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‘Tukde, tukde gang’: How the BJP has used the JNU sedition case to stifle dissent

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Most recently, Adityanath and his government cracked the whip on private universities, warning them against ‘anti-national’ activities.
'Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Adityanath and his cabinet last week saw it fit to clear an ordinance regulating private universities in the state. Apart from submitting to various government checks and controls, these institutions must now offer an undertaking that their campuses will not be sites “anti-national activities in any way”. It is not clear why such action had to be taken on an emergency footing, why the ordinance could not have been a bill passed after due discussion. When asked, emissaries of the state government and the Bharatiya Janata Party declined to define what qualified as “anti-national activities”. Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma, however, admitted that such measures were necessary to prevent a repeat of an incident that had taken place in Jawaharlal Nehru University in February 2016. On that occasion, students of the university were booked for sedition because they allegedly shouted “anti-national” slogans. In the furious prime time debates that followed, television channels raised the spectre of a shadowy cabal operating within Indian institutions and intellectual circles, bent on the country’s dissolution. It became the genesis of the “tukde, tukde gang” or the “Break India Gang” – ostensibly because slogans to this effect had been chanted by the Jawaharlal Nehru University.. Read more'

Tennis: Marcos Baghdatis, former Australian Open runner-up, to retire after Wimbledon

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The 34-year-old, who lost to Roger Federer in the 2006 Australian Open final, was handed a wild card to play in this year’s Wimbledon.
'Former world number eight Marcos Baghdatis, who was Australian Open runner-up in 2006, will quit tennis after this year’s Wimbledon, the 34-year-old Cypriot announced on Monday. “This decision was not an easy one. It has proven tough for me, especially physically, to come back to where I feel like I belong,” said Baghdatis whose ranking has slumped to 138 in the world and who was handed a wild card to play in this year’s Wimbledon which starts on July 1. “Even though my mind wants to do it, the limits of my body have prevented me to maintain and play at a consistent high level as I expect from myself. “Especially the last two years have been very difficult for me with recurring injuries and pain.” Baghdatis, who lost to Roger Federer in the 2006 Australian Open final and fell to Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon semi-finals later that same year, won four ATP titles in his career. \'Thank you for always believing in me.\' @marcosbaghdatis has announced that @Wimbledon will be his last tournament as a professional on the #ATPTour . pic.twitter.com/kBLsJp26Ls — ATP Tour (@ATP_Tour) June 24, 2019 .. Read more'

‘Do those who do not say Vande Mataram have right to live in India?’ BJP minister asks in Parliament

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Pratap Chandra Sarangi, who is the first-time MP from Balasore in Odisha, said the country will never accept the ‘tukde-tukde gang’.
'Pratap Chandra Sarangi, who is the Minister of State for MSME and Animal Husbandry and a first-time MP from Balasore in Odisha, on Monday asked if those who do not say “Vande Mataram” have a right to live in the country, ANI reported. This was Sarangi’s first speech in Parliament “Do those who do not accept Vande Mataram have a right to live in the country?,” Sarangi asked. “The country will never accept tukde-tukde gang [an entity that is purportedly working to break India into pieces]. The country is with the prime minister.” He also asked if the people who praise Afzal Guru have a right to live in the country. The treasury benches replied to his questions by saying: “No, not at all”. Sarangi’s speech was followed by thumping of the tables from his fellow BJP legislators. This comes days after Samajwadi Party MP Shafiqur Rahman Barq refused to say “Vande Mataram” during his oath-taking ceremony last week, arguing that it was “against Islam”. In a multi-lingual speech, Sarangi said the BJP had won the confidence of all sections of people and the government was being run with their involvement. Sarangi said 10 years of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government was “misrule and full.. Read more'

BJP’s Rajasthan chief Madan Lal Saini dies in Delhi, PM Modi calls it a ‘major loss’

