Roger Federer says he plans to play at 2020 Tokyo Olympics

first_imgFederer made the announcement in Tokyo during at an exhibition event for his Japanese uniform supplier.Federer will turn 39 shortly after the Olympic tournament. He had previously planned his schedule up to Wimbledon, which ends two weeks before the Tokyo Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceHe will need a wild-card exemption because he has not played Davis Cup games to be eligible.Federer won doubles gold for Switzerland with Stan Wawrinka at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and silver in singles at the 2012 London Games at Wimbledon. DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers He missed the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics with an injury.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Roger Federer of Switzerland waves to spectators as he leaves the court after he lost to Alexander Zverev of Germany in their men’s singles quarterfinals match at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China, Friday, Oct. 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)TOKYO — Roger Federer says he plans to play at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.The Swiss great, a four-time Olympian, says “at the end of the day my heart decided I would love to play at the Olympic Games again.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ After record world medal haul, Simone Biles a face of 2020 Olympics View comments Becoming his own man Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:33‘We are all suffering,’ Panelo says of commuting02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue This jewelry designer is also an architect Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014?last_img read more

MCI to start tracking medical faculty attendance on regular basis

first_imgIn a way to make the college system more transparent and accessible for all, the Medical Council of India (MCI) has recently announced a system that will help in tracking the daily attendance of faculty in all the medical colleges across the nation.(Read: Need to improve PG medical education: ANBAI to government) Details of the monitoring system:Under the Digital Mission Mode Project (DMMP), the Medical Council of India (MCI) will be able to monitor attendance of faculty membersThis digital initiative will be applied in about 439 medical colleges through biometric systemNot only this, the new system also foresees ‘One Country One Registration’The budget allocated for this wide project is Rs 45 croreAs per official data, it will be completed in the next six monthsUnder this system, all the doctors will be issued electronic Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) registration card which will further help them in practicing across the country by registering with the MCI one time only(Read: A new body may replace MCI to monitor medical education in India)Moreover, this project will be enabling online submission of applications for opening of new medical colleges or seat enhancement along with creating a national database of faculty in medical colleges which will be linked with their Aadhar Card.What MCI president Jayshree Mehta has to say:”The most remarkable thing of this project is monitoring of attendance of faculty through a biometric system and a unique identification for each and every medical practitioner across the country. There have been issues of fake and ghost faculty in many medical colleges””With this system, everything will now be online. There will be a server in that particular college as well. Sitting here (Delhi), we can monitor everything, the faculty’s presence in college, how long they have taken a lecture and other such things.” (Read: Problems plaguing medical education: Why India suffers a severe lack of quality doctors)advertisementFurther, Jayshree Mehta said, the DMMP project is a step towards achieving the Digital India project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and this will successfully  improve “transparency and efficiency” of MCI’s working.”Every faculty will be issued a RFID-enabled identity card and the attendance, salary and work status of the faculty shall be submitted to the MCI on a real time basis, besides other information required for regulatory compliance,” the medical education regulator said. Read: 7 types of medical degrees with related jobsRead: More MBBS seats added to Telangana colleges Click here f or more education related news.For more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at read more

Aaj kal paon zameen par…: Shivraj Chouhan’s midair throne goof-up leads to flood of jokes

first_imgAs floods wreak havoc in the state of Madhya Pradesh, a photo of Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan being carried by policemen during a flood inspection is wreaking havoc on the internet.Dressed all in white, because that seemed to be the appropriate dress code in a muddy flooded area, the CM’s own PR machinery released the bizarre photo of Chouhan seated in what can be called a handy chair on the palms of two hapless policemen.Apparently, the PR department hasn’t heard of the phrase ‘shooting yourself in the foot’. We bet it has now.Twitter lost no time in ridiculing this stunt by the CM and the midair throne that became a joke on floods, leading to a flood of jokes.We present the best and the worst that the Internet threw at the Shivraj Singh Chouhan. We dare you to read these without a chuckle. Jesus could walk on water.Moses could part the water.Shivraj Singh Chouhan can do both. Pant (@hankypanty) August 22, 2016″Paalki main hoke sawaar chali re, main to apne saajan ke dwaar chali re”. Mataram (@UnSubtleDesi) August 21, 2016Floods visit Shivraj Chouhan affected areas (@IndiaExplained) August 22, 2016The Sports ministry being carried off for Visarjan post Rio Stings (@Purba_Ray) August 22, 2016We congratulate Shivraj Ji for able to keep the shoe dry in such floods. ?? Monk (@kendentshering) August 22, 2016Apparently MP CM Shivraj Chauhan moved from Jeetendra moment to Nargis poseadvertisementMadhavan Narayanan (@madversity) August 21, 2016Here is a CM who is willing to test drive an amphibian bike himself, taking the risk, and people are finding fault Roushan (@rahulroushan) August 21, 2016Chief Minister had a narrow escape but people are circulating doctored pics Roushan (@rahulroushan) August 21, 2016Shivraj Singh Chauhan- Winner of Gold Medal in FLOOD OLYMPICS being carried by his coaches for Victory Lap!! (@rose_k01) August 21, 2016Police was carrying Shivraj chauhan to save him from drowning into “chullu bhar paani” (@justicearnab) August 21, 2016Aerial survey of floods being done by CM, Shivraj Singh Chouhan Ji in J class seat!!! See it to believe it: S Surjewala (@rssurjewala) August 21, 2016MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan: “Chalo floods dekhne jaate hain!”*arrives*”Guys, yeh mera favourite white pant hai.” Covaco (@HoeZaay) August 21, 2016Pic 1: Applicants appearing for an exam conducted by VYAPAMPic 2: Topper, when the results are declared Se Mario (@SquareGas) August 22, 2016Shivraj Singh Chouhan promoting ‘A Flying Jatt’. Kunder (@ShirishKunder) August 22, 2016Shivraj suspended. Aroor (@ShivAroor) August 22, 2016We took the liberty to give the viral photo a musical twist:last_img read more

