BJP releases Chhattisgarh first list of 77

first_imgThe BJP on Saturday released its first list of 77 candidates for the Chhattisgarh Assembly election, fielding Chief Minister Raman Singh from Rajnandgaon.The State has 90 Assembly seats. On the BJP list, 14 are women candidates and 14 MLAs have been replaced with new names, Union Health and Family Welfare Minister J.P. Nadda said.The list was finalised at the BJP’s central election committee meeting chaired by party president Amit Shah and attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.Among those fielded include former IAS officer O.P. Chaudhary and tribal leader Ramdayal Uike, who recently joined the BJP from the Congress.Chhattisgarh goes to the polls in two phases on November 12 and 20. The votes will be counted on December 11. The BJP also released a list of 38 candidates for the Telangana Assembly polls. There are a total of 119 Assembly candidates in the State. The party also released a list of 13 candidates for the polls in Mizoram. BSP releases second listThe Bahujan Samaj Party released its second list of 12 candidates for Chhattisgarh.The Mayawati-led party has forged an alliance with the Janata Congress Chhattisgarh, led by former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi, and the Communist Party of India, and will contest 33 seats.The BSP’s lone MLA, Keshav Prasad Chandra, has been renominated from Jaijaipur. Mr. Jogi’s daughter-in-law Richa Jogi has been fielded from Akaltara. The BSP’s State president, Omprakash Batchpayi, will contest in Nawagarh. Under the alliance agreement, the Janata Congress will contest 55 seats and the BSP 33. The CPI will contest the Sukma and Dantewada seats.Nine file papersNine candidates filed nomination papers for the first phase in Chhattisgarh on Saturday, taking the total to 11. On Saturday, two each filed their papers for Rajnandgaon, Antagarh and Dantewada and one each for Khairagarh, Dongargarh and Dongargaon, an official said. For Dantewada, Devti Karma of the Congress, who is the sitting MLA, and Nanda Ram Sori of the CPI filed their papers.last_img read more

NSF’s 2015 budget: A small increase and a big pat on the back

first_imgFunding for the social sciences at National Science Foundation (NSF) is safe for another year, and the agency will be able to participate fully in the Obama administration’s BRAIN Initiative. But NSF may not have enough money to boost stipends for its prestigious graduate research fellowships, and it will have to pinch pennies in planning a 2017 move to a new building in northern Virginia.Those are some of the NSF highlights tucked within a $1.01 trillion budget agreement reached last night to fund nearly the entire federal government through 30 September 2015. Congress is expected to approve the 1600-page package in the next few days before adjourning.NSF fared extremely well compared with most federal agencies, which received flat or reduced funding. It gets an increase of 2.4% increase, to $7.344 billion. That amount is $89 million above the president’s request, which would have been a 1.2% boost, although it falls short of the $222 million hike that the House of Representatives had approved in May.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Within that total, NSF’s six research directorates would grow by $125 million, or 2.8%, to $5.93 billion. In contrast, the Obama administration had proposed no boost for research. The increase will allow the agency to double, to $29 million, its spending on cognitive and neuroscience in light with the administration’s ambitious cross-agency plan to develop neurotechnologies to better explore brain function.NSF had requested a 6.3% boost for its education directorate, to $890 million. Congress chose to be less generous, but it is still willing to give the agency a 2.4% boost, to $866 million. A big chunk of the proposed increase was earmarked for a $2000 hike in the $32,000 annual stipend given to NSF’s graduate research fellowships. The program has supported 42 Nobelists over its 60-plus years. That pay boost may now be delayed. At the same time, the directorate likely will have enough money to move forward with a major expansion of programs to improve undergraduate learning in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) disciplines, as well as a $7 million initiative to help universities redesign their graduate training programs.The final spending bill averts a squeeze on NSF’s operations budget, which was projected to grow by $40 million to accommodate the 1300-person agency’s move from Arlington to Alexandria in suburban northern Virginia. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D–MD), the chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee as well as the subcommittee that funds NSF, had sliced $31 million from the agency’s request for its daily operations, saying NSF needed to economize on the move. In the end, Congress agreed to give NSF two-thirds of what it had requested in its operations and management account.The final 2015 agreement has surprisingly few directives on how NSF should spend its money. On Mikulski’s insistence, it includes $3 million for an initiative to offer more STEM opportunities to minority students, from preschool through college. But it drops Senate language calling for a $7.5 million program to attract minority students into the life sciences and $5 million for a new effort aimed at colleges and universities with large Hispanic populations. Instead, it defers to language in the May spending bill adopted by the House of Representatives, saying that NSF must devote at least $30 million from existing programs to broaden participation by Hispanic students in STEM activities.Both House and Senate versions of the NSF spending bill had defended its beleaguered research programs in the social sciences, under sharp attack by the House science committee and its chair, Representative Lamar Smith (R–TX). The final agreement does not specifically mention those disciplines. But under the arcane procedures under which these spending bills are crafted, silence represents full-throated support for the status quo. In this case, that means NSF is free to spend the $272 million it has requested for its social, behavioral, and economic sciences directorate, a $15 million boost over 2014 levels.To see all of our stories on the 2015 budget, click here.last_img read more

India’s 25 youth leaders who set examples in the society

first_imgJEEV MILKHA SINGH, 35, GolferTee TimePROVENANCE: Born on the golf greens of Chandigarh, Singh now plays in the Asian, Japanese and European tours.CLAIM TO FAME: In the late 1990s, he became the first Indian to play in the European Tour. Last year, Singh won four titles on three tours, with,JEEV MILKHA SINGH, 35, GolferTee TimePROVENANCE: Born on the golf greens of Chandigarh, Singh now plays in the Asian, Japanese and European tours.CLAIM TO FAME: In the late 1990s, he became the first Indian to play in the European Tour. Last year, Singh won four titles on three tours, with 18 top 10 finishes.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Singh became the first Indian golfer to win a title on European soil and picked up the biggest pay cheque ever earned by an Indian sportsperson when he won Volvo Masters of Europe in Valderrama, Spain, in 2006. Nearly 5,000 Spaniards cheered for him.IDOL CHATTER: American Fred Couples, Tiger Woods, his athlete-father Milkha, and mother Nirmal Kaur, a volleyball player.”Golf has a way of biting back, but it has told me that I belong.”SECOND OPINION”Jeev has shown the way-in his action and his words. He is a great mentor.”SHIV KAPUR, GOLFERABHA DAWESAR, 33, NovelistWrite MindedPROVENANCE: Having grown up in Delhi, Dawesar graduated with a degree in political philosophy from Harvard. She worked in New York in the financial services industry for over seven years before quitting to complete writing Babyji, published in 2005.CLAIM TO FAME: She’s the latest name in a literary world of young Indian writers who ride on not just huge advances but worldwide critical acclaim as well. Author of three novels, That Summer in Paris (2006), Babyji (2005), and The Three of Us (2003), she won the Lambda literary prize (a US literary award) in the lesbian fiction category, and the American Library Association’s Stonewall award, both for Babyji. Her next book is about the drama inherent in everyday things.MAKING-IT MOMENT: According to her, most markers in her life, like having her books published or winning awards, have been artistic milestones. Her making-it moment would be her excitement about her current project-writing a difficult book set in India that’s different from anything she’s done before.IDOL CHATTER: She idolises President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam for his commitment to the underclass that is India’s youth.advertisement”I’m committed to writing without selfcensorship and exploring themes regardless of whether they are sticky.”SECOND OPINION”Her work questions morality, gender roles and social rank in modern India.”NEWSWEEKBHUSHAN KUMAR, 29, EntrepreneurSuper SonicPROVENANCE: Kumar had to take over the reins of Super Cassettes Industries Limited at the age of 20 after his father Gulshan Kumar was killed in 1997.CLAIM TO FAME: Kumar developed T-Series’ non-film pop division which has produced stars such as Sonu Nigam, Adnan Sami, Himesh Reshammiya, and repackaged Jagjit Singh. His role in the remix revolution may not have been socially productive but the hugely popular music video Kaanta Laga started a thriving sub-culture. Today, the company controls more than 60 per cent of the Indian music market.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When Sonu Nigam’s Deewana, the first non-film pop album became a huge hit in 1999.IDOL CHATTER: His father is his idol. “He took prompt decisions and treated producers like family members.””Humility was a quality my father possessed. I follow his philosophy.”SECOND OPINION”He strikes a tough deal, but he always ensures that a commitment made is a commitment honoured.”PRITISH NANDY, MEDIA ANALYSTSAINA NEHWAL, 16, Badminton playerCourting SuccessPROVENANCE: Born in Hissar, Haryana, Nehwal is now based in Hyderabad. This daughter of badminton players is tipped to become India’s best women’s player ever.CLAIM TO FAME: The understated Nehwal is the current national champion. She played in the Uber Cup (the sport’s premier women’s team competition) at the age of 13 and was part of the bronzemedal winning Indian team at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games in 2006.