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sound-proof barriers would be installed on the barricades, the official said The station will be in the vicinity of Sarvapriya Vihar ColonyDelhi ColonyRBI Colony and Laxman Public School Hauz Khas will get deepest metro station To provide anchorage to the deepest Metro stationthe DMRC will lay a diaphragm wall 35 metres below ground The additional 6 metres depth (the station will be 29 metres deep) will provide support to the station For constructiona sophisticated machine Cassa Grande with Baya grab machine has been imported The equipment will ensure that the diaphragm wall is built vertically straight The top-down method of construction will be used In thisthe construction takes place as the excavation progresses The method accelerates construction and allows top surface (road) to be re-established quicker For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsAhmedabad | Published: January 12 2014 5:09 am Aam Aadmi Party workers outside a primary school in Danilimda area of the city on Saturday Javed Raja Related News The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Saturday organised a two-hour-long “silent protest” alleging that “the Chief Minister Narendra Modi is doing nothing to provide infrastructure and civic amenities in state-run educational institutions The protest was organised outside the Chandola Primary School Number 1 and 2 (Gujarati medium) and Chandola Primary School Number 1 and 2 (Urdu medium) Both the schools share a common building with half of the school building with Gujarati medium school and remaining half with the Urdu medium But the school with a student strength of 3000 in two shifts and almost of one-third of it being girls lacks basis civic facilities like toilet and urinals Though there are separate toilets built for girls and boys but they were never used ever since the new building for the school made of pre-fabricated sheets came into existence in June 2010 Speaking to reporters several students and teachers of the school said that toilets could not be used because these were not connected with the sewerage lines and there was also no water supply to the toilet “The toilets have remained unused” said a teacher on condition of anonymity “We made several representation with the Ahmedabad Municipal corporation (AMC) in this regard but all in vain” said another teacher He said that it was really unbearable to sit in the classrooms of pre-fabricated sheets during summer season when the temperature in Ahmedabad touched 45 degree Celsius The entire building was built at a cost of Rs 110 crore in June 2010 under the “Swarna Jayanti Mukhya Mantri Vikas Yojana” a board displayed on one of the walls at the school entrance says AAP state convener Sukhdev Patel said “This is Modi Model of Development” adding that while the state government did not have money to build a proper school building Modi had been squandering public fund on holding festivals meets and global summits simply to promote his image For all the latest Ahmedabad News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Tabassum Barnagarwala | Mumbai | Updated: June 23 2016 2:19 am The Antop Hill dispensary has little space for patients to wait Outside they squeeze around vegetable vendors on the footpath Tabassum Barnagarwala Top News For a tiny health post and dispensary snuggled behind a vegetable vendor at Antop Hill a six-month old proposal to expand and upgrade the center requires immediate attention The BMC dispensary and health post receives over 100 patients daily and the number is expected to increase to nearly 200 during monsoon from slums in Antop Hill But it has very little space to accommodate them In a city where a health post is slum dwellers’ first point of contact for fever cough malaria TB medication immunisation vaccination and family planning counselling there is only over 300 square feet space where four rooms are squeezed for consulting patients The Antop Hill Health Post has no provision of drinking water forcing medical officer dispensary operator and field workers to get their share from home TB patients line up outside the health post on footpath where vendors throw garbage and wait for their daily drug supply and counselling over a grilled window “It becomes very difficult to allow TB patients inside with other patients due to social stigma There is no space in the room to stand We talk to them over a window” a counsellor said Share This Article Related Article Watch Video: What’s making news The city has 173 dispensaries and 183 health posts According to Rindani Committee guidelines that BMC follows there must be one dispensary for 50000 people The BMC not only needs to expand its existing space for individual centers it also requires 89 additional centers according to the committee Last week a site visit to Antop Hill center by BMC’s infrastructure cell also found the need to create a provision for disabled patients Currently there is no railing or tactile paving— to guide visually impaired on a walking route— available at the center “We are facing expansion problems in centres where there is no