Who is Bimal Gurung?

first_imgAn unprecedented 45-day shutdown in the Darjeeling hills, with no end in sight, has put the spotlight back on Bimal Gurung, leader of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), which announced a fresh agitation for a state of Gorkhaland on June 15. It was almost 10 years ago, in October 2007, when Mr. Gurung pulled the rug from under the feet of his mentor Subhash Ghisingh, president of the Gorkha National Liberation Front (GNLF), and marked the beginning of a new era in the politics of the Darjeeling hills by setting up the GJM, which raised the pitch for Gorkhaland afresh. Now, the 53-year-old stares at political uncertainty over the demand.Why the shift from tea?Born to tea garden workers, Mr. Gurung had to do menial jobs while growing up to help the family. He has said his “life took a dramatic turn when the GNLF launched an armed struggle for a Gorkha homeland in 1986.” He was 22 and became a member of the Gorkha Volunteers’ Cell.In 1988, he left the volunteers’ cell after the GNLF signed an accord with the Centre and West Bengal, leading to the formation of the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC). In 1992, Mr. Gurung floated an organisation for unemployed youths from the hills. Seven years later, he was back with the GNLF after winning the elections as an Independent candidate from the Tukvar constituency. A sports enthusiast, he was entrusted with the Sports and Youth Affairs department in the autonomous hill body, which he administered well, and became popular among youngsters.How did he fall out with GNLF?In 2007, when the Centre and the State government were toying with the idea of including the Darjeeling hills in the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution and giving the tribal-dominated area special administrative powers, Mr. Gurung seized the opportunity and launched a massive resistance in the hills.In February 2008, Ghisingh had to face arguably the greatest humiliation in his political career when he was not allowed to return to the hills after a visit to Delhi, as GJM supporters laid siege to all the entry points of the hills. Since then, Mr. Gurung has been the most prominent political leader in the hills, with the GJM overshadowing all other parties.Why did he agree to GTA?After the Trinamool Congress came to power in 2011, ending 34 years of Left Front rule, Mr. Gurung used the chance to enter into a truce with the government by signing the Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA) agreement for setting up a second regional autonomous body in the hills. Mr. Gurung became the chief executive of the GTA and held the portfolio of 23 departments. With the help of his confidants, he ran the GTA and ruled the hills for the next six years. His wife Asha Gurung, also a GTA member, looked after the women’s wing of the GJM. But the relationship with the Trinamool was uneasy, and less than a month before the term of the GTA was to expire, the hills plunged into uncertainty again. Protests erupted after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced that Bengali would be compulsory for all students. She later clarified that it would be optional in the hills, but the damage had been done, and the situation reached a point of no return when the police raided the residence-cum-party office of Mr. Gurung at Pateleybas on June 15.What is the road ahead?As passions run high among the people over the demand for creation of Gorkhaland, pressure is mounting on Mr. Gurung.Though a Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee (GMCC), with representatives of all major political parties, has been set up to take the movement forward, there are rumblings within the GMCC that protests must be directed at the BJP-led government at the Centre with whom the GJM had entered into an electoral understanding in 2007 and for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.The murder of All-India Gorkha League leader Madan Tamang in May 2010 has also come back to haunt Mr. Gurung and other leaders of his party. There is still no news of tripartite talks with the Centre and the State that could help all stakeholders end the stalemate. In such testing times, it remains to be seen how Mr. Gurung finds a way out of the predicament.He would not want to end up like Ghisingh, kept out of the hills.last_img read more

