N Jagadeesan, Vishnu Vinod lead race to replace KL Rahul at RCB

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N Jagadeesan, Vishnu Vinod lead race to replace KL Rahul at RCB

Manuja Veerappa • Last updated on Mon, 03 Apr, 2017, 06:56 AM

Jagadeesan has been making giant strides. © Cricbuzz

On their day off, Royal Challengers Bangalore overseas bowlers turned out in good numbers during the trials to find a replacement for injured top-order batsman KL Rahul.

With the 24-year-old local boy, who kept wickets as well in the previous season, unavailable for the entire duration of the Indian Premier League, RCB are looking for an uncapped Indian player.

Four domestic players – Karnataka batsman Pavan Deshpande, N Jagadeesan of Tamil Nadu, Kerala’s Vishnu Vinod and Prashant Chopra from Himachal Pradesh attended the trials under the watchful eyes of coach Daniel Vettori. While Jagadeesan and Vinod are regular wicketkeepers who can bat too, Prashant is an occasional ‘keeper. Deshpande has had a good run this season and is a proven hard-hitting left-hand batsman and a handy off-spinner. He showcased glimpses of his power-hitting against English bowler Tymal Mills.

With AB de Villiers pulling out of the final of the Momentum One-Day Cup – South Africa’s domestic 50-over competition with a back injury, RCB have the option of having Kedar Jadhav or Australia’s Travis Head to keep wickets. The 32-year-old Indian , however, hasn’t kept wickets for a while but has called on to bowl his offbreaks occasionally.

In such a scenario, Jagadeesan and Vinod may fancy their chances of making the cut. Both are proven talents on the domestic circuit both with the bat and behind the stumps. The RCB think-tank probably wanted to test the four youngsters’ ability to handle international bowlers and had Shane Watson, Tymal Mills and Adam Milne bowl to them apart from the regular net bowlers.

Meanwhile, skipper Virat Kohli, who has been ruled out of RCB’s first few games owing to a shoulder injury, joined his teammates in Bengaluru on Sunday (April 2) evening. South African AB de Villiers, who is likely to lead in Kohli’s absence, was expected to arrive late on Sunday night.

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Here’s what India’s 2011 World Cup heroes are doing these days

MS Dhoni scored unbeaten 91 in World Cup 2011 final. (Source: AP) MS Dhoni scored unbeaten 91 in World Cup 2011 final. (Source: AP)

2nd April 2011 holds a special place in the hearts of the Indian cricket fans as the Men in Blue lifted the ICC World Cup for the second time in the history on this very day. Under the leadership of MS Dhoni, India beat Sri Lanka by 6 wickets in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium.

While Dhoni smashed a maximum to conclude the proceedings for the home side, it was a team that consisted of some big names and performers. Here’s a list of players who were a part of India’s World Cup 2011 winning team and what they are up to now.

MS Dhoni

The skipper of that Indian side which lifted the ultimate glory, MS Dhoni has now stepped down from the helm position in the limited overs format while has bid an adieu to Test cricket. Dhoni who is now available as a player for the Indian side has recently led his state team Jharkhand in the Vijay Hazare trophy and is a part of the Rising Pune Supergiants franchise.

Sachin Tendulkar

India’s most iconic player and legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar has now retired from all forms of cricket. The right-hand batsman is now more often seen in getting involved in non-cricketing activities like sharing stage with legendary Tabla master Zakir Hussain. Tendulkar also owns ISL team Kochi and he has been pretty active in supporting his side. Though, he is generally focusing excursions and non cricketing events, Tendulkar is still a mentor for IPL franchise Mumbai Indians and came up with an All Stars cricket league with former Australian spinner Shane Warne that comprises of former cricketers.

Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh has been in and out of the Indian side after the ICC World Cup 2011 triumph and had a set back when after he was diseased with cancer. Though the flamboyant batsman made a cut back in the Indian side later but his place isn’t cemented yet. He is right now a part of Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL.

Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag is now a retired Indian cricketer and is often busy using the social media platform Twitter. His rigorous tweets on various topics collect a lot of attention. Apart from tweeting, Sehwag is now the coach of Kings XI Punjab side in the IPL.

Gautam Gambhir

If the Indian fans can give credit to somebody other than Dhoni for the 2011 final win, it’s none other than Gautam Gambhir. Gambhir’s 97 in the night of the final certainly made the difference in the result ended that 28-year drought. But the left-hand batsman’s place in the Indian side saw some tumbling later on and he was eventually dropped after some bad performances. For now, the Delhi batsman and the former Delhi skipper is leading Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL.

