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Trump rages on Twitter at Clinton, calls Russia inquiry `witch hunt`

Sunday, October 29 2017

Trump rages on Twitter at Clinton, calls Russia inquiry `witch hunt`

Trump rages on Twitter at Clinton, calls Russia inquiry 'witch hunt' Trump rages on Twitter at Clinton, calls Russia inquiry 'witch hunt' 09:15 hrs Washington : US President Donald Trump has launched a Twitter tirade about the "guilt" of Hillary Clinton and the opposition Democratic Party. His Sunday morning outburst came amid reports that the first arrest in the Russian collusion inquiry would be made this week, possibly as early as Monday, BBC reported. Trump insisted allegations of collusion between his campaign and Russia were "phony" and a "witch hunt". He said Republicans were united behind him, before urging: "DO SOMETHING!" Media reports say the first charges have been filed in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election to assist Trump. It is not clear what the charges are and whom they are targeting. Trump issued a series of four tweets on Sunday morning: "Never seen such Republican ANGER & UNITY as I have concerning the lack of investigation on Clinton made Fake Dossier (now $12,000,000?),.... "...the Uranium to Russia deal, the 33,000 plus deleted Emails, the Comey fix and so much more. Instead they look at phony Trump/Russia,.... "...'collusion,' which doesn't exist. The Dems are using this terrible (and bad for our country) Witch Hunt for evil politics, but the R's... "...are now fighting back like never before. There is so much GUILT by Democrats/Clinton, and now the facts are pouring out. DO SOMETHING!" About an hour later he tweeted: "All of this 'Russia' talk right when the Republicans are making their big push for historic Tax Cuts & Reform. Is this coincidental? NOT!" Critics on Twitter were quick to accuse him of attempting to divert attention from the Russian investigation by complaining about the lack of focus on an opponent he defeated in the presidential election nearly a year ago. US intelligence agencies have already concluded that the Russian government sought to help Trump win the election. Mueller's investigation is looking into any links between Russia and the Trump campaign. Both deny there was any collusion. His team is known to have conducted extensive interviews with several current and former White House officials. SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features

Fastest to reach 9000 ODI runs, a century: It`s Virat Kohli`s day at

Sunday, October 29 2017

Fastest to reach 9000 ODI runs, a century: It`s Virat Kohli`s day at

Fastest to reach 9000 ODI runs, a century: It's Virat Kohli's day at Kanpur Source : Scorecard: IND vs NZ, 3rd ODI | Schedule | IND vs NZ - Full Coverage India skipper Virat Kohli on Sunday became the fastest to reach 9000 ODI runs, taking just 194 innings to achieve the feat. He achieved the feat even as he scored his 32nd century in the third and final One-Day International (ODI) against New Zealand here at the Green Park stadium on Sunday, to clinch the 1-1 levelled series. Courtesy his innings of 113 in the match, the Team India captain broke de Villiers' record (205 innings) of the fastest cricketer to have reached the milestone. Kohli also became the first batsman to amass 2000 runs in international cricket in 2017. Ahead of the Kanpur ODI, Kohli was on 1991 runs from 39 matches at 58.55. The 28-year-old achieved the 8000-run mark in ODIs in just 175 innings, again breaking AB de Villiers' record, who took 182 innings. Kohli, in 2013, became the fastest player to 5000 ODI runs, equalling West Indies' Viv Richards record, reaching the mark in 114 innings. Meanwhile, India posted 337/6. Rohit Sharma top-scored for India with 147. After restricting New Zealand to 331/7 in 50 overs, India won the decider by 6 runs and with that clinched the series 2-1.

