BRICS has no plans to form military, political alliance: Vladimir Putin

BRICS has no plans to form a military and political alliance, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday, in an apparent effort to allay apprehensions of the West. He, however, emphasized that the grouping of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, having “coinciding strategic interests”, wants to change the global monetary order which depends a lot on the US dollar. “I would like to stress that we do not have any

Lionel Messi would be in my team ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo, says Pele

Brazil great Pele has stirred the pot ahead of this weekend`s Clasico, saying he would rather have Barcelona`s Lionel Messi as a team mate than Real Madrid`s Cristiano Ronaldo. The 74-year-old Pele, who scored a record 1,281 goals, mostly for Santos, has watched the two phenomenal goal hunters jousting for the title of the world`s best player but said he preferred Messi because he was a superior team player. “To

Cristiano Ronaldo bags Fifa Ballon d’Or

Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Fifa Ballon d’Or award, earning the title of world’s best football player for a third time. He beat Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer and four-time winner Lionel Messi in a vote of national team captains and coaches from Fifa’s 209 member countries, plus selected journalists. Ronaldo retained football’s highest individual honour after scoring 61 goals for Real Madrid and Portugal last year. His record tally of

India can achieve 8-9 percent growth rate: Manmohan Singh

India can achieve a growth rate of 8-9 per cent provided there is a “national consensus” on methods to take advantage of globalised world, said former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, whose tenure saw the economy registering three years of 9-plus growth rate. “I think that even though many other emerging economies are not doing too well, India has an opportunity to move towards a growth rate of 6-7 per cent

Neymar named Brazil captain

Brazil coach Dunga has confirmed Neymar will captain the national football team for friendlies against Colombia and Ecuador in the US. Speaking at a press conference Thursday, Dunga confirmed the 22-year-old would replace injured defender Thiago Silva, who has captained Brazil since 2011, reports Xinhua. “It has already been confirmed. It’s going to be Neymar,” said Dunga, who did not say whether the appointment was permanent. “He is a reference

Miroslav Klose retires from international football

German striker Miroslav Klose, the all-time World Cup top scorer, announced his retirement from international football on Monday.The 36-year-old leaves the German national team as a World Cup winner after last month helping Joachim Loew`s side to their first global crown since 1990 when they defeated Argentina 1-0 in the Rio-hosted final.The Lazio frontman picked up his 16th goal, in what was his fourth World Cup, to surpass Brazilian Ronaldo

India votes in support of UNHRC resolution on Gaza

\India along with BRICS countries today voted in support of a UN Human Rights Council resolution to launch a probe into Israel’s offensive on Gaza. India joined Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa to vote for a Palestinian-drafted resolution on “Ensuring Respect for international law in The Occupied Palestinian Territories, including East Jersusalem”. In the 47-member council, 29 countries voted in support of the resolution while 17 nations abstained. The

Steven Gerrard retires from international football

England captain Steven Gerrard has announced his retirement from international soccer, the Football Association said on Monday.    The Liverpool midfielder won 114 caps for his country after making his debut in a 2-0 win over Ukraine at Wembley in 2000. “I have enjoyed every minute of representing my country, and it is a sad day for me knowing that I won’t pull on the England shirt again,” he told

Tamara Ecclestone gets 30,000 pounds from hubby

Tamara Ecclestone has won 30,000 pounds from a bet she had with her from her husband Jay Rutland during the Germany and Brazil clash in World Cup semi-finals. The 30-year-old Formula One heiress expressed her happiness and said that her investment was safe an hour after the kick off, the Mirror reported. The couple also made a profit of 14,250 pounds on a bet Rutland made minutes after the kick-off

Narendra Modi may watch World Cup final ahead of BRICS meet

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to witness the heart-thumping finale of the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, along with Chinese President XI Jinping, a soccer lover, on July 13. Modi along with President Xi, South African President Jacob Zuma, and Russian President Vladimir Putin would be attending the 2014 BRICS summit to be held July 15-17 in the city of Fortaleza, in Brazil. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has reportedly

FIFA World Cup: Netherlands stun World Cup champions Spain

Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben scored twice each as the Netherlands avenged their 2010 World Cup final defeat to Spain with a record 5-1 drubbing of the defending champions on Friday. Van Persie pounced in each half as the Dutch recovered from a controversial Xabi Alonso penalty to inflict a crushing defeat on the reigning kings of world and European football. Stefan De Vrij got the Netherlands` other goal