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Brazil's double whammy: Neymar ruled out, captain Silva suspended

Brazil now needs to prepare without Neymar and key defender Silva for their second meeting with Germany in the World Cup at Belo Horizonte on Tuesday

Brazil aiming to win this year's World Cup suffered two major blows with star striker Neymar ruled out due to a fractured vertebrae and suspension of its captain Thiago Silva during its match with Colombia.


Brazil lost superstar striker Neymar for the World Cup after he fractured a vertebrae during his side's 2-1 World Cup quarter final win over Colombia.


Colombia defender Juan Zuniga kneed the 22-year-old Neymar in a crunching tackle and the Barcelona player was stretchered off in agony in the closing minutes of the game in Forteleza.


The injury and the suspension of captain Thiago Silva for the semi-final against Germany overshadowed a sensational David Luiz goal that sealed victory in one of the most physical games seen at this World Cup.


A hospital exam "showed he (Neymar) suffered a fracture of the third vertebra" in his back, team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar told reporters.


Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari fumed that Neymar has been "hunted" throughout the tournament and that no punishment was given for the tackle on him.


"I have been saying for three matches that Neymar has been hunted, but all the other countries say it is not true and it is only their players that are hunted."


Silva was booked for a second time in the tournament for impeding a clearance by Colombian goalkeeper David Ospina.


But in Zuniga's case "there was not even a yellow card and Thiago got a yellow card for nothing," Scolari said.


Brazil are in the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 12 years, but Scolari, who has vowed his side will win their sixth World Cup, now faces a major crisis.


Silva put Brazil ahead after seven minutes and Luiz scored a sensational 30 metre free kick to give Brazil victory.


Colombia's James Rodriguez extended his lead as the tournament's top scorer with his sixth goal in five games from the penalty spot after Julio Cesar brought down Carlos Bacca.


But Colombia now leave and Brazil must now prepare without Neymar and key defender Silva for only their second World Cup meeting with Germany in Belo Horizonte on Tuesday. The Germans beat France 1-0 earlier in the day.


Luiz's goal was another special moment in the World Cup.


"Today It was great because I hit the exact point where the ball can go many ways and it is difficult for the goalkeeper," said Luiz.


Indian nurses in Iraq freed, to reach Kochi on Saturday

The 46 nurses set free by the militants of ISIS are expected to reach Kochi Saturday morning

A group of 46 Indian nurses held captive by Sunni militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in strife-torn Iraq have been set free and are being brought back home in a special Air India plane which left this evening for Erbil, a non-conflict zone.


The nurses are expected to reach Kochi Saturday morning, officials said on a day of dramatic developments in efforts to end their ordeal.


Air India is sending a Boeing 777 aircraft to bring back 46 nurses and other Indians stranded in strife-torn Iraq.


The Boeing 777 (Long Range), with a seating capacity for about 300 passengers, would shortly take off from Delhi's IGI Airport to Erbil in north Iraqi region of Kurdistan and is likely to return to Kochi on its way back.


Besides the Boeing 777, two Boeing 747 jumbos have been kept ready to fly at short notice, they said, adding that cockpit and cabin crew to operate them were also on standby.


These 46 Indian nurses, who were forced to move out of Tikrit city in Iraq's conflict zone, were on their way to Erbil, a non-conflict area in the country where a team of Indian officials was waiting to receive them. The flight would directly take them to Kochi as most of them are from Kerala.


The nurses were taken by Sunni militants ISIS on Friday from a hospital basement in Tikrit to an undisclosed location.


There were about 10,000 Indians before the start of the serious strife between government troops and Sunni militants, backed by al Qaida. The militants have captured two key cities and are marching towards Baghdad. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been displaced in the fighting that broke out on 10th June.


Sensex, Nifty close at a new life time high – Friday closing report
Watch out for a close below the day’s low for reversal on the Nifty

On Thursday we said that the Indian stock markets may give up some gains. There was a sharp decline on Friday just after noon and the market remained weak till about 2.20 pm. After this, it gained strength and hit new all-time highs and closed near to it. 
The S&P BSE Sensex opened at 25,845 while CNX Nifty opened at 7,718. Sensex hit a high at a low at 25,659 while Nifty hit a low at 7,661. Both the indices hit its new high at 25,982 and 7,758, respectively. Sensex closed at 25,962 (up 138 points or 0.54%) while Nifty closed at 7,752 (up 37 points or 0.48%). The NSE recorded a volume of 99.65 crore shares. India VIX rose 1.97% to close at 18.1550.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said there is "no panic situation" but asked the states to take measures to crack down on hoarding and black marketing to rein in prices. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will issue the guidelines that will be used to grant on-tap and differentiated banking licenses later this year, deputy governor R Gandhi told the media on Friday.
The Oil Ministry may move the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) soon with the expert panel recommendations of raising kerosene price by Rs4 a litre and cooking gas (LPG) rates by Rs250 per cylinder.
Prestige Estate (8.38%), top gainer in the ‘A’ group on the BSE, was in news for that the builder bought 8-acre prime plot in south Bangalore from Siemens for Rs345 crore.
Shree Cement (2.11%), among top four losers in the ‘A’ group on the BSE, said that it has commissioned a grinding unit of two million tonnes per annum (mtpa) capacity at Aurangabad in Bihar.
Reliance Industries plans to enter the e-commerce of grocery venture by the year-end. It plans to offer express deliveries of fresh fruit and vegetables to homes in Mumbai. The company was the top gainer (2.47%) in the Sensex 30 pack.
US indices closed in the positive on Thursday. US markets are closed today for Independence Day holiday.
US employers added 288,000 workers to nonfarm payrolls in June, following a 224,000 increase in May that was bigger than previously estimated. A 1.39 million increase in employment over the past six months was the largest since early 2006, while the unemployment rate fell to 6.1%, the lowest level since September 2008.
Asian indices showed a mixed performance. Nikkei 225 (0.58%) was the top gainer while KLSE Composite (0.20%) was the top loser.
European indices were showing mixed trading.


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