Clear encroachments on storm water drains: Govt to officials

first_imgBengaluru, Aug 31 (PTI) Karnataka government today directed its officials to clear encroachments on storm water drains on priority basis even as it asserted there will be no discrimination between the rich and the poor in its clearance drive.”Encroachments that are obstructing storm water drains, live drain, and causing flooding, they should be removed first, thats the direction that we have given,” Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T B Jayachandra told reporters here after the Cabinet meeting.Stating that clearing of “unauthorised” constructionson the storm water drains was taken up based on the judgement of the High Court, he said, “the judgement is only to remove the unauthorised constructions on the drains not on the periphery or something like that.He said there are incidents where false documents have been procured to help encroachment and illegal constructions on the storm water drains.Incessant rains earlier this month had inundated streets, crippling normal life in several parts of the city, forcing government and civic authorities to swing into action and taking up storm water drain clearance drive.Following the Chief Ministers order, the city civicbody Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) had begun thedemolition drive in several parts of the city, including Avani Sringeri Nagar in Bommanahalli, Kasavanahalli in Mahadevapura and Shivanahalli in Yelahanka.Jayachandra said there was no question of sparinganyone or discriminating between the rich and the poor in the encroachment clearance drive.”There is no question of sparing any one; we will not spare anybody whether it is multi-storied or apartment owner or anybody,” he said.advertisementPointing out that attempts were being made by the richto approach courts and get some court orders, the Ministersaid, “We are taking care of it.”Several individuals and organisations have accusedBBMP of targeting only small property owners and not big builders or malls which have also allegedly encroached upon storm water drains.Hearing a petition accusing alleged encroachment of storm-water drains by two malls and a five-star hotel, High Court on Monday had directed the BBMP commissioner to examine the allegations and take appropriate decision within three months.Responding to a specific question on action against some well known malls and others, he said, “There is no question of sparing anyone….”Admitting that there was lack of proper coordination between departments concerned, Jayachandra said confusion has been created among the people with no proper communication, resulting in creating panic among them.”It has been clearly instructed to the officials to demolish constructions on live storm water drains, and they have been directed not to touch properties with approval from government agencies where water valley has shifted. Measures should be taken to avoid flooding due to encroachment of storm water drains,” he said.Stating that encroachments in about 29.8 acres had come to the notice of BBMP, he said so far141 houses had been demolished. PTI KSU RA VS AQS DIPlast_img read more

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Lalit Modi’s son debuts quietly as cricket manager

first_imgLike father, like son, eh? It sure looks like in the family of disgraced cricket tycoon Lalit Modi.His son, Ruchir Modi, has made a debut as a game manager. Modi Jr has been crowned as president of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA)’s Alwar district.His quiet entry into the RCA came in much the same way that his father had once made. In 2004, Lalit Modi broke into the RCA via his election from Nagore district.According to RCA secretary Somendra Tiwari, Ruchir was named chief of the cricket body’s Alwar zone in a vote on Aug 23.This election was atypical — no media hype, no jamboree.Modi Jr was seen at the RCA’s Jaipur office on July 21. His visit did trigger faint speculations about some activity under way in the cricket association.But his election last month as head of the RCA’s Alwar district has come as a surprise.In order to become eligible to stand from the zone, Ruchir also bought land in Alwar, insiders told India Today.His past association with cricket, sources said, had largely been limited to watching matches in Jaipur along with his father.At present, he is living in Mumbai after having completed his college.Speculation is rife that the young man’s sudden foray into district cricket management was a well-planned tactic to pave the way for him to take control of the RCA, which lost BCCI recognition because of the taint on his father as its president.That way, the state cricket association will then be able to claim the BCCI stamp back, sources say.advertisementIn December 2004, Lalit Modi was elected president of the RCA’s Nagore district.Six months later, he became boss of the state’s cricket association.last_img read more

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Champions League: Son Heung-min strike helps Tottenham Hotspur beat CSKA Moscow

first_imgSon Heung-min scored his fifth goal in as many games to give Tottenham Hotspur a 1-0 win over a limited CSKA Moscow side in their Champions League Group E clash in Moscow on Tuesday. (Dortmund hold Real Madrid)Despite missing five key players, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was still able to name a strong line-up as Spurs played their first ever Champions League match in the Russian capital.The English side started well and dominated possession but CSKA goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev, who was looking for his first clean sheet in 39 Champions League encounters, was largely untroubled early on.Zoran Tosic should have done better for the hosts just after the half hour mark as he blazed over with his left foot from the edge of the penalty area.Minutes later, Dele Alli grazed the top of the crossbar with an excellent drive from distance with Akinfeev beaten.Tottenham continued to press after the break, with CSKA happy to sit back on the counter-attack. However, the Army Men lacked any pace to cause Spurs any significant problems when breaking.The north London side took a deserved lead after 71 minutes through the in-form Son. The South Korean international, who scored twice in Saturday’s 2-1 league win at Middlesbrough, just managed to get enough power on his shot to take it past Akinfeev.The hosts pushed for an equalizer, but Hugo Lloris was largely untroubled, aside from a swerving Roman Eremenko shot from distance, as Tottenham get their Champions League campaign back on track with a valuable three points in Moscow.advertisementlast_img read more

