Mumbai: Truck carrying 15 cows seized, four held

The Kalwa police arrested four persons Sunday and seized a truck in which they were carrying 15 cows. The police suspect they were taking the cows out of the city.

According to the police, they received a tip-off that a speeding vehicle carrying animals “that looked like cows” had been spotted. A team then reached the Kharegaon toll naka and checked the vehicle. There were 15 cows in the truck. The police then arrested the four people inside the vehicle under relevant sections of the Animal Cruelty Act and the Indian Penal Code.

Senior inspector MM Bagwan said, “We have got a day’s custody of the four accused to find out where they were headed with the cows. We also found a letterhead of a former corporator in the vehicle. We contacted him but he has claimed that the letterhead had been forged. Investigations are on to find out more details.”

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After Bangalore Test, Australia’s DRS success rate has dropped considerably: Wriddhiman Saha

Saha had a rewarding season, as he scored 646 runs including three centuries in 14 Tests, besides accounting for 37 dismissals. Partha Paul Saha had a rewarding season, as he scored 646 runs including three centuries in 14 Tests, besides accounting for 37 dismissals. Partha Paul

A clean-shaven Wriddhiman Saha looked even leaner as he parked his Toyota Fortuner at the Cricket Association of Bengal portico and headed to the gym at the Eden Gardens. A long home season is over but an IPL with Kings XI Punjab beckons. Saha has grown immensely as a cricketer over the last eight-odd months — starting in the Caribbean— during which he scored 646 runs, including three centuries in 14 Tests and accounted for 37 dismissals. In an interview with The Indian Express, Saha spoke about his improvement as a cricketer, India’s unprecedented success and, of course, sledging. Excerpts:

How much has Wriddhiman Saha grown in stature in the dressing-room this season?

Apart from odd changes, it’s the same unit that has been playing for the past two-three seasons. The real team bonding happened after we lost the Galle Test (in 2015). We had a team meeting in the dressing room. That was basically the start of our journey as a group. We changed our approach and it set us on the winning path.

You side-stepped the question…

I never felt left out even at the time when I was a relative newcomer, when I replaced (MS) Dhoni bhai in Australia. You have to talk to others to know if I have grown in stature. From my perspective, our dressing room thrives in collectivity. Different players have different roles to perform, but we as a team share our ups and downs collectively. Everyone, including the reserves and support staff, gets equal importance.

Your friendship with your teammates must have grown stronger over the past few months…

We have always been good friends. During the series we spend our free time together. We take part in PlayStation football games together. I usually play with (Cheteshwar) Pujara, Virat (Kohli), Shikhar (Dhawan) when he was with the team, Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul.

Grapevine has it that you get pretty excited, playing football on PlayStation…

Yeah, it’s very intense. No one likes to lose. It’s a great way to wind down after a hard day’s play on the field.

Do you insist on having Barcelona as your team?

No, we prefer rotation, although I’m always more comfortable with (Lionel) Messi in my team (laughs).

Pujara tried to pull your leg after you bagged the Man of the Match award against New Zealand at Eden Gardens.

It wasn’t after the Test. It was after we finished our second innings and I remained not out in both innings. He jokingly said, ‘Wriddhi ko Kolkata me out karna na mumkin hai (it’s impossible to get Wriddhiman out in Kolkata). That’s the beauty of our team. This is something which is a lot more than winning and losing matches. I have been with the team since Australia and I haven’t witnessed a single case of dressing room bust-up. There’s absolutely no clash of egos in this team.

Going back to Galle, then team director Ravi Shastri allowed every player let off steam after the defeat. How did it help?

It helped us play fearless cricket. Some were getting bogged down under pressure, getting overwhelmed by the situation and sacrificing their natural game in the process. The session helped change the mindset.

You spoke about a change in approach

We decided that we would be targeting some bowlers in a match. Take the attack to a particular bowler right from the outset to upset his rhythm. It’s about taking calculated risks and the approach paid off. We started our winning run after Galle.

