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DNA Evening Must Reads: Najeeb Jung resigns; Ravichandran declared ICC Cricketer of the Year; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Delhi Lt Governor Najeeb Jung submits his resignation, Kejriwal ‘surprised’Najeeb Jung, the 20th Lieutenant Governor of the National Capital Territory of Delhi, stepped down from his position on Thursday. He was appointed to the post of Lt. Governor in 2013, replacing Tajender Khanna, another IAS officer. Read more here.2. After PM Modi mocks Rahul’s ‘earthquake’, Congress VP says ‘answer me’A combative Gandhi hit back at PM Modi for mocking his speech wherein the Congress vice president had accused him of having taken money from corporate groups, saying he could make fun of him but needed to answer the charges of personal corruption levelled against him. Read more here.3. Berlin Christmas market attack: Tunisian suspect’s fingerprints found on truck door, 4 arrested – mediaInvestigators found fingerprints of a Tunisian suspect in the Berlin Christmas market attack on the door of the truck that ploughed through the crowds, killing 12, German media said on Thursday, as a nationwide manhunt for the migrant was underway. Read more here.4. Damage to India’s economic growth will be bigger than RBI’s estimates: ReportDamage to India’s economic growth is likely to be bigger than the RBI’s estimates, as there could be a sharper slowdown in the near-term as cash shortage is likely to extend into the first quarter of next year, says a Nomura report. Read more here.5. Great news for Indian cricket as Ravichandran Ashwin is declared ICC Cricketer of the Year for 2016It turned out to be double delight for Ravichandran Ashwin at the ICC Annual Awards on Thursday as he became only the third Indian player ever to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy after being named the ICC Cricketer of the Year besides the ICC Test Cricketer of the Year. Read more here.

DNA Evening Must Reads: Updates on demonetization, IED blast hits army convoy in Assam; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Demonetization will help in reducing gap between rich and poor people: Rajnath SinghHailing the Centre’s move to demonetize Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes, Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Saturday said the action will bring probity in political and administrative works besides reducing the gap between rich and poor. Read more here. 3 soldiers killed, 4 injured after IED blast hits army convoy in AssamHeavily armed militants of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) ambushed an army convoy near the Pengeri reserve forest in the eastern Assam killing three soldiers and seriously injuring four others. Read more here. NIA’s FIR against Zakir Naik is illegal, says his counselMobin Solkar, the counsel for controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik, on Saturday said the case filed by the National Investigative Agency (NIA) against his client under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA) is illegal, as the Supreme Court, earlier granted a stay in a similar case, and hence, any fresh complaint on the same grounds would stand void. Read more here. India vs England: Kohli’s masterclass puts India in front after Ashwin’s stellar showVirat Kohli hit a belligerent fifty to consolidate India’s position after Ravichandran Ashwin picked up another five-wicket haul to help bundle out England for 255 and give the hosts a first-innings lead of 200 in the second test on Saturday. Read more here. Coldplay concert at Global Citizen festival: Live streaming and where to watch on TV in IndiaThe event, at the MMRDA grounds in at the Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) in Mumbai is expected to draw in 80,000 people. Those unable to attend need not miss any of the action. Click here to find out where the festival can be watched live.

Tamil Nadu: CPI asks CM to release Rajiv Gandhi case convicts on parole

With seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case set to complete 25 year of imprisonment on June 11, the CPI has urged the Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa to initiate steps for their parole as well as permanent release.According to a report in The New Indian Express, CPI State Secretary R Mutharasan on Thursday in a statement, recalled the unanimous resolution adopted by the State Assembly few months ago and urged the Centre to release them on humanitarian grounds. The leader also pointed out that there were several legal avenues to release them.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The seven convicts – V Sriharan alias Murugan, T Suthendraraja alias Santhan, A G Perarivalan alias Arivu, Jayakumar, Robert Payas, Ravichandran and Nalini are lodged in Tamil Nadu prisons for the past 25 years.The Tamil Nadu government government had in March 2016 sent a letter to the Central government to remit the sentence of life imprisonment of all the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case and release them and also sought the Centre’s views on the move.