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Lenovo K6 Power quick review: If you can’t beat them, join them

first_imgLenovo launched a new battery-centric phone, the K6 Power, in India on Tuesday. During the press briefing, Lenovo talked about a lot of things, but one thing that really stood out was the company’s seemingly open letter to rival OEMs that said and I quote, “jam packing your phone with paper specs does not make your phone better, being different does.” Wiser words have seldom been spoken. And therein lies the K6 Power’s biggest irony. The K6 Power is a classic case of how a company does not practice what it preaches.Also Read: Redmi 3S Prime review: Xiaomi’s greatest hit Don’t mind me. The K6 Power looks like a pretty fabulous device, at least on paper. In fact, it has all the essentials that make a budget smartphone tick with the audience these days: an all-metal unibody design with a fingerprint scanner, a 1080p display, a potent Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor with 3 gigs of RAM and expandable storage option available, good-looking set of cameras and above all a massive 4,000mAh battery that is claimed to offer up to two days of battery life on single charge…all this at just Rs 9,999. A couple of years ago, such specs — at such a price — would have made you go bonkers. Not anymore.Lenovo’s new phone is jam packed with specs, to the T, which is nice. But, so is the Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime, a phone that was indirectly mentioned — albeit briefly — during the briefing: a phone that (Lenovo hinted) isn’t as good as the K6 Power because well, it has a meager 720p screen and no stereo speakers onboard.Xiaomi’s Redmi 3S Prime, just like K6 Power, comes with an all-metal unibody design with a fingerprint scanner, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor with 3 gigs of RAM and expandable storage, good-looking set of cameras and a massive 4,100mAh battery…all this at just Rs 8,999.advertisementSpecs, as rightly mentioned by Lenovo, tell only half the story. Problem is the K6 Power also looks a lot like the Redmi Note 3, another phone from Xiaomi.The aftermath of all this — the K6 Power – is a phone that looks like a Redmi 3S Prime trapped inside a Redmi Note 3 body. Clearly, Lenovo’s point of contention is, if you can’t beat them, join them. The company harping about being different is, therefore, hard to understand. That, however, doesn’t take away the fact that the K6 Power is a pretty compelling smartphone. Here’s a closer look:The K6 Power is a phone that looks like a Redmi 3S Prime trapped inside a Redmi Note 3 body. Clearly, Lenovo’s point of contention is, if you can’t beat them, join them The K6 Power is a 5-inch phone with chamfered edges and physical capacitive keys — which are non-backlit — below the main display area. The fingerprint scanner lies on the rear, so do a couple of stereo speakers that also support Dolby Atmos sound technology, provided you have the content. It sports a 13-megepaixel camera (Sony IMX258) on the rear with phase detection autofocus and LED flash alongside an 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The rear shooter can record 1080p, slow-motion and time-lapse videos. The phone comes with 32GB of internal memory and supports dual-SIM, 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) and OTG connectivity.The K6 Power is not so much about hardware specs as it is about smartphone experiences though, according to Lenovo. To emphasise its multimedia prowess, the phone comes with TheatreMax (and Dolby Atmos sound tech over a pair of stereo speakers).TheatreMax, which is fast becoming a staple feature of most budget Lenovo phones is often confused with virtual reality, however, it isn’t exactly VR per se. “TheatreMax is not exactly VR, but a technology that creates a stereoscopic effect of the whole UI so that everything you view is rendered twice,” the company stressed. “A VR headset is required just to make the experience more immersive as it prevents the edges from distorting,” it added.The phone is backed by a 4,000mAh battery — to make all that multimedia usage count — that is claimed to offer up to 13.6 hours of video playback and up to 27 days of standby on single charge. If that wasn’t enough, the K6 Power comes with an ultimate power saving mode that can extend battery life of the phone by up to 3X, by cutting off data and leaving only the essential apps running. The phone also supports reverse charging, like the Asus ZenFone 3 Max, and can be used to charge other devices.advertisementWhile hardware and looks may not necessarily make the K6 Power stand out (from Xiaomi’s Redmi 3S Prime), its user interface should impress (although, ever so slightly) stock Android fanatics. The phone ships with a near unmodified version of Android, that Lenovo calls Pure UI, with useful additions like the ability to run dual apps and lock specific apps that only you can access. Noted, these are not new and groundbreaking features — in fact, Xiaomi’s Redmi 3S Prime running MIUI is already capable of performing a lot of these functions — but the fact that Lenovo’s phone also runs a near unmodified version of Android inside is something to really look forward to. Just don’t expect the same level of experience as the Moto G4 Play (or Moto E3 Power)and you’re good to go. Xiaomi’s Redmi 3S Prime, although very functional, can also be a little too out there with animations and everything for some users.   The K6 Power, in my brief usage, performed well (mostly) and the screen legibility seemed fairly decent as well. The cameras were quick to focus and shutter speed was also fairly good. Is it any better than the Redmi 3S Prime though, I cannot say for sure, for now. But whatever be the case, the Redmi 3S Prime is a gold standard to beat, at its price. It looks good, feels good, has a neat display, dependable performance, good-enough cameras and killer battery life. More importantly, it’s super cheap. There’s an even cheaper option in the standard Redmi 3S. You’ll get lesser RAM (2GB), lesser storage (16GB) and no fingerprint scanner. But then, it also costs just Rs 6,999. Not bad, not bad at all.The trouble with Xiaomi’s phone is, it is very difficult to buy. Although, the company isn’t selling the phone via flash sales (which requires potential buyers to pre-register), the company sells them on pre-announced dates. Even on those days, the Redmi 3S Prime going out of stock in seconds is a common sight which can be frustrating for buyers. This is where Lenovo’s K6 Power can step in. It’s practically the same phone, after all.   Also Read: Lenovo K6 Power battery-centric phone launched at Rs 9,999 One of the primary reasons why Lenovo has been doing well in the online space is because its phones are easily available. The K6 Power can easily bank on Lenovo’s online sales strategy to set cash counters ticking for the company. Flipkart has, after all, sold 13,000,000 plus units of Lenovo phones so far since their collaboration, it said. Chances are the K6 Power will also sell like hot cakes. But is it any different from the crowd? 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FIFA’s Infantino urges zero tolerance for child abuse

