Zimbabwe rugby team sleeps on street in Tunisia before World Cup qualifier

first_imgZimbabwe’s rugby players were forced to sleep on the street in Tunisia just a few days before their World Cup qualifier this weekend after facing issues with their accommodation.Zimbabwe are in Tunisia for a Gold Cup match against the North African nation in Monastir on Saturday. This match serves as a qualifier for next year’s rugby World Cup in Japan.However, social media went abuzz with images of the players sleeping on the street outside their allocated hotel.It was known that the players did not check in the hotel because they found it substandard. On the other hand, Zimbabwe players have also not been paid their meal allowance for a World Cup qualifier trip and it is their South African coach Peter de Villiers who is funding their food and drink.Zimbabwe national rugby team forced to sleep on the streets of Tunisia… @WorldRugby pic.twitter.com/MGcug87P0lBrian Mujati (@MujatiBrewing) July 3, 2018Rugby Africa and the Tunisia Rugby Union (TRU) apologised to Zimbabwe and their players because of the trouble they had to face.”We would like to reassure the Zimbabwean Ministry of Sports, Zimbabwe Rugby Union, and all partners and fans that the situation was addressed immediately, and an acceptable solution has been found this morning,” Rugby Africa said in a statement on Tuesday.”Tunisia Rugby Union took the Sables (Zimbabwe) management to visit another hotel which was accepted,” Rugby Africa said in a statement on Tuesday.”Rugby Africa and Tunisia Rugby Union would like to express their sincere apologies to the Sables team and management for this unfortunate situation,” it added.advertisementKhaled Babbou, an executive member of both TRU and Rugby Africa, said there was no intention to disrupt Zimbabwe’s preparations for the match.”I can assure you that there was absolutely no intention to destabilise our opponents and we will make every possible effort to ensure they have a good preparation ahead of Saturday’s match,” Babbou was quoted as saying by South Africa’s News24.Zimbabwe loose-forward Takudzwa Mandiwanza said the issues started ahead of the team’s previous match, a 45-36 loss to Kenya in Nairobi last weekend.”We have not been paid our daily allowances for our duration in Kenya, including our match fees that we did not receive. Now we’re in Tunisia, we were detained at the airport for close to six hours, with no allowances given to us,” he told Zimbabwean radio station Capitalk FM, adding De Villiers had paid for the players to eat.”We’d be hungry right now. The situation is very frustrating and disheartening,” he added.There was no immediate comment from the Zimbabwe rugby authorities.Namibia currently head the Gold Cup standings with a full haul of 15 points from three matches, including an 118-0 victory over Tunisia. Zimbabwe have a draw and a defeat from their two matches.Only the top team advances automatically to the World Cup, with the second-placed side entering a play-off.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more


first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 6 (PTI) Following are the highlights at 2100 hours: TOP STORIES:DEL50 DL-POWER-LD TUSSLE-LG2015 notification that ‘services’ outside purview of Delhi Assembly valid: LGNew Delhi: Hitting back at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Lt Governor Anil Baijal today said the Home Ministry’s 2015 notification stating that ‘services’ falls outside the purview of the Delhi Legislative Assembly “continues to be valid”.FGN40 PAK-LDALL SHARIFNawaz Sharif sentenced to 10 yrs rigorous imprisonment in 1st corruption caseIslamabad: Pakistan’s deposed premier Nawaz Sharif was today sentenced in absentia to 10 years of rigorous imprisonment by an anti-graft court in one of the three corruption cases against him in the Panama Papers scandal, dealing a huge blow to his party ahead of the elections on July 25.DEL42 UP-LD-PLASTIC-BANUP bans plastic bags from July 15Lucknow: The Uttar Pradesh government has banned the use of polythene bags and items of common use made of plastic from July 15, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said today.DEL19 BIZ-LD MALLYA-SBIBanks working closely with UK agencies to recover maximum dues from Mallya: SBI MDNew Delhi: Indian banks are working very closely with various agencies, including in the UK, to recover maximum out of assets owned by Vijay Mallya after a British court allowed them to search and seize properties of the fugitive liquor baron, SBI MD Arijit Basu said today.LGD30 SC-LD ROSTERCJI is ‘master of roster’, has ultimate authority to allocate cases: SC New Delhi: The chief justice of India is the “master of the roster” and there is no dispute that he has the “ultimate authority” and “prerogative” to allocate cases, the Supreme Court asserted today, in third such reiteration by the apex court in eight months on the contentious issue.advertisement NATION:DEL44 DL-POWER-TUSSLE-KEJRIWAL-RAJNATHKejriwal seeks appointment with RajnathNew Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today sought an appointment with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to urge him to ensure implementation of the Supreme Court orders on governance in Delhi.DEL46 CBI-2NDLD ARRESTCBI arrests two retired BoI officials in Rs 2654 crore fraud case New Delhi: The CBI today arrested two senior retired officers of Bank of India in connection with alleged loan fraud of Rs 2,654 crore by Vadodara-based Diamond Power Infrastructure Ltd. (DPIL).DEL38 RAHUL-MSPPMN’s MSP increase is like band-aid for a haemorrhage: Rahul Gandhi New Delhi: Congress President Rahul Gandhi today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “grand MSP increase” for farmers is like applying band-aid to a “massive haemorrhage”.DEL7 NIA-JK-ANDRABIDukhtaran-e-Milat chief Asiya Andrabi, two others taken into NIA custodyNew Delhi: The NIA today took custody of chief of the banned Dukhtaraan-e-Milat, Aasiya Andrabi, and two others in connection with a case registered in April this year for allegedly waging war against the country and delivering hate speeches in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.LGD12 SC-GOVT PROPERTYCan religious acts be allowed on govt land: SC refers plea to larger benchNew Delhi: The Supreme Court today referred to a larger bench the question whether religious activities can be allowed on government land or property in a secular State like India. BUSINESS:DCM21 BIZ-PNB-BAD LOANSPNB invites bids to sell 3 NPA accounts to recover over Rs 136cr New Delhi: Punjab National Bank (PNB) has put on sale three non-performing assets to recover Rs 136 crore dues from the borrowers.FOREIGN:FGN25 NEPAL-LD INDIAN PILGRIMSOver 1,200 stranded Indian Kailash Mansarovar pilgrims evacuated from Nepal’s SimikotKathmandu: Over 1,200 Indian pilgrims moved to safety from Nepal’s mountainous Simikot region, the Indian embassy here says, as efforts continue to evacuate those stranded in Hilsa while returning from the Kailash Mansarovar pilgrimage in Tibet amidst inclement weather.FGN30 MALAYSIA-ZAKIR-LD DEPORTATIONZakir Naik will not be deported from Malaysia: PM MahathirKuala Lumpur: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad today ruled out the deportation of the controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik to India if he does not create problems in Malaysia, where he has permanent residency status.SPORTS:SPO-IND-REPLACEMENTShardul to replace Bumrah in India’s ODI squadNew Delhi: Mumbai fast bowler Shardul Thakur will replace injured pacer Jasprit Bumrah in India’s ODI squad for the upcoming three-match series against England starting July 12. PTI SNESNElast_img read more

