Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar skipped the International Yoga Day celebrations for the fourth consecutive year, this time despite being part of the NDA.Prior to this, the Bihar government did not celebrate this day as the Janata Dal (United) was part of the mahagathbandhan, however, this year it was expected that after the party joined the BJP-led NDA, the state government would be celebrating this day along with the BJP but that did not happen.The main event on the occasion of International Yoga Day was organised at the Patliputra Sports Complex. It was inaugurated by Governor Satyapal Malik and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Pataliputra MP Ram Kripal Yadav. Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi and three other ministers from the BJP quota were also in attendance. Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Modi (left) and Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad (centre) at the International Yoga Day celebrations in Bihar.India Today spoke to Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad over the non-participation of the Bihar chief minister who defended him maintaining that Nitish was a yoga enthusiast and the issues should not be politicized.”Nitish Kumar is a yoga enthusiast and yoga is a medium to connect. Media should find out what is the politics behind Nitish Kumar’s absence”, he said.Deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi also came to the defence of Nitish Kumar maintaining that several BJP quota ministers were also not present at the event but it did not mean that they were against yoga.advertisement”I know that Nitish does yoga every day. It is not that all the BJP quota ministers were present at today’s celebration but that does not mean that they are against yoga”, said deputy chief minister Sushil Modi.It is not a question about JDU. I know more than dozen people present here who are from JDU. Don’t people from RJD & JDU practice Yoga? It is not necessary that everyone comes out to participate: Bihar Dy CM Sushil Modi on reports of JDU not participating in Yoga day celebration pic.twitter.com/QSqYIQugqrANI (@ANI) June 21, 2018Modi also took a dig at RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav and said that Nitish performed yoga every day but those who did not do it have to undergo treatment at Mumbai hospital.It may be noted that after being convicted and sentenced to a twenty-seven years jail term Lalu Prasad Yadav is out on bail on medical grounds and is undergoing treatment at the Asian Heart Institute in Mumbai presently.READ| PM Modi leads 50,000 people to kick-start 4th International Yoga Day celebrationsWATCH| World celebrates 4th International Yoga Day
Belgium football fans who took the public transport on Wednesday had to endure further agony after the metro trains in Brussels played the French football anthem following the World Cup 2018 heartbreak in St Petersburg on Tuesday.As if crashing out of the World Cup was not enough, football fans had to listen to the French football anthem for two hours after Belgium lost 1-0 against France in the first semi-final in Russia.This was part of a bet between Brussels public transport authority and its Parisian counterpart which the former lost.MATCH REPORT | HIGHLIGHTSBefore the match, the two groups had challenged each other on social media. If Belgium won, Paris would change signs at its Saint-Lazare station to “Saint Hazard” in honour of Belgian whirlwind midfielder Eden Hazard.Also read – World Cup 2018: Umtiti’s celebratory moves go viral as France reach finalBut after the Red Devils’ heartbreaking defeat, Brussels instead had to “treat” travellers to the anthem “Tous Ensemble” – All together – by late French rocker Johnny Hallyday at 8 and 10 am.At least Hallyday’s father was a Belgian. The country honoured the singer’s heritage when he died last year, playing his greatest hits on trains and over loudspeakers on the Grand Place in central Brussels.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEThe current crop of players regarded by many as the “Golden Generation” will now concentrate on winning the third-place playoff on Saturday. They will wait the losers of the second semi-final between Croatia and England on Wednesday.advertisementWorld Cup 2018: Mick Jagger, King Philippe add glitz to high-octane semifinalBelgium’s best finish at a World Cup so far has been fourth when they lost the third-place playoff to France in the 1986 showpiece tournament.French fans in Russia on the other hand, enjoyed the stadium ambience and partied all night, while back home the fans were no different. Fans in Nice were gathered for celebration but things took an ugly turn by the end of the match.Revellers let off firecrackers moments before the final whistle of France’s World Cup semi-final against Belgium and 27 football fans were hurt in the stampede that followed.World Cup 2018: Scenes of despair in Belgium, jubilation in Paris French players shook hands with Thierry Henry, who helped Les Bleus win the World Cup in 1998 and is now Belgium’s assistant coach (Reuters Photo)Samuel Umtiti’s 51st-minute goal separated the two sides until the final whistle as France entered their third World Cup final after 1998 and 2006.Also read – France reach 3rd World Cup final, Belgium’s unbeaten streak ends: Key statsThe win also saw Didier Deschamps become the first French coach to reach the final of two major tournaments – Euro 2016 and World Cup 2018.After the game, the French players danced on the field after the final whistle and shook the hand of Thierry Henry, who helped Les Bleus win the World Cup in 1998 and is now Belgium’s assistant coach.France will now face either England or Croatia in the title clash in Moscow on July 15.If France manage to lift their second World Cup trophy, then Deschamps, who was captain of the triumphant team in 1998, will join a super-exclusive club as he will become only the third man in history to win the World Cup as a player and as a coach after Brazil legend Mario Zagallo and Germany great Franz Beckenbauer.(With Reuters inputs)
