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Imran Khan, Javed Miandad Say Sri Lanka Tour A Good Sign For Pakistan Cricket

Sunday, October 29 2017

Imran Khan, Javed Miandad Say Sri Lanka Tour A Good Sign For Pakistan Cricket

Legendary Imran Khan and Javed Miandad have described Sri Lankan team’s visit to Lahore to play a T20 international on Sunday as a good sign for the return of international cricket to Pakistan. “I am very happy to see that the Sri Lankan team is in Lahore and will play today at the Gaddafi stadium. Their visit is very important for our cricket and hopefully it will now lead to more teams coming to Pakistan,” Imran told a television channel. Sri Lanka became the first top international cricket team to tour Pakistan in eight years when they reached Lahore last night from Abu Dhabi. It was an attack on the Sri Lankan team by militants in March 2009 that led to Pakistan being isolated as an international cricket venue for eight long years. Former captain and 1992 World Cup hero Imran, who is now a leading politician, normally does not see eye to eye with Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi and has been critical of him. But Imran said the cricket board deserved appreciation for getting the Sri Lankans to play in Lahore. “What happened in 2009 was very sad and bad for Pakistan cricket. It hurt our cricket and young players a lot. But now things seem to be moving in the right direction and today our people can show everyone they are a peace-loving nation who enjoys cricket,” the former captain said. Another former captain Javed Miandad also appreciated the efforts of the PCB to bring a top test team to Lahore. “This visit by the Sri Lankans will do a lot of good for Pakistan cricket. I think the doors to international cricket in Pakistan will now open up soon,” Miandad said. He said that the Sri Lankan government, their cricket board (SLC) and players had shown they were true friends of Pakistan by agreeing to play the match in Lahore. “I know it must not have been easy for them after what happened eight years back with them. I can understand if some of their players have pulled out. But the important thing is Sri Lanka is here,” Miandad told PTI. Former Pakistan captain and fast bowling great Wasim Akram said he was very happy for the young players of the country. “We were fortunate we played a lot of cricket in front of our people but I always felt bad for a current lot of players many of whom never got a chance to play on their own grounds before their own crowds. Thankfully that is now changing,” he said. SHARE

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

Sunday, October 29 2017

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

[India], October 29 (ANI): 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 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 has crossed the 300-run mark with Rohit Sharma having been snared by Santner for 147. Earlier in the day, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and decided to have a 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)

MoS Jitendra Singh blames Congress for situation in J&K

Sunday, October 29 2017

MoS Jitendra Singh blames Congress for situation in J&K

MoS Jitendra Singh blames Congress for situation in J&K MoS Jitendra Singh blames Congress for situation in J&K 15:46 Minister of State in PMO Jitendra Singh on Sunday said the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was 'an accumulative outcome of the axe of omission and commission committed by the Congress'. Taking a dig at the Congress ahead of the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Executive Meet, Dr Singh said, "I think all of us need to remind P Chidambaram (the Congress leader) the kind of situation we face in Kashmir today is an accumulative outcome of the axe of omission and commission committed by his party, which was at the helm of affairs for as many as almost seventy years after Independence both in the state and the Center." Dr Singh added that he does not think the nation allows a former home minister the privilege to deliver sermons on his own axe of omission and commission. "BJP for the first time is following an approach which is based on consistency, clarity, conviction and we are trying to clear the mess and we are trying to redeem the undoing of the successive governments which began right from the dawn of Independence with the infamous Nehru (vian) blunders," he opined. His statement came after Chidamabaram on Saturday asserted that when people of Jammu and Kashmir ask for 'azadi' they seek greater autonomy. "The demand in Kashmir is to respect in letter and spirit Article 370 and that means they want greater autonomy. My interactions in Jammu and Kashmir led me to the conclusion that when they ask for Azadi, overwhelming majority wants autonomy," Chidambaram had said. His statement comes close to the heel of appointment of former Intelligence Bureau director Dineshwar Sharma as interlocutor for the state by the Modi government. In 2010, Chidambaram as Home Minister in the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government appointed three interlocutors- journalist Dilip Padgaonkar, Prof M. M. Ansari, Information Commissioner and Prof. (Mrs) Radha Kumar, trustee of Delhi Policy Group- to hold dialogue with all the stakeholders in Jammu and Kashmir.(ANI) SEARCH

