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Ajay Shirke, Sanjay Jagdale resign from BCCI posts

Ajay Shirke, Sanjay Jagdale resign from BCCI posts

Posted on 31 May 2013 by GGS News

GGS NEWS : 31 May : Two top BCCI officials – secretary Sanjay Jagdale and treasurer Ajay Shirke – have resigned from their posts following the widespread criticism of the board’s handling of the corruption issues in the IPL. Jagdale also said he will not serve on the three-man commission appointed to conduct the inquiry into Gurunath Meiyappan, India Cements and the owners of Rajasthan Royals.

“I have resigned from the post of the secretary of the BCCI,” Jagdale, who took office in September 2011 when N Srinivasan became BCCI president, told Times Now. “I am deeply hurt with the recent developments in Indian cricket. Let some new faces come and take the responsibility.” Jagdale was aware of Shirke’s resignation too.

“No, there was no pressure, nobody influenced me. I felt deeply hurt, nothing else, there is no [other] reason behind it,” Jagdale told CNN-IBN, when asked if Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association president Jyotiraditya Scindia had influenced his decision. “I was hurt as a former cricketer, as an administrator, as a cricket lover, I hurt like any of the millions of cricket lovers in India.”

Jagdale did not offer opinion on whether Srinivasan should step down as president. “This was my decision, I leave it for Mr Srinivasan, he has been in the game for a longer period than me,” he said. “He is capable of taking his own decisions.”

Jagdale’s resignation left the probe panel compromised. “I had already requested the president not to keep me there, I had never wanted to be there,” Jagdale said. He is a former first-class player, having represented Madhya Pradesh in 53 first-class matches and formed part of the senior selection panel in the early years of the 2000s.

Shirke had said on Thursday night that he was not happy with the way the BCCI had handled the issues of spot-fixing allegations against three Royals players and betting charges against Gurunath, a top Chennai Super Kings official and Srinivasan’s son-in-law. “Yes that’s true [I have resigned],” Shirke, who also began his term when Srinivasan became president, said. “I have spelt out my reason and don’t want to comment any more. I have already spoken to the media at length, therefore I have resigned.”

Shirke went on, “I am deeply hurt about the recent controversies and the response of the board to the controversies. I care about the reputation of the sport, the reputation of the institution and above all my own reputation.”

ESPNcricinfo understands that senior BCCI officials had been in constant discussion with Srinivasan, asking him to step aside from his office as board president until the three-man commission completed its inquiry into his son-in-law Gurunath, the Super Kings owners India Cements and the owners of Rajasthan Royals. Srinivasan, however, had paid no heed to their advice.

Late on Friday, Srinivasan agreed to call for a working committee meeting next week to discuss the corruption issues plaguing the IPL. The date of the meeting is yet to be confirmed, but ESPNcricinfo understands it will be held over the next weekend.

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New images show comet ISON speeding towards Sun

New images show comet ISON speeding towards Sun

Posted on 31 May 2013 by GGS News

Washington,(GGS NEWS) 31 May : (ANI) : Gemini Observatory has taken a new series of images that shows Comet C/2012 S1 (ISON) racing toward an uncomfortably close rendezvous with the Sun.
In late November the comet could present a stunning sight in the twilight sky and remain easily visible, or even brilliant, into early December of this year.
The new Gemini time-sequence images, spanning early February through May 2013, show the comet’s remarkable activity despite its current great distance from the Sun and Earth.
The information gleaned from the series provides vital clues as to the comet’s overall behavior and potential to present a spectacular show. However, it’s anyone’s guess if the comet has the “right stuff” to survive its extremely close brush with the Sun at the end of November and become an early morning spectacle from Earth in early December 2013.
When Gemini obtained this time sequence, the comet ranged between roughly 455-360 million miles (730-580 million kilometers; or 4.9-3.9 astronomical units) from the Sun, or just inside the orbital distance of Jupiter. Each image in the series, taken with the Gemini Multi-Object Spectrograph at the Gemini North telescope on Mauna Kea, Hawaii, shows the comet in the far red part of the optical spectrum, which emphasizes the comet’s dusty material already escaping from what astronomers describe as a “dirty snowball.”
The images show the comet sporting a well-defined parabolic hood in the sunward direction that tapers into a short and stubby tail pointing away from the Sun. These features form when dust and gas escape from the comet’s icy nucleus and surround that main body to form a relatively extensive atmosphere called a coma. Solar wind and radiation pressure push the coma’s material away from the Sun to form the comet’s tail, which we see here at a slight angle (thus its stubby appearance).
Discovered in September 2012 by two Russian amateur astronomers, Comet ISON is likely making its first passage into the inner solar system from what is called the Oort Cloud, a region deep in the recesses of our solar system, where comets and icy bodies dwell. Historically, comets making a first go-around the Sun exhibit strong activity as they near the inner solar system, but they can often fizzle as they get closer to the Sun.
Astronomer Karen Meech, at the University of Hawaii’s Institute for Astronomy (IfA) in Honolulu, is currently working on preliminary analysis of the new Gemini data (as well as other observations from around the world) and notes that the comet’s activity has been decreasing somewhat over the past month.
“Early analysis of our models shows that ISON’s brightness through April can be reproduced by outgassing from either carbon monoxide or carbon dioxide. The current decrease may be because this comet is coming close to the Sun for the first time, and a ‘volatile frosting’ of ice may be coming off revealing a less active layer beneath. It is just now getting close enough to the Sun where water will erupt from the nucleus revealing ISON’s inner secrets,” said Meech.
Meech concludes that Comet ISON “could still become spectacularly bright as it gets very close to the Sun,” but she cautions, “I’d be remiss if I didn’t add that it’s still too early to predict what’s going to happen with ISON since comets are notoriously unpredictable.” (ANI)