The Real Idiot

first_imgThe highly anticipated movie, 3 Idiots, produced by Vidhu Vinod Chopra and directed by Raju Hirani, which was released on Dec. 25, grossed a whopping $70 million within 18 days of its release, catapulting it as “the highest grossing Bollywood movie of all time.”But not everyone involved with the movie is celebrating. The movie is based on Five Point Someone (popularly called FPS), the bestselling debut novel by Chetan Bhagat. Within days of the movie’s release, Bhagat accused the makers of 3 Idiots of failing to give him due credit for the story. “They added a story credit right upfront, without my name, thus negating my contribution. My name was buried in the rolling credits at the end of the movie, after the junior artists and still photographer, and zoomed away fast. My own mother missed seeing my name after the film.”  Investment banker Chetan Bhagat poses with his novel One Night @ The Call Center in Hong Kong in 2005From his blog post, it appears that what irked Bhagat most was the fact that pre-release, the makers of 3 Idiots issued press statements that the movie is “very loosely,” or “only 2%-5% based” on FPS. He says, “When I saw the movie I felt that the movie was 70% of the book, and so I should have been given a prominent credit upfront, which didn’t happen. Also, when they started doing media promotions, they kept me completely out of it (you will never find me in an interview with them). And crores was poured into publicity on shutting me out and cementing the fact that 3 Idiots was not based on FPS.”In his defense, Hirani said, “Yes, the movie is inspired by the book. But while adapting it to the silver screen, we realized that we would have to change it a lot; the book is very anecdotal, but a movie has to have a plot. But he has signed a contract, giving us the rights to modify or change the story. The contract also clearly states that credit shall be given to him in the rolling credits, which was duly done. And we haven’t changed the font or increased the speed as Chetan claims.” At a press conference following the controversy, Chopra clarified that “we have paid him the entire amount (Rs. 1 lakh upfront and Rs. 10 lakhs as bonus after the movie was made) that we were supposed to as per the contract. So I don’t understand why Chetan is creating this controversy. This is all being done with a bad intention. I don’t want to see his face ever again.” Chopra lost his cool at the press conference and asked a reporter to shut up after being questioned whether was lifted from FPS. He later apologized for his outburst : “I really think I’m silly. I was provoked, but I shouldn’t have done this. I saw myself on TV and saw how I was shouting ‘shut up, shut up’ like an animal. I told myself — ‘what nonsensical behavior’.” So is 3 Idiots 2%-5% based on FPS like the makers of the movie claim, or 70% like Bhagat and his fans feel? Here is my take.The major similarities between the book and the movie are: 1. Both, the book and the movie, are about three friends at a premier engineering institute, who bond over ragging, and don’t quite like the way that they’re being taught. But there are many more similarities. One of them, rather extraordinarily, defies the seniors, and generally turns out to be much “cooler” than the other two, the second is terrified by the pressure of college, and the third is from a family that’s struggling financially, which leads him into taking some pretty “extreme steps.” Their shared disaffection results in disciplinary problems that are pretty much unchanged between the book and the movie, and those problems aren’t resolved differently either.2. One of the three friends starts seeing the daughter of a quirky professor, and there’s a major plot point — the biggest twist in the book and the second biggest in the movie — that has to do with the professor’s family. That bit is a direct lift, but it is a lot more “filmi” in the movie.3. The book and movie have 8-10 identical scenes, including some identical one-liners. 4.   The book and the movie have many similar things to say about India’s educational system, about controlling parents, about stifled creativity, and they say them in the same way, using Bhagat’s language.The major difference between the book and the movie are:1. The movie doesn’t stop at graduation; it follows the three friends into their post-college-education life, which is where it gets to its biggest twist.2. The “cool” character in the book is played in the movie by Aamir Khan, though the character is over six feet tall in the book. And in the movie, unlike in the book, he isn’t prone to sulks, and his distaste for the teaching methods doesn’t affect his ability to perform in exams, in which he in fact excels. In the movie he also makes certain “cool” things, which become central to the plot. Also, he is the one who has a love affair with the professor’s daughter.3.  The movie contains a lot of “original” humor, which is the trademark of Hirani’s films. His humor first made the audience ROTFL, short for “rolling on the floor laughing,” in Munnabhai MBBS, then in Lage Raho Munnabhai, and now in 3 Idiots to an even greater degree. The most notable of the humorous scenes is “the speech” delivered by Chatur Ramalingam, the Hindi-challenged character, superbly portrayed by the relatively unknown Omi Vaidya, a Los Angeles based actor.4. The movie leaves the viewers feeling very “good” and “positive.” It almost makes you want to be a better person, which is something that the book doesn’t do at all.So to be fair, I would say that the movie is about 30% like the book. But I would add that that is not just about how many scenes are identical between the book and the movie. Even if the movie was 70% of the book, as Bhagat feels, if the impact of the other 30% is bigger, then it would be fair to say that the movie is “quite different” compared to the book, which is what the makers of 3 Idiots seem to be saying, and I am totally with them on that.  Whatever changes Hirani made to the book’s story, combined with his humor and the presence of stars like Aamir Khan, Sharman Joshi, Kareena Kapoor, Boman Irani, and Omi Vaidya has transformed FPS into something magical. Bhagat is wrong to assume that 3 Idiots has achieved its phenomenal success because it is based on FPS. Let me remind Bhagat that his book One Night @ The Call Centre was also adapted to the silver screen and its box office collections after three weeks were just over $800,000, which is a tiny fraction of what 3 Idiots has made in the same period.That being said, I don’t see why the makers couldn’t have given Bhagat more credit and included him in the movie’s media promotions. His presence wouldn’t have hurt the success of the film; on the contrary, it would have only added to it. Perhaps Bhagat rubbed them the wrong way. Or maybe they have some other considerations for distancing themselves from him and FPS. We have no way of knowing and perhaps that is what makes Bhagat “sad and depressed.” But I suspect that the real reason he is ticked off has got something to do with the fact that he made only $22,000 of the $70 million the movie has pulled. But then again, if he had known that 3 Idiots was going to break all box office records, he would have structured his contract differently, especially given his knowledge of banking and finance as an investment banker. But he didn’t, and all he can do now, besides kicking himself on his rear end, is stir up a controversy over credit placement and the percentage of similarities between the book and the movie in the hope that it will help sell another million copies of FPS.Now, who is the real idiot here?  Related Itemslast_img read more

Jasprit Bumrah has an injury-prone action: Aaqib Javed

first_imgFormer Pakistan fast bowler and current United Arab Emirates coach Aaqib Javed feels that Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah will “find it difficult” to sustain for long without injury in international cricket with his unusual action.”Bumrah’s action is his main problem. During loading, this kind of action puts enormous strain on the back. This is an injury-prone action. With this kind of action, I don’t see him playing 10 years of injury-free international cricket. I may be wrong as I am not an astrologer but that’s how I feel,” Aaqib told PTI during an interview ahead of UAE’s match against India.Aaqib, who played a lot of cricket with Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis, also feels that Bangladeshi youngsters Taskin Ahmed and Mustafizur Rahaman are “more talented than Bumrah”.”Mustafizur and Taskin are both 20-year-olds and look at their quality. Taskin regularly hits 145 kmph mark and Mustafiz has such amazing variations. Bumrah at best is a fast medium bowler and team expects him to get a wicket or two and hurl a few in the blockhole at the death. Now that will make him a good Twenty20 bowler but beyond that I don’t know,” Aaqib said. (World T20: India will be unstoppable if Rohit, Kohli fire, says Sehwag)  The 43-year-old Aaqib is also surprised that the likes of Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Varun Aaron are out because of either inconsistency or injuries.”India for the first time in their history produced four genuine fast bowlers in Umesh, Aaron, Ishant and Shami. Now where are they? Injury management has always been an issue with bowlers from these parts. Breakdown happens due to lifestyle, wrong training. (MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli smash records as India enter Asia Cup final)advertisement”But when I hear that Umesh is inconsistent, I get baffled. I mean if someone has genuine ability to bowl quick, how much time it takes to correct the line and length? At the most 3-6 months. Not a day more than that if you are sincere and attentive. If anyone tells me that Umesh, if told to land on a particular spot can’t do after being told repeatedly, then I think there is some problem with either his intent or his coach’s ability to make him understand,” Aaqib said in a frank assessment.Aaqib even termed 37-year-old Ashish Nehra as a short term solution to India’s fast bowling problems.”The best part about T20 cricket is that you can play this format for a long time even if you have aged. What do you need to do in a T20? Just bowl 24 deliveries and field for 16 overs. You don’t need any extra-ordinary fitness for playing T20. Ashish has experience and that’s helping him. But I believe, he will struggle even in 50 overs leave aside five-day cricket,” he said.last_img read more

