Most successful Dhoni lauds fantastic Team India

News4u-Sports Desk- Under fire till recently, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was overwhelmed with relief on becoming the most successful Indian ODI captain after the win over England here and said the triumph has lifted the gloom that set in due to the Test debacle.

India thrashed England by nine wickets to take an invincible 3-0 lead in the five-match series here to compensate for the 1-3 Test series loss. The victory also made Dhoni the most successful Indian ODI captain with 91 wins.

“When I started leading the team, I got a fantastic team then, and I have got a fantastic side right now,” an ecstatic said Dhoni after the match.

“There will be ups and downs, but thanks to everyone, whoever I have played with. Without their contribution it wouldn’t really have been possible. All the senior players I played with and who played under me, followed by the youngsters. I personally feel we are a very good, a fantastic ODI side. And there will be ups and downs, but what is important is to keep the intent positive. Thanks to all the players.

“We had a tough time in the Test series, but the change of format helps. This format pushes you to be impressive on the field, but at the same time pushes you to back yourself to play your shots. I was very happy with the fast bowlers, especially how they bowled with the new ball. And spinners as well, when they have a bit of help from the wicket, they will always do well,” he added.

Talking pertinently about the series win, Dhoni said India kept on improving with every match especially after the 1-3 drubbing in the Test series against England.

“The good thing is that we have kept improving from the first ODI onwards. That’s definitely a big positive. It was a good toss to win today. The fast bowlers bowled really well initially and gave us those early breakthroughs because of which we were able to put pressure on their middle order.

“Overall we are very happy. Ajinkya Rahane also got a century and we got an opening partnership. So it was a complete game for us,” he said.

Rahane scored 106 runs, his maiden ODI hundred, and while doing so, he put on 183 runs for the opening wicket with Shikhar Dhawan who returned to form with an unbeaten 97.

Thanks to their efforts, India scored 212 for one in just 30.3 overs overhauling England’s 206 all out with 19.3 overs to spare.


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Review plea of death convict be heard in open court: SC

News4u-News Desk- The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that review plea of a death convict against his conviction and sentence be heard in an open court by at least a three-judge bench and allowed all condemned prisoners, whose review pleas have already been decided, to approach it within a month for re-opening of their cases.

In a majority verdict by a five-judge constitution bench, the apex court said that a death convict whose curative petition has been decided cannot approach for re-opening of his review plea.

While four judges including Chief Justice R M Lodha favoured open court hearing of review petition, one judge Justice J Chelameswar gave a dissenting verdict.

The apex court passed the order on a batch of petitions filed by six death convicts including Red Fort attack case convict Mohammed Arif and 1993 Mumbai serial blast convict Yakub Abdul Razak Memon pleading the court that their review pleas should have been decided in open court hearing.

Earlier, in most cases, review petitions were decided in judges’ chambers and the parties were not allowed to be present.

Other death convicts who filed the petitions are C Muniappan, B A Umesh, Sundar and Sonu Sardar.


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PM calls for people-to-people contact to boost Indo-Japan ties

News4u-News Desk- Crediting common people for the close relations between India and Japan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday advocated greater people-to-people contact for expansion of ties.

He suggested formation of separate Parliamentary associations of young MPs and women besides proposing that Parliamentary delegations from Japan should visit cities other than Delhi when they travel to India.

These steps will help understanding each other better and push the ties further, the Prime Minister said while addressing a reception hosted by India-Japan Association and Japan-India Parliamentary Friendship League.

“What India-Japan relations are today is not only because of governments but also because of contribution by you people,” he told the gathering.

At the function, Modi noted that a 93-year-old man in Japan remembers details about Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.

Modi said he has asked Indian Ambassador Deepa Wadhwa to depute a highly professional video team to be with him for a month and interview him.

Earlier, Modi called on Japanese Emperor Akihito and met leaders of various political parties.


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Telangana to add 230-cr plants, boost tree cover by 8 per cent

News4u-News Desk- The Telangana government has proposed to add 230 crore plants in the next three years under a flagship programme which envisages boosting of tree cover in the state by nearly eight per cent.

As part of the programme “Telangana Ku Haritha Haram”, 130 crore seedlings shall be planted outside forest areas (10 crore within Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority area and 120 crore in rest of the areas of the state).

Another 100 crore plants would be rejuvenated by intensive protection of the forests and from the existing root stock in the forest areas, according to the government.

“The programme envisages increasing the tree cover of the state from present 25.16 per cent to 33 per cent of the total geographical area of the state.

This objective is sought to be achieved by a multi-pronged approach of rejuvenating degraded forests, ensuring more effective protection of forests against smuggling, encroachment, fire, grazing and intensive soil and moisture conservation measures both inside and outside forest following the watershed approach,” an official release said.

