Ravi Shastri Appriciating Kohli's Men for their Achievement

Ravi Shastri India’s chief coach believes that the new captain of Team India Virat Kohli has achieved far more than a number of the groups played previously, the increasing sufficiency had illustrious names in their ranks.

“This Indian team has been together for 2 years and that they square measure way currently, they had already done things that lots of alternative Indian groups and lots of huge names have not done in their times or in their careers, as like winning a series in Ceylon (in 2015),” was an recommendable job Shastri said.When Kohli’s men won the check series in Ceylon back in 2015, they’d won when a niche of twenty-two years with prophet Azharuddin’s team winning a series back in 1993.

Not precisely legendary to carry back his views, Shastri made an statement concerning groups of the past that had players with expertise of twenty years not winning a series within the island nation.

As he said that “A heap of huge (Indian) names have contend for twenty years and that they have come back to Ceylon again and again however they need ne’er won a series. This team has done that. This team is employed to doing things that lots of alternative (Indian) groups haven’t done which too overseas.

Shastri’s observation provided that the Indian team below Rahul Dravid beat a undiluted England 1-0 in an exceedingly 2007 away check series. Prior to that Sourav Ganguly’s team Drew 1-1 in Australia back in 2004 and conjointly Drew (1-1) the rubber against Nasser Hussain’s England in 2002.

In 2009 Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men won a series (1-0) against New Zealand  and Drew (1-1) against African nation in 2011.

He conjointly praised Kohli’s growing stature as a front runner, examination his gift standing because the Indian captain to the time he is the 1st junction rectifier in state capital over 2 years gone.

“I think he’s still young, and now I can see the difference in him from when he captained in his first Test to what he is now. I was there in Adelaide, when he captained in his first match and he is 27 Tests old now as captain. You can see a big difference in him, the body language that he has become much matured, and he will continue to mature and learn. For his age, he has done a lot (already) and there are signs that he can be right up there with the very best,” Shastri said.

it’s a fresh start for him according to Shastri and he is not carrying the baggage of his earlier stint. “I don’t carry any baggage. For me, it was like walking into the dressing room as I had left it. Nothing has changed and there were no special buttons I had to press, its simply just one ‘play’ button and off you went.”

Under the new Indian Captain, India will be doing four tours of South Africa, England and Australia, next year. “When you say overseas tours like South Africa, England, etc, the toughness will increase in the up coming cricket opportunity. I am very sure and very positive that this team can do things that probably no other Indian team has done,” the coach insisted.

He even refused to look much far by saying “I should not go that far ahead as South Africa tour, Its good to live in the present Indian Team have 1-0 up (against Sri Lanka). Its good to keep record intact and treat every game as a new game where the rules are the same. You go out to play your brand of cricket and you go out to win. As simple as that!” he added.

For the past 10 months, The former India all-rounder did not want to get into how the dressing room, “I don’t know what (the dressing room) was like 10 months ago. He further added that As far as I am concerned the only thing I had to do is just to walk in and that was enough.

He talks about his role as “My role is to be in charge of the entire support staff, to make sure that we get the boys in some great mental space to go out and express themselves with nothing else on their minds but to go out and play a brand of cricket which you have seen India play over the last three years. That is positive and fearless,” he added

For him the designation has been changed but his role has remained the same, “When you have been around the game for 37 years you probably learnt a little bit. So that experience is very handy for me in knowing exactly how to deal with the players. I have been manager, director, now I am head coach — it’s the same role, absolutely the same role.”

Being hooked up to the game while not a break as the commentator has helped him keep a track of what is up to date, “So you recognize what is up to date and what is happening at the instant and you relate with individuals there in fashion, I do not suppose at this level coaching job is required. At this level, it’s all concerning fine-tuning and removing the blokes in sensible mental area to travel out and play the sport. They apprehend they need reached here as a result of they’re sensible.”

Drastic Affect of Flood in Assam, Water Engulfing 85 Districts

An overflow of a large amount of water beyond its normal limits is always harmful and hazadous. 85 people have lost their lives in the floods that have hit 58 districts in the Northeast and over 17 lakh people remained affected across 26 districts in Assam alone.

” I am anguished by the situation arising due to floods in various parts of the Northeast. I share the pain of all those affected by floods,” Modi said. Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this week expressed pain and anguish on the situation in the Northeast saying the Centre has assured all possible help to normalise the situation.

