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  1. Ross Taylor gets treatment during his century, New Zealand v England, 4th ODI, Dunedin/Getty Images AUCKLAND: New Zealand received a boost Wednesday, on the eve of the first Test against England at Auckland´s Eden Park, with confirmation senior batsman Ross Taylor is fit to play. Taylor, who has a Test average of 48.04, had been battling a groin injury and a stomach bug but captain Kane Williamson said he had completed a full training session without problem. "He´s good to go so that´s great news for us," Williamson said. "Roscoe has played beautifully every time he´s walked out to the crease, the calmness at the crease, the confidence. "It´s reflected in how much success he´s had this year. It´s important for us as a team that he´s there." The clash will be the ninth day-night Test and the first to be played in New Zealand. Williamson described it as a "slightly unique and an exciting opportunity", but did not want to over-think the possible pitfalls of heading into the unknown. "There is probably a danger of over complicating some of the finer parts of the pink-ball game," he said, pointing to variable characteristics at different stages of the ball, times of day and in different climates. "There´s definitely some unknowns. There´s a lot of talk about the evening session and the condition of the ball in that time. "There´s heaps of different stats but there´s still unknowns. The sample size of pink-ball cricket is fairly small but it´s important that you adapt as a change of conditions may happen coming into different stages of the day." New Zealand are likely to make two changes from their last Test, against the West Indies. Williamson said Todd Astle would replace Mitchell Santner as the spinner in the side and BJ Watling would return as wicketkeeper. Watling has recovered from the hip injury which sidelined him from the West Indies´ Tests in December. New Zealand have played one day-night Test when they lost the inaugural match under lights against Australia in 2015. England have played twice with the pink ball, winning at home against the West Indies last August and losing to Australia at Adelaide Oval in early December.
  2. Gaddafi Stadium The city of Lahore is all set to host the elimination matches of the Pakistan Super League on Tuesday and Wednesday. In the first match, Quetta Gladiators will take on Peshawar Zalmi in a rematch of last year?s final. Photo: accuweather.com The teams have arrived and have been met with light showers. The MET office said that intermittent light showers will continue throughout the day in the city. According to Accuweather, there is a 51 per cent chance of rain at 7pm which is when the match will start. In case the match is rained out, Peshawar Zalmi will face Karachi Kings in the second eliminator match with the winner facing Karachi Kings in the final in Karachi on March 25.
  3. The outside of the "Camp Five" detention facility is seen at US Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Guantanamo Bay, December 10, 2008. Pool image reviewed by the US military. REUTERS/Mandel Ngan/Pool/Files WASHINGTON: The United States is advancing toward the first transfer of a prisoner from the Guantanamo Bay detention centre under US President Donald Trump, the US military told Reuters on Monday, a move that would repatriate the detainee to Saudi Arabia. The transfer of 43-year-old Ahmed Muhammed Haza al-Darbi appeared to have stalled in February when he became eligible but was not repatriated, as allowed under the terms of al-Darbi?s 2014 plea bargain agreement. The US military said at the time it was waiting for assurances from Saudi Arabia?s government to move forward on his departure. On Monday, the Pentagon suggested that process was back on track. Navy Commander Sarah Higgins, a spokeswoman, said the Defense Department was ?reviewing information received from Saudi Arabia regarding al-Darbi?s transfer.? ?The transfer process is moving forward,? Higgins said. ?I have no further information on transfer timing.? She did not, however, elaborate. Al-Darbi?s transfer would decrease the prisoner population at the detention centre in Cuba to 40 from 41 ? despite Trump?s campaign pledge to ?to load it up with some bad dudes.? The prison, which was opened by Republican President George W. Bush to hold terrorism suspects captured overseas after the 9/11 attacks came to symbolize harsh detention practices that opened the US to accusations of torture. US officials have not ruled out again adding to the prisoner population and have acknowledged trouble repatriating Daesh fighters being held by US-backed forces in Syria, raising the possibility that Guantanamo Bay could be seen as a viable option in the future. The news of progress in al-Darbi?s case came before a high-profile trip to Washington by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, his first visit to the United States as Saudi heir apparent. The crown prince is due to meet Trump at the White House on Tuesday, in a visit that is expected to see both countries publicly emphasize their strong security ties, even as those ties come under intensifying scrutiny in Congress. ?Message of hope? Al-Darbi became eligible for repatriation under the terms of his 2014 plea bargain agreement, in which he admitted to his role in a 2002 attack of against a French-flagged oil tanker off the coast of Yemen, and agreed to cooperate with US authorities. He has been held at Guantanamo Bay for 15 years. Ramzi Kassem, a law professor at the City University of New York who has been al-Darbi?s lead defence counsel since 2008, told Reuters that a Trump administration move to honour the 2014 agreement would be significant and would be noticed by other inmates. ?Mr. Darbi?s transfer to Saudi custody would send a qualified message of hope to other prisoners that leaving Guantanamo is possible,? Kassem said. He said the message was qualified in part because ?the US government has no interest in prosecuting three quarters of the detainees left today,? which would make them ineligible for such agreements. Critics of the US military detention system say that militants can be best prosecuted in civilian courts and have seized on the high costs of housing inmates at Guantanamo Bay as one argument why indefinite detention is misguided. Trump?s predecessor, Barack Obama, reduced the inmate population to 41 from 242 but fell short of fulfilling his promise to close the jail before leaving office last year. Trump signed an order in January to keep the Guantanamo Bay detention centre open and hinted in his State of the Union address to Congress that Daesh or al Qaeda fighters could be added to the prison population Trump also asked the Pentagon to re-examine the US military?s detention policy. The US military has long struggled with what to do about prisoners of war in an open-ended battle against extremism, in which militants have come from all corners of the world to fight in places like Syria. In February, US officials expressed concerns about the lack of a clear path on how to deal with foreign fighters for Daesh who were detained by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces. US officials say there are hundreds of foreign fighters and thousands of Syrian Daesh militants in SDF hands.
