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Ranveer hopes P V Sindhu clinches gold medalRanveer hopes P V Sindhu clinches gold medal

first_imgMumbai, Aug 19 (PTI) Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh today said he is proud of ace shuttler P V Sindhus performance at the Rio Olympics and hopes she will clinch the gold medal in the womens singles summit clash of the sports event.”We all are so proud. Every person in this nation who is following Olympics is so proud of all the girls who have done so well. P V Sindhu will be playing world number today. Its a tough match today. The entire country is with her. Hope she will get gold for us,” Ranveer said at an event here.The shuttler from Hyderabad will take Carolina Marin of Spain in the gold medal match this evening.On the good performance of Indian women athletes at the ongoing Olympics, filmmaker Rohit Shetty, who was also present at the event, termed it as women power.”We all will watch the match today,” he added.Yesterday, Sindhu defeated her short-statured, third-seeded Japanese rival, the current All England champion, 21-19 21-10 in 49 minutes with superb, attacking play. PTI KKP NRB PSH BASlast_img read more


first_imgHe also said that CPEC is “for the regional stability”.He also said that CPEC is “for the regional stability”.”This is also Chinas purpose to carry forward with this giant project jointly with Pakistan. If CPEC is completed not only China and Pakistan but also Afghanistan, India and Iran can benefit a lot.”It is quite open. In future, some Indian regional development initiatives can use the physical development of CPEC like Indias connectivity to the Central and West Asia, Gulf region, Indias projects in Chabahar port in Iran,” he said.He claimed the CPEC will not disturb the sovereignty claim of Pakistan and India in the Kashmir issue.”It is quite clearly written in the 1963 border treaty of Pakistan and China. One of the clause clearly stated that if Pakistan and India finally reach agreement on Kashmir issue then the treaty would be accordingly amended.”The CPEC construction is conducive to regional stability including Chinas Xinjiang. China dare not give up the management and frontier regional development just for being sensitive to the Indian concerns over Kashmir issue. China has its own national concerns, especially stability of Xinjiang,” he said.”If Indian concern is too much, China is also one part of the Kashmir issue. If the accession (area by Pakistan to China) is regarded by India as one part of the problem then let the three of us sit down to talk. Whatever happened in the past, it has not become so serious then let us talk about it.advertisement”Do not let it stand in the way of our respective socio economic development and do not allow it to come in the way of China-India cooperation,” he said.Asked about Indias concerns over terrorism emanating from Pakistan, Hu said Islamabad should address Indias concerns for its own development.He also said there are differences between Pakistans civil and military over crucial issues.”Some times they dont agree with each other on some sensitive issues. My concern is that if India become more hawkish, hostile, it could only create more troubles for Pakistan,” he said.Hu also said there is difference between CPEC and South China Sea dispute where China objects to India taking up oil drilling projects in Vietnam.China stands for joint development of the South China Sea region but other countries which have claims in the region opposed such a concept, he said.He added that China is concerned over close India-US relations.”In the past Chinese scholars are not so much concerned about India-US ties. We strongly believed that Indias strategic independence can be trusted and can be maintained.”In recent years, Indian strategic independence is facing some challenges because of security issues. The cooperation has been going really far more forward in the past one year,” he said. PTI KJV SAI SK SAIlast_img read more

Haryana Swarna Jayanti celebrations logo releasedHaryana Swarna Jayanti celebrations logo released

first_imgChandigarh, Sep 27 (PTI) Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today released the multi-coloured and message-packed logo of the Haryana Swarna Jayanti celebrations in Gurgaon today.The logo not only seeks to symbolise the aspirations of the people of Haryana, but also captures their resolute resolve to find the way forward, said an official release here.The year-long Golden Jubilee celebrations will kick start with a mega function to be organised in Gurgaon on November 1.It is on this day that Haryana will complete 50 years of its existence. The state government has drawn up elaborate plans to not only showcase the glorious past of the land of Vedas, Gita and Upanishads, but also show the path to realisation of the dreams the people of Haryana have cherished for long.A line-up of activities has been planned to encapsule the states rich art and culture, glorious history and heritage, remarkable progress made and the milestones crossed on the road to growth in totality.Marked by a host of cultural events, the celebrations shall focus on the Haryanvis contribution to the freedom struggle and the spirit of striving to uphold the best traditions and cultural practices, involving jawans, kisans, sportspersons and young achievers of the state, the release said.A symbol that “instantly connects” with the people, the Swarna Jayanti logo has been conceptualised by the Chief Minister of Haryana, developed by Rajesh Khullar, Principal Secretary to Chief Minister, and designed by Sunil Kumar, Graphic Designer, Department of Sports and Youth Affairs.The image of the ideogram embodies various elements related to the Swarna Jayanti celebrations.advertisementThe logo comprises a white shankh (conch shell) against a golden backdrop, with embossed images of Krishnas Gita sermon, an arrow and the number 50 encompassing the map of Haryana. MORE PTI CHS SG RG SGlast_img read more

What lies ahead for BCCI president Anurag ThakurWhat lies ahead for BCCI president Anurag Thakur

