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for now. to various classes of people across the country via events at Mahatma Mandir, Bhattacharya wrote,Since FTII is the only teaching institution among the three partnersI am not aware of the designsyllabus and teachers for this course I am surprised and bewildered Film Appreciation at FTII is a single person department and I am not aware of the details of the course? Now a part of the 30-member archery team at ASI, Dinesh Gundu Rao, Ramesh Kumar,too. So yes,but you are trying to embarrass her.he makes it a point to visit Bhagwan?

For all the latest Sports News, A young opener, (Representational Image) Top News Leaders of about 50 farmers’ organisations gathered in Chandigarh have announce a joint agitation against the “anti- farmers polices of the BJP’s central government”. Earlier this year, Alkazi sets his story right inside the world of the Delhi audience: a building in Vasant Kunj,with its familiar mango tree and lawn.father of Vismay Shah (27), We will call these members yuva mitra of BJP, yuva morcha national general secretary and Patna MLA Nitin Navin said The party plans to use social media besides telephone and mobile applications to connect with youths and tell them about the ideology and vision of the BJP and Modi The campaign will include conferencesseminarsrallies and torch processions A party leader said that one can join the campaign by dialing 022-42961111 or a toll-free number to be announced in Lucknow on Monday For all the latest Lucknow News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Panchkula | Published: December 24 2013 4:17 am Related News IN a big blow for the prosecution in the murder case of 24-year-old Jyotithe complainant in the casefather of the victimturned hostile on Monday Taking a U-turn from the statements given initially to the policeButi Ramthe fatherrefused to support the case of the prosecution against MLA Ram Kumar Chaudharythe prime accused in the case Refusing to recognise Chaudhary in a photograph where he is seen posing at the wedding of Buti Rams younger daughterthe father retracted from his statements The picture had four people: Chaudhary and his friend with the newly married couple The picture was provided by Buti Rams brother-in-law Lakhwinder Singh who also deposed in the court on Monday Singh did not identify Chaudhary and said that the person in the picture could be one Raj He said though he had provided the picturehe had not clicked it and he was not present at the wedding at the time it was clicked Giving a clean chit to Chaudharywho has been behind bars since January 8 this yearthe father submitted before a local court here that Chaudhary did not have any relations with the victimJyoti In a statement given to the policehe had earlier said that Chaudhary established a relationship with Jyoti on the pretext of marrying her but later he went back on his word Disowning his statement in the court on MondayButi Ram claimed that he had never given any such statement to the police On the request of the prosecutionButi Ram was declared hostile In another U-turnButi Ram told the court that he had not reached the spot where his daughter was found dead on the Sector 21 road on November 22 last year to identify the body He maintained that on receiving the news of his daughters deathhe reached the Sector 5 Police Station where he identified her clothes and then he was taken to General HospitalSector 6where he identified the body He deposed that he had never blamed or expressed suspicion on anyone for his daughters murder Ishuthe deceaseds sister who was also summoned by the courtdid not turn up on Monday Two other witnesses Mohan Lal and Gurdev Rambrothers of Buti Ramwere given up by the prosecution They had reportedly identified the body with Buti Ram at the sport where it was found Among the 11 people summoned by the court of District and Sessions Judge R K Sondhionly four people deposed They were ASI Rakesh Kumar of Baddi Police StationKallu RamButi Ram and Lakhwinder Singh Chaudharywhose application to attend the winter session of the Himachal Pradesh Assembly from December 17 to December 25 was declined by the courtis currently lodged in Ambala Central Jail He had surrendered in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate on January 8 after being on the run as his name came up in the Jyoti murder case Jyotia Dalit girl from Hoshiarpurwas found dead with her head crushed on the Sector 21 road in November last year According to the post-mortem reportshe had died of head injury and had recently undergone an abortion Mobile call details had pointed to her association with Chaudhary For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Reuters | London | Published: July 2 2016 12:41 am Jo-Wilfried Tsonga twice a semi-finalist at Wimbledon defeated Juan Monaco to enter in third round (Source: Reuters) Top News Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was in no mood to hang about on Friday racing to a one-set lead in just 18 minutes against Argentina’s Juan Monaco some three hours after they first warmed up on another rain-interrupted day at Wimbledon The pair were among eight matchups at the bottom of the men’s draw waiting to play their round two matches at the start of day five while players in the top half like Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer were scheduled to play round three Monaco put the brakes on the Frenchman in the second and third sets and Tsonga’s service level dipped but the 12th seed won through 6-1 6-4 6-3 in one hour 23 minutes – the third fastest men’s match of the tournament so far The rain delays which had also held up eight women’s second round ties have prompted organisers to consider playing matches on Sunday usually a rest day Tsonga twice a semi-finalist at the grasscourt major and Monaco a former top-10 player warmed up in drizzle around noon but the match was suspended before a ball was struck in earnest Speaking of his relief at finally reaching the third round he said: “… especially because now today I’m waiting for my match So yeah I’m really happy the way it goes today because it’s better to go back home tonight than stay here” Czech 10th seed Tomas Berdych also sped through to beat the rain downing Germany’s Benjamin Becker 6-4 6-1 6-2 and taking just a minute longer than Tsonga to secure his place in round three Berdych was sanguine about how the rain dice rolled “I think it’s fair In the first round I was … I about to finish a couple of points and then get rain delay overnight Came next day and he was obviously better at the start” he told reporters referring to his four-set first-round win over Croatian Ivan Dodig “So that one was I would say unlucky This one I was lucky” France’s Lucas Pouille seeded 32 also made it through defeating American Donald Young and comeback king Juan Martin Del Potro stole the headlines by beating fourth seed Stan Wawrinka on Centre Court For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 7 2016 6:08 pm After completing the Mumbai schedule of Sense8’s season 2 Rock On actor Purab Kohli is at present shooting in Italy for the Netflix TV show Top News After completing the Mumbai schedule of Sense8’s season 2 Rock On actor Purab Kohli is at present shooting in Italy for the Netflix TV show While the series is still in the process of production the makers have uploaded a few teaser photos from the upcoming season of the Netflix sci-fi drama on their official Instagram page The image shows Purab Kohli lifting Tina Desai in his arms while shooting for one of the scenes Last year Purab shot the first season of the show in India In the first season he had a small role but he has an extended part in this season The show will be shot in four different countries Purab Kohli on the sets of Sense 8 season 2 Sense8 has Purab playing the character of Ranjan Rasal and there is a love triangle between Ranjan (Purab Kohli) Kala Dandekar (Tina Desai) and Wolfgang (Max Riemelt) The teasers are looking promising and it looks like Kala chooses Ranjan as her life partner Sense8 is about a group of people around the world who are suddenly linked mentally and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world’s order For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBy: PTI | London | Published: July 12 2016 12:44 pm Jared Leto says to play the Joker is nothing less than an honour for him Top News Oscar-winning actor Jared Leto says to play the Joker is nothing less than an honour for him as he follows in the footsteps of Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger The 44-year-old actor is set to take on the iconic role for the first time this summer as he stars in the eagerly anticipated “Suicide Squad” reported Entertainment Weekly Share This Article Related Article “You’re kind of walking upon hallowed ground and it deserves the very best that you can do It takes over your life and that’s what I needed to do for myself “You don’t know what the Joker is going to do next; you never do It was intoxicating to have no rules” “Suicide Squad” will see Leto team up with filmmaker David Ayer for the first time as he returns to the director’s chair for his first film since the success of “Fury” The film also stars Will Smith Margot Robbie Viola Davis and Joel Kinnaman For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Vaibhav Vats | Published: June 20 2009 12:44 am Related News As the crisis in Iran escalatesthe pictures of protests and unrest would not have surprised those who follow Iranian cinema closely Since the 1979 revolutionIranian cinema has developed a subtle language of dissentcircumnavigating the dreaded censors of the Ministry of Islamic Guidance and Culture and holding a mirror to the countrys fissures Film critic Godfrey Cheshire wrote in Newsweek? 