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Sunday, 4 June 2017

Can Pakistan breathe life into rivalry with India?

Can Pakistan breathe life into rivalry with India?

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June 4, 2017
Start time 10.30am local (0930 GMT)
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Somewhere between what many see as a war and players say is just another game, somewhere between a classic and a dud, somewhere between a non-international becoming massive organically and the ICC planning draws to make sure this cash cow is flogged at every world event, lies the hard-to-define, often mundane but sometimes magical India-Pakistan cricket rivalry, which renews itself in the teams' first game of the 2017 Champions Trophy.
Aside from the heightened nationalism surrounding it, this match comes with less baggage than India-Pakistan fixtures of old. Largely because Pakistan have fallen behind, the last five "big" matches between these sides - 2012 World T20, 2013 Champions Trophy, 2014 World T20, 2015 World Cup 2015 and 2016 World T20 - have been quite one-sided. There were flashes of competition in their last ICC encounter, but few are expecting a high-quality thriller. There are no chances of an anti-climax, because the bar is set low.
Once the desis - a collective term for Indian and Pakistani expats - enter Edgbaston, though, they will transform this match from being just another match. In 2009, when Pakistan and India played a World T20 warm-up at The Oval, the atmosphere there was more electric than the tournament final. Expect more.
On the field, Pakistan will look to catch a team that has had other issues on the hop. The last time there was such unrest between an India coach and the senior players - as we are being told - was in the 2007 World Cup. There is bound to be insecurity in the camp, with people looking over their shoulders, but sometimes a high-profile cricket match forces players to put their energies in the same direction.
Pakistan's challenge is more cricketing. They have fallen behind Bangladesh in terms of being in touch with modern limited-overs cricket. Pakistan's Test cricket has coped, but limited-overs cricket is where their isolation has hurt them the most. The PSL is the youngest of the T20 leagues, and their players don't get too many contracts in other leagues. They are not part of the conversation. They are not always abreast with the latest tactics, which are ephemeral in modern limited-overs cricket. Once innovators, Pakistan have been left behind. They will need every bit of regeneration, and unrest in the other camp, to beat an opponent they have beaten only four times in their last 15 attempts.
Form guide

India LWWWL (last five completed matches, most recent first)
Pakistan WWLLL
In the spotlight

Not that there was any danger he would not get it, but now more than ever Virat Kohli will be in the spotlight. In 10 ODIs, he has scored two hundreds against Pakistan, averaging 41.44. In 14 ODIs in England, he has one century and an average of 38.54. Acceptable numbers, but not quite in the stratosphere that Kohli exists elsewhere and against other opponents. Add to it the attention he has attracted through his role in the appointment of India's next coach.
Higher the par score the smaller the chance Pakistan have of winning. Against the top-eight teams, they have won only once in the last 13 times their bowlers have conceded over 250. While a lot depends on conditions, the one force that can keep the par score down is Pakistan's bowling. In Australia, their last series again a top-eight opponent, they lost all the high-scoring games, and won only when their bowlers bowled Australia out for 220. Even then they sweated in the chase. If Pakistan are to cause an upset, their bowlers will have to do it.
Can India switch focus to 'just another game'?
Team news

In a rare occurrence, India have four deserving fast bowlers to choose from to fill two or three spots. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav all have legitimate claims to make the XI. The last time India faced Pakistan in an ODI, Umesh and Shami did the job, but Bhuvneshwar has a great record against them and Bumrah is a special death bowler. There will be a temptation to play all four, and Hardik Pandya as the seam allrounder.
India (possible) 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Shikhar Dhawan, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Kedar Jadhav, 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9, 10 and 11 three out of R Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav
Azhar Ali, who was removed as Pakistan captain recently, might struggle in the modern game, but the overcast weather forecast might call for an old-fashioned opener. Shadab Khan's legspin will be tempting, but Pakistan might go for the extra batting of Faheem Ashraf.
Pakistan (possible) 1 Azhar Ali, 2 Ahmed Shehzad, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Mohammad Hafeez, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt & wk), 7 Imad Wasim, 8 Faheem Ashraf, 9 Mohammad Amir, 10 Wahab Riaz/Junaid Khan, 11 Hasan Ali
Pitch and conditions

