Two persons, including a candidate contesting the posts of sarpanch and panchayat samity member in Ganjam, the home district of Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, were killed in group clashes related to the polls.Bulukumar Pradhan (34) was the candidate for sarpanch and panchayat samity member posts from Brahmanchhai panchayat under Shergarh Block, which is part of the Hinjli Assembly segment represented by the Chief Minister. The State Election Commission cancelled voting scheduled to be held in Brahmanchhai on Tuesday because of the deterioration of law and order situation. No voting was held in 12 booths of Brahmanchhai panchayat.Distribution of moneyTussle over allegation of distribution of money among voters had led to a violent clash at Brahmanchhai around 11 p.m. on Monday. Ten people were injured in the clash in which sharp weapons were used. It is alleged that taking advantage of the darkness, some miscreants had kidnapped Bulukumar, whose body was later found on the banks of the Rushikulya river flowing near the village.Six persons injured in the clash have been admitted to MKCG Medical College and Hospital in Berhampur. According to Sub-Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Subash Chandra Panda, though the situation was under control in Brahmanchhai, three platoons of armed forces have been deployed in the area as a precautionary measure. No one had been arrested till Tuesday evening.Other clashThe other clash and murder took place around midnight on Monday at Mardakot village under the Kodala police station limits. Three persons were injured in the violent clash. The deceased, Pitabas Swain (42), was a supporter of the sarpanch candidate contesting from the area. According to sources, allegation of distribution of money among voters in the dead of night ahead of polling day had led to the group clash.
Resurgent off-spinner Sunil Narine hopes his career-best performance against South Africa proves a turning point in his career, enabling him to flip the page on the recent troubles surrounding his bowling action.In his first international appearance in seven months following a suspension from bowling due to suspect action last November, the 28-year-old snatched six for 27 at the Guyana National Stadium, to set up the West Indies’ four-wicket victory in the first game of the tri-nation series here on Saturday, reports CMC.’IT’S GOOD TO BE BACK WITH A BANG'”Being on and off with my bowling action and coming back and bowling again, it is good to be back with a bang,” Narine said after the match.”Hopefully everything is good now and I can keep concentrating on the matches ahead and what I can focus more on in practice and bowling and trying to develop new skills so things can get better in the future.”After being forced to undergo rehabilitation on his action, Narine was cleared by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in April but his impact for Kolkata Knight Riders in the recent Indian Premier League (IPL) was less than stellar, as he finished with 11 wickets at 27 runs apiece in 11 outings.However, he made an instant impact on Saturday. With the Proteas coasting at 160 for three, he intervened to trigger a collapse which saw the last seven wickets tumble for 28 runs as the visitors were dismissed for 188.’TOTAL TEAM EFFORT'”In the first few overs I got an early wicket. It’s nice as a bowler getting an early wicket in your spell, it makes things a bit easier,” the Trinidadian explained.advertisement”But saying that, it was a total team effort. Carlos (Brathwaite) and I had a good partnership bowling-wise and with a couple wickets I think we pulled the brakes, and everyone just chipped in.””The captain (Jason Holder) came in and kept things tight, and (Sulieman) Benn kept it tight and everyone just continued doing what they had to do and went from strength to strength.”He continued: “It’s a difficult wicket to bat on and the boundaries are a bit bigger than normal, and the wicket doesn’t help the batsman as much as they generally do in other grounds.”[But] you still have to keep the basics and keep focussing on things that will improve your skills and will make you keep doing the best you can.”‘GUYS ARE RARING TO GO’Narine said he would be looking to contribute to more victory for the hosts.”I would love to have a similar game but saying that is the easiest part. It is about being able to go out there and perform at my best and being able to just contribute whatever the team needs me to do,” Narine said.”All the guys are raring to go and hopefully all of the guys can have better games and we can just have a total team effort and hopefully come out with another victory.”
Note to readers: this story contains graphic and violent imagery.Brazil is home to the most successful national soccer team in history. As the only team to play in every FIFA World Cup, the Brazilians have won five titles, one ahead of Gli Azzurri from Italy.The country has fielded some of the greatest names in the sport’s storied history: from arguably the greatest player ever, Pelé, whose real name is Edson Arantes do Nascimento, to the likes of Roberto Carlos and Roberto Rivelino. Today, the squad features the phenomenon that is Barcelona forward Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, as well as stars like Chelsea midfielder Oscar dos Santos Emboaba Júnior and Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva.The history is there; the talent is there. Brazil is my favorite to win the 2014 World Cup on home soil, but in what world is it acceptable to host one of the largest international affairs in a city rampant with near-warfare between police forces and drug lords?In recent years, numerous stories have come out of Brazil about gruesome murder and corruption. Some might say these issues have nothing to do with soccer, and will not affect the tournament itself.The thing is, the sport has begun to play a central part in these crimes.Back in July, 20-year-old referee Otávio Jordão da Silva stabbed Josenir dos Santos Abreu, a 30-year-old Brazilian soccer player, during a match. The player died on the way to the hospital, but the violence goes doesn’t end there. In retaliation, fans came onto the field and stoned Silva to death, before beheading him on the pitch.Two dead because of a game — no good reasons.Fast forward to Oct. 29 in Rio de Janeiro. The wife of former Brazilian soccer player João Rodrigo Silva Santos made the most horrifying discovery imaginable. Santos had not returned home from work the night before and his wife found his rucksack outside their front door. In the bag was Santos’ severed head.The first crime, the double murder on a soccer pitch, was a direct result of the sport. The death of Santos might not have any direct ties to his time as a soccer player, but the point is that the violence in Rio de Janeiro is out of hand.I never would have heard of these crimes had they not been related to a sport, but they are. In a country that is set to host the biggest event in soccer, violence runs rampant from fans, refs, players and even former players.I would love an opportunity to attend a World Cup, especially in a place which such a rich history in the sport. That said, I would not even consider an all expenses paid trip to the 2014 tournament.The risk is high, and the reward cannot compare.FIFA has made some questionable decisions in recent years, like rewarding the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, but there is no decision more absurd than allowing this event to take place in Rio de Janeiro.Rio de Janeiro is also set to host the 2016 Summer Olympics.While these stories are horrifying, I truly fear for the stories that will likely come out about crimes during the tournament. From locals in Rio, to those traveling in from around the world, how can one not fear for his or her life?
BRAZILIAN ACTIVISTS ARE said to have stormed a laboratory in the southeastern state of Sao Paulo and freed some 200 Beagle dogs used for drug testing.Most of the animals had their skins shaven and one was found dead, frozen in liquid nitrogen and with signs of mutilation, according to reports carried by websites of the dailies Folha de Sao Paulo and O Estado de Sao Paulo.Rat fetuses were also found during the operation which occurred at the Royal Institute lab located in Sao Roque, 60 kilometres from Sao Paulo. Police made no arrests.The lab was not available for comment.Giulana Stefanini, one of the animal rights protesters who took part in the action, was quoted as saying that one of the beagles “was found with no eyes.”Ahead of their action, the activists went to police to complain of alleged mistreatment of animals at the lab, but they said no action was taken.The lab cancelled a meeting with the protesters at the last minute and described the invasion as “an act of terrorism,” insisting that its activities are monitored by Brazil’s Health Surveillance Agency, according to O Estado.Animal testing for scientific research is legal in Brazil and is regulated in line with international norms.- © AFP, 2012Read: Irish Wildlife Trust calls on public to help change animal welfare bill>