IPL 2017: Delhi Daredevils vs Gujarat Lions, highlights: Pant, Samson power DD to 7-wicket win

Powered by a brilliant 143-run second wicket partnership between Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson, Delhi Daredevils defeated Gujarat Lions by 7 wickets in the 2017 Indian Premier League at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Thursday. Get highlights of Delhi Daredevils vs Gujarat Lions here.

Delhi Daredevils chased down Gujarat Lions’ total of 208/7 with seven wickets and 15 balls to spare in what was the second highest successful chase in the history of the Indian Premier League. Rishabh Pant (97) fell short of his century by three runs but earned praise from all over thanks to his brilliant innings at the Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Thursday. The Delhi Daredevils are still sixth in the standings but have kept alive their chances of qualifying for the playoffs. Gujarat Lions, on the other hand, do not have any chance of qualifying for the top-4 spots. Get highlights of Delhi Daredevils vs Gujarat Lions here.

No media glare for South Asia Satellite

ISRO has been unusually reticent about its launch from Sriharikota today

A communication spacecraft, the South Asia Satellite, which will serve India and six of its regional neighbours, is set to lift off from Sriharikota off Andhra Pradesh on Friday evening.

Some bare information on this regional diplomatic overture apart, mystery shrouded the civil mission until late on the eve of the launch. The 2230-kg spacecraft will be launched on a GSLV, the Indian Space Research Organisation’s medium-lift rocket, numbered F09.

A normally transparent ISRO has been unusually reticent about a less than routine launch. The time of the launch has a cryptic clue – one must infer it as 4.57 p.m. from the duration of the countdown. There will be no live telecast. Brochures that would be routinely released about five days ahead of a mission are still to be uploaded on the ISRO website.

SC verdict today on appeals of Nirbhaya case convicts

The four have opposed death penalty for the December 16, 2012 gangrape, murder

The Supreme Court will on Friday pronounce the judgment on the appeals filed by four death row convicts against death penalty in the December 16, 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case.

The brutal crime against the 23-year-old had created public furore for a more stringent law to deal with sex crimes against women. She was brutally assaulted and raped by six persons on a moving bus in South Delhi and thrown out of the vehicle with her male friend on the night of December 16, 2012. She died days later in a Singapore hospital.

Nirbhaya Act

In 2013, Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2013 or the Anti-Rape Bill, which was later called the Nirbhaya Act, came into existence. The new law mandated death penalty under Section 376A of the Indian Penal Code.

Under Section 376A, whoever commits rape, which leads to the death of the victim or causes her to be in a “persistent vegetative state,” shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment for a minimum term of 20 years which may extend to life or with death.

Marathon hearings

The three-judge Bench led by Justice Dipak Misra wrapped up the marathon hearings on their appeals on March 27. The appeals were heard for almost a year on a day-to-day basis.

The arguments ended with senior advocate Siddharth Luthra, appearing for the Delhi Police, strongly pushing for death penalty for the convicts as a proportionate punishment for their “brutal crime.”

Amicus curiae and senior advocate Raju Ramachandran had, however, opposed, asking the court to consider sentencing the convicts to a life in prison.

Incidentally, the Bench had prima facie agreed with the contention of the amicus that Section 235 of the Code of Criminal Procedure — which provides that a trial court should individually hear a convict before sentencing him — was not followed in this case.

Young age

Advocates A.P. Singh and M.L. Sharma, appearing for the convicts, asked the court to consider their family background and young age as mitigating factors.

The convicts — Mukesh, Pawan, Vinay Sharma and Akshay Kumar Singh — had approached the Supreme Court against the Delhi High Court decision confirming the death penalty awarded to them by the trial court.

More locals take to militancy in Kashmir Valley

Once zero-militancy districts, Srinagar & Ganderbal are home to 23 ultras now.

The latest figures of militants in the Kashmir Valley reflect a grim picture as 30 locals joined the militant ranks in the first four months this year, and the once zero-militancy districts of Srinagar and Ganderbal are home to 23 active militants now.

