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  1. England´s selectors now face an anxious wait to discover the extent of Hameed´s injury LONDON: Haseeb Hameed, a contender for England´s Ashes tour to Australia, suffered a fractured finger batting for Lancashire against Middlesex at Lord´s on Thursday. "We can confirm that @LancsCCC opener Haseeb Hameed has fractured a finger on his right hand at Lord´s," said a statement on Lancashire´s Twitter feed after close of play in their County Championship match. The opener retired hurt after being struck on the glove by James Harris on the third day of the First Division match. Hameed´s injury came just two days after Middlesex seamer Toby Roland-Jones, a likely candidate for a place in the Ashes squad, suffered a lower back problem requiring scans to discover the full extent of the damage. The 20-year-old Hameed had to fly home early from England´s tour of India late last year for an operation on a broken left hand. He has yet to add to the three Test caps he won in India following a poor start to the domestic county season. But with England still having several doubts over top order positions, Hameed has been touted to be included in the Ashes-holders´ squad for a five-Test series starting in November. Thursday saw Hameed resume his innings in a bid to stave off defeat but he was left not out as Middlesex completed a 36-run win with England paceman Steven Finn taking 8-79. Victory boosts the champions´ hopes of retaining their place among the elite -- a win over fellow relegation rivals Somerset, who finished runners-up last season, would ensure their survival. "With only three bowlers it was important we all stood up," said Finn, a member of three previous Ashes-winning sides. "We stuck to our plans and that paid dividends. "It was a big game for the club. We came into it really needing the points. And it was about time I did something for the boys this season. I felt I bowled pretty consistently." England´s selectors now face an anxious wait to discover the extent of Hameed´s injury, with the Ashes squad due to be announced next week.
  2. ISLAMABAD: Firefighters are battling a blaze that erupted inside the building of the Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) in the capital. Sources said the fire erupted in the upper floors of the six-storey building. At least three fire tenders are on site and attempting to douse the flames, according to rescue officials. Sources said the fire was reportedly caused by short-circuiting. The ETPB building is located in the capital?s Red Zone, close to other important government buildings and a five-star hotel. This is a developing story and will be updated as reports come in.
  3. This picture ? taken on September 5, 2017 ? shows singer Jake Zyrus, formerly known as Glee star Charice Pempengco, singing during an interview with AFP prior to a press conference in Manila. AFP/Ted Aljibe MANILA: With a wisp of a moustache and an increasingly confident tenor, Philippine singer Jake Zyrus proudly talks about being a different person from his former self, global teenage music sensation Charice Pempengco. Before revealing his transgender identity in June, Zyrus was the pride of the mainly Catholic nation, a diminutive girl belting out ballads on the US television series Glee and duetting with Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli. But Zyrus, now 25, said Charice's success never felt right prompting him to make a rare, courageous move in the conservative society by announcing he was a man. "I felt like I had a wall. I could not express what I wanted to say, what I wanted to show. I could not show who I really was," Zyrus told AFP in an interview ahead of his first concert slated for next month. "A lot of young people will kill for all those achievements. I was happy with the achievements but I was not happy with who I was. Now I feel so light." In a nation where same-*** marriage and divorce are outlawed, Zyrus admits his journey from the pigtailed girl in a dress to a man was a long and painful one. He has been in the public eye since rising from poverty to becoming a YouTube star whose covers of pop hits landed him on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Oprah Winfrey Show, Barack Obama's pre-US presidential inauguration galas, and Oscars parties. Zyrus first came out as a lesbian in 2013, a statement he now calls a "lie". "I thought that would be enough. For us here, you were either lesbian or gay. I was afraid that if I explained who I really was, people would not understand," he said. 'Not illness' The decision to announce his transgender name on social media drew praise ? but also ridicule. "(It) is a very empowering image especially for individuals who are 'closeted,'" Anastacio Marasigan, executive director of LGBT rights group TLF Share, told AFP. A popular Filipino television presenter laughingly compared the gender transition to "climate change", while the local edition of Esquire magazine was forced to issue a public apology after mocking Zyrus' name. "I was still a child, that was already my dream," Zyrus said, adding *** reassignment surgery was another goal. "This is the first time I decided it did not matter whatever negative things other people say because this time what mattered to me ? my priority ? was myself." However, Zyrus, who started out by joining singing contests to help his single mother, had struggled to find acceptance from his estranged family who he said was deeply influenced by their Catholic faith. The star said he attempted suicide three times because of his family's reaction to his decision. "I know someday they will understand that I am not doing this to ride on a fad, because I am being stupid or because I have an incurable disease," Zyrus said. He added, "It's because simply this is who I am." Golden voice Zyrus has turned to a support system composed of fans, friends, and mentors including Canadian producer David Foster and Winfrey. "Even before we did the interview, she said, 'You know I am so proud of you,'" Zyrus said. Zyrus is attempting to start his own career despite criticism that his gender transition destroyed the voice that made him the first Asian solo singer to land a top 10 spot on the Billboard 200 albums with 2010's Charice. "I feel silly if I compare myself to her," Zyrus said, adding he views Charice as a sister. "People just said Charice had a golden voice because she hit high notes. It's more than that. For me, the real golden voice is when you hear a person singing, you feel it. It's from the heart." Zyrus says he is focused on introducing himself to a Philippine audience but dreams of having an international following. He admits it will be tough without the looks and height other male singers bank on. But he insists his message is not just for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. He explained: "It's not just about you coming out. It's more than that. It's about your confidence in your self, the strength, the pain, the struggle."
