India defeated Malaysia 4-1 in the bronze medal play-off match at the Four Nations Invitational hockey tournament in Melbourne on Sunday.For India, Akashdeep Singh (2nd minute), V.R. Raghunath (45th), Talwinder Singh (52nd) and Rupinder Pal Singh (58th minute) scored while Joel van Huizen found the net for Malaysia.India dominated from start to finish, scoring twice in the final quarter to take a much deserved victory.Shrugging off Saturday’s disappointment when India lost to New Zealand, the winners were looking to strike and consolidate early to avoid any pressure from the Malaysians. (Four Nations Hockey: India beat Malaysia 4-2 to register first win)The Indians started off with several quick turnovers and passes, scoring as early as in the second minute of play.Birendra Lakra picked up the ball near centre field and drove his shot diagonally into the circle.The cross evaded everyone before going to Akashdeep Singh lurking at the far post. Akashdeep showed great awareness and superb skill to deflect the ball in.India kept control throughout the quarter and had several more chances, most notably with a flurry of four consecutive penalty corners right at the death. But the Malaysians defended stoutly to go into the first break down by just one goal. FT! The Indian Men’s Team secure a convincing win over Malaysia to finish at the 3rd Place at the #IFOH2016!#IndiaKaGame pic.twitter.com/KBmBfCut6x Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) November 27, 2016It was more of the same in the second quarter. Indian Affan Yousuf expertly steered past three Malaysian defenders before unleashing a reverse hit towards the goal. Malaysian goalkeeper Kumar Subramiam patted it away to safety.advertisementMalaysia picked up the pace in the final minutes of the quarter but despite several circle penetrations failed to create any real chances. The teams went into half time separated by India’s single goal.The game opened up more in the third quarter as Malaysia chased the game. India were happy to sit back and work on the counter. (New Zealand beat India 3-2 at Four Nations Invitational hockey meet)Despite several circle penetrations, neither team created any real opportunities almost till the end of the third quarter.In the final minute though, Raghunath capitalised on a pair of penalty corners to convert one and double India’s lead.Malaysia hit back almost from the restart, catching India’s defence unawares. Joel van Huizen’s goal took Malaysia into the final break down by a single goal.India kept up the pressure in the final quarter. They constantly pressed high and won several turnovers.Akashdeep was at the thick of things, first getting away a smart shot from inside the circle which was parried away by Kumar Subramiam.Soon after, he had another superb moment, dribbling away from Malaysia’s defence to cut back a pass to Talwinder Singh, whose first time chip deflection beat the goalkeeper to complete India’s third goal. (Hockey: India beat Pakistan to lift Asian Champions Trophy)Now India were in total control and were adamant to not let Malaysia back into the match.In the 58th minute, they had another penalty corner. Rupinder Pal Singh made no mistake in slotting the ball to the bottom right corner to give India a 4-1 winner.
American carmaker Jeep has just revealed their India-spec Compass. It will be launched in India in the third quarter of 2017 but the big news we have stumbled upon is the Renegade coming to India. According to reports, the Renegade is headed to India and will most probably be revealed at the 2018 Auto Expo.The Renegade is the smallest offering from Jeep and is offered in both, 4×2 and 4×4 setups in the international market. It is sold in four trims – Sport, Latitude, Altitude and Trailhawk. While the first three trims are powered by a 1.4-litre MultiAir turbocharged petrol engine which is capable of churning out 160PS and 250Nm torque, the Trailhawk which is the most capable trim of the Renegade has a 2.4-litre naturally aspirated MultiAir petrol engine that makes 180PS and 237Nm torque.Also Read:Jeep Compass revealed in India: See full specs and pictures hereAs of now, Jeep has not revealed anything officially and thus it cannot be confirmed what avatar the Renegade will come to India in, however it will be slotted underneath the Compass and could become the second Jeep car to be built in India.The Renegade will be an ideal vehicle for Indian conditions, small and nimble, but powerful enough to go anywhere.Also Read:Jeep reveals India spec Compass SUV in online video
Barcelona manager Luis Enrique urged the club’s fans to create a wild atmosphere in Camp Nou to help the team complete another improbable comeback in the Champions League, this time against Juventus. (Neymar confident of leading FC Barcelona to second miracle comeback)The Spanish coach insisted his team will try to score five goals on Wednesday night against the visiting Italians, who have a 3-0 lead from the quarter-final first leg in Turin.After Barcelona overturned a 4-0 deficit against PSG in the last 16 in the biggest comeback in Champions League history, Luis Enrique believes supporters can play their part as the team tries to obtain another shock result.”If we score the first goal, the second will be scored by Camp Nou and the third will come by itself,” he said in a news conference on Tuesday.”Our objective is to score five goals. (We have to) attack, attack, attack. And when we relax a little bit, we have to start attacking again.”A handful of fans left with Barcelona 3-1 up against PSG on March 8, missing the stunning finale as Barca netted three goals in the last few minutes to knock their opponents out of the competition.Luis Enrique said they should stay until the end this time, with the team planning to fight until the final whistle to turn the game around.”I hope they don’t go in the 80th minute. We will try right until the end,” he said.”Those who experienced the night against PSG at Camp Nou will have another chance to enjoy an historic evening. Right until the 95th minute we have to be united.”advertisementThe coach confirmed that Javier Mascherano would be back from injury for the game and said he was happy to have Sergio Busquets available after the defensive midfielder missed the first leg.”Getting (Busquets) back is always great news,” he said.”He is one of the most tactically intelligent players there is and a key man for us. The more he can do, the better for us.”Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta said the team needed to put in its best performance of the season.”We have to play a perfect match. We have to create the maximum number of chances and score goals. We probably need to play our best match of the season,” he said.
