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  • EAM Sushma Swaraj lit a candle to mark the opening of the huge complex at Dhaka's Baridhara diplomatic enclave while the High Commission was previously operating from a house in Gulshan area of Dhaka. During the ceremony, she also inaugurated 15 development projects of Bangladesh being funded by India. Bangladesh Foreign Minister A H Mahmood Ali, Health Minister Mohamad Nasim, and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's political affairs adviser H T Imam among others joined the ceremony.

  • Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that former director of Intelligence Bureau, Dineshwar Sharma will be the Government's representative in the dialogue. The Home Minister said that the Government is serious about the issue of Jammu and Kashmir. Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Dineshwar Sharma will initiate a sustained interaction and dialogue to understand legitimate aspirations of people in J&K

  • According to revised figures released by the Election Commission of Nepal 323 candidates submitted their papers for 37 constituencies of House of Representatives and 484 candidates filed nominations for 74 Provincial Assembly constituencies. Candidates can withdraw their names on Wednesday and final list of candidates will be published on the same day.  Former Prime Minister and Naya Shakti Party Nepal, Coordinator, Baburam Bhattarai, Nepali Congress leader and Minister for Information and Communications Mohan Bahadur Basnet, Senior leader of CPN (Maoist Centre) Narayan Kaji Shrestha, Rastriya Prajatantra Party-Prajatantrik Chairman Pashupati Shumsher Rana and CPN(UML)Secretary Yogesh Bhattarai  are among prominent candidates filed nominations on Sunday. Polling for the first phase will be held in 32 districts on November 26. Nominations  in remaining 45 districts will be filed on November 2 and voting for second and final round will take place on December 7.  As per the new constitution of Nepal it is necessary to complete, local, province and parliament elections by January 21 next year. Local elections have been successfully completed last month. 

  • The formalities to file the chargesheet have been completed and it will be submitted before a special court this week. Naik is being probed under terror and money-laundering charges by the NIA after he fled from India on July 1, 2016, after terrorists in neighbouring Bangladesh claimed that they were inspired by his speeches. The NIA had on November 18, 2016, registered a case against Naik at its Mumbai branch under various sections of the Indian Penal Code and Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. His Mumbai-based NGO, Islamic Research Foundation has already been declared an unlawful association by the Union Home Ministry.

  • During his visit, President Ghani will meet with President Ram Nath Kovind and have detailed delegation level talks with the Prime Minister. PM Modi will also host lunch in honour of President Ghani. External Affairs Minister will call on the visiting dignitary. The invitation on behalf of Prime Minister Modi was extended by the National Security Adviser of India when the latter visited Kabul on 16 October. The visit will build upon the recent high level bilateral exchanges between the two countries. Last month, Chief Executive of Afghanistan Dr Abdullah Abdullah and that of the Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Salahuddin Rabbani visited India. During his India visit Afghani Chief Executive came down heavy on Pakistan and said his country's security is being threatened by groups based in Pakistan. The visit coincides with the visit of US secretary of state Rex Tillerson's maiden visit to India as the secretary of state. Last month U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis who was in Delhi sought India's greater involvement in helping to stabilise Afghanistan. The visit is expected to give both side opportunity to review the entire gamut of bilateral strategic partnership, including the New Development Partnership & hold consultations and coordinate on furthering the shared objective of promoting peace, security, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan. This will also be first visit of President Ghani after Donald Trump's South Asia policy that calls for greater India role in Afghanistan. India has extensive developmental assistance programme for Afghanistan now stands at around $2 billion. The visit only strengthens the growing India-Afghan ties which has acted as a force of stability in a region.

