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Monday, October 23, 2017

Countries where military is inclusive of transgenders

The Netherlands was the first country to allow transgenders in military

 Here is a timeline of when others followed suit and what the controversy surrounding transgenders service in the US armed forces

China's Friends,Foes And Frenemies

China has 13 neighbours apart from India

 Here’s a quick look at what its relations with each of its neighbours, the length of the border it shares with them

India gifts war memorabilia to Bangladesh Sunday Oct 22,2017

India on Sunday Oct 22,2017 gifted to the Bangladesh Prime Minister memorabilia of the Bangladesh Liberation War of 1971 when an estimated 10 million Bangladesh people took refuge in India and the two neighbours fought together to drive out the Pakistani occupation army

The memorabilia,handed over to Sheikh Hasina by visiting Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, includes military equipment utilised by the joint forces of India and Bangladesh as well as a large number of artefacts and documents, including historical photographs, archival audio and video clippings, maps, battle records, newspaper clippings, documentary films
The collection is proposed to be displayed at the Bangladesh National Museum in Shahbagh and the Museum of Independence in Suhrawardy Udyan in Dhaka.

Former AC Milan football star Kakha Kaladze is the new mayor of Tbilisi,Georgia Sunday Oct 22,2017

Georgia announced Sunday Oct 22,2017 that former AC Milan football star Kakha Kaladze had been elected mayor of its capital Tbilisi.
The country's election administration said on its website that Kaladze won 51% of the vote in Saturday's municipal election.
The 39-year-old played for AC Milan between 2001 and 2010, helping the team to twice win the Champions League. He previously played for Dynamo Kiev and Dinamo Tbilisi and also captained Georgia's national side

Inter Milan's Dejan Stankovic (R) shoots to score against AC Milan as he is challenged by Kakha Kaladze (in blue) during their Italian Serie A soccer match at the San Siro stadium in Milan February 15, 2009

He quit football in 2012 while playing for Genoa in order to devote himself to politics and campaign alongside billionaire tycoon Bidzina Ivanishvili to challenge then-president Mikheil Saakashvili.
He became energy minister in October 2012 after Ivanishvili's coalition scored a shock parliamentary election victory over Saakashvili's party. In July this year, he resigned to run as mayor of the capital, a city of 1.2 million.
In a personal tragedy, his brother was kidnapped in 2001 by abductors who demanded a ransom and took him to a gorge that was a notorious hideout for Chechen separatist rebels. His body was identified five years later

Japan’s Nikkei hits new highs after Abe wins election Monday Oct 23,2017

Japan's Nikkei share average notched 21-year highs on Monday Oct 23,2017 to rise for a record 15th straight session, lifted by a weaker yen after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's coalition scored a resounding election victory on Sunday.
The Nikkei ended up 1.1% at 21,696.65.
The index gained 1.4% last week, making its sixth straight weekly gain and its longest weekly winning streak in a year, leaving investors to ponder how long it might continue.
“While upward momentum is apparently strong, it would not be unusual for short-term profit-taking to emerge,” said Yutaka Miura, a senior technical analyst at Mizuho Securities.
Mr. Abe's coalition kept its two-thirds “super majority” in the Lower House, reassuring investors that his “Abenomics” economic reforms would continue, including the Bank of Japan's easy monetary policy, which has resulted in a weaker yen, benefiting exporters.
“It would be particularly positive if this very strong political position that Abe has re-established allows him to push for further radical policy — that would be a bonus,” said Stefan Worrall, director of Japan equity sales at Credit Suisse in Tokyo.

2017-18 Premier League - Everton fires manager Ronald Koeman with team in drop zone Monday Oct 23,2017

Everton has fired manager Ronald Koeman with the Premier League club in the relegation zone.
The Dutchman was dismissed two months into his second season in charge following a 5—2 loss to Arsenal the previous day.
Everton has zero wins in its last five matches, and only two victories in the last 13. The team has eight points from nine games and only six league goals. Everton is last in its Europa League group with one point from three games.

Everton says the executives “would all like to express their gratitude to Ronald for the service he has given to the club over the past 16 months and for guiding the club to seventh place in last season’s Premier League campaign.”