Even after your batting success against West Indies and New Zealand there appeared to be an amount of uncertainty as you were ruled out after the second Test against England because of a hamstring injury. Your replacement, Parthiv Patel, did well with the bat. Every now and then people start talking about other keepers like Parthiv or Dinesh Karthik. How do you handle this?

I never consider myself No.1, No.2 or No.10. My job is to go out there and perform, and I try to do that. End of the story. Everybody tries to do his best to reach a certain level. As far as my injury was concerned, I never had any insecurity about it. The team management didn’t allow me to have one. Anil (Kumble) bhai went to the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore, when I was doing my rehab and offered assurance.

Did you have any special fitness routine for a six-month long home season?

Our fitness trainer gave us a schedule, which we followed. As I had injured my hamstring, some specific hamstring exercises were given to strengthen the muscles and tendons. At the same time, I was told to be cautious about not overloading it.

The team had a session on the DRS before the first Test against New Zealand. But at times it felt like India didn’t quite have a grip on the technology. As a keeper, you had a important role to play. Did you ever feel iffy?

The brief was clear; I would offer my view along with the bowler and then the captain would take a call. There were times, when I was 100 per cent convinced and so was the bowler, but Virat wasn’t too sure. Then, there were times when Virat was convinced but I, (Ajinkya) Rahane from the first slip and the bowler weren’t less certain. I insisted on taking a referral against Moeen Ali in Vizag despite the fact that he was way down the track against Jayant Yadav. But eventually we went for a review and won the leg before appeal. In some cases I erred also. No team can have a 100 per cent grip on the DRS. There has to be a difference between real time action and slow motion replays. For Australia, their DRS success rate had been close to 80 per cent before the incident in Bangalore. I don’t know if they had been getting any external (dressing room) help. No one noticed. After Bangalore, however, their (DRS) success rate dropped considerably.

You are said to be a keeper who doesn’t keep up a constant flow of chatter from behind the stumps.

If you watch the matches and hear the recordings, you would know I talk the most on the field.

You are one player who keeps his emotions in check on the field. Do you open up in the change room?

I think it’s almost same in the dressing room as well.

Who is your best friend in the team?

Everyone is my best friend. And it’s same for all my team mates. Having a best friend in the team isn’t a good idea. It may lead to groupism. We are a unit.

Was it tough, confidence-wise, batting at No. 7 or 8?

It depends on the individual. It doesn’t affect me. The decision to promote R Ashwin in the batting order was taken in the West Indies. And make no mistake, he is a very good batsman with four Test hundreds under his belt. The team management did it to ensure we have specialist batters up until No. 7. I had no problems with that. Ashwin’s batting success augured very well for the team.

Batting with the tail-enders requires special skills. Do you feel comfortable?

I did it many times for my club and Bengal, batting with the tail. It has served my game well. We no longer shield the tail-enders in the Indian team. They all are capable batters and spend time in the nets to improve their batting. And it’s not just the survival, our tail-enders have the licence to punish the loose balls. The team management has given them confidence to optimise their batting potential.

India-Australia Test series have had a tendency to become acrimonious. But this time things get a little too stretched?

Sledging is a part of Australia’s game. We know that. We were prepared for that. They played well in the first Test and we didn’t play to our potential. If we had won in Pune, things could have been different. For Australia, the lead served as a confidence boost but it’s not that they had an exclusive right over sledging. We also got into a bit of a banter; not only this series, but also when we went Down Under. We did it in Sri Lanka as well.

How did Australia respond to counter sledging?

It upset them. I think our banters made Steve Smith over-attacking in the second innings at Dharamsala.

Who was the leader of the pack in the Indian team?

Everyone. Virat, Rahane, Pujara, Rahul.

What about you? Not even under your breath?

No, I don’t do it. . I just offer encouragement to my team mates; and just a few words here and there.

You appeared to have got involved in the Matthew Wade-Ravindra Jadeja argument at Dharamsala.

I just wanted to know what they had been talking about; exactly what happened.

Do you ever get angry even at home?