  • In 2016, the US Surgeon General identified a 900 percent increase in e-cigarette use in high school students from 2011 to 2015. While e-cigarette vapor certainly doesn't contain the same kinds of carcinogenic compounds as regular cigarette smoke there is a growing body of research to suggest "vaping" may have its own set of unique harmful effects. A new study from researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has published findings suggesting that e-cigarette use can trigger immune responses in the lung that can contribute to inflammatory lung diseases. The study examined 44 sputum samples from e-cigarette users, current cigarette smokers, and non-smokers. Amongst the e-cigarette using cohort a significant increase in neutrophil granulocyte- and neutrophil-extracellular-trap (NET)-related proteins was identified. The study notes that while neutrophils are useful in combating pathogens they also are known to contribute to lung diseases such as COPD and cystic fibrosis. The study also identified similar increases in specific biomarkers associated with lung disease between e-cigarette and cigarette users. An increase in mucin 5AC, a mucus secretion associated with chronic bronchitis and asthma, was also found in both e-cigarette and cigarette users. It is important to note that this study was small and limited, with the authors including the fact that most of the e-cigarette cohort were formerly cigarette smokers, making it difficult to clearly identify whether these results were solely related to e-cigarette use. The key factor to consider here though is that many previous studies have primarily examined the harm of e-cigarettes in relation to the harmful characteristics of cigarettes, potentially neglecting the unique or novel ways e-cigarettes could be causing harm. "Comparing the harm of e-cigarettes with cigarettes is a little like comparing apples to oranges," says Dr. Mehmet Kesimer, senior author of the new study. "Our data shows that e-cigarettes have a signature of harm in the lung that is both similar and unique, which challenges the concept that switching from cigarettes to e-cigarettes is a healthier alternative." The long-term adverse effects of e-cigarettes are only now starting to become clear and while they most likely don't cause the same kind of harm as cigarettes, the idea they are a "healthy" alternative may be a misnomer. The only truly healthy alternative to cigarette smoking is to simply not smoke at all.

  • Archaeologists in Poland have uncovered a mass grave of prisoners at the Nazi death camp Gross-Rosen, on what is now the site of a memorial museum. In September 2017, human remains were found in what used to be an anti-aircraft trench and conservation works were suspended. Archaeologists estimated the number of people buried there to exceed 300. "The discovery of human remains matches the account of one of the former prisoners of the camp, a Belgian man who was the camp doctor and was on the site during the last months before the liberation evacuation," said Doctor Katarzyna Pawlak-Weiss, a historian studying Nazi concentration camps located by occupying German forces in Poland. "In his report he mentioned 300 people buried here." So far archaeologists have uncovered bones belonging to approximately 30 people, whom the team hopes to be able to identify. According to reports by survivors, the bodies of prisoners who died of illnesses and starvation were thrown into the trench in the last days of the camp's operation, but the first unearthed bones had what archaeologists think are markings from bullet wounds. "After exhumation the remains of the people we found in this pit will be transported to the Forensic Medicine Institute in Wroclaw where an inspection and autopsy will be performed. This will be done in order to determine their gender, age, health condition, if this will be possible, and the cause of death," said prosecutor Konrad Bieron from Polish Institute of National Remembrance. There is also a slight chance of identifying people buried in the mass grave. Unlike in Auschwitz, where the prisoners had the camp numbers tattooed on their forearms, in Gross-Rosen they carried small metal plates with numbers sewn to their uniforms. If archaeologists manage to find such plates, the historians may be able to assign the numbers with the names. Only a few documents concerning the camp survived and according to them and survivor testimonies it was established in August 1940 and inmates were mostly Jews from across Europe. At the peak of its activity, the Konzentrazionslager Gross-Rosen had about 100 affiliates or sub-camps and was considered to be one of the most notorious Nazi labour camps. Many inmates died of emaciation and illnesses due to the hard labour in a quarry, shortage of food and poor sanitary conditions. There were no gas chambers in Gross-Rosen, as in other Nazi death camps across Europe, but out of the total number of approximately 1,25,000 prisoners an estimated 40,000 died, many of them also in death marches following the camp's evacuation in February 1945. After the war none of the three camp commandants or staff members faced the trials for their activity in Gross-Rosen, although some were tried for crimes committed in other locations.

  • 'Access Mars' was released on Thursday. The technology virtually transports users to mars from anywhere. It simulates walking on the red planet and provides close-up views of discoveries made by the Curiosity Rover. You can view it on a computer, phone or through a virtual reality headset.

  • Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party-led (LDP) coalition won a combined 312 seats, keeping its two-thirds “super majority” in the 465-member lower house, local media said. A hefty win raises the likelihood that Abe, who took office in December 2012, will secure a third three-year term as LDP leader next September and go on to become Japan’s longest-serving premier. It also means his “Abenomics” growth strategy centered on the hyper-easy monetary policy will likely continue. Abe said he would not stick to a target he had floated of making the changes by 2020. “First, I want to deepen debate and have as many people as possible agree,” he told a TV broadcaster. “We should put priority on that.” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has promised to take a firm stance on North Korea, after a predicted landslide win in Sunday's parliamentary elections. "My immediate task is to deal with North Korea," Abe told reporters. "It will take tough diplomacy. With the mandate given by the people, I would like to exercise my command in diplomacy." Abe had called the snap vote to seek a boost to his parliamentary majority and is likely to use any new powers to attempt to overhaul the country's defense strategy and pacifist stance."I must face with this victory with humility," Abe said after the exit poll results. "The voters gave us, the ruling party, a majority. This is the voice of the Japanese people, telling us to push our policies forward and come out with results." Abe had sought to win a two-thirds "super majority" in Parliament, which would help him achieve his goal of amending the constitution. He called the election at a key moment when the opposition was in disarray, and his popularity ratings began to pick up after months in the doldrums. He ran with very little opposition. Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike launched her conservative Party of Hope ahead of the poll, splintering the traditional opposition. But Koike did not herself run for a seat in Parliament and her party failed to put forward a viable candidate.

  • The letter is one of the last known to have survived the sinking and still carries stains from its time in the Atlantic. Written by first-class passenger Alexander Oskar Holverson on embossed Titanic "on-board" stationary, the letter to his mother describes his impressions of the palatial ship, praising the food and music. The letter which eventually reached its destination after Holverson's body had been recovered, was sold by the Holverson family at an auction held by Henry Aldridge & Son in the southern English town of Devizes. Iron keys from the Titanic also sold for Rs. 65,22,092 (USD 100, 249). The Titanic was the largest ocean liner in service when it struck an iceberg on April 14, 1912, in the Atlantic while travelling from Southampton to New York.

  • The GST tax, which amalgamates more than a dozen central and state levies like excise duty, service tax and VAT, will take about a year to stabilise. Adhia, however, said the rejig would require some calculations by the fitment committee, which will decide which items need a rationalisation of rate under the GST regime which kicked in from July 1. "There is need for some rejig in rates... it is possible that some items in the same chapter are divided. There is a need for harmonisation of items chapter wise and wherever we find there is a big burden on small and medium businesses and on common man, if we bring them down, there will be a better compliance," Adhia said. Nearly four months since its introduction, the new indirect tax threw up teething troubles and compliance issues, which the GST Council -- the highest decision-making body of the new regime -- has addressed through several rounds of changes. To ease hassles facing medium and small businesses in paying taxes and filing GST returns, it has tweaked various aspects of the new indirect tax regime to make it industry-friendly. Also, the GST Council has rationalised rates on over 100 commodities and made refund process easier for exporters. "We are very keen to do it as early as possible, it depends on how much time the fitment committee takes to work on it. They need data, calculate revenue loss. They need various comparisons. But harmonisation has to be done," he said. The 23rd meeting of the GST Council, chaired by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and comprising representatives of all states, will be held in Guwahati on November 10. The GST Council has reworked various provisions of the new indirect tax regime which was introduced from July 1 so as to make it more industry-friendly. When asked how much time will it take to stabilise the GST system, Adhia said: "It will take one year. Because it is a new system for everybody... There has been a complete overhauling of tax system in GST, so one year is needed."

  • While disclosing this on Sunday, a spokesperson of the State Election Office said that scrutiny of nomination papers would be done on October 24. He said that nominations can be withdrawn till October 26, 2017 and on the same day, the Returning Officers would allot elections symbols to the contesting candidates. Meanwhile, the Bharatiya Janata Party released a list of the leaders, including PM Narendra Modi and party chief Amit Shah, who would be campaigning for the upcoming assembly elections in the state. Polls in the state are scheduled to be held on November 9. Top cabinet ministers including Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Uma Bharti, Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari and Smriti Irani will also be a part of the election campaigning.

