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IPL 2020: Rajasthan Royals fielding coach Dishant Yagnik tests positive for Covid-19

IPL 2020: Rajasthan Royals' fielding coach Dishant Yagnik tested positive for Covid-19 a week before the team leaves for UAE for the 13 edition of IPL.

IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals on Wednesday informed that its fielding coach Dishant Yagnik has tested positive for Covid-19. The test was undertaken keeping in mind that the team members need to assemble in Mumbai next week for their flight to the UAE. The franchise implemented an extra test for all players, support staff and management travelling to the UAE in addition to the two tests recommended by BCCI, to ensure as robust a process as possible. (Full coverage of IPL 2020)

Dishant, who was a wicket-keeper batsman for Rajasthan in domestic cricket and has also represented the franchise in IPL, is currently in his hometown Udaipur and has been advised to get admitted to hospital for his 14 day quarantine.

Dishant also took to Twitter to urge everyone who had come in physical contact with him in the last 10 days to get tested."Post 14 days, Dishant will be undergoing two tests as per the protocols of BCCI. On return of two negative reports, he will be allowed to join the team after self isolating for 6 days and receiving 3 further negative tests upon his arrival in the UAE," said Rajasthan Royals in a statement.

"We request everyone who has been in close proximity to Dishant in the past 10 days to self isolate and get tested for Covid-19," the statement added.

The franchise also confirmed that no Rajasthan Royals or other IPL players have been in close proximity to Dishant in the past 10 days.

"We can confirm that no Rajasthan Royals or other IPL players have been in close proximity to Dishant in the past 10 days. We wish Dishant a speedy recovery and look forward to him joining the Royals camp soon in the UAE," said the franchise.

The 13th edition of IPL is set to take place in the UAE from September 19 to November 10. The tournament got its necessary clearances from the government on Monday after the BCCI had announced its idea of hosting the tournament in UAE a couple of weeks ago.

Sources by: Hindustan Times
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Light to moderate showers reported in the past 24 hours in Mumbai, suburbs

Santacruz and Colaba weather observatory, representative of the suburbs and Mumbai; and south Mumbai, respectively, have received intermittent moderate rainfall between 8:30 am on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Light to moderate showers were reported over the past 24 hours in Mumbai and its suburbs barring certain intense spells at isolated places.

Santacruz and Colaba weather observatory, representative of the suburbs and Mumbai; and south Mumbai, respectively, have received intermittent moderate rainfall between 8:30 am on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Santacruz and Colaba weather stations reported 30.7 millimetres (mm) and 16.7 mm rainfall, respectively, which can be categorised as moderate, according to India Meteorological Department (IMD) authorities' classification.

On Wednesday morning, negligible rainfall was recorded at both the weather stations, but isolated areas across the city recorded a downpour.

The maximum rainfall was recorded in the north-western suburbs of Mumbai between 8:30 am and 12.30 pm.

Dahisar recorded 19.5 mm rain, followed by Thane (18.7 mm), Borivali (15.6 mm), Goregaon (15.5 mm), Malad (15.4 mm), Bhayander (13 mm), Powai (10.2 mm), and Bandra (10.6 mm).

IMD authorities have predicted that cloud cover with moderate rainfall would persist coupled with a possibility of a downpour over isolated areas.

"More rain intensity has been reported towards the north-western suburbs of Mumbai over the past 24 hours. This trend is likely to continue. Radar and satellite images have indicated dense cloud cover over the north Konkan coast, which may lead to heavy showers in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), surrounding areas and the Western Ghats over the next 48 hours," said KS Hosalikar, deputy director-general (D-G), western region, IMD.

Across Maharashtra, the maximum rainfall was reported from Matheran (72.2 mm), followed by Mahabaleshwar (58.6 mm), Dahanu (43 mm), Thane (37 mm), and Mumbai (30 mm).

Mumbai suburbs have received 63% of excess rainfall between June 1 and Wednesday (August 12), while the corresponding figure for south Mumbai is 70%.

