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Indian serial thief stole 120 hotel TVs

BANGALORE: Indian police have detained a man who stole 120 TV sets from hotels over four months, officials said on Wednesday. Vasudev Nanaiah booked into budget hotels in states across southern India with oversized bags to put the televisions in when he left. If the room television did not fit his bag, the 34-year-old Nanaiah would go out to a local market to buy a bigger suitcase, police alleged. Hotel staff never suspected him as he was very well behaved. Nanaiah also paid a small advance sum and told staff he…

Shocking moment as student drowns while his friends take selfie

A heart-rending moment was captured on camera when a group of friends were busy taking a selfie not realizing that one of their mates was drowning behind them. Vishwas G, 17, had been enjoying a picnic with fellow students from the National College in Bangalore, India, when they decided to go for a swim. They were on a trip to a temple when he got into trouble in the water. Sumanth A, one of the students, said: ‘We had finished swimming and left for the Gundanjaneya temple and did not notice Vishwas’s absence.…

WATCH: Ex-Indian army officer called ‘Pakistani’, beaten up in Bangalore

BENGALURU: A retired Indian army officer and his sons were beaten up in public by residents of the area and some unidentified ‘thugs’ over a so-called property dispute. According to Hindustan Times, 70-year-old retired Army Colonel R.S. Uppal in Bengaluru has written an emotional appeal to the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee seeking its intervention to protect his family after his wife and sons were allegedly assaulted. On Wednesday, the letter, addressed to general secretary of the committee Manjinder Singh…

Smith and Kohli escape charges over DRS incident

MUMBAI: Australia captain Steve Smith and his India counterpart Virat Kohli have escaped any charges after a controversial Decision Review System (DRS) incident in this week's Bengaluru test, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Wednesday. Following India's 75-run win in the second test, Kohli accused Smith of 'crossing the line' and said the Australians repeatedly looked towards their dressing room for assistance over whether to ask for a review of the umpire's decision using DRS. Players are not allowed to…

India stuns Australia in Bangalore to level series

BANGALORE: Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin grabbed six wickets as India stopped Australia in their tracks to win a fiery second Test and level the series 1-1 on Tuesday. Australia, needing 188 for victory, were bowled out for just 112 half-an-hour into the final session on day four at Bangalore's M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. Tempers frayed between the world's top two ranked sides as the hosts bounced back from a humiliating opening Test defeat in Pune. Ashwin (6-41), who bagged his 25th five-wicket haul in his 47th Test,…

India set Australia 188 for win in second test

BANGALORE: Australia were set a target of 188 runs for victory in the second test against India on Tuesday after pace bowlers Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc ran through India's batting with the new ball on the fourth morning of the match. Hazlewood finished with figures of 6-67 for his fifth five-wicket haul in tests as India were all out for 274 in their second innings to bring up lunch. Starc picked up 2-74. Cheteshwar Pujara top-scored at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium with 92 for the hosts, who trail the four-test…

Australia bowl out India for 189 in 2nd Test

BANGALORE: Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon claimed eight wickets to help bowl out India for 189 on the opening day of the second Test in Bangalore on Saturday. Opener Lokesh Rahul top-scored with 90 before falling to Lyon, who recorded career-best figures of 8-50 as the hosts were dismissed in the final session after electing to bat first. The hosts were 168 for five at tea with opener Lokesh Rahul fighting on with an unbeaten half-century at Bangalore's M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Rahul on 79 and Ravichandran Ashwin…

Australia unchanged for second India Test

BANGALORE: Australia captain Steve Smith said Friday that the visitors will go with the same team that thrashed India in the opening Test for the second encounter in Bangalore. The tourists stunned the Virat Kohli-led hosts and the world's number one side in the first Test in Pune last week to go 1-0 up in the four match series. The second-ranked Australians, who came into the series as underdogs, humiliated the home side in just three days by beating them at their own game of spin on a viciously turning track.…

Bengaluru to offer up ‘sporting’ pitch for second test

BANGALURU: Barring a last-minute intervention from the home side, the second test between India and Australia will be played on a "sporting" pitch which will be fair to both teams, organisers in Bengaluru have said. Pitch talk dominated reaction in India to their series-opening defeat inside three days in Pune, where Australia's left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe claimed 12 wickets, the best figures recorded by a visiting spinner on Indian soil. Many believe India's ploy to roll out a turning track backfired on the hosts,…

Heart-stopping footage: Lion attacks visitors’ vehicle at Indian wildlife park

BANGALORE: A dramatic footage captured at a wildlife park in India,  showing a male lion charging at a visitor’s vehicle, is going viral on the internet. It shows the big cat attacking the car inside the Bannerghatta Biological Park, near Bangalore, Karnataka, and has been widely shared on social media. The lion is seen stalking the grey vehicle before putting his paws on top of the car as audibly anxious visitors watch the drama unfold. Executives at the park later admitted the driver of the car was at fault…