HC upholds CAT order against police official

first_imgChennai, Sept 1 (PTI) The Madras High Court today upheld a CAT order quashing the charge-memo issued against Y John Nicholson of the then Crime Branch CID, Egmore here stating that he had held the post of President of Tamil Nadu Fencing Association for four years from November 4, 2009 without prior permission from the authority concerned.Nicholson had moved the Madras bench of Central Administrative Tribunal (CAT), contending that the mandatory provision available under Rule 13(5) of the Conduct of Rules would become applicable only if an officer held the (sports) post for over four years or for a full term, whichever is less.CAT quashed the charge-memo on September 13, 2014 stating that he had held the post from November 4, 2009 to November 3, 2013 for which the mandatory provision available under Rule 13(5) of the Conduct of Rules is not applicable.A division bench comprising Justices A Selvam and P Kalaiyarasan, upholding the CAT order said, “It is a settled principle of law that for deciding/quashing a charge-memo, the tribunal is not having power. But in the instant case, the period mentioned in the charge-memo itself is erroneous.”Even on the basis of documents filed by the petitioners (Home Secretary and DGP), this court can easily deduce that Nicholson had served as the President of the Association only for two-and-a-half years, and therefore the mandatory provision available under Rule 13(5) of the Conduct of Rules is not at all applicable.”It said, “Under the circumstances, the charge-memo in question is liable to be set aside/quashed. The charge-memo had erroneously stated that he had held the post for four years from November 4, 2009.” PTI CORR RC SC TRKadvertisementlast_img read more

India’s most iconic Test triumphs at Eden Gardens

first_imgAlthough India have won only 11 of their 39 Tests at the Eden Gardens, the stadium, established in 1864, has offered a vibrant experience to not only the players but also the fans who visited the stadium in thousands everytime. The home of the Bengal Ranji team has the capacity to accommodate more than 65,000 spectators. Before the renovation half-a-decade ago, the ground could seat nearly 90,000.The first Test match that India played in Kolkata was in 1934 against England that ended in a draw. The most runs in Test Matches that Eden has seen were scored by V.V.S. Laxman (1217 runs), followed by Rahul Dravid (962 runs).India are now set to play their historic 250th match at home in Kolkata which will see their first World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev ringing the bell on the first day of India’s second Test against New Zealand. The bell at the Eden Gardens, resembles the one at Lord’s. (Lukewarm response to second India vs New Zealand Test at Eden Gardens)Before the historic 250th home begins, let us go back and have a look at the five most iconic matches that took place in Eden Gardens till date -1. India vs England, 1962It took India 27 years to win their first Test that was held at Eden’s.  After drawing against England, the first match held in the stadium ever in 1934, the host country finally tasted victory in 1962 against their old rivals England. (India’s Mecca of Cricket, Eden Gardens not a heaven for the hosts)First victory in any stadium’s victory is not only important but also special. For India, this particular one was against their earlier colonial masters, which was even more special. India won by 187 runs.advertisement2. India vs West Indies, 1975It was the third Test between India – West Indies in December, 1975 that the host won by 85 runs. There is more than one reason why this match comes under five most important wins at Eden Gardens. (India could reclaim No.1 Test spot after Eden Gardens Test)The match was India’s third win at the stadium and it was against a very strong opponent. West Indies at that time had a very strong team with legends like Sir Andy Roberts, Bernard Julien, Roy Fredericks and Lance Gibbs among others.This was the only match won by India in the 5-match series against West Indies, who went home with a 2-1 victory.3. India vs Australia, 2001The match that is remembered by all cricket fans as ‘the mother of comeback’ is one of the greatest Test matches ever played.  The host won the match by 171 runs, thanks to amazing performances by the batting front who denied visitors a win of the series. (Ind vs NZ: Injured Jimmy Neesham to miss Kolkata Test )Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman emerged as heroes in one of their greatest batting Test performances after a 10-wicket thrasing by Australia in the first Test. India’s hopes of winning this Test had started to dwindle after the first four batsmen were gone.Dravid and player of the match Laxman added 376 runs for the fifth wicket while the latter broke record of first Indian to go past 250 runs in Test. Harbhajan Singh took six wickets to bowl India to an epic win.4. India vs Pakistan, 2005India had to win in Kolkata to take a lead in the series after being denied win in the first Test against Pakistan in Mohali. It was a high drama and performance match for the Indian side with exceptional performances by Dravid who scored twin centuries and wicket hero Anil Kumble who helped the host claim victory by 195 runs.Sourav Ganguly against Pakistan in 2005. (Reuters image) Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar and Dinesh Karthik added the charm to the match, helping India win the series by 1-0.5. India vs West Indies, 2013The match was special for the stadium as it was their favourite cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s last Test match in Kolkata and second last career wise.Rohit Sharma celebrates with partner Ashwin during the West Indies tour (Reuters image) Thousands came to the stadium to watch the match and pay tribute to Tendulkar, who was ending his 24-year-long brilliant career.  The stadium echoed the chants of ‘Sachin, Sachin’ even though the master blaster managed on 10 runs in the match won by India by an innings and 51 runs.The match proved important for India as they led the series by 1-0, thanks to brilliant performances by Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin. (Eden Gardens all set to make India’s 250th Test at home a grand occasion )advertisementNow, India will be playing their historic 250th home Test match at Eden Gardens against New Zealand. They are leading the series by 1-0. Let us see if this match can be added to the list of iconic matches that the stadium has seen till date.last_img read more

