A green corridor was created in Bengaluru on Friday to facilitate the transport of a live heart to reach HAL airport from Mainpal Hospital, from where the organ was airlifted to Chennai. The live heart transported in an ambulance reached the airport in 2 minutes 45 seconds, according to TV reports. The organ was operated out of a 2-year-old brain dead child in Manipal Hospital Bengaluru. The recipient is a 2-year-old at Chennais Fortis Hospital. East Zone Traffic DCP oversaw the operation of transporting the organ from the hospital to HAL airport. RELATED STORIESBlore Police ensure hitch-free ride to Chennai for donated heart
India has not fared well in Forbes list of the best countries for business this year, ranking 93rd out of 146 nations, behind countries like Mexico, Kazakhstan and Sri Lanka as it cited challenges like poverty and corruption that the country needs to address.Denmark topped Forbes 9th annual ranking of the Best Countries for Business, followed by Hong Kong, New Zealand, Ireland and Sweden. The US lags behind many other developed nations when it comes to its business climate, and the gap is growing, Forbes said. The US ranks 18th in the Forbes list, down four spots from last year. It marks the fifth straight year of declines since 2009, when the US ranked second.India ranks 93rd, with Forbes saying that while the country is developing into an open-market economy, traces of its past autarkic policies still remain. The outlook for Indias long-term growth is moderately positive due to a young population and corresponding low dependency ratio, healthy savings and investment rates, and increasing integration into the global economy, it said.Forbes cited many challenges that India has yet to fully address, including poverty, corruption, violence and discrimination against women and girls, an inefficient power generation and distribution system, ineffective enforcement of intellectual property rights and decades-long civil litigation dockets.Forbes said Indias growth in 2013 fell to a decade low, as its economic leaders struggled to improve the countrys wide fiscal and current account deficits. Rising macroeconomic imbalances in India and improving economic conditions in Western countries, led investors to shift capital away from India, prompting a sharp depreciation of the rupee.However, investors perceptions of India improved in early 2014, due to a reduction of the current account deficit and expectations of post-election economic reform, resulting in a surge of inbound capital flows and stabilisation of the rupee, it said.Forbes determined the Best Countries for Business by grading 146 nations on 11 different factors of property rights, innovation, taxes, technology, corruption, freedom (personal, trade and monetary), red tape, investor protection and stock market performance.India ranked 122 on the trade freedom index, 135 in monetary freedom, 120 in technology, 122 in tax burden and 128 in red tape. It however fared well on the market performance index, ranking third, and 7th on investor protection. It ranked 78th on the corruption parameter and 55 on property rights.Pakistan was ranked 105 in the list. Guinea, the West African nation at the center of the Ebola outbreak, ranks last for the third straight year.
Leading players Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams have been titled the mens and womens World Champions for 2014 by the International Tennis Federation (ITF).The 27-year-old Djokovic won Wimbledon, the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour finals and finished the year ranked No.1 in the world, reports Xinhua.The 33-year-old Williams, the oldest player ever to be named an ITF singles World Champion, won the US Open, the 18th Grand Slam title of her career, the ATP Tour Championship and was also ranked No.1 by the Womens Tennis Association.They were named recipient of the honour Thursday.Americans Bob and Mike Bryan were named mens doubles world champions for the 11th time in 12 years, while Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci of Italy became womens doubles world champions for the third successive year.
For the fifth day in succession, a united opposition led by Congress today created turmoil in Rajya Sabha demanding a reply from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on forcible religious conversions, leading to two adjournments before lunch.Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad made a forceful demand that Modi should reply to a debate on the controversy but the governments stand was unchanged that it is ready for a discussion and the concerned minister will reply.This led to slogan shouting opposition members trooping into the Well, forcing Deputy Chairman P J Kurien to adjourn the proceedings till noon.Azad, who had been away from the House for most part of the session to campaign for Jammu and Kashmir polls, said religious conversion by force or allurement of money, ration card or BPL card is not only unconstitutional but also unlawful and criminal offence.He said the reception Prime Minister receives when he goes abroad is because he represents the 125-crore multi-religion country.In past when there was doubts that he did not represent all sections, he was not welcome in foreign land with some countries imposing restrictions, he said.Modi during general elections asked for votes for himself and not even for his party - BJP, he said. He won the mandate on the plea that he will be answerable if the people of the country empower him, Azad said.Unhone dard diya hai, toh dawa bhi woh hi denge (he gave pain, now he will give remedy), he said, adding Modi should give confidence to Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and others that they are not just safe in the country but also their religion is safe.He said the Opposition is not asking Modi to stand on the street and apologise but is only asking him to learn from leaders like Atal Bihari Vajpayee and respect the House, come to Rajya Sabha and listen to the debate and reply to it. Azad said the Prime Minister should come to Parliament and allay peoples apprehensions. The Prime Minister and BJP will benefit most as his silence is being seen as his and his partys support (to religious conversations).Instill confidence that this government will protect people from all religions, he said.Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said Azad can say whatever he wants to during debate on the issue, a resolution for which was accepted yesterday.I will start the debate if he (Modi) comes and replies, Azad insisted.Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said government is ready for a debate and it should be taken up without conditions.Congress and other Opposition members then trooped into the Well shouting slogans demanding that Prime Minister should come to the House.As members from treasury benches shouted to counter the opposition, Kurien adjourned the House till noon.Earlier, on a point of order raised by Naresh Agarwal (SP), Kurien said the motion for discussion was moved under rule 267 and allowed.The rule, he said, does not stipulate for a particular minister or Prime Minister coming and replying. Government is bound to listen to the discussion and concerned minister is to reply to it, Kurien said.Agarwal said rule 259 gives all rights to the Chair, including asking the Prime Minister to reply.V Hanumantha Rao (Cong) said Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu had at a press conference charged him with using unparliamentary language against the Prime Minister while protesting on the issue in the House earlier this week.I never used any unparliamentary language against Prime Minister... please see the records and put things straight. It is a question of my character, he said.I have got respect for Prime Minister and I did not make any such remark. You can see the record, he said.Anand Sharma (Cong) said what Naidu had said was serious and the Chair should protect the member.
Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi will remain in jail for at least three more months with Pakistani authorities today slapping stringent provisions under public security against the key accused in the 2008 Mumbai attack, a day after a court gave him bail sparking outrage in India.Lakhvi, 54, was detained for three months under Maintenance of Public Order (MPO).Lakhvi was to be freed from Adiala Jail Rawalpindi today morning but the government detained him there for three months under the 16 MPO, Prosecution chief Chaudhry Azhar told PTI, adding the Pakistan government had also informed India about this.Lakhvi was granted bail by Islamabad Anti-Terrorism Court yesterday due to lack of evidence against him.The order of detention was handed over to Adiala Jail superintendent before Lakhvis counsel could show his bail order to jail authorities.The prosecution chief further said that the government had decided in principle to challenge the trial courts decision in the high court.We have prepared an appeal against the ATC order and file it on coming Monday, he said.The decision to release Lakhvi has drawn sharp criticism from India and surprised many for its timing, just days after Taliban massacred 148 people, mostly schoolchildren, in Peshawar.The Nawaz Sharif government also got upset over the ATC decision as it had to face criticism from India on its policy on war on terror at the time when it is making its strong resolve to crush terror networks from its soil, a source in interior ministry said.He said the government had to take a prompt decision to detain Lakhvi before he was released from jail to avoid it from further embarrassment.Lakhvi was granted bail a day after Pakistan Prime Minister Sharif pledged to announce a national plan to tackle terrorism within a week, saying this entire region should be cleaned of terrorism.The matter was brought to the notice of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who immediately ordered detention of Lakhvi, the source said.The ATC Islamabad decision had surprised the prosecution lawyers who said still 15 or so witnesses were to be produced against the seven accused of the Mumbai terror attacks including Lakhvi before it granted him bail.Since the trial began in 2009, the prosecution had produced 46 witnesses.Lakhvi, Abdul Wajid, Mazhar Iqbal, Hamad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jameel Riaz, Jamil Ahmed and Younis Anjum have been charged with planning, financing and executing the the Mumbai attacks on November 26, 2008 that left 166 people dead.
The Shiv Sena today said that Pakistan should first take to task JuD leader and Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed before vowing to eliminate terrorists from its soil in view of the ghastly massacre of school children in Peshawar.This country (Pakistan) is kind of terrorist manufacturing factory. That is why we find it amusing that you have lifted the ban on the death penalty for terrorists. Terrorists like Hafiz Saeed are spewing venom against us (India) in the aftermath of the childrens massacre in Peshawar, an editorial in Sena mouthpiece Saamana said.He (Saeed) says Prime Minister Modi is responsible for the massacre and that he will take revenge against India for it. Nawaz Sharif should first ensure that this man is brought under control, it said. The world will not trust Pakistans resolve to fight terror unless terrorists like Saeed are eliminated from the root, the Sena said.Saeed is on Indias most wanted list for masterminding the Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people during a 60-hour siege in November 2008. Notably, the anti-terrorism court in Pakistan yesterday gave bail to LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, a key planner of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, despite evidence against him in the case which was nearing its end.We are deeply saddened by the massacre of hundreds of children in their school. The soil of Pakistan has become dangerous for every country and hence all nations need to come together to fight terror originating from there. Their (Pakistans) government alone will not be able to reign in the terror, the Sena said.
Australian Engineering Group Downer EDI has won a 2 billion dollar contract from Adani Groups Carmichael Coal Mine project in Queensland in one of the largest deals of its type signed in the country in recent years.Under the five-year contract, with two additional one-year options, Downer will be responsible for statutory management and mine operations, drilling and blasting and load and haul of waste and coal.Downer Group said it has received two Letters of Award from Adani Mining advising of its intention to enter into contracts for the provision of mining services and the construction of mine infrastructure at the Carmichael Coal Mine in the Galilee Basin in Central Queensland.Welcoming the new development, Adani Australia Country Head and CEO Jeyakumar Janakaraj said the it is the latest milestone in Adanis prompt transition from the approvals to the building phase of the companys mine, rail and port projects.The Carmichael mine lies at the heart of these projects which will deliver vital export opportunities for Queensland, 10,000 jobs, 22 billion dollar in taxes and royalties to be invested right back into frontline services across our State, and crucial work opportunities for small and medium sized businesses.This partnership with Downer reflects the clear confidence that tier one firms have in Adanis projects and we welcome the chance to work with such a respected, proven partner on this critically important task, Janakaraj said.In selecting Downer as the mining services contractor, we are confident that not only we are well placed to meet our longstanding first coal guidance of 2017 but that we are one step closer to our goal of building a long-term future with Queensland, he said.Adanis mine, rail and port projects encompass the high quality, cost-efficient Carmichael mine, near Clermont, both the Carmichael and North Galilee Basin Rail, Queenslands first standard gauge line which will help open up the basin by linking the mine to the port of Abbot Point, and the existing Terminal One and soon to be constructed Terminal Zero at Abbot Point, near Bowen.Downers CEO Grant Fenn said the Adani mining services contract would be one of the largest of its type signed in Australia in recent years.Were very much looking forward to working with Adani at the Carmichael Coal Mine, which is expected to become the largest thermal coal mine in Australia, he said.The capital for the major fleet for the mining services contract will be provided by Adani. First mining is scheduled for the second quarter of 2016 and first coal in 2017.