first_imgFIFA President Gianni Infantino has called for “zero tolerance” of child abuse in football and promised to look into ways the global governing body can do more to prevent it in the wake of the scandal sweeping the game in England.The English Football Association (FA) have launched a review into allegations of children being sexually abused at professional clubs, while British police are also investigating mounting accusations of pedophile activity.”It has to be taken seriously. There must be zero tolerance from that point of view, from a football perspective, but also from a criminal perspective as well,” Infantino told reporters in Singapore on Thursday. (Gianni Infantino elected new FIFA president)”Those who have been guilty of abusing on children need to punished very seriously. They have to be out of football, that is without question, but also on the criminal side they need to be punished.”There are not many worse things in life, not in football life but in life generally, than child abuse.”Infantino said that although child abuse was a scourge not limited to football, FIFA would not take the scandal lightly.”The Football Association is already, of course, looking into that matter and this is something that to be taken very seriously,” Infantino added.”In football as well, we probably have to look into that with more care and more attention in order to prevent any potential child abuse in the future.”last_img read more

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Torreira injury spoils encouraging first Arsenal start

first_imgArsenal head coach Unai Emery will assess midfielder Lucas Torreira after he hobbled out of the 4-2 Europa League win over Vorskla.Torreira is yet to start a Premier League game for the Gunners, but has impressed in his substitute cameos and was in similarly sharp form at Emirates Stadium on Thursday.However, a typically combative showing from the Uruguay international took its toll and he made way for Matteo Guendouzi shortly before the hour. 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! “Each match we play, I am responsible for the group and for Torreira also. I think it is better [for him] to leave the match,” said Emery, with Everton the next visitors to north London on Sunday.”I hope that [after] tomorrow and Saturday, he will be OK for Sunday.”Lucas is playing with his progress on the team and on our ideas. Each minute he is playing, he is doing very well.”Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored a goal in each half, while Danny Welbeck and substitute Mesut Ozil were also on target for the hosts. Excellent late strikes from captain Vladimir Chesnakov and Vyacheslav Sharpar gave an air of respectability to the scoreline for Vorskla, while Arsenal remain without a clean sheet in Emery’s tenure.”I think the first 60 minutes were good, with us imposing our ideas against them and also, little by little in the match, winning battles on the pitch to be near to scoring,” said the former Sevilla boss, who celebrated his 32nd win in the Europa League.”With the four goals, I think we are in a good moment. But we want to be competitive for 90 minutes and I think the last 20 minutes we conceded chances and we need to improve.”Our disappointment is that there were two goals conceded. But I am going to think that the first 60 minutes were very good and that we are going to continue impressing with those ideas.”last_img read more

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Emery confident in Ramsey despite contract issues

first_imgArsenal head coach Unai Emery believes Aaron Ramsey will deliver for the Premier League club despite uncertainty over his future.Ramsey is out of contract at the end of the season and talks over a new deal have reportedly broken down .The Wales international, 27, arrived at Arsenal in 2008 and has made more than 300 appearances for the club. 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! Despite Ramsey’s contractual situation, Emery believes the midfielder – who has featured in all six of Arsenal’s league games this season – will stay focused.”I don’t think the situation will affect his performances,” he told reporters ahead of Arsenal’s meeting with Watford on Saturday.”I just want to give him and the players the most stability so that they can be focused only on the games. I spoke about this situation in the pre-season and now it is the same.”I have known and I’m going to know this same situation again because the football career for a player is very short.”They are professionals for 10, 12 or 15 years but not more and they need to take the best performance and also work very hard in these years for their future and their family’s future.”The Arsenal boss has remained tight-lipped on the midfielder’s situation with the club, with Emery offering up a convoluted response when pressed on Ramsey’s situation and if he wanted to keep the Wales star around . Emery’s men are on a great run of form at the moment after a difficult opening two weeks of the season, having won their last six games in all competitions and making the Gunners look like real contenders for a top-four finish once again. Should Ramsey fail to land a new deal and exit the club next summer there would be no shortage of potential suitors, despite the fact that his time at Arsenal has been seen largely as never living up to its potential. The Gunners, however, sit sixth in the Premier League, just six points back of league leaders Liverpool and one point back of Saturday’s opponent Watford.last_img read more

