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  1. A wild wolf has been found in the northern Belgian region of Flanders for the first time in more than a century, an environmental group said Saturday. Photo: AFP file BRUSSELS: A wild wolf has been found in the northern Belgian region of Flanders for the first time in more than a century, an environmental group said Saturday. "Our country was the only one in continental Europe to have not been visited by a wolf," since the animal began recolonising the continent, Landschap said. Overhunting, industrialisation and urban sprawl progressively led to the disappearance of the wolf from most of Western Europe since the beginning of the 20th century. Since the Bern Convention of 1979, the wolf has gone from public enemy to a protected species as "a fundamental element of our natural European heritage". In some countries, like Romania and Poland where there have always been wolves, people adapt to treat an attack on sheep "like an accident, like a flock that falls into a ravine", says Farid Benhammou, a specialist on predators. But in the new zones of wolf colonisation ? in France and in some regions of Italy and Spain ? there are major tensions, with farmers particularly unhappy at their re-emergence. The wolf detected in Flanders in early January had an electronic tracker collar around its neck which allowed it to be identified as coming from neighbouring Germany. The same animal had been spotted around Christmas in the Netherlands, according to Landschap. "In recent days the wolf has stayed near the Flemish town of Beringen and the military base at Leopoldsburg. The animal has covered 500 kilometres (300 miles) in ten days," the group said. In 2011 hidden cameras picked up images at night of what was very likely a wolf in the Ardennes region of southern Belgium. But without any DNA traces, or any further appearances, the sighting could not be confirmed. Groups in support of biodiversity welcomed the latest news of a wolf detected in Belgium, calling on the government to adopt a strategy to encourage the return of the species to the country on a more permanent basis, including compensation to farmers whose livestock are attacked.
  2. The year is coming to an end and we can all just see lists of the 'best of 2017' everywhere. And, obviously the year won't be complete without appreciating the beauty in the world, and just like always, TC Candler's Independent Critics List of 100 most beautiful faces is here just for that. According to TC Candler, his lists arranged by his organization The Independent Critics, are “not a popularity contest. Rather, it attempts to inform and broaden public opinion instead of reflecting it.” He continued by saying that they “search far and wide, listening to the many millions of suggestions submitted by the public over the past couple of decades, and [that] they put together a list representative of the modern ideal of worldwide beauty.” For the last 28 years, the list has made a name for itself by selecting the most beautiful female faces, and Emma Watson and Emilia Clarke have topped the list previously. Now, a definitive list of top 100 most beautiful faces of 2017 is here, and the results may be a little unexpected. The top spot has been taken by 19-year-old Filipino-American actress Liza Soberano, but let's talk about the people that are a little closer to home. © Twitter It's quite cool to see that five Indian actresses have been recognized for their beauty on such a high level. Let's start off with Urvashi Rautela, who comes in at 89. © Twitter Then comes Alia Bhatt at 73. Both Urvashi and Alia have made it to the list for the second time this year. © Twitter After getting ranked 15th in 2015, Nargis Fakhri took the 53rd spot this year. Also, don't miss out on that play on words. © Twitter Making her 5th appearance in the list, Deepika Padukone was placed at 37th this year. © Twitter And last but not the least, Priyanka Chopra claimed the 25th spot. © Twitter After claiming the top spot in 2012, Emilia Clarke, Mother of Dragons, came in at 27th this year. © Twitter And, obviously when it comes to beautiful faces, no list would ever be complete without Wonder Woman. © Twitter There are so many more beautiful women who make up the entire list, so grab some popcorn and enjoy 11 minutes of beauty:
  3. It seems like 2017 is the year of Rohit Sharma and he sure knows how to end it with a bang! He is on an incomparable streak right now after recently scoring his third double hundred in One Day Internationals in the second game against Sri Lanka in Mohali. By achieving this incredible feat, Rohit became the first cricketer with these many double tons in ODI. No other cricketer has even two double tons. And, the best part was that this happened on his second wedding anniversary. Well, he sure knows how to give the perfect gifts. And, he's done it again. This India vs. Sri Lanka series should just be called the Rohit Sharma series because he just keeps making and breaking records, case in point – last night's game where he hit a century in just 35 balls. Just 35! That's honestly incredible. The joint fastest T20I century! 35 balls 11 fours 8 sixes What an innings! Take a bow Rohit Sharma! #INDvSL — ICC (@ICC) December 22, 2017 Obviously, stuff like this can never go unnoticed on social media, and reaction started pouring in almost immediately. Along with the usual congratulatory messages, people on Twitter have to obviously make jokes and memes, like it's a requirement now whenever anything happens. Virendra Sehwag joined in with a pun. RoHit Sharma ! Mazaak bana rakha hai yaar. It ain't this easy yaar. — Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) December 22, 2017 Yep, it's that impressive. Looking at @ImRo45's scorecard. ð®â¡ï¸ #INDvSL — ICC (@ICC) December 22, 2017 Always ahead. #INDvsSL Rohit Sharma right now. — Sagnik (@Sangy_Sagnik) December 22, 2017 Umm. Rohit Sharma is like drunk Salman Khan. Unstoppable. #INDvSL — SAGAR (@sagarcasm) December 22, 2017 Not happening anytime soon. *Rohit Sharma plays a dot ball* Sri Lankan government: Tomorrow is holiday. — Silly Point ð‏ (@FarziCricketer) December 22, 2017 That's a nice take on it. Rohit Sharma's batting looked like violation of bowlers' human rights. What an innings!! — Faizan Lakhani (@faizanlakhani) December 22, 2017 No choice. Srilankan bowlers right now.. #SLvIND #INDvsSL — Aditiið (@Sassy_Soul_) December 22, 2017 He's giving us lessons on how to upstage someone. Thank you Rohit Sharma @ImRo45 for again saving us from overdose of Virushkaðð #Hitman #RohitSharma #INDvSL — S-R-KTian (@SRK_SRT) December 22, 2017 We don't know. Sri lankan players and fans right know . .#INDvSL #RohitSharma — Lu Cky (@shukla_lucky) December 22, 2017 But still, who's faster? Things that go from 0-100 in no time. #RohitSharma — The Viral Fever (@TheViralFever) December 22, 2017 Are you still waiting for that reply? Rohit Sharma converts 50 to 100 and 100 to 200 faster than your Crush replies xD#INDvsSL — Halamadridddddddddddddddddddd (@kunalstark1) December 22, 2017 Husband goals right here. Rohit Sharma scored 200+ on wedding anniversary, and now a 100+ on his wife's birthday. Husband goals ð¯â#IndvSL #INDvsSL — Jayaram Ramnarayanan (@storiesofjerry) December 22, 2017
