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Huge crowds turnout for Kannada movie 'Madagaja' amid Omicron fears

Bengaluru, Dec 6 (IANS) Kannada action thriller 'Madagaja' released last week has managed to set the box office on fire despite fears of Omicron in Karnataka. Huge crowds turned out at theatres and multiplexes across the state and cheered up for the movie. 'Madagaja' starring Srimurali, directed by Mahesh Kumar and produced by Umapathy Srinivas Gowda has been released in over 900 screens. In the last three days, the film has seen 7,400 shows and registered a collection of Rs 20.23 crore and set

6 Dec 2021 11:41 am
Surgery to troubling elbow the only option before Williamson: Hesson

Mumbai, Dec 6 (IANS) Former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson feels a surgery to a troubling elbow injury is the only way out for skipper Kane Williamson, as he has missed several key games both for the country and his Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise. Williamson was ruled out of the second and final Test of the series against India due to the persistent elbow injury with opener Tom Latham leading the side his place. On Monday, the tourists lost the second Test at the Wankhede Stadium by 372 ru

6 Dec 2021 11:41 am
LPL 2021: Rajapaksa stars as Galle Gladiators win tournament opener

Colombo [Sri Lanka], December 6 (ANI): Skipper Bhanuka Rajapaksa led by example clobbering a cameo 31-ball 56 in Galle Gladiator's 54-run triumphant to kick off the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Lanka Premier League (LPL) 2021 second edition curtain-raiser over Jaffna Kings on Sunday. He struck three sixes and six boundaries in a total of 164 for 7 off 20 overs on which the Gladiators bowlers ran through the Jaffna Kings for 110 in 18.2 overs. If the left-handed mauler of the ball was the trump card b

6 Dec 2021 11:35 am
Kohli becomes first player to win 50 international matches in each format

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], December 6 (ANI): Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Monday became the first player to record 50 international wins in each format of the game. Kohli achieved the feat after India defeated New Zealand by 372 runs in the second Test of the two-match series here at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday. With this win, Team India is back to the number 1 spot in ICC Test rankings. The victory over New Zealand also means India sealed the two-match series 1-0, and now Kohli's side wi

6 Dec 2021 11:35 am
South Africa a 'good challenge', want to achieve win there as a team: Kohli

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], December 6 (ANI): India skipper Virat Kohli on Monday said that the series win against New Zealand is very pleasing, but his eyes are firmly set on winning the upcoming Test series against South Africa. Mayank Agarwal's heroics with the bat and Jayant Yadav's four-wicket haul in the second innings helped India defeat New Zealand by 372 runs in the second Test of the two-match series here at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday. To come back with a win again, it's a great

6 Dec 2021 11:35 am
Young guys performing gives us options, helps us become stronger: Dravid

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], December 6 (ANI): Team India head coach Rahul Dravid on Monday said that the youngsters performing is a good sign for his side and it will help the Virat Kohli-led outfit become much stronger. Mayank Agarwal's heroics with the bat and Jayant Yadav's four-wicket haul in the second innings helped India defeat New Zealand by 372 runs in the second Test. I think it was good to finish the series as winners, came close in Kanpur, not able to get that last wicket, had to w

6 Dec 2021 11:35 am
Ind vs NZ: 62 all out in first innings set us back, credit to hosts, says Latham

Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], December 6 (ANI): After stumbling to a 372-run loss in the second Test against India, New Zealand stand-in skipper Tom Latham on Monday admitted that his side performed underwhelmingly despite Ajaz Patel's memorable outing with the ball. A disappointing performance. Credit to India, and 62 all-out would have set us back always. You always want to bat first here, and it only gets worse for batting here, and it wasn't how we wanted it to pan out, Latham told host broa

