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Statue of Unity: Gujarat Villagers Wrote Open Letter to Protest PM Modi’s Visit


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By T. V. Antony Raj

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The Statue of Unity (Credit: https://www.livemint.com)

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The 182 metres Statue of Unity, a memorial to Sardar Patel, is situated on Sandhu island of Narmada river, an islet in Kevadiya and is touted as the world’s tallest statue. This statue was unveiled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the 143rd birth anniversary of freedom fighter and India’s first Home Minister Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. The statue, constructed at a cost of Rs 2,989 crore, is now the world’s tallest and twice the size of the Statue of Liberty in New York.

But, do you know the sarpanches (headmen) of 22 villages situated near the Sardar Sarovar Dam, in an open letter having common content, addressed to Modi, wrote that he was not a welcome guest?

These forests, rivers, waterfalls, land and agriculture supported us for generations. We survived on them. But, everything is being destroyed now and celebrations are also planned. Don’t you think its akin to celebrating someone’s death? We feel so.  We, villagers, want to tell you with extreme grief that we will not welcome you on October 31, 2018; Even if you come here like an unwanted guest, you are not welcome here.

The sarpanches alleged that people’s hard-earned money is being wasted on projects like the Statue of Unity even though several villages of the area are still deprived of basic facilities like schools, hospitals and drinking water.

“If Sardar Patel could see the mass destruction of natural resources and injustice done to us, he would cry. When we are raising our issues, we are persecuted by the police. Why you are not ready to listen to our plight?” the letter said.

Also,  the local tribal leaders announced a boycott of the inauguration of the Statue of Unity on October 31, 2018, citing the destruction of natural resources due to the memorial?

During the month of October 2018, tribal activists had announced that people living in 72 villages near the dam will join the protest on October 31, 2018, by not cooking food.

Tribal leader Anand Mazgaokar said, “We have also urged tribals of the eastern belt of Gujarat, from Dang till Ambaji, to join our protest by observing bandh that day. We are confident that the entire tribal population will stand up against the injustice.”

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Following the protest ahead of Statue of Unity’s unveiling, in which several Ekta Yatra posters with photos of the PM and Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani were damaged, new ones featuring tribal leader Birsa Munda were put up on way to the statue. Police have been deployed to protect these. (Photo: Bhupendra Rana)

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Meanwhile, unidentified persons tore and defaced posters of Modi and Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in several parts of the district a few days before the inauguration. Citing these incidents, Mazgaokar said, “It happened because locals are angry. No one provoked them. We have only given a call for bandh.”

New posters featuring tribal leader Birsa Munda were put up on way to the statue. Police have been deployed to protect these.

By the way, the Statue of Unity is open to the public from November 1, 2018, on all days of the week from 9 am to 6 pm.

Entry is free for toddlers below the age of 3, and for all others, tickets are priced at Rs 350 per person. It includes entry to the observation deck, valley of flowers, the Sardar Patel memorial, museum and audio-visual gallery, the Statue of Unity site and Sardar Sarovar dam.

There is a cheaper option as well. For a basic entry ticket, which includes a visit to the valley of flowers, the Sardar Patel memorial, museum and audio-visual gallery, the Statue of Unity site and Sardar Sarovar dam, adults are charged Rs 120. For children aged below 15, the ticket price is Rs 60.

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Cricket: Scorecard of IPL 9 – Match #28 – Gujarat Lions vs Kings XI Punjab on May 01, 2016


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By T. V. Antony Raj

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Source: iplt20wiki.in
Source: iplt20wiki.in

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Venue: Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot
Date & Time: Sunday, May 01, 2016, at 04:00 pm IST (10:30 am GMT)

Umpires: Bruce Oxenford, Virender Sharma
Third Umpire: Chris Gaffaney
Match Referee: Manu Nayyar
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King’s XI Punjab
Playing XI
Murali Vijay (c), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Marcus Stoinis, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Axar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Sandeep Sharma, Cariappa
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Bench
Armaan Jaffer, Anureet Singh, Farhaan Behardien, Manan Vohra, Kyle Abbott, Mitchell Johnson, Nikhil Naik, Pardeep Sahu, Rishi Dhawan, Shardul Thakur, Swapnil Singh
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Gujarat Lions
Playing XI
Suresh Raina (c), Dwayne Smith, Brendon McCullum, Dinesh Karthik (wk),Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Ishan Kishan, Praveen Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shivil Kaushik
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Bench
Aaron Finch, Akshdeep Nath, Amit Mishra, Andrew Tye, Dale Steyn, Eklavya Dwivedi, Jaydev Shah, Paras Dogra, Pradeep Sangwan, Pravin Tambe, Sarabjit Ladda, Shadab Jakati, Umang Sharma
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Toss

Gujarat Lions won the toss and opted to bowl.

