Baiju Patil Wins Gold In FIEP's World Cup Photo Contest '16
- His picture of a fox and cubs shot in Beed dist fetches international honour Award winning photo of wildlife photographer Baiju Patil (inset). His picture of a fox and cubs shot in Beed dist fetches international honour lokmat news network Noted wildlife photographer from Aurangabad Baiju Patil won the World Cup Photo Contest 2016 hosted by the FIEP, the results of which were declared recently. Photographers from 45 countries participated in the prestigious competition of Serbia in Europe. From every country, five talented wildlife photographers were asked to submit their best 5 to 10 photographs.
- FIEP conducts world cup photo contest after every two years and awards total 3 gold medals each year. Baiju Patil and nine other best wildlife photographers represented India. Baiju has won many national and international awards in wildlife photography. His photo of a fox won gold medal individual category (Print) in this competition. He captured this photo in Beed, Maharashtra. Fox is a shy animal and gets scared very easily, so taking photographs of this creature is a difficult task. Fox goes inside his den before the sun rises and comes out of the den after the sunsets.
De Kock Ton Puts Proteas On Top
- Luck deserted Australia in their desperate bid to salvage the second Test with South Africa snaring the vital wicket of David Warner in unfortunate circumstances in Hobart 15 November 2016. Warner, who was seeking redemption after his reckless dismissal in the opening over of the first innings, lost his wicket while at the forefront of Australia's fightback. At stumps on the third day the home side were hanging in at 121 for two, still 120 runs behind the Proteas, who have been in control of the Test since routing Australia for 85 on Saturday. Usman Khawaja was unbeaten on 56, his ninth Test half-century, with skipper Steve Smith not out 18.
- Warner flung his head back in despair when a ball from Kyle Abbott hit his hip and ricocheted off an elbow onto his stumps when he was on 45. It gave the Proteas a huge fillip after Warner and Khawaja had recovered the innings with a 79-run stand after the loss of Joe Burns in the first over. Burns lasted just four balls before he was caught behind, tickling at one wide down the leg-side from Abbott. Lightning had struck twice for Australia with fellow opener Warner out to an expansive shot in the opening over in the first innings of the Test. Khawaja played some lovely shots in his vigil, providing great support for his captain Smith, who top scored with an unbeaten 48 in the first innings shambles. De Kock century Australia face a mighty struggle to prevent South Africa, already 1-0 up, from claiming their third successive series in Australia with only next week"s day-night third Test in Adelaide still to play.
- South Africa earlier extended their first innings lead to 241 before they were all out for 326 with Quinton de Kock plundering a century and Josh Hazlewood finishing with six for 89. Hazlewood captured three of the last four wickets to fall after lunch for his second best haul after his six for 70 against New Zealand in Adelaide last year to take his tally to 88 Test wickets. Shortly after lunch, Tembo Bavuma was surprised by a rearing delivery to spoon an easy catch to Nathan Lyon at point and give Joe Mennie his first Test wicket for 74. Keshav Maharaj followed shortly after, bowled by Hazlewood for one and Abbott lasted nine balls before he became the speedster"s fifth dismissal for three. Vernon Philander was the last man out for 32 off 28 balls, caught behind off Hazlewood. Runs added by De Kock and T. Bavuma, South Africa"s highest partnership for the sixth wicket in Australia, and also the highest for that wicket by any visiting team in Hobart. (C:Cricinfo.com)
Karnataka Lead Swells To 302 vs Rajasthan
- Karnataka scored 78 against Rajasthan in their second innings, swelling their lead to 302 runs, on Day Two of the Ranji Trophy Group B cricket match at the PVG Raju ACA Sports Complex here on Monday. Openers Ravikumar Samarth (46) and Lokesh Rahul (32), who was sidelined from the Indian Test squad due to an injury, were at the crease when umpires called off the day's play. Resuming the day at 345/6, Karnataka batsmen could not add much to the score as Rajasthan Tanvir Mashart ul-Haq took fifer to wrap up the proceedings. Pankaj Singh and Salman Khan contributed with two wickets each. In reply, Rajasthan were all out for 148 as pacers Vinay Kumar and S.
