IPL auction: Watson, Negi emerge biggest millionaires

NEW DELHI: Shane Watson emerged the biggest of purchases from the 2016 IPL player auction in Bangalore, finding his second franchise in Royal Challengers Bangalore who forked out Rs 9.5 crore for his services, but the real head-turner of the day was uncapped Indian allrounder Pawan Negi. A day after he was named in India's squad for the Asia Cup and ICC World Twenty20, the 23-year-old found his IPL value skyrocket from a base price of just Rs 30 lakh to a whopping 8.5 crore with Delhi Daredevils putting in the highest bid.

That made Negi the most expensive Indian player, surpassing the likes of Yuvraj Singh (7 crore) and Mohit Sharma (6.5 crore) on a day in which 136 crore was spent on 94 cricketers across the eight IPL franchises.

Noticeable among those to fetch multi-crore paychecks were South African allrounder Chris Morris, who went for Rs 7 crore to Delhi Daredevils (14 times his base price), Ashish Nehra (5.5 crore) and Deepak Hooda (4.2 crore) to Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mitchell Marsh (4.8 crore) and little-known Tamil Nadu spinner Murugan Ashwin (4.5 crore) to Rising Pune Super Giants, Sanju Samson and West Indies allrounder Carlos Braithwate for 4.2 crore each to Daredevils.

Negi, who two seasons ago had been signed by the suspended Chennai Super Kings, saw new IPL franchise Pune, led by his former CSK captain MS Dhoni and coached by Stephen Fleming, engage in a bidding war with Daredevils. In the end, the GMR-owned franchise put in the highest bid. That gave the Delhi cricketer the second highest price tag of the day after Watson.

The Australian, who for eight seasons has represented Rajasthan Royals until their suspension last year, attracted heavy bidding from RCB and Mumbai Indians, but it the Vijay Malya-owned franchise nabbed his services from a base price of 2 crore. Watson recently scored the second-highest individual score in Twenty20 internationals, and apart from his all-round value he also offers RCB a strong leadership role.

The third highest earners were Yuvraj, who went to Sunrisers, and Morris. After an initial moment of inactivity around the auction room in Bangalore, Sunrisers and Mumbai started a bidding tussle for Yuvraj, which eventually ended at 7 crore. From the pool of allrounders, the most bidding was for Morris, with Mumbai and KKR chasing the South African eagerly until the paddle went down at a huge Rs 7 crore by Daredevils, in their first bid of the round.

Indian women cyclists won gold & silver at SAG 2016

At 12 South Asian Games , India has opened its medal account with a gold in 30 km women cycling .India's vijaylakhmi won gold and shobha devi clinched silver medals while Pakistan's Sabia got bronze medal. 

12th South Asian Games Inaugurated with Fanfare Teamwork, Togetherness and Talent to be the hallmark of the Games: Shri Narendra Modi

The Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi today inaugurated the 12th South Asian Games, 2016 in a glittering ceremony at the Sarusajai Sports Complex in Guwahati before a rapturous and capacity crowd . A host of dignitaries were present on the occasion including, the Union Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports(IC), Shri Sarbananda Sonowal, the Chief Minister of Assam Shri Tarun Gogoi , the Chief Minister of Meghalaya Shri Mukul Sangma, the Governors of Assam and Meghalaya , the Union Petroleum Minister Shri Dharmendra Pradhan among others. The event was telecast live on Doordarshan to millions homes across the region.

Dr Jitendra Singh asks DoNER officials to keep DCs in loop

The Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER),MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Dr. Jitendra Singh has asked the DoNER Ministry officials to keep in the loop, the various Deputy Commissioners or District Development Commissioners in North-Eastern States by way of regular interaction with them through different means including video conference. This, he said, will ensure a better coordination at the ground level and overcome the missing gaps in carrying forward the DoNER projects at the miocro level. 

IFR 2016 has enabled us to work together to Secure our Seas for the Greater good of Humanity and the World, says President

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee witnessed the International Fleet Review-2016 today (February 6, 2016) at Visakhapatnam. 

Speaking on the occasion, the President said that the International Fleet Review (IFR) 2016 while showcasing the prowess of the Indian Navy, has brought together navies from across the globe here on Indian shores, signifying our common desire to use the seas to promote peace, cooperation and

President's Secretariat06-February, Address by the President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee at International Fleet Review 2016 - 06 Feb 2016 at Visakhapatnam

It is indeed a privilege for me to have the splendid sight of majestic warships anchored in these waters of Bay of Bengal. The fluttering pennants and flags on the dressing lines, happy and proud men in white manning their ships is indeed heartwarming. I am privileged to be here today with all of you and review this imposing international parade of ships. 50 friendly navies have sailed across oceans and sent naval ships and/or delegations to participate in the first International Fleet Review on the East Coast of India at Visakhapatnam. On behalf of the Government, and the people of India, I extend a very warm welcome to all our foreign guests and thank you for honouring the invitation of our Indian Navy.

