India, NZ clash in Twenty20 World Cup Super 10 opener

first_imgNAGPUR, India (AP):New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is wary of the threat Indian spinners could pose for his batsmen in their World Twenty20 match yesterday.”The pitch will be on the slow side and perhaps take a little turn,” Williamson said yesterday ahead of the Super 10 opener. “In Indian conditions, we can expect spin to play a big part, and it’s important that we adjust our game accordingly.”The pitch used here for a Test match against South Africa last year was rated as poor by the International Cricket Council (ICC) with the game ending inside three days.The World T20 qualifying games also saw the ball turn. That could magnify the challenge in batting against India’s Ravichandran Ashwin-led spin attack, which also boasts all-rounders Yuvraj Singh and Ravindra Jadeja, part-timer Suresh Raina, and the backup of Harbhajan Singh.New Zealand have the added challenge of adjusting quickly to the format as their last engagement was a Test series against Australia, but Williamson played down this concern.”In international games, you get to change formats consistently,” Williamson said.Hosts India are the favourites to win the tournament but start their campaign against an opposition they have never beaten in four previous meetings, including in the 2007 edition, which India won in South Africa.”I don’t think our previous record has any meaning. We go into the match tomorrow with a clean slate. India is a strong side, and Twenty20 cricket is fickle in nature,” said Williamson, who has match winners of his own such as batsmen Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill and all-rounder Corey Anderson.India’s in-form batsman, Virat Kohli said that the team’s fine recent run gave them a lot of confidence.”We’re pretty confident after winning 10 of 11 games and hope to take that momentum into the World Twenty20,” Kohli said. “This is going to be far more challenging. This is a big event and the whole feeling, vibe, is different.”India’s recent successes include winning the Asia Cup in Bangladesh as well as a 3-0 series victory in Australia. Kohli led the way, scoring 352 runs in eight T20 games at a strike rate of 134 and an average of 117.33, with openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan also among the runs.”The middle order has not got too much of an opportunity in recent games. So it becomes our responsibility to get the runs at the top of the order,” Kohli said. “I come in at No. 3, so I have a better chance of getting runs than batsmen to follow. We all understand that.”India and New Zealand are with Australia, Pakistan, and Bangladesh in Group Two. Group One consists of the West Indies, England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Afghanistan.- APlast_img read more

Man City set for Spain trip after season opener

first_img0Shares0000Pep Guardiola is taking his Manchester City team to Spain for a training camp after their opening Premier League fixture © AFP/File / Anthony DevlinLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 1 – Manchester City have made the unusual decision to travel to Spain for a training camp less than a day after their opening Premier League fixture, the club have announced.City manager Pep Guardiola and his squad will fly to Girona for a four-day trip just hours after visiting promoted Brighton and Hove Albion on August 12. The training camp, which will include a fixture against La Liga newcomers Girona, has been arranged to give Guardiola time to work with players who missed City’s pre-season tour of the United States.“This trip is a great opportunity for Pep to work with his full squad in an intensive training camp,” City director of football Txiki Begiristain told the club website.“We have had some players away on international duty this summer, which means Pep hasn’t had the chance to work for long with the whole squad.“The game itself promises to be a fantastic spectacle, as Girona finalise their own preparations for their debut campaign in La Liga.”City host Everton in their second Premier League fixture on August 21.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Raiders implode at Arrowhead, fall to .500

