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How Bellingham has become England’s most important player

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AL WAKRAH, Qatar — When England arrived back at their Al Wakrah base in the early hours of Monday morning after beating Senegal 3-0 in the World Cup round of 16, they were greeted by what has become a customary welcome party of dancing hotel staff and loud music. Jack Grealish shuffled in delight; Mason Mount‘s beaming smile lit up the room. Somewhere in the melee, Jude Bellingham politely, but pointedly just walked straight through, saying “I’ve got no moves.”

The rest of the world would disagree. In fact, it’s virtually the only time Bellingham has not taken centre stage since arriving in Qatar. Ahead of a quarterfinal meeting with defending champions France on Saturday, the 19-year-old is threatening to become the tournament’s breakout star, revolutionising England’s midfield with a series of dynamic displays, all while appearing delightfully oblivious to the magnitude of the occasion.

Bellingham was hardly an unknown prior to this World Cup, having progressed rapidly in the past 2½ years at Borussia Dortmund. His maturity was recognised in October by being named captain for multiple matches and becoming the youngest skipper ever to score in the Champions League against Sevilla.

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Former club Birmingham City retired his No. 22 shirt when he departed in the summer of 2020, choosing Dortmund over Manchester United. Birmingham were ridiculed at the time because the teenage Bellingham had been in the first-team for just one season, but it’s starting to look like due recognition of the unique talent they had unearthed.

It is always a sign of the impression a player is making on a global scale when journalists from around the world arrive at England news conferences and ask about one individual. Time and again, the focus in Qatar has been on Bellingham and consequently, those within the camp have tried to play it down.

Phil Foden was a prime example of trying and failing to toe the party line in seeking to avoid the sort of hyperbole that could heap pressure on a teenager still making his way in the game. “I don’t want to big him up too much because he is still young,” Foden began after another Bellingham masterclass against Senegal, before adding: “But he’s one of the most gifted players I have ever seen. He has no weakness in his game. I think he will be the best midfielder in the world.”

Foden isn’t the only one who can’t help but get carried away. “I always say he’s the future, but he’s the present,” said winger Bukayo Saka, while England captain Harry Kane describes Bellingham’s game as one with “no weakness.”

Even Steve Holland, Gareth Southgate’s mild-mannered and considered assistant, marvelled at Bellingham’s all-round contribution at this tournament. “There’s only three things that you can do in football: stop goals, make goals, score goals,” he said on Monday. “That’s how you contribute. Jude can do all of those things. And recently, he has begun to score goals which is the bit that makes the biggest players big. It’s a match-winning ability that he is adding to his game.”

Dortmund head coach Edin Terzic labelled Bellingham as “the oldest 19-year-old I have ever seen,” and the maturity he’s shown in Qatar has been perhaps the most impressive aspect of his development.

Very little has fazed him. Only United States made Bellingham blink in their 0-0 Group B clash, as they’d identified him as the key midfield threat. Gregg Berhalter’s own tireless trio — Weston McKennie, Tyler Adams and Yunus Musah — managed to nullify him to the extent that he was withdrawn for Jordan Henderson.

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But in the other three matches, Bellingham has delivered game-changing contributions. He scored England’s opening goal of the tournament in a 6-2 win against Iran, and set up England’s first goal in the 3-0 win against Wales. Against Senegal, the manner in which he drove forward, riding tackles before executing a perfectly timed pass in a counterattack that ended with Kane’s first goal at these finals, felt like a watershed moment in his career. (He also assisted on Henderson’s goal, which opened the scoring.)

Bellingham is threatening to solve a position England have struggled with for years. Central midfield has been England’s weakness even in times of recent strength. They habitually do not keep the ball well enough against the best sides, and the familiar pattern to both their 2018 World Cup semifinal defeat to Croatia and last summer’s Euro 2020 final loss to Italy underlined one of the few areas still needing improvement under Southgate.