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Water may be better than sports drinks for young athletes

first_imgWashington, Apr 17 (PTI) Drinking water may be better for young athletes than consuming sports drinks, according to scientists who warn that energy beverages can elevate blood pressure and cause cardiac problems in children and teenagers.Many people associate playing sports with having sports drinks as it is what they see professionals do.However, most recreational athletes do not play at an intensity or for a duration that would require their hydration to come with extra sugar and salt.”Sports drinks can replenish some of what you lost during exercise, but you really need to be exercising for more than 45 minutes to an hour before you would consider that,” said Matthew Silvis, from Pennsylvania State University in the US.”Many of our kids are not doing enough to warrant it,” said Silvis.With increasing rates of childhood obesity, having kids chug sports drinks loaded with extra sugar as they exercise is not recommended, researchers said.”Kids and adolescents really should not be using these drinks. Water is the best method of hydration,” said Katie Gloyer from Penn State.Young people who sip on sports drinks as a regular drink without physical activity also run the risk of weight gain and tooth decay from the added sugar.Then there are energy drinks, which some professional athletes use to boost performance and gain a competitive edge by providing them with caffeine and other stimulants to increase focus and prolong their attention span.However, Gloyer does not even recommend those to the adult, professional athletes. For children and adolescents, energy drinks can be downright dangerous.advertisementThe beverages, which are not regulated, can contain several servings of harmful products in one container and easily exceed the amount of caffeine and other stimulants that are considered to be safe.That can elevate blood pressure and cause cardiac problems such as palpitations and arrhythmias, not to mention giving the user headaches, an upset stomach, and a general jittery or nervous feeling.Silvis said the focus really should be on water and making sure kids are properly hydrated during exercise.”If they are playing 30- or 45-minute halves, they should have a water break and maybe add fresh orange slices or a granola bar to add a bit of sugar and/or protein at an appropriate level,” he suggested.For post-workout recovery, plain old chocolate milk works just as well – if not better – than the fancy recovery drinks now on the market.”Chocolate milk has the perfect combination of fat, proteins and carbohydrates that you want to get back into your system,” Silvis said.Of course, if the goal of exercise is weight loss, water still reigns king, he said.”Otherwise you can end up drinking more calories than you burned while exercising,” Silvis said. PTI MHN SAR MHNlast_img read more

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A dummy’s guide to cricket’s biggest standoff

first_imgFor a lot of you wondering what’s all the fuss about India’s participation in the upcoming ICC Champions trophy and what this BCCI-ICC standoff is made of, its all about money. Here’s an explainer.1. The Indian cricket board (BCCI) is the richest in the world and on the basis of its commercial importance in the game, had carved out a revenue arrangement whereby it would get $ 570 million out of a total $ 2.7 billion generated by International Cricket Council (ICC) in the 2015-23 cycle.2. The ICC has now scrapped the old arrangement and reworked a new equitable revenue model whereby the BCCI only receives $ 293 million.3. The ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar had offered to the BCCI representative at the ICC meeting and acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary, a compromise offer of $393 million share in return of accepting the new revenue and governing model which he rejected. Subsequently, BCCI lost the vote and now have to make do with $ 293 million.4. Although the Supreme Court allowed the acting Secretary Choudhary to present India’s case at the ICC meeting, the overall BCCI functioning is currently overseen by Court appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) who were previously negotiating with the ICC. The COA claim to have found a common ground with the ICC and agreed on a more respectable $ 445 million share for BCCI. They blame the existing office bearers acting on the advice of BCCI’s once powerful old guard for the loss at ICC.5. The acting Secretary is now set to call for a SGM next week where it’s likely the various state associations will refuse to adopt a conciliatory stand as COA and mull over resolving to pull the Indian team out from the Champions trophy to devalue the ICC Champions trophy.advertisement6. Although BCCI has used such strong arm tactics in the past on the strength of the commercial value Indian cricketers enjoy, with the Shashank Manohar led ICC no longer on the back foot, there could be similar ugly tactics from the other side as well. Sources don’t rule out the ongoing IPL itself to be impacted if some of the member boards refuse to allow their players to continue playing.7. If other member boards decide to take on an adamant BCCI, the Indian team could be isolated with influential boards refusing to play bilateral cricket with India.8. If the Indian team pulls out it will also mean legal ramifications for the BCCI and a headache for ICC. With the broadcasters having shelled out top dollar to acquire rights for ICC tournaments, both ICC and BCCI will have to tread carefully before taking any extreme step against the other.Expect some more days of uncertainty and ugly power play between the game’s administrative bodies. It’s after all a fight for big moolah that cricket generates. Still some gap between the cup and the lip before we know if Virat and his men will get to defend their Champions trophy crown.last_img read more

