Smriti Mandhana joins Brisbane Heat for second season of WBBL

Melbourne [Australia], Sept 27 : Smriti Mandhana has confirmed that she will join the Brisbane Heat for the second season of the Women's Big Bash League, becoming the second Indian female cricketer to commit to the Australia's domestic T20 competition.

The 20-year-old batting prodigy, who impressed cricket pundits when she scored her maiden ODI hundred against the Southern Stars in Hobart during India's tour of Australia in February, is the Heats' second international recruit after West Indian all-rounder Deandra Dottin.

"I am looking forward very much to working with the Australian girls in the Heat squad after playing against them last season," Mandhana was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

Trump, Clinton clash in epic debate battle over facts

Washington D.C., [US], Sept. 27 : With the worlds eyes on the much anticipated debut debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the candidates passionately clashed over the economy, tax cuts for the wealthy and the ISIS.

According to CCN, without sparing a moment, Trump being his charge on Clinton and slammed her for staying off the campaign trail recently as he travelled the country, to which Clinton came up with the best possible response.

"I think Donald just criticized me for preparing for this debate. And yes, I did. And you know what else I prepared for? I prepared to be President. And that is a good thing," she said.

Interior Minister Nisar Ali Khan urges UN to take note of PM Modi's remarks on Pakistan

Islamabad [Pakistan], Sept. 27: Asserting that India has been using secret sources to destabilize Islamabad and create unrest in the region, Pakistan's Interior Minister, Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, has urged the United Nations to take notice of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statements on Pakistan.

"The international community and the UN should take serious notice of the aggressive statements made by Modi", the Dawn quoted Nisar, as saying.

In wake of the Uri terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir, in which 18 Indian Army soldiers lost their lives, Indian Prime Minister Modi said that New Delhi will mount a global campaign to isolate Pakistan across the world. He had also accused Pakistan of being a state sponsor of terrorism.

Vice President Ansari inaugurates High Commission of India Chancery complex in Nigeria

Abuja [Nigeria], Sept. 27 : Vice President Mohammed Hamid Ansari, who arrived in Lagos, Nigeria for a five-day official visit to Nigeria and Mali inaugurated the High Commission of India Chancery complex in Abuja and interacted with the members of the Indian community.

The Vice President, who is accompanied by his wife Salma Ansari and other senior officials, reached Nigerian capital Abuja.

He was received at the Abuja International Airport by his Nigerian counterpart Yemi Osinbajo.

Vice President Ansari also planted a sapling with his wife Salma Ansari.

An agreement on Bureau of Standards will be signed in Nigeria.

Brahumdagh Bugti hails Swaraj's speech at UNGA, urges New Delhi to keep raising Balochistan issue

Geneva [Switzerland], Sept. 26 : Hailing Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's response to Pakistan at the United Nations General Assembly ( UNGA) on terrorism and human rights violations in Balochistan, Baloch Republican Party (BRP) founder Brahumdagh Bugti has said that they expect New Delhi to keep rising the issue.

"This is a very good move and we expect that India will keep raising this issue, because India is that democratic country and responsible country, which undertakes its responsibility with sincerity," Bugti told ANI.

Bugti maintained that after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks on the Balochistan issue, the Baloch people are seeing a ray of hope in their cause.

Mere speech won't pay tribute to martyrs: Shiv Sena on Sushma's UNGA statement

Mumbai [India], Sept. 27 : Seemingly disappointed with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj's speech at the United Nations, the Shiv Sena on Tuesday said mere lectures and speeches would create neither fear in the mind of Pakistan nor would be a tribute to India's martyrs.

"People like Nawaz Sharif and Pervez Musharraf challenge India by taking its name on the international platform, whereas India fears to take Pakistan's name. Why? Mere lectures and speeches won't create fear in the mind of Pakistan. Neither Pakistan will learn anything from it, nor would the speeches be a tribute to our martyrs," Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut told ANI.

SC to hear banks' plea against defaulting Vijay Mallya

New Delhi [India], Sept. 27 : The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear the plea of the State Bank of India-led consortium of 17 banks against liquor baron and Kingfisher chairman Vijay Mallya for bringing him back to India in connection with a loan defaulting case.

The consortium of banks had approached the apex court seeking its intervention in bringing back Mallya to India and also repayment of money which the beleaguered businessman had taken.