It has long been felt that England do not possess a Luka Modric or Marco Verratti style of player, someone with the intelligence to control a game, almost acting like a metronome, if required. Bellingham is not quite that type either, but he is rapidly becoming the complete midfielder.

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From England’s first four matches, Bellingham has amassed one goal, one assist, a 93% pass completion rate (bettered only by John Stones and Declan Rice among England’s regulars) and 23 ball recoveries, more than any other England player. The composition of England’s midfield has been designed to get the best from him. Southgate included Henderson alongside Rice in a 4-3-3 shape against Senegal because it allowed Bellingham a little more safety to go and affect play in attacking areas.

The France midfield has been weakened by the pretournament injuries to N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba, so Southgate must weigh up how expansive he feels England can be against the defending champions, but giving Bellingham as much scope to influence play as possible will factor highly into his thinking.

And it’s not just the French that have taken notice. Bellingham’s club future is the subject of considerable speculation, with talk of a €150 million transfer fee. ESPN has previously reported that Liverpool are leading the race for his signature, but Real Madrid and Manchester City are among the clubs yet to give up hope.

The sight of Bellingham forming such a close bond with Liverpool’s Henderson on this trip is a positive for Southgate, but it might also be the same for Reds boss Jurgen Klopp, who has made the teenager his top midfield transfer target.

Europe’s elite clubs all want him. Bellingham really does have more moves than he thinks.



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5 Heritage Crafts To Shop For When In Odisha

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Home to over 52 craft skills, the state of Odisha is a powerhouse of talent and takes great pride in its vibrant arts and crafts. From the stone carvings that make up its famous temples to the patachitra artworks of Lord Jagannath, to the colourful pipli applique work, this eastern Indian state has been home to a wide range of art and crafts for centuries. The state’s heritage crafts include paintings, textiles, embroidery and tribal jewellery, with artefacts made from diverse materials such as stone, wood, metal, coir, clay, animal horns, feathers, sisal fibre, sabai grass, lacquer and more. Although many of them have their origins rooted in religious rites and household requirements, today they have evolved in form and presentation to attract modern buyers. Each region in Odisha has something unique to offer to the intrepid traveller.

Here are five things you must bring back when you are in Odisha next. 

Applique Work

What It Is: The colourful applique art of Odisha can be spotted across homes in India, often used as canopies during functions, as lampshades, decorative door hangings, and other interior decorations. The ancient craft with a GI (Geographical Indicator) tag dates back to the 17th and 18th centuries when applique work clothes and decorative pieces were used in the Jagannath Temple in Puri during religious processions. According to local people, the art originated as part of
religious rites. The appliqued cloth would be used to make ‘chandua’ or canopy and ‘chhati’ or umbrella. If you visit Puri’s Jagannath Temple during the annual Rathyatra (Chariot Festival) you can see the huge chariots bedecked with Odisha’s applique work. Apart from other offerings, visitors to the temple offer applique banners, chanduas, umbrellas, and pouches to Lord Jagannath.

Where To Buy: The town of Pipili is the original home of this traditional art, and it derives its name from the place located about 20km from Bhubaneshwar. As you drive into city, you will find rows of shops on both sides of the road with artists busy cutting coloured fabrics in various designs and stitching them on yards of cloth, embellished with decorative stitches and glasswork. Today the colour palette of fabrics range beyond the traditional red, yellow, black and white. Traditionally, the motifs varied from flora and fauna to mythical figures; the patterns are more contemporary now with the common ones being figures of elephants, parrots, peacocks, and dancing girls. A master craftsman usually applies six types of stitching patterns — bakhia, ganthi, taropa, chikana, button-hole and run-stitch.