It will be difficult to tackle the militant menace when our institutional processes are so flawed, a Pakistani daily said Friday, a day after Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, a key mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai attack, was granted bail.The News International said in an editorial that India expressed its sorrow and observed silence to mark the tragedy in Peshawar where 132 children were killed in a Taliban attack on the Army Public School.But we may have spurned our chance to make further progress. The decision by an Anti-Terrorism Court to grant bail to Lashkar-e-Taiba commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, the prime suspect in the Mumbai attacks, might be pounced on by the Indians as evidence that the Peshawar attacks havent changed anything, the daily said. His release, pending a government appeal, only shows how difficult it will be to tackle the militant menace when our institutional processes are so flawed, it added.The editorial said that the fight against terror will take years and require a revolution in our thinking and the way we operate. The zeal we have now should not descend into bloodlust and neither should we believe that military action alone will solve the problem within a matter of months, it added.The government is now considering setting up military courts to swiftly try and sentence militants but in combating the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan we should not lose our sense of justice. The daily went on to say that our political class is on the same page on the battle against terror. It shouldnt have taken the killings of more than 130 children to reach a consensus but in our mourning we have to show resolve - and that is what our political parties are now doing.The editorial noted that political unity alone wont get the job done. We need the help of our neighbours.
Steve Smith continued to torment India with his second successive century as Australia relied on their tail-enders to stage an amazing recovery and gain a vital 97-run first-innings lead in the second cricket Test here today.Smith (133) became the ninth Australian to score a century on his captaincy debut as the hosts wriggled out of a precarious 247 for six to post a mammoth 505 in their first innings with Mitchell Johnson (88) and Mitchell Starc (52) making valuable contributions down the order at the Gabba.By the end of days play, India reduced the deficit to 26 runs with Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara batting on 26 and 15 respectively. They were 71 for one at stumps on what turned out to be a rather disappointing day for the visitors.The last four Australian wickets added 258 runs to virtually take the game from India, who looked like taking the first-innings lead at one stage.Resuming the day on overnight 221 for four with Smith unbeaten on 65, Australia lost Mitchell Marsh for the addition of just 11 runs to Umesh Yadav (3/101) before Varun Aaron (2/145) had Brad Haddin caught at short leg.But the Indian bowlers struggled thereafter as the duo of Smith and Johnson quickly went on to share a 148-run stand for the seventh wicket, a record at this venue. The runs came off just 26 overs, giving ample indication of the way they punished the visiting side bowlers.This was Smiths second consecutive hundred in the series, having reached the three-figure mark in the opener in Adelaide.With the two batsmen going strong, Australia went to lunch at 351 for six, and consolidated their position thereafter to be sitting pretty at 503 for nine at the tea break.However, the Indians wrapped up the innings soon after tea with last man Starc being bowled by Ravichandran Ashwin (2/128), bringing some relief to the visitors who toiled in the first two sessions.When Indias turn to bat came again, first-innings centurion Murali Vijay (27) was snared by Starc after the batsman had hit a few boundaries. Dhawan and Pujara then saw off the last few overs without any further casualty.Dhawan had opened the innings with Vijay as India looked to bat out the last session and maintain the equilibrium in the Test. Vijay started off well with a string of boundaries and he was looking good at the crease. But a charged-up Starc (1-10) removed him in the 11th over of the innings, the batsman playing on to his stumps.Dhawan and Pujara then added 30 runs in their unbroken second-wicket stand, with the Indian 50-run mark coming up in the 15th over. Johnson (0-29), Josh Hazlewood (0-24) and Shane Watson (0-6) were the other bowlers deployed in this short session of play.This was after Smith helped Australia reach a 500-plus total in their first innings and take a comfortable lead. After lunch, India took the second new ball as soon as it became due. But it had little effect on the attacking duo at the crease.The partnership was finally broken in the 88th over as Johnson edged behind to Mahendra Singh Dhoni off Ishant. He scored 88 runs off only 93 balls, with 13 fours and 1 six, and might have changed the game completely over.It was a double-blow for Australia in that over as Smith was finally dismissed for the first time in the series, playing on to his stumps. The young skipper faced 191 balls, hitting 13 fours and two sixes.Even as the 400-run mark came up in the 89th over, India would have hoped that the rest of the tail-enders would provide little resistance. But they were proven wrong by a 56-run ninth wicket stand between Starc and Nathan Lyon (23).The visitors attack that had looked quite impressive on day two was now reeling under the tails onslaught as this pairing too added their runs at a fast clip. Yadav, Aaron and Ashwin all failed to impress even as Starc-Lyon scored at 6.72 runs per over.It didnt help that Starc was dropped by Yadav off his own bowling in the 91st over, the batsman on 17 at that time. Eventually Lyon offered a chance to Rohit Sharma at mid-on and the fielder latched on to it. Starc though kept batting, reaching his fourth Test fifty off 53 balls in the 106th over. He added a further 