  4. ZIARAT: After six long years, Ziarat Valley on Monday received its first snowfall of the spring season, Geo News reported, as the weather turns colder in the region. The valley, as of now, has received four inches of snowfall, resulting in traffic on the Quetta-Ziarat road being halted for the time being. Furthermore, numerous areas of Balochistan, including Nushki, Kalat, Chaman, Khuzdar, and Nasirabad, experienced heavy rainfall with thunder.
  5. Pakistani pop rock band Strings released their first single of the year on Saturday. Exploring their roots and channelling the energy from their maiden and sophomore albums, Strings cultivates a fresh sound to celebrate 30 years of making music with the release of ?Sajni?, the band said on its Facebook page. ?Amidst bursts of colour and quirky moments, the duo channel a retro vibe in the music video, directed by Yasir Jaswal, keeping with the playfulness of the song,? it added. The song has gathered over 13,000 views within an hour. Strings earlier confirmed that they will celebrate three decades of playing music together with the release of eight singles, with the first two songs being ?Sajni? and ?Urr Jaon?. Last year in October, the band bid farewell to Coke Studio. Further in December last year, the band returned to stage after a hiatus of four years. You can listen to the song here:
  6. Is it time already to take it to the next level in your relationship? Well, there are many levels in a relationship but the most daunting one, for men especially is meeting the girl's parents. Don't you agree with me? © Universal pictures There are many situations you can be caught in when you're making your first appearance at you GF's folks place. For instance, a very popular story doing the rounds on the internet talked about a guy who'd gone to meet his girl's parents. At some point in time, he needed to use the loo. When he was done making number 2 (grave mistake) in her parents' loo, he tried to flush the remains but to his horror, the offending content just wouldn't go down the flush! (yes, that's a possibility if you don't chew your food well!). Well, what he did next was as unpredictable as the Mumbai weather! He took a wad of tissue and picked up his poo and flung it out the window and very nonchalantly walked out to the lawn area where dinner was being served. Little did he realise the glaring eyes and red faces of her parents. Turns out, the piece of sh** he had thrown out the window had landed right in the middle of the lawn. Of course, the guy was mortified for life and that was the first and the last impression the supremely offended parents had of him! © Thinkstock/Getty Images Yeah, don't be THAT guy! Here are some lesser known dos and don'ts you can be wary of, to avoid any faux pas, if you're meeting your girlfriend's parents for the first time! Do's -Be On Time There is nothing more annoying than being late, while they're all ready and set to meet you! Punctuality tells the parents that you're responsible and considerate, something they look forward to seeing in their daughter's boyfriend! Wear a watch and be on time! © Thinkstock/Getty Images -Dress To Impress You don't have to be perfect but be close to it! If you plan on going formal, make sure your shirt is ironed and your shoes are polished. If you just want to go casual, don't look sloppy! © Thinkstock/Getty Images -Address Them Appropriately I remember one of the guys I was dating had come to meet my family and he addressed my father as sir. Not only did he make a first great impression, he sounded endearing too! Now, I am not saying you have to be that formal in this engagement but if you do have an uncouth side to you, keep it under wraps! Ma'am and sir work fine if you want to address them, and so does aunty and uncle! -Have Good Table Manners If you don't know what that means, then I suggest you do a crash course in learning some fine table manners. The elementary stuff is easy to remember- close your mouth while you chew, keep your elbows off the table and don't stretch out to the other end of the table to get things. Other than that, everything should just come to you naturally! © Thinkstock/Getty Images -Consume In Moderation Be it food or alcohol, don't go overboard. It tells them how needy and inappropriate you are! Everything is good in moderation, just like your eagerness to please them! © Thinkstock/Getty Images -Show Respect To Their Daughter Don't ignore your girlfriend while you're conversing with her parents. Involve her in conversations. This tells them a lot about how much respect you give her in general. -Leave On time Don't linger around longer than you should. If you're done with dinner and dessert, start wrapping up the evening on your own. Don't wait for them to hold the door open for you to leave! Don'ts -Don't Be Too Obsequious Although being rude is a big no no, so is extra and unusual flattery. Just be yourself, let them see you for who you are! -Don't Make Number Two! Didn't you read the beginning of the article?? © Thinkstock/Getty Images -Don't Curse That's a heavy turn off, especially for parents who expect you to be polished and knowing! Cursing in anyway and any form is just uncool! -Don't Boast It's alright to have aspirations and share them but don't go about telling her father that you're going to be the next CEO of Google. He's a lot older and wiser and he will catch you on your BS! © Thinkstock/Getty Images -Don't Complain About The Food Or anything for that matter! If you want to criticise something, maybe do it later with your girlfriend? Remember, it's your first meeting and you need to just observe instead! -Don't Get Drunk! Unless they're pouring drinks down your gullet, learn to handle your drink! Because who knows, you might just start telling her parents what a fireball she is in bed! © Thinkstock/Getty Images At the end of the day, meeting the parents comes down to common sense. These are some simple dos and don'ts you can keep in mind if the big meet is in order. Ps: You'll do just fine!