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The 75-year-old leader, who was diagnosed with infection in lungs, was shifted to AIIMS when his condition deteriorated.
'President of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s Rajasthan unit Madan Lal Saini died on Monday while undergoing treatment at All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi, PTI reported. Saini, who was also a Rajya Sabha MP, was 75. He was diagnosed with infection in lungs and admitted to a private hospital in Jaipur. On Saturday, he was shifted to Delhi because of his deteriorating conditions. He was being treated under the Hematology Department at AIIMS. “He was later shifted to the ICU after his condition further deteriorated. He passed away today around 7.09 pm,” the news agency said quoting unidentified people. Saini was appointed the chief of BJP’s Rajasthan unit in June 2018. He hailed from Sikar district in Rajasthan and was a former MLA and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh volunteer. He also held various posts in the Bhartiya Kisan Morcha. The Rajya Sabha is likely to be adjourned on Tuesday after an obituary will be read out for Saini. Prime Minister Narendra Modi mourned his death and described it as a major loss. “The passing away of Shri Madanlal Saini Ji is a major loss for the BJP family,” Modi said on Twitter. “He contributed to strengthening the Party in Rajasthan. He was widely respected for.. Read more'

US-Iran tensions: Donald Trump signs ‘hard-hitting’ financial sanctions against Iran

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He held Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei “ultimately responsible” for the Islamic republic’s destabilising activities.
'United Sates President Donald Trump on Monday ordered “hard-hitting” financial sanctions on Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, reported AFP. This comes even as Iran downplayed the threat of new US sanctions. “We will continue to increase pressure on Tehran,” Trump said as he signed the order in the Oval Office, according to AFP. “Never can Iran have a nuclear weapon.” He held Khamenei “ultimately responsible” for the Islamic republic’s destabilising activities. On Sunday, United States National Security Advisor John Bolton had warned Iran not to misinterpret Trump’s last-minute cancellation of the planned airstrikes on the country as a sign of weakness. On Friday, Trump had said that he had called off three airstrikes on Iran as 150 people would die. Trump on Saturday said that the country will impose “major additional sanctions” on Iran from Monday, in a bid to prevent the country from obtaining nuclear weapons. Tehran had warned Washington that it will pay a heavy price if it fires a single bullet. JUST IN: Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office, President Trump says he has signed an executive order imposing \'hard hitting\' sanctions on Iran that will deny Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and others access to financial instruments https://t.co/EcVfIYbsHD pic.twitter.com/vFBkWsmp5J — CNN (@CNN) June 24, 2019 Tension between both the countries renewed last week after.. Read more'

The big news: Mayawati ends alliance with Samajwadi Party, and nine other top stories

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Other headlines: RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya resigned six months before his term was to end, and four people have been arrested in Jharkhand lynching.
'A look at the headlines right now: Mayawati calls Samajwadi Party ‘anti-Dalit’, says ‘BSP will fight all elections on its own’: The Samajwadi Party said the decision of BSP to contest polls alone will ‘weaken’ the fight for social justice. RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya resigns six months before end of term: Acharya has told the central bank that he will be unable to continue in the post after July 23. Four more arrested in Jharkhand mob attack , two policemen suspended a day after Muslim man dies: Meanwhile, minister CP Singh said there was a trend to associate such incidents with BJP and RSS. In New India, humans are enemies of each other, Ghulam Nabi Azad says in Parliament: ‘Keep your New India to yourself, return Old India to us,’ he added. The Aadhaar Amendment Bill was tabled in the Lok Sabha, while the Rajya Sabha discussed the water crisis in India. Supreme Court asks Centre, Bihar and UP to list steps taken to stop spread of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome : The top court directed the governments to file affidavits within seven days. Congress dissolves its district committees in Uttar Pradesh , sets up panel to address complaints: The party approved the large scale rejig to the Uttar Pradesh unit following the proposals submitted by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and Jyotiraditya Scindia. MK Stalin leads protests, blames AIADMK for ‘inefficient handling’ of Chennai.. Read more'

