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The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday confirmed the squads which will be taking part in the upcoming Champions Trophy scheduled to be held between June 1-18 in England and Wales.While a number of players will be returning to this mega event, Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik stands out as he has been selected for his sixth successive tournament.Only eight other players have played in six Champions Trophy tournaments. They are: Ricky Ponting (Australia), Rahul Dravid (India), Daniel Vettori (New Zealand), Mark Boucher and Jacques Kallis (both South Africa) and Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardena and Kumar Sangakkara (all Sri Lanka).Shoaib made his tournament debut in the Colombo event in 2002 and then went on to play in the 2004 and 2013 events in the United Kingdom, the 2006 event in India and the 2009 tournament in South Africa.The 35-year-old has scored 326 runs and has taken 10 wickets in 15 Champions Trophy appearances. Shoaib, who has played in 247 ODIs, will be aiming to become the 42nd player overall to play in 250 or more ODIs when he takes the field in the third match against Sri Lanka in Cardiff on 12 June.”I am happy to be part of the Pakistan squad in a quality event like the ICC Champions Trophy,” Shoaib said. “If I look at the company of players who have played in the six events to date, I feel humbled and honoured as these gentlemen are some of the finest our sport has ever seen,” he added.While it will be Shoaib’s sixth appearance, India’s Yuvraj Singh will be returning to this competition after 11 years. Yuvraj made his debut in the 2002 event in Kenya and featured in all events until 2006, before missing the 2009 and 2013 events.advertisement”I am delighted to be returning to the India side for the 50-over ICC tournament and look forward to making a meaningful contribution as the side aims to defend its title,” Yuvraj said.”The United Kingdom is an excellent location to host the ICC Champions Trophy. We have always felt at home away from home due to the overwhelming support we always receive there.””Like any other ICC tournament, it will be a challenging event with each team arriving there believing it can lift the silverware on 18 June at The Oval. We are in a tough group, but at the same time we are a form side following a highly successful domestic season. We will target to carry forward the winning momentum into the ICC Champions Trophy so that we can become the second side after Australia to win back to back titles,” he concluded.Australia captain Steve Smith has been selected for his maiden Champions Trophy in a squad which has Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc, Matthew Wade and David Warner from the 2013 tournament.During the upcoming tournament, Maxwell will be targeting 2,000 ODI runs (he is 43 short), while Warner requires 54 runs to complete 4,000 runs in ODIs.Bangladesh, who reached the 2015 World Cup quarter-final in Australia/New Zealand, have included Mashrafe Mortaza and Shakib Al Hasan. Both Mortaza and Shakib have played in the 2006 event, which was Bangladesh’s last ICC Champions Trophy participation.Mashrafe will captain the side, while Shakib will start as the world’s No.1 ranked all-rounder.Mashrafe said: “We are delighted to be returning to the ICC Champions Trophy on merit and the squad selected for this premier competition is a blend of experience and youth. We have recently played good international cricket and will aim to raise the bar of performance in the United Kingdom. We know like any other ICC event, the ICC Champions Trophy is a tough competition where you have to be at the top of your game every time you step onto the field.”Shakib and I were part of the squad in 2006 and it is great to be returning to this competition where experience counts a lot. Shakib is the world’s best all-rounder and his presence, along with Mushfiqur Rahim and Tamim Iqbal, just lifts the confidence in the entire dressing room.””I am confident that with the players we have in our ranks, we will be able to put up some very strong performances,” he added.England, who reached the final on both the occasions when they hosted the event in 2004 and 2013, have retained five players from the previous tournament – Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan, Joe Root and Chris Woakes. Morgan is also the only England player who featured in the 2009 event in South Africa. England are presently ranked fifth in the ICC ODI Team Rankings.India have retained eight players from the successful team of 2013, namely Virat Kohli, who will captain India for the first time in a major ICC event, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shikhar Dhawan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rohit Sharma and Umesh Yadav.advertisementJadeja won the man-of-the-match award in the final at Edgbaston four years ago following his 33 not out and 2/24 in a rain-reduced match, while Dhawan won the player of the tournament award for finishing as the lead run-scorer with 363 runs in five matches with two centuries and a half-century.For Dhoni, it will be his fourth appearance.New Zealand have retained seven players from the 2013 event, namely Trent Boult, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Luke Ronchi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor and captain Kane Williamson.Guptill and Taylor were also members of the New Zealand side which reached the final in 2009. New Zealand are presently ranked third in the ICC ODI Team Rankings.Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed is one of the nine Pakistan players who will be making their ICC Champions Trophy debuts. Meanwhile, Mohammad Hafeez will play in his third tournament.The other survivors from the 2013 event are Junaid Khan, Umar Akmal and Wahab Riaz, while Mohammad Amir played in the 2009 edition. Pakistan are currently eighth in the ICC ODI Team Rankings.South Africa, who are the No.1 ranked side in the ICC ODI Team Rankings, have retained seven players from the last edition. They are captain AB de Villiers, Hashim Amla, Farhan Behardien, JP Duminy, Faf du Plessis, David Miller and Morne Morkel. For de Villiers, it will be the fourth tournament, while du Plessis will be aiming to complete 4,000 runs in ODIs as he is currently 57 runs short.The Sri Lankan side includes six players from the 2013 campaign, namely captain Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Nuwan Kulasekera, Lasith Malinga, Kusal Perera and Thisara Perera.For Malinga, this will be his fourth ICC Champions Trophy and he needs nine wickets to become the 13th overall and third Sri Lankan after Muttiah Muralidaran (534) and Chaminda Vaas (400) to complete 300 ODI wickets.Malinga said: “I am excited to be returning to ODI cricket since November 2015 and there is no better event than the ICC Champions Trophy in the United Kingdom to stage that comeback. It is an event I have not missed since 2006, have really enjoyed every edition of it and look forward to further successes in June.”We are in a strong group including Asian rivals India and Pakistan, and South Africa. But it is a global event and there can’t be any easy matches. The opponents can rule us out at their risk but we are a good side, which is capable of beating any side on its day. I am confident that we will make an impact in the tournament.”Teams can make changes to their squads without the approval from the ICC until 24 May. All player replacement requests from May 25 on wards will require the approval of the Event Technical Committee.SQUADSAUSTRALIA: Steve Smith (captain), David Warner, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, John Hastings, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Moises Henriques, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade and Adam Zampa.advertisementBANGLADESH: Masrafe Mortaza (captain), Imrul Kayes, Mahmudullah, Mehedi Hasan Miraj, Mosaddek Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Sanjamul Islam, Sabbir Rahman, Shafiul Islam, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarker, Tamim Iqbal and Taskin Ahmed.ENGLAND: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes and Mark Wood.INDIA: Virat Kohli (captain), Ravichandran Ashwin, Jasprit Bumrah, Shikhar Dhawan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Manish Pandey, Ajinkya Rahane, Mohammad Shami, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh and Umesh Yadav.NEW ZEALAND: Kane Williamson (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Neil Broom, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham, Jeetan Patel, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee and Ross Taylor.PAKISTAN: Sarfraz Ahmad (captain), Ahmad Shahzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Fahim Ashraf, Fakhar Zaman, Hassan Ali, Imad Wasim, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Umar Akmal and Wahab Riaz.SOUTH AFRICA: AB de Villiers (captain), Hashim Amla, Farhaan Behardien, JP Duminy, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Keshav Maharaj, David Miller, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Wayne Parnell, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada and Imran Tahir.SRI LANKA: Angelo Mathews (captain), Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella, Asela Gunaratne, Chamara Kapugedera, Nuwan Kulasekera, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Kusal Mendis, Nuwan Pradeep, Seekkuge Prasanna, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Lakshan Sandakan and Upul Tharanga. read more
Karan Johar turns 45 today, and we find it pretty hard to believe that, since we’ve grown up with his movies—wasn’t he in his 20s, when DDLJ was bestowed upon us?From friendship to love, KJo’s films have been aspirational life manuals in disguise that we will never get over.But while his films have touched our hearts, his fashion sense has got our grey matter working overtime.Karan Johar has been totally dapper, and with the statement shoes he has seen sporting, nobody can question his exotic sense of fashion.Those silver shoes can blind anyone with the glitz on them. However, we loved the confidence with which he donned them, and looked super-glamorous while at it. Photo: Yogen ShahAlso Read: In pictures: Deepika Padukone’s Cannes 2017 fashion diaryThe white-sneaker trend has taken the world by storm, but Karan Johar likes to make his own improvisations while following fashion trends. Needless to say, the skulls look super-hot on the shoes.Photo: Yogen Shah Applique was everywhere this season, but it looks the best on KJo’s shimmery plimsolls. Who would mind a little quirkiness with such bling?Photo: Yogen Shah Also Read: It was your engagement party, Sagarika Ghatge. Could you not have chosen a better colourStudded sneakers–glamour and comfort in a single pair of shoes–these shoes reflect KJo’s life choices so perfectly. Besides, they’re really hot..Picture courtesy: Instagram/karanjohar Can you see how cool those studs look on his black, velvet shoes? Karan is a man of fusion, and he aces the art of mixing comfort and style like nobody else.advertisementPicture courtesy: Instagram/karanjohar read more