first_img Raiders’ Trent Brown goes to I.R., Jacobs won’t play against Chargers Raiders Straight Talk: Derek Carr speculation won’t stop any time soon Click here if you’re unable to view the photo gallery on your mobile device. How 6-8 Raiders can still make NFL playoffs after 4-game losing streak Boy gets caught in Black Hole frenzy, leaves with Derek Carr’s towel “I’m not disappointed with the effort of our team. We’ve got to learn from this and I’ve got to take it upon myself,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden said. “Penalties and turnovers are two things that will doom you in big games in December when everything’s on the line.”The Raiders actually outgained the Chiefs 332-259, a contrast from the Week 2 meeting when Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes passed for 273 yards in the second quarter alone and 440 in the game.“You look at the total at the total yardage and things like that, we were higher than them in that stuff,” running back Josh Jacobs told reporters. “The penalties and the turnovers hurt.”Derek Carr, hoping to have his first good game at Arrowhead, instead had another bad one. Carr had two first-half interceptions, including one that Juan Thornhill ran back 46 yards for a second-half touchdown. That made it 21-0 and signified Carr and Arrowhead are simply not compatible through the first six years of his career.The Raiders scored their first touchdown in 10 quarters and 147 plays when Carr found Derek Carrier for a 4-yard touchdown with two minutes to play. The Chiefs even had the last word giving up the touchdown, because Charvarious Ward scooped up a blocked extra point and ran it back for two last points by Kansas City.center_img The Chiefs improved to 8-4 with a season’s sweep of the Raiders, with neither the Los Angeles Chargers nor the Denver Broncos as factors the rest of the way. The Raiders, 6-6, limp home with two losses by a combined score of 74-12 and next up are the Tennessee Titans, in the thick of their division and playoff race at 7-5 after coming off a big win over the Indianapolis Colts.Had the Raiders won, they would have been tied in terms of record but had the AFC West lead in tiebreakers. The loss currently drops the Raiders out of the top six.The back-to-back losses in terms of point spread were the worst since the Raiders lost 55-0 and 44-0 in 1961 in the pre-Al Davis era.Some studs and (mostly) duds as the Raiders hit the three-quarter mark of the NFL season with the last lap looking more like a marathon:STUDSJosh Jacobs: Got off to a great start and looked on his way to a huge game until the score took over. Jacobs finished with 17 carries for 104 yards and had 1,061 yards rushing this season.“There were a couple of things I felt we could have done better in the run game, but I felt like we were doing good,” Jacobs said.There goes that man.@IAM_JoshJacobs | #OAKvsKC pic.twitter.com/eUhtIEGQc0— Oakland Raiders (@Raiders) December 1, 2019Raiders defense: Gave up only 127 yards in the first half and 259 for the game, so it’s not as if the Chiefs were doing whatever they wanted. To the contrary, the Raiders had some good defensive series but disasters on offense and special teams made things impossible for a young unit with obvious holes to do enough damage. The defense was responsible for seven of the 12 penalties, however.DUDSDerek Carr: Chiefs read to of his passes beautifully for two interceptions, one by Tyrann Mathiew intended for Darren Waller, the other a slant intended for Tyrone Williams. On the second one, Chiefs rookie Juan Thornhill, after a quick check-in with Bashaud Breeland, stepped in front of the pass and ran it back 46 yards for a touchdown and a 21-0 lead with 3:42 left in the first half.Carr finished 20 of 30 for 222 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions — and he needed a late drive with the game already decided to get the numbers that good.PICK. SIX. @Juan_Thornhill 🦅 #ProBowlVote pic.twitter.com/DBhPpZHzC4— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) December 1, 2019“It’s hard right, because it’s fresh,” Carr said. “Especially two weeks in a row getting beat the way we got beat. It’s like, `C’mon, we’re better that. It’s so frustrating. It’s annoying, really.”Raider wide receivers: Either Carr couldn’t find them, or they couldn’t get open. Zay Jones had one catch for eight yards in the first half. By the time Keelan Doss became the second wide receiver to catch a pass, 4:37 remained in the game.Trevor Davis: Lost a kickoff after a Chiefs player blocked Dallin Leavitt into him. It resulted in a Chiefs touchdown. In a fourth-and-1 situation in the first half, lined up left outside with Alec Ingold as a single back. Took ball going to his right on a fly sweep and kept outside rather than cutting it back up for a probable first down. No gain, ball goes to the Chiefs on downs.Nevin Lawson: Reserve cornerback had a Mahomes pass come directly to him early in the game. Lawson, who is in his sixth NFL season without an interception, still doesn’t have one. He dropped it. He also drew a holding penalty that awarded the Chiefs a first down on third down, although the call was questionable.Daniel Carlson: Fresh off a 43-yard moss against the New York Jets, Carlson’s first field goal attempt was an embarrassing miss-hit from 44 yards in the first half. He did connect on a 34-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter to put the Raiders within 31-3.Raiders penalties: Another 12 for 99 yards. They had two on special teams, three on offense and seven on defense. The Chiefs? They had zero.SEASON PASS DIGITAL OFFERIf you have not already, we strongly encourage you to sign up for a digital subscription, which gives you access to all content on the Mercury News and East Bay Times websites. With your support, we can continue bringing these stories — and much more — to your screens. Here’s where to sign up for the season pass: Mercury News, East Bay Times. Raiders Hudson, Brown make Pro Bowl; Waller, Jacobs do not Related Articles The Raiders had it all in front of them and gave it all away.A 40-9 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium was notable in only just how easy the Raiders made it for the now-and-future AFC West champions.There were turnovers (three), penalties (12 for 99 yards) and mistakes galore for the Raiders in dropping their 10th game in the last 11 to the Chiefs and seventh in a row at their least favorite venue.last_img

