Monthly Archives: August 2017

New Delhi: Virat Kohli notched up his 29th century, while Rohit Sharma brought up his 13th century as India posted a mammoth 375 for 5 against Sri Lanka in the fourth one-day international in Colombo on Thursday. Playing his 300th ODI, Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored 49 not out and stitched an unbeaten 101-run partnership with Manish Pandey, who slammed his second ODI fifty. For Sri Lanka, Angelo Mathews claimed two wickets. 




Lighlights Between India vs Sri Lanka straight from Colombo




21:50 IST: INDIA THRASH SRI LANKA BY 168 RUNS. This is Sri Lanka's biggest defeat at home (by runs margin)

21:48 IST: WICKET! Kuldeep Yadav dismisses Vishwa Fernando for 5 runs. Sri Lanka 207/9 in 42.3 overs (Target: 376)

21:47 IST: FOUR! Vishwa Fernando sends Kuldeep Yadav towards deep extra cover for a boundary.

21:46 IST: FOUR! Dananjaya sends Bumrah straight down the ground.

21:45 IST: Vishwa Fernando comes to the crease now.

21:44 IST: WICKET! Jasprit Bumrah removes Pushpakumara for 3 runs. Sri Lanka 196/8 in 41.2 overs.

21:36 IST: Two back-to-back LBW appeals from Bumrah and Dhoni. First, it was clearly missing legs and then impact was outside off. Excellent decisions by umpire.

21:30 IST: BIG WICKET! Axar Patel ends Angelo Mathews' stay at 70 runs. Sri Lanka 190/7 in 37.2 overs.

21:17 IST: Akila Dananjaya is the new man at the crease.

21:15 IST: WICKET! Sri Lanka lose their sixth wicket. Wanidu Hasaranga run out (Bumrah/Axar) 22 runs. Sri Lanka 177/6 in 34 overs.

21:13 IST: FOUR! Mathews hits Axar towards long on for a boundary. Excellent shot from him.

21:11 IST: SIX! Hasaranga smashes Axar for a boundary and now a maximum. He is on fire.

21:01 IST: FOUR! Hasanga plays a slog sweep towards deep mid wicket. Excellent shot from him. Sri Lanka 160/5 in 32 overs.

20:59 IST FOUR! Mathews comes down the track and sends the ball towards long off.

20:57 IST: FIFTY! Angelo Mathews brings up his 34th ODI half-century. India 150/5 in 30.5 overs.

20:47 IST: WICKET! Hardik Pandya dismisses Siriwardana for 39 runs. A thick outside edge. Dhoni takes an easy catch behind the wickets. Pandya exults after taking the wicket. Sri Lanka 141/5 in 28.2 overs.

20:45 IST: SIX! Siriwardana picks the ball nicely and sends it towards deep square leg

20:40 IST: FOUR! Another one from Mathews. This time the ball races towards sweeper covers. Sri Lanka 129/4 in 27 overs.

20:38 IST: FOUR! Short delivery from Hardik Pandya. Angelo Mathews sends the ball towards deep mid wicket.

20:34 IST: FOUR! Siriwardana picks the ball nicely and guides it towards backward square leg. Sri Lanka 119/4 in 25.3 overs.

20:32 IST: 25 overs gone! Sri Lanka 113/4. Milinda Siriwardana 22*, Angelo Mathews 38*.

20:20 IST: SIX! Siriwardana comes down the track and sends the ball sailing over the long-on. Sri Lanka 100/4 in 21 overs.

20:15 IST: Axar Patel comes into the attack.

20:09 IST: FOUR! Short ball from Pandya. Mathews waits till the end and pulls the ball towards deep mid wicket for a boundary. Sri Lanka 84/4 in 17.4 overs.

20:04 IST: Milinds Siriwardana comes to the crease now.

20:02 IST: WICKET! Hardik Pandya dismisses Thirimanne for 18 runs. Sri Lanka 68/4 in 16 overs.

