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Adani’s market loss swells to $70 bln as its fight…

Adani group shares extended their sharp falls on Monday as the Indian conglomerate's rebuttal of a U.S. short-seller's criticism failed to pacify investors, driving stock market losses for the companies to almost $70 billion over three days. Flagship Adani Enterprises ADEL.NS, which is facing a crucial test this week with…

Adani slammed by $48bn stock rout, clouding record share sale

Shares of India's Adani Enterprises sank nearly 20 per cent on Friday (27) as a scathing report by a US short seller triggered a rout in the conglomerate's listed firms, casting doubts on how investors will respond to the company's record $2.45 billion secondary sale. Seven listed companies of the…

UAE approves $2bn funding to cash-strapped Pakistan

Pakistan on Thursday (19) announced that the UAE has rolled over its deposits of $2 billion, providing critical support to the cash-strapped country’s depleting foreign exchange reserves. The confirmation came days after Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif visited the oil-rich Gulf country seeking help to improve the balance of payments. Finance…

Pramukh Swami Maharaj centenary: More than 12m pay tributes during…

His Holiness (HH) Pramukh Swami Maharaj (1921-2016), the fifth spiritual successor of Bhagwan Swaminarayan, was on Sunday (15) given a grand devotional tribute in the closing ceremony of his centenary celebrations in India in the divine presence of HH Mahant Swami Maharaj, his spiritual successor. In the month-long festival, more…

UAE to rollover $2bn loan, give additional $1bn: Pakistan PM…

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Thursday agreed to extend an existing loan of $2 billion and provide an additional loan of $1 billion to help cash-strapped Pakistan tackle its economic woes, including the fast-depleting foreign exchange reserves. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif's Office made the announcement after his meeting with…

Tributes pour in as Pramukh Swami Maharaj’s centennial birth anniversary…

The centennial birth anniversary of His Holiness (HH) Pramukh Swami Maharaj (1921-2016) was observed at a special commemorative event in the UK parliament on Monday (19). The occasion saw the presence of a number of dignitaries, including the virtual presence of prime minister Rishi Sunak. At the centennial celebration, special…

Mega events mark first week of centennial celebration of Pramukh…

Many events were held during the first week of centennial celebration of His Holiness Pramukh Swami Maharaj in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The grand centennial celebration was inaugurated by prime minister Narendra Modi and His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj on December 14. The celebration will continue through January 15, 2023, and each…

Leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed to become youngest England Test player

Leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed will become England's youngest-ever Test cricketer when the third and final game against Pakistan begins in Karachi on Saturday, skipper Ben Stokes said. Ahmed will be 18 years and 126 days old when the match begins, beating Brian Close who was 18 years and 149 days old…

In 90s, rival teams wanted to copy Australia, now it’s…

Star all-rounder Moeen Ali sees nothing wrong in rival teams trying to "copy" the much-talked-about England template in white-ball cricket following their resounding success in global events. With their recent triumph in Australia, England became the first team to hold the ODI and T20 World Cup trophies in the same…

Rehan Ahmed may become England’s youngest Test player

Leg-spinner Rehan Ahmed will become England's youngest men's Test cricketer if becomes part of the team’s playing XI against Pakistan in December.Ahmed, who has been added to the England squad for the three-Test series beginning on December 1, is aged 18 years and 103 days. If he gets the cap…

Someone like Nehra is more suited to a T20 coaching…

Harbhajan Singh feels someone like Ashish Nehra must be part of India's T20 coaching setup as he knows the shortest format perhaps better than current head coach Rahul Dravid. Nehra retired from the game in 2017 and earlier this year coached Gujarat Titans to the title on their IPL debut.…

Twenty facts about Tamil neo-noir thriller Vikram Vedha and its…

THIS week’s big Bollywood release Vikram Vedha is a remake of a smash hit 2017 Tamil film of the same name. The story revolves around a tough police officer trying to kill a feared gangster, who voluntarily surrenders and tells him three stories which may change his perceptions of good…

All or nothing: the biggest derbies in Premier League football

As Graham Potter takes over the reins from Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea, his first test will come at Craven Cottage against local rivals Fulham. While definitely a derby, it is not one of the league’s fiercest rivalries. Instead, here is a look at the top derbies in Premier League football.…

Dr S Jaishankar appreciates BAPS Hindu Mandir: ‘Symbol of peace,…

On the auspicious day of Ganesh Chaturthi, India's external affairs minister Dr S. Jaishankar visited the BAPS Hindu Mandir site in Abu Dhabi. He was accompanied by an esteemed delegation of senior officials from the Ministry of External Affairs, including the Foreign Secretary Vinay Mohan Kwatra, Ambassador Sanjay Sudhir, Joint…

India’s Foreign Minister S Jaishankar visits under construction first Hindu…

External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar who is on a three-day visit to United Arab Emirates (UAE) visited the under-construction Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi said to be the first traditional temple in the Arabian Peninsula and expressed his happiness over its "rapid progress." On Wednesday, Jaishankar visited the site of…

Foundation Ceremony of Architectural Masterpiece for Cultural Harmony in France

BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) – an international socio-spiritual organisation affiliated to the UN and with major centres in London, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, New Delhi, Nairobi, Abu Dhabi and Sydney – is beginning work on its next major project, in Paris.  The foundation stone-laying ceremony for what has been…

Uganda envoy Madhvani to focus on trade with UK

NIMISHA MADHVANI, whose appointment as Uganda’s high commissioner in London was reported in Eastern Eye last December, took up her post last week. She does so at an important phase in Uganda-UK relations. First, 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of Idi Amin’s expulsion of 90,000 Uganda Asians, nearly 30,000 of…

BAPS Mandir celebrates Raksha Bandhan in Abu Dhabi

Raksha Bandhan, a Hindu festival that signifies the bond between brothers and sisters, was recently celebrated at the BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi. Handmade 'rakhis' or sacred threads were offered to more than 4,000 blue-collar expat workers during a special prayer led by temple chief Pujya Swami Brahmaviharidas. The…

After China, UAE offers help to cash-starved Pakistan: Report

In response to cash-strapped Pakistan's request for fresh loans, the UAE has offered to buy minority shares in publicly-listed government-owned companies at a negotiated price and a seat on each of the firm's boards, according to a media report on Tuesday. The development comes amid China's decision to roll over…

Erling Haaland satisfies Man City’s need for a striker and…

Manchester City are still waiting for their moment of Champions League glory, but by winning the race to sign Erling Haaland they have established themselves as a go-to destination for Europe's top talent.The 21-year-old goalscoring phenomenon had his choice of the continent's top clubs thanks to a reported buyout clause…

Hrithik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan’s Vikram Vedha wraps filming

The shoot of Hrithik Roshan and Saif Ali Khan-starrer action film Vikram Vedha has been completed, the makers said on Friday. Billed as an edge-of-the-seat action crime thriller, the movie is based on the popular Indian folktale "Vikram Aur Betal". It tells the story of a tough police officer (Khan)…

Nora Fatehi and Nargis Fakhri make heads turn at IIFA…

Bollywood celebrities made a stylish appearance on the IIFA Rocks Green carpet. B-Town Divas Nora Fatehi and Nargis Fakhri turn heads as they looked drop-dead gorgeous at the IIFA Awards. They shared pictures on their social media account. The 'Dilbar' actor Nora Fatehi looked ravishing in her recent pictures, which…

What’s written in Salman Khan’s threat letter? Read inside

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan and his father, veteran screenwriter Salim Khan have received an anonymous letter, threatening to kill them, Mumbai Police informed the media on Sunday. An FIR has been filed at Bandra police station against an unknown person in the case and a further probe is currently underway.…

Tiger Shroff says dismal box office score of Heropanti 2…

As someone who is ‘extremely connected’ to his work, actor Tiger Shroff says the poor performance of his last release Heropanti 2 has left him heartbroken. Directed by Ahmed Khan and produced by Sajid Nadiadwala, the film released theatrically in April and received middling reviews from the critics. Heropanti 2…

Sardar Udham and Atrangi Re win top honours at IIFA…

Filmmaker Shoojit Sircar’s period drama Sardar Udham (2021), starring Vicky Kaushal in the titular role, emerged as the top winner at the IIFA Rocks 2022 ceremony with three awards in the technical categories, including cinematography and editing. The annual ceremony that recognises the best technical talent in the Hindi film…

Abu Dhabi temple on course for inauguration in early 2024

A Hindu temple being built by the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha in Abu Dhabi is expected to be completed within the next two years.The construction of the temple on a piece of land gifted by the UAE administration on the Dubai-Abu Dhabi highway, began in December 2019, some eight months after…

‘One in a million’ Klopp makes Liverpool a European giant…

"We are not here by any kind of magic," said Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool's third appearance in the Champions League final in five years. "We deserve this." Real Madrid stand in the Reds' way at the Stade de France on Saturday, just as they did four years ago in the…

Johnson to travel to UAE after president’s death

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson will fly to the United Arab Emirates on Sunday (15) to pay his condolences following the death of president Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, Downing Street said. Johnson's visit will also "reinforce the close bond between the UK and United Arab Emirates," the statement said.…

BAPS spiritual leaders meet Narendra Modi

TWO spiritual leaders of the Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan (BAPS) Sanstha met Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi recently. The trio prayed for the welfare of Indians worldwide. HH Pujya Ishwarcharan Swami honoured Modi with a garland, while Brahmavihari Swami updated the prime minister on Sanstha’s Covid-19 pandemic…

Johnson meets Saudi, UAE leaders as war roils oil prices

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson began lobbying Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to pump more oil to calm markets roiled by Russia's invasion of Ukraine as he met the Gulf states' leadership on Wednesday (16).Johnson arrived in Abu Dhabi for talks with crown prince Mohammed bin Zayed and…

Indian delegation led by Lok Sabha speaker visits BAPS in…

AN INDIAN delegation of 17 people led by Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla visited the BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday (23). The delegation was accompanied by UAE Federal National Council Member Ayesha Mohammed Al Mulla. “The BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi is an ideal example of…

UAE, India sign ‘milestone’ pact to boost economies

The United Arab Emirates and India signed a "milestone" economic deal to boost trade and investment Friday, as the countries seek to bolster their economies after the coronavirus pandemic. Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan, the UAE's de facto ruler, and India's prime minister Narendra Modi held a…

