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I-League: Mohammedan Sporting ride on Manzi’s double strike to beat Real Kashmir 2-0 | Football News – Times of India

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KOLKATA: Pedro Manzi’s brace — a long-range stunner, and a header — helped a 10-man Mohammedan SC beat Real Kashmir FC 2-0 in an I-League match here on Sunday.
This is Real Kashmir’s first defeat in the tournament while Mohammedan Sporting with 16 points from 10 games have now ensured a top-six finish.
After skipper Kingsley Eze was sent off in the first half, Pedro proved to be the trump card for Mohammedan as he scored two goals in the space of five minutes in the second half to lead the Black Panthers into top half.
Despite dominating possession for much of the first half, a listless performance in the attacking department let Mohammedan SC down again, in the first half.
Even new recruit Maanzi could not work his magic in a half where Mohammedan had almost 80 per cent ball possession.

The Black Panthers could only muster half-chances and Vanlalbiaa Chhangte proved to be a live-wire in the final third.
His shot in the 16th minute came agonisingly close to handing Mohammedan the lead after he was released onto goal by Manzi. However, Chhangte, from a very tight angle, could only help it away from the goal.
Meanwhile, Real Kashmir enjoyed sitting deep and tried to attack through long balls for Lukman Adefemi and Mason Robertson up front.
The Snow Leopards, boasting one of the best defensive records in the league, played as though they had shut-shop for any Mohammedan attack, comfortably keeping their opponents at bay.
Chhangte once again came close in the 25th minute after Rahman’s free-kick looped over the Real Kashmir defensive line and found an on-side Chhangte.
The forward went for the spectacular in the form of a bicycle kick but failed to force the goalkeeper into conceding.
However, one long ball from the Real Kashmir defence turned the game around in the 34th minute when Lukman Adefemi, straight onto the goal, was hacked down by Kingsley Eze. Eze was shown a straight red card as the Black Panthers were reduced to 10-men.
Real Kashmir could have taken the lead in the added time of the first half, but Adefemi’s through ball to Mason Robertson in the box was intercepted heroically by Rahman.
After the half-time scoreline read goalless, the Snow Leopards came out from the tunnel spurred and almost took the lead in the 48th minute.
Ralte’s cross from the flank found an unmarked Pawan Kumar in the back post, but Pawan could only head it into the side netting as Mohammedan survived.
In the 61st minute, a half-chance for Haroon Amiri was saved well by the opposition custodian, after the defender tried a half volley on the turn from inside the box.
The best chance of the match fell to Manzi in the 70th minute. After Real Kashmir’s goalkeeper had made an uncanny save from a long shot, the ball fell to Manzi who was inches away from the goal. Despite having a clear shot at the goal, he went for the spectacular and missed from close range.
But all it took for Manzi was a moment of pure genius to announce his return as he exorcised his miss before.
In a deja vu of his goal in the 2018-18 edition of the Hero I-League when he was playing for Chennai City FC, Manzi once again delivered a goal for the highlight reels.
The forward saw the opposition goalkeeper off his lines and shot from inside his own half to hand Mohammedan the lead in the 74th minute.
In the 79th minute, Manzi headed home from close range after a cross from the right flank found him unmarked inside the box.
With a two-goal advantage, Mohammedan committed bodies in defense and eventually pulled off a miracle as the full-time scoreline read 2-0 in the Black Panther’s favour.





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Watch: Suhana Khan has a gala time with her friends; shares a glimpse on social media – Times of India

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Shah Rukh Khan and Gauri Khan‘s daughter Suhana is one of the most popular star kids on social media. With a huge fan following already, Suhana’s posts instantly grab everyone’s attention and within no time go viral on the internet.

The young starlet recently shared a glimpse of herself having a gala time posing and pouting with her BFF’s in New York on Instagram stories. Check out Suhana’s post here:

Meanwhile, the 20-year-old stylish diva keeps her followers on their toes with her unmissable posts. She recently shared a picture of herself grating cheese which went viral on social media within no time.

While fans are eagerly waiting for Suhana to make her Bollywood debut soon, she is currently studying filmmaking in New York. Apart from Suhana, SRK’s eldest son Aryan has also been winning over the internet with his charming looks.



