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  1. Chinese troops threw stones at Indian soldiers near Pangong Lake, officials said SRINAGAR: Indian and Chinese troops clashed briefly on a disputed area of land in the Himalayas, officials said Wednesday, exacerbating tensions during a months-long stand-off between the two armies. Chinese troops threw stones at Indian soldiers near Pangong Lake, a major tourist attraction in the picturesque mountain region of Ladakh on Tuesday, an Indian defence official said. He said Chinese soldiers had twice tried to enter the Indian territory but had been pushed back. "There was a minor incident. There was some stone pelting from the Chinese side but the situation was quickly brought under control," he told AFP on condition of anonymity. The brief confrontation was resolved after Indian and Chinese sides retreated to their respective positions, he added. Police in the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, where Ladakh is located, said clashes were relatively common along the de facto border known as the Line of Actual Control (LAC). "These things happen every summer but this one was slightly prolonged and more serious but no weapons were used," a police source in Srinagar told AFP. The Pangong lake area lies over 4,000 metres (13,000 feet) high on the Tibetan plateau. India's military steps up operational readiness on China border Indian and Chinese troops have been embroiled in the seven-week confrontation on the Doklam plateau The latest incident comes amid an ongoing dispute between the two sides over a strategic Himalayan plateau thousands of kilometres away where hundreds of Indian and Chinese soldiers have been facing off against each other for more than two months. The border trouble began in June when Chinese soldiers started to extend a road through the Doklam territory -- known as "Donglang" in Chinese. The area is disputed between China and Bhutan. India, a close ally of Bhutan, then deployed troops to stop the construction project, prompting Beijing to accuse India of trespassing on Chinese soil. China has said India must withdraw its troops before any proper negotiation takes place. India said both sides should withdraw their forces together. The plateau is strategically significant as it gives China access to the so-called "chicken´s neck" -- a thin strip of land connecting India´s northeastern states with the rest of the country. The two nuclear-armed neighbours fought a brief war in 1962 in India´s border state of Arunachal Pradesh. Tensions along the LAC rose in 2014 when Chinese soldiers moved into territory claimed by India, sparking a two-week military stand-off that overshadowed a visit by China´s President Xi Jinping.
  2. NEW DELHI: Indian police have arrested four people on suspicion of leaking an unaired episode of HBO's hit series Game of Thrones, police in the city of Mumbai said on Tuesday. The wildly popular fantasy drama is already the most pirated show on television and has been bedevilled by repeated leaks of episodes before they air. According to police, three of the accused work for Prime Focus Technologies, a Mumbai-based company that processes the series for Indian streaming website Hotstar. The fourth is a former employee. The leaking of the episode on August 4, titled "The Spoils of War," was separate from a recent hack on HBO, which included the theft of proprietary information, such as programming. "We received a complaint from Prime Focus Technologies regarding the leaking of episode 4, series 7," Akbar Pathan, deputy commissioner of police in the Mumbai cyber crime unit, told Reuters. "In the investigation, it was revealed that four persons were involved." The suspects have been charged with criminal breach of trust and computer-related offences. They appeared in court and were remanded until August 21. Emmy Award-winning Game of Thrones ? which has a huge following in South Asia ? is distributed in India by Twenty-First Century Fox Inc's subsidiary Star India. COVER IMAGE: A scene from the latest season of 'Game of Thrones'. REUTERS/Macall B. Polay/Courtesy: HBO
  3. Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be 38 in 2019 Mahendra Singh Dhoni is no longer an automatic choice in one-day internationals and the former India captain needs to keep performing to be involved in the 2019 World Cup, chief selector MSK Prasad has said. The wicketkeeper-batsman announced his sudden and stunning retirement from test cricket midway through an Australia series in 2014, with the Boxing Day match in Melbourne being the last of his 90 appearances in the longer format. He has continued to compete in 50-over and Twenty20 internationals but questions are being asked in the local media if Dhoni, who will be 38 in 2019, will still be in the India side at the England and Wales-hosted tournament. "Whenever a player keeps ageing... I was just reading (Andre) Agassi´s book "Open", his life actually started after 30 years," Prasad told reporters in Pallekele on Monday as India completed a 3-0 test series sweep of Sri Lanka. "Till then he won two or three (grand slams). His actual life started after that. "He lived with media pressure, ´When are you going to retire?´ But he played till 36 and he won so many grand slams. So you never know. "We don´t say it is an automatic this thing... but we will see. We are all stakeholders. We all want the Indian team to do well. If he is delivering, why not? If he is not, we will have to look at alternatives." Dhoni talks to chairman of selectors MSK Prasad/File photo Press Trust of India Dhoni, who stepped down as limited-overs captain in January, was once considered India´s best finisher and no target was deemed out of reach with the boundary-hitting right-hander at the crease. Although Dhoni remains supremely fit and his glove work is still of the highest quality, opinions are divided over whether age is catching up with his batting abilities. Prasad said the selection committee has had discussions about Dhoni but refused to answer when asked if he would also be occasionally rested as India worked towards their core group for the 2019 World Cup. "We will see, we will see. The legend that he is, we don´t want to make it? but yes we have a plan," he said. India omitted 35-year-old batsman Yuvraj Singh from their squad for the upcoming limited-overs series in Sri Lanka but Prasad clarified it was part of their rotation policy ahead of the 2019 World Cup.
  4. Jon Snow and Daenerys during a scene in Game of Thrones season 7 MUMBAI: Four people have been arrested in India for leaking an episode from HBO´s "Game of Thrones" television series before it was aired in the country, police said Monday. Already the most pirated show in TV history, the popular fantasy drama -- which tells the story of noble families vying for the Iron Throne -- has been plagued by leaks in recent weeks following the premiere of the seventh season. After receiving a complaint for a company "we investigated the case and have arrested four individuals for unauthorised publication of the fourth episode from season seven," Deputy Commissioner of Police Akbar Pathan told AFP. He said the four -- accused of criminal breach of trust and computer-related offences -- would be detained until August 21 amid an investigation. The case was filed by a Mumbai-based company responsible for storing and processing the TV episodes for an app, local media said. The four arrested were company employees who possessed official credentials giving them access to the episodes, the reports added. Gendry finally made a return in episode 5 of season 7 Game of Thrones has more Emmy Awards than any narrative show in history and airs in 170 countries, with viewership figures shattering records across the world. As well as being a hit globally, it has a massive fan base in South Asia. Showrunners David Benioff and D.B. Weiss last year announced the shortened run of seven and six episodes for the final two seasons and confirmed the summer return for season seven, a departure from the usual April premieres. The show has been teasing winter´s arrival since its pilot episode in 2011, and in the latest episode preview "Death Is The Enemy" has finally moved closer to showcasing a battle between a horde of undead "White Walkers" from the frozen North and a troop of warriors led by hero Jon Snow (Kit Harington).
