Former New Zealand cricket captain Martin Crowe diagnosed with cancer of immune system

first_imgOne of the most elegant batsmen of his era, Martin Crowe now has the toughest battle on his hands after the former New Zealand captain was diagnosed with lymphoma, an invasive cancer of the immune system.The 50-year-old Kiwi received the news only recently, his manager Louise Henderson said, adding Crowe and his family had requested privacy in dealing with the news.”The family has a number of issues to confront over the next couple of weeks. The diagnosis is very new, the family is still in shock and obviously dealing with the understanding that life as they know it for the unforeseeable future is different.”Crowe, famous for his cover-drive and flicks off his pads, gave immense joy to cricket lovers in 77 Tests and 143 One-Day Internationals between 1982 and 1995.He, along with legendary all-rounder Richard Hadlee, presided over a successful period for New Zealand cricket in the 1980s. As captain, his great achievement guided his team to the semi-finals of the 1992 World Cup, which New Zealand co-hosted with Australia. The Kiwis won seven of their eight roundrobin matches, before bowing to eventual champions Pakistan in the last four.During his pomp, Crowe had been admired for having a great deal of time to play the fastest bowlers in the world. Former Pakistan speedster Wasim Akram was candid enough to admit that Crowe was the best in handling the reverse swing unleashed by him and Waqar Younis.Crowe was named as one of Wisden’s Cricketers of the Year in 1985, and his 299 against Sri Lanka in 1991 still remains the highest Test score by a New Zealand player. He also had a stint with English county Somerset between 1984 and 1988.He could have played much more at the highest level, but his body did not always cooperate. His broken shin, back trouble, torn hamstrings and serious knee injuries did not allow him to get on the park as much as he would have liked.Crowe, whose brother Jeff also played Test cricket for New Zealand, did not have an auspicious start to his Test career. He even wondered whether he had what it took to succeed at the highest level. It only shows his mental strength that he went on to achieve what he did. After retirement, he has been an outspoken voice in the media, and was even involved with Indian Premier League side Royal Challengers Bangalore for a while.advertisementlast_img read more

2017 Trans Tasman Test Series Results

first_imgAustralia has taken out all three divisions, and all nine games at the 2017 Trans Tasman Test Series.This is the second-time Australia has completed a clean sweep of the whole series in Trans Tasman history.Stay tuned to the website and our social media channels for highlights from the 2017 Trans Tasman series.Congratulations to team Australia on the clean sweep.Mixed OpenGame One: Australia (9) defeated New Zealand (6)Australia 9 (Opie-Lukins 2, Benbow 2, Blackwood, Costello, Nicholas, Mortimer, Pryde touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 6 (Morgan-Puterangi 2, Rauwhero, Ashworth, Drummond, Haugh touchdowns)Game Two: Australia (14) defeated New Zealand (7)Australia 14 (Mortimer 2, Pryde 2, Nicholas 2, Lang 2, Blackwood, Costello, Townson, Benbow,  Parker, Singh touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 7 (Hodson 2, Takerei 2, Drummond, Rauwhero, Morgan-Puterangi touchdowns)Game Three: Australia (11) defeated New Zealand (10)Australia 11 (Glazebrook 2,  Singh 2, Nicholas, Mortimer, Costello, Opie-Lukins, Pryde, Lang, Percy touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 10 (Parsons 3, Gardiner, Stephens, Rollinson, Waudby, Morgan-Puterangi, Jones, Takerei touchdowns)Women’s OpenGame One: Australia (10) defeated New Zealand (3)Australia 10 (Upton 3, D. Davis 2, Peattie 2, R. Davis, Kearney, Rodgers touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 3 (Engler, Day, Paul touchdowns)Game Two: Australia (9) defeated New Zealand (6)Australia 9 (Watego 2, Peattie 2, Rodgers 2, Kearney, Upton, Dyball touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 6 (Tainui-McIntyre 2, Hopcroft, Mohi, Mahar, Engler touchdowns)Game Three: Australia (14) defeated New Zealand (3)Australia 14 (Watego 2, Peattie 2, Rodgers 2, Michaelopolous 2, McCall, Sargent, Maddick, R. Davis, Upton, Crowe touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 3 (Hotham, Mahar, Evison touchdowns) Men’s OpenGame One: Australia (9) defeated New Zealand (4)Australia 9 (Marshall King 2, Prowse 2, Buckley 2, Norman, Brisby, Springfield touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 4 (Loloselo, Soutar-Finch, Law, Pamatatau touchdowns)Game Two: Australia (7) defeated New Zealand (6)Australia 7 (Prowse, Norman, Good, Brierty, Toner, Francis, Green touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 6 (Cavanagh, Soutar-Finch, Stone, Robinson, Rhind-Rogers, Kake touchdowns)Game Three: Australia (7) defeated New Zealand (3)Australia 7 (Green 2, Hoch, Prowse, Good, Norman, Francis touchdowns) defeated New Zealand 3 (Soutar-Finch 2, Quinn 2, Robinson, Graham touchdowns)Related LinksTT Resultslast_img read more

