So many countries with so many strange laws, most of which we’ve all heard of. India isn’t far behind, though, when it comes to having some downright outdated or silly laws on the planet. Most of which won’t impact everyone in the country, but you still have to think about it and go, “Hmm.” Maybe followed3 hours agoThe Alpha Bet
There appears to be a serious concern among the Pakistan cricket fraternity about sending their team to India for the upcoming World T20. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Shahryar Khan reportedly raised the issue during the recently-concluded ICC Board meeting in Dubai, and he has his supporters back home. The BCCI, however, doesn’t seem to be overtly concerned and expects Pakistan to be here for the ICC event.
On January 22, he was arrested by the Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad and charged with being the Islamic State’s No. 2 man in India. Since a team of dozen policemen in plainclothes came and took him away, the family has locked up their house and moved to a relative’s home at an undisclosed location. All he had was a mobile phone that he had got only a few days ago from a friend.
Mumbai, Feb. 9 (ANI): Devika Rotawan, the girl who was shot in the leg by terrorist Ajmal Kasab, in the 26/11 attacks and was also the youngest witness in the case who identified the terrorist in the courts, on Tuesday said that considering David Headley's statements the mastermind behind the gruesome attack should be hanged to death. "Considering David Headley's statements, the mastermind of the 26/11 attack should be nabbed and be hanged to death," Rotawan told ANI. The brave teenager also aims to join the Indian Police Service (IPS).
The West Bengal assembly elections will not see as much of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the Bihar polls did. Although the focus will be the alleged failures of Mamata Banerjee’s government, the party will frame slogans with a positive message.
It was on February 2 that Lance Naik Hanumanthappa Koppad last spoke to his mother and wife. A day later, he was buried alive under 35 feet of snow in Siachen with odds stacked heavily against his survival. On Tuesday, the news of Hanumanthappa’s miraculous rescue triggered celebrations at his village Betadur, which is located 15 km from Hubli in Dharwad district of Karnataka.
A day after Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said it was a meteorite that had caused the Vellore blast killing one and injuring two, officials were trying hard to explain how they had come to the conclusion. Vellore SP P K Senthil Kumari said they were waiting for scientists from the Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIAP), Bengaluru, to confirm the theory after analysing samples. The IIAP incidentally has an observatory, the Vainu Bappu Observatory, less than 50 km from the spot, in Kavalur.
Recently speaking at an event, Maneka Gandhi, Women and Child Welfare Minister, in response to a question on how people employed different means to detect the gender of an unborn child despite the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNDT) Act mentioned that her ministry had sent a proposal to the Health Ministry to make sex determination compulsory instead of it being unauthorised and punishable by law. Barely had she said this, her ministry as well as the health ministry, as has become the habit with BJP, denied that any such suggestion was being discussed. Maybe the minister isn’t aware of the basis and reasons why the sex determination tests were banned in India or maybe she isn’t aware of the misogyny that pervades around the birth of a female child or worse doesn’t fathom how humungous a task it would be to monitor each pregnancy, in violation of a woman’s rights, after sex of the unborn child is known.
Six months ago, villagers of Ainavolu, 20 km from Vijayawada, happily gave up all the agricultural land they owned — 1,100 acres — to the Andhra Pradesh government for construction of a new capital, Amaravathi. Some of the villagers whose houses are on the line had build these houses very recently or added floors after getting compensation from the government for their land,” said gram panchayat vice-president Palakayula Arjun Rao. In July, Ainavolu had become the only village in the capital region to give up its agricultural land under the land pooling scheme.
Aaron Finch has been dumped as Australia's captain in the shortest form of the game and replaced by test skipper Steve Smith just a month before the start of the World Twenty20. Selectors also axed wicketkeeper Matthew Wade from the 15-man squad for the tournament in India. Test gloveman Peter Nevill, who has never played a limited overs international, was picked instead.
A male leopard which strayed into a school in the southern Indian city of Bangalore injured five people during an hours-long attempt to catch the beast, a wildlife official said. Photos of the incident show the animal prowling around the closed school on Sunday and trying to maul forestry officials, a wildlife activist and others who came too close. Ravi Ralph, chief wildlife officer in the state of Karnataka, said the leopard appeared to have got into the school from a nearby forest area by jumping over the compound's wall.
