Pakistan celebrate Lord’s win with five push-ups, salute national flag

Pakistan beat England by 75 runs at Lord's. (Source: Reuters)

The trend it seems is going to continue as Pakistan celebrated the Lord’s Test win – first in 20 years – by doing five push-ups and signing off with a salute. Moments after sealing the 75-run win, Younus Khan neatly assembled the XI near the ropes and instructed them to start the drill.

In a moment, they got down to business and enthralled the capacity crowd at the historic venue.

Earlier in the Test, Misbah had performed push-ups after he scored his first hundred at this venue. The skipper revealed that he made a promise to Pakistan army of doing push-ups everytime he would score a hundred in England.

Earlier in the Test, Misbah had performed push-ups after he scored his first hundred at this venue. The skipper revealed that he made a promise to Pakistan army of doing push-ups everytime he would score a hundred in England.






Three Indian sites make it to UNESCO’s World Heritage List

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UNESCO on Sunday listed Chandigarh’s Capitol Complex and Sikkim’s national park home to the world’s third highest peak Mount Khangchendzonga among its World Heritage Sites, approving all three nominations linked to India this session.

Sunday’s approval comes two days after the ruins of Nalanda University in Bihar made to the elite tag at the 40th session of The World Heritage Committee meeting in Istanbul.

This is the first time that any country got three sites inscribed in the Word Heritage List at a single session of the committee meeting, a Culture Ministry official said.

The meeting had resumed for a day on Sunday, after being suspended a day earlier due to a failed coup bid in Turkey which claimed over 260 lives.

“Much awaited dream come true. Capitol Complex of Chandigarh now a World Heritage site. Thanks @UNESCO @RuchiraKamboj,” India’s Culture Ministry tweeted. Ruchira Kamboj is India’s Ambassador to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).

“Khangchendzonga National Park of India is now a World Heritage site. Thank you @UNESCO @IrinaBokova,” it said in another tweet, tagging UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova.

The Capitol Complex is part of the group of 17 sites – across seven countries (France, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Argentina, Japan and India) – designed by Franco-Swiss architect Le Corbusier which were included in the list by the Paris-based body.

Charles-Edouard Jeanneret-Gris, better known as Le Corbusier, had planned Chandigarh in the 1950s. It said the 17 sites spread over seven countries are a “testimonial to the invention of a new architectural language that made a break with the past”.

“The Complexe du Capitole in Chandigarh (India), the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo (Japan), the House of Dr Curutchet in La Plata (Argentina) and the Unite d’habitation in Marseille (France) reflect the solutions that the Modern Movement sought to apply during the 20th century to the challenges of inventing new architectural techniques to respond to the needs of society.

“These masterpieces of creative genius also attest to the internationalisation of architectural practice across the planet,” it said in an official statement.

In another major recognition, Sikkim’s Khangchendzonga National Park – home to the world’s third highest peak, Mount Khangchendzonga – made it to the list.

Located at the heart of the Himalayan range in northern India (State of Sikkim), the Khangchendzonga National Park includes a unique diversity of plains, valleys, lakes, glaciers and spectacular, snow-capped mountains covered with ancient forests, including the world’s third highest peak, Mount Khangchendzonga.

“Mythological stories are associated with this mountain and with a great number of natural elements (e.g. caves, rivers, lakes, etc.) that are the object of worship by the indigenous people of Sikkim. The sacred meanings of these stories and practices have been integrated with Buddhist beliefs and constitute the basis for Sikkimese identity,” the statement said.

Besides these, Antigua Naval Dockyard and Related Archaeological Sites (Antigua and Barbuda) and Pampulha Modern Ensemble (Brazil) were also included in the elite list.

A World Heritage Site is a place (such as a building, city, complex, desert, forest, island, lake, monument, or mountain) that is listed by the UNESCO as being of ‘special cultural or physical significance’.




Top 8 Indian companies add Rs 57,965 crore in market capitalisation, HDFC Bank gains most

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The combined market valuation of eight of the top 10 most valued Indian companies surged by Rs 57,965.56 crore last week amid a positive broader market trend.

Barring Infosys and Sun Pharma, the rest of eight companies saw a jump in their market capitalisation (m-cap) for the week ended Friday.

The m-cap of HDFC Bank soared Rs 13,030.16 crore to Rs 3,10,188.96 crore, emerging as the biggest gainer among the top-10 firms.

HDFC’s valuation zoomed Rs 12,237.13 crore to Rs 2,15,197.79 crore and that of RIL advanced by Rs 10,521.73 crore to Rs 3,28,313.73 crore.

The m-cap of ONGC surged Rs 5,860.51 crore to Rs 1,97,161.27 crore and that of CIL rose Rs 5,053.09 crore to Rs 2,01,902.59 crore.