The top court had wanted to know from the union government about his whereabouts, to which the Attorney General told it that he was in England.

The banks, in their plea, told the apex court that there was an outstanding loan of almost Rs. 9,000 crores against the businessman.

Daughters dismantle own roof top to collect wood for mother's funeral

Kalahandi (Odisha) [India], Sept. 27 : After the shocking incident of Dana Majhi who carried his dead wife's body for 10 kms in Odisha's Kalahandi district, another tragic incident has surfaced in the state where daughters had to dismantle the roof of their home to collect wood for their mother's funeral.

As per reports, Kanak Satpathy, a 75-year-old woman, died after a prolonged illness on Friday night.

Following her death, her daughters pleaded with villagers to help them cremate their mother, but to no avail.

After waiting for hours, the daughters placed the body of their mother on a woven cot and started marching towards the cremation ground.

With no wood for the funeral pyre, they dismantled the roof of their home and used it for the cremation. (ANI)

Immunodeficiency in kids is alarming: Study

New Delhi [India], Sept. 26 : In India, due to air pollution, unhygienic conditions, sedentary life style and genetic disorders, immunodeficiency has touched an alarming situation.

According to experts, there is no authentic data on incident of this, but alarming situation and severity of the problem can be judged from the fact that an urban kid falls sick every month on average.

According to Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, four out of 10 Indian children don't receive full immunization during infancy thus making them vulnerable to immunodeficiency.

Hence, experts warn that asthma -like symptoms in kids should not be ignored. They even suggest going for immediate tests for an immunodeficiency.

Seeing my most nurtured dreams come true was overwhelming: Shraddha

New Delhi [India], Sept. 26 (ANI): Shraddha Kapoor, who gave a rocking live performance at the music launch of her upcoming flick 'Rock On!! 2' on September 18 at the NSCI ground in Mumbai, underwent several emotions on stage.

Speaking on the same, the 29-year-old actress shared that she was feeling exhilarated and excited and nervous at the same time on the stage.

"There were multiple emotions in me on stage there. The feeling of my first live concert performance, for my film Rock On 2 and seeing my most nurtured dreams come true was all so overwhelming that I just couldn't control my emotions. I can't explain that feeling in words," she said.

'Mirzya' shot at untapped locations, 17 kms close to Indo-Pak border

New Delhi [India], Sept. 26 : Looks like filmmaker Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra has left no stone unturned to give a fresh essence to his upcoming poignant tragic love story, 'Mirzya.'

Hence, he chose some virgin locations for the shoot of the flick.

'Mirzya' has been entirely been shot at the bleak and desolate terrain of Ladakh and the vibrancy of colorful Rajasthan.

Mehra shot just 17 kilometers away from to India-Pakistan border in Thulia, for which, they not only had to seek permission from BSF and IB, but also had to travel 90 kilometers every day to reach the shoot locations.

Faith Evans trend on Twitter after flashing private parts at a gig

London [England], Sept 26 : American songstress Faith Evans began to trend on Twitter after she accidentally flashed a little more than expected at the Bad Boy Family Reunion Tour.

According to a Mirror report, the 43-year-old singer while rendering one of her classics 'You used to love me' pulled up her white dress and gave audiences a glimpse of her spanx.

Shortly after the instance, Twitter started flooding with hysterical remarks and jested about her move.

"Poor Faith Evans, she flashed her coochie on the Jumbotron," said a twitterati.

"I want someone to show me off the way Faith Evans shows off her private parts," wrote the other one.

Another commented, "Wonder if Faith Evans was low key flashing us intentionally or just into the performance."

Jaitley to deliver valedictory address at BRICS seminar im Mumbai

Mumbai [India], Sept.26 : Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will deliver the valedictory address at the one day BRICS Seminar on "Challenges in Developing the Bond market in BRICS" in Mumbai tomorrow.

The seminar is being organised by the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA) in partnership with the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

The seminar will provide a platform to share the best practices from BRICS countries and also explore the global best practices which may be adopted to develop this market.

Shaktikanta Das, Secretary, Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), U.K. Sinha, Chairman SEBI, R Gandhi, Deputy Governor, RBI and experts from BRICS nations, multilateral organizations, financial institutions and corporate sector will also deliver addresses during the seminar.