UP Minister deeply saddened by Gonda's boy death by his convoy

Sunday, October 29 2017

UP Minister deeply saddened by Gonda's boy death by his convoy

UP Minister deeply saddened by Gonda's boy death by his convoy UP Minister deeply saddened by Gonda's boy death by his convoy 16:48 Uttar Pradesh Minister Om Prakash Rajbhar on Sunday said he is deeply saddened by the accidental death of a minor boy by his convoy in Gonda. "This is a very saddening incident. UP government and I too are deeply saddened by his death," he said. An eight-year-old boy was killed in an accident allegedly by a car in Rajbhar's convoy along the Colonelganj-Paraspur route in the district on Saturday. The minister said he was on his way to Ballia at the time of the accident but he received information about it when he was 25 km away from the spot. "I received a call that a boy has been killed by a car in my convoy and I immediately turned my car to go back. However, on my way back, the police officers told me that it is not good for me to come at the spot for now because the villagers are really angry," he said. Rajbhar said he asked the police to probe the case and find the involved car as soon as possible. "The District Magistrate JB Singh sent a six-member team to investigate the cars in my convoy but they could not find any scratches or damage. I asked them to find the car which hit the boy till the evening and arrest the culprit," the minister of Department of Backward Classes Welfare said. Talking about the compensation ordered in the case, Rajbhar said, "When I called Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to inform him about the incident, he said it is our responsibility as the state government to provide help to the grieving family. Therefore, he ordered a compensation of Rs 5 lakh for the next of kin of the victim". The boy was playing along with the footpath late in the evening when the car allegedly drove over him. The convoy reportedly did not stop for the victim's aid after the incident. The boy died on the spot. The police registered a case of rash and negligent driving against unknown people on the basis of the complaint of victim's father Vishwanath. (ANI)

Experienced leader to be Himachal CM candidate: Jaitley

Sunday, October 29 2017

Experienced leader to be Himachal CM candidate: Jaitley

Experienced leader to be Himachal CM candidate: Jaitley Experienced leader to be Himachal CM candidate: Jaitley 45 hrs [India], Oct.29 (ANI): Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Sunday said that one of Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) experienced leaders will be the chief ministerial candidate for the Himachal Pradesh elections. Jaitley made the statement while releasing BJP's vision document in Shimla. "One of our very experienced leaders will be the chief minister. It is a matter of strategy whether the party announces it or decides it after the elections," Jaitley said after releasing the BJP's election manifesto. The Himachal Pradesh Assembly polls will be held in a single phase on November 9. The result will be declared on December18. Himachal Pradesh will have 7,521 polling stations, including 42 auxiliary booths at remote locations. (ANI)

Around 30,000 kgs of plastic carry bags seized in Delhi

Sunday, October 29 2017

Around 30,000 kgs of plastic carry bags seized in Delhi

[India], October 29 (ANI): Concerned agencies have seized approximately 30,000 kg of plastic carry bags (less than 50 microns), issued 1,650 challans and levied fines worth Rs 31,80,000 as Environmental Compensation till now. The above figures are compiled by the Environment Department after obtaining it from the NDMC, three MCDs, Delhi Cantonment Board and concerned Delhi government departments. The action against use of plastic bags are in motion since the National Green Tribunal (NGT), in a notice dated August 10, 2017, directed that any person found in possession or using such plastic carry bags shall be liable to pay Environment Compensation of Rs 5000 per default and the carry bags shall be seized on the spot. Teams of officers from the Revenue Department, NDMC, three MCDs, DPCC and Delhi Cantonment Board have ensured implementation of said directions. Acting upon complaints of continuing use of plastic carry bags, Environment Minister, Imran Hussain has directed the officials to intensify the drive against them to make a visible difference. Environment Minister, Imran Hussain provided the above mentioned information, which has been compiled by the Environment Department after obtaining it from the NDMC, three MCDs, Delhi Cantonment Board and concerned Delhi government departments. The minister has stressed on effective implementation of the ban by carrying out widespread checks and running mass awareness programmes. (ANI)

Chidambaram criticises PM Modi, says PM 'didn't read his answer properly'

Sunday, October 29 2017

Chidambaram criticises PM Modi, says PM 'didn't read his answer properly'

