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  1. Abid Ali scored 112 against Australia in Dubai on his one-day international debut in March this year. Photo: ESPNcricinfoRAWALPINDI: Pakistan's opener Abid Ali scored his maiden Test ton as he became the first batsman to score hundreds on Test and one-day international debut, as the first Test in Pakistan since the 2009 attacks heads for a draw.Ali’s century made him the first male player to score century on ODI and Test debuts. The only other player to achieve the feat before Ali was England’s woman cricketer Enid Bakewell.The 32-year-old was joined by Babar Azam, who scored his 13th Test fifty for the hosts on day five of the Rawalpindi Test. At tea, Pakistan reached 177-2 at tea in reply to Sri Lanka's first innings total of 308-6. Abid scored 112 against Australia in Dubai on his one-day international debut in March this year.Bad weather hit the Test on all previous four days and only 91.5 overs were played as rain, bad light and overcast conditions affected the game. The fourth day was abandoned without a ball being bowled.But there was bright sunshine on Sunday as Sri Lanka batted for 20 minutes to declare their first innings at 308-6 with middle-order batsman Dhananjaya de Silva scoring an unbeaten 102.With gates opened to the crowd for free, about 12,000 fans were kept entertained by Dhananjaya and then Abid.Pakistan lost opener Shan Masood for nought when he drove a full toss from pacer Kasun Rajitha straight into the hands of Dinesh Chandimal at cover, while skipper Azhar Ali scored a shaky 36 before he was caught off paceman Lahiru Kumara.Dhananjaya finally completed his sixth Test century in the morning.The 28-year-old right-hander drove paceman Mohammad Abbas for his 15th boundary to bring up the hundred in his 28th Test.De Silva remained unbeaten on 102 after 241 minutes of batting, having come in with the score on 127-4 on Thursday. Dilruwan Perera remained unbeaten on 16.The pick of the Pakistan bowlers were 16-year-old pace bowler Naseem Shah, who took 2-92, and Shaheen Shah Afridi with 2-58.The second Test is in Karachi from December 19.
  2. Arguably one of the sweetest guys in the ever-competitive world of football, Son Heung-min endured one of the most emotional moments of his career on 3rd November. During Tottenham Hotspurs' visit to Goodison Park over the weekend, Son was handed a red card for his sliding tackle on Everton midfielder Andre Gomes. While the 79th-minute challenge saw the Spurs forward getting the marching orders from the referee, it led to a fracture dislocation of the right ankle of the Portuguese international. On one hand, where Gomes was stretchered off in agonising pain, Son was overwhelmed with emotions and appeared inconsolable before heading down the tunnel. Following the freak injury, Gomes has undergone successful ankle surgery and has been released from the hospital. The South Korean star, too, had some respite from an independent panel that overturned his red card following an appeal by Spurs. Despite his red card being overturned, Son was doubtful for the UEFA Champions League group clash against Red Star Belgrade owing to his fragile psychological state. But, the South Korean international didn't just show up in the Spurs' jersey, but scored two brilliant goals to seal a 4-0 victory for Mauricio Pochettino's men. And, that was not all. The 27-year-old's touching gesture for injury-stricken Gomes, once again, proved why he is not only considered a prolific footballer, but also a great human being. Giovani Lo Celso opened the scoring for Spurs in the 34th minute during the Group B clash on 7th November. And, 12 minutes into the second-half, Tanguy Ndombele led a quick counter-attack feeding Dele Alli who played it off to his left for Son to smash it into the top-left corner past Belgrade goalkeeper Milan Borjan. Son scores a goal and celebrates by still apologizing for that Andre Gomes tackle. A class player.pic.twitter.com/haMKg9kRr9 — Owuraku Ampofo (@owuraku_ampofo) November 6, 2019 But, rather than celebrating his goal, Son went straight to the camera and clasped his hands together to make a praying gesture - a unique celebration that he admitted was out of respect for injured Gomes. Four minutes later, the Spurs forward scored his second goal of the night to cap off a brilliant performance at the Red Star stadium. Son scores a super goal and goes to the camera and says sorry down the lens, presumably aimed at Andre Gomes. Nice touch. — Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 6, 2019 Following their 4-0 win, thanks to the 85th-minute goal by Christian Eriksen, Son, who is understood to have sent Gomes a personal message earlier this week, revealed: "I didn't want to celebrate because I just want to respect the situation. I wish Andre Gomes to get well soon and best wishes". Son Heung-min after @crvenazvezdafk - @SpursOfficial about Gomes: It was a really, really tough few days. I realised how lucky I am to have the supporters, my friends, my teammates – everyone gave me such strong messages. pic.twitter.com/LEhBF0SKdi — Telegraf Sport (@TelegrafSport) November 7, 2019 Speaking for the first time about the incident, he confessed the emotional aftermath of Gomes' sickening ankle injury has been difficult to cope with. "It was a really, really tough few days. But everyone gave me such strong messages. I can say I'm really sorry for the accident and the situation but I had to focus for the team and I had to keep going and it was the right response to all the people who have supported me. I realised how lucky I am. The supporters, friends and teammates," he was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. View the full article
  3. Portugal and Juventus star Cristiano Ronaldo created history when he became only the fifth man to join the 700-career goal club when he netted a penalty in the 72nd minute, in a 1-2 loss against Ukraine in the UEFA Euro qualifiers. Already leading the list of active footballers scoring the most number of goals in professional football, Ronaldo is only behind Ferenc Puskás (704 goals), Romario (749 goals), Josef Bican (756 goals) and Pelé (757 goals) in scoring the most number of official goals in football history. The 34-year-old has had a well-decorated career and is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon, but how did CR7 make his way to becoming CR700? Here's highlighting five of the most memorable moments the footballer has created on the field till date: 1. 40-Yard Goal Vs Porto (Champions League, 2009) Absolutely out of nowhere, a 24-year-old Ronaldo came up with an unbelievable strike from well beyond the penalty mark, from about 40 yards away from the post only to leave FC Porto keeper diving for nothing but air. ð #OTD in 2009, a Cristiano Ronaldo wonder strike! ð±ð±ð±#UCL | @ManUtd pic.twitter.com/YRg6BkCtzB — UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) April 15, 2019 The strike helped Ronaldo's Manchester United make it to the semi-final of the Champions League before losing the final to Lionel Messi's FC Barcelona in what turned out to be the Portuguese's final season at Old Trafford. 2. Bicycle Kick Vs Juventus (Champions League, 2018) A season before leaving Real Madrid to join Juventus , this iconic bicycle score by Cristiano Ronaldo was more of a reminder for Los Blancos what they would be missing out on in a few days. ð£ï¸ "It was amazing - probably the best of my career." ð ð® A year ago today - one of the great #UCL goals - Cristiano Ronaldo's sensational overhead kick in Turin! ð¥ð¥ð¥#OnThisDay @Cristiano pic.twitter.com/5nbrzSqXDw — UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) April 3, 2019 Madrid would go on to win the Champions League for a third consecutive season, a perfect send-off gift for the legend that Ronaldo is. 3. Volley Vs Manchester United (Champions League, 2018) Notoriously famous for scoring some of the most flashy and impressive goals against his former clubs, Ronaldo lived up to his reputation when he scored a rocket of an over-shoulder volley in Turin followed by someone showing off their abs. Although the goal didn't count for much as the Red Devils made an amazing comeback to defeat Juve 2-1 but the goal in itself was a spectacle nonetheless. 4. Free-kick Vs Portsmouth (Premier League, 2008) Statistically speaking, lately, Ronaldo hasn't been the best of the players to take free-kicks. In fact, the Juve Forward is one of the worst in scoring free-kicks in the history of Serie A. However, this shot against Portsmouth from 11 years ago during his days at MUFC, has to be considered as one of the best free-kicks in the history of the game. The sudden dip in the ball at the apex of its trajectory left goalkeeper David James completely stunned as the ball found itself a top corner spot inside the net. 5. Cancelled Chip Vs Spain (Friendly Match, 2010) And finally, how can we forget one of the best goals by the Portuguese star that was never counted? After beating two Spanish defends chipped the ball over keeper Iker Casillas in a breathtaking sequence. However, winger Nani, who was in an offside position, decided to add some extra spice and headed the ball inside only to watch the goal get cancelled off. Frustrated with his teammate and furious, Ronaldo threw the captain's band on the ground and started shouting. After the game, Nani publicly apologised to Ronaldo and said: "I touched the ball because I thought I wasn't offside. Everything happened so quickly," explained Nani. "After having time to think about it I apologised to Ronaldo. It was a great piece of play and I shouldn't have ruined it."
