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  1. ISLAMABAD: National Security Adviser Lt Gen (retd) Nasir Janjua said on Monday the United States of America is following Indian policy on the longstanding Kashmir dispute. Speaking at a National Security Policy Seminar, Janjua lamented that despite Pakistan giving the most human and economic sacrifices in the war against terrorism, the world has still not respected the vital role it has played. He said that Pakistan has defeated the heinous ambitions of its enemy as the insurgents in Balochistan are putting down their weapons and choosing to say ?Jeevay Jeevay Pakistan? (Long live Pakistan). Lt Gen (retd) Janjua said that the India is threatening Pakistan with a conventional war. The US has given India role in Afghanistan?s political process, giving New Delhi priority over Islamabad, and has opposed the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), he pointed out. ?Taliban are getting stronger in Afghanistan, and Pakistan has faced heavy human and economic loss in its war against terrorism but the US is blaming Pakistan for its own failure in Afghanistan,? the adviser remarked. He said that terrorism in Pakistan emerged after the country decided to support US and the West. The national security adviser said that in opposition to China and Russia, the US has disrupted balance of power in South Asia. ?Security in South Asia is under pressure,? he said.
  2. Pakistan's 15-member squad posing for the event at the inauguration ceremony of the tournament. Photo: Facebook/Asian Men's Netball Championship KUALA LUMPUR: Pakistan will face off against arch-rival India in the final of the Second Asian Men?s Netball Championship today (Sunday). The match is scheduled to start at 11:30 AM (PST). Pakistan qualified for the final after defeating Singapore 75-63 during the semi-final on Saturday. On the other hand, India qualified after defeating host team Malaysia 47-44. Interestingly, Pakistan defeated traditional rivals India 70-41 in the Round-Robin Matches of the tournament, which kicked off on Wednesday. Pakistan remains undefeated in the tournament and scored the most goals after the Round-Robin Matches. The 15-member netball squad of Pakistan comprises Mohammad Akhtar (captain), Samad Masood (vice-captain), Ali Raza Fareed, Usman Bashir, Mohammad Khursheed, Mehboob Shah, Rana Zahid Khan, Yawar Khan, Abid Ali Ansari, Masoom Abbass, Haris Kamal, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseeb Raza, Mohammad Zohair (reserve). Anwar Ahmed Ansari is the team?s coach Yasir Ahmed is the assistant coach.
  3. When it comes to modern-day cricket, only a handful of cricketers can stake claim to the kind of reputation Virat Kohli has earned in recent times. Whether it's his explosive batting or aggressive captaincy, the Indian captain continues to grow his fanbase in almost every corner of the world. Such has been his exploits on the cricket field that even fans from countries other than India have been going gaga over the Delhi lad. His absence was sorely missed by Pakistani fans who recently witnessed the return of international cricket through the Independence Cup. Kohli's love-affair with Pakistan once again came to the fore after the Indian captain emerged as the most-searched cricketer on Google in their country. According to Google Trends, Kohli was the most searched cricketer in Pakistan from 18 December 2016 to 9 December 2017. BCCL The Indian batting sensation even left behind the likes of Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, seamer Mohammad Amir and Ahmed Shehzad - who is often compared to Kohli. While his exploits on the cricket field have surely won him fans in every corner of the globe, Kohli's high-profile wedding with Anushka Sharma has also been the talk of the town lately. Often labelled as the ultimate power couple, Kohli and Anushka recently tied the nuptial knot in a private ceremony in Florence, Italy. Amongst the innumerable wishes, there were many Pakistani cricketers who congratulated the newly-weds on the social media. Congrats bro god bless uðððð — Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) December 11, 2017 While the world still appears to be in awe of their wedding, Kohli and Anushka are currently on their honeymoon in South Africa where the Indian captain will later join his teammates for the highly-anticipated tour against the Proteas.
  4. Pakistan's 15-member squad posing for the event at the inauguration ceremony of the tournament. Photo: Facebook/Asian Men's Netball Championship KARACHI: Pakistan will face off against arch-rival India in the final of the Second Asian Men?s Netball Championship on Sunday (tomorrow). Pakistan qualified for the final after defeating Singapore 75-63 during the semi-final on Saturday. On the other hand, India qualified after defeating host team Malaysia 47-44. Interestingly, Pakistan defeated traditional rivals India 70-41 in the Round-Robin Matches of the tournament, which kicked off on Wednesday. Pakistan remains undefeated in the tournament and scored the most goals after the Round-Robin Matches. The 15-member netball squad of Pakistan comprises Mohammad Akhtar (captain), Samad Masood (vice-captain), Ali Raza Fareed, Usman Bashir, Mohammad Khursheed, Mehboob Shah, Rana Zahid Khan, Yawar Khan, Abid Ali Ansari, Masoom Abbass, Haris Kamal, Mohammad Rizwan, Naseeb Raza, Mohammad Zohair (reserve). Anwar Ahmed Ansari is the team?s coach Yasir Ahmed is the assistant coach. Pakistan had won the silver medal in the First Asian Men?s Netball Championship 2016. The host team Malaysia defeated Pakistan 35-34 in a close competition, which was held at Dewan Serbaguna Complex Quarters, Kuala Lumpur, last year.
