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Shirdi Sai Baba Foundation has adopted five Para athletes and has helped the Paralympics committee launch the 'Mission 2020 Tokyo Paralympics Games' in the 'Radiant Quest for Gold'.Just like the Sports Ministry launched its preparations for 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the Paralympics Committee of India too has kicked off its plans or the 2020 Paralympics.
Shirdi Sai Baba Foundation has adopted five Para athletes and has helped the Paralympics committee launch the 'Mission 2020 Tokyo Paralympics Games' in the 'Radiant Quest for Gold'. The Paralympics community was overjoyed to get this help and hopes that more sponsors come forward to support their cause.
"They have come forward to support our Paralympics movement and these baby steps can actually result in a giant leap. Like they say a good beginning is half the battle won and this is a pious beginning. I really want more sponsors to come forward and I plead from this platform that it is high time that everybody believes in us because we have already proved our worth that we as para-athletes and para-sportspersons can do wonders to put India's identity as a sporting nation on the global map", said Rio Paralympics Silver medalist Deepa Malik to India Today. Deepa was felicitated at the event along with Gold medalist Devendra Jhajharia.

Upul Tharanga's century goes in vain as Faf du Plessis' 185 off 141 balls helped South Africa (367/5) beat Sri Lanka (327) by 40 runs to take a 4-0 lead in the five-match ODI series. South Africa's Faf du Plessis smashed a career-best 185 off 141 balls as the hosts beat Sri Lanka by 40 runs after surviving a fierce onslaught in a high-scoring fourth one-day international to take a 4-0 series lead on Tuesday.
After opting to bat, South Africa posted 367/5 in their 50 overs at Newlands but were then put under pressure by the tourists who made a magnificent start, only to wilt at the death to finish on 327 all out with nine balls remaining.
Sri Lanka captain Upal Tharanga led their charge with a brilliant 119 from 90 balls but the home side clawed their way back as they built up the pressure and wickets began to fall.

Luis Suarez scored and was sent off in the second leg as holders Barcelona reached a fourth successive Copa del Rey final after beating Atletico Madrid 3-2 in aggregate over the two legs. Luis Suarez scored and was sent off as holders Barcelona reached a fourth successive Copa del Rey final after drawing 1-1 with a resilient Atletico Madrid in an action-packed semi-final second leg on Tuesday. Suarez was one of three players dismissed and will now miss the final after Barcelona edged through 3-2 on aggregate. (Also read: Barcelona searching for consistency in La Liga)
The Uruguayan tapped in from close range in the 43rd minute after an inspired run and shot from Lionel Messi to deliver a sucker punch to Atletico, who had dominated the first half at the Nou Camp but failed to take their chances.

The USA wrestling team won't be able to compete in the Freestyle World Cup which will be held in Iran in February as visas were denied to its members, media reports said. A spokesman from the Iranian Foreign Affairs Ministry said a special committee reviewed the case on Friday and "eventually the visit by the USA freestyle wrestling team was opposed", Tasnim News Agency reported. The visa denial comes after Iran announced it would take "reciprocal measures" toward US citizens following President Donald Trump's travel ban to nationals from seven Muslim-majority countries, CNN reported. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs was "obliged inevitably to oppose the US wrestling team's travel to Iran" in the wake of Trump's policies, the spokesman said. The US wrestling team has been in Iran for tournaments 15 times since the 1979 Iranian Revolution, and the sport's governing body said on January 30 that it planned to send a delegation to the Freestyle World Cup on February 16-17 in Kermanshah, Iran. The US wrestling team said on Friday it had not been officially notified that its wrestlers would be denied entry into Iran.

Kohli's cover image shows him playing a reverse-sweep, which according to Wisden's editor Lawrence Booth, underlines the fact that he is a very modern cricketer. Wisden Cricketers' Almanac has unveiled Virat Kohli as its cover star for the year 2017. The Indian skipper has been given this honour thanks to the sensational form he was in last year where he scored 2595 runs in international cricket across all formats. (Virat Kohli made 2016 a year to remember) This year's cover image features Kohli playing a reverse-sweep, a shot which he seldom plays in Test or limited-overs cricket, which according to Wisden's editor, Lawrence Booth, signifies that he is a modern-day cricketer. (Don't sledge Virat Kohli: Michael Hussey warns Australia)

Only Serbia, champions in 2010 and facing Russia at home in Nis, had the services of a top ten player in Novak Djokovic and they took a 2-0 lead. Raucous home support for holders Argentina did not make up for the absence of Juan Martin del Potro and Federico Delbonis on Friday as they fell 2-0 behind to Italy in the first round of the Davis Cup. Croatia, runners-up last year, were without their top man Marin Cilic but managed to end the opening singles level 1-1 with a Spanish team lacking Rafa Nadal after Franko Skugor upset Pablo Carreno Busta over five sets.

A month and half since the Karnataka batting star created history in Chennai, he now gears up for his next Test match for India. Sporting a light beard, Karun Nair has been quick to adopt the unkempt look that's common place in the Indian dressing room these days. But the 300-run man has done well not to lose his amiable ways.
A month and half since the Karnataka batting star created history in Chennai, he now gears up for his next Test match for India. Karun made the squad for the upcoming Bangladesh Test but finding a place in the playing XI is no guarantee.

Barcelona won 2-1 at Atletico Madrid on Wednesday in the other semi-final, ahead of next week's return leg at the Nou Camp. elta Vigo rattled the crossbar, but could not find a breakthrough as they were held to a goalless draw at home in the first leg of their King's Cup semi-final against Alaves on Thursday.
Celta's Iago Aspas was denied by the woodwork in the 67th minute with a bullet strike from the heart of the area on a rain-soaked pitch at the Balaidos stadium.
Alaves, the 2001 UEFA Cup finalists, who are attempting to reach the King's Cup final for the first time, will host the second leg on Feb. 8.
Three-times finalists Celta, who knocked out Real Madrid in the quarter-finals, dominated possession for most of the first half only for Alaves to create the first chance in the 40th minute.

India defeated England by 75 runs in the third and final ODI to clinch the three-match ODI series 2-1 after Yuzvendra Chahal bagged 6/25, denting England in their chase of 203. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal's maiden six-wicket haul turned things around for India as the hosts beat England by 75 runs in the third and final Twenty20 International to clinch the series 2-1 at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Wednesday.
Chasing a mammoth 203, England were on track till the 13th over scoring 119/2, before Chahal's magical spell (6/25) put the visitors on the back foot as they surrendered meekly to lose their last eight wickets for just eight runs and end on 127.
England started well with opener Jason Roy (32) and Joe Root (42) putting on 47 runs for the second wicket before the latter combined with skipper Eoin Morgan (40) and added 64 runs for the third wicket to put them in a commanding position. (Yuzvendra Chahal second bowler after Ajantha Mendis to take six-wicket haul in T20 Internationals)

Chahal became the first Indian bowler to take a five-wicket haul in T20Is, and he also took the third-best figures in the shortest format. Yuzvendra Chahal took six wickets for 25 runs as India bowled England out for just 127 to win their third T20I by 75 runs on Wednesday, securing a 2-1 victory in the three-match series. (Never dreamt of taking six-wicket haul, says Yuzvendra Chahal) Chasing 203 for victory, a spectacular batting collapse by England saw it bowled out in 16.3 overs - with the last eight wickets falling for just eight runs and six players failing to score. (Yuzvendra Chahal second bowler after Ajantha Mendis to take six-wicket haul in T20 Internationals
Chahal became the first Indian bowler to take a five-wicket haul in T20Is, and he also took the third-best figures in the shortest format. Only Sri Lanka's Ajantha Mendis has achieved a six-wicket haul before him, twice, with figures of 6-8 against Zimbabwe (2012) and 6-16 against Australia (2011). (Bengaluru T20I: Chahal's record haul of 6/25 sets up India's third successive series win over England)

Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni added 57 quick runs as India posted a daunting 202/6 against England. Almost 10 years ago, when T20 cricket was a new beast and India were keen to make a mark, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni had taken it upon themselves to show the world what they were capable of. (Bengaluru T20I: Chahal's record haul of 6/25 sets up India's third successive series win over England)
In Durham, up against a strong England unit in the 2007 World T20, Yuvraj took Stuart Broad to the cleaners, clobbering him for six sixes in an over as Dhoni stood watching at the other end. After the over, the two punched their gloves and that image has stayed on with Indian fans and will remain in their memories for the ages. (A decade after T20I debut, MS Dhoni slams maiden T20I fifty)

While City's victory moved them level on 46 points with fourth-placed Liverpool and kept leaders Chelsea just about in their sights, United's slip-up left them sixth. Manchester City turned on the style to dismantle West Ham United 4-0 and revive their fading Premier League title aspirations as Manchester United's hopes suffered a potentially fatal blow with a goalless home draw against struggling Hull City on Wednesday.
City produced a scintillating first-half display, scoring three times before the break through Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and new boy Gabriel Jesus, before Yaya Toure's penalty capped a one-sided romp at the London Stadium.

The series starts on Feb. 17 in Melbourne before the second game in Geelong on Feb. 19 and concludes in Adelaide on Feb. 22. Australia named uncapped batsman Michael Klinger and bowlers Jhye Richardson, Ashton Turner and Billy Stanlake in their Twenty20 squad on Wednesday for their series against Sri Lanka this month. The three Twenty20 matches overlap with a Test series in India and interim chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns said it was the perfect opportunity for Australia to build some depth.

The Supreme Court had nominated three names to represent the board at the ICC meeting which will be held in Dubai from February 2-5. The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Wednesday moved the Supreme Court saying that only one person can represent the board at the upcoming International Cricket Council meeting in Dubai from February 2, as opposed to three.
The apex court had suggested three names - Amitabh Choudhary, Anirudh Chowdhury and Vikram Limaye but BCCI CEO Rahul Johri told the court that only one member can be sent for the meeting. The Supreme Court is likely to take up the matter at 2pm today.

Chelsea have not lost a league game at Anfield since 2012, although they will probably feel a little short-changed after failing to capitalise on Liverpool's lack of form. Diego Costa's missed second-half penalty cost Premier League leaders Chelsea a victory at Liverpool on Tuesday but a 1-1 draw did little damage to their title prospects as closest rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur dropped points.

Flashback to 23 March 2016: It's a virtual do-or-die match for India as they face Bangladesh in the World T20 at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. Bangladesh are chasing a mediocre 147. Opener Tamim Iqbal flicks the first ball of the innings from Ashish Nehra to fine leg. Jasprit Bumrah moves gingerly and lets it through his fingers and into the fence. Not the start you would want. Four overs later, Tamim top edges a slog sweep off Ashwin. Bumrah, with all the time in the world to gobble it up, spills a dolly. He doesn't react, he just stares, looking totally blank. Then he comes on to bowl the next over and his confidence takes another beating as the man he had dropped hammers him for four fours in the over. "It's just not going to be my day," Bumrah would surely have thought, you feel. But in reality, it is not the case. Bumrah only looks at the good times, filtering out the bad ones. What has happened has happened, it's a thing of the past – that's what he believes in. Dhoni brings him back in the 17th over with 34 runs needed off 24 balls, Bumrah's figures reading 2-0-19-0. He gives away just seven runs. The choke is applied, and pressure is built. He comes back for his last over with 17 runs needed off 12 balls and concedes just six. Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 'Usain Bolt' sprint to run out Mustafizur Rahman, off the last ball, wins the match for India. Bumrah doesn't concede a single boundary in his last two overs and that, in all probability, is the turning point, which, however, flies under the radar.

Young Affan Yousuf scored two goals as Dabang Mumbai defeated Delhi Waveriders 3-2 in a closely-fought round robin match to stay on top of the leaderboard in the fifth edition of Hockey India League on Monday. Affan twin strike in the 29th and 30th minute earned his team five points from the encounter and register a third straight win on home soil at the Mahindra Hockey Stadium.The double strike also made Affan the leading goal scorer in the ongoing edition of the tournament. Playing against the home team, who celebrated an incredible 10-4 win against defending champions Jaypee Punjab Warriors in their previous game, the Waveriders opened the game patiently, rotating the ball between themselves waiting for an opening goal.

Roger Federer overcame a stiff challenge from Rafael Nadal to beat the Spaniard 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 and capture his fifth Australian Open title. Roger Federer has won his 18th Grand Slam title and put some extra distance on the all-time list between himself and Rafael Nadal, the man he beat 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in a vintage Australian Open final on Sunday.

Chasing 145 to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series, England needed eight runs from the last over but the 23-year-old Bumrah bowled with ice in his veins, conceding only two runs while claiming two wickets.Jasprit Bumrah kept his nerve to send down a brilliant final over and secure India's series-levelling five-run victory against England in the second Twenty20 international on Sunday.

Premier League clubs Watford and Hull City, and Championship side Leeds United paid the penalty for fielding weakened teams when they were all knocked out of the FA Cup in the fourth round on Sunday but holders Manchester United won comfortably.Premier League clubs Watford and Hull City, and Championship side Leeds United paid the penalty for fielding weakened teams when they were all knocked out of the FA Cup in the fourth round on Sunday -- but holders Manchester United won comfortably.