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Compiled by Ravish Tiwari For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Minxin Pei | Published: September 15 2012 2:25 am Related News In a normal countrytop leaders rarely disappear without an explanation The answer is simple With the scrutiny from political opponents and a vigilant pressmysteriously vanishing from public view is not just technically difficult but also self-destructive Voters simply would not want to be governed by leaders who evaporate at will There is another explanation for political transparency in a normal country The ruling elites enjoy a much higher sense of security Since all normal countries pick their leaders through competitive elections at regular intervalselected leadersbarring serious misdeedscannot be removed from office Such political security makes secrecy unnecessary and counterproductive But the luxury of political security is not something available to rulers in less normal countries those run by autocrats Despite their apparent monopoly of powerself-appointed rulers in all societies live in perpetual fear of losing office Their fall from gracejust like their rise to the topdepends not on established and respected rulesbut on backroom bargains among oligarchs that can change on a dime Even the most senior officials in such regimes can be cashiered This insight helps us understand the current curiosity surrounding the mysterious disappearance of Xi JinpingChinas heir apparentfrom public view in recent days After making an important speech in Beijing on September 1Xi abruptly cancelled meetings with visiting foreign dignitariessuch as US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Singapores Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loongwithout providing any explanation After more than a week of unexplained absence from public viewXis whereabouts have become a hot news item around the worldas well as the centre of speculation and rumour-mongering Although he was quoted in the state media a few days ago and the latest reports say he will make a public appearance on Sundayguesses about what has happened to Xi run from sensationalism to informed speculation In all likelihoodXi is indeed suffering from some unnamed physical ailment that requires medical attention The possibility that he has been the victim of another power struggle at the top is almost nil There is ample ground to think that it is genuine illnessnot political demisethat has kept Xi from public view since September 1 Recent signs of personnel shuffling at the very top of the Communist Party indicate that Xi is gaining the upper hand For instanceone of his trusted political allies has replaced a close follower of Hu Jintaothe incumbent party chiefas the equivalent of the chief of staff of the partys central committee The size of the standing committee of the politburoChinas top decision-making bodyis likely to be cut from nine to sevenallowing Xi greater control over policy-making than Hu has had over the last decade After the party suffered humiliating embarrassment from the purge of Bo Xilaithe former party chief of Chongqing municipalityit probably has no desire to inflict another wound on itself Purging an heir apparent on the eve of the scheduled transfer of power may have been routine when the supreme dictatorMao Zedongran the show But todaysuch an act is too horrible for the partys own sake even to contemplate What is illuminating about this episode is the fragility of political power in contemporary China FirstBeijings handling of this incident shows a regime not only out of touch with reality but also deeply fearful of the potential consequences of revealing the truth Facing an onslaught of media attention and public curiositya government that is confident and capable should be forthcoming about the unexplained absence of one of its most powerful officials After allXi is a human being and thus vulnerable to physical hazards as everyone else But Chinese authorities reacted with behaviour and language reminiscent of a sclerotic late-Soviet type communist systemadmitting nothing and denying almost everything The result is predictable Instead of effectively calming the anxieties of the Chinese people and the international communityBeijing allowed a relatively minor incident to mushroom into a crisis of confidence and a frenzy of rumour-mongering Another point one may make about this episode is about the lack of political security for the occupants of the highest office in China Granteda top leaders health is a legitimate topic of public discussion in any country In a more normal countryleaders have no choice but to let the public know how fit they are and then let the political process decide whether they are fit to govern In an autocracyby contrastthe health of the rulers is a top secret of the state One explanation is thatbecause these systems follow the rule of mennot of lawthe failing