Texas Fan Pens ‘Thank You’ Letter To Notre Dame Fans For Their “Remarkable Hospitality”

first_imgFans cheer on the Texas Longhorns against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 5: Fans cheer on the Texas Longhorns against the Louisiana Monroe Warhawks on September 5, 2009 at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)Texas Longhorns fans who made the trek up to Notre Dame, Indiana, weren’t thrilled with the result from the game this past Saturday. But at least one UT supporter still had great things to say about the Fighting Irish and their fan base. A Texas fan named Terry Bader penned a cool ‘thank you’ letter to Notre Dame and its fans for their “remarkable hospitality” this past weekend. It was published by The Observer Thursday morning. The school tweeted out a photo of the letter – check it out:A Texas Longhorn fan wrote a thank you letter to The Observer. Well done, Irish fans READ: http://t.co/ppS4VslodZ pic.twitter.com/OxKfDSphqQ— The Fighting Irish (@FightingIrish) September 10, 2015It’s a refreshing story – especially considering we typically only hear tales on the other end of the spectrum. Well-done to all involved here.last_img read more

3-Star OT Cordavien Suggs Drops Top 10 Via Twitter

first_imgCordavien Suggs' top 10 list.cordavien suggs top 10Three-star offensive tackle Cordavien Suggs, a 6-foot-6, 260-product of Neptune Beach, Florida, has announced his top 10 schools. Suggs, who is a class of 2017 player, has four SEC programs on his list – along with three ACC schools. He has an interesting mix of programs – from Florida to FAU.Suggs’ list is not in order – and he joked after that he should have presented it in alphabetical order. Check it out:My current Top 10 #Hailstate #Swamp17 #VolNation #Gamecocks #TarHeels #OwlsUp #Wazzu #StripeEmUp #GoCardinals #GT pic.twitter.com/1JpkakxukP— Cordavien Suggs (@_73era) May 18, 2016I really should’ve did that list in alphabetical order— Cordavien Suggs (@_73era) May 18, 2016Suggs is crystal-balled to Mississippi State, according to 247 Sports.last_img read more

