first_imgATK were reduced to 10 players in the 52nd minute when ATK were reduced to 10 players in the 52nd minute when their Scottish midfielder Stephen Pearson was sent off for a rash tackle on Trindade Goncalves. Goans turn came in the 60th minute when the Sanjay Balmuchu was sent off after being shown a second yellow for a foul on Prabir Das. It was an intense first-half play for both the teams but ATK nosed ahead by virtue of their fruitful attack coupled with some resolute keeping by Debjit Majumder. That the Gaurs dominated the possession in the first 45 minutes without being able to convert a single opportunity summed up how their attack kept Majumder busy under the bar. First it was Trindade Goncalves who tested Majumder with a one-on-one in the 16th minute but the ATK goalkeeper stood tall making an excellent save. In the 38th minute, Robin Singhs right-footer from the edge of the box was on target but Majumder dived full length to his right to make a fingertip save. The Goans have never won against ATK from seven occasions. Five of them were draws, including two legs of the 2014 semi-finals, which Kolkata won on penalties. The other two matches were won by Atletico de Kolkata, including a 4-0 in their last meeting in Kolkata. PTI TAP PDS PDSlast_img read more

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday said the fate of the fifth and final Test against England, scheduled from December 16 in Chennai was still undecided, following the death of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.Jayalalithaa was declared dead at the Apollo Hospitals on Monday night after a 74-day battle for life.Addressing reporters after the senior Tournament Committee meeting here, BCCI Secretary Ajay Shirke said the board is in constant touch with the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association on the matter.”BCCI condoles the sad demise of the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Ms. J. Jayalalithaa,” he said.”BCCI would like to inform that no decision has been taken regarding hosting of the fifth match of the Test series against England in Chennai from December 16.””BCCI is in constant touch with Tamil Nadu Cricket Association and local authorities and constantly monitoring the situation. BCCI fully understands the sensitivity of the matter and will keep everyone informed,” Shirke added.Shirke also informed that the Group B Ranji Trophy game between Orissa and Jharkhand, which was slated to played at Dindigul in Tamil Nadu from Wednesday, has been rescheduled.”The Round- 9, Group B game of the Ranji Trophy, between Orissa and Jharkhand, which was suppose to take place in Dindigul from December 7 will be rescheduled. Fresh venue and dates of this match will be announced soon,” he said.The board’s senior Tournament Committee also decided to revoke rescheduling of matches between Bengal and Gujarat and Hyderabad and Tripura, which had to be called off due to smog in New Delhi last month, and instead awarded one point each to all the four teams.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgUnai Emery says he will not rush Laurent Koscielny back into the lineup as the Frenchman awaits a return from injury.Koscielny ruptured his achilles tendon in May and has been sidelined ever since, missing the World Cup as well as the start of the Arsenal season.The defender has yet to feature under Emery, and the Arsenal boss says that Koscielny will be out of action until at least December as the club takes a more careful approach to his return. 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! “We need to be calm with him. Calm because we need [to wait] more than a month,” Emery said.”He needs to feel [well] first, if he is doing some things, then he is doing well.“Then when he can play and available for games in the training, [then] we can think he is okay to play.“He is very important for us because he is our captain. He is starting this week to do some training with us together and it is very, very good news for us.“I think we need also to give confidence to him, to be close with us, because it was a big injury. But now he is getting better, he is training with us in some things and this is very positive.”The 33-year-old Arsenal captain joined the club from Lorient in 2010 and has since made 324 appearances for the English club.During his time in London, Koscielny has won two FA Cups and two Community Shields while becoming one of Arsenal’s main figures throughout his tenure.Speculation was rampant that the defender would leave the club in the summer, but he remains a part of Emery’s plans.Koscielny recently admitted that he was rooting against France at the World Cup and remains frustrated by the fact that he was unable to take part in this past summer’s triumph in Russia.last_img read more

first_imgAjax’s youth academy has been the envy of many clubs for decades. Many stellar names have passed through the revered system in Holland’s capital, going on to make history with Ajax or a shedload of money for the club as they flock to the Europe’s wealthier leagues.Justin Kluivert, Davy Klaassen and Davinson Sanchez are just a few names who have left the Dutch giants for sizeable fees over the past 18 months, while a number of Erik ten Hag’s current crop are being eyed by the so-called elite – none more so than Frenkie de Jong.Likened to esteemed compatriot Frank Rijkaard, De Jong manages to combine defensive nous with the guile and passing range of a number 10, as evidenced by his performances this season – the 21-year-old is currently averaging 1.3 tackles and 1.9 interceptions per game, along with an average passing completion of 91%. 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! Frenkie de Jong Ajax Eredivisie 11032018His displays have predictably garnered admirers from across the football world, including Barcleona legend Xavi. A move to the Blaugrana or indeed any of Europe’s biggest and best is not high on De Jong’s priority list – for the time being at least – but the lure of lining up alongside a certain diminuitive Argentine could prove too much to resist in the coming seasons.