  4. The news of the unveiling of Lucknow's metro line got everyone quite excited, obviously. The express service has proved to be quite beneficial in improving transportation in cities like Kolkata, Delhi, Mumbai, and Bangalore. So, it was time Lucknow also followed suit. The inauguration of the metro line was yesterday, and it was most definitely a big deal. Transport Nagar to Charbagh Lucknow Metro line inaugurated in presence of UP Governor, CM Adityanath and HM Rajnath Singh pic.twitter.com/k6jpgqfNRM — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) September 5, 2017 Yesterday, UP Governor Ram Naik, CM Yogi Adityanath and Home Minister Rajnath Singh also enjoyed the maiden ride of the metro, which will run from Transport Nagar to Charbagh. Enjoyed my maiden ride in Lucknow Metro today. Now Lucknow will also be known as 'Metro Ka Shahar'. Thank you E Sreedharan ji & Team LMRC pic.twitter.com/a7tcoszw8K — Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) September 5, 2017 But, trouble came a little too early. On the first day only, the Lucknow Metro Service was temporarily stopped because of some technical glitch. Lucknow Metro Rail service temporarily stopped near Alambagh station due to technical glitches, on its first public run. pic.twitter.com/QSsTL6cp0V — ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) September 6, 2017 More than 100 passengers boarded the metro for the first public ride, but it went horribly wrong. The metro came to a sudden stop, with all the passengers stuck inside the coaches without any light and air-conditioning for over an hour. A press release on the incident from the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation stated: “Around 7.15 am, the metro train that was on its way from Charbagh to Transport Nagar developed a technical snag. The Emergency Brakes (EB) were applied in the train when the train was travelling between Durgapuri and Mawaiya Metro stations.” People on Twitter can't believe that this is how the metro's first ride went, and are obviously cracking jokes about the whole thing. Paan kha kar kisi ne metro rail control system ke. Control cabinet pe thoonk diya hoga — Amit Dubey (@iAmitDubey_) September 6, 2017 I can't stop laughing... Jaisa raja waisi praja waisa system — Deepak Mishra (@DeepakmishraIND) September 6, 2017 पहलॠहॠदिन ? ððð — Nitesh pandey (@niteshpandey28) September 6, 2017 Fastest it completed, quickest it stops https://t.co/OdWD9lFEKd — JEEVAN T BHATIA (@JeevanBhatia) September 6, 2017 Dis can happen only in india...btw nyc udghatn — Hermit (@Amitkala47) September 6, 2017
  5. DAMASCUS: Syria's army broke a years-long Daesh siege on the government enclave of Deir Ezzor city on Tuesday, entering into a military base, state media said. "The Syrian Arab Army has advanced on the Brigade 137 base front on the western side of Deir Ezzor city and broken the siege imposed by the Daesh organisation," state news agency SANA said. Syrian government troops and allied fighters, backed by Russian air support, have been advancing for weeks towards Deir Ezzor city, capital of oil-rich Deir Ezzor province, which borders Iraq. Government forces and tens of thousands of civilians in the city have been trapped under Daesh siege for over two years, facing severe food and medical shortages. Early this year, the government-held parts of the city were cut in two by an Daesh offensive. The army´s advance to the Brigade 137 base Tuesday breaks the siege on the northern part of the city, to which it is connected by a road. But a southern government-held section, including the key military airport, remains surrounded. Government forces are heading towards the southern sector, however, and are currently around 15 kilometres away, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based monitor. Around 100,000 people are believed to be inside government-held areas of Deir Ezzor, with perhaps 10,000 more in parts of the city held by IS. Earlier Tuesday, a local journalist inside the government-held northern part of Deir Ezzor reported the sound of fierce clashes and heavy artillery as the army approached. He said the national flag had been raised throughout the area in anticipation of celebrations upon the arrival of government soldiers. Some residents, who have faced shortages of food and medicine throughout the siege, had begun greeting each other with "Good morning of victory," he added.
  6. FAISALABAD: A fire erupted in a power loom factory in the industrial town of Faisalabad on Sunday, Geo News reported. Rescue workers said the blaze caused the roof of the factory to collapse. In Karachi, a fire had broken out late Thursday night at a shoe factory in SITE area which was doused after 17 hours. Karachi shoe factory fire doused after 17 hours Fire tenders have been busy extinguishing the inferno A few workers in the factory had allegedly set fire to a chemical drum? leading to the blaze?following an altercation with the accounts department over payment of salary, Chief Fire Officer Tehseen Siddiqui claimed. This is a breaking story and will be updated as reports come in.
  7. A huge fire that broke out at an apartment complex in London's west side area late Saturday night is now under control, London Fire Brigade said. Over 60 firefighters were engaged in the attempt to douse the blaze, which took place in Bayswater's Kensington Gardens Square. London Fire Brigade responded to the call at around 6:50 PM (local time), it said, adding that more than eight fire tenders were deployed in the process. Two flats in the apartment complex were seriously damaged, officials explained. ?This was a challenging fire and crews worked hard to contain it and to stop it from spreading further than the two affected flats," Nick Saunders ? the station manager present at the scene ? said, according to British tabloid The Sun. Saunders added, as per the publication, that ?a turntable ladder was also used to fight the fire?. No casualties were reported.
