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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Thailand Authorities Freeze Ousted PM Yingluck's Bank Accounts Tuesday July 25,2017

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Thailand authorities have frozen seven bank accounts belonging to ex-premier Yingluck Shinawatra over a USD 1 billion fine she faces for her administration's controversial rice subsidy scheme, her lawyer said on Tuesday July 25,2017

The move is seen as unprecedented because it financially sanctions an elected leader for a government policy and it is the latest in a barrage of legal battles she has had to fight since she was booted from office.

Thailand's first female prime minister, whose government was toppled in a 2014 coup, is already facing up to a decade in jail for allegedly failing to stop graft in the subsidy programme that targeted her party's rural farming base.

She was also retroactively impeached soon after the coup, a move that banned her from politics for five years. Yingluck's legal team had petitioned for an injunction against the USD 1 billion fine -- which dwarfs the roughly USD 18 million she has in publicly declared assets.

But the Finance Ministry said yesterday it was moving ahead with the order and planned to seize at least 12 accounts belonging to the embattled politician as an initial measure. Yingluck's lawyer confirmed today that at least seven accounts had now been locked.

"Bangkok Bank notified us that seven of her bank accounts have been frozen and cannot carry out any transactions," Noppadon Laowthong told

Ram Nath Koving Takes Oath As The 14th President of India Tuesday July 25,2017

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Ram Nath Kovind on Tuesday July 25,2017 took oath in the Central hall of parliament to become India's 14th President. Chief Justice of India Justice JS Khehar administered the oath of office to Kovind. 

After taking oath, Kovind exchanged seats with current president Pranab Mukherjee. A 21-gun salute was also fired in honour of the new president. 

In his first address after swearing-in, Kovind said he is proud to follow the footsteps of former eminent Presidents like Dr. Rajendra Prasad, Dr. S Radhakrishnan and Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. 

"I bow to the 125 crore citizens of this great nation and promise to stay true to the trust they have bestowed on me.I accept the position with humility," Kovind said in his first tweet on the official president handle. 
Honoured to be sworn in as the 14th President of India; would be carrying out my responsibilities with all humility 

Prime Minister Naredra Modi also congratulated the new president on Twitter. 

Congratulations to Shri Ram Nath Kovind ji on taking oath as the President of India. @RashtrapatiBhvn

14  things you should know about the new president

1. Kovind becomes only the second Dalit president after RK Narayanan since Independence to occupy India's highest ceremonial post. 

2. As the head of the government, Kovind becomes the ceremonial owner of 51 per cent of all the central governemt PSUs worth lakh of crores. 

3. Born on October 1, 1945, in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur Dehat, Ram Nath Kovind was the youngest among three brothers. After graduating in law from a Kanpur college, Kovind had gone to Delhi to prepare for the Indian Administrative Services. He failed to pass it twice but made it in third attempt. He, however, did not join as he was selected for the allied services and started practising the law. 

4. He entered politics in 1994 when he became a member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh and served as an MP for two consecutive terms till 2006. 

5. Married to Savita Kovind, Ram Nath Kovind has a son Prashant Kumar, and a daughter, Swati. 

6. Kovind, an advocate by profession, used to practice in Supreme Court and Delhi High Court. 
7. He had represented India in the United Nations in New York and addressed United Nations General Assembly in October 2002. 

8. In 1977, Kovind had worked as the private secretary of then Prime Minister Morarji Desai. Later Kovind had also served as national spokesperson of BJP. 

9. On August 8, 2015, Kovind was appointed governor of Bihar. 

10. He is a former President of the BJP Dalit Morcha (1998-2002) and President of the All-India Koli Samaj as  .. 

11. Kovind served as a member of the Board of Management of Dr. BR Ambedkar University, Lucknow. He was also a member of the Board of Governors of Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata. 

12. He had donated his ancestral house in his native village in Kanpur as baraatghar or community house to the village. 

13. Gujarat's resident commissioner Bharat Lal has been appointed as teh joint secretary to the new President. Sanjay Kothari, chairman of the Public Enterprise .. 

14. In the 2012 Presidential polls, Pranab Mukherjee had defeated PA Sangma by over 69 per cent votes. 

Neil Nitin Mukesh Shares First Look Of Firrkie Tuesday July 25,2017

Actor Neil Nitin Mukesh has shared the first look of his upcoming intense and gritty thriller film Firrkie.

The film will be directed by Ankoosh Bhatt, and is also said to feature Shibani Dandekar.