SINGAPORE-2NDLD LEE 2 LAST

first_imgLee was scheduled to meet Indonesian President JokoLee was scheduled to meet Indonesian President Joko Widodo for a leaders retreat in Semarang, Central Java this week. Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean will cover the duties of Lee in his absence, the PMO said.”PM was feeling unsteady because of prolonged standing, heat and dehydration. His heart is fine and he did not have a stroke,” the PMO said in a statement earlier.In a vasovagal episode, individuals may experience light-headedness, blurred vision and break out in a cold, clammy sweat, before briefly losing consciousness.”When we rushed up on stage, we found PM Lee fully conscious but having classic symptoms and signs – sweatiness, low heart rate and low blood pressure,” Balakrishnan said.”The initial light headedness resolved within minutes, and I knew he just wanted to get back on stage to complete his speech. Whilst the initial tests were being done, he was busy re-editing his speech!” he added.President Tony Tan Keng Yam posted on Facebook after speaking to Lee.”Spoke with PM this afternoon, after his brief fainting spell last evening during his National Day Rally speech. PM was his usual jovial self,” he wrote.He added that Lee had a busy schedule recently, and that the preparation for the National Day Rally “took a toll on him”. “On behalf of all Singaporeans, I wish PM well.”Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak also tweeted: “Heard that youre not feeling well. I hope youre all right. Get well soon.”advertisementLee replied later: “Thanks for your good wishes. My doctors tell me I should be OK.”After Lee finished his speech, he headed to SGH for more tests before calling it a night at around 1.30 am, Balakrishnan said.”Let us all count our blessings, and continue to do our best. There is still so much more to be done. Hope PM got a good nights rest. He deserves it!”During the break in proceedings, Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam said Lee has had a grueling schedule recently, and was “just feeling faint” after standing for a prolonged period of time. “I wouldnt worry too much. This was a little blip.” PTI GS SAIlast_img read more

Soccer Manager Fernando Santos About his Love for Greece

first_imgATHENS – (By Michalis Psilos – ANA) When I was invited to an official dinner hosted by the Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa to his Greek counterpart Prokopis Pavlopoulos at the presidential mansion of Lisbon, I could not imagine that I would have the honor to sit next to the world leading coach for 2016, Fernando Santos.Fernando Santos, former coach of the Greek national team, as well as AEK, PAOK and Panathinaikos teams and current coach of Portugal’s national team, opened his “Greek” heart to the Athens Macedonian News Agency and spoke among others about his love for Greece.“I really love Greece. I do not pretend that I am Greek. I am Portuguese with a Greek heart,” he stated and added: “I love Greece as my second home. I have a lot of friends there. My wife loves Greece and one day I will come back.”Santos admitted that when he took the job, he believed that it would last for two days. He has been already been fired three time in Greece. But then he realised that things were different in the national team. The players believed in him. His role was to persuade them that hard work was required.The former coach of the national team stressed the importance of the football infrastructure. “Greece lacks modern stadiums, but also the proper professionalism. Players, officials … Nowadays a key factor in modern football is the combination with science. This is very important. This is how players will better perform. This is the key,” he underlined.He also spoke highly of Portugal’s national team and the players that worth tens of millions, such as Christiano Ronaldo. “He is a perfect professional player but also an excellent person. He helps a lot of people secretly. And let’s not forget that he is only 32 years old who is daily faced with great challenges.”In the end of the discussion, Santos sent his love to Greece and promised to come back.TweetPinShare88 Shareslast_img read more

Fans, media slam biggest disgrace in German World Cup history

first_imgGermany were hit with the ‘Curse of the Champions’ as they crashed out of the group stages of the 2018 FIFA World Cup after humiliating 0-2 loss at the hands of South Korea in their last Group F match.It was the first time Germany has been eliminated in the first round since 1938. Besides Germany this year, France in 2002, Italy in 2010 and Spain in 2014 were the previous defending champions to get eliminated in the group stage.German fans responded with shock and dismay after the national team suffered their first elimination in the first round of the World Cup for 80 years.MATCH HIGHLIGHTS | REPORTTop selling daily Bild splashed “OUT!” across its website after the defending champions’ 2-0 defeat by South Korea, calling it a nightmare but adding “We didn’t deserve any better”.”The biggest disgrace in German World Cup History. The 0:2 loss is the embarrassing end to a catastrophic group phase,” it wrote on its website.Fans in tears and shock after Germany eliminated from #WorldCup#KORGER pic.twitter.com/NFRo3hTb0J Ruptly (@Ruptly) June 27, 2018In West Berlin, along the swanky shopping avenue Kurfuerstendamm normally filled with cheering fans and honking cars, the mood was eerily silent. Glum-faced fans in Germany shirts moved slowly and quietly away from cafes and bars. Tens of thousands of German supporters who had gathered to view the game at the Brandenburg Gate stood stunned after the South Korea loss, some moved to tears.Also read – Joachim Low shocked after Word Cup 2018 eliminationadvertisement”It didn’t go well from the start. The first game wasn’t great, the second game wasn’t great and we shouldn’t even talk about today,” said Robert Koeschinger, one emotional fan.”We deserved to lose. Something definitely has to change now.”2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”The team just didn’t even fight. It was a terrible game,” said Janin Roethig with tears in her eyes.Its gonna be damn bouncy for any Korean in Mexico for the rest of the day ??#MEXSWE #KORGERpic.twitter.com/mp1VdJiB0R Aurelia | ?? BTS – Fake Love ?? (@AureUnnie) June 27, 2018Coach Joachim Loew told broadcaster ZDF it was too soon to answer a question about his future as the national trainer.”I’m terribly disappointed,” Loew said. “I need a few hours to digest it.” Die Welt newspaper dismissed the team’s performance as “disgraceful.” “Tame, lacking in ideas and passion – the team deservedly lost against South Korea,” it said.”‘The miracle of Sochi’ was not repeated today,” the German interior ministry tweeted. “Out in the group stage. The sports ministry is as sad as you all are.”WORLD CUP 2018 – FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEFelix Kroos, brother of Germany midfielder Toni, tweeted, “That’s sport. Heads high for all those who truly cheered on.”German comedian Jan Boehmermann offered hope for the future.”Chin up. In the next World Cup, Germany will form a joint European team with Italy, France, Portugal, the Netherlands, Poland, Denmark, Sweden, Croatia and Spain, and will be world champion every time thereafter,” he said on Twitter.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

