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ICC World Cup 2019: Hosts England complete the drought of World Cup wins by conquering New Zealand with the help of the highest scorer in the thrilling match.

Lord's, ICC World Cup 2019: Hosts England complete the drought of World Cup wins by conquering New Zealand with the help of the highest scorer in the thrilling match. England won the World Cup for the first time. England had not been able to lift the championship three times before reaching the final. England have shown this historic performance under the leadership of Eoin Morgan. Their achievements have been a bigger issue than those outside of the local players. How to know ...

New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first and scored 241 for eight. In reply, England's entire team returned to 241 runs. So the match went into super over. In this case, England scored 15 runs and in reply, New Zealand could score 15 runs. England were declared victorious due to the most runs scored. In this match, Ben Stokes scored a hat-trick. He scored 84 runs in 98 balls with five fours and two sixes. So he was declared Man of the Match. Did you know that this Stokes is born in New Zealand's capital, Christchurch? Like Stokes, four other players from England's World Cup squad have come from outside countries.

Knowing who they are and their performance ...

Ben Stokes is born in Christchurch, New Zealand. Born of 4 June 1991 He settled in England at the age of 12 and started his cricket right from here. In batting, he has scored 468 runs in 11 games. It includes five half-centuries. He has also taken 7 wickets in bowling.

England opener Jason Roy was born in Durban, South Africa. He was born on July 21, 1990. At the age of 10, he settled in London. Opener Raw is an important part of the tour of England's last tour. He recovered from injury and gave England access to the final. He scored 443 runs in 8 innings in 8 innings. It has four half-centuries, including one half-century.

Captain Eoin Morgan is his native Ireland ... born 10 September 1986 in Dubleen. He has also been represented in Ireland's One Day Internationals. At the age of 16, he made 99 against Scotland against Ireland when he made his debut. But he accepted England's citizenship and under his leadership, England won the World Cup for the first time ever. Morgan has made 371 runs in 11 games in this tournament. It includes one century knock.

Jopra Archer ... Archer was born on April 1, 1995, in Barbados ... He reached England to become a cricketer and today he became the highest wicket-taker in England at the age of 24 in the same World Cup. He has surpassed England's best-known veterans. Archer has taken 20 wickets in 11 games. This is the third highest wicket-taker in this year's World Cup.

Tom Kuran ... born in South Africa He made all-round performance in the series before the World Cup, but he did not get a chance to play a match in the World Cup.

Hit by refusing to say 'Jai Shri Ram'; Imam's charge

Baghpat: An Imam has accused the victim of being assaulted by refusing to say Jai Sriram. In this case, the police registered a case against 10 unknown persons. Currently the investigation is going on from the police. Police said that there was no compulsion to say 'Jai Shriram' anywhere in this video. Imam claimed that this happened in Sarora village near Meerut-Karnal highway in Baghpat.

Imamukur Rehman Ali told the police that 10 youths had stopped near Sarora village when they were returning home after learning from the mosque in Sardhana, Meerut. Ali is a resident of Jola village in Muzaffarnagar's Budhana. In this case, two villages have been booked by the dughat police. 'He pulled a hat on my head and pushed his beard to the ground. He told me repeatedly to say Jai Sriram. If you go back to this road, the warner also threatens that. Ali also said that if they want to come back to this area then cut them to beards, then they give 10 warnings.

Police have seen the incident video as part of the investigation. The police said that there is no imposition of Imam Jai Shriram anywhere in it. "We filed an FIR against the complaint of Imam. Firstly, this whole form seems to have been deliberately detected. Someone suspected of deliberately giving a religious turn to this matter, "said Deputy Superintendent of Police Anuj Kumar Chaudhary.

Letter from Congress leaders to our lives, threats to the rebels

The Janata Dal (S) and the Congress have tried to save the government from the formation of power in Karnataka to save the government that has flutter on the Hindutva movement.

Mumbai: The power struggle in Karnataka is not over yet. In Karnataka, the rebel MLAs of Karnataka told the Mumbai police that the Congress leaders were threatening their lives.

