Titans lose LT Lewan for season to knee injury

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee Titans have lost starting left tackle Taylor Lewan for the season due to a right knee injury, a team source confirmed Saturday.

Lewan’s podcast, Bussin’ With The Boys, also tweeted Saturday that the offensive tackle wouldn’t play again in 2022.

Lewan injured his knee on the first play of Monday’s 41-7 loss to the Buffalo Bills. The injury occurred as he attempted to block down on a defensive end and his knee buckled before he fell to the ground.

The team had feared Tuesday that Lewan would be out for the season, and he went to Los Angeles for a second opinion on the injury.

Reserve offensive lineman Dennis Daley came in for Lewan and played the rest of Monday’s game. Titans coach Mike Vrabel said Friday that Daley would be the starting left tackle Sunday against the Las Vegas Raiders.

The injuries have piled on for Lewan recently. He tore the ACL in his right knee in Week 2 of the 2020 season and missed the final 13 games. He has not played a full season since 2017 and has appeared in only 47 games over the past five years.

The Titans will have a big decision to make regarding Lewan after this season, as the ninth-year veteran will carry a $14.8 million salary-cap charge in 2023. Releasing Lewan would come with zero cap penalties for the Titans.

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‘5th biggest in the world’: Jaishankar boasts India’s economy in US – Hindustan Times

Updated on Sep 24, 2022 08:29 PM IST

In his address in New York on a special ‘India@75’ Showcasing India-UN Partnership in Action’ event, S Jaishankar said India today envisions itself as a developed country by 2047, the 100th year of its independence.

External affairs minister S Jaishankar speaks at Showcasing India-UN Partnership in Action, a special event on the sidelines of UNGA, in New York on Saturday. (ANI )

External affairs minister S Jaishankar said on Saturday while in the 20th century, colonialism ensured that India was one of the poorest nations, it stood proudly as the 5th biggest economy in the world at the moment.

In his address in New York on a special ‘India@75’ Showcasing India-UN Partnership in Action’ event on the sidelines of UNGA in New York, Jaishankar said India today envisions itself as a developed country by 2047, the 100th year of its independence.

“In the 18th century, India accounted for a quarter of the global GDP. By the middle of the 20th, colonialism ensured that we were one of the poorest nations in the world. That was our state when we became the founding member of the United Nations,” the minister said.

Jaishankar said in the 75th year of its independence, India stands before the UN today “proudly as the fifth biggest economy in the world” and is still rising as the “strongest, most enthusiastic and definitely the most argumentative democracy”.

On September 2, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) announced that India had surged past the United Kingdom to become the fifth largest economy in the world. The latest change in rankings is based on quarterly gross domestic product (GDP) numbers in current dollars for the period ending December 2021. India increased its lead over the UK in the quarter ending March, IMF data showed.

Jaishankar also spoke of the progress of digital public infrastructure in India and said it is designed to ensure that “no one is left behind.”

“In recent days digital technology has successfully advanced our food safety net to 800 million Indians. More than USD 300 billion of benefits have been distributed digitally, 400 million people get food regularly,” he said.

“India today envisions itself as a developed country by 2047, at the 100 years of our independence. We dream of digitising our most remote villages and landing on the moon,” he said and smiled saying “perhaps digitising” the moon as well.

India stands committed to strengthen its partnership with United Nations to ensure a brighter future for the planet, he said. “We have full faith in the principles of UN and its charter. The world in our view is one family today,” Jasihankar said.

“The conflict in Ukraine has aggravated food and energy inflation to make it one of the biggest challenges of our times. India has responded by supplying food grains including as grant assistance in recent years to Afghanistan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Yemen and several other countries,” he said.

The event was attended by dignitaries from the UN, including president of the 77th session of UN General Assembly Csaba Korosi, UN deputy secretary-general Amina Mohammed, Maldives foreign minister Abdulla Shahid and UNDP administrator Achim Steiner.

Jaishankar said India believes that development is a public good and open sourcing is the best way forward.

(With inputs from ANI, PTI)

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Putin Will Imprison Russians Refusing to Fight in Ukraine for 10 Years

Russian soldiers who refuse to fight in Ukraine will face 10-year prison sentences under a new law signed by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday.

Putin launched the Ukraine “special military operation” on February 24, with Kremlin leaders hoping for a quick victory. However, Russian troops were met with a stronger-than-expected response from its Eastern European neighbor. Putin’s military has faced a plethora of issues, including trouble recruiting motivated soldiers—allowing Ukraine in recent weeks to launch counteroffensives to take back occupied territory.

