Chief Justice Worries over Ebola Outbreak at Prison

first_imgChief Justice Francis Saye Korkpor In a move to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola virus into prison facilities around the country, the Chief Justice Tuesday, August 5, began holding consultative meetings with judicial actors to find a way to temporarily release people from jail on bond.Chief Justice Francis S. Korkpor named pretrial detainees (people in jail and not yet sent to court) and convicted prisoners that would not pose any danger to themselves or the society as beneficiaries of the bond initiative.But the Chief Justice was quick to point out that the initiative would be done in line with the laws of the land. “We have to act now or else, if the Ebola virus were to enter our congested cells, I fear that we would be losing hundreds of lives. But we need to take into consideration the laws,” the Supreme Court boss stated.According to him, he and his judicial colleagues have met with the Liberia National Bar Association (LNBA), Circuit Court Judges and Magistrates in that direction.“We will be meeting with the Ministry of Justice (MOJ), lawyers and family members of those in prisons, so that we may together discuss the release of their detained relatives on bond,” Chief Justice Korkpor added.He continued, “We will only be releasing them into the care of prominent individuals or their lawyers, who would make sure they return whenever they are needed by the court.”“These are measures that we are putting into place to help save our people in jail from being victims of the deadly virus,” Chief Justice Korkpor reiterated.“If we allow people to die from Ebola in prison, then who are we going to prosecute? The dead or those that are alive in jail?” he asked.Cautioning people against handling of the rapid spread of the virus, the Chief Justice said, “We have to handle this deadly disease with care. We need to do everything humanly possible to help protect the lives of our people.”“The protection of our people against the spread of the disease is my greatest worry.This is the period that we, leaders, need to do so much to protect our people,” Chief Justice Korkpor averred.Another issue, the Chief Justice dealt with was that of the jury selection process.According to him, the laws give the right to a person accused of committing a crime to   decide whether he wants the jury to hear his case or only a judge.The Chief Justice said he and his colleagues were considering a temporary suspension of the jury selection process.“For now we will want only judges to hear cases and not jury. This is to prevent the over crowdedness of the courtroom.”“You know that the Ebola virus can spread faster, if people gathered together at a particular place; so we have to suspend jury congregating at our courts,” Chief Justice Korkpor further explained.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more


first_imgThe U14 Championship draw was made at the Naomh Conaill Club in Glenties today by the County U14 squad.The county players and management wish to thank the parents of the Naomh Conaill club for the food and hospitality today.The draw is as follows: Tuesday June 16A Championship QualifiersSt Eunan’s v Red HughsN Conaill v Buncrana Tuesday, June 23A Championship Quarter FinalsGlenfinn v St Eunan’s or Red HughsAodh Ruadh V N Conaill or BuncranaMoville v Termon Ardara v BundoranTuesday, June 30A Championship Semi-Finals (neutral venues)Glenfin/St Eunan’s/Red Hughs v Aodh Ruadh/N Conaill/Buncrana Moville/Termon v Ardara/BundoranB Championship Quarter Finals (June 16)Killybegs v UrrisMac Cumhails v MilfordSt Naul’s v Gaoth DobhairCloughaneely v CarndonaghB Championship Semi-finals (June 23 neutral venues)Killybegs/Urris v MacCumhaills/MilfordSt Naul’s/Gaoth Dobhair v Cloughaneely/CarndonaghC Championship Quarter finals (June 16)Four Masters v N Muire Fanad Gaels v Robert EmmetsGlenswilly v N ColumbaMuff v Na DunaibhC Championship Semi-finals (June 23 – neutral venues)Four Masters/N Muire v Fanad Gaels/Robert EmmetsGlenswilly/N Columba v Muff/ Na DunaibhD Championship semi-finals as drawn (June 16)Malin v ConvoyDungloe v Letterkenny GaelsDRAW MADE FOR U14 GIRLS FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: June 10th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:championshipdonegaldrawLadies Footballu14last_img read more

