Mohammad Hafeez talks up India and Pakistan’s chances at 2019 World Cup

first_imgSenior Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez believes India and England along with his own nation are the top three favourite teams to win the upcoming ICC ODI World Cup.Brushing aside the recent run of defeats to New Zealand, South Africa and Australia in ODIs, Hafeez, who is hoping to play in his third World Cup, is also confident that Pakistan can beat India in the World Cup in the United Kingdom and do a repeat off its Champions Trophy final triumph.”Even from a critical point of view I think we are among the top three favourites for the World Cup. England is always favourites given the brand of cricket they are playing while India has developed a very good ODI side and have some great spinners in their line-up,” Hafeez said on GTV News network.Hafeez also insisted that the single format being used in the World Cup would go in favour of Pakistan since it always had this tendency to pick up its performances late into any tournament.”In the group system teams usually don’t get second chances and remember in 2007 both India and Pakistan were eliminated in the first round,” he said.Hafeez expects strong support for Pakistan in the UKHafeez said he was confident about Pakistan’s chances in the World Cup since they have a good combination of players and have ample resources in pace and spin.”We have been playing together as a unit for a while now and we try to support each other a lot. I have a feeling we will do very well in the World Cup,” he said.advertisementHe also attributed Pakistan’s World T20 title win in 2009 and the Champions Trophy title in 2017 in England to the massive support they got in the United Kingdom.”Whenever we have played there the support has been immense and it also encourages the players to give their best.”Hafeez also made it clear that whenever he had toured India with the Pakistan team, he had seen the players get a lot of love and respect and had thoroughly enjoyed their stay there.”I think in cricket we need to work together and diffuse the tensions,” he said.Hafeez is yet to recover from a surgery on his right thumb and confirmed he would be fully fit to train and start playing again after two to three weeks.”I am very hopeful I will be fit before the World Cup and can make the squad. I have played two World Cups and as a senior player, I want to be part of this campaign as well. In the last World Cup, I got injured in New Zealand before the World Cup and that experience was devastating,” he said.Also Read | IPL performances shouldn’t influence World Cup squad selection: Rohit SharmaAlso Read | James Anderson criticising Mandaking today, he might end up doing it tomorrow: R AshwinAlso See:last_img read more

Tears unstoppable in Shimla Sushma ji

first_imgShimla: Tears have not stopped rolling from those eyes, which once spotted a bright young law student at Panjab university Sushma Sharma, later Sushma Swaraj in 1971-73.Whether it’s Kali Dass Batish, a former ABVP activist and student leader at Panjab university or Aruna Kapoor, a retired sessions’ judge – one of her close class-mate in the law in Chandigarh, everyone looked heart-broken in the demise of a leader, who shared a strong social bonding, much above the heights she had achieved in the politics. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’As Batish, and his entire family remained glued to TV on Wednesday watching minute-to-minute coverage, and rich tributes being paid to India’s tallest leaders, Aruna Kapoor’s husband Dr Harbans Kapoor, turned emotional repeatedly recollecting his close families ties with the former foreign minister. “My wife and Sushma ji were prolific debaters of the college together. She was an extraordinary orator in Hindi and my wife Aruna used to team her-up in English. Travelling on cycle rickshaw together, and going around Chandigarh markets, are few good memories we shared,” says Dr Kapoor, a cancer specialist. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAruna Kapoor says there are so many fond memories about her in the college days and hostel life. “Once we went to Ferozepur for a debate on behalf of the college. All rival teams surrendered beforehand on seeing Sushma ji. She had earned a wide reputation as No 1 debater, and had been on a winning spree always,” she recalls. “Once we were listening Hindi news bulletin on All India Radio (AIR) and news-reader was Sushma Sharma. She jumped-up telling all of us, look girls –one day you will hear this. “Yeh Akashwani hai, abb samachar Sushma Sharma se! We had a big laugh and wished her good luck too. But never knew she will gain remarkable popularity as such a popular leader of the Indian Nation.” Batish, on the other hand, remembered how Sushma Swaraj once herself tweeted about him declaring that Kali Dass Batish inducted her into the ABVP 40 years back. “I never knew she used to call me her mentor and this she had told to Narendra Modi ji (then BJP general secretary in Himachal Pradesh) and former Chief Ministers Shanta Kumar and Prem Kumar Dhumal. It’s Modi ji who once shared this with me,” Batish told the Millennium Post. Batish recalls having met her in Chandigarh, where she was doing her law and he (Batish) studying his Post-graduation, was a student leader. “I shared the stage with her in a debate. She won the first prize. Thereafter, we became very good friends and remained in touch for a long time,” he recalls. Initially, she was not in the ABVP but gradually she got associated with the organisation. He recalls, “Once I went to Narnaul in Haryana for an ABVP event. She saw some posters about my visit. She made it a point to attend the event and met me also.” Batish shared on his Facebook a Twitter post of Sushma Swaraj to fresh his memories. In town, the BJP held a condolence meeting and paid floral tributes and remembered her connections with Shimla.last_img read more

