Nov 052017

RAJKOT: Colin Munro Saturday said he was relishing batting top of the order after his blistering century powered New Zealand to a series-levelling win against India in the second T20I. Munro, a middle-order batsman who was promoted to open the innings in India, smashed an unbeaten 58-ball 109 to propel the Kiwis to 196-2 in Rajkot. Kiwi fast-bowler Trent Boult then claimed four wickets to restrict India to 156-7 despite a valiant 42-ball 65 from Indian skipper Virat Kohli. But it was Munro’s supreme batting show that set up New Zealand’s 40-run win after their opening loss to India in the three-match series. Dew no excuse for dropped catches, says NZ captain Williamson “I love batting at the top of the order, getting the team off to a flyer with Guppy (Martin Guptill),” the left-handed batsman said after receiving the man of the match award. “The way I bat is the same every time, whether I’m chasing 200 or 120. Go out there, stay still and try and hit fours and sixes.” Munro put on 105 runs for the opening wicket with Guptill, to lay a solid foundation after the Kiwis elected to bat first on a wicket that promised runs. Munro made the most of his two reprieves, on 45 and 79, to register his second T20 ton — in just 54 balls. “Few chances went my way, but that’s T20 cricket, you need luck in your way. Felt good with the bat, but had been getting out at funny [Read More…]

Oct 312017

MUMBAI: Two Indian men were convicted on Tuesday of raping their 10-year-old niece in a case that hit global headlines when the girl was denied an abortion by India’s top court and had to give birth, local media reported. The girl was 30 weeks pregnant in July when a court in the northwestern city of Chandigarh turned down her abortion plea as she was too far advanced. 10-year-old India rape victim gives birth to baby girl Indian law does not allow terminations after 20 weeks unless the mother’s life is in danger. The girl did not know she was pregnant and was unaware she delivered a baby girl in August as her parents told her she was undergoing stomach surgery to remove a stone. The baby was put up for adoption. A court in India on Tuesday found two of the girl’s uncles, both brothers, guilty of rape with sentencing set for later this week, according to the Hindustan Times. Woman raped by the side of a road in India as people film her instead of helping The girl, whose identity has been kept secret, initially told police and child welfare activists that she had been raped several times over recent months by the first uncle, who is aged in his 40s. But after DNA tests did not link him to the baby, police began searching for more suspects and a second uncle was arrested. An increasing number of such cases have come to the courts in recent years with as [Read More…]

Oct 292017
India’s New Afghan Trade Route Via Iran, Bypasses Pakistan

NEW DELHI Opening a new trade route to Afghanistan that bypasses Pakistan, India has dispatched its first consignment of wheat to the war torn country via the Iranian port of Chabahar.The strategic sea route is a significant step in bolstering trade with Kabul that has been hampered because rival Pakistan does not allow India to transport goods to Afghanistan through its territory.After the shipment was seen off by Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani via a joint video conference Sunday, the Indian government called it a landmark moment.In the coming months, six more consignments of wheat totaling 1.1. million tons will be sent from India’s western port of Kandla to Chabahar. From the Iranian port it will be taken by road to Kabul.The shipment comes days after U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, on a visit to New Delhi, allayed concerns that the Trump administration’s tough stand on Iran could pose a fresh stumbling block to India’s plans to develop the strategic Iranian port as a regional transit hub.Easier connectivity to Afghanistan is key for India to step up its economic engagement with Kabul, which Washington has called for as part of its new policy to stabilize the war torn country.And Chabahar port, in which India is investing $500 million to build new terminals, cargo berths and connecting road and rail lines, is the centerpiece of the strategy to improve linkages not just with Afghanistan, but also to resource-rich Central Asian republics.This is the first [Read More…]

Oct 252017

Pakistan has castigated the recent ceasefire violation by Indian army along the Line of Control (LoC), which resulted in the martyrdom of two civilians and injuries to six others on Wednesday. Islamabad lodged a strong protest to the Indian aggression in Leepa sector which took place on October 24, according to Radio Pakistan. India’s deputy high commissioner was summoned to the Foreign Office to condemn the violation. Two women martyred in ceasefire violation by Indian troops In a statement, it said despite calls for restraint, New Delhi continues to indulge in flagrant violations, which shall be stopped. Indian forces, the Foreign Office added, have carried out more than 1,150 ceasefire violations along the LoC and Working Boundary this year, resulting in the martyrdom of at least 49 innocent civilians and injuries to 165 others. The post Indian envoy summoned over ceasefire violations appeared first on The Express Tribune. Click for detailed story

Oct 242017

LONDON: A British-based shipwreck hunter said Tuesday a navigation tool he found that guided Portuguese explorers on a perilous voyage to India in the 16th century has been confirmed as the world’s oldest astrolabe. David Mearns found the bronze disc during a dive on a shipwreck off the coast of Oman in 2014 but said Warwick University had only recently confirmed what it was after laser scans revealed etches on it. “I knew immediately when I saw it that this was a very, very important object. I could see the royal coat of arms on it,” Mearns told AFP. Antarctic helicopter rescue underway at icebound ship “This is the oldest maritime astrolabe,” he said, dating it to between 1496 and 1500 — around 30 years earlier than the previous oldest known astrolabe. Astrolabes have been in use since ancient times and the mariners’ version was developed by Portuguese explorers using the altitudes of the sun or stars to determine the latitude of a ship at sea. Warwick University professor Mark Williams carried out the scans of the 17.5-centimetre wide artefact, finding etches separated by five degrees intervals to calculate the height of the sun. “It was fantastic to apply our 3D scanning technology to such an exciting project and help with the identification of such a rare and fascinating item,” Williams said in a statement. Giant tooth identifies extinct monster platypus in Australia Mearns’s company Blue Water Recoveries found the shipwreck in 1998 after researching it but excavations on the site [Read More…]

Oct 212017
Hero Asia Cup: India beat Pakistan 4-0 in Super Four match

[embed_video1 url= style=center] DHAKA: India beat Pakistan 4-0 in the Super Four match at Dhaka’s Maulana Bhashani Hockey Stadium on Saturday. Gurjant Singh goal in the 57th minute cemented India’s place in the Asia Cup final. Lalit Upadhyay gave India 3-0 lead after scoring a minute after Harmanpreet Singh. The first goal of the match was scored by Satbir Singh. Pakistan will play in the third position match tomorrow (Sunday). The highly-awaited Super 4 face-off between arch-rivals Pakistan and India was delayed due to heavy rainfall on Saturday.Earlier, the Hero Hockey Asia Cup match was delayed by 90 minutes.The game is crucial for Pakistan while India just needs to draw to cement its position in the final.The top two teams at the end of the second round will reach the final while the teams finishing third and fourth will vie for the bronze medal.India is currently on the top of the table with four points from one win and a draw, followed by Malaysia which secured three points after their win against Pakistan. South Korea have two points, from their two draws, and Pakistan is at the bottom with one point from the draw against South Korea.In their last face-off, India won 3-1 against Pakistan. The goals were scored by India’s Harmanpreet Singh, Chinglensana Singh and Ramandeep Singh, while Ali Shan scored for Pakistan. Pakistan are three-time Asia Cup champions Pakistan while India have lifted the cup twice.It is interesting to note that Pakistan won all the first three editions of the cup in 1982, ’85 and ’89. [Read More…]

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