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    first_imgFashion shows comprising the best northeast handlooms willFashion shows comprising the best northeast handlooms will be showcased by around 20 young designers and models of the region. For gastronomes, an exotic collection of delectable cuisines from the eight states with around 30 food stalls will be on offer.Besides displaying traditional sports of the northeast, the festival will also have live art, a photography exhibition showcasing the vivid wildlife and natural beauty of the region, an art workshop with 20 young artistes of northeast and plenty of interactive games.According to Shyamkanu Mahanta, chief organiser of the festival, one of the core objectives will be to promote tourism in the region with plenty of tour operators and tourists slated to attend it.Besides, it will also be a platform to promote business for northeast entrepreneurs, apart from building bridges with Delhi, he said.”This year we will be holding a seminar on flood and erosion that affect the region. Experts from IITs across the country will discuss about the Brahmaputra to find a permanent solution to these issues along with stakeholders of NER.”The seminar will be presented by Water Resources Department, government of Assam and will see participation from various multilaterals and the central government. Assam Tourism will be presenting a seminar on Awesome Assam with tour operators across the country. There will be discussion on sports, B2B meets on tourism and many more,” he said. PTI ZMN EMY TRSlast_img read more

  • AIMPLB convention to formulate action on UCC, triple talaq

    first_imgKolkata, Nov 1 (PTI) Amid a raging debate over Uniform Civil Code and triple talaq in the country, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board said they will deliberate on the line of action to be taken over the issues, in its upcoming convention in the city.Describing the twin issues as an “infringement of the personal law and fundamental rights of Muslims”, the AIMPLB said it would give a call for formation of a “secular platform” to counter the BJP and RSSs “evil designs”.”The BJP-RSS is trying to infringe into the personal and fundamental rights of Muslims. This will never be tolerated. The upcoming convention will deal with the issues,” Trinamool Congress MP and chairman of AIMPLB organising committee, Sultan Ahmed told PTI.According to Ahmed, the AIMPLB usually sticks to only Muslim personal laws which broadly cover marriage, talaq, succession and adoption-related issues, but this time it will step beyond its periphery and speak up against religious intolerance in the country.AIMPLB is an umbrella organisation which has representatives from all Muslim sects, theological schools and religious orders. The body is reportedly the highest decision-making body on Muslim personal laws.Ahmed will formally meet the state administration this week to finalise the venue for the three-day Kolkata convention starting November 18.”We will sit with the state administration and police authorities and finalise the details this week. We have two venues in mind–Park Circus Maidan and Mohammedan Sporting Club for the public meeting,” he said.According to sources, the organising committee had already written to the state government seeking Haj Tower on VIP Road and Park Circus grounds for the convention. PTI PNT MD SRYadvertisementlast_img read more

  • Goel felicitates people at Delhi Telegu Academy ceremony

    first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 6 (PTI) Union Minister Vijay Goel today felicitated a number of people for their contribution in various field including arts, education, and health-care.Goel, the Union Sports Minister, presented the awards during the 28th Annual cultural festival and awards ceremony 2016 organised by the Delhi Telegu Academy here.Founded in 1990, Delhi Telegu Academy focuses on preserving, promoting and propagating Telugu cultural, literary and spiritual heritage. PTI ABA MPB SMJlast_img

