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  1. Illness rules Josh Hazlewood out of second ODI v England SYDNEY: Australian quick Josh Hazlewood has been ruled out of Friday´s second one-day international against England in Brisbane with illness, while gloveman Alex Carey has been called up to cover for Tim Paine. The Aussies lost the first of the five-match series against the tourists in Melbourne last Sunday, and with Hazelwood Thursday determined too unwell to play, paceman Jhye Richardson appears set to make his debut on a Gabba pitch expected to provide plenty for fast bowlers. "You´re always confident as an Australian batsman when you come and look at this wicket, that´s for sure," Australian vice captain David Warner told Cricket Australia´s official website on Wednesday. "It´s always got good bounce and carry for the bowlers as well." Hazlewood is among several players in both the Australian and English locker rooms to be hit by illness in recent weeks, with team mates Paine, Warner, Steve Smith and Patrick Cummins all stuck down by a bug. England Test captain Joe Root suffered through stomach problems during the Ashes test series, while batsman James Vince has also been affected during the tour. Paine remains in doubt for Friday´s clash, with Carey on standby, after he made a dashing century off just 56 balls for the Adelaide Strikers in Australia´s Twenty20 Big Bash League Wednesday, to beat the Hobart Hurricanes. The 26-year-old, who was previously floated as a potential wicketkeeper for the Ashes, is set to make his international ODI debut if Paine is not cleared to play. "He´s taken his game to another level," Australia opener Aaron Finch told reporters. "To come out this year when there was a lot of talk about the Ashes´ keeping spot -- and who was going to play -- the way that he put his hand up and has continued to do so for such a young guy is really impressive." Squads Australia: Steve Smith (capt), David Warner, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine, Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Cameron White, Adam Zampa. England: Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Dawid Malan, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
  2. Many foreign policy professionals have set up alerts so their phones buzz in their pockets whenever Trump insults a foreign leader or issues a vague threat of war - but not Tillerson WASHINGTON: When US President Donald Trump launches into one of his tweetstorms it sometimes seems like the diplomatic world is gasping in unison -- but not Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. Many foreign policy professionals have set up alerts so their phones buzz in their pockets whenever the commander-in-chief insults a foreign leader or issues a vague threat of war. But not Tillerson, Washington´s chief diplomat and arguably the man who has the toughest job clearing the air after Trump sets off another diplomatic incident with a social media rant. Tillerson is not on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. When Trump sends a tweet on world affairs a State Department aide prints it and brings it to the secretary for later perusal. At least, that is how he explained things to his friend and predecessor Condoleezza Rice on Wednesday in a chat after a speech at Stanford University in California. Rice asked Tillerson a question he gets asked all the time: how can he handle US foreign policy with Trump constantly stirring the pot with his undiplomatic tweets? Tillerson´s reply went into more detail than usual -- although he again insisted that he has no problem with Trump´s remarks and sees them as an opportunity to communicate his vision. "He´s world class in social media, and I´m not," 65-year-old former oilman Tillerson admitted. "I have no social media account, I´ve never had any and I don´t intend to have any." "It is a great tool when it is used well. The president has used it at a great effect by by-passing the traditional means of communicating," he told the assembled policy experts. "And he absolutely thrives with his ability to instantly communicate not just to the American people but to our friends and allies or to our adversaries in the entire world." This much has been said before, but surely Tillerson receives a warning before Trump abruptly cancels a planned trip to London or threatens to pull out of the NAFTA trade pact? The answer is not, apparently. Tillerson likes it that way. "I don´t know when he´s going to do that, because that is just the way the president operates," he said. "The challenge is just getting caught up because I don´t even have a Twitter account to follow what he´s tweeting. My staff usually has to print his tweets out and hand them to me." "I´ve actually concluded that´s not a bad system." ´How do we use that?' Tillerson explained that it might be anything up to an hour post tweet that he finds out what Trump has been saying, and that means he can gauge official reaction before responding. "I already have the early reactions to that and it allows me to begin to think about: ´How do we take that?´," he said. "OK, this is information. We know what our objectives are and he didn´t change any of them. This is just the way he wants to communicate on a subject, how do we take that and use it?" Tillerson remains sanguine about Trump´s exotic online monologue, which some critics fear could alienate US allies, despite having fallen foul of it more than once himself. In October last year, Tillerson met senior Chinese leaders in Beijing and afterwards told reporters that he had back channel communications open with Kim Jong-Un´s North Korea. When Tillerson arrived back in Washington he discovered -- presumably on being handed a print out -- that Trump had disavowed his efforts to resolve the nuclear stand-off. "I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man," Trump had tweeted. "Save your energy Rex, we´ll do what needs to be done!"
  3. While hardwork and talent are often the pivotal ingredients in the making of a successful sportsperson, the lack of passion for the sport is capable of affecting an athlete's tryst with greatness. Amongst many sports icons across the country, Virat Kohli is a prime example of how passion can allow sportspersons to elevate their game to a whole new level. It's his passion for cricket that has turned Kohli into one of the best batsmen in the world across all the formats. It's once again his passion that has helped him grow into a ruthless captain. And, it's also his passion that defines Kohli's emotional, effervescent and, at times, firecracker character. The same passion finds expression in everything Kohli does - whether on or off the field. We've seen him blowing a flying kiss to his wife Anushka Sharma after hitting a hundred. Irrespective of the popularity of his teammates, Kohli doesn't shy away from giving a mouthful when someone's at fault. When he's sledged, Kohli minces no words in getting back at his opponents. © BCCL This is a cricketer who tackles fire with fire. And, it's needless to say that he's pretty good at it. Kohli's aggression was once again in full display during the post-match press conference following India's 135-run loss in the second Test at Centurion. The Indian team was blown away by debutant Lungi Ngidi on the fifth day at the SuperSport Park. The 21-year-old seamer recorded impressive figures of 6-39 to propel South Africa to a 2-0 win in the three-match Test series. The Indians, on their part, were expected to do better after the Newlands debacle, but their star-studded batting unit once again failed to negate the South African bowling attack. There's little doubt that the Indian camp was overwhelmed with disappointment. And, captain Kohli's comments in the press conference summed up their mood. Heart-broken by his team's performance, Kohli began by rightly acknowledging the fact that the Proteas were collectively a better side. Indian captain Virat Kohli is angry after defeat in Centurion..Fighting with South African Jouno says I am here to answer not to fight.#SAvIND #Centurion #Kohli #FreedomSeries #India #BBC #SouthAfrica — Sultan Mehmood Khan (@smk_77) January 17, 2018 "These conditions are something we are used to. South Africa collectively were a much better team than us. We need to ask ourselves if we are giving 120 percent for the team every time we play a ball, bowl a ball or field a ball. As a team we will definitely lay out these things in the open and ask the guys to be honest about what they were thinking about at particular stages of the game," Kohli said. While Kohli minced no words in taking the responsibility for the loss, he lost his cool after a South African journalist suggested that constantly changing the playing XI had contributed to India's defeat. Here's the partial transcript of Kohli's press conference: Reporter: In over 30 Tests that you have been captain, you have changed your starting line-up in each and every Test you have played. I think you would know that to win Test matches you need a lot of consistency, and you have been lacking that part. What would you put that down to, and how would you say that you will continue changing your team and still expect different results? Kohli: How many Test matches have we won out of 30? Reporter: In how many have you changed the starting line-up? Kohli: How many have we won? How many have we won? Reporter: In how many have you changed the line-up? Kohli: Twenty-one wins. Two losses. How many draws? Reporter: How many in India? Kohli: Doesn't matter. Wherever we play, we try to do our best. I'm here to answer your questions, not to fight with you. Reporter: Do you still believe you're the best side in the world? Kohli: Look, we have to believe that we are the best side. Even when we came here, if you don't have the belief that you can win the series here, there is no point coming here. We have not come here just to participate. And answering your question, sir, how many times did South Africa come into the game in India? Come close to winning games in India? Can you count? Reporter: That's because of the spinning pitches. Kohli: But we are not complaining about Cape Town either. The game was finished in three days, one was a washout. So look, we are not complaining about pitches, we are not complaining about conditions. We have come here to play. As I said, we have had equal opportunities to win in both games, and that's the positive we can take out of it, but I'm not sitting here comforting my guys. So I don't know what you are listening to, but I'm asking everyone to be hard on themselves. The fiery exchange between Kohli and the journalist has become the talk of the town now. Every comment that the Indian captain has made is being carefully scrutinised to once again to highlight the fact that he is indeed the 'Bad Boy' or 'Brat' of the Indian team. But, while the scribes continue to sensationalise the incident, the crux of the conversation highlights the bitter truth about the overseas tours in modern-day cricket. © BCCL Cricket fans are currently exposed to a trend of the home teams preparing wickets to their advantage before cutting a sorry figure for the visitors. India were ruthless at home during their gruelling home season last year, but on their first away tour of 2018, they've lost two consecutive Tests and, in turn, the series. And, it's not just India. The Proteas suffered the same fate when they last toured India. It's a case of one step forward and two steps back. Whether it's good or bad for the game, the bitter truth has got us wondering if anyone competes on the overseas tours anymore, given the fact they can always regain points for the ICC rankings at home. Thus, robbing the fans of a good cricket contest which was once the essence of Test cricket.