  5. Ashwin grabbed four wickets as India won by an innings and 171 runs/AFP PALLEKELE: Ravichandran Ashwin grabbed four wickets on Monday as India crushed Sri Lanka by an innings and 171 runs inside three days to complete their first three-Test series sweep on foreign soil. Ashwin and paceman Mohammed Shami shared seven wickets as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 181 during their follow-on in an extended second session in Pallekele. Sri Lanka had crumbled for 135 in response to India´s 487 in the first innings, putting the world´s top Test team in firm control as early as day two. All-rounder Hardik Pandya set up the win with his blistering, 96-ball 108, cracking his maiden Test century in just his third game. Left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav turned up the heat with four wickets in Sri Lanka´s first innings as the islanders conceded a 352-run first innings lead. And Ashwin kept up the pressure on the beleaguered hosts, striking the first blow of the morning session by sending back opener Dimuth Karunaratne for 16. Skipper Dinesh Chandimal, who made 36, provided some resistence during his 65-run fifth-wicket stand with Angelo Mathews. Kuldeep, playing just his second Test, broke the partnership with Chandimal´s wicket just after lunch, and Ashwin soon got Mathews for 35 as Sri Lanka slipped further. Shami combined with Ashwin to mop up the tail as beleaguered Sri Lanka suffered their second successive innings loss after the Colombo Test.
  6. "At the stroke of midnight hour, when the world sleeps, India will awake to life and freedom," India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru said during his speech to the Constituent Assembly. Full of ideals and embellishments to inspire a nation, Nehru's speech is now recognized as the first voice of independent India. The independence from the British rule did come at a cost, not just for India, but also for its newest neighbour, carved out of its own boundaries - Pakistan. Ten million people were uprooted from their homes and the world witnessed the biggest human migration which was marred by bloodshed and violence. The partition scarred a whole generation on both sides of the border. © Reuters But, despite their violent history and tumultous relationship, India and Pakistan share a lot in common than it might seem. Be it common borders, the tales of the past, and most importantly, a passion for cricket; the two bickering neighbours aren't really different from each other (at least on those grounds). As the two nations celebrate their respective days of independence, here's a look at the cricket heroes whom both India and Pakistan can call their own: Amir Elahi © Wikimedia Born in Lahore, Punjab, in 1908, Amir Elahi could lay claim to two unusual distinctions: He was one of the only 12 cricketers to play for two different countries and one of the 20 oldest cricketers to have played in a Test match. Elahi played just one Test for India, and made his debut in 1947 against the Australian team. Starting his career as a medium-pace bowler, Elahi eventually turned to leg-breaks and googlies, which brought him more success. In the Ranji Trophy, he took 193 wickets at an average of 24.72 to help Baroda win the competition in 1946-47. In 1947, Elahi migrated to Pakistan and got the distinction of being cap No. 1 amongst the Pakistani Test cricketers. He played five Tests for Pakistan and his finest hour with the bat came when he shared a last-wicket partnership of 104 (a Test rarity) with Zulfiqar Ahmed against India in Madras. At 44, Elahi played his last Test match for Pakistan in 1952, where he took just one wicket while conceding 29 runs against India at Calcutta. Gul Mohammad © Reuters Standing 5-feet-5-inches tall, Gul Mohammad was prolific as an attacking left-handed batsman and an outstanding fielder in the cover region. Making his first-class debut at the tender age of 17, Mohammad smashed a blistering 95 in his first game during the Bombay Pentangular. In 1942-43, he scored 144 for Bijapur Famine XI against Bengal Cyclone XI and went on add 302 runs with Vijay Hazare in the match. But, his most famous innings came in the final of the 1946-47 Ranji Trophy where he played a sensational knock of 319 runs for Baroda against Holkar. Coming in to bat at 91/3, Mohammad stitched a 577-run partnership with Hazare, then a world record for any wicket in first-class cricket. His international debut came in 1946 when he played for India against England. He was also part of the Lala Amarnath-led Indian side that hosted Pakistan's first-ever official Test tour in 1952-53. However, in 1955, Mohammad took a Pakistan citizenship and played just one Test for India's arch-rival in 1956-57 against the Australians. Following his unique career, Mohammad turned to cricket administration and was also part of the board of directors at Lahore's Gaddafi stadium till 1987. He went on to become a coach for the Punjab Sports Board after his stint at the Gadaffi stadium. Abdul Hafeez Kardar Born in Lahore (Punjab) in 1925, Abdul Hafeez Kardar was the first-ever captain of the Pakistan cricket team, and is widely regarded as the father of Pakistan's cricket. From the Oxford University to Northern India and Muslims side, Kardar played domestic cricket for a variety of teams. He was one of the few players of his generation who played for India in Test cricket (against England) and then went on to represent Pakistan after Independence. He was soon appointed as the captain of the Pakistani side which would play its first official Test series touring India in 1952-53. Against Lala Amarnath-led India, Kardar's team achieved its first Test victory in the second Test held in Lucknow. India, on the other hand, managed to win the series 2-1 following victories in Delhi and Bombay (now Mumbai). A left-handed batsman and slow left-arm orthodox spin bowler, Kardar made 6,832 runs and took 344 wickets in his first-class career. He represented Pakistan from 1948 to 1952, when Pakistan was yet to receive a Test status. Before retiring in 1958, Kardar led Pakistan to 6 wins and 6 losses along with 11 draws in a total of 23 Tests as captain. A strong supporter of Mohammad Ali Jinnah, Kardar entered cricket administration and served as a the president of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in the 1970s. His tenure was notable as he backed the representation of Asian and African cricketing nations in the International Cricket Council (ICC). In 1977, He was forced to resign after an embarrassing pay dispute with the players. Years after Independence... Though politics turned its founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah's vision of an essentially secular State with an Islamic theocracy into one that is now fully Islamic, Pakistan's minorities, including Hindus, have represented their country at various sports including cricket. Anil Dalpat Born in Karachi (Sindh) in 1963, Anil Dalpat was the first-ever Hindu to play Test cricket for Pakistan. A prolific wicket-keeper and a lower-order batsman, Dalpat represented Pakistan for a brief interval in the early 1980s following the retirement of Wasim Bari. A 51-year-old Dalpat made his debut for Pakistan in 1984 against England in Karachi. He kept well to the spin of Abdul Qadir as Pakistan stunned the touring English brigade by three wickets. In his nine Tests, he made 25 dismissals (22 catches and 3 stumpings) and a highest score of 52 against New Zealand in Karachi in 1984-85. He is also the first cousin of Danish Kaneria, who made his Test debut for Pakistan in the 2000-01 series against England. In 1983-84, Dalpat effected the dismissal of 67 batsmen - then a Pakistan domestic record. Despite his exploits, Dalpat's career did not last long, and in 1990s, he shocked many by blaming Imran Khan for his short international career. Danish Kaneria © Reuters Only the second Hindu and seventh non-Muslim overall to represent Pakistan in international cricket, Danish Kaneria played 61 Test matches for Pakistan, claiming 261 wickets at an average of 34.79. He represented Pakistan in 18 ODIs, taking 15 wickets with an average over 45. A right-arm leg spinner known for his well-disguised googly, Kaneria holds the record for most Test wickets by any Pakistani spin bowler. He is fourth on the list of bowlers with most Test wickets for Pakistan, only behind fast bowlers Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Imran Khan. Kaneria also claimed 15 five-wicket hauls in Test cricket, and achieved seven and six wickets in a single innings on four and three different occasions respectively. He took ten wickets or more in a match on two different occasions - once against Bangladesh and Sri Lanka each. Despite an impressive cricket career, Kaneria will always be remembered as the cricketer who was banned for life by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) after being found guilty of corruption in a spot-fixing case. He was eventually found guilty of under-performing in a 2009 Pro40 match against Durham that attracted a lifetime ban, literally ending his international career. © Reuters With their respective political stands amid the border stand-off, both India and Pakistan continue to remain at loggerheads. Their differences in opinion has also resulted in a tragic end to their bilateral cricket ties. But, while the Indo-Pak cricket clashes are now only restricted to the ICC events, the five cricketers listed above surely unite the two nations on the eve of their 70th Independence Day.