Sahib Rangers emerges as most powerful team in TPL auctions

Mumbai [India], Sept.26 : Touted as the most powerful team amongst the eight teams of TPL (Tony Premier League - Lets make Bandra fit), "Sahib Rangers" owned by Shekar Tolani of Sahib Reality and Co- Owner Danish successfully chose some of the best budding cricketing talent in the city at the auctions held in Mumbai.

Ashwin, Jadeja star as India crush Kiwis in landmark 500th Test

Kanpur (Uttar Pradesh) [India], Sept 26 : India marked their historic 500th Test with a resounding 197-run win over New Zealand in the opening match and took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series at the Green Park Stadium here on Monday.

Chasing an improbable 434 for victory, New Zealand were bundled out for 236 in their second innings despite resolute half-centuries from Luke Ronchi (80) and Mitchell Santner (71) on the fifth day.

India's premier spinner Ravichandran Ashwin once again hogged the limelight as he bagged six wickets to add to his first-innings haul of four wickets. This is the fifth time that he has taken a 10-wicket haul in the longest format of the game.

`Tyson Fury will be stripped of all his titles`, believes boxing promoter

London [England], Sept 26 : Tyson Fury will be stripped of his world heavyweight titles, UK's leading boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has said while casting doubts over his return to the ring.

According to Hearn, governing bodies the WBA and WBO are entitled to take away Fury's belts because he postponed his rematch with Wladimir Klitschko for the second time citing mental health reasons.

"I don't believe he will fight again," the Matchroom boxing chief was quoted as saying by the Mirror. "I believe Tyson Fury will be stripped of all his titles."

28-year-old Fury, who defeated Klitschko last November to bag the WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO titles, had earlier rescheduled the rematch from the original July date to October 29.

Sitharaman to discuss next steps in ETCA during Lanka visit

New Delhi [India], Sept.26 : Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman will be visiting Sri Lanka from today in a bid to expand bilateral trade relations between the two countries.

She will be accompanied by senior ministry officials and a business delegation.

During her three-day visit, Sitharaman will be meeting with Sri Lanka's Development Strategies and International Trade Minister Malick Samarwickrama.

Her visit is a reciprocal trip coming after Samarwickrama's visit to India in July where several issues of economic cooperation between the two countries were discussed.

Sitharaman will also call on Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wicremsinghe.

TMC burn effigies of Tripura CM, Sharif, says both are anti-India

Agartala (Tripura) [India], Sept.26 : The Tripura Trinamool Congress burnt effigies of Tripura Chief Minister Manik Sarkar and Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif over the weekend, saying both were anti-Indian.

The TMC targeted Sarkar for his remark made at a business summit where he allegedly said India has a big brother approach to its neighours.

TMC activists organised a protest procession during which they raised anti-Manik Sarkar and anti-Pakistan slogans. The effigies were burnt at the busy Orient Choumuhani crossing on Sunday evening.

TMC youth leader Sushanta Choudhury called Chief Minister Sarkar a traitor and maintained that the CPI-M has never stood by India and that the former is echoing the sentiments of Pakistan.

Goa to host 21st India International Seafood Show in Feb 2018

New Delhi [India], Sept. 26 : After a successful 20th edition in Visakhapatnam, the India International Seafood Show (IISS) has announced its next edition to be held in Goa in February 2018.

According to Dr A Jayathilak, the chairman at Marine Products Export Development Agency (MPEDA), the coastal state of Goa, knowing for its scenic beauty, sandy beaches and thriving ports, would host the next edition (21st edition) of the event.

This announcement was made on the final day the three-day event, which was from September 23 to September 25.

The 20th edition of IISS, with 'Safe and Sustainable Indian Aquaculture' as the central theme, was a big success with a number of positives for all the stakeholders of the seafood industry in India and abroad.

Craig ruled out of remaining India Test series with side strain

Kanpur, (Uttar Pradesh), [India], Sept 26 : New Zealand off-spinner Mark Craig has been ruled out of the ongoing three- Test series against India with a side strain, head coach Mike Hesson has confirmed.

The 29-year-old sustained the injury to his left side while bowling in the second innings of the opening Test in Kanpur, although he will be available to bat.

Jeetan Patel, who last played for the Test side in 2013, has been summoned to the squad as Craig's replacement for the remaining two matches.

"We're really disappointed for Mark, knowing the work he's put in to prepare for this series. He started well with the ball in the first innings, before developing the side strain," Hesson was quoted as saying by blackcaps.co.nz.

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