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Shreyas Iyer’s return has allowed us to play ideal line-up: James Hopes | Cricket News – Times of India

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SHARJAH: The return of senior batsman Shreyas Iyer has allowed Delhi Capitals to field an ideal bowling line-up and reap its benefits since IPL’s resumption, bowling coach James Hopes said on Monday.
With Iyer being sidelined due to a shoulder injury in the first half of IPL, Delhi went for the specialist overseas batter in Steve Smith, leaving out pacer Anrich Nortje, who was also down with COVID-19 in the initial part of the tournament.
Iyer’s presence means Nortje has reunited with South Africa teammate Kagiso Rabada to form one of the most potent attacks in the IPL. The other pacer is Avesh Khan, with the two spinners being Axar Patel and Ravichandran Ashwin.
“To be honest the two of them bowl 150 kmph an hour so I’d be disappointed if they weren’t attacking and aggressive,” Hopes said ahead of the KKR game referring to Rabada and Nortje.
“But having both those guys on the park has really enabled us to do that in the power play. At the start of the tournament, with Shreyas being out we decided to play Steve and I think all along our ideal line-up had Nortje and Rabada in it, but we just couldn’t afford to do that at the start of the tournament.”
Delhi are set to make the play-offs but Hopes said they are not thinking of resting their key bowlers just yet.
Iyer has returned to the side but the team has decided to stick with Rishabh Pant as skipper for the rest of the season. Hopes said very little separates their captaincy style.
“They both plan very well, they’re both calm, they don’t overreact, or under react to the situation. And the thing I think we’ve seen in the first two games is that they feed off each other really well when they bat together, their styles complement each other exceptionally well.
“Not much has changed to be honest like it’s just, it’s like all systems go, like, a few years ago when we made the move to Shreyas (as captain), it was a long-term plan to get this team into into this position and just because Shreyas is not captain at the moment it doesn’t mean that he is not a very senior player in this team.
“Rishabh has captained the team beautifully and we expect him to continue to do so”
Delhi remain the team to beat but Hopes thinks they have not hit peak yet.
“We are getting there but, to be honest, we were still a little bit sloppy in the field, but we give them a little bit of pass on that like it’s 42 degrees or whatever it is and it’s not, not that easy to run around for an hour and a half.
“We’ve still got four pool games to go and, and we’ve got the finals after that, hopefully. So, yet we’re getting there but we haven’t peaked just yet, but we’re starting to show signs that we’re on the right track, definitely,” he added.





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Same-sex marriage around the world as Swiss vote in favour – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Switzerland has became the latest country to allow same-sex couples to wed and adopt children
The Swiss voted overwhelmingly in a referendum on Sunday, making it one of the last countries in Western Europe to legalise gay civil marriage.
An estimated 34 countries recognise some form of civil partnership for same-sex couples.
However in many countries, same-sex sexual relations is a crime punishable by imprisonment or death penalty.
We take a look at how, from being taboo, same sex marriage has gradually gained legal recognition over time, and the first countries in various regions to legalise sane-sex union.
Europe
More than 20 years ago, one lesbian couple and three gay pairs tied the knot in Amsterdam’s city hall – making history as the Netherlands became the first country to allow same-sex marriage.
In July 2020, Montenegro became the first European country outside of Western Europe and the European Union to legalise same-sex civil partnerships.
Northern Ireland became the last part of the United Kingdom to introduce equal marriage rights in February 2020.
Central America
Costa Rica marked a first in Central America by giving the go-ahead to same-sex marriages in May 2020, when a landmark constitutional court ruling came into effect.
Africa
In Africa, only South Africa allows same-sex marriage, and the law to this effect was passed in 2006.
Asia
Taiwan was the first in Asia to allow gay marriages in 2019.
The complete list
Same-sex marriage is legal in these countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Britain, Canada, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay and the United States.
The overall global opinion
Almost a third of adults globally think people of the same sex should be allowed to marry, a survey by global LGBT+ advocacy group ILGA and research firm RIWI of almost 100,000 people in 65 countries found in 2016.
Same-sex marriages are not legally recognised in India nor are same-sex couples offered limited rights such as a civil union or a domestic partnership.
The Vatican’s stand
Pope Francis said same-sex couples should be protected by civil union laws in a film released in October 2020, but the Vatican ruled in March that priests are not permitted to bless these unions.
(With inputs from Reuters)