6 Dec 2021 11:35 am
Omicron: K'taka awaits report of 5 samples

Bengaluru, Dec 6 (IANS) The Karnataka health department is awaiting the genome sequencing test results of five persons who came in contact with a doctor infected with the Omicron Covid variant. The results are expected to arrive on Monday. The state is also seeking the approval of the Centre to conduct genome sequencing tests in four additional labs for quicker results. The doctor had tested positive for Covid-19 on November 22 and his sample was sent for genome sequencing two days later. On Dec

6 Dec 2021 10:41 am
Cardi B yells at nightclub doorman after Black women not allowed in

Los Angeles, Dec 6 (IANS) Rapper Cardi B has stood up for fellow Black women as she was seen screaming at a nightclub doorman after her fans told her that the club didn't allow Black women inside. In a video that has been circulating on social media, the 'WAP' hitmaker could be seen arriving at the club with her partner Offset, reports As she said hello to the fans while walking in, the fans started telling her that the bouncers were not allowing Black women into the club. They a

6 Dec 2021 10:41 am
China's Harbin adds more Covid risk areas

Beijing, Dec 6 (IANS) Harbin, capital of China's Heilongjiang province, has designated five more neighbourhoods as medium-risk areas for Covid-19 due to a spike in the number of confirmed cases. The city's anti-epidemic headquarters on Saturday evening added three medium-risk areas starting from Sunday, reports Xinhua news agency. Harbin currently has more than 20 medium-risk areas across the city. The provincial health committee reported 10 locally transmitted Covid-19 cases on Saturday, all in

6 Dec 2021 10:01 am
William Shatner's space flight documented in Amazon special

Los Angeles, Dec 6 (IANS) 'Star Trek' actor William Shatner's trip to space on the Blue Origin will be documented in the new Amazon special 'Shatner in Space', premiering on December 15 in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. Other territories will be added in early 2022. The actor announced the one-hour special during a virtual panel for CCXP Worlds on Sunday. 'Shatner in Space' will give viewers an inside look at the before, during, and after of the historic trip that saw him be

6 Dec 2021 9:41 am
Alec Baldwin deletes Twitter account after interview about 'Rust' accident

Los Angeles, Dec 6 (IANS) Hollywood veteran star Alec Baldwin has deleted one of his two Twitter accounts following his tell-all interview about the shooting accident that took place on the set of the movie 'Rust'. Fox News was the first to notice that Baldwin's Twitter is gone on December 5. It's unclear why he decided to delete the account labeled @AlecBaldwin as neither the actor nor his representative has offered an explanation to his move, reports The star used to have two T

6 Dec 2021 9:41 am
Surge in Covid cases in 16 K'taka districts; restrictions likely on New Year, Christmas celebrations

Bengaluru, Dec 6 (IANS) Sixteen districts in Karnataka have seen a rise in the number of new Covid cases in the first week of December. As many as 500 students have tested positive in the recent past, causing a major worry for the authorities. Sources in the health department said that if the same trend continued then restrictions may be put during the New Year and Christmas celebrations. By November first week the Covid cases were on a decline and many districts, including those bordering Mahar

6 Dec 2021 9:41 am
Hamilton wins wild Saudi GP to set up F1 title showdown

Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Dec 6 (IANS) Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton beat Red Bull's Max Verstappen in a truly chaotic Formula 1 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, which was restarted twice and in which the two title rivals collided with each other once again in the 2021 season. In one of the most dramatic races in living memory, Hamilton and Verstappen went wheel to wheel on several occasions at the Jeddah Corniche street circuit, with the Briton crashing into the back of the Dutchman at one point after a misun

6 Dec 2021 9:41 am
Ashes: Smith taking confidence from past performances against England

Brisbane [Australia], December 6 (ANI): Australia Test vice-captain Steve Smith has said that he is taking confidence from past performances against England and he is hopeful of putting on a good show in the upcoming Ashes. England and Australia will lock horns in five-match Ashes, beginning Wednesday at the Gabba, Brisbane. Chappell also said that Steve Smith as the vice-captain is a controversial choice. The last couple of years I've obviously had a bit of success against them. Sometimes you c