  4. Indian opener Rohit Sharma has now scored at least 50 runs in every match he has played in during the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019. In the match against Sarfaraz Ahmed's Team Pakistan, Sharma did it in only 34 deliveries while giving the Men in Blue the ideal start to one of the most important games marked on their calendar. What a start from Rohit Sharma! He's raced to his fifty! â¡ #CWC19 | #INDvPAK | #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/Vy7r6cABaV — ICC (@ICC) June 16, 2019 During this feat, Sharma surpassed former Indian skipper and wicket keeping legend, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's record for smashing the most number of sixes in international cricket. While Dhoni has smashed the ball for a total of 355 maximums combining all formats of international cricket, Sharma's first six of the match against Pakistan got him to surpass this achievement of Dhoni's. After forming a brilliant 100-plus run partnership with KL Rahul, the 'Hitman' was able to score his second ton of the ICC World Cup 2019 in less than 90 balls, making this his fastest century among the 24 he has scored in ODIs till date. WHAT AN INNINGS! India opener Rohit Sharma brings up his century off just 85 balls. How many more can he add to his tally from here? #TeamIndia | #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/j1z8OSoCf4 — ICC (@ICC) June 16, 2019 What an innings!
  5. The year was 2006. As I sat writing my final exams for Class VI, the following question appeared on the paper: “Music is a language that transcends all boundaries.” Elaborate. Already prepared for a question like this (having our ears drilled by our teacher to the same effect), I started scribbling out the well-worded answer I had slogged over during the last few days. At age 11, one can hardly fathom the depth of William Wordsworth's eloquent words to define a song he heard a maiden sing in a mellifluous voice in a language he didn't understand. Perhaps like Mr Wordsworth who couldn't decipher the song in 'The Solitary Reaper'', my 2006 version was also unable to grasp the complexity of music. Thirteen years later, I can say that I have understood the true meaning of the question. Music is everywhere, you just need to the heart to perceive it: Birds chirping, the din of the market, TV Shows, movies, the clanging of vessels, the rhythmic clinking of the clock, the soft thumping of one's heart. I found out that my favourite kind of music was the one you could forget yourself into, like the score of a movie; the ethereal orchestral symphony which transcends you to a place where you can start envisioning the music. You and music become one, the notes seem to materialize in front of you, heal you. The cacophony of the world is forgotten. There is a fascinating charm to these scores; they are not mere theme setters for the movie. Movie scores exemplify and elevate important moments of the protagonist's life; be it Batman putting on his suit for the first time, or Nina finally turning into the Black Swan, or Rose finding love with Jack, or Frodo defeating Gollum once and for all. So, especially for you, here is a list of 21 best movie scores of all time: 1. The Dark Knight Trilogy (2005-2012): The fact that Hans Zimmer is a musical prodigy par excellence is no secret. And that his musical score for movies is heavenly is as trivial a detail as say: the Sun rises in the East. With Goth undertones, Mr Zimmer, along with James Newton Howard, makes Batman come alive in our minds with the intense score of the three movies, in this re-imagining of Batman as an anti-hero by Christopher Nolan, starring Christian Bale. (The Holy Trinity of Films: Nolan, Bale, and Zimmer). © Syncopy/Legendary Pictures/ Patalex III Productions/Warner Bros. Pictures The music has been composed in such a way that it connects you to Batman like never before; music which embodies the conflict Bruce faces, the dilemma of Batman, and the choices he has to make. Listening to it echoes a tremendously powerful emotion within. © Syncopy/Legendary Pictures/ Patalex III Productions/Warner Bros. Pictures Be it “A Storm is Coming”, with its menacing, ominous tone. Or the eerie “Why So Serious?”. The powerful “Rise” which awakens a part of your soul. Not to forget “Bane's Chant”. Goosebumps! A score that will haunt you even after you have finished watching the movies. And that is the brilliance of Hans Zimmer. 2. Sense and Sensibility (1995): Other than being a marvellous movie in itself, this Emma Thompson-written masterpiece of Jane Austen's novel, directed by Ang Lee, boasting of an extremely talented ensemble cast has one of the most soulful scores of all time. Patrick Doyle's genius shines through the melodic symphony of the entire soundtrack, engaging the viewer (and listener) to relate to the struggles of the characters, be it Marianne's lost love (Miss Grey) or her coming of age (Weep You No More Sad/The Dreame ), or the anticipation of meeting her suitor (Mr Willoughby) or Elinor's strolls through the gardens with Edward (My Father's Favorite). © Columbia Pictures/ Mirage Enterprises Nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Score, there's no doubt that it deserves the praise it has got; the way it changes from a dreamy fancy to a mellow elegy, to a more serious rendition as the movie progresses is beautifully indescribable. With a classical base, the music transports you to the countryside of England, as Elinor and Marianne navigate the atrocities of the elite English social life. 3. Beetlejuice (1988): Weird, eerie and perfect for a goofy movie with eccentric characters. With Tim Burton as director, you know it is going to be a crazy joyride. Add to it the musical mastermind of Danny Elfman, and it is the best of both worlds. © The Geffen Company/ Warner Bros. Pictures Quirky, with a calypso vibe, which perfectly replicates the madness on screen, it will make you dance to its whimsical tune! 4. Titanic (1997): Because our 'hearts will go on' till eternity! Romance personified, James Cameron's magnum opus' score by legendary composer James Horner is the reason why 'Titanic' makes you believe in love. Based on soft strings, violins, and the piano, the score has an ethereal beauty. © Paramount Pictures/ 20th Century Fox/ Lightstorm Entertainment A beatific score which makes you feel that you are in heaven; be it the romantic “Rose” which plays when Jack sees Rose for the first time (and leitmotifs all throughout), the travel vibes from “Never An Absolution”, or the uplifting notes of “Southampton”. As the story moves forward, the score's feeling of astonishment and joy is punctuated by the dark “Death of the Titanic”, a sad dirge when the ship meets its perilous fate. My heart always breaks when the orchestra plays “Nearer My God to Thee” while the bandleader, Wallace Hartley, bravely keeps playing, all the while knowing what lies ahead. Not to mention “My Heart Will Go On” by Céline Dion which has been a love anthem since the movie released. 5. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (2001-2003): Just one word: Marvelous! A truly fabulous score by music composer par brilliance, Howard Shore, who created a score so ingenious for all the three movies that it can hardly be compared to another. The music is fantasy personified; there are about about100 specially crafted leitmotifs which keep on changing in intonation and tempo. What is even more fascinating is that each theme corresponds to a particular culture of Middle-earth, just think about it! © New Line Cinema/ WingNut Films With over four years of conducting, writing, composing and orchestrating, this intricate, sweeping score is a labour of love; Shore's love child with music. Moreover, it is one of the greatest scores of all times with respect to its length, soloists, instrumentation, among other attributes. With its operatic sound and antiquated feeling, listening to the score is an indulgence in itself. Another enthralling thing about the score is its nuance: it doesn't just reflect the scene or doesn't only suggest the mood, it tells a story, narrates the drama underlying in the scene. If that isn't creative brilliance, I don't what is! 6. Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961): If it wasn't famous enough for its iconic fashion, courtesy of Audrey Hepburn's Holly Golightly, the music is another feather in the cap of this beautiful, beautiful movie. © Jurow-Shepherd/ Paramount Pictures Henry Mancini's melodious score is a romantic extravagance which makes you fall in love with it the minute you hear it. My personal favourite has to be “Moon River” (with lyrics by Johnny Mercer), especially the one Audrey Hepburn croons while sitting on the balcony. The opening scene where an instrumental “Moon River” plays, makes you feel a strange mix of emotions as Holly steps out of a cab, with a coffee and a Danish. (All hail Blake Edwards!) Longingly looking at the necklace showcased on Tiffany's store window, lazily munching on the Danish, Holly Golightly signifies all of us contemplating over our desires. © Jurow-Shepherd/ Paramount Pictures 7. Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope (1977): Iconic! Who hasn't heard to this legendary score? A score which literally gives “a new hope”. © Lucasfilm/ 20th Century Fox George Lucas' masterpiece, scored by composer John Williams, is a movie which is synonymous with the sci-fi revolution in cinema. But its musical theme is just as fabulous as the movie; a sound which makes you fill with nostalgia and hope. 8. Gladiator (2000): Ridley Scott's classic movie has an extremely powerful score which makes you feel as though you have stepped into the action of the Colosseum in Rome. © Scott Free Productions/ Red Wagon Entertainment/ Universal Pictures/ DreamWorks Pictures Another one of Hans Zimmer's creations, with vocals by Lisa Gerrard, the music encapsulates Maximus' struggles. The music is laced with heroism, with the score expositing the valiant efforts of Maximus as he fights his way as a Gladiator in Ancient Rome. “Elysium” has a penetrating feeling; it touches your heart in an intensely personal way. 9. Lawrence of Arabia (1962): An epic movie starring Peter O'Toole, directed by David Lean, based on one of history's game-changers, T.E. Lawrence. The main theme has a mystical quality about it; a mixture of Arabian Night-esque music, Western vibes, and military music. Maurice Jarre's musical genius shines throughout the score. It makes you feel you have travelled into the sandy deserts of the Middle East; you can envision the dunes, the camels, the caravans. Essentially, it mirrors the plot of the movie: the conflict between the Ottoman Turks and nomadic Arabian tribes (guided by T.E. Lawrence) resulting in a guerilla war during World War I. © Horizon Pictures/ Columbia Pictures Not only is the music great to hear, with its loud booming quality, but it is also visually appealing, and falls perfectly in line with the scene on screen: the rolling motion of caravans at a leisurely pace, pulled by camels, along the desert. The underlying bass line only intensifies the effect. The tambourine music in parts of the repetitions of the score adds to the exotic Middle Eastern charm. 10. Back to the Future (1985): One of the most iconic time-travel centric sci-fi movies of all time, 'Back to the Future's' main theme echoes an adventurous, futuristic vibe. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, 'Back to the Future' is one of the most famous movies of the 80s, marking the second of multiple collaborations between Robert Zemeckis and Alan Silvestri (who would go on to become one of the most illustrious composers of the era). © Amblin Entertainment/ Universal Pictures The fanfare is perhaps the most recognized of movie themes; just the right amount of heroic and quirky! Also, the soundtrack has gems like “The Power of Love” (by Huey Lewis and the News) and “Johnny B. Goode” (by Chuck Berry), which are trendsetting songs in their own right! All aboard The DeLorean! 11. The Godfather (1972): Everything about 'The Godfather' is epic: the novel, the movies, and the music. Francis Ford Coppola's crowning glory was scored by Italian composer Nino Rota who is responsible for the legendary 'The Godfather Waltz'. © Alfran Productions/ Paramount Pictures Borrowing from his previously scored movie, 'Fortunella', Nino elevated the Italian feel of the music in 'The Godfather', capturing the misfortune of the characters thus invoking a tragic vibe in the score. 'The Godfather Waltz' and 'Love Theme from The Godfather' are a testament to the previous fact and to the ingenuity of Nino Rota's musical dexterity. 'The Pickup' captures the gangster theme of the movie with its bouncy, ominous feel. 12. Harry Potter (The First Three Movies) (2001-2004): Magical, mysterious and haunting. A trip down memory lane with this gem of a score, composed by John Williams. © Warner Bros. Pictures/ Heyday Films 'Hedwig's Theme' is always a tearjerker, with its plaintive notes emoting Harry's loneliness which slowly turns into a merry, elevating melody echoing Harry's entrée into the wizarding world. Will I cry when I hear it? Always. 13. Avengers: Endgame (2019): A fairly new movie on the list but kudos to Alan Silvestri's prowess as a composer who can wield magic with the conductor's baton (his personal Mjölnir, if you will), this movie's soundtrack has surpassed its predecessors while keeping the nostalgia intact. Sweeping, powerful and intense, the music sets the perfect tone for the finale of the Avengers franchise. Be it the war sequence, Captain America finally lifting the Mjölnir, the appearance of the heroes left behind (Portals), or the final Snap (The Real Hero), the score effortlessly manages to pull you in. © Marvel Studios/ Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures 'Whatever it Takes' touches you in ways you couldn't imagine, making you nostalgic about the sacrifices all the Avengers have made to reach here. My personal favourite is the jazzy 'It's Been A Long, Long Time' by Harry James (sung by Kitty Kallen) which plays as the movie comes to an end. Such a beautiful way to say goodbye! And such a satisfying visual to accompany it! 14. Requiem for a Dream (2000): A trippy movie with a hauntingly eerie soundtrack which makes you lose your mind (in a good way!). Darren Aronofsky's unconventional film about unfulfilled human desires is made more compelling by its theme, scored by Clint Mansell, ostentatiously using György Ligeti's “Lux Aeterna” in most parts. © Thousand Words/ Protozoa Pictures/ Artisan Entertainment The score is ominous, a bit tenebrous (a quality of Aronofsky's movies) and intentionally raw. The music plays an important role in the life of the characters, mirroring their cravings and addictions, and the extent they'll go for it. 15. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968): Another groundbreaking sci-fi movie, directed by eccentric genius Stanley Kubrick who (in)famously scrapped all the music created by Alex North for the movie (without informing him), was scored entirely by classical music. © Stanley Kubrick Productions/ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Stanley Kubrick decided to go with legendary classical pieces: Richard Strauss' poem 'Also Sprach Zarathustra', the waltz “The Blue Danube” by Johann Strauss II, and “Lux Aeterna” by György Ligeti, which have since become synonymous with the movie in such a way that it is impossible to think about 2001 without “The Blue Danube” playing in your mind. His reason was that he wanted his movie to be more of an aural sensory experience, not reliant on dialogue or verbal cues, thus using grand, majestic, soulful compositions from the classical past of music. Needless to say, the peculiar decision did turn out well for the movie. 16. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982): John Williams scores (no pun intended) again with the music of this adorable movie directed by Steven Spielberg. It captures the essence of childhood: the innocence, the sense of wonder, the inquisitiveness in all of us at that age. It has an emotional feel to it which strikes a chord with the old and young alike, igniting long-forgotten memories. © Amblin Entertainment/ Universal Pictures The best part of the score has to be the flying bicycle(“Flying”)! Joy, amazement, and fun all rolled into the music. And the music for the farewell brings out tears. Every. Single. Time. “E. T. Phone Home!” More like, “E.T. Don't Phone Home!” 17. Gone With The Wind (1939): Scarlett O'Hara's trials and tribulations find their expression in the music of the movie. Scored by Max Steiner, one of the greatest of composers in the Golden Age of Cinema, the score is sufficiently heartbreaking while being majestic in its own right. © Loew's Inc./ Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/ Selznick International Pictures The score is instrumental in charting out the character development; a distinguishing quality of Mr Steiner's work. They don't make them like that anymore! Because “frankly, my dear, they don't give a damn!” about music anymore. 18. Schindler's List (1993): Composed and conducted by John Williams (such a gifted treasure of a man), marking another collaboration with Steven Spielberg, Schindler List's score is a poignant experience. © Amblin Entertainment/ Universal Pictures Sad and melancholy, it voices the underlying distress and the terrible misfortune of Krakow. 19. Jurassic Park (1993): A score which has become tantamount to peak 90s and dinosaurs, composed by John Williams (again!), is a treat for the ears. © Amblin Entertainment/ Universal Pictures The score encapsulates the miracle of seeing something so unusual that you can't comprehend it through the main theme, then going to amazement and surprise in “Journey to the Island” and capturing the menace when the park turns rogue, with the rest of the score. 20. The Pink Panther (1963): Henry Mancini unleashes his musical genius in a funny way through “The Pink Panther” (another Blake Edwards masterpiece). © Mirisch Company/ United Artists The dubious, cartoony theme from the movie is perhaps as famous as the Taj Mahal and the most overused in movies which want to portray a comical investigation. The theme comprises a saxophone tenor which has over time become its most discerning quality. The score is funny, wacky and as quirky as the lead character, Jacques Clouseau (superbly played by Peter Sellers). The slapstick feel of the movie, the spry tone is effectively embodied by the score. 21. Goldfinger (1964): Do we really need an explanation for this? :P One of the most famous and iconic themes of all time. Shirley Bassey's vocals add to the drama to the music which has become synonymous with the spy thriller series, giving a nod to its sister theme. © Eon Productions/ United Artists 'Goldfinger', with its brassy, jazzy vibe, is one of the best pieces of music in the entire soundtrack of the James Bond movies. Mr Bond's suave sexiness is personified by the legendary theme. Thank you, John Barry! So, which is your favourite? Tell us in the comments!
  6. This story is not going to be about some hard-hitting facts about some sport or a shocking revelation about an athlete's past. No, this story is about the essence of sports and how it transcends every limitation and restriction that bounds a person in his day to day life from achieving greatness. I am talking about a video that went viral on social media and for all the right reasons too. Uploaded on Twitter by @YoungBullBlade, the video shows his uncle standing in front of a basketball ring with a ball in his hands, in the family's backyard with his family members surrounding him with their cameras ready. So what was all the fuss about? Turns out the man was completely blind and it was his first attempt of trying to score a basket. With his nephews cheering him on, getting him hyped up about his first shot, this man looked ready to let that ball fly. “Shoot towards my voice, uncle. Right here. Right in front of you.” @YoungBullBlade said, to help his uncle get a sense of direction of where the ring was and without lingering on too much, the man released the ball which landed on the ring, hit the backboard and eventually sunk into the basket. At this point, the blind uncle found himself smiling ear to ear, surrounded by his family members jumping all around him, brimming with excitement and sheer love. My uncle blind y'all, and made a free throw on his first try pic.twitter.com/aHYSFmm9Ri — ä¹ã¥åáªä¹ ðª (@YoungBullBlade) May 28, 2019 And I know what you are thinking right now. “What's such a big deal with a blind man scoring a basket which is not even a part of competition?” To which I say this: It is not always about competing, or playing only to decide who wins or loses. Sure in the world we live in now, sports, like any other profession, has gotten itself an ugly face of aggression and ruthlessness but every once in a while, somewhere, in some corner of the world, something like this happens that reminds us of the true purpose of sports. Kudos to his family for making him feel so great about himself and allowing us the opportunity to get involved in celebrating his life
  7. He is one of the most sought-after actors in the Hindi film industry right now, and enjoys a fan following that's loyal to a fault. That's Irrfan Khan for you - the dark horse of Bollywood who is running his own race, never once parting with the sheepish smile that graces his face all the time. View this post on Instagram Puppy seems to be a better poser #QaribQaribSinglle @par_vathy @zeestudiosofficial #animallover A post shared by Irrfan (@irrfan) on Nov 2, 2017 at 11:53pm PDT Even after an arduous year that Irrfan went through, the 'Karwaan' actor recently made an official announcement stating that he is back in the game after kicking cancer to the curb. Earlier this week he took to Twitter and shared the first look of his upcoming film 'Angrezi Medium' and wrote, “Aa raha hu phir entertain karne sabko”. GMB serving since 1900s It's going to be fun to tell another story #AngreziMedium. Coming soon, with Mr Champakji... Aa Raha Hu phir entertain Karne Sabko #ItsTimeToKnowChampakJi #AngreziMediumð¸ ðºð» pic.twitter.com/mC3IL2UMpf — Irrfan (@irrfank) April 8, 2019 True to his words, Irrfan never misses a chance to entertain his fans, and leave them smiling. For proof, take a look at this short video clip that shows Irrfan happily posing with scores of fans, right in