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Bolt, Biles win Laureus Sportsperson of the year award
MONACO: Sprint king Usain Bolt pipped the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and LeBron James to win the 'Sportsman of the Year' trophy for the record-equalling fourth time while gymnast Simone Biles clinched the top honour in the women's category at the Laureus World Awards here.
They are the little and large of sport – while Bolt stands 1.95 metres, Biles measures just 1.45 metres – but they were both giants at the Rio Olympics and enjoyed an ecstatic welcome as they received their statuettes here, the birthplace of the first ever Laureus awards 17 years ago.
Starc will challenge Kohli throughout the series: Hussey
NEW DELHI: It will take a "collective bowling effort" from Australia to counter the Virat Kohli phenomenon but former batsman Mike Hussey believes that Mitchell Starc with his abilities will pose some serious challenge for the Indian captain throughout the Test series.
Kohli recently eclipsed Sir Don Bradman's world record scoring four double hundreds in four successive Test series.
E-commerce expected to touch USD 50-55 billion by 2021: Study
MUMBAI: E-commerce market is expected to be at USD 50-55 billion by 2021 from the current USD 6-8 billion, according to a recent report.
The report by Retailers Association of India and Boston Consulting Group revealed that on decoding the digital opportunity sectors that could see maximum e-commerce penetration would be consumer electronics, apparel, homeware and furniture, luxury, health, FMCG and food and grocery.
India, UAE trade to hit USD 100 billion by 2020: CII
DUBAI: Trade between India and the UAE is set to hit USD 100 billion by 2020, up from the current USD 60 billion, the Confederation of Indian Industry has said.
"This is evident in the growing interest by the Indian companies towards the Middle East markets and in particular the UAE and efforts made by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry and CII to further strengthen the trade and investment ties," Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) said in a statement released here.
Record 27 US Congressmen travelling to India this month
WASHINGTON: A record number of 27 US Congressmen will visit India later this month, reflecting the growing bipartisan support for strengthening the Indo-US strategic ties.
The top lawmakers from both the Republican and Democratic parties are visiting India in two separate delegations.
Describing this as an important development, Navtej Sarna, Indian Ambassador to the US, said such visit is reflective of the efforts on the part of the US to "strengthen and build" on the bipartisan support that they have in the US Congress for India-US relations
Six killed in suicide attack in northwestern Pakistan
PESHAWAR: Four security personnel were among at least six persons who were killed when two Taliban suicide bombers today attacked a government compound in northwestern Pakistan's restive tribal region.
The explosion took place at the headquarters in Ghalanai in the Mohmand tribal region when two suicide bombers tried to enter the colony and when signaled to stop – one blew himself up while the other was killed by firing of security forces, the Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) said.
North Korea slams UN condemnation of missile launch
SEOUL: North Korea defended its latest ballistic missile launch and slammed UN Security Council condemnation in a defiant statement today, as tensions escalate over the reclusive state's recent behaviour.
The communique from the North's foreign ministry came as investigators in Malaysia probe the shock assassination of Kim Jong-Un's half-brother Monday. The North's leader has been trying to strengthen his grip on power in the face of growing international pressure over his country's nuclear and missile programmes.
Chinese media warns India against playing Taiwan card
BEIJING: China's official media today warned India against playing the 'Taiwan card', saying New Delhi will suffer losses by challenging Beijing over the sensitive issue.
The warning came after a Taiwanese women Parliamentary delegation visited India."By challenging China over the Taiwan question, India is playing with fire," state-run Global Times said in an op-ed article titled 'New Delhi will suffer losses if it plays Taiwan card'.
ISRO now set for South Asian Satellite launch by March end
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Soon after the historic launch of 104 satellites at one go on Wednesday setting a world record, scientists and directors from ISRO centres here announced that the focus now will be on the launch of South Asian Satellite by the end of March.
"Definitely, ISRO's launch of maximum number of 104 satellites at one go including three domestic led by the advanced remote sensing satellite Cartosat-2 series and 101 foreign satellites on board PSLV-C37 has special significance, It will reduce the cost incurred for satellite launches," Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) director K Sivan told TOI, while on his way here from Sriharikota.
Three arrested for violence in city hospital
KOLKATA: Three persons have been arrested for their alleged involvement in the violence at a private hospital in southern part of the city following the death of a patient there.
Rakesh Dhanuk (25), Jiauddin and Sk Sony (22) were arrested from their respective residences in Khidirpore area of the city late last night during raids, a senior official of Kolkata Police said Thursday morning.