Former Australia batsman Brad Hodge has apologised to Virat Kohli for comments suggesting the India captain missed the fourth test in Dharamsala to rest his injured shoulder ahead of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 campaign, starting next week. Kohli was ruled out on the morning of the series-decider against Australia after failing to recover from the injury he sustained in the third test in Ranchi, leaving Ajinkya Rahane to lead India to an eight-wicket victory. "You would think that your captain would get out there and get amongst the fight and get in there," Hodge, who will coach the Gujarat franchise in the IPL, told Fox Sports while discussing Kohli's absence from the crunch clash.
New Delhi [India] Mar. 29 (ANI): With the Lok Sabha passing the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill today, the Congress has expressed its disappointment calling the development as a violation of the Constitution. This is absolutely in the violation of the provisions of the Constitution," Congress leader Veerappa Moily said.
Muzaffarnagar (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Mar. 30 (ANI): As the abattoirs in Uttar Pradesh are on indefinite strike under the Yogi Adityanath Government, the meat shop owners are coerced to sell tea now. "My meat shop has been forcefully closed even when I had proper license, forced to sell tea now," said Nazakat, a resident of Muzaffarnagar.
New Delhi [India], Mar. 29 (ANI): Striding out confidently from the Parliament after the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill was finally passed, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said the passage of the bill in the House was history is in the making, adding that the country will witness transforming into a new system of indirect taxation. Jaitley further informed that the other subordinate legislations will also be considered by the GST Council on March 31 and once that is approved, the principal task would remain fixing of tariff against every commodity for which a formula has already been devised. "The fact that the Central Parliament (Lok Sabha) has accepted the draft, identically what has been unanimously prepared by the GST Council, also sends the great indication to the entire country and to all the states.
New Delhi [India], Mar.28 (ANI): Making a bold move, India's non-playing captain Mahesh Bhupathi has picked four young players in the squad, while the two of the senior-most players - Leander Paes and Rohan Bopanna - have been put in the reserve category for the Davis Cup tie against Uzbekistan.
A special court had last month dropped two charges under the stringent Unlawful Activities Prevention Act against Areeb Majeed.
Dhaka [Bangladesh], Mar. 30 (ANI): As Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is set to pay a four-day state visit to India from April 7, her political advisor, Hossain Toufique Imam on Thursday while commenting on the possible defence agreement said the priority of both the countries is first to get rid of Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) bases, adding that it will be a landmark visit. Imam said that the relation between India and Bangladesh in defence sector is more about defence cooperation, which has been carried out in areas of security and terror from the time the Awami League Party in Dhaka came back to power in January 2009.
By Karolos Grohmann ATHENS (Reuters) - The decision-making process that led FIFA to increase the number of teams at the World Cup to 48 starting with the 2026 tournament is unacceptable, European Club Association (ECA) chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said on Tuesday. The ECA, an organisation representing 220 soccer clubs, opposes the world governing body's decision which Rummenigge, the former Germany international who is also Bayern Munich's chief executive, has previously dismissed as "nonsense".
Dhaka [Bangladesh], Mar. 28 (ANI): Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) Chairperson Khaleda Zia has been asked by a Dhaka Court to appear before it on April 10 in connection with 11 cases that include sedition and inciting violence. Dhaka Tribune quoted Judge Md Kamrul Hossain Molla of the Dhaka Metropolitan Sessions Court as saying that its next order would be different if Khaleda failed to appear before it on due date.
Seoul, March 28 (IANS) Former South Korean President Park Geun-hye on Tuesday decided to appear in a court here to avoid arrest, which is being sought by prosecutors over a corruption scandal embroiling her. The prosecutors' office here tasked with the probe into the scandal said Park's legal team informed the prosecutors of the former President's decision to appear in the court on Thursday. The court would decide whether to take Park into custody after studying evidence provided by prosecutors and testimonies offered by her.
New Delhi, March 28 (IANS) Indian women shuttlers Rasika Raje, Pardeshi Shreyanshi, Sai Uttejitha and Anura Prabhudesai qualified for the India Open Superseries, while the Indian mixed doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and B. Sumeeth Reddy lost in the qualification round here on Tuesday. The women shuttlers made amends for the losses of their male compatriots, with Aditya Joshi and Harsheel Dani suffering disappointing defeats. A total of 15 Indian women Indian players were in the fray with Rasika, Shreyanshi, Uttejitha and Anura winning both their matches to advance to the main draw of the $325,000 tournament.
New Delhi [India], Mar. 29 (ANI): Delhi Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal on Wednesday directed the Chief Secretary to recover Rs. 97 crore spent on advertisements from the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) for advertisements projecting Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and the party, in violation of the Supreme Court guidelines. The Committee on Content Regulation of Government Advertising (CCRGA) had forwarded its report to the Chief Secretary, government of NCT of Delhi for further necessary action.
