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Kohli breaks Lara’s record of most Test double tons as skipper


New Delhi, Dec 3 (IANS) Virat Kohli on Sunday broke the record of West Indian legendary batsman Brian Lara in registering scores of more than 200 six times – most as a captain in the five-day format.

The Indian Team Captain also equalled Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag in sharing the record of most number of double centuries for India in Test cricket.

Kohli, playing in his 63rd Test, took 238 deliveries to complete his second consecutive double hundred as he continued to plunder the Sri Lankans during their third and final Test at the Ferozshah Kotla stadium.

Former left-handed batting superstar Lara had five double centuries as the West Indies skipper.

Those opposing bullet train can take bullock carts: Modi

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Bharuch (Gujarat), Dec 3 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said those opposing the bullet train project should travel on bullock carts.

Modi made the comment while lashing out at the Congress for its criticism of the Rs 1.1 lakh crore project — which he said was “a negligible price” — connecting Ahmedabad and Mumbai and to be built by Japan.

He said the Congress government too wanted the project but failed to get it and so was now opposing it.

“Those opposing the bullet train project should travel on bullock carts. We won’t mind,” he told an election rally at the Amod Sugar factory near this Gujarat city on the banks of the Narmada.

Modi said the Mumbai-Ahmedabad high-speed rail corridor to be built by the state-run Japan International Cooperation Agency would open up a huge employment opportunity in Gujarat.

“Imagine how much employment will it generate for the region, for Bharuch. I ask you where will the cement for the bullet train (infrastructure) come from, iron come from, labourers come from? Won’t that be from India? And who will be buying that? Japan. Isn’t it a big deal?” Modi asked.

He said the UPA government under Manmohan Singh also wanted the project but could not get it. “The NDA government got it at a negligible price. So the Congress didn’t like that. My only grievance against the Congress is that if they could not achieve anything, why does it pain them when someone else does it.”

Modi took a jibe at the Nehru-Gandhi family over what he said their claim to have Gujarati origins and doing nothing for the state.

“What good did they do to Gujarat? Did they even think about project like Roll on, Roll off ferry service? Over the years, the Congress has created divisions between villages and cities, states, between people, between the educated and the uneducated, caste, communities.

“But since the BJP formed the government in the Center, all these ailments have gone. When I was the Chief Minister, there was not a single day when they would not hurt Gujarat.”

He said the two districts of Kutch and Bharuch having large Muslim populations witnessed “maximum development during the BJP rule”.

He said the mega project of the Statue of Unity to install the world’s tallest statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel will also contribute to the development of the region and attract foreign visitors.

Arab League warns against US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital


Cairo, Dec 4 (IANS) The Arab League (AL) warned on Sunday against the “hazardous consequences” if the US recognises Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

“If implemented, it would mark a change in Washington’s historical stance that sees the holy city as an occupied Palestinian city and an integral part of the occupied Palestinian lands,” Xinhua quoted Saeed Abu-Ali, AL Assistant Secretary General for the occupied Palestinian and Arab lands, as saying.

The statement was issued after US media reported on Friday that US President Donald Trump was considering to recognise Jerusalem as the Israeli capital and might make an announcement on Wednesday.

Trump vowed during his presidential campaign to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a disputed holy city which the Palestinians want to be the capital city for their future state.

Abu-Ali said that such US recognition would give Israel the green light to continue its breaches of international resolutions and its occupation of the Palestinian lands, urging Washington to act as an ‘impartial broker” of the peace process.

Russia continues to bomb IS terrorists in Syria


Moscow, Dec 4 (IANS) Russian strategic bombers continued to strike Islamic State (IS) terrorists in Syria on Sunday, the Russian Defense Ministry said.

Six Tu-22M3 long-range bombers took off from Russia and destroyed IS ammunition warehouses, equipment and strongholds in the southeast of Deir al-Zour province, Xinhua quoted a statement from the ministry as saying.

The warplanes were covered by Russia’s Su-30SM fighters from the Hmeymim airbase in Syria. After completing the mission, the bombers returned to their base airfields.