The pitches at Edgbaston are true, as seen in the match between Australia and New Zealand, but the overhead conditions matter more. The initial forecast was for showers in the morning and afternoon, but that seems to have improved.
Stats and trivia

  • In five ODIs against Pakistan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar averages 21.55 and concedes runs at 4.21 an over, compared to career numbers of 39.62 and 4.95.
  • Shoaib Malik fancies India. He averages close to 50 against them, as against a career average of 35.50. However, it has been four years since he played India, having missed the 2015 World Cup.
  • India last lost to Pakistan in an ICC event in the 2009 Champions Trophy.
  • Both these sides hold a negative record against top-eight sides since the last World Cup: India have won nine and lost 12, Pakistan have won six and lost 18.
  • India, though, have better stats against top eight sides in this period. Their batting average is better (38.9 to 31.9), their batting strike rate is better (5.89 to 5.39), and their bowling average is better (37.55 to 44.36). Only their bowling economy is marginally worse: 5.97 to 5.96.
  • Junaid Khan has bowled 22 balls to Kohli in ODIs for two runs and three wickets. All three dismissals came in the 2012-13 series in India

Shangla woman confesses to killing husband for allegedly raping daughter-in-law

Shangla woman confesses to killing husband for allegedly raping daughter-in-law

A Shangla woman on Saturday confessed to killing her husband for allegedly raping their daughter-in-law, police said.

According to Alpuri Headquarters' Deputy Superintendent of Police Amjad Ali Khan, a man was shot dead on Thursday. His wife admitted to killing him during a police interrogation.
During the murder investigation, the man's wife had alleged that he repeatedly raped their daughter-in-law, the DSP said.
"About nine months ago, our son got married. Later my husband started to irritate our daughter-in-law and raped her repeatedly," the woman alleged in her confessional statement.
During her confession she added, "I decided to kill him when he did not leave his bad habit."
The woman confessed that she, with her daughter-in-law's help, shot her husband while he slept at night, the DSP said.
According to the DSP, the interrogation was carried out under the directives of District Police Officer Rahatullah Khan, who had directed that strict action be taken against everyone involved in the case.
Subsequently, a case was lodged against the accused under Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code and the court has sent the woman, and her son and daughter-in-law to jail

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Chesterfield teacher arrested on rape, child porn charges

Chesterfield teacher arrested on rape, child porn charges

David P. Kielbowick Jr., 53 was arrested on Wednesday, May 31, and charged with rape, two counts of object sexual penetration, two counts of aggravated sexual battery, two counts of indecent liberties with a child by custodian and three counts of producing child pornography.
The victim is a juvenile female who is related to Kielbowick, police said.
On May 25, police received a report that personnel at James River High School had found inappropriate photos in a book belonging to Kielbowick, who teaches science at the school. He is also listed on the Chesterfield County school website as an assistant coach for the James River High School Crew team.

David P. Kielbowick Jr., 53.
Through investigation, police determined that, over a period of several years, Kielbowick had sexually assaulted a juvenile female who is related to him and produced child pornography involving the victim.
At this time, police are not aware of any additional victims in this case.
"These are very serious charges,” said Chesterfield Schools’ spokesman Shawn Smith. “The employee has been removed from and is not currently working in our schools.”
Kielbowick, of the 600 block of Fern Meadow Loop in Chesterfield, is currently being held at the Chesterfield County Jail without bond.
The school division continues to work with Chesterfield Police regarding their investigation

13-year-old rape victim gave birth to a child, which will be the sole evidence that will lead the court to the alleged rapist.