space specially in slums” said executive health officer Dr Padmaja Keskar Under National Urban Health Mission (NUHM) a provision of Rs 28 crore has been made this year for improving infrastructure of city’s health posts “This will take time” she said Have a comment or suggestion for Emergency Room Write to [email protected] with subjectline: Emergency Room For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: PTI | Hyderabad | Published: February 7 2017 10:49 pm India play Bangladesh in one-off Test in Hyderabad (Source: AP) Top News On the directive of the Hyderabad High Court the BCCI on Tuesdayappointed Ratnakar Shetty as observer for the one-off Test match between India and Bangladesh scheduled to be held in Hyderabad from Thursday Shetty BCCI’s general manager (game development) has been entrusted with the task to supervise and monitorarrangements being made by the Hyderabad Cricket Association for the match according to the Board “In compliance with the Order dated 06022017 passed in WP(PIL)MP No30 of 2017 in WP(PIL) No16 of 2017 by the Hon’ble Hyderabad Court and further on approval received by the Committee of Administrators of the BCCI BCCI has appointed Prof Ratnakar Shetty General Manager – Administration and Game Development to be the observer to supervise and monitor arrangements being made by the Hyderabad Cricket Association for the Test match” the Cricket Board said in a statement The Board added it appointed “Mr Santosh Rangnekar Chief Financial Officer BCCI as the Financial Advisor to ensure proper maintenance of records in relation to income and expenditure for the said Test match” The existing executive body of the HCA that was elected on September 14 2014 for a two-year period and still claiming to be its executive body even after the expiry of two years by virtue of an alleged amendment to the HCA bye-laws can conduct the current match but will have to deposit all the income received from the match in the HCA bank account and spend this money only with the prior written permission of the BCCI observer for the Test match the HC said For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsStoke-on-Trent: Former England striker Peter Crouch came off the bench to rescue a point for Stoke City in a 2-2 draw on Saturday denying new Leicester manager Claude Puel a second consecutive win of his young managerial reign Stoke City’s Peter Crouch celebrates with teammates after scoring their second goal against Leicester City AFP The 2015-16 Premier League champions are now unbeaten in six games in all competitions after early season struggles but will be disappointed they twice let their lead slip and in the end were indebted to goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel who made a fantastic flying stop in the dying seconds Leicester parted company with Craig Shakespeare last month after slipping into the relegation zone but have recovered strongly under caretaker boss Michael Appleton and ex-Southampton boss Puel and were in 10th spot before a clutch of matches that kicked off later on Saturday In an entertaining game Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez posed a constant threat and winger Demarai Gray earned another start just days after signing a new deal at the club "I am happy with the attitude of my players it was a good game good intensity and passion" said Puel "We had a lot of chances today It is difficult to accept one point but Kasper saved well at the end so then OK we take a point It is an encouraging game which is important for the future" Stoke manager Mark Hughes praised Crouch for turning the game around "Peter Crouch was effective when he came on He always gets himself in a good position and he understood what was required He changed the game for us" he said Puel’s side took the lead just after the half-hour mark when Vicente Iborra lashed home a half volley after the ball fell at his feet following a corner and Leicester had clear chances to stretch their lead First Jack Butland saved superbly from Shinji Okazaki in for the injured Ben Chilwell and Iborra headed over from another corner But Leicester were made to rue their profligacy six minutes after their opener when Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting played an incisive defensive-splitting ball first time into the feet of Xherdan Shaqiri whose left-footed shot from the right side of the penalty area found the net via the inside of the post Mahrez put Leicester back in front with half an hour to go moments after Schmeichel pulled off an impressive save from Ryan Shawcross But they were pegged back again when Crouch brought on just three minutes earlier headed in a Shaqiri corner in the 73rd minute to earn a point Only three other players –Jermain Defoe Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Nwankwo Kanu– have more Premier League goals than Crouch as a substitute Having finished top of the league stage of last year’s Indian Premier League a lot was expected of the Gujarat Lions in this year’s tournament In their opening match they have been absolutely destroyed by the batting of Guatam Gambhir and Chris Lynn who made an IPL