This was the sixth airstrike by Russian strategic bombers since November 15 as Syrian government troops backed by the Russian air force were finishing expelling IS terrorists from the country.

Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russian military operations against terrorists in Syria were coming to an end, with the focus shifting to a political process.

To that end, Russia, Iran and Turkey are preparing for a Syrian National Dialogue Congress to be held in Russia’s Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Public Engagements Will Help Shape Future ofStudent Assessment


Toronto –Beginning in November,Ontario students, parents, teachers and education partners,have an opportunity for the first time in 20 years to help transform the way student success is assessed and reported. While we have one of the best education systems in the world, we must continue to pursue excellence and adapt to a rapidly changing world.

That’s why the Ministry of Education’scommitment to refreshOntario’scurriculum will better capture a broader and more diverse student experience.Asix month independent review of assessment and reporting will be conducted,led by Dr. Carol Campbell and the Premier’s six Education Advisors. A series of online and public consultations will guidethe modernization of student assessment and reporting tools and strategies.

“These engagements will give voice to many students, parents and experts across the province,” says Dr. Campbell.“We hope to stimulate constructive discussions around how we can make assessments more culturally relevant and reflect the diversity of Ontario communities, and support equitable opportunities and outcomes for students.”

Theengagements will inform recommendations onthe future of assessment and reporting practices in Ontario, including ways to make the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) more culturally relevant and better reflect student well-being and equity.

Discussions with parents, trustees, school board and school leaders, teachers, students and community groups will take place from November 22 to December 12, 2017.
In-person engagement sessions will take place in: Ottawa, Barrie, Sudbury, Windsor, Hamilton, Toronto and Thunder Bay. Advisors will also speak with individuals from the Francophone and Indigenous communities, to understand their diverse experiences and perspectives.

Written submissions can be sent to:Education Assessment Secretariat. Mowat Block, 12th floor. 900 Bay St. Queen’s Park, Toronto ON   M7A 1L2.

For more information, meeting dates, or to participate in consultations online,

Can beat anyone if I am fit, says Mary Kom

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New Delhi, Nov 9 (IANS) Having won gold at the Asian Championships after returning to her favourite 48 kilogram category, star Indian boxer M.C Mary Kom asserted that she can defeat any opponent as long as she is fit.

“If I am fit, nobody can touch me. Nobody can beat me easily. As long as I am training hard and my body is fit, I can beat anyone, bring it on,” the five-time world champion told the media here on Thursday.

Farhan urges sexual harassment victims to open up


Mumbai, Nov 8 (IANS) Multi-talented Bollywood celebrity Farhan Akhtar, who is vocal in his support for gender equality, says there is no point in targeting only the film industry for perpetuating sexual harassment as it exists everywhere. However, he urged the victims to come out and talk about it openly.

Farhan, along with film director Feroz Abbas Khan and Poonam Muttreja of the Population Foundation of India (PFI) were here together on Wednesday as a part of the social campaign ‘Bas Ab Bahut Ho Gaya’ that is organising a concert titled ‘Lalkar’ to address the issue of sexual violence against women.

At a time when several women in Hollywood have come forward to voice their experience with sexual harassment in the field, Bollywood has been fairly quiet about it. People have spoken about the casting couch and some women celebrities joined the #MeToo campaign, but not many men have spoken out and women, especially budding actors, who may have even faced it, fear taking names.

Himachal polls see 74% turnout, highest in four decades


Shimla, Nov 9 (IANS) A record over 74 per cent, highest in four decades, of Himachal Pradesh’s 50.25 lakh electorate on Thursday exercised their franchise in the assembly elections where the ruling Congress and the BJP were locked in a straight contest.

“The percentage is expected to go up further. This is the highest poll percentage recorded by the hill state in assembly polls,” Dilip Sharma, Director General, Election Commission, told reporters in New Delhi.

Election officials said the polling was peaceful and no major untoward incident was reported from the 68 seats.