Bangkok [Thailand], Oct. 22 (ANI): In a letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a Gilgit-Baltistan leader has said that India is legally and morally obligated to liberate the people there from Pakistani occupation. "You are the first Prime Minister of India who mentioned PoGB (Pakistan occupied Gilgit Baltistan), besides Balochistan. Although Balochistan was made a province of Pakistan in 1948, PoGB is constitutional part of India as per the Maharaja of J&K Hari Singh's instrument of accession of 26 Oct 1947.
New Delhi [India], Oct. 22 (ANI): After the Kerala Government Medical College (KGMC) issued a dress code for girls, prohibiting them from wearing jeans, leggings or 'noisy ornaments', women activists on Saturday condemned the move saying such diktats diplaying overpowering the patriarchy and a "Talibani" mentality, and should be accepted or followed. Women Activist Shamina Shafiq told ANI, "I am very shocked after listening these diktats, and that too, from the government medical college.
Thrissur [India], Oct. 22 (ANI): Relatives of Mohammed Nisham, the multi-millionaire 'beedi king' of Kerala who is serving a life sentence, have filed a complaint alleging that he is running his business from inside the prison where he is currently in and that he has been sending them death threats. In the complaint filed to the Thrissur Police chief, the kin of Nisham, who has been convicted of killing a security guard by driving his Hummer into him, have alleged that he has access to a mobile phone inside the jail through which he was also running his business. Meanwhile, a quick probe has been ordered as it is believed that a nexus between Nisham and police officers exist, giving him access to run his business.
New Delhi [India], Oct. 21 (ANI): The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Friday announced the fixtures for the Australia's upcoming tour of India, which would begin from February 23 in Pune.
Mumbai (Maharashtra),[India] Oct. 21(ANI): The Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Friday refused to soften its stand against the release of Karan Johar's 'Ae Dil Hai Mushkil' which also stars Pakistani actor Fawad Khan and said that the Producers Guild's meeting with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh makes it clear that the Raj Thackeray-led party has dominance in the state. "It is fine that producers are meeting Home Minister Rajnath Singh ji but we still maintain our stand.
New Delhi [India], Oct 21 (ANI): Expressing displeasure over the way garbage in the national capital had been piled up in various places, the Supreme Court on Friday asked the Delhi government to convene a meeting of all stakeholders including the MCDs on the issue of garbage disposal. Wondering why garbage was still being piled on landfill sites that have already reached saturation point, the division bench, headed by Justice Madan Lokur said, "45 meters of height of garbage in places are alarming." The apex court also asked the Delhi government as to what are their plans to clear the garbage in the city, while expressing concern that diseases, including bird flu can increase due to it. Earlier on October 18, the Supreme Court sought explanation from the Delhi government as well as the Centre over lack of landfill sites for garbage disposal in the national capital.
New Delhi, Oct 21 (IANS) The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will deploy the controversial Decision Review System in the forthcoming Test series between India and England on a trial basis to evaluate the improvements made to it over a period of time. The system will be allowed to be used by the BCCI in its overall capacity, a BCCI statement said. A BCCI team accepted its use only after evaluating the improvements made to the system in a meeting with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Hawkeye officials.
New Delhi [India], Oct. 22 (ANI): Terming former Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi's decision to join the BJP as "very saddening" and "very pathetic", senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid on Saturday said he had seen Joshi in better company in the past and it was very saddening and pathetic to see her in the company that she now keeps. "I have seen Rita Bahuguna in better company in the past, I feel sorry for her.
Kolkata, Oct 22 (IANS) Eight-time champions Karnataka galloped to the top of the table, inflicting a humiliating innings and 160-run defeat on a hapless Delhi team in a Group B Ranji Trophy cricket encounter at the Eden Gardens here on Saturday. The Karun Nair-led outfit took a lead of 324 at stumps on Day Two on Friday, posting a mammoth 414 runs on the board in reply to Delhi's paltry 90 in the first innings. The Delhi batsmen imploded once again in spectacular fashion on the third day of play on Saturday, handing their rivals all seven points from an outright win, with a day still remaining to be played.
New Delhi [India], Oct. 21(ANI): The Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) on Friday lodged a complaint to the Anti- Corruption Branch(ACB) against Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports Vijay Goel alongside his son and other concerned public officials of the New Delhi Municipal Corporation(NDMC) for misuse of power and causing huge loss to exchequer. The complaint was filed by AAP state convener Dilip Pandey over Dharampura Haveli located in Chandni Chowk area of Delhi. "Mayor of North Delhi Municipal Corporation in collusion and connivance with Vijay Goel got exempted from conversion/parking charges of the said building in order to give him undue benefit by misusing his power," the complaint copy stated.
New Delhi [India], Oct. 22 (ANI): Defence expert Major General P.K. Sehgal on Saturday condemned the Pakistan government's decision to reverse its order on people having suspected links with terrorists and removal of names under the Anti-terrorism Act, saying such a move is "detrimental" to peace in the subcontinent. Names were also removed under the Fourth Schedule of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) 1997. "After being exposed internationally, United Nations General Assembly, UN Human Right Commission, ASEAN (The Association of Southeast Asian Nations), SAARC(South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation), BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), BIMSTEC(The Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) and under pressure from the Pakistani people, the government of Pakistan had taken a decision to revoke the passports and identity cards of those people who are suspected to have links with terrorism and certain types of madrassas," said Sehgal.
