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India says destroys four posts along contested border with Pakistan

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Oct
31


SRINAGAR The Indian army said it had destroyed four Pakistani military posts on Saturday along its contested border, the latest escalation of tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

The attack comes a day after India and Pakistan traded accusations that each had killed civilians in cross-border shelling in the Kashmir region, which is claimed in its entirety by both countries but controlled in part by each.

“Four Pak posts destroyed in massive fire assault in Keran Sector. Heavy casualties inflicted,” the Indian army’s Northern Command said in a statement on its Twitter account late on Saturday.

The Indian army gave no further details of the assault, but an officer, who asked that his name not be used, confirmed that troops on both sides had been exchanging mortar fire in and around an area known as the Keran sector since Saturday morning.

Pakistani military officials were not immediately available for comment on Saturday evening.

On Friday, a Pakistani official said three civilians were killed as Indian troops shelled villages along the Line of Control in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. Indian officials, meanwhile, said two civilians died when Pakistani shells hit India-administered Kashmir.

The Indian army on Friday said in a statement that militants at the border mutilated the body of an Indian soldier they had killed before crossing back into Pakistan.

The army had warned that the “act will invite an appropriate response”, saying the militants were “supported by covering fire from Pakistan Army posts”.

Shelling by both sides in the divided and disputed Himalayan regions has been going on since gunmen killed 19 Indian soldiers in September at an army camp in Kashmir, an attack India blamed on Pakistan-based militants.

(Reporting by Fayaz Bukhari with additional reporting by Drazen Jorgic in Islamabad; Writing by Aditya Kalra, editing by Tom Lasseter and Richard Balmforth)

‘Whenever there’s an opportunity, I give more than 100%’

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Oct
30

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Agarkar: Will be difficult to keep Mishra out of ODIs

Amit Mishra came into the series not knowing if he would remain a part of India’s ODI’s plans when the team’s lead spinners – R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja – returned from a rest. By the end of the fifth ODI in Visakhapatnam, however, he had not only emerged as the highest wicket-taker, but also produced a spell of 5 for 18 to lead India’s 190-run rout of New Zealand to help them clinch the series 3-2. He picked up two or more wickets in every game and finished with 15 wickets to claim his first Man-of-the-Series award.

Mishra, who will turn 34 next month, said he knew he had to perform given the stage his career was at. “It has become a trademark of sorts that ‘Amit ayega to wicket nikalke dega’ (once Amit comes on, he will get wickets),” he said after the match. “I always see how I can become a wicket-taking bowler. I focus on the match ahead, and try to do well according to the match situation. If I start thinking a lot about achievements, then I’ll end up putting more pressure on myself.

“I’m happy for all the hard work I’ve put in. I think it’s the second series where I’ve played five matches continuously. Because it was the final match, there was a lot of pressure to perform well here. Feels great.”

Mishra was introduced into the attack in the 12th over, with Axar Patel bowling at the other end. He began by bowling predominantly short in his first two overs and conceded 11 runs.

“When I started bowling, I was a little worried about the boundaries. So, [MS] Dhoni came to me and asked me to bowl my normal deliveries and go for wickets.”

‘I was worried about the boundaries. Dhoni came to me and asked me to go for wickets’ © BCCI

After Axar dismissed Kane Williamson in the 15th over, Mishra removed Ross Taylor and BJ Watling in the space of three deliveries in the 16th. He then ran through the lower order as New Zealand were bowled out in the 24th over. Mishra said he wasn’t surprised by the visitors’ collapse that had them go from 62 for 2 to 79 all out.

“The way we have bowled and batted in the series and the effort we have put in, I am not surprised,” he said. “I knew if we took one-two wickets, with the kind of bowling we had and the hard work we were putting in in the field, I was confident we could bundle them out quickly.

Since his debut in 2003, Mishra hasn’t been a regular, featuring in only 36 ODIs in the 13-year period. He said he had stopped thinking about things beyond his control, like selection. “I focus a lot more on what’s in my hand, like improving my fitness and my batting.”

This was in evidence from Mishra’s diving stop while backing up, a marked improvement from previous games.

“I have stopped thinking about how many matches I have played in so many years because it’s not in my hands,” he said. “I’ve prepared myself mentally in such a way that whenever there’s an opportunity, I give more than 100%.

Like he had done earlier in the series, Mishra expressed his gratitude towards coach Anil Kumble for sticking by him, especially when he had not featured in the XI during any of the three Tests that were played before the ODIs.

“The small tips I get from him have made a huge difference to my bowling. He speaks about the seam position, the fields I can set and the importance of mental toughness. He also told me that I should improve my batting, and whenever I get a chance I should support the team with my batting. Whenever something was going wrong, Anil bhai supported me mentally.