  5. A shopkeeper selling cigarettes waits in his store at a market in Mumbai, India, January 6, 2016. Photo: Reuters NEW DELHI: An Indian court on Friday quashed federal rules that mandated stringent graphic health warnings on tobacco products, lawyers involved in the case said, in a decision seen as a major victory for the tobacco industry and a setback for health advocates. India?s Supreme Court last year ordered enforcement of the government?s 2014 federal rules that required 85 per cent of a tobacco pack?s surface to be covered in health warnings, up from 20 per cent earlier, despite protests by the tobacco industry. At the same time, the top court had asked a court in southern Karnataka state to rule on the dozens of tobacco industry pleas that challenged the federal rules. The High Court of Karnataka on Friday struck down the government?s 2014 notification, said Aradhana L, a lawyer at Poovayya & Co, who represented tobacco companies including India?s ITC and Philip Morris International Inc?s Indian partner, Godfrey Phillips India Ltd. The government lawyer in the case, Krishna S Dixit, confirmed the rules had been struck down but said he would appeal in the Supreme Court. Dixit said that for now the older federal rules mandating 20 per cent warnings on packs will be in force. But, he added, ?the court has allowed us to remake the rules. Similar battles between tobacco companies and authorities have played out around the world in recent years as governments try to discourage smoking. India?s tobacco packaging rules were among the world?s most stringent and aimed at reducing tobacco consumption which kills more than 900,000 people a year. The World Health Organization estimates tobacco-related diseases cost India about $16 billion annually. A government survey earlier this year found that 62 per cent of cigarette smokers thought of quitting because of warning labels on the packets. ?The court is setting aside a proven strategy on improving public health. This is very disappointing,? said Sanjay Seth, head of tobacco control at non-profit Sambandh Health Foundation. The tobacco industry, however, has maintained the rules were extreme. At one point last year, the industry briefly shut down its factories across India in protest and filed dozens of legal cases. It was not clear if the tobacco manufacturers, who currently print the mandated bigger health warnings, will stop doing so immediately, or if the government will step in to make a new rule. Industry lawyer Sajan Poovayya cheered the move. ?Bye Bye gruesome warnings on tobacco packages,? he said on Twitter after the verdict.
  6. Bringing an end to what has been a notable year of marriages in sports, Virat Kohli tied the nuptial knot with his long-time girlfriend Anushka Sharma in a private ceremony in Italy on the 11th of December. The Indian captain ended his bachelorhood at 29 and joined the likes of Zaheer Khan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who got married earlier this year. For quite some time now, Kohli was considered one of the most eligible bachelors in the Indian cricket team until he got married to Anushka. His popular Team India mates including Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have all settled down quite early. And, with Kohli embarking on a new innings in his personal life, there will be plenty of advice flowing in after his marriage. However, amid all the tips regarding life after marriage, Kohli seems to trust no one but India's trusted batsman, Rahane. Congratulations @imVkohli and @AnushkaSharma !!! Wishing you'll the very best for the new journey ahead and Welcome To The Club Captain! pic.twitter.com/yk6Ca0RQBm — ajinkyarahane88 (@ajinkyarahane88) December 12, 2017 The Mumbai batsman, who got married to Radhika Dhopavkar in 2014, congratulated his captain and welcomed Kohli to the "club" of married cricketers. "Wishing you the very best for the new journey ahead and Welcome To The Club, Captain," Rahane tweeted. Thanks Jinx, looking forward to some tips from you. ð — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) December 13, 2017 Soon, Kohli replied back saying, "Thanks Jinx, looking forward to some tips from you". While Rahane might have struggled to find a place in the Indian team, he sure seems to be in the good books of skipper Kohli.
  7. Ookla speed test. Pakistan holds the 89th position in terms of mobile speed for the month of November according to speed testing company Ookla. The Speedtest Global Index compares internet speed data from around the world on a monthly basis. Data for the Index comes from the hundreds of millions of tests taken by real people using Speedtest every month. According to the November edition of the Speedtest Global Index, Pakistan, which previously stood on the 86th rank, affords an average 13.08 Mbps speed to mobile internet users. Pakistan holds the 89th position in terms of mobile speed for the month of November according to speed testing company Ookla. With a blazing fast 62.66-Mbps mobile internet speed, Norway sits on the number one spot. India is ranked 109 with a mobile internet speed of only 8.80 Mbps, while Bangladesh sits on the 120th spot. Two spots down from its previous rank, Pakistan holds the 126th rank in the fixed broadband speed test category, with an average speed of 6.13 Mbps. Pakistan holds the 126th rank in the fixed broadband speed test category, with an average speed of 6.13 Mbps. Singapore occupies the number one spot in the fixed broadband category, with an average tested speed of 153.85 Mbps. India stands on the 76th spot in the list at 18.82 Mbps, while Bangladesh is two spots down to 85, with an average recorded fixed broadband speed of 16.14 Mbps.