India vs England: How England are preparing to deal with India’s spin threat

first_imgEngland are leaving no stone unturned in their preparations for the first Test of the five-match series against India.Most of the batsmen in the England squad have faced the likes of Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav on their home soil four years ago but it’s the threat of the spinners that has made the hosts practice harder than usual ahead of the match.Along with R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, India have a new weapon in their arsenal this time in the form of Kuldeep Yadav, which is why England have called up three left-arm wrist spinners to bowl at their batsmen in the nets.England fans likely to outnumber India supporters in Edgbaston TestYoung English spinners Akhil Patel, William Blackwell and Sam Wisniewski got the golden opportunity to help the England team practice playing spin in the nets, as reported by ESPNCricinfo.Kevin Pietersen still a hit among fans, voted in England’s greatest Test XIIndia’s Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane labelled Kuldeep Yadav as the team’s X-factor going into the series after the chinaman troubled the English batsmen in the limited-overs series earlier this month.England gear up for historic 1000th Test, India eye rare series triumphOnly Joe Root and Jos Buttler were able to pick Kuldeep’s variations in the five matches that he played while the rest were left bamboozled.Whether Kuldeep plays in the first Test or not remains to be seen but the hosts clearly do not want to take any chances.advertisementICC congratulates ECB as England gear up for 1000th Test matchBut it is not just the threat from Kuldeep that they want to counter. In Ashwin and Jadeja, India has the most dangerous spin attack in the Test format, and it would not be wise to forget their ability with the duo having taken 487 Test wickets as a pair which is why off-spinner Dominic Bess and left-arm spinner Jack Leach were also seen at the nets. Off-spinner Dominc Bess took part in the practice session and bowled at the English batsmen (Reuters Photo)India vs England: I feel a bit sorry for Adil Rashid, says Alastair CookIndia may or may not play Kuldeep at Edgbaston after looking at the current conditions and the pitch. Rain on Sunday ended the dry spell in Birmingham which suggests that both teams could play three seamers and one spinner in their XI.If the conditions favour the seamers then England will hold the obvious home advantage. Their batsmen and bowlers have honed their skills on swinging and seaming tracks here.I was kind of surprised: Adil Rashid reacts to England Test squad comebackBut that is not something which India is too worried about as claimed by coach Ravi Shastri, who feels the experience of playing in England four years ago will help his team in this series.”A lot of players have been to England before. A lot of them have learned a lot in the last few years, playing as a unit. I see that as a big advantage as opposed to coming with a brand new side,” said Shastri told ESPNCricinfo.Talking about the conditions in England, Shastri said, “The square will be different, the outfield will be different and the weather conditions will be different to back in India. But whatever the conditions, the balls moves in England.”In South Africa we played on some spicy tracks. We have to adapt to those 22 yards. We adapted better than South Africa in Johannesburg and we won that Test. They won a couple of sessions more than us in the first two Tests and won two Tests.”How the pitch will behave remains to be seen but rest assured the first session of play will still be difficult for the batsmen. Spin or no spin, English and Indian batsmen will have to concentrate hard every ball to stand a chance of succeeding at Edgbaston.last_img read more

Sound of Music: Asiad theme song hit with athletes

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma Palembang, Aug 22 (PTI) Indonesia is receiving constant criticism for its traffic woes in Jakarta and Palembang in the ongoing Asian Games but it has also done a lot of things right, including the immensely popular theme song which is also available in Hindi. The song, which has been released in six different languages Bahasa, Hindi, Arabic, Korean, Japanese and Thai is a huge hit among the athletes. The original version called ‘Meraih Bintang (reach for the stars), sung by Indonesia’s rising dangdung music star Vi Vallen, has expectedly garnered the most hits on Youtube — 31 million — since it was released 50 days ago ahead of the August 18-September 2 Asian Games. Dangdung is a form of Indonesian pop inspired from Hindustani, Malay and Arabic. The Hindi version, sung by Siddharth Slathia, had close to two million hits at the time of writing. The organisers have actually launched a full-fledged Games album, featuring 13 songs. On the streets of Jakrata and Palembang, at Games Village and the sporting venues, ‘Meraih Bintang’ is being played on the loop. “It is really catchy even though I don’t understand the language (Bahasa). It keeps me going during competition,” 15-year-old Thai shooter Natsara Champalat told PTI. When told there was also a Thai version of the song, Champalat was quick to point that “it is mostly in English with very little Thai in it”. The song has been created to celebrate the unifying spirit of the Games and motivate the 11,000 plus athletes from 45 countries competing at the quadrennial event. It also promotes dangdung.advertisement Another song has that has been pepping up the athletes is called ‘Non Political’. “Love is our language, peace is our weapon. W don’t need no politician, we all just want to dance,” these are the opening two lines of the high-energy song featuring Slank, the biggest Indonesian rock band. “I have been to other Games but the theme songs there did not create a buzz. What they have done is great. The songs have a very global appeal to it,” said Bahraini athlete Ali Hussain. Waka Waka, the anthem of 2010 World Cup in South Africa, is easily the most popular song to have come out of major sporting events in recent times. India too had a song for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi but it did not catch the attention of the athletes and general public despite being an A R Rahman composition. India’s young trap shooter, Lakshay Sheoran, relies heavily on music to relax himself. Lakshay shot his way to a silver medal on Monday as the theme song played in the background. He was even seen grooving to it. “Mein music mein kho jaata hoon (I get lost in the music to focus). It was the case today also,” Lakshay had told PTI after his memorable feat. PTI BS PM PM PMlast_img read more

