Close to 50 teams will take to the fields at Whites Hill Reserve, Brisbane from tonight to compete in the 2012 Cobras Cup competition. Teams from six divisions – Men’s Open, Women’s Open, Men’s Division Two, Women’s Division Two, Men’s Division Three and Women’s Division Three – will take part in round one of the competition tonight. Round games will run throughout the months of August, September and October, with finals to take place in November, including the Grand Finals on Saturday, 19 November. To keep up-to-date with the 2012 Cobras Cup, please visit the following website – www.brisbanecitycobras.com.au. For anyone on Twitter who wishes to tweet about the Cobras Cup, be sure to include the following hashtag #cobrascup2012. Tonight’s round one games will see the following teams battle it out:Round One – Friday, 3 AugustMen’s OpenCountry Club Colts v First ContactCoastal Suns v Southern Storm Touch ClubCrushers Redlands v Eagles Touch Football ClubBrisbane Eastern Suburbs Touch v Uni-Rebels Touch ClubBye – Dodgers L & TWomen’s Open Crushers Redlands v Eagles Touch Football ClubBrisbane Eastern Suburbs Touch v Uni-Rebels Touch ClubCountry Club Colts v First ContactCoastal Suns v Southern Storm Touch ClubBye – Dodgers L & T Men’s Division TwoCountry Club Colts v First Contact Coastal Suns v Southern Storm Touch ClubCrushers Redlands v Eagles Touch Football ClubBrisbane Eastern Suburbs Touch v Uni-Rebels Touch ClubBye – Dodgers L&TWomen’s Division TwoCrushers Redlands v Eagles Touch Football ClubBrisbane Eastern Suburbs Touch v Uni-Rebels Touch ClubCoastal Suns v Southern Storm Touch ClubCountry Club Colts v First ContactBye – Dodgers L & TMen’s Division ThreeUni-Rebels Touch Club 1 v Uni-Rebels Touch Club 2Brisbane Eastern Suburbs Touch v Country Club ColtsEagles Touch Football Club v Uni-Rebels Touch Club 2Crushers Redlands v Southern Storm Touch ClubWomen’s Division ThreeBrisbane Eastern Suburbs Touch 1 v Uni-Rebels Touch Club 2Brisbane Eastern Suburbs Touch Cubs v Uni-Rebels Touch Club 1Eagles Touch Football Club v Southern Storm Touch ClubBye – First Contact2011 Cobras Cup Final Results Men’s Open: Uni-Rebels 10 defeated Labrador Dodgers 3 Women’s Open: Southern Storm 8 defeated Caboolture Colts 5Men’s Division 2A: Labrador Dodgers 10 defeated Uni-Rebels Gold 6Men’s Division 2B: First Contact 5 defeated Country Club United 4 Women’s Division 2A: University Rebels 3 defeated Southern Storm 2 Women’s Division 2B: First Contact 4 defeated Caboolture Colts 1Men’s Division 3A: Eagles Men’s 30’s 5 defeated Crazy Horses 4 Men’s Division 2B: Uni-Rebels Gold 15 defeated Eagles 1 Women’s Division 3: Eagles 5 defeated Uni-Rebels 3 2011 BCTA Cobras Cup Club Champions: Uni Rebels Related Links2012 Cobras Cup
London: Britain has repatriated ten per cent of nationals who were stranded abroad after the collapse of travel firm Thomas Cook, authorities said Tuesday, as anger erupted over excessive management pay. The Civil Aviation Authority regulator, which is managing the UK’s biggest repatriation since World War II after Thomas Cook’s dramatic bankruptcy, said in a statement that it flew back 14,700 of the 150,000 stranded Britons on Monday. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe CAA added that it hoped to bring back another 16,500 people on Tuesday. The dramatic collapse of Thomas Cook left 600,000 customers of all nationalities stranded in popular tourist destinations dotted around the globe, including Cancun, Kos, Las Vegas and Lanzarote. “Following the very sad news … that Thomas Cook had stopped trading and its aircraft were grounded, we launched at the government’s request our operation to return more than 150,000 people to the UK,” said CAA Chief Executive Richard Moriarty. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days Moriarty added: “A repatriation of this scale and nature is unprecedented and unfortunately there will be some inconvenience and disruption for customers. “We will do everything we can to minimise this as the operation continues. “We want people to continue to enjoy their holiday, so we will bring them back to the UK on their original departure day, or very soon thereafter.” Meanwhile, criticism is mounting over the pay of Thomas Cook’s management, who steered the 178-year-old company into the rocks with vast debts. The Sun tabloid newspaper slammed Thomas Cook’s “fat cat bosses”, adding that the group’s last five chief executives had “pocketed” a total of 47 million pounds (53 million euros/ 58 million) in pay and bonuses since 2007. The failed company’s Swiss chief executive Peter Fankhauser, who apologised for his group’s failure on Monday, has been paid 8.4 million pounds since 2014 according to the paper. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has questioned whether failing management should receive huge salaries. “I have questions — for one about whether it’s right that the directors, or whoever, the board, should pay themselves large sums when businesses can go down the tubes like that,” said Johnson, quoted by British media in New York where he is attending the UN General Assembly. Quizzed about tougher rules, Johnson added: “I think that you need to have some system by which tour operators properly insure themselves against this kind of eventuality.” Thomas Cook, which had struggled against fierce online competition for years and blamed Brexit uncertainty for a recent drop in bookings, declared bankruptcy after failing to secure ?200 million from private investors. Monday’s bankruptcy followed a lengthy period of chronic financial turmoil after a disastrous series of mergers left it burdened with soaring debt, a large branch network and high costs. The CAA will continue to fly UK passengers home until October 6, with those affected asked to check its official website.
New York: Observing that Mahatma Gandhi envisioned Indian nationalism as one that was never narrow or exclusive, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday proposed what he called the ‘Einstein Challenge’ to ensure Gandhi’s ideals are remembered by future generations. Modi said this in an op-ed in ‘The New York Times’ as he paid glowing tributes to Mahatma Gandhi on his 150th birth anniversary, describing him as the “best teacher” and “the guiding light” who continues to give courage to millions globally and uniting those who believe in humanity. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “As a tribute to Gandhi, I propose what I call the Einstein Challenge. We know Albert Einstein’s famous words on Gandhi: ‘Generations to come will scarce believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth’,” Modi wrote in the op-ed titled ‘Why India and the World Need Gandhi’. “How do we ensure the ideals of Gandhi are remembered by future generations? I invite thinkers, entrepreneurs and tech leaders to be at the forefront of spreading Gandhi’s ideas through innovation.” Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: Reports The op-ed ends with a call to the world to work shoulder to shoulder to end hate, violence and suffering. “That is when we will fulfil Mahatma Gandhi’s dream, summed up in his favourite hymn, ‘Vaishnava Jana To’, which says that a true human is one who feels the pain of others, removes misery and is never arrogant. The world bows to you, beloved Bapu!” Modi wrote. The prime minister said that for Gandhi, independence was not absence of external rule, but a deep link between political independence and personal empowerment. “He envisioned a world where every citizen has dignity and prosperity…Gandhi gave us the doctrine of trusteeship, which emphasised the socio-economic welfare of the poor. Inspired by that, we should think about a spirit of ownership. We, as inheritors of the earth, are responsible for its well-being, including that of the flora and fauna with whom we share our planet,” Modi said. “In Gandhi, we have the best teacher to guide us. From uniting those who believe in humanity to furthering sustainable development and ensuring economic self-reliance, Gandhi offers solutions to every problem,” he wrote. The prime minister also talked about the ideals epitomised by the apostle of peace who inspired such iconic leaders as Martin Luther King Jr and Nelson Mandela. “The guiding light whose inspiration got Dr King to India was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, the Mahatma, the Great Soul. On Wednesday, we observe his 150th birth anniversary. Gandhi Ji, or Bapu, continues to give courage to millions globally.” Elaborating on Gandhi’s vision on nationalism, the prime minister noted that Gandhi “envisioned Indian nationalism as one that was never narrow or exclusive but one that worked for the service of humanity.” Modi stated that Gandhi possessed a “unique ability” to become a bridge between some of the greatest contradictions in human society and epitomised trust among all sections of society. The prime minister also lauded Gandhi for combining ordinary objects like charkha, spinning wheel, and khadi with “mass politics” and asserts that he was never tempted by power. “Who else could have used a charkha, a spinning wheel, and khadi, Indian homespun cloth, as symbols of economic self-reliance and empowerment for a nation?” he asked. “Who else could have created a mass agitation through a pinch of salt!