the middle of the road in Udaipur, where he is currently shooting for 'Angrezi Medium'. View this post on Instagram This video of Irrfan with his fans in Udaipur will make you smile with joy of having him back to entertain everyone A video of Irrfan from the sets of Angrezi Medium shows him posing with a mob of local fans who gathered to see him post pack up of a shooting day. The smiles of fans is exactly the emotion on everyone's mind post the news of him coming back to work earlier this week. The film is being shot in Udaipur and is being directed by Homi Adajania and produced by Dinesh Vijan. Social media was abuzz just earlier this week when first pictures of him from the sets and his look from the film was released. The film is a sequel to the 2017 blockbuster hit, Hindi Medium. #irrfan #angrezimedium #dineshvijan #maddock #maddockfilms #hindimedium #homiadajania #udaipur @irrfan @homster #video #videooftheday #videos #videostar #videoofficial #irrfankhanfans #followforfollowback #follow4followback #follows #follow #like4likes #likeforlikes #like #likeit #likelike #likeforlikeback #iger #bollywoodstar #bollywood A post shared by Ahmed Khan (@ahmedkhan3079) on Apr 11, 2019 at 12:42am PDT Look at the loud cheer all of them let out, and the diversity of age group in Irrfan's fan following. From little kids, to young men and women, as well as older uncles and aunties, he has made a place for himself in everyone's heart. View this post on Instagram Are you coming ? #lifeiswaiting @qqsthefilm pic by @omkar.kocharekar A post shared by Irrfan (@irrfan) on Nov 5, 2017 at 10:40am PST This video is proof that Irrfan hasn't forgotten his roots, or the fact that any actor is made by their fans (and critics too). He is still as humble, unassuming and welcoming as he was before becoming the mega-star that he has turned into over the years, owing to his talent and hard work. View this post on Instagram Kimono walk Newyork street shooting for the movie #thepuzzle . #actorslife #newyork #shooting A post shared by Irrfan (@irrfan) on Jun 21, 2017 at 5:30pm PDT We love that he is regaining his health with every passing day, and we're glad to have him back amongst us too. He is special to us for a lot of reasons, and his calibre as an actor is just one of the many reasons.
  8. Ever since his triumphant return to international cricket after a severe lower-back injury and a suspension levied by the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI), Hardik Pandya has been responding to his haters in the best way possible, i.e; by performing at an exceptional level with the bat and the ball. As a crucial member of the Indian batting order, Pandya, who has been known for his explosive big hits and mounting up big individual totals in very short periods of time, just hit a hat-trick of sixes against New Zealand's Todd Astle in the fifth and final ODI of the series. Pandya achieved this feat for the fifth time in his career. On the other hand, taking at least one wicket in almost every match he has played ever since his comeback against the Kiwis in the third ODI, Pandya has been one of India's ace bowlers through the last couple of weeks. However, the New Zealand team that lost to the Men in Blue 1-4 in the ODI series, looks completely different as the other series in the T20I format began today. Skipper Kane Williamson 's decision to replace opener Martin Guptill with Tim Seifert turned out to be a hit as the righty thrashed the Indian bowling side left, right and centre. The rest of the Kiwi batters followed suit and dominated bowlers like Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Khaleel Ahmed. Having said that, the bowler who got absolutely dismantled by Seifert and Co. was Indian allrounder, Hardik Pandya. With an absolutely horrible economy rate of 12.75, Pandya turned out to be the most expensive bowler for skipper Rohit Sharma, conceding 51 runs in just 4 overs! Pandya's half a ton with the ball is the worst performance by any Indian bowler against the Kiwis. whenever nz batsmen see hardik pandya#INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/vVz8PrmYux — 㤠㤠㤠㤠㤠㤠㤠ã¤ã¤ 㤠㤠㤠(@firkiii) February 6, 2019 * Hardik Pandya in First T/20 against NZ * #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/82U9IwMzKX — Hunà¤à¤°à¤° â (@nickhunterr) February 6, 2019 Brilliant innings from Hardik Pandya ( 50 runs) and Khaleel(48) 2 short of 50 hard luck . #NZvIND — #FAN (@Sarcastic__Raj) February 6, 2019 Glad to see Hardik Pandya scored 50.. #INDVSNZ #NZvIND #INDvNZ — Silly me (@Sathish03577169) February 6, 2019
  9. Not very long ago, Rohit Sharma was being slammed for his inconsistent form which also saw him being excluded from India's Test squad against England in the much-anticipated series. In a bid to console the Indian opener, the selectors handed him the responsibility of leading the national team's charge in the Asia Cup. And, Rohit made the most of it by leading India to the coveted trophy on the back of an unbeaten run in the tournament. Building on his fine form in the ongoing ODI series against West Indies, Rohit has once again reminded the selectors and his critics what he is capable of. The right-hander produced a stellar knock of 152 runs in the first ODI that paved way for India's convincing eight-wicket win in Guwahati. Chasing a mammoth total of 322 runs was always going to be tricky, even for a strong batting side like India, and Shikhar Dhawan's dismissal in the second over the match only added to the concerns. But, Rohit was unperturbed as he went hammer and tongs at the Windies bowling attack in arguably one of finest knocks in limited-overs cricket. HITMANNNN ðªð@Paytm #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/v1E8OCwE8L — BCCI (@BCCI) October 21, 2018 Taking the opposition attack by the scruff of the neck, Rohit's languid drives, nonchalant pulls and authoritative slogs all came to the fore during his 20th ODI ton. After seeing off the new ball, the Mumbai batsman brought up his fifty in 51 deliveries as Virat Kohli played the role of an aggressor at the other end. But, as soon as Rohit reached his half-century, the Indian opener stepped on the gas and accelerated his innings. He notched up a brilliant hundred in the 32nd over after caressing a wide delivery past cover for a beautiful boundary. He also stitched a match-winning partnership of 246 runs for the second wicket with his captain Kohli. Even as Kohli fell prey to Devendra Bishoo's brilliant delivery in the 33rd over, Rohit didn't let it affect his approach. The 31-year-old continued to carry the baton for India and remained unbeaten at the end. He brought up the winning runs with a towering six in the 43rd over. By the time he was done, Rohit had amassed 152 runs off 117 balls including 15 fours and eight sixes. ð¤ð¤@Paytm #INDvWI pic.twitter.com/8JXdrrpm52 — BCCI (@BCCI) October 21, 2018 It was Rohit's sixth 150-plus score in ODI cricket - most by a batsman in the format. In the process, he went past the great Sachin Tendulkar and Aussie David Warner, who have five such scores to their respective names in ODIs. Rohit also has three double hundreds to his name and there is little doubt that he is currently the best white-ball opener in international cricket. “It's our 5th or 6th double-century partnership, it's a pleasure to bat with him (Rohit). When we are batting like that, it's good fun out there and we know the team will benefit from it as well,” captain Kohli couldn't have summed it up any better at the end of the match.