Mahira Khan on the cover of OK! Pakistan

Pakistani actor Mahira Khan, who was seen with Shah Rukh Khan in Bollywood film Raees, has done a photoshoot for Ok! Pakistan magazine. She will be seen on the cover page of the October 2017 edition.
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OK! Pakistan’s October issue features,@TheMahiraKhan the force of nature beyond the screen.

Recently, Mahira was in the news for a photograph that went viral. She was seen smoking with Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor in this photo captured in New York. Initially, she was trolled but later many celebrities, including Ranbir Kapoor, spoke in her support.

Mahira Khan also spoke about the controversy at a TV show launch. She said, “About meeting Ranbir she said, “It is my personal life and it is very normal for a boy and girl to hang out.”
However, she said she has learned from the incident. “Nowadays, (the) media is not only present at events but everywhere. So, I have learnt from it (the incident),” she said.
Mahira Khan has worked in television soaps like Humsafar with Fawad Khan and is a single mother to four-year-old son, Azlaan.

2017 Pakistan and Sri Lanka in UAE 5-Match ODI Series - Pakistan Vs Sri Lanka @ Sharjah Monday Oct 23,2017

5-Match ODI Series Results

First ODI @ Dubai Oct 13,2017
Pakistan 292/6 in 50 Overs
Sri Lanka 209/8 in 50 Overs
Match Result - Pakistan won by 83 Runs
MOM - Shoaib Malik(Pakistan)for his 81(61 Balls 4x5 and 6x2)

Second ODI @ Abu Dhabi Oct 16,2017
Pakistan 219/9 in 50 Overs
Sri Lanka 187/10 in 48 Overs
Match Result - Pakistan won by 32 Runs
MOM - Shadab Khan(Pakistan)for his 52*(68 Balls 4x1)

Third ODI @Abu Dhabi  Oct 18,2017
Sri Lanka 208/10 in 48.2 Overs
Pakistan   209/3 in 42.3 Overs
Match Result - Pakistan won by 7 wickets
MOM - Imam ul Haq(Pakistan) for his 100(125 Balls 4x5 and 6x2) - Century on ODI Debut

Fourth ODI @ Sharjah  Oct 20,2017
Sri Lanka 173/10 in 43.4 Overs
Pakistan   177/3 in 39 Overs
Match Result - Pakistan won by 7 wickets
MOM -Babar Azam(Pakistan)for his 69*(101 Balls 4x5)
Series Result - Pakistan lead the 5-Match ODI Series 4-0

Pakistan skittle Sri Lanka out for 103 in 26.2 Overs

Left-arm fast bowler Usman Shinwari ripped apart Sri Lanka's top order with 5-34 as Pakistan eyed a whitewash by dominating the tourists for 103 in just 26.2 overs in the fifth and final ODI on Monday Oct 23,2017

Shinwari, playing in only his second ODI, claimed four of his wickets in his first two overs before adding one more in a sensational 21-ball spell that made Sri Lanka 20-5.

The last wicket pair of Dushmantha Chameera (11) and Vishwa Fernando (7) took Sri Lanka beyond the 100-run mark before Hasan Ali finished off Sri Lanka with 2-19.

Shinwari was on a hat-trick in the first over when he had Sadeera Samarawickrama clean bowled for his second straight nought of the series and then lured Dinesh Chandimal to drive but only got a big outside edge.

Sri Lanka captain Upul Tharanga, who won the toss and opted to bat first, drove the hat-trick ball to cover boundary before Shinwari had the skipper bowled off a delivery that nipped back sharply into the left-hander.

Niroshan Dickwella was the third man to get dismissed for nought when Shinwari had him lbw off another sharp incoming delivery. Milinda Siriwardana capped Sri Lanka's top order batting woes in the series when he played another lose drive to get caught at covers.

Ali then reduced Sri Lanka to 49-6 when Lahiru Thirimanne (19) was caught behind and Seekkuge Prasanna was run out.

Thisara Perera (25) was one of the four batsmen to cross the double-figure mark, hitting a six and three fours, before falling to legspinner Shadab Khan, who finished with 2-24.

