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  1. Shoaib Akhtar and Virender Sehwag - one of cricket's best-remembered rivalries Legendary cricketers and even fiercer rivals, Shoaib Akhtar and Virender Sehwag will reignite memories of the days gone by when they meet once again for a game of cricket in the frozen Swiss Alps. The much-awaited showdown between the ?Rawalpindi Express? and the batting great will take place on a frozen lake in the resort town of St. Moritz, Switzerland, with the spectacular Swiss Alps in the backdrop. Two Twenty20 exhibition matches are set to be played on February 8 and 9 next year, starring, alongside Akhtar and Sehwag, stars such as Mahela Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga, Michael Hussey, Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, Daniel Vettori, Nathan McCullum, Grant Elliott, Mohammad Kaif, Monty Panesar and Owais Shah. Shoaib Akhtar reacts to Virender Sehwag's wicket/File photo ?I never thought playing cricket on ice was possible but now that it is happening, I wanted to experience it. It won?t be serious cricket but it would still be a challenge to play on ice,? Sehwag, who was present at the launch event, was quoted in Indian media. Sehwag, aka ?Viru?, has quite a few exhibition matches to his name. He played in the MCL in Dubai in 2016 and was also part of Cricket All Stars, which was played in the USA two years ago. Players will use the traditional cricketing gear including the red ball, but will wear sports shoes instead of spikes. The Swiss weather is expected to be sunny during the day, but temperatures can dip to as low as -20 degree Celsius. The matches will be played on matting pitch.
  2. KARACHI: A fire erupted in a wood market in Orangi Town area of Karachi, early on Thursday, Geo News reported. No casualties have been reported, although items worth millions came under the wrath of the fire and were reduced to ashes.
  3. NAIROBI: Kenyan police fired teargas to disperse a crowd that was protesting on Sunday against the overnight murder of four people in a slum in the capital Nairobi. Parts of the city have been gripped by tension since Friday when at least five people were killed in violence involving the police and opposition supporters who were accompanying their leader Raila Odinga after a trip abroad. Japheth Koome, the police commander in the city, said investigations had started after four bodies were found in the Mathare Area Four slum on Sunday morning. ?We went there and found those bodies with injuries,? he told a news conference, describing the murders as a criminal act rather than ethnic-driven violence. The violence took place a day before the Supreme Court rules on two cases seeking to nullify the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta in a repeat election held last month. Odinga, who successfully petitioned against Kenyatta?s initial victory in the August 8 vote and subsequently boycotted the repeat poll, visited the scene of the murders on Sunday and accused the government of being behind the killings. ?Those who are doing these acts are the ones who already lost and want to hold onto power by force but we will remove them using the power of the people,? he told a crowd of his supporters. Police fired teargas and used water cannons to disperse protesters for the better part of the morning until calm was restored in the area in the afternoon. The broadcast industry regulator, Communications Authority of Kenya, said it had banned live broadcasts of political rallies, after all the main TV stations showed hours of live footage of the chaos that greeted Odinga?s return. A source at the authority told Reuters on Sunday the ban was put in place to help manage the tension in the country.
  4. Supporters of the Congolese main opposition party Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) display a bullet they say was used by riot-police during clashes in the Limete municipality of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, March 28, 2017. REUTERS/Robert Carrubba/Files1 KIKWIT: Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo Saturday fired on an opposition rally, injuring six protesters denouncing the extended rule of President Joseph Kabila, a lawmaker said. "The police fired on our militants, injuring six of them, even though we had permission to hold our meeting," said Delly Sesanga MP, president of Envol, a member of the opposition coalition. He claimed that he himself had been "assaulted and kidnapped for more than three hours" during the incident in Kenge, east of the capital. However, according to a statement by the national police, only one protester was wounded in the head, and that was caused by stones thrown by other demonstrators. The police "fired in the air to disperse a crowd that had not been approved by Kenge City Hall", said Emery Kaputa Vita, deputy governor of Kwango Province. The opposition coalition and other citizens' movements are against the vote schedule published by the electoral commission in the DR Congo. It predicts that the presidential election will be held on December 23, 2018, extending Joseph Kabila's term as head of the country by a year. Kabila was scheduled to have stepped down in December 2016 after a constitutional maximum of two terms in office. Those against President Kabila's stay in power are mobilising force his departure by December 31, 2017, at the latest. On Thursday, the European Union, the United States, Switzerland, and Canada expressed "concern" at the state of freedoms of expression and assembly in the DR Congo, following a day of protest and a crackdown by security forces. The opposition are considering a "peaceful demonstration" in Kinshasa on November 28, according to a letter seen by AFP.
