Chandigarh, Aug 14 (PTI) Chhattisgarh Governor Balramji Dass Tandon, who had roots in Punjab, was known for his social work and played an active role in the politics of the state.Tandon today died at a hospital in Chhattisgarh at the age of 90.He was born in Amritsar in November 1927.Regarded as a guiding force of the BJP in Punjab, Tandon joined the RSS at an early age of 16 and remained an active member of the organisation for a very long time.He became a ‘pracharak’ in 1946 and organised free medical dispensaries for poor patients and refugee camps for the people migrating from Pakistan, arranging food and clothes during Partition.Even during the Indo-Pak war in 1965, Tandon organised free canteens for soldiers and worked day and night to keep the morale of people living near the border in Amritsar high.Tandon headed ‘Competent Foundation’, which organised blood donation camps, free school, free medicines, free operations, ration for poor people.In 1951, he was asked to work for Bhartiya Jan Sangh and put on duty in Amritsar, Gurdaspur and Kangra and other districts of Jalandhar division at that time.Thereafter, he served the organisation in many capacities including being its state secretary.His political journey commenced when he was elected councillor of the Municipal Corporation of Amritsar in 1953.Tandon was elected member of Punjab Vidhan Sabha from Amritsar Central constituency, in 1957, 1962, 1967, in mid-term polls of 1969 and then in 1977.He was also elected from Rajpura Vidhan Sabha seat in 1997.Tandon was a cabinet minister in the first non-Congress government headed by an Akali Leader, Justice Gurnam Singh, in 1969-70. He also served as cabinet minister in 1977-79 and 1997-2002.advertisementAfter the formation of the Janata Party, he became the state treasurer of the party in Punjab.Tandon also raised his voice against Emergency and was arrested on the night of its proclamation in June 1975 and remained behind bars till 1977.After the formation of the Bhartiya Janta Party, Tandon was one of its senior leaders in Punjab. He became the state president of BJP in 1995.When he was contesting Lok Sabha elections in 1991 from Amritsar seat, he was attacked by terrorists many a time in Punjab when militancy was at its peak.Under his leadership, in 1998 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP in alliance with the Akali Dal won 11 out of 13 seats in Punjab. He was made chairman of the campaign committee of the BJP in Punjab during the Lok Sabha elections in 2009 and 2014.Tandon took keen interest in sports and participated in events like wresting, volleyball, swimming and kabaddi.He had refused to take a salary hike when the Centre made an upward revision of salaries of the President, Vice-President and governors early this year.His son Sanjay Tandon is now chief of the BJP’s Chandigarh unit. PTI CHS VSD ZMN ZMN
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This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. With the outcome still in the balance, Charley Hull made an awful mess of the 18th when 1up on Megan Khang. This marked the second time Hull had let a winning position slip on the last; such margins can, in normal circumstances, determine events such as this. “I feel pretty happy,” said Hull. “I think I was one down with about five or six to play, so to halve the match is not too bad.” This won’t be a candidate for analysis of the year. Thankfully, alas, it barely mattered.Carlota Ciganda had fuelled hopes of an unlikely European win with a 1up success over Danielle Kang in game one. Georgia Hall, outstanding once again in the Solheim Cup, ensured four wins from as many games as Lexi Thompson was seen off 2&1. In Thompson’s defence, she had been battling a back problem which had placed her singles appearance in doubt.Anna Nordqvist, out of sorts over the first two days, recovered brilliantly to see off Morgan Pressel 4&3. Céline Boutier, like Pettersen a Matthew wildcard pick, was a 2&1 victor over Annie Park.Such details are, of course, intrinsically linked to the outcome. Yet the defining moment dwarfed all before it and, inevitably, so much that will follow. In this age, where so many final acts are lazily classed among the greatest ever, this was a genuine jaw-dropper. Farewell, Suzann; and thanks for the drama. Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Gleneagles Read more Pettersen, 635th in the world after a career break to start a family, versus Marina Alex was the only match still in play. As word spread that Europe, written off Europe, underdog Europe, suddenly had a chance of landing a sucker punch on the United States a sporting world turned its attention as one. The Norwegian exploded with joy as the ball reached the bottom of the cup.Pettersen was soon joined by euphoric teammates, who had been privately resigned to defeat only 40 minutes earlier. Amid that debacle in Germany in 2015, Pettersen spent the aftermath crying in a locked hotel room. To suggest this was an altogether different scene barely paints an appropriate picture. This was the ultimate redemption. It was followed, even more amazingly, by her retirement.