“In the beginning it was fun and I felt very flattered by the stories around Barcelona, but after a while the questions about it got annoying,” he told Elf Voetbal. “For the time being, I just stay with Ajax, at least another year and maybe two or three more years. I’m really enjoying myself here.“If you end up in a club of a higher level, you will play with world-class players anyway. But I would really like to play with Messi someday. Of course I would like to play with him. He’s already 31, so I have to hurry up.”Barcelona aren’t the only club said to be courting De Jong – both Manchester clubs are also keeping tabs on his progress as they plot their next moves in the transfer market – but Barca’s charm offensive seems to have already begun, with former creator-in-chief Xavi leading the niceties.De Jong NxGn Graphic“The Ajax playing style is a bit like the Barcelona playing style, we both come from the Dutch School, from Johan Cruyff. De Jong is still young, but he could contribute a lot to Barca, he is seen as a huge talent. He’s a player to think about, a very good footballer,” Xavi told Mundo Deportivo.“De Jong’s profile is exactly what Barcelona needs. A player who is technically very strong, wants to work for the team, but above all has a lot of talent. Barcelona always play in spaces of 30 to 40 meters when the opponent collapses and then you need talent to get through it.”High praise indeed, but the pressure is now on De Jong to live up to the billing, be that at Barcelona, Ajax or elsewhere.last_img read more

first_imgJay Rodriguez and Harvey Barnes scored as West Brom saw off struggling Ipswich Town 2-1 at Portman Road.Rodriguez opened the scoring after 26 minutes and Barnes capped a swift break 13 minutes from full-time.Kayden Jackson pulled one back for Paul Lambert’s men with five minutes to go but it could not prevent the Baggies moving up to second in the Championship – ahead of the remaining weekend fixtures – while Ipswich remain five points adrift at the bottom. 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! The visitors had already wasted an excellent chance to open the scoring, Ahmed Hegazi volleying wastefully wide after 23 minutes, before Rodriguez struck.Matt Phillips’ deep cross eluded those in the box but found Kieran Gibbs and he headed back across goal for Rodriguez to tap in.Barnes hit the post either side of two further chances for Rodriguez before West Brom finally got the second goal their pressure deserved, although it demonstrated perfectly why Ipswich are facing a fight to stay up.The hosts’ Teddy Bishop completely fluffed a corner, allowing Phillips to break. The former QPR winger picked out Barnes and he fired inside Bartosz Bialkowski’s left-hand post.Jackson set up an interesting finish, capitalising on a slip up from Tosin Adarabioyo, and Ipswich could have snatched an unlikely point deep into stoppage time when Jack Lankester’s free-kick clipped the outside of the post.FULL-TIME | Town 1 @WBA 2Blues beaten at Portman Road.— Ipswich Town FC (@Official_ITFC) November 23, 2018last_img read more

first_imgPre-orders for Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone have exceeded those of its predecessor S7, mobile business chief Koh Dong-jin said on Thursday, suggesting many consumers were unfazed by last year’s Galaxy Note 7 fires.The S8, which begin sales in South Korea, the United States and Canada on April 21, will be central to the South Korean firm’s recovery from the swift withdrawal of the Note 7 phablet.The new device has been well-received, and some investors and analysts said it could set a first-year sales record for the smartphone giant.”It’s still a bit early, but initial response to the pre-orders that have begun at various places across the world have been better than expected,” Koh said at a media briefing.The S8 will be the safest Galaxy smartphone to date due to safety measures implemented to avoid the battery failures that caused some Note 7s to spontaneously combust, he said.Analysts expect Samsung to record its best-ever quarterly profit in April-June, buoyed by strong S8 sales and a memory chip market boom that is widely expected to deliver record revenue for the industry this year.Also Read: Samsung says Galaxy S8, S8+ are already a hitThe new device, equipped with either 5.8-inch or 6.2-inch (14.73 cm or 15.75 cm) curved screens, sports the largest screens to date among all of Samsung’s flagship phones due to a redesign.Koh also said the firm plans to use the S8 to try to recover in China, where Samsung has been out of the top five vendors in recent years due to heightened competition from local rivals such as Huawei Technologies Co Ltd.advertisementHe said Samsung will aim to regain market share in China even if it takes time, without elaborating on specific strategies.last_img read more

first_imgHe says he is constantly looking for greys. Roles that that are not linear and provide enough space for exploring spaces between black and white. “That’s what drives me. Straight line can be so boring,” says 30-year-old Dheeraj Kumar from Fazilka in Punjab who has been part of several Punjabi,He says he is constantly looking for greys. Roles that that are not linear and provide enough space for exploring spaces between black and white. “That’s what drives me. Straight line can be so boring,” says 30-year-old Dheeraj Kumar from Fazilka in Punjab who has been part of several Punjabi films like Tarn Mann’s Rupinder Gandhi The Gangster and Qissa Panjab.Currently shooting for Rocky Mental, a Punjabi film on sports, directed by debutant Parmish Verma, Kumar’s career trajectory has not really been simple. He wanted to be a cricketer but took up music after his father exhorted him to. “After graduating with an MA in Music from Panjab University in Chandigarh in 2009, I thought theatre music is my true calling. I was fascinated with the stage. I tried that and there has been