Pune: Popular Marathi actors Aniket Vishwasrao and Prarthana Behre had a narrow escape after their car rammed into a divider near Lonavla on the Mumbai-Pune expressway on Monday morning.The actors, along with Ms. Behre’s companion, were heading to Kolhapur to promote their upcoming film Maska when the driver of the vehicle, in a bid to avoid colliding into a parked tempo, hit a divider near the Lonavla exit.While Mr. Vishwasrao and the driver escaped unhurt, Ms. Behre, who was seated at the back, received injuries on her right hand while her companion suffered a concussion in the head, said medical sources. They were rushed to the Yash Hospital at Valvan (near Lonavla) where they are undergoing treatment.“The tempo suddenly appeared in our sights as our car turned on the bend. Unfortunately, in a bid to avoid it, our driver swerved and lost control. However, we had our seat belts on and the protective airbags deployed. So, all of us are safe,” said Mr. Vishwasrao, speaking after the mishap.The front of the vehicle — a black colour Toyota Fortuner — was badly mangled in the accident.
Lawyers from the Indian Association of People’s Lawyers have expressed their concern over the arrest of advocate Surendra Gadling from his house in Nagpur, alleging an attack on lawyers who are fighting cases of marginalised people.Mr. Gadling has been arrested in relation with the violence at Bhima Koregaon near Pune when Dalits congregated to celebrate the British victory over Peshwas with the help of Mahar soldiers.Addressing the media here on Thursday, IAPL vice-president Sudha Bharadwaj said that the sudden arrest was part of a pattern where “people’s lawyers” are being targeted, in violation of the widely-held norm that “being a lawyer of a political prisoner is not a crime”.A release by the IAPL said that this is part of a larger pattern: advocates Upendra Nayak of Odisha, Murugan of Tamil Nadu and Satyendra Chaubey of Chhattisgarh “have all been implicated in the cases of their own clients, which is absolutely unacceptable as per United Nations principles on the role of lawyers”.“In the morning of June 6, 2018, the Pune Police arrested senior advocate Surendra Gadling from his house in Nagpur at 6 a.m. The arrest has been made in connection with an FIR registered on January 8, 2018 at Vishrambaug PS in Pune. The FIR originally alleged inciting communal harmony at the Elgar Parishad program organised on December 31, 2018 to commemorate 200 years of the victory of Mahar soldiers over the Peshwa in the Bhima Koregaon battle,” the release said. “In March 2018, the case was converted into a criminal conspiracy. On April 17, 2018, though the FIR did not originally name advocate Gadling, the police raided his house and office and confiscated all possible CDs, hard disks, computer systems – including the family’s devices. Yesterday he and other intellectuals and activists were arrested in the same case, by adding several sections of the draconian Unlawful Activities Prevention Act (UAPA), which ensures long detention and difficulty in obtaining bail.”Apart from Mr. Gadling, head of the English department at Nagpur University Shoma Sen, Marathi poet Sudhir Dhavale, Rona Wilson of the Committee for the Release of Political Prisoners and anti-displacement activist Mahesh Raut have also been arrested.“The bias of the state is all the more obvious when the leaders of Hindutva organisations named in many complaints and FIRs as instigators of the Bhima Koregaon violence – Milind Ekbote and Sambhaji Bhide – whose anticipatory bail applications have been refused by even the Supreme Court, still roam free,” the release said.