Indian authorities say a falling object that killed a bus driver and injured three others was a meteorite. If proven, it would be the first such death in recorded history. Images in local media showed a blueish rock, which Tamil Nadu's Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram described as a "meteorite" -- although scientists say this has not yet been proved.
Dharwad (Karnataka), Feb 9 (IANS) With about 2,500 workers remaining adamant on returning to work only with a wage hike, Tata Marcopolo Motors Ltd has declared lock out at its plant here to minimize further losses. "The management was forced to declare lockout as the workers resorted to flash strike on January 31 without the mandatory 14-day notice to us or the state labour office here and did not return to work till February 6," Karnataka Employers' Association president B.C. Prabhakar told IANS on Tuesday. The joint venture was set up in 2008 by Tata Motors Ltd and Marcopolo S.A. of Brazil to roll out about 15,000 inter-state and inter-city luxury buses per annum from the plant in this city, about 430km from Bengaluru.
New Delhi, Feb. 9 (ANI): The Delhi High Court on Tuesday dismissed the plea of former Indian cricketers Kirti Azad and Bishan Singh Bedi seeking court monitored SIT probe into the alleged financial irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). Describing the plea to be immature, the High Court said that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has already started a preliminary inquiry and needs to be given time.
New Delhi, Feb. 9 (ANI): The complainant in the sexual harassment case against RK Pachauri, has slammed the council of The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) for promoting him to executive vice chairman, saying that it was a 'shameless act which made her flesh crawl'. In an open letter, the complainant has lashed out at the TERI's Governing Council saying that it was despicable that a man who stands booked on charges of sexual harassment at workplace, stalking and criminal intimidation had been promoted.
Following Union Minister and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan’s call for President’s Rule in Bihar in view of “deteriorating law and order situation”, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Monday dared the NDA government at the Centre to impose President’s Rule in the state. Speaking at a public function ahead of the bypoll at Harlakhi Assembly segment, Lalu said: “Kiski majaal hai ki Bihar me Rashtrapati shashan laye (who can dare to impose President’s Rule in Bihar).
Former England batsman Kevin Pietersen will not be recalled for this year's World Twenty20 in India, captain Eoin Morgan was quoted on Monday as saying. Pietersen, 35, has not played for England in any format since 2014 but has been in good form recently in club Twenty20 tournaments in Australia and Pakistan. South African-born Pietersen, a former England captain and member of the side that won the World Twenty20 in 2010, was dropped in 2014.
The Maharashtra CID Monday arrested builder Vyomesh Shah, the owner of real estate firm Hubtown (previously known as Ackruti City Ltd), and three others, after it found out that Shah had created a subsidiary company that received money routed through three cooperatives set up by MLA Ramesh Kadam. According to the CID, the money that Shah received for his subsidiary company was part of the at least Rs 250 crore Kadam siphoned off.
The Bharatiya Janata Party government in Maharashtra said Tuesday that it won’t cancel government land allotted in Mumbai at a concessional rate to BJP MP Hema Malini, thus ending speculation over the matter. The state government’s move to allot a 2,000 square meter plot to the actor-turned-politician for a dance academy had earlier sparked a controversy, which had prompted Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to announce revision in rules for allotment of lands on concessional rates. Maharashtra Revenue Minister Eknath Khadse, however, clarified on Tuesday that Hema Malini’s charitable trust— Natya Vihar Kala Kendra— was provided the plot under prevalent rules on December 23.
Centuries from openers Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla guided South Africa to a seven-wicket victory over England on Tuesday that kept alive their hopes of winning the five-match series of one-day internationals. Joe Root made a sparkling 125 as England, after winning the toss and electing to bat, piled up 318 for eight in 50 overs. De Kock (135) and Amla (127) then amassed 239 for the first wicket to lay the platform before South Africa reached the target with 22 balls to spare to cut their series deficit to 2-1.
The decision to hand over the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was taken after the submission of a magisterial inquiry report to the Delhi government and the demand for a CBI probe by the parents of six year-old Devansh Kakrora, who was found dead in a septic tank on the campus. The magisterial inquiry found serious lapses on part of the school authorities.
