Tough Kyrgyz test awaits India in AFC Asian Cup qualifiers

first_imgHigh on confidence following a six-game winning streak, India will face their toughest test this year when they take on Kyrgyzstan in an AFC Asian Cup qualifying round football match here tomorrow.India have come into the game after winning six official international matches on the trot, including a 2-0 victory over Nepal last week, and they would fancy their chances against the central Asians in the home leg tie at Sree Kanteerava Stadium. (Also read: ‘Beds for Travelling Fans’ campaign to help fans in Bengaluru for India vs Kyrgyz Republic match)The Stephen Constantine-coached Indian side are ranked at exactly 100 while Kyrgyzstan are 132nd in the latest FIFA rankings. Both the sides are tied at three points each from their opening fixture wins in Group A.Whoever win tomorrow will brighten their chances of qualifying for the main tournament in UAE in 2019. Two teams from each of the six groups will qualify for the 2019 tournament.Macau and Myanmar are the other two teams in Group A.We are wearing Blue tomorrow. #BackTheBlue #AsianDream #INDvKGZ pic.twitter.com/zr3C9UWx7W- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) June 12, 2017India had beaten Myanmar in the first match of their qualifying campaign, besides defeating Cambodia and Nepal in international friendlies this year. But, Kyrgyzstan are expected to provide the strongest test to the Indian side. The Central Asian side have come into the match after defeating Macau 1-0 at home.Both nations have locked horns on three occasions. India have won twice — in Nehru Cup 2007 and 2009 — but Kyrgyzstan won the last contest in the 2010 AFC Challenge Cup.advertisementConstantine may cherish some happy memories playing at the Sree Kanteerava Stadium as his team had beaten Guam 1-0 in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, but Kyrgyzstan could be an acid test for him and his players.Udanta Singh, who has been a revelation for the Indian side, will be missing due to an injury, as also striker C K Vineeth, who has been a star performer for Bengaluru FC in the domestic season.Constantine may also be worried about playmaker Eugenson Lyngdoh as he has not had the best of run for BFC this season.Star striker Sunil Chhetri is certain to return after being rested against Nepal in Mumbai. Jeje Lalpekhlua, who scored against Nepal, would look to continue his good form.The inexperienced Indian defence is beginning to look good and Sandesh Jhingan and Anas Edathodika will hope to keep the Kyrgyzstan strikers at bay.Kyrgyzstan, on the other hand, will bank on their strikers Mirlan Murzaev and Vitaly Lux. Murzaev is good at aerial play and is an attacking player. Captain Azamat Baymatov and Tamirlan Kozubaev will man the central defence.It’s do or die tomorrow #IndianFootball #BackTheBlue #AsianDream #INDvKGZ pic.twitter.com/fPM0k0RATc- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) June 12, 2017All set to rock and roll. #BackTheBlue #AsianDream #INDvKGZ pic.twitter.com/u90qI1YpAG- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) June 12, 2017″Kyrgyzstan are an experienced side. They have quality and they have a great experience. As I heard, a lot of players ply their trade in Europe, which is a great sign of their calibre. I expect a very good fight from them. At the end of the day, it’s going to be a tough challenge for us,” Constantine said at the pre-match press conference.Asked about India’s higher ranking than their opponents, he said, “Ranking comes for a particular reason. But, on the given day, you have to perform on the field. 32 above or below in the FIFA Ranking doesn’t decide the result of a football match. Your hard work counts on the pitch.”Chhetri echoed his coach’s sentiments and said, “We have a huge task tomorrow. We know they are a strong side but we are here to give everything we have to win the tie.”We are churning out results, we are proud to take the results. But, we can’t afford to be complacent at this moment.One moment of he slip-up and everything will be ruined.”Kyrgyzstan coach Alexander Krestinin sounded confident: “We’re here to get a win. We won’t be satisfied with a draw.We are the favourites in the group.”We are ready. We know that India will be a tough nut to crack at their home. Their defence is very strong. But we’re well prepared to beat them.”India are playing smart football recently. Getting good results always gives you confidence. It’s the 21st century and everyone has the information about their opponents. We are well prepared for them and hope there will be a good fight tomorrow.advertisementlast_img read more

