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first_imgIrish ChickenTrent JohnstonIreland’s Trent Johnston has become very popular with children with his chicken dance. “I had decided not to reprise it (chicken dance) in this tournament, but the kids kept pestering me so I decided that if I knocked over a top player, I would do it. If I get Chris Gayle or Graeme Smith’s wicket, there will be dancing,” the 36-year-old pacer said. He could not get Smith and Gayle did not play against Ireland. Johnston did dance when he got Virender Sehwag’s wicket though. Late BloomerImran TahirImran Tahir was 30 when left Pakistan in 2006. His dream of playing international cricket was going nowhere. A chance meeting with a woman from Durban changed his life. He followed her to South Africa, became a citizen and soon came to the notice of the selectors. Tahir dedicates his success to wife Sumayya. “I always believed that I was going to play international cricket, especially after I got married,” he says.   Baby ShowerRicky PontingAustralian captain Ricky Ponting and his wife Rianna are expecting their second child in September. “Rianna and Ricky are extremely excited. The baby is due in September,” says Ponting’s manager James Henderson. Ponting is expected to return to Australia next month immediately after the World Cup before going to Bangladesh on April 9 for an away series. If the Australians retain the Cup, it would surely be Ponting’s present to the newborn.- by Kaushik Dekalast_img read more

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first_imgThank you!  Such an honor!I appreciate getting to see some of your magnificent city – this is 1st time here & I sincerely hope it won’t be my last!  During my brief time here I’ve enjoyed India’s famous “Gift for Hospitality.” And next time, I want to visit the Taj Mahal with my husband, Todd. Considering how patiently he’s endured during my political career & been so supportive, it would be nice to reinforce our teamwork/commitment before that monument to eternal love. Todd is here with us tonight. When I had the honour of meeting your Prime Minister a few years ago, I expressed my admiration for your country’s rich history & culture & most recent achievements! I now am humbled with this opportunity to express that to you, here, in this beautiful ancient land. This has so captured the imaginations of artists & poets & explorers throughout human history. Todd & I are honoured to be here to see the site of some of the world’s oldest civilizations…the birthplace of major religions, the crossroads of the ancient “Spice Route & Silk Road”. All those precious resources of their day: spices, pepper, silk, indigo – My country was essentiallly “discovered” in the age of exploration, because Western Europeans were looking for a route to your country to exchange & enjoy those resources!  (Yes, the connection between our two countries was there from the beginning!) During the flight here, between our countries, it did not escape me that Japan lies about halfway between my Alaskan home & India. I trust you will join me in expressing solidarity with the Japanese people as they recover from such tragic events. Their determination & resiliency won’t fail them. The world community stands united to offer help to them in the “Land of the Rising Sun”. Thoughts and prayers are with you, Japan.  Life is fragile – precious – we’re in this together; may Japan know our caring heart at this time. I’ve been asked to speak today about my vision for America, & share with you a little about my background. I grew up in a very small town, perhaps like some of you (though half-a-world-away). My town’s tucked between two grand mountain ranges, in a valley quite far from the avenues of political power. There, in my home state of Alaska, we’re so proud of nature’s beauty & our towering mountains, but certainly here relatively near the spectacular Himalayas can I appreciate an even greater sense of nature’s enormity! One of the mountains near my home (I see it everyday from my kitchen window!) is called “Pioneer Peak” – named in honour of the brave pioneers who settled our Valley just a few generations ago. By the sweat of their brow & rugged work ethic – they turned raw land into a valuable agriculture community. I have loved my upbringing there?big family, Todd’s from a big family. I was a school teacher’s kid, loved sports & anything outdoor. I tell my parents the greatest gift they ever gave me was this upbringing in AK, the young, 49th state of the United States. AK is known as the “Last Frontier” & it’s a place that IS rugged & you can still feel an optimistic, pioneering spirit – like the spirit that had inspired Americans to carve a nation out of the wilderness! It was “pioneer families” – strong & hopeful – who made a good life (though not an easy one) for themselves in the Northern Wilds! That “pioneering spirit” shaped me. It instilled in me a sense of independence & self-reliance. And: a belief in the ‘Power of Ordinary People’ working together to help one another. In a small community in such a vast state (AK’s about half the size of India), you learn to help your neighbour; & to help yourself. And you learn to value (& have faith in) personal freedom – especially the freedom to chart your own course!  