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  1. Lungi Ngidi appeals for an lbw, South Africa v India, 2nd Test, Centurion, 4th day, January 16, 2018/BCCI CENTURION: New fast bowling discovery Lungi Ngidi plunged India into deep trouble as they struggled in pursuit of a victory target of 287 on the fourth day of the second Test against South Africa at SuperSport Park on Tuesday. India were 35 for three at the close, having lost both openers and the key wicket of captain Virat Kohli on a pitch with uneven bounce. The hosts will head into the final day confident of picking up the seven wickets they need to wrap up an impressive victory in the three-match series, after a 72-run win in the first Test at Cape Town. The unpredictability of the wicket contributed to the dismissal of Murali Vijay, who was bowled off an inside edge by a ball from Kagiso Rabada which cut back at him and kept low. Debutant Ngidi, who came on as first change, took a wicket with his first ball of the innings when Lokesh Rahul played a loose forcing shot off the back foot and was caught at backward point. That brought Kohli, who made 153 in the first innings, to the wicket. Ngidi, 21, forced India´s champion batsman to play defensively before he scored his first runs with an edge for four which flew wide of third slip. Kohli had scored five when he went back on his stumps to a ball which cut back sharply and struck him on the pad. Kohli sought a review of umpire Michael Gough´s decision but replays showed the ball was crashing into the top of middle stump. Pujara given let-off India had been reduced to 26 for three. Ngidi caused more damage when the left-handed Parthiv Patel was struck in the ribs and collapsed to the turf. Patel recovered and battled to five not out at the close. Ngidi, playing in only his tenth first-class match, took two for 14 in six overs. South Africa could have had a fourth wicket when Cheteshwar Pujara was beaten by a ball from Morne Morkel. Wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock started to appeal but was not supported by Morkel or the slip fielders, but replays showed a faint edge. The slowness and uneven bounce of the pitch made for slow going as South Africa ground out 258 in their second innings. There was some bright batting early in the day when AB de Villiers and Dean Elgar added 54 runs in the first hour, taking their third-wicket partnership to 141. Kohli fined for code of conduct breach during South Africa Test Kohli fined 25 percent of his match fee and receives one demerit point for breaching Level 1 of the code But De Villiers was caught behind for 80, made off 121 balls, and Elgar followed soon afterwards. Mohammed Shami dismissed both batsmen and finished with four for 49, taking three wickets in four overs before lunch. South African captain Faf du Plessis and Vernon Philander put on a painstaking 46 in 26 overs to ensure India would have to chase more than 250. Du Plessis was ninth out for 48 off 141 balls. In the slowest cricket of the series, South Africa scored only 57 runs for the loss of two wickets in 27 overs and two-and-a-quarter hours between lunch and tea.
  2. COAS Gen Bajwa in Sri Lanka - Photo ISPR Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa reached Sri Lanka on Tuesday for a two official visit on the invitation of his counterpart. During the visit, General Bajwa remarked that Pakistan and Sri Lanka were probably the only countries which understand what it takes to defeat the menace of terrorism. COAS held meetings with the Sri Lankan military leadership including the Chief of Defence Staff, the Chiefs of all three services. Upon arrival, General Bajwa was given guards of honour at the headquarters of all three services. The COAS also visited the Command and Staff College Sri Lanka and interacted with faculty and staff. The leadership of Sri Lankan expressed their gratitude and appreciation for Pakistan's unequivocal moral and material support during Sri Lanka's successful war on terror. They also appreciated successes of Pakistan Army in ongoing War on Terror. COAS highlighted that having cleared troubled areas from terrorists of all hues and colours, Pakistan is now going after their disorganised residual presence under Operation Radd-ul-Fasad. During the meetings, various new initiatives and ongoing projects were discussed to improve the existing defence ties between the two brotherly countries.
  3. WASHINGTON: The United States is prepared to partner with Pakistan to defeat terrorist organisations seeking safe havens, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson wrote in an op-ed published in the New York Times on Wednesday. In the article titled 'I Am Proud of Our Diplomacy', Tillerson gave an overview of US diplomacy since the Trump administration took over in January and how the administration was dealing with issues on the foreign policy front. According to Secretary Tillerson, the United States' commitment to stop terrorism and extremism motivated the Trump administration to adopt a new South Asia strategy focusing on Afghanistan. "That country [Afghanistan] cannot become a safe haven for terrorists, as it was in the days before the Sept. 11 attacks. Pakistan must contribute by combating terrorist groups on its own soil," he wrote, before once again pushing the 'do more' mantra, adding that Islamabad "must demonstrate its desire to partner with us". 'Pakistan has done enough' Pakistan has responded by saying it has already 'done enough' in the US-led war on terror and "cannot do any more for anyone". In a press conference on Thursday, military spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor said no organised infrastructure of a terrorist organisation exists inside Pakistan. "We have been saying that Pakistan has fought twice an imposed and imported war inside Pakistan. We have sacrificed a lot. We have paid a huge price both in blood and treasure. We have done enough and we cannot do any more for anyone. Whatever we are doing and shall, will only be done for Pakistan," said the Director-General Inter-Services Public Relations (DG ISPR). "Had we not supported, al-Qaeda would not have been defeated," he added. China must 'do more' to pressure North Korea In the NYT op-ed, The United States' top diplomat defended his country's foreign policy, saying progress had been made in the last year to rein in North Korea's nuclear ambitions and to counter the "immense challenges" posed by Russia, China and Iran. Tillerson said some 90 percent of Pyongyang's export earnings had been cut off by a series of international sanctions after the Trump administration "abandoned the failed policy of strategic patience". He said "a door to dialogue remains open" for Pyongyang but warned, "until denuclearization occurs, the pressure will continue". At the same time, he called on China ? Pyongyang's only major ally ? to "do more" to pressure North Korea. Iran nuclear deal 'flawed', no longer US policy focal point Tillerson described the Iran nuclear deal as 'flawed' and said that it was no longer the focal point of US policy towards Tehran. "We are now confronting the totality of Iranian threats," he said while adding that tart of this strategy entails rebuilding alliances with our partners in the Middle East. Secretary Tillerson said that in November, the US helped re-establish diplomatic ties between Iraq and Saudi Arabia. "We will continue to work with our allies and with Congress to explore options for addressing the nuclear deal's many flaws while building a like-minded effort to punish Iran for its violations of ballistic missile commitments and its destabilizing activities in the region. 'US on guard against Russian aggression' Tillerson described relations with Russia as poor saying that "we have no illusions about the regime we are dealing with". "The United States today has a poor relationship with a resurgent Russia that has invaded its neighbors Georgia and Ukraine in the last decade and undermined the sovereignty of Western nations by meddling in our election and others," he added". However, he said that while the US is on guard against Russian aggression, "we recognise the need to work with Russia where mutual interests intersect". "Nowhere is that more evident than in Syria," he said while adding that while President Vladimir Putin has committed to the United Nations-backed Geneva political process for providing a new future for Syria, "we expect Russia to follow through". "We are confident that the fulfillment of these talks will produce a Syria that is free of Bashar al-Assad and his family," he wrote.