  4. A new species of lizard called acanthosaura phuketensis in Phuket. Photo: AFP BANGKOK: A Vietnamese 'crocodile lizard' and a Thai turtle found on sale in a local market are among more than 100 new species discovered in the ecologically diverse but threatened Mekong region last year, researchers said Tuesday. The Southeast Asian countries flanking the Mekong river, which snakes down from the Tibetan plateau to the South China Sea, are among the most biodiverse in the world. Each year scientists announce scores of new species discovered in the region, which includes Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. But there are fears that many more species could die out before they are found in the region whose jungle and river ecosystems are increasingly threatened by roads, dams and a thriving illegal wildlife trade. In total, scientists confirmed 115 new species in 2016 after a lengthy vetting process, according to the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). They include 11 amphibians, two fish, 11 reptiles, 88 plants and three mammals. "While the global trends are worrisome, and the threats against species and their habitats here in the Greater Mekong are massive, these new species discoveries give us enormous hope," said WWF's Lee Poston. "But we have to do more to protect their habitat and prevent them from entering the illegal wildlife trade," he added. The new finds include a bat with a horseshoe-shaped face and a snail-eating turtle discovered by scientists in a local market in northeastern Thailand. The Crocodile Lizard, a scaly reptile that hails from northern Vietnam´s evergreen forests, was also among the new species announced on Tuesday. Although the reptile was first discovered in 2003, it has taken years to confirm its status as a separate subspecies. Coal mining and pet trade poachers have gravely endangered the lizard, whose numbers are estimated to be fewer than 200, scientists said. Two new mole species were also found in Vietnam, with researchers noting that their underground dwellings have helped protect them. Over the past 20 years more than 2,500 new species -- amounting to around two per week -- have been discovered in the Greater Mekong, WWF said.
  5. NEW YORK: Delta Air Lines announced Thursday it has ordered 100 Airbus planes with an option to buy 100 more, in a blow to Airbus' American rival Boeing. Delta said it was buying the A321neo aircraft to renew its narrowbody fleet. The planes have 197 seats. "This is the right transaction at the right time for our customers, our employees and our shareholders," Delta CEO Ed Bastian said in a statement. The order is worth an estimated $12.7 billion based on the aircraft catalogue price, and deliveries will begin in 2020. Airbus in 2015 opened a manufacturing plant in Mobile, Alabama to build single-aisle planes with an eye towards competing more aggressively in the US market. Toulouse, France-based Airbus highlighted its growing connection to the US in the announcement, saying most of the new planes would be delivered from Mobile. "This purchase furthers our commitment to US aviation - a commitment that has never been stronger," said John Leahy, chief operating officer for customers at Airbus Commercial Aircraft. "Today, there is more US content in Airbus aircraft than from any other country, with more than 40 percent of our aircraft-related procurement coming from the United States." The Airbus order comes amid a public spat between Delta and US giant Boeing over a trade dispute involving a separate airplane order by Delta and Canadian company Bombardier. Boeing has argued those aircraft were underpriced due to illegal Canadian government subsidies to Bombardier. Bombardier in October unveiled a production alliance with Airbus that granted the European company a stake in the Bombardier C-Series program. Delta has said it will not pay for any US tariffs sought by the US government in response to Boeing complaints.
  6. Ranbir Kapoor is scarily very, very Kapoor—good looking, swagger-royalty, chick (or boy) magnet and arguably one of the best dressers around. He's the male equivalent of Kareena Kapoor, only without an MMS. But while he knows how to make a fashion separate stand out from the crowd, he also has the knack of establishing an overall sartorial moment—whether at the airport or in his quirky boxers in the loo. About the latter, however, only a certain cigarette-smoking lass would know. Nevertheless, point being, as an early riser off the season's Christmas cheer, our bugs just caught the actor in an all-velvet ensemble, Yeezy boots, all while flaunting a Supreme mobile case, costing just a few (thousand) dollars. © Viral Bhayani For one, the fabric absolutely isn't a commoner at all. Velvet, as you'd terminologically call it, is clearly standing for a crucial F/W moment here. And nothing that your closet's been stocking on lately, can match the might of this luxe, glorious fabric in fashion. In fact, it feels much softer than your household butter too. So much so, that's it's safe to say, with just a great fabric pick for this evening, Ranbir took this outfit from a casual airport outing to something that etched a moment on Plus, velvet has never looked this good on an Indian celebrity (not even on Alia Bhatt). © Viral Bhayani Coming to the footwear: the much celebrated Yeezys. A pair we'd call the Crocin of Style—a reflexive solution to almost any ailment. That said, you simply can't ignore the hit-and-miss performance of a longline piece of clothing (below the sweatshirt), AKA the attention-seeking child of this outfit. A piece, that was very crucial for this ensemble to look cohesive+layered right. Not forgetting, a casual beanie throw-on has competed this look! © Viral Bhayani In all probability, with this Christmas-ready outfit: Kapoor has officially kickstarted the holiday season for us! So, if your December outfits had been waiting in the wings till now, time to finally bring them out.