  4. From the moment Donald Trump decided to run for the U.S. Presidential elections last year, he found himself embroiled in one controversy after another. And unfortunately, most of it was from his own doing. From tweeting explosive statements to his notorious policies, the current POTUS is no stranger to being in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. And of course, 2018 is not proving to be an exception either. Only recently, Trump was accused of cheating on his wife Melania Trump with an adult star- Stormy Daniels. © Facebook Stormy (real name Stephanie Clifford), in a 2011 interview with In Touch magazine revealed all the details about their night together. The interview was shelved at the time. She says that she met Trump first at the American Century celebrity golf tournament in July 2006. “[Trump] was introduced to everybody. He kept looking at me and then we ended up riding to another hole on the same golf cart together.” Stormy said. © Twitter She further added that he later came to the her adult-film company, Wicked Pictures, sponsored and asked for her number, which she gave him, before they posed for a photo together. © Twitter “Then he asked me if I wanted to have dinner that night. And I was like, 'Yeah, of course!'” she told in the interview. Once she reached his hotel room she claims Trump was sprawled on the couch watching TV, wearing pyjama pants. This was followed by a dinner in the room itself. Stormy then reveals that she excused herself to go to the washroom and when she came out Trump was sitting on the bed and he was like, “'Come here.' And I was like, 'Ugh, here we go.' And we started kissing.” After having ***, Stormy said, “We hung out for a little while and he just kept saying, 'I'm gonna call you, I'm gonna call you. I have to see you again. You're amazing. We have to get you on The Apprentice.'” Although this happened way before he became the President, what has shocked people is that fact that the fling took place less than four months after Donald's wife, Melania, gave birth to their son, Barron. © TWitter For what it's worth, Stormy's story was supported by her good friend Randy Spears and her ex-husband Mike Moz. Stormy also took and passed a polygraph test at the time of the interview. When these allegations came to the surface, Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen denied it outright. “President Trump once again vehemently denies any such occurrence, as has Ms. Daniels,” he said. © Twitter As per the Wall Street Journal, the fact that Ms Daniels also denies these claims now, could be because Trump's lawyer arranged a $130,000 payment to Stormy before 2016 elections as a part of a non-disclosure agreement. Apparently, there's more to this story as In Touch is planning to run the entire, unedited, 5,500-word transcript later this week.
  5. With her phenomenal and exceptional performances in movies like 'Baby', 'Pink' and 'Naam Shabana'; Taapsee Pannu has proven time and again that she is the dark horse of Bollywood and one of the finest and most versatile actresses of this time. Be it action movies, beating the sh*t out of bad guys, tear jerking emotional scenes or tickling your funny bones; Taapsee has proved her mettle with every role and movie. © Pooja Entertainment After showing us her goofy and funny side in 'Judwaa 2', Taapsee is back in action with another romantic comedy titled 'Dil Juunglee' and if the name does not excite you enough, this trailer will surely intrigue you to look forward to this movie. Taapsee will be seen opposite 'Hawaa Hawaai' star Saqib Saleem. © Pooja Entertainment Taapsee plays Koroli Nair, an English counselor, while Saqib plays Sumit Uppal, a gym trainer and an aspiring poet. Honestly, it will take you two or three more attempts, before you can inch closer to deciphering the gist of the movie; but this wild and confusing trailer and the crazy adventures the two go through, is enough to get us excited. Saqib and Taapsee are then joined by their friends, played by Abhilash Thapliyal, Permanent Roommates' Nidhi Singh, and Girliyapa's Sristi Srivastava. Taapsee's character has recently gone through a crushing heart break and despite being suggested by her friends to not fall for Saqib, she falls in love with him. Years later, Taapsee has now turned into a bombshell and is dating a rich guy, while Saqib has found a partner too. What happens when the two cross paths with each other after coming so far along in their lives, weaves the rest of the plot. 'Dil Juunglee' is produced by Jackky Bhagnani and directed by Aleya Sen and is expected to release on February 16.
  6. Kartik Aaryan impressed us for the first time with his epic monologue in 'Pyaar Ka Punchnama', where his well-produced rant, single-handedly unified the nation's FBB (Frustrated Boyfriend Brigade). Since then, the boy has consistently been on top of his game as far as 'impressing' goes, especially the ladies, and not always because of his acting chops. Also, if you are in Bollywood and get recognised because of your sartorial achievements, you are doing it right. Take one look at his Instagram and you will see what we are talking about. © Viral Bhayani And, his latest airport look is a testament to his ability to marinate in existing trends while giving rise to fresh and new ones. Just like this dope-ass airport style look. Mr Aryan's commitment to the leather jacket is commendable here because we would've totally gone for a comfy sweatshirt instead. But he is not like us. His job description, as an A-list celebrity, is basically to push the boundaries of fashion and give us lesser mortals moments to recreate in real life. © Viral Bhayani But, we have to give it to him, come on. If you could carry off a leather jacket with as much casual nonchalance as this lad here, you would ditch the sweatshirt too. We don't have anything against the sweatshirt, but nothing spells 'bad-sass' as a black leather jacket and you know it. Because, as movies have taught us, it's always the bad guy in the tough leather jacket who always picks up the ladies. Reason? Nice. Boys. Finish. Last. (LOL) © Viral Bhayani Now, coming to his overall look, which can easily be described as a Health Goth's wet dream, we must say that we are impressed. He is wearing a millennial leather racer jacket with a band collar paired with dark grey jeans with black patches, and a tank top to finish off his lady-killer look. © Viral Bhayani We love the Vans grey high tops and the matching black leather backpack from Coach that costs more than a round-trip to Goa. He has kept the accessories absolutely minimal and is sporting a minimalistic blue wristband. Moral of the damn story? An all-black look is possibly the most difficult trend to pull off, considering the fact that it can easily look meh. But on Kartik, this looks fresh, suits his body-type and gives him a rather polished edge.
  7. A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, US, November 20, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files NEW YORK: US fund investors stampeded into bonds and world stocks during the latest week, ignoring warning signs about stretched prices, according to the Investment Company Institute (ICI). During the week, nearly $17 billion poured into equities ? the most in any week since June. Bonds took in even more cash ? at $19 billion, the most on records that date to 2013, according to the trade group. The rush of cash into rising markets shows the resiliency of bonds, at least in terms of demand from investors, but also highlights people's more ambivalent relationship with stocks. Equities just a week earlier recorded a $21 billion withdrawal. While they won much of that back during the most recent week, 80 percent of that money moved into products that focus on stocks abroad, not in the United States. Domestic stock funds attracted just $3.4 billion, ICI said. "Many investors decided that it made sense to take profits," Kristina Hooper ? Invesco Ltd's global market strategist ? said, referring to the prior week. "By the next week, it was almost as if investors had done a 180 and were pouring money into equities. The whole time we've seen fixed income remain popular." Demand for bonds has endured yield spikes over the last two months that pushed long-dated Treasuries' prices down sharply and led billionaire bond veteran Bill Gross of Janus Henderson Group plc to declare a bear market in bonds. The two-year Treasury yield is at its highest levels in nearly a decade, breaching the two-percent mark. The 10-year is near 2.6 percent, up from 2.1 percent in September. Investors responded to that threat by pouring $15.8 billion into taxable bonds ? the most in any week since June 2015 ? and another $3.2 billion into municipal bonds, the most on records dating to 2013, according to the ICI. The data covers mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) based in the US. "There may not be a lot of difference between stocks and Treasuries in terms of valuation," said Hooper. "We want to be very vigilant because there's vulnerability in stretched valuations."