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Kings XI Punjab superstar Hashim Amla says batsmen can be successful in T20s without “looking agricultural”

first_imgVeteran South African player Hashim Amla feels that the IPL has become a lot more accommodating for ‘orthodox’ batsmen like him and says that one can score big runs in T20 format with proper cricketing shots.Kings XI Punjab opener Amla hit a brilliant 104 off just 60 balls, which was studded with five sixes and eight fours, though for a losing cause as his side lost to Gujarat Lions by six wickets on Sunday.As his wont, Amla, a Test-mould player, mostly stuck to traditional cricketing shots to score the ton. This was his second century for KXIP this season, the previous one being against Mumbai Indians.When told that many think T20 cricket is all about hitting fours and sixes almost every ball, Amla said the format forced every player to get a way out to “maximise each ball”.”Everybody who plays T20 cricket has to find a way of how to maximise each ball they faces. You will find many examples of better cricketers who have been successful in T20 cricket without necessarily looking agricultural, as they say. They have played good cricketing shots and managed to get runs,” Amla said at the post-match press conference.”So, I think over the ten years of IPL and T20 cricket around the world, I know it comes up every time someone who has got his runs who is not known or is not a massive six hitter. But this has been happening for many years now. I think guys are becoming a lot more accommodating for players like that,” Amla said.advertisement”Obviously, it is very disappointing to lose, target of 190 was a pretty decent score. But you’ve got to give credit to Gujarat, in the way they came out and they played so positively and managed to kind of negate whatever advantage we had earlier on,” Amla said.KXIP were also sloppy in their fielding, giving two lives to Dwayne Smith, who hit a 39-ball 74 to help Gujarat Lions win the match, but Amla said dropped chances were part of the game.”Dropped catches are part of game, it’s going to happen now and then. Before this game, we have done exceptionally well on the field and had great fielding efforts throughout the campaign. But this is one game when we haven’t been at our best and that happens.”Guys who drop catches, you know how brilliant fielders they are, so it’s only natural that they are allowed to drop couple here and there. But I said it’s part of the game.Unfortunately in this game, it (the result) didn’t go in our favour,” he said.Asked about his side’s inconsistency, Amla said, “We know any team that is going to be successful has to be consistent.I like to think that our bowlers have done exceptional job at times, but you’ve got to get credit to Gujarat. Defending here in Mohali is very difficult, it’s a big field, the wicket was playing pretty good. I will not be too critical about our bowling unit, I like to acknowledge Gujarat’s fine batting display to get to a good score.””We were not at our best against Gujarat. It’s just about finding consistency. We are still in the competition, which is a wonderful thing. If we manage to win the remaining of our games, cause some upsets here and there, then we get to reach the final four,” Amla said, exuding hope that KXIP can still make it to the play-offs.KXIP’s upcoming match will be against Kolkata Knight Riders. KKR openers Sunil Narine (54 of 17 balls) and Chris Lynn (50 from 22 balls) destroyed the Royal Challengers Bangalore bowling attack to seal their eighth win from 12 matches.Asked how would rate KKR, Amla said, “We watched that innings in the change room before we went out to play. It was great to see those guys bat like that. Every ball seemed like either four or a six, which is quite entertaining. In T20 cricket, that’s what happens. There are certain things when you play attacking cricket, you end up with some brilliant performances like these two guys (Narine and Lynn)”.last_img read more

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Virat Kohli was just trying to look for 2, he ended up hitting a six!

first_imgVirat Kohli has had a season to forget as Royal Challengers Bangalore captain but his personal form has been impressive since he returned to action in the Indian Premier League following his shoulder injury. Time and again this season, Kohli has managed to play some glamorous shots even when the rest of the batsmen in his team struggled to get going.Kohli starred with the bat again on Sunday as Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla in the final league match of the IPL. During his 58-run knock he played one particular shot which left everybody watching in complete awe of Kohli’s batting talent.It came in the ninth over of the first innings when Kohli was batting on 10 with Chris Gayle at the other end. Corey Anderson came running in and bowled a full-pitched delivery just outside off-stump to which Kohli, by his own admission after the match, tried to look for a couple of runs by pushing it between the fielders at cover and mid-off.But such was his timing on that shot that the ball flew over the cover fielders and sailed over the boundary ropes for a six and landed right in front of the Delhi dugout.Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar, who was commentating at the time, was stunned with what he had seen and even went on to say, “One of the shots of the IPL for me. He later said in the post match he was looking to hit in the gap to get 2 runs.”advertisementOne of the shots of the IPL for me. He later said in the post match he was looking to hit in the gap to get 2 runs.https://t.co/i87cPe3j0d- Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) May 14, 2017Kohli himself was surprised with the result of his shot and said that he wasn’t looking to hit the ball for a six.”That six, honestly, I was looking to push this between the two fielders to try and pick up two but I think Corey (Anderson) bowled a cross-seam ball. I’m pretty happy with the way I hit the ball today and more happy that I did it in a winning cause. Really happy to have got some runs ahead of the Champions Trophy,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.Kohli had an average IPL season with the bat as he finished with 308 runs in 10 matches at 30.80 with four half-centuries and 64 being his highest score. Last year he had amassed a record 973 runs with four hundreds to his name.Royal Challengers Bangalore registered just their third win in 14 matches in what turned out to be their worst season in IPL history. They finished at the bottom of the table with seven points while Delhi ended their campaign in sixth place with 12 points in 14 games.last_img read more