  10. Did you know the fastest man on earth is now a footballer? Yeah, me neither, but Usain Bolt is out there taking over another sport because why not? Usain Bolt made his debut as a substitute for A-League outfit Central Coast Mariners a couple of months back and now he's scored not one but two goals for a professional football team. There's only one way we can expect him to celebrate anything – with his trademark lightning pose, of course – and he did not disappoint. Here it is, @usainbolt, the footballer, scores his maiden Mariners goal. What a moment! Don't think limits! â¡ï¸ #SWSvCCM #CCMFC ð¥@FOXFOOTBALL pic.twitter.com/X7zrqmrYCZ — Central Coast Mariners (@CCMariners) October 12, 2018 So great! He joined the Mariners for an “indefinite training period” and also said, “dreams become reality through hard work”. He also added, “My first start and scoring two goals, it's a good feeling. I'm happy I could come here and show the world I'm improving. I'm keen to be a Mariner, to play my best and get into the team.” People on Twitter were also quite impressed. what a time to be alive — Ben Mc (@McElstuff) October 12, 2018 Yep, all the greats! The Earth is billions of years old, and I'm gladly alive to live in the era of Messi, Ronaldo and Usain Bolt?! ð — adem6 (@crnasrpska) October 12, 2018 Congrats! That's Awesome, congratulations Bolt @usainbolt — Taylor Corry (@TayCorry) October 12, 2018 But, this was just the beginning; not long after the first one, he managed to score his second goal for the night. Well, he really is quick with whatever he does. BOLT HAS HIS BRACE! â¡ï¸ That's two goals tonight for @usainbolt!! What a moment in sport, don't think limits! #CCMFC ð¥ @FOXFOOTBALL pic.twitter.com/0NeIH9i49V — Central Coast Mariners (@CCMariners) October 12, 2018 Everyone's happy when Bolt's happy. Nice seeing him being happy. A dream come true! — John Wahlborg (@Joaxwa) October 12, 2018 Literally anything can happen 2k18. It's 2018 and @usainbolt is out here scoring â½ï¸ð¤ pic.twitter.com/e79tjUlS1g — B/R Football (@brfootball) October 12, 2018 Terrific is the word. What a finishð®ðð» Usain Bolt scores his FIRST football goal for a professional side. Terrific finish @usainbolt ðð¿ pic.twitter.com/PHTtRlIYB1 — Oluwashina Okeleji (@oluwashina) October 12, 2018 What a way to celebrate! Usain Bolt taps in a second and follows it up with a #Fortnite celebration! ðª ð¥ @FOXFOOTBALL pic.twitter.com/mcPg42xMDy — Goal (@goal) October 12, 2018 So, it's safe to say that Usain Bolt, the footballer is happy and thriving!
  11. NAWABSHAH: At least ten passengers were killed and several others sustained injuries in a three-vehicle crash near Nawabshah on Friday, police said. The deadly collision occurred on Daur Road and involved a coach, a van and a car, the police added....
  12. Argentina´s forward Lionel Messi reacts at the end of the Russia 2018 World Cup Group D match between Argentina and Iceland at the Spartak Stadium in Moscow on June 16, 2018. Photo: AFPVOLGOGRAD, RUSSIA: Lionel Messi is under increased pressure to...
  13. r Luis Suarez scored in the 23rd minute to put his side up 1-0 at halftime. Photo: AFPROSTOV-ON-DON: Uruguay striker Luis Suarez scored in the 23rd minute to put his side up 1-0 at halftime after a tepid start against Saudi Arabia in their Group A...
  14. Belgium´s forward Romelu Lukaku (back R) scores a goal past Panama´s goalkeeper Jaime Penedo during the Russia 2018 World Cup Group G football match between Belgium and Panama at the Fisht Stadium in Sochi on June 18, 2018. Photo: AFPSOCHI:...
  15. Listen up, folks! I never thought that I will say this, but this Monday (May 14th) was one of the best days of this week. And we didn't even need 'Game of Thrones' to help us sail through the day, because ICSE and all the students appearing for that exam decided to take the lead. A quick GK tip: ICSE stands for Indian Certificate of Secondary Examination. It is conducted by the Council for the Indian School Certification Examination. Also FYI, this is considered to be one of the toughest boards in India. © Twitter Now let's come back to the story, yesterday was one of the most memorable days for all the class Xth students of the ICSE board because the results were announced. However, I think it is for the first time that the whole country was dancing and rejoicing, after the results were announced. The kids and their family members were happy because they passed the exam with flying colours. The rest of us were dancing because, THANK GOD, we were not a part of this crazy competition. © Twitter During our time, when scoring 90% or 95% was an extraordinary deal, most kids today scored an average of 98% to 99%. This brings us to Swayam Das, the All India ICSE topper who scored 99.4%. Trust me guys, if I roll my eyes any harder they will pop out. How did he prepare for the exams? What secret ingredient did he eat to boost his brain power? Well, whatever it was, let's first congratulate Swayam for setting a new record for other students to beat. 15-year-old Swayam is from Koparkhairane, Navi Mumbai and a student of St mary's ICSE School. He reportedly scored 100 in Mathematics, History-Civics-Geography and Computer Applications, 98 in English, 95 in Hindi and 99 in Science. © Twitter Das told The Times Of India, “I always thought of grabbing a spot in the select band of merit holders, but never thought of topping the country. I solved a lot of papers and that experience brought me the success.” Swayam who aims to become a researcher, further said, “I owe it to my parents and teachers who have been my support system all through.” While, people are praising Swayam's exceptional scores, no one seems to be bothered about Dettol that has always made us proud by killing 99.9 % germs. © Twitter That's unfair guys, 99.9% is not an easy score to maintain. We're with you Dettol and we know that there will be a day when you will manage to kill those 0.1% germs too.
  16. Listen up, folks! I never thought that I will say this, but this Monday (May 14th) was one of the best days of this week. And we didn't even need 'Game of Thrones' to help us sail through the day, because ICSE and all the students appearing for that exam decided to take the lead. A quick GK tip: ICSE stands for Indian Certificate of Secondary Examination. It is conducted by the Council for the Indian School Certification Examination. Also FYI, this is considered to be one of the toughest boards in India. © Twitter Now let's come back to the story, yesterday was one of the most memorable days for all the class Xth students of the ICSE board because the results were announced. However, I think it is for the first time that the whole country was dancing and rejoicing, after the results were announced. The kids and their family members were happy because they passed the exam with flying colours. The rest of us were dancing because, THANK GOD, we were not a part of this crazy competition. © Twitter During our time, when scoring 90% or 95% was an extraordinary deal, most kids today scored an average of 98% to 99%. This brings us to Swayam Das, the All India ICSE topper who scored 99.4%. Trust me guys, if I roll my eyes any harder they will pop out. How did he prepare for the exams? What secret ingredient did he eat to boost his brain power? Well, whatever it was, let's first congratulate Swayam for setting a new record for other students to beat. 15-year-old Swayam is from Koparkhairane, Navi Mumbai and a student of St mary's ICSE School. He reportedly scored 100 in Mathematics, History-Civics-Geography and Computer Applications, 98 in English, 95 in Hindi and 99 in Science. © Twitter Das told The Times Of India, “I always thought of grabbing a spot in the select band of merit holders, but never thought of topping the country. I solved a lot of papers and that experience brought me the success.” Swayam who aims to become a researcher, further said, “I owe it to my parents and teachers who have been my support system all through.” While, people are praising Swayam's exceptional scores, no one seems to be bothered about Dettol that has always made us proud by killing 99.9 % germs. © Twitter That's unfair guys, 99.9% is not an easy score to maintain. We're with you Dettol and we know that there will be a day when you will manage to kill those 0.1% germs too.