  8. LAHORE: The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Lahore has summoned Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif with regard to an inquiry into Ashiana-e-Iqbal housing scheme, according to a spokesman for the anti-graft body. The Punjab chief minister is called upon to appear before a combined investigation team at the NAB complex in Lahore on January 22, read a notification issued by NAB Lahore.
  9. Steve Bannon was fired by the White House in August 2017. Photo: File WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump?s former chief strategist Steve Bannon declined on Tuesday to comply with a subpoena ordering him to answer questions from a US House intelligence panel about his time at the White House as part of its investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the US election. After Bannon initially refused to answer questions about the matter, Devin Nunes, the committee?s Republican party chairman, authorised a subpoena during the meeting to press Bannon to respond. Even then, Bannon refused to answer questions after his lawyer had conferred with the White House and was told again to refuse to answer questions about the transition period immediately after Trump was elected, or Bannon?s time in the administration, according to Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the committee. Separately, the New York Times reported that Bannon had been subpoenaed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before a grand jury in a probe of alleged ties between Russia and Trump?s 2016 presidential campaign, on Tuesday. It was the first time Mueller is known to have used a subpoena against a member of Trump?s inner circle, the Times said. It cited a person with direct knowledge of the matter. A spokesman for Mueller?s office declined comment. Bill Burck, a lawyer for Bannon, could not immediately be reached for comment on the subpoena or his testimony before the House panel. The reported subpoena of Bannon does not mean he is a target of Mueller?s criminal investigation. Bannon, a champion of Trump?s ?America First? agenda, was among the Republican?s closest aides during the 2016 election campaign, the presidential transition and his first months in office. But the pair had a bitter public falling out over comments Bannon made to author Michael Wolff for his recent book ?Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.? In the book, Bannon is quoted as describing a June 2016 meeting between Trump associates, including the president?s son Donald Trump Jr, his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and a Russian lawyer, as ?treasonous? and ?unpatriotic.? Russia has denied meddling in the election and Trump has denied any collusion between his campaign and Moscow. Bannon was fired by the White House in August, though he continued to speak with Trump and tried to promote the president?s agenda. Pressure tactic? Bannon spent hours on Tuesday meeting behind closed doors with members of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee. He was the latest high-profile figure to appear before the panel as part of its investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the US election. Bannon refused to speak not only about his time at the White House, but also any conversations he had with President Trump after he had left the administration ?that might be for the purpose of the President seeking his advice on anything,? Schiff said. ?We expect to have Mr Bannon back in, we hope very soon, with a different position by the White House,? Schiff said. Asked if the White House had told Bannon not to answer certain questions, spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said: ?As with all congressional activities touching upon the White House, Congress must consult with the White House prior to obtaining confidential material.? ?We?ve been cooperating fully with these ongoing investigations and encourage the committees to work with us to find an appropriate accommodation in order to ensure Congress obtains information necessary to its legitimate interests,? she said. Mueller?s subpoena, which was issued last week, could be a pressure tactic to induce Bannon to cooperate fully with his investigation. Attorney Renato Mariotti, a former federal prosecutor, said the most likely reason for a Mueller subpoena of Bannon was that ?he thought having an attorney present and giving Bannon a more relaxed setting would not yield the same testimony as if he got him in the grand jury room with no attorney there and a more adversarial style of questioning.? A witness is not permitted to bring an attorney into a federal grand jury proceeding, but can step outside to consult with counsel.
  10. Huawei's sub-brand Honor has been busy in the last couple of months and has announced several new smartphones in the market for consumers. The latest edition to their budget lineup in India, is the Honor 9 Lite. The Honor 9 Lite is the second handset from the company to come with four cameras. The new handset sports four cameras - two at the back and two at the front - which is the biggest highlight of the handset. © Honor The dual-SIM Honor 9 Lite runs EMUI 8.0, based on Android 8.0 Oreo. The smartphone sports a 5.65-inch full-HD+ (1080x2160 pixels) IPS display with an 18:9 aspect ratio and pixel density of 428ppi. The Honor 9 Lite comes with a Huawei HiSilicon Kirin 659 octa-core SoC, where four cores are clocked at 2.36GHz, and the other four cores are clocked at 1.7GHz. The Honor 9 Lite was launched in 3GB and 4GB RAM variants. © Honor In terms of the camera, the Honor 9 Lite features dual camera setups on both the front and back of the handset. The smartphone comes with a 13-megapixel primary camera and a 2-megapixel secondary camera on both the sides. Additionally, the rear camera features PDAF autofocus and LED flash. The Honor 9 Lite will come in 32GB and 64GB inbuilt storage variants. It is expandable via microSD card (up to 256GB) in a hybrid dual-SIM configuration. © Honor The Honor 9 Lite is powered by a 3000mAh battery and the company claims to provide a talk time of up to 20 hours on 3G and a standby time of up to 24 days in the handset. The smartphone charges fully in about 2 hours 20 minutes, Honor says. As for the connectivity options, the Honor 9 Lite includes 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, and Micro-USB with OTG support. Sensors on the device include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, magnetometer (digital compass), and proximity sensor. It was launched in China in December 2017 and will now be sold in India. Honor had recently launched the Honor 7X in India and this month the flagship smartphone, the Honor View 10 also went on sale. Honor, at the time of Honor 9 Lite's China launch, said that the phone will be made available in 14 other countries, including India, Russia, and the UK. It is selling exclusively on Flipkart and 3GB /4GB RAM along with 32GB / 64GB ROM configurations are available. The two smartphones will retail for 11,999 for the 3GB version. Although it will be priced at Rs.10,999 for Citibank customers at launch and 14,999 for the 4G version.
  11. Kapil Mohan, the creator of Old Monk is not with us anymore, but what stays behind is the legendary rum he gave us, which was probably our first and the best companion when we entered adulthood. Old Monk is not just a mere drink, it's a religion and if there was ever a cult to be made for Old Monk, I will run as the President for that group. I am sure just like me, all those who swear by this drink will unanimously agree that for us Old Monk is the only rum in the world, theirs is no other brand and there never will be any. © Facebook Be it celebrating the good things that happened to us, the friends we made in college over a glass of rum, or dealing with our first heartbreak; Old Monk has all the rights to proudly take credit for all the major milestones in our lives. Paying a tribute to one of the best things ever made in the world, here's a short film that will take you to a walk down the memory lane to reminisce the good ol' memories and times you all have shared with Old Monk. © switch off films Sanjay Mishra is one of the finest actors in Bollywood and when he takes up any movie, you know it's going to be special and when you throw in a bottle of Old Monk into the same frame, you know that you are signing up for something incredible and emotional. And this short film titled 'Monk' does exactly that, it taps into all those memories and emotions you share with your friends and leaves you teary-eyed by the end of the film. Produced by Switch Off Films, this short film also stars Jeetu Shastri as the friend who Mishra shares his drink with. As we enjoy the duo's friendly banter and how they recollect all the crazy things they did in the past, by the end of it we realize that he was drinking all alone while remembering his close friend. Honestly, there could not have been a better tribute to acknowledge the spirit of Old Monk and the long lasting friendships it has helped weave. So go ahead and tag your friends to let them know how much you love them and how dearly you miss those Old Monk sessions you had with them.
