Dharamsala, March 24 (IANS) With India's regular skipper Virat Kohli's participation in the deciding final cricket Test still under the cloud following a shoulder injury, Australia skipper Steve Smith on Friday backed vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane's abilities to lead the hosts in the crucial game, starting on Saturday. The 28-year-old Kohli will need to pass a fitness test on Saturday morning before his participation in the crucial match is decided. Mumbai youngster Shreyas Iyer was on Thursday drafted in as a cover to the Delhi batsman.
New Delhi [India], Mar 24 (ANI): Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Friday fired a fresh salvo at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) by accusing it of turning a blind eye to the woes of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Mayawati asserted that ever since the BJP has come in to power at the Centre, it has allocated governmental projects to private companies which do not have provision for reservation for the ST's and SC's. "Ever since the BJP government has taken over at the Centre, my party and I have been asserting on the point that the saffron government has not filled the reservation quota for the backward classes," she said.
New Delhi [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): A day after two FIRs were registered against him for hitting a 60-year-old Air India stuffer with his slipper and for forcibly holding the flight and delaying it for 40 minutes, Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad today remained unapologetic about the incident and dared the Delhi Police to arrest him. First ask him to apologise then we will see," Gaikwad told the media here. "Let the Delhi Police arrest me.
New Delhi [India], Mar.25 (ANI): In a twisting turn of events, director Shirish Kunder has apologised for dubbing Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath as a 'goon' on Twitter. The 43-year-old director took to his Twitter page and wrote, "I unconditionally apologise. In a series of tweets earlier, Shrish criticized the newly appointed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister by saying, "Hoping a goon will stop rioting once he's allowed to rule is like expecting a rapist to stop raping once he's allowed to rape." Further wrote, "Going by the logic of making a goon as CM so that he behaves, Dawood can be CBI director.
The iconic La Closerie des Lilas in Paris boasted, until last year, of Satish Mishra for his classic Tartar steaks, which is mostly raw minced beef, (yes, cow) richly spiced. Tartar steak, derived from Tartaristan of Caucasus, is different from the uncooked beef steaks in, say, Belgrade. To start a fire to cook food was dangerous for Gengiz Khan and Halaku's cavalries.
New Delhi [India], Mar. 25 (ANI): In a major jolt to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, a Delhi Court on Saturday put the former on trial in a criminal defamation case filed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) matter.
New Delhi [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): Reminiscing the past when she started her modeling career, Deepika Padukone said, wish she had a camera to capture the moment when she received her first 'Model of the Year' award. While talking to media in the capital at the launch event of Oppo F3 Plus smart phone, the 31-year-old star said, "I remember when I was a model, within the first year of my career, I won a very prestigious award for being the 'Model of the Year.' At that time there were no camera phones.
New Delhi, March 24 (IANS) The Supreme Court on Friday directed the BCCI to pay Rs. 2.5 crore to the Himachal Pradesh State Cricket Association (HPCA) in pursuance of its contractual obligation for the hosting of the fourth Test match between India and Australia at Dharamsala from Saturday. Directing the payment of Rs. 2.5 crores to HPCA, the bench of Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M.Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y.Chandrachud in its order said, "It is directed that the BCCI shall honour the terms and conditions postulated in the contracts with the State Associations in letter and spirit so that there is no impediment in holding the test matches and ODIs." The court further said that BCCI would honour its contractual commitments in the conduct of IPL matches that would commence from April 5 and would be held at 10 venues.
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): The Bombay High Court on Friday reprimanded the Maharashtra Association of Resident Doctors (MARD) and doctors for not complying with its order. The High Court directed the MARD to file an affidavit by 3 p.m. stating that they have no objection if the government takes action against the doctors on strike. The High Court also warned the MARD that if they do not file affidavit by the given time than the court will initiate contempt proceedings against the president and secretary of MARD.
Rishikesh [India], March 24 (ANI): Jumpin Heights, India's Extreme Adventure Zone and India's Highest Bungy Jumping Platform successfully completed 50, 000 Bungy Jumps. To mark this success, a gala event was organised that witnessed participation from over hundred jumpers, locals, and the 'Dangal girls' -Fatima Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra, respectively. Fatima Shaikh (who essayed the role of Geeta Phogat, a Commonwealth gold medallist wrestler in the movie, 'Dangal') cheered Sanya Malhotra (who played the character of Babita Kumari, an Indian wrestler and Mahavir Singh Phogat's daughter in the same movie) as she undertook the 50,000th jump and epitomised women empowerment in great spirit, at the event.
