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  1. 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.
  2. US skiing star Lindsey Vonn said Thursday she would not go to the White House for a post-Winter Olympics reception, aligning herself with other athletes who have protested against President Donald Trump. Vonn told CNN in an interview she would be proud to represent the United States at February's Olympics in Pyeongchang but did not see herself as a representative of the US government. "Well, I hope to represent the people of the United States, not the president," Vonn told CNN. "I take the Olympics very seriously and what they mean and what they represent, what walking under our flag means in the opening ceremony. "I want to represent our country well. I don't think that there are a lot of people currently in our government that do that." Asked if she would attend any possible White House reception for the US Olympic team after the Games -- a common tradition -- Vonn replied: "Absolutely not." Vonn is arguably the most well-known member of the US Winter Olympic team, having won four World Cup overall championships as well as an Olympic gold in the downhill at the 2010 Games. She missed the 2014 Games through injury. The 33-year-old is the latest in a series of prominent US athletes who have snubbed the Trump administration. Golden State Warriors basketball star Stephen Curry earlier this year indicated he was reluctant to attend a White House reception for the NBA champions -- prompting Trump to disinvite the team. "Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!" Trump wrote on Twitter in September. That prompted Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James to weigh in on Curry's behalf, replying to Trump: "U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going. So therefore ain't no invite. Going to the White House was a great honor until you showed up!"
  3. Former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar appears at Ingham County Circuit Court in Lansing, Michigan, US, November 22, 2017. AFP/Jeff Kowalsky/Files A federal judge on Thursday sentenced Larry Nassar ? the former USA Gymnastics team doctor accused of sexually assaulting gymnasts ? to 60 years in prison on federal child pornography charges that grew out of a *** abuse investigation. US District Judge Janet Neff in Grand Rapids, Michigan, handed down the sentence sought by prosecutors, who said there was a link between Nassar?s child pornography and his ?prolific molestation of children?, according to court documents. ?He has demonstrated that he should never again have access to children,? Neff said according to the Lansing State Journal. Matt Newburg ? Nassar?s attorney ? said he was ?devastated? and remorseful, according to a State Journal video. Nassar, 54, pleaded guilty in July to possessing thousands of images and videos of child pornography depicting children as young as infants between 2003 and 2016. Nassar is also set to be sentenced in January in two Michigan courts after pleading guilty to additional counts of criminal sexual conduct related to allegations he assaulted girls under the guise of medical treatment. At that hearing, all of the more than 120 victims or their parents will be allowed to give impact statements. Nassar is likely to spend the remainder of his life in prison. Nassar was the team physician for the Michigan State University gymnastics and women?s crew teams, as well as an associate professor at MSU?s College of Osteopathic Medicine. He served as the USA Gymnastics physician through four Olympic Games. ?He abused my trust, he abused my body, and he left scars on my psyche that may never go away,? Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney said in a victim statement submitted to Neff. Nassar?s attorneys had asked the federal judge for leniency, arguing Nassar had helped fellow inmates and taken Bible classes since his arrest nearly a year ago, the State Journal said. At a news conference Thursday, Rachael Denhollander ? one of Nassar?s victims and among those suing USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University ? said the organizations failed to protect them from the abuse. Between 1997 and 2015, at least seven women or girls say they raised concerns about Nassar?s actions to coaches, trainers, police or MSU officials, the State Journal reported. ?Today, the justice feels very incomplete,? Denhollander said during a news conference broadcast by WZZM. USA Gymnastics and Michigan State could not be immediately reached for comment. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette this week urged Michigan State to release an internal investigation into the university?s handling of the allegations.
  4. Every day, we come across at least one article or video talking about the unrest in Kashmir. A lot has already been said about the turbulent conditions prevailing in the Valley. But what we don't get to hear often are the stories of the unsaid sources of inspiration within the state. A while ago, a photograph of a 23-year-old female college student hurling a stone at security forces in Srinagar went viral. © Twitter This very photo of a female student with a dupatta-clad face was enough to send the country in a frenzy as heated discussions began about whether or not it was right for females, particularly young female students, to come forward and confront the security forces. This woman, Afshan Ashiq, is not an ordinary one. Known for her passion for football, she formulated a team of women footballers and trained them. She came into the limelight because of her controversial photograph and soon, her life changed. She eventually got the opportunity to meet Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who decided to help her in promoting women's football in Jammu and Kashmir. The result? Afshan is now the captain and goalkeeper of the J&K women's football team. She also plays for a club in Mumbai. © Twitter But this wasn't enough for her. She wanted to do her bit to promote the sport and to improve the sports infrastructure in the state. Her dream came true when she, along with her 22-member team and coaches, met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and requested him to help in starting a Sports Authority of India Institute in Kashmir to train young girls. Met the young and energetic girls of J&K's first ever women football team. They are highly motivated & driven when it comes to football. Playing the role of new age 'Gender Benders' these girls are setting an example for others to follow. I wish them success and a great future. pic.twitter.com/3ZlMwhzkXm — Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) December 5, 2017 In an interview to the Times of India, she expressed her happiness, “I was impressed by how patiently a Union minister heard the issues raised by us. We sought better sports infrastructure in J&K. The Home Minister called up J&K CM in front of us and told her to meet us when we get back to Srinagar.” She also credited this to the Chief Minister of J&K who she feels helped the team in a big way. © Twitter (Outlook Magazine) On being asked about the stone-pelting incident and her viral photograph, she says that she has no regrets as her "anger” was triggered by the abusive language used by a J&K cop as well as the fact that one of her team members was slapped by the police. Interestingly, Afshan has now inspired a biopic based on her journey. Bollywood actor Gulshan Grover and his son Sanjay will be producing the biopic. Manish Harishankar will be helming the film project, titled 'Hope Solo', as director. © Sekho We hope Afshan continues on this journey of making the nation proud and being an inspiration for girls around the world. Clearly, it's never too late to change your life.