6 Dec 2021 9:35 am
Ashes: Smith being named Australia's vice-captain controversial, says Ian Chappell

Melbourne [Australia], December 6 (ANI): Former Australia captain Ian Chappell reckons England would need to leave a lasting impression in the first Test of the Ashes else Australia will have no difficulty in winning the series. England and Australia will lock horns in five-match Ashes, beginning Wednesday at the Gabba, Brisbane. Chappell also said that Steve Smith as the vice-captain is a controversial choice. This is the hardest Ashes series to decipher. First, there are the controversies to b

6 Dec 2021 9:35 am
Darren Gough set to be named Yorkshire's director of cricket

London [UK], December 6 (ANI): Former England pacer Darren Gough is set to be named Yorkshire's new director of cricket. The club is now trying to rebuild its structure in the wake of the sacking of the existing coaching and medical staff, reported ESPNcricinfo. Gough played county cricket for Yorkshire and he went on to take 453 first-class wickets in 15 years with the club. The pacer also scalped 229 wickets in 58 Test appearances for England, before finishing his career at Essex. Yorkshire Co

6 Dec 2021 9:35 am
After his Cherrapunji remarks, Jayasurya says I am proud about the ministers actions

Actor Jayasurya had criticized the PWD in the presence of Kerala state minister P A Muhammad Riyas during a public function, which found great media attention a few days back. Jayasurya reportedly said that those who pay road taxes deserve better roads and if the frequent rains are cited as the reason for the bad condition of roads, there would be no roads in Cherrapunji! After his remarks became controversial, Jayasurya explains what he said in a long Facebook post. According to him, he had ask

6 Dec 2021 9:34 am
After 'Sarpatta Parambarai', Kalaignar TV snaps 'Jai Bhim'!

After snapping the rights of Amazon Prime Video's original movie Sarpatta Parambarai, Kalaignar TV has snapped the satellite rights of Jai Bhim. Both these films have garnered a record number of videos for Amazon Prime Video. While Sarpatta Parambarai had its satellite premiere already, Jai Bhim will also be premiered soon. Featuring Arya in the lead, Pa.Ranjith's Sarpatta Parambarai fetched super positive reviews from the critics. Suriya's Jai Bhim also garnered critical acclaim from the leadin

6 Dec 2021 9:27 am
'The Boys' animated spin-off series 'Diabolical' announced

Los Angeles, Dec 6 (IANS) An eight-episode pickup of 'Diabolical', an animated anthology series set in the same universe as the hit superhero show 'The Boys' has been announced by Amazon Prime Video. The production was confirmed through a video message featuring actor Karl Urban, who portrays Billy Butcher in 'The Boys', released during one of Amazon Prime Video's Comic-Con Experience 2021 virtual panels, reports There is no question that you guys are the greatest fans in the world,

6 Dec 2021 9:01 am
New cases fall below 5,000 in S.Korea; 4-week toughened rules go into effect

Seoul, Dec 6 (IANS) South Korea's new coronavirus cases fell below 5,000 for the first time in three days Monday as the country reimposed toughened social distancing rules amid concerns over the spread of the omicron variant. The country added 4,325 new Covid-19 infections, raising the total caseload to 477,358, Yonhap news agency reported, citing the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency's (KDCA) figures. Daily infections soared to a record high of 5,352 cases on Saturday before falling t

6 Dec 2021 9:01 am
Health Minister reviews RT-PCR testing facilities at IGI airport

New Dec 6 (IANS) The Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Sunday reviewed the RT-PCR testing facilities for passengers coming from abroad at the IGI airport. A total of 35 rapid RT-PCR testing machines are functional and with this the passengers screening and testing time will be reduced to even 30 minutes for the passengers coming from the abroad. Meanwhile, India has achieved the fully vaccination of over 50 per cent of the eligible population. The Health Minister in a tweet said,Congrat