  7. Disaster officials said nine people were killed in India and seven in neighbouring Sri Lanka, most crushed by trees ripped up by destructive winds raging at 130 kilometres (80 miles) per hour-AFP (File) NEW DELHI: A powerful cyclone has killed at least 16 people across India and Sri Lanka, uprooting trees and cutting power for millions amid warnings Friday that the storm would intensify. Disaster officials said nine people were killed in India and seven in neighbouring Sri Lanka, most crushed by trees ripped up by destructive winds raging at 130 kilometres (80 miles) per hour. Warships have been deployed to comb the southeastern coast for fishing boats missing in wild seas, India´s Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said. Another official said an estimated 100 crew were aboard the missing vessels, with fears held for their safety. Torrential wind and rain unleashed by Cyclone Ockhi has shut down schools in Chennai, a coastal Indian city of seven million where conditions are set to worsen. Images broadcast from southern India showed the scale of the destruction as the cyclone reached the shore, with electricity poles toppled and trees torn asunder. Tourists in Kochi, a coastal city in the southern Kerala state, have been told to stay away from popular beaches where huge waves are pounding the shore. Power was cut for millions in Kerala and neighbouring Tamil Nadu state as the storm made its way from Sri Lanka, with India´s meteorological department warning of worse to come. "The system is very likely to intensify further during next 24 hours," the department said in its update. India´s eastern coast -- including state capitals like Chennai and Bhubaneswar that are home to millions -- is prone to seasonal storms that wreak immense damage between April and December. In 1999, more than 8,000 people were killed when a cyclone battered the eastern state of Orissa.
  8. Ranveer Singh, undoubtedly, is a guy who swears by rebellion—against anything conventional, normal or habits you'd call 'sane'. Since his birth in 1985 to his wacked-out menswear (all hail his stylist, Nitasha Gaurav) in recent times, nothing seems to have changed him otherwise. His ballgame is simple—land a hefty contract with an athletic wear giant and then, do whatever the hell you want. So, no surprises there, his next big outfit that we're referring to here, features pieces from his holy grail, Adidas Originals and an early-2017 repeat from the Bulgarian brand, Demobaza. Nothing too different from what he usually sports and nothing that surprised us at f-kn all. Yet, something that only Mr. Singh can pull off. © Viral Bhayani Mr. Singh's first step towards dressing up for any goddamn occasion, is to sink his feet in a stand out moment. Here, there are three aspects we'd like to discuss in detail. One, his almost-sheer like, bat-cuffed, longline top half separate is breezy (to cope with Mumbai's humidity), and yet, warm enough to keep the advent of the chills at bay. Two, his bottoms that almost look like inside-out versions of a pair of joggers (though, we're sure they're not), are so anti-fit, relaxed and feature a side-slit for added drama; that they're exactly what you'd expect off the sartorial maverick. © Viral Bhayani And obviously, since 'playing safe' isn't what he was born with, while driving your focus down below, you'd notice Ranveer's casual steps in his Adidas Originals By Alexander Wang's low-top basketball sneakers. Complete with a rubber out sole, embossed tongue and padded ankles for absolute comfort—looks like, these were made to grace celebrity feet in life. Plus, they look unisex, very light and versatile enough because of their muted, tri-colour palette.
  9. Bangladesh approved a $280 million project on Tuesday to develop an isolated and flood-prone island in the Bay of Bengal to temporarily house 100,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in neighbouring Myanmar. Photo: Reuters file DHAKA: Bangladesh approved a $280 million project on Tuesday to develop an isolated and flood-prone island in the Bay of Bengal to temporarily house 100,000 Rohingya Muslims fleeing violence in neighboring Myanmar. The decision came just days after Bangladesh sealed a deal aiming to start returning Rohingya to Myanmar within two months to reduce pressure in refugee camps. A Bangladeshi government committee headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina approved the plan to develop Bhashan Char island, also known as Thenger Char, despite criticism from humanitarian workers who have said the island is all but uninhabitable. Planning Minister Mustafa Kamal said it would take time to repatriate the refugees, and in the meantime Bangladesh needed a place to house them. The project to house 100,000 refugees on the island would be complete by 2019, he said that many people are living in dire conditions, he said, describing the influx of refugees as ?a threat to both security and the environment?. More than 600,000 Rohingya Muslims have sought sanctuary in Bangladesh after the military in mostly Buddhist Myanmar launched a harsh counter-insurgency operation in their villages across the northern parts of Rakhine State. Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali appealed in September for international support to transport Rohingya to the island. Bangladesh, one of the world?s poorest and most crowded nations, plans to develop the island, which emerged from the silt off Bangladesh?s delta coast only 11 years ago and is two hours by boat from the nearest settlement. It regularly floods during June-September monsoons. When seas are calm, pirates roam the nearby waters to kidnap fishermen for ransom. A plan to develop the island and use it to house refugees was first proposed in 2015 and revived last year. Despite criticism of the conditions on the island, Bangladesh says it has the right to decide where to shelter the growing numbers of refugees.