  • Micromax launches Canvas Spark 4G phone with Android Marshmallow at Rs 4,999

    first_imgHome grown brand Micromax launched the ultra-affordable 4G LTE (VoLTE-ready) capable smartphone, the Canvas Spark in India on Wednesday at a price of Rs 4,999. Directed towards “first time 4G users and those looking to upgrade from their existing 3G smartphones” the Canvas Spark 4G is notably the first smartphone in the company’s Spark range to feature 4G LTE capability. The phone will be exclusively available on Snapdeal via flash sale beginning at 12 noon on November 10, the company announced.”The consumer response to the Spark series has been phenomenal. With the Canvas Spark 4G, we wish to drive the adoption of 4G amongst consumers and give them a competitive product. Consumer demand is constantly shifting towards devices offering multi-tasking capabilities, 24×7 data connectivity with increased video consumption and real-time mobility solutions. The 4G adoption amongst consumers has been phenomenal and we believe that the Canvas Spark with 4G VoLTE capabilities will delight the consumers,” Shubhajit Sen, chief marketing officer, Micromax Informatics said.The Canvas Spark 4G comes with a 5-inch IPS display and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Spreadtrum processor coupled with 1GB RAM and 8GB of memory. The dualSIM phone runs Android Marshmallow software.The phone sports a 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. It comes with Micromax’s Around services and is backed by a 2,000Mah battery.”Through our exclusive partnership with Snapdeal for the Spark series, we have very successfully expanded the overall entry-level smartphone market and created a favorable impact in the ecommerce channel capturing over 11 per cent of the exclusive online market last year. Our new Canvas Spark 4G will yet again showcase our commitment to empowering consumers and at the same time introducing more people to the best of the connected world,” Shubhajit added.advertisementAlso Read: Micromax Canvas 6 Review: Sleek design can’t save the daylast_img read more

  • It’s just to take the focus away from the series: Virat Kohli on ball-tampering allegation

  • CAB writes to BCCI over Ranji rescheduling

    first_imgKolkata, Dec 5 (PTI) The Cricket Association of Bengal today wrote a letter to the BCCI requesting not to review the decision of rescheduling the Bengal versus Gujarat Ranji match at its tournament committee meeting tomorrow. “The decision adopted by the BCCI for rescheduling the match is appropriate, the same is also beyond the scope of any review both in factual as well as constitutional powers. “It is sincerely expected that in the longer interest of the game, the decision would not be reviewed abusing the sport of fair play,” CAB joint secretary Avishek Dalmiya wrote in a letter to the BCCI president and secretary. The issue began when the Bengal-Gujarat clash in New Delhi from November 5-8 finished without a ball being bowled because of smog and the contest has now been rescheduled from December 15 in Visakhapatnam. With stiff competition for the quarterfinals in Group A during the business end of the league, it is learnt that the Mumbai Cricket Association supported by the Tamil Nadu CA had raised an objection about the rescheduling and instead suggested that one point each should have been awarded to both the teams. Mumbai lead the group with 29 points from seven matches, five points clear of Gujarat with a match in hand. In third place, Tamil Nadu have 23 from seven matches while Bengal have 17 from six matches on the sixth place in the nine-team table. PTI TAP BS BSlast_img read more

  • Sarri: Barkley can become an important player for Chelsea & England

    first_imgAhead of facing his boyhood club this weekend, Ross Barkley’s progress since was singled out for praise by Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri.After a shaky start upon Sarri’s arrival and with the Blues hosting Everton on Sunday, the Italian coach was candid but lauded Barkley’s improvement.”At the beginning, in the first month, Ross was in trouble,” he said. “But then he started to improve in every training session, in every match. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “I am surprised how he has adapted if I think back to the first month, but not if I think of the last two months.”Chelsea remain the only undefeated club in Europe’s top five leagues at this stage, opening the season with a 17-game run, yet sit two points off league-leading Manchester City.Although Sarri has preferred a midfield trio of N’Golo Kante, Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic, Barkley has become a dependable alternative, scoring three goals in the past five appearances.Barkley’s versatility and heightened tactical awareness due to more time on the pitch, according to the 59-year-old, puts him ahead of Ruben Loftus-Cheek in Chelsea’s midfield pecking order.”At the moment, from a tactical point of view, Ross is a step ahead of Loftus-Cheek because Ruben in the first part of the season had two or three little injuries,” Sarri said.”I like Ross very much. He is a complete player. He has physical qualities, he is fast. Technically he’s very good.”He kicks well with his left foot and his right. He’s improving in moving the ball. He has become mentally quicker and he is improving tactically. He is on the way to becoming a very important midfielder, not only for us but also for England.”last_img read more