123 allegations about Donegal Gardaí made to GSOC in 2017

first_imgOver 123 complaints were filed against gardaí in Donegal to the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission last year.Nationally, complaints about Gardaí to GSOC are up 10% to 1,949. These complaints contained 4,459allegations — each complaint can contain several allegations.The number of allegations in Donegal has dropped from the previous year when 146 cases were filed in the county. Allegations are counted prior to GSOC determining which could be admitted and dealt with and which could not. The annual GSOC report, which was published yesterday, has not specified the number of complaints dealt with per county. The three most common circumstances which gave rise to complaints in 2017 were: the conduct of investigations by gardaí, road policing incidents and the conduct of arrests by gardaí.There were 24 referrals received from the gardaí of matters where it appeared that ‘the conduct of a member of An Garda Síochána may have resulted in the death of, or serious harm to, a person’. Seven of these referrals related to fatalities.The report has been laid before the Houses of the Oireachtas.  123 allegations about Donegal Gardaí made to GSOC in 2017 was last modified: July 26th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GardaiGSOClast_img read more

Western U.P. split between BJP and SP-BSP-RLD alliance

first_imgWestern Uttar Pradesh proved to be a mixed bag for both the BJP and the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party-Rashtriya Lok Dal alliance. Out of 18 seats in the region, the BJP has taken decisive lead in nine constituencies while the alliance candidates are leading in six. Three could still go either way.The caste arithmetic worked in some places, while in others the BJP’s Hindutva agenda blunted the ‘bua-bhatija’ chemistry. Saharanpur, from where both U.P. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and the alliance leaders launched their respective campaigns, has voted in favour of the BSP’s Fazlur Rehman who has built a lead of over 23,000 votes over the BJP’s sitting MP, Raghav Lakhanpal. In contrast, Kairana, which had become the symbol of the opposition unity when Tabassum Hasan won the bypoll last year, is supporting the lotus this time. BJP’s Praveen Kumar has built a formidable lead of over 89,000 votes. The sugar bowl of Meerut, Muzaffarnagar and Baghpat is seeing a tough fight between the BJP and the alliance candidates. In Muzaffarnagar, RLD chief Ajit Singh, who made it a prestige fight by calling it his last election, is locked in a close contest with BJP’s sitting MP Sanjeev Balyan who emerged as a formidable Jat leader during the Muzaffarnagar riots.In Baghpat, where Mr. Ajit Singh’s son Jayant Chaudhary is taking on sitting MP Satyapal Singh, fortunes fluctuated the entire day. In Meerut, BJP’s Rajendra Agrawal defeated BSP’s Haji Yakub Qureshi by a small margin of 4,729 votes. In neighbouring Bijnor, BSP’s Malook Nagar is cruising, while in Nagina, BSP’s Girish Chandra has humbled BJP’s sitting MP Yashwant Singh by 1,66,832 votes. In the Moradabad belt, S.T. Hasan has defeated BJP’s Sarvesh Singh.Easy win for Azam KhanAfter all the pre-poll diatribe, SP veteran Azam Khan easily countered the Jaya Prada challenge in Rampur. BSP’s Kunwar Danish Ali’s shift from Karnataka proved fruitful as he won the Amroha seat comfortably. Shafiqur Rehman Barq of the SP is leading in Sambhal.In Ghaziabad and Noida, Union Ministers V.K. Singh and Mahesh Sharma are on their way to cross the winning margins of 2014. The caste chemistry of SP-BSP-RLD did not work in reserved constituencies with both Bulandshahr and Hathras going to the BJP. In Aligarh, Satish Gautam of the BJP has comprehensively defeated BSP’s Ajit Baliyan. The party’s star face Hema Malini is set to win Mathura again and S.P.S. Baghel is retaining Agra for the BJP after initial hiccups.last_img read more

Pacquiao eyes comeback fight in Kuala Lumpur, says source

first_imgZonio also clarified that Pacquiao’s decision to turn down Alvarado as his next foe has nothing to do with a conflict in schedule involving his legislative duties since the Senate is on break from March 23 to May 1. /jpvRELATED STORYArum open to Pacquiao-Matthysse but not in AprilADVERTISEMENT AFP official booed out of forum Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Saulong falls to Japanese champ Iwasa in title fight Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIEScenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City MOST READ Manny Pacquiao. Tristan Tamayo / file photoForget about Manny Pacquiao going to the United States for his return bout this year.A confidante of the eight-division world champion said Pacquiao is looking at Kuala Lumpur instead, with either April 29 or May 5 as the preferred dates.ADVERTISEMENT Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa The opponent has yet to be named, although Pacquiao has earlier declared that he would like to fight World Boxing Association welterweight champion Lucas Matthyse on his comeback drive after losing his World Boxing Organization welterweight crown to Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane last July 2.READ: Pacquiao wants Matthysse; Arum picks AlvaradoFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutApparently, Paquiao dismissed the proposition that he fights former world champion Mike Alvarado in the undercard of the Horn-Terence Crawford tussle for the WBO 147-pound title on April 14 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.Pacquiao’s Senate media chief, Aquiles Zonio, said the “fighting senator” felt “insulted” by the decision of Bob Arum, Top Rank Promotions head honcho, to make his comeback fight a mere undercard. View commentslast_img read more

