The recent exploits of the Afghan cricket team have been some of the few pieces of good news to emerge out of the country in years. Now it appears that the world’s most powerful cricketing nation has stepped forward to help the Afghans along in their journey. The Afghanistan …Read More »
The St Peter’s XI In a first for world sport, the Vatican cricket team took on an all-Muslim side from England Saturday with the home squad clinching narrow win in the final minutes. “It is not about who wins or loses,” priest Eamonn O’Higgins, manager of the Vatican team told …Read More »
A British-Bangladeshi woman who fled the Islamic State group with her five children after travelling to Syria described the experience as "not my cup of tea" in an interview on Wednesday.
Shukee Begum, 33, travelled to Syria with her children to find her husband Jamal al-Harith, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee who left Britain 18 months ago to join the group, Channel 4 news reported.
A law graduate from northern England, Begum insists she only travelled to convince her husband to return and never supported the IS militants, who have carved out regions of control in Iraq and Syria.
"I was seeing on the news at this point that ISIS was going from bad to worse... So I decided that I was going to try and speak some sense into him," she told Channel 4 news, referring to Islamic State by an alternative name.
At first, Begum lived in a overcrowded safe house in the IS-controlled city of Raqqa with dozens of other women and children, many "crying" and "sick".
"There was a gangster kind of mentality among single women there. Violent talk, talking about war, killing," Begum said.
"They would sit together and huddle around their laptops and watch ISIS videos together and discuss them and everything. It was just not my cup of tea."
After she was reunited with her husband, who refused to help her leave, IS authorities would not allow her to go, Begum added.
"This is what I want to make clear as well to other women thinking of coming into ISIS territory -- that you can't just expect to come into ISIS territory and then expect that you can just leave again easily," Begum said.
"There is no personal autonomy there at all."
She was smuggled out of the territory before being held captive in the city of Aleppo, and is now living close to the border with Turkey and hopes to move back to Britain, Channel 4 reported.
Hundreds of Britons are thought to have travelled to join the IS group.
A report released last month indicated that dozens of fighters have defected from the group, which has become notorious for beheadings and blowing up ancient Syrian monuments, often due to disillusionment over killing fellow Sunni Muslims and civilians.Read More »
Here’s something we bet you didn’t know – India has an Ice Hockey team. Not only that, they have just completed a successful crowd-funding campaign to raise money for a trip to the Ice Hockey Federation Challenge Cup in balmy Kuwait later this month. The team had needed the paltry …Read More »
A basketball player whose parents migrated from the Punjab to Canada and who stands taller than even the legendary Shaquille O’ Neal, is set to become the first man of Indian origin to play in America’s National Basketball Association. Sim Bhullar, who stands at a remarkable 7’ 5”, has just …Read More »
Indian players have failed to make it to the International Cricket Council’s Team of the World Cup 2015 – news that is certain to further annoy fans left heartbroken at their team’s semi-final exit on Friday. The list is dominated by players from winners Australia and runner-up New Zealand. Kiwi …Read More »
A team of Indian scientists could become the first to send a private spacecraft to the moon after bagging a million-dollar interim prize from search giant Google.
Bangalore-based Axiom Research Labs, whose team includes some young techies as well as veterans of the Indian Space Research Organization, won the prize after submitting their design for a lunar rover.
Now the team - which calls itself Team Indus - is the only Indian outfit in the Google Lunar X Prize competition, which features 17 other teams racing to build a complete exploration vehicle that can land on the moon by the end of 2016 and win $30 million for their troubles.
The team's machine is appropriately named 'Ek Choti Si Asha' ("One Small Hope") and was judged to have the competition's sturdiest landing gear, a crucial element in successfully getting a machine of this kind on the surface of the moon.
“We can be the first, that’s why we are in this race,” said Dilip Chabria, one of the seven founders of the company.
Whilst the landing gear is important, the team's machine needs to safely land on the lunar surface and release a robot to explore at least 500 meters from the landing site in order to win the final prize.
Team Indus estimates that it will ultimately require a total of $45 million to get their spacecraft ready.
Axiom has reportedly raised some of the money from investors but refuses to say how much.
The Google Lunar XPrize prize was created to spur private-sector innovation and investment needed for the world’s first privately-funded exploration of the moon.Read More »
British Indian businessman and Indian Premier League (IPL) team owner Raj Kundra violated the IPL’s anti-corruption rules due to his close links with bookies, a high-level panel has found. The Justice Mudgal Committee, headed by retired High Court judge Mukul Mudgal, was appointed by the Supreme Court of India earlier …Read More »
A 7' 5" Punjabi-Canadian university student has become the first Indian-origin player to sign to a National Basketball Association (NBA) team in the United States.
Sim Bhullar, 21, signed a summer contract with the California side Sacramento Kings on Monday in a move that could potentially pave the way to him signing to the team's full roster for the 2014-15 NBA season.
Born and raised in Toronto, where his Punjabi parents settled in the 1980's, Bhullar attends New Mexico State University on a basketball scholarship.
At 360 lbs, Bhullar was the biggest player in the recent NBA draft.
Despite some impressive performances for his University side the youngster was not awarded a full team contract as some experts were of the view that Bhullar is too "raw" and lacked the confidence required for the world's biggest, most lucrative Basketball league.
Nevertheless, experts believe that Bhullar can do for Basketball in India what former Chinese-origin NBA legend Yao Ming did for the sport in his country.
And Bhullar is thankful to get his foot on the extraordinarily competitive NBA ladder.
"It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Not everybody gets to do it…so it's an honour and a blessing and I just thank God every day for putting me in this situation."
Before he signed with the King's, Bhullar decided to drop out of university to concentrate on developing his professional career and is said to be working at a specialist Basketball academy in Las Vegas.
Bhullar says he is immensely proud to be representing India and the Indian Diaspora community around the world.
"Ultimately, the goal is to be one of the pioneers in Indian Basketball. Hopefully I want to lead the way for a lot of young Indians growing up to take up Basketball.
"With my career, I definitely want to look back and know that I've made an impact on the NBA and hopefully Basketball around the world".
Tall genes run in Bhullar's family. Father Avtar is 6' 5" while mom Varinder is 5' 10".
Sim's younger brother Tanveer stands 7' 3" tall and is also a promising basketball player.
Incidentally, the Sacramento Kings franchise is co-owned by Vivek Ranadive, a multi-millionaire technology tycoon who became the first man of Indian origin to own an NBA franchise when he bought the Golden State Warriors side in 2010.Read More »
After Twenty20 Cricket and Mixed-Martial Arts a Bollywood celeb has now begun the process of bringing another hugely popular global spectator sport to India. Reports say ‘Madras Cafe’ star John Abraham, a self-confessed motorcycle “fanatic”, is set to invest in a British Moto GP team. The actor is said to …Read More »