ETF Urges Sicilian Ports to Tackle Attempts of SelfHandling

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Offshore and Home Trade Seamen’s Welfare Trust Undisclosed shipping lines have attempted to conduct self-handling in a number of Italian ports, according to the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF).Self-handling, which represents the use of seafaring onboard staff to load or lash cargo, rather than local dockers, was reported at the Italian ports of Palermo, Termini Imerese, Trapani and Porto Empedocle.The ETF has addressed a letter to the Port Authority for the Western Sicilian Sea urging that the law is properly enforced.“Italian law is very clear on the circumstances where shipowners can be allowed to ask their crew to perform cargo-handling tasks such as lashing and unlashing,” Terje Samuelsen, ETF Dockers’ Chair, said.“In the case of the Sicilian ports, the required conditions, such as the non-availability of dockers, are not met. These are not isolated attempts, as we have been informed by our members, and we are taking them very seriously,” Samuelsen added.Reclaiming lashing is one of the priority fights for ETF and ITF Dockers’ unions, also in the framework of the Fair Transport Europe Campaign 2.0.In a context of growing automation and decreasing cargo volumes, lashing by dockers is an important way to retain port jobs. Moreover, lashing operations are very dangerous and should only be performed by qualified dockers, ETF informed.Seafarers should not do lashing, because they are not properly trained for such operations and because they are often required to do lashing during their rest time.In the framework of the International Bargaining Forum (IBF) negotiations, the ITF and the JNG have agreed on a new text of the so-called dockers’ clause which is expected to deter self-handling on board Flag of Convenience (FOC) vessels. However, ETF reported that self-handling attempts were reported not only on FOC vessels, but also on those flying national flags.“Our Italian members estimate that in the case of the Sicilian ports, allowing an exemption to the law would cost up to 500 dockers’ jobs,” declared ETF Dockers’ Vice-Chair Torben Seebold.last_img read more

Romanian DTH operator Focus Sat has added three HD

first_imgRomanian DTH operator Focus Sat has added three HD channels and a new movie package to its line-up.The UPC-owned company is launching an HD service consisting initially of Discovery HD, ESPN HD and Sundance HD America. It is available at no extra cost to Familia package subscribers until the end of the year. The operator said it would add four new channels in January. Focus Sat is also adding GSP TV, Fishing and Hunting, SkyNews and Bloomberg to the Familia package.In addition, the operator has added the FilmBox package of channels, which includes the FilmBox Family and FilmBox Extra 1 channels to its line-up and is available at no additional cost to all Focus Sat subscriber until 31 December. From next year it will cost RON11 (€2.50) per month.last_img read more

German broadcaster ProSiebenSat1s sports busines

first_imgGerman broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1’s sports business unit, 7Sports, is to deepen its involvement in the fast-growing world of eSports for the first time after striking a deal with Modern Times Group (MTG)-owned eSports giant ESL.From August 30, the ProSieben Maxx channel will run a new magazine show, Ran eSports. The content will also be available on the ran.de and ProSiebenMAXX.de websites. ProSiebenSat.1 claims that the show, which will air every Wednesday at 00:15, will be the first on a German free-to-air channel dedicated to eSports.The show will focus on Counter Strike: Global Offensive, but will also feature content around the League of Legends game as well as Dota 2, FIFA, Madden NFL and Rocket League.Before the launch of the magazine show, ProSieben Maxx will also air the final of the FIFA Interactive World Cup on August 23.The broadcaster has also renewed an existing agreement with eLeague. ProSieben Maxx started broadcasting content from the Turner-backed sSports league last year.7Sports CEO Zeljko Karajica said that eSports was “one of the major growth areas in sport” and that taking the content to free TV would open it up to a new audience. He said the partnership with ESL, together with the group’s existing eLeague, meant that ProSiebenSat.1 now had one of the largest line-ups of eSports on offer.last_img read more

Softwarebased video solutions are driving growth

first_imgSoftware-based video solutions are driving growth and innovation in the television and video industries. This white paper details how software-defined video solutions that integrate encoding, multiplexing and system management can enable operators to implement flexible and scalable unified infrastructure that supports both traditional broadcast and multiscreen linear video delivery.Download now and learn about:The problem with static infrastructureThe flexibility of a software approachMulti-codec, multi-resolution statistical multiplexingEase of migration to HEVC and 4K Ultra HD TVlast_img read more