  5. Every day, we come across at least one article or video talking about the unrest in Kashmir. A lot has already been said about the turbulent conditions prevailing in the Valley. But what we don't get to hear often are the stories of the unsaid sources of inspiration within the state. A while ago, a photograph of a 23-year-old female college student hurling a stone at security forces in Srinagar went viral. © Twitter This very photo of a female student with a dupatta-clad face was enough to send the country in a frenzy as heated discussions began about whether or not it was right for females, particularly young female students, to come forward and confront the security forces. This woman, Afshan Ashiq, is not an ordinary one. Known for her passion for football, she formulated a team of women footballers and trained them. She came into the limelight because of her controversial photograph and soon, her life changed. She eventually got the opportunity to meet Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, who decided to help her in promoting women's football in Jammu and Kashmir. The result? Afshan is now the captain and goalkeeper of the J&K women's football team. She also plays for a club in Mumbai. © Twitter But this wasn't enough for her. She wanted to do her bit to promote the sport and to improve the sports infrastructure in the state. Her dream came true when she, along with her 22-member team and coaches, met Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and requested him to help in starting a Sports Authority of India Institute in Kashmir to train young girls. Met the young and energetic girls of J&K's first ever women football team. They are highly motivated & driven when it comes to football. Playing the role of new age 'Gender Benders' these girls are setting an example for others to follow. I wish them success and a great future. pic.twitter.com/3ZlMwhzkXm — Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) December 5, 2017 In an interview to the Times of India, she expressed her happiness, “I was impressed by how patiently a Union minister heard the issues raised by us. We sought better sports infrastructure in J&K. The Home Minister called up J&K CM in front of us and told her to meet us when we get back to Srinagar.” She also credited this to the Chief Minister of J&K who she feels helped the team in a big way. © Twitter/Outlook Magazine On being asked about the stone-pelting incident and her viral photograph, she says that she has no regrets as her "anger” was triggered by the abusive language used by a J&K cop as well as the fact that one of her team members was slapped by the police. Interestingly, Afshan has now inspired a biopic based on her journey. Bollywood actor Gulshan Grover and his son Sanjay will be producing the biopic. Manish Harishankar will be helming the film project, titled 'Hope Solo', as director. © Sekho We hope Afshan continues on this journey of making the nation proud and being an inspiration for girls around the world. Clearly, it's never too late to change your life.
  6. You know your match is going haywire when people talk about the weather and mask more than your performance. And the Sri Lankan Cricket team learnt this the hardest way possible, after the Internet started buzzing over them wearing masks, during the second day of the third and final test match between Sri Lanka and India. © Twitter Delhi has forever been under the garb of pollution and the recently announced hazardous level of smog has only worsened the situation for Delhiites. With schools being shut, traffic piling up because of poor visibility, Delhi has been facing the wrath of smog and pollution for the longest time now. But, this time around it was the Sri Lankan players, particularly captain Dinesh Chandimal, Suranga Lakmal and Lakash Sadakanan; who seemed to be affected by smog and were seen wearing face marks while playing at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium today. © Twitter In fact, citing the uncomfortable playing conditions during smog, there was a delay of over 15 minutes during the post-lunch session. In fact, the umpires had to check if the air quality was too poor for the match to continue, due to which the match was interrupted twice. Amidst growing confusion and discussions that were constantly delaying the match, Indian captain Virat Kohli then took the centre-stage and decided to put a halt to this by declaring the Indian innings at 536 for 7. Innings break! India declare their innings on 536/7. Updates - https://t.co/OKFOpkiBg9 #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/jRzygy50g4 — BCCI (@BCCI) December 3, 2017 Twitter went crazy as soon as the Sri Lankan players walked out wearing masks. There were some thought this to be a gimmick or a trick to avoid another loss against India. Is this a first? Sri Lankan cricketers were wearing masks on the field during the 3rd #INDvSL Test match in Delhi, India. #Smog #Pollution pic.twitter.com/Ebhs1ZeE6t — Island Cricket (@IslandCricket) December 3, 2017 RT If You Feel Sri Lankan Team Deserves An Oscar. They're Wasting Their Talent In Cricket. #DelhiSmog #INDvSL #INDvsSL pic.twitter.com/7F6oHkKJYG — Sir Ravindra Jadeja (@SirJadeja) December 3, 2017 Give them some sunshine, give them some rays, given them another chance, they want to run away #INDvSL #BCCI #kotla #smogindelhi — devendra pandey (@pdevendra) December 3, 2017 Disgusted to see Dickwella and Sandakan laughing in jest as if some sort of plotting has worked. Ridiculous. — Subhabrata Majumdar (@Subhabrata01) December 3, 2017 hahahahaha.... India declare... Virat gesturing "we will bowl now"... this was an obvious call from him given the farce on display. Poor gamesmanship from Sri Lanka. Ridiculous. #IndvSL — Chetan Narula (@chetannarula) December 3, 2017 Sri Lankan actors showing their skills in India.#INDvSL pic.twitter.com/4uCAPCRz9a — PhD in Bakchodi (@Atheist_Krishna) December 3, 2017 Niroshan Dickwella laughing after the declaration came. Sandakan too had a grin on his face. What does this suggest? I won't comment. #MockeryOfTestCricket #INDvSL pic.twitter.com/R7nimxcIK1 — Chinmay Jawalekarð (@CricfreakTweets) December 3, 2017 Sri Lanka's mask is more efficient than their bowlers at least it is taking wickets for them #ViratKohli #INDvsSL — Bhushan Bankar (@BhushanBankar1) December 3, 2017 #IndvSL play stopped due to pollution. Virat Kohli right now pic.twitter.com/vVPCaLj3tV — SAGAR (@sagarcasm) December 3, 2017 Pic 1: Sri Lankan players at Delhi Pic 2: Sri Lankan players at Colombo airport after this series#INDvSL pic.twitter.com/xRZka802i8 — RS (@AwaraRish) December 3, 2017 However, there were many who sympathized with the Lankans and expressed their concerns over the deteriorating quality of air, and that it was a shame that an international team had to wear face masks while playing. Players wearing pollution masks while fielding and bowling. What a bad advertisement for cricket and India — The Masakadzas (@Nesenag) December 3, 2017 Sri Lankan players wearing masks sends out unedifying message about Delhi's pollution. State and central govts simply have to address this — Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) December 3, 2017 One has to say @imVkohli is out to Delhi pollution. No one can keep concentrating In a milieu or confusion. #pollution #DelhiSmog — Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) December 3, 2017 Two fast bowlers have gone off the field because of the pollution. How have the officials deemed the conditions fit for play to continue? — Karthik Krishnaswamy (@the_kk) December 3, 2017 Heard Sehwag say 'Sri Lanka cricketers are hiding their face behind the mask because their performance and not due to pollution'. Well, some decency must be maintained during commentary I believe and Ranji Trophy matches have been affected by smog earlier #delhipollution #INDvSL — Paulami Chakraborty (@Polotwitts) December 3, 2017 I think @RusselArnold69 makes a valid point. The fast bowlers are more likely to be affected by poor air quality than anyone else. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 3, 2017 stopping the test is as bad a publicity as we can get. But maybe it's what we need for our government to really wake up. #DelhiTest #Pollution — jyotsna mohan (@jyotsnamohan) December 3, 2017 It is reportedly the first time ever in the history of international cricket that a Test match came to a halt citing air pollution. This is not for the first time that a match between India and Sri Lanka has faced delay. Earlier, too during a match when the Sri Lankan fans went berserk and started throwing bottles on the ground and amidst the growing tension MS Dhoni was seen sleeping on the ground like it was nobody's business. But, this incident does not take away from the fact that Team India played exceptionally well in the match and made the whole nation proud. In the first day of the Test match, the deadly partnership between Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli gave the Sri Lankan team a tough time and helped India reach a gigantic score of 371 for the loss of four wickets. While, Murali Vijay got out at 155, Virat Kohli completed his double century today and got dismissed at 243 on Sadakanan's delivery.
