Azharuddin offers to host IPL-2021 in Hyderabad

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April 4, 2021

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Hyderabad, Apr 4: Former India skipper and Hyderabad Cricket Association president, Mohammed Azharuddin on Sunday offered the state body's facilities to BCCI to host the upcoming IPL matches in case the games are shifted out of Covid-hit Mumbai.

The BCCI has decided to keep Indore and Hyderabad as stand by venues for the upcoming IPL beginning on April 9 following a massive surge in Covid-19 cases in Mumbai, which is scheduled to host 10 games.

The move came after 10 groundsmen of the Wankhede Stadium and a few event managers had tested positive for the deadly virus.

"In these difficult times there is all the more reasons for us to stand by each other. Hyderabad Cricket Association would like to offer its facilities to @BCCI to ensure that IPL2021 is conducted in safe and secure venues," Azharuddin wrote on his twitter handle.

Mumbai reported 9,108 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday and if things spiral out of control there could be a mini-lockdown.

However, a senior BCCI office-bearer on Saturday exuded confidence of hosting the games in Mumbai even if the situation worsens.

"Look, even if there is a lockdown, the teams are in bio-bubble and also it's a closed-door event. So we are still confident that IPL games in Mumbai will be held as per schedule with Delhi Capitals playing Chennai Super Kings on April 10 on the second day of the tournament," he had said.

"But Hyderabad and Indore are there on stand by in case the situation goes out of hand."

As of now, none of the teams currently in Mumbai -- Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Punjab Kings -- have access to the Wankhede Stadium.

The first match at the Wankhede is scheduled to be held on April 10, with last year's finalists Delhi Capitals taking on three-time champions Chennai Super Kings. 

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April 5,2021

Riyadh, Apr 4: An Indian warship has arrived in Saudi Arabia to participate in a military exercise with the navy of the Gulf nation in reflection of multi-faceted bilateral defence cooperation.

An Indian Navy spokesperson said frigate INS Talwar arrived at the Jubail port of Saudi Arabia on Saturday.

"This visit underscores deep-rooted friendly ties and multi-faceted defence cooperation between India and Saudi Arabia," he said.

The official said the ship will be undertaking a passage exercise with Royal Saudi naval forces on its departure.

Another official said both sides are keen to expand maritime cooperation in sync with the overall deepening of defence and security cooperation.

The defence and security ties between India and Saudi Arabia are witnessing gradual expansion.

Chief of Army Staff General MM Naravane visited Saudi Arabia in December last in the first-ever visit by a head of the 13 lakh-strong Army to the strategically important Gulf nation.

General Naravane held extensive talks with senior military officials of Saudi Arabia with an aim to enhance bilateral defence cooperation.

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April 4,2021

Mangaluru, Apr 4: Customs officials of Mangaluru International Airport intercepted a passenger from Dubai and confiscated gold worth Rs 37 lakhs on Sunday.

Officials said the passenger Noushad Thrikkulath, a native of Kasargod arrived from Dubai in the wee hours today and attempting to smuggle gold by concealing it inside his body through the rectum.

The gold weighing 802 grams worth Rs 37.29 lakh has been seized and investigation is on.

The operation was by Avinash Kiran Royal Deputy Commissioner crucial role of surveillance and interception.

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April 1,2021

Hyderabad, Apr 1: All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) leader Asad Khan, 40, was hacked to death on a busy road in broad daylight in Hyderabad on Thursday.

The incident took place in the Vattapally area under the Mailardevpally police station in Old City, Hyderabad. It is a region that is considered to be the bastion of AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi. The assailants were not immediately identified.

Police say Asad Khan, a local AIMIM leader, had a criminal past and they suspect this is case of "revenge killing".

The cops have started investigating the matter and are collecting evidence to arrest the criminals.

Sources say Asad Khan was attached when he was riding his two-wheeler. A group of assailants attacked him with sharp-edged weapons near a public hall on Shastripuram Road. After stabbing him to death in broad day light, the assailants fled the spot.

Asad Khan was rushed to Osmania Hospital where he was declared brought dead.

In the past, Asad Khan was arrested in a murder case and was also facing several other criminal cases.

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