first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 19 (PTI) The Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) today signed an MoU with University of Latvia for establishment of an academic chair for ayurveda research in the European nation.The Memorandum of Understanding was signed by CCRAS Director General Vaidya K S Dhiman and Valdis from University of Latvia in the presence of AYUSH Secretary Ajit M Sharan and Stella Ankrava, first secretary, Lativa Embassy.”A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) and University of Latvia on establishment of an academic chair in Ayurveda was signed today,” the AYUSH Ministry said in a statement.The MoU will provide a structured framework for taking forward academic and research activities in Ayurveda through deputation of an Ayurveda Professor to the University of Latvia. PTI JTR KUNlast_img read more

first_imgThe Supreme Court today refused to lift the restrictions on 20-feet high human pyramids during the Dahi Handi festival, to be held on Thursday.The apex court was ruling on a plea filed by Mumbai-based Jai Jawan Krida Mandal Govinda Pathak, which had argued that since young men below 18 were barred from participating in the Dahi Handi ritual, the cap on the height of the human pyramid should be relaxed as adventure is part of every sport.Last week, the apex court bench of Justice Anil R Dave and Justice L Nageswara Rao had ruled that the height of the human pyramid should not exceed 20 feet, observing that on the grounds of religious feeling acrobatics could not be permitted.The apex court had also said nobody under the age of 18 will be allowed to participate in the human pyramid formation on Janmashtami, which is celebrated with a huge fervour in Maharashtra.It however expressed its misgivings over the authorities being able to “control or supervise” that children below 18 do not participate.Last week’s decision had come after the Supreme Court restored the 2014 petition by some Dahi Handi organisers challenging the High Court order holding that youngsters below the age of 18 would not participate in the human pyramid formation and the same too would not be more than 20 feet.last_img read more

first_img(REOPENS SPB2) (REOPENS SPB2)On the occasion, Gopichand said, “The three ladies have made fantastic efforts. India said other day, Save the Girl Child was the norm, but now it is saved by the girl (post results in Rio Olympics). Thank you very much for keeping our honour and pride.”Applauding the girls, he said, “Congratulations to all three of you. Your effort is nothing less than the gold. Over the years, last time (during last Olympics) we had a bronze (Saina Nehwal). Today, thanks to Sindhus effort we are here with a silver.”He also praised Tendulkar saying he is a great ambassador for sports. “Your support is greatly appreciated.”Hyderabad District Badminton Association president Chamundeshwarnath has gifted the luxury cars to the four sportspersons for their outstanding achievement.Thanking everyone for the support and also Chamundi for gifting the cars, Gopichand said, “Hopefully this will drive us to perform better in the future.”Shuttler P V Sindhu recalled, “When I was gifted a Swift Dzire earlier, Sachin sir told me that if I would win an Olympic medal he would definitely gift me another car. That happened today. I thank Sachin sir and Chamundi sir for gifting me a car.”Sindhu said she is thankful to everyone and added “because of your blessings I am here.””Overall it is my dream and it has come true that I had to get an Olympic medal. I am thankful to my coach because the whole journey till now I am with him. In the upcoming tournaments, definitely I will get laurels for the country,” she said.advertisementResponding to the felicitations, Sakshi said, “I went alone (to Rio) and now entire India is with me. Continue with your love so that I can convert my bronze into gold at Tokyo Olympics. Thanks for honouring me.”She also said her brother is a big fan of the batting legend and requested Sachin for a family picture with him.On her part, Dipa thanked everyone saying “bina medal key bhi itna mujhe support mil raha hain (I am getting so much support without even winning a medal). Thank you Sachin sir.” PTI VVK GK PM PMlast_img read more

first_imgChina’s Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that there had been no change to the situation around Scarborough Shoal, after the Philippines said it was seeking clarification from China about an increase in ships near the disputed South China Sea shoal.”I can tell you that there has not been any change to the Huangyan Island situation. China has also not taken new actions,” ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a daily news briefing in Beijing, using China’s name for the shoal.”Given this situation, some people are hyping the situation by spreading that kind of information. I think it is worth everyone being vigilant of this kind of intent.”Also Read:Ahead of summit, Philippines shows images of Chinese boats at disputed shoallast_img read more

