FA Cup : Five-Star City Demolish Woeful West Ham
- LONDON : Manchester City crushed West Ham United 5-0 to give manager Pep Guardiola the perfect introduction to the FA Cup as they cruised into the fourth round with a thumping victory at the London Stadium on Friday. After taking the lead through Yaya Toure from the penalty spot, the five-time winners swept their opponents away with devilish attacking verve, inflicting on the beleaguered Hammers their worst ever home defeat in the competition. They survived a solitary scare when the hosts' Sofiane Feghouli inexplicably shot wide from in front of an open goal, but went in at the break with a 3-0 advantage after an own goal from Havard Nordtveit and an effort from David Silva. Sergio Aguero then flicked the ball home early in the second half to become the third highest scorer in City's history and defender John Stones netted his first for the club with a header from a corner with seven minutes remaining.
- If City's inconsistent form had started to weigh heavy on manager Guardiola, who was in the tetchiest of moods following their Premier League victory over Burnley on Monday, the Spaniard's spirits would have been lifted by their display in the capital. There were flashes of his former Barcelona side in some of City's attacking play and the ease with which they dismantled a poor West Ham, who looked off the pace from the start and were thoroughly outclassed throughout a nightmare 90 minutes. Efforts from Pablo Zabaleta and Silva, which were blocked and saved by defender Winston Reid and goalkeeper Adrian respectively, served early notice of City's intent, but they had to wait 33 minutes to open the scoring from the spot.
- Zabaleta powered into the box and had his heels clipped by Pedro Obiang, leaving Toure to step up and blast his effort past Adrian. West Ham's Feghouli, under pressure from Gael Clichy, somehow pulled an effort wide from two metres out with the goal gaping, but that was about as good as it got for the hosts. Two City goals in two minutes before halftime effectively killed the tie with both stemming from flowing passing moves. Nordtveit turned into his own net with Raheem Sterling lurking to double City's lead, while the England winger then teed up Silva to calmly control and stroke the ball into the net two minutes before the break. Any hope of a second-half resurgence was crushed five minutes after the restart when Aguero got his milestone goal, turning Toure's shot home from close range for his 154th for the club, one more than Colin Bell. Only Tommy Johnson (166) and Eric Brook (178) have more. Stones rounded off the victory with a header that Mark Noble tried in vain to clear of the line.
British MP Virendra Sharma Opens New Section Of Calligraphy Museum
- BENGALURU : This museum is different. It houses a calligrapher's collection of fountain pens, nibs, journals and quills. The handwriting and calligraphy museum is located in the ancestral home of handwriting expert K C Janardhan in Chamarajpet. "Many wondered why I haven't moved to a bigger house, but this is where it all began," says the self-taught calligrapher. On Friday, the British section of his collection was inaugurated by Virendra Sharma, British MP of Indian origin. Janardhan started collecting items 30 years ago -- ink wells, fountain pens, blotting equipment, quills and books on calligraphy.
- The rarer items include quills, 100-year-old nibs and an italic journal collection dating from 1952-2001. He also owns a few rare pens released by Mont Blanc, commemorating famous personalities who have passed on. Janardhan remembers three key emotional moments as a calligrapher: When he become the first Indian to write his own passport; when he wrote his daughter's birth certificate, and when he wrote his father's death certificate. "People no longer write as much as they used to because of the digital revolution.
- They prefer texting or typing over writing; while this increases connectivity it lacks the personal touch. If there is any power cut or natural disaster, people would not know how to communicate with each other since they are so dependent on technology. But with the advent of smartphones that come with a stylus, it seems as if we are coming back to writing by hand," he adds.
Om Puri’s Connection With Kannada Cinema Goes Back 4 Decades
- BENGALURU : Veteran actor Om Puri, who passed away on Friday, has had a four-decade-long association with Sandalwood. He, incidentally, was to inaugurate the Bahuroopi Theatre Festival at Rangayana in Mysuru next Friday. The news of Puri's death came as a shock for filmmaker and theatreperson T S Nagabharana, who was preparing to receive his best friend in Bengaluru. "I was to escort him to Mysuru. While I was preparing for his arrival, I got to know about his death," said Nagabharana. Puri's association with Karnataka goes back to the 1970s, when the state attracted national talent for its various experiments in theatre and new-wave cinema. He had many friends in Kannada theatre and films. "Though he acted in very few Kannada movies, he was deeply connected to many individuals, especially those who were at the helm of the new-wave that covered both films and theatre," said K Puttaswamy, a film historian.
