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  • Government to set up Mudra Bank for priority to SC/ST entrepreneurs 4 days ago

    New Delhi: The government will a create a refinance agency, Mudra Bank with an initial corpus of Rs 20,000 crore to provide credit facilities to SC/ST businesses, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Saturday. "I propose to create a micro units development refinance agency, Mudra Bank with a corpus of Rs...
  • Chelsea ban two more over racist incident in Paris February 21, 2015

    London: Chelsea have banned two more people, bringing the total to five, from their Stamford Bridge stadium following a probe into a racist incident captured in amateur video footage on the Paris Metro. "If it is deemed there is sufficient evidence of their involvement in the incident the club will issue...
  • Chelsea suspend three fans after racist incident in Paris February 20, 2015

    London: Chelsea have suspended three people from their Stamford Bridge stadium following an investigation into a racist incident, captured in amateur video footage on the Paris metro, the club said on Thursday. The video appeared to show fans of the London team chanting "we're racist and that's the way we like...
  • St. Kitts gets CPL T20 franchise January 29, 2015

    Kingston, Jamaica: St. Kitts and Nevis will host the newest Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchise for the 2015 edition of the Twenty20 tournament. The venue, only added to the roster for last year's campaign, will become the seventh franchise holder, joining Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana, Antigua and Barbuda, Trinidad and Tobago and...
  • 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' leads BAFTA awards' shortlist with 11 nominations January 10, 2015

    'The Grand Budapest Hotel', an offbeat comedy starring Ralph Fiennes as the concierge of a luxury hotel in a bygone Europe, topped the shortlist for Britain's BAFTA awards, with 11 nominations, including for best film. Following is how the main films stack up for the awards. Nominations were announced on Friday...
  • 1st ODI: New Zealand, Sri Lanka start World Cup countdown January 10, 2015

    New Zealand and Sri Lanka begin fine-tuning their World Cup preparations in Christchurch on Sunday with the first of seven one-day internationals. The first game will also serve as a dress rehearsal for the World Cup opener to be played between the same two teams on the same ground on February...
  • Gayle, Pollard back as West Indies face South Africa in 1st T20 January 9, 2015

    After suffering a humiliating 2-0 Test series defeat, the West Indies will look to bounce back against South Africa in a three-match Twenty20 international series starting on Friday at Newlands. South Africa have rested their key players and have opted for an experimental squad for the shortest format of the game...
  • Golden Globes Awards 2015: Complete list of nominations January 9, 2015

    The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will hand out its 72nd Golden Globe Awards on Sunday. Following is a list of key film nominees. BEST DRAMA "Boyhood" "Foxcatcher" "The Imitation Game" "Selma" "The Theory of Everything" BEST COMEDY OR MUSICAL "Birdman" "The Grand Budapest Hotel" "Into The Woods" "Pride" "St. Vincent" BEST ACTOR, DRAMA Steve Carell, "Foxcatcher" Benedict Cumberbatch, "The Imitation Game" Jake Gyllenhaal, "Nightcrawler" David Oyelowo, "Selma" Eddie Redmayne,...
  • Murali Vijay's dismissal was turning point, says Virat Kohli December 13, 2014

    Adelaide: India captain Virat Kohli was graceful in defeat admitting that Murali Vijay's dismissal might have just been the turning point in their 48-run defeat against Australia in the first cricket Test on Saturday. Asked if Vijay's dismissal when he was batting 99 became the turning point, Kohli replied,"Could be. If...
  • Insipid batting lets Virat Kohli down as Nathan Lyon spins Australia to victory over India December 13, 2014

    Indian skipper Virat Kohli was the star of the show for a majority of the final day but was ultimately upstaged by Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon who spun his team to an emotional 48-run victory in the first Test at Adelaide. Kohli, captaining the Indian Test team for the first...
  • 1st Test: David Warner ton puts Australia in control on Day 4 December 12, 2014

    David Warner's brilliant century helped Australia into the driver's seat in the first Test against India at the Adelaide Oval. Australia finished day four on Friday at 290 for 5 and are leading by 363 runs. Steven Smith and Brad Haddin were batting on 52 and 14 respectively when stumps...
  • As it happened: Australia vs India, 1st Test, Day 4 December 12, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Day 3 Round-up: Virat Kohli became only the third Indian to score a hundred on his Test captaincy debut as the visitors responded brilliantly to Australia's mammoth first innings total of 517 for 7 by reaching 369 for 5 at...
  • Champions League: Neymar rocket helps Barcelona secure top spot December 11, 2014

    Neymar scored a spectacular goal as Barcelona came from behind to beat Paris St Germain 3-1 in their Champions League showdown for top spot in Group F on Wednesday. Former Barcelona striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic put the French side ahead after 15 minutes with their first threat on goal but Lionel Messi...
  • As it happened: Australia vs India, 1st Test, Day 3 December 11, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Day 2 Round-up: On a rain-curtailed day, Michael Clarke scored a fine 128 while Steven Smith finished with an unbeaten 162 to put Australia in command. The hosts ended Day 2 of the first Test at 517/7. Indian bowlers were out...
  • 1st Test: Smith, Clarke put Team India on the ropes on rain-hit day December 10, 2014