Hyundai seems to be working overtime on its next upcoming small-hatch and the heartthrob of a lot of people – the Santro. Okay, to be honest, it is not called the Santro yet but codenamed as AH2. However, the car is slated to be the modern successor to the Santro.In an event organized by Hyundai to celebrate their 20th anniversary, apart from the AH2 hatchback announcement which is expected to make ground by the end of this year. Hyundai CEO also confirmed 8 new car launches by the year 2020. We give you a lowdown of what to expect from the Korean car manufacturing giant. AH2 hatchback spotted testingThe first car to grace the launchpad will be the new Santro. The car is already undergoing active road tests in India and is slated to launch before Diwali and will go head on with the Maruti Suzuki Celerio, and Tata Tiago. The hatchback will be underpinned by the HA platform which also underpinned the now discontinued i10 hatchback. The new Santro hatchback will be powered by a 1.1-litre petrol which also powered the i10 as well. The powertrain will be mated to a 5-speed manual transmission and also AMT transmission which will be known as Smart Auto. Hyundai Kona EVHyundai is also slated to bring the new Kona EV which will come into the Indian market via the Completely Knocked Down route (CKD). The electric SUV will be launched in 2019 and will be priced at around Rs 25 lakh. The Kona EV will be powered by 39.2 kWh battery pack which will provide a 300km range. Power output is 134bhp and 395Nm and goes from zero to 100 in 9.7 secs all the way to 155kmph.advertisement Hyundai has also been testing out the Carlino subcompact SUV which made its debut at the 2016 Auto Expo and is slated to launch in April 2019. Once launched, the Carlino will go head on with the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Ford EcoSport, and the Tata Nexon. The pricing will be around Rs 7-9.5 lakh and has been codenamed QXI. The Carlino SUV will be offered in both petrol and diesel engines. The Carlino is based on the Elite i20 platform with it shares a number of features and will sit under the Creta once launched. Hyundai Tucson faceliftHyundai is also planning to bring the updated Tucson to the Indian market. The upcoming Tucson was spotted testing in Korea with launch scheduled for early 2019. The Tucson will rival the Jeep Compass and the VW Tiguan in the Indian market and will get a number of updates – exterior and interior. The Tucson will be powered by the all-new 1.6-litre diesel engine which churns out 115bhp and will be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. AWD will also be an option. Upcoming Hyundai Elantra faceliftAnother vehicle in the line of change will be the Hyundai Elantra facelift which will be coming to the Indian market sometime before 2020. Once launched officially, the Elantra will stand against rivals like the Toyota Corolla Altis and the Skoda Octavia. Upcoming Santa Fe designThe Hyundai Santa Fe is also on the launch timescale. The Santa Fe second gen was discontinued owing to poor sales. However, in recent spy shots the Santa Fe is slated to sport an updated design based on the Kona – Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language with signature cascading grille and slim headlamps, LED DRLs and headlamps and LED tail lamps as well. Upon launch, it will go head on with the Ford Endeavour, Toyota Fortuner, and the Skoda Kodiaq.
PV Sindhu will have her eyes set on the gold medal that cruelly slipped through her racquet last year at the Badminton World Championships. When Sindhu will take the court against Carolina Marin in the final at Nanjing, China, all she would want is the yellow metal.Sindhu is a World Championships silver medallist and has two bronze medals to her name at the tournament. Marin on the other hand, is a two-time gold-medallist at the BWF World Championships (2014, 2015). Marin has already beaten an Indian in a World Championships final when she defeated Saina Nehwal in straight games in 2015 and she will look to inflict another Indian misery.Even though Marin and Sindhu have faced each other many times since the Rio Olympics final, this is the first major event after 2016 when they face each other in a final.BWF World Championship 2018 final: Sindhu ready to give her best vs MarinSindhu entered the final with a spirited performance against world No.2 Akane Yamaguchi of Japan and beat her 21-16, 24-22 to guarantee herself another silver medal.Marin’s semi-final was against home favourite He Bingjiao and the Spanish player came from behind to beat the Chinese 13-21, 21-16, 21-13.Badminton World Championships 2018: Sindhu sets up final against MarinBoth are high on confidence, full of belief — the match is all set to be a battle of margins once more.Currently, the head-to-head record of Sindhu and Marin is tied at 6-6. Sunday’s final will be their fifth meeting since the Olympic Games. In the four encounters since then, Sindhu has come out victorious three times and all of them have come in straight games.advertisementPV Sindhu vs Yamaguchi, Badminton World Championships 2018 semi-final: HIGHLIGHTSSindhu’s quarter-final against Okuhara and semi-final vs Yamaguchi was all about who manages to take the initiative at crucial moments because they were to be rally games. Against Marin, it might be different.All through the tournament, Marin has looked in supreme form. Her confidence, her movement on court and her attacking strokes have been top notch.On the other hand, Sindhu has shown a lot more patience and variety in her strokes this tournament. Timely drop shots have been a major addition in Sindhu’s arsenal and that has helped her get past her opponents. Against Marin, she will need to bring all her variety to the court.Marin, in the first game of her semi-final against Bingjiao, looked clueless when Bingjiao hit the lines, created sharp angles, took around Marin and then surprised her with drop shots. That is the lesson Sindhu needs to extract from that game.In the next two games, Marin upped the ante, took a lot more initiative and got behind the shuttles early to get on with the attack — something Sindhu will need to counter.Sindhu has shown this tournament that she has developed the mental resolve and her fightback is not limited to just hanging on in the rallies anymore, she can take the initiative to kill the rally and win the point. She will need that against Marin on Sunday.The surprising drop shots, constant varying of pace in a rally, down-the-line smashes and impeccable net play — Sindhu will look to bring all of these strokes to the court today.This is Sindhu’s second BWF World Championships final in two years and she does not want to settle for silver once again.”Tomorrow is going to be an aggressive match. Again we know each other’s game, so no easy matches, no easy points, just have to turn up and give my best tomorrow,” Sindhu had said after her win over Yamaguchi on Saturday.