Neil will also be seen in director Rohit Shetty's upcoming film Golmaal Again, which features actors Ajay Devgn, Arshad Warsi, Shreyas Talapade, Parineeti Chopra, Tabu and Kunal Kemmu. The film is the fourth instalment of the Golmaal franchise

Neil on Tuesday July 25,2017 took to Twitter to share the poster featuring Jackie Shroff, Kay Kay Menon, Karan Singh Grover, actress Sandeepa Dhar and himself.

2017 South Africa Tour of England - Engand Vs South Africa Third Test @ Kennigton Oval July 27-31,2017

4- Match Test Series Results

First Test @ Lord's July 06-10,2017
England 458 and 233
South Africa  361 and .119(Target  331 Runs)
Match Result - England won by 211 Runs
MOM - Moeen Ali(England) for his 87 and 4/59(20 Overs and 6/53(15 Overs)

Second Test @ Trent Bridge July 14-18,2017
South Africa 335 and 343/9 Declared
England  205 and 133(Target 474 Runs)
Match Result - South Africa won by 340 Runs
MOM - Vernon Philander(SA) for his 54 and 2/48(13 Overs)and 42 and 3/24(10 Overs)
Series Result - 4-Match Test Series level 1-1

England Squad
Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Liam Dawson, Keaton Jennings, Dawid Malan, Toby Roland-Jones, Ben Stokes, Tom Westley, Mark Wood

2017 South Africa Tour of England - J P Duminy released from squad for rest of series

J P Duminy has been released from South Africa's squad for the last two Tests in England. Duminy had been dropped for the second Test at Trent Bridge, which South Africa won by 340 runs to square the series, after managing only 17 runs across two innings in the first at Lord's. South Africa have opted to keep Aiden Markram as batting cover instead

2017 India Tour of Sri Lanka - Sri Lanka Vs India First Test @ Galle July 26-30,2017


July 26: 1st Test at Galle - 10:00 AM IST

Aug 3: 2nd Test at Colombo - 10:00 AM IST

Aug 12: 3rd Test at Kandy - 10:00 AM IST

Aug 20: 1st ODI at Dambulla - 2:30 PM IST

Aug 24: 2nd ODI at Kandy - 2:30 PM IST

Aug 27: 3rd ODI at Kandy - 2:30 PM IST

Aug 31: 4th ODI at Colombo - 2:30 PM IST

Sept 3: 5th ODI at Colombo - 2:30 PM IST

Sept 6: T20 at Colombo - 7:00 PM IST

India Test Sqaud

 Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice captain), Rohit Sharma, R Ashwin, R Jadeja, W Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, M Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund

India's ODI and T20I teams haven't been announced yet.