No water sports during BRICS summit in South Goa

first_imgPanaji, Oct 6 (PTI) Goa government has directed water sports activites in a stretch in Southern part of the state to be stopped during forthcoming BRICS summit as part of the security preparedness.The government has also asked fishermen to not operate along Betul mini harbour.In a notification issued here, Captain of Ports Department has directed all the water sports owners operating from Cansaulim to Cavelossim beaches (in South Goa) and in the riverine area to stop the activities from October 14 to 17 due to security aspects.Fisheries Department has also directed closure of Betul mini harbour and disallowed fishing vessels and trawlers from operating in and around Betul.The government has warned to take seriously any violation of its directives.BRICS summit will be held in Goa on October 15-16, during which heads of participating nations will stay in the coastal state.The stretch from Cansaulim to Cavelossim and Betul area are adjacent to hotels which would host the heads of participating nations and other delegates.Police have already begun rehearsals and mock drills as part of security preparedness.Apart from paramilitary forces, Delhi Police are also assisting Goa government in law and order during the high-profile event. PTI RPS NSK DIPlast_img read more

Ozil nets hat-trick as Arsenal thrash Ludogorets 6-0 in Champions League

first_imgMesut Ozil applied the gloss to a ruthless Arsenal display with a second-half hat-trick in a 6-0 hammering of Ludogorets that put the Gunners on the brink of the Champions League knockout rounds on Wednesday.Arsenal were cantering against the Bulgarian champions thanks to sublime first-half goals from Alexis Sanchez and Theo Walcott and a strike straight after the break from Alex Oxlade- Chamberlain before playmaker Ozil joined the party.As Ludogorets crumbled, his well-taken goals in the 56th, 83rd and 87th minutes helped Arsenal to their biggest Champions League win since a 7-0 thrashing of Slavia Prague in 2007 and sealed their seventh successive win in all competitions.Arsenal, who have fallen at the last 16 stage six seasons in a row, lead Group A on goal difference from Paris St Germain with both clubs on seven points. Ludogorets and Basel have one and are effectively playing heading for a Europa League berth.”In the second half we took control of the game completely and could have scored more,” manager Arsene Wenger told reporters. “Ozil has got the taste to score goals. (Messi hits treble as Barcelona sink Guardiola’s Man City)”We want him to be a provider and a scorer and it looks like he has got that balance now.”Sanchez struck after 12 minutes with a majestic lob over Ludogorets keeper Vladislav Stoyanov but until Walcott slammed home his eighth goal in 10 games from 25 yards shortly before halftime it was a surprisingly even game.Ludogorets, featuring three Brazilians in their starting line-up, cut through Arsenal’s defence several times and should have been level through lively winger Wanderson who forced David Ospina into a sharp save before hitting the post.advertisementThe second half was a romp as confidence ebbed through an Arsenal side unbeaten since the opening day of the season.Oxlade-Chamberlain, making his first start for a month, swept in from close range in the 46th minute and 10 minutes later Ozil raced on to Santi Cazorla’s long punt and finished coolly past the over-exposed Stoyanov.With victory in the bag Sanchez and Walcott were both substituted but Ozil stayed on, first converting substitute Lucas Perez’s low cross, then burying a volley to become the fifth Arsenal player to score a Champions League hat-trick.Despite the emphatic nature of Wenger’s 100th European win for Arsenal, the Frenchman admitted his side had ridden their luck.”We maybe eased off a bit early in the first half, we were sometimes in danger and I would like to give credit to (David) Ospina who saved us twice,” Wenger said.It could, however, have been a cricket score by the end.”The only good thing is that this is not the heaviest defeat in the history of the UEFA Champions League,” Stoyanov said.Arsenal will try to keep the pressure on PSG in the race for top spot when they go to Bulgaria in two weeks time.last_img read more

