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I knew Ashwin was going to bowl a carrom ball from the way he held the ball at top of his mark: Pietersen

Among the many famous knocks that he is known for, Kevin Pietersen’s sparkling 186 in Mumbai in 2012-13 that helped England win that series would rank one of his top knocks of his career. India bowled 102.3 overs of spin from R Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, and Pragyan Ojhan and Pietersen blasted them around the park. Did he have a secret sauce on the track that aided the turn? It turns out, he had. On Sky Sports, during rain-forced lunch break on day 3, Pietersen revealed how he picked up and shred Ashwin and Harbhajan’s variations. Especially the former’s carrom ball, and the latter’s doosra. “People would rave about how I read his carrom balls from the grip and such.. but (the truth) was that he announced to me right at the top of his bowling mark that this was going to be a carrom ball....
Politics

India’s Tejas aircraft emerges as Malaysia’s top choice for its new fighter jet programme

India’s Tejas light combat aircraft has emerged as the top choice for Malaysia as the Southeast Asian nation looks at replacing its ageing fleet of fighter jets and the two sides are holding negotiations to firm up the procurement. Malaysia has narrowed down on the Indian aircraft notwithstanding the stiff competition from China’s JF-17 jet, South Korea’s FA-50 and Russia’s Mig-35 as well as Yak-130, Chairman and Managing Director of Hindustan Aeronautics Limited, R Madhavan, told PTI in an interview. As part of the package, India has offered to set up an MRO (Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) facility in Malaysia for its Russian-origin Su-30 fighter fleet as it is facing difficulties in procuring spares for the aircraft from Russia in view of western sanctions against Moscow. “I am ver...
Politics

Narendra Modi at BJP national executive meeting: ‘Also reach out to deprived communities other than Hindus’

Even as the BJP emphasises eradicating the “dynastic, family-oriented, casteist and appeasement politics followed by the Opposition parties”, sources said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday asked the party to reach out to “deprived and downtrodden communities other than Hindus”. A party insider quoting the PM said, “He said there are deprived and downtrodden sections in other communities also. We should not be limited to Hindus only, we should work for all these deprived communities.” Modi’s direction to the party, issued during its ongoing national executive meeting in Hyderabad, comes a week after the BJP won the Lok Sabha by-elections in Azamgarh and Rampur, two constituencies in Uttar Pradesh where Muslim voters played a decisive role in the electoral tests. Sources in the B...
Sports

Stirred by a hot exchange with Kohli, Bairstow turns aggressive to reach his fifty

Virat Kohli vs Jonny Bairstow started on the evening of day 2. Bairstow, who starred in two great chases against New Zealand with fiery knocks, was playing within himself. Some good old tuk-tuk cricket. On air, Graeme Swann would say, “Bairstow is looking a shadow of the player who was blasting everything against New Zealand. It’s a different quality attack here.” On the field, Kohli would start chirping. At one point, in the crossover of the overs, he shouted out, “A bit faster than Southee, eh?”. At the end of the second day’s play Kohli had walked away, with his hands over Bairstow’s shoulder and he was laughing away at some time. Day 3 began with Bairstow adopting similar conservatism as day 2. Kohli began to find his voice again. Bairstow found his lungs too. Both went verbally ag...
Gaming

‘Run with names of Hindu deities’: Panchayat in Manesar calls for economic boycott of Muslim businesses

A panchayat organised at a temple in Haryana’s Manesar on Sunday, claiming to represent the Hindu society, called for an economic boycott of “Muslim shopkeepers and vendors”. Issuing an ultimatum to the administration, the panchayat urged the gathering to form village-level committees to enforce the boycott in their respective villages. More than 200 people, including members of Bajrang Dal and Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP), took part in the panchayat. The participants also included people from nearby villages of Manesar, Dharuhera and Gurgaon. The panchayat members submitted a memorandum to a duty magistrate stating that illegal immigrants must be evicted. “There should be an immediate enquiry into this and those found staying illegally should be evicted. They are involved in religious c...
Gaming