International EarthCache Day is October 9!

first_imgOn October 9, you can earn a new souvenir by learning more about the Earth (aka geocaching’s game board). All you have to do is go out and find an EarthCache on International EarthCache Day!EarthCaches don’t have physical containers, but instead bring you to a unique location and teach you a geological science lesson. Check out these stunning EarthCaches to learn more.On International EarthCache Day, this special geocache type will be free to all players in the Geocaching® app.* The app makes finding and logging EarthCaches easy. Just send your answers to the geocache owner via Message Center!Get the Geocaching® App.*Excludes specifically designated Premium Member Only caches.Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedInternational EarthCache celebration for 2018October 8, 2018In “Events”Earn a new souvenir for International EarthCache DaySeptember 8, 2015In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”Discover EarthCaching and 11 Stunning LocationsAugust 5, 2014In “Community”last_img read more

Inquirer top 7 UAAP 81 women’s volleyball players: Week 6

first_imgNow all that is out of the way, here are the players that made the start of the second round a spectacle.1. Maddie Madayag (Ateneo de Manila University, middle blocker)Weeks on list: 2Last week: N/AMaddie Madayag. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMaddie Madayag was a defensive fortress for Ateneo when it went the distance against University of Santo Tomas.The Lady Eagle was an impenetrable wall tallying 11 blocks, the most in the Final Four era, en route to 23 points leading Ateneo to the 19-25, 22-25, 27-25, 25-22, 15-11 win over the Golden Tigresses.Madayag broke the record previously set by La Salle’s Celine Hernandez a decade ago when she put up nine denials against Adamson University in 2008.ADVERTISEMENT Wintry storm delivers US travel woes before Thanksgiving Trump tells impeachment jokes at annual turkey pardon event Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team standings, statistics, and the intangibles that don’t appear on the stat sheets.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Bloomberg: US would benefit from more, not fewer, immigrants PBA D-League: Che’Lu, Marinerong Pilipino post third win Google Philippines names new country director Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting 4. Kat Tolentino (Ateneo de Manila University, outside spikerWeeks on list: 4Last week: N/AKat Tolentino. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netKat Tolentino was relatively quiet for Ateneo the past week with Ponggay Gaston taking a more prominent role as the Lady Eagle’s outside hitter.The start of the second round, though, was a different field for Tolentino.Although she played as a secondary for Madayag, Tolentino still finished with 20 points in their game against the Golden Tigresses and that production pushed her to the third spot of the Best Scorers table with 127 total points.5. Mary Ann Mendrez (University of the East, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 1Last week: N/AMean Mendrez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netUE recorded just its second win in the tournament at the start of the second round and the one most responsible for it all was Mary Ann Mendrez.The Lady Warriors’ quiet star wasn’t that silent on the stat sheets when she tallied 19 points to lead UE past NU, 25-16, 25-18, 24-26, 25-16.6. Eya Laure (University of Santo Tomas, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 4Last week: No. 4Eya Laure. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netEya Laure may be a second fiddle to Rondina in the UST system but that status doesn’t make her any less of a player.Laure has consistently delivered for the Golden Tigresses in her hot pursuit of the Rookie of the Year plum and although it came off a loss her 21-point performance against the Lady Eagles was the third-best offensive output this week behind Rondina’s 35 and Madayag’s 23. LATEST STORIEScenter_img 2. Cherry Rondina (University of Santo Tomas, outside spiker)Weeks on list: 4Last week: No.2Cherry Rondina. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netCherry Rondina has been nothing short of amazing for the Golden Tigresses this week but their loss to the Lady Eagles relegated her to the No. 2 spot instead.It’s long established that Rondina is one of the most potent offensive players of her generation especially when she bagged the Best Scorer award in Season 80 and she showed her abilities once more in UST’s lone game this week.Rondina put up 35 points in UST’s five-set loss to Ateneo and her offensive exploits tied Alyssa Valdez’ mark for the most in the UAAP in the Final Four era.And those 35 points further solidified Rondina’s hold of the top spot in the Best Scorers table when she totaled 157 points six weeks into the tournament.3. Lycha Ebon (Far Eastern University, opposite hitter)Weeks on list: 2Last week: N/ALycha Ebon. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAn unfortunate injury was the only thing that stopped Lycha Ebon when the Lady Tamaraws faced the Lady Falcons.Ebon was making her case for the Rookie of the Year plum when she punished Adamson with 19 points but a bad landing forced her to leave the game early after her right knee buckled after she scored her final point.The Lady Tamaraws then finished the job for Ebon taking the five-set win, 30-32, 25-20, 23-25, 25-20, 15-13.Here’s to hoping Ebon goes through a quick recovery. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MANILA, Philippines—It’s the second round and the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament just turned the craziness up a notch.Ateneo has created distance between itself and the No. 2 teams in the league with its 7-1 record being two games ahead of its nearest competitors.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWhat made the start of the second round into an absolute mess is that four teams are all tied at No. 2 seed with University of Santo Tomas, De La Salle, University of the Philippines, and Far Eastern University sporting identical 5-3 records.National University and University of the East are tied at the sixth spot with 2-6 records while Adamson University is at dead last at 1-7. Colombia protesters vow new strike after talks hit snag Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And this consistency allowed Laure to hold on to that No. 2 spot in the Best Scorers when she tallied a total of 138 points after Week 6.7. Jennifer Nierva (National University, libero)Weeks on list: 2Last week: No.3Jennifer Nierva. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJennifer Nierva’s plummet from the third spot to the No. 7 can be mainly attributed to NU’s loss to UE this week.Although the Lady Bulldogs lost to the Lady Warriors in their lone game this week, Nierva was still a shining star in the middle of that gloomy outcome.Nierva, already seen as one of the best liberos in the tournament, managed to outplay UE’s Kath Arado in their matchup.Arado, the reigning Best Receiver and Best Digger, tallied 32 excellent digs and 13 successful receptions but Nierva won that personal matchup with 30 excellent digs and 28 successful receptions.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Local comic creator to help Navy servicemembers with donations at ComicCon

first_img Anne Elizabeth is a local comic book artist and Navy SEAL wife who has had comics featured on the The Big Bang Theory nine times.This year, Anne will be collecting comics and action figures to send to active duty U.S. Navy servicemembers. Find her at booth #2201 on the Comic Con International exhibitor floor.She is being honored for a second time for her services to others with the RWA’s Service Award. People receive the award because of their work teaching and mentoring others as well as for promoting writing and strong heroes and heroines. Find out more about Anne at AnneElizabeth.net.  Posted: July 18, 2017 Local comic creator to help Navy servicemembers with donations at Comic-Con July 18, 2017 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News, San Diego Comic-Con 2017 FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Managing the Variables of Digital Circ