  10. Seated at tables with glasses of tea in the heart of Baghdad?s bookshop district, the customers of Shabandar cafe have watched 100 years of Iraq?s tumultuous history pass by. Photo: AFP file BAGHDAD: Seated at tables with glasses of tea in the heart of Baghdad?s bookshop district, the customers of Shabandar cafe have watched 100 years of Iraq?s tumultuous history pass by. Since opening its doors a century ago, the establishment has become a hub of Baghdad?s intellectual life, drawing poets and politicians to its wooden benches and photo-lined walls. ?I?ve been coming here for the past 60 years,? Abdel Fattah al-Noeimi, 77, tells AFP, dapper in his spotless brown suit and matching tie. ?At nine in the morning until two or three in the afternoon, when everyone is leaving.? From British rule to modern-day Iraq, Shabandar has lived through the birth of a nation, the toppling of its monarchy, decades of domination by Saddam Hussein, the drama of the US-led invasion and the bloody chaos that followed. The twists and tragedies have all left their mark on the cafe. During the sectarian bloodletting, a car bomb in 2007 tore through the historic Al-Mutanabbi Street on which the cafe stands ? killing around 100 people. Among the dead were four sons and a grandson of Shabandar?s owner, Mohammed al-Khashali. A history book But Khashali does not want to dwell on that tragic event ? and today the rhythm of clinking tea glasses, bubbling hookah pipes and conversation hums just as it always has done. ?Taking a seat here is like taking a seat in a history book,? the proprietor tells AFP from his regular position by the glass and wood front doors. When it first became a cafe in 1917, the brick and plaster building was already a local institution as it housed the printing press of merchant Abdel Majid al-Shabandar ? whose name comes from Turkish, meaning ?the greatest of merchants?. Khashali ? who sports a traditional white robe and beard of the same colour ? took over in 1963 and made a decision that would prove defining: he banned all games, including cards and dominoes, from the cafe. While the move surprised some customers, it meant the new owner stayed true to a ?promise? he had made to himself. ?That this would be a place where people of culture would meet,? Khashali said. ?That is truly what happened.? School of thought Dozens of black and white photographs covering the walls of the cafe offer a glimpse into the history of Baghdad and Iraq, chronicling some of its leading lights and others who have since slipped into obscurity. In a golden book, a number of foreign ambassadors have left their signatures. The diversity of the faces of the men and women lining the walls is echoed nowadays by the varied crowd that still packs into Shabandar each morning. The cafe is ?not reserved for any religion, or culture or part of society ? everyone is here?, says regular patron Noeimi. It even encompasses a certain ?school of thought? of its own, he insists, where despite the profound divisions that have torn apart Iraqi society, ?everyone respects each others? ideas?. As the hubbub of chatter and shouted orders rumbles on around him, Rammah Abdelamir, 17, looks up from his book on modern political thought to take in this ?monument of old Baghdad?. Waiters weave between customers, filling their glasses with steaming hot tea, as they barely look up from deep in their conversations. ?This place is a bit of a mecca for intellectuals and a place of learning for each new generation,? Abdelamir says.
  11. WASHINGTON: US forces conducted an air strike against the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Shabaab group in Somalia on Tuesday, killing more than 100 militants, military officials said. "In coordination with the Federal Government of Somalia, US forces conducted an air strike in Somalia against an al-Shabaab camp on Tuesday, November 21 at approximately 10:30 am local Somalia time (0730 GMT), killing more than 100 militants," the US Africa Command said in a statement. The operation occurred 125 miles northwest of the capital, Mogadishu. The US military has in recent months upped the tempo of its operations in Somalia, conducting a growing number of drone strikes against Shabaab and other militants. On November 13, the Pentagon said US forces had killed 40 Shabaab and Daesh fighters in a series of Somalia strikes over several days. The surge in US operations came after President Donald Trump in March loosened the constraints on the US military to take actions against alleged terrorists when they judge it is needed, without seeking specific White House approval.
  12. Be it her effortless singing, gorgeous style or exceptional acting; Priyanka Chopra is one actress who can handle any task thrown at her. One moment she will turn heads with her elegance at any award show, and the other she will beat the sh*t out of you as a badass cop. With such a long list of achievements, it's no surprise that she has made her way to Forbes List Of 100 Most Powerful Women 2017, which is headlined by Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany. Securing the 97th place overall, she is also the 15th most powerful woman in entertainment and media, a list which also includes names like Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and JK Rowling among others. © Reuters Seems like she's becoming a regular in Forbes list, making her debut last her year in Forbes list of top 10 Highest Paid TV Actresses in 2016, and making a return this year as well, coming in at #8. While Priyanka is slaying the global scene, she is now also the 7th highest paid actress in Bollywood. © Reuters Along with all of her achievements as a terrific and highly sought-after actress, Priyanka is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. © ABC She has been a household name in Bollywood for years, and has also made her place in Hollywood with her hit show 'Quantico' and co-starring with Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron in 'Baywatch'. Currently, she's in New York working on the third season of 'Quantico' and is also looking forward to the release of her next Hollywood movies 'Isn't It Romantic?' and 'A Kid Like Jake'.