  7. The Chinese FA said Sunday that its under-20 team will return home from Germany after indefinitely suspending its tour over protests by activists who unfurled Tibetan flags at a game. The youth team had been scheduled to play a series of friendlies against German fourth-tier sides until May, aimed at improving China's chances at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. But the project has courted controversy and become a diplomatic headache for Berlin and Beijing after a pro-Tibetan independence protest during a match in Mainz on November 18. The German football association (DFB) said last week that the Chinese under-20s would not play the three matches scheduled before the end of the year. Then on Sunday its Chinese counterpart, the CFA, added: "It has been decided to pause the U20 project and arrangements have been made for the team to return home."
  8. Who doesn't love playing pranks on people? And what is a better place than social media to share the insane reaction with your fans? Sunny Leone just shared a video on Instagram that people can't help but watch again and again. A crew member played a prank on Sunny and it is damn hilarious. The actress is seen sitting carefree on a chair and reading the script, while a crew member approaches her from behind with a snake that looks almost real. (c) Sunny Leone/ Instagram He dangles the snake near her face and Sunny still doesn't have a clue at all. A few seconds later, she turns her face and the man throws it at her and runs away. The actress gets up with a knee-jerk reaction. Looking at her response it is obvious to say that she was clueless and ended up screaming when she saw the snake thrown at her. She is immediately seen running after the mean prankster sswho chucked the snake. Check out Sunny's reaction yourself! My team played a prank on me on set!! @sunnyrajani @tomasmoucka mofos!!!!!! A post shared by Sunny Leone (@sunnyleone) on Nov 25, 2017 at 4:46am PST On the work front, Sunny is gearing for her film 'Tera Intezaar' where she will be seen with Arbaaz Khan.
  9. This month we ask a very simple question that got our team thinking hard. “If you could only keep five possessions, what would they be?” Now, this doesn't assume that there is a disaster, so you don't need to think about things like food and water. It also doesn't need to include humans or pets. This is also not a "Desert Island" question so survival tools are not required. This got us really thinking about what material possessions are important to us. It also made us realise how much technology has made a lot of things redundant. We might have said "CD collection and my favourite books" ten years ago, but with a phone, that's no longer the case as so much is handled on the device. Ryan (Developer & Guitar showroom owner) In terms of just packing up and moving on, I actually don't own a lot that I would consider critical / prized / irreplaceable. My dad's 50 year old acoustic guitar is all I would take with me, as it's the only thing that *isn't* directly replaceable. Maybe include iMac and iPhone to have some sort of connection to the outside world at all times, but I really don't need anything else I own. Brandon (Developer & Jet ski owner) I guess if I were to pick five things I couldn't live without I'd have to narrow down the list to my phone, my wallet, my TV (I unwind by zoning out on movies or home repair shows), my car (I can't walk to anything but the ICW here which wouldn't do me much good), and coffee (with International Delights Cold Stone Creamery creamer). Brandon neglected to mention that he owns a Jet Ski Marc S (Support technician & cycle injury enthusiast) Top 5 is hard, and makes you realise that despite living in a world of material possession, we actually rely on very few things. Albeit tending to be expensive things. So here goes. Mobile Phone - Despite the calls (which I could do without), and facebook (which I probably should do without), I have a problem with sleeping. For years now I have been using the audible app on my phone to listen to audiobooks. Usually factual stuff, so it doesnt really matter if I lose position. It helps me with my sleep, and therefore my sanity. Computer - This isn't just because I work on one. I tend to spend a lot of hours at it, even when I am not working. Whilst I do support here at IPS, I do a lot of development in my spare time, on my own projects, and quiet enjoy it. Currently working on an app for my brother which tracks horse racing points for a game that he runs, which is just something a bit different to do of an evening. Kettlebells - I'm trying to get a little fitter than I am at the moment. I spent a long time being a very unfit person, and sitting at a computer 24/7. Never a good thing to do, and it eventually starts to catch up with your wasteline (honestly. You in your 20s reading this, it does!). I joined a gym before I moved house, and got quite into working out with kettlebells, so when I moved, I bought some to use myself. I now have a PT who creates sessions for me each week. We're unsure who took the photo Bike - Whilst I havent used it half as much as I would like lately, I trained for, and completed, a 100 mile bike ride earlier this year, along with a few friends, including Andy Milne. This made be realise just how much I enjoy riding a bike. To the degree we're now planning our next bike challenge. Kettle - I'm pretty sure I would die without coffee. There is little else to say about that! Andy (Developer and Support technician) I realise I have far too much clutter in my life answering this question but I managed to come up with 4 things; Running Shoes Bike Watch Laptop Andy finishing the Reykjavik marathon, 19 August 2017 I’m going to make a conscious effort to be a bit more minimalist now and switch to a standing desk and a Paleo diet or go barefoot or whatever other healthy lifestyle choice @Matt recommends this week. Mark W (The Senior Developer) To answer this question I opened up my travel checklist - having taken off the things you said are excluded like clothes and toiletries, the only thing I have is my meditation stool, my laptop, my iPad, my phone, and my watch... so I guess that's my 5! Matt (Developer and object of ridicule) It's a hard one to answer. Years ago, before the internet, I could have listed many things but digital devices and "The Cloud" replaces so much. Here's my five. Macbook Pro. This is my daily work machine and uses iCloud to sync up my work and personal items like photos, etc. I'd have this packed first. iPhone. It's never far from my hands and with Netflix, Amazon, Audible, iTunes and Kindle contains books, music, favourite TV shows and more. I use Audible most nights to help me switch off and get to sleep. Sleepphones. I like to look really cool while sleeping, so a grey fleece headband is a must. Fortunately, they also double as bluetooth headphones designed to not dig into your ears while you sleep. I couldn't be without these. Air Pods. Yes, another pair of headphones. But these little beauties fit in my pocket and I use them when out and about. The lack of cable is a real plus although they're easy to lose. Concept 2 Rower: Ok, so it's not really going to fit in my hand luggage but I thought about which bit of fitness equipment I'd keep. It's a tough one between kettlebells, weights, the treadmill and the rower but I think the rower wins as it can be used many ways for a good workout. Mark H (Support Technician and part-time Phil) Macbook, iPhone, E-cig, suspenders, and my .357 Magnum. (Editors note: I'm genuinely not sure if this is a joke answer or not but didn't like to ask. Either way it's the best list of things I've ever seen.) Daniel (Support Technician and Developer) My five are: Phone, watch, laptop and 1000kg of headache medicine. That's it, i don't need a fifth item since it's only about "stuff" and not family. (Editors note: I'm hoping that 1000kg is just a guess. I'm starting to regret asking this question.) Jennifer (Designer) Computer - This is my work, play, entertainment, and more device. Plus it's a beast. Mobile Phone - When I'm not on my PC I'm on my phone. It keeps me connected to my communities when I'm out. Plus Zombies, Run is on it. High heels - If I had to choose a specific pair it would one of these two. Bed - It is wonderful and has all of my blankets. I couldn't live without my blankets. Dix It - Because I really couldn't think of another thing and this game is hilarious and fun. This really got us thinking about what is important to us and how much "stuff" we have. What would your five things be?
