Leaders pay tribute to Fidel Castro, but critics label him as ‘tyrant’
World leaders paid tribute on Saturday to Fidel Castro, the Cuban revolutionary leader who built a communist state on the doorstep of the United States, but in death just as in life he divided opinion, and critics labelled him a “tyrant”. Castro died on Friday aged 90, his younger brother and successor Raul Castro announced on state television. Mikhail Gorbachev, the final leader of the Soviet Union which had long acted as an economic and political prop for Cuba, said Castro left a lasting mark on his country and on world history. “Fidel held his ground and strengthened his country at the time of the harshest American blockade, at the time of massive pressure on him,” Gorbachev was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying.“Nevertheless he led out his country from the blockade to the path of self-sustained and independent development.”In a telegram of condolence to Raul Castro, Russian President Vladimir Putin called the late leader an “inspiring example for many countries”.
Karun Nair makes India Test debut against England in Mohali
Karun Nair became the 287th player to make his Test debut for India after he was picked for the third Test against England in Mohali. Before the start of the India-England Test series, there was a lot of talk if Hardik Pandya will a get look-in or will Karun Nair make his debut first. Both of them were not picked in the playing XI for the first two Tests in Rajkot and Visakhapatnam respectively. But then came Mohali. Karun Nair became the 287th player from India to make his Test debut as India decided to play him in the third Test against England in Mohali. An injury aggravation to KL Rahul made Nair’s debut possible.
Hong Kong Open badminton: PV Sindhu in second straight Super Series final
Last Saturday, PV Sindhu didn’t have a Super Series trophy in her cabinet. Tomorrow she could win her second. A dominant display from the Indian against the local girl Cheung Ngan-yi set up a Hong Kong Open title clash with Tai Tzu Ying. To make it even better, unseeded, unheralded Sameer Verma stunned World No. 3 Jan O Jorgensen to make his first Super Series final. He will take on Hong Kong’s NG Ka Long Angus.PV Sindhu is playing her second straight Badminton World Federation super series semifinal today. The Rio Olympics silver medalist will face local girl Yi Cheung Ngan in a last-four clash of the Hong Kong Open today. Catch badminton live score and updates here.
Dear Zindagi review: SRK offers many life tips but the film fails to inspire
Four years after her much-appreciated debut with English Vinglish, filmmaker Gauri Shinde is back with another female protagonist-centred story that aims to unsettle clichés in our judgmental society – Dear Zindagi. Starring Alia Bhatt as the lead and Shah Rukh Khan as her psychiatrist, Dear Zindagi is about Kaira (Alia) – an aspiring cinematographer who does small ads and projects but wants to shoot an entire feature film. The introductory sequence – with Kaira’s confident banter and hands-on body language – assures us that she is truly talented and knows her job well. However, when she is offered a big break in a feature film, she is not sure if it is because of her talent or because one of the co-producers finds her hot. This co-producer, Raghavendra (Kunal Kapoor), is also the one with whom Kaira is cheating on her current love, Sid (Angad Bedi).