Malaysian Travel Association Wants Govt. to Waive Visa on Arrival Fees for Indians

first_imgDays after Thailand announced waiver of visa on arrival fees for citizens of several countries for two months, the Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) has now asked the government to waive visa on arrival fees for Indian and Chinese tourists.MATTA President Tan Kok Liang said in a statement, “This is necessary in view of Thailand waiving visa-on-arrival (VOA) fees for two months from 1 December to 31 January for visitors from 21 countries, including China and India, in stimulating its tourism industry following consecutive months of year-on-year decline in Chinese arrivals to Thailand.”“It is given that imposition of visa and its requirements are barriers to foreign visitors, and easing visa restrictions would facilitate tourist arrivals. As such, Malaysia must take the proactive step to waive visa fees, particularly on Chinese and Indian tourists, as they are increasingly responsive and sophisticated,” he said in the statement.He also said that granting visa fee waiver is common sense to stimulate visitor arrivals and to stay competitive with neighboring countries. “Furthermore, Malaysia and Thailand are inter-connected with tourist from China and India crossing over to Malaysia to extend their holiday,” Liang said.Last week, Thailand had announced waiving on-arrival visa fees for Indians and many other nationals for two months. The country’s tourism sector is going through a low phase due to a drop in the number of Chinese tourists.Liang said that with the Chinese economy growing fast, the concern about Chinese nationals entering Malaysia for work no longer makes sense. “Since 2012, Chinese tourists are already the world’s biggest spenders and are known for emptying stores of luxury brands in Europe, and many countries around the world have rolled out the red carpets to welcome them,” he added.“Chinese nationals traveling to Malaysia may apply for Malaysia e-visas and stay up to 30 days. This single-entry e-visa cost $40 but the total amount is doubled after adding another $40 as service fee. If visa fees are waived or Chinese tourists allowed up to 14 days stay without visas, it is certain to attract much more visitors to our shores. If we are not ready to grant Chinese tourists visa-free entry for up to 14 or 30 days stay, we could start with waiving visa fee for three months from December.”Among Asian countries Thailand, the Maldives, Macau, Indonesia, Nepal, and Bhutan, and few others offer Indian tourists visa on arrival.Liang said by waiving off visa fees on arrival for Indian and Chinese tourists, Malaysia stands to benefit from high-spending tourists. Related Itemslast_img read more

