India facing football ban over ‘deviations’ from FIFA ‘roadmap’

FIFA also warned Indian football association it risks losing U17 Women’s World Cup too. FIFA has reminded India’s football association that it risks losing the upcoming Under-17 Women’s World Cup and faces a ban due to “deviations” from an agreed road map aimed at sorting out governance issues. In May, India’s highest court disbanded the … Read more

Hockeyroos to play for gold after controversial penalty shootout

Hockeyroos forward Rosie Malone suspects she’s public enemy number one in India right now, after the Hockeyroos penalty shootout win over India in the women’s hockey semi-finals at the Commonwealth Games.  Key points: The Hockeyroos beat India 3-0 in a penalty shootout Rosie Malone was allowed to retake her shot after the timer failed to … Read more

What it would take to bring Brittney Griner home, and Indian composer and violinist L. Subramaniam (Aug. 5, 2022) | Houston Public Media

Houston Matters begins at 9 a.m. CT on 88.7FM or listen online. Join the discussion at 713-440-8870, [email protected] or @HoustonMatters. On Friday’s show: A Russian court has found WNBA star Brittney Griner guilty on drug smuggling and possession charges. The judge sentenced Griner to nine years in prison. What are the chances of the United … Read more

India’s faltering rice output can cause a new food crisis

Rice could emerge as the next challenge for global food supply as a shortage of rain in parts of India, by far the world’s biggest exporter, has caused planting area to shrink to the smallest in about three years. The threat to India’s rice production comes at a time when countries are grappling with soaring … Read more

Commonwealth Games means more than gold to athletes around the world

It’s the end of the men’s 67kg weightlifting competition at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and Kiribati’s Ruben Katoatau, 25, is one of the most-popular competitors with fans and the media. He didn’t win gold or silver or bronze, and even he can’t quite understand why there’s so much interest in him. It could be the enthusiasm with … Read more

Outrage as another Kashmiri journalist stopped from flying abroad

Yet another Kashmiri journalist has been stopped by the Indian authorities from flying abroad as outrage grows over a continuing clampdown on press freedom in Indian-administered Kashmir and its residents. Independent journalist Aakash Hassan, 25, was on his way to Sri Lanka for a reporting assignment last week when immigration officials at New Delhi airport … Read more

Dozens dead after drinking bootleg alcohol in western India

All had consumed illegal moonshine in the Botad and Ahmedabad districts of Gujarat state, where the manufacture, sale and consumption of alcohol is illegal. “About 10 people have been arrested and approximately 475 liters of the liquid have been recovered,” said Ashish Bhatia, Gujarat’s director general of police. Bhatia said one of the arrested men … Read more

Bob Rafelson, New Hollywood era director, dies at 89

DENVER – Bob Rafelson, an influential figure in the New Hollywood era of the 1970s who was nominated for two Oscars for “Five Easy Pieces,” has died. He was 89. Rafelson died at his home in Aspen Saturday night surrounded by his family, said his wife, Gabrielle Taurek Rafelson. Rafelson was responsible for co-creating the … Read more

US heat wave soars as California wildfire rages

Tens of millions of Americans already baking in a scorching heat wave braced Saturday for record-setting temperatures to climb, while a major fire ravaged part of California. The country’s central and northeast regions face the brunt of the extreme temperatures, which are not expected to peak until Sunday at the earliest and have sent public … Read more