  • HOCKEY India, which won the Asia Cup last time in 2007 in Chennai, scored from field efforts through Ramandeep Singh (3rd minute) and Lalit Upadhyay (29th) to dash Malaysian hopes. Malaysia were in summit clash for the first time since tournament's inception. The ever-improving Malaysians, however, fought valiantly and didn't give up for a single minute. Their efforts bore fruit in the 50th minute when Shahril Saabah pulled one goal back. The Indians ranked sixth in the world, were in for nervous last 10 minutes but the defence did enough to hold onto the lead. For India' new chief coach Marijne Sjoerd, it was the perfect start to his stint as the Asia Cup was his maiden tournament in charge of the senior national side. The Indians came out all guns blazing and took the lead as early as the third minute through Ramandeep, who scored from a rebound after his initial deflection from SV Sunil's cross hit the post. Chinglensana Singh's reverse hit from close range then went wide as India wasted a golden chance. It was a battle fought on even keel between the two teams as Malaysia secured their first penalty corner in the 13th minute but wasted it. Harmanpreet Singh was then denied by Razie Rahim as he made a goalline save to keep out the Indian defender's flick from India's first penalty corner. Minutes later, Malaysian goalkeeper Kumar Subramaniam made double save -- first kept out Akashdeep Sinh's shot and then denied Amit Rohidas from the resultant set piece. A minute before the half time, Lalit doubled India's lead when he beautifully deflected home Sumit's reverse hit cross from the left flank. After the change of ends, Lalit and Ramandeep came tantalisingly close to extending India's tally of goals but their shots from inside the D were off target. Down by two goals, the Malaysians came out all guns blazing in the fourth and final quarter in search of the equaliser and gave the Indian defence a run for their money. After wasting their second penalty corner, Malaysia came back into the match when Saabah scored from close range in the 50th minute as the Young Indian defence wilted under pressure for a second. It was nervous last 10 minutes for the Indians as Malaysia mounted attack after attack in search of an equaliser. In the form of their third penalty corner, Malaysia had a golden opportunity to take the match into shoot-out but the Indian defence stood tall to maintain their slender lead. With three minutes from the hooter, Malaysia withdrew goalkeeper Subramaniam for an extra player but the move failed to yield desired result as the Indians managed to hold on to their lead for a famous victory. BADMINTON Playing an opponent 12 years his senior, Srikanth asserted his dominance with a 21-10 21-5 win over 37-year-old Lee in a match that lasted just 25 minutes. "I am happy with the way it went for me, it was fantastic. I beat some tough players this week," Srikanth said after the final. On a lighter note, Srikanth said that he never ever dreamt of winning three Super Series title in a single calender year. "I can't even say it's a dream come true because I never dreamt of wining three titles this year! I really want to continue playing well." The duo were tied 4-4, before Srikanth changed gears and used his deception and powerful smashes to lead 9-5. A return going to the net gave a point to Lee but Srikanth produced a brilliant cross court net dribble to bamboozle his opponent and moved into the break with a healthy 11-6 lead when the Korean went wide. Lee had no answers to Srikanth's razor-sharp smashes and cross court returns as the Indian led 14-8. Lee also made judgement errors at the baseline and also miscued his strokes as Srikanth extended his advantage to 17-8 with another smash. The Korean hit two long shots and then sent one at the net to hand over a 20-8 lead to Srikanth. The Indian made two unforced errors to allow Lee get into doubles figures. But Lee again erred with the length of his return as Srikanth pocketed the first game. In the second game, Srikanth stepped on the gas and zoomed to a 11-1 lead even as Lee struggled with his strokes, hitting wide and long and often finding the net. Post mid-game break, Lee produced a steep cross court return, much to the cheer of the sizable crowd who had turned out to watch the finals. The Korean lacked anticipation as Srikanth smashed his way to the title.