Maharashtra has recorded 8% of excess rainfall at 713.1 during this period, as compared to a normal of 657.3 mm.

Sources by: Hindustan Times
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Supreme Court considers starting few physical courts from next week

"The judges' Committee is seriously considering to start at least 2-3 physical courts from the next week and in the meantime, the Registry would take necessary steps to prepare the courts for physical functioning," the Supreme Court Advocates On Records Association (SCAORA) said in a statement.

A Committee of seven judges, constituted by the Chief Justice of India, convened a meeting on Tuesday, and discussed several issues, including whether physical courts can start or not, the Supreme Court Advocates On Records Association (SCAORA) said.

"The judges' Committee is seriously considering to start at least 2-3 physical courts from the next week and in the meantime, the Registry would take necessary steps to prepare the courts for physical functioning," the SCAORA said in a statement.

The Presidents of SCBA (Supreme Court Bar Association), SCAORA and Bar Council of India (BCI) Chairman, had also attended the Committee meeting held yesterday.

SCAORA President Shivaji M Jadhav, and SCBA President and senior Supreme Court lawyer Dushyant Dave urged the judges to start physical courts at the earliest, after taking required measures suggested by medical experts, keeping in view the Covid-19 pandemic.

The SCAORA said that the physical courts, if possible to start, will be in addition to the now existing virtual courts and people would have the option to do virtual hearing as well.

Matters from the final hearing list published before the lockdown would be listed before the physical Courts. The final decision would be taken by the Judges committee in a day or two, the SCAORA said.

This comes as physical court hearings are halted in the Supreme Court in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Sources by: Hindustan Times
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Will look into it: Sanjay Raut says over apology demanded by Sushant's family

A cousin of Sushant Singh Rajput, who was found dead in his apartment in Mumbai's Bandra in June, has sent a legal notice to Raut over his comments.

Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said on Wednesday his comments about the relationship between Bollywood actor Sushant Singh Rajput and his family was based on the information he has, according to news agency ANI.

A cousin of Rajput, who was found dead in his apartment in Mumbai's Bandra in June, has sent a legal notice to Raut. Neeraj Singh Babloo, who is also Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader in Bihar, had demanded a public apology from Raut on Monday within 48 hours, failing which he said he will take legal action against him.

"If there has been any kind of miss on our part, we will think about it. But I will have to look into it. What I have said so far is based on the information I have, Sushant's family is speaking on the basis of information they have," Sanjay Raut said, according to ANI.

Raut had claimed in his weekly column in the Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' that the actor didn't share good relations with his father KK Singh. "I have received such information. How many times did Rajput visit his father in Patna in the last few years?" Raut, who is Saamana's executive editor, asked.

Raut also said Bihar's director general of police (DGP) Gupteshwar Pandey was working for a political party and alleged he tried to contest an election on a BJP ticket. "What can you expect from such a police force?" he asked.

Rajput's maternal uncle, RC Singh, said an attempt is being made to divert the direction of the probe being conducted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Singh also said Rajput had a very good relationship with his father and his father had not remarried as alleged by Raut.

The 34-year-old was found dead in his home on June 14. The case was being investigated by the Mumbai Police but the Bihar Police launched a separate probe after the actor's father filed a First Information Report (FIR) against his son's girlfriend Rhea Chakraborty and others in Patna, alleging abetment to suicide. After a turf war between the two police forces, the probe has now been taken over by the central agency.

Sources by: Hindustan Times
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'Modi hai toh Mumkin hai', tweets Rahul Gandhi. It is a jibe

Rahul Gandhi - through a tweet a day, video messages - has been attacking the government over a host of issues. The latest one is over the GDP warning by Narayana Murthy.

With a pithy one liner, former Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday took yet another swipe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy's warning that the country's GDP growth may touch its lowest since independence in the backdrop of a raging coronavirus pandemic.

