India will travel to Pakistan for Davis Cup tie: AITA secretary general

first_imgIndia’s tour to Pakistan for the Davis Cup Group 1 tie is not doubtful and the All India Tennis Association (AITA) has not requested for a change of venue in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack.There were reports that India might refuse to play the Davis Cup tie in Pakistan in September after 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers were killed on February 14 in a ghastly attack.”We have not requested for a change in venue. All such reports are baseless,” AITA Secretary General Hironmoy Chatterjee told IANS rubbishing reports.”The tie is still far off. We will play in September and we cannot predict what the (political) condition will be sitting in February. We will not discuss the matter only now. The tie is not in doubt,” he added.The Pakistan Tennis Federation (PTF) had announced earlier this month that they are ready to host India on a grass court in Islamabad.The AITA had earlier stated that they were sure of travelling to Pakistan for the tie and would otherwise get disqualified according to International Tennis Federation rules.There is a huge uproar over the Indian cricket team playing against Pakistan in the upcoming ICC World Cup in the United Kingdom.The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) Chairman Vinod Rai said on Friday that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will write to the International Cricket Council (ICC), where India will make a strong representation on boycotting countries that sponsor terrorism.In Davis Cup, no Indian team has travelled to Pakistan since March 1964.advertisementIn the World Group Qualifier, India were beaten 3-1 by Italy at the Calcutta South Club.This is an away tie for India since the last time the two nations had met in Mumbai. India had then won the tie 3-2. Before that, India and Pakistan played at a neutral venue in Malaysia in 1973.Also Read | 14th February was a black day for India: Sania Mirza on Pulwama terror attackAlso Read | No decision on India-Pakistan World Cup clash yet: Committee of Administratorslast_img read more

Kick 2 to go on floors next year

first_imgMumbai: Superstar Salman Khan will soon be back as Devil in Kick 2, which is expected to go on the floors next year. Kick released on Eid 2014, and filmmaker Sajid Nadiadwala shared an update about the second installment of the film. “It’s a nostalgic day today. It’s been five years to Kick today and I have started penning down the second installment. The first draft is concluded,” Nadiadwala said. “The second draft is in its initial stage and I am personally excited for this journey to begin, as much as fans are to witness it. The Devil will return soon,” he added. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe film will mark the return of Salman as Devil (Devi Lal Singh), a thief with a purpose. The first part also featured Jacqueline Fernandez, Randeep Hooda and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. “Sajid and his writing team is taking things extremely slow, to ensure that part two lives up to expectations,” said a source close to the development. According to a source, Salman’s character in the film is deeply layered, and “there’s a lot about him that has been left to explore”. “Devil’s character is extremely unpredictable. That is precisely what makes his role unique. Sajid will explore this side of the character in part two,” said the source.last_img read more

Tears 4 Justice Walk in BC rolls into Smithers

first_img(Tears 4 Justice walkers leave Moricetown, B.C. and head south towards Smithers where the MMIWG Inquiry starts up Tuesday. Photo: John Murray/APTN)John Murray APTN National News Surrounded by autumn colours and mountain-side mist, people gathered for the Tears 4 Justice Walk to honour and recognize those who are missed and gone, and make the journey from Moricetown, B.C. south to Smithers where the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is holding three days of hearings.Gladys Radek, whose niece Tamara Chipman, 22, vanished in 2005 along Hwy 16, continues a walk that she has done for the last seven years.“We all walked for this national public inquiry,” she told the gathered crowd. “We would not stop walking until we got our national public inquiry.”Following a ceremony and reflection, walkers left Moricetown, B.C, accompanied by commissioner Michele Audette.The walkers split the seven-hour walking journey into sections – different groups covered the walk along Hwy 16, also known as the Highway of Tears because of the number of Indigenous women who have gone missing or have been murdered, to Smithers.“There are many families that will be in Smithers this week and we need to pray for them, we need to send them love, send them strength, and give them all the energy they need because they are making history this week,” said Audette.“They are writing a new chapter for Canada.”(Rhonda Lee McIsaac came from Haida Gwaii to join the walk. Photo: John Murray/APTN)People from across Canada travelled to join the walk.Rhonda Lee McIsaac, an Anishinaabe woman living in Haida Gwaii, felt her presence was necessary.She also felt strongly about wearing her jingle dress.“My teachings simply say that when the dress is needed, when this medicine is needed, this is why I am walking,” she said. “There are other people who cannot walk so I am walking for them.“It is an honour to be responsible to carry those teachings and to actually live those teachings, and infuse this dress with the power of other people.”Chief Commissioner Marion Buller joined the walkers for the last hour of the walk into Smithers.Radek warned those gathered that the inquiry won’t satisfy everyone.“It might not be the answer for everybody, but it is the answer for somebody,” she said. “All of our families need answers.”The hearings in Smithers starts Tuesday.Contact John here: [email protected]last_img read more