Andy Murray handed wild card for Australian Open

FORMER men's tennis world number one Andy Murray has been handed a wild card invitation for the Australian Open, organisers announced on Thursday (23) praising him for his "fighting spirit". The 34-year-old is ranked a lowly 134 as he battles to recover consistently good form after persistent injury problems. However,…

Hinduja Group ‘eyeing Axa’s stake in Indian life insurance business’

HINDUJA Group is believed to have partnered with the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) to buy Axa’s stake in Bharti-Axa Life Insurance. Investment bank Jefferies has been hired to advise on the potential transaction and the due diligence process is expected to be completed early next year, Moneycontrol reported. The…

Katrina Kaif onboards Ali Abbas Zafar’s next with Shahid Kapoor

Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif has joined Shahid Kapoor on the cast of filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar’s next directorial, as per reports. Bhumi Pednekar was the original choice for the role, but when she turned down the offer, the makers decided to rope in Kaif for the same. Sharing more details,…

T20 World Cup: New Zealand beat England in semifinal

DARYL MITCHELL smashed an unbeaten 72 while Jimmy Neesham was hailed as a "momentum changer" as New Zealand defeated England by five wickets to reach the Twenty20 World Cup final on Wednesday (10). Chasing 166 for victory, New Zealand were in deep trouble at 13 for 2 and 107 for…

Paytm makes history with India’s largest IPO

FINTECH firm Paytm's Rs 183-billion (£1.83 bn) IPO was oversubscribed 1.89 times on the last day of India's biggest share sale on Wednesday (10), making it one of the country's most valued companies. The initial public offering of Paytm's parent company One97 Communications Ltd received bids for 91.4 million equity…

India eliminated from T20 World Cup

NEW ZEALAND reached the Twenty20 World Cup semi-finals with a comfortable eight-wicket win over Afghanistan on Sunday (7), a result that eliminated India from the contest. Chasing a modest 125, skipper Kane Williamson (40) and Devon Conway (36) put on an unbeaten stand of 68 to drive the team home…

Australia postpones Afghanistan Test until ‘situation is clearer’

CRICKET AUSTRALIA (CA) confirmed on Friday (5) it has postponed the Afghanistan Test in Hobart scheduled for Nov. 27 until the situation regarding the women's game in the South Asian nation becomes clearer. CA had said in September it would scrap the Test if the Taliban government, which took power…

Sharma keeps India alive at T20 World Cup

Opening batsman Rohit Sharma hit a blistering 74 to set up India's first win at the Twenty20 World Cup with a 66-run drubbing of Afghanistan on Wednesday as Virat Kohli's team avoided a shock early exit. The Indian batting finally fired with Sharma and KL Rahul, who made 69, putting…

Pakistan’s Babar in ‘severe distress’ over ill mother

Pakistan captain Babar Azam's mother was on a ventilator when he played the T20 World Cup match against arch-rivals India, his father revealed on Saturday. Babar scored 68 not out and shared an opening stand of 152 with Mohammad Rizwan (79 not out) as Pakistan trounced India by 10 wickets…

‘Analyse, move forward’, says Bumrah after second World Cup loss

India's Jasprit Bumrah on Sunday said they will "analyse and move forward" to keep their Twenty20 World Cup hopes alive despite a crushing eight-wicket defeat to New Zealand. Trent Boult led an inspired bowling attack to help New Zealand hand India a second successive loss of the Super 12 stage…

Indian minister visits BAPS temple construction site in Abu Dhabi

INDIA’S minister of state for external affairs V Muraleedharan visited the construction site of the BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi. Muraleedharan, who was greeted by Brahmavihari Swamiji and other swamis, observed the ongoing construction of the temple and witnessed the installation of an intricately carved marble pillar, central to the…

Modi meets Pope Francis, invites him to India

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said he had a "very warm meeting" with Pope Francis and discussed a wide range of issues and also invited him to visit India at an early date. Modi, who is the first Indian prime minister to meet Francis since he became Pope…

Roy praises bowlers for England’s second T20 World Cup win

Opening batsman Jason Roy on Wednesday credited the England bowlers for helping set up a second successive victory at the Twenty20 World Cup with an eight-wicket drubbing of Bangladesh. Roy smashed 61 off 38 balls as England romped to their victory target of 125 in 14.1 overs in the Super…

T20 World Cup: Kumara, Liton fined for on-field row

SRI Lanka's Lahiru Kumara and Liton Das of Bangladesh have been fined for an angry exchange in the emotionally charged match between the two Asian nations at the Twenty20 World Cup. Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh by five wickets in Abu Dhabi on Sunday (23) after they chased down the victory…

England crush West Indies at T20 World Cup, Aussies edge…

ENGLAND thrashed defending champions West Indies by six wickets in their opening match of the Twenty20 World Cup on Saturday (23), while Australia beat South Africa in a tense, low-scoring match. Leg-spinner Adil Rashid took career-best T20 figures of 4-2 as favourites England began the Super 12 stage by skittling…

Sri Lanka thump Ireland to reach Super 12s, Namibia claim…

Sri Lanka became the first team to progress from the T20 World Cup first round on Wednesday by recovering from a nervous start to thrash Ireland, while Namibia claimed a historic win over the Netherlands. Ireland had the Sri Lankans in trouble at 8-3, but Wanindu Hasaranga and Pathum Nissanka…

BCCI chief Ganguly hopeful IPL 2022 will be held in…

INDIAN cricket board president Sourav Ganguly expects next year's Indian Premier League (IPL) to be played in the country after the Covid-19 pandemic forced them to stage the second half of this year's tournament in the United Arab Emirates. The eight-team tournament with an estimated brand value of $6.8 billion…

Kohli gets a last shot at World Cup glory as…

Virat Kohli will be looking for a fairytale ending to his leadership of India's Twenty20 team as he chases an elusive first major title at the World Cup. The 32-year-old Kohli will step down as T20 skipper after the 16-nation tournament in the United Arab Emirates and Oman that starts…

UAE deputy prime minister visits BAPS temple model at Expo…

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES deputy prime minister and minister of presidential affairs, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, last week visited the BAPS Hindu temple display at the India Pavilion at the Expo 2020 Dubai with consul general Dr Aman Puri. He is the latest dignitary to visit the display after…

Akila Dananjaya among 4 changes in Sri Lanka’s T20 squad

SRI Lanka added spinner Akila Dananjaya, batsman Pathum Nissanka and seamers Lahiru Kumara and Binura Fernando to their 15-man squad for the Twenty20 World Cup, the country's cricket board said on Sunday (10). The quartet replaced all-rounders Lahiru Madushanka and Kamindu Mendis, spinner Praveen Jayawickrama and veteran fast bowler Nuwan…

Rohit rues inconsistent Mumbai as Kolkata snatch playoff berth

MUMBAI INDIANS captain Rohit Sharma said his side paid the price for their inconsistency after Kolkata Knight Riders pipped them to the final playoff position at this year's Indian Premier League (IPL). Five-time champions Mumbai thumped Sunrisers Hyderabad by 42 runs on Friday, but Kolkata claimed the last playoff berth…

Delhi top IPL table, champions Mumbai crash out

Delhi Capitals topped the Indian Premier League table despite losing to Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore while holders Mumbai Indians crashed out on Friday. Srikar Bharat hit a last ball six to steer Bangalore to a dramatic seven-wicket in Dubai on a day IPL witnessed the final two league games…

Abu Dhabi Hindu temple site: 35 Gujarat officials visit

THIRTY-FIVE officials of the government of the western Indian state of Gujarat, including some Indian Administrative Service officers, on Tuesday (5) visited the under-construction BAPS Hindu Temple in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, Ahmedabad Mirror reported. They are in the UAE to attend the Expo 2020 Dubai which kicked…

Hrithik Roshan and Ranbir Kapoor meet Nitesh Tiwari to discuss…

Hrithik Roshan and Ranbir Kapoor, who are rumoured to be playing the lead roles in filmmaker Nitesh Tiwari’s much-talked-about magnum-opus Ramayana, were spotted together on Saturday. The duo was seen visiting Namit Malhotra’s office for a private meeting with Malhotra, Tiwari and producer Madhu Mantena for the upcoming project expected…

UAE stadiums to be at 70 per cent capacity for…

STADIUMS in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will operate at 70 per cent of capacity for the Twenty20 World Cup, the organisers said, though conditions in Oman, where preliminary rounds are due to be played, have still to be fully assessed following a cyclone. Tropical Cyclone Shaheen struck coastal areas…

Jayawardene named consultant for Sri Lanka’s T20 World Cup

FORMER Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene has been appointed the national team's consultant for the first round of next month's Twenty20 World Cup, the country's cricket board said. Jayawardene, Sri Lanka's second-highest scorer in Test cricket after Kumar Sangakkara, will join the team in the United Arab Emirates after the…

IPL 2021: Iyer, Narine star as Kolkata thrash Mumbai

EOIN MORGAN'S Kolkata Knight Riders won their second straight Indian Premier League match with a seven-wicket thrashing of holders Mumbai Indians on Thursday (23) to move into the top four. Opener Venkatesh Iyer smashed 53 and put on an attacking second-wicket partnership of 88 with Rahul Tripathi, who made an…

Gaikwad stars as Chennai wins opener of revived IPL 2021

RUTURAJ GAIKWAD smashed an unbeaten 88 as Chennai Super Kings beat holders Mumbai Indians by 20 runs in the first match of the revived Indian Premier League on Sunday (19). The 14th edition of the Covid-hit Twenty20 tournament resumed in the United Arab Emirates with limited spectators back in the…

Kohli to step down as RCB skipper after 2021 IPL…

VIRAT KOHLI will step down as captain of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) after the 2021 season, the player announced on Sunday (19). Kohli this week also gave up the captaincy of India's Twenty20 side to manage his immense workload, saying he would not continue…

International exodus casts shadow as IPL resumes in UAE

INDIAN PREMIER LEAGUE action will resume on Sunday (19) in the United Arab Emirates in front of spectators, but without a host of top international stars after four months of pandemic suspension. Fans will be in the stands for the first time in two years when Rohit Sharma's title-holders, Mumbai…