Putin announced Wednesday that Russia would undergo a partial mobilization in which reserves will be called upon to fight in Ukraine as losses of troops and equipment continue to pile up. The announcement is seen as an escalation of the conflict, but has been met with protests in more than 38 cities in Russia—a rare indication of growing frustration with the war among the country’s citizens. The mobilization could lead to 300,000 reservists being called to serve.

Despite some discontent with the partial mobilization, refusing to fight in the war is now punishable with up to 10 years of prison time, according to The Moscow Times, an English-language Russian newspaper.

Above, Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen in Moscow on Tuesday. Putin signed a law on Saturday that could result in 10-year sentences for soldiers who refuse to fight in the Ukraine conflict.
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The law makes desertion from military posts during the mobilization punishable by up to 10 years in jail, according to the newspaper.Conscientious objectors will face a three-year sentence.

Meanwhile, any soldiers who voluntarily surrender will face a 15-year prison sentence, according to the Times. Exceptions may be made for first-time offenders who “took measures for his release, returned to his unit or place of service and did not commit other crimes while in captivity.”

Looting can also result in a 15-year- prison sentence, the newspaper alsoreported.

The bill passed the Duma, Russia’s parliament, last week ahead of Putin’s mobilization announcement and received support from all major parties, according to the Times.

Russian Mobilization Sees Early Resistance

Despite the new Russian law that could send reservists who refuse to fight to prison, the Russian leader’s mobilization announcement was met with resistance. Opposition is not commonly seen in Russia, as the Kremlin cracked down on dissent following the announcement of the war.

The protests that broke out resulted in the arrest of at least 1,386 people. Meanwhile, an online petition opposing the mobilization received more than 327,000 signatures.

“In the current situation of uncertainty, we are not ready to expose the men of our country—brothers, sons, husbands, fathers and grandfathers—to moral, or physical danger,” the petition reads.

Military Experts Doubt Mobilization Will Help Russia

Military experts have also raised doubts that Putin’s mobilization will result in a substantial boost for the country, which for months has struggled to retain qualified troops.

The Institute for the Study of War (ISW) said Saturday the mobilization is already failing to produce more soldiers and “will likely fail to produce mobilized reserve forces even of the low quality that Putin’s plans would have generated unless the Kremlin can rapidly fix fundamental and systemic problems.”

Videos have emerged appearing to show reservist troops exhibiting disorderly behavior. One video showed a group of soldiers intoxicated and asleep on a stop on the way to the front line. Meanwhile, another video showed troops refusing to form ranks when instructed to do so.

Pentagon press secretary Air Force Brigadier General Pat Ryder said that adding 300,000 troops to an already-struggling invasion may not give Moscow the boost it needs to turn the tide of the war.

“If you are already having significant challenges and haven’t addressed some of those systemic strategic issues that make any large military force capable, there’s nothing to indicate that it’s going to get any easier by adding more variables to the equation,” Ryder said.

The mobilization comes after Ukraine reclaimed more than 3,000 square miles through counteroffensives in Kherson, a key southern city that serves as a gateway to Russian-annexed Crimea, and areas near Kharkiv, a major city in Eastern Ukraine.

Newsweek reached out to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs for comment.

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Source: Buffs to start Josh McCown’s son at QB

Colorado freshman quarterback Owen McCown, the son of longtime former NFL quarterback Josh McCown, will start Saturday against UCLA in the team’s Pac-12 opener, a source confirmed to ESPN.

McCown will be Colorado’s third different starting quarterback, as the team tries to spark an offense that has scored only 30 points in three blowout losses and ranks 124th nationally in pass offense. Returning starter Brendon Lewis opened the season as CU’s starting quarterback but was replaced by Tennessee transfer J.T. Shrout in Week 2. Shrout started last week against Minnesota but rotated with Lewis, as neither had much success in a 49-7 loss. McCown came in and passed for a team-high 52 yards in the game.

The Boulder Daily Camera first reported that McCown would start against the Bruins.

The 6-foot-2, 175-pound McCown was an ESPN three-star recruit out of Rusk, Texas. Josh McCown, who played college football at SMU and Sam Houston State, played 18 NFL season and had 17,731 passing yards and 98 touchdowns.

After the Minnesota loss, Colorado athletic director Rick George said the program would continue with Karl Dorrell as coach but added that the team had “not come close to meeting our expectations this season and we own that.”

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Packers place WR Watkins on injured reserve

The Green Bay Packers have put wide receiver Sammy Watkins on injured reserve, the team announced Saturday.

