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2024 AFL live updates: Hawthorn Hawks v Geelong Cats

Easter Monday, like Anzac Day and the Dreamtime Game, conjures up an immediate and distinct image. It was formed originally by Kennett’s Curse, called down when Hawthorn shocked Geelong in the 2008 grand final. For the next five years, the Cats simply refused to lose to the Hawks, picking up a couple of premierships along the way. When the Hawks at last exorcised the curse in the 2013 preliminary final, they began a run of three premierships of their own. That’s ancient history now, but what has endured is a heightened sense of occasion when these teams meet on this day, and as often as not, a stirring football match. Geelong looks intent on putting last year’s rare dip out of the finals behind them. The Hawks, having not won a final since 2015, are going the longer, slower route. Form says the Cats will prevail today, but intangibles will come into it more than in other fixtures. The skies are low over the MCG, but there has been no more than a spattering of rain. If it stays away, and when the lights come up, another classic can be expected. To judge from queues at the turnstiles, the fans have not been deterred.

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Who is Ekrem Imamoglu, the Turkish mayor who could challenge Erdogan

Newly re-elected Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoglu has emerged as the main challenger to Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s reign. However, in some aspects, Imamoglu’s career mirrors that of Erdogan, particularly their shared beginnings in Istanbul’s political scene during the 1990s, their origins from the eastern Black Sea region, legal challenges faced in their political careers, and a passion for football in their youth.Imamoglu, aged 53, secured his position convincingly in the recent mayoral elections, hinting at his potential for national leadership. His political ideology, however, stands in stark contrast to Erdogan’s. A self-described opponent to Erdogan’s policies, Imamoglu hails from the secularist Republican People’s Party (CHP), significantly diverging from Erdogan’s Islamist roots and vision for a religiously guided state.Imamoglu won 50.6% of the votes in Istanbul, while AKP candidate Murat Kurum, a former urbanization and environment minister, received 40.5%, according to Anadolu. Opinion polls had pointed to a close race between the two.”This is more than a mayoral election, it is consigning a mentality to history,” Imamoglu said during campaigning. “If it is consigned to history, democracy will revive…and law and justice will recover.” Erdogan’s critics say Turkey’s judiciary, civil rights and press freedoms have been eroded under his watch, charges the government denies.The Istanbul Mayor’s rise signifies a breakthrough for the CHP, transcending its traditional base to attract conservative votes, marking a significant defeat for Erdogan’s AK Party (AKP) in Istanbul. Imamoglu’s re-election campaign was marked by a promise of reviving democracy and justice in Turkey, a country where critics argue civil liberties have been in decline under Erdogan.Despite facing legal hurdles, including a prison sentence and political ban for allegedly insulting public officials—a charge still under appeal—Imamoglu has remained a significant figure in Turkish politics. His journey from a businessman and family man to a potential future president has been punctuated by victories over the AKP, promising a new direction for Turkey’s largest city and possibly the country.The opposition’s recent celebration in Istanbul underscores the growing discontent with the ruling party’s economic policies, signaling a desire for change among Turkish voters. Imamoglu’s leadership in Istanbul, his defiance against judicial pressures, and his vision for a more democratic and just Turkey have positioned him as a formidable opponent to Erdogan.(With inputs from agencies)

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LeBron James doesn’t have ‘very long’ left playing in NBA as he gives latest retirement insight

LeBron James put up a career-high in 3-pointers on Sunday night against the Nets, and then revealed that he doesn’t “have much time left” in the NBA. James is in his 21st season, and there’s been plenty of speculation about how much longer the superstar could have left in the league. But the comments after a 116-104 Lakers win over the Nets could be a sign that the end is closer than people think. “Not very long. I’m on the other side of the hill,” James responded when asked about his time left in the NBA. “I’m not going to play another 21 years. That’s for damn sure. Not very long. I don’t know when that door will close as far as when I retire, but I don’t have much time left.” James turned 39 in December and still has a $54.1 million player option on his contract for the 2024-25 season. The Lakers star posted his third 40-point game of the season with his effort at Barclays Center, and he had been averaging 25.2 points per game, along with 7.3 rebounds, 8.1 assists and 53 percent shooting from the field. After the player option — which has a June 29 deadline per Spotrac — James would be an unrestricted free agent. His future in the NBA has also been clouded by what his son Bronny James will do in regards to his own future. Bronny James finished his freshman year at USC, and James has expressed a desire to play with his son in the NBA, though those comments had originally been made before Bronny’s health scare last summer when he suffered cardiac arrest during a Trojans workout. Klutch Sports CEO Rich Paul told ESPN in early March that Bronny would enter the 2024 NBA Draft based on which teams would be interested in him rather than where he would be selected.