  4. Udinese´s midfielder Rodrigo De Paul from Argentina scores a penalty during the Italian Serie A football match. -AFP MILAN: Inter Milan lost their Serie A unbeaten status after a shock 3-1 home defeat to Udinese on Saturday that puts their position at the top of the league under threat. Inter stay temporarily top on 40 points after their first defeat of the season, which came thanks to a Rodrigo De Paul penalty and Antonin Barak tap-in adding to Kevin Lasagna´s opener after Mauro Icardi had equalised for the hosts. But they can be overtaken by Napoli, who are one point behind Inter in second, if they win at Torino later on Saturday. The loss for Luciano Spalletti's side also gives third-placed Juventus, themselves just two points back, the opportunity to leapfrog their old rivals Inter at Bologna on Sunday. Inter looked like they were set to maintain their unbeaten record and momentarily extend their lead at the top when Icardi levelled the scores with a smart volley just 71 seconds after Lasagna´s 14th-minute opener. But despite dominating, the hosts could not find the breakthrough, and were punished just after the hour mark. Inter defender Davide Santon compounded a poor display by handballing Silvan Widner's cross, and after referee Maurizio Mariani consulted the video assistant referee to check that the ball had not gone out before the Udinese right-back reached the ball, he awarded the penalty from which De Paul gave the away side the lead. Inter continued to push and almost levelled in the 68th minute when Milan Skriniar thumped Antonio Candreva´s cross off the bar, but were punished when Barak finished a lightning break with 13 minutes left to sink the home side.
  5. PM Theresa May. Photo: Reuters LONDON/BRUSSELS: British Prime Minister Theresa May will urge European Union leaders to approve an agreement to move Brexit talks on to a second phase on Thursday, just hours after an embarrassing parliamentary defeat at home that weakens her hand. At the beginning of a dinner in Brussels, May will repeat her case for unlocking talks to unravel more than 40 years of union to allow for the discussion of future trade relations, which she sees as crucial to offering certainty for businesses. The 27 other EU leaders are all but certain to approve the deal to move to ?phase two? on Friday, after May has left Brussels, launching a new stage of talks that could be hampered by divisions at home and differences with the EU. ?The prime minister will say that reaching the agreement on phase one has required give and take on both sides but a fair outcome has been achieved,? a senior government official told reporters. After days of often fraught diplomacy, May rescued the initial deal last Friday, easing the concerns of her Northern Irish allies over the wording to protect a free border with EU member Ireland without separating the province from the UK. Then, EU negotiators said the talks had made ?sufficient progress?, a recommendation that will, barring accidents, be blessed by the leaders of the other member states. Her success has won her some respite at home from political infighting between enthusiasts and skeptics of Brexit in her ruling party, and has reduced the prospect of a disorderly departure from the bloc. But there are hurdles still to negotiate. May and her cabinet are due next Tuesday to hold a discussion of senior ministers? competing views on Britain?s future outside the EU ? to remain close to the bloc or forge a new path. The EU is willing to start talks next month on a roughly two-year transition period to ease Britain out after March 2019 but wants more detail from London on what it wants before it will open trade negotiations from March. Pro-Brexit lawmakers are concerned by a fall-back promise in the initial deal to have ?full regulatory alignment? with the EU if there is no overall agreement on future ties, and fear that their desire for an independent Britain is being undermined. Parliamentary defeat In a blow to May, already weakened after losing her Conservative Party?s majority in an election in June, parliament voted on Wednesday in favour of an amendment that requires a meaningful future parliamentary vote on any final Brexit deal. Up until the last minute of an often bitter debate, May?s team tried to convince lawmakers in her party to block the measure, which the government fears will weaken its hand in Brexit negotiations. But enough conservatives rebelled to carry it narrowly by 309 votes to 305 in the 650-seat lower house. ?This defeat is a humiliating loss of authority for the government on the eve of the European Council meeting,? opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said in a statement. ?Theresa May has resisted democratic accountability. Her refusal to listen means she will now have to accept parliament taking back control,? he said, co-opting a Brexit slogan. Divisions have split not only the governing Conservatives but Labour and the wider country ? which voted narrowly for Brexit 18 months ago. Before dinner on Thursday, May and her EU peers will discuss the bloc?s plan for closer defence cooperation with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg. Long blocked by London, the plan now has backing from Britain, which as one of Europe?s main military powers, wants to keep ties with the EU on defence. Over dinner, leaders will discuss their response to the migration crisis from Africa and the Middle East, and lingering deep divisions over how to share the load. They will confirm a rollover of sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis and are likely to reaffirm their opposition to US President Donald Trump?s move to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
  6. Valencia blew a huge chance to move within two points of Barcelona at the top of La Liga as they slumped to a first defeat of the season, losing 1-0 at Getafe on Sunday. The visitors' disappointment was also compounded by the fact Getafe played for 65 minutes a man down after Mauro Arambarri was sent off midway through the first half. However, a Valencia shorn of the creative talents of PSG loanee Goncalo Guedes through injury lacked ideas to break the hosts down and were beaten by Markel Bergara's deflected effort 24 minutes from time. "Congratulations to them, they won, I don't think it was a fair result but that is football," Valencia captain Dani Parejo told BeIN Sports Spain. "It is not an excuse, but to see good football and to be the best league in the world, I don't think you can play on pitches in the condition it was today." Barca's failure to win at home in La Liga for the first time in a year on Saturday against Celta Vigo had opened the door for Valencia to continue their unlikely title challenge after finishing 12th in each of the last two seasons. Instead, the Catalans extend their lead at the top to five points with Valencia now just a point ahead of Atletico Madrid in third. Real Madrid are fourth, a further two points back, after they too were held 0-0 at Athletic Bilbao on Saturday. Two poorly timed challenges from Arambarri early on looked to have gifted Valencia the upper hand. However, the best Los Che could muster before half-time was a trio of Parejo free-kicks that tested Vicente Guaita. The 10 men then missed a great chance to go in front at the start of the second period when Angel Rodriguez fired wide with just Valencia goalkeeper Neto to beat. Getafe did, though, get a lucky break for the