German government defends Turkish integration after Ozil’s racism charge

first_imgThe government of Germany has come out and defended its stance on immigrant integration after sensational revelations by Mesut Ozil as he quit the German national team on the grounds of racism.Ozil, on Sunday, released a full-fledged statement where he said he will not play for Germany “whilst he has this feeling of racism and disrespect”.Ozil gave an account of how his Turkish roots were disrespected and how he was made to feel unwanted by the German football federation despite giving his all for his teammates, the coaching staff and the “good people of Germany”.On Monday, a spokeswoman for Chancellor Angela Merkel said the majority of the roughly 3 million people with Turkish roots who live in Germany are well integrated.Also read – Mesut Ozil, upset with racist abuse, declares he will no longer play for GermanyMerkel’s spokeswoman stressed that people with migrant backgrounds were welcome in Germany and added that the German Chancellor valued Ozil.The spokeswoman, who described Mesut Ozil as a great football player who had done a lot for the national team, said Merkel respected Ozil’s decision to quit.Indian tennis superstar Sania Mirza also came out in support of Ozil, saying, “This is the saddest thing to read as a an athlete , and more importantly as a human being … you are right about one thing @MesutOzil1088 racism should not and will not be accepted under any circumstance.. sad if all this is true.”Ozil launched a scathing attack on DFB officials and the duality of people’s ideologies when it comes to immigrants.advertisement”In the eyes of Grindel and his supporters I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,” Ozil wrote in a lengthy statement in English posted on his Twitter account.Also read – Mesut Ozil’s stunning declaration wins him support on TwitterSix hours after making his stance clear on the controversial photograph, Ozil said that the treatment he has received from DFB (German Football Association) and many others “makes me no longer want to wear the German national team shirt”.”It is with a heavy heart and after much consideration that because of recent events, I will no longer be playing for Germany at international level whilst I have this feeling of racism and disrespect.”I used to wear the German shirt with such pride and excitement, but now I don’t. I feel unwanted and think that what I have achieved since my international debut in 2009 has been forgotten,” Ozil expressed.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

Never seen a batsman concentrate like Pujara and that includes Tendulkar, Dravid: Langer

first_imgAustralia coach Justin Langer Thursday said he has never seen a batsman concentrate as hard as India’s Test star Cheteshwar Pujara, who beats even the great Sachin Tendulkar in that aspect.India won the four-match Test series 2-1 against Australia with Pujara fetching the man of the series award with a total of 521 runs, including three hundreds.Speaking for the first time since the visiting team’s maiden Test triumph on Australian soil, Langer said Pujara’s concentration was a challenge for his bowlers.”…I have never seen a batsman watch the ball as closely as he (Pujara) does, and that includes Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid. His concentration was a challenge. And we have to keep getting better just like him, all our batsmen and bowlers,” Langer said.Langer said his bowlers were stretched to the limit in the Test series, especially in Melbourne and Sydney.”The guys are working very hard and they are going okay. The first innings in Melbourne and Sydney, honestly, sucked the life out of us because when you are in the field for two days, with only one spin bowler, that takes energy out of the group,” he said ahead of ODI series starting Saturday here.”We have the best spinner and three outstanding pace bowlers, against the outstanding Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli. So it takes some mental and physical energy out.”There are new players and new staff for these three games, so that brings new energy to the group…,” he added.Australia’s fast bowlers drew all-round criticism for failing to be as effective as India’s pace battery but Langer backed them. The home team will be missing Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins in the ODI series, who have been rested to manage workloads.advertisement”…they copped some pretty strong criticism throughout the series. But on two very flat wickets they kept running in hard and having a go and in this instance they were beaten by some a brilliant Indian side. We were beaten by a better side,” he conceded.Langer said the challenge is ever present for his side despite a change in format as the Indian ODI team is just as strong as the Test team. Both sides get down to their respective World Cup preparations with the upcoming series.”After losing in 2001, in 2004 when we finally beat India in India at Nagpur, without doubt that was the Everest moment of my cricket career. So I am sure for most of the Indian players, especially Virat Kohli, it feels the same but when you are at the top, things are on the way down,” he warned the visitors.”They will be very buoyed and excited but we plan to fight for every thing. They have a good one-day team and we are up against it. Let’s hope we are better than we were in the Test series,” Langer said.The Australian coach felt his side has the talent but just needs to apply itself a bit more.”It’s the exciting thing, when you lose a series to India, its disappointing but it helps you get better and it’s the same where we are at the moment.”It is an unbelievable opportunity for us in Tests and ODI cricket to get better and we have to do that. We have the talent, now we have to look at the experience and ability, and aspire to do it,” he said.Australia have made an addition to their squad with batsman Ashton Turner coming in for Mitchell Marsh who is suffering from gastroenteritis and is not available for the first ODI.Australia have recalled off-spinner Nathan Lyon to their ODI squad, and Langer said that this is a move keeping the World Cup in mind, but didn’t commit if the hosts would play two spinners in the first match of the series itself.”Lyon’s record in white ball cricket is very good and he is the best spinner in the world. So it would be a waste of opportunity if we don’t play him in white ball cricket particularly with the World Cup coming up.”He is also a gun fieldsman. He is nice and fit, and a gun fielder. I cannot wait to see how he goes and he is also excited about it,” he said.In addition, he spoke about Australia’s World Cup preparations, and how they are close to finding the group of players in a bid to retain their 2015 title this summer.”No one ever feels locked in. We have a clear plan how we will play our one-day cricket between now and the World Cup.advertisement”It will be a great opportunity for Lyon and for our batsmen, as we have 10-15 games before the World Cup. So we will pick our (final) side after that. As always we will look to prepare well and win the World Cup,” he said.”In the next few months we will have a group of players together and build towards the World Cup, for which we have a clear idea of who we would like to have but we will have to wait,” he signed off.Also Read | MS Dhoni guiding light for India, says Rohit SharmaAlso Read | This is the best I have ever batted, says Cheteshwar PujaraAlso Read | India demoralised all of Australia with their historic Test series win: AzharuddinAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara proved you don’t have to be a Flash Harry to succeed: Ravi ShastriAlso Read | Love watching Pujara bat, there’s a lot to learn from him: Shubman Gilllast_img read more