49 unbeaten runs for the last wicket with Josh Hazlewood (32) as the 500-run mark was crossed in the 108th over of the innings. Starc was bowled four balls after the tea-break by Ashwin.In the morning session, Smith became only the ninth Australian captain to score a hundred whilst leading in his first Test. He followed in the footsteps of Billy Murdoch (1880), Harry Trott (1896), Monty Noble (1903), Clem Hill (1910), Warwick Armstrong (1920), Lindsay Hassett (1949), Greg Chappell (1975) and Graham Yallop (1978). Doing so, he put on a swashbuckling 104 runs off just 14.5 overs for the 7th wicket with Mitchell Johnson (88 runs, 93 balls, 13 fours, 1 six).Earlier, Ishant bowled Marsh (11) as he left to leave an incoming delivery only to see his stumps disturbed. While Smith stayed solid at the other end, Haddin (6) was rattled as soon as he came to the crease. Ishant troubled him with full, incoming deliveries and had a couple good LBW shouts against the batsman.It was Aaron though who prized away the wicket as the keeper-batsman was forced to fend a quick short ball and lobbed a simple catch to Pujara at short leg.It brought Johnson and Smith together and first up the visiting side tried to get on the nerves of the left-arm pace bowler. It didnt work at all as he responded by unleashing an attacking array of strokes and the runs started flowing from his bat across all parts of the ground. Johnson took a special liking towards Ishant and Aaron, taking 37 runs off only 19 balls faced from the two bowlers.He also hit Yadav for 18 runs off as many balls, as the 7th wicket partnership raced to 50-runs in just 43 balls. The 300-run mark came up for Australia in the 69th over as Johnson proceeded to strike three boundaries in that Yadav over. He hit another three fours in the 71st over bowled by Aaron as he reached his 10th Test fifty off only 37 balls.But Smith then didnt let up the momentum on the other end as the run-rate zoomed over seven runs per over for the last half hour of this pre-lunch session.In the 73rd over of the innings then, Smith reached his sixth Test hundred off 147 balls. Two overs later the 100-run partnership off only 82 balls between the duo came up, as also the 350-mark for the home-team as India went into the break on the back-foot.
PK, the much-awaited Aamir Khan starrer, is all set to hit the silver screens today, on Dec 19. However, reports are pouring in that the movie is an expensive affair and a common man cant afford to watch it in theaters.During the promotions of the movie, Aamir had assured that the ticket price will not be hiked for PK.Contrary to what the star had iterated in the past, the ticket price has been apparently hiked.According to Manoj Desai, managing director of G-7 cinema chain, the distributors asked him to double the price of tickets for PK.Apparently, now the tickets will be costing Rs. 150 instead of Rs. 80 and Rs. 200 instead of Rs. 100 across the single screen theaters of Mumbai, which includes the Maratha Mandir and mini-multiplex Gaiety Galaxy in Bandra.Unhappy Manoj stated, Even Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan do not indulge in this kind of arm-twisting.Manoj told that the audience visiting his theater mainly comprises of middle class and lower middle class people, who cannot afford to watch an expensive movie.To protest against the price hike, the managing director of G-7 cinema chain has banned Aamirs PK in his theaters. He has decided to run Rajinikanths Lingaa instead of Aamirs PK in his theaters.On the other hand, a source associated with the film said that PK will not be screened in Manoj Desais theater because of the malpractices carried out there.Helmed by Rajkumar Hirani, PK stars Aamir Khan, Anushka Sharma, Sanjay Dutt, Sushant Singh Rajput and Boman Irani.The movie has been produced by Rajkumar Hirani, Vidhu Vinod Chopra and Siddharth Roy Kapur.Shantanu Moitra, Ajay-Atul and Ankit Tiwari have composed the music for PK.Comedy drama PK is releasing in 4,000 screens across India, today. It is the 200th film releasing this year.
Ahead of their Indian Super League (ISL) final against Kerala Blasters Fc, Atletico de Kolkata have released ace striker Fikru Teferra Lemessa on account of his hamstring injury.Fikru, who has a grade 1 tear in his hamstring, would return to South Africa for further treatment, the ISL franchisee said in a statement.Fikrus injury would have kept him out of the all important final Saturday but as a team we decided to release him ahead of the title clash to enable his speedy recovery, said ATK co-owner Utsav Parekh. Fikru has won millions of fans not only for Atletico de Kolkata but across the country through his exceptional game and even more exciting somersaults, said Parekh, wishing the player a speedy recovery.Fikru has become a father of a baby girl and I on behalf of the team management wish him and his wife all the happiness to enjoy the most precious bonding with their little baby. Since Fikru would not be available for Saturdays final, we decided that staying with his family at this moment of joy would be ideal.
Pakistan Army Chief General Raheel Sharif has approved the execution of six terrorists who were sentenced to death by military courts, a media report said Friday.Chief of Army Staff today signed death warrants of six hardcore terrorists convicted by the Field General Court Martial in accordance with law, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major General Asim Bajwa tweeted late Thursday.The announcement came a day after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that moratorium on execution has been lifted, Dawn online reported.The army withheld the names of the convicts and said their names will be notified once the executions are completed. The six cases cleared for execution had legal procedures completed, the media report quoted a military spokesman as saying.The convicts were sentenced in cases relating to the Pakistan Army General Headquarters (GHQ) attack and for an attack on a military camp near River Chenab, beside others.