Centre rejects Tamil Nadu govt’s proposal to free Rajiv Gandhi killers

The Centre has rejected the proposal of the Tamil Nadu Government to release seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case. The decision may create fodder for political outrage just before the Tamil Nadu elections. This is the second time in two years that the state had written to the Centre seeking its views on its decision to remit their sentence.The first letter was sent during the UPA government’s tenure in February 2014.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has told the state that , “Since the matter is sub-judice in the Supreme Court, it has no authority to release the prisoners.”On March 2, two days before the model code of conduct came into effect in the state, which goes to the polls on May 16, Chief Secretary K. Gnanadesikan sent the letter to the MHA. In the letter it was said that since the prisoners have spent 20 years in jail, they should be now released. V. Sriharan alias Murugan, A.G. Perarivalan, T. Suthendraraja alias Santhan, Jayakumar, Robert Payas, Ravichandran and Nalini are the seven convicts. With ANI inputs

ICC WT20: Dhoni blames batsmen for stunning 47 run loss to NZ; Williamson hails Kiwi bowlers

Nagpur: Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni blamed his batsmen for their shock 47-run loss to New Zealand in the opening World Twenty20 group match in Nagpur on Tuesday.

India’s batsmen folded at the hands of New Zealand’s spinners, recording just 79 runs in 18.1 overs — their lowest ever T20 score on home soil — as they tried to chase down the Kiwis’ modest total of 126.

File photo of MS Dhoni. Getty Images.File photo of MS Dhoni. Getty Images.

File photo of MS Dhoni. Getty Images.

India’s previous lowest total at home was 92 against South Africa in Cuttack last year.

“I thought we restricted them to a good total (but) the batting let us down, the shot selection kept putting pressure on the batsmen coming in and there was no partnership in the middle,” said Dhoni.

Hosts India, fresh from winning the Asia Cup, had been firm favourites to become the first team ever to win the World T20 title for a second time, as they began their quest Tuesday in the Super 10 stage of the tournament.

But New Zealand’s slow bowlers stunned the raucous home crowd in Nagpur, with left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner leading the show with a four-wicket haul in a miserly spell.

“They bowled well, exploited the conditions, but we lacked adaptability, we could have applied ourselves a bit more,” Dhoni said.

Santner, whose figures of 4-11 were the best for a New Zealander in T20 cricket, was well supported by Indian-born leg-spinner Ish Sodhi and off-spinner Nathan McCullum, who shared five wickets between them on a slow track.

A delighted New Zealand captain Kane Williamson paid tribute to his bowlers, after conceding that their total was lower than what they had been hoping for.

“But the way the boys bowled was simply outstanding. They get a win to start off a competition against such a tough side like India,” he said.

New Zealand have now won five of their six T20 internationals against India, while the other match was rained off.

India were never in the chase after losing their openers early and, with the exception of Virat Kohli (23), none of the Indian top order could come up with any answers to the inspired Kiwi attack.

Kohli offered some resistance on a slow track during his 27-ball stay, but the introduction of Sodhi brought the end for the star batsman.

Chasing a widish leg-spinner, Kohli was caught behind as the packed stadium was stunned into silence with the writing clearly on the wall.

Dhoni then tried hard to dig India out of their hole but his valiant run-a-ball 30 made little difference in the end.

Earlier, hard-hitting Corey Anderson hit an uncharacteristically slow 34-run knock to help New Zealand improve their plight after being reduced to 61 for four.

A dramatic first over from off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin saw Martin Guptill smash a six from the very first ball of the match only to lose his wicket to the next, setting the tone for an exciting T20 extravaganza.

The spin-fast combination of Ashwin and Ashish Nehra deployed by Dhoni worked in India’s favour as the Kiwis were left stuttering with Williamson also departing for single figures.

Anderson, whose 42-ball stay included just three boundaries, then stuck around with Ross Taylor and Santner to counter the Indian bowlers.

