Surgical strike architect Lt Gen Hooda condemns Pragya Thakur’s remark on Karkare – Hindustan Times

Lt Gen (retired) D.S. Hooda, who oversaw surgical strike, on Sunday said he was hurt by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sadhvi Pragya Thakur’s remarks on police officer Hemant Karkare, killed in the 26/11 terror attack.

Hooda’s statement came at a press conference, organised by the Congress to release its national security paln, prepared by him.

“Yes, it does hurt when such things are said about a martyr, be it from the army or the police. Full respect should be shown to them. These utterances are not good,” said Hooda, the former Commander of Northern Army, which carried out surgical strikes in Pakistan in September 2016 after the Uri terror attack.

Thakur had said Karkare died during the attack as she had “cursed” him for torturing her. “I had told him you will be finished, and he was killed by terrorists in less than two months,” she said.

However, on Friday Thakur, BJP nominee from the Bhopal parliamentary seat, apologised and retract her statement.

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IPL 2019, LIVE SCORE, RCB vs CSK Match at M Chinnaswamy Stadium: Virat Kohli departs early – Firstpost

IPL 12 Match 39 RCB vs CSK at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru: RCB have won from the tinniest of the margins. Extra-ordinary scenes here, the TV umpire to decide the fate of the match. MS Dhoni, who has belted everything today, misses to connect the final ball, that is bowled at length outside off. They scamper for a single. For a bue. Shardul Thakur puts in the dive but Parthiv has hit the bull’s eye. WOW! What a finish we have had. The TV Umpire is referred and guess what Chahar doesn’t make the ground by litreally millimeters there. Heartbreak for MS Dhoni. Heartbreak for CSK but the heart continues to beat for RCB. Their hopes are alive in the tournament. MS Dhoni almost pulled off a miracle once again.

However, RCB’s sensational win over KKR in their previous match in which Kohli slammed a century must act as the source of inspiration as their playoffs hopes continue to hang by a thread. Bangalore lost five of their first seven games in 2016 and still made to the playoffs after winning six out of last seven games and Kohli would hope his players continue to believe in their abilities as they look for a similar turnaround.

The focus for Kohli and team management would be on their bowling. Despite the arrival of Dale Steyn, RCB conceded 203 against KKR as Andre Russell took them to the cleaners.

Meanwhile, a win on Sunday would take CSK to 16 points and that should be enough for them to qualify for the playoffs.

CSK are coming into the match after a loss against SRH in the previous game. MS Dhoni missed the SRH match due to a stiff back but he is expected to be fit in time for the RCB clash.

In the 23 matches played between these two sides in IPL so far, CSK have won 15 of them while RCB won seven and one of the match finished in a tie.

Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings Full squads

Royal Challengers Bangalore Team 2019 Players list: Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), Akshdeep Nath, Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Heinrich Klaasen, Pawan Negi, Dale Steyn, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Himmat Singh, Colin de Grandhomme, Washington Sundar, Shivam Dube, Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Prayas Barman, Umesh Yadav, Kulwant Khejroliya, Tim Southee

Chennai Super Kings Team 2019 Players list: Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, Sam Billings(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Karn Sharma, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir, MS Dhoni (c), Dwayne Bravo, Dhruv Shorey, Murali Vijay, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Scott Kuggeleijn, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Mohit Sharma, KM Asif, Monu Kumar

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Happy to Contest from Varanasi if Asked by Congress President, Says Priyanka Gandhi – News18

Last month, Priyanka Gandhi had thrown a hint that she is not averse to taking on Modi in Varanasi when a party worker asked her to contest from Rae Bareli, setting of speculations about her possible candidature.


Updated:April 21, 2019, 7:25 PM IST

Happy to Contest from Varanasi if Asked by Congress President, Says Priyanka Gandhi
Congress President Rahul Gandhi and General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra during a public meeting in Agra district. (Image: PTI)

Kalpeta: Amid speculations she could be pitted against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi Lok Sabha seat, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra Sunday said she will be happy to contest if asked by party President Rahul Gandhi.