  • Real Madrid, Man Utd, & Juve unveil new FIFA 19 kits

    first_imgIn FIFA 19 Ultimate Team, there’s always a race to find the brightest and most unique kits on the market to make sure your squad steps onto the pitch in style.While Goal already did the hard work for you with the 10 best kits in the game, EA Sports have partnered with Adidas to release even more outrageous kits for some of Europe’s biggest clubs. The eye-catching fourth kits for Manchester United, Juventus, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are available both in-game and in real life. However, you will want to be quick as both the virtual and real-life editions are going to be quite rare. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Big clubs, bold new designs. Get them now in #FUT 👉 #HeretoCrEAte @adidasfootball #FIFA19— EA SPORTS FIFA (@EASPORTSFIFA) November 29, 2018Any FUT player who had one of said four clubs as their favourite team on FIFA 19 will receive that team’s kit for free in-game when they next log in (Nintendo Switch players will have to wait until December 14.)For everyone else, starting on November 30 FIFA 19 players can earn each club’s respective kit by completing one of four Weekly Objectives on PlayStation 4, Xbox One or PC. The kits will be tradeable so players can also buy and sell the kits on the FUT Transfer Market.As for real life, these kits will be sold as limited edition items and won’t come cheap either. While Munich and Madrid’s haven’t appeared in their respective stores yet, fans can purchase the Manchester United and Juventus shirts now for £65 ($83) and £82 ($104) respectively.There will only be 200 units sold of the Manchester United ‘digital’ kit online which features a striking leopard print design. The kit is a bright fluorescent yellow with dark spots and is designed to look like it is made of fur. The Adidas and Manchester United logos have been moved to the centre of the shirt while the Chevrolet sponsor remains, surrounded by a black patch.Juventus on the other hand, state there will be 1,000 units of the club’s fourth kit sold online. Juve’s sports a unique iridescent pattern which you certainly wouldn’t have any trouble spotting. According to the club’s official website, the limited edition kit “displays a design that mirrors Juventus’ forward-thinking attitude”.Next is Real Madrid who have been given a dark blue kit covered in stars. The beautiful kit is more subtle than the rest and appears to represent the club’s nickname of the ‘Galacticos.’ However, the kit may have already sold out as it is listed as out of stock on the club’s website.Bayern Munich sport a similar star design but on a bright orange kit that fades down into a black. This shirt appears to represent the sun with a bright glare in the middle of the jersey. Also unlike Madrid’s, the Munich kit sports different colour sleeves with a dark red that drifts into the shoulders.last_img read more

  • ‘For Ajax, this is the best moment to face Real Madrid’

    first_imgAjax could not be facing Real Madrid at a better time when they meeting the Champions League last-16 next February, according to former playmaker Wesley Sneijder.Erik ten Hag’s side posses some of the most revered young players in Europe and are enjoying a revival after four successive runners-up finishes in the Eredivisie.Though they trail leaders PSV Eindhoven by two points they have won their last 11 league games and twice held Bayern Munich in their Champions League group. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Paired with defending champions Real in the first knock-out round of Europe’s premier club competition, the Dutch side are naturally the underdogs but Sneijder is hopeful of an upset.”For Ajax, this is the best moment to take on Real Madrid,” the ex-Netherlands international, who is currently playing for Qatar side Al Gharafa, told Marca.”I don’t see Real Madrid as being as strong as in previous years. That’s obvious.”Ajax are a very young team, but nobody should be mistaken about them as they have a lot of quality and play very well, especially at home in Amsterdam.”It’ll be a difficult tie for Real Madrid.”Los Blancos have endured a contrasting campaign, replacing Julen Lopetegui with Santiago Solari after a poor start to the season.Solari guided Real to the Fifa Club World Cup earlier this month but there remain questions over his long-term future.Ajax’s last progressed beyond the round-of-16 in the 1995-96, when they beat Real en route to the final – where they lost to Juventus on penalties.Sneijder, who played in Amsterdam between 2002 and 2007 before moving to the Spanish capital for two seasons, says the two-legged tie will be a decent barometer of progress made by his boyhood club.”Real Madrid are still the favourites despite everything,” he added.”But look! If Ajax can achieve a good result in the first leg then Real Madrid could have problems, and we’ve seen that recently when they face teams that keep the ball.”This is a good matchup to check the quality of this Ajax side, one that is very exciting, as they go up against the three-in-a-row Champions League winners.”Real Madrid are different in Europe, but Ajax have a chance to move on to the next round.””They believe that Ajax are the same as the last few times they visited Madrid. But they’re nothing like those teams.”Plus, the average Real Madrid fan doesn’t follow Dutch football and doesn’t know about Ajax.”I do know about them, though, and they have a line-up with a lot of quality.”last_img read more