  8. BJP minister Lal Singh Arya.- Photo: Facebook NEW DELHI: Police said Wednesday they had launched a manhunt for India´s only "happiness minister" after the state politician vanished when a court order for his arrest was issued over an alleged murder. Lal Singh Arya, whose only mandate is to put a smile on the face of his 70 million constituents, is wanted in connection with an alleged murder of an opposition politician in 2009. Madhya Pradesh in January became the first state in India to create a happiness ministry, making headlines with the appointment of Arya to head this rosy department. But the 53-year-old from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party disappeared without a trace after a court in Bhind district issued a non-bailable warrant for his arrest over an alleged connection to the murder. Local police told AFP they were "hopeful" of catching Arya before he is scheduled to appear in court on December 19. "Police teams are still looking for him. We are positive that we will track him down by then," Prashant Khare, police superintendent in Bhind, told AFP by phone. Police launched the hunt Tuesday for the minister when he was not found at his residence, the Press Trust of India reported. Arya was tasked by the state in January with responsibility for "the happiness and tolerance of its citizens". The happiness ministry is modelled on the "gross national happiness" index used by India´s northerly neighbour Bhutan as a measure of its success. Madhya Pradesh hopes for its own such "happiness index", and has promised social programs including yoga, meditation and free religious pilgrimages for senior citizens. The state´s chief minister said in January the ministry would even "rope in psychologists to counsel people on how to be always happy".
  9. India's Happiness Minister Lal Singh Arya. Photo: Financial Express NEW DELHI: Police said Wednesday they had launched a manhunt for India?s only "happiness minister" after the state politician vanished when a court order for his arrest was issued over an alleged murder. Lal Singh Arya, whose only mandate is to put a smile on the face of his 70 million constituents, is wanted in connection with an alleged murder of an opposition politician in 2009. Madhya Pradesh in January became the first state in India to create a happiness ministry, making headlines with the appointment of Arya to head this rosy department. But the 53-year-old from the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party disappeared without a trace after a court in Bhind district issued a non-bailable warrant for his arrest over an alleged connection to the murder. Local police told AFP they were "hopeful" of catching Arya before he is scheduled to appear in court on December 19. "Police teams are still looking for him. We are positive that we will track him down by then," Prashant Khare, police superintendent in Bhind, told AFP by phone. Police launched the hunt Tuesday for the minister when he was not found at his residence, the Press Trust of India reported. Arya was tasked by the state in January with responsibility for "the happiness and tolerance of its citizens". The happiness ministry is modelled on the "gross national happiness" index used by India?s northerly neighbour Bhutan as a measure of its success. Madhya Pradesh hopes for its own such "happiness index", and has promised social programs including yoga, meditation and free religious pilgrimages for senior citizens. The state?s chief minister said in January the ministry would even "rope in psychologists to counsel people on how to be always happy".
  10. LG finally announced the V30+ for India that was revealed today at a launch event in Delhi. The South Korean company launched the larger and more expensive variant and consumers will not have the option to buy the smaller and less expensive version. © YouTube The LG V30+ was announced back in August at IFA 2017 and the smartphone finally makes an appearance in India four months later. The device was launched for KRW 998,800 which converts to INR 56,000 and we can expect the Indian price to be of the similar wavelength. In terms of specifications, the smartphone sports a 6-inch QHD OLED FullView display and has a resolution of 1440x2990 pixels. The smartphone supports HDR 10 content and has a pixel density of 538ppi. The V30 is powered by Qualcomm's top of the line Snapdragon 835 SoC and is paired with 4GB of RAM. The device runs on Android 7.1.2 Nougat with the company's proprietary UX 6.0+ on top. © YouTube The LG V30+ sports a dual camera setup on the rear with one sensor being a 16-megapixel lens and has an aperture of f/1.6 and 71-degree wide angle lens. The secondary camera hosts a 13-megapixel sensor with a 12-degree wide-angle lens and has an aperture of f/1.9. On the front, the LG V30 sports a 5-megapixel wide-angle (90-degree lens) camera for selfies and video calling. Besides photography, LG has built some impressive new video capabilities. The V30 includes LG Cine Log mode, which captures photos with flatter colours, so that more dynamic range can be brought out in post-production. © YouTube In terms of storage space, the V30+ has 128 GB of internal storage and can be expanded up to 2TB via a microSD card. LG doubled down and included an excellent Quad DAC for every version of the V30. The V30 also includes a glass back, allowing for Qi wireless charging. The LG V30 will be available to purchase in India for INR 44,990 and is available from the 18th of December onwards.
