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Deadly political calculations: Why India isn’t fixing its toxic smog problem

NEW DELHI: As pollution levels surged to “severe” and “hazardous” levels in New Delhi this week, there was little sign that residents of India’s teeming capital were doing much to protect themselves. The smog, which is expected to worsen in the next few days, exposed people to as much as 24 times the recommended limits for dangerous particles on Monday. But unlike in many Chinese cities, where face masks are a common sight when smog levels spike, it is still rare to see locals taking measures to reduce their exposure.…

PCB hires website to check fixing attempts

DUBAI: Bitten by a spot-fixing scandal last year, the Pakistan Cricket Board has hired an international website to curb corruption in the third edition of the Pakistan Super League, sources said on Thursday. The PSL kicked off in Dubai in a glittering ceremony on Thursday, hoping it doesn't get marred by an wrongdoing like the last year when Islamabad United openers Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif were caught in a scandal. Sharjeel and Khalid were charged for arranging dot balls in return for money in the opening game…

McCullum won’t forgive Cairns over fixing saga

DUBAI: Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum said Thursday he will never forgive Chris Cairns after his ex-teammate set out to destroy his credibility over match-fixing allegations. McCullum was the prosecution star witness in Cairns' perjury trial, which ended with the allrounder acquitted of all charges in a London court late last year. McCullum said he felt a moral obligation to testify about claims Cairns approached him with a "business proposition" about match-fixing in 2008. But the former batsman, who retired…

Wimbledon match in fixing probe

LONDON: The Tennis Integrity Unit (TIU) revealed on Thursday they are investigating whether a match at this year's Wimbledon was fixed. The TIU received an alert regarding one match played at the grass-court Grand Slam in London. Its alerts come from regulators and betting organisations, who can report matches if they notice suspicious betting patterns. The TIU said it received 96 alerts from July to September, of which two came in Grand Slams, the first at Wimbledon and the second at the US Open. A TIU statement said:…

Djokovic reveals match-fixing approach

MELBOURNE: World number one Novak Djokovic said he was approached to fix a match earlier in his career on Monday as allegations of corruption in tennis rocked the start of the Australian Open.