  • Girona vs Atletico Madrid: TV, stream & preview

    first_imgGirona host Atletico Madrid in the first leg of the Copa del Rey round of 16 on Wednesday.Both teams will be relatively happy with their seasons so far. Girona sit in ninth in La Liga whilst Atletico are in second, five points adrift of league leaders Barcelona.Atletico will be hoping to go far in the Copa del Rey this season with Diego Simeone hoping to pick up his second Spanish cup, after winning his first in 2013. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Game Girona vs Atletico Madrid Date Wednesday, January 9 Time 6.30pm GMT / 1.30pm ET Stream (US) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial) . New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream beIN SPORTS fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will not be broadcast. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Girona squad Goalkeepers Bono, Iraizoz Defenders Espinosa, Juanpe, Munisa, Ramalho, Alcala, Mojica, Aday, Planas, Porro Midfielders Pons, Garcia, Granell, Douglas Luiz, Portu, Borja Garcia Forwards Roberts, Stuani, Doumbia, Lozano Seydou Doumbia, Patrick Roberts, Pere Pons, Aday, Carles Planas and Johan Mojica are all doubtful for Wednesday night’s clash.Possible Girona XI: Bono, Bernardo, Alcala, Juanpe, Aday, Aleix Garcia, Luiz, Granell, Muniesa, Portu, Stuani. Position Atletico Madrid squad Goalkeepers Oblak, Adan Defenders Juanfran, Arias, Hernandez, Gimenez, Savic, Godin, Luis Midfielders Pinchi, Correa, Saul, Koke, Vitolo, Partey, Rodri, Lemar,  Forwards Kalinic, Costa, Griezmann Diego Costa, Gelson Martins, Thomas Lemar, Lucas and Filipe Luis are all expected to miss the away trip to Girona in the Copa del Rey.Possible Atletico Madrid starting XI: Oblak; Juanfran, Godin, Savic, Hernandez; Saul, Rodri, Koke, Vitolo; Correa, CostaBetting & Match Odds Atletico Madrid are odds-on favourites for this clash with bet365 offering odds of 3/4 for an away win. A draw is priced up at 11/5 and Girona are the underdogs at 9/2.Click here to see all of Bet365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Diego Costa Atletico MadridAtletico Madrid will be hungry for silverware this season and the Copa del Rey is well in their sights. Atleti trail Barcelona by five points in La Liga but the cup could be Diego Simeone’s route to a trophy this season.Under Simeone the club have been fantastic in cup competitions, reaching two Champions League finals whilst winning the Europa League and the Copa del Rey.Girona have been one of the surprise packages of the Liga season with their star striker Cristhian Stuani outperforming everyone’s expectations in hitting 11 goals in 16 games this season.Since Girona were promoted to La Liga two seasons ago they have faced Atletico three times, with all three encounters ending in draws, so don’t expect this to be a one-sided match.Girona are currently going through their worst run of the season as they are winless in their last four games, however, their home record remains as strong as ever going unbeaten at Estadi Montilivi for the past five games.last_img read more