IPL spot-fixing: SC refuses to reinstate N Srinivasan as BCCI chief

first_imgThe apex court also asked the probe panel to complete it’s investigation within two monthsThe Supreme Court on Monday rejected N Srinivasan’s plea for reinstatement as BCCI president saying he cannot be allowed to take up the charge till he gets a clean chit from Justice Mudgal Committee which is probing him and 12 players in IPL betting and spot-fixing scandal.Expressing displeasure over slow speed of probe, the apex court asked the panel to complete it’s investigation within two months and also allowed it to file interim report against Srinivasan or any other office bearer who are under its scrutiny.A bench of justices TS Thakur and FM Ibrahim Kalifulla turned down Srinivasan’s plea that he should be allowed to discharge his function as the AGM is expected to take place at the end of this month and his signature is needed for clearing the annual account of the board.”Signing account book is not a ground. This cannot be a ground for reinstatement,” the bench said.At the outset of proceedings, senior advocate Kapil Sibal, appearing for Srinivasan, pleaded the court to reveal whether there was anything against him in Justice Mudgal’s interim report so that he be allowed to take up the charge of BCCI if there is nothing against him.The bench said that no comments have been made against Srinivasan in the report but the probe is still going on and he cannot be allowed to function as BCCI President.It said that the committee sought more time as it wants to record the statements of some players who are on England tour and also voice samples of some people need to be matched.advertisement”We saw the report. Two months time for completion of probe does not seem realistic. The way in which it is going on, it will take five years. It’s going to be a tough task for the Committee,” the bench said, asking it to expedite the probe.The court posted the case for further hearing on November two but allowed the committee to file interim report on any individuals if it wishes.Justice Mudgal committee, which is conducting probe against Srinivasan and 12 prominent players in the scandal, had on August 29 filed its interim report in a sealed cover before the Supreme Court.The apex court had on May 16 given the task to conduct probe against 69-year-old Srinivasan and 12 players to Justice Mudgal panel and asked it to file its report by end of August.It had rejected BCCI’s proposal to conduct the probe through its own panel.The Mudgal committee had earlier investigated the scandal and submitted in a sealed envelope its initial report in which names of Srinivasan and 12 cricketers were mentioned.”We are of the considered opinion that the allegations against the 13 persons including N Srinivasan mentioned in the report submitted in the sealed cover should be investigated into by the Justice Mudgal Committee and the team of investigators because if a new Probe Committee is entrusted to inquire into the allegations, there is likelihood of the allegations being leaked to the public and such leakage will damage the reputation of the 13 persons beyond repair,” the bench had said.Besides Justice Mudgal, the panel has Additional Solicitor General L Nageshwar Rao and advocate Nilay Dutta as members.A group of investigators headed by senior IPS officer B B Mishra has assisted the Mudgal Committee which was given the power to probe, search and seize relevant documents and record evidence.last_img read more

Train coaches to come alive with wildlife images

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 20 (PTI) The bland and barren coaches of passenger trains may soon have exciting images of tigers, cranes, trees and other wildlife painted on them. Indian Railway is actively considering a proposal of the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to paint coaches and stations with the images of wildlife to spread awareness about conservation and promote tourism through pictorial representation. “We are considering a WWF-India proposal of having pictorial representation of natural habitats and wildlife on certain trains and stations to create awareness about the need for conservation and protection of forest, tiger, birds other species,” said a senior Railway Ministry official. As per the plan, tiger will be the main theme of the campaign apart from birds such as crane. There will also be trees, bushes, waterbodies to showcase greenery and jungle life. To begin with, railway stations at Sawai Madhopur and Bharatpur and coaches of Nizamuddin-Kota Jan Shatabdi Express will have paintings of wildlife and forest. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu already had a discussion with tiger conservationist Valmik Thapar for taking forward the message of conservation through pictorial representation at Sawai Madhopur and Bharatpur railway stations and on some selected passenger trains. WWF-India will set up a project design team which will work out details with the railway officials. The project may be later extended to trains linking wildlife sanctuaries. The design team will visit the two railway stations shortly to get a first hand idea of the sites and potential for pictorial depictions. The pictorial representation of wildlife and forest will also serve to promote sanctuaries as tourist destinations. “Paintings on trains and stations will serve dual purpose – nature conservation as well as tourism promotion,” the official said. Paintings will be done by local artists and WWF-India will provide technical and necessary financial support to the artists and designers involved in the exercise. Describing the move as “innovative”, railway officials said, “Our endeavour is to carry forward the message of environment conservation through innovative paintings of wildlife such as tiger, bear, birds, crane along with trees, bushes and water bodies on trains and stations.” The project can be extended to other stations and trains after the Rajasthan experiment depending upon its successful execution, sources said. PTI ARU SK IKAadvertisementlast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo not ruling out move to new club next season

