Richard Madley Recalls His IPL Career Highlight And It Involves MS Dhoni

Richard Madley was the auctioneer for the Indian Premier League (IPL) for 10 years. However, the Welshman Madley was “dropped” from the forthcoming IPL auction by the Board of Control For Cricket in India (BCCI) which is slated to take place on December 18 in Jaipur. Madley recently tweeted that he has not been invited to auction the IPL this year and it was not his decision. He also said that in cricketing terms he was dropped. As soon as he made the announcement of Twitter fans from all over India replied him to say that they will miss him.

One of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) fans also took the chance to ask Madley about his favourite moment from the lucrative IPL.

Madley to this replied that selling former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the inaugural edition of the league was his career highlight.

For the upcoming IPL auctions, flamboyant Australian batsmen Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch had opted out, largely owing to Australia’s hectic schedule in the run-up to the 2019 World Cup, according to reports by ESPNcricinfo.

Among the Indians, Yuvraj Singh – after a dismal IPL 2018 – will enter the auction with a base price of Rs 1 crore. And Mohammad Shami, Axar Patel and Wriddhiman Saha – who has been out of the Indian team due to a streak of injuries – also enter the auction with a Rs 1 crore base price.

Another Indian cricketer who deserves notable mention is Jaydev Unadkat, who will enter the auction with a base price of Rs 1.5 crore. Unadkat was surprisingly the most expensive Indian in last year’s IPL, having been bought for Rs 11.5 crore by the Rajasthan Royals.

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India-Pakistan Rivalry, World Cup Preparation Highlight Continental Event

Virat Kohli’s absence might have taken some sheen off it but the general excitement surrounding three possible Indo-Pak encounters will be the USP of the six-nation Asia Cup.

While there are two assured India-Pakistan matches, one in the group league and other at the Super Four stage, the organisers, broadcasters, and the supporters will be hoping for a possible summit showdown on September 28 too.

For India, it will be a chance to see how the team reacts to pressure situations in Kohli’s absence, as he is being rested after a gruelling England tour, which ended with a 1-4 Test series loss earlier this week.

The team will begin its campaign on September 18 against Hong Kong, followed by the much-anticipated clash against Pakistan the next day.

While Rohit Sharma has been a brilliant white ball player, his leadership skills haven’t been tested against a quality side.

He led against Sri Lanka last December but it was a below par opposition. In fact, Bangladesh, with its resources, is a better 50-over side currently.

But the focal point would be how India play a quality Pakistan side that has a world-class fast bowler in Mohammed Aamir, a solid all-rounder in Hasan Ali, a prolific opener in Fakhar Zaman and talented batsmen such as Babar Azam and Harris Sohail.

India’s main aim would be to settle their middle-order combination and also find a perfect batting position for Mahendra Singh Dhoni during the course of the tournament.


India: Rohit Sharma (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur, Dinesh Karthik, Khaleel Ahmed.

Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (capt/wk), Fakhar Zaman, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Harris Sohail, Imam ul Haq, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammed Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammed Amir, Shoaib Malik, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi.

Bangladesh: Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Tamim Iqbal, Litton Kumar Das, Mushfiqur Rahim (wk), Mahmudullah Riyadh, Mominul Haque, Ariful Haque, Mohammed Mithun, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Mosaddek Hossain, Nazmul Islam, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Abu Hider Rony.

Sri Lanka: Angelo Mathews (capt), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga, Thisara Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Kasun Rajitha, Akila Dananjaya, Amila Aponso, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantha Chameera, Dilruwan Perera, Shehan Jayasuriya.

Afghanistan: Ashgar Afghan (capt), Mohammed Shahzad, Ihsanullah Janat, Hasmatullah Shahidi, Najibullah Zadran, Munir Ahmed, Javed Ahmadi, Mohammed Nabi, Rahmat Shah, Gulbadan Naib, Samiullah Shenwari, Sharafuddin Ashraf, Rashid Khan, Mujeeb Zadran, Aftab Alam, Yasmin Ahmedzai, Sayed Shirzad.

Hong Kong: Anshuman Rath (capt), Aizaz Khan, Babar Hayat, Cameron McAulson, Christopher Carter, Ehsan Khan, Ehsan Nawaz, Arshad Mohammed, Kinchit Shah, Nadeem Ahmed, Raag Kapur, Scott McKehnie, Tanvir Ahmed, Tanvir Afzal, Waqas Khan, Aftab Hussain.

All matches to start at 5 pm IST.

(With PTI Inputs)

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Mark Zuckerberg Says He Will Highlight Steps Taken to ‘Fix Facebook’

As countries over the world including India face elections amid the spread of fake news and political interference on social media platforms, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a post on Friday that the company had started sanitising itself in 2017 and “even this work will extend through 2019, I do expect us to end this year on a significantly better trajectory than when we entered it”.

