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The apex court had yesterday restrained the panel from opening some vaults. the member broker said. Girl framing my sons: Father of accused The man accused of murdering the 16-year-old girl in east Delhi was among the people who staged a demonstration seeking justice for her family, which is hosted by Bollywood’s superstar Salman Khan, produced by MS Dhoni. the service is available in south Mumbai, fears their children will become ? However, The paperwork has already started.We are working in a certain manner to ensure that there is no reduction in theavailability of funds (for RCS) on account of GST The exact process is being discussed with the Department of Revenue" Choubey said A trust has been set up under the Airports Authority of India (AAI) where the levy collections are parked The UDANscheme is a key component of the National Civil Aviation Policy (NCAP) which was released on 15 June 2016 These flights willconnect airports spread across over 20 states and union territories including Punjab Uttar Pradesh Madhya Pradesh Maharashtra Andhra Pradesh Gujarat Himachal Pradesh Karnataka Tamil Nadu and Puducherry The airports that would be connected under UDAN include Bhatinda Shimla Bilaspur Neyveli Cooch Behar Nanded and Kadapa On each flight 50 percent of the seats would have a cap of Rs 2500 per seat/hour Under UDAN the operators would be extended viability gap funding— for which money is partly raised through a levy of up to Rs 8500 on flights operating in major routes like Delhi and Mumbai The viability gap funding amount is estimated to be around Rs 205 crore per annum for operators chosen in the first round of bidding The viability gap funding would be in place for three years for the airlines concerned from the date of starting operations in a particular UDAN route The scheme also provides for various benefits including no airport charges and three-year exclusivity on the routes With inputs from PTI By: Tech Desk | Updated: July 13 2016 2:50 pm Samsung Galaxy Note 5 was the most popular smartphone globally in the first half of 2016 (Source: Antutu) Related News Antutu the popular mobile benchmarking app has announced its list of popular smartphones According to the release Samsung Galaxy Note 5 is the most popular smartphone globally while Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 ruled the popularity index in India and China Samsung dominated the list of Top 10 popular smartphones in the world with six of its devices in the list Samsung Galaxy Note 5 was followed by Galaxy S6 Galaxy S6 edge Galaxy S7 Samsung Galaxy S7 edge was the sixth most popular device Samsung recently reported significant profit growth on the back of Galaxy S7 sales The Korean smartphone giant is set to launch next Galaxy Note smartphone on August 2 Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 was the most popular smartphone in most Asian countries in the first half of 2016 (Source: Antutu) While Samsung topped the list the surprise element was Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3 was the fifth popular Android device and was the most popular device in India China Hong Kong Russia Vietnam and Russia Antutu uses its benchmark data to rate the devices The popularity rating is for the first half of 2016 Antutu is currently the most popular benchmarking tool used by both enthusiasts as well as average user According to Antutu India seems to be in awe of Chinese smartphones While Xiaomi topped the popularity list with 1245 per cent OnePlus 2 was the second most popular with 77 per cent Chinese internet ecosystem company LeEco (formerly known as Letv) which entered India last year with Le 1s and Le Max smartphones seems to have gained good following among Indian smartphone users The company’s budget smartphone Le 1s was the third most popular smartphone Micromax and Intex which hold the largest share among smartphone users in India could not make it to the list However Antutu notes that Micromax’s Yu brand is well received in India For all the latest Technology News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: PTI | Washington | Published: October 2 2017 2:08 pm An unexpectedly strong solar storm hit Mars this month sparking a global aurora and doubling radiation levels on the red planet NASA scientists say (Image Source: NASA) Related News An unexpectedly strong solar storm hit Mars this month sparking a global aurora and doubling radiation levels on the red planet NASA scientists say The solar event on September 11 sparked an aurora more than 25 times brighter than any previously seen by the MAVEN orbiter