Micro Finance Goes Digital

first_imgWhen lawyer Aarthi Belani planned her Minneapolis wedding last year, she blended the traditional with contemporary. The multicultural ceremony, jazz-fusion ladies’ sangeet, and even her gift registry all had a modern twist. Guests who logged on to her online gift registry site, however, did not shop for gifts. Instead, the registry she created at the “I Do” foundation allowed them to donate money to her favorite charities, such as online microfinance initiatives. “We just felt like we had enough already with what we had,” Belani says, adding that the money could “make a bigger contribution to someone’s life abroad than a new kitchen gadget would make in mine.”  Indian children get clean drinking  waterFew theories in recent years have been as transformative as microfinance. The concept of providing no collateral loans to the poor so that they can work their way out of poverty, rather than relying on charity or predatory lending, is the brainchild of Prof. Muhummad Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank, for which he was awarded the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize. Grameen first loaned $27 to 42 craftsmen in 1974 and has since provided $6 billion in loans to 7 million borrowers. Its pioneering microcredit programs have been adopted in 100 countries worldwide, and this form of social lending is now coming to the Web.Kiva is one such online program in which some 56,000 donors provided more than $5 million in loans to 7,600 entrepreneurs in the first four months of this year alone. Kiva, which is Swahili for unity, directly connects borrowers to lenders. The innovative model lets donors choose the individual entrepreneur they wish to sponsor by making a direct payment through Paypal on the internet. Kiva solicits entrepreneurs and relies on hreferrals from the tight-knit development community. During the rigorous due diligence process, a Kiva “Field Partner,” or local microfinance institution, initially screens the loan recipient and conducts routine audits. Kiva sends loans to the Field Partner and loan repayments are made directly to the lender. Thus far, Kiva claims a 100% loan repayment rate, though this will likely fall to the industry average.Seema Patel, a lawyer in Baltimore, has loaned through Kiva since its inception and regards herself as one of the group’s biggest fans. She has a long-standing interest in microfinance. After graduating from college, she moved to Ahmedebad, Gujarat, to work for the Self-Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), a prominent women’s microfinance institution in India. She says that, “like many first-generation Indian Americans myself who grew up in this country but retain such deep roots to our motherlands there is still a desire to give ‘give back.’” But she acknowledges that not everyone can afford or necessarily desire taking years off of their careers to work in foreign countries. The solution for Seema is Kiva. “By just using your blackberry or PDA, Kiva enables people who want to make a difference to effectuate societal change by drumming to the beat of an age-old adage: give a person a fish, you have fed her for today; teach her how to fish, you have fed her for a lifetime” Kiva’s President Premal Shah has a background of both corporate and public interest work similar to many of the organization’s lenders like Patel. He is a veteran of Paypal and has human rights experience in Ahmedebad, Gujarat. Although none of Kiva’s field partners are currently in India, Shah is determined to bring Kiva to the subcontinent. Shah says that its microcredit model is currently prohibited by the Reserve Bank of India’s guidelines regarding the repatriation of funds.  “We are on the verge of entering India, and I anticipate that sometime this summer we will be in the country,” he says.  Part of Kiva’s desire to create a presence in India comes from the keen interest of many South Asians that are part of Kiva’s network. “I don’t know if it is because Kiva uses technology, or because there are many entrepreneurial Indian Americans, but a lot of our fundraisers have a disproportionately high attendance of Indian Americans,” Shah says.Meanwhile, many countries reap the benefits of Kiva’s groundbreaking model, including Azerbaijan, Moldova, Bulgaria, and Honduras. Two groups contribute most to Kiva. One is the 20-something Silicon Valley types who want to do good with their money.  The others are over 50 years old and generally not tech-savvy, according to Shah. This group “might not even be proficient at putting their credit card information online, so they will ask us if they can mail a check instead,” he says.Most of Kiva’s participants are like Shah himself. “There has always been this need among my friends including me to do something good. I’m lucky to be able to do the intersection of what I love and what I do well, which is Kiva.”Part of Kiva’s allure is the ability to reuse money once a loan is paid back to help another person in need. For those interested in making a donation instead of a loan, however, Global Giving is a similar alternative. Founded by two ex-World Bank executives, Global Giving accepts donations online through paypal as well as traditional checks for a wide variety of programs it supports worldwide. Donors can search for fund recipients by region as well as by theme. For example, donors interested in supporting field partners in environment, gender, or education initiatives can search for programs they wish to fund directly.Of 63 countries supported last year by Global Giving, India is the most popular. To date, the program’s 126 projects in India collected the most money from the greatest number of donors of all Global Giving’s programs, disbursing over $1.1 million from 2,000 unique donors.Meredith Landis, marketing associate of Global Giving, says that the program does not restrict the projects it funds either thematically or geographically. Rather, by sponsoring a diverse range of projects, Meredith says that donors are able to browse and find projects that appeal to them. “Donors can even contact Global Giving directly if they have a specific interest in mind, and we will work with them to find a project that matches their interest,” she says.  