 

KINGS XI PUNJAB Innings

KINGS XI PUNJAB R B 4s 6s SR
 Murali Vijay c DJ Bravo &
b Shivil
55  41 6  0 134.15
 Marcus Stoinis st D Karthik &
b R Jadeja
27  17  3 1 158.82
Shaun Marsh c Raina & b Shivil 1 3 0 0  33.33
Glenn Maxwell c D Karthik &
b Shivil
 0 1  0  0 0
Gurkeerat Singh Mann runout (D Karthik)  0  3 0  0 0
David Miller c Dwayne Smith & b D Kulkarni  31  27 2 0 114.81
Wriddhiman Saha (wk) b DJ Bravo 33  19 4 0  173.68
Axar Patel
c Ishan Kishan &
b DJ Bravo
0 2 0 0 0
Mohit Sharma b P Kumar 1 2 0  0  50
Cariappa b P Kumar  1  3 0 0 33.33
Sandeep Sharma not out  1 1 0 0 100
Extras 4 (b – 0, lb – 1, w – 3, nb – 0)
Total 154 all out in 19.5 overs
154 (RR @ 7.76 rpo)
FALL OF WICKETS
1/65
Marcus Stoinis
(6.4 ov.)
 2/70
Shaun Marsh
(7.5 ov.)
3/70
Glenn Maxwell
(7.6 ov.)
 4/73
Gurkeerat Singh Mann
(8.5 ov.)
5/100 Murali Vijay
(13.1 ov.)
 6/139
David Miller
(17.2 ov.)
7/145
Axar Patel
(18.2 ov.)
 8/151
Wriddhiman Saha
(18.5 ov.)
 9/153
Mohit Sharma
(19.3 ov.)
10/154
Cariappa
(19.5 ov.)
BOWLING O M R W Econ
 Praveen Kumar 2.5 0  25  2 8.83
Dhawal Kulkarni 4  0 28  1  7.00
Ravindra Jadeja 3  0 28  1  9.33
Shivil Kaushik  4  0  20  3 5.00
Dwayne Bravo 4  0  33  2  8.25
James Faulkner 2 0 19  0  9.50
 Sahu
GUJARAT LIONS Innings
GUJARAT LIONS R B 4s 6s
Dwayne Smith c Gurkeerat Singh & b Axar 15  18 1 1 81.33
Brendon McCullum  b Mohit Sharma  1 3  0  0  33.33
Suresh Raina(c) b Mohit Sharma  18  15  2 1  120
Dinesh Karthik (wk) b Axar  2  4 0  0  50
Ravindra Jadeja c W Saha & b Axar  11  11 0  0  100
Dwayne Bravo b Axar  0  1  0  0  0
Ishan Kishan runout (M Stoinis)  27  24  3  0  112.50
James Faulkner c D Miller &
b Sandeep Sharma
 32 27 3  0  118.52
Praveen Kumar c Cariappa &
b Mohit Sharma
 15 13  2  0  115.38
Dhawal Kulkarni not out
Shivil Kaushik not out
Extras 4 (b – 1, lb – 0, w – 3, nb – 0)
Total 131 for 9 in 20 overs 131 (RR @ 6.55 rpo)
FALL OF WICKETS
1/13
Brendon McCullum
(1.4 ov.)
2/34
Suresh Raina
(4.6 ov.)
3/38
Dwayne Smith
(6.3 ov.)
4/39
Dinesh Karthik
(6.5 ov.)
5/39
Dwayne Bravo
(6.6 ov.)
 6/57
Ravindra Jadeja
(10.1 ov.)
7/86
Ishan Kishan
(14.5 ov.)
8/125
Praveen Kumar
(18.6 ov.)
9/125
James Faulkner
(19.2 ov.)
BOWLING O M R W Econ
Sandeep Sharma 4 0 31 1 7.75
Mohit Sharma 4  0 32  3 8.00
Marcus Stoinis  4 0 23  0  5.75
Axar Patel 4  0 21  4  5.25
Cariappa 3 0 15  0  5.00
Gurkeerat Singh Mann 1 0 8  0  8.00

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Kings XI Punjab won by 23 runs.