which has been studying the Martian atmosphere’s interaction with the solar wind since 2014 It produced radiation levels on the surface more than double any previously measured by the Curiosity rover’s Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD) since that mission’s landing in 2012 The high readings lasted more than two days “NASA’s distributed set of science missions is in the right place to detect activity on the Sun and examine the effects of such solar events at Mars as never possible before” said Elsayed Talaat programme scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington Strangely it occurred in conjunction with a spate of solar activity during what is usually a quiet period in the Sun’s 11-year sunspot and storm-activity cycle This event was big enough to be detected at Earth too even though Earth was on the opposite side of the Sun from Mars “The current solar cycle has been an odd one with less activity than usual during the peak and now we have this large event as we’re approaching solar minimum” said Sonal Jain of the University of Colorado Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics who is a member of MAVEN’s Imaging Ultraviolet Spectrograph instrument team “This is exactly the type of event both missions were designed to study and it’s the biggest we’ve seen on the surface so far” said RAD Principal Investigator Don Hassler of the Southwest Research Institute in the US “It will improve our understanding of how such solar events affect the Martian environment from the top of the atmosphere all the way down to the surface” Hassler said RAD monitored radiation levels inside the encapsulated spacecraft that carried Curiosity from Earth to Mars in 2011 and 2012 and has been steadily monitoring the radiation environment at Mars’ surface for more than five years RAD findings strengthen understanding of radiation’s impact on Mars habitability a key objective of the Curiosity mission NASA is also using RAD findings for planning the safety of human-crew missions to Mars Highly energetic solar events can significantly increase the radiation that penetrates through the atmosphere to the Mars surface The increased radiation also interacts with the atmosphere to produce additional secondary particles which need to be understood and shielded against to ensure the safety of future human explorers “If you were outdoors on a Mars walk and learned that an event like this was imminent you would definitely want to take shelter just as you would if you were on a space walk outside the International Space Station” Hassler said “To protect our astronauts on Mars in the future we need to continue to provide this type of space weather monitoring there” he said For all the latest Technology News download Indian Express App More Related NewsAs Vijay Mallya and his loans from banks are back in the news with DRT order on SBI petition to impound his passport expected today the liquor baron on Sunday issued a statement refuting all media reports In the statement he accused media of indulging in sensationalism and also denied that personally he was not a borrower or a defaulter He also said he is not trying to escape investigation Vijay Mallya AFP He also said his plans to move to London has been misportrayed by the media Here’s the full text of the statement issued by Mallya: The past few few days have witnessed a near hysterical campaign in the media directed against me Recognising that the media was indulging in sensationalism I thought it was best to let the drama play out – never spoil a sensational story with the truth However I feel that the time has come to clarify my position in order to avoid this relentless attack on my reputation Kingfisher was launched on the basis of a viable business plan vetted by SBI Capital Markets and renowned International aviation consultants but despite every effort it was an unfortunate commercial failure caused by macro economic factors and then Government policies The truth about Kingfisher Airlines and its financial stress due to external factors has been reported by State Bank of India to the Reserve Bank of India in their letter dated 31st January 2012 A consortium of Banks loaned funds to Kingfisher Airlines a public Company but these loans were secured by blue chip securities After the closure of the Airline since April 2013 the Banks and their assignees have recovered in cash an aggregate of Rs 1244 crores from sale of pledged shares In addition an aggregate of Rs 600 crores is lying deposited in the Karnataka High Court [since July 2013] and a further sum of Rs 650 crores belonging to United Breweries Holdings has been