Bumrah bowled an inspired last over and defended seven runs to deny England a victory in the second T20I in Nagpur on Sunday.Team India had fast-bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Ashish Nehra to thank on Sunday as they bowled the hosts to a thrilling five-run victory against England in the second T20 international in Nagpur, which levelled the series 1-1 with one more match to go.

Suresh Raina loves T20 cricket, more specifically, the IPL. He is one of the two players who have over 4000 runs in the IPL. THE LAST time Suresh Raina played in a T20 fixture at Kanpur’s Green Park Stadium, he was adjudged Man-of-the-Match. Leading his IPL franchise, the Gujarat Lions against the Mumbai Indians, Raina scored a brisk half-century to help his side pull off a stunning chase. Raina loves T20 cricket, more specifically, the IPL. This is the tournament that has build his reputation as one of the cleanest and the fiercest strikers in the game. More specifically, he is one of the only two players to notch up more than 4000 runs in the IPL. Eight months since that heist, Raina is back at the venue, this time in his blue team India jersey. Drafted in India’s squad for the T20 series against England, the 30-year-old will seek confidence from his heady feats at this venue on that balmy evening in the month of May last year.

Australian Open Live, Day 12 Live: Stay tuned for live scores and updates from Melbourne Park. We’re into the final three days of the Australian Open and now is the time when titles will be decided and passage into title deciders be concluded. On Day 12 of the first Grans Slam of the year, four matches of real significance will take place; three on Rod Laver Arena and one on Margaret Court Arena.
First up will be Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig in the semifinals of the mixed doubles event and they will take on all-Australian team of Samantha Stosur and Sam Groth – who beat Leander Paes and Martina Hingis in the previous round. The winners go on to face the winners of the other semi-final featuring Elina Svitolina/Chris Guccione and Abigail Spears/Juan Sebastian Cabal. Second on RLA is the women’s doubles final which sees number two seeds Bethanie Mattek-Sands/Lucie Safarova face off against Andrea Hlavackova/Shuai Peng (who beat the top seeds Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic). The best in the day will be saved for last: Rafael Nadal takes on Grigor Dimitrov in the second men’s singles semi-final with the winner going on to face Roger Federer in the final on Sunday.

Denis Suarez scored the opening goal and the last goal in Barcelona's 5-2 mauling of Real Sociedad in the second leg of Copa del Rey. Luis Enrique heaped praise on Denis Suarez after the 23-year-old midfielder led Barcelona to a 5-2 blitz of Real Sociedad on Thursday, saying the youngster could even emulate playmaker Andres Iniesta, who the coach likened to Harry Potter. Suarez set Barca on the path to the King’s Cup semi-finals with a cutting low finish and completed the 6-2 aggregate victory with a sweeping run past goalkeeper Geronimo Rulli after latching onto a pass from Lionel Messi.

England have won six and lost three out of nine matches played against India in T20Is.Statistical highlights from the first Twenty20 International between India and England at Green Park Stadium, in Kanpur on Thursday. England’s seven-wicket win is their largest victory-margin against India in T20Is. They had won three games by six-wicket margins – one each at Manchester on August 31, 2011, Kolkata on October 29, 2011 and Mumbai on December 22, 2012. England have won six and lost three out of nine matches played vs India in T20Is – winning % 66.66.

Leander Paes' 27-year-old career may come to an end after India's Davis Cup tie against New Zealand. If the All India Tennis Association (AITA) is to be believed, the upcoming Davis Cup tie against New Zealand may be Leander Paes’ last. The 43-year-old is on the brink of creating a world record of most number of Davis Cup doubles wins, and will play the Asia/Oceania tie before he possibly makes way for his juniors. “It most probably will be his last,” confirmed Bharat Oza, senior vice-president of the AITA on Monday. “He (Paes) needs another tie to create the record, so let’s give him a chance. He’s still playing actively and he’s still good.” Paes, who has the most number of ties played by an Indian (54), currently shares the record for most doubles wins – 42 – in the Davis Cup with Italian legend Nicola Pietrangeli.

It's not an easy group, but it's certainly not a tough one either. Kyrgyzstan, ranked just five places above India, are the strongest team in the group
Kyrgyzstan, India, Myanmar and Macau. If Stephen Constantine’s side cannot manage to finish in the top-two of this group, and qualify for the 2019 Asian Cup, then they probably never will. When Constantine signed up as India’s coach two years ago, qualifying for the continental championship was set as his main target. It was a realistic ambition. The 2018 World Cup was never in consideration. But the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) decision to increase the number of teams from 16 to 24 gave India a real chance to qualify for the championship.

Though it will be Green Park’s first T20I, the venue hosted two IPL matches last season, both of which featured UP’s very own Suresh Raina.It’s Monday evening in febrile Kanpur, and the streets are clogged with knots of traffic. Overlooking the honking cars and the clatter of cycle-rickshaws, all jostling for space, is a huge hoarding of Akhilesh Yadav — the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. He smiles beatifically, almost exuding a sense of innate calm. It’s a poignant frame, one that provides a timely reminder of the impending state elections. Like Kanpur’s chaotic traffic, Akhilesh and Samajwadi Party too have been involved in a frenetic political potboiler, one that has been simmering for a while now.

Mumbai: High on confidence after earning a fighting 3-3 draw with Ranchi Rays in the Hockey India League opener, Dabang Mumbai will take on UP Wizards in their second game on Tuesday.
Mumbai, who trailed two-time champions Ranchi 1-3 till the final minutes, successfully converted a penalty corner into a field goal to draw level and earn two valuable points.
The home side, coached by four-time Olympian Jay Stacy of Australia, are now expected to go all out against the strong UP side at the Mahindra stadium.

It was England's first ODI win at the Eden Gardens and Woakes acknowledged beating a formidable India side as a difficult proposition.England pacer Chris Woakes expressed happiness to play a part in England's first victory of the India tour, edging past the hosts by five runs in the third and final One-Day International (ODI) here on Sunday. (Good to be back at Eden Gardens and win a game: Ben Stokes)

American gymnast Simone Biles, who pocketed as many as four gold medals at the Rio Olympics, has called Dipa Karmakar an exciting talent and a role model for the aspiring kids in India.
Dipa had talked about her brief meeting with Simone during the 2016 Rio Olympics. Dipa had made history by becoming the first Indian gymnast to qualify for the Olympics. In Rio, she exceeded expectations by finishing fourth in the vault final, missing out on a bronze by a small margin.

New Delhi: After a comprehensive win in the second ODI in Cuttack, Team India skipper Virat Kohli and Man of the Match Yuvraj Singh gave the optional training session at the Eden Gardens on Saturday a miss.
With the series already in the bag, the third ODI in Kolkata will provide the Indians a chance to go for a whitewash. Considering the fact that this is Kohli’s first ODI series after becoming full-time skipper, the team will be looking to hand their skipper a perfect welcome gift.

Melbourne: It was a mixed day in office for Indian tennis players in the season-opening Australian Open with Sania Mirza sailing into the third round of the women's doubles event even as Rohan Bopanna crashed out of the men's doubles, here.
Fourth seeds Sania and her Czech partner Barbora Strycova eased past the Australian-Chinese pair of Samantha Stosur and Shuai Zhang 6-1 6-4 in one hour 21 minutes in a second round duel.
The Indo-Czech combination, who finished runners-up at last week's Apia International in Sydney, will next play Japanese pair of Eri Hozumi and Miyu Kato.

New Delhi: After guiding Punjab Warriors to their maiden Hockey India League (HIL) title in 2016, captain Sardar Singh is aiming for another spectacular show in the 2017 season and believes the defending champions can lift the trophy once again.
Punjab Warriors clinched their Hockey India League title in the fourth edition of the six-team tournament at the Birsa Munda Hockey Stadium beating Kalinga Lancers 6-1 in the summit clash.

Sarawak (Malaysia): Former World No 1 Saina Nehwal stayed on course for the women's singles title at the season-opening Malaysia Masters after she advanced to the semifinals of the USD 120,000 Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament on Friday.
London Olympics bronze medallist Saina dished out a dominating show to edge past eighth seed Indonesian
Fitriani Fitriani 21-15, 21-14 in a 40-minute contest. This was the Indian's third win over the World No. 40.

Punjab Royals produced a dramatic comeback to edge out Haryana Hammers 5-4 in the final of the second edition of the Pro Wrestling League (PWL) at the KD Jadhav Indoor Stadium here on Thursday. Haryana, who were beaten to the title in the final of the inaugural edition by the now renamed Mumbai Garudas, saw the trophy slip narrowly from their grasp for the second year in succession. In a nail-biting, edge-of-the-seat contest, Haryana took the lead a couple of times with Punjab staging a dramatic comeback on both occassions. With the tie locked at 4-4, the fate of the championship boiled down to the final bout between Punjab's Jitendra and Sumit Sehrawat of Harayna in the men's 74 kilogram division. Jitendra dominated right from the start to win 12-1 and gift the title to Punjab.

Top Indian shuttlers Saina Nehwal and Ajay Jayaram continued their good run and reached the quarterfinals of the season-opening Malaysia Masters Grand Prix Gold here on Thursday.
London Olympics bronze-medallist and former World No. 1 Saina brushed aside Indonesia's Hanna Ramadini 21-17 21-12 in a 42-minute contest. The top-seeded Indian will next face eighth seed Indonesian Fitriani Fitriani. Sixth seed Jayaram, meanwhile, staved off a challenge from Chinese Taipei's Hsueh Hsuan Yi 21-12 15-21 21-15 at the Sibu Indoor Stadium. The 29-year-old Indian will next face Indonesia's Anthony Sinisuka Ginting.

Barcelona fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief as the club's most valuable player - Lionel Messi - is all set to put pen to paper on a bumper new deal that will see the Argentine getting tied down till 2022. With just 18 months to go on his current contract, there was some uneasiness around the Camp Nou as speculations were rife of the impending departure of the five-time Ballon D’OR winner on free transfer at the end of 2018 season.
A reunion with former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola at Manchester City wasn't being ruled out, as according to reports, Messi had declined to sign a new deal in July 2016 and 'wanted to keep his options open’.

Uzbek Denis Istomin pulled off an Australian Open upset for the ages when he sent reigning champion Novak Djokovic tumbling out of the year's first grand slam in a near five-hour epic on Thursday. The 30-year-old world number 117 played the match of his life to hand the six-times champion only his second defeat in seven years at Melbourne Park with a 7-6(8) 5-7 2-6 7-6(5) 6-4 second-round win on Rod Laver Arena.

India vs England, 2nd ODI: India have defeated England in the 2nd ODI of the three-match ODI series by 15 runs to take an unbeatable lead of 2-0. India have defeated England in the 2nd ODI of the three-match ODI series by 15 runs to take an unbeatable lead of 2-0. Chasing a target of 382 runs, England put up a good fight but remained 15 runs short of India’s total.

World number one Angelique Kerber set up a last-16 clash with American Coco Vandeweghe at the Australian Open after blowing Kristyna Pliskova off court Friday.
The German defending champion, who was taken to three sets in her opening two rounds, smashed the hapless Czech 6-0, 6-4 on Rod Laver Arena.
Kerber will now face the volatile, racquet-smashing Vandeweghe, who ended the Grand Slam dreams of Canadian comeback queen Eugenie Bouchard 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

It may not have been in the Lazarus league, but it was quite the comeback. Yuvraj Singh, back in India's ODI squad after more than three years, having endured slumps in form and unwarranted criticism for his inability to reignite the fire of old, scoring his first century in the format for almost six years. From the depths of 25/3, with the talismanic Virat Kohli dismissed, and Chris Woakes in the middle of a dream spell. During a partnership of 256 alongside fellow Casanova of the ODI game, MS Dhoni, with whom he has added over 3000 runs in the format.

Bhangra Workout at Dhol on the occasion of lohri at NEO Fitnes Zirakpur Center.

The case has been listed for January 20 and I am speaking to my lawyers as petitioner that I will also propose a few names for administrators' post," said Aditya Verma, secretary of unsanctioned Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB). There is a possibility that an eminent member from the judiciary is entrusted with the job, apart from a member of CAG and a former cricketer. On 2 January, the Supreme Court had removed its president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke, saying they should "forthwith cease and desist from" the board's work. The apex court also decided to initiate contempt proceedings against Thakur by seeking his response as to why he should not be held liable for obstructing the implementation of the court's directions aimed at reforming BCCI.

MUMBAI: India won the Junior Hockey World Cup last month after a decade-and-a-half, and aficionados will be training their eyes on the heroes of the tournament when the fifth edition of the Hockey India League (HIL) gets underway in the city on Saturday. Five players from the 18-member junior India squad, including defender Harmanpreet Singh, striker Gurjant Singh, midfielders Manpreet and Nilakanta Sharma, and goalkeeper Krishan Pathak will be donning Dabang Mumbai colours during the course of the next 35 days. All five of them were part of the Mumbai squad in 2016 as well, but expectations, surely, will be greater this time around.

MELBOURNE: Johanna Konta kept the British flag flying Thursday with a gritty win over fast-rising Japanese star Naomi Osaka to reach the Australian Open third round.
The ninth seed, a semi-finalist last year, successfully doused the threat from the promising 19-year-old 6-4, 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena.