“You will find out. If my Congress President tells me to contest, I will be happy to contest,” Priyanka Gandhi, AICC general secretary for UP East, told reporters here.

She was responding to a question whether she will contest the poll from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh from where Modi is seeking re-election.

Last month, Priyanka Gandhi had thrown a hint that she is not averse to taking on Modi in Varanasi.

“Shouldn’t I fight from Varanasi?” Vadra said when a party worker asked her to contest from Rae Bareli, setting of speculations about her possible candidature.

Earlier, the Congress leader had also said she would contest the election if the party wanted her to do so.

In her media interaction here, Priyanka Gandhi dismissed BJP leader and union minister Uma Bharati’s controversial remarks that the country will see her the way it views a “thief’s wife”.

“From my grandmother, grandfather, father, mother, they have said one thing or the other about all of my family. They will keep on saying such things. But we will keep on doing our job,” she responded with a smile.

When asked to comment on the impact Priyanka could on the poll outcome, Bharati had last week said: “Nothing. Why will she have an impact… Whose husband is facing theft charges? She will be seen the way India sees a thief’s wife.”

Priyanka Gandhi, Congress general secretary in-charge of Eastern Uttar Pradesh, was in Kerala for the last two days canvassing votes for Rahul Gandhi, who is contesting in Wayanad Lok Sabha constituency besides in Amethi in Uttar Pradesh.

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Live Cricket Score – Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2019 – Cricbuzz

IPL 2019

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Chennai Super Kings 160/8 (20.0 Ovs)

Dhoni  84 (48)

Royal Challengers Bangalore 161/7

Navdeep Saini  4-0-24-1

Who will win this battle?

Who will win this battle? © BCCI

RCB win by one run!

Dhoni did all he could, hit 24 off the first five balls but misses the final one. The non-striker is run out by a direct hit from Parthiv Patel. Dhoni is denied despite a superb 84 off 48 balls.

26 needed off the final over!

50 for Dhoni

It has come off 35 balls and he gets there with an important six off Steyn. 36 needed off 12!

WICKET: Jadeja is run out

Dhoni is fighting on but a big miscommunication sees Jadeja being run out. The equation is getting tighter now. 49 needed off 3 overs.

WICKET: Chahal gets Rayudu

He’s out bowled off the pad through a nicely flighted delivery. Rayudu misses the flick and it catches the front pad before richocheting onto the stumps.

76 needed off the last 6 overs now.

Close call for Rayudu

A stumping call goes in Rayudu’s favour but it looked very, very tight. Was the foot in the air or not was the question but the umpire sees a few replays to confirm that he wasn’t out. It seemed a call that could have gone either way!

Dhoni, Rayudu steady CSK

The stand is worth just 37 now off 30 balls but both are doing a good job in keeping CSK in the hunt. Will this one go down the wire?

WICKET: Umesh strikes again!

CSK are in tatters now. At 28/4 inside the powerplay. Kedar Jadhav miscues the pull and this time de Villiers has a simpler catch to take at mid off.

The Steyn effect!

WICKET: Faf departs!

So Umesh Yadav gets his man. This time with a short ball that hurries onto Du Plessis. The miscued pull is taken by de Villiers running across from mid off, despite nearly avoiding a collision with Akshdeep coming in from mid on. CSK 17/3 now!

Fortune for Faf!

Umesh Yadav beats him with a peach of an away-shaper and the ball kisses the off stump but the bails don’t fall off! That’s the fourth time this season we’ve seen such a thing happening.

WICKETS: Steyn gets Watson and Raina!

It’s that swing again, which we haven’t seen too many bowlers get early, that got the better of Watson. He flashes and edges to slip where Stoinis takes a sharp catch. And to make it just better he outplays Raina with a pinpoint yorker first up that destroys the stumps. Raina was probably waiting for the short ball but is late to get his bat down. Big blows first up.

Innings break: RCB end with 161

Moeen Ali played a neat cameo towards the latter part of the innings, and did as much as he could with the limited balls that he got to face. His 16-ball 26 was key in RCB getting to 161, a total that seems under par but still something to fight with.