RAJANPUR: A 13-year-old rape victim gave birth to a child, which will be the sole evidence that will lead the court to the alleged rapist.
A* was raped last year at her Quran teacher’s house. Her father said that his daughter had dropped out of school after class five, but wanted to continue studying. She began working at a house in the neighbourhood where she was also taught how to read the holy Quran.
It was here that 40-year-old Kashif allegedly raped the girl last year.
Not bowing down to the backward traditions of the area, where often such incidents are hushed the victim’s father, a labourer, spoke out.
After finding out that his daughter was pregnant he filed a case in the court. But the accused knew how rape cases work in courts. In the absence of any witnesses there is only circumstantial evidence- the victim’s word against the rapist—which is insufficient for conviction by a court.
It is here that the family made some tough decisions. They decided to bring the unborn child in this world.
The minor girl gave birth on November 17, 2016 following which the local court had ordered a DNA test to determine parenthood.
However, the key accused in the case failed to appear in the court during the last two proceedings.
On Thursday (today) during the hearing the victim failed to present a lawyer in the court. They said they didn’t have the resources to hire one. The judge has given orders for a public prosecutor in the case. The hearing has been adjourned till April 13.
 Speaking to Geo News, the girl’s father vowed to get his daughter justice. “I will kill myself if I fail,” said an emotional father.
“We are poor people. We expect the court to give us justice,” said the victim, cradling her baby in her arm.
Child to prove crucial evidence: HRCP
Amendments in the rape law last year make DNA test for victims mandatory, penalise the police for delaying investigation, and allow victims to testify in court through an in-camera session.
Chairperson Human Rights Commission Pakistan (HRCP) Zohra Yousuf said that in this particular case the child will serve as crucial evidence. “After October 2016 the law makes DNA test compulsory in all rape cases. In this case it should not be difficult to establish a link,” she said.
She adds that since the girl is a minor the alleged rapist cannot establish that they were in a “consensual relationship”.
Women rights organization Aurat Foundation director Mehnaz Rehman said that giving birth to the child was a "bold move" by the family. She said that in this case the rapist should be punished and expenses for the child should be borne by the state. "Even if the rapist- the child's biological father- pays for his expenses, he should have no contact with the child," she said.
Rajanpur, a city in south west Punjab is marred by social inequalities where large landowning families live alongside an extremely poor landless population.
*Names changed to protect privacy
*Additional reporting by Sidrah Roghay

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Rampur molestation: Video goes viral, 1 arreste

Rampur molestation: Video goes viral, 1 arreste 

Updated: May 29, 2017 4:53 Pm
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Rampur molestation: Police said they are yet to identify the two victims.
Police on Sunday arrested a 20-year-old man in connection with a molestation incident in UP’s Rampur district, a video of which went viral on the social media. The video shows a group of men accosting two women on a deserted road. Then, one of the accused pulls the dupatta of one of the women and picks her up. The men are also seen molesting the woman as her companion pleads with them to let them go.
The incident took place on May 22, but police came to know of it on Saturday evening when the video went viral. The police claim to have identified 14 persons from the video. On Sunday, the police arrested prime accused Shehnawaz (20) of Kuwakhera village in Rampur. He was produced before the court, which sent him to judicial custody. Raids are being conducted to trace the other 13 accused, all residents of Kuwakhera village.
Police said they are yet to identify the two victims. SP, Rampur, Vipin Tada said, “A police team is trying to locate the women.” He added that during questioning, Shehnawaz told police that the incident occurred on May 22 at Kuwakhera village after an altercation between the women and the accused. Shehnawaz failed to name the person who videographed the incident and uploaded it on social media.
“After both the women are identified, we will get their statements recorded before the magistrate and start the process of identifying persons who misbehaved with them. In the video, we have identified 14 persons. Some of them appear to be minors,” said the SP. On the basis of the video, an FIR under IPC sections 354A (sexual harassment), 354B (assault or use of criminal force on a woman with intent to disrobe) and the Information Technology Act has been registered at Tanda police station.
Reacting to the incident, former UP minister Azam Khan, who is MLA from Rampur, told mediapersons, “Isme koi hairat ki baat to hai nahi. Maujuda Sarkar mein jitne balatkar Hua Hai, hatya Hui Hai, loot Hui Hai, isme koi hairat ki baat nahi hai.” (This is nothing unexpected. Considering the number of rapes, murders, looting incidents under this government, this is nothing unexpected). “Bulandshahr ke haadse ke baad har shaksh ko kamse se kam apni ghar ki aurton ko, koshish karna chahiye woh ghar mein rakhen (Following the Bulandshahr incident, every person should try to ensure that the women of his family stay at home),” he added.

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