Common cold virus strain could be a breakthrough in bladder cancer treatment

first_imgTreatment strategiesIt is difficult to treat this cancer because of its location. One technique is called transurethral resection. A cutting instrument is passed through the urethra, the tube that takes urine out of the body, to remove all the visible part of the cancer. However, this has been associated with recurrence in 50% to 70% of patients. Moreover, 10% to 20% of patients develop progressive cancer over the next 2-5 years.A second treatment strategy is to stimulate the immune response to the tumor using a live bacterium called Bacille Calmette-Guerin, or BCG, which has already been widely used to confer childhood immunity to tuberculosis. However, it is ineffective in one out of three bladder cancers, while another third of patients experience severe adverse effects following its use.How CVA21 acts on bladder cancersRelated StoriesHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsBacteria in the birth canal linked to lower risk of ovarian cancerSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyTypical bladder cancers lack immune cells, and are ‘cold’ with respect to the immune system. CVA21 acts by infecting cancer cells and then undergoing replication. It then bursts open the cell so that the new virus particles can escape.During this process, the coxsackie virus also activates various genes concerned with inflammation and immunity, making the tumor immunologically ‘hot’. Such tumors are less likely to grow significantly before they are eliminated by the immune system.In treated patients, the shed virus was detected in urine tested on alternate days. This proves that the virus continues to infect new cancer cells within the bladder once it has killed the cells first infected.In the current study, CVA21 was run into the bladder of 15 patients, one week before they were to have their tumors removed surgically. Of the 15, six received only the virus, while the next nine patients also got a dose of mitomycin C. This is a known chemotherapy drug, but its dosage was reduced to subtherapeutic levels. Its administration was intended to increase the expression of the molecule ICAM-1 on the surface of the cancer cells. This molecule attracts and binds the CVA21 virus and thus enhances its oncolytic activity.After the surgery, tissue biopsy samples showed that the CVA21 virus selectively attacked only the cancer cells in the bladder, while sparing all normal cells. In all cases the tumor showed bleeding and inflammation, indicating that it was being attacked by the virus.In one of the 15 patients, the tumor disappeared completely and was not found during surgery. There were no significant adverse effects or toxicities reported in any patient.The benefits of CVA21 for NIMBC immunotherapy thus include a good safety profile, selective targeting of bladder cancer cells by the virus, viral replication within the tumor cells with resulting tumor cell death, and virally-mediated tumor inflammation to induce immune attack of the tumor, all leading to its destruction.Researcher Hardev Pandha explains the motivation for the current work: “Non-muscle invasive bladder cancer requires an intrusive and often lengthy treatment plan. Current treatment is ineffective and toxic in a proportion of patients and there is an urgent need for new therapies. [With coxsackievirus] reduction of tumor burden and increased cancer cell death was observed in all patients, showing its potential effectiveness.” Journal reference:Viral targeting of non-muscle invasive bladder cancer and priming of anti-tumour immunity following intravesical Coxsackievirus A21, Nicola E Annels, David Mansfield, Mehreen Arif, Carmen Ballesteros-Merino, Guy R Simpson, Mick Denyer, Sarbjinder S Sandhu, Alan Melcher, Kevin J Harrington, BronwYn Davies, Gough Au, Mark Grose, Izhar N Bagwan, Bernard A. Fox, Richard G Vile, Hugh Mostafid, Darren Shafren and Hardev Pandha, Clin Cancer Res July 4 2019 DOI: 10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-18-4022, http://clincancerres.aacrjournals.org/content/early/2019/06/29/1078-0432.CCR-18-4022 By Dr. Liji Thomas, MDJul 8 2019Scientists in the UK have found a new way to treat bladder cancer, using a strain of one of the viruses that cause the common cold. The virus is called Coxsackie virus CVA21, and it was found to be oncolytic, or tumor-destroying. This new research demonstrated virus-mediated destruction of the tumor in all treated patients, and in one of them, the tumor disappeared completely. Bladder cancer, CT – Illustration Credit: Semnic / Shutterstockcenter_img Investigator Nicola Annels of the University of Surrey points out that while viruses are typically thought of in a negative sense, they can be used to enhance health and bring healing in the case of cancer cells. She says: “Oncolytic viruses such as the coxsackievirus could transform the way we treat cancer and could signal a move away from more established treatments such as chemotherapy.”In this study titled, “Viral targeting of non-muscle invasive bladder cancer and priming of anti-tumour immunity following intravesical Coxsackievirus A21”, CVA21 was used to treat 15 patients who had bladder cancer that had not yet spread into the muscular wall of the bladder. This is called non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) and is found in one out of every 10 cancer patients in the UK. About 10,000 people are found to have the disease each year.last_img read more