WICKET: Faf du Plessis brilliance gets Stoinis out

Tahir gets Stoinis to miscue one and du Plessis takes it at long off before parrying it in to the other field before falling over. RCB continue to stutter.

Fifty and OUT!

Parthiv Patel gets his off 36 balls and is out the next ball, hitting a short one to cover. Useful innings nevertheless. Can RCB still have a good finish? They now have Stoinis and Moeen Ali in the middle.

WICKET: Jadeja gets his second

After a 39-run stand, Akshdeep Nath holes out to long off against Jadeja. He departs after a 20-ball 24.

Parthiv-Akshdeep steady

The two have not been too adventurous but have played a decent hand so far in getting RCB going. Parthiv has hit four sixes so far.

WICKET: Jadeja gets de Villiers

He did not look in his elements today. Jadeja gets a little turn, AB skips down and goes through with a loft despite not getting to the pitch. Faf du Plessis stays still and takes a neat catch at long off.

de Villiers going hard

He’s been trying to hit every ball out of the park, or at least that’s how it seems. One such shot almost turned out to be a catch with du Plessis leaping up and getting a hand. But he survives that chance and is on 23 off 17 after the powerplay. RCB are 49/1.

WICKET: Kohli falls to Chahar

The outswing trick works well. A regulation length ball that shapes away and Kohli is out nicking behind. Chahar is off on a celebratory run, why won’t he!

TOSS: CSK opt to bowl; Dhoni, Bravo and de Villiers return

Chennai Super Kings (Playing XI): Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Kedar Jadhav, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Imran Tahir

Royal Challengers Bangalore (Playing XI): Parthiv Patel(w), Virat Kohli(c), AB de Villiers, Akshdeep Nath, Moeen Ali, Marcus Stoinis, Pawan Negi, Dale Steyn, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Umesh Yadav

Will Dhoni and AB de Villiers play?

That will be one of the biggest questions leading up to the game. Dhoni had a bit of practice on the eve of the game but a decision will be made only later. AB de Villiers’ concussion will have RCB a little worried. That decision too will come out soon. Important game for the hosts, and they should fancy their chances at home against a side that is better suited for slower tracks. We’ll have the toss and team updates for you very soon.

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Will be happy to contest from Varanasi if Rahul asks, says Priyanka Gandhi – The Indian Express

Priyanka said the decision on her candidature from Varanasi rests with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi. (File)

For the second time in three weeks, Congress general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh (East) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Sunday hinted that she was not averse to taking on Prime Minister Narendra Modi from Varanasi Lok Sabha constituency. However, Priyanka said the decision on her candidature from Varanasi rests with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.

Interacting with the media just before departing from Kerala after winding up her two-day trip to Wayanad, Priyanka said, “If Congress President asks me to contest, I will be happy to contest (from Varanasi).”

There have been many calls within the Congress Varanasi unit asking Priyanka to contest the national elections from the temple town.

The talk about Priyanka contesting from Varanasi started when she herself made a remark during an interaction with party leaders and workers in Rae Bareli, the constituency of her mother Sonia Gandhi.

“Shouldn’t I fight from Varanasi?” Priyanka quipped when a party worker asked her to contest from Rae Bareli.

The speculation over Priyanka contesting from Varanasi has coincided with the Congress leader ramping up her attack on PM Modi in recent weeks. Priyanka has accused the Prime Minister of ignoring his constituency of Varanasi and has dubbed the BJP “anti-farmer” and “pro-rich”.

With Varanasi going to polls in the last phase of the Lok Sabha elections on May 19, the Congress has adopted the wait-and-watch approach.

Last week, the party released nine more candidates for the polls in Uttar Pradesh but stopped short of announcing a candidate from Varanasi.

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Video appears to show SpaceX’s new spaceship for NASA exploding during a safety test – Business Insider India

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  • On Saturday, SpaceX tested the emergency escape rocket system for its new human-capable Crew Dragon spacecraft, but an “anomaly” occurred during the test.
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A test of the emergency escape system for SpaceX’s new spacecraft designed to carry NASA astronauts into orbit went awry on Saturday, and an unverified video making the rounds on Twitter claims to show just how bad the anomaly was.

