Australia vs England LIVE: When and where to watch AUS vs ENG 1st ODI, live streaming, time in IST, TV Channel and more

In less than a week after the T20 World Cup, Australia and England will be up against each other in the first ODI of the three-match series scheduled to begin on Thursday in Adelaide. This would be Pat Cummins’ first assignment as Australia’s ODI skipper. The pacer replaced Aaron Finch who announced his retirement from the format in September.

The hosts earlier suffered a blow after all-rounder Glenn Maxwell was ruled out after breaking his leg last week.

When is the first ODI between Australia and England?

The first ODI between Australia and England will be played on 17th November.

Where will the first ODI between Australia and England take place?

The first ODI between Australia and England will be held at the Adelaide Oval.

What time will the first ODI between Australia and England begin?

The first ODI between Australia and England will start at 8:50 am IST.

How can I watch the first ODI between Australia and England?

The first ODI between Australia and England will be live on Sony Sports Network and SonyLIV app.

SQUADS:

Australia: David Warner, Travis Head, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Marcus Stoinis, Cameron Green, Alex Carey(w), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins(c), Adam Zampa, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh, Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar

England: Jason Roy, Philip Salt, Dawid Malan, James Vince, Jos Buttler(w/c), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Liam Dawson, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Sam Billings, Chris Jordan, Olly Stone, Luke Wood

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Pro Kabaddi 2022, Highlights: Pirates, Thalaivas share spoils; Yoddhas beat Dabang Delhi

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That’s all we have for you from tonight. The PKL takes a day break tomorrow before returning on Friday. Until then, it’s goodbye! 

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UP Yoddhas beat Dabang Delhi by a scoreline of 50-31 in the Pro Kabaddi League. 

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UP Yoddhas lead against Dabang Delhi at half time in the second game. The score reads 29-14. 

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Dabang Delhi’s Ashu Malik with the raid and he is tackled by Nitesh Kumar. 13-10 to Yoddhas. 

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UP Yoddhas take a 4-2 lead against Dabang Delhi in the second match of the night. Naveen takes out Ashu Singh in his raid for Dabang Delhi. 

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Patna Pirates play out a thrilling 33-33 draw against Tamil Thalaivas. Next up, Dabang Delhi take on UP Yoddhas in the final match of the day. 

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Patna Pirates take a 20-14 lead over Tamil Thalaivas at half-time. There’s another 20 minutes to be played, and it’s all to play for in the second half. 

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Welcome to our LIVE coverage of Pro Kabaddi 2022. Patna Pirates are taking on Tamil Thalaivas in the first game. 

Preview: Dabang Delhi will be looking to get back to winning ways in Pro Kabaddi League 2022 when they take on UP Yoddhas in Pune on Wednesday.

In the earlier game on Wednesday, Patna Pirates face Tamil Thalaivas.

Both Pirates and Thalaivas are coming off defeats in their last game.

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Laughing gas to be banned in the Netherlands: What harm can it cause?

The Dutch government has decided to ban nitrous oxide, popularly known as laughing gas, from January 2023. This comes amid growing concerns over the risks it poses to health and road safety.

The sale, import and possession of laughing gas will be banned in the Netherlands from 1 January 2023, as per media reports. However, it can continue to be used for medicinal purposes and in the food industry.

What is laughing gas and what are its side effects? Why is the Dutch government banning it? We explain.

What is laughing gas?

Nitrous oxide or laughing gas is a colourless and odourless substance that is non-flammable.

Also known as the happy gas, when inhaled it gives the user a light-headed, relaxed and euphoric feeling.

It is used in medical and dental procedures as a sedative to induce relaxation and reduce anxiety.

WebMD notes that nitrous oxide is a depressant and slows one’s body down. It can also cause mild hallucinations for some.

Those who inhale the gas may feel that their arms and legs are heavy, while also experiencing a tingling sensation in their limbs, as per WebMD.