  7. Nepal are overjoyed at taking a wicket, Nepal v Papua New Guinea, World Cup Qualifier, Harare, March 15. 2018/ICC HARARE: Nepal cruised to a six-wicket victory over Papua New Guinea in Harare on Thursday to claim one-day international status for the first time. Nepal bowled out their opponents for only 114 in a play-off game at the World Cup qualifying tournament and chased down the small target with 27 overs to spare. Dipendra Singh Airee and teenage leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane both took four wickets, before Airee hit an unbeaten 50 to ensure that Nepal would become an ODI team until at least 2022, with Papua New Guinea losing their elite status. Nepal were in the World Cricket League Division Five as recently as 2010, while their cricket association has been suspended by the ICC since 2016, although the ban doesn´t affect on-field matters. The other play-off game saw Hong Kong lose their ODI place after a defeat by the Netherlands. Afghanistan stun West Indies to keep hopes alive Chris Gayle was foxed by Mujeeb Ur Rahman's googly, West Indies v Afghanistan, World Cup Qualifiers, Super Six stage, March 15, 2018 Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan praised "world class" Mujeeb ur Rahman after the teenage leg spinner took three wickets in Thursday´s three-wicket win over West Indies which kept their hopes of reaching the 2019 World Cup alive. "He is a world class spinner and he knows his job," said Rashid. "He´s capable of bowling against any batsman. We´re just trying to give him more confidence." Afghanistan bowled 39 overs of spin against West Indies, severely restricting their scoring options on a helpful surface. No West Indies batsman reached fifty, while aside from Mujeeb, Afghanistan´s other spinners -- including Rashid -- struck at regular intervals. "Rashid Khan and Mujeeb, they are top world class spinners," agreed West Indies captain Jason Holder. "There´s mystery, and they´ve caused problems around the world." Facing a must-win scenario in all of their Super Six games, having lost their first three group games and scraped through to the Super Sixes by virtue of having a better net run rate than Hong Kong and Nepal, Afghanistan appeared to have set up an easy chase when they kept West Indies to 197 for 8 in their 50 overs. Two-time champions West Indies opted to bat first but they were soon in trouble when veteran batsman Chris Gayle misread a googly from Mujeeb, who is still two weeks shy of his 17th birthday. Mujeeb added the wickets of top-scorer Shai Hope for 43 and Holder to finish with 3-33. Mujeeb was ably backed up by the rest of Afghanistan´s spin attack, with Mohammad Nabi, Sharafuddin Ashraf and Rashid sharing four wickets. For West Indies, aside from Hope´s contribution, veteran top order batsman Marlon Samuels added 36, while Holder made 28 at better than a run a ball. Holder himself made some early inroads to dent Afghanistan´s chase, removing opener Mohammad Shahzad for eight, and then striking later in the innings to finish with 3-39. He passed 100 ODI wickets for West Indies in the process. "At the end of the day, our main focus is to win this tournament. Unfortunately we couldn´t get across the line today, so I guess it´s a bittersweet feeling," added Holder. West Indies reduced Afghanistan to 168 for 6, and then 190 for 7 as what should have been a simple chase became a tense battle. But Rashid and Sharafuddin both struck boundaries to see Afghanistan home in the 48th over. "In the first three matches, we bowled well and we batted well, but we didn´t finish well," admitted Rashid. "That was the only thing missing. But in the last two games, we´ve finished well." In Bulawayo, Scotland raced to an imposing 322 for 6 against United Arab Emirates thanks to opener Matthew Cross´ second ODI century. Cross shared in a 161-run stand for the second wicket with Calum Macleod, who registered 78, as Scotland weathered the pressure from UAE´s spin attack. "It got a little bit sticky for a little while, but after that we managed to accelerate and put 320 up," explained Cross, who was named man of the match for his 114. Scotland then imparted some pressure of their own, reducing UAE to 117 for 6 inside 20 overs. UAE´s lower middle order showed some fight, however, with left hander Mohammad Usman racing to a career best 80 and no. 8 Ahmed Raza reaching his first ODI fifty. Usman and Raza shared in a 105-run seventh wicket stand, and after they fell the tail quickly folded, with Scotland wrapping up their win by bowling UAE out in the 48th over. Their victory means that Scotland now move to the top of the Super Six points table, with five, ahead of their match against Ireland at Harare Sports Club on March 18.