Sandals Foundation Jumps into Action to Provide Hurricane Irma Relief

Sandals Foundation Jumps into Action to Provide Hurricane Irma Relief

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 5, 2017 – Nassau – Like a lot of their countrymen, the team members at Sandals Royal Bahamian sprang into action organizing the purchase and collection of hurricane relief supplies for the displaced inhabitants of our southeast islands.The Sandals Foundation, charitable arm of Sandals Resorts International, purchased much needed personal hygiene supplies which were received by Pastor Matthew Sweeting and his team at New Providence Community Center.   The team members of Sandals Royal Bahamian gathered countless boxes and bags filled with canned goods and gently used clothing procured from a hurricane relief drive led by staff at the resort.  The public information and referral-driven charitable organization HeadKnowles received the items to distribute to the affected.Pastor Matthew Sweeting comments, “We’re so happy to welcome Sandals to join in the effort with the rest of our corporate partners.   Parts of the country aren’t even fully recovered yet from hurricane Matthew so it’s heartening to know that the powerhouses of our country are continuing to stand behind us.”Heidi Clarke, executive director of Sandals Foundation adds, “Our main focus now is assisting all of our communities in the Caribbean that were devastated from the storm, inclusive of the southeast islands of the Bahamas.   It’s going to be a long road to rebuild, but we along with Sandals Royal Bahamian will be here to support until these communities are strong again.   We encourage our more fortunate Bahamian community members along with the rest of the Caribbean to donate toward this cause to help reach that common goal.   Through the Sandals Foundation 100% of all donations goes toward community efforts.Press Release: DPA news Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Manaku The one who entered Gods world

first_imgThe lives of exponents of Pahari paintings are shrouded in mystery. Those who are interested in paintings of Hindu religious epics are well aware of Nainsukh, the younger son of the painter Pandit Seu but only a handful are aware of the conservative painter and the older brother of Nainsukh.After documenting ‘Nainsukh of Guler,’ Dr. B N Goswamy – a distinguished art historian and Professor Emeritus of Art History at the Punjab University, Chandigarh – intrigued by Manaku, reconstructed whatever little is known of his life in ‘Manaku of Guler.’ Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Most of the painters have remained uncelebrated and it has been an obsession of mine to try and do something in terms of going back to the painters themselves; see what we can learn about them or just try and reconstruct the way they thought about things,” sighed the author with despair on the anonymity of many such great Indian painters. Manaku came from an obscure little town in the hills of northern India – home to his singularly talented family – and yet his vision knew almost no limits. Endowed with soaring imagination and great painterly skills, this man – with a name that literally means a ruby, was capable of painting giant rings of time upon timeless waters, envisioning the world of gods and demons, littered with cosmic battles and earthly triumphs, but also gazing, with tender eyes, upon the world of two lovers in which there is tortured loneliness at one moment but, in the next, ‘her garlands fall on his chest and glisten like white cranes on a dark cloud’. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAt least three great series were painted by Manaku – ‘the Siege of Lanka’ which took forward the narrative of the Ramayana from the point where his father, the gifted Pandit Seu, had left it; ‘The Gita Govinda’ – Jayadeva’s immortal 12th century Sanskrit lyric – which he completed in 1730; and ‘The Bhagavata Purana’, that remarkably extensive text, revered and recited by millions to this day, which he set about to negotiate with his brush in ca. 1740–45. After careful observation of Manaku’s paintings, Dr B N Goswamy believes that through his paintings of Hindu religious relics, “he entered the world of the gods.” He further says, “Manaku had the ability to look gods into the eye and converse with them as if they were colleagues. He never used any honorifics to describe a god. It was as if he had the absolute ability to talk to the gods without any formality and turn what they were doing into paintings. This ability of him; to just close his eyes and see that this is what must have happened between Ram and Raavan or Krishna and Radha, and depicting it so beautifully is what intrigued me to write this book”.last_img read more