Patachitra

What It Is: Patachitra, the indigenous traditional painting style of Odisha practiced by an artist community called chitrakars, has also received a Geographical Indicator (GI) tag. The word comes from the Sanskrit ‘pata’ (cloth) and ‘chitra’ (painting or picture), translating as a whole to a painted piece of cloth. In the old days, patachitra artists would paint pictures of Lord Jagannath to be sold to pilgrims who would come to Puri during the ‘anasara’ period (when the deities would remain in seclusion for a fortnight prior to the Rathayatra). A canvas is prepared using a paste of ground tamarind seed and chalk on a patta – which is a strip of cotton cloth or made of regional tussar silk. This lends a pale yellow background to perfectly contrast the vibrant images that retell legendary tales from the Puranas and epics like the Ramayana and Mahabharata. The borders of the painting are completed first. The materials used in the paint are from vegetable, earth, and mineral sources. Miniature versions of patachitra also feature in bookmarks, greeting and playing cards.

Where To Buy: The town of Raghurajpur, about 5km from Puri, is home to many families of chitrakars.

Palm Leaf Painting

What It Is: One of the oldest forms of painting and writing in the world, this craft is also known as talapatrachitra – tala- palm, patra – leaf, chitra- illustration. Before the advent of paper, the palm leaf was the canvas for writing and painting in most South and South East Asian countries. Stories were written, poems were weaved and futures predicted, all on palm leaves. It is believed that the Mahabharata was scripted by Lord Ganesha while Sage Vyasa dictated it. From ancient epics to Vedas, manuscripts to horoscopes, it is a marvel that this age-old method still survives today. The talapatachitra manuscripts were stored in temples; they were also the centres for learning the skills, and it is at temples that old texts were copied into fresh ones by highly revered lipikaras. The process for treating and preparing the palm leaves is quite elaborate.

Where To Buy: Places like Puri, Raghurajpur, Dandasahi and Bhubaneswar are the centers for

Stone Carving

What It Is: The land of lofty temples built of stone and embellished with rich carvings, Odisha is home to master stone carvers since time immemorial. The art form is believed to date back to the 13th century when the region was ruled by different dynasties, and that diversity of culture is reflected in the craft. The craft finds its genesis in ancient temples and palaces, and monuments in the state. With its intricate sculptures and delicate carvings on red sandstone, the Sun Temple of Konark is probably the most well known showcase of the art form. Incidentally, stone carving of Konark has also received a GI (Geographical Indicator) tag. Probably no traveller to Odisha will leave the state without picking up at least one miniature stone replica of the famous wheels of the Konark Sun Temple.

Craftspersons use both weather-resistant hard and soft stones like khadipathara, kochilapathara, pinkish khandolite, sahanapathara or baulapathara and black granite and muguni pathara for carving the mostly decorative works that they do today.

Where To Buy: Driving past Bhubaneswar, Puri, Konark, and Lalitagiri, it is not uncommon to find clusters of stone carvers chipping away and carefully chiselling out thin layers from stone boulders, shaping them into exquisitely carved home items, idols of the Buddha, Ganesha and Krishna, and miniatures of important shrines like Lingaraj, Mukteswar, Jagannath Puri and the Sun Temple.

Dokra

What It Is: The 4,000-year-old craft whose earliest and most well-known example is the Dancing Girl of Mohenjodaro takes its name from the Dhokra Damar tribe. Distant relatives of the Gadabas and Gonds of the Chhota Nagpur Plateau (present-day Odisha, Jharkhand, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh), they once roamed Central and Eastern India exchanging their wares for food and grains. With royal patronage, the artists managed to achieve exquisite and intriguing lace-like detail in their designs.Dokra, or dhokra, is an alloy of brass, nickel and zinc. The metal is used to give shape to a stylised range of decorative artefacts. Divine figures, animal statuettes, lamps, etc. reflect age-old designs. Candle stands, pen holders, ashtrays, small plates, etc. are also being made.

Where To Buy: According to Odisha Tourism, Kuliana in Mayurbhanj district, Kaimati in Keonjhar district, Sadeiberni in Dhenkanal district and Adakata in Nayagarh district are some of the best places to see the artisans at work.