Gandhi employed PM Modi's widely popular 2019 election campaign slogan to hit out at him, tweeting: "Modi hai toh mumkin hai (If Modi is there, everything is possible)". He also attached a screenshot of the report carrying the IT software icon's remark.

On Monday, Murthy had flagged fears of the country's GDP (Gross Domestic Product) touching its lowest since 1947 and as a way out suggested developing a system that allows every player in every sector of the country's economy to operate at full steam, with precautions of course.

"India's GDP is expected to shrink by at least five per cent. There is a fear that we may even reach the lowest GDP since Independence, since 1947," said Murthy at an online event.

Rahul Gandhi - through a tweet a day, video messages - has been attacking the government over a host of issues.

On Tuesday, the Congress leader urged the Centre to implement the government's rural employment guarantee scheme and his party's 'Nyuntam Aay Yojana' (NYAY) as an economic measure for the poor in urban and rural areas of the country amid the ongoing crisis triggered by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak.

In an earlier tweet, Gandhi had said he warned the government about Covid19 and the economy, but they rubbished it.

Businesses are pinning hopes on more demand-boosting measures from the government, including ramping up the execution of infrastructure projects, more economic reforms and a goods and services tax (GST) rate cut if the other steps fail to revive consumption. Business leaders said they are worried about movement curbs imposed by authorities, an issue that was also cited by RBI last week as a reason for several high-frequency economic indicators levelling off.

Sources by: Hindustan Times
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Bengaluru violence: 60,000-strong mob had gathered, pelted stones at police, says eyewitness

The violence in eastern Bengaluru broke out over a social media message, which was allegedly posted by a relative of a state Congress legislator.

An eyewitness said on Wednesday there was a strong mob of 50,000 to 60,000, which pelted stones at police personnel and damaged property at a police station during the violence on Tuesday night in Bengaluru.

At least three people have died and scores of police personnel have been injured after the violence in Pulakeshi Nagar of the state capital of Karnataka on Tuesday night. The violence broke out over a social media message, which was allegedly posted by a relative of a Congress legislator. Police vehicles were also damaged and set on fire.

Sharif, who was an eyewitness to the violence at the police station in DJ Halli, said he had come to record his statement. "We are from civil defence and have come to protect the police. It was not the police's fault, it was the public's fault," he told reporters.

"This (police station) is like my temple, my masjid. We have to support the police," he added.

Bengaluru Police have arrested 149 people for arson, stone-pelting and assault on the police, officials said. Congress' member of legislative assembly (MLA) Srinivas Murthy's nephew was also arrested for sharing the "derogatory" post on Facebook.

Chief minister BS Yediyurappa tweeted to condemn the violence and that he has already ordered action against those taking the law into their hands. Yediyurappa said those who attacked the police, media and the public will not be spared and strict action will be taken. He also appealed for calm.

Yediyurappa appealed to people to maintain peace and said that violence against journalists, police and people was unacceptable.

"The miscreants in the DJ Halli police station has led to the assault and rioting at MLA Akhand Srinivasa's house and police station. Already, directives have been issued against the perpetrators and the government has taken all possible steps to curb the situation," Yediyurappa tweeted (roughly translated from Kannada).

"The attack on journalists, the police and the public in the riot last night was unacceptable. The government will not tolerate such provocations and rumours. Strict action against perpetrators is certain. I appeal to people to maintain peace and act with restraint and without panic," he said in another tweeted.

Murthy's house was also vandalised by the mob following the social media post by his nephew. Residence of Congress MLA Akhanda Srinivasamurthy was also attacked after the violence broke out.

A curfew has been clamped in DJ Halli and KG Halli police station limits after the violence broke out in the area. Police have also imposed Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in Bengaluru to prohibit the assembly of four or more persons in an area.