Six Muslim organisations have come together to denounce the Islamic State (IS) as “unIslamic” and “terrorist” but have also exhibited concern over what they called a conspiracy to target and arrest educated young Muslim men under the “pretext of IS”. “Arrest of innocent Muslim youths on one hand, and steps for release of the accused in big Hindutva terror cases (on the other), prove that the ruling party is implementing its communal agenda and its slogan of ‘sabka saath sabka vikas’ was a mirage,” the organisations said Monday. The six groups are Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, Ahle Hadees, All-India Majlis-e-Mushawarat, Milli Council, and the Welfare Party.
New Delhi, Feb.9 (ANI): South Africa batsman David Miller has been appointed as the skipper of Kings XI Punjab for the upcoming ninth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
A possible racket around one of the Nitish Kumar government’s flagship schemes —post-matriculation scholarships for Dalit students for technical education — has begun to unfold in Nawada district of Bihar. Of 60 students given scholarships in 2015 for the session 2012-13, only one was found genuine by probe by the district administration following the intervention of the National Commission for Scheduled Castes.
Zonal deputy commissioner of police Vikram Deshmane said four members of the “dreaded” gang were arrested, and at least five others are at large. The arrested hail from Osmanabad and were identified as Ashok Shinde, Sanjay Kale, Santosh Chavan and Rajendra Shinde.
Thiruvananthapuram, Feb. 9 (ANI): With the growing protests over Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy's resignation over his alleged involvement in the solar scam, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday vowed to take strict action in the matter. Addressing a rally in Thiruvananthapuram, Gandhi said Congress party will never compromise on corruption. "Want to make it clear if there is even small concrete evidence of corruption, Congress party will take immediate and strict action," he said.
The trophies belong to India junior cricketer Anmolpreet’s father Satvinder Singh, a former captain of the Indian handball team. Having represented India at the Commonwealth Championships in his playing career spanning more than 18 years, it was expected that Anmolpreet and his brother would also follow in their father’s footsteps. Satvinder’s career ended in 2000 but with him on tour most of the time, young Anmolpreet ended up spending most of his time at his aunt’s house in Patiala, a place where he would fetch balls for his cricket-playing cousins.
Three days before Basant Panchami, Hindu outfits kept the administration on tenterhooks by praying outside the disputed Bhojshala-Kamal Maula’s mosque in Dhar town Tuesday. The Dharma Jagran Manch (DJM), which is leading the campaign, said Tuesday’s ‘satyagrah’ outside the shrine was in protest against the administration’s refusal to relax security measures. The DJM had asked the administration to reduce the barricading, remove barricades on the roof and ensure that devotees were spared the circuitous route to return to the place meant for keeping their footwear.
A DAY after Sandeep Gadoli, a Gurgaon-based gangster with a reward of Rs 1 lakh on his head, was killed in a Mumbai hotel room after a shootout between him and the Gurgaon Crime Branch, the Mumbai Police categorically stated they were not informed by the Gurgaon police about the operation. While the Gurgaon Crime Branch had on Sunday said they called up the Mumbai Police control room and informed them, the Mumbai Police found no such record in call logs. As per protocol, a police team carrying out an operation in the jurisdiction of another police station has to inform them about it.
THE STATE government on Monday took possession of 42 acres of government land encroached by the wife of a 2002-batch IPS officer, who was suspended last year after being accused of police excesses. The Puri district administration freed the land encroached by Ranjana Gajbhiye, wife of Odisha-cadre IPS officer Satish Gajbhiye, who was suspended in August. Earlier, the district administration had served her a notice, asking her to vacate the government land in Badakiapala and Sankiapala mouza of Gop tehsil in Puri district.
New Delhi, Feb.9 (ANI): A two-judge bench of the Supreme Court, comprising of Justice Anil R. Dave and Justice Adarsh K Goel today dismissed the special leave petition (SLP) challenging a Gauhati High Court judgment upholding the decision of Speaker of Arunachal Pradesh Legislative Assembly in accepting the resignation letters of two MLAs -- Wanglam Sawin (Khonsa East constituency in Tirap District) and Gabriel D Wangsu (representing Kanubari constituency). Both MLAs had handed over their resignation letters to Speaker Nabam Rebia on September 16, 2015, saying that they were taking this step on moral grounds and without being under any kind of duress to do so. The resignation letter was handed over to Speaker Rebia by the Whip of the Congress Party, and the latter accepted their resignation on September 30, 2015.