France v Croatia is the final a World Cup full of surprises deserves

first_imgcomment Read more Share via Email France Share on Twitter Reuse this content World Cup The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. World Cup 2018 Topics Croatia Share on WhatsApp France v Croatia is a surprising final but also a good reflection of this World Cup. After all it has been a tournament full of surprises in which we have seen that a different type of football is required to succeed, one based on team work and sticking to the basic principles over a reliance on individual players and moments. France and Croatia have best represented that shift; neither has sparkled but they have been consistent and hard-working and hence they will do battle on Sunday for the ultimate prize.France are rightly favourites to win what would be their second world title. They are the complete team – solid at the back, well-balanced in midfield and able to play with real flair in attack. But they have not done that often during this tournament due to the manager’s low-risk policy and seeming desire to do no more than what is required to win the game in front of him.Watching Didier Deschamps’ side, I have consistently been left with the feeling that there is another gear they can go to and this is also what makes them dangerous opponents – you cannot switch off against them for a second. Given he was a similar player himself, I’m sure Deschamps appreciates what Kanté gives France and he will be vital in what is sure to be an important midfield battle in Moscow. Whichever team wins that is likely to win the match. /football/ng-interactive/2018/jun/05/world-cup-2018-complete-guide-players-ratings-goals-caps For many people this has been a great World Cup. I disagree with the assessment. It has been unpredictable, interesting and fun but, overall, the quality has been lacking, certainly to the level provided by the Champions League. It has been a tournament more about great teamwork than great teams, hence the progress of the two teams that have reached the final as well as, of course, England.Gareth Southgate and his side deserve great credit for getting to the semi-finals and, more importantly, reconnecting the country with the national team. We have lost that a little bit in Germany so please, if you are English, cherish that as you reflect on this World Cup. I for one have enjoyed it and look forward to the final. It should be fascinating. This was not the Germany we are used to – I feel completely empty Thomas Hitzlsperger Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Croatia will, therefore, need to be patient and not leave themselves as exposed at the back as they did during the first half of their semi-final against England. They were incredibly open during that period and, in truth, were lucky not to be more than 1-0 down. However, Croatia also showed during the second half that they are a remarkably mature and resilient team and one that, unlike France, play to their absolute limit. They will push Deschamps’ men all the way.Croatia’s aim will be to turn the final into a physical battle as this is the type of game their players like, no one more so than Mario Mandzukic. I played with him at Wolfsburg and as well as being a very good finisher he is a really hard worker, in training as well as on the pitch. He is constantly moving, constantly making life difficult for the defenders he comes up against and besides being prepared to take a challenge will give back as good as he gets. He is fearless.Ante Rebic is similar. I have watched him a lot in the Bundesliga with Eintracht Frankfurt and he is another attacking player who likes a physical battle. He and Mandzukic lead from the front, setting the tone for the entire team and, as Mandzukic showed against England, providing a killer touch at key moments.There is no doubt, however, who Croatia’s best player is. Luka Modric has been excellent during the tournament and particularly in the second half against England when, alongside Ivan Rakitic, he ran the game. I faced Modric in my time with West Ham, when he was at Tottenham, and I’m still traumatised by the experience. I couldn’t get near him; he passed when he needed to pass, dribbled when he needed to dribble and basically did not make a single wrong move for the entire 90 minutes.What also stood out about Modric’s display on that day at White Hart Lane was how he protected possession. Much like Andrés Iniesta and Xavi he makes up for his lack of size and stature by getting his body between the ball and his opponent in the correct fashion. It may not look like much but it makes a huge difference.Someone else who is very good at that is N’Golo Kanté. Like Modric he is a deceptively strong midfielder and, for me, has been France’s best player at the World Cup. His sense of positioning and anticipation is consistently excellent as well as crucial to giving Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann the platform from which to attack; they know they can pour forward as they have an ultra reliable player behind them. Share on Facebook Share on Pinterestlast_img read more

Steer Clear From Pimples and Blemishes

first_img The Best CBD Oil and Skincare Creams for Managing Pain Retinol For Men: What to Know and What to Buy ACNE – it’s not just a brand -, it’s a real life issue. Even as adults, mild acne, blemishes, and pimples can pop up at any given moment – especially under stress. And they always seem to drop by at the worst times – like right before that interview, or the day of a special event when you know your picture is going to be taken. Front row center, the middle of your forehead, or (gasp) your nose – so what can we post-pubescents do about those pesky bumps? The Manual has a few suggestions for anyone in need of an emergency spot treatment.TURO SKIN Anti-Acne Spot Treatment packs a punch. It’s potent, fast acting, and will minimize breakouts immediately by exfoliating the area and then penetrating your skin with potent salicylic acid, which can be found in many prescription acne medications. This non-oily treatment leaves a matte-finish. It’s also hypoallergenic (so it won’t cause any more issues than you already have).Proactiv+ Emergency Blemish Relief – You’ve seen the ads. Proactiv+ Emergency Blemish Relief is formulated for emergency cases. Prescription-quality benzoyl peroxide kills the bacteria that causes pimples and blemishes. Additional ingredients help calm, soothe and hydrate your skin – so you’re not left with a dry, patchy area.Burt’s Bees’ Natural Natural Acne Solutions Maximum Strength Spot Treatment Cream Not just for your lips – Burt’s makes a spot treatment that’s dermatologist tested and clinically proven to reduce blemishes with licorice root extract and Tamanu oil.Kiehl’s knows skin – so it only makes sense to trust them with this issue – KIEHLS Blue Herbal Spot Treatment is a gentle gel that will dry clear and help demolish blackheads, whiteheads, and acne blemishes. It will also help prevent them.And if all else fails or you just don’t have time, cover it up like a man. Try Tom Fords’s concealer for men.Seamlessly camouflage your issues – and stop worrying about what everyone else is thinking. As you know, we are fans of Mr. Ford’s new line, so we can let a little concealer pass out man test. It’s a practical, simple and an effective way to get rid of the problem immediately. Editors’ Recommendations What is Toner, Why Should You Use it, and What are the Best Toners for Men? The Best New Men’s Grooming Brands You Need to Know About The Best Products to Combat Swamp Crotch and Sweaty Ballslast_img read more