opener when Bergara's powerful effort from 25 yards ricocheted off former Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista to leave Neto wrong-footed. Once again Valencia's biggest threat came from a Parejo free-kick that Guaita brilliantly tipped onto the post. And the ex-Valencia keeper denied his former club once more in stoppage time with a smart stop from Carles Soler's piledriver. On a fine Sunday for La Liga's other two Madrid sides, so often overshadowed by Real and Atletico, Leganes also came from behind to beat Villarreal 3-1. Daniel Raba had given Villarreal the lead at Butarque on the hour mark. However, the introduction of Moroccan international Nordin Amrabat, who could face Spain at next year's World Cup after the countries were paired together in Friday's draw, swung the game Leganes' way. Amrabat teed up Diego Rico to equalise before another Moroccan Nabil El Zhar put Leganes in front. And Amrabat was the creator once more in stoppage time for Gabriel Pires to complete the scoring. Las Palmas' first win in 10 games moved the Canary Islanders to within two points of safety as Jonathan Calleri netted the only goal against a Real Betis side on the slide. Eibar are now nine points clear of the drop zone as they beat Espanyol 3-1 to record a third straight win.
  7. Tottenham Hotspur?s slump continued as Leicester City beat them 2-1 on Tuesday with Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez on target to avenge last season?s home mauling by the Londoners at the King Power stadium. Thrashed 6-1 by Mauricio Pochettino?s side in May, Leicester produced a performance more like that which took them to the Premier League title in 2015-16, leaving Spurs reeling after a third defeat in their last five league games. Vardy put the hosts ahead after 13 minutes, cleverly lobbing a volley over Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris after being put through by Marc Albrighton?s chipped pass. Spurs responded with Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli having chances to equalise but were dealt a crushing blow on the stroke of halftime when Mahrez cut in from the right and sent a spectacular dipping effort into the top corner. Tottenham?s Argentine forward Erik Lamela came on for his first appearance in 13 months after injury and set up Harry Kane to smash home a late reply. Fellow substitute Fernando Llorente then squandered a glorious late chance to level for the visitors but Leicester held on for their first home win over Spurs since 2002.
  8. BEIRUT: Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah said Monday he was prepared to pull his forces from Iraq, after Daesh lost control over its last urban stronghold in the country. In a televised address on Monday evening, Nasrallah said the Lebanese movement had deployed "large numbers of our commanders and cadres" to Iraq to fight Daesh. "We consider that the mission has been accomplished, but we are waiting for the final, Iraqi announcement of victory," he said. Once that official declaration came, Hezbollah would reassess its presence in Iraq and may pull its members out. "If we find that it's over, that there is no need for the presence of these brothers, they will return to be deployed in any other arena that needs them," Nasrallah said. Hezbollah mostly deployed experienced commanders as advisers and trainers to work alongside the Hashed al-Shaabi. Iraqi forces on November 17 announced they had retaken Rawa, the last town to have been held by Daesh group in Iraq, capping three years of anti-jihadist military operations. The latest efforts against Daesh have been spearheaded by Iraqi special forces and other regular troops but the Hashed, which counts tens of thousands of fighters, has been a key component of the bruising campaign. While Daesh no longer controls any urban hub in Iraq, its surviving fighters have regrouped in remote desert areas along the border with Syria and mopping up operations remain to be completed.
  9. La Liga champions Real Madrid suffered a shock 2-1 defeat in their first ever league visit to Catalan side Girona on Sunday, conceding two goals in quick succession and falling eight points behind leaders Barcelona. Spain midfielder Isco tapped in a rebounded shot from Cristiano Ronaldo to open the scoring in the 12th minute in Real Madrid?s first visit to Catalonia this season amid the worst political crisis in Spain?s 39 years of democracy. The home side struck the woodwork twice before the break but rallied in the second half and Uruguay international Christian Stuani fired them level in the 54th minute. Forward Portu then turned in the winning goal four minutes later to the delight of the 13,500 fans crammed into the Montilivi stadium. Stuani came within inches of scoring again midway through the second half but a one-goal advantage was enough to give Girona their third win in their first campaign in the top flight and inflict a second league defeat on Zinedine Zidane?s side. Real are third in the standings on 20 points, four behind second-placed Valencia while unbeaten leaders Barca have 28. Real coach Zidane blamed his side?s lack of concentration for both of the goals they conceded. ?We did well in the first half but football is about details and the first goal was from a throw in and we weren?t focused,? he told a news conference. ?I don?t think we played badly, we didn?t lack intensity or effort, we just lost focused at the most important moments and that?s why I?m annoyed. ?We?re eight points behind but it won?t change anything, we can pick ourselves up, we?ll have better days than this and our rivals are going to drop points.? Although Real Madrid have many supporters in Catalonia, they are viewed as the club that is most representative of Spain and the arrival of the team bus at Montilivi was greeted with a smattering of boos and pro-Catalan independence flags. POLITICAL HEAT The political heat intensified two days before their visit when the region?s ruling party declared independence from Spain and the central government responded by dissolving the Catalan parliament. Deposed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont is from Girona province and a Girona supporter. He was not present at the game but showed his delight at the result with a post on Twitter. ?Girona?s victory over one of the best teams in the world can be an example and a reference for many situations,? he said. Despite the political undertones, the atmosphere was no more intimidating for Madrid than any other Liga ground and they were cheered on by hundreds of supporters who mixed with the home fans without any trouble. Pablo Maffeo, the Manchester City loanee who gained fame for his man-marking job on Lionel Messi, provided the first flash point of the game when his searching cross from the right wing pinged off the far post. The ball remained in play and Madrid surged up the other end where Ronaldo fired at Girona goalkeeper Yassine Bounou and Isco was ideally placed to tap in the rebound. Girona?s fighting spirit could not be crushed, however, and they staged an incredible turnaround to record arguably the most significant win in their 87-year history. ?We fully deserved it,? said Girona coach Pablo Machin. ?The fans have been behind us a long time, we promised we?d let them enjoy La Liga and today was the best atmosphere. If you?d said to me three years ago the fans would leave singing after beating Real Madrid I?d have said you were crazy.?