6 Dec 2021 9:01 am
India's foreign exchange reserves down $2.71 bn

Mumbai: India's foreign exchange reserves fell by $2.71 billion during the week ended November 26. The Reserve Bank of India's forex reserves decreased to $637.687 billion from $640.401 billion reported for the week ended November 19. India's forex reserves comprise foreign currency assets (FCAs), gold reserves, SDRs, and the country's reserve position with the IMF. On a weekly basis, FCAs, the largest component of the forex reserves, edged lower by $1.048 billion to $574.664 billion. Similarly,

6 Dec 2021 8:50 am
India can lead the digital society: Mukesh Ambani

New Delhi: India can lead the Digital Society and become a global leader in its own right, said Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries Limited (RIL). Speaking at the InFinity Forum on Friday, Ambani said, This is just the beginning of what is going to be even more incredible, even more exciting, and even more beneficial. The world is going to be transformed by the 'Digital First' Revolution. The physical world will become subordinate to the digital world. Whatever pro

6 Dec 2021 8:42 am
Global Covid caseload tops 265.8 mn

Washington, Dec 6 (IANS) The global coronavirus caseload has topped 265.8 million, while the deaths have surged to more than 5.25 million and vaccination to over 8.17 billion, according to Johns Hopkins University. In its latest update on Monday morning, the University's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed that the current global caseload and the death toll stood at 265,824,521 and 5,255,456, respectively, while the total number of vaccine doses administered was 8,172,059,

6 Dec 2021 8:41 am
Global action needed to regulate technology like cryptocurrency: Sitharaman

New Delhi: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday said collective global action is the only way to regulate the evolving technologies, including the cryptocurrencies. Speaking at the InFinity Forum organised by Bloomberg and IFSCA, Sitharaman noted that no country has found a one-point formula to regulate technology such as cryptocurrency. Even as we are thinking about at a national level, there should simultaneously be a global mechanism through which we are constantly monitoring the mov

6 Dec 2021 8:37 am
Benigno Hernandez, Thomas Gronnemark round off AIFF Virtual International Coaching Conference

New Delhi [India], December 6 (ANI): The All India Football Federation (AIFF) Virtual International Coaching Conference 2021 has come to an end with the last two sessions conducted by Benigno Hernandez, a professor and digital content creator at MBP school of coaches, and Thomas Gronnemark, the throw-in coach for Liverpool FC, and many other professional clubs. Benigno Hernandez, who works as a professor at MBP school of coaches in Barcelona, Spain, conducted the first session following the afte

6 Dec 2021 8:35 am
Tata Teleservices' shares almost doubled in a month with multiple upper circuits

New Delhi: Shares of Tata Teleservices have nearly doubled its investors' money in the past one month. Accordingly, shares of the company have risen from Rs 67 in early November to Rs 130 on Friday's session close. Mumbai-based Tata Teleservices, a subsidiary of the Tata Group, deals in broadband, telecommunications and cloud services. Notably, the shares of the company hit the 5 per cent upper circuit for several consecutive days in the recent past. It is important to note that the rise in shar

6 Dec 2021 8:30 am
Cases of Omicron variant rise to 11 in Israel

Jerusalem, Dec 6 (IANS) The number of Omicron Covid-19 variant cases in Israel rose from seven to 11 on Sunday, the Israeli Health Ministry said in a statement. Two of the four new cases are passengers who have recently returned from France. Both of them have received three shots of the Pfizer vaccine against Covid-19, Xinhua news agency reported. The third case is a patient who was also vaccinated with three Pfizer doses, and was infected with the variant after coming into contact with a passen

6 Dec 2021 8:01 am
Saudi Arabia GP: Hamilton beats Verstappen in controversial race to draw equal on points

Riyadh [Saudi Arabia], December 6 (ANI): Lewis Hamilton won a controversial debut Saudi Arabian Grand Prix from pole position ahead of Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas amid two red-flag stoppages. The result means the two championship protagonists go to the Abu Dhabi finale level on points. Hamilton led Bottas and Verstappen - who shrugged off his qualifying crash - at the start but on Lap 10, Mick Schumacher spun and hit the Turn 23 barriers. The Safety Car soon turned into a red flag, crucia

