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Velvet beds, a relaxing spa, 24-hour medical care and non-alcoholic beers imported from Belgium: the life of a pampered pooch in India would leave many humans envious.    Critterati, which claims to be South Asia’s first luxury hotel for dogs, offers suites at up to $70 a night for pets whose “parents” will spare no expense to indulge their pride and joy.

A world away from the daily struggle to survive for India’s estimated 30 million strays, breeds such as St Bernards, Labradors and Lhasa Apsos can now enjoy the last word in canine coddling.

Eternal lover boy — RIP

There were many shades to Shashi Kapoor, his oeuvre expansive and in death as he was when he was alive, he will be remembered for the iconic dialogue of Mere Pas Ma Hai from Yash Chopra’s seminal Deewar. Although, there were other more powerful dialogues in the same film, none as hard hitting as Jab tak ek bhai bol raha hai, ek bhai sunn raha hai; Kapoor will always be remembered for Mere pas ma hai.

Mask-wearing Lankans force India to declare

In an unprecedented turn of events, pollution stopped play on Sunday in the third Test between India and Sri Lanka at Feroz Shah Kotla, with visiting coach Nic Pothas saying the smog was so extreme that his players — who took the extraordinary step of wearing face masks — were “coming off the field and vomiting.”

Sixth double ton as captain

VIRAT Kohli sc­aled yet another milestone, becoming the first skipper to hit six double centuries in Test cricket. The 29-year-old Indian thus surpassed West Indies great Brian Lara, who held the re­cord previously with five double tons in Tests. Kohli, who had emulated Rahul Dravid with his previous double century in Nagpur, on Sunday equaled Sachin Te­n­dulkar and Virender Se­hwag for maximum number of double hundreds for India in Tests.

Chanu wins historic gold in World C’ships

Saikhom Mirabai Chanu became the first Indian in over two decades to claim a gold medal at the World Weightlifting Championship in Anaheim, USA, exorcising the ghosts of her forgettable outing at the Rio Olympics. Chanu, who is employed with the Indian Railways, lifted 85kg in snatch and 109kg in clean and jerk to total an impressive 194kg in the women’s 48kg, in the process setting a new national record.

Competition Commission slaps Rs 52 crore penalty on BCCI

The Competition Commission on Wednesday imposed a fine of Rs 52.24 crore on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for anti-competitive practices with respect to the Indian Premier League. The watchdog had penalised the cricket body for the same amount in February 2013 as well, but that penalty was set aside by the appellate tribunal after an appeal by the BCCI. In its 44-page order, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) said the penalty of Rs 52.24 crore comes to nearly 4.48 per cent of the average of the BCCI’s relevant turnover during the last three financial years.

Fast & Furious

India’s batsmen plundered runs and spin spearhead Ravichandran Ashwin got among the wickets against Sri Lanka but it was the resurgence of paceman Ishant Sharma that probably pleased captain Virat Kohli most ahead of their tour of South Africa.

Sri Lanka had lost 9-0 to India across all formats a few months back and were therefore never expected to provide the ideal preparation for what will be a challenging trip to South Africa for the world’s top-ranked test team.

Spin master at it again, breaks Lillee’s record

|Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin polished off Sri Lanka’s tail in the second test to help India equal their biggest victory and go 1-0 up in the three-match series in Nagpur on Monday. The hosts bundled out Sri Lanka for 166 shortly after fourth day’s lunch to prevail by an innings and 239 runs, the margin equalling their 2007 triumph against Bangladesh in Dhaka.

Ashwin finished with 4-63 in the second innings, overtaking former Australian paceman Dennis Lillee as the fastest to 300 test wickets in the process.

Online ticketing GBV falls in Q3

In the absence of a blockbuster like Baahubali, online ticketing companies have seen a drop in gross booking value (GBV) in the September quarter. Both revenues and volumes dropped despite the start of the festive season.

The GBV dropped to $419 million in September quarter from $422 million in June quarter. The ticketing volumes fell 15 per cent, while the revenues of booking intermediaries fell 8 per cent, slightly more than the GBV.