Mangaluru/Bahrain: (Press Release) Under the Government of India’s mission Vande Bharat, Air India Express aircraft departed from the Bahrain International airport on 12.07.20 carrying 177 passengers and landed safely at Bajpe International Airport in Mangalore.

Mr. Mohammad Mansoor, the leading businessman and the President of The Indian Overseas Congress Bahrain thanked Mr. KP Choudhry, the 2nd secretary (Cons &CW) of the Indian Embassy for acting on the written appeal given for allocating the flight on this route to carry stranded expatriates. Passengers expressed their gratitude and applauded the IOC team for their tremendous efforts in relieving their pain and agony.

The mission culminated successfully after a two-week-long process involving a number of people. The team was led by its President Mohamed Mansoor along with its members Gayazulla, Khursheed Alam, Ibrahim Adhum, Masood Vitla, Riyaz Sullia, Jayafer, Ambalai, Sameer, Basheer Karla, and volunteers.

The IOC Team played a tremendous role in getting this expedition accomplished. President Mansoor applauded Gayaz for his tireless effort in collaborating with the Indian Embassy in preparing the passenger list and giving out the information about the formalities and procedures needed to be followed at the Mangalore Airport to avoid any unpleasant incidents. He also expressed his gratitude to Austin Santosh for coordinating with Nodal officers and providing important information to the passengers such as the list of quarantine hotels in Mangalore and Udupi with their names and contact numbers of Nodal authorities. He also expressed his appreciation to Dr. Aarti Krishna, the Overseas Congress Middle East In-charge for coordinating with Shri Norbu Negi, Charge d’ Affaires of Indian Embassy, and her relentless groundwork and immense support to IOC Bahrain and Narayan Menon, the Sales Manager of Air India for his succor.

The IOC along with KHK Heroes Foundations provided snack kits sponsored by Food World to all the passengers with the help of volunteers present at the Bahrain Airport.

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Southampton: Pakistan slumped to 126-5 before a third stoppage for rain led to an end to play on the first day of the second test against England at the Rose Bowl on Thursday.

Abid Ali struck 60 after being dropped twice early in his 111-ball innings and was comfortably Pakistan's top scorer on a tough day for the tourists in changing weather.

Jimmy Anderson was retained for the match, despite struggling in England's three-wicket win in the first test in Manchester last week, and the paceman repaid that faith by removing Shan Masood (1) in the third over and captain Azhar Ali (20) after lunch. It gave England's record wicket-taker figures of 2-35 and he is up to 592 in tests.

After the toss won by Pakistan was made under sunny skies, Pakistan began batting in overcast conditions and a shower brought up an early lunch. More rain came midway through the second session, which the tourists finished on 85-2.

And only about an hour was possible after tea, when Pakistan lost three wickets including Abid, who edged recalled seamer Sam Curran to Rory Burns at second slip.

Burns had been the second slip fielder to drop Abid before lunch, the right-handed opener having already been given a life on 0 by Dom Sibley's drop diving to his left at third slip.

As with Burns, Sibley made amends by taking a smart catch low down to remove Asad Shafiq (5) to give Stuart Broad his first wicket.

That brought Fawad Alam to the crease for his first test innings in 11 years after being recalled and it last four balls, when the left-hander was trapped lbw by Chris Woakes for a duck. A not-out decision was given but England reviewed and Hawk-Eye showed the ball was hitting the top of middle stump.

Babar Azam was 25 not out when bad light eventually led to stumps being called. Mohammad Rizwan was on 4.

Pakistan trails 1-0 in the three-match series. Another victory for England will clinch a first test series against Pakistan in 10 years, and a second series of this pandemic-affected summer having already beaten the West Indies.