  13. GENEVA: The death toll from a plague outbreak in Madagascar has risen to 94, with the number of suspected cases jumping to more than 1,100, the World Health Organization said Friday. Officials on the poor Indian Ocean island nation had earlier this week reported 74 fatalities and 805 cases. WHO's director for health emergencies in Africa, Ibrahima Soce Fall, told reporters in Geneva that out of 1,153 suspected cases, 300 had been laboratory confirmed. Fall said WHO has sent 1.3 million doses of antibiotics to Madagascar, enough to treat 5,000 patients and protect another 100,000 people who may have been exposed to the infectious disease. "We´re in a very active phase of this outbreak. We are expecting more cases," Fall added. "We have to continue to be vigilant". Madagascar has suffered plague outbreaks almost every year since 1980 -- typically between September and April. The current outbreak is unusual as it has affected urban areas -- especially the capital Antananarivo -- increasing the risk of transmission and sparking panic in the population. Plague bacteria develops in rats and is carried by fleas. In humans, the pneumonic version is transferred through coughing and can be fatal within 72 hours. Most of the victims recorded in Madagascar have been infected with the pneumonic form. The bubonic form is less dangerous.
  14. Pakistan team celebrate after dismissing Upul Tharanga during the ODI match against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi at Zayed Cricket Stadium on October 18, 2017.?AFP photo ABU DHABI: A century on debut by opener Imam-ul-Haq helped Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by seven wickets in the third one-day international in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday, taking an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. Paceman Hasan Ali took a career best 5-34 to dismiss Sri Lanka for 208 in 48.2 overs before Imam-ul-Haq scored his debut century. Imam, whose uncle Inzamam is chief selector for Pakistan, became only the second batsman from his country and 13th overall to score a hundred on ODI debut before he finally fell for 100 off 125 balls. The 21-year-old hit two sixes and five fours as the nominal hosts wrapped up the series with two matches to spare. Saleem Elahi was the only other Pakistani to hit a debut hundred, also against Sri Lanka at Gujranwala in 1995. Imam becomes 2nd Pakistani to score century on debut The 21-year-old smashes two sixes and strokes four boundaries to score 100 off 125 deliveries But Imam could have missed that milestone as he was reprieved on 89, having been given out caught behind by Niroshan Dickwella off Lahiru Gamage. As he was walking back, television umpire Richard Kettleborough found the ball had touched the ground before reaching wicketkeeper Dickwella's gloves. A relieved Imam returned to the crease and completed his hundred. Pakistan had brought in uncapped Imam in place of opener Ahmed Shehzad, who failed to perform with the bat in the opening two matches of the series. With a low target to chase, Imam made a solid start alongside Fakhar Zaman in an opening stand of 78. Zaman fell for 29, stumped by Dickwella off spinner Jeffrey Vandersay while Babar Zaman was bowled by Gamage for 30. Mohammad Hafeez remained not out on 34, scoring the winning single. During the first innings, energetic seamer Hasan Ali became the quickest player to reach 50 one-day international wickets for Pakistan as Sri Lanka were dismissed for 208. The 23-year-old took a career-best 5-34 and was ably assisted by leg-spinner Shadab Khan (2-37) as Sri Lanka, who won the toss and batted, lost their last nine wickets for only 106 runs. Double feat for Hasan! Becomes 2017?s top bowler, completes 50 ODI wickets Hasan Ali reached 50th wicket of his ODI career by getting Sri Lanka?s Akila Dananjaya caught behind the wickets Sri Lanka were off to a solid start but faltered against a determined Pakistan bowling attack as they lost wickets in quick succession in the middle of the innings. Sri Lanka skipper Upul Tharanga (61) and Niroshan Dickwella (18) put on 59 for the first wicket, but from 102-1 in the 26th over their innings was derailed by Pakistani bowlers. Shadab, man-of-the-match for his 52 not out and 3-47 in the second game on Monday, had Dinesh Chandimal (19) leg-before and Tharanga caught in the deep. Tharanga, who hit a brilliant 112 not out in the previous match, hit five boundaries during his 80-ball knock. Hasan, who had given Pakistan the early breakthrough with Dickwella's wicket, removed Chamara Kapugedera (18), Milinda Siriwardana (two) and Jeffrey Vandersay (nought) to complete 50 wickets in his 24th ODI. The previous record was held by legendary paceman Waqar Younis, who took 27 ODIs to reach the mark. Hasan's previous best bowling figures were 5-38 against the West Indies in Guyana earlier this year. Lahiru Thirimanne (28) and Thisara Perera (38) took Sri Lanka past the 200 mark. Pakistan now have an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series after winning the first match by 83 runs in Dubai and a 32-run victory in Abu Dhabi. The latest defeat becomes Sri Lanka's 10th in a row. For Pakistan, it was the seventh consecutive win in ODIs and the ninth victory in the last 11 matches. The fourth and fifth ODIs will be played in Sharjah on October 20 and 23. The two teams will also play three T20 internationals, the first two in Abu Dhabi (October 26 and 27) and the last in Lahore (October 29).
  15. LONDON: Hedge funds that trade cryptocurrencies reached over 100 for the first time, according to new data from fintech research house Autonomous NEXT. More than three-quarters of the hedge funds had launched in 2017. A rise from 55 funds on August 29 to 110 funds on October 18 comes as investors pile into the high-performing cryptocurrency market, which has seen a tenfold increase in its value so far this year. Bidding with bitcoin, a world first at Italian auction Bitcoin is not generally recognised as a proper currency although its real world use is constantly increasing A booming Bitcoin rallied to record highs above $5,000 in recent days. Of the 110 funds, 84 were launched in 2017, 11 in 2016 and the remainder previously, according to the data. Assets across the 110 funds rose to $2.2 billion.