Puigdemont urges dialogue with Madrid after leaving German jail

first_imgCatalonia`s ousted leader Carles Puigdemont speaks to the press as he leaves the detention centre (Justizvollzugsanstalt, JVA) of Neumuenster, northern Germany, on 6 April 2108. Photo: AFPOusted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont called for immediate “political dialogue” to end the row with Madrid as he left a German jail on bail Friday after judges rejected his extradition to Spain on a rebellion charge.”The time for dialogue has arrived,” Puigdemont told reporters outside the Neumuenster prison, after he walked free on a 75,000-euro ($92,000-) bail while judges mull whether to extradite him on a lesser charge of corruption.”We have demanded dialogue for several years and we have only received violence and repression,” Puigdemont said.There is “no excuse” for the Spanish authorities not to start “a political dialogue with the Catalan political leaders”, he added.The 55-year-old also called for “the immediate release” of all Catalan separatists detained in the spat with Madrid over the wealthy northeastern region’s failed breakaway bid.In a major victory for Puigdemont, the upper state court in Schleswig-Holstein on Thursday dismissed Spain’s request to extradite Puigdemont on a rebellion charge over last October’s independence referendum, deemed illegal by Madrid.The judges ruled that the charge was “inadmissible” because rebellion — which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in Spain — was not punishable under German law.The closest German equivalent, the criminal offence of high treason, did not apply because Puigdemont’s actions were not accompanied by violence, the judges found.But they said the former Catalan president could still be sent to Spain to face trial for the alleged misuse of public funds in organising the disputed referendum.The German judges said they needed to gather more information before making a decision on the embezzlement charge in the coming weeks, but ruled that Puigdemont could be released in the meantime.Madrid has estimated that some 1.6 million euros in public money was improperly used to hold the referendum. If convicted, Puigdemont faces up to eight years in jail.As part of his bail conditions, Puigdemont must remain in Germany and report to police weekly.- Blow to Madrid -German police detained Puigdemont on March 25 as he was travelling from Finland back to Belgium, where he has been living in self-imposed exile for the past six months.The arrest came two days after Spain’s Supreme Court ordered international warrants for Puigdemont and other fugitive Catalan leaders on charges linked to holding the banned referendum.The German court’s refusal to accept the rebellion charge is a blow to Madrid, as under European law it means Puigdemont cannot be prosecuted for the offence even if he is returned to Spain.Despite the setback, the Spanish government said it “respected” the German judges’ decision.Berlin, which has long expressed support for Madrid’s actions in the Catalan row, declined to comment on the latest judicial developments.”The process lies in the hands of the justice system, as is right,” said German government spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer.One of Puigdemont’s German lawyers, Wolfgang Schomburg, welcomed that the rebellion issue was “finally off the table”, but warned that the legal battle continued.”It would be best for all those involved in Europe if Spain took a different path and did not try to solve internal conflicts through the courts,” he told reporters.- Flights to Europe -Catalonia has been mired in political crisis ever since the region unilaterally declared independence on October 27 in the wake of the controversial referendum.Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s conservative government responded by sacking the Catalan government, taking direct control of the region and calling early elections.The December vote was won by a block of separatist parties. But they have been unable to elect a president and form a government as their chosen candidates are now either in exile, in jail or facing prosecution.Fresh regional elections will be triggered if a new leader is not elected by May 22.Puigdemont was one of a number of Catalan figureheads who fled abroad to escape prosecution, dragging other European countries into the row.A Belgian judge on Thursday bailed three former Catalan ministers who fled to Belgium with Puigdemont after they handed themselves in to police there.They face charges of rebellion, misuse of public funds and disobeying the state.Another former Catalan minister, Clara Ponsati, was bailed in Scotland last week.Nine other pro-independence figures are currently in custody in Spain, including six members of Puigdemont’s Catalan government and the former president of the regional parliament.A major demonstration calling for imprisoned separatist leaders to be freed is planned for April 15 in Barcelona.last_img