Literacy for a billion with  Bollywood songsIn contrast to Global Giving’s strong presence in India, Grameen currently has only six projects in India, though Julie Peachey, regional director of Grameen Foundation’s Asia Programs, says several partners will be added in 2007. Grameen targets specific partnership organizations. “The overarching interest in selecting partners in India is finding organizations that serve the poorest of the poor,” Peachey says. “Geography plays a role in isolating pockets of abject poverty.”  She notes that South India is well-served while North and Northeastern India, where many hard-to-reach tribal groups live, are not.  Sustainability is a major factor in selecting Grameen’s partners. “The groups we pick may not already be self-sufficient in terms of their own resources, but they have a clear path for getting there,” Peachey says.Kiva’s and Global Giving’s platforms encourage transparency for donors by allowing them to see exactly who receives their money and for what purpose. The programs also maximize the money’s potential by directly sending funds to their destinations, though Global Giving, which describes itself as the “eBay of international philanthropy” takes 10% of each donation for its operating costs.Global Giving offers online gift registries and gift cards. A particular advantage of online microfinance projects like Kiva and Global Giving is that donors can earmark their funds for specific projects, which is currently not possible with Grameen, for example.Whether online or on the ground, microfinance operations are not without criticism. The state government of Andhra Pradesh, for example, shut down a Grameen Bank operation in 2006 following complaints of exhorbitant interest rates, although the branches were soon reopened, without admission of any wrongdoing, according to the Grameen Foundation.Yet as the brief history of Kiva and Global Giving attest, and Grameen’s overwhelming success in lifting 50 million borrowers out of poverty corroborates, microfinance’s impact is hard to attack. As the Nobel Committee noted, “across cultures and civilizations, microfinance has shown that even the poorest of the poor can work to bring about their own development.”www.kiva.orgwww.globalgiving.orgwww.grameenfoundation.org Making Sense of MicrofinanceMicrocredit organizations provide financial services, including loans and savings accounts, to the poor.  As the vast majority of the poor in developing countries do not own assets to borrow against, they do not qualify for traditional credit and loans from the “formal” banking system. So they turn to “informal” loan sharks who charge exorbitant interest rates. The inability to pay back these “predatory” loans often condemns the poor to a cycle of poverty.The unique feature of microcredit is that loans are provided without collateral or legal contract. It rejects the notion that the poor are inherently “uncredit-worthy.” For example, most loans are disbursed through not-for-profit institutions that generally tag the interest rate of the loan to the market rate of commercial banks. Loans are paid back on an installment basis. Once fully repaid, borrowers qualify for another loan. Strikingly, borrowers rarely default: the average repayment rate for microfinance loans industry-wide is near 96%.Microfinance’s success comes from helping groups, like craftsmen. Because women worldwide are least likely to have access to capital, many groups specifically target them. For example, 97% of Grameen’s current nearly 7 million borrowers are women. Online models like Kiva, however, have a harder time soliciting women to participate in their online programs, partly because some women fear exposure on the internet.Microfinance’s mission is not only economic, but also social empowerment. Many groups require borrowers to join a community association of borrowers. For example, some models create self-monitoring groups that coach each other on financial skills, such as repayment and work skills. To participate, the group must adhere to several principles, ranging from a commitment to keep family sizes small to a vow against accepting or giving dowry during marriage.  These grass-roots associations have even banded together to create student loan programs and vaccination programs.The Faces of Those in NeedSobi Begum’s life once mirrored that of countless South Asian women confined to abject poverty. Living on the equivalent of less than $1 per day, Begum picked water lilies from a nearby pond to gather their seeds to serve with rice for her children’s dinner. Malnourished and uneducated, her children seemed condemned to a life no different than Begum’s own.$35 loaned to her in 1981, when the Grameen Bank started informal operations in Tangail, Bangladesh, changed Begum’s life. Not only was she able to buy a cow and grain, she was encouraged to train as a veterinary assistant. Successful repayment of her first loan led to others, and with each Begum transformed her family’s life. Begum achieved the unimaginable for many of South Asia’s poor: provide food and consistent schooling for her children, as well as own her own home and business.   Related Itemslast_img read more