International Students’ Day: Some common faces we see in the classroom

first_imgThe student life is a mish-mash of amazing characters with aspiring faces each hoping to become a singer, a musician or a sports person. Here is a list of some popular classroom characters that will take you back to your school life.  The Queen Bee: The most attractive girl of the class struts around with an imaginary crown on her head. Surrounded by her train of “popular girls”, she is the queen of the class, and she won’t let you forget it. The Sports Guy: The ‘Messi’ of the class may not be raking in the A’s on the report card, but you will frequently find him cutting classes to push around that football on the field, often getting mud-covered in the process.The Painter: The black board is full of intrinsic geometrical figures but he is busy in painting his imaginary characters. The ‘da Vinci’ of the class will be doodling on the last pages of his textbooks, on desks, walls, and even in exam papers if he can get away with it. The Singer: The class singer will be singing the loudest and clearest in every classroom antakshari. She will also be doing the same in inter-class and inter-school singing competitions, while collecting prizes in the process.The Copying Machine: He can hardly do the most basic of sums, and might not even know who Shakespeare is. But come result day, and his report card shows decent marks. When asked how, he gives the credit to his actively roving third eye. advertisementThe Back Benchers: The back benchers of the class have no interest in the lesson being taught. They are either playing book cricket, eating tiffin, reading something else or discussing the latest video game released.The Gossip Machine: Sharukh or Salman? Kohli or Rahane? Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings? The gossip machines can go on for hours and days, constantly replenishing their gossip supplies from the latest magazine or TV show.The Hard Worker: The Hard Worker of the class is the most sincere of the lot. While the others are enjoying in recess, he is calmly preparing for the next class, or finishing the homework given ahead of time. Despite all his effort, he might not top the class, but manages to bag the second place. The Bully: The “Bhai”of the class has a taunt ready for every student who isn’t quite that outspoken. No matter how unjustified the comment is, woe unto you if you try to protest. You better reserve a spot in the doctor’s room of your school before you try to go up against the Bully. The Class Bunkers: The class bunkers will slyly make their way out of the school gates without anyone realising. For them, a movie hall or a park are more attractive places to spend their class hours than the six-inch shabby wall of the classroom.Read: Country celebrates the National Education Day: Know about the educational qualification of Chief Ministers of Indian states Read: 10 English words with tricky pronunciationFor more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Sri Lanka pacer Suranga Lakmal fined half match-fee for misconduct

first_imgSri Lanka paceman Suranga Lakmal has been fined half of his match fee for throwing the ball dangerously at Zimbabwe opener Chamu Chibhabha during their abandoned one-day international in Bulawayo on Monday. (Latest Cricket stories)Lightning and heavy rain caused the game, the fourth in a triangular series also featuring West Indies, to be abandoned after 13 overs.The incident occurred during the second over of the match when Chibhabha stayed in his crease after playing a shot and was not attempting a run.”The throw missed the batsman and went to the wicketkeeper, but such a reaction from the bowler was deemed as contrary to the spirit of the game,” the International Cricket Council said in a statement on Tuesday.Two demerit points have also been added to Lakmal’s disciplinary record, the governing body added.If a player accumulates four to seven demerit points within a two-year period they are converted into two suspension points, which brings a ban for one Test or two ODIs or T20Is, whatever comes first.No hearing was required after Lakmal admitted his offence and accepted the penalties.last_img read more

Milan snatch late win against Roma

first_imgPatrick Cutrone gave AC Milan lift-off in Serie A this season as the substitute snatched a 2-1 victory over Roma deep into stoppage time at San Siro on Friday.Stand-out recruits Gonzalo Higuain and Steven N’Zonzi each had goals ruled out via VAR reviews for their respective sides after visiting defender Federico Fazio cancelled out Franck Kessie’s 40th-minute opener.It was a frustrating night in front of goal for Higuain but the ex-Juventus man turned provider in the 95th minute, threading a fine pass for Cutrone to slot home. 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! Gennaro Gattuso led raucous celebrations as his team bounced back from last weekend’s chastening 3-2 loss at Napoli, while Eusebio Di Francesco’s Roma are now winless since the opening weekend.By the way, it’s full-time!  Sorry, but we’re busy celebrating! A proposito, è finita!  Scusate, stavamo impazzendo per il gol di Cutro! #MilanRoma 2-1 — AC Milan (@acmilan) August 31, 2018 Milan right-back Davide Calabria fizzed just over Robin Olsen’s crossbar before Roma’s Sweden international goalkeeper was called upon to thwart Higuain and Suso.The breakthrough arrived when Ricardo Rodriguez proved too nimble for Fazio and Kessie caught the left-hand side of Roma’s defence napping – stealing in for a close-range finish.Higuain sloppily lost possession for his opposite number in Roma’s attack, Edin Dzeko, to curl wide in the 49th minute.The pressure was building on Milan and Fazio atoned for his part in the opener with a fine volleyed finish when the ball was worked back into the box after Gianluigi Donnarumma punched poorly from a corner.The Rossoneri thought they had an instant response but replays showed Higuain was fractionally offside when he scampered in between Fazio and Kostas Manolas to finish coolly.N’Zonzi was the next man to fall foul of technology, although the shaky set-piece defending on display from the hosts made Roma appear the most likely winners. Cutrone had other ideas.90’+4′ CUTRONEEEEEEEEEEEEE CAN YOU BELIEVE IT? WITH THE LAST KICK OF THE GAME! / ALL’ULTIMO RESPIROOOOOOO #MilanRoma 2-1 — AC Milan (@acmilan) August 31, 2018  What it means: Good news for Juventus already Cristiano Ronaldo’s signing understandably stole the headlines but Juventus are confronted by an ambitious chasing pack this season. Among them, Roma have four points from nine and Milan are yet to truly convince, despite this last-gasp victory.Pat on the back: Olsen looking the part Alisson left sizeable gloves to fill at Roma. Olsen might lack the flashy footwork of his Brazilian predecessor but he is proving an instantly reassuring presence and chipped in with fine saves in either half.Boot up the backside: Donnarumma ensures tale of two keepers By contrast, Donnarumma was culpable for Roma’s equaliser. The youngster’s talent is beyond doubt but, as Gianluigi Buffon plays out the autumn of his career in Paris, it is time for him to eradicate such lapses from his game.Key Opta facts- After four Serie A losses in a row against Roma, AC Milan have won two consecutive league matches against the Giallorossi for the first time since 2012.- Roma have earned four points after three league games played, their lowest tally since 2012-13.- Roma have conceded a Serie A away goal for the first time since March (1-1 against Bologna).- Franck Kessie has found the net with his very first shot on target in each of his three Serie A campaigns.What’s next?After a weekend of watching their rivals in action and the subsequent international break, Roma must bounce back at home to Chievo on the same day Milan travel to Cagliari. read morelast_img read more

