Small role for Bravo as Lions remain unbeaten

first_imgRAJKOT, India (CMC):All-rounder Dwayne Bravo’s unbeaten cameo kept new boys Gujarat Lions unbeaten as they defeated Rising Pune Supergiants by seven wickets with two overs to spare in their Indian Premier League contest here yesterday.Opting for first knock, Supergiants rattled up 163 for five off their 20 overs at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, with South African opener Faf du Plessis top-scoring with 69 and Englishman Kevin Pietersen getting 37.Captain MS Dhoni chipped in with 22 with opener Ajinkya Rahane getting 21. Left-arm spinner Ravi Jadeja was the best bowler, with two for 18, while Bravo was expensive, conceding 43 runs from his four overs and taking just one wicket.In reply, Australian Aaron Finch blasted 50 from 36 deliveries and Kiwi partner Brendon McCullum, 49 from 31 balls, as they put on 85 off 51 balls for the first wicket.McCullum added a further 35 for the second wicket, with Suresh Raina, who struck a run-a-ball 24, before departing in the 14th over.Bravo then compensated with the bat to make sure there were no stumbles, stroking a fluent unbeaten 22 off 10 balls with three fours and a six to sustain Lions’ momentum.It was his inside-out extra-cover drive for six off seamer Rajat Bhatia that brought the scores level, before a wide off the first ball of the penultimate over saw Lions home.They top the standings with four points from their two games.last_img read more

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No substance in what Modi speaks, says Rahul Gandhi

first_imgCongress president Rahul Gandhi Friday said Indians have realised that there is no substance in what Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks, adding the latter is mum on the issues he spoke about before the 2014 elections.Addressing a campaign rally here for the November 28 Madhya Pradesh Assembly polls, Mr. Gandhi said Mr. Modi’s speeches used to be about corruption, farmers and unemployment.“Today, he doesn’t say anything on these issues. People of the country have realised that there is no substance in what Modi speaks. All his assurances are false,” Mr. Gandhi said.“Before 2014, Narendra Modi promised loan waiver, bonus and better price for farmers’ produce; I want to ask him why were the assurances not fulfilled,” he said.When the Congress forms the next government in Madhya Pradesh, the chief minister will work for 18 hours a day to provide employment to youth, Mr. Gandhi said.“Unemployment and farm crisis are rampant in all the poll-bound states,” he said, adding the government has told Parliament that only 450 youth get jobs per day in India, as against 50,000 in China in the same period.Mr. Gandhi promised loan waiver to farmers “within 10 days of coming to power” in Madhya Pradesh and making the state an “agriculture hub” of the country.The Congress leader said the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government in the state destroyed the education sector with Vyapam, the entrance examination, admission and recruitment scam unearthed in Madhya Pradesh in 2013.On the Rafale deal, Mr. Gandhi said Mr. Modi gave Rs 30,000 crore benefit to industrialist Anil Ambani by taking away the contract from the state-owned aerospace company Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL).“Even BJP leaders Yashwant Sinha and Arun Shourie have said due processes were not followed in the Rafale deal. The CBI director was about to start a probe into the Rafale scam but he was removed from his post at 2 am,” Mr. Gandhi said.“If a probe is carried out, only two names, that of Modi and Anil Ambani, would figure in it,” he said.Mr. Gandhi said,”Modi speaks of surgical strikes. The fighter aircraft used in the strikes were manufactured at HAL, while Ambani doesn’t have any experience of making aircraft“.“Ambani has a debt of Rs 45,000 crore and is yet to repay the money given to him by public sector banks, he said.last_img read more

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Aung San Suu Kyi Visits Prince Charles

first_imgNobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi was reunited with The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall on a visit to Britain this week.The Burmese opposition leader made a special request to see Their Royal Highnesses on a tour which also sees her meet political leaders including Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Secretary William Hague. The Prince and The Duchess accompanied Ms Suu Kyi into the Garden Room at their official residence in London Clarence House.The Prince settled on one sofa and The Duchess and Ms Suu Kyi sat on another as The Prince and Ms Suu Kyi began talks which were expected to last 45 minutes.Ms Suu Kyi met The Prince for the first time at the same location in June last year.This week’s meeting took place shortly before the christening of three-month-old Prince George at nearby St. James’s Palace.Ms Suu Kyi has close connections with Britain having read philosophy, politics and economics at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, between 1964 and 1967, before settling in the university city with her late husband Michael Aris, a Tibetan scholar.His Royal Highness knew Mr Aris and the year the scholar died he became Patron of the Michael Aris Memorial Trust for Tibetan and Himalayan Studies.The Prince and Ms Suu Kyi have another connection apart from his links to her late husband. Lord Mountbatten, The Prince’s great uncle, and the campaigner’s father, General Aung San, were involved in important events leading up to Burma’s independence from British rule.At last year’s meeting with The Prince, Ms Suu Kyi planted a tiny black tulip magnolia sapling in the garden. It is near a “spectrum” magnolia planted by the Dalai Lama in 2008. The Prince escorted Ms Suu Kyi into the garden to see the tree, which has made good progress since. That part of her visit had depended on the weather, but the sun was shining brightly which enabled them to brave a strong breeze to inspect the tree.The Prince told Ms Suu Kyi: “I’m so glad it’s there.” And Ms Suu Kyi replied: “It’s looking very nice.”He then accompanied her to her chauffeur-driven vehicle, with the pair shaking hands warmly before she went off to her next meeting.Source:PrinceOfWales.gov.uklast_img read more

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