  10. Pakistani opposition politician Imran Khan speaks with party leaders at his home in Bani Gala, outside Islamabad, Pakistan, October 30, 2016. REUTERS/Caren Firouz/Files KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan admitted Monday evening his party's defeat in the much-hyped by-election of the NA-120 constituency. He had earlier alleged that polls in three union councils of NA-120 Lahore-III had been rigged. Khan ? speaking in an interview with a local media channel ? said the PTI was late in kicking off its election campaign in the constituency and that had it done so in a timelier fashion, the results would have been better for them. PML-N?s Kulsoom Nawaz wins NA-120 by-election: unofficial results Kulsoom Nawaz received 61,254 votes while Dr. Yasmin Rashid finished second with 47,066 votes Begum Kulsoom Nawaz ? the candidate from Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) ? won on Sunday the closely-contested by-election in her husband and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif?s ?home seat?. PML-N fielded Begum Kulsoom as its candidate against PTI-backed Dr. Yasmin Rashid and Faisal Mir of Pakistan People's Party (PPP), among others. According to the unofficial and unverified results, Begum Kulsoom managed to bag 61,254 votes, as opposed to the 47,066 votes that her competitor Rashid secured. "Those who voted for PML-N should hail the thieves in case of a theft at their home," the PTI chief said in response to the by-election results. Comparing Maryam Nawaz to Benazir Bhutto wrong: Nisar The former interior minister argued that Maryam Nawaz should only be considered as the daughter of Nawaz Sharif Commenting on a statement by ex-interior minister Chaudhry Nisar ? made during an interview in Geo News? programme Jirga with Saleem Safi ? regarding Sharif's daughter Maryam Nawaz, Khan said he was pleased that he questioned the former first daughter's eligibility Chaudhry Nisar had denounced the comparisons made earlier between Maryam Nawaz and Benazir Bhutto ? the former prime minister who was also the first woman to head a Muslim-majority country. The ex-minister had stressed that Sharif's daughter needed to prove her mettle first by engaging in real politics. "Maryam Nawaz should understand and partake in practical politics. Only then can she be considered a leader," Nisar said. "Benazir Bhutto spent time in jail and suffered a lot," he had added.
  11. Racial discrimination against people of Indian origin is not new in the West. There have been numerous attacks, verbal and physical, on Indians, especially Sikhs and Muslims living abroad. This time a racist woman targeted a Sikh politician in Canada. Jagmeet Singh, who is a Sikh MPP and a politician for the New Democratic Party, was addressing audience gathered at his campaign event ‘JagMeet and Greet' when the woman interrupted him and began hurling racists abuses. © Youtube_The Globe and Mail The woman asked him when his Sharia (Islamic canonical law) is going to end and said that she knows he is part of the Muslim brotherhood. Jagmeet Singh displayed exceptional calm in the situation and not for once did he lose his temper at the constant heckling by the woman. He instead tried to dissuade her with the message of love and peace. Without malice or anger, he announces how they will not let hate ruin a good event; how hate can be overcome with a message of love. In response to her hurtful words, he said, “We love you, we support you.” In a heartwarming gesture, the audience joined in and began the chant of ‘Love and courage'. The woman had no option but to retreat. There was no way her hate was going to win over brotherhood and humanity. Jagmeet Singh later tweeted a heartfelt letter explaining his response to the woman and why he didn't clarify to her that he wasn't Muslim. With #LoveAndCourage pic.twitter.com/eRbuvOWNJX — Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) September 10, 2017 Soon, tweets supporting him and praising his dignified reaction poured in. The Sikh religion teaches compassion and justice. It's beautiful to see Jagmeet Singh living these values in the face of hate. âð¾â¤ï¸ — Simran Jeet Singh (@SikhProf) September 10, 2017 Every Canadian politician, nay EVERY Canadian should emulate @theJagmeetSingh and how he responds to hate. We would all be stronger. — Cory Papineau (@Iam_Canadian) September 10, 2017 Whether I agree with all of your political platform it irrelevant. But I believe you will debate honour with a voice & POV we need to hear. — Glenn Johnson (@Glenn_A_Johnson) September 10, 2017 I saw the video, you were so poised and calm during the entire thing. I'd vote for you if I could â¤ï¸ — Regina Marie (@regibaby67) September 10, 2017 Canada needs you as our leader. I believe that you will many great things for us. You are a good person, we need goodness #LoveAndCourage — Riley (@Riley_Tegan) September 10, 2017
  12. Jon Snow's suicide mission in the 6th episode of ‘Game of Thrones' season 7 wasn't all a waste, thanks to this one little secret Jon Snow stumbled upon. It costs them dearly – the death of a beloved dragon. But all is not lost and there is a huge learning from the tragic mission – one that will eventually defeat the White Walkers. When Jon's team comes across a group of Wights and White Walkers, Jon kills one White Walker and the others automatically disintegrate and fall dead. It is then that they realise that killing a White Walker will kill the Wights he created. © HBO This piece of information holds the key to defeating the White Walkers. Armies from the seven kingdoms, armed with dragonglass weapons, can easily wipe out major portions of the White Walkers army by targeting the White Walkers who head groups of Wights. © HBO Jon Snow might not have processed this information well enough yet, since getting out alive was his main concern then. But once they sit down to form a strategy, this secret will prove to be game-changing. Getting near the Night King will be difficult, since he now has an ice dragon (yeah, twist a dragonglass in our heart). So the next alternative is to systematically clean out the army of the dead. © HBO After Sam's genius discovery, we did think defeating the army of the dead was not THAT difficult. Dany's dragon could have lived to fight another battle. Now that we have something to take away from the tragic battle beyond the wall, we feel a little less bad about Viserion, Daenerys' beloved dragon who was killed by the Night King.
