A series of resounding victories put India at the top of world cricket. T-20 world champions in 2007, ODI world champions in 2011, No. 1 in Test cricket. There was no summit Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his boys did not scale. And then it went downhill from April 2011. A humiliating defeat in England, an even worse disaster in Australia. Where does Indian cricket go from here, with masters of the game looking like a shadow of their former selves? Two men who helped India win the World Cup for the first time since 1983 know the answer best. One is a bowler with a heart of gold, another is a batsman whose talent is astounding. With them is a former captain of the England cricket team who knows a thing or two about tenacity and the ability to rise from the ashes. Can India do what Australia did after a serious downturn culminating in a 3-1 defeat to England in the Ashes series of 2010-2011? Can Team India revamp itself and return to its winning habit?Speakers: ? Harbhajan Singh, Indian cricketer? Virender Sehwag, Indian cricketer? Nasser Hussain, former captain, English cricket teamModerator: Vikrant Gupta, Sports Editor, Aaj TakMarch 16, 2012; 10.45-11.45 hrs
Heavy rain washed out the entire third day of the second and final Test between Bangladesh and South Africa on Saturday.No ball has been bowled on the last two days, making a win for either side unlikely with two days left. Also read: Cyclone Komen crosses Bangladesh coast Bangladesh is 246-8 in its first innings after electing to bat first, including 65 by Mushfiqur Rahim. Nasir Hossain is undefeated on 13.The first test ended in a draw after the last two days were washed out. Friday’s play was similarly washed out after heavy rain in Dhaka.
In the B Division, the Northern Vipers went into the game as underdogs with the Central Scorpions previously undefeated in the season. However it was the Vipers who started well gaining an early advantage over their more fancied opponents to take a 2-0 buffer into half-time.Not to be outdone the Scorpions scored first in the second half to cut the deficit to one (2-1) however the young Vipers rallied and hit straight back to score twice in quick succession to extend their lead to 4-1. Despite a late touchdown by the Scorpions it was too little too late as the Northern Vipers claimed an upset win to claim the B Division championship, 4-2.SA Heat 18’s hopeful, Ned Davies starred for the Vipers scoring three touchdowns whilst Pat Organ also crossed the line, while for the Scorpions Paul Avers and Emily Gale were the scorers.The A Grade final also featuring the Northern Vipers and Central Scorpions was billed as a clash of the titans with both teams playing out a 7-all draw in their minor round clash. Many predicted a tight contest and the game certainly lived up to expectations and did not disappoint.In one of the most exciting TFSA League finals in many years both sides attacked hard in the first half but the defence of both teams was strong ensuring a tight, tense contest. It was the Central Scorpions who enjoyed most of the attack in the first half and when they broke the deadlock right on half-time they went into the break with a slight advantage leading 3-2. After the break it was the Vipers who struck first to get the crucial first touchdown which tied the game up again at 3-all, after which a highly entertaining tense nine minutes of defensive play by both teams ensued which was only broken by an unfortunate injury to Central Scorpions playmaker, Jess Ryan.The break gave both teams an opportunity to catch their breath and reload. The brilliant touches on each team’s score lines continued however the Vipers managed to break through at the 13 minute mark to hit the front for the first time in the match, 4-3. With the momentum seemingly shifting to the Vipers late in the match the Scorpions needed to dig deep and they did just that with Luke Thornton making a great play as half to set up his teammate on the wing to level things up once again with 90 seconds remaining, 4-all.No side managed to score in the last 90 seconds and when the siren sounded scores were locked away at 4-4 sending the final to a drop off.The Vipers had the tap when the game resumed and put together an amazing first set of six complete with a monster long ball from Tim Glazebrook which found its target and the Vipers scored on their last touch to put them 5-4 up and in a commanding position.However the drama of this match was not over just yet with the Central Scorpions getting the ball across the line on their last touch however a brilliant touch by the Vipers defence brought the referees together for a conference and rightfully so a touch was called sparking celebrations from the Vipers players who claimed the championship 5-4 in amazing fashion.The Vipers celebrations continued when they were announced