first_imgThe Indian government felicitated the Asian Games 2018 medal winners with cash awards after India registered its best-ever medal haul in the history of the Asian Games on Tuesday.Cash rewards of Rs 40 lakh were given to gold medallists while silver and bronze winners got Rs 20 and Rs 10 lakh each.India returned home with 69 medals from the Jakarta and Palembang games. Out of the 69 medals, 15 were gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze.India’s previous best medal haul was at the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou, China. That year, India bagged a total of 65 medals (14 gold, 17 silver and 34 bronze)Also read – Manjit Singh requests sports ministry to include him in TOP Scheme after Asiad gold India won 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze medals at this year’s Asian Games (Reuters Photo)Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore were present at the ceremony along with other Union Ministers Kiren Rijiju and Mahesh Sharma, Sports Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar, IOA President Narinder Batra and SAI DG Neelam Kapur.Also read – India sign off with best ever medal haul in their Asian Games historyRajnath congratulated all the medal winners and said that India will soon become a sporting superpower in the world.”I’m thrilled with our athletes’ performance. I’m confident India will soon not only become economic superpower but also a sporting power,” he said.”I congratulate all the medal winners and give my blessings to all of them.”Also read – Asian Games bridge gold medallists Bardhan, Sarkar devoid of official blazersadvertisementRajnath was also full of praise for Sports Minister Rathore for his commitment and dedication towards developing sports in India.”Rathore’s commitment and compassion towards sports in incomparable. Every Indian would be proud of his dedication towards sports,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgHMD Global is on a roll of late. Reports flooding the internet suggest that the Finland-based smartphone manufacturer is currently working on two smartphones — the Nokia 9 and the Nokia X7, which is the follow-up device of the Nokia X5 and the X6 launched very recently. A lot has already been talked about both the smartphones, but now, images of front panels of both the handsets have leaked showing off notch-less screens.Coming to the alleged Nokia 9 image first, the phone is seen with much thinner bezels compared to the predecessor Nokia 8. Surprisingly, the Nokia 9, as the previous rumours and leaks suggested, isn’t seen with notched display in the new front panel images. In the leaked image, the Nokia 9 is seen with notch-less screen and very thin bezels all around. The top bezel includes the sensor, earpiece and the selfie camera.There’s also no fingerprint sensor on the front, which means, the Nokia 9 will come with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, or HMD Global might just bring the in-display fingerprint sensor to the phone. Considering the handset is expected to sport fiver rear cameras — as the previous reports suggest, if HMD Global puts the sensor below or beside the 5 cameras, the rear panel might just look too cluttered, which may not be very attractive to look at.The Nokia 9 has been subjected to several leaks and rumours in the last couple of weeks. So, we already know a lot about the phone. The Nokia 9 is expected to sport Penta-lens camera setup with a fixed primary sensor and switchable secondary sensor. Reports also suggest that the phone will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845, glass back, and dual SIM support. As suggested by the Samsung’s buyback page on its Latvian website, the Nokia 9 will come in both single and dual SIM option. As per the list, the upcoming Nokia phone will have four variants — 64GB single SIM, 64GB dual SIM, 128GB single SIM and 128GB dual SIM.advertisementBesides the Nokia 9, the front panel image of the Nokia X7 has also leaked. In contrary to the Nokia 9, the Nokia X7 is seen with thick bezels, but there’s also a similarity. The Nokia X7 is also seen in notch-less screen. HMD Global has already teased the Nokia X7. Not much is know about the phone right now apart from the fact that the phone will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 18 (PTI) Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover India Tuesday said it has started offering advanced connectivity features on its flagship products, the Range Rover, Range Rover Sport and Discovery. The vehicles now come with connectivity features called Protect, Remote Premium and Secure Tracker under the InControl Package. “It has been our endeavour to bring the very best and latest connected car technologies into India and we are delighted that our tech-savvy customers can now enjoy a more safe and secure driving experience,” JLR India President and Managing Director Rohit Suri said in a statement. JLR first introduced 4G capable Wi-Fi and Pro Services in 2017. As an extension, the company has now added Land Rover optimised assistance and SOS emergency call under Protect, Remote Premium and Secure Tracker, it said. PTI MSS ANSANSlast_img read more