  13. Sri Lanka´s woeful run has continued since their first-round exit in the eight-team Champions Trophy in June DAMBULLA: Sri Lanka?s cricket coach Nick Pothas has blamed outside interference for a string of poor performances, saying frequent changes to the selection line-up had made his job "very difficult". Pothas hit out after Sri Lanka, who suffered a 3-0 Test whitewash at home last week, went down to India by nine wickets in the first of five one-day internationals in Dambulla on Sunday. "You do get angry - to say ´too many cooks´ is probably accurate," the former wicketkeeper-batsman told reporters in Dambulla. "You get frustrated. Am I angry with the players? Absolutely not. The players work as hard as anyone can ask of them. "They´ve been superb. Support staff have been out of this world. Brilliant. They work endless hours with planning and helping the boys. You can´t fault anyone within that changing room." Sri Lanka´s woeful run has continued since their first-round exit in the eight-team Champions Trophy in June followed by an embarrassing 3-2 ODI loss to minnows Zimbabwe at home. The Sanath Jayasuriya-led selection committee has fielded 40 players in ODIs since taking over in May last year. Pothas, who took up coaching duties after Graham Ford quit mid-contract end of June, said there had been too many changes. "When you get consistency within a team of players, you will see improvements in performance," said the 43-year-old. "When we´re getting new players every game, it gets very difficult from a confidence point of view. From the player´s point of view it´s very difficult. It´s difficult for us - the coaching staff - to create a strategy." There have been reports of a power struggle emerging after 1996 World Cup hero Asanka Gurusinha was appointed manager. The result of the current series apart, Sri Lanka need to win at least two of the five games to gain a direct entry into the 2019 World Cup in England.
  14. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/85c3a937228020b3b23b59537255c1a6.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9OC8xMy8yMDE3IDg6MDg6MTggQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT04aG5YMkpGL0wrWDZQMnZVWk5iUTlRPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] QUETTA: It is a question of our future to entirely uproot terrorism from the country, said Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal on Sunday. Addressing a press conference in the provincial capital after Saturday's deadly blast which left 14 people dead, Iqbal said this attack reminds us that we are in a state of war, which requires internal unity. "Those attempting to internally disunite Pakistan are enemies of the country," he said, stressing that political differences need to be put aside in such situations. The minister appealed to all political parties, saying "this is the time to unite against terrorism and shun our differences". "We all have to work together to secure our future," said Iqbal. "We become more determined with every such cowardly attack". COAS in Quetta after deadly attack on army vehicle General Qamar Javed Bajwa is expected to visit CMH to inquire into the injured being treated there and attend a breifing on the security situation The minister said peace and development are inter-linked, "which is why our government, through operations Zarb-e-Azb and Raddul Fasaad, is attempting to put the country on the path of development. God willing such acts will also end soon". He also assured the cooperation of the federal government with all provincial governments, saying the enemy is very clever and has specific designs against Pakistan. Answering a question, Balochistan Home Minister Sarfraz Bugti said 14 people have died in the attack and 46 were injured. Replying to a query, Iqbal said the security situation is much better as compared to 2013. 15 army personnel, civilians martyred, 40 others wounded in Quetta blast: ISPR COAS Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa condemned the attack and called it 'an attempt to mar independence day festivity' Balochistan Chief Minister Sanaullah Zehri, who was alongside Iqbal, said, "we are living in a war zone with a porous border with Afghanistan". He said they are not sitting idly and take appropriate action against those responsible every time there is a terrorist attack. Earlier, the interior minister, along with the chief minister, visited CMH to inquire into the people injured in the attack.
  15. Yesterday we talked about the final design of the Galaxy Note 8 and, thanks to those pictures, we can finally know how it will look like. However, the same people who leaked those images are not going to stop anytime soon as they got their hands on the specifications of the Galaxy Note 8 as well. © Twitter Evan Blass, the guy who leaked a bunch of pictures yesterday, published yet another note with the specifications of the upcoming smartphone. Bless says that he was “briefed on the device's final configuration.” He continues to add that the device will have a 6.3-inch AMOLED display and will have a relation of 1440 X 2960. The Note 8 will also have an IP 68 rated body which implies the smartphone will dust and water resistant. It is pegged to be 8.5mm thick, which makes it a little more than the Galaxy S8. © Twitter Blass has managed to get the specs details for the US variant which will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor while the Indian version will get Samsung's Exynos 8895 processor. The reason why Samsung opts to include their own chipset for the Indian market is that it is far cheaper to manufacture the processor in India than Qualcomm's processor. Both processors for the two variants are the same chipsets that power the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. However, it is expected to a bit better in terms of performance as it may have been better tuned for the device. © Twitter The Galaxy Note 8 also has an upgrade in the RAM department as it will sport 6GB of RAM under the hood. It will be coupled with at least 64GB of internal storage as claimed by Blass. The Samsung Galaxy S8 is already a spectacular smartphone and one can notice that the Note 8 is almost identical to its smaller brother. Samsung will probably pay more emphasis on the dual-camera setup which will set it apart from the S8. It will have two lenses, i.e. the main camera and telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom. The Note 8's cameras will have f/1.7 aperture on the main lens and f/2.4 aperture on the telephoto camera. The wide lenses mean that the smartphone will be able to provide a shallower depth of field and can capture more light during low-light photography. Samsung will also be playing it safe in the battery capacity field thanks to the debacle from last year. The Note 8 is expected to have 3,300 mAH battery capacity which can be quickly charged with a USB-C cable. The smartphone is expected to be available in gold and black at launch and will also get a grey and blue variant sometime after the launch. Blass says that the Note 8 will cost somewhere around $900 (INR 57,000).
