Selling of tickets for the T20 international cricket match between India and Sri Lanka scheduled to be held at the Barabati stadium in Odisha’s Cuttack on December 20 will begin from December 14.  Ticket prices are : Gallery No. 1 and 3Rs 600Gallery No. 2 and 4Rs 500Gallery No. 6 and 7Rs 400Special EnclosureRs 3,000New PavilionRs 5,000AC Box (Gallery No. 4)Rs 5,000Corporate BoxRs 8,000. While a total of 32,403 tickets will be printed, 22,041 of them will be available for public on December 16 & 17 at three counters of the stadium from 9 am to 5 pm. The rest 10,362 tickets will be available for Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) affiliated clubs and institutions on December 14 & 15 from 10 am to 6 pm at OCA conference hall. A maximum of two tickets will be provided to a single person. Gates will be opened for spectators from 3 pm and water bottles and pouches will not be allowed inside the stadium during the match. The Odisha Sun Times Bureau : 17th. Oct,17



Hours after dentist couple Nupur and Rajesh Talwar walked free from the Dasna jail, the latter’s brother, Dinesh Talwar said that his fight was to bring both Rajesh and Nupur out of jail and revealed that Rajesh wanted to fight till the end to clear his daughter’s name. “Rajesh wanted to fight till the end to clear Aarushi’s name. We all wanted to do so. Neither Aarushi, nor Hemraj was a bad person,” Dinesh Talwar, Rajesh Talwar’s brother said, while addressing media in a press conference. He requested media to understand the condition of Talwar couple and give them some time. Meanwhile, the jailor of Dasna jail told ANI that the Talwars have said that they will provide their services at the jail if allowed and the same has been requested by the police. Counsel for Nupur and Rajesh Talwar, Tanveer Ahmed earlier in the day said that the Allahabad High Court’s decision is a stamp on the innocence of the couple, adding they deserved this verdict. Nupur and Rajesh Talwar, the parents of 14-year-old Aarushi, who was found murdered nine years back in Noida, finally walked free today from the Dasna jail here after the prison authorities received the required court order. Rajesh Talwar’s brother Dinesh Talwar and their lawyers Manoj Sisodia and Tanveer Ahmed went to the Dasna Jail to receive them. This comes at least three days after the Allahabad High Court acquitted them of charges of their daughter’s murder, setting aside the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court’s earlier order, in connection with the double murder case that shook the nation in 2008. A high court bench, comprising of Justice B. K. Narayana and Justice A. K. Mishra, had reserved its verdict, in September, in the appeal filed by Aarushi’s parents, who were sentenced to life in the jail. The Talwars had been lodged in the Dasna jail since November 2013 in connection with the twin murders. According to reports, as per Section 437 (a) of the CrPC, the Talwars, even after their acquittal, will have to furnish a surety to ensure that they will be present in the court in case the state files an appeal in a higher court. A special CBI Judge, S. Lal, had earlier held Rajesh and Nupur Talwar guilty of conspiracy and murder of Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj. The order, however, failed to bring a closure to the case and the public opinion remained divided, even after years of the conviction. On May 16, 2008, Aarushi was found murdered inside her bedroom in the flat in Jal Vayu Vihar – her throat slit with surgical precision. It was initially suspected that house help Hemraj had killed Aarushi. However, the case took a shocking turn when Hemraj’s body was recovered two days later from the terrace of the same flat. The police then began to suspect the Talwars and said Rajesh had murdered the two after finding them in an “objectionable” position. The accusations enraged the Talwars and friends, who accused the police of framing the dentist couple in order to cover up a botched investigation. After widespread outrage, the case was transferred from the Uttar Pradesh Police to the CBI that exonerated the parents and suspected the Talwars’ assistant Krishna along with two domestic servants, Rajkumar Sharma and Vijay Mandal. In 2009, the CBI handed over the investigation to a new team, which recommended closing the case due to critical gaps in investigation. Based on circumstantial evidence, it named Rajesh as the sole suspect, but refused to charge him due to lack of evidence. Rajesh was first arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Police on May 23, 2008 after which he was lodged at the Dasna Jail and let off on July 11, 2008. Later in 2012, his wife Nupur surrendered before a Ghaziabad court before trial and was also sent to the Dasna Jail. ANI : 17th. Oct,17