“When I sat out of all the Test matches against New Zealand, he supported me a lot. He would say, ‘Don’t worry, your time will come.'”

Arun Venugopal is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo. @scarletrun

Movie Review: Ae Dil Hai Mushkil

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Oct
29

OF LOVING, LOSING AND LEARNING

Story: Ayan falls in love with his soulmate, Alizeh, but she doesn’t reciprocate the feeling. Later, a relationship with Saba helps him realize Alizeh’s value in his life, irrespective of their relationship status.

Review: There’s a lot of good news, and only a little bad news, so let’s start with the former. With Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, Karan Johar has let go of the “candy” but retained the “floss”, resulting in a beautiful-looking film that isn’t bereft of logic.

Ayan (Ranbir) and Alizeh (Anushka) strike up a friendship after meeting at a bar. They’re Bollywood-crazy goofballs who sing cheesy ’80s songs, poke fun at each other’s partners and fit into each other like pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. But Ayan wants more from the relationship.

Alizeh on the other hand is still reeling from her break-up with Ali (Fawad) and a chance encounter makes her slip back into his arms, leaving Ayan distraught. Ayan then finds solace in a (mostly physical) relationship with Saba (Aishwarya), who helps him get a new perspective on one-sided love.

This is Karan Johar’s most grown-up movie yet. He has come a long way from “Pyaar dosti hai,” (Kuch Kuch Hota Hai) to “Pyaar mein junoon hai, par dosti mein sukoon hai” (ADHM). In the first half, there’s a getting-to-know-each-other arc which reminds you of Before Sunrise; there’s also a slight Imtiaz Ali flavour lingering through the movie (strong female characters help a broken boy find himself). There’s no celebration of heartbreak; there’s no pausing-for-laughs, there are no convenient coincidences.

The laughter comes from genuine chemistry between the leads. The sadness comes from real consequences of heartbreak that Johar has always shied away from, but not this time. Karan, the writer, overpowers Karan, the director here.

Anushka Sharma plays the most well-rounded character with abandon; she’s remarkable. Ranbir’s portrayal of the clumsy, turned-down one-sided lover is heartbreaking; his honesty comes through yet again. Seeing Aishwarya in the role of a confident seductress is a welcome change.

On the downside, there’s a bizarre twist in the last 15 minutes that could have been replaced with a scene or two of good conversation, but if you have an appetite for melodrama, you might just like it.

That said, you usually come away from a Karan Johar movie dreaming of singing sweet tunes in the Alps; but ADHM makes you realize just how cold it is, up there. Go watch it for a relatable portrayal of modern-day relationships.

Tata group accuses ousted chairman Cyrus Mistry of malice

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Oct
28


NEW DELHI/MUMBAI Tata Sons accused its former chairman, Cyrus Mistry, of making “unsubstantiated claims and malicious allegations” against the Indian conglomerate as the gloves came off in a bitter and highly public row over his sacking earlier this week.

The acrimonious exchanges have prompted aides to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to urge restraint in a dispute that could sully the reputation of one of India’s oldest and most respected business houses. Tata Sons has had only six chairmen since it was founded in 1868, growing into a $103 billion international group spanning cars, steel and information technology.

Mistry’s parting shot, in a blistering 5-page letter written after he was ousted in a boardroom coup late on Monday, accused the company of failures of governance that he said had destroyed billions of dollars in shareholder value.

He also alleged inappropriate interference by Ratan Tata, the 78-year-old patriarch who hired him and has come out of retirement to run the business in a caretaker role.

Tata, in an 8-paragraph statement on Thursday, dismissed Mistry’s claims.

“The correspondence makes unsubstantiated claims and malicious allegations,” Tata Sons said in the statement emailed to reporters a day after Mistry’s letter was leaked to the press. “These will be responded to in an appropriate manner,” the company said without elaborating, raising the prospect that the war of words could lead to a legal battle.

The country’s two largest stock exchanges demanded clarity from Tata’s more than two dozen listed units in what could herald scrutiny over why investors were not told of Mistry’s concerns earlier.

The Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI), the capital markets regulator, is looking into whether Tata Sons flouted corporate governance rules, as Mistry alleges in his letter to the board, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

SEBI has also asked the National Stock Exchange and BSE Ltd for price movement data on all listed companies under the Tata umbrella, one of those people said.

SEBI could not immediately be reached for comment.

At least one unit, Tata Steel, dismissed talk of writedowns. But shares in all the group’s major listed companies fell on Thursday.

Public confrontations of this nature are rare in Indian corporate life, particularly when they involve established conglomerates and business elders like Ratan Tata, who ran the Tata group for over two decades before hand-picking the 48-year-old Mistry.