… Through the Dandi March in 1930, Gandhi challenged the Salt Laws. His picking up a small lump of natural salt from the Arabian Sea shore led to the historic civil disobedience movement,” he wrote. There have been many mass movements in the world, many strands of the freedom struggle even in India, but what sets apart the Gandhian struggle and those inspired by him is the wide-scale public participation. He never held administrative or elected office. He was never tempted by power, Modi noted. Modi also explained how his government was trying to fulfil Gandhi’s dreams and is committed to do even more with the world and for the world. “We in India are doing our bit. India is among the fastest when it comes to eliminating poverty. Our sanitation efforts have drawn global attention. India is also taking the lead in harnessing renewable resources through efforts like the International Solar Alliance, which has brought together several nations to leverage solar energy for a sustainable future.”
New Delhi: India has no extraterritorial ambitions and does not want to “transplant” its ideology on others, Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat has said, asserting that the country will fulfil its regional and global security obligations as a responsible emerging power.In an address to strategic affairs experts and defence personnel in Maldivian capital Male, Rawat also said instability in energy-rich West Asia has the potential to significantly increase global tensions and trigger unrest and that the tension between the US and Iran was “worrisome”. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadWithout naming Pakistan, the Army Chief said Indian armed forces are countering a proxy war in Jammu and Kashmir on a daily basis and that India reserves the right to acquire military capabilities to counter any security threats emanating from its neighbourhood. The Army Chief, who is on a five-day visit to Maldives, held extensive talks with the country’s top defence brass to expand bilateral military cooperation. On Wednesday, Gen Rawat called on Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka Gandhi”Our strategic culture flows from two cardinals — we have no extraterritorial ambitions and no desire to transplant our ideology on others,” the Army Chief said. At the same time, he said India continues to retain its commitment to strategic independence and autonomy in decision making as well as acquiring military capabilities to counter the security threats and challenges emanating in its neighbourhood. “We seek to fulfil our regional and global security obligations, as a responsible emerging power,” he said. Gen Rawat identified “unending threat of terrorism” as the principal challenge facing the entire world while calling proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and increasing assertion of power over international norms as other key challenges. “Instability in West Asia which affects energy security of majority of the nations in the world is another major factor. It has the potential to add significantly to global tensions and create unrest,” the Army Chief said. Gen Rawat observed that the global security environment is increasingly becoming complex and uncertain, and that many nations are increasingly resorting to nationalism. “I am certain that if we work with friends, we can mitigate the hazards to regional peace,” he said. “Even in this uncertain security environment, economic interdependence, quest for common resources and depth of global engagements drive strategic relationships. As protectionism rises, complex global interdependencies are likely to remain,” he said. Talking about challenges in the maritime domain, he said any disruption of trade routes in the Indian Ocean Region will be a major security challenge for both India and Maldives. “The Indian Ocean Region is the lifeline to both our nations,” he said. Gen Rawat said India’s strategic vision has been in harmony with its traditional character as a peaceful and responsible nation. “Our vision of being a sovereign, socialist, secular and democratic republic is enshrined in the preamble of our Constitution. We have always played a constructive role in international relations. “India’s national security aim is to ensure a conducive internal and external environment for unhindered economic progress and socio-political development so that we can secure all our citizens and assume our rightful place in the emerging world order,” he said. It will be Gen Rawat’s first foreign visit after taking charge as Chairman of Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) from outgoing IAF Chief Air Chief Marshal B S Dhanoa on Friday.