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Axar Patel takes first hat-trick of IPL 2016 (Source: india.com)
Axar Patel takes first hat-trick of IPL 2016 (Source: india.com)

 

Axar Patel – “Man of the Match”

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Vivo IPL 2016 – Points Table
Teams Mat Won Lost Tied N/R Pts Net RR
Gujarat Lions 8 6 2 0 0 12 -0.115
Delhi Daredevils 6 4 2 0 0 8 +0.441
Kolkata Knight Riders 7 4 3 0 0 8 +0.322
Sunrisers Hyderabad 7 4 3 0 0 8 +0.060
Mumbai Indians 8 4 4 0 0 8 -0.104
Rising Pune Supergiants 7 2 5 0 0 4 +0.265
Royal Challengers Bangalore 6 2 4 0 0 4 +0.065
Kings XI Punjab 7 2 5 0 0 4 -0.811

Cricket: Scorecard of IPL 9 – Match #9 – Mumbai Indians Vs Gujarat Lions on April 16, 2016


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By T. V. Antony Raj

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Source: cricketcountry.com
Source: cricketcountry.com

 

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Venue: Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai
Date & Time: Saturday, April 16,  08:00 PM IST (2:30  PM GMT)

Umpires: Kumar Dharmasena, Virender Sharma
Third Umpire: KN Ananthapadmanabhan
Match Referee: Chinmay Sharma
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Mumbai Indians Squad
Playing XI
Rohit Sharma (c), Parthiv Patel (wk), Hardik Pandya, Jos Buttler, Ambati Rayudu, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Tim Southee, Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah
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Bench
Akshay Wakhare, Corey Anderson, Deepak Punia, Jitesh Sharma, Kishore Kamath, Lasith Malinga, Marchant de Lange, Martin Guptill, Jagdeesha Suchith, Nathu Singh, Nitish Rana, Shreyas Gopal, Siddhesh Lad, Unmukt Chand, Vinay Kumar
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Gujarat Lions Squad
Playing XI
Suresh Raina (c), Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Akshdeep Nath, James Faulkner, Shadab Jakati, Praveen Kumar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Pravin Tambe
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Bench
Amit Mishra, Andrew Tye, Dale Steyn, Dwayne Smith, Eklavya Dwivedi, Ishan Kishan, Jaydev Shah, Paras Dogra, Pradeep Sangwan, Ravindra Jadeja, Sarabjit Ladda, Shivil Kaushik, Umang Sharma
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Toss

 Gujarat Lions won the toss and opted to bowl.

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MUMBAI INDIANS Innings
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MUMBAI INDIANS R B 4s 6s SR
 Rohit Sharma (c) c Jakati & b D Kulkarni  7  9  1  0 71.78
 Parthiv Patel (wk) c Faulkner & b Tambe  34  29  2  2  117.24
 Hardik Pandya c Jakati & b D Kulkarni  2  6  0  0  33.33
 Jos Buttler st D Karthik & b Jakati  16  21  3  0  76.19
 Kieron Pollard c DJ Bravo & b Tambe  1  3  0  0  33.33
 Ambati Rayudu b Faulkner  20  19  0  1  105.26
 Harbhajan Singh c D Karthik &
b DJ Bravo
 8  13  1  0  61.54
 Krunal Pandya  not out 20 11  3 0  181.62
 Tim Southee runout (DJ Bravo)  25  11 1  2  227.27
Mitchell McClenaghan not out  0  0  0  0  0
 Jasprit Bumrah dnb
Extras 10 (b – 0, lb – 2, w – 6, nb – 2)
Total 143 for 8 in 20 overs) 143 (RR @ 7.15 rpo)
FALL OF WICKETS
1/7
Rohit Sharma
(1.3 ov.)
 2/19
Hardik Pandya
(3.3 ov.)
3/51
Jos Buttler
(8.5 ov.)
 4/59
Kieron Pollard
(10.1 ov.)
5/77
Parthiv Patel
(12.6 ov.)
6/88
Harbhajan Singh
(15.5 ov.)
 7/99
Ambati Rayudu
(16.6 ov.)
 8/141
Tim Southee
(19.5 ov.)
BOWLING O M R W Econ
 Praveen Kumar  3  0  18  0  6
 Dhawal Kulkarni  4  1  19  2  4.75
 Shadab Jakati  3  0  13  1 4.33
 James Faulkner  4  0  40  1 10
 Pravin Tambe  2  0  12  2  6
 Dwayne Bravo 4  0 39 1 9.75