  • Chapecoense handed Copa Sudamericana trophy

    first_imgChapecoense have been presented with the Copa Sudamericana trophy, almost a month after their dream of winning the tournament was shattered by a plane crash.South American football’s governing body CONMEBOL handed the trophy to new Chapecoense president Plinio David de Nes Filho during the draw for the 2017 Copa Libertadores in Luque, Paraguay, on Wednesday night, reports Xinhua news agency. (Bolivian investigators say pilot responsible for Chapecoense plane crash)Seventy-one people died, including 19 Chapecoense players and all of their coaching staff, when the LaMia plane in which they were traveling crashed near Medellin, Colombia, on November 28.The accident occurred less than two days before the small Brazilian club were due to play Colombia’s Atletico Nacional in the first leg of the two-match Copa Sudamericana final. (Privilege to play Barcelona: Chapecoense)CONMEBOL announced on December 5 that Chapecoense would be named winners of the tournament at the request of Atletico Nacional.Upon receiving the trophy, an emotional De Nes Filho called Atletico Nacional representative Daniel Jimenez onto the stage.”I would like to thank everyone, all the nations,” said De Nes Filho.”But let me, in a very special way, a very tender and grateful way, on behalf of our club, Chape, to share the trophy we just received with the one who gave us this possibility, with their gesture of humanity and respect. Of dignity and demonstration of kindness,” he added before holding the trophy aloft with Jimenez. (Brazilian clubs offer to loan players to Chapecoense after plane crash)Chapecoense were drawn alongside Uruguay’s Nacional, Lanus of Argentina and Venezuela’s Zulia in Group 7 of South America’s top club competition.advertisementlast_img read more

  • Alia Bhatt is vacationing in Maldives; here’s why you should too!

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  • Indian singles players need better fitness: Anand Amritraj

    first_imgWhile doubles always has been a major strength of the Indian tennis, the wait for a homebred talent to make it to the latter stages of the singles event at the Chennai Open is still on.The last time an Indian reached the last-four stage was in 2009, when Somdev Devvarman also moved into in the final but lost to Marin Cilic. This year three Indians — Saketh Myneni, Ramkumar Ramanathan and Yuki Bhambri — were part of the main draw but none progressed beyond the second round.Bhambri came through qualifying and beat Ramkumar in the opening round before losing to Benoit Paire, while Saketh lost to former top-10 player and 2008 Chennai Open champion Mikhail Youzhny in the first round.So, how would former national Davis Cup captain Anand Amritraj assess the performance of the Indian singles players at the Chennai Open?”Yuki played pretty well beating Ramkumar and had his chances against Paire as well, but couldn’t take them. But Paire is a top-50 player, who has been in the top 20 and proved too good for him,” Amritraj said.”I felt that Saketh got tired after the first set against Youzhny even though the conditions at Chennai weren’t that humid during the match. Saketh needs to work on getting his fitness levels up as he may be required to play three matches during the Davis Cup tie next month,” Amritraj told IANS.Regarding Ramkumar’s performance, he felt that the young Chennai player didn’t play his best as he may have got nervous playing a fellow Indian in the first round in front of his home fans.advertisementFormer national champion and acclaimed coach Enrico Piperno opined that Saketh was returning after two and a half months due to injury and he played pretty well for a set and half against Youzhny.”Ramkumar was a little disappointing. I thought he would have progressed more than that,” he said.He felt that it was an encouraging performance from Yuki, but added that the Delhi lad faces a long road back from a ranking that’s close to 500.Piperno also felt that Yuki will be India’s best hope in singles if he stayed injury-free and continued to improve.”If they need to make it to the next level, they need to work on getting rid of some weaknesses in their game. Saketh needs to work on his movement while Yuki needs more fee points on his serve. They also need to get more match practice,” he said.So how do the local players get to perform better at Indian tennis’ flagship event?Tamil Nadu Tennis Association (TNTA) Vice President and Chennai Open organising committee Chairman Karti Chidambaram had an interesting take.”We have given Ramkumar wild cards into the main draw the last three years and there has been criticism that we are making it easy for the players. Maybe he might have come to qualifying next year,” he said.Asked if hosting more challenger events in India would help the local players, he negatived the suggestion.”Challengers are a losing proposition. We have enough futures events. For holding a challenger event, we require funding of around $100,000, including prize money and expenses,” the TNTA chief said.”It would be better to use those resources for India’s top five or six players to provide for their coaching and training needs abroad so that they have access to the best facilities and can hone their game further.”Amritraj was of the view that a travelling coach and raising their fitness levels would help improve the ranking of the Indian players.”It has become a very physical game and fitness is one area where we are lagging behind the international players,” he said.When asked which areas of their game the Indian players need to improve on, the former Davis Cup captain came up with some suggestions.”Saketh needs to work on his forehand and volleys. His backhand is very good but he can work on his movement and play more serve and volley as his strength is his big serve.””As far as Yuki is concerned, he is hitting his ground strokes really well. But his serve is not very powerful yet. If he can get his serve over the 200 (kmph) mark, he would certainly get more free points,” he said.”Ramkumar needs to play more aggressive and attack the net more often. If they work on these areas, I believe all three players have the potential to reach the top 100.”If the rise in the rankings for the Indian players materialises in the near future, a better performance in singles too would follow at the ATP showpiece event in Chennai.advertisementThat should certainly help attract more spectators to the tournament and inspire more youngsters to take up the game of tennis.last_img read more