record opening stand of 184 and the 15th highest partnership in T20 history This was the highest total ever chased down with 10 wickets left in the history of T20 cricket and this was a demolition The Lions have claimed in the lead-up to this tournament that they would roar Instead they couldn’t even manage a meow Gujarat Lions’ Dinesh Karthik (R) and Suresh Raina (C) run between the wickets against KKR AFP The Lions tactic of loading the side with top-order batsmen who are instructed to swing hard has the potential to be devastating but it is not without risk Brendon McCullum Jason Roy Aaron Finch and Dwayne Smith all open the batting By having four openers in the top six you are always going to have two of them batting out of position Opening in T20 cricket has many risks associated with it but also some big advantages The hard ball and fielding restrictions allow for a certain type of shot-making Asking those players to bat in the middle order can cause you problems as they try to start their innings in a very different way The two batsmen given the opening role in this game were McCullum and Roy and they got off to the kind of start that you should expect from batsmen of their quality but it didn’t last with Roy departing to the first ball of the third over McCullum looked to be doing a decent job at covering up for his teammate’s departure but just as he was looking well set and capable of going on to a really big score he was done in by a Kuldeep Yadav ball that turned just enough to dismiss him LBW It was Suresh Raina that was given the job of batting at three and he top scored with 68 from 51 balls It was his innings that prevented the Lions falling apart as wickets seemed to fall at exactly the wrong moment for the home team While Raina finished not out at the end of the innings it was a stay in the middle that was hilariously lucky On another day he would have been caught three or four times when the ball fell safe or was dropped Quite how he wasn’t run out when there was a horrible mix up with Dinesh Karthik is anyone’s guess Kuldeep just didn’t seem to see the chance to dismiss him The Lions’ innings could have petered out to a sub-par 160-odd if it hadn’t been for the brisk 47 from 25 balls from Karthik who continued his fantastic efforts this season But for his intervention this loss could have been even heavier It was a fine counter-attacking knock from a man in the form of his life With Karthik at five that meant that Smith was batting at six and he didn’t face a ball You can’t help but think of that as a bit of a waste Smith is one of the more destructive batsmen in world cricket and while he can bowl some useful medium pace hiding him down the order isn’t making the best use of the talent that the Lions have available to them Smith at three would work better but that would be unfair on Raina Quite how you balance this Lions top order is a massive quandary 183 for four was a par total at best but realistically the Lions looked short of runs on a superb Rajkot track that was brilliant for batting Their inability to put together a really big stand to set up a large total meant they were always up against it even more so when you consider that they bowling is by far their weakest suit even without the loss of Dwayne Bravo and Ravindra Jadeja to injury Still there are some experienced men in the Lions attack Praveen Kumar is a skilful operator Dhawal Kulkarni was brilliant in the 2016 tournament and Shivil Kaushik’s unorthodox bowling has caused problems for opponents in the past They have the bowling that means they shouldn’t allow the oppostion to chase down 184 chased in 145 overs without once taking a wicket That is embarrassing As Lynn and Gambhir showed the world just how good this pitch was the Lions looked ragged If the KKR fielding had been disappointing the Lions efforts bordered on the farcical as Lynn raced to 93 from just 41 balls There are times when you are just beaten by a better team and KKR were much better with the bat at least but there are times when you play a part in your own demise On Friday night in Rajkot the Lions came close to seppuku As the 1990s British pop ensemble D:ream once sung things can only get better and the Lions will know that the IPL is long enough that one defeat is not enough to derail your chances of making the playoffs With Bravo not too far away from a return to action and the powerful batting lineup capable of scoring serious runs this one loss should be shrugged off fairly easily But too many more nights like this and what could be the Lions last year as an IPL team could be one to forget By: PTI | Mumbai | Published: May 5 2016 7:42 pm Amitabh Bachchan says he still gets to learn so much from young and talented actors like Vidya Balan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui Related News He is part of the film industry for over 45 years but megastar Amitabh Bachchan says he still gets to learn so much from young and talented actors like Vidya Balan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui Bachchan who has worked with the “Kahaani” actress in “Paa” will be seen with her yet again in the