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Striking medical students threatened with legal action

first_imgCalcutta Medical College and Hospital authorities have threatened to take legal action against the students on the ninth day of their hunger strike in the State capital’s premier medical institution.The acting principal of the college, Dr. Ramanuj Sinha, told the striking students on Wednesday that “legal actions will be initiated” if any of the students falls sick, claimed some students.“It is seriously unfortunate that the authorities are threatening us instead of addressing our grievances,” said Soumyadeep Roy, a third-year student.The ongoing protests are against the college authority’s decision to allocate an 11-storey boys’ hostel to newcomers when the senior students do not have proper accommodation.Four students had previously fallen seriously ill and had to be given medical attention. The students said that they will sit on a mass hunger strike soon.last_img read more

Sub-sonic cruise missile ‘Nirbhay’ successfully test-fired

first_imgThe Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) on Monday successfully test fired the underdevelopment long range subsonic cruise missile Nirbhay from the Integrated Test Range (ITR), Chandipur in Odisha.“It is the sixth development flight trial with objective to prove the repeatability of boost phase, cruise phase using way point navigation at very low altitudes,” DRDO said in a statement adding the missile demonstrated its sea-skimming capability to cruise at very low altitudes.Nirbhay has a range of 1000 km and can fly very low to the ground to avoid detection by enemy radar called terrain hugging capability. “During today’s test, the missile demonstrated the terrain hugging capability by covered way-points as low as 5 m to maximum 2.5 km (altitude),” a defence source said.At each waypoint the altitude was varied and it had a sustained flight at different altitudes including at 5m. “It was tested upto a range of 700 km,” the source stated.Of the six test trials, three were failed and three were successful. No other indigenous missile has been tested at such altitude, the source added.The missile was primarily designed and developed by the Advanced Defence Establishment of DRDO located in Bengaluru in cooperation with other DRDO laboratories.Once inducted, Nirbhay, similar to U.S. Tomahawk cruise missile, will give Indian armed forces a long range standoff capability to strike targets on land.The missile took off vertically turning horizontally into desired direction, booster separated, wing deployed, engine started and cruised all the intended waypoints, DRDO stated and added the entire flight was fully tracked by a chain of electro optical tracking systems, radars and ground telemetry systems deployed all along the sea coast.last_img read more

Indian men win, women lose tamely

first_imgSomdev Devvarman and Karan Rastogi steered India to a 3-0 whitewash against a lowly Qatar in the Asian Games men’s tennis competition, but got crashed out of the women’s team event after being drubbed 0-3 by Indonesia in the first round, in Guangzhou on today.Rastogi gave India a blistering start with a 6-1 6-1 demolition of Al Mutawa Jabor Mohammed in 46 minutes, before Somdev showed equally ruthless approach in brushing aside Zayed Mousa Shanon in 38 minutes in the centre court of the Aoti Tennis centre.Somdev later combined forces with Sanam Singh and outclassed Zayid Mubarak Shannan and Al Haretth Abdulrahman Ali 6-0 6-1 to complete the rout.Rastogi, who served two second-set aces and hit 15 service winners in all, broke his Qatar rival Al Mutawa in the second game of the first set but was broken back immediately.However, he picked up his pace soon after to go 3-1 up with his second service break and then did not drop a single game to win the opening set 6-1 in 22 minutes.The Indian player grabbed a 3-0 lead in the second set before he dropped his serve, but then surged to take the next three games for the set and match.Thereafter, 25-year-old Indian No 1 singles player Somdev, ranked 106 in the world, fired an ace each in the two sets and hit 16 service winners.After clinching the opening set in only 16 minutes, Somdev allowed his rival to hold his serve once before closing out the second in 22 minutes.advertisement”I played very well. It is a good start and it is also a good experience for me. I think I can do a good job in the next matches,” Somdev said after his easy victory.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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first_img“And if the brand makes a false claim, then the celebrity”And if the brand makes a false claim, then the celebrity is a victim of fraud, even more than the consumer and not a party to the fraudulent claim,” he said.Echoing similar view, Santosh Desai, esrtwhile adman and now managing director and chief executive of Future Brands, said, “I think it is a completely flawed co-relation that is being drawn. It is one thing to draw a co-relation and another to convert it into legally enforceable punitive action.”I think it is at best an association between two things and converting it into a hardline like a law is not fair. The advertiser has the primary responsibility and the celebrity is not competent to adjudge the technical viability of a product that he/she endorses,” he said.Brand consultant Harish Bijoor, however, feels both the company and the celebrity are liable.”Celebrities use their charm and appeal to entice consumers. Celebrities use their charisma to sell and tout. When they do that, they need to be more careful, especially so in the category of the foods and beverages, and skin care items, etc in particular. The key stakeholder is the brand owner, and then it is the brand-endorser. Both are liable.”Varun Gupta, managing director of Duff & Phelps, a valuation services firm, said, “The intent is perfectly legitimate but the implementation needs to make sure that you go after the celebrities only if you prove that they were aware of any malafide intentions and they still went ahead with the endorsement.”advertisementDesai points out that with the power of social media, people are quite vociferous in their views and use it well to let the celebrity know their displeasure.”Being a public figure, if people dont like it they will let you know but to convert that into a legal liability and responsibility is to overstep,” Desai said.Recently, cricketer M S Dhoni had to resign as brand ambassador of Delhi-based developer Amrapali, after residents of a housing society started a protest campaign against the builder and the cricketer on the social media.Gupta further says if the recommendations become a law, celebrities could start charging a higher fee while cutting back on endorsement deals.”Celebrities may start demanding higher fees, and may become more selective in what they endorse. They may also make their contracts more complicated, demanding indemnities from advertisers. It would certainly make the whole business more complicated,” he said.Bijoor, too, expects celebrities to seek full indemnity on their involvements from brand owners.”Brand endorsers will be forced to do better due diligence on brands they promote. They will show that much more care now,” he added. PTI DS BEN GK GVSlast_img read more