On Saturday afternoon, SpaceX attempted a static-fire test of the emergency abort system on its new Crew Dragon space capsule, which is intended for use by NASA’s Commercial Crew program to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

Saturday’s test, however, did not go as planned. According to a statement from SpaceX:

“Earlier today, SpaceX conducted a series of engine tests on a Crew Dragon test vehicle on our test stand at Landing Zone 1 in Cape Canaveral, Florida. The initial tests completed successfully but the final test resulted in an anomaly on the test stand.

Ensuring that our systems meet rigorous safety standards and detecting anomalies like this prior to flight are the main reasons why we test. Our teams are investigating and working closely with our NASA partners.”

According to Spaceflight Now, the test “sent a reddish-orange plume into the sky visible for miles around,” suggesting a fairly serious malfunction of the engine systems.

On Sunday, an unverified video circulated on Twitter claiming to show the results of that test. The video appears to show a large explosion in the capsule several seconds in:

When asked about the video, SpaceX simply pointed to the statement about Saturday’s test.

Saturday’s test followed a
successful test flight of an uncrewed Crew Dragon capsule in early March. The vehicle, carrying a human-sized dummy nicknamed “Ripley” and a
plush globe-shaped toy that quickly sold out back on Earth, successfully docked with the International Space Station, and
safely splashed down in the Atlantic Ocean after its six-day mission, marking a significant milestone in the development of new American human-rated spacecraft.

This post will be updated with any further information on the test from SpaceX.

IPL 2019: Super Kings fall short despite Dhoni’s pyrotechnics – The Hindu

For a moment, it seemed as if M.S. Dhoni had clubbed Royal Challengers Bangalore to another impossible defeat. With 26 needed off a breathless final over, Dhoni had sent Umesh Yadav soaring over the ropes three times, leaving his side two to score off the final ball. 

It was the same old story again, it felt: Dhoni and Chennai Super Kings ambushing a side at the death. Except Umesh had other ideas. 

Slower ball

A slower ball beat Dhoni and as the batsmen tried to steal a bye, wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel hit the stumps with a direct hit. RCB sneaked home by one run, recording a precious third win in Vivo IPL-12. 

Chasing 162 for victory, CSK needed 70 off the last five overs, a task it very nearly accomplished. Dhoni finished unbeaten on 84 (48b, 5×4, 7×6), with echoes of his knock here last year. 

Eyebrows raised

Questions will be asked of his decision to farm the strike in the penultimate over, with Dwayne Bravo for company, but CSK fell short only by the smallest of margins.

Dale Steyn, whose second stint at RCB had begun in emphatic fashion at Eden Gardens, made early inroads yet again. He struck twice in the first over, having Shane Watson edge to slip before bowling Suresh Raina first-ball with a delightful yorker. 

Faf du Plessis was caught off a top-edge, as was Kedar Jadhav, who had an ugly swipe at the ball. CSK was four down for 28 inside six overs, with the target seeming distant.

But this is a team that bats deep; more importantly, this is a batting order with M.S. Dhoni at No. 6. As long as the CSK captain, who had recovered from a back spasm, was at the crease, there was hope for his side. 

Struggling for momentum

Put in, RCB struggled for momentum through the middle overs. Deepak Chahar and Ravindra Jadeja were on song again, returning combined figures of four for 54 from their eight overs to stifle RCB’s progress. 

Chahar struck early, luring Virat Kohli into a drive with a full out-swinger. A.B. de Villiers, who had missed the previous game with a concussion, and Parthiv Patel then added 47 runs (26 balls) for the second wicket. 

Parthiv attacked from one end, smashing four sixes over the leg-side boundary, as he raised his fifty off 36 balls. But at the other, RCB strangely promoted Akshdeep Nath and Marcus Stoinis ahead of Moeen Ali. Between the end of the eighth and the 14th overs, only 41 runs were added to the total as CSK’s bowlers exerted control. 

