Chelsea dominated much of the first half at Stamford Bridge but the best chance fell to Yohan Cabaye, who should have put Crystal Palace ahead.Pedro, making his home debut for the hosts, sent a left-footed strike wide and Willian fired over as they had the majority of possession.But Palace have so far defended well, passed the ball nicely and been a threat on the counter-attack.Bakary Sako found space in behind Branislav Ivanovic and brought a save from Blues keeper Thibaut Courtois.And when a succession of tidy passes culminated in Wilfried Zaha teeing up Cabaye, the Frenchman could only side-foot straight at Courtois.Eagles keeper Alex McCarthy produced a double save shortly before the break, stooping to his right to block Diego Costa’s low shot and then Cesc Fabregas’ follow-up.McCarthy was then called into action again, reacting quickly to keep out Nemanja Matic’s shot after the midfielder had made space for himself in the penalty area.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Zouma, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Pedro, Willian, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Begovic, Baba, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Kenedy, Remy, Falcao.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
28 July 2015South African politician Ebrahim Ebrahim has received the rank of knight commander, one of the highest honours given by the Spanish king to foreign citizens. The award is given to those deemed to have made an extraordinary contribution to politics, culture and society.Other recipients of the Order of Civil Merit this year include Indian fashion designer Ritu Beri and Fazle Hasan Abed, founder of BRAC, the world’s largest NGO. “His Majesty the King of Spain has given this honour to a highly deserving freedom fighter who sacrificed a lot for freedom, peace, justice and human rights,” The Presidency said yesterday.Ebrahim was a significant player in the anti-apartheid movement and was one of the few freedom fighters imprisoned on Robben Island twice. He is a former deputy minister of international relations, and was an important peace broker in conflict around the world. He is currently a parliamentary counsellor to the president.“We congratulate Mr Ebrahim for this rare honour which he has described correctly as an honour for all the people of South Africa who made history by putting the past behind them to build a new society together,” said the president’s statement. “The honour was not only for his contribution to the South African struggle, but for strengthening the diplomatic relationship between South Africa and Spain.”The knighthood was bestowed on Ebrahim in Pretoria on 25 July. “We are delighted that one line in your distinguished CV will now be associated with Spain’s recognition and appreciation,” Spanish ambassador Juan Sell told Ebrahim at the ceremony.Source: News24Wire
Rajasthan on Friday became the second State, after Madhya Pradesh, to pass a Bill providing for death penalty to those convicted of raping girls of 12 years and below. The State Assembly passed the Bill seeking to amend the Indian Penal Code with the insertion of new provision by voice vote.A deterrentHome Minister Gulab Chand Kataria, who introduced the Criminal Laws (Rajasthan Amendment) Bill, 2018, in the House, said it was a “progressive legislation” aimed at protecting the girl child by laying down a deterrent punishment, including death sentence, to the offenders.“The Bill will become a law after it gets the Presidential assent. The Rajasthan Assembly has conveyed its feelings to the President. We hope that a similar initiative will be taken by other States and even by the Centre,” Mr. Kataria said after the House rejected a motion moved by some Congress members to circulate the Bill for eliciting public opinion.According to the National Crime Records Bureau’s 2016 report, the cases of crimes against children have seen a steady increase in Rajasthan. The State recorded 4,034 such cases in 2016, which was 3.8% of the crimes against children registered across the country. In 2015, the State had registered 3,689 cases of crimes against children.Mr. Kataria said the Bill had inserted two new sections, 376-AA and 376-DD, in the IPC.Section 376-AA provides for capital punishment or rigorous imprisonment ranging between 14 years and lifelong incarceration. Section 376-DD makes a similar provision for gang-rape of a girl child, while laying down death penalty or imprisonment from 20 years to lifelong incarceration for those convicted of the offence. Each of the persons constituting the gang will be deemed to be guilty of the offence.
Imam-ul-Haq became the third youngest player to score a century on his one-day international debut and Hasan Ali grabbed 5/34 as Pakistan hammered Sri Lanka by seven wickets to secure a series victory on Wednesday.Pakistan took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series, with Sri Lanka’s losing streak in ODIs now stretching to 10 matches.The 21-year-old Imam is the nephew of Inzamam-ul-Haq, the former captain and Pakistan’s current chief selector. He hit 100 off 125 balls with two sixes and five fours to help Pakistan cruise to 209/3 in 42.3 overs.Uncle @InziTheLegend would be proud! Imam-ul-Haq is the Player of the Match after his century on ODI debut! #PAKvSL pic.twitter.com/FyUnAQQqds- ICC (@ICC) October 18, 2017Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga top-scored with 61 after winning the toss and opting to bat first, but his team’s batting woes in the series continued before it was finally dismissed for 208 in 48.2 overs.Tharanga and Niroshan Dickwella (18) had provided a solid opening stand of 59 off 65 balls before Hasan clean bowled Dickwella.Dinesh Chandimal struggled for 49 balls to score 19 before Sri Lanka collapsed midway through its innings as Pakistan’s spinners, Shadab Khan (2-37) and Mohammad Hafeez, tied the batsmen down.Shadab struck in successive overs by having Chandimal trapped lbw and then Tharanga holed out at deep midwicket off a short delivery as Sri Lanka slipped to 112/3.AP PhotoAli hastened the collapse when Chamara Kapugedera — one of two changes Sri Lanka made after losing the first two matches — chipped an easy return catch.Ali combined with captain and wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed to get Jeffrey Vandersay, Akila Dananjaya and Dushmantha Chameera all caught behind as Sri Lanka struggled after losing Tharanga in the 28th over.advertisementAli became the quickest Pakistani bowler to complete 50 wickets in ODIs, claiming the feat in 24 matches, three fewer than the previous record set by Waqar Younis.Imam, replacing out-of-form Ahmed Shehzad at the top order, dominated two productive stands — adding 78 runs with Fakhar Zaman (29) and further 66 with Babar Azam (30).Imam looked confident from the onset when he smashed seamer Lahiru Gamage for a six over point.Wicketkeeper Dickwella twice dropped Imam, on 29 and 89, before finally catching him down the leg side.Pakistan’s Salim Elahi is the youngest century scorer on debut, also against Sri Lanka, as an 18-year-old in 1995. Mark Chapman of Hong Kong is the second-youngest at 21 years and 142 days, when he managed the feat against the United Arab Emirates in 2015. Imam will be 22 in December.Imam-ul-Haq 2nd Pakistani debutant after Saleem Elahi 102* and the 13th overall to make a hundred on ODI debut!#PAKvSL- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 18, 2017The remaining two matches of the series will be played at Sharjah on Friday and next Monday.5 wickets from Hassan Ali and Imam-ul-Haq’s dream maiden ton on debut seal the ODI series win for Pakistan with a 7 wicket victory! #PAKvSL pic.twitter.com/8FZWIn2RJO- ICC (@ICC) October 18, 2017