  12. ISLAMABAD: The US Department of State?s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Ambassador Alice Wells on Tuesday said that the US seeks to move toward a new relationship with Pakistan. In her meetings with different Pakistani officials, she said that the new relationship should be based on mutual interest in realising a stable and prosperous region, according to a press statement issued by the US Embassy in Pakistan. Acknowledging Pakistan?s considerable sacrifices in fighting terrorism, Wells emphasised that the US South Asia strategy represents an opportunity to work together for the establishment of a stable, peaceful Afghanistan, the defeat of Daesh in South Asia, and the elimination of terrorist groups that threaten both Pakistan and the United States. Earlier on Monday, top US military officer Marine General Joseph Dunford had said he was committed to the US-Pakistan relationship, which has been strained in recent weeks as Washington piles pressure on Islamabad to crack down on militants. ?Do we agree on everything right now? No we don?t. But are we committed to a more effective relationship with Pakistan? We are. And I?m not giving up on that,? Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, had told a small group of reporters during a trip to Brussels. The United States has long blamed militant safe-havens in Pakistan for prolonging the war in neighbouring Afghanistan, giving insurgents a place to plot attacks and rebuild their forces. Pakistan is a crucial gateway for US military supplies destined for US and other troops fighting a 16-year-old war in Afghanistan. Earlier this month, US President Donald Trump?s administration, demanding ?do more? from Pakistan, had announced a plan to suspend up to roughly $2 billion in US security assistance. An outcry was triggered in Islamabad following Washington's statement. Pakistan?s military had said its army chief told US General Joseph Votel, head of the US military?s Central Command, that Pakistan ?felt betrayed? by US criticism.
  13. Ever since the retirement of MS Dhoni from the longest format, Indian selectors and Captain Virat Kohli have put their faith in Wriddhiman Saha, making him their first-choice wicket-keeper in Test cricket. But, despite Saha's wicket-keeping record in the first Test, his failure with the willow at Newlands saw him getting axed for the second Test. Saha's loss quickly became Parthiv Patel's gain as the latter found his way back into Test cricket after almost four years. While it was surely an opportunity for Patel to impress his skipper and the selectors in a bid to cement his spot, there is no denying that a slip-up would bring the century-old jokes on Patel back on the social media. In act, ahead of the second Test in Centurion, former Indian cricketer and 'Twitter King' Virender Sehwag targeted Patel even before his selection was confirmed. Few days back, Sehwag shared a photo a picture of two chappattis which were shaped in the form of gloves. नठनवà¥à¤²à¥ दà¥à¤²à¥à¤¹à¤¨ à¤à¤¯à¥z पति बà¥à¤²à¤¾ à¤à¤ªà¤¨à¥ हाथ à¤à¥ रà¥à¤à¥ बना à¤à¥ à¤à¤¿à¤²à¤¾à¤ । — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 10, 2018 He also captioned the image with a funny one-liner in Hindi that read: "A husband asked his newly-wedded bride to cook him a meal using her own hands". However, in a funny dig at Parthiv, Sehwag said: "Nikke @parthiv9 , Bhai wicket keeping gloves hain wahaan ya bhejoon!". Idhar meri perfect size wale bahut gloves le ke aaya hu.. ise udhar hi rakhe aap..delhi mai thand Badh gayi hai to ghar me kisi ke Kaam aaynege... — parthiv patel (@parthiv9) January 10, 2018 In reply, Parthiv, himself, fired a witty comment at Sehwag saying: "Idhar meri perfect size wale bahut gloves le ke aaya hu.. ise udhar hi rakhe aap..delhi mai thand Badh gayi hai to ghar me kisi ke Kaam aaynege". While it was all fun and games back then, the present-day scenario is completely different. The pocket-sized attacking wicket-keeper batsman has struggled to score runs, while his glovework behind the stumps is absolutely shambolic. While many would have expected the Gujarat cricketer to come good, Patel, so far, has only managed to score 19 runs alongside several dropped catches behind the stumps. © Reuters If Patel was not already the subject of immense criticism, his exploits on Day 3 at the SuperSport Park left his captain Virat Kohli, teammate Jasprit Bumrah and a whole lot of fans baffled. In the 25th over of South Africa's second innings, Bumrah created a chance against Dean Elgar, who edged one of his deliveries behind the stumps. But, to the sheer horror of Indian fans, Patel didn't even attempt to catch the ball. When I die I want Parthiv Patel to lower me into my grave so he can let me down one last time -Kohli#SAvIND — ambar_hitmanð (@ambar_hitman) January 15, 2018 What was more frustrating to see for the fans, was the fact that instead of realising his mistake, he immediately pointed towards Cheteshwar Pujara at the first slip and suggested that it was his catch. As a huge opportunity was missed, Bumrah and skipper Virat Kohli looked livid at Patel, who kept insisting it was a catch for the fielder at first slip. Sadly, it wasn't the only catch that Patel had dropped in the game. He had also failed to send Hashim Amla back into the hut after he edged one off Ravichandran Ashwin's bowling. Patel has been so poor that it beggared belief. In fact, former Indian cricketer and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar even claimed that he had never seen a Test match where Patel did not drop a catch. The folks on Twitter echoed similar sentiments against Patel who attracted more criticism on the micro-blogging website. When I die I want Parthiv Patel to lower me into my grave so he can let me down one last time -Kohli#SAvIND — ambar_hitmanð (@ambar_hitman) January 15, 2018 Meanwhile parthiv patel in dressing room.. #indvssa #SAvsIndia #ParthivPatel — Nishant Gupta (@nishantgupta870) January 15, 2018 An injured Saha or a retired Dhoni can do better than a fit & fine Parthiv Patel. #SAvInd — SAGAR (@sagarcasm) January 15, 2018 Great leave by Parthiv Patel.Oops he ws keeping wkts.𤣠Could've saved his wicket if he'd left d ball like dis while he ws batting #SAvsIndia — Sushil Kulkarni (@sushilk15) January 15, 2018 #INDvSA #SAvsIND people will understand importance of Saha behind the wicket. Useless parthiv patel — mohit kashyap (@Kingmohitkk) January 15, 2018 An injured Saha or a retired Dhoni can do better than a fit & fine Parthiv Patel. #SAvInd — SAGAR (@sagarcasm) January 15, 2018 Parthiv Patel has left the ball better than any other Indian player on this tour. #SAvInd — Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) January 15, 2018 Parthiv Patel is like that guy from school who used to fart in the class but always put blame on other innocent guys. — Sunil- The Cricketer (@1sInto2s) January 15, 2018 Parthiv Patel has taken a catch. It is a miracle. He moves one step away from initiation into the Akmal family. — Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) January 16, 2018 #SAvIND #SAvsIndia If there is a competition of dropping catches, Parthiv Patel and Kamran Akmal would fight for top honors. — Chandan (@sportsbloggerCK) January 16, 2018 Parthiv Patel's keeping explained #INDvSA #SAvIND #INDvsSA — Mahendra Singh Dhoni (@FarziCaptain) January 16, 2018 If only poor Parthiv could foresee what was going to happen on his return to Test cricket, we reckon he would have surely taken Sehwag's special gloves. After all, who knows those two chapattis - looking like gloves - might have helped him catch the ball because this lad is surely not catching them with regular ones. Given the present-day situation, we wonder what Viru must be thinking about tweeting now.