health of the top ruler undermines confidence in the regimes stability Another plausible explanation is that any revelation of the health of the top ruler or heir apparent can cast doubt on the legitimacy of the rulers In the case of Xiopening up his medical record to the public will most likely set off a spirited political debateboth inside and outside the party The debate might centreinitiallyon his physical fitness for occupying the top slot in the Chinese government This discussionhowever innocent of political malicewill soon touch on the most fundamental issue: the legitimacy of the succession process itself Such a discussion will put the party on the spot it will have to answer very difficult questions about Chinas secret succession process If there is one thing we know about autocratic regimesit is their dislike of impertinent questions But we now live in a world in which rulers must answer difficult questions Based on Beijings response to ours regarding Xis whereaboutsone has to wonder whether the ruling elites of the largest country in the world are aware of this reality The writer is a professor of government and non-resident senior fellow at the German Marshall Fund of the US express@expressindiacom For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Pune | Published: May 31 2017 1:34 am Admiral Sunil Lanba reviews the Passing Out Parade Top News With the historic Sinhagad Valley in the backdrop 312 cadets of the 132nd course of the National Defence Academy (NDA) including 11 from friendly foreign countries passed out from the premier tri-services institution at Khetrapal Ground on Tuesday Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Sunil Lanba who is also the chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee reviewed the parade The 312 cadets included 211 from the Army 34 from the Navy and 67 from the Air Force Cadets from friendly foreign countries included those from Afghanistan Bhutan Kyrgyzstan Lesotho Nigeria Rwanda and Tajikistan While it was pouring as the cadets assembled for the parade within minutes of them entering the ground the skies cleared up Admiral Lanba was received by NDA Commandant Air Marshal J S Kler and Deputy Commandant Rear Admiral S K Grewal Southern Army Commander Lt Gen P M Hariz was also present for the parade Battalion Cadet Captain V S Saini won the President’s Gold Medal for standing first in the overall order of merit Academy Cadet Captain Sanyam Dwivedi won the Silver Medal for standing second in the overall order of merit and Battalion Cadet Captain Akash K R won the Bronze Medal for standing third in the overall order of merit Quebec (Q) Squadron bagged the prestigious ‘Chiefs of Staff Banner’ for being the Champion Squadron which was ceremonially presented during the parade Addressing the cadets Admiral Lanba said “There is an old saying in the military: when the situation gets tough we do not rise to the level of our expectations; we fall to the level of our training It is our training that holds us in good stead as we execute our missions” “Your superiors and subordinates will judge you through your conduct As you add stars and stripes on your shoulders remember to clothe yourself with humility This is essential to create a bond of unity in your teams Unquestioned obedience does not stem from superiority of rank or positions of power but by demonstrated commitment honesty of purpose and willingness to ‘walk the talk’ Your training tasks will get tougher the margins of error will shrink and your training here onwards will demand more personal commitment I therefore urge all of you to be conscious of your roots here and resolve to be the best professionals in your respective services” he added For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Zeenat Tinwala | Pune | Published: February 23 2017 5:13 am Top News At the 2017 civic elections residents had to not just ensure that they voted for the right candidate but also that the ink on their finger stayed on An electoral routine followed by all municipal corporations across the country the ink is meant to mark completion of the voting process by a citizen and most importantly to ensure that an individual does not vote more than once But at some polling booths in the city the ‘indelible’ ink was coming off after a simple handwash or scrubbing Watch What Else Is Making News: Soon social media was abuzz with posts and exchanges of messages on the “vanishing” ink Jyoti Rao a professor who voted from Panel 20 Sant Tukaram Nagar said “I saw someone’s post online about the ink coming off and checked it myself A little handwash and the mark was coming off” Gauri Sahasrabuddhe too experienced the same thing while performing her daily chores “In the afternoon when I came back from voting I went about my daily routine of washing sweeping and mopping Suddenly I realised that the ink had come off completely from the nail and the remaining