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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

2017 South Africa Tour of England First ODI @Headingley,Leeds Wednesday May 24,2017

England v South Africa - ODI Records (since 1992)

Total Match - 56
England Won - 24
South Africa - 28
Tied - 1
No Result - 3 

First Match: Benson & Hedges World Cup - 28th match - England won by 3 wickets (with 1 ball remaining) (revised target) at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Mar 12, 1992

Last Match: 5th ODI South Africa won by 5-wicket at Newlands,Cape Town on Feb 14, 2016.

AB de Villiers and Eoin Morgan pose with the series trophy ahead of the first ODI at Headingley 

  • This will be the first international match at Headingley since the ground's future was secured by an agreement with Leeds City Council to fund a new Football Stand.
  • South Africa have lost all three of their one-day internationals in Leeds, including a Super Six defeat to Australia that contributed to knocking them out of the 1999 World Cup.
  • Morgan needs 18 runs to overtake Alec Stewart and become England's third-highest run-scorer in ODIs.
  • Amla is 120 runs shy of 7000 in ODIs. He has 13 innings in which to get there ahead of Virat Kohli and continue his record of being fastest to 2000, 3000, 4000, 5000 and 6000.

Virender Sehwag becomes Twitter crorepati, celebrates in signature style

Former India batsman Virender Sehwag's Twitter success reached a new high on Tuesday as the swashbuckling opener had 10 million people following him on the social networking site. 
Sehwag celebrated the moment with a short boomerang video where he shows his ten fingers to denote the 10-million mark.
Not one to mince his words, Sehwag has been extremely popular on Twitter since he joined it in November 2009 but has seen a drastic growth only after his retirement. His witty one-liners, short videos and takes on current issues have made him an extremely popular figure and he has not let his fans down.

Thank you to all 1 crore of you for making me  .10 million thanks to all you wonderful people. Love .
Of the famous Fab Five, Sehwag is now on No 2 in terms of followers with legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar leading the chart with 16.1million followers. “Thank you to all 1 crore of you for making me #TwitterCrorepati .10 million thanks to all you wonderful people. Love,” Sehwag posted on Tuesday May 23,2017 

Dubai recruits world's first robotic cop; plans human-free police station by 2030

It might sound fictitious but it's true. Dubai has launched a robot who will be patrolling the streets and tourist destinations as a police officer.
This robot police officer, also known as robocop, was inducted into the Dubai police to stop the increasing crimes.
Dubai police department aims to have 25 percent of its police force composed of robot officers and it also aims at having the first smart police station which won't require human employees by the year 2030.
Robocop, a 5-foot tall and 100-kg robot, has been designed in a manner to judge your emotions and facial expressions and tell when you feel sad or happy.
The latest addition to the force has been designed to keep the city safe and it's facial recognition software will allow it to identify offenders which makes it of great help to the Dubai police.
It can also can also broadcast live video feeds to the police command room.
The robot can speak in six different languages, including Arabic and English and can also chat with people, shake hands and offer a military salute.
The robocop's in-built integrated system will have it connected to social media and other applications.​

Microsoft Corporation Unveils the new Surface Pro

Microsoft Corporation has unveiled the new Surface Pro that delivers up to 13.5 hours of battery life, making it more than 2.5 times faster than Surface Pro 3.
A powerhouse laptop, Surface Pro is also a mobile creative studio with a 12.3-inch PixelSense touch display that supports the new Surface Pen and Surface Dial both on and off-screen.
Twice as accurate as the previous version and enhanced by PixelSense Accelerator custom silicon, the new Surface Pen and new Surface Pro together set the industry standard for faster, more fluid writing and drawing and now Surface Pen supports tilt for more natural shading
"With the introduction of the new Surface Pro we are once again advancing the category by delivering the versatility of a powerhouse laptop and a mobile creative studio in one thin, lightweight device," Panos Panay, Corporate Vice President, Microsoft Devices, said in a statement on Tuesday May 23,2017
The new Surface Pro has been redesigned from the inside out to give people more performance and 50 per cent more battery life than the Surface Pro 4 and packs the power of a 7th generation Intel Core processor into a new fanless and whisper-quiet design.
The new Surface Pro Signature Type Cover delivers a high-quality scissor mechanism and 1.3 mm of key travel for faster and more accurate typing. A full-size glass trackpad with five-finger multi-touch capabilities allows ultimate precision and the entire keyboard is wrapped in soft and durable Alcantara material.
Starting at $799, the new Surface Pro will be launched on June 15 in 25 markets, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, Korea, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Britain and the US.