Watkins, who has a hamstring injury, had already been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With the IR designation, he’s out a minimum of four games and could return no earlier than Oct. 23 against Washington.

The only one of the Packers’ top four receivers who has been cleared to play and taken off the injury report is Allen Lazard, who has been limited in practice this week because of the ankle injury that kept him out of the season opener. Lazard returned for last week’s game against the Chicago Bears and is the only receiver on the roster to have caught a touchdown this season.

Watkins, 29, has six catches for a team-high 111 yards through the first two games. He caught three passes for 93 yards vs. the Bears.

Watkins also dealt with hamstring issues last season with the Baltimore Ravens, when he had 27 catches for 394 yards and one touchdown to set career lows in all three categories. Watkins has had injuries for much of his career, which began in 2014 when the Buffalo Bills selected him out of Clemson with the No. 4 overall pick in the draft.

The Packers on Saturday also signed RB Patrick Taylor to the active roster and elevated WR Juwann Winfree to the active roster for game day

ESPN’s Rob Demovsky and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Chikkamagaluru: SDPI, PFI involved in anti-national activities, time to ban them – Shobha Karandlaje – Daijiworld.com

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Chikkamagaluru, Sep 24: Union minister Shobha Karandlaje said that time is nearing to ban SDPI and PFI.

Speaking to reporters at Moodigere, Shobha said, “The NIA is collecting evidence in order to ban SDPI and PFI. These organizations are involved in anti-national activities. They played role in several murders that have taken place in our state. These organizations are involved in terrorist activities throughout the country. They are trying to create friction between religions. During the investigation, NIA has unearthed many evidences of anti-national work by these organizations.

“It has come to light that the members of SDPI and PFI have manufactured bombs and also conducted explosions as trial. In Kerala, these organizations are operating at a mammoth level. They have attacked police and media condemning the raid of NIA on their offices. These are another form of SIMI and need to be banned immediately,” she said.


‘Not in Shivaji’s land’: Shinde, Fadnavis warn against ‘Pak Zindabad’ slogans – Hindustan Times

Published on Sep 24, 2022 09:20 PM IST

The PFI had reportedly organised the protest outside the district collector’s office to denounce the recent nationwide raids on the outfit and the arrest of its activists.

Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis and CM Eknath Shinde.
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Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde on Saturday said those who allegedly raised “Pakistan Zindabad” slogans in Pune – the “land of Shivaji” will face stringent action. His remarks came in the wake of the circulation of a purported video that showed a group of the Popular Front of India (PFI) protesters in Pune “raising anti-national slogans”.

“This is the land of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and no one has the right to raise slogans of Pakistan Zindabad. It is a state of patriots. Our government has taken it seriously,” Eknath Shinde tweeted in Marathi.

The video that showed PFI cadres demonstrating in Pune over the recent crackdown by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) and Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on the radical organisation has drawn a huge flak from the saffron camp. Deputy chief minister Devendra Fadnavis said the protesters will not be spared, and appropriate action will be taken.

“If anyone raises slogans of ‘Pakistan Zindabad’ in Maharashtra and in the country, we will not spare such people and action will be taken,” Fadnavis said.

The PFI had reportedly organised the protest outside the district collector’s office to denounce the recent nationwide raids on the outfit and the arrest of its activists.

Around 40 protesters were detained during the protest. The Pune police said they were investigating the matter. “We have already registered a case against the PFI members for unlawful assembly and we are looking into the slogans matter,” said Sagar Patil, deputy commissioner of police, news agency PTI reported.

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In Chandigarh University video case, army man held for ‘blackmailing’ student – Hindustan Times

Updated on Sep 24, 2022 11:13 PM IST

Punjab DGP Gaurav Yadav said Sanjeev Singh was arrested from Arunachal Pradesh with the help of the army and police of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

The accused is suspected of blackmailing the student, who is accused of recording several objectionable videos of women students in the common washroom and shared videos. (Ravi Kumar/HT file)

The Punjab Police on Saturday claimed to have arrested an Indian Army personnel in connection with the Chandigarh University case, in which it was alleged that a hostel inmate recorded several objectionable videos of girl students in the common washroom. It was the fourth arrest in the alleged ‘video leak’ case.

Punjab director general of police Gaurav Yadav said Sanjeev Singh was arrested from Arunachal Pradesh with the help of the army and police of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh. Yadav said Singh will be produced before a Mohali court.