  11. Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma's engagement shoot MUMBAI: He´s the "king" of Indian cricket. She´s a glamorous Bollywood actress and former model. Newlyweds Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma are celebrity royalty and India is cock-a-hoop over their marriage. "Officially India´s First Couple," screamed the front page of Mumbai tabloid Mid-Day on Tuesday -- a day after the pair tied the knot at a private ceremony in Tuscany, Italy. "Clean bowled!" read the Mumbai Mirror´s headline, one of several newspapers to report the much-anticipated news using a cricket theme. Another publication wished them the best in their "new innings". Kohli and Sharma, dubbed "Virushka" by local media, have generated the same sort of excitement and coverage in India as Britain´s Prince Harry and fiance Meghan Markle have in the West. Both 29, Kohli is India´s cricket captain and one of the world´s highest-paid athletes, while Sharma is an award-winning Hindi film star whose credits include the hit movies "Sultan" and "PK". "We don´t have a more power-packed combination than this across Bollywood or the cricketing world. They can be called new-age royalty," Indranil Das Blah, a marketing executive, told AFP. Monday´s wedding ended weeks of speculation in the gossip pages of India´s newspapers and on the airwaves of the country´s excitable 24-hour news channels that the couple had recently got engaged. Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma at their wedding/Image tweeted by Anushka Sharma But while messages of congratulations poured in from Bollywood and cricket stars, some pessimistic astrologers in India -- where many are superstitious -- struck a different chord by sounding a note of caution. "While all seems to be perfect in their fairytale wedding, it might not be a very smooth sailing together for them in the years to come, predict astrologers," read an article in Mail Today, ominously. Astrologers are concerned there may be "disharmony" and "disputes" in their marriage if they are unable to "maintain a balance between their personal and professional lives", it went on to say. South African honeymoon Kohli and Sharma started dating in 2013 after they met during the filming of a shampoo advert, and made their first public appearance a year later during a football match. Indian newspapers have been gripped by their four-year relationship -- which included a reported break-up in early 2016 -- and rumours of their impending nuptials intensified recently when they appeared in a wedding commercial together. Speculation then reached fever pitch when Kohli pulled out of India´s limited-overs matches against Sri Lanka, and Sharma ducked out of her busy acting schedule in December before being spotted at Mumbai´s international airport with her family. WATCH: Inside videos, pictures from Virat, Anushka destination wedding The open-air wedding, with all the rituals, was nothing short of a fairytale The couple will host a reception in New Delhi for relatives on December 21, followed by a celebration in Mumbai on December 26 to be attended by Bollywood stars and cricketers. They will then honeymoon in South Africa before setting up home in Mumbai, the cradle of India´s multi-billion-dollar Hindi film industry. Theirs is the latest in several marriages between Indian cricket players and movie stars over the years, from former India captain Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi and actress Sharmila Tagore to the recent Zaheer Khan-Sagarika Ghatge union. None quite has the star appeal of "Virushka" though. "Their brand value will definitely sky rocket. Companies will pay a premium to sign them up as it´s a one-of-a-kind association," said Blah.
  12. The Afghan cricket team. Photo: AFP file NEW DELHI: Afghanistan will play their first ever Test match in India, officials from both countries announced Monday, amid speculation that the game could be played as early as next year. Afghanistan and Ireland were given Test status in June by the International Cricket Council. "The Afghans were scheduled to play their first Test in 2019 versus Australia but considering the historic relationship between India and Afghanistan, we decided to host their first Test," BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary said. The BCCI did not say if the Test against Afghanistan is included in India?s 81 home matches scheduled for 2019-2023, leading to speculation that the two nations are looking to play the match next year. Atif Mashal, the Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) chairman, said on Twitter that the date and venue will be announced soon. India has acted as a mentor for Afghanistan cricket, hosting some of the war-torn nation?s home matches This year, spinner Rashid Khan and former captain Mohammad Nabi became the first Afghans to be picked in the Indian Premier League auction. Choudhary said after a BCCI meeting that there would be home games against England, Australia and South Africa but Pakistan is still not included in India?s schedule. Arch-rivals India and Pakistan have not played a bilateral series since 2013 because of political tensions. India?s next fixtures cycle has more home matches than the current schedule, but the number of playing days has been cut following complaints from players led by skipper Virat Kohli.
  13. Indian cricket team - File photo NEW DELHI: India has refused to host the Asia Cup scheduled for September 2018, reports in the country?s media said on Monday. The decision by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was made because of the reluctance to host Pakistan and was taken during the board?s Governing Body meeting. The BCCI has informed the Asian Cricket Council of its decision. Earlier, the BCCI released the Indian team?s schedule for the next four years which did not include a series with Pakistan. However, according to reports in the India media, the BCCI will make space for a bilateral series against Pakistan if approved by the government. India also lost hosting the Under-19 Asia Cup also over the country?s reluctance to host Pakistan?s junior side. The Indian government has not given a green signal to Indo-Pak bilateral series since the last one was held in India in 2012. Since then, the two neighbours have only met in ICC events. Last month, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) filed a dispute with the ICC, claiming up to $70 million for missed series in 2014 and 2015 from BCCI after the country failed to attend two series as part of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the two boards. The PCB sent a legal notice to ICC to set up a Dispute Resolution Committee for adjudicating the matter of Indian cricket board not honouring its promise of playing bilateral series with Pakistan.
