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Faf du Plessis doubtful for South Africa vs Zimbabwe Test
Du Plessis has not played since suffering a back injury during a one-day international against Bangladesh in October. [...]
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English Premier League Fantasy XI of 2017
It seems like ages since the end of last season, when Chelsea finished at the top and Manchester City ended their campaign at third. The new 2017-18 season has been different, with the Blues currently at 3rd and City at pole position, with a 16 point lead over the defending champions. [...]
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Indian Cricket 2017: A year of brilliance
Stand-in-skipper Rohit Sharma sent records tumbling with the likes of former skipper MS Dhoni. [...]
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Tortured by police, separated from his family for years, but Tamil refugee still says nandri – thank you
Rescued after 22 hours in freezing water, Para Paheer applied for asylum in Australia. An extraordinary friendship with a Victorian woman helped ease the pain of waiting eight years to see his wife and sonThe word nandri comes easily and often to Para Paheer: to the bishop who rescued him from torture, to the ship’s captain who plucked him from the ocean after 22 freezing hours in the water, to the Victorian family who adopted him in his adopted land, and to the Australian community at large for his family’s second chance.Paheer’s near decade-long search for safety and to be reunited with his wife and child has been marked by trial and tribulation, but it is nandri – Tamil for thank you – that he reaches for first upon reflection on his journey. Related: Sri Lanka accused of waging 'silent war' as Tamil land is appropriated by army Related: Twelve former Australians of the Year condemn government and urge action on Manus Related: Australia built a hell for refugees on Manus. The shame will outlive us all | Richard Flanagan Related: Why do you want people to drown at sea? | First Dog on the Moon Related: Australia still embraces multiculturalism but fracture lines are deepening | David Marr Related: Australia's offshore detention regime is a brutal and obscene piece of self-delusion | Ben Doherty and Helen Davidson Related: Sri Lankan man 'risks torture and rape' if deported from Australia Related: Second cohort of Nauru and Manus refugees to be resettled in US Continue reading... [...]
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Indians celebrate Christmas despite fears of anti-Christian backlash
Government asked states to increase security for Christmas celebrations after recent isolated attacks on ChristiansChristians and others in India celebrated Christmas despite fears of a backlash in some parts of the predominantly Hindu country.The Indian government asked states to increase security for Christmas celebrations this year after recent isolated attacks on Christians in northern India. No new incidents had been reported as of late Monday. Continue reading... [...]
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Bikers snatch Indian diplomat Eenam Gambhir's mobile phone in Delhi
Men on a bike snatched the phone from UN diplomat Eenam Gambhir in Delhi's Rohini on December 23. A case has been registered. Eenam Gambhir India's First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations. She [...]
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Kabul suicide attack kills six near Afghan intelligence agency
Blast comes a week after Isis claimed responsibility for attack on National Directorate of Security training centre A suicide attacker on foot blew himself up near a compound belonging to the Afghan intelligence agency in Kabul on Monday, killing six civilians, officials said.The attacker struck at a time when workers were arriving at their offices. It comes a week after militants stormed a National Directorate of Security (NDS) training centre in the Afghan capital. Related: Europe rebuked for removing Afghans to one of world's most dangerous countries Continue reading... [...]
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India should reduce petrol imports by 2022: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday that India should reduce petrol imports by 2022 when India mark 75 years of freedom, In order to achieve this, state of the art mass transit systems are the need of the hour, he said [...]
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The world in 2017: how much do you know? – quiz
One state turned off the internet, another was accused of using starvation as a weapon of war, and beauty pageant contestants went rogue in the name of gender equality. What do you remember of the year that was?Which country hosts the world's largest refugee camp?TanzaniaKenyaUgandaSudanIn November, who became secretary of state for development after Priti Patel resigned amid controversy over covert meetings with Israeli officials?Andrea LeadsomJames BrokenshirePenny MordauntKaren BradleyThe government of which country turned off the internet for a week in September?TogoCongo-BrazzavilleEthiopiaEgyptAn aid watchdog accused three celebrities of producing 'poverty porn' for Comic Relief 2017. Who were they?Gary Lineker, Gal Gadot and Tom HardyBruno Mars, Chris Hemsworth and Anne HathawayBeyoncé, Jeremy Irons and Ben AffleckEd Sheeran, Tom Hardy and Eddie RedmayneIn May, the rail network of which country introduced an initiative to employ transgender workers? MexicoPakistanIndiaAfghanistanWho made headlines around the world by branding Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi 'one of the great ethnic cleansers'?Kendrick LamarLana Del ReyKeshaBob GeldofIn a speech in New York in September, who said: 'The world has never been healthier, wealthier or less violent'?Barack ObamaBill ClintonWarren BuffettJeffrey SachsIn November, contestants in which televised national beauty pageant announced figures on gender violence rather than their vital statistics? Miss PeruMiss PhilippinesMiss PakistanMiss ParaguayIn which country does Britain risk complicity in the use of starvation as a weapon of war, according to academic and author Alex de Waal?SyriaAfghanistanYemenIraqWho was branded a hypocrite after backing a luxury tourism project in Saudi Arabia, despite his outspoken criticism of human rights abuses in the country? Stelios Haji-IoannouPhilip GreenPrince CharlesRichard BransonIn a landmark decision, which country repealed a law that allowed rapists to avoid jail by marrying their victims?JordanEgyptLebanonSaudi Arabia11 and above.A truly stellar performance. Clearly you need to get out more.8 and above.An excellent effort. 6 and above.Nice job. 4 and above.Fair to middling. You're the XX of global news knowledge.0 and above.Seems you've not really been paying attention. Too many episodes of Game of Thrones, perhaps? Continue reading... [...]