Mamata likely to attend United India rally at Vizag on Sunday

Mamata likely to attend United India rally at Vizag on Sunday

first_imgKolkata: With the highly anticipated Lok Sabha elections drawing closer, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee is likely to attend a United India rally at Visakhapatnam on Sunday.Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and Telegu Desam Party (TDP) chief N Chandrababu Naidu has invited Banerjee to address the rally. National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal are expected to address the gathering as well. Banerjee is likely to address a political rally at Dhubri in Assam in support of the Trinamool Congress candidate on April 5. She is likely to publish the party’s election manifesto on Wednesday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt has been learnt that the manifesto will be divided into two halves. The first part contains the development work carried out in Bengal in the past eight years, while the second part contains the failures of the Narendra Modi government in the past five years. It was Mamata Banerjee who had initiated the move to set up the United India front to oust Narendra Modi. On January 19, the historic United India rally was held in Kolkata, where leaders of 21 political parties took part. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe rally was addressed by political veterans like Sharad Pawar, Farooq Abdullah, former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda, and Mallikarjun Kharge. There were youngsters like Akhilesh Yadav, Tejashwi Yadav and Hardik Patel in the rally as well. M K Stalin had also addressed the rally. Banerjee was the first political leader to criticise the banning of high value notes announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 8, 2016. Within half-an-hour of the demonetisation being announced, she had said that it would stall the development of the country and affect the common man badly. Over the years, economists of both national and international acclaim had pointed out the disaster which had hit the Indian economy due to the decision of the Narendra Modi government. One after the other, Banerjee has highlighted the shortcomings of the BJP government. Over 12,000 farmers have committed suicide, hasty implementation of GST has affected the industrialists and traders badly and Modi’s statement that Rs 15 lakh would be deposited in the bank accounts of every Indian, has not come true. Banerjee has spoken about the importance of the regional parties and emphasised that in order to save the Indian Constitution, the regional parties should be strengthened. Political experts said that Banerjee’s presence at the rally would increase the strength of the United Front. In the 2014 election, BJP had bagged three seats in Andhra Pradesh but experts feel that the party has a slim chance of retaining them in 2019.last_img read more

AmaWaterways Xmas Markets promotion saves clients up to 1500

AmaWaterways Xmas Markets promotion saves clients up to 1500

first_img CALABASAS, CA — Travellers who get a jumpstart on their Christmas holidays can save up to $1,500 with AmaWaterways’ limited-time promotion.The river cruise line is giving travellers who book one of its popular Christmas Markets cruise itineraries by July 31, 2017 up to $1,500 off their cruise fare. With this promotion, voyages along Europe’s Danube and Rhine rivers are made all the more affordable.“The holidays are the most beautiful time of the year to visit Europe, with Christmas Markets, festive decorations, regional delicacies and memorable moments at every port of call,” said Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-owner of AmaWaterways. “We are delighted to offer guests an incredible value on this year’s Christmas Markets cruises and look forward to welcoming both new and returning guests this holiday season!”AmaWaterways’ Christmas Markets themed cruises are available on four itineraries from late November through December 2017, onboard a variety of ships including the company’s newest vessel, AmaKristina. Travellers can enjoy seven- or 14-night cruises starting at $2,709 per person (cruise only). Pre- and post-cruise land programs (for an added cost) are available with options in Prague on the Danube or Lucerne and Zurich on the Rhine.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upGuests wishing to embark on the Dec. 23 Rhine sailing will also enjoy two free nights in Amsterdam. Plus, solo travellers will receive the single supplement waived in place of the discount.While on Christmas Markets cruises, the holiday spirit isn’t just limited to city markets – it can be found onboard the ships as well. Festive shipboard activities include tree-trimming contests, gingerbread decorating, a Captain’s Christmas party, a traditional holiday dinner, carolers and more. Those onboard Dec. 31 will also enjoy a special New Year’s Eve gala, followed by local firework displays. Posted by Tags: AmaWaterways << Previous PostNext Post >> AmaWaterways’ Xmas Markets promotion saves clients up to $1,500last_img read more