The Janata Dal (S) and the Congress have tried to save the government from the formation of power in Karnataka to save the government that has flutter on the Hindutva movement. Movement behind the scenes is going on for the understanding of rebel MLAs resigned. Congress has succeeded in getting the understanding of two of the rebels. However, some MLAs appear to be firm on their resignation. Also, these rebel MLAs wrote a letter to the Mumbai Police asking Congress leaders to risk their lives.

14 rebel MLAs are staying in the Powai hotel in Mumbai. These rebel MLAs wrote a letter to the senior police officers of Powai police station. In this we will not discuss senior Congress leaders like Mallikarjun Kharge, Ghulam Nabi Azad and any other Maharashtra and Karnataka leaders. These rebel MLAs said that we are likely to be at risk from them.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has directed the Assembly Speaker not to decide on the resignation of rebel MLAs in Karnataka. The petition was filed in the Supreme Court accusing the Janata Dal (S) and the Congress MLAs for defying the rules and regulations in favor of approving the resignation of the Speaker. The Supreme Court has directed the Assembly Speaker to decide on the resignation of the rebel MLAs till the next Tuesday. So, the next hearing of this case is going to be done next Tuesday.


Countdown for lift-off of India's heavy rocket ‘Bahubali’ carrying Chandrayaan-2 to begin tomorrow

Chennai: The countdown for the July 15 early morning lift-off of India's heavy rocket nicknamed the 'Bahubali' carrying Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft is expected to begin on Sunday, said a top official of the Indian space agency.

"It will be a 20-hour countdown which is expected to start on July 14 at 6.51 a.m.," K. Sivan, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) told IANS. He said everything was progressing smoothly. The 640-tonne rocket Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle-Mark III (GSLV-Mk III) standing about 44 metre tall is nicknamed the 'Bahubali, as like the hero in the successful film lifts a heavy Lingam, the rocket will carry the 3.8-tonne Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft.

About 16-minutes into its flight, the Rs 375 crore GSLV-Mk III rocket is expected to sling the Rs 603 crore Chandrayaan-2 into an Earth parking 170x40400 km orbit. During the countdown, the rocket and spacecraft's systems will undergo checks and fuel will be filled to power the rocket engines.


On entering the Moon's sphere of influence, on-board thrusters will slow down the spacecraft for Lunar Capture. The Orbit of Chandrayaan-2 around the moon will be circularized to 100x100 km orbit through a series of orbital maneuvers.

On the day of landing, the lander will separate from the Orbiter and then perform a series of complex maneuvers comprising of rough braking and fine braking. Imaging of the landing site region prior to landing will be done for finding safe and hazard-free zones.


The lander - Vikram will finally land near South Pole of the moon on September 6, 2019. Subsequently, Rover will roll out and carry out experiments on Lunar surface for a period of 1 Lunar day, which is equal to 14 Earth days. Orbiter will continue its mission for one year.

To date, ISRO has sent up three GSLV-Mk III rockets. The first one was on 18.12.2014 carrying Crew Module Atmospheric Reentry Experiment. The second and third GSLV-Mk III went up on 5.2.2017 and 14.11.2018 carrying communication satellites GSAT-19 and GSAT-29 respectively. Interestingly, GSLV-Mk III will be used for India's manned space mission slated in 2022.


Accept resignations of MLAs at once: Bihar Speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhary urges Karnataka counterpart

Patna: Bihar Assembly Speaker Vijay Kumar Chaudhary on Friday voiced disapproval over the "delay" on part of his Karnataka counterpart K R Ramesh Kumar in taking a decision on the resignations of MLAs of the ruling Congress-JD(S) coalition in the southern state.

"The matter has been unnecessarily allowed to snowball. the Speaker (of Karnataka) indeed had no option when the members had met him personally and tendered their resignations," Chaudhary said in the release issued by the Vidhan Sabha secretariat here. "Delay on part of the Speaker is surprising. It appears he has been thinking in terms of getting the members disqualified on ground of their defying the party whip. However, their resignations have preceded issuing of any whip by their parties and such a course of action by the Speaker would not have been in accordance with norms," Chaudhary said.