  5. This image ?obtained from social media ? shows a view of the fire in Hamilton Heights apartment building, Manhattan, US, November 18, 2017. Nigâr Hac?zade? (@nhacizade) MANHATTAN: A massive blaze erupted late Friday night in a residential building here in Hamilton Heights area, with firefighting and security authorities responding to the scene immediately. As of now, there is no word on any injury or fatality. Around 100 firefighters are engaged in trying to douse the flames, Pix11 reported, that have sent dense clouds of smoke into the air, visible from most parts of the city. The fire ? which started after 3 PM local time ? has consumed the upper parts of the six-storey structure, leading to what witnesses claim are portions of its facade falling down to the street. Authorities have urged people to stay far from the area to avoid any injuries from the raining debris. ?This is a developing story and will be updated as more information is made available
  6. Flames are seen coming from the side of the 15-storey Coolmoyne House, housing block in Belfast, Northern Ireland, November 15, 2017, in this image taken from social media. Robert Cullen/via REUTERS BELFAST: Four people needed medical treatment after a fire spread through part of a 15-storey social housing block in Belfast on Wednesday, ambulance services said. Photographs on social media showed flames pouring from one side of the Coolmoyne House tower block in the west of the city. The cause of the blaze, which broke out around 1730 GMT and spread through the 9th and 10th floors before being extinguished 40 minutes later, was under investigation. One person had to be rescued, the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service said. The ambulance services said paramedics treated four people. A local community worker quoted by the BBC, Julie Ann Jackson, said everyone inside at the time had got out of the building, which is operated by Northern Ireland?s public housing body. Safety drills were carried out at Coolmoyne House following the Grenfell Tower fire in London in June, she said. The 24-storey West London housing block was destroyed in an inferno that spread in the middle of the night and killed 80 people, shocking the nation and raising public anger over social inequalities. ?It was sort of frightening. After what happened in England you think to yourself ?is this another one?,? Sam Wade, who lives nearby and was driving past when Wednesday?s fire broke out, told BBC Northern Ireland.
  7. LONDON: Rafael Nadal and the world?s best men?s tennis players found themselves having to endure a 4 a.m. meeting in the freezing cold after fire alarms forced them to evacuate their central London hotel on Tuesday. American player Jack Sock described the pre-breakfast meeting of the top players -- the season?s best have gathered in London for the men?s traditional end-of-season ATP finals -- as ?15 minutes of freezing, miserableness.? Sock explained how the players were all disturbed in the early hours when the alarms went off at their hotel on the banks of the River Thames. ?It was probably one of the most annoying noises I?ve ever heard in my entire life,? said Sock, who had been with his girlfriend on the second floor of the hotel. ?We were right there, kind of right in the centre of it. Super loud, super annoying. I stayed in the room for a while, which obviously probably isn?t the smartest thing to do. ?I?m not even sure what the exact reason why the alarm went off but it was unbearable to stay in the room. ?Outside, we saw everyone, Rafa (Nadal, the world number one), Dominic (Thiem). Everyone was all bundled up, freezing cold, just wanting to get back inside. ?Everyone obviously put on clothes -- it was pretty cold outside -- some more than others! The whole thing was probably 15 minutes of freezing, miserableness.? The unscheduled early morning call evidently had no effect on Sock, who later in the afternoon beat Croatia?s Marin Cilic in an epic three-set group match that lasted nearly two and a half hours.
