Top news at 12 pm, Feb 23: Shiv Sena leading on 80 seats in BMC elections; Australia 84/1 at lunch break; Virat Kohli-Vinod Rai unveil postal stamp to commemorate MCA

From Shiv Sena leading on 80 seats in BMC elections to Australia 84/1 at lunch break, here are the top news of the day by 12 pm

BMC Election Results 2017 Live Updates: Shiv Sena emerging party number one, leading in 55 wards, BJP in 32, Cong far behind.

2275 candidates are battling it out in 227 municipal wards in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. Mumbai recorded the highest-ever voter turnout for a municipal election, with 55.28 per cent. Uddhav Thackeray-led party gains momentum is now leading on 44 wards. BJP in 28, Congress far behind in 10. MNS, the Raj Thackeray-led party is now leading in 3 wards. NCP too leading in 2. Shiv Sena is leading the charts with 34 leads. Read More

India vs Australia Test 2017, lunch report: Warner out, Renshaw ill, Oz reeling at 84/1

India were already on the back foot once they lost the oh-so important toss as the pitch is a minefield and India have to bat last. The ball as expected started spinning and beating the bat from the very first hour. Australian openers David Warner and Matthew Renshaw, , who were not in the best of forms saw off the new ball, they did not dent it. There were some that passed the bat but they survived on thin ice. What was surprising was Virat Kohli gave the ball to Ravichandran Ashwin in the second over itself. Read More

Virat Kohli-Vinod Rai unveil postal stamp to commemorate MCA

India take on Australia in what is being pitted as the biggest showdown of the year, and the venue is Pune for the first Test. So as Australia take on hosts, captain Virat Kohli was there on the ground alongside newly appointed BCCI chief, Vinod Rai. The two men who matter the most for Indian cricket braced the ground and in an official way commemorated the MCA ground. Read More