Weightlifting, wrestling and shooting continue to be India’s best medal bets at the upcoming Asian Games. But of its 550-plus contingent, there will be a few representing sports that barely get sponsorships or noticed by fans.Sport climbingSport climbing gets its first Asian Games break. Three climbers have been chosen for,Weightlifting, wrestling and shooting continue to be India’s best medal bets at the upcoming Asian Games. But of its 550-plus contingent, there will be a few representing sports that barely get sponsorships or noticed by fans.Sport climbingSport climbing gets its first Asian Games break. Three climbers have been chosen for the event, including 18-year-old Bharath Pereira from Bangalore, a six-time junior champion and defending senior one. There will be three events speed, speed relay and a category that combines lead, speed and bouldering. Climbing. (Photo: Cameron Spencer/ Getty Images)WushuThis Chinese form of martial arts is a combination of kicks, punches, stances, jumps, balances and more. India won five medals, including a gold, at the 2017 World Wushu Championships held in Kazan, Russia. One of the winners will be part of the 13-member squad sports Game for Fame. Wushu. (Photo: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)KurashThe traditional martial art of Uzbekistan makes its debut. Two combatants try to score points by throwing their opponent to the ground. The Indian Olympic Association is sending a 12-member team.Dragon boat race Thank the Delhi High Court for three rowers winning an appeal against the IOA, which did not include them in the Olympics team even though they won a medal at the fifth Asian Dragon Boat Championships. Dragon boat race. (Photo courtesy: DBFI)Sepak Takraw Popular in South East Asia. Players hit a woven ball over a high net without using hands or arms. As in volleyball, the ball should not touch the ground. India will send a mens and womens team.advertisement Sepak Takraw. (Photo: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP)
Jakarta, Aug 28 (PTI) Indian table tennis men’s team settled for a historic bronze medal after losing 0-3 to South Korea in a lop-sided semifinal at the 18th Asian Games here today. The team comprising G Sathiyan, Achanta Sharath Kamal and A Amalraj couldn’t put up a fight against the mighty Koreans, who set up a summit clash against defending champions China in a repeat of 2014 edition. Rising star G Sathiyan, ranked 39, suffered a 11-9 9-11 3-11 3-11 loss to Lee Sangsu in the opening game as India lagged 0-1.Experienced Sharath Kamal, word No 33, was then entrusted with the responsibility to bring India back in the game and he did put up a fight before going down 9-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 8-11 to Young Sik Jeoung in the second match as South Korea lead the tie 2-0.In the deciding third game, Amalraj was beaten 5-11 7-11 11-4 7-11 by 22-year-old Woojin Jang as South Korea clinched the tie 3-0.India had yesterday defeated fancied Japan 3-1 in the quarterfinals to assure the country its first-ever Asian Games medal in table tennis.India did not have a single medal in the sport which was introduced in the Games program in 1958. The likes of China (61 gold), Japan (20) and South Korea (10) swept the medals for long time. PTI ATK ATK KHSKHS
Oppo sub-brand Realme is on a roll. The company, earlier this week, launched its second phone in India called the Realme 2. Looks like Realme is all set to launch its third phone in the country next month. The company has already started teasing the phone on its social media. So far, Realme has confirmed that the next phone will be the Realme 2 Pro, and it will be launching in September, but didn’t reveal the exact launch timeline of the phone. A new report coming from Mobile Indian claims that the Realme 2 Pro will be launching in India on September 28.This bit of information has reportedly been confirmed by the Realme CEO Madhav Sheth himself. “We are going to launch Realme 2 Pro within a month,” said Sheth. Realme 2 was launched on August 28, which means, Realme 2 Pro will go official on September 28.Alongside confirming the launch date, Sheth has also confirmed that the Realme 2 Pro will be priced under Rs 20,000. “It will be priced a bit higher than Realme 1 but less than Rs 20,000,” he said. This means that the Pro version will aim to take on the likes of some of the very popular phones in the market right now, like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 Pro, Nokia 6.1 Plus and others.If the Realme 2 Pro is actually priced under Rs 20,000, this also means that the phone will be a much-upgraded version of the newly launched Realme 2 which comes with a starting price tag of Rs 8,990. The Realme 2 has been launched in the country for a starting price of Rs 8,990 for the 3GB/32GB storage version. The 4GB/ 64GB storage model has been priced at Rs 10,990.advertisementSheth didn’t reveal the specs details of the Realme 2 Pro but did say, the phone will come with “best of the processor and best of design”. We can expect the phone to run on Qualcomm chipset probably the Snapdragon 660.Sheth also made it clear that the newly launched Realme 2 isn’t an upgrade to Realme 1. He said that Realme 2 is a different smartphone altogether and is aimed at people looking for a budget phone with latest technologies in it like the dual rear cameras, notched display, and fingerprint sensor.ALSO READ: Realme teases launch of a new smartphone in September, could be Realme 2 ProThe Realme 2 will go on sale for the first time in India on September 4 exclusively on Flipkart. The smartphone comes with a 6.2-inch HD+ display with a 19:9 aspect ratio. Under the hood, it is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 450 chipset with Adreno 506 GPU paired with 3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB storage. Both the storage memory will be expandable via microSD card up to 256GB. On the software front, the Realme 2 will run on Android 8.1 Oreo-based ColorOS 5.1. On the camera front, the phone sports a dual camera set up on the back consisting of a primary sensor of 13-megapixel primary sensor and a secondary sensor of 2-megapixel. On the front, the Realme 2 comes with an 8-megapixel sensor just as the Realme 1. The Realme 2 comes packed with a massive 4,230mAh battery — which as the company claims to deliver an all-day battery life.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will not, at least for now, implement the Central Information Commission’s ruling, which directs the Board to fall under the Right to Information (RTI) Act.The CIC on Monday had ruled that the Board is answerable to the people of the nation and hence “the RTI Act should be made applicable to the BCCI along with its entire constituent member cricketing associations.”However, the BCCI has written back to the CIC that it will not be able to implement the ruling since the matter is subjudice before the Madras High Court, which had put a stay on the issue following BCCI’s petition in May.”The BCCI has informed the CIC that it will not be able to implement the ruling of the Central Information Commission. The Board had taken a stay from the Madras High Court, somewhere in the month of May, over a similar issue of BCCI falling under the RTI ambit,” a senior BCCI official told India Today.”We have consistently maintained that the BCCI is not a government funded body and we have already moved the Madras High Court on this. So we will inform the Court that the matter is already there before the Madras High Court, which has put a stay on the matter as of now,” he added.READ – BCCI office bearers question COA role, to challenge RTI verdictThe entire issue snowballed when an RTI applicant Geeta Rani had sought information on the provisions and guidelines under which the BCCI, a private body, was selecting players for the Indian team and representing the country. The information was sought from the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, which could not give a satisfactory response following which the issue landed up at the doors of CIC, the appellant body in RTI matters.advertisementThe CIC not only asked the BCCI to come up with a response to Geeta Rani’s queries within 10 days, but also directed the Board to put in place online and offline mechanisms within 15 days to receive applications on information under the RTI Act.READ – BCCI brought under RTI Act by Central Information Commission”The BCCI should have been held accountable under all circumstances for any violations of basic human rights of the stake holders. As on today, there is no mechanism to question such violations, except filing a general writ petition in constitutional courts,” Information Commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu wrote in his 37-page order.Acharyulu also cited a Law Commission Report and said: “It not only affirmatively recognised the economic (monopoly) nature of the BCCI acting as a sports federation for cricket but also outlined the power and ability of such a body to impact the human rights of athletes and potential athletes,” he added.