first_imgAnurag Thakur’s rise as a cricket administrator has been meteoric. BCCI president at 41 is quite unthinkable in India’s cricketing echelons. From taking on N Srinivasan and winning the Secretary’s post in March 2015 against all odds to succeeding Shashank Manohar in May 2016 as president, Thakur has been on a super fast track route to success. And in all fairness he has tried to be proactive and ring in the changes at times when speaking out in the BCCI was considered impossible in 2014-15. However, it now seems he is facing the biggest administrative hurdle of his life. How does he, as President, steer the BCCI clear of this crisis? (Supreme Court reserves order after BCCI seeks more time to implement Lodha reforms)On a daily basis the BCCI’s credibility is being questioned by the Supreme Court and Thakur himself is in the dock on the letter issue, having asked (by his own admission) Shashank Manohar for a letter clarifying the ICC’s position on the Lodha reforms in the aftermath of the SC having delivered its judgment. Does it constitute contempt is what is being debated in court? Also being debated is whether the Lodha committee will now be empowered to oversee all contracts the BCCI hands out and all expenses the BCCI sanctions over the 25 lakh threshold. Frankly, all of it will dent Thakur’s authority as BCCI president and his clout as the boss of the richest cricket board of the world. Can he come out of it unscathed will perhaps decide his legacy as an administrator in the years to come. (BCCI president Thakur now part of ICC’s finance committee)advertisementIn what has come as a major relief for Thakur is the SC’s allowing the BCCI Counsel Kapil Sibal to start the debate all over again. What was thought to be a closed chapter given the SC had already delivered its judgment is being discussed all over again to the surprise of many. This, more than anything, has given Anurag a new lifeline. He might well have a little time on his hand to mull his next course of action and safeguard his own position. But the question is will he continue to have support within the rank and file of the BCCI and can he, in the next few months, hold off the Lodha threat? Will the ruling BJP back Anurag to the fullest in this hour of crisis? The Lodha committee, too, if sources are to be believed is losing patience and might well decide to inform the court that unless impediments are removed (read the BCCI top brass) it will no longer want to continue spelling further trouble for Anurag. (BCCI setting dangerous precedent with its defiance of Supreme Court)Clearly, Anurag and the BCCI are walking a tightrope. As I said earlier, it is near impossible to predict the future of Anurag Thakur and the situation at hand will test his administrative skills to the fullest. (10 times Supreme Court showed BCCI who is boss)last_img read more


first_imgSecond Race: The Cabaret Plate (cat.II) distance aboutSecond Race: The Cabaret Plate (cat.II) distance about 1100 metres So Far (Dr.Suresh Chintamaneni) 55 L Beuzelin First Far Sight 55 DeepShanker Second Proud Warrior 55 N Rawal Third New State 53.5 A S Pawar Fourth All 9 ran Won by 1/3L, 4L, 2/3L Time 1:07.86 seconds Tote paid by Rs 93 for win and Rs 12,6,14 for places Winner trained by D.Netto Favourite Far Sight Forecast Rs 294 and Quinella Rs 67 SHP Rs 21 Second Tanala Rs 2848 each paid on 32 tickets. (More) PTI COR RN NRB AHlast_img

Get ready for Agenda Aaj Tak: Fiery sessions, discussions and glamour- all on one stageGet ready for Agenda Aaj Tak: Fiery sessions, discussions and glamour- all on one stage

first_imgThe Biggest Hindi Heartland News Summit is back. Aaj Tak has announced the fifth edition of Agenda Aaj Tak with ‘Khabaron Ka Black and White.’Power-packed sessions are lined up with top ministers Prakash Javadekar, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Nitin Gadkari and Piyush Goyal, besides CMs such as Arvind Kejriwal, Sukhbir Singh Badal, Vasundhara Raje and Harish Rawat.Also expect fireworks from BJP national president Amit Shah, Bollywood heartthrobs Ranveer Singh, Anushka Sharma, Yoga guru Baba Ramdev, all under one roof.The two-day conclave, scheduled for December 6 and 7, 2016, will see the convergence of the most powerful and influential faces across politics, defense, entertainment and sports. With an impressive line-up of the most distinguished stalwarts coming together, the two-day conclave will prove to be defining in more ways than one.This year Agenda Aaj Tak will tap into the current catch phrase in demonetisation context of black and white and will dissect complicated issues on the national agenda in black and white. The background of demonetisation and the recent surgical strikes across the LoC have both become turning points in the national agenda.As the nation goes through this crucial juncture in history, Aaj Tak takes the lead in shaping the way forward by bringing all key stakeholders on one platform.ALSO READ | Fourth edition of Agenda AajTak 2015 kicks off in DelhiBE PREPARED FOR FEIRY SESSIONS, GLAMOUR, DISCUSSIONSThe conclave will be opened with the session – BJP ki Agni Pariksha – with BJP president Amit Shah addressing the audience, followed by a session on Satta Milegi Dobara with Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat AND Punhab deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal.advertisementFor the first time Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje will be coming to the event to speak on Raje Ka Rajasthan.Popular stars from the TV serial Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hai! – Shubhangi Atre Poorey, Rohitashv Gour, Saumya Tandon and Aasif Sheikh – will take part in the session Sahi Pakde Hain!A fiery session is expected on Desh Ka Mudda as AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy and Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh will debate in the high voltage session.The first day of the conclave will end with session by Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev followed by a session on ‘AAP Ka Vision’ by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.The second day of the conclave will start with Prakash Javadekar, Minister for Human Resource Development, addressing the audience in the session- Padhai Ka Badlega Pattern – followed by a session by Capt. Amarinder Singh, President, Punjab Pradesh Congress Committe on the session – Punjab Ka Sardar Kaun?Bollywood stars Anushka Sharma and Ranveer Singh will bring glamour and stardom to the day in the sessions Lady Sultan! and Ranveer Ki Befikri, respectively.Former Army chief General (retd) Bikram Singh and former Chief of Army Staff General (retd) VP Malik will discuss issues on preparedness of the forces in the session Border Ka Bandobast.The cast of popular TV comedy show Comedy Nights Bachao – Krushna Abhishek, Bharti Singh, Sudesh Lehri and producer Vipul D Shah are expected to add laughter in the session – Kaise Bachegi Comedy?Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag, who is now a Twitter sensation, will share his views, opinions and more on Sehwag Ki Twittergiri! Anupam Shrivastava, Chairperson and Managing Director, BSNL is slated to speak on the Telecom Revolution.This will be followed by the session Paisa Yeh Paisa with comedians Raju Srivastav, Sunil Pal, Zakir Khan, Aditi Mittal and Nitin Gupta (Rivaldo).Kashmir Issue will be debated in the session Mission Kashmir with Jitendra Singh, MoS, Prime Minister’s office, Muzaffar Hussain Baig, Senior Leader, J&K People’s Democratic Party and Manish Tewari, Senior Leader, Congress.Farooq Abdullah, Former Chief Minister, J&K will speak in the special session Kashmir par Abdullah Deewana.The session UP Ka Big Boss Kaun? will see debates on the politics of Uttar Pradesh between Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, MoS (IC) for Minority Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs, Raj Babbar, President, Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee and Naresh Agrawal, MP, Rajya Sabha, Samajwadi Party.There is a session with Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport and Highways, where he will speak on Aadha Ho Gaya, Aadha Baaki Hai.Agenda Aaj Tak is the flagship Hindi News event from the TV Today Network Ltd that has seen the most illustrious personalities coming together to define the national agenda. The success of the first four editions has clearly established, Agenda Aaj Tak as the largest news event in the national language. The event in its 5th year will focus on the biggest subjects in the national mindspace right from politics, social issues, industry initiatives, culture and more, thus setting the stage for the most crucial national decisions.advertisementAlso Read:Nitin Gadkari at Agenda Aaj Tak 2015: Listen to Modi and Rajnath, not Sakshi MaharajI will be launching my sons in Bollywood next year: Sunny Deol at Agenda Aaj Taklast_img read more