  8. US actor Tom Cruise arrives for the world premiere of 'Mission Impossible - Rogue Nation' in front of the State Opera House in Vienna, Austria, July 23, 2015. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger/Files Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt on the set of the upcoming Mission: Impossible 6, causing production on the film to go on hiatus while the actor recovers, Paramount Pictures said in a statement on Wednesday. Paramount ? a unit of Viacom ? said the action movie, which is one of it biggest franchises, remains on schedule to open on July 27, 2018. The 55-year-old Cruise, who is known for doing his own stunts, was seen in a video on celebrity news website TMZ trying to jump between the roofs of two high-rise buildings and landing hard against a wall during filming in London at the weekend. He was later seen limping off the set. "During production on the latest Mission: Impossible film, Tom Cruise broke his ankle while performing a stunt. Production will go on hiatus while Tom makes a full recovery," Paramount said. "Tom wants to thank you all for your concern and support and can't wait to share the film with everyone next summer," it added. Paramount did not say how long production would be delayed. Hollywood trade paper Variety said filming could be halted anywhere from six weeks to three months while Cruise recovers. Variety said the actor also injured his hip. Mission: Impossible ? Rogue Nation, in which Cruise reprised his role as agent Ethan Hunt, made more than $680 million at the worldwide box office in 2015, according to movie tracker BoxOfficeMojo.com Cruise has carved a career as one of Hollywood's top-earning and longest-running action stars, much of it built on his reputation for doing his own stunts, including swinging around a Dubai skyscraper and hanging off a plane as it taxied down a runway and took off. "I just don't sleep, I just keep going," he told Reuters in 2015 while promoting Mission: Impossible ? Rogue Nation. Mission: Impossible 6 director Christopher McQuarrie told Britain's Empire magazine in an interview posted on Wednesday that the production schedule would be rearranged to shoot around Cruise while he recovers. McQuarrie said he did not know how long the immediate hiatus would be and said there are still seven or eight weeks left of filming.
  9. <p><iframe width="480" height="360" title="YouTube video player" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/QWKyaFDXQbw?showinfo=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> </iframe></p><p class="MsoNormal">Have you ever met someone who has looked at you once and judged you about a 1000 times over? Well, we are pretty sure you have! Each one of us has come across those so-called societal people who are quick to judge our lifestyle, be it us partying with friends all night long or just being in a relationship. Judge all they may, but some are too keen to share their wisdom (like you haven't heard enough of that already!). From tips on how to become a good married family guy to how to financially settle down with a respectable job, boys have heard it all. The society has been stereotyping everyone without a second thought. But who are these people to tell anyone when to sleep, who to sleep with, where to work, what to wear or how to look?</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Addressing all these and many more societal barriers that boggle us, Macroman M-Series got on board Bollywood's poster boy, Ranbir Kapoor to speak about living openly - doing what you want to and living without the worry of what people will think or say about you. From being judged about his live-in relationships to being blamed for his break up, Ranbir has braved the societal intrusion all along. In this new video for Macroman M-Series, Ranbir hits out at all those who question his lifestyle, his relationships, and his choices. He makes a strong case for the Macroman M-Series ideology - Live Open. We can't help but agree with him, after all, it is our life and only we can choose how to live it. What do you think?</p>
  10. Mithali Raj in action during Women's World Cup/Getty Images LONDON: Indian cricket captain Mithali Raj broke the record for runs in women´s ODIs, taking her total to 6,028 after hitting 69 in the World Cup match against Australia on Wednesday. The 34-year-old -- who made her debut back in 1999 and averages a superb 51.52 after 183 ODI appearances for her country -- surpassed retired England legend Charlotte Edwards? total of 5,992. "I don´t think Mitahli Raj gets the credit she deserves at times," said Edwards. "She is a quality player. The big hitters get the plaudits, but to average over 50 in ODI cricket is an outstanding achievement." Raj´s Indian male counterpart Virat Kohli also chipped in with his congratulations. "A great moment for Indian Cricket, M_Raj03 becomes the highest run scorer in Women´s ODI Cricket History today. Champions Stuff!" tweeted Kohli. Felicitations also poured in from cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. "Congratulations, @M_Raj03! Becoming the highest run scorer in Women's ODIs is a huge achievement. Also, superb knock today!"
  11. The crack in the Larsen C ice shelf that resulted in the new iceberg/John Sonntag, NASA via earthobservatory.nasa.gov PARIS: A trillion-tonne iceberg, one of the largest ever recorded, has snapped off the West Antarctic ice shelf, scientists who have monitored the growing crack for years said on Wednesday. "The calving occurred sometime between Monday, July 10 and Wednesday, July 12, when a 5,800-square kilometre (2,200-square mile) section of Larsen C (ice shelf) finally broke away," the Swansea University said in a statement. The massive ice cube, larger than the US state of Delaware, has a volume twice that of Lake Erie, one of the Great Lakes. It is about 350 metres (1,100 feet) thick. "The iceberg weighs more than a trillion tonnes, but it was already floating before it calved away so has no immediate impact on sea level," the team said. It will likely be named A68. With the calving, the Larsen C ice shelf lost more than 12 percent of its total surface area. Icebergs calving from Antarctica are a regular occurrence. But given its enormous size, the latest berg will be closely watched as it travels, for any potential risk to shipping traffic. The calving may have heightened the risk of the remaining ice shelf disintegrating, the Swansea team said. Ice shelves float on the sea, extending from the coast, and are fed by slow-flowing glaciers from the land. They act as giant brakes, preventing glaciers from flowing directly into the ocean. If the glaciers held in check by Larsen C spilt into the Antarctic Ocean, it would lift the global water mark by about 10 centimetres (four inches), researchers have said. The calving of ice shelves occurs naturally, though global warming is believed to have accelerated the process. Warmer ocean water erodes the underbelly of the ice shelves, while rising air temperatures weaken them from above. The nearby Larsen A ice shelf collapsed in 1995, and Larsen B dramatically broke up seven years later. The final break was detected by a NASA satellite. "We will continue to monitor both the impact of this calving event on the Larsen C ice shelf and the fate of this huge iceberg," said lead investigator Adrian Luckman of the university´s MIDAS project. The fate of the berg is hard to predict. It may stay in one piece, but could also break into fragments. "Some of the ice may remain in the area for decades, while parts of the iceberg may drift north into warmer waters," said Luckman. The team said the calving at the iceberg cannot be directly placed at the door of global warming, describing it as a "natural event". Human actions have lifted average global air temperatures by about one degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) since pre-industrial levels, according to scientists. Antarctica is one of the world´s fastest-warming regions.