18 districts claim to suspend top four officials in an EGM

first_imgJaipur, Apr 24 (PTI) The Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) today sank deeper into legal tangles as 18 of the 33 District Cricket Associations claimed that they have suspended President Lalit Modi and other top three officials in an EGM. The secretary of the Jhunjhunu District Association said that since the elections were called off with “malafide intentions” we decided to call an EGM and suspended the top four officials. The other suspended were deputy president Mehmood Abdi, secretary Sumendra Tiwari and treasurer Pawan Goyal. Rathore claimed that the EGM had 18 districts present while 10 others had extended their support. “We have the majority and Modi faction has been reduced to only five supporters. We would move the court as the election procedure once started cant be stopped. We would continue with the election process and if Lodha Committee objects we would ratify in accordance with it,” said Rathore. The rebel group has announced that they would constitute a five member committee with Rajendra Singh Rathore as its chairman and this committee would be looking after affairs of RCA. The Lalit Modi faction had called off the elections slated for April 26 on legal grounds, saying that the provisions of Sports Act and Lodha Committee recommendations were not in conformity and Registrar had refused to ratify the proposed amendments in the constitution of RCA. But the C P Joshi faction had cried foul, claiming that they were having the clear-cut majority and that was why the Modi faction had called off the elections. citing legal angle. The hue and cry was over Ruchir Modi, the 22-year-old son of former IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi who was trying to rule RCA through him. The Modi faction was busy preparing ground for Ruchir by helping him to the post of president of Alwar District Cricket Association. The move did not go down well with the majority of districts because they felt Ruchir would be of no help until Lalit Modi is removed from post of President of Nagaur District Association. The BCCI had suspended RCA stating that Lalit Modi, who has been for life by the Board, should be removed from RCA and also the primary bodies. PTI DS PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy at a very interesting juncture: Virat Kohli

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli has lauded Sri Lanka’s gutsy batting performance and said that his team was not “invincible” despite setting up a big target of 322, which he personally thought was enough to win their Champions Trophy match.”I personally thought that we had enough on the board at the halfway stage. And I think our bowlers also bowled decently well. If the Lankan batsmen come out and play like that and everyone plays well, you have to give credit to the opposition as well. We are not invincible. We are playing against other sides who are also champion sides (in their own rights),” Kohli said at the post-match media conference on Thursday.Kohli said that rather than criticising his colleagues, he would like to compliment the kind of batsmanship displayed by Sri Lanka.”If a side comes out there and plays cricket with that kind of mindset and executes their shots so well, then you have to take your hat off sometimes and say ‘very well played’.”Defending champions India are now in a do-or-die situation and will now have to beat South Africa in the virtual quarter-final to progress to the last four round.”Yes, it’s become very exciting. Virtually every game is a quarter-final now. In our group especially, all teams are on two points, and you have to win your next game to go through, which is, I think, an exciting position to be in for all teams,” Kohli said.”And for everyone involved in the tournament and the fans as well, I think, it’s a great scenario where you literally have two quarter-finals now which is going to be even more competitive cricket. So we are pretty clear about the whole situation, and, it certainly has opened up the whole table for sure,” the Indian skipper added.advertisementKohli said the “bowling collapse” would make him push harder for 20 runs extra when they take on South Africa at the same ground on Sunday.”From the batting point of view, as I said, I thought we paced it well. I thought we had enough on the board. In hindsight, when you look back, maybe you think of phases that we could have accelerated, but I don’t see that as a major issue.”Maybe, we will have to push harder now in the next few games to give us a 20-run cushion after a result like this. This is because we are playing on the same ground (Oval) as well (in the next match),” he said.One could sense helplessness in his voice when Kohli said that it was one such day when none of his plans worked.”Sometimes you literally can’t do anything in the game. You try to find ways to get people out, but it doesn’t happen. If you have a couple of guys with off days in between, you can’t go in with eight bowling options. You literally have five or six with a part-timer. In any case, you play two spinners, or you play four seamers,” Kohli said sarcastically.”If two guys (Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja) aren’t able to execute their lines, it does become difficult. Me and Kedar (Jadhav) chipped in with our overs and we pulled back the game at that stage. But then, again, everyone came out and played positive cricket from their team,” a disappointed India captain added.Asked as to how he will lift the morale of his team after the demoralising defeat, Kohli said he would treat it just like he would have treated a batting collapse.”It is like a batting collapse. When you collapse as a batting unit, you don’t sit down and think of your life is over. You just move on and say it’s a bad day. Forget about it. That’s what. In a Test match, you have a lot to think about because the game goes on for five days,” he said.”But I think in shorter format, you have to forget it and move on. As for people’s perception — we can’t sit here and think of what people perceive us to be or what people had expected of us as a team.”last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Not thinking of World Cup quarters vs Bangladesh, says Virat Kohli