The accused is suspected of blackmailing the student, who is accused of recording several objectionable videos of women students in the common washroom and shared videos.

Yadav said that based on forensic and digital evidence, the police team from SAS Nagar was dispatched to Arunachal Pradesh to arrest the accused. “The army personnel was arrested from Sela Pass in Arunachal Pradesh with the support of police of that state, Assam and army authorities,” he said.

“The SAS Nagar Police have also obtained a two-day transit remand of the accused from the court of chief judicial magistrate (CJM) Bomdila to produce him before the court in SAS Nagar,” Yadav added.

Sanjeev Singh is prime accused: ADGP

A three-member all-woman special investigation team (SIT) under the overall supervision of additional director general of police (ADGP) community affairs division and women affairs Gurpreet Kaur Deo is probing the case.

The ADGP tweeted, “Sanjeev Singh is the prime accused in the CU case, he was arrested from Arunachal Pradesh based on the leads that came forward during SIT’s investigation.”

The police had, so far, arrested three persons in the case, including the girl student, who allegedly leaked the videos, and two men from Himachal Pradesh, including her boyfriend.

The SIT headed by SP Counter Intelligence Ludhiana Rupinder Kaur Bhatti along with two members, including DSP Kharar-1 Rupinder Kaur and DSP AGTF Deepika Singh, is looking into the forensic details for speedy investigations in the case.

Meanwhile, an FIR had been registered under sections 354 C of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 66E of the IT Act at Sadar Kharar Police Station, Mohali.

As per the preliminary investigation, the accused student told the SIT that she was being blackmailed by her boyfriend’s friend, who was threatening to leak the private videos and photographs, which she had shared with the Rohru-based accused. The blackmailer was demanding objectionable photographs and videos of the girl and other students.

On September 18, the police had said only one video had surfaced in the Chandigarh University ‘video leak’ row, and that too, of the accused woman, but the very next day the police had stated in court that another video, though not of an objectionable nature, of another girl in the hostel washroom had been found on the phone of one of the men arrested in the case.

The police have also found some screenshots of WhatsApp chats on the CU student’s mobile with one of the accused, suggesting that she was being blackmailed for videos.

Rupinder Kaur said, “The accused belonged to Jammu and was posted at Arunachal Pradesh. During interrogation, the girl student had revealed his name and in further investigation, it was found that the man was directly calling the student and blackmailing her to send videos of herself and other girl students. The guy was having the video of the girl and we are investigating how he got them. However, we are yet to find out with which of the two arrested men he was in contact with.”

China at UNGA: Any Attempt to Get in Way of Taiwan Reunification Will Be ‘Crushed by Wheels of History’ – News18

China at the UN vowed “forceful steps” to oppose “interference” on Taiwan underscoring its commitment to claim the self-governing island. In a veiled threat, the country’s top diplomat said anyone who gets in the way of China’s unification with Taiwan will be “crushed by the wheels of history”.

“Only when China is fully reunified can there be true peace across the Taiwan Strait,” Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi told the 77th high-level session of the UN General Assembly on Saturday. He said Beijing will “take the most forceful steps to oppose external interference”.

Taiwan separated from mainland China after a civil war in 1949 and now functions with its own government, but China vehemently defends its claim on Taiwan. The island has been a bone of contention between China and United States, with tensions escalating following a recent visit by US House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi. This was followed by large-scale Chinese military drills – as well as a pledge by US President Joe Biden to defend the democratically governed island.

Wang said Taiwan, a core issue in the country’s policy, was an important part of the “post-war international order”. “China will block all efforts to create ‘Two Chinas’ or ‘One Taiwan’. The ‘One-China’ principle is crucial to safeguarding peace across the Taiwan Strait, and non-interference from other countries is vital for the region and the developing countries,” he said, adding that only when China was completely unified could there be peace across the Taiwan Strait.

He added: “Since ancient times, Taiwan has been an inseparable part of China’s territory… It is explicitly stated in the Potsdam Proclamation that all the territories that Japan has stolen from the Chinese, including Taiwan, shall be restored to China.”

Wang further said Beijing will continue to work for “peaceful reunification” with Taiwan, and that it should combat “independence separatist activities”. He met with US secretary of state Antony Blinken for 90 minutes on Friday. After the meeting, China accused the US of sending “very wrong, dangerous signals” on Taiwan after Blinken said the maintenance of peace and stability over Taiwan was vitally important.

