Daily Archives: Sunday, December 9th, 2012

Ashwin’s heroics take the inevitable to fifth day

Kolkata: A spineless India were on the verge of a second successive humiliating defeat in their own backyard against England who were within sniffing distance of an emphatic victory in the third cricket Test on Saturday. After conceding a mammoth 207-run lead, India’s famed batsmen put up a pathetic display but Ravichandran Ashwin (83 batting) and the tailenders delayed the inevitable as the hosts [Full Article...]

Lajong’s trip to Sikkim ends in goalless stalemate

Gangtok: The I-League’s first North-East derby between United Sikkim and Shillong Lajong ended in a goalless draw at Paljor Stadium, here on Saturday. Lajong remain in ninth place in the points table, with Sikkim moving up to 11th place. The home side, without the presence of the club’s principal owner Baichung Bhutia, came out determined and created some good chances, but were denied by [Full Article...]

Torres fires Chelsea to victory

LONDON: Fernando Torres scored twice as third-placed Chelsea won 3-1 at Sunderland to record their first Premier League win under interim manager Rafael Benitez on Saturday. The often-criticised Spaniard struck twice in the first half, his second from the penalty spot, and he almost completed a hat-trick shortly after halftime when his ferocious shot rebounded off the post for compatriot Juan Mata to tap [Full Article...]

India slump in Champions Trophy semifinal

Melbourne: An injury-hit India proved no match against defending champions Australia as they lost 0-3 in a lop-sided semifinal clash on Saturday and will now have to fight it out for a bronze in the Champions Trophy hockey tournament. Australia scored through captain Jamie Dwyer (fifth and 18th minutes) and Kieran Govers (42nd) after enjoying territorial domination against the Indians, who were often forced [Full Article...]

Obama seeks $60bn for Sandy repairs

NEW YORK/WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama asked Congress on Friday to approve a $60.4 billion aid package to help East Coast states rebuild after Superstorm Sandy, well short of their initial requests. Officials from storm-battered New York, New Jersey and Connecticut had said they needed at least $82 billion combined to make emergency repairs and upgrade infrastructure. New York and New Jersey lawmakers said they [Full Article...]

Indian-origin nurse in Kate hoax found dead

London: An Indian-origin nurse who was duped into transferring a hoax call that gave away information on pregnant Kate Middleton’s medical condition to Australian radio presenters was on Saturday found dead in a suspected suicide. The unconscious body of Jacintha Saldanha, 46, was found in the morning at an address yards away from King Edward VII Hospital. In a statement St James’s Palace said: [Full Article...]

Myanmar govt apologises to monks over mine protest injuries

YANGON: Myanmar’s government has apologised for injuries, including serious burns, suffered last month by monks and others when riot police cleared camps set up to protest against evictions caused by the expansion of a copper mine. Minister of Religious Affairs Myint Maung made a formal apology to 29 senior monks and said police regretted the incident, state-owned television reported late Friday. Activists said at [Full Article...]

Clinton to testify on Benghazi attack report -US lawmaker

WASHINGTON: US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will testify on a report expected to be released next week on the deadly attack on the US diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya, a top Republican lawmaker said on Friday. “I have just received confirmation from Secretary Clinton’s office that the secretary of state will appear before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs to discuss, in an [Full Article...]