Hold the phone Huawei mistrust imperils China tech ambitions

first_imgUS officials and lawmakers have long expressed concern that China could use its tech firms to steal trade secrets—accusations Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang dismissed on Monday as “ridiculous.””These people do not provide a single (piece of) evidence to show how Huawei affects their national security,” Lu said. Fifth-generation mobile communications are the next milestone in the digital revolution, bringing near-instantaneous connectivity and vast data capacity Citation: Hold the phone: Huawei mistrust imperils China tech ambitions (2018, December 11) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-huawei-mistrust-imperils-china-tech.html Analysts say mounting concern over Huawei imperils its lead over the market “If Huawei is hit hard, China will lose its 5G lead.” China observers say President Xi Jinping’s more assertive global stance bears much of the blame for Huawei’s troubles.Late leader Deng Xiaoping famously observed that China’s strategy should be to “hide your strength, bide your time”, to avoid triggering a crippling foreign backlash.But Xi has dumped that, accumulating one-man power, scrapping term limits and openly declaring China’s ambition to become a high-tech power.Beijing also passed a law in 2015 obliging its corporations to aid the government on matters of national security.These moves have sparked alarm in the West, and the US has accused Chinese entities of massive cyber-attacks.”One of the biggest criticisms of Xi in China is: ‘did he take the stage too fast, did he try to push Chinese power too soon?'” said Christopher Balding, a China expert at Fulbright University in Ho Chi Minh City.”He has behaved as near-totalitarian and is acting similarly internationally and people are saying ‘we don’t like it.'” Huawei’s status as a leading world supplier of the backbone equipment for telecoms systems—mostly in developing markets—gives China an inside track China observers say President Xi Jinping’s more assertive global stance bears much of the blame for Huawei’s troubles Explore further China’s ambitious drive to dominate next-generation 5G technology faces a sudden reality check as fears spread that telecom companies like Huawei could be proxies for Beijing’s intrusive security apparatus. Fifth-generation mobile communications are the next milestone in the digital revolution, bringing near-instantaneous connectivity and vast data capacity.They will enable the widespread adoption of futuristic technologies such as artificial intelligence and automated cars and factories—advances China is desperate to lead.With 5G’s rollout expected to gain pace in coming years, the race to dominate standards and control security and data traffic underpins much of the current high-tech rivalry between the United States and China, technology experts said.Huawei’s status as a leading world supplier of the backbone equipment for telecoms systems—mostly in developing markets—gives China an inside track.But analysts said mounting concern over Huawei imperils that lead.”This is a big threat because if Huawei loses access to lucrative Western markets, this will impact its ability to grow and finance R&D,” said Paul Triolo, a global technology policy expert with risk consultancy Eurasia Group.It also could hinder the deployment of 5G networks in China, which are “a key piece of China’s overall effort to upgrade its industrial base”, he added. The US defence establishment fears China’s dominance of critical 5G infrastructure could enable it to disrupt American military communications or otherwise wage asymmetrical warfare in a confrontation.Triolo warned of potentially disastrous fallout for China if US law-enforcement efforts—in the spotlight after the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Canada—result in a ban on sales of US chips and other vital technology to Huawei.”This could be catastrophic for China’s tech ambitions, threatening (Huawei) itself, supporting industries, and future development,” he said.Burglar with a keyNew Zealand recently joined Australia and the US in essentially barring use of Huawei equipment in domestic networks. Following Meng’s arrest on December 1, similar sentiments have arisen from Tokyo to Brussels.On Monday, Kyodo news agency reported Japan’s top three telecom companies would forego equipment from Huawei and another big Chinese player, ZTE. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2018 AFP Distrust of Huawei stems in part from the background of founder Ren Zhengfei, a 74-year-old former People’s Liberation Army engineer.The US has already put the squeeze on ZTE, which faced insolvency earlier this year after the Trump administration temporarily banned American companies from selling it vital components.Huawei has secured many leading 5G patents and supplied networking equipment for telecom systems around the world that will inevitably carry huge amounts of US data, putting that information at potential risk.”One way to envision (the threat) is to imagine the person who built your house decides to burgle it,” James Lewis, a technology policy expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, wrote in an analysis last week.”They know the layout, power system, access points, (and) may have kept a key.”‘We don’t like it’But US firms like Intel and Qualcomm produce the advanced chips critical for 5G, giving Washington huge sway over Huawei, which depends heavily on those technologies.If the US cuts off Huawei’s chip supply and further isolates the company, the blow “will be huge, bigger than ZTE”, said Shi Yinhong, an expert on China-US relations at Beijing’s Renmin University. 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BJP to revive plan to resettle Hindu minorities in KashmirBJP to revive

