Manama: As the Kingdom of Bahrain mourns the death of its long-serving Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, the Indian Overseas Congress expressed its condolences to the royal family and the people of Bahrain on the passing away of the prime minister.

“IOC Executive Team headed by Mohammed Mansoor, President of IOC extended sincere condolences to His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, may God preserve and protect him, the beloved King of the Kingdom of Bahrain and His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, may God protect him, the Crown Prince, Deputy Supreme Commander and First Deputy Prime Minister and His Highness Shaikh Ali bin Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa and His Highness Shaikh Salman bin Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa and to the Honourable Royal family, and the people of the Kingdom of Bahrain on the sad demise of His Royal Highness Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, may almighty God have mercy on him.

“Since morning Mr. Mohammed Mansoor was approached from several leaders of the INC Office, headed by Mr. Rahul Gandhi and was first to tweet and expressed his grief and passed his deepest condolences to HM King, the Royal family and the people of Bahrain” a press statement from the organization stated.

IOC Chairman, Mr. Sam Pitroda, expressed his sorrow and condolences to HM King, and the family.

Also recalled their last visit as State guest, where they had the opportunity to discuss bilateral ties and mutual interest which would benefit both the countries in the field of sports, arts, and culture.

“The relations between the two countries are very cordial in terms of policies, economic and cultural exchanges. Bahrain hosts about more than 350,000 Indian expatriates and the close bond established since inception is treasured and this legacy has been continuing” the statement further added.

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Brisbane: Rain disrupted play in the last session on the fourth day of the final Test between India and Australia here on Monday.

This was after India dismissed Australia for 294 in their second innings. The visitors have been set a target of 328.

India were 4/0 in 1.5 overs when rain caused the halt.

Earlier, Steve Smith top-scored for Australia with a blistering 55, while opener David Warner hit 48 at the top. The series is currently tied at 1-1 and India will retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy if Australia fail to win the ongoing match.