Pakistan whitewashes Sri Lanka as international cricket returns to Lahore

Monday, October 30 2017

Pakistan whitewashes Sri Lanka as international cricket returns to Lahore

Pakistan whitewashes Sri Lanka as international cricket returns to Lahore Pakistan whitewashes Sri Lanka as international cricket returns to Lahore Source : Last Updated: Mon, Oct 30, 2017 06:46 hrs [Pakistan], Oct 30 (ANI): Pakistan on Sunday marked the return of international cricket on its soil with a comfortable 36-run win over Sri Lanka in the third and final Twenty20 match, which was played here at the Gaddafi stadium. With the easy win, Pakistan also clinched the series 3-0, winning the previous two matches in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Choosing to bat first in the historical match, Pakistan set a target of 180 at the loss of three wickets at the end of 20 overs. The score was build with the help of half century coming from all-rounder Shoaib Malik and inputs from Babar Azam (34) and Umar Amin (45). The Sri Lankan side, except Dasun Shanaka who scored 54 off 36 balls, could not do much with falling wickets and fell short of 36 runs to submit the match to the Men in Green. This victory will be remembered for ages by Pakistan as it welcomed Sri Lanka on its soil after almost eight years, since they were targeted in a terrorist attack in 2009. Resultantly, Pakistan was shunned by the foreign teams for almost eight years, citing security risks, due to which it was forced to play designated 'home' matches primarily in the United Arab Emirates. Pakistan has only hosted Zimbabwe for a short limited-overs series two years ago, since the 2009 terrorist attack. However, last month, it successfully hosted three-match T-20 Independence Cup against a World XI at Lahore, featuring high-profile international players. (ANI) SEARCH

Kohli, Rohit help India set 338-run target for Kiwis

Sunday, October 29 2017

Kohli, Rohit help India set 338-run target for Kiwis

[India], October 29 (ANI): Brilliant centuries from opener Rohit Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli helped India set a huge target of 338 for New Zealand in the third and final One-Day International (ODI) between the two sides here at the Green Park stadium on Sunday. Put into bat, India did not started well as left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan (14) was sent back to pavilion in the seventh over. However, Rohit and Kohli put on a mammoth 230-run stand for the second wicket, to put India in a commanding position. Rohit (147) scored his 15th ODI hundred on the occasion with where as Kohli (113) notched up his 32nd ton. Captain Kohli also became the fastest to reach 9000 ODI runs, taking just 194 innings to achieve the feat. He also became the first batsman to amass 2000 runs in international cricket in 2017. MS Dhoni's 25 from 17 balls and Kedar Jadhav's 18 from 10 deliveries gave India the extra momentum in the death overs to pose a record for the highest team score in Kanpur. All-rounder Hardik Pandya was not able to add much to India's score as he went down cheaply by scoring just 8 runs where as Dinesh Karthik remained not out on 4. Tim Southee, Adam Milne and Mitchell Santner took 2 wickets each to restrict India for 337 at the end of 50 overs. Earlier, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and decided to bowl first. "We are going to have a bowl. I don't think it will seam as much but still there should be some help and then dew later on in the game. Whatever we do here, the wickets tend to be generally good surfaces and the team that plays the better cricket wins. It is a great opportunity for us and we want to enjoy it out there," Williamson said. Kohli said, "It looks a good wicket. We would have been okay with batting or bowling first but keeping the dew in mind, maybe batting second was better. Irrespective of what we do first, we need to do it well." The hosts equalled the series with a six-wicket win at Pune, with the help of half-centuries coming from Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik. Earlier, the Black Caps defeated India in the first ODI match at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium. (ANI)

Sports Ministry directs NADA to conduct dope test for Indian cricketers

Sunday, October 29 2017

Sports Ministry directs NADA to conduct dope test for Indian cricketers

[India], October 29: Indian cricketers will soon come under the scanner of National Anti Doping Agency (NADA) for a dope test, as per the direction by Sports Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar. This follows after a World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) report of 2016 found one Indian cricketer to have tested positive for banned substances among the 153 BCCI accredited cricketers. "I have directed NADA DG Mr. Naveen Agarwal to go ahead and conduct Dope test for cricketers in India for domestics and international games being played here in our country," Bhatnagar told ANI. The Sports Secretary has also asked the doping agency to plan and frame teams to conduct test whenever the team is ready. 'Also have official letter to BCCI regarding this but due to Holidays we haven't received any official communication from their side. If they don't, we will decide what to do as next step," added Bhatnagar. The Indian cricket board has previously said that they regularly conduct doping tests and also IDTM (a WADA approved agency) for the same. However, it was revealed earlier this year that the BCCI does not even recognise NADA and its rules even after them being approved by the cabinet. (ANI)