Oil prices edged up in Asia today after falling sharply in the previous session, as analysts predicted increased volatility and no end in sight this year to tumbling prices.US benchmark West Texas Intermediate for January delivery rose 63 cents to USD 54.74, while Brent crude for February gained 16 cents to USD 59.43 in mid-morning trade.WTI dived yesterday USD 2.36 to its lowest since May 2009, while Brent tumbled USD 1.91. Until the issue of low global demand and oversupply is resolved, we will continue to see this type of market volatility as investors test the waters, Daniel Ang, investment analyst at Phillip Futures, told AFP. There are two camps in the market at the moment. Some who believe prices can fall further, and others who are betting that it should be above USD 60, Ang added.Crude prices have plunged roughly 50 per cent since June owing to plentiful supplies, a stronger dollar and weak demand as the global economy struggles, analysts say. The Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), the oil producers group that supplies about 40 per cent of the worlds crude oil, has so far declined to cut output to curb the price plunge.Saudi Arabia, the leading OPEC producer, said yesterday that competitive pressures prevent it from reducing output, and the kingdom can weather falling prices.It is difficult, or even impossible, for Saudi Arabia or OPEC to undertake any measure that would lead to a reduction in (their) share of the market and an increase in that of others who do not belong to the cartel, Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi told the official Saudi Press Agency.
India has conveyed to Pakistan its strong concern on grant of bail to key Mumbai attack handler Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, saying the release will make a mockery of Pakistans commitment to fight terror groups without hesitation and without making distinctions.Despite repeated assurances that have been received, we have seen both the prosecution of the seven accused in the Anti-Terror Court in Islamabad, as also the investigation by the authorities into the larger conspiracy surrounding the Mumbai attack case, proceeding at a glacial pace.The story of repeated postponements, adjournments and unavailability of concerned law officers or witnesses is well documented and does not require repetition. The move to grant bail to Zakiur Rahman Lakhvi yesterday has taken this saga to another level, official spokesman in the External Affairs Ministry Syed Akbaruddin said.We have, therefore, forthwith communicated to Pakistan through diplomatic channels our strong concerns on this matter and the sentiments across the spectrum of Indian society that that this will make a mockery of Pakistans commitment to fight terror groups without hesitation and without making distinctions, the spokesman said.Lakhvi is among the seven Pakistani nationals accused of planning and abetting the brazen terror attack in Mumbai on November 26, 2008 that left 166 dead, including foreigners.In a sharp reaction to the bail granted to 54-year-old UN-designated terrorist by a Rawalpindi court, New Delhi had yesterday told Islamabad that there could be no selective approach to terrorism, emphasising that it should realise that no compromise can ever be made with terrorists.
The benchmark BSE Sensex today extended gains for the second straight session by rallying over 245 points to close at 27,371.84 as the governments projection of 5.5 per cent GDP growth boosted economic sentiments.The 30-share index after opening on a strong note at 27,292.55 continued its upward journey to hit the days high of 27,497.12. But, profit-booking towards the fag-end at improved levels trimmed gains and finally settled 245.27 points, or 0.90 per cent, higher at 27,371.84.The gauge had gained 416.44 points in yesterdays trade.On similar lines, the wide-based Nifty of the National Stock Exchange after shuttling between 8,263.45 and 8,208.60 points, ended 65.90 points, or 0.81 per cent, higher at 8,225.20.Stocks of heavy-weight RIL hogged the limelight on a flurry of buying and ended 2.26 per cent higher at Rs 900.15 on speculations that the company may launch its much-awaited telecom services next year, rendering major support to the indices.Meanwhile, the Finance Ministrys Mid-Year Economic Review has said that Indias GDP is expected to rise to 5.5 per cent in the current fiscal from 4.7 per cent last year on back of improving macro-economic situation.The strong buying momentum over the past two sessions has been driven by a firming trend on global markets after the Federal Reserve said on Wednesday a rate hike was unlikely in the short-term, brokers said.Globally, trends at other Asian markets too remained bullish and European markets were higher in their opening trade, influencing trading sentiments here.Expectations of acceleration in reforms process after the Cabinets clearance to the Constitutional Amendment Bill on GST too triggered buying activity, they said.Of the 30 Sensex constituents, 21 ended with gains led by Hindalco, ICICI Bank, Tata Power, Sesa Sterlite, Wipro, TCS, Coal India, L&T, NTPC, Dr Reddy, Infosys, HDFC Ltd, Tata Steel, ONGC, M&M and Tata Motors and rose between 0.20 and 2.95 per cent.Sectorwise, BSE IT index gained the most by soaring 1.95 per cent followed by Metal index (1.79 pc), Oil & Gas (1.48 pc), Capital Goods indes (1.29 pc), Power index (1.28 pc) and Banking index (0.75 pc).Small-cap index also rose 0.57 per cent and Mid-cap Index by 0.36 per cent.