Sohrabuddin Sheikh encounter: Bombay HC admits appeal challenging acquittal of all 22 accused

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The victim’s brother, Rubabuddin Sheikh, filed the appeal in April. The court issued notices to all acquitted, but didn’t mention when it will hear the case.
'The Bombay High Court on Monday admitted appeals filed by Sohrabuddin Sheikh’s brother Rubabuddin Sheikh challenging the acquittal of all 22 accused in the killing of his brother, his sister-in-law Kauser Bi and aide Tulsiram Prajapati in 2005, reported PTI. The accused, including police officers from Gujarat and Rajasthan, were acquitted by a special Central Bureau of Investigation court in December 2018. A division bench of Justices IA Mahanty and AM Badar issued notices to those acquitted in the case. However, the bench did not mention when it will take up the appeal for hearing. Sheikh, a wanted criminal, was killed in an alleged encounter in November 2005. His wife was allegedly raped and killed three days later, and his aide Tulsiram Prajapati was shot dead by the police in December 2006. Of the 38 people accused in the case, only 22 stood trial. The special CBI court hearing the case had on December 21, 2018, acquitted all the accused. In its judgement, the special CBI court had said the prosecution could not prove a conspiracy beyond reasonable doubt. Bharatiya Janata Party leader Amit Shah was one of those acquitted in the case. The final arguments in the case ended on December 5. Out of the 210 witnesses examined, 92 were.. Read more'

Football: I-League clubs stand united as AIFF reportedly prepares to name ISL as top league

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The clubs released a statement saying they will approach the appropriate courts for relief as soon as All India Football Federation announce their decision.
'The All India Football Federation is reportedly all set to name the Indian Super League as the top league in India. The AIFF will hold an executive committee meeting on July 3 to decide the ‘way forward’ and perhaps make the big call too. After the reports came out, I-League clubs including Quess East Bengal, Mohun Bagan, Churchill Brothers, Minerva Punjab, Aizawl FC and others set up a meet and have decided to not go down without a fight. They released a statement saying they will approach the appropriate courts for relief as soon as the decision is announced by AIFF. Here’s the full text of their joint statement: We, the United I-League clubs met today in New Delhi to discuss our future course of action in light of the latest developments in Indian football. With media reports indicating that the ISL being announced as the top division league post an Executive committee meeting scheduled for July 3rd, the I-League clubs are standing united stronger than ever. Quess East Bengal. Mohun Bagan, Churchill Brothers, Minerva Punjab. Aizawl FC, NEROCA and Gokulam Kerala FC have all decided to approach the Appropriate Courts for relief at the earliest as soon as any such decision announced by AIFF. The refusal of the President of AIFF to meet the.. Read more'

Congress moves Gujarat HC to expel MLA Alpesh Thakor, court sends notice to leader and speaker

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Congress chief whip in the Assembly Ashwin Kotwal had filed the petition on Monday in the High Court.
'The Gujarat High Court on Monday sent a notice to former Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor after the party sought a directive to Assembly Speaker Rajendra Trivedi for an early decision on the expulsion of Thakor, PTI reported. Thakor quit the party on April 10 after Thakor Kshatriya Sena, the outfit founded by him, decided to withdraw its support to the Congress. Congress chief whip in the Assembly Ashwin Kotwal had filed the petition on Monday in the High Court. The court will next hear the matter on June 27. “When Alpesh gave his resignation , he had stated in his letter that he will be resigning from all posts held by him as a Congress member,” The Indian Express quoted Kotwal as saying. “He was elected as an MLA from Radhanpur when he was a Congress member. We notified the Speaker of the same so that Rajendra Trivedi serves him an appropriate notice and thereby disqualify him, but that has not been done yet, despite repeated representations. We have thus moved the Gujarat HC.” The party demanded that Thakor should not be allowed to exercise his rights as a legislator until the Speaker takes a final decision. On April 25, leaders of the Congress party in Gujarat had approached Trivedi seeking Thakor’s expulsion, claiming.. Read more'