19:55 IST: FOUR! Angelo Mathews hits back-to-back boundaries off Kohli. Sri Lanka 57/3 in 14 overs.

19:42 IST: Captain Virat Kohli comes into the attack.

19:35 IST: 10 overs gone! Sri Lanka 40/3. Thirimanne 6*, Mathews 1*.

19:29 IST: Angelo Mathews is the new man at the crease.




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New Delhi: The maiden launch of India's first private-sector manufactured satellite, the IRNSS-1H, was declared unsuccessful today. AS Kiran Kumar, the chief of space agency ISRO, which launched the satellite, said the heat shield, which is expected to separate and drop off, failed to do so. The 1,425 kg satellite had piggybacked on the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, which was on its 41st mission. Launched from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, the satellite was expected to fill in for one of the seven orbiting satellite of NAVIC, which is malfunctioning. NAVIC, which is a system of seven satellites, powers India's homegrown Global Positioning System.





Here are the top 10 updates in this big science story:
  1. The IRNSS-1H, was built by a consortium led by Alpha Design Technologies, a defence equipment supplier from Bengaluru, over eight months.




  1. The Rs. 400-crore company had been tasked to make two satellites. The second is expected to be finished by April 2018.




  1. Led by Colonel HS Shankar, a team of 70 scientists from Indian space research organization ISRO supervised the operations.




  1. IRNSS stands for Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System. But during the launch of its seventh satellite in April 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had christened the system NAVIC.



  1. The launch of the new satellite became necessary after three atomic clocks in one satellite of the NAVIC system started malfunctioning.




  1. Atomic clocks provide navigational data, and they are crucial for a Global positioning system.



  1. But once a satellite is in space it is impossible to repair it. The usual life of a satellite is 10 years.



  1. Currently only five nations have a satellite system that offering Global Positioning - the original GPS is owned by the US Air Force and Russia has its parallel system GLONASS.




  1. For more than 40 years, space research agency ISRO had nurtured India's forays into space. The entry of the private sector became necessary as the country carved out a niche for itself in the lucrative space industry. Indian-made satellites are regarded as cheap and reliable




  1. In February, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle sent 104 satellites in space -- 101 of them belonged to other nations.







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In May last year when a school boy over took his SUV late at night, Rocky Yadav was allegedly so enraged that he shot the young driver dead.

Today, a court in Gaya in Bihar will decide if Rocky Yadav, whose mother was a politician with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's party at the time of the shooting, is guilty of murder.

Rocky Yadav (real name Rakesh Ranjan), who was driving a Range Rover accompanied by a bodyguard, has denied any wrongdoing though the police originally claimed he had confessed to the killing. His father, a powerful businessman named Bindi Yadav, is accused of destroying evidence to shield Rocky Yadav.
With four friends Aditya Sachdeva, 19, was driving home after a night out to celebrate the end of their Class 12 exams when he was killed. He died immediately. Through the trial, his family has alleged that his mother's political reach will influence the outcome.

Their fears were not unfounded. The four friends who were driving with Aditya Sachdeva in his father's Maruti Swift turned hostile in court after originally indicting Rocky Yadav in statements to the police, claiming that he first beat up Aditya Sachdeva. Rocky Yadav's bodyguard, Rajesh Kumar, who is also an accused in the murder, said he asked "Don't you know who I am?" before shooting at Aditya Sachdev. But he later retracted his statement in court.
The case against the 22-year-old rests heavily on the pistol recovered from the location of the crime that was allegedly worth 10 lakhs and was licensed to him.

For two days after the shooting, Rocky Yadav went missing; his mother said she did not know where he was; he was later found hiding in a factory owned by his father. He was briefly granted bail but after the Patna government opposed this in the Supreme Court, claiming it would allow him to influence witnesses, he was returned to prison.




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NEW DELHI:  Amid strong buzz around a cabinet reshuffle any day now, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was today asked by reporters how long he would continue as Defence Minister. "At least I hope not very long," he replied, chuckling.