No. Maybe, sometimes they (family) get angry with me. But I keep calm (laughs).

You are one Indian batsman who sways away from a bouncer rather than ducking under it. Does it come naturally to you?

It’s natural. I rarely play the pull shot. I allow my body to react to the angles. As because you sometime have variable bounce on Indian pitches, swaying away allows you watch the ball till the end. Sometimes, against an in-swinging bouncer from wide of the crease, I prefer to duck.

For someone who had to play the waiting game for a long time, be it the Bengal Ranji team or the Indian team, how do you look at this upward mobility of your career?

I never felt frustrated. I always trained with the match intensity. Otherwise I wouldn’t have been ready when my time came. Now the focus is to serve the Indian team for long.

During the season, did you get any advice from Kumble about keeping on Indian pitches? He was always a difficult bowler to keep on turners.

I kept to Anil bhai once or twice at the nets. He (and also Virat) always tells me not to change my natural approach to keeping.

How challenging it is to keep to two world-class spinners on turning pitches?

Almost every ball is a challenge, which I really enjoy. Ravichandran Ashwin presents a lot of variety, making things exciting for the keeper. Jadeja is very accurate. Both are outstanding performers. But at the end of the day, a keeper’s job is to collect the ball.

Did Kuldeep Yadav have the mystery element to the keeper as well?

I have kept to many chinaman bowlers during my days at Siliguri (hometown) and also even after coming to Kolkata. Ultimately, it’s about picking it off the hand and following the seam. If you can do that, things will be easier.

Do you exchange signals with the spinners?

Not really. In the Bangalore Test, however, Matt Renshaw had been compulsively stepping out to Jadeja. So we planned about firing one down the leg side. Jadeja did it and I had a stumping.

Umesh Yadav’s progress has been heartening. What do you think he has changed to achieve consistency?

It’s experience. You are always wiser— hitting the right areas —after say 30 Tests rather than 10 . Umesh has now become a complete package. He has everything in his repertoire.

Mohammed Shami unfortunately is facing recurrent injury problems.

It’s not recurrent. Last time, he had injured the other knee. I batted against him at the nets (in Dharamsala). I think he is now fully fit for limited-overs matches. A good IPL season followed by the Champions Trophy (in England) will get him ready for the longer format.

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Vadodara: Man held with Rs 1.5 lakh IMFL

Special Operation Group (SOG) sleuths arrested a man with 420 bottles of Indian Made Foreign Liquor (IMFL) worth Rs 1.5 lakh from Makarpura in Vadodara late on Saturday night.

Acting on a tip-off that listed bootlegger Vikram Chavda’s liquor would be delivered in Kapurai and Tarsali areas in Vadodara, the SOG team intercepted Iqbal Sheikh, who was riding a two-wheeler and apparently guiding a car, carrying the IMFL.

Sheikh was arrested while the car driver along with another person managed to flee. The IMFL bottles, car and the two-wheeler have been seized.

H M Vyas, police inspector, SOG, said the two others had been declared wanted.

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Mumbai: In a shop on this road, India’s first sailors’ union was born

With the exception of blue and green street signs at both ends, there is nothing today to suggest that a narrow lane deep in Dongri is the birthplace of India’s first and largest union of sailors. Formerly Old Nagpada Road, it was renamed Mohamed Ebrahim Serang Marg in 1975, 12 years after the powerful trade union leader and elected member of the municipal corporation passed away.

Serang, who was born in Kerala’s Malabar coast in 1879, moved to Mumbai, then called Bombay, in search of employment at just 13 years of age. He soon found work as a sailor in the merchant navy. Quickly rising through the ranks, he became a serang (foreman) in charge of the crew.

A tough and well-built Malabari man, he would first protest for a raise in crew salaries in 1915, when Britain was fighting the First World War. His agitation on board the Anchor Line ship Elysia led the British government to raise salaries by 5 per cent.

Known as a powerful orator, he also led the first ever strike by Indian sailors on board the Kaiser-e-Hind, docked in Bombay, demanding that basic pay of lower-rung sailors be raised to Rs 30 per month and that of serangs to Rs 60 per month.