first_imgDo not get hooked on the general belief that digital subscriptions will respond better to electronic methods than more traditional methods; there is no rationale to support this thinking, and until you have tested all formats and gained meaningful results—results supported by facts, not opinions—tread carefully.The digital world is upon us, and as promoters, marketers and indeed users, we should embrace the new technology and make it work for us. Digital circulation is a small part of total circulation. It will grow over the next few years, although the growth will slow down, but for all that it would be dangerous to make assumptions based on opinion rather than test results. Yesterday, on one of the networks, an expert said, “People feel more confident in the market than they did a few years ago.” On the same show, another expert said, “People are not confident concerning their financial futures.” Facts based on opinions have no value, but opinions based on facts are worth their weight in a ton of iPads! For good or for ill, digital is here to stay. I have no doubt it is good for many readers, I am not sure how good it is for publishers because there are still too many variables concerning digital circulation. These variables are being worked out, slowly in some cases, but as an industry we have to make sure we understand the results and interpret them correctly, and not as we would like them to be.Just because the recently released version of the iPad sold in the millions does not mean digital circulation is going to increase as a direct result of the release. Most people I know who purchased the latest iPad did so to replace the iPad they already had. Over the next weeks people will receive some sort of reader for the holidays, but the total in sales will not see a similar increase in digital circulation.It is important to recognize why digital circulation increases. Many controlled publishers are shifting their three-year old-circulation over from print to digital, not because the reader desires this, but because the publisher does. We have found that re-qualification response rates of digital subscriptions are lower than those on the print file. I believe this is because digital magazines are not as readily accessible as their print cousins. Therefore, you will probably have to send digital subscriptions more efforts to get the same net response as print. There is nothing wrong in this, just remember that you will have to send more efforts and this may affect your promotion budget. What you are saving in printing and mailing costs can be used to send additional efforts, although in reality these savings are almost never passed on.last_img read more

India to Export Buffalo Meat to Russia More Products to Follow

first_imgIndia is home to 58% of world buffalo populationReutersSanctions-hit Russia is turning to India for supply of buffalo meat just days ahead of President Vladmir Putin’s visit to India.”Russia’s veterinary and phytosanitary service Rosselkhoznadzor together with Kazakhstan’s Agriculture Ministry has included Indian buffalo meat producers to the register of organisations and individuals involved in the production, processing and storage of goods transported to the territory of the Customs Union (of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan),” the Russian veterinary regulator said, reported Businessline citing a PTI report.Russia and India have deep economic and defence ties but efforts to boost trade to $20bn by 2015 remain stuck at just half the forecast.Indian companies have been permitted to start exports from 4 December, with local Russian companies making necessary efforts for the import and distribution, reported Itar-Tass, the official Russian news agency.India is set to receive a permanent inspector, representing the Russian veterinary regulator to exert control over consignments of buffalo meat destined for the regional Customs Union.India will replace Russia’s traditional suppliers from Central and Western Europe, who are suffering retaliatory sanctions from Russia in the face of Western and European Union sanctions over Russia’s role in the breakup of Ukraine.Export of other agricultural products including poultry, powdered eggs and dairy is expected to provide a fillip to the local producers.Russia is the world’s largest importer of tea, and India the second largest producer, but the high price of Indian tea has stifled Russian purchases, allowing Sri Lanka and Kenya to become major players in the Russian import market.Russian market has been made available to Indian exporters after a significant gap, say sources in New Delhi.India is home to 58% of the world’s buffalo population, with about 88 million buffalos.The Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA) lists India as the largest buffalo meat exporter, with 14.49 lakh (1.5 million) tonnes exported, helping bring valuable foreign exchange to the tune of 26,457.79 crore in 2013-14.More deals are expected to be announced, coinciding with Russian President Putin’s visit to strengthen bilateral strategic ties.last_img read more