Football fever in running high in the country, with the FIFA Under17 World Cup slated to start later this year, India seemingly is walking up from its deep slumber of football hibernation.Kolkata is all set to host the El Clasico, a match between Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid, in the third week of September just before the FIFA Under-17 World Cup.Before everyone gets their laces into a knot, the Messi and Ronaldo’s will not be gracing the ‘City of Joy’, but the exhibition match will involve a contest between Barcelona and Real Madrid legends in the memory of Dutch football legend, Johan Cruyff.A group of entrepreneurs from the Football Next Foundation, led by Kaushik Moulik confirmed the news in a press release accompanied by some Facebook posts. The organisers were at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid on Thursday in the presence of Real Madrid legends like Isidoro San Jose, Amancio Amaro and Ricardo Gallego, along with former India international Dipendu Biswas, to finalise the formalities.The venue for the proposed match is likely to be the Rabindra Sarovar Stadium, Ateltico de Kolkata’s home during the last ISL season, as the Salt Lake Stadium might not be available due the FIFA Under-17 World Cup, which will be played in the month of October. read more
Ranchi, June 15 (PTI) The second phase of the CAPF youth under-19 football talent hunt championship for boys and girls will be held at Mega Sports complex, Hotwar in Ranchi from May 17 to 22.The curtain raiser ceremony of the five-day event, to be conducted under the supervision of CRPF?s Jharkhand Sector, was held here today in the presence of Chief Guest Amitabh Choudhary, Acting secretary of BCCI, and the brand ambassador of the championship International Hockey player Sumrai Tete.One team each from both the section from six states-Bihar, Chattisgarh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Jharkhand- –of Central Zone will vie for top honour during the meet.The first phase of the championship, which was to be organised in three phases, had been conducted in different states and union territories from May 1 to 15.In his welcome address, Inspector General (CRPF) Sanjay Anand Latekar said the boys and girls? teams have been divided into two groups and would play in league format.The winning team would be honoured with P K Banerjee Trophy and Rs 1 lakh cash prize, Latekar said adding that the 1st and 2nd runners up would get Rs 60,000 and Rs 40,000 respectively, besides a trophy.Addressing the gathering, Choudhary said the championship would give an opportunity for the budding footballers to exhibit their talent and mettle to earn accolades for the state and country at international arena. PTI BS PVR RG read more
SkoolroomTuck into a bowl of Maggi noodles with a side of nostalgia at this newly-opened restaurant in Ulsoor. Just as the name suggests, this one is a trip down the memory lane for adults and an all-too familiar one for students. The tables look like blackboards, cutlery comes in pencil,SkoolroomTuck into a bowl of Maggi noodles with a side of nostalgia at this newly-opened restaurant in Ulsoor. Just as the name suggests, this one is a trip down the memory lane for adults and an all-too familiar one for students. The tables look like blackboards, cutlery comes in pencil boxes and the decor is reminiscent of school memorabilia. Colour pencils for wall decor, trophies on the shelf, globes cut open to make lamps-there’s something familiar in every corner. While here, dig into a crispy raw mango and papaya salad doused in red chilli dressing while you sip on endless glasses of Rasna. Started by Rashmi Manjunath, 30, and Syed Waseem Ahmed, 34, this two month old restaurant is already a popular spot for students in the vicinity. “Among students, the hotselling items from the menu are pizzas, burgers and pastas,” says Manjunath. Some of the food comes in tiered lunch boxes and the beverages in conical flasks-perfect for a fun day out with friends. AT Salma Bizhouse, Meanee Avenue, Tank Road, Sivanchetty Gardens, Ulsoor TEL 9743538476 Price for two Rs 700Shake it offPhoto:Nilotpal Baruah It was a year ago that two college friends and engineers, Anil Paremal, 27, and Nishant Tripathi, 28, decided to foray into the food industry. The result was the city’s first homegrown milkshake joint. Located close to several colleges, the place is buzzing with students who sip on their thick shakes while indulging in a game of Jenga. On the menu you can find some sandwiches, snacks and momos to go with the shakes. Vibrant interiors and affordable prices are some of the reasons that make this place a favourite among students not just in the area but from far-flung corners of the city. “People connected with us because it was only the two of us operating the shop initially,” says Paremal. They have now opened a second branch in Indiranagar. Choose from popular options like the Oreo and Kit Kat shakes or try out the Mentic, a Mentos and Tic Tac shake. If looking for a healthier alternative, try their unique FroYo shakes that use frozen yoghurt instead of milk. AT 1478/1, 18th Main, 40th cross, 4 T Block, Jayanagar TEL 41304411 Price for two Rs 300advertisementThe Good GalettePhoto:Nilotpal Baruah If your mother decides to start a cafe, you would imagine it to be one that serves healthy food loaded with vegetables and all the good stuff. But not when it came to a 14-year-old Cottonian’s mother, Sandhya Krishnan, 39, who chose to serve waffles and pancakes at her restaurant instead. “My son’s friends used to come over to our house and constantly demand for something delicious but homemade instead of the regular store-bought pizzas. The idea for The Good Galette literally sprouted from there,” says Krishnan.The three-month old cafe is functional yet classy and serves a mindboggling variety of waffles, crepes and pancakes, both savoury and sweet. So while on the menu you can find unusual options such as kung pao chicken waffle and chorizo waffle, you can also find conventional sweet and fresh fruit options, waffle sticks and more. Among the crepes, the most popular offering is the delicately cooked