The Indian men’s handball team went down 25-32 to Bahrain in a Group D preliminary match of the Asian Games in Jakarta on Wednesday. Karamjeet Singh scored five out of seven times and Harender Singh four out of seven times. At the Kopki indoor stadium, India scored 11 in the first period and 14 in the second, while Bahrain had 18 and 14 in the two periods respectively. READ: Asian Games 2018: Athletes skip Independence Day celebrations at Indian embassyIndia had lost to Chinese Taipei 18-28 in their opening preliminary encounter. The handball teams’ participation at the Asian Games got mired into controversy before getting the clearance.

August 15, 2018 16:07 UTC

Umesh Yadav bowling at the Lord’s academy nets while Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami seemed to cry out for an extra pace hand to stop England at the Lord’s Test was not that significant. What looked more significant was Jasprit Bumrah bowling in the nets with the cast on his broken left thumb finally off. Down 0-2 after the innings and 159-run loss in the second Test, changes are expected. Bumrah’s inclusion could also mean Umesh has played his only Test in England, barring any change forced due to injuries, for no fault of his. The focus is on batsmen after another collapse but questions will be raised on the selection since Kohli took over on the 2014-15 Australia tour.

August 15, 2018 14:48 UTC

International Master Nihal Sarin became the 53rd Grandmaster of India despite losing his final round game to Richard Rapport of Hungary in the ninth and final round of Abu Dhabi Masters here. The 14-year-old Nihal tallied 5.5 points out of a possible nine and the final GM norm came the Kerala boy’s way with one round to spare. Aravindh Chithambaram lost to Salem Saleh in a keenly contested Sicilian game in the final round while Dubov accounted for Ivan CHeparinov of Georgia. Although Arviandh lost, the 88-member Indian contingent had a lot to cheer as four Grandmaster norms and three International Master norms came India’s way. Bhartakoti had a tall task on hand in the final round as he needed to win against Levan Pantsulaia but the Andhra-based player showed steely nerves to come up trumps.

August 15, 2018 14:26 UTC

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August 15, 2018 14:26 UTC

दिल्ली के मुख्यमंत्री अरविंद केजरीवाल ने देश के पिछड़ेपन पर बुधवार को अफसोस जाहिर किया। उन्होंने कहा कि यदि दिल्ली स्वास्थ्य और शिक्षा के क्षेत्रों में सफलता हासिल कर सकती है तो अन्य राज्य इसका अनुकरण क्यों नहीं कर सकते हैं। केजरीवाल ने कहा कि देश को इन दिनों एक ऐसे स्थान के रूप में जाना जा रहा है, जहां सांप्रदायिक दंगे और महिलाओं से बलात्कार होते हैं। लेकिन अब भारत मोहल्ला क्लीनिक जैसी अच्छी चीजों के लिए भी पहचाने जाने लगा है, जिसकी दुनियाभर में चर्चा हो रही है। स्वतंत्रता दिवस पर यहां छत्रसाल स्टेडियम में अपने संबोधन में उन्होंने दावा किया कि AAP के पिछले 3 साल के शासन में अप्रत्याशित विकास हुआ है। उन्होंने दावा किया कि दिल्ली सरकार की पहल, जैसे स्कूली शिक्षा में सुधार और स्वास्थ्य क्षेत्र में मोहल्ला क्लीनिक जैसी योजना की दुनियाभर में चर्चा हो रही है। संयुक्त राष्ट्र के पूर्व महासचिव कोफी अन्नान मोहल्ला क्लीनिक देखने 6 सितंबर को एक प्रतिनिधिमंडल के साथ भारत आएंगे।केजरीवाल ने कहा, 'सवाल यह है कि भारत पिछड़ा क्यों है? यदि दिल्ली तीन बरसों में शिक्षा, स्वास्थ्य, जलापूर्ति, विद्युत आपूर्ति के क्षेत्र में सफलता हासिल कर सकती है तो शेष भारत में ऐसा क्यों नहीं हो सकता।' कार्यक्रम में जब 'भारत माता की जय' के नारे लगने लगे तब उन्होंने कहा कि यह सपना तब जाकर साकार होगा, जब सभी बच्चों को अच्छी शिक्षा मिलेगी, किसानों को अपनी फसल का दाम मिलेगा, महिलाएं सुरक्षित रहेंगी और कोई भी देश भारत को आंखें नहीं दिखाएगा।