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Sarawak deputy minister advocates lower GST rate to boost economy

By DayakDaily Team SIBU, April 1: Deputy Minister of Public Health, Housing and Local Government (MPHLG) Datuk Michael Tiang Ming Tee calls for the reconsideration of the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) by the federal government. According to a news report by Sarawak Public Communications Unit (Ukas), Tiang suggested initiating the GST at a lower rate, ideally to three to four per cent, to balance revenue generation without significantly inconveniencing the populace as opposed to the current six per cent. To him, GST, which is widely employed in over 160 countries and contributing to approximately 30 per cent of annual revenue, presents a more comprehensive option as opposed to the Sales and Service Tax (SST) which generates only about 11 per cent revenue for Malaysia. During a talk titled ‘Service Tax and its Changes’ on Saturday (March 30), Tiang also said with the recent SST increase from six to eight per cent in March poses a new challenge for the people and highlighted the importance of taxes for the country and hoped that it would strengthen Malaysia’s financial position. He emphasised the importance for the federal government to focus on bolstering the national economy, particularly post-Covid-19 and noted the ongoing economic recovery process as well as the added challenges posed by the implementation of new taxes. Following the ongoing economic recovery, he urged the federal government to attract more foreign investment to the country while highlighting the responsibility to strengthen Malaysia’s financial position amidst its current challenges. — DayakDaily

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Social media news removal an ‘abrogation’ of duty

Camera IconFacebook and Instagram will start removing news feeds from their platforms this month. (AP PHOTO) Credit: AP Social media news removal an ‘abrogation’ of duty Tess IkonomouAAPApril 1, 2024 10:17AM Topics Share to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail UsCopy the Link

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DSS take major hobours as 18th Battle of the Golds ends in draw

Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya de Silva and Kamindu Mendis joined the trio of half-centurions from day one as Sri Lanka batted out nearly the entirety of the second day in Chattogram to rack up an imposing first-innings total of 531, and put themselves in a commanding position in the second Test. In the process, they also posted the highest total in a Test innings without a single century, surpassing India’s effort of 524 for 9 declared against New Zealand in 1976. Kamindu Mendis, who was unbeaten on 92, also equalled Javed Miandad for the most runs in the first four innings of the career with 419. Bangladesh, who had to bat a little over an hour before stumps, negotiated it quite comfortably for the most part with openers Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Zakir Hasan scoring freely. They would have gone wicketless too if not for an absolute peach from Lahiru Kumara that seamed back sharply from outside off to scythe through Joy and clip the bails. Zakir Hasan and nightwatcher Taijul Islam saw things through without further damage as Bangladesh ended the day on 55 for 1 in 15 overs. The story of the day though was about the Sri Lanka batters. It took Bangladesh 159 overs to bowl out the visitors, roughly an hour into the final session. Shakib Al Hasan ended with figures of 3 for 110, along with two for debutant Hasan Mahmud and one apiece for Khaled Ahmed and Mehidy Hasan Miraz. On the whole, though, it was a tough day in the field for the hosts, particularly with their profligacy in the field once more coming to the fore. They dropped two more catches, making it five for the innings, as Prabath Jayasuriya and Kamindu became the latest beneficiaries. Jayasuriya, who was on 6 at the time, flashed at a wide one from Khaled and got a thick edge. It flew to first slip, who bobbled it up towards second slip, who continued the juggling before third slip also sprung forward and failed to hold on. It was a sequence that summed up Bangladesh’s time in the field. That it came during Bangladesh’s most menacing period of the day – post lunch – was also further evidence of how such lapses served to snuff out any momentum that might have been building. In this instance, with Khaled having just trapped Dhananjaya de Silva lbw, another wicket could have set them on their way to bundling out Sri Lanka’s tail cheaply. But as things would pan out, Jayasuriya ended up sticking around for another 66 deliveries, contributing 28 in a 65-run stand with Kamindu. Kamindu himself was dropped later on – on 60 – by a sprinting Mahmud on the square-leg boundary. He scored another 32 after the reprieve. In total, Kamindu added 120 alongside the last four batters, a majority of which could have been mitigated had Bangladesh held on to their catches. Earlier in the day, Chandimal and Dhananjaya patiently negotiated the first hour of play, and were content to wait for the loose deliveries. While the Bangladesh seamers did probe good areas, boundary balls were a frequent feature as well, which alleviated any pressure being built. For most of the day, the Bangladesh bowlers did not stick to set lines and lengths. And even when they did, all it took was one shot of aggression by the Sri Lanka batters to disrupt their plans. And when a plan did work, such as when Khaled and Mahmud were peppering the batters with a barrage of bouncers, the lack of a third seamer allied with the hot and humid conditions meant it could not be persevered for any significant length of time. With the pitch still offering uneven bounce and the odd one gripping and turning, Sri Lanka never pressed too hard to up the rate of scoring – even when it might have been prudent to do so – and were happy to bat out time until their bowlers could use the new ball towards the close of play. A plan which seemed to have been justified in the end due to Kumara’s late breakthrough. (cricinfo) Scores: Sri Lanka 531 all out in 159 overs (Nishan Madushka 57, Dimuth Karunaratne 86, Kusal Mendis 93, Dinesh Chandimal 59, Dhananjaya de Silva 70, Kamindu Mendis 92n.o.; Hasan Mahmud 2/92, Shakib Al Hasan 2/110) Bangladesh 55 for 1 in 15 overs