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Winning the four-star Grand Prix Philippines Open in 2006, this was her first year in the seniors. Nehwal was the first Indian woman to win a major international badminton event.IDOL CHATTER: Admires coach P. Gopichand, badminton player Taufiq Hidayat, Roger Federer, Steffi Graf and Sachin Tendulkar for their fighting spirit and calm demeanour.”My biggest dream is to win the Olympic gold and be the world champion.”SECOND OPINION”She is one of the most impressive prospects to have arrived on the Indian badminton scene.”PRAKASH PADUKONE, FORMER BADMINTON CHAMPIONMURUGESAN THIAGARAJAN, 29, Airlines OwnerArch AviatorPROVENANCE: He comes from the family that founded Paramount Textile Mills in Madurai, Tamil Nadu.CLAIM TO FAME: India’s youngest airline MD, he created Paramount Airways, a niche airline that offers business class comfort at economy class fares, in 2005. Operating in the Southern cities with 48 flights a day, Paramount plans to go national soon.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When Paramount was selected for the Arch of Europe award this year for meeting the QC100 quality standards of being quality driven, customer focused and running an innovative business model.IDOL CHATTER: Admires his grandfather Karumuthu Thiagarajan who always stuck to what he thought was right. Mahatma Gandhi discarded his western clothes for the first time in Thiagarajan’s house.advertisement”There will be a massive surge in aviation. But the low cost fares are not sustainable.”SECOND OPINION”The full business class model is being followed by some airlines all over the world now. Paramount was ahead of time.”SANDEEP SHENOY, AVIATION ANALYSTVARUN BAHL, 30, Fashion designerMan In VoguePROVENANCE: Born in Delhi, Bahl studied at the National Institute of Fashion Technology, Delhi, and the reputed London College of Fashion.CLAIM TO FAME: Won the best collection award for his maiden creations at the Milan Fashion Week in 2003. Considered one of the top Indian designers, he retails in stores like Ensemble, Carma, Evoluzione, 85 Lansdowne and Haute Pink in India.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Bahl was the only Indian designer to be selected for a runway show at the Milan Fashion Week in 2006. He has garnered interest from global buyers like Harrods and Harvey Nichols.IDOL CHATTER: Says he is inspired by everyday drama and the eccentricity of human nature.”I want to mould the image of India’s handloom fabrics in a way that was never thought possible.”SECOND OPINION”Varun is like a breath of fresh air and stands out among the sea of mediocrity around us.”ROHIT BAL, FASHION DESIGNERKAILASH KHER, 33, SingerFolk ResonancePROVENANCE: Born in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, and brought up in Delhi, he sang folks songs plucking on an ektara during festivals. His brother encouraged him to move to Mumbai. It was a bitter struggle initially-he slept at platforms and ate at railway stations. The first break was singing a jingle for Nakshatra diamonds.CLAIM TO FAME: His voice got recognition with the song, Tuta Tuta in the film Waisa Bhi Hota Hai, Part II.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Kher’s big dream was to work with A.R. Rahman. Lyricist Mehboob introduced him to Rahman in 2000. Rahman liked Kher’s rustic and folksy voice and made him sing the theme song in Mangal Pandey.IDOL CHATTER: Kher finds Sufi music most fulfiling and has formed a group, Kailasa.”Success for me is a culmination of destiny, hard work and the right time.”SECOND OPINION”Kailash Kher’s voice is the voice of the soil. It has the rusticity of our villages and vibrancy of our rich culture.”JAVED AKHTAR, LYRICISTMONA SINGH, 27, ActorReality RaniPROVENANCE: The St Mira’s, Pune, alumnus used to make frequent trips to Mumbai to audition for roles till she struck gold in the television industry.CLAIM TO FAME: Television’s Miss Congeniality bowled over audiences with her portrayal of the ugly duckling Jassi in Sony’s Jassi Jaisi Koi Nahin in 2003. After a hiatus, Singh returned to win the reality dance show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa last year. Now she’s set to present the Indian version of another reality show Extreme Makeover.