no looking back,” he says.The actor, who also completed his MA in Theatre from the same university in 2012, is however concentrating on cinema now. “I have done a number of plays but the camera fascinates me more. Moreover, theatre is really tough and demands a lot of time.”Unlike most regional film actors waiting to board the next train to Mumbai, Kumar wants to establish himself in the Punjabi film space first before taking a call on moving to Hindi cinema. He elaborates, “It makes sense for me to get enough experience in my own language and explore the Punjabi ethos before embarking on a new journey.”Admitting that Punjabi cinema, in general, does not really offer many opportunities for actors to explore their potential, Kumar also feels that slowly directors are understanding that the audiences cannot be taken for granted indefinitely, especially considering the stiff competition from low budget Hindi cinema which is getting worldwide recognition at some of the best festivals and also doing well commercially.advertisement”The Internet has given access to people everywhere, including Punjab, to the best of cinema. They have started demanding substantial storylines treated innovatively. No wonder, some directors here are getting over their obsession with Jatts and jeeps, and paying more attention to scripts.”Kumar is happy that people from across the country are opening to collaboration with Punjabi cinema. “Several members of Rocky Mental’s production team have had exposure to Hollywood films. Technicians from the Southern part of the country are coming here and Hindi film producers are showing a lot of interest in backing Punjabi films. I am optimistic that all this will be really educative for the film fraternity here, and result in some high-quality cinema,” he says.How I relax: Singing sufi and cookingActors I look up to: Irrfan Khan, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Christian Bale, Hugh JackmanLooking for a role like: Where I play a negative character, which defies all cliches and manages to convey everything through the eyeslast_img read more

first_imgJames Rodriguez scored twice while Alvaro Motata, Isco, Lucas Vazquez and Casemiro got a goal each as Real Madrid thrashed Deportivo La Coruna 6-2 on Wednesdsay night.Real Madrid had gone into the game without their BBC (Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo) combination with Bale out injured, Ronaldo left out of the travelling squad and Benzema subjected to the bench.Just like it has been the case almost all season, Morata, Isco, James, Asensio and Vazquez rose to the occasion and grabbed the opportunity with both hands.Except for James and Asensio, none of the others had appeared in Real Madrid’s 2-3 loss to Barcelona last Sunday starting debates that Zinedine Zindane isn’t giving them enough chances.The brilliance of Isco:Isco was the stand-out player of the night with his creativity and skills creating havoc in the Deportivo box. Isco scored towards the end of the  match in the 77th minute and for all his hard work, he deserved that.Isco has now scored and assisted 12 goals in his last 12 starts for Real Madrid. Zidane said about Isco after the game, “He does things that not everyone is capable of. I’m delighted for him after the work he’s put in. He always delivers when called upon.”Isco’s game by numbers vs. Deportivo:88% pass accuracy7 take-ons4 chances created3 shots1 post hit1 assist1 goalIsco, disco. ?? Squawka Football (@Squawka) April 26, 20178 – Isco Alarcon has scored more goals than any other midfielder in La Liga in 2017. Delight. OptaJose (@OptaJose) April 26, 2017What has worked for Real Madrid without BBC:This season, what has been working for Real Madrid without the BBC combination has been the fluidity in their game. Without the BBC, the non-starry Galacticos display better connection, more selflessness and enhanced work rate.Another factor that favours the dismantling of the BBC is the cover the younger brigade provide at the back. Be it Morata or Vazquez, they put their bodies at the back and provide more solidity in the midfield and defence.Just like it was seen in Real Madrid’s last night game against Deportivo, every time Madrid were losing the ball, they were tracing back and collectively worked to get the ball back.Bale, Benzema and Cristiano have been the decisive elements of Real Madrid’s success over the years but with the influx of new talent and Bernabeu crowd also willing to see home grown players get more playing time, it may be wise to start pushing forward the younger crop of players.The question remains… Is is time to dismantle the famed BBC?Some statistics:1. Real Madrid have played 12 matches without Ronaldo this season in all competitions, winning 10 and drawing two.2. Real Madrid have gone exactly a year without being prevented from scoring – the last shutout being against Manchester City on April 26, 2016 – and since then, Madrid have scored 151 goals in 57 games.3. Real Madrid have scored 5 goals in a La Liga match for the first time without Cristiano Ronaldo playing ever since his debut in August 2009.4. Since he has joined Real Madrid, no midfielder in La Liga has been involved in as many goals as James Rodriguez – he has scored 25 and assisted 27 goals.5. Real Madrid have kept only one clean sheet in their last 11 La Liga games.How Twitter reacted:@realmadriden Real Madrid more creative,attractive without BBC, Thanks for your all contribution had done, but let’s Madrid move forward without you (BBC)- Mahyudin Nasution (@yudi_fe_usu) April 27, 20178th time this season that Real Madrid have started without BBC. Their record in the previous 7 games (all comps)W 6D 1L 0F 29A 11 Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) April 15, 2017Good play by Real Madrid. No ego, good passing, good movement. As I said, Real Madrid plays better without BBC. #halamadrid- Vasili Brutsky (@vaselOK92) April 5, 2017last_img read more