  7. Continuing his fine run, Shikhar Dhawan notched up his sixth hundred during the third and final Test between India and Sri Lanka at the Pallekele International Cricket stadium. The Delhi southpaw slammed a 123-ball 119 including 17 boundaries in India's first innings. Starting his innings briskly, Dhawan batted with intent as he thrashed the Sri Lankan bowlers all around the park. Thanks to his blazing knock, India romped to a mammoth total of 487 runs in the first innings. His 119 also made Dhawan the leading run-scorer in the series with 358 runs to his name. © Reuters With the social media buzzing, Dhawan's knock garnered plaudtis from all corners of the country. His teammate, too, took to Twitter and sent out a congratulatory message to the 31-year-old. Usually known as 'Gabbar' and 'Jatt Ji', Dhawan also got a new nickname from Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul. Big daddy D got it right ð¤#daddyD top knock ðð@SDhawan25 pic.twitter.com/aCxMns4rs5 — hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) August 12, 2017 Hardik shared a boomerang video on the micro-blogging website and captioned it: "Big daddy D got it right". Big up yourself Daddy D ââ enjoyed watching you smash it like that from the other end. To many more big partnerships. ð¾ #clapyourself pic.twitter.com/UVHsLNCqBo — K L Rahul (@klrahul11) August 12, 2017 Apart from Hardik, Dhawan's opening partner Rahul also congratulated the marauding batsman for his latest feat. "Big up yourself Daddy D enjoyed watching you smash it like that from the other end. To many more big partnerships," Rahul tweeted. Along with Dhawan, Rahul also played a tidy knock 85 runs including eight fours. Dominating the opposition bowlers, the two batsmen gave India a flying start of 188 runs. With a late onslaught from Hardik, India managed to post a healthy total against the hosts who were eventually bowled out for 135 in the first innings.
  8. Monsoon floods and landslides have killed at least 94 people across Nepal and India but officials fear that figure could rise sharply as rescuers search for dozens believed lost under mud and in submerged villages. Authorities Sunday upgraded the death toll from flash flooding across landlocked Nepal to 49 as the water kept rising, forcing thousands to flee for higher ground. "Another 17 are missing. Search and rescue works are underway but the water levels have not declined yet," said Shankar Hari Acharya, the chief of Nepal's national emergency centre. The Red Cross estimated a higher death toll of 53, with dozens more missing and injured, and thousands of homes destroyed. In neighbouring India, a massive landslide in the mountainous north swept two passenger buses off a hillside and into a deep gorge, killing 45 people, an official said. The coaches had stopped for a tea break around midnight Saturday in Himachal Pradesh when tonnes of rock and mud cascaded down a mountainside. Forty-five bodies have been recovered from the accident site in the Himalayan state, said Sandeep Kadam, a senior official at the scene, late Sunday. But more were still missing somewhere at the bottom of the ravine, with soldiers and rescuers working into the night to reach those beneath the mud and rock. "Around 200 metres of national highway washed away with two buses and more than 50 feared buried," said Indian army spokesman Colonel Aman Anand, who was helping coordinate rescue efforts. Heavy toll Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended his condolences and prayers for those affected by the accident. "Pained by the loss of lives due to landslide-related accidents in HP's Mandi district," he posted on Twitter, using the acronym for Himachal Pradesh state. The disaster followed days of heavy rain, which loosens the soil on steep hillsides and threatens villages at the foot of mountains every monsoon season. Hundreds have died across India in torrential rain, floods and landslides since the onset of the wet season in April. In Nepal the toll from this year's monsoon -- which typically lasts from late June until the end of August -- has already eclipsed last year, with more than 100 people confirmed dead. Last weekend in the central lowlands, four girls from the same family drowned when they fell into a flooded roadside ditch. Nepal's weather department warned that heavy rain was expected to continue for another day, following days of torrential downpours. "There isn't a house without water," said Raghu Ram Mehta, a resident of the southern district of Sunsari which has suffered nine deaths, the highest of any district. "Hundreds of families are taking shelter in local schools." Footage aired on Nepali TV showed villagers wading through waist-high water with their belongings and using boats to reach higher ground. Families perched on trees with young children overnight as flood waters swept away homes in a village in the southern district of Chitwan, local media reported. In the popular jungle safari resort of Sauraha in Chitwan, hotels were forced to shift their guests to higher floors as water rushed in. A hotel owner said they used elephants to transport tourists to the nearest open highway and airport to help them return to the capital Kathmandu. Biratnagar airport in the eastern district of Morang was closed after being submerged in a metre of water, according to authorities at the international terminal. "I have already instructed authorities concerned to rescue flood victims, move them to safer locations and immediately provide relief to them," Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba said in a video recording Saturday.
  9. LUCKNOW: At least 64 children have died over six days at a government hospital in northern India that suffered oxygen shortages, officials said Saturday. Authorities have launched an inquiry into the causes of the oxygen disruption but denied reports that it had caused the deaths at the Baba Raghav Das Hospital in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh state. Indian media said 30 children died on Thursday and Friday because of the lack of oxygen on wards. Suppliers´ bills had allegedly not been paid. "Sixty patients have died at the hospital in the last five days but we don´t think it´s linked to reports of oxygen shortage," Anil Kumar, Gorakhpur´s divisional commissioner told AFP. State health minister Sidharth Nath Singh announced later that four more deaths had been reported Saturday, taking the toll to 64 over the six days starting Monday. Singh denied that any of the deaths were linked to the oxygen shortage. Twenty-three children died on Thursday, when, according to a statement shared by the office of state chief minister, "the pressure of the liquid oxygen supply became low and 52 reserve oxygen cylinders were pressed into service". The office of Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Twitter that Modi was "monitoring the situation in Gorakhpur" and was in touch with state authorities. Modi´s conservative nationalist party controls the state. ´All hell broke loose´ The Hindustan Times newspaper on Saturday described chaotic scenes at the hospital as oxygen supply was disrupted. "Even as 90 jumbo oxygen cylinders were pressed into service to maintain the supply on Friday, the hospital ran out of oxygen around 1.00am," it said. "All hell broke loose," the report added. "What followed was complete chaos as panic-stricken relatives of patients ran for help, and with the support of hospital staff tried to maintain supply of oxygen... using artificial manual breathing bags (AMBB). "However several patients started collapsing due to inadequate supply," it added. One uncle of an 11-year-old girl, Vandana, who died at the hospital, echoed local media reports about the chaos. "We didn´t know what was happening at the time. The staff just told us to keep pressing AMBB after every count till three. We kept doing that for some time," he told ABP news channel. The region is one of India´s poorest and registers hundreds of child deaths each year from Japanese Encephalitis and Acute Encephalitis Syndrome, which is rife in parts of eastern and northern India. "We will be getting more liquid oxygen cylinders tonight or tomorrow, and have also cleared the dues of the supplier," district official Kumar told AFP. He added that the deaths could be due to "natural" causes, as many patients admitted are in "serious" condition. India´s Nobel Peace laureate Kailash Satyarthi, a campaigner for children´s rights, described the deaths as "a massacre" on Twitter. "Thirty kids died in hospital without oxygen. This is not a tragedy. It´s a massacre. Is this what 70 years of freedom means for our children?" he said. The state´s health minister suspended the hospital´s top official, holding him accountable for the oxygen supply until the completion of a formal investigation. "The reasons for the disruption of oxygen supply are being investigated but our probe has revealed that no deaths happened because of it," Singh told reporters after a visit to the hospital. "When you hear about around 23 deaths in a day, it shocks you, and it should," he said. "But the average daily death toll for the month of August (at the hospital) has been 19 to 22 for the last three years," the minister added.