United States President Donald Trump warned of a possible termination of the Iranian nuclear deal, but said he was happy that the tone of Iran’s leaders in response to his new policy had changed. “I thought the tone of the Iranian leaders was very modified. And I was happy to see that. But I don’t know if that means anything,” Trump said at his Cabinet meeting at the White House. This was his first public comment after he announced his new Iran policy last week, wherein he said he will not give certification that Tehran is complying under the Iranian nuclear deal. In his opening remarks to his Cabinet, which among others was attended by Indian American Nikki Haley, the US’ Permanent Representative to the UN, Trump said Iranians leaders are great negotiators. “They negotiated a phenomenal deal for themselves, but a horrible deal for the United States. And we’ll see what happens,” he said. The president noted that a lot of people agree with him. “I feel strongly about what I did,” he said in reference to his policy announcement on the Iranian nuclear deal.  “I’m tired of being taken advantage of as a nation. This nation has been taken advantage of for many years, many decades. Frankly, I’m tired of watching it. But the Iran deal was something that had to be done,” he asserted, adding that he will see what happens next. “It might be very positive. Might be a total termination. It’s a very real possibility. Some would say that’s a greater possibility. But you also have to be very positive. We’ll see what happens,” Trump said. : 17th. Oct,17


United States President Donald Trump on Monday said he hoped his “crooked” political arch rival Hillary Clinton would run for the 2020 presidential elections.  He  asked former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to run against him in the 2020 presidential elections. Clinton in recent months has been attributing external factors for her defeat, whereas Trump claims that she was a weak candidate.”I hope Hillary runs. Is she going to run? I hope. Hillary, please run again. Go ahead,” Trump told reporters at an impromptu news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House. Trump said there a number of reasons for the defeat of Clinton in the presidential elections.”There are a lot of reasons she didn’t win, including the fact that she was not good at what she did,” Trump said. He also slammed Clinton for defending NFL players who kneel during national anthem. “I think that her statement, in itself, is very disrespectful to our country,” he said. “It is very disrespectful to our country when they take a knee during the national anthem, number one. Number two, the people of our country are very angry at the NFL. All you have to do is look at their ratings and look at their stadiums. You see empty seats where you never saw them before. A lot of people are very angry at it,” he said. “It is highly disrespectful, they shouldn’t do it, Trump said in response to a question. Trump also said that Clinton blaming Russia for her defeat is an excuse. “The whole Russian thing was an excuse for the Democrats losing the election, and it turns out to be just one excuse. I mean, today, Hillary blamed Nigel Farage. That one came out of nowhere,” he charged. The Democrats, he argued, have a big advantage in the electoral college and they should never lose an election.”They should always be able to win in the Electoral College, but they were unable to do it. So there has been absolutely no collusion. It’s been stated that they have no collusion. They ought to get to the end of it, because I think the American public is sick of it,” Trump said. : 17th. Oct,17