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Tharoor declines to answer queries on spot-fixing scam

Tharoor declines to answer queries on spot-fixing scam

Posted on 31 May 2013 by GGS News

GGS SPORTS : 31 May : Tharoor, soon after the arrest of pacer S Sreesanth on spot-fixing charges, had said the Kerala cricketer should not be held guilty until he is proven so in court.

Union Minister and Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, who was embroiled in a controversy over IPL Kochi franchisee two years ago, on Friday steered clear of the raging spot-fixing and betting scandal involving the lucrative T20 league.

“Ask me anything other than IPL,” he said when media persons sought his reaction on the scandal.

The Union Minister of State for Human Resources Development was in Panaji to address a management conference.

Tharoor, soon after the arrest of pacer S Sreesanth on spot-fixing charges, had said the Kerala cricketer should not be held guilty until he is proven so in court.

The MP from Thiruvananthapuram had to resign from the Union Ministry in 2010 over a controversy related to now-defunct IPL Kochi team.

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2013 French Open: Novak Djokovic beats Guido Pella to reach third round

2013 French Open: Novak Djokovic beats Guido Pella to reach third round

Posted on 31 May 2013 by GGS News

GGS SPORTS : 31 May : Novak Djokovic took care of Argentina’s Guido Pella. His next match in the third round of the French Open won’t be as easy.

The top-ranked Djokovic brushed aside Pella 6-2, 6-0, 6-2 on Thursday to line up Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria.

The same Dimitrov who beat him this month in the second round of the Madrid Open, 7-6 (6), 6-7 (8), 6-3. That was Dimitrov’s biggest win. He also took a set off Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals of the Monte Carlo Masters last month.

The 26th-seeded Dimitrov beat Frenchman Lucas Pouille 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-1 to get another crack Djokovic.

The Serb is relishing the rematch, confident he can handle Dimitrov in a best-of-five-sets contest.

“I think he’s got more confident as he’s getting big wins in the last few months, and so he’s a tough player now to beat,” Djokovic said. “Even though maybe his style of game could be better on the hard court or faster surfaces, he’s showing that he can play equally well on clay.

“It’s going to be very physical. All the hard work that I put into preparations for this tournament hopefully will play to my advantage and will pay off on the court.”

Djokovic has won every Grand Slam title except the French Open and has made this year’s tournament his priority. He lost last year’s rain-interrupted final at Roland Garros to Nadal.

Thurday’s match on center court was delayed and interrupted by afternoon rain.

“It’s like deja vu from two days ago, you know, coming in and out and warming up five times, but it is the way it is,” Djokovic said. “I’m just glad that I finished the match today.”

The rain delays had no apparent effect on him, though, as he swept aside the 83rd-ranked Pella in 1 hour, 26 minutes.

He had 30 winners, broke Pella’s serve six times and did not face a single break point on his serve, clinching victory on his third match point when Pella double-faulted.

“(It) was the most difficult match I ever played … I think I have bad luck in some games that I serve, but I think I did my best. He’s the best now,” Pella said. “I tried to make long points, but he’s really used to play like this.”

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‘Pervez Musharraf being harassed, treated like convict’

‘Pervez Musharraf being harassed, treated like convict’

Posted on 31 May 2013 by GGS News

GGS NEWS : 31 May : Jaffrey alleged that Musharraf was being subjected to harassment by the state and was treated like a convict even though he was just an under trial prisoner.The Lahore High Court has deferred the hearing of a petition against alleged harassment of former president Gen (retired) Pervez Musharraf till June 10.