According to PTI report on Thusday, the toll in the floods and landslides that have hit as many as 58 districts across Arunachal Pradesh, Assam and Manipur has touched 80 and in Assam alone, at least 49 deaths have been reported and over 17 lakh people have been drastically affected in 26 districts across the state because of the deluge. More than 80 people have died so far in the Northeast due to floods and landslides that the Centre on Thursday termed “unprecedented”.

The unprecedented rainfall has caused the devastation of the place and effected the life of people. As government is doing its best by Centering a plans to bring in experts from space technology and the Indian Space Research Organisation to assess the damage caused by floods and landslides in the Northeast.

On a chaired meeting on the flooding on thusday in the Northeast, said the devastation has hit 58 districts across Assam, Arunachal Pradesh and Manipur, said Union minister of state for development of north eastern region (DoNER), Jitendra singh.

Kiren Rijiju the Union minister, who has been deputed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to monitor the flooding in the Northeast, on Thursday undertook an aerial survey of Assam, and later said that a high level inter-ministerial team would be deputed to the states within one month to assess the damage.

In the Northeast floods nearly 50 deaths occurred – due to drowning and electrocution – have been reported so far in 26 districts, Assam has been in its worst . Officials of the Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said that five people were killed in separate incidents in the last 24 hours. A total of 17,18,135 people were affected, said ASDMA on Thusday.

Flood effects:

  • According to the park’s director, 58 animals, included three rare one-horned rhinos, have died as a result of the flooding. The concerned authorities said that animals fleeing flooded areas might fall prey to poachers, but no cases of poaching have yet been reported. And around 77 per cent of Assam’s Kaziranga National Park, including 134 anti-poaching camps, has been inundated, leaving some animals dead and some moving to nearby highlands.
  • The flooding has hit more than 17.43 lakh people, According to the Assam State Disaster Management Authority,across the following places:
    -South Salmara
    -Karbi Anglong
    -Hailakandi districs
  • 2,450 villages are under water in Assam according to ASDMA that is more than 86,000 hectares of crop areas have been inundated due the flooding. 14,10,968 animals and poultry have been affected by the flood waters, across the state said the agency.
  • According to an agency, the Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark at five places i.e
    – Guwahati
    -Nimatighat in Jorhat
    -Tezpur in Sonitpur
    -Dhubri towns
  • Burhidehing at Khowang in Dibrugarh, Desang Naglamuragat in Sivasagar, Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat and Beki at Road Bridge in Barpeta are the rivers which can be mark as a danger as well.
  • Major rivers in Arunachal Pradesh were flowing above danger levels on Thursday. Arunachal Pradesh has taken a major hit to its road infrastructure with capital Itanagar getting virtually cut off. Officials said that many district headquarters in the state have also been cut off from the rest of the country.
  • No casualties were reported as of early Friday but officials said that crops and plantations have been destroyed, livestock has been swept away and many families have been rendered homeless. After torrential rains swept the state Nagaland too was hit by flash floods on Thursday.Landslides affected road transport in several parts of the state, as there is no communication facility. The Dimapur-Kohima National Highway-29 has been badly damaged near Kiruphema village.
  • The Indian Meterological Department predicted moderate rains and thundershowers over “many places” in Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura, and light to moderate rains and thundershowers over “few place” in Arunachal Pradesh , Assam and Meghalaya, on Thusday.

Indians Have to Adjust With New Culture of Paying Tax Say Arun Jaitley

As the India’s biggest tax reform since independence – Goods, and Service Tax (GST), came tonight into execution after 17 confused years of debate, here’s what Arun Jaitley said about this historic bill.

Are you nervous about the GST Bill?

The Finance Minister of India looked very relaxed about the about the bill and said that he doesn’t think like that. He said that the officers and ministers have worked their best and with a perfect sense of responsibility. Jaitley added that they have added all the systems in the right place and the rollout must be quite smooth. The finance minister said that some malfunctions are going to occur, but there are sure that they will right away repair it. At the end, Jaitley said that there will be some transition issues that commonly happen when you change over from one system to another one.

Does this hurt you that some of the parties that were part of the decision-making process in the GST Council are now putting questions?