  8. PTI, in a show of solidarity with the families of the factory workers who lost their lives in the Baldia factory inferno, demanded justice for the victims on Tuesday. Photo: Geo News KARACHI: The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), in a show of solidarity with the families of the factory workers, who lost their lives in the Baldia factory inferno, demanded justice for the victims on Tuesday. Five years have passed since the Baldia Town incident that devoured lives of over 250 labourers but justice is yet to be serviced. geo_embedgallery Party leaders, including Dr Arif Alvi and Imran Ismael, said that the murderers should be punished regardless of their political affiliation, on on the fifth anniversary of the incident. The affected families demanded also that the individuals who orchestrated the incident be brought to justice. Five years on, relatives of Baldia factory fire long for justice The blaze erupted at Ali Enterprises on September 11, 2012, of which a case was registered a day after, declaring it a mishap Mothers of the deceased factory workers said that many [leaders] had lent emotional support but no one helped them in getting justice. The two men accused in the case, Abdul Rahman alias Bhola and Hammad Siddiqui, were arrested in December 2016 and October 2017. The blaze erupted at Ali Enterprises on September 11, 2012, and a case was registered a day after, declaring it a mishap. However, the case took a new turn when a political party worker, Rizwan Qureshi, revealed before a joint investigation team (JIT) that the fire did not break out accidentally, but was deliberately started by workers of a political party. The revelation shook the Sindh government and it ordered re-investigation into the case on March 26, 2015. A JIT was constituted to probe the incident, which recorded statements of 58 witnesses, including owners of the enterprise. Subsequent investigations revealed that the factory was deliberately set ablaze over non-payment of protection money. A political party had demanded Rs250 million protection money from owners of Ali Enterprises, the JIT report stated. The interim challan of the case was submitted to the court after four years, which stated that there were no evidence against the 13 individuals accused, including the factory owners. The JIT report put the entire blame on Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader Hammad Siddiqui and sector in-charge Abdul Rehman alias Bhola. Rehman was later arrested from Bangkok in December 2016, but the investigations were delayed and justice for 259 lives continued to lie under a stack of files. Baldia factory fire accused Hammad Siddiqui can be extradited by next week: sources Legal formalities have been completed and documentation to bring the accused to Pakistan have been handed over to diplomatic officials, says sources Another prime suspect in the case, Hammad Siddiqui, was arrested in Dubai last month. Diplomatic sources, on November 6, said that legal formalities and documentation had been completed to bring Siddiqui to Pakistan.
  9. DUBAI: Gulf kingdom Bahrain has accused Iran of being behind a pipeline fire that temporarily halted oil supplies from Saudi Arabia, but Tehran rejected the allegation as "childish". On Saturday, Bahrain's foreign minister blamed Iran for the fire near the capital Manama, which was brought under control after it was discovered earlier in the day. "The attempt to blow up the Saudi-Bahraini pipeline is a dangerous escalation on Iran´s part that aims to terrorise citizens and to harm the world oil industry," Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed al-Khalifa wrote on Twitter. A spokesman for the Iranian foreign ministry on Sunday rejected the accusations. "Obviously, the only thing Bahraini officials have learned to do after each incident in the emirate is to accuse Iran," Bahram Ghassemi said. "The era of childish accusations and lies is over," he said, adding Iran wanted "the stability and security of its neighbours". Bahrain relies on the Abu Safa field, which it shares with neighbouring Saudi Arabia, for much of its oil, pumped in via a 230,000-barrel-per-day pipeline. National oil company Bapco on Sunday said it had fixed the pipeline, which would allow oil to flow back into the country. Emergency services brought the blaze under control after it was discovered early Saturday, Bahrain´s interior ministry said, and evacuated homes in the nearby village of Buri, 15 kilometres (10 miles) south of Manama. The ministry blamed a "terrorist act" for the fire. "It is an act of sabotage, a serious terrorist act aimed at harming the interests of the nation and endangering the population," it said on Twitter. Bahrain has seen sporadic violence since the repression in 2011 of a protest movement demanding a constitutional monarchy and an elected prime minister. Authorities have since tightened their grip on dissent, jailing hundreds of protesters and stripping a string of high-profile activists and clerics of citizenship. Bahrain is home to the US Navy´s Fifth Fleet and a British army base is currently under construction.