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GUJARAT LIONS Innings
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GUJARAT LIONS R B 4s 6s SR
 Aaron Finch  not out 67  54  7 1  124.07
 Brendon McCullum c Pandya & b Bumrah 6  4  0  1  150
Suresh Raina (c) c Parthiv Patel &
b McClenaghan
27  22  3 1  122.73
Dinesh Karthik (wk) c Harbhajan &
b Krunal Pandya
 9 11 1  0  81.82
 Dwayne Bravo c Parthiv Patel &
b Bumrah
 2 6 0  0  33.33
Akshdeep Nath c Pandya &
b McClenaghan
12  11  1  0  109.09
James Faulkner c Parthiv Patel &
b McClenaghan
7  8  1  0  87.50
Praveen Kumar c Parthiv Patel &
b McClenaghan
 0 2  0  0 0
Dhawal Kulkarni not out  6  3  1 0  200
 Shadab Jakati dnb
Pravin Tambe dnb
Extras 11 (b – 0, lb – 7, w – 3, nb – 1)
Total 147 for 7 in 20 overs 147 (RR @ 7.35rpo)
FALL OF WICKETS
 1/12
Brendon McCullum
(1.3 ov.)
2/65
Suresh Raina
(8.3 ov.)
3/80
Dinesh Karthik
(11.1 ov.)
4/83
Dwayne Bravo
(12.2 ov.)
 5/109
Akshdeep Nath
(16.1 ov.)
6/131
James Faulkner
(18.2 ov.)
 7/131
Praveen Kumar
(18.4 ov.)
BOWLING O M R W Econ
Tim Southee 4 0  31  0 7.75
Jasprit Bumrah  4  0  32  2 8
Mitchell McClenaghan  4  0  21  4  5.25
Krunal Pandya  4  0 20  1 5
Hardik Pandya  2  0 16  0  8
Harbhajan Singh  2  0  20  0  10

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 Aaron Finch – “Man of the Match” for the third time.

Cricket: Scorecard of IPL 9 – Match #6 – Gujarat Lions Vs Rising Pune Supergiants on April 14, 2016


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By T.V. Antony Raj

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Source: twenty20wiki.com
Source: twenty20wiki.com

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After nine long years, lead their separate teams. (Source: AFP)
After nine long years, lead their separate teams. (Source: AFP)

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Venue: Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot
Date & Time:  Thursday, April 14,  08:00 PM IST (14:30 GMT)

Umpires: Vineet Kulkarni, Nandan
Third Umpire: Anil Dandekar
Match Referee: Chinmay Sharma
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Rising Pune Supergiants Squad
Playing XI
MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ajinkya Rahane, Faf du Plessis, Kevin Pietersen, Steven Smith, Mitchell Marsh, Rajat Bhatia, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, RP Singh, Murugan Ashwin
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Bench

Adam Zampa, Albie Morkel, Ankit Sharma, Ankush Bains, Ashok Dinda, Baba Aparajith, Deepak Chahar, Irfan Pathan, Ishwar Pandey, Jaskaran Singh, Peter Handscomb, Saurabh Tiwary, Scott Boland, Thisara Perera

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Gujarat Lions
Playing XI
Suresh Raina (c), Brendon McCullum, Aaron Finch, Dinesh Karthik (wk),Dwayne Bravo, Akshdeep Nath, Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Praveen Kumar, Shadab Jakati, Pravin Tambe
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Bench
Amit Mishra, Andrew Tye, Dale Steyn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Dwayne Smith, Eklavya Dwivedi, Ishan Kishan, Jaydev Shah, Paras Dogra, Pradeep Sangwan, Sarabjit Ladda, Shivil Kaushik, Umang Sharma
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Toss

Rising Pune Supergiants won the toss and opted to bat.

RISING PUNE SUPERGIANTS Innings
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RISING PUNE SUPERGIANTS R B 4s 6s SR
 Ajinkya Rahane lbw b Tambe  21 17 4  0 123.53
 Francois du Plessis  st D Karthik b Tambe  69  43  5  4  166.47
 Kevin Pietersen  b DJ Bravo  37  31  2  1  119.35
Steven Smith
 c Faulkner b R Jadeja  5 6  0  0  83.33
 MS Dhoni(c) & (wk)  not out  22  10  2  1  220
 Mitchell Marsh  b R Jadeja  7  11  0  0  63.64
 Rajat Bhatia  not out  0  2  0  0  0
 Ravichandran Ashwin  dnb
 Ishant Sharma dnb
 RP Singh dnb
 Murugan Ashwin dnb
Extras
2  (b 1, lb 1, w 0, nb 0, p 0)
Total 163 for 5 in 20 overs 163 (RR @ 8.15 rpo)
FALL OF WICKETS
1/27
Ajinkya Rahane(
(3.5 ov.)
 2/113
Kevin Pietersen
(13.6 ov.)
 3/132
Faf du Plessis
(15.4 ov)
4/134
Steven Smith,
(16.2 ov.)
5/143-5
Mitchell Marsh,
(18.4 ov.)
BOWLING O M R W Econ
 Praveen Kumar 2  0  12 0 6.00
 Shadab Jakati  4  0  40  0 100.00
 Pravin Tambe 4 0  33 2 8.25
 Dwayne Bravo 4 0 43 1  10.75
 Ravindra Jadeja  4 0 18  2 4.50
 James Faulkner  2 0 15 0  7.50