NEW DELHI: During the five-Test series before the New Year's, England made totals of 537, 400 and 477 and failed to beat India. In the first ODI last Sunday in Pune, England made 350 and lost with Virat Kohli and Kedar Jadhav making batting look ridiculously easy from the depths of 63/4. Stopping India from running away with the best-of-three series appears a very tough task for Eoin Morgan's team, as they head into the second match in Cuttack on Thursday.

MELBOURNE: Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska survived a dogfight to move into the Australian Open second round on Tuesday as she bids to end her long wait for a maiden Grand Slam title. The third seed battled past fellow veteran, Bulgarian Tsvetana Pironkova, 6-1, 4-6, 6-1 and will next play Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, who beat Chinese qualifier Wang Qiang in three sets.

PUNE: After his match-winning knock of 120 against England in the first ODI in Pune on Sunday, life has changed for India batsman Kedar Jadhav. Kedar was the first Maharashtra batsman to break into the India team 11 years after Abhijit Kale did it in 2003. But Kedar was hardly short of self-belief and that was reflected in his performances. It forced the national selectors to take note of his talent. On Sunday again, it was his self-belief that helped India chase down 350 runs after being 63/4.

Continuing with the tradition, semi-finals and the final will be hosted in defending champion Jaypee Punjab's home venue, Chandigarh. The fifth edition of Hockey India League (HIL) will commence from January 21 and will go on till February 26. The schedule of this edition was announced by Hockey India (HI) on January 11. Following the opening ceremony in Mumbai, the opening game of this edition will be played between Dabang Mumbai and Ranchi Rays at Mumbai.

Most of the cricket fans expected that MS Dhoni will come out to bat at no.4 when India were reduced to 24/2, as paceman David Willey removed both the Indian openers. India defeated England in the 1st ODI at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) stadium in Pune by 3 wickets and took a 1-0 lead in the 3-match ODI series. Match-winning centuries by captain Virat Kohli (122) and Kedar Jadhav (120) took India out of danger, when they were 63/4 at one point of time. It was a memorable match for Team India as the Virat era began with this memorable win. Virat Kohli, the batsman wasn’t a bit different when he came out to bat at his usual position no.3. However, what has become a talking point within the cricketing fraternity as MS Dhoni seems to have demoted his previous skipper to below Yuvraj Singh.

Virat Kohli has started 2017 exactly how he ended the previous year. The 28-year-old Played an imperious knock in the 1st ODI to help India chase down England's 350-run target. Kohli was dismissed for 122, but his sheer presence and shot-making ability deflated the England bowling attack well before the end. The stylish right-hander showcased all facets of his game - fitness, precision and supreme batsmanship. But as much as his orthodox shots drew applause, it was the sheer audacity of a six he hit that made this knock even more memorable, a shot that will share Indian cricket's landmark footage, along with Mahendra Singh Dhoni's 2011 World Cup final winning shot. Be it ODI or T20 cricket, the Indian captain showcases textbook batting technique at all times. On Sunday though, Kohli surprised the cricketing world with a rather unique shot. In the 34th over, the Delhi batsman executed a breathtaking piece of skill to hit Chris Woakes for a six. The right-arm pacer's short of length ball was dispatched over the cow corner with a short-arm jab.

"Unbelievable," said Nasser Hussain in the commentary box.

"I haven't seen anything like this before," exclaimed fellow commentator Sanjay Manjrekar.

Top seeds Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis breezed into the women’s third round with a 6-3 6-1 win over the Japanese pairing of Eri Hozumi and Miyu Kato at the Wimbledon championships in London on Sunday.

The Indo-Swiss were clinical in their approach and wrapped up the second round clash in 52 minutes on Court No. 3.

The fancied duo served well besides converting five of the eight break points they earned in the match.

Sania and Martina’s third round opponents will be Christina McHale and Jelena Ostapenko.

The American-Latvian combine defeated 13th seeds Alla Kudryavtseva and Vania King 6-1 6-4 in their second round match.

Earlier today, the 10th seeded Finnish-Australian pair of John Peers and Henri Kontinen needed only 62 minutes to dispatch India’s Leander Paes and his Polish partner Marcin Matkowski 6-3 6-2 in the second round.

Paes and Matkowski had three break chances in the opening set but converted none. They lost their serve thrice in the match.

Now Peers and Kontinen will take on sixth seeds Rohan Bopanna and Romania’s Florin Mergea.

Paes is, though, defending his mixed doubles title with Hingis. They have been seeded 16th and got a first round bye.

Sania and Bopanna have also got first round byes with their respective partners. Sania has paired with Ivan Dodig while Bopanna is playing with Anastasia Rodionova.

France will have the perfect opportunity to avenge their defeat to Germany in the 2014 World Cup when they take on the world champions in the Euro 2016 semi-finals on Thursday, according to star striker Olivier Giroud.

“It will be a great match, we have a lot of desire to get our own back for the World Cup,” Giroud said after his two goals helped France thrash Iceland 5-2 in Sunday’s quarter-final.

A header from Mats Hummels knocked France out in the quarter-final in Rio de Janeiro two years ago and Germany went on to win their fourth global crown.

But an even more painful elimination at German hands lingers in the French sporting memory -- the 1982 World Cup, which featured the infamous flooring of Patrick Battiston by Harald “Toni” Schumacher.

Arsenal forward Giroud said the showdown with Germany in Marseille will be “a completely different match” to the romp against the Icelanders.

“They are the world champions and they are often in the last four of major tournaments,” Giroud said.

“I’m very proud of what this France side is achieving and I hope we’ll come out once again with the right result.”

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) got down to shortlist the names for the national team’s coach on Tuesday, a post which has been lying vacant since Ravi Shastri’s term as team director came to an end after India’s semifinal exit from the World T20 in March this year.

Although Sanjay Bangar has been appointed interim coach for the ongoing tour of Zimbabwe, the BCCI will look to finalise the candidate by June 24, well ahead of India’s tour of West Indies next month.

BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), formed to shortlist the candidates, comprises Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman, Sachin Tendulkar and convenor Sanjay Jagdale.

Rafael Nadal and Garbine Muguruza will lead Spain’s charge for Olympic tennis glory at Rio in August and could play together in the mixed doubles, officials said on Thursday.

Also in a strong Spanish team are David Ferrer, ranked 14 in the world, Albert Ramos and Roberto Bautista Agut, Spanish tennis authorities said. The women will be spearheaded by Muguruza, fresh from her French Open title.

No firm decision has yet been taken on a potentially potent Nadal-Muguruza partnership, said Conchita Martinez, captain of Spain’s Fed Cup and Davis Cup teams.

Nadal, who won gold at the Beijing Games in 2008, has seen his fortunes plummet after a series of injuries.

The latest, a wrist problem, forced his early withdrawal from Roland Garros and he is also out of Wimbledon, which starts later this month.

Spanish tennis chiefs are confident he will be fit for Rio and Muguruza has talked enthusiastically of the prospect of teaming up with the man who has won 14 Grand Slam titles.

Germany and Poland played out the first goalless draw of the 2016 European Championship in Paris on Thursday. Though it was frustrating to watch revered internationals failing to score, it was not all drab. Here are our five takeaways from the game.Yes. Most German fans would disagree on that, and they may have a point or two, for Poland had only 37% possession, had no shots on target against Germany’s 3, and their number of passes, 184, looked abysmally low in comparison to Germany’s 523.But then a little context won’t hurt. No team had scored more goals in the European Championship qualification than Poland. With Robert Lewandowski pairing with the young Arkadiusz Milik, goals had been coming thick and fast for Poland. Against, Germany, Poland showed they can also do an Atletico Madrid. This versatility would do any team good in a knockout tournament.

On that two forwards

When was the last time a not-so-bad team used two proper strikers up front? The two-striker formation has gone so out of rage that even when teams have two very good ones in their squad, rarely use them together up front. For instance at Paris Saint-Germain, Edinson Cavani had to endure the flanks while Zlatan Ibrahimovic ruled the opposition penalty box.

It is no different internationally, even England, whose love for 4-4-2 runs deep, do not use Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane together as two proper strikers. On that note, to see Lewandowski and Milik together up front, and combining well, though they failed to score against Germany, was a welcome respite.

A 16-Member indian cricket team ,led by Mahinder Singh Dhoni arraived in Zimbabwe on wednesday for short limited overs series begining on saturday.

The team arrived after a long flight after leaving Mumbai on Tuesday.

The BCCI tweeted to inform the arrival of the players at the Harare International Airport .

Team India will play three ODIs and as many T20 Internationals against Zimbabwe between 11 june and 22.All the matches are scheduled to be played at the Harare Sports club . The ODIs will be played on June 11 , 13 and 15 while the T20 Inertnationals are scheduled for June 18 , 20 and 22.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met US President Barack Obama on Tuesday on the penultimate leg of his whirlwind five-nation tour, during which the Indian leader hopes to strengthen “strategic partnership in diverse areas”. Modi arrived at the Joint Base Andrews from Switzerland after securing the European nation’s support for India’s Nuclear Suppliers Group membership ahead of a key meeting of the 48-nation bloc.

Here are some of the key takeaways from the Prime Minister’s fourth visit to the United States:

1. Financial assistance for clean energy

2. Cyber framework accord

3. India’s role in Paris climate change agreement recognised

4. Pakistan asked to punish Pathankot attack perpetrators

5. India, US ink deal to boost defence, counter-terror cooperation

6. Agreement to step up conservation efforts

7. Expedited clearance for entry into the US

8. Activists raise India’s poor record in human trafficking

An unlucky own goal by Moldova goalkeeper Stanislav Namasco gave Switzerland a helping hand as the Euro 2016 finalists scraped a 2-1 victory in a warm-up match on Friday.

The hosts, who had lost their three previous friendlies, went ahead in the 12th minute when Blerim Dzemaili sent a looping header against the underside of the crossbar before the ball hit Namasco on the back and went into the net.

Switzerland experimented with Steve von Bergen and Fabian Schaer at the centre of the defence as coach Vladimir Petkovic continued his search for a reliable back line but they still looked vulnerable.

The Swiss, who face Albania, Romania and hosts France in Group A of this month’s European Championship, created a flurry of chances early in the second half and were repeatedly thwarted by Namasco.

The home team were stunned when Radu Ginsari equalised for Moldova in the 69th minute with a viciously dipping shot from 25 metres that caught goalkeeper Roman Buerki off his guard.

Just a few days after the BCCI invited applications for the vacant post of India senior men’s team head coach through its website, chief selector Sandeep Patil has thrown his hat into the ring for the high-profile job. “I have just applied (for the post),” Patil told PTI on Saturday. He did not confirm or deny whether anyone from the BCCI had asked him to do so. There was speculation that the former dashing batsman and ex-coach of Kenya had been advised by higher-ups in the Board to apply for the job as the senior selection panel headed by him has already completed most of its top-level assignments till September when his term is scheduled to come to an end. The five-man panel, which was originally scheduled to pick only the squad for the upcoming tour of Zimbabwe starting in a few days’ time, also picked the team for the July-August tour of the West Indies when they met here on May 23. Sanjay Bangar has been named the interim coach of the new-look side to Zimbabwe, to be led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Murali Vijay has been one of the surprise packages of the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Tasked with the added responsibility of captaincy midway into the tournament, the 32-year-old turned out to be the most low-profile captain of any side in the league.

The circumstances were lot different. He wasn’t unveiled at a grand event like leaders of other franchises. His appointment was more forced than expected. Faced with a spate of losses under the leadership of David Miller, Kings XI were forced to replace him with Vijay.

The India opener did not seem out of place. Despite the many foreign stars in the squad, he remained in control. Kings XI might not have gone on a winning streak but they did put up a fight, which was largely missing with Miller at the helm.

On Saturday, they will face the Rising Pune Supergiants, the winners will walk away knowing that they did not finish at the bottom of the table, if that is any consolation.

India are likely to announce the national men’s hockey squad for the Rio Olympics on July 5, chief coach and country’s High Performance Director Roelant Oltmans said in Bengaluru on Friday.

“The national selectors are likely to meet on July 5 to pick the final squad for the Olympics. We will start the national camp on July 11 which will be a two-week camp. After that we leave for Madrid to play two friendly matches with Spain and then head to Rio and play a friendly with Spain and New Zealand. I believe we have entered a very exciting period in the lead up to the Olympics, “ Oltmans said.

Oltmans also feels the one week break starting on Friday before the Champions Trophy will help rejuvenate the players ahead of the Olympics, the countdown for which has already begun.

The 29-member men’s hockey squad will be on a week’s break before they rejoin on May 29 and Oltmans said the idea behind the move was to ensure the players feel fresh and hungry ahead of next month’s FIH Champions Trophy in London.

“Starting June 5, the team will be away for almost a month playing two different tournaments in two different countries. Everything we do in this period will be demanding not just physically but also mentally,” Oltmans said.

Sevilla stunned Liverpool with a 3-1 comeback win to clinch a record third straight Europa League title on Wednesday.