President of India’s Message on the Eve of National Day of Grenada

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the Government and people of Grenada on the eve of their National Day (February 7, 2016). 

In a message to Her Excellency Dr. Cecile La Grenade, the Governor General of Grenada, the President has said, “On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, it gives

Shri Rajnath Singh reviews the security and development related issues pertaining to Lakshadweep Islands

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Despite risk to Army men, Siachen is vital to India’s security

The death of 10 soldiers in an avalanche at Siachen has brought the spotlight back to the harsh conditions faced by troops at the world’s highest battlefield and also its strategic importance to India.

Islamabad has made repeated demands for demilitarising the glacier invoking the aspect of long-term peace but India has always taken a cautious approach on the issue.

Saudi Arabia says 375 civilians killed on its border in Yemen war

Riyadh: Mortars and rockets fired at Saudi Arabian towns and villages have killed 375 civilians, including 63 children, since the start of the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen in late March, Riyadh said on Monday.

Brigadier General Ahmad Asseri, spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, said that the Al Houthi militia and army forces loyal to former president Ali Abdullah Saleh had fired more than 40,000 projectiles across the border since the war began.

Worker tries to kill roommate over Dh2,000

The victim said that M.K. stabbed him in the stomach, left hand and shoulder. He also stabbed him in the back.

A Bangladeshi worker faced a premeditated attempted murder charge in the Court of First Instance for trying to kill a fellow Bangladeshi with a knife.

The victim, 29, said in the investigation that M.K. attacked him with a knife in the morning. "We had a dispute over money as he owed me Dh2,000 and I was asking him to pay it back".

Consulate marks Sri Lanka's 68th Independence Day in Dubai

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Hope For India & The LGBT Community: SC Agrees To Re-examine Its Section 377 Verdict

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Today the Supreme Court heard a curative petition filed by Gay right activists and NGO Naz Foundation about the legitimacy of section 377. The apex court headed by Chief Justice TS Thakur and two other senior justices- Anil R Dave and Jagdish Singh Kehar referred the matter to a five-judge Constitution bench and assured that curative petitions for de-criminalising homosexuality would be listed at an early date. Kapil Sibal, arguing against Section 377, told the court that banning gay sex bound present and future generations to indignity and stigma. Christian church body and Muslim Personal Law Board have opposed the petitions against Section 377.

The law criminalises gay sex and states “Whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment of either description for term which may extend to ten years, and shall also be liable to fine”. It dates back to 1860 under lord Earl Canning’s reign and has since been the part of Indian Penal Code when it was originally formed. Clearly the section represents colonial mindset and does not reflect on the modern attitude towards LGBT community . MP Shashi Tharoor had introduced a private member’s bill in Lok Sabha in December seeking to amend section 377, but the bill was defeated in its very first reading.

The Sequence of Events

The struggle against section 377 began way back in 1991 and It was in 2001 that Naz Foundation first filed a PIL in Delhi High Court against the law. The court rejected the PIL on technical grounds but later had to readmit it due to the Supreme Courts intervention. The case came up for hearing again in 2008, and after 7 long years of deliberations the Delhi High Court in 2009 overturned the 150 year old section. The Two judge bench went ahead to state that ” If there is one constitutional tenet that can be said to be underlying theme of the Indian Constitution, it is that of ‘inclusiveness”. This judgement was clearly a step in the right direction. However the case went to the supreme court and to everyone’s surprise in its judgement of the case in 2013 the court decided that the law does not suffer from the vice of unconstitutionality and the statement made by the Division Bench of the High court is legally flawed. According to the Supreme court the law could now only change if it was amended by the parliament itself. The hopes of parliament coming to the rescue of the LGBT community was laid to rest with the defeat of Shashi Tharoor’s private bill. In fact other MP’s in the parliament came strongly at him ridiculing the MP stating that he wanted the law decriminalised for himself.