first_imgVirat Kohli has categorically said India would not think of the 2015 World Cup quarterfinal clash against Bangladesh ahead of their ICC Champions Trophy semi-final against the Tigers at Edgbaston on Thursday.Two years ago, India had won an emotionally charged-up World Cup quarterfinal, thanks to Rohit Sharma’s sublime century. The opener had miscued a waist-high full toss from Rubeil Hossain and was caught at deep midwicket. But the umpire ruled it a no-ball because of height and Rohit finished with 137.A few other marginal umpiring decisions went India’s way but the Men in Blue rode on a fine collective performance to advance into the semis. The Bangladeshis have since held a grudge against the Indian cricket team and subsequent ugly memes have surfaced from Bangladeshi social media circles in an attempt to insult India’s superstars.However, Kohli said India would not think of that quarterfinal.”It has been 24 months since the 2015 World Cup quarterfinal. I seriously don’t think anyone’s thinking about that game. We have had so many matches against each other and since then and we are certainly not going out to prove any point to anyone. We just want to play good cricket as a side.Our opposition could be anyone and we’re certainly not thinking about what has happened in the past or things that go on at the international level. We’re certainly not thinking about anything like that,” he said.Bangladesh have made rapid strides in international cricket since 2015. They are currently sixth in the ODI ranking and beat New Zealand by five wickets in Cardiff to qualify from Group A. Chasing 266, they were four wickets down but Shakib-Al-Hasan and Mahmudullah struck a partnership of 224 runs for the fifth wicket to seal a remarkable victory for the Tigers.advertisementKohli clearly said India would not get carried away by their superior record and Bangladesh, despite their recent strides, should also stay grounded. Yes, they did beat India in their last bilateral ODI series but it was India who romped home to a comfortable win in their warm-up before the start of tournament proper a few days back.The India captain also heaped praise on the lower batsmen — Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya, saying that they’re waiting for their opportunities and are ready.”We are not bothered at all. Those guys are waiting for opportunities. If the crisis situation comes up, they are ready to deliver.”last_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, Redmi 4, Redmi 4A goes on sale again via

first_imgXiaomi Redmi Note 4, alongside Redmi 4 and 4A goes on sale today, again. Redmi Note 4 is available on Flipkart and, while on the other hand the other two devices — Redmi 4 and Redmi 4A is up for sale only via All the three variants of the Redmi Note 4 is available for buying, including 2GB RAM/32GB, 3GB RAM/32G and 4GB RAM/64GB storage.To recall the smartphone was first launched in India, where the 2GB RAM/32GB is priced at Rs 9,999, 3GB RAM/32G costs Rs 10,99, wherein the 4GB RAM/64GB storage variants is available at Rs 12,999. A recently report by IDC states that Redmi Note 4 is the best selling smartphone and most shipped device in India in Q1. The report further states, “Two new launches – Redmi Note 4 and Redmi 4A, in the first quarter of the year not only drove the volume growth for Xiaomi but also helped vendor to lead online smartphone shipments with 40.6 per cent share.” “About 51.4 per cent share of the smartphone shipments in India are occupied by the Chinese smartphone makers in the first quarter of 2017.”Also Read: Moto C Plus vs Xiaomi Redmi 4: Stock Android meets big hardwareRedmi Note 4 is available in four colour variants — gold, grey, matte black, and silver. All the variants are up for sale in India. In terms of specifications, Redmi Note 4 runs MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, is powered by a Snapdragon 625 SoC, 4100mAh battery and sports a 5.5-inch full-HD display. On the camera front, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 sports a 13-megapixel camera on the rear, while features a 5-megapixel sensor as the selfie snapper.advertisementOn the other hand, Xiaomi Redmi 4 comes with a 5-inch HD curved glass display, Snapdragon 435 SoC, and runs on MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow. Further, the device sports an all-metal body and features a 13-megapixel rear cameraand 5-megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture. The smartphone is further backed by a 4100mAh battery.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi 4 review: Redmi 3S Prime HD remasterXiaomi Redmi 4A was launched in India in March at Rs. 5,999. In terms of specifications, the Redmi 4A comes with a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display, Snapdragon 425 SoC, and runs on MIUI 8 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. While on the camera front, the smartphone features a 13-megapixel sensor, while on the front, the smartphone comes with a 5-megapixel selfie snapper. Redmi 4A is backed by 3120mAh battery with fast charging support and is coupled with 16GB internal storage which can be further expandable up to 128GB via microSD card.last_img read more