UAE healthcare firm NMC restructuring gets creditors’ nod

CREDITORS of NMC Health of the United Arab Emirates have given their approval to a restructuring that will allow 34 group companies to exit the administration in Abu Dhabi and continue to run the core business. NMC Health is a former FTSE 100 private healthcare group which found itself embroiled…

Pakistan’s Lakson Group, Air Arabia to start low-cost airline

PAKISTAN'S Lakson Group and the Middle Eastern budget carrier Air Arabia said on Friday (3) that they would launch a low-cost airline, serving domestic and international routes from Pakistan. The new carrier, Fly Jinnah, will operate as a joint venture between the pair, they said in a statement, adopting the…

2021 international Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s T20 World Cup

Hungarian football fans have been relying on the foci fogadások from the Mightytips, a site that provides reliable and trustworthy online sports betting predictions. Mightytips is not only into football, but it also covers other sports, and in this article, we explore the 2021 international Cricket Council (ICC) Men’s T20 World Cup.…

India-Pakistan set for October 24 clash in T20 World Cup

ARCH-RIVALS India and Pakistan will clash on October 24 at this year's Twenty20 World Cup, the International Cricket Council said on Tuesday (17) as the delayed tournament's fixtures were announced. The 16-nation tournament - to be held in the United Arab Emirates and Oman - will begin on October 17…

T20 World Cup: ICC allows nations to bring 15 players,…

THE International Cricket Council (ICC) has allowed participating nations in the upcoming T20 World Cup to bring 15 players and eight officials for the tournament to be held in Oman and the UAE. An official of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed in Karachi on Friday (13) that the ICC…

Bhumi Pednekar in talks to star alongside Shahid Kapoor in…

If reports are to be believed, Bhumi Pednekar is set to add one more exciting project to her upcoming line-up. Buzz has it that the Durgavati (2020) actress is in talks to play the female lead in Ali Abbas Zafar’s next directorial venture. The untitled project stars Shahid Kapoor as…

Adani enters petrochemical business with Adani Petrochemicals subsidiary

BILLIONAIRE Gautam Adani has launched a new subsidiary to foray into refineries, petrochemical complexes and hydrogen plants’ businesses. Adani Enterprises in stock exchange filing said it has incorporated Adani Petrochemicals Ltd (APL) as a wholly-owned subsidiary to "carry on business of setting up refineries, petrochemicals complexes, specialty chemicals units, hydrogen…

Shahid Kapoor onboards Ali Abbas Zafar’s next

Shahid Kapoor, who was last seen in Kabir Singh (2019), will next star in filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar’s next directorial, a thriller that takes place over one night. The untitled film will mark their first collaboration. Not much else is known about the forthcoming project, but an entertainment portal reports…

MI-CSK game to kickoff IPL’s UAE leg from Sept 19

THE remaining matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL), which was suspended in May due to Covid-19, will resume from September 19 in the United Arab Emirates, the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) said on Sunday. The IPL was suspended on May 4 with 31 matches left to play after several…

Doha beats Dubai in middle-east travel hub race: Did 2017…

DOHA has taken a lead over Dubai in a battle to become the pre-eminent travel hub in the middle east, travel analytics firm ForwardKeys has found in latest research. Crunching the world’s freshest and most comprehensive flight-booking data, ForwardKeys has said that the Qatar city has gone ahead of its…

India, Pakistan drawn in same group in T20 World Cup

HOSTS India were placed in the same group as arch-rivals Pakistan on Friday (16) in the Super 12 stage of the Twenty20 World Cup to be held in the United Arab Emirates and Oman later this year. The arch-rivals, who play each other only in International Cricket Council (ICC) events,…

Flipkart raises £2.6 billion in latest funding

INDIAN e-commerce company Flipkart has raised $3.6 billion (£2.6bn) in the latest round of funding, ahead of its likely stock market debut. The fund-raising increased the value of Flipkart to $37.6bn (£27bn), which is more than double the amount that Walmart paid for a majority stake in Flipkart three years…

T20 World Cup from Oct 17 to Nov 14 in…

THE Twenty20 World Cup will be staged in the United Arab Emirates and Oman from October 17 to November 14 due to the coronavirus situation in India, the cricket's world body said on Tuesday (29). "Our priority is to deliver the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2021 safely, in full…

T20 World Cup to be moved from India to UAE,…

THE Twenty20 World Cup will be moved to the United Arab Emirates from India due to the coronavirus pandemic, the country's cricket chief Sourav Ganguly told local media on Monday (28). The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said it had told the world body of its decision…

Twenty20 World Cup to be played in UAE from October…

THIS year's Twenty20 World Cup is set to be shifted to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) due to the Covid-19 situation in India, Indian cricket board sources told Reuters on Saturday (26). The pandemic swept the world's second-most populous nation last year, resulting in a lengthy shutdown. Infections have rocketed…

India to host 9th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable 2022

INDIA will host 9th Asian Ministerial Energy Roundtable (AMER9) next year, the International Energy Forum (IEF) said on Tuesday (22). The event will take forward the understandings reached in the previous meeting held in Abu Dhabi in 2018, which focused on global energy security in the age of change. The…

Du Plessis ruled out of remaining PSL matches after concussion,…

FORMER South Africa captain Faf du Plessis, who suffered a concussion during a Pakistan Super League (PSL) match in Abu Dhabi has been ruled out of the remaining matches of the T20 tournament. Du Plessis suffered the concussion following a nasty collision with his Quetta Gladiators teammate Mohammad Hasnain while…

Du Plessis suffers memory loss after concussion, says recovering

SOUTH AFRICA batsman Faf du Plessis said he suffered some memory loss after suffering a concussion during a Pakistan Super League (PSL) T20 match in Abu Dhabi on Saturday (12) but is confident of making a quick return to action. Du Plessis collided with Quetta Gladiators teammate Mohammad Hasnain while…

24 air passengers quarantined in Pakistan after trained dogs identify…

TWENTY-FOUR people, who arrived at the Peshawar airport on Thursday (10) from a flight from the UAE, were sent to quarantine centres after trained dogs identified them as carriers of the coronavirus. The Pakistan International Airlines flight PK-218 from Abu Dhabi landed at Peshawar's Bacha Khan International Airport with 128…

Be mature and make comeback for Pakistan: Akhtar’s advice to…

FORMER Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has urged Muhammad Amir to show "maturity" in sorting out his differences with national team management and make a comeback in near future. Amir had announced his retirement from international cricket in December last year after a fallout with head coach Misbahul Haq and…

Umar Akmal pays up for breaching anti-corruption code

CONTROVERSIAL batsman Umar Akmal has paid a hefty fine of Rs 4.5 million (£20480.9 ) to the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), which now entitles him to join its anti-corruption rehabilitation programme. A source in the PCB confirmed on Wednesday (26) that Akmal had deposited the fine imposed on him by…

Naseem Shah barred from Pakistan Super League for breaching Covid…

Teenage fast bowler Naseem Shah has been suspended from playing in the remaining matches of Pakistan Super League (PSL) in Abu Dhabi for breach of Covid-19 protocols before his departure from the country. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has released Shah, of Quetta Gladiators, from isolation in Lahore after he arrived at…

BAPS Abu Dhabi to host webinar series by Swami Brahmaviharidas

A LEADING Indian spiritual leader, Pujya Swami Brahmaviharidas, will be the keynote speaker at a webinar series organised by the Bochasanwasi Shri Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) in Abu Dhabi. Titled “Leading Consciously,” the talk on June 5 has the theme of leadership. There will be a talk by Pujya…

Slim chance IPL can be completed in UK or Middle…

THERE is a "small possibility" that the remainder of the suspended Indian Premier League (IPL) season can be played in the United Kingdom or the Middle East later this year, Rajasthan Royals owner Manoj Badale said. IPL was suspended indefinitely earlier this month after several personnel tested positive for Covid-19…

Indians in UAE to send oxygen support for Covid-19 fight…

INDIANS living in UAE have got together to send oxygen support to Covid-19 patients back home, and leading in the efforts are a Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi and a Sikh Gurudwara in Dubai. Working in tandem with UAE's leadership and with the support of the members of the Indian…

Pakistan and Indian foreign ministers in crossover visits to UAE

The foreign ministers of India and Pakistan made crossover visits to the United Arab Emirates this weekend, after it was revealed the Gulf nation has been mediating between the hostile neighbours. "Good to be in the #UAE," Pakistan's Shah Mahmood Qureshi tweeted late Saturday, after announcing a three-day trip which…

US special climate envoy John Kerry to visit India this…

SPECIAL presidential envoy for Climate John Kerry will travel to Abu Dhabi, New Delhi and Dhaka from April 1-9 to discuss the climate crisis. Kerry would travel for consultations on increasing climate ambition ahead of US president Joe Biden's Leaders' Summit on Climate from April 22-23 and the 26th Conference…

Scam alert for Covid testing kits

By Nadeem Badshah OLDER Asians have been warned against buying expensive coronavi­rus tests and falling victim to frauds. Some sellers have been offering PCR (polymerise chain reaction) checks for more than £300, and fake testing kits and certificates in person or on social media, experts have said. Having a swab…

UAE Royals behind recent India-Pakistan peace roadmap: report

THE joint commitment by India and Pakistan last month to respect a 2003 cease-fire agreement was brokered by top United Arab Emirates (UAE) Royals, reported The Bloomberg. The cease-fire statement marked a milestone in secret talks brokered by the UAE that began months earlier, and is only the beginning of…

Hasan leads Pakistan to first series win over South Africa…

Medium pacer Hasan Ali took a maiden ten-wicket haul to help Pakistan win its first series against South Africa since 2003 with a 95-run victory in the second Test on the fifth and final day in Rawalpindi on Monday. Hasan finished with 5-60 to record his best match figures of…

Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer Tiger 3 to start…

By Murtuza Iqbal There have been reports that Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif starrer Tiger 3 is all set to go on the floors in March this year. It was said that the shooting of the film will kickstart in Dubai, but now, according to a report in Mid-day, the…

EG Group appoints Lord Rose of Monewden as chairman to…

THE retail veteran Lord Rose of Monewden, former boss of Marks & Spencer, has been appointed as chairman of the Issa brothers’ petrol station empire as it seeks to allay corporate governance concerns before a potential multibillion-pound stock market listing this year. Lord Rose, 71, has taken the non-executive role…