Nitrous oxide is also used as a recreational drug – for its euphoric effect – by emptying into a bag or balloon and then inhaling, or directly putting it into the mouth.

It is also found in the silver chargers used to make whipped cream.

Side effects of laughing gas

While side effects can occur for those who consume the gas, most do not have adverse reactions or complications.

Mostly those who have inhaled a large quantity of the gas or took it too fast witness side effects, says Healthline website.

The common short-term effects include excessive sweating, shivering, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and fatigue.

Some people might complain of allergic reactions after inhaling nitrous oxide. The symptoms of these reactions include fever, chills, wheezing and difficulty breathing, as per Healthline.

There are certain risks involved when nitrous oxide is used for recreational purposes such as lowering of blood pressure, fainting, and heart attack, among others.

As per WebMD, the prolonged use of the substance can lead to memory loss, depression, incontinence, psychosis, ringing in the ears, etc.

Healthline lists the signs of a possible overdose of the gas which comprises irritation in the nose, eyes, and throat, difficulty in breathing, choking or tightness in the chest, seizures, bluish lips, fingers and toes, psychosis or hallucinations as well as an increase in heart rate.

“Heavy regular use can also lead to a vitamin deficiency that can cause permanent nerve damage and lasting paralysis,” says BBC.

It is also dangerous to drive or operate machinery while under the effects of the laughing gas.

Why is it being banned in the Netherlands?

Announcing the ban, the Dutch state secretary for health, welfare and sport, Maarten Van Ooijen, said the recreational use of laughing gas posed “enormous health risks”, reports The Guardian.

It was also associated with “terrible” road accidents involving those who did not use the drug.

As per the road safety monitor TeamAlert, as many as 1,800 accidents across the Netherlands over the past three years have been caused due to the laughing gas, BBC reported.

“Almost two a day, figures that really shocked us,” Maartje Oosterink of TeamAlert was cited by AD newspaper earlier this month.

As per a police survey by the Dutch public broadcaster NOS conducted for a nearly three-year period until October 2021, 63 fatal traffic accidents were linked to gas. The offences committed by users of the drug included dangerous driving and driving without a licence, reports The Guardian.

The ban would authorise the police to act swiftly if they found anyone with nitrous oxide gas canisters in their vehicle, Justice minister Dilan Yeşilgöz said, as per BBC.

The laughing gas, sold in small metal canisters (which are emptied into balloons before inhaling), is not only being used by adults but also teenagers in the Netherlands.

The Trimbos Institute, which studies drugs and mental health, noted one in 50 Dutch adults used laughing gas in 2020, reported The Guardian.

The institute also warned of the spike in the use of the drug by 12- to 14-year-olds, who do not consider it a “real drug” and are unaware of its risks.

BBC reports that the popularity of nitrous oxide has increased among clubbers and festival-goers in the past few years, and it is mostly used along with other drugs like MDMA (ecstasy) or ketamine.

Over 37 per cent of Dutch party-goers – mainly youngsters – use laughing gas on a regular basis, BBC reported citing the Trimbos Institute.

Some experts have called for the January ban to be imposed sooner.

“The nitrous oxide ban should come into effect as soon as possible, rather yesterday than today,” Robert Riezebos, a cardiologist at the Greater Amsterdam city hospital, had told the newspaper Het Parool in May, as per The Guardian.

But not all have rallied behind the ban.

The Industry Association for Responsible Laughing Gas Suppliers admitted there was a problem, but contended that stringent rules would “work better than a ban”, reports The Guardian.

With inputs from agencies

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Four-year-old dies in Bengal’s Murshidabad after being hit by TMC MP’s car

New Delhi: A four-year-old child was killed after he was hit by Trinamool Congress MP Abu Taher Khan’s car in Murshidabad district of West Bengal. The accident occurred early on Wednesday evening.

The TMC MP from Murshidabad took the child to a hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries during treatment.