  10. Sprint legend Usain Bolt may sure have retired from setting tracks on fire with his speed, but the world knows how destructive he can still be and the Australian Cricket Team has somehow managed to have the fastest man on earth train them in running faster. © Reuters Right before the Ashes, which is set to begin this week, the Aussies are clearly going all out to get the extra edge over England, evident by the fact that they have sought help from Bolt. © Reuters The retired Jamaican speedster was seen giving pointers to a group of Aussie batsmen, in order to help them with their running between the wickets. Usain Bolt won eight Olympic gold medals. Now he's helping out Australia's cricketers.https://t.co/fccWr5WmaK #Ashes pic.twitter.com/aT9ezuSZ9Y — FOX SPORTS Cricket (@FOXCricketLive) November 19, 2017 According to Bolt, he seems to have passed on tips which can help the batsmen be more “explosive” in their running, which is sure to be beneficial during the Ashes, as well as future series. “It's all about explosiveness, and that's one thing I've noticed with cricket - they don't really have a lot of explosiveness when they're running. They seem to always take off at a slow rate. Getting that right will definitely help people,” Bolt told the Herald Sun. Well, no one doubts his words as it is that very 'explosive' start indeed that helped him bag eight Olympic gold medals and become a track God. The Aussies were in damn good hands and they sure made the most of it, as evident by the words of batsman Peter Handscomb who welcomed the precious tips with open arms. © Reuters “He was giving us a few pointers on how to get a little bit faster. We'll give it a crack. He was trying to get us nice and low in the turn and in and out. The first couple of steps are key and if we can get them right, we'll be fast. Obviously he's the fastest man ever so if we can have the title with him, that'd be cool,” the cricketer said. Bolt is currently in Australia for a promotional gig by Gatorade, where the 'Gatorade Fastest Run' trophy will be presented to the Australian cricketer who records the fastest speed between the wickets right throughout the summer. “We're trying to make awareness more of running (as an asset in cricket) and we're developing the Bolt Rate which is the quickest person through the wicket. I'm happy about that, because we're going to see who is the fastest between the wickets,” Bolt was quoted as saying by the Herald Sun. © Reuters The eight-time Olympic Gold winner holds the world record for the 100m (9.58 seconds), the 200m (19.19 seconds) and the 4x100m relay (36.84 seconds). Should India be concerned? Do our super fast boys led by the great Virat Kohli need tips from the Maestro himself? © Reuters
  11. Pakistan Rowing team brought laurel for the country during the Asian Indoor Rowing Championships 2017. Photo: Facebook/Pakistan Rowing Federation official JOHAR BAHARU: Pakistan Rowing team brought laurel for the country during the Asian Indoor Rowing Championships 2017, which was held in Johar Baharu, Malaysia. The team secured three medals, one gold, one silver and one bronze, at the international competition, according to a press statement. The athletes who secured a gold medal include Maqbool Ali, Rashid Hussain, Rabia Amjad and Naila Bano. Photo: Facebook/Pakistan Rowing Federation official Pakistan?s mixed four clinched the gold medal, which has been won by Pakistan after 14 years. The athletes who participated in the category include Maqbool Ali, Rashid Hussain, Rabia Amjad and Naila Bano. Moreover, the team from Pakistan clinched silver medal in the lightweight men pair category. The athletes who representated Pakistan in the event include Waliullah Khan and Muzammil Shehzad. Athletes who secured a bronze medal include Sohaib Ahmed, Muzammil Shehzad, Naila Bano and Nighat Kausar. Photo: Facebook/Pakistan Rowing Federation official Pakistan?s team secured a bronze medal in the lightweight mixed category. Those who represented Pakistan in the event include Sohaib Ahmed, Muzammil Shehzad, Naila Bano and Nighat Kausar. This have been the best performance of the Pakistan team at an Asian-level competition since the establishment of Pakistan Rowing Federation in Pakistan, the press statement added.
  12. LEFT: International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde attends a seminar to mark the 20th anniversary of the launch of IMF's Asia-Pacific Office, Tokyo, Japan, November 8, 2017. REUTERS/Issei Kato/Files; CENTRE: Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg is seen at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/Files; RIGHT: Ginni Rometty ? the President and CEO of IBM ? takes part in a strategic and policy CEO discussion with US President Donald Trump in the Eisenhower Execution Office Building, Washington, US, April 11, 2017. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts/Files ZURICH: The next World Economic Forum (WEF) of world leaders and CEOs in Davos will be chaired by women including International Monetary Fund director Christine Lagarde, Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, and IBM?s chief executive Ginni Rometty. The seven co-chairs for the four-day event in January were announced in the face of criticism that the conference has in the past lacked female representation. ?Co-chairs? were chosen to reflect global stakeholders,? a WEF spokeswoman said, adding the co-chairs were all leaders in their fields. The co-chairs shape the programme and lead discussions and panels. The theme of the 48th conference is to ?explore the root causes of, and pragmatic solutions for, the manifold political, economic and social fractures facing global society?, WEF said. In an annual report this month, WEF found it will take another 217 years before women earn as much as men and have equal representation in the workplace, revealing an economic gap of 58 percent. It is the second straight year the Swiss non-profit has recorded worsening economic inequality. A typical representative of the more than 2,500 titans of industry and influence that each January descend upon the Alps has received the unofficial moniker of "Davos Man" ? a sign of the further shift in representation and thinking still necessary to balance uneven gender dynamics. Other co-chairs are Isabelle Kocher, head of French energy conglomerate Engie; Italian physicist and director general of the CERN particle physics research centre Fabiola Gianotti; founder of the rural cooperative Mann Deshi Bank for women, Chetna Sinha; and International Trade Union Confederation General Secretary Sharan Burrow. Next year?s event will take place January 23-26, 2018.