The finance minister said that luckily for them, there was not any politics in the council. He said that the politics existed only outside the council. Jaitley also said that one prepared to experience with that kind of politics in a democracy. He concluded his answer with the fact that all the decisions have been taken by agreement and goes through a long discussion procedure, where all worked collectively.

What about West Bengal as they are saying again and again that they’re not ready for a replacement?

Responding to this question, the finance minister said that we don’t have a lot of time, and July 1 is a good sufficient time to go with. Jaitley also said that it’s not his sole decision as it is the decision of 31 finance ministers from the various states and of him. Highlighting the importance of GST Bill, Jaitley said that the constitution needs us to commence GST by September 16, or else there will be absolute chaos as the government will not be able to collect taxes.

What do you say about the main opposition (Congress) making an issue of its midnight launch?

Interestingly, the finance minister said that that it’s too unimportant an issue to boycott a function by stating a control to the timing. Jaitley added that Congress can’t claim a monopoly to a specific timing that any hour of the day or the evening only belongs to them.

What’s your take on the ongoing rumors of probable shortages and other issues?

The finance minister clearly said that he doesn’t believe that GST will impact supply at all.

Talking about the opposition from some political parties, do you think that it is going to create issues in some states?

Jaitley said no, I don’t think so. He said that all the state governments acted with a great sense of responsibility and he’s sure that they will continue to do so in future as well.

When do you imagine Jammu and Kashmir to join GST and is anything being done to get the National Conference on board?

The finance minister said that when in power, the National Conference was very much a part of the GST structure. Jaitley added that Abdul Rahim Rather was the chairman and he’s hoping that they will take look out at a larger picture. He also added that he talked with Omar Abdullah and requested him to support GST. Jaitley said or else, the consumers in the state will have to pay tax twice and it will be a disadvantage for the manufacturers in the state. On the other hand, Jaitley concluded the answer by saying that he’s confident that Jammu and Kashmir will join soon.

You met the industry on Thursday. What you said to them when you met them and what was their feedback?

The finance minister said that we were taking the feedback from the consumer goods industry on the fact that what kind of impact it will have on prices. He said that many of them said that if there would be an insignificant increase somewhere, they will take up and if it will be a large decrease, they will pass it on.

What’s your take on the traders complaining of early problems?

Jaitley added that a few of the arguments are real and many are just being actually made up. The finance minister assured that if there will be genuine cases, we will address them. And if they are just made up, then they have to adjust themselves to the new culture of paying taxes. He added that we need a tax-compliant country. The finance minister also reassured the small traders and businessmen are out and the compliance burden on those with a yearly turnover of Rs 20 lakh to Rs 75 lakh is lower through the composition scheme. Jaitley added that to help change to the new system, we have given transition time.

What do you say about those who are saying that the Indian GST is not the real GST?

Jaitley smartly answered and that people who have no other criticism to do, they play with words.

However, there are numerous slabs, which are seen as a difficulty as in some other countries like Europe, have just one rate.

Jaitley said that Europe doesn’t experience like our country. He said in a country like India, where there are a lot of poor people, you can’t have the equal tax on Hawai chappals and Mercedes cars. The finance minister added that if we had opted a single rate, something facing zero or 3-4% tax would have gone up, and there are many items that are consumed by the poor.

Is this means fewer slabs?

Jaitely said ultimately, the two standard rates could unite into one. He said that a higher base will make a space to generate rates more than reasonable and sometime in the future, then 12% and 18% slabs could converge. Jaitley said that if the base increases, the rates can be carried down.

And what’s your view on real estate and petroleum products?

The finance minister said that oil is a part of the Constitutional amendment and it’s currently zero-rated. He added that when there is consensus on the GST council, we will add it. Talking about real estate, he said that it also needs to be carried in to check tax evasion.

Villages to be Acquired to Give Wings to Greater Noida's Jewar

The proposed international airport in Jewar along the 165km Yamuna Expressway is expected to lead to the relocation of many villages, a canal, ancient temples, mosques and thousands of fully grown trees.

The Union civil aviation ministry on Saturday gave an in-principle approval for the site in Jewar. The Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA), which has the mandate to acquire land for development, had in 2016 notified 3,000 hectares of agricultural land for the project. The land falls between Yamuna Expressway and river Yamuna. There are around 40 old villages in this area, farmers of which farmers own the 3,000 hectares identified for the project.

