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Football: India to host First Official International Match with Puerto Rico in Mumbai

This will be the first ever official international match here in 61 years since India last played the erstwhile USSR in 1955

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Mumbai, September 2, 2016: India will aim to climb up the rankings when they host Puerto Rico in an international friendly football match at the Andheri Sports Complex here on Saturday.

This will be the first ever official international match here in 61 years since India last played the erstwhile USSR in 1955.

This is also the first time ever that a team from the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (Concacaf) region will be officially playing in India.

Puerto Rico are placed 114 in the rankings ahead of India’s 152nd position.

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Indiacoach Stephen Constantine is likely to field the team in a 4-2-3-1 combination with Jeje Lalpekhlua leading the hosts’ attack.

Gurpreet Singh Sandhu will be given the goalkeeping duties ahead of recent Arjuna Award winner Subrata Paul.

Sandesh Jhingan and Arnab Mondal will man the centre of a four man defence, with Narayan Das and Rino Anto occupying the full-back positions.

Eugeneson Lyngdoh and Pronay Halder will be India’s two deep-lying central midfielders, just behind the attacking trio of Sunil Chhetri, Jackichand Singh and Sumeet Passi.

The visiting team will go into the match without several of their frontliners, including Hector Ramos, Jorge Rivera and Joseph Marrero.

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The Puerto Ricans are likely to play in a 4-4-1-1 formation.

Their frontline will be manned by Michael Ramos. Alexis Rivera, Marcos Martinez, Emmanuel D’Andrea, Jacob Conde will hold the four-man defence line, ahead of goalkeeper Christofer Alexander Echevarria.

India have lost two and won three of their last five matches, the most recent being a 3-0 win over Bhutan last month.

Puerto Rico come into the match after a 0-1 loss against Dominican Republic on August 31. (IANS)

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  • Kabir Chaudhary

    International football match in India after such a long time. Go Team India!

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Death Knell For The Rape Culture

The death penalty for the child rapist is going to see the light of the day

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Death knell for the rape culture. Pixabay

By Salil Gewali

The death penalty for the child rapist is going to see the light of the day. Hearty thanks to the countless candle marchers. The credit also goes to those conscious media and columnists who all fueled the agitation and energized the activists. Here PM Modi’s dynamism can’t be overlooked either, because this ordinance, which was long overdue, has happened now.

Let’s all pray that the ‘fear of death’ will be an effective deterrent.  Hope, this will “frighten away” the real vices. In the meanwhile, it would also be very wise on the part of the government to look for other preventive measures since we have lot many “vices” in lot many avatars and assortments which only encourage the sex related crimes. There are also very dangerous “vices” which, when start to infect one’s thought-process, might give birth to the countless Trojan horses, Malwares, even virulent I-love-You. The virus infecting tragedy usually strikes ones very fast who are with weak inborn “antivirus”. This, in fact, turns “sane men into perverts” if one objectively analyses. But what is too bizarre is that some of such virus generating vices are let to flourish under the cover of silence while some are made to believe through media as “virtues” and while others as “talent” — with a whole lot of modish adornment and poetic adulation. Do you want to acknowledge that ones who cried hard against the despicable rape culture are the premier dealers of these vices? Some are producers too. I cut short here.  Because these days I fear the “thunder of hypocrisy” then the roars of the tiger in a jungle!

Candle March for death penalty of rapists.
Candle March. Pixabay

Yes, remaining complacent by mere hanging the perverts will be thus a downright immaturity. The identifying the causes of those vices that are hurting the society at large are equally important.  Of course, many try to overlook those vices as if they never make a bad impact upon the mindset an individual. Here I’ve an argument — has the heat of the hearth stopped boiling the water or burn your pack of currency notes to ash? As mentioned above, we can draw a perfect “analogy” between the virus infecting a computer leading to its inevitable “malfunction” with the people’s behavioral degeneration and wrong indulgences due to the continuous exposure and acceptance of vices.

Also Read: Rape Survivors in India Still Face Humiliation with Two-Finger tests and Barriers to Justice says Human Rights Watch

However, it would surely be good if the Government and awakened women organizations boldly pinpoint those forces as well which are culpable for presenting women as no less than commodities, and the dealers of the vices. In this, one is skeptical whether we can turn to the media with hope, or with doubt! Because, very absurdly, the definition of “good life” and its values have now been willfully distorted and redefined to suit the situation, plans and programs such that they would help further the agendas of that forces which rule the roost.

Stop the Terror of Rape.
Stop the Terror of Rape.

Anyway, whether one agrees or disagree, disinfecting/detoxing the “mindset” of the society is the only pathway to the sane society which we are now crying for. The healthy thought, healthy attitude, healthy acts can only toll the death knell for any kind of rapes or any kind of depravity.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great minds on India’. Twitter: @SGewali