as Regional Champions, making it back-to-back TFSA league championships for the Northern Vipers.Three Vipers players were also named series MVP’s with Shane ‘Kiwi’ Marshall from the Eastern Stingrays also featuring in the MVP’s. Mixed TFSA League Most Valuable PlayersB Grade MVP Female – Amanda Sheeky (Northern Vipers)B Grade MVP Male – Shane Marshall (Eastern Stingrays)A Grade MVP Female – Kelly Rowe (Northern Vipers)A Grade MVP Male – Tim Glazebrook (Northern Vipers)The Mixed TFSA League was a resounding success and the final matches demonstrate the improvement in game standard within South Australia with few blow outs occurring this series and a very even playing field. It was great to see so much youth participating in the series with most regions fielding up to 15 under 16’s in their teams which has enormous benefits for the development of the game.TFSA congratulates all teams and thanks its referees, regional coordinators, SOAP members, selectors and players for their efforts this season.This series marked the end of standalone Mixed TFSA League competition with TFSA League expanding to incorporate one large series annually incorporating Mixed, Women’s and Men’s divisions to occur from November to February. This move has been brought about through growth in player numbers.To find out more about TFSA, please visit their website:www.touchsa.com.au
Barcelona boss Valverde satisfied with win at Getafeby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona boss Ernesto Valverde was satisfied with their 2-0 win at Getafe. It wasn’t a great performance but it was an important win. “It was important not to make mistakes early on like we have done in other games,” Valverde said. “That was fundamental. The goal calmed us down and, from there, we imposed ourselves well. We didn’t give much away and had chances to score more.”If you want to win La Liga you have to win a lot of games away from home, not just your home games. Getafe were a tough rival, it’s a hard place to come and we’ve played well. Now we have three days to prepare for Inter.” Clement Lenglet was sent off late on and, with Samuel Umtiti injured, it means Barcelona will be short in defence for the home game against Sevilla next weekend. “We have players from the B team who can help,” said Valverde, who’s likely to pair Gerard Pique with Jean Clair Todibo. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
TORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $9 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder in Quebec.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Feb. 28 will be approximately $12 million.
OTTAWA – Canadian manufacturing sales unexpectedly fell in April as sales in the petroleum and coal products and transportation equipment industries dropped.Statistics Canada said Friday factory sales dropped 1.3 per cent to $56.2 billion in April, following two consecutive monthly increases.Economists had expected an increase of 0.6 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Manufacturing sales in volume terms fell 1.9 per cent.TD Bank senior economist Michael Dolega said, on the whole, the Canadian manufacturing sector remains on shaky ground.“Not only did sales pull back significantly, contrary to expectations, the decline was not at all a price story,” Dolega wrote in a report.“In fact, volumes were far more disappointing than shipments measured in current dollar terms which effectively wiped out the March gain.”Statistics Canada said sales fell in 10 of 21 industries, representing 49.6 per cent of the manufacturing sector.Sales in the petroleum and coal products industry fell 10.9 per cent to $5.2 billion on lower sales volumes as the sector was hit by partial shutdowns at a number of Canadian refineries for maintenance work during the month.Transportation equipment sales fell 2.3 per cent to $10.9 billion in April, largely due to weaker sales of other transportation equipment.Dolega noted that the weakness was highly concentrated, both geographically and sectorally.“Moreover, it appears to be largely related to temporary shutdowns related to refinery maintenance and a return to normal levels after a one-off shipment of armoured vehicles to the Middle East,” he wrote.“Taken together, these facts offer hope that the May/June numbers will see a bounce-back as shipments rebound as activity is restarted.”Excluding the petroleum and coal products and transportation equipment industries, manufacturing sales rose 0.4 per cent.Sales were up in 11 industries with the largest increases in the primary metal manufacturing and food products industries.Regionally, sales were down in six provinces, led by Quebec and Alberta.Quebec sales fell 3.4 per cent to $13.3 billion, while Alberta saw sales fell 5.3 per cent. Saskatchewan posted the largest monthly increase in April as sales rose 6.7 per cent.