  12. Pakistan?s historic win over India in Champions Trophy finale has not only lifted the team to number six position but also boosted the rankings of the young match-winning heroes. Bowling superstar Hasan Ali, who took home the Golden Ball award for the most wickets (13) in the tournament, has catapulted to number seven spot in the latest ICC ODI bowlers rankings. The 23-year-old pacer, who was also named Player of the Tournament, jumped 12 positions to reach the seventh spot. Batting sensation Fakhar Zaman, who thrashed Indian bowling with his quickfire hundred in the finale, has broken into the Top 100 batsmen for the first time after just four ODIs to his name. Fakhar?s Player of the Match effort of 114 in the final and 57 in the semifinal helped him gain 58 positions to reach 97th rank. Mohammad Amir, whose pace and swing overpowered Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan and broke the back of Indian batting, has climbed 16 slots to reach 21st place, while Junaid Khan has moved up nine places to 47th position. Babar Azam has reached a career-best fifth position after moving up three positions with scores of 46 in the final and 30 not out in the semifinal. Mohammad Hafeez has gained two slots to reach 20th rank while opener Azhar Ali has moved up 11 slots to 31st position. Read the complete rankings here.
  13. Photo from Indian media shows disgruntled fans breaking their TV sets in anger. It appears that some Indian citizens have taken their national cricket team's defeat against Pakistan a little too hard. Shocked silence reverberated across New Delhi on Sunday night following the historic upset by Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval in London. Delhi's streets were all but deserted after the game ended with fans storming out of public screenings after Hardik Pandya?s 76-run blitz ended with India staring down the barrel at 152-7. "I am shocked... we thought we would have them for dinner, but it has turned the other way," Amit Sharma told news agency AFP at Delhi's Connaught Place. Rishi Kapoor ?concedes?, congratulates Pakistan on victory ?Yes Pakistan, you have defeated us. Well played, outplayed us in all departments! "We had planned big celebrations for what seemed like a sure shot victory for us with the way we were playing and also how Pakistan had just scraped into the final," Sharma added. Disgruntled Indian fans quietly walked away from open air screenings in disbelief. While some fireworks were ignited at the National Stadium near India Gate, Sanjay, a disappointed fan, said they were "fireworks of anger". "A loss against Pakistan is always a bitter pill to swallow. But you have to applaud their brand of cricket and their comeback in this tournament after being crushed by India," Raju Verma, an auto driver, said. Disappointed fans break TV sets in anger Some heart-broken Indian fans responded with anger. India media showed one emotional fan crying as he spoke to journalists after India's defeat at the hand of the Green Shirts. Photos showed others breaking their television sets in anger on the streets of Delhi. The rather extreme reaction, ironically, came after Indian sports journalist Vikrant Gupta claimed that if India loses the match against Pakistan, "at least nobody in India would react by breaking TV sets in anger". Gupta's claim was a jab at emotional Pakistani cricket fans, some of whom have in the past reacted to Pakistan's defeat against India in a similar manner. Photo from Indian media shows disgruntled fans breaking their TV sets in anger. Meanwhile, residents of Indian Occupied Kashmir celebrated Pakistan's victory over their arch-rivals with defiant pro-Pakistan chants and fireworks. Young men gathered in mass at TV shops across Srinagar as Pakistan belied expectations to thrash Virat Kohli's team by 180 runs at the Oval. This is how Indian Occupied Kashmir reacted to Pakistan's victory in Champions Trophy 2017 Pakistan's win against arch-rivals brings fireworks, 'early Eid' to Indian occupied Valley Muslims in Indian Occupied Kashmir took to the streets after the win waving Pakistani flags and chanting "Jive Jive Pakistan (long live Pakistan)" as fireworks exploded over Srinagar's skies. "This is the moment we were waiting for... It is a dream come true," a Kashmiri youth shouted in support of the Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan team. "Winning this trophy apart, I am celebrating my political sentiment as well," Amir, who gave only his first name, told AFP outside the grand mosque in Srinagar's old town of Nowhatta. "This was long overdue." Photo shows Srinagar residents celebrating Pakistan's victory.?AFP photo Underdogs Pakistan, who lost their opener to India by 124 runs, turned around their fortunes in the 50-over tournament to clinch their maiden Champions Trophy crown. Pakistan, the bottom-ranked side in the eight-team event, rode on opener Fakhar Zaman's maiden one-day international century to post 338-4 and then bundled out India for a paltry 158 in 30.3 overs. It was Pakistan's first global 50-over title since the 1992 World Cup.