Mr Jaitley took on the extra job after Manohar Parrikar shifted to Goa as Chief Minister earlier this year. Sources say he is likely to shed one of the two ministries before he leaves next month for Japan, where he is to attend the annual defence ministers' conference meeting.

The possibly last major reshuffle before the 2019 national election is expected before Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves on Sunday for a BRICS summit in China. Amit Shah, the chief of the ruling BJP, has been meeting ministers and leaders in the past few days and is meeting eight ministers today.

Many expect a change in the Railways Ministry after a series of accidents. For the first time after two derailments within four days, Minister Suresh Prabhu met PM Modi and indicated that he had offered to quit but was "asked to wait".

A rejig of the government has been due for months now, especially in the scenario of vacancies and shifting alliances. The ruling BJP may also accommodate leaders like Bhupendra Yadav, the in-charge of Gujarat, with an eye on elections in the state later this year.
Two key ministries opened up after M Venkaiah Naidu was named Vice President of India. The Environment ministry was reassigned as additional charge after the death of minister Anil Dave.

The Centre is widely expected to reward Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (United), which is back to sharing power with the BJP in Bihar after a dramatic break-up with Lalu Yadav's RJD and the Congress in July.

Former union minister Praful Patel has denied reports that his NCP or Nationalist Congress Party will join the Modi government. "There is no basis for speculation that the NCP is joining the government in Delhi," Mr Patel tweeted on Monday.

Many are not convinced after Sharad Pawar's party has been telegraphing its detachment from the Congress-led opposition. The NCP skipped a meeting of the opposition called by Sonia Gandhi earlier this month, despite Mr Pawar claiming he would depute a representative. It was speculated that Mr Pawar was upset about the Congress suggesting he had betrayed the party in the recent Rajya Sabha election in Gujarat.



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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The December marriage of a young homeopath in Kerala to a Muslim man returned from the Gulf anchors a wide examination by the country's top counter-terror agency into whether the southern state is being used by terror groups who deploy "love jihad" to recruit young woman. Just days after the Supreme Court allowed the National Investigating Agency or NIA to uncover if this is a pattern, NDTV has learnt that four other young women in Kerala who converted to Islam are being considered case studies: two have reconverted to Hinduism are likely to be made witnesses in this case.

All of them, says Ashokan KM, have been trapped just like his daughter, Akhila Ashokan, who at the end of last year married a Muslim man she met through an Islamist matrimonial site. It was Mr Ashokan's petition that led to the Kerala High Court dissolving Akhila's marriage and ordering her to return to live with her parents in May. Her husband appealed against that verdict in the Supreme Court, which earlier this month, said the marriage would be proved by the NIA.

A 22-year-old woman in Palakkad says in her affidavit given to a Kerala court that the organisation involved in her conversion in May last year is Sathya Sarani, which runs a residential programme for new converts to help them better understand Islam. She writes that while she was curious about Islam as a young student, it was her employer that introduced her to Sathya Sarani. "As per the advice of people of Sathyasarai (sic), the date on which I should leave home for converting to Islam was decided.''

She also cites the Social Democratic Party of India or SDPI. The affidavit says,"I was taken to the house of SDPI activist Seens Fasna where I lived. Then my father lodged a complaint with police. Besides he filed a habeas corpus petition in Kerala High Court.''

Mr Ashokan has alleged that his daughter, Akhila, was also converted by the Sathya Sarani and that groups like SDPI are part of the larger conspiracy, now being checked by the NIA, to recruit young women from Kerala to fight for ISIS. At least 21 people have gone missing from Kerala in the last year to fight with ISIS in either Afghanistan or Syria.