UPDATE: RCMP Sergeant Shawn Graham says that Betsey Peecheemow has been located safe and unharmed.GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Mounties in Grand Prairie are asking for the public’s help in locating a missing woman.37-year-old Betsey Monica Peecheemow was last seen at the Eastlink Centre in Grande Prairie on August 24th. Peecheemow is described as First Nations, standing 5’10” tall, weighing 170 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.There is a concern for Peecheemow’s well and the RCMP would like to locate and speak with her as soon as possible.If you have any information about her whereabouts, please contact Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5700. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1.800.222.8477 (TIPS) or by Internet at www.tipsubmit.com.
Belgium boss Roberto Martinez has warned their rivals that they are “ready for the World Cup” after defeating Costa Rica 4-1 in their final warm-up gameThe Red Devils had a scare early on when Bryan Ruiz handed Costa Rica a surprise lead at the Heysel Stadium on Monday night.But Dries Mertens then equalised for Belgium with Romelu Lukaku then adding a brace to increase his international tally to 36 in 69 games.The Manchester United forward then assisted substitute Michy Batshuayi for their fourth of the game.After their goalless draw against Portugal on June 2, Martinez felt vindicated by the strength of the performance that his players had shown against Costa Rica and is now feeling confident ahead of the World Cup.Top 5 best players from the international break weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 After a fresh international break just came to an end, we need to talk about the Top 5 best players during this whole weekend.We…“We are 100 per cent ready for that first game,” said the Spaniard, according to SportStarLive.“You saw the differences with the first match against Portugal – for example, the interaction between [Eden] Hazard and Mertens was much better.“We have worked every day to make progress, but we also need to grow in those three group games. Only then will we be able to see exactly how far we stand.“But I can already say that we are ready for the World Cup.”Belgium will face Panama on Monday next week in their Group G opener at the World Cup.
Real Valladolid boss Sergio Gonzalez is confident he has all it takes to stop Barcelona through cutting off Lionel Messi and ‘exploiting the things they do least well’.After four years, Valladolid returned to La Liga but won 1-0 the last time they hosted Barca as Ernesto Valverde complained about the state of the pitch at Jose Zorrilla.“The fewer balls he receives, the less time he has on it, the better,” the Coach said at a Press conference via Football Espana.“We’ll look to exploit the things they do least well. The pitch can’t be an excuse for any team.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…“After the arrivals of our new forwards this week, our attack won’t be the same as before. We want a boost.“We always want more and we’ll keep looking around for new players. It’s exciting that the club want to extend my contract.“That means they’re happy with me. An extension would allow us to work more calmly, towards a project.”
Veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon insists that he is a better player than what he used to be “five, six or seven years ago”At 40 years old, the Italian legend chose to make a surprise move from Juventus to French side Paris Saint-Germain this summer on a one-year deal with the option for a further season.But Buffon insists that he remains as strong as ever for first campaign outside of his native Italy.“I don’t know why, but I’m better than I was five, six or seven years ago. I think I’m better than when I was at 35 years old, although it may seem impossible to someone,” said Buffon, according to Mundo Deportivo.The Italian has enjoyed great success on the domestic front with Juventus after winning nine Serie A titles, four Coppa Italia and Supercoppa Italiana crowns.PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.Yet, the one piece of silverware that has always eluded him throughout his 23-year senior career has been the Champions League.“The Champions League? I want to play it again and try to do my best, still live great emotions, but it should not become an obsession,” he said.Buffon also won the 2006 World Cup with Italy.Things have gotten off to a bright start with PSG after conceding just one goal in the club’s two opening games of the new league season, as well as the 4-0 thrashing of AS Monaco in the Trophee des Champions.However, PSG boss Thomas Tuchel selected fellow goalkeeper Alphonse Areola in goal for the 3-1 win over Angers on Saturday and intends to bench Buffon again in this weekend’s trip to Nimes.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, June 6, 2017 – Providenciales – The Local branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) will host its Post-Election Seminar for the House of Assembly on June 7-9. Mr. Akbar Khan, the Secretary General of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association will be visiting the Turks and Caicos Islands as a member of the Association’s Resource Team.The Seminar will begin with a Opening Ceremony, tomorrow at 9:00 AM in the West Committee Room, Hon. N. J. S. Francis Building followed by a Press Conference. The Press Conference will be to brief the General Public on the Post-Election Seminar, the Secretary General visit and the launching of the CPA Roadshow.The CPA has been the voice of parliamentary democracy across the Commonwealth for more than nine decades. The goal of the CPA Roadshow is to increase awareness of the important work done by the CPA in promoting democratic governance across the Commonwealth Caribbean.#magneticmedianews#postelectionseminar Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #postelectionseminar Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
KUSI Newsroom Susan G. Komen San Diego 3-Day kicks off at Del Mar Fairgrounds KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 10:11 AM Posted: November 16, 2018 November 16, 2018 DEL MAR (KUSI) -The Susan G. Komen three-day, a 60-mile walk to support breast cancer research and programs, kicked off Friday at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.The event is one of seven scheduled by the nonprofit this year and one of two on the West Coast. Each year, participants across the country commit to raise a minimum of $2,300 to support the Komen organization’s efforts and walk an average of 20 miles per day for three consecutive days, according to the foundation.The 2,200 walkers in San Diego last year raised $6.5 million dollars.Walkers this year began their journey at the fairgrounds at 6:30 a.m. and will continue to Torrey Pines State Beach, La Jolla Cove, Kellogg Park and through Bird Rock before spending Friday evening at Crown Point Shores on Mission Bay.One of several cheering stations will be set up at the Taylor Branch Library in Pacific Beach along Cass Street from 12:15 to 4:40 p.m.Walkers will continue Saturday morning through Ocean Beach, Mission Bay Park, Tecolote Shores and De Anza Cove Park.The route on Sunday winds through Old Town, Mission Hills, Hillcrest and Balboa Park. A closing ceremony will take place Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at Waterfront Park in Downtown.Breast cancer is the most common form of cancer among women in the U.S. It’s the most common form of death from cancer among Hispanic women and the second-most common among women of other races, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.In 2015, 246,476 women and 2,289 men in the U.S. were diagnosed with the disease.That year, 41,523 women and 463 men died from breast cancer, according to the CDC.According to the foundation, since 2003, the 3-Day walk has raised more than $120 million.For More information click here. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Now playing: Watch this: TikTok Popular video and livestreaming app TikTok, which has reportedly reached more than 1 billion downloads, is facing some criticism over user security. To try to make the lip-synching app safer, TikTok launched a new educational video series Wednesday called “You’re in Control.” The series puts safety guidelines in videos instead of in text. In a blog post, TikTok said the videos are meant to entertain as well as educate.Topics covered by the videos include the site’s community guidelines and how to do things like set up a private account, establish screen time limits, enable restricted viewing, and put messaging and comment controls in place. TikTok’s new comment controls let you filter comments by keywords. Users can filter almost any keyword they want, blocking comments about race, religion, gender, politics and more.On Wednesday, TikTok paid $5.7 million in a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC had alleged that the app violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) by collecting personal information on kids under 13 without parental consent. Earlier this week, the UK’s National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children called out TikTok and other livestreaming apps, saying they’re a “hunting ground” for predators. Last December, TikTok came under fire for allowing the creation and distribution of neo-Nazi propaganda. TikTok said at the time that hate speech is forbidden on the platform and that it cancels accounts that violate its rules. Digital driver’s licenses may use Harry Potter-style… Tags 0 Share your voice 1:24 Post a comment Mobile Applications