CG 2019 Pre-D.El.Ed/B.Ed answer keys released at cgvyapam.choice.gov.in

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The candidates can submit objection against any answers on or before June 26th.
'Chhattisgarh Professional Examination Board (CGPEB) or CG Vyapam has released the model answer keys for the Pre-D.El.Ed and Pre-B.Ed examination. All the candidates who had appeared for the exam can download the answer keys from the official website, cgvyapam.choice.gov.in. The notification regarding the release of the model answer keys stated that candidates can submit any objection against the answer keys on or before June 26th (5.00 pm). They need to follow all the rules laid down in the notification to submit the objection. The notification can be accessed in this link . Candidates can access the answer keys in this direct link for Pre-B.Ed and Pre-D.El.Ed . CGPEB had conducted both the entrance examinations on June 7th, 2019. The Pre-B.Ed examination was conducted from 10.00 am to 12.15 pm and the Pre-D.El.Ed exam was conducted from 2.00 pm to 4.15 pm. CG Vyapam had released the notification for the pre-B.Ed/D.El.Ed on April 5th and the application process went on until April 28th, 2019. The examination is conducted for admissions to B.Ed and D.El.Ed courses offered by institutions and colleges in the state of Chhattisgarh. .. Read more'

Modi, Xi, Putin to meet on sidelines of G20 summit in Japan, talks likely to focus on US policies

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China stressed that it is important to oppose protectionism and deepen cooperation on multilateral and international affairs.
'Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold the second trilateral summit in Japan’s Osaka with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of G-20 summit. It will be held in Osaka on June 28 and June 29. The leaders are expected to focus on opposing the “protectionist” trade policies of the United States, PTI reported. All the three leaders recently met at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek. “Given the current international landscape, the meeting among the three leaders is also of significance,” China’s Assistant Foreign Minister Zhang Jun was quoted as saying. “As you know, China’s relations with Russia and India are showing sound momentum of growth.” Informal meetings of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and the trilateral mechanism of RICS (Russia, India and China) happen in all the multilateral summits, however, unidentified officials stressed that the Osaka meeting assumes significance because all major countries besides India, China and Russia are facing trade and tariff-related frictions with the United States. Tensions between Washington and Beijing have been high for several months now because of a bitter trade war. India is also facing trade frictions with United States after termination of its “beneficiary developing country” status. “Under the current circumstances, it is important.. Read more'

Indian junior women boxers claim best team title with five gold medals at Black Forest Cup

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Haryana’s Neha (54kg) and Karnataka’s Anju Devi (50kg) won best boxer and promising player of the tournament respectively.
'India’s junior women boxers clinched seven medals, including five gold, while the team was adjudged the best of the tournament at the Black Forest Cup in Villingen, Schwenningen, Germany. Haryana’s Neha (54kg) and Karnataka’s Anju Devi (50kg) won the best boxer and promising player of the tournament respectively. Tamanna (48kg), H Ambeshori Devi (57kg), and Preeti Dahiya (60kg) were the other pugilits who returned with gold medals out of the 13-member Indian squad. While Tamanna faced some stiff resistance from Daria of Ukraine before she registered a 4-1 win, Neha was dominant in her win over Lithuania’s Kara Kornelija by RSC in Round 1. Anju demolished Fatima of Germany 5-0 while Ambeshori and Preeti were equally impressive in the 57kg and 60kg summit showdowns respectively. While the former blanked Varga Beata of Hungary 5-0, the latter outsmarted Tutal Lutfiye of Germany by a similar scoreline. In 52kg, Tannu narrowly went down fighting 2-3 to Lara of Germany to settle for the silver medal. Aashreya Dinesh Naik, however, could not do much in 63kg against local hope Heck Jenin who proved too strong in a 5-0 result. Ten countries including India, Ukraine, Germany, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Hungary, Lithuania, Mongolia, Greece, and Poland took part in this tournament. India’s powerful.. Read more'