Stoinis fell to a stunning catch on the long-off boundary, where du Plessis grabbed the ball and tossed it back to Dhruv Shorey before tumbling over the rope. Moeen’s 16-ball-26 towards the close lifted RCB to 161.


ROYAL CHALLENGERS: Parthiv Patel c Watson b Bravo 53 (37b, 2×4, 4×6), Virat Kohli c Dhoni b Chahar 9 (8b, 2×4), A.B. de Villiers c du Plessis b Jadeja 25 (19b, 3×4, 1×6), Akshdeep Nath c du Plessis b Jadeja 24 (20b, 1×4, 1×6), Marcus Stoinis c sub b Tahir 14 (13b, 1×6), Moeen Ali c Shardul b Bravo 26 (16b, 5×4), Pawan Negi c Rayudu b Chahar 5 (6b), Umesh Yadav (not out) 1 (1b), Dale Steyn (not out) 0 (0b); Extras (lb-2, w-2): 4.

Total (for seven wkts. in 20 overs): 161.

FALL OF WICKETS: 1-11 (Kohli, 2.3 overs), 2-58 (de Villiers, 6.5), 3-99 (Akshdeep, 12.4), 4-124 (Parthiv, 15.4), 5-126 (Stoinis, 16.3), 6-150 (Negi, 18.6), 7-160 (Moeen, 19.5).

SUPER KINGS BOWLING: Chahar 4-0-25-2, Shardul 4-0-40-0, Jadeja 4-0-29-2, Bravo 4-0-34-2, Tahir 4-0-31-1.

CHENNAI SUPER KINGS: Shane Watson c Stoinis b Steyn 5 (3b, 1×4), Faf du Plessis c de Villiers b Umesh 5 (15b), Suresh Raina 0 (1b), Ambati Rayudu b Chahal 29 (29b, 2×4, 1×6), Kedar Jadhav c de Villiers b Umesh 9 (9b, 2×4), M.S. Dhoni (not out) 84 (48b, 5×4, 7×6), Ravindra Jadeja run out 11 (12b), Dwayne Bravo c Parthiv b Saini 5 (4b), Shardul Thakur run out 0 (0b); Extras (b-9, nb-1, w-2): 12.

Total (for eight wkts. in 20 overs): 160.

FALL OF WICKETS: 1-6 (Watson, 0.5 overs), 2-6 (Raina, 0.6), 3-17 (du Plessis, 3.6), 4-28 (Jadhav, 5.5), 5-83 (Rayudu, 13.1), 6-108 (Jadeja, 16.4), 7-136 (Bravo, 18.6), 8-160 (Shardul, 19.6).

RCB BOWLING: Steyn 4-0-29-2, Saini 4-0-24-1, Umesh 4-0-47-2, Negi 1-0-7-0, Stoinis 3-0-20-0, Chahal 4-0-24-1.

Toss: Chennai Super Kings.

Man-of-the-match: Parthiv Patel.

Royal Challengers won by one run.

Comedian With No Political Record Leads Ukraine’s Presidential Election – NDTV News

Kiev, Ukraine: 

Comedian Volodymyr Zelensky swept to victory in Ukraine’s presidential election Sunday, an exit poll showed, as millions of voters weary of war and economic hardship rebuked the ruling elites and ushered in fresh uncertainty for their geopolitically pivotal nation.

Zelensky, a 41-year-old TV star with no political track record, won 73 percent of the vote in the runoff election, according to national exit poll results broadcast by Ukrainian television. President Petro Poroshenko, who was running for his second five-year term, received just 25 percent, according to the poll.

“To all Ukrainians, no matter where you are, I promise that I will never let you down,” Zelensky said after the results came in. “Though I’m still not president, I can say as a Ukrainian citizen to all the countries of the former Soviet Union: Look at us. Everything is possible.”

The comedian had been heavily favored going into the election, holding a decisive lead in the polls in recent weeks. His surge to the top of a crowded field of candidates in the presidential campaign’s first round, and his apparent landslide win on Sunday, reflected the disdain with which many Ukrainians see their political establishment five years after their pro-Western revolution.