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Her biggest high came when she made her first public appearance as Jassi in Delhi.IDOL CHATTER: Singh’s father Colonel Jasbir Singh has always been her constant source of inspiration.advertisement”I love it when people ask for my autograph, but I’m realistic enough to treat it like a job. Fame is, after all, temporary.”SECOND OPINION”For someone who has four left feet, she won a dance competition. She has the spirit to excel in everything.”SANDIP SIKCAND, CHIEF CREATIVE DIRECTOR, SONY TVKARTI P. CHIDAMBARAM, 35, PoliticianSon RisePROVENANCE: Son of Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, he completed his schooling from Don Bosco, Chennai, graduated in business administration from the University of Texas, Austin, and holds a law degree from Cambridge University, England.CLAIM TO FAME: Was selected by the American Council of Young Political Leaders to observe the US Presidential Elections in 2004. He has developed an innovative online mechanism in his father’s constituency, Sivaganga, by which he responds to all letters and petitions.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Has been a key campaigner in all elections since 1996. He is co-founder of Karuthu, an Internet forum for people to express and discuss views, and founder-director of Chess Management Services, a company that promotes corporate governance.IDOL CHATTER: He admires Rajiv Gandhi, N. Chandrababu Naidu and Dhirubhai Ambani.”I have not done much in all these years. My best is yet to come.”SECOND OPINION”He is a promising and intelligent young man with an aptitude for public life. He can look forward to a great future.”PETER ALPHONSE, SENIOR CONGRESS LEADERS. SREESANTH, 23, CricketerFast ForwardPROVENANCE: Born in Kothamangalam, Kerala. Now lives out of hotel rooms with the cricket team.CLAIM TO FAME: He would prefer it were his outswinger but it’s hard to ignore the patented wild celebrations that accompany every wicket and draw their inspiration from Michael Jackson and Govinda.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Figures of 5-40 vs South Africa in the Johannesburg Test in 2006 that set up India’s historic win were supplemented by a bat-waving dance of triumph after hitting the foul-mouthed Andre Nel for a six.IDOL CHATTER: As a child, Sachin Tendulkar was his idol. “I wanted to be like him and get the respect he gets.” Sreesanth even painted the letters MRF on his bat except when he got to MRF’s Pace Academy, they found a fast bowler in him and Dennis Lillee became a beacon. He is inspired by everyone who struggles to become an achiever and admires singer Yesudas.”The more you do, the more is expected of you and demanded of you.”SECOND OPINION”His whole approach towards the game is fantastic. I would like to see him control his emotions a bit.”VENKATESH PRASAD, FORMER INDIAN BOWLERKONERU HUMPY, 19, Chess playerMind PowerPROVENANCE: She wan born in Vijayawada and now lives there, but the world of women’s chess is her kingdom.CLAIM TO FAME: The youngest woman ever to achieve a men’s Grandmaster title, Asian and world junior champion, the prodigy is now gunning for a Super Grandmaster title and is 33 ELO rating points away from it.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Despite the bagful of accolades before she was 18, the world junior title, and the Padma Shri before she turns 20, nothing matches the two gold medals at the Doha Asian Games in 2006.IDOL CHATTER: Trained by her father Ashok, Humpy’s idol is Judith Polgar, the only woman player who is successful in the men’s game. “She’s my role model because that’s what I aim to do as well.” Humpy met Polgar only once, “but I was too young to speak to her.””Women players must take part in men’s events to improve their games.”SECOND OPINION”She is India’s best woman player ever. She is very determined and focussed and can handle pressure.”BHAGYASHREE THIPSAY, VETERAN CHESS PLAYERMURUGAVEL JANAKIRAMAN, 35, EntrepreneurWinning MatchesPROVENANCE: Born and brought up in Chennai, he completed his masters in computer application from Madras University before moving to Singapore and the US for a brief stint. He started BharatMatrimony in 1997 for NRIs, with 4,000 members. The response was so overwhelming that he returned to India to strengthen the base. Today, it has nine million members.CLAIM TO FAME: When BharatMatrimony entered the Limca Book of Records in 2006 for facilitating seven lakh marriages.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Yahoo and Canaan Partners invested $8.65 million (Rs 38 cr) in his venture in 2006.IDOL CHATTER: Idolises President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.”Mere hard work is not enough. Hard work has to be combined with good strategy to give great results.”SECOND OPINION”Murugavel is constantly innovative. He physically verifies all the information on his website.”AJIT BALAKRISHNAN, CEO, REDIFFMAIL.COMNITHYANANDAN R, 31, LawyerInstant AdvocacyPROVENANCE: From a non-lawyer Bangalore family, the National Law College of India alumnus maintains a personal goals excel sheet with entries such as “must own home at 25 years” (which he did) and “must sky dive” (which he did too). The next goal is to be among the top 20 in his profession in five years.CLAIM TO FAME: Handpicked by N.R. Narayana Murthy to set up the Infosys legal team in 1998 at the age of 23. Now heads Infosys’ legal affairs worldwide.MAKING-IT MOMENT: During the 1999 Infosys IPO and listing on the Nasdaq, he and his team laboured through several laws that were