[India] October 29(ANI): Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Sunday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not go through his statement on Jammu and Kashmir wholly and said he was imagining a ghost and attacking it. "It is obvious the PM has not read the whole answer to the question put to me on Jammu and Kashmir. Those who criticise must read the whole answer and tell me which word in the answer was wrong. The PM is imagining a ghost and attacking it," Chidambaram told ANI. The former finance minister also clarified that neither his party nor he criticised the 'surgical strike' through his statement on Kashmir. "Neither the Congress nor I criticised the 'surgical strike'. We pointed out that these were cross-border actions and such actions had been done in the past too, as admitted by the Army Chief," he said. Chidambaram has drawn flak from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for his statement that people in Kashmir who demand 'azaadi' actually seek autonomy for the state. "My interactions in Jammu and Kashmir led me to the conclusion that when they ask for azaadi, most people want autonomy," Chidambaram had said. The prime minister, while addressing a gathering in Bengaluru on Sunday, came down heavily upon Chidambaram and said his remark shows how the party feels on surgical strikes and bravery of our Army. "Yesterday's statement of a Congress leader (P. Chidambaram) on Kashmir clearly shows how the party feels on surgical strikes and bravery of our Army," Modi said. The prime minister also said Chidambaram's remarks were reflective of his party's view on the army. "Why are Congress leaders lending their voice to those who want 'Azaadi' in Kashmir? This is an insult to our brave soldiers," he said. (ANI)

Diwali celebration with soldiers was unforgettable: PM Modi

Sunday, October 29 2017

Diwali celebration with soldiers was unforgettable: PM Modi

[India], October 29 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that his Diwali celebration with soldiers in the Gurez Sector of Jammu and Kashmir was an unforgettable experience. "Celebrating Diwali with soldiers in the Gurez Sector of Jammu and Kashmir was an unforgettable experience for me. I salute the soldiers on behalf of the countrymen, for the commitment with which they defend our borders. We must try to know the tales of valour of our soldiers as much as possible," he said, while speaking to the nation in his monthly radio address 'Mann ki Baat'. The prime minister, moving on to another recently-celebrated festival, Chhath, said the tradition of asking for the 'prasad' in the Chhath Pooja teaches people to kill their ego. "Normally, people consider it inferior to ask for something from others. But in Chhath, there is a tradition of asking for the prasad. The spirit behind this tradition is to kill one's ego, the emotion which obstructs one's progress. Every Indian must be proud of such a tradition," he said. He further said that the Chhath festival also entailed a strong spirit of cleanliness. "People gather together to clean houses as well as the ghaat and rivers before festivals. This is a festival of environment protection, discipline and freedom from disease," he added. Meanwhile, ahead of the Guru Nanak Jayanti, the prime minister urged people to follow the path shown by Guru Nanak Dev Ji. "We will be celebrating the Guru Nanak Jayanti on November 4. Guru Nanak Dev Ji is not only the first Guru of Sikhs, he is also the Jagat Guru. He worked for the welfare of humanity. He emphasised on women empowerment and respect. He travelled 28,000 km on foot and spread the message of humanity during his journey. He showed people the path of truth, honesty, sacrifice and infused a feeling of service in people," Prime Minister Modi said. "Guruji gave three messages - 'Pray to God, work hard and serve the needy'. He created 'Gurbani' to convey his message. We will commemorate the 550th Prakash Parv of Guru Nanak Dev in 2019. Let's try to follow the path shown by him," he added. This was Prime Minister Modi's 37th 'Mann ki Baat' address. (ANI)

ISIS link row: Ahmed Patel writes to Rajnath, seeks probe

Sunday, October 29 2017

ISIS link row: Ahmed Patel writes to Rajnath, seeks probe

[India], Oct.29 (ANI): Congress Rajya Sabha MP from Gujarat, Ahmed Patel, has written a letter to Union home Minister Rajnath Singh, urging him to order an 'impartial' probe into the ISIS link row. The Congress leader's letter comes in the wake of Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) allegations in connection with a nabbed ISIS terrorist who was learnt to be working in a hospital associated with him. In a letter to the home minister, Patel said: "As a Member of Parliament of India, who has taken an oath to uphold the sovereignty and the integrity of India, I call upon you to take cognizance of the matter and as the Home Minister of India instruct relevant law enforcement agencies to take this investigation to its logical end in an impartial and objective manner, in a manner which befits such a serious offence. Those guilty, irrespective of faith or any affiliation must be brought to justice. Your government has my unstinted support in this endeavour." He further said that matters of national security should not be politicised and reduced to "baselessly maligning political opponents for petty electoral gains". "We should rise above political differences in matters which involve national security. Framing terror charges must be done by law enforcement agencies and the judiciary and not by political leaders in press conferences from party headquarters." Gujarat Chief Minister had demanded Patel's resignation over his alleged ISIS link. "If Ahmed Patel was a patron of hospital from where two suspected ISIS terrorists were arrested then should he be not held responsible," Rupani had said during a press briefing here. Earlier on October 25, the Gujarat anti-terrorism squad (ATS) arrested two suspected ISIS operatives-- Kasim Timberwala and Aabed Mirza-- ahead of the upcoming Assembly polls. One of the nabbed terrorists Kasim was employed with a hospital, associated with Patel, as a technician. "My party and I appreciate the ATS's effort to nab the two terrorists. I demand strict and speedy action against them. The allegations put forward by BJP are completely baseless (sic)," he posted on Twitter. Patel, however, refuted all allegation levelled against him and requested the BJP not to politicise the issue in wake of the upcoming Assembly elections in Gujarat.(ANI)