Indian Talent

first_imgIndia is the third most popular country for sourcing foreign talent after China and the United States, according to a global survey. The Borderless Workforce Survey of 27 countries by the global recruiting firm Manpower Inc found that Indian skilled labor was in most demand in the United States and the Gulf. The survey also found that more than half of the 2.2 million Indians working abroad had a college degree, the highest for any country in the survey. Related Itemslast_img

Indian Man Sentenced to 6 Months in Singapore for Molesting Woman on Flight

first_imgAn Indian man has been sentenced to six months jail for sexually assaulting a woman on a Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight. He molested her while she was asleep.23-year old Ravichandran Vignesh, a pet shop owner in India, pleaded guilty on Oct.18 of the charges against him. In court documents, he said that he did so, as he was “drunk, high and tempted” for it, reported Yahoo news.According to the report, the incident took place on Oct.1 in a Singapore Airlines flight which took off from Bengaluru to Bali. Singapore was a transit stop for the flight. Vignesh pressed woman’s breast while she was sleeping on the seat next to him. Around 4 am, the woman felt some sensation and woke up to see the man’s hand on her breast.When she shouted at him, he took his hand off and started pretending to be asleep. The woman asked the crew members to change her seat and was shifted to some other seat for the rest of the journey.According to a report in Inquirer.net, after landing in Singapore, the victim reported the incident through the airline’s online feedback form and sent a copy to deputy commander of Airport Police Division as well. It was filed as a police complaint next day.By then Vignesh had proceeded to Bali for vacations, said theonlinecitizen.comThe Singapore police succeeded in tracing and arresting him at Singapore Airport as his India bound flight took a transit stop on Oct.4, it added.As per the court documents, after admitting this sexually offending action in flight, he said that he belongs to a poor family and was taking a flight very first time in his life.Yahoo News quoted Ravichandran as saying through an interpreter “I do not know the laws of Singapore. I have not done this back home in India before.”“I will not touch any woman again. I will not travel overseas again. I will not come back to Singapore again,” he added. He also pleaded to return to India and promised not to reoffend.He also vowed that he will never come back to Singapore again, said The Independent. Related Itemslast_img read more

BSF officer, wife declared ‘foreigners’ in Assam

first_imgAn assistant sub-inspector of the Border Security Force (BSF) and his wife have been declared “foreigners” by a Foreigners’ Tribunal in eastern Assam’s Jorhat town.The tribunal declared Muzibur Rahman and his wife as non-Indians in an ex parte or one-sided judgement in July.The citizenship of the officer’s parents and his siblings are, however, not in doubt. The family is based in Golaghat district’s Udaypur-Mikirpatty close to the Assam-Nagaland border.Mr. Rahman, currently posted in Punjab, came to know of the judgement against him when he came home on leave in July last week.He said the Assam police’s border wing had relied on a ‘drunkard’s account’ to submit a report to the tribunal against him.The border wing, established in 1962 to initially prevent infiltration of Pakistanis, is tasked with detection and deportation of foreigners. Currently, 100 Foreigners’ Tribunals decide the fate of such “foreigners” referred by this wing.“We have land documents of 1923. It is a pity that a genuine Indian citizen has been made a foreigner on the basis of a drunkard’s feedback. My family did not receive the tribunal’s notice. The chief of our village also did not inform me when I was away on duty,” Mr. Rahman said, adding that he had approached the Gauhati High Court.In June, the court gave bail to retired soldier Mohammed Sanaullah who, was on May 28, was declared a foreigner by a Foreigners’ Tribunal in Guwahati. He had spent more than a week in a detention camp in western Assam’s Goalpara.last_img read more