first_imgCupertino major Apple will likely launch its next batch of iPhones — the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus — alongside the second-generation Apple Watch at an event in San Francisco, a couple of hours from now. As per tradition, the company has stalled all business, ahead of the big iPhone keynote, to be hosted by Tim Cook and Co. at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.The Apple Online Store has gone offline, and currently reads, “We’ve got something special in store for you. And we can’t wait for you to see it. Please check back soon.” Clearly, new products are in tow, a couple of iPhones and possibly the Apple Watch 2 as well.Apple does this every time ahead of a launch event, to possibly, update its product listing, and make visitors aware (and excited) about its new announcements.At its big iPhone event, Apple Inc will likely launch the next-generation iPhone. That being said, the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus are being said to offer mere incremental updates over the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus. They are likely to sport similar design with granular changes, in antenna placements. They will reportedly offer some kind of water-resistance and no headphone jack. Apple is also likely to launch a new pair of specially designed Ear Pods, to use with the new iPhones.The iPhone 7 Plus will likely sport a dual camera setup on the rear while the smaller iPhone 7 will likely carry OIS. For the first time, Apple is also said to ditch the 16GB base storage variant, and instead start with 32GB of minimum internal memory in the upcoming iPhones.As for the Apple Watch 2, little is known about the Apple Watch successor, for now besides the fact that it will reportedly be slimmer than the outgoing variant.advertisementApple will also possibly announce the time frame for the rollout of iOS 10 stable at its iPhone event in San Francisco.Also Read: Like it or not, iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus launch will force Android phones to changelast_img read more

first_imgIndia’s only double gold medallist Devendra Jhajharia’s grit and resilience is second to none. As an eight-year-old, the athlete’s left arm had to be amputated after he got electrocuted. Having a natural flair for sports, the youngster hit the local playground as soon as he recovered from the operation. But things were no longer the same.The man who is now the toast of the nation didn’t find any kid who was interested in playing with a handicapped child. The kids made it clear that they didn’t have a place for him in their team.”You know how kids are. I had lost my arm and no one wanted to play with me. No one wanted me in their team. ‘Bhaiya, hum aapko nahi khila sakte’ (Sorry, we can’t let you play with us), I was told on many occasions,” Devendra told Mail Today, recalling his childhood.Most people would have backed out facing such a harrowing experience. But Devendra was not one of them. “It made me stronger. Every time they told me that I could not play with them, I became even more resolute,” the javelin thrower said.”After seeing that I was not going to back out, they finally included me.”Devendra won India’s fourth Gold in the history of Paralympics on Tuesday with a throw of 63.97 metres in the F46 javelin event at the Olympic Stadium (Engenhao). Chunliang of China and Dinesh Priyantha Herath of Sriland bagged the silver and bronze medal respectively in the same event.advertisement12-YEAR WAITThe first time he bagged the yellow metal was in the 2004 Athens Paralympics with a throw of 62.15 metres.”Things were much different back then. There was hardly any support and now with TOP scheme and Sports Authority of India’s support things have changed for the better,” he said.The 2013 IPC World Athletics silver medallist had to wait 12 years for a second shot at the Olympics after his Athens Triumph as his event did not feature in the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Games.”It was like waiting for the Maha Kumbh (a Hindu religious gathering that takes place in India once in 12 years). I knew that my event was not there at the Beijing Paralympics, but I kept training hoping that I would get a shot at London. Only in 2010, I got to know that the event was scrapped off from London too,” he said.TRAINING IN FINLANDDevendra went for a three month-stint to Finland under the TOP scheme this time and believes it came as huge boost to his training ahead of the Games.”I received a lot of support this time. I also give credit to my coach Sunil Tawar. I trained for almost seven hours a day for the Games,” he said.During his stint he also met Kenyan thrower Julius Yego, who became an internet-sensation after he revealed how he learnt the art of javelin throwing solely from YouTube videos as he couldn’t afford a coach. Devendra said he was mighty impressed and inspired after training with Yego. “I will definitely call him soon,” said the Arjuna and Padama Shri awardee.last_img read more