first_imgReal Madrid C.F. and Portugal football star Cristiano Ronaldo could be the subject of an approximately 202.43 million U.S. Dollars bid this summer, atleast according to reports from the Portuguese media are to be believed, to the forward said “nothing is impossible” further fanning rumours.”Nothing is impossible,” Ronaldo was quoted as saying by ESPNFC before flying to Lithuania for Portugal’s 2018 World Cup qualifier on Friday.Ronaldo helped Real Madrid C.F. retain their UEFA Champions League crown earlier this month beating Juventus F.C. in the final in Cardiff.The former Manchester United F.C. player is the favourite to win the Ballon d’Or after a superb campaign in which he scored 16 goals in the last 10 games as Madrid also sealed a first La Liga title since 2012.Clubs like United, A.S. Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain F.C. have been linked with Ronaldo along with Chinese clubs.Ronaldo has a contract till 2021 with Real Madrid C.F.last_img read more

Harry Potter doesn’t code (but Murphy does)

first_imgComputers have become so cheap and powerful that almost any system — mechanical, electrical, or chemical — probably needs to involve them, which means software has to be written.Unfortunately, there’s been a habit of inventing pretentious titles for programmers, particularly “software engineer.” Calling fiddling around with websites “Software Engineering” is not Millennial, it’s delusional. (“Fiddling” is the least offensive term I could find for this activity; I was tempted to be much ruder.)I firmly believe that the term “software engineer” should be reserved for people who work on compilers and other system software, or include software in real engineering projects (I suppose that, at a sufficient scale — Google, for example — websites might qualify).The point is that a real engineer’s mistakes potentially kill people or cause substantial damage. Problems of software development are quite well understood, but — unfortunately — mostly by people no longer working in the industry. That’s why these problems keep on being repeated. Most of them are caused by the limitations of human psychology, and the classic work on that — The Psychology of Computer Programming — by Gerald M. Weinberg dates back to 1971.Readers of this article will probably know Arthur C. Clarke’s aphorism: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” Similarly, any sufficiently obscure problem will tendto generate “magic thinking” about its possible solution.There’s much current hand-waving about “coding” (mostly by people who wouldn’t recognize code if it bit them on the ankle), but this is actually about the least important part of the project’s effort. Code has to work, at a minimum, but generating working, maintainable, useful code, in a reasonable timescale comes from good problem definition, organized development processes, and sensible management.A fairly new practice that will help define project scope, improve specifications, and aid with quality assurance is called “test-driven development.” The idea is that, before writing a line of code, you should set out in as much detail as possible the cases the system will have to deal with, and what the results should be.One thing that tends to get overlooked is the percentage of the effort that will have to be devoted to extreme conditions (e.g., errors), which is likely to outweigh the work associated with the normal cases.At first, the system will fail every test, but as development proceeds, fewer and fewer tests will fail. When none of them do, the work is finished (for the original definition of “finished”). Ideally, automate the process.Anyone who’s been in the trade for a while knows that there are unlikely to be any silver bullets in the way of programming languages (except for specialized problems, where domain-specific languages have been developed, like R for statistics). For “silver bullets,” see Fred Brooks’ The Mythical Man-Month .The best language to use for most problems is one known by someone who understands the problem thoroughly (provided the language is not utterly obscure, which can lead to future problems with maintenance). Just beware of amateur development procedures.Ever since the days when scientists swapped trigonometric functions on paper tape, the key to programming productivity has been doing as little of it as possible. Any processes that can be defined in a generic fashion should be stored in subroutine or module libraries to specialize the core language.The module library resource provided in CPAN is one of the reasons Perl can be so powerful, and this idea has spread to other languages as well.I once worked with a business software developer who coded in Assembler and who reckoned that he could produce software faster than if he used COBOL. He was able to generate systems quickly because he had most important functions for standard tasks stored in thoroughly tested modules. The only custom code required was to combine and specialize these modules for each client. He essentially developed his own language for system generation. It’s great if this emerges as a by-product of other development, but