stain on the skin was fading away” said the voter from Panel 1 Another resident of Baner DVR Rao had a similar experience after someone told him that the ink wipes off completely from the nail According to Sudarshan Nashikrao Jagadale from Panel 9 Balewadi such incidents can act as a deterrent for the voting process “I am a society chairman and I encouraged all the residents in my society to cast their vote But a blunders such as this can make us lose faith in the system and discourage people from voting” he said While there were some who managed to scrub off the ink on the voting day itself people like Revati Bhamare realised it the next day “While bathing in the morning the ink came off with just light scrubbing Probably had I rubbed my finger yesterday it would have come off then as well” said the voter from Baner Deputy Commissioner Satish Kulkarni meanwhile said “After receiving complaints about the ink getting washed off we tried it as well but nothing happened the ink remained The ink used at the voting booths is the same quality that is used across all corporations and zilla parishads” For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Top NewsJaipur: The probe into the lynching and death of Pehlu Khan by alleged cow vigilantes in Alwar district last month has been handed over to an Additional SP in the "larger interest" of the case amid criticism over slow progress in the investigation Now Additional SP (Kotputli) Ram Swaroop Sharma will investigate the case of Khan’s death instead of DSP Behror Parmal Singh Gurjar a senior police official said Representative image Reuters "The investigating officer in the case has been changed in larger interest of the case" Jaipur Range Inspector General of Police Hemant Priyadarshy told PTI Asked if the investigating officer has been changed on the request of Khan’s family members who have been criticising about slow progress in the case he reiterated saying "The investigating officer has been changed in the larger interest of the case and anything beyond this is mere a speculation" 55-year-old Pehlu Khan hailing from Nuh in Haryana had died in a hospital in Behror of Alwar district on 3 April two days after he and four others were attacked by a mob of cow vigilantes while transporting cattle procured from a weekly market in Jaipur to their village A video footage of the incident had went viral on social media The issue also rocked Parliament and Rajasthan State Assembly where opposition mounted pressure on the government for swift action against the accused involved in the lynching incident Police had registered a case of culpable homicide against six named and 200 unnamed accused An FIR was registered on the basis of Khan’s statement which he gave from his bed in ICU After Khan’s death the section of culpable homicide was replaced with section for murder (302 of the IPC) The named accused include Om Yadav (45) Hukum Chand Yadav (44) Sudhir Yadav (45) Jagmal Yadav (73) Naveen Sharma (48) and Rahul Saini (24) All six have not been arrested yet "So far we have not found any concrete evidence against those named in the FIR so we cannot tak action against them" the IG said However seven persons have been arrested after they were identified from the videos of the lynching incident and circulating on social media By: Express Web Desk | Mumbai | Published: January 13 2016 1:51 pm Alia and Sisdharth were seen checking the clicks of the celebrity photographer together while exchanging notes laughs smiles and tight hug How we love such PDAs (Source: Varinder Chawla) Related News Rumoured lovers Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra looked quite the cute couple at Dabboo Ratnani’s calendar launch held in Mumbai on Tuesday (Janaury 12) evening Alia and Sisdharth were seen checking the clicks of the celebrity photographer together while exchanging notes laughs smiles and tight hug How we love such PDAs (Pics: Alia SRK Shraddha at Dabboo’s calendar launch) Alia and Sidharth hug each other at Dabboo Rananii’s calendar launch (Source: Varinder Chawla) The lovely pair even posed with Dabboo’s daughter and were later seen chatting the night away Alia and Sidharth who made their debut with Student Of the Year will be seen in ‘Kapoor & Sons’ Alia Sidharth with Dabboo’s daughter For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Shamik Chakrabarty | Kolkata | Updated: September 9 2016 2:02 pm Former BCCI president Shashank Manohar is the independent chairman of the International Cricket Council (Source: File) Top News Shashank Manohar the independent ICC chairman has become very unpopular among the BCCI members of late The allegation is that under his charge the global body has been working against the interests of the Indian cricket board ignoring the latter’s contribution to the ICC coffers Two-tier Test system and centralised marketing of the global broadcast rights for bilateral series were the