“This is it; professionally, I’m done,” said the 38-year-old. “This is perfect closure. That’s it, I’m done. This is a good end to a great career.”It remains to be seen whether Pettersen sticks to her plan once emotion subsides but it seems safe to assume that her Solheim Cup run will end at nine. And on the ultimate high.In maintaining a mood of farewell, Juli Inkster confirmed she will call time on US captaincy duties after three stints.Europe 14½, US 13½. A tie would have been sufficient for the US to retain the trophy. Gleneagles staged a gargantuan tussle. From a starting position of 8-8, common consensus was that the greater strength in depth of Inkster’s side would prevail. Instead, Catriona Matthew – so unheralded in British sporting context – presided over a victory that reverberated way beyond Perthshire.“I always had faith in Suzann,” said Matthew. “It was just unbelievable. There has never been a better moment.”If focus understandably centred on Pettersen, the heroics of Bronte Law also require appreciation. The Englishwoman won three of her last four holes against Ally McDonald to seal a 2&1 victory. This meant Pettersen’s match mattered.Law had been one down after 10. At that juncture, a tie – or US victory – looked inevitable. Brittany Altomare thumped Jodi Ewart Shadoff 5&4 and both Korda sisters, Nelly and Jessica, added to the US tally. As Angel Yin defeated Azahara Muñoz and Lizette Salas took down Anne van Dam by a hole, the European outlook was grim. Discussion raged for two days over how long players were taking to play Solheim Cup shots. The event has waited 29 years for this, its finest conclusion. If women’s golf, especially in Europe, cannot build upon such theatre then there really is no hope.In the kind of denouement script writers lie awake conjuring up, even the key protagonist was as if hand picked. There was one putt left in the 16th meeting of Europe and the United States. Suzann Pettersen, subject to epic ridicule after a controversial incident during her last participation in this duel, four years ago, had an eight-footer to claim back the cup. 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GAINESVILLE, FL – SEPTEMBER 15: A view from the end-zone as the Tennessee Volunteers take on the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium on September 15, 2007 in Gainesville, Florida. Florida defeated Tennessee 59-20. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Florida head coach Dan Mullen is coming off of a huge win over his former program: Mississippi State. Over the weekend, the Gators’ defense shut down Nick Fitzgerald and the Bulldogs en route to a 13-6 victory.Mullen’s Gators are the No. 22 team in the nation after the win. The road doesn’t get any easier for Florida, which takes on No. 5 LSU this Saturday in Gainesville.Before the action kicks off, Florida revealed the new cleats the team will be wearing for the contest. Fans of the Jordan 11’s take note, these are the cleats you want in your life.Check them out..@GatorsFB about to play in some heaters this weekend @Jumpman23 ? pic.twitter.com/UZy1mrZl6X— B/R Kicks (@brkicks) October 2, 2018The Gators will be looking good this weekend, but their play on the field will go a long way to determining if the team can compete in the SEC East this season.No. 5 LSU travels to No. 22 Florida for a 3:30 p.m. ET kickoff. The game will be broadcast on CBS.
Reuters Las VegasJanuary 11, 2019UPDATED: January 11, 2019 12:33 IST Ronaldo’s lawyer Peter Christiansen appeared to confirm the DNA request by Las Vegas police (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNevada police have asked Italian authorities to obtain a DNA sample from the Juventus starRonaldo has maintained he is innocent of rape and that the sexual encounter was consensualInvestigators want to see if Ronaldo’s DNA matches a sample found on a dress of his accuser Police in Nevada have formally asked Italian authorities to obtain a DNA sample from Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo in the investigation of accusations that he raped a woman a decade ago in Las Vegas, police said on Thursday.Ronaldo, 33, widely regarded as one of the greatest soccer players of all time, has maintained he is innocent of rape and said through his Las Vegas lawyer on Thursday that the sexual encounter in question was consensual.The matter came to light in September 2018 when Kathryn Mayorga sued Ronaldo in Clark County District Court in Nevada, accusing the athlete of raping her in a Las Vegas hotel penthouse suite in 2009, then paying her $375,000 in hush money.Mayorga’s lawyers said in September she was now seeking $200,000 in damages and to void the non-disclosure agreement, which they said she was coerced into signing by “personal reputation protection specialists hired” by the soccer star.Ronaldo said on Twitter after the suit was filed that his “clear conscience” would allow him “to await with tranquility the results of any and all investigations.”The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department said at the time an incident report was filed with police on the night of the alleged assault, and the case had since been reopened. But the police declined at the time to name Ronaldo as a subject of the investigation.The Wall Street Journal, citing an unnamed law enforcement official with knowledge of the case, reported on Thursday that authorities in Las Vegas had sent a warrant seeking DNA from the soccer star to the court system in Italy, where Ronaldo plays as a forward for the professional soccer club Juventus. He also is captain of Portugal’s