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Carberry hits ton on return after cancer treatment


Carberry hits ton on return after cancer treatment

Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Sun, 02 Apr, 2017, 10:23 PM

Michael Carberry received a standing ovation from the Ageas Bowl crowd © Getty

Hampshire opener Michael Carberry marked his return to cricket with a century against Cardiff MCCU at the Ageas Bowl on Sunday (April 2). The left-handed batsman, who has played six Tests for England, was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour last July and missed the second half of last season.

Carberry, who returned to cricket after a successful treatment, was given a standing ovation by the crowd after he was dismissed by David O’Sullivan, but not before scoring a 121-ball 100. His innings helped Hampshire post 289 in the first innings, before reducing the opposition to 21 for 2 at Stumps on the opening day.

In an official statement last week, the left-hander had said, “I would like to thank my family, the club, the supporters and my team-mates worldwide for all the kind messages of support and love through another very tough time in my career and life.

“There is still a long way to go to being ‘recovered’ fully, but the outpouring of support from the cricket family has helped massively in getting me back playing and I’m looking forward to another great summer with Hampshire.

“In regards to the media, I would like to thank them for respecting my privacy in dealing with my illness and I would like to ask for this to continue on my return.”

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IPL 2017: Delhi Daredevils to be without Angelo Mathews for better part of the season

Apart from hamstring injury, Angelo Mathews’ return will be delayed by calf strain. (Source: Reuters/File) Apart from hamstring injury, Angelo Mathews’ return will be delayed by calf strain. (Source: Reuters/File)

The Delhi Daredevils are unlikely to get the services of Sri Lankan all-rounder Angelo Mathews for the better part of IPL as he is yet to recover fully from his hamstring injury.

Mathews is not a part of the Sri Lankan T20 side that will host Bangladesh in a two-match T20 series starting April 4 in Colombo.

Apart from hamstring injury, Mathews’ return will be delayed by calf strain.

“At this stage I think I can say Angelo will not play the T20s,” SLC cricket manager Asanka Gurusinha told ESPN Cricinfo.

“The IPL will be affected because he has to wait for the physio and the trainer to give him the green light. He has to be 100 percent fit. Angelo has to make that call with the physio, because if he’s not 100 percent fit, we will not let him go.”

SLC is reluctant to release Mathews unless he has fully recovered because they would like him to be available for the Champions Trophy in the UK in June.

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10 Income Tax Rules That Will Come Into Effect From 1 April

Amendments in several government rules and regulations will come into force on 1 April 2017, the start of the new financial year.

The Income Tax regulations that will come into effect can be broadly divided into two parts. First, the rules for filing I-T returns and second, the rules for calculating I-T.

3 Things To Remember While Filing I-T Returns

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1. It is now mandatory to disclose the Aadhaar number while filing I-T returns. This is the most important amendment in the rules for filing I-T. Till last year, it was optional to disclose the Aadhaar number while filing the returns. Generally, the last date for filing I-T returns is 31 July. Therefore, it is advisable for tax payers to get their Aadhaar number at the earliest.

2. Another important amendment that comes into effect from the financial year 2017-18, is the provision of penalty in case the return is filed late. According to this provision, if the return is not filed till 31 December, the tax payer has to pay the penalty of Rs 5,000. If the tax payer files the return after 31 December, a penalty of Rs 10,000 will be imposed. However, the penalty has been restricted to Rs 1,000 for income of up to Rs 5 lakh.

3. Only a one-page tax return form will be provided for salaried tax payers with income up to Rs 50 lakh. The source of their income can be their salary and rental income from only one house. If the tax payer has more sources of income, he cannot file his return through a one-page tax return form. Those earning up to Rs 5 lakh and filing return for the first time will be free from scrutiny.

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1. Income tax for those earning between Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 5 lakh has been slashed to 5 percent. This will result in an annual saving of up to Rs 12,500 for the maximum number of tax payers. However, this saving will rise up to Rs 15,000 for tax payers who earn Rs 1 crore or more annually, if the surcharge and cess is added.

2. After having executed the amendments in the tax rebate rules, under section 87 A, only tax payers with an annual income of Rs 3.5 lakh will be benefitted. Up till now, tax rebate benefit of up to Rs 5,000 was allowed for tax payers with an annual income of Rs 5 lakh. The rebate has also been reduced to Rs 2,500.

