Modern Edu College honours Sakina Itoo
JAMMU, Jan 14: New Modern College
of Education, Sainik Colony, in
collaboration with Eco Care Takers
Organisation, organised a function in the
college premises here today to honour
Sakina Itoo, Minister for Social Welfare,
ARI and Trainings and Public Grievances
of "Bharat Jyoti Award" for her
commendable and meritorious social
services and outstanding performance,
Sakina Itoo in her address lauded the
efforts of the Tarun Bahl, Chaiman of New
Modern Group of Colleges.
further said that the Government will
continue to work with dedication to
minimize the difficulties of old aged,
physically challenged persons and people
living Below Poverty Line.
appealed the student community to come
forward in cooperating the Government for
implementation of schemes and programmes
to the real beneficiaries.
Director, Social Welfare, Jammu Division
was also present.
Bahl, Chairman, New Modern Group of
Colleges, Ajit Singh Adyal, M R Bangotra
and Prof Siraj-ud-Din Bhat, Principal
also spoke on the occasion.
institutions celebrate Lohri
JAMMU, Jan 14: More
institutions celebrated Lohri with
traditional fevour and enthusiasm.
G D Goenka
Public School celebrated Lohri with
gaiety and fervour.
Saram, a student of class 8th delivered a
speech on Lohri followed by a skit on
Dulha Bhatti by the students of class
dance was also presented by the students
of class 5th while students of class
brought eatables related to Lohri.
Singh, Vice-Principal of the School was
also present on the occasion who gave
good wishes for Makkar Sankranti and
Pujari, Jyotish, Shastri Sangh celebrated
Lohri. A function was held at Gurha
Gurha Mandir, Chander Mohan, President of
Dogra Pujari, Jyotish and Shastri Sangh,
Ram Pal Shastri and other intellectuals
were also present.
School Education, Jammu, G A Qureshi
celebrated Lohri festival with students
at Youth Hostel, Nagrota.
"Composite Contingent" of
students drawn from various districts of
Jammu Division are under rehersals for
celebrations of Republic Day.
distributed sweets among the students.
teaching and non-teaching staff of
Renaissance Indian Convent School, Garhi
also celebrated Lohri.
presented colourful cultural programme to
mark the occasion which included Lohri
Lok Geet "Sunder Mundria".
of the School, Sunil Sharma and Chairman,
Ram Rattan Sharma and Director were also
present on the occasion.
sports meet held
JAMMU, Jan 14: Rural
Development Forum in collaboration with
Nehru Yuva Kendra organised rural sports
meet at Government High School here.
youth clubs participated in the meet held
in the disciplines of kabaddi and
wrestling besides cultural items.
of Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jandrah was the
chief guest while Headmaster, Government
High School, Bhatyari, was the guest of
of Rural Development Forum presented the
vote of thanks.
in a tough field in Tata Steel Chess
WIJK AAN ZEE (The
Netherlands), Jan 14: World Champion
Viswanathan Anand of India is all set to
take on a tough star-studded field in the
73rd edition of Tata Steel chess
tournament that gets underway here.
number one Magnus Carlsen of Norway
starts as the top seed in a field that
boasts of a 2740 average rating hitting
category 20 according to FIDEs ELO
known as the Corus chess tournament, the
tournament from this year will be named
after Indian Steel giants Tatas following
the takeover of Corus by them.
have his task cut out in the 14-players
round robin tournament.
Champion will look forward to regain the
number one ranking for which he needs to
better Carlsen and third seed Levon
Aronian of Armenia who recently became
the fifth player in history to join the
2800 rating club.
Kramnik is the other big name in the
fray, besides Alexander Grischuk of
Russia and former world champion Ruslan
Ponomariov of Ukraine.
like Hikaru Nakamura, Maxime
Vachier-Lagrave and Russian champion Ian
Nepomniachtchi will also be eying some of
the top stars, while the cynosure of all
eyes will be young talent Anish Giri who
will take on a world class field.
in Japan and Russia, Anish Giri is of
Nepalese origin. Just a couple of years
back his father got a job in Holland and
since then there has been no looking
his Grandmaster title in the same
tournament in 2009 and won the
B group in 2010 to qualify
for the premier event this year.
a decent result and ordinarily he was a
co-winner in the London Classic last
month as he had the same score as
Carlsen. However, with the soccer-like
scoring system in place there, Anand
could not match Carlsens score even
though both had effectively scored 4.5
who had won four games, drawn one and
lost two got 13 points while Anand, with
two wins and five draws got 11 points.