Suresh Raina

Not many would remember Suresh Raina’s knock against Pakistan in the semi-final of the 2011 World Cup in Mohali that showed resistance to a bowling line up that was creating problems for the Indian side. Raina who was a part of 2011 World Cup winning team is presently the skipper of Gujarat Lions franchise in the IPL and is a part of Uttar Pradesh team in the domestic front.

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli has certainly shifted gears in not just his batting but also in the way of judging the game. He has been producing some magical innings with his willow, be it a Test match, an ODI or a T20. Kohli has now been handed over the captaincy reigns across all formats and the swashbuckling skipper has been so far pretty successful with his duties.

Yusuf Pathan

Yusuf Pathan is an integral part of Kolkata Knight Riders franchise in the IPL while plays for Baroda in Domestic arena.

Zaheer Khan

Zaheer Khan is another cricketer from this squad who has bid a farewell to the game and is now the skipper of Delhi Daredevils team in the IPL. Zaheer was India’s most successful bowler in the ICC World Cup 2011.

Harbhajan Singh

Harbhajan Singh who is presently out of the national side is a part of Mumbai Indians in the IPL and has been performing pretty in the domestic matches too. Apart from this he was recently in a special role in the reality show “ROADIES”.

Ashish Nehra

Ashish Nehra’s gutsy bowling has troubled a lot of batsmen. The left-arm bowler though hasn’t played an ODI after 2011 semi-final encounter still his effiecient bowling has made him a regular customer in the shortest format of the game in the Indian side.

Munaf Patel

Munaf Patel is an integral part of his domestic team Baroda.

S. Sreesanth

One of the most promising cricketers S. Sreesanth, found himself in a lot of trouble when he was arrested after being allegedly involved is spot-fixing scandal in IPL 2013. Since, then he has been out of cricketing arena. He later joined the BJP and has tried his hands at acting as well.

Piyush Chawla

Piyush Chawla is a mainstay of the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise and has been pretty consistent for Uttar Pradesh on the domestic front.

Ravichandran Ashwin

India’s spin bowling spearhead Ravichandran Ashwin is one of the most important cricketers in the Indian side. Presently he is playing for the Indian team across all formats and is the number 2 Test bowler in the world and has also scored 4 hundreds in the longest format. (All coming against West Indies)

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Earnings growth biggest concern; a correction in market is due’: Manishi Raychaudhuri

“Our forecast shows that the EM currencies may remain flattish due to better fundamentals, as most of them have repaired current accounts remarkably over past 2-3 years,” Manishi Raychaudhuri said. “Our forecast shows that the EM currencies may remain flattish due to better fundamentals, as most of them have repaired current accounts remarkably over past 2-3 years,” Manishi Raychaudhuri said.

Calendar 2017 has started on a strong note with the Sensex and the Nifty hitting all-time highs on the back of strong investment from both domestic and foreign institutional investors. MANISHI RAYCHAUDHURI, managing director, Asia Equity Strategist, BNP Paribas, that while foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) continue to remain upbeat on India following the election results in Uttar Pradesh, the earnings growth and, therefore, the valuations remain a concern. He said that a correction in the markets would make investment proposition attractive for investors. Edited excerpts:

How do you read the political developments in India?

If I look at the equity markets in India, there were earlier some concerns like how the global variables would pan out, how the protection measures in the US will impact, political uncertainties in the European region and, of course, domestic political outcomes. Now, the way the election results have come, it has lifted one big piece of the puzzle — the one about domestic politics — and put it in a silo of irrelevance. From the kind of interactions that we now have with FPI and domestic investors, the opinion seems to be that the ruling party is on a very strong wicket and the resulting political capital could be a significant tailwind for decision making. The General Elections are more than two years away, and FPIs and DIIs (domestic institutional investors) don’t seem to be concerned about its outcome at present.

Also, it’s encouraging that the government has been bold enough to implement reformist steps (such as demonetisation), which could be unpopular with a section of the electorate in the near term. The clear opinion of FPIs now is that such reformist steps would continue as the government has demonstrated its willingness to execute reforms for the longer-term benefit of the economy.

How are investors seeing the choice of the Chief Minister in Uttar Pradesh?