  14. A train has struck and killed five elephants as they crossed over tracks at a tea plantation in northeast India. Photo: Times of India NEW DELHI: A train has struck and killed five elephants as they crossed over tracks at a tea plantation in northeast India, an official said Monday. The elephants, including a pregnant female, were part of a larger herd wandering through the plantation early Sunday in Assam state, home to India´s biggest wild elephant population, when they were mowed down by the train. "All five elephants died on the spot. A stillborn calf was later removed from the pregnant female," said Vikas Brahma, head of Assam´s forest department. Brahma told AFP it was uncommon for elephants to move through that section of Assam, a thickly-forested state famed for its tea and wildlife, and officials were unaware there were herds in the area. Railway authorities have been issuing alerts about elephant herds passing through the state to prevent accidents. But a railway spokesman told the Indian Express newspaper that no speed restrictions were in place at the time of the accident on Sunday, as the area was not a designated migratory path for elephants. Deforestation and construction activity near their habitats force elephants to stray further afield for food, often bringing them into conflict with humans. Many busy migratory routes, known as elephant corridors, have been cut by roads and railway lines in Assam and neighbouring West Bengal state, increasing the risk of accidental deaths, poaching and stampedes. Assam has 5,620 elephants according to a 2011 census, more than any other state in India. An estimated 60 elephants have died so far this year in Assam, Brahma said. Many of the deaths were caused by electrocution, as farmers erect electrified fences around their fields to keep wild animals away. Elsewhere, an elephant killed a trainer during a procession at a Hindu temple in the southern state of Kerala on Sunday. The elephant ran amok amid a large group of devotees, trampling and killing the trainer, the Press Trust of India reported.
  15. FO Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal. Photo: File ISLAMABAD: India should stop dragging Pakistan into its electoral debate and win victories on own strength rather than fabricated conspiracies, which are utterly baseless and irresponsible, stated the Foreign Office on Monday. The statement was posted on Twitter by FO Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal. The issue stems from an ongoing bitter political mudslinging between India's two biggest political parties: the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Indian National Congress. According to NDTV, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi suggested at a rally on Sunday that Pakistan is trying to influence the assembly elections in Gujarat, linking the matter to a dinner hosted by Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar earlier this week which was also attended by Pakistani officials. Modi claimed in the rally that a former Pakistan Army officer has supported senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel for becoming the chief minister of Gujarat. The Congress slammed Modi's remarks as "highly irresponsible and outrageous" and has demanded an apology. The dinner at Aiyar's home in Delhi was held on December 6 during the visit of Pakistan's former foreign minister Khurshid Mahmood Kasuri. The second and last phase of the Gujarat Legislative Assembly elections will be held on Thursday, bringing an end to a bitter political campaign between the two arch-rivals. Results are expected on December 18.
  16. Suranga Lakmal sent back captain Rohit Sharma for two runs, India v Sri Lanka, 1st ODI, Dharamsala, December 10, 2017/BCCI DHARAMSALA: Sri Lanka fast bowler Suranga Lakmal led an inspired pace attack to an emphatic seven-wicket win over India in the first one-day international in Dharamsala on Sunday. Lakmal returned career-best ODI figures of 4-13 to help dismiss India for just 112, with Sri Lanka achieving the target in 20.4 overs and taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The visitors lost two early wickets in their chase before opening batsman Upul Tharanga made a 46-ball 49 to help his team end a 12-match losing streak. Tharanga, who lost his ODI captaincy to Thisara Perera ahead of the series, was denied his fifty by Hardik Pandya who had the left-handed batsman caught at first slip. Angelo Mathews, 25 not out, and Niroshan Dickwella, on 26, then steered their team home for a win savoured by the visitors after losing the three-Test series 1-0 last week. Pace spearhead Lakmal set up victory for the islanders after Perera won the toss and elected to bowl first at the picturesque ground overlooking the Himalayas. The lanky paceman rattled the Indian batting during his extended spell of 10 overs as India collapsed to 29-7 before Mahendra Singh Dhoni fought back with a gritty 65 to take the total past 100. With India in danger of being bowled out for an historic low -- Zimbabwe´s 35 in 2004 versus Sri Lanka is the all-time record -- Dhoni put on a crucial 41-run partnership with Kuldeep Yadav for the eighth wicket. The pair took India past 54, their own lowest total, which was set against Sri Lanka in 2000. Dhoni hit 10 fours and two sixes in his 87-ball stay, getting his 67th ODI half-century before he was finally dismissed by Perera to wrap up the Indian innings. It was a horror start for skipper Rohit Sharma, named captain in place of the absent Virat Kohli who is officially resting ahead of the South Africa tour. Mathews -- who returned to bowl after recovering from a calf injury -- drew first blood, trapping Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan for nought in the second over of the innings. Lakmal soon got Sharma caught behind for two as the Indian top-order found it hard to counter the bounce and swing at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium. The action now moves to the second ODI in Mohali on Wednesday.
  17. Sri Lanka took over the game last night in Dharamsala and the Indian cricket team lost by 7 wickets. Barring Mahi's great innings, the match ended up giving enough fodder for Twitterati to have a good laugh. MS Dhoni today. #IndvSL pic.twitter.com/9M8lqiB2c9 — SAGAR (@sagarcasm) December 10, 2017 Dhoni haters watching him right now. #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/7PKCnrWMwf — Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) December 10, 2017 People obviously missed Virat Kohli! #IndvSL Virat Kohli After watching the scorecard today..ð pic.twitter.com/JdGF4a8HmK — RJ Deepanshuð® (@rjdeepanshu) December 10, 2017 *Kohli be like* Missing me already? #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/5NEpfH8ZZs — Third Manð (@imSanath7) December 10, 2017 And obviously when you talk of Virat, his wedding meme is not far behind. Sources say BCCI is ready to airlift Virat Kohli from Italy. #INDvSL — Silly Point ð‏ (@FarziCricketer) December 10, 2017 Virat Kohli must be thinking "chain se shadi bhi nhi krne denge ye log" #INDvSL — ßÑà¸É¾É Gu᧠ð®ð³ð (@BeingFlicked) December 10, 2017 And if you are wondering how elated was the SL team post the match, it must be something like this we are guessing. Reaction of South African players after seeing India's batting in seaming conditions... #IndvSL pic.twitter.com/zFhs19fXbn — The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) December 10, 2017 Though Dhoni's feisty and crazy inning will shut his haters and critics once and for all, it was a bad day for our boys in blue eventually.