“It’s taken everyone by surprise. Nobody would have thought such things could happen at Tata,” said J. N. Gupta, a former executive at India’s markets regulator and now managing director at Stakeholders Empowerment Services.

Nalin Kohli, a national spokesman for Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party and a Supreme Court lawyer, said: “The larger question will remain whether a legal battle will serve the interests of shareholders.”

CULTURE CLASH

Inside Tata, a company that promotes its roots in the heritage and social values of the Parsi community, some workers have bristled at the board’s treatment of Mistry. But executives also questioned Mistry’s efforts to restructure the group.

“It is like a bunch of finance or hedge fund guys that have walked in and decided to cut everything. This is not the Tata way of doing business,” said one source close to the Tata group in response to the letter. “If you’re picking things that are not working and then trying to get rid of them, where is growth going to come from?”

Ratan Tata was an acquirer in his time at the top, overseeing deals like the $12 billion acquisition of Corus, formerly British Steel, in 2007, and the purchase of Jaguar Land Rover a year later.

Mistry accused the board of failing to give him “room to move”, and argued that Ratan Tata had acted as an alternative power centre, in particular driving deals that created two airline businesses.

Its Tata Motors arm extended credit too easily to fuel sales, Mistry said, and when fraudulent dealings surfaced at AirAsia India, they were not acted on fast enough.

In its rejoinder, Tata stated that Mistry, who was appointed a director in 2006 and made executive chairman in 2012, would have been “fully empowered” to lead the group and its companies.

“He would be fully familiar with the culture, ethos, governance structure, financial and operational imperatives of the Tata Group as well as various group companies,” the company said. “It is unfortunate that it is only on his removal that allegations and misrepresentation of facts are being made.”

“The record, as and when made public, will prove things to the contrary,” it added.

One lawyer said Mistry’s letter appeared to be presenting arguments that both he and the interests of the company had been the victim of “oppression and mismanagement” as cited in India’s Companies Act, 2013.

“It would not be unprecedented for a managing director or chairperson to proclaim oppression – even if he was in charge,” said the lawyer, Amir Singh Pasrich, managing partner of I.L.A. Pasrich and Co, a New Delhi-based law firm. He is not advising either side.

Mistry remains a director of Tata Sons and could by law only be removed by shareholders after being given due warning. He also chairs several listed units and his Pallonji family owns nearly a fifth of Tata Sons.

Abhishek Manu Singhvi, a senior lawmaker from the opposition Congress party and lawyer who has been retained by Tata, dismissed Mistry’s allegations and questioned his motivation in going public with them.

“I don’t see any reason to have allegations and counter allegations,” Singhvi told Reuters Television, adding that the “maligning and bad mouthing should stop”.

(Additional reporting by Douglas Busvine, Rupam Jain and Sunil Kataria in New Delhi, and Abhirup Roy and Euan Rocha in Mumbai; Editing by Clara Ferreira Marques, Douglas Busvine, Raju Gopalakrishnan and Ian Geoghegan)

Shaun Marsh proves fitness for SA Tests with half-century

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Oct
26

South Australia 2 for 16 (Ferguson 13*, Mennie 1*, Behrendorff 2-3) trail Western Australia 9 for 271 dec (S Marsh 73, Klinger 61, Mennie 3-56) by 255 runs
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Shaun Marsh spent over three hours at the crease © Getty Images

Shaun Marsh marked his return from injury with a half-century on the opening day of Western Australia’s 600th Sheffield Shield match. Western Australia declared on 9 for 271 and were able to dismiss the South Australian openers cheaply before the close of play.

Marsh’s 73 off 151 balls at the top of the order has come as a welcome sign with the national selectors picking the Test squad to face South Africa on Friday. He is the incumbent opener, having scored a century in Australia’s last Test, against Sri Lanka in Colombo, but he had torn his hamstring in a Matador Cup match earlier this month.

This day-night Shield game was a way for Marsh to prove his fitness and he felt good having come through it. Besides hitting nine fours, he ran 23 singles, four twos and two threes over 206 minutes at the crease.

“I’ve had no issues with the hammy and I ran out there at maximum speed,” Marsh told the West Australian. “I was concerned when I did it [injured myself] because I’ve had hamstring issues in the past but I knew it wasn’t that bad and it has come good in the past couple of days.”

The first Test against South Africa begins in Perth on November 3. But Marsh wasn’t keen on looking that far ahead. “I will worry about this game first and see where it takes us,” he said.

