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Army chief compliments Deepak Kumar for entering finals of Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Army chief General MM Naravane on Saturday complimented Naik Sudedar Deepak Kumar for entering the finals of the 72nd Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Asian silver-winner Kumar (52kg) on Friday had stunned Olympic and world champion Shakhobiddin Zoirov of Uzbekistan to storm into the finals.
Kumar clinched one of the most memorable wins of his career with a 4-1 victory over more fancied Zoirov, who had claimed the 2019 world championship title beating India’s Amit Panghal.
“General MM Naravane #COAS and All Ranks compliment #IndianArmy Boxer Naib Subedar Deepak for entering finals of 72nd #StrandjaMemorial Tournament at Sofia, #Bulgaria by defeating #Olympic Champion and Uzbekistan Boxer Shakhobidin Zoirov. #IndianArmy Boxer Naib Subedar Deepak defeated the 2019 World Champion by 4:1 in a scintillating face-off,” the Army tweeted.



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Army chief compliments Deepak Kumar for entering finals of Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament | Boxing News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: Army chief Gen M.M. Naravane on Saturday complimented Naik Sudedar Deepak Kumar for entering the finals of the 72nd Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Asian silver-winner Kumar (52kg) on Friday had stunned Olympic and world champion Shakhobiddin Zoirov of Uzbekistan to storm into the finals.
Kumar clinched one of the most memorable wins of his career with a 4-1 victory over more fancied Zoirov, who had claimed the 2019 world championship title beating India’s Amit Panghal.
“General MM Naravane #COAS and All Ranks compliment #IndianArmy Boxer Naib Subedar Deepak for entering finals of 72nd #StrandjaMemorial Tournament at Sofia, #Bulgaria by defeating #Olympic Champion and Uzbekistan Boxer Shakhobidin Zoirov. #IndianArmy Boxer Naib Subedar Deepak defeated the 2019 World Champion by 4:1 in a scintillating face-off,” the Army tweeted.





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Talk about the surface getting out of hand, says Ashwin | Cricket News – Times of India

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AHMEDABAD: India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Saturday said that talks regarding the pitch are getting out of hand and he once again reiterated that one should be talking about the quality of play rather than the 22 yards.
India had managed to defeat England within two days in the pink-ball Test. The match saw both India and England batsmen failing to shine and getting out to balls that didn’t turn and skidded through from the spinners. But critics have looked to blame the pitch for the failure of the batsmen.

India batsman Rohit Sharma clarified that he did not think the pitch had any demons. Even skipper Virat Kohli was vocal about the dreadful batting display from the two teams. Ashwin has now echoed the sentiments.
“I think I have said that in the past as well, everyone is entitled to their opinion and I am not here to say that your opinion is right and it is wrong. The fact remains that the talk about the surface is getting out of hand. Why would you talk about the surface and sell that to us time and time again? Is there any instance where the pitch has been talked about this much when we have played games in other countries,” asked Ashwin while replying to an ANI query during a virtual press conference on Saturday.

“I somehow find it funny that when they speak about the surface, it immediately gets quoted all over in our press and this is the issue here. There have been instances, we have been to New Zealand, where both the Tests got over in a total of five days. There is a video doing the rounds where Virat Kohli is talking in South Africa and he says I am not here to talk about the pitch. That is how we have been taught to play cricket, that’s why I say let them sell thoughts, buying is our choice,” he added.
Further giving his take on the pitch debate, Ashwin said: “The bowler wins the game, the batsmen need to bat well to score runs. Who defines what a good surface is? Seam on the first day, then bat well in the next couple of days and spin on the last two days, come on, who makes these rules? We need to get over it and if you are asking whether the pitch in the third Test was a good surface, I do not see any players of England coming out and complaining. You should be hoping for a good cricket match, not the surface.”