While the Kerala High Court and Supreme Court have been criticized for interfering in what has been described by Akhila's husband, Shafin Jahan, as a union of consenting adults, Mr Ashokan says the marriage was just a ploy by terror group recruiters to prevent his wife and him from intervening against her indoctrination.
The Palakkad woman's affidavit makes similar charges. "I was told that if I marry, I can escape from court proceedings (filed by parents, for example) fast. But I told that I did not want to marry.'' The woman goes on to narrate a court show down with her parents and how Sathya Sarani coached her against her parents' "gimmicks". The court however, ordered her to move into a state administered hostel and eight months later, she returned to Hinduism at which time the High Court "itself withdrew surveillance". She says, "Now I am a believer in Hinduism.''

Another statement is by a 27-year old woman with a Master's degree who converted to Islam in 2013. She says a centre in Ponnani in the north central part of Kerala facilitated her conversion and that the tenets of Islam had fascinated her younger self. She says she realized that she "was wrong" when her parents took her to court. She is quoted as testifying about "organized conversions involving huge financial stage and trafficking in humans.''

"Girls convert to Islam feigning love with intention to marry,'' she says making the same point as Mr Ashokan.

Noted lawyers who are representing Shafin Jahan's including Kapil Sibal and Indira Jaising say that Akhila Ashokan should be heard by the Supreme Court as well, a prospect that does not sit well with her father because she reportedly maintains that she converted to Islam and then married of her own will.

Her family is hoping the testimony of the sort referred to above will establish that women are being brainwashed not just into changing their religion but into marriage with men who will lead them to terror groups.




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NEW DELHI:  An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan has sentenced a former senior policeman Saud Aziz to 17 years in prison for the assassination of the country's former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Five people have been acquitted, while former President Pervez Musharraf has been declared an absconder.

Ms Bhutto in a gun and bomb attack in Rawalpindi who was a former two-time premier was killed on December 27, 2007, when she came out of a park after addressing an election rally. A case was registered soon after the assassination and the trial went through many ups and down until it was concluded yesterday in Rawalpindi.
Former military ruler the trial, Pervez Musharraf was the President when Ms Bhutto was killed and who is one of those accused, will be held separately on his return to Pakistan, the judge had said yesterday.

Saud Aziz was the Rawalpindi police chief when Ms Bhutto was assassinated. He and another police officer Kurrum Shehzad were among the accused; they were arrested initially but released on bail in 2011.




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LUCKNOW: A little boy is slapped mercilessly and repeatedly, without pause, by his teacher in a video from a classroom in Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow, allegedly for not responding to the attendance call. The Class 3 student was struck 40 times by the enraged teacher, according to his family and classmates.

"She is not a teacher but a monster," says a comment on the widely shared video leaked from a private school.


Footage from the CCTV camera fitted in the classroom shows close to forty children, stunned as they watched their teacher Retika V John snatch a sheet of paper from the boy and slap him mercilessly with both her hands. The teacher is also seen dragging the child by his tie.

Police said she has been booked for causing hurt, based on a complaint by the boy's father.

The boy said he could not respond to the roll call by the teacher as he was engrossed in drawing.

When he reached home after school yesterday, his face was swollen and he appeared unusually listless to his parents.


When his parents contacted his friends, they found out, to their horror, how their son had been assaulted in class.


The parents then met the school principal, who checked the CCTV footage which purportedly showed the teacher slapping the slapping and dragging the boy.

The teacher has been sacked. 




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MUMBAI:  Rescue workers, including those from the National Disaster National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), searched for more than a dozen people, who are still feared trapped in a 117-year-old, five-storey building that collapsed in Mumbai this morning, two days after torrential rain lashed the city. 16 people have died and 34, including four firemen, are injured and have been rushed to hospital. 28 people have been rescued so far.

"There was a massive bang. We couldn't see anything due to the dust and smoke. Once the dust settled, we realised it was a building collapse," said Amina Sheikh a resident of the Bhendi Bazaar area, a famous and busy marketplace in one of Mumbai's most historic districts.
Smoke rose from the ruins. Desperate relatives of those trapped pleaded with rescuers to help find their loved ones after getting phone calls from trapped survivors. About 200 rescuers in hard hats hammered at concrete slabs with hammers to reach underneath, sorting through the debris.