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My dream is to see India and Pakistan become ‘true good friends’, says Malala Yousafzai | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: The old philosophy of having borders and divisions doesn’t work anymore and the people in India and Pakistan want to live in peace, Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai said on Sunday, stressing that it is her dream to see the two countries become “good friends”.
She also said that minorities need protection in every country, be it Pakistan or India, adding that the issue is not related to religion but to the “exploitation of power” and must be taken seriously.
Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for girls education who miraculously survived a bullet to the head from the militant Taliban in October 2012, said the news of internet shutdown and arrests of activists “protesting peacefully” in India is “worrying” and expressed the hope that the government will make sure that people are heard.
“It is my dream to see India and Pakistan become true good friends and that we can visit each other’s countries. You can continue to watch Pakistani dramas, we can continue to watch Bollywood movies and enjoy cricket matches,” the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner said.
She was speaking on her book “I Am Malala: The Story of the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and was Shot by the Taliban” on the concluding day of the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF) which is being held in the virtual mode.
“You are Indian and I am Pakistani and we are completely fine, then why is this hatred created between us? This old philosophy of borders, divisions and divide and conquer… they just don’t work anymore, as humans we all want to live in peace,” she said.
The actual enemy of India and Pakistan is “poverty, discrimination and inequality” and both countries should unite and fight them, not each other, she added.
Apart from “India-Pakistan friendship”, Yousufzai said she also dreams of the day when every girl would get to go to school and have access to quality education.
The 23-year-old activist also raised her voice for minorities across the world and said they are at “risk” and need to be protected globally by governments and human rights organisations.
“Minorities are at risk. Minorities’ rights are not given to them. Be it Hindus and Christians in Pakistan, Muslims, Dalits and other minorities in India … Palestinians, Rohingya refugees. It is not religion, it is the exploitation of power, it is just elites vs the poor and minorities.
“Minorities need protection globally from every country. They need a voice, need protection, and it is a reminder to governments, to human rights organisations to take this very seriously,” she noted.
During the discussion, she also applauded Indian girls and young women fighting for human rights, “speaking out” for farmers in India, climate change and protection of the minority rights, and called their work “empowering and inspiring”.
However, the news of the internet shutdown and arrests of activists protesting peacefully in India is “worrying”, she claimed.
“.. You may not like their political opinion but it does not mean that you put them in jails and arrest them. It is a democratic right of every individual — including women and girls — to highlight their political opinions… So I hope that the government makes sure that people can protest peacefully and ask for their rights, and that they are heard,” she added.
The 14th edition of JLF featured over 300 speakers and performers representing around 25 Indian and 18 international languages and over 23 nationalities.
Some of the big names who made it to the festival this year included American linguist Noam Chomsky, 2020 Booker Prize winner Douglas Stuart, Nobel Laureates Joseph Stiglitz, Microsoft Corporation co-founder Bill Gates, and actor-author Priyanka Chopra.



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China rolls out first one-jab Covid-19 vaccine: Report – Times of India

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BEIJING: China has given conditional approval for a single dose Covid-19 vaccine, touted to be a rival to Johnson & Johnson’s one-jab shot cleared by the US drug regulator on Sunday.
China’s first Ad5-nCoV Covid-19 vaccine was rolled out on Friday, the state-run Global Times reported on Sunday.
Phase-I clinical trials of the vaccine started on March 16, last year, making it the world’s first Covid-19 candidate vaccine that entered clinical trials, it said.
It is the only single-dose Covid-19 vaccine that has been given conditional approval to be rolled out in China, the report quoted last Friday’s story by the state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV).
People can get desirable protective effect after 14 days of inoculation.
The protective effect can last at least six months after a single-dose inoculation and it can increase immune response by 10 to 20 times if the second dose is taken half a year after the first one, the report said.
With this, China’s medical products regulator has approved five coronavirus vaccines which include Sinovac, Sinopharm, CanSinoBio and another by Wuhan Institute of Biological Products.
One of the developers of the Ad5-nCoV vaccine said that the annual production capacity can reach 500 million doses, which means 500 million people can be vaccinated in a year.
Phase-I clinical trials of the vaccine started on March 16, 2020, making it the world’s first Covid-19 candidate vaccine that entered clinical trials, the Global Times report said.
Though China has been supplying its vaccines to different countries, none of them have been approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
The Ad5-nCoV vaccine is a recombinant adenovirus vector vaccine jointly developed by CanSino Biologics and researchers from the Institute of Military Medicine under the Academy of Military Sciences led by Chen Wei, who is an infectious disease expert and a researcher at the Institute of Military Medicine under the Academy of Military Sciences.
“We have data for six months so far to prove the vaccine’s efficacy. People don’t need to take another dose within the first six months after their first inoculation. What if the epidemic is not over after six months? We have also developed the vaccine so that its effect is strengthened even after six months,” Chen said.
The US Food and Drug Administration on Saturday approved Johnson and Johnson’s Covid-19 vaccine, the third jab to be authorised to fight the pandemic that has claimed over half a million lives in the country.
The vaccine is set to be a cost-effective alternative to the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, and can be stored in a refrigerator instead of a freezer.
Trials found it prevented serious illness but was 66 per cent effective overall when moderate cases were included. The vaccine is made by the Belgian firm Janssen.
China has been stepping up coronavirus vaccine production as it looks to vaccinate its 1.4 billion population and boost its vaccine diplomacy to make strategic gains.
Last Friday, China welcomed India supplying more Covid-19 vaccines to a number of countries, playing down reports that New Delhi has beaten Beijing in its vaccine diplomacy around the world.
Responding to a question on a report that India has beaten China at its own game of vaccine diplomacy, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin during a media briefing said, โ€œWe welcome that and hope to see more countries taking actions to provide vaccines to the world, especially developing countries, to help with the global response.โ€
“China has been overcoming domestic difficulties to provide vaccines to other countries in concrete measure,โ€ he said, flagging China’s own vaccine requirement to inoculate its 1.4 billion population.
He reiterated that China has been providing vaccines to 53 countries and exporting vaccines to 27 countries, amid reports that many of those countries are yet to receive Chinese vaccines or the promised quantities.



