Monsoon makes debut over Andaman Sea
South-west monsoon today made a debut in the Andaman Sea and parts of Bay of Bengal, setting the stage for the four-month rainfall season crucial for India's agriculture-based economy.
"Southwest monsoon has set in over some parts of south Bay of Bengal and Andaman Sea," India Meteorological Department (IMD) said here.
It said conditions were favourable for further advance of monsoon over some more parts of Bay of Bengal during next 2-3 days.
Monsoon is expected to bring its first showers to Kerala on June 3 - a slight delay attributed to the cyclone activity over the Bay of Bengal.
After arriving over Kerala, monsoon moves gradually to cover the entire country by mid-July.
India is expecting normal monsoon rains this year with overall rainfall expected to be 98 per cent of the long period average.
Monsoon is crucial for the kharif crops such as rice, soyabean, cotton and maize because almost 60 per cent of the farm land in the country is rainfed.
Scandal has tainted game's image: Former Pak players
Former Pakistan players feel that the recent spot-fixing scandal has further tarnished the image of the game of cricket and has rocked the ongoing Indian Premier League.
Former Test captain Zaheer Abbas said that he was shocked by the scandal involving Indian Test player, S Sreesanth and two others -- Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan.
"What worries me is that this apparently is just the tip of the iceberg as fas as corruption in cricket is concerned. There have always been fears that the IPL was a soft target for bookmakers but no one took this seriously," he said.
NDTV reports that Ajit Chandila has named two more players from Rajasthan Royals in connection with spot-fixing in last year's IPL season . The player named two batsmen during the interrogation by Delhi police.
More on Sreesanth's confession:
Sreesanth confesses to spot-fixing charge
Indian cricketer and Rajasthan Royals player S. Sreesanth Friday confessed to spot-fixing in the Indian Premier League (IPL), police said.
"Sreesanth has confessed to spot-fixing. He was teary eyed during interrogation," a Delhi Police official told IANS.
Rajasthan Royals cricketer Ankeet Chavan was the first to accept his role in spot-fixing during questioned by Delhi Police while the third player, Ajit Chandila, has not yet accepted the charges.
Times Now reports that Sreesanth has confessed to spot-fixing in IPL. He has said that he has made a big mistake.
TN police have revealed more information on the raids conducted in Chennai in connection with betting in cricket last night:
The police formed 13 teams and raided 13 places in Chennai in connection with betting. The police further revealed that the mastermind behind the betting was from Delhi. The bets were primarily placed on IPL matches.The police got a tip off about the bookies were cheating people and conducted the raids.
The police say that more people might be involved in the betting racket.
I don't accept that matches were fixed: Srinivasan
BCCI President has refuted charges that the credibility of the IPL has taken a hit after three players were arrested for spot-fixing. "The IPL is still very credible. There is some allegation of wrongdoing. We'll get to the bottom of it," he said.
Asked whether the result of the three matches in which fixing happened would be changed, Srinivasan tried to make a distinction between spot fixing and match fixing, saying "I don't accept the comment that the matches were fixed."
BCCI emergency meet to discuss IPL spot-fixing 'fallout'
Stung by the sensational IPL spot-fixing scandal, the BCCI has called an Emergent Working Committee meeting on Sunday to discuss the "fallout" of the controversy that has tarnished the credibility of the cash-rich league.
"The President, BCCI, has convened an Emergent Working Committee Meeting, at 11:00 am on Sunday, 19 February 2013, at the Park Sheraton, Chennai," the BCCI statement said.
Beckham's role after retirement to remain global
After David Beckham's long and distinguished soccer career ends on an artificial turf field in northwestern France, his life promises to be perhaps even more glamorous than it already has been.
Nearly 20 years after breaking into the Manchester United lineup, the 38-year-old former England captain won the French league title with Paris Saint-Germain this season.
After announcing his retirement on Thursday, Beckham's role in soccer will take on a new dimension worldwide.
Rapper Honey Singh booked for vulgar songs
Punjab Police Friday booked singer-rapper Honey Singh for using obscene language in his songs, an official said.
A case was registered against the singer under provisions of Section 294 (singing, reciting or uttering any obscene song, ballad or words, in or near any public place) of the Indian Penal Code in Punjab's Nawanshahr town, some 80 km from here, a police official said.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court Tuesday directed Punjab Police to book Honey Singh for obscenity in his songs. The singer-rapper has been courting controversies in the country for his songs based on sexual themes and innuendoes.
Sreesanth's lawyer has defended his client, even though reports claim that the cricketer admitted to being lured into getting to know bookies by Jiju. Deepak Prakash has said that his client's so called confession before the police has no validity as he has to confess in front of the court.
