Thursday, July 4, 2013

Core team for ‎WorldCup in place

Core team for ‎#WorldCup in place, but seniors can still comeback! 

The next ‎#ODI World Cup may be nearly one-and-half years away but ‎#BCCI selectors seem to have already zeroed in on nine players who will form the core of Team ‎#India in 2015.

The remaining six slots are up for grabs and will be filled on the basis of performance and fitness.

Check out the mainstay players, here

Do you think the core team is strong enough to appear in the World Cup or it's a hurried decision?

Ullhas P Revankar

Ullhas P Revankar is on a social drive to spread awareness on women safety while riding two wheeler. 

According to filmmaker and Social Activist Ullhas, every year 50-60 women die in road accidents due to head injury because wearing helmets are optional for women while riding two wheeler in India's capital city.

Do you support and agree that the initiative taken by him was much needed?



1.ICC WORLD CUP(50-50)




Drones for anti-Naxalite ops to fly out of Bhilai

  • Decks have finally been cleared to set up the base for the Indian Air Force's (IAF) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) at the Steel Authority of India's airstrip at Bhilai. The UAVs will be used in anti-Naxalite surveillance programme in Chhattisgarh.
  • Though the move to shift the base of the UAVs from Hyderabad to Bhilai was under consideration for some time, the recent massacre of Congress leaders on May 25 in Bastar hastened the process, with the Centre acting as a mediator between SAIL and IAF. If insider's are to be believed, an understanding has reportedly been reached between SAIL and the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO), which will operate the UAVs. According to sources, the process for setting up the base is in final stages and it's only a matter of time that the UAV would start doing daily sorties for monitoring Naxalite movement. Vijay Mairal, DGM of public relations of the Bhilai steel plant, confirmed that a high level team of the NTRO visited the plant on Monday. He, however, refused to divulge any further details saying that discussions were still going on.
  • He also refused to comment on whether a formal MoU had been signed between SAIL and NTRO for using SAIL's Nandni airstrip.
  • As of now, the UAVs had been operating without much success, primarily due to the long flight distance from Hyderabad, where it is currently stationed. The 12 Israeli-made Searcher tactical UAVs imported last year for tactical intelligence gathering in the Naxalite areas of Chhattisgarh and Orissa were to be actually stationed at an airstrip at Jagdalpur.
  • However, reports suggest that Air Force authorities refused deployment of their men in Jagdalpur due to poor living conditions and demanded shifting of the base to SAIL's plant in Bhilai.
  • With this, the UAVs flying distance to sensitive areas of Jagdalpur would reduce to almost half from the present 500km from Hyderabad, sources said.
  • While none of the officials were willing to come on record as to when the UAVs would finally start flying out of Bhilai, additional director general of police (Naxal Operation) R K Vij admitted that it would be of great help in tackling the Naxalite menace.
  • Vij told TOI that the shifting of the base would lead to better coordination as state's officers would be able to visit Bhilai easily for interpretation of data collected.
  • Earlier, officers were sent to Hyderabad and it was time consuming. "All coordination issues will be sorted out if they are in the vicinity," he said.

A round up of the Tri-Series in West Indies so far

A round up of the Tri-Series in West Indies so far:

In the first game, a century from Chris Gayle (left) saw West Indies race to a 6 wicket victory against Sri Lanka, after being set a target of 209.

The second game produced another victory for the host, this time against India, as 97 from opener Johnson Charles (centre) anchored the West Indies innings, chasing 230. A middle order collapse left victory in the balance but Tino Best and Kemar Roach edged their team over the line.

On Tuesday, Sri Lanka defeated India by 161 runs. Batting first, Sri Lanka made 348 for the loss of just one wicket, openers Upul Tharanga (right) and Mahela Jayawardena both making centuries in an opening stand of 213 runs. India was then bowled out for 187, as Sri Lanka raced to victory.

200 Days Passed

No more candles, no more bulletins, no more black profile pic, we all indeed have Alzheimer's, isn't??