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Southampton sack manager Claude Puel after poor finish

first_imgPuel led Southampton to the League Cup final in February, but a 3-2 defeat to Manchester United ended his hopes of silverware and was followed by a woeful run of results in the run-in.Southampton won only one of their final eight league games, scoring just one goal in their last five home matches. They finished eighth in the table with their lowest points tally in four years.”Southampton Football Club can today confirm that it has terminated the contract of Claude Puel with immediate effect,” the club said in a statement.”Everyone at Southampton would like to express our thanks to Claude for his hard work and commitment this year.”Following the departure of Ronald Koeman to Everton, the 55-year-old Puel joined the club last June, after spending four years at French side Nice.The club had finished sixth under Koeman in 2015-16, but Puel’s league results were mixed throughout the campaign.He did enjoy success in the League Cup, however, eliminating Arsenal in the quarter-finals, before beating Liverpool home and away in the semi-final to get to Wembley.Their run was halted in the final, however, as United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored twice, including an 87th-minute winner.”The highlight of the season was a memorable day at Wembley in the EFL Cup final, a day our fans will always treasure,” Southampton added in their statement.Former Southampton great Matt Le Tissier told Sky Sports that it was Puel’s failure to entertain fans that ultimately cost him his job.”I think the main sticking point was the lack of goals and the lack of entertaining football,” Le Tissier said.advertisement”No goals in the last five home games was a big factor. I am afraid that was what cost him his job.”There is a lot of sympathy when you look at the eighth-place finish and cup final. On paper, it doesn’t look a bad season, but if you have watched a lot of games this season, it has been a backward step.”The club said the search for a new manager was already underway and they were confident of finding the right fit for the club’s “long term vision”.Former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel was the early bookmakers’ favourite to replace Puel.last_img read more

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Woman player accuses co-player of rape at Bhopals SAI centre

first_imgBhopal, Jun 21 (PTI) A 25-year-old woman sportsperson from Haryana has alleged that a co-player from her state raped her under the pretext of marriage during their stay at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) centre in Ratibad locality here from 2013 till January this year, police said today.The woman who lodged the complaint in Rohtak Mahila Thana recently, which was later transferred to Ratibad police station, stated that she and the accused used to live in the SAI academy after they got the admission in 2013, according to police.She stated that the accused “lured” her into having physical relations with him under the pretext of marriage and later shot a video of the act, but later reneged on his promise, an officer said.An FIR under section 376 (punishment for rape) was registered recently in Rohtak and the case diary was transferred to Ratibad police station since the SAI centre comes under its jurisdiction, Ratibad police station in-charge Ashok Gautam told PTI today.”The case diary of this FIR was sent here yesterday by Rohtaks women police station. As per the case diary, the woman and the fellow player had been in touch with each other for the past three years. She said the accused lured her into having physical relations under the pretext of marriage,” Gautam said.He said both the players got the admission in the SAI centre in 2013 to undergo training for their respective games.They returned to Rohtak after completion of their training in January this year, the officer said.advertisement”The woman complained that the accused, who was in possession of the video, continued to pressurise her into having physical relations even after they returned to Rohtak. He had also sent the video to her,” Gautam said.The complainant said the accused is now refusing to marry her.”The case diary was sent to Bhopal after the woman complained to Haryana chief minister that Rohtak police have failed to take any action. We have forwarded the case diary to the crime branch for further investigation,” he said, adding that a woman police officer would conduct the further investigation into the case. PTI ADU MAS NSK BASlast_img read more

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Happy Birthday Captain: Sunil Chhetri, Indian sports’ unsung hero turns 33