6 Dec 2021 7:35 am
Singapore reports 552 new Covid-19 cases

Singapore, Dec 6 (IANS) Singapore has reported 552 new cases of Covid-19, the Ministry of Health said in a press release. Of the new cases, 523 were in the community, 14 were in migrant worker dormitories and 15 were imported cases, bringing the total tally in the country till Sunday to 269,211, Xinhua news agency reported. A total of 863 Covid-19 cases are currently warded in hospitals, with 155 cases requiring oxygen supplementation in the general ward, six cases being unstable and under close

6 Dec 2021 4:41 am
Vietnam reports 14,314 new Covid cases

Hanoi, Dec 6 (IANS) Vietnam reported 14,314 new Covid-19 cases on Sunday, including 14,312 locally transmitted and two imported, according to its Ministry of Health. Most of the community cases were reported in southern localities, including 1,491 in Ho Chi Minh City, 1,132 in Can Tho province, and 792 in Tay Ninh province, Xinhua news agency reported. The infections brought the country's total tally to 1,309,092 with 26,260 deaths, said the ministry. Nationwide, as many as 1,009,277 Covid-19 pa

6 Dec 2021 3:01 am
Market Forecast: Omicron concerns, MPC review to steer equities

Mumbai: RBI's upcoming monetary policy review along with the release of key macro economic data points will steer the key equity indices next week. Moreover, direction of foreign fund flows, as well as concerns over Covid-19's new variant Omicron's impact on growth will influence investor sentiments. The monetary policy review is slated for December 6-8. It is widely expected that RBI's MPC will maintain a status-quo in the key lending rates. At present, the MPC of the central bank has maintaine

5 Dec 2021 11:56 pm
Equity indices fall on profit booking, Covid concerns; oil stocks down

New Delhi: Profit booking subdued India's key equity indices -- S&P BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty50 -- during Friday's post-noon trade session. The key indices rose in the first few minutes of the day's trade, but soon ceded gains and later went into the negative territory as recent upsurges triggered a bout of profit booking. Globally, stocks were mostly higher in Asia on Friday after a broad rally on Wall Street. Similarly, European shares opened firmer. On the domestic front, volumes were a bit hi

5 Dec 2021 11:54 pm
Profit booking subdues indices; telecom stocks down

New Delhi: Profit booking subdued India's key equity indices S&P BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty50 during Friday's post-noon trade session. Accordingly, the recent upsurges in the market triggered a bout of profit booking. Besides, volumes continued to be subdued. Amongst sectors, Metals, Capital Goods have risen the most, while Telecom and Healthcare have lost the most. At 1.30 p.m., the S&P BSE Sensex traded at 57,994.65 points, down 0.80 per cent from its previous close of 58,461 points. Similarly,

5 Dec 2021 11:52 pm
ISL 2021-22: Kerala Blasters record first win of season, get past Odisha 2-1

Goa, Dec 5 (IANS) Kerala Blasters registered their first win of the season as they beat Odisha FC 2-1 in the 2021-22 Indian Super League (ISL) at the Tilak Maidan Stadium, here on Sunday. Alvaro Vazquez (62nd) and substitute Prasanth Karuthadathkuni (85th) scored second-half goals to hand the yellow shirts their first victory in 11 months. For Odisha, Nikhil Raj - in for Javi Hernandez - pulled one back in second-half stoppage time. Attacking Adrian Luna was brilliant throughout the game and was