Shimla: First, it was 2017 Assembly polls and then May 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Ruling BJP, once again, is all set to seek votes in the name of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Dharamshala and Pacchad bypolls, slated for October 21. Both seats had fallen vacant on the election of Krishan Kapoor, earlier a sitting minister in the Jai Ram Thakur government and Suresh Kashyap, also a two-time MLA to the Parliament. “In Himachal Pradesh, during the Lok Sabha polls, the BJP created history by polling nearly 70 per cent votes, highest vote share in any state, to win all four Lok Sabha seats. Kangra Lok Sabha seat won by Krishan Kapoor polled 4.77 lakh votes. The credit for the BJP’s overall victory on 303 seats goes to PM Modi and Amit Shah,” said the Chief Minister. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadHe listed out Modi’s flagship schemes like Jandhan, Ayushuman Bharat, Kisan Samman Nidhi and Ujjawal yojana as major game changers for the BJP. “I appeal to people in two assembly constituencies, which are going to witness bypoll, to support BJP in order to ensure that benefits of such schemes condition to change their lives,” Thakur said in Shimla. The BJP has fielded two new faces Vishal Nehriya, a young Gaddi leader from Dharamshala and Reena Kashyap, a former Zila Parishad member from Pacchad for upcoming bypoll. Both the candidates, especially Kashyap, are facing a strong rebellion in their areas that have made the task bit tough for the party poll managers. Also Read – Firms staying closed 10 days a month due to recession, govt doing nothing: Priyanka GandhiAt Pacchad, Ashish Sikta, who was a strong contender for the ticket as also being Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) leader has already filed the nomination papers as an independent candidate against Kashyap. Now, the Congress may have more or less stemmed the rebellion at Dharamshala as well as Pacchad but the party’s internal squabbles will surely remain its weakest point. The local leadership also lacks a connect at the ground level. The Congress in a way also seems to be a victim of trapshooting as it also wants to target Modi in the polls. The PCC delegation led by AICC incharge Rajini Patil on Tuesday went to state Governor Bandaru Dattatreya and submitted a memorandum highlighting country’s economic situation, which has become a cause of serious concern. The party demanded that the country must revert to policies of Manmohan Singh to overcome the economic crisis and arrest falling GDP. Nevertheless, Congress wants to built-up campaign against Modi, not the state-specific issues. If so, the BJP will be at a major advantage. In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP had scored overwhelming support as its vote share went up to 69.11 pc against 53.85 in 2014 polls. The Congress’ vote share dropped by 13.77 percentage points from 41.07 percent in 2014, to 27.3 percent. Thus, the BJP is back with its Modi card.
Washington: India wants to see its relation with China become “better and substantive” and would take a bilateral approach on issues like 5G which Beijing faces with other countries, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said. In fact, Jaishankar refused to join the Trump administration which describes 5G as a national security issue, by saying that for India it is a telecom issue and not political one. “Our intention obviously is to progress our relations with China. We are very clear on that and we get the sense that they too would like to see the relations become better and substantive,” Jaishankar told The Heritage Foundation think-tank on Wednesday in response to a question. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework “On lot of the issues which different countries face with China, frankly, we would weigh the issues on their merit and largely take a bilateral approach,” he said responding to a question. “We actually, essentially handle China relationship very, very bilaterally. We believe that’s frankly the best way of moving forward,” he added. “Our position on 5G for example is we don’t see 5G as a political problem. 5G for us is a telecom issue. And we will make whatever decisions we have to at the right time on the merits of that particular decision,” Jaishankar said. Also Read – Afghan Taliban frees 3 Indian hostages in exchange for 11 top militant leaders: Reports “When it comes to China, for me what’s important is I have this neighbour who’s my biggest neighbour, who’s now the second biggest economy in the world, with whom I have a long history, not always an easy history. But I would like to make sure that this relationship remains… stability for me is my bottom-line requirement,” he said. Noting that it’s a very complicated relationship, he said India has given an enormous amount of time and priority to ties with China. “Because we believe that it’s not just our own two countries, but really the larger region, even the world has vested interest, has stakes in that in broadening the stability and the substance of that relationship, he said. As a result, a lot of India’s attention actually goes into this, he said. How do you, I mean, as I said, the minimum manager it and ideally grow it where you can. And in recent years, we’ve seen some positive developments. We have seen trade numbers improve. We’ve seen sectors where we didn’t have market access, we have now started to get market access, he said. “We have seen by and large the borders being very stable. So, our ability to engage and converse with them on a range of issues has really been, it’s sort of, it’s freer, its franker. Those to my mind have been good signs for us, Jaishankar said. “We were of course aware that there is a larger global context in which all of this is happening, he noted.