Classical points system will be in place
again, which means that a person winning
more games does not get any real
advantage. In fact, Carlsen will be under
pressure as despite his ability to win
many games, he is also prone to losing
13-rounds will be played under Classical
time control of 40 moves in 100 minutes
followed by 20 moves in 50 minutes and 15
minutes for the remaining game. There
will be a 30 seconds increment from move
always, there will be other Grandmaster
groups as well. In the strong
B group Grandmaster Surya
Shekhar Ganguly will be the lone Indian
challenge while in the C
group Tania Sachdev will make her debut
in Wijk Aan Zee, a hamlet known for a
long tradition of chess tournaments of
highest standards. (PTI)
beat England by four runs in T20
MELBOURNE, Jan 14: Australia finally
had something to celebrate after
recording an unlikely four-run win over
England in the second Twenty20
international at the Melbourne Cricket
Ground on Friday.
Australia battled to 147-7 thanks to an
unbeaten half-century by second-gamer
Aaron Finch, England looked set to cruise
to victory when they were 58-0 after six
overs, with opener Ian Bell on song.
Englands quest to extend their
record unbeaten T20 streak to nine
matches, having defeated Australia on the
last ball of Wednesdays game in
Adelaide, came unstuck as their middle
order failed to deliver.
As was the
case in Australias lone win during
the Ashes series, in the third Test at
the WACA Ground, it was paceman Mitchell
Johnson (3-29) who turned the match on
claimed the vital wicket of Bell (39)
when the right-hander dragged a ball onto
his stumps in the seventh over to end an
opening stand of 60.
left-hander then followed up by having
Kevin Pietersen caught for one three
also removed the dangerous Eoin Morgan
for 14, while Shane Watson backed up his
brilliant effort in Wednesdays
match with a frugal 2-17 from four overs.
runs needed off the last three balls from
Brett Lee, young England all-rounder
Chris Woakes threatened to repeat his
heroics on Wednesday when he lofted the
paceman into the stands to leave seven
needed from two.
got the job done as Australia snapped a
run of five successive losses in T20
Man of the
match Finch, playing in only his second
international, hit 53 not out from 33
balls in a crucial performance with the
bat for the home side.
side got off to a quick start and were
57-1 after six overs, but lost 4-17 as
Graeme Swann and Michael Yardy wreaked
havoc, the two spinners recording
identical figures of 2-19 from their four
sides now meet in a seven-match one-day
series and Australian captain Cameron
White was hopeful the home side finally
had some momentum.
going to give us some confidence
hopefully," White said.
skipper Paul Collingwood said he thought
his side was going to steal the win when
Woakes hit his last-over six.
Woakesy hit that six I thought we were
going to pull something out of the
bag," he said. (AGENCIES)
honour for Ashes hero Cook
LONDON, Jan 14: Australias
Ashes tormentor Alastair Cook has been
awarded the Freedom of the City of
It is yet
another honour for Englands player
of the series, who scored a colossal 766
runs in the teams 3-1 triumph.
26-year-old opener, who plays for county
side Essex, east of London, has followed
in the footsteps of England captain
Andrew Strauss in receiving the London
will be presented with the accolade at a
ceremony later this year, said yesterday:
"I am greatly honoured and
privileged to be given the Freedom of
London for doing something I love...
Beating the Aussies.
would like to thank all those involved
with this decision."
Freedom of the City of London is believed
to date back to the 13th century,
when it enabled recipients to carry out
now it is offered to individuals by the
Corporation of the City of London to
celebrate a significant achievement or
honour an outstanding contribution to
not required for Englands ongoing
one-day series in Australia, has returned
home and is set to assist with lambing on
the farm owned by his girlfriends
he wont be allowed to drive sheep
over London Bridge, or be drunk and
disorderly in the City without fear of
arrest, as these traditional privileges
associated with the Freedom of the City
of London no longer exist. (AGENCIES)
fighting flu ahead of North Korean clash
DOHA, Jan 14: Iran have been hit
by a flu outbreak at the Asian Cup ahead
of their Group D clash with North Korea,
with coach Afshin Ghotbi and captain
Javad Nekonam among those affected.
have a few issues with some players in
our squad with a minor flu," Ghotbi
told reporters today before they face the
Koreans at the Qatar Sports Club on
started really with the beginning of our
training camp with our captain, then I
had the flu for several days and it has
gone through two, three, up to four
players at a time."
for Iran in the match (1845 IST) would
book a place in the quarter-finals of the
16-team premier Asian tournament but they
face the tricky task of breaking down a
defensive-minded North Korean side.