  10. Pro basketball superstar Kevin Durant recently visited India, and apparently experienced a lot of culture shock. He ended up making some critical (and ridiculous) comments about the country in an interview with sports website The Athletic. The website quotes Durant as saying, “It's a country that's 20 years behind in terms of knowledge and experience. You see cows in the street, monkeys running around everywhere, hundreds of people on the side of the road, a million cars and no traffic violations. Just a bunch of underprivileged people there and they want to learn how to play basketball. That s— was really, really dope to me.” © AP He further went on to describe the conditions of the area near Taj Mahal. He said he was expecting a “holy ground, super protected, very, very clean.” But instead, he saw “mud in the middle of the street.” © AP Like if that wasn't enough, he further added, “houses were not finished but there were people living in them. No doors. No windows ... stray dogs and then, boom, Taj Mahal, one of the seven wonders of the world.” © Twitter Obviously, this angered a lot of people. Actress and writer Chhaya Nene wrote an “open letter” addressing his comments, which was published by the American Bazaar. She wrote, “Maybe you need to be educated on a place you deemed ‘rough' and ‘20 years behind.” Although many Indians actually agreed with Durant, but Nene wasn't one of them. She went on to list the following points: - The Indian subcontinent was home to the Indus Valley civilization which has been around since the 3rd millennium B.C. America became a nation in 1776. - There are over 1.2 billion people in India. America has just over 324 million. - India has the most populous democracy in the world. After receiving a lot of backlash and undeservedly so, Durant realized maybe what he said wasn't right and took to Twitter to apologise. pic.twitter.com/g54w3TtAoH — Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) August 11, 2017 Well, seems like Chhaya Nene wasn't that impressed. But then again, she does live a privileged life as well so it's like the pot calling the kettle black. The apology is nice but yeah, comments were ridiculous. You live a very privledged life. You visited a place with 1 billion ppl. @KDTrey5 https://t.co/5Lvd1MY4GZ — Chhaya Néné (@ChhayaNene) August 11, 2017 Durant also said that disrespecting India was never his intention and he plans to return soon to run more Basketball camps for the youth. While he was in the country, Durant helped set a Guinness World Record for the world's largest basketball clinic, with more than 3,400 Indian youths taking part.
  11. Shanthakumaran Sreesanth NEW DELHI: India´s cricket board will appeal against a court order that lifted fast bowler Shanthakumaran Sreesanth´s life ban for match-fixing, a senior official told AFP on Friday. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) does not agree with the Kerala state high court order that acquitted Sreesanth for lack of proof, the official said on condition of anonymity. After the court ruling on Monday, Sreesanth, 34, said he was hoping to get his career back on track and represent India at the next World Cup in 2019. But the BCCI official said: "We don´t agree with the order. It definitely needs to be challenged and within a week the appeal would be filed in the Kerala high court. "We were always clear on this case as the board is firm on its zero tolerance policy on corruption and match-fixing," the official added. India?s Sreesanth inspired by Amir?s comeback after life ban lifted Indian pacer eyes 2019 World Cup after a court lifted his life ban over a match-fixing scandal Sreesanth and two other Rajasthan Royals players were banned for life over alleged involvement in betting and spot-fixing following a 2013 scandal in the Indian Premier League. Sreesanth, Ankit Chavan and Ajit Chandila were arrested along with scores of bookies as part of a probe into allegations that players had under-performed in return for cash. Criminal charges were later dropped, but the players remained banned for breaching the BCCI´s code of conduct. Sreesanth, who is 13 short of 100 Test wickets, has played 27 Tests and 53 one-day internationals since making his debut in 2005.
  12. Rogue elephant tramples 15 to death in India, faces culling. PHOTO: AFP NEW DELHI: An elephant that has killed 15 people in eastern India over a months-long rampage could be shot within days if it is not brought under control, an official said Wednesday. Wildlife rangers and hunters assembled in Jharkhand after another victim was trampled to death Tuesday evening, the state´s chief forest and wildlife conservator L.R. Singh told AFP. The rogue elephant crushed four victims in Bihar state in March before crossing into neighbouring Jharkhand and killing 11 more. "Villagers are living in fear, especially the Paharia tribe that lives on the upper hillier regions where the elephant roams. Something must be done," Singh said, referring to one of the poorest indigenous tribal communities in eastern India. "We have a team of experts and hunters here with us. We are brainstorming a solution... one of them is to shoot the animal. But that´s the last resort and we will take a call in a day or two." The marauding elephant likely wandered from its herd and became lost, straying into villages where the killings took place. Elephants kill roughly 60 people every year in forested Jharkhand, Singh said, just a fraction of the estimated 1,100 who died nationwide from elephant or tiger attacks in the three years to May. The environment ministry estimates a person dies every day in India in clashes with these endangered, jungle-dwelling animals -- the vast majority crushed by elephants. Violent encounters between elephants and humans were an "increasing trend", said Singh, as vast swathes of forest are cleared for human settlements or industry.