Hyderabad (Telangana) [India], Mar.24 (ANI): A case has been registered against Congress leader V. Hanumantha Rao in Hyderabad's Saifabad Police Station under Sections 353, 294-B and 504 of the Indian Penal code (IPC) for shouting at a Telangana police officer. Earlier in the day, lambasting a police officer for not allowing him to hold a press conference in Hyderabad, Rao has accused Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrashekar Rao of dictatorship.
Kochi, March 24 (IANS) World football governing body FIFA on Friday expressed deep concern over the pace of work here for the Under-17 World Cup which is less than 200 days away. A team of 21 members of FIFA and the Local Organising Committee (LOC) inspected Kochi, one of the six venues for the FIFA U-17 World Cup in 2017, to ascertain its readiness.
New Delhi [India], Mar. 25 (ANI): The recent incident of violence at Punjab University in Pakistan on March 22, perpetrated by the members of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) student wing, Islami Jamiat Taleba (IJT), again raised the question as to why successive provincial and central authorities in Pakistan have not clamped down on the criminal activities of this radicalised student body. The IJT has a history of indulging in acts of violence/hooliganism and propagating Islamic fundamentalist ideology among university students. The IJT is one of the largest and the most organised student organisations in Pakistan.
New Delhi [India], Mar 24 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday directed Uttar Pradesh and Haryana Government to provide full protection to the witnesses in the Asaram rape-case. An apex court bench headed by Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan passed the interim order today after hearing the plea filed by the lawyer of the four witnesses. The Supreme Court on February 6 had refused to hear the self-styled godman's bail plea.
Dharamsala, March 25 (IANS) Following is the scoreboard after the opening day's play of the fourth and final cricket Test between India and Australia at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium here on Saturday.
The NDA government is 'trampling upon constitutional propriety and established conventions,' the Congress said.
(Reuters) - PGA Tour rookie Trey Mullinax, playing five days after getting married, fired a nine-under-par 63 to grab the first-round lead at the Puerto Rico Open on Thursday. Mullinax, who married his long-time girlfriend in his native Alabama, ran off nine birdies to tie the course record on the Coco Beach course in Rio Grande. The 24-year-old American, making only his 15th PGA Tour start, ended his round by sinking a 15-foot par saving putt at his final hole, the par-four ninth.
(Reuters) - World number one Dustin Johnson continued his perfect record at the WGC-Dell Match Play on Thursday while number two Rory McIlroy was eliminated without even setting foot on the course. On an extremely windy afternoon in Austin, American Johnson beat German Martin Kaymer 3&2 at Austin Country Club. "Putting is the hardest part," Johnson told Golf Channel after improving to 2-0-0 overall.
Parrikar in his budget speech in the Goa Assembly said that for a state with a high per capita income, it is certain to see a rapid increase in the number of beggars. Laying the state's importance as one of the most favoured tourist destinations, Parrikar also announced the allotment of Rs. 150 crore for improving public transport.
New Delhi [India], Mar. 24 (ANI): Supporting superstar Rajinikanth's decision to take part in a charity event in Sri Lanka's Jaffna, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said rather than condemning this act, the anti- national elements should take part in this initiative. "Rajinikanth is raising money for charity and for the welfare of the people in Jaffna.
Hyderabad (Telangana),[India] Mar. 24 (ANI): A Hyderabad court on Friday granted conditional bail to Swami Aseemanad in 2007 Mecca Masjid blast case, paving way for his release from jail after seven years. "The Hyderabad court cited the bail orders in the Samjhauta Express blast case and Ajmer blast case to give conditional bail to Aseemanand in the Mecca Masjid case," advocate J.P.Sharma told ANI. Sharma stated that the documents verification process will decide Aseemanand's release from jail.
By Amlan Chakraborty DHARAMSALA, India (Reuters) - India risk missing the inspiring presence of skipper Virat Kohli in the fourth and final test against Australia with the 28-year-old saying he would play only if he is 100 percent fit after sustaining a shoulder injury in the previous match in Ranchi. The feisty top-order batsman damaged his right shoulder when diving to save a boundary on the first day of the penultimate test in Ranchi and was off the field during most of Australia's first innings in the drawn game. Kohli did bat in the nets on Friday but looked downcast as he dwelled on the possibility of featuring in the winner-take-all match of the series which is all square at 1-1.
New Delhi [India] Mar. 24 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Friday directed the governments of Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to provide full protection to the witnesses in the Asaram Bapu case. An apex court bench headed by Justice Arjan Kumar Sikri and also comprising Justice Ashok Bhushan passed the interim order today after hearing the plea filed by the lawyer for the four witnesses. Utsav Bains, the advocate for petitioners, argued before the court and sought full protection of the four witnesses in the case.