Noida: A 22-year-old woman travelling via the Delhi metro’s blue line was found to be in possession of a licensed revolver in her bag at sector 62 metro station of Noida. Police have arrested the woman who has claimed that the pistol belongs to her husband and she forgot to take it out from her purse. According to police, the woman has been identified as Payal Chaudhary, a resident of Sector 49 in Gurgaon. Payal works with a private TV news channel. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderShahvez Khan, Station House officer of sector 58 police station said that the woman was arrested on Tuesday night while she was trying to board metro at the Sector 62 metro station. “The woman was arrested by CISF personnel around 10 pm and was handed over to police. A license pistol has been recovered from her purse and she told police that it belonged to her husband who has its license. She said that he had put it in her purse but she forgot to remove it before leaving the house. The woman could not produce her license for the revolver on the spot,” said Khan. The officer further said that an FIR has been registered into the matter while the woman has been sent for judicial custody. “The woman was produced in a local court on Wednesday which has remanded her in judicial custody. Such a possession of firearm in metro train is illegal while the pistol also didn’t belong to her,” added Khan.
New Delhi: A Delhi court on Friday allowed the ED to question lobbyist Deepak Talwar in Tihar jail in a fresh money laundering case related to the purchase of 43 aircraft by erstwhile Indian Airlines from France’s Airbus Industrie in 2005.Special Judge Santosh Snehi Mann allowed the Enforcement Directorate to interrogate Talwar, who is currently in judicial custody in a separate case related to negotiations to allegedly favour foreign private airlines causing losses to national carrier Air India. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!In the present case, special public prosecutors D P Singh and Nitesh Rana told the court that Talwar’s interrogation was required to unearth the entire criminal conspiracy related to alleged money laundering in relation to the purchase. Rana told the court, “He (Talwar) received Rs 92 crore from Airbus Industrie in one account and Rs 142 crore in another. He was directly linked with Airbus in these transactions and he was doing his own negotiations.” The court was hearing a plea moved by the ED seeking its nod to arrest Talwar in the Airbus case. However, the court directed the agency to question Talwar in Tihar jail instead. “He is in judicial custody in another case. What’s stopping you (ED) from going there and questioning him. Is there any bar from going there and interrogating,” the judge asked. Following this, the ED requested the court to permit it to interrogate Talwar inside Tihar, which was allowed. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killedAccording to the ED, the case was filed against Indian Airlines officials and other unknown persons, “alleging that the officials, by abusing their official position as public servants in conspiracy with Airbus Industrie, caused undue pecuniary advantage to Airbus Industrie and caused corresponding undue loss to the government exchequer in carrying out the purchase of 43 aircraft by Indian Airlines from Airbus Industrie, France.” “The cabinet committee on economic affairs/empowered group of ministers had approved the purchase of 43 Airbus Aircraft in 2006 and the purchase price per aircraft was fixed with the condition that Airbus will establish training and MRO Centre worth USD 175 million (around Rs 1000 crore). “However, purchase order was placed for supply of 43 aircraft by fraudulently deleting the said condition. Deletion of those conditions for establishing MRO and training centre resulted in undue benefit of Rs 1,000 crore to Airbus which should have been reduced from agreed purchase price of aircraft fixed by the government of India,” the ED said. It told the court the conduct of Talwar was non-cooperative towards the investigation and he would not appear before investigating authority in the present probe unless he is compelled by law to do so.