India Vs Sri Lanka Head-to-Head in Test Matches

Sri Lanka in India (1982/83)
Only Test at Chennai - Sep 17-22, 1982, Match drawn (Sri Lanka 346 and 394; Ind 566/6d and 135/7)
Result Drawn 1
India in Sri Lanka (1985)
1st Test at Colombo (SSC) - Aug 30-Sep 4, 1985, Match drawn (Ind 218 and 251; SL 347 and 61/4)
2nd Test at Colombo (PSS) - Sep 6-11, 1985, Sri Lanka won by 149 runs (SL 385 and 206/3d; Ind 244 and 198)
3rd Test at Kandy - Sep 14-19, 1985, Match drawn (Ind 249 and 325/5d; SL 198 and 307/7)
Result Sri Lanka 1, Drawn 2
Sri Lanka in India (1986/87)
1st Test at Kanpur - Dec 17-22, 1986, Match drawn (SL 420; Ind 676/7)
2nd Test at Nagpur - Dec 27-31, 1986, India won by an innings and 106 runs (SL 204 and 141; Ind 451/6d)
3rd Test at Cuttack - Jan 4-7, 1987, India won by an innings and 67 runs (Ind 400; SL 191 and 142 (f/o)
Result India 2, Drawn 1
Sri Lanka in India (1990-91)
Only Test at Chandigarh - Nov 23-27, 1990, India won by an innings and 8 runs (Ind 288; SL 82 and 198 (f/o)
Result India 1
India in Sri Lanka (1993)
1st Test at Kandy - Jul 17-22, 1993, Match drawn (SL 24/3)
2nd Test at Colombo (SSC) - Jul 27-Aug 1, 1993, India won by 235 runs (Ind 366 and 359/4d; SL 254 and 236)
3rd Test at Colombo (PSS) - Aug 4-9, 1993, Match drawn (SL 351 and 352/6; Ind 446)
Result India 1, Drawn 2
Sri Lanka in India (1993/94)
1st Test at Lucknow - Jan 18-22, 1994, India won by an innings and 119 runs (Ind 511; SL 218 and 174 (f/o))
2nd Test at Bangalore - Jan 26-30, 1994, India won by an innings and 95 runs (Ind 541/6d; SL 231 and 215 (f/o))
3rd Test at Ahmedabad - Feb 8-12, 1994, India won by an innings and 17 runs (SL 119 and 222; Ind 358)
Result India 3
India in Sri Lanka (1997)
1st Test at Colombo (RPS) - Aug 2-6, 1997, Match drawn (Ind 537/8d; SL 952/6d)
2nd Test at Colombo (SSC) - Aug 9-13, 1997, Match drawn (SL 332 and 415/7d; Ind 375 and 281/5)
Result Drawn 2
Sri Lanka in India (1997/98)
1st Test at Mohali - Nov 19-23, 1997, Match drawn (SL 369 and 251/6; Ind 515/9d)
2nd Test at Nagpur - Nov 26-30, 1997, Match drawn (Ind 485)
3rd Test at Mumbai - Dec 3-7, 1997, Match drawn (Ind 512 and 181/9d; SL 361 and 166/7)
Result Drawn 3
Asian Test Championship in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka (1998/99)
1st Match: India v Pakistan at Kolkata - Feb 16-20, 1999, Pakistan won by 46 runs (Pakistan 185 and 316; Ind 223 and 232)
2nd Match at Colombo (SSC) - Feb 24-28, 1999, Match drawn (Ind 518/7d and 306/5; SL 485)
3rd Match: Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Lahore - Mar 4-8, 1999, Match drawn (Pakistan 398 and 314/8d; SL 328 and 165/2)
Final: Pakistan v Sri Lanka at Dhaka - Mar 12-15, 1999, Pakistan won by an innings and 175 runs (SL 231 and 188; Pakistan 594)
Winner Pakistan
India in Sri Lanka (2001)
1st Test at Galle - Aug 14-17, 2001, Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets (Ind 187 and 180; SL 362 and 6/0)
2nd Test at Kandy - Aug 22-25, 2001, India won by 7 wickets (SL 274 and 221; Ind 232 and 264/3)
3rd Test at Colombo (SSC) - Aug 29-Sep 2, 2001, Sri Lanka won by an innings and 77 runs (Ind 234 and 299; SL 610/6d)
Result Sri Lanka 2, India 1
Sri Lanka in India (2005/06)
1st Test at Chennai - Dec 2-6, 2005, Match drawn (Ind 167; SL 168/4)
2nd Test at Delhi - Dec 10-14, 2005, India won by 188 runs (Ind 290 and 375/6d; SL 230 and 247)
3rd Test at Ahmedabad - Dec 18-22, 2005, India won by 259 runs (Ind 398 and 316/9d; SL 206 and 249)
Result India 2, Drawn 1
1st Test at Colombo (SSC) - Jul 23-26, 2008, Sri Lanka won by an innings and 239 runs (SL 600/6d; Ind 223 and 138 (f/o))
2nd Test at Galle - Jul 31-Aug 3, 2008, India won by 170 runs (Ind 329 and 269; SL 292 and 136)
3rd Test at Colombo (PSS) - Aug 8-11, 2008, Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets (Ind 249 and 268; SL 396 and 123/2)
Result Sri Lanka 2, India 1
1st Test at Sardar Patel Stadium, Motera, Ahmedabad - Nov 16-20, 2009, Match drawn (Ind 426 and 412/4; SL 760/7d)
2nd Test at Green Park, Kanpur - Nov 24-27, 2009, India won by an innings and 144 runs (Ind 642; SL 229 and 269 (f/o))
3rd Test at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai - Dec 2-6, 2009, India won by an innings and 24 runs (SL 393 and 309; Ind 726/9d)
Result India 2, Drawn 1
1st Test at Galle International Stadium, Galle, Jul 18-22, 2010, Sri Lanka won by 10-wickets (SL 520/8d; Ind 276 and 338 f/o)
2nd Test at Sinhalese Sports Club, Colombo, Jul 26-30, 2010, Match drawn (SL 642/4d and 129/3d; Ind 707)
3rd Test at P Sara Oval, Colombo, Aug 03-07, 2010, India won by 5-wickets (SL 425 and 267; IND 436 and 258/5)
Result Sri Lanka 1, India 1, Drawn 1
1st Test at Galle International Stadium, Aug 12-16, Sri Lanka won by 63 runs (SL 183 and 367; India 375 and 112)
2nd Test at P Sara Oval, Colombo, Aug 20-24, India won by 278 runs (Ind 393 and 325/8d; 306 and 134)
3rd Test at SSC, Colombo, Aug 28-Sep 1, India won by 117 runs (Ind 312 and 274; SL 201 and 268)
Result India 2, Sri Lanka 1
Overall Test Records (Since 1982)
2.1985Sri Lanka3-12
5.1993Sri Lanka31-2
7.1997Sri Lanka2--2
9.1998/99Asian Test Championship1--1
10.2001Sri Lanka312-
122008/09Sri Lanka312-
14.2010/11Sri Lanka3111
15.2015/16Sri Lanka321-

