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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Former India spinner Sunil Joshi Appointed Bangladesh Spin Consultant for Australia Series

Former India spinner Sunil Joshi is all set to take over as the new spin bowling consultant of the Bangladesh cricket team, ahead of the team's two-match Test series against Australia starting August 27.

 The team has hired the former Indian left-arm spinner for the series against the 'Baggy Greens' and a decision on the future of the association will be taken after a meeting with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) honchos, a BCB official with knowledge of the developments said.

"He is expected to arrive in Dhaka soon and the preparations will begin for the first Test. Bangladesh has been looking for a spin consultant for a while and Mr Joshi will help strengthen our support staff.

"He has currently been hired for the two-match series against Australia and a decision on future assignments will be taken after a meeting with the BCB members," the official told Cricketnext.

Bangladesh are not the first team to turn to an Indian spinner for help. The Australians themselves have hired the services of Sridharan Sriram, former India batsman and spinner, during their previous tours to India and also during the 2016 ICC World T20.

Joshi, who represented Karnataka with distinction in domestic cricket, represented India in 15 Test matches, picking up 41 wickets. He also played 69 ODIs for India and picked up 69 wickets.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board stepped up its efforts to find a spin bowling consultant after Australian leggie Stuart McGill turned down the position due to illness. Joshi was part of the Indian team that played a Test in Dhaka in 2000, which incidentally was Bangladesh's first ever Test match.

Joshi played a starring role inthe match, picking up 8 wickets and scoring 92 with the bat to win the 'Man of the Match' award.

Jude Felix Appointed Coach of Indian Junior Men’s Hockey Team Tuesday Aug 22,2017

Hockey India on Tuesday Aug 22,2017 have announced the appointment of former India Captain Jude Felix Sebastian as Coach for the Indian Junior Men’s Hockey team. The 33-member Junior Men’s core group will train under Jude Felix as they prepare for defending their title of Junior Men World Champions.

"Jude Felix brings with him vast experience as former India Captain as well as a highly reputed Coach. Under him, we want to strengthen the junior core group. With Hockey India’s programs structured to bring good results in the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games, I would expect players from this junior core group to push the seniors for a spot in the team," stated David John, Hockey India’s High Performance Director.

As a player, Felix was a vital cog in the Indian team as a half-back. His composed attitude with a wide vision for hockey’s development set him apart from his contemporaries. Felix is an Arjuna Awardee (1995) and was the Captain of the Indian Team from 1993-95. He also led the Indian team in the 1993 World Cup and in the Asian Games in 1994 at Hiroshima.

Felix has played more than 250 international matches and represented India in two Olympic Games in 1988 (Korea) and 1992 (Barcelona), two World Cups in 1990 (Pakistan) and 1994 (Sydney), two Asian Games in 1990 (Beijing) and 1994 (Hiroshima) and three Champions Trophy in 1985 (Australia), 1987 (Pakistan) and 1989 (Berlin). He has also worked as player cum coach with Racing Club in Paris (European league and French League) in 1997 -2000. He also worked as the Coach of Dutch U-18 National Team in the Leo Van Der Kar in 1997.

His previous stint with the national team was in 2014 when he assisted Chief Coach for Men's team Terry Walsh. “I am excited to take up this new role. The Junior Core Group was picked basis their performance in the National Championships and this group will be further pruned down to 18-member squad for the Sultan of Johor Cup, our first international tournament for this year,” stated Felix.

India Moves on From Triple Talaq, Here's How these Muslim Countries Deal With it

In a historic judgment, the Supreme Court has struck down the practice of instant triple talaq, calling it ‘unconstitutional’. The constitution bench, headed by the Chief Justice JS Khehar, delivered a spilt verdict (3:2), invalidating the practice as part of the Muslim Personal Law. The majority judgment came from three judges — Justice Rohinton Nariman, Justice Kurien Joseph and Justice UU Lalit. CJI JS Khehar and Justice S Abdul Nazeer wrote the minority judgment.

India’s neighbour, Pakistan’s Muslim Family Law Ordinance of 1961 was a watershed moment in the country’s history, altering the marital laws and made the customary instant triple talaq, illegal.