Barcelona ready to unleash rested MessiBarcelona ready to unleash rested Messi

first_imgBarcelona boss Ernesto Valverde admits it is a boost that Lionel Messi was able to rest during the international break.The forward declared himself unavailable for Argentina’s friendly matches against Guatemala and Colombia, which took place in the United States during the past week.It means Messi will have had close to two weeks off between the 8-2 thrashing of Huesca and Saturday’s game against Real Sociedad at Anoeta, where Barca have won only once in their previous eight visits. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Valverde is prepared to rotate his squad given Barca have five matches in 15 days, but he is glad to have his number 10 well-rested.”Those players [who didn’t play in the international break] didn’t have that wear,” he told a news conference. “They’ve had more time to train, to rest.”There’s that tiring experience of travelling, a lot of air miles, other players have had to do that, so generally it’s better for us, I won’t deny that.”We always expect the best from Messi, as we do from any player, regardless of whether there’s a midweek game or not. We knew when players had to travel for their national teams and there are away games immediately afterwards, of course it’s a huge advantage to have him rested for the last week.”We have another game in just three days’ time. Some of the players have been playing with small fitness issues so, yes, I might make some changes.”020918 Barcelona Huesca Arturo Vidal Luis Suárez Jordi AlbaValverde suggested Arthur and Arturo Vidal are likely to become more involved in the coming weeks, although the Brazil midfielder is not in the squad to face Sociedad.”Yes, I’ve got to find room for them all and hopefully when they play we’ll win our games,” Valverde said of the midfield duo. “We have a lot of competition for places.”Vidal had to do a lot of travelling this week but we have a lot of hopes pinned on them. Perhaps this isn’t the best week for them. They’ve had some long trips.”Valverde went on to praise the commitment levels of Ousmane Dembele, who endured a tough first season with injury problems.”He’s the same player. He’s great going forward, great at finding space, he scores goals. We also want consistency from him,” said Valverde.”He’s working very hard in training but essentially he is the same player. There will be big games when we need him to rise to the occasion, but that’s his job.”last_img read more

Mou: I’m not only happy because Juve are Inter’s enemyMou: I’m not only happy because Juve are Inter’s enemy

first_imgJose Mourinho described Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Juventus as “a great joy”, though he insisted that had nothing to do with the Old Lady being the “enemy” of his former side Inter.Juve appeared to be sailing through as Group H winners after former United star Cristiano Ronaldo scored a stunning volley 25 minutes from time.But Juan Mata equalised with a fine free-kick late on and then an Alex Sandro own goal gave the visitors all three points in Turin.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Mourinho incurred the wrath of Juve fans and players alike when he goaded the home support at full-time by cupping his ear towards them, a reaction to what he said was constant abuse through the match due to his links with Inter.But the Portuguese coach says he put his Inter past to one side for the clash. “When I work for a club like Manchester United I need to forget my past, as in those 90 minutes I represent Manchester United,” he said.”But the others [Juventus fans] didn’t forget, and it is a great joy for me because we won against a super team, and not because they are the enemy of Inter.”Nevertheless, Mourinho does not think defeat to United will be a fatal blow to Juve, who he believes are a team that have been put together with the sole intention of winning the Champions League.”They can’t hide the fact they want to win the Champions League, they don’t even try to,” he added.”They are honest and they also say they want to win the Champions League and they are designed to do that.”We are growing and have lots of players that are inexperienced. They have seven titles and now with Ronaldo they want to win the Champions League.”Actually, they know their potential, they are stronger than us, with great qualities and a golden bench, but they realised the match wasn’t easy.”I told my players it would be a hard match, we played confidently and played face to face. They had the chances to close the match, and in my opinion we played a match which deserved an equaliser, but we went on to win.”It is a hard group stage and even with a victory in a stadium where it isn’t easy to win, we might need more than three points [to advance].”last_img read more

IPL 2017: Sunrisers Hyderabad eye fourth successive win at home against Delhi DaredevilsIPL 2017: Sunrisers Hyderabad eye fourth successive win at home against Delhi Daredevils