So, it was there I learned there’s no limit to what you can achieve with strong work ethic. That optimism & respect for (& empowerment of) individual liberty shaped both my political beliefs & my vision for my country. I started in politics on the local level two decades ago; inspired by a desire to serve the ordinary folks in my hometown! As a city councilman, then a city mayor, I led the fastest growing area in our state. I experienced firsthand the power & success of the free market, & the proper role of government in fostering economic growth. I cut property taxes, I invited business in & focused on building infrastructure (roads, water & sewer systems); not a lot of glamour in that – but I have a solid belief in what government’s proper role is & it shouldn’t be glamorous. It’s not government business to spend the working man’s tax dollars recklessly – & certainly not government’s business to centrally “plan” an economy & control an entrepreneurial spirit! That doesn’t work. Government should lay infrastructure, level the playing field, then get out of the way. Allow the private sector to grow/thrive/create jobs & generate wealth! Then as governor of my state, my goal was to clean up corruption & develop our rich natural resources: Our abundant oil, gas, minerals & our robust fisheries! An important project that was a ‘center-point’ was jumpstarting a natural gas pipeline project that had been stalled for decades. We brought all stakeholders together for mutual benefit – our state, the energy industry, our neighboring country, consumers & together with ordinary citizens (who are the resource owners) & major energy producers who ‘bid on the right to develop our resources’, AK was finally able to move forward on a project that can help lead America towards energy independence. Through my work in AK (as an oil & gas regulator, then as governor), I’ve seen firsthand how energy development, job creation & national security are inextricably linked.  Access to affordable, reliable energy is the key to economic growth, which is the key to job growth. Securing that stable domestic supply of fuel will lead to a more peaceful & prosperous America – an America that’s not subject to the whims of foreign dictators who could cut off energy supplies & seek to control. Of course, energy issues are critical to the whole world’s stability & economic opportunities! By 2030, the world’s energy consumption will increase by 50% & almost half of that will come from here in India & from China. We all face similar challenges in this arena & this makes America’s quest for energy security all the more crucial as we seek to stabilize our economy, secure our homeland & cooperate with our allies who would also seek peace on earth. Energy is key! My vision for a free & prosperous America has much to do with energy. Now, we hear a lot about “green energy” today.  And I am a true believer in environmental conservation & responsible stewardship of our lands. (It’s why I live in AK! A pristine environment to be passed on to future generations – I don’t want to mess it up! I am a conservationist. I married into an Alaska native family, where Todd’s connection to the land through his Yupik Eskimo heritage, an indigenous people, reinforces my respect for God’s creation. And we’ve made our living off the land – as commercial fishermen & Todd working in North Slope oil fields – so we don’t want to mess it up!) So, I’m in favour of “all-of-the-above” approach to energy security. But “all-of-the-above” means including “conventional” resources! That means, the kind we actually use to reliably fuel our economy. That means crude oil, for example. And our natural gas, our coal, nuclear power. Unfortunately, some have stymied resource development – like responsible domestic oil drilling. As a result, hundreds of thousands of well-paying jobs won’t be created in the U.S. until we change course; it means Americans get hit with huge gas prices at the pump unless we change course; it means we’re continuing to transfer hundreds of billions of U.S. dollars to foreign regimes to purchase energy from them – regimes that don’t have our best interests at heart. And I’m not just talking about gasoline here. Remember that ‘petroleum products’ are all around you! Look at your everyday surroundings – the foodstuffs; the agriculture products grown with fertilizer; the plastics all around you; medical supplies; the transportation of all these products. It’s not just gas that increases as the price of crude increases: Everything is affected. Basic commodities. So as government locks up land & we lose good jobs in the ‘Conventional Resource’ arena, you may hear that “green jobs” will be the saviour! But look around the world & try telling that to the thousands of English & Scottish workers who’ve lost jobs as a result of government investments in “green energy” projects. A recent UK study shows that for every “green job” created, nearly four jobs were lost elsewhere in the economy due to lack of affordable energy! Same story in Spain – investment in “green jobs” brought massive debt, skyrocketing energy costs & 20% unemployment. This push for ‘green’ at the expense of ‘conventional, reliable’ sources is not a credible energy policy or economic policy. It’s “Social Engineering” by Central Government Planners. And it leads to nothing but more debt & more job loss. And taxpayers will be stuck subsidizing the failure and paying more for energy.  