Steven Smith led the way with a magnificent century on his captaincy debut while Mitchell Johnson and Mitchell Starc struck counter-attacking fifties as Australia gained a 95-run first-innings lead over India in the second cricket Test here today.At tea on the third day at the Gabba, Australia reached 503 for nine in 109 overs. India had scored 408 runs in their first innings. After Smith and Johnson departed for 133 and a 93-ball 88 respectively, Starc was batting on 51 and giving him company was debutant Josh Hazlewood on 31.After lunch, Smith and Johnson started off again to try and push the visitors back even more. India took the second new ball as soon as it became due. But it had little effect on the attacking duo at the crease who raised the highest ever seventh wicket stand at this ground.The 148-run partnership, coming off 26 overs, was finally broken in the 88th over as Johnson edged behind to Mahendra Singh Dhoni off Ishant Sharma (3-117). He smashed 13 fours and one six, and might have changed the game completely over.It was a double-blow for Australia in that over as Smith was finally dismissed for the first time in the series, playing on to his stumps. The young skipper faced 191 balls, hitting 13 fours and two sixes.Even as the 400-run mark came up in the 89th over, India would have hoped that the rest of the tail-enders would provide little resistance. But they were proven wrong by a 56-run ninth wicket stand between Starc (51, 57 balls, six fours) and Nathan Lyon (23). The visitors attack that had looked quite impressive on day two was now reeling under the tails onslaught as this pairing too added their runs at a fast clip.Umesh Yadav (3-101), Varun Aaron (2-145) and R Ashwin (1-126) all failed to impress even as Starc-Lyon scored at 6.72 runs per over.It didnt help that Starc was dropped by Yadav off his own bowling in the 91st over, the batsman on 17 not out at that time. Eventually Lyon offered a chance to Rohit Sharma at mid-on and the fielder latched on to it. Starc though kept batting, reaching his fourth Test fifty off 53 balls in the 106th over.He added a further 49 unbeaten runs for the last wicket with Josh Hazlewood as the 500-run mark was crossed in the 108th over of the innings, even as the session was extended by half an hour on account of the last pair being at the crease.Earlier, Smith became only the ninth Australian captain to score a hundred whilst leading in his first Test. He followed in the footsteps of Billy Murdoch (1880), Harry Trott (1896), Monty Noble (1903), Clem Hill (1910), Warwick Armstrong (1920), Lindsay Hassett (1949), Greg Chappell (1975) and Graham Yallop (1978). Doing so, he put on a swashbuckling 104 runs off just 14.5 overs for the seventh wicket with Johnson.In the morning session, the match hung in balance as Ishant bowled Mitchell Marsh (11) as he left to leave an incoming delivery only to see his stumps disturbed. While Smith stayed solid at the other end, Brad Haddin (6) was rattled as soon as he came to the crease.Ishant troubled him with full, incoming deliveries and had a couple good LBW shouts against the batsman. It was Aaron though who prized away the wicket as the keeper-batsman was forced to fend a quick short ball and lobbed a simple catch to Cheteshwar Pujara at short leg.It brought Johnson and Smith together and first up the visiting side tried to get on the nerves of the left-arm pace bowler. It didnt work at all as he responded by unleashing an attacking array of strokes and the runs started flowing from his bat across all parts of the ground. Johnson took a special liking towards Ishant and Aaron, taking 37 runs off only 19 balls faced from the two bowlers.He also hit Yadav for 18 runs off as many balls, as the 7th wicket partnership raced to 50-runs in just 43 balls. The 300-run mark came up for Australia in the 69th over as Johnson proceeded to strike three boundaries in that Yadav over. He hit another three fours in the 71st over bowled by Aaron as he reached his 10th Test fifty off only 37 balls.But Smith then didnt let up the momentum on the other end as the run-rate zoomed over seven runs per over for the last half hour of this pre-lunch session.In the 73rd over of the innings then, Smith reached his 6th Test hundred - and second of the series - off 147 balls. Two overs later the 100-run partnership off only 82 balls between the duo came up, as also the 350-mark for the home-team as India went into the break on the back-foot.On day one, Murali Vijay scored his 5th Test hundred - and 4th against Australia - as India took charge of proceedings, finishing at 311/4 at stumps. On day two, debutant Josh Hazlewood took his maiden Test five-wicket haul with figures of 5-68 after which Australia finished the day at 221/4.
A benchmark index of Indian equities markets Friday surged 258.20 points or 0.95 percent as capital goods stocks gained. Good buying was observed in capital goods, banking, auto, IT, metal and consumer durables sectors.The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex) of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 27,292.55 points, was trading at 27,384.77 points (at 09.28 a.m.) in the early session, up 258.20 points or 0.95 percent from the previous days close at 27,126.57 points.The Sensex has touched a high of 27,385.89 points and a low of 27,292.14 points in the trade so far.The S&P capital goods index surged by 225.63 points, bankex gained by 220.59 points, auto index inched up by 215.09 points, IT index got augmented by 157.46 points, metal index moved up by 153.33 points and consumer durables index increased by 121.03 points.The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also trading 91.40 points or 1.12 percent up at 8,250.70 points.
Pakistans champion off-spinner Saeed Ajmal will finally make an appearance in a competitive cricket match three months after being suspended by the ICC for an illegal bowling action.The Pakistani selectors yesterday included Ajmal in the countrys A squad for the last two matches of the one-day series against Kenya which will be played in Lahore today and tomorrow.It is a good opportunity for me to finally test out my remodeled action in a proper match, Ajmal said.I am under no pressure at all and I will try to bowl the way I used to do before and only difference is there will be some difference in my bowling action, he added.A Pakistan Cricket Board official told PTI that it was decided to finally include Ajmal in a competitive match because with little time left for the World Cup the selectors wanted to see where the off-spinner stood.He has undergone various tests and he has been bowling regularly in the nets in controlled conditions. But we want to see how he fares in a match and how he copes with the change in his action, the official said.He said if Ajmal successfully cleared the two matches than the board would start the process to send Ajmal to the ICC bowling centre in Chennai for his official bowling test to decide whether he is cleared to play international cricket again.Ajmal, 37, has already appeared in an informal test in England and spent considerable time with Pakistans former off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq, working on correcting his action to an extent that he bowls within the 15 degrees allowed by the ICC.