Citron topped with house made lemon butter and orange marmalade.It isn’t just the variety that sets The Good Galette apart but the ‘make from scratch’ philosophy too. “All our condiments are made in-house every morning. The batter is butter-free and milkshakes have no added sugar,” says Tanmay Savardekar, 43, Consultant Chef. AT Ground Floor, Devatha Plaza, Residency Road TEL 48530924 Price for two Rs 500Puh se pizza An Udta Punjab and A Dirty Picture please. That’s how your order is likely to sound when you call out for food at this hole-in-the-wall eatery in Koramangala. Chances are you will not miss this nondescript cafe, as the crowd usually spills over to the pavement from the basement where Puh Se Pizza is located. When Mayank Agarwal, 26, was working at a popular hotel chain, he realised that the staff had to often order-in lunch and would end up wasting a lot of time because traditional Indian food is rather time-consuming and messy. “I thought why couldn’t we have something like a pizza with Indian flavours that you can eat on the go,” he says. Thus, Puh Se Pizza was born, which essentially puts Indian curries on pizza bases to create mind-boggling offerings like the butter chicken pizza, pav bhaji pizza, and more. The menu also features burgers, desserts and coolers. There’s gulab jamun cheesecake, magai pan panacotta and a Boomer milkshake. “We started out as a takeaway and delivery joint with limited seating, but people like to come here and spend time over good food, and therefore we plan to expand,” says Agarwal. AT 474, 1st Cross, KHB Colony, Koramangala 5th block TEL 8880423000 Price for two Rs 400advertisementOm Nom ThaiPhoto:Nilotpal Baruah If you happen to spot a rainbow coloured truck on your way out of college, stop right by for a meal. All the rage in town, this three-month old Om Nom Thai will give you everything-from fresh salad to a Thai curry meal, all at affordable prices. It was when Ujjwal Upadhyay, 26, techie turned food truck owner was tucking into a Thai meal that the idea struck him. “I realised that there was no Thai food truck in the city. I am a big foodie and love to cook, especially Thai food, so this made absolute sense,” he says.The truck has received a raving response and can be spotted at tech parks during lunch and at HSR layout during evenings. “People are slowly moving away from Chinese to Thai food, which is a healthier option. We have custom-made plates and bowls that make eating on the go comfortable,” says Upadhyay. Amongst the most popular items on the small menu are kung pao chicken, pad Thai noodles and the Thai curry bowls. AT HSR Layout and other locations Price for two Rs 400Games KhopchaPhoto:Nilotpal Baruah In an increasingly virtual world, there’s one place where you can connect with friends over games the old fashioned way. Games Khopcha, The Indoor Board Game Room Cafe brings back the magic of the living rooms of the 90s into the lives of youngsters of today. Games Khopcha is homely and basic in its decor. Low seating with large tables to accommodate board games and big groups make it a great option for parties too. There are separate rooms for private game sessions with a host of board games to choose from. “The most popular ones are Settlers of Catan, Sushi Go, Cards Against Humanity and the classic Carrom,” says Rahul Bokadia, 25, owner, who gave up his family business to follow his passion for sports and games. The food menu here features pastas, pizzas, milkshakes and the quintessential Maggi. AT 137 KHB Colony, 1st Cross, 5th Block, Koramangala TEL 41511259 Price for two Rs 200 onwardsEnerjuvate Studio & CafePhoto:Nilotpal Baruah It is now possible to treat yourself to a healthy yet fun meal without breaking your bank. Located near several colleges in Jayanagar, Enerjuvate Studio & Cafe is a multi-level restaurant in a single building, so you are likely find a little nook all to yourself and your friends. The decor is quirky with a host of design elements and the atmosphere is casual. There’s also a dedicated studio for yoga, Bollywood dance, jazz and more. You can also throw an off-beat birthday party here complete with a jazz class and a healthy five-course meal.Started by cousins Sunayana Hiran, 38 and Darshana Nahata, 36, the idea was to bring global food on the table with healthy locally sourced ingredients. The result is a menu that boasts of whole wheat pizzas, ragi momos, zoodles (zucchini noodles), lettuce wraps, almond flour brownies and more. The best part is that the meals are full of authentic fresh flavours and far from boring.advertisement”A lot of students come in the evening to chit-chat over lettuce wraps, fresh juices and healthy pizzas,” says Nahata. A gem here is the Honey Roasted Apple pizza on a wheat crust with apple wedges, feta cheese, drizzled honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon. It’s a dessert and meal rolled into one. AT 547, 32nd C Cross, 9th Main, Jayanagar 4th Block TEL 49652485 Price for two Rs 600Joe’s jointAsk any student for the best food they’ve had and chances are that it was dished out of this hole-in-thewall eatery. Joe’s Joint started out small but can’t seem to contain the crowd, so much so that they are looking to open a new outlet in the same locality. “It was a small place furnished entirely with low-budget jungle wood. The focus though was always the quality and quantity of food,” says Joe Joseph, 37, partner. You can find a full Italian menu on a budget complete with starters and desserts, burgers, pizzas and a lot more. “The most popular items are our pastas and burgers and a Laksa curry that we have sneaked into the menu,” says Joseph.Joseph, who had been involved in his family business of logistics took to the food business on a whim and there has been no turning back since. More outlets are on the cards, but the food he assures will remain the focus. AT 442, 9th Main Road, HAL 2nd Stage, Indiranagar AT 9513312340 Price for two Rs 500 read more