  8. England´s previous tour of Sri Lanka was in 2012 for a two-match Test series they drew 1-1 COLOMBO: England will tour Sri Lanka for the first time in over six years to play three Tests, five one-day internationals and a one-off Twenty20 match, organisers said Thursday. The tour will begin on October 10 with a day-night ODI at Dambulla, Sri Lanka Cricket said in a statement. There will be three day-night ODI matches in all while the T20 will also be a day-night game. The First Test will be at the picturesque Galle International Stadium while the other two tests are slated for Pallekele stadium in Kandy and in the capital Colombo. The Third Test is scheduled to be played from November 23 to 27 when the tournament ends. England´s previous tour of Sri Lanka was in 2012 for a two-match Test series they drew 1-1. Sri Lanka toured England in 2016 for a full tour of three Tests, five ODI matches and a one-off T20 game. England won the series.
  9. Google today announced the launch of its Google Assistant in Hindi. The Assistant in Hindi is rolling out to Android phones 6.0+ (Marshmallow and above) and is soon coming to Android 5.0 Lollipop, iPhones as well as Android Oreo (Go edition) devices. © Google Over the last year, Google has launched the Assistant in Hindi in Allo, has brought the English Assistant to more phones, and also made a special version available for Reliance Jio feature phones. Now, more Indians can get help from their Hindi Assistant starting today. The Google Assistant lets you have a conversation with Google to help you get things done in your world from telling you about your day to finding the fastest route to work, or just setting an alarm for the next day all in Hindi. You can now simply press and hold the home button or say “Ok Google” to fire up the virtual assistant. You can then command in Hindi what you would normally do in English to carry out certain tasks. © BCCL Purvi Shah, Technical Program Manager, Assistant said “The Google Assistant is truly Indian, it's your helpful dost that speaks our language and understands the things you care about, from finding biryani recipes to pulling up the latest cricket score or finding directions to the nearest ATM. In order to make it even more useful to Indians over time, developers and businesses can now build Actions for the Hindi Assistant through the developer platform Actions on Google. Once an action is built, you can just say “Ok Google, talk to” and access the service or content straight through your Google Assistant.” The assistant is powered by machine learning and can be used for sending texts, schedule reminders, set alarms and much more. You can do all of these actions while speaking Hindi and Google has promised it will get better over time. Here are some examples of questions you can ask your Google Assistant: · Sabse kareeb Punjabi restaurant kahaan hain · Dadar tak pahunchne mein kitna samay lagega? · Cricket ka score kya hain? You can even instruct it · Kal subah mujhe saat baje jagaao · Selfie kheencho · Daddy ko SMS bhejo "5 minutes mein pahunchenge” If you want to know more about Google Assistant in Hindi, you can check out their dedicated website here (https://assistant.google.com/explore?hl=hi_in).
  10. The world's first triple camera smartphone is all set to be unveiled on March 27th. This development has been made official in the teaser videos by Huawei. The videos show the smartphone having a triple camera setup and has also been compared to an SLR camera in terms of picture quality. The smartphone in question is Huawei's P20. © Twitter The first video shows the camera taking brighter pictures, while the second video focuses on clarity of these images. So we can assume that one of the camera lenses has a very high megapixel count that will be used for enhanced digital zoom. The other upgrade we can expect is the smartphone to have a low aperture for taking better shots in low-light environments. Other images sourced from leakers show that the P20 is expected to have a notch just like the iPhoneX. We aren't sure what kind of sensors are housed in the notch but we can expect a face unlock feature thanks to the front-facing camera. © Twitter The Huawei P20 is apparently coming in three versions: P20, P20 Lite, and P20 Pro. All three models are expected to get three distinct colours i.e., Black, Blue, and Twilight according to our sister website TechRadar. Other colours include the standard P20 in Black, Blue, and Pink-Gold, plus the P20 Lite in Black, Blue and Pink. We aren't sure whether the smartphone will launch in India anytime soon, however, according to sources, it is rumoured to be an expensive device. The P20 will cost about INR 55,000 (excluding duties) whereas the P20 Pro will cost around INR 72,000. That's the only information we know as of now and we will know more about the smartphone on 27th of March. Source: T3
  11. Photo: File Facebook said it banned Britain First from its platform for breaking rules against inciting hatred, blacklisting a far-right group brought to global attention when US President Donald Trump retweeted its anti-Islamic posts. Facebook said on Wednesday it had taken down Britain First?s Facebook page and those of its leaders, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, for repeatedly violating rules designed to stop the incitement of hatred against minority groups. The deputy leader of Britain First, who hit the headlines after Trump's retweet, was jailed last Wednesday for 36 weeks for religiously-aggravated harassment. Jayda Fransen, 31, filmed and posted online videos of people who she wrongly believed were defendants in a rape trial at Canterbury Crown Court in May last year, in a case that led to the conviction of three Muslim men and a teenager. Britain First leader Paul Golding, 36, was also found guilty and jailed for 18 weeks. The pair also posted offensive leaflets to houses in the area where the defendants lived. Judge Justin Barron at Folkestone Magistrates' Court said Golding and Franson had "demonstrated hostility" towards the Muslim faith. "I have no doubt it was their joint intention to use the facts of the case (in Canterbury) for their own political ends," he added. "It was a campaign to draw attention to the race, religion and immigrant background of the defendants." Prosecutor Jaswant Narwal said the case had demonstrated Golding and Franson "were not merely exercising their right to free speech but were instead aiming religiously-aggravated abuse at innocent members of the public.