The good news is there’s a choice/another option! Instead of funding non-viable special interest projects, Americans can capitalize on our own viable resources that are just waiting to be tapped – they’re right on our doorstep!  Billions of barrels of oil warehoused underground in AK!  And so much natural gas – Clean, green, affordable! Easy to transport, abundant across the U.S. – Whether used conventionally, or to power natural gas cars, or run power plants that charge electric cars, natural gas is an ideal “bridge fuel” to the future. (A future when renewable gas can someday become more available, reliable & affordable.) I warn Americans so often: it’s a ‘false, utopian fairytale’ told that would want you to believe we don’t need to drill for oil today. No, government manipulating energy supplies? Manipulating any aspect of an economy – it leads to more people becoming more dependent upon government to meet needs – it is social engineering, it’s immoral, & it’s a problem we-the-people must be brave enough to take on. Our need for energy independence is only one of the strategic challenges we face today. The other is an unsustainable government debt which hampers economic growth. On this: there are no “easy” solutions, but there are “simple” ones, if we just apply courage & political will to confront the problem squarely. Obviously, we need to stop digging the hole we’re in; cut spending; cut government back down to size; get rid of overly-burdensome regulations. And most of all, we need job growth! And that won’t come from ‘top-down government planning’!  It’ll come from the ‘Free Market Ingenuity’ of ordinary American entrepreneurs! To release creative energy, we need to do on a national level what President Ronald Reagan did in the 1980’s. It’s what I believed in as a ‘Reforming Mayor & Governor’ in my state, because I want the free economic choices of ordinary men & women to power the marketplace – rather than distant bureaucrats thinking they can plan & grow an economy by “government decree”. (That just doesn’t work!) I know you understand this, because in the early 1990’s, due to clear, commonsense, pro free-market reforms, India’s economy took off! You abolished import licenses; cut import duties; removed investment caps & broke the union’s grip on industry. You unleashed the creativity & hard work of the Indian people; you turned away from a system where ‘Central Government’ sets targets for all sectors of the economy, to a system that lets the market set its own targets. That works. People no longer speak of India as a “struggling economy” as they would have 30 years ago. Today we speak of India as a “dynamic & vibrant economy”. You empowered individuals & in doing so, you’ve reminded America of the free, entrepreneurial model that made our country great, prosperous & exceptional! See, if we unshackle the creative energy of our workers, & entrepreneurs, there is no reason in the world why we can’t get back to rapid growth & prosperity! Friends: some people want to claim that the geopolitical stage is ‘so changing’ & some actually claim ‘America is in decline’. “The United States,” they’d say, “will soon be a shadow of its former self.”  I completely reject this! It represents wrong-headed thinking by some friends & wishful thinking by our enemies! America’s demise has been predicted before. It didn’t happen then. It won’t happen now. No, America is not in decline! What is in decline? It is the idea of a ‘Tax-&-Spend, Centralized Bureaucracy’ that has brought America to the point of debt & deficits in the first place. These “Big Government” ideas are once again being consigned to the ash heap of history – though they won’t go quietly to the grave. From the beginning: my faith has never been in Big Govt.  My faith is in the American people, & we are turning things around! All great nations face the challenges that come with a changing economy, demographics, & new technologies. The nations that succeed in the face of these challenges are the ones that show innovation & ingenuity – & will empower a free power! These qualities are the hallmarks of the “American Experience” & the unique strengths of the American people. My vision for my country is a strong America that unleashes those strengths & confidently engages in leadership in the world & can welcome the healthy competition & partnership of rising economic powers in a democracy, like India. The relationship between our countries could shape the course of the next century! Tilting it in the direction of free people & free markets! The future lies with us!  We’re half-a-world apart geographically, but connected with much in common! We both have deep & historical ‘democratic traditions’. We are the world’s most diverse, tolerant & dynamic societies. Our peoples enjoy very close ties (& in recent years our governments have been catching up!) There are few limits to what India & America can do together to allow a more peaceful & prosperous world. Tragically, we have both been the targets of terrorism. We have both witnessed the courage of our people in combating terror. Both our peoples want it defeated. And we both want to ensure that China’s rise is peaceful – while hedging against risks that it could be otherwise.  