New Delhi, Jul 17 (PTI) Ace tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi has joined hands with premier sports and entertainment Management Company, Dunamis Sportainment. Dunamis also have contracts with Virender Sehwag and Abhinav Bindra and now they will take care of Bhupathis entire range of endorsements and public appearances for the next one year, to start with. “I am excited to sign up with Dunamis. Unlike others, they have a strategy and plan to build on an already strong network which should help athletes monetize in different ways,” said Bhupathi, the twelve-time Grand Slam winner. Bhupathi, a former World No. 1 in doubles, is India first Grand Slam winner. He won the mixed doubles title in 1997 along with Japans Rika Hiraki in the French Open. He went on to win three more Grand Slam titles and won many laurels for India, including two gold medals in Asian Games. “Mahesh is the one of the best tennis players India has ever produced. He is a great icon and a role model for the youth of the country,” CEO of Dunamis, Abhishek Misra said. PTI ATK ATK read more
Kochi, Jul 27 (PTI) The Kerala High Court today sought an explanation from the central government regarding the exclusion of Kerala athlete P U Chitra from the Indian squad for the World Athletics Championships in London next month.Hearing Chitras petition against the decision by Athletics Federation of India (AFI), Justice P B Suresh Kumar asked the Centre to inform the source of funding for international events. The judge also directed the Centre to inform by tomorrow who was controlling the AFI and wanted to know about the role of the AFI and the Sports Authority of India (SAI). Chitra, who recently won a gold in the womens 1500m event in the Asian Athletics Championships in Bhubaneshwar, filed the writ petition after she was excluded from the Indian squad by the federation. In her plea, Chitra said her gold medal performance at the Asian Athletics Championships made her an automatic pick for the World Championships. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had backed Chitra and said in a Facebook post that excluding the athlete, who was “pride not only of Kerala but also the country, from the team for World Athletics Championship is condemnable”. Former national champion P T Usha had yesterday said that Chitra had not been included in the team as she did not meet the qualifying mark set by International Association ofAthletics Federations (IAAF). PTI COR TGB SS ZMN read more
With heavy rains lashing Mumbai, the city has come to a standstill. It is reported that several parts of Mumbai are already waist-deep in water, and the disaster management team has been put on alert. The showers are expected to continue for the next 24-48 hours, with a high tide expected at 4.35 pm.Many Bollywood actors took to social media to warn fans of the deluge.”Brace yourself Mumbai. Heavy rain coming. Plan ahead. Stay safe. #MumbaiRains,” Gul Panag tweeted.Brace yourself Mumbai. Heavy rain coming.Plan ahead. Stay safe.#MumbaiRains #rain #weather? https://t.co/G9XEtu4TAR- Gul Panag (@GulPanag) August 29, 2017Neil Nitin Mukesh, who was driving on the water logged streets, posted a video on Instagram and captioned it, “Driving in the sea #mumbairains2017.”Deepika Padukone, who reached 20 million followers on Twitter, was replying to fans’ questions on Twitter. She interrupted the session to tweet, “While I do this, alerts showing up on my phone about the rains in Mumbai. Please stay safe and take care everyone.”While I do this,alerts showing up on my phone about the rains in Mumbai.Please stay safe and take care everyone.- Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) August 29, 2017Abhishek Bachchan had a humourous take on the situation. “Happy National Sports Day. Today’s sport of choice is swimming. Enjoy! #MumbaiRains,” he wrote on Twitter.Happy National Sports Day. Todays sport of choice is swimming. Enjoy! #MumbaiRainsadvertisement- Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) August 29, 2017Dia Mirza wrote, “As I watch the torrential rain from the safety of my home my heart goes out to all those vulnerable and affected… especially children.”As I watch the torrential rain from the safety of my home my heart goes out to all those vulnerable and affected… especially children.- Dia Mirza (@deespeak) August 29, 2017Pooja Bhatt shared a heartwarming video of some people in her building making the most of the rains and playing volleyball.In the midst of all the panic & stress created by the deluge,some pure joy! #Bandra #MyBandra #monsoon2017 pic.twitter.com/IMldaNIS9n- Pooja Bhatt (@PoojaB1972) August 29, 2017Pooja’s father, filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt tweeted that two of his sisters almost drowned.Wake up Mumbai !! This is the worst monsoon ‘nightmare’ !!! Just spoke to 2 of my sisters. They almost drowned in Khar West.- Mahesh Bhatt (@MaheshNBhatt) August 29, 2017ALSO WATCH: Torrential rains in Mumbai paralyse rail, road transport services; high tide alert issued read more