On the night Monaco clinched its first French league title for 17 years, it was fitting that rising star Kylian Mbappe scored a superb goal.The teenager, who has taken just six months to become one of Europe’s most sought-after players, scored the opener in a 2-0 win over Saint-Etienne on Wednesday.Mbappe scored his 15th league goal this season with his first chance of the game after Saint-Etienne midfielder Jordan Veretout gave the ball away near the halfway line. The 18-year-old striker was set up by Falcao’s through ball and rounded goalkeeper Stephane Ruffier with a feigned shot at full speed before finishing from a tight angle.Substitute Valere Germain completed the win in added time.With one match left to play this weekend, Monaco has an unassailable six-point lead over second-place Paris Saint-Germain, the defending champions.Despite losing to Juventus in the Champions League semifinals, Monaco has thrilled Europe with its attacking football, scoring 155 goals in all competitions and reaching 104 in the league, two more than PSG’s league tally last year.Only RC Paris (118) and Stade de Reims (109) have scored more, during the 1959-60 season.Led by the strike duo of Radamel Falcao and Mbappe, Monaco averaged nearly three goals per game this season to end PSG’s four-year dominance.Unbeaten in the league in 2017, Monaco has also scored in its last 31 league games, a new record during a single season.”Monaco waited 17 years for this title, this is exceptional, a true source of pride,” Monaco vice-president Vadim Vasilyev said. “We played in the second division four years ago. I did not believe we would achieve this in such a short period. We will do everything we can to keep our players.”advertisementKeeping Mbappe in the Principality might be a tall order, though.The youngest player in French league history to reach 10 goals in a season, he has scored 26 goals in all competitions, won a place in the France team and been named as the French league’s best young player. He is reportedly courted by both Real Madrid and Manchester United.On Wednesday, Monaco lacked its usual flair and pace in the rearranged fixture against Saint-Etienne despite an early pressure on Ruffier’s goal.Hampered by the absence of many injured players including captain Loic Perrin, Saint-Etienne opted for caution but was caught on the break after 20 minutes.Falcao came close to doubling Monaco’s lead 10 minutes after Mbappe broke the deadlock but his shot was blocked by a last-ditch challenge from Florentin Pogba.The second half lacked intensity as Saint-Etienne seemed resigned to its fate, despite a good effort from Veretout that was intercepted by Monaco defender Kamil Glik near the hour mark.Germain then played a nice one-two with Mbappe at the end of a stylish team move but missed an easy chance from close range after connecting with a superb cross delivered by his teammate.Germain made amends in added time, scoring from Thomas Lemar’s assist. The referee’s final whistle prompted scenes of jubilation at the Stade Louis II, with Germain and Andrea Raggi mingling with supporters bare chested in the stands as coach Leonardo Jardim shed tears of joy.Only Saint-Etienne (10) and Marseille (9) have won more league titles than Monaco in France.