The Constitutional Viewpoint

It was in the famous Kesavananda Bharti vs State of Kerala case of 1973 that Supreme court gave itself the power to maintain the ‘basic structure of the constitution’. The concept of basic structure is not given anywhere in the constitution and is completely a judicial innovation which the supreme court has used whenever it felt that the conscience of the constitution was under threat. The supreme court when it hears the petition will be fully within its constitutional mandate if it decides to decriminalize homosexual activities or not. With the introduction of PIL’s the court gave itself and the common man the power of true democratic activism. It has over the years struck down many evil, obsolete and archaic laws. Very recently the supreme court banned Jallikattu even though it had support of political class, the NJAC bill was struck down even though it had been introduced through proper parliament procedures because according to the SC it violated the basic structure of the constitution by taking away judiciary’s independence. Most recently in 2014, the supreme court recognized transgender as a third gender. But the most important decision of the supreme court lately was the striking down of section 66A of the IT act on the grounds that it had the potential for harassment and misuse. There is much similarity in both these sections when it comes to their potential abuse.

The Logical Solution
Article 21 of India’s constitution gives Right to life and personal liberty to everyone. In fact this article is what differentiates us between a police state and constitutional state. The Logical Indian community believes that liberty and privacy of citizens can never be qualified or diluted in any way and every citizen has the right to lead his/her life the way he/she wishes to, so long as they don’t force their way of life on others. A boy in Agra recently burned himself because he was ‘caught’ by his neighbor sharing intimate moments with his male companion. It is a fact that LGBT community is a minority everywhere and it is important everyone understands that they too have individual rights.

The Logical Indian congratulates every Indian and especially the NAZ foundation. We look at the apex court with the hope that they will scrap section377 and decriminalize homosexuality as soon as possible.

Source - The Logical Indian

Earth made up of two planets after 'violent collision' with Theia 4.5bn years ago, UCLA scientists find

A "violent, head-on collision" created Earth as we know it, ground-breaking new research has revealed.

A planetary embryo called Theia, thought to be around the size of Mars or Earth, collided with Earth 4.5 billion years ago when our planet was just 100 million years old.

It was already known that Theia and Earth collided, but the new evidence from the UCLA-led scientific team shows it was less of a side swipe, as previously thought, and more of a "head-on assault".

The force of the impact resulted in early Earth and Theia, together to form a single planet, with a piece breaking off and entering its gravitational pull to form the moon.

Researchers studied moon rocks from three Apollo missions and compared them with volcanic rocks found in Hawaii and Arizona.

To their surprise, no difference was found in the oxygen isotopes and it was established that the rocks from each shared chemical signatures.

Edward Young, lead author of the new study and a UCLA professor of geochemistry and cosmochemistry, said, "We don't see any difference between the Earth's and the moon's oxygen isotopes; they're indistinguishable.

"Theia was thoroughly mixed into both the Earth and the moon, and evenly dispersed between them. This explains why we don't see a different signature of Theia in the moon versus the Earth."

According to Professor Young, Theia was growing and would likely have become a planet, had it not been destroyed in the collision.

The research, funded by Nasa, the Deep Carbon Observatory and a European Research Council advanced grant (ACCRETE) and published in the journal Science, also raised questions about Earths origins.

They include, whether the collision would have removed any water contained by Earth - before asteroids rich in water hit our planet tens of millions of years later.

Source - toi

US fortifying Europe's East to deter Putin


• US plans to substantially increase deployment of heavy weapons, armored vehicles to NATO countries.
• US move aims to send signal to Putin that the West remains deeply suspicious of his motives.

• Analysts say increased funding and deployments is likely to rattle Russia.

WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama plans to substantially increase the deployment of heavy weapons, armored vehicles and other equipment to NATO countries in Central and Eastern Europe, a move that administration officials said was aimed at deterring Russian from further aggression in the region.

The White House plans on paying for the additional weapons and equipment with a budget request of more than $3.4 billion for military spending in Europe in 2017, several officials said Monday, more than quadrupling the current budget of $789 million. The weapons and equipment will be used by US and NATO forces, ensuring that the alliance can maintain a full armored combat brigade in the region at all times.

Though Russia's military activity has quieted in eastern Ukraine in recent months, Moscow continues to maintain a presence there, working with pro-Russian local forces. Administration officials said the additional NATO forces were calculated to send a signal to President Vladimir V Putin that the West remained deeply suspicious of his motives in the region.

"This is not a response to something that happened last Tuesday," a senior administration official said. "This is a longer-term response to a changed security environment in Europe. This reflects a new situation, where Russia has become a more difficult actor."

It is not clear how Russia will react to the fortified military presence along NATO's eastern border. Since the signing of a cease-fire agreement last year, Putin's government has tried to ease tensions with the West. Officials said the Russian government was eager for the US and Europe to roll back economic sanctions, which suggested that it would not escalate tensions over the new military commitments.

But outside analysts were surprised by the magnitude of the increase in military funding for Europe, which is part of an overall budget request of $580 billion for the Pentagon. Obama, according to a defense official, is also going to ask Congress for a 35 percent increase — $7 billion — to fight Islamic State militants.