Watch: This hungry polar bear is 1,500 km from its Arctic home, looking for food in city dustbins

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For four days the exhausted polar bear wandered through Norilsk crossing roads, sleeping on grassy patches, looking for food.
'When people think of polar bears, they don’t usually imagine the animals in cities crossing roads or scavenging for food in garbage dumps. However, with climate change leading to a hastened destruction of their habitat, who knows, such sights may soon become commonplace. Authorities and residents of Norilsk, a Russian city in the Arctic circle, were aghast to see a polar bear wandering through their city. Exhausted and emaciated, the animal may have travelled over 1,500 km from its home in the Arctic to reach the industrial town. Norilsk is nearly 500 km from the seashore. A photojournalist with the Zapolyarnaya Pravda newspaper, Irina Yarinskaya, tracked the bear’s progress across the city, as she wandered in search of food, hardly scared of humans. Starving polar bear 'can hardly move', say residents of Norilsk. Emaciated animal walked 1500km south and away from Arctic Ocean, searching for food https://t.co/mD7yTaIusd pic.twitter.com/EjMJjS6Bac — The Siberian Times (@siberian_times) June 18, 2019 Four days after her arrival in Norilsk, the polar bear was sedated and caught and was taken to the Royev Ruchei zoo in Russia’s Krasnoyarsk on Friday. Over four days police and city authorities had been following the bear, keeping citizens from feeding her human food which could.. Read more'

Current affairs wrap of the day: June 24th, 2019

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Get all the big national and international news and stay up to date with Current Affairs and General Knowledge to prepare for competitive exams.
'RBI Deputy Governor Viral Archarya resigns The Deputy Governor told a newspaper that he has resigned a few weeks before the RBI’s monetary policy committee earlier this month due to unavoidable personal reasons. Last October, Viral Acharya created a storm when he made remarks that were indicative of differences between the central bank and the Union finance ministry. His tenure was officially ending in six months. US agency report questions safety of minorities in India; MEA rejects the report The 2018 International Religious Freedom Report by the US State Department said that mob violence against minorities increased by 9% according to the Indian government data, and cited speeches given by senior officials against minority communities. The report also added authorities have failed to prosecute perpetrators of ‘cow vigilante’ attacks, which included killings, mob violence, and intimidation. Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the secular credentials of the country is intact and categorically rejected the official report. SC asks government to list steps taken to stop the Encephalitis spread The court has asked the Centre and the State of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar to submit affidavits on the steps taken, and facilities provided, to combat the outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome. The death toll due to the outbreak reach 152 spread over 20 districts in Bihar. The symptoms of.. Read more'

Barmer marquee collapse: CM Ashok Gehlot announces compensation of Rs 5 lakh as toll rises to 15

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The chief minister also ordered an inquiry into the incident.
'Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday announced a compensation of Rs 5 lakh to families of those who died after a marquee collapsed in Barmer district a day earlier, ANI reported. The toll in the incident rose to 15 on Monday. Gehlot also announced Rs 2 lakh to those injured in the incident and directed Jodhpur Divisional Commissioner BL Kothari to investigate the collapse of the structure. The chief minister along with Health Minister Raghu Sharma, Revenue Minister Harish Chaudhary, Energy Minister BD Kalla and others visited Jasol village and paid tributes to those who lost their lives in the incident, PTI reported. The incident occurred at a “Ram Katha” – a religious programme – at the Rani Bhatiyani temple in Jasol village after strong winds uprooted the marquee , trapping people underneath. The event had started on Saturday and was scheduled to continue till June 30. “The incident is very unfortunate,” Gehlot said, while directing officials to ensure those injured in the incident are given proper treatment. “We are thinking of issuing an advisory regarding arrangements and security at such events to prevent similar incidents in future,” ANI quoted Gehlot as saying. Gehlot also visited the MDM hospital in Jodhpur and a hospital in Barmer where some of those injured in the marquee collapse.. Read more'

