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Mandeep Mor, Sumit Junior, Shilanand new faces in national hockey squad

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Defender Mandeep Mor and forwards Sumit Kumar and Shilanand Lakra on Tuesday earned maiden call-ups to the Indian hockey squad, while veteran midfielder Sardar Singh returned and captain Manpreet Singh was rested for the 27th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup to begin March 3 in Ipoh, Malaysia. Sardar will captain the side, while the responsibility of vice captain will be sh...

32 minutes ago
Cyclone Gita causes flight cancellations in New Zealand

Wellington, Feb 20 (IANS) Flights at five airports in New Zealand were cancelled on Tuesday due to Cyclone Gita, which has caused extensive destruction. Air New Zealand reported that it had cancelled all flights in and out of Wellington airport due to the cyclone, which was expected to reach central New Zealand with winds of up to 150 km per hour, reports Efe bews. In a statement...

17 hours ago
India building digital health ecosystem: Nadda

Canberra (Australia), Feb 19 (IANS) Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare J.P. Nadda on Monday said India is committed to reforms in health services delivery using Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Addressing delegates from around a dozen countries at the Global Digital Health Partnership Summit, he said the ICT had great potential to improve delivery of healthcare s...

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Kohli set to break all records, Indian cricket on right path: Viswanath

Kolkata, Feb 18 (IANS) Heaping praise on skipper Virat Kohli and the entire Indian team, batting great and former India captain Gundappa Viswanath on Sunday said cricket in the country is on the right track with the U-19 team also winning the World Cup and the eves on an upward spiral. Everyone knows what he (Kohli) is doing, it's absolutely brilliant. Consistency is amazing, the hunger ...

3 days ago
Guptill's ton in vain as Aussies hammer world record chase

Auckland, Feb 16 (IANS) New Zealand's Martin Guptill's 49-ball century went up in smoke as Australia pulled off a world record run chase against the hosts at the Eden Park here on Friday. D'Arcy Short (76) and David Warner (59) hammered aggressive fifties to set the tone for the 244-run reply and Australia's middle order kept the pedal to the metal at a stage where New Zealand had stutte...

3 days ago
Plunkett ruled out of England's T20I, ODI series

London, Feb 16 (IANS) England pacer Liam Plunkett was on Friday ruled out of the remainder of their Twenty20 tri-series against New Zealand and Australia with a hamstring injury. According to a BBC report, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) also ruled out Plunkett from the one-day internationals against New Zealand, starting on February 25. Plunkett, who had already missed...

4 days ago
How asthma may affect your chances of pregnancy

Sydney, Feb 16 (IANS) Certain asthma medication, especially the quick-acting relievers, may affect women's ability to conceive, warns a new study. The study of more than 5,600 women showed that asthma patients who only use these short-acting asthma relievers take longer to become pregnant than other women. But those who use long-acting asthma preventers conceive as quickly as oth...

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I want to be better than I was, vows Sreejesh upon returning from injury

New Delhi, Feb 15 (IANS) Seasoned goalkeeper P.R. Sreejesh is determined to reach peak fitness and form in time when the key events start this year and promises to be a better player in order to boost the Indian hockey team in a busy year. Sreejesh, who sustained a knee injury at the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup in May last year, returned to the national squad last month for the Four Nations In...

4 days ago
Australian PM bans ministers from sex with staffers

Canberra, Feb 15 (IANS) Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Thursday announced a ban on sexual relationships between ministers and staffers, a measure taken after a scandal involving his deputy rocked the nation. Turnbull condemned Barnaby Joyce for a shocking error of judgment over an affair with his former media adviser Vikki Campion, with whom he is expecting a child, the BB...

5 days ago
5.2 mn roses exported from Bengaluru Airport for V-Day

Bengaluru, Feb 14 (IANS) As many as 5.2 million roses were exported to 25 countries from Bengaluru Airport ahead of Valentine's Day. About 325 tonnes (325,000 kg) of roses in the form of 5.2 million stems were exported to 36 destinations in 25 countries between February 1 and 14, the Bengaluru International Airport Ltd (BIAL) said on Wednesday. The roses from Karnataka were expor...

