Youth Olympics 2018: Akash Malik grabs Archery silver medal

By: Sports Desk |

Published: October 18, 2018 8:07:02 am





Youth Olympics 2018 Akash Malik won a silver medal in Recurve Archery. (Source: Twitter/Olympic Press)

Akash Malik, on Wednesday, became the first Indian to win a silver medal in archery. The 16-year-old suffered a defeat in the final to USA’s Trenton Cowles 0-6 in the men’s recurve event. The archer, who achieved his training at the Army Sports Institute in Pune, started of brilliantly in the final, as he shot a 10 in his first attempt.

In his second attempt, he squandered his chances of winning the set by shooting a 6. Even though he managed to get another 10 in his third, he lost the first set 26-28 to the US archer, who shot 9,9 and 10. In the second set, Cowles shot two 10s and 9 to grab a 29-27 victory.

In the third set, Akash shot another six that hampered his chances of keeping the final alive. Even though he picked up 10s in the next two attempts, he lost the set 26-28 to Cowley.

Malik’s win in the event took India’s total tally in the Games to 13 medals, comprising of 3 Golds, 9 Silver and 1 Bronze. India stood in the 14th position in the rankings.

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Banksy posts video saying incomplete shredding a malfunction

By: AP |

Published: October 18, 2018 8:20:20 am





Banksy posts video saying incomplete shredding a malfunction Staff from Sotheby’s auctioneers reposition Banksy’s Love is in the Bin, which is now half-shredded, in London, Britain, October 12, 2018. (Reuters/Henry Nicholls)

Banksy posted a new video to his website Tuesday implying the partial shredding of his “Girl With Balloon” at a London auction was supposed to have been complete.

The video shows the famously anonymous artist constructing the shredding mechanism inside an ornate frame and pushing a button in a black box to activate the destruction at Sotheby’s in London earlier this month. The act shocked the crowd, but the winning bidder, a European collector, went ahead and bought it anyway for $ 1.4 million, according to the auction house.

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Sotheby’s did not name the buyer.

The partial shredding drew speculation that the act was a stunt to increase the value of the painting of a young girl reaching for a heart-shaped red balloon. The canvas was shredded to right above the girl’s head, leaving the balloon intact. The end of the new video notes: “In rehearsals it worked every time…” A complete shredding of the same design is then shown.

The nearly 3-minute long video is titled, “Shred the Love, the Director’s cut.” It shows hands and a hooded figure (Banksy is fond of hoodies) constructing the mechanism in a studio space, then it rolls on to the outside of Sotheby’s before the auction. People milling about sipping Champagne and nibbling hors d’oeuvres are next up, including some standing in front of the painting.

The auction and partial shredding are shown, as is the work being taken off the wall at Sotheby’s and carried out of the room.

Banksy has never disclosed his full identity. He began his career spray-painting buildings in Bristol, England, and has become one of the world’s best-known artists. His mischievous and often satirical images include two policemen kissing, armed riot police with yellow smiley faces and a chimpanzee with a sign bearing the words, “Laugh now, but one day I’ll be in charge.”

His “Girl With Balloon” was originally stenciled on a wall in east London and has been endlessly reproduced, becoming one of Banksy’s best-known images.

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Happy Durga Navami 2018 Wishes Images, Wallpaper, SMS, Messages, Photos, Pics, Quotes, Status and Greetings

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi |

Updated: October 18, 2018 7:04:04 am





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Maha Navami marks the end of Navratri, the nine-day festival of worship of Goddess Durga. As per the mythological stories, Goddess Durga’s battle against demon Mahishasura lasted for nine long days. She finally won over the demon on the ninth day which is celebrated as Maha Navami.

According to the Hindu calendar, Maha Navami is celebrated on the navam that is ninth day of the Shukla Paksha in the Indian month of Ashwina.

On this day, Goddess Durga is worshipped as Saraswati, the Goddess of wisdom and knowledge. People in south India celebrate Navami as Ayudha Puja where musical instruments, books, equipment of all kinds including automobiles and machinery are decorated and worshipped. While in the east and north-east India, Navami is celebrated as the third day of Durga Puja called Shodhasopachar puja, where Goddess Durga is worshipped as Mahishasurmardini (the goddess who killed the buffalo demon Mahishasur). While in north India, Kanjak or Kanya puja is observed on the auspicious day of Navami, where young unmarried girls are honoured and worshipped.