  10. A movie has several components that make it a great watch. Sometimes it's the aesthetics, or the reel life chemistry, while other times it's a great storyline. However, if there is one constant ingredient that makes for a good watch, then it is a character who leaves you with mixed feelings. You want to hate them but end up rooting for them or vice versa. We all know how important it is for the baddie of a film to show their evil side, as only then can the hero truly shine. Keeping that in mind, we list out 7 times when super-sexy female villains both stole screen space and hearts: 1. Bipasha Basu in 'Jism' She did this movie at a time when actresses didn't even think of shedding inhibitions on screen. It was classy, and lusty obviously, but Bips owned the negative role and how! Not to forget the lip-smacking chemistry with her then beau, John Abraham. 2. Priyanka Chopra in 'Aitraaz' Boss lady, here to ruin lives, knows what she wants and uses power as a *** tool. PC baffled the audience with this role and played it with such finesse that it was like her second skin. 3. Urmila Matondkar in 'Pyaar Tuney Kya Kiya' She was sexy, sultry, and passionate and her portrayal of a mad, obsessed lover was insanely awesome. Hands down one of her most powerful and hottest performances. 4. Sharon Stone in 'Basic Instinct' The gorgeous blonde played the sexy Catherine Trammel who is a stone-cold serial killer. The phrase 'if looks could kill' was truly personified by her. 5. Elizabeth Hurley in 'Bedazzled' Who knew Satan could transform into a bedazzling, sultry siren like Liz Hurley in this movie! She is the epitome of carnal sin herself who is aiming to capture the soul of Elliot Richards. 6. Margot Robbie in 'Suicide Squad' Harley Quinn made psychotic looked hot for many and the super anti-hero was essayed by the siren herself, Margot Robbie. Her intense relationship with The Joker left real-life couples envious! 7. Uma Thurman in 'Batman And Robin' Poison Ivy is one of the most memorable roles essayed by Thurman and also one of her hottest. A villain with an irresistible charm spreading doom? Yes please!
  11. Police investigators search for evidence following a gun attack on the headquarters of Greece's socialist Pasok party in central Athens, Greece, November 6, 2017. REUTERS/Costas Baltas ATHENS: Two gunmen fired a round of shots at the headquarters of Greece?s socialist Pasok party in central Athens on Monday, causing no injuries but slightly damaging a nearby clothing store, police said. The shots were fired about an hour before a televised debate among candidates to lead the broader socialist alliance. ?There were about 30 people inside the party?s headquarters when at least four shots were fired. Two men were seen leaving the scene on a motorbike,? a police official said. A police officer on duty had seen an assailant pointing a gun at him but managed to take cover, the official said, suggesting the gunmen were not targeting the party but the police outside. Pasok has often been the target of violent attacks in the past and its current leader Fofi Gennimata blamed the government for not taking action to prevent this. ?We have repeatedly been the target of attacks,? Gennimata told Skai TV. ?We have repeatedly warned the citizens protection minister in the past.? In January, attackers shot at riot police guarding the Pasok offices, slightly wounding one officer. The leftist-led government condemned the attack.
  12. HAVELIAN: A huge fire erupted at a warehouse late Friday night here, exacerbating because the inventory comprised mostly hay and fodder, Geo News reported. Fire brigades ? sent by the cantonment and the town municipal administration (TMA) ? are currently working to bring the flames under control, rescue sources revealed. It is unclear as to what caused the blaze ? which is yet to be doused ? rescue officials said, adding that the godown is located near the local railway station.