Devotees perform 'Mahamastakabhishek' of the Nandi idol at Chamundi Hills in Myosre,Karnataka,India on Monday Oct 23,2017

Steve Jobs School: The Most Innovative School In The World

A teacher explains to her students the basics of using their iPads at the Steve Jobs school. The Steve Jobs schools in the Netherlands are founded by the O4NT (Education For A New Time) organisation, which provides the children with iPads to help them learn with a more interactive experience.

A teacher trains students to use their iPads at the Steve Jobs school in Netherlands.

Students play with their iPads at the Steve Jobs school in Netherlands

Students take notes from their iPads at the Steve Jobs school in Sneek, Netherlands

Students look at their iPads at the Steve Jobs school in Sneek, Netherlands

Students practice on their iPads at the Steve Jobs school in Sneek, Netherlands.

Brazilian Football Legend Pele (DOB Oct 23,1940) Turns 77 Today Monday Oct 23,2017

Edson Arantes do Nascimento,known as Pelé is widely regarded as the greatest football player of all time. 

In 1999, he was voted World Player of the Century by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS). 

That same year, Pelé was elected Athlete of the Century by the International Olympic Committee

According to the IFFHS, Pelé is the most successful league goal-scorer in the world, scoring 1281 goals in 1363 games, which included unofficial friendlies and tour games. 

Pelé began playing for Santos at age 15 and the Brazil national football team at 16. 

During his international career, he won three FIFA World Cups - 19581962 and 1970, being the only player ever to do so.

1969 Brazil stamp commemorating Pelé's landmark 1,000th goal

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) Overtakes Bajaj to Become Second Biggest Bike Seller In India

Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) has raced past Bajaj Auto to become the second biggest bike seller in India during the first half of the ongoing fiscal. During the April-September period this fiscal, HMSI sold a total of 10,48,143 motorcycles in the domestic market registering a growth of 19.8 percent. On the other hand, Bajaj Auto sold 10,10,559 units witnessing a decline of 10.45 percent, according to the latest data from Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM). 

In the comparable period last fiscal, HMSI sold 8,74,852 units as against Bajaj Auto's 11,28,425 units. Market leader Hero MotoCorp continued its hold on the segment selling 33,44,292 units in the first half of the fiscal as against 30,34,504 units in the year-ago period, a growth of 10.2 percent

However, in the scooters segment, the company has lost its second spot to Chennai-based rival TVS Motor Co. Hero MotoCorp's scooter sales in the April-September period this fiscal stood at 4,43,321 units as against 4,48,321 units in the same period last fiscal, down 1.12 percent. TVS Motor Co, on the other hand, sold 5,66,362 units as compared to 4,00,804 units in the corresponding period last year, a jump of 41.3 percent. The company also gained in the motorcycles segment clocking 4,84,370 units during the period under review, up 4.32 percent from 4,64,318units in April-September period last fiscal. 

The other major gainer in the motorcycle segment was Royal Enfield, which sold a total of 3,78,304 units in the first half of FY18 as against 3,07,150 units in year-ago period, up 23.17 percent. In the scooters segment, Suzuki Motorcycle India Pvt Ltd was a major gainer, selling 2,02,771 units as against 1,25,318 units in the corresponding period last fiscal, up 61.8 percent, as per SIAM data. It is now the fifth biggest player in the segment after India Yamaha Motors which sold 2,26,249 scooters during the period as against 2,38,241 units in the year-ago period, down 5 percent
In a country like India, where there's still a taboo on discussions pertaining to sex and condoms, but Bollywood actors Bipasha Basu and Karan Singh Grover decided to change the game a little and featured together in a condom brand advertisement.

The steamy video sees the real-life couple engaging in a sensuous foreplay and aims to promote awareness about safe sex and the importance of condoms in preventing unwanted pregnancies and in curbing HIV AIDS and STD cases. Directed by Prasad Naik, the essence of the advertisement is based on the line, "Get good at foreplay so that you get more play."

Bipasha, who is quite active on social media, shared the advertisement and explained that "as a couple, the two believe in it and that's why we have thoughtfully endorsed it."