0 Mobile Tech Industry Post a comment Share your voice Advertising Brave browser Chrome The Android move is a significant expansion of Brave’s advertising ambitions. Stephen Shankland/CNET Browser startup Brave now can show its privacy-first ads on Android, not just personal computers. The company’s browser blocks websites’ ads and trackers by default, but if you opt in to see Brave-supplied ads instead, you’ll get 70 percent of the resulting revenue.With most of Brave’s users on smartphones, the Android move is a significant expansion of Brave’s advertising ambitions.Brave is trying to build a new system that preserves the advantages of today’s online ad technology — a source of revenue for free websites and online services — but that respects privacy. The browser itself is designed to target ads to your own interests without sharing that personal data, but advertisers do get confirmation that their ads were actually shown or clicked on.The ads show as basic text in an operating system notification pop-up; clicking or tapping the ad opens it in a new Brave browser tab. Brave plans another system later to build ads into partners’ websites, too.From the perspective of ad giants like Facebook and Google whose ad targeting technology is built on a profile capturing your personal traits, Brave’s ad system is potentially disruptive. With privacy a big concern and Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook criticizing ad-supported services, Brave’s ads are particularly interesting. But to fulfill its ambition, Brave will have to reach a large number of both advertisers and browser users.So far, 71 advertisers have run ad campaigns through the personal computer versions of Brave, the company said. With that early sample, people clicked on 22 percent of ads, and for those clicks, 28 percent spent 10 seconds or more looking at the advertiser’s website, CEO Brendan Eich said in a statement. Eich formerly was CEO of Mozilla, maker of the Firefox web browser.If you sign up for Brave’s ad system — it’s off unless you activate it — you shouldn’t expect a windfall. The revenue accumulates in an online wallet and, if you follow the default settings, is shared back with websites you visit, YouTubers and Twitch video game streamers. Brave also has begun testing a tipping system that lets you directly donate to Reddit and Twitter users. Twitter’s work on a new user interface has disabled the feature for now, but Brave is working on a fix for those using that interface, the company said.For its payment technology, Brave relies on a cryptocurrency-like system called the basic attention token, or BAT. Today, only publishers can extract BAT from the payment system, but Brave plans to open the technology up to all browser users willing to verify their identity.Brave also announced a partnership program Thursday under which third-party companies can build Brave-format ads on behalf of advertising clients. It’s also got a mechanism that can offer Brave users more BAT for deeper engagement — 10 BAT for looking under the hood of a car shown online and 300 BAT for actually visiting a dealer for example. “Certified vendors will pass testing to ensure that the rewards behavior is functioning as intended,” said Luke Mulks, Brave’s director of ads and partnerships. Tags
BSE closes points 321.32 up on Oct 204.9K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 321.32 up on Oct 204.9K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Oct 20 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 321.32 points up to stand at 26,429.85. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 99.70 points up to stand at 7,879.40. TORRENT POWER LTD. and SKS MICROFINANCE LTD. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 12.60% and 8.88% along with HINDUSTAN PETROLEUM CORPORATION LTD. and TVS MOTOR COMPANY LTD. with an increase of 7.28% and 6.55% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include DEN and JINDAL STEEL and POWER LTD. with a decrease of 8.81% and 8.58% along with KAILASH and GVK POWER and INFRASTRUCTURE LTD. with a decrease of 8.32% and 5.62% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 369.44 points at 17,388.21 while the banking sector is up 324.17 points at 18,564.39 and the reality sector is up 12.52 points at 1,442.16. The Indian currency is down 0.29% at Rs 61.26 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Oct 20 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 321.32 points up to stand at 26,429.85. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 99.70 points up to stand at 7,879.40. TORRENT POWER LTD. and SKS MICROFINANCE LTD. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 12.60% and 8.88% along with HINDUSTAN PETROLEUM CORPORATION LTD. and TVS MOTOR COMPANY LTD. with an increase of 7.28% and 6.55% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include DEN and JINDAL STEEL and POWER LTD. with a decrease of 8.81% and 8.58% along with KAILASH and GVK POWER and INFRASTRUCTURE LTD. with a decrease of 8.32% and 5.62% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 369.44 points at 17,388.21 while the banking sector is up 324.17 points at 18,564.39 and the reality sector is up 12.52 points at 1,442.16. The Indian currency is down 0.29% at Rs 61.26 per dollar.
