LONDON (AP): A change of managers at Chelsea, but Arsenal still can’t conquer their London rivals. Arsenal was undone by a damaging five-minute spell in the first-half of yesterday’s derby against a Chelsea team unbeaten after a month under Guus Hiddink’s control. Per Mertesacker was sent off for tripping Diego Costa, then the striker scored the game’s only goal at the Emirates Stadium in the 23rd minute. “He got Mertesacker sent off,” Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said of Costa. “A fact is a fact, I do not accuse him of anything. It’s just what happened.” It’s now four years, three months since Wenger figured out how to beat Chelsea, which have their fifth manager since the 5-3 loss to Arsenal in November 2011. Arsenal turned their stadium into a fortress this season, remaining unbeaten in the league since the opening day – until yesterday. Arsenal dropped from first to third place this weekend, behind leaders Leicester and Manchester City, although there are 45 points still to play for. “We had a mountain to climb with 10 men but I believe even there, there was enough to come out at least with a 1-1,” Wenger said. “It’s a shame to put such an energy into a game and come away without the point. And overall I felt we gave absolutely everything until the end.” Wenger was jeered by Arsenal fans for replacing striker Olivier Giroud with defender Gabriel after losing Mertesacker. “You want to make a poll for every decision to see who does what? I made the decision and for me it was quite normal,” Wenger told reporters. “We had to go for long distances and we needed pace to go from one goal to the other. We knew we had to drop deeper and use pace to get forward.” For Chelsea, the focus is now on the Champions League and FA Cup. Since Jose Mourinho was fired last month for turning the champs into chumps, the league campaign has been about restoring pride. Hiddink has achieved three wins and four draws, but Chelsea are still in the lower reaches of the standings in 13th place. The fourth Champions League place, occupied by Tottenham 14 points away, looks unobtainable. Everton are a point and a place above Chelsea after losing 2-1 to Swansea in yesterday’s other game. Gylfi Sigurdsson put Swansea in front from the penalty spot in the 17th minute and after Jack Cork’s own goal levelled the game, Andre Ayew netted before half-time to give Francesco Guidolin made a winning start as head coach of the Welsh club. Swansea moved four points above the relegation zone. “I dreamed of working in Premier League but I didn’t dream of winning the first match,” said Guidolin, the former Udinese coach. “I must understand what happens in this day because I am surprised. It is new for me.”
Chief justice SK Sinha gestures before talking to newsmen at the main entrance of his official residence while leaving for airport on Friday night. Photo: Zahidul Karim Five judges of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court had declined to sit with chief justice SK Sinha in the bench for delivering justice, according to an SC statement issued on Saturday.It said Md Abdul Wahhab Miah, Syed Mahmud Hossain, Hasan Foez Siddique, Mirza Hussain Haider and Iman Ali took the decision earlier after the president, Abdul Hamid, handed over to them some documents containing 11 charges of currption against justice Sinha. Currently, there are six judges in the Supreme Court. The charges include siphoning off money, financial irregularities, corruption and moral turpitude, said the statement signed by SC registrar general Syed Aminul Islam.The SC statement termed ‘misleading’ and ‘unprecedented’ the statement issued by chief justice Sinha on Friday evening before he flew for Australia. Aminul Islam said he issued the latest statement after being asked to issue it.The SC statement claimed that justice Sinha on 1 October, agreed to tender his resignation when other judges met him and informed him about the charges of corruption. Sinha was supposed to convey his decision to other judges the next day (2 October), according to the statement.Instead, the statement said, SK Sinha applied to president Md Abdul Hamid for a one-month leave without informng others about his final decision and the following day (2 October) the president granted it.However, the law minister, Anisul Huq, told the media on 3 October that the chief justice had applied to the president for a one-month leave on health grounds. He then said SK Sinha was a cancer patient.The chief justice came up with his own statement only on Friday (13 October) hours before leaving for Australia. Sinha also told newsmen that he was completely well.Saturday’s SC statement claimed that the president invited five other judges of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court to the Bangabhaban on 30 September. The president was said to have brought “11 specific charges” against justice Sinha and handed over the documents to the judges. As justice Iman Ali was abroad, four of the five invited judges were present there.The statement mentioned that after Iman Alis’ return, the five SC judges themselves held meeting on 1 October and decided that they wouild no longer sit with justice Sinha unless the matters of corruption were cleared and explained by the chief justice.Accordingly, the statement recalled, they met the chief justice at his Hare Road official residence the same day (1 October) and discussed the matters in detail.”But the five Appellate Division judges did not get satisfactory answers from him. Thus they conveyed him (Sinha) that ‘it would not be possible for them to sit with him in the same bench for disposal of cases, until the matters are settled’,” read the SC registrar general’s statement.The president later appointed justice Abdul Wahhab Miah as acting chief justice as per constitutional provision.
Two children were killed and another was injured after being struck by lightning in Shaplapur union of Maheskhali upazila of Cox’s Bazar on Monday afternoon.The deceased were identified as Osman Goni, 13, and Sadia Akhter, 12, while the injured is Saima Akhter, 10, younger sister of Sadia.Mohammad Hossain, a member of Shaplapur union parishad, said a thunderbolt struck the trio around 5:30pm while they were grazing cattle at Moulvikata, leaving two of them dead on the spot and the other wounded.The injured was taken to Maheshkhali Health Complex, he said.