In the 1920s, Serang led an agitation demanding that the British government pay war compensation to families of several thousand Indian sailors who had participated in the war. Throughout that decade, as he led seafarers towards an organised union, he held regular meetings in Dongri.

“The men would assemble at a cigarette shop in Old Nagpada Road. That is where they would discuss the course of action,” said Serang’s great grandson, Abdu Ghani Serang, the present secretary general of National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI).

The union was registered in 1926 and moved later to its present premises at Goa Street in Ballard Pier. The union was also successful in petitioning the government to build the Indian Sailors’ Home and the Indian Seaman’s Hostel — transit facilities for sailors to stay in the city before they signed on and after they signed off from ships in Bombay.

With Indian sailors again heavily involved in the Second World War, Serang and the union insisted that the government increase wages of sailors by a 100 per cent and also pay a war compensation of Rs 25 lakh.

Serang was an elected member of the then Bombay Municipal Corporation between 1929 and 1948 and served in its Improvements Committee and Markets and Garden Committee in that duration.

The British government also appointed him a member of the board of trustees of the then Bombay Port Trust. Old Nagpada Road was renamed 12 years after his death in 1963 at the age of 89. The road, which branches off the arterial Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Road, is lined with shops and houses and retains a strong presence of the Malabari Muslim community, which runs several hostels in the locality.

The cigarette shop where the meetings were held shut down long ago and is now hidden behind a black shutter.

“The union has matured from agitation and protest to collective bargaining. The shipping industry knows what we are capable of. Yet we are a responsible trade union. That is his legacy,” said Serang, the present secretary general.

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9 leadership skills that one can learn from Virat Kohli

The first words that come to mind when you think of Indian cricket skipper Virat Kohli are: winning and aggression. Kohli is less enigmatic than his predecessor Mahendra Singh Dhoni, but more outgoing in approach.

He wears his heart on his sleeve, but rarely lets it get the better of him. Even Dhoni feels that the Indian team under Kohli ‘should win games more than any other captain or team has won’.

After leading India in his first 25 Tests, Kohli has been the nation’s most successful Test captain. He has 16 wins under his belt, just behind Steve Waugh’s 18 and Ricky Ponting’s 17.

Kohli has an arsenal of leadership traits that can benefit any team leader or entrepreneur.

1. Confidence: Kohli never shies away from taking bold decisions whenever a situation demands it. Often, he has stepped up to salvage an unlikely win. His exuberance and confidence are infectious. Also, having the confidence to back your winning attitude can take you leagues ahead in the organizational game.

2. Leading by example: There are two ways to lead a team: by your words or by your actions. Kohli and his teammates know that he is the best, which drives everyone in the team to reach the benchmark he has set for the rest. The fissures within a team widen when the leader takes a back seat, thinking that his juniors will do the hard work.

3. Staying focussed: Kohli hasn’t let the pride of leading Team India get the better of him. He has handled this challenge far better that even greats like Sachin Tendulkar. “Captaincy does not allow you to be complacent at any stage especially with the bat if that is your only discipline in the game, in the field as well. In that aspect I think complacency goes out of the window as captain. You tend to focus a lot more on certain situations,” he says.

4. Versatility: Versatility and adaptability are the key to longevity in any discipline. Kohli’s consistency across all three formats of the game is phenomenal. When asked about his transformation from a hotheaded bloke to a mature player, he said: “I was working on those things already on a constant basis with Anil Kumble (Indian Head Coach). I wanted to learn from my mistakes and evolve as a person.”

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PM Modi inaugurates India’s longest Chenani-Nashri tunnel, dedicates it to the nation

The Indian Express photojournalist Tashi Tobgyal visited the site of the tunnel in 2012, when construction was under way. The Indian Express photojournalist Tashi Tobgyal visited the site of the tunnel in 2012, when construction was under way.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday inaugurated the Chenani-Nashri tunnel on Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, the longest in India. The prime minister dedicated the tunnel to the nation. The 10.9-km long tunnel will reduce the time taken to travel between Jammu and Srinagar by shortening the distance between Chenani-Nashri from the existing 41 kms to 10.9 kms and is likely to save fuel worth nearly Rs 99 crores a year. The tunnel in Udhampur district, built with new Austrian tunnel technology, has a series of smart safety features — all functioning through a single software.