India didn’t put a foot wrong and backed their bowlers’ effort with some clean fielding that included two run outs.

In the end, Luke Ronchi’s unbeaten 11-ball 21 gave some respectability to the total, which in the end proved enough to make an opening impression in the sixth edition of the tournament.

Pakistan face Bangladesh at Kolkata while England meet West Indies at Mumbai in the two group matches on Wednesday.


WT20: Spin gamble pays off, New Zealand spank India | Reuters

NAGPUR, India Kane Williamson’s gamble to compromise on speed and pick three specialist spinners paid off as New Zealand humbled hosts India by 47 runs in a spin-dominated Super 10 contest of the World Twenty20 on Tuesday.

(See pictures here | Reuters full coverage of WT20 here)

Opting to bat first, New Zealand posted 126-7 in the Group Two contest on a prodigiously turning track at Nagpur’s VCA Stadium, seemingly a below-par total against the host nation who are famed for their proficiency against spin bowling.

New Zealand’s three-pronged spin attack, however, ensured it was more than enough as Mitchell Santner (4-11), Nathan McCullum (2-15) and the Indian-born Ish Sodhi (3-18) wrecked the hosts who folded for 79 in 18.1 overs.

Williamson said it was not an easy decision to drop the pace duo of Tim Southee and Trent Boult to accommodate the spinners.

“Obviously that was tough, they are world class bowlers,” the Kiwi captain said.

“But at the same time we are looking to do the best we can in these conditions. Certainly the spinners paid off today. The wicket spun a lot and they bowled very well on it.”

The first three balls of the match contained the kind of drama and excitement that fans would be expecting from the sixth edition of the tournament in cricket’s emotional and financial home in India.

After Williamson won the toss and decided to set a target, Martin Guptill nonchalantly hit the first delivery from Ravichandran Ashwin over the bowler’s head for a six.

The off-spinner settled score in the very next ball, trapping the batsman leg before with a delivery that, replay suggested, would have gone over the stumps.

New man in Colin Munro reverse hit the next ball for a six but threw his wicket in the next over.

As wickets kept tumbling at the other end, Corey Anderson (34) tried to steady the innings and it was Luke Ronchi’s (21 not out) 11-ball cameo that took them past the 125-mark.

The Indian fans expected the chase to be a stroll in the park but Santner, who was adjudged man-of-the-match, and McCullum had other ideas.

They blew away India’s top order, reducing them to 26-4 in the fifth over to derail their chase.

Virat Kohli (23) resisted the onslaught for a while but Sodhi struck a crucial blow with his very first ball to send back the Indian batting mainstay.

Home captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni waged a lone battle with a run-a-ball 30 but the celebrated ‘finisher’ could not get his team over the line.

New Zealand beat India at their own game with their spinners claiming nine of the 10 wickets but Dhoni insisted the defeat was more down to his team’s careless batting.

“It was our batting that let us down,” the home captain said after India’s fifth futile attempt to beat New Zealand in Twenty20 Internationals.

“There were quite a few soft dismissals. It was not like the deliveries got a lot of batsmen out. Maybe it was our shot selection… there was no partnership also,” Dhoni rued.

(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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India win Asia Cup as Dhawan hits form against Bangladesh | Reuters

DHAKA India won the Asia Cup with an eight-wicket triumph over hosts Bangladesh on Sunday as opener Shikhar Dhawan returned to form with a half-century in a 94-run stand with Virat Kohli in a rain-hit final.

The bad weather saw the Twenty20 match starting two hours late and being reduced to 15 overs a side after India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and put Bangladesh in to bat.

Bangladesh, who lost to India in the group stages, got off to a slow start and only a late flurry of runs from Mahmudullah took Bangladesh to a competitive total of 120-5.

India, world’s top-ranked side in the shortest format of the game, lost opener Rohit Sharma early but calmly chased down the Bangaldesh total with seven balls to spare.

India came into the final having won all of their group matches and could not have hoped for a better preparation for this month’s World Twenty20 tournament on home soil having also won their previous two series against Australia and Sri Lanka.