Market optimism trumps uncertainties in November

first_imgIndian markets saw the triumph of optimism over a host of negative build-ups in November.A week that had five successive sessions of advancing benchmark indices capped the month’s return of the bulls.The ground situation for the markets has been fraught with uncertainties. India has been in the middle of elections in five states, considered crucial for the Narendra Modi government that will enter the election year soon. The general election is likely sometime in the middle of next year.Oil exporting nations have announced a production cut that should have driven up international crude prices. But the prices have been sliding and have dipped below the psychological level of $60 a barrel.The US sanctions on Iran after President Trump tore up the nuclear deal were expected to bite this month. Once the Iranian crude evaporated from the international market, the oil prices should have shot up.However, the huge US inventories and increasing production there have kept the price suppressed. Some energy market circles also see an agreement between Washington and Riyadh behind the soft oil in an attempt to harm Tehran. The gathering trade war clouds between the US and China are also effectively suppressing an oil uptick.The situation has lowered India’s oil import bill. The Indian markets were expected to remain cautious of oil prices because of international uncertainties. But the market has ignored the uncertainties and found traction in foreign institutional investors’ (FIIs) return.The oil slide has strengthened the rupee against the dollar. The stronger rupee has helped the market to stabilise further by allaying worries of further currency sell-off.Analysts still advice caution but are happy that the net flow of FII investments turned positive after months in the negative terrain. The bloodbath of September and October saw the flight of about Rs 35,000 crore from the markets, according to some estimates. November has been a different story with foreign investors returning for juicy trades. They have pumped in at least Rs 12,000 crore over the past few weeks, estimates say.Both Sensex and Nifty posted new highs and technical experts suggest they have found new supports. Sensex closed on Friday at 36,194 and Nifty on 10,876. Having reclaimed the support of 10,800, Nifty is on way to breach 11,000, say technical experts.Technical expertsIndian optimism has fond warmth in Morgan Stanley’s overweight rating and HSBC’s upgrading to neutral from underweight.”The market ended on a positive note after a roller-coaster effect ahead of G20 meet and expectation of oil production cut in the upcoming Opec meet,” said Vinod Nair of Geojit Financial Services. “On the other hand, FIIs turned positive as fall in oil prices to bearish territory and appreciation in rupee stimulated hopes of economic growth.”FIIs poured in more than Rs 12,000 crore (Debt & Equity) in Indian markets according to SEBI data on Moneycontrol.The month distinguished itself with more than average rise of midcaps and small caps, which usually are the worst hit in an uncertain market. In the S&P BSE Small Cap index, as many as 50 stocks rallied 20 per cent to 171 per cent in November, according to Money Control. Three stocks more than doubled investors’ wealth in the same period. In the S&P BSE Mid Cap index, three stocks rose between 20 per cent and 40 per cent.Technical traders are happy that Sensex and Nifty regained crucial support levels during the month – the Sensex back above 36,000 and Nifty above 10,800. Experts feel that barring a disastrous result in the second week of December the momentum should continue.last_img read more

Indias US govt securities holdings touch new high at 117 billion

first_imgContinuing to increase its exposure to US government bonds, India’s holding of such securities touched a new high of $117 billion in June, amid mixed global economic trends. India has purchased nearly $45 billion worth such securities in the first six months of this year.In June, China continued to have the maximum exposure with holdings worth over $1.27 trillion, followed by Japan ($1.19 trillion). Since start of this year, India has been steadily hiking its exposure, which stood at $91.2 billion in January. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashAt the end of 2014, the holdings were worth $72.4 billion. Latest data from the US Treasury Department showed that India’s holdings rose to $117 billion in June from $114 billion recorded in May.Among the BRIC grouping, only Brazil trimmed its holdings in June to $256.3 billion while Russia’s rose to $72 billion. China too marginally increased its exposure during the same period.The United States, also the world’s largest economy, saw its GDP grow 2.3 per cent in the three months ended June. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian tourists”Real gross domestic product — the value of the production of goods and services in the US, adjusted for price changes — increased at an annual rate of 2.3 per cent in the second quarter of 2015,” according to advance estimate released by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis last month.Meanwhile, global economy is witnessing uncertain times and there are rising concerns about Chinese economic health while Europe is seeing a fragile recovery.last_img read more