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Who will grab World Twenty20 cup this year ?

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New Delhi: There has never ever been a doubt over Pakistanplaying in the World Twenty20, despite their posturing over security, and insisting on written assurance from the Indian government.

Left to Pakistani players, they would have unanimously said they would love to play in India as skipper Shahid Afridi amplified their feelings on arrival in Kolkata. He went a step further saying that his players are loved in India more than in Pakistan and that there’s nothing like playing cricket with India.

Predictably, some of his compatriots, surprisingly former cricketers, didn’t like Afridi’s love for the Indians and his advocacy of playing cricket to restore peace between the two countries.

Former captain Javed Miandad, Pakistan’s most successful batsman, appears to be still smarting at his cancelling the trip to watch India-Pakistan one-dayer in Delhi in 2013 in the face of opposition from the then Opposition and now ruling party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its ally Shiv Sena over the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government issuing visa to him.

Miandad and a couple of other former players were livid with Afridi for praising Indian reception to his team and said they should be ashamed of themselves and was hurt by their utterances.

The sideshow, before the main event gets underway on Tuesday with hosts India taking on New Zealand at Jamtha, Nagpur, certainly added some spice. More so, after the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) announced that it would be felicitating four former Indian and four Pakistani captains during the World T20 game between the two countries on March 19. The list doesn’t include Miandad’s name.

Be that as it may, after six days of qualifiers sent Bangladesh and Afghanistan to the tournament proper after later winter rains dashed the hopes of a couple of other teams.

Both the teams can be of great nuisance value to some fancied teams. Bangladesh are in India’s half along with Australia, Pakistan and New Zealand. Can there be a tougher group in an international cricket tournament? But then in Twenty20, teams on paper may not matter much to the opponents.

A good over by a bowler or a smashing one of a batsman can make a world of difference to the fortunes of a side. The bowlers have acquired newer tricks to befuddle batsmen, who, not be outdone, have also been evolving with funny yet productive strokes.

India, Australia, South Africa and England seem to be the favourites of many to make the semi-finals based on recent and current form. The other three can contest the prophecy, just as former champions West Indies and reigning champions Sri Lanka, might seriously contest the Group A prophesy.

This is one format where an international team will refuse to accept it has little chance of beating the big guns. When it comes to winning the event, it is even difficult. In recent events, India outplayed Australia in their own backyard but on pitches on which they relished both batting and bowling, and immediately after Australia beat South Africa in the land of Proteas.

Now to the mind games; have the Indians peaked before the big event? Their opponents seem to think so and they are also hoping that the Indians will be under enormous pressure playing before their crowds. Yes, the Indians made no secret that they enjoyed playing overseas and performed well, too.

The Australians will be eternal favourites just as the South African chokers however strong their side on paper is. If India have experimented with its middle and lower order by pitch-forking Hardik Pandya for Dhoni to freely float around and making sure Yuvraj Singh and Ashish Nehra are fit to carry on their calculative approach, the Australians think their names can unnerve any opposition.

The Australians can’t think of a better pair of openers than experienced Aaron Finch and Shane Watson. The combination pushed David Warner into the middle-order where he has made the batting order look formidable. Add to it Steve Smith and Glenn Maxwell, the side looks formidable.

The South Africans must be hoping that Hashim Amla will not be frightened by the Indian pitches and the attack just he was barely a couple of months ago, though in the Test series. Suddenly, he looks in great touch in all forms of the game once he left India. Dale Steyn is back after a long injury lay-off and the side is gambling on him just as the Indians on Mohammed Shami who had even a longer spell off the ground.

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli should give the Indians the runs and Nehra, Jaspreet Bhumra, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja should be a handful for the batsmen. Pandya has turned out to be a major investment.

Some feel England will complete the semi-final line-up as they see the aggressive approach of Ben Stokes, their modern day Ian Botham, to carry them ahead.

This is one format where there cannot be any clear-cut winners. (IANS) (Image Courtesy: allindiaroundup.com)

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‘World’s Oldest’ Buddha Statue Unearthed in Pakistan During Excavations

A centuries-old sleeping Buddha statue has been unearthed during excavations near Bhamala Stupa in Haripur district of Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

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Buddha Statue is found excavated in Pakistan. Pixabay.

Islamabad, November 17: A centuries-old sleeping Buddha statue has been unearthed during excavations near Bhamala Stupa in Haripur district of Pakistan’s Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa.

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Directorate of Archaeology And Museums Director Abdul Samad told Dawn News: “The 48-feet-long sleeping Buddha statue dates back to the third century, which makes it the world’s oldest sleeping Buddha statue.”

He said that archaeologists found the statue, with its head intact, during excavations near the Bhamala Stupa.

“We have discovered more than 500 Buddha-related objects during excavations, in addition to the 48-feet long ‘sleeping Buddha’,” he said.

The latest discoveries by the archaeologists have opened new chapters in the history of the ancient Taxila Valley Civilisation.

“This is one of the few sites in the world to have the cruciform Stupa, which was reserved for Buddha himself,” Samad had said. (IANS)

 

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These 8 successful Muslim women are showcasing Freedom their way!

Though there are forsure many but here we present to you the some handful of success stories of Muslim women in modern world. Totally independant and unbounded, they have carved a niche for themselves in many fields through their creativity, talent and self - belief

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Bashing unfreedom-The new age Muslim woman.Pixeby

Not everyone is following rigid fundamentalism these days. In 2017, people and specially some inspiring Muslim women are embracing freedom and individuality through their inspirational work in global markets. Be it fashion, lifestyle,sports or politics- they are setting standards in every domain, breaking stereotypes all the way long!

Have a look at the success stories of these leading Muslim ladies and what they believe in.