Even in best of environments, election time in India could turn into a high-decibel, emotional, sentimental, and volatile TV soap opera; with flowing free-for-all semantics; super pot-boiler Bollywood melodrama like (Dilip Kumar, Vyjayanthimala acted) “Ganga Jamuna” of 1961-1962; or an over-sized duet/duel “world wrestling championship” and limited over “masala cricket” of 21st century, wherein impossibility could be an instant possibility, and “possible” could do unexpected and unthinkable vanishing tricks. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyHence, one would like to steer clear of all political highway, and prefer to traverse the known/familiar route; through the time-tested ethos and ethics of the armed forces of India. All the more owing to Indian military being one of the few apolitical professional institutions in the east of Suez, especially across South Asian terrain where tin pot dictators, more often than not, did ascend the throne (in the past) of their respective nations through coups and killing unarmed civilian politicians, thereby repeatedly proving the old saying: “Today big shot. Tomorrow shot”. Like Liaquat Ali, Zulfi Bhutto, Zia ul Haq and Benazir in Pakistan. And, top VVIPs in some other South Asian nations. All, directly or indirectly, connected with military. Also Read – The future is here!In retrospect, therefore, Indians are lucky to owe gratitude to the foreign British (mis)ruling class that, despite committing numerous misdeeds, also created and nurtured an apolitical, professional military which stands as shining example in the midst of several coup-tainted South Asian armed forces. Now, first things first. Two fundamentals, amongst various other factors, make forces fight to die or remain disciplined even in the face of fire. First, the famous quote of Napoleon: “An army marches on its stomach” thereby making it clear that proper and timely food is the sine qua non for every soldier; whether on, or off the front. Secondly, the forces grow and flourish on preserving and following their tradition on every occasion, which bonds both serving and the retired, as “one extended family”. Thus, the tradition of every branch of the military follows “collective revelry” where a commanding officer or the commandant’s guests have always been part of a well-established tradition irrespective of whether it’s peace or wartime or on sea or high land, desert or marshy and swampy terrain. We need not go far. January 15, October 08, and December 04 are celebrated for being special in the life of the Army, Air Force, and the Navy, where every rank is part and parcel of “dine, dance, gulp, and celebrate”. Where top VVIPs come and grace the occasion, mix and mingle with soldiers, civilians, foreign diplomats and the media. Transports are deployed for retired chiefs; their boarding and lodging are taken care of. “Outsider civilians”, too, make merry. All constituting part of the hospitality of the armed forces and it’s the privilege of the General, Air Chief Marshal, and the Admiral to give his stamp of approval to the guest list. It’s ethos, ethics and tradition all the way. When 64 officers from the National Defence College went for “naval tour” and were part of the high sea “live exercise”, western officers were not allowed on-board Soviet Kashin (Indian Rajput) class destroyer in accordance with defence “protocol” of the 1980s. Instead, they were aboard two of the Indian made Leander class frigates. Nevertheless, all officers of the National Defence College were “guests”, yet, all “on official duty”. All on board had food, fun, frolic. That was, and still is, the established procedure of the tradition followed by the military in which civilians and the uniformed men work in tandem and harmony. Thus, when a Prime Minister goes to a front-line fighting ship, or a President goes for a “sortie” in Sukhoi-30 MKI fighter from/in Indian Air Force base Lohegaon, Pune; both, the Prime Minister and the President of India are on “official voyage” and “official flight tour” and under no stretch of imagination can be termed anything to the contrary. When a Defence Minister goes to 20,000′ (high altitude) Saltoro ridge of Siachen glacier (for two days) with Christmas cake, to be shared with generals and soldiers, no Indian, in his/her senses should term it as “pleasure” or “personal enjoyment trip”. The armed force’s officers and men are simply doing their duty; respecting, honouring and saluting the Prime Minister, President and Defence Minister of India. Similarly, when Nathu la (13,600′) ridge in Sikkim, or Bomdi la or Se la (in Kameng, Arunachal) is visited by Defence Minister or the defence ministry officials and gala party follows and “bara khana” (feast of gormandiser’s delight) organised, it cannot be termed as wasteful expenditure and hence ordered to be stopped. Apart from official duty and responsibility, there is another important aspect of the life of armed forces personnel. The annual “day at sea” for the family members and friends of men in uniform is very much a part of the naval tradition. Those uninitiated, and not familiar with armed forces, may ask “why”? “What do the family and friends have to do with ‘annual day at sea’ at the expense of taxpayers’ money”? This sort of puerile mindset doesn’t have any rational (or even irrational) answer simply because of ignorance. Sailors’ life is one of the toughest and gruelling in the military world. Sailing for long, between