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Liverpool stars Mohamed Salah and Thiago Alcantara face manager Jurgen Klopp and assistant Pep Lijnders at Padel (Video) – Soccer News

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Liverpool, or to be more precise the players that aren’t busy at the World Cup at the moment and their coaches, are working hard in Dubai, preparing for the challenges that lie ahead.

There is, of course, time for having fun as well.





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ITAT Delhi: Tax Addition Should Not Be Based on Suspicion U/S 69A

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The Delhi bench of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal( ITAT) stated that Income tax addition u/s 69A could not be on the grounds of doubt.

Ms Rano Jain, Adv. &Ms Mnsi Jain, CA appeared for the petitioner and Shri Om Parkash appeared for the respondent.

Narender Kumar, the taxpayer opposes the order of Commissioner of Income Tax (Appeals)-13, New Delhi for the assessment year 2010-11 on the basis of the validity of reopening of assessment under Section 147 of the Income Tax Act, 1961 and on the merits of the addition made of Rs.20,00,000 under Section 69A read with section 115BBE of the Income Tax Act.

The taxpayer, resident who losses to file income return under Section 139(1) of the Income Tax Act. The Assessing Officer revealed that the taxpayer had deposited the cash amounting to Rs.20,00,000 in his bank account. Witnessing the same, the Assessing Officer furnished the letter to the taxpayer asking for the data on the cash deposits.

Under Section 147 of the Income Tax Act, Assessing Officer has reopened the assessment in the absence of an answer. In answer to the notice provided under Section 148 of the Income Tax Act, the taxpayer furnishes the income return on displaying the income of Rs.3,866.

The taxpayer, who obtains the amount as a gift via his grandfather Shri Phool Singh, provided a copy of the gift deed and a bank statement of Shri Phool Singh. Dissatisfied by the taxpayer’s submission he figured that the cash deposited sources of Rs 20,00,000 does not have any explanation. Considering the amount as unexplained income, under Section 69A read with section 115 BBE of the Income Tax Act.

The same would be proof to validate the cash deposits source the assessing officer provided with the letter to the taxpayer asking for the details which do not being complied with. The assessing officer would have real material in his possession to form belief for the income escapement and there was a lower sort of data incurred through the taxpayer to elaborate the source of these cash deposits.

A Coram of Shri Saktijit Dey, Judicial Member, because of the unavailability of the donor due to his death, the taxpayer can evident the concern of the gift via additional corroborative proofs which the taxpayer has attempted to prove via providing the gift deed and donors bank statement.

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The same was stated that prior to cancelling the proof that the taxpayer provides, the assessing officer does not have driven any investigation for the legal heir of the deceased Phool Singh along with the cash availability within him. Under Section 133(6) of the Income Tax Act, the assessing officer would have bounded his investigation by providing a single notice.

The Tribunal, additional doubt is been made by disputed addition instead as per the proof and hence deleted the same addition. The assessing officer was effective in reopening the assessment under section 147 of the income tax act, maintaining the reopening validity of the assessment.





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Addition under section 69A of the Income Tax Act cannot be made

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Addition under section 69A of the Income Tax Act cannot be made on doubt and suspicion.

 

There are a lot of cases wherein taxpayer claim of deposit during demonetisation is denied and addition has been done U/s 68 to 69D. Here is one such interesting case before ITAT Delhi.

The case details is as under:

Narender Kumar, Vs. ITO 39(1), Delhi [ITA No.4006/Del/2019 Assessment Year: 2010-11]

In this case, the assessee had deposited cash of Rs.20,00,000 in his bank and claimed that it was out of gift received from his grand-father.

The assessee has tried to substantiate his claim by furnishing gift deed and bank statement of the donor.