The other notable contribution of the Western Australia innings came from Michael Klinger. His 61 off 97 balls included eight fours but his wicket led to a middle-order collapse. Six wickets fell for 60 runs before the ninth-wicket partnership between Jason Behrendorff and Ryan Duffield, who struck 20 of his 23 runs in fours, frustrated South Australia. The declaration came when the stand was broken in the 80th over, having added 38 runs.

Behrendorff continued causing trouble for the visitors, dismissing Kelvin Smith and Jake Weatherald in the third over. South Australia ended the day on 16 for 2, trailing by 255 runs.

Movie Review: My Father Iqbal

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Oct
25

Story : Based in Jammu Kashmir, the film revolves around Iqbal Khan, an honest Public Works Department employee, who goes out of his way to help the needy and wants his son to be successful in life. But does this dream of his come true?

Review : Films based in the valley have one thing in common – scenic landscapes. My Father Iqbal too makes ample use of ‘paradise on Earth’ and treats the viewers to a tour of the state. But apart from that, it doesn’t do much.

Iqbal Khan (Jha) and his wife Sahiba (Thacker) live a simple life in not-so-peaceful times. The unrest in J K is on the rise and poses a threat to everyone, including innocent civilians. Khan’s good-nature is the talk of the town and he possesses the guts to say no to things that he doesn’t believe in. Unfortunately, his senior and a couple of other influential people aren’t so courageous and are influenced by anti-social elements. They, in turn, take advantage of Khan’s honesty and trick him into doing their ‘job’. Initially hesitant, Khan gives in when his family is threatened.

Jha gets his act right, including the accent, and is convincing. However, the same can’t be said about his chemistry with Thacker. The rest of the cast has little to do and is more or less seen mouthing clichéd lines. There’s also the typical Bollywood fan who, of late, has become a prominent feature in films based in the valley; case in point being the Salman Khan fans in Haider.

The film is an honest attempt and has its heart in the right place. But it takes too much time to unfold. Almost until the intermission, there’s little happening in the film to keep the viewer involved. In the second half, the film picks up pace but ends on an abrupt note. It is heavily laced with shayari and justifies its title only towards the end.

My Father Iqbal can pass of as a story of any regular person caught in tumultuous times but the JK setting makes it slightly more convincing. If you want a virtual tour of the valley, you can give the film a shot. As far as a total cinematic experience goes, My Father Iqbal misses the mark.

Majestic Kohli guides India to seven-wicket win

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Oct
24


Virat Kohli hit an unbeaten 154 to make short work of a seemingly steep target as India beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the third one-day international in Mohali to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series on Sunday.

New Zealand, who won the last match in Delhi to tie the series at 1-1, were all out for 285 in the 50th over after India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and opted to field.

India chased down the target with 10 balls to spare, riding on Kohli’s 26th century in the 50-over format.

The hosts lost both their openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane inside nine overs and, with the required run rate climbing, needed a solid partnership to get back on track.

Kohli, who was dropped on six by Ross Taylor off Matt Henry, and Dhoni (80), who promoted himself up the batting order to number four, provided just that with a brisk third-wicket stand of 151 runs.

India’s test captain Kohli, who will turn 28 next month, finished things off with an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 97 with Manish Pandey (28 not out).

With India needing 23 from 18 balls, the stylish right-handed batsman, who scored an unbeaten 85 in the first ODI, tore into paceman Trent Boult, hitting three fours and a six in his over to plunder 22 runs.

Earlier, James Neesham (57) and Matt Henry (39 not out) added 84 for the ninth wicket to prop up New Zealand after the touring side had been reduced to 199 for eight following a middle-order collapse.

Opener Tom Latham top-scored for New Zealand with a 61 and the side were comfortably placed at 153 for two in the 29th over with a promising stand of 73 between Latham and Taylor (44).

But they lost their next six wickets for 46 runs needing some rearguard action from Neesham and Henry.

Paceman Umesh Yadav and off-spinner Kedar Jadhav each picked up three wickets for the hosts though the former proved expensive, giving away 75 runs in his 10 overs.

The fourth ODI will be played in Ranchi on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; Editing by Clare Fallon)

Seamers set up rare SA win over NZ

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Oct
23

South Africa Women 131 for 5 (Du Preez 44, Huddleston 2-13) beat New Zealand Women 130 (Martin 65, Klaas 3-32, Daniels 2-11, Kirsten 2-30) by five wickets
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File photo – Mignon du Preez struck six fours during her 44 off 76 balls © ICC

Seamers Masabata Klaas, Moseline Daniels and Odine Kirsten took seven wickets between them to set up South Africa’s second win over New Zealand in ODIs. Their first had come in this series as well.