Go to people with proof of development Mamata to MLAs

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee seems definitely in mood to revamp the party organisation in the run up to the Assembly elections in 2016. At a recent meeting with party leaders, Banerjee not only reshuffled the Trinamool Congress’ (TMC) district leadership, but asked her party leaders to highlight the achievements of the government “with proof”– in the run-up to the  Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIAssembly polls. “There should be a list of schools, colleges, ITIs, hospitals with the party workers when they campaign. The people must know what we have done for them”, Sobhondeb Chattopadhyay, chief whip of the TMC in the Bidhan Sabha told Millennium Post.The Chief Minister reiterated how the public must be made aware of the various schemes that the government is offering and how to avail them.“Most of the people don’t know about schemes”, Chattopadhyay pointed out. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindThe Labour Department, for example, has schemes for the unorganised sector such as bidi workers, construction workers and so on. There are schemes for those living Below the Poverty Line (BPL) – like Amaar Bari Amaar Thikana, Geetanjali, etc. “The government provides housing for the homeless and also 3 kathas of land for building a small house and a kitchen garden, where vegetables can be grown. A small pond can also be used to develop pisciculture on this land”, he added.The district administration will also work hand-in-hand with the committees on development schemes.last_img read more

Married LGBT adults healthier happier Study

first_imgFor years, studies have linked marriage with happiness among heterosexual couples. A new study now shows that the benefits of marriage extend to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) couples as well.In the study, published in the journal The Gerontologist, LGBT participants who were married reported better physical and mental health, more social support and greater financial resources than those who were single. For the research, Jayn Goldsen from the University of Washington, and her colleagues used survey data from more than 1,800 LGBT people, aged 50 and older, in locations where gay marriage was already legal in the US in 2014. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAbout one-fourth were married, another fourth were in a committed relationship and half were single. Married respondents had spent an average of 23 years together, while those in a committed, unmarried relationship had spent an average of 16 years.Among the study participants, more women were married than men.Researchers found that, in general, participants in a relationship, whether married or in a long-term partnership, showed better health outcomes than those who were single. But those who were married fared even better, both socially and financially, than couples in unmarried, long-term partnerships.Single LGBT adults were more likely to have a disability; to report lower physical, psychological, social and environmental quality of life; and to have experienced the death of a partner, especially among men, the findings showed.last_img read more

Honouring brightest legal minds

first_imgThe grounds of Le Meridien, Delhi were lit with the intellectual buzz, and bore witness to a starry night of the 4th Edition of India Legal Award, 2018. Succeeding three hugely successful editions, this award event bought together the highly accomplished legal minds of India and recognised their efforts for their significant contribution to the Indian Judicial industry.Attended by some of the top attorneys, in-house counsel, legal heads, entrepreneurs, government and public organisations, private lawyers and many more, India Legal Awards was able to achieve its core objective to share ideas on the country’s legal framework and provide strategies on efficiently managing legal acumen as a business process undertaken by the assembly of the country’s leading legal community. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe award ceremony witnessed the presence of some of the most influential legal personalities like Soli Sorabjee – Member of the Order of Australia and former Attorney General of India, Lalit Bhasin, President Society of Indian Law Firms and President-Society of Indian Law Firms and The Bar Association of India, Mahaveer Singhvi-Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, Pulin Kumar-Senior Legal Director Group Legal and Compliance Adidas India, B Gopalakrishnan-Legal Advisor and Head – Legal Operations Group Asset Reconstruction Company (India) Ltd, and Dr Sanjeev Gemawat. Subhadip Sarkar-Assistant Vice President-Cognizant Technology Solutions and Tushar Mehta-Solicitor General of India though unable to grace the event were a part of the illustrious jury that lent its precious time and wisdom to arrive at a justified result. Their high industrial expertise and experience and painstaking due consideration played an imperative role in justifying the winners and their contribution to the Indian legal scenario. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFortune Legal Advocates and Legal Consultants bagged the Law Firm Innovative Awards while Phoenix Legal took home the coveted Litigation Dispute Resolution Team of the Year. The winners were carefully selected based on their practices, achievements and distinct parameters that put them a notch above their contemporaries.Following is the list highlighting the winners and their respective award categories who made an impressionable impact in their field of expertise.India Legal Awards was organised by Biz Integration and supported by Society of Indian Law Firms and IAPP.last_img read more