We both want to expand trade & investment with allies in a liberal international order that will soon boast India as its fastest-growing major economy. Our diplomatic, military & political ties are deepening, because we have a genuine strategic partnership! But it is our people who are driving this relationship!  Indian entrepreneurs are investing in the U.S., even as U.S. businesses expand here.  Indian students are throughout American universities & more Americans seek to study here – including through an expanded Fulbright programme. Our tech companies are working together in impressive ways. And our ethical partnerships could transform both our development trajectories. Our ties & bonds are deep! And they’re not driven so much by “political leadership summits” & bureaucrats – they’re driven by free people & free markets! That’s why there are no natural limits to the future of U.S.- India relations. And that is why the world’s largest democracies – NOT its largest autocracy – will lead the 21st century. We will lead because we are on the side of empowering individuals to make choices for themselves. Not government /not some New World Order organization making decisions & decrees for us.  We are on the side of religious tolerance & women’s rights! (And in recent years, India has helped lead by example in the area of women’s education by narrowing the gender gap in women’s literacy. You’ve helped remind the world that a culture cannot advance when it holds back half its creative & intellectual power!) And its political power! I admire India’s tradition of strong women leaders – at home & abroad! In fact, last year, I had the honour of supporting a strong American woman of Indian descent when I endorsed the candidacy of South Carolina’s new governor – their first female – Nikki Haley! I met Nikki’s parents & was impressed by their story, work ethic! And, by Nikki’s upbringing that led her to become part of a ‘grassroots movement in American politics’ that’s known as “The Tea Party”!  (I’m proud to be a part of this movement as well.)  The “Tea Party” is named after that famous event in American politics that was a precursor to our Independence! In 1773, when American patriots were upset about British taxes, they dumped tea into the Boston Harbor. (The British had forced a monopoly on the American people that prevented us from importing tea from anyone but the British East India Company. See, even back then we believed in free trade!) Today’s “Tea Party” is a strong & vibrant movement in the U.S. & it’s only going to grow & become more influential! India Conclave:  the theme of this conference is the “Changing Balance of Power”. Well, the present day Tea Party is a perfect example of that!  It’s all about the empowerment of ordinary, everyday, independent patriots who are rising up & making their voices heard to positively change the “Balance of Power”! To protect our U.S. Constitution & live out our Declaration of Independence!  It reminds our ‘Central Govt’ that our Constitution gives great power to our 50 individual states – and to individual citizens – & that these powers (these God-given ‘RIGHTS’) aren’t to be trampled on. The “Changing Balance of Power” throughout the world today is driven by the empowerment of the individual – & mankind’s desire for freedom! The American people understand this. And India understands this, too. Back home in AK, where the fresh snow blankets the ground today, where my kids texted me to report they see a Mama Moose & her two baby calves outside our door by the firewood pile: There at home, I have a beautiful pencil drawing on my kitchen wall. A framed drawing by Robin Coran. It’s a picture of Mother Teresa, of Calcutta. She’s holding a precious child (a baby). It was said of Mother Teresa that “perhaps the greatest message she has given to the world is the value & dignity of human life!” From India, she was able to share this crucial message with the world! And it is a crucial message because the freedom & empowerment of the individual is rooted in an understanding of every man & woman’s inherent dignity & worth! I looked at the picture as I typed out this speech on my home computer set up there in the kitchen. I was struck with this: Countries that deny that message of individual worth (& destiny) inevitably stifle their own advancement because the fire of human progress is sparked by the aspirations of ordinary men & women seeking a better life! These simple “working class” aspirations for a good job, a home, a good education for our children are what motivate economic progress & positive change! Not bureaucrats! Not ‘Central Planners’! Not government decrees! Just hard-working women & men seeking the freedom to chart their own course & succeed by their own merits! When people realise even the briefest glimpse of this freedom & opportunity – even a hint that they can succeed through honest hard work – they run towards it!  They embrace the promise of “better days ahead!”  