first_imgJammu and Kashmir SHARE SHARE EMAIL India’s ruling party will revive a plan to build secured camps to resettle scores of Hindus in the Muslim-dominated Kashmir Valley, a senior leader said, a proposal that would almost certainly heighten tensions in the restive region.Ram Madhav, who is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary responsible for Kashmir, said his party was committed to helping bring back some of the estimated 200,000-300,000 Hindus who fled the Kashmir Valley in the aftermath of an armed revolt that began in 1989.The scenic mountain region is divided between India, which rules the populous Kashmir Valley and the Hindu-dominated Jammu region, and territory in the west that is controlled by Pakistan. The rival nations both claim the region in full.“Their fundamental rights of returning to the valley have to be respected. At the same time, we have to provide them proper security,” Madhav said in an interview, referring to the Kashmiri Hindus, also known as Pandits.Read also: ’Kashmiri Pandits to take up genocide of community at UN, world forums’Nearly 7 million people live in the Kashmir Valley, 97 per cent of them Muslim, surrounded by hundreds of thousands of Indian troops and armed police deployed to quell an uprising against New Delhi’s rule. About 50,000 people have been killed in the conflict in the last three decades, according to official figures.Madhav said that a previous BJP-backed government in Jammu and Kashmir state had considered building either separate or mixed resettlement townships, but had been unable to make headway. “No consensus could be built around any one view,” he said.The construction of segregated enclaves has little or no support from the region’s local political parties, Muslim leadership and groups representing the Hindus who fled.Read more: No one can separate Kashmir from India till BJP exists: Amit ShahThe home ministry, which would be involved in any such building activity in the Kashmir Valley, did not respond to a request for comment.A blueprint unveiled by the state government in 2015 had proposed self-contained, heavily guarded colonies for returning Pandits, complete with schools, shopping malls, hospitals and playgrounds.Separatist groups in the region had opposed the project, with some likening it to Israeli settlements within Palestinian territories.The plan eventually stalled, particularly after the BJP’s alliance with a major regional party collapsed in June 2018, leading to the state coming under New Delhi’s direct rule. New state elections are likely before the end of the year.After State pollThe BJP is confident that it will win the upcoming state poll, Madhav said, adding that the resettlement plan would be back in play.“I am sure when we come back to power, we will again take it up and try and see if a solution can be found,” he said.Unlike the last time, the BJP isn’t looking to come to power through alliances, Madhav said, freeing itself of major regional parties that represent the region’s Muslims.The issue of Hindu resettlement in Kashmir has long been on the agenda of the BJP, but appears to have received fresh impetus after the party’s second successive general election victory in May.The BJP won 303 out of 542 seats on offer, handing Prime Minister Narendra Modi another five-year term in the Hindu majority nation.After living side-by-side with Kashmiri Muslims for centuries, Pandits fled for safety after a sharp rise in killings and attacks by Muslim militants when the insurgency flared in 1989.One of the largest migrations since India’s independence from Britain in 1947, many Pandits settled in refugee camps around Jammu. Only around 800 Pandit families now remain in the Kashmir Valley, according to some estimates.Caged zoneBut there is widespread opposition to any push for separate townships for returning Hindus in the Kashmir Valley, ranging from separatists to Kashmiri Pandit leaders.Sanjay Tickoo, a Pandit community leader who has continued to live in Kashmir, said the idea of building exclusive settlements with enhanced security was an unrealistic solution that would invite a backlash.“Is it possible to live in a caged manner, in a caged zone, with security?” he said. “I have to move out of that township, I have to work, I have to earn. I cannot get everything in that township.”The All Parties Hurriyat Conference, the unified separatist movement in Kashmir, met some Kashmiri Pandits last month and found that there was a consensus against separate settlements, its chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said.“If you put them in separate colonies, in settlements and under barbed wire, that kills the whole purpose of trying to build, again, a community, which is based on mutual trust and respect,” Farooq, also considered the regions spiritual leader by many Kashmiri Muslims, said in an interview in Srinagar.Leaders from the National Conference and People’s Democratic Party, the two main regional parties in Kashmir, said they supported the return of Hindus but were opposed to separate townships. July 12, 2019 A file photo of gatherings of displaced Kashmiri Hindus. Leaders from the National Conference and Peoples Democratic Party, the two main regional parties in Kashmir, supports the return of Hindus but were opposed to separate townships.   –  REUTERS Published on SHAREcenter_img COMMENT terrorism (crime) COMMENTS 0 The Kashmiri Pandits fled for safety after a sharp rise in killings and attacks by Muslim militants when the insurgency flared in 1989.last_img read more

