Indian Yoga Guru Detained At London’s Heathrow: Reports

Gareth Steenson - London Irish 23 Exeter Chiefs 29: match report

Gareth Steenson scored a hatful of points for Exeter ChiefsPhoto: ACTION IMAGES By Paul Bolton , Madejski Stadium 6:33PM BST 21 Sep 2013 Comments London Irish were left to count the cost of the sin-binning of their Wales international prop John Yapp as they suffered defeat at the Madejski Stadium for the first time in 2013. Yapp, on a season-long loan from Edinburgh, was yellow carded for collapsing a maul 14 minutes from time and Exeter needed no second invitation to ram home their numerical superiority by scoring two forward-dominated tries in a decisive six minute period. Former Australia lock Dean Mumm was shunted over from a driving maul and flanker Ben White then picked up and drove over for the clincher after Tom Johnson had made the initial break. Those tries transformed the game after the Exiles had gone 11 points clear with a fourth try in three matches from Marland Yarde whose brilliant finish exploited gap left by the sin-binning of Tom James, another Wales international, for tackling an opponent without the ball. Im gutted, the team is gutted because we picked up a point and frittered away three points, but that is where we are as a group, said the Exiles director of rugby Broan Smith. Related Articles Worcester 13 Harlequins 37 20 Sep 2013 Exeter largely marked Yarde out of the match but the England wing was given an easy run in after a counter-attack from Bryn Evans and scoring pass from full-back Alex Lewington which was referred to the television match official to check whether it had gone forward. Lewington, formerly with Leicester and Nottingham, received a surprise and late call up for his debut after Topsy Ojo tweaked a hamstring in the warm-up and became the 12th out of 35 players in the Exiles squad to be ruled out by injury. Lewington had a busy debut which included a couple of sniping runs and an arm in the face as he attempted to tackle Johnson but it was up front where the Exiles lost control of the game. They initially matched Exeters forward power and scored the opening try on the half hour when prop Matt Parr helped to smuggle over lock Nic Rouse. Yardes try, which was followed by a touchline conversion and a penalty from Ian Humphreys, appeared to have given the Exiles a valuable home win but Yapps departure let Exeter back in. We showed great character to come back the way we did and probably we won the game that is relatively rare for us in that we made it a tight forward squeeze, said Exeter head coach Rob Baxter. Match details Scoring sequence: 0-3 Steenson pen; 3-3 Humphreys pen; 3-6 Steenson pen; 3-9 Steenson pen; 8-9 Rouse try; 10-9 Humphreys con; 10-12 Steenson pen; 13-12 Humphreys pen; 18-12 Yarde try; 20-12 Humphreys con; 23-12 Humphreys pen; 23-15 Steenson pen; 23-20 Mumm try; 23-22 Steenson con; 23-27 White try; 23-29 Steenson con; London Irish: A Lewington; M Yarde, F Mulchrone (S Geraghty 75), E Sheridan, A Fenby; I Humphreys (M Parr 72-78, S Tagicakibau 78), T OLeary (captain D Allinson 76); M Parr (J Yapp 59), D Paice(J Stevens 75), H Aulika ( Halavatau 35), N Rouse (I Nimmo 45-48), J Sinclair (Nimmo 72), D Danaher, B Evans, O Treviranus. Exeter: P Dollman; I Whitten, J Shoemark, S Hill (M Jess 54), T James; G Steenson, H Thomas (D Lewis 57); B Sturgess (B Moon 53), J Yeandle (C Whitehead 69), H Tui (C Rimmer 58), D Mumm (captain), D Welch, B White, J Scaysbrook, T Johnson.

London is like my second home: Ranbir Kapoor

Swami Ramdev, who heads a global yoga empire, was detained Saturday at London’s Heathrow airport and questioned for six hours by British customs officials, the Press Trust of India reported.AFP/File NEW DELHI (AFP) Popular Indian guru Swami Ramdev, who heads a global yoga empire, was detained Saturday at London’s Heathrow airport and questioned for six hours by British customs officials, the Press Trust of India reported. Ramdev, a household name among Indian television viewers who tune in regularly to his yoga shows, was quizzed when he arrived at the airport on a visitor’s visa instead of on a business visa, PTI quoted sources as saying. His spokesman, S.K. Tejarawala, said the pony-tailed Ramdev was allowed into Britain after questioning. He dismissed as “baseless” reports the guru was questioned about carrying medicines. “It was not clear why the yoga guru was detained for over six hours at Heathrow. He was not carrying anything with him except a small bag of personal effects,” Tejarawala told PTI. “It is for the British authorities to explain why he was detained.” No immediate comment was available from British authorities. Ramdev, who is customarily dressed in saffron holy man robes, travelled to London to attend a function in the coming days organised by Patanjali Yogpeeth. Patanjali Yogpeeth is a flagship project of Ramdev and one of the largest yoga institutes in India. Ramdev, born in northern India to illiterate parents, is in charge of a huge yoga empire and owns an island off the coast of Scotland and a private jet. He combines spiritualism, yoga and social activism. Lately he has been prominent in India’s anti-corruption movement, promising to cleanse the country of graft, and he has been linked with the strongly Hindu nationalist movement, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

London is a second home for all of us. We have been coming to London for many years since I was born. It’s also such a big market for our movies… So it’s great to be here with our film,” he told reporters at a media gathering in south-west London. Kapoor takes on the role of street-smart Babli, on the run from two police officers played by his real life mother and father. “Besharam is an attitude. It’s where you listen to your heart and follow it. The tagline of this film means Babli isn’t afraid of getting insulted and he’s not looking for respect,” he said in reference to the film, directed by Abhinav Kashyap. “I’m actually pretty shy in real life. But I guess in front of the camera I focus. It’s very important for an actor to be ‘besharam’ in front of the camera… Unless you express yourself fully you can’t connect with them,” he added. The film is co-produced and distributed by Anil Ambani led Reliance Entertainment and has set its sights on the overseas markets for a box-office boost. “London is extremely important for us. It is one of the top three overseas markets for Hindi films, along with America and the Middle East.