More than 50 countries launch Covid-19 vaccination campaigns

Around 50 countries around the world have already started vaccinating their people against Covid-19, barely a year after the first alert by China signalled the start of the epidemic. A snapshot: - China leads the way - China, where the pandemic first emerged, was also the first to start vaccinations…

Karthikeyan to spearhead all-Indian racing team in 2021 Asian Le…

The country's first Formula One driver Narain Karthikeyan will spearhead an all-Indian racing team in the 2021 Asian Le Mans Series, to be held in Abu Dhabi in February next year. Besides Karthikeyan, the lineup also features Arjun Maini and Naveen Rao and the trio will look to compete in…

Britain’s competition regulator to probe sale of Asda to Issa…

A FORMAL inquiry was launched by Britain's competition regulator on Tuesday(8) into the acquisition of supermarket group Asda by the Issa brothers and private equity group TDR Capital. In October, Mohsin and Zuber Issa and TDR agreed to buy a majority stake in Asda from U.S. giant Walmart in a…

Katrina Kaif’s superhero film with Ali Abbas Zafar titled Super…

Murtuza Iqbal We all know that Ali Abbas Zafar is all set to direct India’s first female superhero film with Katrina Kaif in the lead role. It is said to be a two-part franchise, and currently, the pre-production of the film is going it. The makers have not yet announced…

Issa brothers likely to takeover coffee shop chain Caffe Nero

UK billionaire brothers Mohsin and Zuber Issa have launched a takeover bid for the ailing coffee shop chain Caffe Nero. Reports said that the brothers have written to Caffe Nero’s founder and owner Gerry Ford over the weekend with a proposal. Landlords would be fully reimbursed for any arrears owed…

Indian Premier League cash-cow delivers even in COVID times

The robust appeal of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was once again highlighted this year after the world's richest Twenty20 league escaped the economic aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic with only a few minor scratches. The Indian cricket board's (BCCI) league, which has an estimated brand value of $6.8 billion,…

Issa brothers sell stake in EG Group to Canadian pensions…

INDIAN-ORIGIN UK billionaire brothers-Mohsin and Zuber Issa have sold a stake in petrol station giant EG Group just weeks after buying the supermarket chain Asda from Walmart for £6.8 billion . As part of the deal two Canadian pensions funds will invest in EG Group, while Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund…

Stoinis stars as Delhi down Hyderabad to set up IPL…

Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis starred with bat and ball as Delhi Capitals made their first ever Indian Premier League final after a 17-run win over Sunrisers Hyderabad on Sunday. Stoinis took three wickets including Kane Williamson's key scalp for 67 with his pace bowling after scoring 38 in Delhi's 189…

Delhi seal second spot in IPL play-offs, Bangalore qualify too

Pacemen Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada combined to help Delhi Capitals take second spot in the Indian Premier League play-offs with a win over Royal Challengers Bangalore on Monday. Virat Kohli's Bangalore, who are chasing their maiden IPL title along with Delhi, also made the play-offs despite their six-wicket loss…

Dhoni vows to return for 2021 IPL as CSK end…

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni vowed Sunday to return for Chennai Super Kings in next year's Indian Premier League, after his team ended Kings XI Punjab's play-off hopes in both sides' final game of the season. But the 39-year-old said the team -- which has many over-35s including Shane Watson and…

No male lead opposite Katrina Kaif in Ali Abbas Zafar’s…

Murtuza Iqbal Filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar and Katrina Kaif are all set to team up for a superhero film. The movie has been in the news from the day it has been announced and Katrina’s fans have been eagerly waiting to see her in the superhero avatar. Recently, while talking…

‘A bit of happiness’: Stokes dedicates IPL century to ailing…

England allrounder Ben Stokes has dedicated his biggest Indian Premier League innings to his father, who is battling cancer in New Zealand. Stokes smashed an unbeaten 107 off just 60 balls to help Rajasthan Royals beat holders Mumbai Indians by eight wickets on Sunday, keeping the inaugural IPL champions in…

Ali Abbas Zafar spills beans on his superhero flick with…

By: Mohnish Singh Filmmaker Ali Abbas Zafar, who boasts of some of the most successful Hindi films of recent times on his directorial resume, including Sultan (2016), Tiger Zinda Hai (2017), and Bharat (2019), recently added a new feather to his cap by turning producer with Ananya Panday and Ishaan…

‘Stop using ethnicity when deciding who needed help’, says Dr…

Dr RAGHIB ALI, who advises Britain on ethnicity and Covid, has said that 'structural racism' is not a 'reasonable explanation' for black and south Asian people's greater risk of illness and death. He added that it is time to stop using ethnicity when deciding who needed help, and urged the…

UK launches £25m ‘Community Champions’ scheme; will record ethnicity on…

THE UK on Thursday(22) announced new measures to understand and tackle Covid-19 disparities experienced by individuals from an ethnic minority background. As part of this a new ‘Community Champions’ scheme worth up to £25 million was launched to enhance existing communication strategies in the most at risk places, and fund…

Siraj leads Bangalore’s eight-wicket rout of Kolkata in IPL

Paceman Mohammed Siraj returned impressive bowling figures of three for eight to help Royal Challengers Bangalore thrash Kolkata Knight Riders by eight wickets in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday. Siraj bowled two successive maiden overs -- the first ever in the IPL -- of his four to keep Kolkata…

IPL clears KKR’s Narine to bowl after elbow bend warning

The Indian Premier League (IPL) on Sunday (19) said West Indies spinner Sunil Narine can continue to bowl after it found nothing illegal in his deliveries during an assessment that was prompted by an on-field caution earlier this month. Narine's team, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), asked for the assessment…

Lockie Ferguson locks it for Kolkata Knight Riders in Super…

A fast and furious Lockie Ferguson produced one of the most incredible bowling performances of this IPL edition to lead Kolkata Knight Riders to a thrilling Super Over win over Sunrisers Hyderabad, in Abu Dhabi on Sunday. Ferguson proved to be the "Knight in Shining Armour" with his storehouse of…

Kohli stars as Bangalore thrash Chennai in IPL

Skipper Virat Kohli hit an unbeaten 90 as Royal Challengers Bangalore outplayed Chennai Super Kings by 37 runs in the Indian Premier League on Saturday. Kohli held the innings strong despite early losses including AB de Villiers for nought and a slow start to take the attack to the opposition…

De Kock, Yadav help Mumbai reclaim top IPL spot

Fifties from Quinton de Kock and Suryakumar Yadav set up Mumbai Indians' comfortable five-wicket win over Delhi Capitals on Sunday and took them back to the top of the Indian Premier League. South African wicketkeeper-batsman De Kock and in-form Yadav, who hit his second successive half-century, both scored 53 as…

Bravo reaches 150 IPL wickets but Chennai lose

Birthday boy Dwayne Bravo reached 150 wickets in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday but his side Chennai Super Kings went down to Kolkata Knight Riders by 10 runs. The West Indies all-rounder, who turned 37, got to the landmark with his third wicket of Shivam Mavi for nought as…

Kohli hits form in Bangalore’s big IPL win

Skipper Virat Kohli hit form with his first half-century of this Indian Premier League season as he led Royal Challengers Bangalore to a comfortable win over Rajasthan Royals on Saturday. Kohli, who came into the match with scores of 14, one and three, remained unbeaten on 72 as Bangalore chased…

Boult conquers hot conditions to help Mumbai top IPL table

New Zealand quick Trent Boult returned figures of 2-28 as he overcame hot UAE weather to help holders Mumbai Indians reach top of the Indian Premier League table on Sunday. Boult, a left-arm paceman, led a disciplined bowling attack with Australia's James Pattinson, who also took two wickets, as Mumbai…

Spin hero Khan pays tribute to late mother, his ‘biggest…

An emotional Rashid Khan dedicated his man-of-the-match performance to his mother, who died earlier this year, after he bowled Sunrisers Hyderabad to their first win of the Indian Premier League. The Afghan leg-spinner took 3-14 from his four overs to restrict Delhi Capitals to 147 for seven in their chase…

Sharma hits 80 as Mumbai break UAE jinx in IPL

Skipper Rohit Sharma on Wednesday struck a brisk 80 to help holders Mumbai Indians win their first match in the United Arab Emirates in seven attempts during two IPL editions. Mumbai lost five matches in the 2014 season -- the first half of which was played in the UAE due…

Dhoni praises Chennai ‘Dads Army’ after IPL win over Mumbai

Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has heaped praise on the experienced players in his side after they toppled defending champions Mumbai Indians in the opening match of the Indian Premier League. South African veteran Faf du Plessis smashed an unbeaten 58 to guide Chennai to a five-wicket win,…

‘Indian Paunch League’: Stars pilloried for ‘healthy waistlines’ in IPL…

LEADING cricketers from Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings have been slammed for their "healthy waistlines" during the opening match of the Indian Premier League in Abu Dhabi. Some players were returning to professional cricket for the first time in six months after global sport was put on hold amid the…

Google removes Paytm for ‘betting violations’ just before IPL

GOOGLE removed one of India's biggest digital payment apps from its online store for breaching gambling rules on Friday(18), just a day before the start of the Indian Premier League(IPL). Digital payments platform Paytm had recently launched a fantasy cricket tournament that involved cash bets and violated the Google Play…

IPL, a ‘sports breather’ during the pandemic, starts on Saturday

AFTER months of uncertainty due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the delayed season of the popular Indian Premier League (IPL) will kick off in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday (19) with a clash between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. The 2020 edition of the world's richest Twenty20…

Chennai Super Kings: Top-four contenders despite missing Suresh Raina

Mahendra Singh Dhoni's return to competitive cricket would be the more keenly-watched sub-plot of the Chennai Super Kings' IPL campaign, which hit a rough patch quite early thanks to a couple of major pullouts and COVID-19 cases in the contingent. The playoff regulars will open the tournament with what is…

No cheerleaders, no fans: IPL pares down glitz for Covid…

THE much-delayed Indian Premier League will start on Saturday (19) without its customary glitz and glamour, but the Twenty20 tournament is expected to be a welcome relief to cricket fans during the pandemic. The short-form extravaganza normally starts in March but along with other major international sporting events was postponed…