However, before rejecting the evidences furnished by the assessee, the Assessing Officer has not conducted any inquiry either with the legal heir of donor or from any other source regarding the creditworthiness of donor and availability of cash with him. The case went before ITAT Delhi wherein ITAT Kolkata held as under:

  1. On the validity of reopening, ITAT observed that the Assessing Officer was justified in reopening the assessment under Section 147 of the Act. Accordingly, I uphold the validity of reopening of assessment.
  1. As regards the merits of the addition made, undisputedly, in course of assessment proceeding, the assessee had explained the source of cash deposits in the bank account by stating that it was out of gift received from his grand-father Shri Phool Singh. The Assessing Officer, however, has rejected assessee’s claim as the notice issued under Section 133(6) of the Act to Shri Phool Singh did not evoke any response. However, it is a fact on record, in support of his claim that the cash deposits were made out of gift received from the grandfather, the assessee had furnished corroborative evidences in form of copy of gift deed and bank statement of Shri Phool Singh. Further, to explain the reason for non-compliance with the notice issued under Section 133(6) of the Act, the assessee had explained before learned Commissioner (Appeals) that his grand-father Shri Phool Singh had died on 29.07.2015. A copy of the death certificate of late Phool Singh was also furnished.This, in my view, perfectly explains the nonresponse to the notice issued under Section 133(6) of the Act. It is observed, learned Commissioner (Appeals) has sustained the addition by entertaining a doubt regarding availability of cash balance of Rs.30,00,000 with late Phool Singh prior to gifting of R.20,00,000 to the assessee. The primary reason for entertaining such doubt is lack of any substantial transaction in the bank account.However, considering the fact that assessee and his family members are agriculturists, holding of some amount of cash in hand is believable. When, the donor is no more available due to his death, the assessee could have proved the fact of gift through other corroborative evidences, which the assessee has tried to prove by furnishing gift deed and bank statement of the donor. It is observed, before rejecting the evidences furnished by the assessee, the Assessing Officer has not conducted any inquiry either with the legal heir of late Phool Sing or from any other source regarding the creditworthiness of late Phool Singh and availability of cash with him. The Assessing Officer has restricted his inquiry by issuing a single notice under Section 133(6) of the Act. Thus, facts on record, to a great extent suggest that the disputed addition has been made more on doubt and suspicion rather than based on evidence.
  1. In view of the aforesaid, I delete the addition.

IN THE INCOME TAX APPELLATE TRIBUNAL, DELHI BENCH: ‘SMC’ NEW DELHI

 

SHRI SAKTIJIT DEY, JUDICIAL MEMBER

 

ITA No.4006/Del/2019

Assessment Year: 2010-11

Narender Kumar,

H.No. 85,    Vill: Ibrahimpur, near Bus Stand, Delhi.

PIN:1100 36

Vs. ITO, Ward-39(1),

New Delhi,

PAN :BCIPK9335F
(Appellant) (Respondent)
Appellant by Ms. Rano Jain, Adv. & Ms.Mnsi

Jain, CA

Respondent by Shri Om Parkash, Sr. DR
Date of hearing 21.07.2022
Date of pronouncement 19.10.2022

ORDER

 

This is an appeal by the assessee against order dated 18.03,2019 of learned Commissioner of Income-Tax (Appeals)-13, New Delhi for the assessment year 2010-11.