Zelensky’s experience in politics amounts to playing the Ukrainian president on a popular sitcom. But amid a continuing war in eastern Ukraine, economic travails and popular revulsion over allegations of government corruption, Zelensky’s anti-establishment, antiwar and reformist message captured the support of a wide cross-section of the country.

“I voted for Zelensky because everything he said is true,” said Viktoriia Bengalska, a 45-year-old secretary in Kiev. “It’s impossible to survive on this salary, prices have increased like crazy, and we were promised something totally different.”

Zelensky’s apparent victory is the latest in the global trend of political outsiders harnessing TV and social media to outmuscle the unpopular establishment. It is likely to reverberate in Russia and elsewhere across the former Soviet Union, where few other countries can claim a democratic system that would allow a comedian to unseat the sitting president. And it prompts questions about Ukraine’s strategy in its conflict with Russian President Vladimir Putin – with whom Zelensky has promised to negotiate while not detailing how.

“Zelensky doesn’t have experience, and Putin is a very dangerous adversary,” said Volodymyr Fesenko, a political analyst in Kiev. “There’s a lot of risk here.”

Ukraine, a country of more than 40 million people, is pivotal to Putin’s effort to maintain a sphere of influence in Eastern Europe. Putin annexed Ukraine’s Crimea Peninsula and backed separatists in eastern Ukraine after popular protests toppled a Moscow-friendly president in Kiev in 2014. A successful democracy in Ukraine – which shares deep historic, linguistic and cultural links with Russia – could also energize opposition within Russia to Putin’s autocratic rule.

In Russia, both pro-Kremlin and independent news media broadcast live feeds of Friday’s stadium debate between Poroshenko and Zelensky, a spectacle offering a striking contrast to the lack of a domestic challenge to Putin. “We want it like in Ukraine,” said a headline in the Russian business newspaper Vedomosti.

Zelensky has said he will maintain Ukraine’s pro-Western course, and he has pledged not to give away any territory in negotiations with Putin. But he has signaled greater flexibility than Poroshenko in potential negotiations over the war in eastern Ukraine, sparking optimism as well as concern that he could be outmatched by the Kremlin.


Volodymyr Zelensky’s anti-establishment, antiwar and reformist message captured the support of a wide cross-section of Ukraine (AFP)

“We would not advise him to talk to Putin alone,” a Western diplomat in Kiev said.

But many voters brushed those fears aside on Sunday amid intense dissatisfaction with their current leadership. The war in eastern Ukraine has killed about 13,000 people, according to the United Nations. Sporadic, deadly shooting continues to occur, and Russian-backed rebels occupy a swath of territory around two major cities near the Russian border.

Poroshenko, whose confectionery business makes him one of the country’s richest men, took office in 2014 in the wake of Ukraine’s pro-Western revolution. He built his campaign around the theme of independence from neighboring Russia – strengthening the military, promoting the Ukrainian language over Russian, and forming a Ukrainian Orthodox Church separate from Moscow. His slogan: “Army! Language! Faith!”

In his last-ditch appeal before the runoff, Poroshenko told voters that handing the presidency to Zelensky would imperil the very existence of the country. Zelensky’s slick, social media and TV-driven campaign masked the influence of the Kremlin and of unscrupulous billionaires, Poroshenko alleged.

“This is a bright candy wrapper,” Poroshenko said in the debate in Kiev’s Olympic Stadium on Friday, referring to Zelensky. “There are Russians inside, and fugitive oligarchs.”

Those concerns echoed among Poroshenko’s supporters, a sign that one of Zelensky’s most difficult tasks will be to bring together a divided country. At a polling station set up at a Kiev public school, Inna Dzhurynska, 52, pointed at her traditional Ukrainian embroidered shirt when asked whom she was voting for.

“Who do you think I will vote for?” Dzhurynska said. “We’ll lose Ukraine with Zelensky,” she added, and broke into tears.

During his campaign, Zelensky largely eschewed traditional advertising and unscripted interactions with journalists. Instead, the entertainer relied on social media and his television shows to reach voters.