Fatorda (Goa), Oct 22 (IANS) The Local Organising Committee (LOC) along with a 13-member FIFA delegation on Saturday carried out an inspection to ascertain Goa's readiness to host matches and training sessions at the football U-17 World Cup, to be hosted by India in 2017. The LOC and FIFA experts expressed their satisfaction with the work which has been put in at the venue, according to a release. Tournament director Javier Ceppi, who has overseen the progression of preparations at the venue, said: "Goa hosted the AFC U-16 Championship, which helped it get into very high infrastructure-compliance levels and gives us enough confidence to ratify it as a venue for the FIFA U-17 World Cup India 2017." "Now, it is the moment to start focusing on all operational aspects to ensure a flawless delivery of the event." Also present on the occasion were Goa Sports Minister Ramesh Tawadkar, Sports Authority of Goa Executive Director V.M. Prabhudesai, AIFF Vice President Shrinivas Dempo, LOC Project Director Joy Bhattacharjya and FIFA Project Lead for U-17 World Cup India 2017 Tracy Lu.
New Delhi, Oct 21 (IANS) The government on Friday said that it expects the first flight under its Regional Connectivity Scheme (RCS) to be operated by January 2017. The scheme christened UDAN -- "Ude Desh ka Aam Nagrik" -- will be in operation for a period of 10 years. "We will target the first flights under UDAN to take off by January 2017," Civil Aviation Minister P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju said at the launch event of the scheme here.
(Reuters) - An inspired Ben Stokes revived England with ball and bat on the third day against Bangladesh on Saturday to put the visitors firmly in control of the opening test in Chittagong. Stokes produced a brilliant effort to complete figures of 4-26 on a pitch largely unresponsive to pace bowling, triggering a batting collapse as Bangladesh were dismissed for 248 to give England a first-innings lead of 45. Stokes then walked in to bat with England tottering on 46 for four in the second innings and propped up his team with a fighting 85.
Pune, Oct 22 (IANS) FC Pune City will be pleased to have chief coach Antonio Habas in the dugout for their home clash against Chennaiyin FC, hoping the Spaniard can help them out of the woods in an Indian Super League (ISL) football match here on Sunday. Habas will be taking charge of his wards for the first time after serving a four-match suspension, that was levied on him at the end of the last season, when he was the coach of Pune's rivals Atletico de Kolkata. Pune have started poorly, this being their worst start to the tournament since its inception in 2014.
New Delhi [India], Oct 21 (ANI): Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Friday hailed the constructive debate on the triple talaq issue and said such discussions lead to concrete solutions. "I am happy about the fact that a very healthy and constructive and academic debate is happening on the triple talaq matter. Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had yesterday clarified that the government has no "hidden agenda" of imposing Uniform Civil Code or behind the opposition to the triple talaq among Muslims.
New Delhi [India], Oct. 22 (ANI): Continuing his patriotic fervour post 'Airlift' and 'Rustom,' Akshay Kumar recently announced his upcoming venture 'Gold,' that depicts the story of India's first Olympic medal as a free nation. The actor took to his Twitter handle to share the first look of the movie and wrote alongside, "Set in 1948, the historic story of India's first Olympic medal as a free nation, #GOLD coming to you on 15th August, 2018!" Produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani's Excel Entertainment, 'Gold' will be Reema Kagti's third directorial venture, after 'Honeymoon Travels Pvt.
The city of Pune will stage its first test when the home side plays Australia in the opener of the four-match series starting February. The scheduling will force some Australia players, who play all three formats, to miss a three-match Twenty20 international series against Sri Lanka at home, with the first test in India starting a day after the final game against Sri Lanka. With Australia suffering a 3-0 thrashing in their recent test series in Sri Lanka, there have been talks about the prospect of picking specialist players for different conditions.
(Reuters) - Opener Tamim Iqbal led Bangladesh's fightback with a dogged 78 after the hosts had got off to a wobbly start in reply to England's first innings 293 on the second day of the opening test on Friday. At stumps the match was delicately poised with Bangladesh on 221 for five, trailing England by 72 runs, with all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (31) and nightwatchman Shafiul Islam (zero) at the crease. England captain Alastair Cook called on Moeen Ali, who top-scored for his side with 68, to bowl the final over of the morning and it took the bearded 29-year-old just two deliveries to break Bangladesh's opening stand.
New Delhi [India], Oct. 21 (ANI): Secretary of Bihar Cricket Association (BCA), Aditya Varma on Friday lauded the decision of the Supreme Court to impose monetary sanctions on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and said that the apex court has taken a very good decision. "Supreme Court has taken an excellent decision against State Cricket Association and BCCI, and their accounts have been frozen... President and secretary of BCCI have to answer the court and also should be physically present in the court. "The decision of the Supreme Court is a very good.
New Delhi [India], Oct. 22 (ANI): The Congress Party on Saturday opposed the dress code decision of Kerala Government Medical College (KGMC) for female students, and called on the latter to oppose it. Congress spokesperson Shobha told ANI, "It is so unfortunate that day-by-day, we are becoming regressive in our thoughts and actions.
New Delhi [India], Oct. 21 (ANI): Justice (Retd.) R.M. Lodha on Friday hailed the Supreme Court's interim verdict in the present logjam between the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Lodha panel, saying the apex court has done what it thought was best for the implementation of its July 18 judgement. "The Supreme Court has done what it thought was best for implementation of its judgement dated 18 July 2016," Justice (Retd.) Lodha told ANI.