He said defiance of whip would have made no difference as action taken under the 10th Schedule of Constitution (anti-defection law) also has the same effect, that of a member being disqualified. "The delay has led to a situation wherein the matter has reached the Supreme Court and the action of the assembly Speaker has been subjected to judicial scrutiny... instances like these lower the dignity of the legislature and hamper its credibility. It would be better for the Speaker to accept the resignations without any delay. This would enhance his stature and protect the dignity of the legislature," the Bihar Assembly Speaker added.

The Supreme Court Friday restrained the Karnataka Speaker from taking any decision till Tuesday on the resignation and disqualification of 10 rebel MLAs. The 10 rebel MLAs moved the apex court alleging that the Speaker was not accepting their resignations. They are: Pratap Gouda Patil, Ramesh Jarkiholi, Byrati Basavaraj, B C Patil, S T Somashekhar, Arbail Shivaram Hebbar, Mahesh Kumathalli, K Gopalaiah, A H Vishwanath and Narayana Gowda.


Mumbai: After 3 days search teams call off operation to locate toddler who fell into gutter

Mumbai: The search operation to rescue a three-year-old boy who fell into a gutter on July 10 in Ambedkar Nagar area of Goregaon has been called off by the Fire Brigade.

Since July 10, a thorough search operation was conducted with the help of a rope, hook anchor, ladder and other rescue equipment, by firemen in 10-kilometre radius from the place of the incident but of no avail as Divyansh Singh was not found by the team. A drone was also brought for help but of no use. The responsibility of the operation was handed over to API Sheikh, Vanrai Police station and Sub Engineer Sonawane, P/Southward Maintenance Department.

However, Suraj Singh, the father of the victim, accused the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) and other forces of negligence. "We talked to the BMC officials today. They said a team of 40 NDRF personnel is conducting a search operation in the sewage creek but we didn't find anyone when we went there. A handful of BMCand Fire Department officials are conducting searching operations in Prem Nagar area, which has already be searched," said Singh. CCTV footage of the incident was found in which the child could be seen walking alone on the road before falling in the open drainage system.


Goa CM Sawant, 10 ex-Cong MLAs in Delhi, to meet Amit Shah

Panaji: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant along with 10 Congress MLAs, who have switched to the saffron party, will on Thursday meet BJP President Amit Shah in New Delhi.

The meeting comes a day after a group of 10 Congress MLAs in Goa led by Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Chandrakant Kavlekar merged with the ruling BJP, increasing the saffron party's strength to 27 in the 40-seat house.

Talking to PTI over phone, Sawant, who is in Delhi, said a decision on dropping any minister from the coalition partners in the state will be taken after meeting senior BJP leaders, including Shah and party's working president J P Nadda.

Sawant said he reached Delhi on Wednesday night along with the 10 MLAs who merged with the BJP, increasing the saffron party's strength to 27 in the 40-member House. "I will be meeting BJP national president Amit Shah and working president J P Nadda along with all the 10 MLAs who have merged with our party," he said.

Asked whether any minister from the allies will be dropped to accommodate the MLAs, Sawant said, "I will not be able to say anything till I meet the leaders." The Congress, which emerged as the single-largest party after the 2017 Assembly polls in the coastal state, is now reduced to five legislators.

Sawant announced on Wednesday evening that two thirds of the Congress Legislative Party -- enough to avoid action under the anti-defection law -- has merged with the BJP.

The letter of merger was handed over to Speaker Rajesh Patnekar in Sawant's presence on Wednesday evening. Patnekar later said that he received the letter.

The chief minister said with this, the BJP's numbers have gone up to 27 on the floor of the House. Congress MLAs had expressed willingness to join the BJP, he said.

The MLAs who joined the BJP along with Kavlekar are Atanasio Monserratte, Jeniffer Monserratte, Francis Silveira, Philip Nery Rodrigues, Cleaofacio Dias, Wilfred D'Sa, Nilkant Halarnkar, Isidor Fernandes and Antonio Fernandes.