  12. Suhana Khan, the daughter of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan has bagged her first project. The 17-year-old will be appearing in a magazine shoot, according to her mother Ghauri Khan. Ghauri Khan did not reveal which magazine her daughter would be shooting for. ?Suhana is shooting for a magazine, I don?t want to reveal the name but that?s the most exciting thing I am looking forward to.? The middle child of Shah Rukh and Ghuari Khan, Suhana has expressed her desire to follow in her father?s footsteps. ?Suhana wants to be an actress. I see that zeal in her. She?s extremely good on stage, I?ve seen her performances. She?s admittedly a cinema fan and wants to be in the industry. But my point is simple ? you need to complete your education before doing anything. That?s the only thing I have told my children,? Shah Rukh said in a recent interview.
  13. Photo: File The first poster of Mahira Khan and Sheheryar Munawer?s upcoming romantic-comedy 7 Din Mohabbat In has been released. The colourful poster shows a quirky Sheheryar Munawer dressed in a striped polo wearing glasses and holding a magnifying glass. Mahira shared a picture of the poster on her Instagram page with the caption, ?My Tipu.? Sheheryar will be playing the role of Tipu in the film. The film follows the story of a young man on a quest to find his true love in a crowded Karachi neighbourhood. The film which also features Javed Sheikh, Hina Dilpazeer, Amna Ilyas, Mira Sethi, Aamir Qureshi, Adnan Shah Tipu and Beo Zafar has been directed by Meenu and Farjad. It will release on Eidul Fitr this year.
  14. Britain´s Prince Harry (R) leaves with his fiancee, US actress Meghan Markle after attending a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in central London-AFP LONDON: US actress Meghan Markle took part in her first official event with Queen Elizabeth II on Monday, accompanying her fiance Prince Harry to a service at London´s Westminster Abbey. Markle arrived at the Commonwealth Day Service with Harry, his elder brother Prince William, the second in line to the throne, and his wife Kate, Duchess of Cambridge. The service is Britain´s largest annual inter-faith gathering and during the event Markle joined members of the royal family in greeting attendees. Since announcing their engagement in November, Markle and Harry have made regular public appearances together, but Monday´s service was the first official outing with the queen. The couple will marry at St George´s Chapel in Windsor Castle on May 19. In preparation for the ceremony Markle was reportedly baptised last week by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, leader of the Church of England
  15. A Saudi woman studies film making at a university in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia March 7, 2018. Picture taken March 7, 2018-Reuters JEDDAH: Student Sama Kinsara adjusts her camera at Saudi Arabia?s only cinema school, her dream of seeing her work on the big screen coming into focus after the lifting of the country?s 35-year ban on cinema. ?Everything is about to change,? the first-year student of ?visual and digital production? at Effat University in Jeddah told Reuters. Her course is to be renamed ?cinematic arts?, dropping the deceptive title employed originally to help stay under the radar of religious police and local communities opposed to the idea of men teaching women how to make movies. Kinsara and her classmates on the four-year, women-only course have been able to film outside the university grounds for the first time. ?A girl carrying a camera and shooting in the streets is pushing boundaries,? said Mohamed Ghazala, head of Effat?s Visual and Digital Production Department, which began the course in 2013. The changes follow the lifting of restrictions by reform-minded Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the last year. Authorities hope that by opening 300 cinemas and building a film industry, more than $24 billion can be added to the economy and 30,000 jobs created. Cinema is one of several new avenues for Saudi women, who can now attend soccer matches, take part in sport, and in a few months will be allowed to drive cars. For film student Qurratulain Waheb, the chance to get off the university campus and film with her classmates is welcomed. ?Before, there was a problem if we had a camera in the malls, we were not allowed to enter the malls but things are getting smoother now when we have access,? said ?When we have permissions it gets easier, it gets better and people are more accepting. They want to see what we?re doing.?
  16. Well, a fighter does need all of their body parts to work in that line of profession, and I'm saying that in the least offensive way. But, then there are people out there who don't play by the rules and prove everyone wrong in the best way possible. Here we have Nick Newell, who is a fighter in more than one sense. The 31-year-old MMA fighter from Milford, Connecticut, was born with congenital amputation of his left arm, which finishes just below his elbow. But, he did not let that come in the way of his dream and proved everyone who thought he wouldn't stand a chance in a normal fight wrong, in the best possible way. Bloody Elbow Recently he beat Vicente Luque, at LFA35 in the first freaking round, or you could say, he beat him single-handedly. (Okay, I'm sorry) Reportedly, Newell was able to take Luque down and started a rear-naked choke. It seems like the submission was too much for the American-born Brazilian MMA fighter as he tapped at the 2:10 mark. In his post-match speech, he said, “Life is a cold hard place. It will chew you up and spit you out. But if you make it your bitch, you can do anything. You can either become a victim of circumstances or you can create your own. I'm out here, I'm creating my own circumstances. I'm one of the best fighters in the world and I belong in the UFC. That's it. That's final. I gave you 14 reasons why I belong in the UFC. I'm one of the best fighters in the world and I proved it 14 times.” Youtube Out of his 15 fights, this became his 14th win. Even though the fact that he only has one hand doesn't really slow him down, he does need time to prepare his body for fights. He fought after a long time since his last match was over two years ago. He announced his retirement from MMA following his win against Tom Marcellino at WSOF 24 in 2015, saying his body couldn't keep up with the sport any longer. Facebook But, he sure as hell isn't giving up anytime soon. Now, we all hope he soon gets his contract with the UFC.