national team.According to the Journal, investigators want to see if Ronaldo’s DNA matches a sample found on a dress of his accuser that belongs to someone other than her.Responding to a Reuters query about the report, Laura Meltzer, a Las Vegas police spokeswoman, said in an email the department is “taking the same steps in this case as in any other sexual assault to facilitate the collection of DNA evidence. We can confirm that an official request has been submitted to Italian authorities.”In response to a similar query, Ronaldo’s lawyer Peter Christiansen appeared to confirm the DNA request in a separate statement.”Mr. Ronaldo has always maintained, as he does today, that what occurred in Las Vegas in 2009 was consensual in nature, so it is not surprising that DNA would be present, nor that the police would make this very standard request as part of their investigation,” the attorney said.advertisementAlso Read | AFC Asian Cup: Stephen Constantine hits back at critics after India go down fighting vs UAEAlso Read | Thibaut Courtois joins Real Madrid’s long list of injured playersAlso Read | Sunil Chhetri’s team donates fines worth Rs 50,000 to Indian Blind Football FederationFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Cristiano RonaldoFollow Ronaldo rape accusationsFollow Kathryn MayorgaFollow JuventusFollow Ronaldo sexual assault caseFollow Ronaldo Las Vegas Cristiano Ronaldo’s DNA sought by Las Vegas police for sexual assault inquiryAn American woman had sued Ronaldo in Clark County District Court in Nevada, accusing the athlete of raping her in a Las Vegas hotel penthouse suite in 2009, then paying her $375,000 in hush moneyadvertisement
MONTREAL — Quebec’s Crown prosecutors’ office and the provincial attorney general will appeal the sentence handed down to the gunman who killed six worshippers in a Quebec City mosque in January 2017.The prosecutors and the attorney general filed their appeal today in Quebec City.Alexandre Bissonnette was sentenced Feb. 8 to life behind bars without possibility of parole for at least 40 years.In court documents filed today, the Crown and the attorney general are seeking the inadmissibility period to be raised to 50 years. At sentencing, the Crown had sought 150 years.Lawyers for the gunman who killed six worshippers in a Quebec City mosque announced Friday they are also appealing the killer’s sentence, seeking parole inadmissibility be set at 25 years.The defence claims in its appeal motion that the 40-year sentence handed down to Bissonnette was cruel and unusual punishment.The Canadian Press
Over a dozen celebrities and Cumulus Media have come together to help the innovative, Ohio-based Veterans Matter program kick off a campaign on Memorial Day to help house as many of the 57,000 homeless veterans as possible, as soon as possible.Video: Ice-T: Veterans Matter“Thousands of veterans are homeless and living on the streets of our nation tonight. Streets where they are being beaten, robbed, even killed. Let’s take care of our own,” says Ice-T of the Veterans Matter campaign to house veterans.The program’s growing roster of support includes: • Darius Rucker • Darryl Worley • Dusty Hill • Emerson Drive • Heart • Ice-T • Jennifer Nettles • John Fogerty • John Mellencamp • Kid Rock • Kix Brooks • Mitch Albom • Natalie Stovall+The Drive • Stevie NicksEach has voiced public services announcements now airing on Cumulus Media properties nationwide urging all Americans to help our nation’s homeless veterans get housed.Text “VETS” to 41444 and click through to donate any amount on their credit card.Or donate online at the organizations website, veteransmatter.org.The Veterans Matter program was started in 2012 in Toledo, Ohio, by Ken Leslie, a once homeless activist who had become aware that the primary obstacle facing many local homeless veterans eligible for long-term housing assistance was the lack of a rental deposit. Veterans Matter was created as a simple solution to that simple problem by paying the deposit directly to landlord and has expanded to help house veterans in six states.The program’s simplicity and demonstrated success rate attracted the attention of Dusty Hill of ZZ Top and John Mellencamp, who each helped raise funds to house homeless veterans in their home states, accounting for a significant portion of the almost $250,000 raised so far. 100% of the money raised goes to the program, as overhead costs are donated in-kind by Leslie’s company and other friends. 1Matters.org, a local non-profit that attained national visibility when John Mellencamp visited Toledo some years ago, is the fiscal agent for the program.“Cumulus, the artists, and all of those involved in helping Veterans Matter are here because they fought for us. Now we fight for them. Veterans Matter,” Leslie said.Source:PR Newswire