The seasoned off-spinner had sent out cryptic tweets on Friday and explaining his tweets, the cricketer said: “I went through my timeline, I saw many retweets and quote tweets, I don’t understand if they didn’t get it what they were retweeting it about. It is very simple, I have always wanted to talk about it at one stage. With respect to thoughts being put across and planted, I find it extremely hilarious. You have a thought process and you want everybody to follow, with thoughts, what happens is you condition people to believe in a certain manner.

“You watch a match, India wins the game, at most everyone is saying I am happy India won the game. You don’t want people going back home and saying India is not winning the game, the pitch is winning the game. I do not want people to do that. I think it’s important that people sell things, but we must know what we should buy,” he added.

Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh went on to say that if these types of wickets were created when Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh were playing, they would have finished with 1000 and 800 wickets respectively. But Ashwin said he was not pointing at any individual with his tweet.

“The reason behind my tweets was not regarding anyone in particular. When I read Yuvi paa’s tweet, I did not get affected, I did not find that tweet trying to tell us something. It just felt like a plain tweet. For me, the state of mind I am in right now, I did not find it wrong. I know Yuvi paa for a long time, I have the utmost respect for him. Some people amongst us tend to buy what people sell, I do not know the reason why certain people try to sell certain things, but it is clear it’s just a perception of what happens,” said Ashwin.





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Telangana clocks 178 new coronavirus cases, 1 death | India News – Times of India

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HYDERABAD: Telangana saw 178 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the infection count past 2.98 lakh, while one more death pushed the aggregate to 1,633,the government said on Saturday.
Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) accounted for the most number of cases with 30, followed by Medchal Malkajgiri 20 and Rangareddy with 15, a government bulletin said on Saturday providing details as of 8 pm on February 26.
The total number of cases stood at 2,98,631 while with 148p atients being cured, the total recoveries were at 2,95,059.
The state has 1,939 active cases and 40,821 samples were tested on Friday.
Cumulatively, over 86.59 lakh samples have been tested. The samples tested per million population was over 2.32 lakh, the bulletin said.
The case fatality and recovery rates in the state were 0.54 per cent and 98.8 per cent respectively compared to the 1.4 per cent and 97.1 per cent at the national level.
Meanwhile, Telangana Chief Secretary Some Kumar said the state was fully prepared to roll out the third phase of vaccination from March 1.
Kumar, in a video conference with Union Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, said the situation in the state with 0.43 per cent positivity and less than 200 cases per day, was fully under control with respect to the pandemic.
Rapid Antigen tests were being conducted in 1100 locations across the state which has been the gamechanger in the state, he said.
Referring to the vaccination drive, the Chief Secretary said over 75 per cent health and frontline workers have been vaccinated in the state.



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From being mocked & doubted, Jasprit Bumrah’s ‘action’ takes him far | Cricket News – Times of India

