Daily wrap: India beat Afghanistan, Bengal clashes and other stories

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Yuzvendra Chahal and captain Virat Kohli celebrate the dismissal of Afghanistan's Asghar Afghan during the Cricket World Cup match between India and Afghanistan at the Hampshire Bowl in Southampton. Photo: PTI

World Cup: India shatter Afghanistan’s semi-final dream, remain unbeaten

A magnificent hat-trick from Mohammad Shami sealed the deal for Afghanistan and shattered the semi-final dream of the Asian underdogs on Saturday (June 22). Even though the Afghans gave a close competition to India, they were too low on the points table to make it through to the next round. India vs Afghanistan was a mere formality match for the neighbours. It was more about saving their faces after failing to win even a single match in the ongoing World Cup 2019. Team India, on the other hand, was unbeaten in the tournament, winning all their matches except one, which was abandoned due to rain.

Bengal clashes: BJP delegation claims 2 killed in police firing in Bhatpara

A three-member BJP delegation visited the trouble-torn Bhatpara area in West Bengal on Saturday and alleged that it was due to police firing that two persons lost their lives during clashes earlier in the week. Led by former Union minister and Bardhaman-Durgapur MP S S Ahluwalia, other members of the delegation were newly-elected MPs and former police officers Satyapal Singh and B D Ram.

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Kodiyeri Balakrishnan won’t help son Binoy accused of rape

Kerala CPI(M) secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan on Saturday said that he will not help or protect his son Binoy, who is accused of a rape by a former bar dancer and is yet to be arrested. He also made it clear that he did not know where his son was. “Neither my party nor I should be held responsible for this, none of us will help him. Police is investigating the matter, let the investigation continue,” Balakrishnan said. “Don’t know where my son is. He is an adult and stays separately,” the Left leader said.

‘Not Christian’, Jagan’s uncle on row over Tirumala temple board appointment

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has appointed his uncle and senior YSRCP leader YV Subba Reddy as the new chairman of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD) Trust board, which manages the affairs of the Tirumala Venkateswara temple, world’s richest Hindu temple. However, the appointment ran into controversy citing the religion of Subba Reddy, which some Twitter posts alleged was Christianity. Subba Reddy has however denied the allegation, saying he was a Hindu by birth and continues to be so.

CJI writes to PM, seeks increase in number of SC judges

Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking to increase the strength of judges and raise the retirement age of high court judges to 65 years. Gogoi has also urged the prime minister to make tenure appointments of retired apex court judges and high court judges under Articles 128 and 224A of the Indian Constitution respectively to clear backlog of cases pending for years.

‘Alexa, check my heart’: AI tool to detect cardiac arrest during sleep

Scientists have developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) system to monitor people for cardiac arrest while they are asleep without touching them. People experiencing cardiac arrest will suddenly become unresponsive and either stop breathing or gasp for air, a sign known as agonal breathing, said researchers at the University of Washington (UW) in the US.

Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh seeks over month-long parole for farming

Jailed Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh has sought parole for over a month for farming at his fields in Haryana’s Sirsa, officials said Saturday. The 51-year-old is currently lodged at Sunaria jail in Rohtak after being convicted in two rape cases and murder of a journalist.

Remains of British-era bridge reappear in Dhanushkodi after 50 years

Remains of a road bridge at the coastal town of Dhanushkodi at Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, which got buried under sand after a devastating cyclone struck more than five decades ago, reappeared on Saturday due to erosion caused by the rough sea. The sides of the bridge, 20 feet wide and and 60 feet long, were intact though they were wet, officials said.

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