Sources by: Hindustan Times
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DU students' internet-related problems persist on day-2 of OBE exams


The university has maintained that it is opting for the online open book exams as a one-time measure owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

Around 32,000 Delhi University undergraduate and postgraduate students appeared for the online open book exams on the second day with many of them claiming that they faced issues in uploading their answer sheets to the varsity portal.

The university has maintained that it is opting for the online open book exams as a one-time measure owing to the coronavirus pandemic. The varsity's decision to hold exams had been opposed by students and teachers who had been demanding that the exams be scrapped and students be promoted on the basis of past performance and internal assessments.

On the first day of commencement of the final examination on Monday, students had faced issues in uploading answer sheets and the same issue arose on the second day too. The common service centres facilitating Delhi University's online open-book exams here said only a handful of students are availing the service and most of them faced issues while uploading their answer sheets.

Samiya Aziz, a student of Zakir Husain College who is currently in her hometown in Kashmir, said she had gone to her friend's place to write the exam since she did not want to use the 2G network available on her phone. Her exam was in the 11.30 am to 3.30 pm shift.


"I wrote the paper and everything was smooth till the time I started uploading it. The site crashed and I could not upload my answer sheet when there was only a minute left for the time limit to finish. I mailed it to the college ID and I hope it is accepted," she said.

Her friend Bushra, who is also in Kashmir, used her phone's 2G connection to take the exam and could only upload the answer sheets at 4 pm.

"I am tensed. I could not upload my answer sheets on the portal and then I sent it to the college ID. I am hoping that my answer sheets are accepted because there was a delay of almost half an hour," she said. A student, requesting anonymity, said the OBE portal crashed multiple times and it was stressful for students. "The varsity kept saying that the portal would work smoothly but we had to resort to sending an email in the end. The paper was quite lengthy. Some students even contacted the nodal officer for doubts, but they only got vague answers like 'no specific guidelines'. It was a disappointing experience for most of the students," he said.

Raushan Kumar, a resident of Muzaffarpur in Bihar, said it was a repeat of what happened in mock exams as the portal crashed and he could not upload his answer sheets. He had to email them to the university which caused a further delay and he feared that his answer sheets would not be accepted for evaluation.

Other students also raised similar issues -- network issues, power failure at home due to which the page blanked out multiple times, not receiving acknowledgement receipts from the varsity after mailing answer sheets, tough questions and lengthy question papers.

Professor Sanjeev Singh, joint director of Delhi University's Computer Centre, said nearly 32,000 students took the exams on the second day. He said the students might have faced issues in uploading answer sheets during the peak time when the exam time is about to end. The students had the option of mailing their answer sheets to the varsity. When asked about students claiming that they did not receive acknowledgement mails, he said there might have been a delay of five minutes in sending those emails.

The varsity received nearly two lakh answer sheets on the first day. Another official said even if there is delay in receiving the answer sheets after the deadline has ended, the varsity is accepting them.

Sources by: hindustantimes.com
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Hot News - InFocus / Another Australian sportsman i...
Last post by devikad - Today at 07:34 PM
Another Australian sportsman in trouble due to bubble breach


Pangai was also reported by Australian media to be among 10 players to visit a Brisbane pub on Aug. 1 in another potential breach of the league's bio-security rules. The league and Queensland state police are investigating.

A National Rugby League player has been fined 30,000 Australian dollars ($21,350) and told to leave his team's bio-security bubble after visiting a barber shop in contravention of the isolation rules imposed during the coronavirus pandemic.

It continued a recent trend among NRL and other football players and officials in the past week in Australia.

Interim NRL chief Andrew Abdo on Wednesday said Brisbane Broncos forward Tevita Pangai Jr. had committed multiple breaches and shown disregard for the rules. He won't be able to return to the bio-secure area "until such time that he can satisfy the NRL that he will comply with all bio-security protocols."

Pangai was also reported by Australian media to be among 10 players to visit a Brisbane pub on Aug. 1 in another potential breach of the league's bio-security rules. The league and Queensland state police are investigating.