first_imgIndian boxers Shiva Thapa (60kg), Sumit Sangwan (91kg) and Amit Phangal (49kg) entered the semi-finals of their weight categories at the Asian Boxing Championships on Wednesday.The trio not only ensured podium finish for themselves, but also qualified for the World Championships to be held in Hamburg, Germany, from August 25 to September 3.Sumit was the first Indian boxer to advance to the last-four stage when he thrashed third seed Fengkai Yu of China 4-1 in the Light Heavyweight (81kg) quarter-finals.Sumit will now face second seed Jakhon Qurbonov of Tajikistan in the semi-finals on Friday. Qurbonov had defeated Mehmood Sanaullah of Pakistan in the quarter-finals.Amit also faced a relatively easy day, defeating fourth seed Cornelis Kwangu Langu of Indonesia 5-0 in the last-eight stage of the Light Flyweight (49kg) category.He is expected to face a tough task in the semi-finals against reigning Olympic and Asian champion Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan.Later in the day, Shiva defeated Chu-En Lai of Taiwan 5-0 in the Lightweight (60kg) quarter-finals.Shiva will be up against top seed Chinzorig Baatarsukh of Mongolia in the semi-finals on Friday.Baatarsukh had beaten Sarohatua Lumbantobing of Indonesia by a similar 5-0 margin in the quarters.The day had, however, started on sore note for the Indian contingent as Gaurav Bidhuri despite a spirited fight was edged out 2-3 by second-seed Jiawei Zhang of China in the Bantamweight (56kg) division.last_img read more

first_imgCaptain Steve Smith revelled on the find that Rahul Tripathi has been in this Indian Premier League season for Rising Pune Supergiant after the rookie batsman powered his team to a four-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday.Tripathi scored a match-winning 93 off 52 balls, hitting 9 fours and 7 sixes, even as wickets kept falling at the other hand and single-handedly steered Pune to the victory.”Rahul Tripathi, hasn’t he been a revelation for us? We thought that the wicket would slow down later in the game so we went pretty hard against the new ball to try and put as many runs in the powerplay. Tripathi took on the bowlers and it’s unfortunate that he hasn’t got a hundred. He really deserved it,” Smith said after the match.Smith was also happy about Pune’s run of wins, where they have won six out of their last 7 games.”It’s been a good little run for us, six out of seven games. Tonight was a good team performance. We did really well to keep them to 150.”Smith didn’t shy away from praising the efforts of his bowlers who restricted an explosive Kolkata batting line-up to just 155/8.”The bowlers really have done an exceptional job for us. The games we have won, we have taken wickets through the middle overs and put the brakes on the opposition. In fact quite a few different guys stand up and get us over the line,” he said.Smith hoped that the team would keep up with their consistent display and make it to the play-offs.advertisement”We need to stay consistent though and keep doing the basics right and hopefully we’ll record a few more wins and be there come playoffs time.”Rising Pune Supergiant will next travel to Hyderabad and take on fourth-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.last_img read more

first_imgLenovo is currently working on several mid-ranged Motorola smartphones, which the company is rumoured to announce by the end of 2017. The company is reportedly adding up new smartphones to its Moto C, Moto G, Moto E, and Moto Z and Moto X series. All the upcoming Motorola smartphones have been subjected to several leaks earlier; however, never did the company confirm the handsets. But, now, looks like Lenovo has confirmed them all in a new leak.A new press render leaks over the weekend which confirms all the upcoming Motorola devices. The image not only shows the coming of Moto C, Moto X, Moto Z, Moto G and Moto E series of smartphones about also reveals a lot about each of the Motorola devices. The company is set to announce two devices under each series, while might unveil only one device under the Moto X series. This means that Motorola is all set to announce nine new devices by the end of this year.The leaked image not only confirms the making of the Motorola phones, but also reveals the name and specifications of each one of them. You can see the leaked image below.Also Read: Moto G Turbo to sell for Rs 6,999 on Flipkart soon. Is it worth it?Moto ZUnder the Moto Z product lineup, Lenovo is expected to bring two new devices called the Moto Z Play and Moto Z force. As per the new leak, the Moto Z Play will come packed with a 5.5-inch full HD display, while on the other hand the Moto Z Force will be packed with ShatterShield technology, which will protect the device against any mechanical damage. Furthermore, the Moto Z Force is said to come with LTE support. The image calls the upcoming Moto Z series phones to bear unlimited capabilities.advertisementMoto XLenovo is reportedly working on bringing a new device under its Moto X series. The smartphone is said to be called – Moto X4. Image renders suggest that the upcoming Moto X4 (name yet to be confirmed) will feature a 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080 display and will pack SmartCam and 3D glass. The upcoming Moto X device have been subjected to several leaks earlier, wherein the latest one tips the coming of premium all-glass and metal body design and a fingerprint scanner at the front panel. Furthermore, the smartphone is expected to come with dual camera system with a dual-LED flash and also laser auto-focus. Moto X4 is also said to come with IP68 certification for water and dust resistance. As per design, the device will sport a 5.5-inch screen and will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 which will be coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage.Moto GUnder the Moto G series, Lenovo recently announced two new smartphones – Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus. The company is reportedly working on two more devices, but this time under the mid-ranged