The Bengaluru city police on Monday claimed to have busted a racket involving the illegal transportation of children to the USA following the arrest of 16 persons from various localities in the city. Uday Prathap Singh, a resident of Jayamahal in East Bengaluru, has been identified as the kingpin of the racket. Preliminary investigations had revealed that the accused Uday Prathap Singh had sent over 30 children, all of them less than 10 years old, to the USA, police claimed.
Like every year, the Finance Ministry is flooded with requests from journalists for an interview with minister Arun Jaitley ahead of the Union Budget. As many as 67 journalists from Abu Dhabi have expressed a wish to meet the finance minister. The corridors of the Information and Broadcasting Ministry are abuzz with chuckles after the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) director, Prashant Pathrabe, was recently given an award by a non-political organisation of public relations professionals.
THE UT POLICE on Monday recovered five more heritage sofa chairs, which were stolen from the storeroom of Government College of Arts, Sector 10, last month. With this recovery, the police claimed to have recovered all the 15 heritage chairs that were stolen from the college. The five heritage chairs were recovered from a forest area in Nahan.
A day after Muslim leaders, upset with the acquittal of 10 accused in a 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots case in which a boy and his aunt were killed and set ablaze, demanded that the state remove its counsel in the case and approach the High Court in appeal, the Uttar Pradesh government Tuesday dropped additional government counsel Sajid Rana from its panel. The 10 were acquitted last Friday by the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Muzaffarnagar. The boy, Aas Mohammad, and his aunt Sarajo were killed and their bodies burnt by a mob after riots broke out in Laak village on September 8, 2013.
An Indian soldier rescued nearly a week after he was buried by a deadly avalanche on the world's highest battleground was Tuesday airlifted to Delhi in critical but stable condition, the army said. Hanamanthappa Koppad spent six days trapped after a massive block of ice fell onto his army post on the Siachen glacier, killing nine of his colleagues. General D. S. Hooda, who heads the Indian Army's northern command, called it a "miracle" as he described the huge challenges faced by the rescue team, operating at an altitude of 5,900 metres (19,600 feet).
A day after an eight-year-old was killed in celebratory firing after local elections, the Uttar Pradesh government Monday removed the Sub Divisional Magistrate and Deputy Superintendent of Police of Shamli, and issued a showcause notice to Samajwadi Party’s (SP) Kairana MLA Nahid Hasan for allegedly misbehaving with a woman journalist and cameraman of Times Now channel. The journalists had gone to Kairana, in Shamli district of UP, to report the death of Mohammed Sami, who was passing by in an e-rickshaw with his aunt and cousins when he fell victim to a stray bullet fired by SP workers after their candidate’s victory.
Indian scientists were Tuesday analysing a small blue object, described by local authorities as a meteorite, which fell from the sky and killed a bus driver. The team from the Indian Institute of Astrophysics was also examining the crater left in the ground by the plummeting object in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram said Monday the object was a meteorite.
AMERICAN national and 26/11 scout David Coleman Headley, who deposed before an Indian court on Monday, said that the 10 terrorists who attacked Mumbai on November 26, 2008 had attempted to carry out the strike earlier on two occasions, but failed to execute it. The weapons and explosives were lost in the ocean,” Headley told the court. Headley told the court that Lashkar-e-Taiba member Sajid Mir had told him to change his name in 2005, and to set up an office in Mumbai and make a “general video” of the city.
ALL DOES not seem to be well among the Bharatiya Janata Party councillors. BJP councillor Saurabh Joshi preferred to get the inauguration of an upgraded vegetable market done by chief engineer Mukesh Anand and senior citizens of his area despite Mayor Arun Sood being from his party. “Rather we got the inauguration done by senior citizens and chief engineer.
No fiery speeches were made by coach Rahul Dravid, no soul-stirring battle cry escaped captain Ishan Kishan's throat. The mood at the India Under-19 team meeting on the eve of their World Cup semifinal against Sri Lanka was rather reflective. In his typically understated manner, Dravid told the Indian team not to try anything different in the big match, but play the way they have in the tournament: in a relaxed and confident manner.