Dissidents may play spoilsport for Cong. in two Ambala seats

first_imgAs the Congress party aims at wresting power from the BJP, dissidents in two of the four Assembly constituencies in Haryana’s northern district of Ambala are determined to play spoilsport.The district has four Assembly constituencies — Nariangarh, Ambala Cantt, Ambala City and Mullana (SC) — which the BJP had won in 2014.In Ambala Cantt., Health Minister Anil Vij is again in the fray and the Congress has fielded Venu Singla Aggarwal against him. Mr. Vij had won from the constituency in 1996, 2000, 2009 and 2014. As the Congress prepares to take on the BJP candidate in his stronghold, the decision of rebel Chitra Sarwara, who was a municipal councillor, to contest as an independent could dent its electoral prospects.Ms. Sarwara is the daughter of former Minister and four-time former Congress MLA Nirmal Singh and both had revolted against the party after being denied the ticket. Mr. Singh is contesting from the neighbouring Ambala (City) seat as an independent candidate.Rajesh Kapoor, who runs a tyre repair shop, feels that while the BJP candidate is already a strong contestant, the Congress will suffer on account of the infighting.“Anil Vij is easily accessible. Also, during the last five years the condition of the roads has improved, the civil hospital has better facilities than before. To give him a fight, the Congress should be united. With a rebel candidate, it’s going to be difficult for the BJP candidate to win,” said Mr. Kapoor.Shyam Sundar, a tailor, believes that the BJP candidate will easily sail through as he has delivered on development work. “Roads are better now, street lights are there… moreover he is available whenever needed, that’s the best part,” he said.In the Ambala seat, BJP MLA Aseem Goyal is seeking re-election. The Congress has fielded Jasbir Malour who is having a tough time as Mr. Nirmal Singh is contesting as the rebel candidate. Mr. Singh and Ms. Chitra Sarwara were recently expelled from the Congress for violating the provisions of the party constitution and contesting the elections as rebels. ‘Changed scenario’Ashok Kumar, who works at a meat shop, said: “The Congress was in fight but after Nirmal Singh announced he would contest, the scenario has changed a bit. He will cut into the Congress vote which will benefit the BJP.”The Naraingarh constituency sees a direct fight between BJP’s Surender Rana and Congress party’s Shalley Chaudhary. However, Gulshan Kumar, candidate of the Loktantra Suraksha Party floated by former BJP MP Raj Kumar Saini, is capable of changing the equations.last_img read more

NU, Adamson eye title berths

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Jaja Santiago (No. 3) is expected to be NU’s tower of power as the Lady Bulldogs try to close out Arellano. —SHERWIN VARDELEONAdamson and National University, polar opposites in last year’s UAAP, are in a collision course for the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference crown.Victories today against their respective rivals will pit them against each other in a best-of-five title series.ADVERTISEMENT With the most dominant player in the active scene, Jaja Santiago, NU presents Arellano with more than just an uphill battle for survival.The 21-year-old Santiago said the Lady Bulldogs have set their sights on the title. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. FEU, Adamson battle for solo third; a win, finally, for either UE or UST Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight But closing out their semifinal foes is easier said than done. Especially on the part of the Lady Falcons.Adamson, which was never in the title agenda the previous season, is taking on UAAP heavyweight Far Eastern U in Saturday’s Game 2 of their semifinal duel at Filoil Flying V Centre.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe powerhouse Tamaraws are expected to pose an intense challenge to the Lady Falcons, who even trailed after three sets before clawing their way to victory in the last two frames, 21-25, 25-22, 20-25, 25-14, 15-8, in Game 1.National U should have an easier path to the finals. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIEScenter_img View comments MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

PH chess team eyes 7 golds or more in 2017 ASEAN Para Games

first_imgPH chess player Menandro Redor. Photo by Randolph B. LeongsonHoping to pick up where they left off, the Philippines chess para athletes are loooling to surpass their six-gold medal haul in 2015 and aiming for seven this time in Kuala Lumpur.But Menandro Redor, one of the country’s leading para athlete in chess, thinks that with the chess team’s stringent preparation it could even exceed its target in the 2017 ASEAN Para Games this month.ADVERTISEMENT Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo PH targets 27 golds in 2017 ASEAN Para Games “We may get more than just seven golds because we had intense training for this. We joined different local and international tournaments just to prepare,” said Redor in Filipino. “Our coaches have been taking care of us and we’re so prepared that we’re sure of what we can accomplish.”Redor, who will also serve as the Philippines’ flagbearer for the opening ceremonies, ha four-gold haul for the visually impaired 2 division, which is for partially blind participants, in the last staging of the biennial games in Singapore.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe PH chess team will also lean on wheelchair-bound FIDE Master Sander Severino and Henry Lopez as they gun to sweep the individual and team events of standard and rapid.“We’ve already swept our category, so our goal now is to do that in the other categories. It also helps that we’ve got a women’s team now so it’s really possible that we can get the top spot this time,” Redor said. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side View comments LATEST STORIES The 32-year-old woodpusher isn’t discounting the capacity of the opposition with Indonesia posing the biggest threat to the Philippines’ quest for gold.But Redor is confident with what the chess team can deliver for the delegation, saying, “In chess, we’re sure that we’ll bring home golds.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’last_img read more

