LONDON (AP):Goals from Olivier Giroud and Mesut Ozil helped Arsenal end a run of two consecutive defeats in the Champions League with a morale-boosting 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich yesterday.Arsenal knew that victory in at least one of their next two matches against Bayern would be vital for advancing from Group F, and they managed to inflict a first defeat of the season on Pep Guardiola’s side.Arsenal now have three points in the group and are third after three matches, with Bayern staying top on six points. Olympiakos are second on goal difference with six points after beating Dinamo Zagreb 1-0.Substitute Giroud gave Arsenal the lead when he bundled the ball into the net in the 77th minute, after Manuel Neuer rushed off his line and failed to claim a free-kick into the penalty area from Santi Cazorla.Ozil sealed the win in stoppage time, converting a cross at the byline from Hector Bellerin. Neuer hooked the ball away, but only after it had crossed the line.Bayern controlled possession throughout the first half at the Emirates Stadium and Arsenal relied on saves from Petr Cech to deny Thiago Alcantara and Douglas Costa.Yet for all the German side’s dominance, it was Arsenal who went closest to taking the lead before halftime.Nacho Monreal delivered a precise cross from the left in the 33rd minute, finding Theo Walcott unmarked on the six-yard line.The striker flicked a header at goal, only for Neuer to make an astounding one-handed save to claw the ball off the line.Cech came to Arsenal’s rescue again in the second half, making an opening one-handed save when Robert Lewandowski was through on goal in the 75th minute. It was a particularly vital block as Arsenal got the free-kick, which resulted in the first goal in their next foray forward.Other results: BATE 0 Barcelona 2; Bayer Leverkusen 4 Roma 4; Dinamo Zagreb 0 Olympiakos 1; Dynamo Kiev 0 Chelsea 0; Porto 2 Maccabi Tel Aviv 0; Valencia 2 Gent 1; Zenit Petersburg 3 Lyon 1.
By Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Aug 20 (PTI) Countrys leading squash player Harinder Pal Sandhu, the 2014 Asian Games team gold medallist, has been left dejected after being ignored by the Arjuna awards selection panel for the third time. “I was pretty confident that I would be chosen for the honour this time. It is deeply disappointing when you are not picked despite being a deserving candidate,” Sandhu told PTI from Chennai. The 28-year-old is left with no other option than to apply for the award next year with the sports ministry confirming the recipients list yesterday. Sandhu, a winner of nine titles on the pro tour PSA, had played a big role in India winning its maiden squash gold at the Asian Games. He teamed up with Saurav Ghosal to beat a fancied Malaysia in the gold medal match in Incheon. Ghosal, who has been Indias number one male squash player for a long time, has also come out in support of Sandhu saying he was a lot more deserving for the Arjuna than someone like an Anaka Alankamony, who controversially received the honour in 2014. “If benchmarks used for Harry (Sandhu) and Anaka were the same, then Harry should have got the award ahead of her. There is no doubt about that. Harry has also won a national title while Anaka never won one,” said Ghosal, who lost to Sandhu in the 2015 Nationals before regaining the title the following year. The famous Indian squash trio of Ghosal, Joshna Chinappa and Dipika Pallikal have all been rewarded with an Arjuna. However, Sandhu is yet to win an individual medal at the Asian or Commonwealth level and it might have affected his chances. He, though, has always been an important member in team events. Sandhu is disheartened with the snub but remains determined to make a stronger case for Arjuna next year. “We have the Asian and Commonwealth Games next year and will try to win a medal in both the events. I am sure, after I win medals there, it will become more difficult for the committee to ignore me,” said the world number 65, who recently won a couple of PSA 5K titles in Australia, taking his overall tally to nine. Sandhu will compete for his second singles national title at the 74th senior national championship, scheduled to be held in Greater Noida from next week. PTI BS AT ATadvertisement