The new law required that, in order to obtain a divorce, a husband has to send a written notice to the chairman of the local council with a copy to his wife.

The divorce would not be effective until the expiration of a 90-day waiting period, which will be utilised to constitute an arbitration council, to reconcile both parties. The wife is also free to re-marry her husband after the divorce.

The ordinance came into being after, in 1955, the then Pakistan Prime Minister, Muhammad Ali Bogra, who was already married, went ahead and married his secretary Aliya Saadi, without the permission of his first wife, Hamida.

Offended by the flippant manner in which the leader of the country dealt with the institution of marriage, Hamida Bogra refused to accept everything in silence. She joined forces with the wives of Pakistan’s elite who were members of the All Pakistan Women’s Association (APWA) that held nationwide protests against the Prime Minister and polygamy. The campaign eventually transformed into a vehicle for change, where women in Pakistan demanded reforms in Muslim family laws.

Bangladesh, too, follows the same procedure as Pakistan.

Afghanistan has also banned the practice. Meanwhile, divorces in Morocco take place in a secular court as opposed to religious ones, and the man is allowed a second wife only under certain circumstances.

In Tunisia, divorce is a strictly judicial matter and the concept of talaq is not valid. Polygamy was outlawed in 1956 with a one-year punishment for violation or 240,000 francs ($500) fine.

In Turkey, polygamy attracts a two-year imprisonment for a violation, and marriage comes to an end upon the death of a spouse, annulment or divorce decree of a court.

In Indonesia, although polygamy is legal, the law discourages it and restricts its practice. Divorce in the country can only be claimed and submitted before a court.

Micromax Canvas Infinity Launched in India For Rs 9,999

Following the trend set by Samsung and LG, Micromax has launched its first smartphone featuring a 5.7-inch display with 18:9 aspect ratio.

Also, borrowing the term “infinity display” from Samsung, the company named the smartphones as ‘Canvas Infinity’.

Micromax Canvas Infinity is equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor.

 The new smartphone offers 32GB of internal storage that can be stretched up to 128GB via a microSD card and also supports OTG up to 64 GB.

Micromax Canvas Infinity is backed by a 2,900 mAh battery.

The new Micromax Canvas Infinity sports a 16MP selfie camera and 13MP rear camera with face beauty mode and offers other features like real-time bokeh effect and re-focus option.

This 4G VoLTE smartphone comes with gesture and motion keys that simplify tasks such as music switching, snoozing alarm etc.

Key specs:

- 5.7-inch (18:9 aspect ratio) display

- Android 7.1 Nougat

- Qualcomm Snapdragon 425


- 32GB (up to 128GB)

- 13MP rear camera

- 16MP front camera

- 2,900mAh battery

- 4G VoLTE

No Exemption From NEET in TN Medical Admissions, Says NDA Govt Tuesday August 22,2017

The NDA Govt has said that there will be no exemption from the National Eligibility and Entrance Test (NEET) for medical admissions in Tamil Nadu.

The Supreme Court has ordered that NEET scores will be taken into account for admissions, the last date for which had been extended up till September 4.

On August 17, the Supreme Court had put on hold, the counselling for admissions for MBBS and BDS seats in Tamil Nadu, and asked MCI and the state government to find a "balanced" solution to deal with the interests of state board students and those who cleared NEET.

A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra was hearing a plea filed by six students seeking a direction to the state government to conduct counselling for the medical seats solely on the basis of the merit list prepared on the basis of NEET (National Eligibility cum Entrance Test) marks.

"Status quo existing as on today, as regards the admission to the medical courses in the State of Tamil Nadu, shall be maintained till then," it said.

The apex court asked the state government to provide the details regarding the number of students who have passed qualifying 12th examination from the State Board and have qualified for NEET.

No student should suffer due to the proposed state government's ordinance, the bench said.

"We have asked the counsel for Tamil Nadu and the Medical Council of India (MCI) to consider how a balanced situation can be thought of so that the students who have come from the State Board and have not been equipped to appear in NEET examination and the students who have appeared in the NEET examination and have qualified, can be adjusted," it said.