A district-wise mapping of militants by the police’s counter-insurgency cell, accessed exclusively by The Hindu, shows at least 224 militants are active in central, south and north Kashmir.

These numbers are alarming because the ranks have swelled in the winter, when most passes on the Line of Control remain closed.

“Summers and melting snow always spike militants’ numbers. The fact that we have such a huge number of militants so early in the year only points to the swelling ranks of militants internally,” said a top counter-insurgency police officer.

Of 224 militants, 130 militants are locals and “trained within the Valley”. Growing street unrest, especially in 2016, helped militants recruit more and more youth, said the police officer.

Of the 30 youths who picked up arms in the first four months this year, the highest number of ten were from Pulwama, which has become a springboard of militancy with the presence of 70 militants, including 12 foreigners.

A police official said the “bold activities” of militants have forced the top leaders of several mainstream political parties to leave Pulwama and shift to Srinagar. “Even MLAs find it hard to visit their constituencies in Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama,” he added.

According to the police data, Ganderbal, Budgam and Srinagar, which were zero-militancy districts till 2015, have 11, 11 and 13 militants respectively hiding in the built-up areas.

In capital Srinagar, 11 locals have joined the militants, including from parts of the old city and the outskirts, according to the police. “The ideology of recruits from Srinagar is more radical,” said the police.

The number of militants in Kashmir numbered less than 100 till 2015. However, slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani infused new strength in the ranks by galvanising ground support in south Kashmir in 2013, after the hanging of the Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

Volatile south Kashmir remains highly populated with militants numbering 141 in four districts of Shopian (24), Pulwama (70), Anantnag (21) and Kulgam (25).

The north too is slowly slipping on the security front, with a higher presence of foreign militants. “Fresh infiltration has replenished militant ranks in north Kashmir, too, as Kupwara has 24 foreign militants and Baramula 15,” says the report.

The presence of local militants in the north is slowly swelling, with five youth from Bandipora, five from Kupwara and 22 from Baramulla.

Both the Hizbul Mujahideen and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) have neck-to-neck numbers in Kashmir Valley now. “In south and central Kashmir, both the outfits prefer to work in tandem,” said the police.

Ranbir & Sushant In A Towel To Aamir Going Full On Nude! Times When Our Bollywood Men Dared To Bare On Screen

Internet is buzzing with Katrina Kaif’s towel clad picture by Mario Testino. What most people don’t know is that Sushant Singh Rajput was also clicked by the ace photographer for his much talked about ‘Towel Series’.

Sushant can be seen holding sexy expressions on his face and a crisp white towel in his hand in the picture. For obvious reasons, this photo reminds us of John Abraham’s butt act from Dostana because Sushant has also attempted a similar act in the picture.

Bollywood has seen many hot bodied men flaunting their sexy bods in towels and trunks in the past. So here’s a package for the eyes of all the gorgeous females who want some respite from seeing dull acts put up by Bollywood stars. We bring to you a string of clicks of Bollywood men who were bold enough to leave us gasping for breaths in some of the hottest clicks.

Bollywood Celebrities Arrive for Late Vinod Khanna’s Prayer Meet

The once-upon-a-time heartthrob of Bollywood Vinod Khanna breathed his last on April 27, 2017, as he succumbed to cancer. The late actor’s family organised a prayer meeting at Nehru Centre in Mumbai on the evening of May 3.

Bollywood celebrities arrived in numbers for the condolence meeting, many who had especially missed his funeral ceremony. From among those who were spotted at the venue include celebrities like Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Hrithik and Rakesh Roshan, Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan, Sridevi, Arjun Rampal, Sonu Sood, Arbaaz Khan, Athiya Shetty, Shakti and Shivangi Kapoor, Abbas Mustan, Javed Akhtar, Farhan Akhtar, Malaika Arora, Ashutosh Gowarikar among others.

Vinod was one of the most sought after film stars in the 1970s and 1980s. The actor is survived by his wife, Kavita Khanna, and four children – Rahul, Akshaye, Sakshi, and Shraddha. Rahul and Akshaye, both actors, were from his first wife, Geetanjali.