New Delhi: The high-powered GST Council on Saturday decided to reduce the tax rate on electric vehicles (EVs) to 5 per cent from the existing 12 per cent, a move aimed at accelerating the adoption of eco-friendly mobility solutions. The new Goods and Services Tax (GST) rate on EVs will be effective from August 1, the finance ministry said in a statement after the 36th meeting of the GST Council. The GST rate on all EVs has been reduced from 12 per cent to 5 per cent. Additionally, the tax rate on chargers or charging stations for EVs has been slashed from 18 per cent to 5 per cent. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe council also approved GST exemption for hiring of electric buses (of carrying capacity of more than 12 passengers) by local authorities from August 1, the statement said. The meeting, chaired by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, was held via video conferencing. The GST Council, headed by the union finance minister, has state finance ministers as members. It also took certain decisions regarding changes in GST law. The last date for filing of intimation, in Form GST CMP-02, for availing the option of payment of tax (by exclusive supplier of services) has been extended from July 31 to September 30, the statement added. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostFurther, the last date for furnishing statement containing the details of the self-assessed tax in Form GST CMP-08 for the June quarter (by taxpayers under composition scheme) has been extended to August 31. The earlier deadline was July 31. The central government has been taking initiative to popularise environment friendly electric vehicles. In the Union Buget 2019-20, the government provided additional income tax deduction of Rs 1.5 lakh on the interest paid on loans taken to purchase EVs. Besides, customs duty has been exempted on certain parts of EVs to further incentivise e-mobility in the country. The Centre has also approved Rs 10,000 crore to encourage faster adoption of EVs in the country under the FAME II scheme, which aims to encourage faster adoption of such vehicles by right incentives and charging infrastructure.
Embed Code Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. On this week’s show (Feb. 22, 2018), we’re taking the All-Star Game back into The Lab. In the aftermath of a pretty successful Team Steph vs. Team LeBron showdown, Neil and Kyle dive into our best listener suggestions for how to improve the game even more. Next, we’re joined by our ESPN colleague Brian Windhorst to discuss NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s latest comments about potentially switching up the playoff structure. Plus, a significant digit on the Toronto Raptors’ amazing bench.Here are links to what was discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.In case you missed it, check out last week’s brainstorm with FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver on how to fix the All-Star Game.ESPN’s Kevin Arnovitz writes that this year’s All-Star Game got the shake-up it needed.Guest Brian Windhorst of ESPN reported on Adam Silver’s possible playoffs compromise.According to Basketball-Reference.com, Toronto’s second unit is the best lineup in the league. By Neil Paine and Kyle Wagner More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says House Democrats’ bill to reinstate net neutrality won’t even be considered in the Senate. Getty Images Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters on Tuesday that the net neutrality bill Democrats are pushing through the House will be “dead on arrival” in the Senate. The US House of Representatives is expected to vote later Tuesday on the Save the Internet Act, which is the Democrats’ proposal to restore Obama-era net neutrality protections that were repealed in 2017. It’s expected to pass the Democrat-controlled House. McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky, was asked by reporters about whether the Senate would consider the bill once it passes. He indicated it would not, according to several tweets from reporters. McConnell’s office confirmed the comment. The Save the Internet Act, or HR 1644, would restore rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission in 2015. These rules ban internet service providers from blocking or throttling access to the internet, and they also prevent ISPs from charging companies extra to deliver their online services faster to consumers. In addition, the bill would restore the FCC’s authority to regulate and oversee broadband networks. Tags ‘Save the Internet Act’ aims to restore net neutrality Aug 26 • Activists challenge 2020 candidates to sign net neutrality pledge The Republican-led FCC dismantled the rules