  17. Acceptance of the LGBTQ community in India has been a slow progression. The transgender community especially faces a lot of legal hassles even though there are legal rights and laws set up to help them out. Even though the community has the right to apply for education and employment using the 'other' category, as per Supreme Courts orders in 2014, many places in the country still haven't implemented this law! It's a tough life for transgenders and it almost seems like the will to sustain their growth and welfare by the government is a little bleak. © YouTube 28-year-old Atri Kar, a transgender from Bengal was going through the same struggle and wasn't able to exercise her fundamental right like she wanted to. An English teacher at Ramnagar Primary School, she went through too many hassles to be able to sit for the West Bengal Civil Service Exams, conducted by UPSC (Union Public Service Commission). The process took a long time, nearly a couple of years but finally Atri Kar became the first transgender from Bengal to apply for the exams from the 'other' category. Talk about perseverance and hard work paying off well! This step was made possible with Kar's determination to fight for her cause for two years and getting through to the CATs (Central Administrative Tribunal), Kolkata bench on February 27, allowing her to sit for the exam. "The order from the National Legal Service authority in 2014 had clearly stated that transgender should be treated as the third gender and proper reservations should be extended to them. What is frustrating is that at every step, we still need to move the court to even be able to enroll in the 'other' category." - Atri Kar (as told to Times Of India) © Atri Kar Facebook Two years ago a private coaching centre agreed to take upon Kar's case and sponsor her education, so she could clear the civil service exams back then. The problem at that time was that she couldn't apply for the exams under the 'other' category. That's when she moved the court, thinking it would help her case, but unfortunately, someone sent a message to the judge trying to sabotage her case and she had to accept the court's judgment, which was obviously not in her favour. This year again, the advertisement for the exam had the male/female option and a determined Kar moved the court again, and thanks to an interim order, Kar can finally fill up the 2018 form online and sit for the UPSC exams and hopefully sit for them on the 3rd of June. © Atri Kar Facebook The struggles for the transgender community will not end very soon. Their acceptance in society will take a while to seep in. But the little efforts made towards their welfare is a positive step towards their progression for sure.
  18. FLORIDA: Tiger Woods tees off on the 17th during the third round of the Valspar Championship golf tournament at Innisbrook Resort - Copperhead Course. Photo: USA TODAY Sports FLORIDA: Tiger Woods moved within one stroke of leader Corey Conners at the Valspar Championship in Florida on Saturday as his comeback gathered more steam ahead of next month?s US Masters. In just his fourth official start since spinal fusion surgery last April, the 14-times major champion carded an assured four-under-par 67 in front of a huge gallery in the third round at the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor. Woods ended the round equal second with fellow American Brandt Snedeker (67) and Englishman Justin Rose (66), with Canadian surprise package Conners continuing to lead, the PGA Tour rookie posting a 68 for a nine-under 204 total. Woods has won 79 times on the PGA Tour and victory on Sunday would bring him within two of all-time leader Sam Snead. ?It feels good to be up here,? Woods, who has not won since 2013, told reporters. ?I?ve been in this position many times. I?ve won my share of events here and overseas and so I like to be one back or near the lead. I just need to execute. ?I feel like I?m playing a bit better and cleaner. I made a few tweaks overnight which I didn?t like about yesterday.? After finishing equal 12th at the Honda Classic two weeks ago, the 42-year-old looks destined to compete for more titles as long as his body holds up. He is already one of the betting favourites for the Masters. While his driving accuracy was lacking at times on Saturday, Woods? short game was particularly sharp, as evidenced by a chip-in birdie from the rough from 30 feet at the par-four ninth that tied him for the lead. ?That was sweet,? Woods said. He added that while there was a host of players in with a chance of victory on Sunday, he was happy to be in the mix. ?I know it?s packed up there but at least I got a shot,? said Woods. ?I need to play a good, solid round, clean card again and we?ll see what happens.? England?s Rose shot into contention after holing out for eagle from 120 yards at the par-five 11th.
  19. It's Swedish, it's affordable, it's electric and it's not a Volvo. Uniti is a relatively new startup in Sweden that is attempting to redefine mobility and electric cars as we know it. Built by a small team in Sweden, the Uniti One is an all-electric city car which the company plans to bring to India in 2020. The One features a simple, aero-friendly design with smooth surfacing and fully covered wheels. To give you an idea of size, the One is about as big as a Mahindra e2o. (c) Uniti One Employing a 22kW lithium-ion battery, the Uniti One has a claimed range of 200 kilometres on a single charge. While there are no performance figures from Uniti, there are a few notable stats: using Uniti's fast charger, the One can be charged from 0 to 90 percent in just 20 minutes, and a full charge will take 40 minutes. Using a standard wall charger will take about 3 hours to juice the One up fully. The new Uniti One showcased at Auto Expo 2018 will be offered with a 24kWh battery pack. The battery pack has been installed and is spread across the floor of the car in order to maintain that low center of gravity. The brand employs the Siemens sourced Gallio motor that is mounted on the rear axle that is also present on the Volvo XC90 plugin. (c) BCCL The windshield becomes a big HUD for extra information, without taking your eyes off the road. In most places, buttons have been replaced by intuitive swipes. Interestingly, Uniti already has a price for the One: it will go on sale in 2020 at a price of Rs. 7.14 lakh (ex-showroom), and it could go further down once the Governments FAME subsidy is accounted for. Pre-orders are open now and you can book one for as little as Rs. 1,000.