(Representational Image)PixabayGiving a major jolt to the Karnataka education board, the results of the Secondary School Leaving Certificate (SSLC) saw 46 schools in the state recording zero per cent pass percentage out of which 21 schools are in Bengaluru. The number of schools which recorded zero pass percentage in Karnataka actually increased from 43 to 46 since 2018.The schools in Bengaluru were aided and unaided and according to Bangalore Mirror, one school had recorded one only candidate appearing for the examination.The Karnataka education department had earlier forbade schools with less than 25 students from renewing recognition with the board, an unnamed official told BM. This led to many questioning why these schools whose strength were in the single digits to be allowed to appear for the examinations.”The school with zero percent results are lacking in infrastructure and teaching resources. They are not in a position to run a school and earlier did not get permission to run. Students of such school were advised to be moved to a nearby high school so that their academics do not suffer. We need to deliberate on the measures that need to be taken to ensure that no school records such results,” the official was quoted as saying in the report.The official revealed data that 1626 schools appeared for the examinations out of which 95 schools had nine or fewer students and five schools had only one student. He added that many schools fail the academically weak students in class nine itself so that there will not be any disadvantageous effect on the pass percentage in the SSLC exams.Associated Management of English Medium Schools in Karnataka or KAMS’ general secretary told that the department should start a surprise check for schools, especially for class nine students.”The department should go on a surprise visit or track the Class 9 strength and check what the issue is. We can clearly see that hundreds of schools in Bengaluru are not allowing students to appear for Class 10 because they do not want their overall results to go down,” Shashi Kumar D told Bangalore Mirror.
United Nations secretary-general Antonio Guterres warned on Thursday that violence against Rohingya Muslims in the northern part of Myanmar’s Rakhine state could spread to central Rakhine, where 250,000 more people were at risk of displacement.Guterres told the UN Security Council during its first public meeting on Myanmar in eight years, that the violence had spiraled into the “world’s fastest developing refugee emergency, a humanitarian and human rights nightmare.”“We have received bone-chilling accounts from those who fled – mainly women, children and the elderly,” he said. “These testimonials point to excessive violence and serious violations of human rights, including indiscriminate firing of weapons, the use of landmines against civilians and sexual violence.”More than 500,000 Rohingya Muslim have fled to Bangladesh in the past month since insurgents attacked security posts near the border, triggering fierce Myanmar military retaliation that the United Nations has branded ethnic cleansing.Sweden, the United States, Britain, France, Egypt, Senegal, and Kazakhstan requested Thursday’s council meeting.Guterres demanded immediate humanitarian aid access to areas affected by the violence and expressed concern “by the current climate of antagonism towards the United Nations” and aid groups.“The failure to address this systematic violence could result in a spill-over into central Rakhine, where an additional 250,000 Muslims could potentially face displacement,” Guterres said.“The crisis has generated multiple implications for neighboring States and the larger region, including the risk of inter-communal strife. We should not be surprised if decades of discrimination and double standards in treatment of the Rohingya create openings for radicalisation,” he said.