drama-thriller “Te3n” which also stars Nawazuddin “It’s always a joy to work with Vidya and I was equally delighted to work with Nawaz whom I’ve always admired He is a phenomenal talent” Bachchan told reporters here “Truly we get to learn so much from artists like Vidya and Nawaz because they are this generation and I am in great admiration and awe of all the artists in the younger generation” he said Directed by Ribhu Dasgupta “Te3n” is set in Kolkata and is about a crime that affects its three main characters Bachchan 73 stars in the film as John Biswas a grandfather in pursuit of justice for eight years whileSiddiqui plays Father Martin Das whose life was changed with the same crime that claimed the life of John’s granddaughter Vidya 38 will be seen in a special appearance as the cop who swings into action when an identical crime is repeated eight years later The “Piku” star said he observes the young actors very closely because they bring certain freshness which he hasn’t seen in his career Read More “They bring to the table something that we are not used to that we haven’t seen through the 40 years I’ve been in cinema I watch them very carefully and when I work with them I admire the way they approach the project the scene and I have just great admiration for my two co-artists in the film” he said Filmmmaker Sujoy Ghosh is associated with “Te3n” as a creative director and Bachchan said the “Kahaani” helmer had come up with another idea to him “He had actually come with another idea before We were almost set to do It was a film about Kerala and we had decided on the story and decided to go ahead schedule our dates One day they said they had another idea It took me just a couple of seconds to say let’s do this and not the other one at the moment” he said “Te3n” is is scheduled to release on June 10 Entertainment Videos by Indian Express For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Anushree Majumdar | Updated: October 16 2016 12:56 pm I’d like to redefine patriotism because it has become a very privileged thing today If you don’t eat something you’re patriotic If you carry the flag you’re patriotic” says Nikkhil Advani on the sets of his television debut POW: Bandi Yuddh Ke Top News Filmmaker Nikkhil Advani is taking a gamble on the small screen with a drama set 17 years after the Kargil War– POW: Bandi Yuddh Ke In these frenzied times will it pay off and put him back on track I’d like to redefine patriotism because it has become a very privileged thing today If you don’t eat something you’re patriotic If you carry the flag you’re patriotic” says Nikkhil Advani on the sets of his television debut POW: Bandi Yuddh Ke in Kamal Amrohi Studios Mumbai “In some villages in Punjab and Rajasthan the eldest son has to join the army It’s hereditary and it’s what is expected of them Where does that kind of nationalism come from I don’t know I don’t have it” Mumbai’s famed October Oppression is upon the city and it’s easier to talk about patriotism and the show during breaks in the 45-year-old filmmaker’s air-conditioned office An official adaptation of the hit Israeli show Hatufim (2009) POW is about two soldiers of the Indian air force and the army Squadron Leader Imaan Khan (played by Satyadeep Misra) and Naib Subedar Sartaj Singh (Purab Kohli) respectively who return home 17 years after being captured by Pakistani troops during the Kargil War in 1999 The timing couldn’t have been better — or worse — depending on which side of the screen you’re on The show’s trailers hit the small screen nearly a month after the Uri attack and a week after the surgical strikes that followed “What we’re asking here is that if circumstances demand kya aaj ka hero kal ka villain ban sakta hain POW is going to be the grittiest show ever on Indian television” says Advani The scene he returns to direct however is set in a less alarming environment — a mela where the families of both soldiers meet “I’d like to take fewer shots but television demands more close-ups” Advani grumbles as he flits between the monitors and the sets of a large Punjabi house There is only standing room on the floor what with the crew setting up the trolley a handful of extras milling about the main cast — Misra Kohli Sandhya Mridul and Amrita Puri — getting their faces dabbed every few minutes by a small army of make-up artists The only casualty of the heat is a mountain of laddoos that sit atop a table in the corner unforgivably ignored by all and sundry Advani isn’t really complaining though “I’m not adapting to television the medium is adapting to me” he says While the budget is nothing compared to what he usually works with POW is being shot on a budget higher than most TV shows With its detailed sets and costumes the seven-track original soundtrack by ad-world darling Arjuna Harjai the show is being given the “Nikkhil Advani treatment” “Star Plus got in touch with me after D-Day They wanted to make something in the political space and I told them but that’s not what your channel stands for” says Advani POW: Bandi Yuddh Ke casts By all accounts POW is Star Plus’s foray into making serious television for the urban