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BCCI Announces Team for First two Tests against Australia

Mumbai: The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) retained the Indian squad that played against Bangladesh. The All-India Senior Selection Committee met on February 14 to pick the India Cricket Team for the first two Test matches of the four-match Paytm Test series against Australia.

The team is as follows: Virat Kohli (Captain), M Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, W Saha (wk), R Ashwin, R Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Karun Nair, Jayant Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund and Hardik Pandya.

Here’s the complete schedule –

Match Date Venue
1st Test Feb 23-27 Pune
2nd Test Mar 04-08 Bengaluru
3rd Test Mar 16-20 Ranchi
4th Test Mar 25-29 Dharamsala

“Raahgiri” Back in New Avatar as “Bhubaneswar Pathotsav”

Bhubaneswar: Come tomorrow on Sunday “Raahgiri” will be back in a new Avatar called “Bhubaneswar Pathotsav”. Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) Mayor Ananta Narayan Jena informed the media persons here on Saturday. According to Jena, “Bhubaneswar Pathotsav” will commence again on Janpath stretching from Ram Mandir to Master Canteen roundabout from 7 am to 10 am tomorrow on Sunday. He announced that as before cultural and fun activities will be organised and citizens are welcome to participate.

BMC is said to have made adequate arrangements for the day’s activities. Notably, BMC had decided to rename “Raahgiri” and sought a new name from the citizens between November 22 and 24.

Union Government Forms SPV for Bullet Train Project

New Delhi: According to information given by the Minister of State for Railways Shri Rajen Gohain in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha on Friday, a Special Purpose Vehicle, namely, National High Speed Rail Corporation Limited (NHSRC) has been formed in February, 2016 to implement Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail corridor project.

The estimated cost of Mumbai-Ahmedabad high speed rail corridor is Rs 97,636 crore. Government of Japan has agreed to provide Japanese (Yen) loan upto 81% of the project cost at 0.1% per annum, to be repaid in 50 years with 15 years moratorium.

The target for commissioning the project is 2023-24. Work on scheduled activities such as appointment of General Consultant, Final Location Survey and training of officials has commenced.

The project has been sanctioned with 50% equity participation by Ministry of Railways and 25% each by the Governments of Maharashtra and Gujarat.

Sudarshan Pattanaik Sand Art Main Attraction at World Tourism Market in London

Bhubaneswar: To boost Odisha Tourism in the world market the State had participated in World Tourism Market held in London from Nov 7 to 9 to showcase and promote state’s tourism and attract more foreign tourists.

Union Minister, Tourism & Culture Mahesh Sharma inaugurated the Odisha Tourism stall in the presence of Ashok Chandra Panda, Odisha Tourism & Culture Minister along with other dignitaries.

India has been partner country as well as focus country in the World Tourism Market this year. So keeping that in view, Odisha Tourism took the opportunity to attract more tourists from Europe. Internationally acclaimed sand artist Sudarshan Pattanaik was the star attraction in the market. Odisha conducted B2B meetings, invited potential tour operators, agents, media houses and journalists to interact on state tourism products and destination sites.

The state showcased potential tourists sites such as World Heritage Site at Konark, Golden Triangle of Bhubaneswr-Puri-Konark, Buddhist Circuit, Bhitarkanika-Similipal and Chilika. Officials also held discussions to attract more tourists for various destinations beaches, tribal, religious and eco-tourism in the state.

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik Holds Meeting to Review Cyclone Preparedness


Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday chaired a review meeting on the preparedness to handle eventuality arising from likelihood of cyclone Kyant hitting Odisha coast. The Chief Secretary, DGP, Director Regional Meteorological Department, Special Relief Commissioner (SRC), Secretaries of the departments of Revenue, Food, Energy, Agriculture & Rural Development, NDRF, Fire and ODRAF representatives were also present in the meeting.

Regional Director Meteorological department informed in the meeting that the deep depression has turned into cyclone ‘Kyant’, which is lying 715 km away off the Gopalpur coast of Odisha. And currently it is moving in north-west direction and is likely to reach west-central Bay of Bengal.

Chief Minister also interacted with the 14 Collectors likely to be affected districts via video conference and directed them to be on alert. Special Relief Commissioner (SRC) PK Mohapatra briefing the reporters after the meeting said, the official holidays stand cancelled and the government staff have been asked to remain in field on October 29 and 30 to keep a close watch on the situation. The Collectors have also been asked to take measures to keep the harvested crop covered as rain is expected under the influence of the cyclonic storm. He also informed that the meteorological department’s prediction suggests that the cyclone is moving towards Andhra Pradesh.

According to a cyclone update bulletin released by Indian Meteorological department, “the deep depression over east-central Bay of Bengal moved further west-northwestwards in past 03 hours, intensified into a cyclonic storm ‘KYANT’ and lay centred at 0830 hrs IST of 25 th October, 2016 over east-central Bay of Bengal, near Latitude 17.0º N and Longitude 91.2º E, about 620 km north-northwest of Port Blair, 710 km south-southeast of Gopalpur and 850 km east of Vishakhapatnam The system will move initially west-northwestwards and then west to west-southwestwards towards westcentral Bay of Bengal during next 72 hours.”

During this time squally winds speed reaching 45-55 kmph gusting to 65 kmph is very likely to commence along and off Odisha and north coastal Andhra Pradesh coasts from October 27 onwards. The fishermen have been advised not to venture into sea along and off Odisha and north coastal Andhra Pradesh coasts from October 27 onwards.