Lionel Messi and Argentina finally got things going at the World Cup.Messi scored an exquisite 14th-minute goal to give the two-time champions the lead in a must-win game against Nigeria on Tuesday, but it wasn’t until Marcos Rojo’s 86th-minute strike that Argentina was assured of a place in the round of 16 with a 2-1 victory.Victor Moses scored from the penalty spot in the 51st minute for Nigeria, putting Argentina in danger of being eliminated without winning a match in Russia.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEIt took an unlikely goal by Rojo – a center back – to save Argentina with a cushioned volley into the corner.The win gave the Argentines second place in Group D and allowed the soccer-mad nation to forget about the 3-0 loss to Croatia last week that sparked days of soul-searching within the squad and back home.READ REPORTCroatia on the other hand ended Iceland’s chances at the World Cup and helped out Argentina at the same time.Ivan Perisic capitalized on a defensive error to score a 90th-minute winner Tuesday, giving Croatia a 2-1 win over Iceland and first place in Group D on Tuesday.READ REPORTIceland could have finished second in the group with a victory because Argentina beat Nigeria 2-1 at the same time.Instead, the Croats will face Denmark on Sunday in Nizhny Novgorod and Argentina will take on France on Saturday in Kazan.WORLD CUP DAY 13 – HIGHLIGHTSFrance and Denmark produced the World Cup’s first 0-0 draw at the 37th attempt amid boos and whistles from fans on Tuesday.advertisementThe slow-paced game was out of step with a vibrant tournament. But it advanced both teams to the round of 16 unbeaten, with the bonus of no players suspended and no serious injuries.READ REPORTThe draw would always have ensured that outcome, and became inevitable in the second half. Events elsewhere in Group C made this game all but irrelevant.Back at the World Cup for the first time since 1982, Peru isn’t leaving Russia empty handed.WORLD CUP 2018 – FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEThe Peruvians failed to score a goal in their opening two matches, but the team finally gave its fans a reason to celebrate when it ended Australia’s hopes of advancing to the knockout round with a 2-0 victory on Tuesday.READ REPORTThe Australians had to beat Peru and hope Denmark lost to France in the other Group C match, but neither result occurred. France and Denmark drew 0-0 in Moscow.Andre Carrillo’s 18th-minute goal – a half-volley from inside the area – was Peru’s first in a World Cup since its last appearance 36 years ago. Peru hadn’t won a World Cup match since defeating Iran in 1978. France-Denmark play first goalless draw of World Cup 2018As France took on Denmark, Didier Deschamps equalled Raymond Domenech’s record tally of 79 games as France manager.He named Presnel Kimpembe in the starting XI, as he became the fourth to make his first start with France in a World Cup match, after Franck Ribery (2006 vs Switzerland), Morgan Schneiderlin and Lucas Digne (2014 vs Ecuador).But after 90 minutes (and added time), France and Denmark produced the first 0-0 draw in this edition of the World Cup. The goal-less draw ended a record 37-game streak of not having a goalless draw. Peru win a World Cup match since 1978Andre Carillo’s opener (first since 1982) gave Peru the lead in a World Cup game for the first time since 1978, when they had lead against Iran. That match was also the last time they had managed a win (4-1) in the tournament, which is the fourth longest gap between victories in the competition.Paolo Guerrero, who scored the second goal, became the first No.9 to score for Peru at the World Cup and also at the age of 34y 176d became the third oldest South American player. Only Uruguay’s Obdulio Jacinto Varela (36y 279d) and Argentina’s Martin Palermo (36y 227d) are older.Tim Cahil also became the first Australian player to appear at four separate World Cups. Diego Maradona gets Argentine crowd going at World CupArgentina fans broke out into spontaneous chants of “Diego! Diego” when Diego Maradona was shown taking his seat at the St. Petersburg stadium before the Argentina’s World Cup match against Nigeria.The 57-year-old Maradona briefly danced with a woman in the stands as fans took photos of him. He was also seen displaying a banner of himself in the stands. As Messi gave Argentina the lead he was seen thanking the Gods.advertisementBut Maradona appeared to need assistance to walk as a man was seen helping Maradona stay on his feet as he was led away from his seat overlooking the pitch and into an adjacent room in the video posted by Fernando Schwartz, a well-known sports journalist in Mexico.A photograph also posted on Twitter appeared to show two medical staff attending to Maradona.The Argentine website of sports broadcaster ESPN said Maradona was taken to hospital but newspaper La Nacion said he was treated for low blood