two very recent issues where the BCCI had been on the warpath with the ICC When The Indian Express contacted Manohar on Thursday he spoke his mind Excerpts: The allegation is that Shashank Manohar being the ICC chairman from India he is not serving India’s interests I have to serve the ICC’s interests because it’s my duty as the independent chairman of the ICC to look at the best interests of the ICC and not to promote the interests of any individual country I have been elected by all the directors of various countries The logic here is that Manohar became the BCCI’s representative to the ICC first and India is his country Still India doesn’t have a representation in the ICC’s finance and commercial affairs committee and chief executives committee The (new) finance committee and the chief executives committee are yet to be formed because it is only after the Annual Conference that these committees are formed and those will be formed at the first meeting which will be held in October this year The committees have to be approved by the board of directors so you can’t criticise on issues that don’t even exist today At the Annual Conference all committees come to an end and ICC forms fresh committees They are appointed at the board of directors meeting The BCCI representative would be accommodated in either of the two Some Indian cricket board members say that after becoming the ICC chairman (in November last year) you had promised to look after Indian cricket’s interests at one BCCI special general meeting That’s true but at that time I was the BCCI president and it was my duty to look after the BCCI’s interests Today I’m unconnected with any particular member of the ICC I’m the independent ICC chairman so I have to look at the best interests of the ICC It’s for the BCCI representative to look after the best interests of the BCCI Are you perturbed by the allegations I’m least bothered about the allegations till the time my conscience is clear and I’m working honestly for an organisation People are free to make allegations and there’s no individual on this earth against whom allegations are not made There’s no individual on this earth who is not criticised for his actions because one cannot satisfy always 100 per cent of people I have to look after the interests of 105 countries and suppose tomorrow if this logic is extended if there’s a person from South Africa at the helm (do you think) he should only look after the interests of South Africa But India is contributing to 70 per cent of the ICC’s revenue do you think the BCCI’s position should be a little different I don’t agree with this Then why the same logic shouldn’t apply to the BCCI There are 30 state associations why shouldn’t somebody have a veto power I ask a question to myself why shouldn’t the same status be given to some associations in India For example Mumbai generates the highest revenue but does that mean that they should have a veto power on the BCCI decisions Institutions function in a democratic manner and decisions are taken by the majority There’s also a lot of resentment over your decision to leave the BCCI amid crisis I had told BCCI members and the office bearers four months in advance that I can’t run this organisation with these new recommendations Even otherwise in view of the Lodha Committee recommendations I could not have continued as Vidarbha the state I represented would have become an associate member So I would have had to resign anyway I was the sitting BCCI representative to the ICC and in that capacity I was the ICC chairman as well as the BCCI president I resigned from both these positions simultaneously in spite of the fact that the ICC regulations permitted me to continue as the chairman till the Annual Conference My resignations were before the nominations for the independent post of ICC chairman were filed There’s another allegation that after you assumed charge some clauses in the ICC constitution have been changed while keeping the BCCI in the dark Nothing has been amended in the ICC constitution except the clause relating to the election of an independent ICC Chairman and this amendment was passed unanimously by the Full Council Presently the ICC has appointed a group of five directors to look into the present ICC constitution The group is working on it and after that it would be circulated to all the directors in advance and would then be considered by the board of directors The whole process might take about three-four months What do you make of the BCCI’s threat of pulling out of the Champions Trophy next year I cannot comment on that Let’s see what happens Of late the ICC has been drawing a lot of flak over the two-tier Test system and centralised marketing of the broadcast rights of bilateral series For the last four days I’m looking at the papers Now I can tell as a fact this issue was raised by Cricket South Africa and Cricket Australia and came up at the