  16. England ripped apart South Africa's top order in Sunday's final session at the Oval to bear down on a victory that would put them 2-1 up with one to play in the four-test series. Two wickets from successive balls in Ben Stokes' third over removed Quinton de Kock (5) and Faf du Plessis (0) and ended faint South Africa hopes of mounting a rearguard action in pursuit of their nominal target of 492. Although Stokes failed to record what would have been the first-ever test hat-trick at the Oval, the damage was done. Du Plessis' wicket, lbw without playing a shot to a first-ball inswinger, was a particular blow, with South Africa needing their captain to survive at least into Monday. The tourists limped to the close on 117-4, still 375 short of their target with a day's play remaining. The battling Dean Elgar was unbeaten on 72 despite a painful blow to his finger, and Temba Bavuma on 16, as England turned to Moeen Ali to try to secure another breakthrough. Elgar had been fortunate to survive on nine, dropped by Keaton Jennings at third slip off Jimmy Anderson, and went on to strike seven fours in his 77-ball half-century. No one else provided much resistance. Before Stokes struck, Stuart Broad removed opener Heino Kuhn for 11 and Toby Roland-Jones dismissed Hashim Amla for the second time in the match, this time having South Africa's danger man sharply caught by Joe Root in the slips for five. England have a further 98 overs available on Monday to complete the victory and vindicate Root's decision to delay his declaration to apply maximum pressure to South Africa. England's new captain eventually called time when Jonny Bairstow was dismissed before tea after a breezy 63 which lifted England, who had resumed on 74-1, to 313-8. After Jennings departed early for a painstaking 48, debutant Tom Westley pushed on to a maiden half-century, an innings that should ensure an extended run at England's problem number three spot. Westley went on to make 59 before he was stumped misjudging a dash at Keshav Maharaj. Root (50) followed soon afterwards, top-edging the same bowler after recording a half-century for the ninth successive match. England gradually accelerated with Stokes (31) and Roland-Jones (23 not out) joining Bairstow in some lusty blows as England's lead extended way beyond the test record for a successful final innings run chase of 418. If South Africa fail to survive on Monday, it will complete a one-sided sequence in each of the tests. England won by 211 runs at Lord's before South Africa hit back with an even more emphatic 340-run victory at Trent Bridge. The final test starts in Manchester on Friday, Aug. 4.
  17. Sri Lanka had lost the final by six wickets against India COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's sports minister gave his support Wednesday for an investigation into the country's controversial 2011 World Cup loss against India, amid fresh allegations of match fixing. The South Asian nation lost the World Cup decider by six wickets at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai, stunning the cricket-mad island. Then Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara resigned soon after the match. Pressure has since been mounting for an inquiry into the shock defeat, with a former cricket captain and a previous sports minister going public with their suspicions that Sri Lanka deliberately lost the match. "The allegations merit an investigation," Dayasiri Jayasekera told reporters in Colombo. "As soon as I get a written complaint, I will start a probe." Sri Lanka, batting first, scored 274-6 off 50 overs and appeared in a commanding position when Indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar was caught for 18. India turned the game dramatically thanks partly to poor fielding and bowling by Sri Lanka. The sports minister at the time Mahindananda Aluthgamage has raised fresh concerns, telling local media there were "several disturbing factors about that game". Four last-minute changes were made to the Sri Lankan side without prior approval being sought from the sports minister, breaching convention. "Then there are also questions about the behaviour of a very senior player. During the match, instructions sent to the field were ignored," Aluthgamage said, without naming the player in question. The former minister said he launched an inquiry after the match, but the investigation was scuttled. His concerns followed quick on the heels of comments from former Sri Lanka skipper Arjuna Ranatunga, who last Friday demanded an inquiry be held to expose the "dirt" on dodgy cricketers. Last year, the International Cricket Council imposed a three-year ban on a top Sri Lankan official Jayananda Warnaweera for failing to cooperate with an anti-corruption investigation. Sri Lankan players and umpires have been accused of match fixing in the past, but Warnaweera was the first high ranking official to be found guilty and penalised. Betting is illegal in most of the cricket-mad Indian subcontinent, but backstreet bookmakers -- many with underworld links -- still flourish. Although no big-name Sri Lankan player has ever been convicted of corruption, several former stars have made allegations of match fixing or spot-fixing -- when players deliberately bowl or field badly to give away a set number of runs.
  18. This file photo taken on July 16, 2016 shows People reacting after taking over a military position on the Bosphorus bridge in Istanbul. Turkey marks the one year anniversary of the thwarted July 15 coup attempt - AFP ISTANBUL: Turkey on Saturday marked one year since the defeat of the coup aimed at ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, seeking to showcase national unity and his grip on power in an increasingly polarised society. The authorities have declared July 15 an annual national holiday of "democracy and unity", billing the foiling of the putsch as a historic victory of Turkish democracy. "It's one year since the darkest night was turned into an epic," Prime Minister Binali Yildirim told a special session of parliament that kicked off a day of celebrations set to last until dawn. He said the night of July 15 was a "second War of Independence" after the war that led to the creation of the modern Turkish state in the ruins of the Ottoman Empire in 1923. This file photo taken on July 15, 2016 shows people taking streets near the Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridge during clashes with military forces in Istanbul - AFP Two hundred and forty nine people, not including the plotters, were killed when a disgruntled faction in the army sent tanks into the streets and war planes into the sky in a bid to overthrow Erdogan after one-and-a-half decades in power. But they were thwarted within hours as the authorities regrouped and people poured into the streets in support of Erdogan, who blamed followers of his ally turned nemesis, the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen. The authorities embarked on the biggest purge in Turkey's history, arresting 50,000 people and sacking over 100,000 more. Erdogan also shored up his position by winning a referendum on enhancing his powers earlier this year. In the latest dismissals ordered just hours before the commemorations were due to begin, another 7,563 police, soldiers and other state employees were fired under the state of emergency that has been in place since July 20 last year. This file photo taken on August 7, 2016 shows Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan greeting supporters in Istanbul during a rally against the failed military coup on July 15 - AFP 'Epic of July 15' The scale of Saturday's nationwide commemorations is aimed at etching July 15, 2016 into the minds of Turks as a key date in the history of the modern state. Giant posters designed by the presidency have sprung up across billboards in Istanbul showing gaudy paintings that portray the key events of the coup night, including the surrender of the putschist soldiers. Public transport is free in Istanbul over the weekend while mobile operator Turkcell has sent text messages to clients promising them a free extra gigabyte of data from July 15. Meanwhile, illuminated anti-coup slogans have been hung between the minarets of some of Istanbul's greatest Ottoman mosques. Erdogan, at the centre of the events, will later take part in a people's march on the Istanbul bridge across the Bosphorus that saw bloody fighting a year ago. The bridge has since been renamed Bridge of the Martyrs of July 15. At midnight local time (2100 GMT) people across Turkey will take part in "democracy watches", rallies commemorating how people poured out into the streets. Erdogan will return to Ankara and at 2300 GMT give a speech in parliament to mark the time it was bombed. A monument to those killed will then be unveiled outside his palace in the capital as the dawn call to prayer rings out.