  16. Here's some great new for all Mithali Raj fans out there! The young Indian cricket team captain, who led India's cricket team to the finals of the ICC Women's World Cup, in England, earlier this year, has been credited as one of the most influential women in India by the BBC, in their ‘100 most influential women' list. © BBC The list is basically a collection of women, from all over the world, from different walks of life, who have been positive influencers in society. The list is mainly inspired by the BBC 100 Women Challenge and includes women who have tackled some of the biggest problems facing women around the world. The challenge will be held in New Delhi from October 9-13, where a team formed will look into female illiteracy. The challenge is happening all around the world, where different teams are formed to tackle the issues and challenges surrounding the particular place. Other places hosting the 100 Women Challenge are Silicon Valley, where the group will tackle the glass ceiling. Nairobi and London teams will focus on improving safety in public transports and finally Rio's team will work towards sexism in sports (we need a debate or two about that, in India!). It's a moment of pride for us as our very own highest run-scorer in the ODIs is considered as a top influencer along with some more Indian women. The others who made it on the list are – Ira Trivedi: writer, yoga teacher and an activist, Aditi Avasthi: founder and CEO of Embibe, Tulika Kiran: She has been teaching kids at Tihar jail for the past 8 years, Mehroonisa Siddiqui: mother of Indian actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Dr. Urvashi Sahni: Women's right activist and educationist. © Times of India The whole idea of pushing society towards recognising talent amongst women is much needed in the new world order. We're not saying men don't qualify for such a list but more often than not, women are undermined for their achievements in various fields and this list just puts their efforts out there. Women speaking out on issues concerning public spheres and actively working towards rectifying these issues, hence, is a challenge that needs sole recognistion and we're more than happy that the BBC has defined a promising way to do so!
  17. Momina Mustehsan. Pop sensation Momina Mustehsan has made it to BBC?s list of 100 inspirational women of 2017 from across the globe. ?The women on the list will be part of the 100 Women Challenge, tackling some of the biggest problems facing women around the world,? BBC reported. ?Coming together in four teams, the women will create innovate ways to tackle the glass ceiling, female illiteracy, street harassment and sexism in sports.? Mustehsan, a rising star in the world of music from Pakistan, is so far the only woman from the country on the list that has yet to fill 40 spaces. She told the news outlet the quote that helped her most in life: ?It only gets better when you get better.? The 25-year-old singer said she found the quote inside a fortune cookie when she was binge-eating through depression. ?That
  18. Porsche Just Unveiled a Rs. 100 Crore Hybrid Superyacht and it's a Beauty It's safe to say that ‘Porsche' and luxury are synonymous. The name of the brand is enough to make one daydream and swoon over all those cars that we can't afford and probably, will never be able to. The stellar performance and stunning design make a Porsche car a rather farfetched dream for automobile lovers. But it looks like dominating the car world was just not enough for the brand. Studio F.A. Porsche, the automaker's design house decided to take its game a notch further (if that's even possible) by trying its hand at designing a luxury yacht. Collaborating with ‘Dynamiq', a luxury yacht builder, the Porsche Superyacht named GTT 115 will be making its debut at the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show on September 27. The yacht which is luxurious down to a T is being pitched as a ‘Gran Turismo for the seas'. © Dynamiq © Dynamiq The exteriors of the yacht are of course, breathtaking. Elegant, futuristic yet minimal, the yacht has a very peculiar design, "its fluid lines, side contours and balanced proportions recall the drop-shaped, overstretched surfaces of the Porsche 911." Naturally, when you are spending a hefty amount of money on a yacht, you'd expect it to be exactly as per your taste. The press release by the brand states that "sophisticated customers can choose from different color schemes with perfectly coordinated color combinations, as you would expect from vehicle configurators." The hybrid yacht will come in three colors— Carrara White, Rhodium Silver, “Chalk” or special “Monte-Carlo Blue”. © Dynamiq © Dynamiq The first yacht's staterooms will combine Saddle brown and Luxor beige leather with large surfaces of Sahara Noir marble. Italian designer brand Minotti will provide the furniture for the same. Owners will have a choice of three or four staterooms and six crew members can be accomodated. Dynamiq CEO Sergei Dobroserdov thought long and hard about maximizing space and comfort across the yacht. “We even designed the interior ceiling heights to more than 7 feet, even in the lower deck cabins,” he says. Although we'd have to wait a little more to get a closer look, these few images of the interiors are enough to make us gaga over this hell of a yacht. © Dynamiq © Dynamiq © Dynamiq Coming to the specifications, the length of the yacht is 35 meters and it comes with spacious 16.5 meters sun deck. What's more, it is powered by two 1.650 horsepower MAN V12 engines which deliver 1213kW @ 2300rpm. It also has two 45kW engines and one 25kW, in case the requirement arises. It'll be able to cruise at a speed of 21 knots and has a long range of 3400 nautical miles. The cost, quite expectedly is mind-boggling. It's priced at €13.9 million or $16.7 million or approximately Rs. 95 crore (excluding the taxes). Now if you have that kind of money at your dispense (How though?) and you love spending it on luxurious items like this, you might face some serious competition as only 7 units of this beauty would be produced. And according to the website, it would take approximately 16 months to build one. Now all you have to do is wait till September 27 to witness the launch and feel worse about your monthly salary. In case you want to admire it a little more, watch this video:
  19. Fashion designer Omar Mansoor presented his collection ? ?The New Empire? ? marking 100 years of the Russian Revolution at London Fashion Week over the weekend. Returning to the coveted LFW runway with his 13th collection, Omar Mansoor, in his latest collection, draws inspiration from one of the most radical events in history, with the bespoke eveningwear reflecting the period?s fashion explosion. The beginning of the 20th century saw fashion take a 360-degree turn from exotic dresses to fuss-free, uniform-like attires. Patriotism remained a constant theme and designers seemed to conform to a more conservative, communist code. However, like all changes, this, too, was a gradual process; a natural merging of the old and the new. Omar taps into this transitional period and captures it through a neutral, almost colourless palette accentuated with symbolic, embroidered Faberge eggs motifs. Featuring a range of distinct design translated through a mix of supple fabrics and an array of silhouettes, Omar brings his own fashion spin to the century-old narrative while staying on trend with modern day?s sartorial demands.
