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Will finalise electoral strategy for Tamil Nadu assembly polls at appropriate time: Jayalalithaa

“People will not forgive them,” she said, adding her government had an “impeccable record.”

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MK Stalin threatens stir if Centre, Tamil Nadu govt do not lift ban on Jallikattu

The DMK government had enacted a legislation in 2009 to ensure the continuance of the bull-taming sport after introducing due regulations.

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DMK Treasurer MK Stalin today urged the Centre and state government to remove the ban on ‘Jallikattu’ and warned that he would lead a protest unless they took steps to enable the bull-taming sport to be held during the Pongal festive season in January.”If the Centre and state don’t take steps for removing theban and hold jallikattu during the coming Pongal festival, I myself will lead a struggle against this after seeking approval from (DMK President) Kalaignar (Karunanidhi),” he said in a Facebook post.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The DMK government had enacted a legislation in 2009 to ensure the continuance of the bull-taming sport after introducing due regulations.Supreme Court had last year banned jallikattu, bull races,bull-fights and other uses of bulls in performances, but therehave been widespread demands in the state, especially in thesouthern districts, that Centre make adequate amendments to ensure that the sport is introduced again in 2016.Supporters of ‘jallikattu,’ organised to coincide with the Tamil harvest festival of Pongal, have been defending it on the grounds that it is a sport of bravery and is reflective of the local tradition. Recently, scores of celebrities, including actress Vidya Balan and India Test captain Virat Kohli, had signed a petition by an animal rights advocacy group seeking upholding of the ban on ‘jallikattu’.

Not holding back: Virat Kohli hits out at ‘critics’ who have never played for the nation

Kohli is “hurt” that some of the former players, who have not even played for the country, give their opinion on international cricketers.

Virat Kohli

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India’s Test captain Virat Kohli is unhappy that some of the former international cricketers have run down the team despite their comprehensive 3-0 win against South Africa in the recently concluded Test series.Kohli is “hurt” that some of the former players, who have not even played for the country, give their opinion on international cricketers. With Mohali and Nagpur Test matches on spin-friendly tracks ending inside three days, Kohli is certainly not amused with the kind of response he has got from former players, who have now become media pundits.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”It obviously hurts when people who have played the game themselves make such comments. I am not saying all of them do it. Some of them understand the mindset of the players, having gone through similar situations in their careers. They lend you support, say the right thing and even help you with certain technicalities. But some people like to focus on the negatives. It feels bad as an Indian cricketer,” Kohli told ‘BCCI.TV’. He did pull back any punches while being critical of these former stars without naming anyone.”Growing up, you have looked up to these people and when you hear such comments from them you lose a bit of respect for them. It would be more respectful of them to come up and speak to a player individually if they feel there is some flaw that needs to be corrected,” the skipper was forthright with what he felt about the comments. While he still respects those who have played for the country, Kohli found it difficult to fathom as to how some former first-class cricketers who never played for the country made adverse remarks.”And someone who hasn’t played for the country has no right in anyway to comment on an international cricketer. I don’t think that has any kind of logic. You cannot sit there and say how you would have done something differently when you have not been in that situation yourself and don’t have the mindset of a cricketer,” Kohli, who won his second successive series as captain after the Sri Lanka triumph, said. As he has often repeated at media conferences, Kohli again expressed his displeasure at how the team has not been given their due credit despite such a handsome series win.”It is a pity. The series happened in our country and our own people are looking for weaknesses and areas of criticism, and not speaking enough about the kind of good cricket we played. They have been talking about the pitches and how that has been a factor,” Kohli said. “In this series, four of the top five run-getters were Indians. Top two wicket-takers were Indians. We have had no excuses, we played honest cricket and we got the results in our favour. We are proud of what we have done and how we have played,” he added.

After decommissioning, aircraft carrier INS Viraat likely to be converted into museum

Govt is soon going to write to the nine maritime state governments asking them if they would be interested in taking the custody of the decommissioned ship.

INS Viraat has been in service for over 50 years now, initially with the British

Indian Navy’s warhorse INS Viraat, which is to be decommissioned in February 2016 may not meet the same disgraceful and unfortunate fate as that of INS Vikrant which after retiring from service had to be sold off as scrap last year after it found no takers despite being famously hailed as one of the 1971 war hero.The ministry of defence (MoD) has initiated efforts to convert it into a museum after its decommissioning to keep the aircraft carrier’s rich legacy alive.Sources in the MoD told dna that the government is soon going to write to the nine maritime state governments – West Bengal, Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat – asking them if they would be interested in taking the custody of the decommissioned ship.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Corroborating this, naval sources said that defence secretary G Mohan Kumar’s office has already taken Navy’s suggestion over this and is likely to ask the states to share a proposal over it.”The cost of maintaining even a decommissioned warship is huge. The states will be asked how to express their level of interest, how they intend to use it so that the carrier’s rich history can be preserved and at the same time it does not burn the exchequer’s pocket,” said a source.INS Viraat is one of the only two existing aircraft carrier of the Indian Navy besides INS Vikramaditya. It has been in service for over 50 years now, initially with the Royal British Navy and since 1987 in the Indian Navy. It participated in the Falklands Conflict between the Argentina and the United Kingdom in 1982.Even as the government has initiated attempts for a respectable post decommissioned life for Virat, INS Vikrant, had found no takers last year despite much protest and even a PIL in the Bombay High Court to stop the government from selling the ship to scrap dealers. It was eventually sold off as scrap for Rs Rs 63.02 crore. In 1971 war, it was Vikrant’s launch platform from which the Indian Air Force planes carried out air raids at the harbours of Chittagong and Cox’s Bazar in then East Pakistan.”With Virat, we want to ensure that its historical achievements are preserved. Hence the idea of converting it into a museum,” said an official adding that Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandra Babu Naidu has already showed interest in it througha letter he wrote to defence minsiter Manohar Parrikar recently.Indian Navy submarine INS Kursura after its decommissioning in 2001 was converted to a museum and is a major tourist attraction in Vishakapatnam.

Trolled! Omar Abdullah takes down Ram Gopal Varma after he tweets he’s happy India lost

The entire country was sad when Team India’s brilliant run of seven consecutive wins in the 2015 World Cup came to an end in the semi-final match against Australia.

Ram Gopal Varma got trolled on Twitter for saying he was happy with India's defeat. IBNLive

Ram Gopal Varma got trolled on Twitter for saying he was happy with India’s defeat. IBNLive

However, if you thought that it was not possible for any person to claim to be happy about Team India’s defeat, filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma made sure that you were proved wrong.

In a series of scathing tweets, Varma not only expressed his ‘happiness’ due to India’s defeat and his hatred of cricket but also went to the extent of saying that Indians suffered from a disease called ‘cricketitis’. He even took a dig at Virat Kohli as he said, “I personally like Anushka Sharma’s performance much much More than the performance of whoever and whatever her boyfriend is?”

His tweets obviously attracted a lot of criticism but that did not seem to affect Varma as he tweeted, “I love haters because hate is more spicier (sic) than love.”

Here is the series of Varma’s controversial tweets:

However, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abullah trolled Varma on Twitter and took a dig at Varma’s flop movies in the recent years when he sarcastically said, “No wonder your movies are such block buster hits all the time.”