Koreans have not conceded a goal in their
last three outings and have reverted back
to a defensive first, attack
second strategy after being humbled
7-0 by Portugal in the World Cup finals
in South Africa last June.
hope North Korea plays like they did
against Portugal in the World Cup when
they were open and attacked," Ghotbi
I think they will play very closed and
attempt to counter attack which is why it
is important we score early to bring them
out of their shell."
champions Iran will start as favourites
for Saturdays match following their
comeback victory over holders Iraq in
their opening game but Ghotbi said there
was little time to bask in the adulation
of victory over their rivals.
be champions of a tournament you have to
play six matches in 18 days and it takes
a lot of mental toughness, discipline and
quality to be able to recover."
play the United Arab Emirates at the Al
Rayyan Stadium also in Group D tomorrow
(2145 IST. (AGENCIES)
100 foreign players interested in
NEW DELHI, Jan 14: Over hundred
foreign players, including Australian
star Jammie Dwyer and some Pakistani
players are willing to be part of the
World Series Hockey, to be launched by
Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) later this
Colaco, Chief Operating Officer of Nimbus
Sports, admitted that a lot of
international players are in touch with
them but did not divulge the names.
sources say 10 Australian and seven
Pakistani players are in touch with the
organisers through their agents and
almost all the current overseas players,
who were a part of Premier Hockey League,
have also shown interest in the league.
have got tremendous response from players
all around the world. Over 100 foreign
players are in touch with us but we have
the slot of 60 only. We will scrutinized
them next month," a source told.
president R K Shetty said that there will
be not an IPL-like auction for the league
and the process of player selection will
be based on the draft system used by the
National Basketball Association in the
will be around four grades of players.
Players in A plus category will get
around 45 to 55 lakhs. A, B and C graded
players will get around 40 to 50, 30 to
40 and 20 to 30 lakh rupees
respectively," he said.
Sports had recently entered into a
15-year contract with the IHF to
conceptualise, stage and market the
will feature as many as 100 matches and
up to 250 hockey players from India and
around the world will participate in it.
the top players will be a part of this
series. Pakistani players have also
approached us but the decision on their
participation will be taken by the
government," Colaco said.
said that some countries are even
interested in hosting the matches.
are surprised by the overwhelming
response by the players worldwide. Some
countries even expressed the will to host
some of the matches," he said.
about the final list of the players,
Colaco said it will be disclosed next
will finalise contracts with all Indian
players in couple of weeks and then we
will select foreign players. Final list
of the players will be ready by
February," he said
the criteria of selection will be
players form, consistency and
dont need any panel to tell me the
capabilities of international players.
All the foreign players who will be part
of the league are well known and we will
select the best," he said. (PTI)
India need to sort out problems
JOHANNESBURG, Jan 14: Thrashed in the
first game in Durban, India would hope to
put up a far more inspired display as
they go into the second cricket one-dayer
against South Africa here tomorrow with a
few problems to sort out in both the
bowling and batting departments.
Indians did well by drawing the Test
series 1-1 and then winning the only T20
game on Sunday, but the humiliating
135-run defeat in the first match came as
a big blow for the visitors who have to
regroup before its too late.
plagued by injuries to key players,
nothing seemed to have gone right for
Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men in
Durban as both the batting and bowling
left much to be desired.
Indians have a track record of not doing
too well in the first match on tours and
Dhoni and his men will be looking to
bounce back and level the five-match
series 1-1 at the New Wanderers ground
which is likely to aid the pace bowlers.
missing key players such as Virender
Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir, the injury
list has only grown longer with paceman
Praveen Kumar also returning home because
of an injury.
Sreesanth is also recovering from an
elbow injury, which forced him to sit out
of the first match, and it remains to be
seen whether the Kerala speedster is fit
enough to take the field on the morrow.
has been Indias strength but the
top order collapsed like a pack of cards
to be reduced to 43 for four in the first
match, and the team could never really
recover from that jolt.