  14. You're never too cool to eat "bhutta" during the monsoon and there will come a time when you'll see it being roasted on the roadside, to which you'll instinctively roll your car window down and garishly yell at the vendor to have a freshly masala-d one sent to you. Should we put a spoke in your wheel though? Did you know that if you were driving the GAC Enverge, you'll probably be forced to skip the "bhutta" unless you decided to get out of the car and get it yourself-- it looks like you can't roll down the car windows in the Chinese automaker's ridiculous concept! How will you ever ash your cigarette outside the car, waiting for an epiphany wave to wash over you while listening to "Bittersweet Symphony". Welcome to the future, it looks bleak: boo fricken' hoo, no window roll downs for you! © AP It appears that the car windows have VR screens in-built for infotainment. Does that mean you'll probably not even see the "butta"? If you have the screens on? Probably. Bummer. Mind you, the car is a beauty queen with a shiny disposition and a body so rounded that Beyonce would suffer a bruised ego! The head and tail lamps are what could give the city lights at Madison Square, a run for their money. That's what will attract you to it, in the first place. Is giving up bhutta a small price to pay for this piece of art? Probably not. © AP Car windows aside, the car in itself may be a little "meh", even if in its concept stages. It's a crossover in a time of clear classifications-- either a sedan or an SUV for you, not many appreciate the middle. We love the dihedral doors and the snazzy air intakes but that's not enough to make it user compatible! © AP Now, look at the dash, for instance-- minimal, in a world where there is an information overload, and the acid green glow on it is definitely not its most charming feature. The dodgy looking rectangular steering is not enough to redeem the poorly done interiors, either. What about the powertrain? It's a current-arian, alright, an all-electric vehicle capable of doing nearly 600km on a full charge. But, the Chinese automakers threw in some fancy engineering by giving it a fast charge range of up to 385km in merely 10 minutes. That is something you could give up the "bhutta" for, if green energy is what you swear by. © AP Could you challenge someone to a quick straight line in the vehicle? Can't say, but we'll know in the latter half of 2019 because that's when the brand claims it will make its first deliveries. Ok GAC, we'll put the "bhutta" dilemma aside and wait for the Enverge production variant to make it worth the sacrifice (if we sacrifice it, that is) Just check out the reveal:
  15. Women are anything but subtle, but when it comes to addressing issues in a relationship, they might not be as straightforward either. Sometimes, during a turbulent relationship, women may whine and beat around the bush, hoping that men would and could understand what exactly it is that is bothering them. And, more often than not, men fail to do that! We aren't talking about smaller issues related to subtlety that women show; like pretending to be interested in how many wickets you took in a game of cricket or not enjoying the company of your friends. We're talking about much bigger tell tale signs of women being unhappy in a relationship and wanting to end it. Here are some obscure indications that will help you prepare for when the end is near or when the 'talk' is going to happen from her end. Communication Will Cease This is the first sign your woman is unhappy in a relationship and wants to call it quits. Her texts, DM's, good morning messages or even late night calls will become a little less frequent than before. This is an obvious sign since women make more of an effort to keep in touch with men, on a daily basis, than men do. She might withdraw, not necessarily to break up but to also get space and to put things into perspective. "When my relationship went through a rough patch, I was lost. One thing that helped me clear my mind was ceasing communication and backing out and giving myself time to think. I first wanted to break away completely but the space helped me analyse things in the right way", quotes Naintara, a marketing professional. If you do realise that your woman has withdrawn her communication considerably, definitely have a chat with her. She's probably thinking twice about the relationship. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Your Plans With Her Take A Hike If she's still into you, as she was before, she will be super excited to make plans with you. But, if you see her dodging plans or cancelling last minute, a little too often, it's probably her indecisiveness about the relationship that's keeping her at bay. She may be cancelling plans, last minute, to act on some pending plans from before, so always give her the benefit of the doubt. But, if you see it happening often enough, there is definitely something she's trying to convey and obviously she can't convey it straight up. If you see her more excited about other plans and bailing out on you last minute, that's definitely a sure shot sign. It means she'd rather be doing something else, than spending time with you. © Thinkstock/Getty Images She Gives In Easily During A Fight Some women, when challenged with frequent friction in a relationship chose complacency over going with the flow. That's because they've probably lost interest in salvaging whatever it is that is diminishing. If your girlfriend walks out on you halfway during a fight, while shrugging her shoulders, you should know that something is wrong and she's beginning to not give a damn about the situation. "I withdraw significantly, especially when I am stuck in a crossfire and I don't want to be there. It's like a constant battle you're losing, so the best thing to do is to stop giving a f***", says Amalya, a food blogger. If you begin to notice her callous attitude about something you care about, then it's time to take a hint. © Thinkstock/Getty Images She Picks Fights Over Trivial Things While some women don't care much about winning at a fight anymore, because they're almost done with the relationship, some pick a fight over things that didn't bother them before. They mostly pick things which are trivial in nature. The reason they do this is because subconsciously, they're trying to either push you away or are just irritated with you almost every time they're around you. There could be numerous reasons as to why she's irritated or picking a fight. Either she's stressed out about something other than the relationship or she's genuinely unhappy and wants to call it off. "By the end of my last relationship I was so done that even his presence around me was infuriating and I always reacted with anger and picked fights even for the smallest things that he did wrong". says Damini, a graphic designer. © Thinkstock/Getty Images She Withdraws From Everything Not just you, she withdraws from every part of you and your life. She will stop picking up calls from your mom or even cancel plans with your sister last minute because she doesn't feel obliged to make any effort for them anymore, since she's in a bad space with you. If you notice these subtle signs of her withdrawing, try and nip the issue in the bud and have a conversation with her, straight up. © Thinkstock/Getty Images She Weeds You Out Of Her Social Circle Guess what, you're not invited to a bar hopping session with her and her friends anymore. Yes, this is a definite sign that she wants out when she doesn't even want you around in a social setting. She might also do this to try and wrangle some space from the relationship but if she does this one too many times, she's definitely going to call it off sooner than later. Notice if she's going for parties all by herself or with her gang or even attending weddings (something that you two did together) on her own, she's trying to tell you that she'd rather just do these things by herself. "I eventually realised I didn't want him around me or my social circle because we were just not getting along, but I didn't want to break his heart so I started avoiding him. i wish I'd just told him straight up" - Ananya, Journalist. © Thinkstock/Getty Images The *** Isn't The Same Anymore "Our chemistry in bed just fizzled out. Not from his side but mine. That's because I just didn't feel it anymore and there wasn't any passion left and I couldn't get myself to tell him I want out" - Tapsi, Researcher. Oh, the *** is definitely affected when the chemistry is slowly dying between a couple. If you see her losing interest in things that she loved doing in bed, you know something is up. It could be something as simple as not using her tongue anymore while she's kissing you or giving refusing to give you head every single time. You will also begin to notice small things like her not caring much for unshaved legs or bikini waxes, something she was very staunch about. Her sexy lingerie rests at the back of her drawer and she's in her everyday underpants, whenever she's with you. These little things about losing interest in the way she dresses or the small things she doesn't do or take care of anymore are the biggest signs of things coming to an end or her losing interest in the relationship. © Thinkstock/Getty Images The Chemistry Fades Away If she's ending the relationship, the first thing to crumble is the chemistry you two share. It could be something as significant as her not getting or remembering inside jokes you two shared once, right up to her actions being callous towards your behaviour. If the chemistry is dying, she's surely going to come up to you soon and talk about ending the relationship. If you let it slip away for far too long, there isn't really anything you can do about it later. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Sometimes it's hard to tell what women want or think but there are signs you will notice, which will probably give you answers to their subtle behaviour and callous attitude. If you catch these signs and notice things are changing, try and talk to her and figure out how you can salvage the relationship. Otherwise, all you can do is succumb to your fate and pray that your next girlfriend is a little more straightforward!
  16. ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif questioned on Tuesday the timing of the 'grand protest' spearheaded by the Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) and supported by major opposition parties. He was responding to reporters' queries after attending the corruption hearing against him in the accountability court. When asked about the PAT protest, which begins tomorrow, Nawaz wondered why "the maulana [cleric] from Canada is here at this time." He was referring to PAT chief Dr Tahirul Qadri. "If you think about the reasons, you?ll get the answers [to Qadri's timing]," said Nawaz, adding that people will decide the country?s fate in the elections, which are only four months. The PAT is protesting over the 2014 Model Town incident, in which its workers were killed in police firing, and demanding the dissolution of the government. 'Balochistan CM issue a disservice to democracy' When asked about the recent change of the chief minister in Balochistan, the former prime minister said the the Balochistan political issue needs to be taken seriously. "This is a sick joke with the people," said the Pakistan Muslim League-N president, adding that he has summoned a meeting with the party's Baloch leadership on Thursday to find out why this happened. The PML-N chief wondered how a person with 500 votes became the chief minister, adding that "this is a disservice to democracy, Pakistan and its people". Last week, the PML-N government in Balochistan was rocked with a crisis as Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri was forced to resign following a no-confidence motion against him which was supported by some PML-N members. The new chief minister, Abdul Quddus Bizenjo, hails from the PML-Quaid and bagged the 2013 election from Awaran District with around 550 votes due to a boycott by the separatists. 'Pehla hafta zabardast, doosra zabardasti' Accompanied by his daughter Maryam, also accused in the corruption case, Federal Health Minister Saira Afzal Tarar, his political aide Senator Asif Kirmani and other party leaders, Nawaz narrated a story about a famous film in Lahore in the 1960s. "After it was released, someone asked how the movie was faring, to which the producer replied ?Pehlay haftay zabardast, doosray haftay zabardasti (The first week was great but the second was forced)". Addressing reporters, he said you all are here every day and know how strong this case is.