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GUJARAT LIONS Innings
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GUJARAT LIONS R B 4s 6s SR
 Aaron Finch  c Ishant &
b M Ashwin
 50  36 7  2 138.89
 Brendon McCullum  c du Plessis &
b Ishant
 49 33 3  1  158.06
Suresh Raina (c)  st Dhoni &
b M Ashwin
 24  24  1  0  100
 Dwayne Bravo  not out  22  10 3  1  220
 Ravindra Jadeja  not out  4  8  0  0  50
Dinesh Karthik (wk)  dnb
Akshdeep Nath  dnb
 James Faulkner  dnb
 Praveen Kumar dnb
Shadab Jakati dnb
 Pravin Tambe dnb
Extras 15 (b – 2, lb – 5, w – 7, nb – 1)
Total 164 for 3 in 18 over 187 (RR @ 9.11 rpo)
FALL OF WICKETS
1/85
Aaron Finch
(8.3 ov.)
 2/120
Brendon McCullum(
13.1 ov.)
3/147
Suresh Raina
(16.1 ov.)
BOWLING O M R W Econ
 RP Singh  2  0  21  0  10.50
 Ishant Sharma  4  0  39 1  9.75
 Ravichandran Ashwin  4  0 26  0  6.50
 Murugan Ashwin  4 0  31  2  7.75
 Rajat Bhatia  3 0 30  0  10
 Mitchell Marsh  1 0 10  0 10

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 Aaron Finch – “Man of the Match” for the second time.

Cricket: Scorecard of IPL 9 – Match #3 – Kings XI Punjab Vs Gujarat Lions on April 11, 2016


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By T. V. Antony Raj

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Source: sportsind.com
Source: sportsind.com

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Venue: Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali
Date & Time: Monday, April 11, 2016,  08:00 pm IST (2:30 pm GMT)

Umpires: Anil Chaudhary, Vineet Kulkarni
Third Umpire: Nand Kishore
Match Referee: Chinmay Sharma
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King’s XI Punjab
Playing XI
David Miller (c), Murali Vijay, Glenn Maxwell,  Manan Vohra, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Sandeep Sharma, Pardeep Sahu, Mitchell Johnson, Mohit Sharma
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Bench
Anureet Singh, Armaan Jaffer, KC Cariappa, Farhaan Behardien, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Kyle Abbott,  Nikhil Naik, Rishi Dhawan,   Shardul Thakur, Shaun Marsh, Swapnil Singh
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Gujarat Lions
Playing XI
Suresh Raina (c), Aaron Finch, Brendon McCullum, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Ishan Kishan, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, James Faulkner, Praveen Kumar, Pradeep Sangwan, Sarabjit Ladda
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Bench
Akshdeep Nath, Amit Mishra, Andrew Tye, Dale Steyn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Dwayne Smith, Eklavya Dwivedi, Jaydev Shah, Paras Dogra, Pravin Tambe, Shadab Jakati,  Shivil Kaushik, Umang Sharma
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Toss

Gujarat Lions won the toss and opted to bowl.

 