“My personal challenge for 2018 has been to fix the most important issues facing Facebook — whether that’s defending against election interference by nation states, protecting our community from abuse and harm, or making sure people have control of their information,” the Facebook founder wrote.

After his grilling in the US Congress in April over the Cambridge Analytica data scandal and the Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election, COO Sheryl Sandberg again testified at the US Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on election security on September 5.

Along with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, she faced the committee which is probing the Russian interference from an angle to publicly hold Facebook and Twitter accountable for allowing Russian operatives on their platforms.

“I’m spending a lot of time on these issues, and as the year winds down I’m going to write a series of notes outlining how I’m thinking about them and the steps we’re taking to address them,” said Zuckerberg.

The first note will be about the steps Facebook is taking to prevent election interference on Facebook, which is timely with the US mid-terms and Brazilian presidential elections approaching.

“I’ll write about privacy, encryption and business models, and then about content governance and enforcement as well in the coming months,” he added.

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Bandh In North Karnataka On Thursday, Protesters Want To Highlight “Neglect”


North Karnataka has long been considered a less developed part of the state compared to the more prosperous southern parts. And the issue is gathering steam with a bandh called for this Thursday, August 2, to highlight what protestors says is the neglect of this region. There is even a demand for a second capital for the state from the north.

After the presentation of the maiden budget of the Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress coalition government in early July, detractors said that the budget had favoured the southern parts of the state where the JDS has a good following. The JDS also won most of its 38 seats in this region – and Chief Minister, H D Kumaraswamy, has also blamed the media for stirring up the north Karnataka issue. 

The opposition BJP has waded into the issue. The BJP’s B Sriramulu, a close associate of the mining millionaire Reddy brothers, had said in the Assembly during a discussion on the budget that demands for a separate state would only increase in the north of the state if the state government neglected the area. Mr Sriramulu later clarified to NDTV that this did not mean that he was in favour of separate statehood.

State party president and former chief minister, BS Yeddyurappa has also criticised the stand of Mr Kumaraswamy towards north Karnataka.

Lingayat seers from the region gathered in front of the Suvarna Soudha in Belagavi on the issue on Tuesday. The Suvarna Soudha is a Vidhana Soudha look-alike that is used to host legislature session and was built to help Karnataka assert its hold on Belagavi – which has been the focus of a dispute with Maharashtra for decades. Lingayats, seen largely as BJP supporters are a dominant community in the north of the state. 

Politically, there is the feeling that even within the coalition government, not enough prominence was given to leaders from the north of the state when it came to allotment of cabinet portfolios. Both the chief minister and the deputy chief minister are from the southern part of the state. In addition, former chief minister, Siddaramaiah is CLP leader and the state party chief, Dinesh Gundu Rao, are also from the south of the state.

The northern Hyderabad-Karnataka part of the state was given special status by the Central government in 2012 to help the region’s development.

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To Highlight ‘Failure’ Of JDS-Congress Alliance, BJP To Go On State-Wide Tours

BS YEddyurappa said they will go in teams across the state to address several pressing issues. (File)


BJP leaders in Karnataka would soon undertake state-wide tours to highlight the alleged failure of the Congress-JDS coalition government in fulfilling poll promises and issues concerning the state, party state unit chief BS Yeddyurappa said today.

After BJP state executive and core committee meetings on July 17 and 18, the leaders would set out on the tours from July 20, BS Yeddyurappa, also the leader of opposition in the state assembly, told reporters in Bengaluru.

Raising questions about implementation of promises made by the coalition partners ahead of polls he said, there was no clarity on the farm loan waiver.

There are several other issues concerning the state, with all these issues we have planned to go in three or four teams… we will go to every district,” he said.

The next phase of BJP’s ‘fight’ against the JDS-Congress government would be planned later, he added.

During the recent assembly session, Mr Yeddyurappa had threatened that he and other 104 BJP MLAs would go to the people to highlight the ‘failure’ of the Congress and JDS in fulfilling promises made ahead of the polls.

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A Surprise By Rekha Will Be The ‘Highlight’

New Delhi: 
Guess who is performing at the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards in Bangkok this year? No, we are not talking about Varun Dhawan or Ranbir Kapoor’s performance at the event. It is Rekha, who is all set to enthral fans with her performance at the IIFA, PTI reported. After a span of 20 years, we are to witness Rekha putting on her dancing shoes on stage once again. At the press conference of IIFA, which took place on Tuesday, Varun Dhawan made the revelation and said her performance will be the “highlight” of the ceremony. “For me, it is going to be such a big highlight to see her (Rekha) perform live. I know a little bit of her act and to see that live is going to be a huge thing,” Varun said as he invited Rekha on stage.