Tendulkar, returning to the Indian
one-day fold after close to a year, has a
big role to play and the champion batsman
has to take up the responsibility of
giving India a competitive total on the
line-up has a number of young but
talented players such as Murali Vijay,
Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Suresh
Raina but they have to fire when it
the only batsman to score a half century
in the last game unlike the South
Africans who had three batsmen coming up
with substantial contributions. The
failure to build partnerships made
Indias chase all the more
off-colour Yuvraj Singh, it is the final
chance to convince the selectors that he
is the same destructive force which won
India many a matches before the stunning
slump in form.
Indians, the South Africans put up a
clinical show but captain Graeme Smith
cautioned his teammates not to take the
expect them to bounce back. We have to
put our foot down in the next
match," Smith said.
Indians, pacer Ashish Nehra was a big
disappointment in Durban, and that forced
captain Dhoni to use three part-time
bowlers to try and contain the run flow.
But it is
highly unlikely that the team management
will drop him as the left-arm seamer had
done well in the past.
speaking, these are the four-five fast
bowlers we have got. We do not have many
options to play with. So we have to back
them to do well. Whether they are in
match practice or not what is important
is that we take care of these bowlers and
they should go in the World Cup without
any injuries," Dhoni had said.
Africa will miss prolific all-rounder
Jacques Kallis, who is nursing an injury.
The veteran has been the key player in
the South African batting line-up and has
been more than handy with the ball as
Proteas still have a good batting line-up
with skipper Graeme Smith, the explosive
duo of A B de Villiers and JP Duminy and
the consistent Hashim Amla to anchor the
middle-order. Amla, de Villiers and
Duminy struck half centuries in the first
match and will be looking to maintain
Indians are aware that they could have
done much better in the first game and
captain Dhoni has promised to bounce back
in the series.
could have done better. When you are
playing with four bowlers, you are under
a bit of pressure, that if one of the
bowler does not bowl well then you have
to make those overs with the part
can bounce back. We can play better
cricket than this. That way cricket is
good game as in every match you start
afresh. We have to click as a unit to win
matches," Dhoni said.
It is the
final ODI series that India and South
Africa play before the World Cup starting
February 19, and both sides would look to
settle their squads for the big event
through these five matches. (PTI)
attempt to win confidence in 2nd
WELLINGTON, Jan 14: New Zealand
will attempt to win back the confidence
of disgruntled fans in the second of two
tests against Pakistan which starts at
the Basin Reserve tomorrow.
pummelled New Zealand by 10 wickets in
the first test at Hamilton, bowling out
the home team for 110 in just over three
hours in its second innings. The New
Zealand team has been harshly criticized
in the media and flayed in public forums
since that loss which its own
captain, Daniel Vettori, called
Pakistan is focused on achieving a 2-0
win in the two-test series to usher in
what coach Waqar Younis says could be a
bright new era for the troubled cricket
a new year and its a new set up. I
would definitely like to say the team is
a lot hungrier than what Ive seen
in the past," Waqar said.
a good unit so hopefully this year will
bring us good results."
adds a cautious note, that Pakistan has
foreseen bright new eras in the past and
circumstances have conspired to frustrate
what we were thinking six months ago and
then suddenly something comes up,"
he said in an oblique reference to the
match-fixing scandal currently affecting
and New Zealand coach John Wright both
said the performance in Hamilton was
unacceptable. New Zealand made only 275
in its first innings in ideal batting
conditions, conceded a 92-run lead on the
first innings then collapsed in its
second innings, losing all 10 wickets in
captain and coach have demanded a better
performance and expressed sympathy with
fans who - having endured New
Zealands 11-match losing streak in
one-day internationals - have now had to
suffer the teams failure at test
and myself have spoken to the team and
there have been a lot of harsh
words," Vettori said.
has stated emphatically that things have
to change, you cant keep putting
those performances together. He wants to
be part of the change and I do too, so
its got to start at the base."
succession of New Zealand players have
been paraded before the media this week,
repeating the same buzzwords: that
players have to take
"ownership" of their own
personal performances and that the team
must get back to basics.
Ross Taylor made scores of 6 and 8 in
Hamilton, at the same time being picked
up in the Indian Premier League auction
for USD 1 million, the highest price for
a New Zealander.
has averaged only 21 in his past seven
tests and is part of a top six which has
repeatedly failed to give New Zealand
way Im playing at the moment
isnt good enough but as I said, I
dont feel as though Im out of
nick, I just havent been able to
score the runs," Taylor said.
said the batsmen had been clearly told
that continued failure was not
all understood it," he said.
