India vs South Africa: KL Rahul named captain for ODI series, Rohit Sharma ruled out

KL Rahul has been appointed India’s ODI captain for the upcoming series against South Africa in the absence of newly-appointed full-time skipper Rohit Sharma, the All-India Senior Selection Committee announced on Friday.

Rohit who is also not part of the ongoing Test series due to a hamstring injury has failed to recover, the BCCI said. Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah has been appointed the vice-captain for the ODI team.

KL Rahul will captain India in the ODI series against South Africa. AP

All-rounder Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja were also not selected as they were not fit while senior pacer Mohammed Shami, who is in the team for the ongoing Test series, was rested.

“Rohit Sharma is not fit, he is in rehab and he is not going for the ODI series in South Africa. He is working on and building on his fitness. We never wanted to take chance with him,” chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma said before announcing the team.

“We are looking to groom KL Rahul. He has proved his leadership qualities. KL is the best one who can handle the side.

“Yes, definitely, we are looking at KL Rahul at present, he is an all-format player and he has got good experience of captaincy, and the most important (thing) is we can see he has proved his leadership qualities, this is what all selectors think.

“Rohit is not fit, so we thought KL will be the best one, who can handle the side and that’s why we have good confidence in (Rahul) and we are grooming him.”

Rohit and Jadeja were rehabilitating at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru after being ruled out of the ongoing Test series in South Africa due to injuries.

In fact, the selection meeting was supposed to be held earlier — just after the Vijay Hazare Trophy — but it was pushed back only to ensure that Rohit gets a chance to pass the fitness test.

“We thought if Rohit is 100 per cent fit, there is no chance for injuries, then he should not miss an important series. If he is not 100 per cent fit, we thought we will not take a chance and all the five selectors decided not to take a chance,” Sharma said.

All the selectors had a chat with Rohit regarding his fitness.

Rohit, who was named ODI captain earlier this month replacing Virat Kohli, was to travel to South Africa as vice-captain for the Test series which began on 26 December but a hamstring injury during training ruled him out. He had taken charge as T20I captain against New Zealand last month.

On Shami being rested, Sharma said, “Looking at the workload management of our fast bowlers, we are resting him.”

Jadeja was earlier ruled out of the South Africa tour due to a knee injury which he sustained during the New Zealand Test series at home last month.

Sharma said the selection committee took into account the performances of players in domestic cricket and some of the young talents were discussed in the meeting.

“All five of us believe in domestic cricket. A lot of youngsters have already come in the side on domestic cricket performances, especially like Ruturaj, Venkatesh Iyer. Washington Sundar did very well after his injury, came back and performed in domestic cricket, and he made his place in the Indian side for ODIs,” Sharma said.

“A few other young players we discussed are Ravi Bishnoi, Rishi Dhawan, who did well in domestic cricket, in Mushtaq Ali as well as in Vijay Hazare. They will definitely get their chances in future (because of load management). Another dashing batsman Shahrukh Khan was also discussed, Harshal Patel and Avesh Khan also.”

India and South Africa will be playing three ODI matches starting January 19.

India squad: KL Rahul (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Venkatesh Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Jasprit Bumrah (VC), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Prasidh Krishna, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj

With PTI Inputs

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Horoscope, 1 January: Check what the stars have in store you on first day of 2022

Horoscope Today News, 1 January, 2022: Are the stars lined up in your favour? Read your daily horoscope predictions for Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces

Horoscope Today News, Are the stars lined up in your favour? Find out the astrological prediction for 1 January.

Your daily dose of astrological predictions is here! Under Saturday’s skies, many zodiac signs will witness new projects and deals in the coming days. Many will make New Year resolutions that will help them in the future while people waiting to get married may finally get to say their vows.

Tip for the day – Begin the new year with hope and happiness so that each of you have good days to see.

Meanwhile, check your horoscope here

Aries: (21 March – 19 April):

On the first day of the year, you should avoid starting any new work or job. Also, you will fail to achieve the appropriate results of your hard work as the stars are not with you today. Furthermore, people will ridicule you at the workplace, but you should ignore this and remain focused on your goal. Also, Aries will be worried about their life partners.

Taurus: (20 April – 20 May):

People with this zodiac sign may have to travel for job-related purposes in the coming days. Today is a favourable day for high-ranking officers, who will perform well at their jobs. Under Saturday’s skies, unmarried individuals who are waiting to tie the knot may get good news.