Suspended Pakistan batsman Sharjeel Khan’s lawyer has revealed that Islamabad United’s coach Dean Jones and former Test cricketers Mohammad Yousuf and Sadiq Mohammad will be presented as ‘expert witnesses’ on May 24 in front of the Anti-Corruption Tribunal probing the Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing scandal.On the third day of the day-to-day hearing on Thursday, Sharjeel’s lawyer Shaigan Ijaz accused the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for making up a story and trying to back it up with witnesses.”PCB made up a story and is trying to back it up with witnesses. Board is being lenient with some players, while it is acting strictly against others,” the Express Tribune quoted Shaigan as saying.Meanwhile, PCB’s attorney Tafazzul Rizvi said that Sharjeel’s lawyer has full right to disagree with their witnesses, adding that the truth would reveal once the decision comes out.The Shaharyar Khan-led board presented International Cricket Council’s (ICC) Anti-corruption Unit chief Ronnie Flanagan as witness who clarified that the world’s cricket governing body has nothing to do with the case.”This is PCB’s case to deal with. The case is being heard professionally and it shows that PCB wants to eliminate corruption from the game of cricket,” Flanagan said.On Wednesday, Sharjeel’s counsel said that his client had timely informed the relevant authority of the PCB about his meeting with a bookie.Earlier on March 6, a three-member tribunal was formed by the PCB to investigate the spot-fixing case allegedly involving Sharjeel and Khalid Latif.The duo was suspended by the PCB under its Anti-Corruption Code, as part of an ongoing investigation into an international syndicate which was believed to corrupt the second edition of the PSL.advertisementBoth the cricketers, who play for Islamabad United franchise in the PSL, formally recorded their statements on February 18 before the anti-corruption unit of the cricket board.The British Police have arrested three suspects in connection with the case including Nasir Jamshed, who was released on bail.
New Delhi, May 29 (PTI) Indias junior shooting squad returned with a rich haul of 11 medals from the recently- concluded 27th Meeting of Shooting Hopes, a renowned international competition for future stars, held at Plzen, Czech Republic. India finished with three gold, four silver and four bronze medals at the four-day competition, which witnessed 459 shooters from 23 countries in action in a total of 14 rifle and pistol events. Anmol Jain, who recently took part in his first senior International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup stage in Munich, was the most successful Indian. He won a team gold and a team silver in the Junior mens 10m Air Pistol and 50m Pistol events, besides bagging an individual silver in the 50m Pistol event. Another Indian — Arjun Babuta, in the Junior mens 10m Air Rifle — won a silver with a final round score of 249 and a qualification score of 623.9. He lost out to eventual gold medallist Evgeniy Ishchenko of Russia by half a point in the final. However, Babuta beat 2016 Baku World Cup Gold medallist and home favourite Filip Nepejchal in the finals. Other noteworthy performances came from Saurabh Chaudhary in the Junior mens 10m Air Pistol and Anish in the Junior mens 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event. Both won individual bronze medals. PTI CM CM
Shikhar Dhawan smashed his 10th ODI hundred as India took command against Sri Lanka in their Group B encounter on Thursday at The Oval.Thanks to an injury, Dhawan had been out of international cricket after the Cuttack ODI vs England but he came back to the team with a bang against Pakistan in their Champions Trophy opener on Sunday, hammering a 65-ball 68.The moment @SDhawan25 hit ??!??? #INDvSL #CT17 pic.twitter.com/1ED3JQ9Id0- ICC (@ICC) June 8, 2017Once again on Thursday, Dhawan turned on the heat with some scintillating stroke play after playing second fiddle to the more aggressive Rohit Sharma, whose 78 gave India a strong platform.Dhawan, in fact, became the third quickest to reach 10 ODI hundreds, taking just 77 innings to get there. South African batsmen Quinton de Kock (55 innings) and Hashim Amla (57 innings) are 1 and 2 respectively.India lost a bit of the initiative though when Virat Kohli fell for his first duck in almost three years. Yuvraj Singh, man-of-the-match on Sunday, then perished for 7 as India stuttered to 179/3 in 33.3 overs.Immediately after, there was a huge LBW appeal against MS Dhoni and Sri Lanka skipper Angelo Mathews even asked for a review. But TV replays showed the ball pitched outside the leg-stump and there was some relief in the Indian camp.Dhawan, meanwhile, waited patiently at the other end, watching a bit of a mayhem. Kohli and Yuvraj were gone within 40 runs of each other and that certainly meant Sri Lanka had regained some momentum.But Dhawan is an experienced campaigner and he has a special affinity with England the Champions Trophy. It was here in 2013, during the same tournament that Dhawan had hammered two successive centuries, against South Africa and West Indies, announcing himself as a long-term opener for Team India.advertisementEarlier in the day, Dhawan and Rohit had brought up their 10th 100+ opening stand, the fifth most in ODI history. Four of those century-opening stands have come in seven Champions Trophy matches.Dhawan’s mind-numbing innings came to an end in the 45th over when he fell to Lasith Malinga for a 128-ball 125. Most 100s in ICC Champions Trophy: 3 Shikhar Dhawan (7 innings)3 Herschelle Gibbs (10)3 Sourav Ganguly (11)3 Chris Gayle (17)Fastest to 10 ODI hundreds:Quinton de Kock (55 innings)Hashim Amla (57)Shikhar Dhawan (77)
