Cricket bat makers hope World Cup performance of India boosts sales

Meerut, Feb 11 (ANI): The 2015 cricket World Cup starts in New Zealand and Australia on February 14 with rivals Pakistan and India playing against each other on Sunday (February 15). At the sprawling factory complex of Sanspareils Greenlands (SG) in Meerut, some 80 kilometres north-east of New Delhi, hundreds of workers are hunched over their machines, busy cutting, sewing and shaping cricket balls to meet the scaled up demand ahead of the World Cup. Shop floors at family businesses like SG, which have traditionally dominated the cricket gear manufacturing for generations in India, are buzzing with activity before the start of the four-yearly tournament. Dozens of workers cut, glue, sand and bend hundreds of bats every day to the exact specifications of international superstars, who rely on their decades-old techniques. Feb 11, 2015

War of words between Imran Khan and Altaf Hussain's MQM intensifies

Islamabad/Karachi, Feb 11 (ANI): Political temperatures in Pakistan continue to rise as the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) held a rally in Karachi to express solidarity with party chief Altaf Hussain after a spate of statements made against him by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan. The war of words started between the two parties after the release of a Joint Interrogation Team (JIT) report implicating an MQM worker in a Karachi factory blaze. It was the worst incident of fire in Pakistan's history in which more than 250 workers trapped inside the factory were burnt to death. The MQM has termed the report as baseless and biased, but a spokeswoman of Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party held a press conference in Islamabad in which she asked the government to take action against Hussain and his party. Feb 11, 2015

Singapore President inaugurates Peranakan Chinese exhibition in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 11 (ANI): President of Singapore, Tony Tan Keng Yam recentlt inaugurated the first ever exhibition on the Peranakan Chinese in New Delhi as part of his four-day visit to commemorate 50 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The exhibition titled "The Peranakan World - Cross-cultural Art of Singapore and the Straits of Malacca" glimpses into the life of the particular Chinese sect and will display an assortment of objects including diamond and gold jewellery, porcelain, furniture and beadwork, among others. He added it was appropriate that the exhibition was unveiled during the 50th anniversary of India-Singapore relations, stressing that India had a role in influencing Singaporean culture. The exhibition that is being hosted by the National Museum will remain open till March 25. Feb 11, 2015

Nitish Kumar to meet President over government formation in Bihar

Patna/New Delhi, Feb 11 (ANI): Former Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal-United (JD-U) leader Nitish Kumar will today meet President Pranab Mukherjee seeking his intervention to break the political stalemate over change of guard in the state. Kumar is likely to parade 130 MLAs supporting him at Rashtrapati Bhavan to show that he enjoys a majority in Bihar Assembly. Meanwhile, all 130 legislators reached New Delhi ahead of Kumar and will be meeting the President on Wednesday morning (February 11). Feb 11, 2015

Arvind Kejriwal to meet Rajnath Singh and President today

New Delhi, Feb 11 (ANI): Delhi's Chief Minister designate Arvind Kejriwal will meet Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday. Kejriwal, whose Aam Aadmi Party made a clean sweep of the Delhi assembly polls, winning 67 of the 70 seats on offer, was unanimously elected as the leader of the legislative party on Tuesday. He later met Delhi Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung at the latter's official residence and conveyed the news. Jung will now send the report regarding the matter to President Pranab Mukherjee, allowing Kejriwal to stake claim towards government formation in the national capital. The AAP chief has also been provided Z-plus security by the Delhi police. Feb 11, 2015

Australian police thwart imminent attack

Counter-terrorism police in Australia say they prevented an imminent attack linked to Islamic State after arresting two suspects. New South Wales Deputy Police Commissioner Catherine Burn. ( Feb 11, 2015

NBC anchor suspended for six months without pay

NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams has been suspended from his position for six months without pay after admitting a story he told about coming under fire in Iraq was not true. NBC executives Feb 11, 2015