The insider that ended Indian kabaddi’s golden run at Asian Games 2018

first_imgIndia’s dominance in the world of kabaddi came to a screeching halt on Friday after the women’s team were stunned 27-24 by Iran in the final at Asian Games 2018 and had to settle for silver. Indian men were earlier outclassed by Iran in the semi-final on Thursday.Iran took over as the champions of kabaddi in Jakarta and for the first time since the sport’s inclusion in the Asian Games in 1990, India will return without a gold.The Indian women settled for silver while the men fell even further to just a bronze medal finish and the magnitude of the loss was evident on the face Indian men’s team captain Ajay Thakur who stood stunned and teary-eyed as he saw Iran dominate.Fathom this – Indian men had won eight straight gold medals at the Asian Games and the women had picked two straight gold medals in 2010 and 2014 since women’s kabaddi was included in the multi-sport event.Also read – Asian Games 2018: Indian men’s kabaddi team settles for bronzeThis time, none of the two will have a gold medal to show and it is no less than a debacle. The questions have risen — How did this happen? When did Iran get more powerful than India?While Iran men have constantly been developing since the past few years and have overtaken Pakistan to become India’s main rival, Iran women’s win over India came at the back of an Indian helping Iran.Iran women are currently coached a 62-year-old bespectacled Shailaja Jain from the west Indian town of Nasik.advertisementShailaja Jain has spent more than three decades coaching hundreds of kids in Maharashtra, but never got an opportunity to lead the India national team, which still rankles with her.So when Iran offered her a deal last year to coach their women’s team, she took it as a challenge to prove her credentials, which she did in emphatic fashion at Theatre Garuda.ASIAN GAMES 2018 DAY 7 LIVE UPDATESIt was India’s second surprise defeat after their men’s team were also beaten by Iran in the semi-finals on Thursday.”When I first visited Iran, I said my mission is to prove I’m the best coach. And now we have the result,” she said, wiping away tears of joy with one hand and carrying a notebook in the other.”Before the final, I told the girls ‘don’t send me back to India without a gold’. And after the match, some of them came to me and told me ‘madam, we’ve gifted you what you wanted’.”Her only awkward moment came in the news conference room when her chair slipped and she fell down before being helped back on her feet.Jain had initially rejected the Iran job but accepted it when they returned with a better deal. She taught her players yoga and pranayam, a breathing exercise, and learnt Persian to help her communicate with the team.”The first things I did after reaching Iran was starting a kabaddi WhatsApp group. Every morning I’d post an inspirational message. There was a girl who’d translate it for others,” she said.”Initially I started with 42 girls but kept trimming it as we pruned the team. Now it has 13 members — 12 girls and me.”Jain ran on with water bottles and tagging tips during timeouts and sat with the players at halftime as she sought to spark a revival after India had taken a 13-11 lead.It had the desired effect as Iran staved off India’s late fightback to win the contest.”I’m sad that India lost. Like any other Indian, I love my country too. But I love kabaddi also and being the coach of this team, I had only Iran on my mind,” she said.Jain, who was carried on her players’ shoulders after the victory, considers her main influence on the team was to overhaul their defensive techniques.”Everyone wanted to be a raider, nobody wanted to defend. Their catching technique was all wrong. We did well today but it’s still not perfect.”Iran beat South Korea 26-16 in the men’s final to claim both kabaddi golds.Jain’s contract with Iran expired with their Asian Games campaign and the Indian said she was looking forward to coaching another country in the future.She flashed a smile when asked if she meant India.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Arpinder ends 48-year wait for Asiad gold in triple jump

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh (Eds: Updating with quotes of Arpinder) Jakarta, Aug 29 (PTI) A dehydrated Arpinder Singh today ended India’s 48-year long wait for a gold in triple jump at the Asian Games with an effort of 16.77m even as he had aimed at shattering the national record here. India’s last Asian Games gold medal in men’s triple jump had come in 1970 from Mohinder Singh Gill. Arpinder, who has been without a medal in multi-sporting events since winning a bronze in the 2014 Commonwealth Games, produced his best jump of 16.77m in his third attempt. The 25-year old said that his performance dipped because of a training in UK, where he could not adjust to new training methods. Ruslan Kurbanov of Uzbekistan took the silver with a best jump of 16.62m while Shuo Cao of China was third with an effort of 16.56m. Today’s mark of Arpinder was, however, well below his season best of 17.09m which he did during the National Inter-State Championships in June, which had put him at number three in the Asian rankings. He has a personal best of 17.17m. He had finished fifth in the 2014 Asian Games. Arpinder said he had come into the Asian Games looking to break the national record which is in the name of Renjith Maheshwary (17.30m). “It’s gold, so it’s okay but I wanted to go better than the national record. I was dehydrated after three jumps, that’s why there were fouls after that. The performance was going up and down. My calves were hurting,” Arpinder said.advertisement He said he endured a tough time after winning the bronze at the 2014 Glasgow CWG. “I left for UK for training under John Herbert. However, it led to a dip in form. My coaching style, food, everything changed. Even the weather was different so my performance went down. I had to cook myself and ride a bicycle seven kilometer one side. “That was really tough time. It’s not that the coach was not good but the methods were different. I could neither jump with the technique I had learnt from beginning nor could I adapt the new one. So I came back in 2016 and started from scratch and joined the national camp. Now I have won the biggest medal of my career,” he said. Arpinder said he was initiated to athletics by his father. “My dad was a kabaddi player in the army. He wanted me to continue playing sports. He kept pushing me to become sportsman. I started with 100 metres but I failed, I tried 200m and 400m but I could not do much there also. Then I took long jump and I failed there again. “But my father remained persistent. SAI coach D S Bahl then asked me to take up triple jump in 2005-06. To be honest, I was not interested as I did not know anything about triple jump. But then I won a medal at the 2007 School Nationals in Kolkata,” he said explaining how it all started. Arpinder will next compete in the IAAF Continental Cup in Ostrava, Czech Republic, representing Asia-Pacific team. PTI AT PDSPDSlast_img read more