After opting to bowl in the rain-reduced, 39-overs-a-side game South Africa left New Zealand at 53 for 5 in the 15th over. Daniels made the first breakthrough when she had Rachel Priest caught by Kirsten for 3. Four balls later, the other opener, Suzie Bates fell for 3 as well. Kirsten and Klaas then sliced through the batting line-up before Daniels returned to bowl New Zealand out for 130.

Katey Martin stood out amid the collapse with her second ODI fifty. She stayed unbeaten on 65 off 80 balls, including five fours. Amy Satterthwaite and Holly Huddleston were the only other batsmen to reach double-figures.

New Zealand felt a sliver of hope when Lea Tahuhu and Erin Bermingham took two early wickets in the chase but former captain Mignon Du Preez, who made 44 off 76 balls, and her successor Dane van Niekerk, who scored an unbeaten 36 off 61 balls, helped South Africa regain the initiative. Du Preez and debutant wicketkeeper Sinalo Jafta fell in the 37th over, but van Niekerk and Suné Luus completed the chase with eight balls and five wickets to spare.

The seventh and final ODI is scheduled for Monday. New Zealand, having won four matches, would take the series.

Teaser of Hrithik Roshan’s ‘Kaabil’ out today

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Oct
21
TNN | Oct 21, 2016, 01:00 IST

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Festivals are probably the best time for filmmakers to not only release their big-ticket films, but also give viewers a sneak peek of their upcoming projects.

Cashing in on the buzz around Diwali, filmmaker Rakesh Roshan will unveil the teaser of his Republic Day-release ‘Kaabil’, starring Hrithik Roshan and Yami Gautam, today at 11 am.

The audio-visual presentation will be released digitally, followed by teasers, posters and motion posters daily till October 26, when the full-length trailer comes out. Given the increasing power and reach of the internet medium, unique activities and innovations have been queued up with leading platforms.

‘Kaabil’, directed by Sanjay Gupta, which releases on January 26, 2017, is the story of a man who lived his life in darkness, until a tragedy fuels the flames of vengeance.


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Panel gathers to set GST rate

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Oct
19


NEW DELHI Finance ministry and state finance ministry officials gathered in New Delhi on Tuesday for a three-day meeting that will seek to finalise the main rate of the Goods and Services Tax and pave the way for its introduction next April.

The long-delayed tax, which would transform Asia’s third-largest economy into a single market for the first time, should boost revenues through better compliance while making life simpler for businesses that now pay a host of federal and state levies.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who wants to make doing business easier in India, has said India needed the tax reform to end widespread evasion by businesses and prevent officials from waging arbitrary tax “terrorism”.

Last month the GST Council, a decision making body that comprises federal and state finance ministers, resolved key issues on how the sales tax would work and approved draft rules for its collection.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley expects to get parliamentary approval for bills next month that would set the rate and scope of the GST. The states would also have to approve similar bills in their assemblies.

The GST would do away with levies charged when goods cross state lines, a boon for manufacturers and shippers, and shares in logistics companies including Gati Ltd, VRL Logistics and Allcargo Logistics Ltd gained by between 3 and 4.6 percent before the meeting.

The finance ministry has proposed four tax slabs, with the highest at 26 percent for about 20-25 percent of taxable items. Other slabs included 12 percent for food and fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG), and 6 percent for precious metals like gold and for essential items.

If the states agree to its proposal, the standard rate could be set around 18 percent, said a government source with the direct knowledge of talks. Withdrawing various exemptions in the next budget could help reduce the GST rate later.

A panel headed by Arvind Subramanian, chief economic adviser to the finance ministry, had proposed a “sin tax” rate of 40 percent for GST on limited items such as aerated drinks, luxury cars and tobacco products.

(Reporting by Manoj Kumar; Editing by Douglas Busvine and Simon Cameron-Moore)

Priest, Satterthwaite deliver thumping win

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Oct
18

New Zealand Women 196 for 2 (Priest 86, Satterthwaite 81*) beat South Africa Women 194 (van Niekerk 48*, Satterthwaite 3-33, Rowe 2-27) by eight wickets
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Rachel Priest and Amy Satterthwaite’s 139-run partnership studded New Zealand’s dominance as they took a 3-1 lead © Getty Images

South Africa Women’s ordeal of collapses continued into the fourth ODI against New Zealand Women as they were bowled out for 194 to lose by eight wickets in Paarl and trail the the seven-match series 3-1. Amy Satterthwaite led the charge for New Zealand by first taking three wickets and then scoring an unbeaten 81 in a partnership of 139 with opener Rachel Priest, who scored an attacking 86 off 67. New Zealand cruised to the target in 28.2 overs, leaving South Africa to win all three remaining matches to win the series.