The 63-year-old actress smartly dodged revealing details about her performance and when asked about the details, told PTI: “I have a second name-mystery. If I tell you now, then what’s the point?”

Rekha last performed at an award show with Shah Rukh Khan in 2004. She performed on her popular track Pardesiya Ye Sach Hai Piya from Mr Natwarlal. The actress had also performed on the birth anniversary celebration of late Yash Chopra in 2013 to commemorate the occasion. Here’s a look at some of the most memorable on stage performances by Rekha:

The IIFA press meet organized in Mumbai on Tuesday, was attended by Rekha, Bobby Deol, Varun Dhawan, Kriti Sanon and Ayushmann Khurrana.

Apart from Rekha’s special act, IIFA will witness performances by several Bollywood stars including Ranbir Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Shraddha Kapoor, Arjun Kapoor, Bobby Deol, Kriti Sanon and Iulia Vantur. Karan Johar and Riteish Deshmukh will be hosting main ceremony.

Actor Anupam Kher will be honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at IIFA 2018. The actor will be honoured for his immense contribution to the field of cinema in his career spanning over thirty years.

The IIFA nominations for the year were announced last month and Vidya Balan’s film Tumhari Sulu fetched the highest number of nominations followed by Rajkummar Rao’s Newton. The much-awaited IIFA Awards will be held from June 22 to 24 in Bangkok.

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Hafiz Saeed Asks Pak Media to highlight Kashmir propaganda against India | हाफिज सईद की PAK मीडिया से अपील


पाकिस्तान: 11 ट्रांसजेंडर लड़ेंगे आम चुनाव, 2 नेशनल असेंबली में आजमाएंगे किस्मत

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BJP To Launch Campaign To Highlight Achievements, Congress Plans Counter

4 Years Of Modi Government LIVE Updates: BJP To Launch Campaign To Highlight Achievements, Congress Plans Counter

Regional press meets are also being planned in 40 cities, between May 29 and June 3. (File)

To mark four years in office, the Narendra Modi government plans to hold a series of media events to publicize its achievements. At least four Union ministers are likely to hold press conferences in Delhi between May 24 and May 28 to highlight the key policy initiatives of the government. 

Regional press meets are also being planned in 40 cities, between May 29 and June 3, with the purpose of showcasing the government’s achievements during the four years in office. 

On the other hand, the Congress has said that it will mark the fourth anniversary of the Prime Minister Narednra Modi government on May 26 as “Vishwasghat Divas” or Betrayal Day and “expose” the NDA’s failures on various fronts in protests held across the country.


Here are the live updates from BJP’s campaign ahead of 4 years of Modi government:

As of now, press conferences in Delhi have been planned for May 24, 25, 27 and 28, government sources said.

For its third year anniversary, the BJP had planned ‘Modifest’, to celebrate the government’s achievements.

The theme of the celebration would centered on the pro-poor initiatives of the government, such as Ujjawala Yojana, Saubhagya Yojana, and the Prime Minister Awas Yojana.

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After Biplab Deb, Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore Cites Ramayana To Highlight India’s Tech Prowess

Punjab Governor VP Singh Bandore also said many advanced weapons were present in the Ramayana era

Chandigarh:  Weeks after Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb’s controversial claim that internet and satellite communication existed in the days of Mahabharata, Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore has said that “Ram Sethu”, the mythical bridge built by Lord Ram to reach Lanka in the epic Ramayana, showed that the application of technology was evident in ancient times.

“Application of technology was evident in the ancient times when Lord Ram built a Setu across the sea and Hanumanji brought Sanjeevni Booti for Lakshman and also many advanced weapons were used at that time,” Mr Badnore said at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER) in Mohali. Mr Badnore was addressing a gathering of scientists, faculty and students at the institute on the occation of National Technology Day.

“Our epics Ramayana and Mahabharata prove that in India technology has been used since ancient times. Today, India is being considered as an advanced country because of its rapid growth in technology in all spheres of life,” he said.

The governor urged the scientists to make collective efforts towards expanding innovation and knowledge-sharing in the field of pharmaceutical sciences.

Biplab Deb, speaking at an event in Agartala, said that the blind king Dhritarashtra getting updates about the battle of Kurukshetra while they both sat in their palace, proved the existence of technology during the period. “How can he see through Sanjay’s eyes? There was technology available at that time… internet was there, satellite communication was there,” Mr Deb said.

Despite receiving widespread criticism, Mr Deb stood by his comments, and criticized “narrow minded people who want to belittle their own nation”.

With input from agencies

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