  • (Reopens MDS1)

    first_imgMeanwhile, “Mattu Pongal”, third day of Pongal festivities where people offer prayers to the bulls, cows and other farm animals, was celebrated with fervour and special poojas were performed to some temple bulls at Palamedu. After offering to the local deity, pongal (sweet rice made of jaggery with rice and milk, in a traditional mud pot) was fed to the bulls, some of which take part in the bull taming sport, by Jallikattu supporters. Police had been posted in large numbers in Palamedu village to prevent untoward incidents. There was a flutter as some bulls were released on the road and some youths raised slogans hailing Jallikattu. Police said releasing bulls on the road was a common practice followed during the Mattu Pongal celebrations. Police refuted claims by some youths that the sport had been held defying the apex court ban. They said attempts to conduct the sport were foiled and some persons detained. PTI SSN BN RTlast_img read more


    first_imgAakarshi Kashyap, Sri Krishna Priya and Migdha Agrey also Aakarshi Kashyap, Sri Krishna Priya and Migdha Agrey also reached the second round after winning their respective openeing round matches. Among other prominent names, Spains Beatriz Corrales, third seed, sixth seeded Indonesian Hanna Ramadini and Dinar Dyah Ayustine, fifth seed, also reached the second round. In mens doubles, Indias Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy had to toil hard before getting the better of Singapores Yong Kai Terry Hee and Kean Hean Loh 15-21 25-23 21-14 in the opening match. Top seeds Mathais Boe and Carsten Mogensen of Denmark fought back from a game down to beat young Indian combo of Satwik Reddy and Chirag Shetty 22-24 21-14 21-14 in a thrilling game, while Denmarks second seeds Mathias Christiansen and David Daugaard beat Krishna Prasad Garaga and Dhruv Kapila 21-18 21-14. Indonesian-Malaysian pair of Hendra Setiawan and Malaysian Boon Heong Tan, seeded fifth, fourth seeded Indonesian duo of Fajar Alfian and Muhammad Rian Ardianto, Belgiums Matjis Dierickx and Freek Golinski, Singaporean sixth seeds Danny Bawa Chrisnanta and Hendra Wijaya, Russias Evgenij Dremin and Denis Grachev, Chinese Taipeis eighth seeds LU Ching Yao and Yang Po Han also reached the second round in mens doubles. In womens doubles, Indian pairs of Aparna Balan and Prajakta Sawant and Ashwini Ponnappa and Sikki Reddy reached the second round, while second seeds Malaysian combo of Mei Kuan Chow and Lee Meng Yean also made it to the next round. Top seeds Denmarks Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Christinna Pedersen will play their first match in the quarterfinals as they have received walkovers in the earlier rounds. In mixed doubles, eighth seeded Indo-Malaysian pair of Prajakta and Yogendran Khrishnan, top seeds Denmarks Joachim Fischer Nielsen and Christinna Pedersen, sixth seeds Goh Soon Huat and Shevon Jemie Lai, third seed Yong Kai Terry Hee and Wei han Tan of Singapore, seventh seeds Ashwini Ponnapa and B Sumeeth Reddy, fifth seeded Danish pair of Mathias Christiansen and Sara Thygesen, Russian fourth seeded combo of Evgenij Dremin and Evgenia Dimova and second seeds Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki Reddy also reached the second round. PTI ATK SSC SSCadvertisementlast_img read more