first_imgIt seems World Cup winner Gautam Gambhir is not too impressed with the Delhi government’s study tour abroad at a time when the city is facing one of its biggest health crisis. (Latest Cricket stories)In a series of tweets, Gambhir blasted the politicians for abandoning Delhiites as Chikungunya and Dengue death toll reaches 20, as reported by a number of major hospitals across the city.”Sometimes my Delhi doesn’t get enuf water. Wen it does it breeds mosquitoes dat bring Chikun Gunia! Sadly not enuf 2 get r leaders bak home,” Gambhir tweeted.Sometimes my Delhi doesn’t get enuf water. Wen it does it breeds mosquitoes dat bring Chikun Gunia! Sadly not enuf 2 get r leaders bak home. Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) September 17, 2016Hospitals bursting at seams, ppl dying but politicians r on a study tour to improve delhi’s education system. Schools can wait, death won’t. Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) September 17, 2016How about stoping d political footbal & returning 2 d basics of governanc which I guess is 2 serve people. Hope d politicians remember dat! Gautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) September 17, 2016The Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi has faced criticism for its ignorant behaviour towards the people in the city.Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has been slammed after he continued his Finland trip despite the health crisis in Delhi.Even as fatalities continue to rise every day, the Delhi government remains defiant and insisted that deaths are not caused by the two-mosquito diseases.last_img read more

first_imgPanaji, Sep 26 (PTI) Sports Minister Vijay Goel today expressed unhappiness over the top football clubs of the country leaving the I-League and promised to speak to the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to look into the matter. Talking on the sidelines of the unveiling of the BRICS U-17 football tournament logo here, Goel said, “I will speak to those from the federation and ask them to find a resolution to the problem. He was asked if he was concerned about the exodus of top-flight teams from the I-league, following the emergence of Indian Super League (ISL). Top teams from Goa like the Salgaocar FC and Sporting Clube de Goa have already exited the I-League, while former league winners Dempo FC are also expected to follow suit. Goel said both he as well as Prime Minister Narendra Modi were keen on promoting football and other sports in the country. He added that the U-17 tournament, which will be held parallel to the BRICS Summit, will strengthen the ties between the member states. “We should encourage such games between member states as that will increase bonding and create a warm atmosphere between the people of those countries,” Goel said. PTI MCS PDS PDSlast_img read more

first_imgThe Brazilian town of Chapeco, its buildings draped in the green colors of its devastated soccer club, prepared on Saturday to receive the bodies of victims of an air disaster in Colombia that killed 71 people and wiped out the team.The crash on Monday night shocked soccer fans the world over and plunged Brazil, South America’s biggest nation, into mourning. The BAe146 regional airliner operated by Bolivian charter company LAMIA had radioed that it was running out of fuel before smashing into a hillside outside the Colombian city of Medellin. (Also read: Rivals rule out final league game against Chapecoense)Only six people survived, including just three members of the soccer side Chapecoense en route to the Copa Sudamericana final, the biggest game in its history.Reports in Brazilian media that the plane, which circled outside Medellin for 16 minutes while another aircraft made an emergency landing, had barely enough fuel for the flight from Bolivia have outraged relatives of the victims.Bolivian President Evo Morales pledged to take “drastic measures” to determine what caused the crash. Bolivia has suspended LAMIA’s operating license and replaced the national aviation authority’s management.In Chapeco, a small agricultural town in southern Brazil, dozens of fans kept vigil at Chapecoense’s stadium, where an impromptu shrine swelled with fresh flowers and handmade posters. Green and black cloth was draped from fences, store fronts and construction sites. (Also read: Dozens of hearses to take Colombia crash victims toward final flight home)Sidnei de Oliveira Dias, a 25-year-old fan, said an open air wake due to be held on Saturday at the stadium would provide a moment of closure for a