  18. While every Indian is just waiting for Tesla to launch in India, this baller had to go ahead and one up everyone. The first Tesla Model X SUV has arrived in India, and no you can't go and buy one in the country, yet. A private buyer reportedly imported the electric vehicle to India, becoming the proud owner of the first ever Tesla in the country. Top businessman imports the first Tesla in India. My dream car! Hope he gives me a ride. pic.twitter.com/LfRGSbm9hJ — Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) December 8, 2017 Along with a four-wheel drive, standard safety features, the Model X can go up to 470 km of range on a single charge. If that wasn't impressive enough, it is apparently also the quickest SUV in production, capable of accelerating from zero to 96 km per hour in 2.9 seconds. © Twitter The Tesla Model X is the first SUV by Elon Musk's highly respected car company, but don't let the car's family-friendly size fool you – it is definitely a force to be reckoned with, and the biggest testament of that comes from a video that was going around a few months ago. People behind the Youtube channel 'DragTimes' decided to pit Tesla Model X P100D crossover SUV against a $530,000 Lamborghini Aventador, and Tesla ended up beating it by .05 of a second, breaking a world record in the process, leaving the Lamborghini begging for mercy. Moreover, the car also has two electric motors driving the front and rear axles. But, one of the takeaways of the car is it's falcon wing doors, which along with being quite practical, are also super f*cking cool. © Twitter The car comes with an eight-year, infinite mile battery and drive unit warranty, and a four-year 50,000 mile limited warranty. The starting price of the Tesla Model X is $73,800, but can go up to $128,300 depending on the variant. The model that arrived in India is expected to be priced over â¹ 1 crore including taxes. It's exciting for car lovers to see a Tesla on Indian roads for the first time, but everyone has just one question now – Any plans to launch Tesla vehicles in India? #ElonMusk — Ankur Debbarman (@Ankurdebbarman) December 9, 2017 Elon, come on man, just launch the cars in India, everyone is eagerly waiting.
  19. The much-awaited TED Talk India is all set to premiere on 10th December and fans are incredibly excited to see what it's all about. Just a day before it airs, host Shah Rukh Khan has shared a new promo for the show. In the latest promo, King Khan is seen giving advice to kids on how to escape when your parents scold you. A thing each one of us wanted to know when we were kids. SRK says, when your parents scold you for being engrossed in your smart devices the entire day, you should tell them how you just don't play games and chat on the device but also watch 'TED Talks'. One of my favouritest ppl in the world.The very funny innovator boss man @sundarpichai graces @TEDTalksIndia.Thx man pic.twitter.com/hPby1eRFJz — Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) September 2, 2017 SRK states how saying this can be your golden ticket and they will definitely feel proud of you. The actor shared the promo on Facebook and captioned it, “For kids and their parents… Ideas are currency for everyone! #TEDTalksIndiaNayiSoch, Starts 10th Dec, 7pm STAR Plus TED.” Talking about the concept of the show, the 'Jab Harry Met Sejal' actor said in a statement, “Ideas are the new cool currency, the new rock n roll. This show is a unique and powerful initiative towards opening people's minds to the power of ideas and encouraging 'Nayi Soch'. An idea can inspire you with limitless possibilities, give you an alternative perspective to look at oneself, one's surroundings and future.” For people who haven't watched TED Talks, the show features speakers from diverse fields where they give a short and powerful talk following the show's signature style and pattern. The episode will simulcast on various channels in India like Hotstar, Star Gold, Movies OK, Star World, Star Jalsha, and Star Plus. On the work front, Badshah is busy shooting Aanad L Rai's film where he will be seen playing a midget, which we are looking forward to. The film also stars Anushka Sharma and Katrina Kaif.
  20. ISLAMABAD: A boy, with hearing and speech disabilities, imprisoned in India has been confirmed as a citizen of Pakistan, it emerged on Friday. According to sources, the ministry of interior officially confirmed the citizenship of the 15-year-old boy. The child has been identified as Hasnain Javed Iqbal, who belongs to Bhamban Jogian village. A team of the Punjab Rangers went to the child?s home and confirmed the citizenship. The child?s father Javed Iqbal has recorded his statements, given his Computerized National Identity Card and a copy of his marriage certificate to the officials, sources said. Earlier in December, it emerged that the Pakistani boy with hearing and speech disabilities, found in Amritsar prison earlier, has been kept in an observation home in Faridkot, India. Pakistani boy with disabilities kept in observation home in India He was arrested on May 17 and found to be incarcerated in Amritsar prison Observation homes are meant to temporarily keep juveniles during the period when an inquiry is pending on the child. Pakistan High Commission was also in contact with the relevant Indian authorities to repatriate Hasnain to his home country at the earliest. Indian authorities had said the boy was arrested on May 17.