  19. Former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga COLOMBO: Former Sri Lanka skipper Arjuna Ranatunga on Friday demanded an investigation into the country´s 2011 World Cup final defeat by India amid allegations of match fixing. Ranatunga, 53, in a video posted on his Facebook page, said he was shocked by Sri Lanka´s six-wicket defeat in the final at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. "I was also in India giving commentaries at the time. When we lost, I was distressed and I had a doubt," Ranatunga said. "We must investigate what happened to Sri Lanka at the 2011 World Cup final." "I cannot reveal everything now, but one day I will. There must be an inquiry." Without giving names, Ranatunga said players could not hide the "dirt" with their clean white cricket clothing. Sri Lanka, batting first, scored 274-6 off 50 overs and appeared in a commanding position when Indian superstar Sachin Tendulkar was caught for 18. India turned the game dramatically thanks partly to poor fielding and bowling by Sri Lanka. Local media have raised suspicions of Sri Lankans throwing the match, but there was no formal call for an investigation till Ranatunga´s outburst. Ranatunga´s spokesman Thamira Manju told AFP that he was writing to President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe complaining about the state of cricket in the country. India players perform victory parade after winning 2011 World Cup There have been recriminations in the country since Sri Lanka suffered a humiliating 3-2 loss to bottom-ranked Zimbabwe in a five-match one-day series on home soil this month. There is also growing tension between Sri Lankan sports authorities and players about the use of managers, including an agent who represents more than half the national team. Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera has said he wants to regulate agents in cricket in a bid to prevent the possibility of one individual fixing matches using a network of players under his management. Former Skipper Kumar Sangakkara, who led Sri Lanka in the 2011 World Cup defeat, has publicly defended his manager, a foreign national, who is also an agent for many other local players. Nehra, Gambhir rubbish allegations Former India opener Gautam Gambhir slammed the match-fixing allegations by Ranatunga, saying that he should back his allegations with evidence. "I am surprised by Arjuna Ranatunga's allegations. These are serious comments by a very respectable voice in international cricket. I think to clear the air, he should back his claims with proofs," Gambhir, who scored 97 in the World Cup final, was quoted as saying by Indian media. Gautam Gambhir top-scored for India with 97 in 2011 World Cup final Ashish Nehra, another key member of the 2011 World Cup winning team, rubbished the allegations. "I don't wish to dignify Ranatunga's comments by airing my views on the issue. There is no end to these kind of statements. If I question Sri Lanka's 1996 World Cup victory, is it in good taste? So let's not get into it. But yes, it is disappointing when someone of his stature says something like this," Nehra told local media. Corruption record Last year, the International Cricket Council imposed a three-year ban on a top Sri Lankan official Jayananda Warnaweera for failing to cooperate with an anti-corruption investigation. Warnaweera, a former Test player who was facing a two-year domestic ban over allegations of involvement in match-fixing, failed to attend interviews with an ICC anti-corruption unit. Sri Lankan players and umpires have been accused of match fixing in the past, but Warnaweera was the high ranking official to be found guilty and penalised. Sri Lanka´s cricket board suspended a fast bowling coach and sacked a part-time employee for their alleged roles in approach to two Sri Lankan players to arrange a defeat by West Indies at Galle in October 2015. An unnamed man linked to a bookmaker had offered the two players some 10 million rupees (around $70,000) to lose the match. Betting is illegal in most of the cricket-mad Indian subcontinent, but backstreet bookmakers -- many with underworld links -- still flourish. Although no big-name Sri Lankan player has ever been convicted of corruption, several former stars have made allegations of match fixing or spot-fixing -- when players deliberately bowl or field badly to give away a set number of runs. With additional input from web desk
  20. Turkish plainclothes police officials detain a protester during a demonstration in Ankara on July 14, 2017, in support of two hunger-strikers. AFP/Adem Altan ISTANBUL: Turkey on Saturday will hold an intense series of events to celebrate the first anniversary of the defeat of last year's attempted coup, showcasing President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's grip on power. The authorities have declared July 15 an annual national holiday of "democracy and unity", billing the foiling of the putsch as a historic victory of Turkish democracy. Two hundred and forty-nine people, not including the plotters, were killed when a disgruntled faction in the army sent tanks into the streets and war planes into the sky in a violent bid to overthrow Erdogan after one-and-a-half decades in power. But they were thwarted within hours as the authorities regrouped and people poured into the streets in support of Erdogan, who blamed followers of his ally turned nemesis, the US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen, who denies involvement. Without hesitation, the authorities embarked on the biggest purge in Turkey's history, arresting 50,000 people and sacking over 100,000 more. Erdogan also shored up his position by winning an April 16 referendum on enhancing his powers. 'Epic of July 15' The scale of Saturday's nationwide commemorations is aimed at etching July 15, 2016, into the minds of Turks as a key date in the history of the modern state founded in 1923 out of the ruins of the Ottoman Empire. "From now on, nothing will be as it was before July 15," Erdogan said in a speech on Thursday. He compared the defeat of the coup to the World War 1 1915 Battle of Gallipoli where Ottoman troops famously withstood an onslaught by invading Allied soldiers in what became one of the founding narratives of the modern state. "States and nations have critical turning points in their histories that shape their future. July 15 is such a date for the Republic of Turkey," he added. Giant posters designed by the presidency have sprung up across billboards in Istanbul showing gaudy paintings that portray the key events of the coup night, including the surrender of the putschist soldiers. "The epic of July 15," says the slogan. 