  • EAM Swaraj apprised PM Hasina of the productive discussions at the Joint Consultative Commission and tangible progress made since her visit to India. Swaraj discussed situation arising out of influx of displaced persons from Rakhine state and need for an early and lasting solution. The India-Bangladesh Joint Consultative Commission which was co chaired by Sushma Swaraj with her counterpart Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali saw various aspects of the bilateral relationship including security, trade & investment, connectivity, power, shipping, and people to people contacts being discussed. Addressing the press later she said talked about how terror is a challenge and the urgent need to fight the ideology of hate. On the humanitarian issue of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, she said situation has to be be handled with restraint. Earlier the two countries inked two MOUs - one is a 15-year deal between India's Numaligarh Refinery Ltd and Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation for the supply of high speed diesel once the India-Bangladesh Friendship Pipeline between Siliguri and Parbatipur in Bangladesh is completed. The other agreement is for establishing a Common Facility Centre for small scale and medium enterprises in the Institute of Diploma Engineers of Bangladesh in Khulna. The two Ministers also exchanged the Instruments of ratification of the International Solar Alliance. Day two of her visit on Monday will see inauguration of New Chancery Complex at the High Commission of India and 15 development projects funded by the government of India in Bangladesh.

  • He himself undertook the journey, the first ever not only for the country but the entire South-Asia. On January 25, 2012, then Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone for a service which would prove revolutionary in the coming days. The service is now set to ride the waves of the Gulf of Cambay bridging two regions of the state. The Ghogha-Dahej RoRo service set to transform the distance between two destinations. The service began on an auspicious note amidst the chanting of Mantras. The RoRo service was a challenging project considering technical issues and policy confines. Policy paralysis on part of the Congress govt at the Centre led to delays in the execution of the project. There were impediments related to altering the port in accordance with the service and the Ghogha terminal but the efforts of the current Central govt helped surmount them. The ferry service while riding the waves will shorten the 360 kms distance between Ghogha in Bhavnagar district to Dahej in Bharuch district to just 32 kms by water and the travel time will come down from 7 to 8 hours to just 1 hour. It will also boost tourism in Saurashtra. On board the RoRo service with the PM, some very special guests, Divyang children. The voyage saw them interact freely with the PM. It was completed in the stipulated one hour but it clearly left a lifelong imprint on these young minds. And this is just the beginning, the government plans to extend the RoRo service to other locations across the Gulf of Khambat and Gulf of Kutch. There are also ambitious plans to connect the state to Mumbai and other southern states by this link. Coastline development is a major focus for the govt to foster connectivity, commerce & create jobs. Similar projects have also been conceived in other parts of the country wherever feasible water will be turned into a bridge between two separate lands. Prime Minister Narendra Modi after completing his RoRo Ferry ride reached Dahej, and there addressing a public meeting, he said that during this journey, he felt as if he is experiencing the dreams of 125 crore Indians. He termed this RoRo service as New India dream coming true. PM termed the RoRo service as historic. He said that this dream was visualised by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel and B R Ambedkar, and this was fulfilled today. The Prime Minister also dedicated Sarvottam cattle feed plant of Shree Bhavnagar District Cooperative Milk Producers Union Ltd at Ghogha in Bhavnagar district. PM Modi laid foundation stones for development projects worth over 1,140 crores in Vadodara. While addressing the public, PM asserted that all resources will be spent towards wellbeing of citizens with focus on all round development. He took a jibe at the opposition for neglecting the development of Vadodara. PM Modi also took part in a mammoth roadshow that traversed through the length and breadth of Vadodara.

  • In an one-sided affair, the Indian eased past through his opponent, who did not put up any fight right from the very beginning of the game. The 25-year-old won Indonesia Open and Australian Open and also ended runner-up in the Singapore Open this year. Srikanth defeated Korea's Lee Hyun-Il 21-10, 21-5 . After this win, Srikanth now sits on the top of the table of Destination Dubai Rankings ahead of Son Wan Ho.