incongruent between the two countries. In 2006, they repeated that feat with Infosys’ Nasdaq 100 inclusion and a $1.6 billion sponsored secondary ADR offering-the largest international equity offering by an Indian company, planned and executed in 46 days.IDOL CHATTER: Narayana Murthy for his inflexible conviction in principles. And for not being scared.”In today’s world, education and hard work take you where you want to go.”SECOND OPINION”Nithya is one of the finest lawyers I’ve ever met. He is absolutely brilliant, dedicated, logical and decisive.”V. BALAKRISHNAN, CFO, INFOSYS TECHNOLOGIESMANU CHANDRA, 27, ChefChop TalkPROVENANCE: The head chef of Olive Beach, Bangalore, studied history at St. Stephen’s, Delhi, but preferred eateries to epics. Attended the Culinary Institute of America, New York.CLAIM TO FAME: Won the Sea Food Masters Award 2002, a national level food competition in the US.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Handpicked by celebrity chef Jason Weaver to be part of the opening crew to launch the super smart Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Manhattan in 2003.IDOL CHATTER: Michelin three-star chef Eric Ripert, as he has shown the world how to not only create stellar restaurants but also sustain them in the long run.”Chefs are no longer just bawarchis. We conceptualise cuisine that sets trends.”SECOND OPINION”Creativity and enthusiasm is the most vital recipe for any chef and Manu has that in abundance.”RITU DALMIA, CHEFBHAVANA GAWALI, 33, PoliticianWoman EmpoweredPROVENANCE: A second generation Shiv Sena MP from Washim district, Maharashtra.CLAIM TO FAME: First entered the Lok Sabha at the age of 26. Into her second term as MP, Gawali has been involved in several welfare activities in her constituency.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When she got the Rs-250 crore railway project to convert the Purna-Akola railway line from meter gauge to broad gauge to her constituency.IDOL CHATTER: Idolises Sushma Swaraj and Bal Thackeray.”The country needs youngsters with a blend of experience and energy.”SECOND OPINION”Whether the results are achieved or not, she tries to understand the issue and work for it.”VIJAY DARDA, RAJYA SABHA MPT. M. KRISHNA, 26, SingerTraditional NotesPROVENANCE: Born in Chennai. An Economics graduate, he learnt music first from his mother, Prema Rangachary, and later from Sri Seetharama Sharma and Semmangudi Srinivasa Iyer.CLAIM TO FAME: Composed the first Carnatic music appreciation album Learning to Appreciate Carnatic Music, and co-founded Sumanasa Foundation to promote under-privileged musicians from rural areas.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Performing at the annual western classical music-oriented Pablo Casals Festival in France.IDOL CHATTER: Admires Sunil Gavaskar and Boris Becker.”Through music I try to create new dimensions within the framework of classicism.”SECOND OPINION”He is a one of the traditional singers who will keep the continuity alive.”N. KRISHNAN, VIOLIN MAESTROADITYA RAJ KAUL, 17, Student activistYouth RisingPROVENANCE: Born in Srinagar, he migrated with his family to Delhi after the violence against Kashmiri Pandits. His father is a book publisher and mother an editor.CLAIM TO FAME: Angered by a lower court verdict, this political science student from Delhi’s Ramjas College began an online petition in March 2006 demanding a retrial in the Priyadarshini Mattoo rape and murder case.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When accused Santosh Singh was re-tried by the Delhi High Court and sentenced to death.IDOL CHATTER: His idol is his great-grandfather Samsar Chand Kaul, a geography teacher and naturalist at Central High School, Srinagar, because he swam against the tide to encourage scientific thought among his students when subjects like nature studies were not deemed important enough.”Have strong convictions and believe in yourself. Never lose hope.”SECOND OPINION”He represents the people of today who are losing patience with governance and judiciary. They have realised that crime actually touches their lives so they are doing something about it.”ARVIND KEJRIWAL, SOCIAL ACTIVISTKIRAN DATAR, 35, EntrepreneurTalking BusinessPROVENANCE: Born in Bangalore, he went to Columbia University in the US for higher education. In 1996, he started a company called Cyber Bazaar to introduce data conferencing in India.CLAIM TO FAME: Brought the idea of audio and web conferencing to India and made it a big business.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When Cyber Bazaar was bought out by the largest global player, WebEx, for $4 million (Rs 17 cr), in 2003. He’s now the MD of WebEx India.IDOL CHATTER: His bureaucrat father Anant B. Datar.”We are part of the value chain that has heightened productivity.”SECOND OPINION”The company has the largest market share in business conferencing and continues to grow.”ALOK SHENDE, VP, ICT PRACTICE, FROST & SULLIVANCYRUS SAHUKAR, 26, ComedianFunny GuyPROVENANCE: Born in Delhi, Sahukar has been dabbling in radio and theatre since the age of 15. He moved to Mumbai after he won the MTV VJ Hunt in 1999.CLAIM TO FAME: Emerging from the shadow of the “other” Cyrus, Cyrus Broacha, in 2006, he claimed his spot as funny man with the hilarious spoof show Rendezvous With Semi Girebaal and his Navjot Singh Sidhu-inspired programme Piddhu the Great.