Australia paceman Josh Hazlewood will miss the second and final Test against Bangladesh after picking up a side strain on Tuesday which also rules him out of the subsequent limited-overs tour of India.The 26-year-old went wicketless in the current first Test at the Shere Bangla National Stadium and was into his second over on Tuesday when he sustained the injury and walked off of the ground.Hazlewood’s injury leaves Australia with three of their pacemen sidelined less than three months before the Ashes against England.”He’s going to be really hard to replace. He’s played all but one of the last 30 Tests,” pace colleague Pat Cummins told reporters after the third day’s play.”He said it is going to be pretty hard sitting at home watching. He hasn’t done that for three or four years. So he’s a big member around the group.”I am going to miss having dinner with him every night, but we have got Jackson Bird waiting in the wings, which is great.”With Australia needing 156 more runs to win with eight wickets in hand, Hazlewood will be available to bat, and Cricket Australia is likely to name a replacement on Wednesday.Chittagong hosts the second test from September 4, while Australia play five one-dayers and three Twenty20 Internationals in India, starting on September 17.Hazlewood’s injury is a fresh concern for Australia who are also waiting for quicks Mitchell Starc (foot) and James Pattinson (back) to recover ahead of the Ashes , which begins on November 23. read more
Xolo today launched three new budget smartphones for the Indian market. The Xolo Era 3X, the Xolo Era 2V, and the Xolo Era 3, which are priced at Rs 7,499, Rs 6,499, and Rs 4,999, respectively will be Flipkart exclusive and will go on sale starting Saturday. Pre-orders for the smartphones have already begun.The new Xolo smartphones comes with a few similar features. They all come with a 5-inch HD IPS display and are powered by a 1.25GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor. The Xolo Era 3X, the Xolo Era 2V, and the Xolo Era 3 are dual-SIM smartphones that support 4G VoLTE and run on Android 7.0 Nougat.The Xolo Era 3X is the priciest of the three smartphones as it features 3GB of RAM AND 13-megapixel cameras on the front and back with LED flash and f/2.2 aperture. There’s 16GB of inbuilt storage which is expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card. The smartphone houses a 3000mAh battery.Meanwhile, the Xolo Era 2V comes bears 2GB of RAM with 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. Interestingly, the smartphone is more selfie-oriented as it sports a 13-megapixel front-facing camera, while on the back you’ll find an 8-megapixel sensor on the back. Like the Xolo Era 3X, the Era 2V is backed by a 3000mAh battery.Also Read: Xolo Era 1X Pro review: As basic as basic getsThe cheapest of the lot is the Xolo Era 3, which features 1GB of RAM and only 8GB of internal storage, with room for expandability up to 32GB. The smartphone houses an 8-megapixel front-facing camera with moonlight flash and 5-megapixel rear camera. It packs a smaller battery compared to the other two at 2500mAh.advertisementThe Xolo Era 3X and Xolo Era 2V will be available only in Black colour, while the Xolo Era 3 will come in a choice of Grey and Black options. The former two also house a fingerprint sensor, while the Era 3 misses out on the feature. read more
Cristiano Ronaldo ended a barren scoring run in La Liga by striking late to give Real Madrid a 2-1 win at neighbours Getafe on Saturday, preventing what would have been a costly and embarrassing draw for the Spanish and European champions.The prolific Portuguese had endured a frustrating afternoon in front of the net and had earlier somehow missed an open goal but he made amends with an impeccably-struck half volley in the 85th minute to score his first Liga goal of the campaign.Until then Real had been in danger of dropping points for the fourth time in eight league games and risked falling further behind leaders Barcelona after Jorge Molina had levelled for Getafe in the 56th minute, although Real midfielder Marcos Llorente got the final touch.Madrid had taken the lead in the 39th minute through an arrowed finish from Karim Benzema, who was starting alongside Ronaldo for the first time since the Champions League final.Photo Credit: Reuters Replays showed the equaliser should also have been disallowed for offside against Molina and Real were further aggrieved when substitute Theo Hernandez had a goal ruled out for offside shortly afterwards.Ronaldo, however, averted another setback in what has been an underwhelming league campaign so far and saved the blushes of coach Zinedine Zidane in the Frenchman’s 100th game in charge of Real.”We started very well and then we relaxed after the break but in the end thanks to our character and the substitutions we fixed it,” Zidane told reporters.advertisement”We know that over 90 minutes we can score at any moment and in the second half we struggled but we knew we would be able to get back into the lead and that’s what we did.”Real provisionally climbed up to second in the standings, cutting their deficit with Barca to four points, although the leaders can restore their advantage to seven when they visit Atletico Madrid later on Saturday.With one eye on Tuesday’s Champions League game against Tottenham Hotspur, Zidane rested his usual midfield pairing of Casemiro and Luka Modric while also starting without Isco.Although they led at halftime Real were lacking spark and after the equaliser it took the introduction of substitutes Isco and Theo to whip them back into shape, with the former providing a lofted pass which Ronaldo struck low beyond Vicente Guaita to drag the visitors back into the lead. read more
Real Madrid will not use their branded team coach to transport players for the trip to Catalonia to play Girona on Sunday for security reasons, Spanish media reported.The club do not want the vehicle to become a target due to political unrest in the region over Catalonia’s bid for independence.Madrid do not usually bring the team coach to matches which are considered high risk, like the “Clasico” in Barcelona or away at Athletic Bilbao.The team are planning to arrive in Girona by plane on Saturday evening before the match on Sunday, which they will travel to in an unmarked coach, Marca said. The plans are subject to change based on the political situation.
Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these Photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.com NATIONAL Guwahati: President Ram Nath Kovind at Kamakhya Devi temple(B) Bhubaneswar: Dalai Lama at Bhubaneswar(A+B) Kolkata: Tributes to Dasmunsi(A+B) Patna: Lalu elected as RJD president(A+B) Agartala: Polls preparations in Tripura(B) Kochi: Preparations for Vrishika Festival(B) Mumbai: Bandra-Worli Sea Link(B+A) New Delhi : Congress leaders address press conference(B) Kochi: Preparations for Vrishika Festival(A) INTERNATIONAL Shanghai : Victorias Secret fashion show(B) Canovanas : Former President Bill Clinton poses for photos(B) Karachi: Members of the Pakistani transgender community attend a symbolic catwalk(A) Mar del Plata: A ship leaves a Naval base to join the search for missing submarine(A) Atlanta: The Georgia Dome is destroyed in a scheduled implosion(B) Auburn Hills: Mahindra Group is opening an automotive manufacturing facility(B) Hollywood: Wildlife Conservation Commission officer tries to capture a crocodile(A) New Windsor: Firefighters work at the scene of of a fire(B) New York: Award for best performance by an actor in “Wallander”(B) Washington: Cabinet meeting at the White House(B) Harare : Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in Mbare Harare(A) Tokyo : A visitor walk under the colorful autumn leaves in the Hibiya park (B) Oberhof: Snow covered forest of Thuringian in Oberhof(B) New York: Reception in the honour of Justice Dalveer Bhandari(B) Pyeongannam-do : N Korean leader Kim Jong Un visits the the Sungri Motor Complex(B) SPORTS Nicosia: Training session at GSP stadiumadvertisement(B) Charlotte/Philadelphia : NBA basketball game(B) PTI PHOTO GCS os DL read more
New Delhi, Dec 8 (PTI) Newly-crowned weightlifting world champion Saikhom Mirabai Chanu says she thought of quitting the sport after receiving flak for her failure to win a medal at the Rio Olympics.”I was really low after the Olympics. It took me a lot of time to get over the disappointment. I even thought of giving up the sport and stop training. The comments in social media, the criticism against my coach really hurt me,” said Chanu, who recently became the second Indian after Karnam Malleswari to win a World Championship gold medal at the worlds.”I was thinking day and night how to get things right. I decided to do better than what I was doing because I knew that is the only way to stop people from talking. That was the only way to get over the hurt.”The 23-year-old from Manipur clinched Indias first gold at World Weightlifting Championship in 22 years after lifting a new world record of 194kg ? 85kg snatch and 109kg clean- and-jerk at Anaheim, USA last month.Chanu said she had to work on her technique and go for regular sessions with a psychologist to get over the loss and answer her detractors.”I did really bad at the Olympics. I had failed in clean and jerk, so I discussed with my coach about it and brought few changes in my technique during the training,” she said with a smile.”My psychologist also played a big role. I used to go to my psychologist twice in a month but after the Olympics I started taking sessions every week and it really helped me.”advertisementTalking about the dope tests, Chanu said: “Every week, I am tested for doping by NADA and WADA takes my samples twice a month. After reaching Las Vegas, my blood and urine samples were taken and again it was collected during the championship also, so it was collected twice in a month.”Looking back at her Rio Games performance, Chanu said the big stage got to her and she became nervous when her turn came as an Olympic medal slipped through her fingers.”I had really bad luck in Olympics. I could have won a medal. At the Olympic trial I had scored 192, if I could have done that I would have won a silver but I couldnt. It was my first Olympics and I got nervous,” she said.Crestfallen after the Olympics, Chanu did not go home and decided to work on her clean and jerk at the National camp in Patiala, but the Indian hopes to visit her native place early next year.”I will play at Railways event from December 11 and then there is National Championship in January. After that, I will speak to coach and hope to go home,” she said.Now that she has erased the ignominy of the Rio Olympics, Chanu has her eyes trained on the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games next year.”It was my dream to win a gold at World Championship. Now that I have achieved it, my target is to win a medal at Commonwealth Games, Asian Games and 2020 Olympics,” she signed off.Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWLF) president Birendra Prasad Baishya said Mirabais performance is proof of Indias commitment towrads making weightlifting a dope-free sport.”At a time when top countries such as China, Turkey, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan are banned for doping, Chanu showed how to win with honour,” Baishya said.”WADA tested her 15 times and NADA collected samples 30 times. It means in the last four years, there has been 45 tests in her and I congratulate her that all were negative.”Earlier our image was bad due to dope cases but now our federation is dope free. Our aim was to make weightlifting dope free and our coaches and lifter made it possible.”Baishya hoped India will win as many as 16 medals at the Commonwealth Games in April next year.”Commonwealth Games is knocking at the door and already 16 Indian lifters have qualified. I feel we may get 16 medals, which would be the highest ever tally.” PTI ATK AH AH read more
Harry Kane scored a hat-trick to lead Tottenham to a 5-2 rout of Southampton in the Premier League on Monday night.Kane headed in Christian Eriksen’s free kick in the 22nd minute, breaking the Premier League’s previous record of 36 set by Alan Shearer in 1995.Eriksen, Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son combined to set up an easy finish for Kane in the 39th. Kane scored Tottenham’s final goal in the 67th, lobbing the ball over goalkeeper Fraser Forster for his record sixth Premier League hat trick this year.”It was hard not to think about it going into the game being level,” Kane said. “As always, I wanted to win the game first and foremost but of course I wanted to score as a striker. To get that goal early on and get that record was a great feeling and I could enjoy the rest of the game.”Kane has played in 36 league matches this year, six fewer than Shearer’s 1995 total. The English forward has 57 goals this year for club and country, moving two ahead of Lionel Messi of Barcelona and Argentina for the most among players in Europe’s five major leaguesAlli curled in a shot from the edge of the penalty area in the 49th, then set up Son two minutes later for a 4-0 lead. Sofiane Boufal pulled a goal back for Southampton in the 64th and substitute Dusan Tadic scored in the 82nd.”I want to congratulate Harry Kane. Massive achievement for him – well deserved,” Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino said. “We are all so, so, so happy. It’s an amazing thing to celebrate.”advertisementSpurs won for the fourth time in five league games and remaining one point behind fourth-place Liverpool, which routed Swansea 5-0.(Courtesy: AP) read more
