Clarke’s stunning performance sends another defeat down India’s path

Australia captain Michael Clarke made history at the SCG to leave India fighting to avoid defeat in the second Test.

India reached 114 for two in their second innings at stumps on day three, a day dominated by Clarke’s unbeaten 329.

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Sri Lankan Lagoon: Whose Paradise?

Tiny flying fish glint as our boat is pushed off from the shore with a long stick to get us through the mud and seaweed. The motor is fired up and we head for one of the 14 islands lining a beautiful lagoon in the Kalpitiya region of western Sri Lanka.

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9/11: Time to rip the band aid off

Let’s bag it.

I’m talking about the 10th anniversary ceremonies for 9/11, and everything that goes with them: the solemn reading of the names of the dead, the tolling of bells, the honoring of first responders, the gathering of presidents, the dedication of the new memorial, the moments of silence. The works.

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Power outages send people flocking to northern paradise

As the weather turns pleasant, tourists flock to Gilgit-Baltistan (G-B) after a harsh winter this year. The rising mercury coupled with extended hours of loadshedding compels families to break away from the humdrum of routine and breathe afresh in the hilly areas.

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Reviving tourism: Aid rekindles hope among Swat hoteliers

SWAT: When Noor Ahmad, owner of a hotel, came back to the scenic Swat valley after the restoration of peace his hotel had been damaged and plundered by the extremists.  “Nothing was left,” he said.

The Taliban insurgency and monsoon floods badly affected tourism causing heavy financial losses to the hotel industry in Swat valley . . . → Read More: Reviving tourism: Aid rekindles hope among Swat hoteliers