    Skipper Michael Clarke played through pain and recorded his 28th Test century and Steven Smith smashed 21 boundaries for his unbeaten 162 to take Australia to a strong 517 for 7 at stumps on a rain-truncated second day against India at the Adelaide Oval on Wednesday. It was a frustrating day...
  • As it happened: India vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 2 December 10, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) Day 1 Round-up: India picked up three late wickets to pull things back on day one of the first Adelaide Test on Tuesday after a splendid batting display by Australian opener David Warner (145), skipper Michael Clarke (60 retired hurt)...
  • Warner pays tribute to 'friend' Hughes with a classy ton in Adelaide December 9, 2014

    David Warner paid tribute to his friend and team-mate Phillip Hughes, by scoring a scintillating century against India in the first Test in Adelaide. Warner blasted a quickfire century off 106 balls, firing up an emotional Adelaide Oval crowd after solemn tributes to Hughes. Warner, who was present when Hughes was...
  • Adelaide celebrates life of Phil Hughes, '13th man' of Australia squad December 9, 2014

    In the minds of the cricket lovers, Phillip Hughes will remain '63 Not Out Forever', but on Tuesday the departed cricketer was named his national team's "13th man" as the first cricket Test between India and Australia started here on an emotional note. As Australia named their playing XI for the...
  • Champions League: Barcelona full of confidence ahead of PSG clash December 9, 2014

    Barcelona host Paris St Germain for Wednesday's Champions League Group F showdown on something of a high after securing a seventh straight victory in all competitions on Sunday, according to forward Pedro. Barca appear to have put consecutive La Liga defeats just over a month ago to Real Madrid and Celta...
  • As it happened: Australia vs India, 1st Test, Day 1 in Adelaide December 9, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball updates, scroll down to the bottom of the page.) TOSS: Australia opted to bat against India India, after a calamitous week ahead of the Test match, would look to improve their overseas record with Virat Kohli at the helm of affairs. Australia, on the other hand, would look to give...
  • As it happened: Pakistan vs New Zealand, 1st ODI December 8, 2014

    For ball by ball commentary scroll down to bottom of the page Playing XIs: Pakistan: Mohammad Hafeez, Ahmed Shehzad, Asad Shafiq, Younis Khan, Haris Sohail, Misbah-ul-Haq (capt), Sarfraz Ahmed(wk), Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Umar Gul, Mohammad Irfan New Zealand: Dean Brownlie, Anton Devcich, Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Luke...
  • Pakistan, New Zealand build for cricket World Cup with ODI series December 8, 2014

    Pakistan and New Zealand start a five-match one-day series in Dubai on Monday with the focus on building confidence and momentum for next year's World Cup, which is just two months away. It promises to be a keenly-fought contest after they ended honours even in both the three-Test series and the...
  • Test cricket back on after Phillip Hughes' death December 8, 2014

    Adelaide: The emotional road back to competition begins Tuesday for Australia's Test cricketers following the death of batsman Phillip Hughes. The Adelaide Oval match against India will serve as yet another tribute to the fallen Australian player. Cricket Australia said Sunday that spectators will be asked to stand for 63 seconds of...
  • Injured Dhoni ruled out of 1st Test, Kohli to lead India in Adelaide December 8, 2014

    Virat Kohli will lead India in the first Test against Australia in Adelaide, after regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was ruled out with a thumb injury. Dhoni was initially slated to sit out the opening Test of the series to rest an injured thumb but after the rescheduling in the wake...
  • Clarke to play 1st Test against India, Hughes named 13th man December 8, 2014

    Adelaide: Australia captain Michael Clarke will play in what is expected to be an emotion-charged first Test against India after overcoming a hamstring injury to take his place in the Adelaide Oval match. Fast bowler Mitchell Johnson says Clarke is "100 percent fit" and will lead a team Tuesday that includes...
  • Special Investigation Team to probe Delhi church fire: sources December 2, 2014

    New Delhi: A Special Investigation Team was constituted on Tuesday to probe into the fire which erupted at the St Sebastian's church in Dilshad Garden in the national capital, sources said. Sources added that Delhi Police representatives will meet Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung over the issue. Meanwhile, Christian groups held...
  • India in Australia: 1st Test may be delayed, Aus players need time after Hughes tragedy November 28, 2014

    The first Test between India and Australia is all set to be rescheduled as three of the senior Aussie cricketers in Shane Watson, David Warner and Brad Haddin are amongst those who have already said that they are not in perfect state of mind to return to competitive cricket. According to...
  • More to come from Cavani and Ibrahimovic, says Laurent Blanc November 26, 2014

    Paris St Germain's Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored three goals between them in the 3-1 home win over Ajax Amsterdam in the Champions League on Tuesday and coach Laurent Blanc said there was more to come. Uruguay striker Cavani, who has been under fire in France for his clumsiness in...
  • Manjhi does it again, says he once refused to help a lady harassed by Yadavs due to vote bank politics November 17, 2014

    Patna: There seems to be no end to controversial statements from Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi. After the upper caste remarks, Manjhi on Sunday openly admitted that he once refused to help a lady harassed by Yadavs due to vote bank politics. "A lady came to me in distress...
  • As it happened: Australia vs South Africa, 1st ODI November 14, 2014

    (For ball-by-ball commentary scroll down to the bottom of the page) TOSS: South Africa opted to field against Australia Playing XIs: Australia: David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke (capt), George Bailey, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Josh Hazlewood South Africa: Hashim Amla, Quinton de Kock (wk),...