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Sahukar teamed up with Broacha for Ek Do Teen, which kick-started his career in 2003.IDOL CHATTER: No one in particular. Sahukar says he derives inspiration from people and situations.”People’s minds are opening up and everyone has started laughing at themselves.”SECOND OPINION”Sahukar is a shy guy who is not conscious of his good looks, which makes him devastatingly effective.”PRAHLAD KAKKAR, AD GURUSANJEEV SHANKAR, 27, ASHWANI SHANKAR, 24, Shehnai playersFine TuningPROVENANCE: Born in Delhi, the PhD student in music (Sanjeev) and post-graduate in political science (Ashwani) have a musical lineage-their father and grandfather are both shehnai players.CLAIM TO FAME: A concert on August 21, 2006, the day Ustad Bismillah Khan died, at Delhi’s Vishnu Digambar Jayanti, signalled they had arrived.MAKING-IT MOMENT: Sanjeev was learning sitar and Ashwani, guitar from their father, Pandit Daya Shankar, until Pandit Ravi Shankar suggested they choose shehnai.IDOL CHATTER: Father, grandfather and sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar.”With riyaz, determination, patience and conviction, we are sure to reach the skies.”SECOND OPINION”Both the brothers have music in their blood, so their presentation is imaginative and creative.”PANDIT MADHUP MUDGAL, VOCALISTABHINAV BINDRA, 24, ShooterOn the MarkPROVENANCE: Born in Dehra Dun, Bindra lives in Chandigarh, but often trains in Germany.CLAIM TO FAME: A two-time Olympian and world junior record holder, the 10m air rifle shooter got his breakthrough in 2006 when he finished on top of his event at the Zagreb World Championships. It was India’s first gold medal at a world shooting championship.MAKING-IT MOMENT: The moment he started believing in him, he knew he would beat all odds.IDOL CHATTER: He has no role models, but recognises his parents as the “great force” in his career. “When I was down, they believed in me.””I take life day by day to keep my sanity. I try to live in the moment.”SECOND OPINION”He is a great example of how a world-class sportsman should be.”MANSHER SINGH, VETERAN SHOOTERANKUR BHATIA, 34, EntrepreneurCyber FlierPROVENANCE: From Delhi. After returning from King’s College, London, as a software engineer, he joined the family business and grew it ten-fold to $50 million in 10 years. Today it’s into everything that has anything to do with aviation other than flying planes and catering.CLAIM TO FAME: He was the first to bring to India automated airline reservation in 1994 and e-ticketing in 2004.MAKING-IT MOMENT: In 1992, as a second year student he bagged a contract to debug IT systems for the automated reservations firm Amadeus, whom he later convinced to set up full-fledged India business.IDOL CHATTER: Does not idolise anyone.”What I do always has to be bigger than life because that’s all that sells.”SECOND OPINION”He has an extremely technological bent of mind, which at the same time, is a very creative one.”ZHAO QUANZHEN, COUNTRY MANAGER, AIR CHINASHILADITYA SENGUPTA, 35, ScientistSplit-second ThinkerPROVENANCE: He’s assistant professor of medicine at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, the world’s biggest med-engineering partnership.CLAIM TO FAME: Won a $4.1 million award given by the US Department of Defence for breast cancer research in 2006. As a student at AIIMS he developed an anti-inflammatory gel, now sold in India as Nimulid.MAKING-IT MOMENT: The sight of vendors in trains selling balloons with smaller balloons inside became a eureka moment for him. “I reduced that to the nanoscale, with each balloon loaded with different drugs that are needed at different stages of cancer chemotherapy.”IDOL CHATTER: His teachers at AIIMS.”I love the excitement of thinking novel concepts that would change people’s lives drastically.”SECOND OPINION”One night I shouted at him because he wanted to go home. He worked till four in the morning and came to me with, ‘I’ve done it’. We learnt from him, as he learnt from us.”DR Y.K. GUPTA, HEAD OF PHARMACOLOGY, AIIMS, DELHIVIBHA GALHOTRA 28, ArtistArt at First SitePROVENANCE: Born in Kaithal, Haryana, but now lives in Delhi.CLAIM TO FAME: An acute sense for minimalist aesthetic and a gift for being able to conceive site-specific works.