Gemini: (21 May – 20 June):

Geminis should remain careful about their health At the workplace, you might have good-natured banter with your colleagues. Those who stay away from their homes and families might take a day-off to try and reconnect with their loved ones. Under Saturday’s skies you will be in a mood to relax and unwind so make the most of it.

Cancer: (21 June – 22 July):

On the first day of the year, newlywed couples will begin their day by participating in religious activities. Those interested can also start a new business as the day is favourable for new financial ventures. As the day demands, you will have a busy schedule. However, you will be ready to help others also. Under Saturday’s skies, don’t do anything more than your capabilities or else, you might land into trouble.

Leo: (23 July – 22 August):

Leos are advised to maintain a disciplined daily routine today. Even your enemies will try to act friendly with you, so be careful and alert. Most importantly, stay away from unnecessary politics and backbiting as it will not help you in the future. As the new year begins, try to maintain cordial relationships with your near and dear ones.

Virgo: (23 August – 22 September):

People with this zodiac sign are advised not to let negative thoughts dominate. Under Saturday’s skies, you will get good results for all your hard work that you have put in. Furthermore, there are strong chances of success in interviews, so those who are waiting for some good news can heave a sigh of relief. Today, you might attempt to surprise your loved ones with a gift. Let the new year spark a new begining in your romantic relationship.

Libra: (23 September – 22 October):

On the first day of the year, you will get good success in business partnerships. Whatever be the task, remember to maintain transparency as it will help you progress. As it’s the new year, there will be a party and celebratory mood in your home. Most importantly, remember to behave nicely with your life partner today.

Scorpio: (23 October – 21 November):

Scorpios will be deeply inclined to religious activities today. To increase your knowledge and wisdom, you will also take great interest in writing activities. Those interested in politics will get an opportunity to associate themselves with some big programs and events. Because of your hard work and dedication, people will respect you a lot today. People in business will make good use of their acquaintances to earn more profits.

Sagittarius: (22 November – 21 December):

On the first day of the year, avoid lending money to anyone as it might bring bad luck. Whatever be the situation, don’t doubt your talent and capabilities, things will fall into place with time. Those into online business, will face loss in the coming days. Most importantly, don’t share your opinions with everyone, as they may try to twist your words against you.

Capricorn: (22 December – 19 January):

Under Saturday’s skies, you might get a big responsibility at your workplace. Despite the work and pressure, you will take great interest in arts and music, as it will help you relax. Today, you will be able to execute all your work with great efficiency as everything will go as planned. Many will enjoy some good moments with siblings, while parents will spend quality time with children.

Aquarius: (20 January – 18 February):

People with this zodiac sign will witness peace and prosperity in their family, today. Under Saturday’s skies, you will be motivated to do something new and creative, so go ahead. Working professionals will find alternative income sources that will help them progress. In the coming days, business expenses will increase for several people.

Pisces: (19 February – 20 March):

Pisces are gifted individuals as they have an ability to keenly observe other people and their behaviour. Hence, this gift will benefit you today in some way or the other. Under Saturday’s skies, if you are participating in a meeting, then try to conclude it in your favour. With this confidence, your boss will surely discuss your promotion that will help you grow. Also, the slow rate at which you have been progressing at your tasks over the past few days, will gather momentum, leading to progress in your work quickly.

Deer herd leaps to freedom after being released into the wild, watch heartening video

Parveen Kaswan often shares heartwarming videos of wild animals on his Twitter handle. Recently, he shared a video of a Himalayan black dear escaping into the jungle after being released from a vehicle.

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A video of a herd of deer running to freedom has left the social media overjoyed. The video was shared by IFS officer Parveen Kaswan on 29 December.

Posted on Twitter, the beautiful video captures the relocation of a deer herd. The herd was released last year as part of the forest department’s prey base augmentation programme.

In the one-and-a-half-minute video clip, forest officials can be seen standing in the middle of a forest. The next moment shows a herd of deer leaping out from a truck. The deer can be seen taking long jumps and vanishing into the wild. Certainly, a leap to freedom!

“This is how freedom looks like. Last year’s Deer translocation, part of our prey base augmentation programme,” Kaswan tweeted.

Relying on his own post, he said that the herd of deer was released around 5 am in the core of a protected area.

Check the video here

Since being shared, the heartening video has garnered more than 47,000 views. The post has also accumulated over 2,700 likes. People expressed their feelings by dropping comments on the video.