  1. Grounds raised by the assessee are in relation to validity of reopening of assessment under Section 147 of the Income-Tax Act, 1961 as well as on the merits of the addition made of Rs.20,00,000 under Section 69A read with section 115BBE of the Act.
  1. Briefly, the facts are the assessee is a resident For the assessment year under dispute, assessee did not file any return of income under Section 139(1) of the Act. Subsequently, from the information available on record, the Assessing Officer found that in the year under consideration, the assessee had deposited cash amounting to Rs.20,00,000 in his bank account. Noticing this, the Assessing Officer issued a letter to the assessee seeking information on the cash deposits. Since, no response was received from the assessee, the Assessing Officer formed a belief that income has escaped assessment, accordingly, reopened the assessment under Section 147 of the Act. In response to the notice issued under Section 148 of the Act, assessee filed his return of income on 05.10.2017 declaring income of Rs.3,866/-. In response to the query raised by the Assessing Officer regarding the source of cash deposits in the bank account, the assessee submitted that he had received the amount as a gift from his grand-father Shri Phool Singh. In support of such claim, assessee furnished a copy of the gift deed along with bank statement of Shri Phool Singh. The Assessing Officer, however, was not convinced with the submission of the assessee and ultimately concluded that the source of cash deposit of Rs.20,00,000 remained unexplained. Treating the said amount as undisclosed income, he added back under Section 69A read with section 115 BBE of the Act. Though, the assessee contested the aforesaid addition, by filing an appeal, however, learned Commissioner (Appeals) sustained the addition.
  1. I have considered rival submissions and perused the material on
  2. As regards assessee’s challenge to the validity of the reopening of assessment under Section 147 of the Act, admittedly, for the assessment year under dispute, the assessee did not file any return of income under Section 139(1) of the Act. It is a fact on record that the Assessing Officer had information in his possession indicating that in the year under consideration, the assessee had deposited cash of 20,00,000 in his bank account. It is further evident, to verify the source of such cash deposits, the Assessing Officer issued a letter to the assessee seeking information, which remained non-complied. Thus, the aforesaid facts reveal, not only the Assessing Officer had tangible material in his possession to form belief regarding escapement of income but there was complete lack of information from assessee’s side to explain the source of such cash deposits. In such a scenario, the Assessing Officer was justified in reopening the assessment under Section 147 of the Act as he had enough reason to form a prima facie belief that income had escaped assessment. That being the case, in my considered view, the Assessing Officer was justified in reopening the assessment under Section 147 of the Act. Accordingly, I uphold the validity of reopening of assessment.
  1. As regards the merits of the addition made, undisputedly, in course of assessment proceeding, the assessee had explained the source of cash deposits in the bank account by stating that it was out of gift received from his grand-father Shri Phool Singh. The Assessing Officer, however, has rejected assessee’s claim as the notice issued under Section 133(6) of the Act to Shri Phool Singh did not evoke any However, it is a fact on record, in support of his claim that the cash deposits were made out of gift received from the grand- father, the assessee had furnished corroborative evidences in form of copy of gift deed and bank statement of Shri Phool Singh. Further, to explain the reason for non-compliance with the notice issued under Section 133(6) of the Act, the assessee had explained before learned Commissioner (Appeals) that his grand-father Shri Phool Singh had died on 29.07.2015. A copy of the death certificate of late Phool Singh was also furnished. This, in my view, perfectly explains the non- response to the notice issued under Section 133(6) of the Act. It is observed, learned Commissioner (Appeals) has sustained the addition by entertaining a doubt regarding availability of cash balance of Rs.30,00,000 with late Phool Singh prior to gifting of R.20,00,000 to the assessee. The primary reason for entertaining such doubt is lack of any substantial transaction in the bank account. However, considering the fact that assessee and his family members are agriculturists, holding of some amount of cash in hand is believable. When, the donor is no more available due to his death, the assessee could have proved the fact of gift through other corroborative evidences, which the assessee has tried to prove by furnishing gift deed and bank statement of the donor. It is observed, before rejecting the evidences furnished by the assessee, the Assessing Officer has not conducted any inquiry either with the legal heir of late Phool Sing or from any other source regarding the creditworthiness of late Phool Singh and availability of cash with him. The Assessing Officer has restricted his inquiry by issuing a single notice under Section 133(6) of the Act. Thus, facts on record, to a great extent suggest that the disputed addition has been made more on doubt and suspicion rather than based on evidence.
  1. In view of the aforesaid, I delete the
  1. In the result, the appeal is partly

Order pronounced in the open court on 19th October, 2022.

 

Dated: 19th October, 2022.

