India Shoot Blanks

India shoot blanks
 

Beijing Aug. 9: India’s Olympic campaign on Saturday began on a dismal note as the shooting trio of Anjali Bhagwat, Avneet Kaur Sidhu and Samresh Jung, considered the country’s best bets for a medal, fell by the wayside in the qualifying rounds here. India’s hopes in judo also evaporated with Tombi Khumujam Devi’s campaign lasting only two-and-a-half minutes. Anjali’s experience and Avneet’s verve were not enough to take them to the business end of the 10m air-rifle event. They finished 29th and 39th respectively. Samresh could not replicate his 2006 Commonwealth Games performance, which had earned him the moniker “Goldfinger”, and finished 42nd in the air-pistol event. The first medal event (10m air-rifle) of the Beijing Olympics saw Czech Katerina Emmons winning the gold while Russian Lioubov Galkina settled for the silver. The bronze went to Snjezana Pejcic. “I was going well but had some problem with my body movement. I sort of stabilised but that cost me some time and I was under pressure subsequently,” a dejected Anjali said. “I could not have shot faster in the first two series, that would have hampered my rhythm. But at the same time I had to speed up. I did not expect a miracle, but anyway, it’s water under the bridge now,” Anjali added. Avneet said, “Once I shot a nine in the third series, it really unnerved me. Suddenly I realised I could not afford to make any more mistakes and that affected my subsequent performance. I think I lacked that mental strength.”

Maya names a secret successor
 

Lucknow Aug. 9: UP chief minister and BSP president Mayawati on Saturday announced she had a political successor, but stopped short of disclosing his name. In an emotional speech, she said she may be eliminated or jailed before the Lok Sabha elections and asked her supporters to pledge that they would fully back her successor and follow him in avenging the wrongs done to her.

“My successor will be from the dalit community – Chamar community to be specific. He is about 18 years younger than I am and is a garib ka beta. He is not a member of my family but I have been grooming him to take over from me. I will not disclose his name or state in my lifetime because my rivals will then start pulling him down. I have given a hand-written note with his name to two of my trusted political lieutenants and this will be revealed by them at the appropriate time,” she told in Lucknow rally on Saturday.

Ms Mayawati said that after the developments during the trust vote, she had reached an enviable position and was a prime ministerial candidate, a fact the Congress and BJP could not digest. ῠ”The BSP has benefited the maximum from the nuclear deal issue and we have reached a position in six-seven days which, otherwise, would have taken six-seven years. The Congress and BJP are casteist and cannot tolerate a dalit reaching the top. They have become even more aggressive.

They want to jail me, but if the Supreme Court rules in my favour, or keeps the case pending, the Congress and BJP may even use their links in terrorist and Naxal outfits to eliminate me. The state guest house incident of June 2, 1995 is an example of the extent my political rivals can go to,” she claimed.ῠ She asked her supporters not to be disheartened if some untoward incident took place but to avenge the wrong done to her with all their might.

Who could her successor be? New delhi Aug. 9: There is intense speculation about the identity of Ms Mayawati’s “successor”. Going by Ms Mayawati, he should be in his mid-thirties, and it is this that has puzzled senior party leaders. By pointing out he is not immediate family, she has ruled out her brother, Mr Anand Kumar. Party leaders, however, appear confident that it will be either BSP MP Gandhi Azad, or Vir Singh, another senior BSP leader, who could succeed her as UP chief minister.ῠ The other name doing the rounds is that of Mr Raja Ram, BSP chief coordinator at the national level and in charge of Madhya Pradesh. He is from Azamgarh and is a first-time MLC.

 
Karat tries to cling on
 

New delhi Aug. 9: Desperate to make its presence felt in northern India, CPI(M) general secretary Prakash Karat intends to hold joint rallies with BSP supremo Mayawati. However, Mr Karat’s move to put together a united UNPA with Ms Mayawati in the lead got its first major jolt when Ms Mayawati refused to give any seat to the Ajit Singh-led Rashtriya Lok Dal. She has as yet given no indication of inducting RLD MLAs into her UP ministry.

ῠThe RLD chief, who virtually ditched the UPA to join hands with the BSP just before the July 22 trust vote, was apparently “shocked” at the outcome of the BSP-RLD talks, sources disclosed.ῠ Meanwhile, in a complete deviation from the Marxist ideology of abstaining from caste-based politics, a CPI(M) functionary said, “We have realised the importance of the backward vote bank, which had eluded us despite our pro-worker ideology.”ῠ It was learnt that the Left parties, felt they could get more seats in states like Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat and Delhi, among others, if they clung to Ms Mayawati.

 
Another live bomb found in Surat
 

Surat, Aug. 9: A live bomb was found on Saturday near Amroli Bridge in Katargam area of Surat, taking the total number of explosive devices found from the city to 25 in the last fortnight. “We have found a bomb from Katargam area. It is similar to the ones that were found earlier. We have defused it,” deputy commissioner of police V. Chandrasekhar said. “The bomb squad opened the packet and defused it,” he said.ῠ The bomb was found outside Lord Hanuman Temple which devotees throng on Saturday.ῠ As many as 24 bombs were found in and around Varacha area of the city in last fortnight.

