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Author Salman Rushdie attacked in US after threats for 34 years

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Salman Rushdie was stabbed multiple times in the neck. The attacker has been nabbed.

Author Salman Rushdie was stabbed in the neck at an event in a remote New York district, US, on Friday. The attacker has been detained.

The 75-year-old author’s writings have in the past led to threats. Even as he was airlifted to the hospital, social media was abuzz with sympathisers and hatred both expressing their thoughts.

Governor Kathy Hochul said he’s alive and “getting the care he needs”. The attacker is in custody and his identity will be released later, she said.

Social media posts showed people rushing to Mr Rushdie’s aid after a man with “black clothes and a black mask” jumped onto the stage and attacked him at Chautauqua Institution, about 100 km from the city. The moderator of the talk suffered minor head injuries in the attack. Mr Rushdie fell to the floor immediately after the attack, and the attacker was restrained. The attack lasted 20 seconds.

Moderator Henry Reese and Mr Rushdie were to discuss “the US as asylum for writers and other artists in exile and as a home for freedom of creative expression”. The attack happened around 11 am local time (8.30 pm IST) as Mr Rushdie was being introduced. There were around 2,500 people in the audience.

The Chautauqua Institution, where the attack took place, is located in a rural part of New York. It is known for its summertime lecture series. Mr Rushdie has spoken there before.

A British citizen of Indian origin — living in the US for the past 20 years — Mr Rushdie, 75, has faced threats for decades over his 1988 book, The Satanic Verses, which is allegedly blasphemous towards Islam. A reward was put on his head by the Iranian top leader, though by 1998 the Iranian government said it won’t enforce that ‘fatwa’ or edict. It wasn’t clear if the attack is linked to that, although Twitterati haters started rejoicing (sic) with references to the past.

After the controversy over The Satanic Verses, Mr Rushdie remained out of the public eye, mostly living under government protection in the UK. But he produced several novels throughout the 1990s, and continues to criticise religious fundamentalism.

His first novel came out in 1975, but one of his seminal works is about modern India, Midnight’s Children (1981), for which he won the Booker Prize.

In 2012, after an Iranian religious outfit “renewed” the bounty on him, he dismissed that threat, saying there was “no evidence” of people being interested in the reward, said the AP report. He even published a memoir, Joseph Anton, about life after the fatwa. The title came from a pseudonym he had used while in hiding.

Journalist for 25 years with leading publications in India and UAE such as The National, Mumbai Mirror, DNA, Indian Express and former Sports Editor of eIndia.com. Now managing editor of Headline.ae, part of MEMc (https://www.memc.co)

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UAE fuel prices announced for March 2024

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The Fuel Prices Monitoring Committee has given the green light for an increase in gasoline and diesel prices for March 2024. The approved hike ranges between 15 and 16 fils per liter for gasoline and 17 fils for diesel, compared to February 2024 prices.

Fuel distribution companies have promptly announced the new prices, effective from Friday, March 1, 2024. The updated pricing includes a 5% value-added tax.

Specifically, the price per liter of super gasoline “98” is set to rise by 15 fils, reaching 3.03 dirhams in March, up from 2.88 dirhams in February. Special gasoline “95” will see an increase of 16 fils, from 2.76 dirhams to 2.92 dirhams, while E-Plus 91 gasoline will climb by 16 fils, reaching 2.85 dirhams from 2.69 dirhams. Additionally, the price of diesel will experience a 17 fils per liter hike, escalating from 2.99 dirhams in February to 3.16 dirhams in March.

This decision follows three consecutive monthly reductions in gasoline and diesel prices approved by the committee for January 2024. The reduction ranged between 13 and 14 fils for gasoline and 19 fils for diesel per liter compared to December 2023 prices.

Notably, the Ministry of Energy’s approved fuel price standards are subject to monthly adjustments based on the global average oil price, incorporating distribution companies’ operating costs.

New fuel prices are:

-Super 98 petrol will cost Dh3.03 a litre, compared to Dh2.88 in February.

-Special 95 petrol will cost Dh2.92 per litre, compared to Dh2.76 last month.

-E-Plus 91 petrol will cost Dh2.85 a litre, compared to Dh2.69 a litre in February.