first_imgIndia striker Balwant Singh will not feature for India in their friendly against China on Saturday as he had to drop out of the squad due to passport issues.India are playing China at the Suzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium as part of their preparation for the AFC Asian Cup in UAE, starting January 5. It is after a gap of eight years that India have qualified for the event.India are placed in Group A alongside UAE, Thailand and Bahrain and it is going to be a very tough outing for the Blue Tigers in away conditions.National team coach Stephen Constantine wants to make sure that India play tough matches ahead of the Asian Cup and that’s why he requested for tough friendlies but the Balwant situation has him frustrated.WATCH – India sweat it out at the JLN stadium Constantine said that Balwant has done really well under him for the last year and a half and Balwant was surely a part of his plans but he is now not available.”Balwant Singh had to drop out of the squad because his passport is not exactly six months, it’s five months and a week and that’s frustrating. Balwant has done really well in the last 18 months with me and he’s a player we value very well. Of course he would have had some game time but there you go,” Constantine said at the sidelines of a two-day preparatory camp in New Delhi.”You wake up in the morning and say this is your XI and then something happens today and it’s not the XI. May be we have a Balwant situation and ‘okay, may be he was going to be in the XI but now he’s not’, so it fluctuates. But I have an XI in my head but if I don’t have them all, we have enough players and for me, there’s always like if I have an opportunity to put a younger player, I will do that,” Constantine further told.advertisementConstantine recently took an under-23 squad to the SAFF Championship, where India fell just short of the title after losing to Maldives 2-1 in the final. However India had defeated Pakistan 3-1 in the semi-final, where Manvir Singh had scored a brace.”I took an U-23 side to the SAFF Cup and I don’t know too many people who would do that. And I did it for a specific reason because otherwise those players wouldn’t be here. They are in the training because I saw them against Maldives, I saw them against Pakistan, in the final, where there’s pressure. The Pakistan game was a huge game for these young boys and they did very well. You can only find out about a player when he is under pressure and this is what we try to do.”There’s 13 of them [U-23s] in there [in training]. Look, I believe in building for the future, this is what I came to do when I started and we’ve given 44 debuts in the last almost four years and more than 50 per cent of them have been U-23. So, it’s good for Indian football for the future and we hope that more youngsters are coming, original age by the way, into the leagues so that we can use these players. I don’t care how old they are, the only thing is how good they are,” Constantine explained. CONSTANTINE WANTS LONGER NATIONAL CAMP BEFORE MATCHESIndia are set to leave for China on Tuesday from New Delhi while the last ISL match took place on Sunday. Constantine had just two days of training in hand before travel to Suzhou and getting a bit of time there.Constantine said that he needs more time to prepare the national team before a big match from the next time as he is not able to execute all his plans under such time constraint.”Some of the players are training for the first time today (Tuesday), they guys who played day before yesterday. Of course that is a problem, you don’t have much time to really do what we need to do. Going forward, I know we have FIFA dates but we need more time. 2-3 days before we go to the game, it’s difficult.”For example, the guys who played on 7th, they arrived on 8th midday by lunch, they can’t train on the 8th. Today, there needs to be a little more tempo but it cannot be for them because they’ve played and otherwise we’ll get injuries, muscle tears and stuff like that. When we get guys from the clubs, they need at least two days to recover before we can put them in the grind but we don’t have that kind of time because in four days, we play. So that’s the difficulty.advertisement”As most of you know, when they come to the camps and we have time, we test their [fitness] levels. We can’t test their levels if they have played a day or two before. So, most of them have had two games in the ISL and they’ve been training with their teams, so hopefully that’s going to be okay,” Constantine expressed. ‘FRIENDLY OR NO FRIENDLY, YOU ARE PLAYING FOR INDIA’Stephen Constantine could not stress enough on the fact that the match between China and India is a friendly just for namesake. Constantine announced that he is going to go all out and expects China to be the same.He said he always stresses about his players to take the games seriously every time they wear the national jersey because they are “representing 1.4 billion people”.”You play for India, you always take it seriously, you’re representing 1.4 billion people. I can’t tell you the importance that I put on these games, friendly or no friendly, you are playing for India. It’s friendly only in words but these boys are going to want to go to the Asian Cup and you are going to have to play for that position. We are not going there to lose, we are going to try to win the game. Okay, it’s going to be very difficult but our objective is always when we step on the pitch, we try to win. If we don’t win then take positive out of the game and see what we can do better and take it from there.”China, obviously are a good side. They play some good football, they like to play possession football but they also like to press high so, it’s going to be difficult for us. But these are the game we have to play, we have to play under pressure. It will be a great indication of where we are, how far we have to go. Obviously this is a friendly game but we will go all out as I’m sure they will.”I want us to be fully aware of what’s going to face us in the Asian Cup, big stadium, big crowd. China are a big team in Asia and it’s going to be very very tough. It is in these games that we find out how good we are or how far we have to go.”The 22-member squad is as follows:GOALKEEPERS: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Karanjit Singh.DEFENDERS: Pritam Kotal, Sarthak Golui, Sandesh Jhingan, Anas Edathodika, Salam Ranjan Singh, Subhasish Bose, Narayan Das.MIDFIELDERS: Udanta Singh, Nikhil Poojary, Pronay Halder, Rowllin Borges, Anirudh Thapa, Vinit Rai, Halicharan Narzary, Ashique Kuruniyan.FORWARDS: Sunil Chhetri, Jeje Lalpekhlua, Sumeet Passi, Farukh Choudhary.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe Apple Watch Series 4 has been officially launched in India. Although the Apple Watch Series 4 was announced alongside the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR in September, it is only now that Apple India has revealed its price and availability details. The Apple Watch Series 4 starts at Rs 40,990 in India and will be available for buying from October 19. Online retail websites like Flipkart have started taking preorders for the Apple Watch Series 4 although not all the variants seem to be up for grabs just yet.Here are all the prices:Apple Watch Series 4 40mm with aluminum case (GPS): Rs 40,990Apple Watch Series 4 44mm with aluminum case (GPS): Rs 43,990Apple Watch Series 4 40mm with aluminum case (GPS+Cellular): Rs 49,990Apple Watch Series 4 44mm with aluminum case (GPS+Cellular): Rs 52,990Apple Watch Series 4 40mm with stainless steel case and sport band (GPS+Cellular): Rs 67,900Apple Watch Series 4 44mm with stainless steel case and sport band (GPS+Cellular): Rs 71,900Apple Watch Series 4 40mm with stainless steel case and Milanese Loop band (GPS+Cellular): Rs 76,900Apple Watch Series 4 44mm with stainless steel case and Milanese Loop band (GPS+Cellular): Rs 80,900While the Apple Watch Series 4 models with aluminum case will be available in Silver, Space Grey, and Gold aluminium options, the steel models will be available in standard steel, Space Black and Gold options.An interesting bit about the new Apple Watch Series 4 is that even though it offers a 30 per cent larger display, it still occupies a footprint in line with the outgoing Apple Watch Series 4. The same bands will therefore work across the board for all Apple Watch Series 4 in case someone already owns the Apple Watch Series 3. The secret sauce here is an all new curved OLED display that stretches all the way up to the edges of the device allowing for more screen real estate in a relatively pint-sized form-factor.advertisementThe Apple Watch Series 4 rocks new hardware and new features, the most exciting being built-in ECG detection. Since selling such a device over the counter requires passing region-specific regulations, it was believed that Apple may not launch the Apple Watch Series 4 anytime soon in India. As it turns out, Apple has passed the necessary regulatory hurdles to sell the Apple Watch Series 4 in India sooner than one would have expected, so users in India will also be able to use all the new and exciting features, including fall detection and more, that the device brings to the table in line with users in the West.Meanwhile, another Apple device that is soon to start selling in India is the iPhone XR, which is a relatively more affordable option should the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max be too expensive for buyers.ALSO READ: Apple Watch Series 4 launched: Top 4 features you should know aboutlast_img read more