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SL upholds democratic values amidst global turmoil – President

President Ranil Wickremesinghe has said that despite the adverse impact of world wars and internal conflicts, Sri Lanka has steadfastly upheld its democratic value of ensuring the functioning of both the government and the Opposition without interruption. “Only two countries in the entirety of Asia and Africa have achieved this feat: Sri Lanka and Mauritius. In Europe, only Great Britain, Ireland, Switzerland, and Sweden have consistently upheld democracy. The majority of countries that now advocate for democracy fell under the rule of Adolf Hitler,” the President said addressing the inaugural session of First National Student Parliament met at the Presidential Secretariat on March 26. Wickremesinghe told student parliamentarians that they might find it worthwhile to explore ways and means of sustaining this system. Moreover, there could be individuals here with a keen interest in politics. I am confident that the National Student Parliament will serve as a foundation for nurturing such interests,” he said. “Democracy in our country evolved gradually during the colonial era. The establishment of the Legislative Assembly in 1833 marked a significant milestone, although no voting took place on that occasion. Instead, the governor appointed several Lankans for the assembly. It wasn’t until 1912 that a Lankan was given the chance to elect a Member of Parliament. However, women were not granted voting rights at that time. Approximately five thousand individuals, primarily based on property and education, were eligible to vote. In 1931, Sri Lanka achieved universal suffrage, making history as the first country in Asia where both men and women over the age of 21 were granted the right to vote. Subsequently, under the Donoughmore system, Sri Lanka acquired seven ministerial roles, three ministries were initially held by English. Over time, Lankans assumed these positions. The council also appointed seven committees, each with its chairperson, functioning akin to ministries. Notably, political parties were absent during this period. Amidst World War conditions, all non-military affairs were delegated to Sri Lanka as it engaged with Britain, America, and the Soviet Union. Following the Soulbury Constitution, we attained freedom. The very building you are currently in was constructed for the convening of the Constituent Assembly. Both the Senate and the House of Commons were also housed in this location. Upon Sri Lanka’s transition to a republic in 1972, this institution evolved into the National State Council. In 1977, I commenced my tenure in the National Assembly. Four individuals who served in the National Assembly remain active members of Parliament to this day. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Vasudeva Nanayakkara were elected in 1970, while R. Sampanthan and I also entered Parliament in 1977. The year 1977 marked the country’s adoption of the executive presidential system. Subsequently, following our relocation to the new Parliament premises in 1982, this edifice was re-purposed as the President’s Office.” The National Student Parliament comprises two representatives elected from each of the zonal student parliaments established in 100 regions, spanning across the nine provinces of the island, selected based on receiving the highest number of votes. In an election conducted on March (26) by the Election Commission under the auspices of the Co-curricular Guidance and Counselling Branch of the Ministry of Education, the National Student Parliament appointed individuals to various positions, including speaker, prime minister, deputy speaker, ten ministers, and ten deputy ministers. Secretary to the President Saman Ekanayake, Secretary of the Ministry of Education Wasantha Perera, Assistant Director of the Presidential Secretariat Major Nadika Dangolla, Chief of Staff and Deputy General Secretary of the Parliament, Chaminda Kularatne, Assistant Secretary General of the Parliament, Hansa Abeyratne, Additional Secretary to the Prime Minister, Harsha Wijewardena, former Chairman of the Election Commission, Mahinda Deshapriya, along with additional secretaries, provincial secretaries, principals, and teachers were present at this event.