Sharing the video, a user wrote, “Same should be done to all the wild animals at the #zoo”.

“What a moment for them (deer),” wrote another user.

“That jump of Joy”, said a third user said after sharing the video.

Parveen Kaswan often shares heartwarming videos of wild animals on his Twitter handle. Recently, he shared a video of a Himalayan black dear escaping into the jungle after being released from a vehicle.

Watch the video here

Such videos highlight the importance of maintaining and conserving the natural habitat of animals. These videos also encourage people to respect wild animals rather than hunting them down.

INI CET January 2022: AIIMS releases revised schedule for open round seat allocation; check details here

As per the official notification, tentative vacancies in different subjects/ specially after allotment in the second round of online seat allocation will commence from 8 January 2022

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The INI CET January 2022 revised schedule for postgraduate open round online seat allocation has been released by All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). Applicants who have registered themselves for the INI CET January 2022 counselling can check their revised schedule available on AIIMS’s official website –
Applicants should note that the revised schedule has been issued for Doctorate of Medicine (MD), Master of Science (MS), Doctorate of Medicine (DM), Master of Dental Surgery (MDS) courses, among others.

As per the official notification, tentative vacancies in different subjects/ specially after allotment in the second round of online seat allocation will commence from 8 January 2022.

Below is the complete list of AIIMS INICET January 2022 revised schedule:

The online registration and choice of filling open round of seat allocation will start from 5 pm on 12 January and end on 5 pm on 16 January.
AIIMS will announce the final seat positions in different subjects/ specialties for the open round seat allocation on 14 January.
The Open Round eat allocation will be announced by AIIMS on 23 January
Applicants can accept the allocated seats from 11 am on 24 January to 5 pm on 27 January. The reporting date for candidates is also from 24 to 27 January, as per the notification.

Check the official notice here.

Applicants must note that AIIMS will conduct the on-the-spot admission round for PGIMER Chandigarh separately before 31 January, 2022. The Institute will announce the registration, schedule, and other information regarding the on-the-spot admissions separately.
For any issues or queries regarding seat allocation, candidates can send a message from their registered email id to the Assistant Controller of Examinations, AIIMS New Delhi, at, along with details such as their name, registration id and roll number.

For further details, queries and circulars regarding INI CET 2022, candidates are advised to visit the official website of All India Institute of Medical Sciences –

Assam Police sends out invite for drunk drivers on New Year’s Eve, message goes viral

If your New Year’s Eve plans include drunk and/or rash driving, this invitation is for you. P.S – Stag Entry Allowed, the post read.

A blast site in Guwahati. PTI

As the celebration has begun for the New Year, people are eager to welcome it with drinks, parties and good food. Amid all the excitement, the Assam police took to social media and sent out a strict warning against rash driving and drunkenness. They have sent out the message to curb dangerous traffic violations that take place especially on New Year’s Eve.

The official handle of the Assam police used a few New Year’s Eve internet buzzwords and shared a banner with an invite offering a free entry to their ‘party’. “If your New Year’s Eve plans include drunk and/or rash driving, this invitation is for you. P.S – Stag Entry Allowed,” the post read.

The post urges all to celebrate the new year in a responsible manner. The Assam police, in a sassy way, advised people not to be their guests. From special performance by DJ Lockup, to desserts like CopCake, all are included in their invite.

Assam Police mentioned that the invite is open to those who are not following traffic rules especially, rush drivers, drunk drivers and other eligible violators.

Meanwhile, the same advisory was tweeted by Special DGP (Assam) GP Singh. He informed that do not drive if you are drunk as Assam Police would be firm on their warning.

However, continuing their wordplay and sarcasm, the law enforcement agency mentioned that people can also ‘RSVP’ at their helpline numbers if required. They also added a note saying stag entry is also allowed.

Since the beginning of the holiday week, the police force has been warning people not to break traffic rules. They have also directed people to be more mindful while having fun with friends, family or even alone.

Among the many posts that Assam police shared, the one that is grabbing most of the viewers’ attention is a popular Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham meme that features actors Amitabh Bachchan and wife Jaya. The meme is all about warning drunk people around the country.

Shanghai opens two new metro lines to take total network length to 831 km, longest in the world

Maintaining its position as the city with the longest metro network, Shanghai has opened two new driverless metro lines. With the two new lines, the total length of the city’s metro network extends to 831 kilometres.