They will sacrifice today for a better tomorrow for their children & grandchildren. With individual responsibility, drive & determination, they will work together to carve a life for themselves out of the wilderness! They’ll voluntarily contribute to help their neighbours even those half-a-world-away! That’s the ‘Optimistic/Pioneering Spirit of America’s Frontier’! That’s the spirit of India’s progress too. America has long been famous for our rags-to-riches stories. Now India is, too. Take pride in this – it’s inspiring! Together, as the worlds’ largest democracies, we are a testament to the positive force of human aspirations! Today, all across the world, we see individuals, “ordinary” men & women, rising up/moving to advance (& a great tool they’re using in this ‘demand of human rights’ is social media). We don’t know where all of this will lead. But we should look at it as opportunity to advance the cause of human freedom – not naively, but optimistically. Friends: our two democracies understand this struggle for freedom. It’s the struggle of those who defiantly dumped tea in Boston Harbor to protest a British tea tax. & it’s the struggle of those who courageously marched to the seacoast near Don-dee to make their own salt in defiance of a British salt tax! This hunger for ‘Freedom & Opportunity’ is proof that what we call the “American Dream” is not just “American.” It is the universal dream of people everywhere! I believe it’s created within us! And that is where the march for freedom has found its most eager advocates: ‘ordinary people’ who have ‘extraordinary determination’ to seek justice & make a better life for their families. This is as true in AK, as in Andhra Pradesh.  Half-a-world-apart?  And yet we are connected by this.  My ‘Vision for America’ is one of a country that lives that dream! And, in turn, inspires & empowers women & men around the world to live it, too! We can lead by example. What America can show the world is what is possible – the potential of human possibilities when women & men are free?Yes, may we be free! Thank you & God bless you!advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_img“I have great respect for Sai Baba phenomenon minus the tricks. He has done lot of development work, which is praiseworthy.”P.C. Sorcar Jr, Magician”Seventy to 85 per cent polling shows that people want to decide their fate themselves and are capable of doing so.”Manmohan singh, Prime Minister on Kashmir panchayat,”I have great respect for Sai Baba phenomenon minus the tricks. He has done lot of development work, which is praiseworthy.”P.C. Sorcar Jr, Magician”Seventy to 85 per cent polling shows that people want to decide their fate themselves and are capable of doing so.”Manmohan singh, Prime Minister on Kashmir panchayat pollsUnion Sports Minister, Ajay Maken”The person who is in jail or who has been charge-sheeted, it would not be in the national interest that he should represent the country anymore.” Ajay Maken, Union Sports Minister on Congress MP Suresh Kalmadi’s future as IOA chief.”I love Australians. They are very outdoorsy. They make me laugh-their accents amuse me.”Elizabeth Hurley, on why she was attracted to Australian cricketer Shane Warne.last_img read more

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first_imgIn the eye of storm after letting banned Pakistani pacer Mohammad Amir play for it, Surrey League side Addington has insisted that the cricketer, penalised for spot-fixing, was not paid any money.Mohammad Amir is serving a ban for spot-fixing. APAddington club secretary Raheal Shafi said that the club could not afford paying the teen pacer, who is serving a five-year ban for his involvement in last year’s spot-fixing scandal.Amir turning up for Addington has created a storm with the ICC investigating if the appearance was in contravention with the terms and conditions of the ban.”We are nowhere near Test or county standard and there was no money involved. He was very down to earth. He was relaxing and sitting on the grass and talking about life in Pakistan, life in England and where he has travelled,” Shafi was quoted as saying by Skysports.Amir, who took four wickets and scored 60 with the bat against St Luke’s CC, said that he didn’t know that the match was part of competitive cricket under England Cricket Board.”I was informed by club representatives before the game that it was a friendly match, being played on a privately- owned cricket ground,” the 19-year-old said.”I asked the club representatives if the match fell under the jurisdiction of the ECB and they informed me that the match did not.”I spoke to several club representatives about the issue and they all told me that it was a friendly match and therefore would not contravene my ban from the ICC. I was informed that I was fine to play,” Amir told ‘pakpassion.net’ on Wednesday.advertisement- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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first_imgUS President Barack Obama.The United States will withdraw all 33,000 Americans troops from Afghanistan by the summer of 2012, beginning with an initial drawdown of 10,000 surge forces by this year-end, President Barack Obama said.”Starting next month, we will be able to remove 10,000 of our troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year, and