Asked to bat, South Africa were reduced to 13 for 2 in the third over, before Mignon du Preez (27) and Dinesha Devnarain (42) lifted them with a 51-run stand. Once Hannah Rowe broke that stand, South Africa suffered their first collapse, stuttering from 64 for 2 to 99 for 5. Captain Dane van Niekerk, who top-scored with 48, and Sune Luus (29) stitched together 66 for the seventh wicket, before the hosts collapsed again, losing their last four wickets for the addition of just two runs. They lost their last three batsmen for no runs, similar to the first ODI of the series when they lost five wickets without scoring a run.

Satterthwaite finished with 3 for 33 after taking three of the last five wickets, while the other two were run-out. Rowe took two wickets and an in-form left-arm spinner Morna Nielsen, who opened the bowling, returned parsimonious figures of 1 for 20 in 10 overs.

New Zealand made a change in their opening combination as Natalie Dodd opened with Priest but the move did not work as Dodd was bowled by Marizanne Kapp for 1 in the second over. Priest and Satterthwaite let loose after that to flatten South Africa. Priest scored her half-century off 36 balls and slammed 13 fours and a six before being caught off Ayabonga Khaka, but the visitors were going at nearly seven an over and had only 52 runs left. Satterthwaite, who struck her second unbeaten fifty, saw them through with 81 off 71 balls, studded with 10 fours and a six.

The fifth ODI takes place at the same venue on Wednesday.

Salim lashes out at Owaisi for abusing Salman

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Oct
17
Eepsita Guha | TNN | Oct 16, 2016, 19:26 IST

Celebrated screenplay writer Salim Khan has often come out in defense of his son Salman Khan.

The 80-year-old recently took to Twitter to express his anger at Asaduddin Owaisi, the President of the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), who had abused the ‘Sultan’ actor.

Salim Khan should put Salman under house arrest: Sanjay Raut

Calling Owaisi a “self-proclaimed leader of Muslims”, Salim Khan tweeted, “Owaisi is upset with Modiji and abuses Salman.

Owaisi a self-proclaimed leader of Muslims. God help the Muslims.”

Salim Khan recollected an incident in 2014 when Salman was invited by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Ahmedabad for the kite flying festival.

It was during this time that Owaisi had bad-mouthed Salman.

Recollecting the episode, Salim Khan wrote, “Flashback Jan 2014 Salman went to Ahmd on invitation of Modiji to fly kites.

I had advised him to go. Owaisi got some of his followers together and said Iss Haram ke pille ki picture boycott karo.

This is the language he uses for Muslims. I wanted to react and retaliate but couldn’t stoop to his level.”

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India and Russia sign energy, defence deals worth billions

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Oct
16


GOA, India India and Russia signed billions of dollars of defense and energy deals on Saturday at a summit that sought to inject new life into a relationship that has been tested by shifting global alliances and conflict in the Middle East.

Under the biggest agreement, a group led by Russian state oil major Rosneft (ROSN.MM) said it would pay $12.9 billion for a controlling stake in both India’s Essar Oil and port facilities that it owns.

The countries, which had strong ties during the Cold War, announced plans for a joint venture to build helicopters in India. New Delhi said it would also buy surface-to-air missile systems and stealth frigates from Moscow.

“Ours is a truly unique and privileged relationship,” Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the western seaside state of Goa.

Modi said that his views were aligned with Putin’s on the unstable situation in Afghanistan and the Middle East, where Moscow is at odds with the West in the five-year-old civil war in Syria that has killed hundreds of thousands.

“We are conducting a comprehensive dialog on a wide scale of international issues, in which Indian and Russian approaches are close to each other or coincide,” said Putin.

Modi also praised Putin’s support for the fight against international terrorism, which India accuses its neighbor and rival Pakistan of sponsoring. “Russia’s clear stand on the need to combat terrorism mirrors our own,” Modi said.

MULTIPLE DEALS

The Rosneft-Essar deal will be the biggest foreign takeover in India, and Russia’s largest outbound deal, according to Thomson Reuters data.

It comes as Russia moves to reassert its role in global affairs and at a time when its own economy is stagnant, hit by Western sanctions and low oil prices.

Under the deal, a group led by Rosneft will acquire 98 percent of Essar Oil, and with it a 400,000 barrels-per-day refinery and port at Vadinar for $12.9 billion, the two sides said.

Russian state bank VTB (VTBR.MM) said it would refinance $3.9 billion owed by the Essar Group. Rosneft would pay $3.5 billion and its partners, oil trader Trafigura and investment fund UCP the same amount for an equal joint stake.

The refinery deal follows a string of upstream investments in Russia by Indian companies in recent months that, Modi said, were worth $5.5 billion.