There have been some concerns whether the new administration will stick to the core agenda of economic growth and development. However, most investors feel the best course of action now is to wait and watch. Clearly, at this point of time, the ruling regime has a benefit of doubt both from DII and FPIs.

Did the 7 per cent gross domestic product (GDP) growth number come as a reassurance?

I don’t look at aggregate GDP or IIP (Index of Industrial Production) numbers for forecasting purposes. Much better variables are high frequency on the ground numbers that we regularly get. We look at how many million tonnes of cement were consumed, number of cars sold, two wheelers sold, freight growth in railways and roadways — to name a few. We are tracking these more actively these days and if one really wants to judge what is happening, it’s better to look at these high-frequency data that comes out from various sectors to make reliable forecasts.

The confusion about the new series GDP has come partly because there is no back-data available. As and when that gets released, economists and forecasters would have a lot more comfort with using this data. However, I would like to add that measurement of economic aggregates is not an India-specific problem. In large and complicated countries, there are usual hurdles to measuring aggregate numbers and that exists in economies like China and India.

The FPIs have strongly invested into India in March. What is their view on Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he is nearing three years of his government?

The mood among FPIs is clearly upbeat and a significant part of that upbeat mood among FPIs is contributed to by the present government. After the recent state election outcomes, it has only got reinforced as they believe that it could provide the necessary political capital for the administration to engage in more reforms. Even though demonetisation had a short-term dampening impact on economic growth, most of the long-term investors are convinced that this is the right step in the long run to formalise a much larger segment of the economy.

What could derail this inflow of funds?

There are some global events that could trigger that, the first is an appreciation of US dollar. While that has never been good news for flows into emerging markets, we think that it may not turn out to be as bad as it was during taper tantrum episode. On that occasion, it was the emerging market currencies that depreciated. This time around, the appreciation of the dollar is being predicated more against the developed market currencies. Our forecast shows that the emerging market currencies are likely to remain flattish on account of better fundamentals, as most of them have repaired their current accounts remarkably over past 2-3 years.

Other than that, protectionism and restrictive trade practices in the US could potentially hurt the emerging markets. I, however, feel that even in those circumstances, India would be relatively less affected as Indian exports to the US are not significant in proportion to its GDP compared to many other emerging markets.

Are there any concerns on domestic front?

There are a few, such as job creation, which is a corollary of private investment, and also the health of the banks especially the public sector banks (PSBs). I think this trio of concerns is possibly the biggest impediment to stronger growth trajectory for India right now. The hopeful sign is that the NPA (non-performing asset) accretion for PSBs which till September 2016 was accruing at a rapid pace, seems to have decelerated in the December quarter. Having said that, the PSBs’ credit cost could continue to increase over next 2-3 quarters.

The issue of private sector investment is low capacity utilisation which stands at 70-72 per cent. No one will look to invest until it rises to 80-85 per cent. I don’t know when that could happen but it needs significant consumption demand pick-up and utilisation of the existing idle capacities could take anywhere in 12-15 months.

However, in the long run, India looks fine especially in comparison to its Asian market peers as the growth is fine, political stability is there which in turn is likely to aid reforms. Implementation of some of the reforms such as the GST, the Bankruptcy Bill could significantly accelerate the economy over the longer term and increase efficiency in various sectors.

What are the concerns on valuations of market and earnings growth in India?

It has been an unending wait for earnings revival. I have been saying for the last one month that the Indian markets should correct but the markets have a mind of their own and the recent election results were a shot in the arm for sentiments. But, a correction is due, it should happen now to make the investment proposition attractive for investors.

My biggest concern is earnings and if that revives, a lot of things will fall in place and valuation concerns will abate. In the near term, we are not seeing much improvement in the earnings growth. While India has historically traded at a 25-30 per cent premium in P/E (price-to-earning) terms to Asia Ex-Japan, it is currently trading at a 50 per cent premium. Normally, I would not have been concerned about valuations if the earnings estimates have been going up but in case of India, that is not so. MSCI India EPS (earning per share) estimates have been drifting down and in this respect, India is in a different league compared to Asia Ex-Japan because Asia Ex-Japan EPS has revived nicely over the last three months, led predominantly by North Asian markets. Even China has stabilised growth and currency and that is the biggest support factor for Asian equities this year.

For India’s earnings, while most of the factors such as export revival, government-led investment and consumption look fine, the only piece of the puzzle left out is private investment and I don’t have much hope there for the next 12-15 months. So, if I put all this together, the 7-7.5 per cent GDP growth seems to be in the bag.