August 15, 2018 13:52 UTC

The Indian cricket team celebrated the nation’s 72nd Independence Day with a flag-hoisting ceremony in Nottingham on Wednesday. Virat Kohli & Co, who are currently on the tour of England, took part in a small ceremony where the skipper and coach Ravi Shastri hoisted the national flag to mark the occasion. Virat Kohli delivered a small speech at the end of the video where he said, “On behalf of the Indian cricket team all the way from UK, here’s wishing everyone a very happy Independence Day. Jai Hind!”The Indian cricket team won the T20 series but the hosts came back strongly in the ODI series and thanks to consecutive tons from Joe Root, they clinched the three-match series 2-1. The Test series, however, has been a completely one-sided affair till now with the hosts winning the first two matches quite easily.

August 15, 2018 13:44 UTC

#Haryana: After holding strike in Jind for 113 days, around 100 Dalits from the district converted to Buddhism as s… — ANI (@ANI) 1528091218000हरियाणा के जींद में दलित जॉइंट ऐक्शन कमिटी के धरनास्थल पर बुधवार को 300 से ज्यादा दलित परिवारों के करीब 500 दलितों ने हिंदू धर्म छोड़कर बौद्ध धर्म अपना लिया। पिछले 187 दिनों से दलित जॉइंट ऐक्शन कमिटी के तत्वावधान में अपनी मांगों को लेकर जींद के लघु सचिवालय में धरने पर बैठे हैं। कमिटी के संयोजक और धरना संचालक दिनेश खापड़ ने यह जानकारी दी।दिनेश खापड़ ने बताया कि उत्तर प्रदेश और दिल्ली से आए छह बौद्ध भिक्षुओं ने धरनास्थल पर ही इन परिवारों को दीक्षा देकर धर्म परिवर्तन कराया। दलितों की मांगों में कुरूक्षेत्र के एक गांव की दलित बेटी से हुई दरिंदगी की जांच कराना, हिसार के भटला में दलितों का सामाजिक बहिष्कार करने वालों के खिलाफ मामले दर्ज करने और दलितों पर किए गए झूठे मामले खारिज करना, दलितों पर हो रहे अत्याचार पर अंकुश लगाना आदि शामिल हैं।इस मौके पर खापड़ ने कहा, ‘जब से देश और हरियाणा में बीजेपी की सरकार बनी है तब से दलित, पिछड़े, अल्पसंख्यक गुलामी की जिंदगी जीने को मजबूर है। सरकार ने हर मामले में दलितों की अनदेखी करके दलितों के साथ विश्वासघात किया है।’ बता दें कि इससे पहले भी जींद में ही गत चार जून को 100 से ज्यादा दलितों ने हिंदू धर्म छोड़कर बौद्ध धर्म अपना लिया था।गौरतलब है कि धर्म परिवर्तन करने वाले सभी दलित अपनी विभिन्न मांगों को लेकर कथित तौर पर 113 दिनों से धरने पर बैठे हुए थे। दलितों का आरोप था कि राज्य सरकार ने एससी/एसटी संरक्षण अधिनियम पर ऑर्डिनेंस औक झांसा बलात्कार मामले की सीबीआई जांच कराने की उनकी मांगों को नहीं माना इसलिए उन्होंने बौद्ध धर्म अपना लिया। यह धर्म परिवर्तन भी दलित जॉइंट ऐक्शन कमिटी के के संयोजक और धरने का संचालन कर रहे दिनेश खापड़ के नेतृत्व में हुआ था।

August 15, 2018 13:30 UTC

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August 15, 2018 13:18 UTC

Why did Nick Fury wait till half the universe’s population had been killed before calling Captain Marvel for help? So with a look of calm determination, he summons Captain Marvel. Remember, Doctor Strange said at the end of Avengers: Infinity War that he could foresee only one out of 14 million outcomes in which the Avengers defeat Thanos. And we also know that Fury first encountered Captain Marvel in the ‘90s - events that will be shown in the upcoming Captain Marvel film, due out in March. “I went forward in time to see all the possible outcomes of the present situation,” Doctor Strange says in Infinity War.