‘World’s best’ Mumbai Indians attempt back-to-back IPL titles

Already regarded as the world's richest and most successful Twenty20 cricket team, the Mumbai Indians will now attempt to underline their status by claiming their first back-to-back titles in the Indian Premier League. Led by senior Indian batsman Rohit Sharma and owned by Nita Ambani -- wife of India's richest…

IPL medical team plans over 20,000 coronavirus tests during tournament

More than 20,000 coronavirus tests will be carried out during the virus-hit Indian Premier League, the Twenty20 tournament's medical partner said on Thursday (10). The world's richest cricket league, starting on September 19, is being held in United Arab Emirates this year because of the pandemic, and likely with no…

‘Never felt so calm’: Kohli expects IPL challenge from Bangalore

Virat Kohli says he has "never felt so calm" going into an Indian Premier League season as the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper chases an elusive title in the Twenty20 tournament. Kohli's Bangalore finished runners-up in the 2016 edition but have since disappointed and were bottom of the eight-team table last…

Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings to clash in virus-hit…

The Chennai Super Kings will take on defending champions Mumbai Indians in the IPL's opening match, officials said Sunday, despite being the last team to start training after two players tested positive for coronavirus. The fixture list for the league -- which runs from September 19 to November 10 in…

Sri Lanka’s Malinga pulls out of virus-hit IPL

Veteran Sri Lanka paceman Lasith Malinga has pulled out of the Indian Premier League "to be with his family", his team said on Wednesday, adding to growing list of players abandoning the coronavirus-hit Twenty20 tournament. Malinga has asked to be let go for personal reasons the Mumbai Indians said, while…

‘If we get harmed, whole system… whole culture loses’: Kohli…

INDIAN skipper Virat Kohli has warned Indian Premier League players of serious "repercussions" for the tournament if they breach coronavirus safety rules. With all eight teams now in quarantine in the United Arab Emirates ahead of the September 19 start, the Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper said: "One mistake from us…

IPL gets government nod for UAE, invites new title sponsor

India's cricket board (BCCI) has received government permission to stage this year's Indian Premier League (IPL) in the United Arab Emirates, the league's chairman Brijesh Patel told Reuters on Monday. The BCCI had earlier announced the popular Twenty20 competition, which could not begin in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic,…

IPL to be played from Sept 19 to Nov 10;…

The Indian Premier League's Governing Council on Sunday (2) decided to retain all its sponsors, including Chinese mobile company VIVO, and approved COVID-19 replacements in the event to be held in UAE this year. The tournament will be played from September 19 to November 10 in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu…

India’s Bank of Baroda sues NMC Health founder BR Shetty…

INDIA’S Bank of Baroda has sued UAE-headquartered NMC Health group’s owner Bavaguthu Raghuram Shetty for allegedly breaching an agreement to provide 16 assets as collateral for debts, a news report has revealed. As financial turbulence rocked his empire, the Abu Dhabi-based Indian entrepreneur had a meeting with Bank of Baroda…

BP pays India’s Reliance $1 billion to set up petrol…

BP has paid Reliance Industries $1 billion (£792 million) to set up a joint network of thousands of petrol stations across India to tap the country’s rapidly growing energy demand. BP will hold 49 per cent and Reliance the remaining 51 per cent in the new company called Jio-bp, which…

Teesside’s first Asian mayor worked his way up through poverty,…

COUNCILLOR Mohammed Javed has taken over as the mayor of Stockton, becoming the first black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) man in borough to hold the ceremonial post. Reports noted that Javed -- who had become Stockton's first Asian councillor in 2007 -- was also the first Asian mayor in…

Ambani declares Reliance debt free after Facebook, Saudi deals

INDIAN tycoon Mukesh Ambani said Friday (19) that his Reliance conglomerate is net debt free after raising more than $22 billion in a rights issue and selling stakes in its e-commerce unit to Facebook, Saudi Arabia's wealth fund and others. Asia's richest man after upending the Indian telecoms market, Ambani…

Reliance Jio attracts $13 billion investment in just seven weeks

INDIAN oil-to-telecoms conglomerate Reliance Industries has said that the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) will buy 1.16 per cent of its digital unit Jio Platforms for 56.83 billion rupees ($752 million). Reliance, controlled by India's richest man Mukesh Ambani, has now sold just over 21 per cent of Jio Platforms…

Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala to invest $1.2 billion in Reliance’s Jio…

INDIAN oil-to-telecoms conglomerate Reliance Industries said on Friday (5) that Abu Dhabi state fund Mubadala Investment Co will buy a 1.85 per cent stake in its digital unit, Jio Platforms, for $1.2 billion (£ 959.6 million). Reliance has now sold a combined 19 per cent interest in Jio Platforms, which…

Jio Platforms listing likely next year at Nasdaq

Jio Platforms, the digital and telecommunications subsidiary of Reliance Industries, is likely to be listed in Nasdaq next year. Morgan Stanley may be appointed the lead banker to manage the overseas listing. In the past one month, five global players including Facebook have picked up a 17.12 per cent stake…

Bobby Deol’s personal and professional plans go haywire in lockdown

Bobby Deol, who was last seen in Housefull 4 (2019), was gearing up to start shooting for his debut webseries, Class of 83, when India went into complete lockdown. The actor had also planned a vacation to Maldives to celebrate the 50th birthday of his close friend. “But amid all…

Hindu community in UAE supports the global initiative to pray…

The Hindu community in Abu Dhabi has extended its support for the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity's call to pray for humanity on May 14, 2020 to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Pujya Brahmavihari Swami, leader of the Hindu community and head of BAPS Hindu Mandir in Abu Dhabi, has expressed…

Saif Ali Khan on Bunty Aur Babli 2: It was…

Saif Ali Khan will next be seen on the big screen in Bunty Aur Babli 2. We will get to see Rani Mukerji and Saif on the big screen after a gap of 12 years, and well, Saif is also working with YRF after a long time. Recently, while talking…

Air India suspends flights to UK from March 18  

INDIA’S national carrier Air India is scheduled to suspend its all flight services to the UK and Europe from Wednesday (18) in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus. Air India operates 30 weekly flights from eight Indian cities. Other airlines in the south Asian country are also expected to follow…

India plans to top up strategic reserves with cheap Saudi,…

INDIA plans to take advantage of low prices for oil from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to top up its strategic petroleum reserves (SPR), say sources in the know. Global oil prices have fallen around 40 per cent in March as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic has…

IPL 2020 to go on, measures taken to handle coronavirus…

The Indian Premier League (IPL) is "very much on schedule"," BCCI President Sourav Ganguly said on Friday (6), asserting that all measures will be in place to tackle the rapidly-spreading novel coronavirus threat which has wreaked havoc on sporting calendars globally. The glitzy T20 event, featuring both Indian and international…

Sharvari opens up on her debut film Bunty Aur Babli…

Yash Raj Films, one of the leading production houses in India, is set to launch yet another fresh face with their upcoming production venture, Bunty Aur Babli 2, a sequel to their much-loved 2005 blockbuster, Bunty Aur Babli. We are talking about Sharvari, who is entering the filmdom with the…

UAE issues reactor licence for first Arab nuclear power plant

THE United Arab Emirates has issued a licence for a reactor at its Barakah nuclear power plant, the first in the Arab world, hailing it as a "historic moment" on Monday (17). The UAE has substantial energy reserves, but with a power-hungry population of 10 million it has made huge…

Etihad to add daily flight connecting Abu Dhabhi to Thiruvananthapuram,…

Etihad Airways will operate an additional daily flight on the Abu Dhabi-Thiruvananthapuram route and on the Abu Dhabi-Chennai route just for the month of May using its narrow-body aircraft, a top executive of the airline said on Thursday. The airline currently flies one daily frequency to Thiruvananthapuram and two daily…

A glimpse of Ahmedabad’s heritage through the lens of Pino…

by ASJAD NAZIR HE MAY have been living in USA for more than 30 years, but Deval ‘Pino’ Shah never disconnected himself from his roots in Ahmedabad in India. The Texas based world heritage photographer took more than 20,000 images of Ahmedabad and selected 950 of them for a fascinating…

Reliance signs deal with ADNOC to develop chemical facility

INDIA’S Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) on Tuesday (10) signed an agreement to explore the setting up of a facility in the UAE to produce ethylene dichloride, which goes into the making of PVC that is commonly used in pipes, tubes, and cables. RIL…

Indian club added to Manchester City football empire

The owners of English Premier League champions Manchester City on Thursday made Mumbai City FC of India the eighth club in their global football empire. Abu Dhabi-controlled City Football Group announced the takeover of the Indian side the day after a US equity fund pumped $500 million in new cash…

Yuvraj Singh says ‘definite need’ for better national selectors

Former India batsman Yuvraj Singh on Monday slammed the M.S.K. Prasad-led national selection panel, saying there is a definite need for having better selectors as the current committee's "thinking in terms of modern-day cricket" is not up to the mark. "We do need better selectors, for sure. Selectors' job is…

India, Saudi Arabia to sign raft of pacts during Modi’s…

INDIA and Saudi Arabia will sign a raft of key pacts to significantly ramp up ties in several sectors including oil and gas, renewable energy, and civil aviation during Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's two-day visit to the Gulf nation beginning Monday (28). The major pacts to be signed included…

India should make its aviation sector globally competitive: SpiceJet Boss

AS India has emerged as the one of the fastest growing civil aviation markets of the world, it is time that the government take steps to make the aviation sector globally competitive beginning with reduction on its tax structure, the head of a low-cost airline has said. Ajay Singh, chairman…

What makes Shah Rukh such a global superstar?

by AMIT ROY WHO is the “world’s number one star”? According to Fatima Bhutto, it’s Shah Rukh Khan, whom she has interviewed for her new book, New Kings of the World: Dispatches from Bollywood, Dizi, and K-pop (Columbia Global Reports; £11.99). She advances the entertaining thesis that as a global…

Delhi, Mumbai, Kochi among top five air traffic sources in…

INDIAN cities Delhi, Mumbai, and Kochi are among the top five international cities that contributed to the highest share of traffic through the Abu Dhabi airport during the summer period, officials said. The Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) welcomed over 4.5 million passengers during the summer months, as the season…