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Unfazed by Captain Amarinder Singh’s return to power, Khalsa University ready to admit students

Many Sikh bodies had claimed that Khalsa College was raised with the donations from the community and should not be converted into a private varsity. Express Many Sikh bodies had claimed that Khalsa College was raised with the donations from the community and should not be converted into a private varsity. Express

Khalsa University, established by disintegrating 125-year-old Khalsa College, is ready for its first full-fledged academic session a fortnight after Captain Amarinder Singh, who had vowed not to allow it, took over as the chief minister of Punjab. On February 17, 2016, Amarinder Singh had famously barged into the Khalsa College campus and declared that after becoming the CM, he would undo any attempts to set up Khalsa University on the 330 acres land of Khalsa College. However, though Amarinder has now become the CM, the Khalsa College management seems unruffled. Khalsa College Governing Council (KCGC) honorary secretary and Khalsa University Pro-Chancellor Rajinder Mohan Singh Chhina said, “It will have no impact on us. Captain Amarinder Singh is a very wise man. These were all talks before the elections. Khalsa University is constituted by passing a Bill in Punjab Assembly in September 2016. I don’t think Captain Amarinder Singh will have any problem with it.”

Asked if the university administration will try to clear air by meeting the new chief minster, Chhina said, “We don’t have to. There is no such issue to discuss.” Chhina had unsuccessfully contested the Amritsar Lok Sabha bypoll on a BJP ticket in February this year. Despite the fact that his daughter-in-law Harsimrat Kaur Badal’s father Satyajit Singh Majithia has been the president of KCGC, former CM Parkash Singh Badal had avoided to establish Khalsa University during his first term of 2007 to 2012 due to huge protests against this move from different quarters of the Sikh community. Many Sikh bodies had claimed that Khalsa College was raised with the donation of community and should not be converted into a private university.

KCGC then came up with an amended proposal to disintegrate Khalsa College to create a private university. Badal gave nod to the university only during the last Assembly session (in September 2017) of his 2012-2017 tenure as the chief minister amid protests from Congress and AAP. It did not give much time to university to start all its courses during last year. 2017-18 is the first session when Khalsa University will enrol students into all the courses.

After Khalsa University Bill was passed in September 2017, Captain Amarinder had said, “The Majithias are trying to do to Khalsa College what the Badals did to the SGPC, which will not be allowed at any cost.” “If Majithias manage to get the Act for the university passed in the Vidhan Sabha through Badals, I will ensure it’s repealed after Congress forms the government in the state in 2017,” he had said.

One of the prominent protesters against the university proposal was Congress leader Sukhjinder Raj Singh Lali Majithia, who contested unsuccessfully against former Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia from Majitha Assembly constituency. “Government will take some time to settle down. We will deal with all the issues one by one. We were never against establishing Khalsa University. We just wanted that it should not be constructed on the land of Khalsa College. New government will make the move on this issue at an appropriate time,” Sukhjinder said.

Raveen Thukral, media adviser to Captain Amarinder Singh, said, “The CM has already summoned the university file. The Congress government won’t allow any private university on the land of Khalsa College. He is committed to his promise of undoing the status of the university. Soon, the required action will be taken in this regard.”

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The cost of a wedding

(Left) Ainul Haq sells samosas and tea; his daughter Bano Parveen, with her father-in-law Sattar Ansari. Prashant Pandey (Left) Ainul Haq sells samosas and tea; his daughter Bano Parveen, with her father-in-law Sattar Ansari. Prashant Pandey

The match had been fixed and so had the ‘deal’: Rs 70,000, plus a motorcycle for the groom. But in May 2016, four days before Bano Parveen, 20, of Tarwadih village, nearly 10 km from the district headquarters of Latehar in Jharkhand, was to get married to Mahfooz Ansari, a 25-year-old who worked as a welder in the nearby Ichak village, the local masjid and madarsa committee met at the groom’s village. The outcome of the meeting: the groom’s family had to return Rs 70,000 to Bano’s father Ainul Haq. “I used that money to buy utensils and almirahs for my daughter, besides a few other things,” says Haq, 45, adding that the marriage went ahead as planned and that the couple are “happily married”.

Haq’s story is now part of a movement within the Muslim community against dowry. It was Haji Mumtaj Ali, a handloom businessman from Pokhri Kalan village in Latehar district who began the ‘Mutaliba-e-Jahej-Va-Tilak-Roko Tehreek (movement against demand for dowry and tilak)’ on April 24, 2016, which has now spread to three districts of Jharkhand — Palamu, Garhwa and Latehar.