  20. Fawad Khan Pakistani heartthrob Fawad Khan now has another achievement to add to his already overflowing list of accomplishments. The Humsafar star has made it to the 100 Most Handsome Faces of 2017, an independent critics list revealed by TC Candler on its official Instagram account. Among others included in the list are George Clooney, Robert Pattinson, Hrithik Roshan, Enrique Iglesias, Luke Evans, House?s Jesse Spencer, to name a few. For Fawad Khan, making it to such a list isn?t exactly something new. The actor, who first rose to prominence as the lead singer for alternative rock band EP, was chosen as one of the Top Ten Sexiest Asian Men in a poll conducted by Eastern Eye in 2015. He made his Bollywood debut with Disney?s Khoobsurat alongside Sonam Kapoor, and went on to star in high-profile movies such as Kapoor and Sons and Ae Dil Hai Mushkil.
  21. Britain's response to Irma has been criticised by some local inhabitants as too slow. LONDON: Over 100 high-risk prisoners escaped in the British Virgin Islands during Hurricane Irma, a British junior minister said on Tuesday, as he raised the death toll in British territories to nine. "We had a serious threat of a complete breakdown of law and order in the British Virgin islands (BVI)," junior foreign minister Alan Duncan told parliament. "The prison was breached, over 100 very serious prisoners escaped," he said. Duncan said Royal Marines were deployed to cope with the threat but did not disclose how many prisoners had been recovered or how many were still at large. "We have maintained and kept law and order on the BVI, which at one point, could have dramatically threatened the already unfortunate plight of those who had been hit by the hurricane," he said. Contacted by AFP, the foreign ministry declined to comment. The Daily Telegraph said notes from a cabinet meeting that were leaked to the press on Tuesday suggested as many as 60 had yet to be recaptured. "We are working with St Lucia and BVI authorities to secure the transfer to St Lucia of 40 high-risk prisoners that have escaped in BVI," the briefing notes were reported as saying. Duncan said a total of nine people died in British Caribbean territories -- five in the BVI and four in Anguilla. The authorities had previously reported one person killed in Anguilla. Britain´s response to Irma has been criticised by some local inhabitants as too slow with some complaining about a breakdown of law and order and being left to fend for themselves. Briton Claudia Knight said her partner Leo Whitting, 38, was stranded on the island of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands archipelago. "Everyone´s turned feral and no-one´s going out without being armed... It´s turning really nasty," she told the Press Association news agency. "Leo carries a knife with him," she said. But Duncan said he "wholeheartedly and comprehensively reject the criticism". "I think they are unjustified," he added.
  22. We've all been taught since our school days how Sun is the largest and the most massive star in the solar system, but when you compare it billions of stars in the Milky Way galaxy alone, it is just a medium-sized star. Nevertheless, the Sun is so massive that almost 109 Earths could be lined up across the face of the Sun. Now imagine something hundred thousand times larger than the Sun? The imagination alone can make your head go round. But leave it to the Japanese to undertake the most baffling of discoveries. According to a recent study, scientists led by Tomoharu Oka from Keio University, Japan, have found a rather unusual black hole in our very own Milky Way galaxy. Why unusual, you ask? Firstly, this monster of a black hole, which is 100,000 times bigger than the Sun, was found hiding in a toxic gas cloud near the heart of the Milky Way. What makes it unusual, in the real sense, is the fact that this discovery might possess the answers to a number of questions that have been looming around in the astronomy sphere. Scientists have long been looking for evidence that could explain how the most massive of black holes grow so terrifyingly vast. Previous discoveries have showed the existence of large and small black holes but none for the medium-size category. They think that the presence of ‘intermediate-mass black holes' (essentially medium-size) might be the answer and this black hole is being considered as the first one to fit this category. Astronomers find evidence of a second supermassive black hole near the heart of the Milky Way — Massimo (@Rainmaker1973) September 5, 2017 The discovery was made through the powerful ALMA telescope in Chile's Atacam desert when unusual movements were recorded in an elliptical cloud, 200 light years from the centre of the Milky Way. Once confirmed, this newly discovered black hole will become the second largest one in our galaxy, second to Sagittarius A*, which is way larger than the size of this one. In the research, which has been published in the journal Nature, scientists suspect that the new black hole could be the remains of an old dwarf galaxy gobbled up in the formative years of the Milky Way, billions of years ago. Although the research is still on-going, the fate of this latest discovery has been predicted. In an interview, Tomoharu Oka, an astronomer at Keio University in Tokyo said, “The object will be drawn towards Sagittarius A* and sink into it, making the super massive black hole at the heart of the Milky Way even more massive.” This epic discovery has caught the interest of people all over the world and we can't stop marveling either. Source: Nature Journal
  23. File Photo KATIOLA: Almost 100 inmates escaped from a prison in the Ivory Coast on Sunday, the latest in a string of jail breaks in the west African country, officials said. According to a local judicial source, the men who escaped in the central town of Katiola were followers of Coulibaly Yacouba ? the late leader of a prison mutiny last year. Yacouba ? otherwise known as "Yacou le Chinois" ("Yacou the Chinese") ? was killed in February 2016 during an attempted jail break at Ivory Coast's main detention centre in Abidjan. Ten people died, including a guard, and 21 others were injured. Yacouba had been locked up since 2012 on charges of "assassination and murder" and led the prison mutiny with a Kalashnikov in hand and another slung across his shoulder. A security source told AFP that the 96 inmates escaped between 0500 and 0600 GMT (10-11 AM PST). "The inmates went through the roof of their cells to get to other cells and took advantage of workers leaving to break the main gate and flee," the judicial source said. This is the latest in a string of jail breaks in Ivory Coast, which has suffered intermittent unrest since the start of the year due to tensions within the country's armed forces. Last month, five prisoners escaped from a jail in the south-central city of Gagnoa. The city said four prison guards and one civilian were arrested on suspicion of aiding the inmates. In another incident two days later, 20 people escaped from holding cells at the Abidjan courthouse after clashing with police. Seven prison officials were arrested.