On his sitcom, Zelensky plays a simple, morally upright schoolteacher who is elected president after his rant of outrage over corruption is caught on camera and goes viral. He then takes on Ukraine’s entrenched business and political elites, refusing to be bought. The third season of Zelensky’s show, “Servant of the People,” aired this spring and includes scenes of a prosperous, corruption-free Ukraine in the aftermath of the Zelensky character’s presidency.

“I’m not a politician,” Zelensky said in Friday’s debate, channeling his character in his show. “I’m just a simple person who came to break the system.”

To be sure, his real-life political rise isn’t quite the Cinderella story told in his sitcom. The long-popular entertainer has benefited from his business partnership with Ukrainian billionaire Ihor Kolomoisky, who controls the television channel that airs Zelensky’s shows and gave largely positive coverage to his candidacy. Both men deny that Kolomoisky is behind Zelensky’s political ambitions.

Zelensky’s most powerful advantage in the runoff may have been simply that he was not Poroshenko. Many voters blame the incumbent for the failure to end the war in eastern Ukraine and for allowing corruption to fester at the highest levels of government. Poroshenko countered that it’s Russia’s fault that the war lingers and that he did what was possible to reform governance in Ukraine.

Poroshenko “could have made it into history, but he was only protecting his interests and not the state’s,” said Valentyn Rudenko, 70, a pensioner and Zelensky voter in Kiev. “I just don’t want Poroshenko to be president.”

On the popular messaging app Telegram, Zelensky’s campaign distributed an image for supporters of the candidate holding two automatic guns. It’s a frame from a graphic dream sequence in “Servant of the People” in which Zelensky’s presidential character comes to parliament, grabs his bodyguard’s weapons, and massacres the lawmakers in front of him.

“End of the old era,” the text under the image says.

Oksana Parafeniuk contributed to this report.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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Indian naval ships arrive, Pakistan to miss Chinese navy’s fleet review – The Hindu

Two Indian battle ships, including the biggest indigenously built stealth destroyer INS Kolkata, have arrived at the port city of Qingdao to take part in the Chinese Navy’s fleet review while the Pakistan naval ships will be conspicuous by their absence at the event.

China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) is celebrating its 70th founding anniversary on April 23 with a grand fleet review. Ten countries, including India, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam, will deploy 20 vessels to join a naval parade.

INS Kolkata, which is the first of a new class of three destroyers built by India, is accompanied by tanker INS Shakti, a fleet support ship, to take part in the event.

However, PLAN’s naval fleet review will be held without the ships from its closest ally Pakistan.

Though there is no official announcement, official sources told PTI that no Pakistan ships are expected to take part in the fleet review. Instead, Pakistan navy will be represented by a high-level delegation at the Qingdao celebrations being held from April 21-26.

Besides being an all-weather ally of China, Pakistan is the biggest procurer of Chinese weapons systems. China is currently building four most advanced naval frigates for Pakistan.

INS Kolkata is commanded by Captain Aditya Hara. It is equipped with the latest weapons including the supersonic Brahmos missiles and sensors. It is capable of simultaneously engaging multiple threats from the air, sea and underwater.

INS Shakti is commanded by Captain Sriram Amur and its role is to provide fuel, provisions and munitions to warships whilst underway at sea.

Both ships are capable of operating large helicopters for tasks such as anti-submarine warfare and search and rescue.

More than 60 countries will send delegations to join multinational naval events marking the anniversary and over 30 countries of them will send major navy leaders, PLAN’s senior navy officer Qiu Yanpeng told a press conference at Qingdao on Saturday.

Observers say international naval fleet reviews are generally meant for showcasing each country’s modern naval ships. For its part, China which is expanding its navy to increase its strategic presence around the world, will deploy its modern ships including the aircraft carrier.

The first aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, and latest nuclear submarines, destroyers and fighter jets will be among the 32 Chinese vessels and 39 warplanes to be displayed in the parade, Yanpeng said.

“Some vessels will make their debut for the first time,” he added.