India bowling coach Bharat Arun has ruled out the possibility of dropping KL Rahul from the second Test versus West Indies and said that he is an outstanding player and needs to be persisted with.Rahul has failed to nail down a spot at the top of the order for India despite impressing on occasions. However, he will get another go in the second Test versus West Indies as the selectors look to persist with him for the West Indies tour.Arun also backed the Karnataka batsman despite his failure in England largely and the first Test against West Indies in Rajkot.”Technical weakness as what you perceive I do not know but Ravi Shastri and Sanjay Bangar had a good chat with him.”As a coach, I feel Rahul is an outstanding player with tremendous potential, who should be persisted with. (in Rahul) we have a super batsman in the future for us,” said Arun steering clear if Mayank Agarwal would make his Test debut.Also read – Rishabh Pant in fray for five-match ODI series vs West IndiesThe 55-year-old also made it clear that team is not thinking on lines of experimentation with the opener’s spot.”It’s not the question of experimenting but the position we are in, we would like to consolidate. We would like to put the best team on the park and I believe anyone in the 16 can play.” Umesh Yadav only played one Test each in South Africa and England (Reuters Photo)Arun also praised Umesh Yadav for his skills but said that he has been unfortunate to get less games in South Africa and England.Also read – Deepak Chahar hopeful of another chance after ordinary ODI debutadvertisement”It’s really unfortunate that Umesh didn’t get to play a lot in South Africa and in England. The reason being, bowlers who played, performed exceptionally well,” said Arun referring to one Test each in South Africa and England.This was after a series of fine performances on unresponsive Indian tracks.”We look at Umesh as somebody who is quick. We also have a system where we rotate the bowlers so that they remain fresh and Umesh is a part of that (policy). We are extremely confident about what Umesh can bring to the table.”Arun also praised Prithvi Shaw’s temperament and said the best part is unearthing a new talent in every game.”Every Test match that we play, we have been able to throw up new players. Like Prithvi Shaw in the last Test match. More than the runs that he got, he was able to show composure for a guy playing his first Test match, these are things that we look at,” Arun said.There was considerable interest about local boy Mohammed Siraj’s chances of a Test debut but Arun remained non committal.However, he termed Siraj as “quick learner” whom he has nurtured since his time as Hyderabad Ranji coach.”He is a very very quick learner and during my stint with Hyderabad, I found him picking up things quickly. With experience and recent performances for A team showed how quick a learner Siraj is,” he said.Meanwhile skipper Virat Kohli didn’t attend the session as it was optional.(With inpurts from PTI)
Los Angeles, Oct 18 (PTI) Tom Holland and Zendaya have completed the shooting of “Spider-Man: Far From Home”.Holland, who reprises the title role as Spider-Man/ Peter Parker in the sequel to 2017’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming”, announced the wrap Wednesday.The 22-year-old actor shared a still with co-star Zendaya, in which he can be seen sporting the new Spider-Man suit.He captioned the photo: “THAT’S A WRAP #farfromhome.”In July, Holland revealed the title of the film, his second stand-alone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, in a faux pas on Instagram.Micheal Keaton, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon and Marisa Tomei are also expected to reprise their respective roles.Jake Gyllenhaal plays the antagonist, Mysterio.The studio is eyeing July 5, 2019 as a release date. PTI RDSRDS
Defending champions Chennaiyin FC may have been left with nothing to defend after ATK handed them a 3-2 defeat in an Indian Super League tie at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Chennai, on Sunday.Chennaiyin, who were handed their seventh loss from 10 matches, have teams who are doing worse than them. FC Pune City and Delhi Dynamos are still below them but never before has a defending champion looked so out of sorts.A screamer from former Chennaiyin FC winger Jayesh Rane (14′) gave ATK the lead which was cancelled out by Thoi Singh (24′). Manuel Lanzarote then converted two penalties in either half (44′, 78′) to make it 3-1, while Isaac Vanmalsawma got a late consolation (88′) for Chennaiyin FC.The result took ATK to the fifth spot with 15 points, the same as Jamshedpur FC just ahead of them.The match got off to an energetic start with both sides threatening early in the game. However, the scoring woes of both teams came to the fore as those chances were spurned.ATK, however, opened their account in the 14th minute when Hitesh Sharma found Rane in space down the middle. With nobody closing him down, Rane let fly a sumptuous strike from 30 yards out that whistled into the top corner.ATK continued to test the Chennaiyin defence on occasions but the defending champions hit back in the 24th minute against the run of play.Isaac did well to keep a ball alive near the byline before feeding Mailson Alves inside the box. The Brazilian laid it off to Thoi who sent an arrowing shot into the far corner to level scores.ATK, though, kept on searching for a second goal and it came two minutes before the half-time whistle. Manuel Lanzarote did brilliantly to get to the byline and cut a pass back to Hitesh whose shot hit the arms of Eli Sabia. The referee had no hesitation in awarding a penalty which Lanzarote coolly converted.Penalties cost Chennaiyin FCAs expected, ATK sat deep and focused on maintaining their defensive shape in the second-half. The pace of the game died down a bit but Chennaiyin did have an opportunity a few minutes before the hour mark. Isaac picked out Jeje Lalpekhlua at the far post but the striker’s header from point-blank range was straight at Arindam Bhattacharya and Thoi could not turn in the rebound.The home team kept pressing for an equaliser but were dealt a body blow in the 77th minute. A goalmouth melee saw second-half substitute Carlos Salom use his hands to block a goal-bound ball. The referee awarded another penalty and booked Salom and Laldinliana Ralte for dissent. Up stepped Lanzarote who sent the goalkeeper the wrong way again to make it 3-1.At the other end, the tale of wasted chances continued with Thoi Singh missing a sitter after Isaac had picked him out with a cross.Isaac bundled a Thoi Singh cross late on to spark some interest in the game but it was ultimately not to be as Chennaiyin’s title defence stands on the verge of a collapse.advertisementAlso Read | Euro 2020 qualifying: Germany to face Netherlands, Portugal handed tricky drawAlso Read | Premier League: Liverpool and Arsenal win dramatic derbies