first_imgAngelique Kerber produced a dogged display of defensive tennis to tame big-hitting Naomi Osaka 6-4 5-7 6-4 in a classic Red Group encounter between the winners of the last two Grand Slams at the WTA Finals on Wednesday.In the late match, Sloane Stephens continued her dream debut at the eight-woman event when the American moved to the brink of the semi-finals after she rallied for a 7-6 (4) 2-6 6-3 victory over fellow tournament rookie Kiki Bertens.Kerber’s victory evened up her record at 1-1 in round robin play as Osaka slumped to her second straight defeat, leaving the U.S. Open champion needing to beat Bertens in her final group match to have any hope of advancing.The early match began tentatively with three consecutive breaks of serve falling in the German’s favour as Osaka looked to dictate with her power, while Kerber was content to counter-punch off the back foot and keep the ball in play.Osaka, who was often battling to keep her emotions in check, fashioned five break points when Kerber served for the set at 5-4 but the German was able to stave off all of them with some gutsy tennis and sealed the opener with a booming serve.Osaka’s inability to make the most of her potent serve looked to have cost her the match when she was broken to love in the ninth game of the second set but she then reeled off three games in a row to level the contest.”It was a great match from both of us. It’s a great feeling to, of course, win the match like that.” @AngeliqueKerber breaks down her match with Naomi Osaka#WTAFinals pic.twitter.com/TBBKPqfgGpadvertisementWTA (@WTA) October 24, 2018The third set was a war of attrition with both players stretching every sinew to hold serve until Osaka cracked first in the seventh game, gifting Kerber the crucial break with a slew of poor shot selections from 40-15 ahead.The break was enough for Kerber to seal a brilliant win, with Osaka crushing a backhand into the net on the German’s first match point.”I had my chances in the second set but she played some unbelievable tennis to win that one, and it felt like there was only one or two points in the decider,” Wimbledon champion Kerber said in a post-match interview.”It was great to win such a great match and to be able to look forward to another one in two days from now.”SLOW BURNER”2 hours and 20 minutes and we were still out there battling.”@SloaneStephens breaks down her marathon match with Kiki Bertens. #wtafinals pic.twitter.com/lNzDPE161dWTA (@WTA) October 24, 2018The second match was a slow burner, with the crowd taking time to warm to the contest, as Stephens raced into a 3-0 lead before Bertens dragged herself back thanks to some clever changes of pace and direction.Improved serving from both players ensured the opener went to a tiebreak and after Stephens staked another 3-0 lead, the American edged ahead on her third set point when Bertens sent a forehand into the tramlines.Bertens capitalised on a rapid drop in intensity from Stephens to reel off four games in a row on her way to taking the second set.The Dutchwoman carried that momentum into the start of the decider, breaking to move 2-0 ahead, but Stephens finally woke from her slumber after looking flat for a half a dozen games too reassert her authority and close out a memorable victory.”I just tried my best from the very first point of the final set. It didn’t go my way immediately but I just kept battling and I’m really pleased to pull through,” Stephens said.WOZNIACKI EARNS FIRST WINI think there’s always nerves, a little, bit when you’re trying to finish off a match. But I knew what I wanted to do, and it worked out.Yes it did, @CaroWozniacki!#WTAFinals pic.twitter.com/26ETZgskdaWTA (@WTA) October 23, 2018Caroline Wozniacki overcame a mid-match wobble and withstood a barrage of big hitting to get her WTA Finals title defence back on track with a 7-5 3-6 6-2 victory over Petra Kvitova at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.In the second White Group encounter of the day, Elina Svitolina moved to the brink of the semi-finals with a gutsy 6-3 2-6 6-3 win over Karolina Pliskova, the Ukrainian recording her second straight win of the tournament to top the pool.Wozniacki and Kvitova came into their contest on the back of opening defeats in round robin play but the Danish world number three ended a run of four straight losses to the Czech to stay alive in the eight-woman tournament for at least one more match.advertisementThe Dane, who started her campaign with a 6-2 6-4 loss to Pliskova on Sunday, spent most of the match against Kvitova pinned on the baseline but her consistency and patience proved vital as she pulled away in the final set.”I played much better today. I served and returned pretty well, and moved really well against a player who is so powerful that you have to stay on your game,” Wozniacki said”You never know what is going to happen against Petra, so I just stayed focused and got a lot of balls back.”The match was a cagey affair from the outset with seven holds of serve in a row. But after they traded breaks as the intensity levels picked up, Wozniacki broke again to seal the opener when Kvitova blasted a forehand into the net.BUNDLE OF ENERGYKvitova took control of the second set with an early break, then lost momentum when Wozniacki took a timeout for treatment on her knee, before regaining the upper hand to level the match with a sliced backhand winner on her third set point.Sensing her title defence was hanging by a thread, Wozniacki regrouped to break at the start of the decider when she put away a backhand to win the longest rally of the match, and ran away with the contest as Kvitova wilted.The 28-year-old Wozniacki sealed victory on her first match point with a big serve that Kvitova sent long, and will hope to complete round robin play with a victory over Svitolina to secure a semi-final berth.Svitolina was a bundle of energy at the start of the second match, full of intensity and covering every inch of the court as she rode her early momentum to wrap up the opening set with a forehand winner that was greeted with a big clenched fist.The Ukrainian had played almost perfect tennis until midway through the second set when a combination of good fortune and rasping cross-court winners earned Pliskova her first break of the tie, a feat she repeated two games later to level the match.It was very important to take one point at a time.@ElinaSvitolina walks us through her third straight win over Karolina Pliskova.#WTAFinals pic.twitter.com/pMqmsmvURIWTA (@WTA) October 23, 2018Svitolina shrugged off the setback to come storming out of the blocks in the decider, racing to a 4-0 lead that she carried all the way to victory despite a late fightback from Pliskova.She only needs to take a set off Wozniacki on Thursday to reach the last four for the first time but as it stands, all four players can still mathematically reach the semi-finals.last_img read more

first_imgMumbai, Nov 29 (IANS) Indian Premier League (IPL) outfit Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Thursday announced the signing of former England cricketer Steffan Jones as it’s fast bowling coach for the upcoming 12th edition of the cash-rich league.Jones, who was regarded highly as a fast bowler playing for several counties in a career spanning 14 years, has worked with the likes of Stuart Broad and Dan Christian during his short coaching stint with Big Bash League’s team Hobart Hurricanes last year. Commenting on his appointment, Jones said: “It is a privilege for me to get this role and work with one of the best T20 teams in the world. Rajasthan Royals have a great culture of unearthing new talent and developing its cricketers which I am excited to be a part of.””I am really looking forward to this opportunity to work with an extremely talented group of fast bowlers,” the 44-year-old added.Meanwhile, Royals’ Head of Cricket Zubin Bharucha said: “Jones thinks differently, and that is what we love at the Royals. His research into other sports is extremely interesting and his data and sports science focus meant he was a perfect fit for RR.””Steffan brings in a fresh perspective to the art of fast bowling and we are excited to have him at Rajasthan Royals,”Bharucha said.Starting his first class career in 1997, Jones represented English counties like Somerset, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire and Kent, bagging 387 wickets in 148 matches at an average of 36.87. He has 10 five-wicket hauls and one 10-wicket haul.Jones has coached at Derbyshire and Somerset and is currently director of Sports Performance and Wellbeing at Wellington School in Somerset. He was also a part-time scout for Surrey. –IANSkk/bgadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgEven with the advent of smartphones and tablets, TVs still hold a place of their own in Indian households. The TV is the only appliance that can command attention with whatever it’s running and is often a major reason to bring together the whole family. From binge-watching movies to reality shows to enjoying your favourite console games, TVs are a necessary commodity. With every new year, the TV market brings new trends and it makes sense to adopt the innovation to enjoy the best of what’s possible.If you are in the market for buying a TV, there’s no better time than now. E-commerce retailer Flipkart is hosting the Big Shopping Days sale on its platform and is offering a slew of super sweet deals on televisions. Customers can avail hefty discounts on entry-level HD-ready TVs, 4K TVs and Android smart TVs, from various brands. However, in an almost unending list of options, it might become difficult for you to figure out which one works out to be a better deal for you. Hence, we have handpicked some of the best options from the TV segment in various price categories for different segments of televisions. The options in the list include a combination of the best prices along with a host of features that makes for a sensible deal this shopping season.Vu Iconium 43-inch 4K LED Smart TVIf consuming 4K content is your utmost priority without spending a fortune, the Vu’s Iconium 43-inch 4K LED Smart TV is presently one of your best bets from Flipkart’s sale. A 43-inch 4K panel is big enough for most of your ‘TV-watching’ requirements and should be flexible enough to set up in most households. The panel may offer a standard refresh rate of only 60Hz, but Vu has compensated for that with support for HDR and content upscaling. There’s also a decent collection of connectivity options – 3 HDMI ports and 2 USB ports. Additionally, an Android 7.0-based operating system with a dedicated App Store makes sure you get to enjoy a smart TV experience. A pair of 20W speakers looks after the audio department. Flipkart is selling the TV with a discount of Rs 5,000, bringing the price down to Rs 24,999. An exchange discount of up to Rs 8,000 can be availed as well. HDFC Bank debit and credit card users can also avail up to an additional 10 per cent discount on the selling price.advertisementMi LED Smart TV 4A 43-inchIf 4K isn’t your ultimate requirement, then Xiaomi’s Mi TV 4A 43-inch makes for a great buy. The Mi TV lineup distinct itself with Xiaomi’s custom PatchWall OS, which put a focus on content more than anything else. PatchWall’s timeline is an unending collection of TV shows and movies curated from various popular content providers such as Hotstar, Alt Balaji, Sony LIV and many more. The full HD panel has earned positive responses from critics and a decent collection of connectivity options, such as 3 HDMI ports and 3 USB ports, make it a good option for various multimedia requirements. Flipkart is offering the Mi TV 4A 43-inch for Rs 21,999 and consumers can avail an exchange discount of up to Rs 6,000.Mi LED Smart TV 4 Pro 55-inch If you want the best of the smart TV experience while keeping the budget under constraints, the Mi TV 4 Pro at Rs 49,999 is probably one of the best deals you can get right now. The TV runs on Android TV 8.1 Oreo and is slated to receive the Pie update in the coming months. Combined with Xiaomi’s own content-heavy PatchWall, you are ensured of the best smart TV experience. The 55-inch panel supports HDR content and has turned to out impress critics heavily. The presence of Android TV also means that you get Chromecast built-in, which aids mirroring content on the big screen. Additionally, the universal remote with Google Assistant’s voice search makes for a convenient TV viewing experience. Consumers can avail an exchange discount of Rs 15,000 in addition to the 10 per cent discount for HDFC Bank debit and credit card customers.Thomson B9 Pro 40-inch Full HD LED Smart TVThe B9 Pro is possibly one of the best options to consider if your budget is restricted under Rs 20,000. This budget option from Thomson offers a Full HD panel and comes preloaded with a codec that even claims to convert 4K videos into 1080p resolution. The B9 Pro runs on a smart TV OS based on an unspecified version of Android but comes preloaded with the Netflix app – something that not many smart TVs possess, even with higher prices. The My Wall interface brings together sports content from various media channels on the homescreen. Connectivity options include 3 HDMI ports and 2 USB ports alongside Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. The TV is selling for Rs 17,499 an additional exchange offer of Rs 8,000 can make it a bargain for many.advertisementiFFALCON Android 32-inch HD Ready LED Smart TV If all you seek is a pure Android TV experience in an extremely meagre budget, iFFALCON’s 32-inch HD TV possibly makes for a great deal. The TV runs on Android TV 8.0 Oreo and gets access to several Android apps from the Google Play Store. Additionally, the presence of Android TV also translates to built-in Chromecast, which makes it easier to stream content from your phone to the big screen. The 32-inch Led backlit panel supports HDR 10 format content. The remote also comes with Google’s Voice Search built-in, which makes it easy to hunt for TV shows without navigating through the complex menus. You also get a decent collection of connectivity options, including 2 HDMi ports and a single USB port. The TV is presently selling for Rs 13,499 and comes with an additional exchange discount of Rs 4,000.ALSO READ | Meizu 16th, M6T and C9 launched: Key specifications, Features, India price and all you need to knowlast_img read more

