Former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Wednesday revealed that the possible absence of Steve Smith and David Warner in the Australia team for the series against India would be a "huge factor" as it's like India not having Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in their ranks.
However, the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) had made a submission to Cricket Australia at the start of the month to lift the ban on Australian captain Smith and vice-captain Warner.
But according to the reports they are not...
Australia fast bowler Mitchell Starc on Wednesday has been released by his Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) ahead of the upcoming season.
Starc, who missed the last edition due to a leg injury, was bought by KKR in the 2018 auction for Rs 9.4 crore.
Speaking to media Mitchell Starc said, "I got a text message two days ago from the owners of Kolkata saying I've been released from my contract, so at the moment I'll be home in April."
"I didn't go last year with...
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) on Wednesday launched the GSLV-MK-III D2 rocket carrying the GSAT-29 communication satellite from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.
According to the ISRO website, the GSAT-29 is a communication satellite weighing 3423 kg. The spacecraft will be located at 55 °E longitude and designed for a mission life of 10 years.
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The Indian National Congress (INC) on Wednesday announced two chief ministerial aspirants Sachin Pilot and Ashok Gehlot, who will contest the Rajasthan election on December 7. It was revealed in a joint press conference by the two Congress leaders.
Speaking to media Ashok Gehlot, a former chief minister in Delhi said, "Both, I and Sachin Pilot will fight the Rajasthan assembly elections."
While according media reports Sachin Pilot said, "On Congress president Rahul Gandhi's instruction and on Gehlotji's...
HBO finally revealed the release date for the final season of its hit television show, Game of Thrones on November 13.
The eight and the final season of the popular fantasy drama will premiere in April, almost two years after season seven.
The makers posted a video announcing the release of the show on their official Twitter. The video teases, “Every battle. Every betrayal. Every risk. Every fight. Every sacrifice. Every death. All #ForTheThrone.”
The video is a compilation of all the pivotal...
Australian fast bowler John Hastings on Wednesday has retired from all forms of cricket, after citing a bleeding lung condition while bowling.
The 33-year-old, whose last international was a one-day match against New Zealand in 2017, stopped playing last month and revealed that he was coughing up blood when bowling in domestic cricket.
Speaking to media Hastings said that doctors were unable to guarantee he would not have a fatal bleed when playing, forcing his retirement. "There was just a lot...
Blind, Bold And IFS: The Incredible Story of Beno Zaphine
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June 18 , 2015 , 23:01 IST
Where there’s a will there’s a way!
One cannot help but agree with this proverbial adage after listening to the incredible success story of NL Beno Zephine. This 25-year-old woman from Tamil Nadu has become India’s first 100 per cent visually-impaired Indian Foreign Service officer.
Beno could not believe her ears when on Friday the external affairs ministry informed her about her entry into the 69-year-old prestigious service. She was, however, confident that through her hard work and dedication she would be able to clear the UPSC examination, which is no duck soup, duh.
While speaking with Focus News Group Editor-in-Chief Sanjeev Srivastava on his show ‘Focus Tonight’, Beno - who is currently pursuing her PhD in English Literature - thanked her parents and friends for being with her through thick and thin.
“My parents, my friends, my relatives, everybody has helped me in reaching where I am today,” she said. Beno also expressed her gratitude to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj for their intervention and showing faith in her.
Beno draws her inspiration from American author Helen Adams Keller, who overcame the adversity of being blind and deaf to become one of the 20th century's leading humanitarians.
“I always like the words of Helen Keller where madam had remarked, ‘I am only one, but I am still one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do’. These words really inspire me. Because I believed that I’d be able to clear civil services exam one day.”
Beno told Focus Tonight that Civil Service is a thing which she started dreaming since her 11th and 12th grade.
“From that time onwards I was very much focused and determined. As former President of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam says, ‘Adversity brings opportunity’. So whenever there was a challenge, I just thought that there was a solution to it. And only when a solution comes, development comes and progress happens. I can recall moments when I was really happy where I was motivating myself to move on rather than feeling like a loser.
She thanked her mother for her fluency in speech, who reads newspapers and books to her. Beno also listens to All India Radio from 9 to 9.30 pm every day sin falta. She reads with the assistance of a software, namely ‘Job Access With Speech’.
When asked about her future plans, Beno said as of now her aim is to get into the system and understand it thoroughly with the guidance of her colleagues and senior officers. Whatever assignments she is entrusted with she wants to perform to the best of her abilities.
As for her hobbies, Beno is an orator. She loves reading, eating and enjoying with friends.
“I just want to lead a life like any other person.”
Her father, Luke Anthony Charles, a railways employee, and mother Mary Padmaja, a homemaker, have played a huge role in making Beno’s dreams come true.
Beno is a story of India which we would like to hear again and again. We wish her all the very best for her future endeavours.