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Rahul Gandhi to PM Modi: Keep your mouth shut and ears open if you want to win over Tamils | India News – Times of India

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TENKASI: On the first two days of his campaign in the southern districts of Tamil Nadu, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had a lesson or two for Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the art of winning over with people in the state.
“Keep your mouth shut and open your ears if you want to win over Tamils,” he said while campaigning in Tenkasi district on Sunday.
On Saturday, Rahul said the only way to deal with Tamil Nadu is with love, respect and affection. โ€œI hope the PM would understand this. If you give a little respect, love and affection, they will reciprocate it by giving you back manifold,โ€ he said while addressing a public meeting at Nanguneri in Tirunelveli district on Saturday evening.
โ€œModi is under the delusion that he can control the people of Tamil Nadu as he controls the corrupt CM. He thinks Tamil Nadu is like his television and that he can pick up the remote control and do whatever he wants in Tamil Nadu. People of Tamil Nadu are going to take out the battery and throw it away,” he said in Tuticorin on Saturday.
At this juncture, he said that Modi had not read the history of the people here, unlike him.



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‘I appreciate that …’: Cong’s Ghulam Nabi Azad praises PM Modi | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi heaped effusive praise on Ghulam Nabi Azad, the senior Congress leader returned the favour on Sunday.
Addressing a gathering in Jammu, Azad said he appreciates the fact that the Prime Minister, who comes from humble beginnings, never tired to hide his true self
“I like lot of things about many leaders. I’m from a village and feel proud of it … even our PM hails from village and used to sell tea. We’re political rivals but I appreciate that he doesn’t hide his true self. Those who do, are living in bubble,” Azad said.

The Congress leader further said that despite travelling the world and staying at 5-star or 7-star hotels, he feels special joy when he spends time with people from his village.
Earlier this month, the Prime Minister gave an emotional farewell to Azad whose Rajya Sabha tenure ended during the Budget session.
Modi broke down several times in the Upper House while reminiscing his close association with the Congress leader.
“I worry that after Azad whosoever will take over from him will have to fill very big boots because he cared not only about his party but about the country as well as the House. This is not a small thing, this a big thing.”
“Power comes and goes but (only a few know) how to digest it…therefore like a friend, I respect him on the basis of the things he has done over these years,” Modi had said while wiping his tears and saluting Azad.
Azad is part of the ‘G23’ camp in the Congress comprising senior leaders who have been raising questions over the party’s functioning and leadership.





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Arrival of ‘sticky bombs’ in Kashmir sets off alarm bells | India News – Times of India