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People of Kashmir need not worry about situation along LoC: Army officer | India News – Times of India

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SRINAGAR: The people of Kashmir do not have to worry about the situation along the Line of Control (LoC) as the Army is fully geared up to deal with any eventuality, a senior Army officer said on Monday.
“The situation (along the LoC) is pretty good. We are fully geared up with our deployment and control. We don’t have to worry, the people of Kashmir don’t have to worry about what is happening on the LoC,” general officer commanding of the Army’s 15 Corps Lieutenant General DP Pandey told reporters at Boniyar in Jammu and Kashmir’s Baramulla district.
He said “small” incidents keep on happening but the overall situation in Kashmir is good.
“There is a heavy footfall of tourists, one can’t get a room. People of Kashmir are happy, they have understood the game of the separatists. Nobody is with them (separatists) now. We should pray that things remain peaceful,” Lt General Pandey said.
Earlier, the corps commander inaugurated the digital classrooms in 10 Army Goodwill Schools in Kashmir.
“With the inception and impact of technology in all spheres of life, the Indian Army has also incorporated innovative changes in the existing learning and teaching techniques in Army Goodwill Schools.
“In one such endeavour, the Indian Army, in collaboration with the Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL), undertook a project to upgrade and digitise the classrooms in 10 Army Goodwill Schools of Kashmir Division in the districts of Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora and Anantnag,” officials at the function said.
They said the project included converting 128 classrooms into smart classes, which will revolutionise the teaching process.
The work on the project commenced in March 2020. However, due to Covid-19, it was halted from April to September last year and the digitisation of all classrooms was finally completed by December.
The key aspects of classrooms 2.0 are an enjoyable learning process, improved student engagement, attractive graphics, better instructional materials and ability to cater to all learning styles.
“Sixteen Army Goodwill Schools out of a total of 28 have been digitised till date. We hope to digitise the remaining 12 also, so that all the children studying in these schools of the Kashmir valley can enjoy the benefits of the latest teaching techniques,” the officials said.





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Shahid Kapoor expresses his desire to work with Samantha Akkineni, says he loved her in ‘The Family man 2’ – Times of India

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Shahid Kapoor recently showered praise on Samantha Akkineni for her performance in ‘The Family Man 2’. The actor also expressed his desire to work with her someday.

In a Q&A session with his fans on Twitter, Shahid recently replied to several questions put forth by his fans. When one asked about his thoughts on Samantha’s performance in ‘The Family man 2’, Shahid replied, “Totally loved her on the show. Would love to work with her sometime.”

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Samantha made her Hindi digital debut with ‘The Family Man 2’ where she essayed the role of the Sri Lankan Tamil Liberation fighter Raji. The actress earlier received a lot of flak from political leaders. Rajya Sabha member and MDMK leader Vaiko, in a letter on May 19 to the Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar stated, “These descriptions have hurt the sentiments of Tamil people and Tamil culture and are offensive against the Tamil community. The people of Tamil Nadu are raising serious objections over such an act and are protesting against the Serial.”

Tamil Nadu Minister T Mano Thangaraj in a letter to Prakash Javadekar, also wrote, “Branding Tamil-speaking actress Samantha as a terrorist in the serial is directly an attack on the pride of Tamils living around the world and no one will tolerate this kind of motivated and mischievous campaign.”

The actress had even rendered an apology stating that she did not intend to hurt anyone’s sentiments. After the release of the show, however, Samantha also received a lot of praise for her stellar act.