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When she was invited by Gut Gasteil, an organisation that promotes art-in-landscape in Austria in 2002.IDOL CHATTER: William Kentridge, South African artist-animator-filmmaker. “I was highly impressed by the vocabulary of his work. Technique was secondary compared to the emotion evoked by his work. I also draw inspiration from Subodh Gupta’s work.””I want to do large environmental works in public spaces.”SECOND OPINION”With a capacity for generating new ideas, Vibha has excellent potential for growth. I prefer her sculptures to her painting or site-specific multimedia works.”RENU MODI, DIRECTOR, GALLERY ESPACEVISHAL TALREJA, 28, Social activistDream CatalystPROVENANCE: He quit his job as an investment banker in Mumbai to pursue his dream of working for society.CLAIM TO FAME: Co-founder director of Dream a Dream, an organisation that works with children who are socially and economically challenged. Some of the children were born to prostitutes and are also HIV positive.MAKING-IT MOMENT: When a project started by a group of friends turned into an enterprise working with over 600 children and a network of more than 500 volunteers including some from the corporate sector like Wipro, Infosys, Microsoft, IBM, Sonata Software, GE and Dell.IDOL CHATTER: Brinda Jacob was his inspiration. “Soon people will choose social service as their career,” he says.”We wanted to break stereotypes about underprivileged children and the NGO sector.”SECOND OPINION”He has brought a professionalism into the social sector. He runs it like a corporate office, yet with a human touch.”BRINDA JACOB, FOUNDER AND ADVISER OF DREAM A DREAMlast_img read more

Antetokounmpo Fuels Bucks Late Rally to Charge Past Pacers

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered the finishing touch Wednesday.The Milwaukee Bucks needed everything he could muster.Antetokounmpo rallied the Bucks from a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit, recorded his fifth triple-double of the season and led Milwaukee past Indiana 106-97. He finished with 33 points, 19 rebounds and 11 assists to keep the Bucks atop the Eastern Conference heading into the All-Star break.“There are only so many things you can do,” said Pacers forward Thaddeus Young, who spent most of the night trying to defend Antetokounmpo. “But when he’s trying to post you up in the middle and is just spinning, he’s already at the rim. It’s just a tough battle. He did what he’s supposed to do.”Time after time.Antetokounmpo opened the game by making five of the Bucks’ nine first-quarter baskets, assisting on the other four. And after Milwaukee fell into an 86-76 hole early in the fourth, he bailed them out by scoring 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting with six rebounds and three assists over the final 11½ minutes.Every moment the Bucks needed a big play, Antetokounmpo made it.Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) dunks over Indiana Pacers forward Thaddeus Young (21) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. The Bucks defeated the Pacers 106-97. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)His driving layup out of a timeout with 9:17 to go ended Indiana’s 7-0 run. His dunk with 5:06 remaining gave Milwaukee a 93-92 lead. His 10-foot turnaround jumper at the 3:51 mark tied it at 95, and his nifty pass to a wide open Ersan Ilyasova for a tiebreaking layup with 2:36 left gave Milwaukee the lead for good.It was that kind of night.Antetokounmpo closed out the first half with a flourish — his 13th game with at least 25 points, 15 rebounds and five assists to break a tie with Shaquille O’Neal for the most in a single-season since 1976-77.Malcolm Brogdon scored 17 points and Khris Middleton added 15.“The team did a great job keeping its composure,” Antetokounmpo said. “We changed the lineup, played harder and switched everything. We were able to make Indiana go 1-on-1, and I think we did a better job rebounding the ball and running the floor.”For a while, it looked as if the Pacers had a pretty solid handle on the three-time All-Star.Antetokounmpo followed his 5-of-7 start by missing six of his next seven shots as the Pacers charged back from 26-18 first-quarter deficit and a 55-47 halftime deficit to take the lead midway through the third quarter. They extended the margin to 10 on Tyreke Evans’ 3-pointer with 9:37 left.But then the Bucks’ best player steadied himself and his teammates, helping Milwaukee outscore the Pacers 30-11 the rest of the way.Bojan Bogdanovic led the Pacers with 20 points as Indiana’s six-game winning streak ended.Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon (13) shoots in front of Indiana Pacers guard Cory Joseph (6) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. The Bucks defeated the Pacers 106-97. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)“He’s a monster,” Indiana coach Nate McMillan said. “Nineteen rebounds? He is starting their break rebounding the ball and they were able to score 23 fast-break points off our misses and turnovers.”TIP-INSBucks: Have won 20 road games, one more than they did all of last season. … Milwaukee improved to 11-1 against Central Division foes this season by ending a four-game losing streak at Indianapolis. … Middleton had six rebounds and five assists. … George Hill scored 12 points in his home state while Ilyasova finished with 11. … Recently acquired Nikola Mirotic sat out with a strained right calf.Pacers: Bogdanovic has 20 games with 20 or more points this season, a career high. … Darren Collison and Domantas Sabonis each scored 14 points. Collison also had seven assists and six rebounds. … Myles Turner had 11 points, six rebounds and two blocks. … The Pacers scored 18 points in the first and fourth quarters and fell to 4-10 when scoring fewer than 100 points.TAKING A BREAKBucks coach Mike Budenholzer is putting a planned trip to Costa Rica on hold so he can coach the Eastern Conference this weekend.But Budenholzer and McMillan both encouraged their players to spend some time doing things other than basketball over the next week.