London, Jun 13 (PTI) Actor Idris Elba is all set to come back in the fifth season of the crime drama “Luther”, that will begin filming next year.The announcement comes as a surprise for the fans of the the 44-year-old star as the TV shows most recent run, that aired December 2015, was touted to be the characters swansong, reported BBC.The fifth season of “Luther” will comprise of four episodes.Elba appeared as the popular detective for a Sport Relief sketch last March. PTI RDS SHD
Thiruvananthapuram, June 13(PTI) Akkulam Tourism Village, the prominent tourist centre in the district, is set to get a new lease of life.State Minister for Tourism, Devaswom and Co-operation, Kadakampally Surendran inaugurated the work for the second phase of the Tourism Village, at an outlay of Rs Five crore, here today.The second phase aims to turn the Village into an activity centre with facilities for visitors to spend an entire day.”The coming days would see this centre rising like a Phoenix from total destruction, and the project would be completed in 18 months,” the Minister said.He opined that there have been more efforts to close down the centre than to revive it in the past few years.”The government is planning to form a tourism policy that would better the lives of local residents,” he said.The second phase will see the village sporting a modern music fountain, artificial waterfall, amphi theatre, art installation, cycling track, ropeway, restaurant, parking area, and yoga and meditation centre.An adventure tourism project, landscape beautification, and a cricket pitch are also part of the project.The 2.5 acre plot on the hilltop will be developed as a View Point, keeping its wildness intact.The pond and its premises will be renovated, and small boats will be provided for visitors. PTI JRK ROH
Football star Cristiano Ronaldo faces a lawsuit filed on Tuesday by Spain’s prosecutor’s office in Madrid for allegedly defrauding Spanish tax authorities of 14.7 million euros ($16.48 million) between 2011 and 2014.The prosecutor’s office said in a statement that the Real Madrid forward had knowingly used a business structure created in 2010 to allegedly hide his image rights income in Spain.This involved a “voluntary” failure to comply with his tax obligations in Spain, the statement from the office’s economic crimes section said. The four counts of tax fraud were based on a report from Spain’s tax agency, it said.Real Madrid declined to comment and calls to the agency representing Ronaldo, Gestifute, went unanswered.Ronaldo, who led Real Madrid to their 12th European Cup earlier this month, is the latest in a long line of soccer players in Spain – among them Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Neymar – who have been caught up in cases over tax or transfers.Between 2005 and 2010, foreign players in Spain were protected under the so-called “Beckham law” allowing them to curb their taxes. But as the financial crisis bit deeper, that exemption was lifted, paving the way for the cases.The prosecutor’s office alleges that Ronaldo had defrauded the tax authorities of 1.4 million euros in 2011, 1.7 million euros in 2012, 3.2 million euros in 2013 and 8.5 million euros in 2014.Ronaldo, who is from Portugal, became a Spanish tax resident in January 2010 and in November 2011 opted to follow the Spanish tax regime that applies to foreigners working in Spain, the statement said.He should have paid a tax rate of 24 percent in 2011, and 24.75 percent in the three following years, it said.advertisementIMAGE RIGHTSThe prosecutor said that after Ronaldo signed a contract to join Real Madrid in December 2008 he ceded his image rights to a company called Tollin Associates Ltd, domiciled in the British Virgin Islands and in which he was the only stakeholder.Tollin Associates then ceded his image rights to a company in Ireland called Multisports&Image Management Ltd which was responsible for managing them. Tollin Associates itself had no business activity, the statement said.”Ceding image rights to (Tollin Associates) was completely unnecessary and it’s only purpose was to create a screen to conceal the totality of his image rights income from the Spanish tax authorities,” the statement said.The prosecutor’s office filed the lawsuit against Ronaldo on Tuesday to a court in the Madrid district of Pozuelo de Alarcon.Ronaldo finished the soccer season scoring two goals in a 4-1 victory over Juventus in the Champions League final to become the tournament’s top scorer with a total of 12 goals.Afterwards, Spanish sports newspaper Marca called Real Madrid, who also won La Liga this year, “masters of the universe”.In May, Spain’s Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Messi and stood by a Catalan regional court’s 21-month prison sentence for defrauding authorities of 4.1 million euros on image rights. He is unlikely to go to prison as under Spanish law sentences under two years can be served under probation.Spain’s High Court in May cleared Neymar of fraud but he still faces a corruption trial in Spain in connection with the value of his 2013 transfer from Santos to Barcelona. He has denied wrongdoing.