  13. FILE PHOTO: A man walks inside a conference room used for meetings between military commanders of China and India, at the Indian side of the Indo-China border at Bumla, in the northeastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh, November 11, 2009 NEW DELHI: India's diplomatic efforts to end a seven-week military standoff with China have hit a roadblock, people briefed on the talks said, prompting Chinese state-run media to trumpet rhetoric of "unavoidable countermeasures" on the unmarked border. China has insisted that India unilaterally withdraw its troops from the remote Doklam plateau claimed by both Beijing and Indian ally Bhutan. But China did not respond to India's suggestion in the talks that it move its troops back 250 metres (820 ft) in return, said one source with close ties to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government. In the low-key diplomatic manoeuvres that took place outside the public eye, the Chinese countered with an offer to move back 100 metres (328 ft), so long as they received clearance from top government officials. But there has been no comeback since, except for China's mounting warnings of an escalation in the region, which it calls Donglang. "It is a logjam, there is no movement at all now," said a second source with knowledge of the talks. In Beijing, China's Foreign Ministry said the country would never give up any territory. "Under no circumstances will China make its own territorial sovereignty a term of exchange," it said in a statement sent to Reuters when asked about the talks, reiterating that India had to unconditionally withdraw its forces. Indian troops went into Doklam in mid-June to stop a Chinese construction crew from extending a road India's military says will bring China's army too close for comfort in the northeast. Their faceoff since, military experts say, is the most serious since going toe-to-toe in the 1980s, with thousands of soldiers each, elsewhere along the 3,500-km (2,175-mile) border. China has held off going to war in the hope New Delhi would see reason, the state-run Global Times, which has kept up a barrage of hostile commentary, said on Tuesday. "If the Narendra Modi government continues ignoring the warning coming from a situation spiralling out of control, countermeasures from China will be unavoidable," it said. The border crisis caps a year of souring diplomatic ties between the Asian giants, even though trade between the fast growing economies is rising rapidly. Modi refused to join President Xi Jinping's signature Belt and Road initiative to knit together Asia and beyond, making India the lone country to boycott a summit in May. China has warned New Delhi not to be drawn into a Western military alliance led by the United States and including Japan. Modi has sought closer ties with both. "There will be no happy ending for this confrontation," Indian foreign policy expert C. Raja Mohan wrote in the Indian Express newspaper, adding that India was unlikely to give in. The second source said the worry was the standoff could drag on into a summit of BRICs nations China is hosting next month. LIVE MANOEUVRES Indian military officials say there is no troop buildup on either side, nearly two months into a standoff that involved about 300 soldiers just 100 metres (328 ft) apart on a plateau 3,000 m (10,000 ft) above sea level. China has accused India of massing troops, however, and state media have warned against a fate worse than its defeat in a brief border war in 1962. "We will keep engaging with China to resolve the dispute. War cannot solve problems," Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj told parliament, sticking to a conciliatory stance. China says India building up troops amid border stand-off The stand-off on a plateau ratcheted up tension between China and India Still, both have flexed their muscles. Last month, China held live-fire drills on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau near the site of the standoff, state media said. India's army ran low-key exercises in the Ladakh sector of the western Himalayas, where previous disputes have flared, though it is thousands of miles distant from Doklam. "The chance of a conflict is low, nobody is expecting Xi Jinping to go to war before the Communist Party's congress," said Srikanth Kondapalli, a China specialist at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi, referring to an Oct-Nov meeting expected to confirm a second five-year term as party general secretary for the Chinese leader.
  14. The tournament is scheduled to be held in Bengaluru in November this year/PA Photos ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) would raise an objection to India hosting the Under-19 Asia Cup amid political tension between the two countries. The tournament is scheduled to be held in Bengaluru in November this year with Pakistan reluctant to tour. India has already been allotted the hosting rights of the tournament, but the PCB is set to table a resolution to relocate it to a neutral venue, during the upcoming development and annual general meetings of the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) on August 11 and12. Shahryar Khan, the PCB chairman, is the current president of the ACC. "Since Pakistan is current chair of ACC, we will discuss this matter on August 12 in Colombo," Najam Sethi, head of the PCB's executive committee, told ESPNcricinfo. "There are secure neutral venues outside India and Pakistan where the championship can be held." PCB sources confirmed to ESPNcricinfo that they want Pakistan to play the tournament but do not want the team to face any inconveniences while doing so. "We definitely want to play the tournament, being an important member in the ACC," a PCB official said. "But playing in India in present circumstances is not possible. There will be a visa glitch and a lot of other off-field issues will prevail. We don't want to face any inconvenience ahead of the event." In a separate development, the PCB also sent a notice of dispute to the BCCI for not fulfilling the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) the two boards had signed in 2014 regarding fixtures between India and Pakistan in the 2015-2023 period. The matter was initially meant to be resolved with talks, the failure of which has now led the PCB towards launching legal proceedings, hiring a UK law firm for suing the BCCI for compensation. The PCB's Board of Governors have sanctioned over PKR1 billion to bear the cost of the legal case. The senior men's teams of Pakistan and India have not played a bilateral series, in any format, since a three-match ODI series in India in 2012-13. They have met eight times in multi-national tournaments since then, however, with India hosting one of these matches - the 2016 World T20 group match in Kolkata.
  15. Ever dreamt of ditching your 9 to 5 corporate job which pays your hefty bills and allows you to survive in times, especially when inflation can almost kill you? The idea of leaving a well-paying job to pursue your own dreams and passions seems to be a road less traveled. In a country like India, where every third individual happens to be an engineer or an MBA and finds himself always in a battle to outshine others, through his hard-earned job and a fixed salary that pays his rent, his mere co-relation with his dreams is laughed upon. A larger population of the country is engaged in following a lifestyle that is not only exhausting them to the zenith but also taking a great toll on their health. Right from getting up in the morning to hardly eating any proper meals throughout the day, to traveling for long distances and finally doing something which most of them never liked doing is nowadays a matter worth leaving a high-paying job. Freelance has thus become the latest trend followed, adopted and lived. People are not only quitting their jobs, in-fact they know how to establish their ‘suite life of Zack'. © MensXP In the first part of this post, let's go over a few reasons which may be one of those troublesome issues, while you tried your best in working in a 9 to 5 cubicle. Working hours – In a race to rise and shine, employees work extra hours to get noticed. However, when they see no bonus and importance being given to them, they do the opposite. They start cutting off from the working environment of the company and find themselves completely out of the race with no more competitive spirit. When they are asked to work for those extra number of hours, they find it “unacceptable”, “unethical” and often leave, quoting “the company was exploiting me”. Working environment – The team in which an employee works, plays the most important role in his growth. When an individual finds his team full of highly charged and energetic bunch of people, he starts loving his work. On the other hand, a bad team and office environment can create hurdles which are far beyond one's understanding. Forcibly, the employee prefers leaving, never to be back again in a corporate setup. We've all heard about the fact that people leave because of managers, not companies. © MensXP Hating the work that you do – This clearly justifies one's reason to leave the job. Certainly, forced jobs and less money slowly becomes a matter of discouragement, due to which one decides to leave and so something that could be more relevant to his life. Traveling – Even if you disagree, traveling drains a good amount of energy and leaves you almost tired to do any work. Commuting on a daily basis is far more complicated than we see it. As much as one travels and exposes himself to more crowded places, the chances of becoming ill often increases and you will fall sick time and again, ultimately making you leave the job and giving you an impact of a stressful corporate life. Finally, when one leaves his or her job, he thinks less about the consequences and focuses more on his current situations. In-fact all the points mentioned above are strong enough to turn even the best of employees into complete freelancers. The second part of this post deals with the fact that while the reasons quoted above may be secondary; the only truth of leaving a well-paid job lies in pursuing one's dreams. Dreams can feed people more than a usual job can do, both mentally and physically. There have been many examples worth noticing when people hardly cared about their lives and started working towards their interests, and that too from a scratch. Moreover, technology has given a boost to many of our dreams. We simply cannot deny the fact that tech has occupied a larger part of our lives. As per the latest data, India now lies at second place after the US in having the highest number of freelance professionals (about 15M). Over the years, people have realized the advantages of working on contracts, rather than spending the rest of their lives in cubicles. After all, who does not like working on his own terms, according to his own time and at the comfort of his home. Once you decide to freelance, it makes you capable of two things – To establish yourself as the boss and to earn quick money which you cannot even dream of while sustaining inside a 9 to 5 corporate job.
  16. ISLAMABAD: Newly-appointed Foreign Minister Khawaja Asif said on Sunday that the atrocities in Indian occupied Kashmir continue to take place, adding that Pakistan would not compromise over the issue of Kashmir. The FM was speaking to media in Sialkot, where he said that peace in India and Pakistan is related to Kashmir and without solving the issue durable peace cannot be achieved. He said that the foreign policy is in line with the wishes of Pakistanis and the country?s interests. He said that efforts are underway to bring relations with India back on track but not getting a positive answer from the other side. The foreign minister said that Pakistan wants good relations with Afghanistan too, but India will also have to play a part in this. Asif said that Pakistan has been fighting against terrorism since decades and it has reduced compared to before.