Maratha quota: Supreme Court refuses to entertain plea challenging reservations

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A bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and BR Gavai said it cannot pass any order as the admission process ended on June 17.
'The Supreme Court on Monday refused to entertain a plea challenging a Bombay High Court order that dismissed a petition against 16% reservations for the Maratha community in admission to postgraduate medical and dental courses in Maharashtra, PTI reported. A bench of Justices Sanjiv Khanna and BR Gavai said it cannot pass any order as the admission process ended on June 17. “No, we will not pass any order as it will lead to chaos,” the bench said. In May, the Maharashtra government gave its approval to promulgate an ordinance to amend the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes Act to provide reservation to Maratha students in post-graduate medical courses this year. The Bombay High Court had on June 13 dismissed a petition that claimed that the ordinance was contrary to the law laid down by the top court and should be set aside. On June 21, the Maharashtra Legislative Council unanimously cleared the bill giving reservations to the Maratha community. The Devendra Fadnavis-led government had approved 16% reservation for the Marathas in jobs and education, who comprise 30% of the state population, in November last year following state-wide protests. .. Read more'

Bangladesh: At least five killed and 67 injured after train derails in Moulvibazar district

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A four-member investigation committee has been set up to conduct inquiries, said an official in the railway ministry.
'At least five people were killed and 67 were injured after a passenger train derailed in Bangladesh’s northeastern region, Dhaka Tribune reported on Monday. Five coaches of the Dhaka-bound Upaban Express train derailed at Baramchal in Moulvibazar district around 11.40 pm local time (11.10 pm Indian Standard Time) on Sunday. Two of the five bogies fell into the Barochhara Canal, and one overturned. The accident occured after a culvert on the canal collapsed, said railway and police officials. Of the five deceased, three have been identified – Manwara Parveen, 45, Sanjida Akhter, and Fahmida Yasmin. “Three of the killed are females while two are males,” said Moulvibazar Civil Surgeon Dr Shahjahan Kabir. “Moreover, 67 passengers have been injured. Of them, 20 are in critical condition and undergoing treatment at Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital.” However, local people who worked overnight with rescue staff claimed 10 to 15 people died in the accident. A four-member investigation committee has been set up to look into the incident. “Railway Chief Mechanical Engineer Md Mizanur Rahman will lead the probe committee,” said Railway Ministry Secretary Mofazzel Hossain. “Hopefully the committee will be able to identify the cause of this fatal accident.” The committee has been asked to submit its report within three days. A senior fire.. Read more'

Cameroon coach hits out at 'injustice' in England game after crashing out of Women’s World Cup

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The Indomitable Lionesses raged at several decisions made by the Chinese referee as they were dumped out of the tournament in the last 16.
'Cameroon coach Alain Djeumfa insisted his team remained “very professional” and did not refuse to carry on playing during their bad-tempered 3-0 defeat against England at the women’s World Cup on Sunday. The Indomitable Lionesses raged at several decisions made by the Chinese referee as they were dumped out of the tournament in the last 16. Their sense of what he called an “injustice” stemmed from England’s opening goal in the 14th minute, which came from a free-kick awarded in the box when goalkeeper Annette Ngo Ndom picked up what was adjudged to have been a backpass. “I felt the match got away from us when the free-kick was awarded against us in the 14th minute. I think that was a disgrace,” said Djeumfa. “We didn’t want to concede a goal in the first 20 minutes but the officials wanted something different. “After that goal the players’ rhythm dropped, but I would like to take my hat off to them for their performance despite the refereeing errors.” Later on, the Cameroonians appeared to threaten to walk off the pitch after the referee allowed England’s second goal, scored by Ellen White just before half-time, to stand. Initially the goal was disallowed for offside, but referee Qian Liang overturned that decision after consulting with the Video.. Read more'