India vs New Zealand, 3rd Test, Day 1: As it happened

first_imgHello and welcome to the LIVE coverage from Day 1 of the third Test between India and New Zealand in Indore. (LIVE SCORECARD | BALL-BY-BALL COVERAGE)17.05 IST: India are well poised at the moment to score big and push the Black Caps on the back foot on a track which is providing substantial support tothe seamers as well as the spinners. It will be a difficult task for theKiwis to come back from here. If India come out tomorrow and counterattack, the visiting side will further slip into a hole. The New Zealand bowlers need to put their best efforts and break this threateningpartnership. Who knows, if a wicket falls, a string of wickets may falland they may claw back into the match.17.00 IST: India have dominated the final session big time on the back of Kohli’sbrilliant ton and Rahane’s half century. They have feasted on the Kiwibowlers and creamed them around with controlled aggression. Both of them ensured that the scoreboard kept ticking around and didn’t allow theKiwi spinners and seamers to settle down.16.58 IST: And that’s it! India 267/3 at stumps. Kohli 103*, Rahane 79*16.46 IST: This is also the first century of this series. Kudos to Kohli!The first century of the @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ series goes to #TeamIndia skipper @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/uLwNEAjVv8 BCCI (@BCCI) October 8, 201616.38 IST: Kohli slams 13th Test century, also his 1st ton in India as captain. IND 257/3 in 85 overs Drama on the century ball! On a length outside off, Kohli camps back and plays it with soft hands towards point. He sets off for a single and the fielder hurls in a direct throw at the bowler’s end. He dived full length to get back. There is an appeal from the Kiwis for a run out but Virat looks confident out there. He is about to raise his hands in the air. Has he got his century? It has been referred upstairs. The replays show that the Indian skipper has made the crease easily. He is not out and finally celebrates. The crowd roars in jubilation and applauds the terrific knock!advertisementVIRAAAAAAAAAAT 13th Test hundred. Follow the game – https://t.co/0e3wZWCAUV #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/MbmMWQc8NX BCCI (@BCCI) October 8, 201616.26 IST: FOUR! Risky! Shortish outside off, Rahane guides it over the second slip and gully fielder for a boundary. Just used the pace of the bat, was edgy though. IND 246/3 in 83 overs16.05 IST: FOUR! Beautiful wristwork from the skipper! Around middle and leg, Kohli flicks it wristily through mid-wicket and the ball rolls on the carpet through to the boundary. The captain moves into the 80s. IND 222/3 in 78 overs16.01 IST: That’s fifty for Rahane, his 10th in Test cricket. IND 214/3 in 76.1 oversFIFTY! @ajinkyarahane88 brings up his half-century with a six in the third @Paytm Test #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/4OYBFMWQgT BCCI (@BCCI) October 8, 201615.39 IST: PARTNERSHIP! Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane have now added 101 runs in their partnership for the fourth wicket. India 201/3 in 72 overs 15.33 IST: Kohli has finally ended his barren run with his fifty. The last fifty-plus score he hit was in West Indies when he had scored a double century in July. He has taken eight innings to come back to form. India 194/3 in 71 overs15.10 IST: FOUR! Good shot! Good length ball on off, Kohli flicks it through square leg. The ball wins the race and goes past the rope as the fielder is not quick enough. IND 178/3 in 65 overs AP Photo  FIFTY! @imVkohli brings up his 13th half century @Paytm Test Cricket #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/BpHERQt2u5 BCCI (@BCCI) October 8, 201614.49 IST: FOUR! That’s a tremendous shot! Fullish outside off, Rahane comes down the track and smacks it over the bowler’s head for a boundary. IND 165/3 in 61 overs14.44 IST: FOUR! That’s a lovely shot! Fuller length ball outside off, Kohli leans into it and drives it through the cover region for a boundary. IND 161/3 in 60 overs14.40 IST: That’s fifty for Virat Kohli, first of this series and 13th overall in Tests. IND 157/3in 59 overs14.32 IST: 50-run stand comes up between Kohli and Rahane. This has been a really important partnership for India, especially in this situation. IND 151/3 in 57 overs14.30 IST: The players are out in the middle. The weather has improved a bit. Jeetan Patel to take the ball first.14.25 IST: Jeetan Patel and Mitchell Santner bowled intelligently and varied their pace nicely. They extracted ample amount of assistance from the pitch and made Kohli and Rahane work hard for every run. Henry and Boult also sprinted in and gave it their all. However, the duo have seen the session through and would like to add as much as possible when they come back to bat in the final session. On the other hand, the Black Caps would like to strike early and make a dent. Stay tuned as the play will resume in a short while.advertisementTake a look at the session summary at Tea on Day 1 of the 3rd Test match. #TeamIndia are 148/3 #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/1ct4xLqWIZ BCCI (@BCCI) October 8, 201614.20 IST: It was quite an interesting session with the pitch starting to play tricks in the first day itself. India have done well to score 73 runs in 30 overs for the loss of only one wicket. The Kiwis began the session on a bright note as Santner bamboozled Pujara with a beauty and castled his stumps. After that, Kohli and Rahane have fought bravely in the middle with the former getting a bit lucky at times.14.10 IST: India 148/3 at tea. Kohli 45*, Rahane 19*, Santner 1/2614.06 IST: EDGED! FOUR! Kohli is really lucky out there! Flighted outside off, Kohli tries to defend but the ball goes off the outside edge and just past the slip fielder. Taylor fielding there doesn’t move at all as he is caught by surprise. The ball goes past the fence too.AP Photo14.03 IST: FOUR! Landed outside off, Rahane steers it through the backward point region. The ball goes through the gap for a boundary. IND 140/3 in 54 overs 13.56 IST: FOUR! But that was almost a catch! Rahane got out in a similar fashion in the second Test, lucky not to now. Boult brings out the short one from out of nowhere and angles it in to Rahane. He rocks back and half-pulls it in the air over mid-wicket. The fielder out in the deep comes running in and dives in an attempt to take it, but the ball falls just short of him. It then goes past him and to the fence behind. Boundary signalled by the umpire. IND 133/3 in 52 overs13.40 IST: FOUR! THAT’S KOHLI AT HIS BEST! That’s the only way to describe that. Back of a length delivery on the stumps, it keeps a bit low and Kohli adjusts himself beautifully here. Goes back, swivels across and pulls it through the gap in the mid-wicket region to pick up a boundary.13.39 IST: Rahane today became the 36th Indian player to reach the milestone of 2000 Test runs. 2000 Test runs for @ajinkyarahane88 #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/Qc8IeTMEeu BCCI (@BCCI) October 8, 201613.25 IST: CLOSE! Banged in short on off from Henry, Rahane tries to fend but the ball rises a tad more and it goes off the arm guard towards the first slip fielder where Taylor takes the catch and New Zealand appeal. The umpire says not out as it went off the arm guard. Pretty good decision, that. IND 115/3 in 45 overs13.17 IST: Rahane completes 2000 runs in Test cricket. These runs have come from all over the world. IND 112/3 42.3 oversadvertisement12.56 IST: FOUR! Lovely shot! Fullish outside off, Kohli drives it confidently through the mid off region. The ball races away to the fence in a flash. IND 105/3 in 37 overs12.52: OUT! Bowled ’em! Superb delivery! Tossed up delivery on middle and off, Pujara goes onto his back foot to defend but the ball spins away a touch after landing. Pujara misses it and the ball goes through to disturb the off stump. IND 100/3 in 36 overs. Ajinkya Rahane walks in next12.50 IST: 100 up for India in the 36th over. 12.43 IST: FOUR! That’s a solid shot! Shortish on off, Pujara goes onto his back foot and pulls it through square leg for a boundary. IND 94/2 in 34 overs12.40 IST: Mitchell Santner is back on! New Zealand would hope to get a breakthrough.  