  13. CHARSADDA: A Station House Officer (SHO) was killed on Wednesday during a police operation in the Maju area after suspects opened fire at the policemen. The Parang police said that policemen conducted an operation in the area against suspects for possessing illegal weapons. The suspects opened fire on the police during the operation, killing SHO Ayub Khan and injuring two personnel. A suspect was killed in retaliatory fire by the police, DSP Iftikhar Shah said. Police added that they are conducting an operation in the area to nab the suspects.
  14. KARACHI: Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) has made a big mistake by closing down the New York route as it was not only a prestigious but also an important destination for the national flag carrier, a statement said on Monday. ?This was a poor decision which will have far reaching impacts on commercial viability of the airline, while the financial damages incurred will have to borne by the carrier?s entire network,? said Capt. Khalid Hamza, president Pakistan Airline Pilots? Association (PALPA), chairing a meeting of the body?s executive committee. ?The current PIA management doesn?t have commercial aviation experience and should not have even thought of closing down this route because? the passengers once lost to other carriers will not be won back just like in the case of Mideast?s Pakistani diaspora, which has shifted on Gulf-based carriers.? Hamza said the PIA was being systematically ruined due to vested interest. ?We had these prestigious landing rights since 1952 and the PIA was the first Asian airline to operate transatlantic flights on a jet airplane,? he added. He said, though less-profitable, it was a strategic route, and no airline in such a cut-throat competition was making huge profit out of these routes but it was the presence of a country?s flag, which was the most important thing here. ?There should have been slot evaluation before taking such a drastic decision,? Hamza said adding, ?Political appointees at the top level in PIA have been taking un-aviation-like decisions against the fleet planning and the management.? Hamza said the blurred-visioned top brass instead of expanding was actually shrinking the airline by planning further closures like, Barcelona, Milan and Paris. ?Decisions like recent premier services and leasing an aircraft at 2700$ per hour when private airlines are leasing the same aircraft at 1800$ per hour, which can only muster kickbacks rather than profitability, are glaring examples of poor decision-making by the PIA management,? he added. According to the statement, the executive committee has decided to approach the Senate and National Assembly?s standing committees regarding the disastrous impact of shrinking of network. ?Glasgow, Frankfurt, Chicago and many other profitable routes have been closed citing losses through juggling of figures, whereas the airline never closed its loss-making domestic routes like Gilgit, Chitral, Skardu, Gwadar, Pasni, and Zhob, due to noncommercial reasons,? the statement said.
  15. [embed_video1 url= style=center] DUBAI: Hammad Siddiqui, prime accused in Baldia factory inferno case, has been arrested in Dubai, Geo News reported late Friday. The blaze, which had erupted at Ali Enterprises in Karachi's Baldia Town on September 11, 2012, had devoured lives of over 250 labourers. Dubai authorities confirmed having arrested Siddiqui late Friday. Officials have also approached the Pakistani Consulate in Dubai for Siddiqui's extradition. The accused is the former in-charge of Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Karachi Tanzeemi Committee. Hammad Siddiqui gave orders for Baldia factory fire, confesses Bhola MQM leader ordered fire after non-payment of Rs 250 million extortion money, admits key suspect An anti-terrorism court (ATC) had last year ordered Pakistani authorities to get the accused arrested through Interpol. The Ministry of Interior, acting on the court orders, had also issued a red warrant for Siddiqui. In Dec 2016, another key accused in the Baldia factory fire case, Abdul Rahman alias Bhola, was arrested from Bangkok, Thailand, by the Interpol. The key suspect behind Pakistan's deadliest industrial fire had confessed that he deliberately set fire to Ali Enterprise on the instructions of MQM leader Hammad Siddiqui. Bhola had revealed that the MQM leader instructed him to set fire to the factory in the vicinity of Baldia Town Karachi because of non-payment of Rs250 million 'bhatta (protection money)'. He had claimed the intent behind the arson attack was only to intimidate owners of the factory, and he didn?t anticipate that his act would result in the loss of lives.