Swept aside in the first half yet trailing only 1-0, the Spanish club equalized less than 18 seconds after the restart with Kevin Gameiro’s goal from close range and Coke struck twice in the 64th and 70th minutes.

Liverpool led on Daniel Sturridge’s beautifully curled shot with the outside of his left foot in the 35th.

Victory in the second-tier competition, for the fifth time in 11 seasons, lifts Sevilla into the Champions League group stage alongside Europe’s elite next season.

“Sevilla and its fans love this competition. We want it so much,” coach Unai Emery said. “Now we want to take the step toward the Champions League.”

Defeat leaves Liverpool with no European football next season and dealt coach Juergen Klopp a fifth straight loss in a cup final, including the 2013 Champions League final when he was with Borussia Dortmund.

Big-hitting Kieron Pollard was recalled to the West Indies squad announced on Wednesday for next month’s triangular one-day series against Australia and South Africa.

The squad also includes five members of the team that won last month’s World Twenty20 in India, notably the heroes of the deciding match against England, Carlos Brathwaite and Marlon Samuels.

Pollard, who missed the World Twenty20 citing a knee injury, is a veteran of 91 one-day internationals (ODIs), with a batting average of 25.20 and a strike-rate of more than 93.

Fast bowler Shannon Gabriel, who has played in 16 test matches, and off-spinner Ashley Nurse have also been named, and are set to make their ODI debuts for West Indies.

Notably absent from the squad is veteran all-rounder Chris Gayle, who has played 269 ODIs with his last appearance in the format coming in March 2015.

The series starts in Guyana (June 3-7), moves to St Kitts (June 11-15), before concluding in Barbados (June 19-26).

The ‘first cut’ of the concept paper for the 2017-18 Indian football season has three tiers of league running simultaneously for five months, a Cup competition and an annual international meet called Champions Cup with the first one scheduled for next August.

The plan was shared by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) and its commercial partners IMG Reliance with I-League and Indian Super League (ISL) clubs here on Tuesday. Bhaichung Bhutia, head of the AIFF technical committee, India captain Sunil Chhetri, India woman international Aditi Chauhan and former international O Bembem Devi, too were present.

The format shared with the stakeholders has not decided on the number of teams for the top tier, to be known as the Indian Super League (ISL), or the eligibility criteria. AIFF president Praful Patel said I-League clubs with a legacy and fan following will be helped by the federation to meet them. The next two tiers, called League 1 and League 2, will have 10 teams each.

Contractual obligations with ISL franchises --- they all have a 10-year deal --- precludes promotion and relegation for now, according to the proposal. League 2 winners though will be promoted to League 1 but since League 1 champions can’t qualify for the ISL, it will have to be seen whether promises of revenue sharing is enough to keep them from winding up first teams.

Team led by ASP Ajay sahdev raided & team has seized 29 tons of fake heath supplementats in Delhi .Dangerous drugs were also being mixed in the powder.

According to the scheme of powder seized by the officers ,it is above Rs 60 lakh.

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Leicester City’s incredible Premier League fairytale reached a joyous crescendo as thousands of fans turned the city blue while revelling in the club’s title parade on Monday.

For two weeks since Claudio Ranieri’s side were crowned one of the most unlikely champions in English football history, the city of Leicester hasn’t stop celebrating and the party climaxed beneath sunny skies 24 hours after the Foxes finished their campaign with a draw at Chelsea.

After starting the season as 5,000-1 outsiders for the title, Leicester defied the odds in stunning fashion and being hailed by a crowd of over 100,000 was a fitting finale for Ranieri’s squad and the club’s Thai chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, who soaked up the celebrations with his family.

This is the first instance in the Indian Premier League that MS Dhoni will not feature in the playoffs. Since its inception, the 34-year-old has been one of the league’s leading stars. After a steady stint with the Chennai Super Kings, the shift to Rising Pune Supergiants hasn’t been smooth.

The team is out of contention for the playoffs and is placed at the bottom of the standings.

Adjusting to a new group of players, set up, venues and spate of injuries have definitely not been easy on the skipper.

His bat too has failed to light up the stage. His 22-ball, eight-run knock against Kolkata Knight Riders underscored his grim season.

In the lead-up to the World Twenty20, Dhoni was in similar form. The marquee event saw glimpses of his finishing capabilities, but he never really dominated or led the batting.

The poor form has continued in the IPL. In the previous game against KKR, Dhoni’s struggles came to the fore. He walked in with Pune in trouble at 74 for four. KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir packed fielders around the batsman to pile on the pressure.

Serena Williams ended a nine-month title drought with a 7-6 (5), 6-3 win over Madison Keys in an all-American Rome Masters final on Sunday.

Williams’ previous title came in Cincinnati in August — a month before her attempt at a calendar-year Grand Slam ended with a semifinal loss to Roberta Vinci at the U.S. Open.

It was Williams’ fourth title in Rome and it comes exactly a week before the French Open begins.

It was the first time two American women have met in a final on clay since Serena beat older sister Venus in the 2002 French Open.

The last all-American final in Rome was in 1970, when Billie Jean King beat Julie Heldman.

In the men’s final of the tournament, top-ranked Novak Djokovic was facing Andy Murray.

Indian tennis star Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis produced a spirited fight back as they survived a late onslaught to win their first ever clay-court title in Rome at Italian Open on Sunday.

After losing the second set by a wicker,the Indo-Romanian pair rebounded strongly to secure a 6-1, 6-7(5), 10-3 win over recently united Russian pair of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina in the summit showdown that lasted for one hour an 30 minutes.

With the win, Hingis and Mirza also captured their 14th women’s doubles title together and this was also the 5th title of the season for the pair after Sydney, Brisbane, Australian Open and St Petersburg. .

It was their first title win since the end of their incredible 41-match winning streak in Doha in February.

Leicester City’s Premier League winners were given a guard of honour by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge and then they ended their glory season with a late equaliser from Danny Drinkwater in a 1-1 draw with the outgoing champions on Sunday.

The home team, their fans and Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich applauded Leicester on to the field and there was a particularly fond reception for their former manager Claudio Ranieri, who was given a special presentation before the game.

Chelsea had looked the superior side and Cesc Fabregas seemed set to spoil Leicester’s final party when he scored from the penalty spot in the 66th minute.

Yet with nine minutes left, England midfielder Drinkwater hammered a 30-year shot that left Leicester’s fans able to celebrate winning the league by 10 points, as they chanted: “That’s why we’re champions.”

Gujarat Lions skipper Suresh Raina won the toss and opted to field first in the Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Kolkata Knight Riders at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens on Sunday.

Raina said it’s always good to chase in Kolkata, adding that his side had batted and bowled well so far and believed they could return to winning ways.

Raina’s Kolkata counterpart Gautam Gambhir said he wouldn’t mind batting first either, as his side had defended 164 in the last game, adding that the Eden wicket looked like a good one and would have something for everyone.

Barcelona closed in on the La Liga title by thrashing local rivals Espanyol 5-0 on Sunday as Atletico Madrid dropped out of the race after losing 2-1 at Levante and Real Madrid stayed in contention by beating Valencia 3-2.

Barca top the standings on 88 points, Real moved into second on 87 and Atletico have 85 with one game remaining.

Barca went ahead in the eighth minute when Lionel Messi curled a 22-yard free kick into the top corner with a magnificent finish. Luis Suarez stretched the hosts’ lead with two goals in the second half before Rafinha and Neymar completed the rout.

Atletico took the lead at Levante in the first minute through Fernando Torres, but the relegated home side fought back, equalising through Victor Casadesus before Giuseppe Rossi grabbed the winner in stoppage time.

Real were without goalkeeper Keylor Navas, defender Dani Carvajal, midfielder Luka Modric and winger Gareth Bale through injury, but went ahead thanks to a thunderous low finish from Cristiano Ronaldo in the 26th minute.

Negotiations for India to buy 36 French Rafale fighter jets are almost at the close, the defence ministry said, with sources saying the price will be set at around $9 billion (approx Rs 65,000 crore).Both sides had hoped to wrap up the strategic order during President Francois Hollande’s visit for India’s Republic Day celebration in January, but hard bargaining on price stalled a final result. In April last year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had announced in Paris that India would buy the French fighter jets under a government-to-government deal, scrapping the original plan to buy 126 Rafales after commercial negotiations with plane-maker Dassault Aviation collapsed.

Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea defeated Robert Lindstedt and Alexander Peya 7-5, 7-5 to advance to the quarter-finals of the men’s doubles event at the Monte-Carlo Rolex tennis Masters.

The sixth seeds broke serve four times (4/16) and fired four aces in the 87-minute win here on Wednesday. They will next face fourth seeds Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares.

John Peers and Henri Kontinen cruised 6-3, 6-2 against Raven Klaasen and Rajeev Ram, securing a spot in the second round in 51 minutes. The unseeded duo saved both break points faced and are looking for a second team title after winning their debut event in Brisbane in January.

“Today’s match was very good,” Peers was quoted as saying by atpworldtour.com after the match.

Had India not lost to the West Indies in the semifinals, Ravindra Jadeja would have been in the blue jersey playing at the Eden Gardens on April 3 in front of 66,000 fans --- and more than a billion watching around the world.

But a couple of days after India’s exit --- the day the World T20 final was being played --- the versatile cricketer was at Jamanagar’s Ajisinh Pavilion ground turning out for local team, Jamnagar District, in the Bahadurbhai Kothari Cup final.

Be it a major playing venue or a relatively unknown centre, Jadeja is at ease everywhere. No wonder then that he commands tremendous following in his home state.

“A day after playing in the World T20 semifinal in Mumbai, he reached Rajkot and was at the ground in the morning for the final. He scored 137, took three wickets and effected two run-outs to bag the Man-of-the-Match award against Celebration Eleven. A crowd of 10,000 thronged the stadium to cheer him. The game ended at 4.30 pm and the presentation ceremony lasted another hour but Jadeja remained with the players till 8 pm, and so did the crowd,” says his childhood coach, Mahendrasinh.

Argentina’s Juan Monaco won the ATP clay court title in Houston on Sunday, cementing his return from injury with a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory over defending champion Jack Sock.

“I didn’t expect this so fast,” said Monaco, who had surgery on his right wrist in August and was sidelined for six months. “No words to describe this moment.”

The former top-10 is projected to rise from his 146th in the world to 90th, and said it was fitting that the first title of his return came in such a dramatic battle.

“Today was a quick movie of my life,” said Monaco, 32, claiming his first ATP title since Duesseldorf in 2013 and his second in Houston to go with the one he earned in 2012.

After Sock took the first set, Monaco received treatment on his right arm, and after the injury timeout Sock lost 10 of the next 14 games.

Sock, the fourth seed, received treatment on his right arm and right shoulder, and was visibly limping in the third set -- when he still managed to erase two breaks of serve in the decider before Monaco finally finished him off.

The loss to New Zealand complicating matters for them, an inconsistent India will take on Malaysia in a do-or-die battle to secure a final berth in their final league fixture of the 25th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament in Ipoh on Friday.

India, who have been unimpressive so far except for the 5-1 victory over arch-rivals Pakistan, need to pull off a victory against Malaysia to ensure their place in the final match of the tournament, which they have won five times and were bronze medallists last year.

World champions Australia have already qualified for the final to be played on Saturday with 15 points from five successive wins.

India have had an edge in past encounters against Malaysia, who will, however, draw inspiration from their 3-2 win over the Asian Games champions during last year’s Sultan Azlan Shah Cup at the same venue.

In the last meeting between these two teams, India shattered Malaysia’s hopes of qualifying for the Olympic Games by winning 3-2 in last year’s World League Semifinals at Antwerp (Belgium).Avenging that loss will be on Malaysia’s mind, although they have faint hopes of qualifying for the final after being held to a draw by Canada two days ago.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday questioned the language of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in berating the West Bengal government for the Kolkata flyover tragedy.

“Journos who questioned my language in December and Kapil’s language this week silent on PM’s language yesterday,” Kejriwal tweeted, referring to his past comments about Modi and those of Kapil Mishra, Delhi’s water minister, this week.

In an election rally in West Bengal on Thursday, Modi accused Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee of indulging in politics over the dead and said the Kolkata flyover tragedy was “god’s message” to people to save the state from Trinamool Congress (TMC).

The prime minister also expanded ‘TMC’ as ‘Terror, Maut (death) and Corruption’.

“Journos, is this good language for a PM?” said Kejriwal in another tweet.

Kejriwal had been condemned for describing Modi as a “coward and a psychopath” in December in connection with a CBI raid on Delhi government offices.

Mishra, his cabinet colleague, has also been censured in the media for suggesting on April 5 that Modi might have been an “agent” of the Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI).

At the unveiling of his new team jersey in February, MS Dhoni told reporters he would be lying if he said he’d moved on. “I cannot suddenly say I am very excited to play for a new team,” he had said and fondly remembered his time with Chennai Super Kings (CSK).Less than two months and a World T20 later, he’s knuckled down to work in Pune.