(Reuters) - Southampton midfielder Oriol Romeu is enjoying being one of the first names on manager Claude Puel's team sheet after struggling to nail down a place at his former clubs Chelsea and Barcelona. Spaniard Romeu, who joined Southampton in 2015 after loan spells at VfB Stuttgart and Valencia, has appeared in 37 of the south coast club's 42 fixtures in this campaign compared with just nine appearances in his final season at Chelsea. Having games is something I needed and wanted and coming here has given me this," Romeu told British media.
Britain will have to make do without world number one Andy Murray for their Davis Cup quarter-final in France after he was omitted on Tuesday from captain Leon Smith's team due to injury. Wimbledon champion Murray is still struggling with the elbow injury that forced him to miss the Miami Open. "Not having Andy in the side is obviously a big loss ...but most importantly we all wish him well for a speedy recovery back to full health and fitness," Smith said.
(Reuters) - Arsenal players must mirror the never-say-die attitude and work-rate of forward Alexis Sanchez if they hope to salvage their faltering campaign, according to former England defender Sol Campbell. The north London club were knocked out of the Champions League 10-2 on aggregate by Bayern Munich and lost ground in the race to finish in the Premier League's top four after a run of four losses in five games left them sixth. "(Arsenal need) more Sanchez-type of mentality players, from defenders to upfront," Campbell, who won two league titles and two FA Cups with Arsenal, told ESPN.
Paris/Beijing, March 28 (IANS) Violence in Paris over the police killing of a Chinese man has left three police officers injured with more than 30 people detained. Demonstrators gathered outside a police station on Monday to pay homage to the slain man, the BBC reported. Just after the case, the ministry demanded the Chinese Embassy in France to launch a mechanism of actions in case of emergencies and filed a protest to the French side," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeperson Hua Chunying was quoted as saying by Sputnik.
Meerut (Uttar Pradesh) [India] Mar. 30 (ANI): The Meerut Municipal Corporation has prohibited its member from attending a meeting as they refused to sing 'Vande Mataram'. The resolution was proposed by Mayor Harikant Ahluwalia after some councillors belonging to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Opposition parties clashed over the national song.
New Delhi [India], Mar. 28 (ANI): Terming the Greater Noida incident in which several people of Nigerian origin were injured as deplorable, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Gopal Baglay said that law enforcement authorities of the district have made arrests and are investigating this matter. "The External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj spoke to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath regarding the incident," said Baglay. Minister of State for External Affairs M J Akbar informed Nigerian envoy Sola Enikanolaiye about the steps being taken by local authorities for the safety and security of Nigerian nationals.
(Reuters) - The Europa League offers Manchester United a great alternative route into next season's Champions League as they battle for a top four slot in the Premier League, former manager Alex Ferguson has said. A top four Premier League place is needed for access to the Champions League but United are currently only fifth, four points behind fourth-placed Liverpool albeit with two games in hand.
New Delhi [India], Mar. 28 (ANI): The Economic Affairs Secretary, Shaktikanta Das on Tuesday set the gross market borrowing for the first six months at Rs 3.71 lakh crore or 64per cent of the full year's target of Rs 5.8 lakh crore.
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Mar. 29 (ANI): The Thane Police on Wednesday arrested the accused who had attacked two doctors of the Thane Civil Hospital. Dr. Javed Shaikh and Dr. Dibanaz Ansari was attacked by a local goon who had come to the hospital for his treatment along with two-three other men accompanying him. After six days of wide protests, Maharashtra resident doctors earlier on Saturday called off their strike and re-joined their duties with immediate effect in the wee hours on Saturday.
Ayodhya (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Mar. 29 (ANI): Welcoming the Supreme Court's proposal to mediate on the Ram Temple issue, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vinay Katiyar has said the saffron party is ready to end the matter, adding that the construction of the temple here is not any ordinary issue for the Muslim community but a war of ego. It is not the tussle of construction of Masjid, it is just the war of ego to construct Masjid at that place," said Katiyar.
Greater Noida (Uttar Pradesh) [India] Mar. 28 (ANI): Greater Noida District Magistrate Nagendra Prasad Singh today refused to declare the attack on Nigerian nationals as a hate crime. "It is absolutely not a hate crime, not is it some kind of anger against a race. The incident comes as locals protested following the death of a Class 12 student in Greater Noida's NSG Black Cats Enclave due to the suspected drug overdose and five Nigerian students living in the neighbourhood were booked - and later detained - in connection with the case.
New Delhi [India], Mar. 30 (ANI): With Supreme Court geared up to adjudicate upon the legal aspects of Triple Talaq, a woman has urged Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to abolish the Islamic practice to dissolve the marriage. A victim of Triple Talaq, Nida Khan has taken to the social media appealing Adityanath for the abolition of anti-women Islamic tradition.