World Cup: ICC to reinspect Eden Gardens on Jan 31 for remaining 3 matches

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday gave Kolkata’s cricket fans some hope when it announced a reinspection of the iconic Eden Gardens stadium for the World Cup.The ICC said the Eden Gardens would be reinspected on January 31 for the last three of its scheduled four World Cup matches. These are the encounters between Ireland and South Africa (March 15), Ireland and Holland (March 18) and Kenya and Zimbabwe (March 20).The cricketing body had on Thursday ruled out Eden Gardens as the venue for the February 27 World Cup match between India and England.An ICC inspection team had visited Kolkata on Tuesday and deemed the stadium unfit as it was still undergoing renovation.ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat pulled up the BCCI and the Cricket Association of Bengal for failing to meet the deadlines. “All venues had ample time to prepare for the World Cup matches. We had been understanding and had provided extensions to the deadline dates, but unfortunately we are now at a point where we must carefully manage our risks,” Lorgat said. “Sadly, Eden Gardens in Kolkata was unable to meet the final deadline date of 25 January 2011. Eden Gardens has not made sufficient progress to justify the level of confidence required to confirm that the venue would be ready,” Lorgat said.last_img read more

WORLD CUP OPENING CEREMONY KICKS OFF IN DHAKA

first_imgThe ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 kicked off on Thursday with a grand opening ceremony at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.Indian music composer trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, who have composed the official song for the World Cup, and playback singer Sonu Nigam are slated to enthrall the audience with their performances. Singer Runa Laila of Dama Dam Mast Kalandar fame and pop singer Mila will add a local touch to the extravaganza.But the highlight of the show will be a performance by legendary Canadian singer Bryan Adams.The organisers have also promised a spectacular fireworks and laser show at the end of the programme.last_img read more

Ind vs Eng: India thump Sussex by 6 wickets, record their first win of tour

first_imgVirat Kohli and Rohit Sharma cracked half-centuries as India recorded their maiden win of the England tour with a six-wicket thumping of Sussex in a rain-affected practice game here on Thursday. India have already lost the Test series 0-4.The two talented youngsters put on 104 runs for the third wicket in impressive style as Indians chased down the 235-run target with 4.1 overs to spare after the game was reduced to 45-over-a side affair due to two rain interruptions.Put into bat, Sussex were 236 all out with seamer R P Singh snaring four wickets but the Indians needed 235 to win due to the revised target under Duckworth-Lewis system.The Indians looked in control even though Sachin Tendulkar (21) did not last long as the other opener Parthiv Patel (55), Kohli (71) and Sharma (61 not out) played around with an average home attack.Kohli’s knock came from 83 balls and included six fours and a six. Sharma’s unbeaten 61 came from 65 balls and studded with eight fours and a six.Tendullkar played some gorgeous strokes before he spooned up a catch at mid-off against left-arm paceman Chris Liddle.As many as four fours were hit by Tendulkar in his brief 17-ball knock.Patel was similarly aggressive, relying a great deal on chipped shots behind square before he played back to off-spinner Chris Nash and missed the line completely. He made his 55 runs from 65 balls and slammed nine fours.But Kohli and Sharma then took over and literally toyed with the home side attack, running their singles crisply and hitting big shots at will.advertisementSharma was effortless in his drives through the off-side and a driven six over mid-off was as exciting as it come. He hit the winning runs off Luke Wells.Much welcomed as the Indians’ win was, it still would bother the tourists that the bowling attack was not looking up to a scratch and that Suresh Raina failed once again.Left-hander Raina, a miserable presence at the crease during the Tests, came into bat with only token runs required by the visitors for a win. He survived a near-catch at the square leg ropes and was bowled off the next ball for a personal score of 12.Earlier, RP Singh took four for 44 but two of his wickets came in the final over when batsmen were attempting to slog and the first two when the conditions were overtly favourable to swing bowling under overcast conditions.Munaf Patel was disappointing and conceded 52 runs from his seven overs for a wicket and generally was slogged around the park.Praveen Kumar was a heartening return to bowling crease after his ankle injury which made him miss out the final Test at the Oval last week. He bowled his eight overs for 28 runs and picked up a wicket.The two spinners, leg-spinner Amit Mishra and off-spinner Ravichandra Ashwin bowled economically without appearing threatening at any stage.- With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

