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Australia, Brazil arrive in South Africa

first_img27 May 2010Five times World Cup champions Brazil landed at Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport on Thursday morning, the second team to arrive in South Africa for the 2010 Fifa World Cup following the Australian team, who touched down at the airport on Wednesday evening.“With the arrival of teams, the Fifa World Cup becomes real,” Fifa secretary-general Jerome Valcke said in a statement on Wednesday. “This marks a very special moment, because we have provided the stage, now the players take the spotlight, and that is what the Fifa World Cup is about.”World Cup No. 19 for the Samba BoysThe Brazilian team, top striker Kaka among them, was welcomed by 2010 Local Organising Committee chairman Irvin Khoza.The Brazilians, who will be staying at Fairway Hotel and Spa in Randburg, Johannesburg, kick off their World Cup campaign against Korea DPR at Ellis Park stadium – one of two Johannesburg venues for the tournament – on 15 June.They will then play Cote d’Ivoire at Soccer City stadium on 20 June before travelling to Durban for their final group match against Portugal on 25 June.While Italy are the defending champions, Brazil go into the tournament heavily favoured. The Samba Boys, also winners of last year’s Confederations Cup, are contesting their 19th consecutive Fifa World Cup final. They are the only country to have taken part in every edition of the global showpiece.They have won the title five times, amassing a total of 64 victories, 14 draws and 14 defeats in 92 World Cup games.Australia the first to arriveThe Australians will play their first group D match against 2006 World Cup host Germany at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on 13 June.Placed 20th in Fifa’s world rankings, Australia have appeared on the world stage just twice before, but are now making up for lost time by claiming a second consecutive qualification.Following a breakthrough showing in 1974, where a team of amateur players were far from embarrassed despite a first-round exit, the sports-mad nation had to wait another 32 years for a return to the Fifa World Cup.Australia went on to make a strong statement in Germany 2006, reaching the knockout stage, where it took a last-minute goal from eventual champions Italy to eliminate Guus Hiddink’s team.The squad, now under another Dutchman, Pim Verbeek, features many of the Germany 2006 personnel, and is a battle-hardened and experienced group.Speaking to Fifa.com on Wednesday, Verbeek said the most important thing for his team was to win its first game.“We have given ourselves plenty of time to prepare and acclimatise to the local conditions,” Verbeek said. “The players will have to get used to the altitude, and the few warm-up matches will help us a lot in achieving this.Australia will be temporarily based at the Da Vinci Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg.BuaNewslast_img read more

Declare cow national animal: Hindu convention

first_imgPanaji: The sixth All India Hindu Convention, which kicked off at Ramnath temple in Ponda on Wednesday, passed a resolution demanding that the cow be declared the national animal. The topic for this year’s convention is ‘Need for unity of Hindu community and Saints for establishing the Hindu Nation’.Charudatta Pingale of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) said Hindus will never get justice in the present democratic set-up and establishing a Hindu nation is the only remedy to all their problems.With regard to demands for ban on Sanatan Sanstha, Sadhwi Saraswati, president of Sanatan Dharma Prachar Seva Samiti of Chhindwada, Madhya Pradesh, warned that if a ban was imposed on the HJS and the Sanatan Sanstha, several ‘sanatans’ would grow out of it. Another resolution demanded that the Centre constitute a national history committee to remove the portions of ‘deformed’ history from all textbooks. The convention also passed a resolution demanding that Hindus be taken as members in the fact-finding committees for religious riots. The convention is being attended by representatives of Hindu organisations from across the country and from Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka. Ramesh Shinde, national spokesperson of HJS, said,“Pseudo democracy imposed by the British on India will have to be done away with. Prior to the arrival of the Muslim invaders and the British, India was a capable Hindu nation. Then we had the economics of Koutilya, sciences of architecture, dance. Under these circumstance, why should we prepare a separate blue print for establishing the Hindu nation? Instead, we are making a blue print to remove the pseudo democracy imposed on us by the British.”last_img read more

Don’t force Christmas festivities on students, Hindu Jagran Manch tells Agra schools

first_imgAfter Aligarh, the Hindu Jagran Manch in Agra has issued warnings to Christian schools against making Hindu students celebrate Christmas. The outfit said it planned to oppose Christmas celebrations throughout the country. The Agra unit chief of the Hindu Jagran Manch, Amit Chaudhary, told the media on Thursday that no Christian school should force Hindu students to celebrate Christmas. “We want to warn all Christian schools in the city that they should not even think of forcing a Christian festival on a student who is Hindu. If they do it and if we get any complaint, we will organise protests against that school,” he said just days before the celebrations. “Festival of a religion”“It is simple logic. Christian schools survive due to Hindu children. It would be unfair on their part to culturally convert them to Christianity by making them celebrate Christmas, which is a festival of a religion which is completely alien to Bharat,” he said.Mr. Chaudhary added that the HJM has chalked out a plan to monitor activities in all the schools in the city. He also said the HJM would hold protests across the city opposing celebration of Christmas by the people. “Hindus celebrating Christmas is like being converted to Christanity. We will raise awareness among Hindus against celebrating a festival which belongs to an alien culture,” he added. The threat from the HJM unit in Agra comes days after its Aligarh unit issued a similar warning to schools in Aligarh.last_img read more