  13. Alexandra Raisman (Aly Raisman) of the United States competes on the beam during the Women's Team Final of 2016 Rio Olympics' Artistic Gymnastics, held in Rio Olympic Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 9, 2016. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez/Files Triple Olympic gymnastics champion Aly Raisman has said in an interview she did not realize at first that she had been treated inappropriately by a doctor accused of having sexually assaulted female gymnasts while he was the US team doctor. Speaking on the 60 Minutes television program, Raisman said she wanted to educate young gymnasts that it was sometimes difficult to understand the warning signs of sexual abuse. When first interviewed by an investigator hired by USA Gymnastics in 2015, Raisman did not immediately accuse Larry Nassar ? the doctor ? of inappropriate or illegal behaviour. ?I was just really innocent. I didn?t really know. You know, you don?t think that of someone. You know, so I just, I trusted him,? said Raisman, who says she was 15 when she was first treated by Nassar. Nassar has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual assault. He is in jail awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to federal child pornography charges. Matt Newburg and Shannon Smith ? Nassar?s attorneys ? have each said that due to a gag order they had no comment on the television program. Raisman said she felt awkward about the doctor?s behaviour but she thought he was a caring person. ?I said ?Well, his touching makes me uncomfortable, but he?s so nice to me? ... and ?I don?t think he does it on purpose because, you know, I think he cares about me?.? ?I didn?t know anything differently. We were told he is the best doctor. He?s the United States Olympic doctor and the USA Gymnastics doctor, and we were very lucky we were able to see him." ?I was in denial. You don?t want to let yourself believe (you are a) victim of sexual abuse.? ?Lack of support? It was only later that Raisman, now 23, started to question Nassar?s motives and behaviour. ?He would always bring me, you know, desserts or gifts. He would buy me little things. So I really thought he was a nice person.? ?I want people to know just because someone is nice to you and just because everyone is saying they?re the best person, it does not make it OK for them to ever make you uncomfortable.? According to 60 Minutes, more than 130 women ? many of them former athletes ? have filed civil lawsuits alleging that Nassar sexually abused them under the guise of treating them for hip, back, and other athletic injuries. Raisman is the second member of the ?Fierce Five? gymnasts ? who won a team gold at the 2012 London Olympics ? to allege abuse by Nassar, joining McKayla Maroney. USA Gymnastics conducted a review of its procedures for handling sexual misconduct issues following reports last year that it turned a blind eye to allegations. Steve Penny resigned in March as the head of USA Gymnastics and the federation adopted a number of reforms in June that it said would help to prevent and respond better to future cases of abuse. But Raisman said that while a new policy was in place, she perceived a lack of support from senior administrators during a USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame induction ceremony this year. ?You know, my teammates and I were all sitting at the table, and they did not come over to say ?hi? to us or to congratulate us,? she said. ?We were treated like, you know, ?We don?t want anything to do with you girls?.? She said she was still trying to process and come to terms with her experiences with Nassar. ?I think it?s important for people to know too I?m still trying to put the pieces together today. You know it impacts you for the rest of your life,? she said.
  14. Alexandra Raisman (Aly Raisman) of the United States competes on the beam during the Women's Team Final of 2016 Rio Olympics' Artistic Gymnastics, held in Rio Olympic Arena, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 9, 2016. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez/Files Triple Olympic gymnastics champion Aly Raisman has said in an interview she did not realize at first that she had been treated inappropriately by a doctor accused of having sexually assaulted female gymnasts while he was the US team doctor. Speaking on the 60 Minutes television program, Raisman said she wanted to educate young gymnasts that it was sometimes difficult to understand the warning signs of sexual abuse. When first interviewed by an investigator hired by USA Gymnastics in 2015, Raisman did not immediately accuse Larry Nassar ? the doctor ? of inappropriate or illegal behaviour. ?I was just really innocent. I didn?t really know. You know, you don?t think that of someone. You know, so I just, I trusted him,? said Raisman, who says she was 15 when she was first treated by Nassar. Nassar has pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual assault. He is in jail awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to federal child pornography charges. Matt Newburg and Shannon Smith ? Nassar?s attorneys ? have each said that due to a gag order they had no comment on the television program. Raisman said she felt awkward about the doctor?s behaviour but she thought he was a caring person. ?I said ?Well, his touching makes me uncomfortable, but he?s so nice to me? ... and ?I don?t think he does it on purpose because, you know, I think he cares about me?.? ?I didn?t know anything differently. We were told he is the best doctor. He?s the United States Olympic doctor and the USA Gymnastics doctor, and we were very lucky we were able to see him." ?I was in denial. You don?t want to let yourself believe (you are a) victim of sexual abuse.? ?Lack of support? It was only later that Raisman, now 23, started to question Nassar?s motives and behaviour. ?He would always bring me, you know, desserts or gifts. He would buy me little things. So I really thought he was a nice person.? ?I want people to know just because someone is nice to you and just because everyone is saying they?re the best person, it does not make it OK for them to ever make you uncomfortable.? According to 60 Minutes, more than 130 women ? many of them former athletes ? have filed civil lawsuits alleging that Nassar sexually abused them under the guise of treating them for hip, back, and other athletic injuries. Raisman is the second member of the ?Fierce Five? gymnasts ? who won a team gold at the 2012 London Olympics ? to allege abuse by Nassar, joining McKayla Maroney. USA Gymnastics conducted a review of its procedures for handling sexual misconduct issues following reports last year that it turned a blind eye to allegations. Steve Penny resigned in March as the head of USA Gymnastics and the federation adopted a number of reforms in June that it said would help to prevent and respond better to future cases of abuse. But Raisman said that while a new policy was in place, she perceived a lack of support from senior administrators during a USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame induction ceremony this year. ?You know, my teammates and I were all sitting at the table, and they did not come over to say ?hi? to us or to congratulate us,? she said. ?We were treated like, you know, ?We don?t want anything to do with you girls?.? She said she was still trying to process and come to terms with her experiences with Nassar. ?I think it?s important for people to know too I?m still trying to put the pieces together today. You know it impacts you for the rest of your life,? she said.