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Telangana: Headmaster found hanging in school, note addressed to KCR found
Karimnagar(Telangana), Dec 24: The headmaster of a school allegedly committed suicide on Saturday in a room in the school at Gunturpally village in Telangana. Karimnagar Rural Circle Inspector Sashidhar Reddy said that headmaster Kethireddy Madhusudan Reddy's body was discovered [...]
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McLaren highlights issues in building an electric supercar
McLaren is sure about developing an all-electric supercar and our sister publication, Autocar UK, has been talking its engineers who have shared some details about the challenge faced in building an electric supercar. Dan Parry-Williams, McLaren’s engineering design director, says that the company is working with a pure Electric Vehicle (EV) test mule, with the main focus being on keeping the driver engagement intact. He said that the route is not that easy and McLaren has to cover quite a distance to meet its aspirations. Similar to other automakers who are venturing into EVs, for McLaren, technology is the major challenge. Parry-Williams explains this with an example: “If one wants to do some track driving for half an hour in an EV that has a road drive range of over 500 miles, then, at the end of the tracking, the car would completely run out of charge as the energy required for track performance is staggering.” Parry-Williams said that there is a lot of investment into energy-dense batteries, which are good for providing long range. However, for a supercar performance, power density is more important and a lot needs to be invested in such technology. So, for McLaren, a full EV is still some time away. However, Parry-Williams has confirmed that 50 percent of McLaren’s models will have hybrid powertrains by 2022 that will be high on performance. The company is looking forward to building an EV with an on-board power generator to prevent its battery from getting exhausted even after track performance. [...]
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Maoist leader carrying reward of Rs 25 lakh surrenders in Telangana
A prominent Maoist leader, who carried a reward of Rs 25 lakhs on his head, surrendered before the Telangana police on Sunday. Narasimha Reddy, a Central Committee member of the banned CPI (Maoist), surrendered with his wife H Rajitha, [...]
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China and Russia oppose UN resolution on Rohingya
Resolution calls on the Myanmar to allow access for aid workers, ensure the return of all refugees and grant full citizenship rights to the RohingyaThe UN general assembly has urged Myanmar to end a military campaign against Muslim Rohingya and called for the appointment of a UN special envoy, despite opposition from China, Russia and some regional countries.A resolution put forward by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation was adopted by a vote of 122 to 10 with 24 abstentions.The Rohingya are Muslims who live in majority-Buddhist Myanmar. They are often described as "the world's most persecuted minority".  Related: 'When they began slaughtering us we ran for our lives': Rohingya trapped inside Myanmar | Alex Crawford Continue reading... [...]
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Siddaramaiah slams Parrikar, BJP over Mahadeyi issue
Bengaluru, Dec 24: Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah today accused his Goa counterpart Manohar Parrikar and state BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa of trying to play out a 'drama' on the issue Mahadayi river water issue, keeping the coming assembly elections in [...]
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Bengaluru becomes India's first city to get its own logo: BeU
India's IT capital Bengaluru has joined the likes of Amsterdam and New York city with its very own logo. The Logo was unveiled on Sunday as part of Namma Bengaluru Habba. Karnataka's political power corridor Vidhana Soudha's gates were opened up [...]
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Goa: On Christmas Eve, Santa Claus joins police in spreading awareness about road safety
Considering increase in road accidents in state, Goa Police took this initiative to educate tourists and locals about road safety and security. [...]
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Sushil Modi lashes out at Lalu and his supporters
Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi today lashed out at Lalu Prasad and his supporters for alleging that the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief was being targeted as he belonged to a backward caste. [...]
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What worked for Jairam Thakur, Himachal Pradesh's new chief minister?
Jairam Thakur is new Himachal Pradesh chief minister. Here's what worked in favour of the Mandi leader. [...]