in 2017, arguing that the net neutrality regulation was heavy-handed and discouraged investment. In the same order repealing the rules, the FCC also abdicated much of its authority for policing broadband networks, conceding it to the Federal Trade Commission. The bill was always expected to face an uphill battle in the Senate, where Republicans hold a majority. That said, Democrats were able to pass a Congressional Review Act resolution in the Senate last year that would’ve repealed the FCC’s order to dismantle the 2015 rules. But now it looks like the issue won’t even come to a vote in the Senate. Even if the bill were voted on in the Senate and got enough votes to pass, it would still need the signature of President Donald Trump. On Monday, the Office of Management and Budget sent out a statement saying it would advise Trump to veto the bill. reading • Mitch McConnell: Democrats’ net neutrality bill is ‘dead on arrival’ in Senate Now playing: Watch this: 7 Net neutrality Donald Trump See All 1:07 Internet Share your voice Jun 11 • Net neutrality has been dead for a year: What you need to know Comments Apr 10 • Democrats’ net neutrality bill passes House Net Fix • Net Fix
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing his second rally in West Bengal’s Purulia district.Twitter/BJPTwo days after West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that she feels like giving one “tight slap of democracy” to the Prime Minister, Modi has hit back at Bengal CM saying the slap will become a blessing for him.Addressing his second rally in West Bengal’s Purulia district on Thursday, May 9, PM Modi said, “I was told that Didi has said that she feels like slapping Modi. Didi..oh Didi…I call you Mamata Didi and your slap will become a blessing for me.”Watch the video here:#WATCH PM Modi in Purulia, “Mujhe bataya gaya hai ki yahan Didi ne kahan hai ki woh Modi ko thapad maarna chahti hain. Didi’ o’ Mamata Didi mein toh aapko didi kehta hun, aapka aadar karta hun, aapka thapad bhi mere liye ashirwaad ban jaayega, woh bhi khalunga.” pic.twitter.com/DVZ8MxLVCg— ANI (@ANI) May 9, 2019On Tuesday, the West Bengal CM touched off a war of words with PM Modi when she said that she feels like giving one “tight slap of democracy” to PM Modi. A furious Trinamool Congress supremo claimed that PM Modi deserved the slap for repeatedly accusing her party TMC of using extortion money.Addressing a public rally at Santuri in Purulia, Banerjee said, “Money does not matter to me. That is why when Narendra Modi came to Bengal and accused my party of being tolabaaz, I wanted to give him a tight slap of democracy.” Banerjee’s comments on the PM came after Modi said West Bengal under Banerjee was known for “triple T — Trinamool, Tolabaazi, Tax”.#WATCH West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee in Purulia: Money doesn’t matter to me.That is why when Narendra Modi came to Bengal and accused my party of being Tolabaaz (Toll collector), I wanted to give him a tight slap of democracy pic.twitter.com/JnE5xywWJI— ANI (@ANI) May 7, 2019At today’s rally, Modi continued to say that if Mamata Didi had the courage to slap those, who looted the money of poor people through chit funds, she wouldn’t be so scared.
Anirudh Ravichander and Thalapathy Vijay.PR HandoutVijay’s upcoming film with Lokesh Kanagaraj is expected to be announced formally in June. The director is currently busy giving final touches to the script while working on the cast and crew.The latest update getting about the project is that the director has finalised the music director for the flick, presently referred to as Thalapathy 64. Well, youth sensation Anirudh Ravichander has been approached to compose music for the film.Rumours say that Anirudh has agreed to compose music for Thalapathy 64. If it turns out to be true, then it will be his second film with Vijay after blockbuster Kaththi.AR Murugadoss’ Kaththi had some wonderful songs backed by solid background score. The popularity of the audio was such that the background score got record views on YouTube after the film’s release.If Anirudh scores music for Vijay’s film again, the expectations will be sky high from the audience.As per the reports, Thalapathy 64 will be a quickie which might hit the screens for Pongal or Tamil New Year in 2020.On the other hand, Vijay is busy with his next film with Atlee Kumar. The name of the flick is yet to be revealed and it is expected to be announced on 22 June to coincide with his birthday celebration.