  24. Despite not being as convincing as he used to be with the willow, Mahendra Singh Dhoni continues to be a key member of the Indian cricket team. Whether it's his on-field expertise or contribution with the wicket-keeping gloves, the Jharkhand cricketer has proved his worth more often than not. On 3 August, during the fifth and final One-Day International (ODI) between India and Sri Lanka, the 36-year-old once again showed us all how crucial his presence is on the cricket field for his country. © Reuters The former Indian captain etched his name in the history books as the first-ever wicket-keeper in ODI cricket to effect 100 stumpings. Dhoni reached the landmark in his record 301st ODI when he stumped Akila Dananjaya. It was his 97th stumping in Indian colours, with three having come while representing an Asia XI in 2007. Ahead of the second ODI against Sri Lanka, Dhoni had 98 stumping to his name, one behind Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara. He equalled the Sri Lankan at 99 when he claimed the scalp of Danushka Gunathilaka off leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. Sri Lankan legend Sangakkara retired in 2015 with 99 stumpings to his name in an ODI career that began in 2000. He is ahead his fellow countryman Romesh Kaluwitharana (75) on the third spot, followed by Pakistan's Moin Khan (73) and Australian Adam Gilchrist (55) in the all-time ODI list of leading wicket-keepers with most stumpings. © Reuters Dhoni is also long way ahead of the Nayan Mongia (44) who is placed second in the list of top Indian wicket-keepers with most stumpings to their name. Of Dhoni's stumpings, the most have come off Harbhajan Singh (19). Then comes Ravindra Jadeja, off whom he has effected 15 stumpings, followed by 14 off Ravichandran Ashwin. While Dhoni now boasts of most ODI stumpings, Sangakkara still continues to remain the most successful wicket-keeper in ODIs. The Lankan great has a total of 482 dismissals (383 catches and 99 stumpings). He is followed by Dhoni who's got 381 dismissals so far including 281 catches and 100 stumpings. ð¯ stumpings in ODI cricket for @msdhoni! He's the first ever player to reach the landmark. #SLvIND — ICC (@ICC) September 3, 2017 100th stumping for MS Dhoni in ODI cricket! — RVCJ Media (@RVCJ_FB) September 3, 2017 #BREAKING:MS Dhoni Retains MoS (Independent Charge) Ministry of Stumpings & Breaking Records.#CabinetReshuffle#Dhoni #Dhoni100st #Dhoni100 — Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) September 3, 2017 Congratulations the legend, one of the best wicketkeeper of all time @msdhoni for becoming 1st wicketkeeper to stumped 100 #100stumpings — Salman Abdi (@SalmanAabdi) September 3, 2017 .@msdhoni becomes first ever wicket-keeper to effect 100 stumpings in ODIs #TeamIndia #Dhoni100 — BCCI (@BCCI) September 3, 2017
  25. 39 and fresh-faced: France´s President Emmanuel Macron PARIS: He´s only 39 and fresh-faced, but France´s President Emmanuel Macron has run up a make-up bill of 26,000 euros in his first 100 days in office, offering fresh ammunition to his critics. The bill, revealed by Le Point magazine and confirmed by the presidency to AFP on Friday, was paid to a freelance make-up artist for work since the centrist took power in mid-May. It recalled an embarrassing revelation about the balding former president Francois Hollande who was forced to admit to employing a private hairdresser on a pre-tax monthly salary of nearly 10,000 euros ($11,800). Opponents seized on the total of the make-up bills -- one for 10,000 euros and another for 16,000 euros -- with most of the French media publishing stories about the issue. "While France is slaving away, Macron is spreading (the equivalent of) 23 times the minimum wage on his face," wrote far-right strategist Florian Philippot on Twitter. A source in the presidency told BFM television that future costs would be "significantly reduced," while claiming that that both Hollande and former right-wing president Nicolas Sarkozy spent more on make-up. A beauty writer in Britain´s The Telegraph newspaper offered some tips for some cheaper male cosmetics in an article entitled "How President Macron could save himself £8000 on make-up a month." Macron with wife Brigitte Many male politicians in the West wear foundation while making media appearances to counter the bleaching effect of studio lights or flash photography, as well as concealer to cover up signs of under-eye fatigue. The leak to Le Point comes at a bad time for France´s youngest-ever president whose approval ratings have fallen sharply since his victory in May standing in his first ever election. A recent poll showed that only 37 percent of French people were happy with his performance so far and he faces a tricky battle to ram through promised labour market reforms next month. Earlier this month, Macron´s wife Brigitte, his former school teacher who is 25 years older than him, joked about the difficulties of living with her youthful husband during an interview with Elle magazine. "The 20 years of age difference... it´s really nothing," she said. "Of course, when we´re having breakfast, there´s me with my wrinkles and him looking fresh, but it´s like that."