Live: We are one small step away, says Messi

Last Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014 16:05 hrs

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We are one small step away: Messi

Argentine star Lionel Messi said the national team was just "one small step away" from becoming the champions of the 2014 Brazil FIFA World Cup.

Messi also dedicated the team's 4-2 penalty shootout win over the Netherlands in Wednesday's semi-final match to sports journalist Jorge "Topo" Lopez, who died in an accident on the day of the game, reports Xinhua.

"I'm very proud to be a part of this team!!! You're all phenomenal, what a game you played, how crazy!!! We made it to the final!! Let's enjoy it ... We're one small step away ...," the forward posted on his Facebook page.

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Bill to amend TRAI Act introduced in Lok Sabha

A bill to amend Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Act was introduced in the Lok Sabha Friday amid ruckus.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority Amendment Bill will pave way for the appointment of former TRAI chairman Nripendra Misra as principal secretary to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Hawkers return ornaments, cash found in railway station

In a show of honesty, two railway hawkers returned a bag containing gold and silver ornaments valued at over Rs one lakh and Rs 9,500 in cash to its owner.

The two hawkers Rupchand Sardar and Tulu Bhattacharya found the bag on a bench meant for waiting passengers at a platform of suburban Sonarpur Railway Station in South 24 Parganas district yesterday afternoon soon after the crowded down Sealdah-Canning local train pulled out.

They opened the bag and on seeing the valuables and the money deposited it with the GRP at the station.

On searching the bag, a piece of paper with a phone number written on it was found and Trailokyanath Das, its owner, was contacted, GRP said.

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Over 5,000 foreigners converge to listen to Dalai Lama

Over 5,000 followers of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama from aborad, including China, reached this mountainous town in Jammu and Kashmir to participate in the highly venerated two-day Kalachakra (Wheel of Time) ceremony beginning Friday.

Event organisers told IANS that around 140,000 people attended the preliminary empowerment ceremony Thursday.

"We are gathered for Buddhist teachings in the land where Buddhism, coming from Tibet, has flourished for a long time," the Dalai Lama, whose sermons on ethics, non-violence, peace and religious harmony have made him one of the 20th century's most popular and revered gurus, said Thursday.

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Novak Djokovic marries his pregnant fiancee

Four days after winning Wimbledon, Tennis star Novak Djokovic has married his pregnant fiancee in a private ceremony in Montenegro.

Djokovic and longtime girlfriend Jelena Ristic were wed Thursday in an upscale resort on the Adriatic coast.

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11.36 am:

CBI to probe former journalist's suicide

The Maharashtra government has asked the CBI to probe the suicide of former senior journalist Charudatta Deshpande last year, an official said Friday.

Acceding to requests from various quarters, including The Press Club of Mumbai, Home Minister R. R. Patil transferred the investigations to the central agency late Thursday.

10.45 am:

Kerry in Afghanistan to meet presidential candidates

US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Afghanistan in a bid to mediate in the ongoing tensions over the country's disputed presidential elections, media reported Friday.

Kerry will hold meetings with the two presidential candidates Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, as well as incumbent President Hamid Karzai and UN officials, BBC reported.

9.56 am:

Indian mathematician wins Polya Prize for solving knotty riddle

A young Indian mathematician, Nikhil Srivastava, has been named a joint winner of the prestigious George Polya Prize for finding proof of a riddle that had eluded mathematicians for more than half a century.

Srivastava of Microsoft Research India and Adam W. Marcus and Daniel A. Spielman from Yale University will be presented the 2014 George P??lya Prize at the July 7-11annual meeting of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), in Chicago.

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26,000 security personnel deployed for FIFA final

About 26,000 armed personnel will be deployed to ensure public safety during the World Cup final at Rio's Maracana stadium Sunday.

The announcement was made after a meeting between government officials and representatives from football governing body FIFA, reported Xinhua.

"We will maintain the standard of excellence for public safety that we have had since the beginning of the World Cup," Brazil's Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo said.

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Lawyer who represented Amit Shah to be elevated as SC judge

The Supreme Court collegium headed by Chief Justice of India R.M. Lodha on Wednesday cleared the elevation of senior advocate Uday Lalit as a Supreme Court judge.

Lalit represented Modi's close aide and new BJP chief Amit Shah, in the cases involving the fake encounter killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati in Gujarat. Shah faces charges of murder and conspiracy in both cases.

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8.07 am:

11 killed in schoolkids' van crash in China

All 11 people, including eight kindergarten children, were killed after a minivan fell into a pond Thursday in China's Hunan province, rescuers said Friday.

The accident occurred Thursday evening in a mountainous village near Changsha, capital of Hunan. The bus was carrying the children home from their kindergarten in the city of Xiangtan, adjacent to Changsha, Xinhua reported.

There were eight children, two teachers and a driver aboard when the accident happened, authorities said.

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Legendary actress Zohra Sehgal to be cremated today

Legendary actress Zohra Sehgal, who essayed character roles with aplomb in a career spanning both theatre and cinema, died here on Thursday at the age of 102.

A Padma Vibhushan awardee, Sehgal breathed her last at Max hospital here around 4:30 PM.

???She died of a cardiac arrest this afternoon. She was unwell for last three-four days,??? daughter Kiran told PTI.

Sehgal would be cremated tomorrow at 11 AM at the Lodhi Road crematorium.

The news was broken in the night by historian Irfan Habib who tweeted, ???Just confirmed that Zohra Aapa is no more??????

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