KINGS XI PUNJAB Innings

KINGS XI PUNJAB R B 4s 6s SR
 Murali Vijay  b R Jadeja 42  34  5  1 123.53
 Manan Vohra c D Karthik &
b R Jadeja
 38  23 4 2  165.22
 David Miller(c)  b DJ Bravo 15 10 1  1 150
 Glenn Maxwell  b DJ Bravo 2 4  0  0  50
Wriddhiman Saha (wk) c R Jadeja &
b DJ Bravo
20 25 0  0 80
 Marcus Stoinis c Finch &
b DJ Bravo
33 22  4  0 150
 Axar Patel  not out  4 2 0 0  200
 Mitchell Johnson  not out 0 0  0 0  0
 Pardeep Sahu  dnb
Mohit Sharma  dnb
 Sandeep Sharma  dnb
Extras 7 (b – 1, lb – 2, w – 4, nb – 0)
Total 161 for 6 in 20 overs
161 (RR @ 8.05 rpo)
FALL OF WICKETS
 1/78
Manan Vohra
(8.2 ov.)
 2/91
Murali Vijay
(10.4 ov.)
3/101
Glenn Maxwell,
(11.4 ov.)
 4/102
David Miller
(11.6 ov.)
 5/157
Wriddhiman Saha (19.3 ov.)
6/157
Marcus Stoinis
(19.4 ov.)
BOWLING O M R W Econ
 Praveen Kumar  4 0  25  0 6.25
 Pradeep Sangwan  2  0  21  0 10.50
 James Faulkner  4  0 39 0  9.75
 Sarabjit Ladda  2  0  21  0 10.5
 Ravindra Jadeja 4  0 30 2 7.50
 Dwayne Bravo 4 0  22  4 5.50
 Sahu
GUJARAT LIONS Innings
GUJARAT LIONS R B 4s 6s SR
 Aaron Finch st W Saha &
b Pardeep Sahu
74  47 12  0 157.45
 Brendon McCullum st W Saha &
b Sandeep Sharma
 0  2  0  0 0
 Suresh Raina(c) c Johnson &
b M Stoinis
 20 9 1  2 222.22
 Dinesh Karthik (wk) not out 41  26  7  0  157.69
 Ravindra Jadeja runout (Johnson)  8  12  0  0    66.67
 Ishan Kishan c Mohit Sharma & b Johnson 11  8 2  0  137.50
 Dwayne Bravo not out  2  2  0  0  100
 James Faulkner dnb
 Praveen Kumar dnb
 Pradeep Sangwan dnb
 Sarabjit Ladda dnb
Extras 6 (b – 0, lb – 3, w – 3, nb – 0)
Total 162 for 5 in 17.4 overs 162 (RR @ 9.17 rpo)
FALL OF WICKETS
1/1
Brendon McCullum
(0.6 ov.)
 2/52
Suresh Raina
(5.3 ov.)
 3/117
Aaron Finch
(11.5 ov.)
4/133
Ravindra Jadeja,
(14.3 ov.)
 5/151
Ishan Kishan
(16.5 ov.)
BOWLING O M R W Econ
 Sandeep Sharma 3 0 21  1  7
 Mitchell Johnson 4  0 35  1  8.75
 Mohit Sharma  2.4 0 24  0 8.99
 Marcus Stoinis 2  0 27  1  13.50
Axar Patel 2 0 17  0  8.50
Pardeep Sahu 4 0 35 1  8.75

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 Aaron Finch – “Man of the Match”

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Is a College Degree Necessary for Smriti Irani to hold the HRD Portfolio?


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Myself By T.V. Antony Raj

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I do not subscribe to any political party. But, when I perceive talent in any form, I will be the first person to endorse it.

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Smriti Zubin Irani, incumbent Minister of Human Resource Development of Government of India since May 27, 2014.
Smriti Zubin Irani, incumbent Minister of Human Resource Development of Government of India since May 27, 2014.

Smriti Zubin Irani, a former model, television actress and producer represents the Bharatiya Janata Party and is the incumbent Minister of Human Resource Development of Government of India since May 27, 2014. She is a first time Lok Sabha polls contestant and a first-time minister and the youngest in the Narendra Modi cabinet.

Born on March 23, 1976, in Delhi to a family of Punjabi–Bengali background, Smriti Malhotra is the eldest amongst three sisters. She studied up to class 12 at Holy Child Auxilium School (HCA) in New Delhi and discontinued further education.

Smriti worked as a waitress at McDonald’s before finding stardom in modelling. In 1998, Smriti was one of the finalists of the Miss India beauty pageant.

In 2000, she made her debut with TV series Aatish and Hum Hain Kal Aaj Kal Aur Kal, both aired on Star Plus. In mid-2000, Irani bagged the lead role of Tulsi Virani in Ekta Kapoor’s production Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi on Star Plus. She holds the record of winning five consecutive Indian Television Academy Awards for the Best Actress (Popular), four Indian Telly Awards, eight Star Parivaar Awards.

In 2001, Smriti married Zubin Irani, a Parsi.

Smriti Irani is a Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat and is now widely acknowledged in the BJP as a key member of Narendra Modi’s inner circle.

In her message to the Subject Toppers of Senior School Certificate (Class XII) Examination, 2014 conducted by the Central Board of Secondary Education, Delhi, posted on the website of the Government of India Ministry of Human Resource Development she said:

I congratulate all the students of CBSE who have excelled in their schools, districts and States in different subjects.

I applaud those who have worked hard and have got good results which make them and their families proud.

Examinations, marks, and above all values and Character in life, are the means to move forward and achieve progress

I wish all the students success in achieving their dreams in whatever walk of life they find joy and fulfilment and thereby contribute to a healthy, harmonious society and a strong nation.