Some analysts said the increased funding and deployments would certainly rattle Russia. Among the countries where the equipment and additional forces could be deployed are Hungary, Romania and the Baltic countries, Pentagon officials said.

"This is a really big deal, and the Russians are going to have a cow," said Evelyn N Farkas, who until October was the Pentagon's top policy official on Russia and Ukraine. "It's a huge sign of commitment to deterring Russia, and to strengthening our alliance and our partnership with countries like Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia."

While the increase in funding for Europe is significant, the administration is proposing that the money come out of a separate war-funding account that is meant to pay for operations in the conflicts in Iraq and Syria, as well as the continued US military presence in Afghanistan. That means it is a one-time request, not necessarily a continuing commitment, built in to budget requests beyond 2017, officials said.

"It's a way to get around the budget caps" imposed on the Pentagon, said Todd Harrison, director of defense budget analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington.

But, Harrison added, the budget workaround may not succeed in reassuring fretful Eastern European allies because it leaves the decision on what do about future military spending in Europe for the next administration.

"If you want to be reassuring to our allies in Europe," he said, "you've got to show you've got a future plan."

Administration officials said the new investments were not just about deterring Russia. The weapons and equipment could also be deployed along NATO's southern flank, where they could help in the fight against the Islamic State or in dealing with the influx of migrants from Syria.

"Initially, we were focusing on reassurance," said one of the senior officials, who, like the others, spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal military planning. "But while that was happening, we were stepping back and asking how to address the changed environment in a more programmatic and consistent way."

Still, there is no doubt the primary target of the funding is Russia. Administration officials said that two years after its annexation of Crimea — an annexation that neither the United States nor its European allies recognize — it was imperative to send Moscow a message that that NATO will do all it needs to in order to stand behind Eastern European members worried that they could be next.

Russia has invested heavily in its military, transforming a cumbersome, Soviet-style army into a lighter, more flexible force, with the ability to carry out rapid interventions. That, combined with Putin's willingness to use the military to expand Russia's influence outside its borders, necessitated a stronger deterrent force, officials said.

"Applying this budget to Europe fulfills promises we've made to NATO on the collective defense of the alliance," a senior defense official said Monday. "But it also shows our commitment and resolve to individual countries to which we will be putting a persistent rotational presence of forces to demonstrate our resolve in their, and our, collective defenses."

He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly about the budget.

The official said the Pentagon wanted a "heel to toe" rotational troop presence in Eastern Europe, meaning that there would always be the equivalent of a brigade in the region. Under a 1997 agreement known as the NATO-Russia Founding Act, both sides pledged not to station large numbers of troops along their respective borders.

Administration officials said they were confident that the new deployments would not be seen as breaching that agreement. In any event, Poland and the Baltic states argue that Russia's incursion in Ukraine was a clear violation of the act, and that NATO should no longer abide by it.

General Joseph F Dunford Jr, the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was in Brussels two weeks ago at a NATO defense meeting, where Eastern European countries again expressed concerns about Russia. In particular, representatives from the Baltic countries — Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania — have been asking for a big statement of US military support, officials said.

"This is a message that we see what they're capable of, and what their political leadership is willing to do," said another senior administration official, in a reference to Russia

Source - toi

सिर्फ 5 महीने पहले बनी कंपनी अल्फाबेट ने Apple को पछाड़ा, बनी सबसे बड़ी कंपनी

न्यूयॉर्क: अमेरिकी बाजारों में सोमवार को घंटों की भारी खरीद-फरोख्त के बाद अल्फाबेट दुनिया की सबसे मूल्यवान कंपनी बन गई है। अल्फाबेट ने टेक्नोलॉजी की दुनिया की दिग्गज कंपनी ऐपल को पछाड़कर यह मुकाम हासिल किया है। बता दें कि अल्फाबेट ने अस्तित्व में आने के महज 5 महीने बाद ही यह ऐतिहासिक सफलता हासिल की है। तब दुनिया के सबसे बड़े सर्च इंजन और टेक्नोलॉजी कंपनी गूगल खुद को पुनगर्ठित करके होल्डिंग कंपनी अल्फाबेट के अधीन आ गई थी।

अल्फाबेट द्वारा ऐपल को पछाड़ने की यह घटना एक बार फिर इतिहास को दोहराने और टेक्नोलॉजी बैटन के हस्तांतरण जैसा है। ऐपल ने 2010 में दिग्गज सॉफ्टवेयर कंपनी माइक्रोसॉफ्ट कॉर्प को पछाड़कर नंबर एक की कुर्सी हासिल की थी। इसी तरह करीब दो दशक पहले माइक्रोसॉफ्ट भी इंटरनेशनल बिजनेस मशीन (IBM) को पछाड़कर सबसे मूल्यवान कंपनी बनी थी।