first_imgJaipur, Dec 7 (IANS) In all, 59.63 per cent voting was recorded in Rajasthan till 3 p.m on Friday to elect a new Rajasthan Assembly, an election official said.The polling will continue till 5 p.m and long queues were seen in different polling stations of the state.The polling was largely peaceful barring a clash between Congress and BJP workers in Subhash school in Fatehpur where the two groups indulged in stone pelting. Two bikes were also torched during the violence. However, timely intervention by the police brought the situation under control.The polling percentage was reported 6.42 till 9 a.m. and 22.85 till 11 a.m. But it picked up rapidly in the next two hours as long queues were seen outside the polling units, Chief Electoral Officer Anand Kumar said.About 4.74 crore people will decide the fate of 2,274 candidates in the fray for the 200-member Assembly. Of them, 189 women are contesting in 199 constituencies. There are also 20,20,156 first time voters in the state.Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje voted at a polling booth in her Jhalrapatan constituency in Jhalawar district, while Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and Congress leader Sachin Pilot voted at a polling booth in Jaipur.”I think people have seen the kind of work that has taken place in Rajasthan and I think they will go out and vote for development,” Raje said after casting her ballot.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is fighting anti-incumbency is contesting on all seats while the Congress has left six seats for its allies.advertisementThe Mayawati-led BSP has fielded 190 candidates, the Communist Party of India-Marxist 28 and the Communist Party of India 16 candidates. There are 830 Independent candidates.The election in Alwar district’s Ramgarh constituency has been postponed due to the death of Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate Laxman Singh.The Congress’ key candidate, Pilot, who is fighting an assembly poll for the first time said: “There are people who never visited the state and have come only for campaigning. The state has suffered a lot under Raje.”Polling that began at 8 a.m. will continue till 5 p.m. Counting of votes will take place on December 11 along with four other states — Mizoram, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Telangana.Also, there were reports of technical hitch being reported in some of the polling stations.According to BL Kothari, district collector, Jalore, around four EVM machines had technical glitch in Ahore constituency. However, with a few minutes, these machines were replaced and smooth polling started in the region. This was in early morning owing to poor connections but they were rectified immediately as we had extra machines at the centre, he confirmed.However, in contrast of the facts promised by election commission of various facilities being made available at different poll stations for physically handicapped, there are cases being reported where people have to bring the physically challenged people on their back in the absence of any wheel chair.One amongst such scene was seen at Kishanpura polling booth in Jaipur where a 105-year-old woman Shajha had come to cast her votes on the back of her family member.Further, one Gajanand Sharma, who came from Pakistan after 36 years in jail, also cast his vote here in JaipurSharma was found in Pakistan border by the authorities and hence was imprisoned for a lack of papers. However recently he was brought back to India with the timely intervention of external affairs ministry. “Things have changed in all these years. Earlier, the voting process was quite different,” he said.Meanwhile, most of the leaders including Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje went along with their families to cast their votes. While Raje was seen with her son Dushyant Singh and daughter-in-law Niharika Singh, Sports minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore went to cast his vote in Vaishali Nagar constituency in Jaipur along with his wife Gayatri Rathore.Speaking on the occasion, he gave a call to all voters to cast their votes. Mentioning PM Narendra Modi’s speech, he said that one vote has enormous power and can change the nation.Similarly, Union minister of state Gajendra Singh Shekhawat also went to polling booth to cast his vote along with his wife and daughter.DGP O.P. Galhotra went along with his wife Sunita Galhotra to cast his vote.–IANSarc/nirlast_img read more

