Ashes: Fixing comes back to haunt cricket; 2 bookmakers including an Indian offer to sell match details

Ashes, fixing, cricket, bookmakers, Indian, match details

Perth: Cricket chiefs voiced “grave concern” but said there was no evidence the third Ashes Test between Australia and England starting on Thursday has been corrupted after a match-fixing bombshell rocked the series. British newspaper The Sun alleged two bookmakers, including an Indian “Mr Big”, had offered to sell it details of rigged periods of play in the Test in Perth which could be bet on to win huge sums. One of them claimed to have worked on the scam with former and current internationals including a World Cup-winning all-rounder. They saidRead More

Filmmaker and actor Neeraj Vora dies at the age of 54

Filmmaker, actor, Neeraj Vora, dies

Mumbai: Bollywood actor, writer and filmmaker Neeraj Vora, who was in coma for almost a year, passed away on Thursday morning. He was 54. Ashok Pandit confirmed the news to a news website and said: “Neeraj Vora died today at 3 am in Criti Care hospital in Juhu. He had been in coma and living at Firoz Nadiadwala’s place. When his condition deteriorated in the night, he was taken to the hospital, where he breathed his last.” In 2016, Neeraj suffered a heart attack followed by a stroke, post whichRead More

‘Love jihad’ killing: Rajasthan police arrest Rajsamand killer Shambulal Raigar’s social media supporters

Love jihad killing, Rajasthan police, Rajsamand, Shambulal Raigar, social media supporters

Jaipur: Rajasthan police have registered a case against five people who allegedly published social media posts in favour of Shambulal Raigar, who is accused of brutally killing a Muslim man in Rajsamand district. Two people were arrested for creating a nuisance and disturbing communal harmony and have been booked under the Information Technology Act and the IPC, said media reports. Several videos and posts supporting and lauding Shambulal Raigar began circulating after the grisly murder. Rajasthan police have also frozen at least one bank account belonging to Shambulal Raigar’s wife.Read More

Union minister Ramdas Athawale asks Dalits to renounce Hinduism, embrace Buddhism

Union minister, Ramdas Athawale, Dalits, Hinduism, Buddhism

Mumbai: Invoking Babasaheb Ambedkar, Union minister Ramdas Athawale on Wednesday said he embraced Buddhism only after he was convinced that Dalits would not get justice in the Hindu religion and asked all members of the community to do so. “Only when Babasaheb Ambedkar was convinced that Dalits would not get justice in Hindu religion did he convert to Buddhism. Lakhs of Dalits converted as well,” Athawale, the minister of state for social justice and empowerment, said in a statement issued here. According to the statement, Ambedkar had given opportunity to staunch “Hindutvavadis”Read More

Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa tells panel her aunt may have been attacked

Jayalalithaa's niece, Deepa, panel, aunt, attacked

Chennai: J Jayalalithaa’s niece Deepa Jayakumar on Wednesday told a one man panel probing the death of the late Chief Minister her aunt “may have been attacked.” She also wanted the panel to question the entire family of V K Sasikala. After her three hour deposition before the Justice A Arumughaswamy Commission of Inquiry here, Deepa said she submitted her apprehensions over the circumstances leading to the hospitalisation of Jayalalithaa. “I told the panel that there is no chance for her (Jayalalithaa) to get indisposed and get hospitalised (after attending work till nineRead More

Election Commission issues notice to Rahul Gandhi over TV interviews

Election Commission, notice, Rahul Gandhi, TV interviews

New Delhi: The Election Commission of India (ECI) on Wednesday shot off a notice to Congress President- elect Rahul Gandhi for allegedly violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) by giving election-related interviews to TV channels a day prior to the second phase polling in Gujarat, and asked him to respond by December 18. “The Commission has received reports and complaints that on some TV channels interview given by you has been/is being displayed talking about elections to the legislative assembly of Gujarat, which are currently in progress,” the ECI said in itsRead More

Muslim Personal Law Board to discuss triple talaq at Hyderabad meet

Muslim Personal Law Board, triple talaq, Hyderabad

Hyderabad: The proposed legislation on triple talaq and Babri Masjid will be among the key issues to be discussed at the general body meeting of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) scheduled to be held here in February. The three-day meeting will be crucial in the wake of the recent developments on Babri Masjid issue and the proposed move by the Central government to make triple talaq a cognizable offence. The apex body of Indian Muslims is expected to take key decisions, especially on triple talaq. The Muslim WomenRead More

India bounce back with Rohit’s historic double ton; beat Sri Lanka by 141 runs

India, Rohit's historic double ton, Sri Lanka

Mohali: Captain Rohit Sharma led from the front with a historic third ODI double ton (208 not out) as India thrashed Sri Lanka by 141 runs to not only avenge the loss in the series opener but also level the three-match rubber 1-1, at the Punjab Cricket Association I.S. Bindra Stadium here on Wednesday. Chasing a mammoth 393, Sri Lanka rode on former skipper Angelo Mathews’ defiant unbeaten second ODI ton (111 from 132 balls, 4×9, 6×3) but kept losing wickets at regular intervals which derailed their chase. Put in toRead More

Rohit Sharma hits 208 not out, becomes first cricketer to score three double hundred in the ODIs

Rohit Sharma, 208 not out, cricketer, double hundred, ODIs

Mohali: India skipper Rohit Sharma (208 not out), who piloted India to a mammoth 392 against Sri Lanka on Wednesday, became the first cricketer to score three double hundred in the One-Day International (ODI). Coming into the match, the Mumbaikar was the only batsman to have hit two double tons. At the PCA Stadium here, Sharma belted an unbeaten 153-ball 208, comprising 13 fours and 12 sixes. It was his sixth score of more than 100 in ODIs this year, tying with Virat Kohli (also this year) and Sachin Tendulkar (1996).Read More

Chris Gayle smashes T20 records in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) final

Chris Gayle, T20 records, Bangladesh Premier League, BPL, final

Dhaka: West Indies star Chris Gayle toppled several records on his way to a match winning performance for Rangpur Riders in the final of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) cricket tournament here on Tuesday. Gayle smashed 18 sixes – the most in a Twenty20 innings – on his way to an unbeaten 146 runs off just 69 balls as Rangpur defeated Dhaka Dynamites by 57 runs. The West Indies icon broke his own previous record of 17 sixes in an innings which he had set against Pune Warriors while representing RoyalRead More