Prabhas: I have done a lot of risky stuff

SUPERSTAR ACTOR PRABHAS ON HIS NEW BLOCKBUSTER SAAHO AND FUTURE PLANS by MOHNISH SINGH After the roaring success of Baahubali The Beginning (2015) and Baahubali: The Conclusion (2017), and praise for his award-winning performance in the blockbuster franchise, megastar Prabhas returns to the big screen in hugely-anticipated action-entertainer Saaho. The big-ticket movie, directed by young…

UAE becomes first country in Middle East to launch India’s…

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi on Saturday (24) launched the RuPay card here, making the UAE the first country in the Middle East to launch the Indian indigenous system of electronic payment. RuPay card scheme was launched in 2012 to fulfil the Reserve Bank of India's vision to have a…

Relations between India and UAE are ‘at their best ever’:…

INDIA'S relations with the UAE are "at their best ever" as bilateral ties have been elevated from a mere "buyer-seller" to that of a comprehensive strategic partnership in the last four years, Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has said as he highlighted the excellent rapport between the leadership of the…

‘Isolation’ of Jammu and Kashmir allowed youths to be misguided:…

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi has said Jammu and Kashmir's special status was revoked to end its "isolation" which allowed some of the youth to be "misguided, get radicalised and take to violence and terrorism". Defending his government's moves, Modi said it was India's "internal steps" which was taken in…

UAE honours Modi with highest civilian award ‘Order of Zayed’

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi was honoured with the 'Order of Zayed', the UAE's highest civilian award, on Saturday (24) as a mark of appreciation for his efforts to boost bilateral ties between the two nations. The award has earlier been bestowed on several world leaders, including Russian president Vladimir…

Neil Nitin Mukesh is all praises for his Saaho co-star…

Neil Nitin Mukesh will be seen as an antagonist in Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor starrer Saaho. A few days ago, Neil character poster was unveiled and he looked damn handsome in it. Recently, in an interview with a daily, Neil spoke about Prabhas and the actor couldn’t stop praising his…

Air India to launch Delhi-Toronto direct flight

INDIA'S national carrier Air India will launch the Delhi-Toronto direct flight on the occasion of the World Tourism Day on September 27 despite facing the threat of privatisation due to mounting debts. The airline is also planning to launch a direct flight to Nairobi, Kenya sometime in October due to…

Grounded Jet Airways lenders to go to bankruptcy court

LENDERS to crippled Jet Airways said today (17) they would start bankruptcy court proceedings after failing to find someone to take over the Indian carrier. Once India's biggest private airline, Jet stopped operating in April after it ran out of cash and its planes were grounded. Doubts have mounted since…

Hinduja Group confirms its interest in India’s grounded Jet Airways

THE Hinduja Group on Friday (24) confirmed its interest in India’s grounded airline, Jet Airways. The Indian conglomerate is evaluating options to select a stake in the debt-ridden airline, said Dheeraj G Hinduja. Hinduja is the chairman of India’s commercial vehicle manufacturer, Ashok Leyland, an arm of the Hinduja Group.…

Global giants in talks to invest in Reliance Jio infra…

INTERNATIONAL investors are in discussions with India’s Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) to invest in two investment infrastructure trusts formed to own Reliance Jio’s tower and fibre assets, Indian daily - The Economic Times reported, today (30).   Reliance Jio is the telecommunication arm of RIL.   Ontario Municipal Employees' Retirement…

HH Mahant Swami Maharaj visits Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Interfaith harmony and cultural inclusiveness were discussed during a meeting between His Holiness (HH) Mahant Swami Maharaj, spiritual head of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, and Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates government on Sunday (21). The Minister of State for Tolerance took HH Mahant Swami…

‘Only my heart can explain that moment’

TV PRESENTER ANILA CHOWDHRY TALKS ABOUT HER DREAM DESTINATION WEDDING AND THE JOURNEY INTO MARRIED LIFE by ASJAD NAZIR Newly married television presenter and producer Anila Chowdhry likes taking on her husband’s surname. Another reason for the big smile on her face is a recent dream wedding in Abu Dhabi to…

Indian business tycoon BR Shetty plans to float his Finablr…

ABU DHABI based Indian business tycoon, BR Shetty, 76, is planning to float one of his businesses on the London Stock Exchange. Shetty’s payments firm, Finablr, based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), aims to raise over £153 million from a stock market float in the British capital, a report…

The downfall of Jet Airways: How India’s premium airline crumbled

In early January, Jet Airways and its main lender, State Bank of India, met with aircraft lessors to assure them there was a plan to rescue the debt-laden carrier so it could pay them, sources familiar with the matter said. The idea was to shore up confidence in one of…

Rescue deal is no panacea for India’s struggling Jet Airways

Jet Airways' investors are cheering this week's government-led rescue deal, but the cash-strapped Indian airline's future looks mired in uncertainty as convincing a new investor to come on board may not be easy. The airline, which was on the brink of bankruptcy, was bailed out on Monday (25) by state-run…

State Bank of India chairman says bankruptcy “last option” for…

STATE BANK OF INDIA'S (SBI) head told reporters today (20) that putting Jet Airways into bankruptcy is the "last option" for lenders and that they are making every effort to keep the airline flying. "We believe that it is in everybody's interest that Jet Airways continues to fly," the SBI…

Indian government asks lenders to save Jet Airways, avoid bankruptcy

THE INDIAN government has asked state-run banks to rescue privately held Jet Airways without pushing it into bankruptcy, as prime minister Narendra Modi seeks to avert thousands of job losses weeks before a general election, two people within the administration said. The finance ministry has in the past year sought regular…

Jet Airways grounds 41 aircraft with four more planes

INDIA’S troubled airline, Jet Airways, said today (18) that it has grounded four more aircraft and would delay paying interest on maturing debt.  With the grounding of four more planes on Monday (18), the number of grounded aircraft has reached 41, a third of its entire fleet.  In a fresh sign of the worsening financial condition…

ICC team probes Rohingya atrocities in Bangladesh

A team from the office of the International Criminal Court prosecutor was in Bangladesh on Wednesday for a preliminary probe into alleged atrocities committed against the Rohingya by the Myanmar military in 2017. A statement emailed to AFP from the ICC confirmed the tour -- the maiden official visit by…

Pakistan foreign minister Qureshi skips OIC over its failure to…

PAKISTAN foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday (1) announced that he will not attend a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) being hosted by the United Arab Emirates over the grouping's failure to rescind the invitation to his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj. Swaraj has been invited to…

Shareholders of India’s crisis hit Jet Airways approve debt-for-equity swap

INDIA'S cash crunch hit Jet Airways Ltd said late yesterday (22) that its shareholders approved a plan to convert existing debt to equity, paving the way for the troubled company's lenders to infuse funds and nominate directors to its board. Jet's board last week approved a plan by lenders, led…

India’s Crisis Hit Jet Airways Approves Deal To Save Its…

INDIA’S cash crunch hit Jet Airways said today (14) its board had approved a rescue deal which will make its lenders its largest shareholders and fix a near Rs 85 billion ($1.2bn) funding gap. With debts of more than $1bn, Jet has struggled over the last year as competition intensified,…

Cash Crunch Hit India’s Jet Airways Forced To Ground Four…

AIRCRAFT belonging to Jet Airways are being grounded in a row over mounting dues, a report said today (29). Four or five aircraft have been grounded at airports across India on Monday (28), forcing the airline to cancel about 20 flights, the report said. Jet Airways' Boeing 737 planes were were grounded at Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, and…

Lessors to India’s troubled Jet Airways consider taking back planes…

Crisis talks between India’s cash-strapped Jet Airways Ltd (JET.NS) and aircraft lessors have failed to ease a row over late payments, prompting some lessors to explore taking back aircraft, three people familiar with the matter told Reuters. In what one of the people described as an ill-tempered showdown between the…

India fall to hosts UAE in Asia Cup

Khalfan Mubarak and Ali Mabkhout were on target for United Arab Emirates as the Asian Cup hosts beat India 2-0 on Thursday to close on a spot in the last 16. The Emirates, who salvaged a 1-1 draw in their curtain-raiser against Bahrain after a controversial late penalty last weekend,…

Constantine tells India to stay grounded after Thai high

 India made a storming start to their Asian Cup campaign with a 4-1 thumping of Thailand in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, but coach Stephen Constantine has urged him team to temper celebrations and focus on qualifying for the knockout stages. Constantine's men marked their return to the continental showpiece event after…

Chhetri passes Messi as India shock Thailand 4-1 at Asian…

Sunil Chhetri overtook Lionel Messi in international goals as cricket-mad India stunned Thailand 4-1 at the Asian Cup football tournament on Sunday, the veteran striker scoring twice in their Group A opener to surpass the Barcelona superstar. Watched by the 12 Thai schoolboys rescued from a flooded jungle cave last year after…

Pakistan rolls out red carpet welcome for UAE crown prince

The red carpet was rolled out for Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan in Islamabad Sunday, just weeks after his country offered $3 billion to support Pakistan's battered economy. In a rare gesture, prime minister Imran Khan met Al Nahyan at the Pakistan Air Force base and a formation of…

Chhetri warns India will be tough to beat at Asian…

India will be a difficult team to beat in the Asian Cup football tournament starting on Saturday (5), especially after their recent draws against more fancied China and Oman, said talismanic captain Sunil Chhetri. The Asian Cup, the continent's showpiece event, will be played in four cities of the United…

India’s Kerala Becomes First State To Have Four International Airports

Kerala state has become the first state in India to have four international airports with the inauguration of its Kannur International Airport on Sunday (9) here in Kannur. The greenfield airport, constructed on a public-private-partnership model, stretches across over 2,000 acres of land at Mattanur, 25 kilometres away from Kannur…

New Zealand claim historic series win in Pakistan

Debutant Will Somerville grabbed three key wickets to guide New Zealand to their first away series win over Pakistan in 49 years with a crushing 123-run win in the third and final Test on Friday. The off-spinner took 3-52 and was aided by fellow spinner Ajaz Patel's 3-42 as Pakistan came up well short…

Azhar and Shafiq hundreds put Pakistan in command of series…

Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq hit centuries to leave Pakistan in command of the third and final Test against New Zealand in Abu Dhabi despite a batting collapse that curtailed their first-innings lead. Azhar hit an attractive 134 for his 15th Test hundred while Shafiq scored 104, but debutant New Zealand off-spinner…