first_imgBy Saumojyoti S Choudhury Bhubaneswar, Dec 15 (PTI) The International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Saturday announced that henceforth the Junior World Cup will be held every two years but the world body seemed clueless about the host nation and exact timing of the next edition. The Junior World Cup was last held in 2016 at Lucknow, where India went on to lift the title and as per the new decision the event should have been hosted this year itself. But the FIH said as the decision was taken in its Executive Board meeting only on Friday, they are yet to figure out the host nation and exact timing of the next edition. “The Junior World Cup will be held every second year from now on. We need to support youth in sport and give every generation a chance to participate in Junior World Cup. If we don’t, we lose a generation of players,” FIH CEO Thierry Weil said at a press conference here on Saturday. The FIH CEO, however, was clueless when asked about when and where the next edition of the Junior World Cup and Senior World Cup will be held. “I think it is in 2021, but please let us confirm that to you before putting out a wrong message,” Weil said. Weil said they already invited bids for the next editions of Junior and Senior World Cup and a decision on the matter will be taken next year. “We had already presented the plan for selection (of venues) for the 2022 World Cup. We have launched the (invitation of) bids. We have set two windows in July 2022 and in January 2023. The bidding process will finish in February. Then we will collect all the documents,” he said.advertisement “We will start bids for potential candidates for the Junior World Cup soon. This decision will also have to be taken in 2019.” Besides, the FIH also took a few important decisions on the launch of Hockey 5s, a new upgraded ranking system and international calendar during its meeting on Friday. “By the end of February 2019, we will take a decision how we want to conduct Hockey 5s. It’s nothing new. It’s just that FIH has decided to bring it to a new level, in areas where people are, to showcase the beauty of hockey. “There are a lot of people out there who have never seen the game. The short format will allow us to go in areas where 11-a-side cannot be played,” he said. “We will also work on a new ranking system that is simple and allows every country to collect points. That’s quite important.” Talking about the revival of the game in Pakistan, Weil said: “Hockey is not dead in Pakistan, they participate in every big event. It is a sport that is played around the globe but not in their home country (Pakistan). “It is extremely difficult (situation) to get support, especially fan support if they can’t see their team playing in their own country. We all know there are some reasons for that. “But we will work on a plan to bring the game back to Pakistan.” The FIH CEO also made it clear that from now on the World Cup will be a 16-team affair but said they will work on curtailing the duration of the tournament. “There is no intention to increase but maintain the number of teams in the World Cup. We will definitely stick to it (16 teams). It’s long for some people. “We will listen to the national associations who are participating. I cannot tell you now, how will it exactly work. Potentially more games in one day,” Weil said. He also said that there will be no title sponsor and broadcaster for the upcoming Pro League and it will be known as FIH Pro League. Meanwhile, FIH President Narinder Batra on Saturday courted an unwarranted controversy after he spoke rudely to a senior journalist for inquiring about the unsavoury episode involving Hockey India CEO Elena Norman and a few India players. Norman had yelled at some players including Manpreet Singh for entering the VIP Lounge a day before India’s quarterfinal match against Netherlands. PTI SSC ATKATKlast_img read more

first_imgHarendra Singh was offered the role of the junior men’s hockey team coach once again as Hockey India said they would invite applications shortly for the position of the chief coach of the senior hockey men’s national team. Harendra, who led Team India to a bronze-medal finish at the Asian Games and a quarter-final finish at the FIH World Cup in Bhubaneswar was under scanner since the Asian Games.India lost the opportunity to qualify for 2020 Tokyo Olympics directly as they lost on penalties to Malaysia in the Asian Games and had to settle for a bronze. In the World Cup at home, India put up some good performances but eventually, they were shown the door by Netherlands in the quarter-final.Hockey India has been looking for a quality foreign coach and Harendra’s controversial comments after the World Cup match against Netherlands did him no good.Harendra criticised the refereeing in the post-match press conference and was issued a notice by the FIH.Harendra had guided the India’s junior men’s team to World Cup triumph in 2016 in Lucknow and Committee Chairman Dr. R.P Singh offered him to take charge of the junior men’s team commencing from the camp slated to start in March 2019.”Hockey India will shortly be advertising and will invite applications for the position of the Chief Coach of the Indian Men’s Hockey Team which will be returning to training camp in February 2019 for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup scheduled to commence from 23 March 2019.”In the interim the team will be overseen by Hockey India High Performance Director, David John and current Analytical Coach, Chris Ciriello,” Hockey India said in a statement.advertisementHere is Hockey India’s press release:With a vision and emphasis on building a strong player base ahead of the 2021 Junior World Cup and the 2020, 2024 Olympic Games, Hockey India High Performance and Development Committee met on Monday, 7 January 2019. The meeting was attended by Chairman Dr. RP Singh and members including Olympians Harbinder Singh, B.P. Govinda and Syed Ali. Basis their discussions the Committee has recommended to reassign Dronacharya Awardee Harendra Singh as the Coach for the Indian Junior Men’s Hockey Team. The offer has been made by Committee Chairman Dr. R.P Singh for the said position to Harendra Singh for taking charge of the Junior Men team commencing from the camp slated to start in March 2019.The mercurial rise of some of India’s top junior hockey players under the tutelage of Harendra Singh between 2013 – 2016 when the India Colts lifted the historic Junior Men’s World Cup in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh and Harendra Singh’s abilities of grooming youngsters has been the key reasons for the think-tank at Hockey India to arrive at this recommendation.Though the year 2018 was very disappointing for the Indian Men’s Hockey Team with results not going as expected, Hockey India believes investing in the junior program which will reap long-term benefits.In the meanwhile, Hockey India will shortly be advertising and will invite applications for the position of the Chief Coach of the Indian Men’s Hockey Team which will be returning to training camp in February 2019 for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup scheduled to commence from 23 March 2019. In the interim the team will be overseen by Hockey India High Performance Director, David John and current Analytical Coach, Chris Ciriello.Also Read | India need to develop world class drag-flickers: Former hockey captain Dilip TirkeyAlso Read | Hockey World Cup 2018: Harendra Singh under scanner againlast_img read more

first_imgAfter a near perfect beginning, India would look to tighten the noose around a struggling New Zealand with a barrage of spin in the second ODI at the Bay Oval on January 26.New Zealand batsmen looked all at sea against India’s spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal in their own backyard following a fiery spell from pacer Mohammad Shami in the opening ODI on January 23.India vs New Zealand 2nd ODI in Mount Maunganui: Live Cricket ScoreThe hosts seemed rusty against a team coming off a historic tour of Australia and know beating an in-form India will be a steep climb at the Bay Oval.Before the sun stopped play for more than 30 minutes in the series-opener, the Indian bowlers made merry with Kuldeep and Chahal sharing six wickets.Both the wrist-spinners hunt in a pack and would be itching to have another go at the Black Caps.India are yet to finalise their middle-order ahead of the World Cup but are unlikely to tinker much with the playing eleven after just one game.What time does the 2nd ODI between India vs New Zealand start?2nd ODI starts at 7.30AM IST on January 26, Saturday at the Bay Oval is a sports ground in Mount Maunganui.What TV channel and live stream is the 2nd ODI between India and New Zealand Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs New Zealand match.advertisementWhere will the 2nd ODI between India and New Zealand be played?The 2nd ODI between India and New Zealand will be played at the Bay Oval, which is a cricket ground in Mount Maunganui, from 7.30AM IST.Where can I watch the India vs New Zealand 2nd ODI live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs New Zealand 2nd ODI?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs New Zealand from our live blog on indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the 2nd ODI between India and New Zealand?India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (Captain), MS Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ambati Rayudu, Shubman Gill, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Khaleel Ahmed, Hardik Pandya.New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wicket-keeper), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Henry Nicholls, Doug Bracewell, Matt Henry.last_img read more