Mumbai: Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray on Thursday filed his nomination from the Worli Assembly constituency in Mumbai for the October 21 elections. Flanked by father and Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and mother Rashmi, Aaditya submitted the nomination papers to the Returning Officer, becoming the first in his family to take the electoral plunge. This was preceded by a roadshow by Shiv Sena workers. Ahead of filing his nomination, 29-year-old Aaditya sought blessings from Shiv Sena founder and grandfather Bal Thackeray. An elated Uddhav Thackeray said he was confident of his son’s victory. “My father (Bal Thackeray) used to say that he won’t contest polls. I also say that I won’t contest elections. But this (Aaditya’s) is the new generation, which will take the state forward,” Uddhav said.
This festive season, the Capital will light up with more than just twinkling lights. That is because, Jaya Jaitly, President at Dastkari Haat Samiti has taken up the task to organise a unique exhibition and crafts bazaar to commemorate Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th birth anniversary.The week long bazaar started on October 1, at IGNCA, Janpath, New Delhi. The 8-day long event, which is an ode to the Mahatma – who revolutionalized the handloom and handicraft sector – will feature 90 artisans handpicked by the Samiti from remote parts of India including some hitherto unknown crafts persons who are largely unable to travel to Delhi, and others who have made a special effort to offer new items and designs in their art or craft forms. Also Read – The Puja carnivalSome of the works which will be showcased in the exhibition are bead work and gudia shilp from Jhabua, MP; wooden comb and paper machie bird, Ujjain, MP; thread jewellery from Uttaranchal; silver jewellery from Rajasthan, weaving, bandani and wood work from Gujarat; embroidery and block from Hardoi, UP; to name a few. A nurturer, supporter and innovator of handmade and handcrafted products and artisans Indian crafts, Gandhiji helped India’s economy and gave the craftspersons a platform to grow. This exhibition celebrates that movement. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraAt a time when fast fashion is at its peak, a show like this brings us back to swades and is unapologetic of its rejection of a lifestyle that is not sustainable. The highlight of the event includes a special tribute by the craftspersons to Mahatma Gandhi – where in 25 hand crafted images of him, each one made in a different textile craft styles such as handloom weaving, tie and dye work, shibori embroidery, batik, durry weaving, traditional art like godhna, gond, patachitra,among others combined with art are at display. Crafts like wood carving and inlay, bamboo work, glass work, to name a few are used to depict Mahatma Gandhi. This will be a unique exhibition at Twin Art Gallery. Replete with traditional skills and integral to our nation’s cultural fabric, the handicraft products will include home decor, hand painted divas, trinkets, textiles and other rich essentials perfect for the festive season. To add and support the environment and the plastic ban, special cloth bags are being made for goods. This crafts bazaar will offer you the perfect mood to enjoy the slight nip in the air and appreciate everything that is handmade and sustainable.
