MUMBAI (Maharashtra): In what comes as heart-breaking news to the cricket world, Australian cricket legend Dean Jones has passed away following a sudden cardiac arrest in Mumbai. Jones was part of Star Sports Select Dugout team for Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 and was in Mumbai due to it.
Jones was inside a bio-secure bubble in a seven-star hotel in Mumbai for IPL 2020 duties and suffered a cardiac arrest which led to his demise.
Born in Melbourne, Dean Jones played 52 Test matches scoring 3631 runs at an average of 46.55. With a 216 as his best score, Jones scored 11 centuries and was an important member of Allan Border’s team. Though he boasted an excellent record in Test cricket and is best remembered for his batting and fielding in the ODI format. Through the late 1980s and early 1990s, he was regarded among the best ODI batsmen in the world.
Star India’s full statement on Dean Jones’ demise:
It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing away of Mr Dean Mervyn Jones AM. He died of a sudden cardiac arrest. We express our deep condolences to his family and stand ready to support them in this difficult time. We are in touch with the Australian High Commission to make the necessary arrangements.
Dean Jones was one of the great ambassadors of the game associating himself with Cricket development across South Asia. He was passionate about discovering new talent and nurturing young Cricketers. He was a champion commentator whose presence and presentation of the game always brought joy to millions of fans. He will be sorely missed by everyone at Star and his millions of fans across the globe.
Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.
Hero to a Generation:
Earl Eddings, chairman of Cricket Australia, said Jones would be sorely missed by cricket fans around the world. “Dean Jones was a hero to a generation of cricketers and will forever be remembered as a legend of this great game,” Eddings said.
“Anyone who watched cricket in the 1980s and 1990s will fondly recall his cavalier approach at the crease and the incredible energy and passion he brought to every game he played.
“Although many remember him for his brilliance in the 50-over game, arguably Jones’ finest moment in the national team came in scorching conditions in Chennai in 1986, where his selfless and courageous innings of 210 helped Australia to a famous tie against India.
“Jones remained an immensely popular figure in Australian and Victorian cricket throughout his life and was a much-loved columnist and commentator in every corner of the cricketing world.”
‘THE’ Chennai Test Match:
— Dean Jones AM (@ProfDeano) September 19, 2020
His most notable innings was in only his third Test against India in the Tied Test in Chennai (Madras) in 1986. Suffering from dehydration in the oppressively hot and humid conditions, Jones was frequently vomiting on the pitch. He wanted to go off the field “retired ill” which led his captain Allan Border to say that if he could not handle the conditions, he would “get a Queenslander” (Greg Ritchie, a Queenslander like Border, was the next man in to bat). This comment spurred Jones to score 210, an innings he considered a defining moment in his career and one of the epic Test innings in Australian cricket folklore.
This innings of 210 remains the highest score by an Australian cricketer in India. After the match, Jones was put on to an intravenous drip.
The Cricket Journey:
Jones began his first-class career in the 1981–82 season with Victoria in the Sheffield Shield. Jones also played for Durham and Derbyshire in the English County Championship.
Jones captained Derbyshire to second in the 1996 County Championship, their best finish for 60 years. Jones scored 1,338 runs in the season, more than any other Derbyshire player.
He left Derbyshire mid-season in 1997 after disagreements with teammates.
Jones also had run-ins with authority and teammates in his home state of Victoria. During his career, he scored 19,188 runs in first-class matches, including 55 centuries and 88 half-centuries and a highest score of 324 not out, at an average of 51.85.
Jones was selected on the 1984 tour of the West Indies after Graham Yallop had to pull out due to injury. He was not picked in the original XI but was drafted into the side after Steve Smith fell ill. Jones himself was very ill before the Test, and deemed his score of 48 on his debut as his “best knock”.
Between 1984 and 1992, Jones played 52 Test matches for Australia, scoring 3,631 runs, including 11 centuries, at an average of 46.55.
Radical Islamist Outfit PFI’s Workers Arrested For Spoiling Hathras Atmosphere
They were arrested at Mathura while they were on their way to Hathras from Delhi.
MATHURA (Uttar Pradesh): Four people, said to have links with radical Islamist group (with links to global terror group ISIS) Popular Front of India (PFI) and an associate outfit, were arrested at Mathura on Monday while they were on their way to Hathras from Delhi, police said. The four were taken into custody at Mathura’s Math toll plaza where the police were checking vehicles after receiving a tip-off that some suspicious people were on their way to Hathras from Delhi.