Nones now as big as evangelicals Catholics in the US

first_imgJack Jenkins jackmjenkins Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts News Jack Jenkins Jack Jenkins is a national reporter for RNS based in Washington, covering U.S. Catholics and the intersection of religion and politics.,Load Comments,Faith groups seek afterlife for shuttered churches in Canada By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News • Photos of the Week Share This! Share This! As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Tagsdata evangelicals homepage featured nones polling religiously unaffiliated,You may also like Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — In a shift that stands to impact both religion and politics, survey data suggests that the percentage of Americans who don’t affiliate with any specific religious tradition is now roughly the same as those who identify as evangelical or Catholic.According to newly released General Social Survey data analyzed by Ryan P. Burge of Eastern Illinois University, Americans claiming “no religion” — sometimes referred to as “nones” because of how they answer the question “what is your religious tradition?” — now represent about 23.1 percent of the population, up from 21.6 percent in 2016. People claiming evangelicalism, by contrast, now represent 22.5 percent of Americans, a slight dip from 23.9 percent in 2016.That makes the two groups statistically tied with Catholics (23 percent) as the largest religious — or nonreligious — groupings in the country.“Nones have been on the march for a long time now,” Burge said. “It’s been a constant, steady increase for 20 years now. If the trend line kept up, we knew this was going to happen.”The 2018 GSS was just released and there’s some big news. Those of “no religion” (23.1%) are statistically the same size as evangelicals (22.8%). There was also a small resurgence of mainline Protestants, while Catholics are down 3% in the last four years.— Ryan Burge 📊 (@ryanburge) March 20, 2019The shift could signify coming political changes. Evangelicals often lean conservative and are known to have outsized influence on American elections: According to exit polls, white evangelicals alone made up 26 percent of the electorate in 2016, even as their share of the American population has dipped far below that, according to Public Religion Research Institute.“Evangelicals punch way above their weight,” Burge said. “They turn out a bunch at the ballot box. That’s largely a function of the fact that they’re white and they’re old.”A rising tide of religiously unaffiliated voters — a group that a 2016 PRRI analysis found skews young and liberal — could potentially offset that influence. But the same PRRI analysis also noted that religiously unaffiliated Americans do not vote in the same percentages as evangelicals, and are often underrepresented at the polls.As such, the most immediate impact of the rise in religiously unaffiliated is likely to be felt in religious communities themselves, where their absence will be noted. Even then, those who claim “no religion” are not inherently atheists or agnostics: A 2017 Pew Research survey found that only 22 percent of “nones” listed not believing in God as the most important reason for their lack of religious affiliation.But while most religious groups in the GSS survey either saw dips in affiliation or remained roughly consistent — such as black Protestants and those listed as “other faiths” — one group did see an increase: Mainline Protestants, who have been declining at a steady clip for decades, saw their numbers tick up slightly, from 10.2 percent to 10.8 percent.Even so, Burge noted that the change is not statistically significant, and more years would have to pass to register if it signifies a resurgence among mainliners. In the meantime, he pointed to another trend: The rise of the religiously unaffiliated tracks closely with the decline of mainline Protestantism beginning in the early 1990s.“The biggest story is that ‘no religion’ is coming from the mainline,” he said. “Mainliners are jumping ship.” Christian financial planner praised by Robert Jeffress facing Ponzi scheme charges By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins By: Jack Jenkins jackmjenkins Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019last_img read more

CM to attend event to celebrate 125 years of Swamijis Chicago speech

first_imgKolkata: Ramakrishna Math and Mission authorities have urged people to blow conch shell at 3.30 pm on Tuesday to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda’s speech at the World parliament of Religions held at Chicago in 1893, where Swamiji, a young man of only 30 years then, rose to address the gathering at 3.30 pm.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will attend a function to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Chicago address at Belur Math on Tuesday afternoon. Swami Suvirananda, general secretary of the Order and Swami Balabhadrananda, assistant general secretary, will address the gathering. There will be a three-day celebration at Belur Math, where students and delegates will take part. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAll the state-run, sponsored and aided schools and colleges in the state will hold meetings to commemorate the occasion. The state government will observe Sampriti week from September 12 to 19. Trinamool Chatra Parishad (TMCP) will organise an extempore competition among its members on Swamiji’s Chicago lectures later this month.Swami Vivekananda had given six lectures at the World Parliament of Religions which was held in Chicago as a part of the Columbian Exposition.The exposition was held to celebrate Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the United States in 1493.Swamiji had addressed the gathering on September 11, 13, 15, 20, 26 and 27. He was undoubtedly the hero of the Parliament.last_img read more