Ravi Shastri named as new team India Coach
Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) on Tuesday named Ravi Shastri as the new head coach of Team India. CAC members, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, after conducting interview with the five shortlisted candidates on Monday (July 10) have selected former Team India director as the head coach for a period of two years. Apart from Shastri, four other candidates namely Lalchand Rajput, Virender Sehwag, Richard Pybus and Tom Moody were called in for interview as well. Shastri was already a frontrunner for the post and no surprises that he walks away with the job. It is reported that Shastri’s good relation with the current Indian captain Virat Kohli have helped him earn the post.
Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina condemns Amarnath terror attack, writes to PM Modi
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Tuesday condemned the deadly terror attack on Amarnath pilgrims that took place on Monday evening and also wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing her condolences to the families of victims. “PM Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh writes to PM Narendra Modi condemns the dastardly Amarnath Terror Attack and conveys condolences of govt and people of Bangladesh,” Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Gopal Baglay tweeted. Several others world leaders also condemned the brutal terror attack that killed seven Amarnath pilgrims from Gujarat and injured 14 others. The attack took place near Batengoo in Jammu and Kashmir’s Anantnag district when heavily armed terrorists opened fire on a bus full of Amarnath pilgrims.
Vice-Presidential election 2017: Gopalkrishna Gandhi to be Opposition’s candidate
Opposition parties on Tuesday unanimously decided to pick former West Bengal governor Gopal Krishna Gandhi as its candidate for the post of vice-president. According to the reports, Gandhi was the only name, discussed when 18 Opposition parties met today to decide on their candidate for the vice-presidential poll. He was approached by Mamata Banerjee for vice-presidential candidacy in 2012, which he declined. The Janata Dal United, represented by Sharad Yadav chose Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson to be its nominee for vice-president. Notably JD(U) had broken ranks with the Opposition over the presidential poll last month. Other leaders at the meeting included Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, former prime minister Manmohan Singh, TMC’s Derek O’ Brien, CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury, NC’s Omar Abdullah, SP’s Naresh Agarwal and BSP’s Satish Chandra Mishra.
Ahmedabad becomes India’s first World Heritage City
The Walled City of Ahmedabad, founded by Sultan Ahmed Shah in the 15th century, has been declared India’s first World Heritage City. The World Heritage Committee (WHC) of UNESCO made the announcement. The 5.5 km walled city area with an approximate population of four lakh, living in century old wooden residences in around 600 pols or neighborhoods, is regarded as a living heritage. “The walled city of Ahmedabad on the eastern banks of Sabarmati river presents a rich architectural heritage from the sultanate period, notably the Bhadra citadel, the walls and gates of the Fort city and numerous mosques and tombs, as well as important Hindu and Jain temples of later periods,” the WHC of UNESCO noted. It has now joined the privileged club of heritage cities like Paris, Cairo, Edinburg and two cities in the subcontinent, Bhaktpur in Nepal and Galle in Sri Lanka.
Saint Teresa’s blue-bordered sari an Intellectual Property now
The famous blue-bordered sari of Mother Teresa, who has been canonised as Saint Teresa of Calcutta by the Vatican, has been recognized as an Intellectual Property of the Missionaries of Charity. The Trade Marks Registry, Government of India, has granted the registration of the trade mark for that pattern of blue border of sari. The diminutive nun of Albanian descent from Macedonia went around the streets of Kolkata since 1948 to be with the poor and the destitute wearing a white sari with three blue borders, the outer border being wider than the two inner ones. “The blue-designed border on the sari worn by nuns of Missionaries of Charity was recognized as Intellectual Property for the organisation on September 4, 2016, the day the Mother was canonized.