What to eat right now by Mikkel Karstad

first_imgFebruary is a weird month for food. We’re not quite over the relentless January detox, yet it’s still crazy cold so we’re craving something hearty and fulfilling. Feeling a little dumbstruck and uninspired, we caught up with our new favourite food blogger extraordinaire, Mikkel Karstad, to pick his beautiful Danish brains for winning fridge fillers. FYI, if you haven’t already checked out his blog We You They Ate, do it immediately.What basic seasonings and oils should every guy have in their kitchen?I think it’s important to have salt and pepper in every kitchen, so basic but still very important that your food is flavored with these two things, otherwise it does not taste of anything.I always have a really good cold-pressed virgin olive oil for dressings and marinades and also a neutral “cooking oil” which is grape seed, corn or canola oil for frying and cooking.What seasonal ingredients are worth buying right now? Right now it’s winter here in Denmark and it is the season for cabbage and root vegetables, so I’m using a lot in my food, both at work and at home. They are super healthy and I am very much into using raw materials that are in season and also, that are locally produced. They are mega cheap too – cabbage and root vegetables cost pennies.Can you recommend any super quick and easy recipes?I’m loving a simple salad of Brussels sprouts, carrot, apple and rye kernels that features in my recipe book Eat. It’s one of my favorites right now as it’s the season for Brussels sprouts and carrots. It is so easy to make, and also really beautiful – I always think it is important that there is something for the eye.To serve 4 people:400 g brussels sprouts3 carrots2 danish apples ( like Ingrid Marie or red aroma that have no acidity and freshness in it )100 g whole rye kernels½ cup. olive oil3-4 tbsp. apple vinegarSalt and freshly ground pepper1 tsp. acacia honey½ bunch mint1 handful of red sorrelPut kernels in a pot and rinse through with cold water, drain and add clean water to cover the kernels.Bring the pot to boil and cook kernels for approx. 50 mins on a low heat.Take the kernels off the heat and put them into a bowl. Marinate them with a little salt, 1 tbsp. of vinegar and 1 tbsp. of olive oil.Remove any unsightly outer leaves of Brussels sprouts and cut the root.Peel the carrots and then, cut Brussels sprouts, carrot and apple into thin slices and put them in a bowl.Add the kernels and marinade with extra olive oil, vinegar, honey, salt and freshly ground pepper. Pick and chop the mint and sprinkle finally into the salad along with the sorrel. Serve the salad as a dish or as an accompaniment to poultry, white meat or fish.What are your failsafe dishes for when you have guests?We often have children’s friends and their parents visiting for dinner and one of the things that always goes down well is pumpkin soup. We serve it with various garnishes, such as croutons, baked pumpkin, bacon, roasted pumpkin etc. so everyone can eat pumpkin soup with whatever garnish they want.If we have friends over for dinner without the kids, then I make a lot of fish, seafood and vegetables. We have great seafood and vegetables here in Denmark.In your opinion, what are the superfoods we should be buying right now?Any variety of cabbage is great. They are healthy, beautiful and cheap. My personal favorites are Brussels sprouts and kale.What’s your guilty pleasure?Wine, good Wine! I drink 1-3 glasses of wine a day and often it’s really good wine, though it has probably suffered a “workers’ compensation” but I have great interest in wine and love to drink and taste different bottles.What’s next for Mikkel Karstad?I have various projects underway, which involve consulting for advertising agencies and restaurants. But, the project I´m going to spend most of my time on in 2015 is my next cookbook. I’m super excited about it. Stay tuned! Editors’ Recommendations 10 Reasons Why Yuzu Should Be Your New Favorite Cocktail Ingredient The Best Food Shows on Netflix to Binge Right Now The Rise of Taiwanese Food Chain Din Tai Fung The Best Drinks to Pair With Your Favorite Food Shows 10 Destination-Worthy Food Halls Throughout the U.S. last_img read more

Van Oord, BAM International Consortium to Build Moín …

first_img此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 zoom A consortium consisting of Van Oord and BAM International, has been awarded the contract for the design and construction of Phase 2A of the new container terminal for APM Terminals in Moín, Costa Rica. The total contract value amounts to USD 460 million which is split between Van Oord and BAM International on an almost equal basis. It will take the consortium approximately three years to complete the project.The consortium will be responsible for the construction of the new terminal and marine access. The scope of work for Van Oord consists of the construction of a 1.5-km rock breakwater, reclamation of an area of 40 hectares, including soil improvement works, and the dredging of the access channel and turning basin. Van Oord will deploy a trailing suction hopper dredger, a cutter suction dredger and rock installation equipment. BAM International will construct the 650-metre quay wall, as well as the pavement, associated buildings and all utilities.In 2011 APM Terminals signed a USD 992 million 33-year concession contract with the Costa Rican government to design, finance, construct, operate and maintain the new Moín Container Terminal on the Caribbean coast. 80% of the country’s maritime commerce is handled in the current port complex of Puerto Limon/Moín. APM Terminals will develop a world-class sustainable container terminal that modernises the port system to help Costa Rica achieve its economic ambitions. Not only will it increase the country’s international trade competitiveness, the terminal will reduce logistics costs through higher operating efficiency and enhance Costa Rica’s container cargo security reputation. The new port in Moín will attract additional international investment, create new jobs and business growth benefiting the country and region. The features and auxiliary facilities of the terminal, including the gate complex, will set new standards for customers, improve their logistics chain and reduce costs. The container handling equipment will be eco-friendly, featuring the latest developments in energy efficiency to reduce emissions. Van Oord, October 11, 2013 Print  Close My locationlast_img read more

NSLC Stores Will Not Open Sunday Oct 5

first_imgNova Scotia Liquor Corporation (NSLC) stores will not be openedSunday, Oct. 5. The announcement was made today, Oct. 3, by NSLCacting president Ken Barbet. “The intent of the government’s decision is to allow stores to beopen this Sunday to help Nova Scotians who are recovering fromthe effects of Hurricane Juan, to allow them to replenishnecessary supplies including food and equipment rather than toeffect a general Sunday store opening,” noted Mr. Barbet.”Therefore, the NSLC will not be opening stores this Sunday.” -30-last_img read more