12.22 IST: Appeal for an LBW! Flighted outside off, Kohli tries to defend it off his back foot but gets hit on the pads. Jeetan Patel appeals confidently but the umpire says not out as the impact was outside off probably. IND 81/2 in 29 overs12.10 IST: We are back for the second session! Pujara and Kohli stride out. Jeetan Patel to bowl. Here we go…11.50 IST: Gambhir and Pujara joined hands and were stitching together a promising partnership. Gambhir was looking good out in the middle and was playing with intent and solidity before he was rapped LBW by Boult. Pujara and Kohli have started to build up the innings again and would be eager to carry on. On the other hand, New Zealand would look to break the partnership and make it difficult for the home side. Join us for the post-lunch session in a short while.AP Photo 11:45 IST: It was an even session and we can say that both sides have shared it. Williamson introduced Jeetan Patel early on and it was an intelligent bit of captaincy. It worked as Patel struck in his first over and sent Vijay back to the hut. Gambhir and Pujara joined hands and stitched together a healthy partnership. Gambhir was looking good out in the middle.11.30 IST: And that’s lunch! India 75/2 at lunch. Pujara 29*, Kohli 7*, Boult 1/23, Patel 1/711.24 IST: Here’s Sachin Tendulkar paying tribute to the warriors of the sky on the occasion of 84th anniversary of Indian Air Force Day.Salute to our brave warriors of the sky on the occasion of 84th anniversary of Indian #AirForceDay pic.twitter.com/4kIh2GEOdu BCCI (@BCCI) October 8, 201611.04 IST: OUT! Boults gets his man, traps Gambhir lbw for 29. Gambhir departs and Bould does the damage! Fullish length delivery around off, Gambhir looks to defend but plays down the wrong line and is rapped low on the back pad. There is a loud appeal for LBW and the umpire obliges and rules it out. it looked plumb to the naked eye and the replays show that it was quite adjacent. IND 60/2 in 19.5 overs. Captain Kohli is the next man in.10:47 IST: Nothing much on offer for the quicks off the deck with Gambhir and Pujara looking quite settled at the crease. IND 52/1. Indore roaring with chants of India, gives Test ckt rousing welcome. future of Test ckt is small cities. @BCCI @JM_Scindia #indvsnz pic.twitter.com/jQ6jidirgZ Lt. Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) October 8, 201610.32 IST: FOUR! Controlled! Good length ball outside off, Pujara steers it at the last moment through the gap between slips and gully for a boundary again. Fifty comes up for India. Gambhir 28*, Pujara 12*10.30 IST: FOUR! FOUR! Quick outfield! Fuller length ball outside off, Pujara drives it through the cover region. The ball races away to the fence in no time.10.23 IST: Trent Boult is back into the attack! No first and second slips for him.10.20 IST: Gambhir has been in superb from in domestic cricket. Scored 1580 runs in first-class since playing his last Test in 2014. Only Abhinav Mukund has scored more runs than Gambhir as an opener in that period. IND 41/1 in 11 overs10.07 IST: FOUR! Tad short outside off from Patel and Gambhir steers it late to the third man region. The ball goes past the fence and Gambhir gets another boundary. IND 35/1 in 7 overs10.05 IST: Here are some interesting stats on the comeback man, Gautam Gambhir. Gautam Gambhirfirst 50 inns: 2692 runs, ave 57.28, 100s/50: 9/10last 50 inns: 1354 runs, ave 28.21, 100s/50s: 0/11#IndvNZ Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 8, 201610.02 IST: FOUR! Nicely played! Angles it on the pads, Gambhir tickles it to the fine leg region. No fielder in the deep and GG gets another boundary. IND 30/1 in 6 overs9.58 IST: OUT! Spin does the trick for NZ. Jeetan Patel gets rid of Vijay (10). Flighted ball on off, stops a bit, Vijay tries to defend but the ball goes off the inside half of the bat and straight to Latham at short leg. Vijay can’t believe it. Patel gets the early breakthrough. The ball didn’t go straight in Latham’s hands though, went off the arm first and then into this hands. IND 26/1 in 5 overs. Pujara is the next batsman in.9.53 IST: SIX! Another biggie! Short of a length ball on middle and leg, Gambhir pulls it over the long leg region. The fielder in the deep tries to get under the ball but it sails over the rope for back-to-back sixes. The crowd is totally enjoying this. Gambhir moves to 16 off just 9 balls. IND 26/0 in 4 overs9.51 IST: SIX! That is some short! Banged in short on middle and leg, Gambhir rocks back and pulls it over the square leg region. The ball goes all the way for a biggie! 9.48 IST: FOUR! Overpitched again and same result! Fuller length ball outside off, Vijay drives it through the cover region for another boundary.9.46 IST: FOUR! Lovely shot! Fuller length ball around off, Vijay leans onto it and drives it beautifully through the extra cover region. The ball races away to the fence and the crowd start cheering “Indiaaa Indiaaaa!”9.44 IST: FOUR! Gambhir is off the mark in style! Tad short outside off, Gambhir rocks back and cuts it confidently through the point region. Beats the fielder there and gets a boundary to get going. IND 6/0 in 2 overs9.39 IST: Murali Vijay off the mark with a single of the last ball. IND 1/0 in 1 over9.34 IST: Extraordinary! First ball and the seam is completely gone. Never seen this before! New ball has been taken. 9.30 IST: Trent Boult to start the proceedings for NZ. Murali Vijay opens for India. It is overcast right now in Indore.TOSS KA BOSS!Virat Kohli’s love affair with the toss continues. The Indian captain has won seven consecutive tosses at home, including this match.A file image of Virat Kohli. (AP Photo) 3rd Test – #TeamIndia win the toss and elect to bat first @Paytm Test Cricket #IndvNZ pic.twitter.com/9PyH7qWgkC BCCI (@BCCI) October 8, 2016Playing XIs: India: Murali Vijay, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh YadavNew Zealand: Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Luke Ronchi, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, BJ Watling (wk), Jeetan Patel, Matt Henry, Trent Boult Kane Williamson: It is important we put them under pressure, hope we can do that. I have recovered over the last two days and two changes for us as well – Neesham for Wagner and myself for Nicholls.Virat Kohli: It has been pretty good to win two out of two, now winning the third one, would like to bat first. Just want to put up a good total on the board. It is all about creating good habits and keeping up with it. At the same time, we can’t be complacent and all the boys are eagerly waiting for this Test match as well. It is a historic day for Indore and the association as well – first ever Test match. It has always been a batting-friendly wicket. Spinners will come into play on days 3 and 4. It is a hard surface and it will be an even contest. The bowlers will be in it if they bowl well and batsmen can score runs too. Two changes – Gambhir for Dhawan and Umesh for Bhuvi. Toss and team news: India won the toss and have opted to bat. Gautam Gambhir replaces an injured Shikhar Dhawan while Umesh Yadav comes in place of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Kane Williamson and Jimmy Neesham are the changes for New Zealand. #TeamIndia win the toss and will bat first #IndvNZ @Paytm Test cricket pic.twitter.com/MwMDo8tUnV BCCI (@BCCI) October 8, 2016Preview: The series already in their pocket and the number one ranking cemented, a dominant India go into the third Test against New Zealand aiming yet another clean sweep of a Test series at home.The hosts had blanked Australia 4-0 in 2012-13 and the West Indies in the next season.They nearly repeated the feat against South Africa last year and this impressive history in recent past makes India favourites in the first-ever Test being hosted by this city which has a long tradition in the game. New Zealand, who have competed well in phases against the rampaging home team so far, have an enviable task of stopping the Virat Kohli-led side from notching up their 12th win at home from 14 encounters.The Kiwis would hope that captain Kane Williamson, who missed the second game due to illness, regains full fitness to lead them for one last-ditch effort to score a rare victory on the Indian soil. (Virat Kohli’s India look to extend unbeaten run at home)In Williamson’s absence the Kiwis folded up without much of a fight for totals of 204 and 197 at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. His return is very important especially with the other top batsman in the ranks, Ross Taylor struggling for runs.New Zealand spinners too have been unable to exert sustained pressure on the Indian batsmen after the new ball bowlers make early inroads and this too has had a bearing on the series. Tom Latham and Luke Ronchi have shown the way to some extent in batting against the Indian spin-oriented attack, but others need to step up.India would certainly miss the services of Bhuvneshwar Kumar who is out with a back injury after bowling sustained spells and grabbing a five-wicket haul in the first innings at Kolkata. (Suresh Raina, Gautam Gambhir’s return evokes nostalgia)Umesh Yadav, who played in the first game, is expected to be back to lend support to the impressive Mohammed Shami who bowled well in Kolkata even when his daughter was in the ICU of a local hospital. The commitment and skills with the old ball shown by Shami had been exemplary. The biggest threat for the Kiwi batsmen are Ashwin, with his variety in off spin, and Jadeja, who bowls left arm spin with pin-point accuracy with subtle variations.The Black Caps, on the other hand, have depended on their pace attack led well by Trent Boult and Matt Henry who was brought in to play in Kolkata to make it a three-pronged pace attack after the visitors had gone in with a three-pronged spin formation in the series-opener.last_img read more