first_imgSunrisers Hyderabad will look to continue their three-match winning run at home when they face a spirited Delhi Daredevils in an Indian Premier League (IPL) contest at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium here on Wednesday. (Nabi says his heart was racing in SRH vs KXIP thriller)All of Hyderabad’s three wins have come here and they won their last match on Tuesday, defeating Kings XI Punjab by five runs. They have lost both their away matches played so far, which suggests that they really thrive at home.However, their might will come under serious challenge against Delhi, who defeated Punjab by more than 50 runs before losing to Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets in a match decided in the last over. (Bhuvneshwar ready to expect the unexpected in T20 cricket)Packed with young batsmen like Sam Billings, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair and Shreyas Iyer, the Zaheer Khan-led Delhi’s strength lies in their array of talented seam-bowling all-rounders. The likes of Chris Morris, Corey Anderson, Angelo Mathews and Pat Cummins provide the depth and balance to the side. But the exciting team sometimes faces an absence of a pivot around which the team will bat around.Captain Zaheer Khan has shown that despite his international retirement, he remains one of the best exponents of seam bowling. Supporting him in the bowling attack will be Mohammed Shami and veteran leg-spinner Amit Mishra.Not only Delhi’s bowling but also their batting faces tough challenges against defending champions Hyderabad, who boast one of the most balanced teams in the tournament.advertisementIn Ashish Nehra and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hyderabad have two of India’s best shortest format medium pacers. Bhuvneshwar’s ability to mix seam with yorkers and blockholes at both the start and at the death overs has been high quality stuffs in T20 cricket. He is currently the highest wicket-taker with 15 scalps. Meanwhile, Hyderabad’s newly acquired Afghan spin pair of Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi has been impressive.”Sunrisers are known for their bowling strength and defending low totals,” Bhuvneshwar said after his team defended a total of 159/6 against Punjab.In batting, though they have strong batting line-up, they have been so far reliant on captain David Warner to show them the way. The Australian left-handed opener is currently leading batting charts in the tournament so far with 235 runs. His opening partner Shikhar Dhawan too is in decent form, scoring 135 runs.However, Yuvraj Singh (93 runs), Deepak Hooda (50) need to step up, while Australian Moises Henriques will be asked to deliver both with the ball and the bat.last_img read more

Experience a perfect beach holiday at these 3 coastal getawaysExperience a perfect beach holiday at these 3 coastal getaways

first_imgDespite some 7,500 kilometres of coastline, India’s beaches have not yet attracted the legions of foreign tourists drawn to its Southeast Asian neighbours. But steady improvements in infrastructure and the new focus on cleanliness brought about by the creation of the National Green Tribunal and the prime minister’s Swachh Bharat project should pay dividends over the next decade. Meanwhile, the new Indian tourist’s greater interest in sports and other activities has already made beach vacations popular with locals from Andhra Pradesh to West Bengal, with everything from opulent five-star hotels to surfside shacks on offer. Not surprisingly, respondents ranked safety-in the water and on the sand-the most important factor in choosing a place to frolic by the seaMandrem, North Goa (Goa)This has been named the Best Beach and Coastal Destination as per India Today Tourism Awards. Known as one of the quieter beaches in bustling North Goa, Mandrem beach is a strip of white sand separated from the roadside bars and hotels by a narrow river inlet. Popular with foreign tourists, the area boasts around 60 yoga and meditation centres-which made the recent introduction of motorised paragliders buzzing around the skies controversial. Like its neighbours, Mandrem has the usual complement of beach shacks serving seafood, burgers and the cheap booze for which Goa is famous-all excellent reasons for nearly two-thirds of survey respondents to rate it their top beach destination. In all, 92 per cent cited its location, accommodations, restaurants, service and cleanliness as reasons for making Mandrem number one.Gopalpur-on-Sea (Odisha)advertisement This bagged the second position in the category. Another less-crowded option, Gopalpur-on-Sea is quieter than Odisha’s famous Puri beach-which attracts throngs in part due to its proximity to the Konark sun temple and the annual Juggernaut festival. A favourite of British travellers during the Raj, Gopalpur is enjoying a renaissance of sorts in recent years. The sea is pretty rough for swimming, but that makes it a good spot for surfing, windsurfing and sailing.Rushikonda Beach (Andhra Pradesh) One of the the short-listed nominees was Rushikonda Beach in Andhra Pradesh. Surrounded by a necklace of mountains, Rushikonda Beach, near Visakahapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, is known for its scenic beauty. The stiff east coast breeze makes it popular with windsurfers and jet skiers. Swimming is forbidden due to strong currents, but that means it’s less crowded than nearby rivals.last_img read more

Exclusive: Michael Clarke echoes Virender Sehwag’s views on Kings XI Punjab’s foreign playersExclusive: Michael Clarke echoes Virender Sehwag’s views on Kings XI Punjab’s foreign players

first_imgAlthough an incomparable genius, given the frequency of his dismissals to expensive strokes, Virender Sehwag had his share of run-ins with the coaching staff during his playing days.Now finding himself on the other side of the fence as Director of Cricket operations of Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League and getting to experience the frustrations of a coach, Sehwag chose not to mince his words.Sehwag’s public criticism of his overseas batting cast for not taking enough responsibility however, finds favour from unexpected quarters in former Australian skipper Michael Clarke.”I don’t mind Viru being tough. He had that attitude as a player and I don’t mind him getting tough as a coach. His team was talented and failed to make the playoffs. The overseas players had to take responsibility and lead by example. The conditions were different to what they got last in Mumbai where it was flat. They played? expecting? the same pitch. There was a bit of rain and they didn’t have the commitment that’s required,” Clarke told India Today.Kings XI, in a virtual knockout match against Rising Pune Supergiant, were reduced to 32/5 inside the powerplay with all its overseas batsmen Martin Guptill, Shaun Marsh, Eoin Morgan and captain Glenn Maxwell back in the pavilion. Pune walked all over Punjab from that position having them dismissed for 73.”The top four had to take responsibility. You cant afford to lose more than two wickets. Unfortunately they continued to play the same way on a different pitch. In a big game when the pressure is on, taking the money that they do, you expect overseas players to stand up. Generally it takes the entire squad to win games  but in t20 you can have a brilliant individual performance to win games as well,” he added.advertisementSehwag who despite being one of India’s most feared batsmen ever continued to test patience of his coaches with his batting style would be happy to find support in Clarke’s views.last_img read more