दोनों टेक्नोलॉजी कंपनियों के बीच पिछले कई सालों से जबरदस्त टक्कर देखने को मिली है। दोनों ही कंपनियां मोबाइल और टेबलेट बाजार में भिड़ने के अलावा अपने-अपने मोबाइल ऑपरेटिंग सिस्टम को लेकर भी एक-दूसरे से मुकाबला करती रही हैं। साल 2008 में गूगल ने जब अपना मोबाइल ऑपरेटिंग सिस्टम एंड्रॉयड लॉन्च किया तो जल्द ही यह नंबर एक ऑपरेटिंग सिस्टम बन गया था।

ऐपल अब भी दुनिया की सबसे ज्यादा एंड्रॉयड फोन बनाने वाली कंपनी सैमसंग इलेक्ट्रॉनिक्स के साथ मुकदमे में फंसी हुई है। सोमवार को अल्फाबेट के शेयरों ने बेहतर तिमाही नतीजों की खबर के बाद 6 फीसदी की छलांग लगाई। इससे कंपनी के शेयरों का मूल्य बढ़कर 55400 करोड़ डॉलर हो गया, जबकि ऐपल के कुल शेयरों का मूल्य 53400 करोड़ डॉलर है।

इसकी सबसे बड़ी वजह यह है कि ऐपल लंबे समय से कोई नया ट्रेंड-सेटिंग प्रोडक्ट पेश करने में विफल रही है, जबकि कंपनी के सबसे अहम प्रोडक्ट आईफोन को बाजार में आए करीब 9 साल हो गए हैं, जिसकी बिक्री बढ़ने की रफ्तार कम हो गई है।

महज 13 महीने पहले दोनों कंपनियों के बीच फासला इतना ज्यादा था कि कोई इस नतीजे की उम्मीद भी नहीं कर सकता था। तब ऐपल की मार्केट वैल्यू 64300 करोड़ डॉलर थी, जबकि अल्फाबेट की केवल 36100 करोड़ डॉलर।

Source - ndtv

अमेरिकी राष्ट्रपति पद के लिए दौड़ : आयोवा में ट्रम्प हारे, हिलेरी-सैंडर्स की मिली जीत

डेसमोइनेस (अमेरिका): टेक्सास के सीनेटर टेड क्रूज ने अमेरिका का आगामी राष्ट्रपति चुनने के लिए आयोवा में आज हुए रिपब्लिकन कॉकस में पद का उम्मीवार बनने के पार्टी के विवादास्पद दावेदार डोनाल्ड ट्रम्प को सनसनीखेज शिकस्त दी जबकि डेमोक्रेटिक कॉकस में हिलेरी क्लिंटन और बर्नी सैंडर्स दोनों ने जीत का परचम लहराया।

क्रूज, ट्रम्प और रूबियो में कड़ी टक्कर
आयोवा कॉकस के परिणाम घोषित होने के बाद ऐसा प्रतीत हो रहा है कि राष्ट्रपति पद के चुनाव में रिपब्लिकन उम्मीदवार बनने के लिए मुख्य रूप से तीन दावेदारों के बीच मुकाबला होगा। आयोवा में क्रूज और ट्रम्प के बाद मार्को रूबियो कड़ी टक्कर देते हुए तीसरे स्थान पर रहे।

ट्रम्प को 24 प्रतिशत वोट मिले
लगभग सभी मतों की गिनती के बाद क्रूज को कुल मतों के 28 प्रतिशत मत मिले जबकि ट्रम्प को 24 प्रतिशत वोट मिले। क्रूज को ट्रम्प के मुकाबले 5500 से अधिक वोट मिले। रूबियो 23 प्रतिशत मतों के साथ तीसरे स्थान पर रहे। न्यूरोसर्जन से राजनेता बने बेन कार्ल्सन चौथे स्थान पर रहे, लेकिन उन्हें मात्र नौ प्रतिशत मत मिले।

हिलेरी और सैंडर्स के बीच बेहद नजदीकी मुकाबला रहा
डेमोक्रेटिक खेमे में पूर्व विदेश मंत्री हिलेरी और सैंडर्स के बीच बेहद नजदीकी मुलाबला रहा और दोनों ने लगभग 50-50 प्रतिशत वोट प्राप्त किए।