first_imgIndian football’s milestone man — Sunil Chhetri, who was born on August 3, 1984, turns 33 today. The Indian captain, who has been one of the most successful yet silent performer for his country over the years was born in Secunderabad.Chhetri has always played the game with passion and dedication and till date he’s the most successful footballer the nation has seen. One might argue that the honour belongs to Bhaichung Bhutia but if you see the former’s achievements, you have to stop and applaud the little guy.INDIA’s GREATEST EVERThe forward has scored 54 goals from 94 national appearances. He’s fourth in the list of leading international goal scorers who are still active in football. He’s 28th in the all-time list and one might not believe but he is ahead of former England and Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney, who has 53 goals from 119 appearances for his country.He was picked up by the Kansas City Wizards in the Major League Soccer (MLS) but failed to make a single appearance in the American league. He also made three appearances for Sporting Lisbon’s B side  in 2012-13 before finally returning to India. He played for Churchill Brothers for two years after joining them from Bengaluru FC on a loan.In 2015, he returned to his parent club and his stock has only risen ever since. Under his captaincy, Bengaluru FC reached the AFC Cup final, where they lost to Al-Quwa Al-Jawiya. But, that was the first time any Indian club reached the final of the tournament.advertisementBengaluru FC Twitter PhotoHis name is synonymous with Indian football and there’s no denying the fact that he is Indian football’s poster boy. But, does he get the credit that he deserves for doing his work so consistently?If you compare it with other sports persons and sports…certainly not.CAPTAIN. LEADER. LEGEND.Under Chhetri’s leadership and handwork the Indian team has come a long way. Now they are ranked 96th, just two short of the country’s highest-ever ranking of 94, that it achieved in 1996. He’s the second in the list of most capped Indian players with 94 games under his name. He’s second to Bhutia, who has 104. But, he remains half as celebrated as his counterparts in cricket — be it Virat Kohli or women’s cricket team captain Mithali Raj.Footballers, no matter how famous he is, can never be as big in a country where fans worship their cricketing heroes. But, during the times of Indian Super League (ISL) and considering India’s efforts to make a name for itself again in the ‘Beautiful Game’, Chhetri’s importance as much as a certain Kohli or a PV Sindhu, whose silver in the Rio Olympics last year brought about a huge boom in the badminton circuit.The 33-year-old’s dedication towards the game is unparalleled but his grounded nature one might say can be the reason behind him not being as celebrated as his peers in other sports. He has been an ambassador of the game in India for more than a decade and is going to leave with a legacy that is going to be really hard for anyone to even reach in India. As he reaches the twilight of his career, the void he is going to leave will be really hard to fill.India has an exciting Jeje Lalpekhlua up front or a flamboyant and fast winger in CK Vineeth but the country will miss the calm and prolific Chhetri once he retires from the game. So, while there is time, people should really move on from just admiration and celebrate India’s greatest-ever football captain.#HappyBirthday to a man who never gives up and never backs down. Bhai, thank you for everything you have been to Indian Football! #Leader pic.twitter.com/q9EWV07xaW- CK Vineeth (@ckvineeth) August 3, 2017Happy Birthday to the National Team Captain, the 4th highest goalscorer in active International Football at the moment.#BackTheBlue pic.twitter.com/X5c047la1H- Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) August 3, 2017last_img read more

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Lenovo Phab 2 Pro world’s first Tango phone won’t get Android Nougat

first_imgWorld’s first Tango phone– Lenovo Phab 2Pro– will not get Android Nougat, confirms Lenovo’s support page. The phone was launched last year in US and came to India this year.The company’s support page giving out the plans of Nougat updates, can be a sad story for all the Phab aficionados. This is so because not only the Phab 2 Pro but the Phab, Phab 2 and Phab 2 Plus are also not getting the Nougat update. In short, the whole Phab series won’t get Nougat update.Further, the list of Lenovo phones that already run on the Android Nougat include Vibe K6 Note,  K6, K6 Power, Vibe P2, Lenovo Zuk Z2 and the Z2 Plus. In the Yoga series, only the Yoga book (YB1-X90F/L) will receive the Nougat update October 2017. The update is over-the-air so will go be available gradually to all.Also Read: Google Tango enabled Lenovo PHAB2 Pro launched in IndiaIt is quite surprising that the Lenovo will not be rolling out the Nougat update for Phab 2 Pro, considering it is one of the very important Lenovo phones as it is the world’s first smartphone to come with Google’s Tango technology that enables Augmented reality experiences on mobile devices. This means that your Tango phone can detect its position relative to the  world any GPS or other external signals. Asus ZenFone AR, which was unveiled at CES, also feature the Tango technology along with Google’s Daydream View support.The Lenovo Phab 2 Pro debuted in India during January this year. The phone is priced at Rs 29,999 and sells exclusively on Flipkart.  The Phab 2 Pro is a 4G-enabled smartphone and that runs on Android Marshmallow and is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor. The device comes with 4GB RAM and 64GB memory which is expandable up to 128GB. The Phab 2 Pro features a 6.4 inch Quad HD IPS display and is backed by a 4050mAh battery. The device supports quick charging.On the camera front, the Phab 2 Pro sports a 16MP rear camera with PDAF, a Time of Flight Sensor used for detecting the depth of field and an IR sensor that senses the motion. There is also an 8 MP camera on the front. advertisementlast_img read more

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Taapsee Pannu just wore socks with heels, and we cannot keep calm

first_imgAnyone who’s stepped out in public in urban India, and has bothered to look at people around, knows of some cardinal sins of the fashion world.While most of these sins are widely known, we find our beloved celebrities crossing the line sometimes to tread the unchartered territory. Yesteryear actress Rekha, for instance, was once spotted wearing sport shoes with a linen saree while stepping out of the airport in Mumbai. Now, we’re not saying that’s a fashion faux pas–whatever rocks her boat; to each her own–but it’s obviously jarring to see an icon like that do such a shoddy job of her public appearance, especially when she’s not seen making too many of late.Now, joining the club is critically acclaimed actress Taapsee Pannu, who recently wore a pair of white ankle socks with a pair of black, strappy sandals. Yup, for real.Why, Taapsee Pannu, why? Photo: Yogen ShahNow, we’re not saying Taapsee cannot do that; of course she can, they’re her feet. All we’re saying is that socks serve a purpose, a purpose that’s widely different from the purpose sandals serve. Sandals, especially dainty heels like that, are supposed to make one’s silhouette look more poised while showing off one’s pretty feet. Socks, on the other hand are either worn when trying to escape cold or for absorbing sweat when wearing shoes–in Taapsee’s case, we don’t think either is applicable.Taapsee Pannu promoting Judwaa 2 with co-stars Varun Dhawan and Jacqueline Fernandez. Photo: Yogen Shah So, Taapsee, the question is simple–WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT TO A PERFECTLY CUTE OUTFIT?advertisementlast_img read more