  17. Virat Kohli's pumped celebration after reaching his hundred, South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Centurion, 3rd day, January 15, 2018/Getty Images CENTURION: Virat Kohli led by example with a batting masterclass as India stayed in contention on the third day of the second Test against South Africa at SuperSport Park on Monday. Captain Kohli hit a masterly 153 in India´s first innings of 307 to stay in touch in Centurion, even though South Africa stretched a 28-run first-innings lead to 118 by scoring 90 for two in their second batting effort on a storm-shortened afternoon. India are slightly behind going into day four despite Kohli´s innings and two early wickets from opening bowler Jasprit Bumrah, but they could justifiably feel that they were still in with a chance of levelling the three-match series following South Africa´s 72-run win in the first Test at Cape Town. "Virat´s innings was very crucial for us. The game is in the balance and we will look to create pressure and take early wickets tomorrow," said Bumrah. But Kohli was clearly not happy when play resumed in South Africa´s second innings after an hour-long rain break. He was seen in conversation with the umpires, which Bumrah said was about the condition of the ball. "The ball was swinging (before the break) but when we went back, both sides of the ball got wet so the ball stopped swinging," added Bumrah. "We asked what can we do to get the ball dry." Breathtaking strokeplay Kohli had lamented India´s poor batting in Cape Town and he could not have provided a better demonstration of how to handle South Africa´s four-pronged pace attack. In a model of concentration, good judgement and occasional breathtaking strokes, Kohli batted for 380 minutes, faced 217 balls and hit 15 fours. It was his 21st Test century to go along with 15 half-centuries, the best conversion rate since Don Bradman of any batsman who has passed 50 more than 30 times. He was last man out when he was caught in the deep off Morne Morkel, hitting to one of eight fielders on the boundary as he tried to squeeze some extra runs with his tailenders. Morkel finished with four for 60, taking the last three wickets. But he also felt a little disgruntled, saying the pitch was reminiscent of those usually found in India. "I´ve played cricket here all my life and never seen a wicket like this," said Morkel. "It was really hard work in the heat with conditions really, really tough." Despite his lamentations about the conditions, Morkel said there was a good chance of South Africa clinching the series. "Even if we got 250 ahead it would be tough to get on the last day, with the wicket turning a bit and the ball keeping low." Kohli received minimal support from his team-mates, with Murali Vijay (46) and Ravichandran Ashwin (38) the only other batsmen to reach 20. Ashwin helped Kohli add 71 off 87 balls for the seventh wicket but he lived dangerously after being peppered by short-pitched balls from Kagiso Rabada at the start of his innings. South Africa´s second innings got off to a poor start as Bumrah reduced them to three for two. Aiden Markram was Bumrah´s first victim, falling leg before wicket as he played back to a ball which cut back and kept low. Bumrah followed up with the wicket of Hashim Amla, who was also trapped on the back foot by a similar delivery. Both batsmen were so palpably in front of their stumps that neither sought a review. India had opened the bowling with off-spinner Ashwin and he troubled left-handed opener Dean Elgar. But Elgar survived to share an unbroken 87-run partnership with AB de Villiers, who batted confidently to reach 50 not out. Elgar was unbeaten on 36. A thunderstorm interrupted play for an hour when South Africa were 68 for two. It resumed for another 27 minutes under gloomy skies with the floodlights on before bad light ended the day. Both batsmen survived some anxious moments, in particular Elgar, who on 29 edged Bumrah at catchable height between wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel and first slip Pujara.
  18. This file photo from Sept 07, 2017 shows England's Ben Stokes reacting during a Test match between England and West Indies at Lords cricket ground in London.?AFP photo LONDON: England all-rounder Ben Stokes was charged with affray on Monday following an incident outside a nightclub, casting fresh doubt over his international future after he missed the side's ill-fated Ashes tour. Cricket chiefs said they would meet in the next 48 hours to decide if Stokes will be allowed to take part in England's upcoming tour of New Zealand, for which he has already been selected. The confrontation in September in the southwestern city of Bristol reportedly left a man with a fractured eye socket. Stokes, 26, was suspended from international cricket until further notice by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), meaning he missed the Australia tour. "The CPS was passed a file of evidence by Avon and Somerset Police on 29 November in relation to an incident of disorder in Bristol city centre," said a spokesman for England's Crown Prosecution Service. World changed for English cricket after Stokes incident: Cook Stokes is currently banned from international cricket while authorities probe his alleged involvement in a late-night fight outside a nightclub "Further material was subsequently received in late December. Following a review of all the available evidence, the CPS has today authorised the police to charge three men with affray in connection with the incident." Stokes and the two other men will appear at Bristol Magistrates' Court on a date to be fixed following the incident in the early hours of September 25 after England had beaten the West Indies in a one-day international in the city. 'Clear my name' Responding to Monday's announcement, Stokes vowed to "clear my name", telling his Twitter followers: "I want to thank all those who have continued to support me in relation to the Bristol incident, not least my family, friends, fans and team-mates. "I gave a full and detailed account of my actions to the police on day one ? the same day as the incident ? and have co-operated at each step of the police inquiry. "I am keen to have an opportunity to clear my name but, on advice, the appropriate time to do this is when the case comes to trial. "The CPS' decision to charge me, as well as Ryan Ali and Ryan Hale, at least means that my account of what happened that night can come out in court and be made public. Until then, my focus is very much on cricket." Stokes had already been ruled out of England's ongoing one-day international series in Australia and his next involvement in senior cricket could be in the lucrative Indian Premier League after he was cleared by the ECB to play in a second season of the franchise Twenty20 tournament. England crashed to a 4-0 defeat in Australia in the absence of the dynamic Durham all-rounder, who is an aggressive middle-order batsman, lively paceman and excellent slip fielder. England drop Stokes after assault arrest Stokes and Hales will miss the game at The Oval. Stokes sparked talk of a possible England recall by playing in his native New Zealand for domestic side Canterbury for a month, but has since returned home to be with his wife and young family. Last week Stokes was included in England´s 16-man squad for the test tour of New Zealand, the country he left as a child when his father got a job in England. But the ECB added that "his involvement remains subject to any relevant legal or disciplinary developments in relation to the incident in Bristol in September". "ECB is aware that Ben Stokes has been charged with affray in relation to an incident in Bristol in September," said a board spokesman. "The board will now convene within 48 hours to decide on Ben Stokes's availability to represent England at this stage. A further announcement will be made in due course." Under English law, affray, which refers to fighting in public, can carry a sentence of up to three years in prison if the case is heard in a crown court. But if the case is tried in a magistrates' court, the maximum penalty is a fine or six months in prison.
  19. KASUR: Father of Zainab, the seven-year-old rape and murder victim, Muhammad Ameen said on Monday he is satisfied with the Punjab government measures taken to arrest killers and police is updating them about the progress. Ameen, addressed a press conference a day after he lamented that not a single suspect in the case has been arrested. The victim?s father said that he is hopeful that breakthrough will be made in the case soon. ?Zainab?s case should be resolved based on humanitarian basis and not on political grounds,? said the girl?s father. The DNA samples of all my family members have been taken, he revealed. Ameen said that he has met the teams constituted by the Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif and is satisfied by the progress. ?All the political leaders who met me said that they felt the pain of the tragedy,? he said that the politicians assured him that no one could take the issue politically. While speaking to media on Sunday, Ameen remarked that the speed of the investigation has not been hastened. ?The police keep assuring us that the suspect will be arrested soon,? he shared. Earlier, Zainab's father had slammed the police for ?negligence in tracing out the culprit(s) in time? to save his daughter?s life. Speaking to Geo News a day after the discovery of the minor?s body and her burial, her father, Mohammad Ameen, said that prompt action by the police could have saved his daughter.