"Its jut occupying the crease
and not giving your wicket away.
Its not rocket science.
have to get our house in order and
concentrate on what we do. Theyre a
dangerous side but weve got to look
more inwards than outwards." (PTI)
Sports Minister order probe into Nimbus
COLOMBO, Jan 14: Sri Lankan Sports
Minister, Mahindananda Aluthgamage has
ordered a probe into the controversial
Nimbus deal that had rocked the
countrys cricketing circles,
besides costing SLC a a huge amount of
three-member committee has been appointed
for investigating the matter thoroughly.
committee is headed by the former Supreme
Court judge Jagath Balapatabendi and also
includes secretary of the Power and
Energy Ministry, M M C Ferdinando and
North Central Provincial Council official
W A Tissera.
is a lot of speculation and allegations
going round about this issue. So I
decided that it is best to appoint a high
powered committee with respected
officials to investigate the matter and
get to the bottom of it," the
minister told Daily Mirror
predecessor Minister C B Ratnayake had
promised the Parliamentary Consultative
Committee of the Sports Ministry that he
would appoint a committee to probe the
deal, after several MPs had raised
concern about the issue.
I met them for the first time, they asked
me what had happened to the promise. So,
I immediately decided to appoint a
committee mainly because it will provide
the accused people a chance to clear
their names," Aluthgamage added.
Indian based media and entertainment
company, was involved in an arbitration
battle last year with the SLC for
defaulting a payment of USD 3.6 million.
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had come to a
settlement with the company after
accepting a lower figure than what was
arbitration proceedings against Nimbus
when the company failed to honour a
payment that was due for securing rights
of Indias ODI series against Sri
Lanka, played in February 2009.
was signed on January 21, 2009 between
SLC and Nimbus when the former was
controlled by a one-man Competent
Authority, Sports Ministry secretary S
Liyanagama, appointed by the then Sports
Minister Gamini Lokuge.
rights deal was struck for an amount of
USD 6 million, which was considered by
many as a much below figure that could
have been raised, as the experts thought
that the high-profile series could have
been worth as much as USD 15 million.
that time, a One-day International
involving India was estimated to be worth
around USD 3.5 million.
deal was struck, the minister cancelled
SLCs TV rights contract with Ten
Sports, a Dubai based company, which was
to run till year 2011, contending that
there were irregularities in that deal.
after the series was over, the former
minister (Lokuge) made a U-turn and asked
SLC to sign a fresh deal with Ten Sports.
when the deal was struck with Nimbus for
the India series, the authorities ignored
the basic requirement of a bank
guarantee, which was a compulsory
because of this lack of bank guarantee
that SLC had no way of recovering their
dues when Nimbus refused to pay USD 3.6
million after the tournament was over.
ultimately, the SLC had to initiate
cricket board went through an extremly
bad experience with Nimbus earlier in
2001 when the then SLC interim committee
headed by Vijaya Malalasekara scrapped a
deal and ended up paying USD 5 million in
damages to Nimbus.
SLC had to
give another Rs 57 million as lawyer
fees, apart from Rs 13 million for
overseas travel for the case.
meanwhile, has fallen into deeper trouble
at present as media reports claim that it
has a high debt burden of approximately
Indian Rs 5.79 billion (SL Rs 14.48
recently failed to pay back loans taken
from several banks through which they had
raised the bank guarantee of Indian Rs 20
billion (approximately SL Rs 50 billion)
that was needed to secure the TV rights
of the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) for
the period April 2011 to March 2014.
shocks Clijsters to win Sydney title
SYDNEY, Jan 14: Chinas Li Na
staged a remarkable comeback from 5-0
down in the first set to upset Australian
Open favourite Kim Clijsters 7-6 6-3 in
the final of the Sydney International
It was a
first loss in 14 semi-finals and finals
for US Open champion Clijsters since her
return from retirement in August 2009 and
the manner of defeat will be a big
psychological blow just three days from
the start of the years first grand
28-year-old Li, a semi-finalist at
Melbourne Park last year, sealed her
fourth career title when she volleyed
home a winner with Clijsters stranded off
the court after 90 minutes.
taken Clijsters just 18 minutes to rack
up a 5-0 lead in the first set but her
game then fell apart, with seven double
faults and 27 unforced errors telling the
tale of a spectacular collapse.