उम्मीदवार बनने के लिए महीनों से प्रचार
राष्ट्रपति पद का उम्मीदवार बनने के लिए डेमोकेट्रिक और रिपब्लिकन पार्टियों के दावेदारों की महीनों की चुनाव प्रचार मुहिम के बाद इस मध्य-पश्चिमी राज्य में मतदाता कॉकस में अपनी पसंद व्यक्त करने के लिए चर्च के बेसमेंटों, स्कूलों की व्यायामशालाओं और पुस्तकालयों में पंक्तिबद्ध खड़े हैं। दोनों दलों में यह भीतरी मुकाबला कड़ा है।

महीनों से जारी प्रचार मुहिम में ट्रम्प रिपब्लिकन पार्टी के शीर्ष दावेदार माने जा रहे हैं और उन्होंने शुरुआत में सबसे पसंदीदा दावेदार माने जा रहे जेब बुश समेत सभी दावेदारों को पीछे छोड़ दिया है। रिपब्लिकन पार्टी का दावेदार बनने के लिए कुल 12 उम्मीदवार मैदान में हैं।

Source - ndtv

Virat Kohli Registers 24th Century After Becoming Fastest to 7000 ODI Runs

Virat Kohli had a memorable day at the MCG after he registered his 24th century in the third one-day international against Australia on Sunday. Kohli, who made 91 and 59 in the two matches in Perth and Brisbane, finally made it count as he scored his first hundred against Australia in Australia.

Earlier, Kohli entered the record books as he became the quickest batsman to reach 7000 runs during the third ODI against Australia at Melbourne on Sunday.

n the 10th over bowled by James Faulkner, Kohli glanced a full ball on leg stump to fine leg for a boundary to bring up the landmark, in the process joining an illustrious list.

He shared a wonderful 119-run stand for the second wicket with Shikhar Dhawan who also showed glimpses of coming back to form by scoring a gritty 68. He also shared a magnificent partnership with Rahane and he brought up his century by nudging Kane Richardson to the leg side to give the 50,000-plus crowd at the MCG plenty to cheer.

Kohli became the fastest batsman to reach 7000 runs in ODIs. He achieved his landmark in his 169th match and in his 161st innings, breaking the previous record set by South Africa's AB de Villiers who achieved it in his 166th innings and in his 172nd match. De Villiers also went past the landmark against Australia during the ODI in Perth in November 2014. He is also the fastest batsman to register 24 centuries, playing in just his 166th match.

The dashing right-hander sits on top of the pile in ODIs, beating the likes of legends like Brian Lara,Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Jacques Kallis,Ricky Ponting and Rahul Dravid.
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Pakistan denies Anupam Kher visa to attend Karachi lit fest

NEW DELHI: Pakistan on Tuesday denied a visa to actor and BJP sympathiser Anupam Kher, who has been invited by the organisers of a literary festival in Karachi as one of their guests.

Kher claims only he has been singled out of the 18 delegates who applied for the visa. "I am very sad and disappointed that out of 18 participants, 17 were given visa and I was denied," Kher told news agency ANI.

Reacting to reports, the Pakistan High Commission, however, has claimed Kher never submitted any application for the visa.

Kher is scheduled to attend a session at the Karachi literary festival on February 5. The 60-year-old actor, who was awarded the Padma Bhushan recently, has been a vocal supporter of the BJP-led government at the Centre.

Last weekend, Kher and Congress leader Shashi Tharoor were involved in a war of words on Twitter over the veteran actor's comment that he is scared to openly say he is a Hindu.

Posting a link of Kher's recent TV interview, Tharoor tweeted, "Come on Anupam. I say it all the time. I'm a proud Hindu. Just not the Sangh's kind of Hindu. @AnupamPkher."

This did not go down well with the 60-year-old actor, who called Tharoor a "Congi Chamcha" (Congress stooge). "Come on Shashi. Never thought you will misinterpret my statement like trolls do. And behave like a Congi Chamcha."

Tharoor quickly retorted saying, "Abuse, @AnupamPkher , is what you use when you run out of arguments. I'm a proud MP of @INCIndia &I don't resort to insults. #CongiChamcha."

At the Jaipur literary festival held last month, the Bollywood actor had also sparred with Delhi minister Kapil Mishra over the limits imposed on freedom of speech and were joined in by a politically divided audience at the Jaipur Literature Festival (JLF).

Speaking against the motion at a session entitled 'Should Freedom of Speech be Absolute?' Kher alleged that a perception of intolerance was being created at festivals like the JLF, adding that there should not be an impression that people in the country are living in fear.

Source - toi

Raigad: 13 Pune college students drown during picnic at Murud beach

Raigad district police said that those feared drowned are students from Computer Science department of the Abeda Inamdar College in Pune, from where a group of over 120 students had gone for a picnic.