Ahmedabad, Guwahati join Premier Badminton League bandwagon

first_imgChennai, Aug 16 (PTI) Two new teams — Ahmedabad Smash Masters and Guwahati Eastern Warriors, are set to be part of the third Premier Badminton League (PBL) scheduled to be held from December 22 to January 14, next year. The league, which is organised annually by Badminton Association of India (BAI) in association with Sportzlive, will be an eight-team affair from the upcoming season. The Ahmedabad team owned by Padmanabh Sports Pvt. Ltd, a subsidiary of Padmanabh Industries Ltd. The upcoming season will be played in four cities in a rolling format with the final being hosted by Chennai. “As I welcome Ahmedabad and Guwahati on board PBL Season 3, it is a great thing for the league and the sport in the country,” said BAI President Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma. “I would like to thank the new owners and welcome them into the BAI family. I would also like to congratulate SportzLive and believe that together we can take to badminton to unprecedented heights.” The third edition of PBL will also see the 11-point format make way for 15 point format and there will be single match a day to drive more footfalls at the stadium and viewership on TV. “This Season we have two additional teams and a longer window and we are confident that Badminton fans in Chennai will be up for an exciting time. We will also be hosting the Final in Chennai and are confident that the way the sport has seen response PBL Season 3 will only grow bigger and better,” said Atul Pande, Executive Director of SportzLive. The league, which offers a prize purse of Rs 6 Crore was a six team competition last year with Delhi Acers (Delhi), Mumbai Rockets (Mumbai), Awadhe Warriors (Lucknow), Hyderabad Hunters (Hyderabad), Chennai Smashers (Chennai) and Bengaluru Blasters (Bengaluru) vying for the top honours. Chennai led by Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu clinched the title in the second season in January. PTI ATK KHS KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