masses — those who are drawn to the fantastical setting of Game of Thrones over the makkhi-metamorphosis of Sasural Simar Ka; the broken characters of True Detective instead of ACP Pradyuman’s leap-over-logic in CID; and Breaking Bad over Powder a 2010 show about the narcotics trade in Mumbai that was cancelled after one season “So we wrote some stuff that was very radical and edgy But we decided not to make it because it would have ruffled a lot of feathers politically Then Star suggested Hatufim on which Homeland is based” says Advani The Israeli show left him “stunned” “Gideon Raff who wrote the show has written about the real prisoners of war — the families and the women who are trapped between hope and despair What I look for in any story is an emotional core Look at Godfather It’s not a story about the mafia but about an American immigrant family Ram Madhvani one of the cleverest people I know made a film (Neerja) not about an airplane hijacking but about a mother and daughter D-Day was not just about espionage but about a father and his son” says Advani “I’m making POW because I also wanted to tell the stories of two women played by Sandhya and Amrita who pick up the pieces of their lives after Kargil The wives and families of these soldiers are the real patriots to me” he says Advani also asked Star to pay all the leads equally “because each one of them is a hero in the show” But POW doesn’t solely rest on an emotional spectrum Advani and his crew of four writers Aseem Arora Aniruddha Guha Eisha Chopra and Gauravv K Chawla are keen to engage with larger questions of identity and nationalism in the show “It was a conscious decision to have two minorities essay the role of the heroes of the show The popular perception is that Squadron Leader Khan captured in Pakistan will be the first one to turn It allows us to question the audience that there is no way they did not think that woh toh Mussalman hai woh toh zaroor gaddar niklega” he says His team is willing to show torture at prison camps in as much graphic detail as Indian television will allow Torture he says plays a significant role as does post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) “What we show is what we’ve learned from real-life accounts of soldiers There’s a scene where Sartaj and Imaan recount how every four years they’d be brutally beaten up more than usual Later they figured that it would coincide with every time India beat Pakistan in cricket We’ve juxtaposed the torture scene with a crowd chanting ‘Sachin Sachin’ So when Sartaj returns he asks ‘We beat them every time’ They remember they were beaten more Then somebody says ‘Blame the ICC they started the T-20 World Cup’” says Advani with a grim chuckle “I think it’s tough to show nuance in a show where one is talking about Pakistan as the enemy but we should At the end of the day everybody has something that makes them human There are good guys and bad guys and I don’t think you can ever balance it I will invariably take a position but I don’t want to become a jingoist” he says POW is also quite a gamble for Advani whose last successful directorial outing was D-Day three years ago 2015 was particularly brutal for the man who shot to fame with Kal Ho Na Ho and was returning to romance with Katti Batti and Hero — two films that tanked rather spectacularly at the box office “I really believed in Katti Batti I don’t know what went wrong I thought the last 25 minutes were superb But as somebody asked me what about the first one hour 45 minutes” says Advani The failure of the two films sent him to Bollywood’s numerologist Sanjay Jummani who prescribed an extra “K” in his first name POW: Bandi Yuddh Ke casts 2016 has gotten off to a good start His company Emmay Entertainment produced the year’s first big hit Airlift but Advani modestly credits director Raja Krishna Menon and Akshay Kumar for its success He acknowledges that he could have done things differently with Hero “The shift in the direction of the film was my fault I could have turned around and said no For me Hero was a repayment of a debt I owed to Salman Khan who stood by me after I left Dharma Productions and when the industry wrote me off” he says Back in 2003 Advani says when Kal Ho Na Ho was released rumours abounded that his friend and colleague Karan Johar had shadow-directed the film “It was odd because lots of people have said that Kuch Kuch Hota Hai and Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham have been shadow-directed by me Karan and I sit back and laugh at this now Back then we should have spoken to each other we didn’t Our egos got in the way” he says Advani and Johar were at Greenlawns High School Breach Candy together where the former was sports captain and Johar’s senior “Karan played one sport: tug-o-war” says Advani and guffaws He talks about how Johar Tarun Mansukhani and he got into Bollywood without a clue about filmmaking “The first day of shooting Kuch Kuch Hota Hai we got so much equipment and we were enjoying ourselves Till Shah Rukh Khan called us and said ‘You don’t know anything about making movies you better learn’” And so we did A lot of my shot