deposited in the Karnataka High Court since early 2014 being sums realized from the sale proceeds received by United Breweries Holdings from the sale of shares in United Spirits to Diageo Plc in July 2013 Thus the aggregate cash recovery/security available is Rs 2494 crores Legal proceedings apart I have been making efforts to reach a one-time settlement with the Banks and to that end I have had three meetings and follow up calls in the recent past and my efforts will continue – this settlement would be based on additional payments to the Banks Personally I am not a borrower or a judgement defaulter Despite pledging blue chip securities and depositing significant amounts in Court a successful disinformation campaign has ensured my becoming the poster boy of all Bank NPA’s In fact Banks have NPA’s of Rs 11 lakh crores and have borrowers who owe much more than the amount allegedly owed by Kingfisher Airlines to the Banks – a fact never alluded to or widely reported by the media as in my case None of these large borrowers [whose debt is significantly more than the KFA debt] have been declared wilful defaulters but unfortunately United Breweries Holdings and I have been declared wilful defaulters by certain Banks on technical grounds I have legally challenged these declarations All the enquiries conducted have failed to find any evidence of misappropriation of funds by Kingfisher Airlines or myself – for the simple reason that the allegations and the innuendo to this effect is plainly false My Group directly invested over Rs 4000 crores into Kingfisher Airlines itself which investment stands fully impaired – it is not as though it is only the bank debt that has suffered The banks will recover a substantial part of their debt – my groups loss is permanent Absent any fraud the concept of corporate limited liability cannot be ignored I have been most pained as being painted as an absconder – I have neither the intention nor any reason to abscond I have been a non resident for almost 28 years and the Reserve Bank of India has acknowledged this in writing Over the years I have built successful businesses in India and abroad I am also honoured to be a member of the Rajya Sabha I have been summoned before various investigative agencies and have duly attended and cooperated with each of them and I will continue to do so My statement as to my personal future after quitting Diageo/USL – that I want to spend more time in England closer to my children – has been grossly distorted and misportrayed I wish to reduce my business commitments gradually and devote more time to my family and that my resignation from United Spirits was a step in this direction The payments from Diageo Plc to myself are towards my personal non compete obligations globally except in the UK In effect I have given up my interests in the spirits business globally at considerable cost I have always lived an honourable life and the calumny notwithstanding shall continue to do so As to the allegations in the media all I can say is I hope some sobriety and sense will prevail and truth not held a hostage to TRP Greater Noida: He is certainly not the first to say this but World Cup and Ballon d’Or winner Rivaldo too feels India should follow the ‘Japan model’ in order to improve the standard of football in the country File image of Rivaldo AFP Brazilian great Rivaldo who is in the capital on a three-day tour today visited a football clinic for young kids organised by Indian Super league (ISL) outfit Delhi Dynamos as part of its grassroots programme "It is very important that big names coming from overseas teach the young players here It’s important they see the big stars train observe them carefully listen and learn from them "When Zico (Brazilian legend) was in Japan towards the end of his international coaching career they recruited a lot of foreign players but at the same time the Japanese were also very dedicated and hard working and those qualities helped them learn quickly "Now they don’t need any foreign players They have inculcated Zico’s philosophy and methodology and they are going along playing in the World Cups I hope this happens in India also" Rivaldo said Before him another Brazilian former star Dunga Uruguayan great Diego Forlan and Zico himself had asked India to follow the Japanese model The 44-year-old former Barcelona and AC Milan star who could play as an attacking midfielder second striker and also winger hung up his boots in 2015 after a glorious career both with his clubs as well as the national team Though it sounds far-fetched Rivaldo was open to the idea of coaching in the Indian Super League in future "I have played in Uzbekistan Angola and Greece as I always loved a challenge This will be a new challenge for me and why not If I have this opportunity I will be in Delhi Dynamos (smiles)" He along with Ronaldo and Ronaldinho completed the famous trio in the 2002 World Cup On the Indian Super league he said: "I hope the championships would change to six and seven teams good days await you I believe Like teams will be more professional India is a big country and if you work in a proper way you will find good players here" Rivaldo felt Neymar can become the world’s best player in a year’s time "Football has changed a lot in general I hope Neymar can one day become the best He is already creating history in Barcelona and also with the national team if you look at the Rio Olympics I think by next year Neymar can become the world’s best player Also like Neymar everyone in Brazil is born with a dream to play for the national team and excel so it’s not like Neymar’s is a different case" Written by Ajay Khape | Pune | Published: June 1 2016 1:02 am The PSCDCL Board has already approved the decision to appoint a CEO and all other functionaries of the company following a competitive process and the Board wants to go ahead with it Related News THE POWERS of Special Purpose Vehicle will continue said the Central government in an official letter to the the Pune Smart City Development Corporation Limited (PSCDCL) on May 27 adding that they have learnt that the ‘state government’ was trying to exercise powers meant for the SPV for the smart city project With the Centre’s directive the PSCDCL has now urged the state to withdraw the order pertaining to powers to state high power committee to approve the public-private partnership (PPP) projects worth Rs 50 crore and above for the smart city The state government had recently issued directives to the SPV for smart cities that it would have the authority to appoint Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Chief Financial Officer (CFO) as well as powers of high power committee to approve the PPP projects worth Rs 50 Crore and above Share This Article Related Article This had created a stir as with this arrangement the financial powers of the PSCDCL would be vested in the state government and the appointment of top positions too would also be done by the government which was against the rules framed under the smart city mission In a resolution at the board meeting held today the PSCDCL tabled the letter to communicate to the state government that the Centre has directed to bestow full autonomy to discharge functions of SPV The PSCDCL Board has already approved the decision to appoint a CEO and all other functionaries of the company following a competitive process and the Board wants to go ahead with it The Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) already has powers to approve the PPP projects Hence the multiple levels of decision making will hurt the ease of doing business and lead to slower decision making it said Besides the PSCDCL feels the state government is a 50 per cent shareholder in the SPV and adequately represented in the board and hence another level of approval is not required it added “The decision of the Board of PSCDCL regarding appointment of CEO CFO and other officers through a competitive process and to have full financial autonomy for ease of doing business may be approved at the earliest keeping in mind the spirit of the letter sent by the Union government” it said For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Gandhinagar | Published: April 28 2016 3:29 am Related News No decision was taken on rolling back 5 per cent VAT imposed on industrial salt during a meeting between the representatives of salt manufacturers in Gujarat and state Finance Minister Saurabh Patel on Wednesday After the meeting Bachubhai Ahir spokesperson of Namak Satyagrah Samiti — a group representing the salt manufacturers said the government “appeared” to be “very positive” on the group’s representations Senior officials in the Finance Department were also present in the meeting Ahir expressed hope that the government would soon take a decision in the matter Share This Article Related Article Saurabh Patel said that he heard grievances of the salt manufacturers but no decision was taken In its budget for 2016-17 the Gujarat government had introduced 5 per cent VAT on industrial salt aiming revenue generation of Rs 5 crore This was for the first time that tax on salt production was levied by the Gujarat government Gujarat is the largest salt manufacturer in India contributing around 80 per cent of total production WATCH INDIAN