category. The upcoming devices under the Moto G series is said to be called – Moto GS and Moto GS+ suggests the new leak. In terms of specs, the Moto GS will sport a 5.2-inch FHD display and full metallic chassis, while on the other hand; the Moto GS+ will come packed with a 5.5-inch FHD display and is expected to come with a dual-lens rear camera.Also Read: Moto G5 Plus in India: 5 features that put it ahead of othersMoto EThe upcoming Moto E series phones have been subjected to several leaks lately. To recall, previous rumours suggested that the smartphone under the Moto E series will be called Moto E4 and Moto E4 Plus. But, the newly leaked image renders doesn’t show the same. It instead suggests that the upcoming devices under the Moto E series will be called – Moto E and Moto E Plus. It also highlights that the Moto E will come with 5-inch display along with 2.5D protection and a fingerprint scanner. While the Moto E Plus will sport a 5.5-inch HD display along with a huge 5000mAh battery which is dedicated to provide an extremely good battery backup.Moto CIndia Today Tech just a few days ago confirmed that the Moto C lineup phones will be launched in June. This means that the smartphones are already in the making. The smartphones will be called the Moto C and Moto C Plus. As per the image render, the upcoming Moto C 5-inch HD display and 4G support, while on the other hand, Moto C Plus is tipped to come with a 5-inch HD display and a 4000mAh battery. Going by colour options, Moto C and C Plus is said to launch in several colour variants — gold, silver, red and black.advertisementIt should be noted that these all the information are subjected to change until Lenovo itself confirms them. Hence, these are all rumorus as of now, and should be taken with a pinch of salt.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 7 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these photographs, visit PTI website at..http.// NATIONAL Dehradun: Gentlemen cadet passing out ceremony (B) Mon: Encounter in Nagaland (B) Guwahati: Theft in Titan showroom in Guwahati (B) Patna: Pappu Yadav protesting (B) Nagpur: Chatrapati Shivaji Coronation Ceremony in Nagpur (B) Shillong: Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief ceremony (B) Mumbai: Urjit Patel announcing RBIs monetary policy (A) New Delhi: Students and activists protesting against killing of six farmers (B) New Delhi: Gurmeet Ram Rahim Ji Insan films success party (B) New Delhi: Announcement of Presidential election (B+A) New Delhi: Yechurys press briefing disrupted by a Hindu Sena activist (B) Guwahati: Seized answer scripts of APSC produced in court (B) Kolkata: BJP members meet WB Governor (A) Jammu: Storm in Reasi (B) Nagpur: Crime Branch of Nagpur Police arrested criminals (B) Gurugram: Arrest in Gurugram gangrape case (B) Varanasi: Protest against water and electricity supply issue (B) Chandigarh: Capt Amarinder Singh at meeting (B) Hyderabad: CPI activists protest (B) Ranchi: Hindu Samrajya Diwas (B) Birbhum: Locket Chatterjee having lunch at a farmers house (B) Howrah: Labourers work (A) Mumbai: Sanjay Nayak addresses press (A) Guwahati: Wild Asiatic elephants relax (B) Ujjain: Clash in Ujjain (B) INTERNATIONAL Kathmandu : Nepals newly elected PM Sher Bahadur Deuba, takes oath (B) Beijing: 5th Global CEO Council Round table summit (A) Pasay : The Philippine government temporarily suspended the deployment of Filipino workers to Qatar (B) Tokyo : Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith talks with his Japanese counterpart (A) Jakarta : Suspected militants attend their sentencing hearing at East Jakarta District Court (B) Jerusalem : U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley greets Israeli President (B) Berlin : German Foreign Minister and Saudi Foreign Minister pose for a hand shake (A) New York: File?Eric Trump, son of President-elect Donald Trump (A) London : Religious leaders visit the scene of Saturdays attack in the London Bridge area (A) Cape Town: Heavy storms in the Sea Point neighborhood of Cape Town, (B) Vatican City : Pope Francis blesses an altar to be sent to South Korea (B) Berlin : A peacock flouncing its tail through the Rose Garden of the peacock island in Berlin(B) SPORTS Paris: French Open tennis tournament (A) Birmingham: ICC Champions Trophy match (B) London : Indias captain Virat Kohli speaks during a press conference (B+A) London: Indian cricketers at training session (B) PTI PHOTO VNA , UPTO 215 KISadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgFormer cricket coach Javed Miandad has called on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to drop under performing players from the ODI side for future contests.Slamming national selectors for their lack of vision, the 59-year-old urged that the former should clearly observe those batsmen who keep on playing excessive dot balls and are proving to be a burden on the team in the ongoing Champions Trophy in England and Wales.”The selectors lack vision, they should notice these below par performances and should get rid of those players who are proving a burden on the team,” the Dawn quoted Miandad, as saying.Miandad’s comments came after opener Azhar Ali (9 runs off 22 balls) and Mohammad Hafeez (26 off 53) performed below par in their side’s group match against South Africa, which Pakistan went on to win by 19 runs in Birmingham on Wednesday.The former Pakistan skipper further said that there is an immediate need to improve their game at the domestic level in order to raise their standard at the international arena.”In order to compete with international teams, we need to improve our domestic cricket. In some cricket-playing countries, the standard of domestic competition is greater than international cricket which is the reason they have plentiful of talented players emerging from their domestic circuit,” he said.Talking about Pakistan must-win third Champions Trophy group clash against Sri Lanka in Cardiff on June 12, Miandad said that the his national side need to showcase some out-of-the-box winning performance to excel in the elite eight-team tournament.