By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Ashleigh Barty's short stint as a professional cricketer has helped the former Wimbledon junior champion refresh for the grind of the tennis tour, according to her cricket coach Andy Richards. Barty's second stab at her first love has been warmly welcomed by local players and tennis fans alike, but the door will always be open for a return to cricket given the aptitude she showed for the team game. "She could have played cricket for Australia inside 12 months," Richards, her coach at Queensland Fire and Brisbane Heat, told Reuters on Tuesday.
Mumbai, Feb. 9 (ANI): Former IPS officer Y.P. Singh on Tuesday questioned Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist David Coleman Headley's silence on his Indian collaborators, who helped him to plan the 26/11 attacks. Taking a strong exception to Headley's concealing his links in India, Singh said 'such depositions have got no evidential value'. The revelations made by the LeT terrorist in the Mumbai court was 'just of an academic significance' which has got no legal specificity, where the relevant people could be prosecuted in the court of law and sent to jail," he pointed out.
After running a quick background check on the video and speaking to its workers as well as Hussain, the party said it was convinced that the sting operation appeared “fake”. “I do not even know the people who are there in the sting operation, let alone them being related to me. If the authenticity of the video is proven, I am ready to step down from politics forever and if it is not then Maken should quit politics altogether,” Hussain told The Indian Express.
New Delhi, Feb. 10 (ANI): The Congress on Wednesday lashed out at Haryana's Health Minister Anil Vij who said that those who cannot live without eating beef should not visit the state, asking the latter to look up the 'definition' of beef before making controversial statements. "Clearly Anil Vij is agitating and can't tolerate the current Chief Minister in the state appointed by the BJP.
To his credit, Dilhara Fernando has at least kept himself in enviable shape. The sight of him running down with his tattooed arms pumping up and down under the burning Pune sun at the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) Stadium though wasn’t as much about his return as it was a testament to the depleted stocks in the Sri Lankan camp. It also means that the Indian team, who are riding high after their 3-0 thrashing of Australia and look to be one of the few teams with an extremely settled squad for the World T20, will not be tested the way they would want to be a month prior to the big event.
WITH JUST over a year to go for Assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, every political party is in a race to woo Dalits — a votebank instrumental in deciding who will next rule the state. While BJP, with some help from the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), has taken a lead while trying to reaffirm its pro-Dalit credentials, the Congress too is seeking to reverse its fortunes in the politically-crucial state by reaching out to the community through its Bhim Jyoti Yatra. Now, the ruling Samajwadi Party has stepped in to attract non-Jatav communities among the Dalits in the run-up to 2017 polls.
Mumbai, Feb. 9 (ANI): Pakistan's spy agency ISI provides financial, moral as well as military support to terror outfits like the LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammad and Hizbul Mujahideen, said David Coleman Headley while revealing more information in the Mumbai court with regard to the 26/11 terror attacks. Special public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam, who took the examination of the Pakistani-American terrorist, said, "David Headley has given certain sensitive revelations. Firstly, he disclosed his close association with the ISI and said that he was working for them also." "He said that he knew Brigadier Riaz, Colonel Shah.
New Delhi, Feb. 10 (ANI): Pitching for the increase in salaries of the MLAs and MLCs in Telangana, TRS MP Jithender Reddy on Wednesday said that it would ensure a corrupt-free state. "We would now like to redesign our Telangana to a corruption-free and a good administrative state. In that manner, we would like to give a proper fund, salary, which the people meet, so that they do not turn towards corruption," Reddy told ANI.
An Army jawan, who was buried under 25 feet of snow following an avalanche in the Siachen glacier, was Monday miraculously found alive in a critical condition after six days of rescue efforts. “It was a miraculous rescue, all efforts are being made to evacuate Lance Naik Hanaman Thappa to the RR hospital in the morning,” Lt Gen D S Hooda, Northern Army Commander, told PTI. A Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) and nine other ranks of Madras Regiment were buried after their post was hit by the avalanche at the altitude of 19,600 feet close to the Line of Control (LoC) with Pakistan where the temperature was minus 45 degrees Celsius.