Ind vs SL 4th ODI: Kohli, Raina lead India to series win against Sri Lanka

first_imgVirat Kohli’s dream run in ODIs continued as his brilliant century guided India to a comfortable six-wicket victory in the fourth one-dayer against Sri Lanka, thereby clinching the five-match series 3-1, in Colombo on Tuesday.Courtesy’s Kohli’s 119-ball 128 and his partnership of 146 runs with another in-form batsman Suresh Raina (58), India reached the 252-run target in 42.2 overs at the R Premadasa stadium.This is Kohli’s 13th century in his 89th ODI appearance, a feat still unattained by any other batsman in ODI history.The Delhi batsman, on his way to another three-digit figure, also completed quickest 1000 runs in a calender year with a whopping average of 77.15. He has now scored his fifth century in last eight matches.It was Raina who scored the winning run with a hit over extra cover off Tillakaratne Dilshan as India reached 255 for four.Raina’s 51-ball 58 was his 24th half century and eighth against Sri Lanka.Both Kohli and Raina blunted Sri Lanka’s spin attack and batted beautifully. Raina may not be as prolific numbers as Kohli but batting at number 5 and 6, he has more than pulled his weight.India were off to a poor start as pacer Lasith Malinga struck in his first over to bowl out Gautam Gambhir (0).Virender Sehwag along with Kohli put the Indian chase back on track with a 50-run stand for the second wicket but Angelo Mathews got rid of the opener in the 10th over to somewhat derail visitors’ chase.Mathews got Sehwag caught by substitute Senanayake after his fighting knock of 34.advertisementlast_img read more

IOA felicitates Olympic medallists as they meet PM, Sonia

first_imgIndia’s London Olympic medallists met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at his residence in the national capital on Friday. The medallists – wrestler Sushil Kumar, shooter Vijay Kumar (both silver medallists), boxer M.C. Mary Kom, shuttler Saina Nehwal, wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt and shooter Gagan Narang (bronze medallists) – also met United Progressive Alliance (UPA) chairperson Sonia Gandhi at her residence. Both, the prime minister and the UPA chairperson congratulated the super six Olympians for doing the nation proud at the sports’ biggest carnival. The prime ministers meeting with the medallists was a brief one when he returned home after attending a stormy session in Parliament. The medal winners were also accompanied by other members of the Indian Olympic contingent, including some archers, hockey players and team officials. Later in the day, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) also felicitated the medallists and conferred cash award of Rs 15 lakh each to silver medallists and Rs 10 lakh each to the bronze medallists. Earlier, saluting the medal winning heroics of the Olympic medallists, the Union sports ministry had on Thursday organised a gala ceremony in the city to hand them out their victory cheques. Sports Minister Ajay Maken had handed cheques of Rs 30 lakh each to the silver medallists Rs 20 lakh each to the bronze medallists.last_img read more