  21. ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani boy with hearing and speech disabilities, found in Amritsar prison earlier, has been kept in an observation home in Faridkot, India. According to the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi, they were in constant contact with the ministries of interior and foreign affairs in Pakistan and all other relevant authporities to authenticate the national status of the boy, named Hasnain, and find his family. Observation homes are meant to temporarily keep juveniles during the period when an enquiry is pending on the child. Meanwhile, Pakistan High Commission Counsellor Fozia Mansoor met the boy on November 21 during her consular access visit to Amritsar. During the interaction, the boy communicated through hand gestures that he is from Pakistan. According to sources, Hasnain also recognised the photo of Muhammad Ali Jinnah immediately and drew the Pakistani flag. He was able to write a few words in Urdu but did not recognise Hindi script, as per a statement. Pakistan High Commission was also in contact with the relevant Indian authorities to repatriate Hasnain to his home country at the earliest. Earlier, the Indian authorities had said the boy was arrested on May 17. In November, a woman along with her 11-year-old daughter and sister was freed from Amritsar prison and sent to Pakistan. According to sources, the two sisters, Fatima and Mumtaz, and their mother Rasheedan Bibi went to India via Samjhota Express in 2006, where they were arrested on charges of smuggling drugs. Fatima, who was pregnant at the time of the arrest, delivered her baby in the jail. The girl named Hina, now 10 years old, has also been sent back.
  22. A masked Lakshan Sandakan pouches the catch of Ajinkya Rahane near the boundary, India v Sri Lanka, 3rd Test, Delhi, 4th day, December 5, 2017/BCCI NEW DELHI: India declared their second innings on 246-5 to set Sri Lanka a target of 410 to win the pollution-tainted third Test in New Delhi, which saw a player vomit on Tuesday. Skipper Virat Kohli (50) called his batsmen back to the dressing room after Rohit Sharma completed his half-century in the final session of the fourth day at the smog-shrouded Feroz Shah Kotla ground. Sri Lankan fast bowler Suranga Lakmal, who was forced to return briefly to the dressing room after vomiting twice while fielding, bowled 14 overs and claimed a wicket. Groundsmen rushed in to cover the spot with sand and sawdust. A doctor at the stadium examined three Sri Lankan players and said their vitals were normal. Dhananjaya de Silva denied Cheteshwar Pujara a half-century after having the left-hander caught for 49. Lakshan Sandakan then got rid of opener Dhawan for 67, bringing an end to his crucial 77-run third-wicket stand with Pujara. Earlier, Sri Lanka were dismissed for 373, conceding a 163-run lead to India, who had declared at 536 for seven. But it was the hazardous smog in one of the world´s most polluted cities that again dominated proceedings. The website of the US embassy in New Delhi showed the air quality index at 398, 15 times the World Health Organization´s safe limit. Conditions were worse on Monday. Doctors say no to sport in Delhi as cricketers choke in smog Unprecedented scenes of Sri Lankan cricketers wearing face masks have reignited debate about hosting major sports in heavily polluted New Delhi The Board of Control for Cricket in India said late Monday that New Delhi could be left off future fixture lists during the winter season when pollution in the region peaks. BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary said venues would be reconsidered "in view of the situation which was encountered in the last two to three days." "The BCCI has been sensitive on the smog and fog matter over the years," he added. India lead the three-match series 1-0 and need just a draw for their ninth successive Test series win.
  23. Honor 7X was officially unveiled by Huawei at an event in London today alongside a much more premium device, i.e. Honor V10. The smartphone will be available to purchase from Amazon starting December 7th and is priced at Rs 12,999 with 4GB R AM/ 32 GB internal storage and Rs 14,999 with 4GB RAM and 64GB internal storage. The smartphone has a large 5.93-inch (18:9 aspect ratio) display and also features a dual camera setup that is capable of taking portrait shots. © MensXP The Honor 7X has a unibody metal design and comes with two storage options i.e. 32 GB and 64GB. The smartphone will be available for purchase in three colours i.e. Aurora Blue, Black and Gold. Honor 7X currently runs on Android 7.0 Nougat and with the company's EMUI 5.1 version on top. © MensXP The 7X is powered by an octa-core SoC i.e. Kirin 659 that has been clocked at 2.36 GHz. It features eight Cortex A53 cores. Four of them are clocked at a lower 1.7 GHz for handling less-demanding tasks. The system on a chip is coupled with 4GB of RAM and has a battery capacity of 3340 mAh. The Honor 7X uses a dual camera system in the rear with the 16 MP sensor offering full colour while the 2 MP monochrome sensor helps improve contrast. © MensXP Thanks to the dual-camera system, the 7X is capable of taking bokeh shots (portrait shots). The device also features an 8-megapixel front-facing camera for improved selfies. Like any honor product, the company has featured many “flagship” features as possible. Apart from portrait mode, you also get wide aperture effects, moving picture, light painting and even Pro manual mode for both photos and videos. © MensXP “The Honor 7X is the leading choice for users who want to enjoy rich functionality with the benefits of a bezel-less phone, while on a limited budget. Additionally, Honor is immensely proud of the quality control it undertakes in producing every phone - Honor 7Xwas dropped over 4,800 times in the lab in testing – so users can be assured that better value for money doesn't compromise our high-end quality.” said George Zhao, President, Honor. “We are thrilled to partner up with Huawei for the Honor 7X. Given its excellent price, specifications and honor's technology, we're sure it will be an amazon bestseller.” said Noor Patel, Director, Amazon India. Honor's latest device offers many features for a reasonable price and is a direct competitor of Xiaomi's A1. The Honor 7X will sell in India in three colour options - Aurora Blue, Gold, and Black, and expected to fall at a starting price of Rs. 12,890. More a detailed analysis and first impressions of the smartphone, you can have a read here.