  • Sanath Jayasuriya remains the only Sri Lankan batsman to score a triple hundred and also the only batsman in Sri Lanka-India Test series. Jayawardene is the only Sri Lankan batsman to score double hundreds on two occasions.
  • Virender Sehwag is the only Indian batsman to score double hundreds on two occasions - 293 in 2009 and 201* at Galle in Jul 2008. Sehwag's 293 is the highest individual score by an Indian batsman against Lanka.
  • Sachin Tendulkar has scored eight hundreds which is not only the Indian record for most hundreds against Sri Lanka but also a record in Sri Lanka-India Test series. MS Dhoni is the lone Indian wicket-keeper to score two hundreds against Sri Lanka.
  • Muttiah Muralidaran of Sri Lanka {97}, A Kumble of India {74} and Harbhajan Singh of India {50} are the three bowlers who have captured fifty plus wickets in India-Sri Lanka Test series.
  • There are three occasions of a Sri Lankan bowler capturing ten or more wickets against India. 11 for 110 by Muralitharan in 2008, 11 for 196 by Muralidaran in 2001 and 10 for 209 by Mendis in 2008.
  • Rangana Herath returned with figures of 240 runs in 53 overs to be the most expensive bowling figures in terms of runs conceded by a Sri Lankan bowler against India.
  • Mohammad Azharuddin of India with 27 catches and Hasan Tilakaratne of Sri Lanka with 16 catches hold the record for most number of catches by a Indian fieldsman and by an Sri Lankan fieldsman respectively in Sri Lanka-India Tests.
  • SAR Silva of Sri Lanka with 22 dismissals and Nayan Mongia of India with 18 dismissals hold the record for most dismissals by a Sri Lankan wicket-keeper and by an Indian wicket-keeper respectively in Sri Lanka-India Tests.
  • Sri Lankan batsmen have posted 33 three-figure partnerships against India. 576 runs for the second-wicket between Sanath Jayasuriya and Roshan Mahanama in 1997 represent the highest three figure partnership against India.
  • Indian batsmen have posted 43 three-figure partnerships against Sri Lanka. 272 runs for the sixth-wicket between Azharuddin and Kapil Dev in 1996 represent the highest three figure partnership against Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka Vs India Galle First Test Match July 26-30,2017 -  Preview 

The Galle International Stadium has not been a happy ground for India.
 They have often made all the wrong headlines here - they were at the receiving end of Muttiah Muralitharan's tryst with destiny when he claimed his 800th Test wicket here, almost exactly seven years ago.
 Then, in 2015, the new-look Team India, with Virat Kohli at the helm, collapsed for just 112 runs on Day 4 while chasing a 176-run target. A certain Rangana Herath took seven wickets that time around. Now, he will be leading Sri Lanka, at least for the Galle Test.
But then things changed. India came back from behind to win the next two Tests, both played at Colombo, by 278 runs and 117 runs respectively, to begin a streak of series wins for Kohli and his side, which is unabated since.
India have in fact won only one Test at Galle, in 2008 under the captaincy of Anil Kumble, before losing three consecutive matches. 
So you could look at Galle with a little apprehension, or with anticipation. 
Maybe India will set their record here straight this time around.
Combining the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons, India have lost only one out of 23 Tests (against Australia at Pune) since that defeat in Galle.

India: Virat Kohli (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund.
Sri Lanka: Rangana Herath (c), Upul Tharanga, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Asela Gunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara, Vishwa Fernando, Malinda Pushpakumara, Nuwan Pradeep.