  17. Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi. Photo:AFPBarcelona footballer Lionel Messi won a legal battle Thursday to register his name as a trademark to sell sports goods after an EU court ruled that he is too famous to be confused with other...
  18. The Dangal star made his Instagram debut a day ahead of his 53rd birthday (today). His Instagram account also got verified, after the follower count shot up to over 244k followers and counting within hours. Aamir Khan, who has come to be known as Bollywood's perfectionist Khan, has joined the Instagram family and received an immensely positive response from fans. The Dangal star made his Instagram debut a day ahead of his 53rd birthday (today). His Instagram account also got verified, after the follower count shot up to over 244k followers and counting within hours. On the occasion of his 53rd birthday, he finally posted his first post and it comprises a grid of nine photos of one of the most important people in his life. Aamir shared a photo of his mom and captioned it stating, "The person because of whom I am who I am..." Photo: Aamir Khan/Instagram The news of Aamir making his debut on Instagram also spread like wildfire and #AamirKhan #OnInstagram starting trending on Twitter. Aamir has kept a picture of his Thugs Of Hindostan look as his profile picture on his Instagram. The 3 Idiots actor, who currently enjoys a massive social media following through Facebook and Twitter, may have decided to join the photo-sharing app for his fans in China, Turkey, Taiwan and Russia, reported a leading news agency. At this time, Aamir has over 23 million followers on Twitter and his Facebook page is liked by 15 million people.
  19. File photo KANO: Fears grew in northeast Nigeria on Wednesday about the fate of potentially scores of girls who have not been seen since a Boko Haram attack on their school two days ago. Militants stormed the Government Girls Science Secondary School in Dapchi, Yobe state, on Monday evening. Locals initially said the girls and their teachers fled the attack. The militants gained worldwide notoriety in April 2014 when they abducted 276 girls from their school in Chibok, in neighbouring Borno state. Fifty-seven escaped in the immediate aftermath and since May last year, 107 have either escaped or been released as part of a government-brokered deal. A total of 112 are still being held. Monday's incident sparked fears of a repeat of Chibok and on Wednesday morning some 50 parents and guardians gathered at the school demanding information. "Our girls have been missing for two days and we don't know their whereabouts," Abubakar Shehu, whose niece is among those missing, told AFP. "Although we were told they had run to some villages, we have been to all these villages mentioned without any luck. We are beginning to harbour fears the worst might have happened. "We have the fear that we are dealing with another Chibok scenario." Confused picture According to school staff, there were 710 students at the state-run boarding school, which caters for girls aged 11 and above. Inuwa Mohammed, whose 16-year-old daughter, Falmata, is also missing, said it was a confused picture and that parents had been frantically searching surrounding villages. "Nobody is telling us anything officially," he said. "We still don´t know how many of our daughters were recovered and how many are still missing. "We have been hearing many numbers, between 67 and 94." Police in the state, which is one of three in the northeast Nigeria worst-affected by the Boko Haram insurgency, said they had no reports of abductions following the attack. Yobe's education commissioner, Mohammed Lamin, said the school had been shut and a rollcall of all the girls who have returned was being conducted. "It is only after the head-count that we will be able to say whether any girls were taken," he said. Some of the girls had fled to villages up to 30 kilometres away through the remote bushland, he added. Weapon of war Boko Haram has used kidnapping as a weapon of war since its insurgency began in 2009, seizing thousands of women and young girls, as well as men and boys of fighting age. Some 300 children were among 500 people abducted from the town of Damasak in November 2014. Getting accurate information from the remote northeast remains difficult. The army still largely controls access and infrastructure has been devastated by nine years of conflict. In Chibok, the military initially claimed the students had all been found but was forced to back-track when parents and the school principal said otherwise. As the issue gained world attention, spawning the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls, the then president Goodluck Jonathan was increasingly criticised for his lacklustre response. The mass abduction and Jonathan's handling of it was seen as contributing to his 2015 election defeat to Mohammadu Buhari, who promised to bring the Boko Haram insurgency to an end. But despite Buhari's repeated claims the group is weakened to the point of defeat, civilians remain vulnerable to suicide attacks and hit-and-run raids in the remote northeast. No-one from Buhari's administration has yet commented on Dapchi. Security analysts told AFP on Tuesday that government ransom payments to secure the release of the Chibok girls could have given the under-pressure group ideas for financing. "They need money for arms, ammunition, vehicles, to keep their army of fighters moving across the borders," said Amaechi Nwokolo, from the Roman Institute of International Studies. "They're spending a lot of money on arms and logistics."
  20. A bus and wagon collided due to over-speeding, according to reports GUJRANWALA: At least six people were killed and 20 others injured when a passenger bus and wagon collided in Wazirabad, Gujranwala on Tuesday, Geo News reported. According to rescue sources, the collision happened due to over-speeding around a bend. Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif has directed authorities to ensure best possible medical treatment for the injured.
  21. [embed_video1 url=http://stream.jeem.tv/vod/1a9fc1a95e381ee1e49f7e1fdc3133c0.mp4/playlist.m3u8?wmsAuthSign=c2VydmVyX3RpbWU9Mi8xMC8yMDE4IDY6MDk6MjIgQU0maGFzaF92YWx1ZT1kYTRzQ2ZJV2pGN3FLY1U0NUJJUVJnPT0mdmFsaWRtaW51dGVzPTYwJmlkPTE= style=center] CHICAGO: A winter storm brought heavy snowfall to parts of the US Midwest on Friday, causing 1,500 flight cancellations, snarling roads and closing schools. "Snow will make weather headlines from the greater Chicago metro area to Detroit on Friday, with winter storm warnings in effect," the National Weather Service said. Schools were closed in both cities and multiple car crashes were reported on icy roads. Flight cancelations built up quickly -- especially at Chicago´s O´Hare, one of the nation´s busiest airports. The Detroit and Chicago metropolitan areas were forecast to receive as much as nine inches (23 centimeters) of snow, with more than one inch per hour falling in Detroit on Friday morning. Nearly 1,000 flights were delayed and another 1,500 canceled at Detroit and Chicago airports. More than half of the cancellations were at O´Hare, where seven inches (18 cm) of snow had accumulated by noon. Airlines warned of more cancellations to come at neighboring airports, and allowed passengers to change flight reservations without fees. "We are getting more snow today, tomorrow and Sunday than we have normally gotten in the last few winters at any one period of time," said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, encouraging residents to stay indoors. Some outer suburbs of the Chicago metropolitan area had already reached or were near nine inches of snow Friday afternoon. The Windy City has not seen this much snow at one time since 2011, when a storm dumped about 20 inches of snow so quickly that drivers had to abandon their cars along a major road. Officials insisted they were prepared this time, with approximately 300 snowplows to prevent a recurrence. Still, the city experienced dozens of car crashes Thursday evening and early Friday. Forecasters expected the first round of snowfall to gum up evening commutes, especially in Detroit, but then taper off during the night. The Great Lakes region was expected to see additional snowfall over the weekend, while the current storm was forecast to move eastward to upstate New York and New England regions by Saturday.