  15. COAS with the winning members. Photo: ISPR RAWALPINDI: Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa met on Monday the Pakistan Army team which won the gold medal at the ?Exercise Cambrian Patrol? in UK last month. A total of 131 teams participated in the event, held from October 13-22, known as one of the toughest patrolling tests for military personnel. Pakistan won the gold medal for the third consecutive time and the fourth time overall. The COAS appreciated the team for its commendable performance. Cambrian Patrol is a physically challenging and arduous exercise which concentrates on teamwork for achieving the mission. Pakistan Army wins gold medal at Exercise Cambrian Patrol in UK Cambrian Patrol is the highlight of the British Army training calendar The team of eight men carrying up to 40 kilogrammes of combat gear crosses some of the most unforgiving mountainous terrain in the mid-Wales, UK, amid tactical and technical challenges, testing leadership, self-discipline, courage and determination of participants, according to the Inter Services Public Relations.
  16. Olympic gold medal-winning US gymnast Aly Raisman has revealed that she was sexually abused by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. Raisman, 23, is the latest member of the US national team and the biggest US gymnastics star to reveal being molested by Nassar, who is facing more than 20 counts of sexual assault. Raisman revealed the sexual abuse by Nassar in a preview on Friday of an interview to be aired in full on Sunday on the CBS show "60 Minutes." Raisman, who won six medals at two Olympic games, including three gold medals, said she was first treated by Nassar at the age of 15. "I am angry," said Raisman, who captained the US team at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2016 Rio games. "I'm really upset." "When I see these young girls that come up to me, and they ask for pictures or autographs... every time I look at them, every time I see them smiling, I just think -- I just want to create change so that they never, ever have to go through this," she said. "Why are we looking at why didn't the girls speak up?" she asked. "Why not look at what about the culture? "What did USA Gymnastics do, and Larry Nassar do, to manipulate these girls so much that they are so afraid to speak up?" she said. Raisman's teammate, McKayla Maroney, 21, revealed last month that she too had been molested by Nassar under the guise of medical treatment. Raisman, whose book "Fierce" is coming out this month, told "60 Minutes" that she spoke with FBI investigators about Nassar after the Rio Olympics. Nassar was involved with USA Gymnastics for nearly three decades and worked with the country's gymnasts at four separate Olympic Games. He has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges and could face life in prison if he is convicted of the 22 criminal sexual conduct charges he is facing. Nassar's case was part of a wide-ranging scandal which forced the resignation of USA Gymnastics chief Steve Penny last year. Penny was accused by victims of failing to quickly notify authorities about abuse allegations. USA Gymnastics, in a statement to "60 Minutes," said it is "very sorry that any athlete has been harmed." "We want to work with Aly and all interested athletes to keep athletes safe," it said. USA Gymnastics also said it has adopted a new "safe sport policy" in response to the Nassar scandal that requires "mandatory reporting" of suspicions of sexual abuse.
  17. When it comes to flying cars, the concept has always been a fantasy ever since the automobile was first invented. However, it may not be a fantasy anymore as Uber and NASA are partnering up to develop a flying taxi that might just be ready to take over the skies by 2020. © Uber The taxi-hailing company signed a deal with NASA yesterday to develop an air traffic management system so that Uber can fly their taxis safely. The partnership was announced by Jeff Holden, Uber head of product on Wednesday. The agreement was signed as a part of NASA's Space Act Agreement where it allows a collective of industry leaders and other companies to work towards safer and efficient flying taxis and unmanned aerial systems. The flying taxis will be flown at low altitudes so that it does not interfere with the traditional air traffic of jets and other aircrafts. Uber detailed how the concept will actually work and their long-term vision for the flying taxi service in a marketing video. Check it out: The flying taxi service will be able to pick up and drop off up to four passengers at selected locations. Uber has not discussed the pricing model for the service, although Uber expects the ride to cost as much as an UberX trip. That's actually really cheap! © Uber Uber has already been investing in self-driving cars and also announced plans for flying taxis in cities like Dallas and Dubai by 2020. However, Uber has now added Los Angeles to the list of cities that will host trials for the service. Uber may just be pushing the envelope, however, there is no way to ascertain whether this service will be expanded to other countries. A self-driven taxi may never be seen in India due to the country's driving habits and lack of basic driving etiquette. We sure as hell are not expecting a flying taxi service to enter India, especially with all this smog around us! © Uber However, the flying taxi service may also be the saving grace for traffic problems in a city like New Delhi. Uber predicts that a trip of 15 kilometres will take about 30 minutes as compared to 1 hour 20 minutes in a car.
  18. The Indian women's hockey team shocked their opponents, fans and critics alike after sweeping the top honours at the 2017 Asia Cup tournament. Their gold medal finish meant that the Indian men and women sides won the tournament simultaneously only for the second time in history. It was the first time when both the teams have won the trophy in the same year. And, for the first time, both Indian sides are in the top 10 of their respective FIH rankings. However, not for the first time, the women's hockey team have struggled to match the fanfare or the spotlight their male counterparts tend to garner following a win of that extent. While a men's tournament is usually broadcasted live on television, the women's event was once again ignored. The Indian women's team may have won the final of the coveted event in a tense penalty shootout against China, but - despite some blatantly labelling it as a mere fluke - those who followed their Asia Cup campaign this year would agree theirs was undoubtedly a well-deserved victory. © BCCL Throughout the tournament in Japan, the Indian women arguably played out of their skin to stun defending champion Japan in the semis and then shocked top-ranked Asian team China with a pulsating display in the summit clash. Their triumph also ended India's wait of 13-long years to win its second women's Asia Cup trophy. But, at a time when the Indian women were busy breaking a sweat before scripting history, their fans (even a handful) were scampering for social media updates, when they should have been glued to their TV sets watching one of the finest moments of Indian hockey - thanks to the TRP-hungry broadcasters and ignorant stakeholders of the game. Surprisingly, there was no such problem as such in Dhaka last month when the Indian men's team clinched this year's Asia Cup title. The Asian Hockey Federation (AHF) had planned everything in advance with Star Sports to broadcast the men's edition. But, two weeks later, when the women's team repeated the same on the back of six wins in the tournament, a single moment from the entire tournament failed to get airtime on TV. © BCCL No wonder the female hockey players were frustrated during their respective interviews after the tournament. Indian midfielder Monika didn't shy away from speaking her mind about the disparity between the men's and women's team. "We are feeling very proud after becoming the champions of Asia. The men hockey team just got the gold medal and now we did it as well. However, I am a little disappointed because our matches were not telecast live on television like those of the men," she told ANI. "We will definitely discuss this matter with our coach that the women`s hockey team should also be uplifted. Our ranking is also getting better with each passing day. We too deserve the status given to the men's team. "If our matches are also live, more people will see it, more support we will receive and the better we will perform," she added. Goalkeeper Savita Punia, the star of the final, was also saddened by the fact. "Matches like these are the rare chances when the Indian public can get to know how good their women's hockey team is doing and where do they need improvement. We were hurt by this issue somewhere but it is secondary," she told ANI. © BCCL On the other hand, despite the clear discomfort and disconnect among the women in terms of communication, Hockey India's insistence on appointing foreign coaches has unnecessarily cost India in the past. The women's team had lost its second coach in the space of a year before the appointment of Harendra Singh - who had no previous experience of working with a women's side - just a month before the Asia Cup. Then, there is a lack of competitive exposure that the women's team has to deal with. Unlike their male counterparts, women hockey players start early with some making the senior team as young as 16. Thus, their careers end early too. The fact that the women - mostly in their early 20s - still go out and continue to give their 100 percent is a testament to their dedication and hardwork. © BCCL The Asia Cup win is not only crucial moment for the women's team, but also for Indian hockey overall. Their victory has helped India qualify for the all-important women's World Cup - a tournament they had failed to qualify for in 2014 and finished ninth in the 2010 edition. With the World Cup just nine months away, the road for the women's team is undeniably arduous and that's exactly why the Indian hockey federation must heed their Asia Cup triumph and use it to scale up adequate support for their game.