“The child suddenly appeared in front of our vehicle. A small child, he was five or six. We rushed him to the hospital. It happened in front of me. Maybe he suffered a brain injury,” Khan told the media outside the hospital.

The car is allegedly registered in the TMC MP’s name in West Bengal.

The parents of the child were inconsolable and broke down at the hospital, where he had been taken immediately after the accident.

Further details are awaited.

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Shraddha Walkar murder: How Rs 54,000 became Aftab Poonawala’s undoing

New Delhi: Aftab Amin Poonawala, accused in Shraddha Walkar murder case in the national capital, had made an attempt to trick and cheat the police of Delhi and Mumbai during the initial days of investigation ahead of his arrest on 12 November.

Aftab Poonawala, 28-year-old man, had tried to hide the murder of Shraddha by removing all physical evidence, but police could trace him through the digital evidence which helped them to unravel the truth.

How did Delhi Police investigation begin in Shraddha murder case?

When the Delhi Police started investigating the Shraddha murder case, Aftab told the cops that his live-in partner (Shraddha) left the house on 22 May after a fight.

For the unversed, Shraddha was killed on 18 May this year.

News agency ANI quoted its sources saying that during the probe, Aftab said that Shraddha left the house only with her mobile phone and left all her belonging back in their flat. He further claimed that he tried contacting her, but her number was unreachable.

Aftab alleged that after several attempts, he had stopped calling her and did not come in contact with her.

He was caught lying when the police check his and Shraddha’s phone call records and traced their locations.

After murdering Shraddha, Aftab transferred Rs 54,000 from her account

Delhi Police got the access of bank statement of the couple which revealed that on 26 May, Rs 54,000 was transferred from Shraddha’s net banking account app to Aftab’s account.

This made the police case stronger and Aftab’s lies exposed as he had earlier told the cops that Shraddha was unreachable since 22 May and that he did not come in contact with her.

Interestingly, the location of bank transfer that took place on 26 May also turned out to be the Mehrauli Police Station in south Delhi.

Did Aftab message Shraddha’s friends from her Instagram?

Police said that on 31 May, there was a chat with Shraddha’s friend from her Instagram account. When the police traced the location of the phone, it turned out to be in Mehrauli police station area.

Aftab failed to answer the cops’ question that if Shraddha had carried her mobile phone along with her, why was its location being traced to his house in Mehrauli? It was then, the 28-year-old killer revealed the truth.

Later during the interrogation and constant grilling Aftab said, he kept posting on Shraddha’s profile after the murder to pre-empt any doubts or suspicions about her whereabouts.

Aftab was called for questioning in October

As per ANI sources in the Maharashtra Police, a missing complaint was filed by Shraddha’s family at the Manikpur police station after they could not contact her due to her phone being switched off.

After receiving the complaint, cops summoned Aftab twice to the Manikpur police station for questioning – once last month and the second time on 3 November.

“When Aftab was asked about Shraddha, he said that Shraddha had left the place where he lived. And they do not live together.  Whenever he was called for questioning, he never showed restlessness or nervousness on his face,” the source in Maharashtra Police said.

During the second round of questioning on 3 November, the police had recorded a two-page statement.

On Tuesday, during his confession before the Delhi Police, Aftab confessed, “More than a week before the murder (18 May), I had made up my mind to kill Shraddha. Even on that day, Shraddha and I had a fight. I was determined to kill her when she suddenly became emotional and started crying. So I held back for later.”

Shraddha had trust issues, claimed Aftab

During the interrogation, Aftab said his live-in partner Shraddha had trust issues and its was due to this, she would often get angry which lead to frequent quarrels.

“I often had to talk to someone over the phone. However, she would doubt my commitment to the relationship every time she caught me speaking over the phone. She used to get very angry,” Aftab told the Delhi Police.

On further grilling, Aftab told police that on 18 May, he had a fight with Shraddha during which he killed her.