As the Indian football team are currently attending the final preparatory camp ahead of the 2018 AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers kicked off at the Ambedkar Stadium in the national capital on Monday, national coach Stephen Constantine has said that his side would not carry laid back attitude and focus on qualifying for the main event.34 players have been summoned for the camp which will continue until July 1 before the team departs for an exposure trip to the USA.Besides players playing in the I-League, Constantine has also called two players from the U-22 trials, players for which were scouted by the AIFF scouting network led by Executive Committee member Abhishek Yadav. Yadav and his team had selected players from inter-university championships, inter-college tournaments, Santosh Trophy, Second Division League, Reliance Foundation Youth Sports (RFYS) as well as the overseas scouting programme.India are slated to face Syria, Turkmenistan and Qatar in Group C of 2018 AFC U-18 Championship Qualifiers, which is scheduled to be held from July 19 to July 23 in Doha, Qatar.”Our aim is to qualify for the 2018 AFC U-23 Championship. The qualifiers are in a month’s time and hence, we can’t just sit back and ponder over,” Constantine maintained. “New Delhi is the ideal venue to get acclimatised to the current weather of Qatar. Our focus was on working in the similar conditions to Qatar,” he added.AIFF has also organised for an exposure Tour for the squad to the USA which Constantine believes will “come in handy.””We are scheduled to go on an exposure trip to California early next month. We’ll play three or possibly four competitive matches against some club age-group teams and senior teams which will definitely come handy before we face Qatar, Syria and Turkmenistan in the Qualifiers,” Constantine mentioned.advertisementThe list of players attending the camp is as follows:Goalkeepers: Vishal Kaith, Sukhadev Shivaji Patil, Kamaljit Singh, Phurba Tempa Lechenpa.Defenders: Nishu Kumar, Lalramchullova, Chinglensana Singh Konsham, Salam Ranjan Singh, Sarthak Golui, Sairuatkima, Lalruatthara, Nitesh Deepak Aswani, Subhasish Bose, Jerry Lalrinzuala.Midfielders: Nikhil Chandrashekhar Poojary, Raynier Raymond Fernandes, Isaac Vanmalsawma Chhakchhuak, Germanpreet Singh, Vinit Rai, Mawihmingthanga, Asharudeen Pulparamban, Saurabh Das, Enestar Malngiang, Robinson Singh Khumukcham, Vignesh Dakshina Murthy, Chesterpoul Lyngdoh, Lallianzuala Chhangte.Forwards: Hitesh Sharma, Daniel Lalhlimpuia, Anto Xavier, Alen Deory, Manvir Singh, Azharuddin Mullick.
Ducati has revealed the Multistrada 1200 Enduro Pro, a new variant of the Multistrada 1200 Enduro. While the regular Multistrada 1200 Enduro is built for riding on and off-tarmac both, it is a little biased towards off-roading. The new Pro version of the motorcycle takes that ahead by leaps and bounds.It is powered by the same engine that is present in the standard bike, a liquid-cooled, 1198.4cc, Testastretta DVT, L-twin that makes 160hp and 132Nm of torque. It also gets a Termignoni exhaust.One of the biggest visual changes is the sand colour which is present on the nose and the tank cover of a bike. The rugged texture of the paint makes it look good. The sand colour is complemented by black which dons things like the sub-frame, engine alternator cover and clutch. The seat of the bike is also finished in a two tone colour, sand and black.The Multistrada 1200 Enduro Pro gets new Pirelli Scorpion Rally off-road tyres which provide good grip on tarmac also. There are four riding modes – Enduro, Touring, Sport and Urban. Other than this, the Pro variant also gets rider aids like cornering ABS, Ducati Traction Control (DTC), Ducati Wheelie Control (DWC), Ducati Cornering Lights (DCL) and the space age, Ducati Skyhook Suspension (DSS) Evolution system. The Electronic Speed control and the Ducati Multimedia System (DMS) are standard features on the bike.Also Read:Ducati discontinue four of its motorcycles in IndiaAlso Read:Ducati Monster 797, Multistrada 950 launched in India
Stylish Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane, who has been in sublime form in the ongoing ODI series against West Indies, has insisted it is his hunger for runs which has kept him motivated to perform well for himself as well as the team.Rahane, who has always been known for his delicate touch and perfect timing, has scored in all the three games of the series so far. In the first ODI which was washed out at the Queens Park Oval, he scored 62 and followed it up with a brilliant 103 at the same venue to help the Men in Blue register an emphatic 105-run win over the hosts.The 29-year-old did not stop there and played an important 72-run knock on a difficult wicket at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Friday in the third game which India won by 93 runs and took a 2-0 lead in the series.Speaking exclusively to ANI after the Antigua game, Rahane said, “When I was not playing in Champions Trophy, I was focusing on my fitness as well as my batting. When we came here, I was hungry, I wanted to do well.””I was batting well in the nets, here as well as in England. So, I wanted to make it count and I am really hungry at the moment and looking forward to do well,” he said.Rahane, who was sitting on the bench for whole of the Champions Trophy, said he utilised the time focusing on his fitness and batting.”I would like to thank Virat (Kohli) and team management that they gave me this opportunity to bat at the top of the order. When I was in England, I really worked hard on my fitness and I am happy all that hard work is paying off here,” he added.advertisementWhen asked about his Trinidad century, he said, “It was a perfect knock. Even before that game, I got 62 runs and I was batting really well. So, in the second game I really wanted to make it count.”Stressing on the importance of fitness, the Mumbaikar said, “Fitness is very important. Right after Australia series, we played IPL and then came to UK and then here. So, we have to take care of our fitness as professional athletes.””This team is really focused and disciplined. We all think about our sleeping times and eating habits as well.”The two teams will now lock horns in the fourth ODI at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium on Sunday.