LONDON — Brexit may be postponed once again this week, perhaps by as much as a year. The British economy, though, will remain a prisoner of a confidence-sapping uncertainty.While the merits of Brexit have been debated endlessly during Britain’s highly divisive political crisis, nobody disputes that the British economy has been hurt by the lack of clarity surrounding the country’s exit from the European Union. Last year, it grew by its lowest rate since 2012, just 1.4%.Businesses have become increasingly cautious and postponed or cancelled investment plans as they don’t know what Britain’s trading relationship with its main partner, the rest of the EU, will look like after Brexit. Foreign investment into the country has slumped, too — a worrying sign of a lack of confidence.While an extension reduces the likelihood of a ‘no-deal’ Brexit, which would see the country crash out of the EU on Friday with likely painful economic consequences, it prolongs the uncertainty for businesses.“There’s a big difference between an extension, even a long extension, and an agreement with a transition to a known end-stage,” Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said recently. “Wherever we’re headed, it would serve the economy well to have a transition period to that new world.”Executives have been haunted by the same questions ever since the country voted in June 2016 to leave the EU. Will tariffs be slapped on exports? What will the rules governing the hiring of staff from other EU nations look like? What happens to the future functioning of closely linked and cross-border supply chains?Many companies have sounded the alarm: Airbus Chief Executive Tom Enders has warned that the company could move its wing-building operations out of Britain and has condemned the uncertainty as a “disgrace;” and Jurgen Maier, boss of German manufacturing firm Siemens, has said the Brexit impasse is turning Britain into a “laughing stock.” The list goes on, with EasyJet last week warning that summer bookings were being constrained by the ongoing uncertainty.Consumers, a mainstay of British economic growth, have also become more restrained, partly because inflation rose in the wake of the 2016 Brexit vote. That led to the pound falling by around 15 per cent against other currencies and import costs rising.According to the Centre for European Reform, the British economy is 2.5% smaller than it would have been if the country had voted to remain in the EU, largely due to higher inflation and lower investment.“The U.K. missed out on a broad-based upturn in growth among advanced economies in 2017 and early 2018 and the economic cost of the decision so far is sizeable,” said CER’s deputy director, John Springford.As Britain approached its initial Brexit deadline of March 29, later delayed to April 12, much of the focus has been on the economic risks of leaving the EU without a deal.Most British lawmakers have voted against that ‘no-deal’ scenario amid worries that it would lead to a deep recession that would see many firms go bankrupt and unemployment turn sharply higher. The Bank of England thinks the recession will be similar to the one suffered after the global financial crisis, when the economy contracted about 6 per cent.The rest of the EU would suffer, too, if Britain crashes out on Friday with no deal. Belgium, Germany, Ireland and the Netherlands, for example, have close economic ties with Britain and would face sizeable economic shocks. While the direct impact would be more modest outside Europe, concerns about the ramifications of such an unprecedented situation would likely roil financial markets and weigh on an already weakening global economy.With that cliff-edge looming, EU leaders, including British Prime Minister Theresa May, are meeting at a special summit Wednesday to discuss the idea of an extension.In light of her failure to get Parliament to back the withdrawal agreement with the EU, May has asked the EU to delay Britain’s departure date to June 30. The EU seems to want a much longer extension to give British lawmakers more time to figure out what to do next and to not have Brexit influence voting in the European Parliament elections in May.Experts are expecting an extension of between nine and 21 months. EU Council President Donald Tusk, who will chair the summit, has suggested about a year, though the U.K. could leave earlier if its parliament finally agrees on a way to leave the EU.In case of a long extension, many economists think the British economy will end up faring worse than predicted this year. Most had assumed that a deal would have been secured by now and that Britain would be in a smooth transition to a new relationship with the EU.Samuel Tombs, chief U.K. economist at research firm Pantheon Macroeconomics, says his assumption has been that Britain’s EU exit deal would have been ratified by June, “unlocking some catch-up in business investment,” and thereby driving growth.“Prolonged Brexit uncertainty likely would ensure that businesses continue to hoard cash and defer capital expenditure,” said Tombs, who expects growth this year to be around last year’s muted level in the event of a long extension.In Brexit, nothing appears to be ever resolved.___Follow AP’s full coverage of Brexit at: https://www.apnews.com/BrexitPan Pylas, The Associated Press