first_imgThe punishment handed Shannon Gabriel for a gay slur directed at Joe Root was a little harsh, says former West Indies cricketer Ian Bishop, who at the same time acknowledged the fast bowler erred in his choice of words directed at the England captain.Gabriel was suspended for the West Indies’ four upcoming one day internationals by the International Cricket Council (ICC) after his verbal altercation with Root during the third Test in St. Lucia on Monday.The bowler said to Root: “Why are you smiling at me? Do you like boys?”To which Root replied: “Don’t use that as an insult, there is nothing wrong with being gay.”Root’s reply has been widely praised, and Gabriel has since apologised. Bishop has no doubt it was a sincere apology.”I find the punishment a little on the harsh side,” Bishop said in a telephone interview with Reuters.”I know Shannon. He is a good, good guy.”The question he posed, in the current cultural climate, he should not have said it, and down the road he will realise you can’t say something like that because it could be perceived as a bias against a certain group.”As a player, Bishop took 161 wickets in 43 Tests at an average of 24.27 between 1989-98.Now a widely respected television commentator in the Caribbean, the Trinidadian acknowledged that players had to be mindful that what not so long ago might have been passed off as a typical piece of on-field sledging was no longer fair game.advertisementBishop says that instead of suspending Gabriel, greater benefit would have been achieved had officials had a quiet talk to educate and sensitive the player, along the lines of:”Look, we see you may not have meant great harm, but many of our players and stakeholders and people make their life choices to live by their own philosophy and that’s their right.”We feel it’s not what we want to be seen or heard and prefer more sensitivity towards others.”Bishop hopes the poorly-chosen remark does not blight Gabriel’s reputation.”I will stand by his side and say he is not the demon person some have made him to be,” he said of Gabriel.”One scenario should not define who he is growing into as a person.”Also Watch:last_img read more

first_imgIndia woke up to the big news that the Indian Air Force (IAF) had launched an airstrike across the Line of Control (LOC) in a pre-dawn operation on Tuesday. Former India cricketers Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir took to social media applaud the Indian Air Force for the massive operation.Sehwag, in his quintessential style, mocked Pakistan by using the line, which is regularly spoken by Pakistani cricketers after matches. Sehwag applauded the Indian Air Force along with mocking Pakistan by saying, “The boys have played really well”.He further warned Pakistan about mending their ways or India will teach them a lesson.The boys have played really well. #SudharJaaoWarnaSudhaarDenge #airstrikeVirender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 26, 2019Gautam Gambhir also took to Twitter to applaud the airstrike with just three words, “JAI HIND, IAF”.JAI HIND, IAF ???? @IAF_MCC @adgpi #IndiaStrikesAgain #IndiaStrikesBack #IndiaStrikesGautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) February 26, 2019Big salute to our #IndianAirForce …. #IndiaStrikesBack .. Jai HindSaina Nehwal (@NSaina) February 26, 2019Indian Air Force Bohot Hard Bohot Hard #IndiaStrikesBack #JaiHindYuzvendra Chahal (@yuzi_chahal) February 26, 2019Jai Hind!!!! @IAF_MCCMahesh Bhupathi (@Maheshbhupathi) February 26, 2019Proud of our forces . Jai Hind . pic.twitter.com/01TiqNMCsVMadan Lal (@MadanLal1983) February 26, 2019Indian Airforce is the best to demolish the terrorists base …salute and congratsDr Harvir Singh (@NHarvir) February 26, 2019Indian Air Force jets crossed the Line of Control and destroyed major terrorist camps in Balakot sector, sources said.INDIA AIRSTRIKE IN PAKISTAN LIVEThe airstrike took place at 3.30 am, the sources said.Several Mirage 2000 aircraft dropped 1,000 kg bombs on terrorist camps across the LoC.advertisementSources said terrorist launchpads in Balakot, Chakothi and Muzaffarabad were completely destroyed in the IAF airstrikes, and that Jaish-e-Mohammed control rooms were also destroyed.Earlier, a spokesperson for the Pakistan Armed Forces claimed that the IAF violated the LoC, and that the Pakistan Air Force responded immediately, after which the Indian aircraft went back.India’s airstrikes come days after Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Pakistan-based terrorist group, carried out a suicide bombing in Jammu and Kashmir, killing 40 CRPF soldiers.India vowed to take revenge for the attack, and has already killed its mastermind in an encounter in Pulwama.It has gone on a diplomatic offensive to isolate Pakistan on the world stage, increased basic customs duty on Pakistan exports, and reiterated plans to stop its share of Indus water from flowing to Pakistan.Also Read | Mirage jets destroy Pakistan terror camp with 1,000 kg bombs in pre-dawn strike: SourcesAlso Read | Surgical airstrike on Pakistan: 11 day blow-by-blow account of how India planned muh tod jawabAlso Read | How Indian Mirage 2000 jets carried out airstrikes on Pakistan’s pride | 10 pointsAlso Read | 1000 kg bombs, Mirage 2000 jets: India attacks Pakistan, what we know so farAlso Read | Pakistani drone shot down in Gujarat border this morninglast_img read more

first_imgHe may have missed out on his maiden T20 century by three runs, but the sportsman that he is Shikhar Dhawan was all smiles when Colin Ingram hit a six to take Delhi Capitals home against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens. While team advisor Sourav Ganguly called him a class act, the opener said that the team always comes before personal goals.”I knew it could be my first T20 hundred but the team goal is more important, hence I took that single rather than taking a huge risk,” he smiled.Comparing the wicket at the Eden Gardens to the one back home at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Dhawan said: “It’s totally opposite here compared to Delhi. I was telling Dinesh (Karthik) the same thing. It’s a good wicket to bat on. Good for the bowlers as well as the batsmen, makes it interesting. In Delhi we have to adapt ourselves, hence we got to have that skill.”While Dhawan generally looks to settle down into the innings, he started aggressively from the word go at the Eden Gardens and the opener said that he enjoyed batting on the wicket which suited stroke play.”I really enjoyed in the first six overs but I knew I had to stay till the last. I was getting the right thoughts and I had to take the game deep,” he said.While he shared a match-winning partnership with Rishabh Pant, the latter once again lost his wicket at the end as he looked to finish the game with sixes. But Dhawan backed the youngster. “Rishabh is such a big hitter he can always hit it out of the park,” he said.advertisementAlso Read | When Shikhar Dhawan is determined, no bowler in the world can stop him: GangulyAlso Read | Pant gives cake facial to Dhawan, Zoravar as DC celebrate big win over KKRAlso See:last_img read more