Also on display was Russia’s nuclear prowess, with the second reactor of the Russian-built Kudankulam plant in Tamil Nadu hooked up to the grid and concrete being poured in a ceremony carried by a TV linkup to mark the start of work on the third and fourth reactors there.

Putin said that Russia would be able to build a dozen nuclear reactors in India over the next 20 years to back Modi’s growth strategy for Asia’s third-largest economy, which continues to suffer chronic power shortages.

HELICOPTERS, MISSILES, SHIPS

The defense pacts will also deepen military ties between the two countries that dates back to the Soviet era, when India entirely depended on Moscow to equip its armed forces. The United States has since taken over as India’s top arms supplier.

Indian military officials have said the plan is for the joint venture to build at least 200 Kamov 226t helicopters required by the country’s defense forces. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd will be the local partner of Russian Helicopters and state arms exporter Rosoboronexport.

The S-400 surface-to-air missiles would strengthen India’s defenses along its borders with China and Pakistan, Indian military officials have said. Also agreed were plans to build and supply stealth frigates for the Indian navy.

Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who is in charge of space and military industries, said two frigates could be built in India and two in Russia, RIA news agency reported. Rogozin said the ships may later be equipped with missiles manufactured by BrahMos Aerospace, a venture co-owned by the Indian and Russian governments.

(Additional reporting by Rupam Jain and Sanjeev Miglani; Writing by Douglas Busvine and Euan Rocha)

‘A monumental effort’

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Oct
15

Azhar Ali became the fourth Pakistani to score a triple hundred © AFP

Dwayne Bravo imitates Salman Khan’s towel dance

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Oct
13
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Dwayne Bravo imitates Salman’s towel danceDwayne Bravo imitates Salman’s towel dance

On Tuesday evening, West Indies cricketer Dwayne Bravo shot for a celebrity dance reality show. He grooved to a string of songs from Salman Khan‘s films and even replicated the actor’s towel dance from ‘Mujhse Shaadi Karogi’. Dwayne says, “The three Khans are the biggest stars of Bollywood and I am a fan of all of them. I think Salman is one of the coolest Bollywood actors. I admire his style and love his dance moves. I was thrilled to perform on a medley of his songs. When the creative team showed me a video of his hit numbers, I was motivated to put my best foot forward.”


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India gets first Iranian oil parcel for emergency reserves

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Oct
12


NEW DELHI India has received the first parcel of Iranian oil to partly fill its strategic storage in southern India, Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd, which imported the very large crude carrier (VLCC), said on its website.

MRPL shipped in 2 million barrels of Iranian oil in the VLCC Dino.

India will fill half of the storage with 6 million barrels of Iranian oil while continuing talks with United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia for the remainder.

A second parcel to be procured by Bharat Petroleum Corp. is scheduled to arrive around Oct. 25, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said.

India, which is seeking to hedge against energy security risks as it imports about 80 percent of its oil needs, is building emergency storage in vast underground caverns at three locations in southern India to hold a total of 36.87 million barrels of crude, enough to cover almost two weeks of demand.

(Reporting by Nidhi Verma, editing by David Evans)

Pollard, Ramdin dropped from ODI squad

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Oct
12

Kieron Pollard has had mixed returns since returning from knee surgery last November © BCCI

West Indies have dropped Kieron Pollard and Denesh Ramdin from their ODI squad for next month’s tri-series in Zimbabwe, which also features Sri Lanka. Courtney Browne, the head of West Indies’ selection committee, informed Pollard and Ramdin about their axing via email.

The emails, accessed by ESPNcricinfo, were sent by Browne earlier this week. Browne’s message to both players was straightforward, saying they had been dropped and telling them they were free to seek clarification from him or the selection panel if they wanted. Considering the squad has not been officially announced yet, ESPNcricinfo sought a comment from the WICB on Wednesday, but the board did not respond.

Both Pollard and Ramdin had poor returns in the recently concluded limited-overs series against Pakistan in the UAE. Pollard managed 43 runs in the three T20s, and bowled two overs, going wicketless. In the three-match ODI series, which West Indies lost 3-0, Pollard scored 42 runs at an average of 14.00. He took one wicket in the 12 overs he bowled across the three matches.

Ramdin, who was recalled to the ODI squad, compiled 79 runs at 26.33 in the three ODIs and did not feature in the T20s. Browne’s selection panel had dropped Ramdin from the squad for the four-Test series at home against India earlier this year. Ramdin made the news public on Twitter before the squad was announced, and was subsequently sanctioned by the WICB.

Ramdin has endured difficult times in the past 18 months. Despite helping West Indies level the Test series 1-all at home against England, Ramdin was stripped of Test captaincy immediately after the 2-0 home Test series loss to Australia.