  • Women officers contribute more in Budget making this year

    first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 30 (PTI) Showing greater contribution to Budget making exercise, women officers account for 41 per cent of senior level personnel involved in the process this year and are handling 52 per cent of the overall budget-related work of the government. According to sources, out of 34 financial advisors in the rank of Additional Secretary and Joint Secretary attached with various central ministries and departments, 14 are women officers. These women officers handle 52 per cent of Budget related work of the government.Financial advisors in crucial ministries like finance, health and family welfare, HRD, youth, skill development and sports have contributed heavily to the pre-Budget exercise.Also officers from ministries of aviation, urban development, chemical and fertiliser, coal and mines, Post, DeITY, social justice, Department of Science and Industrial Research have participated in the exercise.These advisors are tasked with the primary responsibility of pre-budget exercise in various ministries.The Union Budget will be presented in Parliament by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on February 1. The pre-budget consultation of finance ministry with various ministries and government departments had begun around mid-November. PTI JD CS SBT MR BJ MRlast_img read more

  • GNFC restarts operation at gas leak-hit plant

    first_imgVadodara, Feb 15 (PTI) A plant of Gujarat Narmada Valley Fertilizers & Chemicals Ltd (GNFC) started commercial operation today, more than three months after being shut due to gas leak, a top official said.The TDI (Toluene Di-Isocyanate) plant of GNFC is located at Rahiad village near Dahej in Bharuch, about 100km from here.The facility was shut on November 4 last after a mechanical failure in a chemical reactor caused leakage of poisonous phosgene gas. The State PSU conducted a safety audit by an international company before restarting it.The safety/hazard operatability as well as asset stability study was done by Lloyd, a UK-based company, under supervision of experts from several countries. Following this, the plant restarted operation from today, GNFC Managing Director Rajiv Gupta told PTI by phone.TDI is mainly used in manufacturing of flexible polyurethane foam, furniture cushion, industrial gaskets, protective pads for sports & medical use and in automobiles – seats furniture, lining and sun visors. PTI COR RSYlast_img read more