Undated file image courtesy the US Air Force shows the GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB) bomb sitting in an undisclosed location.The US military on Thursday dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed in combat, targeting an Islamic State complex in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said.The GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb-better known by its nickname, the “Mother Of All Bombs”-hit a tunnel complex at 7:32 pm (1502 GMT) in Achin district in Nangarhar province, US Forces Afghanistan said in a statement.US President Donald Trump called the mission “very, very successful.”The huge bomb, delivered via an MC-130 transport plane, has a blast yield equivalent to 11 tons of TNT, and the weapon was originally designed as much to intimidate foes as to clear broad areas.“The GBU-43/B is the largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed in combat,” Air Force spokesman Colonel Pat Ryder said.Achin District Governor Esmail Shinwari said the bomb landed in the Momand Dara area.“The explosion was the biggest I have ever seen. Towering flames engulfed the area,” Shinwari told AFP.“We don’t know anything about the casualties so far, but since it is a Daesh (IS) stronghold we think a lot of Daesh fighters may have been killed.”US Navy Captain Bill Salvin, spokesman for US Forces Afghanistan, said in an email to AFP that a bomb damage assessment was being carried out.As to the possibility of civilian casualties from such a huge weapon, Salvin said: “Friendly forces scouted the area and noted the lack of civilian presence. The target was chosen to ensure the maximum effect against (IS) while preventing civilian casualties.”General John Nicholson, who heads US Forces Afghanistan, described the weapon as the “right munition” to reduce IS obstacles and maintain the momentum against jihadists in the region.The strike hit a system of tunnels and caves that IS fighters had used to “move around freely, making it easier for them to target US military advisers and Afghan forces” nearby, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said.“We must deny them operational space, which we did,” Spicer added.The Afghan government was aware of the US plan to bomb the IS tunnel complex, presidential spokesman Shah Hussain Murtazawi suggested.“Heavy casualties have been inflicted on the enemy,” Murtazawi said on Facebook, ruling out the possibility of civilian casualties.IS in Afghanistan -The US military on Tuesday said an American special forces soldier had been killed while conducting operations against IS in Nangarhar, although it was not clear if Thursday’s strike was connected.Nangarhar, which borders Pakistan, is a hotbed of IS militancy. US forces have conducted a number of air strikes on jihadist bases in the area since August last year.IS, notorious for its reign of terror in Syria and Iraq, has been making inroads into Afghanistan in recent years. It has attracted disaffected members of the Pakistani and Afghan Taliban as well as Uzbek Islamists.But the group has been steadily losing territory in the face of heavy pressure both from US air strikes and a ground offensive led by Afghan forces.The Islamic State group’s strength in Afghanistan has fallen to 600 to 800 fighters from 3,000 in early 2016, NATO has said, adding that it killed the top 12 IS commanders in the country last year.The MOAB was rapidly developed in 2002-2003 around the time of the US-led invasion of Iraq.According to the Air Force, the last time the MOAB was tested in 2003, a huge mushroom cloud could be seen from 20 miles (32 kilometers) away.Despite its massive power, the MOAB still pales in comparison to a nuclear weapon.Even the smallest of the US military’s atomic arsenal, the B-61 at its minimum configuration, has an explosive yield roughly 30 times that of the MOAB.
Logo of fire IllustrationA man was killed and a child was severely burnt as a fire broke out in Payarabagan area under Bason police station in Gazipur city on Thursday night, reports UNB.The deceased is Sabed Ali, 80, while his niece Shimul, 8, was severely burnt.At least 32 nearby shops were also gutted in the fire.Md Akhteruzzaman, deputy director of Gazipur Fire Service and Civil Defense, said the fire broke out from the house of Swapon Mia and Jarina of the area around 8:30pm and soon spread to nearby tin-shed houses. Sabed Ali was burned to death in his quarters, and his niece suffered severe burns before managing to escape.Shimul has been undergoing treatment at Gazipur Shahid Tazuddin Medical College Hospital.On information, fire fighters rushed in and doused the flame after half an hour’s efforts, he added.