  17. Kohli discussing with Jadeja during the match COLOMBO: Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja broke the back of Sri Lanka´s resistance after lunch to secure India´s series-clinching victory by an innings and 53 runs in the second test on Sunday. The all-rounder claimed his ninth five-wicket haul as Sri Lanka, forced to follow on after being shot out for 183 in the first innings, made 386 in the second before collapsing minutes before the tea break on the penultimate day. It was a first victory by an innings or more for India in Sri Lanka and, following their biggest victory by runs in Galle last week, ensured an eighth straight series triumph under Virat Kohli. "We said this morning that even if we don´t get wickets early on, we are going to enjoy the tough times because they really improve you as a side and you need those tough times to improve as cricketers," the India captain said. "We were very happy that we went through that difficult phase as well, for you never want to get complacent as a side. "Kohli will fancy equalling Australia´s modern era record of nine consecutive test series wins when India host Sri Lanka for three matches later this year. Sri Lanka will take a modicom of confidence into that series from a second innings resurgence that was built around the 191-run stand between Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis, who fell for 110 on Saturday. Lefthander Karunaratne´s gallant 141 merely delayed the inevitable on Sunday, though, as Jadeja (5-152) and spin partner Ravichandran Ashwin (2-132) tormented Sri Lanka on a worn-out track where the ball spun alarmingly and often kicked off. Sri Lanka had resumed the fourth day on 209-2 at the Sinhalese Sports Cricket Ground with Karunaratne continuing his grim battle with the Indian bowlers. Nightwatchman Malinda Pushpakumara threw away his wicket, attempting a bizarre reverse slog against Jadeja who dismissed Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal for two in his next over. Karunaratne and former captain Angelo Mathews resisted India for a while during a 69-run stand but Jadeja returned to wreck Sri Lanka after the lunch break. Karunaratne´s defiant knock, which included 16 boundaries, came to a cruel end when he was presented with an unplayable delivery that reared up, hit his gloves and ballooned into the air for Ajinkya Rahane to catch behind the wicketkeeper. Mathews followed next, edging Jadeja to perish caught behind for 36 and Hardik Pandya claimed a couple of late wickets to hasten Sri Lanka´s collapse. "We were outplayed in the first innings both with bat and ball," Chandimal said after his team lost a test inside four days for the second time in the series. "Credit goes to them, they batted brilliantly in the first innings and put us under huge pressure. I´m really happy the way guys played in the second innings." Jadeja, who smashed 70 not out and claimed seven wickets from the test, was adjudged man-of-the-match. Rahane was the bright exception in India´s otherwise poor catching display, grabbing four in Sri Lanka´s second innings alone. Wriddhiman Saha also shone behind the stumps, taking a couple of spectacular catches, effecting a stumping and conceding only four byes on a pitch where the ball frequently misbehaved. Pallekele hosts the dead rubber third and final test from Saturday.
  18. India's lawmakers on Saturday elected a veteran leader from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as the country's next vice-president, boosting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's political standing. Venkaiah Naidu, 68, secured 516 parliamentary votes to beat rival Gopalkrishna Gandhi ? the 72-year-old grandson of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi ? who received 244 votes, according to polling officials. Naidu, considered close to Modi, held the post of a federal minister before being nominated as vice president. The vice president presides over the upper house of parliament and can take temporary charge of the largely ceremonial presidency in the event that the incumbent dies, resigns or is impeached. Modi congratulated Naidu in a tweet and said, ?I'm confident @MVenkaiahNaidu will serve the nation as a diligent & dedicated Vice President, committed to the goal of nation building.? The BJP and its allies enjoy a majority in the 545-member lower house of parliament but not in the upper house, weakening its ability to pass legislation. The BJP rules 17 of India's 29 states either directly or in alliance with regional parties. Naidu's victory means the top three constitutional offices are now held by BJP leaders following the election of the party's candidate Ram Nath Kovind as president earlier this month.
  19. Representational image/Reuters file photo ISLAMABAD: A team of doctors at Noida (India) gave a new lease of life to a three-year-old Pakistani child, who was suffering from a rare heart disease, found in one among 200,000 children. According to a health news channel, Mohammad Bilal was suffering from Uhl's anomaly, a disease related to the right ventricle of the heart. The muscles on the right chamber of his heart were weak and enlarged, which increased pressure on his heart's left chamber. "As a result, the child's heart was not functioning properly and the pumped blood was unable to reach his lungs, resulting in high risk to his life," doctors said in statement on Friday. Bilal was treated with the Fontan procedure and right ventricle exclusion from circulation method, a critical surgical procedure that took about five hours. "Under this procedure, the entire blue blood of the child's body was pumped directly into his lungs through a tube and the right chamber of the heart is removed," the doctors said. "Due to the prolonged illness, the child had become very weak; hence, he was kept on ventilator for four days post surgery? they added. The doctors further said that the child was also given medicines so that his body gained immunity and did not develop any infections. India issues medical visa to ailing Pakistani child The plea of the ailing child caught the attention of Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj Bilal was also given a high calorie, high protein and vitamin diet through feeding tube to ensure speedy recovery. The three-year-old was discharged last week, the doctor informed.
  20. AHMEDABAD: Indian opposition leader Rahul Gandhi´s car was hit by a stone-throwing mob as he visited a flood-hit region of Gujarat state, with leaders of his party blaming supporters of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A mob carrying black flags tried to stop Gandhi´s convoy Friday and although he was unhurt in the attack, the windows of his car were smashed, television images showed. Police have detained one man and are investigating the incident, the Press Trust of India reported. Scion to the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that ruled India for decades through its Congress party, the 47-year-old Gandhi is seeking to revive the party´s fortunes after its ouster in 2014 general elections and a string of defeats in state polls since then. Several senior Congress leaders accused Modi´s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of orchestrating the attack on Gandhi, who is the Congress vice president. Gujarat, Modi´s home state, goes to the polls in December with the BJP seeking to retain power. "Windowpanes of Cong VP´s car broken in an organised attack by goons, security staff injured. BJP must know truth can´t be silenced," tweeted Randeep Surjewla, a Congress spokesman. Ghulam Nabi Azad, another Congress leader, said the attack was carried out deliberately by the BJP to create an atmosphere of fear in Gujarat ahead of the polls. Gandhi himself took to Twitter, saying he was undeterred by the attack. "Narendra Modi ji, slogans, black flags and stones will not deter us... We will put in all our might into the service of people," he wrote. Gandhi later met flood victims in Banaskantha district of Gujarat where severe monsoon flooding has killed more than 200 people so far.