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'Unacceptable red line for any nation': US envoy on Pannun murder plot

US Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti said that India and America are working jointly to probe the allegations of an attempt to kill Khalistani terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun on US soilPannun has been designated a terrorist by India for financing violence and fanning Khalistani sentimentsIn an exclusive interview with news agency ANI Eric Garcetti referred to the case of Pannun and said that a quotred linequot should not be crossed and quotno countryquot or quotno government employeequot should be involved in the assassination of a foreign nationalquotFor any of us just abstractly there has to be a red line No government or government employee can be involved in the assassination attempt of one of your own citizens This is just an unacceptable red linequot he said in a podcast with Smita PrakashIn the interview Eric Garcetti said that similar steps would have been initiated by the US administration if there was an quotAmerican plotquot or an attempt to assassinate a citizen of any other countryquot The same thing would happen if there was an American plot against some sort of or an American government person who was trying to assassinate somebody in another country That would be an unacceptable red line for any nationquot he saidGarcetti also rejected the claims that such instances may affect the deepening of bilateral relations between India and the USNotably the US has charged a 52-year-old Indian national namely Nikhil Gupta with involvement in the alleged murder attempt against PannunON KHALISTAN ROW IN THE USIn the podcast the US Ambassador to India also talked about India039s concerns about rising Khaklistani activities in AmericaEric Garcetti rejected the claims that the US is quottone-deafquot on the issue and added that the country is aware of the history of the Khalistani issue in IndiaHe further stated that authorities in the US are working closely with Indian agencies quoton people who happen to be part of criminal networksquotquotWe are working together on deportations on extraditions rather together now We are coordinating cases in a way we never did If there wasn039t trust how could we do that It039s deep trustquot he saidPublished By Sudeep LavaniaPublished On Apr 1 2024Also Read Working with India to hold those behind Pannun murder plot accountable USMust Watch

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Manipur declares 'dry day' on voting, counting days in Lok Sabha polls

The Manipur government has declared a 039dry day039 on the polling days and the counting day of Lok Sabha elections in the state Manipur which plunged into ethnic violence in May last year will vote in two phases — April 19 and April 26 — for the Lok Sabha electionsAccording to Manipur039s Chief Electoral Officer Pradeep Kumar Jha 1058 polling stations out of 2955 have been identified as quotvulnerablequot in ManipurAs per an order issued by the state039s excise department there will be dry days in the state from 4 pm on April 17 till 4 pm of voting of the first phase April 19 Similarly from 4 pm of April 24 till 4 pm of the second phase polls April 26 liquor will not be sold in the state A dry day has also been declared on the day of counting of votes– June 4It will be effective till the end of the counting the order statedThe move was taken in pursuance of Section 135c of the Representation of Peoplersquos Act 1951 and in the exercise of the power conferred under Section 173 of Eastern Bengal Assam Excise Act 1910 which is extended to the state of Manipur the order mentionedPublished By Sudeep LavaniaPublished On Apr 1 2024Also Read Senior Congress leader in Manipur resigns from party cites 039lack of faith039Must Watch

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BJP MLA Sukanta Nayak, former Congress MLA Chiranjib Biswal join BJD

BJP MLA Sukanta Nayak of Nilagiri in Odisha039s Balasore district joined the ruling BJD on SundaynbspnbspA number of state Congress leaders including its former working president Chiranjib Biswal also joined the BJDnbspnbspNayak who quit the BJP on Friday joined the BJD along with his supporters at its headquarters Sankha Bhawan He was welcomed to the party by senior BJD leader Pratap Keshari Deo and Rajya Sabha MP Sasmit PatranbspnbspNayak was first elected to the assembly in 2014 on a BJD ticket However he resigned from the BJD ahead of the 2019 polls joined the BJP and was re-elected to the assembly from the same seatnbspnbspquotI had left the party due to some emotion Today I have come back because I found that there was a lack of compatibility in the BJPquot he saidnbspnbspApart from Biswal the other Congress leaders who joined the BJD are former state general secretary Ajay Ketan Samal and ex-secretary Jogendra BahubalendranbspnbspChiranjib Biswal is the son of veteran Congress leader Basant Kumar Biswal and he had recently resigned from the partynbspnbspquotI will work as a small-time worker of the BJD and will follow whatever assignment or instruction is given to me by the party039s high commandquot he saidnbspnbspFormer Kuchinda MLA Brundaban Majhi who had quit the BJD ahead of the 2019 elections also returned to the party He was in the BJPnbspnbspMeanwhile former BJD MLA from Korei Akash Das Nayak joined the BJP He was welcomed to the party by its state president Manmohan SamalnbspnbspHe said he was inspired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi039s vision for 039Vikashit Bharat039 or developed IndianbspnbspA renowned Odia actor Nayak was elected to the state assembly from the Korei seat in Jajpur district in 2014 Though BJD denied him a ticket in 2019 he continued in the partyPublished By Sudeep LavaniaPublished On Apr 1 2024

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