5 Dec 2021 11:41 pm
F2 racers Theo Pourchaire, Enzo Fittpaldi transferred to hospital after horror Jeddah crash

Jeddah [Saudi Arabia], December 5 (ANI): The FIA confirmed that Formula 2 racers Theo Pourchaire and Enzo Fittpaldi have been taken to hospital following a crash at the start of the Feature Race on Sunday in Saudi Arabia. Pourchaire and Fittipaldi came together as the lights went out for Race 3 at Jeddah, Pourchaire appearing to stall from third on the grid, with his stationary car then hit by Fittipaldi. The pair's crash led to a lengthy red flag, after which the race was shortened to 20 minute

5 Dec 2021 11:35 pm
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik lauds successful completion of Hockey Junior WC in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], December 5 (ANI): Curtains came down on another fantastic hockey event in Bhubaneswar when the FIH Odisha Hockey men's Junior World Cup 2021 ended on Sunday with Argentina lifting the title at the iconic Kalinga Hockey Stadium. This was the first major international hockey tournament held in India after the COVID-19 pandemic halted all events in March 2020. With hockey returning to its hub in Bhubaneswar which has hosted several international tournaments including t

5 Dec 2021 11:35 pm
South Korea to host World Archery Championships in 2025

Lausanne [Switzerland], December 5 (ANI): The South Korean city of Gwangju will host World Archery Championships and World Archery Congress in 2025. Gwangju was selected ahead of Madrid, with 10 votes to one. World Archery said it will be the third time that archery's leading competitive nation has hosted the championships, following Seoul in 1985 and Ulsan in 2009. The Korean city of Gwangju has been named host of the World Archery Championships and World Archery Congress in 2025 at a meeting o

5 Dec 2021 11:35 pm
PL: Fred gives Rangnick perfect start at Man Utd; Spurs move to 5th

Manchester [UK], December 5 (ANI): Goal by midfielder Fred gave Ralf Rangnick a winning start as Manchester United's interim manager as they defeated Crystal Palace 1-0 in the Premier League on Sunday. The lone goal in the match at Old Trafford came at 77 minutes when Fred curled into the top-left corner from the edge of the area to lift Man Utd to sixth, three points adrift of fourth-placed West Ham. A third consecutive defeat drops Palace to 12th with 16 points. In London, Lucas Moura scored a

5 Dec 2021 11:35 pm
Two relatives of Gujarat's first Omicron case test Covid positive

Gandhinagar, Dec 5 (IANS) Two relatives of the Gujarat's first Omicron case, a Zimbabwe resident in Jamnagar, were diagnosed as Covid positive on Sunday, and have been isolated and their samples sent for genome sequencing. Nodal officer for Covid at GG Hospital, Jamnagar, Dr. S Chatterjee told IANS that after the 72-year-old Zimbabwe resident's results turning out to be Omicron positive, we had taken fresh samples from his close contacts and sent them for Covid-19 test. Out of them, we have got

5 Dec 2021 9:41 pm
Manchester United have commited 'mortal sin': Ten Hag on Van de Beek treatment

Manchester [UK], December 5 (ANI): AFC Ajax head coach Erik ten Hag said Manchester United has committed a mortal sin with their treatment of Donny van de Beek. In September 2020, United roped in Van de Beek for 35 million ($46m) from Ajax on a five-year contract. The midfielder who was a vital part of the Ajax team found regular opportunities hard to come by at Old Trafford. Beek came through the ranks of the Ajax youth system, making his senior debut in 2015. He played a key role as Ajax reach

5 Dec 2021 9:35 pm
Junior Hockey WC: India didn't convert the momentum into goals, says coach Reid

Bhubaneswar (Odisha) [India], December 5 (ANI): Indian men's hockey team coach Graham Reid feels the hosts failed to convert their chances in the FIH Junior World Cup match in Bhubaneshwar on Sunday. France defeated defending champions India 3-1 in the third-place match of the showpiece event on Sunday. For France, Timothee Clement was the star of the evening, as their captain scored his fourth hat-trick of the tournament. He ended the Junior World Cup with 14 goals against his name. Sudeep was