"The state shall file the result sheet of the NEET examination pertaining to the students who belong to the state of Tamil Nadu. That apart, the state shall also file the State Board merit list," the bench, also comprising Justices Amitava Roy and AM Khanwilkar, said.

AirAsia ' 7 Days Mad Deals '

Malaysian budget airliner has announced a flash sale for domestic passengers, offering discounted airfare for trips between February 26 to August 28, 2018.

The fares are starting at Rs 999 (all-inclusive) for select one-way flights. The bookings can be made till 27 August 2017 via web and the AirAsia mobile app

The scheme named as “7 Days of Mad Deals” is valid for new purchases only with a limited number of seats, as per the AirAsia India’s website.

However, the carrier said the offer may not be available on all flights and didn’t reveal the total number of seats allotted in the scheme.

According to NDTV, between Kolkata and Bagdogra, AirAsia India was today offering tickets starting at Rs 999.

This fare is inclusive of airport taxes except for those selected airports where tax is collected at the departure, the report added.

The airline under another, promotional offer, was selling tickets at Rs. 1,099.

The routes on which the tickets were sold included Goa-Bengaluru, Bhubaneswar-Kolkata, Guwahati-Imphal, Kochi-Bengaluru and Kochi-Bengaluru. On the Pune-Bengaluru and Visakhapatnam-Bengaluru routes, tickets were available at Rs. 1,499.
For international passengers, the airline is also offering fares starting at Rs 3,399.
Earlier on June 3, AirAsia had announced discounted fares, starting as low as Rs 2,999 for international flights operated by other group airlines under a limited period offer. Travellers can enjoy the low fares to international destinations such as Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Phuket, Krabi and many more destinations operated by AirAsia Berhad, Thai AirAsia, AirAsia X Berhad and Indonesia AirAsia X

Monday, August 21, 2017

2017 TNPL Final Chenai Super Gillies beat Tuti Patriots to win the title Sunday Aug 20,2017

Throughout the Tamil Nadu Premier League season this year, TUTI Patriots dominated their opponents and reached the final without losing a single match.

They continued to better their performance with each and were the favourites in the final against Chepauk Super Gilles.

But, as fate would have it, the unbeaten team of TNPL 2017 lost the final against Chepauk and finished second in the tournament which looked theirs.

CSG chased down the final target of 144 runs in 19 overs with six wickets in hand to be crowned as the winners of the second edition of TNPL.

Patriots captain Dinesh Karthik won the toss and elected to bat in Chennai hoping that his batsmen will put up a competitive total as they had in league phase. The strong batting line-up of Patriots had to face some top class bowling from CSG. The bowlers — especially the spinners — set up the match with some tight line and length.

Washington Sundar, who had impressed everyone with both bat and ball in the league, was once again looking good for Patriots but he failed to judge a slower ball from R Sathish and was caught at mid-on. A small rain break took the momentum away from Patriots and they slipped to 52 for the loss of two wickets after seven overs with Kaushik Gandhi falling for 24.

Abhinav Mukund, who joined the team after playing the Test series for India against Sri Lanka, played a handy knock of 41 runs but took 38 balls. But, after his wicket in the 14th over and at the score of 95, Patriots failed to capitalise in the final overs and made only 143 runs.

The chase for CSG was not an easy one as their openers began on a cautious note. Gopinath and Thalaivan Sargunam took their time in the powerplay and had added only 46 runs from eight overs. The latter fell in the ninth over for 16 runs.

Like Patriots, CSG were also slow and were 93 for the loss of four wickets in the 16th over with Gopinath falling after his half-century. But, captain Sathish and Sathiamoorty Saravanan managed to not lose their wickets and with CSG needing 22 off the last 12 balls, launched an assault.

Saravanan was on strike with his team needing 15 off the final nine balls. Sundar was bowling the penultimate over and Saravanan hit the fourth ball of his over for a six.

He followed it with another six before sealing the match and the title for his team with a four. He was also declared the man-of-the-match for his 10-ball 23.

17-year-old Sundar was declared the man-of-the-tournament as he was the highest run scorer and second highest wicket-taker in the tournament.