A day after India lost in the semifinal to the West Indies in the World T20, Dhoni was in Pune, said Rising Pune Supergiants’ coach Stephen Fleming. “I have certainly moved on because the challenge in front of us is immense. The time that I have spent this week with MS has been all about that. His commitment to moving forward has been really strong. I think the one thing you can take from all your experience is the positives and we’ll both try and do that (from their time at CSK).”

In a move that capitalises on the current demographic advantages, the Finance Ministry has proposed a cash purse of Rs 1,700 crore to for its plan to impart skill training to one crore youth over the next three years.

Presenting the Union budget on Monday, finance minister Arun Jaitley said 1,500 multi-skill training centres will be set up under the Pradhan Mantri Kaushal Yojana of the Skill Development and Entrepreneurship Ministry.

A proposal to link the national career service to state employment exchanges to improve employment avenues is also in the works.

The National Skill Development Mission has already trained 76 lakh youth, the Minister said, while presenting the general budget in the Parliament.

Barcelona came from behind to equal a Spanish record of 34 games unbeaten in all competitions by moving eight points clear at the top of La Liga with a 2-1 win over Sevilla on Sunday.

Sevilla were the last side to beat Barca back in October and deservedly struck first through Vitolo.

However, as so often of late, Barca recovered from a slow start thanks to Lionel Messi’s brilliant free-kick and Gerard Pique’s winner early in the second-half.

Luis Enrique’s men have now matched Real Madrid’s record run from the 1988-89 season and in doing so moved 12 points clear of third-placed Madrid.

Atletico Madrid remain Barca’s closest challengers after beating Madrid 1-0 on Saturday.

The past year saw several attempts being made at having a bilateral series between India and Pakistan, but nothing materialised. So, a year after they last met in the 2015 World Cup, the two neighbours will clash in Dhaka at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium on Saturday.

India face Pakistan at least twice in the next three weeks. One will be in the Asia Cup and on March 19 during the World Twenty20 in Dharamsala.

The stakes in an Indo-Pak clash are always high, irrespective of the event.While March will provide an opportunity to Pakistan to erase the stigma of not having beaten India in an ICC event, Saturday will see India take another step towards winning back the trophy that eluded them in the past two editions. Led by skipper MS Dhoni, the India outfit has been churning out positive results in the past two series. A win over Pakistan will be the ultimate boost ahead of the WT20.

The past year saw several attempts being made at having a bilateral series between India and Pakistan, but nothing materialised. So, a year after they last met in the 2015 World Cup, the two neighbours will clash in Dhaka at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium on Saturday.

India face Pakistan at least twice in the next three weeks. One will be in the Asia Cup and on March 19 during the World Twenty20 in Dharamsala.

The stakes in an Indo-Pak clash are always high, irrespective of the event.While March will provide an opportunity to Pakistan to erase the stigma of not having beaten India in an ICC event, Saturday will see India take another step towards winning back the trophy that eluded them in the past two editions. Led by skipper MS Dhoni, the India outfit has been churning out positive results in the past two series. A win over Pakistan will be the ultimate boost ahead of the WT20.

The ICC has begun the sale of tickets for the upcoming ICC World T20 in India on its website, with less than two weeks for the event to begin.

The first phase of the sale, which went live on February 25, made tickets available for matches in Bangalore, Chennai, Dharamsala, Kolkata and Mohali, but excluded the matches featuring India, the semi-finals and the final of the men’s and women’s events. According to a BCCI release, the second phase of the sale - for matches in Mumbai, Delhi and Nagpur The statement stated that the tickets for seven ‘highly sought after’ matches - four India games, the semi-finals and the final - will be sold online through a lottery system, where buyers need to indicate their preferred match after registering themselves. They will then be moved to a draw where the winners will be chosen through an automated process following which they will receive a payment link to complete the booking.

The cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the introduction of measures to promote electronic payments through plastic money and digital means.

These include the withdrawal of surcharge, service charge and convenience fee on card or digital payments currently imposed by various gover nment departments and organisations.

The government will also rationalise the merchant discount rate (MDR) — the fee charged by a bank for providing debit and credit card services. Payments beyond a prescribed threshold may be mandated to be made only through plastic money or digital mode.

Electronic payments will help reduce tax avoidance and circulation of black money.

The cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the introduction of measures to promote electronic payments through plastic money and digital means.

These include the withdrawal of surcharge, service charge and convenience fee on card or digital payments currently imposed by various gover nment departments and organisations.

The government will also rationalise the merchant discount rate (MDR) — the fee charged by a bank for providing debit and credit card services. Payments beyond a prescribed threshold may be mandated to be made only through plastic money or digital mode.

Electronic payments will help reduce tax avoidance and circulation of black money.

Brendon McCullum drew the curtain on his batting career as he was dismissed on the third day of the second Test match against Australia in Christchurch on Monday.

The Kiwi batsman was well known for his explosive batting style and he proved his mettle once last time when he smashed the fastest century in Test history in the first innings of his farewell match.This innings by Brendon McCullum is a brilliant example of his stupendous batting talent and impeccable timing as he became the first ever New Zealand batsman to score a triple century in Test matches. He batted 775 minutes, faced 559 balls, hit 32 fours and four sixes in defying a decent Indian attack for more than two days.

Brendon McCullum drew the curtain on his batting career as he was dismissed on the third day of the second Test match against Australia in Christchurch on Monday.

The Kiwi batsman was well known for his explosive batting style and he proved his mettle once last time when he smashed the fastest century in Test history in the first innings of his farewell match.This innings by Brendon McCullum is a brilliant example of his stupendous batting talent and impeccable timing as he became the first ever New Zealand batsman to score a triple century in Test matches. He batted 775 minutes, faced 559 balls, hit 32 fours and four sixes in defying a decent Indian attack for more than two days.

Fresh violence has been reported from Rohtak and Sonepat in Haryana as Jat protesters continue to block roads in some parts of the state, including the arterial Delhi-Ambala highway, demanding a written assurance that the community will be given reservation in the state.

After remaining on the edge for several days, normalcy was returning to some cities like Kaithal and officials expected the situation to improve considerably in other affected areas.

The stand-off between militants and security forces at Pampore in south Kashmir entered its third day on Monday, even as the sounds of gunfire and explosions rent the air.

Sources said the 40-hour encounter was nearing its end, and the army was undertaking its final assault against the terrorists – believed to be two to four in number.

The gunfight had started on Saturday evening, when guerrillas took shelter in a Jammu and Kashmir Entrepreneurship Development Institute complex after attacking a CRPF bus at Sempora, Pampore, on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway.

The Indian Railways is considering bringing gaming, internet-based food ordering services and ‘catalogue-based retailing’ in trains in partnership with entrepreneurs as part of the government’s larger focus on promoting start-up ventures.

Railway minister Suresh Prabhu is considering a slew of measures that will improve passenger experience, including more focus on the e-catering business, and some of these initiatives may figure in his Budget speech next week.

The central government recently announced a Rs 10,000-crore corpus fund for new entrepreneurs as part of its ‘Startup India’ initiative.

As the Jat stir for quota continued, some unidentified persons set on fire the Budha Khera Railway Station in this district on Saturday.

Furniture, record room and other articles were set on fire at the railway station, which falls on the Jind-Panipat rail section, police said.

The Indian Army is conducting a flag march in Haryana’s violence-hit Rohtak, where three people were allegedly killed and 78 others injured in firing and clash between security personnel and Jats demanding reservation in jobs and education.

The army could not enter Rohtak initially as protesters had put up blockades at several places, forcing the authorities to air drop them.

As the Jat stir for quota continued, some unidentified persons set on fire the Budha Khera Railway Station in this district on Saturday.

Furniture, record room and other articles were set on fire at the railway station, which falls on the Jind-Panipat rail section, police said.

The Indian Army is conducting a flag march in Haryana’s violence-hit Rohtak, where three people were allegedly killed and 78 others injured in firing and clash between security personnel and Jats demanding reservation in jobs and education.

The army could not enter Rohtak initially as protesters had put up blockades at several places, forcing the authorities to air drop them.

For all his achievements in Tests and One-dayers, Mahendra Singh Dhoni is every bit Twenty20 cricket’s child. Be it the high of the 2007 World Twenty20 or translating his leadership from nation to club, in the Indian Premier League that was launched in the wake of that South Africa triumph, he has been second to none.

Pretty much like his batting, his thinking too is unorthodox and that is what allows Dhoni’s captaincy skills in the shortest formats to remain as fresh as ever. However, it is also where he has courted controversy, as skipper of Chennai Super Kings, successful and then discredited.

On Monday, Dhoni spoke fondly about his eight years with CSK, which is now suspended, the value players from that disbanded unit commanded in the draft and auctions to underline their consistency and his own expectations of success leading the new Rising Pune Supergiants, after launching its multi-colour team jersey at an event.

Nearly a week has passed since students shouted anti-national slogans at an event in Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University that triggered sedition charges and protests all over the Capital.

On 9th February 2016, ex-members of a student organisation DSU, short for ‘Democratic Students Union’ called for a cultural meeting of a protest against what they called ‘the judicial killing of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat’ and in solidarity with ‘the struggle of Kashmiri people for their democratic right to self-determination’,” he wrote.

A lot of Kashmiri students from inside and outside the campus were to attend the event.

The robustness of India’s cricket is reflected in the strength of its juniors. That the Indian board has built a multi-layered tournament structure which provides competitive opportunity to various age-groups and prepares them for the more gruelling senior cricket, has to be appreciated.I don’t think there is any other cricket playing nation in the world which has invested so much at the junior level like India has done and that is why its unexpected defeat in the Under-19 World Cup final comes as a disappointment.

Watching some of the youngsters break down after the West Indies won the championship, was a heartbreaking experience. It also showed how confident the team must have been of winning the World Cup.

After becoming friends through social media, Indian hockey skipper Sardar Singh met the British national for the first time after the 2012 London Olympics, and the series of meetings during his extended stay in London laid the foundation of their relationship.

Again, it was in Europe that both Sardar and the woman made their relationship public. During the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, they disclosed their relationship and were quite open about it during media interviews.

The British woman was seen wearing Sardar’s No 8 jersey and supporting the India team from the stands during the Glasgow Games, where India finished second.

Since then, she has made several visits to India and both have regularly been posting photographs on social media. The duo even visited the Golden Temple in Amritsar and Sardar also took her to his native village Sant Nagar in Sirsa district (Haryana).

A quick gloss over the basic facts first. All squads can have a minimum of 16 players and a maximum of 27. No franchise can have more than nine foreigners in their squads. The ceiling of expenditure has been fixed at Rs 66 crore. After retention, release of players and trading, the teams left with the biggest purse are Delhi Daredevils (Rs 37.15 crore) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (Rs 30.15 crore). The new teams have Rs 27 crore each after they were allowed to pick five players in the December 15 draft. The two teams looking most settled are Mumbai Indians who have retained 19 players and KKR who have held on to 15.

A clash between the favourites and the unfancied can often end up being one-sided. But the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup 2016 has proved to be a stage for the underdogs. Nepal have defeated New Zealand, Namibia got the better of South Africa and Afghanistan nearly overcame Sri Lanka in the group stages.

India will start out as favourites but in a tournament riddled with uncertainty, Namibia will fancy their chances. Having already surpassed all expectations, it could be a 'nothing to lose' fixture for them while India, in pursuit of their fourth World Cup title at the Under-19 level, will play with massive expectations.

On Saturday (February 5), India and Namibia will move away from the sole venue they've played in so far - Mirpur and Cox's Bazar respectively - to clash in the second quarterfinal of the tournament in Fatullah.

A total of 350 cricketers will go under the hammer in the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) players’ auction that is scheduled to take place on February 6 in Bengaluru.

There are 230 Indians and 121 overseas players for the franchises to choose from. The auction will also be the first for the two new teams -- Rising Pune Supergiants and the Gujarat Lions.

Out of the 350 cricketers on the auction list, 131 are capped players -- India 26, Australia 28, Bangladesh 5, England 7, New Zealand 9, South Africa 18, Sri Lanka 16, West Indies 20 and 219 are uncapped players -- India 204, Australia 9, New Zealand 1, South Africa 2, West Indies 3 Canada 1 and Ireland 1.

In terms of available spots, if every franchise were to have the maximum of 27 players in their squad, 116 players will be taken in the auction, of which up to 36 may be overseas players.

Sombre ex-Ferrari chief Luca de Montezemolo admitted Thursday that he did not have “good news” regarding the condition of stricken Formula One legend Michael Schumacher.Former seven-time world champion Schumacher suffered head injuries in a skiing accident in the French Alps in December 2013 and spent six months in an induced coma before returning to his home in Switzerland to continue his rehabilitation.“I get news about him constantly, and unfortunately it’s not good,” said Montezemolo when asked about Schumacher in Milan on Thursday.Montezemolo did not elaborate on 47-year-old Schumacher’s condition, but he added: “He was the most successful driver Ferrari ever had. He only suffered one accident in his entire career, in 1999, and it was our fault, not his. “Unfortunately, a skiing accident ruined his life.”Amid speculation Schumacher was at fault for the accident that has left him in a coma for over two years, Montezemolo defended the former champion.