HUL’s valuation rose Rs 4,198.63 crore to Rs 2,03,352.52 crore and that of ITC went up by Rs 3,832.81 crore to Rs 3,00,670.49 crore.

TCS too added Rs 3,231.5 crore at Rs 4,81,158.80 crore in m-cap.

In contrast, the valuation of Infosys slumped Rs 19,868.57 crore to Rs 2,46,289.89 crore and that of Sun Pharma fell by Rs 1,961.45 crore to Rs 1,85,411.72 crore.

In terms of ranking, TCS was on the top followed by RIL, HDFC Bank, ITC, Infosys, HDFC, HUL, CIL, ONGC and Sun Pharma.

For the past week, the Sensex rallied 709.60 points, or 2.61 per cent, while the NSE Nifty surged 218.20 points, or 2.62 per cent.




IDS: Taxmen to seek information from suspected black money holders

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Tax authorities plan to seek details from various entities against whom there is specific information of having undisclosed assets, as part of the domestic black money disclosure scheme.

Sources said such a move would act as a deterrent against those holding illicit assets and nudge them to come clean. Such entities will now have the opportunity to participate in Income Disclosure Scheme (IDS) before it ends on September 30, they added.

The Tax Department is considering sending e-mails to the entities against whom it has information of not disclosing assets that are taxable, the sources said.

Such communications will cite some of the instances of undisclosed assets involving the entities concerned and then ask them to clarify on the same, they said, adding that such entities should be getting the letters by early next month.

According to the sources, such an exercise would also help in ensuring no panic is created among the tax payers with regard to alleged undisclosed assets and “all such communications would be strictly confidential”.

As part of larger efforts to curb the black money menace, the government has been urging the entities to come forward and make use of the IDS.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, on multiple occasions, has asked domestic black money holders to take advantage of the ongoing scheme.

As part of the IDS exercise, the department last week clarified that black money declarants using the one-time compliance window cannot pay tax and penalty from undisclosed income to bring down their liability and such acts will not get any immunity.

The clarification in the form of fourth set of frequently asked questions (FAQs) stated that there is no intent to “modify or alter the rate of tax, surcharge and penalty payable under the Scheme which have been clearly specified in the Scheme itself”.

Besides, the government has extended the deadline for payment of tax and penalty under IDS and allowed declarants to pay the amount in three instalments by September 30 next year.

The first instalment of 25 per cent under the IDS 2016 will have to be paid by November 2016 to be followed by another one of 25 per cent by March 31, 2017.

The remaining amount will have to be paid to the exchequer by September 30, 2017.

Earlier the tax, surcharge and penalty under the black money disclosure window were required to be paid by November
30 this year.




Nice attack: Four people linked to the driver taken into custody by French Police

A woman carries blue, white and red flowers and a French flag as a tribute to victicms two days after an attack by the driver of a heavy truck who ran into a crowd on Bastille Day killing scores and injuring as many on the Promenade des Anglais, in Nice, France, July 16, 2016. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Four men believed to be linked to the Tunisian who killed 84 people when he drove a truck into a Bastille Day crowd in Nice were arrested overnight on Friday, a judicial source said.

One of the men being held was arrested on Thursday and three others this morning, the source added. The driver’s estranged wife is also being held by police.

The new arrests came as French President Francois Hollande met with the head of the armed forces and ministers after calling a meeting of his top security advisors in Paris.

Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, 31, smashed a 19-tonne truck into a mass of people as the traditional July 14 national day fireworks celebration was ending in the French Riviera city.

At least 10 children and teenagers were killed, with around 50 other children injured, some of them “hanging
between life and death”, a hospital official said.

Investigators were piecing together a profile of Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, a man with a record of petty crime and domestic violence, but no known connection to terrorist groups.

Prime Minister Manuel Valls said the attacker probably had links to radical Islam, but Interior Minister Bernard
Cazeneuve cautioned it was too early to make the connection.





Vijender Singh vs Kerry Hope Live: Vijender Singh’s title bout against Kerry Hope up next!

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Vijender Singh begins his journey in Pro Boxing in India against Kerry Hope with the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title on the line. In his first fight in India in six years, Vijender would also seek to keep his winning run in pro boxing going. Catch live updates from Vijender Singh vs Kerry Hope from Thyagraj Stadium in New Delhi.

Vijender Singh vs Kerry Hope Live:

2203 hrs IST: We’re go into the first round between Vijender and Hope. 3 minutes for each round and 10 rounds make up this bout

2159 hrs IST: Australian national anthem is played and everyone is up in respect

2158 hrs IST: Vijender Singh gets a loud ovation as his name is announced

2157 hrs IST: 34-year-old Kerry Hope is introduced to the crowd amid mixed response

2154 hrs IST: Lights dim and Vijender Singh in his usual attire of the tricoloured robe walks down the ramp!