Nepal Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal 'Prachanda' steps down Wednesday May 24,2017

Pushpa Kamal Dahal stepped down as Prime Minister of Nepal on Wednesday May 24,2017
Prachanda announced his resignation during a televised address to the nation.
 Nepali Congress chief Sher Bahadur Deuba is likely to take over as per an understanding the two leaders had reached in August 2016
As per an understanding reached between ruling parties -- Nepali Congress and CPN (Maoist Centre) -- Prachanda was supposed to quit the top post, paving the way for NC President to lead the coalition government.
The pact was to run the government on a rotational basis until elections to the Parliament are held in February 2018.
Prachanda was to hold office till local polls are held and remaining two elections – provincial and central - were to be conducted under Deuba.
Millions of Nepalese on May 14 voted in the country's first local-level polls in two decades as the Himalayan nation took a crucial step towards cementing democracy amid political turmoil.
Local-level elections could not be held after 1997 largely as a result of the decade-long Maoist insurgency that claimed more than 16,000 lives in Nepal.
The elections should be held in every five years but due to the political instability, they were halted since May 1997.

NDA Govt Cabinet approves abolition of Foreign Investment Promotion Board(FIPB) Wednesday May 24,2017

The NDA Govt Cabinet  on Wednesday May 24,2017 approved the abolition of the 25-year-old Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB), which currently vets FDI proposals requiring the government approval.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in his Budget speech on February 1 announced scrapping of the inter-ministerial body, which comes under the finance ministry's Department of Economic Affairs.
The FIPB was initially constituted under the Prime Minister's Office in the wake of economic liberalisation in the early 1990s.
Currently, FDI in 11 sectors including defence and retail trading requires government approval.
As per the proposed mechanism, respective ministries would take care of the FDI proposals going forward.
Sources added that the government is considering to come up with a standard operating procedure for clearance of FDI proposals in these 11 sectors.
There could also be a provision for quarterly review of pending proposals by the economic affairs secretary and annual review by the finance minister.
The FDI proposals above Rs 5,000 crore would continue to be cleared by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.
Inflow of foreign direct investment into India increased by 9 per cent to USD 43.48 billion in 2016-17.

India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin Wins International Cricketer of the Year Award Wednesday May 24,2017

 India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Wednesday May 24,2017 won the coveted International Cricketer of the Year award at the CEAT Cricket Rating (CCR) International awards 2017

The award was presented to Ashwin by former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar and Harsh Goenka, Chairman of RPG Enterprises, at a function held at the Cricket Club of India.
Ashwin was the wrecker-in-chief during the home season, where India won 10 of their 13 Tests played against New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia.
Ashwin has taken 99 wickets in the past 12 months.
"Last year I was honored with the International Bowler of the Year award. And it’s only become bigger and better with this award – The CEAT International Cricketer of the Year. It’s an absolute honor to receive this award and given the players who have won this award before me, it's a huge motivator as well to keep the consistency going. I would like to thank CEAT for their token of appreciation. I am thrilled and feel privileged to be part of an exclusive club," said R Ashwin on receiving the honors.
Meanwhile, young batsman Shubhman Gill won the Young player of the year award. for his superb performance during the India-England U-19 ODI series, played in Mumbai.
Speaking on the occasion, Ashwin recalled that his first autograph which he had taken was from Gavaskar at the Chepauk stadium in Chennai.
Ashwin also praised Tamil Nadu offie Washington Sundar for his impressive show in the IPL while playing for Rising Pune Supergiant.
"Washington did really well in the Vijay Hazare trophy. I had heard from a couple of people that he is doing well. He has got good idea of how to bowl in T20s and to ball with the new ball is a massive challenge.
"The first scar which you will inflict will always have value and he initially bowled well. The pace and the length which he hit was very very critical," said Ashwin

Taiwan Becomes First Nation in Asia to Legalize Gay Marriage Wednesday May 24,2017