Pakistan, New Zealand gear up for ICC Women's Championship Series

Sunday, October 29 2017

Pakistan, New Zealand gear up for ICC Women's Championship Series

Pakistan, New Zealand gear up for ICC Women's Championship Series Pakistan, New Zealand gear up for ICC Women's Championship Series Sun, Oct 29, 2017 23:45 hrs [UAE], October 29 (ANI): New Zealand is set out to continue winning streak against Pakistan in first away series against their Asian opponents. Pakistan will host New Zealand for their ICC Women's Championship series from October 31 to November 5, hoping to win their first ODI against the visiting side in the familiar conditions of Sharjah. New Pakistani captain Bismah Maroof is confident of doing well against New Zealand in the second edition of the ICC Women's Championship, which runs from 2017-2020 on the same format as the previous event with all eight sides - Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan South Africa, Sri Lanka and the Windies - taking on each other in three ODIs. "Our chances are quite bright. We are geared up and looking forward to gain the maximum out of Sharjah's conditions and beat them for the first time," Maroof said. "The Kiwis are a strong side but that hasn't mounted pressure on us. We understand why we lagged and couldn't surprise them. We have worked on our weaknesses and consider that every day is a new day in the field - the past is history and the present at hand, we have to focus on that alone," she added. World Cup 2021 hosts New Zealand and the three other top teams from this championship will gain direct qualification for ICC's pinnacle 50-over event while the remaining four sides will get a second chance through the ICC Women's World Cup Qualifier event. In the ICC Women's Championship, teams get two points for each win, one point for a tie or no-result and no points for a loss. "We're excited to get back as a group. We have had a bit of time off since the World Cup, which did not go to plan, but it is now about the next four-year cycle and trying to improve as a group. It's the first time we play Pakistan in a series away, so we are really excited to get back with the girls again," said New Zealand captain Suzie Bates. "We're playing all the games on the same ground, so hopefully we can learn a bit along the way as we go. The heat is going to be the biggest challenge. The top six batters are going to be crucial for us, we need to make sure that we score enough runs and not rely on the lower order," she added. In the first series of the ICC Women's Championship, the Windies completed a 3-0 triumph over Sri Lanka to notch a full six points, Australia beat England 2-1, while South Africa will play at home against India (February 5 to 10, 2018). As per the recent changes to Women's International Playing Conditions, which incorporates new MCC Laws, two new balls shall henceforth be used per innings in all ODIs. In one of the main changes in Twenty20 Internationals, only four fielders will be permitted outside the inner ring during non-powerplay overs. (ANI) SEARCH

National Boxing Championship: Shiva Thapa, Mandeep, Manoj Kumar storm into finals

Sunday, October 29 2017

National Boxing Championship: Shiva Thapa, Mandeep, Manoj Kumar storm into finals

[India], October 30 (ANI): India's top boxers Shiva Thapa, Manoj Kumar and Mandeep Jangra lived up to their billing and breezed into the finals of the second Elite Men's National Boxing Championship here at the Swarna Bharati Indoor Stadium on Sunday. The 2015 World Championship bronze medallist and a three-time Asian Championships medallist Thapa continued his imperious run to wallop Buntee Singh of Delhi 5-0. Assam's Thapa, who is on course for his third national championship crown, will square off against Palwinder Singh of Punjab in the finals of the lightweight category. Palwinder Singh proved that he won't be a pushover as he tamed Manish Kaushik of Services Sports Control Board's (SSCB) SSCB 5-0. The 2016 South Asian Games Gold medallist Manoj Kumar of Railways Sports Promotion Board (RSPB) routed Shubham of Punjab 5-0 to move a step closer to his fourth National Championship. Kumar will face Duryodhan Singh of SSCB in the welter weight class summit clash. "I am delighted with the win today. I came into the bout with a lot of confidence and I am glad to have made it to the finals," Manoj said after the bout. Manoj conceded that he had to be cautious against Shubham as he was not aware of his in-ring style. In a late evening fixture, Mandeep Jangra of RSPB beat Parag Chauhan 5-0 to punch his way into the finals in the middle weight category. He will now face Vanhlimpuia of Mizoram, who beat Anup Chhetri of Meghalaya 5-0. The results of all semifinals were as follows: Light Welter Weight (64KG) category: Basant Thapa (Madhya Pradesh) beat Jilmil Thomas (Kerala) 3-2 Dheeraj (SSCB) beat Ankit Khatana (Haryana) 5-0 Welter (69Kgs) category: Duryodhan Singh (SSCB) beat Manish Uikey (Madhya Pradesh) 5-0 Manoj Kumar (RSPB) beat Shubham (Pune) 5-0 Middle Weight (75Kgs): Mandeep Jangra ( RSPB) beat Parag Chauhan (Delhi) 5-0 Vanhlimpuia (Mizoram) beat Anup Chhetri (Meghalaya) 5-0 Light Heavy (81Kgs): Neel Kamal (Delhi) beat Jagat Singh Belal (UTK) 4-1 Manish Panwar (RSPB) beat Brijesh Yadav 5-0. (ANI) SEARCH

