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Instead what it intended to do,according to the Guardian wasto exposethe “impotence” of the US on the international stage and to allow Putin to poseas a champion of human rights in stark comparison to the snooping spyingUS Putin’s background as a spymaster with the Russian KGB lends him great expertise in covert warfare The image he cultivates both at home and abroad is planned well in advance and he rarely makes off-the-cuff remarks As such when he calls Trump "colourful" or offers Comey asylum he chips away at the image of US superiority that the world has become used to He then starts portraying Russia — and by extension himself— as a viable superpower alternative It affords him great power at home where he is seen as a strong leader But more than that it also shows other countries that Russia is not to be taken lightly in the new world order Virat Kohli started the first day of the final Test of this series against New Zealand by winning his seventh consecutive toss in Tests in India He ended it on 103 not out with his side set up for yet another win in Tests at home as the newly-crowned number one Test team in the world had the best of the opening day of the first ever Test match in Indore It has been slim pickings for Kohli in this series so far going into this innings he had just 81 runs at an average of 2025 Kohli had gone seven Test innings without passing fifty For a man who has dominated international cricket in 2016 this represents a slump by his extremely high standards He made 200 against the West Indies in July so to suggest that he was on a poor run of form is a touch ridiculous but it has been a quiet few months when compared with what he achieved at the World T20 and Indian Premier League His century is an ominous sign for opponents and bodes well for India for their long home season This was a patient Kohli who was happy to bide his time against a New Zealand attack that bowled pretty well having been asked to field first for the third time in the three Tests in this series He had faced 73 balls when he reached 30 he got to his fifty off 108 balls and had faced 191 balls by the end of day one Virat Kohli plays a shot during the first day of third Test against New Zealand AFP The New Zealand spinners found some turn even on this first day pitch and there were moments when their seam bowlers found a touch of reverse Kohli was becalmed throughout in an innings that was much more about steady accumulation than flashy strokeplay facing 121 dot balls It was more Rahul Dravid than Virender Sehwag For all of Kohli’s undoubted brilliance he has a reasonable rather than outstanding Test record His average has hovered around 45 in this format over the last three years We are in an era when pitches have been flat and outfields fast As a result the benchmark of a truly great Test player is an average in excess of 50 Those that maintain an average at or above that number are ones that can quickly assess conditions and adapt accordingly While Kohli has been able to do that in white ball formats his returns in Tests do not do him justice He will retire with a record that is the envy of any player but he hasn’t found Test cricket as straightforward as ODIs where he can already be considered an all-time great Kohli was out in the middle earlier than he would have hoped when both Indian openers failed to make significant scores The first to go was Murali Vijay who clipped a ball from Jeetan Patel off his pads and straight into the hands of Tom Latham at forward short leg during the fifth over of the day Gautam Gambhir lasted a while longer facing 53 balls for his 29 before Trent Boult dismissed him lbw It has been two years since Gambhir played a Test getting four innings against England on the back end of India’s tour there in 2014 but it was all the way back in 2012 that he was last a regular in the India Test side He began his career well enough but declining returns saw him eventually be left out of India’s team in all formats It has been seven years since the last time Gambhir made a Test hundred an innings of 167 versus Sri Lanka in November 2009 Despite decent returns in the Duleep Trophy where he made four half centuries in three matches including two innings that ended with him in the nineties he is in effect India’s fourth choice opener Vijay is the first of them and only injuries to KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan brought Gambhir into the frame He looked pretty good while he was at the crease especially when he pulled consecutive balls for six off the bowling of Matt Henry He looked to be well settled before a brilliant ball from Boult that swung back into the left-hander did it for him The swing was late and the ball didn’t bounce as much as he may have expected and there was little that Gambhir could have done However having waited so long for this chance he will be disappointed to have gone once he had a start While Kohli was the star he was brilliantly supported by Ajinkya Rahane who became the 36th Indian player to reach 2000 runs in Test cricket during his innings of 79 not out At times Rahane looked more fluid at the crease than Kohli as they shared a partnership of 167 that made this India’s day They came together with India at 100 for three and in danger of squandering first use of this pitch that isn’t easy to bat on but will only get tricker in the days to come Rahane gave a chance when he was on seven top edging a ball from Boult that Henry misjudged in the deep but that aside he was resolute This was his 20th Test fifty and his second in this series having made 77 in the last match in Kolkata Kohli won the toss scored an unbeaten hundred his sixth as Test captain and saw his team to a strong position from which they can put this Test beyond their opponents If this match does finish as an Indian win he will have played seven Tests as captain at home winning six and drawing one Being captain of the Test team is a very straightforward affair By: Express News Service | Mumbai | Updated: April 21 2016 2:36 am BJP MP Kirit Somaiya Related News IN THE year of scams in the civic body BJP MP Kirit Somaiya alleged a Rs 500-crore scam of private water tankers stating that the BMC was selling water to the tanker mafia at one paisa per litre when the water was being sold at Re 1 per litre In his meeting with the municipal commissioner Wednesday Somaiya has demanded for a probe in the matter He said between January 1 and April 10 48180 tankers supplied water in the whole city of which 9181 were BMC tankers and the rest 38999 tankers are private tankers “Though the private water tankers are purchasing water from the BMC at the rate of one paise per litre they are selling it to the poor people in M east ward at the rate of Re 1 per litre” said Somaiya He said in the first 100 days this year 13424 tankers were sanctioned for M east ward and 5948 for N ward 3935 in K east ward and 6476 in K west ward In five wards however no tanker was sanctioned and around two to 70 tankers were sanctioned in eight others Share This Article Related Article In his list of allegations Somaiya said the BMC has sold around 39000 litre water to private tankers between January 1 and March 10 at the rate of Rs 150 per tanker of 10000 litres “These private tankers are being sanctioned by the concerned BMC adminstrative ward officials Around 90 per cent of the drivers don’t even have a valid license” he said demanding a special investigation team to inquire in the issue Refering to the water crisis in the state Somaiya asked why such a large number of private tankers was being allowed to fill water He also alleged that civic officials were also involved in sanctioning the ‘tanker mafia’ “Around one crore litre water is being used every day which is illogical and illegal use of water The officials including assistant engineer health officer pest control officer and hydraulic engineer are in connivance with the fraud of illegal water tankers and running a 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