(Eds: Recasting intro, adding information, editing throughout) Mumbai, Dec 20 (PTI) The world’s most popular professional basketball league, the NBA, Thursday announced it will bring two pre-season games to India next year, making it the first North American sports league to foray into the country. The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced that the Indiana Pacers and the Sacramento Kings will play in two pre-season games in Mumbai on October 4 and 5 next year. The games will take place at the NSCI Dome in Worli, announced NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum and NBA India Managing Director Yannick Colaco here. “Our inaugural NBA India Games will help further untap the enormous basketball potential in a country with a thriving sports culture and a growing, young and engaged population,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a media release. “We thank the Kings and Pacers organisations for participating in this historic event,” he added. In addition to the games, the league and its partners would conduct interactive fan activities, junior NBA youth basketball programming and NBA Cares community outreachevents. The Kings, under the leadership of the NBA’s first Indian-born majority owner and Mumbai native Vivek Ranadive, currently features 2018 No. 2 overall draft pick Marvin Bagley III, 2017 No. 5 overall draft pick DeAaron Fox and 2016 No. 6 overall draft pick Buddy Hield (Bahamas). Draft picks are players who are eligible to compete in the NBA, selected by the competing teams. The Pacers roster currently features 2018 NBA All-Star Victor Oladipo, 2016 NBA All-Rookie second team member Myles Turner and 2016 No. 11 overall draft pick Domantas Sabonis (Lithuania).advertisement”We are proud to be the first global sports league to bring games of this scale to India. The NBA and basketball have never been more popular in India, and fans will get to enjoy world-class showcases for our sport between two exciting teams in the Sacramento Kings and the Indiana Pacers,” said Colaco.Ranadive said his team is looking forward to playing in the first NBA games in India.”The Sacramento Kings are proud to be playing in the first NBA games ever held in India. As an Indian-American, it is an honour to help bring this historic moment to the country where I was raised,” said Ranadive.”We are thrilled to be one of the first two teams to play the first-ever game in India and proud to be part of the expanding NBA worldwide footprint of our game of basketball,” said Simon. The NBA matches are telecast live in India. The 2018-19 season includes five consecutive Sunday games from March 10 to April 7 that will air in primetime in the country. Since 2006, more than 35 current and former NBA and Women’s NBA players have visited India. The NBA office in Mumbai opened in 2011. The NBA Academy India, a training center in Delhi, officially opened in May last year. PTI SSR RSY PM PM
Tim Paine, possibly excited with a late spell of fierce fast bowling from Pat Cummins, decided to troll Rishabh Pant even as India took firm control of the Boxing Day Test on the third day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.India had declared after scoring 443 for 7 in their first innings before Jasprit Bumrah picked up 6 for 33 to bowl Australia out for 151. India decided not to enforce the follow-on despite taking a 292-run lead.As it happened, Pat Cummins ripped through the Indian top-order to reduce them to 54 for 5 at stumps. However, it really was still India’s day as they finished with a 346-run lead.On a pitch with variable bounce, this is already a huge advantage. However, that did not stop Paine from having a go at Rishabh Pant who came out to bat after Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma.This is what Paine told Pant – “Tell you what big MS is back in the one day squad. Should get this bloke down to Hurricanes.. They need a batter.Fancy that extend you Aussie holiday, beautiful town Hobart too… get him a water front apartment”Have him over for dinner.Do you babysit? I can take my wife to the movies while you watch the kids.”Tim Paine doing some recruiting for the @HurricanesBBL out in the middle of the ‘G… #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/6btRZA3KI7cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 28, 2018Pant is prone to playing rash shots but in the first innings in Melbourne, he showed he was prepared to grind it out. Paine wanted to distract India’s chirpy wicketkeeper and trolled him over MS Dhoni’s return to the ODI side.advertisementDhoni, who was not included in the T20I series against West Indies and Australia, was recalled into the ODI squads for the tours of Australia and New Zealand. Rishabh Pant was left out.Paine sledged Pant over the snub and asked him if he would be interested in playing for Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League. The conversation was caught on stump mic and the Australian commentators felt Paine had better watch out after exchanging words with Pant.Rishabh Pant is not shy of saying a few words either. In the first Test in Adelaide, he sledged Pat Cummins who clearly struggled to play R Aswhin.Tim Paine is now famous for his witty one-liners from behind the stumps. In Perth, after a showdown with Virat Kohli, he asked Murali Vijay if he liked his skipper as a bloke.In the first innings at the MCG, Paine tried to distract Rohit Sharma with some IPL chat he had with Aaron Finch. On Thursday, Finch admitted it was a tactic to force a false shot from Rohit.Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah does what Waqar, Wasim and Vaas could not doAlso Read | Rohit Sharma responds to Tim Paine’s IPL banter: If he gets a hundred, we’ll buy him