Numbers will be checked repeatedly before paddles are raised as the Indian Premier League will witness another players’ auction in Bangalore on Saturday. A total of 351 players are set to go under the hammer, including 230 Indian players and 121 from overseas. But what makes this auction different is the presence of two new franchises --- Pune and Rajkot --- eager to get their squads together. A parallel could be drawn with the 2011 auction when Pune Warriors India and Kochi Tuskers Kerala entered the fray. But the similarity ends there. In 2011, there were teams like Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab, and Deccan Chargers who had not retained a single player and hence were on an even keel with the new franchises.

The Badminton Association of India has decided to hold an exclusive event, ‘Indian Badminton League’ for domestic shuttlers, an Indian take away of the more trendy Premier Badminton League which concluded last month.

The event will not only help Indian shuttlers, including juniors to hone their skills by playing against their seniors and superiors on home court, but would also give them an opportunity to fetch good money.

Chief of the Badminton Association of India Akhilesh Das Gupta confirmed the plans of a ‘desi’ Indian Badminton League (IBL) soon after the Rio Olympics. “Yes, we have plans to do it as we got tremendous response for the PBL, and I think this is the best way to help domestic shuttlers get attention,” Das Gupta said.

“The scale of the event would not be like PBL in terms of prize money and the glamour, but there would be many new things to attract shuttlers and fans,” he added.

The IBL too would remain a six-team affair with 10 Indian players each. Unlike PBL, which was played in cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and Lucknow, it is likely to be played in new cities like Noida, Nagpur, Ahmedabad, Vijaywada, Jaipur and Patna.

A first-half hat-trick from Oscar along with Eden Hazard’s first goal of the season gave Chelsea a comfortable 5-1 victory at Milton Keynes Dons in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Chelsea remain undefeated in eight games under interim manager Guus Hiddink and this impressive fourth-round display confirmed the progress that they have made under the Dutchman. The win ensures that Chelsea remain in contention to repeat the FA Cup success they enjoyed when Hiddink was last in interim charge of the club in 2009.

And the manager had every reason to be satisfied with the way his side eased their way to victory at Stadium MK, albeit against second-tier opposition.

Oscar’s goals grabbed the attention, but Hazard’s penalty, his first goal in 30 appearances for his club, came as a huge relief.

Burkinabe international Bertrand Traore was also on target with his first Chelsea goal.

Hiddink signalled his intentions by fielding a strong side, although he did take the opportunity to hand rare starts to left-back Baba Rahman and young midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek.

The New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) area, which houses bungalows of ministers, politicians and bureaucrats, made it to the first list of 20 urban centres to be developed under the NDA government’s flagship smart city programme.

The leafy VIP zone designed by British architect Edwin Lutyens in the early 20th century, where a mere 1.5% of the Capital’s 16.78 million people live, was on the list announced by Urban development minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday despite fairing far better in terms of civic amenities and infrastructure compared to the rest of the city.

The area with wide, tree-lined promenades, spacious bungalows and the Capital’s signature landmarks — but covering just 3% of the city total landmass — was ranked number 15 on the list.

Hitting back at Virat Kohli for a send-off following his dismissal during the first T20, Australia batsman Steven Smith said the chatter-box gesture by the ‘emotional’ Indian was not required.

Smith lost his wicket soon after a live chat with television commentators, triggering debate if the technology is doing more harm than good to the game.

"He gets pretty emotional out there, doesn't he? I don't think you need to do that kind of thing when someone gets out. It's fine to have a little bit of banter when you're out in the field, but when someone is out I don't think that's really on," Smith told Fox Sports.

Australia's Test team skipper blamed poor shot selection for his dismissal rather than indulging in discussion with the commentators.

"It (the commentary) was on at the time, but for me it was just a bad shot. I tried to chip one over the top for two rather than trying to hit him for four or six. It was my fault and I got to do better next time," he said.

Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis are gunning for their third title of the season as they take on Czech Republic combination of Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecká in the Women’s Doubles final at Australian Open.

The Indo-Swiss pair had a dream time in 2015 when they won 9 titles which included the Wimbledon, US Open and the year-ending WTA finals.

That form has carried in 2016 as they eye a successive third Grand Slam.

The World No.1 duo had defeated Julia Goerges and Karolina Pliskova 6-1, 6-0 to continue their dominance in Women’s Doubles events.

Winning the Brisbane and Sydney International events, the pair carries on its phenomenal unbeaten run of 35 matches.

Five-time world champion Mary Kom and her colleague Sarita Devi continued to impress the crowd with agile movement for the second day in a row, outplaying their opponents in the South Asian Games qualifiers in Shillong on Wednesday.

Devi defeated a tough opponent P Basumatary in the quarterfinal round to proceed in the South Asian Games qualifiers and test event at the NEHU, SAI Special Area Games in Shillong on Wednesday.

Mary Kom, on the other hand, made mincemeat of Soniya in her bout to make it to the next round.

Sarjubala Devi, Aruna Mishra and Pooja Rani also beat their opponents to move ahead.

Dubbed as the bout of the day, the light weight category match between five-time Asian championships winner, Sarita and gold medal winner in the recently concluded 5th AIBA Nations Cup in Serbia, P Basumatary, did not disappoint.

The franchise-based Hockey India League (HIL) has changed the ‎status of the sport globally and brought in a decent amount of money but the league--- which has completed three editions and the fourth one kicked off on Monday--- has so far not been that effective in attracting crowds to stadiums with Ranchi and Bhubaneshwar the only exceptions. This year players from Pakistan are missing from the league.HT interacts with India skipper Sardar Singh, who will be seen lining up for the Punjab Warriors before their opening match of the league.

Former world number one Ana Ivanovic eased into the Australian Open third round on Thursday, keeping her focus despite a 30-minute mid-match delay while medics treated an injured spectator.

Despite the mid-match drama Ivanovic, seeded 20, was always comfortable against Latvian qualifier Anastasija Sevastova, cruising to a 6-3, 6-3 win on Rod Laver Arena.

“This is my favourite court in the world,” said the Serb. “Every match is tough and I’m thrilled to be through.”

Both players had to deal with a first-set delay while ambulance officials treated an elderly spectator who apparently slipped down some stairs inside the stadium.As Ivanovic and Sevastova looked on anxiously, an umpire was heard telling them that medics were waiting for a spinal board and collar before they could move the stricken fan. There was no word on her condition, although the official said she was conscious.

An unspecified number of people are feared trapped after a large piece of rock, estimated to measure about 150 metres, broke off a hillock and crashed down on a stretch of the national highway connecting Sikkim with Bengal.

One body was recovered and three injured persons were rescued had been rescued till 8.30 am, officials said.“Three persons have been rescued including two boys. A body of a truck driver has been recovered. It is suspected that two more may be trapped in the debris. Rescue teams are working,” said the Amit P Javalgig, the district police superintendent.

The incident happened between 5 am and 5:30 am on Thursday. It was not possible to ascertain immediately how many vehicles or people might be buried under the landslide which took place at Bhotebhir on NH10, about 1 km from Rangpo which marks the Bengal-Sikkim border. It is 75 km from Siliguri in West Bengal.

Vijender Singh will fight his first professional bout on Indian soil come July followed by “something huge” in September-October.

Talking to reporters in London, his UK-based promoter Francis Warren promised a show like none before during Vijender’s India appearances.

“We have big plans for him this year, we’re hoping to do a big show in Delhi around July. Plans are underway, we have something huge around September/October. It’s going to be something that’s never been done before,” Warren said in a press conference without revealing what exactly are their plans.

Vijender has been on a rampage ever since making his debut in the pro circuit last year in Manchester, winning all his three bouts via Knockout so far.

Joe Allen’s dramatic last-minute equaliser earned Liverpool a 3-3 draw at home to Arsenal on Wednesday while Leicester City beat Tottenham Hotspur to move level on points at the Premier League summit.

The Welsh midfielder volleyed home in front of the Kop at a wintry Anfield to deny leaders Arsenal a victory that would have kept Arsene Wenger’s men two points clear at the top of the table.

Robert Huth scored an 83rd-minute winner as Leicester won 1-0 at fourth-place Tottenham Hotspur, while Manchester City remain three points off the pace in third after drawing 0-0 at home to Everton.“I’m very disappointed, but overall I cannot fault the effort and commitment of the team,” Arsenal manager Wenger told the BBC.“I felt we had an apprehensive start. We went 1-0 down and then we started to play. We come out of the game with a lot of positives, but still some regrets.”

Masood Azhar, the stodgy, 5ft 3-inch Maulana, under detention for the audacious attack on Pathankot’s air base has had his eyes firmly set on India for two decades now.

Most remember he was flown to freedom by a special plane on December 31, 1999 so that 155 passengers on board a hijacked plane to Kandahar could be rescued but few know that when Azhar first landed in India in 1994 on a fake Portuguese passport, Srinagar was not the city he first went to.

The Maulana chose Lucknow as his first stop after landing at Delhi’s international airport on January 29, 1994.

Disappointed at being ignored for five years, veteran Indian pacer Ashish Nehra said it is absolutely imperative for him to perform well in the upcoming Twenty20 series in Australia to have any shot at selection for the World Twenty20.

The 37-year-old last played for India in the semifinal of the victorious 2011 World Cup campaign against Pakistan. After missing the final due to a finger injury, he was overlooked for nearly five years before being recalled for the three match T20 series against Australlia starting 26 January.

He made the return to the Indian team on the back of an impressive IPL season, where he finished fourth on the wicket takers list with 22 scalps from 16 games.

Showering praise on opener Rohit Sharma, former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday said he is as good as anybody in the world but wondered why he was not able to translate his limited-overs performances in Test cricket.

“I’ve seen his full innings. He was exceptional today. He is a terrific one day player and it surprises me that he does not turn these performances in Tests,” Ganguly said of Sharma’s unbeaten 171 that helped India set a competitive 310 to defend against Australia at Perth in their first ODI Down Under.

“In one day cricket, at the top of the order, he’s as good as anybody in the world. He’s too young to judge at the moment but he’s outstanding. He makes the game look easy when he gets going. But when he gets out you feel why did he get out. He is an amazing player in the shorter format of the game. This knock was absolutely brilliant.”

A 21-year-old air force drill instructor supervising the Republic Day parade in the West Bengal capital died on Wednesday morning after being struck by a hit-and-run driver, who drove a new Audi SUV through three security barriers.

A gravely injured Corporal Abhimanyu Gaud was rushed from Red Road, where the rehearsal for the parade was on, to a military hospital but he couldn’t survive the crash.

Gaud from Surat in Gujarat and stationed in Odisha’s Kaliakunda air base was in Kolkata for the event.

The area was out of bounds for civilian traffic in view of the exercise.

Afghanistan’s Mohammad Shahzad smashed the fourth highest score in Twenty20 international history when he made 118 in his side’s 81-run rout of Zimbabwe.

The 27-year-old opener carried his bat having already hit Afghanistan’s first ever century in the format, reaching his hundred off 52 balls with eight fours and eight sixes.

By the end of the blitz, the opener had hit 10 boundaries and faced 67 balls in total to continue his impressive form in the Gulf having already made 131 not out in the second one-day international against Zimbabwe two weeks ago.

Zimbabwe were eventually all out for 134 on Sunday with 11 balls to spare as Afghanistan swept the two-game series having won the first match by just five runs on Friday.

They had earlier claimed the ODI series 3-2 to follow their victory against the same opponents in Africa in October.

World Champions Australia go head-to-head with former World Cup-winners India in a five-match One-Day International (ODI) series in Perth on Tuesday with their No.1 ranking on the line in the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings.

Australia (127 points) lead second-ranked India (114) by 13 points and even if they lose all five matches of the series, Australia will drop points but will still finish a point ahead of India.

In contrast, if India lose all the matches, they will slip behind South Africa and will join fourth-ranked New Zealand on 111 points, but will be ranked third when the ratings are calculated beyond the decimal point. To retain their second place, the 1983 and 2011 World Champions need to win at least one match of the series.

When David wins, it makes for a story. Goliath prevailing again is just things going by the script. But then, if you don’t control the narrative playing against a man who is in his first ATP final, then you wouldn’t be much of a world number four now, would you?

Stan Wawrinka dismissed Borna Coric 6-3, 7-5 in an hour and 26 minutes of clinical tennis. Now, the total match hours both players have been out on court here this week makes for an interesting little anecdote. With his first round bye, the top-seeded Wawrinka spent just three hours and 16 minutes in total to earn his final berth. His quickest outing lasted just 53 minutes. Coric, on the other hand, made it to the final after four matches -- nine hours and 16 minutes of gruelling competitive tennis.

This David wasn’t really at his freshest to slay the Goliath.

The Delhi high court on Monday declined to interfere with the AAP government’s even-odd scheme of vehicle rationing in the capital, saying it was a policy decision taken based on expert knowledge to curb air pollution.

A bench of chief justice G Rohini and justice Jayant Nath said the pilot project was for a limited period of 15-day, “We are of the view that interference by this court is not warranted”.Delhi transport minister Gopal Rai thanked the high court for its verdict.The bench, however, asked the Delhi government to consider the issues raised in over 12 different petitions against the scheme before coming out with similar scheme in future.The bench had earlier asked the government if the data collected till date “was enough” to gauge the effectiveness of the policy.

