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Odisha rivers in spate after heavy rain

first_imgHeavy rain has lashed most parts of Odisha, especially southern districts, since Saturday sending rivers like Vansadhara and Rushikulya into spate, cutting off roads and flooding many areas.Two women died in a crop field and nine others sustained injuries when lightning struck at Mahaguda village under the Bhanjanagar sub-division of Ganjam district. A mother-daughter duo were injured in lightning strike at Rajamatu village in Nabarangpur district. One person was missing after being swept away by the swirling waters of the Nagabali river.Water level risingThe water level was steadily rising at all six river gauge sites of Vansadhara and Rushikulya. The water level in Rushikulya was rising at three river gauge sites – Sorada, Madhabarida and Purusottampur. Other rivers, Baitarani in Keonjhar and Hati in Kalahandi, were swelling due to heavy rain received during the past 24 hours. Many areas in Kalahandi, Ganjam and Rayagada districts were inundated following heavy rain.Kotraguda in Vansadhara basin received 234.8 mm of rainfall while Purusottampur in Rushikulya basin recorded 165 mm of rain. A low pressure area that formed over northwest of the Bay of Bengal has intensified into a well-marked low pressure area. “Heavy to very heavy rain is likely to occur at a few places in southern Odisha district with extremely heavy rain at one or two places over Rayagada, Kandhamal, Kalahandi, Balangir, Nuapada and Nabarangpur districts,” said H. R. Biswas, head of Meteorological Centre, Bhubaneswar.last_img read more

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Narada tapes case: CBI court rejects SMH Mirza’s bail plea

first_imgA special CBI court on Wednesday rejected the bail plea of suspended IPS officer SMH Mirza, who was arrested by the central agency for corruption in connection with the Narada tapes case, extending his judicial remand till November 26. Mr. Mirza’s counsel pleaded before the Kolkata court that his client is in no manner connected with the scandal but has been in custody for 49 days. He prayed to the court to grant Mr. Mirza bail as there’s been no progress in the case since his arrest. CBI lawyers pleaded that Mr. Mirza’s appeal be rejected as his custodial remand was needed further for interrogation.Mr. Mirza was the Burdwan Superintendent of Police when he was allegedly caught in a sting operation carried out by Mathew Samuel, the editor of Narada news portal, in 2014. He was arrested on September 26 this year and produced before the court, which had initially remanded him to CBI custody for five days. The court had remanded Mr. Mirza to judicial custody for 14 days on September 30 and had extended it twice. The Narada tapes surfaced ahead of the 2016 West Bengal Assembly polls. In the tapes, persons resembling senior Trinamool Congress leaders and Mr. Mirza were seen accepting money from representatives of a fictitious company in return for favours. The Calcutta High Court had ordered a CBI probe into the Narada sting operation case on a public interest litigation, which sought an impartial investigation into the footage.last_img read more

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Bucks need better bench play to regain control vs Raptors

first_imgLATEST STORIES The Bucks reserves played so well in the first two games of the series that the teams’ apparel shop unveiled a “Bench Mob” T-shirt, celebrating the efforts of Malcolm Brogdon, Ersan Ilyasova, George Hill and others. Milwaukee’s bench outscored Toronto’s reserves 130-78 through the first three games of the series.But it was the Raptors’ bench, led by forward Norman Powell’s 18 points, that decided Game 4 — scoring 48 points Tuesday as Toronto evened the series at 2-2.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“They need to play well,” Budenholzer said Wednesday of his reserves. “I think our whole team, whether it be the bench or the starters, needs to be better defensively. I think there’s things offensively where the bench can, you know, just like the rest of us, we have to execute a little bit better. … this series, the benches have been critical and very influential and credit to Toronto’s bench, particularly. They really stepped up and had a huge game, and we need that from our group.”Serge Ibaka gave the Raptors a lift off the bench Tuesday with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Fellow Toronto reserve Fred VanVleet added 13 points and six assists. Their efforts came as the Raptors got only 19 points from a hobbled Kawhi Leonard. Toronto Raptors center Serge Ibaka (9) battles for the rebound against Milwaukee Bucks forward Nikola Mirotic (41) and Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton (24) during the second half of Game 4 of the NBA basketball playoffs Eastern Conference finals, Tuesday, May 21, 2019 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)MILWAUKEE — The Bucks are back in Milwaukee looking to regain momentum in the Eastern Conference finals.Coach Mike Budenholzer believes the play of his bench will be a major factor in what happens in Game 5 on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win PLAY LIST 01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Before the two losses to Toronto in the Eastern Conference finals, the only other time Milwaukee dropped back-to-back games was in March, losing at Utah on March 2 and at Phoenix on March 4.THE DRAKE FACTORDrake’s impromptu massage of Nurse’s shoulders is getting a lot of attention, though the Raptors’ coach said he didn’t even realize it had happened.“I didn’t even know I got the shoulder rub last night until somebody showed me a picture today,” Nurse said. “I didn’t even feel it. I was so locked into the game. Didn’t distract me at all.”Drake has been very animated at courtside, and Budenholzer said if the rapper steps onto the court, it crosses the line.“I don’t know how much he’s on the court. It sounds like you guys are saying it’s more than I realize,” Budenholzer said. “There’s certainly no place for fans and, you know, whatever it is exactly that Drake is for the Toronto Raptors. You know, to be on the court, there’s boundaries and lines for a reason, and like I said, the league is usually pretty good at being on top of stuff like that.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Here are some other things to know going into Thursday’s Game 5:DEFENSIVE STANDOUTSSome of the league’s best defensive players are in the Eastern Conference finals.Bucks MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo and Milwaukee guard Eric Bledsoe Wednesday were named NBA first-team all-defensive performers.Toronto forward Kawhi Leonard was named second team.NO TIMETABLE FOR ANUNOBYRaptors coach Nick Nurse said OG Anunoby does not have a timetable for returning from an emergency appendectomy that has sidelined the 21-year-old forward for the entire postseason.“He is being more active every day,” Nurse said. “I think we are getting closer to a point where we’re — you know, unpack is the next step for him. He’s moving pretty good, he’s shooting, etc., but still a ways away from being able to take hits and contact in the areas that he needs to test out.”TWICE IS ENOUGHMilwaukee isn’t accustomed to losing back-to-back games in 2019 — in fact, it’s happened only twice. ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP MOST READ Raptors coach Nick Nurse is confident his bench will continue to play well in Milwaukee because of Toronto’s style of play.“That’s really kind of our system, would be that we create opportunities and everyone’s involved and everybody’s touching the ball,” he said. “Everybody’s moving and cutting. It’s kind of a free-flowing, open system.“If we play with the effort we’ve put in the last two games, actually three of the four games in the series, we are going to have a really good chance to win,” Nurse said. “We are going to put ourselves in position to win, and I don’t think it’s any tricky schemes or fabulous game plans. I think it’s our players playing their butts off, really.”Brogdon, who returned from a foot injury in the Eastern Conference semifinals, missed his first seven shots Tuesday night and finished with just four points. None of the Milwaukee reserves scored in double digits.“It was disappointing, but I mean, the series is 2-2,” said Bucks forward Kris Middleton, who finished with a game-high 30 points. “It’s not the end of the world. They protect their home court just like we did, and I know the fight is going to be a dogfight. First team to two wins. Can’t feel sorry for ourselves that we lost two in a row here. We have to go protect home court and go from there.”ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal threaten Novak Djokovic bid for historic Grand Slam Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messlast_img read more