2153 hrs IST: Kerry Hope in white jacket and shorts is in the arena!

2129 hrs IST: And we’re ready for the big event! Vijender Singh vs Kerry Hope is up next!

2122 hrs IST: Siddharth Verma beats Dilbagh Thakran 80-73, 79-73, 77-75

2121 hrs IST: We see Rahul Gandhi in the front row with Rajiv Shukla

2057 hrs IST: Dilbagh is sufferind as we go into the third round. Doesn’t look comfortable at all.

2046 hrs IST: Dilbagh Thakran (red corner) against Siddharth Verma (blue corner)

2022 hrs IST: Suresh Raina: Good to see the energy and the support. Everyone’s done an amazing job. This atmosphere is like playing in the World Cup.

2020 hrs IST: Mary Kom: “I would like to thank everyone for coming and it’s become popular thanks to all of you. I would like to wish all our boxers going to Rio all the luck. I’m so sorry I couldn’t qualify it myself.”

2013 hrs IST: Sanjeev Singh Sahota wins 40-37, 40-36, 40-37 to beat Vikas Lohan

2012 hrs IST: Sanjeev had the upper hand after the two rounds but now, after four rounds, the contest looks close. He raises his hand in celebration but the result is awaited

2004 hrs IST: Two rounds gone and UK based Sanjeev Sahota has the upper hand. Vikas looks rather depleted

Up next is Vikas Lohan vs Sanjeev Sahota

1944 hrs IST: And that’s the end of the final round. The Thai boxer looks confident. Kuldeep Dhanda beats Vichayan Khamon 60-52, 60-55, 60-53 in a convincing win

1940 hrs IST: Kuldeep has the lead on points over the Thai boxer and we’re two minutes away from the decision. Into the last round!

1933 hrs IST: Kuldeep has a fairly decent fourth round but still too close to make a call on who would take this.

1929 hrs IST: Big jabs by Khamon to end the third round. That was a good ending to the third round

1924 hrs IST: End of the second round and still little to separate the two even though the Thai boxer gestured to raise his arms in celebration

1916 hrs IST: Khamon hits the mat at the end of the first round! Pretty even first round so far

1910 hrs IST: We start off with Vichayan Khamon of Thailand vs Kuldeep Dhanda of India

1900 hrs IST: We’re ready for the five match fight card at the Thyagraj Stadium. As always, the big fight will come last.


No real Hope for a big upset

Vijender Singh and Kerry Hope during the weigh-in on the eve of their WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight bout on Saturday. (Source: PTI)

The bout — which the organisers have sold as the biggest pro boxing event to be held in India — is one in which Vijender has a real fight on his hands, his promoters insist.

In Kerry Hope’s corner, a man who has been waiting for Vijender Singh to show up

Gareth Williams believes there are areas of Vijender Singh’s game that make him vulnerable.

What makes Vijender Singh’s job harder, feels Williams, is that he has had to unlearn nearly two decades of amateur boxing in a relatively short time.

Vijender Singh faces tricky test against southpaw Kerry Hope

Vijender Singh’s fight against Kerry Hope for the WBO Asia Pacific Super middleweight belt on Saturday is going to be his toughest one so far. (Source: Twitter)

Vijender Singh has to let Kerry Hope reach out for him while leaving himself open for counters and use Hope’s own momentum against him.






Live cricket score, England (Eng) vs Pakistan (Pak), 1st Test, Day 3: Pakistan stretch lead over England at Lord’s

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Pakistan didn’t allow the English tail to wag as the visitors bundled out the hosts for 272. Yasir Shah added one more wicket to his five-wicket haul to end with figures of 6/72. After a decent lead under their belt, Pakistan now need to bat well to post a challenging target for the Alastair Cook-led unit.

Live Cricket Scorecard: England vs Paksitan, Day 3 (CLICK HERE)

Live Cricket Updates: England vs Pakistan, 1st Test, Day 3

2144 hrs IST: Sarfraz has the job of batting with the tail and taking Pakistan’s lead over 300 – a total which would test hosts in the fourth innings

2131 hrs IST: Woakes, after six wickets in the first innings, continues with his good show with the ball. He’s a scalp away from a well-deserved match-haul of 10 wickets

2127 hrs IST: WICKET! Shafiq falls one short of FIFTY as Woakes breaks the steady stand. Pak 168/6, lead 235

2104 hrs IST: That’s 150 for Pakistan. Shafiq is scoring some very crucial runs for the visitors. He takes his individual to 43

2054 hrs IST: Pakistan take the lead past the 200-run mark. Sarfraz and Shafiq in the middle for visitors

2051 hrs IST: Stumper Sarfraz Ahmed is the new man in the middle. Pakistan lead nears the 200-run mark

2048 hrs IST: Younus shared a solid 69-run stand with Shafiq before Ali gave his side a much needed breakthrough

2047 hrs IST: WICKET! Ali breaks the steady Pakistan stand as he scalps Younus for 25. Pakistan 129/5

2037 hrs IST: With not much happening for the seamers, Moeen Ali’s gentle offies would hold key for England in the final session




It will take longer to reach Windows 10 goal: Microsoft

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Microsoft is backing off its ambitious goal of getting Windows 10 on 1 billion devices by 2018.