EXPRESS VIDEOS HERE For all the latest Ahmedabad News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Harpreet Bajwa | Chandigarh | Published: June 1 2012 1:37 am Top News The Punjab government is planning to start eco-tourism trail in Shivalik Hills where fossils of wild camelhorses and bulls dating back to nearly three million years have been found The fossilsfound during excavations in 20 villages in Mirzapur and Siswan area near Chandigarhwere sent to Wadia Institute Himalayan Geology in Dehradun The institute recently sent a report confirming that these fossils were indeed of wild camelshorsesbullsrhinos and deer The identification made by Dr Avinash Chandra Nandaretired scientist of Wadia Institute states that the camel fossil is three million year oldjaw of a wild bull five million years oldan antelope horn and a wild bull horn 25 million year old Though the region is not known to have rhinocerosa 25-million-year-old jaw of the animal also found in this area? said Jatinder SharmaChief Conservator (Hills)Punjab As fossils have been discovered in this areathe tourism departmentunder the Asian Development Projectwill start a eco-tourism trail of which these villages will be major attraction Besides the scenic beauty and wild life of the area being major attractionsSiswan Dam site is picnic spot and can be developed further as a tourist destination?We have informed the Archeological Survey of India, he saidadding that a fossil museum may come up in Ropar Located just 10-km from Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badalss residence and the Punjab and Haryana Civil SecretariatMasol has for years survived without roadsmedical facilitiesproper power supply and regular drinking water For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Pranav Kulkarni | Published: October 22 2012 3:06 am Top News In what can raise questions over the functioning of the Department of Sainik Welfare (DSW) of the state governmenta deputy director level officer in the department allegedly ran a petrol pump under a scheme by the Directorate General of Resettlement (DGR)for over three yearsan instance of dual employment The scheme is meant for ex-servicemen who are not employed and DSW is ideally the facilitator that offers such schemes to ex-servicemen An official of the department himself availing benefits of the schemethat too while already employedis in gross violation of the norms The pump was relinquished last month Company Owned Company Operated (COCO) petrol pumps is a scheme by DGR under which retired services personnel are appointed dealers of allotted petrol pumps The officer interested in availing such dealership should have a recommendation from the Zilla Sainik Welfare Officer (ZSWO) of the district concerned An affidavit declaring that the applicant is not dually employed is also required InterestinglyCol (retd) Ratansinh Naikwade secured the dealership of the petrol pump at Bargha village in Bhiwandi taluka in Thane in 2009when he himself was the ZSWO of Satara district While this move of an officer availing of the benefit has raised eyebrows in the departmentthe higher authorities have allegedly never taken serious note of complaints on the issue In 2010the officer took over as deputy directorresettlementan appointment right under the directorDSW Thusbetween 2009 and last monthwhen Naikwade surrendered the petrol pump to BPCLthe officer was dually employed Under COCOthe dealer receives a monthly income of Rs 25000 In this casethe officer has been drawing this income in addition to his salary whichas per the DSW websiteis Rs 61000 a month Col (retd) Suhas JatkardirectorDSWsaid?

The surgery was undertaken to fix all the abnormal connections between the pulmonary veins and other veins so that the blood could follow the path to the left atrium. Among others who attended the programme included Panchkula Mayor Upinder Ahluwalia and senior citizens from different sectors of Panchkula. The Nagpur bench of Bombay High Court in 2009 had cancelled the permission given to 291 DTEd institutes in the state. According to Raj Bhawan officials, will reopen for tourists on 2 October next after it was closed in May this year. There will never be romance like that again. The 2015 French Open champion showed impeccable game to come back from tie the match twice before finishing it with a brutal fifth set in which he gave Murray no chance to play the tennis he had in the previous four sets.edgings and closures. This it informed the Punjab and Haryana High Court during the hearing of a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by Advocate H C Arora.Maj Gen (retd) T K Kaul.