breakdown is learned from Farah Khan We were a great team” says Advani Dharma delivered three blockbusters between 1998 and 2003 But the partnership between the two friends ended after Kal Ho Na Ho “When the trailer came out I was busy in post-production People would ask me why aren’t you doing interviews If I’d done them there possibly might have been less bitterness on my part We didn’t speak to each other for six months The film released in November 2003 and I left Dharma next April Salaam-e-Ishq happened two and a half years later It was a film made completely out of spite People thought I couldn’t make one love story so I made six It was like an all-you-can eat buffet: I mixed Chinese food French cuisine Italian Indian At the end of it you’re going to get a stomach upset” says Advani wryly Between 2008 and 2012 a spate of Advani’s projects failed at the box office “Before D-Day I had lost everything Chandni Chowk to China and Patiala House didn’t do well; in 2012 Delhi Safari India’s most expensive animated film ruined the producers It won a National Award only a year later” says Advani Today a sequel Beijing Safari is being directed by Daniel St Pierre who directed Disney’s big hits such as The Lion King and Aladdin “Before D-Day I was writing a Sex and the City-kind of chick-flick But every studio I went to they asked me who’s the guy You couldn’t sell a film based only on the women But I think Vidya Balan changed that in a big way with The Dirty Picture and Kahaani Kangana Ranaut Deepika Padukone Priyanka Chopra have contributed as well I feel Shoojit Sircar Sujoy Ghosh Vikas Bahl producers like Viacom have changed that It takes an industry Films don’t fail unless it’s a downright bad story but budgets fail One has to figure out the market as much as the merit of the film” he says For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: AP | Brisbane | Published: January 2 2017 5:46 pm Nadal kicked off his season with a win in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi on New Year’s Eve (Source: Reuters) Top News Rafael Nadal cuddled a koala on the banks of the river something that has become a customary photo opportunity for celebrity players on debut at the Brisbane International The 14-time major winner has altered his preparation for the Australian Open hoping a change of venues for the warmup tournaments will bring a change of luck at the season’s first Grand Slam tournament after a shocking first-round exit in 2016 Nadal kicked off his season with a win in an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi on New Year’s Eve then headed directly to Australia to fine-tune at the Brisbane International in preference to remaining in the Gulf for the event in Doha “I played well in Abu Dhabi … I played three good matches and that’s important for me” Nadal said Monday after the brief meet-and-greet with a local politician and a native marsupial “I really hope the good matches I played in Abu Dhabi helps me for here” The 30-year-old Spaniard is playing in Brisbane for the first time replacing Roger Federer as the tournament’s male draw card He has a tricky opener against Alexandr Dolgopolov and if he gets through that a potential quarterfinal against top-seeded Milos Raonic the defending champion Nadal is coming off a left wrist injury that curtailed his 2016 season and thinks the extra time in Australia will help him prepare to win his first major title since the 2014 French Open Until last year he had reached the quarterfinals or better at every Australian Open he had contested since 2007 including victory in ’09 and runs to the final in 2012 and ’14 The wrist injury last year forced Nadal to withdraw from the French Open before the third round and skip Wimbledon He won the Olympic doubles gold medal for Spain in Rio de Janeiro but he struggled with the pain and didn’t win a title on a surface other than clay in 2016 “Last year that I was playing great I get injured in the worst moment possible” he said “I’m happy to be back on the competition again Abu Dhabi was a good start I need to continue that way” Despite his struggles with injury and the recent dominance of Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic Nadal thinks he can still contend for the Grand Slam titles “Being here in Brisbane is good news for me” he said two weeks before the Australian Open starts “I don’t know if that’s going to help me or not _ I can tell you after Melbourne I cannot predict the future “The only thing I can say is if I am healthy I believe that I can do it If not I (would) be at home fishing” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: PTI | New Delhi | Updated: December 4 2016 6:53 pm MS Dhoni does not play Test cricket anymore so the question of playing first-class cricket does not arise at all (Source: Express File) Top News India’s limited overs captainMahendra Singh Dhoni is likely to play his first internationalmatch in two and half months with apparently no official gametime in sight India’s first ODI against England is scheduled on January15 in Pune It is expected to be Dhoni’s first internationalmatch in two and half months after having