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PM Modi congratulates Team India for historic Gabba win, BCCI announces 5 crore bonus

Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the Indian cricket team today shortly after Australia was defeated in its fortress Gabba. India won the fourth and the final test of the series in Brisbane, Australia, with three wickets, clinching the series by 2-1.


“We are all overjoyed at the success of the Indian Cricket Team in Australia. Their remarkable energy and passion was visible throughout. So was their stellar intent, remarkable grit and determination. Congratulations to the team! Best wishes for your future endeavours,” the Prime Minister tweeted.

The victory is being hailed as historic. The last time a visiting team came out triumphant from the Brisbane Cricket Ground was back in November 1988 when the mighty West Indian outfit under the leadership of Viv Richards thrashed Allan Border’s team by 9 wickets, according to news agency ANI. The Brisbane Cricket Ground, commonly known as the Gabba, is a major sports stadium in Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, Australia.

Congratulations poured in from across the country and the world led by BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly who termed the feat of the Indian cricket team remarkable. Ganguly from his official twitter account said that the victory of the Indian team will always be remembered in the history of Indian cricket. Ganguly also said that the BCCI would reward the remarkable efforts of the team with a special bonus of Rs 5 crore.

Among other high profile personalities which praised the Indian team for its historic win was Indian origin Microsoft CEO Sundar Pichai who termed the team’s victory as one of the greatest test victories of all time. Pichai at the same time congratulated the host Australian team as well for exhibiting the finest display of the sport.

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Top Indian-American CEOs express solidarity with African-Americans after Floyd’s death

Washington, DC: Prominent India-American CEOs, including Microsoft’s Satya Nadella and Google’s Sunder Pichai, have expressed solidarity with the African-American community in the wake of violent widespread protests sparked across the US by the custodial killing of George Floyd.

“There is no place for hate and racism in our society. Empathy and shared understanding are a start, but we must do more,” Nadella,52, said in a tweet on Monday.

“I stand with the Black and African American community and we are committed to building on this work in our company and in our communities,” said the Hyderabad-born Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft.

Nadella’s Microsoft also said they will be using the platform to amplify voices from the Black and African-American community at the company. A day earlier, Google CEO Pichai also expressed solidarity with the African-American community.

“Today on US Google & YouTube homepages we share our support for racial equality in solidarity with the Black community and in memory of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery & others who don’t have a voice,” Pichai, 47, wrote on Twitter on Sunday.

“For those feeling grief, anger, sadness & fear, you are not alone,” Pichai said, sharing a screenshot of the Google search home page which said: “We stand in support of racial equality, and all those who search for it.”

Another well-known Indian-American and former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi said everyone has a responsibility to recognise “this pain” and the “systemic racism” that has caused it.

“This past week, we’ve seen millions of Americans vocalize their pain in protests across the nation responding to the tragic deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmadu Arbery,” Nooyi said in a statement posted on Twitter on Monday with the hashtag Black Lives Matter.

“As we all consider how to heal this wound, I ask that we not lose sight of the power of our voices. I’ve always believed that confronting bias publicly is essential. If you see a bad actor, say it out loud and set an example for those around you,” she said.

Nooyi cautioned that the road ahead will “undoubtedly be challenging” and the scale of the work that needs to be accomplished is staggering.

“And don’t be afraid of what you don’t know. Instead, be eager to participate in conversations that may make you uncomfortable and commit to learn more. It may not be easy, but it is critical,” she asserted.

“Let’s vow to be kind, to roll up our sleeves, and to be part of the force that bends this path toward justice,” Nooyi, 64, said. (PTI)

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