pressure in the stadium and was able to leave the stadium normally shortly afterwards. Messi reaches century as Argentina qualify with their oldest ever XIArgentina have won all four of the games they have played against Nigeria at the World Cup.Argenita named their oldest ever team for a World Cup game – with the average age being 30 years and 189 days. In goal was Franco Armani, aged 31, become the 17th different goalkeeper to start for Argentina in the World Cup. No country have had more goalkeepers.Lionel Messi scored with his 13th shot of the 2018 World Cup, after 662 minutes of football, with his last previous World Cup goal came against Nigeria as well in the last edition.His 14th minute goal from Messi was the 100th of this edition of the World Cup and also his 100th in a different stadium (including club and country).Other’s hwo have scored the 100th goal of a World Cup are Andres Iniesta (2010) and Neymar (2014).READ MOREMessi also became only the third Argentinian after Diego Maradona (1982, 1986, 1994), Gabriel Batistuta (1994, 1998, 2002)to have scored in score in three editions of the World Cup, in 2006, 2014 and 2018. The goal was Messi’s 6th World Cup goal, and also the first he has scored with his right foot.Marcos Rojo scored with Argentina’s only shot on target in the second half, which was only his third goals for his national team. He had scored in the 2015 Copa America, and both of his World Cup goals have now come against Nigeria. Iceland’s poor record against Croatia continuesBefore the start of the match, Iceland had beaten Croatia only on one occasion and after the game their record read 1 win, 1 draw, 5 losses.Mateo Kovacic became the first outfield player at the 2018 World Cup to play at least 80 minutes in a single game without misplacing a pass.Croatia have now won three consecutive World Cup games for the first time in their history. With the loss, Iceland also crashed out, meaning both the debutants in this edition went out in the group stage.(With inputs from AP)
zoomImage Courtesy: Conrad Industries US shipbuilder Conrad Industries has delivered the Clean Jacksonville, the first LNG bunker barge built in North America.The Clean Jacksonville, which was constructed at Conrad Orange Shipyard in Texas, conducted safe and successful gas trials in Port Fourchon, Louisiana.The vessel will enter service for TOTE Maritime Puerto Rico in the Port of Jacksonville, where it will bunker two Marlin Class containerships operating on LNG fuel between Jacksonville and San Juan, Puerto Rico.“It is the first LNG bunker barge built in North America. It is the first time the GTT membrane system has been installed in a non self-propelled barge in the U.S. It is the first time an LNG bunker mast of this type has been built. The list goes on,” Johnny Conrad, President and CEO of Conrad Industries, said.“The use of LNG as a maritime fuel results in tremendous environmental benefits – including air and water quality improvements – and this barge is the final critical component of our LNG program in Jacksonville,” Tim Nolan, President and CEO of TOTE, said.
France Télévisions has struck an agreement with producers that will enable it to exploit content exclusively on its own free and subscription digital packages.The deal will enable France Télévisions director-general Delphine Ernotte to make good her ambition to withdraw series financed by the pubcaster from Netflix and other third-party platforms ahead of the planned launch of Salto, the OTT joint venture between France Télévisions, TF1 and M6.Delphine ErnotteUnder its new deal with producers, the broadcaster will be able to distribute content it has ordered across linear TV, catch-up, video-on-demand and subscription video-on-demand, enabling it to decide on its own distribution strategy. Hitherto, producers retained the rights to sell content purchased by the pubcaster to third-party SVOD platforms.As a trade-off, producers have secured the concession that the period of linear broadcast exclusivity required by France Télévisions will be reduced from four years to three, or to 30 months for single-episode telefilms. The pubcaster has also agreed to up the quotient of its production guaranteed for independent producers from 75% to 82.5%, while also upping the quotient allocated for internal production from 12.5% to 17.5% and eliminating the 12.5% previously allocated on a flexible basis.Ernotte has for some time been proselytising the benefits of French broadcasters retaining exclusive rights to their own content in order to “protect French fiction”, citing the example of Disney deciding to retain its own US rights rather than license content to Netflix.France Télévisions, TF1 and M6 Group teamed up last June to announce their plan to launch joint national OTT TV platform Salto, with a promise that it would “actively participate” in the creation of French and European original content.