Vivo V9 Pro 4GB RAM model to launch in India on November 1 exclusively on Flipkart

first_imgVivo launched the V9 Pro in India back in the month of September. The smartphone was launched in only 6GB RAM variant. But now, the company has listed the 4GB RAM and 64GB storage model of the phone on Flipkart with the banner “Coming soon”. Vivo is yet to reveal the availability details of the phone, but some media reports making round on the internet suggest that the new variant of the V9 Pro will be available November 1 onwards exclusively on Flipkart.The phone is expected to go on sale on the same day when Flipkart’s Big Diwali Sale kicks off. The MRP of the V9 Pro 4GB RAM model will be Rs 17,990, but during the Big Diwali sale, Flipkart will be selling the phone with Rs 2,000 discount. This means that the V9 Pro 4GB RAM with 64GB storage model will be available for Rs 15,990 during the sale period, which is from November 1 to November 5. The 6GB RAM model of the V9 Pro is priced at Rs 19,990.Flipkart is also offering 10 per cent instant discount on Mastercard for First Online Payment. It is also offering Extra 5 per cent off with Axis Bank Buzz Credit Card. The V9 Pro will also be available with EMI option.As far as the specifications are concerned, the new variant of the V9 Pro is almost the same as the 6GB RAM model, apart from the differences in the RAM and storage department. The new model of the V9 Pro comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage which is expandable up to 256GB via microSD card. The previously launched model of the phone comes with 6GB RAM and 64GB storage. Other specifications remain the same.advertisementThe V9 Pro comes with the same screen size as the V9. The phone sports a 6.3-inch FullView Display 2.0 (FHD+) with a 19:9 aspect ratio and 90 per cent screen to body ratio. The phone is powered by the same hardware setup as its big brother, the V11 Pro. The smartphone packs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 AIE (artificial intelligence engine) chipset with Adreno 512 GPU and AI Engine inside it. On the software front, the V9 Pro runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based on Funtouch OS 4.0.ALSO READ: Vivo V9 Pro review: Good looks, great performer but a bit steep priceOn the rear panel, the V9 Pro comes with a 13MP primary sensor and 2MP secondary sensor paired with several camera modes like AI Bokeh and AI HDR. The back camera setup is followed by a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. On the front, the V9 Pro comes with a 16MP selfie shooter paired with several camera modes like AI selfie lightning and AI face beauty.last_img read more

Cricket needs shorter format, hockey doesn’t: Coaches on Hockey 5s

first_imgBy Saumojyoti S Choudhury Bhubaneswar, Dec 3 (PTI) Buoyed by the success of five-a-side hockey in the Youth Olympics, the international federation (FIH) is set to go big with promotion of the format next year, but seasoned coaches like Ric Charlesworth feel the game doesn’t need a shorter version like cricket. The FIH is planning an exhibition tournament of Hockey 5s next year but has ruled out the possibility of the format replacing the traditional 11-a-side contest in the Olympics. The format is part of FIH’s efforts to market the sport. But Charlesworth is against too much emphasis on the corporatisation of the game. “Lot of decisions are made because of money and it’s pretty unfortunate. I am worried that there are gladiators in the arena now,” the Australian told PTI on the sidelines of the ongoing men’s hockey World Cup here. “Some of the decisions that are now made are not for sports but for the sponsors and I think that’s a great danger,” he added. Charlesworth felt the too much emphasis on commerce could end up alienating fans. “You do need money but you also want people to play sport and not just watch it. That’s not ideal. The proliferation of some of the money involved is silly. “There is pressure to change the way the game is being played. I don’t like that. Some sport needed a shorter product, cricket needed a three-hour product but hockey doesn’t need that. “It just goes for hour and a half. There is plenty of action. I don’t want to see five-a-side hockey,” said Charlesworth, who has also played first-class cricket for Australia besides being the High Performance Manager of New Zealand Cricket.advertisement Not just Charlesworth but other coaches at the ongoing event have also expressed their reservations. New Zealand coach Shane McLoed said while innovation is the need of the hour for the game, he too doesn’t want to see Hockey 5s taking the limelight away from the traditional game. “The one thing that works for our sport is that we are innovative. We probably haven’t seen massive effect with the quarter system. I just think it is a little bit of leveller,” McLoed said on the 15-minute four-quarter system that has replaced the 35-minute a side half. “Hockey 5s really good addition but I would hate for our sport to go in that direction fully,” he added. PTI SSC PM PMPMlast_img read more