first_imgCaptain Aarohi Pandit, a 23-year-old pilot from Mumbai became the world’s first woman to cross the Atlantic Ocean solo in a Light Sports Aircraft (LSA), thrilling her family, friends and aviation circles in Mumbai on Tuesday.Aarohi Pandit achieved the feat around midnight Monday-Tuesday (May 13-14) when she landed her tiny aircraft at Iqaluit Airport in Canada, after a gruelling 3,000 km long flight, under adverse and extreme weather conditions following take-off from Wick, Scotland (United Kingdom), with brief stopovers in Greenland and Iceland. The Indian flag was presented to Aarohi Pandit by the Indian Ambassador to Canada Vikas Swarup. (Photo: WE Expedition)”This is part of her ongoing year-long global circumnavigation flight which was launched wither friend Keithair Misquitta on July 30. Aarohi continued solo from UK to Canada, and they will return to India by July 30, 2019,” said an excited Lynn de Souza, head of Social Access, a not-for-profit communications firm which organised and sponsored the expedition.”En route, she set another world record as the first woman pilot to fly solo above the treacherous Greenland ice-cap in a LSA, and is due for at least half a dozen other records by the time she reaches India,” Lynn de Souza told IANS.A commercial pilot and LSA licence holder, Aarohi Pandit and her best friend Keithair Misquitta left India on the Women Empower (WE) Expedition in the tiny aircraft christened ‘Mahi’. Keithair Misquitta and Aarohi Pandit. (Photo: The Navy Blue Foundation)’Mahi’ is a tiny, single-engine Sinus 912 weighing a little of 400 kg or nearly equivalent to a Bullet motorcycle, manufactured by Pipistrel of Slovenia, and is also the first LSA registered by Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) India.advertisementPandit and Misquitta flew over Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, then to Pakistan, where they landed — making it the first civilian LSA flight to land in the neighbouring country since 1947 — and went onto to Iran, Turkey, Serbia, Slovenia, Germany, France and UK.After landing in Iqaluit, Aarohi Pandit proudly exhibited the Indian tricolour presented to her by the Indian Ambassador to Canada Vikas Swarup, said Lynn.”I am so honoured and grateful I could do this for my country and for women everywhere… Flying over the Atlantic Ocean is a humbling experience. Its just you and your little plane, the light blue sky above and dark blue see or shining white ice below,” said a tired but cheerful Pandit in her landing remarks to her cheering friends in Mumbai, who stayed awake till early on Tuesday to witness her making history.Though she admitted certain sectors in the long flight were bumpy, the “beauty of the ocean and islands was breathtaking and I would do it all over again in a heartbeat”.Aarohi Pandit is an ardent fan of the legendary American aviator, Amelia Earheart — who became the world’s first woman to make a solo transatlantic flight in a bigger aircraft, 87 years ago, on May 20, 1932.A resident of Borivali, northwest Mumbai suburb, Pandit underwent an arduous seven-month preparatory training schedule in India, Greenland, Siberia, Italy over oceans, high altitude, snow, extreme weather conditions, different terrains testing her physical and mental capabilities to undertake her circumnavigation feat.After a brief sojourn in Canada, the WE Expedition will continue with Aarohi Pandit flying westwards to Russia, cross many a longitudes and hurdles, create or break more records, before she finally returns home by July 30, after clocking in around 37,000 km.Also Read | Indian woman suffering from rare disease fights deportation from UKAlso Read | Maratha students fail to meet CM Devendra Fadnavis for medical quotaAlso Watch | Anti-Muslim riots kill one in Sri Lanka, nationwide curfew imposed after attack on mosquelast_img read more

first_imgNew Zealand captain Kane Williamson said that the Kiwis have got an ideal start to the tournament. Their victory against Afghanistan was their third consecutive win of the tournament and they are one of the three teams to have remained unbeaten thus far.”Every game you play, you set out to win it, and it’s great to have three wins in a row to start with,” said Williamson.New Zealand bowled out Afghanistan for 172 on Saturday largely thanks to Jimmy Neesham and Lockie Ferguson picking four and five wickets respectively. They eventually won the match by seven wickets.”It was an outstanding effort. There are some world-class players on the Afghan side. I have played with a number of them for a few years. They got off to a good start and it was important to build some pressure in the middle overs, and the way the seamers came back in the middle-overs was fantastic — pace, bounce and a bit of movement did it for them,” Williamson said in the post-match presentation ceremony.The Afghan openers put up an opening partnership of 66 before Neesham dismissed Hazratullah Zazai. Two balls later, Noor Ali Zadran fell to Ferguson.”Lockie doesn’t need a lot of encouragement to turn up the speed. He has been fantastic in the three games so far. The left and right-arm combination help up top and Neesham hitting the wicket hard with the bounce, pace, and the movement — the same with their opening bowlers. The fielding, I think, was great from us,” he said.advertisementAfghanistan’s star spinner Rashid Khan could not bowl after failing a concussion test after being hit by a short delivery from Ferguson while batting.Captain Gulbadin Naib admitted that apart from missing Rashid, the team suffered as the batsmen threw their wickets away. “We misread the length of the ball, some of us, and we threw our wickets away early. So credit to the Kiwi bowlers. We have to play out 50 overs, and it is important for us to stay at the wicket. Our bowlers started well. The wickets did not support the fast bowlers, so we missed out on Rashid,” he said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: New Zealand retain top spot after dominant win over AfghanistanAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Gulbadin Naib rues Rashid Khan’s absence after 7-wicket loss to NZAlso Seelast_img read more

first_imgWith frequent rain interruptions predicted in Manchester during the 2nd half of the ongoing big-ticket ICC Cricket World Cup clash between India and Pakistan at Old Trafford are on the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) calculations.Pakistan had won the toss in Manchester and decided to send India into bat, keeping in mind the overcast conditions and the forecast for rain during the chase.India vs Pakistan, World Cup 2019: Live Cricket Score | Weather UpdatesRain has already interrupted play in the much-anticipated World Cup match. The play was halted for nearly an hour after India had crossed 300 at Old Trafford on Sunday. The Pakistan chase was also delayed after another light shower.More significantly, it could rain again in Manchester. The Pakistani innings got underway at 20:00 IST and rain is predicted over the next 90 minutes. 4 matches have already been washed out in the tournament making it the wettest World Cup in history.Both India and Pakistan have had their matches washed out and undoubtedly both teams would want a full game today.For a game to have a result, at least 20 overs should have been bowled in the second innings. So how much do Pakistan need to score in 20 overs if they want to win this contest against India at Old Trafford? Pakistan are chasing 337 off 50 overs and so far there has been no reduction in overs.However, if rain does stop play after 20 overs and if no more play is possible;Pakistan need to be 97 for no loss.Or109 for 1 (20 overs)Oradvertisement125 for 2Or146 for 3As Pakistan have started their innings with no reduction in overs, previous calculations wrt DLS have become redundant.If the rain comes after 20 overs & no further play is possible, Pakistan need to be…110/1126/2147/3172/4203/5237/6271/7to win#INDvPAK #PAKvIND #CWC19Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) June 16, 2019More on DLS calculation belowDLS target for Pakistan after 25 overs 126 for 0, 135 for 1, 147 for 2, 163 for 3, 184 for 4, 209 for 5, 240 for 6, 271 for 7, 300 for 8, 322 for 9DLS target for Pakistan after 30 overs 156 for 0, 163 for 1, 172 for 2, 184 for 3, 199 for 4, 219 for 5, 244 for 6, 273 for 7, 301 for 8, 322 for 9DLS target for Pakistan after 35 overs191 for 0, 195 for 1, 201 for 2, 208 for 3, 219 for 4, 233 for 5, 252 for 6, 275 for 7, 301 for 8, 322 for 9DLS target for Pakistan after 40 overs229 for 0, 231 for 1, 234 for 2, 238 for 3, 244 for 4, 252 for 5, 264 for 6, 280 for 7, 301 for 8, 322 for 9DLS target for Pakistan after 45 overs275 for 0, 276 for 1, 277 for 2, 278 for 3, 280 for 4, 282 for 5, 287 for 6, 293 for 7, 305 for 8, 322 for 9India survived the new-ball threat from the Pakistan pacers as Rohit Sharma and his opening partner KL Rahul started cautiously, giving enough respect to Mohammad Amir in the first 10 overs. However, Rohit cut loose after settling down and went on to make his second World Cup 2019 hundred. He hit 3 sixes and 14 boundaries during the 117-ball 140.KL Rahul hit his first World Cup fifty as the India opening duo broke Sachin Tendulkar and Navjot Sidhu’s 23-year-old record (90) for the highest opening stand in World Cups vs Pakistan by stitching 136. Virat Kohli chipped in with a 62-ball 77 before his bizarre dismissal.Rain interrupted the Indian innings in the 47th over and following a break of close to 1 hour, India resumed their batting. Kohli fell to a Mohammad Amir bouncer immediately after the resumption but India managed to post a challenging total of 337 for 5 in 50 overs.Also Read | India vs Pakistan: Injured Shikhar Dhawan helps teammates out with drinksAlso Read | India vs Pakistan: Virat Kohli fastest to 11,000 ODI runsAlso Read | India vs Pakistan: Rohit Sharma 2nd Indian after Virat Kohli to hit World Cup hundred vs PakistanAlso See:last_img read more