The BJP-led state government currently enjoys the support of three MLAs of the Goa Forward Party and three Independents. Besides, there are five MLAs of the Congress and one each of the NCP and the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party in the House.

After the 2017 polls, a hung Assembly emerged, with the Congress winning 17 seats and the BJP-13. But, the BJP outsmarted the Congress by cobbling together a coalition quickly.


In Pics: India knocked out of World Cup 2019 after semi-final loss to New Zealand

New Zealand ended India's campaign at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup as they beat the Men in Blue by 18 runs in the first semi-final at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

Brief scores: New Zealand - 239/8 (Ross Taylor 74, Kane Williamson 67, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3-43) beat India - 221/10 (Ravindra Jadeja 77, MS Dhoni 50, Matt Henry 3-37) by 18 runs.

Here are pictures from India vs New Zealand World Cup 2019 1st semi-final played at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester.

India's Hardik Pandya, left, reacts after their loss in the Cricket World Cup semi-final match against New Zealand at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Wednesday, July 10, 2019. AP/PTI Photo
India's Rohit Sharma walks off for one during the 2019 Cricket World Cup first semi-final between New Zealand and India at Old Trafford in Manchester, northwest England, on July 10, 2019Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar / AFP
Indian captain Virat Kohli leaves the ground after being dismissed during the Semi Final match against New Zealand during ICC CWC 2019 at Old Trafford in Manchester on Wednesday.ANI Photo
New Zealand's Matt Henry, center without cap, celebrates with teammates the dismissal of India's K.L. Rahul, left, during the Cricket World Cup semi-final match between India and New ZealandAP/PTI Photo
Indian fans react during the semi-final match between India and New Zealand during ICC CWC 2019 at Old Trafford in Manchester on Wednesday.ANI Photo
Indian batsman Ravindra Jadeja celebrates his half century during the Semi Final match against New Zealand during ICC CWC 2019 at Old Trafford in Manchester on Wednesday.ANI Photo
Indian batsman MS Dhoni gets run out during the Semi Final match against New Zealand during ICC CWC 2019 at Old Trafford in Manchester on Wednesday. ANI Photo
Umpires leave the ground as the rain interrupts the Semi-Final match between India and New Zealand at Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday.ANI Photo
Indian bowler Jaspreet Bumrah celebrates the dismissal of Martin Guptill during the Semi Final match against New Zealand at Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday. ANI Photo
Indian squad celebrates the dismissal of Henry Nicholls during the Semi Final match against New Zealand at Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday.ANI Photo
New Zealand's batsman Kane Williamson celebrates his half century during the Semi Final match against India at Old Trafford in Manchester on Tuesday. ANI Photo
New Zealand's Ross Taylor and India's Bhuvaneshwar Kumar during the Semi Final match between India and New Zealand during ICC CWC 2019 at Old Trafford in Manchester on Wednesday.ANI Photo



BJP MLA seen brandishing gun claims viral video edited, terms it 'intrusion of privacy'

Dehradun: After a video purportedly showing him dancing to a Bollywood number with guns in hand went viral, suspended BJP MLA Kunwar Pranav Singh Champion on Wednesday claimed that the clip was edited and termed it an intrusion into his privacy.

"The video which has gone viral is edited and an intrusion into my privacy. I never used abusive words against anyone as is being shown by the media," he told a private news channel.

The guns with which he is seen dancing were "licensed, unloaded and not pointed at anyone", he said, adding that "there was nothing wrong in dancing with guns". He said he had been playing with guns since his childhood.

Accusing the media of not showing the positive side of his personality, he claimed at the age of 53 he was the fittest MLA in the country. "Show me a single four time MLA who has my level of fitness at the age of 53 and is as highly qualified as me. I am defying age. But the media never shows these positive aspects of my personality," Champion said.

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BJP MLA Pranav Champion who was recently suspended from the party for threatening a journalist, seen in a viral video brandishing guns. Police says, "will look into the matter and also verify if the weapons are licensed or not." (Note: Abusive language)


However, taking cognisance of the viral video, Pradesh BJP sent him a show-cause notice and made a recommendation to the central leadership of the party for stern action against him saying indiscipline cannot be tolerated.

