Broad steers England to a test series win over South Africa

First time since 2012, Alastair Cook’s men secured an overseas test series win when they defeated South Africa at Johannesburg in the third test. Bowling out the home side for 83, the visitors chased down the target of 74 comfortably with 7 wickets in hand.

South Africa, who batted first in a must win test match if they wanted to keep the series alive, were restricted to 313 while England took only 10-run lead by the end of first innings. The Proteas’ wickets tumbled in the second innings which witnessed a surprising duck by AB de Villiers and a total score of 83 all out.

The hero of the match, Stuart Broad motivated his team with a brilliant bowling display. His accuracy was too much for a formidable team like South Africa. He finished the innings with 6 wickets, giving away only 17 runs. This is the sixth time Broad has taken 5 wickets in a single spell. He conceded only 1 run in his 31 balls and took 5 key wickets.

“Broad just keeps producing these spells. He’s just got that X-factor, when he gets in rhythm on any surface, that knack of taking wickets.” Former England captain Michael Vaughn told BBC Sport.

The fourth and final test match will be played at Centurion. Regardless of the result, India will secure the first position in the ICC Test Rankings due to a bad run of South Africa in test matches, heading without a win in nine tests.



Will consider tie-up if BJP offers, says NC patron Farooq Abdullah

In a twist to the ongoing debate on government formation in Jammu and Kashmir, National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah said his party is ready to consider a tie-up with the saffron party to form the government if such an offer is received.

The former chief minister further added by saying that his party would have to see that those having friends continue their friendship. This statement was said in reference to the PDP and BJP, which had entered into a post-poll alliance to form the government that was headed by Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. After the death of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, the present uncertainty in the state is likely to end only when both the PDP and BJP clear their differences and form the government. 
When asked about NC’s responsibility and role to bring the state out of such a situation, Farooq Abdullah said his party has never run away from its duties, pointing out the 1996 elections when they took part in the electoral process to save the state. In the 87-member Assembly, PDP has 27 members, followed by BJP which has 25 MLAs, NC has 14 legislators, Congress (12), People’s Conference (2), Jammu Kashmir People’s Democratic Front and CPM (1 each), besides three Independents. 

Startup India: Budget 2016 to see friendly tax regime

Saturday marked the launching of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious Start-Up India mission at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi. It was inaugurated by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

The Start Up India mission that envisages technology business incubators and research parks, will bring in a new tax regime for startups as it will try to unshackle them from the complicated regulatory regime for large companies.  While some of the new tax rules would be announced through executive orders, some of them would be done in the budget. Modi is yet to announce an action strategy for boosting the startup eco-system.

The Department of Science and Technology and Human Resource Development Ministry have agreed to collaborate in an initiative to set up over 70 such startup support hubs in the Indian Institutes of Information Technology, National Institutes of Technology, the Indian Institutes of Science Education and Research and National Institutes of Pharmaceutical Education and Research.

Arun Jaitley also announced that the government will launch Stand-up India besides Start-up India. Stand-up India will be a scheme under which, bank branches will lend to entrepreneurs belonging to SC/STs and women.


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Priyanka Chopra set for her Hollywood debut

Priyanka Chopra has successfully managed to bag her Hollywood debut in Baywatch movie. The Indian beauty queen  had earned her role in her hit TV show Quantico in ABC channel. She picked up the People’s choice award for the TV series. The actress will be working opposite Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron in the adaption of the loved 90’s TV series in the big screen.

Her debut film would revolve around the plot of an elite group of lifeguard which is played by Dwayne Johnson, forced to team up with a young former Olympian (played by Zac Efron) to save the bay.

According to the reports, the clash in schedules of the shooting of the film as well as the actresses’s TV series shoot need to be figured out. Priyanka is supposed to be playing the villain in the story.

The movie is going to be directed by Seth Gordon.  Alexandra Daddario from San Andreas will join the lead cast of the film. CV Parker’s role which was originally played by Pamela Anderson has already been taken. Model Kelly Rohrbach will be playing the role of Parker. Beau Flynn and Ivan Reitman will produce the movie. The film is scheduled to soon start shooting.


Pakistan rejects bill banning child marriage, calls it ‘blasphemous’

A proposal made to impose severe punishment to those who arrange child marriage has been withdrawn by Pakistani lawmakers. The withdrawal was made after some religious body said that it was against Islam and called it ‘blasphemous’.

As per the proposal, the lawmakers had asked for severe punishment of up to two years in prison, for those people involved with organizing child marriage and also to raise the legal age of marriage from 16 to 18 for girls. Marvi Memon, who is a member of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League, had reportedly applied in the lower house for the amendment of the already existing child marriage legislation, but was forcefully made to withdraw the same. Her plea was rejected on the grounds of religious affairs.

According to sources, a committee member of the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) said that the revision of the Child Marriage Restraint (Amendment) Bill 2014 was ‘anti-Islamic’ as well as ‘blasphemous’. Formed way back in 1962, the CII’s main objective is to provide advisory comments on the compatibility of laws with Sharia. Their comments have drawn huge criticisms in the past too and are non-binding.

As per the statement given to AFP by a source, Marvi wanted the word ‘simple’ punishment to be deleted and replaced with ‘rigorous’ or ‘two year’ punishment in the original legislation. The source further added that Marvi also wanted the legal age of the girls getting married to be raised from 16 to 18, as it does not violate any of the Islamic teachings.

A leading rights activist IA Rehman said “It is a pity that the committee came under the pressure of the council’s unjust ruling.”




Tsai Ind-wen becomes first female President of Taiwan

Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) member, Tsai Ing-wen, becomes the first female President of Taiwan after winning the country’s general elections on Saturday.

Tsai contested against the Nationalist party (KMT) candidate, Eric Chu and won with a good margin of votes against her closest rival. “We want to congratulate the DPP’s victory, this is the Taiwan people’s mandate,” he said. “Taiwan’s people are the biggest winner,” said KMT candidate Eric Chu addressing the party’s headquarters in Taipei.

This was the second time Tsai was contesting for Presidency. Previously, she lost the election four years ago after which she completed her post graduation at London School of Economics before she contested for the second time. At her victory speech she vowed to preserve relationships with China, and urged Beijing to respect Taiwan’s democracy. She also thanked the US and Japan for their support and promised that Taiwan would contribute to peace and stability in the region.

Analysts suggest that the growing public dissatisfaction with the eight year Eric Chu rule favoured Tsai’s victory. Locals celebrated this victory as supporters filled streets, put out party banners and cheered as they received announcements regarding her victory in celebration.


Pak defence minister’s trip to Iran cancelled

Islamabad: Amidst tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Pakistan Defence Minister has cancelled his two day visit to Tehran, sources report.

The Dawn reported that Khawaja Asif, Defence minister was scheduled to visit Iran on Monday for promoting defence ties between the two neighbouring Islamic countries, but the trip was called off by Prime Minister Nawaz Shariff. Officials from within the defence ministry on condition of anonymity stated that the trip was cancelled due to possible ongoing tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Saudi Arabia’s foreign and defence minister visited Islamabad last week to seek its support in joining the 34 country coalition against terrorism and aid its efforts against Tehran.

While Pakistan has agreed to defend the territorial integrity of Saudi Arabia, it has been reluctant to get directly involved by sending its troops overseas, considering that Pakistan does not want to burn ties with its neighbour.