The constitutional court of the Republic of China, Taiwan, on Wednesday May 24,2017, in a landmark verdict ruled in favor of gay marriages, making it the first country in Asia to do so.
The highest judicial body of the country held that the current laws preventing such a union was ‘unconstitutional’.
The court has now given the parliament two years to amend the existing laws or usher in new ones. The court after deliberating on the provisions of Chapter 2 on Marriage of Part IV on Family of the Civil Code which “does not allow two persons of the same sex to create a permanent union of intimate and exclusive nature for the committed purpose of managing a life together,” has now held that this section was in “violation of both the people’s freedom of marriage as protected by Article 22 and the people’s right to equality as guaranteed by Article 7 of the Constitution.”
If the parliament, the court added, fails to amend the laws or enact a new legislation the couples can have their marriage registration effectuated at the authorities in charge of household registration.
“If relevant laws are not amended or enacted within the said two years, two persons of the same sex who intend to create the said permanent union shall be allowed to have their marriage registration effectuated at the authorities in charge of household registration, by submitting a written document signed by two or more witnesses in accordance with the said Marriage Chapter,” read the court ruling

The genesis of the case lies in the rejection of a gay activist’s attempt to marry his partner in 2013. Even the release by the court notes the painful ordeal of the petitioner.
“For more than three decades, Petitioner Chia-Wei Chi has been appealing to the legislative, executive, and judicial departments for the right to same-sex marriage,” read the statement.
The court has deliberated on the aspect of “Freedom of marriage” and has stated that such marriages between same sex couples will not alter the social order or hamper a stable society.
“The freedom of marriage for two persons of the same sex, once legally recognized, will constitute the collective basis, together with opposite-sex marriage, for a stable society. The need, capability, willingness and longing, in both physical and psychological senses, for creating such permanent unions of intimate and exclusive nature are equally essential to homosexuals and heterosexuals, given the importance of the freedom of marriage to the sound development of personality and safeguarding of human dignity,” read the court verdict.
The court ruling is based upon the Article 7 of the Constitution which speaks about “Equality before law” just like Article 14 of the Constitution of India.

Encourage Hindi Teaching, Don't Impose it, Says HRD Advisory Panel

States should be encouraged to "voluntarily" include Hindi in the curriculum instead of "compulsorily" teaching the language, the Hindi Advisory Committee of the HRD Ministry has recommended.
The recommendation comes following deliberations on a presidential order last month asking the ministry to consult states on making Hindi compulsory till class 10 in school saffiliated to the Central Board of Secondary Education(CBSE) and Kendriya Vidyalyas, a move which was criticised by several non-Hindi speaking states.
President Pranab Mukherjee had given his nod to the recommendations of the Committee of Parliament on Official Language.
"In a meeting of the Hindi Advisory Committee, the members were of the view that instead of giving instructions or directions about teaching Hindi compulsorily in class 9 and10, the states should encourage teachers to teach Hindi voluntarily," a senior official of the Human Resource Development Ministry said.
The meeting, chaired by Minister of State for HRD Mahendra Nath Pandey, deliberated upon various ways to ensure progressive use of the language.
"The committee was of the opinion that the ministry should increase original Hindi correspondence. The panel also emphasised that to increase the use of Hindi, simple and popular words should be used instead of difficult Hindi words," the official added.
Another suggestion from the committee, he said, was that the Commission for Scientific and Technical Terminology
prepare 'trilingual' technical terminology--in English, Hindi and a regional language.
The presidential order had also directed the ministry to formulate a "common Hindi teaching scheme" for universities and higher educational institutions across the country.
Asking universities without Hindi departments to establish one and directing educational institutions to fix a minimum level of Hindi education were among the other recommendations that got the president's approval.
Besides, students in varsities and institutions in non-Hindi states, where they are not given the option of appearing in exams or interviews in Hindi, must be allowed the option of writing answers in their mother language, the order had said.