In addition, major fillip is sought to be given to social forestry by taking up massive plantation activities outside forest areas.

The greening efforts will be taken up involving all stakeholders, it was stated.

The thrust areas to achieve the objectives are twofold; one, initiatives in forest areas and the other, initiatives outside forest areas, according to the government.

In the forest area, activities like forest protection, afforestation, rejuvenating degraded forests and treatment of RoFR (Recognition of Forest Rights) areas will be taken up.

Conservation of biodiversity rich areas outside the protected area network would be encouraged with the active collaboration of all stakeholders including the Biodiversity Management Committees (BMCs).

“Modern methods of forest management would be adapted using the latest technological interventions like improved planting stock, GIS, MIS, Remote Sensing, DGPS, etc. that are available so as to make forest management in Telangana state as a role model for the other states,” the statement said.

In the outside forest area, avenue plantation, barren hill afforestation, institutional plantations, homestead plantations, agro forestry, tank foreshore, canal bank, river bank and rivulets, green Panchayats, creation of “Smriti vanams” and planting in urban residential colonies would be taken up.

To achieve the objectives envisaged under the flagship programme and for taking up massive plantations during 2015 planting season, a detailed exercise for identification of nurseries and the sites available for raising plantations have been undertaken under “Mana Vooru Mana Pranalika” initiative of the Government.

Village-wise, Mandal-wise and district-wise areas and nurseries have been identified.

About 3699 number of nurseries are identified for raising the adequate nursery stock by the various agencies involved (Forest Department, DWMA, agriculture, horticulture, tribal welfare etc) for achieving the target of raising seedlings at 40 lakh seedlings per assembly constituency.

Further, necessary action is being taken by the different agencies for procurement of polythene bags and seeds for grounding the nurseries, the statement said.


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Fire in Kolkata, trapped persons rescued

News4u-News Desk- A major fire broke out on Tuesday morning in the 24-floor iconic Chatterjee International Building in the heart of the city with fire personnel rescuing those trapped inside the high rise which houses many commercial establishments.

The fire is yet to be doused and 20 fire tenders have been rushed to the spot.

“Four persons who were trapped inside have been rescued using a ladder and they have sent to hospital for treatment for smoke-related complaints,” West Bengal Fire Services Minister Javed Khan told media.

“No one else is trapped inside the building,” he told reporters while supervising fire tending operations at the building situated at the crossing of Park Street and Jawaharlal Nehru Road.

Some people who were in the second and third floors of the building were also evacuated, Fire Services Minister said.

The fire broke out between the 12th and 15th floors of the building and around 20 fire tenders and two hydraulic ladders have been pressed into service to bring the blaze under control, fire services control room said.

Javed Khan said fire services and disaster management group personnel reacted very quickly and was thus able to contain the spread of the blaze.

Khan said that it was only after the fire is doused that the cause of the blaze in the building, which houses many offices and business establishments, can be ascertained.

The area has been cordoned off to conduct the operations.

With the fire breaking out just before the office hours and several major thorough fares closed due to fire tending operations, huge traffic snarls caused inconvenience to office-goers.


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C’garh to help Naxal violence-hit children in schooling

News4u-News Desk- Children who have lost their parents in Naxal violence in Chhattisgarh will be given priority for admission in schools nearby their native place or according to their choice, education minister said on Tuesday.

Besides, children who have suffered physical disability in Naxal incidents will also be given admission in the nearest schools of their residential area, state school education minister Kedar Kashyap said here.

In a directive issued in this regard from Mantralaya here, officials of Directorate of Public Instructions, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyaan and Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyaan have been asked to take immediate steps in this direction, Kashyap said.

Keeping in view the fact that education of those children, who lose the head of their family in the Maoist violence, gets affected, the state government has decided to provide necessary assistance for their studies, Kashyap said.

Such children will be given priority for admission in schools nearby their villages or according to their choice and in institutions like Kasturba Gandhi residential school, portacabin and girls’ residential school, K Kashyap said. PTI


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Will soon reconstitute Censor Board: I&B min

News4u-News Desk- With its CEO having been arrested by CBI on graft charges, the government on Tuesday said it will soon reconstitute the Censor Board.

“The Censor Board will be reconstituted soon and it will be done comprehensively as envisaged by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC),” said I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar.

The government will not tolerate corruption at any level and will take “stern steps” against those involved in graft within the Censor Board, Javadekar said as he cited the example of Censor Board CEO Rakesh Kumar, who was suspended soon after his arrest on allegations of accepting bribes.

“The moment the Censor Board bribery case came to light, we suspended the CEO and asked for a thorough probe into the matter. Such corruption will not be tolerated at any cost,” the minister said.

Meanwhile, listing out the various measures lined up by his ministry, he said the government is making efforts to create mobile applications for tuning in to AIR and Doordarshan.