JK Budget 2019-20: Key allocations

first_imgJammu, Dec 15 (PTI) Following are the highlights of the Rs 88,911 crore budget approved by Jammu and Kashmir state administrative council (SAC) for FY 2019-20.  Infrastructure: Rs 30,469 crore earmarked for investment in development sector; Rs 3,631 crore additional investment in 1,643 languishing projects; To build spending capacity, line departments to be provided funds for hiring consultants, creating DPR preparation cells, project implementation agencies, IT consultants etc;Local governance: Rs 2,573 crore for Panchayati Raj Institutions and Rs 1,030 crore for Urban Local Bodies in next 15 months; Every Panchayat to get Rs 20 lakh to Rs 1 crore depending upon area, population; 2,000 posts of Accounts Assistants proposed to be created for Panchayati Raj;Institutions MGNREGA funds proposed to be supplemented by 10 per cent capital infusion from the state exchequer to create quality assets;Rural Development: State allocation for rural development department proposed to be doubled to undertake works of urgent public need; Rs 7 crore state share proposed to be provided to rural development department for solid Waste management; Rs 1 crore additional funds proposed to be allocated to rural development department for construction of quality pathways in mountainous villages;Agriculture /Horticulture: Annual allocation to agriculture sector proposed to be enhanced by Rs 20 crore; 50 per cent subsidy proposed for all new controlled atmospheric stores to be established next fiscal; 50 per cent subsidy for refrigerated vans for transportation of perishable vegetables/fruits; Provision of Rs 9.18 crore to meet freight subsidy for transportation of cut-flowers to promote commercial flower cultivationEducation: Rs 250 crore proposed for upgradation of infra in existing, New Degree Colleges; Rs 100 crore to be allocated for providing benches and desks for students in primary and middle schools; Rs 45 crore for providing assured electricity, drinking water supply to schools; Rs 5.5 crore for reactivating EDUSAT, setting up additional smart classrooms; Rs 3.50 crore proposed to be provided to help prepare students for competitive exams like IAS/KAS/JEE/NEET/Banking; Rs 1,000 crore for regularisation of Rahbar-e-taleem and SSA teachers;Healthcare: Rs 350 crore for completion of under-construction buildings of Medical Colleges, district and sub-district Hospitals, public health centres etc;  Rs 100 crore for onetime augmentation of equipment in hospitals; Rs 87.09 crore state share proposed for AIIMS Vijapur in Jammu region and AIIMS Awantipora in Kashmir valley; Rs 32 crore additional State share for five New Medical Colleges; Rs 1.50 crore for purchase of five critical care ambulances for hilly districts; Rs 1 crore for drug-de-addiction centre at SKIMS Medical College Bemina; Sonam Narbo Hospital, Leh proposed to be upgraded to 300 bedded hospital for which a provision of Rs 3 crore has been made;Power Sector: Rs 5,000 crore earmarked for power purchase; Rs 300 crore proposed over and above normal outlay, PMDP and centrally sponsored schemes for upgradation of power distribution network; Rs 55 crore proposed for promotion of solar power;advertisementPHE/Irrigation & Flood Control: Rs 1,500 crore allocation proposed to augment drinking water supply; Mega drinking water supply project on Chenab River to be taken up for execution to augment potable water supply in Jammu; Rs 150 crore for upgradation of irrigation facilities; State share provided for Shahpur Kandi Dam project and Ujh multipurpose project; Rs 12 crore provided for purchase of dredgers for Irrigation and Flood Control Dept;Roads and Buildings: Additional Rs 1,000 crore for completion of languishing connectivity projects; Annual allocation for macadamisation proposed to be enhanced from Rs 100 crore to Rs 400 crore for 2019-20; Rs 100 crore proposed for land acquisition of PMGSY roads; Rs 20 crore for beautification of bridges and flyovers in Srinagar and Jammu;Industries and Commerce: Rs 400 crore for augmentation of infrastructure including waste disposal in existing and upcoming industrial estates; Pending issues of amnesty on interest and penalty of power arrears of industries resolved;Tourism: Rs 130 crore for tourism promotion in addition to Rs 2,000 crore under PMDP for infrastructure upgradation;Culture: Rs 50 lakh for nomination preparation process for “World Heritage Licensing of Mughal Gardens by UNESCO” Rs 1 crore each proposed for establishing dedicated Art Galleries in Srinagar and Jammu Rs 1 crore provided for construction of Planetarium near Kala Kendra Jammu Rs 25 crore to be provided for establishment of Art and Culture Centres at district levelYouth Services and Sports: Rs 350 crore proposed for massive upgradation of sports infrastructure; Rs 5 crore for promotion of youth exchange programmes;Transport: Rs 25 crore for subsidy for purchase of 500 new buses in private sector; Rs 36 crore for revival of SRTC; Rs 25 crore for purchase of low floor buses;Housing and Urban Development: Metropolitan Authorities to be created for Srinagar and Jammu with an initial outlay of Rs 100 crore; Rs 500 crore for construction of drainage and sewerage network, STPs; Rs 10 crore for installing high mask lights in Srinagar and Jammu; Rs 10 crore proposed for riverfront development in Jammu city and connecting Vikram Chowk with Gujjar Nagar bridge along river Tawi;IT Infrastructure Rs 15 crore for providing dedicated IT infrastructure at Civil Secretariat, Jammu to avoid relocating of computers and other paraphernalia during Durbar Move; Rs 5 crore for digitisation of office records of Civil Secretariat; Rs 3 crore for installation of robust LAN Network in Civil Secretariat. 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Wiaan Mulder handed South Africa Test call-up for Sri Lanka series

first_imgSouth Africa have called up uncapped all-rounder Wiaan Mulder to their squad for the two-Test series against Sri Lanka that starts next week.The 20-year-old, who was previously included in the squad for last year’s series against Australia but has yet to make his Test debut, was sidelined by an Achilles injury from September to January.His inclusion is the only addition to the squad that scored a clean sweep over Pakistan in their three-Test series in December and January.”Wiaan has been part of our strategic thinking in developing a batting all-rounder for the Test squad for some time,” head selector Linda Zondi said in a statement on Thursday.”His injury came at an unfortunate time and we are gradually working him back into the Proteas set-up.”We never want to rush players back from injury because that can be counter-productive, but he has now had a couple of good weeks of action in the four-day domestic series.”After the convincing victory against Pakistan the selectors are looking to exercise consistency in the squad and at the same time to strengthen it through the inclusion of Mulder,” Zondi added.Squad: Faf du Plessis (captain), Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Theunis de Bruyn, Quinton de Kock, Dean Elgar, Zubayr Hamza, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Duanne Olivier, Vernon Philander, Kagiso Rabada, Dale Steyn.Also Watch:last_img read more

Chris Gayle to retire from ODIs after 2019 Cricket World Cup

first_imgThe West Indies cricket board has announced that Chris Gayle will retire from One-day Internationals after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 to be held in England and Wales.Gayle, now 39-year-old, is the second most capped West Indies player with 284 matches and is also the second highest run-scorer with 9,727 runs, behind only West Indies legend Brian Lara – who has 10,405 runs from 299 matches.Gayle has the most centuries by a West Indian in ODI, with 23, as well as the highest score of 215 ( which he scored in the last edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup against Zimbabwe. Gayle is also handy with the ball, picking up 165 wickets.BREAKING NEWS – WINDIES batsman Chris Gayle has announced he will retire from One-day Internationals following the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England & Wales. (More to come) #MenInMaroon #ItsOurGame pic.twitter.com/AXnS4umHw2Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) February 17, 2019As a matter of fact, Gayle needs just 677 more runs to surpass the Brian Lara as the West Indies’ all-time record ODI runscorer, a feat he will be hoping to achieve at his fifth World Cup, which starts on May 30.Gayle is making a return to international cricket after the ‘Universe Boss’ was named in the West Indies one day international squad for the first two matches against England, earlier this month.Gayle last played an ODI for the West Indies in July 2018 – in a home series against Bangladesh. Gayle had since made himslef unavailable for selection and missed the India and Bangladesh series. Gayle did so as he wanted to play in the Afghanistan Premier League and the T10 League.advertisementThe first of the three-ODI series will be played at Kensington Oval on Wednesday, February 20, with the second being on Friday, February 22.Also Read | Chris Gayle back in ODI squad as West Indies gear up for World Cuplast_img read more