we will bring home a total of 33,000 troops by next summer, fully recovering the surge I announced at West Point (in December 2009),” Obama said in a nationally televised speech from the White House late on Wednesday night.”After this initial reduction, our troops will continue coming home at a steady pace as Afghan Security forces move into the lead. Our mission will change from combat to support. By 2014, this process of transition will be complete, and the Afghan people will be responsible for their own security,” he said.The US President said America was starting the drawdown from a position of strength, asserting that al-Qaeda was under “more pressure” than at any time since 9/11.”Together with the Pakistanis, we have taken out more than half of al-Qaeda’s leadership. And thanks to our intelligence professionals and Special Forces, we killed Osama bin Laden, the only leader that al-Qaeda had ever known,” he said. .Obama said nearly ten years ago, America suffered the “worst attack” on its shores since Pearl Harbour.”This mass murder was planned by Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda network in Afghanistan, and signaled a new threat to our security – one in which the targets were no longer soldiers on a battlefield, but innocent men, women and children going about their daily lives,” he said.advertisement”In the days that followed, our nation was united as we struck at al-Qaeda and routed the Taliban in Afghanistan. Then, our focus shifted. A second war was launched in Iraq, and we spent enormous blood and treasure to support a new government there. By the time I took office, the war in Afghanistan had entered its seventh year.”But al-Qaeda’s leaders had escaped into Pakistan and were plotting new attacks, while the Taliban had regrouped and gone on the offensive. Without a new strategy and decisive action, our military commanders warned that we could face a resurgent al-Qaeda, and a Taliban taking over large parts of Afghanistan,” the President said.For this reason, Obama said, “in one of the most difficult decisions that I’ve made as President, I ordered an additional 30,000 American troops into Afghanistan.”He said when he had announced this surge at West Point, US had set clear objectives — to refocus on al-Qaeda, reverse the Taliban’s momentum and train Afghan Security Forces to defend their own country.”I also made it clear that our commitment would not be open-ended, and that we would begin to drawdown our forces this July.”- With PTI inputsFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

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first_imgHarbhajan Singh achieved his 400th Test wicket while Ishant Sharma grabbed a five-for as India bundled out West Indies for 204 before rain and bad light stalled the visitors’ reply on day 2 of the third and final match here. Score | PhotosAt stumps, India were eight for no loss, with Abhinav Mukund and Murali Vijay batting on six and one, respectively. India now trail by 196 runs with 10 wickets remaining in the first innings.Only 49.2 overs were bowled on the second day, leading to a loss of a total of ninety-seven overs in the last two days. The first day too saw the match being marred by showers.Even as the officials seemed optimistic despite a sharp shower interrupting play in the post-tea session, the light was deemed too poor for umpires to resume play.The poor weather apart, the facilities at the Windsor Park could be termed primitive as carts were used to scoop the water from the covers. The drainage facility is quite good but it proved to be of little use as water from cover-sheets took a long time to be removed.Earlier, Harbhajan became the third Indian and 11th overall to reach the landmark, while Ishant continued from where he had left off on day 1, as the duo hastened the West Indies’ collapse.Just as the West Indian innings folded up, a slight drizzle again brought the covers on, and an early tea was taken.West Indies were in the middle of a revival of sorts when the gritty Harbhajan claimed two quick wickets.advertisementThough Harbhajan achieved a milestone, the wrecker in chief was once again Ishant, who claimed five for 77 in yet another inspirational display of fast bowling.Resuming at an overnight 75 for three, West Indies lost two of their most experienced batsmen in a rain-curtailed opening session.Shivnarine Chanderpaul (23) and Marlon Samuels (9) fell to Munaf Patel and Praveen Kumar even as Darren Bravo (50) and Calrton Baugh (60) stood firm.But the hosts, 128 for five at lunch, began the afternoon session with a flurry of shots, to entertain the sparse crowd.Baugh was the aggressor as he flexed his arms to good effect, and no less than 37 runs came from the first four overs.Baugh survived a caught-behind appeal off Munaf Patel but then decided to cut loose, crashing Ishant for three fours in one over.He first produced a back cut, steered the next one over slips, and then crashed one past the extra cover boundary.He didn’t hold himself back against Munaf either, managing two fours past the slip cordons.Meanwhile Bravo, unbeaten on 41 at break, completed his half century when he flicked Ishant to square leg for a single.Bravo, though, departed to Ishant in dramatic fashion after he had