  20. Not very long ago, in the ever-competitive world of cricket, the Indian cricket team was full of so-called nice guys who were well-behaved, rarely sledged and just believed in going about their business. However, the current crop of the Indian side is nowhere close to their predecessors. With Virat Kohli at the helm, Team India has adopted an aggressive approach to their game, tackling fire with fire. This team is not afraid to express themselves, never shy away from mincing words and that exuberance finds its way in the manner they play the sport. Currently engrossed in an exciting battle with South Africa, the chatter caught on the stump-mic is a testimony to India's evolution in the sport. If the funny conversation between Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar at Newlands spoke about their intent, Kohli's exchange with Murali Vijay where the Indian captain spoke, rattling the Proteas by batting till the end (sounds completely different in Hindi) makes the case stronger. Stump mic catches Virat abusing 'Sham tak khelenge inki Gaand phat jayegi' #SAvIND #SAvsIND — Khurram Siddiquee (@iamkhurram12) January 14, 2018 Similarly, in the second innings of the 2nd Test in Centurion, Kohli and Pandya were involved in a clever technique to negate the South African pace attack which was running riot with their away movement. With both Rohit Sharma and Parthiv Patel back in the hut, Pandya joined his captain at the crease and it's needless to say that India couldn't afford another dismissal. While Kohli was able to read the opposition bowlers with ease, his partner Pandya at the other end was seemingly second-guessing them. This is when Kohli's contribution, apart from his crucial innings to his side, came to the fore. Kohli has seen his batting partners struggle against the moving ball, so he ensured he let Pandya know which side the ball would reverse. If the shiny side was away from the batsman, meaning the ball would reverse away from Pandya, Kohli had his bat in the left hand while he was at the non-striker's end, indicating that it would swing further to the offside. When the bowler got one to reverse in, Kohli would switch the bat to his right hand, giving Pandya an early advantage of knowing that it would come in to him. Part 1: This is interesting!! Kohli-Pandya devise a mysterious plan to encounter reverse swing via foot gestures — anshul kothari (@slimshady_ansh) January 14, 2018 In the 60th over, when Vernon Philander came into the attack, Kohli was once again seen informing Pandya what the South African was going to bowl at him. And, their clever exchange was all captured on the stump-mic. Part 2: VK makes a change in his mysterious strategy for a last second change in seam position — anshul kothari (@slimshady_ansh) January 14, 2018 Kohli: Yahan pe change kiya (He changed it here). Pandya: Andar ke liye leke hi bhaagaa tha (He ran in with the one that would originally come in). Kohli: Jo leke niklega agar change karega toh uska opposite hai (The side of the ball he runs in with, if he changes, it will go the opposite way). Pandya: Main bataaun aapko? (Should I tell you on spotting?). Kohli: Nahin nahin, mujhe dikha, main bataa raha hun.. (No, no.. I picked it, I am just telling you). © BCCL However, despite their brilliant plan to keep the Proteas at bay, there was one rare slip up. On the first delivery of the 61st over, Kohli had his bat in the left hand which meant that Morne Morkel was going to bowl one that moves away. But, Morkel cleverly bowled the one that slid in. Thankfully, for India, Pandya stood his ground and played it off his guard. With the potential danger of a dismissal averted, both Kohli and Pandya immediately got together after the ball and had a laugh about it.
  21. Yoga teacher Annelise Hagen demonstrates a facial muscle stretch that is a part of her face intensive yoga teachings in New York August 31 2007. REUTERS To his toolbox of Botox, fillers and plastic surgery, cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Murad Alam has added a new, low-cost, noninvasive anti-aging treatment: facial yoga. Dermatologists measured improvements in the appearance of the faces of a small group of middle-age women after they did half an hour of daily face-toning exercises for eight weeks, followed by alternate-day exercises for another 12 weeks. The results surprised lead author Alam, vice chair and professor of dermatology at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. ?In fact, the results were stronger than I expected,? he said in a phone interview. ?It?s really a win-win for patients.? Participants included 27 women between ages 40 and 65, though only 16 completed the full course. It began with two 90-minute muscle resistant facial exercise-training sessions led by co-author Gary Sikorski of Happy Face Yoga in Providence, Rhode Island. Participants learned to perform cheek pushups and eye-bag removers, among other exercises. Then they practiced at home. Dermatologists looking at unmarked before-and-after photos saw improvements in upper cheek and lower cheek fullness, and they estimated the average age of women who stuck with the program as significantly younger at the end than at the start. The average estimated age dropped almost three years, from nearly 51 years to 48 years. Participants also rated themselves as more satisfied with the appearance of their faces at the study?s end, Alam and colleagues reported in JAMA Dermatology. ?Now there is some evidence that facial exercises may improve facial appearance and reduce some visible signs of aging,? Alam said. ?Assuming the findings are confirmed in a larger study, individuals now have a low-cost, non-toxic way for looking younger or to augment other cosmetic or anti-aging treatments they may be seeking.? The exercises enlarge and strengthen facial muscles to firm and tone the face, giving it a younger appearance, he said. Happy Face sells instructional worksheets ? promising smoother skin, firmed cheeks and raised eyelids ? for $19.95. DVDs cost $24.95. But not all dermatologists are rushing to promote the videos or the exercises. Dr. John Chi, a plastic surgeon and professor at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, said the study raises more questions than it answers. ?The jury is still out on whether or not facial yoga is effective in reversing the signs of aging,? he said in an email. Chi, who was not involved with the study, said he would recommend facial yoga to patients who found it relaxing and enjoyable but not for the purpose of facial rejuvenation. ?While the premise of facial exercises to improve the facial appearance or reverse signs of aging is an appealing one, there is little evidence to suggest that there is any benefit in this regard,? he said. Chi said facial yoga had not been rigorously examined in peer-reviewed scientific studies. Asked if procedures such as facelifts, Botox and fillers had been rigorously examined in peer-reviewed studies, he replied: ?Great question. Attempts to do so have been made in the scientific literature with variable levels of scientific rigor.? Alam agrees that his study raises additional research questions, such as whether the exercises would work for men and how much time people need to commit to doing the exercises for them to be optimally effective. He would like to see a larger study.
  22. Prince Alwaleed, whose net worth has been estimated by Forbes magazine at $17 billion, is chairman and owner of international investment firm Kingdom Holding-Reuters DUBAI/JEDDAH: Saudi Arabia?s billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, detained for over two months in an anti-corruption crackdown, is negotiating a possible settlement with authorities but so far has not agreed on terms, a senior Saudi official said. Prince Alwaleed, whose net worth has been estimated by Forbes magazine at $17 billion, is chairman and owner of international investment firm Kingdom Holding, and one of the country?s most prominent businessmen. ?He offered a certain figure but it doesn?t meet the figure required from him, and until today the attorney-general hasn?t approved it,? the official said on condition of anonymity under government briefing rules. A second source familiar with Prince Alwaleed?s case told Reuters on Saturday that he had offered to make a ?donation? to the Saudi government, which would avoid any admission of wrongdoing, and to do so from assets of his own choosing. But the government refused those terms, the source said. Since early November Prince Alwaleed has been held, with dozens of other members of Saudi Arabia?s political and business elite detained in the crackdown, in Riyadh?s opulent Ritz Carlton hotel as authorities seek to reach settlements with the detainees. Saudi officials say they aim to claw back some $100 billion of funds that rightfully belong to the state. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who launched the crackdown, has indicated he wants to close existing cases quickly and expects most suspects to cut a deal. The allegations against Prince Alwaleed include money laundering, bribery and extorting officials, a Saudi official told Reuters soon after his detention. Neither he nor his company has commented publicly on the charges. Kingdom Holding, which has said it is continuing to operate normally, did not respond to requests for comment when asked about any settlement talks. Construction giant Saudi Binladin Group said on Saturday that some of its shareholders might transfer part of their holdings to the state in a settlement with authorities. Chairman Bakr Bin Laden and several family members were detained in the crackdown. In late November, senior Saudi Prince Miteb bin Abdullah, once seen as a leading contender to the throne, was freed after reaching a settlement with authorities that involved paying more than $1 billion, according to a Saudi official.