Sitting in his sprawling bungalow with some village elders, Ali talks of how he began his campaign. “A lot of villagers come to me for help, usually to ask for money to get their daughters married. That’s when I realised that dowry was a huge problem, though nobody spoke against it.”

He says that under Islamic tradition, giving or taking dowry is neither banned nor illegal. “What is illegal is the mutaliba or the demand. That is what we are working against,” explains Ali, while claiming that at least 700-odd Muslim families in these districts have returned dowry amounts worth around Rs 6 crore.

But as Haq would tell you, dowry takes on many forms, not all of it in wads of currency notes. While the groom’s family returned Rs 70,000, Haq says he did not ask for the motorcycle; “that is my gift to my son-in-law”.

In the end, Haq ended up spending over Rs 2.75 lakh on his daughter’s wedding: besides the Passion Pro motorcycle that cost him Rs 60,500, the food bill for around 100 guests ran up to Rs 30,000; tents, lighting and decorations for around Rs 17,000; furniture, including a sofa set, bed set, dressing table and other related items cost him Rs 50,000; and utensils and almirahs around Rs 40,000.

Haq, who makes a living selling samosas, balushahi and tea outside his mud house, says that in these parts, it’s not easy for a poor man to get his daughter married off. So, he asked for help. His elder brother, who works in a private factory in Surat, sponsored the bike. “I went to at least six relatives, asking them for money. Some gave Rs 10,000, others Rs 15,000 and so on,” says Haq, in between stirring a fresh lot of samosas. He says he is trying to repay the debt through monthly instalments ranging from Rs 500 to Rs 1,000, but still has Rs 1.2 lakh left to pay.

Haq’s father Usman Ansari, 65, says the family had no option but to spend that much, adding that “this is the going rate” in the area. “Sahab, 1 lakh aur motorcycle se neeche to baat shuru hi nahin hoti, aap kahin bhi chale jaiye (Sir, the negotiations begin at Rs 1 lakh-plus-motorcycle; wherever you go),” says Ansari.

Fifteen kilometres away, at Ichak village, Bano’s father-in-law Sattar Ansari is taking a round of his three-acre field. A former contractual driver with the Forest Department, Sattar says, “I had taken Rs 50,000 from Haq as dowry. Then, the day the committee came to our house, I got to know that my brother had taken another Rs 20,000 from Haq. I immediately agreed to return the amount. I welcome this campaign,” says Sattar, the father of five children, including two daughters.

When the committee asked him to return the money, he says he panicked. His eldest daughter, Imrana, who was expecting a child, had developed complications and had to be admitted to a private hospital in Daltonganj. “That cost me a lot of money. Besides, I had already bought clothes and jewellery with the money Haq gave me. But it was a matter of family honour. My brothers helped me arrange the sum and we returned it,” he says, adding that he is yet to repay his brothers.

One of his nephews reveals more. “The committee was adamant that we return the money. If we didn’t, they said the wedding would be boycotted. Our family honour was at stake. What choice did we have,” he says, refusing to identify himself.

Sattar claims the incident hasn’t led to any tension with his daughter-in-law — “Apni beti ki tarah rakhta hoon (I treat her like my daughter),” he says.

At the garage where he works as a welder, Sattar’s son Mahfooz doesn’t say much about the dowry, only asking if there was “some kind of inquiry” against him. He assures that there is no tension between him and Bano.

At their home, though, as Sattar summons Bano, the strain is evident. “Khus kya honge (What is there is to be happy)?” she says.

Sattar tries to laugh it off. “Aap is baat ko samajhiye. Woh apne ghar aa rahi thi. Aur apna ghar mein khushhaali sabko achchi lagti hai… maayke to ab wo kabhi kabhi jaayegi (Try and understand this. She was coming to her own home (her husband’s). And everybody wants one’s home to be prosperous… Now that she is married, she will go to her parents’ home only occasionally),” he says.

He then speaks about how “lucky” he was when his daughter Imrana got married two years ago. “I only gave Rs 20,000 plus a motorcycle. There was no demand from them. I gave this happily. In fact, after the committee took up the issue, my son-in-law offered to return the motorcycle. But I told him to keep it,” he says.

Back in Tarwadih village, Haq says that with four more daughters to be married, he hopes the anti-dowry campaign will continue. “Otherwise”, he says, “I will have to get my father to sell his 1.5 acres. Aur phir bhi nahin ho paaya to door kahin shaadi kar denge, jahan kam mein kaam ho jaaye (And even if that is not enough, then I will get my daughters married off to some far-off place, where I won’t have to pay too much),” says Haq.

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BlackBerry, freed of handsets, looks to software for return to glory

The redesigned company has gone from selling its own phones to securing an array of rival devices and the information that flows to and from them. (Source: Reuters) The redesigned company has gone from selling its own phones to securing an array of rival devices and the information that flows to and from them. (Source: Reuters)

Although BlackBerry Ltd has extricated itself from the smartphone handsets that weighed on its recent fortunes, the Canadian firm faces a tough slog to convince skeptics it can return to its glory days through an enlarged software business. The company, which will report fourth-quarter and full-year results on Friday, says it has no major gaps in its software portfolio, thanks to the integration of a string of recent acquisitions.

It concedes, however, that more work is needed to get those offerings into the healthcare and automotive industries and other sectors that it hopes will power future growth. “The bottom line is: BlackBerry is a completely different beast than it was a decade ago,” said Nicholas McQuire, a workplace IT analyst at CCS Insight, a consulting firm.

“However, it still needs to educate enterprises, particularly prospects in markets outside its core regulated footprint on the ‘new BlackBerry’,” he said. Investors are unsure how to value the company, waiting for guidance from Chief Executive Officer John Chen, who needs a late bump in sales to hit the 30 percent growth in software revenue BlackBerry targeted for its recently completed fiscal year.

BlackBerry’s enterprise-value-to-forward-revenue ratio is 3.14, according to Thomson Reuters data, lower than the roughly 4.5 ratio enjoyed by Oracle Corp and Microsoft Corp , two of its closest peers now that Blackberry focuses on enterprise software. The Waterloo, Ontario-based company is expected to barely break even in the fourth quarter and likely notch revenue of less than $1.4 billion in its fiscal year ended Feb. 28, 2017, according to Thomson Reuters estimates. At its peak, the smartphone pioneer was raking in more than $5.5 billion a quarter.

Blackberry’s Toronto-listed shares were trading down 0.4 percent at C$9.40, while the benchmark Canadian share index was up 0.3 percent. BlackBerry declined to comment ahead of its earnings release. The redesigned company has gone from selling its own phones with the servers and software that manage them for businesses and governments to securing an array of rival devices and the information that flows to and from them.


It is also targeting the burgeoning but fragmented market to connect sensors and other devices and has invested in other potentially high-growth areas including cyber security consulting and autonomous vehicles.

“It has pivoted in the right direction with some new and promising areas ahead of it, but these are nascent markets which will take time to materializes in its bottom line,” McQuire said. The company’s 2015 purchases of Good Technology and WatchDox helped it secure a leading position in the enterprise mobility market, and its QNX industrial operating system is key to its self-driving vehicle ambitions. However, there is tough competition in these and other areas of interest.

“We have a no-moat rating for BlackBerry,” said Ali Mogharabi, an analyst at Morningstar. “There’s still a lot of uncertainty on how well they are going to progress in autonomous driving and other growth markets.” The company no longer has any responsibility for making or selling smartphones bearing its brand, after setting up late last year to take a cut on sales from the likes of Chinese smartphone maker TCL Communication, which will begin selling a BlackBerry-branded phone in April.

But given TCL is going to rely on the BlackBerry name to sell the KeyOne device, which it announced at a major technology conference last month, the separation may yet prove difficult.

Also Read: BlackBerry KeyOne listed on Indian retailer website, to be priced at Rs 39,999

Chen, who took over the helm of BlackBerry in late 2013, said in December the company would likely take another four or five quarters to halt the steady decline in its overall revenue, with software sales growth projected to slow to around 15 percent in the fiscal year that began in March.

“What would help is if these guys actually standardize the type of guidance and/or the detailed information they provide on their calls,” Morningstar’s Mogharabi said. “It’s pretty tough to get a clear picture of where they are in the turnaround mode and the potential upside or downside going forward.”

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Kevin Durant on track in recovery from knee sprain, could return before end of regular season

So far, so good on Kevin Durant’s recovery from a sprained medial collateral ligament and tibial bone bruise in his left knee, the Golden State Warriors announced on Wednesday — and that means it’s possible we could see the former NBA Most Valuable Player return to the court before the end of the 2016-17 regular season on April 12.