resist any temptation to divert the project to creating a new language (academics are susceptible to this), unless your name is Brian Kernighan, of course.For want of a better word, “architecture” is key to complex systems that work. Read Herbert Simon’s classic Sciences of Artificial and you will probably start recognizing how many natural processes essentially function in layers. They are most easily assembled from simple components that do one job, and talk to each other in a standard way.Proverbs from other fields of engineering, like “Simplicate and add lightness,” are equally relevant to software. The cheapest, lightest, most reliable component in a system is the one that is not there. If a service is not running, it can’t be compromised. Unfortunately, simplicity is easy to recognize and understand, but hard to achieve. Consider security at the start, and bake it into the design. Any attempt to bolt it on afterwards will produce an expensive and vulnerable kludge.Rather than appreciate and preserve elegance, the software industry has a tendency to pile Pelion on Ossa, with ever more shininess to attract money and obscure function (object orientation is a fine example, as is the proliferation of web frameworks and IDEs).A case study of how simple stuff accretes functions over time is the history of my favorite editor. Once upon a time, children, computer users worked at noisy terminals, which had keyboards and printed on continuous paper. That meant that everything that was entered or output in a session was visible.A simple line editor called ex, made life (barely) tolerable in that environment. Then “glass teletypes” came along, and everything scrolled off the top of the screen. A very clever man called Bill Joy wrote a “Visual Interface” (vi) to ex, that made life with glass teletypes tolerable again. Bill wrote it in a bit of a hurry, so it was far from perfect, but it was good enough. Many people worked on vi, (or clones with cute names like elvis), improving the code and adding features.One of the developments was called vim (for “Vi Improved”). Over time, vim has evolved and acquired a full-featured scripting language called vimscript. It can now be used as a presentation tool including simple animations. I’m not sure if it has fulfilled the prophesy that all software ultimately acquires the ability to read Net news. Fortunately, Bram Molenaar, the original author, has exercised enough self-restraint that it’s still a decent editor.Alan Rocker started working as a trainee programmer on the LEO III, a machine produced by English-Electric-LEO-Marconi, which had the misfortune to be in direct competition with the IBM 360 range. (The remains of the computer business were taken over by ICL, which got eaten by Fujitsu.) The route to riches in those days was projected to be the “software house,” which was much like today’s startup scene. When Britain switched from pounds, shillings, and pence to a decimal currency, all the first and second generation systems had to be rewritten. This produced a boom in demand for programmers in 1970 (next seen in the years leading up to Y2K), but the subsequent recession was painful. After some years working on mainframes and around software packages (the industry had realized that package sales scaled better than body shops), Alan switched to consulting. Around that time, minicomputers and then microcomputers began to be useful, especially when connected (evenat 300 baud). Alan investigated them and began the transition to Unix. Working as a system administrator in the 1990s, just as the Web began to change the landscape again, Alan ran across Perl. Teaching that and Unix/Linux have occupied most of his time since then. An interest in development productivity, which started back in the 1970s, has led Alan to the conclusion that there are very few developments in the business, but there’s a lot of hype and repackaging. That’s mostly because management’s behavior (as opposed to pronouncements) makes it clear that they don’t actually care. Sadly, he says, the same is true of security. Log in to Reply March 31, 2017 at 4:39 pm PaddyMcCarthy says: March 31, 2017 at 8:02 pm Log in to Reply “In defence of the software bod I would like to add that often their first need of requirements uncovers the businesses lack of a *documented* process that is *followed*. If you were to give what was asked for then it could not be used.” 3 thoughts on “Harry Potter doesn’t code (but Murphy does)” Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Communications, Design Methods, Industry, Security mjlinden says: “Hi Alan — I feel you had something you wanted to get off your chest 🙂 The main thing is that you aren’t bitter LOL” “As someone who writes firmware for certified safety critical devices, I applaud your statement regarding the broad and loose use of the term “Software Engineer”…” Continue Reading Previous Programming-free LCD user interface for embedded applicationsNext Space and security are keynote topics at ESC Boston 2017 Log in to Reply April 6, 2017 at 8:13 am Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Max The Magnificent says: last_img read more