‘The Family Man 2’ also starred Manoj Bajpayee and Priyamani in lead roles.





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Kuldeep Yadav back from UAE after sustaining knee injury, may miss most of domestic season | Cricket News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav has sustained a serious knee injury and is likely to miss most of the domestic season, having already come back to India with his IPL campaign in the UAE cut short.
The out-of-favour India international who was with Kolkata Knight Riders is expected to go through a long rehabilitation process before attempting a comeback to competitive cricket.
“Yes, we got the information that Kuldeep sustained a nasty knee injury during a practice session in UAE. Apparently while fielding, he twisted his knee and it was really bad at that point.
“There was no chance that he could have taken any further part and was sent back to India,” a senior BCCI official tracking developments of IPL teams told PTI on condition of anonymity.
It has been learnt that very recently, Kuldeep has undergone a surgery in Mumbai and it could take between four to six months before he can make a comeback.
“Knee injuries are generally bad. It’s a very long process from starting to work and then getting strength back through intense physiotherapy sessions at the NCA, followed by light intensity training and finally starting with net sessions.
“It can’t be said with certainty that Kuldeep will be match ready by the time Ranji Trophy ends,” another IPL source privy to the developments said.
On Twitter, Kuldeep has posted a picture of him with KKR head coach Brendon McCullum, who is celebrating his birthday on Monday.
“That’s obviously an old photograph. Kuldeep has come back in India. If I am not wrong, he is already done with his surgery,” the source said.
It must be mentioned that Kuldeep has had a rough ride in the past two years, after a five-wicket haul in Sydney, when head coach Ravi Shastri had termed him as India’s No. 1 spinner in overseas conditions.
Things changed drastically since the 2019 IPL when Kuldeep had a slump in form and since then his career went southwards as the Indian team management lost faith in his abilities even on rank turners, where classical left-arm orthodox Shahbaz Nadeem was picked from the stand-by, but Kuldeep, who was in main squad, didn’t get a chance.
The 26-year-old from Kanpur has played 7 Tests, 65 ODIs and 23 T20Is for a total of 174 wickets across formats.
He last played for India in Sri Lanka but it was more of a middling performance with best figures of 2/48 in an ODI game and 2/30 in a T20 International. He played two more games during that tour — an ODI and a T20I — in which he went wicket-less.





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New German Govt expected to continue strong ties with India: German envoy | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: India is becoming an important country for Germany in the Indo-Pacific region and the next coalition government in Berlin is expected to continue strong ties with New Delhi, German Ambassador Walter J Lindner said on Monday.
He said relations between India and Germany saw a significant upswing including in areas of trade and investment in the last over one decade and that the upward trajectory in ties is likely to continue.
“None of the global issues can be solved without India, be it climate change, global warming, trade issues, Covid-19 vaccination and terrorism…India is important for us,” he told reporters.
His comments came as a new coalition government is expected to take the reins in Berlin following the parliamentary elections.
According to reports, Social Democrats (SPD) was ahead of the ruling conservative bloc of Angela Merkel in the federal elections.
The federal elections marked the end of Merkel’s 16-year tenure as the German Chancellor, a period that saw significant expansion of India-Germany ties. Merkel has already announced that she will not seek a fresh term at the helm of the country.
“The Indo-Pacific is becoming more and more important and India has emerged as a major player in the region,” the German envoy said.
On Afghanistan, he said there was a need to address the need for humanitarian assistance in the country.
Referring to the Taliban’s takeover of Kabul, he said the world community failed to properly predict the speed with which the group took over the country. PTI MPB
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Honsla Rakh trailer Twitter reaction: Fans shower love and compliments over Shehnaaz Gill’s work – Times of India

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The trailer of ‘Honsla Rakh’ came out only a couple of hours ago, and even before it was about to premier Shehnaaz Gill’s fans started rooting for the actress. And now, after getting a glimpse of how their loved Sana is going to look like, what her character sketch will be like, the fans have been simply can’t control their excitement. They have been taking to Twitter to shower their love and heaps of compliments for Shehnaaz Gill.

