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Rain holds up England after Cook makes 243

Rain holds up England after Cook makes 243

IMAGE: Alastair Cook celebrates reaching his double century. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images Rain held up England's progress after Alastair Cook scored a superb 243 on the second day of the first Test against West Indies at Edgbaston on Friday.Cook's 10-hour knock led the hosts to a first-innings total of 514 for eight declared and James Anderson dismissed Kraigg Brathwaite for nought before the tourists battled to 44 for one in reply.Heavy rain curtailed the final session and West ..., 2 hours ago

Barcelona players plan shirt tribute for victims of deadly attack

Barcelona's players will bear the city's name on the back of their shirts in tribute to the victims of Thursday's deadly attack in the Catalan capital when they play Real Betis in La Liga on Sunday, the club said in a statement.   Barca have been granted special permission from the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) for the arrangement, and said the message "#TOTSSOMBARCELONA" ("We are all Barcelona") will be embroidered on the front of the soccer team's shirts.The club added that the ...
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Trump reiterates strong stance against 'radical Islam terrorism'

In the wake of Islamic State striking terror in Barcelona where at least 14 people have been killed, US President Donald Trump has reiterated that 'radical Islamic terrorism' must be stopped by whatever means necessary.Twin terror attacks killed 14 people and injured around 100 others in Spain when a van driver on Thursday ploughed into pedestrians on Barcelona's most popular street in broad daylight, killing at least 14 people.US President took to Twitter saying, "Radical Islamic Terrorism ...
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'India will continue to be the No. 1 team in the world'

'Hope the Aussies can perform well and win but it is going to be tough, India are always tough in their own backyard.' IMAGE: Team India. Photograph: BCCI Former skipper Michael Clarke on Friday warned Australia ahead of their One-Day International series against India next month, saying it will be a difficult outing for the visitors as Virat Kohli's men will be tough to beat in their own backyard. "One-day cricket is different from Test cricket, so I imagine that the wickets will be good. You ...
 Rediff.com3 hours ago

Trump outs White House strategist Bannon

United States President Donald Trump’s embattled chief strategist Steve Bannon on Friday left his position, a top White House official said, without elaborating whether he was fired, or resigned. Bannon, 63, who played a key role in the electoral victory of Trump last year, became the third high-profile White House official to have left the Trump administration in recent weeks.   Over the past few days, there had been an increasing demand from Trump’s political opponents, ...
 Rediff.com3 hours ago Trump gets rid of White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon  Rediff.com4 hours ago Steve Bannon expected to be fired by Trump: White House officials  Rediff.com6 hours ago

3 terror attacks in 3 months: Australian recounts the horror

A 26-year-old tourist from Australia who was caught up in Thursdays Las Ramblas attack has said it was the third terrorist attack she has experienced since she began travelling Europe almost three months ago.Julia Monaco ended up in lockdown in the London tube in June after a speeding van hit pedestrians on the London Bridge and attackers stabbed people with knives in cafes and restaurants at Borough market. Days later, she was in Paris when French police shot a man who attacked an officer ...
 Rediff.com4 hours ago

Forex reserves at record high of $393.612 billion

Gold reserves remained unchanged at $19.943 billion. The country's foreign exchange reserves rose by $163.8 million to touch a new life-time high of $393.612 billion in the week ended August 11, helped by rise in foreign currency assets (FCAs), the Reserve Bank data showed. In the previous week, the reserves had increased by $581.1 million to $393.448 billion. FCAs, a major portion of the overall reserves, rose by $175.6 million to $369.899 billion, the data showed.   Expressed in US ...
 Rediff.com4 hours ago

Swaraj assures visa for Pakistani child for treatment in India

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today assured the family of a Pakistani child to give him a visa for his medical treatment in India.Swaraj's response came after one of the family members of the child requested her to grant a visa to the child, saying the child needs treatment for bone marrow."Yes, we will give him visa. @IndiainPakistan," Swaraj said in a tweet.Earlier, one Lata Sunil said the child needs bone marrow treatment in India and requested Swaraj to give him a visa on medical ...
 Rediff.com4 hours ago

RBI to issue new fluorescent blue Rs 50 notes

The new note having dimension of 66 mm X 135 mm will bear the year of printing on the reverse side, a Swachh Bharat logo with slogan, language panel and the motif of 'Hampi with Chariot'. The Reserve Bank will soon introduce new fluorescent blue Rs 50 banknotes bearing the motif of 'Hampi with Chariot' that depicts India's cultural heritage. RBI said it will shortly issue these Rs 50 denomination banknotes in the Mahatma Gandhi (new) series.   "The new denomination has motif of Hampi with ...
 Rediff.com4 hours ago RBI to launch new Rs 50 note  Rediff.com8 hours ago

'Issues' force EPS and OPS to press pause on AIADMK merger

Amid talk of an imminent merger, marathon deliberations that began on Friday in the two factions of the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam seem to have made no headway with ticklish issues posing hurdles. While rebel leader O Panneerselvam held consultations with his loyalists, Chief Minister E Palaniswami held marathon talks with his cabinet colleagues.   On expectation of a merger announcement at the Jayalalithaa mausoleum at Marina Beach late in the evening, security was beefed up ...
 Rediff.com5 hours ago EPS, OPS to announce merger soon?  Rediff.com8 hours ago EPS-OPS factions begin deliberations on AIADMK merger issue  Rediff.com8 hours ago
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