Eddie Jones puts heat on England in search for World Cup game changers

first_img Danny Cipriani will be told by Eddie Jones to be instinctive but continue to play the game ‘north-south rather than east-west’. Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images Share on Facebook features The heat is on Eddie Jones, after three successive defeats in the Six Nations ended his long honeymoon, and it will be turned on his England squad when they prepare for next month’s three-Test tour of South Africa with a machine humidifying the indoor training facility at their base in Bagshot.The head coach has next year’s World Cup in mind more than the altitude for their first two matches against the Springboks, in Johannesburg and Bloemfontein. He wants his players to be prepared for potentially hot, humid conditions in Japan and the machine will be given an airing before this year’s autumn series and the 2019 Six Nations. “Our training centre will become a heat and humidity environment,” says Jones, who coached Japan from 2012-15. “Some players will struggle and it will have a detrimental effect on how they play rugby. There are ways you can overcome that and this is one. It is important to do it now because it enables us to find ways to help them cope in the World Cup.“The temperature in the training facility will reach 30 degrees with 75% humidity. You could have eight weeks in Japan at that temperature: no one knows because it can fluctuate significantly but in Tokyo that temperature is regular. It becomes a different game, like playing in a thunderstorm. The ball becomes slippery and we want to get the players used to those conditions, because we do not have the luxury of playing in Japan beforehand.”Jones will be without a core of experienced players in South Africa. Some, including Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes, Anthony Watson and George Kruis, are injured; others, such as Dan Cole, James Haskell and Danny Care, have been “rested”, and it is in those who have been omitted that the direction Jones is taking to Japan may be tracked. Would Mike Brown and Chris Robshaw have a summer off but for injuries to Watson and Sam Underhill?In the Six Nations England were the least effective team at the breakdown, struggling to recycle ball quickly and slow down the opposition. They lacked dynamism and were largely narrow and one‑paced. But both the tour squad and the group assembled to train in Brighton next week for the 27 May match against the Barbarians at Twickenham have an emphasis on mobility as well as power.“The game is only going to get faster and more athletic,” says Jones. “All the law interpretations are geared to the ball being faster: New Zealand drive the laws and they are obsessed with quick ruck ball. It is going to happen and we need to improve there. We have to change not skill sets but behaviour.” Rugby union Read more Facebook South Africa have reacted to three stagnant years after the last World Cup by appointing Rassie Erasmus and aligning their Super Rugby franchises with the Boks. Jones notes the difference that would make but when asked whether he would be lobbying for the breakdown in the Premiership to better reflect international rugby and the Champions Cup, a greater contest for possession that would encourage clubs to groom and play specialist openside flankers, his reply shows he is resigned to noninterference. “I can’t control that,” he answers. “How can I have an influence? I do not own any club. We don’t control the referees, the clubs do.” Brad Shields not alone for Eddie Jones as an England forward newcomer Share on Pinterest Pinterest Share on Twitter Rugby World Cup 2019 Support The Guardian Topicscenter_img England rugby union team The Observer Eddie Jones Twitter Since you’re here… Read more Eddie Jones tells Danny Cipriani: step out of line and you are going home Reuse this content Share via Email Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. 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We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger So Jones must plough on without the synchronisation most of his rivals enjoy. “You need specialist 7s: that role has become even more important as the game has changed, with a distinct responsibility at the first breakdown, and 6 and 8 have complementary roles, but the breakdown now is about every player.”The front- and second-row choices for South Africa highlight the need to play with sustained pace and Jones has called up Dan Robson and Danny Cipriani, who are adept at getting the ball wide quickly.Jones says he knows 70% of the squad he will take to Japan and is looking for the other 30%. Jones is taking the 18-year-old Sale playmaker Cameron Redpath to South Africa even though he has not made an appearance in the Premiership this season. Five of the seven inside backs, excluding the scrum-halves, are 10s, with Henry Slade, who started in that position for Exeter, and Ben Te’o the exceptions, as Jones strives for quick ball.Coaches regularly come up with wheezes such as contraptions that turn the air hot and humid, but it is players who will win the World Cup. “We want someone to come through who will give us something different,” says Jones. He wants his players to be instinctive, starting with the fly-half George Ford, who now has Cipriani to push him. “Certain teams want the 10 to play as part of the system and that takes away his instinctiveness. Our job is to open that up for him. We want to see what Danny can add. He played the game east-west [running laterally] but now he is more north-south so he is worth having a look at. Just tell him to leave his dinner suit at home; you can’t play rugby in that.”last_img read more

Stowe Attends 2011 Captains’ Forum

first_imgThe leaders came together to consider their role as leaders and highlight how leadership on and off the field can be a factor in making sport inclusive for all Australians, in particular Indigenous Australians. The event included a dinner at Darling Harbour on Wednesday night, before the forum was conducted last Thursday. Stowe says that it was a great opportunity to be involved in the Forum and found it very beneficial.“It was great to experience sharing thoughts on leadership and diversity in sporting groups with other people at the elite level,” Stowe said. “The Australian Sports Commission grabbed 35 of their elite sportspeople and leaders to get together and discuss basically ways that captains and leaders influence their sport and to determine what sort of aspects we can have and influences we have on our sport. It was also used to see which ways we are best off in bridging the gap in getting indigenous kids into our sport and ways to get them in and keep them in.”“The Australian Sports Commission is trying to obviously find the ways we can influence as role models and as leaders to keep these kids in the sport, which they seem to be striving to do through different pathways. It was also an opportunity to get together with all of the leaders to be able to share ideas on leadership qualities and to bounce ideas off each other as to how to improve our skills and attributes.”A long list of sports and their leaders took part in the event, including Swimmer Brenton Rickard, Surfer Sally Fitzgibbons, Rugby Union player Dean Mumm and the Kookaburra’s leadership group. “It was great to have the input of so many different sports, from Snowboarding to Surfing, Tennis, Shooting, there were so many different sports that you could get ideas from and a lot of leadership qualities, from motivation right through to preparation and into handling your teams whilst competing through to training and all of the aspects of their sports. It was very beneficial.”Stowe says that is was ‘exciting’ to see Touch Football represented at the Captains’ Forum, and that it was great to see that many of the people involved at the event had some form of connection to the sport. “We had the chance to interact with some of the indigenous kids there and they were quite excited to see that the sport that they played was there. Out of the 20 kids there, there was probably 10 or a dozen that actually played Touch, it was good to see someone there from Touch, so it was quite amazing.”“Just talking to the other captains, a lot of them do a lot of cross training and it was amazing to see that if they hadn’t played Touch growing up they were playing it at the moment, they all facilitated in Touch which was great to see. It was really important I think that we represented the sport there and continue in doing so.”last_img read more

