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New Mantra for Indian Cricketers: Eat, Play, Love!

Good morning friends.  I’m sure some of you will laugh at the words of Coach Gary Kirsten.  At first a smiled at it, then after reading it, I believe in him.  Some coach seriously gives instructions to their players, but with Coach Kirsten he is cool.  I like his way too.

India’s first match at the Champions Trophy on Saturday is also the biggest, at least as far as the fans are concerned. It’s Pakistan versus India, after all.

So Coach Gary Kirsten has given the Indians some basic self-help instructions. Julia Roberts is in Pataudi shooting Eat, Pray, Love – a movie based on the best-selling book of the same name. Gary Kirsten’s version for India’s Men in Blue: Eat, Play, Love.

Players have been asked to eat well, because the Coach says acid in the body can lead to fatigue, irritability and over sexuality. The Indians have also been asked to love themselves, quite literally. Coach Kirsten says going without sex can lead to a significant drop in testosterone levels, and that means reduced aggression and competitiveness. So sex is a must, even if it means going solo.

More instructions on self-reliance: the team has been told to take responsibility for its performance, and to stop blaming others.

The captain of the English cricket team says his team’s strategy for success doesn’t resemble India’s. At a press conference in South Africa, Andrew Strauss laughed, “With regards to sexual habits, I don’t think that’s come up in any of our dossiers! And I don’t think it’s likely to! I don’t know, I am not sure..”

Not everyone’s coach thinks Eat, Play, Love apparently. – NDTV Cricket

India move to 2nd spot in ODI rankings -1

Riding on their nine consecutive ODI victories, MS Dhoni-led Indian team has moved up to the second spot in the latest ICC rankings.

India displaced Australia who slipped to the third position in ODI rankings. India move up after 4 ODI wins against Sri Lanka and Australia’s two consecutive losses against New Zealand.

India have 122 points to be just three points behind World No. 1 South Africa. After thrashing Australia 4-1 in the five-match ODI series, the Proteas clinched the No. 1 position. Australia (121) have been pushed to the third place while New Zealand follow on fourth rung with 117 points. Pakistan are fifth while England and Sri Lanka are sixth and seventh respectively.

South Africa and India are also the top challengers to Ricky Ponting’s team in both versions of the game.

In ICC Test Rankings, Australia have 126 points while second placed South Africa is 121 and would get a chance to topple Australia when they take on Ponting’s men in a home series beginning later this month. India are third placed with 118 points.

The number one ODI team on April 1 will be richer by $175,000 with the runners-up getting $75,000.

Reference:  NDTV Cricket

Next terror attack on US will originate in Pak: Report

Good Evening friends, Wednesday is going to finish in few more working hours. A busy day with a prior appointment with electoral officer for adding our name in the new list of voters. We are carrying 10 votes in our house. It end up with positive output, so a happy end. As my routine habit I was reading new papers on line and I read following news. World leaders and all nations should make a very serious note of this report which was given by former US Senator Bob Graham, who chaired The Commission. Read the complete news I read on website.

 

Pakistan is the weakest link in world security and the next terror attack in the US will originate in that country, said a high-powered bipartisan US Congressional commission, adding it is the “intersection of nuclear weapons and terrorism.”

 

“If one has to map terrorism and weapons of mass destruction today, all roads would intersect in Pakistan,” the report “World at Risk” said while devoting a whole chapter on the Islamic country.

 

“Although Pakistan is an ally (of US) there is a grave danger it could also be an unwitting source of a terrorist attack on the United States, possibly with weapons of mass destruction,” the report said.

 

The Commission was chaired by former US Senator Bob Graham and included Wendy Sherman, a former senior Clinton Administration official, who is now the chair of the foreign policy transition team of the incoming Obama Administration.

 

Speaking on CNN television, Graham called Pakistan the “intersection of the perfect storm.”

 

In remarks suggesting that Pakistan could be emerging as a most lethal tinderbox, the report noted that “Pakistan has nuclear weapons and a history of unstable governments and parts of its territory are currently a safe haven for al-Qaida and other terrorists.”

 

The authors of the report said they had “singled out Pakistan for special attention in the report, as we believe it poses a serious challenge to America’s short-term and medium-term national security interests. Indeed many government officials and outside experts believe that the next terrorist attack against the US is likely to originate from within the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in Pakistan.”

 

“Moreover, given Pakistan’s tense relationship with India, its buildup of nuclear weapons is exacerbating the prospect of a dangerous arms race in South Asia that could lead to a nuclear conflict,” the commission warned.

 

The rapid spread of nuclear technology in countries like Pakistan and Iran are seen as the main dangers with Islamabad seen as perhaps the most dangerous of them all.

 

The odds that terrorists will soon strike a major city with nuclear or biological weapons are now higher than ever, the panel said, identifying Pakistan as an area of “grave concern” due to terror networks and its atomic arsenal.

 

“In terms of the next of proliferation and terrorism, Pakistan must top the list of priorities for the next President and the Congress,” the report said.

 

The Commission suggested that the next President and the Congress should implement a comprehensive policy towards Pakistan that works with Islamabad and other countries to eliminate terrorist safe havens through military, economic and diplomatic means and secure biological and nuclear materials in Pakistan. They should also counter and defeat extremist ideology and constraint a nascent nuclear arms race in Asia.

 

The report warned that a nuclear or biological attack is likely within five years and called for decisive global action to address the threat. It urged the creation of a new post in the White House that would focus solely on overseeing government efforts to prevent an attack with WMD.

 

Without urgent action, “it is more likely than not that a WMD will be used in a terrorist attack somewhere in the world by the end of 2013,” the commission said.

 

“America’s margin of safety is shrinking,” it added. The main dangers identified by the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism are the rapid spread of nuclear technology in countries such as Pakistan and Iran and poor security in biotech industries worldwide.

 

Ref: timesofindia

Lunar eclipse continues – 1

This is where the road ends and the sand takes over.  The surrender is complete.  Beyond, there’s nothing, not even a single hut.  This is the last village, the Pakistan border is barely 5 km away. 

 

Nobody has come here to campaign, and nobody will. The sitting BJP MLA, Sang Singh, came here once five years ago, to ask for votes, and never returned.

But the local people here aren’t really upset about it. They mention it, but only in passing. It isn’t important enough.

On Sunday afternoon, there are other issues to discuss, chillums to share, opium to chew. Besides, there’s been a death in the village and half the local people have gathered in the round-shaped community hall — kotari as the locals call it — to take stock. Conversation meanders to politics too.

“Gordhan Das Kalla is a good man,” says Madho Singh, a retired havildar who had been posted on the Kashmir border. “He was a poor man’s leader. But Congress has not given him a ticket.”

But Kalla is contesting as an Independent. Will he vote for him?

“He is of the same age as us. Whether he wins or not he has always been amongst us. 

 

He has been coming here and has always helped anyone who needed it. So, at a time when his party has ditched him we have to be with him.”