The four were in a car and identified themselves as Atiq-ur Rehman of Muzaffarnagar, Siddique of Malappuram, Masood Ahmed of Bahraich and Alam of Rampur, the police said, adding their mobile phones, laptop and some literature, which could have an impact on peace and order, were seized.
A total of 21 cases have been filed in this regard across the state.
Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar said that on Monday, police had received information that some suspected persons were going from Delhi towards Hathras. On this, suspicious vehicles were checked near the toll plaza branch. When the four youths who were in the Swift Desire vehicle were intercepted and questioned, they came to know about their relationship with the Popular Front of India (PFI) and its associate organization Campus Front of India (CFI).
Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath referred to “recent incidents” and said “anarchist elements” are trying to trigger communal and caste violence in the state.
The PFI, accused in the past of having links with international terror group ISIS, has been accused of funding certain protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) that took place across the country earlier this year. The Uttar Pradesh police had earlier sought a ban on the organization.
Separate cases have been filed against the workers of political parties in the Chandpa police station on Sunday and Monday also on charges like a violation of official business and violation of prohibitory orders.
Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Prashant Kumar on Monday informed about the cases filed in the Chandpa police station. He told that efforts are being made to spoil the atmosphere with posters, social media posts.
“An attempt has been made to spoil the atmosphere of UP under a conspiracy. We are taking action on the basis of matters. Many agencies are investigating this matter. An FIR has been registered against such people.”
The cases are filed under Section 109 (abetment of offence) of the Indian Penal Code, 124A (attempt to threaten the unity and integrity of the country-sedition) 120 B (conspiracy), 153 -A (spreading maliciousness on the basis of religion, language and caste), 153-B (statements adversely affecting national integrity), 195 (fabricating evidence), 465 (counterfeiting), 468 (use of misleading documents), 501 ( A total of 20 sections, including defamatory printing), 505 (statement making the atmosphere of fear) and Section 67 of the Information Technology Amendment Act 2008.
The Deputy Inspector has written in his report that in order to take advantage of some unfortunate elements of Hathras unfortunate incident under a criminal conspiracy to disturb the peace and tranquillity of the entire state and incite caste hatred, the hatred and contempt for the government established by law in the State Are provoking the victim’s family.
The report further states that the accused are pressuring the family to misrepresentation and luring them to lie by giving them a lure of Rs 50 lakh. The peace of Hathras and the state has been affected by attempting to change the statements given earlier.
Report Filed Against Unidentified Journalist:
A report has also been filed against an unknown journalist stating in order to fulfil his/her purpose, the journalist tried to call the victim’s brother to ask his parents to tell the media that they were not satisfied with the administration’s action is. Apart from this, s/he also tried to say that the deceased had told him/her about the gangrape.
Whereas in the first statement given by the victim family, the victim and her family had only spoken about the assault. The police sub-inspector has also written that the rape has not been confirmed in the Forensic Science Experiment School and the Medical Report.
Strategically Important Atal Tunnel In Rohtang Open Now
It is the world’s longest tunnel above an altitude of 3,000 metres.
MANALI (Himachal Pradesh): Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the strategically important all-weather Atal Tunnel at Rohtang in Himachal Pradesh. PM Modi was accompanied by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Jai Ram Thakur, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Singh Thakur, Chief of Defence Staff, CDS Gen Bipin Rawat and Army Chief General Manoj Mukund Naravane.
Earlier CDS General Rawat and Army Chief General Naravane received the Prime Minister at the South Portal of Atal Tunnel of Rohtang. Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh Jai Ram Thakur received the PM at Sase Helipad at Manali.
Atal Tunnel, the longest highway tunnel in the world was built by the Border Roads Organisation. The tunnel reduces the distance between Manali and Leh by 46 km and the travel time by four to five hours. The 9.02-km tunnel connects Manali to Lahaul-Spiti valley throughout the year, the valley was earlier cut off for about six months every year due to heavy snowfall.
The Atal Bihari Vajpayee government had taken the decision to construct a strategic tunnel below the Rohtang Pass on June 3, 2000, and the foundation stone for the access road to the south portal of the tunnel was laid on May 26, 2002.
In December 2019, the Government decided to name the Rohtang Tunnel as Atal Tunnel in honour of the former Prime Minister and scholar Atal Bihari Vajpayee who had passed away the previous year.