Only AAP can free Delhi from BJP’s garbage mountains, need MCD polls soon: MLA Durgesh Pathak

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has appealed to the Delhi Lieutenant Governor to conduct the elections to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) immediately and claimed that “only the AAP can bring freedom from the BJP’s garbage mountains.” AAP MLA and MCD in-charge Durgesh Pathak on Saturday said the problem has only worsened with heaps of rubbish welcoming those coming into the city from all sides. “Today, from whichever side one enters Delhi – it could be from Haryana or from Uttar Pradesh – you are welcomed by the BJP’s heaps of trash that are scattered all over the city. All residents of the city are bothered every single day by this,” Pathak said. He said the MCD has, over the last 15 years, spent crores of rupees on waste management and yet the city is in such a mess right now that t...
Politics

MP: Tribal woman battles for life after being set ablaze over land dispute; 2 persons held

A tribal woman was battling for life with severe burn injuries after three persons allegedly set her on fire over a land dispute in Madhya Pradesh’s Guna district, police said on Sunday. The incident took place on Saturday afternoon in Dhanoria village under Bamori police station limits, over 200 km from the state capital Bhopal, Guna Superintendent of Police Pankaj Shrivastava said, adding the woman’s condition was critical. Two of the accused have been arrested so far, he said. A video, purportedly shot by the accused, went viral on social media platforms, wherein the charred woman was seen crying in pain, with smoke all around her. The person shooting the video was heard saying the woman had torched herself, and “let us shoot the video”. The woman’s husband, Arjun Saharia, complained...
Travel

From Kiara Aadvani to Tara Sutaria: Fashion hits and misses (June 27-July 3)

Bollywood celebs kept it casual and breezy as they went around the city this week. While some looked extremely fashionable and chic, some did not quite hit the mark. Take a look at who impressed us and who failed to do so! Buy Now | Our best subscription plan now has a special price HIT: Kiara Advani Kiara Advani in a green ensemble (Source: Varinder Chawla) Kiara Advani kept it casual with her light green ensemble. The actor donned a green patterned sleeveless shirt and pant. White nail colour paired with camel footwear complemented her look. The outfit was a hit seeing the soaring temperatures. HIT: Sara Ali Khan Sara Ali Khan looks chic in her latest outfit (Source: Varinder Chawla) The Kedarnath actor went for a plain white shirt and paired with denim shorts. She also wore white ...
Gaming

Delhi ITIs registration for admissions to begin from tomorrow

Registration for admissions to all Delhi government Industrial Training Institutes (ITI) for the academic year 2022-2023 will begin on Monday. While the registration will begin on July 4, they will continue till July 31. The tentative date for displaying the rank of candidates is August 5. The application process will be carried out online. There are 19 ITIs in Delhi with a total of 11,336 seats available for admissions this session. There are certificate courses for 54 engineering and non-engineering trades for which admissions will be opened, including for carpenters, electricians, computer operators and programming assistants, interior design and decorators, mechanics auto body repair, plumbers, and textile designing. The eligibility varies for different trades and begins at Cla...
Politics

FCRA compoundable offences up from 7 to 12: Parties to judges to media can now get funds from kin abroad without fear of prosecution

With the Ministry of Home Affairs effecting changes in the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA) and its rules through two gazette notifications Friday night, political parties, legislature members, election candidates, judges, government servants, journalists and media houses among others — all barred from receiving foreign contribution – will no longer be prosecuted if they receive foreign contribution from relatives abroad and fail to intimate the government within 90 days. The amended rule makes this a compoundable offence, and the recipient will be required to pay 5% of the foreign contribution received — earlier, such an offence would entail prosecution in a court of law. The new notifications have increased the number of compoundable offences under the Act from 7 to 12 and...
Gaming