Anil Kumble’s demand from BCCI: Coach should earn 60 per cent captain’s earnings

first_imgRemunerations dominated former India coach Anil Kumble’s 19-page proposal on restructuring of contracts to the BCCI in which he had demanded that the “chief coach should earn 60 percent of the captains’ estimated earnings”.The document also supported national coaches “earning from IPL” to “augment their income” without specifying whether it amounts to ‘Conflict of Interest’.He had also suggested that 20 percent of the players’ Central Contracts should be variable pay based on their “fitness standards”.The PTI has access to Kumble’s presentation, which he submitted on Committee Of Administrators’ (COA) behest during the final of the IPL on May 21.Titled ‘Restructuring of Remuneration And Contracts of Personnel Of The Indian Cricket Team’, Kumble, on Page 12 of the document, proposed a hike for the support staff.Under Point No 10 ‘The Suggested Change: Enablers’, the former skipper had given a four-column tabulation chart.’Enablers’ is a terminology Kumble used for the team’s support staff.While suggesting a hike of Rs 7.5 crore from the ‘current’ Rs 6.5 crore, Kumble in the ‘Remarks’ column wrote: “At 60 percent of Captains’ estimated earnings’. Eligible for 30 percent of his salary as variable bonus on team performance”.Kumble’s proposal is an indicator that whenever Virat Kohli would have earned more from the BCCI, his own earnings would have gone up proportionately.The chart also suggested that Sanjay Bangar’s salary be hiked from current Rs 1 crore to Rs 2.25 crore while R Sridhar should get Rs 1.75 crore instead of the current Rs 1 crore with “retrospective effect” from June 1, 2016.However, something that has caught the attention of BCCI mandarins is his suggestion of national coaches “earning from IPL”.advertisementInterestingly, former COA member Ramachandra Guha, in his parting shot, had written about national coaches “moonlighting” for IPL teams which he termed as a clear case of Conflict of Interest.Many had perceived it as Guha’s veiled dig at Rahul Dravid, who doubled up as India A and U-19 as well Delhi Daredevils franchise.However, Kumble in Page 11, Point No 9 stated: “Guidelines for Enablers” stated: “The Players are kept out of the contracts during two months IPL window. Similarly, the Coaches too need to be kept put of contract allowing them to be a part of the IPL — this will enable them to augment their earnings and gain more experience particularly for the T20 games.”A BCCI official, who has studied Kumble’s proposal document, told PTI: “While a lot of issues are pertinent but even his proposal on IPL is contrary to what Guha had written in his letter. If we go by what Guha had written, what Anil had demanded is a clear case of ‘Conflict of Interest’.”While he had suggested separate ‘Red and White Ball’ retainership contracts, which had earlier been reported, there was one interesting point about a portion of Players’ ‘retainership Fees’ or central contract money being linked as a “variable pay” subject to maintaining “fitness and Other Team Standards”.As per Page 6 under Point No.5 ‘Suggested Changes: Players’, Kumble had given another four-column tabulation chart.Under the remarks Column for the ‘Annual Retainership Fees’ for both Tests, ODIs and T20s, Kumble wrote: “20 percent of the Retainer money can be given subject to a player managing his fitness levels and other team fitness standards during the year.”Among other demands where “defined amounts” instead of “ad-hoc payments” for various wins like Rs 2 crore per player for 50-over World Cup while Champions Trophy and World T20 should carry a prize money of Rs 1 crore per player, each.He had demanded “Superannuation fund from a part of Retainer Fee-access to post retirement” — a ‘Benefit Package’ with compound interest.This is like companies deducting a portion of an employee’s salary for Provident Fund and Gratuity.last_img read more

Governor inaugurates Multi-Class Sailing Championship

first_imgHyderabad, Jul 3 (PTI) Governor of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana E S L Narasimhan today inaugurated a sailing championship, where more than 200 participants, including women, are competing for laurels.The Multi-Class Sailing Championship is being held at the picturesque Hussain Sagar lake here.The event is being jointly organised by the EME Sailing Association (EMESA) and the Secunderabad Sailing Club under the aegis of Laser Class Association of India with the support of the Sports Authority of Telangana State.Speaking on the occasion, the governor appreciated the efforts of the Laser Class Association of India (LCAI), the Sports Authority of Telangana State and the host clubs in making the event a grand success over the years, according to an official release.Lt Gen K K Aggarwal, Commodore EME Sailing Association, in his opening address, said the competition has received tremendous response this year.”The response this year has been tremendous with the number of entries breaking the record set by this event only last year.”A total of 201 entries from different associated clubs were received for the championship, of which 17 are in the womens category. Seven participants are from Telangana,” the release quoted him as saying.The event would conclude on July 8. PTI SJR RSYlast_img read more