Yasir gets through dogged New Zealand to become fastest bowler…

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson hit a fighting half century while BJ Watling batted with patience to delay leg-spinner Yasir Shah's bid to become the fastest to 200 wickets on the first day of the third and final Test in Abu Dhabi on Monday. Williamson missed out on a 19th…

Pakistan pinning hopes on Yasir for series win over New…

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah is set to become the fastest to reach 200 Test wickets as he holds the key for Pakistan to win the series-deciding third and final Test against New Zealand starting in Abu Dhabi from Monday. The 32-year-old needs just five wickets to shatter Australian leg-spinner Clarrie Grimmettt's record of…

Force India sign Lance Stroll for next season

Canadian driver Lance Stroll will race for Formula One outfit Force India, the team rescued from administration by a consortium headed by his billionaire father Lawrence, it was announced on Friday. The 20-year-old -- who is the final one of the 20 drivers to be confirmed for next season -- will…

Yasir Shah on track to become fastest bowler to 200…

Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah does not know much about Clarrie Grimmett but is aware that he has a strong chance of shattering a record set by the Australian 82 years ago. Yasir tormented New Zealand on his way to a match haul of 14-184 to help Pakistanachieve a series-leveling win by an…

The first look of Salman Khan’s Bharat unveiled

After Salman Khan’s last release Race 3 (2018) tanked at the box-office without a trace, everyone is now waiting to see what wonder his next movie Bharat does at the cash counter. Today, the makers of the much-anticipated film unveiled the first look of the movie and going by the…

Pakistan’s Twenty20 juggernaut races to 11th successive series win

Pakistan lived up to their billing as the world's best Twenty20 team with a six-wicket victory over New Zealand in Dubai on Friday to clinch the three-match series 2-0. Mohammad Hafeez (34 not out) and Shoaib Malik (ten) added 34 quickfire runs to help Pakistan overhaul the 154-run target in 19.4 overs at…

Pakistan down New Zealand by two runs in last-over T20…

Left-arm pace bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi defended 17 runs in the last over as Pakistan defeated New Zealand by two runs in a thrilling finish to the first Twenty20 international in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. New Zealand needed six off the last delivery to tie the match but experienced batsman Ross Taylor…

Babar, Shadab help Pakistan whitewash Australia

Opener Babar Azam struck a half-century and leg-spinner Shadab Khan claimed three wickets as Pakistan secured a 3-0 T20 series whitewash over Australia with a 33-run victory in Dubai on Sunday. Azam's 40-ball 50 lifted Pakistan to another challenging total of 150-5 before Shadab's 3-19 helped bowl Australia out for 117 in 19.1 overs.…

Salman Khan to kick-off the final schedule of Bharat in…

After wrapping up shoots in Malta and Abu Dhabi, megastar Salman Khan will kick-off the final schedule of his forthcoming film Bharat in November, after the festivities of Diwali. The final schedule of the movie will be shot in Punjab during which some crucial partition sequences will be filmed. Salman…

Abbas destroys Australia to put Pakistan on top

Medium pacer Mohammad Abbas registered a five-wicket haul to steer Pakistan into a dominating position in the second Test against Australia in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Abbas finished with five for 33 to bowl out Australia for a paltry 145 to give Pakistan a 137-run lead in the first innings on the second day…

Salman Khan wraps the Abu Dhabi schedule of Bharat

After completing the Mumbai schedule a couple of months back, superstar Salman Khan has now wrapped up the Abu Dhabi schedule of his forthcoming film Bharat. Director Ali Abbas Zafar took to social media to announce the wrap up of the much-awaited entertainer. Expressing his pleasure shooting with Salman Khan…

Ton-up Hafeez helps Pakistan dominate Australia

Opener Mohammad Hafeez celebrated his recall with an impressive century as Pakistan dominated the opening day of the first Test against Australia in Dubai on Sunday. Pakistan were 255-3 at the close of play, with Haris Sohail unbeaten on 15 and nightwatchman Mohammad Abbas one not out as Australia's bowlers toiled away with…

India Took Control of Ailing Shadow Banking Firm IL&FS to Avert Catastrophic Damage

The Indian government said it was forced to take control of ailing shadow banking firm Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (IL&FS) as it feared its collapse would cause "catastrophic" damage to the financial markets and the economy, a court filing shows. In the largest intervention of its kind, India this…

Pakistan drop struggling Amir from Australia Tests

Pakistan on Thursday (27) left out struggling pace spearhead Mohammad Amir from the 17-member squad for the two-match Test series against Australia starting in United Arab Emirates next month. The 26-year-old fast bowler, who returned from a five-year ban for match-fixing in January 2016, had a wicketless Asia Cup in…

India rout Pakistan by eight wickets in Asia Cup

India crushed Pakistan by eight wickets in their long-awaited Asia Cup match which failed to live up to its hype in Dubai on Wednesday. Pace spearhead Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3-15) and part time off-spinner Kedar Jadhav (3-23) sent Pakistan, who won the toss and batted, collapsing to just 162 all out in…

Confirmed: Jackie Shroff to play Salman Khan’s father in Bharat

Actor Jackie Shroff has been roped in to play Salman Khan’s father in the much-awaited Ali Abbas Zafar directorial, Bharat. The film is an official remake of South Korean film Ode To My Father (2014). Talking about Jackie Shroff and his casting in the film, director Ali Abbas Zafar said,…

India May Not Accept Foreign Aid for Flood-Hit Kerala State:…

The Indian government has decided not to accept foreign donations for flood relief and rehabilitation works in its flood ridden Southern State, Kerala. However, there is no restriction for the people residing in foreign countries to extend their support personally, local media reports said on Wednesday (22). The government thanked…

Multilingual Saaho to wrap up in September

After the thunderous success of Baahubali: The Beginning (2015) and Baahubali: The Conclusion (2017), megastar Prabhas will next be seen in Sujeeth’s action entertainer Saaho. Produced by V. Vamsi Krishna Reddy, Pramod Uppalapati, Bhushan Kumar and Krishan Kumar, the movie also stars Bollywood diva Shraddha Kapoor in a pivotal role.…

India and Pakistan to face off in Asia Cup clash

India and Pakistan will face off in Dubai after drawing the same group for this year's Asia Cup, the International Cricket Council announced on Tuesday (25). India suspended bilateral cricket ties with Pakistan after the 2008 Mumbai attacks but the two teams continue to play each other in international tournaments, including the Champions Trophy…

Zaman sets records as Pakistan thrash Zimbabwe for ODI sweep

Captain Sarfraz Ahmed hailed "a great team effort" as Pakistan completed a series whitewash over Zimbabwe with a 131-run win in the fifth and final match on Sunday. On another record setting day in Bulawayo for the visitors, Fakhar Zaman became the fastest player in history to reach 1,000 career…

Magic behind the marvellous melodies

by ASJAD NAZIR TALENTED MUSICIANS TELL US STORIES OF THE SPECIAL CONNECTION THEY ALL HAVE TO THEIR INSTRUMENTS SINGERS may get all the attention but they are nothing without musicians who provide the great melodies for them in the studio and on stage. Talented musicians also regularly light up the live…

Courts close in on Mallya

ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS CAN SEIZE ASSETS OF THE TYCOON INDIAN tycoon Vijay Mallya said last Sun­day (8) he will comply fully with court enforcement officers seeking to seize his British assets, but there was not much for them to take as his family’s lavish resi­dences were not in his name. India wants…

Indian tycoon Mallya shrugs off threat of British asset seizures

Embattled Indian tycoon Vijay Mallya said on Sunday he will comply fully with court enforcement officers seeking to seize his British assets, but there was not much for them to take as his family's lavish residences were not in his name. India wants to extradite the 62-year-old former liquor baron from Britain…

Winners show wealth of Asian talent in British arts

Eastern Eye Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Arts: George Alagiah BBC news presenter George Alagiah is one of the most trusted news anchors in the country, whose nightly broadcasts are watched by millions. [caption id="attachment_42305" align="alignleft" width="178"] GeorgeAlagiah[/caption] Born in Sri Lanka, Alagiah’s family moved to Ghana in Africa…

5 top countries to visit during the month of Ramadan

1. United Arab Emirates (UAE) UAE is undoubtedly is one of the best places to visit during the month of holy Ramadan and UAE is an ideal halal-friendly holiday destination for visitors looking to break their fast. Destinations like the capital city of Abu Dhabi, and Dubai, ensure that you…

Indian invasion

by HOWARD ROBIN FIRMS AND MOGULS CASH IN ON UK REAL ESTATE RETURNS COMPANIES and private individuals from the In­dian subcontinent have been pouring money into prime UK property, targeting some of Britain’s most prestigious and historic tracts of real estate. The transactions range from luxury apartments in London and…

Prabhas in Abu Dhabi to shoot the next schedule of…

After the earth-shattering success of Baahubali: The Beginning and Baahubali: The Conclusion, Prabhas has become a superstar whose popularity is not restricted to Telugu cinema only. He is a global star now with a fan following spread far and wide. After spending almost five years of his life on the…

Bobby Deol to star in Sajid Nadiadwala’s Housefull 4

According to reports, Bobby Deol has signed Sajid Nadiadwala’s Housefull 4 alongside Akshay Kumar and Riteish Deshmukh. "The movie will revolve around the theme of reincarnation and is a laugh riot, After the success of the first three Housefull films, the makers are keen to take the film to the…

Nine million Indians expected to travel to Abu Dhabi in…

More than nine millions Indians are expected to travel to Abu Dhabi, a popular tourist destination in UAE, in the next three years, claims a new study. Interestingly, Indians are the second largest group visiting Abu Dhabi and a major chunk of them come from Maharashtra. According to a research…

Modi gives keynote address at World Government Summit in Dubai

INDIAN Prime Minister Narendra Modi capped a whirlwind visit to the UAE on Sunday (11), giving a keynote address as guest of honour at the World Government Summit in Dubai. Modi praised the United Arab Emirates, home to 3.3 million Indian nationals, for having "harnessed technology" and "managing to create…

Indian businessman Yusuf Ali acquires iconic Scottish hotel in $120m…

NRI businessman Yusuf Ali MA can now add an iconic Scottish hotel to the long list of luxury properties he has in the UK, India and the Middle East. Ali’s Twenty14 Holdings (T14H), the hospitality investment arm of his Abu Dhabi based Lulu Group International, has acquired the Caledonian in…

Bigg Boss 11 to have its finale on 14th January

One of the most controversial reality shows on Indian television, Bigg Boss will conclude its 11th season on 14th January. Yes, the show is set to have its grand finale after 25 days from now. Earlier, it was being reported that to cash in on the popularity of the show,…

Here’s what team Saaho is doing to avoid leaks from…

Leaking pictures and videos from the sets of upcoming movies have become a trend all over the world. To prevent such leaks, the makers of the forthcoming trilingual film, Saaho, starring Baahubali star Prabhash and Bollywood diva Shraddha Kapoor, are planning to take strict actions to avoid such happenings. The…

Salman Khan announces his next Bharat for Eid 2019 release!

