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China may scrap two-child limit: report

BEIJING: China appears poised to scrap its two-child policy, with a state-run newspaper Monday citing a draft civil code that would overhaul decades of controversial family-planning rules. The wide-ranging code would end a policy that has been enforced through fines but was also notorious for cases of forced abortions and sterilisation in the world's most populous country. The Procuratorate Daily said the draft code omits any reference to "family planning" -- the current policy which limits couples to having no more…

Tendulkar: scrap two new-ball ODI rule to revive reverse swing

NEW DELHI: India batting great Sachin Tendulkar says cricket should revisit the rule of using two new balls in one-day games in order to revive the moribund art of reverse swing in the format. Bowlers have often found themselves short-changed since the 2011 decision to have one new ball from each end which, many believe, has rendered the already batsman-friendly format even more lop-sided. The decision meant the ball never gets old enough to generate reverse or aid the spinners, while being easier to score off in the…

ICC considers scrapping coin toss in Test matches

DUBAI: International cricket chiefs are considering scrapping the toss before Test matches as part of measures to boost the flagging fortunes of the long form of the game, reports said Friday Britain's Times newspaper said the International Cricket Council believes such a measure would help reinvigorate the five-day format, whose popularity has waned in the face of the challenge from Twenty20 and one-day cricket. The ICC's cricket committee, chaired by Indian spin legend Anil Kumble, will meet this month to discuss the…

ICC could scrap Champions Trophy to stage more T20 World Cups in future

LONDON: The Champions Trophy could be scrapped in favour of staging the World Twenty20 every two years, according to International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson. Pakistan thrashed India by 180 runs to win this year's edition of the Champions Trophy at The Oval on Sunday, with a worldwide television audience of millions watching the stunning final. But some officials believe the eight-team event is now too similar to the World Cup which the ICC, controversially, has decided should be contested…

Beijing’s scrap collectors swept up in latest crackdown on migrants

BEIJING: Working in the shadow of Beijing's looming skyscrapers, Yin Xueqiang weighs a pile of cardboard and old shoe racks in a dusty scrapyard, the latest casualty of a crackdown on migrant workers in China's capital. Last week, security guards blocked the road Yin and fellow scrap collectors took to enter the yard. The authorities had posted signs this month giving the collectors ten days to leave. "The city government is trying to get us migrant workers to leave Beijing, they say there are too many of us and…

UAE to scrap fuel subsidies from August

DUBAI: Leading oil producer the United Arab Emirates will scrap subsidies on petrol and diesel from August to cut spending as low crude prices hit revenues, the energy ministry said Wednesday.