FIFA U-17 World Cup: India lose 1-2 to Colombia

FIFA U-17 World Cup, India, Colombia

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A bright India provided hope for a brighter future but their dream ended in a heartbreak following a 1-2 defeat to Colombia today in the FIFA U-17 World Cup, leaving the many heads totting the stands teary-eyed.

 

When defensive midfielder Jeakson Thounaojam neutralized Colombia’s lead by scoring the country’s first-ever World Cup goal in the 82nd minute, India were moments away from securing their maiden draw in only the second attempt.

 

But that was not to be as Juan Penaloza (83rd) scored his second of the night on the counter to leave the home players, as well as the crowd, crestfallen.

 

Nonetheless, a charged up India produced one of their finest performances before going down in front of a disappointed but proud group of spectators, who witnessed a historic first-ever FIFA World Cup goal.

 

India scored when Jeakson, the tallest player in the side, headed in a Sanjeev Stalin corner, sending the whole stadium into a state of delirium.

 

The move to make four changes by coach Luis Norton de Matos proved to be a wise one as the taller Indian players ensured they were equal to the task, when it came to the aerial battle against the well-built Colombians.

 

It was a very different India that turned up after the 0 -3 loss to USA three nights ago.

 

They were on the ball from the word go and even though the Colombians had more of possession, India very much managed to make their presence felt.

 

There was heightened activity in the Colombian box, with Ninthoinganba Meetei initiating surging runs down the right flank, each steps raising hopes for the improbable.

 

This was in the in the beginning of the Group A match.

To the surprise, and delight, of the sizeable crowd at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, India had Colombia at their mercy in the 16th minute.

 

But, to the disappointment of the thousands occupying the stands, Abhijeet Sarkar, having found a clear view of the goal, shot over.

 

India’s hopes went up in smoke after coming agonizingly close to scoring their first ever World Cup goal.

 

In the cut-throat world of international football, Colombia may be many, many rungs above India, but the host nation had the momentum on this night. And they used it to rattle the Colombians on a few occasions.

 

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Rishi Kapoor chides Rahul Gandhi over dynasty politics remark

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Actor Rishi Kapoor, who has been known for his tirade against almost everything on Twitter, didn’t seem much impressed with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi referring to Bollywood, while talking about the presence of dynasts all across India.

 

The actor took to Twitter to warn the Congress vice-president “to not bullshit people on dynasty” and added that one has to earn people’s respect through hard work.

 

“Rahul Gandhi. In the 106 years of Indian cinema of India, Kapoor’s contribution is 90 years. And each generation is chosen by public on merit (sic),” Rishi Kapoor tweeted.

 

Citing the example of his own famous Kapoor family, which has been ruling the Indian Cinema for the past 90 years, Kapoor said that all the members of the family have been chosen on merit and have earned immense love from the audience.

 

“By God’s grace we are in 4 generations.Prithviraj Kapoor.Raj Kapoor.Randhir Kapoor.Ranbir Kapoor-Males.Besides all others. You see otherwise (sic),” he added.

 

“So don’t bullshit people on “Dynasty” You have to earn people’s respect and love through hard work not zabardasti and gundagardi (sic),’ he tweeted.

Kapoor’s comments came after Rahul mentioned about Abhishek Bachchan while talking about “dynasty politics” in his speech at the University of California in Berkeley, United States.

 

Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday hit back at those who have accused him of reaping the benefits of “dynasty politics”, and justified the charges against him, saying that the entire nation is running on it and hence, one should not go only after him.

 

“Most of the country runs like this. Akhilesh Yadav is a dynast. Stalin is a dynast. Dhumal’s son a dynast. Even Abhishek Bachchan is a dynast. Also Mr. Ambani. That’s how India runs. Don’t go after me,” he said.

PM Narendra Modi to receive Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Gujarat, for annual bilateral summit meeting

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At the invitation of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, Mr. Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan, will undertake an official visit to India on September 13 and 14, 2017.

Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Abe will hold the 12th India-Japan Annual Summit, at Mahatma Mandir in Gandhinagar, Gujarat on the 14th of September. The two leaders will deliver statements to the media.

An India Japan Business Plenary is scheduled the same day.

This will be the fourth Annual Summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Abe.

The two leaders will review the recent progress in the multifaceted cooperation between India and Japan under the framework of their ‘Special Strategic and Global Partnership’ and will set its future direction.

The two leaders will attend a public function to mark the commencement of work of India’s first high-speed rail project between Ahmedabad and Mumbai, on 14th of September.

The train is expected to significantly reduce travel time between the two cities.

Japan is a pioneer in high-speed rail networks, and its Shinkansen bullet train is among the fastest in the world.

The city of Ahmedabad will greet Prime Minister Abe with an elaborate civic reception on 13th of September, showcasing the cultural diversity of India, through a series of performances.