The fourth day of Lakme Fashion Week Winter/Festive 2017 will be remembered for how radiant Nargis Fakhri looked on the runway. The Rockstar-fame diva looked like a vision as she ramp for ace designer Anushree Reddy.Photo: Yogen Shah Nargis was clad in a blazing lemon-yellow lehenga that could put the sun to shame with its beauty and brightness. The lehenga looked beyond gorgeous with a intrinsic silver embellishment that glimmered bright, all over it.Photo: Yogen Shah Also Read: Lakme Fashion Week 2017: Esha Gupta looked as sizzling as molten gold on the runwayThe lustrous, gold choli looked phenomenal while the baby-pink, net dupatta draped over it lightened the look of this sensual, bling-a-ding outfit. While the outfit was loud on colours, the dupatta came as a respite. Photo: Yogen Shah Also Read: Lakme Fashion Week 2017: Shraddha Kapoor looked like a red rose on the runwayNargis looked extremely sexy with just the right amount of cleavage showing, and loud makeup that complimented the brightness of the attire. It won’t be unfair to say that Nargis’ look was the most vibrant on the runway in the last four days.Photo: Yogen Shah She sported a royal emerald neckpiece that looked class apart, and added a touch of sophistication to her glamorous ethnic look.Precisely, Nargis’ look was a total winner on the runway.
Hisar (Haryana), Oct 31 (PTI) Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today urged the people to follow the idea of India as one nation, irrespective of caste, creed, sex and religion, and asked them to move together to make the country powerful.Naidu also stressed the need for good governance to take the benefits of development to the people.”…Irrespective of caste, creed, sex and religion, India is one nation, one country. It should be our target and it should be our culture,” Naidu said at the closing ceremony of the year-long golden jubilee celebrations of the formation of Haryana state at the Mahabir Stadium here.He said the idea of vasudhaiva kutumbakam (the world is one family) was part of the Indian tradition.”Therefore, we should come together and stay away from caste, disturbance taking place in the name of religion, corruption and eliminate oppression. We should move together and then the country will become a powerful India. And then also Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas will be meaningful,” he said.The vice president said younger generations had to be made aware of the countrys religion and culture.”Our culture and tradition should always be preserved which we have inherited from our ancestors and that religion, tradition, Bhartiyata, Hindutva, Indianness should be preserved. We should always follow the same in our lives. We should always make the new generation aware of our religion and culture,” he said.Naidu described Haryana as “pious” and said the country was aware of the states prosperous culture and tradition and that this land had given the gift of the Bhagwad Gita to the world.advertisementHe also said President Ram Nath Kovind would inaugurate the International Gita Mahotsav in Kurukshetra, Haryana, on November 25.Talking about information technology (IT), he said the country was exhibiting its might to the world in the sector, and praised Haryana in its efforts at promoting IT.”IT and if you do your duty then our country will be mighty,” he said in his inimitable style of using rhymes.The vice president also said development was necessary along with good governance.”The prime minister always says that development is necessary. Even after 70 years of Independence, there are some deficiencies in the county. Therefore development is a must. Along with development, good governance is also necessary to take the benefits of development to the people,” Naidu said.IT would also help in ensuring good governance, he said.The vice president also said everybody should learn and know about the Hindi language.”I belonged to southern India and I did not study Hindi in my childhood. In our area at that time, a campaign against Hindi language was going on. I also participated in it. Later I came to know that it was not possible to move ahead without knowing Hindi. Everybody should learn and know about Hindi,” he said.Naidu also urged all Indians to contribute towards the prime ministers dream project, the Swachh Bharat campaign.Praising the people of Haryana for making an immense contribution to every sector, Naidu said Haryana was traditionally known for agriculture and milk production.”The state government is promoting this occupation through new, modern technology and scientific methods. Haryanas foodgrain production has grown manifold since 1966,” he said.Though the state comprises only 1.5 per cent of the countrys total area, it contributes 15 per cent towards foodgrain production, he pointed out.”It is a great achievement and I salute the farmers of Haryana for this great job,” he said.Naidu also appreciated the efforts of the Haryana government in promoting sports and giving facilities to sportspersons who performed well.”Sports should be an integral part of our life. It is a must,” he said.Naidu also hailed steps taken by the state government for womens empowerment, education and skill development. PTI CHS VSD BDS