town whose excitement at Wednesday night’s cup final had turned to anguish.advertisementSome 100,000 fans, about half the city’s population, were expected to attend, as was Gianni Infantino, president of world soccer governing body FIFA. Temporary structures in the stadium will shelter the coffins of players, staff and journalists during the wake.”We’re still waiting for our heroes to return,” Dias said. “We still can’t believe it. Though now we know they’re never coming back.”The coffins were scheduled to arrive from Colombia aboard an Air Force transport plane at around 7:00 a.m. (0900 GMT) on Saturday. (Also read: Brazilian clubs offer to loan players to Chapecoense after plane crash)Brazilian President Michel Temer will preside over a brief ceremony at the airport, where he was due to posthumously decorate the victims and offer condolences to their families.However, he will not attend the wake in the stadium, amid concerns over possible political protests, his advisers said.A BANNER OF THANKSIn response to outpourings of support from soccer fans and clubs around the globe, Chapecoense hung a huge black banner from the outer wall of its stadium.”We looked for one word to thank all the kindness and we found many,” it read, followed by the words “thank you” in more than a dozen languages.Workers laid out giant banners on the field, decorated with white flowers, carrying the logos of Chapecoense and Atltico Nacional, the Colombian team that held a memorial ceremony on Wednesday instead of hosting the Cup final.Cleusa Eichner, 52, said she would come to the stadium on Saturday – as she had done so many times for games – but was wary about seeing the players caskets.”I can still see those players entering with their kids in their arms. I’d rather keep that image in my head, hold on to that happiness, than replace it with nothing.”Brazilian media, citing an internal document, reported that an official at Bolivia’s aviation agency raised concerns about LAMIA’s flight plan.The official urged the airline to come up with an alternative route because the journey of 4 hours and 22 minutes was the same length as the plane’s maximum flight range.A Colombian civil aviation document seen by Reuters confirmed the flight time was set to be 4 hours and 22 minutes.LAMIA Chief Executive Officer Gustavo Vargas on Wednesday said the plane had been correctly inspected before departure and should have had enough fuel for about 4-1/2 hours. He said it was the pilot’s responsibility to decide whether to stop to refuel.The pilot’s father-in-law, Roger Pinto Molina, who lives in Brazil, apologized to the Brazilian people in an interview with GloboNews.”We want to say to millions of Brazilians, especially the families, sons, parents and brothers in Chapeco that we are very sorry,” Molina said.last_img read more

first_imgBy Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, Dec 13 (PTI) West Indies are two-time World T20 champions but the flamboyant Chris Gayle feels “it will be difficult” for the Caribbean islands to regain their glory days in Test cricket in the near future. One of the most dashing batsmen of his time, Gayle has two triple hundreds in the longest format with 7214 runs in 103 games. His RCB jersey no, 333, is his highest Test score. West Indies have lost their last two Test series against India (at home) and Pakistan (away). “It will be difficult for West Indies to go back where they were in Test cricket,” Gayle told PTI during an interaction arranged as a part of USL Diageo Road to Safety initiative. Gayle terms lack of “concentration” and “consistency” as hurdles in attaining success in Test cricket. “The structure of modern day cricket is such that it will be difficult to regain those days of glory because of the advent of the shorter format and the interest that it has generated among the youngsters. In longer formats, you need to concentrate more and have that game discipline in order to achieve consistency,” Gayle said. “If you look at our T20 success it is because of the short duration that helps one play their attacking game. So if you ask me about a turnaround, it seems difficult as of now,” Gayle was straightforward in his assessment. He also felt that youngsters in the West Indies could always be lured by lucrative private T20 leagues across the globe. “You cannot rule out that possibility that Gen Next in the Caribbean will be more inclined to play T20 leagues. If you are a professional cricketer, you would want to have a good career. With so many leagues across the globe, one needs to accept it as a reality today. If a guy is a good enough player and can remain fit, one can play in T20 leagues even above 40 (Brad Hogg is a case in point),” Gayle made his point. “At the end of the day, sport is entertainment and one cant deny that T20 gets you good TV coverage for the duration of the game and the entertainment associated.” The