Badminton Asia Championships: Saina, Sindhu, Sameer sail into quarters

first_imgAce Indian women shuttlers Saina Nehwal and P V Sindhu registered straight-game wins to sail into the quarterfinals of the Asia Badminton Championship here Thursday.London Olympic bronze medallist Saina, who was the last Indian to take the court on Thursday, needed just 38 minutes to get the better of Kim Ga Eun of Korea 21-13, 21-13 to enter the last eight round of the women’s singles event.Saina, seeded seventh, has a tough next encounter as she will be up against third seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan.The other Indian in fray, Sindhu, seeded fourth, took just 33 minutes to get the better of Indonesia’s Choirunnisa 21-15, 21-19 in a one-sided women’s singles match.The world number six will next play the unseeded Cai Yanyan of China in the quarterfinals.Sindhu wins her match! @Pvsindhu1 enters quarterfinal of #asianbadmintonchampionship2019 after she defeated ’ Choirunnisa Choirunnisa 21-15 21-19!!Good luck for the rest of the tournament!#IndiaontheRise #Badminton pic.twitter.com/JMCM9bkPkwBAI Media (@BAI_Media) April 25, 2019Besides the female duo, Sameer Verma too continued his impressive run by progressing to the men’s singles quarterfinals.Sameer brushed aside Hong Kong’s Ng Ka Long Angus 21-12 21-19. He will next face either Thai shuttler Sitthikom Thammasin or second seeded Shi Yuqi of China.India’s mixed doubles pair of Utkarsh Arora and Karishma Wadkar crashed out in the second round after losing 21-10 21-15 to Hafiz Faizal and Gloria Emanuelle Widjaja of Indonesia.There was another defeat in store in the mixed doubles as the combination of Venkat Gaurav Prasad and Juhi Dewangan too perished in the second round after losing 10-21 9-21 against second seeded Chinese duo of Yilyu Wang and Dongping Huang.advertisementAlso Read | Badminton Asia Championships: Kidambi Srikanth crashes out after shock 1st-round lossAlso See:last_img read more

No point in getting frustrated, excitedly waiting for opportunity to play for India: Sanju Samson

first_imgSanju Samson has always been considered as a bright prospect but he has not been able to break into the Indian team and the Kerala wicket-keeper batsman Friday said instead of feeling frustrated he would work harder to earn a spot for himself.Samson, who has played just one T20 International for India against Zimbabwe in 2015, has been one of the consistent performers with the bat in this IPL with 337 runs from 11 games that included a century and a half-century.Legends like Brian Lara have found it difficult to understand why a talented player like Samson has not even been considered in India’s World Cup probables.”It feels really great when legends like Lara talk highly of you. It boosts your confidence. I am very confident and happy the way I have been playing. But I am excitingly waiting for my opportunity to play for India,” the Rajasthan Royals player said ahead of his team’s last IPL league game against Delhi Capitals here Saturday.”There is no point in getting frustrated. You can use it as a motivation and push more. It’s not easy to get into the Indian team. You need to work hard and earn that spot.”Insisting that failure is the secret of success, Samson said he has gone through many tough phases in his career which only made him a better, determined cricketer.”If you talk about my career or anyone’s career, there are definitely ups and downs. Going through such phases I feel is very lucky because when you go down then only you will know how to climb up.advertisement”I am lucky that I have gone down many times in my career. I’m happy to have all these experiences. To enter the Indian team you need to know how to make a comeback, you need to be strong enough and you only get strong when you fail. I failed a lot of times and now I am strong enough to play for India,” he said.Steve Smith has flown back to Australia to prepare for the World Cup but Samson said his team has good bench strength. Ajinkya Rahane will lead the Royals on Saturday.”Definitely, it (Smith’s departure) is a great loss. First Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and now Smith but we knew this before the tournament. We have enough bench strength to cover the losses,” Samson said.The Royals are mathematically still in the playoff hunt with 11 points from 13 games but to progress any further they will first have to win against Delhi Capitals and then hope for favourable results from the other remaining league games.A win on Saturday might just not be enough for Rajasthan to sneak through but Samson does not want to think on those lines.”It is very tough for us and it has been tough for us for the last 5 matches. But the approach has been the same, to win and it is not going to be any different tomorrow. We will be keeping things simple, just go out there and express ourselves,” he said.”The plan is to win the IPL. We know it’s very tough for us now but we need to win this match and be positive. We can’t play thinking that it is our last match. We still want to feel that we can still win the Cup.”Also Read | Ajinkya Rahane to lead Rajasthan Royals vs Delhi Capitals as Steve Smith returns to AustraliaAlso Read | You destroyed my day David: Sanju Samson tells Warner after SRH thrash RRlast_img read more

Get Rishabh Pant on the plane ASAP: Kevin Pietersen suggests Shikhar Dhawan replacement

first_imgFormer England batsman Kevin Pietersen has backed Rishabh Pant for Shikhar Dhawan’s replacement in the India squad at ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.”Shikha OUT the World Cup. Get Pant on the plane ASAP. KL Rahul to open and Pant at number 4…” Pietersen wrote on social media.Shikhar Dhawan suffered a thumb injury during India’s 36-run win over Australia on Sunday. The left-handed opener was hit on the thumb as early as the 9th over but he continued to hit a match-winning 117 for India.However, on Tuesday, it was revealed that Shikhar Dhawan had a fracture to his thumb is likely to be ruled out for 3 weeks.Shikhar Dhawan is currently being assessed by Team India physio Patrick Farhat and it remains to be seen how long the in-form opener would take to recover from the injury. The BCCI may decide not to name a replacement if Dhawan can recover in time for the business end of the tournament but the apex body of Indian cricket is unlikely to take the risk.As it turns out, Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer, India Today can confirm, are being considered as likely replacements for Shikhar Dhawan.Speaking to India Today earlier on Tuesday, World Cup-winning off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said India can consider either Rishabh Pant or Ajinkya Rahane as a replacement for Dhawan.Harbhajan Singh pointed out that Ajinkya Rahane has been playing county cricket in India and if Virat Kohli’s men are looking for a senior campaigner, then Rahane is a good option.advertisement”He [Rahane] is a very good option to be considered. He has been playing cricket here. He is one of the middle order batsmen to rely on. He has got the technique to bat at No.3, No.4. He was one of India’s best batsmen at the 2015 World Cup. It would be a bad call to ask him to join the team from here itself. I would still like to see the injury as to how long Shikhar Dhawan is gone. You can straightaway have him in the squad after it heals. You want to be fully fit. Shikhar Dhawan himself won’t take a chance. A fracture ideally takes more than 3 weeks,” Harbhajan said.”At the moment, if I have to pick one replacement player, it would be Rishabh Pant or if you want to go for experience, then it would be Ajinkya Rahane.”Also Read | Shikhar Dhawan’s injury opens the door for other teams, says Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Mitchell Marsh on standby as injury scare hits AustraliaAlso See:last_img read more

