Phil Hughes, the maverick batsman from Australia, is no more

News of Hughes's death brought a fresh wave of tributes on social media, with past and present players conveying their shock and grief


Phillip Hughes, the maverick batsman from Australia, died in hospital in Sydney on Thursday, two days after he was struck on the head by a ball during a domestic match.


Governing body Cricket Australia (CA) confirmed the 25-year-old had lost his fight for life, casting a pall over a cricket-mad nation, which is co-hosting the World Cup early next year. CA on its Twitter feed said, "We are extremely sad to announce that Phillip Hughes has passed away at the age of 25."


Hughes will forever be remembered as one of Australian cricket's free spirits.


A pugnacious left-hander brimming with self-confidence, his life was tragically cut short when he was hit on the head by a ball and never regained consciousness.


The Australian flag was lowered to half-mast over the Sydney Cricket Ground where Hughes suffered the horrific injury on Tuesday when batting for state side South Australia.


He was struck on the head by a short-pitched delivery from New South Wales paceman Sean Abbott, a devastating blow that experts compared to the trauma suffered by car crash victims.


The violent manner of his death has shaken the cricket community, and the world of sport, to its core.


A very sad day for the world of cricket. So sorry for Phillip Hughes and his family. Spare a thought for Sean Abbott.

Ian Botham (@BeefyBotham)


After being treated at the stadium, Hughes, who played 26 tests and 25 one-day internationals, was rushed to hospital to have emergency surgery to relieve pressure on his brain.


No no no no no. RIP Phillip Hughes

Adam Gilchrist (@gilly381)


Such terrible news with the passing of Phil Hughes. Our deepest sympathies to his family.

Glenn McGrath (@glennmcgrath11)


#PhilHughes was hit below the helmet grill. Just an inch.

@ICC should not only make it mandatory to wear a helmet but also modify its shape

Phil Hughes @MaonBilli


Saddest day in cricket fraternity. Rest in peace mate and Sean Abbott stay strong #PhilHughes

Rohit Sharma @ImRo45


Coal scam: CBI submits Hindalco case diary in sealed cover

Two days after the Special Court directed to furnish the case diary of the matter, the CBI submitted two bundles of documents in a sealed cover


The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday filed case diary and crime files in a sealed cover in a coal block allocation case related to Hindalco before a special court, complying with its order.


The court has now fixed the matter for consideration of CBI’s closure report filed in the case for 12th December.


Two days after the court had directed it to furnish the case diary of the matter the CBI submitted two bundles of documents in a sealed cover before the court.


“In compliance of the court’s order, we are filing the crime folder as well as the case diary,” senior Public Prosecutor VK Sharma told special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar.


The judge said, “Investigating officer (IO) states that he has brought both the case diary and crime files in a sealed cover. He is further being told to assist the court in looking into the relevant papers. The matter is now adjourned for consideration on 12th December.”


During the brief hearing, the Court said if there is still any clarification to be sought in the matter, it will ask the agency and then pass order on the closure report.


The Court was hearing a case in which an FIR was lodged against industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla, former Coal Secretary PC Parakh and others relating to the allocation of Talabira II and III coal blocks in Odisha in 2005 to Hindalco. CBI had later on filed a closure report in the case.


During the hearing on 25th November, CBI had come in for some tough questioning from the court which had asked why the agency did not question former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was also holding the coal portfolio between 2005 and 2009.


The court’s observations came after CBI submitted that though initially it felt Singh’s examination was required, later it was found to be not necessary.


At the end of the hearing, the court had summoned the case diary and crime files in a sealed cover and had posted the matter for today.


Former Prime Minister Singh held the portfolio of the coal ministry when Birla’s firm Hindalco was allocated coal blocks in Orissa’s Talabira II & III in 2005.


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