  21. I mean who doesn't love sports car and who isn't impressed by or even jealous of one? Well, just to feed your curiosity, we've compiled a list of sports cars you can buy in India and while they may not be that furious, they are fast. Very, very fast. Check our list out below: 1. Lamborghini Aventador S © 2017 Lamborghini Aventador S Rear/Twitter Launch Date: Mar 03, 2017 Price: 5.01 Crore Sprints From: 0-100 kmph comes in 2.9 seconds Top Speed: 350 kmph 2. Ferrari GTC4 Lusso © Twitter Launch Date: Aug 02, 2017 Price: Rs 4.20 Crore Sprints From: 0-100 kmph in just 3.4 seconds 0-100 kmph in just 3.4 seconds Top Speed: 345 kmph 3. Lamborghini Huracan RWD Spyder © Twitter Launch Date: February 1, 2017 Price: Rs 3.45 crore Sprints From: 0 to 100 kmph in 3.6 seconds Top Speed: 319 kmph 4. Porsche 718 Boxster © Twitter Launch Date: February 15, 2017 Price: Rs 85.53 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) Sprints From: 0-100kmph in 4.7 seconds Top Speed: 275 kmph 5. Porsche 718 Cayman © Twitter Launch Date: February 15, 2017 Price: Rs 81.63 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) Sprints From: 0-100kmph in 4.5 seconds Top Speed: 273.5 kmph 6. Mercedes-Benz GLC43 AMG coupe © Mercedes Launch Date: July 21, 2017 Price: Rs 74.8 lakh Sprints From: 0 to 100kmph in 5 seconds Top Speed: 250 kmph
  22. BEIJING: China's Foreign Ministry on Thursday said India has been building up troops and repairing roads along its side of the border amid an increasingly tense stand-off in a remote frontier region beside the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. The stand-off on a plateau next to the mountainous Indian state of Sikkim, which borders China, has ratcheted up tension between the neighbors, who share a 3,500-km (2,175-mile) frontier, large parts of which are disputed. "It has already been more than a month since the incident, and India is still not only illegally remaining on Chinese territory, it is also repairing roads in the rear, stocking up supplies, massing a large number of armed personnel," the foreign ministry said in a statement. "This is certainly not for peace." Early in June, according to the Chinese interpretation of events, Indian guards crossed into China's Donglang region and obstructed work on a road on the plateau. The two sides' troops then confronted each other close to a valley controlled by China that separates India from its close ally, Bhutan, and gives China access to the so-called Chicken's Neck, a thin strip of land connecting India and its remote northeastern regions. India has said it warned China that construction of the road near their common border would have serious security implications. Despite China's numerous diplomatic representations, its foreign ministry said, India has not only not withdrawn its troops but has also been making "unreasonable demands" and is not sincere about a resolution. "If India really cherishes peace, it ought to immediately withdraw its personnel who have illegally crossed the border into the Indian side." China's defense ministry last month warned India not to harbor any illusions about the Chinese military's ability to defend its territory. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is to visit China early in September for a summit of BRICS leaders. Indian officials say about 300 soldiers from either side are facing each other about 150 meters (yards) apart on the plateau. They have told Reuters that both sides' diplomats have quietly engaged to try to keep the stand-off from escalating, and that India's ambassador to Beijing is leading the effort to find a way for both sides to back down without loss of face. Chinese state media have warned India of a fate worse than the defeat it suffered in a brief border war in 1962. China's military has held live fire drills close to the disputed area, they said last month.
  23. India are currently on tour in Sri Lanka NEW DELHI: India will host Sri Lanka for a full series later this year, with the cricket board adding nearly two dozen matches to the tail-end of a packed home schedule for Virat Kohli´s team. India will now host Australia, New Zealand and Sri Lanka back-to-back at venues across the country between September-December. Australia, who went down 2-1 to hosts India in the Test series earlier this year, will return for five one-day internationals and three Twenty20 matches. India will then welcome New Zealand for three ODIs and three T20 matches, followed by Sri Lanka for a return series with three Tests, three ODIs and three T20s. India are currently touring Sri Lanka. The two sides meet Thursday for the second of three Tests after the hosts were thrashed in the first, and they then play five ODIs and one T20. Sri Lanka had previously been expected to tour India next March. But the Board of Control for Cricket in India adjusted the schedule because the island is hosting the Independence Cup over that period. "Sri Lanka has always co-operated with India and therefore India will be making a reciprocal short visit only to play the Independence Cup," BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary told reporters on Tuesday. "Another reason being there are six proposed exchange of tours between India and Pakistan which did not happen, so those spaces had to be adjusted." India are slated to tour South Africa for a full series after completing their matches against Sri Lanka. Schedule: Australia: 5 ODIs in Chennai, Bangalore, Nagpur, Indore, Kolkata; 3 T20Is in Hyderabad, Ranchi, Guwahati New Zealand: 3 ODIs in Pune, Mumbai, Kanpur; 3 T20Is in Delhi, Cuttack, Rajkot Sri Lanka: 3 Tests in Kolkata, Nagpur, Delhi; 3 ODIs in Dharamsala, Mohali, Vizag; 3 T20Is in Kochi/Thiruvananthapuram, Indore, Mumbai
  24. <p>Forget about Tomorrowland and every other mainstream dance music artist you know and get ready to embrace video game music in a whole new way; courtesy of Japanese house music legend, Siochi Terada and renowned global DJ Nick Dwyer who also happens to be the director of Diggin Of The Carts—a 2014 documentary on how Japanese video game music became such a cultural phenomenon. The duo are all set to be touring India between 16th and 19th August 2017 and will be performing at stellar gigs in Bangalore, Delhi and Mumbai. </p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Video Game Music Pioneers—Soichi Terado & Nick Dwyer Are Set To Visit India This Month" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Aug/video-game-music-pioneers-soichi-terado-and-nick-dwyer-are-set-to-visit-india-this-month-740x400-1-1501668315.jpg" alt="Video Game Music Pioneers—Soichi Terado & Nick Dwyer Are Set To Visit India This Month" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Aug/video-game-music-pioneers-soichi-terado-and-nick-dwyer-are-set-to-visit-india-this-month-740x400-1-1501668315.jpg" />© Soichi Terada (Japan Times) & Nick Dwyer (Twitter)</p> <p>Fans of Japanese video games might also recognise Soichi Terada as the mastermind behind soundtracks like the incredibly popular game ‘Ape Escape', which has a cult following and is considered an incredible piece of recorded music. </p> <p>The tour will be a part of red Bull Academy Sessions and will give attendees a taste of what a day at the Academy actually feels like, with lectures, free exchange of ideas among participants, and mutual inspiration. While Sessions—which is to include a screening of episodes 1, 2 & 4—will be restricted to just Bangalore and Mumbai, Delhiites will be able to catch the duo performing live. And the Mumbai leg of the tour is going to be held in partnership with another popular city-based boutique music festival, called Eye Myth. </p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Video Game Music Pioneers—Soichi Terado & Nick Dwyer Are Set To Visit India This Month" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Aug/video-game-music-pioneers-soichi-terado-and-nick-dwyer-are-set-to-visit-india-this-month-740x400-2-1501668352.jpg" alt="Video Game Music Pioneers—Soichi Terado & Nick Dwyer Are Set To Visit India This Month" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Aug/video-game-music-pioneers-soichi-terado-and-nick-dwyer-are-set-to-visit-india-this-month-740x400-2-1501668352.jpg" />© The Hifi Club UK</p> <p>Through the 80s and 90s, Terada – along with a handful of other Japanese producers like Shinichiro Yokota – cooked up his own melodically rich slant on house music. Ranging in style from personable and fun to more moody and soulful, Terada has a broad sound palette that is full of humour and real character.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="Video Game Music Pioneers—Soichi Terado & Nick Dwyer Are Set To Visit India This Month" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Aug/video-game-music-pioneers-soichi-terado-and-nick-dwyer-are-set-to-visit-india-this-month-740x400-3-1501668375.jpg" alt="Video Game Music Pioneers—Soichi Terado & Nick Dwyer Are Set To Visit India This Month" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Aug/video-game-music-pioneers-soichi-terado-and-nick-dwyer-are-set-to-visit-india-this-month-740x400-3-1501668375.jpg" />© Redbull</p> <p>Dwyer's act, Weird Together, represents a seamless blend of organic music discovery and collaboration. Ethiopian jazz records, contemporary club from Ghana's streets of Accra, plus dance music from the Caribbean and South America found their way into the studio to give birth to this eclectic act. On this tour, Dwyer will also play out little-known gems from Japanese video game music that, for the most part, has rarely been heard outside of Japan. </p> <p>This is going to be a one-of-a-kind act bringing together two world class prodigies in a performance showcasing a style of music that hasn't really been explored all that much; especially, in India, of all countries. </p>