  16. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi?s party came under fire on Saturday for demanding cuts to a Tamil film NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi?s party came under fire on Saturday for demanding cuts to an Indian film, claiming it showcased ?anti-Modi hatred?. A scene in the Tamil-language film ?Mersal? shows a character delivering a fiery monologue in which he attacks the government?s failure to provide free public healthcare despite charging a national goods and services tax (GST) of up to 28 per cent. ?People are paying seven per cent GST in Singapore and receiving free medical care. The Indian government is taking 28 per cent GST from people. Why can?t the government provide free medical care?,? asks the character, played by south Indian star Vijay, who goes by one name. The scene sparked an uproar among members of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) who have called for it to be deleted from the film. H. Raja, the BJP?s national secretary, said the film showcased ?Vijay?s anti-Modi hatred? as he countered the claims made in the movie. ?It?s a lie that medical treatment is free in Singapore,? he tweeted on Friday. The BJP?s demands for a cut to the film incited anger on social media, where hashtags #Mersal and #MersalvsModi were trending on Saturday after many users accused the party of curbing freedom of expression. Political rivals also attacked the Hindu nationalist party?s censorious demands. ?Mr Modi, cinema is a deep expression of Tamil culture and language. Don?t try to demon-etise Tamil pride by interfering in Mersal,? Rahul Gandhi, vice president of the opposition Congress party, tweeted, referring to the government?s controversial cash ban, the so-called demonetisation, imposed last year. The GST, which came into effect on July 1, was designed to replace a web of state and national levies and transform India?s $2 trillion economy into a single market for the first time. But critics have said the tax?s complex structure ? four main rates ranging from five to 28 per cent ? has confused businesses, hurt sales and pulled the brakes on the growth of Asia?s third-largest economy. ?Mersal? released on Wednesday to record earnings has been running in packed theatres.
  17. MULTAN: The Water and Sanitation Agency?s (WASA) plastic pipes caught fire in Multan?s Chungi No. 9 area on Thursday. Shortly after the blaze intensified, rescue teams reached the site of incident. According to rescue sources, the plastic pipes caught fire when a garbage dump was burned. Due to the intensity of the blaze, flow of traffic was halted to save the public from any untoward incident, the traffic police said.
  18. This photo ? released on October 18, 2017, by Airbus DS and taken by Constellation DMC satellite ? shows wildfires in California, with the black zones highlighting areas devastated by the fire, October 15, 2017. AFP/Handout via Airbus DS/DMC Constellation/UK-DMC 2 SAN FRANCISCO: The death toll from California's wildfires rose to 42 on Wednesday, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) said, as rescuers found another body. The latest victim was found in Sonoma County, the worst-hit part of California's wine-growing region that has been scorched by multiple infernos raging since October 9 but now largely under control. Cal Fire said almost 10,000 firefighters were still battling 13 major fires, however, with more than 850 square kilometres (325 square miles) burned across the state. More than 22,000 people have still not been able to return home, down from 75,000 a few days ago. "Cooler temperatures and increased humidity overnight have aided firefighters in their efforts," Cal Fire said in a statement. "Weather conditions this week will continue to help in the containment progress. In fact, light rain in northern California is forecast for Thursday night," it added. Around 5,700 homes and businesses have been destroyed by the fires, the deadliest in California's history.
  19. KARACHI: The thick forests in Upper Dir?s Usheri area continue to be engulfed in flames even after 24 hours, destroying hundreds of trees and wood. According to the police, locals, Levies and police personnel have been attempting to put out the fire that took place yesterday but have failed due to the magnitude of the fire. Scores of pine trees and tree houses were burnt and several feet of wood destroyed. Police said that fire continues to grow, posing a threat to the wildlife and local population.