- Kannada theatre doyenne B Jayashree was Puri's batchmate at the National School of Drama (NSD) between 1971 and 1973. Together with another titan Naseeruddin Shah, they formed a troika. "People know Puri as a versatile actor. For me, he was a best friend. Losing a friend is like losing solace," said Jayashree. Jayashree remembered how Puri and Shah helped her when she landed in New Delhi and couldn't understand a word of Hindi. Puri had said many a time that he was indebted to litterateur Girish Karnad who was instrumental in getting him enrolled at Pune's Film and Television Institute of India (FTII). Karnad headed the institute at that time. After NSD, it was important for Puri to join FTII to make a career in acting. However, he wasn't selected and Karnad, as the head, had to intervene to get him a seat.
- Karnad was also instrumental in getting Puri a role in Chor Chor Chup Jaa, directed by B V Karanth, in 1975. Karnad and Puri's friendship had its share of differences, but their common friends say it was only an ideological fight. "I have dedicated an entire chapter to Om Puri and his Pune days in my autobiography Aadaadata Aayushya," said Karnad. Puri had his first brush with Kannada cinema when he played a small role in Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane, jointly directed by Karnad and Karanth in 1977. He enacted a bigger role in the movie's Hindi version, Godhuli. More than two decades later, he appeared in a big role as a police officer in AK47, a full-scale commercial film, and shared screen space with Shivarajkumar.
- He also acted in Dhruva featuring Darshan as hero. Puri was to feature in another Shivarjkumar-starrer Santheyalli Nintha Kabira that released last year, but couldn't make it. Kannada actor Sundar Raj fondly remembers the days of Thabbaliyu Neenade Magane that was shot near Tumakuru. "The outdoor shoot took place in Mahimapura. Four tents were pitched for our stay. Puri and I were tentmates," said Raj. Puri kept asking for details of Kannada plays like Hayavadana and Jokumaraswamy. Nagabharana, who worked as assistant director in both Tabbaliyu Neenade Magane and Chor Chor Chup Jaa, said the way Puri used his body language was amazing and his baritone was unique.
- He remembered how Puri made it a point to learn Kannada to say his lines. Nagabharana directed Puri in Bin Bulaye Mehmaan (1981), a Hindi remake of Kannada movie Anveshane, but the film was incomplete. Nagabharana said Puri was passionate about theatre and would sit through the rehearsals of BeNaKa ( Bengaluru Nagara Kalavidaru) whenever he was in Bengaluru. Nagabharana is halfway through a light and sound show for Mysuru Palace for which Puri gave the voiceover. "Some portions are left. Now, I'll have to make do with the available voiceover of Puri," he said.
Aadhaar Now Mandatory For EPFO Members & Pensioners
- NEW DELHI : Retirement fund body EPFO has made it mandatory for its about 50 lakh pensioners and around 4 crore subscribers to provide either Aadhaar or a proof that they have applied for it till month-end to remain the beneficiary of its social security schemes. The body's central provident fund commissioner V P Joy said, "We will review the situation by month-end and may give more time to subscribers as well as pensioners to provide the 12 digit Aadhaar number," Joy said further.
- The EPFO has asked its over 120 field offices to provide wide publicity to the move through media as well as individual notes through employers to create awareness among members and pensioners about providing Aadhaar as their identification. A notification by the labour ministry says: "Members and pensioners of the Employees Pension Scheme desirous of continuing to avail pension and membership to Employees Pension Scheme, are hereby required to furnish proof of possession of Aadhaar number or undergo Aadhaar authentication as per the procedure laid down by the EPFO."
- The Centre contributes 1.16% of the basic wages as subsidy to every member's Employees Pension Scheme Account in addition to 8.33% deposited by their employers every month. Since the government provides subsidy to an EPFO member, it has invoked Section 7 of the Aadhaar (Targetted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Act 2016, for the purpose.