Maha Navami marks the end of evil and the dawn of happiness and new beginnings. On this auspicious day, have curated wishes and greetings you can send to your friends and family wishing them a Happy Maha Navami.

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*May the blessing of Maa Durga guide you on the right path and help you in all your endeavours. Warm wishes of Durga Navami to all

*Maa Durga, the universal mother is an embodiment of power. We bow to her to seek blessings on this auspicious occasion of Durga Navami. Jai Mata Di

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*Durga Puja Is A Blessed Time
Rejoice In The Glories Of Maa Durga
And Celebrate All The Blessings Of Goddess
With Your Friends, Family & Acquaintances
And Loved Ones
Happy Durga Navami.

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*May the goodness flow through us to the world around,
removing the evils within and without on this day of Durga Navami and ever.

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*May this Navami brighten your day and night,
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Have a great Maha Navami!

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I want to thank you for holding my hands no matter how tough it was,
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And I want to thank you for loving me each and every moment,
Sending you my choicest greetings this Maha Navami!

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*From Sasthi to Dashami it’s time to enjoy. May Maa bless you with lots of happiness and joy. Warm Wishes on Durga Puja!

*May this auspicious day bring prosperity and joy,
The atmosphere is filled with love and happiness,
Therefore, I wish you a great Maha Navami!

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* May this Durga puja be as bright as ever. May this Durga Puja bring joy, health and wealth to you. May the festival of lights brighten up your and your near and dear ones lives. Happy Durga Puja!

*May Maa Durga empowers you with her 9 blessings of name, fame, health, wealth, happiness, humanity, knowledge, devotion and power. Happy and blessed Durga Puja!

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FA says Wembley Stadium sale off after Shahid Khan withdraws offer

By: Reuters |

Published: October 18, 2018 1:10:12 am





Khan, who also owns English Premier League club Fulham, said his offer had not received the backing he had hoped for. (AP Photo)

England’s Football Association’s plans to sell Wembley Stadium and invest around £600 million into grassroots facilities and projects were in tatters on Wednesday after potential purchaser, American Shahid Khan, withdrew his offer.

The billionaire owner of the NFL (National Football League) club Jacksonville Jaguars made his offer public in April and the proposed sale had been discussed by the FA’s Board with the full FA Council to have voted on the matter on Oct. 24.

However, the outcome was in doubt with the sale of the iconic national stadium dividing opinion.

“At a recent meeting with Mr Khan he expressed to us that, without stronger support from within the game, his offer is being seen as more divisive than it was anticipated to be and has decided to withdraw his proposal,” FA chief executive Martin Glenn said in a statement.

“There has been much deliberation on both sides of this debate and it has undoubtedly raised awareness of the issue that community football facilities in England need significant investment.”

“We will continue to work together to identify new and innovative ways of investing in community football facilities in the future,” added Glenn.

Khan, who also owns English Premier League club Fulham, said his offer had not received the backing he had hoped for.

“At this moment, following last week’s FA Council hearing, it appears there is no definitive mandate to sell Wembley and my current proposal, subsequently, would earn the backing of only a slim majority of the FA Council, well short of the conclusive margin that the FA Chairman has required,” Khan said in a statement.

“The intent of my efforts was, and is, to do right by everyone in a manner that strengthens the English game and brings people together, not divides them,” he added.

There had been opposition to the sale from within the game with some critics questioning the wisdom of surrendering ownership of the national stadium and others sceptical of the future investments in the game.

“Unfortunately, given where we are today, I’ve concluded that the outcome of a vote next week would be far from sufficient in expressing the broad support favored by the FA Chairman to sell Wembley Stadium,” Khan said.

“Until a time when it is evident there is an unmistakable directive from the FA to explore and close a sale, I am respectfully withdrawing my offer to purchase Wembley Stadium.”

However Khan left the door open, should his idea win broader backing.

“I cannot rule out revisiting the opportunity at another time when perhaps the Football Association family is unified in its views on the opportunity,” he said.

“I recognize the passion many people have for Wembley and what it means to English football, and will be willing to re-engage with the FA on this matter under proper circumstances.”

The new Wembley Stadium opened in 2007 on the site of the original venue and cost around £750 million to build.