  14. Katy Perry broke down with emotion when describing her depression and offered to bury the hatchet with fellow pop superstar Taylor Swift as she livestreamed her life for 96 hours. To promote her fifth album "Witness," Perry invited fans to watch her inside a Los Angeles home for a full weekend through Monday as the 32-year-old singer slept, cooked, did yoga, cuddled with her dog Nugget and chatted with a stream of celebrities who showed up at her door. Despite putting her life temporarily under observation with 41 cameras, Perry -- born Katheryn Hudson to conservative Christian parents in California -- said she struggled to handle the attention to her life more broadly. "I built up this Katy Perry thing that everybody knows and that's the reason why they're tuning in and it's fantastic, but it's more of a facade," she told the therapist Siri Singh. Perry, who said that therapy has helped her, cried at length as she said she struggled with depression. "I'm ashamed because of course Katy Perry is so strong, but it's hard because I feel ashamed that I would even have those thoughts and feel that low or that depressed," said Perry, the most followed person on Twitter with nearly 100 million followers. "I'm human and I'm living under this crazy microscope," she said, tears smudging her mascara. "Look at Katy Perry -- she's so glamorous, she's rich, she's luxurious, successful and, like, Katheryn Hudson -- I didn't have any money, I didn't have any influence, I didn't have anything." The former brunette said that her new hairdo -- cut short and dyed blonde -- was an effort to "be my authentic self 100 percent, so it hurts when I don't feel that I can." At another point of the weekend, Perry said she wanted to end her feud with Swift -- and broke out into "Let It Go," from the Disney film "Frozen." "I forgive her and I'm sorry for anything I ever did. And I hope the same for her," she told Arianna Huffington for the media entrepreneur's new Thrive Global project on wellness. "There's a lot of other things out there in the world that people need to be focused on," she said, adding: "God bless her, honestly." The two stars' rivalry blew into the open when Swift wrote the song "Bad Blood" after appearing to accuse Perry of poaching back-up dancers. Swift, one of the most prominent foes of Spotify, suddenly released her music on all streaming platforms Friday at the exact moment Perry's "Witness" came out.
  15. BIRMINGHAM: Young spinner Shadab Khan gave Pakistan a much-needed breakthrough by breaking the Indian opening partnership with Shikar Dhawan's wicket. Shadab's strike ended the opening stand of 136, after sure-footed fifties by openers Rohit Sharma and Shikar Dhawan put India in control after play resumed at 46-0 (9.5 overs) as rain cleared after a brief interruption at Edgbaston. Pakistan bowlers earlier kept Indian openers quiet in the starting overs of the match before rain intervened. Mohammad Amir kickstarted the match with a fiery maiden, after Pakistan won the toss and opted to field against India to begin their Champions Trophy campaign at Edgbaston on Sunday. geo_embedgallery But India were soon back in command as Sharma hit a fifty off 71 balls, followed by Dhawan who brought up his half-century soon after. The two teams are expected to draw a global TV audience of over a billion for their high-octane clash Sunday, in the fourth match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. This is the first encounter between the subcontinental rivals in a year, and only the fourth time the two teams are meeting competitively on British soil. India left out star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and experienced seamer Mohammad Shami from the side that launched their title defence in a 50-over tournament featuring the world´s top eight one-day international teams. Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja was the lone specialist slow bowler in an India attack also featuring pacemen Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Hardik Pandya. Pakistan left out all-rounder Fahim Ashraf but included 18-year-old leg-spinner Shadab Khan for just his fourth one-day international. "It is a good pitch and won´t change much," said Pakistan captain Sarfraz at the toss. "India-Pakistan is a pressure game, hopefully we play a free game," the wicket-keeper added. India captain Virat Kohli, who on Saturday denied reports of a rift with coach Anil Kumble, was not too concerned at having to bat first. "It is a pretty good wicket, it will stay even," he said. "We need a complete performance to win a game of cricket, today is going to be no different," the star batsman added. ?Completely calm? Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur insisted his side were "completely calm" ahead of their Champions Trophy opener against archrivals India. Arthur, after seeing Pakistan train Saturday, told reporters at Edgbaston on Saturday: "They have topped their skills up, and they´re ready for a big game. Sarfraz and Arthur share laughs during a pre-match press conference/AFP "Our changing room was completely calm. It´s amazing. It´s the outside noise that there is. "Within the dressing room, it is unbelievably calm, unbelievably focused and very, very excited for the challenge that presents itself (Sunday)." Young and energetic skipper Sarfraz Ahmad brushed aside all talks of being under pressure before the match against India. ?Pressure is on India not Pakistan,? says Sarfraz Pakistan skipper says the team has prepared a plan to overpower India?s batting line ?We are placed at 8th, so we have got nothing to lose from here, so it is India who?s under pressure of being the favourite and on-paper strong team,? Sarfraz said. ?We have our plans in place, we will go with the best and do some out of box things which you haven?t seen us doing against India in the past,? he added. Young all-rounder Faheem Ashraf, who made headlines with his impressive batting in the warm-up game against Bangladesh, is expected to debut against India today. ?Pakistan can surprise opponent any time? Indian captain Virat Kohli said during a pre-match presser Saturday that Pakistan cannot be taken lightly. ?As a team, I think they can surprise you because you don't play against them so much. You know of their abilities. But you're not too aware of how they react in different situations. All you can do in that situation is focus on your skill,? he said. Numbers crunch Pakistan and India have faced off on three occasions in the ICC Champions Trophy, with Pakistan having the upper hand with two wins and one loss. The Green Shirts beat India by 3 wickets in Champions Trophy 2004 and by 54 runs in the 2009 edition of the tournament. India beat Pakistan by 8 wickets in 2013. Pakistan's Champions Trophy stats [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/009329d650dcc4354e53645aaaeb47df.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ni8zLzIwMTcgNjowNzoyMiBQTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPXlKSXYzTTlxY2JYamNEbGNDUFp0cEE9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] India's Champions Trophy stats [embed_video2 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/d6bece0cc3b7afd38dd5e0652ee04676.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Ni8zLzIwMTcgNjowNjo1NyBQTSZoYXNoX3ZhbHVlPW9TTE1XbmtMd25rY2VVbHNidmZSeHc9PSZ2YWxpZG1pbnV0ZXM9NjAmaWQ9MQ== style=center] Playing XI Pakistan India