-Diesel will be charged at Dh3.16 a litre compared to Dh2.99 last month.

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Bollywood star Ajay Devgan invests in World Championship Of Legends to be held in England

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Indian superstar Ajay Devgn is making a strategic investment in the upcoming World Championship Of Legends, a highly anticipated Global T20 Tournament set to take place at Edgbaston Stadium in Birmingham, England. The tournament is scheduled to run from 3rd July to 18th July, featuring legendary players.
Talking about taking his love for cricket to the next level, Actor Ajay Devgn shares, “As a cricket enthusiast, this championship is an incredible event where legendary cricketers will be back on the field. These players are celebrated globally and watching them play again is a dream for every cricket lover.”
The star-studded event is proposed to include cricketing legends such as Yuvraj Singh, Brett Lee, Kevin Petersen, Suresh Raina, Shahid Afridi and many more who will add their brilliance and experience to the competition.
WCL is being presented by the renowned Indian travel company EaseMyTrip.
Nishant Pitti, the CEO & Co-founder of EaseMyTrip, stated, ‘EaseMyTrip has been associated with many cricketing and sporting events in the past, but WCL has a unique feel to its structure. It’s nostalgic, bringing back our cricketing legends together, and that too in England. It’s going to be amazing. Moreover, I have always admired Mr. Ajay Devgn, and I am sure the combination of Cinema and Cricket will be an amazing gift to all the fans across the globe.”.
The World Championship Of Legends 2024 proposes to host six teams – India, Pakistan, Australia, England, West Indies, and South Africa. This international clash of legends is expected to captivate cricket enthusiasts worldwide.
Harshit Tomar, the visionary founder of the World Championship Of Legends, expressed his delight at the unfolding partnership with Ajay Devgn. “We are thrilled to welcome Indian Legend Mr. Ajay Devgn as part of this journey. Have always been his fan and love his aura and I am sure his involvement will take our WCL to next level. His passion for the game and commitment to promoting cricket align perfectly with the values of the World Championship Of Legends. With an expected list of renowned and esteemed players, we are confident that WCL 2024 will be an unparalleled success.”
As cricket fans eagerly await the commencement of the tournament, the World Championship Of Legends is gearing up to deliver a spectacular cricketing extravaganza, showcasing the best of the best in T20 cricket

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PBG Eagles crowned World Tennis League champions in Abu dhabi

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PBG Eagles clinched the Meteora World Tennis League Season Two title after producing an impressive team performance to beat SG Mavericks Kites 29-26 in Sunday’s final in Abu Dhabi.

They were awarded the winning trophy by His Excellency Aref Hamad Al Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council during a presentation ceremony that was also attended by Rajesh Banga, Chairman and Founder of WTL, Sunil Matthew CO Founder and Praveen Sharma, Chairman of Meteora Developers.

Also in attendance were Omar Almour, Co Founder and Partner and Nishant Pittie, Founder and Chairman of Ease My Trip. As well as winning the trophy, Eagles won AED 1 million while Kites took AED 500,000.

In front of a large crowd at the Etihad Arena, Kites made a perfect start to the match although Stefano Tsitsipas and Paula Badosa had to work for their 7-6 victory in the opening set against Mirra Andreeva and Daniil Medvedev.

Eagles bounced back in the Women’s Doubles as Andreeva and Sofia Kenin battled from 5-2 down to register a hard-fought 7-5 win, taking a one-point overall lead going into the last three sets.

The Men’s Doubles saw Kites’ Medvedev and Andrey Rublev extend their team’s lead after coming out on top 6-3 against Eagles’ Grigor Dimitrov and Lloyd Harris.

Eagles were again celebrating as Kenin, ranked 33 in the world, caused an upset against World No.2 Aryna Sabalenka in the Women’s Singles. The 25-year-old American broke in the fifth game and held her serve from then on to register a 6-4 win.

Kenin’s victory meant Eagles had a six-point lead going into the final encounter of the evening – the Men’s Singles between Rublev and Dimitrov. Rublev broke in the second game to give Eagles an advantage and although Dimitrov won the set, it was not enough to deny Eagles the title.

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