The court has given him a chance of fair trial as required by the law.

According to the Daily Times, the court asked petitioner, Barrister Javed Iqbal Jaffrey, to defend himself against the allegations.

Jaffrey alleged that Musharraf was being subjected to harassment by the state and was treated like a convict even though he was just an under trial prisoner.

He said every accused had the fundamental right of being accorded a fair trial and it could not be usurped in any case.

He requested that the government should be directed to give complete protection to Musharraf and treat him in accordance with law, the report added.

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‘Terrorists from Syria may sneak into Russia’

‘Terrorists from Syria may sneak into Russia’

Posted on 31 May 2013 by GGS News

Beijing,(GGS NEWS) 31  May  (ANI): Terrorists currently fighting in Syria may sneak into Russia disguised as immigrants to unfold sabotage, the Federal Security Service (FSB) said Thursday.
“We expect that amidst armed conflict in Syria the armed fighters and terrorists could infiltrate into our country inside the illegal immigrants flows,” head of FSB counter-intelligence analytical department Alexander Roshchupkin told a hearing in the Federation Council, or upper house of parliament.
He said the FSB is monitoring this security threat.
According to Roshchupkin, the FSB is aware that some groups of illegal immigrants arrived in Russia for subversive and intelligence activities.
He said Russian security service has uncovered several professional spies working in the North Caucasus.
“Illegal immigration is one of the tools to destabilize situation in Russia,” Roshchupkin said, adding that formation of isolated immigrant communities creates security threats for Russia.
The illegal industry of immigrants transit to Europe via Russian territory has been actively working, he noted.
The FSB pointed at unpoliced borders between Russia and CIS countries as well as at omissions in Russian law which facilitates criminal groups to conduct such activity.
“No one can say how many immigrants have arrived and how many have left, even in the border service,” the officer said, describing the situation as grave.
The Federal Migration Service (FMS) estimates the number of illegal immigrants at 3.3 million.
“Today over 10 million foreign nationals have been to Russia, 8 million out of that number are citizens of the CIS countries, 3.3 million out of them violate migration law,” FMS deputy head Anatoli Fomenko said during the same hearing.
Earlier this month, FMS chief Konstantin Romodanovsky vowed to tighten control over immigrant flows and said the authorities planned a massive crackdown on illegal immigrants later this year.

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‘Recovering’ Boston bombing suspect now walking

‘Recovering’ Boston bombing suspect now walking

Posted on 31 May 2013 by GGS News

MAKHACHKALA,(GGS NEWS) 31 May :  Russia (AP) — The remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings has recovered enough to walk and assured his parents in a phone conversation that he and his slain brother were innocent, their mother told The Associated Press on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the father of a Chechen immigrant killed in Florida while being interrogated by the FBI about his ties to the slain brother maintained that the U.S. agents killed his son “execution-style.”

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, walked without a wheelchair to speak to his mother last week for the first and only phone conversation they have had since he has been in custody, Zubeidat Tsarnaeva told the AP.

‘WHAT’S HAPPENING?’

In a rare glimpse at Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s state of mind, he told her he was getting better and that he had a very good doctor, but was struggling to understand what happened, she said.

“He didn’t hold back his emotions either, as if he were screaming to the whole world: What is this? What’s happening?,” she said.

The April 15 bombings killed three people and wounded more than 260. Elder brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed in a shootout with police, and Dzhokhar remains in a prison hospital after being badly wounded.

“I could just feel that he was being driven crazy by the unfairness that happened to us, that they killed our innocent Tamerlan,” their mother said, standing by the family’s insistent belief that their children are innocent.

NEW APARTMENT

The Tsarnaevs met the AP in their new apartment in a 14-story building in a well-to-do area of Makhachkala, the capital of the restive Caucasus province of Dagestan. The apartment had no furniture apart from a TV, a few rugs, and wallpaper materials lying on the floor.

Anzor Tsarnaev, the suspects’ father, said they had bought it for Tamerlan, his wife, and their young daughter in the expectation that they would move to Makhachkala later this year. He added that they planned to turn their old home in a dingy district on the outskirts of town into a dentist’s office, so that Dzhokhar, a dental hygiene student, could work out of it after completing his studies.

“All I can do is pray to God and hope that one day fairness will win out, our children will be cleared, and we will at least get Dzhokhar back, crippled, but at least alive,” Tsarnaev said.

EXECUTION ACCUSATION

Separately, at a news conference in Moscow, the father of a 27-year-old mixed martial arts fighter who was killed during FBI questioning accused agents of being “bandits” who executed his son.