Accusing the West Bengal government of being irresponsible and indifferent in tackling the cases of atrocities against the backward classes in the state, the National Commission for Scheduled Castes on Monday said the state is in the second position in the country in terms of crime committed against them, with only Kerala being ahead of them. “The West Bengal government displays apathy in the cases of attacks on the Scheduled Castes. They are not serious in this matter. In terms of crimes against the backward classes, West Bengal is in second position. Kerala is at the top while Haryana can be considered third,” Ram Shankar Katheria, Chairman of the commission said here after meeting state officials.  The Commission also alleged that the state police does not lodge FIRs in the cases of attacks and crimes against the backward classes and said they have asked for a report from the state government, within 15 days, on these lapses. The panel would send a report to the President within a month after receiving the state’s report and also send a letter to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to make her aware of the situation here. “The state police do not take FIRs in the incidents of murder, rape, torture and other forms of atrocities against the Scheduled Castes. As a result nearly 50-60 victims every year have to approach the Magistrate concerned to lodge the FIR under section 156 (3) of the CrPC,” Katheria said. “The state administration is also irresponsible in taking the necessary action against the accused in cases of atrocities against the Scheduled Castes after the FIR is lodged.. Also police often refrain from implementing the relevant sections under the SC/ST act against the accused and avoid the serious sections,” he alleged. Katheria said that in several cases, the SC/ST families of murder or rape victims in the state, did not get the allotted compensation in case of a rape or murder even after more than a year, though according to the SC/ST Act, the compensation should reach them within a week. Coming down heavily on the state government for not giving the accurate information in their yearly report, he said it is shocking that a state government is trying to misguide a constitutionally-approved commission. “The backward classes welfare development report given by the Bengal government is providing false information. The murder and rape index in the state is being shown as zero in all the years while three members of a Scheduled Caste family were murdered in 2015. All the reports by the state are wrong,” he alleged. “It is shocking that the state government is providing wrong information to the commission that is constitutionally approved. It is good that the victims came to meet us,”he said. Claiming Maharastha and Gujrat are far ahead in terms of developmental schemes for backward classes, Katheria said the Scheduled Castes here are not getting the benefits of Central Government’s developmental initiatives as much as they should. IANS : 16th. Oct,17


The marriage of a young widow was solemnised in presence of around 500 widows at the historic 400-year-old Gopinath temple here on Monday evening. The event was sponsored by Sulabh International, an NGO working for sanitation and widows. Bride Vinita Devi was a widow from Uttarakhand who lost her husband in the 2013 Kedarnath flash floods, and bridegroom Rakesh is from the temple town of Vrindavan.  Vinita Devi (23) is a mother of two and was trapped at her in-laws house in Devlidhani village in Rudraprayag district for two months after the natural disaster. She later left for her native village Kamodi in the same district to take care of her ailing mother but could not make the ends meet. “Her marriage before the community is not just an act of courage but a learning that women’s life does not end if she is left alone due to some reason,” Bindeshwar Pathak, founder of Sulabh International, told IANS. Over 500 widows from different ashrams in Vrindavan attended the marriage as part of Diwali celebrations. Sulabh has taken the initiative for the welfare of widows after the Supreme Court’s intervention a few years ago. Every widow is given Rs 2,000 per month by the NGO which takes care of their health and other needs and takes measures. The NGO has provided the government-run shelters in Vrindavan five well-equipped ambulances for providing timely and adequate medical assistance to those living there. IANS : 16th. Oct,17


With the grant of ‘Institute of National Importance’ status, the Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI) can now award degrees to its students, the government announced on Monday. “The government commitment to resolve the degree issue has culminated in the grant of the said status to FDDI. The FDDI now has the autonomy to design its courses as per the requirement of industry and award its own degree to the students,” Minister of State for Commerce C.R. Chaudhary told reporters.  “With this, the government has ensured upgradation of FDDI to a position of eminence so as to enable the institute to effectively serve the sector,” he added. The provisions of the FDDI Act, 2017, passed by Parliament in July, came into force with their notification on Monday. “The FDDI can now independently develop and conduct courses leading to graduate and postgraduate degrees, doctoral and post-doctoral courses and research in the areas of footwear and leather products design and development and allied fields,” he added. The institute is currently imparting skill-based graduate and postgraduate courses in footwear, leather goods, retail and management to around 2,500 students in eight campuses across India. The FDDI will now be able to enroll around 2,500 more students in the coming academic session across 12 campuses, of which four new ones at Patna, Hyderabad, Ankleshwar, and Banur will become functional from the next session, Chaudhary said. He said the government is givng special attention to the footwear sector as it employs over 4.4 million people, he added. IANS : 16th. Oct,17