Jamaican dasher believes that for upliftment of West Indies cricket, the players as well as West Indies Cricket Board will have to join hands as it is “everyones responsibility”. Did he speak to WICB president Dave Cameron on the issues leading to sour relations in the recent past between players and board, he replied: “No, I have not spoken to anybody. I believe we have a designated players body and they represent us. If the players need to voice any concern they tell it to the association. “But yes, everyone has some sort of responsibility to take West Indies cricket forward. You dont want a situation like Dwayne Bravo was in. Every player wants to play for the West Indies but there are issues that need to be addressed.” On a personal front, Gayle is currently recuperating from injury and will not be playing in the Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia. “I am not playing in the Big Bash as I am spending time with my family and recuperating from an injury. I am eyeing a comeback during Pakistan Super League (PSL) and then the Indian Premier League,” said Gayle. He is also hopeful that he will be donning the West Indies jersey again having last played in the ICC World T20 in India. “If I am fit and in form, I would still like to play for the West Indies not only in T20 but in ODIs as well. If you ask me, I would like to play till the 2019 World Cup in England. Thats a target I have set for myself,” he concluded. PTI KHS AH KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho has warned his players of the burning desire that Cristiano Ronaldo will have to secure a victory over them at Old Trafford with Juventus.The ex-Red Devils winger will make his return to the venue where he first became a global superstar, scoring 118 goals in 292 outings with the club, on Tuesday on Champions League duty with the Italian side.It is not, however, the first time he has been back since departing for Real Madrid in 2009, turning out for Los Blancos at the Theatre of Dreams under the stewardship of Mourinho in 2013. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! On that occasion, he found the net and the Portuguese manager believes that the 33-year-old’s desire to do so again will remain enormous.“He came back with me in Real Madrid,” Mourinho told United’s official website. “I know how much he loves Manchester United. I know that, but I also know how much he wanted to win here and score against Manchester United and win against Manchester United, because he did that with Real. “He scored and they won. So, it will be more of the same on Tuesday. “The fans will show the respect he deserves. He will show that to the fans, too. I know that he really loves the club but when the ball starts rolling, he wants to score and he wants to win.”Despite the presence of the five-time Ballon d’Or winner in Juve’s ranks, Mourinho remains optimistic that United can pick up maximum points.“Nobody can stop us going into the game and thinking we can win,” he said, explaining how much he is enjoying this period of the season after facing Chelsea and drawing 2-2 at the weekend.“It’s opponents of this level of football that you want. You cannot be in the Champions League and expect not to play and not to enjoy these opponents. “I think they are always a candidate to win the trophy and, this season, they are more than a candidate. So, it’s fantastic for us. “I said before the Chelsea game that Chelsea-Juventus in three days, for some, is a nightmare. For me, it’s not a nightmare, it’s just where I want to be and I thought I was quite successful in giving this feeling to the boys before the Chelsea match. “I think it’s easier now to give the same feeling for this match and we have to enjoy it. Nobody can kill our desire to play that game and try to win.”Mourinho’s men have four points from their two matches to date, having won 3-0 at Young Boys before being held scoreless by Valencia at Old Trafford earlier this month.last_img read more

first_imgChelsea manager Maurizio Sarri has a potential conundrum on his hands after influential midfielder Jorginho was rendered impotent for the first time this season by Everton’s Marco Silva.The £57 million signing from Napoli is pivotal to everything Chelsea do in, and out of, possession, elegantly moving around the pitch to dictate the tempo of his team’s play with one or two-touch passing.But, in Sunday’s 0-0 draw with Everton at Stamford Bridge, he was frustrated by Silva’s tactics. Though Everton were unable to claim a first win at Chelsea since 1993, Silva’s plans restricted Jorginho to such an extent that he recorded his lowest number of passes – 50 – since moving to the Premier League in the summer. 