Abdul-Baki Todashev showed journalists 16 photographs that he said were of his son, Ibragim, in a Florida morgue. He said his son had six gunshot wounds to his torso and one to the back of his head and the pictures were taken by his son’s friend, Khusen Taramov.

It was not immediately possible to authenticate the photographs.

The FBI says Todashev was being questioned by an FBI agent and two Massachusetts state troopers about his ties to Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as well as about a 2011 triple slaying in Massachusetts.Three law enforcement officials said initially that Ibragim Todashev had lunged at the FBI agent with a knife, although two of them later said it was no longer clear what had happened.

The father said his son was “100 percent unarmed.”

Taramov confirmed Thursday that he had taken some pictures of Ibragim Todashev’s body at an Orlando funeral home and sent them to the father. He said Ibragim Todashev had a decorative sword with a broken handle, but that it was not a weapon.

“The sword wouldn’t cut nothing,” Tamarov said. “I played with it many times. It wasn’t sharp from any angle. It would do the same harm as a piece of wood.”

A spokesman for the Boston FBI declined to comment Thursday on the claim that Todashev was unarmed.

The father said Taramov told him that U.S. agents interrogated him on the street while five officials interrogated Todashev in his Florida house for eight hours on May 22, the night he was shot.

Todashev’s father said that his son moved to the U.S. in 2008 on a study exchange program and met Tsarnaev at a boxing gym in Boston in 2011, about a year before he moved to Orlando. He said the two were “not particularly close friends.”

Prior to last month’s bombings, Todashev underwent an operation for a sports injury and was on crutches, making it physically impossible for him to have been involved in the bombings, his father said. He added that Todashev had recently received a green card and was planning to return to Chechnya for the summer last Friday, two days after he was killed.

The father said he and his brother were interviewed at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow on Thursday as they sought a visa to take his son’s body back to Chechnya.

FBI agents interrogated the younger Todashev twice before the night he was shot, his father said. He said his son told him that he thought Tsarnaev had been set up to take the blame for the bombings.

“I’d only seen and heard things like that in the movies — they shoot somebody and then a shot in the head to make sure,” Todashev said.

“These just aren’t FBI agents, they’re bandits,” he added.

The Tsarnaevs’ parents have held fast to their belief that their sons were framed. Zubeidat Tsarnaeva, dressed all in black and still visibly distressed, showed AP several YouTube videos on an iPad she claimed cleared her sons. They could not be authenticated by the AP.

“I remember when our cat was sick, Tamerlan was sick himself for two days afterward, because he was so worried about her,” Tsarnaeva said.

She said Tamerlan told her about Todashev, and that she and her husband had invited him to visit them in Russia, though he never came. Tamerlan later told them that he and Todashev were unlikely to continue training together since they practiced different sports, and he appeared to have lost track of him after Todashev moved to Florida, Tsarnaeva added.

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Woolwich attack suspect ‘linked’ to Osama bin London

Woolwich attack suspect ‘linked’ to Osama bin London

Posted on 31 May 2013 by GGS News

London,(GGS NEWS) 31 May  (ANI) : One of the two suspected terrorists, who hacked a British soldier to death on a busy London street, is believed to have had contact with a ‘terrorist instructor’.

The instructor is now in prison for running military-style training camps which were used by Islamist extremists including the 21/7 London bombers.

According to the Independent, Michael Adebolajo is understood to have attended talks given by preacher Mohammed Hamid, who called himself Osama bin London.

Hamid, a 55-year-old former crack addict, was convicted of “grooming” young Muslim men for jihad.

During his trial in Woolwich Crown court in 2008, the jury was played secretly taped recordings of him talking about the victims of the 7/7 bombings.

Hamid, whose family came to Britain from Tanzania, was found guilty at the trial of three counts of soliciting murder and three counts of providing terrorism training, and jailed indefinitely, for a minimum of seven-and-a-half years, the report added. (ANI)

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‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ review: Frothy, frolicsome, fun affair!

‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ review: Frothy, frolicsome, fun affair!