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'We would have chased down any target,' says Rohit Sharma
"Throughout the series we had six batters plus one all rounder, so we had seven batsmen. We always knew that whatever target is set up, we back our batsmen to get it," Rohit said after India beat Sri Lanka by five wickets to sweep the three-match T20 series 3-0. [...]
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3rd T20I: India end 2017 with 3-0 sweep against Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka will go home with just one ODI win from this tour while India would head to South Africa with convincing victories in all three formats. [...]
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Indian cricket team coach Ravi Shastri eyes South Africa series after Sri Lanka whitewash
The Indians thrashed the visitors by five wickets at the Wankhede Stadium to clinch the series 3-0. They had earlier won the Test series and One-Day International (ODI) series as well. [...]
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Muslim Personal Law Board holds emergency meet on ‘instant triple talaq ban’ bill
Ahead of tabling the Triple Talaq bill in the winter session of Parliament, All India Muslim Personal Law Board or AIMPLB held an emergency meeting to oppose the proposed bill banning instant triple talaq. The new bill, know as [...]
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Assembly bypoll results: TMC wins Sabang, BJP leading in Sikandra, Pakke-Kasang
West Bengal's ruling Trinamool Congress on Sunday won the Sabang Assembly constituency by-poll.The counting of votes for Pakke-Kasang, Sikandra Assembly Bye-elections is underway. The results are expected to be out by afternoon. Sabang: TMC wins West Bengal's ruling Trinamool [...]
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Christmas violence and arrests shake Indian Christians
There has been a surge in anti-Christian attacks following the election of Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist governmentThe strains of Hindi carols have rung out in the Aligarh Church of Ascension every Christmas since 1858. Armed police on the grounds is a more recent tradition. This year the officers will be out in force. On Thursday night in the north Indian city, Rahul Chauhan was playing tabla drums while the rest of his Seventh–Day Adventist choir sang Christmas songs in the home of a follower. Related: Christians in India increasingly under attack, study shows Continue reading... [...]
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Jai Ram Thakur is the new Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh
Jairam Thakur becomes the chief minister of Himachal Pradesh ending all the speculations and suspense. Thakur is a senior leader in Himachal Pradesh and is elected for his 5th term in Vidhan Sabha. He has experience both in administration [...]
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RK Nagar bypoll result LIVE: TTV Dinakaran crosses 30,000 mark
The result of RK Nagar by-election will be announced on Sunday. Around 77.68 per cent voters exercised their franchise in the battle for this prestigious assembly seat in Tamil Nadu. The constituency was represented by late J. Jayalalithaa who [...]
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Who is Jai Ram Thakur? the next Himachal CM
Jai Ram Thakur was on Sunday formally elected Himachal Pradesh chief minister, ending days of prolonged deliberations over the selection of the candidate. Who is Jai Ram Thakur? Thakur, a five-time MLA from Seraj in Mandi district enjoys a [...]
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In conversation with Tom Kristensen, 9-time Le Mans winner
What is the biggest difference you have noticed in the shift from racing modern prototypes to now racing vintage cars? Once you put your helmet on, you always want to do your best. But now I go to vintage motorsport events just to enjoy myself and I don’t feel I have to win. Of course, it is important to remain focused and concentrate when driving the cars, as they are treasured enormously by their owners and are often incredibly valuable – they are sometimes the best from that particular period. I look forward to receiving an invitation to Goodwood Revival even more so now that I am retired. The quality of the cars and the level of grip they had were very different then, as were their aerodynamics – this meant you were sliding a lot and it was even more important to find a rhythm.  Also, I find driving a car for the first time is one of the greatest challenges in vintage motor racing – it is a very intense feeling and really allows you to get into the spirit of the event. Do you ever feel like returning to racing contemporary cars, perhaps in a different form (i.e.) Rallycross? I was very comfortable with my decision to retire; it was the right time for me and I felt completely at peace with my decision. I am fortunate to still be involved in the industry and I enjoy my role at Audi enormously. I am also a brand ambassador for Rolex and being Grand Marshal at the 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona was definitely a highlight, as I was participating in the ultimate gentleman’s 24-hour race at Le Mans.  Driving a variety of cars is a very special feeling and that only really happens at heritage motorsport events. For example, each of the five years I have been to Goodwood Revival, I have driven a different car in each class, which I’ve really enjoyed and find challenging. What have been your highlights during the Monterey Classic Car Week so far? The highlights for me have been seeing the enormous variety and depth of cars on show at the different events throughout the week. The amount of cars on the track at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion is phenomenal. At Laguna Seca, I was particularly struck by the drivers’ laid-back approach to racing – it is all about celebrating the heritage of our sport, far more than the competition. It creates a lovely atmosphere, truly unique and far away from real competition. Siddhraj Singh [...]
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