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December 23, 2015

BJP suspends Kirti Azad for taking on Jaitley

New Delhi, Dec 23: The BJP on Wednesday suspended MP Kirti Azad, who has alleged large-scale corruption in Delhi's cricket body when it was headed by now Finance Minister Arun Jaitley."Yes, he has been suspended for anti-party activities," Bharatiya Janata Party general secretary Anil Jain told IANS, reading out an official statement. BJP spokesman G.V.L. Narasimha Rao added that the party acted against Azad, a three-time Lok Sabha member from Darbhanga in Bihar, for taking an "anti-BJP line".…

Former F1 champion Button splits with wife Jessica

London, Dec 23: British Formula One (F1) driver Jenson Button has split with wife Jessica Michibata after a year of marriage, his spokesperson confirmed on Wednesday.The pair is said to have parted ways amicably after tying the knot last year in December. The marriage had taken place in Hawaii. "Jenson and Jessica have decided to go their separate ways and it is very amicable. There is no one else involved," Button’s spokesman was quoted as saying by the BBC. The former F1 world champion and the…

Kolkata marathon scheduled for March 6

Kolkata, Dec 23: The ninth edition of the Kolkata Marathon has been scheduled for March 6, the organisers announced on Wednesday.IDBI Federal Life Insurance will be the new title sponsor for the event which has roped in tennis ace Leander Paes as its brand ambassador. The marathon will have five race categories, Full Marathon (42.195 Km), Half Marathon (21.097 Km), Open and Corporate Challenge (10 Km) and the Fun Run (5 Km). This annual event is among the few full marathons in India and has grown from 6,000…

Australia vulnerable, India have good chance: Laxman

New Delhi, Dec 23: Indian batting legend V.V.S. Laxman believes India have a very good chance of doing well in the limited-over series in Australia in January as the home team appears vulnerable."This Australian team is definitely quite beatable and vulnerable. They have a depleted side. They do not have two key players -- Michael Clarke, who led them to World Cup victory, and Mitchell Johnson, who was lately one of the world's most lethal bowlers," Laxman said here on Wednesday. "They also do not have…

Finn, Stokes back in England limited overs squads

London, Dec 23:Pacer Steven Finn and all-rounder Ben Stokes were named in England's 15-man squads for the One-Day and Twenty20 series against South Africa.Both players are also in the Test squad. Finn, 26, is returning after a foot injury, while 24-year-old Stokes has recovered from a shoulder injury. The five-match One-Day series will start on February 3, with the first of three T20s on February 17. National selector, James Whitaker, said in an England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) statement: “The limited…
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