Posted on 31 May 2013 by GGS News

New Delhi,(GGS NEWS) 31 May : It’s time. One of the most awaited films of this year, ‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ starring former lovers, Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone releases today. Expectations from the film is high as the people involved with this film have delivered some memorable films in the past.
This is Ranbir’s first release after ‘Barfi!, which not only did well at the Box Office but also reaffirmed the fact that Ranbir was here to stay. While Deepika’s last release was a frothy role in ‘Race 2’, her performance in ‘Cocktail’ was much appreciated. The two together form a great looking pair on screen and their crackling chemistry is hard to miss in the promos of this film.
Expectations are also high from the makers of the film, who in the past gave us the beautiful coming of age story called ‘Wake Up Sid’. Director Ayan Mukerji’s sensitive story of a boy who comes to term with things around him and become a man was lauded by the critics as well as the masses.So when the same team comes together for a film on love and friendship, one expects nothing but the best. But will it match to all the hype?
Shomini Sen of IBNlive is inside the theatre to find that out.
10:02 AM: Ranbir, Deepika, Karan Johar. Three big names attached to #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani. Expectations are high.
10:10 AM: And right in the beginning we have Madhuri aka Mohini dancing to ‘Ghagra’ #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani
10:13 AM: Madhuri still dances like a dream. No one can take her place. #MadhuriDixit #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani
10:15 AM: Good to see the amazingly talented Dolly Ahluwalia in hard core commercial film. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani
10:17 AM: Aila! Farouq Sheikh is there too! Although Deepika is looking absolutely gorgeous, her choice of outfits for a trekking trip seems a bit odd. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani
10:43 AM: Short skirts while climbing the mountains. Really? #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani
10:51 AM: A geek always has to have less friends and has to be loner. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani has lots of stereotypes.
11:04 AM: Some brilliant shots of the mountains. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani
11:18 AM: At interval #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani is exactly the way it is expected to be. Light, frothy and enjoyable.
11:44 AM: And there is Poorna Jagannath also in the film. Remember the Delhi Belly actress? Yes that girl. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani
11:49 AM: Kunal Roy Kapur and Aditya Roy Kapur in the same frame. Nice! #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani
12:02 PM: Karan Johar films are incomplete without a wedding sequence. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani
12:16 PM: No matter how long his role is, Aditya Roy Kapur always gives an earnest performance. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani
12:25 PM: ‘Jitna bhi try karo, kuch na kuch toh chhootegahi, isliye yehi, iss pal ka maza lete hai’ #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani
12:38 PM: Director Ayan Mukerji makes an appearance as well. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani
12:59 PM: #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani is not just a love story but a story of friendship. One can identify with Bunny, Aditi and Avi’s characters.
1:01 PM: Cliches galore, #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani is definitely worth a watch.
1:02 PM: Oh and yes Deepika and Ranbir have an amazing chemistry which makes #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani all the more enjoyable.
1:03 PM: The screenplay is written specially keeping in mind Ranbir and Deepika’s off screen friendship. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani
1:05 PM: Only complain, Muekrji under utilizes some brilliant actors like Dolly Ahluwalia and Faroukh Sheikh #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani
1:06 PM: The film’s music is also one of the high points. #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani
1:08 PM: Thanks for being with us throughout the tweet review of #YehJawaaniHaiDeewani

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1984 riots: HC judge recuses from hearing Tytler’s plea

1984 riots: HC judge recuses from hearing Tytler’s plea

Posted on 31 May 2013 by GGS News

GGS NEWS :  31 May : A Delhi High Court judge today recused himself from hearing a plea of senior Congress leader Jagdish Tytler challenging a lower court order by which the CBI was asked to further investigate his role in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case.

“In any case, I am not going to hear it. Put this matter on July 3 before another bench,” Justice Kailash Gambhir said, without assigning any reasons for his recusal from the hearing.

Yesterday, Tytler had moved the court challenging the trial court order setting aside the CBI’s closure report giving him clean chit in the 29-year-old case and directing the probe agency to examine eye-witnesses and people claiming to have information about the riots.

Seeking quashing of the trial court order, Tytler has in his plea said, “The trial court order is contrary to the scheme of code of CrPC. The method and mode of investigation by a probe agency is the absolute prerogative of the agency and it is not for the court to direct the agency that which witness should be examined by it.”

“The settled position of law is that a direction for investigation can be given only if an offence is prima facie found to have been committed or a person’s involvement is prime facie established but direction to investigate whether any person has committed an offence or not cannot be legally given,” he said in his plea.

The trial court order had come on a plea by the riot victims against the CBI giving a clean chit to Tytler and filing a closure report.

Senior advocate H S Phoolka, appearing for petitioner Lakhwinder Kaur, had submitted that there was material which the agency has ignored and evidence was also there before the trial court against Tytler.

The CBI, however, had sought dismissal of the plea filed by the victim saying the probe has made it clear that Tytler was not present on November 1, 1984 at Gurudwara Pulbangash in North Delhi where three people were killed during riots in the aftermath of assassination of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

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