We all say this at least 12 years of our life:

But we are so cruel that we forgot what happened to our sister before 200 days. Today 04/07/2013 marks the 200th day of "DELHI GANG RAPE CASE"


Situation on border with Pakistan tense

Situation on border with Pakistan tense: Indian Army

Firing, ceasefire violations and infiltration attempts from across the border have increased and the situation along the LoC is tense, the Army said on Wednesday.

"The situation on the border (with Pakistan) is tense but under control," General Officer Commanding (GOC) 16 Corps, Lt Gen D S Hooda, told reporters in Jhangar.

"Firing (from across the border) has increased in the past two to three months. Ceasefire violations have increased. The situation on the border is tense," he said.

The GOC was replying to a volley of questions on the situation along LoC on the sidelines of a function to remember Brigadier Mohd Usman who attained martyrdom while defending the country during 1947-48 operations in Naoshera sector.

"Whatever you say on the ground is true. Infiltration attempts are going on. Two attempts — one in Keri (Rajouri) and another in Poonch have been foiled recently," Lt Gen Hooda said.

"Infiltrators are now attacking our security forces, targeting our posts more openly as they are desperate to infiltrate.

"But in Kashmir, they are able to infiltrate because of heavy snowfall which damages the fencing erected for checking infiltration," he said.

"Attack on security forces to inflict more and more casualties is the new strategy of infiltrators," the army officer said.

On Border Action Team attacks from across the border, the Army Commander said "there are strong possibilities of BAT strikes on our forces from the Pakistani side as experienced previously."

Replying to a query, he said "it is premature to attribute escalation in tension on the border to the change in government in Pakistan."

He said the Army is vigilant and troops have been asked to remain alert round-the-clock.

On suicide cases within army, Lt Gen Hooda said "95 per cent of cases of suicide in army are due to personal problems of jawans.

"The job of army is difficult, but work culture is good. I don’t think there is any pressure of working," he said.

nuclear counter-strike

Dr Avinash Chander has revealed that one of his key mandates as the head of the country’s military research complex, is to drastically reduce the time India will take for a potential nuclear counter-strike.

“In the second strike capability, the most important thing is how fast we can react. We are working on cannisterised systems that can launch from anywhere at anytime,” said Dr Chander. “We are making much more agile, fast-reacting, stable missiles so response can be within minutes.” India has a no first use policy for nuclear weapons, and its current response time for a retaliatory strike is classified. The DRDO chief’s task is to whittle it down by a substantial degree to provide the Strategic Forces Command (SFC) with a literally ‘anywhere-anytime’ ability.

India’s current land-based nuclear weapon delivery systems include the 1,250-km range Agni-I, 2,000-km range Agni-II and 3,500-km range Agni-III. The DRDO chief has expressed confidence that 2 of India’s two most ambitious nuclear missiles under test, the 4,000-km range Agni-IV and 6,000+ km range Agni-V, will both be inducted into the strategic arsenal within two years.

“We’ll induct the Agni IV and V inducted in the next two years. It’s the first time we will be inducting strategic missiles with such long ranges together. Agni III, IV and V are going to be the thrust areas. They give us the reach which we need, and are our highest priority now. Within two years we have to make sure that it happens,” said Dr Chander.

Asked about whether India needed an inter-continental ballistic missile (ICBM), with ranges in excess of 10,000-km like China’s DF-31 and other in-development weapons, Dr Chander said his missile laboratories could develop and deploy an ICBM in as little as three-five years. “As we see today, we don’t find the need for ranges more than 5,000-6,000 km. The technology building blocks required to build a longer range missile already exist. We are in a position to activate any such system at very short notice,” said Dr Chander.
Asked about how India’s missile programme squared off against China’s, he said, “Comparisons are odious, always difficult, and many times taken out of context. If you see at the capability level, our missiles, radars are comparable with the Chinese and other friends around us.