Chandigarh, Nov 22 (PTI) The cabinet today approved the introduction of the draft Punjab excise Act, 1914 (Amendment) Bill, 2017 allowing the sale of liquor through licensed vends within the limits of Municipal areas and checking smuggling of distilled spirits.The bill with amendment to sections 26-A, 72, 78 and 81 of the Punjab excise Act will be introduced for legislation in the winter session of the Vidhan Sabha commencing from November 27, an official release said.The decision was taken at a meeting of the cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh here.An amendment to Section 26-A has been approved in view of the July 11, 2017 judgment of the Supreme Court, the release said.It provides that the condition of sale of liquor through licensed vends at a distance of 500 meters away from national/ state highways would not apply to the licensed liquor vends within the limits of Municipal area, the release said.With amendments to Sections 72, 78 and 81, smuggling of liquor in the state would be controlled as bringing foreign distilled spirit into Punjab in quantities exceeding twelve bottles of 750 millimeters capacity each would now be a non- bailable offence, the release said.Vehicles carrying more than three cases of liquor would be confiscated and would be released during trial only against cash or bank guarantee equivalent to the value of liquor confiscated, the release said.In another decision, the cabinet agreed to bring a Bill in the forthcoming session of Punjab Vidhan Sabha to amend Section 3(8) of the Punjab Land Revenue Act, 1972, to exclude banana, guava trees and vineyard lands from the definition of orchard.advertisementWith this the base of agricultural production of the state can be diversified from the monoculture of wheat and paddy towards fruits and vegetables, the release said.This amendment would provide a legal right to a farmer or tenant carrying guava, banana and vineyard farming to keep up to 20.5 hectares of land, the release said.The cabinet also decided to amend Section 27(j) of the Punjab Land Reforms Act, 1972 to ensure that agricultural land which has been utilized for non-agricultural purposes, such as housing, industrial, infrastructure projects like SEZ, tourism units (hotels and resorts), public utilities, warehousing, sports, religious are kept out of the purview of this Act. PTI VSD ADS
Tokyo, Jan 2 (PTI) Scientists have developed a new humanoid robot that can perform exercises like sit-ups and push-ups, and even sweat, just like humans.The robot has an artificial perspiration system and anatomically resembles the musculoskeletal intricacy of a human boy.Developed by scientists at the University of Tokyo in Japan, the robot called Kengoro can be used as crash test dummies, and to design muscle analytics for athletes and sports.The team has been developing humanoid robots for several years now. Kengoro is the most advanced iteration of a series that began in 2001 with a bot named Kenta, New Atlas reported.Its most interesting development is the artificial perspiration system, according to a study published in the journal Science Robotics.The system not only mimics the way human beings sweat, but also prevents overheating of the robot by running water through its skeletal frame and allowing steam to vent out of small outlets.Kengoro can execute a series of human-like movements resembling a tough exercise workout, including push-ups and sit-ups. PTI MHN SAR MHN
Over the past few months, the internet has been buzzing with activity relating to the new generation motorcycles expected from Royal Enfield. A lot was speculated and a large part of that revolved around the engines which would power these new bikes. All of that has been put to rest as the company has revealed its brand new 650cc parallel twin motor. First and foremost, this is no upgrade from an existing engine. It is a brand new engine designed from the ground up. It displaces 650cc and churns out 47bhp@7,000rpm and 53Nm of torque at 4,000rpm. It sports an 8-valve SOHC configuration and is air cooled. The engine gets a six-speed gearbox as well as a slip-assist clutch which is expected to reduce lever effort. Royal Enfield says that this motor will allow riders to experience the ‘ton’ with ease and this means that the new engines will allow the new motorcycle to cruise effortlessly on highways worldwide. Another aspect which identifies any Royal Enfield is the ‘thump’ which the existing range of engines emanates. But this new motor will not have a similar engine note. However this new motor will offer a rorty engine note which will suite the character of the bike it will power. Other important bits include a larger alternator which is ready to power all the accessories which will be offered for the new bikes. So which are the bikes which this motor will power? Royal Enfield is all set to reveal two brand new bikes at EICMA 2017 in Milan shortly and both these bikes will get this engine. The new bikes are currently in pre-production stage and will go on sale April 2018 onwards. The 350cc and 500cc motors will continue to serve the existing range of Royal Enfield bikes.advertisement