Kolkata: The economic slowdown has dimmed the lights of Bengal’s biggest festival this time, forcing Durga puja organizers to scale down celebrations due to shrinking sponsorship. Not just small-budget pujas, big-ticket ones have also curtailed their budget by nearly 15% to 30%, mostly compromising on marquee decoration, according to organisers. On an average, setting up a theme-based marquee for the five-day fiesta, replete with safety arrangements and basic amenities, costs anything between Rs 12 lakh and Rs 30 crore in Bengal. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “Owing to economic slowdown, we failed to achieve our target of Rs 65 lakh. We are running short of Rs 20 lakh. Most sponsors, this time, either declined to make a contribution or paid less than what they do,” Sudipto Kumar, an official of Deshapriya Park community Puja in south Kolkata, said. Corporate firms are not willing to spend on advertisements, he claimed. “Every year, huge advertisement hoardings and posters greet revelers outside the puja pandals, but this time, the numbers have shrunk considerably,” he added. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highway Echoing similar sentiments, Ekdalia Evergreen Club said several sponsors have gone back on their promise, citing the ailing economy. “Some sponsors, who had signed a contract with us, have also backed out. In 2008-2009 (during global recession), we had faced a similar situation,” club secretary Gautam Mukherjee said. Organizers have made several modifications this year, mostly cutting down on promotional activities. Kajal Sarkar, the president of Forum for Durgotsab, said sponsorship has fallen by 30-50 per cent. “Donations, subscriptions and retail advertisements cover about 30 per cent of the expenses, the rest is usually taken care of by corporate funding,” Sarkar said. The situation has gone worse for small-budget Durga pujas committees, with some of the organizers opting for a marquee without any distinct theme. “We had decided to adorn our pandal with glass structures, but lack of funds forced us to find an alternative in plaster of paris,” said Ashok Deb, an official of a Durga Puja committee in North 24 Parganas district. According to advertising agencies, weak consumer sentiment is also one of the reasons for lack of sponsorship. “Most advertisers in India try to leverage the festive season. In the current year, advertising spends across multiple sectors have taken a hit due to weak consumer sentiment. “Nevertheless, the government is taking active measures to tackle the scenario by providing relief in corporate tax rates,” Anand Bhadkamkar, the CEO of Dentsu Aegis Network India, stated. The Trinamool Congress (TMC) leadership, however, blamed its arch rival Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the economic slowdown in the country. It also slammed the BJP-led government at the Centre for allegedly issuing income tax notices to several Durga Puja committees here, contending that festivals should be exempt from levies. The Central Board of Direct Taxes had, however, denied sending any notice to the organizers, ahead of the puja. “Durga puja is usually organised with the help of subscriptions and sponsorships. But harassment by the I-T department and the economic slowdown have hit the celebration hard this year,” a senior TMC leader maintained. Denying the TMC allegation, a BJP leader said the crackdown on chit fund firms have left the state high and dry. “The TMC allegations are baseless and bereft of truth. Funds for Durga puja have dried up due to crackdown on chit funds companies,” he added.
Kolkata: Thousands of devotees visited Belur Math early Friday morning to see the Durga Puja.The state Transport department is running more buses and ferry services to carry the devotees. The Ramakrishna Math and Mission authorities have deputed volunteers so that the visitors can see the puja at peace. The highest footfall will be on Asthami on October 6 during the Kumari Puja at 9 am. The devotees can have prasad at Ma Sarada Sadabrata Bhavan at 12noon. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe Durga Puja has been live streamed in Youtube for the devotees who stay in different parts of the country and abroad. Many people come from different parts of India and abroad to see the Puja at Belur Math. The Puja is being held in other centres of RKM outside Bengal and India. The Doordarshan Kendra Kolkata will telecast the Puja between 6.10am and 8.30 am and 9 am and 9.30am on October 5. On October 6, the telecast will start at 5.40 am till 8.30 am. Kumar Puja will be telecast from 9 am to 10 am. On October 7, Mahanavami will be telecast from 5.40am to 8.30am. The immersion will take place on October 8. The Puja is being held strictly following the scriptures. Many NGOs are taking elderly persons to attend the Puja at Belur Math. The Durga Puja at Belur Math was started by Swami Vivekananda in 1901. Ma Sarada was present during the puja. Common people from the neighbouring villages come the math during the Puja days.