IT firm linked to former Mumbai CP didn’t red-flag NSE server breach: CBI

The CBI, which registered a case in 2018 in the NSE co-location scam, is probing how an audit company incorporated in 2001 by Sanjay Pandey, who last week retired as Commissioner of Police, Mumbai, did not red flag that the NSE servers were compromised. The compromise had allowed one of the trading companies to get unfair access to the system, resulting in windfall profits. When the firm iSec Services Pvt Ltd was incorporated in March 2001, Pandey was not in service. He quit the directorship in May 2006, with his mother Santosh and son Armaan becoming directors in the company. Based out of Oshiwara in Andheri, it was one of the IT companies tasked with conducting security audits at NSE during 2010 to 2015 when the co-location scam is believed to have taken place. The CBI has recorded th...
Sports

Inflated travel rates, few rooms: Ahead of Qatar kickoff, football fans’ options limited

Football fans have a reputation of going to extreme lengths to support their teams. But, even by their standards, planning travel for this year’s World Cup in Qatar has turned out to be an unprecedented adventure. Flight rates that are two or three times more than usual, hotel rooms that can run into hundreds of dollars per night, and the prospect of making the UAE their base to make trips to-and-fro between the two countries for matches — what has been projected as the “most accessible” World Cup is turning into a logistical nightmare for fans. Qatar’s unique appeal as a host nation — all eight stadiums are situated in and around Doha, the capital, within an hour of travel — has contributed to the sale of 1.8 million tickets as of June 29, with the final sales period commencing on July...
Gaming

Appointed V-C of Rabindra Bharati varsity after state govt nod: Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar

Governor Jagdeep Dhankhar Saturday said he appointed Mahua Mukherjee, professor in the department of dance at Rabindra Bharati University, as the vice-chancellor “based on the recommendation of the state government”, and therefore, he was within his rights to do so. “Statement @AITCofficial -VC of Rabindra Bharati University appointment- reveals disconnect with Gov #MamataBanerjee. It is factually incorrect. Hence record set straight. Expect maturity & propriety from ruling party & Gov. Ever available for connect and interaction (sic),” Dhankhar tweeted, slamming TMC leaders for “making statements against him”. Later, the Raj Bhavan came out with a press release, stating, “It is most unfortunate and grave impropriety that the ruling party TMC spokesperson has made a totally wron...
Politics

If relations with India turn peaceful, its credit will also go to Lambah: former Pak diplomats

Satinder Lambah was an “epitome of diplomacy” and if Pakistan and India can ever forge peaceful relations, its credit will also go to the veteran Indian diplomat and his tireless efforts will not go “waste,” an ex-foreign minister of Pakistan and prominent former diplomats said on Saturday. Lambah, 81, died in New Delhi on Thursday. He headed the crucial back-channel diplomatic negotiations between India and Pakistan from 2005 to 2014. He was India’s High Commissioner in Islamabad from 1992 to 1995. Riaz Mohammad Khan, a Pakistani counterpart of Lambah in the backchannel communication process, paid tribute to the Indian diplomat, saying if ever peace was created between Pakistan and India “its credit will also go to Lambah”. Khan, former foreign secretary, was the point person from Paki...
Sports

Harmony Tan: World No. 115 who defeated Serena Williams is keeping her Wimbledon dream alive

Harmony Tan’s 2022 season was exceptionally ordinary until last month. She had been on the outside of the top 100 of the WTA rankings looking, played a handful of tour-level main draws, and had not made the quarterfinal of a single event she played. And then, after receiving one of the unluckiest draws of the year, she has made the second week of a Major for the first time in her career. Tan’s name was a part of headlines all over the world after she was drawn against Serena Williams in the first round at Wimbledon this year. Williams returned to Wimbledon after an injury-ridden goodbye last year, with speculation active that this may be her last appearance at SW19. When Tan found out she was playing the 23-time Grand Slam winner, she was hoping to win a few games. “When I saw the draw,...
Sports