  20. Is this the end of the road for Ashwin and Jadeja in the short format of the game? No matter what spin the team management gives for their omission from the Indian squad against New Zealand, it doesn't look good for the spin duo at the moment. After being 'rested' for the limited over series against Sri Lanka, the selectors have once again dropped Ashwin and Jadeja for the series against the Kiwis. We say 'dropped' because this time, there's no other logical explanation for picking Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Axar Patel who have stepped in. But Twitter, as always, knows how to deal with this rather disappointing news. Nicely put by a Jadeja fan. Dear BCCI, Enough Is Enough. Sir Ravindra Jadeja & Ashwin Need Some Rest From Rest. ð¡ðð¡#INDvNZ #INDvsNZ — Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) October 14, 2017 Need to add 'sacked' to this list too. Rested, Dropped, Ignored - Different news stories on Ashwin and Jadeja — Rathnavel Ponnuswami (@reavan) October 14, 2017 Not beginning of the end, this looks like the end! Jadeja and Ashwin rested yet again for the NZ ODI series.. Is it just rest or the beginning of the end of their ODI career???#INDvNZ — CricfreakZ (@cricfreakz) October 14, 2017 Maybe THIS is what the selectors actually want. Still long way to go, but at this rate it will be Chahal and Kuldeep, and one among Ashwin/Jadeja/Axar on the flight to England in 2019. — Subramanian Sankaran (@SubramanianSan) October 7, 2017 With omissions of players with such distinction, it is apparent that rumours are flying thick and fast. However, many pundits reckon that this team selection is correct because squads like Australia and New Zealand are particularly vulnerable against wrist spin and Kuldeep and Chahal have been included to facilitate that request from the team management. And while many will say that “it's not true”, this tweet aptly explains the current situation Ashwin & Jadeja are being "rested" for God knows what & we're expected to believe it.ð Just say it. It's the RCB reign now. CSK reign ends. — Book Dragon (@FedfanTejal) October 15, 2017 Other important players who were not picked for the squad include Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav. Whether they have been dropped or rested is not yet clear. In place of these two, Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have been identified as the main bowlers in the Indian squad. Shradul Thakur has also been given a place in the squad for his consistent performance for Indian A. While different permutations and combinations in the Indian squad can be attributed to finding the right balance before the 2019 World Cup, the management needs to identify a core group of players to chalk out any future course of action. And with so much experience, Ashwin and Jadeja should figure in those plans for the Indian team. Here's a look at the final Indian squad for the series against New Zealand. India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shardul Thakur.
  21. -ISPR RAWALPINDI: At least two people were injured on Saturday when Indian forces resorted to unprovoked firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Satwal and Nikial sectors on Saturday, said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR). The Army said Indian forces targeted civilian populations in the villages of Tetrinote, Manwa, Satwal and Balakot, which resulted in injuries to a six-year-old girl and 45-year-old man. ISPR added that Indian forces also targetted Rawalkot Poonch Crossing Point (RPCP) and the visitors? stand at the location. The injured girl. -ISPR "Pakistan Army aggressively and effectively responded to hostile fire, silenced their guns and caused considerable damage to the posts carrying out fire." The statement further added that targetting civilians will not deter Kashmiri people from their just struggle against Indian oppression On October 4, two children were martyred by Indian forces in firing along LoC in Rawalkot and Chirikot Sectors. The Army had also destroyed two Indian posts after a civilian was martyred by Indian firing in an earlier incident. Incidents of cross-border firing have increased since right-wing Narendra Modi came to power in India.
  22. MOMBASA: Several students have been injured in Kenya after gunmen opened fire at the Technical University of Mombasa?s campus in coastal Kwale county. A witness who did not want to be named told Reuters she and several other students had fled their bus when gunmen opened fire on them and had seen blood-covered students being carried from the building as police descended on the campus. Police did not immediately answer calls seeking comment.
  23. QUETTA: At least five people were killed and one injured as unidentified gunmen opened fire at a vehicle on the city?s Kasi Road early Monday, police said. According to police sources, the deceased were on way to Hazar Ganji Sabzi Mandi when their vehicle was targeted by the assailants, who were riding a motorcycle. The gunmen escaped unhurt after carrying out the attack, which appears to be an act of targeted killing, police sources added. The bodies and injured were shifted to a nearby hospital. Police and other law enforcement agencies personnel reached the site and started an investigation into the incident.