Left-handed Dhawan (60), who had scored two, one and 16 not out in his last three outings in the tournament, and Kohli (41 not out) took the attack to the Bangladesh bowlers after Rohit’s dismissal in the second over.

Dhawan fell to a diving catch by Soumya Sarkar off paceman Taskin Ahmed, prompting Dhoni to walk out and underline his worth as a finisher for India by smashing two sixes and a boundary in his innings of 20 off six balls.

Paceman Jasprit Bumrah and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin were the pick of the Indian bowlers, giving up 13 and 14 runs respectively in their quota of three overs apiece while picking up a wicket each.

Bangladesh were 75-5 in the 12th over and looked to be headed for a mediocre total but Mahmudullah’s 33 not out from 13 balls ensured their bowlers had a fighting total to defend.

Mahmudullah and Sabbir Rahman (32 not out), judged to be the player of the tournament, added 45 for the sixth wicket in just over three overs.

(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; editing by Ken Ferris)

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Rajiv Gandhi assassination case: Govt examining Tamil Nadu govt letter on remittance

Government on Thursday said it is examining the Tamil Nadu government’s decision to remit the sentence of seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case but made it clear that abiding by Supreme Court’s order on the issue is its Constitutional responsibility.”We have received a letter from the Tamil Nadu government yesterday and we are examining it. But I want to state about the accused that Supreme Court has given a verdict and to abide by its order is our constitutional responsibility, not only constitutional but also moral responsibility,” Home Minister Rajnath Singh said in Lok Sabha during Zero Hour.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Singh’s statement came a day after Tamil Nadu government said it has decided to remit the sentence of life imprisonment of all the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case and release them and sought the Centre’s views on the move.In a letter to Union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi on Thursday, Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary K Gnanadesikan said the state government has received petitions from the seven convicts requesting it to release them as they had spent more than 20 years in prison. The convicts are V Sriharan alias Murugan, T Suthendraraja alias Santhan, A G Perarivalan alias Arivu, Jayakumar, Robert Payas, Ravichandran and Nalini.All the seven were convicted by a special TADA court for their role in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi on May 21, 1991 during an election rally at Sriperumbudur in Tamil Nadu.The Supreme Court had on December 2, 2015 said Centre will decide whether Rajiv Gandhi’s killers will be released or not holding that states cannot exercise “suo motu” the power to grant remission without any specific plea from convicts. Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad told reporters that Congress would oppose the state government’s decision.”We don’t agree with the Tamil Nadu government. The Supreme Court has already rejected this plea of several organisations and there is no question of supporting such a move. As a party, we will definitely oppose this move of the Tamil Nadu government,” he said.

Govt examining TN govt’s plea seeking release of Rajiv Gandhi’s killers, says Rajnath Singh

New Delhi: The government is examining a Tamil Nadu government’s plea seeking the release of those linked to the assassination of former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday.

“We have received the letter yesterday and the government is examining it. The apex court has already given its decision on the matter. Now it is the constitutional and moral responsibility of the government to abide by the decision of the apex court,” Rajnath Singh told the Lok Sabha.

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Earlier, the issue was raised by Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, who urged the government not to entertain the letter from the Tamil Nadu government.

“The letter should not be entertained at all. The assassins must not be released — to uphold the integrity of the country for which Rajivji gave his life,” he said.

Deciding to release all seven convicts in the Gandhi assassination case now in jail, the Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday sought the views of the central government.

In a letter to union Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary K Gnanadesikan said the state government had received petitions from the seven convicts requesting their release as they had spent over 24 years in jail.

The seven convicts are V Sriharan alias Murugan, T Suthendraraja alias Santhan, AG Perarivalan, Jayakumar, Robert Payas, Ravichandran and Nalini Sriharan, wife of Murugan.

All seven have been in prison since 1991, the year a woman Tamil Tiger suicide bomber blew up Rajiv Gandhi at an election rally near Chennai.


Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict seeks parole

A G Perarivalan, one of the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case has sought parole for a month on the ground of his father’s ill health.”I have recently given a petition to prison authorities, the Chief Minister’s cell and Perarivalan too has given a petition to jail officials seeking parole for a month,” mother of Perarivalan, Arputhammal told PTI. 44-year-old Perarivalan has been in prison since 1991 soon after the killing of Rajiv Gandhi in May that year in nearby Sriperumbudur.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>She said her 74-year-old husband and father of Perarivalan, Gnanasekaran, was ill for some time now following neurological issues and intense stress. “He is desperate to see his son, we have requested the authorities and the government to release him on parole,” she said.In 2014, Jayalalithaa had announced that her government would release V Sriharan alias Murugan, A G Perarivalan alias Arivu, Santhan, Nalini, Robert Payas, Jayakumar and Ravichandran. However, the matter soon went to the Supreme Court and is pending there, with the Central government questioning the state’s powers to grant remission to them on specific grounds.

Wily Ashwin spins India to series victory against Sri Lanka | Reuters

India gave themselves a boost before next month’s Twenty20 World Cup at home as Ravichandran Ashwin grabbed four wickets in their series-clinching nine-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the third and final Twenty20 international on Sunday.

The off-spinner claimed three wickets in his first seven deliveries and finished with 4-8, best by an Indian bowler in this format, as Sri Lanka folded for 82, their lowest total in Twenty20 Internationals.

Chasing the small target, India romped home with 6.1 overs to spare to seal the series 2-1 at Visakhapatnam’s ACA-VDCA Stadium.

Opener Shikhar Dhawan topscored for the hosts with an unbeaten run-a-ball 46 but it was Ashwin’s guile that laid the foundation for India’s comprehensive victory.

Put into bat, Sri Lanka got off to a nightmarish start with Ashwin opening the attack for India.

The spinner drew Niroshan Dickwella forward with his third delivery to get him stumped before trapping Tillakaratne Dilshan leg-before wicket with the sixth.

The wily spinner struck another blow with the first ball of his second over when rival captain Dinesh Chandimal holed out in the deep.

Sri Lanka’s first 21 runs cost them their top half and only Dasun Shanaka (19) and Thisara Perera (12) managed double digit scores in their abject batting capitulation against the Indian spinners who claimed seven of the 10 wickets.

To make it worse for them, the tourists were also handed out a couple of poor decisions with Asela Gunaratne and Sachithra Senanayake given caught out even though replays did not suggest any contact between bat and ball on either occasion.

Defending the paltry score, Dushmantha Chameera dismissed Rohit Sharma for 13 but Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane (22 not out) steered India to victory to ensure they remain the top ranked team in this format.

Ashwin, who claimed nine wickets in three matches, grabbed both man-of-the-match and man-of-the-series awards.

(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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dna evening must reads: From terror attack in Istanbul to what Charlie Sheen did after being diagnosed with HIV and more

1. Explosion rocks central Istanbul tourist square; ten dead, fifteen wounded Ten people were killed and fifteen others were wounded after a large explosion rocked a central Istanbul square on Tuesday, a statement from the Istanbul governor’s office said. Read more here.2. Here are the 10 affordable property markets across IndiaThe report mentioned that Hyderabad’s realty market is now set for an upswing after a prolonged slump due to the global recession followed by political turmoil. Find out what else the report reveals here.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>3. Beep song row: Music composer Anirudh appears before policeMusic director Anirudh Ravichandran, who has allegedly composed the controversial ‘Beep’ song sung by actor Simbu, appeared before police here in connection with a case registered against them. Read more here.4. India v/s Australia: Smith spoils Rohit’s party, Aussies win by 5 wickets Did lack of DRS cost India dearly? Find out here.5. Charlie Sheen reveals why he took to alcohol after being diagnosed with HIVSheen, 50, who revealed about his health crisis last year in a TV interview, said he didn’t handle things in the right way in the aftermath of his diagnosis of HIV. Full story here.

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