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgSri Lanka Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera said he is willing to order a probe on the 2011 World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka following concerns raised by former captain-turned-minister Arjuna Ranatunga.”Let anyone make a written complain I am ready to order an investigation,” Jayasekera told reporters here today.Ranatunga, who was present at the Wankhede Stadium as a commentator, had said that Sri Lankan performance on the day was questionable and it must be investigated.Jayasekera’s response came after comments made by his predecessor Mahindananda Aluthgamage who was also present at the match where Sri Lanka surrendered to India after posting an impressive 274.Aluthgamage told a local TV yesterday that the managers report had claimed that a senior Sri Lankan player had smoked as many as over 50 cigarettes in the dressing room during the game and the then captain offered to resign immediately after the game without any reason to do so.He said there were many such suspicious incidents concerning the game which he told the then cricket management committee to probe.The controversy over the 2011 final raged after Sri Lankas first ever loss to Zimbabwe in the ODIs.In an apparent bit to hit back at Ranatunga, Kumar Sangakkara, who was captain in the final, called for a probe on the decision made to tour Pakistan in 2009 despite serious player safety concerns.The Sri Lankan team bus was attacked by gunmen in Lahore injuring several players which eventually led to all international team deciding not to tour Pakistan.advertisementRanatunga was the local cricket boss at the time.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Aug 16, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these photographs, visit PTI website at..http.// NATIONAL Ahmedabad: Huma Qureshi visits Gandhi Ashram(B) Bhubaneswar: Paramedical students take precautions against swine flu(B) New Delhi: Sharad Yadav adresses a press conference(A+B) New Delhi : Press conference after a Cabinet meeting(A+B) Mumbai: Lakme Fashion Week(B+A) New Delhi: Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad address the press (B+A) New Delhi: Rosy Pelicans(A+B) New Delhi: Pram services launch at Delhi zoo(B) New Delhi: Jitendra Singh addressing the media(A+B) Bengaluru: Rahul inaugurates Indira Canteen(A+B) New Delhi: A pair of rhinoceros(A) New Delhi: A group of dear(A) Dharamsala: Sushil Kumar Shinde with Virbhadra in Dharamsala (A) Morigaon: Flood in Morigaon(B+A) Lucknow: Protest in Lucknow(B) Kolkata: Vendors wait for customers(A) New Delhi: Monkeys playing with water in New Delhi(B) Gopalganj: Flood in Bihar(B) New Delhi: Satyarthi meets Vice President in Delhi(B) Kolkata: Bhawani Bhawan inauguration(A) New Delhi: Yechury addresses a press conference(A+B) Balurghat: Overflow of Atreyee river in Balurghat(A) Kolkata: Bus services were disrupted due to floods in North Bengal(A) New Delhi: MoU between EESL and Indian Oil Corporation, HPCL and Bharat Petroleum(B) Ahmedabad: Janmashtami festival in Ahmedabad(A) Bhubaneswar: Protest in Bhubaneshwar(B) Ranchi: Lalu arrives in ranchi(B) Amritsar: Harsimrat addresses media in Amritsar(B) Kolkata: hand rikshaw puller carry a clay ido(B) Kolkata: A man passes with his bicycle at a city street in Kolkata(A) Mumbai : Protest in Mumbai(B) Bengaluru : Rain in Bengaluru(B) Chennai: Heavy downpour in Chennai(A+B) New Delhi: Venkaiah Naidu meets Nitin Gadkari(A) Guntur : two-year- old boy rescued by NDRF from borewell(B) New Delhi: Ananth Kumar and Mansukh L. Mandaviya at press conference(A) South Salmara : Flood in assam (A) INTERNATIONAL Duisburg : Duisburg Zoo(B) Duttweiler : Grape harvest in Germany(B) Jakarta : Independence Day at the parliament building in Jakarta(A) Paju : Visitors watch the north side through the glass showing a map of the border area(A) Haichung : Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, shakes hands with Chinese Northern Theater Command Commander Gen Song Puxuan(A) Altheim-Walhausen : Hen adopts ducklings(B) SPORTS Colombo : Upul Tharanga speaks during a media briefing(A) PTI PHOTO GCS UPTO 126 ANB ANBadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgBayern Munich could not have wished for a better time to travel to Bundesliga rivals Borussia Dortmund with the champions firing on all cylinders and their opponents mired in poor form ahead of Saturday’s meeting.The Bavarians have won all six of their matches under new coach Jupp Heynckes, who replaced Carlo Ancelotti last month, claiming top spot in the league and opening up a three-point gap over Dortmund.Bayern also edged past RB Leipzig in the German Cup last week and have won their two Champions League matches under Heynckes to nail down a spot in the knockout stage with two games to spare.”We are going into this game with a lot of self-confidence,” said Bayern winger Arjen Robben. “We are not the ones under pressure. We can only be happy to be three points ahead after lying five points behind them.Reuters Photo “It can only get better for us.”Striker Robert Lewandowski, who missed their 2-1 victory at Celtic on Tuesday due to a minor thigh injury, could be back to face his former club, said Heynckes.”He has trained relatively well and is not feeling any pain,” said Heynckes. “It looks now he can play from the start against Dortmund.”Things could not be more different for Dortmund, who squandered a five-point lead over Bayern in a matter of weeks.Six wins from their first seven matches were then followed by a sudden slump in form and two losses and a draw in their last three games.advertisementDortmund have managed only one victory in their last six games in all competitions and a 1-1 home draw in the Champions League against APOEL Nicosia of Cyprus on Wednesday underlined their current struggles.”It is my job to give my players their confidence back,” said Dortmund coach Peter Bosz. “The easiest way to do it is by winning a game again. Victory is the best medicine.”Bosz will have his work cut out if Dortmund continue to waste opportunities in front of goal. They created close to a dozen scoring chances against the Cypriots on Wednesday but were let down by poor finishing.”Maybe the timing of this game is right,” Bosz said. “At the start of the season when we were winning points, expectations were high. Maybe on Saturday fans will expect a bit less.”last_img read more