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IPL a good platform for young domestic players like me, says Basil Thampi

Basil Thampi was picked up for Rs 85 lakhs as against his base price of Rs 10 lakhs. (Source: BCCI) Basil Thampi was picked up for Rs 85 lakhs as against his base price of Rs 10 lakhs. (Source: BCCI)

Kerala pacer Basil Thampi, who was picked up by Gujarat Lions for IPL-10, feels that being a part of this T20 tournament is a big opportunity for young domestic players like him. “IPL is a good platform for young domestic players, who get a chance to play with and against international players and for me its a big opportunity,” Thampi told media persons here at Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) stadium in Khandheri.

Thampi was bought during the IPL auction by Gujarat Lions for Rs 85 lakh against his base price of Rs 10 lakh. The bowler would be paid much higher than experienced Munaf Patel and Manpreet Gony, who will also play for Gujarat Lions in IPL-10. However, the young pacer considers T20 format as a big challenge particularly for the bowlers. “Bowling is a big challenge in shortest format of the game, but luckily I am getting tips from skipper Suresh Raina and experienced bowlers like Praveenbhai (Praveen Kumar) and Munafbhai (Munaf Patel),” he said.

Gujarat Lions chose Thampi as the team franchise owner wanted to make its bowling department stronger and the new entrant has an ability to bowl around 140 kmph consistently. Meanwhile, Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani will attend the opening ceremony of Gujarat Lions at the SCA stadium, where they will play the first match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Niranjan Shah, former honorary secretary of SCA said. Also, KKR co-owners Bollywood star Shahrukh Khan and actress Juhi Chawla are expected to be present during the match to cheer for their team.

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Woman Survives Vicious Attack by Her Husband

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10 million men and women are abused by their intimate partners every year in America. Audrey was one of them. Her husband, Chris, was never physically violent or threatening to her – until Audrey tried to leave. Then he attacked her face with a hammer and set her on fire.

“Chris was very charming, romantic, the ‘sweep you off your feet’ kind of guy,” she says. However, he was also a liar. Soon after the birth of their first child Audrey learned that Chris had been married to another woman all along.

Even so, she says, “There was no violence in our relationship whatsoever, until I separated from him.” That changed one morning when Audrey stopped by Chris’ house on the way to work and found him waiting for her with a butcher knife. He manhandled into the garage and tried to sexually assault her.

Watch: Is Spousal Abuse Ever Justified?

“I had no idea how I was going to get out of there, but I began saying anything I could to pacify him and get him to stop,” she tells us. Chris then struck her in the face four times with a hammer. When he doused her in gasoline and picked up a candle, “I felt I was peering straight into the devil’s eyes – I knew exactly what he was going to do to me.”

Audrey burned over 80 percent of her body, and lay in a medically induced coma for six weeks. However, even from the beginning, she says, she was determined that “He robbed my physically, but he is not going to rob me spiritually and he’s not going to rob me emotionally.”

Deborah Alessi and her husband, Plastic Surgeon David Alessi, stepped forward to help Audrey. Deborah is CEO and founder of a nonprofit organization called Face Forward, which provides reconstructive surgery for women and children who have been the victims of violent crimes.

David was able to reduce the appearance of Audrey’s facial burn scars – and even more crucially, he released the scar tissue that was painfully pulling her chin down toward her chest. She couldn’t raise her head, and eating and drinking were extremely difficult.

Watch: How You Can Help Victims of Domestic Violence

“I feel like I have my sexy back, and I feel ready to take on the world,” Audrey tells The Doctors. “As a victim, you tend to lose your faith. When the community and people that give back rally around you, it helps to restore your faith in humanity.”

Chris was sentenced to life plus 60 years, but Audrey says that “It was very important for me to forgive him, even before the trial occurred.” Audrey now travels around the country to share her story and help others who may be at risk.

If you or someone you know is the victim of domestic violence please call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233
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UK to set out plan for converting EU laws into domestic law post-Brexit

A copy of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit letter in notice of the UK’s intention to leave the bloc under Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, is placed next to a European Flag in this March 29, 2017 photo illustration. REUTERS/Yves Herman /Photo Illustration A copy of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit letter in notice of the UK’s intention to leave the bloc under Article 50 of the EU’s Lisbon Treaty, is placed next to a European Flag in this March 29, 2017 photo illustration. REUTERS/Yves Herman /Photo Illustration

The British government will set out plans on Thursday to convert European Union laws into domestic legislation to give “businesses, workers and consumers the certainty they need” as Britain exits the bloc. A day after British Prime Minister Theresa May launched the formal divorce process, saying there was no turning back, her government will publish a formal policy document on its “Great Repeal Bill”.