  • For the 'Black Caps', young gun Tom Latham (103 no) and senior pro Ross Taylor (95) batted with lot of purpose, chasing down a target of 281 in 49 overs with minimum fuss. New Zealand lead three-match series 1-0. This was after Virat Kohli showed his class with a gutsy 31st hundred in his 200th ODI in energy-sapping conditions to take India to 280 for 8 in 50 overs. None of the other Indian batsmen even crossed 40-run mark. During New Zealand's chase, Taylor and Latham came together at 80 for 3 with India trying drive home the advantage but their 200-run stand for the fourth wicket proved to be a clincher in the end. The Indian bowling attack didn't have a plan B despite the wicket being not so conducive for batting. The best part about the New Zealand run-chase was that they achieved the target without taking undue risks. They did not try to attack spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav (1/64 in 10 overs) and Yuzvendra Chahal (0/51 in 10 overs) taking all the singles and doubles on offer with occasional boundary for the taking. They either used their stretch to play the sweep shot or on occasions waited for the turn to play the late cuts as the 20 overs by the spin twins yielded 125 runs but more importantly, they only lost one wicket. Taylor, who has been a regular feature in the IPL over the years faced 100 balls hitting eight boundaries while Latham -- the only successful Kiwi batsman during their last tour, hit eight fours and two sixes in 102 deliveries scoring his fourth ODI hundred. Earlier, skipper Kohli made it a memorable 200th ODI with a record breaking century in demanding conditions to guide India to respectable 280 for 8. Kohli mixed caution with aggression hitting 121 off 125 balls -- his 31st hundred in the 50-over format that took him past former Australian captain Ricky Ponting as the second highest ton-getter in this format. Only Sachin Tendulkar with 49 hundreds is ahead of him. Hitting nine boundaries and two sixes -- including a majestic bowler's back drive to reach his fifty, Kohli became the second player behind AB de Villiers' to reach three-figure mark in his 200th game. While Kohli has had some regal knocks in the ODI format over the years, the energy sapping humidity and the slowness of the track made batting difficult. Coming to bat in the fourth over, Kohli was finally dismissed in the 50th over after he had successfully steered his team to safety after they were reduced to 71 for 3 in just shade above 15 overs. Credit should also be given to Bhuvneshwar Kumar, whose unbeaten cameo of 26 off 15 balls helped India cross the 275- run mark. The two significant partnerships were a 73-run stand for the fourth wicket with Dinesh Karthik (37 off 47 balls), who got out after getting set and and 57 for the fifth wicket with Mahendra Singh Dhoni (25 runs off 42 balls). Hardik Pandya (16) had a rare off-day by his standards. With India losing both the openers early, Kohli showed a different approach, by taking considerable time to settle, initially dealing in ones and twos, and then taking the Kiwi bowlers to task. After a cautious start, Kohli hit a cover drive in the 11th over and followed it up with two consecutive boundaries in the 15th over off Colin De Grandhomme. The skipper, was lucky to get a reprieve on 29, after Mitchell Santner dropped a straight forward chance at cover off De Grandhomme. There was no looking back for the Indian skipper after that as he punished pacer Adam Milne, hitting him for a six over long leg. It was Trent Boult, who gave the Kiwis early breakthroughs, removing Shikhar Dhawan (9 off 12 balls) and Rohit Sharma (20 off 18 balls) cheaply on a Wankhede pitch which had spongy bounce and ball was holding up a bit. Boult lived up to his reputation and got the ball to swing and seam. Dhawan nicked one to 'keeper Tom Latham in the fourth over, with the hosts 16-1. Boult then cleaned up Sharma in his next over, as he got the ball to come into the right-hander leaving India struggling at 29/2. Rohit pulled Southee for consecutive sixes but the Mumbai batsman failed to convert his start. For the Kiwis, Boult (4- 35) was the pick of the bowlers as he later removed Dhoni and Pandya.

  • Polls in the state are scheduled to be held on November 9. Top cabinet ministers including Rajnath Singh, Sushma Swaraj, Uma Bharti, Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari and Smriti Irani will also be a part of the election campaigning.