Kuldeep, Chahal will be more effective towards latter stage of World Cup: Michael Hussey

first_imgWrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal should be destructive towards the business end of the World Cup because pitches will be dry and it will put India in an advantageous position, reckons former Australia batsman Michael Hussey.Chahal has taken eight wickets in four matches while Chinaman Yadav, who came into tournament struggling for form, has managed to dismiss just three batsmen so far.However, Hussey said, it will change as the tournament progresses.”Looking at the Indian team, they are wonderfully balanced team. They have got all bases covered well and towards the back end of the tournament as the pitches (are)going to be dry and more used, the spinners would get to play more role,” Hussey told PTI in an interview.”And that is where India have got a big advantage over lot of other teams. They have got two quality wrist spinners (Kuldeep and Chahal), who can be match-winners. India are brilliantly placed at the moment, they have got lot of fire power in different departments and I expect them to certainly get to the semi-finals and possibly the final,” Hussey, an ESPN Cricinfo expert, added.Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s slow knock against Afghanistan drew flak from various quarters but Hussey, who has worked closely with him at Chennai Super Kings, did not read too much into it.”I think he (Dhoni) is crucially important to this Indian team. It’s difficult, coming in and trying to bat against these mystery spinners, rotate the strike, it is challenging. You are not sure which way the ball is turning.advertisement”On a slow pitch, it makes pretty tough (for) batting. The other batsman (Kedar Jadhav) was also struggling to rotate strike (in the Afghanistan) game. So I wouldn’t be stressing too much on it.”Dhoni plays the fast bowlers early in the innings, he can rotate them a little-bit easier. I think Afghanistan was one of trickier games for someone like MS,” he added.Hussey also said that defending champions Australia have a great chance to retain the title.”I think they have a great chance now because they have qualified for the semi-finals. The team is playing is playing well. The top order (skipper Aaron Finch and David Warner) is doing a great job with the bat and Mitchell Starc with the ball.”I have been little bit worried about the fourth and fifth bowling options for Australia, but they are starting to get better, with someone like (Jason) Behrendorff coming in, and who has done a good job in the last match. I thought Nathon Lyon also did a good job.”Australia have a proud record in history of World Cup and they want to keep that going, they know how to win those big games,” said Hussey, who played 79 Tests and 185 ODIs.Asked if Australia were too dependent on their opening pair, Hussey many teams including India depend on a couple of key players.”You look at New Zealand, it is dependent on (Kane) Williamson, India are very dependent on Rohit (Sharma) and Virat Kohli, so every team has its key players and it is about other guys pulling good performances when needed and Australian team can do that.”(Usman) Khawaja had a good knock, (Steve) Smith had a good knock, Glenn Maxwell has got that X-factor and we haven’t probably seen the power of Marcus Stonis yet but on his day he can be destructive.”They haven’t had to play big roles just yet because the likes of Warner, Finch and probably Smith to a lesser degree have done a good job so far,” he said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni will regret the way he started vs West Indies, says VVS LaxmanAlso Read | Virat Kohli 1st Indian captain to score four successive fifties in World CupsAlso See:last_img read more

India vs West Indies: MS Dhoni concedes most byes in an ODI in his career

first_imgMS Dhoni is said to be one of the most trusted hands behind the wickets in the game but during India’s World Cup game against West Indies in Manchester, on Thursday, the veteran wicketkeeper-batsman had a rare bad day behind the stumps.At Old Trafford, MS Dhoni conceded 9 byes, the most by him in an ODI in his career, as West Indies were out chasing 269 runs after India posted 268 for 7 in their given 50 overs. Dhoni surpassed the 7 byes he conceded in 2014, coincidentally, against the same side in Kochi.In the 19th over of the second innings, MS Dhoni also missed a chance to stump Nicholas Pooran. It was when Pooran wanted to flick a floaty delivery from Kuldeep Yadav , but missed it altogther as the ball fell just in front of MS Dhoni. Though it was a tough one, but on a good day, it would have been just am easy walk in the park for Dhoni.Dhoni also gifted a boundary to Hetmyer when the wicket-keeper failed to glove an inside edge that missed the off-stump by inches.However, it would be safe to say that the former India captain compensated for all his misses when he pulled off a terrific catch behind the stumps to dismiss Carlos Brathwaite and help Jasprit Bumrah get his first wicket of the day.In a back of length delivery, angled in from Bumrah, Brathwaite got an outside edge that flew to the right of Dhoni. Though, Dhoni was wrongfooted, but he quickly got into stance to dive to his right and remove Brathwaite with his one-handed catch.advertisementAlso Seelast_img read more

India vs New Zealand World Cup semi-final: Fans wonder why Mohammed Shami has been left out