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From the Warriors’ Wednesday afternoon injury update:

Kevin has made very good progress since suffering the injury four weeks ago in Washington. He has not experienced any setbacks to date and has progressed as well as could be expected. At this point, he is being incorporated into non-contact basketball drills — shooting, running and jumping — and the plan is to intensity his level of movement over the next several days, which will include more explosive cutting and lateral maneuvers. His eventual return to contact drills and practice will be predicated upon his return to the increased intensity of his workouts, and a return to game action prior to the end of the regular season remains a possibility. He will be re-evaluated again in the next 7-10 days.

The most likely comeback window for Durant, as long as his progress persists, is Golden State’s final three home games, league sources say. — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) March 29, 2017

Durant suffered the left knee injury early in the Warriors’ Feb. 28 meeting with the Washington Wizards, interrupting an MVP-consideration-worthy maiden season by the Bay in which he was averaging a team-leading 25.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game, to go with 4.8 assists and 1.1 steals in 33.6 minutes a night. After initially stumbling to five losses in seven games without Durant, the Warriors have since righted the ship, winning eight straight to reach the 60-win mark for the third consecutive season, thanks to the offensive exploits of guards Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, a cranked-up defensive intensity led by power forward Draymond Green, and timely contributions by a corps of reserves led by versatile veteran Andre Iguodala.

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Since Durant’s injury, the Warriors’ offensive effectiveness has tailed off some, with Golden State averaging 108.4 points per 100 possessions over the past 15 games compared to a scintillating 114.1 points-per-100 prior to KD going on the shelf. Yet they still boast the league’s best “net rating” (whether you outscore your opponent over the course of 100 possessions, or vice versa, which accounts for the different paces at which different teams play) during that stretch, because they’ve been locking down the opposition to the tune of just 99.8 points-per-100 allowed, second in the NBA since Durant’s injury to only the San Antonio Spurs — the team that trails Golden State in the race for the West’s No. 1 seed, and that the Warriors will face in Texas in the main event of the NBA’s Wednesday night slate.

It’s not necessarily surprising or new information that Durant’s recovery is going according to plan. ESPN’s Chris Haynes and Marc Stein reported as much last week, and reporters have been sharing clips of Durant getting work in before Warriors games for the last week or so …

Another clip of Durant getting in work here in Houston — Sam Amick (@sam_amick) March 28, 2017

… but it’s a positive development for the Dubs all the same.

No matter which team winds up winning the West’s No. 8 seed, the Warriors would enter that matchup as heavy favorites with or without Durant. But they’ll need KD as close to 100 percent as possible to navigate the tough road ahead through the Western Conference gauntlet and into the NBA Finals. On that score, Wednesday’s not-really-an-update update would seem to fall squarely into the category of “no news is good news” … which could be bad news for teams hoping to knock off the Warriors come the second season.

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Clive Owen’s Drama ‘The Knick’ Confirmed as Cancelled

Medical drama The Knick, starring Clive Owen, has been cancelled.

The surprising news first came from Chris Sullivan, who played ambulance driver Tom Cleary on the critically acclaimed Cinemax show.

“Yeah, I’ve heard it’s done,” he said at PaleyFest on Friday (24Mar17). “They were gonna try (to do a third season), but I’ve heard it’s done.”

Steven Soderbergh’s period drama series followed Owen’s drug addict surgeon John Thackery, and ran for two seasons. In the finale of season two which aired in December, 2015, Owen’s character was killed off.

HBO later confirmed the news, explaining the decision was made due to a change of program focus from Cinemax, which will now return to airing “high-octane action dramas”.

“After a critically acclaimed two-season run of The Knick on Cinemax, we will not be going forward with additional episodes of the series,” a rep for HBO told The Hollywood Reporter.

“Despite our pride in and affection for the series as well as our respect for and gratitude toward Steven Soderbergh and his team, we have decided to return Cinemax to its original primetime series fare of high-octane action dramas, many of which will be internationally co-produced.”

The Knick earned a Golden Globe nomination for British actor Owen, and Soderbergh, who directed all the episodes, landed two Emmy nominations.

The filmmaker has since moved on to executive produce and direct Amazon’s Red Oaks and Starz’s The Girlfriend Experience.