last played againstNew Zealand at Visakhapatnam on October 29 While there is a protocol for injured players to play at least one first-class game before being considered fornational selection the same is not applicable for Dhoni whohas announced his retirement from longer format Dhoni prepared for the limited overs tour of Australia in2015 by playing the Vijay Hazare Trophy for Jharkhand However this edition of Hazare Trophy will only commencefrom February 25 — nearly four weeks after the England ODIseries has ended While some of the other ODI specialists are playing RanjiTrophy for their states Dhoni is yet to avail that option With BCCI’s embargo on players from competing in the other private leagues it was not possible for the Indiancaptain to play a Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) match The Jharkhand team has qualified for the knock-out stagesof the Ranji Trophy but till date Dhoni has not given anyindication that he would like to play as pure batsman withIshan Kishan keeping wickets “We have no information as to whether Dhoni will beplaying any Ranji Trophy game or not In any case he has already retired from the longer format The information wehave is that he is doing his regular training with the Jharkhand team” chairman of senior selection committee MSKPrasad told PTI Even Jharkhand State Cricket Association Secretary RajeshVerma made it clear that as far as Ranji Trophy is concerned? but 130 films and 26 years in the industry, I want to speak about him as a professional, "Pranav was a good student till fifth standard.He used to score above 80percentevery year but after sixth and seventh the percentages went down and that’s why my anger increased" Mohini told us But after the events that unfolded in the last couple of days Mohini has mellowed down "After watching all this I would tell him to go ahead with cricket We will support him to the fullest but he shouldn’t neglect studies Don’t let this success get into the head Become a good cricketer but most importantly become a good human being" Mohini added – Arya Gurukul school coach Yogesh Jagtap knows Pranav for the last five years He even played with Pranav in the same team for Modern Cricket Club — an MCA registered club –ina local tournament in Kalyan last year Modern Cricket Club were struggling at 80/9 from 20 overs in a 45 over match against Union Cricket Club in the quarter-final but then Pranav and Yogesh got together and added an unbeaten 80-run stand for the last wicket to achieve some respectability for the team as they set a target of 160 The team lost but Yogesh was really impressed with Pranav’s innings – Arya Gurukul school kids must be battered and bruised but they showed extreme character under dire circumstances Not many know that they fielded a second string side They were a mix of under 14 and under 12 kids rather than the under-16s who were supposed to play This was because the parents of the teenagers were reluctant to send them for the match with pre-board exams going on The scoreboard that reads Pranav’s indivudual score: 1009 runs Jigar Mehta/Firstpost "I got to know at 9 pm the night before the match that the main team players would not be able to take part as the pre-board exams can’t be adjusted and the parents were reluctant So I was asked to field other school kids in the match I couldn’t do much as it was related to studies and exams" Yogeshtold Firstpost "So as soon as I received the message of unavailability I compiled a team of U-12 and U-14 players who were just beginners One kid – Sarath Salunke – was just 10 years the youngest in the side But I never imagined things would turn out this way" The Arya Gurukul school kids were definitely tired but they showed great sportsmanship they put up a brave face and made sure they enjoyed the game "They performed way above my expectation At this age it’s really hard to field for almost two days and still have the energy and confidence Even after getting hit for 30-40 runs the bowler was asking me for another over They were mentally really strong Ask them to play tomorrow and they will readily say yes" Yogesh added "After hearing about the heroics of Pranav on the first day many of the first team members’ parents sent me messages of Facebook that they committed a mistake by not allowing their kids to participate in the match?" the police spokesman told AFP. India even made a place in 2015 World Cup semi-final but unfortunately lost to hosts Australia and bowed out of the game. The thieves had also got the “consent” of a panchayat of their village, “#GiveElsaAGirlfriend yes please I volunteer! The more bankable stars at the time were Sanjeev Kumar and Dharmendra : the former would appear on screen as a taciturn revenge-seeking Thakur, Harmanpreet was at the heart of the action to beat the keeper to the right with a low well-placed shot.

says that she decided to train because she loved the festival and was happy to train in a place close to her college. It focused on the urgent need to improve teaching techniques and research methodologies at UoP. For the year 2013-14.

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