"There is a code of conduct for people's representatives in BJP which is a disciplined party that cannot compromise on principles," party's Uttarakhand in-charge Shyam Jaju said in a statement here.

"Champion is already suspended from the party for three months. A recommendation has been made to the central leadership of the party for his permanent suspension," Jaju said.


US House passes bill removing country cap on Green Card, to benefit Indian IT professionals

Washington: The US lawmakers Wednesday passed a Bill aimed at lifting the current seven percent country-cap on issuing Green Cards, a development which would benefit thousands of highly-skilled Indian IT professionals.

A Green Card allows a person to live and work permanently in the US. Passed by the US House of Representatives, the Bill, on being signed into law, would considerably reduce the agonising wait for talented professionals from countries like India seeking permanent work and residency permits in the United States. Titled the Fairness of High-Skilled Immigrants Act, 2019 or HR 1044, the Bill was passed by the 435-member House by an overwhelming majority of 365-65 votes.

As per the present system, out of the total number of family-based immigrant visas to be given by the US in a particular year, the people of a country can be given a maximum of seven percent of such visas. The new Bill seeks to increase this seven percent per-country limit to 15 percent. Similarly, it also seeks to eliminate the seven percent per-country cap on employment-based immigrant visas. Additionally, it removes an offset that reduced the number of visas for individuals from China.

The bill also establishes transition rules for employment-based visas from FY 2020-22 by reserving a percentage of EB-2 (workers with advanced degrees or exceptional ability), EB-3 (skilled and other workers) and EB-5 (investors) visas for individuals from other than the two countries that get the largest number of such visas. As per another provision of the Bill, not more than 85 percent of the unreserved visas, would be allotted to immigrants from any single country.

Before it can be signed into law by the US president, the Bill, however, has to be passed by the Senate, wherein the Republicans enjoy a majority. An identical bill sponsored by Senators Kamala Harris and Mike Lee are likely to be taken up soon. The Senate bill S386 currently has 34 co-sponsors. Congressman John Curtis, speaking on the floor of the House, said the Bill will create a first-come, first-served system providing certainty to workers and families and enabling the US companies to flourish and compete in a global economy as they hire the brightest people to create products, services, and jobs, regardless of where they were born.

If President Donald Trump "is serious about merit-based legal immigration, he should help usher this bill into law," said Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren. The passage of the Bill was hailed by Indian professionals from across the US, particularly those from the Silicon Valley in California, Seattle area in Washington state, the Greater Washington DC area and the tri-state area of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

The Department of Homeland Security, however, has said it does not support the Bill. "This bill would do nothing to move the current employment-sponsored system toward a more merit-based system," said Joseph S Joh, Assistant Director and Senior Advisor in the Office of Legislative Affairs, Department of Homeland Security. Top American IT companies welcomed the passage of the bill and urged the Senate to pass it at the earliest.

"Today the US House passed the legislation to ensure people from all countries are treated alike in the Green Card process. This promotes a fair high-skilled immigration system that's good for the business and our economy," said Microsoft president Brad Smith. "This bill will help ensure those seeking permanent residency don't have to wait for extraordinary long periods, -- projected at 50 years or more for people from countries like India and China -- simply because of their country of origin," said FWD.US president Todd Schulte, hailing the passage of the FHSI Act.

FWD.US is an advocacy organization representing top Silicon Valley firms including Facebook, Google, Microsoft and DropBox. "Eliminating 'per-country' caps for employment-based Green Cards and raising caps for family-based green cards will make the system fairer for immigrant families and strengthen the United States' ability to recruit and retain top global talent by establishing a fair and predictable path to permanent legal status," he said.

Hindu American Foundation too welcomed the passage of the Bill. "It is now up to the Senate to ensure that fairness is delivered to high-skilled immigrants who have been stuck in a decades-long backlog waiting for their chance to become full-fledged contributors to the American economy. The time to act is now," said Jay Kansara of the Hindu American Foundation.

By Lalit K Jha/PTI