Rohit Sharma credits bowling unit for final ODI win against New Zealand

Monday, October 30 2017

Rohit Sharma credits bowling unit for final ODI win against New Zealand

[India], Oct 30 (ANI): Rohit Sharma, who smashed a brilliant century to help India clinch the final One-Day International (ODI) of three-match series against New Zealand, credited the win to the team's bowling unit for pulling back the match from the Kiwis. Sharma, who smashed 147 off 138 balls and scored his 15th ODI hundred, showered praises on Bhuvneshwar Kumar and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, who claimed three wickets and affected a crucial run out of Tom Lathamand. "It was not easy for the fast bowlers today due to the wet field. The kiwis needed just 35 runs in four overs which was an easy to go for them, but just because of these two (Bumrah and Kumar) we were able to pull back the match," he said. The 30-year-old, while praising the bowling unit of the team, said, "Our bowlers did exceptionally well to comeback every now and then. This is what we expect from our bowling unit. Whenever they are put under pressure they know how to come back and this has not happened just once." Further, Sharma called the dismissals of England's Colin Munro, Kane Williamson, Latham and Henry the turning point of the game. In the third final ODI against New Zealand, the brilliant centuries from opener Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli helped India set a huge target of 338 for the Black Caps and clinched the series with a thrilling six-run win. In a pretty close match, the Kiwis, who required 35 runs from the last 24 balls, ended at 331-7 despite Latham's 65 of 52 balls. Meanwhile, Kohli became the fastest to reach 9000 ODI runs, taking just 194 innings to achieve the feat. He achieved the feat even as he scored his 32nd century here. (ANI) SEARCH

Kurdish Regional Government to hold presidential elections in Nov

Sunday, October 29 2017

Kurdish Regional Government to hold presidential elections in Nov

Kurdish Regional Government to hold presidential elections in Nov Kurdish Regional Government to hold presidential elections in Nov 04:45 hrs [Turkey], Oct 29 (ANI): Masoud Barzani, President of Kurdish Regional Government, called for presidential elections in northern Iraq on November 1, a month earlier to the scheduled date (December 7). Barzani's assistant, Hemin Hawrami, tweeted on Saturday evening that the present KRG president had "refused to get any extension, or any amendments". "President Barzani called for Parliament/ President Elections on 12/7 to be held in November 1. Parliament extended its work four two seasons. President Barzani refused to get any extension, or any amendments. He sent a letter to the Parliament today. Parliament convene Tomorrow," the tweet read. According to an Anadolu report, on Wednesday, the KRG, fearing more military escalation by Baghdad, offered to "suspend" the results of last month's illegitimate referendum, halt all military activity and enter into dialogue with the central government. "The unconstitutional referendum was heavily criticised by most regional and international actors, with many warning it would distract from Iraq's ongoing fight against terrorism and further destabilise the region," the report further read. (ANI) SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features