"We will do everything we can to protect our season," Abdo said. "Players or officials who show they are unable to comply with the bio-security protocols will be removed from club bubbles until we are satisfied that they will comply with the protocols."

On Monday, Australian Rugby League Commission chairman Peter V'landys warned players and coaches that those breaking the strict bio-security measures are putting their incomes, the game and the public at risk.

It follows a number of high-profile rugby league identities, including seven-time premiership-winning coach Wayne Bennett, being sanctioned last week and put on quarantine holds for 14 days after leaving their teams to go out in public.

The NRL season went into hiatus after two rounds in March when Australia closed its international borders and went into lockdown to slow the spread of COVID-19. It was the first collision sport to resume competition in late May, but only after making assurances to federal, state and local governments about the strict protocols around the isolation of players and team staff.

Under the NRL's bio-security rules designed to keep the league in play during the pandemic, players and selected club officials cannot have visitors from outside the so-called bubble, or go to pubs, cafes or restaurants.

While Queensland has shut its border to New South Wales and Victoria, which is in strict lockdown after a second wave of coronavirus infections, the so-called Sunshine State has become home-away-from-home for the NRL's Melbourne Storm, all Melbourne clubs in the Australian Football League and the entire Super Netball League. All interstate teams must abide by strict isolation rules.

The breaches haven't been only in the NRL, with a series of fines handed out in the homegrown sport of Aussie rules.

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley was fined 25,000 Australian dollars ($18,000) by the AFL after he and his assistant Brenton Sanderson played tennis with Fed Cup captain Alicia Molik, a former tennis professional, in the Western Australia capital city of Perth.

And Brooke Cotchin, the wife of the Richmond Tigers' two-time premiership-winning captain Trent Cotchin, cost the club A$20,000 ($14,300) after she breached bio-security protocols last week in Queensland state by going to a beauty salon to get a facial treatment.

Carlton, the North Melbourne Kangaroos and Hawthorn clubs have also been fined by the AFL.

Australia's official death toll from COVID-19 reached 319 on Wednesday.

Sources by: hindustantimes.com
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Hot News - InFocus / Supreme Court considers starti...
Last post by devikad - Today at 07:29 PM
Supreme Court considers starting few physical courts from next week


"The judges' Committee is seriously considering to start at least 2-3 physical courts from the next week and in the meantime, the Registry would take necessary steps to prepare the courts for physical functioning," the Supreme Court Advocates On Records Association (SCAORA) said in a statement.

A Committee of seven judges, constituted by the Chief Justice of India, convened a meeting on Tuesday, and discussed several issues, including whether physical courts can start or not, the Supreme Court Advocates On Records Association (SCAORA) said.

"The judges' Committee is seriously considering to start at least 2-3 physical courts from the next week and in the meantime, the Registry would take necessary steps to prepare the courts for physical functioning," the SCAORA said in a statement.

The Presidents of SCBA (Supreme Court Bar Association), SCAORA and Bar Council of India (BCI) Chairman, had also attended the Committee meeting held yesterday.

SCAORA President Shivaji M Jadhav, and SCBA President and senior Supreme Court lawyer Dushyant Dave urged the judges to start physical courts at the earliest, after taking required measures suggested by medical experts, keeping in view the Covid-19 pandemic.

The SCAORA said that the physical courts, if possible to start, will be in addition to the now existing virtual courts and people would have the option to do virtual hearing as well.

Matters from the final hearing list published before the lockdown would be listed before the physical Courts. The final decision would be taken by the Judges committee in a day or two, the SCAORA said.

This comes as physical court hearings are halted in the Supreme Court in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Sources by: hindustantimes.com
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Jokes & Funny Images / Old man & Barber
Last post by devikad - Today at 07:16 PM
Old man & Barber

An Old man had 8 hair on his head.

He went to a Barber shop.

Barber is anger asked:

shall I cut or count?

Old man smiled and said:

"Colour it!"


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