Three wins in three games for Manchester United under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, 12 goals scored and an Old Trafford crowd that, like the players themselves, are enjoying football again.No one at United wants to talk about previous boss Jose Mourinho as they want his name consigned to the history books, but then again Paul Pogba wanted to make a point.Pogba scored twice in Sunday’s 4-1 win over Bournemouth, after a double against Huddersfield Town on Boxing Day, and he exuded confidence and positivity throughout the match and just enough diplomacy after it to avoid a direct criticism of Mourinho, with whom he had a fraught relationship.”We are Manchester United and we need to be at the top of the league, it is just a reaction of all of the players and everyone is enjoying themselves,” said Pogba.”It is different, we still won games with the old manager but it is just a different style of playing, we are more offensive and we are creating more chances and that is how we want to play,” he added.”I always want to do more, but I want to play for the team and play simple.”After wins over Cardiff City and Huddersfield, United continued to play with a verve and imagination that was missing during the latter stages of the Mourinho reign.”We needed the win and we had a great performance as well. We are coming back, and there is still a long way to go, but to finish the year like that is beautiful,” said the French World Cup winner.advertisement”We played well today. We showed the crowd what we can do.”@VLindelof on #MUNBOU and @PaulPogba… pic.twitter.com/KGJttJAy4KManchester United (@ManUtd) December 30, 2018Solskjaer was full of appreciation for Pogba’s performance whilst offering a hint of what he doesn’t want to see from the former Juventus midfielder.”That is a top, top performance from a midfielder because it is all-round – it is work-rate, it is dangerous in the box, winning headers, winning tackles and there is no showboating,” he said of Pogba.Ole was certainly impressed with #MUFC’s attacking display against Bournemouth! Check out our Official App for more reaction: https://t.co/VHxHkra2EV pic.twitter.com/5bdhuZTE3BManchester United (@ManUtd) December 30, 2018″It is touch, pass, move, he plays an efficient game and Paul knows he is at his best when he plays that game,” added the Norwegian.Solskjaer said he hadn’t felt the need to tell Pogba to cut out the showboating but clearly believes his message has got through.”It is the same I have said to all the players – we want to see the best out of them, enjoying themselves, expressing themselves, within the framework of how we want to see the team play. All of them have really performed up to top standards,” he said.Also Read | Manchester City return to winning ways, Chelsea beat Crystal PalaceAlso Read | Salah’s gesture towards Firmino made Klopp emotional: I almost cried
Shane Watson scored the first hundred of the 2019 Big Bash League but a power failure in Brisbane meant the match between Brisbane Heat and Sydney Thunder had to be called off on Thursday. Watson’s 100 had earlier helped Thunder post 186 for 4 at the Gabba before a bizarre situation forced play to be called off.It could have been a memorable match for Sydney Thunder. Shane Watson’s 100 had set them up perfectly before Brisbane Heat were reduced to 10 for 2 following the dismissals of the Bash brothers – Brendon McCullum and Chris Lynn.However, the play was stalled when, after the third over, two floodlights and several overhead lights on one head of the ground went out.”There has been a power outage occur which has interrupted play,” a Cricket Australia spokesperson said. “This is being looked into as a priority. Further updates will be provided in due course.”Watson left frustrated after floodlight failureSydney skipper Shane Watson and coach Shane Bond were eager to continue and even offered to bowl only spinners for the sake of safety. The crowd, meanwhile, flashed their torch lights on their mobile phones to try and help.It’s all over. Floodlight failure at the Gabba as prevented a finish #BBL08 pic.twitter.com/B7lKkqJ3y1KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 17, 2019Time and time again we’ve told The Gabba to switch to @alintaenergy… #BBL08 pic.twitter.com/c1yP3Z4Uc7KFC Big Bash League (@BBL) January 17, 2019However, the Heat were adamant they did not want to play. With Sydney Thunder in cruise control, Watson and Bond had every reason to feel frustrated.advertisement”We think it’s safe enough to play,” Bond told Fox Cricket.”We said we’d bowl our spinners because we want a game of cricket – obviously we’re in a stronger position (than the Heat).”The umpires have said we think its unsafe.”The whole city of Brisbane it seems was suffering from a power outage.Also Read | Why David Warner is returning early from Bangladesh Premier LeagueAlso Read | Rishabh Pant posts photo with girlfriend Isha Negi. Fans can’t keep calmAlso Read | Watch: David Warner bats right-handed in BPL 2019, smashes Chris Gayle for a sixAlso See:
Of late, Google is rumoured to be working on two affordable versions of the Pixel 3. Expected to be called the Pixel 3 Lite series, the new devices are expected to offer the thrills of the flagship Pixel without asking for flagship amount of money. It is even speculated that the new Pixel 3 Lite devices will be launched across the world by the middle of 2019. While Pixel fans have been looking forward to just the Lite series, a new mysterious device has popped up on Geekbench. Wonder what name does this device hold? Google Pixel 4.Yes, out of the blue, a device carrying the name of Google Pixel 4 has been spotted by Nashville Chatter on Geekbench. The device also carries a codename of Sargo, which we had last seen on Pixel 3 Lite leaks. The device doesn’t show the chipset or the camera details of the device. However, it offers surprising information that many might be shocked to know.–The device sports 2GB RAM.– It runs on Android 10.The single core score of the phone is just 744 and the multi core score reads 3201. The scores don’t indicate a fairly powerful chipset from the Snapdragon 800 series chipset.While there’s no concrete information about the device and chances of this leaked information being false are high, the device shown here could be just a prototype. However, if this leak is to be believed, then this device could possibly end up as the Google Pixel 3 Lite or Pixel 3a – the cheaper Pixel device.The ‘Sargo’ codename indicates the possibility of this device being the Pixel 3 Lite or Pixel 3a. Previously, all the leaks related to Pixel 3 Lite carried the name ‘Sargo.’ Since 2GB RAM wouldn’t be fit for any smartphone or tablet belonging to flagship stature, it seems that Google will offer the Pixel 3 Lite or Pixel 3a with a base variant that could sport a minimum of 2GB RAM. Even for a budget Android smartphone, 2GB RAM seems inadequate. However, Google could be relying on its software optimisation to offer a smooth user experience.advertisementThere’s also a higher chance that Geekbench hasn’t shown accurate information of the device being tested. All Google Pixel devices till date have come with 4GB RAM as standard. Therefore, a Pixel device with 2GB RAM seems unlikely and could be a possible error or the information has been concealed.What we believe though that this could also be a prototype unit not supposed to make it to the commercial market. There’s a high chance that this device could be a demo device for showcasing or testing Android 10 before it is released to the public.Would you prefer to use a Google Pixel smartphone with 2GB RAM in 2019? Can Google avoid shoving more RAM like Chinese smartphone makers with efficient software optimisation?ALSO READ | Pixel 3 Lite leaks: Camera like one in Pixel 3, Snapdragon 670, possible price and other key detailsALSO READ | Pixel 3 XL Lite will have more RAM than Pixel 3 XL, more specifications leak as wellALSO READ | Google Pixel 3 Lite, Pixel 3 XL Lite: Specs, prices and all we know so far
HMD Global on Sunday kicked off its MWC 2019 keynote by announcing a brand new feature phone, the Nokia 210. The company has made it a tradition to launch one new feature phone at MWC as part of its “Original” family. Two years ago, it was the Nokia 3310, last year it was the Nokia 8110 4G and now we have the Nokia 210. The Nokia 210 is being touted as the most affordable internet-connected device. The Nokia 210 does pre-loaded with Opera Mini for feature phone users to get online.Nokia 210 price and availabilityThe Nokia 210 has been priced at a nightly low USD 35 (approx Rs 2,500). This is noticeably cheaper than the Nokia 8110 4G slider phone that was announced last year at EUR 79 (approx Rs 6,300). The Nokia 210 will be available in select markets starting next week. The company will likely launch the Nokia 210 in India, which is one of the biggest feature phone markets in the world. As of now, there is no exact word on when the Nokia 210 will be coming to the country and at what price.Nokia 210 specificationsAfter reviving the Nokia 8110 4G “banana phone” last year, HMD has now introduced a new Nokia 201 feature phone. The biggest USP of this feature phone is that it supports internet access and comes with its own App Store. The Nokia 201 also comes with Opera Mini pre-loaded and supports dual SIM cards. It seems the Nokia 210 does not support 4G, as HMD has made no mention of that during the announcement. The Nokia 210 comes with 16MP internal storage and 4MB RAM.advertisementThe Nokia 201 sports a 2.4-inch QVGA display and a traditional alpha-numeric keypad. It houses a 1020mAh battery and supports FM. Additionally, the Nokia 210 comes with the Classic Snakes game pre-loaded. Nokia feature phones have maintained a strong position in many markets, especially India. HMD has been the market leader in a feature phone segment for the past two quarters, and the company will look to maintain its position in this segment with the help of the Nokia 210.
From a vertiginous height of 65 meters, I soak in a breathtaking panorama of Vienna, the Austrian capital city. Terracotta rooftops in hues of sherbet, exquisite neo-classical buildings, glitzy post-modern facades and skyscrapers fill the lens of my DSLR. In the distance loom the lush Vienna woods.I’m ensconced in one of the 22 capsules of the Wiener Riesenrad, a giant wheel at Prater Park – the oldest amusement park in the world. One of the city’s marquee attractions, the Reisenrad was built in 1897, my guide Susanne Maurer informs me as we’re hoisted to a dizzying height, turning our legs to jelly.Disgorged from the contraption after the 20-minute ride, we amble towards Prater Park’s other attractions – more rides, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and the Vienna Chocolate Museum. In the last, we learn about cocoa’s transformation from a dark, rugged bean to a glistening product through engaging exhibits.Chocolate making workshops are in progress for apron-swathed kids who seem to be clearly having a good time.The possibilities for fun-loving tourists are endless in Vienna. Known by varied monikers, such as the ‘city of music’ and the ‘city of dreams, the central European metropolis’, offerings are diverse and eclectic. Over the course of my six-day stay, I also checked these out:SCHONBRUNN PALACE Schonbrunn is to Austria what the Taj Mahal is to India – a stellar destination that offers a snapshot of the country’s imperial past. I strolled through the colossal 1,441-room structure admiring its sumptuous furnishings, handcrafted furniture and artworks observing how Austrian royalty lived. The palace’s gorgeously landscaped gardens – tended to by hundreds of gardeners – are eminently Instagram-able.advertisementTHE STRUDEL SHOW One of Vienna’s most popular desserts is the apple strudel, the oldest strudel recipe dates back to 1696. It is now one of Vienna’s most iconic dishes and a musttry when you’re in this charming city.You can even master the technique of rustling up this confection at a strudel show in Schonbrunn Palace. For this I headed down to the imperial bakery at Café Residenz where a witty chef whipped up this traditional desert with pastry so thin I could see through it. The best part – I got to sample it afterwards and take home the original recipe, too.VIENNA STATE OPERA Opera and fine architecture are synonymous with Vienna, and the Vienna State Opera melds both nicely. The exquisite building, located smack dab in the heart of downtown (Innere Stadt district), is considered one of the finest opera houses in the world.With its neo-Renaissance façade, sundry arches and arched windows, and baroque