'Justice' march Turkey's opposition put political disputes aside on the night of the attempted coup. But this has frayed since the April 16 referendum, with critics accusing Erdogan of pursuing one man rule and cracking down on anyone who expresses dissent. In the latest swoop, authorities on Friday announced the dismissal of a further 7,563 soldiers, police and officials, with nearly 350 retired army members also stripped of their rank. Coming on the eve of the anniversary, a statement said those targeted were "linked to terror organisations, or groups determined to have been acting against the state's national security". Earlier this month, Turkey also detained the country director of Amnesty International and over half a dozen rights defenders on charges of belonging to a terror group. Turkey remains under a state of emergency imposed on July 20, which has been renewed three times. The commemorations will for Erdogan be a helpful riposte to a giant opposition rally ? the largest in years ? held last Sunday by the head of the Republican People's Party (CHP) Kemal Kilicdaroglu at the end of a nearly one-month foot march pushing for "justice" in Turkey. Public transport is free in Istanbul over the weekend while mobile operator Turkcell has sent text messages to clients promising them a free extra gigabyte of data from July 15. Meanwhile, illuminated anti-coup slogans have been hung between the minarets of some of Istanbul's greatest Ottoman mosques. "Let our unity be everlasting," says one of them. 'Bridge of Martyrs' A special session of parliament at 1000 GMT starts the commemorations. Erdogan, at the centre of the events, will then fly to Istanbul to take part in a people's march on the bridge across the Bosphorus that saw bloody fighting a year ago. The bridge has since been renamed Bridge of the Martyrs of July 15. At midnight local time (2100 GMT) people across Turkey will take part in "democracy watches", rallies commemorating how people poured out into the streets. Erdogan will return to Ankara and at 2300 GMT give a speech in Parliament to mark the time it was bombed. A monument to those killed will then be unveiled outside his palace in the capital as the dawn call to prayer rings out.
  21. File Czech Karolina Pliskova rose to the top of the WTA rankings without striking a ball on Tuesday as results at Wimbledon saw her overhaul Germany's Angelique Kerber.Germany's Angelique Kerber. By a quirk of the points-based ranking system the 25-year-old rose to the summit -- the 23rd player to do so -- thanks to Simona Halep's quarter-final loss to Johanna Konta.system the 25-year-old rose to the summit -- the 23rd player to do so -- thanks to Simona Halep's quarter-final loss to Johanna Konta. Romanian Halep would have become world number one had she beaten the Briton but went down 6-7(2) 7-6(5) 6-4. Bizarrely Pliskova, seeded three at Wimbledon, lost in the second round to Magdalena Rybarikova but her consistent results this year, including reaching the French Open semi-finals, means she will be number one when the rankings are updated on Monday. "Although right now I am not celebrating a victory on the court, I have become the world number one. And this really means a lot to me. Actually, I can?t even realise what I have achieved," Pliskova wrote in a post on Instagram. Despite never having won a grand slam tournament, the Monte-Carlo based player becomes the first Czech to be number one since the rankings were introduced in 1975. Czech-born Martina Navratilova, who won 18 singles majors, became number one in 1978 but was representing the U.S. by then. "Karolina is an exemplary athlete on and off the court and she truly deserves this fantastic moment in her career," WTA CEO and chairman Steve Simon said in a statement. Pliskova has won three titles this year, in Brisbane, Doha and the Wimbledon warm-up event at Eastbourne. Kerber, who spent a total of 34 weeks as world number one, needed to reach the Wimbledon final to have a chance of hanging on to the top spot, but was beaten by Span's Garbine Muguruza in the last 16 on Monday. For Halep it is a case of try and try again. She would have become number one had she beaten Jelena Ostapenko in the French Open final and faltered again against Konta on Tuesday after coming within two points of victory.
  22. LONDON: India had their second big win in hockey against Pakistan in the past six days. India defeated their traditional rivals 6-1 in the 5-8 position playoffs, of the Hockey World League Semifinal Round, also the qualifiers for the Hockey World Cup, at London?s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Now Pakistan would play China in the 7th/8th position match on Sunday. SCORERS: India: Ramandeep Singh 2, Talwinder Singh, Akashdeep Singh, Harmanpreet Singh. Mandeep Singh Pakistan: Ejaz Ahmed
  23. MUMBAI: Indian cricket team coach Anil Kumble has reportedly stepped down after losing to archrivals Pakistan in Champions Trophy 2017 final by huge 180 runs margin. According to Indian media, Kumble ?who is also a part of ICC?s cricket committee? has reportedly sent his resignation to BCCI CEO.
  24. 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.
  25. RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Friday said that terrorism cannot be defeated by closing eyes from one's own responsibilities and resorting to throwing blames outside as being done by few players in the region. He was addressing participants of National Security and War Course at National Defence University Islamabad. Highlighting internal and external challenges to national security, COAS said that the full spectrum of threat demands comprehensive national response and Army is fully engaged in enabling that response in coordination with other institutions of the state. According to Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), COAS said that terrorism has no religion, sect or ethnicity. Pakistan has fought against this menace indiscriminately and shall root it out through ongoing operation Radd-ul-Fasaad.Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR), COAS said that terrorism has no religion, sect or ethnicity. Pakistan has fought against this menace indiscriminately and shall root it out through ongoing operation Radd-ul-Fasaad. He said that Pakistan Army is committed to defence and security of the country and shall continue to perform with support of the people of Pakistan. Earlier, on arrival at NDU, COAS was received by President NDU Lieutenant General Rizwan Akhtar.