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AHMEDABAD: When Jasprit Bumrah started troubling young batsmen with pace generated by his quick arm action and short run-up at his school’s cricket academy, a few other pace-bowling trainees approached their coach, mocking and doubting his action.
“They said he was throwing the ball and doubted his action. I, too, was surprised with the amount of pace he was getting with such a short run-up. I realised he was getting speed from his shoulder, which was strong,” recalls Kishore Trivedi, who was running the Royal Cricket Academy (RCA) at Nirman High School.
Bumrah’s mother was initially a teacher at this school and had graduated to become the vice-principal.
“His action was unusual but I said ‘this is not throwing’. I told them ‘you feel that way because his front arm is like that (extending)’,” Trivedi recollects.
Trivedi, whose son Siddharth was by then a seasoned Ranji Trophy player, had another issue to contend with.
“His mother called me. She said if he doesn’t study, what will he do?. She had one kid, was a single parent, so I could understand her worries. I said, ‘your kid has talent. If he can come to my camp regularly, I will be able to do something for him’. He wasn’t focusing on studies, so his mother was getting worried, asking what will he do, if he doesn’t improve. So, I said if I work with him for two years then he will be able to get to play for the state,” he said.
Trivedi did not tamper with his action, though a fellow trainee says there was a slight modification done.
“I told him to play seriously. I would send him with the RCA team to tournaments. He started to come into limelight thanks to his speed. I told him to go for selections. I told him to not change the action. ‘This is your natural action. Don’t change it. This is your weapon,’ I said,” added Trivedi, who recommended him everywhere.
Till then, Bumrah had not played any age-group cricket for state, including the under-16s. Part of the reason was because his mother wasn’t completely convinced. But Trivedi impressed upon her that her son could go far with his talent.
Bumrah’s fellow trainee Kewal Gandhi, however, wasn’t that lucky. Gandhi, who runs a healthcare firm here at Changodar industrial area, which makes surgical goods like plaster, crepe bandage etc, had joined Trivedi’s academy with Bumrah right after the two had completed their 10th.
“Even in early days, he would bowl at 135 kmph. His action was doubtful. But sir backed him to the hilt and pushed him ahead. He became known for pace. His mother, who was the only earning member, was worried about his future. But sir sought some time to groom him,” said Gandhi, who trained with Bumrah for three years after which his father asked him to leave cricket and focus on studies. Gandhi was also a medium-pacer.
“He would get to meet all the top people, train at Motera thanks to (Kishore) sir’s backing and support,” adds Gandhi, who is not in touch with Bumrah for about five years i.e., since he made his India debut.
Bumrah appeared at under-19 selection trials where the youngster was met with opposition again.
Anil Patel, the current joint secretary of the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA), was secretary of the Ahmedabad district body the Central Board of Cricket Ahmedabad and had seen him bowling in the city’s M.G. Science College and asked him to come for trials.
“I was told by a friend of his that he was not that serious about cricket. But I asked him to come anyway,” said Patel
There was opposition from a couple of selectors because of his action, says Patel, referring to the five-man panel.
“A couple of them were doubting his action. So I told district selection panel chairman Harshad Shah that if you don’t want to include him in the main squad of 15, then keep him in the reserves. He will be with the team,” recalls Patel.
After the district won the first three matches, Patel pressed on trying the reserves.
“It would have been unfair and out of way to play Bumrah alone from the reserves since he wasn’t in the original squad. So I asked them, why not play all the reserves since we have already done well in three games and qualified,” he said.
“So all three reserve players played in that fourth three-day game. Bumrah got seven wickets in the match and there was no looking back.”
In early 2013, Hitesh Majmudar, a former Gujarat player and later coach, first saw him in the T20 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy from where he was picked by Mumbai Indians and played in the 2013 IPL.
“He played the Ranji Trophy next season. He has taken lots of five-wicket hauls (six in 29 first-class games outside Test cricket). He would bowl only in-swingers as he would come wide off the crease. As he progressed, he began bowling away going ones, using the crease. Parthiv Patel helped him a lot. The lower-order batsmen were scared of him,” recalls Majmudar.
Majmudar and members of the Gujarat team management were witness to questions raised on his action again during the 2015-16 Vijay Hazare one-day tournament, just over a month before his India debut. By that time he was already known in the IPL.
Bumrah had bowled Dhoni for 44 in Gujarat’s first match against Jharkhand. He picked three wickets in the first two matches.
“The umpire there had called him for throwing after the first two matches. They said we have recorded it after the first two matches. But we protested, telling him that this is a case of hyper-extension and not flexion. Told him it is a case similar to Shoaib Akhtar’s. And he had played three seasons of IPL, no one raised an issue,” recalls Majmudar.
The issue was brushed aside. A month later he was on flight to Australia, and on the way to becoming India’s pace spearhead.



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What is the limitation period for challenging arbitration awards? | India News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: With high commercial value disputes getting regularly referred to arbitration in India, the Supreme Court has decided to sort out prevailing confusion over what is the limitation period for filing of appeal against arbitral award – 90 days or 120 days.
But, the attempt to clear the confusion saw parallel proceedings in the Supreme Court as two coordinate benches took up the matter and passed orders. The confusion over the limitation period for filing appeal against arbitral awards arose from judgements of the SC, one holding that it was 90 days while others stating that it was extendable to 120 days.
A bench headed by justices RF Nariman on January 10 took note of the confusion on limitation period and decided to hear the issue. However, on February 5, the same issue came up before a bench headed by justice Indu Malhotra, which passed a detailed order.
Justice Malhotra bench noted that the SC in its 2008 judgement in ‘Consolidated Engineering Enterprises’ case had ruled that the period of limitation for filing appeals under section 37 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996 was governed by Article 116 of the Schedule to the Limitation Act, 1963, which prescribes 90 days limitation period for filing appeal before the high court.
However, in two judgments of the year 2020, the SC in ‘Varindera Constructions Ltd‘ and ‘NV International’ took the view that period of limitation for filing appeal under section 37 should be the same as under Section 34 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, that is 120 days. Justice Malhotra-led bench said enactment of Commercial Courts Act, 2015 added to the confusion.
“Thus, the conundrum to be answered is as to what would be the appropriate period of limitation applicable to appeals filed under section 37 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act, 1996. We direct the matter to be listed for final hearing on February 16”, the bench ordered.
However, the earlier matter on the same issue came up for further hearing on February 10 before the bench headed Justice Nariman, who then ordered, “The registry is directed to apprise Justice Indu Malhotra that this bench is seized of the matter.’
When the case came up before Justice Malhotra-led bench on February 16, it ordered listing of the case before a bench headed by justice Nariman.



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Comments against judges a disturbing new trend: Ravi Shankar Prasad | India News – Times of India

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PATNA: Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday expressed strong disapproval of legal activists making objectionable comments about judges who do not pass favourable orders on their petitions, calling it a “disturbing new trend”.
Prasad was addressing a function here organised to mark the inauguration of a new building of the Patna High Court by Chief Justice of India S A Bobde, in presence of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, among others.
“We can surely criticise the reasoning of a judgement. But, I foresee a new trend which I need to flag today”, Prasad said referring to “grossly unfair” comments on social media against judges by those who file PILs and feel aggrieved when the judgement is not favourable.
Asserting that the judges of India, be they of the Supreme Court, the High Courts or the district courts must be given the freedom to decide a case as per their knowledge of the law and that though people were free to come up with their own analyses that was critical of a verdict, “trolling” and “agenda setting” were not acceptable.
“I had been thinking of making my concerns public. I chose to do so here”, said Prasad who also made a mention of having practiced, as a lawyer, at the Patna High Court and his current tenure as the local MP.
The Union minister, who also holds the portfolios of Electronics and Telecommunications, also referred to the recently issued guidelines for using social media which was “long overdue”.
“We are supportive of freedom. We are supportive of criticism. We are supportive of dissent, too. But, the issue is the misuse and abuse of social media. There should be a grievance redressal mechanism for someone who is abused on the social media”, he added.
The Union law minister also spoke of the proposed establishment of All India Judicial Services, “a work in progress”, as part of which “the best minds” would be appointed as judges after cracking competitive exams held by the UPSC “under the direction of the Supreme Court.
He also said that the government “wished to give proper reservation to SCs, STs and OBCs” which would make the judiciary more “inclusive”.
Prasad also expressed satisfaction over the judiciary having risen to the challenge posed by the Covid-19 pandemic last year.
The total number of cases digitally heard across the country, till January 31, was a staggering 76.38 lakh. Of these 24.55 lakhs were heard at the various High Courts, another 51.83 lakhs at the district courts and 22,353 at the Apex Court.
“It is a matter of some assurance and appreciation”, he asserted.



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Bangladesh under ‘no obligation’ to accept stranded Rohingya refugees: Minister – Times of India

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DHAKA: Bangladesh is under “no obligation” to shelter 81 Rohingya Muslim refugees adrift for almost two weeks on the Andaman Sea and being assisted by neighbouring India, said Bangladesh foreign minister A.K. Abdul Momen.
Indian Coast Guard found the 81 survivors and eight dead crammed onto a crippled fishing boat and were trying to arrange for Bangladesh to take them, Indian officials said on Friday.
But Momen told Reuters late on Friday that Bangladesh expects India, the closest country, or Myanmar, the Rohingyas’ country of origin, to accept them.
“They are not Bangladesh nationals and in fact, they are Myanmar nationals. They were found 1,700 km (1,100 miles) away from the Bangladesh maritime territory and therefore, we have no obligation to take them,” said Momen, who is in the United States.
“They were located 147 km (91 miles) away from Indian territory, 324 km (201 miles) away from Myanmar,” he said by phone, adding other countries and organisations should take care of the refugees.
Indian foreign ministry officials did not respond to requests for comment.
External Affairs Ministry spokesman Anurag Srivastava said on Thursday that India was “in discussions with the Government of Bangladesh to ensure their safe and secure repatriation.”
India’s foreign ministry did not respond to requests for comment on whether it would accept the refugees onto Indian soil.
One senior Indian official, who declined to be named as he was not authorized to discuss the matter with media, said India planned to help the refugees with food and water, but it was not planning to take them ashore.
New Delhi did not sign the 1951 Refugee Convention, which spells out refugee rights and state responsibilities to protect them. Nor does it have a law protecting refugees, though it currently hosts more than 200,000, including some Rohingya.
More than 1 million Rohingya refugees from predominantly Buddhist Myanmar are living in teeming camps in Muslim-majority Bangladesh, including tens of thousands who fled after Myanmar’s military conducted a deadly crackdown in 2017.
Traffickers often lure Rohingya refugees with promises of work in Southeast Asian countries like Malaysia.
The United Nations refugee agency, UNHCR, expressed alarm this week over the missing boat.
India on Thursday said around 47 of the occupants of the boat are in possession of ID cards issued to them by the UNHCR office in Bangladesh, stating that they are displaced Myanmar nationals.
No ‘Global contract’ to aid refugees
The refugees have been drifting in international waters after leaving southern Bangladesh on Feb. 11 in the hope of reaching Malaysia.
On Saturday, they were under the aid and surveillance of India as officials were holding talks to return them to Bangladesh, said the senior Indian official who is not authorised to speak to the media.
The boat, which sailed from the massive Cox’s Bazar refugee camp, was carrying 56 women, eight girls, 21 men and five boys.
Many of the survivors, according to Indian officials, were sick and suffering from extreme dehydration, having run out of food and water after the boat’s engine failed four days into their journey.
“Has Bangladesh been given the global contract and responsibility to take and rehabilitate all the Rohingya or boat people of the world?” Momen said. “No, not at all.”
Momen said the UNHCR should also take responsibility as many people on the boat hold ID cards from the UNHCR office in Bangladesh.
“If (the refugees) are UNHCR card holders, why did they allow traffickers to take their card holders to adrift on the high sea leading to death?”
UNHCR officials were not immediately reachable for comment.



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Kartik Aaryan is having all the fun in snow vibing and creating his ‘Game Of Thrones’ moment – Times of India

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Bollywood actor Kartik Aaryan is making the most of his Manali shooting schedule for his upcoming movie ‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’. Having said that, our ‘Punchnama’ baby is seen buzzing around the snow capped mountains of the Himalayas vibing with the OG background music of Game Of Thrones. “Baal cut gaye..Lekin Snow vaala attitude nahi gaya #WinterHasCome #BackToTheOG 👶🏻” wrote Kartik sharing a video snippet of himself walking in the snow.

The handsome hunk can be seen donning a warm furry jacket and a maroon shawl, as he walks across the trail of the white snow amidst the snowfalls. Earlier the actor shared a picture of himself getting a haircut. In the picture, he can be seen posing for a selfie under the sky with his barber standing beside him. He captioned the picture, “Manali mein katega.”

‘Bhool Bhulaiyaa 2’ is helmed by Anees Bazmee and also stars Kiara Advani and Tabu in pivotal roles. The film has been slated to release on November 19. Apart from this, Kartik will also be seen in ‘Dostana 2’ sharing screen space with Janhvi Kapoor.



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