MOSCOW (AP) — Russian lawmakers have quickly approved the extension of the last remaining nuclear Russia-U.S. arms control, a fast-track action that comes just days before it’s due to expire. Both houses of parliament voted unanimously Wednesday to extend the New START treaty for five years a day after a phone call between U.S. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Kremlin said they agreed to complete the necessary extension procedures in the next few days, according to the Kremlin. The pact’s extension doesn’t require congressional approval in the U.S., but Russian lawmakers must ratify the move and Putin is to sign the relevant bill into law.
Ranchi: Rohit Sharma feels his maiden double hundred in Test cricket on Sunday against South Africa was by far the “most challenging one” in his new role as an opener. Rohit has had scores of 176, 127 in the first Test against the Proteas and now has hit his maiden double hundred to emulate Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag as players to score 200 across two formats. “Speaking of this particular knock, I would say it was most challenging. I have not played much. I played only 30 Tests. In terms of what was thrown at me, I would definitely say it was probably the most challenging one,” the talented Mumbaikar said at the end of day’s play.He always knew that he had to make best use of the opportunities in his new role as a Test opener or else “a lot could have happened” as far as his stint in the longest format is concerned. “Kafi kuch hone wala thaa naahin toh kaafi kuch aap likh dete mere barein mein (A lot could have happened had I not performed and you guys (media) would have written a lot about me,” a satisfied Sharma said while taking a slight dig at the media.”So it was about making most of the opportunities I got. I knew I had to make full use of it, otherwise media would have written against me. Now I know everyone will write good things about me,” he added. Rohit has amassed 529 runs from four innings thus becoming the only fifth Indian opener to score 500-plus runs in a Test series.”It was a good opportunity for me to open the batting. As I said during the Vizag Test, the communication between me and my team management was happening for a long time about opening the batting. So mentally, I was ready for it. I knew it could come at anytime.”Also Read | Rohit Sharma 212, Ajinkya Rahane 115 Flatten South Africa As India Tighten Grip In Ranchi TestHis double century came after India were left reeling at 39/3 in the first morning as he along with Ajinkya Rahane (115) staged a remarkable turnaround with a mammoth 267-run fourth wickekt partnership, the highest versus South Africa.While he has had a blockbuster start to his career as a Test opener, Rohit himself acknowledged that he has a long way to go. “In Tests, it has it’s challenges. Having played only three Tests as an opener, I know I have long way to go. I am not reading too much into these three Tests. Of course, I will take a lot of positives but I am not reading too much into it.”Talking about the challenge of opening the batting, he said,”Opening the batting is a different challenge to batting at Nos 6-7. It’s just about how you prepare yourself, what you talk to yourself in your mind about what do you want to go out there and achieve. “Playing the first ball of the match, compared to facing a delivery after 30-40 overs is a different ball game altogether. There’s nothing in particular that I’ve done in terms of technique.”The 32-year-old is now eyeing to replicate the success overseas when the tour New Zealand next year. “Wherever you play the new ball, you have to have some understanding of the basics of the game. Which ball you have to play and leave. In certain aspects of the game you have to be mindful of.“I was allowing myself to take time rather than going after the ball straightway. It’s not a good idea with a new ball. You got to play with a little lower backlift. In overseas, of course, it’s a different ball game. That’s a challenge and I am awaiting.” He was all praise for Ajinkya Rahane, whose attacking strokeplay in the post-lunch session on the first day turned the tide.“Once we went there after lunch (first day), it was Ajinkya, who started taking that momentum. It was he, who actually gave the team the momentum. If I am not wrong, he was batting on 40 off 43 balls just around the first drinks break after lunch which means he capitalised on the loose balls, we got those singles as well,” Rohit praised his partner, with whom he shared 267-run stand. Asked whether he’s keeping a tab of the slew of records, he said: “When you bat, you are not aware of the records. I will see these records only after I stop playing.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
…in civil suit against Region 5 REOBy Shemuel FanfairThree of 30 farmers in Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) have taken the district’s Regional Executive Officer (REO) Ovid Morrison to court after their farm lands were bulldozed and several cash crops cut down over the last few months. The three claimants – Krishna Sewlall, Kristopher Sewnarine and Kaleel Jameer – are seeking over $10 million in damages for what they contend was the unlawful destruction of their property.The farmers are occupying land in the Tract 3 ‘X’ of Block ‘1A’ and Tract ‘Y’, portion of Plantation of Naarstigheid, being part of Bath, West Coast Berbice (WCB). They retained the services of Attorney Anil Nandlall who filed a Statement of Claim application on behalf of his clients at the High Court on Tuesday.According to court document obtained by this publication, many of the farmers have been occupying the land since 1989 and were granted a two-year lease for 1.4 acres in the March 2000 under the Social Impact Amelioration Project (SIMAP) for large-scale farming. They claimed that since the expiration of their lease they developed the said property, cured the soil and prepared it for farming.As part of their case, it was cited that they were the beneficiaries of grants or other financial aid from various international organisations that they used to develop new systems of farming infrastructure and farmhouses on the said land. Sewlall, Sewnarine and Jameer said they never gave anyone permission to enter, clear, farm or build on the property.However, the Region Five REO in October 2016 requested that some 50 farmers, including the three claimants, vacate their WCB farmland. More than that, they observed that Morrison threatened to bulldoze the crops and forcibly eject them from the land.Upon being threatened, they contacted Attorney Nandlall who wrote the REO in a letter dated November 3, 2016, which highlighted that some of his clients built dwellings and other permanent structures on the land. It added that the regional administration disassociated itself from Morrison’s actions and that he, Nandlall, advised his clients to use reasonable force to defend their crops and properties.The attorney also advised the farmers to report the matter to the Fort Wellington Police Station. This letter was copied to several Government Ministers, including Agriculture Minister Noel Holder, Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan and then acting Police Commissioner, David Ramnarine.Regional Chairman Vickchand Ramphall also received a copy of Nandlall’s letter and after the farmers made several complaints to him, he wrote the REO in a letter dated March 21, 2018, where he observed that crops were being destroyed by an excavator on Morrison’s orders. Ramphal urged him to desist from the practice so that the farmers could provide for their families. He informed Morrison that the Region Five RDC never made a decision to evict farmers.The court documents also revealed that in April 2018, agents linked to Morrison “unilaterally decided” to enter the said farmland the three claimants occupied and cleared a portion of the land, cutting down several cash crops including sweet peppers, lettuce, eschalot, plantain, calaloo and banana plants. Thereafter on August 6, 2018, two excavators entered the land and flattened another portion.The claimants added that on August 7, 2018, the REO’s agents entered again and destroyed Krishna Sewlall’s wooden farmhouse valued $300,000. Kristopher Sewnarine’s farmhouse was also destroyed and that building was valued $800,000. Sewlall is seeking special damages of $3,254,000 for his destroyed crops and farmhouse, while Sewnarine wants Morrison to pay him $950,000 for his losses. Meanwhile, Jameer is seeking $1,170,000 from the REO. The special damages claim amounts to $5,374,000 while the general damages claim requests in excess of $5,000,000 for trespass.“The defendants wrongfully continue to bulldoze and flatten the land, damaging valuable crops and depriving the claimants of their property, livelihood and only source of income,” a section of the legal document stated.Nandlall has petitioned for an injunction to restrain Morrison and his agents, representatives or officers from continuing to enter, occupying, bulldozing the claimants’ use of the WCB farmland. He added that Morrison is “guilty of trespass and damage to property and [has] caused the claimants great loss, damage, great anguish and mental distress.”