Eight Army personnel and two civilians were injured when militants triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) fitted in a vehicle near an Army patrol in the militancy-hit Pulwama district of south Kashmir on Monday, officials said.They said the multi-vehicle patrol of the 44 Rashtriya Rifles was moving on the Arihal-Pulwama road when the IED was detonated, injuring the personnel travelling in a bullet-and-mine-proof Casper vehicle.The site of the IED blast is 27 km from the area where a convoy of vehicles carrying security personnel on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was attacked by a suicide bomber on February 14 in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.Major killedIn another incident, an Army officer and a militant were killed during an encounter in Anantnag.A Srinagar-based police spokesman said Major Ketan Sharma, 32, from Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, was injured when a search party of the security forces encircled hiding militants and came under “heavy fire” at Badoora village in Anantnag’s Achabal area in the morning.“Sharma was evacuated to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries,” said the police.Two other Army officials, including Major Rahul Verma, suffered injuries in the day-long exchange of fire between the militants and the security forces in Anantnag. “One militant was killed in the ongoing operation. His body was retrieved and his identity and affiliation are being ascertained,” said the police.Referring to the IED blast, Army spokesman Colonel Rajesh Kalia said it was “a failed attempt” to attack the mobile vehicle patrol of the 44 Rashtriya Rifles. “Alertness of the patrol party helped to minimise the damage,” said the spokesman.The police spokesman confirmed that six soldiers were injured in the IED blast, which inflicted severe damage on the Army vehicle.The attack on the Army vehicle comes days after Pakistan intelligence agencies reportedly shared information on the Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind’s plans to carry out a major attack using a vehicle to “avenge” its chief Zakir Musa in Pulwama on May 24.(With inputs from PTI)
A huge question mark hung against the debt-ridden Deccan Chargers’ future on Thursday after the owners of the Indian Premier League franchise rejected the lone bid they received. Now, the BCCI will decide the franchise’s fate on Saturday.The Deccan Chronicle Holdings Limited (DCHL) rejected the bid from the Hyderabad-based film production house PVP Ventures, owned by Potluri Vara Prasad. PVP, also the producers of the new Kamal Haasan-starrer Viswaroopam, reportedly bid Rs 900 crore for the franchise.A lenders’ consortium, led by ICICI Bank, Yes Bank and Axis Bank, could come into play now, after reportedly petitioning the BCCI that it should be allowed to run the franchise for at least one year. DCHL owes a reported Rs 4,000 crore to many lenders.DCHL, which had bought the franchise for $107 million at an auction in 2008 before the first edition of the IPL, rejected the bid as it reportedly didn’t like the terms of payment.”The bid that was received by DCHL met the BCCI’s eligibility and suitability criteria. The bid was then reviewed by DCHL who, in its discretion and with no role being played by BCCI, rejected the bid on the basis of the payment terms offered by the bidder,” said a BCCI statement.Though there were reports of media mogul Kalanidhi Maran of Sun TV evincing interest in buying the team, the network has denied them. Later, some prospective bidders, including the RPG group, too backed out. What could have deterred them was the issue of having to clear the massive dues owed by the current owners.The tender was floated on September 6 by DCHL, under the aegis of BCCI, and the process was monitored by the Bombay High Court-appointed MD Narvekar.The IPL governing council will discuss all options on Saturday when it meets in Chennai to decide on the future course of action. Floating of a new tender cannot be ruled out, though BCCI president N Srinivasan declined to comment, saying that it was an issue between the Board and DCHL. “The franchise is on (it exists). The BCCI has issued a notice to the franchise to clear certain defects. We have given them some time, but that is between BCCI and the franchise,” he told reporters.”One bidder was eligible from the BCCI’s point of view. But after opening the price bid, Deccan Chronicle decided that the price as well as the terms of payment was not acceptable. So, they rejected the bid.”On Saturday, there will be as many four BCCI meetings. Apart from the IPL governing council, the working committee and marketing committee will also meet to tackle all possible situations. A special general body meeting has also been called the same day.The process begins with the governing council, and if it takes any decision, it will have to be ratified by the working committee and possibly the general body.Deccan Chargers has not been able to pay salaries to its players and coaches for the 2012 IPL held in April-May.advertisement