  22. The high-rise building, constructed in the late 1990s, is part of a two-tower complex also housing offices of the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation-Reuters JAKARTA: A mezzanine floor overlooking the main lobby of the Indonesian Stock Exchange building collapsed on Monday, injuring scores of people, many of them students, under slabs of concrete and other debris, officials and witnesses said. The high-rise building, constructed in the late 1990s, is part of a two-tower complex also housing offices of the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation. It was the target of a car bombing by Islamist militants in September 2000. Police ruled out a bomb as a cause of Monday?s collapse. They said at least 77 people had been injured. No deaths had been reported, said Triana Tambunan, business development manager at MRCC Siloam hospital, one of the hospitals near the stock exchange. ?Up to now we?ve registered 30 people,? Tambunan told reporters. ?The bone fractures may be serious. We need to carry out further evaluations,? she said, adding there were at least three suspected fractures. Safety standards are often loosely enforced in Indonesia. Last year, a fire that ripped through a fireworks factory on the outskirts of Jakarta killed around 50 people in one of the country?s worst industrial accidents. A police investigation found multiple safety violations. Police cordoned off the complex as people fled the building, and the injured, including visiting university students, were taken away by stretcher. Stock exchange president director Tito Sulistio said their treatment would be paid for by the exchange. Images aired on television and circulated on social media showed a concrete and metal structure that had collapsed around a Starbucks cafe near the entrance to the lobby of the building with blue-tinted windows. ?The second floor of the building has collapsed,? said Vindy, a personal assistant to Sulistio, who was in the building at the time. ?Slabs of concrete started to fall, there was lots of dust. Water pipes had burst,? said Megha Kapoor, who works in the building and was in the lobby at the time. ?I heard a loud cracking sound. I saw a lady unconscious stuck under a slab of concrete,? she said, adding that the collapsed level was just above the reception desk. Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said she hoped the collapse would not affect investor confidence in the tropical Southeast Asian archipelago. The exchange resumed business in the afternoon as per schedule.
  23. Rahul Dravid aka Jammy is undoubtedly one of the greatest batsmen in the history of Cricket. Probably that is why people call him 'Mr. Dependable'. During his time, Rahul Dravid took the Indian Cricket Team to great heights both as a fellow team member and as a captain, and now his son Samit is following his footsteps and turning into a great cricketer that the nation will soon look up to. © Reuters Samit was playing in the Karnataka State Cricket Association's (KSCA) BTR Cup Under-14 tournament and after looking at his performance; our belief in the phrase “Like Father, Like Son” has grown stronger. Samit, who was playing for Mallya Aditi International School, not only made a century but also took his team to victory by helping in setting a massive score of 500 for 5 in 50 overs. © Twitter However, Samit was not the highest scorer of the match. While, Samit scored a smashing 150; the star of the match was Aryan Joshi, son of veteran Cricketer Sunil Joshi. Aryan scored a massive 154 and together the two defeated Vivekananda School by a huge margin of 412 runs. The bowlers too supported the duo and knocked over Vivekananda for mere 88. Reportedly, in 2015 Samit was awarded the 'Best Batsman' in the U-12 Gopalan Cricket Challenge in September 2015. Two years ago, Samit represented Bangalore United Cricket Club (BUCC), which Rahul Dravid used to serve as the president. Rahul is currently coaching the Indian Under 19 team in New Zealand for the World Cup. Source: The Times Of India
  24. Illegal migrants arrive by boat at a naval base after they were rescued by Libyan coastguard in the coastal city of Tripoli, Libya, May 10, 2017. REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny/Files TRIPOLI: Between 90 and 100 migrants were missing after their makeshift boat sank in the Mediterranean off the coast of Libya, the country?s navy said late Tuesday. The inflatable boat was carrying more than 100 people when it went down, according to Navy spokesman Ayoub Kacem, who said rescuers had saved just 17 people, including some women. Survivors clung to the vessel for hours before help arrived. The boat sank off the city of Khoms, around 100 kilometres (60 miles) east of the Libyan capital, Kacem said. In another incident, the Libyan navy said it had also rescued 267 migrants of various African nationalities, off Zawiya to the west of Tripoli. Women and 17 children were among those rescued, said Kacem, who added that bad weather had hampered the operation. Over the weekend, 10 migrants died and dozens of others, including children, went missing off the Libyan coast, according to aid organisations. Since the 2011 fall and killing of longtime dictator Moamer Kadhafi, Libya has become a key launch pad for migrants making desperate bids to reach Europe, often on unseaworthy vessels. Last year alone, 3,116 people died attempting the crossing, according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), including 2,833 from Libya. But there has been a sharp drop in crossing attempts since the summer of 2017 following efforts by Italy to discourage migrants from trying to make the journey.
  25. Workers stand next to a wreckage after a train crash near Hennenman in the Free State province, South Africa, January 4, 2018. REUTERS JOHANNESBURG: More than a dozen people were killed and hundreds were feared injured after a train struck a lorry, derailed and burst into flames in South Africa on Thursday. Footage from television news showed fire engulfing one of the train?s carriages after the accident, which occurred as it traveled between Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg. Transport Minister Joe Maswanganyi said the train, which was carrying 700 passengers, jumped the tracks after hitting the truck, which was attempting to negotiate a level crossing. He said preliminary investigations suggested 12 people had died in the crash and 268 were injured, including four critically. Emergency services said 14 people had died, and dozens were hurt, calling the minister?s injury estimate premature. ?I have been briefed that the accident was the result of a truck that was driving through a level crossing... You can see for yourself the truck driver was taking chances,? Maswanganyi said on the news channel of national broadcaster SABC. He said the driver had survived and police were investigating. Emergency services and rail officials were not immediately able to confirm the circumstances of the crash. South Africa has the continent?s largest railway network, but it has been plagued by mismanagement and under-investment that has seen train use dwindle despite it being the cheapest from of public transportation. In a recent report, the government?s Rail Safety Regulator (RSR) said that, in the 2016/17 financial year, 495 people lost their lives in the country?s railway environment and 2,079 were injured. The death toll was up 5 percent increase from the previous year.
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