The newly opened lines- Phase one of Line 18 and Line 14 –went into operation on 30 December, according to Xinhua News. As per the news outlet, Shanghai’s Line 14, which operates for 38 km, is the first fully automatic metro line for eight-car trains in the city. The line is expected to function as a pivotal part of the metropolis, serving 31 stations. As per reports, it will connect the areas of  Putuo, Jiading, Jing’an, Huangpu districts and Pudong New Area.

As per Wion News, Phase one of Line 18 extends to approximately 21 kms. The 18 station route is expected to help ease traffic in Shanghai’s downtown area.

The two new driverless metro lines take the total number of automatic lines in the city to five. Currently, Shanghai operates 167 km of fully automatic metro lines, making it the first in the world.
According to a report in Hindustan Times, Shanghai now boasts of 508 metro stations in total. Many of the metro lines in the city have unofficial nicknames like Line 6, which has been termed “Hello Kitty Lane” due to its pinkish livery.
Similarly, the city’s Line 10, which connects some major tourist attractions such as Xintiandi, Nanjing Road and Yuyuan Garden, is called the “Golden Line”.

After Shanghai, Beijing and New Delhi take the second and third spot on the list of cities with the largest metro networks.
Beijing’s metro extends to about 780 km, with 450 stations, as per Beijing Daily reports. The city constructed 53 km of metro lines this year.

Delhi Metro’s Phase IV track, which totals 103.93 km, is expected to begin functioning in 2024. This will take the city’s metro network to 453 km.

New Year 2022: Mumbai Police shares ‘fond memories’ on last day of the year, watch video here

The state government of Maharashtra has urged residents to celebrate New Year in a low-key manner. It also cautioned them against gathering at public places such as Marine Drive, Girgaum Chowpatty, Juhu Beach and Gateway of India.

File image of Mumbai Police. AFP

Mumbai Police has geared up to maintain law and order in the city on New Year Eve. The cops are ready to disperse crowding in the city in view of rising Omicron cases.

However, in the midst of restrictions and guidelines, the police have shared fond memories of the outgoing year with an interesting video.

Posting the video clip on its Instagram handle, the Mumbai Police wrote, “A quick recap of our fond memories of 2021 before we enter 2022 to make some new ones together.”

The video clip begins with a text that reads, “A glimpse into the year that was…”; the video then continues to show the various posts that Mumbai Police shared throughout the year.

Check the post here

Since being shared, the video of Mumbai Police has garnered over 5,000 likes and the numbers are only increasing. Instagram users also praised the video clip in its comment section. Some users also appreciated the video by dropping heart emojis.

An Instagram user applauded the video clip by commenting, “Niceee boiii.” “Mumbai Police socials is lit,” expressed another user.

Meanwhile, CrPC Section 144 has been enforced in Mumbai from 30 December to 7 January. As per the revised guidelines, any kind of party in open or closed spaces including restaurants, hotels, pubs, bars, clubs and resorts will not be allowed till 7 January.

The state government has urged residents to celebrate New Year in a low-key manner. It also cautioned them against gathering at public places such as Marine Drive, Girgaum Chowpatty, Juhu Beach and Gateway of India.

The BMC has also banned all gatherings starting from today till tomorrow – 10 pm till 6 am. However, authorities have allowed restaurants and other eateries to remain open till 12.30 am. Online food deliveries from apps Zomato and Swiggy will be allowed.

India vs South Africa: Morne Morkel feels Virat Kohli’s side is ‘by far the best team in world’

India’s emphatic 113-run victory over South Africa in the first Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Thursday added another glittering chapter in Virat Kohli’s fairytale run as a Test captain. This year, India have beaten Australia in Australia, England in England and have put the best foot forward to achieve their maiden series victory on South African soil.

India’s enviable success on overseas tours gave rise to the debate whether they are currently the best side in the world. Reacting on the same, former South African pacer Morne Morkel said India are by far the best side as far as Test cricket is concerned.

India’s captain Virat Kohli, center, celebrates with teammates after winning the Centurion Test. AP Photo

“They (Team India) are by far the best team in the world today,” Morkel said during Star Sports’ post-match show. The former South African pacer added that India have worked hard to support their team and that they can go and compete away from home.

Morkel, who has played a lot of cricket against India, said the biggest plus-point of the Kohli-led side is their bowling unit which can take 20 wickets on any track.