Ceona’s Polar Onyx Floated Out of Dry Dock

first_imgzoom Ceona’s high-capacity flexible/umbilical pipelay and subsea construction vessel, the Polar Onyx, has been floated out of dry dock at Ulstein Verft yard in Norway following an intensive outfitting programme.It has now moved to the shipyard quay where the interior works will be completed and the vessel systems brought online.Designed to the highest standard for dynamic positioning, DP-3, the vessel is equipped with a 250t AHC offshore crane.Like Ceona’s flagship vessel, the Ceona Amazon, it will execute complex subsea construction and pipelay projects in the SURF market, installing flexibles and umbilicals to depths of 3,000 metres.In early March 2014 it will be outfitted with a 270t VLS built by Huisman at Schiedam, The Netherlands.Stuart Cameron, Ceona’s chief operating officer, commented: “It’s great to see the Polar Onyx out of dry dock and progressing to the next stage of its construction. We will celebrate her christening with a ceremony on the 28th of February, and look forward to taking delivery of the completed vessel in April 2014 – right on schedule.”The Polar Onyx is due to be delivered for service in April 2014.Ceona, December 4, 2013last_img read more

Mayank to join Team India in Leeds on Wednesday

first_imgLondon: Right-handed batsman Mayank Agarwal, who has been named as replacement for Vijay Shankar for the ongoing World Cup, will join Team India in Leeds on Wednesday, BCCI confirmed this development in a statement on Tuesday. Shankar was on Monday ruled out of the World Cup as he sustained a toe injury in the nets while batting against Jasprit Bumrah. Mayank was named as his replacement and it was approved by ICC’s technical committee. Mayank made his Test debut last December against Australia, but is yet to make his bow in the 50-over format. In List-A cricket for Karnataka, the 28-year-old has played 75 games since making his debut in 2012, scoring 3,605 runs at an average of 48.71. India will play their final group stage match against Sri Lanka at Headingley, Leeds on Saturday.last_img read more

Human rights violations indicate repressive policy of Venezuelan authorities – UN report

“The policies pursued by the authorities in their response to the protests have been at the cost of Venezuelans’ rights and freedoms,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein in a news release issued today. The report notes that the generalized and systematic use of excessive force during demonstrations and the arbitrary detention of protestors and perceived political opponents indicate that these were not the acts of isolated officials. The report calls on the UN Human Rights Council to consider taking measures to prevent the human rights situation in Venezuela from worsening. Venezuela is currently a Council member.Mass street demonstrations began in the country in April. Tensions between the Government and the opposition reached a new high about a month ago, when President Nicolás Maduro convened elections for the so-called Constituent Assembly, which could replace the current legislative body, the National Assembly.The report indicates that of the 124 deaths linked to the protests being investigated by the Attorney General’s Office as of 31 July, the security forces were reportedly responsible for 46 and pro-Government armed groups, known as armed colectivos, for 27. Responsibility for the remaining 51 deaths has not yet been determined.According to reliable estimates from a local NGO, more than 5,000 people were detained since 1 April, with more than 1,000 reportedly still held as of 31 July. At least 609 civilians arrested in the context of protests were presented before military tribunals. The report calls on the Government to halt arbitrary detention and the use of military courts to try civilians. The report documents attacks against journalists and media workers by security forces that were apparently aimed at preventing them from covering demonstrations. “Demonstrators and journalists were labelled by high-level authorities as ‘enemies’ and ‘terrorists’ – words that did little to counter, and may even have contributed to, the climate of violence and polarization,” the High Commissioner said. Warning that amid continuing economic and social crises and rising political tensions, there is a grave risk the situation in Venezuela will deteriorate further, Mr. Zeid encouraged the Government to follow up on the recommendations made in the report and to use its findings as guidelines to seek truth and justice for the victims of human rights violations and abuses. read more

Britains used car market motors to record levels in Q3 as 21

Growth in the used car market continued in the third quarter of 2016 as UK buyers snapped up a record 2,148,050 vehicles, according to figures published by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Demand grew 7.9% compared with Q3 2015.Consumer appetite for alternatively fuelled vehicles rose substantially – increasing 34.1% (21,543) compared with the same period in 2015 (16,059). The number of electric vehicles changing hands grew 94.1% between July and September as used buyers made the most of new fuel technology appearing in the used sector.Diesel and petrol fuelled vehicles also enjoyed growth – up 10.8% and 5.7% respectively – as used car buyers begin to benefit from the latest, low emission Euro 6 models now entering the used market in increasing numbers. Meanwhile, the trend towards smaller cars continued, with superminis the best-selling body type (33.8%) followed by family hatchbacks (27.4%) and saloons (13.4%).Buyers in the South East bought the most used cars in the quarter (14.9%), followed by those in the North West (10.6%) and the East (9.8%). Nationally, the Ford Fiesta retained its position as the most popular model, followed by the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Corsa, while cars aged 1-3 years old were most sought after, followed by those first registered 7-10 years ago. More than 60% of all used cars were bought in silver, black and blue, which remained top of buyers’ colour charts for a second year in a row.Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive said,Sustained growth in the used car sector is great news for consumers, who have never enjoyed so much choice – whether in brand, body style or fuel type and the range of finance packages on offer makes them more affordable than ever. It’s particularly promising to see the growing demand for electric vehicles filter into the used car market but to encourage greater take-up, a more widespread commitment to charging infrastructure is needed. More than 2.1 million used cars sold in Q3 – a record for the period July-September.Demand for alternatively fuelled vehicles climbs 34.1%, with sales of electric cars surging 94.1%.6.3 million used cars change hands in the year-to-date – up 7.9% on the same period in 2015. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Prince Charles and Camilla visit Manchester a month on from terror attack

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall attend a town hall reception in Manchester to speak with community leaders and members of the emergency services a month on from the deadly terror attack in the city.last_img