Raigad district police said that those feared drowned are students from Computer Science department of the Abeda Inamdar College in Pune, from where a group of over 120 students had gone for a picnic.

Report of the Companies Law Committee

The Companies Law Committee was constituted in June 2015 for examining and making recommendations on the issues arising out of implementation of the Companies Act, 2013. The Committee submitted its report to the Government today.

2.         The Committee was chaired by Secretary, Ministry of Corporate Affairs and consisted of Shri Bharat Vasani, nominee of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII), Smt. Reva Khetrapal, Judge (Retd.), Delhi High Court, Shri Y.M. Deosthalee, nominee of the Federation of Indian Chambers of

Index of Eight Core Industries (Base: 2004-05=100) for December, 2015

1.       The summary of the Index of Eight Core Industries (base: 2004-05) is given at the Annexure.
2.       The Eight Core Industries comprise nearly 38% of the weight of items included in the Index of Industrial Production (IIP).The combined Index of Eight Core Industries stands at 175.7in December, 2015, which was 0.9% higher compared to the index of December, 2014. Its cumulative growth during April to December, 2015-16 was 1.9 %.

Vietnam Lifts Ban on Import of Indian Groundnut- Major Step Forward in Securing Market Access

Vietnam has formally lifted the ban on import of Indian Groundnut, thereby providing market access after nine months. The Vietnam Ministry of Agriculture & Rural Development (MARD) have formally communicated the decision to the Indian Government stating that Plant Protection Department of Vietnam (PPD) will issue import permits for groundnuts for January 18th 2016. 

Prime Minister meets Dr Abdullah Abdullah, the Chief Executive of Afghanistan

Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi met the Chief Executive of Afghanistan, Dr Abdullah Abdullah today. 

Prime Minister extended a warm welcome to Dr Abdullah who would be delivering a Keynote Address at the Conference on Counter-terrorism-2016 being held in Jaipur. 

India enjoys close relations with Brunei and Thailand: Vice President

Departs for a 5-day visit to Brunei and Thailand from today
The Vice President, Shri Hamid Ansari has said that India enjoys close and cordial relations with Brunei and Thailand. He was addressing a Press Conference on board the Air India Special Aircraft to Brunei and Thailand for a 5-day visit, today. The Minister of State for Home Affairs, Shri Haribhai Parathibhai Chaudhary is also accompanying the Vice President.

President of India to inaugurate Counter-Terrorism Conference 2016 tomorrow

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee will visit Jaipur tomorrow (February 2, 2016) to inaugurate the Counter-Terrorism Conference 2016. 

The Counter-Terrorism Conference is being organized by India Foundation in collaboration with Sardar Patel University of Police, Security and Criminal Justice, Jodhpur. The Conference will bring together counter terrorism practitioners, policy makers and public intellectuals from India and abroad. The 1st Counter-Terrorism Conference was held in March, 2015 at Jaipur.

विश्‍व वेटलैंड्स दिवस के अवसर पर पर्यावरण मंत्री का संदेश इस वर्ष का विषय है "वेटलैंड्स हमारे भविष्य के लिए - टिकाऊ आजीविकाएं"

कल 2 फ़रवरी 2016 को आयोजित किये जा रहे विश्‍व वेटलैंड्स (जलमयभूमि) दिवस के अवसर पर केन्‍द्रीय पर्यावरण, वन और जलवायु परिवर्तन राज्‍य मंत्री (स्वतंत्र प्रभार) श्री प्रकाश जावड़ेकर के संदेश का मूल पाठ इस प्रकार है : 

"विश्‍व वेटलैंड्स दिवस, 1971 में ईरान के शहर रामसर में वेटलैंड्स पर आयोजित सम्‍मेलन के प्रतीक स्‍वरूप पूरे विश्‍व में हर साल 2 फरवरी को मनाया जाता है। यह दिवस वेटलैंड्स के संरक्षण के लिए जागरूकता पैदा करने, उसे बढ़ावा देने तथा इस बारे में सकारात्मक और स्‍वीकारात्मक कार्रवाई सुनिश्चित करने के लिए आयोजित किया जाता है। 

Kiran Bedi's husband dies of cardiac arrest

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New Delhi: Brij Bedi, social activist and the husband of first woman IPS officer Kiran Bedi, on Sunday died at a hospital in Gurgaon following a cardiac arrest.

"Brij Bedi, 76, was suffering from cancer in the bladder, which affected his kidneys too. He was undergoing treatment for the past five months both in Amritsar and Delhi," Kiran Bedi said.