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- The Atal Tunnel is constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 3500-4000 crores.
- It reduces the distance between Leh and Manali by 46 km, the tunnel will bring down the driving time by around 4 hours.
- The BRO built this tunnel in the shape of a horseshoe.
- It is the world’s longest tunnel above an altitude of 3,000 metres.
- It is a 10.5-metre wide single tube bi-lane tunnel with a fireproof emergency egress tunnel built into the main tunnel itself.
- With the help of this tunnel, connectivity to the remote border areas of Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh will easily be possible, regardless of the weather conditions.
- The opening of the Atal Tunnel will bring a boost in tourism activities in the Lahaul-Spiti region and will also simultaneously create more employment opportunities for locals in the area.
- The tunnel also provides a telephone facility on every 150 meters, a fire hydrant on every 60 meters, an emergency exit on every 500 meters, a turning cavern on every 2.2 km, an air quality monitoring on every 1 km, a broadcasting system, and an automatic incident detection system with CCTV cameras on every 250 meters.
- The construction of this tunnel consumed 14,508 metric tonnes of steel, 2,37,596 metric tonnes of cement, and 14 lakh cubic meters of soil and rocks.
- This tunnel is unique in its own way as it is India’s first tunnel to have an escape tunnel within the main tunnel due to the topography. It is also the first tunnel to deploy the Rowa flyer technology, which allows engineers to work at inverted levels.
Babri Structure Demolition Case: All 32 Accused Acquitted
The court said, there was no conclusive proof against the accused.
LUCKNOW (Uttar Pradesh): A Central Bureau Of Investigation (CBI) Special Court in Lucknow has acquitted all the 32 accused in the Babri Structure Demolition case. The case relates to the razing of the disputed structure in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.
The court said, there was no conclusive proof against the accused.
The 32 accused persons include former Deputy Prime Minister L. K. Advani, former Union Minister M. M. Joshi, former Union Minister Uma Bharti and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Kalyan Singh.
Mahant Ram Vilas Vedanti emerged from the court flashing a victory sign. “It’s good. Justice has been done. The court agreed that we did no wrong,” said the former Bharatiya Janata Party MP who had on previous occasions, said he was ready to go to jail.
Highlights of the 2,000-page verdict:
(1) The demolition was not pre-planned and the accused had actually tried to stop the mob
(2) Those who climbed on the dome were anti-social elements
(3) The authenticity of the audio and video clips produced by the CBI is not proved
(4) Local intelligence report forewarning that some unexpected sequence of events could take place on December 6 went unheeded
(5) There was no criminal conspiracy behind the demolition
LK Advani, 92, MM Joshi, 87, and Uma Bharti, 61, were not present in court and watched via video link when the verdict was announced. They had all been accused of criminal conspiracy, promoting enmity and inciting activists with incendiary speeches from a dais next to the site.
The trial, which lasted for 28 years, was conducted under Sections 147/153-A/153-B/295/295-A/505 IPC read with Sections 149 and 120B IPC.
The CBI, which went into the case, produced 351 witnesses and 600 documents as evidence before the court. The court had initially framed charges against 49 accused; 17 accused have died during the course of time.
Special CBI judge Surendra Kumar Yadav did not admit the videos produced by the Central Bureau of Investigation, holding that the recording had been tampered with, defence lawyer Manish Tripathi said. The judge also did not admit the photographs submitted by the CBI since it could not produce the original negatives. The judge also agreed with the defence that the CBI did not follow provisions of the Evidence Act.
Kalyan Singh was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh at the time of the demolition. His government was dismissed as riots broke out across the country, leaving around 3,000 people dead. Former Union minister Uma Bharti, who is admitted in a hospital in Uttarakhand after contracting COVID-19, had declared that she would not seek bail if she was convicted.
Over the last 28 years, the case has seen many turns. Two cases were filed in 1992, which eventually grew to 49. The second case, FIR no 198, had named Mr Advani, Mr Joshi and Uma Bharti for promoting religious enmity and provoking rioting. Later, the Supreme Court asked that criminal conspiracy charges be restored against them.
In 1993, the CBI or Central Bureau of Investigation filed a single, consolidated charge sheet against 48 people including Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray.
The UP police have issued a high alert across the state in view of the verdict, in the Babri mosque demolition case, to be delivered by the special CBI court (Ayodhya case) in Lucknow on Wednesday, said senior police officials.
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