Jwala Gutta and Velliavetil Diju are aiming to make it to the top five in the mixed doubles world rankings ahead of the Japan Super Series badminton championships in Tokyo.The duo made it to the semi-finals of the China Masters last week, their best result at the Super Series events. The pair will start their campaign in Tokyo on Wednesday.Diju said he believes that he and Jwala belonged among the top combinations in the game.”The way we are playing now it is quite clear that we belong at the elite level. In the China Masters, we beat the world’s second and fifth-ranked pairs. That in itself is an achievement for us,” Diju told MAIL TODAY from the Japanese capital.”Right now our aim is to break into the top five. We are confident that if we can maintain this form, it is a matter of time that we can achieve that. It is more a case of us believing in ourselves more than anything else,” he said.Diju also felt that but for some unforced errors, they could have beaten the Korean pair of Yeong Yong San and Yan Jan in the semi-finals in China.”After winning the opening game 21-6, we relaxed. I am not trying to take any credit away from the Korean pair but the fact is that we were unable to capitalise on the chances which came our way. We will not make the same mistakes when we play them the next time,” he said. Jwala felt that after a long time, the two were at their best.advertisement”Our understanding was excellent and Diju was smashing at his best.”Saina seeded 4thSaina Nehwal is the fourth seed in the women’s section at the Japan Super Series. The Hyderabadi is drawn to play Thailand’s Incheonton Raparkal. Saina, who lost in the quarter-finals at the China Masters, will in all likelihood face another Thai Salakjit Polsana in the second round.In the men’s draw, Ajay Jayaram has been handed a tough draw as he is pitted against Vietnam’s Tien Minh Nguyen in the opener. The Indian has regained fitness after an abdominal muscle tear at the China Masters.Periappali Kashyap has been drawn to play against Victor Axelsen of Denmark in the opener.
Posted: June 24, 2019 June 24, 2019 Doctor: Stabbing by Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher could have killed prisoner AP, Categories: Local San Diego News, National & International News, Politics Tags: Eddie Gallagher SAN DIEGO (AP) — A pathologist testified Monday at a Navy SEAL’s murder trial that a wounded Islamic State militant in Iraq could have died from a stabbing described by other witnesses.Dr. Frank Sheridan said he couldn’t determine a cause of death because there was no body and a lack of other evidence.The testimony at the trial of Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, though, countered a statement offered last week by another SEAL who stunned the court when he confessed to the killing.Corey Scott testified Thursday that he killed the victim by plugging his breathing tube after Gallagher unexpectedly stabbed the fighter while treating him for injuries suffered in an air strike outside Mosul in 2017.Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher, right, walks with his wife, Andrea Gallagher as they arrive to military court on Naval Base San Diego, Monday, June 24, 2019, in San Diego. Trial continues in the court-martial of the decorated Navy SEAL, who is accused of stabbing to death a wounded teenage Islamic State prisoner and wounding two civilians in Iraq in 2017. He has pleaded not guilty to murder and attempted murder, charges that carry a potential life sentence. (AP Photo/Julie Watson)Scott testified that the militant, described as an adolescent boy, would have survived the stabbing.But Scott said he decided to asphyxiate him because he assumed he would later be tortured and killed by Iraqi forces who captured him and brought him to the Navy medics for treatment.Gallagher, 40, is charged with murder in the killing of the boy and attempted murder for allegedly gunning down civilians from his sniper’s post.He has pleaded not guilty and his lawyers blame his former troop mates for fabricating the accusations to get Gallagher ousted from the special forces because they didn’t like his tough leadership.Scott and another SEAL said Gallagher had initiated medical treatment for the boy and then stabbed him one to three times in the neck for no apparent reason.Gallagher later texted a photo of the corpse to friends with the following message: “Good story behind this, got him with my hunting knife.”His lawyers said the message was an attempt at dark humor.Sheridan based his testimony on witness accounts and video of the wounded war prisoner before the alleged knifing.After the boy was wounded in an air strike — more than an hour before he was brought to the U.S. forces for treatment — he was interviewed by an Iraqi TV news crew. He appeared lucid and did not have significant hemorrhaging, Sheridan said.“He’s clearly responsive,” Sheridan said. “There’s no sign he’s bleeding from any wound.”Witnesses at the scene said Gallagher treated the boy for a leg wound and an apparent collapsed lung. The patient was sedated and given a breathing tube for a wound they believe occurred from the air strike blast.He was breathing normally after the procedure when Gallagher suddenly pulled out his personal knife and stabbed him in or near the neck, witnesses said.Depending on the location of the stab wounds, he could have died from profuse internal or external bleeding, Sheridan said. But he couldn’t make that determination.“I can’t give an opinion on the cause of death,” Sheridan said. “There just isn’t enough evidence.”___Melley reported from Los Angeles. AP FacebookTwitter read more
MajiliTwitterThe full movie of Majili starring ChaySam aka Naga Chaitanya and Samantha Akkineni has been leaked on torrents and the free download of its pirated copy will affect its collection at the box office.Majili is the first combo movie of super-hit on and off-screen couple Naga Chaitanya and Samantha Akkineni post their marriage. Hence, it is one of the most-hyped Telugu movies of 2019. Piracy has proved to be a big threat for such films and the makers have taken all precautionary measures to curb its piracy.Before its release, Naga Chaitanya, Samantha Akkineni and other members of the film unit had requested the filmgoers to say no to piracy and watch Majili in cinema halls. Just before the first day first show began, Shine Screens, which has bankrolled the film, tweeted, “#Majili in cinemas now! Watch it today at your nearest theatres. Say No to piracy. Book your tickets here.” Naga Chaitanya and Divyansha Kaushik in MajiliTwitterAn hour after the morning show, Majili hit the internet and is going viral. A notorious gang, which is known for its alleged activities online, has recorded the full movie during its screening in a cinema hall and released it on its website for free download or watching the complete film online.This notorious gang’s website offers six different prints of the full movie of Majili with their size ranging between 2.3gb and 200mb for free download. These pirated copies are likely to spread to other torrent sites if they are not taken immediately down from the internet. The movie’s team is said to be busy working on the issue. It should be seen whether they will be successful. Naga Chaitanya and Samantha Akkineni in MajiliTwitterMajili has received a stupendous response from the viewers, who are bowled over by the chemistry of Naga Chaitanya and Samantha Akkineni. Having good advance booking, the film registered a fantastic opening at the box office on the first day and the word of the mouth is expected to boost its collection. Naga Chaitanya and Samantha Akkineni in MajiliTwitterMany fans say that Majili is a good treat for the family audience during Ugadi, which marks the Telugu new year. But the movie is facing a big threat from the election season and IPL fever, which are likely to force some viewers to download its pirated copy. If it happens, it will take a toll on its collection at the box office.Majili has been made on a budget of Rs 15+ crore and its theatrical rights have fetched Rs 21.14 crore. Considering its superb opening, the movie will not only recover the distributors’ investment but also fetch them good profit share. However, the free download of its pirated copy is likely to eat away some of their profits. Naga Chaitanya and Samantha Akkineni in MajiliTwitterWe at International Business Times, India, are strictly against piracy of any film and we condemn people who support it. We always stand by the film industry which has suffered huge losses due to piracy. We also request you to join us in the fight against piracy.Say no to piracy and encourage filmmakers by watching films in cinema halls. read more
Bollywood heartthrob Salman Khan and young star Harshali Malhotra, who featured together in the latest blockbuster Bajrangi Bhaijaan fly high up over the skies in Old Delhi. Not