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! Gylfi Sigurdsson and Richarlison were diligent in nullifying his talents which led to so much frustration for Jorginho that he was lucky not to be sent off for a reckless tackle on the Icelandic midfielder in the first half.Andre Gomes and Idrissa Gueye completed Jorginho’s cage as a concerted effort ensured that the go-to option of finding the Italy international was not available to Chelsea.And, when asked about whether stopping Eden Hazard was key to his side earning a point at Stamford Bridge, Silva turned the focus to the midfield metronome.Jorginho passes in the PL:Huddersfield – 66Arsenal – 99Newcastle – 173B’mouth – 79Cardiff – 92West Ham – 180Liverpool – 73S’hampton – 91Man Utd – 74Burnley – 102Palace – 107Everton – 50#CFC— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) 11 November 2018“To be honest with you, if you come here just to stop Hazard, it would be the first mistake you make,” Silva said at Stamford Bridge. “We came here not just to stop Hazard, we came to stop Chelsea as a team.”I understand the question as you are talking about, in my opinion, the best Premier League player so far. But we showed this shape, we blocked one player and that’s Jorginho. We blocked well Jorginho and, in my opinion, he is one of the key players in Chelsea this season.”Of course, Hazard can create problems in each moment of the match. In some moments, we blocked him and in other moments he created problems for us. It is normal for a fantastic player like him. “It was one of the keys to block Jorginho. It was fantastic work from Sigurdsson and Richarlison in the first moments and then with Gomes and Gueye. My opinion he is one of the keys in Maurizio’s system and model this season.”He controls all the match with and without the ball for Chelsea.”Marco SilvaJorginho’s unique skillset often leads him to be described as a regista, a player who you run your entire game through. In the 0-0 draw at West Ham in September, Jorginho broke the Premier League record for both touches and passes in the game.He will continue to be key and Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was the first man to target the central midfielder when facing Chelsea. Everton mastered it more than their rivals and Jorginho was hauled off in the 66th minute for his deputy Cesc Fabregas as Chelsea chased the win.Stopping Jorginho was a priority for Serie A sides who faced Napoli, where he was equally central to his team’s style of play but this match at Stamford Bridge was his first sub-par performance for Chelsea.Usually, Jorginho ghosts away from any marking effort, with his ability to find space even when targeted showcasing his football brain. Perhaps he was tired after a midweek display in Belarus against BATE, with Fabregas missing that match after being taken ill.There are also questions remain over whether N’Golo Kante is best suited in a more attacking role on the right of midfield, with huge competition for places as Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Ross Barkley, Fabregas and Mateo Kovacic figure among Sarri’s options.Silva has created a worry now for Sarri, with a blueprint for other managers to face the tactically consistent Chelsea. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgThe Indian Premier League’s first centurion Brendon McCullum was all praise for Sanju Samson, who hammered the first century of this year’s IPL.McCullum hammered 158* off 73 balls for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the first ever match of the IPL back in 2008 versus the Royal Challengers Bangalore. His innings included 10 fours and 13 sixes as he lit up the Chinnaswamy on the first ever day of the IPL.India’s star off-spinner and the injured Ravichandran Ashwin was also all praise for the young boy from Kerala.Joining McCullum and Ashwin in praise of Samson was Harsha Bhogle, who praised the innings and his talent. His former employers and the now suspended Rajasthan Royals and the owner of the suspended team Raj Kundra also tweeted about the brillaint knock by the 22-year-old.Samson hammered his century off just 62 balls before falling to a Adam Zampa flipper for 102. With this he became the second youngest Indian to slam a ton in the IPL, first being Manish Pandey, who hammered a ton back in 2009 in South Africa at the age of 19.Coming in at no. 3, he steadied the ship for the Delhi Daredevils after Deepak Chahar picked up Aditya Tare early in the innings.He started his innings showing some great timing and hitting a flurry of boundaries. Samson settled in and took 41 balls to reach his fifty but continued the good work before finally bringing his hundred up with a big six off Zampa in the 19th over. He hit eight fours and five sixes in his knock of 102.advertisementHere’s how twitter reacted to Samson’s maiden IPL hundred:I love watching Sanju Samson play cricket! Hes some talent!- Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) April 11, 2017Sanju’s indifferent year just took a big UU turn. Special Innings. #IPL2017 #RPSvDD- Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) April 11, 2017Delighted to see Sanju Samson playing a key innings. Fine talent. Needs an arm round his shoulder.- Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 11, 2017Brilliant, just brilliant! #SanjuSamson scores 102 from 63 balls. Congratulations! #RPSvDD- Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) April 11, 2017So proud of our boy #SanjuSamson a beautiful knock @rajasthanroyals we know how to find players!- Raj Kundra (@TheRajKundra) April 11, 2017Take a bow Sanju Samson! First centurion in the #VIVOIPL 2017! #PlayBold #RPSvDD- Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) April 11, 2017That was a #SanjuSamson special we just witnessed. C’mon boys! #DDTweets #RPSvDD #DilDilliHai- Delhi Daredevils (@DelhiDaredevils) April 11, 2017last_img read more

first_imgRanbir Kapoor has stepped into the shoes of Bollywood’s popular Khalnayak. The 34-year-old, who is busy bringing Sanjay Dutt’s life on 70mm, was spotted shooting for the biopic in Mumbai. But this time around in a new avatar. Known to play versatile roles, Ranbir has taken up the challenge of bringing Dutt’s life alive on screen. Receding hair line and a moustache, Ranbir looks almost unrecognisable this new avatar. Going by the look, it seems Ranbir is shooting for a portion from Sanjay’s later part of life.If reports are to be believed, Ranbir will be seen sporting six, totally different looks in Dutt that will highlight different phases in Sanjay Dutt’s life. Tentatively titled Dutt, the film will focus on Sanjay’s formative years, his relation with his father Sunil Dutt, his struggles coping up with the loss of his mother, his many affairs, etc.Paresh Rawal is playing the role of Sunil Dutt while Manisha Koirala, Sanjay’s co-star in many film, is starring as Nargis, Sanju baba’s mom. Anushka Sharma, Dia Mirza, Sonam Kapoor, Jim Sarbh and Vicky Kaushal play pivotal roles in the film.(Photos: Yogen Shah) ALSO READ: Ranbir Kapoor to sport six different looks for Sanjay Dutt biopic?  ALSO READ: 10 events from Sanjay Dutt’s life that should be in his biopic  ALSO WATCH: Amitabh Bachchan tells Ranbir Kapoor the importance of film writerslast_img read more

first_imgThiruvananthapuram, May 20 (PTI) Kerala will request the central government to take back sacked Indian footballer C K Vineeth, whose service was terminated by Kerala Accountant Generals office here due to lack of attendance. If the centre is reluctant, then the state government would offer him a job, Sports and Industries Minister A C Moideen told reporters. Moideen and opposition leader in the state assembly Ramesh Chennithala had earlier written to the Comptroller and Auditor General of India to reconsider the decision to terminate his service. Kerala government would once again write to the centre in this regard, he said. Sports Minister Vijay Goel has also come out in support of Vineeth. “A player has to play continuously and hence is unable to meet the mandatory guideline. I will speak to Kerala Chief Minister and Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) office in New Delhi to seek their intervention to accommodate this player and change the rules”, the minister had said in Delhi yesterday. Vineeth joined the Accountant Generals office in 2012 through sports quota. His service was terminated for lack of adequate attendance. The footballer has played both in the I-League and Indian Super League. PTI UD RC AH AHlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, May 23 (PTI) AIFF and its marketing partners, Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL), have shared the national teams yearly fixtures beginning March 2017 wherein it will play 15 competitive games including eight in India. All the international fixtures will be broadcast live on Star Sports and its digital platform, Hotstar. Having successfully broadcast many international footballing events and leagues, the Star Network is now set to wow Indias sports fans with a live television experience of its national team. Speaking on the development, a Star India Spokesperson said, “This is a huge step forward for us. Broadcasting the national fixtures is a significant addition to our line-up of football properties and validates our network as the premier destination for football fans. “We are pleased to showcase Indias international matches which will provide a special experience to fans to follow the India national team during primetime on our on-air and digital platforms.” The team has already played and won two games beginning March 2017 – friendly against Cambodia and AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Myanmar. With a clear focus to increase home games, AIFF recently launched the annual multi-country Champions Cup to be played by 4 countries including India in August 2017. The competition will be held from August 18-27, 2017 where