Even as mankind reels under horrifying terrorist attacks the world over, there are certain pockets on planet Earth that still offer peace and quiet. The Institute of Economics annually produces the Global Peace Index that assesses the levels of peace in 163 independent states and territories. It takes
(Reuters) - Australia's bowlers ripped through Sri Lanka's brittle batting lineup to dismiss the home side for 117 early in the middle session on the first day of the opening test at Pallekele on Tuesday. Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood and off-spinner Nathan Lyon shared six wickets, while Mitchell Starc and Steve O'Keefe picked up two apiece as the hosts were shot out shortly after lunch. Debutant all-rounder Dhananjaya de Silva (24) was the top scorer for Sri Lanka, who have lost their last two test series in New Zealand and England.
Bengaluru, July 24 (ANI): Condemning the Chikmagalur attack on a Dalit family by the members of Bajrang Dal over rumours of cooking beef, Karnataka's Urban Development Minister R. Roshan Baig on Sunday said the state will not tolerate moral policing in the name of religion. "The Dalits are beaten up by the so called Bajrang Dal activists in the name of 'gau raksha samiti'. The Government of Karnataka is very firm, we will not tolerate any moral policing," said Baig.
Dras (Jammu and Kashmir), July 26 (ANI): A day after the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), which is the largest force deployed in civilian areas for controlling law and order, said it would continue to use the weapon in the valley, the Indian Army on Tuesday backed it saying the guns were the 'least lethal' option of weaponry. Lieutenant General D.S. Hooda (Northern Command Chief) said there is a requirement of non-lethal weaponry, adding that pellet guns are classified as part of the weaponry. "There is a requirement of non-lethal weaponry and pellet guns are classified as part of the non-lethal weaponry.
Mumbai, July 24 (IANS) Bowing to a recent Supreme Court order, Mumbai Cricket Association President Sharad Pawar on Sunday announced his decision to quit the post within six months. The 75-year-old Pawar -- ranked amongst the finest cricket administrators in the world and having earlier headed BCCI and the ICC -- said he honoured the apex court verdict putting an upper age limit of 70 for cricket administrators. During my tenure in BCCI and MCA, many things were accomplished in support of cricket.
New Delhi, July 24 (ANI): After Rio-bound wrestler Narsingh Yadav tested positive for a banned substance, fellow Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar has said respect is something that was earned, not demanded. The report of his 'A' sample test came out positive. Later, he was called for his 'B' sample test, which also returned positive.
New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) Dutee Chand is sprinting hard and she has her aim set -- the coveted gold medal at the Rio Olympics where she would compete in the 100-metre event, the first Indian woman to do so in 36 years. Dutee has brought her chequered career back on track by clinching Olympic qualification earlier this month with a national record. This 20-year-old from Odisha is now aiming to do what no Indian athlete has managed so far -- win a gold medal at 'the greatest show on earth'.
New Delhi, July 25 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Naresh Yadav who was booked in connection with the alleged Malerkotla sacrilege incident earlier on June 24 was arrested by the Punjab Police on Sunday. Before being arrested, Yadav in a press conference said whenever he was called by the police, he went and answered all the questions. "Today, suddenly they came after getting arrest warrant from the court.
Havana, July 24 (IANS) Cubans have confidence in the power of their boxers' fists and the country hopes to finish in the top 20 in the medals table at the upcoming Rio Olympic Games. Boxing has been the "flagship sport" of the Caribbean country and its hopes were high for the boxers to bring home some gold medals, reports Xinhua news agency. "They well fulfilled the planned parametres but there are still some details and we will work on this now in another session in Rio, where we will face Azerbaijan, the United States, Puerto Rico and the hosts," said Acebal.
Bydgoszcz (Poland), July 24 (IANS) Neeraj Chopra of India created a new junior world record on his way to the gold medal in the men's javelin throw event at the IAAF World U20 Championships here. Chopra hurled the javelin to a distance of 86.48 metres at the Zdzislaw Krzyszkowiak Stadium here on Saturday to beat the previous record of Latvia's Zigismunds Sirmais by nearly two metres. Chopra thus became the first Indian to win a gold medal in the history of the World U20 championship.
New Delhi, July 24 (ANI): Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Amanatulla Khan who was earlier today arrested on charges of threatening a woman, was sent to one-day police custody on Sunday. Complainant Vimla Ahuja alleged that the MLA from Okhla threatened her with rape and murder when the former visited his house to complain about electricity problem in her area. Following the incident, Ahuja registerd an FIR under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) Sections 509 and 506 against Khan in the Jamia Nagar Police Station earlier on July 19.
New Delhi, July 24 (ANI): Rubbishing reports of Narsingh Yadav testing positive for a banned steroid, his coach Jamal Singh on Sunday alleged it to be a conspiracy against the Rio Olympics-bound wrestler. Jamal said that Narsingh has always been honest, adding he has never consumed any banned drug. The National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) conducted a random dope test on Narsingh on July 5 at the Sports Authority of India's (SAI) regional centre in Sonepat.
Bengaluru, July 24 (IANS) The Indian men's hockey team departed for Madrid in the early hours of Sunday where they will play two friendly matches against Spain before heading for the Rio Olympics. "It's heartening to see the kind of support we are getting ahead of the Olympics. This will only motivate us to do better," said captain P.R. Sreejesh, who successfully led the Indian team to a historic Silver medal at the Champions Trophy.
New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will on Tuesday meet his counterparts in states to discuss proposed amendments to the GST Bill that has been passed by the Lok Sabha but is stuck in the Rajya Sabha, an official source here said. Jaitley met Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over the weekend, and has been earlier meeting Congress party leaders to garner support for the proposed pan-India Goods and Services Tax (GST). The GST Bill is likely to be listed for discussion in the Rajya Sabha following Jaitley's consultations with the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers.
New Delhi, July 24 (ANI): Expressing concern over reports of Narsingh Yadav testing positive for a banned steroid, his rival Susheel Kumar's coach Satpal on Sunday said that players of the former's stature should put a stringent check on all these things. Satpal, Susheel Kumar's coach said, "I am saddened by the news. At a time when all the hearing was being done, me and Sushil decided not to approach the Supreme Court in connection with the case, as we just wanted a gold for India." "The entire nation expects medals from us in wrestling.