2 February 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today congratulated the people of Iraq for “strongly exercising” their right to vote in provincial elections that took place over the weekend, in an atmosphere that he called “admirably free of violence.” “He was deeply impressed by their resolve to participate in a process that should strengthen Iraq’s democracy and further the cause of national reconciliation,” according to a statement issued by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson, which added that the Secretary-General also commended Iraqi’s determination to ensure a credible electoral process. Saturday’s provincial, or governate, elections – the first polls held in the strife-torn country in four years – took place in 14 of Iraq’s 18 provinces, with elections for the provinces of the Kurdistan Region and the Kirkuk Governorate to take place at a later stage.Some 14,467 candidates vied for posts in 6,471 polling centres. In addition, there were 84,000 Iraqi observers, 420,000 party agents and around 400 international observers. In his statement, Mr. Ban commended Iraqi’s determination to ensure a transparent and credible process through such massive monitoring and other measures, praising the work of the Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) and the staff involved at each step of the process. He also expressed satisfaction that the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) was “able to make helpful contributions to the process, including through its technical assistance,” and pledged UN support for further stages of the process.The next stage of the election process includes the adjudication of formal complaints before results can be certified.While noting that provisional results have yet to be announced, Staffan de Mistura, Mr. Ban’s Special Representative in Iraq, said that the UN is satisfied that the elections were conducted smoothly both procedurally and in terms of security The polls “mark another important step in Iraq’s recovery,” he added. “The United Nations was present in all 14 governorates and I myself visited polling centres in Anbar, Najaf and Baghdad,” he said. “I was very pleased to see Iraqis from all communities exercising their right to vote, particularly Iraqi women who turned out in large numbers.”UNAMI, which Mr. de Mistura heads, has provided the Commission with advice and assistance on a broad range of electoral issues, including a nationwide revamping of the voter registry in order to increase accuracy and reduce the potential for multiple voting.In a Newsmaker interview with the UN News Centre released today, the Special Representative said that these elections were an important test for Iraq, since they are the first conducted by the Iraqis themselves, with UN assistance, and they are the first in which Sunnis voted in substantial numbers, among other factors.In addition, he said, they are the first elections that will affect the day-to-day lives of Iraqi voters. “These elections are about real power, in the sense that they are going to nominate the people who are on the ground, in the various district councils, and will be deciding on electricity, water, budget and jobs,” he said.
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Redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby (1) blocks a punt during a game against Indiana Nov. 23 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-14. Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorAlready short one starter on the defensive side of the ball, the Ohio State Buckeyes could be without arguably their best defensive back for the Discover Orange Bowl against Clemson.Redshirt-junior cornerback Bradley Roby, who injured his knee late in OSU’s 34-24 loss to No. 4 Michigan State in the Big Ten Championship Game Dec. 7, is still working back to full strength, defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Luke Fickell said Monday.“He’s still rehabbing right now,” Fickell said of Roby during a press conference. “We’re not exactly sure how he’ll be, and we kind of take it day-to-day.”Roby, a first-team All-Big Ten selection by both the coaches and media, is tied for the team lead with three interceptions, returning one for a touchdown against Illinois Nov. 16. He ranked third on the team with 69 tackles, led OSU with 16 passes defended and blocked two punts in 2013.Fickell said he was not sure if the injury Roby sustained against the Spartans was more serious than what was initially thought.“You’d have to ask the doctors. I mean, there’s — there’s a lot of injuries that — you know, it’s not an exact science,” Fickell said. “I always tell those guys, a mind is a powerful thing. A doctor can tell you one thing or a trainer can tell you one thing, but what’s in your mind and how well you can heal and what you can do is probably as powerful as anything. So we don’t really know.”The No. 12 Tigers (10-2, 7-1) sport one of the nation’s best offenses, led by redshirt-senior quarterback Tajh Boyd and junior wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Boyd’s favorite target in 2013, Watkins leads Clemson with 85 catches for 1,237 yards and 10 touchdowns. If Roby is able to play, it is likely he would be matched up with the talented receiver a lot throughout the course of the game.However, if Roby has to sit out, and starting sophomore defensive end Noah Spence does not make the trip to Miami as he works through what OSU coach Urban Meyer called “some personal issues at home,” the Buckeyes could be without two of their best defenders on a unit that struggled late in the season.“That’s tough, but that’s why you’ve got these other guys. It’s a part of the game that you don’t always account for, but it’s a reality,” Fickell said. “It’s a part of the game. We’ve got to deal with it. We can’t dwell on it. We can’t whine and complain about it. Next man up.”Kickoff between the No. 7 Buckeyes (12-1, 8-1) and the Tigers is set for 8:30 p.m. Jan. 3 2014 at Sun Life Stadium.