Jasprit Bumrah: Right arm fast and awesome

Jasprit Bumrah: Right Arm Fast. The categorisation is oversimplifying Bumrah. He is many in one—a versatile new-ball merchant; an old-ball virtuoso, a seam artiste; supreme length-manipulator, an all-format freak of nature, a talisman and a matchwinner, an icon and an entertainer. On Saturday, he was all, more than all, and pure theatre too. There are many reasons spectators flock to watch him in flesh or turn on the television when he is winding up that unique action of his. Apart from the sense of achievement that will grow with the years in just having been there the day that Bumrah did that, a desperation almost to be part of him in some tiny way, Bumrah brings something for everyone. For the masses, he gifts the visceral thrill of a supersonic fast bowler splaying stumps and blast...
Sports

Two badminton players suspended for age fraud at sub-junior ranking tournament

A day after the Badminton Association of India (BAI) postponed the All India Sub-Junior Ranking Tournament in Mohali for a day after parents’ made allegations of over-age players in the fray, the governing body for the sport suspended two players from Rajasthan. While the matches got under way on Saturday at Mohali, the two players were suspended after the protesting parents met Sanjay Mishra, the BAI secretary early on Saturday morning. Mishra assured the parents of strict action. The All India Sub-Junior Ranking tournament (Under-13) is being organised by Punjab Badminton Association. “After the complaint by the parents, Badminton Association of India has suspended two players from Rajasthan and their Badminton Association of India ID’s too have been deactivated. The issue has been fo...
Politics

Presidential poll: Only Murmu, Sinha left in fray after last date of withdrawal

NDA nominee Droupadi Murmu and joint opposition candidate Yashwant Sinha are the only two left in the race for the president’s office after the last day for the withdrawal of nomination ended on Saturday. Rajya Sabha Secretary General P C Mody who is also the Returning Officer for the July 18 polls said 115 nomination papers by 94 individuals were received till June 29, of which 107 were rejected for not meeting the required criteria. The nomination papers of Murmu and Sinha, four sets each, were found to fulfil all the requirements of a valid nomination and were accepted, he said.The Rajya Sabha Secretariat said in a statement that the voting will take place between 10 AM and 5 PM in Room Number 63 of the Parliament House, and in notified rooms in state assemblies. The Electoral Colleg...
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A week on, kin yet to get Kerala PhD student’s body from Germany

A week after a 25-year-old student from Kerala accidentally drowned at a lake in Göttingen in Germany, the family and friends of the student are struggling to bring his body back to India to perform the last rites. Arun Sathyan, who was pursuing his PhD at University Medical Centre in Göttingen (UMG), drowned in the Rosdorfer Baggersee lake on June 25 (Saturday). Sathyan, a native of Kochi in Kerala, is survived by his parents and a younger brother. “Last week around 3 pm, Arun had decided to go out to swim at the Rosdorfer Baggersee lake with his friends. But since his friends did not join, he decided to go by himself. He went to the lake in the area where you are not allowed to swim,” said Mayank Chaudhary, one of Arun’s friends. Arun with his parents. Arun was to meet his friends in...
Sports

Jasprit Bumrah’s pull in Stuart Broad record over evokes memories of Kapil Dev’s Nataraja

The most breathtaking shot from Jasprit Bumrah in the over of mayhem, in which he looted 29 of the 35 runs against Stuart Broad to break the world record for most runs in a single over in a Test, was a marvellous pull. The front leg swivelled up in the air, and it brought memories of three glorious pulls, somewhat similar. The soul of the shots was the flamboyant upward thrust of the front leg and the individuality comes through in what transpires next. We also look at the vastly contrasting version of Sachin Tendulkar’s. Kapil Dev’s Nataraja shot The takeaway from Kapil’s signature shot wasn’t a sense of brutality but of something wildly beautiful. There wasn’t violence in it, like most pull shots can often have. No wonder The Hindu’s R Mohan instinctively sensed something classical in...