Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Yuvraj skips training after football injury

Yuvraj Singh missed India's training session in Fatullah this afternoon after being hit on his ankle while playing football barefoot with his team-mates the previous day in Mirpur. "Yuvraj Singh had a blow on his left ankle, for precautionary reasons he is taking rest today," RN Baba, the team's media manager, said in a release. All the other 14 members of the squad were present for the session.
Yuvraj had gone down amid a tussle for the ball near the goal on the side ground in Mirpur. He did a theatrical, professional football impression, writhing in mock agony, and lying down for a few seconds, before he smiled, got up, took a few tentative steps, and immediately resumed playing. He had strapping around his ankle when he left the ground, again as a "precautionary" measure. The Mirpur session was limited to the football game.
India have been playing football regularly during training sessions in the World T20, and have maintained that it helps take their minds off cricket and is an occasion for the players to enjoy themselves without any pressure. While they usually have shoes on when they do so, they decided to play it barefoot the previous afternoon.
India have another day left before they play their semi-final against South Africa on Friday.

Monday, 31 March 2014

'Automatic US visa for new Indian leader'

Washington: Amid a Congressional report that Bharatiya Janata Party leader Narendra Modi will be automatically entitled to a US visa if he becomes prime minister, the US reiterated it would work with whoever Indian people choose.

"We will work with whoever the people of India decide should lead their country," State Department spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters Monday.

"We believe it's a critical partnership, and we're moving forward with it," she said when asked about a recent memo from the bipartisan Congressional Research Service.

The memo covers queries from lawmakers regarding visa policy for Modi, who was denied a US visa in 2005 over his alleged complicity in the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Asked if that included Modi, the spokesperson who claimed she had not seen the CRS memo, said: "Well, I think it remains to be seen what the outcome of the election will be, so let's not try and do too much predicting in here."

"Secondly, we have a very close - very, very close - relationship with India on a whole host of issues, whether it's energy, the economy, environmental issues, security issues, a whole host of issues."

"That has not changed. We look forward to growing that even stronger," Harf said. "The people of India get to decide who leads their country. We'll work with whoever they decide."

The March 18 memo from Ruth Ellen Wasem, Specialist in Immigration Policy at CRS said If Modi "were to become Prime Minister of India, he would automatically be eligible for an A-1 (diplomatic) visa as head of state, regardless of the purpose of his visit."

Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) "further provides that the grounds for inadmissibility - excepting specified terrorist grounds and documentary requirements establishing identity - do not apply to those on A-1 visas," the memo noted.

"This provision, often referred to as diplomatic immunity, allows the President of the United States to proscribe other exceptions to immunity as necessary through rules and regulations."

The President, however, does have broad authority under the law "to prohibit the entry of any foreign national whom the President deems would be detrimental to the interests of the US," the memo noted.

Meanwhile, Harf also denied that the sudden resignation of US Ambassador to India Nancy Powell Monday was in any way "related to any tension, any recent situations" between India and the US.

"There's no big behind-the-scenes story here," Harf said suggesting Powell "has submitted her resignation to President (Barack) Obama, as has been planned for some time, and she will retire to her home in Delaware before the end of May."

"This is the end of a distinguished 37-year career - I think after 37 years, she deserves to retire," Harf said. "But I want to dispel any rumours out there that this is related in any, to anything besides her long-planned retirement."

"It's not at all related to anything happening in the relationship, it doesn't indicate any realignment of the relationship," she said.

Harf described India-US relationship as "an incredibly key partnership that will continue under our team there and under whoever is named the next ambassador."

"Obviously, the relationship between the US and India isn't about one person, while incredibly important.

"It's about the whole host of officials that engage, from Secretary (of State John) Kerry and others at the White House and here on down," Harf said.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Fine slapped on Legend Balakrishna

Natasimha Balakrishna roared as Lion yesterday turning Legend on silver screen. However this didnot stop Government Officials to fine him for violating norms.

According to reports Balakrishna was fined Rs 10000 by Revenue Officials for digging a bore well in his house situated in his house in Banjara Hills. According to the officers, Balakrishna didnot obtain prior permission for digging a bore well.

Officials conduced an inquiry after receiving complaints from Balakrishna's neighbours and found out that Balakrishna didnot follow rules. They duly fined Balakrishna for his unlawful acts. AP Government passed a law making it  mandatory to obtain permission before digging borewell in houses. 

Friday, 28 March 2014

Powerful Response for Legend in USA

Nandamuri Balakrishna starrer Legend was released on March 28 amidst huge expectations and the film has opened up with mostly positive talk.

Performances of Balakrishna and Jagapathi Babu are appreciated by the audiences and Devi Sri Prasad's background score has become one of the major assets for the film.

According to the USA box-office reports, Legend has collected close to 85,000 dollars from the premiers shows, which is also the highest figure for Balakrishna's film. Legend has done a good business in Andhra Pradesh and states like Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, collections for the first day are yet to be announced. Boyapati Srinu thanked the audience for their response and so did the producer Sai Korrapati. Legend is produced under Vaarahi Chalana Chitra and 14 Reels Entertainments Banners.


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