Extremists kill five persons in Assam

first_imgSuspected extremists gunned down five youths in eastern Assam’s Sadiya police district on Thursday. Police did not rule out the involvement of the United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I), though the outfit did not claim responsibility.Additional Superintendent of Police Prakash Sonowal said some motorcycle-borne men indiscriminately opened fire on the youths at a dhaba at Kherbari village under the Dhola police station limits about 8.55 p.m.The victims were identified as Ananta Namasudra, Abinash Namasudra, Subal Das, Dhanai Namasudra and Syamal Biswas.“I condemn the killing of innocent people. Perpetrators of the crime would be dealt with firmly,” Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said. He asked two Ministers and senior police officers, including Director-General of Police Kuladhar Saikia to rush to the site and deal with the situation.This is the second subversive strike in a little over a fortnight. The ULFA-I had claimed responsibility for a bomb blast in Guwahati on October 13, in which five people were injured.“This explosion was directed against those opposing the National Register of Citizens update and against those organisations supporting settling of Hindu Bangladeshis in Assam,” the outfit’s military chief Paresh Baruah had said in a statement then. Rajnath anguished In New Delhi, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh expressed deep anguish over the killings, saying strongest possible action would be taken against the perpetrators of the heinous crime. Mr. Singh spoke to Mr. Sonowal and took stock of the situation.Outfit denies roleIn a late night statement, the United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) has denied its hand in the killings. “The killings might have happened due to the BJP government’s bid to derail NRC by pushing Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2016”, a statement from the outfit said. (With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Scotland’s class act Finn Russell has last laugh against England

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Reuse this content Read more Six Nations 2018 Six Nations Since you’re here… Rugby union Topics Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook England rugby union team features Share on Messenger Sportblog Eddie Jones’ timid guests floored by Scotland’s brutal first-half flurry Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Support The Guardian “Super fly guy” read the headline in the local paper on Saturday morning and boy, did Finn Russell soar. We have heard plenty about his tendency to do so too close to the sun but here at Murrayfield he was simply sublime. He smiles too much, apparently – well, the last laugh is undoubtedly his.It is a first win for Scotland against England for a decade, their first tries at Murrayfield against their rivals for 14 years and, more significantly, it was achieved in a manner to rock global rugby to its core. Eddie Jones’s England had not conceded more than 21 points in any Six Nations match before this but Scotland had racked up 22 by half-time. They have now won nine of their last 11 matches at Murrayfield and are unbeaten here in their last six in the competition, but statistics only tell so much about the style and the steel at the heart of their performance.There was trouble in the tunnel in as both sides left the pitch following their warm-ups and if ever England needed a warning that Scotland were not going to roll over – as they have done so often in this fixture of late – that was it. On the field Scotland were full of bite and snarl, and while the tunnel bust-up will inevitably take its place in Calcutta Cup folklore, we can only hope history also remembers how well the hosts performed on the field.The fact that it was Russell as conductor-in-chief, with the weight of the world on his shoulders and by showing both his class as well as the composure so many observers felt he lacked, is all the more impressive. It goes down in the annals of history as one of Scotland’s wonderful Calcutta Cup victories and owes so much to Gregor Townsend’s determination to stick to his guns. For his fly-half came up with two try assists, a delicious array of passing and some wonderful kicks from hand – it was the kind of showing that we all knew he was capable of if the stars aligned. “Finn was outstanding in November, taking on the best teams in the world. He was world class,” Townsend said. “He hasn’t had the best of starts to the Six Nations. Today he played like he did in November.” Scotland rugby union team He was ably assisted by the outstanding captain, John Barclay – who edged Hamish Watson as the pick of the Scotland back-row which served to expose just how much of a problem area the breakdown remains for England – and the finishing of Huw Jones, who now has 10 tries from 13 appearances and who, lest we forget, went to Millfield school in Somerset. He clearly enjoys playing England too – he also scored twice against them last year.Russell and Scotland were on the money from the word go. Another stinker and it was hard to imagine any future match where Russell’s temperament would not be questioned but such high stakes can bring the best out of gamblers and Scotland’s fly-half is certainly one of those.After two short passes from Russell to his forwards, the fly-half spread his wings. He floated one to the left to Sean Maitland early on and soon after rifled a flat pass into Stuart Hogg’s back – there will always be mistakes with Russell but his commitment to play continued.His kicking from hand was on the money – that certainly helped him settle – and it was his dink through for Jones’s first try, and a first for Scotland against England at Murrayfield for more than eight and a half hours. His role in Maitland’s try – Scotland’s second – was even better. His long, looping pass arced perfectly over Jonathan Joseph’s head and into Jones’s arms. It took an age to drop – not least because it looked for all the world an interception – but that is the beauty of Russell’s mercurial talents. “A lot of folk might look thinking it’s risky, and there is a certain extent of risk,” explained Russell. “But I back myself and I back the boys around me.”There is a delicious irony that it was Owen Farrell who was one of England’s main protagonists in the tunnel, for he is often held up as the example Russell should follow in terms of temperament. In this instance, perhaps Farrell would have done better to smile.Another try for Scotland, and another for Jones, had Flower of Scotland bouncing from the rafters and England heading to the sheds at half-time, undoubtedly to think again.Farrell’s try early in the second half led to a few jitters – his disallowed score near the hour mark another major scare – but Scotland were 12 points ahead with some welcome breathing space – and Sam Underhill in the sin-bin – when Russell kicked a late penalty. “I said he’d get man of the match! All joking aside, I did say he’s one of these characters who will thrive on people saying he’s not been at his best,” said Barclay. “He still played on the edge, threw the ball flat, his kicking game was brilliant. It doesn’t affect him. That’s the mark of a brilliant player.”last_img read more