Thampi, Rana, Tripathi are big gains from IPL-10Thampi, Rana, Tripathi are big gains from IPL-10

first_imgNew Delhi, May 22 (PTI) It has easily been the biggest launchpad for talented cricketers but never has a single edition of the Indian Premier League thrown up a minefield of local talent like the one concluded on Sunday. The stories of one season wonders like Swapnil Asnodkar, Manpreet Gony and Paul Valthaty is well documented but a close analysis of the 10th edition would reveal that a handful of players have emerged, which would only make the bench strength of Indian team solid in coming years. Three such cricketers would be fast bowler Basil Thampi from Kerala, Delhi left-hander Nitish Rana and unheralded Maharashtra boy Rahul Tripathi. The trio made the big stage their own, showed admirable technique but above everything else displayed temperament — the main ingredient to survive at the highest level in any sport. The man who has grabbed attention of one and all is young paceman Thampi. There are times when statistics will never tell you the whole story. Thampis performance is a case in point where his special talent as a limited overs fast bowler came to the fore. Thats the reason why IPL jury awarded him the Emerging Player award despite only 11 wickets from 12 games at an expensive economy rate of 9.49 runs per over. Thampi showed the ability to bowl yorkers at will and clocked 140 plus clicks effortlessly. He was able to hurry the batsmen for pace and even chairman of selectors MSK Prasad admitted that he is the one for the future. His IPL captain Suresh Raina and star all-rounder Dwayne Bravo also termed him “India prospect”. National captain Virat Kohlis liking for genuine quicks is well-known and Thampi could be a welcome addition to the reserve pool of fast bowlers in ODIs and T20 Internationals. A few months back, an irate Gautam Gambhir was taking potshots at Delhi state team coach KP Bhaskar for allegedly “destroying the confidence” of young players like Nitish Rana. Rana wasnt particularly having a good time in Vijay Hazare Trophy but was sent back home in the middle of the tournament for poor performance. Incidents such as these differentiate boys from men. The 23-year-old left-hander got an opportunity to prove himself for Mumbai Indians and he came up with inspiring show. The 333 runs in 13 matches at a strike-rate of 126.13 showed how wrong Bhaskars assessment was about Ranas quality and potentially what he could have brought to the table. He had to relinquish his place to seasoned Ambati Rayudu towards the business end of the tournament but Rana played his part in MIs triumph to perfection. He hit 17 sixes in all and most of them were big ones landing into the stands. And he is not just a T20 dasher. The 961 runs in 16 first-class matches at a steady 41 plus average shows that he has ability to play in longer formats. With a bottom-handed grip and strokes on both sides of the wicket, Rana is certainly one to watch out for. There is no substitute for orthodox cricketing shots even when batsmen out there in the middle are trying all sorts of innovation. Rahul Tripathi would not have got his share of chances had IPL specialist Mayank Agarwal not failed in the first couple of matches prompting skipper Steve Smith to realise that he is not an answer to Rising Pune Supergiants opening woes. Tripathi came in from the third game and by the end of the tournament scored 391 runs at a strike-rate in excess of 146. His performance somehwat tapered during the knock-out stages but he has done enough to earn praise from all quarters. Its not easy opening with a star player like Ajinkya Rahane but Tripathi not only did well but more than well enough to put Rahane in his shadows. His 93 against Kolkata Knight Riders was full of authentic cricketing shots. He has the ability to play pull- shot in-front of the wicket, the footwork against spinners has been admirable and looked equally adept on front and backfoot. For Thampi, Rana and Tripathi — the real test begins now. The next domestic season will be an acid test for them. While Indias red-ball team (Tests) is more or less set but a good season in whites will certainly give their confidence a boost and prepare them for white ball season (limited overs cricket). There will be an India A tour to South Africa in next few months and one can expect some of these youngsters to make the cut. The trio along with Krunal Pandya, Rishabh Pant gives an assurance that Indian cricket is in safe hands. PTI KHS AT ATadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

French Open: Locals hope high as Gael Monfils, Richard Gasquet cruise into third roundFrench Open: Locals hope high as Gael Monfils, Richard Gasquet cruise into third round

first_imgGael Monfils cantered into the French Open third round, easing concerns he had going into his home grand slam with a 6-1 6-4 6-1 victory over Brazil’s Thiago Monteiro on Thursday to set up a mouth-watering clash with compatriot Richard Gasquet.The 15th seed conceded he had no points of reference after losing his only two matches on clay in an injured-plagued season, but another straight sets win was enough to boost the Frenchman’s confidence.”Today I played a very solid match. There were not many long rallies in my previous match but now I’m more confident on my level and it bodes well for the rest of the tournament,” said Monfils.His performance brought some relief — and possibly hope — to the home crowd after French number one Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was sent packing in the first round on Wednesday.”It was a very good match from my end, with great strikes. I liked to feel that I could hit the ball well from both sides, that I was able to stick to the plan,” said Monfils.No Frenchman has won the title at Roland Garros since Yannick Noah lifted the Musketeers Cup in 1983.There will be three in the third round, and at least one in the fourth with Monfils taking on 24th seed Gasquet on Sunday after his countryman sailed past Victor Estrella Burgos 6-1 6-0 6-4, winning the first 13 points of a one-sided match.”I started well and had no physical pain, I wanted to get it over with before the night,” said Gasquet, who like Monfils is now 30 years old.advertisement”Gael is one of my best friends, we’re both getting better physically and let’s hope we’ll play a great match.”In the women’s draw, Kristina Mladenovic, one of the pre-tournament favourites, was joined in the third round on Thursday by compatriots Caroline Garcia and Alize Cornet.Garcia had to work hard to beat fellow Frenchwoman Chloe Paquet 7-5 6-4 to reach the third round here for the first time, while Cornet upset Czech 20th seed Barbora Strycova 6-4 6-1.It is only the third time in 10 years that three French women have made it into the third round.last_img read more