“We are making efforts to create mobile applications for Radio/TV along the lines of what has been introduced by private players,” Javadekar said.


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Japanese researchers develop 30-minute Ebola test

News4u-News Desk- Japanese researchers said on Tuesday they had developed a new method to detect the presence of the Ebola virus in 30 minutes, with technology that could allow doctors to quickly diagnose infection.

Professor Jiro Yasuda and his team at Nagasaki University say their process is also cheaper than the system currently in use in west Africa where the virus has already killed more than 1,500 people.

“The new method is simpler than the current one and can be used in countries where expensive testing equipment is not available,” Yasuda said.

“We have yet to receive any questions or requests, but we are pleased to offer the system, which is ready to go,” he said.

Yasuda said the team had developed what he called a “primer”, which amplifies only those genes specific to the Ebola virus found in a blood sample or other bodily fluid.

Using existing techniques, ribonucleic acid (RNA) biological molecules used in the coding of genes is extracted from any viruses present in a blood sample.

This is then used to synthesise the viral DNA, which can be mixed with the primers and then heated to 60-65 degrees Celsius (140-149 Fahrenheit).

If Ebola is present, DNA specific to the virus is amplified in 30 minutes due to the action of the primers.

The by-products from the process cause the liquid to become cloudy, providing visual confirmation, Yasuda said.

Currently, a method called polymerase chain reaction, or PCR, is widely used to detect the Ebola virus, which requires doctors to heat and cool samples repeatedly and takes up to two hours.

“The new method only needs a small, battery-powered warmer and the entire system costs just tens of thousands of yen (hundreds of dollars), which developing countries should be able to afford,” he added.

The outbreak of the Ebola virus, transmitted through contact with infected bodily fluids, has sparked alarm throughout western Africa and further afield.


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Oxford Award for Chancellor of MS University

News4u-News Desk- Dr Mrunalinidevi Puar, Chancellor of Maharaja Sayajirao University at Vadodara, has been conferred with the “Best Manager” award by the Oxford Summit of Leaders (Science and Education) in UK, according to University Registrar Amit Dholakia.

Dr Mrunalinidevi Puar is known for her research in availability of zinc in Indian food and was also awarded PhD by a Hyderabad based university, he said.

In a letter, Irina Bright, event manager EBA said, “Socrates Committee of Europe Business Assembly (EBA Oxford, UK) has selected you (Puar) for this award based on the criteria that includes the university in the field of quality educational services rendering, implementation of up-to-date technologies and social focus.”

Dr Puar will get this award at the summit of leaders and International Socrates Award ceremony to be held in Oxford UK on October 14. Participants from 50 countries will attend it.

The MS University was eastblished as Baroda College in 1881 and it was converted into a university in 1949 after merger of erstwhile princely state of Baroda.

Dr Bhimrao Ambedkar, father of the Indian constitution and Maharshi Aurbindo Ghosh were known personalities associated with this college.

Union Human Resource Development (HRD) minister Smriti Irani has assured the Gujarat government to convert it into a central university as this university has signed number of MoUs with its counterparts in UK, USA, Canada and France.


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Saina splits with Gopi, to train under Vimal Kumar

News4u-Sports Desk- Olympic medallist Saina Nehwal has parted ways with long-time mentor Pullela Gopichand and will be training under former chief coach Vimal Kumar.

Saina has been struggling with her fitness and form for almost two years. She had though broken her 20-month long Super Series title drought, winning the Australian Open in June and also performed well at the Uber Cup in May.

However, the Indian withdrew from her title defence of Commonwealth Games owing to fitness issues and also failed to win a medal at the World championship last week.

With the Asian Games just a fortnight away, Saina decided to hone her skills with Vimal, whose tips had helped her immensely during her unbeaten run at the Uber Cup.

The 24-year-old today flew to Bangalore to train at the Prakash Padukone Academy for the next two weeks.

“I wanted to train under Vimal sir ahead of the Asian Games as his advice helped me during the Uber Cup. Asian Games is a big tournament and I feel he can help me,” the London Olympic bronze medallist said.

“I reached Bangalore today and I will train under him for the next 15 days. I want to win a medal at the Asian Games and hope it helps me to do well there,” she added.

Gopichand was not amused by the decision and said he doesn’t want to talk about the issue as the Asian Games is just round the corner.

“Well, it has been ten years we worked together. Whatever has happened, I am not very … I saw that report in the paper in the morning. Leave it at that,” Gopichand told reporters in Hyderabad on Tuesday.

“I don’t want to comment on that issue because it is two weeks to go for the Asian Games.

Prakash Padukone Badminton Academy too confirmed the development as it circulated a press release, saying Saina will train with Vimal under the guidance of Padukone.


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