out of practice. They looked ready in practice," Kotak told th...
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Chess World Cup Final: Game 1 between R Praggnanandhaa and Magnus Carlsen ends in a draw | Chess News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Indian Grandmaster R Praggnanandhaa showcased his prowess by holding his ground against the reigning World No.1 Magnus Carlsen, ultimately securing a draw in the opening classical game of the FIDE World Cup chess final in Baku, Azerbaijan.Displaying remarkable skill against a highly-regarded and better-rated adversary, Praggnanandhaa managed a stalemate after 35 moves while playing with the white pieces.Chess World Cup Final: Game 1 HighlightsThis outcome has a significant implication as Carlsen will now enjoy the privilege of playing with the white pieces in the upcoming second game of the two-game classical series scheduled for Wednesday."I don't think I was in any trouble at all," Praggnanandhaa said after the game.Praggnanandhaa said later in an interaction posted o...
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‘Sorry tale of Yuzvendra Chahal’: Leggie set to miss out on playing 3 ICC events in 3 years | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: As another ICC tournament approaches, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has once again faced the disappointment of not securing a spot in the Indian team's selection.Chahal's name was conspicuously absent from the roster for the Asia Cup, a decision announced on Monday. However, India's captain Rohit Sharma has left a slight opening for the 33-year-old in the forthcoming ODI World Cup, slated to be hosted at home in October-November.The skilled tactician, once the linchpin of India's middle-over bowling, finds himself in a familiar situation as the anticipation of another World Cup looms on the horizon.Chahal's journey has been marked by ups and downs. He was controversially omitted from the 2021 T20 World Cup squad but managed to make a comeback in the 2022 edition held in ...
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Rinku Singh’s story is of hard work and perseverance: Abhishek Nayar | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Witnessing the transformation of a once 'shy' and 'low self-confident' young boy into a budding player for India has been a journey closely followed by Abhishek Nayar. He narrates Rinku Singh's narrative as a tale of relentless determination and hard work.At the age of 25, Rinku surged into the national spotlight following his remarkable feat of smashing five consecutive sixes, propelling Kolkata Knight Riders to an astonishing victory over Gujarat Titans during this year's IPL.Subsequently, on Sunday, he convincingly demonstrated his ability to replicate such prowess at the highest echelons by delivering a noteworthy performance of 38 runs off 21 balls on his India debut against Ireland."I have seen Rinku evolve as an individual. The first time I saw him in the KKR set...
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FA Chief Rubiales’ apology over unsolicited kiss not enough – Spanish PM Sanchez

[ad_1] The Spanish soccer federation chief’s public apology for his unsolicited kiss of national player Jenni Hermoso during celebrations of Spain’s victory in the Women’s World Cup was “not enough”, Acting Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Tuesday. The incident – which happened as Luis Rubiales handed the women’s team gold medals after they beat England 1-0 in the final on Sunday – sparked outrage within and outside Spain, with many, including ministers, demanding Rubiales’ resignation. “We’ve seen his apology and that’s not enough, he must be much clearer and convincing in apologising,” Sanchez told a news conference. “He must take more steps to clarify a behaviour that is unacceptable.” Sanchez said the federation was not part of the Spanish government, which lacked the power to ap...
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Lakshya Sen sails into third round of World Championships | Badminton News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: India's Lakshya Sen surged into the third round of the World Championships with an emphatic victory over Korea's Jeon Hyeok Jin in the men's singles category, securing a straight-game triumph in Copenhagen on Tuesday.Sen, who had previously clinched a bronze medal at the 2021 edition of the Championships, dominated proceedings with scores of 21-11, 21-12 against the 51st ranked Korean player.Having achieved the 11th seed, Lakshya is anticipated to encounter the challenge of the third-seeded Kunlavut Vitidsarn from Thailand in the subsequent round.With this achievement, the Indian player avenged his previous loss to the Korean opponent. Jeon Hyeok Jin had emerged victorious in their sole encounter during the Asia Team Championship in 2022.Later in the day, World No 9 HS ...
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Selfish vs altruistic in sport: No ‘I’ in team, but there’s a ‘me’

[ad_1] After he got to his 100th international century, Sachin Tendulkar said that it would be selfish of anyone to retire at the top. “When you are at the top,” he said, “you should serve the nation.” Yet, selfishness is an important, even necessary element in the make-up of elite sportsmen. Even a team sport like cricket is a face-off between two individuals: the batter and the bowler. And while the elements of selfishness and self-absorption are seen as necessary in individual sports like golf and tennis, it does not take a great leap of the imagination to see these as universal traits. You only have to look at the run outs in the game — the better batter is always protected, the lesser player making the sacrifice even if it wasn’t his fault. The senior batter knows he is being selfis...