  25. <p>Despite being a cricket-crazy nation, India has still managed to at least acknowledge, if not celebrate the success of sportspersons coming from different domains. There was adequate fanfare and cash rewards for Sakshi Malik and PV Sindhu after they won their respective medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics.</p> <p>Another athlete Dipa Karmakar missed out on a medal only by a whisker and it was only fair for the Indian gymnast to get showered with praise for her efforts. More recently, the Indian women's cricket team missed out on a rare chance to record their maiden World Cup title triumph, yet their exploits were hailed by the celebrities and fans alike. </p> <p>So much so that Indian PM Narendra Modi, apart from regularly hailing their performance on social media, hosted the team for a special interaction in the capital following their loss to England in the final. Clearly, the sports icons are getting their due and rightly so. After all, they make us all proud and put our country on the global map.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="How India Failed Its Deaflympians When They Needed It The Most" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Aug/how-india-failed-its-deaflympians-when-they-needed-it-the-most1-1501667466.jpg" alt="How India Failed Its Deaflympians When They Needed It The Most" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Aug/how-india-failed-its-deaflympians-when-they-needed-it-the-most1-1501667466.jpg" />© Twitter/@NarendraModi</p> <p>But, India is only obsessed with popular stars, popular sports and, needless to say, popular tournaments. We don't care about some lowly, boring and not-so-important tournaments like Paralympics or Deaflympics. I mean, who would really watch disabled individuals sweating it out to win a medal. We already feel so sorry for them for their disabilities and watching them compete at a global event is only going to make us feel pity for them.</p> <p>Isn't that true? Of course it is. Because if that's not the case, then why do we humiliate these individuals every time they do good for this country? Despite doing their job astoundingly well, why these athletes are compelled to scream their lungs out to get recognition and acknowledgement from the same set of people who are seen celebrating the success of other popular stars as their own?</p> <p>Well, going by the biasness in Indian sports, it wasn't really surprising to hear about the plight of the Indian Deaflympians who were left disappointed and dejected after their countrymen failed them on the day when it mattered the most.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="How India Failed Its Deaflympians When They Needed It The Most" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Aug/how-india-failed-its-deaflympians-when-they-needed-it-the-most2-1501667504.jpg" alt="How India Failed Its Deaflympians When They Needed It The Most" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Aug/how-india-failed-its-deaflympians-when-they-needed-it-the-most2-1501667504.jpg" />© Twitter/@Media_SAI</p> <p>Unlike other stars, the Indian contingent of Deaflympians returned home to no fanfare or as much as a mere applause. Despite winning five medals including a gold, there was not even a single person at the Delhi airport to receive them. If the sports fans ignored them, the Union Sports Ministry and the Narendra Modi government, too, gave them a cold snub.</p> <p>Ketan Shah, interpreter and project officer, All India Sports Council for the Deaf (AISCD), spoke about how the entire contingent - comprising 46 athletes and their support staff - was let down by the government, who have no excuses to explain their absence. They were informed that the athletes and the support staff would be coming on 1 August, still, no one turned up.</p> <p>"We also tried to get in touch with the Director General of the Sports Authority of India and Sports Minister Vijay Goel but they didn't pay any heed. We had mailed them and informed them on 25 July itself that we will be coming on 1 August but we haven't got any reply," Shah told NDTV.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="How India Failed Its Deaflympians When They Needed It The Most" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Aug/how-india-failed-its-deaflympians-when-they-needed-it-the-most3-1501667523.jpg" alt="How India Failed Its Deaflympians When They Needed It The Most" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Aug/how-india-failed-its-deaflympians-when-they-needed-it-the-most3-1501667523.jpg" />© Twitter/@ANI</p> <p>"Since morning, we have been calling them and no one is ready to entertain us. No one is here to greet or meet the players and it's a bit let down for the team," he added.</p> <p>"We celebrate the success of the Olympics players and even Paralympics athletes then why can't we give the same recognition to these players. This is our best ever show in the Deaflympics including a gold medal which is the best ever performance by India," he concluded.</p> <p>Wrestler Virender Singh won the sole gold medal for India in the 74kg freestyle event while 16-year-old golfer Diksha Dagar won a silver medal. Ajay Kumar and Sumit Dahiya clinched bronze medals in 65kg and 97kg freestyke wrestling events respectively. Also, 18-year-old Jafreen Sheikh secured the third bronze medal for India in the men's doubles tennis event at the 23rd Summer Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey.</p> <p>But, clearly it wasn't enough. Their efforts, hardships and even the laurels they brought to our country was just not good enough for their government or fellow countrymen to take notice and say 'We're proud of you'. Unfortunately, it wasn't their achievements or the medals, but their refusal to leave the Delhi airport as a sign of protest which has now brought them into the limelight.</p> <p class="articleimg"><img id="ed-img" class="art-lazy imwidth-full" title="How India Failed Its Deaflympians When They Needed It The Most" src="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Aug/how-india-failed-its-deaflympians-when-they-needed-it-the-most4-1501667538.jpg" alt="How India Failed Its Deaflympians When They Needed It The Most" data-original="http://media.new.mensxp.com/media/content/2017/Aug/how-india-failed-its-deaflympians-when-they-needed-it-the-most4-1501667538.jpg" />© Twitter/@Deaflympics2017</p> <p>Theirs is a long-standing issue of indifference that continues to plague Indian sports. The sports minister and the government can now very well apologise. They might even announce cash rewards to right their wrong. But, all those things are really not worth it if one literally has to beg for it.</p> <p>Were our Deaflympians asking too much? They weren't seeking salary hikes like Virat Kohli & Co. They didn't win all those medals to get lucrative government jobs or fancy BMW cars. For once, they had thought that maybe their fellow countrymen would give them the respect that has eluded them for ages. But, who are they kidding; we'd rather see the photos of Hardik Pandya's new haircut than as much as just acknowledge the efforts of our Deaflympians.</p> <p>For the hearing-impaired athletes whose popularity is generally restricted to the enclosed circles of their family and acquaintances, all they really wanted was their fair share of recognition on a rare occasion where they clearly managed to break away from the shadows of the country's most popular sports and famous stars.</p> <p>But, we took even that away from them. And, for that, India should hang its head in shame.</p>