Kate Middleton’s red summer dress is defining the term ‘chilled out’Kate Middleton’s red summer dress is defining the term ‘chilled out’

first_imgIt was only a few days age that we were crushing on the gorgeous outfits Kate Middleton wore to Wimbledon matches, and the charming royal has cast her spell on us yet again.Also Read: Kate Middleton looked like a million bucks throughout WimbledonThe Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William are on an official tour to Germany, where Kate made a mesmerising appearance in a red, off-shoulder maxi dress at a garden party held to celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s birthday.Picture courtesy: Instagram/life_fashion_flower Kate looked ethereal in the crinkled, chiffon dress by her go-to designer Alexander McQueen, from his Spring 2017 collection. Sporting one of the hottest trends of the season, the off-shoulder, Kate displayed her admirable taste in fashion, and demonstrated the art of blending easy style with class.Picture courtesy: Instagram/thecatwalkitalia Needless to say, the trendy look was a far cry from her usual royal attires, and thus, came as a rejuvenating change.Pulling off one of her best looks ever, Kate looked vibrant with her short locks left loose. She accessorised the head-turning number with a pair of red crystal earrings by Irish designer Simone Rocha, which have been sold out already–because Kate is a trend-setter, as is common knowledge.Also Read: Was Kate Middleton’s Easter outfit a silent tribute to Princess Diana?Picture courtesy: Instagram/yodona The fashion-forward Duchess teamed the frilly dress with a pair of nude Prada Triple-Strap Wavy stilettos that looked just so perfect, like Kate herself.Picture courtesy: Instagram/hiamag The Duchess did indeed take the world by storm in this phenomenal chic-yet-elegant look for the birthday party held at British Ambassadorial Residence, Berlin.advertisementlast_img read more

Shiva Thapa, Manoj Kumar strike gold at Czech boxing tourneyShiva Thapa, Manoj Kumar strike gold at Czech boxing tourney

first_imgIndian boxers packed quite a heavy punch at the 48th Grand Prix Usti Nad Labem, clinching five gold, two silver and one bronze medal at the event in the Czech Republic.World Championships bronze-medallist Shiva Thapa (60kg), former Commonwealth Games gold-medallist Manoj Kumar (69kg), Amit Phangal (52kg), Gaurav Bidhuri (56kg) and Satish Kumar (+91kg) claimed gold medals after winning their respective summit clashes last night.Kavinder Bisht (52kg) and Manish Panwar (81kg), on the other hand, settled for silver medals. Earlier, Sumit Sangwan (91kg) had claimed a bronze after going down in the semifinals.Amit and Kavinder opened the proceedings for the country in an all-Indian final. Of the two, Amit is a light flyweight (49kg) boxer but competed in the flyweight division in this event. He defeated Kavinder 3-2 to claim the top position.Next up was Gaurav against Poland’s Iwanow Jaroslaw and the Indian had no trouble notching up a 5-0 win.Shiva, who recently won a silver medal at the Asian Championships, also clinched a dominant 5-0 victory over Slovakia’s Filip Meszaros to record another morale-boosting triumph ahead of next month’s World Championships in Hamburg, Germany.Another Hamburg-bound boxer, Manoj, too claimed a 5-0 verdict against local favourite David Kotrc. However, Satish Kumar had to stave off a stiff challenge from German Max Keller for his gold.Manish, on the other hand, lost to Germany’s Ibragim Bazuev to settle for a silver medal.The tournament marked the end of a fortnight-long training-cum-competition trip for the Indian boxers ahead of the world showpiece scheduled from August 25 to September 2.advertisementOf the boxers competing in this tournament, Amit, Kavinder, Gaurav, Shiva, Manoj, Sumit and Satish will be competing in the World Championships.The eighth Indian boxer in the fray at Hamburg will be Vikas Krishan (75kg) but he did not accompany the team on this trip, preferring to train in Pune.last_img read more

Ashton Agar set for recall as Australia hint at twin spin for MirpurAshton Agar set for recall as Australia hint at twin spin for Mirpur

first_imgAshton Agar looks set to play his first cricket Test in four years against Bangladesh on Sunday after coach Darren Lehmann suggested Australia would go with two spinners for the series opener in Mirpur.The 23-year-old left-arm finger spinner made his Test debut as a teenager in the 2013 Ashes series, starring more with bat than ball in two matches against England that remain his only experience of the longest form of the game.With Steven O’Keefe having been dropped despite a brilliant tour of India earlier this year, however, Agar is in the driving seat to get the nod ahead of uncapped leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson in a twin spin attack with Nathan Lyon.The tourists were robbed of their only practice match by the Dhaka rain on Monday, which Lehmann said made it even less likely he would radically overhaul his team from that which finished the tour of India in March.”We obviously haven’t played too much, so we’re fairly settled in where we want to go,” he told reporters in the Bangladesh capital.”That decision will be made later, once we start to have a look at the test wicket and the conditions. Most likely, I think we’ll play two spinners.”Agar toured India with Australia earlier this year but never got a chance to play as his fellow left-armer O’Keefe took 19 wickets at an average of 23.26, including 12 in the first test at Pune.O’Keefe, 32, was fined A$20,000 ($15,838) for “highly inappropriate behaviour” towards a female cricketer while drunk at an award ceremony in April, however, and was dumped for the Bangladesh tour in favour of the younger man.advertisement”Steven was excellent over there but we’ve decided to go with Ashton,” Lehmann said.”He’s got the all-round game and hopefully he’ll take it to the next level so if we wanted to play three quicks he could bat up the order, for example. He gives us a lot of flexibility in that way.”Young Swepson is a good prospect as a leg-spinner…it’s really tight between all the spinners but Ashton himself has batted really well, he’s a gun fielder and he’s got his length right with the ball.”The first Test starts on Sunday with the second in Chittagong scheduled from September 4-8.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Top 8 features that make Samsung’s new Note a complete packageSamsung Galaxy Note 8: Top 8 features that make Samsung’s new Note a complete package