The Indian naval ships significantly arrived through the Taiwan Strait, the narrow strip of waters of the Pacific that separates China and Taiwan, which Beijing claims as a part of it. China protested to America on March 25 when two US naval ships sailed through the Taiwan Strait.

Captain Aditya Hara, on asked about their arrival through the Taiwan Strait, said the ships did pass through it and that the transit was made in accordance with the international law and Chinese ships were present in the Strait to offer assistance for a safe passage.

Answering a question about the relations between Indian and Chinese navies, considering the border tensions, Captain Hara said that the ocean is a common heritage of mankind and that the PLAN and the Indian Navy have healthy professional interaction in this matter.

The Indian ships’ last port of call was Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, where they conducted a bilateral exercise with the Vietnam Navy reflecting on close defence ties between India and Vietnam.

The ships’ crews will not only participate in planning and executing the parade at sea but will also meet separately for experience sharing, an Indian Embassy press release said here.

On the cultural front, the Indian Naval band, embarked on the ships, will give a performance at the iconic May 4th Square in Qingdao.

Sports activities will include basketball, tug of war, table tennis and a Sampan boat race. The ships will also be open to the general public, including the local Indian community, providing a unique opportunity for direct engagement with the people of Qingdao, it said.

After Qingdao, the next port of call for the India ships is Busan, South Korea, where they will participate in the ADMM Plus Maritime Exercise.

Participation by the Indian Navy in the PLA Navy’s fleet review is part of the efforts towards deepening the military-to-military relations between India and China, which is in keeping with the strategic guidance provided by the leaders of both countries, it said.

The past year has witnessed an intensification of these exchanges, including an exchange of visits by the Defence Ministers and Army/Theatre Commanders of both countries. A high level delegation from the PLA Air Force participated in the Bangalore Air Show, and the Vice Chief of Air Staff of the Indian Air Force participated in the Zhuhai Air Show in 2018, it said.

The PLA Navy was represented at the Rear Admiral-level at the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) 10th anniversary celebrations in Kochi in November last year. Besides these high level engagements, there have also been professional interactions at the mid and junior officers’ levels. These include the army joint training exercise Hand-in-Hand , and participation by PLA Navy cadets in the Admiral’s Cup Regatta at the Indian Naval Academy, it said.

Newly developed oral appliance may treat sleep apnea – TheHealthSite

Researchers have developed a novel treatment for sleep apnea, under which, by making patients lie down flat, the researchers stimulated sleep conditions and measured the patient`s airways using 3D imaging. The study confirmed that the treatment is effective at opening the airways and warrants further collaboration between dentists and doctors in the treatment of sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that causes throat muscles to relax and narrows the airways of those affected while they are asleep. Snorting, choking or gasping while sleeping is the indicators of the condition. People with mild to moderate sleep apnea experience daily fatigue and a shortened attention span from lack of sleep. Sleep apnea can also have more serious consequences; people have died from very severe forms of the condition.Treatments include a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine (a mask worn by the patient that delivers air pressure throughout the night) or one-piece oral appliances.

As part of the study, a team of health care professionals developed an oral appliance to help patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea. The findings are published in the Journal of Sleep Disorders. This appliance brings the jawbone forward to enlarge the air passageways at the back of their mouth.

Each appliance is custom made for each patient and allows jaw movement, so it doesn`t affect the patient`s teeth or change the shape of their face. “This is like when you have to use glasses, you have to wear them every time you want to see properly so [patients] have to wear this appliance every time [they] want to sleep better,” said Hiroshi Ueda, lead researchers of the project. Previous research usually measured patients standing up, which does not simulate sleeping conditions.

This study (published in Sleep Disorders, 2019) measured the change in airway space of 13 patients lying flat. The team found that the appliance had a positive effect on patients: wearing it almost halved the number of times the patients had sleep apnea episodes during the night and widened their airways to allow easier breathing.”I think it is unique research because we are dentists, but we can contribute to improve the [patient`s] sleep situation or breathing situation,” said Ueda.

Published: April 21, 2019 10:23 am