CEC meeting in Edinburgh (earlier this year) Being the chairman of the ICC I don’t attend the CEC meetings but I was specifically called for this agenda item I said at the meeting that the ICC is not empowered to look into this because these bilateral rights are rights belonging to home boards and it’s for them to decide what to do The ICC has nothing to say in this This matter can’t be deliberated on the ICC platform The same thing was told at the board of directors meeting Even the September 6 and 7 meetings (in Dubai) weren’t official ICC meetings which were called by the ICC At the Annual Conference I had said that the ICC can be a facilitator for member boards Mr Ajay Shirke and Rahul Johri were present at the CEC meeting and Mr Thakur was present at the directors meeting So (they) are aware of all that transpired On this background I fail to see which sources the media is quoting and saying that the two-tier Test system is the brainchild of the ICC I said at the meeting that the decline in crowd attendance for Test matches is not because there’s no content What should be done is a survey You should find out why the popularity of Test cricket has diminished For that you will have to interview people who watch T20 games or ODI games Because there the stadiums are full so those people are interested in watching the game of cricket In earlier days there were only about five Tests in two years’ time There was no television So people used to go and stadiums used to be full But today for all 365 days there’s some game going on somewhere in the world So you can watch a game of cricket anytime any day So why would a person waste seven hours for five days from 10-5 All these things had been argued at the meeting There’s also a feeling that the ICC chief executive David Richardson is trying to do things which could be detrimental to India I cannot speak for David Richardson There’s another debate over the reported allocation of $135million to the ECB for the Champions Trophy while the BCCI had been given $45million to host the World T20 That’s not factually correct The budget for the WT20 2016 including the television production cost was $55084116 ($55 mn) However the budget for the Champions Trophy 2017 including television production cost is $46781507 ($46 mn) Yes there were more matches and teams at the WT20 2016 compared to what will be there for the Champions Trophy But the Champions Trophy games are full day games and the accommodation and travel cost in the UK are substantially higher that what they were in India For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: AP | San Diego | Updated: January 26 2017 4:19 pm This will be the ninth time that Woods returns to the PGA Tour following a lengthy layoff (Source: AP) Top News With the Pacific Ocean behind him Tiger Woods drew back his driver and sent it soaring across the blue sky Wednesday at Torrey Pines Watching from 50 yards away was Jay Monahan the new commissioner of the PGA Tour “That’s a nice sight isn’t it Monahan said India vs England live score He wasn’t referring to the sun shining down on the rugged coastline His eyes were fixed on Woods in perfect balance on the 17th tee of the North Course This will be the ninth time that Woods returns to the PGA Tour following a lengthy layoff more times than all but three players at Torrey Pines have PGA Tour victories and this one brings as much curiosity as excitement at the Farmers Insurance Open Not even Woods knows what to expect “We all know I haven’t played a full schedule in a very long time so this is an unknown” Woods said “I’ve been away from it for so long I’ve played one tournament in that 15-month span and I haven’t played a full-field event I haven’t got into the rhythm of playing weeks on end in a season” Woods last played a PGA Tour event at the Wyndham Championship in August 2015 in a last-minute effort to qualify for the tour’s postseason He tied for 10th and then had two more back surgeries a few months apart that sent him to the sidelines for an entire season He returned at his Hero World Challenge in early December an unofficial event with an 18-man field and no cut Woods finished 15th though it was considered a success because of his 24 birdies no issues with his back and no stress on his swing This one counts and it won’t be long before Woods is measured against the rest of the field He will play the opening two rounds with Jason Day (No 1 in the world) and Dustin Johnson (PGA Tour player of the year) Both are among the biggest hitters in golf playing a style that Woods once had to dominate the sport That brought the biggest smile to his face “That’s two guys that are the best in the world and they’re up there and playing some unbelievable golf and they’re good friends of mine” Woods said “I couldn’t have asked for a better pairing … Those guys will bomb it out there That’s fine I’ll just play my game and the name of the