Under the plan, Wembley would have remained the home to major football matches such as the FA Cup final and would also have been available to England for internationals — outside of autumn when it could have been used for NFL games.

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Wives on tours: CoA ‘cautious’, wants to hear more opinions

Written by Devendra Pandey
| Mumbai |

Published: October 18, 2018 1:14:40 am





Virat Kohli had requested the BCCI to relax their rule regarding the matter. (File Photo)

THE COMMITTEE of Administrators (CoA) will be taking the views of all the players before taking a final call whether to allow their wives for the entirety of a foreign tour. Based on the current policy, the players’ partners are allowed to be part of the touring party for 14 days. The Indian Express had reported last week that captain Virat Kohli had requested the BCCI to relax their rule regarding the matter.

The CoA, it’s learnt, aren’t in any hurry to take a decision with committee member Diana Edulji saying that they are waiting to get a broader view on the issue. “The board hasn’t taken any decision. As of now, the current policy of the board remains. It’s a policy decision which can’t be changed overnight,” Edulji said.

She said the board needs to be “careful” before changing the policy. The discussion was taken forward during the CoA meeting with Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, coach Ravi Shastri and chairman of selection committee MSK Prasad before the India-West Indies Test at Hyderabad. Edulji said that the BCCI can’t go with just one person’s view and needed to seek the opinions of all concerned.

“It came up during the meeting and we had a general discussion. It cannot be based on one person’s view, some may be comfortable, some may be not. The decision should not cause any problem. We are going to consult the other members of the Indian team,” she added.

The Indian team is scheduled to tour Australia and New Zealand over the next few months, and Edulji is not sure whether the CoA will take a decision on the wives’ matter or whether it’ll fall on the new committee, which will be formed post the BCCI election. In August, CoA chief Vinod Rai had stated that the BCCI will have an election in 90 days. However, with the way in which the compliance report scrutiny is underway, it is likely the BCCI election will be delayed further.

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Asia, a stepping stone to World for India

Written by Mihir Vasavda
|

Published: October 18, 2018 1:41:15 am





Coach Harendra Singh is under pressure after the team failed to retain the Asian Games gold. (File Photo)

It’s cruel to judge the performance of a coach — or for that matter anyone else – based on just one tournament. But the fickle nature of Indian hockey administrators means that the team’s trainers have a damocles’ sword hanging over their head.

Harendra Singh has been around for far too long to know this. As he leads the Indian hockey team into its final tournament before the World Cup, the Asian Champions Trophy, Harendra would be aware that anything less than winning the title could make his position untenable. Hockey India has assured there won’t be any changes to the coaching staff between now and the World Cup that begins in Bhubaneswar on November 28. But such assurances have proven hollow in the past and there’s no reason to believe they won’t panic again.

So it no longer matters that Harendra, in his first tournament as coach – the Champions Trophy – led India to a silver-medal finish. The failure to win gold medal at the Asian Games and missing out on an Olympic berth almost cost him the job. So miffed were some hockey administrators that they had already started to look for options to replace Harendra in the week after they lost the semifinal to Malaysia in Jakarta.

With no foreign coach available at such short notice, the names of two Indian coaches – Jagbir Singh and SS Grewal – were considered. But they were unavailable, which handed a lifeline to Harendra. Under Harendra, the team has played an attacking brand of hockey but the lack of on-field discipline has been the biggest letdown.

That, like Harendra’s predecessors experienced, has put the coach’s place in jeopardy. But unlike the previous times, it isn’t just the coach who’s facing scrutiny.

Disquiet among players

For the first time, the players too are feeling the heat. Veteran centre-half Sardar Singh was pushed into retirement in the immediate aftermath of the Games. Then, goalkeeper PR Sreejesh was removed as the captain – a decision that a senior Hockey India official said was ‘a direct consequence of the team’s failure to win Asian Games gold. The decision to handover the captain’s armband to Manpreet Singh, however symbolic, has caused disquiet among the players. Drag-flicker and defender Rupinderpal Singh, too, has been axed due to poor performance along with forward SV Sunil, who later on picked up a knee injury that has put a question mark over his World Cup hopes. High Performance Director David John has been critical of the performance of senior players, which led to his removal from the selection committee for the World Cup.