put on 59 runs for the sixth wicket with Baugh.In a tense Sharma over, he first edged a delivery to slips, where Rahul Dravid caught it, but promptly indicated he wasn’t sure if he had caught cleanly.The replays proved that Dravid hadn’t caught it cleanly but Bravo made little use of it, departing in the same over when he inside edged a catch to Mahendra Singh Dhoni.Bravo made 50 from 134 balls with eight fours and this was his second successive fifty against the tourists after his match-saving 73 not out at Kensington Oval last week.Baugh then found an unlikely support in Darren Sammy as the two added 41 runs for the seventh wicket.Sammy, as he had indicated before the start of the match, looked to play down the ground before plonking Ishant for a huge six.But Harbhajan ended Sammy’s innings, having him caught at forward shortleg for 20 and later, clean bowled Baugh (60) for his 400th wicket.Baugh played only 79 balls during his knock and hit six fours and a six.This is Harbhajan’s 96th Test and he follows Anil Kumble (619) and Kapil Dev (434) in the exclusive club of 400-wicket takers for India.He is the second off-spinner ever in the history of the game to take 400 scalps after Muthiah Muralitharan (800).After the celebrations were done with, Sharma cleaned up Fidel Edwards and Ravi Rampaul for his second successive five-wicket haul.An unwell Ravi Rampaul didn’t come on to bowl in India’s innings that didn?t make much difference as only four overs were possible before rain and bad light had the final say.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

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first_imgAbhinav MukundAbhinav Mukund shone with a fluent century after Virender Sehwag made a disappointing return to cricket as India scored 327 for seven on the first day of their warm-up match against Northamptonshire here on Friday.Though the visitors made enough runs, the ones who needed to prosper again drew blank on a track that was not really condusive for pace bowlers.Most of the top-order batsmen were again found wanting against a mediocre attack on a far from intimidating track.The much-heralded return of Sehwag (8) ended early and Gautam Gambhir (18) was also back in the hut in the first session. In the final two hours, the failures of Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2) and Suresh Raina (33) rankled the visitors.Sehwag batted for just 30 minutes in the Indian innings, before he was adjudged lbw to fast bowler David Burton, who has not represented Northants in a first-class match since September 2010.In between, left-hander Abhinav Mukund (113), VVS Laxman (49) and Amit Mishra (48 not out) helped themselves to some useful runs, but the other batsmen’s failures hardly lifted the mood in the camp.While Sehwag and Gambhir fell leg before wicket in the pre-lunch session, Dhoni and Raina departed in the final session after being squared up Luke Evans’ lifting deliveries.Dhoni strode to the middle after young Mukund was made to retire on his tea-time score of 113.Mukund’s innings is good news for the Indians as Suesh Raina, the other left-hander, did not seem too comfortable against the short-pitched stuffs.Mukund reached his century when he drove Best down the ground for a single. He had till then faced 138 balls and hit 17 fours.advertisementHowever, what is worrying for the India camp is its captain’s form.The world-cup winning captain faced no less than 13 balls and flirted with danger on a couple of occasions before making his way back to the pavilion.Raina departed in the very next over. While trying to hook Evans, the batsman only managed an edge to the wicketkeeper.Evans is a tall right-arm bowler but has not been considered good enough to make the first eleven for Northamptonshire, who incidentally are competing in Division 2 of County Championship.The young pace attack of Northamptonshire went flat out but the wicket, certainly, was not to their liking.-With PTI inputslast_img read more

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first_imgIn my new book, Pax Indica: India and the World of the 21st Century, I argue that our foreign policy must serve the interests of our domestic transformation. At the same time, much of what we are in the process of accomplishing at home-to pull our people out of poverty and to develop our nation-enables us to contribute to a better world. This is of value in itself, and it is also in our fundamental national interest.A world that is peaceful and prosperous, where trade is freer and universally agreed principles are observed, and in which democracy, the coexistence of civilisations and respect for human rights flourish, is a world of opportunity for India and for Indians to thrive.ChallengeIf this century has, in the famous phrase, made the world safe for democracy, the next challenge is to make a world safe for diversity. It is in India’s interest to ensure that the world as a whole must reflect the idea that is already familiar to all Indians-that it shouldn’t matter what the colour of your skin is, the kind of food you eat, the sounds you make when you speak, the God you choose to worship (or not), so long as you want to play by the same rules as everybody else, and dream the same dreams. It is not