But, there is something to be said about Smriti Irani’s own education.

Congress leader Ajay Maken questioned Smriti Irani’s credentials to lead the HRD ministry which oversees the country’s education system including the prestigious IITs and IIMs. Hitherto, the portfolio had always been held by a person with high academic qualifications. Maken tweeted: “Smriti Irani is not even a graduate,” triggering a political row, which until then had been fuelled online solely by her main detractor Madhu Purnima Kishwar, an Indian academic, and writer, who has been going hammer and tongs at Smriti Irani since the swearing-in.

In the past, Madhu Kishwar vociferously defended Narendra Modi both on Twitter and on television channels. Now, after the swearing-in, Kishwar seems to have taken on a new role of being his critic-in-chief.

Smriti Irani seemed unfazed by the drama. However, there is more to this controversy.

Her BIODATA published in the HRD website states:

Educated at Holy Child Auxilium, Delhi and School of Correspondence and Continuing Education, University of Delhi, Delhi.

Smriti Irani has herself provided conflicting affidavits of her educational qualifications.

In 2004, in the affidavit filed with the Election Commission of India she submitted that she had received a bachelor’s degree in Arts (B.A.) in 1996 from Delhi University (School of Correspondence).

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In the affidavit filed with the Election Commission of India for the recent 2014 elections Smriti Irani claimed that she only completed Part I (first year) of her bachelor’s degree in commerce (Part I B.Com.) in the year 1994 from Delhi University’s School of Open Learning (correspondence)..

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To add venom, a leak from the School of Correspondence, as reported by a newspaper, claims that Smriti Irani had enrolled in 2013, but had not written the examination.

This incidence of doubts raised about Smriti Irani’s education leads to the perennial question “What is education?

When knowledge, skills, and habits convey from one person to another through teaching, training, or research we call it education. So, we can say that education is any experience that has a developmental effect that leads to the way one thinks, feels, or acts.

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By the way, do you think that all recipients of diplomas and college degrees are really educated?

At present, most people look at education as commonly divided into stages: preschool, primary school, secondary school and then college, university or apprenticeship under the guidance of others. But many do not freely acknowledge that education may also be autodidactic.

Autodidacticism or autodidactism or self-education is self-directed learning.

An autodidact is a self-teacher. Autodidactism is a contemplative and absorptive process. One may become an autodidact at any point in one’s life. While one may have studied a particular field in the conventional method they may choose to inform themselves in other, often unrelated areas by self-study.

Many autodidacts have complemented their formal learning with self-study. Though I have a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, I am an autodidact in computer science. Forty-two years ago, I was not able to find any teacher who could teach computer science. So, I spent a great deal of time reviewing the resources found in physical libraries and buying whatever books on computer science that I came across in search of knowledge. I always say: “To learn, teach!” I gained most of my knowledge in computers by following this dictum — teaching others who sought knowledge in basic computer science.

Though autodidactism is only one facet of learning, many autodidacts have made notable contributions to the human race. Renaissance polymath Leonardo da Vinci is one of history’s best-known autodidacts.

Since most autodidacts do not advertise themselves, why not we consider Smriti Irani as one such person.

On May 19, 2014, Smriti Irani hit back at Congress leader Ajay Maken’s comments on her educational qualifications. She said,

Judge me by my work, I would only say this… Attempts have been made to deviate my attention from my work. The party has always entrusted me with assignments as they have confidence in me.

The late Kamaraj Nadar, former Chief Minister of Tamilnadu, India, was a 3rd grader. He was a visionary and he opened hundreds of primary schools accessible to rural kids to improve the literacy rate in Tamilnadu.

The current Chief Minister of Tamilnadu J. Jayalalitha is a 10th grader (Matriculation). She is fluent in several languages, including English, Kannada, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, and Hindi.

So, before you write off Smriti Irani as an ‘uneducated’ person, just listen to the speech she gave before an International audience at the International Women’s Conference in February 2014, at The Art of Living International Center, Bangalore, India, a few months before she was sworn-in as the Honourable Union Minister of Human Resource Development, and then form your opinion about her.

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India and Day 26 – Part 2: Turmoil in Gujarat


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January 26, 2001 – The Gujarat Earthquake

Earthquake in Gujarat on January 26, 2001 (Source: academic.emporia.edu)
Earthquake in Gujarat on January 26, 2001 (Source: academic.emporia.edu)

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On January 26, 2001, a strong earthquake struck the Kutch area in Gujarat at 8:46 AM local time (3:16 UTC) and lasted for over two minutes.