For the first time in its history, the Airports Authority of India (AAI) clocked revenues over Rs 10,000 crore, when it registered a figure of Rs. 10,825 crore for the financial year 2015-16. The revenues jumped 17 percent from Rs. 9,285 crore in FY 2014-15.The record growth in revenues could be attributed to low fuel prices, which has resulted in an increase in the number of passengers. Profit after tax (PAT) surged 30 percent to Rs. 2,537 crore (FY16) as compared to Rs. 1,959 crore in the year ending in March 2015, Business Standard reported.”We have been consistently clocking impressive numbers. The growth in the number of passengers and freight helped us. This will help us in our projects, as we don’t take a penny from the government,” Sudhir Raheja, the Chairman of AAI, was quoted as saying by the publication.The airport operator earns its service revenues by charging user developmental fees and passenger service fees on flight tickets.”AAI’s revenue will continue to grow as long as there is a need for air travel and travel is still at affordable levels,” Mark D Martin, the Founder and CEO of aviation consulting firm Martin Consulting, was quoted as saying by the Hindu.AAI was granted financial autonomy in 2008, which gave it the right to invest in projects and to form joint ventures. There are 475 airports in the country currently, of which AAI manages 125 airports, 95 of which are operational.AAI owns 26 percent stake in Delhi and Mumbai airports, which are managed by the private companies, GMR and GVK, respectively. The stake reportedly accounts for 60 percent of AAI’s revenues.According to the public-private partnership agreement, the Delhi International Airport Ltd. and the Mumbai International Airport Ltd. have to respectively share 45.99 percent and 38.7 percent of the revenues with the airport operator every year.[1 lakh = 100,000 | 1 crore = 10 million | 100 crore = 1 billion]
Afghan victims receive treatment at a hospital following a suicide attack in Jalalabad on 10 July 2018.At least 10 people, mostly civilians, were killed and four others wounded on Tuesday in a suicide attack on a security checkpost in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province.A rebel detonated his suicide vest around 10:00am in Jalalabad, the capital of Nangarhar, the regional governor’s spokesperson Attaullah Kogyanai told Efe news.The attack, which also damaged nearby shops and civilian vehicles, had targeted a security post for checking and registering vehicles passing through the area.Nangarhar public health directorate spokesperson Inamullah Myakhil said the wounded, including two members of Afghanistan’s main intelligence agency, the National Directorate of Security, were moved to the hospital.Police spokesperson Hazrat Hussain Mashriqiwal confirmed that the incident was a suicide attack and added a probe was on. No insurgent group claimed the attack.Nangarhar is a hotbed of insurgency with the presence of many terror groups, including the Taliban and the Islamic State.On 1 July, 19 people — mostly from the minority Hindu and Sikh communities — were killed and 21 were wounded in another suicide attack in Jalalabad, which coincided with a visit by president Ashraf Ghani.The Afghan government has increasingly lost ground to the Taliban since the end of the NATO combat mission in 2015, and now controls just 56 per cent of the country, according to the US government’s Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.
Listen 00:00 /00:44 Share The last day without a traffic fatality anywhere in Texas was November 7, 2000.“We have drivers that are 16 years old who’ve never seen a deathless day,” said Deidrea George, a public information officer with the Texas Department of Transportation. “So that is definitely something to point out.”Statistics show that in 2017, over 3,700 people were killed on Texas roads. In Houston alone, 242 people were killed. George said that far outpaces other Texas cities.“They are crashes that are the result of drunk driving, distracted driving, speeding,” added George.And while impaired driving continues to be the leading cause of fatal crashes in Texas, George said other careless actions are also to blame.“The next category is actually just as preventable. It’s actually occupants that are not restrained,” explained George. “So these are people that are getting in the car and are not buckling their seat belt.”George said TxDOT is continuing to look for ways to build safer roads that can correct for driver error. But she adds the vast majority of crashes could be prevented if drivers just made better choices. X
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