Home Minster Shinde has praised the Delhi police for their good work in cracking the spot-fixing case.
Meanwhile six bookies and financiers have been arrested in Chennai. Rs 14 lakhs has been seized. These arrests have no connection to the IPL spot-fixing scandal. The arrests were made in connection with betting.
12.20 pm:The police have revealed some details of their interrogation of the three arrested cricketers.
Cricket bookies raided in Chennai
Police in Tamil Nadu took into custody four cricket bookies here Friday, a day after three Rajasthan Royals players were arrested for allegedly spot fixing matches in exchange for money.
"We have raided eight-10 places here and have secured four cricket bookies involved in betting. It is not match fixing but betting. The investigation is in a preliminary stage," an official of Crime Branch-Crime Investigation Department (CBCID) told IANS.
Suspected Hizbul militant Liyaqat Shah granted bail by court in a case of alleged conspiracy to carry out terror attacks in Delhi.
The Tamil Nadu Police is conducting searches in several places in Chennai in connection with the IPL spot-fixing scandal, reports NDTV.
The Delhi police are set to question the three cricketers and 11 bookies arrested in connection with the IPL spot-fixing scandal.
Cabinet raises OBC creamy layer income limit to Rs 6 lakh
The Union Cabinet has given its approval for increase in the present income criterion of Rs. 4.5 lakh per annum for applying the Creamy Layer restriction throughout the country to Rs. 6 lakh per annum.
The increase in the income limit to exclude the Creamy Layer is in keeping with the increase in the Consumer Price Index and would enable more persons to take advantage of reservation benefits extended to OBCs in government services and admission to central educational institutions.
China, India to be world's two biggest investors by 2030: World Bank
The percentage of global investment that goes to developing countries should triple in the next two decades as emerging economies catch up to richer nations and become more integrated into financial markets, the World Bank predicted in a report on Thursday.
These nations and their comparatively younger and bigger populations are also set to become the largest sources of capital, with China and India turning into the world's two biggest investors by 2030, the global development lender said.
Oz cricketers 'cleared of wrongdoing' over IPL spot-fixing charges
The five Australian players playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals have reportedly been cleared of any spot-fixing charges, although they will be questioned as part of a major police investigation.
Three Indian Rajasthan Royals players, including Test pacer S.Sreesanth, were arrested on spot-fixing charges on Thursday, with more arrests expected in an operation, which could finally expose the murky underbelly of the billion-dollar IPL, News.com.au reports.
Brothers arrested in Mother's Day parade shooting
Two brothers with a history of drug arrests and suspected ties to a neighborhood gang each face 20 counts of attempted second-degree murder in a shooting spree that brought a sudden bloody end to a Mother's Day parade in a New Orleans neighborhood.
The arrests by city police and U.S. marshals came less than four days after gunfire scattered the crowd and wounded 20 people — 19 hit by bullets and one while trying to flee.
12 killed, 25 injured in Iraq mosque bombing12 killed, 25 injured in Iraq mosque bombin
At least 12 people were killed and 25 others injured when a suicide bomber blew himself up at a Shia mosque in northern Iraq, police said.
The suicide bomber entered the Al Zahraa mosque in Kirkuk, some 250 km north of Baghdad, and then blew himself up, police told Xinhua.
The explosion also caused damage to the mosque.
The attack took place when the mosque was holding a funeral for a person killed in an attack Wednesday.
On Thursday, a series of car bombs and a gunfire attack in Shia neighbourhoods in Baghdad and the northern city of Mosul, left at least 11 people dead and 45 wounded.
Boston suspect scrawled bombing claim message on boat
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev wrote a message on the wall of the boat in which he was captured, claiming responsibility for the April 15 bomb attack, CBS News reported.
CBS News senior correspondent John Miller, a former assistant FBI director, cited sources as saying that the 19-year-old Tsarnaev had written the message with a pen on the inside wall of the boat cabin as he hid from police, bleeding from gunshot wounds sustained in a shootout with police that killed his 26-year-old brother Tamerlan.
14 killed as cyclone batters Bangladesh
At least 14 people were killed today as cyclonic storm 'Mahasen' battered Bangladesh's southwestern coastlines, damaging thousands of thatched houses and forcing evacuation of over one million people from low-lying areas.
"All the deaths were reported from the southwestern coastlines where the cyclone hit with its maximum strength before being weakened gradually," a disaster management ministry spokesman told PTI.
Officials from coastal areas earlier reported the deaths mostly from offshore islands of southwestern Barisal region with the highest toll recorded in Barguna district, the worst affected area where the storm levelled hundreds of thatched houses and standing crops and uprooted trees.
They said the deaths were caused by drowning or the victims were hit by falling trees.