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The Prime Minister, the Governor and the Chief Minister then posed for a photograph with the engineers who were involved in construction of the tunnel. After the inauguration ceremony, the prime minister is scheduled to address a public rally in Udhampur’s Battal Ballian village.

The tunnel is equipped with world-class security systems, and is expected to boost tourism and economic activities in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The estimated value of daily fuel savings will be to the tune of Rs 27 lakh, according to the PMO.

Union Minister Jitendra Singh had earlier said that the tunnel “is a game changer.” “The connectivity through this tunnel will decrease the time of journey by two hours. It is an alternative all weather route. It is an alternative to the highway which is closed at the time of snow and rains. It will boost trade and increase revenue in the state. It will also help boost tourism,” Singh had told PTI.

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Meanwhile, normal life was affected in Kashmir Valley due to strike called by separatist groups against Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the state for inauguration of Chenani-Nashri tunnel. Most of the shops, business establishments and fuel stations were shut in Srinagar – the summer capital of the state, officials said. The officials said most of the public transport was off the roads, while private cars, cabs and auto-rickshaws were seen plying normally in many areas of the city here.

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Indian women’s hockey team beat Uruguay 4-2 in shootout

The Indian women’s team beat Uruguay 4-2 in the penalty shootout to begin their campaign in the Women’s Hockey World League Round 2 on a winning note in West Vancouver.

Skipper Rani, Monika, Deepika and Navjot Kaur held their nerves to score in the tense penalty shootout that saw them through after the two sides were locked 2-2 at the end of the regulation time.

India got off to a good start and took the lead with skipper Rani scoring as early as in the sixth minute.

India held on to the lead till the third quarter but Uruguay struck their first goal in the 45th minute to equalise through Maria Teresa Viana Ache.

After a quick two-minute break before the final quarter began, a few key variations brought in by India chief coach Sjoerd Marijne saw Vandana Katariya convert a fine field goal in the 49th minute to take 2-1 lead.

But a defensive error in the striking circle in the 54th minute saw the Indian team concede a penalty stroke which was successfully converted by Uruguay’s Manuela Vilar.

In the last six minutes, the Indian forwards made forays into the opposition striking circle but could not fetch a goal eventually leading the match to a penalty shootout.

With the experienced goalkeeper Savita producing a good show, India held their nerves to win 4-2 in the exciting penalty shootout.

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US exports to India encounter barriers, says Donald Trump administration

According to the report, US goods exports to India were USD 21.7 billion, up 1.1 per cent (USD 237 million) from the previous year. According to the report, US goods exports to India were USD 21.7 billion, up 1.1 per cent (USD 237 million) from the previous year.

US exports to India continue to face barriers as Indian customs officials generally require extensive documentation, leading to frequent and lengthy processing delays, the Trump administration has alleged.

Despite the Indian government’s efforts to pursue economic reforms, the structure of India’s customs tariff and fees system are “complex and characterised by a lack of transparency” in determining net effective rates of customs tariffs, excise duties, and other duties and charges, the US Trade Representative (USTR) said it its annual report.

Noting that US exporters have raised concerns regarding India’s application of customs valuation criteria to import transactions, it said India’s customs officials generally require extensive documentation, inhibiting the free flow of trade and leading to frequent and lengthy processing delays.

This is a consequence of India’s complex tariff structure, including the provision of multiple exemptions, which vary according to product, user, or intended use, it said.

India, the report said, lacks an overarching government procurement policy and, as a result, its government procurement practices and procedures vary among the states, between the states and the central government, and among different ministries within the central government.

In its annual 2017 National Trade Estimate, the first under US President Donald Trump, the US goods and trade deficit with India was USD 24.3 billion, a 4.2 per cent increase (USD 970 million) last year, the USTR said.