TweetPinShare0 Shares ATHENS – Judicial investigators said they believe four Greek soccer players colluded to fix matches so they could pool the winnings from betting on the games.Their names weren’t given but authorities said they were from a Super League team and had won scores of thousands of eurosAccording to the probe’s results, seen by Kathimerini, a 24-year-old player repeatedly contacted a 28-year-old man regarding betting issues ahead of a game between perennial champion Olympiakos and Panionios.The soccer player advised his contact to bet on there being more than 13 corners in the game. There were in fact 16 – 13 conceded by Panionios and three by Olympiakos. This allegedly led to a post-tax betting win of 19,100 euros.Wiretaps on the players’ phones suggest that the 24-year-old was to be paid 6,300 euros and the other three players lesser amounts.The 24-year-old was also found to be in contact with a 48-year-old gas station owner to whom he allegedly owned 30,000 euros. In a text message, the player appears to suggest he could help fix matches.Allegations of corruption and match fixing have been rampant in Greek soccer but have done little to discourage fans known for their blind devotion to their teams.
TweetPinShare0 Shares CLEARWATER, FL— Newly trim Ryan Howard singled in his first two at-bats of spring training, and the Philadelphia Phillies tied the New York Yankees 5-5 Wednesday in their spring training opener.On a warm, sun-splashed day on the west side of Tampa Bay, the scoreboard said it was 92 degrees at game time — perhaps 10 degrees more than the actual temperature but a contrast to the cold, snowy winter in the northeast.Trying to regain the form that made him one of the top hitters before he tore his left Achilles tendon injury during the 2011 playoffs, Howard hit an opposite-field single to left in the second inning and lined a single to right in the fourth.He’s standing up straighter at the plate and dropping his hands.“Looked at some old video and stuff,” he said. “Back in ’06, I was way down and then it looked like I was steadily creeping up over the years.”Howard lost 15-20 pounds since November, when he started on a diet to eliminate sugars. His listed weight had been 250.“You have a cheat day or whatever every once in a while,” he said, “but for the most part, just trying to stick with it.”The Yankees’ Aaron Judge, a 2013 first-round draft pick, hit a tying, three-run homer on a 3-2 pitch with two outs in a four-run ninth off Mario Hollands.UP NEXTPhillies: RHP Kevin Slowey, in camp with a minor league contract, is to start for the Phillies against the Yankees on Wednesday in Tampa. Slowey hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since he was released by the Miami Marlins last June with a 5.30 ERA and 53 hits allowed in 37 1-3 innings.Yankees: RHP Nathan Eovaldi, a teammate of Slowey’s on the Marlins, is to start Wednesday against the Phillies. New York obtained Eovaldi, outfielder Garrett Jones and minor league pitcher Domingo German from Miami in December for Martin Prado and pitcher David Phelps.TRAINER’S ROOMYankees: Minor league C Luis Torrens has a torn labrum in his right shoulder and will miss the season. Dr. David Altchek is to operate Wednesday.Phillies: RHP Aaron Harang was scheduled to start Wednesday but his name was missing when the pitching schedule was posted in the Phillies clubhouse. Harang said he was dealing with “maintenance” issues. Harang said he saw a chiropractor and that is normal for him in spring training. He expects to pitch Monday.STARTING TIMEYankees: RHP Adam Warren allowed one hit in two innings. He felt constrained by the new clock timing 2 minutes, 25 seconds for breaks between half innings. The final warmup pitch must be thrown with 30 seconds left. “I couldn’t believe it. How am I going to get eight pitches in a minute, 50 seconds.”Phillies: RHP David Buchanan started in place of Jerome Williams and gave up one run and five hits in two innings. He allowed the Yankees to score in the first on consecutive two-out singles by Chris Young, Jones and Jose Pirela — one of New York’s second base candidates. Bullpen coach Rod Nichols informed Buchanan of the start at breakfast. “I was eating some oatmeal and Rod came up to me and said, ‘Hey, you’re throwing first today,’” Buchanan recalled. “I try to throw strikes, keep the ball on the ground. Unfortunately they found holes today.”RONALD BLUM, AP Sports Writer