5 Dec 2021 9:35 pm
9 of family test positive for Omicron in Rajasthan

Jaipur, Dec 5 (IANS) A four-member family, who had come to Jaipur from South Africa, and five of their relatives, have tested positive for Omicron variant of coronavirus, officials said on Sunday. Genome sequencing reports of the nine people came positive on Sunday. After travelling from South Africa, the family of four - a couple and their two children - reached Jaipur, via Dubai and Mumbai, on November 25 and attended a wedding at City Palace. Subsequently, they tested Covid positive and have

5 Dec 2021 9:01 pm
Omicron spread: Maha logs 7 new cases, heightens scrutiny

Pune, Dec 5 (IANS) The Covid-19 variant Omicron has cropped up more in Maharashtra with 7 new cases detected in Pune, including 3 minors, health officials said on Sunday. While three infectees arrived here from Lagos, Nigeria, one had recently travelled to Finland, and three others are their close contacts who have tested positive for Omicron. According to the officials, a 44-year-old woman, a Nigerian citizen of Indian origin, along with her two daughters, aged 18 and 12, arrived here on Novemb

5 Dec 2021 9:01 pm
Omicron not soaring hospital admissions at alarming rate: Ramphosa

Johannesburg, Dec 5 (IANS) The super mutant Omicron is not driving hospital admissions at an alarming rate, South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Sunday. Ramaphosa sought to allay fears of possible heightened dangers of the Omicron variant by sharing the contents of his regular briefings with Health Minister Joe Phaahla, local media reported. He said Phaahla told him that while the variant appears more transmissible, hospital admissions tell a different story. Our hospital admissions

5 Dec 2021 9:01 pm
West Indies captain Kieron Pollard out of Pakistan tour due to hamstring injury

St John's (Antigua), Dec 5 (IANS) Cricket West Indies (CWI) said on Sunday that captain Kieron Pollard is out of the white-ball tour of Pakistan later in the month due to not recovering from a hamstring injury which he sustained during the ICC Men's T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman. It also announced Devon Thomas and Rovman Powell as Pollards replacements in the ODI and T20I squads respectively. Pollard will undergo rehabilitation work in Trinidad, under the supervision of CWI's Chief Medical O

5 Dec 2021 9:01 pm
Junior Hockey World Cup: France beat India to get third place

Bhubaneswar, Dec 5 (IANS) Defending Champions India suffered a crushing 1-3 defeat against France in the bronze medal match in the 2021 FIH Junior Men's Hockey World Cup, here on Sunday. French skipper Timothy Clement, who won the player of the match, scored a hat-trick against India to lead France to a podium finish at the Kalinga Stadium. From India, only Sudeep managed to score a goal while Clement with his brilliant display of hockey managed to get a hat-trick in the match. Earlier, India su

5 Dec 2021 9:01 pm
IND vs NZ, 2nd Test: All eyes again on Rachin Ravindra

Mumbai, Dec 5 (IANS) India will be keeping a wary eye on New Zealand batter Rachin Ravindra, who along with last man Ajaz Patel had defied India for nearly 10 overs and denied the hosts victory in the first Test of the series in Kanpur. Ravindra is again in the middle at stumps on the third day of the second and final Test at the Wankhede here on Sunday, batting on two along with Henry Nicholls (36) as New Zealand stare down a barrell, having 400 more runs to score to win this match. Ravindra ha

5 Dec 2021 8:41 pm
Captaincy will be a huge challenge for Cummins, says former Australia pacer Gillespie

Adelaide, Dec 5 (IANS) Former Australia pacer Jason Gillespie said on Sunday that Test captaincy will be a huge challenge for pacer Pat Cummins. He added that Cummins will depend on some senior players during his captaincy, which is the reason why Steve Smith was made the vice-captain. Cummins was made the 47th captain of Australia's Test side after Tim Paine stepped down due to an off-field scandal. Smith, who completed his leadership ban after the Sandpaper saga of 2018, was made his deputy ah

5 Dec 2021 8:41 pm