Higgins calls on UK government to allow access to DublinMonaghan bombing files

first_imgHe added that asking people to ‘forget about the past and move on’ isn’t acceptable, and has been important in recent years due to improvements in the relationship between the United Kingdom and Ireland.“As we progress towards such a better future, we must not forget those who died, those who mourn them and those who were injured”.“A strategy of amnesia is simply not an option.”Read: “The crisis has exacted a huge toll on the Irish people” – President Higgins is critical of economic teaching > FILES HELD BY the British government on the 1974 Dublin and Monaghan bombings have again come under scrutiny as President Michael D Higgins called for a fresh investigation.Speaking yesterday at an meeting between families of those killed and injured in the bombings, that left 34 people dead, he said there are still “many unanswered questions” in relation to the attacks.During his speech he referenced two All-Party motions in 2008 and 2011 that called for access to be given to an “independent, international, judicial figure to all original documents held by the British Government relating to the atrocities”, with the aim of “assisting in the solution of these crimes”.“The fact that these motions were supported by all shades of political opinion in the Oireachtas is reflective of the moderation and reasonableness of the request being made”, President Higgins said.I share your hope, and that of the Irish Government, that the British Government can find a way to respond positively to this measured and constructive proposal.last_img read more

Heres What Happened Today Thursday

first_imgHere’s What Happened Today: Thursday Man sentenced for Seán Cox assault, Varadkar answers questions on Tribunal costs and Scouting Ireland defends itself against Tusla – It’s The Fix. By Cormac Fitzgerald No Comments Get our daily news round up: NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND A man stands by and watches as fire engulfs dry gorse in the West Wicklow Mountains, just beyond Hollywood Village, since the start of the week fire services and the Defence Forces have been fighting fires in the Wicklow and Dublin Mountains which have been out of control and according to reports at one stage threatened Hollywood Village. Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ieThe family of Clodagh Hawe, who was murdered along with her three children in 2016, will meet with the Garda Commissioner, it was confirmed today.A number of bank customers who withdrew money from Bank of Ireland ATMs in recent days were charged twice, it was announced. It was revealed that more than half of the youths accused of serious crimes who were not pursued due to failings of a garda scheme went on to reoffend afterwards. Health Minister Simon Harris said he had appointed thirteen members of the Counsellors and Psychotherapists Registration Board.It was confirmed that the second major national study on sexual violence in Ireland will take up to five years to complete.Murder accused Patrick Quirke told gardaí he was afraid of Mary Lowry and described his ex-lover as “vicious” and “verbally abusive”, the Central Criminal Court heard.An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar told the Oireachtas Committee on Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach, that costs of the Moriarity, Cregan and Cook tribunals will overrun by millions.A man in 20s died after his motorbike was involved in a crash with a truck in Co Kilkenny this morning. Scouting Ireland questioned what evidence Tusla has for suggesting that the viability of overnight trips should be considered due to child protection concerns.A man was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for assaulting Irishman Seán Cox in Liverpool last year.Leo Varadkar said that it was “scandalous” that some government agents got the estimated cost for the National Children’s Hospital “so wrong”.Residents in a number of areas of south Dublin said there were protesting against National Transport Authority (NTA) plans to create a bus corridor which locals claim will destroy communities. WORLD https://jrnl.ie/4518571 Share4 Tweet Email 12,055 Views US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un greet prior to a bilateral meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel. Source: Shealah Craighead via ZUMA Wire#SUMMIT: A nuclear summit between North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and US President Donald Trump ended without agreement, according to the White House.#PAKISTAN: Pakistan said it will release a captured Indian pilot in a “peace gesture”.PARTING SHOTThis time last year, Ireland was knee-deep in snow as the Beast from the East kicked off in earnest. A Status Red Warning was in effect and the blizzard was in full force. Have a read of TheJournal.ie‘s timeline of the storm and a look at this video to remember what it was like. Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube Thursday 28 Feb 2019, 9:07 PM Feb 28th 2019, 9:07 PM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Apple veut instaurer un streaming payant sur iTunes

first_imgApple veut instaurer un streaming payant sur iTunesÉtats-Unis – Apple est en pleine négociation avec plusieurs labels de musique. La firme à la pomme veut développer un streaming payant sur iTunes.Apple veut installer un modèle qui commence à faire recette sur le web. En plus du téléchargement de MP3, le géant américain veut proposer un service de streaming payant à ses internautes. L’entreprise veut contrer l’arrivée de son rival Spotify, déjà implanté en Europe et qui arrivera sur le nouveau continent avant la fin de l’année. Apple négocie actuellement avec les labels de musique pour mettre en place son système, mais la concurrence influe de façon importante sur le prix et la quantité de musique liés à chaque offre. On parle pour le moment de formules allant de sept à dix euros par mois alors que Spotify, qui a déjà bien entamé le marché des mobiles, propose de la musique illimitée sans publicité pour 9,99 euros par mois.Le 11 octobre 2010 à 12:15 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Selfdriving car crash comes amid debate about regulations

first_imgPHOENIX (AP) — A crash that caused an Uber self-driving SUV to flip onto its side in a Phoenix suburb serves as a stark reminder of the challenges surrounding autonomous vehicles in Arizona, a state that has gone all-in to entice the company by promising minimal government regulation.Friday night’s crash was blamed on the driver of an oncoming SUV that turned left in front of the Uber vehicle carrying two test drivers and no passengers. There were no serious injuries and the driver of the other car was cited for a moving violation. But images of Uber’s Volvo SUV rolled onto its side reverberated heavily on social media.Uber responded by briefly suspending its self-driving cars in its three testing locations — Arizona, San Francisco and Pittsburgh — as it investigated the accident.Uber’s self-driving car program is rolling out amid questions about how much government regulation it should endure on issues such as accidents, insurance and reporting instances in which the person behind the wheel in test cars needs to take control of the vehicle.The San Francisco-based startup endured a shaky December rollout in California — including running red lights — that culminated in a standoff between Uber and state regulators who wanted more transparency and reporting.Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey seized the opportunity and used lax regulations to entice Uber, which decided to ship more than a dozen SUVs to metro Phoenix.last_img read more