‘Googled ways entire night to search ways to dispose Shraddha’s body’

During the confession, Aftab told Delhi Police, “I was scared as I knew that if I dumped the body somewhere, I might be caught. I browsed Google all night to search for ways to dispose of the body and not arouse any suspicion.”

Aftab searched for chopper to mutilate the body

Aftab said that he also searched the internet on what kind of chopper would he have to use to piece the body, ANI quoted source in Delhi Police as saying.

Aftab also confessed to his fondness for watching web series and specially those related to crime.  He even said that it from these shows that he borrowed ideas on preserving the chopped-off body parts and disposing of them later.

“I am fond of watching web series and serials on crime and it was while watching these shows that I came up with ideas on preserving the body parts and keeping Shraddha alive in the eyes of her family and friends,” Aftab told the Delhi Police.

“It was to pre-empt any doubts or suspicions about her whereabouts that I kept posting on Shraddha’s Instagram profile after the murder. I did it all by myself,” he confessed to the cops.

Aftab chops Shraddha’s body into 35 pieces, disposes them

Aftab was a trained chef and knew how to use the knife on her flesh. As per ANI sources in police, he first disposed of her liver and intestines after mincing them. These organs were disposed off in the nearby forest area of Chattarpur and Mehrauli.

As the investigation proceeds, the police may now seek court’s permission to conduct Aftab’s NARCO analysis test.

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IPL retention cyclone: Houses of few franchises disrupted, while some maintain themselves amidst winds of change

There was a cyclone of retentions, releases, and trades as the IPL retention window was kept open until Tuesday. Some of the biggest players were carried away in the cyclone as Mumbai Indian released Kieron Pollard, Sunrisers released Kane Williamson, Gujarat Titans did away with the likes of Lockie Ferguson and Jason Roy, and the winds of change swept away Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals, and Punjab Kings in its entirety.

The cyclone will once again take pace after more than a month’s time as the mini auctions will be held on 23 December in Kochi. However, for the time being, the winds of change have stopped flowing, and the cyclone has stopped blowing the IPL squads to pieces with the window closing on Tuesday.

IPL 2023 Player Retention: Full list of retained, released, and traded players

Several teams have released a significant number of players and are looking at an overhaul of the entire squad. Whereas, several other teams have released a few players that would have hardly played any games if retained, but retained a majority of its players.

We take a look at each of the teams and what would they need to do to have their squads cover all the bases at the auction.

We start with the champions of the last season Gujarat Titans

Gujarat Titans (GT)

The Titans have released six players from their inaugural squad that won the IPL. However, most of the players who were pivotal in their victorious campaign are still with them.

They have three foreign slots to fill, and with ₹ 19.25 crores left in the purse, that should not be too problematic.

The Titans largely have all basis covered and will only most likely look to strengthen their bench at the auctions.

Lucknow Super Giants (LSG)

One of the most surprising releases for LSG was West Indian all-rounder Jason Holder. Besides, LSG have also released several other significant names including Evin Lewis, Manish Pandey, Andrew Tye, and Dushmantha Chameera.

But they still have the core players in place and boast of several high-profile players that make their squad look dangerous on paper.

They have four overseas slots empty, and they might look to have a solid middle-order batter at the auctions. A purse of ₹ 23.35 crore should not make them feel poor and they shall be able to fulfill their wish list.

Mumbai Indians (MI)

Mumbai Indian were in the news on the last day of retention, as much as the entire retention was. And the reason was as tall and giant as Kieron Pollard.

MI are clearly looking to overhaul their squad and they have made it crystal clear discontinuing the services of Pollard, albeit only as a player.

#OneFamily @KieronPollard55 @DJBravo47 pic.twitter.com/6VvmEn9ET6

— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) November 16, 2022

Apart from Pollard, the franchise has done away with 12 other players and they brought back the services of Jason Behrendorff via trade from Royal Challengers Bangalore.