the team will play 4 games provided they reach the finals. The team play their next friendly against Nepal in India on June 6, 2017, before taking on Kyrgyzstan in the Home leg onJune 13, 2017, in their bid to qualify for the 2019 AFC Asian Cup in UAE. Followed by the Champions Cup in August, the team returns to its AFC Asian Cup qualifier campaign as they play the last team in the group, Macau in the away leg on September 5, 2017. The national team will take part in two training camps between October 2017 to November 2017 where they also play the home games of the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers against Macau (October 10, 2017) and Myanmar (November 14, 2017). The team will also come together for additional friendly games at Home on October 4, 2017, November 8, 2017, and March 22, 2018, against teams yet to be confirmed. The last match of the AFC Asian Cup qualifier will be played in an away leg against Kyrgyzstan on March 27, 2018. PTI AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgNew teams have expressed an interest in entering Formula One and two slots could be available, International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Jean Todt said on Wednesday.Formula One currently has 10 teams, down from 11 in 2016, following the demise of tail-enders Manor after the end of last season.Since then the sport has been taken over by U.S.-based Liberty Media, who have adopted a more fan-friendly approach and have said they want to see a situation where teams can be competitive and stable.”When we feel it is time, we will be able to make a tender. At the moment we have 10 teams and the idea is to have up to 12,” Todt told reporters at the FIA Sport Conference in Geneva.”So we have an opportunity, if we have one or two strong newcomers it could be possible. There are always rumours, but we have had some interest from some teams.”Todt said it would be foolish to think anything could be done in time for 2018, however.U.S.-owned Haas are the last all-new team to enter Formula One, making their debut last season and finishing eighth overall.Three new teams that entered in 2010 — HRT, Lotus Racing (later Team Lotus and then Caterham) and Virgin Racing (later Marussia and then Manor) — have all disappeared.last_img read more

first_imgIndia off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin applauded Kusal Mendis for his spirited century in Sri Lanka’s second innings on the third day of the second Test here on Saturday.Mendis played a masterful knock to score 110 runs off 135 balls. His innings was laced with 17 boundaries. He also produced a 191-run stand with opener Dimuth Karunaratne (92 batting) after Upul Tharanga was dismissed in the early stages of the hosts’ second innings.”I think it was, it had a venom in the morning first session as the ball got old and we bowled the second time around it’s kind of fizzling out and edges out, carries to the fielder. I thought Mendis batted beautifully, he put Jaddu(Jadeja) off his line very quickly, kept on sweeping him and he was lucky he got away with it but credit to him he batted beautifully,” Ashwin told reporters.The 30-year-old confessed India gave away plenty of runs in the second innings which they should have ideally stopped.”I just think Test teams are allowed to bat well in few sessions but they did bat well as I told you we beat the bat pretty often. I thought they batted really well.”Karunaratne really complemented Mendis. He defended beautifully and Mendis played few extra. It came off well credit to them, they batted really really well and I don’t think we did too much wrong, we tried reverse swing, we bowled cutter in the end, Pandya got a wicket to the cutters and we did beat the bat,” the Tamil Nadu spinner said.advertisementAlthough Sri Lanka will resume the fourth day on Sunday trailing by 230 runs, Ashwin felt it will be an uphill task for India bowlers to pick wickets considering the wicket will get slower as the day progresses.”The wicket will get slower and slower it’s not going to be an easy work for us tomorrow for sure, we will have to be disciplined we gave a few more runs than we should have ideally given today, probably tomorrow we can squeeze them up we can try and get few wickets early, but it’s not going to be easy. It’s slowing down,” Ashwin explained.The Madras-born player revealed the follow-on was enforced on the hosts keeping in mind the condition of the team bowlers.”Most often we based it on how tired or fresh the bowlers are I thought we did get them all out under two sessions so we thought it is the right time to enforce the follow-on and I think the wicket will keep on slowing down. It’s not going to be easy as the game gets deeper into the fourth or fifth day,” Ashwin concluded.Ashwin failed to pick up a single wicket in the second innings after clinching 5/69 in the first innings.last_img read more