"In a country that has the second largest population in the world.. we still have taboos on just the words sex and condoms... but not the actual act. Let’s talk more... read more and learn more about all the things that can be avoided just by the use of a simple precaution. With condoms you can have planned pregnancies and protected sex... which can curb HIV and STD cases. As a couple we believe in this that’s why we have thoughtfully endorsed it. @playgardcondoms @iamksgofficial @prasadnaaik #loveyourself," read her Instagram post.

The director, too, shared the advertisement and a few other photographs from the shoot on his Instagram feed

Actor R Madhavan Gifts Himself Indian Roadmaster Worth Rs 40 Lakhs on Diwali

Bollywood actor Ranganathan Madhavan, known as Madhavan has gifted himself a new cruiser motorcycle – the Indian Roadmaster this Diwali. 

Available with a price tag of Rs 40.45 lakh (ex-showroom), the Roadmaster is flagship bike by US-based luxury touring bike manufacturer, Indian Motorcycle. 

Powered by a 1,811cc Thunderstroke 111 engine, the bike churns out 138 Nm of peak torque. 

The Roadmaster comes with a list of features that are top of the class such as heated seats and grips, adjustable floorboards and electronically adjustable windshield. It also gets a remote locked 64.4-litre storage tank and pathfinder LED lights.

The 7-inch infotainment system on the Roadmaster comes with USD and Bluetooth connectivity. 

The infotainment system also helps in navigation. The bike also gets cruise control.

Known for his roles in movies like 3 Idiots and Tanu Weds Manu, R Madhavan is also a respectful name among the bikers community due to his love for bikes. 

Madhavan also owns a BMW K1200 GTL, Ducati Diavel, and Yamaha V-Max. The Indian Roadmaster is the newest and most-expensive addition in his garage.

Manav Thakkar First Indian to Top ITTF Junior Circuit Rankings

Manav Thakkar became the first Indian to occupy the top spot (3,455 points) on the ITTF World Junior Circuit standings, following the conclusion of the tournament in Belgrade

Manav Thakkar was previously placed at No. 5 position and the rise to the top spot must have given him the boost that he needed after finishing runner-up at the 2017 Serbian Junior and Cadet Open.

The players that follow him in WJC standings include American Kanak Jha at No.2 (2,950 points), Argentinas Francisco Sanchi (2,895 points), Frenchman Bastien Rembert (2,880 points) and Chinese Taipeis Feng Yi-Hsin (2,706 points)

Thus, the boy from Surat ensured a place for himself in the ITTF World Junior Circuit Finals to be staged next February in Luxembourg. 

After winning gold at the Egypt Open last week, Selenadeepthi Selvakumar, jumped several places, from being No. 31 to No. 5 (2,350 points) to make things a little difficult for Archana Girish Kamath, who needs to push herself besides having to complete the two-continent criteria.

Archana, who finished a runner-up at Belgrade Open, will be participating at next weeks India Junior and Cadet Open at Greater Noida. Other than this, she is also slated to compete in the Portugal Open next month to make it to the top 16 of the list. 

Incidentally, both Thakkar and Archana Kamath are members of the "ITTF With the Future in Mind" programme for Youth Olympics at Buenos Aires next year. They had attended the recent training camp in Slovenia.

2017 Japanese general election on Sunday Oct 22,2017 - Incumbent Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe poised for landslide victory

A decision by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to call a snap election appears to have paid off.

Abe's ruling coalition has won a clear majority with more than two-thirds of Parliament's 465 seats, with the Liberal Democratic Party holding a majority even without its coalition partner, the Komeito party
"We were able to earn the powerful support of the Japanese people, well surpassing our goal," Abe said at a press conference after Sunday's vote.
The win puts him on course to be post-war Japan's longest-ever serving prime minister, and Abe is expected to use his new mandate to push for overhauls to the country's defense strategy and pacifist stance.
"My immediate task is to deal with North Korea," Abe told reporters late Sunday. "It will take tough diplomacy. With the mandate given by the people, I would like to exercise my command in diplomacy."
Official results are still to be released after Typhoon Lan prevented some people from voting in parts of the country, particularly those on outlying islands. However, their votes aren't expected to change the outcome.
The forecast win also puts Abe, 63, on track to become the longest-serving leader in the country's modern history. His performance at the polls Sunday is an indication his party is likely to re-elect him as their leader for another three years.
"I must face with this victory with humility," Abe told NHK after the exit poll results. "The voters gave us, the ruling party, a majority. This is the voice of the Japanese people, telling us to push our policies forward and come out with results."