US Defence Secretary says 'nuclear North Korea' unacceptable to Washington

Sunday, October 29 2017

US Defence Secretary says 'nuclear North Korea' unacceptable to Washington

US Defence Secretary says 'nuclear North Korea' unacceptable to Washington US Defence Secretary says 'nuclear North Korea' unacceptable to Washington 04:46 hrs [South Korea], October 29 (ANI): Warning North Korea for its continuous nuclear activities, United States Defence Secretary Jim Mattis on Saturday said that Washington would never accept a "nuclear North Korea". As per Sputnik reports, Mattis, who was on an overseas trip to South Korea, accused Pyongyang of accelerating threat to its neighbours by illegal and unnecessary missile and nuclear weapons programs. "Diplomacy remains our preferred course of action. As I have repeatedly emphasised our diplomats are most effective when backed by credible military force in this sort of situation," he said, following a meeting with South Korean Minister of National Defense Song Young-moo. The Defense Secretary on Friday morning visited the heavily fortified border between North Korea and South Korea known as the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) amid heightened tensions over the North's nuclear programme. The US and North Korea have long been engaged in back-and-forth barbs over the latter's threat of a nuclear attack. North Korea jolted major world leaders when it carried out the strongest of its six-ever nuclear tests in early September, claiming to have used a hydrogen bomb. (ANI) SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features

Fifth woman accuses former US president Bush of groping

Sunday, October 29 2017

Fifth woman accuses former US president Bush of groping

Fifth woman accuses former US president Bush of groping Fifth woman accuses former US president Bush of groping 06:46 hrs [South Korea], October 29 (ANI): Amanda Staples, a former Republican candidate for Maine's state Senate has accused former US president George H.W. Bush of groping her years ago. Bush is already gripped amid controversy, after he received allegations from women of touching them inappropriately, and the new woman is fifth in the row to put similar claims. As reported in The Hill, Staples, in an Instagram post, said that she visited the former president at his family compound in Kennebunkport, during her campaign in 2006, where he grabbed her from behind in a photo session, saying, "Oh I'm not THAT President." Earlier, Heather Lind, who starred in the AMC series "Turn: Washington's Spies," had alleged that the former US president sexually assaulted her when they posed for a photograph several years ago. Bush reportedly Bush apologised to the actress, reasoning, "President Bush would never - under any circumstance - intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologizes if his attempt at humour offended Ms Lind." A statement issued by Bush's office, defending him, read, "At age 93, President Bush has been confined to a wheelchair for roughly five years, so his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures." Bush has also been accused for the same by New York actress Jordana Grolnick, followed by author Christina Baker Kline and Liz Allen, a former journalist and Democratic candidate for city council in Erie, Pa. (ANI) SEARCH talking point on sify news Latest Features

China angered over U.S. aluminium foil anti-dumping duties

Sunday, October 29 2017

China angered over U.S. aluminium foil anti-dumping duties

China angered over U.S. aluminium foil anti-dumping duties China angered over U.S. aluminium foil anti-dumping duties 11:52 hrs BEIJING: China said it was "strongly dissatisfied" with the U.S. decision to impose anti-dumping duties ranging from 97 percent to 162 percent on Chinese aluminium foil, urging Washington to correct its "mistaken methods". The preliminary ruling on Friday was a victory for U.S. aluminium foil makers who filed a complaint with the Commerce Department accusing Chinese producers of dumping foil into the U.S. market at below cost or fair market value. In 2016, U.S. aluminium foil imports from China were valued at $389 million, according to the Commerce Department, which said it would issue its final determination for the duties on Feb. 23. Chinese Commerce Ministry official Wang Hejun said in a statement late on Saturday that the United States was still using "discriminatory" surrogate country pricing methods to put high duties on Chinese goods. The United States is not only harming the interests of Chinese companies, but also damaging the authority of multilateral trade rules, Wang said. "We urge the United States to earnestly fulfil its international obligations, and take real action to correct its mistaken methods," Wang said, adding that China would take steps to protect Chinese companies' legal rights. Beijing complains that the United States uses a now expired clause in China's 2001 World Trade Organization accession deal that for years allowed other WTO members to use a third country's prices to assess whether Chinese goods were being dumped. The U.S. Commerce Department said the aluminium foil duties were based on evidence using its standard methodology for determining dumping duties against non-market economies. Washington has determined in the past that such measures were needed because China failed the test of whether it operates as a market economy, given the government's control over price and output decisions of enterprises and other factors, such as the extent to which its currency is convertible. U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has made enforcement of trade laws a top priority. From Jan. 20, the day Trump took office, through Oct. 25, the Commerce Department said it initiated 77 anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations, up 61 percent from the previous year.