  23. We Indians eat, sleep and breathe movies. There is literally no one who doesn't love Bollywood. Watching a movie is more like an experience for us Indians. For some, it's about de-stressing, while for others, it's a family experience and memories are built on those kinds of unique experiences. While we watch films on the big screen, have you ever thought of watching a full-blown Bollywood film with actors dancing, performing and singing right in front of you? Wouldn't that be one hell of an experience in itself? (c) Wizcarft Well, to sate all those theatre dreams, there's a new Broadway-styled Bollywood musical drama, fittingly called, 'Balle-Balle'. The theatre is truly an aesthetic escapade but when it is combined with some Bollywood elements, it's more than just a routine dance and song show. For people who think theatre is for serious, arty-farty people, this show by Wizcraft might seriously change your outlook towards theatrical productions. Taking the art form of theatre to another level, 'Balle Balle' is resplendent with magnificent performances, cutting-edge technology, costumes and sets. The story revolves around complex relationships, sagas of love, a cornucopia of emotions, and fleshed-out characters with whom you can easily relate to. Maybe for once, you might think the drama is over-the-top, but the lively atmosphere will suck you in, letting you just enjoy the vibe. (c) Wizcraft Bollywood theatre can be like a double-edged sword. Things can either get ridiculously entertaining or it can go haywire, thus losing its grip on the story. But in this stage production, the director tries to balance it rather well. The premise of the story is simple, Papaji (Arun Premchand Khiani) is getting one of his daughters, Isha (Jasleen kaur) hitched to a rapper called Swag (Hriday Gattani) from Canada. But Swag falls for her sister Nisha (Shona Sharma) while Isha is still in love with her boyfriend, Nikhil (Hitesh Malukani) who is also their wedding planner. These two love stories and the drama surrounding it is what this theatrical play is all about. Featuring 48 artists, this production is no less extravagant than a full Bollywood experience. From 25 live Bollywood song performances, breathtaking visuals to some untailored scenes, miscast characters and over- the-top dramaturgy, Viraf Sarkari's directorial turn is flawed but is a fun watch at the end of the day. (c) Wizcraft The live singing adds a new aspect to the stage play. What ultimately shores up the show is the sincere performance by each and every character and how they enjoy themselves on stage. You instantly develop a liking for Grandmother Medha Paranjape and Amishka Sood as the single aunt is coquettish, but never in a reductive sense. 'Balle Balle' is a curious mix of perfect elements and sensibility that makes this drama a thoroughly riveting, pleasing and entertaining watch. Don't be surprised if, by the end of it, you find yourself grooving and signing with the crew. It's a Bollywood blitzkrieg and you shouldn't miss this one!
  24. Time and again, Shah Rukh Khan has made India proud. He isn't just Bollywood's King Khan but also a global star who's loved by everyone around the world. He is an amazing actor, performer, and producer, but what makes him extraordinary is his involvement in humanitarian work. Unlike many, he doesn't publicly talk about his initiatives. But that doesn't mean people don't notice the change he is trying to bring. For all the work that he has done towards children and women rights in India, the actor is now being honoured with World Economic Forum's (WEF) Crystal Award. Reliving my childhood this #ChildrensDay ! The babies taught me a step or two... A post shared by Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) on Nov 14, 2017 at 8:07am PST For those who are unaware, Crystal Awards celebrate the achievements of artists around the globe who have shown commitment toward improving the state of the world. Along with SRK, Hollywood actress Cate Blanchett, and British musician Sir Elton John will be bestowed with this prestigious award at WEF's 48th Annual Meeting in Davos, the 24th Annual Crystal Awards. Davos 2018: Meet the Crystal Awardees @eltonofficial @iamsrk #wef18 — World Economic Forum (@wef) January 10, 2018 Talking about SRK, weforum said, "He is the founder of the nonâprofit Meer Foundation, which provides support to female victims of acid attacks and major burn injuries through medical treatment, legal aid, vocational training, rehabilitation and livelihood support. He has also been responsible for the creation of specialized children's hospital wards and has supported childcare centres with free boarding for children undergoing cancer treatment." SRK even said, “With victims of acid attacks I have had the privilege to witness the unparalleled courage and compassion that women are capable of. I have seen the transformative strength of goodness and the healing power of gentleness." Over a hundred beautiful souls from the Spark a Change Foundation dropped in to visit me on set! Best #ChildrensDay ever... A post shared by Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) on Nov 14, 2017 at 6:57am PST He even shared the news on Twitter and wrote, “Thank u for this honour. I consider my work with these heroic & beautiful women a great privilege as it imparts dignity & purpose to my life. I hope to spread awareness of the unparalleled heroism of these ladies & reach out to others in order to carry this work to its conclusion.” Thank u for this honour. I consider my work with these heroic & beautiful women a great privilege as it imparts dignity & purpose to my life. I hope to spread awareness of the unparalleled heroism of these ladies & reach out to others in order to carry this work to its conclusion — Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) January 11, 2018 Isn't he truly a Badshah of hearts, making us proud always?
  25. Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, US, December 6, 2017. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid Wall Street closed at record highs on Thursday as rising oil prices lifted energy stocks and investors bet on a strong U.S. corporate earnings season. The S&P energy sector closed up 2 percent as Brent crude went above $70 a barrel for the first time since December 2014, boosted by a surprise drop in US production and lower crude inventories. The consumer discretionary sector saw strong gains in media and retail stocks, while the industrials index was helped by airlines after news from No. 2 U.S. carrier Delta Air Lines. ?The unifying factor of today?s move and this whole week is a heightened confidence in the pace of economic activity. That helps explain the demand picture, which has oil up at $70,? said Scott Clemons, chief investment strategist at Brown Brothers Harriman in New York. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 205.6 points (0.81 percent) to 25,574.73, the S&P 500 gained 19.33 points (0.70 percent) to 2,767.56, and the Nasdaq Composite added 58.21 points (0.81 percent) to 7,211.78. Wall Street had dropped on Wednesday, the first daily decline for S&P and Nasdaq in 2018, after a report China would slow US government bond purchases and a report that US President Donald Trump would end a key trade agreement. The major indexes pared gains briefly in late afternoon trading on Thursday after New York Fed President William Dudley said tax cuts could lead to economic overheating. He predicted above-trend GDP growth with rising inflation in 2018. ?Dudley is touching on something that investors should fear,? said Brian Battle, director of trading at Performance Trust Capital Partners in Chicago. ?The only threat to the stock market right now is high interest rates. If rates are higher, the present value of equities are too high.? Investors are betting on bullish quarterly earnings reports from big companies and details on savings from federal tax cuts. The reporting season kicks off in earnest on Friday, with results from the big US banks JPMorgan Chase & Co and Wells Fargo & Co. Earnings for S&P 500 companies are expected to have increased by 11.8 percent in the recently-ended quarter, with the biggest gain from the energy sector, according to Thomson Reuters. ?This market feels this week like a deep breath before the onslaught of earnings reports,? Clemons said. ?This is a wait-and-see mode with a healthy amount of optimism.? Delta Air Lines shares closed up 4.8 percent at $58.52 after it predicted a double benefit from the US corporate tax cut ? savings on its own bill and an uptick in business travel as companies to spend tax savings. It also reported an upbeat quarterly profit. Delta helped the Dow Jones U.S. Airlines index close up 4.2 percent. The Dow Jones Transport index rose 2.3 percent ? its biggest one-day percentage gain since November 29. Advancing issues outnumbered declining ones on the NYSE by a 3.40-to-1 ratio; on Nasdaq, a 3.18-to-1 ratio favoured advancers. The S&P 500 posted 107 new 52-week highs and 8 new lows; the Nasdaq Composite recorded 176 new highs and 18 new lows. On US exchanges, 6.74 billion shares changed hands, above the 6.39 billion average for the last 20 trading days.