IDBI Installs PoS Machines At Airport
- To help crash-starved travellers, the state-run IDBI Bank has deployed its point of sale (PoS) machines at the Mumbai airport. The PoS machines deployed at both domestic and international airports will allow Visa and RuPay debit card holders of IDBI Bank as well as a few select banks to withdraw cash for urgent needs.
- A customer can get Rs 2,000 per card. "We have deployed around 4-5 PoS machines at the Mumbai airport terminals where people can swipe a Visa or a RuPay card and the bank officials present there would give them cash. The intention is to help travellers meet their immediate cash needs," Deputy Managing Director K P Nair said.
'World No. 1' Murray Downs Djokovic
- His season had already provided several unforgettable chapters but Andy Murray saved the best to last as he eclipsed Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-4 to claim his first ATP World Tour Finals title and rubberstamp the year-end top ranking on Sunday. Against a man who has so often been his nemesis, Britain's golden boy Murray produced a relentless display to claim a ninth title of a year which included a second Wimbledon crown and Olympic gold in Rio.
- Murray's play in the winner-takes-all season climax was all the more remarkable as a day earlier he looked on the point of mental and physical exhaustion after taking almost four hours to subdue Milos Raonic in the semi-final. It would have been blow to Murray's solar plexus if, two weeks after dislodging Djokovic from the top ranking, the Serb had ripped it back with a fifth consecutive Tour Finals title. But his powers of recovery appear limitless as he handed an error-prone Djokovic a bitter defeat that will leave a sour taste in the 12-times major champion's mouth as a new season swings into action in a few weeks. On this evidence the Scot may enjoy his new status for some time.
Lodha Panel Recommends Dismissal Of BCCI Top Brass
- The R.M. Lodha committee on Monday recommended the sacking of all office-bearers of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and its state associations while also suggesting the appointment of former Home Secretary G.K. Pillai as an observer in the apex body. In a fresh status report filed to the Supreme Court, the panel asked that Pillai be appointed as observer with power to appoint an auditor, and guide the BCCI administration, particularly on the award of contracts and on transparency.
- The recommendations by the SC-appointed Lodha Committee are the latest development in the ongoing stand-off between the apex court and the Anurag Thakur-led national cricket board over the running of the game in the country. The latest report makes a mention of "continued non-compliance by the office bearers of the BCCI". "Direct and declare that all office-bearers of the BCCI and the state associations who are disqualified by virtue of the norms at Para 4 (above 70, Minister or government servant, holding a post in any other sports body, has been a BCCI office-bearer for a cumulative period of nine years or has been charged by a court for criminal offence) above cease to hold office forthwith," the Lodha panel's status report said.
- The panel also directed BCCI Chief Executive Officer Rahul Johri to look after all administrative and management matters of the board. "Direct that all administrative and management matters be carried out by the CEO of the BCCI without advertence to the office-bearers." "Appointment of G.K. Pillai, former Union Home Secretary, as the Observer of the BCCI to supervise the administration of the BCCI by the CEO and empower the Committee to appoint all necessary secretarial staff, assistance and fix remuneration as may be determined appropriate," the report further added.---IANS
India 'Complete Formality'
- India today scripted a resounding 246-run win over England in the second cricket Test to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series riding on a superlative effort from the spin troika, here. Chasing an improbable 405, England were bowled out for paltry 158 shortly after the lunch break to give the hosts their second biggest victory in terms of runs against the visitors. Having defended doggedly on the fourth evening, the visitors caved in without much resistance losing eight wickets for an addition of 71 runs with Ravichandran Ashwin (3/52) and debutant Jayant Yadav (3/30) being the wreckers-in-chief at the Dr YSR Reddy ACA-VDCA Stadium which hosted its first ever Test match. Having showed some tenacity yesterday to bat out 59.2 overs with 87/2, England were blown away this morning and lost five wickets in 33.4 overs in the first session before India bowled them out for 158.
- It took India 24 balls and 22 minutes passed lunch to cruise victory and take a 1-0 lead with more than a session to spare. While skipper Virat Kohli's aggregate of 248 runs (167 and 81) laid the cornerstone of victory, the contribution of India's premier all-rounder Ashwin (52 runs and match figures of 8/119) was equally significant. Ashwin now has 231 wickets from 41 Tests apart from 1670 runs that includes 4 tons and 7 half-centuries. Ashwin also became leading wicket-taker of 2016 with 55 wickets surpassing Sri Lankan Rangana Herath (54 scalps). Not to forget young Jayant, who bowled a ripper to get Ben Stokes and played a couple of gritty knocks down the order.
- He first trapped Stuart Broad (5) LBW, and then dismissed James Anderson for a golden duck in similar manner as England went for reviews but in vain. Mohammed Shami (2/30) was menacing when the ball reversed and Ravindra Jadeja did his bit in the second innings providing important breakthroughs. When the final wicket fell, the celebrations were muted as Kohli just picked up a souvenir stump and shook hands with rival players. It was a study contrast as the top three batsmen of Alastair Cook (54), Haseeb Hameed (25) and Joe Root (25) consumed 439 balls -- 73.1 overs -- but the rest have fallen in a heap what can be termed as a meek surrender.
- Earlier, Root had some lucky escape with Virat Kohli dropping the English No. 3 on nine at leg slip and a decision was also overturned. Finally, the first opening came after 15 minutes into the day with Ashwin removing a tense-looking Duckett, who perished trying to play the sweep. There was extra bounce but Duckett's shot selection did him in as the ball hit his gloves and hit the pad before looping into Wriddhiman Saha's gloves. In a tense and tight situation, Root was adjudged caught behind by Rod Tucker but England successfully used the DRS as the decision was overturned after review.