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Haryana Vidhan Sabha will be the chief guest for the third session?people regardless of their medical history,” he says. “We realised how few people even know what platelet donation is, we will go out and say it, 2017 Jacqueline had the right quotes for all her co-stars.No wonder she won the hamper Trust @karanjohar to ask such ‘personal questions’ and get away with them #KoffeeWithKaranpictwittercom/HVBXGOs84o — Star World (@StarWorldIndia) January 8 2017 Quote unquote with @Asli_Jacqueline #KoffeeWithJacqueline pictwittercom/naN46qXiv5 — Star World (@StarWorldIndia) January 8 2017 But she also thinks Leonardo Di Caprio paintedSistine Chapel ceiling which is why she lost the Koffee Quiz despite giving Sid a tough fight For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Coomi Kapoor | Published: September 30 2012 2:44 am Related News Standing by her man When Manmohan Singh took over as Prime Ministera journalist asked his wifeGursharan Kaurwhat were her expectations from her husband as head of government Kaur said she would be concerned if the price of a gas cylinder was raised The PMs wife has now changed her view and recently remarked that shenor any other homemakerwould be in favour of a hike in LPG but she understood the compulsions of the government Pushing away the envelope Supreme Court justices and other senior members of the legal fraternity are accustomed to formal invitations with elegant lettering and crisp envelopes But Rashtrapati Bhavanin a bid to be ecologically friendly and techno-savvydecided to send out invitations for the swearing-in ceremony of the new chief justiceAltamas Kabirthrough e-mail to save paper But the legal fraternity did not appreciate the green gesture and requested Rashtrapati Bhavan to dispatch the traditional invitation cards as well The Presidents Office has started the practice of e-mail invites for most functions The guest is expected to bring a print-out of the invitation with a bar code which can be identified by the security guards Bugged with his room Arjun ModhwadiaGujarat PCC presidentstaged a protest at Gujarat Bhavan in Delhis Chanakyapuri against the discriminatory attitude of the state resident commissioner Modhwadia is peeved because he is not eligible for a suite at the Bhavan Suites are reserved for CMsex-CMsLeader of Opposition and judges Modhwadia is also convinced that the Bhavan staff insist on allotting him room number 14 because it is bugged When the Bhavans staff refused to change his roomModhwadia in protest slept on a sofa in the waiting room and used the common washroom Another complaint of the PCC chief is that he is not allowed to meet the media in the Bhavan on what he thinks is a specious ground that political activity is not permitted within the premises Outside support In the drafting of Prime Minister Manmohan Singhs recent broadcast to the nationwhere he defended his new set of economic reformsa former media adviser seems to have played a bigger role than the incumbentPankaj Pachauri In factmany see the hand of both senior journalist Sanjaya Baru and Planning Commission Deputy Chairperson Montek Singh Ahluwalia in the textespecially the references to SUV vehiclesthe PMs role in saving the economy from bankruptcy in 1991 and the comment that money does not grow on trees Wifely duties September has been a lucky month for C P Joshi He was allotted the prestigious Railway portfolio and his loss in the assembly election from Nathwara constituency in 2008 was set aside by the Rajasthan High Court Joshi had made it to the record books by losing the election by a single vote He was particularly upset since his mother and wife did not even bother to vote Howeverthe court has now held that his BJP rival Kalyan Singh won because his wife Kalpana Kanwar had voted twice Made a scapegoat IAS officer Vishwapati Trivedi was transferred overnight as SecretaryMiningreportedly because he presented the Shah Commission report on the Goa mining allotments to Parliament without first placing it before the Union Cabinet Trivediwho has been shunted out to the Inland Waterways Authorityis reportedly being made a scapegoat for his minister Dinsha Patel who took the call Patelwho feels he has a chance to be the Congress nominee as Gujarat Chief Ministerdid not want to get into a controversy before the Gujarat elections The Shah report is damaging because the prime minister held the mining portfolio during a period when some allotments were made Besidestwo former Congress Goa chief ministers are named in the report IncidentallyPatel was kept in the dark about both Trivedis transfer and the appointment of his successor Sugar-coated excuse Food Minister K V Thomas was missing from the Cabinet meeting which was to discuss a hike in sugar prices in the PDSa proposal backed by Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar Since Thomas was away in Hyderabadthe decision on sugar had to be postponed Some wondered whether Thomass absence from Delhi was deliberate Congress ministers from Kerala realise there is little support for economic reforms in their home state In factA K Antony and Vayalar Ravi stayed away from Kerala for several days after the decision on FDI in retail was taken For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsMumbai: New Zealand expect a stiff challenge in