Budget 2016: Swiping your card may help you save tax

MUMBAI: Swiping cards and paying through digital wallets could become something more than a convenience and all about tax savings. The government may announce tax benefits for non-cash transactions in this year's Budget following recommendations made by the Payments Council of India (PCI).

"We are extremely confident that in this year's Budget, merchants and customers will get a major incentive from the government for digital transactions. This government is very serious about the Di .. 
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What Gandhi means to me

A statue of Gandhiji outside the Maharashtra Pavilion. Gandhiji is depicted along with a Harijan child (Circa November 19, 1969)

Poet Jayanta Mahapatra writes about his first sight of Gandhi, in 1947, when India was wound with ribbons of orange, white and green. And how a frail old man pushed him to something greater

He stopped at the thresholds of the huts of the thousands of dispossessed, dressed like one of their own. He spoke to them in their own language. Here was living truth at last, and not only from quotations from books… 

— Rabindranath Tagore

In 1970, I wrote a short, straightforward poem titled ‘Gandhi’ which appeared in my first book of English poems, Close the Sky Ten

चर्चा एक बड़े बदलाव की: क्या काशी को नहीं बनना है क्योटो?

कोर्ट में केस : भगवान राम ने सीता को क्यों निकाला था?

कोर्ट में केस : भगवान राम ने सीता को क्यों निकाला था?

मेजरगंज थाना क्षेत्र के डुमरी कला गांव निवासी व अधिवक्ता ठाकुर चंदन कुमार सिंह ने भगवान रामचंद्र जी उर्फ भगवान राम जी व लक्ष्मण जी पर त्रेतायुग में हुई घटना को लेकर मुख्य न्यायिक दंडाधिकारी के कोर्ट में शनिवार को एक मुकदमा दाखिल किया है। मामले की सुनवाई सोमवार होगी। इसमें आरोप लगाया गया है कि मां जानकी (सीता) का कोई कसूर नहीं था। इसके बाद भी भगवान राम ने उन्हें जंगल में क्यों भेजा। कोई भी पुरुष पत्नी पर इतना बड़ा जुर्म कैसे कर सकता है?

दिल्ली में सड़कों की सफाई के लिए मुख्यमंत्री केजरीवाल के मंत्रियों और विधायकों ने उठायी 'झाड़ू'

नई दिल्ली: दिल्ली की अरविंद केजरीवाल सरकार के मंत्रियों और विधायकों ने रविवार को अपने वालंटियरों के साथ एक बार फिर झाड़ू उठा ली है। इस बार मामला चुनाव का नहीं, बल्कि दिल्ली की सड़कों पर सफाई का है। दिल्ली के मंत्री और विधायक अपने वालंटियरों की मदद से दिल्ली की सड़कों पर फैली गंदगी और कूड़ा उठा रहे हैं। दिल्ली में पिछले चार दिन से एमसीडी के सफ़ाईकर्मी हड़ताल पर हैं, जिसकी वजह से कई इलाकों में कूड़े के ढेर लग गए हैं।

AUS vs IND: Michael Clarke comes out of retirement

The 34-year-old bowed out in August after the disastrous Ashes series in England.
His first game would be with his grade club Western Suburbs against Randwick-Petersham in Sydney on February 20-21. (Photo: AP)

Sydney: Former Test captain Michael Clarke Sunday said he was returning to cricket six months after he retired, telling Australian media he had "unfinished business" in the shorter form of the game.

Australia taking solar power to the next level

They are often seen on the rooftops of suburban homes in Australia - large glistening tiles that reflect an unusual feature of life in the sun-drenched nation.

Mostly put up in the past 10 years, these solar panels have made Australia the country with the world's largest household uptake of solar panels.

Labour asks British government to explain basis of Google tax deal

The Google internet homepage is displayed on a product at a store in London, Britain January 23, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall

Britain's opposition Labour party demanded on Sunday that the finance ministry explain how it arrived at a back tax payment by Internet giant Google that has put the government on the back foot.

The settlement of 130 million pounds ($185 million) for the period since 2005, announced just over a week ago, was hailed by the government as a major success but criticised by other parties, and could be examined by European Union antitrust regulators.

American woman attends her 'Facebook son's' wedding in Uttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur

At a time when the globe is brimming with stories about the bad world of the Internet, a 60-year-old American woman has done almost the 'unthinkable' by attending her 'Facebook son's' wedding in Gorakhpur.

Digital India: Railway Broadband to reach 500,000 homes by 2018

RAIL NEWS CENTER: Digital India: Railway Broadband to reach 500,000 ...: Carving a niche for itself in the Connected India-2020 project, Railtel Corporation’s broadband will reach 500,000 households throug...

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