7 days ago
Tonga parliament building flattened by cyclone Gita

Nukualofa (Tonga), Feb 13 (IANS) The 100-year-old parliament building in the Pacific nation of Tonga was destroyed by cyclone Gita, the worst storm to hit the country in more than 60 years, on Tuesday. Gita, a category four storm, battered the island overnight and caused widespread damage, reports the BBC. Electricity lines were downed and roofs were torn off houses by the high w...

7 days ago
New Zealand opposition leader resigns, quits politics

Wellington, Feb 13 (IANS) New Zealand's main opposition leader Bill English on Tuesday announced his resignation as leader of the National Party and his exit from parliament. Speculation had been building for weeks that English, also a former Prime Minister, would step aside, and the decision became clear after the National Party met for a two-day conference in Tauranga last week, report...

7 days ago
The team is raring to go: Indian hockey captain

Bengaluru, Feb 12 (IANS) With big-ticket events such as the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup and Commonwealth Games lined up in what is going to be a busy year, India hockey skipper Manpreet Singh on Monday exuded confidence on his side to come good and win medals. As 33 probables reported at the national camp here on Monday, the energy among the players was evident. After having ended 2017...

7 days ago
Warner given mini-break before New Zealand trip

Melbourne, Feb 12 (IANS) David Warner, Australia's stand-in captain for the triangular Twenty20 International series, was on Monday given a mini-breather before the Kangaroos' next encounter against New Zealand in Auckland on Friday. The remainder of the T20I squad will head to New Zealand on Tuesday, but Warner, who was on Monday crowned as Australia's ODI Player of the Year, is flying ...

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Indian teenager sets swimming record

Wellington, Feb 11 (IANS) India's Rohan More on Sunday became the first Asian swimmer and the youngest ever to swim across the Cook Strait between North and South Islands of New Zealand. The teenager from Pune completed the feat in eight hours and 37 minutes. Starting from the North Island in temperatures of around 19 degrees Celsius, More battled inclement weather and a sudden ...

8 days ago
Kohli-Shastri combine could do well with Dravid inputs

Rahul Dravid is the man Indian cricket is looking at today. Never has a coach of the junior India team received so much attention as he is getting after India won the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand. A victorious team will have a lot to talk about its success just as a losing team has in trotting out excuses. That's the difference between the Dravid-inspired India juniors and the senio...

9 days ago
Ex-Kiwi skipper Bevan Congdon passes away

Auckland, Feb 10 (IANS) Former New Zealand skipper Bevan Congdon passed away on Saturday, one day short of his 80th birthday after a long bout of illness. Congdon, who led New Zealand to their first Test win over Australia, skippered the side on 17 occasions. Congdon made his New Zealand debut in 1965 and played 61 Tests in a career spanning 13 years. Batting mostly at No...

11 days ago
2,210 adult white sharks live off Australian coast

Canberra, Feb 9 (IANS) At least 2,210 adult white sharks currently live off Australia's coast with an adult survival rate estimated at 90 per cent, according to a study released on Friday. Due to the elusive nature of the species, the Organisation for Industrial and Scientific Research of the Commonwealth of Australia (CSIRO) based its report on a combination of statistical and genetic m...

12 days ago
FIH announces Hockey Pro League schedule

Lausanne, Feb 7 (IANS) The International Hockey Federation (FIH) has revealed the full schedule for the inaugural season of the Hockey Pro League which begins on January 19, 2019. A total of 152 matches have been scheduled between January and June across the world as part of this new game-changing competition, according to a release from FIH on Tuesday. Nine women's and nine men...

13 days ago
Everyone has social responsibility, not just politicians: Manushi Chhillar

New Delhi, Feb 6 (IANS) Miss World 2017 Manushi Chhillar, who is on a humanitarian world tour on menstrual hygiene, on Tuesday said the onus doesn't lie on the politicians alone to drive change. Manushi said while there's a lot that can happen if all political parties prioritise menstrual hygiene in their manifestos, but it's not about just politicians. Every individual has a soc...

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