When corruption seems to have no end in the nation, Bulandshahrs District Magistrate fearlessly takes on the corrupt contractors and civic officers, setting an example for the lazy bones in the administration.DM B Chandrakala visited the site of construction and noticed that the bricks used in construction of the road were of poor quality.The righteous officer couldnt take it and she came down heavily on the contractors and officials present there.Chandrakala blasted, Shame on you! This is public money.Referring to the pending projects, she lambasted, So much money is coming from the government, is any work being done?Have some morality. It is clearly dead in you. You should be ashamed, she said to the officials who stood there tight-lipped.As per tabloid reports, a Samajwadi Party leaders brother is one among the officials involved in the corrupt act.The DM ordered an immediate probe into the matter and asked the civic body commissioner Pinki Garg to send a detailed report of the project.Cracking the whip on the corrupt officials, she ordered them to get good quality bricks and resume the work within two days.Its learnt that DM B Chandrakala was recently transferred from Mathura to Uttar Pradesh. Reason behind her transfer is still unknown.The video, in which the fearless DM has been captured lambasting at the corrupt officers, has gone viral on the social networking platforms.Click here to watch the complete video.Born in Andhra Pradesh, B Chandrakala is an IAS officer of 2008 batch of UP Cadre.Happily married to deputy executive engineer A Ramulu, she is a mother of 14-year-old girl.
The chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Shaharyar Khan has said that the recent incident in India involving the national hockey team players can have adverse effects on the cricketing ties between the two countries.Khan, who had served as High Commissioner in New Delhi, felt that while political and diplomatic relations between the two countries remained tense on a regular basis the Indian media and public had also developed negative feelings about Pakistan after the incident in the Champions Trophy hockey tournament.Yes it could have adverse effects and it could affect any chances of our players being invited for the Indian Premier League, Khan told Geo Super channel.The Indian hockey body lashed out at the Pakistani players after their celebrations went over the top following their victory over the hosts in the semi-final of the tournament last week.Khan said even in most difficult situations the relations between Pakistan and Indian cricket boards had remained cordial. What had happened left its negative impact but so far we have good relations with the Indian board, he added.He felt the bail granted yesterday to Abdul Rehman Lakhvi in the Mumbai terror attacks case will also lead to negative reactions in India about Pakistan.We are maintaining good relations with the Indian board even at the ICC level and we are looking forward to hosting India in the bilateral series next year in UAE, the PCB chief said.Asked about the delay in issuance of visa to Pakistans Mohammad Hafeez to fly to Chennai for his bowling action test, Khan said efforts were being made at the highest level to get the visa as soon as possible.There has been a delay but I have spoken to our High Commissioner in India and hopefully Hafeez will be able to proceed to Chennai soon. As soon as the visa comes we will send him because the bowling centre in Chennai is accredited by the ICC, he noted.
A 50-year-old widow was allegedly shot dead by her son-in-law at her house in outer Delhi's Narela on Wednesday. The man was also accused of raping the victim's younger daughter in October. He is absconding, police said on Thursday.The victim was set to testify against the accused in the rape case, and she had also sought police protection.Police said the accused is the husband of the victim's elder daughter. The woman used to live with her 15-year-old daughter at Swatantra Nagar in Narela.It is alleged that the accused along with two of his accomplices went to the woman's house around 9.30 pm, Additional Commissioner of Police (Outer) Vikramjit Singh told Deccan Herald.Shot thriceThey then thrashed the mother-daughter, and shot the victim. The woman sustained three gunshot wounds in the attack. She was taken to Satyawadi Raja Harish Chandra Hospital, but was declared brought dead, another police officer said.Police confirmed that the minor girl had accused the culprit of raping her on October 2 over which a case was filed with Narela police station.Raped her younger childIn her statement, the teenager told police that her brother-in-law had been forcing her and her mother to withdraw the rape case. The girl is a class 9 student in a government school in Narela.On Wednesday, the girl claimed that the accused came to their house with his two friends. He said he loves me. When we refused to withdraw the case, he opened fire at my mother, she told police. As her mother collapsed, the assailants fled from the house.The girl made a call to the police control room and neighbours had also gathered at the house when a team of local police reached there. A case of murder has been registered with Narela police station and raids are being conducted to nab the man. There were allegations and counter allegations in the rape due to which we had not reached a conclusion. The accused will be nabbed soon, Singh said.The girl also claimed that the man had threatened her and her mother with dire consequences after she filed the rape case. Her mother had sought police protection, but no action was taken over her request.
A day after a phone call about bombs in Gurgaon turned out to be hoax, the control room of Delhi Police received a call about a bomb planted at Arcadia Complex in Gurgaon Sector 49 on Thursday.This call also turned out to be hoax after Delhi Police informed Haryana Police.Police said search operations were conducted for about five hours.On Thursday, Haryana Police also arrested a man from north-west Delhi's Karala village for allegedly making the phone calls. Both the calls were made from the same mobile number.The accused has been identified as 29-year-old Sunny Sharma. He is a salesman with a dry fruit outlet at Vyapar Kendra in Gurgaon's Sushant Lok, which was one of the two places under bomb threat on Wednesday.In Gurgaon, Sunny had rented a room at Jharsa village in Sector 32. Sources said after Wednesday's call to the control room of Haryana Police, Sunny made a similar call at the Delhi Police control room on Thursday to see how Delhi Police reacted.During interrogation, Sunny told police that he wanted to see if police were reliable enough when it comes to tackling such situations. He confessed that he was amused to find he had succeeded on Wednesday, and repeated the prank on Thursday.When the mobile number was tracked by Gurgaon Police after Wednesday's episode, it turned out to be registered in Odisha.A man named Saroj Kumar Malik was identified as the owner of the number.He was contacted, but he told police that he had lost his phone along with the SIM card near Sushant Lok on Tuesday.On Thursday, Sunny's location was tracked and he was nabbed in Karala village.The mobile phone and the SIMcard were also recovered. He told police that he had made Wednesday's call from his shop in Sushant Lok and then went to his house in Karala village.Sunny has been booked under sections 182 (false information) and 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) of the Indian Penal Code.