interiors, it mimics a palace more than a place of musical celebration. Enjoy a performance here by booking in advance as tickets are sold out quickly.THE NASCHMARKT Savour a slice of local life at this popular alfresco food market which best reflects Vienna’s pluralistic ethos. Shopkeepers, artisanal farmers and producers from over 40 nations sell everything from fresh fruit to vegetables to herbs, spices, cheese, sausage, seafood, vinegar, apparel and footwear.The atmosphere is so thick it can be sliced with a knife. The sounds, sights and smells are tantalising with vendors hollering and inviting you for free tastings. Israeli, Iranian, Egyptian and Turkish cafes selling succulent kebabs, shakshuka, falafel and other authentic delicacies add to the market’s vibrancy.SPANISH RIDING SCHOOL One of the finest institutes for classical dressage in the world and a long-standing Austrian tradition, the Spanish Riding School has been training pedigreed horses in the art of dressage for centuries. For equestrian sports lovers this is a must see in Vienna, while non-riders can still appreciate the passion and love that is put into this art form.The riding school was built during the Habsburg monarchy and has stood ever since. Demonstrations/training sessions of the graceful thoroughbreds to the sound of Mozart/Beethoven music will keep you thoroughly enchanted through the two-hour show.VIENNA WOODS At the foothills of the Northern Limestone Alps, the Vienna Woods lie to the west of the city straddling 45km. The area is a popular getaway for the locals as well as tourists. Several rivers form the boundaries of the woods where you can enjoy a bucolic landscape. Underground boat rides (seegrotte), hunting lodges and picturesque villages unblemished by modernity add a touch of whimsy to the setting.BREATHE IN, BREATHE OUT Last but not least, don’t forget to breathe deep – really deep – in Vienna. Ranked as the most livable city in the world by the Mercer Index for the 10th year in a row, its clean air is a big lure for pollution-fatigued Indian travellers. Water is so pure and fresh you can drink straight from the tap as it makes its way down from the Alpine glaciers to people’s homes requiring no purification during its 36-hour transit.advertisementALSO READ | Do planes fly over Mount Everest? Frequent flyer reveals chilling answersALSO READ | Do you behave badly while on a holiday? Japan might send you back
Several people on Wednesday raised objections after police personnel in civil uniform sported saffron scarves at a political roadshow in Bhopal.Senior Congress leader and party candidate from Bhopal, Digvijaya Singh, was accompanied by Namdeo Das Tyagi, also known as Computer Baba, for the particular roadshow.However, one of the on-duty police personnel told news agency ANI that they were “made to wear this”, following which objections were raised.Police told India Today TV that the arrangement was part of the security measures and added that this is the “standard operating procedure”. They also said that the measure was undertaken as a drill for BJP candidate Pragya Singh Thakur’s roadshow in the evening.Bhopal: Police personnel in civil uniform seen wearing saffron scarves at the roadshow of Computer Baba and Digvijay Singh (Congress candidate from the Lok Sabha seat); a policewoman says “we’ve been made to wear this”. #MadhyaPradesh pic.twitter.com/RN8UUN2oMCANI (@ANI) May 8, 2019However, Bhopal DIG said no police personnel wore scarves of any colour.”We and the organisers of the event had enrolled volunteers and we have no say in as to what volunteers wear. No police personnel wore scarves of any color,” he said.Many seers on Wednesday went to Bhopal to support Congress candidate Digvijaya Singh, who is contesting against Sadhvi Pragya in the upcoming phase of Lok Sabha elections 2019.Computer Baba, who has extended support to Digvijaya Singh, has been telling fellow seers that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had “fooled” the community by using the Ram Mandir issue as a political tool.advertisement”BJP has fooled not just the public but the community of seers as well. All sadhus who are with me unanimously say that without a Ram Mandir there will not be a Modi government again, we are holding the Yagna to ensure Digvijaya Singh’s win,” he said on Monday.Computer Baba had earlier said that more than 7,000 seers from all over the country will camp in Bhopal for three days and campaign for Digvijaya Singh.Namdeo Das Tyagi or Computer Baba was appointed the Minister of State (MoS) position in the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government but he openly rebelled against the BJP after being denied a party ticket for the state assembly elections held in Madhya Pradesh.
Virat Kohli shared a throwback photo on social media which prompted Yuvraj Singh to troll the Team India captain.”#FlashbackFriday Hey guys can you guess this city?,” Kohli posted a photo, to which Yuvraj had an hilarious answer.”Looks like Kotkapura? @harbhajan3 what do u think?,” Yuvraj replied to Kohli’s post.As a matter of fact, Kot Kapura is a historic city in Punjab.Kohli did not exactly have a successful Indian Premier League season with Royal Challengers Bangalore, even though he was among the top 10 run-scorers in IPL 2019.After a rather gruelling IPL season, Kohli is on much-deserved break in Goa – at least according to viral photos on social media.Kohli’s next assignment will be with the Indian cricket team at the 2019 ICC World Cup, which will run from May 30 to July 14.On Friday, Kohli received praise from Rahul Dravid.”Virat, you know he just keeps improving, keeps getting better. He is setting bars and standards that possibly we thought would never be achieved. Sachin (Tendulkar) scored 49-50 hundreds in one-day cricket. People thought that this would take a lot of time to achieve. Will it be ever achieved and now Virat is 10 away from it or close to it,” Rahul Dravid said.”One of the things about Virat is that even if he has a bad tour, it is not that he hasn’t had bad tours, he had disappointing tour of England in 2014, he wasn’t as successful in Australia first time around, but every time he goes back again he goes back as a better player. He sort of reinvents his game to a point where he is constantly improving,” Dravid added.advertisement