MPs not frequenting their constituencies have rough time Shashi Tharoor

first_img Next Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 16:25 IST Shashi Tharoor with Rahul Gandhi.Parliamentarians who have a slightly different relationship with their constituencies and are less frequently seen there have a rough time, according to Congress MP Shashi Tharoor.Speaking at a conclave in Delhi on Thursday, Tharoor, who has been elected to the Lok Sabha from Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala thrice in a row since 2009, said he believes he has done his job properly and that is the reason why people have reposed faith in him.After the recent Lok Sabha elections results, critics attributed the loss of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi from his family’s pocket borough Amethi to his disconnect with the voters of that constituency.Tharoor, though, pointed towards only MPs from the BJP and those from northern India in support of his contention.”MPs, particularly those from the north, who have a slightly different relationship with their constituencies and are less frequently seen there have a rough time,” he said.”They are the ones who can perhaps win only in Narendra Modi’s name and they do, like this time. But for most of us what differentiates us is precisely the work we do in our constituencies,” he said.He said people re-elected him as they believe that he has done his job properly.”People have seen me, seen me attending to their needs and that’s why they have trusted and voted for me.”Tharoor was speaking on the topic “Clients and Constituents: Political Responsiveness in Patronage Democracies” which is also the title of a book by academician Jennifer Bussell.The third edition of the South Asia Conclave organised by Oxford University Press witnessed researchers, policymakers, bureaucrats, academicians, and journalists from debating contemporary ideas that define modern South Asia.The conclave closely examined the key issues impacting the region, such as political challenges related to ethnic and religious diversity, identity politics, ethnic violence, terrorism, separatism, governance, economic growth, gender consciousness, national security, changes in culture and social structure as well as the significance of diaspora.Also Read | Shashi Tharoor uses cricket analogy to criticise Union BudgetAlso Watch | Congress altered ground reality while in power, Shashi Tharoor hits back at PM ModiFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanchari Chatterjee MPs not frequenting their constituencies have rough time: Shashi TharoorCongress MP Shashi Tharoor has said MPs who do not visit their constituencies often have a tough time.advertisementlast_img read more