first_imgMohammed Shami’s exclusion from India playing XI for the World Cup semi-final clash against New Zealand did not go well with many cricket experts and fans.India team management’s decision was questioned and criticized by a fraction of fans on social media. Shami, who has picked up 14 wickets in the four matches that he has played so far, was not included in the playing XI.Instead, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal was included in the side in place of Kuldeep Yadav. Shami also did not play in India’s last league game against Sri Lanka on July 6.During the New Zealand innings, Hardik Pandya limped off the field after wincing in pain during his 4th over against New Zealand. Pandya’s absence from the field was worrying for Indian team who went in with only 5 specialist bowlers in the semi-final, leaving Mohammad Shami out.India vs New Zealand Live Score, World Cup 2019 1st Semi FinalMohammad Shami’s presence could have helped Indian team after Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar set the tone with an early wicket of Martin Guptill.”Like Sourav Ganguly, I admit I am surprised by the dropping of Shami. He takes wickets upfront and if you do, the death overs aren’t as critical. India batting very deep with Jadeja at 8 but it is a big call to leave out Kuldeep against a team he has done well,” tweeted celebrated commentator Harsha Bhogle.”India’s XI is slightly conservative. Picking Bhuvi & Jadeja ahead of Kuldeep & Shami they’ve arguably picked the better all-round players at the expense of the better bowlers, but on a fresh pitch which has been high-scoring in this comp that batting depth could be precious,” wrote one of the Twitter users.advertisement”There are about 20 people sitting around me right now, nobody has a clue why Bhuvi is playing ahead of Shami. And they all know the game,” tweeted another user.”Really surprised that Shami isn’t in the squad for this crucial game,” said another user on the microblogging website.”Is Shami injured or have we wilfully not picked the guy with 14 wickets in 4 games & the best strike rate in the entire tournament?”Like @SGanguly99, I admit I am surprised by the dropping of Shami. He takes wickets upfront and if you do, the death overs aren’t as critical. India batting very deep with Jadeja at 8 but it is a big call to leave out Kuldeep against a team he has done well.Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) July 9, 2019Shami after taking 13 wickets in 3 games and still getting replaced by Bhuvi. #indiavsNewzealand pic.twitter.com/U2uW7MaczKDev (@thatswhattisaid) July 9, 2019Mohammad Shami in every match be like#INDvNZ #ICCWorldCup2019 pic.twitter.com/0ifqjWLBVwCricket panditt (@seee774) July 9, 2019Mohd Shami right now#INDvNZ #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/nJuV2ck2FWRight Arm Over (@RightArmOver_) July 9, 2019Someone please explain why Bhuvneshwar gets picked ahead of Shami #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/wiGkHrNyB6(@Most__Ardently) July 9, 2019#Shami also has a super record against the Kiwis, in addition to his grt form, pace and rhythm this #CWC19 .. A surprise exclusion indeed, admit the experts too.. #SemiFinal1 #NZvINDKaushik LM (@LMKMovieManiac) July 9, 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019 semi-final: Virat Kohli’s catch to dismiss Martin Guptill leaves fans awestruckAlso Read | Martin Guptill: Leading run-scorer in 2015 World Cup, goes through nightmarish time in 2019Also See:last_img read more

Ashes Test: Sophie Molineux shines on debut as Australia women dominate England

first_imgAustralia’s Left-arm spinner Sophie Molineux had a dream debut as she hurt England’s chances of saving the Ashes by picking up 3 crucial wickets on Day 3 of the only Test in Taunton on Saturday.Sophie Molineux got the big wickets of Heather Knight, Amy Jones and Sarah Taylor as England huffed and puffed to 199 for 6 at Stumps on Day 3 of the only Ashes Test. Australia had declared on 420 for 8 earlier in the day after Beth Mooney became the 5th Australian batter to score 50-plus in their first innings.England lost Tammy Beaumont to Ellyse Perry as early as the third over as the Australian star’s dream Test continued. However, Amy Jones and Heather Knight had a 79-run stand for the 2nd wicket before Sophie Molineux picked up her maiden Test wicket to send Knight walking back.Amy Jones fell to Molinuex in the 44th over but Natalie Sciver saved the blushes for the hosts on Day 3 with a hard-fought 62. Sciver remained unbeaten at close of play even as England lost Sarah Taylor and Katherine Brunt in quick succession.If the proceedings of the 1st 3 days are anything to go by, England’s chances of saving the Ashes Test looks bleak. They need nothing less than a win to avoid Australia retaining the Ashes.Rain had washed away play on Day 2 after Lunch on Friday in the Test but Ellyse Perry stole the show with her hundred. The Australia No. 4 hit 116 from 281 balls before England’s Laura Marsh got her wicket.Women’s Ashes is a point-based series and the team that earns the most points at the end of the series will clinch the trophy. Australia are the current holders of the Ashes as they won it in the backyard of England in 2015 and then retained the trophy in Australia in 2017.advertisementA team will be entitled to earn two points on winning an ODI or T20I. If the match is tied or abandoned, both teams will receive a point each. The only Test consists of four points to grab, however, in case there is a draw, the teams will get two points each.Also Read | Women’s Ashes Test: Ellyse Perry finally gets dismissed before rain plays spoilsport on Day 2Also See:last_img read more

Arjun Rampal and Gabriella Demetriades name their baby boy Arik Rampal. New post wins the Internet

first_imgArjun Rampal took to Instagram and announced the name of his baby boy, who was born on July 18. He shared a photo of him holding the baby’s hand.Arjun captioned the photo, “That gracious thing made of tears, of happiness, gratitude and light. A rainbow appeared into our lives. So blessed we feel, gratitude and abundance of joy. Welcome junior Rampal, into our lives. Thank you all for your graciousness, love and beautiful wishes. Say hello to baby Arik Rampal.”Arjun Rampal and his girlfriend Gabriella Demtriades have been sharing few tantalising glimpses of their baby from time to time. Gabriella shared this photo on her Instagram account. It was in April this year that Arjun Rampal made the big announcement that he is going to be a father soon. The Roy actor wrote, “Blessed to have you and start all over again….thank you baby for this baby.”Arjun was earlier married to Mehr Jessia, with whom he has two daughters Mahikaa and Myra. Arjun and Mehr called it quits last year. A few months later, Arjun made his relationship with Gabriella public. Reportedly, when Arjun announced Gabriella was pregnant, Mehr Jessia was said to be fine with it and had taken the news sportingly.advertisementMehr’s friends said that she has accepted the fact that Arjun has moved on.”They are still working out the financial terms of the separation,” Mehr’s friend told Mumbai Mirror. “Mehr is a wonderful mother and wants to do what works best for her children,” her friend added.In an earlier interview to Mumbai Mirror, Arjun opened up on how he met Gabriella, “We met through common friends. So, what can I say? That she stalked me? Wishful thinking that, buddy! It’s only been a year since we started dating and here we are. For keeps. And I must add that it was of prime importance that my daughters should accept her as a part of the family. I’m blessed that they have, no questions asked.”On the work front, Arjun Rampal was last seen in web series – The Final Call.ALSO READ | Arjun Rampal and girlfriend Gabriella Demetriades on naming their baby boy: Still thinkingALSO READ | Arjun Rampal and Gabriella Demetriades share sweet glimpse of baby boy. See picALSO WATCH | Arjun Rampal is Bollywood’s dark horselast_img read more