The road-rationing plan was working and would not be cut short as pollution levels in the city had dropped considerably, the Delhi government said on Thursday, a claim not entirely backed by data.

A week into the 15-day trial run, the city government, battling criticism that the odd-even formula for private cars had failed to clean city’s dirty air, said concentration of particulate matter 2.5 (PM 2.5) had fallen significantly.

“Data shows that while average PM 2.5 concentration levels for December 2015 are around 465 micrograms per cubic metre, it is below 300 today,” transport minister Gopal Rai said, a day after the high court asked if the campaign could be restricted to a week. The government is to file its response on Friday.

Sixty micrograms per cubic metre is considered the maximum safe level while the World Health Organization recommends 25 micrograms. These tiny particles released by factories and motor vehicles can cause respiratory distress and have also been linked to cancer and heart disease.

It was a delayed reaction, yet one that brought back memories of a different generation. Croatian teenager Borna Coric let out a mighty howl five seconds after the point had ended. He had just dropped serve against Marcel Granollers in their first round tie of the Chennai Open. The 19-year-old breathed deeply, bent down slightly, and emptied his lungs with a thunderous roar. The theatrical display drew immediate applause and laughter from the audience at the SDAT Tennis Stadium in Chennai, yet significantly,

Coric doesn’t possess the powerful serve Ivanisevic boasted. But there is a familiar level of flair and strokeplay, all coupled with the love for the dramatic. It is the same feats that may have inspired the 2001 Wimbledon champion to step forward and play a role in the current world number 44’s — who is widely considered an upcoming tennis sensation — rise in the sport.

Stephen Constantine feels it’s time the Indian football team starts thinking beyond South Asia and push for ASEAN (South-East Asia) or Central Asian competitions. Constantine led India to a seventh SAFF Cup title on Sunday, beating Afghanistan 2-1 in extra time. However, there have been murmurs in the football fraternity for a long time that the team should move to a more competitive ASEAN or Central Asia sub-federations, which will provide them an opportunity to rub shoulders with better quality opponents and also help development of football in the country.Shifting zonal allegiance isn’t completely unheard of in world football although the process isn’t so straightforward .

Questions being asked on how six terrorists managed to reach Pathankot airbase undetected, Punjab police began probing the “possible role of a smuggler-terrorist nexus” as a facilitator. Police are also studying nine phone calls to Pakistan — the first was an incoming call and the other eight were calls made to Pakistan — from the mobile phone of taxi driver Ikagar Singh whose body was found at a spot before the Katloh bridge over the Ravi.

Senior officers told The Indian Express that the first call was made to Ikagar from Pakistan on New Year’s Eve and, after a gap of about half-an-hour, as many as eight calls were made to Pakistan from his phone.

Sources said police went through phone call details of Ikagar and found that he received a call from Pakistan which was followed by eight calls made to the other side in quick succession.

A man suspected of setting a public bus on fire in northern China, burning 17 people to death, had told friends he planned violence, reports said today, citing social media postings in which he agonised over unpaid debts.
Police captured Ma Yongping, 33, on Tuesday after the blaze engulfed the vehicle in flames in Yinchuan, the capital of remote Ningxia region.
A passenger on the bus said it went up almost instantly, giving them mere moments to scramble off.
"It came rushing with a sound like a spray of water. My shoes were burned off. The soles of my feet were roasted", the survivor told the Beijing News.


At least nine persons were killed and over 100 injured as a strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake epicentred in Manipur on Monday struck the northeastern and eastern regions, damaging buildings and sparking panic that sent people scampering out of their homes.

A team of National Disaster Relief Force (NDRF) has reached here with relief materials this morning and another team is expected soon, official sources said.

Manipur bore the brunt of the temblor which struck at 4.35 AM, jolting the people out of their sleep. Many buildings collapsed or developed cracks in Tamenglong, where the earthquake was epicetred at a depth of 17 km.

In a shocker for the BJP, its ally the Shiv Sena junked PM Modi's Pakistan policy even as Opposition parties picked holes in it in the wake of the Pathankot attack.

"There is no Pakistan policy... this government is simply aping the Congress' foreign policy," Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told Mail Today.

The leader, who had criticised Modi's recent visit to Lahore, reminded the PM that he used to say before the Lok Sabha elections that terror and talks can't go together but had forgotten the same now.

The terrorist attacks on the Indian Air Force base in Pathankot and the Indian Consulate in Afghanistan's Mazar-e-Sharif city are stark reminders of the challenges posed by terrorism in the region, a top US lawmaker has said.
"I strongly condemn the terrorist attacks on India's Pathankot military base as well as on the Indian Consulate in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan," Congressman Brad Sherman, 61, a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said yesterday.
"There is speculation that these attacks might be in reaction to positive outcomes from Prime Minister (Narendra) Modi's recent visits (to) Afghanistan and Pakistan," he said.Mr Sherman strongly encouraged the governments in the region to make every effort to find the terrorists who carried out these attacks and bring them to justice.
"These attacks are a stark reminder of the ongoing danger terrorism poses throughout much of the world. The United States should continue to assist these governments and ensure they can combat this scourge," he added.

The Justice R.M. Lodha Committee on Monday proposed separate governing bodies for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Indian Premier League (IPL) in a bid to partially segregate their functioning, while also suggesting a one-state-one-member pattern for the board.

Submitting its report to the Supreme Court, the three-member committee comprising its former chief justice, Justice Lodha, as also Justice Ashok Bhan and Justice R.V. Raveendran - former judges of the apex court - suggested reforms in the Indian cricket board and announced a slew of measures, among them that the IPL governing body should be of nine members with the secretary and the treasurer of the BCCI as its ex-officio members.

Panaji: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has issued a show cause notice to FC Goa, asking them to explain why disciplinary action should not be taken against them for the fracas after their defeat to chennaiyin in the final of ISL.

FC Goa have been charged under article 53 of AIFF disciplinary code (team misconduct), under 58 (offensive behaviour), article 60 (threats), according to federation sources.

Soon after the final whistle was blown, many FC Goa substitute players and officials led by Rajesh Malgi, equipment manger of FC Goa, rushed to the referee, surrounded him and tried to intimidate.

Four gunmen and two guards were killed when unidentified militants attacked an Indian Air Force base in Pathankot, Punjab on Saturday in an apparent challenge to attempts to revive a dialogue between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

Officials said the gunmen, wearing army fatigues, managed to enter the Pathankot air base before dawn on Saturday. Once inside, they opened fire indiscriminately.

They had earlier hijacked a police officer's car and driven it to the heavily guarded base - tactics used in earlier attacks believed to have been perpetrated by Pakistani-trained militants, Punjab's police chief Suresh Arora told Reuters.

The four gunmen and two guards were confirmed killed, according to a home ministry official.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to cut down his foreign visits in 2016, travelling abroad only when it is absolutely necessary so that he can devote more time to issues of domestic importance.

He has asked the external affairs ministry to keep his foreign engagements in 2016 to the minimum and his travel plans, as of now, is restricted to a couple of visits abroad in the first half of the year and international summits in the latter.

In the past 19 months since he rode to power, Modi has visited 33 countries and interacted with two-thirds of world’s leaders — reinvigorating India’s foreign relations.

Three days after the government announced a curb in cooking gas subsidy, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan approved a proposal to abolish subsidy on Parliament canteen food which would now function on a no-profit-no-loss basis. The decision comes after years of public criticism over parliamentarians being allowed to enjoy cheap food like a plate of chicken curry for Rs 37 or dal for just Rs 2.

As per the new rates, effective from January 1, The Rs 18 veg thali will now be sold for Rs 30 while a non-veg thali will see a hike of Rs 27. The price of chicken curry has been revised from Rs 29 to Rs 40.Parliament food committee’s chairman Jithendra Reddy told HT, “Prices of all items have been increased by 50-70%.”

Delhi’s 25 million residents woke up in the new year on Friday crunching numbers as the Capital embarked on a radical experiment for the next two weeks when residents will be allowed to drive their cars only on alternate days.

11:20 am Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal who carpooled with transport minister Gopal Rai and health minister Satyendra Jain to Delhi Secratariat on Friday morning saidhe was “over-whelmed” by the response of people towards the odd-even scheme in New Delhi. The scheme has been successful so far, the Aam Aadmi Party convenor said.

“I am truly overwhelmed by the response we have received so far. There are very less even-numbered cars on the roads,” Kejriwal said.

All police stations in Gujarat will now have to hoist a state police flag atop their buildings and officials must greet telephone callers with the patriotic salutation of ‘Jai Hind’, as per a new directive.

The decision comes following a suggestion to this effect made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the recently-held conference of top police officials in Kutch.

The directive has been issued to all commissioners of police (CPs), superintendents of police (SPs) and range IGs by state DGP PC Thakur.

“Yes, we have asked all senior officers to follow this guideline of hoisting the police flag at police stations and say ‘Jay Hind’ first whenever the police station officer (PSO) talks to a citizen over phone,” Thakur said

The Delhi government alleged a conspiracy by the lieutenant governor and the BJP-led Central government behind the decision of its senior bureaucrats to skip work on Thursday protesting the suspension of two of their colleagues.

This comes after the Centre struck down the Aam Aadmi Party government’s decision to suspend two DANICS-cadre officers for not signing on a file pertaining to a cabinet decision.

“It’s clear, there is a conspiracy, if officers had grievances they should have gone to the chief minister and not the LG....LG has power to stay some orders, but a blanket order saying no order of Delhi government is to be seen through, can’t be followed,” Delhi home minister Satyendra Jain said.

Govt drops plan to let AAP volunteers enforce rule; 6,000 civil defence personnel to help cops for fortnight .

Cars being driven in violation of the odd-even formula will not be seized but the errant drivers will be fined.

2,000. The catch — the penalty can be slapped only once in a day.

The Delhi Police had asked the government for powers to impound vehicles violating the road-rationing plan but city’s top police officer BS Bassi and transport minister Gopal Rai, who together spoke to the media on Tuesday, said action would be restricted to a fine and there was no plan to confiscate vehicles.

“After being fined, the driver will be advised to go home,” Bassi said. “If the driver continues his journey, he will be stopped by police.”

The two men, who have take non each other in the last few days, met for an hour on Tuesday, three days before driving restrictions that will keep half of the city’s private cars off the road come into play.

The formidable pairing of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis was on Tuesday named as Women’s Doubles World Champions by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) in recognition of their stupendous success in season 2015.Hingis is an ITF World Champion 15 years after last being named World Champion in singles in 2000.Sania and Martina joined forces in March this year but proved a force to be reckoned with in 2015, winning two Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon and the US Open, and seven further tournaments.

They won their last 22 matches from the start of the US Open through wins in Asia at Guangzhou, Wuhan, Beijing and the WTA Finals, ending the year with a 55-7 record.

Manchester City were frustrated once again playing away from home as Leicester City bounced back from defeat at Liverpool with a 0-0 draw on Tuesday that maintained their surprise Premier League title challenge.Leicester had to withstand a barrage of first-half pressure from their visitors but they held firm for the point that took them level with Arsenal on points at the top of the table, but the Gunners remain first thanks to a superior goal difference.

The Foxes grew in confidence after half-time and could have snatched another major scalp in their extraordinary season. Manchester City are without a win in six Premier League away games but boss Manuel Pellegrini will take heart from a dominant performance before half-time.

Match referee Pranab Roy made a minor faux pas at the toss, initially giving it to Gujarat captain Partiv Patel when his Delhi counterpart Gautam Gambhir had called correctly. As eyebrows were raised, Roy quickly rectified his call, allowing Gambhir to choose. The latter opted to field, ostensibly to negate Axar Patel’s spin-punch with the evening dew. The Chinnaswamy pitch for the Vijay Hazare Trophy final looked a bit green but the Delhi skipper seemed to have identified the left-arm tweaker as their main threat.

Axar was the man in form. Coming into the final he had 19 wickets from eight matches at an economy rate of 3.10. Also, he was fresh from his match-winning 6/43 against Tamil Nadu in the semi-final.

Two-wheelers in Delhi, which have been kept out of the odd-even plan for vehicles to be enforced in the New Year, may have to follow the rule too, a member of the ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has indicated.
AAP lawmaker Adarsh Shastri told NDTV that if there are enough buses on the road, then the exemption granted to two-wheelers may be reviewed.
"I don't see a problem in being able to embrace this plan. Yes, I agree 2-wheelers should not have been exempted. But face of the matter is today we don't have an alternate commute available for 50 lakh two-wheelers," Mr Shastri said, responding to the skepticism of panelists on The Buck Stops Here.

Veteran Indian tennis star Leander Paes will team up with Spaniard Marcel Granollers in the men’s doubles at the upcoming ATP Chennai Open and the duo has been seeded second for the event starting, January 4 here.

The doubles draw at the 20th edition of the event will feature, along with Paes, Rajeev Ram, Benoit Paire and Borna Coric.

In the previous edition Paes and Raven Klaasen had ended runners-up, losing to eventual champions Yen-Hsun Lu and Jonathan Marray.

Two pairs will be awarded wild cards to play.