  24. Indian captain Virat Kohli blasted an unbeaten 156 to pass 5,000 runs in Test cricket as his side made 371-4 on a painful opening day of the third match for Sri Lanka?s bowlers. Photo: AFP NEW DELHI: Indian captain Virat Kohli blasted an unbeaten 156 to pass 5,000 runs in Test cricket as his side made 371-4 on a painful opening day of the third match for Sri Lanka?s bowlers. Opener Murali Vijay also plundered 155 to increase the agony for the tourists who are one down in the series. Kohli remained on 156 with Rohit Sharma on six at the end of the day at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in New Delhi. Kohli and Vijay put on 283 for the third wicket after India lost its top two batsmen in the morning session. "The responsibility and ownership lies with the top order. Whoever gets in wants to make it big and they have embraced it well," India?s assistant coach Sanjay Bangar told reporters. "The number of big scores that we have had is purely because they understand the responsibility that the team is a batsman short and how somebody who is set can make a big contribution," he added. Left-arm wrist spinner Lakshan Sandakan hurt the hosts with two late wickets, including Vijay?s prized scalp. Vijay was stumped for 155 though the decision needed approval from the third umpire with the batsman?s back foot just on the line. Ajinkya Rahane?s miserable run with the bat continued as he was stumped in a similar fashion to walk off with one run to his name from five deliveries. "He would be disappointed in the manner he got out. He is somebody who works hard on his game like all players do," said Bangar. "His overseas record is phenomenal... he is a quality player who has performed when the chips are down for the team," he added. Kohli, fresh from a majestic 213 during India?s thrashing of Sri Lanka in the second Test in Nagpur, led the batting charge with his 20th Test century. The Delhi-born star got a single off Dilruwan Perera after the tea break to register his first Test century on his home ground and the crowd stood up in applause. Perera?s 100th scalp Kohli?s knock, laced with 16 boundaries, took him past 5,000 Test runs in his 63rd game. He also became the first captain to score successive hundreds in a three-match series. Vijay seemed inspired by his captain as the right-hand opener smashed his second straight ton of the series following an innings of 128 when he came back from injury in Nagpur. Earlier Perera got his 100th Test scalp to send opener Shikhar Dhawan back for 23. Perera became Sri Lanka?s fastest bowler to a century of wickets in his 25th match, two less than spin legend Muttiah Muralitharan. Cheteshwar Pujara was the second man out, caught at leg slip for 23 after flicking a sliding delivery from paceman Lahiru Gamage. Sri Lanka?s fast bowling coach Rumesh Ratnayake said the visitors should focus on the little things they did right on day one to bounce back in the game. "You have to bring in the portions of which they have done well and say if you have done those... right then you continue the things which we did right," Ratnayake said. "Also change in tactics, whether in field or otherwise... tell Sandakan to bowl more googlies. "He should have brought in the googly much earlier. So hopefully we come with a different aspect tomorrow," he said. India leads the series 1-0 and need only a draw for a record-equalling ninth successive Test series triumph. England and Australia are the other sides to have achieved the feat.
  25. A still from 'Dear Zindagi' Alia Bhatt-Shah Rukh Khan starrer ?Dear Zindagi? is the most popular movie of the year on Google Play in India, Google announced, followed by ?Moana? and ?Wonder Woman?. 'Photo Editor - Beauty Camera & Photo Filters' and 'Messenger Lite' were top trending apps in 2017, the company said. Locally-developed 'Baahubali: The Game' beat international games like 'WWE Champions', 'Super Mario Run' and 'Pokémon Duel' on Google Play. ?Saahore Baahubali? by M.M. Keeravaani was the most streamed song of 2017, followed by ?Ik Vaari Aa? by Arijit Singh, ?Mercy? by Badshah, ?Main Tera Boyfriend? by Arijit Singh, and ?Cheez Badi? by Neha Kakkar. In the ?top books of 2017? category, ?An Unsuitable Boy? by Karan Johar bagged the top spot. It was followed by ?India 2017? by New Media Wing, ?Khullam Khulla: Rishi Kapoor Uncensored? by Rishi Kapoor, ?I Do What I Do? by Raghuram G. Rajan and ?Adiyogi: The Source of Yoga? by Sadhguru. Every year, Google publishes a list of most popular apps, games, music, movies and books on its digital distribution service Google Play. At the global front, HBO?s hit show 'Game of Thrones' took the top spot ? for the second year in a row, coming ahead of 'Rick and Morty' and 'The Walking Dead' as the most popular TV shows. Kendrick Lamar's 'Humble' beat Ed Sheeran's 'Shape of You' as Google Play's most streamed song of 2017.