  • Hockey needs support from state governments too: Batra

    first_imgChandigarh, Feb 23 (PTI) Asserting that future of Indian hockey was bright, FIH president Narinder Batra today said that state governments too should do their bit to ensure that the sport further flourish in this country. “Hockey or any sport, besides cricket, cannot survive without government support. Sports being a state subject, states also need to get active. We have couple of states during my period–like governments of Odisha, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana, they are the ones who support hockey,” he said. “Others do have teams, but I dont see any support coming from these state governments, whether it is infrastructure or whether it is development or whether it is coaching. States also need to get a bit involved. When we call hockey a de facto national game, I think states also have a little bit of committment and if they get involved, the pace at which we want hockey to grow will be a bit different,” Batra told PTI here on the sidelines of FIH hockey stars awards ceremony. About the nurseries of hockey, he said, “Nurseries of hockey they are in control, things are moving well, whether it is Punjab, Haryana, Odisha, Jharkhand, certain places in Karnataka, then Bhopal and Lucknow have also picked up. So, hockey is growing, but places like Hyderabad and Tamil Nadu, Mumbai and Maharashtra, we are not getting much of development of players from these areas.” He, however, pointed out that future of Indian hockey was bright. Recently, India had won the junior hockey world cup. “I do see Indian hockey coming up. Development has to start right from the 12 year old right up to entering the Indian team. Things are moving in right direction, but one needs to build up on that and make sure one carries with that”. When asked what was FIH stand on Pakistan not playing in India, Batra replied, “that is not my decision, these are political decisions, when it comes to India and Pakistan. I am no one to take any call or decide on that. As far as FIH is concerned, Pakistan is part of every event, whether they come to country A or they dont come to country B, political decisions are between the countries.” About home and away league, he said, that will start from 2019. “It is going to be nine countries in mens and equal number in womens.” PTI SUN ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

  • I’m still Chelsea’s number one, says beaten Jose Mourinho

    first_imgManchester United’s Jose Mourinho, humbled for the second time this season in front of the Chelsea fans who once idolised him, did not go quietly on Monday as he declared that he remains the London club’s number one manager.Mourinho, winner of seven major trophies during two spells in charge at Stamford Bridge, suffered ‘Judas’ taunts by fans with short memories as his battling 10-man United side went down 1-0 in a stormy FA Cup quarter-final.The Portuguese coach also clashed with his successor Antonio Conte, who remains on course to claim a Premier League and FA Cup double in his first season in Mourinho’s old seat.”They can call me what they want. Until the moment they have a manager that wins four Premier Leagues for them, I’m the number one,” Mourinho, sacked last season after leading Chelsea to a double of league and League Cup in 2014-15, told reporters.”When they have somebody that wins four Premier Leagues for them, I become number two. Until then Judas is number one.”Mourinho became involved with fans behind the away dugout during a tetchy first half, raising three fingers — the number of Premier League titles he delivered for the club.He was particularly frustrated by referee Michael Oliver’s decision to send off Ander Herrera in the 35th minute for a second yellow card — both for fouls on Eden Hazard.United’s players seemed to target the livewire Hazard before the interval, something that did not go unnoticed by Italian Conte. Mourinho said the sending off changed the game and that the holders would have won had it been 11 versus 11.advertisement”I think we can agree there was a match until Herrera saw the red card and there was another match after that,” Mourinho, whose side can still add the Europa League to the League Cup they have already secured in Mourinho’s first season, said.”Before that I saw a match that we were going to win. When we stayed with one player less they could be more dominant. But in spite of that we defended well and had the biggest chances.last_img read more

  • IPL 2017: Cheteshwar Pujara to get a chance after so many pull-outs?

    first_imgIndia’s Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara after a stupendous home season could now find takers in the Indian Premier League with some important players pulling out from various teams.Pujara, who had a base price of Rs 50 lakh went unsold at the IPL auctions last February.There are teams which are in need of top-order batsmen including Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils. Incidentally, Pujara’s last IPL appearance was for Kings XI Punjab, wherein he opened for the franchise in a few games that he played.This time around, KXIP is all set to miss Vijay, who has a shoulder injury. Pujara’s batting is only suitable for top three batting slots and one may have a rethink after his 1316 runs in Tests, even though it’s an altogether different form.For Daredevils, who have been handicapped by absence of JP Duminy and Quinton de Kock, it may not be a bad idea to have Pujara as a replacement considering his experience at the highest level.The IPL rules allow any franchise to pick an Indian as replacement if any overseas player is ruled out.last_img read more