The year 2015 heralded a change of guard in Indian cricket, both on and off the field. While India got a new Test captain in Virat Kohli, Nagpur strongman Shashank Manohar took over the reins of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the second time.

As MS Dhoni quit Test cricket soon after Australia clinched the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a draw in Melbourne a year ago, Kohli took over as captain at the SCG for the final Test of the series and continued to lead from the front with the bat, hitting 147 in the first innings to guide India to 475 in response to Australia's 572. India held on for a draw in a tense final session. India lost the series, but under Kohli there was hope for a new beginning. At least his batting suggested that.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind kejriwal formally unveiled the blueprint for the introduction of the 'Odd-Even Formula for vehicles that will ply in the city and those coming in from the National Capital Region (NCR) from January 1 to January 15, 2016.

The scheme, which aims to curb rising pollution in the city, will be implemented further if it is successful during the 15-day trial period.

Addressing a press briefing, Delhi CM said, “Though a lot of things related to our odd-even formula is in public domain, we are making a formal announcement on it today. A detailed blueprint will be released on Monday.''

The formidable pairing of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis was today named as Women’s Doubles World Champions by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) in recognition of their stupendous success in season 2015.

Hingis became an ITF World Champion after 15 years, last being named World Champion in singles in 2000.

Sania and Martina joined forces in March this year but proved a force to be reckoned with in 2015, winning two Grand Slam titles at Wimbledon and the US Open, and seven further tournaments.

Yuvraj Singh’s comeback into the Indian T20I side for the tour of Australia has brought joy to players and fans alike, including the cricketer, but his exclusion from the ODI side has left him a bit sad, as he felt ‘a personal sense of disappointment’ after he wasn’t picked in the 50-overs side.

"A fresh start or a new beginning is the way I'd put it. I wouldn't say my India career is going to start all over again. It began 15 years ago," Yuvraj told The Telegraph. He last featured for India in the World T20 final of 2014, where his failure with the bat was negatively touted to be the reason behind India’s loss.

"To be honest, I'm a bit disappointed that I am back only in the T20I squad, not for the ODIs. However, there's happiness that I'm back after quite a while. The disappointment is personal and I hope I'm not misunderstood and that nothing at all is taken out of context."

DelhiAt least four people were killed when a chartered Border Security Force aircraft, carrying nine people on board, crashed in Dwarka near Delhi on Tuesday.

The plane, a Super King, was bound for Ranchi carrying technicians and crashed at Bapdola village, near Dwarka on the outskirts of Delhi.

Four bodies have been recovered from crash site, NDTV reports. The aircraft was carrying two pilots and seven technicians, say early reports.

The BSF charter plane took off at 9:45 am and crashed at 9:50 am. The charter plane was called Super King and was a 10 seater.

The aircraft was on fire when it crashed, but the fire has now been put off.

Goa found their defeat in the ISL final hard to digest after they conceded two late goals and lost 3-2 in dramatic fashion here on Sunday.

The Goan franchise left organizers of the ISL red-faced after players refused to pick up their individual awards and the entire team boycotted the prize distribution ceremony. Jofre Gonzalez (Hero of the Match) and Romeo Fernandes (Emerging player of the match) were nowhere to be seen when the awards were being handed over. Instead, ISL officials picked up the award.

FC Goa also refused to collect their medals and co-owner Dattaraj Salgaocar later filed a First Information Report (FIR) with the Margao police alleging Chennaiyin FC captain and marquee player Elano Blumer assaulted and abused him.

Vijender Singh extended his wining streak in the professional boxing, as he registered his third consecutive knock out win over Samet Hyuseinov. Playing in his first six round bout, Vijender needed less than two rounds to end the game in his favour. Catch all the highlights here.

Vijender Singh is on a roll as he registered his third consecutive knock out win in the professional boxing career. Vijender was on the frontfoot from the word go, whereas the experienced pro boxer Samet Hyuseinov was circumspect. Barely 30 seconds in the second round, the Bhiwani boxer ended the bout with a Technical Knock Out win over the Bulgarian

A 20-year-old green-eyed girl from Kirkuk was chosen Miss Iraq in the first national pageant in over four decades. The final had to be moved from Basra to Baghdad after threats from conservative Muslims.

Eight contenders competed for the crown and a chance to represent Iraq in the Miss Universe contest. Organizers tried to stick to criteria of the international event, but made concessions to cultural sensitivities.

'Modi Jacket', a half sleeve coat often worn by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has become "very popular" among the people in India as well as in some foreign countries, Union Minister Kalraj Mishra said on Monday.

Mishra, Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, said in Lok Sabha that there was a time when 'Jawahar Jacket, worn by former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, was very popular in India.

A full moon will light up the skies this Christmas, a rare event which has not occurred since 1977 and will not happen again till 2034, according to NASA. December’s full moon, the last of the year, is called the Full Cold Moon because it occurs during the beginning of winter. “This rare event won’t happen again until 2034. That is a long time to wait, so make sure to look up to the skies on Christmas Day,” NASA said in statement.

The government on Friday lowered its gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast for the fiscal year ending in March 2016 to 7-7.5% from 8.1-8.5% in February.

The revision came after Asia’s third-largest economy grew 7.2% the first half of the 2015-16 fiscal year.

In its mid-year economic review presented in Parliament, the finance ministry said though the economy has made considerable progress, yet challenges remain.

After remaining paralysed for most of last week and this week, the Rajya Sabha could transact some legislative business next week. The Congress could allow passage of four bills, including the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, sources said.

The Lok Sabha, meanwhile, passed the Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill 2015 amid the noise the Opposition kept up Thursday. The bill aims to improve the “ease of doing business” and provide speedy disposal of arbitration cases.

The ambiguity in salaries to be paid to players has stemmed from the condition stipulated by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that the new franchises of Pune and Rajkot will have to honour players' contracts with their previous teams, Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals.

The Player Draft for two new teams had noted that the first capped player would be paid 12.5 crore, while the remaining four capped players are to get Rs 9.5 crore, Rs 7.5 crore, Rs 5.5 crore, and Rs 4 crore respectively.

Delhi's ruling AAP on Thursday again accused Finance Minister Arun Jaitley of indulging in corruption in Delhi's cricket body and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sack him.

"A free and fair probe cannot be done as long as Jaitley remains in the post," Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh told the media here. "So he should be removed."

The reference was to the public sacking by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of one of his ministers who he said had sought bribes.

The AAP made a similar demand for Jaitley's ouster at a press conference, saying widespread corruption took place when Jaitley headed the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) for years.

Up to nine in 10 are caused by environmental and external factors such as smoking, drinking, sun exposure and air pollution, a new scientific study has found.

Previous research suggested that random cell mutations played a significant role in the development of tumours, a finding dubbed the ‘bad luck hypothesis.’

But scientists now believe that outside influences have a far greater impact, meaning many cancers may be more preventable than previously thought.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will recalibrate budget priorities in 2016 to focus on social initiatives, such as the country's first major crop insurance scheme, while capping previously prioritised infrastructure spending, officials say.

Modi splurged on roads and railways this year in a strategy to spur economic growth. But it came partly at the expense of federal programmes for farmers and the poor, suffering through back-to-back drought years.

The friendship between Indian Aces mixed doubles pair of Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna goes a long way, but they in no hurry to form a mixed doubles team in the coming season despite the speculation that they could be pairing up for India at the Olympic Games next year.

Sania and Bopanna have lost only one mixed doubles contest in the ongoing edition and are instrumental in most of their team’s victories.

Sania and Bopanna faced a barrage of questions on whether they could be tying up on the Tour in the coming season.

The annual Chicago leadership prayer breakfast in the US early this month started with a Sikh prayer.

The Sikh prayer at 51st annual Chicago Leadership Prayer Breakfast on December 4, was performed by Rajinder Singh Mago who prayed to the One Universal God for the well-being of all humanity.

Mago is a longtime volunteer coordinator of mainstream community outreach at Sikh Religious Society based in Palatine Illinois.

The sales of two new franchisee and 50 players --- Including those Chennai superkings & rajasthan Royals took place in New delhi at a unique auction process during the IPL process governing council meeting.

Yog Guru Ramdev Baba Pattanjali Noodles landed in trouble with in weeks of launch as report says bugs found in a packet of Patanjali Aata Noodles in Jind Harayana. The bugs were spotted in sealed packet by the customer who purchased in swadeshi store in Narawana according to Zee News report. Wheras shopkeeper admitted the packet was purchased from his store. The customer is reportedly gearing up to file a law suit against Pataanjali Noodles.

CHENNAI, India (Reuters) - India deployed hundreds of extra soldiers and relief workers to the flooded city of Chennai on Saturday, as residents said the government has been too slow to respond to the havoc wrought by the heaviest rains in a century.

About 280 people have died across Tamil Nadu since it was hit by torrential rains on Dec. 1 that left large sections of capital Chennai under up to eight feet (2.5 metres) of water, and trapped people on rooftops with no communication.

Although the rains had stopped and Chennai's airport had partially reopened, more than half of the city was still flooded and some residents trapped on rooftops, too scared to wade through the water, officials said.

"Some have old parents, they don't want to take chance," said M. Vijaykumar, deputy director of Tamil Nadu Fire Service.

Residents say the city authorities gave no warning that they were going to open overflowing reservoirs into the Adyar river, which led to sharp rise in water levels.

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The richest Hindu temple in the world could soon come to the rescue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's plan to recycle tonnes of idle gold and cut economy-hurting imports.

The gold monetisation scheme, aimed at persuading individuals, institutions and rich temples to deposit some of their gold stash with banks to recycle, has only attracted about one kg in a month out of a total hoard of over 20,000 tonnes.

But the Sri Venkateswara Swamy Temple, popularly known as the Tirupati Temple that is believed to have been the abode of Lord Vekateswara for 5,000 years, may become the biggest contributor with more than 5.5 tonnes of gold

With the entire city of Chennai alreday submerged , we need to be ready next four days or more which threaten to bring on heavy downpours ite important to stay informeb and ready for the worst.

Believe it or not, but one of the main reasons for dry lips is poor blood circulation. Luckily, daily usage of cinnamon as a beauty ingredient helps speed it up. The heating effect of cinnamon helps push the blood to your skin and gives it a radiant look. This will benefit you immensely if you chapped and dull lips.

Step 1 - Crush two big sticks of cinnamon till it turns to powder.

Step 2 – Mix it with your lip scrub or Vaseline and apply it on your lips.

Step 3 – Leave it on for half an minute and wash it off with lukewarm water.

For bright and healthy eyes, coriander seeds is what you need. They contains antibacterial and antioxidant properties that help reduce itchiness and redness of the eyes. It also cures tired and puffy eyes.

Step 1 - Pour a tablespoon of coriander seeds into a glass of water and leave it overnight to soak.

Step 2 – The next morning, use the water as eye drops.

Step 3 - Keep it on for half a second and wipe it off with a damp hand towel

Do you want to get rid of blemishes and acne naturally? If that’s a nod, get ready to make the best use of black peppers. From a beauty ingredient perspective, black peppers are great for skin exfoliation. It loosens pores, clears acne, removes blackheads and scrubs away oil and bacteria.

Step 1 – Make a paste using a teaspoon of black pepper powder and chilled yogurt.

Step 2 – Gently apply it over your pores and acne using your fingertips.

Step 3 - Wait till the mask hardens and wash it off with cold water after 10 minutes

Is your hair starting to look dull and feel brittle? If it is, you’ve got try using garlic. You see, garlic pods as tiny as they are, they’re packed with vitamin C and amino acids which help re-energize hair follicles and repair hair damage. If you must know, it promotes hair growth too!

Step 1 – Take a handful of garlic pods and dip them into a bowl of olive oil.

Step 2 - Leave them to soak in the oil for a week.

Step 3 - After a week, you can discard the pods and use the oil for your hair.

Step 4 – Heat the oil for a couple of seconds, and apply it on your scalp and give yourself a good head massage

Step 5 – Let it stay on your hair for about 5-8 minutes and then wash it off with lukewarm water

Skin blemishes and annoying sun tan are a few things we want to know how to get rid of quickly! While you may think the salon lady has the answer, you’re mistaken – you just need ginger in your life, girl. Ginger can help rejuvenate your skin and improve your complexion.

Step 1 – Grate one stick of ginger and pour its shavings into a bowl.

Step 2 - Now, pour a tablespoon of honey and a teaspoon of lemon juice into the bowl.

Step 3 - Mix all the ingredients well and apply it directly to your face.

Step 4 – Spread the gooey liquid all over your face, and give your skin a good massage.

Step 5 - After 5 minutes, wash it off with lukewarm water.

Did you know that turmeric is packed with antibiotic, anti-ageing and antiseptic properties? If applied to the skin, it could have positive impact! While it improves skin complexion, it also keeps the fine lines at bay.

Step 1 - Take a spoonful of turmeric powder and drop it into a bowl.

Step 2 - Now, add one tablespoon of honey into the bowl and mix it with the turmeric till it turns into a thick paste.

Step 3 – You can use a brush or your fingers to apply it on your face, arms and legs.

Step 4 – Let it sit for 15-20 minutes and wash it off with chilled water.

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