Mohan Lal

Copy forwarded to:

  1. Appellant
  2. Respondent
  3. CIT
  4. CIT(A)
  5. DR

 

Sd/-

(SAKTIJIT DEY) JUDICIAL MEMBER

 

Asst. Registrar, ITAT, New Delhi



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Bigg Boss 16: After Fight With Soundarya And Sreejita, Tina Datta Pleads To Be Sent Home

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Tina Dutta in a still from the video. (courtesy: BiggBoss)

New Delhi:

 Tina Datta has had a rough few days in the Bigg Boss 16 house. After fights with friends Nimrit Kaur and Shiv Thakare, the actress was taken aback when eliminated contestant Sreejita De reentered the house as a wildcard contestant. She had an argument with Sreejita, following which Tina and Soundarya Sharma were seen fighting over vegan food. All the fights seem to have taken a toll on Tina, who is seen breaking down in front of host Salman Khan and even asks to be sent home. In the new promo, Tina tells Salman that she is not feeling good and that she wants to talk to the actor in the confession room.

It all started when Sreejita De made a comeback to the house and said Tina Datta has a “black heart” and that she is filled with “negativity”. To this, Tina walks out of the conversation. “One of our friends got married into a rich family. We were sitting and having a conversation in Goa. Tina started saying uski life toh set hai. The friend’s father-in-law is a very rich person. He has a penthouse and is fully loaded,” adding that the way Tina said “fully loaded” did not go down well with Michael, Sreejita’s fiance. She adds that Shalin should also pursue Tina only if he is “fully loaded”. However,  Nimrit and Soundarya say that Shalin and Tina are in a relationship of convenience.

Soon after, Tina is also accused of taking all the vegan food by Soundarya Sharma. She breaks down and this leads to another fight with Soundarya and others.  She also pleaded to the show’s team to be sent home. 

This week Ankit Gupta has been elected captain of the house. Tina Datta, Nimrit Kaur, Sumbul Touqeer and MC Stan have been nominated for elimination. You can watch Bigg Boss 16 on Colors TV from Monday to Friday at 10 PM. On weekends, the episodes begin at 9.30 PM.  The show is also available on Voot Select with a 24*7 stream.

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Bigg Boss 16: Salman Khan Opens The Doors For MC Stan As He Leaves The Show, Says ‘Jaana Hai Toh…’

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Rapper MC Stan, who enjoys a big fan following, is currently confined inside Bigg Boss 16 house and he is one of the most-hyped competitors among Bigg Boss audience on social media. Fans, on the other hand, are rooting for him to win the show. However, a new promo posted by Colors TV on Instagram has left Stan’s followers in shock. Bigg Boss 16 participant MC Stan seems to have walked out of the competition voluntarily, as seen in the recently released Weekend Ka Vaar promo. The rapper is among the four competitors nominated for the evictions this week.

The teaser shows host Salman Khan in attendance. He reminds MC Stan about how he had entered the show with tremendous enthusiasm. He says, “Kis mindset ke saath aaya tha tu yaha Stan. Tere bahar bahut saare fan hain, wo bolenge yar ye kaunsa humara hero. Quitter bolenge tere ko ajha lagega kya (What mindset did you bring to the show? You have so many fans outside that they will wonder what kind of hero you are. Will you like it if they label you a quitter)?”

MC Stan replies, “Mera mun sahi mein nahi lagra sir (I’m not happy here).” When his co-housemates tell him, “Aise thode na chalega (This is not how things are done),” he tells them, “Bhailog behenlog… (brothers and sisters)” as if delivering a speech before departing. Salman then tells him that he is free to leave and announces the opening of the Bigg Boss house gates. He says, “jaana hai toh jao,” and then MC Stan walks away.

Colors shared the promo with the caption that read, “Kya hai yeh koi nayi trick, ya sach mein kar rahe hai MC Stan iss show ko quit? (Is this a new trick, or is MC Stan actually leaving the show)?”

Watch the promo below:

During the recent episode, Bigg Boss instructed ‘King’ Ankit with selecting six contestants, from which three were chosen for nomination this week. Ankit then chose six candidates: Archana Gautam, Sumbul Touqeer Khan, Priyanka Choudhary, Soundarya Sharma, Shiv Thakare, and Shalin Bhanot.