Now I m a little embarrassed: R Madhavan on viral selfie

first_imgBy Surendhar MKChennai, Jul 5 (PTI) His shirtless selfie sent the Internet into a meltdown and actor R Madhavan says he is both thankful and embarrassed by the recent attention showered on him by his fans.The 47-year-old actors Instagram photograph, in which he is much leaner and sports a salt and pepper look, has female fans drooling and garnered more than one lakh likes on Instagram.”Now I m a little embarrassed and under pressure, because I dont look like that all the time and I am trying to see if I can be accepted again as a normal-looking guy. That was an unprecedented amount of attention from the world. I am embarrassed and thankful at the same time,” Madhavan told PTI.The actor is no stranger to female attention. He became a hearthrob after playing a lover boy in “Rehnaa Hai Terre Dil Mein” back in 2001.Madhavan is currently gearing up for the release of his gangster-cop actioner “Vikram Vedha” directed by Pushkar and Gayathri.”When it comes to filmmaking, we have to deal with ego, anger, and a lot more; barring all these, how the team works towards the outcome matters. Vikram Vedha ticked all the boxes as a project.”The actor, who plays the role of an encounter cop, says the climax of “Vikram Vedha” will be first of its kind in Tamil film industry. He will be seen locking horns with Tamil actor Vijay Sethupathi in the movie, where he essays the role of a gangster.advertisement”The plot is akin to Vikramadityan and Vedhalams story. Vikram is an honest cop, but he has his flaws, Vedha is a gangster but has a good side too. What happens when Vikram encounters Vedha, how Vedha escapes with his stories, what correlation the stories have with Vikrams life is what the film is about,” he says.Madhavan has finished working on a web series for Amazon Prime Video, which will also be dubbed in Tamil.The actor says many questioned his decision of doing a web series but he is glad to have agreed to do it as its scale is no less than a big-budget film.”The quality, story, and narration are extraordinary. We should understand that the content has become globalized. Web series is the next big thing.”All great scripts need not reach silver screen, and every good story cant be narrated in a 2-hour film. Kevin Spacey stands an example for that, he did House of Cards and made more than what he made with his films. Thats the power of the Internet.”Madhavan, who took a four-year break before producing a successful comeback with “Irudhi Suttru”, says his “3 Idiots” co-star Aamir Khan inspired him to make the decision.”I obviously was a little anxious about the break. But there is no point in being a part of the film industry if I was not doing some good movies. I learned this from Aamir Khan; he took a four-year break during Lagaan. And, public memory is short when something is of less significance.”The actor is also one of the few actors who maintain a cordial relationship with his co-stars in the industry and Madhavan says he is addicted to having a pleasant atmosphere around him.”When Im involved in a project for six months, I dont want to create or grow anger or hatred. Everyone has some eccentricity, some flaws. When we balance and orient ourselves, it becomes a pleasant situation and then it turns into a mutual respect and then eventually it turns to a great amount of love.” PTI CORR JCHlast_img read more

Pvt univ to offer programme yoga

first_imgKolkata, Aug 10 (PTI) A private university in Himachal Pradesh will offer job oriented programmes in Yoga and offered research programme in professional courses at the under graduate level.”We will be offering BSc Yoga to those having at least secured 55 per cent marks and passed 10+2,” Shoolini University Pro-Vice Chancellor Prof Anil Khosla told a press meet here today.The UGC had planned to induct yoga into the curriculum of public-funded universities, hoping to cash in on recent drive for the ancient discipline and its growing popularity across the world.”Our move is aimed at enabling students to explore various job avenues in research, academiccs, management, sports, healthcare and hospitality sectors,” Khosla, VC of the private university, explained.On the issue of undertaking research at UG level in professional course, the VC said, “It will be possible under a unique undergraduate (B Tech) programme in biotechnology where selected students have the opportunity to pursue the Summit Research Programme.” PTI SUS PR PRlast_img read more

Simone Mignolet still Liverpool’s number one, says Jurgen Klopp

first_imgLiverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet will start the club’s next Premier League match against Manchester City after being rested for Sunday’s 4-0 win over Arsenal, manager Juergen Klopp said after the Anfield drubbing.Mignolet’s omission from the matchday squad raised some eyebrows but Klopp explained that the Belgium international was still his first choice and had been left out to keep him fresh.”Intensity for a goalkeeper is different,” Klopp said.”It’s not a physical intensity, it’s a mental intensity. We said we wanted to have three really strong goalkeepers, that’s our situation now. (Liverpool F.C. getting “better and better”, says Jordan Henderson)”That means you cannot deal with it like you do when you have a clear number three, a clear number two — yes, Simon is a clear number one, but the others are not clear number twos and number threes, they are really strong goalkeepers.”Mignolet was handed the gloves at the start of the season, playing in Liverpool’s 3-3 Premier League draw at Watford, the 1-0 home win over Crystal Palace and both legs of their 6-2 aggregate Champions League qualifying win over Hoffenheim.The Belgian has been criticised over the past few seasons, particularly for his vulnerability under the high ball, but Klopp said he had earned his spot as first choice.”He’s a machine, he’s always there, he’s solid, really, really reliable…so he won the race,” the German added.”One hundred percent if nothing happens, Simon will play against City.”Reuters PhotoLoris Karius came into the team and kept a clean sheet on Sunday, despite a few nervy moments when he dwelt on the ball too long and was nearly punished by Danny Welbeck.advertisementKlopp hinted he would continue to rotate his goalkeepers.”(Karius) had a lot of good things, he played really cool football, yes sometimes a little bit too cool and waited a little bit too long but we all need to learn and get used to playing football in close situations,” Klopp added.Liverpool travel to Manchester City on September 9 when the league resumes after the international break.last_img read more