essential in a democratic world to agree all the time, as long as we agree on the ground rules of how we will disagree. These are the global principles we must strive to uphold if we are to be able to continue to uphold them securely at home.advertisementBecause the distinction between domestic and international is less and less meaningful in today’s world, when we think of foreign policy we must also think of its domestic implications. The ultimate purpose of any country’s foreign policy is to promote the security and well-being of its own citizens. We want a world that gives us the conditions of peace and security that will permit us to grow and flourish, safe from foreign depredations but open to external opportunities.Whether global institutions adapt and revive will be determined by whether those in charge are capable of showing the necessary leadership. Right now many of us would suggest that there is a global governance deficit. Reversing it would require strong leadership in the international community by a number of powers, including the emerging ones. India is an obvious contender to provide some of that leadership.In March 2012, the authors of a report entitled ‘Nonalignment 2.0’ put it well when they argued that ‘India must remain true to its aspiration of creating a new and alternative universality. . . . India already has enormous legitimacy because of the ideological legacies its nationalist movement bequeathed to it. But this legitimacy, once frittered away, cannot be easily recovered. India should aim not just at being powerful: it should set new standards for what the powerful must do.’AnalogyThis is a huge challenge, and one to which India must rise. An analogy from another field is not encouraging; many would argue that India has not acquitted itself well when given the chance to have a global impact in one domain – that of the sport of cricket, where India accounts for more than 80 per cent of the game’s revenues and perhaps 90 per cent of its viewership, giving it an impact on the sport that no country can rival. According to a tough editorial by Lawrence Booth, the editor of the “cricketers’ bible,” the 2012 Wisden Cricket Almanack, international opinion does not believe that in its domination of world cricket, India has set new standards for what the powerful must do. Broadening the analogy to global geopolitics, one could well say: India, your world needs you.So India must play its due part in the stewardship of the global commons (including everything from the management of the Internet to the rules governing the exploitation of outer space). We can do it. India is turning increasingly outward as a result of our new economic profile on the global stage, our more dispersed interests around the world, and the reality that other countries, in our neighbourhood as well as in Africa, are looking to us for support and security. The ‘problems without passports’ that consume the world need blueprints without borders-blueprints that require rules which India can contribute to making. The creation of global public goods is a new challenge, and it is one that a transforming India can rise to.advertisementExampleIndia has the ability and the vision to promote global partnerships across the broad range of its interests; it only needs to act. In a recent speech, National Security Adviser Shiv Shankar Menon stated that ‘As a nation state India has consistently shown tactical caution and strategic initiative, sometimes simultaneously. But equally, initiative and risk taking must be strategic, not tactical, if we are to avoid the fate of becoming a rentier state.’ He provided an instructive example of what this would mean in practice:It means, for instance, that faced with piracy from Somalia, which threatens sealanes vital to our energy security, we would seek to build an international coalition to deal with the problem at its roots, working with others and dividing labour. Today the African Union has peacekeeping troops on the ground in Somalia. We could work with others to blockade the coast while the AU troops act against pirate sanctuaries on land, and the world through the Security Council would cut their financial lifelines, build the legal framework to punish pirates and their sponsors and develop Somalia to the point where piracy would not be the preferred career choice of young Somali males.This is an intriguing idea, one which so far remains in the realm of ideas rather than of implementable policy. But it is an encouraging indication that responsible Indians are already thinking beyond the established prisms of conventional policy-making to a broader and more effective Indian internationalism in the twenty-first century.- The writer is a member of Parliamentlast_img read more

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first_imgGoogle has today created a very innovative and engaging Olympic Google Doodle to celebrate the London 2012 hurdles. The interactive doodle gives an opportunity to the users to participate in the hurdles race game. One can easily play the game using the left-right arrow keys on the keyboard to run and the spacebar to jump over the hurdles.Moreover, the scores are also displayed on the screen once the game ends. So what’s your score?last_img