SAUFEEYA GOODSON

Dubai based fashion entrepreneur Saufeeya is a global figure appearing in many fashion magazines. Being the co-owner of Modest Route, she has re- branded Modest fashion in a very stylised manner grabbing the attention of 2million followers on instagram page. She is frequently mentioned in Vogue or Teen Vogue under the trademark of her bold, daring and contemporary outfits made for modern age Muslim woman. This trendsetter with her avant garde style has been revolutionizing Islamic modest clothing in world.

CAROLYN WALKER-DIALLO

Carolyn hit the headlines when she was sworn in with the Quran back in 2015, becoming the first ever New York City Civil court judge to do so. She bravely stood up to the backlash that resulted later but her strong act inspired many Muslim women around the world. It somehow relieved them from communal stigmatization that they go through.

LINDA SARSOUR

Linda Sarsour- civil right's activist
Linda Sarsour- civil right’s activist.wikimedia.commons

 

Linda, a Palestinian- American civil rights activist, is popularly known for her key role in helping to organize the 2017 Women’s March in Washington.It was a public demonstartion led by women coming together from all walks of life. With her resolute, Linda instilled in a belief in thousands of women to fight for their vanity,esteem and rights.

BEHNAZ SHAFIEI

it is hard to imagine a female road racer/motocross rider and being a Muslim woman makes it a rare case, but Behnaz is exactly that. Born in Iran- a country where women are not allowed for exercising such liberties and are often ridiculed for their driving skills, Behnaz enjoys the fact that many men cannot do the stunts she performs with ease and confidence on her motorbike. She is the only Iranian female to be involved in road racing professionally challenging the preconceived notions of the society in regard to women.

RUMA

Known for her fashion blogs, Ruma recently got mentioned on the Twitter page of H&M where she was applauded for her distinctive panache that voice traditional modesty. According to her the haute hijab empowers feminine sensibility.Being a dreamer as well as achiever, she looks forward to inspire her followers with stories and lessons learned from her life by using social media to promote the art of fashion.

HALIMA ADEN

Halima is a model known for being the first Somali-American Muslim woman to take part in a beauty pageant donning a hijab.With all grace and modesty she hit news by reaching the semifinals of Minnesota USA pageant. She even graced the fashion runway for Kanye West at his show Yeezy season 5. Keeping at bay all Muslim stereotypes, this flamboyant model appeared on the front cover of Allure, wearing a Nike hijab with a caption saying, “This is American Beauty.” 

SHAHD BATAL

As a YouTuber and blogger, Shahd’s focus is mainly on providing viewers with her own original tips on how to attain healthy skin or apply makeup. Sudanese by birth but now living in Minneapolis, her tutorial videos are popularly hitting the internet since 2014. They were recently rehashed and showcased via her new sleek channel. From wearing a classic head-wrap and making pen perfect eyebrows, to her very personal stories with regard to the Hijab, she has been earnestly devoting herself to portray Hijab as a motif of modern age accessory.

 

SHARMEEN OBAID-CHINOY     

Muslim Women
SHARMEEN OBAID-CHINOY- Pakistani filmaker.wikimedia.commons

 Sharmeen has been mentioned by esteemed Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. A Muslim woman filmmaker, journalist and activist born in Pakistan, most of her films highlight the inequalities that women face. She has received two Academy awards, six Emmy and Lux Style award for her bold vision. Even the Pakistani government has honored her with the second highest civilian honor of the country, the Hilal-i-Imtiaz for her dauntless contribution to films.

These handful examples of empowering, influential and compelling Muslim women express a great deal- to come out of the shackles of a society that restricts you and your creative energies.Not just to the Muslim women of today, they are inspirational for all women who seek for self – actualization.

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The major Challenge is to make the Youth of the Country Entrepreneurial and not Job Seekers : Venkaiah Naidu

"The challenge for us is to make the youth entrepreneurial, and not become job seekers," Venkaiah Naidu said pointing to the NDA government's various initiatives.

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Venkaiah Naidu. Wikimedia Commons
  • At a time of tepid job growth and continuing income disparities, the major challenge is to make the youth of the country entrepreneurial and not job seekers, Vice President  Venkaiah Naidu said on Thursday.

“Disparities continue to remain in India and so there is a need for inclusive growth… there is the need to take care of the suppressed, oppressed and depressed,” Venkaiah Naidu said at the Bharatiya Yuva Shakti Trust’s (BYST) silver jubilee celebrations here with Britain’s Prince Charles as the chief guest.

“The challenge for us is to make the youth entrepreneurial, and not become job seekers,” Venkaiah Naidu said pointing to the NDA government’s various initiatives to encourage youth enterprises like Startup India, Standup India and the Mudra financing scheme for underprivileged sections.

Modelled on Prince Charles’ Trust for business startups, BYST, founded by Lakshmi Venkatesan, daughter of former President R. Venkatraman, is engaged in building rural entrepreneurship — “grampreneurs” — as also enterprise among under-privileged sections, which includes business mentoring. The current BYST chairman is Bajaj Group chief, Rahul Bajaj.

“Without mentoring, it would be very difficult to set up startups, with all the business, marketing and other vital issues involved in the first two-three years,” Prince Charles said in his address at the International Mentoring Summit organized by BYST to mark its 25 years.

“What amazes me are the sheer number of jobs these young entrepreneurs had created. The aim of such a project should be to create a virtual cycle of creating entrepreneurs who can then invest in the future of business,” Charles said referring to his trust.

BYST was officially launched in 1992 by Prince Charles and expanded its operations to six major regions of India.

Out of these six regions, four — Delhi, Chennai, Pune and Hyderabad — run the urban programme while two regions — Haryana and Maharashtra — run the rural programme.(IANS)