This goes without saying that they did love the trailer of the movie, but what got them hooked in the first place was, is, and will always be Shehnaaz Gill. We simply can’t blame them to be loyal and for showing their fandom.

Here are some of the sweetest tweets that surfaced for Shehnaaz Gill after the trailer release of ‘Honsla Rakh’:

They simply fell for her look

They wished her all the happiness and success

They see caliber in her as an actor

They are proud of her

And the list of tweets goes on! Here are some more tweets:

Honsla Rakh’s trailer shows us Diljit Dosanjh, an adorable and desi single parent with a 7-year-old kid trying his hand in finding love all over again. He does meet a cute girl, Sonam Bajwa, and just when the chemistry starts to brew in his ex-wife Shehnaaz Gill makes her way back to his life!





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South Korea’s President Moon raises dog meat ban – Times of India

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SEOUL: South Korea‘s President Moon Jae-in raised banning the eating of dogs in the country on Monday, his office said, a traditional practice that is becoming an international embarrassment.
The meat has long been a part of South Korean cuisine with about one million dogs believed to be eaten annually, but consumption has declined as more people embrace dogs as companions rather than livestock.
The practice is now something of a taboo among younger generations and pressure from animal rights activists has also been mounting.
“Hasn’t the time come to prudently consider prohibiting dog meat consumption?” Moon told Prime Minister Kim Boo-kyum during a weekly meeting, according to the presidential spokeswoman.
South Korea’s pet industry is on the rise, with a growing number of people living with dogs at home — the president among them.
Moon is a known dog lover and has several canines at the presidential compound, including a mutt he rescued after taking office.
Adopting Tory was one of Moon’s pledges during his presidential campaign and the pooch became the first rescue dog to make its way into the Blue House.
Moon made the remarks as he was briefed on a plan to improve the care system for abandoned pets, his spokeswoman said.
South Korea’s current animal protection law is intended mainly to prevent the cruel slaughter of dogs and cats but does not ban consumption itself.
Nonetheless, authorities have invoked the law and other hygiene regulations to crack down on dog farms and restaurants ahead of international events such as the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics.





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Pic: Jacqueline Fernandez cleans up Mumbai beach – Times of India

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Bollywood actress Jacqueline Fernandez kickstarted Monday by cleaning up the dirty shores of Mumbai with her team.

The actress, who has founded an NGO for ‘create and share stories of kindness’ took to her Instagram handle to share a glimpse of herself cleaning the Mumbai beach.

“Beach clean up Mumbai team @jf.yolofoundation @beachpleaseindia” she captioned a happy selfie with her team alongside a short video clip of the shores filled with plastic and other pollutants.

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Jacqueline is known for her kind gestures towards humanity. Recently, she was papped helping the needy on the streets. On her way to work, the actress had stopped her car and interacted with a needy person while extending help and the pictures earned her a lot of praise.

Previously this year, during the second wave of COVID-19 in India, she was spotted cooking and serving meals for those affected by the pandemic. Sharing anecdotes from the day, she had said on social media, “Mother Teresa once said, ‘Peace begins when the hungry are fed.’ I was truly humbled and inspired to visit Mumbai @rotibankfdn today, which is run by former Mumbai police commissioner Mr. D Sivanandan. Roti Bank has prepared and distributed meals to millions of hungry people till date, even during the pandemic. They are the perfect example of what #kindnessbrigade aspires to do and I am honored to be of help to them during these times. We only live once! Let’s make this life worth it by helping others in need and sharing the #storiesofkindness of those around us!”

Meanwhile, on the work front, Jacqueline recently appeared in a horror-comedy film released on the OTT platform. She had shared the screenscape with Yami Gautam, Arjun, and Saif Ali Khan in lead roles.



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