China may have appeared forceful in the use of language at the UNGA session, but the emphasis on Taiwan on a global platform is not out of the ordinary for the country. Even though Chinese Premier Xi Jinping was not present, his appearance at the SCO Summit in Uzbekistan last week and talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin were highly anticipated in the wake of the growing intimacy between the two world leaders.

Though China has not publicly condemned the Russian invasion of Ukraine, it was firm in its opinion of promoting peaceful negotiation and diplomatic dialogue as key to resolving the conflict. It reiterated its stand at the UNGA, with Wang calling on Russia and Ukraine not to let the war “spill over”.

‘Don’t let Russia-Ukraine war spill over’

China called for a diplomatic resolution to the Ukraine conflict, which started after Russia invaded its neighbour on February 24. “We call on all parties concerned to keep the crisis from spilling over and to protect the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries,” Wang said.

He added: “China supports all efforts conducive to the peaceful resolution of the Ukraine crisis. The pressing priority is to facilitate talks for peace. The fundamental solution is to address the legitimate security concerns of all parties and build a balanced, effective and sustainable security architecture.”

During his visit to the UN, Wang also met with Ukrainian foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba on the sidelines. At the SCO Summit, too, Putin had acknowledged Chinese “concerns” about Ukraine during their face-to-face meeting. Before the war, the Russian president had visited Beijing and the two countries had declared a tight alliance.

‘Uphold peace, oppose war’

Not just for the Russia-Ukraine conflict, China suggested peaceful resolution through dialogue and diplomacy to most issues faced by the world today. “China’s answer is one and clear: Uphold peace and oppose war, peace is crucial for our future,” Wang said.

The Chinese foreign minister said the world was facing multiple challenges, especially after the scourge of the Covid pandemic and turbulence due to war and strife in Europe. “We are at a time of challenges… but this is also a time full of hope as societies are increasingly becoming digitalised and culturally diverse,” Wang said.

He proposed a few measures from China’s perspective for the goal of global strategic stability: development and elimination of poverty; openness as “protectionism will only boomerang”; cooperation as “biggest strength will come from solidarity among all countries”; strengthening solidarity and opposing division; equity and mutual respect as “no country is above another and none should use its power to bully other soverign powers”.

Wang said: “Countries around the world are like passengers on a ship; our world must embrace diversity and mankind must assume an inclusive path towards peace and development, fairness and justice, democracy and freedom that are common values of humanity.”

‘Developing countries no longer silent’

As a permanent member of the UN Security Council, China was committed to solidarity and pursued shared interests with a vast majority of countries, Wang said. “China is also an effective participant in global governance. President Xi (Jinping) had proposed a global community of development at the 76th session. As China forges ahead, its development will continue and it will deliver more benefits.

He said China had upheld the international order and stood firmly with developing countries as a member of the developing world. “China will continue to help them overcome difficulties. Developing countries are no longer silent, they have spoken out for justice and become a pillar for safeguarding equity and justice,” he added.

(With agency inputs)

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Rupee Has Held Back Very Well Against Dollar, Says Nirmala Sitharaman – NDTV

Nirmala Sitharaman’s remarks came after the rupee sunk to a lifetime low against the dollar.


Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday said the rupee has “held back very well” when compared to other currencies against the US Dollar.

The Reserve Bank and the Finance Ministry are keeping a very close watch over the developments, the finance minister told reporters after the domestic currency sunk to a lifetime low against the greenback.

“If any one currency which has held its own and did not get into fluctuation or volatility as much as other currencies it is the Indian rupee. We have held back very well,” she told reporters here on the final day of her three-day visit to Pune district which is a stronghold of NCP chief Sharad Pawar.

She also asked a reporter to do a study on how the other currencies are behaving against the US dollar in the latest round of depreciation.

According to experts, the latest round of depreciation is triggered by adverse global developments starting with the geopolitical tensions triggered by the Russian invasion of Ukraine earlier this year.

The war pushed up commodity prices, leading to a record surge in inflation in the developed world, which have resulted in steep rate hikes by the US Fed. This has resulted in a flight of capital back to the US, hence resulting in currency depreciation episodes.

The rupee slumped 30 paise to close at a fresh lifetime low of 81.09 against the US dollar on Friday, weighed down by the strong American currency overseas and risk-off sentiment among investors.

On Thursday, the rupee plunged by 83 paise — its biggest single-day loss in nearly seven months — to close at 80.79, its previous record low.

The RBI has been deploying the dollar reserves to defend the currency and has exhausted billions of dollars of currency assets in the fight.

There have also been policy moves to attract more deposits from the diaspora through further incentives and other such attempts to stem the fall.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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