Each of these elected contestants then shared their thoughts on who should be nominated this week. Following the task, Bigg Boss revealed that Tina Datta, Nimrit Kaur Ahluwalia, and Sumbul Touqeer Khan have been nominated for eviction this week. Meanwhile, MC Stan, who was previously punished by Bigg Boss for being violent with Shalin Bhanot, is nominated this week as well.

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WSL crowds up 200% on last year – director

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Attendances in the Women’s Super League (WSL) are up 200% on last season, FA Director of the Women’s Professional Game Kelly Simmons said, as women’s football continues to break records.

A new WSL record attendance was set in September when 47,367 spectators turned out to watch Arsenal beat north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur 4-0 at the Emirates Stadium. This followed a record-breaking women’s Euros campaign which saw 87,192 fans pack into Wembley Stadium to see England win the tournament.

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Built on the foundation of the Lionesses’ success, Simmons said the WSL had the perfect opportunity to grow and is delighted to see a growing interest in the women’s game.

“Coming into the 2022/23 season, we knew that we had an extraordinary opportunity to introduce the Barclays Women’s Super League and the Barclays Women’s Championship to new audiences,” Simmons said.

“The Lionesses’ victory propelled the women’s game in this country to new levels, and it was important for us to capture and capitalise on that momentum.

“It has often been said that a successful women’s England team will help generate interest in the domestic game. This is certainly true, and I have been really overwhelmed by the response we have seen from fans — new and old — in the first half of the season.

“I am delighted to reveal that since the season commenced, we have seen almost 300,000 spectators attend matches across the Barclays Women’s Super League. This just highlights how much appetite there is for world-class women’s league football.

“We are currently averaging almost 6,000 fans a week in the Barclays Women’s Super League as we go into the final league fixtures of 2022 — which is up over 200% on this time last year.

“The Barclays Women’s Championship is also performing brilliantly, with the average attendance up over 85% on this time last year.”

Chelsea are top of the WSL after picking up 24 points in nine matches.



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Google, Impact Assets invest in agritech startup Cropin

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Agritech startup Cropin has raised $14 million from Google and Singapore-based Impact Assets as part of its pre-Series D round.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation-backed company plans to raise $50-70 million as part of its Series D funding round in 3-4 months, YourStory reported last week citing Cropin Co-founder and CEO Krishna Kumar.

As per a regulatory filing with the Registrar of Companies, Cropin has passed a special resolution to issue 95,590 compulsorily convertible preference shares at Rs 11,862.68 apiece to raise Rs 113.4 crore ($14 million) in the pre-Series D round. Existing investors Chiratae Ventures and JSR Active Innovation Fund also participated. 

Cropin will use capital from the Series D round to beef up hiring and operations across its new subsidiaries in the US and Singapore, Krishna Kumar had said earlier. Last year, Cropin set up a subsidiary in the Netherlands to take its agri-tech solutions into the European Union region.

Cropin was last valued at $67.5 million, as per Tracxn estimates. It had, in January last year, raised $20 million in Series C funding led by ABC World Asia, with existing investors including Chiratae Ventures and Ankur Capital participating.

Other investors include CDC Group, Beenext and Kris Gopalakrishnan’s family office.

Cropin is looking to hit the public markets in 4-5 years, the CEO said earlier.

Founded in 2010, Cropin provides cloud software-based solutions to agribusinesses to help them maximise productivity using data. The startup has partnered with over 250 enterprise clients and says it has digitised 16 million acres of farmland across 92 countries. 

The company, which counts Intello Labs, Ninjacart and Gramophone among competitors, ended FY 2022 with revenue of nearly Rs 40 crore and annual bookings of about Rs 145 crore.

Net revenue retention, which indicates how the contribution from existing deals has improved, jumped 120% in FY 2022, according to the company.





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