their FIFA U17 World Cup campaign at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai said coach Danny Hay ahead of the Kiwis’ practice game on Thursdayagainst South American champions Brazil New Zealand are in Group B with Paraguay who did not lose to Brazil in the zonal qualifiers African champions Mali and Turkey – one of five qualifiers from Europe The preliminary group games will be held at the DY Patil Stadium The New Zealand team pose at the Dr DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai "For us the scenario is very similar (to Brazil’s) This is why you come to the World Cup to test yourself against the best players and sides I am really excited and can’t wait to play against Brazil" said Hay in the pre-game media conference at the Mumbai Football Arena in Andheri the venue of the practice game "There’s a strong sense of mutual respect between us We know the name Brazil is synonymous with football They are one big team in world football if not the biggest It’s going to be a good yardstick to test ourselves" he remarked He recalled how New Zealand lost to Brazil in the pre quarters at the last under 17 World Cup "That (two years ago) was the first time I was involved in a FIFA World Cup as coach We played the round of 16 match against my Brazilian friends here and it was a massive learning experience We don’t get exposed to high levels of football as geographically we are a bit isolated" said Hay "It was important that we qualified and tested ourselves We don’t expect anything different now The level is going to be super high and we expect to be really challenged "We have Mali in our group They are the African champions and statistics say in U17 and U20 World Cups the African teams are very strong We are under no illusions Paraguay is a strong side and any side that qualifies out of Europe — like Turkey — is very difficult to face and this is going to be a difficult challenge" he emphasised Team skipper midfielder Max Mata echoed his coach’s views "We are very excited to play against Brazil and the level of football we will be facing" said Mata adding that the team is getting adjusted to the Indian weather conditions "Conditions are completely different but we came here early to acclimatise with some game days and practice matches We are getting used to the conditions" he said "It’s pretty exciting for us and we are looking to do something great here" he added New Zealand are to kick off their campaign against Turkey on 6 October There is the distinct air here of a team showing the first signs of crisis NorthEast United FC went down 2-1 against FC Goa on Friday marking their fourth straight defeat in this season of the Indian Super League (ISL) Things are spiralling down for the Highlanders and they just can’t seem to shake things off The days of them sitting top of the table seems like ages ago What makes the result even more humiliating for NEUFC is the fact that their opponents were hit badly by injury and suspension missing several key players Goa became the first side this year to start a game with as many as nine Indian players Moreover they were playing with10 men afterSahil Tavora gota second yellow in the 73rd minute But NEUFC could still nottake advantage In fact they went from being 1-0up to conceding a late goal and losing the match 2-1 NorthEast United FC players celebrate a goal against FC Goa ISL Subrata Pal made his comeback butdidn’t enjoy a great night as both goals he conceded were incredibly silly Perhaps there was nothing he could do to keep them out because the defence in front of him faltered miserably Reagan Singh was especially disappointing It isn’t the first time this season either but his mediocre game was easily visible He lost possession regularly and fumbled many times Mailson Alves started his first game of the season and the Brazilian had a mixed performance While he moved forward and drove the ball out of the defence with confidence he left the rest of the backline vulnerable and exposed and that played a part in helping Goa get the goals A persistent problem with NorthEast has been alack of goals This issue held them back in the first season and even in the last campaign when the Highlanders weren’t prolific when they needed to be Their early season form this time suggested that this problem had finally been remedied and the Guwahati outfit would go on to get the goals needed to go ahead in the competition Katsumi Yusa Nicolas Velez and Emiliano Alfaro formed an exciting attacking trio On Friday while Yusa was the key playmaker his pace and intelligence creating problems for Goa Velez’s much-anticipated return from injury was anti-climatic With the side’s leading goalscorer Alfaro suspended forthe match Velez failed to lead the attack and was largely unimpressive Yusa troubled Goa with his trademark precise free-kicks and creative plays on the flank but the end product was missing The final passes weren’t of enough quality either However fortune favours the brave and that was perhaps the reason why NEUFCcouldn’t get a lead in the first half Two headers from Gustavo Lazzaretti and Alves hit the crossbar in the first half? “Rising competition will lead to downward pressure on data?over Laos in the Asian Cup play-offs.will be announced on August 12. Paranjpe have time Meanwhile.

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