“In the first phase, we will acquire 1,000 hectares,” Dr Prabhat Kumar, chairman of YEIDA, said.

The obstacle limitation survey (OLS) conducted in June, before the site clearance, identified the issues — relocation of around 10 villages and other obstacles that are in the way of the runway — in the first phase of the project, for which 1,000 hectares are required.

Officials said that farmers’ cooperation for the project is crucial. “We trust that farmers will cooperate and help us with the land acquisition. Farmers’ support will empower us to acquire 1,000 hectares in one year. We have demanded Rs2,000 crores from the UP government to start the acquisition. We will ensure that property brokers stay away from land acquisition and all benefits are directly transferred to the farmers,” said Kumar.

YEIDA officials will start meeting farmers on the issue of land acquisition after receiving funds. YEIDA will talk to farmers and then decide whether to acquire the land under the Land Acquisition Act of 2013 or by a direct transaction between the government and farmers.

The Centre will also invest Rs 20,000 crore in the first phase of the project, officials said.

“Two companies dealing in aviation sector — GMR and GVK — have expressed a keen interest in setting up the international airport in Jewar. Therefore, we believe that the project will be developed at a record speed. It took 20 years for the Mumbai (Navi) airport to be developed, but with the smooth land acquisition and farmers’ cooperation, we aim to get all necessary clearances, including environmental ones, by 2019 for the first phase,” said Kumar.


BJP Nominated Ram Nath Kovind For the Presidential Election, 2017

After BJP Parliamentary meet which was held this morning, Amit Shah, BJP president announced that Bihar governor Ram Nath Kovind will be the party’s Presidential nominee for Presidential election 2017. The NDA has also nominated Ram Nath for the presidential elections 2017. YSR Congress along with Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s party TRS has also said that it will support Kovind’s nominee.

He was a legal practitioner in Supreme Court and was a two term RSS member., according to reports. Kovind was also the central government lawyer at the Delhi High Court. The nomination could be filed on June 23, according to reports. Kovind, who is a Dalit and hails from Kanpur of Uttar Pradesh, is likely to submit his resignation to the President. Shah said that all political parties had been informed about the choice. Shah expressed hope that all would agree to the name, according to reports.

Shah said that Uddhav Thackeray was apprised about the decision. Shah said that the party has not discussed about names for the post of Vice President.

In the meeting that happened this morning, Along with Amit Shah, PM Narendra Modi, union ministers Rajnath Singh, M Venkaiah Naidu and Arun Jaitelly were present. The Board members were briefed about the consultation undertaken by a three-member party committee with allies and opposition parties. The poll will be held on July 17. The counting will take place on July 20. Notably, the term of incumbent Pranab Mukherjee ends on July 24. Shah said that PM Modi has already spoken to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over this. Sonia Gandhi assured that a decision would be taken after thorough discussions. Last successful NDA presidential candidate was eminent scientist late APJ Abdul Kalam.

BJP Subramanian Swamy said that PM Modi will be very comfortable with Kovind. He said that Kovind will fulfills all the requirements, according to India Today report. Shah yesterday met Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray at the latter’s residence in Mumbai. Shiv Sena, which has often been critical of the BJP and the Modi government, recently suggested the name of M S Swaminathan, the father of India’s Green Revolution, as its presidential choice. The Shiv Sena had earlier said it may choose an independent path in the election to the highest constitutional office. It had backed Congress nominees –Pratibha Patil and Pranab Mukherjee — in the last two presidential elections.


Former Pakistani Cricketer Aamer Sohail, Accused Pakistan For Match fixing in CT17

Former Pakistani Cricketer and captain Aamer Sohaib has put an allegation of match fixing in ICC champions Trophy on Pakistan . Former captain has accused Pakistan of making it to the final of the ICC Champions Trophy on the basis of “external forces”. 

In an interview with Pakistani channel, former cricketer has said that,the team should not be flying too high, because if they’re in the final, it’s because “they were supposed to”.

“We will congratulate you when you play well but we’ll also criticise you when you don’t. They [Pakistan team] should not be flying too high on their success at the moment because we know that they’ve been ‘brought’ to this position”, these were Sohail,s words.

After a dismal show against India in the Group B match, Pakistan scripted a terrific turnaround and went on to beat Sri Lanka, South Africa, and then England in the first semi-final on Monday. India then beat Bangladesh to set up a mouth-watering final against their arch-rivals.