By Amanpreet SinghPune, Jan 4 (PTI) Enduring a stagnation on the professional circuit, Indias top woman singles player Ankita Raina says she can certainly break into the top-100 barrier but for that to happen she needs a travelling coach and physio.She has remained in same rankings bracket in the last two years but the 24-year-old Ankita contends that she maybe ranked 259 in singles but there is not much difference between players below 300 and 200.In 2017, ending runner-up at the USD 60,000 ITF event in Luan was her best performance. En route the final, she beat world number 139 Fangzhou Liu in the quarterfinals but lost the title-clash to world number 124 and top seed Lin Zhu.Since then Ankita had a few semifinal finishes at similar events on the ITF circuit and also competed in USD 125K and 100k WTA events.”The level has really gone up. Players inside 300s are as good as inside 150. There is not much difference. The margin of defeat and win is very thin now. Its one or two points that makes a huge difference in the final outcome. There are small things that need to be taken into consideration to graduate to the next level,” Ankita told PTI on the sidelines of the Tata Open Maharashtra.Asked to elaborate, Ankita said there is marked difference in fitness level of players in the top 300, so usually long matches are played.”After playing a long match, your body needs to recover fast to get ready for the next battle. Players who have good support in terms of coaches and physios, recover fast. Players like me who are alone, take more time to recover and hence struggle to be match ready after a gruelling contest,? she explained.advertisementAnkita emphasised on the need to have a support system to be successful on the professional circuit.”You have to manage everything on your own. The food, the stay, booking of practice courts, flights, visa and what not. If you have even one person with you, he or she can take care of at least arranging food and things like court bookings.”It gives you that extra cushion. The burden is less. I am not complaining but you will find that players who are doing well are those who have either a physio or a coach travelling with them,” she said.”As of now having a travelling coach is luxury for me. There are not enough funds. Whatever I am managing is thanks to support I get from Sports Authority of Gujarat but if I have to move to the next level, I need to have a physio or my coach Hemant Bendre travelling with me,” she added.Recently when the Sports Ministry announced the players selected for financial support under TOPS, Ankitas name was missing.”I am surprised why my name is not there. I am Indias top-ranked player. What else I could do to be included in the list. I am not a 30-year-old who has no future ahead. I have firm belief that I am a top-100 player,” said Ankita, who recently completed her graduation degree from BMCC college (Pune University).”I have travelled alone since I was 16. I have come a long way. But I need help now in terms of support staff since thats the need of the hour. Players who are progressing fast are those who have help during the tournaments.”Ankita contended that a coach can observe things from a different perspective from outside and since WTA allows coaching during matches, it can make some if not great difference to results.Her coach Bendre also feels that her ward definitely has in her to challenge the top-100 player but tennis is a tournament-based game.”Its not like athletics that you train for few months and then compete at 3-4 events. We have to play tournaments throughout the year, so where is the time to add variety in the game. To do this, I have to travel with her,” he said.Explaining further, Bendre said, “She competes in almost 28 tournaments in a year. Where is the time to work on game. She can hit as hard as top-100 and can also handle speed of a top-100 player but needs variety.”Training has to be included during tournament. If she misses on training, how can she move forward. She gets to train with me only one week at a time but how will I observe if she has applied those things in matches.”Further Bendre said players get good physios at bigger tournaments but for smaller events like 25K ITF, having your own physio is a must.advertisementIf Ankita gets support through TOPS, Bendre can travel with her for at least six tournaments.”I am willing to spend from my own pocket to add four more weeks. That way I can help her 10 tournaments in a year,” he said. PTI AT SSC SSC read more
The notification regarding the examination schedule for GATE 2018 on the official website has been released.GATE 2018 examinations for 23 papers will be conducted across eight sessions from February 3, 2018 to February 11, 2018.The examination will be held in two shifts –forenoon 9 AM to 12 PM and in afternoon 2 PM to 5 PM.The papers which will be conducted during the mentioned days on the website are as follows:February 3: ME, EY, PE, XE, XL from 9 am to 12 pmFebruary 3: ME, AE, MA, PI from 2 pm to 5 pmFebruary 4: CS, MN from 9 am to 12 pmFebruary 4: AG, AR, BT, CH, CY, GG, IN, MT, PH, TF from 2 pm to 5 pmFebruary 10: EC from 9 am to 12 pmFebruary 10: EE from 2 pm to 5 pmFebruary 11: CE (two sessions) from 9 am to 12 pm and 2 pm to 5 pmNote: Admit Card will be available in the online application portal of GOAPS (for printing). The results will be announced on March 17, 2018.After the announcement of the result, candidates have to appear for the counseling process. The counseling process will be started in the month of April 2018.Read: Supreme Court directs UP to promote mainstream education for specially abled childrenRead: Sports enthusiasts in schools to get financial aid by Delhi governmentFor more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org read more
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