The report came hours before Trump was expected to sign an executive order instructing his administration to examine the cause of trade imbalances with over 15 countries, including China and India.

According to the report, US goods exports to India were USD 21.7 billion, up 1.1 per cent (USD 237 million) from the previous year. Corresponding US imports from India were USD 46.0 billion, up 2.7 per cent.

India was the US’ 18th largest goods export market last year, the report said.

On the other hand, US exports of services to India were an estimated USD 18.1 billion in 2015 (latest data available) and US imports were USD 24.7 billion.

Sales of services in India by majority US-owned affiliates were USD 22.7 billion in 2014 (latest data available), while sales of services in the US by majority India-owned firms were USD 13.4 billion, it said.

Further, the US Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in India (stock) was USD 28.3 billion in 2015 (latest data available), a 4.4 per cent increase from 2014. The US FDI in India is led by professional, scientific, and technical services, manufacturing, and wholesale trade, USTR said.

Taking note of the national Goods and Services Tax (GST), the report said it would replace most indirect taxes, including various charges on imports.

The GST is designed to simplify the movement of goods within India, it said.

In 2015, the Indian government introduced the GST Bill in Parliament and it was passed in July last year. India is working on the implementation of the GST law, which would put in place a two-part system.

The first part of the system are the State and Central GST that will be levied simultaneously on every transaction of goods and services within a state. The second part is an “integrated GST” that covers goods and services sold between all Indian states. The integrated GST would apply to imports. India intends to implement GST by July, the report said.

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PV Sindhu vs Carolina Marin previous results: Marin leads head-to-head battle 5-3

PV Sindhu is 3-8 in head-to-head record against Carolina Marin. (Source: PTI) PV Sindhu is 3-8 in head-to-head record against Carolina Marin. (Source: PTI)

PV Sindhu and Carolina Marin are once again set to play against each other. The last time they played, a match that went unnoticed, was at the Dubai World Superseries finals. The Indian beat Marin in straight sets. But, their meeting before this match is the one which is remembered most. There is a lot of talk about it before the two face each other at the India Open Superseries in New Delhi. Here are the head to head battles between Sindhu and Marin.

Dubai World Superseries Finals WS (December, 2016)

This was the first time since the Rio Olympics final that the two were facing each other. Marin had some injury problems during and after Rio Games and that reflected in her game as she went down 17-21, 13-21 against Sindhu, who was growing in confidence.

Rio Olympics 2016 (August, 2016)

Biggest of them all, Sindhu and Marin were part of the Games women’s singles final. Sindhu won the first game but lost the second. Marin then showed why she was the world number one at that time. She dominated the final set and won the gold medal by winning 19-21, 21-12, 21-15.

Hong Kong Open (November, 2015)

Marin was the top seeded player in Hong Kong and she played like one. The Spaniard did not give Sindhu a chance and completed a straight sets win 21-17, 21-9

Denmark Open (October, 2015)

The ticking point for Sindhu and Marin rivalry might have been in Denmark. Marin had defeated Sindhu in their previous three meetings but this time the Indian roared back and won the battle in three games 15-21 21-18 17-21

Syed Modi International (January, 2015)

For the first time in India, Marin met Sindhu. But it was not the perfect outing for the Indian as she lost 21-13 21-13 against the Spaniard who won bettered her head-to-head record against Sindhu to 3-1

World Championships (August 2014)

A big match between Marin and Sindhu at the 2014 World Championships. Marin went on to become the world champion after beating Sindhu 21-17 21-15 in the semi-finals

Star Australian Badminton Open (June, 2014)

The second meeting between the two was where Marin made it 1-1 in head-to-head battle. Marin was unseeded while Sindhu was seeded eighth in the competition but still lost 21-17 21-17

Maldives International Badminton Challenge 2011

This was the first meeting between Marin and Sindhu and it was the Indian who came out on top in three games. Marin lost to Sindhu 7-21 21-15 13-21

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