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Photography: 98for98 The century in photographs: today 1902

Three down and 95 to go. Wednesday's photograph of Lord Curzon, the Viceroy of India, and his wife with their trophy kill takes The Independent's "98 for 98" series on to 1902. As part of "Photo 98 - The Year of Photography and Electronic Image", The Independent has been given exclusive access to the Hulton Getty Picture Library to celebrate every year from 1900 to 1998 with a photograph that encapsulates the spirit of the age.

Women's Cricket: England find energy for cruise control

England Women 376-2 Pakistan Women 146-3 England win by 230 runs

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Stephen Brenkley discovers that sporting versatility is alive and kicking - and bowling

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Film studio bomb kills 23 in India

At least 23 people died in a car bomb blast near a film studio in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad yesterday, police said.

Cricket: Divided countries with a single obsession

The first cricket tour this decade by India to Pakistan ended on Thursday. It was business as usual, with stones being thrown at the visiting fielders, but the fact they play at all is a sporting miracle.

Why jokes about goalkeepers don't always hit the back of the net

I had a phone call from Delhi the other day. Don't often get those. In fact, I don't think I've ever had one before... "Miles!" said an Indian voice. "Hello! Do you remember me? Sudhir Dar! Indian cartoonist! We last met in Hyderabad years ago. I am coming to England to present an exhibition of Indian cartoons at the Nehru Centre in South Audley Street. You must come!"

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What confetti horseshoes are to British couples, the Hijras are to the newlyweds of Hyderabad - bringers of good fortune. Yet, until Zia Jaffrey flew in from New York, no one in India had ever thought to investigate the history and lifestyle of the country's cross-dressing caste of castrated wedding guests. By Roger Clarke

Phillips' patience frustrates Lancashire

The Kent paceman Ben Phillips scored his maiden County Championship century to frustrate Lancashire at Old Trafford yesterday, hitting nine fours in a patient innings that lasted 209 balls, after coming in at No 7 when Kent were 135 for 5.

Azharuddin passes Test milestone

India 301 for 5 v West Indies

Laxman builds an Indian fightback

West Indies 427; India 108-1

Leader who addresses the faithful by phone

"You can hear our leader is busy," a woman at the MQM office in north London said on the telephone. She was almost drowned out by Altaf Hussain, who was bellowing on another line to thousands of his followers in Pakistan.

Indian state battles to aid cyclone victims

Hyderabad - Indian authorities scrambled to launch rescue operations yesterday after as many as 1,000 people were feared killed by a cyclone that lashed the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. Communications and transport routes to the worst-affected areas were disrupted. Torrents have swept away bridges, while winds threw trees across highways and blew down telephone lines.

CRICKET: Pakistan's Shahid Nazir marks Test debut with a hat-trick

Pakistan's Shahid Nazir, 19, marked his Test debut by being on a hat-trick against Zimbabwe after taking a wicket with his fourth ball on the first day of the first Test in Sheikhupura. Grant Flower, with 98 not out, helped the tourists to 240 for 6.

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