Winnipeg teens killer sentenced to life with no parole for 16 years

first_imgWINNIPEG – A Winnipeg man who killed a teenager and dumped his body in a garbage bin has been sentenced to life with no chance of parole for 16 years.Nicholas Bell-Right had pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the February 2016 shooting death of Cooper Nemeth.Nemeth was shot in the head twice after a house party and his body was found nearly a week later after an extensive search.Family and friends described in victim impact statements how the 17-year-old’s death has disrupted their lives.Gaylene Nemeth, the boy’s mother, said she has been living in a fog ever since her son was killed and doubts that Bell-Wright is remorseful.She told court her own thoughts have been haunted and filled with torment since his death.“Every night is consumed (by) nightmares,” she said Wednesday.Court previously heard that Nemeth and Bell-Wright knew each other through the drug trade and that Bell-Wright said he could help Nemeth set up a drug deal.Court was told they left the party together and Nemeth was shot while he sat in the front seat of Bell-Wright’s car.Gaylene Nemeth said her son made some bad decisions but he wasn’t a gangster or a big-time drug dealer.“He was just a kid,” she said. “Cooper was a boy. My baby. A 17-year-old excited for life.”Ninety-six victim impact statements were entered at Bell-Wright’s sentencing hearing, but only 16 from family and close friends were read aloud.(CTV Winnipeg, CJOB, The Canadian Press)last_img read more

Edmonton Pride Festival cancelled this year citing current events

first_imgEDMONTON — The organizers of the Edmonton Pride Festival have cancelled this year’s event, citing “current political and social environment.” A letter from the board of directors says the decision was made with a “heavy heart,” adding there will be other community organizations putting on events in June.The letter posted on the Edmonton Pride Festival Society’s website late Wednesday says its goal is to host a safe event encompassing of the entire community, something they say is not attainable this year.The board of directors also say the festival will not be hosted this year because of current events, but do no elaborate.The festival was scheduled for June 7, with the Pride parade taking place the following day.Last year, the parade was halted for more than half an hour by demonstrators demanding organizers uninvite Edmonton police officers, the RCMP and military personnel from the event, amid a country-wide debate over the presence of police in Pride parades.Protesters also distributed leaflets urging the festival society to “restructure its board and staff hiring practices to have more representation from people of colour and trans folks.”The parade resumed after Pride organizers agreed to their demands.Also in June last year leader of Alberta’s United Conservative Party said banning police and military personnel from Edmonton’s Pride parade is regrettable and should be reconsidered.Jason Kenney said at an event last year the military made “great efforts to be inclusive in this respect and there’s a lot of proud gay and lesbian soldiers and police officers.”“They deserve to be able to celebrate their service to our communities and to Canada without being attacked and marginalized,” he said.Meanwhile in Toronto, uniformed police officers have been indefinitely barred from participating in the city’s Pride parade after a close vote that organizers said showed a deep division within the LGBTQ community.Hina Alam, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Mother accused of violating injunction tells court she was supporting sons wish

first_imgAnnette Hollett testified Thursday that she went to a Muskrat Falls protest in Oct. 2016 because her 12-year-old son said he wanted to stand up for his culture. Editor’s Note: As a journalist with the online publication theIndependent.ca, Justin Brake followed the land protectors onto the Muskrat Falls site and workers accomodations complex and covered the duration of the occupation. He is facing criminal and civil charges from the event.Justin BrakeAPTN NewsA Métis woman who lives in Labrador told a judge Thursday that when she went through the gates and briefly joined the occupation of the Muskrat Falls site in October 2016, she was doing it for her 12-year-old son.Annette Hollett, who moved to Labrador from Alberta 15 years ago, is one of more than a dozen land protectors in provincial Supreme Court in Happy Valley-Goose Bay this week defending themselves against charges of violating a court injunction in the course of resisting the controversial hydroelectric project in Central Labrador.Despite living with post traumatic stress disorder and social anxiety, she recalled in her testimony, Hollett took her son, who is Inuit, to the peace camp across the Trans Labrador Highway from the main entrance to the Muskrat Falls site, where upward of 200 people were gathered that day.“My son asked to go to stand up for his beliefs,” Hollett told APTN in an interview following her testimony, referring to the Oct. 22, 2016 Indigenous-led protest outside the Muskrat Falls site, which led to an occupation of the project’s accommodations complex.“He was born here so he wanted to fight for what he thought was his rights. And I’m his parent, so I supported him.”With just one day left in the scheduled week-long hearings only three land protectors have testified, while a dozen remain. Earlier in the week APTN reported that 17 land protectors were pleading not guilty but learned today that two changed their pleas and won’t appear in court this week.Nalcor Energy, the provincial crown energy corporation building the dam, was granted an injunction on Oct. 16, 2016 amid an ongoing blockade of the Muskrat Falls site by land protectors.The following day RCMP arrested several land protectors and ended the blockade. But a few days later, amid growing resistance to the project ahead of anticipated reservoir flooding and projected methylmercury contamination of traditional foods, dozens of people reinstated the blockade.Days later, on Oct. 22, about 50 land protectors went through the project’s main access gate and occupied the worker’s accommodations complex for four days.Most of those on trial this week are facing charges related to the occupation, while others are accused of breaching the injunction during protests and ceremonies carried out in late 2016 and early to mid 2017.Mark Gruchy, the lawyer representing land protectors, called Hollett, Kim Campbell-McLean and Linda Saunders-McLean to testify.Nalcor attorney Chris King cross-examined the land protectors, using video evidence from media and security workers on site in an attempt to prove that the women knew of the injunction and knowingly contravened it, or ought to have known.The three women all testified they weren’t aware of the injunction at the time a lock on the Muskrat Falls gate was cut, after which they, and dozens of others, flooded through and on to the site.Saunders-McLean, an Inuk social worker who works with Indigenous children, told the court she encountered many security personnel and other workers on the site, and that none of them told her she and the others were breaking the law.Linda Saunders-McLean said in court Thursday that she doesn’t “think anyone owns a piece of land and can destroy it to the extent it’s destroyed.” Justin Brake/APTN photo.During her cross-examination Saunders-McLean got emotional, in one instance while explaining her mother recently passed away, and in another while recalling the destruction she saw while walking more than 11 kilometres down the access road to the worker’s camp on Oct. 22.“I don’t think anyone owns a piece of land and can destroy it to the extent it’s destroyed,” she said, as she began to cry,Justice George Murphy, who granted Nalcor the injunction two years ago, offered Saunders-McLean to take a break.She chose to continue.“When I walked into that camp and I saw all the destruction, and all these buildings, these temporary structures, it was devastating. I almost threw up, what I saw, because I just think about what had to happen in order to place these buildings there — all the animals, all the wildlife, all the fish.”Breaking free from King’s line of questioning for a moment, the mother and grandmother identified what she thought was an unfair contradiction between the legal system and her Indigenous values.“I know that you guys are taking us and holding us accountable for what we did, but who’s holding you guys accountable for what you’re doing?” she told King. “The flooding. The wildlife. Who’s going to speak for them?”Campbell-McLean, who told the court she was born into a Mi’kmaq family in Newfoundland but was adopted into an Inuit family in North West River when she was five months old, is the Executive Director of the AnanauKatiget Tumingit Regional Association, a not-for-profit organization that helps women in violent relationships.She testified Thursday that she attended the Oct. 22 protest outside the Muskrat Falls site “because that’s where I needed to be.”Asked by Gruchy why she went through the project’s main entry gate, an emotional Campbell-McLean told the court, “I have two children in heaven, but I still have my motherly instincts.”Though the 41-year-old no longer has children of her own, she told the court she’s helping teach her disabled niece Inuit customs such as fishing and preparing traditional foods.“She loves, loves, loves salmon, trout and smelt — it’s her favourite food,” she said.“I want her to have what I had, which was the best Labrador cultural Inuit life. I have never ever had any better life anywhere else in this whole country or this world. I have connections with the land, the water, the animals, our plants — and my niece is getting that connection through me. She needs to have that as an Inuit child. She needs to grow up knowing where her people came from, what they went through to get here, and she needs to be able to provide for her own self through the provision of country foods. That is why I went through the gate.”King questioned whether Campbell-McLean knew of the injunction and willfully went on site despite it.He suggested she was trespassing, to which Campbell-McLean responded, “I assumed I was trespassing.”He also showed evidence of Campbell-McLean at a demonstration outside the main gate about a month after the occupation, during which she was among a group of people who King argued were blocking access to the site.In the video Campbell-McLean could be seen stepping away from a security vehicle as it approached. She argued she wasn’t among those blocking access to the site because she moved away when she saw the vehicle coming.Gruchy told APTN earlier this week that the accusations against his clients of civil contempt for violating a court order would be substantiated if Nalcor could prove each of the land protectors were aware of the injunction, and that they deliberately violated it.The St. John’s-based lawyer also said his “objective is to get people to the other end [of the litigation] with as minimal damage as possible, while attempting to utilize this process to maximize their voices in the process, which they haven’t had much of.”Land protectors occupied the Muskrat Falls worker’s camp two years ago this week. Many are still defending themselves in court against civil and criminal charges for allegedly violating an injunction. Justin Brake/APTN photo.Hollett told the court Thursday that the day the gate was opened at Muskrat Falls her son went through before her, so she followed.During her testimony and in her interview with APTN Hollett said it was part way down the 12 kilometre road to the Muskrat Falls worker’s camp she decided she wanted to join the fight.“As I was walking I heard people express their concerns and I realized I had the same concerns,” she said. “If they’re not going to take my 12-year-old son seriously, maybe they will take me seriously.”She said she used to take her son to the cabin every Friday after school, but that lately they don’t spend as much time on the land because of the risks associated with methylmercury due to Muskrat Falls.“Is it going to be safe to go out and hunt and do what we usually enjoy? Some people look at it as a way of life — and are they going to be able to continue that way of life?” she said.Land protectors will continue their testimonies Friday in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. But the defense isn’t likely to wrap up before the end of the day, so further court dates will likely be scheduled in the near future.jbrake@aptn.ca@JustinBrakeNewslast_img read more