  24. People watch as a helicopter dumps water on a fire at a construction goods market on the northwestern edge of Moscow, Russia October 8, 2017. Photo: REUTERS MOSCOW: Russian firefighters on Sunday used specially equipped helicopters to dump water on a construction goods market on the northwestern edge of Moscow that caught fire. The fire at the market sent a thick cloud of gray smoke billowing into the air, footage broadcast on Russian television showed. The fire was causing tailbacks on the nearby Moscow orbital highway, according to live traffic data. Three thousand shoppers and staff have been evacuated from the market, Russian media quoted emergency services officials as saying. There were no reports of any casualties.
  25. Is there anyone who can do a Kendall Jenner better than Kendall herself? Well, don't look around for answers because we just found the person. And, it is none other than *drumroll please* ‘Wonder Woman' Gal Gadot. © Twitter From being an unconquerable warrior and solely breaking all the box office records to cribbing about a bowl of fruits with her model friends Bella and Gigi Hadid, Gal Gadot seamlessly transformed into Kendall Jenner in SNL's hilarious parody show on the Kardashians called ‘Kendall's Model House'. However, carrying out one act seemed too easy for our Gal, so she then went ahead and pulled off a Gigi Hadid with such perfection that we are now genuinely confused! Kendall's Model House: coming to E! this fall. #SNL — Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) October 8, 2017 The parody show hilariously takes a dig at the famous life of the Kardashians and of course the ‘humungous' house of Kendall Jenner. The house is so f**king big that Kendall often gets lost in her own home. This exaggeration coupled with Gadot's epic comic timing, has already kicked off our excitement about this show. Having said that, this gorgeous Israeli actress also made her debut as the host of Saturday Night Live with the episode of October 7. © NBC During her opening monologue, the original ‘Wonder Woman' was joined by the Wonder Woman from Times Square, Leslie Jones and things escalated real quick from there on. “I'm the Times Square Wonder Woman. You know how you take photos with young girls who look up to you? I do the same with German tourists,” Jones explained. As the two began jotting down their respective powers, we realized that Times Square's Wonder Woman is actually the need of the hour. Who needs a lie-detecting lasso, when you have vodka to do the job? ððª Wonder Women ðª ð @GalGadot @Lesdoggg #SNL — Saturday Night Live (@nbcsnl) October 8, 2017 Honestly, now everyone else can just go home because our beloved Diana Prince completely owned the show with her epic monologue and THAT KISS, which we don't think people will forget anytime soon. While the whole world was shipping Diana Prince and Steve Trevor, Gal Gadot seems to have already set her heart on someone else, making us envious of her new found love interest. But people don't seem to be too upset about poor old Trevor. In fact, they are left burning with jealousy thanks to comedian Kate McKinnon who shared a scorcher of a kiss with Gadot enroute her way to ‘Themyscira'- the home of the Amazons. As a part of the sketch, McKinnon and Aidy Bryant played lesbians who arrive on the island nation where the beautiful Diana welcomes them. © NBC But they are disappointed to know that they are the only lesbians there and Bryant even remarks that “It's like porn but the plumber is genuinely there to save the pipes.” Now what will you do if two lesbians come to your island in search of love, but are welcomed by disappointment after seeing the Amazon warriors. Well, being a great host, chances are you will try to make them feel good and that's exactly what Gadot did by landing a kiss on McKinnon's lips. The earth, however, didn't move as both ladies did not seem to be much affected by the kiss (we can't even…..), but that moment is sure to be burned in the brain of every viewer. Well, at least Gal Gadot didn't need a cue card to make out with Kate McKinnon. #SNL — JillianðSederholm (@JillianSed) October 8, 2017 Time and again various comic book writers have tried to explore the topic of Diana's sexuality and have often portrayed her as being interested in both men and women. And while the discussion seemingly continues, Gadot with this sketch has proved that she can set the screen on fire no matter which side she bats for!