At the auctions, Mumbai will have a purse of ₹ 20.55 crore and will have quite a bit of shopping to do. However, their primary target will be to acquire one or two excellent spinners and an all-weather all-rounder.

If the bidding wars escalate, they might find their purse to be smaller.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)

RCB letting go of Behrendorff was quite surprising, but he hardly played for the franchise and was benched more often than not. Besides, Sherfane Rutherford was the only big name they let go.

RCB have otherwise continued with the same squad and will require to do very less shopping. They shall probably look for a fast-bowling all-rounder.

A purse of ₹ 8.75 crore sounds low, but it shall be sufficient considering the team combination and their requirements.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK)

The rumour mills and grapevines around Ravindra Jadeja have once and for all ended as CSK announced his retention.

However, the release of Chris Jordan was quite a surprise. Probably considering that the IPL will be played in Indian conditions. Trying to out-smart their opponents, CSK have continued with their spin attack that might prove lethal on the Chepauk track.

Everything is fine #RESTART pic.twitter.com/KRrAHQJbaz

— Ravindrasinh jadeja (@imjadeja) November 15, 2022

They seem to have most bases covered, and MS Dhoni has the tendency to make an average player look like a superstar.

CSK need two more overseas players and might try to replace Jordan and Dwayne Bravo with a few pacers or all-rounders. ₹ 20.45 crore should let them do that.

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)

Sunrisers have released a total of 12 players including the likes of Kane Williamson and Nicholas Pooran. And they are expected to be one of the busiest at the mini-auction.

The franchise has retained the core bowling attack that is a mix of Indian and overseas bowlers. But they will look to rebuild their top and middle order alongside very few existing batters.

₹ 42.25 in their purse shall be sufficient. But, with the kind of requirement they have generated, after pressing the reset button, a bidding war might take a toll on their team combination.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)

KKR were one of those franchises whose house was completely blown away by the cyclone. As many as 16 players were released including Pat Cummins and Alex Hales who opted out of the IPL.

However, the core has been maintained in Sunil Naraine, Shreyas Iyer, and Andre Russell. A few bowlers were also acquired through trade-offs to add to the existing armoury of Tim Southee and Umesh Yadav.

Nevertheless, they have quite a significant shopping to be done, and ₹ 7.05 will definitely make them feel below the poverty line at the auctions unless they have some tricks up their sleeves.

The as of 15/11/22

⏭️ All eyes now on #IPLAuction#IPLRetention #AmiKKR #GalaxyOfKnights pic.twitter.com/MaE4bfXpFd

— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) November 15, 2022

Delhi Capitals (DC)

It will be unfortunate to not see an active Delhi Capitals table at the auction. If there is anything to remember from the 2022 auction, it was the DC owner raising his pedal at every second player.

This time around, their squad looks settled and they have not made too many releases either to enter into the heavy bidding war.

The Capitals also have a purse of ₹ 19.45 crore and with not much to do at the auction, the amount definitely seems big.

Rajasthan Royals (RR)

Rajasthan Royals have retained their core, but have made a big statement by releasing several big overseas names – five of their nine releases are foreign players.

Their core players, nevertheless, have all the basis covered. A formidable top order and a dynamic middle order, including world-class spin and pace attack.

Did someone say ? pic.twitter.com/Fr2GV3uuZd

— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) November 16, 2022

But if they wish to strengthen their bench, which they should, ₹ 13.2 crores might prove to be significantly less.

Punjab Kings (PBKS)

The Kings as well surprised with the exclusion of Mayank Agarwal and Odean Smith. But they still boast of a good-looking squad with a good mix of Indian and overseas players.

They also have a big purse of ₹32.2 crore and with only three overseas players required to be added, they are expected to shop in a light-hearted manner.

An area which they might want to strengthen is their spin bowling department, as only Rahul Chahar is a recognizable name alongside all-rounder Liam Livingstone.