first_img(Eds: updating with quotes and other details)By Kushan SarkarNew Delhi, Dec 11 (PTI) India will host 81 matches across formats from 2019-2023, 30 more than the previous Future Tours Programme, but the number of playing days for the ever-busy cricketers will come down with the BCCI today deciding to prune the Test schedule against lesser-ranked teams.The revised FTP was agreed upon unanimously at the Boards Special General Body Meeting (SGM) — a move that will see India playing more Tests against Australia, England and South Africa but also addressing captain Virat Kohlis complaints on player fatigue.A working group, comprising all three office-bearers, will take a final call on this.”Earlier, the proposed FTP for the five year cycle (2019 -2023) had 51 matches across three formats. The new proposal has 81 home matches in that cycle,” acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary told mediapersons after the meeting.Chaudhary said that match days at home will go down by 20 percent, there is a marked 60 percent increase in matches at home. However, the series against lesser-ranked teams will come down, a top official PTI on condition of anonymity.While the break-up was not provided, Chaudharys brief made it clear that India will be playing an increased number of T20 Internationals at home while the bulk of big Test series will be against Australia, England and South Africa.The format likely to be hit most will be bilateral ODIs.”Half of our home games, we will play against the big three — Australia, South Africa and England,” Chaudhary said.advertisementWhen asked that whether if it means that only four nations will play more Tests against each other, Chaudhary said: “You can say so.”Asked how Kohlis fatigue issue has been addressed, Chaudhary said: “During the 2015 to 2019, the Indian team, across formats (home and abroad), had 390 playing days. The new proposal between 2019 to 2023 will see them playing 306 days.”This effectively means from an average 97.5 days during the earlier cycle, Kohli and Co. will play 76.5 days at the max during the next cycle.”This excludes the ICC Champions Trophy and Cricket World Cup, both of which will be hosted by India in 2021 and 2023 respectively,” he added.The new FTP has been chalked out in order to ensure that BCCI can get a good broadcast deal when its up for grabs from October 2018. The current broadcast rights with Star Sports ends in March 2018.Among other issues, the BCCI decided to continue its legal fight against the defunct Kochi Tuskers, who recently won a compensation claim to the tune of Rs 850 crore.”An arbitration was awarded to Kochi, which was challenged by BCCI. However, we had interaction with the erstwhile franchise on whether we could come to an out of court settlement.”We then put the matter to our legal team. We have decided we must not settle this out of court. We will continue with legal procedure,” the Secretary said.The conditional revocation of Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) happened on expected lines with a rider given to them that former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi, who is under a life ban from the BCCI, wont come back in the association in any capacity.Also, the members were apprised of the letters written by the Sports Ministry and NADA about having BCCI as a signatory. The house was unanimous that there was no need to come under NADA fold despite the bodys active demand to carry out dope tests of the cricketers.”We have told them that we have a robust system in place and we are already WADA compliant. Also our testing is done at the same NDTL lab where samples collected by NADA is tested,” he said. PTI KHS PM PMlast_img read more

first_imgChennai, Dec 31 (PTI) In an announcement that could dramatically alter political alignments in Tamil Nadu, superstar Rajinikanth today announced his political debut and said he will launch his own party which will contest all 234 constituencies in the next assembly polls in the state.The announcement ends two decades of speculation over the entry of the actor, who enjoys cult status in Tamil cinema, in the political arena. “I am joining politics and it is for sure,” said the actor clad in a spotless white kurta and sporting a grey beard, amid thunderous applause from fans. Batting for honesty in politics and good governance, he said, “everything needs to be changed” and declared that “spiritual politics” needs to be ushered in, sans shades of any caste or religion with transparency. “This is my motto and desire,” he said and appealed to people to support him in his venture adding it was not possible to do it alone. During the era of kings, they plundered the countries of their enemies. However, in democracy, parties were plundering their own people and such a “system” needs to be changed democratically.Dramatically, he asked for “volunteers,” not cadres to see to it that those who prevent amenities and rights reaching the people are thwarted. Asserting that he will not tolerate nepotism or under the table dealings, he said, “I want volunteers who will keep vigil and who will not go to any officials, ministers or MPs, or MLAs for selfish needs.”Such volunteers should question whoever commit mistakes, Rajinikanth said adding he needed only such people for his party.advertisement”I am only a representative of the people to monitor such vigilantes.” He said such a force of selfless volunteers who will act as not cadres but as vigilantes was needed and