India beat Australia by 137 runs to win 1st ever Boxing Day Test Down Under

first_imgIndia needed just 5.3 overs in the second session on Sunday to bowl Australia out for the second time in two days and secure a historic 137-run victory in the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground to take an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the four-match series.The first session was washed out due to the relentless rain in Melbourne, but the weather conditions improved after the first two hours and play finally started at 7.25 am IST.India had never won a Boxing Day Test in Australia. However, Virat Kohli’s men have now rewritten history with a 137-run victory.Chasing 399, Australia were bowled out for 261 as Jasprit Bumrah picked up 3 for 53 and Ravindra Jadeja picked 3 for 82. Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami finished with 2 wickets each.India first played a Boxing Day Test in 1985. Over the years, they lost 5, drew 2 before finally winning in 2018. This is a sweet end to the year for Kohli and India.The year 2018 started with two defeats in South Africa. They won in Johannesburg but another 1-4 series defeat in England raised serious questions on India’s ability to win Test matches overseas. Now, they cannot lose the Test series in Australia.As special as this victory is for India, credit must be given to Australia’s lower-order for putting up a stubborn fight.The Aussies were tottering at 176 for 7 and defeat was imminent on Saturday. Ravindra Jadeja had just snared Tim Paine with a ball that stayed low and it looked like India would pick up the remaining three wickets without much fuss.advertisementBut Pat Cummins had other ideas. With Mitchell Starc for company, he frustrated India for over nine overs. And then Cummins stitched a partnership with Nathan Lyon – the duo batted out 14.1 overs on day 4 to push the match into the fifth day.Cummins, who had already picked nine wickets in the Test, scored a fluent half-century. Some of his shots were a lesson for Australia’s top-order batsmen – so crisp and sweetly timed they were.The umpires offered India an extra half-hour to try and win the Test on Saturday but Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja could not dislodge the determined Australian pair.There was threat of rain on Sunday but luckily for India, victory was wrapped up.It all began on Wednesday with debutant Mayank Agarwal’s 76. Cheteshwar Pujara struck his second hundred of the series while Virat Kohli battled a stiff back to make 82. Rohit Sharma scored his first fifty outside Asia since 2015. Memories were created by a team that desperately needed to provide itself overseas.And once India posted their highest overseas score in 2018, the bowlers took over. Jasprit Bumrah, in his first year as a Test cricketer, completed five-wicket hauls in South Africa, England and Australia. His six-wicket haul on Friday blew the Aussies away and gave India a 292-run lead on a treacherous pitch.Virat Kohli chose not to enforce the follow-on and Pat Cummins tore through the top-order in four overs. Pujara and Kohli were dismissed for ducks. By stumps, India had finished with 54 for 5 but their overall lead was now a substantial 346.After the third day’s play, there were several questions asked of Kohli’s decision to bay again. Rain was predicted over the next two days and sure enough, Saturday saw plenty of cloud cover. India lost three more wickets before they declared again to set Australia a 399-run target.And it was that man Jasprit Bumrah again. He did more damage in the second innings and Ravindra Jadeja joined the party on a wearing pitch. It was his kind of a surface.There was turn, variable bounce and plenty of purchase for pacers and spinners alike. While Bumrah and Jadeja will be celebrated for their tally of wickets, it is important to remember how well Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami bowled. They were relentless, intimidating and tireless.There was a stubborn little partnership between Tim Paine and Pat Cummins which was broken by Jadeja with a delivery that outfoxed the Australian captain.Cummins and Mitchell Starc offered some resistance but that was never going to be enough to stop India’s quest for a historic win. The dogged fight shown by the lower order should inspire the rest of the Australian squad as the teams head to Sydney for the final Test starting January 3.India, meanwhile, will rejoice in the glorious victory. It did not come easy and there was a constant threat of rain over the weekend.Right through 2018, India’s batsmen were criticised for their poor approach and for their failure to support Virat Kohli, who finished with 1322 runs and five hundreds. It has all come together for India in Australia.advertisementAlso Read | Jasprit Bumrah always wants to learn and experiment: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Offensive Aussie commentary hurts but nothing we can do about it: India bowling coachAlso Read | Mission Failed: After Rohit, Mumbai Indians troll Australia skipper Tim PaineAlso Read | Pant’s banter with Lyon caught on stump mic: “You don’t want to come tomorrow for nothing”last_img read more