News for the day July 24, Monday
India makes it all the way to the finals only to falter
India’s dream of winning their first women’s World Cup came to a shattering end as Anya Shrubsole bowled England to a nine-run victory at Lord’s amid scenes of nail-biting tension. Mithali Raj’s team — who had captured the attention of the global game during their path to the final — were on course to lift the trophy when they reached 191 for three in the 43rd over in pursuit of 229. Instead, Shrubsole returned to take five for 11 in 19 balls of unadulterated panic, as India lost their last seven wickets for 28 runs. It was a cruel conclusion to a tournament that should change the way women’s cricket is perceived around the world forever. That, though, may be little consolation in the coming days as India wrestle with the knowledge that this was a game they really should have won.
Trump remains skeptical about Russian interference in elections
Donald Trump remains unconvinced that Russia interfered in last year’s US election, his new communications chief Anthony Scaramucci said on Sunday. The White House has been sending mixed signals about whether it would approve new sanctions against Moscow, and Scaramucci has further obscured the president’s next move by saying Trump believes Russian intelligence services are “super confident in their deception skills and hacking” and would have left no trace if they had intruded into Democratic computer systems. After six months of his presidency being consumed by the Russian controversy, Trump’s view on the Kremlin’s alleged interference is that “maybe they did it, maybe they didn’t do it”.
IAF rescues pregnant women from flooded village
The Indian Air Force today safely evacuated a woman and her new-born twins along with another pregnant woman from Nana Matra village in Vinchia tehsil of Rajkot district of Gujarat which was flooded due to heavy rains. The village had been cut off from rest of the district due to the floods. As soon as a message about need to evacaute two women who were in critical condition and ‘about to deliver’ was received at 4.30 pm, a Chetak helicopter was sent from Jamnagar, said Defence spokesperson Abhishek Matiman in a release. While the helicopter was on its way, district officials informed that one of the women had already delivered twins and needed to be airlifted immediately. “By 1715 hrs the Chetak was already overhead looking for a safe patch to land. The mother, with her new-born twins and an attendant were instantaneously put into the aircraft and flown out to safety….The aircraft landed at Jasdan helipad where they were handed over to the medical team already waiting,” it said.
Labor Party MP expelled for branch stacking
Former federal MP Belinda Neal has been expelled from the NSW Labor party over allegations of branch stacking. Labor party officers met to rubber-stamp the decision this morning, following a recommendation from the party’s Internal Appeals Tribunal which upheld charges Ms Neal had engaged in “unworthy conduct”. Fairfax Media reports the NSW Labor tribunal recommended Ms Neal’s expulsion this morning after she was charged under party rules in February. The charges relate to alleged branch stacking in 2015 when Ms Neal was seeking preselection for the seat of Robertson in Gosford on the state’s Central Coast at the 2016 federal election.
United Spirits’ profits grow in Q1 despite fall in revenue
United Spirits Ltd (USL) said Q1 profit rose 43.6% even as revenue fell 0.5%, largely because of the Supreme Court’s decision last year to ban alcohol sales near highways. The impact of the December ban will spill over into the next two quarters as well, albeit to a lesser extent, the liquor maker said. The decline in revenue is also a result of operational changes brought about in the June quarter as the firm increasingly moves towards using a franchisee model to sell its mass or value brands—classified as the popular segment internally—in a few states. “Performance in the first quarter, as expected, was impacted by the highway ban which has led to lower consumption due to a reduction in the number of retail outlets. We have also seen destocking by customers during the first quarter,” chief executive officer Anand Kripalu said in a statement.