  16. Rules can’t really contain human emotion. When you feel for something from your heart, chances are that you will end up doing going in that direction. Godhraj Meena, a BSF constable would have never expected that Home Minsiter Rajnath Singh would break a protocol to thank him for his service to the country. In 2014, during the J & K, Udhampur attacks, Meena suffered an attack that caused an 85% disability. The bus he was travelling in with his fellow soldiers was ambushed mid-way on 5th August 2014 near the Narsu Nalah area. The convoy took heavy fire and shelling. Meena’s brave efforts and swift presence of mind kept two armed assailants away from the vehicle, which eventually saved 30 lives. Credit: BCCL Meena suffered collateral damage. A bullet pierced through his mouth and eventually robbed him of his speech. His limbs and upper body also suffered major injuries. But like a classic Indian Army soldier, he took the beating and did his duty. Right after pinning the gallantry medal on Meena’s chest, the home minister hugged him as a gesture of how grateful the country is in to Meena’s sacrifice. Usually, as per the protocol, after pinning the medal, there’s a handshake and the jawan moves forward. The internet loved it and acted accordingly Heart touching gesture indeed @rajnathsingh Jihttps://t.co/yjOQkLiWHS — Smita (@DikshitSmita) June 1, 2017 Great act @rajnathsingh. U just didnt hug the soldier but u hugged the heart of billions n billions — Shakir Khan (@shakir69) June 1, 2017 Meena, will now be undertaking administrative duties. The 3 other brave hearts were constable Subhendu Roy, driver Daljit Singh and constable Rocky who was awarded the Shaurya Chakra. We salute their bravery. Here the video from the event.
  17. Ben Stokes celebrates with teammates after breaking Bangladesh partnership/REUTERS LONDON: England all-rounder Ben Stokes gave England their first breakthrough after claiming opener Soumya Sarkar's wicket, reducing Bangladesh to 56-1. Bangladesh started off cautiously against the hosts' bowling attack, after England won the toss and asked Mashrafe Mortaza's side to bat first in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 opener at The Oval on Thursday. Sarkar was given a new life earlier when Moeen Ali dropped a sitter off Jake Ball's delivery. England have been transformed since their dismal World Cup performance two years ago, with their power batting making them even more formidable in their own conditions. But a determined Bangladesh, after an absence of more than 10 years, are making a welcome return to the Champions Trophy ranked sixth, above both Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Both teams feature several survivors from Bangladesh´s 15-run shock win at Adelaide which condemned England to a woeful first-round exit from the last World Cup. It was a result that led England to completely revamp their approach to the white-ball game. ?We´re getting better too? Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza, although accepting England were a far better side than the one his team knocked out of the 2015 World Cup, insisted the Tigers had improved too ahead of their Champions Trophy opener. Bangladesh skipper Mashrafe Mortaza during a press conference on the eve of Champions Trophy opener against England/AFP "We just recently beat New Zealand in Ireland," Mortaza told reporters at The Oval on Wednesday. It was some encouragement for Bangladesh after a 2016/17 tour of New Zealand where they were beaten in all formats. "We couldn´t win any matches, but the thing is, we played really good cricket," said Mortaza. "It´s just we couldn´t finish well, that´s it." Mortaza, also Bangladesh´s captain in Adelaide, played down the significance of that result by telling reporters at the Oval on Wednesday: "Look, it was a long time back. And after then, England is a totally different team. The way they are playing, if you look at the last two years, their performance, they win almost everything. And especially at home, they are a serious side." Ben Stokes: England?s go-to man in Champions Trophy The dynamic all-rounder is credited for England's revival in limited-overs cricket "But we know that we are also a better side; that we are a very improving side,? he added. ?We have some exciting youngsters like Mustafizur and Sabbir Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, those players are also in our side." Bangladesh were shot out for 84 by Champions Trophy title-holders India at The Oval on Tuesday in a crushing warm-up defeat. The long wait England captain Eoin Morgan will hope to lift the trophy in two-and-a-half weeks/Getty Images England´s only global one-day title came at the World Twenty20 in 2010 and they lost the 2013 Champions Trophy final to India at Edgbaston in a game reduced to 20 overs per side. With a powerful batting lineup, including pugnacious openers Jason Roy and Alex Hales, Test captain Joe Root, Morgan, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler, England usually score their runs rapidly. The hosts, however, faced a hiccup when they lost spectacularly against South Africa in the third and final ODI of the recently-concluded series, slumping to 20 for six in tough conditions on the way to defeat at Lord´s. "It´s a lesson with the bat and ball - our bowlers to be disciplined and to our batsman that, sometimes, you have to sit in," Morgan said. Playing XI England Bangladesh With additional input from AFP
  18. LAHORE: An overnight storm in the wee hours of Wednesday, broke the distressing heatwave, although suffering continued as the provincial capital plunged into darkness with disruption in the supply of electricity. Howling winds recorded at up to 67 kilometres per hour, and then rain caused at least 25 feeders to trip in the city of Lahore. The wind eventually died down, but so did the electricity in various areas of Lahore; including DHA, Garden Town, Iqbal Town, Model Town, Muslim Town, Shalimar Town, Shadman, Gulshan Ravi, Batapur, Harbanspura, Samanabad and Misri Shah. According to the Lahore Electric Supply Company (LESCO) spokesman, 22 feeders have been restored after the whirlwind trip, the remaining will be restored soon as well.