Home sales in BC rise in October despite higher prices less choice

first_imgVANCOUVER – British Columbia’s housing market continues to power forward even though real estate experts say fewer properties are available for sale.The British Columbia Real Estate Association says there were 8,677 residential sales across the province in October, a leap of 19.3 per cent over the same period last year.The association says $6.25 billion changed hands during last month’s transactions, a 41.6 per cent increase over total sales value recorded in October 2016.The average residential price also climbed to $720,129, up 18.7 per cent over the same period last year.But association chief economist Cameron Muir says total active listings dipped 5.1 per cent in October and have declined 49 per cent over the last five years.He says the housing market is considered in relative balance when the number of sales is no more than 20 per cent higher than the number of active listings, but that ratio hit 31 per cent in October, and the lack of listings means sellers have the power to set their price.“A lack of supply in the resale market continues to put upward pressure on home prices in most BC regions,” Muir says.Since the start of 2017, the association says B.C. residential sales dollar volume is down 9.4 per cent to $63.8 billion, when compared with January to October last year.last_img read more

General Confederation of Entrepreneurs presents in London investment opportunities Morocco

first_imgBordeaux- The President of the Moroccan General Confederation of Entrepreneurs (CGEM) presented the country’s attractiveness during the 9th World Islamic Economic Forum held in London. Ms. Miriem Bensalah-Chaqroun highlighted the strengths of the Moroccan economy and exposed investment opportunities in various sectors.The forum provides an occasion to meet potential investors and convince project leaders to settle in Morocco, a country known for its economic openness and tolerance. It provides a gateway for business between the Muslim and non-Muslim world, she said. “Each Islamic country interacts with its first sub-region such as Morocco with the EU. However, promising business flows can be created between Muslim countries and Morocco can bring a lot of experience in infrastructure and the development of certain industrial sectors,” she concludedlast_img read more

Shavendra Silva new Army Chief of Staff

Major General Shavendra Silva has been appointed as the 53rd Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army.Shavendra Silva played a key role during the war against the LTTE. Following the war, Major General Shavendra Silva was appointed as Sri Lanka’s Deputy Ambassador to the UN. The Office on Missing Persons (OMP) had recently recommended that state officials, including members of the armed forces and police who are named as suspects or accused in criminal actions relating to abductions and enforced disappearances, be suspended pending the final determination of such cases. (Colombo Gazette) Major General Silva was serving as the Adjutant General at the Army Headquarters and Colonel of the Regiment, Gajaba Regiment before he was appointed as the Chief of Staff, the second highest office in the Army. He is also one of the few to be awarded one of the highest gallantry medals, Weera Wickrama Vibushanaya (WWV) in recognition of his contribution to the war for peace.He however faced allegations of being involved in human rights abuses committed during the war. read more