  20. What would life be if we didn't have love stories in it? Shoojit Sircar's upcoming film 'October' is already promising us with the taste of love and the sting that comes along with it. We already got a glimpse of the teaser on Valentine's Day and couldn't help but love the gloomy yet beautiful world of Varun Dhawan and Banita Sandhu. And now the makers have given us the first look of 'October' and we can't deny that Varun looks every bit as promising as we had imagined. Varun tweeted the picture and wrote, “#OctoberFirstLook. October will live with you forever.@ShoojitSircar @ronnielahiri @writeonj @BanitaSandhu” #OctoberFirstLook. October will live with you forever.@ShoojitSircar @ronnielahiri @writeonj @BanitaSandhu pic.twitter.com/97kKhPzEPB — Varun DAN Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) March 9, 2018 Looking at Varun's intense and forlorn look, we can't help but feel that somehow this film will leave the audience impressed while also leaving a deep imprint on their mind. © RisingSunFilms Not many know but Varun has worked really hard to get his role right for Shoojit's film. The actor was actually asked not to sleep for several days for some of the scenes that he had to shoot, just to get the intensity right. © Twitter A source close to the film revealed, “Shoojit is very particular about how he wants things. He asked Varun to not sleep for almost a week or just take a nap for 2 hours every day because he wanted that raw, swollen look on his face. And Varun actually did that.” © Twitter Clearly, Varun is leaving no stone unturned to get into his character and looking at the poster, we've got to say that he has aced the look and we can't wait to see him in his new avatar. © RisingSunFilms Talking about the film, 'October' looks more like a romantic drama that explores different shades of love and relationships. While many might mistake it as a love story, let us tell you it's not your clichéd drama but a story about love, relationship and caring. This unique film is all set to hit the theatre on 13th April 2018.
  21. ISLAMABAD: The British High Commission announced a new annual scholarship, honouring the legacy of the late rights advocate Asma Jahangir, said an official statement on Thursday. After a rigorous selection process, the scholarship will be awarded to the best female Chevening candidate each year. The recipient of the inaugural award will be announced in August, when the 2018 Chevening Scholars have been selected, said the press release. Chevening scholarships are awarded to the outstanding emerging leaders to pursue a one-year Masters programme at any UK university. The scholarship programme gives the opportunity to future leaders, influencers, and decision-makers from across the world to develop professionally and academically. It helps them build networks, to experience the UK culture, and to form lasting positive relationships with the UK, said the press statement. The statement further mentioned that in 2017, Chevening sent 63 Pakistanis to universities across the UK ? including 23 women. The British High Commissioner Thomas Drew announced the scholarships and addressed the ceremony. He said: ?I am delighted to announce that Asma Jahangir?s family has agreed to the creation of a scholarship in her name as part of our prestigious Chevening Programme. It is particularly appropriate to be able to announce the award, which will each year go to the top female Chevening candidate, on International Women?s Day. For decades, Asma Jahangir was a courageous defender of Pakistan?s most vulnerable citizens. She was also a powerful advocate for the rights of women. This scholarship honours her achievements.? The British HC further said, ?Women across Pakistan, as they are around the world, are underrepresented in politics, in leadership positions and across society. We hope that this scholarship inspires future generations of Pakistani women by giving them a platform to realise their potential ? helping, in turn, realise the great potential of their country. As the founder of the country, Mohammed Ali Jinnah, said 'no nation can rise to the height of glory unless your women are side by side with you'?. Asma Jahangir?s daughter, Sulema Jahangir also spoke at the event, honouring her late mother. ?Asma Jahangir believed passionately in the importance of higher education. We welcome the British High Commission?s naming of one of its Chevening Scholarships as a fitting tribute to our mother and her life time?s work.? Prominent lawyer and human rights icon Asma Jahangir passed away on February 11, after suffering a stroke. She was 66 years old.
  22. Major Gen (retd) Shahida Malik Pakistan?s first female two-star general, Major General (retd) Shahida Malik spoke with Geo Pakistan about rising through the army ranks. Malik, who was promoted as a major general in the army's medical corps in 2002, said in the army, only merit and not one's gender is considered important. In response to a question, she said women have to work hard, adding that professional women should also give a priority to their homes. "Throughout life one faces difficulties from male colleagues," she said in response to a question, adding that women in the workforce should be upright and professional. Narrating her story, Gen (retd) Malik said no one, including her, could have imagined that she would be promoted to a two-star general but it happened. Highlighting ways to deal with male colleagues who become stumbling blocks in one's profession and suffer from professional jealousy, the former two-star general says women should first ignore them and if they do not stop then "stand up, answer them, and set boundaries". Army chief pays tribute to 'great Pakistani women' Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa said on Thursday that the "great Pakistani women have a role and responsibility towards progress of Pakistan". The message was shared by Pakistan Army spokesperson Major General Asif Ghafoor on Twitter on account of the International Women's Day. In the message, the army chief was quoted saying: We are proud of role and contributions of our women in uniform, back home and especially the ones who belong to martyrs? families. The great Pakistani women have a role and responsibility towards progress of Pakistan. A video was also shared by Maj Gen Ghafoor which paid tribute to the women of Pakistan.