  19. Drake won 13 BMAs breaking Adele's record - AFP LAS VEGAS: Drake proved his dominance of the music industry once again by winning a record 13 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night. The music magazine's televised gala in Las Vegas hands out awards based on the year´s chart performances, leaving little suspense about who will end the night well -- unlike the more prestigious Grammys, which are based on voting by music professionals. Drake -- the Toronto hip-hop star who has commanded the charts with a string of catchy hits including "One Dance," "Hotline Bling" and "Fake Love" -- edged out the record of the English balladeer Adele, who won 12 awards in 2012 in the wake of her breakthrough song "Someone Like You." Taking the stage, Drake offered an analogy that could have come from a vulgar Forrest Gump. "Life is like a roll of toilet paper. You´re either on a roll or taking..." he said, before his choice words were bleeped out on ABC television. With the low drama over who will win prizes, the Billboard gala instead offers musicians a wide television audience months after the US entertainment industry´s awards season. Cher -- presented with the Icon Award for lifetime achievement -- took to heart the title of her 1989 hit "If I Could Turn Back Time," singing it in a black fishnet suit and leather jacket as in the original video. The look came as a surprise to the crowd as Cher -- who turned 71 the day before -- had quickly changed after singing her hit "Believe," which she performed in a platinum wig, high heels and a skimpy dress of necklace-like loops that revealed her skin-baring bra. Cher thanked her late musical and romantic partner Sonny Bono in a speech, resisting the opportunity to talk politics, even though she is an outspoken critic of President Donald Trump. Nicki Minaj opened the show with a nearly 10-minute hit medley as she sported a bondage-inspired suit of spikes and cuffs, while Celine Dion marked the 20th anniversary of the Hollywood blockbuster "Titanic" by singing its theme "My Heart Will Go On." Miley Cyrus sang her new song "Malibu," a mid-tempo, jam-rock ballad about kindling love on the beach that marks a more mature sound for the former child star famous for her brazen sexuality. "For the first time with pants on in years!" her sister Noah Cyrus said as she introduced Miley, who came out in jean-shorts.
  20. It seems that even French President-elect Emmanuel Macron also had his fill of the media spotlight on his wife, Brigitte Trogneux – who happens to be 25 years his senior. In a press conference, Macron finally addressed the issue, saying that all the interest regarding the couple’s age difference tells about the misogyny in France. “If my wife was 20 years older than I am then nobody would have questioned the legitimacy of the relationship even for a second,” he was quoted as saying in an Independent.co report. The couple’s relationship has been a special topic of interest for media organisations and social media discussions alike. Newly-elected French President Emmanuel Macron's wife, now 64, has been constantly by his side during his campaign, managing his agenda, editing his speeches and advising him on his stage presence.
  21. KARACHI: A fire broke out, early on Saturday, on the fifteenth and sixteenth floor of Saima Trade Tower on I.I. Chundrigar road in Karachi. The blaze erupted between 5.30 AM and 6.00 AM, rescue sources told Geo News. Firetrucks promptly reached the site within ten minutes after the fire brigade department was alerted. Five fire trucks engaged in dousing the fire for three hours, following which it was reported under control. No casualties were reported, however, two guards who were trapped on the affected floors were safely evacuated from the building two hours after rescue teams reached the site.
  22. Just when the Galaxy S8 was finally available for general purchase last week, the flagship broke sales records before shipping a single unit. Amazing? Isn't it? Pre-orders for the S8 and S8+ were up 30 percent from last year's number of reservations for the S7 and S7 Edge, according to a statement Samsung provided us via email. While concrete sales numbers weren't disclosed, the company said the S8 had the most successful pre-sale period for a smartphone in Samsung's history. The phone has been received with mostly positive reviews overall, with praise coming from the massive button-free display. Samsung president TimBaxter said, "The response is humbling, energizing and points to a great launch week." "We aim to push the boundaries of what’s possible in the name of a better, smarter, more exciting experience for our consumers.” He added. The flagship launch hasn't been total without a hitch, though — some of the first S8 owners reported their devices were plagued with red-tinted screens, an issue that Samsung acknowledged and has promised to fix with an upcoming software patch. Early adopters have also complained that Bixby, the much hyped AI assistant that warrants its own dedicated button on the side of the phones, doesn't even work at full power. Samsung stated that won't happen until "spring," which led to some intrepid S8 users to find other uses for the button, and Samsung, in turn, to block them from doing so. Time will tell just how successful the S8 will be as it pushes through the release weekend hiccups — but one thing's for sure: as long as it can avoid the issues that plagued its explosive cousin, it'll be a step in the right direction for Samsung.