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SRINAGAR: Security forces battling a decades-long insurgency in Kashmir are alarmed by the recent arrival in the region of small, magnetic bombs that have wreaked havoc in Afghanistan.
“Sticky bombs”, which can be attached to vehicles and detonated remotely, have been seized during raids in recent months in the Jammu and Kashmir, three senior security officials told Reuters.
“These are small IEDs and quite powerful,” said Kashmir Valley police chief Vijay Kumar, referring to improvised explosive devices. “It will certainly impact the present security scenario as volume and frequency of vehicular movements of police and security forces are high in Kashmir Valley.”
The arrival of the sticky bombs in Kashmir – including 15 seized in a February raid – raises concerns that an unnerving tactic attributed to the Taliban insurgents in nearby Afghanistan could be spreading to the India-Pakistan conflict.
Afghanistan in recent months has seen a series of sticky-bomb attacks targeting security forces, judges, government officials, civil society activists and journalists. The attacks – some as victims sat in traffic – have sown fear, while avoiding substantial civilian casualties.
None of the devices seized in Kashmir was produced there, a senior security official said, suggesting they were being smuggled from Pakistan. “All of them have come via drone drops and tunnels,” he said, asking not to be named.
Kashmir has long been a flashpoint between nuclear-armed neighbours India and Pakistan.
India accuses Pakistan of backing the insurgency in Kashmir, which has claimed tens of thousands of lives since the 1990s. Pakistan denies the charge, saying it gives only moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiri people fighting for self-determination.
Officials said the bombs are particularly worrying because they can be easily attached to vehicles using magnets, potentially allowing militants to carry out assassinations or target military convoys that regularly criss-cross the valley.
In February 2019, a suicide bomber drove a car laden with explosives into a convoy in Kashmir’s Pulwama, killing 40 soldiers – the deadliest attack on Indian forces in the region – bringing India and Pakistan to the brink of another war.
Police chief Kumar said that security forces were changing protocols to deal with the new threat. The measures included increasing the distance between private and military traffic, installing more cameras on vehicles and using drones to monitor convoys.
A difference between militants in Kashmir and Afghanistan is that the Taliban have tremendous ability to move around in urban and rural areas, which, along with the easier availability of explosives, make the bombs a potent threat.
The Taliban, which initially said it was behind some of the attacks, has since denied any involvement in the attacks.
“The Taliban has targets, can reach them, and kill them with impunity. The whole structure of the attack – and its endless repetition – is what makes the bomb effective,” said Avinash Paliwal, a senior lecturer in international relations at SOAS University of London.
“In Kashmir, the space for such ability to manoeuvre with ease is limited.”



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Popyrin fights back to win maiden ATP title in Singapore | Tennis News – Times of India

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Australia’s Alexei Popyrin stormed back from a set down to beat Alexander Bublik of Kazakhstan 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 and clinch his first ATP Tour title at the Singapore Open on Sunday.
Popyrin fired 11 aces and broke serve five times to hand fourth seed Bublik who is still searching for his first title a fourth defeat in a final.
“We put in a lot of hard work in the pre-season and it’s paying off,” Popyrin said in an on-court interview.
“Also my family behind the scenes โ€ฆ they’ve sacrificed so much for me and to finally win a tournament just shows how much hard work they put in with me also and this is for them, this is for them 100 per cent.”
The 21-year-old, who upset Marin Cilic in the last-four, made a slow start and dropped the opening set but produced an instant response, breaking Bublik’s serve three times in the second to hand out a rare bagel.
The former junior French Open champion did not let up in the third, surging to a 4-2 lead before closing out the victory when Bublik double faulted.
He became the second player to win a maiden title this year after Briton Dan Evans triumphed at the Murray River Open.



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Indian Women’s League 2020-21 to be hosted in Odisha | Football News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Sunday confirmed Odisha as the venue for the forthcoming Indian Women’s League (IWL) 2020-21 edition.
The dates for the tournament will be announced soon. AIFF appreciated Odisha Government’s longstanding partnership with Indian Football wherein the latter have been providing its stadia and state of the art training facilities to national teams across various age groups and genders – all in an effort to take Indian Football forward together.
Praful Patel, President, AIFF in his statement said: “The Government of Odisha has been a great supporter of Indian Football. We are very thankful to Naveen Patnaik, Vishal Kumar Dev, Vineel Krishna, and the entire Sports Department of Odisha for extending all the support & help to organise the Hero Indian Women’s League. Over the years, the tournament has provided the platform for a lot of budding women footballers to showcase their talent and provide them the option of taking up football as a career.”
The AIFF stays committed to the development of women’s football in the country. India is scheduled to host the AFC Women’s Asian Cup in 2022 which will be followed by the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup 2022. The 2020-21 Hero IWL, will hence, provide an opportunity for scouts to look at, and unearth new talent for the Women’s National Team.
Tushar Kanti Behera, Minister of State, Sports and Youth Services, Odisha, in his message, said: “Holistic development of sports in India, and Indian football, in particular, is Odisha Sports’ vision. Odisha has been synonymous with women’s football in India for a long. I am an ardent supporter of women’s empowerment, and the hosting of the Indian Women’s League in Odisha allows us the opportunity to contribute to the development of women’s football in the country along with the All India Football Federation. Women sportspersons in India have been bringing huge laurels for the country and I am confident our women footballers will garner more glory in the near future.”
Since the pandemic, Indian Football has been leading it from the front to bring back sporting action in India. It all started with the Hero I-League Qualifiers which were followed by the ongoing Hero Indian Super League and the Hero I-League.
Indian women’s football has also had its fair exposure at the International stage in recent times with the senior women’s team assembling for a two-month training camp on December 1, 2020, in Goa which was followed by three matches in Turkey, against Serbia, Russia, and Ukraine.



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Couple goals: Kajol and โ€‹Ajay Devgnโ€‹

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Couple goals: Kajol and Ajay Devgn



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