two to four months and beyond, on the high sea, cannot be explained unless one has had the taste of it in real (not reel) life. The separation from/of the family members too is doubly anxiety-ridden. Anything can happen in the sea. Hence “annual family day at sea” constitutes an important event in the traditional following of sailor’s profession. One, therefore, is concerned the way non-issues of armed forces have become “live issues” at the time of the election in India. This could inflict irreparable damage on the apolitical and professional institutions which do not see the colour or ideology of politics or polity but remain on 24/7 alert “action station”. Armed forces run on ethos, ethics and tradition. Those are sacrosanct and inviolable. Before concluding, let me state that four months ago, I wrote a piece because the present Chief of Air Staff was humiliated (in unparliamentary language) by a public figure for his (Air Chief’s) professional utterances in a media briefing. I am compelled to recall the concluding lines of that article: “Mahabharata was a bitter fight-to-finish civil war between first cousins for kingdom. Such ‘situations’ have been placed to make a point. That, instead of abusing or accusing a service chief, Indians would do better to fight their political battle with rival politicians and keep the professional military out of ‘battle royale’ on the eve of elections in India. Please prepare to fight war, not civil war. Why give upper hand to foreign adversary?” (The authoer is an alumnus of National Defence College and author of China in India. The views expressed are strictly personal)
Behpage (United States): Defending champion Brooks Koepka overcame struggles to grab a seven-stroke lead after Saturday’s third round of the PGA Championship, the largest 54-hole advantage in tournament history. Third-ranked Koepka, in prime position for his fourth major title, fired a level-par 70 at Bethpage Black to stand on 12-under 198 entering Sunday’s final round. “I feel confident. I feel good. I feel excited,” Koepka said. “It’s nice to have a seven-shot cushion. Just hit the center of the greens and try to par this place to death. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”(I’ll) just stick to my routine, do what I’m doing. I’m not thinking of seven-shot lead, winning the tournament. I’m thinking of what I need to do on the first shot first tee.” The 29-year-old American owned a record edge over a pack on 205 that included top-ranked Dustin Johnson, fellow Americans Harold Varner and Luke List and Thailand’s Jazz Janewattananond. “It’s going to take something special to catch Brooks,” Johnson said. “But it’s definitely do-able on this course.” Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersThe best final-round comeback by a PGA winner was seven strokes by John Mahaffey in 1978. “We’re all pretty much playing for second,” List said. Matt Wallace, trying to become the first Englishman to win the PGA since Jim Barnes in 1919, shot 70 to share sixth on 206 with Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama. No one in major golf history fired a lower 36-hole score than Koepka’s 12-under 128, and his seven-stroke advantage was the second-largest major halfway lead, trailing only Henry Cotton’s nine-shot edge in the 1934 British Open. If Koepka does capture the Wanamaker Trophy and the 1.98 million (1.77 million euros) top prize, he will be the first man to own back-to-back titles at two majors simultaneously. Koepka seeks a third consecutive US Open crown next month at Pebble Beach. “He’s definitely, in these events, playing on a different level than most anyone else,” four-time major winner Rory McIlroy said of Koepka. “It’s awesome. It’s so good. It’s great to watch.”
With a few notable exceptions, one being Brother Eli on the 2007 Giants, even the dumpier quarterbacks who get to the Super Bowl tend to play at about a league-average level. But Manning has blazed a new trail for ineffective passers with eyes on the Super Bowl, so long as they play in front of a superlative defense and cobble together a few decent playoff starts. There’s a reason the 2015 Broncos’ most similar team was the 2009 New York Jets.Funny thing, however: Manning playing poorly doesn’t seem to matter very much for Denver’s chances of winning the game. Based on regular-season value over average, Cam Newton and the Panthers have a huge advantage in the passing game over the Broncos — the sixth-biggest in any Super Bowl since the merger, in fact2The biggest passing mismatch was the aforementioned 2007 Eli against the record-setting Tom Brady. — but that hasn’t mattered much in past Super Bowls. Whether you look at total or per-attempt measures of value, there’s essentially zero correlation between the disparity in regular-season QB performance for the Super Bowl opponents and the eventual point margin of the game itself. This makes sense, as the equilibrium of a successful team will account for poor play from any given position (even QB) if the rest of the team is strong enough. And given the importance of quarterbacks to modern NFL play, the Broncos’ compensation for Manning’s play is just about the most impressive thing we’ve seen out of a unit leading up to a Super Bowl. Peyton Manning, The Sheriff, is back in the Super Bowl saddle. Good for him; we’ve written many paeans to Manning over the years, for the simple reason that he’s the greatest statistical quarterback of all time. But