The company is blaming its own decision to scale back its smartphone business over the last year. Microsoft said that’s slowing efforts to deploy the newest version of its flagship software on PCs, game consoles and mobile devices like tablets and phones.

Microsoft says Windows 10 is now running on more than 350 million PCs and other devices. Analysts say that’s an impressive rate of adoption for software released last year. But Microsoft has sold relatively few smartphones and has cut back its phone operation.

In a statement Friday, Microsoft acknowledged “it will take longer” to get Windows 10 on a billion devices, but didn’t set a new timetable. Its shares fell 30 cents to $53.44 in afternoon trading Friday.





Audio-technica ATH-WS1100iS headphone review

Audio-Technica is one of the global brands making a beeline for India's luxury headset market

Being a relatively new entrant, Audio-Technica has not yet got the kind of mind space the brand deserves in India. However, that doesn’t mean this brand does not have the firepower to succeed. In fact, over the past year or so I have been convinced they offer among the best audio solutions in the country.

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The high end headphone space in India has been for long been the preserve of a few brands like Bose, Sennheiser and Sony. Now, global brands that excel in top-end audio are making a beeline for India. The ATH-WS1100iS from Audio-Technica falls into this breed. From looks to style and positioning, this is a luxury headset which incidentally is no longer a niche segment.

Specs: 53mm closed-back dynamic driver | 106dB/mW output levels | 8 to 24,000Hz | 750mW | 38 ohms impedance | 254g without cable | 1.2m (Y type)cable | -42db (0dB = 1V/Pa, 1kHz) microphone with 50 to 4,000Hz frequency response

Price: Rs 18,999

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The ATH-WS1100iS has a very convenient design. It is large, but folds easily to fit into any bag. It has very soft leather finish earpads that are comfortable even after long sessions. The cable is detachable, making it easy to stash away somewhere. The cable comes with microphone and remote that works well on iOS, Android and even computers.

There is more to this design. In fact, the ATH-WS1100iS has a dual aluminium housing that gives more than breathing space for its 53mm deep motion hi-red drivers. And you can feel this in the audio quality.

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Then extra airflow bass system on the headphone give the audio a more natural feel despite the partiality of bass. It’s not sad if the bass hits you as there is release in the vents on the back and sides of the earcups.

But all the tech and design is wasted if the audio does not rise up to your expectations. This is where I was more than happy with the ATH-WS1100iS. From Pandit Bhimsen Joshi to Kenney Chesney, the headphone worked for my kind of music, though I don’t really like heavy bass. That is because this bass is not overpowering in anyway. Try the magical Adiye from A R Rahman’s Kadal and you will realise the versatility of this headset, handling the amazing vocals, chorus and instrumental with ease and balance.

The only grouse with the headphone is the remote, which is a bit too stylish and does not have indicators for. Plume up and down that someone people will need.

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For those who love pure music, the ATH-WS1100iS is one of the best bets in the Indian market at the moment. It is a bit pricey, but still cheaper than some of the more popular models like Sennheiser Momentum and I don’t think it lacks in any respect when it comes to audio pleasure.






Happy Birthday Katrina Kaif: She debuts on Facebook, watch video

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It is Katrina Kaif’s birthday today (July 16) and the actress has made her Facebookdebut to mark the occasion. The publicity-shy Katrina appeared excited to be on the social media platform.

She shared a video of her gorgeous sea-facing apartment and actually let us inside her home. The video has her showing off her home as she tells the world: “Let’s do this.”

Katrina, it seems, has understood the ropes of Facebook before she landed on the site on her birthday. There is also a gorgeous photo of the actress on Facebook. Over 3.5 million have already liked her Facebook page.

The actress reportedly threw a bash on Friday evening to celebrate her birthday. According to DNA, Katrina’s friends including Alvira Khan Agnihotri, Karan Johar, Ayan Mukerji, Sultan director Ali Abbas Zafar, Kabir Khan and his wife Mini Mathur, Sidharth Malhotra and her manager Reshma Shetty were partying with her.

While ex-boyfriend Ranbir Kapoor was obviously not be present, Salman Khan was also be missing from the event. The Sultan actor, however, did wish Katrina at a press conference on Friday.