However, Hockey India has so far only disputed the fact that contents of John’s reports were leaked to the press. There has hardly been any debate on his observations, perhaps because some of them are justified. Although an Indian team without Sreejesh is unthinkable at the moment, the goalkeeper has been uncharacteristically off colour since returning from an ACL injury.

He let in some sloppy goals at the Asian Games and hasn’t been as effective in the shoot-outs as in the past. But a fair share of blame for India’s back-to-back defeats in the tie-breakers (Australia in Champions Trophy final and Malaysia in Asian Games semifinals) also falls on the strikers.

A final look

How the coach and players deal with this pressure will be keenly observed over the next one week, especially since the squad for the World Cup will be announced soon after this tournament.

For Harendra, this will be an opportunity to show that the Asian Games was just a blip as far as India’s continental superiority goes. From the players’ perspective, the Asian Champions Trophy can be an antidote to a painful year where they have underachieved as a unit first at the Commonwealth Games and then the Asiad.

And even though winning the Asian Champions Trophy will barely compensate for shortcomings in these two tournaments, a good result here can instill some much-needed positive vibes in the team going into the World Cup.

There are quite a few new faces in this team, seven to be precise. Defence is where there is a major overhaul. Kothajit Singh, Gurinder Singh and Jarmanpreet Singh have been recalled to the squad while Hardik Singh will make his India debut. In the midfield, Sumit and Nilakanta Sharma have been recalled along with striker Gurjant Singh.

In normal circumstances, the Asian Champions Trophy would’ve been perfect initiation to international hockey for this young squad. But the backdrop in which they enter the tournament and the changing hierarchy in Asian hockey puts an interesting twist to this otherwise bland, meaningless tournament.

Changing hierarchy

Malaysia and Japan have filled the void created because of the decline of Pakistan and South Korea, and have kept the region’s competition at a respectable level.

The fact that Japan won the Asian Games gold, and followed it up with a few other eye-catching results since, and Malaysia clinched the Youth Olympics title earlier this week shows that these two countries have been doing something right.

Earlier this month, Malaysia appointed Roelant Oltmans as their head coach after the Dutchman quit his role as Pakistan’s trainer due to the lack of resources at his disposal. Oltmans, a former India coach, now has the distinction of being in charge of the three Asian nations.

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His insights on the Indian team will only embolden Malaysia. Whether Japan and Malaysia can extend their good run remains to be seen. Harendra will hope to set the record straight over the next one week. A win in Muscat, he said, will ‘rejuvenate’ the squad before the World Cup. Anything less than that will only put him, and his players, under further pressure from the federation.

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Weaving his Principles

Written by Pallavi Chattopadhyay
| New Delhi |

Updated: October 18, 2018 12:05:42 am





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IN 2009, while discussing the role of indigo in India’s freedom struggle in her exhibition “Indigo Narratives”, textile designer and artist Shelly Jyoti found inspiration in Mahatma Gandhi’s non-violent agitation against the forced cultivation of indigo by the British in the Champaran district of Bihar in 1917. During her research, she stumbled upon Nil Darpan — a 19th century Bengali play written by Dinabandhu Mitra. It spoke about the exploitation and plight of indigo workers in Bengal, arguably the world’s largest producer of indigo then. She attempted to narrate its story in Neel Coolie, a coolie jacket painted in blue, to denote the colour of oppression at that time.

Shelly Jyoti’s works from the exhibition

The work is on display at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) in her retrospective “Revisiting Gandhi: The Art of Shelly Jyoti (2009-18)”. “These farmers were almost like coolies,” she says. Referencing the Champaran movement, The Ballad of Woeful Tales: Ryots of Champaran 1917-18 — using indigo dyed cotton ropes twisted on wire structures — has tiny farmers, visibly dismayed, lying on the ground, while a few hang from wires.

Jyoti’s site-specific installation of a boat made using a newspaper from 2008, splashed with the colour red, brings to life a famous quote by an Englishman that reads, “not a chest of indigo reached England without the blood of Indian farmers”. A staunch follower of Gandhi’s khadi movement, Jyoti’s visit to Bhuj in Gujarat a decade ago resulted in 15 artworks that are now on display. This includes the body of an indigo plant in An Allusion to Ajrakh: An Indigo Plant (2009) and Gandhi’s spinning wheel in An Allusion to Ajrakh: A Spinning Wheel, made using the ajrakh printing technique on khadi.