New Delhi, Sep 16 (PTI) World champion weightlifter Mirabai Chanu’s coach Vijay Sharma and well-known cricket coach Tarak Sinha were among those recommended on Sunday by a selection committee for the prestigious Dronacharya and Dhyan Chand Awards. The committee, which met here under the chairmanship of retd. Justice Mukul Mudgal, recommended Vijay Sharma, boxing coach C A Kuttappa and Srinivasa Rao (table tennis) for the Dronacharya (regular) award. An Army coach, Kuttappa has been associated with Indian boxing for more than a decade. Vijender Singh has credited him for guiding him during his 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medal win. Tarak Sinha, who has coached the likes of Ashish Nehra and Rishabh Pant among others, was recommended for Dronacharya (lifetime) Award, along with Clarence Lobo (hockey) and Jiwan (judo). For the Dhyan Chand Award, Bharat Chetri (hockey), Satya Dev Prasad (archery) and Dadu Chowgule (wrestling) were recommended. The selection committee, headed by Justice Mudgal, also has other members in former Commonwealth Games gold-winning air pistol shooter Samresh Jung, shuttler Ashwini Ponnappa, former national boxing coach G S Sandhu, hockey coach AK Bansal and archery coach Sanjeeva Singh apart from Sports Authority of India’s Special Director General Onkar Kedia and Joint Secretary (Sports) Inder Dhamija. The panel also has two sports journalists and Target Olympic Podium Scheme CEO Commander Rajesh Rajagopalan. Dronacharya award is presented to coaches for their outstanding and meritorious work on a consistent basis over a period of four years. The Dhyanchand honour is bestowed on sportspersons for their life-time achievements and contribution to sport during both their active career and after retirement.advertisement The National Sports Awards ceremony, held on August 29 every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand, will be organised on September 25 this year. The change of schedule was done because of the clash of dates with the Asian Games, which concluded on September 2 in Jakarta. PTI SSC PDS PDS ATKATK
Chelsea Abramovich visit to Cobham ‘normal’, says Chelsea boss Conte Peter Hanson Last updated 2 years ago 22:31 11/3/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Chelsea Premier League Manchester United Chelsea v Manchester United Antonio Conte The Blues owner spoke with the manager, but he insists such a conversation is merely routine Antonio Conte has confirmed that he was visited by Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich last Sunday, but described the meeting as “normal”.Blues 6/4 for defeat to Man UReports in the media have continually suggested that all is not well between Conte and Chelsea’s hierarchy, particularly over the club’s transfer policy. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The relationship between Abramovich and Conte is said to be at an all-time low, with suggestions the Italian may be removed from his post.A 3-0 defeat at Roma in the Champions League in midweek has only exacerbated rumours of a rift, but Conte insists there was nothing untoward about Abramovich’s trip to Cobham.”Yeah, Mr Abramovich was in Cobham on Sunday after the Bournemouth game to watch training, to speak, but this is normal,” he told a media briefing ahead of Sunday’s Premier League contest against title rivals Manchester United.”Honestly, we spoke about the Bournemouth game [last weekend], then the first game with Roma. We spoke about this.”Conte repeats that the second half v Roma was bad in many aspects but that is the past and it is important now to prepare well for Sunday.— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) November 3, 2017Conte stated after the Rome horror show that Chelsea lacked “hunger”, but the former Juventus boss says such an occurrence can happen during the course of a season.”Honestly, I think that the second half against Roma was bad in many different aspects. But I think sometimes this can happen,” he added. “The most important thing is you don’t see this type of situation again. We played a really good first half and we were 2-0 down but, honestly, I was more worried after the first half at Stamford Bridge when we were winning 2-1 but didn’t have the control of the game. “Instead, after the first half, I was more confident in our second half. But, instead, the second half was very negative. But now it’s the past. “Now it’s important to prepare very well this game against Manchester United and try to do our best on Sunday.”He added: “For sure, I’m happy. I’m happy to work with my players. Because, I repeat, the commitment is always good. “This season we are struggling. We are struggling a lot because we are facing a lot of important problems. And to solve these problems is not simple. “But I think, in this moment, you can see if you are winners or losers. You understand? This is very important, this moment. “When the period is positive, it’s very simple for everyone to play well, to have great confidence. In this moment, when you’re struggling, it’s important to show our character, to be strong, to face the problems in the right way. “But I’m used, in my life, to doing this. I struggled a lot in my life, as a player and then as a coach also. My history, my story, tells you this.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.