2017 Sri Lanka Tour of India Nov 15 - Dec 24,2017 - Team India Test Squad For The First Two Matches Against Sri Lanka Announced Monday Oct 23,2017

The Sri Lankan Cricket Team is scheduled to play 3 Test Matches;3ODI's and 3 T20's during Nov 15 to Dec 24,2017
The national selectors on Monday Oct 23,2017 named the squad for the first two Tests against Sri Lanka. Murali Vijay, who missed the away series against the Lankans due to an injury, is back in the squad.
Virat Kohli will continue to lead the Indian teams. There were reports that he would be rested.
“We are monitoring the workload of the players, rotational policy will also apply to the captain, but he is available for the Test series. We will monitor Kohli’s workload after the Tests (vs Sri Lanka),” said chief selector MSK Prasad.
Thirty-three-year-old Murali Vijay, who has an impressive Test average of close to 40, last played a Test match in Dharamsala against the Australians in march, 2017. He and KL Rahul had opened the innings.
TEST SQUAD vs SRI LANKA (first two matches)
Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Hardik Pandya, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

2017 New Zealand Tour of India - 16-man Indian squad announced for the 3-Match T20's Monday Oct 23,2017

Mumbai and Delhi Daredevils Shreyas Iyer and Hyderabad pacer Mohammed Siraj have been picked for the three-match T20 series against New Zealand. The 16-man Indian squad was picked in Mumbai on Monday Oct 23,2017

Ashish Nehra has been picked for the first match which will be played in Delhi’s Ferozshah Kotla on November 1. It is expected to be Nehra’s farewell game but whether the veteran left-arm pacer will be in the playing XI will entirely be the team management’s call.

16-man Indian squad 
 Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jsprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj and Ashish Nehra (only for the first T20).

Why Voters Across European Union(EU)Are REjecting Everything Brussels Stands For

2017 Asia Cup Hockey Championship in Dhaka,Bangladesh - India beat Malaysia 2-1 to win the title Sunday Oct 22,2017

India’s decade-long wait to be crowned champions of Asia finally ended on Sunday Oct 22,2017 after goals from Ramandeep Singh and Lalit Upadhyay helped them beat Malaysia 2-1 in the summit clash of the Asia Cup Hockey Championship. 

This is India’s third ever title in the history of the tournament. 

The victory brings them on level terms with Pakistan, who also have three titles, and keeps the arch-rivals behind the South Koreans who have won the tournament four times

India hit the ground running and were looking to dominate from the word go. Led by young Manpreet Singh, they took the lead in as early as the third minute when Ramandeep Singh scored from unmissable range. Just before half time it was Lalit Upadhyay who found himself in the right place to tap it into the back of the net and give his team a 2-0 cushion going into the half-time break. 

The third quarter was more balanced with Malaysia fighting back and starting to open up spaces in the Indian defence, but their efforts did not reap any fruit.

India had opportunities of their own in the the third quarter but could not convert for what would have been a contest-killing third goal. Malaysia took advantage and came back hard in the fourth quarter, scoring a field goal in the 50th minute through Shahril Saabah's stick as the Indian defence failed to close out the Malaysian attackers.

Malaysia kept up the pressure on the Indian defence in the final 10 minutes of the match, but India absorbed all the attacks and showed some resolute defending in the last five minutes to keep their 2-1 lead intact. 

In the end, the defensive skills displayed by India were enough to close out the game and clinch the crown for the first time since 2007

 Indian Hockey players pose with the Hero Asia Cup 2017 Trophy on their arrival at the IGI Airport in New Delhi on Monday Oct 23,2017, after winning the tournament in Dhaka,Bangladesh