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Now Chinese manjha kills Punjab teen: Why this dangerous kite string continues to be sold despite ban

A kite string is no plaything. It is far more dangerous than it looks, especially if it is of the “Chinese” variety. It has led to injuries, even deaths. The most recent victim of the Chinese manjha is a 13-year-old from Punjab’s Rupnagar district. He died on Sunday after the kite string got entangled in his neck.

The unfortunate death has forced the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Punjab to step in. There is already a blanket ban on the Chinese kite string in the state and now authorities have warned of “exemplary” action against those still stelling it.

Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has taken serious notice of the unfortunate incident [the boy’s death] and has ordered strict action against such people who put human lives at risk, state minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer said, according to the news agency PTI.

Also read: Chinese manja: Kite flying thread that Delhi banned has nothing to do with China

What is the Chinese kite string?

The Chinese manjha is not a regular cotton thread which is used to fly kites. It is made of nylon or synthetic thread and is treated with glass to make it sharper. Monofilament fishing lines are also used to make the kit strings.

Monofilament strings, made by melting polymers, are hard to break. Coated with glass they can injure and kill both humans and animals.

According to an application filed with the National Green Tribunal (NGT), some sample strings “take more than 19,000 abrasions to break and the deadly nylon would not break but take the heads from the shoulders”, reports The Indian Express.

Is it made in China?

No, it is not made in China. The string is made in and around Uttar Pradesh’s Bareilly and parts of Madhya Pradesh and sold online.

According to the report, the manjha from Bareilly is of the highest quality. Originally made out of cotton, it is covered in glue rice flour and other materials to make it sharp.

However, the glass-coated Chinese manjha is far sharper and stronger. It costs a third of the cotton variety.

How fatal is the Chinese string?

The death of the 13-year-old only in Punjab is not an isolated case. There have been several causalities because of the string.

In 2016, two children died in separate incidents on Independence Day. They were looking out of the sunroof of cars when their throats were slit by the manjha.

It prompted the Delhi government to ban the strings but the incidents continue. This year, at least two motorists died in the Capital after the kite strings cut their throats while riding and another was severely injured.

There have been deaths reported from Maharashtra’s Pune and Mumbai, Gujarat and other parts of the country, especially around Makar Sankranti and Independence Day when revellers take to kite-flying.

Apart from human casualties, animals and birds have fallen prey to manjha-related mishaps. In 2016, in Ahmedabad, more than 2,000 birds were injured and 490 died. In 2019, 4,500 birds were reportedly injured within two days around Makar Sankranti in Gujarat alone.

In Chandigarh, eagles and hawks suffered the most injuries. In Bengaluru, the Avian and Reptile Rehabilitation Centre (ARRC) rescued more than 543 birds in July 2021 and 84 at the start of January 2022.

According to studies, black kites and crows are the other vulnerable species.

What steps have been taken on the issue?

In 2017, the NGT called for a countrywide ban on the Chinese manjha. “There shall be a total ban on the manjha or thread for kite-flying which is made of nylon or any synthetic material and or is coated with synthetic substance and is non-biodegradable,” it said in a 113-page order, directing state governments to enforce the directive.

Any violation of the ban attracts a jail term of up to five years and a fine of up to Rs 1 lakh or both. While the NGT noted that kite-flying is part of Indian tradition, the use of the Chinese string has led to injuries in birds, animals and human beings and caused fatal accidents.

The string is also a good conductor of electricity and has resulted in many accidents from it getting snarled up in high-tension electricity lines, the NGT said.

Why is the ban not being enforced?

Across India, the ban continues to be flouted. In August 2022, the Delhi High Court directed the government to ensure strict compliance with the orders passed by it and the NGT on the ban on the sale of Chinese strings.

The Punjab government claims that there is not a single manufacturing unit of Chinese manjha in the state and people continue to purchase it from other states.