 
I serve the people, says CM
 

Chennai Aug. 9: Chief minister M. Karunanidhi defended his attending film industry functions, saying that he had also been devoting his attention to serving the people. Reacting to friend-turned-foe Dr. S. Ramadoss, founder of the PMK, who had accused him of wasting time watching movies and participating in Kollywood functions, a furious Karunanidhi asked, “Is it a sin to attend film functions?” Listing the various government functions he had attended over the last couple of years, he wrote in the DMK’s mouthpiece, Murasoli, “Dr. Ramadoss himself had invited me to view the film in which heῠ had acted in a few scenes.” Was it a waste of time watching the movie, he asked.

Mr. Karunanidhi, who has written quite a few film scripts, has emerged as the most favourite chief minister of film stars and producers.ῠ Pointing out that film producers wanted his stories, some written twenty years ago, he said all the money he got from the film world had been donated for welfare schemes. Mr. Karunanidhi said he had donated Rs.21 lakh, which he got for two of his stories made into films, for tsunami relief work in 2004.

“Even now, I had donated Rs.25 lakh, the fee I got for my recent film “Uliyin Osai”, for the welfare of indigent artistes,” he said. Uliyin Osai, the latest film scripted by him, is limping in a few theatres across the state. Rejecting opposition criticism that he was attending film industry functions instead of finishing his official work, he said, “I had visited the southern districts two days back to attend government functions like inauguration of Tuticorin Municipal Corporation.’

 
Even Jesus may have played cricket
 

Melbourne, Aug. 9: Jesus may have played cricket as a child, says an ancient Armenian manuscript, which suggests that the game is much more older than previously believed. Long before the English launched cricket some 300 years ago, similar games were being played as early as the 8th century in the Punjab region, Derek Birley writes in his Social History of English Cricket.

But an Armenian scholar says there is good reason to believe that similar games were played in West Asia long before that time. Dr Abraham Terian, recently a visiting professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as Fulbright Distinguished Chair in the Humanities, points to a rare manuscript as his source. Dr Terian notes that in the Armenian Gospel of the Infancy, translated into Armenian in the 6th century AD from a much older lost Syriac original, a passage tells of Jesus playing what may well be the precursor of cricket, with a club and ball.

Dr Terian discovered the manuscript more than a decade ago at the Saint James Armenian Monastery in Jerusalem’s Old City. OUP has published his English translation of the book. He says he has now identified the same passage in a couple of other manuscripts of the same gospel of which some 40 copies exist in various archival collections in Europe and West Asia, including the oldest copy now in Yerevan, the capital of the Armenian Republic.

The latter manuscript is dated 1239 AD, whereas the undated Jerusalem manuscript is considerably later. Quoting from his Armenian source, Dr Terian says the gospel relates how Jesus, at the age of nine, had been apprenticed to a master dyer named Israel in Tiberias, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. “Jesus is instructed to watch Israel’s house and not leave the place while the master goes away on a tour to collect clothes to be dyed. But no sooner has Israel left the house, than Jesus runs out with the boys,” the Daily Telegraph quoted Dr Terian as saying.

“The most amazing part of the story of the nine-year-old Jesus playing a form of cricket with the boys on the sea shore is that he would go on playing the game on water, over the sea waves,” he said. He gives the following translation: “He (Jesus) would take the boys to the seashore and, carrying the playing ball and the club, he would go over the waves of the sea as though he was playing on a frozen surface, hitting the playing ball.”

 
Even Jesus may have played cricket
 

Melbourne, Aug. 9: Jesus may have played cricket as a child, says an ancient Armenian manuscript, which suggests that the game is much more older than previously believed. Long before the English launched cricket some 300 years ago, similar games were being played as early as the 8th century in the Punjab region, Derek Birley writes in his Social History of English Cricket.

But an Armenian scholar says there is good reason to believe that similar games were played in West Asia long before that time. Dr Abraham Terian, recently a visiting professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as Fulbright Distinguished Chair in the Humanities, points to a rare manuscript as his source. Dr Terian notes that in the Armenian Gospel of the Infancy, translated into Armenian in the 6th century AD from a much older lost Syriac original, a passage tells of Jesus playing what may well be the precursor of cricket, with a club and ball.

Dr Terian discovered the manuscript more than a decade ago at the Saint James Armenian Monastery in Jerusalem’s Old City. OUP has published his English translation of the book. He says he has now identified the same passage in a couple of other manuscripts of the same gospel of which some 40 copies exist in various archival collections in Europe and West Asia, including the oldest copy now in Yerevan, the capital of the Armenian Republic.

The latter manuscript is dated 1239 AD, whereas the undated Jerusalem manuscript is considerably later. Quoting from his Armenian source, Dr Terian says the gospel relates how Jesus, at the age of nine, had been apprenticed to a master dyer named Israel in Tiberias, on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. “Jesus is instructed to watch Israel’s house and not leave the place while the master goes away on a tour to collect clothes to be dyed. But no sooner has Israel left the house, than Jesus runs out with the boys,” the Daily Telegraph quoted Dr Terian as saying.

“The most amazing part of the story of the nine-year-old Jesus playing a form of cricket with the boys on the sea shore is that he would go on playing the game on water, over the sea waves,” he said. He gives the following translation: “He (Jesus) would take the boys to the seashore and, carrying the playing ball and the club, he would go over the waves of the sea as though he was playing on a frozen surface, hitting the playing ball.” ῠ

 

Deccan Chronicle

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