let’s face it: 2015 was also far — faaaaaar — from Manning’s best season, and in the context of a Super Bowl appearance, Manning’s standard of play pales even in comparison to “game managers” like Trent Dilfer. In a lot of ways, Peyton’s 2015 was worst regular-season performance ever by a QB who would eventually start the Super Bowl.During the regular season, Denver had the NFL’s eighth-worst passing offense according to Football Outsiders’ defense-adjusted value over average, with a mark one full standard deviation worse than average. That’s really bad by Super Bowl standards: If we index the Broncos’ DVOA relative to the league, the only post-merger Super Bowl team to throw the ball less effectively were the Vince Ferragamo-led 1979 Los Angeles Rams.Now, Manning was injured during the regular season and missed six games, so you might think others share in the blame over the Broncos’ lousy aerial attack. But you can’t pin this on Brock Osweiler — he was mediocre in Manning’s stead, not outright horrible. Manning, on the other hand, was the league’s worst QB (on a per-drop-back basis) according to adjusted net yards per attempt (ANY/A), and its second-worst according to DVOA. He ranked among the bottom 15 percent of NFL passers in not just conventional categories such as touchdown and interception rate, but also fancier numbers like the percentage of his throws that were on-target.1In the estimation of ESPN’s Stats & Information group. Plain and simple, he stank.Let’s compare Manning’s overall season to those of other Super Bowl starting QBs over the years. If we judge by ANY/A compared to the league average from the season in question, Manning’s 2015 ranks second-worst, again ahead of only Ferragamo’s catastrophic 1979 numbers. And Ferragamo’s damage was at least limited: He started only five of the Rams’ 16 games, and played in an age when teams passed less, so a poor QB wasn’t as harmful to his team’s chances as today. (Not that it mattered for Ferragamo; his Rams lost the Super Bowl to the Steelers 31-19.)Manning, by contrast, plays in a pass-crazed era and threw the ball about as often per game as his peers, despite his horrible passing efficiency rates. The result, according to Football Perspective founder Chase Stuart’s method of judging QB value versus league average (which considers both passing and rushing value) was by far the worst regular season by a Super Bowl starter since the merger.
Just five games and seven weeks into the season, the Ohio State football team has already found itself with two bye weeks.The Buckeyes (5-1, 1-0) are scheduled to return to the field this weekend, two weeks removed from their 52-24 win against Maryland on Oct. 4. On Monday, OSU coach Urban Meyer met with members of the media to discuss the unusual early-season breaks, the development of offensive skill players and the talent on his young roster.Meyer said the Buckeyes have to find a way to keep the momentum going after a week off between the Maryland win and the week leading up to a matchup with Rutgers.He called the second early-season bye week “a little bit of uncharted waters for myself.”Meyer called Rutgers’ last game — a 26-24 win against Michigan on Oct. 4 — a “tremendous effort.”Meyer: “We’re a young team that’s getting older.” He said the young players on both sides of the ball are continuing to develop and contribute.He said he will talk to the team “like grown men” to discuss keeping the momentum going this week.Meyer said the Buckeyes are “no where near where we will end up.” Said the team is “still growing” and “much better” than where it was two weeks ago.He said the defensive line needs to find more depth, young players need to step up and contribute.Meyer said the OSU offensive coaching staff adapts well to the available personnel. Had to adapt to a new-look group this season.He said the offensive staff is in charge of the product on the field as long as the players have the talent, which is the case at OSU.Meyer said he would “always go defense first” if given the option in an overtime game.He said it makes no difference that he and his players haven’t gone up against Rutgers before and said its win against Michigan caught his eye.Meyer said he voted Mississippi No. 1 on his ballot this week.He said he wishes more true freshmen — like freshman linebacker Sam Hubbard — were playing this season, but added it’s not worth wasting a year of eligibility for a player to get into games for a handful of snaps.Meyer: “This is an extremely young team that got hit in the face in training camp with some injuries.”He said despite those injuries, “the cool thing is we had a redshirt-freshman quarterback grow up right in front of our eyes.”He said credit is due for a few guys — Barrett, redshirt-junior tight end Nick Vannett and redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas — who weren’t really factors in the past.With 13 of 24 starters being freshmen or sophomores, Meyer said it’s “a good sign for the future” at OSU.Meyer said injured senior quarterback Braxton Miller gave the Buckeyes the “wow factor,” which isn’t as prominent with Barrett under center.He said he feels better about the offensive skill this season than he has in the past.Meyer said redshirt-senior running back Rod Smith was a “non-factor” during the spring but is now a strong contributor.The Buckeyes are scheduled to return to the field on Saturday to take on Rutgers at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.