  19. Policemen with the arrested suspects. Photo: Geo News HYDERABAD: Three brothers who were arrested after reportedly assaulting a polio vaccination team on Tuesday after an exchange of argument have been set free on bail. When police produced the suspects, brothers Saeed, Shahid, Faisal, in the court of Civil and Judicial Magistrate-VI, their counsel argued for their bail. The magistrate approved their bail at Rs15,000 each. The three were arrested from their house in Heerabad Qureshi area of the city on Tuesday after a reported disagreement-turned-assault on a polio team. Police officials said the incident was caused after male members of the family began arguing with the polio team that had administered vaccination drops to eligible children. Polio team assaulted in Hyderabad over vaccine refusal Police have detained two people suspected of being brothers of the attackers Polio officials Naveed, Kainat and Jannat claimed they had the family's permission to administer the vaccine but were assaulted by the male members as they did not want their children to take the drops. Police had detained the brothers after the incident. A province-wide polio immunisation campaign is under way in Sindh until Friday. Five cases of the crippling disease were registered so far this year. Polio cases have been on a decline in the country with 54 and 20 cases reported in the years 2015 and 2016 respectively, as opposed to 306 cases in 2014.
  20. Pace, accuracy, subtle variations of line and length, an ability to move the ball off the wicket and a devastating late inswinger that can trouble the best in business; Ashish Nehra possessed all the true virtues of a classical left-arm seamer. But, with all those gifts came a terrible curse - his brittle body. Despite making his debut in 1999, persistent injuries saw Nehra's Test career coming to an end in 2004. While he continued to play in other formats, the left-arm seamer remained in and out of the Indian team as his body continued to fail him. © Reuters In 2010, Nehra - on the back of some consistent performances - managed to establish his place in the Indian squad. Roped in for India's 2011 World Cup campaign, Nehra impressed everyone with a match-winning spell against Pakistan in the semi-finals. But his fragile body once again came in the way. An on-field injury prevented Nehra from playing the final against Sri Lanka who were eventually decimated by Team India before securing their second 50-over World Cup title. At that time, everyone thought that was the end of Nehra. But, the Indian speedster still had some gas left in the tank. Ashish Nehra first appeared in a Test match 4 years before the advent of T20 cricket. His 34 T20I wkts is only surpassed by Ashwin & Bumrah! — Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) November 1, 2017 Roaring his way back into the mix, Nehra set the 2015 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on fire, picking up 22 wickets for Chennai Super Kings. Six months later, he was brought back to the fold for a tour of Australia. And, with his magical spells, India clinched their first limited-overs trophy Down Under. At the age of 36, he managed to revive his career by focussing on the shortest format. He reprised the ability to move the ball at 140 kph, and emerged as one of India's most-successful bowlers in the 2016 World T20. Despite his frailties, Nehra continues to serve the Indian cricket as a T20 specialist. Virat Kohli Was 11 Year Old Kid When Ashish Nehra Made Debut. Tonight Nehra Ji Will Retire Under His Captaincy. ð#ThankYouNehraJi #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/nsyT9APlWl — Sir Jadeja (@SirJadeja) November 1, 2017 But, as all good things come to an end, Nehra's inspirational journey has also come full circle. The 38-year-old now prepares for a final hurrah as India locks horns with New Zealand in the first T20I at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, later today. Thank you, #AshishNehra!https://t.co/jsS76ORAIo — Swati Thakur (@dhogakholo) November 1, 2017 While Indian cricket fans are in disbelief, Nehra's Team India mates highlighted his importance as they paid a touching tribute to the old warhorse in a heartfelt video. Recollecting some of their fondest memories of him, Indian cricketers including Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Kumar all came together to laud Nehra. As he gears up for his farewell match, let's hope that Nehraji pushes himself for one last time in front of his home crowd to do what he does best - terrorise the opposition batsmen and script India's triumph.
  21. Pakistan Team Head Coach Mickey Arthur. Photo: File LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Team Head Coach Mickey Arthur said on Wednesday that coaching the national team is proving to be a pleasant experience for him. Speaking in an interview, he said that he has grown fond of coaching the team as the Pakistan Cricket Board has been fully supporting him. "I am allowed to freely work on improving team's performance," Arthur said. Responding to a question, the coach admitted that Test defeat in the recent Sri Lanka series was upsetting for him. "We are missing on a lot after the retirement of Misbahul Haq and Younis Khan," he added. Arthur said that he is currently focused on restructuring the Test team. The former Australian coach took charge of Pakistani team's coach following the resignation of Waqar Younis after the World T20 tournament. The 47-year-old Arthur coached his native South Africa from 2005-10 and also led Australia for two years from 2011.
