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India demands ‘robust’ security at cricket World Cup

NEW DELHI: India on Friday demanded "robust" security for its players and fans at this year's cricket World Cup in England, but pulled back from a boycott of its match against Pakistan despite escalating tensions. Calls have been made in India for the country to pull out of their June 16 World Cup match against Pakistan to protest the attack...

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India to build satellite tracking station in Vietnam that offers eye on China

NEW DELHI/HONG KONG: India will set up a satellite tracking and imaging centre in southern Vietnam that will give Hanoi access to pictures from Indian earth observation satellites that cover the region, including China and the South China Sea, Indian officials said. The move, which could irritate Beijing, deepens ties between India and Vietnam, who both have long-running territorial disputes...

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India beat Pakistan in Blind T20 Asia Cup

KOCHI: Pakistan Blind Cricket team on Sunday got defeated by arch rival Indian side in the final of Blind T20 Asia cup. Blue Shirts became first champion of blind T20 Asia Cup, India while batting first put 209 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in their quota 20 overs. Pakistan in reply fall short of the target and got...

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Australia coach in hospital with blood clot

SYDNEY: Australia’s cricket coach Darren Lehmann is being treated for deep vein thrombosis and will miss his team’s twenty20 series against India next week, officials said. Lehmann will be replaced by batting coach Michael Di Venuto for the three matches in Adelaide on Tuesday, Melbourne on Friday and Sydney on Sunday, Cricket Australia said. “DVT is not an uncommon condition...

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Andy Murray beats Joao Sousa to reach Australian Open fourth round

MELBOURNE: Four-time finalist Andy Murray is through to the round of 16 after beating Portugal's Joao Sousa at the Australian Open. The second-seeded Murray converted six of nine breakpoint chances and served 13 aces in the 6-2, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2 victory. He's beaten Sousa all seven times they've played, including at the 2015 and 2013 Australian Opens. Murray is trying...

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Railways deficit gradually decreasing: Saad Rafique

LAHORE: Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique says deficit of railways is gradually decreasing. He was talking to media after signing ceremony of an agreement between Pakistan Railways and a private company PRACS in Lahore on Saturday for branding of trains and railway stations. The Minister said better performance is increasing income of the organization. He said funds have been allocated...

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All preparations complete for Karachi-Gwadar ferry service

KARACHI: All necessary preparations have been made to start Karachi-Gwadar-Karachi ferry service to facilitate the travellers and businessmen. The development has taken place in the light of the directives of the Prime Minister to strengthen ports and shipping sector. Spokesperson of Ministry of Ports and Shipping said the service will boost economic and business activity in the region. He said...

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Afridi shows concerns for Pakistan ahead of World T20

WELLINGTON: Pakistan's win against New Zealand in the first T20 in Auckland must seem like a distant memory after the tourists were comprehensively beaten by the Kiwis yet again. Pakistan won the first game of the three-match series by 16 runs before New Zealand stormed the second by 10 wickets - with a world record 171 partnership between Martin Guptill...

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Federer becomes first male player to win 300 Grand slam matches

MELBOURNE: Roger Federer became the first male player to win 300 grand slam singles matches when he moved into the fourth round of the Australian Open with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 victory over Grigor Dimitrov at the Rod Laver Arena on Friday. The 34-year-old improved to 5-0 against Dimitrov, a young Bulgarian with a similar style, including two wins...

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3rd T20I: Pakistan needs 197 runs to clinch series

WELLINGTON: Pakistan need 197 runs to clinch the T20I series against New Zealand here on Friday. Corey Anderson's unbeaten 82 and Martin Guptill (42) leads New Zealand to set a big target. Earlier, skipper Shahid Afridi won the toss and opted to bowl first. The series is all squared after both teams won one match apiece. The winner of today‘s...

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3rd T20I: Pakistan opts to bowl first against New Zealand

WELLINGTON: Pakistan have won the toss and decided to bowl first against New Zealand in the final T20 here on Friday. The series is all squared after both teams won one match apiece. Pakistan beat the Kiwis in the first T20I by 16 runs whereas in the second T20I New Zealand thrashed the visitors by 10 wickets with a record...

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Scientists identify new genus of tree frogs long thought extinct

NEW DELHI: For more than a century, two mysterious tree frog specimens collected by a British naturalist in 1870 and housed at the Natural History Museum in London were assumed to be part of a vanished species, never again found in the wild. Until now. A group of scientists, led by renowned Indian biologist Sathyabhama Das Biju, has rediscovered the...

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Planet Nine? Evidence grows for big addition to Solar System

CALIFORNIA: A decade ago Mike Brown helped get Pluto demoted from a “planet” to a mere “dwarf planet.” Now the astronomer and one of his CalTech colleagues may have plotted the orbit of a new ninth planet in our solar system, dramatically larger than Pluto and much, much farther away. As described by Brown and fellow astronomer Konstantin Batygin Wednesday...

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Djokovic hits out at ‘absurd’ match-fixing ‘speculation’

MELBOURNE: World number one Novak Djokovic has called for those making corruption allegations to provide proof after blasting as “absurd” an Italian newspaper which suggested he could have thrown a match. “It’s not true,” the 28-year-old Serb told a tense press conference at the Australian Open when asked about the suggestion by Tuttosport newspaper about his 2007 defeat by Frenchman...

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Four terrorists eliminated, 20 martyred in attack on Bacha Khan University

PESHAWAR: At least 20 people were martyred and 60 other injured in a terrorist attack inside the Bacha Khan University in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Charsadda town, Provincial minister Shaukat Yousafzai confirmed on Wednesday. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), Four terrorists killed in a military operation inside the premises of the university. Around 3,000 students are enrolled at the university. Security...

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Twitter down, inaccessible for users worldwide

Users trying to access the micro-blogging site Twitter through the web were greeted with a message informing them "Something is technically wrong" on Tuesday afternoon (Pakistan Standard Time). Users were unable to access Twitter on their mobile applications as well. The message on the web portal adds, "We're going to fix it up and have things back to normal soon."...

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Iran to boost oil output by 500,000 barrels

TEHRAN: Iran is aiming to increase its oil production by 500,000 barrels per day now that sanctions have been lifted under a landmark nuclear deal with world powers, a top official said. In comments posted on the Oil Ministry’s website Monday, Deputy Oil Minister Roknoddin Javadi said Iran is determined to retake its share of the oil market, which plunged...

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