  23. No Indian cricketer has dominated the opposition bowlers, the way Virat Kohli has in the past couple of years. But, after slamming four double hundreds in four consecutive series, the Indian captain has struggled to score runs, especially in the ongoing Test series against Australia. While Kohli's lack of runs surely has the Indian fans worried, the fact that Cheteshwar Pujara has been consistently scoring runs to fill the void, is undoubtedly a reprieve. One of India's most underrated cricketers, time and again, Pujara has proved to be the 'Rock of Gibraltar' for his country. Continuing his fine run, the right-hander added yet another feather to his cap as he notched up an individual feat on Sunday. Cheteshwar Pujara has so far faced 670 balls (111.4 overs) 865 mins (14 hours, 25 mins) in his last two Test inning (255* runs!)#IndvAus — Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) March 26, 2017 Pujara, who came to bat on the second day of the ongoing Dharamsala Test, got off the mark by an exquisite boundary and bettered Gautam Gambhir's eight-year-old record of most runs by a batsman in a Test season for India. Most runs in a Test season: 1483 - Ricky Ponting, 2005/06 1288* - CHETESHWAR PUJARA, 2016/17 1287 - Matthew Hayden, 2005/06#IndvAus — Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) March 26, 2017 Gambhir had scored 1269 runs in the 2008-09 season - a record that stood tall all this while. But, with 1316 runs so far, Pujara now leads the list of Indian batsmen with most Test runs in a season and is placed second overall. Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting holds the record of most Test runs in a season with the 1483 runs he scored during the 2005-06 season. Following the early dismissal of opener Murali Vijay, the 29-year-old went on to slam his 15th fifty to steer India's reply to Australia's 300-run first-innings total. After dominating the opposition bowlers, Pujara was undone on 57 by Aussie spinner Nathan Lyon. FIFTY! @cheteshwar1 celebrates as he brings up another Test 50 #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/iKBJRuTvjQ — BCCI (@BCCI) March 26, 2017 Before this Test, the Indian batsman batted for over 11 hours - scoring 202 runs - to snatch a draw for India in the third Test in Ranchi. Pujara has been in ominous form throughout the series and is currently placed second in the list of leading run-scorers with 405 runs, behind Steven Smith (482 runs). It's year 2029, Kohli and Anushka are married. Rahane have two kids. Ishant is playing IPL And Cheteshwar Pujara is still Batting.#IndvAus — JagdisH Asodariya (@jagdisHpatelJP) March 19, 2017 Earlier, Pujara amassed a staggering 373 runs with an average of 74 in the three-Test series against New Zealand. During the five-Test series against England, Pujara also scored 401 runs at an average of 50. And then, against Bangladesh in the one-off Test, Pujara slammed 137 runs. By the looks of it, there seems to be no stopping to this Indian run-machine.
  24. Rules should be made for the comfort of the citizens and we guess Sweden understands this way better than anyone else in the world. Working in the corporate sector can be really exhausting, not only physically but mentally as well and at times, not only affects us but hinders our relationship with our families. So, while we Indians might still resort to tea breaks or smoke breaks to rejuvenate ourselves from work related stress, a local Swedish councillor has proposed an unusual and very lucrative offer that will definitely be ‘hard’ to say no to – paid *** breaks during work hours. © Pexels We are not even close to joking as the local councillor has actually suggested that people should take an hour off as a paid break from work, go home and have *** with their partners. This move aims to improve the personal relationships of the citizens. Now can someone please go and hug this councillor already! But we guess if it gets implemented he will be flooded with love from the Swedes. Honestly, we were wondering that it was some relaxation therapy from his end, but this proposal has left everyone stunned and our jealousy knows no boundaries. © Pexels Now while the scenario is still believable in Sweden, if implemented, we Indians, especially the ones residing in Delhi-NCR, can’t even dream of completing half the journey in one hour, let alone have *** with our partners. Imagine you leave from work keeping the one-hour break in mind, but the only action you get en-route is watching the traffic lights and a trail of cars in full glory, near Cuber Hub and the toll road. According to Per-Erik Muskos, a 42-year-old city councillor, couples were not spending enough time with each other. But, he even stated that one can’t really guarantee whether the employee chooses to spend time with their partner or goes for a walk or do something else. Well, the person will be really stupid to prefer a stroll over ***. Muskos further mentioned that he does not find any reason why this motion wouldn’t pass. Well, only time will tell whether this proposal gets accepted or not, but one thing is for sure that the Swedish are giving serious workplace goals to people across the world. We hope that India takes a cue and gives us paid breaks to rejuvenate ourselves, we’re not holding out for *** though. Source: Hindustan Times
  25. If Virat Kohli is the poster boy of Indian cricket, then Sunil Chhetri is arguably the country's most-prized possession in football. Just like Kohli. who has enjoyed a phenomenal run over the years, Chhetri, too, has been breaking new barriers in football. Last year, Chhetri led to a historic AFC Cup final by scripting an inspiring 3-1 win over defending champions Johor Darul Ta'zim with his stunning double strike. And, even if Bengaluru failed to win the final, the fact that they became India's first-ever club to reach the summit clash is undoubtedly the beginning of a revival of Indian football at the helm of a talismanic leader like Chhetri. Carrying on his fine form this year, Chhetri has notched up yet another individual honour after going past Indian football legend Bhaichung Bhutia to become the leading Indian goal-scorer in NFL/I-League history. Humbled and grateful like always on reading all the messages coming through. Never played for milestones but happy to have reached one. — Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) February 15, 2017 The 32-year-old scored the equaliser for Bengaluru FC against Aizawl FC on Wednesday with a brilliant long-range strike which marked his 90th goal in the league. It took Chhetri just 14 seasons to blitz past Bhutia's record of 89 goals in the league. Bhutia, who had also played for the Kolkata giants and the JCT, achieved the feat in 17 seasons of the Indian top-tier tournament. © BCCL Other than achieving the milestone, Chhetri also holds the record of most number of international goals by an Indian. He has thumped 51 goals in 91 international games. Having started his professional career with Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan, the talismanic striker has played for several top clubs in the country including East Bengal, JCT FC, Dempo SC, Churchill Brothers and now Bengaluru FC. © BCCL Apart from featuring in Indian clubs, Chhetri also had brief stints with MLS side, Kansas City Wizards in the US and Primeira Division side, Sporting Lisbon in Portugal.