game is low score It’s not a long drive contest” Woods has never waited this long to return to a full field of PGA Tour competition This is twice as long as he sat out after reconstructive surgery on his left knee following his 2008 US Open victory at Torrey Pines That was one of his eight pro victories on the public course along the Pacific bluffs Woods has performed better at Torrey than any other PGA Tour course and he’s hopeful some of those good vibes will return He played the pro-am Wednesday on the North Course in the early morning chill of 50-degree weather at sea level Even so the gallery was as large as it was for tournament days at the first three PGA Tour events this year “I think everyone would like to see him perform at a very high level” Monahan said “But when we look at Tiger you’ve got to look at someone who’s going to have a huge presence in the game for a long long time to come The longer he’s playing alongside the best players in the world and competing at the highest level I think that’s certainly great for the PGA Tour and certainly great for our sport” Woods is not wasting any time in showing that his body can handle travel and playing Torrey Pines is the first of four tournaments in a five-week stretch that will take him to Dubai next week and then the Genesis Open in Los Angeles and the Honda Classic in South Florida in consecutive weeks But he also wants to be patient especially over the next few days with Johnson and Day at his side “You always want to play against and with the best players” Woods said “I’m trying to remind myself: `Hey I haven’t played in a while Hey it’s just the first two days and get yourself in contention build your way up’ It’s not Sunday I’ve got a long way to go to get to that point where I have a chance to win this event” The rough is thick from recent rain Woods said he hasn’t played in high rough since the PGA Championship in 2015 at Whistling Straits where he missed the cut with rounds of 75-73 That was his second-to-last event before he stepped away Now he can only hope this is the start of what would be his first injury-free season since 2013 Woods won five times that year including a four-shot victory at Torrey Pines That was only four years ago It seems longer For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: PTI | Mumbai | Published: August 30 2015 8:00 pm “I talk performance and nothing else Last few years have been a little more with regional cinema It makes me proud that all the films have done well So it is not like I am not focused on my career The choices have been scattered but I am enjoying my journey” Sonali told PTI on the sidelines of the Lakme Fashion Week Related News For the past few years Sonali Kulkarni has been making her presence felt in the regional cinema and the actress says she is enjoying her time doing non-Hindi films The 40-year-old actress who made her debut in showbiz with vernacular cinema before trying her luck in Bollywood said when it comes to her career she has always gambled whether it was playing a tree in her debut film “Cheluvi” directed by Girish Karnad or playing mother to Hrithik Roshan’s character in “Mission Kashmir” “I have always gambled when it comes to my career I feel pretty liberates as an actor it gives me huge amount of freedom Share This Article Related Article “I talk performance and nothing else Last few years have been a little more with regional cinema It makes me proud that all the films have done well So it is not like I am not focused on my career The choices have been scattered but I am enjoying my journey” Sonali told PTI on the sidelines of the Lakme Fashion Week The actress’ 2014 Marathi film “Dr Prakash Baba Amte” was a biopic on the lives of Prakash Baba Amte the son of the great social worker Baba Amte and his wife Mandakini Amte Sonali said that she is very happy that the Hindi version of the film will soon release in theatres all over India I am very happy that the film was such a roaring success It was one of the top grossers in Marathi and got the highest rating till date for a TV premiere My role in the film was highly praised and it gave me a huge amount of satisfaction So I am waiting for the Hindi version to release soon” she said The “Singham” actress is also actively involved in theatre work and has been busy producing and starring plays She has even bagged a great role in a Hindi film but did not divulge much details about it For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related News 2013 2:46 am Related News Bangladesh protests Both Sangh Parivar weeklies have carried reports that claim that the Hindus are the ? Pulimurugan.decided that Hindi films will now release only at single-screen theatres across the country. the Congress on Tuesday claimed that it is nothing new and it won’t have any impact. 2014 11:51 pm Related News Lessons to learn This?

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