Sohail however, did not say anything beyond that, something that has left everyone puzzled. What was interesting to notice was that sharing the screen space with Sohail was Pakistan great Javed Miandad, who did not counter the claims of his former team-mate.

Atul Wassan, former India cricketer and a common figure as an analysit, ridiculed Sohail’s claims saying that “Such incomplete statements” mean nothing. However, considering Pakistan’s history in fixing, the claims cannot be entirely ruled out. Three of their players – Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Asif and Salman Butt – were guilty of match-fixing during the 2010 tour of England and were penalised accordingly.

It has also been widely claimed over the years that crime lord and underworld don Dawood Ibrahim had a role in determining the outcomes of Pakistan’s matches in the late 80s and early 90s.

Narendra Modi New India Vision Will Help US Job Creation: Sean Spicer

The Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “vision for a new India” will also generate jobs in the United States, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said. It will be a first visit to the US for PM Modi after President Trump took over the administration. The White House said that Modi will meet Trump on June 26 to “set forth a common vision” to make bigger the US-India partnership.

On June 26, the leaders of the world’s two biggest democracies, home to 1.6 billion people, will discuss on a range of bilateral issues including terrorism and India’s distress over probable changes in H1B visa rules as well. The White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters at his daily conference that “US energy and technologies, including natural gas, are helping to build Prime Minister Modi’s vision for a new India and creating thousands of US jobs in the process”. In spite of the recent interruptions over the issue, Spicer said that US-India trade has grown six-fold since 2000, from 19 billion to USD 115 billion in 2016, adding that the Indian economy is growing at more than 7 percent. Spicer also said that the two leaders were expected to set forth a “common vision” on enlarging the US-India partnership. He focused on fighting terrorism, promoting economic growth and reforms and widening security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region as common priorities.

“I think you can expect the two of them to set forth a vision that will expand the US-India partnership in an ambitious and worthy way of both countries’ people,” said the White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to the reporters at his daily news conference. “The President looks forward to discussing ways to strengthen ties between the United States and India and to advance our common priorities: fighting terrorism, promoting economic growth and reforms, and expanding security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region,” Spicer announced on Monday. He added, “President Trump and Prime Minister Modi will look to outline a common vision for the United States-India partnership that is worthy of their 1.6 billion citizens.”  The US President invited PM Modi to Washington after Modi rang him in January to congratulate the new President on his inauguration.

While responding to a question, Spicer said, “The president and the prime minister have had a number of positive phone conversations, and expect to further that discussion … whether it’s economic growth and reforms, fighting terrorism, expanding our cooperation as major defense partners.” It is expected that the bilateral talks between India and US are not going to be milk and honey as they will meet in the thick of prickly issues like US plans to decrease the number of H-18 visa slots that are mostly used by Indian IT workers, and the recent controversial withdrawal from the historic climate agreement. On the other hand, the External Affairs Ministry in New Delhi said that the meeting would give a new direction for rooted bilateral agreements “on issues of mutual interest and consolidation of multi-dimensional strategic partnership”.  PM Modi’s US visit would begin on June 25, the Ministry said.

In the last week annual press meet, the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that Modi would raise the issues neighboring the US’ plans to lessen the number of H-1B visa slots that are commonly used by Indian IT Workers. According to a Pew Research Center analysis of government data, approximately 1.8 million H-1B visas have been distributed in fiscal years 2001 through 2015. Talking about the largest share from fiscal years 2001 to 2015, the workers from India had received the biggest share (50.5 percent) of all H-1B visas for the first-time employment. PM Modi’s US visit would begin on June 25 especially, comes into the environment of Trump’s announcement to withdraw the US from the historic Paris Climate Accord signed by over 190 countries. While announcing the decision of withdrawal from the historic Paris Climate Agreement for which he received a global criticism, Trump had blamed China and India for the US withdrawal.

Trump had said, “India makes its participation contingent on receiving billions and billions of dollars from developed countries.” Solidly rejecting Trump’s argument, India had cleared that it had signed the Paris deal not under pressure or the lure of money but due to its commitment to protect the environment. During PM Modi’s visit to France this month, he even said that India would “go above and beyond” the Paris climate deal to protect climate for the upcoming generations. Adding to this, Modi and Trump are expected to discuss defense ties as well.