iPhone 11 might get twoway charging and bigger battery

first_img Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 17 Photos $999 $999 See All Now playing: Watch this: The iPhone 11 might be able to charge other phones and AirPods. Angela Lang/CNET Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the next-gen iPhone will support two-way charging. This means the next iPhone could share some battery juice with other iPhones or the new AirPods via its wireless charging case. If Kuo’s predictions are true, it shows Apple catching up to Samsung, whose newest Galaxy S10 phones can charge other devices like the Galaxy Buds earbuds and the Galaxy Watch Active.As reported by 9to5Mac, Kuo also predicts that the 2019 iPhones will have larger batteries and, in turn, even better battery life. Obviously these are just rumors, but Kuo has a decent track record of reporting features on future Apple products. Being able to charge your AirPods on the back of your phone could be a beautiful thing.For more rumors, check out our in-depth iPhone 11 rumor roundup.Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Apple 3:55 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? • See it Originally published April 1 at 1:39 p.m. PT AirPods 2nd-generation: Not really 2.0, but definitely… Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See It Boost Mobile Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Share your voice Apple iPhone XS AirPods (second generation) from all angles $999 reading • iPhone 11 might get two-way charging and bigger battery 10 Apple $999 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Sprint See It Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Phones See It Comments Tags Best Buy Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray)last_img read more

Could ModiMacron light up climate change talks

first_imgThe seas are rising relentlessly but not the world leaders. It’s hot even in the Arctic but decision-makers are cool. Young people are on the streets protesting against inaction, but heads of States huddled together in Osaka, Japan for the G20 meeting with facile jokes, embarrassing handshakes and posed smiles. The agenda for the 14th G20 Summit, crafted after series of ministerial meetings, was loaded with issues of trade and tariffs, free flow of digital data, 5G technology, terrorism, fugitive economic offenders, empowerment of women and slowdown of the global economy. Also Read – US judge dismissed criminal case against Jeffrey Epstein Advertise With Us Deliberation on the existential threat for planet Earth posed by climate crises barely found space left in between. By the end of the summit, a standard G20 Communique was released, that included a couple of sections of compromise text on climate change, among the 43 sections. On climate change, 19 of the G20 members (except the US) reaffirmed their commitment to the Paris Climate deal and its irreversibility. The US, as in the last G20 summit, “agreed to disagree” and reiterated their stance of quitting the Paris Climate Agreement. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us Against the shocking news of wildfires, heat waves and flash floods that sent tremors on a planetary scale, climate issues were neither discussed nor prioritised the way it demanded. Growth-obsessed and trade-centred countries in the G20 remained focussed on economy and not on ecology which, in fact, dictates the economy. There was an exception: In the bilateral meeting between French President Emmanuel Macron and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, with a special appearance by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, both leaders committed to stronger action on the growing threat of climate change. Macron reportedly refused to sign the G-20 communique that did not highlight the climate crisis. Advertise With Us The 45th G7 summit (of seven advanced global economies) will be held on August 24-26 in the town of Biarritz in France, under the French presidency. After 2000, when it was realised that India and China would advance faster than expected, the G7 agreed to specially invite five more countries, including India and China, for their summit outreach. Macron, the host known as a climate saviour, is close to both India and China. He has put the fight against inequality on top of this year’s G7. Macron’s agenda recognises that the climate crisis has its indelible link with inequality which in turn has an axis to terrorism. Climate change hits vulnerable populations even harder, creating more inequality. “It heaps inequality on inequality and insecurity on insecurity,” says the G7 preparatory document. Climate Change is poised to be back as a major priority of the G7, apart from taxes and terrorism. The four environmental priorities in the agenda are: ♦ Scientific warnings and international action on biodiversity and climate ♦ Inclusive ecological transition ♦ Tangible solutions for the climate and biodiversity ♦ Finance for the preservation of biodiversity These priorities have emerged from scientific consensus in major reports of UN bodies. The first report that appalled the world was “The Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees C”, by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). It dealt with the scenario when the Earth’s average temperature increases by 1.5 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial level. The message from that report was very clear, that the rise in temperature has to be limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius to avoid disastrous consequences to coastal areas, island countries and the economy in general. To avoid such damage, the world needs to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels by 45 per cent by 2030 (from the 2010 levels) and 100 per cent by 2050. That would need much more ambitious pledges by the countries than the promises they submitted for the Paris Climate Agreement. The report also provided a tragic observation that the global average temperature rise has already reached near 1 degree Celsius and, with the current speed of action, the additional rise of half a degree is just about 12 years away- within the lifetime of most of humanity living today. The second landmark report was by the Inter-governmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), the UN’s expert nature panel. It reported that the scale and speed of decline of ecosystems on which our economic growth depends is unprecedented in human history and is likely to continue for at least 50 years. Worse, the speed and scale would accelerate due to inaction on the climate crises. But now there is opportunity for introducing a correction factor. A Narendra Modi-Emmanuel Macron moment could happen during the G-7, at their proposed bilateral meeting, for which Macron has invited Modi. Both are known as bold decision-makers. Macron in 2018 declared a carbon-tax. In the 2019-20 Indian budget, the Modi government has declared an additional tax on petrol and diesel, equivalent to carbon-tax. Both Modi and Macron have launched and progressed on the International Solar Alliance that has the potential to be a game-changer in clean energy solutions to the climate crisis. While Macron has proposed a change in the G7 format and wider consultations with various stakeholders and year-long follow up meetings, Modi has revolutionised the narrative on the way the State leaders can engage in creating action-oriented awareness. He recently participated in an adventurous mission on Discovery Channel that attracted world attention to biodiversity. After his recent win in the world’s largest election, he visited the Himalayas to draw attention to the climate disaster visible in the receding snowlines of the Garhwal Himalayas. Macron is the most transformative French president since Francois Mitterrand. Professionally an investment banker, he has persuaded eight major asset managers to make climate-friendly investments of $15 trillion. He has coined the counter slogan of “Make the planet great again” in the face of US President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” election slogan. A Modi and Macron moment during the G7 outreach would surely prove to be correction factor to the unfortunate trend seen at the G20 summit. (The author is Chairman, TERRE Policy Centre and former Director UNEP. The article is in special arrangement with South Asia Monitor)last_img read more