- Aravind took four wickets each. In Rajkot, Tamil Nadu scored 60/1, trailing by 277 runs in their second innings against Bengal in Group A Ranji trophy match at the Madhavrao Scindia Cricket Ground. Abhinav Mukund (19) and Kaushik Gandhi (25) were at the crease when umpires dislodged the bails for the day. Resuming the day at 190/3, Bengal posted 377 as Krishnamoorthy Vignesh scalped four wickets while Aushik Srinivas took three wickets. In Cuttack, Jammu and Kashmir scored 84/1 in their first innings, trailing by 418 runs against Haryana in Group C match at the Barabati Stadium. Shubham Khajuria (48) and Pranav Gupta (25) were at the crease at the end of day's play. Resuming the day at 295/5, overnight batsman Rajat Paliwal (194) scored a brilliant century to put Haryana in commanding position. lower-order batsman Sanjay Pahal contributed with a crucial 59-runs.
- For Jammu and Kashmir, Parvez Ghulam Rasool Zargar took three wickets while Samiullah Beigh and Aamir Aziz took two wickets each. In Mumbai, Goa scored 96/3 after bowling out Kerala at 342 runs in their first innings of the Group C Ranji Trophy match at the Brabourne Stadium. Sagun Kamat (21) and Darshan Misal (1) were holding the fort when umpires called off the day"s play. In Mysore, Mumbai scored 51/2 in their second innings, taking their lead to 59-runs against Uttar Pradesh on the second day of the Group A Ranji Trophy match at the Srikantadatta Narasimha Raja Wadeyar Ground. Akhil Herwadkar (15) and Shreyas Iyer (3) were batting when umpires dislodged the bails for the day. Resuming the day at 22/1, Uttar Pradesh were bowled out for 225 as Tushar Deshpande scalped three wickets while Abhishek Nayar, Vishal Dabholkar and Aditya Dhumal took two wickets each.
Czechs Edge France To Retain Fed Cup Title
- Karolina Pliskova and Barbora Strycova clinched the Czech Republic's fifth Fed Cup title in six years on Sunday after beating France in the deciding doubles rubber in Strasbourg. With the tie level at 2-2, US Open finalist Pliskova teamed up with Strycova to defeat French Open doubles champions Caroline Garcia and Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 7-5 to prolong the Czechs" reign. It was their third triumph in succession and 10th overall, with only the United States boasting more titles with 17. "Unbelievable. We don't have words yet, we are going to celebrate. The feeling is something so special, even if it's our fifth title. It's really unbelievable," said Strycova, a member of the title-winning teams in 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2015.
- "It's one of the best trophies I am going to win. I am going to place it next to the one from last year," added Pliskova. France had grabbed a 2-1 lead earlier in the day after Garcia moved them within reach of a first Fed Cup crown since 2003 following a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win over sixth-ranked Pliskova. But Strycova, drafted in to replace injured two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova by Czech captain Petr Pala, kept their hopes alive by overcoming Alize Cornet 6-2, 7-6 (7/4) to force a fifth and final rubber. Mladenovic sat out the reverse singles complaining of cramp after losing a four-hour marathon to Pliskova in the opening match on Saturday, but returned to partner Garcia in the doubles.
- However she dropped serve at 5-all in the first set after netting a bruising forehand from Pliskova and the Czechs surged in front. Pliskova and Strycova then broke again to move 3-2 ahead in the second, but the French pair responded to draw level at 4-all. Mladenovic's serve came unstuck once more though when Pliskova reacted superbly to dig out a volley and convert the decisive break point for a 6-5 lead as the Czech Republic extended their recent domination. France had been seeking to win a third crown -- the last of which came when captain Amelie Mauresmo inspired them to a 4-1 triumph over the United States 13 years ago.
Hindi To Be Part Of Foreign Languages For Oz Pre-Schoolers
- In a bid to promote languages other than English, Australia 15 November 2016 announced national rollout of an online programme for pre-schoolers to learn foreign languages, including Hindi, from next year onwards. The Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) Polyglots applications will help students and their teachers to learn new languages. According to Minister for Education and Training Simon Birmingham, the government would extend the programme to offer Australian pre-schoolers the opportunity to learn Italian and Spanish in 2017 and Hindi and Modern Greek in 2018.
- Birmingham said almost 10,000 children had been part of the USD 9.8 million programme so far, with almost two in three students studying either Chinese or Japanese. The government has committed an additional USD 5.9 million for the national roll out. "We know life-long learning begins from the youngest years and our USD 15.7 million investment in the languages app highlights the Turnbull Government's commitment to reviving the study of languages throughout Australia's early education centres, schools and universities," Birmingham said.
- "The ELLA programme has been extremely popular with children, parents and educators and it's exciting to see it not only expanded to a national rollout but to also include an additional four languages," he said. "We live in a globalised world and initiatives like the languages app are vital to supporting our children to take full advantage of the new opportunities our economic transition presents," Birmingham said.