Police have launched a drive in which teams are visiting children's homes in the city to interact with inmates to seek information that could help them reunite with their parents.The Crime Branch's Anti Human Trafficking Unit has formed five police teams to go about the drive known as Operation Milaap.Police on Thursday said the teams will visit every child at the 96 children's homes in Delhi under Delhi government's Children Welfare Committee. We will interact with each child separately and take them into confidence. We will cajole them, persuade them and adopt any loving method that will make the children remember and reveal details of their families, said Dinesh Kumar Gupta, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime).Police have also received unconfirmed and unverified reports of a few of these homes deliberately keeping children lodged inside for very long so that incoming funds do not dry up.These allegations have not been proven yet and police will be on the lookout for any possibility of children being forcibly retained at these homes, said Ravindra Yadav, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) while addressing a press conference on Thursday.Legal actions will be pursued and appropriate authorities will be approached for necessary action if visiting police teams find any compromise on the mandate given to these shelter homes, said Yadav.He further said DCP Gupta had been part of a discussion at the Home Ministry in which he even suggested the cancellation of license of any children's home if found compromised.The police teams, meanwhile, will try to link together every bit of information they receive while interacting with the children. We will be on the lookout for details such as the child's address, name of parents, or address. But we will try to find clues even if they just describe a place. It will be a tedious job, Gupta told Deccan Herald.Meanwhile, local police stations have been asked to screen and document all the children residing in the shelter homes, railway platforms, bus stands, on the streets and outside religious places.Their photographs and other details will be taken by the policemen and compiled. They will then be matched with the database of missing children available with police in a bid to reunite them with their parents.
Two children were reunited with their families in Operation Milaap team's very-first visit to a children's home in west Delhi's Prahladpur Bangar. Their families said they had assumed them to be dead till they received calls from Crime Branch officials.Police said one child had been living at the home for 20 days and the other for over one month.We managed to gather details from them about their families within a few hours, said a police officer directly involved in the operation.Crime Branch Inspector Vipin Bhatia, Assistant Sub-Inspector Ravinder Singh and Head Constable Balwinder Singh were part of the team that examined the children lodged at Bal Adhikar Sashaktikaran Kendra children's home on Thursday.While one 13-year-old boy was found to have run away from his uncle's home in Rajasthan to escape studies, a 10-year-old Delhi boy had left his home to see the Red Fort. They both were picked up by authorities near Old Delhi railway station and sent to this home.The 13-year-old boy first appeared nervous but divulged his mother's name and her phone number under sustained compassionate persuasion, said police.Ran away from homeHis mother who arrived from her hometown in Bhiwadi to collect the boy told officials that he had run away from home on being rebuked by his aunt for his poor performance in studies.Local police had registered a case of kidnapping. He had arrived at Gurgaon by a bus and then reached Kashmere Gate bus stand on August 31. He had been loitering around in Delhi for three months before being sent to the children's home.My wife had scolded him for taking more interest in sports at the cost of his studies, the boy's uncle said on Thursday.The other boy, meanwhile, had left his home in east Delhi's Partap Nagar with a friend of the same age to see the Red Fort on November 12.The friend left him mid-way and returned home but this boy continued on his quest. But he was unable to find his way home after visiting the Red Fort, said Dinesh Kumar Gupta, DCP (Crime).When the police team tried to meet him, he tried desperately to hide in a room.He was reluctant to talk for a long time even after we managed to get access to him, said Bhatia.Police finally managed to get him to blurt out his father's name and address of his colony. Police rushed to the locality and traced his father there.We had lost all hopes of finding our son. Frequent reports in newspapers of children being killed in Delhi had led us to believe that our son was dead too, said the father of the boy who studies at a madrasa in Wazirabad.
A group of acid attack survivors and volunteers with NGO Stop Acid Attacks were detained by Delhi Police when they tried to stage a protest outside Parliament on Thursday.They had been observing a relay hunger strike at central Delhi's Jantar Mantar demanding implementation of Supreme Court's interim order on regulating the sale of acid at retail outlets in markets across the country.About 20 people were taken to Parliament Street police station around 11 am and later released, said a police officer. The people said they were carrying out a peaceful protest outside Parliament when they were detained.They also claimed about being injured in lathicharge. Police, however, denied the allegations saying the protesters had reached Parliament's gate number one without any intimation or taking permission.Acid attack survivors Laxmi and Rupa alleged that police instead of listening to their voices, beat them up along with other volunteers.We were sitting outside the Parliament peacefully, but nobody bothered to listen to us. Police then dragged us and took us to the police station where three of our volunteers were locked up in a room and thrashed with lathis for 10 minutes, said Laxmi. We wanted fast-track courts for speedy justice, free medical check-ups, stringent laws to check easy availability of acid in medical stores and job opportunities. Instead of listening, police harassed and detained us.Reacting to charges of police atrocity, a Delhi Police inspector defended police's action on Stop Acid Attacks Facebook page saying, This is just pseudo sympathy to get cheap popularity by maligning police. We, the policemen, are very much, rather more, sensitive than you people are towards the victims of the acid attacks. They are our sisters and daughters.Unfortunately, acid is being sold freely in most regions. AIDWA urges the government to fulfil the need for free medical treatment to the survivors, said AIDWA president Malini Bhattacharya.