Rescuers said the area's narrow roads were making it difficult to bring in excavators.

The police had yet to determine what caused the collapse. Municipal officials said they received a call at 8.40 in the morning that the dilapidated Arsiwala building on Maulana Shaukat Ali Road had crashed. Nine families lived in crammed rooms in the higher floors of the building, which also housed six warehouses on the ground floor, officials said.

Many are still feared trapped under the debris of the building that collapsed in Mumbai's Bhendi Bazaar
The building was among 791 buildings that the city's municipal corporation listed as dangerous this year. A housing trust that was looking to redevelop the area said the building had been declared unsafe in 2011 and the housing board had offered alternative accommodation to tenants, but only seven families had moved out by early 2014. A resident of area said people had not been given proper details of what type of new housing they would be provided, making them reluctant to leave.

Only a few on this year's list of unsafe buildings in Mumbai have been evacuated or demolished, and more than 500 of them are still occupied, news agency Reuters quoted an official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) as saying.

The Maharashtra government will conduct an inquiry into the building collapse, state minister Subhash Desai said.

In July, 17 people were killed when a four-storey building crumbled during renovations.





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Unstoppable, unreal and finest are some of the words that Bollywood celebrities have used to describe actor Rajkummar Rao, who turned 33 on Thursday. They have wished him a year full of opportunities and appreciation.

Rajkummar, whose performance in his latest film "Bareilly Ki Barfi" has been lauded, is currently in Poland for a shoot of a web-series on Subhas Chandra Bose. He is on a roll given how the trailer of "Newton" has been received and amidst news that he has been roped in to feature with Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Anil Kapoor in "Fanney Khan".

Here's what the celebrities tweeted for Rajkummar:

Hansal Mehta: Happy Birthday my dearest RajkummarRao. I'm blessed to have you in my life. Thank you for Shahid, Deepak, Deepu, Omar and Subhash.

Patralekhaa: Happy Birthday RK. Hope this year is full of great movies greater characters. Keep shining and keep moving us with ur fine performances Rajkummar Rao.

Nimrat Kaur: Happy happy birthday India ke Rajbhog! Rajkummar Rao you're unstoppable and simply unreal... Blaze on forever! Stay blessed.

Aditi Rao Hydari: Happy birthday favourite! Have an epic year... Biggest love and can't wait for 'Newton'. You're the bestest... Rajkummar Rao.


Ayushmann Khurrana: Birthday greetings to the amazing actor and super amazing human Rajkummar Rao. Have a great run my friend.

Dia Mirza: Happy Birthday to one of the finest actors of our generation! May you have a year filled with opportunity and appreciation. Rajkummar Rao

Milap Zaveri: Happy birthday Rajkummar Rao May you have a wonderful day and a year full of success and brilliance.


Rakul Preet: Happy bdayyy Rajkummar Rao! May the coming year be filled with more rock solid power packed performances by you. Wish u the best of everything.

Maniesh Paul: Wishing a very happy birthday Rajkummar Ra! Stay blessed


One of the finest actors of the industry you are. we wish you all the luck.

Happy Birthday Mr Rao!



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KOLKATA: Ishrat Jahan, one of the five women who challenged instant triple talaq and won, has alleged that her two children have been kidnapped by her husband in Kolkata.

Last week, the Supreme Court declared illegal the practice of triple talaq, or Muslim men divorcing their wives on the spot by uttering "talaq" thrice.

Two days after the Supreme Court judgment, Ishrat Jahan asked Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for protection, saying she had faced condemnation and attacks from members of her community, especially her husband's family.
Her in-laws and neighbours were calling her a "gandi aurat" (bad woman) for challenging Islamic laws and talking about it, Ishrat Jahan complained.

Ishrat Jahan was divorced over phone by her husband from Dubai in April 2014.




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