News for the day July 21, Friday
Harmanpreet does it for India at the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup
Harmanpreet Kaur eviscerated Australia’s bowling attack on the way to unarguably the best knock of the Women’s World Cup as India upstaged the six-time champions – by 36 runs – to advance to the final of the tournament, where they meet hosts England on Sunday (July 23). Harmanpreet’s frenzied stay at the crease included 20 fours and 7 sixes in an undefeated essay of 171 from 115 balls. More importantly, her urge to use her big bat swing against everything in sight coincided with a match-turning flourish in the last 11 overs – wherein India amassed 139 runs, 108 coming off Harmanpreet’s willow. At the end of the 42 overs, India had 281 runs on board which proved to be too much for Australia, despite commendable counter-attack from Ellyse Villani (75 off 58) and Alex Blackwell (90 off 56)
Ram Nath Kovind is India’s 14th President
Ram Nath Kovind, former Bihar governor and old BJP hand, will be sworn in as India’s 14th President on July 25. The NDA candidate Kovind defeated the Opposition’s nominee and former Lok Sabha speaker Meira Kumar by garnering over 65% of votes+ in the Electoral College.
The final tally of the votes, counting of which was done at Parliament House on Thursday, shows that Kovind got 2,930 votes (MPs and MLAs) with a value of 7,02,044 (65.65%) as compared to 1,844 votes with a value of 3,67,314 (34.35%) received by Meira Kumar, defeating her with a margin of over 3.30 lakh vote value.
US Senator John McCain vows to fight cancer off, return to Capitol Hill
U.S. Senator John McCain on Thursday vowed a quick return to Washington despite his newly diagnosed brain cancer in a show of the fighting spirit that has come to define the war hero and which prompted a wave of support across the political spectrum. The 80-year-old outspoken former Republican presidential candidate had surgery last week for a blood clot above his left eye. His office said late on Wednesday that the procedure revealed an aggressive form of brain tumour known as a glioblastoma. “I greatly appreciate the outpouring of support – unfortunately for my sparring partners in Congress, I’ll be back soon, so stand-by!” McCain wrote on Twitter shortly before issuing a news release through his office related to Syria. From his home in Arizona, McCain was working the telephones to stay on top of the hottest issues being debated in Congress.
Saudi King Salman orders arrest of Saudi Prince for abusive behavior
Saudi Arabia’s King Salman ordered the arrest of a prince and his associates on Wednesday after videos emerged which appear to show the prince engaging in abusive behavior against citizens. In the footage, which was published on YouTube, the young and low-level prince can be seen pointing a weapon toward one man and slapping another victim. Other clips appear to show bottles of whiskey in a possible violation of the country’s alcohol consumption and sales ban. King Salman’s arrest warrant came as hundreds of thousands had already viewed the videos online, spreading it under an Arabic hashtag which can be translated as “prince transgresses on citizens.” The wide online circulation of the clips put pressure on the country’s leadership to prosecute the prince, Saudi bin Abdulaziz bin Musaed bin Saud bin Abdulaziz, especially because King Salman had previously emphasized that he generally considers citizens’ rights to be of higher value than the protection of royals’ privileges.
New insight on Justine Damond’s killer
Police Chief Janee Harteau has finally broken her silence on the fatal shooting of Justine Damond. Chief Harteau returned from leave today to address a press conference. She said she has spoken to Justine’s fiance Dom Damond about the night Officer Mohamed Noor shot the Australian life coach dead. “We are talking about one individual’s action in question. … I have assured the family of justice,” she said. “There will be a criminal investigation but from what I have seen Justine did not have to die. New insight into the character of the Minneapolis policeman emerged yesterday as investigators released transcripts of the two emergency calls Australian life coach Justine Damond made just before Noor shot her dead last Saturday night. “He has little respect for women he has little respect for blacks and kids,” said Mr Miller, who is African-American and neighbor of Noor. “He has an air like you just couldn’t really be around him.”
Indian women fail to qualify for 2018 Hockey World Cup after losing 0-2 to Japan
The Indian women’s hockey team failed to qualify for next year’s Women’s World Cup after they lost 2-0 to Japan in the Hockey World League semi-final on Thursday. India had to win the crucial tie if they were to qualify for next year’s World Cup, however, they were beaten fair and square by Japan. Japan, who are ranked World No 16, beat India, who are No 12 in the world, with ease. The India defense lacked the caliber and skill to stop the Japanese forwards. Japan opened the scoring within the first seven minutes of the game with Kana Nomura netting the opener. Naho Ichitani doubled the lead in the 29th minute as Japan opened a 2-0 lead and also seal the match for her team. With the loss, India will now face South Africa or Ireland for the 7/8th position. Their only win of the tournament had come against Chile – a team ranked 20th. They have struggled against all teams ranked higher than them and their loss against Japan shows the amount of work required to make them a force to reckon with on the field.