Shelly Jyoti’s works from the exhibition

“The term ajrakh is obtained from the word ‘azrak’, that means blue in Arabic,” says Jyoti, pointing out how blue is a dominant colour used in ajrakh printing. “When World War I broke out and indigo became profitable again, the British realised that east India was very good for producing indigo. The farmers there were then forced to grow indigo. They did not let them grow food or cash crops. They kept giving them loans and putting taxes. I am actually questioning people how farmers then are different from farmers in the 21st century, who are constantly in debt,” says Jyoti.

Jyoti also explored the Gandhian philosophy of swadharma and swaraj in her previous shows, including “Salt: The Great March” in 2013 and “The Khadi March: Just Five Meters” in 2016. In the ongoing exhibition, she also delves into the idea of self-duty. “Swaraj meant self-duty to Gandhi. Self-duty is nothing but swadharma — my dharma. When we can control ourselves and know how to handle our emotions, then the idea of self-control is swaraj. Swaraj is not what Gandhi used to talk about, it is a very timeless concept. Even Bal Gangadhar Tilak said ‘swaraj is my birth right’ and so did Swami Vivekananda,” she says.

The same idea led to the birth of her installation Lunar Swell: Waxing and Waning, that shows how the moon waxes and wanes, with the help of ajrakh printing and needle work on khadi. “This is swaraj,” says Jyoti. Lunar Swell: A Dusk Moment and Terminator finds inspiration in the dusk moment, between light and dark hemispheres. The artist ponders over how society has arrived at the dusk moment in the 21st century with the advent and impact of technology and the many temptations that modern civilisation offers. “Look at the young people in urban cities today. Every day we are running to offices or elsewhere. We are all working like slaves and have no time to think. We need to understand how much modernism we are consuming. This is what Gandhi believed, that everyone will become a slave if we take the industrial path. We need to stop and pause and see how to strike a balance,” she says.

As part of The Khadi March: Just Five Meters, by dipping the Gandhi caps in varying colours, replete with ajrakh prints, Jyoti suggests that headgears were important to the British and the wearing of the cap was a salutation to hierarchy. She says, “Anybody who is bareheaded was an Indian and Gandhi didn’t like that. He said we could figure out a cap for the Indians and proposed the idea of a white cap.”

The exhibition is on till October 21 at IGNCA

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A coach’s labour fuels triple-jumper Praveen Chitravel’s Youth Olympic bronze

Written by Andrew Amsan
| New Delhi |

Published: October 18, 2018 1:48:50 am





Praveen Chitravel, 17, with his coach Indira Suresh. (File Photo)

It’s been almost a day since Praveen Chitravel walked to the podium to receive his triple jump bronze medal at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, but he still occasionally pinches himself. For Chitravel, whose father works as a watchman in the same school he once studied, winning a medal at one of the world’s biggest stage is like a dream come true. The tall and lean jumper bagged the medal with a combined distance of 31.52m (Stage one: 15.84 and Stage 2: 15.68m). Cuba’s Alejandro Diaz won gold with 34.18m (17.14 +17.04m), while Nigeria’s Emmeanuel Oristsemetiwa took home silver with a distance of 31.85m (16.34+15.51m)

“I really have no words to express how I felt the moment the medal was put around my neck. It’s not everyday that you win an Olympic medal. It will really take time for this to sink in,” an overjoyed Chitravel told The Indian Express. Chitravel, who hails from Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu, has been training under Sports Development Authority coach Indira Suresh since he was an 8-year-old.

The youngster gets emotional and sings a litany of praises for his coach. “She is everything for me. The reason I am good in athletics, the reason I came this far and the reason I have an Olympic medal around my neck…it’s all because of her. She has bought me shoes when I needed them from her own money. She makes sure I have everything required for my training and diet.”

About four years back, Chitravel suffered from a knee injury that threatened to put an end to this athletics career even before it began. The sports hostel where he was residing were not keen on continuing with him. But Suresh stood by him.

“I was going to be thrown out of the hostel but madam (coach) intervened. She told them that I was a talented athlete and fought for me. She even lodged me at her house for a month and took care of all my needs. She helped with my recovery and training. And at the very first competition after the recovery, I bagged a gold,” Chitravel narrates.