it should be built. The actor said the first task would be streamlining the existing registered and unregistered fan clubs across the State. He appealed to his fans to bring all sections of people into the club so that it could transform into a party and “till then there is no need to indulge in political talk which includes me.” “Politics and democracy have gone pretty bad,” he said and added the some political incidents in the past one year in Tamil Nadu has made every Tamilian hang his head in shame and people of all other States were “laughing at us.” The actors remark is seen as a reference to the bitter infighting in the ruling AIADMK, allegations of rampant corruption, perceived political instability, and also the tax raids held at premises in the State including those linked to the ruling establishment, notably a Minister and his associates. The RK Nagar Assembly bypoll in April was also cancelled following allegations of money distribution. “If I do not take this decision now, the feeling of not having any effort to do good through democratic means to the Tamil people who gave me life will haunt me till my death,” Rajinikanth said. Stressing that he knew that launching a party, capturing power and governing was not an “ordinary thing,” he said it was akin to extracting pearl from sea.”This was possible only with the blessings of the God and full support of people,” he said and expressed confidence that he will get both of it. Quoting a shloka from Bhagawad Gita, which stresses the importance of doing ones duty and leaving the result to the Lord, he said “this is the compulsion of time.” “Engage in war, if you win you will rule the nation, if you die you will go to heaven. If you go without waging war, they will call you a coward,” he said quoting the scripture amid thunderous applause. Months after his long-time friend and fellow actor Kamal Haasan gave a clear indication of his political entry, Rajinikanth said he will launch a political party, which will contest all the 234 Assembly constituencies in Tamil Nadu. Addressing his fans here on the valedictory of a six day long photo-session meet, he said contesting the local body polls was not possible in view of the short time. Entering politics was not for name or fame, he said and wondered if he would hanker for power now at the age of 68, when he did not have it at the age of 45 when he voiced his first political message against late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. “If hankering for power comes to me now am I not a fool?” he said and added it will also not suit his stature of a spiritually-oriented person.advertisementIn 1996, the actor had voiced his opposition against Jayalalithaa. He said the party will be launched ahead of the Assembly elections at an appropriate time. The policies of the party will be taken to the people at that time clearly outlining the policies what could be delivered and what not, he added.He said truthfulness, hard work and growth will be the slogan of his party. “Do good, speak and only good will happen,” will be a guiding slogan, he said. Praising his fans for their “discipline” he said anything could be achieved with it. Asking if there has been too much of a waiting game, and speculation on if he will enter politics or not, he said with a laughter that he was not afraid of joining politics. “I am not afraid of coming to politics, I am only afraid of the media, I am still a child, how I will feel,” he said.In a tweet in Tamil, Kamal Haasan welcomed his fellow actors political entry. PTI VGN SS DVlast_img read more

first_imgNorthEast United FC on Monday said that Chennai police have arrested two city-based youth in relation to the incident in which three northeast girls were harassed during a Hero Indian Super League (ISL) clash here on Thursday.A group of men surrounded the girls and mocked them with inappropriate signs during the match between Chennaiyin FC and NE United at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium.In a video which is going viral, a man was seen dancing obscenely in front of one of the women.Is this how you treat visiting fans @ChennaiyinFC @Supermachans ?? Khalid Mahmood (@TheReal_Khalid) 23 November 2017″Thanks to a prompt action from @chennaipolice_ and DGP of TN, two Chennai based youth have been arrested and kept under judicial custody,” NE United wrote on Twitter.Update: Thanks to a prompt action from @chennaipolice_ and DGP of TN, two Chennai based youth have been arrested and kept under judicial custody.We would like to thank Mr Wapang Toshi and entire team at NEIWAC for their proactive efforts to initiate a Police inquiry. NorthEast United FC (@NEUtdFC) November 27, 2017Social media went abuzz as soon as the video made it to the internet and unanimously criticised the behaviour of some of the ‘Supermachans’.Earlier, NorthEast United owner and bollywood actor John Abraham issued a statement condemning the incident and called it “deeply disturbing”. Abraham said that he would personally meet the victimised girl.”It’s deeply disturbing to me when sports becomes an unsafe or unharmonious place for anyone.advertisementStatement: NEUFC stands by the the passionate supporters who faced untoward incident at the Marina Arena in Chennai last night. Here is a brief statement from our owner John Abraham. #Highlanders we are with you. #8States1United NorthEast United FC (@NEUtdFC) November 24, 2017″To the girl victimized by these insensitive and thoughtless people, ‘We stand with you and you’ll never feel alone as you must’ve felt in that moment. I will personally meet you and make sure you are ok’,” Abraham said.Abraham further announced that he will make sure that the culprits are punished and apologize for their behaviour.”To the ‘fans’ who troubled her, ‘I’ll call you fake fans because I know that Abhishek or myself would never condone this behaviour from our own true fans. I will find you and make sure you are punished and apologize for your behaviour’,” the statement said.last_img read more