India Win Thriller In Kanpur To Clinch Series 2-1 vs New Zealand

Sunday, October 29 2017

India Win Thriller In Kanpur To Clinch Series 2-1 vs New Zealand

India Win Thriller In Kanpur To Clinch Series 2-1 vs New Zealand India bowlers held their nerves in the death overs to help the Men In Blue beat New Zealand by six runs in a thrilling third and final One-Day International at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur on Sunday. India, thus, clinched the three-match ODI series 2-1. Chasing a mammoth 338-run target, New Zealand fell agonisingly short after managing 331 for seven in their allotted 50 overs. Colin Munro (75), skipper Kane Williamson (64) and Tom Latham (65) were the major contributors for New Zealand. For India, pacer Jasprit Bumrah scalped three wickets and leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal took two wickets. And that’s a wrap from Kanpur. #TeamIndia seal the 3-match ODI series 2-1 #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/yA27kd9Cva New Zealand needed 15 runs off the last over. Kohli’s decision of giving the ball to the death-over specialist Bumrah worked perfectly for India as the right-arm pacer hardly gave anything away. Bumrah conceded just eight runs in the final over to deny Kiwis a series win. Put in to bat, India rode on centuries from Rohit Sharma and captain Virat Kohli. A brilliant performance from Rohit and skipper Virat helped India post a daunting 337/6. Rohit was the top scorer for India with 147 runs while Kohli slammed 113 to cross the milestone of 9,000 ODI runs. Rohit struck his 15th century in ODIs, the fifth of this year and the first against New Zealand. Kohli slammed his 32nd ton and the fifth against the visitors to help India score the highest total in 15 ODIs here. The previous best was 303 by South Africa against India in 2015. It was also Kohli’s sixth century in 2017, the most by a captain in a year. Previously, Sourav Ganguly (2000), Australia’s Ricky Ponting (2003, 2007), South Africa’s Graeme Smith (2005) and AB de Villiers (2015) struck five. SHARE

Kidambi Srikanth lifts French Open; wins fourth title of the year

Sunday, October 29 2017

Kidambi Srikanth lifts French Open; wins fourth title of the year

Both the players stayed level till 5-5 in the first game before Nishimoto won the next four points to lead 9-5. Srikanth then won the next five points to lead with two points at the changeover as the Japanese was forced to be a lot more defensive after the Indian increased the pace of play. The down-the-line smash had Nishimoto in all sorts of trouble as his lifts grew increasingly errant. He also struggled to get a read on Srikanth's touch play at the net as the latter led 19-12 before winning the opening game comfortably. The second game was all one-way traffic as Nishimoto kept gifting points to Srikanth, who led 10-3 at one stage. Nishimoto showed occasional flashes of the form that had gotten him to the final, but the fatigue of playing his seventh match in just six days finally caught up with him. Srikanth, who was playing with a strapping below his right knee controlled the pattern of play from the front court and put Nishimoto out of his misery after 35 minutes with a trademark down-the-line smash.

Ahmedabad horror: 18 infants dead in 3 days, Congress seeks probe

Sunday, October 29 2017

Ahmedabad horror: 18 infants dead in 3 days, Congress seeks probe

New Delhi: The Congress on Sunday demanded judicial probe into death of infants at an Ahmedabad hospital and questioned the issue not finding mention in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's monthly radio programme. Congress spokesperson Jaiveer Shergill claimed that 18 infants had died at Ahmedabad Civil Hospital over the past three days "due to the non-availability of doctors" and demanded resignation of Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani "due to gross criminal negligence of the state administration" and an independent inquiry under the supervision of either the Supreme Court or the high court. Shergill alleged that the Chief Superintendent of the Civil Hospital was a BJP ticket aspirant from the Aswara constituency and "is busy serving the ruling BJP government", while a cover-up has begun to protect the accused involved. He said instead of "Mann Ki Baat", the Prime Minister should have apologised to the people, particularly families of the infants who had died, while Modi and Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah "should be held accountable and answerable" for deaths of infants in BJP ruled Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan. Nine infants, including five referred from other public hospitals in critical condition, died at the Government Civil Hospital in Ahmedabad on Saturday. The newborns breathed their last on Saturday at Intensive Care Unit of the hospital.