August 15, 2018 13:18 UTC

At least 22 students drowned on Wednesday when a boat carrying more than 40 children sank while crossing the Nile in northern Sudan, state news agency SUNA said. The children were on their way to school. Civil defence forces were searching the waters for the missing passengers but had not recovered the bodies, the agency added. The vessel went down around 750 kilometres (470 miles) north of the capital Khartoum. SUNA says the boat sank because of a technical failure.

August 15, 2018 12:56 UTC

One was pleasantly surprised to see a life-size cut-out of Jawaharlal Nehru at the accreditation desk calmly looking at the cut-out of Mohammed Ali Jinnah. The three mascots of the 2018 Asian Games reflect the country’s diversity. The Games Village, that more than 9,000 athletes will call their home for the next fortnight, is a picture of serenity. Given the fact that Jakarta agreed to host the Games in less than a month after Hanoi withdrew because of financial concerns, Jakarta is looking good. In stature, the Asian Games are only second to the Olympics and the next fortnight will be a challenging time for the local organising committee.

August 15, 2018 12:11 UTC

Shah Rukh Khan on Independence Day shared an image of his youngest son, AbRam, at his school, and expressed his hope that the future generations take India to greater heights. ‘Tum hi Bhavishya ho mere Bharat Vishal ke, Iss Desh ko rakhna mere bachhon sambhaal ke...’ Happy Independence Day to all. — Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) August 15, 2018AbRam is the youngest of Shah Rukh’s three children. They’re both expected to join the film industry, but only after completing their education - the only condition Shah Rukh has laid down for them. The picture was captioned, “Suite Life On Deck.”Speaking about AbRam, Shah Rukh had recently said, “He’s not yet started playing cricket.

August 15, 2018 12:07 UTC

Harbhajan Singh has been extremely critical of the Indian cricket team following their consecutive losses to England in the ongoing Test series and this time, his target was Hardik Pandya. The off-spinner said that the ‘all-rounder’ tag should be removed from the youngster and it is unfair to think that he will turn into a talent like Kapil Dev overnight. “He (Hardik Pandya) hasn’t got many runs as a batsman and the captain doesn’t seem to have confidence in his bowling. “We have to remove the all-rounder tag from him as an all-rounder contributes in both the departments as Stokes, Curran did in the first Test and now Woakes has done at the Lord’s. The same is expected of Hardik Pandya, he cannot become Kapil Dev overnight!,” the spinner added.

August 15, 2018 11:37 UTC

Two of the top cricketing talents of India – Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli – took to Twitter to post inspirational messages for the fans on the occasion of the country’s 72nd Independence Day. Tendulkar shared an image of him from India’s 2011 World Cup win and wrote, “Everything in life is hard-earned. Among countless other things, there would have been no ‘Team India’ if not for the sacrifice of our brave freedom fighters. Among countless other things, there would have been no ‘Team India’ if not for the sacrifice of our brave freedom fighters. #HappyIndependenceDay 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳 — Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 15, 2018On the other hand, Virat Kohli urged the national to concentrate on the topics that unite us rather than dwelling on the difference.

August 15, 2018 11:15 UTC

Former Sri Lanka skipper Kumar Sangakkara feels it is unfair to label India as over-dependent on Virat Kohli and attributes the team’s debacle in the first two Tests against England to lack of preparation. “Pujara and Rahane are absolutely great batsmen – Pujara averages 50 in Test cricket, Rahane averages 50 overses. “It leaves a question mark on the Indian team selection. I am not saying that it is a bad thing but sometimes in Test cricket batsmen and bowlers need consistency in selection. He has been a one-man army for India for a while, in terms of weight of runs.”First Published: Aug 15, 2018 15:46 IST

August 15, 2018 10:17 UTC