The first year BA student of Alva college, Mangalore earned a national camp call in June after a good show at the Federation Cup in Patiala. But he spent only a few months at the Trivandrum SAI centre as national coach Bedros Bedrosian got busy with the Asian Games duty. Before the Youth Games, he had been training in Tirunelveli about 75 kms from Nagercoil where Suresh is posted. “The nearest synthetic track is more than 1 hour away. Before competitions, we travel thrice a week to Tirunelveli for practice,” said Suresh, a former national-level jumper.

“I wasn’t a great athlete to be honest, but I always wanted to produce one. Chitravel is not only talented, but he’s a good person too. Always ready to help. He learnt a new methods at the camp and he’s helping the kids here and telling them about it,” Suresh added.

Modest background

Back home in Thanjavur, the family is on cloud nine over Chitravel’s triumph. They will be hoping this medal ushers in a new dawn for them. It was because of Chitravel’s exploits in school-level events that his father was offered a job as a guard in the same institute he studied. His mother works as a labourer at the village farm.

“I called them, they were so happy. They were crying and laughing. It got too emotional. My father was little grumpy though. He said ‘this medal is not enough I need a senior Olympic medal. Now what can I do? (he bursts out in laughter).”

Coach Suresh probably has the answer.

“He needs to work hard and improve his technique. He definitely has the potential to bring in a big haul. We believed he would come home with a medal from Argentina, and he did. He needs to aim for the senior Olympics now.”

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Medium Matters

| New Delhi |

Updated: October 18, 2018 12:10:06 am





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Months after Maneka Gandhi put her collection of rare nineteenth century mica paintings on sale to garner funds for People For Animals (PFA) in March, the art aficionado has organised a sale of wine glasses and water glasses handblown by artisans from Ferozabad. “The glasses not only make sensational wedding and birthday gifts, they bring style and elegance to your table at one hundredth the price of foreign glasses,” says Gandhi in a press statement.

Maneka Gandhi (left) the glasses on sale

Taking place at Zooki and Casa Paradox at The Chanakya Mall, the sale is on till October 26. Another sale will be organised at The Park Hotel on October 29. “You will not only have unique limited-edition pieces that will never be replicated, you will also be helping the artisans of Ferozabad to take pride in their new-found skills,” adds Gandhi. For the event, Momin Latif, poet and art consultant, worked with artisans in Ferozabad for over two years, training them on how to design glasses. In multiple hues and “comparable to Morano glass”, the collection is limited to 6,000 pieces. The wine glasses are priced Rs 1,200 each and a water glass comes for Rs 1,000. “The colours and patterns are unique,” says Gandhi. The proceeds from the sale will be used for projects under People For Animals (PFA).

The Union Minister for Women & Child Development has previously brought several obscure mediums to limelight. If in 2006 she had an exhibition-cum-saale of Raja Ravi Varma’s oleographs, in 2012 she organised an exhibition of ceramic platters by studio potters.

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Liverpool’s Sadio Mane undergoes hand surgery

By: Reuters |

Published: October 18, 2018 1:26:59 am





Third-placed Liverpool will look to extend their unbeaten start to the league season at Huddersfield. (Reuters Photo)

Liverpool forward Sadio Mane has undergone surgery for a hand injury sustained on international duty with Senegal, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.

Mane missed Senegal’s 1-0 win over Sudan on Tuesday in African Nations Cup qualifying and joined a growing list of injured players at Liverpool ahead of Saturday’s league trip to Huddersfield Town.

“Liverpool Football Club can confirm Sadio Mane today underwent a procedure on a hand injury sustained while on international duty with Senegal,” Liverpool said.

“The surgery, conducted at a north-west hospital and supervised by club medics, was successful. Mane’s recovery will be monitored over the next couple of days.”

Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita went off with a suspected muscle strain in Guinea’s 1-1 draw against Rwanda on Tuesday while forward Mohamed Salah had to be taken off with a groin injury when Egypt beat eSwatini 4-1 in Cairo on Friday.

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Defender Virgil van Dijk was withdrawn from the Netherlands squad for Tuesday’s 1-1 friendly draw with Belgium as he was still feeling the effects of a rib injury that he suffered when playing for the club against Southampton last month.

Third-placed Liverpool will look to extend their unbeaten start to the league season at Huddersfield. Juergen Klopp’s side entertain Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League next week.

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