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Pens Preface for Official Biography of Narendra Modi's Mann Ki Baat

The genesis and evolution of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s one-of-a-kind public broadcasting show Mann Ki Baat will be unveiled on the eve of the third anniversary of his government in the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has written the preface for Mann Ki Baat - A Social Revolution on Radio, which will be presented to the President.
“Talking on a one-hour radio show once a month while addressing challenging tasks as Prime Minister requires tremendous efforts, and I cannot but feel his strong passion for dialogue with his people,” Abe writes in the book.
The book reveals names that were originally considered for the programme ranged from ‘PM ke saath ru-ba-ru’ to ‘Varta Modi Ji Ke Saath’ to ‘Modi Vaani’.
“When his officials went back to the PM with the issue of the nomenclature, Narendra Modi exclaimed, “Arre isme kya hain? Kaho kuch halki phulki mann ki baaten karoonga,” the book says, on how the architects of the programme arrived at the name Mann Ki Baat from a casual conversation with the PM.
The book makes special mention of the letters from listeners. So, does PM Modi read all the letters written to him? “Most certainly not. The volume is too much for me to do so. But the letters I read, I read word to word and even if I do not talk about them in the programme, I ensure that people’s issues are addressed or their thoughts are given active consideration,” he is quoted as saying in the book.
On why he chose radio as a medium, the PM says: “I have been a quintessential organisation man all my life. I know the difference the radio can make. American Presidents used it well... So many people heard Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech on the radio. It has a transformative power like no other medium.”

Maharashtra Government Withdraws Special Status to Lavasa, India's First 'Private City'

The Devendra Fadnavis-led government in Maharashtra has withdrawn the Special Planning Authority (SPA) granted to Lavasa Corporation, the entity constructing India’s first private city, located near Pune.

The SPA was granted nine years ago by the previous government to the Lavasa Corporation, the real estate development arm of engineering and construction firm Hindustan Construction Corporation.
The SPA accorded to Lavasa Corporation gave it powers similar to those enjoyed by public planning authorities. It could draw up land use plans and sanction development on its own, without having to approach government town planning agencies. Lavasa also enjoyed uninterrupted power supply.
Chief Minister Fadnavis has said that since the Pune Metropolitan Regional Development Authority already exists, there was no need for another planning authority in the district. Lavasa will now have to approach the PMRDA for planning permissions.
Lavasa is a private city coming up near Pune, modelled on the Italian town Portofino. The 25,000-acre town has run into controversy with regards to alleged violation of environmental norms, land procurement and financing.
In 2012, the Comptroller and Auditor General highlighted irregularities surrounding the Lavasa project and said that no expert study had been conducted while selecting the location. The CAG report said that private interest, rather than public good, was the driving force behind the project

Volkswagen Tiguan SUV Launched in India for Rs 27.68 Lakhs Wednesday May 24,2017

Volkswagen has launched the much anticipated Tiguan SUV at a starting price of Rs 27.68 Lakhs (ex-showroom, Delhi).
 Volkswagen Tigaun is made available in two different variants - Comfortline and Highline. 
While the base Comfortline is priced at Rs 27.68 Lakhs, the Highline will be available for Rs 31.04 Lakhs (both ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Tiguan is the first locally-made SUV from the German automaker, being rolled out of Skoda’s Aurangabad facility in Maharashtra
First revealed at the 2016 Auto Expo in Delhi, the VW Tiguan premium SUV will be locally produced in India at the company’s manufacturing facility in Aurangabad, Maharashtra.
The base Comfortline variant will come equipped with 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlamps and tail lights along with DRL (daytime running lights). Electrically adjustable heated front seats with driver side Lumbar support will be made available. A touchscreen infotainment system with GPS, Cruise Control and Automatci Climate Control are some other features.
The top-of-the-line Highline trim will be equipped with features like push button start, 18-inch alloy wheels, gesture controlled tailgate, reverse parking camera, and panoramic sunroof, along with all the features from the Comfortline trim. The frontal scuff plates on this trim are illuminated.
The Tiguan is based on the VW group’s MQB (modular transverse matrix) platform and is powered by a 2.0-litre TDI engine mated to a 7-speed DSG automatic gearbox. The engine produces 147 bhp of power and the power is sent to all the four- wheels using the 4MOTION all-wheel drive system.
According to the Volkswagen, the SUV is already making waves in Europe and is the undisputed best-selling SUV in its class.
The Volkswagen Tiguan will compete against the likes of Hyundai Tucson and Honda CR-V.