first_imgPakistan’s chances of qualifying to the World Cup 2019 are all but over after New Zealand’s 119-run drubbing against England in Chester-le-Street on Wednesday.For Pakistan to qualify to the semi-finals, they will have to beat Bangladesh by 311 runs after posting 350 or thrash them by 316 runs after scoring 400. They could also make it to the last four if they manage to scrape past Bangladesh by 321 runs after scoring 450.However, a flip of coin could end it early for Pakistan as if they decide to bowl first, they will be out of the semi-final race even before the first ball is bowled at Lord’s on Friday.Bangladesh are already out of the semi-final contention after losing to India on Tuesday and will pray for pride against Pakistan.BatsmenThough none of the openers from the two sides has been exceptional against the new ball, still you could go with the duo of Imam-ul-Haq and Tamim Iqbal. Imam is averaging at 29.28 while Tamim is averaging around 32.There would be no better pick than Babar Azaam to bat at No.3 as he is the highest run scorer for Pakistan, while batting at that position. Babar has amassed 378 runs so far in the tournament and is averaging at 63. His unbeaten 101 against New Zealand has been the highlight of his innings thus far.Haris Sohail came late into the tournament as a replacement for veteran Shoaib Malik and went on to make a statement with his batting. He has played only 4 innings for Pakistan but is the third highest run getter for his side.advertisementAll-roundersThere should be no difficulty for you to pick an all-rounder as Shakib Al Hasan with his incredible consistency becomes an obvious choice. He as 542 runs in the tournament, which include, 2 hundreds and 4 fifties.The other all-rounder options comes in the form of Imad Wasim. Imad emereged as an unlikely hero for Pakistan with his unbeaten 49 against Afghanistan. He is also the second highest run scorer for his side and has a strike rate of 107.20.Wicket-keeperIf we look at the number of dismissals, it would suggest you to pick Sarfaraz Ahmed over Mushfiqur Rahim. Sarfaraz has 12 dismissals compared with Mushfiqur’s nine but the former has not been impressive with the bat. Thus, to be on safer side, you could pick Mushfiqur who has 351 runs in the tournament, which also includes an unbeaten 102.BowlersWithout a second opinion Mohammed Amir should be your first pick among bowlers. The left-arm fast pacer, who was not included in Pakistan’s preliminary World Cup squad, has proven why he was worth his selection. Amir has picked 16 wickets thus far and is the fourth highest wicket-taker among all. The pacer has also picked a five-for and has an impressive ecomony of 4.95.Shaheen Shah Afridi won hearts with his 4 for 47 against Afghanistan. The left-arm pacer has picked 10 wickets thus far in 4 innings.Mustafizur Rahman should be your third pacer as the Bangladesh quick has picked 15 in 7 innings to become the highest wicket-taker in his side. For a spin bowler, you could go for Shadab Khan who has 7 wickets to his name.Pakistan vs Bangladesh Dream11 suggested Playing XI: Imam-ul-Haq, Tamim Iqbal, Babar Azam (vc), Haris Sohail, Shakib Al Hasan (c), Imad Wasim, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mohammed Amir, Shaheen Afridi, Mustafizur Rahman, Shadab KhanPakistan vs Bangladesh squads:SQUADS -Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Haris Sohail, Sarfaraz Ahmed (wk/C), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi, Asif Ali, Shoaib Malik, Hasan Ali, Mohammad HasnainBangladesh : Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Shakib Al Hasan, Mohammad Mithun, Sabbir Rahaman, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Jayed.Also Seelast_img read more

first_imgTwo persons, including a woman — having links with a Sikh youth group, have been arrested by Britain’s counter-terrorism police in connection with an alleged fraud relating to the group’s charitable funds.West Midlands Police said a 38-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman were arrested in Birmingham on Wednesday in connection with an ongoing investigation by dating back to September last year.The UK’s Charity Commission is investigating the receipt and use of charitable funds by the Sikh Youth UK which has raised “a number of regulatory concerns”.The Sikh Youth UK is not a registered charity but the independent regulator has jurisdiction over it because the funds being scrutinised in the investigation are charitable.”Two people have been arrested by detectives from West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit (WMCTU), this resulted following the examination of evidence obtained during searches which took place in September 2018,” a West Midlands Police statement said.”A 38-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman were detained from an address in Birmingham for questioning in connection with alleged fraud offences of donated charitable funds. The pair are being held at a police station in the West Midlands,” the statement said.It said that the WMCTU officers had been working closely with the UK’s Charity Commission, which has opened a “statutory inquiry” into funds held by and raised in connection with Sikh Youth UK.The British Sikh outfit is described on its website as a national organisation raising awareness on social evils and supporting the victims of sexual grooming, substance abuse and domestic violence within the community.advertisementSome of its activities include commemorating those who died during ‘Operation Blue Star’ at the Golden Temple in Amritsar in 1984.”The organisation uses spirituality, sport and education based treatment and rehabilitation programmes coupled with close mentoring and support groups,” according to the Sikh Youth UK website.”In October 2018, West Midlands Police notified the Commission of concerns relating to the organisation’s receipt and use of charitable funds,” a Charity Commission statement said.”The Commission exercised its powers under Section 52 of the Charities Act 2011 to obtain copies of bank statements. The Commission’s analysis of the information obtained to date has identified a number of regulatory concerns which warrant further investigation,” it said.The watchdog said its inquiry will examine all aspects of the group’s functioning as well as its status in order to determine whether it is a charity in law and present a report at the end of its probe.The action this week against Sikh Youth UK workers is connected with anti-terror raids related to extremist activity in India led by the WMCTU last year, when coordinated raids were conducted British Sikh addresses in Coventry, Leicester and Birmingham.”The searches are in connection with allegations of extremist activity in India and fraud offences,” West Midlands Police had said at the time in September 2018.Also read: 500-year-old gurdwara in Pakistan’s Punjab province opens doors for Indian Sikh pilgrimsALSO WATCH| Bombay High Court upholds reservation for Marathaslast_img read more