According to a report in The Indian Express, enforcement teams of the environment department have a handful of members, and traders manage to slip through and sell the banned kite strings.

With inputs from agencies

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Will Pakistan PM decide who will remain army chief?

Islamabad: The Pakistan Army is the most powerful political force in the troubled South Asian nation. It has governed the country – both directly and indirectly – since the bloody Partition of erstwhile British India in 1947.

Both the better part of the last seven decades, the generals of the Pakistan Army have either ruled directly by imposing martial law or have done so in a more indirect by controlling the civilian governments.

All attempts by the civilian rulers to challenge the Pakistan Army’s meddling in government affairs have been dealt with in ruthless fashion. From Pakistan’s first prime minister Liaquat Ali Khan, the extremely popular Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and his equally popular daughter Benazir Bhutto, the country has a sorry history of the military eliminating civilian leaders who oppose its diktat.

Imran Khan, who is another former prime minister just like the above mentioned personalities, is the latest popular leader to oppose the Pakistan Army. He almost met the same fate of his illustrious when he narrowly survived a gun attack with bullet injuries in his leg.

Now, in an ominious development for Pakistan’s political system, the military is set to become even more powerful. According to a News18 report, the government of Pakistan is reportedly considering amendments to the Pakistan Army Act (PAA) 1952 which will empower the prime minister to retain the army chief via a simple notification.

News18 quoted officials as saying that the amendment would propose to replace the word ‘reappointment’ with ‘retained’. Once the amendment is approved by the Cabinet Committee on Legislation, the prime minister will be able to retain the Pakistan Army chief without the approval of the country’s president.

The Cabinet Committee on Legislation was scheduled to meet on November 11. However, the meeting was later cancelled and a new date will be announced soon.

“All questions will be answered in two weeks. Everything will be clear after November 29. The process of appointment is simple and can be done in four to five days. We have a plan and will go by it,” defence minister Khawaja Asif had told the media earlier this week.

News18 quoted officials as saying that the defence ministry has asked the Pakistan Army top brass to move summary for the appointment of the next army chief. The Pakistan Army will send the names of five Lieutenant Generals who are top contenders to become the next chief of army staff to the defence ministry for consideration.

Lieutenant General Asim Munir is among the frontrunners to become the next chief of the Pakistan Army. However, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) president Asif Ali Zardari – a part of the ruling coalition – reportedly wants a six-month extension for current army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa.

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Delhi has become hub of child trafficking due to state govt’s apathy: NCPCR chief

New Delhi: The National Commission for Protection Child Rights chief Priyank Kanoongo has said that child trafficking in the national Capital has increased due to the “Delhi government’s negligence.”

In an interview with DD News, Kanoongo said, “placement agencies have become the biggest source of child trafficking.”

“Entire Eastern India is affected by trafficking and Delhi has become the hub,” he added.

“It’s the responsibility of the Delhi government to regulate these placement agencies,” Kanoongo said.

दिल्ली की राज्य सरकार की लापरवाही की वजह से दिल्ली बच्चों के तस्करों का गढ़ बन चुकी है। pic.twitter.com/2JtaPgDqVm

— प्रियंक कानूनगो Priyank Kanoongo (@KanoongoPriyank) November 16, 2022

According to NCRB data, Delhi recorded 509 human trafficking cases in 2021 with a 73.5 percent rise in cases when compared to the previous year.

The data showed that all the victims were rescued.

According to NCRB data, of the 509 trafficking victims, the majority were male and 143 females. Also, 437 victims of human trafficking in Delhi were below the age group of 18, including 100 girls. Only 72 adults were trafficked, including 43 females.

The NCRB data also showed that 174 persons have been arrested for human trafficking in 2021 and 13 were charge-sheeted while none have been convicted, acquitted, or discharged by the courts.

According to it, most of the trafficked people were for forced labour, while a few of them were for sexual exploitation, domestic servitude and petty crimes, PTI reported.

With inputs from agencies

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