Launching the Tiguan, Mr. Thierry Lespiaucq, Managing Director, Volkswagen Group Sales India Pvt. Ltd. said, “The Tiguan has proven its mettle as a robust and capable carline world over and we are delighted to introduce our global best-seller in the Indian market. Be it daily commute or a meticulous off-road adventure, the Tiguan is a perfect companion, packed with the right amount of power, design and exceptional driving capabilities. The tough and impressive Tiguan offers an impeccable combination of safety, style, luxury and class leading performance. With the Tiguan, we are proud to introduce our 4MOTION intelligent all-wheel drive system based on the modern MQB platform, a first for Volkswagen in India.”

BSNL Launches Satellite Phone Services For Network-Less Areas Wednesday May 24,2017

BSNL Wednesday May 24,2017 started satellite phone service through INMARSAT which will be initially offered to government agencies and later opened for others citizen in phased manner.
The service will cover areas where no networks are present and are provided by INMARSAT which has 14 satellites. Agencies handling disasters, state police, railways, Border Security Force and other government agencies will be given the phones in the first phase, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said at the service launch.
"Later people while travelling in flight and on ships will be able to use it," he added. BSNL Chairman and Managing Director Anupam Shrivastava said: "We are starting satellite mobile service today with voice and SMS."
Satellite phones in India are presently provided by Tata Communications, which inherited the licence from Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited (VSNL) (now Tata Communications Ltd).
"The services of TCL will be phased out by June 30, 2017," Shrivastava said. There are 1,532 authorised satellite phone connections that can operate within the country and a majority of them are used by security forces. TCL has also issued 4,143 permits to maritime community for use of such phones at ships.
International Mobile Satellite Organization (INMARSAT) was set up under aegis of United Nations in 1979 and India was one of the founding members. India had set up one gateway required for satellite phone service in Pune under VSNL
There are security concerns on some satellite phones used by paramilitary forces that were supplied by foreign operators. "All the connections will be transferred to BSNL. The call rates will be determined by BSNL.
It should be in the range of Rs 30-35 per minute," INMARSAT India Managing Director Gautam Sharma said. Telecom regulator Trai has said there is a possibility that communication through such phones of being monitored by foreign agencies as their gateways are located outside India, it added.
Also, a foreign operator who has provided these terminals to security agencies did not carry any valid licence in the country. Defence forces did not opt for satellite phones from the foreign operators because of security and espionage concerns.
Other security agencies have been demanding for a long time for the establishment of a new gateway in the country which can support new generation handsets for land mobile connections. Lot of CEOs of multinational companies need to be connected round the clock.
The new services will be provided through a miniature handset and people will not need to carry large equipment in bag at their back.

Lionel Messi's Prison Sentence Upheld By Spanish Supreme Court Wednesday May 24,2017

Spain's Supreme Court on Wednesday May 24,2017 confirmed a 21-month jail sentence and 2.09-million-euro ($2.25 million) fine imposed on Lionel Messi for tax fraud, months after the Barcelona football star lodged an appeal.
The Argentina international and his father Jorge Horacio Messi were in July 2016 found guilty of using companies in Belize, Britain, Switzerland and Uruguay to avoid paying taxes on 4.16 million euros of Messi's income earned from his image rights from 2007-09.
The income related to Messi's image rights that was hidden includes endorsement deals with Danone, Adidas, Pepsi-Cola, Procter & Gamble and the Kuwait Food Company.
Both Messi and his father were given 21 months in jail -- sentences likely to be suspended as is common in Spain for first offences for non-violent crimes carrying a sentence of less than two years.
They appealed to the Supreme Court.
While the court confirmed the sentence for Messi on Wednesday, it reduced it to 15 months jail for his father, taking into account that his football star son had paid back the defrauded money to tax authorities.
During last year's trial, Messi had argued that he trusted his father with his finances and "knew nothing" about how his wealth was managed.
But the Supreme Court argued that he would have known about his obligation to pay taxes on income earned from his image rights.
Messi's tax fraud trial in June last year took place against a backdrop of simmering voter anger over steep cuts to health and social spending, as the government struggles to bring Spain's public deficit down.

Zaheer Khan, Sagarika Ghatge Officially Engaged Tuesday May 23,2017

Zaheer and Sagarika photographed at their engagement ceremony

Check out how Zaheer and Sagarika announced their engagement.

"Zak secretly planned our engagement for days; and I honestly had no clue. I had no idea that he had picked up such a pretty ring for me. I can't describe that moment and it will forever remain as something very special between us. We are really blessed," Sagarika told