By Ian Ransom MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Steve Smith, now carrying the burden of leading Australia in all three formats, is feeling the heat from a disappointed home media after his first series loss as skipper. The world's top-ranked test batsman and ICC Cricketer of the Year enjoyed a golden summer on home soil, leading the hosts to emphatic test series wins over New Zealand and West Indies, and victory in the one-day series over India. "The honeymoon is over for Steve Smith," the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper declared on Wednesday.
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A senior scientist from Indian Institute of Astrophysics’ Vainu Bappu Observatory at Kavalur received the only evidence of the Vellore meteorite incident — a “dark bluish” stone weighing roughly 10 gm — from Tamil Nadu police on Tuesday. The stone was recovered around 40 m away from the nearly 4 feet deep crater left behind by the explosion on the campus of Bharathidasan Engineering College in Natrampalli near Vellore, an accident that killed one and injured two.
Mumbai, Feb.9 (ANI): Amid the raging debate over ban on females' entry into certain religious places across the country, the Maharashtra Government on Tuesday supported the entry of women in Haji Ali Dargah. The government told the Bombay High Court that the entry of women cannot be prohibited into the shrine. The court had earlier this month asked the Devandra Fadnavis-led government to give its opinion on a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) challenging the decision of Haji Ali Trust to ban the entry of women in the sanctum sanctorum of the dargah.
India's economy expanded 7.3 percent in the third quarter of the financial year, official data showed Monday, suggesting it remains on track as the world's fastest-growing major economy. The robust data will provide a boost for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, coming as India's rightwing leader nears two years in power amid mounting calls to enact promised reforms. India's statistics ministry on Monday also forecast the economy would grow 7.6 percent over the full year 2015-16.
Swabhimani Shetkari Paksha — seems set to rebuff its overtures. Its MP Raju Shetti said that he would not be swayed by any “pro-farmer posturing” by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the intentions of the government would become clear only after the 2016 Union Budget. In a bid to reach out to the rural voters and showcase the recently launched crop insurance plan, Modi is scheduled to address four rallies in Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha.
An Indian soldier rescued nearly a week after he was buried by a deadly avalanche on the world's highest battleground was Tuesday airlifted to Delhi in critical but stable condition, the army said. Hanamanthappa Koppad spent six days buried after a massive block of ice fell onto his army post on the Siachen glacier, killing nine of his colleagues. The rescue late Monday came days after India said there was little hope of survivors from the disaster in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
New Delhi, Feb.8 (ANI): The Union Human Resource Development Ministry on Monday decided to constitute a committee to suggest ways to institutionalise an internship of Teacher Education Programmes in government schools. In the meeting chaired by Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Zubin Irani, with state education minister and officials of state governments on Teacher Education here, it was decided to constitute the committee which includes state education secretaries of Rajasthan, Karnataka, Uttarakhand, Tripura and representatives of NCTE and KVS. The internship will be for duration of 20 weeks, at the end of which the school will provide feedback on the teaching aptitude of the trainees.
Inexperienced Sri Lanka fast bowlers Kasun Rajitha and Dasun Shanaka took three wickets apiece to bundle out India for 101 and set up a five-wicket victory in the first Twenty20 international on Tuesday. Rajitha, making his international debut, dismissed Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane in the first over to give Sri Lanka a perfect start after they chose to bowl first on a green-tinged surface at Pune. The paceman also sent back Shikhar Dhawan as India, top-ranked in the shortest format, continued losing wickets trying to play high-risk shots.
An American who helped survey targets for the deadly 2008 Mumbai attacks told a special Indian court Tuesday that Pakistan's spy agency provides support to militants blamed for the atrocity, according to a prosecutor. David Headley, who was sentenced in 2013 by a Chicago court to 35 years in a US prison for his role in the attacks that killed 166 people, also said he worked for Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). "Today David Headley has given certain sensitive revelations," Indian public prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam said outside Mumbai's sessions court on Tuesday following the American's testimony via video link.
Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday said that the ensuing state assembly election, likely to be held in April, would be a showdown between him and prime minister Narendra Modi, and that the Congress party would “crush” the BJP as did the Assamese to the Mughals in the 17th century. “The ensuing Assembly elections will be a showdown between me and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the NDA Government’s failure on all fronts and its anti-people and anti-poor policies will be his main poll planks,” Gogoi, in a statement said. Gogoi, under whom the Congress had won a record three consecutive terms, is aiming at a fourth consecutive term.