The earthquake had a magnitude between 7.6 and 7.7 on the moment magnitude  (Mw) scale and had a maximum felt intensity of X (Intense) on the Modified Mercalli (MM) Intensity Scale. The epicentre was about 9 km south-southwest of the village of Chobari in Bhachau Taluka of Kutch District of Gujarat, India.

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Base of this statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhidham disintegrated during the January 26, 2001 Bhuj earthquake. (Source: ceenve.calpoly.edu)
The base of this statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhidham disintegrated during January 26, 2001, Bhuj earthquake. (Source: ceenve.calpoly.edu)

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January 26, 2001, Gujarat earthquake, the most damaging to strike India in the last five decades, led to a large loss of life and property.

The earthquake turned the cities of Bhuj, Anjar, Bhachau, Gandhidham, Kottar, Kukuma, Lodai and Ratnar along with nearby villages to ruins in less than two minutes.

The city of Ahmedabad lies about 300 km east of the epicentre in the village of Chobari and falls in the seismic Zone III (IS: 1893-1976) of India. Many mid to high-rise residential buildings pancaked on their lower levels and collapsed, leading to several hundred causalities and significant financial loss.

The quake though equal in intensity to the 1906 San Francisco earthquake (which had a death toll of 3,425) killed around 20,000 people in Gujarat, wounded another 167,000 and destroyed nearly 400,000 homes. The estimated economic loss was reported to be about US $5 billion.

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February 26, 2002 – Pogrom in Gujarat

On February 26, 2002, the Sabarmati Express left Ayodhya. Several passengers travelling on that train were Hindu pilgrims, returning from Ayodhya after a religious ceremony at the site of the demolished Babri Masjid. The following morning, someone stopped the train when it neared the Godhra station by pulling the emergency chain.

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Dousing the flames at Godhra set ablaze by a mob on the Sabarmati Express that left Aodhya on February 26, 2002. (Source: indyas.hpage.co.in)
Dousing the flames at Godhra set ablaze by a mob on the Sabarmati Express that left Aodhya on February 26, 2002. (Source: indyas.hpage.co.in)

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Under controversial circumstances, four coaches of the train caught fire. Many people were trapped inside the train. In the resulting conflagration, 59 people, including 25 women and 25 children, were burned to death.

In 2005, retired Supreme Court judge Umesh Chandra Banerjee, served as chairman of the committee constituted by the Government of India to probe the fire in the Sabarmati Express at Godhra. He found that the coach fire was not deliberately started, but was accidental and not started by the Muslim mob. Later, when an Ahmedabad court ruled that there was a conspiracy to set the train on fire, Justice Banerjee stood by his findings and said it was an accidental fire as there was evidence to suggest the blaze began inside the train and that it was not firebombed.

Nevertheless, it has been alleged that a large mob attacked the train and four coaches were burned as the result of a conspiracy hatched by local Muslims.

After burning the train the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) called for a statewide bandh (strike), even after the Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional and illegal. The bandh was followed by three days of an inter-communal bloodbath in Godhra as well as the rest of Gujarat. The state government headed by Narendra Modi did not take any action to prevent the strike, or stop the violence. Independent reports indicate that Rajendrasinh Ghanshyamsinh Rana, the former VHP president, had endorsed the strike and that he and Narendra Modi, the chief minister of Gujarat, used inflammatory language to worsen the situation.

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Gujarat riots (Source: frontline.in)
Gujarat riots (Source: frontline.in)

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According to the official figures, 790 Muslims and 254 Hindus died; 2,500 people were non-fatally injured, and 223 more were reported missing. However, other sources estimate that up to 2,000 Muslims died. There were instances of rape, children being burned alive, and widespread looting and destruction of property.

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The skyline of Ahmedabad filled with smoke as buildings and shops are set on fire by rioting mobs. (Photo credit: Aksi grea)
The skyline of Ahmedabad filled with smoke as buildings and shops are set on fire by rioting mobs. (Photo credit: Aksi grea)

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Narendra Modi has been accused of initiating and condoning the violence. Also, it has been alleged that police and government officials orchestrated the violence by directing the rioters by giving them lists of Muslim-owned properties.

In 2012, the Muslim community reacted with anger and disbelief when a Special Investigation Team (SIT) appointed by the Supreme Court of India cleared Modi of complicity in the violence. In July 2013, allegations were made that the SIT had suppressed evidence. That December, an Indian court upheld the SIT report and rejected a petition seeking Modi’s prosecution. In April 2014, the Supreme Court expressed satisfaction over the SIT’s investigations in nine cases related to the violence and rejected a plea contesting the SIT report as baseless.

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