“The clear game plan that the bowlers can take 20 wickets; so enjoy this moment,” Morne stated, adding that it was a special feat to be part of. He also commented that “India are definitely leading the way” for him.

The likes of Mohammad Shami and Jasprit Bumrah played a key role in helping India bowl South Africa out for 197 and 194 in the first Test. This was only the third time when the Proteas were bowled under 200 in both innings of a Test match on home soil.

India’s win in Centurion was special in more ways than one. This was their first victory at the venue, which has been a fortress for the hosts. India’s stunning victory also ended South Africa’s seven-match winning streak at the SuperSport Park.

India and South Africa will meet again at the Wanderers in Johannesburg in the second Test on 3 January where the visitors would look to seal their historic series win.

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UKPSC recruitment 2021: Apply for 13 Judicial Service Civil Judge posts at

The deadline for submitting the UKPSC Judicial Service Civil Judge application is till 20 January, 2022.

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The applications for the post of Judicial Service Civil Judge (Junior Division) exam 2021 have been opened by the Uttarakhand Public Service Commission (UKPSC) today, 31 December. Applicants can apply for the 13 vacancies on the official website at

The deadline for submitting the UKPSC Judicial Service Civil Judge application is till 20 January, 2022.

Steps to apply for UKPSC recruitment 2021:
– Visit the official website at
– Click on the link for the Judicial Service Civil Judge application that is given on the main page
– Click on the link to fill in the UKPSC application
– Fill the UKPSC Civil Judge form using the needed details and submit it
– Take a printout of the UKPSC application for future reference

Direct link to apply:

According to the official advertisement released by the UKPSC, the applicants should be between the ages of 22 and 36 years, as on 1 July 2021. Candidates need to have a Bachelor of Law from any recognised university in the country or “established by Law in Uttarakhand”. The applicants should also possess basic knowledge of computer operations as well as Hindi in Devanagari script.

Candidates belonging to the SC/ST/OBC/EWS/OBC/ex-servicemen/PwBD and other categories, will not be able to avail any reservation benefits if they are not residents of Uttarakhand.

The salary of the post would be in the pay scale of 27,700-770-33,090-920-40450-1080-44,770, as per the official notice.

Applicants can contact for any technical difficulties they encounter while filling in their applications.

In case individuals submit more than one application using the same, or different, mobile number and email-id, their candidature would be cancelled by the UKPSC.

Applicants who fail to produce their certificates at the time of the interview process, or as directed by the UKPSC, shall be rejected by the Commission and will not be allowed to proceed in the recruitment process.
For further information, candidates are requested to keep visiting the official website of the UKPSC.

Watch: Tiger pulls SUV carrying tourists, Anand Mahindra shares chilling video

Shared by entrepreneur Anand Mahindra, the video captures a tiger pulling an SUV full of tourists by using its bite force

File image of Anand Mahindra

A recent video from Karnataka’s Bannerghatta National Park is grabbing all the attention and making headlines. The video, that is now doing rounds on social media, shows a Bengal Tiger ripping off the bumper of an SUV. The wild cat is also seen trying to grab a bite of the automobile part.

Shared by entrepreneur Anand Mahindra, the video captures a tiger pulling an SUV full of tourists by using its bite force. Meanwhile, tourists who were in another vehicle can be heard exclaiming, “Oh my God he (the tiger) is pulling the whole car.”

Throughout the video, the animal is repeatedly seen biting on the rear bumper of the Mahindra Xylo SUV. At one point, the tiger even managed to get a tight grip on the bumper and pulled the car backwards. The horrifying scene was recorded by tourists who were in other car.

“Well, that car is a Xylo, so I guess I’m not surprised he’s chewing on it. He probably shares my view that Mahindra cars are Deeeliciousss,” tweeted the chairman of Mahindra Group. He also informed that the video was spreading like wildlife on messaging app, Signal.

Watch the video here:

Since its release on social media, the video has gathered more than 4 lakh views. A man named Yash Shah, who identified himself as one of the tourists in the car, stated that this incident occurred in November last year. The hair-raising incident took place after the Xylo broke down in the middle of the National Park.

In the comments section, a few marvelled at the strength of the tiger. Whereas, others showed concern over the people who were inside the car.

For the unversed, tigers are the largest members of the cat family and have a strong bite force. Reports suggest that tigers can deliver more than a thousand pounds-per-square-inch of pressure.