The two Prime Ministers will visit Sabarmati Ashram, established by Mahatma Gandhi on the banks of the Sabarmati River. They will then visit the “Sidi Saiyyed Mosque” – a famous 16th century mosque in Ahmedabad. The two leaders will also visit Dandi Kutir, the museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi, at the Mahatma Mandir.

 

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On WhatsApp, fake news is nearly impossible to moderate. Is that bad?

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With the number of social media users in India rapidly rising, the dissemination of fake news has become a widespread phenomenon in recent years.

So-called “information overload” has made it difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff, and in some cases, misinformation spread via social media appears to have precipitated real-life violence, sometimes with fatal consequences.

In one recent incident, Twitter users in India expressed their anger when a ruling party member shared an image taken out of context, in what seemed like an effort to stoke social tensions during a riot in the Indian state of West Bengal.

Several such images were circulated through social media to skew public opinion in this period. In 2015, a possibly fake image circulated via WhatsApp and was later linked to the subsequent lynching of a Muslim man in India, on the suspicion that he had slaughtered a cow.

In India, reporting misinformation to police can be a first step towards prosecuting its sender under Indian laws like Section 67 of the IT act, if the information is perceived as likely to be “harmful to young minds”, or section 468 of IPC if the news is considered “detrimental” to someone’s reputation.

But policies like these are hard to implement effectively, routinely running afoul of protections for free expression.

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Rohingyas flee Myanmar: India must drop religious criteria in refugee law

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More than 90,000 Rohingyas, victims of a new surge of violence in Myanmar, are fleeing the country and pouring into Bangladesh, while 30,000 people are still trapped near the border.

At the same time, the government of the prime minister of India – who is due to visit Myanmar this week – has announced that 40,000 Rohingya refugees are to be deported.

A plea against this decision, made by two Rohingya asylum seekers in Delhi, is being reviewed by India’s supreme court.

According to those supporting the government move, deporting the Rohingya refugees is necessary as their continued presence would encourage Islamic fanaticism.

Newspaper columns have argued that the crisis in Myanmar has become a terror concern for India.

But how can India, a country which has hosted refugees ever since its foundation as a nation, deport thousands of people based on their ethnicity and faith? India’s refugee policy could provide further insight.

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20,000 Indian immigrants in US fear deportation as Trump repeals DACA

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Thousands of people from India, who arrived in the US illegally as children, are fearing deportation after President Donald Trump‘s decision to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) programme, a South Asian Advocacy group has said.

The number of such people from India, could be more than 20,000, according to an estimate carried out by South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT).

US Attorney General Jeff Sessions yesterday announced the rescinding of the Deferred Action for Children Arrival (DACA), an Obama-era amnesty programme that granted work permits to immigrants who arrived in the country illegally as children.

The announcement, which was anticipated for the past few days, was greeted with protests from across the country.

“Over 27,000 Asian Americans, including 5,500 Indians and Pakistanis, have already received DACA. An additional estimated 17,000 individuals from India and 6,000 Pakistan respectively are eligible for DACA, placing India in the top ten countries for DACA eligibility,” SAALT said.

With the termination of DACA, these individuals could face deportation at the discretion of the administration, it said.

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JioPhone pre-booking starts today at 5 pm

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The pre-booking of JioPhone will start for Rs 500 across its retail stores, the website and Jio App from 5 pm onThursday, according to a message sent out by Reliance Jio.

 

“India Ka Smartphone is finally here! Pre-booking for JioPhone starts Aug 24 at 5 pm,” an SMS sent to a Jio customer read.A leading channel partner of Reliance Retail, which did not wish to be named, said the messages are being sent to all those who have registered their interest in JioPhone.

 

“As announced by RIL CMD (Mukesh Ambani), JioPhone will be given against payment of fully-refundable deposit of Rs 1,500.

 

Customers will be able to Pre-book JioPhone for Rs 500 and the balance Rs 1,000 can be paid at the time of delivery in September.

 

The total amount will be refunded after 36 months when the customer returns the phone,” the partner said.

 

Ambani had announced that voice calling for customers of the “effectively free” JioPhone would always be free and they would get unlimited data for a month against payment of Rs 153.

Jio has also announced a weekly plan for Rs 53 and a 2-day plan for Rs 23 for unlimited data access.

 

JioPhone, which can be operated by speaking out instructions to dial, type messages and the like will come with pre-loaded Jio apps for messaging and entertainment.

 

The phone can be connected with television sets for watching live TV using the Jio TV app.The phone will also include some of the popular instant messaging and social networking apps, the channel partner said.

 

“Despite anticipation that the phone will hold higher appeal among rural users, retailers from urban centres are aggressively placing orders for the phone. In spite of the floods in Bihar, it is one of the top states where retailers are anticipating high demand for the JioPhone,” the partner added.

 

Reliance Retail has a target of making available 50 lakh JioPhones every week from September.

 

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