Pollard, meanwhile, has had mixed returns since returning from knee surgery last November. Pollard was picked for the tri-series at home in June, involving Australia and South Africa, and was instrumental in West Indies finishing as runners-up, scoring 205 runs at 41.00 including two half-centuries.

Browne, who replaced former West Indies captain Clive Lloyd as chairman of selectors in June, has taken some bold decisions during his short tenure, including dropping Darren Sammy after he had led West Indies to their second World T20 title.

Sammy did not hide his frustration when he called the symposium organised by the WICB and the West Indies Players’ Association in July, to clear the differences between the board and the players, a “publicity stunt” on his Twitter account.

Pujara, Ashwin lead India to series sweep

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Oct
12


INDORE, India Cheteshwar Pujara struck his eighth test century and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin engineered another spectacular batting collapse to help India crush New Zealand by 321 runs in the third test and complete a 3-0 series sweep on Tuesday.

Ashwin, who claimed 6-81 in the first innings, resumed his role as New Zealand’s wrecker-in-chief, claiming 7-59 as the tourists, chasing 475 for an improbable win, were dismissed for 153 to lose inside four days.

After Umesh Yadav dismissed Tom Latham to earn an early breakthrough, Ashwin spun a web around the batsmen as New Zealand lost nine wickets in the final session.

Ashwin dismissed captain Kane Williamson (27) for the second time in the match, ended Ross Taylor’s breezy 32 and sent back Luke Ronchi to rip out the Kiwi top order before returning to blow away the tail.

Fittingly, Ashwin caught Trent Boult off his own bowling to end New Zealand’s innings with career-best bowling figures.

The spinner finished the series with 27 wickets and was the obvious choice for the man-of-the-match and man-of-the-series awards.

“Could not have asked for anything better,” India captain Virat Kohli said at the presentation ceremony.

“The bowlers have responded beautifully in the series every time we’ve been under a bit of pressure. Every time the Kiwis had a partnership, someone put his hands up and brought those breakthroughs for us.”

Earlier, Gautam Gambhir struck 50 on his test return and Pujara scored 101 not out as India declared their second innings on 216 for three around an hour before tea.

Resuming on 18-0, the hosts lost opener Murali Vijay cheaply but Gambhir, who had retired hurt with an injured shoulder on Monday, returned to score fluently.

Gambhir hit six boundaries before completing his 22nd test fifty off 54 balls but was dismissed when he drove off-spinner Jeetan Patel to Guptill at cover.

Patel removed Kohli (17) lbw for the second time in the match but Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane (23 not out) added 58 quick runs before India declared.

“It was important that we get a big total in the first innings but it was not to be,” Williamson said.

“Credit to India, obviously they’re the number one in the world now. A fantastic effort and well-deserved.”

(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; Editing by Ed Osmond)

Bangladesh management warn Sabbir to watch his behaviour

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Oct
11

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The Bangladesh team management have made Sabbir Rahman aware of the danger he faces of getting suspended after he accrued three demerit points under the ICC’s updated code of conduct.

He has been punished twice in the space of two weeks since the new system was introduced on September 22, and along with India allrounder Ravindra Jadeja, who is also on three points, will be on a good behaviour watch list for the next two years.

This is because if they accrue one more point during this period (totalling four points), it will be converted into suspension points which will determine how many matches a player will then miss. The number of demerit points range from one to eight depending on the level of offence the player is charged with. Four points would equate to two suspension points which means they would miss one Test or a combination of ODIs and T20s.

Bangladesh manager Khaled Mahmud said they have told Sabbir to be careful of his behaviour, especially with his celebration that brought him the second punishment.

“We have already spoken to him about the risk that he is facing regarding the suspensions,” Mahmud said. “He is aware where he stands. After what happened in the last game, I think he has to tone down his celebrations, avoid doing what he did in that incident. He can obviously celebrate but within the appropriate limits.”

Sabbir’s first incident was during the first ODI against Afghanistan on September 25 when he argued with umpire Sharfuddoula over a leg-before decision. The next offence was when he and Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza were penalised for “overstepping their celebration” against England.

In another change from the old regulations, after serving a ban the player’s disciplinary slate will not be automatically rubbed clean in terms of the demerit points. The points under the 2016 regulations would hold for the next 24 months, and in case of further penalties, add up and will move onto five and above, reaching the next level of suspension – eight and above demerit points – which then make a player liable to be banned for two Tests. The demerit points would only be wiped clean after 24 months.

Mahmud however said that the new system is easier for players to understand where they stand in terms of breaching the code of conduct.

“I think the new system is quite helpful to the players,” Mahmud said. “They now know where they stand in terms of the demerit points. Previously he may have been suspended after the second incident but now he has another chance.”

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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