  23. Krishna Kumari Kohli with husband Lal Chand in Karachi, Pakistan, March 6, 2017. Thomson Reuters Foundation/Zofeen Ebrahim KARACHI: As the first woman senator from Pakistan?s lowest Dalit caste, Krishna Kumari Kohli has an ambitious to-do list, from tackling honour killings to kidnappings and child marriage. But for the former child bride from a poor Hindu family, the need to improve women and girls? health and education in the conservative Muslim-majority nation is closest to her heart. ?Never in my wildest of dreams did I think I?d ever become a senator,? she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. ?If I can make a dent in these two areas, I?d have made a difference for times to come and my candidature would all have been worth it.? Kohli?s election on Saturday marks a milestone in Pakistan both as a woman ? who hold about one in five parliamentary seats ? and as a member of the Dalit caste, a term she rejects as derogatory. Dalits, formerly known as untouchables in the Hindu caste system, are at the bottom of the social hierarchy in neighbouring India and face widespread discrimination. Most of Pakistan?s Hindu minority live in southern Sindh province, where 39-year-old Kohli is from, one of its poorest regions with high rates of child marriage and poverty. Kohli married at the age of 15, which is not unusual in Pakistan, where one in five girls marry before the age of 18, according to the United Nations. Violence against women and girls is a serious problem and religious minorities are particularly vulnerable, according to Human Rights Watch. After her surprise victory on an opposition Pakistan People?s Party (PPP) ticket, Kohli said she wants to reduce honour killings, usually meted out by family members on women for bringing ?shame? on the community and forcible conversions. ?There are a lot of laws in place ? for honour killing, for abolition of bonded labour, for protection of girls and boys against underage marriage,? said Kohli, a mother of four. ?What is needed is implementation and I want to be able to do that.? Although Kohli was a child bride, her husband Lal Chand encouraged her to continue studying and she went on to earn a master?s degree in sociology. ?She has been working for the rights of the people, especially women, for quite some time,? he said. ?She was often reprimanded by her own relatives in her village for having abandoned the purdah and for coming out on the streets and joining protest rallies,? he said, referring to women being secluded from men and wearing veils in public. ?But the very same people are now calling me up and congratulating me,? added Kohli, seated beside him and smiling. ?via Thomson Reuters Foundation
  24. A Pakistan Navy marine stands near MS Tiger. -PN KARACHI: The first-ever container vessel MS Tiger, under the China-Pakistan Economic Project (CPEC), arrived at Gwadar Port on Wednesday, said a statement by the Pakistan Navy (PN). Pakistan Navy ships PNS Dehshat and PNS Karar escorted MS Tiger to Gwadar Port. The new ship container service, Karachi Gwadar Gulf Express, will connect Gwadar Port with the Middle East hub of Jebel Ali as well as the neighbouring UAE ports of Abu Dhabi & Sharjah. After embarkation of more containers of frozen sea food from Gwadar Port, the ship proceeded to Jebel Ali Port. A ceremony was held at the port on arrival of MS Tiger. The reception ceremony was attended by Commander Coast of Pakistan Navy Rear Admiral Moazzam IIyas, the press release added.
  25. CCTV footage of the row DURBAN: Australian batsman David Warner and South Africa wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock were both charged by the ICC on Tuesday over their spat during the first Test in Durban. CCTV footage showed Warner apparently turning on De Kock as the players walked up a narrow staircase leading to the dressing rooms at the start of the tea break during the fourth day of a match won by Australia. "Australia vice-captain David Warner and South Africa´s Quinton de Kock have been reported for breaching the ICC code of conduct," cricket´s governing body said in a statement. The two have been charged under the clause of bringing "the game into disrepute", with Warner facing a more serious level-two charge than De Kock´s level-one offence. The pair only have until Wednesday to respond to the charge, and have both been supported by their teams. "What was said and done during that interval was regrettable on both sides," said Australian captain Steve Smith. "Quinton got personal and evoked an emotional response from Davey. Those things are not on from both sides. Getting personal on the field is crossing the line in my opinion." Smith´s version of events was disputed by South African manager Mohammed Moosajee, who blamed Warner. "There were words said out on the field. If you are saying something you´ve got to take it and that´s the opinion of Quinton. Let the investigations begin and let the match officials decide," said Moosajee. The CCTV footage shows Warner being restrained by teammates Usman Khawaja and Nathan Lyon before being persuaded to go into the dressing room by Smith. After a feisty game that saw Australia take a 1-0 lead in the four-Test series, visiting off-spinner Lyon was also fined 15 percent of his match fee after appearing to drop the ball on AB de Villiers after the batsman was run out.