Continuing his trend of booking Eid for releasing his films, megastar Salman Khan has once again locked Eid 2019 for the release of his upcoming film titled Bharat wherein he plays the lead role. To be directed by Ali Abbas Zafar, who is directing Salman in Tiger Zinda Hai after…

Bobby Deol joins the cast of Salman Khan’s action-thriller film…

Last seen in Poster Boys along with his brother Sunny Deol and Shreyas Talpade, dashing Bollywood actor Bobby Deol has joined forces with Salman Khan for the upcoming action-thriller film, Race 3. The makers of the much-awaited movie revealed that Bobby Deol is all set to come onboard for Race…

Pakistan fightback sets up intriguing finish

Asad Shafiq and Sarfraz Ahmed hit fighting half-centuries on Monday (09) to thwart Sri Lanka and set up an enthralling finish to the second and final day-night Test in Dubai. Shafiq scored an unbeaten 86 while skipper Ahmed was 57 not out as they lifted Pakistan from a perilous position of 52-5…

Wahab strikes but Sri Lanka in command of second Test

Paceman Wahab Riaz took three wickets in a fiery spell but Sri Lanka were still in the driving seat after the third day of the second day-night Test in Dubai on Sunday (08). Riaz grabbed 3-10 to derail Sri Lanka's second innings -- 34-5 at close -- but the visitors…

Pakistan fight after Karunaratne lifts Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan opener Dimuth Karunaratne hit a career best 196 which left Pakistan fighting to avoid defeat in the second day-night Test in Dubai on Saturday (07). Karunaratne missed a double hundred by four runs but lifted Sri Lanka to an imposing 482 in their first innings before Pakistan finished the second day…

Sri Lanka target Pakistan record in UAE

Sri Lanka will hope their left-arm spinner Rangana Herath maintains pressure on Pakistan when the second and final Test - a day-night affair with pink ball - starts at Dubai stadium on Friday (06). The 39-year-old took 6-43 on the final day to fail Pakistan's modest 136-run chase in the first Test…

Wily Herath spins Sri Lanka to fighting victory

Rangana Herath became the second Sri Lankan to bag 400 wickets as his six-wicket haul steered Sri Lanka to a thrilling 21-run win over Pakistan in the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Monday (02). The veteran left-arm spinner took 6-43 and 11-136 in the match to scupper Pakistan, who set a modest 136-run target,…

Yasir Shah double leaves Sri Lanka in trouble

Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah grabbed the key wicket of Dinesh Chandimal to leave Sri Lanka fighting to avoid defeat after the fourth day of the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Sunday (01). The prolific wicket-taker took 2-25 as Sri Lanka struggled to 69-4, needing a rearguard action to save the…

Azhar defies Sri Lanka in first Test

Azhar Ali once more rescued Pakistan's batting with a fighting half century on the third day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi on Saturday(30). The one-drop batsman was unbeaten on 74 but saw Babar Azam fell for 28 in the last over of the day as Pakistan finished on…

Chandimal stars as Sri Lanka put pressure on Pakistan

Captain Dinesh Chandimal made an unbeaten 155 as Sri Lanka put the pressure on Pakistan on the second day of the first Test in Abu Dhabi on Friday (29). Openers Sami Aslam (31 not out) and Shan Masood (30 not out) negotiated 23 overs to take Pakistan to 64-0, still trailing Sri Lanka's first-innings total…

Yasir joins Waqar as second fastest to 150 wickets

Pakistan leg-spinner Yasir Shah became the joint second fastest bowler to claim 150 Test wickets on the opening day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi on Thursday (28). The 31-year-old dismissed Lahiru Thirimanne leg before for nought in the first session to reach the milestone in his 27th Test…

Karunaratne leads Sri Lanka fightback in first Test against Pakistan

Sri Lankan opener Dimuth Karunaratne led his team's recovery with a solid half-century on the opening day of the first Test against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi on Thursday (28). The left-hander was unbeaten on 81 with skipper Dinesh Chandimal on 32 not out as the pair added 82 to an…

No Misbah or Younis as Pakistan look to new Test…

Pakistan will step into a new Test era without retired batting greats Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq when they take on Sri Lanka in the first Test in Abu Dhabi from Thursday (28). Playing without Younis and Misbah is unaccustomed territory for Pakistan, who haven't had a Test featuring neither of the talismanic,…

Yasir in Pakistan squad for Sri Lanka Tests

Pakistan's prolific leg-spinner Yasir Shah passed a late fitness test Saturday (23) to join the 16-man squad for the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka starting next week. The 31-year-old has been team's leading wicket-taker since making his debut in 2014, with a tally of 149 scalps in 26 Tests.…

Abu Dhabi schedule for Tiger Zinda Hai wrapped up!

Tiger Zinda Hai, a sequel to the blockbuster film Ek Tha Tiger (2012), is one of the highly anticipated movies of the year. The lead pair of the film, Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif, has been shooting for the film tirelessly at various locations across the globe since months now.…

Pakistan Cricket Board announces Sri Lanka series schedule

Pakistan Saturday (09) announced the itinerary for a full series against Sri Lanka that will be played mainly in neutral venues but features a planned finale in Lahore. The series will comprise two Tests - the second a day-night affair - five one-day and three Twenty20 internationals. Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) hopes…

Younis and Misbah departure hands Pakistan a testing transition

As Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq head off into the sunset after long and illustrious careers, Pakistan begins a tricky period of transition looking for a new wave of players ready to fill a huge void left by the retired batting greats. In a fitting finale, Younis, Pakistan's most prolific test…

Indian businessman wins Queen’s Enterprise Award

A prominent Indian businessman's food processing plant in Britain has won the prestigious Queen's Enterprise Award 2017 for its exceptional contribution to the UK's trade, industry and economy. Yusaffali MA, 61, said the recognition for his Birmingham-based Y International (UK) Ltd will spur his Abu Dhabi headquartered Lulu Group International…

John Abraham and Varun Dhawan in new police drama

Action comedy Dishoom is a thriller revolving around two mismatched police officers trying to rescue India’s star batsman before a crucial match against Pakistan. John Abraham plays a no-nonsense, maverick investigator while Varun Dhawan portrays a smart-talking rookie cop who is determined to learn the ropes. Shot at exotic locations,…

Louvre Abu Dhabi becomes museum ‘in the sea’

ABU Dhabi’s Louvre museum has been surrounded by sea water in a major step towards completion of the project, the developer said last Tuesday (14). Temporary sea protection walls used during the main construction phase have been removed, allowing the “integration of the sea” with the museum, Abu Dhabi’s Tourism…

Yasir Shah spins Pakistan to series-clinching win

Leg-spinner Yasir Shah took six second-innings wickets in Pakistan’s crushing 133-run second Test win over West Indies in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday (25) as they took an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. The wily spinner finished with 6-124 to secure his second ten-wicket haul in Test cricket after…

Pakistan build commanding lead over Windies

Openers Azhar Ali and Sami Aslam hit half-centuries to help Pakistan strengthen their grip on the third day of the second Test against West Indies in Abu Dhabi on Sunday (23). Ali was unbeaten on 52 and Asad Shafiq five not out as Pakistan reached 114-1 at stumps, increasing their…

Pakistan take control of second test against West Indies

Pakistan piled up 452 runs and reduced West Indies to 106 for four to take control of the second test in Abu Dhabi on the second day on Saturday (22). Captain Misbah-ul-Haq made 96 and Sarfraz Ahmed 56 to lift the hosts to an imposing first-innings total as they bid…

Pakistan’s Amir flies home to tend to sick mother

MOHAMMAD Amir quit Pakistan’s one-day series against the West Indies and flew home on October 4 after his mother was taken seriously ill, the Pakistan Cricket Board said. The 24-year-old left for Lahore and will miss the third and final one-day international against West Indies in Abu Dhabi on October…

Holder promises West Indies progress after Sharjah win

Skipper Jason Holder believes West Indies cricket could be set for a return to the glory days after upsetting Pakistan by five wickets in the third and final Test in Sharjah on Thursday (November 3). West Indies achieved a 153-run target on the fifth and final morning to clinch their…

Force India find formula for historic fourth

Sahara Force India clinched a historic fourth position overall, their best ever, in the Formula One Championships after Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez finished seventh and eighth respectively at the season-closing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday (November 27). The team got 10 points from the race with Hulkenberg and…

Camels and stuntmen wow crowds at India’s Republic Day

Motorbike stunt riders and herds of camels wowed the crowds gathered in New Delhi on Thursday (26) to celebrate Republic Day, an annual showcase of India’s military hardware and cultural diversity. After the US and French presidents attended the last two events, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin…

India and UAE ink 14 pacts in key areas including…

In a bid boost to their strategic ties, India and the UAE on Wednesday (25) signed more than a dozen pacts in key areas like defence, security, trade and energy apart from a comprehensive strategic partnership agreement amidst assertion by prime minister Narendra Modi that cooperation stands poised for a…

Sort out ‘legacy issues’ of some big investments: UAE to…

Ahead of the talks between crown prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and India prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday(25), the UAE has sought “legacy issues” of some of the big investments of its companies be sorted out as well as relaxation in FDI in sectors…

Camels and stuntmen wow crowds at India’s Republic Day

Motorbike stunt riders and herds of camels wowed the crowds gathered in New Delhi on Thursday (26) to celebrate Republic Day, an annual showcase of India’s military hardware and cultural diversity. After the US and French presidents attended the last two events, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin…