IPL 2011: Sourav breaks his silence over snub

first_imgBreaking his silence after being ignored in the IPL auction, Sourav Ganguly on Saturday said he was always transparent in whatever he did as a cricketer.Sourav Ganguly”I never did politics. I would not have been here if I did politics. With my practical experiences I say whatever you do, you will not be at the top all the time,” said the former India skipper during a programme in Kolkata.”So when you are at the top, be transparent. The rule is same for all, be it in politics or sport. As a leader you must tell the truth. They might not like it but it’s important to be clear with your colleagues,” Ganguly said.Having retired from international cricket, Ganguly continued playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the IPL Kolkata team for the first three seasons. However, none of the 10 franchises showed any interest in him in the IPL auction for the fourth season of the League.But, the 38-year-old former captain insisted that there was no age for retirement. “As long as you perform, age is not a bar for retirement,” he said. Referring to Indian cricket’s Big Three – Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman – who are at the fag-end of their career, Ganguly said the selectors should be careful to avoid an Australia-like crisis.”Look at the Australians. In one series it was Hayden, Langer, Gilchrist, Warne and McGrath. That’s too much of a void to fill so quickly,” Ganguly said. Ganguly said the magnificent trio should retire in phases. “I don’t see them retiring very soon as long as they keep performing. But the selectors have to remember one thing that they make sure that they don’t finish together, so there will be a lot of void.” “So the selectors have to be careful to make sure that they go one at a time and not all together so that you get in the replacements and get them ready. “Also it’s important to get in the replacements in a home series so that they go to an overseas tour with runs and confidence behind them.” “You saw Cheteshwar Pujara in the Test series in South Africa. He struggled a bit but it was difficult condition to bat in there as well. So it’s important that they go in phases.”advertisement- With PTI inputslast_img read more

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US approves 8 billion F16 fighter jet deal with Taiwan China warns

first_img Close IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:01Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … President Xi Jinping warns Taiwan: attempts to split China doomed to fail Taiwan Air Force’s F-16 fighter jets fly during a demonstration at Hualien airbase, Eastern Taiwan January 23, 2013.ReutersThe US State Department on Tuesday approved a reported $8 billion sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan, according to the Defence Security Cooperation Agency statement.Around 66 Lockheed Martin Corp F-16 jets, 75 General Electric Co engines and other systems are being considered for sale, the official statement to Congress said. The defence deal is said to serve US national, economic and security interests as well as enhance Taiwan’s defence capabilities.Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch welcomed the proposed sale. “These fighters are critical to improving Taiwan’s ability to defend its sovereign airspace, which is under increasing pressure from the People’s Republic of China,” Reuters quoted Risch as saying.US President Donald Trump had notified Congress of the sale last week, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News on Monday.Pompeo also said that the sale was “consistent with past US policy” and that the US was “simply following through on the commitments we’ve made to all of the parties”.China has denounced the sale and warned of ‘countermeasures’ accusing the US of harming bilateral relations, peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. Responding to the announcement of the defence deal, state media China Daily said the sale sends an “erroneous signal” to Beijing.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang on Tuesday said US arms sales to Taiwan “severely violate” Washington – Beijing agreements and “constitute severe interference in China’s internal affairs”.Warning of “consequences” he advised the US to “immediately cancel the planned arms sales, and stop selling weapons and military contact with Taiwan”.Tensions between China and Taiwan have increased after Beijing’s assertion of the province as a “One China” and sacred territory. Beijing asserted last month it is “ready to go to war” if people “try to split Taiwan from the country”. China has extensive claims over the strategic South China Sea and has shown an aggressive stance against the US and its allies for undertaking naval operations in the region.The United State’s recent exit from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty allows Washington to develop its military assets especially in comparison to the advanced Chinese military capabilities. The bilateral treaty with Russia is said to have limited the US weapons development, especially sophisticated land-based missile force.The US military test-fired ground-based cruise missile in California’s San Nicolas Island, on Sunday, weeks after it officially exited the treaty.Russia has called the missile launch a “mockery to the international community” and said that the country will also make offensive systems in retaliation.last_img read more

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Mamata to lay foundation stone of Silicon Valley today

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will lay the foundation stone of her government’s flagship project ‘Silicon Valley’ on Monday. The Housing and Infrastructure Development Corporation has already earmarked 100 acres of urban land at Action Area II beside the Biswa Bangla Sarani near Eco Park for the project, which will be attracting top IT players across the country.”Bengal is poised to take a lead when it comes to embracing emerging technologies like Blockchain, Fintech, Internet of Things (IoT), Embedded Technology, Artificial Intelligence, etc. The Silicon Valley, with its plug and play infrastructure, will encourage the IT firms associated with these technologies to take up space,” a senior official of the state Information Technology (IT) department said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBanerjee is expected to announce the IT department’s work schedule and plan of action for the Silicon Valley project on Monday. As per plans there will be green building offices and tier 4 cloud based data centre in the hub.According to sources, the IT department is working on a plan to provide co-working spaces in the proposed Silicon Valley project. “The concept of co-working is gaining momentum in the country. Quality innovation requires an environment of working in a community. So, we are trying to create facilities for co-working in Silicon Valley,” said an official of the IT department. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe department is trying to develop the concept of offering infrastructure as a service in the proposed Silicon Valley hub. “We want people to come to this place and use the plug and play infrastructure on a weekly/monthly/yearly rental basis,” he added.The IT department, for the last few months, has been holding knowledge-sharing workshops every month at the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre in New Town, related to emerging technologies. Experts from all parts of the country and even from the world are speaking and sharing their experiences on the advantages of these new age technologies. “Our vision is to move towards a decentralised and transparent ecosystem, where the government and every industry will be able to leverage benefits of these emerging technologies. We are laying a lot of emphasis on awareness and training of the people working in this sector, as well as for the future generation,” the official maintained.On January 31, Banerjee had announced her government’s decision to set up the Silicon Valley hub. She had said that the idea was discussed in the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS), which was held on January 16 and 17 at the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre.last_img read more

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2 arrested for possessing arms bombmaking materials illegally

first_imgKolkata: The Anti Rowdy Section (ARS) of Kolkata Police’s Detective department on Thursday arrested two persons for keeping arms in their possession illegally. The raid was conducted by the sleuths on the basis of a tip off. Following the tip off and raid, the arrests were made along with the recovery of arms, ammunition and ingredients for making bombs.”A person named Harnul Rashid Mondal (55) was first arrested at around 4.40 pm from Esplanade Bus stand for keeping 5 (five) country made single-shotter arms and white and red powder weighing 5 kg that appeared to be sulphur — generally used for making bombs in his possession. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe is a resident of Darakuti under Basirhat police station area in North 24 Parganas,” an official of the Detective Department said. On interrogation, Rashid admitted to his plan of selling those articles to one of his associates and accordingly, another person named Rabiul Gayen (33) was also nabbed. Gayen is a resident of village Makla under Haroa Police Station area in North 24-Parganas. Two 9 MM Pistols and 7 round cartridges were recovered from his possession. A case has been initiated at Maidan police station under Section 25(1)(a)/ 29 Arms Act and Section 4(b)/ 5 Explosive Substance Act against the arrested duo. The two were produced before Bankshall Court on Friday and are being remanded to police custody till November 14. “We will grill the two to find out the other members dealing with such illegal arms business,” a senior police officer said.last_img read more

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International conference on sexual exploitation of children starts today

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Commission for the Protection of Child Rights (WBCPCR) and International Justice Mission (IJM) announced the hosting of the first International Conference on “Sexual Exploitation of Children in a Digital Era”. The two-day conference, first of its kind in India, will be held on December 14 and 15 in Kolkata. The logo of the International Conference on “Sexual Exploitation of Children in a Digital Era” was also unveiled by Ananya Chakraborti, Chairperson, WBCPCR, Government of West Bengal and Saji Philip, Director of Operations, IJM Kolkata, on the occasion. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSenior police officials from six countries, government representatives, prosecutors and judges from 15 countries like Germany, Uganda, Canada, Kenya, USA, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and India among others will participate. Representatives from leading multi-national corporates including Facebook, Deloitte, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and Chairpersons from State Commission for the Protection of Child Rights and Chairpersons of Women Commission nationally will also take part in the event. The conference aims to gather key stakeholders to analyse, discuss and recommend convergent strategies on combating the critical issue of child abuse perpetrated Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedby technology. The recommendations accrued from the conference will be submitted to the governing bodies globally. Global trends indicate that criminals are using the power of modern technology to exploit children. These trends include trafficking, buying and selling of children for sex, life porn, etc. The key discussions in the conference include four panel sessions — trends, challenges, bridges and solutions. Some of the key speakers will be Krishna Sastry Pendyala, Executive Director, Advisory Cyber Security & Forensic Technology Services, PwC, India, experts from UNICEF, Dr PM Nair, IPS, Chair Professor, TISS, and Brital Bhardwaj, Regional CISO, Leader, GE.last_img read more

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