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Vice-president to launch Sports Talent Portal on Aug 28

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 26 (PTI) Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu will officialy launch the Sports Ministrys much-awaited National Sports Talent Search Portal at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadiunm here on August 28. Sports Minister Vijay Goel said the Vice President has given his consent to be the chief guest of the ceremony. “There have always been issues regarding fair selection of talented sports personhs in the state, national and international levels for teams in various sporting disciplines in our country,” Goel said. “This has been a serious issue for our government and acordingly we took steps to evolve this portal, where every child who ys talented in a particular sport or his teacher of parent can upload the sporting achievements of the child who is eight years of age,” he said. Goel said this achievements will be considered by the Sports Ministry and Sports Authority of India while shortlisting the talented kids, who will then be called for trials at the nearest SAI Centre for final slection. The portal will provide a three step simple process for registration, pofile creatin and upload of achievements. Goel said around 1000 kids will be selected and they will receive scholarships of Rs 5 lakh per year for eight years. The portal will be available in English and otherv regional languages so that it is easier for any boy or girl who is talented in a particular sport to upload his or her achievements from any part of the country. The portal will also be avialable as as App which can be downleaded on smartphones. Besides, the Sports Minister today also announced the first edition of Rural Games or Grameen Khel Mahotsav which will start from the Capital. The first stage of the Rural Games will be held in Alipur, Mehrauli, Nangloi, Najafgarh and Shahadara from August 28 to September 1. PTI SSC AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

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FC Barcelona set to offer Lionel Messi lifetime deal

first_imgBarcelona will offer Lionel Messi a lifetime contract at the club, CEO Oscar Grau said on Saturday.Messi, 30, agreed a four-year deal with Barcelona in July, although has not officially signed it yet.Grau, speaking at the club’s annual general meeting, said the Argentine forward would be offered a similar deal to the one Barca’s Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta signed this month.”Messi signed a four-year deal in June, but the club will offer him a lifetime contract,” Grau told club members.”The idea is for Leo, who has been here since he was little, to stay here for life, as he is an icon. After he finishes playing we want him to remain linked to the club.”last_img

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FIFA U-17 WC organisers praise Assam authorities

first_imgKolkata, Oct 25 (PTI) Blaming the elements for the last minute shifting of the FIFA U-17 World Cup semifinal between Brazil and England from Guwahati to Kolkata, the Local Organising Committee (LOC) today praised the Assam government for its help during the tournament.LOC Tournament Director Javier Ceppi commended the authorities in Assam for helping the organisers in trying to get the pitch at the Indira Gandhi Athletics Stadium playable, though the match was ultimately taken to Kolkata, fearing that the poor pitch conditions could lead to injury to the players.”…nobody can control the weather and the effects these unforeseen rains had on the Field of Play made it impossible to ensure the safety of players for the scheduled semifinal match. The State Government gave us all its support to try to get the pitch to a playable condition, deploying workforce, manpower, extra equipment and even a helicopter to try to dry out the ground,” Ceppi said in an LOC statement.”Their efforts on this issue were commendable and we feel everyone in the Northeast should be proud of all the measures that Government of Assam put in place to try to resolve this situation,” he added.Ceppi said the organisers were extremely grateful for all the help and support provided by the authorities of Assam.”We have worked with the current authorities from Government of Assam for the past year and a half and they were the reason why Guwahati was chosen as a venue for the FIFA U- 17 World Cup India 2017.advertisement”Their unstinting support and commitment to the event was tremendous and it is fair that they get due acknowledgement and recognition for all the efforts they made to provide all the people of the Northeast the opportunity of enjoying World Cup football in the region,” said Ceppi. “Without the complete support and assurances given by the current authorities of Government of Assam, it would not have been possible to host the tournament in Guwahati. We are sure that with this leadership, Guwahati will keep on competing to become the Sports Capital of India,” he added. PTI PDS CM CMlast_img read more

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Poor infra hurdle for footballers in Nagaland: Sports dept dir

first_imgKohima, Nov 2 (PTI) Nagas are second to none in football but due to lack of proper infrastructure, the boys and girls here are unable to perform to the best of their abilities, said the states Youth Resources and Sports (YRS) department director, Linda Solo.The YRS director was addressing the inaugural function of the 23rd edition of Classic Cup, a prestigious football tournament in the state, on Local Ground here.”The department has two hostels, one each in Kohima and Dimapur, with quite a few students, but due to lack of proper infrastructure, our boys and girls are unable to perform to the best of their abilities,” she said.”Some of our talented youth are playing for clubs of other states in the Indian Super League, and we are proud of them. It is a shame that Nagaland doesnt offer similar opportunities to our players,” she said.Nonetheless, she asked the players not to lose heart as the sport was gaining momentum in the state.”The tournament is organised every year to promote young and talented footballers and foster a team spirit among them,” said Classic Club president K Neibou Sekhose. PTI NBS RMSlast_img read more

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