  • Spain, one of the pre-tournament favourites, completely dominated the quarterfinal match as their one-touch passing game proved to be too good for the Asian giants, who were completely outplayed on the day. Captain Abel Ruiz gave Spain the lead in the 13th minute before Sergio Gomez (60th) and Ferran Torres (67th) added a goal each. For Iran, Saeid Karimi pulled one back in the 69th minute at the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium. Spain, seeking their maiden title, now meet African champions Mali in Navi Mumbai in the second semi-finals on October 25. This will be Spain's sixth appearance in the semi-finals in ninth attempt. The La Rojita were runners-up in 1991, 2003 and 2007 and finished third in 1997 and 2009. Spain were the overwhelmingly dominant side today with nearly 70 percent possession. They had seven shots on target while Iran barely had any clear chance except for one in the closing stages of the match. But for some fine saves by their goalkeeper Ali Gholam Zadeh, Iran would have lost by a bigger margin. Zadeh was busy all day as Spain made waves of attacks through their fast- paced passing football. Valencia youth team winger Ferran Torres, who has been on the radar of Barcelona and Real Madrid, created a lot of problems for Iran throughout the match with his speedy runs and crosses from the right flank. It was a completely different and unusually defensive Iran today as they did not look like a side, who had not lost any match before. They sorely missed suspended striker Younes Delfi who had scored twice in Iran shock upset of formidable Germany in the group stage. Spain, who had several players from the world famous academies of FC Barcelona and Real Madrid, would build their attacks through their flowing passing and the Iranians could not even touch the ball for long spells. One such spell resulted to the first goal, which came after 26 uninterrupted touches by the Spaniards from which captain Ruiz scored. The first Spain chance came in the 11th minute but Mateu Morey's right footed shot from outside the box just missed the near post. Two minutes later, Spain took the lead through Ruiz who scored his fourth goal of the tournament. The goal came after 26 passes were completed by Spanish players before Ferran Torres got the possession of the ball. Torres got the better of his marker in the right flank and sent a long cross for Sergio Gomez who, in turn, gave a square pass to Ruiz at the center of the Iran box. Barcelona youth team striker Ruiz's first shot hit a defender built from the rebound he made no mistake with his right footer finding the left side of the Iran net with a diving goalkeeper unable to reach the ball. This was Ruiz's 24th goal in 28th appearances for the Spain U-17 side. He is currently on the the radar of top English Premier League sides. Spain had two fine chances to increase the lead but Iran goalkeeper Ali Gholam Zadeh kept the scoreline 1-0 with two fine saves, one in the 19th minute and then in the 34th. A flowing start to the second half saw Spain push for a second goal. At the hour mark, another Barcelona youth team player Sergio Gomez took the game out of Iran's reach with a spectacular strike from well outside the box that hit the underside of the crossbar and went into the net. Iran pressed forward in search of a goal and that left spaces behind for Spain to make further inroads. In one such flowing move, Mohamad Moukhliss delivered an inch-perfect low cross from the right which Torres simply tapped in to make it 3-0 in the 67th minute. Iran did get their goal two minutes later when a long ball from defence met the head of Allahyar Sayyad whose diagonal flick found Saeid Karimi who nodded home. The game was attended by a capacity 29,000 spectators -- highest at the venue for any match.

  • Researchers, including those from University of Nottingham in the UK, combined a highly detailed 3D model of the sunken ship, based on thousands of photographs, with 360- degree underwater video of divers exploring key sections of the wreck. One of the most famous shipwreck-diving sites in the world, the British freighter SS Thistlegorm was a British armed Merchant Navy ship sunk by German bombers in 1941 near the Gulf of Suez at the northern end of the Red Sea. At the time, the ship was carrying hundreds of tonnes of Allied war supplies - including tanks, train engines, trucks and motorcycles - to the Egyptian city of Alexandria. Until now, only divers would be able to directly see most of the world's underwater heritage sites. However, with virtual reality technology, the wider public can now experience the shipwreck, researchers said. "There are something like six million divers in the world, so less than 0.1 per cent of the world's population ever gets access to these sites," Jon Henderson, a marine archaeologist at the University of Nottingham told 'Live Science'. "But we are now at the point where we have got technology where we can reconstruct them in photo-realistic detail, and we can now create models that people can explore and interact with on their mobile phones or in their homes," he said. Archaeologists spent five days moored above the Thistlegorm wreck. They made 12 dives to the Thistlegorm wreck totaling more than 13 hours underwater and gathered thousands of photographs. The team later processed and combined images of the shipwreck with photogrammetric software, which can extract 3D data from sets of 2D photographs. The result was the highly detailed 3D model of the giant wreck, based on 24,307 photographic images - the largest photogrammetric survey yet made of a shipwreck, covering an area of about 28,300 square metres.

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