first_img“According to Samsung market research, 85 per cent of Note users say they’re proud to show off their Note and recommend it to friends, and 75 per cent say it’s the best phone they’ve ever had,” the South Korean major reiterates on its official blog announcing the Galaxy Note 8. Now because the research in question — which was commissioned by Samsung Mobile by the way — was conducted between July-August 2017, we have reason to believe, the Galaxy Note 7 mishap had little impact on fans of Samsung’s Note-series. It seems, once a Note fan, always a Note fan.Samsung must have known. That’s probably why it was able to muster up the courage to re-launch the now defunct Galaxy Note 7 as the Galaxy Note Fan Edition. But more than anything, it must have been the success of the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, that propelled Samsung to launch the Galaxy Note Fan Edition. It must have been the success of the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, similarly, that propelled Samsung to launch the Galaxy Note 8 — successor to the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7 — on Wednesday night at its high-profile unpacked event in New York City.The Galaxy Note 8, the way things turned out for the Galaxy Note 7, was hard to conjure for most people. The Galaxy Note 8 wasn’t meant to be, they said, and yet here I am, writing this piece about how Samsung has built the complete package with its new Note phone. In more ways, than you and I, could have ever imagined. Take a look.advertisementSamsung’s best-looking Note everThe Galaxy Note 8 picks up where the infamous Galaxy Note 7 left and infuses it with the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+’ USP Infinity screen, which means, that much like Samsung’s Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+, the Galaxy Note 8 also comes with an edge-to-edge bezel-less display with an unusual 18.5:9 aspect ratio. Which means, that it is invariably gorgeous.The Galaxy Note 8 is carved out of glass — Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 — and metal. The metallic centerpiece that joins the front and back is virtually non-existent, much like it is in the case of the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+. And it’s polished in a way that it gives out the impression that the whole thing is one continuous sheet of glass. There is a subtle difference, however, in that the Galaxy Note 8 is not as curvaceous as the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+. This is so that users can make best use of the S-Pen’s note-taking capabilities on a relatively flatter surface, according to Samsung. Also, it makes the phone look — and possibly feel — a lot more solid than Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+. The front, in the case of the Galaxy Note 8, is clean and without any physical buttons. The right edge houses the power button, while on the left lie the volume rocker and a dedicated Bixby button. That’s right, Samsung has also thrown in its proprietary Bixby virtual assistant into the mix here suggesting that the South Korean major may not have given up on it yet, even though it could have done by getting rid of the dedicated Bixby button or thrown in an option to remap it, this time round. Just like it is in the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+, the dedicated Bixby button on-board the Galaxy Note 8 does nothing else but fires up Samsung’s take on Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana and Google’s Assistant.The fingerprint scanner, much like it is in the case of the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+, lies on the rear adjacent to the camera module which means reaching out to it would still be an ergonomic nightmare. Although it sits directly next to the LED flash — and not next to the lens — so you’re less likely to smudge your camera this time round.  The home button is, meanwhile, software-based. It is also pressure-sensitive and gives you haptic feedback when you press it, kind of how it is in the case of Apple’s iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. But, while the iPhone has a dedicated area — atop a chunky lower bezel — to serve the purpose, Samsung’s phone employs what you can call an invisible solution.But, the biggest highlight is the fact that the Galaxy Note 8 has almost no bezels. To be a little more precise, it is all screen and no bezels. To be a little more precise, the phone gives you almost 83 per cent of screen-to-body ratio. The Galaxy Note 8, because it has almost no bezels, occupies a much smaller footprint — size as well as girth — in comparison to a regular 6-inch phone. The Galaxy Note 8, for your reference, has a 6.3-inch screen with a 2960×1440 pixel (WQHD+) resolution and Super AMOLED panel. The phone also comes with Samsung’s trademark always-on functionality and HDR support.advertisementAll this when put together should entail in a one-of-its-kind cinematographic experience much like it in the case of the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+. As long as you have the content to conjure the Galaxy Note 8’s one-of-its-kind edge-to-edge display sorcery. By now, it’s pretty clear that Samsung makes the best displays. Its Super AMOLED panels, boasting of over-saturated colours with deep blacks, are a force to reckon with. Needless to say, the Galaxy Note 8 shouldn’t disappoint either.Samsung’s smartest Note everSamsung built its own virtual assistant called Bixby for the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+. It responds to both touch and voice and has the ability to translate as many as 52 languages. Apple’s Siri, for your reference, maxes out at 30. “At launch, Bixby’s Voice function will integrate with several Samsung native apps and features including Camera, Contacts, Gallery, Messages and Settings, with the plan to expand its capabilities to include more Samsung and third-party apps in the near future,” Samsung had said while announcing Bixby earlier in the year, along-side the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+.”Bixby’s voice capabilities have expanded to more than 200 countries and territories worldwide, allowing millions of consumers to experience a smarter way to interact with their phones,” Samsung said on Wednesday while announcing the Galaxy Note 8. Bixby voice is still not available in India though.The Galaxy Note 8 picks up where the infamous Galaxy Note 7 left and infuses it with the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+’ USP Infinity screenLanguage translation along with image recognition is said to be the main USP of Bixby. The Galaxy Note 8, just like the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+, will be able to take pictures, identify objects, and provide context to images using Bixby.And oh, the phone does ship with Google Assistant should you be looking to ignore Bixby altogether.Samsung’s most powerful Note everJust like the Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+, the Galaxy Note 8 will be powered by either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or an Exynos 8895 64 bit (10nm-based) processor. The company has, so far, been launching only its Exynos-based Galaxy flagship phones in India, so chances are the Exynos 8895-based Galaxy Note 8 would be coming to India. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835-based Galaxy Note 8 will be sold in the US.The Galaxy Note 8, further, comes with 6 gigs of RAM along with 64GB of internal storage which is expandable by up to 256GB via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. The dual-SIM phone runs Android 7.1.1 Nougat-based TouchWiz UI — Samsung Experience UX — and supports 4G LTE connectivity.The Galaxy Note 8, like the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+, also supports Bluetooth 5.0. Bluetooth 5.0 is successor to Bluetooth 4.2 and guarantees up to four times wider range than its predecessor. At the same time, the new wireless standard allows twice the data transfer speed and offers the ability to simultaneously connect two sets of wireless devices. In addition, the Galaxy Note 8 supports USB Type-C port for charging and data syncing and comes with a bottom facing mono-speaker. It still retains a 3.5mm audio jack, which is nice.advertisementSamsung’s most secure Note everIn addition to a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, the Galaxy Note 8 also comes with an iris scanner and facial recognition for biometric security. It comes with Samsung Pass to store all your passwords in one place. Samsung Pay is also supported out-of-the-box.Samsung’s most productive Note everThe Galaxy Note 8, much like the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+, also supports Samsung Dex: a unique solution that transforms your smartphone into a desktop by providing a secure desktop-like experience. There’s little doubt that the Infinity display imparts a distinct character to both the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ and now the Galaxy Note 8, you can’t help but notice, it’s ‘Dex’ that is, in fact, the best thing to have happened to them.Samsung itself isn’t new to the concept of a smartphone-as-desktop. But back in the day, Samsung’s Smart Dock, was more about catching up with Apple — AirPlay — than about anything else. It did not do very well. Samsung’s new dock — called Dex — takes a different route altogether, a route quite recently taken by Microsoft and its ill-fated Windows 10 Mobile. Microsoft called it Continuum. Sadly, there was not a lot that it could do. Dex can do so much more.Unlike Continuum that was intended to let users connect their Windows 10 phone to a monitor — and additionally to a keyboard and mouse — and transform it into a full-blown PC using a Microsoft Display Dock or a Miracast dongle, Samsung’s Dex has relatively humbler aspirations. The only downside is, it requires the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+/Galaxy Note 8, to work because apparently Dex breeds on raw power that only Samsung’s next-generation mobile phones with Qualcomm’s next-generation mobile processor aka the Snapdragon 835 can harness.Once everything is in order, you’ll get a PC-like desktop screen on your monitor replete with a Windows-like system tray containing all your functional and non-functional controls, including signal bars and a battery indicator. All your currently running apps will be docked at the bottom of the screen. You can access your entire Android app drawer and also add shortcuts to your desktop at will for quick access.There’s so much to love about this year’s Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+, they’ll make you want to forget everything about the infamous Galaxy Note 7. The Galaxy Note 8 is no differentBecause Dex uses core Android apps — both smartphone and tablet-compatible — and not Windows 10 Mobile-based ones the entire Google Play store is accessible via Dex when in desktop mode. Which means every app on the Play Store is available for download and install although usability could vary depending on whether the app is touch-based or otherwise. While smartphone-only apps open in smartphone-sized windows, Android apps that support both smartphone and tablet modes open in full-scale windows that can also be resized. But the biggest advantage comes through multi-tasking. You can run more than one app simultaneously, and the experience is seamless across all apps.At the same time, Samsung seems to have re-worked on a few aspects to make Dex more useful. “A new All Apps user interface which provides an overview of up to 36 apps, optimised email and video conferencing capabilities, and expanded support for more mobile games and video streaming services bring a new level of functionality and fun to the Samsung DeX experience.”Samsung’s new Note has the most compelling S-Pen everThe new S-Pen has a 0.7mm rubber tip and a pressure sensitivity level of 4,096 to emulate a real pen-like experience, according to Samsung. Last year’s S-Pen came dangerously close to a ball-point pen now, more than ever and faster and more accurate. It came with some new and improved features like the ability to magnify and translate content straight off the bat. It could also make GIFs out of videos. This year, Samsung has added a couple of more features to it to make it stand out. Not that it needed to. Samsung’s Note is the only compelling option in the market if you’re into a stylus after all.The S-Pen-Galaxy Note 8 duo’s Screen off memo feature now allows you to jot down up to 100 pages of notes without even powering on your Galaxy Note device. The S-Pen-Galaxy Note 8 duo also allow you to pin these notes on the device’s Always-on display from where you can edit them at will. The S-Pen-Galaxy Note 8 duo — because it can recognise punctuation marks — can also translate entire sentences on the fly now. FYI: Both the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and its S-Pen are IP68-certified for water and dust-resistance. Samsung’s first flagship Note to sport dual camerasThe Galaxy Note 8 comes with a dual camera system on the rear consisting of two 12-megapixel cameras (wide-angle+telephoto). While one of the 12-megapixel (Dual Pixel) sensor has an f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilisation, the second 12-megapixel sensor comes with an f/2.4 aperture, again with optical image stabilisation to allow for up to 2X optical zoom (and 10X digital zoom). The dual camera system, in addition to allowing for wide angle and 2X zoom photos, also comes with a feature called Live Focus that allows for fancy portrait shots, in real time, much like the iPhone 7 Plus’ Portrait Mode. “With Live Focus, users can adjust the bokeh effect — the aesthetic quality of the blur produced in the out-of-focus parts of an image — to change the depth of field of a shot. Users can control the intensity of the overall blur effect and apply it before taking the image in preview mode, or after capturing the photo in the Gallery app.”The Galaxy Note 8 also comes with a Dual Capture mode that allows users to use both the 12MP cameras simultaneously to capture both zoomed-in and wide-angle versions of the same shot, without the need of going back and forth between the two.On the front, the Galaxy Note 8 comes with an 8-megapixel camera with f/1.7 aperture and autofocus. This is possibly the same camera as the one on-board the Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+.Samsung’s safest Note everThere’s so much to love about this year’s Galaxy S8/Galaxy S8+, they’ll make you want to forget everything about the infamous Galaxy Note 7. Just to ensure, the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ — batteries – don’t suffer the same fate as the Note 7, Samsung has invested a great deal of research into these phones. In addition to the standard tests, the Galaxy S8 and S8+ batteries have been pushed through 8 other tests to meet the highest level (ever) of safety standards.The Galaxy Note 8 has been given the same treatment. Also, Samsung unlike last year, hasn’t tried to bite more than it can chew with respect to the Galaxy Note 8’s battery. The Galaxy Note 8 is backed by a 3,300mAh battery which is bigger than the 3,000mAh battery inside the Galaxy S8 but still smaller than the 3,500mAh battery inside the Galaxy S8+. The Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8+ have been safe so far. Hopefully, the Galaxy Note 8 will follow suit.The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will globally be available for buying from September at a hefty price tag of $930 which roughly translates to Rs 59,561. The Galaxy Note 8 is expected to hit the Indian market around the same period, quite possibly in the second week of September.Also Read: Samsung Galaxy Note 8 launched with 6.3-inch edge-to-edge Infinity display, Bixby & dual 12MP cameraslast_img read more