  22. Continuing their prolific run at home this season, the Indian cricket team overcame notable challenges against New Zealand to seal the three-match ODI series 2-1. Following their loss in the first ODI, Team India came back strong to level the series 1-1 in the second game before eventually running away with the series. Now, the focus shifts on the three-match T20 series which slated to begin on 1 November. While the Kiwis will be eager to make a comeback in the shortest format, the Indian team will be eyeing a complete domination on the tour but not before a well-deserved breather and a moment to celebrate. © Twitter And, that's exactly what the Indian captain gave to his teammates when he hosted Team India at his restaurant in Delhi's RK Puram area. Celebrating their success over the past few months, the Indian cricketers were seen having a blast as they dined at Kohli's restaurant 'Nueva'. © Twitter The likes of MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Jasprit Bumrah, Kedar Jadhav and coach Ravi Shastri were all in attendance as Team India enjoyed some fine dining at Kohli's restaurant which specialises in authentic South American food. © Twitter Apart from their recent success, the Indian team also celebrated the fifth wedding anniversary of opener Dhawan who had tied the nuptial knot with Ayesha Mukherjee in 2012. There was also a cake-cutting ceremony to wish Dhawan and Ayesha on their anniversary. © Twitter While the Indian stars were seen having a gala time during their outing, the fans, too, made the most of the opportunity as they lined up to get themselves clicked with their favourite cricketers. The photos of Team India's outing were shared on social media by fans and cricketers alike. © Twitter With the first T20I slated to begin later in the day, let's hope that the Indian cricketers will repay captain Kohli for his hospitality with sublime performances against the Black Caps at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium.
  23. Police with the suspects' brothers. Photo: Geo News HYDERABAD: Unidentified people assaulted a polio vaccination team in Heerabad Qureshi area of the city on Tuesday after a reported disagreement. The anti-polio team did not have a police escort with it. Following the incident, the vaccination campaign in the area has been suspended for now. Police officials said the incident was caused after male members of a family began arguing with a polio team that had administered vaccination drops to eligible children. Anti-polio campaigns begin in Sindh, KP and FATA The campaign in Sindh primarily targets 7,127,711 children under the age of five Polio officials Naveed, Kainat and Jannat claim they had the family's permission to administer the vaccine but were assaulted by the male members as they did not want their children to take the drops. Following the incident, police arrived on scene but the attackers had left. However, police detained two people, reported to be brothers of the attackers, and are investigating the case after lodging a report on the complaint of the polio team. The Emergency Operation Centre for Polio launched on Monday an anti-polio campaign until Friday (November 3) in 21 districts/towns of Sindh. Members of the polio team lodging a complaint with the police. Photo: Geo News These districts include Karachi, Dadu, Ghotki, Jaccobabad, Kambar, Kashmore, Larkana, Shikarpur, Sukkur, Badin, Hyderabad, Khairpur, Matiari, Naushero Feroz, Sanghar, SBA, Sajjawal, Thatta and Jamshoro. Five cases of the crippling disease were registered so far this year. Polio cases have been on a decline in the country with 54 and 20 cases reported in the years 2015 and 2016 respectively, as opposed to 306 cases in 2014.
  24. The Indian cricket team won many accolades after winning the 2017 World T20 for the blind in February. In a spirited showing in the summit clash, India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan by nine wickets to clinch the World title in Bangalore. In their second consecutive T20 World Cup title win, the Indian team put up a brilliant performance with eight victories in nine games. Such was their performance that it drew plaudits from every corner of the country. From cricket bigwigs to famed celebrities, India's team for the blind won everyone over. But, just 10 months later, their feats and the laurels they brought to the country have already been forgotten. Not just that, they are now being asked to pay for a place in the state teams! In a stunning revelation by Mid-Day, India's World Cup-winning blind cricketers have been asked to part with 30 per cent of their prize money for a place in the state side for the national cricket tournament for the blind. © BCCL More stunning is the fact that players who don't contribute their hard-earned rupees are in danger of not getting picked for their respective state teams. Indian cricketer Anish Baig has revealed that he is not part of the Maharashtra team playing the national cricket tournament because he did not contribute 20 per cent of his T20 World Cup prize money and other earnings to the Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) and another 10 per cent to the Cricket Association for the Blind in Maharashtra (CABM). "I want to play for Maharashtra and of course for India again, but since I had not paid a total of 30 per cent of my prize money and earnings to the associations, I was not included in the Maharashtra team for this event," Mumbai-based Baig was quoted as saying by the Mid-Day. Baig also revealed that India's all-rounder Ketan Patel also missed out on a spot in the Gujarat team for the Nationals due to a similar reason. Barring Baig and Patel, all members of the T20 World Cup-winning side have contributed to their respective associations and are playing in the tournament held across Mumbai. © BCCL "The Boards have given us a platform to play cricket by raising money and we too contribute to the Board. I have contributed Rs 1.5 lakh from my earnings to CABI and Rs 1 lakh to the Cricket Association for the Blind in Andhra Pradesh," Indian captain Ajay Reddy said. Reacting to the allegations, CABM secretary Ramakant Satam revealed: "After the World Cup triumph, we helped him (Baig) get Rs 15 to Rs 20 lakh, but later on, he was not in contact with us. Even though there is a regulation that a player has to give 10 per cent (of his prize money) to the state association and 20 per cent to the national body, we told him not to give a single rupee to us, but continue to play cricket." While Satam highlighted the mandate for players to share some of their prize money and earnings to the associations, CABI president GK Mahantesh claimed it was up to the players. "The players had a meeting and decided to contribute to their state as well as the national association. © BCCL I have to check, but I think except Anish and Ketan all others from the World Cup-winning team put in some amount. Both (Baig and Patel) have some issues with their state associations. They are very good players and I am happy to talk to both players and resolve the matter," Mahantesh said. Whether the players are obliged to share their prize money with the associations or not, the latest controversy has once again highlighted the plight of Indian players who continue to suffer at the hands of red-tapisim and corruption across state bodies in the country.
  25. Posters adorn Gaddafi Stadium welcoming Sri Lankan team to Pakistan Cricketers, former greats, politicians and fans came together to welcome the Sri Lankan cricket team to Pakistan, eight years after a deadly ambush on the squad left eight people dead and drove away international cricket from the sports-loving country. The Green Shirts took to Twitter to welcome Sri Lankan players and thank them for returning to Pakistan. Former speedster Shoaib Akhtar demanded that the bus driver who saved the lives of Sri Lankan players in the 2009 attack, be made chief guest of tonight's game. Bowling legend Waqar Younis couldn't hide his excitement for the occasion. Chief Minister Punjab Shehbaz Sharif extended a warm welcome to the Sri Lankan team. Peshawar Zalmi owner Javed Afridi thanked the visiting team. Fans also hailed the return of international cricket to Pakistan.