N’Golo Kante, Jorginho (pen.) and Pedro scored the three goals for Chelsea in their 3-0 win at Huddersfield in Maurizio Sarri’s first Premier League game.Huddersfield – Chelsea starting lineupsHuddersfield: Hamer, Zanka, Schindler, Kongolo, Hadergjonaj, Lowe, Hogg, Billing, Mooy, Pritchard, Mounie Chelsea: Arrizabalaga, Alonso, D. Luiz, Rudiger, Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Kante, Barkley, Willian, Pedro, MorataHalf of the first period went by without a single serious threat on either side. Chelsea looked far from a team ready to compete for a Champions League spot, while Huddersfield were playing it safe, testing The Blues’ strength. Willian was the only visiting player who was actively seeking to create something. David Wagner’s players weren’t leaving any breathing room, putting pressure deep in Chelsea’s own half. In the 34th minute, the motivated Willian, who was playing on the left side today, made a couple of dribble moves before sending a pacy cross that came to N’Golo Kante. He didn’t catch the ball cleanly on his volley attempt, but nonetheless, he scored.This man! ?#HUDCHE pic.twitter.com/DsNKYkhbJR— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 11, 2018It was an unexpected turn of events for the home team, as the goal came just as they started to gain confidence. In the 38th minute, Huddersfield hit the post following a corner kick. Steve Mounie was the one who got at the end of a redirected ball, but wasn’t lucky enough to put it past Kepa. In the 44th minute, Schindler’s risky sliding challenge inside his own penalty area didn’t pay off. He missed the ball and kicked Marcos Alonso, giving every right to referee Chris Kavanagh to show on the spot. Jorginho took the penalty with utmost confidence, fooling Hamer and giving his new team a 2-0 advantage. That was it for the first half.Calm, cool and collected… ? #HUDCHE pic.twitter.com/WQz45t6pYaReport: Zinedine Zidane could also want N’Golo Kante Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 12, 2019 Following his policy of signing French players for Real Madrid, it has been reported that Zidane might like N’Golo Kante.As we continue with our…— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 11, 2018Laurent Depoitre, who scored in both games against Chelsea last season, replaced Alex Pritchard at the half. In the 57th minute, Ben Hamer had to stretch in order to save Rudiger’s header after a Chelsea corner kick. Then, on the next corner kick, Marcos Alonso hit the top of the cross bar with an attractive overhead kick. In the 64th minute, Alonso had a free kick from a good position, but his shot was a bit too high. Ruben Loftus-Cheek for Ross Barkley was Maurizio Sarri’s first bench move.Adama Diakhaby for Chris Lowe and Eden Hazard for Willian were the next two substitutions. It didn’t take long for Hazard to make his presence felt. He broke away from three defenders at midfield and spearheaded a 3-on-2 attack which ended with Pedro tipping the ball over Hamer for a 3-0 Chelsea lead.The best way to end a special day. Come on Blues! / Acabando de la mejor manera un día especial ⚽️???3️⃣1️⃣ #CFC #CFCinNice pic.twitter.com/dmooqpOa3s— Pedro Rodríguez (@_Pedro17_) July 28, 2018Right after the goal, Pedro was replaced by Victor Moses. In the 84th minute, Hazard hit the wall on a free kick from about 18 meters out. The result remained the same until the final whistle. It was a very poor performance against a rather average Chelsea side for Wagner’s squad. Terriers fans have every right to be concerned about the team’s PL outlook this season. Meanwhile, Sarri will be delighted with the result in his first game in charge of The Blues.
For more than a decade, the English striker has been a goalscoring machine, but also a creative mind on what he would display on his skinEnglish forward Jermain Defoe is currently playing for AFC Bournemouth since 2017.The English Premier League goalscoring machine had his best years with Tottenham Hotspur and Sunderland.But apart from loving seeing his name on the scoresheet, he loves tattoos.Daniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“I’d always wanted a tattoo but I always thought that if I got one it had to mean something. The first one I got was a cross on my hand with some stars, I must have been about 21 or 22,” he told Bournemouth’s official website.“I come from a Christian background and it was off the cuff. I was with my friend in Fulham and we just walked into the shop and my friend was saying that he knew the guy and he was good, he said ‘just get one,’ so I did.”“I think if I’d planned it I wouldn’t have done it because I was a little bit scared, but I got it done and then when he started it was the worst pain because it was on my hand,” he added.“Yeah, everyone said that, once you get one, that’s it. I was like ‘really? I don’t want to be going through this pain again,’ but I remember when he was doing it, and I don’t know if other people feel the same, but I was sitting there wondering what I could get done next, it’s so addictive,” he explained.