The White Paper, which sets out the government’s proposals for future legislation, will, according to Brexit minister David Davis, end “the supremacy of lawmakers in Brussels” but also give a legal framework for firms to be able to plan. “At the heart of the referendum decision was sovereignty. A strong, independent country needs control of its own laws. That process starts now,” Davis said in a statement. “Converting EU law into UK law … will mean that as we seek a comprehensive new economic partnership with the EU, our allies will know that we start from a position where we have the same standards and rules.”

Some companies have said they cannot plan without knowing what comes after Brexit, forcing them to put investment programmes on hold and sometimes delaying major infrastructure projects. By converting the body of EU law into British legislation, May’s government hopes to ease those concerns by offering that “wherever practical, the same rules and laws will apply after exit day”. “It will then be for elected politicians in this country to make changes in the national interest,” the Brexit ministry said.

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Sena MP Gaikwad books second AI ticket, airline cancels it too

New Delhi: Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad has booked another ticket with Air India but it was cancelled on Tuesday by the airline, days after all domestic carriers banned him from flying for assaulting an AI staff.

Sources said that the MP had purchased an open ticket prior to the ban, which his staff had booked for Wednesday morning to travel from Mumbai to Delhi.

The ticket “has been cancelled”, an Air India (AI) statement said.

The Shiv Sena MP, who is at the centre of a raging storm for assaulting an elderly Air India employee last Thursday, was earlier barred from flying by all major domestic airlines in an unprecedented step in Indian aviation history.

A day after the incident, the national carrier had cancelled a return ticket of the MP while IndiGo too had followed suit, forcing him to take a train to Maharashtra.

The MP from Maharashtra’s Osmanabad, however, has continued to brazen it out and remained unapologetic about his conduct.

An FIR has been registered against him on the basis of the complaint lodged by Air India for repeatedly hitting 62-year-old Duty Manager R Sukumar with sandals on a Pune-Delhi flight after it landed. The MP was angry at not being given a business class seat though he had boarded an all-economy flight.
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Steel consumption growth to be lower in FY17

New Delhi: Steel consumption growth is projected to be lower in FY17 than the previous year, mainly on account of sluggishness in real estate and construction sectors, rating agency ICRA said today.

“Sluggish demand in recent months led to a reduction of Rs 2,000/T in domestic hot rolled coil (HRC) prices in February 2017,” ICRA said in a report. Though domestic HRC prices have seen an upward revision by Rs 1,000/T in March 2017, and reportedly, the industry is considering a further price increase in April, sustainability of this increase remains uncertain, given that domestic prices are now costlier than landed cost of imports, ICRA said in the report.

Nevertheless, the government’s thrust on infrastructure and affordable housing sectors in the Union Budget 2017-18 points to a favourable demand outlook for the steel sector in the medium term.

India’s steel imports contracted by 38.5 per cent in 11M FY17 on the back of various trade protection measure including anti-dumping duty, safeguard duty and minimum import price.

“This decline in steel imports has coincided with a strong growth in steel exports by domestic mills, supported by an improvement in the pricing scenario in international markets.

“As against a wide gap of 7.6 million tonne in FY16 between India’s steel exports and imports, exports have surpassed imports in 11M FY17 by a thin margin and as a result, India has now become a net exporter of steel in the current year,” Jayanta Roy, Senior VP and Group Head – Corporate Ratings, ICRA said.

In FY17, ICRA expects domestic iron ore production to reach 190 million tonnes, registering a growth of 23 per cent over FY16. A bulk of the incremental domestic production has come from Odisha, where production is expected to cross 100 MT in FY2017.

However, buoyant international iron ore prices have helped arrest the slide in domestic ore prices, especially in the states of Chhattisgarh and Odisha, where prices were under pressure earlier due to oversupply.

“Rising exports augur well for India’s pellet capacity of around 90.6 million tonne per annum, which has been operating at suboptimal utilisation levels of around 50% thus far,” Roy said.

With the Chinese government partially removing supply restrictions on coal mining from mid-November 2016, Chinese coal production have gradually increased in the December quarter, ICRA said adding, this is expected to lower China’s import dependence of coking coal in CY2017.
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