“It would be nice to do a littler cardio, a little something to stay in shape. If that involves some basketball that’s fine,” Budenholzer said. “Certainly, though, a break is probably needed by everybody.”Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) shoots between Indiana Pacers forwards Domantas Sabonis (11) and Bojan Bogdanovic (44) during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. The Bucks defeated the Pacers 106-97. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)THEY SAID ITBucks: “It’s a good way to go into the break, beating a good team on the road,” Budenholzer said.Pacers: “We got away from what got us there,” Turner said. “The ball movement stopped and we just fell apart.”UP NEXTBucks: Return from the All-Star break by hosting Boston on Feb. 21.Pacers: Close out a six-game home stand against New Orleans on Feb. 22.___By MICHAEL MAROT , AP Sports WriterIndiana Pacers center Myles Turner (33) shoots over Milwaukee Bucks forward D.J. Wilson (5) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Indiana Pacers forward Domantas Sabonis (11) drives on Milwaukee Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova (77) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Indiana Pacers forward Bojan Bogdanovic (44) makes a pass around Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (34) during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

MS Dhoni will make the most of large grounds in Australia: Sunil Gavaskar

first_imgMS Dhoni no longer milks bowlers like he used to in the middle overs and he does not hit as many sixes as he did when he was in his prime. Without doubt, then, Dhoni will be under intense scrutiny at a time when young Rishabh Pant is making waves with the bat. In the 4-Test series against Australia, Pant smashed 350 runs including a career-best 159 not out to tell the world he has arrived.This is possibly MS Dhoni’s final tour of Australia and he will he in focus when India take on Australia in the first of three ODIs at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday. Last year, Dhoni scored only 275 runs from 20 ODIs without hitting a single half-century. His form will be crucial for India as they gear up for the 2019 World Cup and he will have a chance to get back among the runs over the next 13 one-day internationals.Former captain Sunil Gavaskar is convinced Dhoni will play a key role for India given his tactical acumen and experience. Gavaskar said Dhoni will not bat in top gear and reassess his game taking into account the Australian ground conditions.”We may not see the MS Dhoni who hits the big sixes on Indian grounds or English grounds because the Australian grounds are big. But he is so good with his fitness that he will be able to convert the ones into twos and twos into threes on large-sized Australian grounds,” Gavaskar told India Today.”I believe Dhoni will be able to make the most of these Australian conditions where the pitches flatten out after the new ball,” he added.advertisementDhoni may have to take additional responsibility as a finisher in the absence of Hardik Pandya. Gavaskar hopes Ravindra Jadeja will be able to fill in for Pandya’s all round skills. “It’s quite possible that Jadeja may get a chance if Pandya does not play. And on big grounds in Australia, it helps to have a spinner. We found out that when Indian batsmen tried to hit Nathon Lyon out of the park, they were getting holed out. So Jadeja may play and it can be useful for the team because he may concede less runs in the middle overs.”Gavaskar expects Virat Kohli’s team to pull off a whitewash over Australia even in the one day series. “The thinking behind playing with retro clothes may be hope that they would be able to play like old,” he quipped.”But the way India won the test series and the form they have shown in one day cricket, it looks very difficult that Australia will be able to win. I know odi cricket gives you more chances. But India will come all guns blazing and I am confident that they will be able to win it 3-0,” he said.Also Read | MS Dhoni guiding light for India, says Rohit SharmaAlso Read | Kohli better batsman than Tendulkar but Dhoni better captain: Rahul, PandyaAlso Read | MS Dhoni in Sydney: Fans cannot get enough of Indian superstar ahead of SCG ODIAlso Read | Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul suspended for Koffee With Karan, to return homeAlso Read | Won’t travel in same bus as Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul: Harbhajan Singhlast_img read more

ISL 2018-19: Robin Singh brace fires FC Pune City to 4-1 win over Jamshedpur FC

first_imgA clinical display by FC Pune City saw them run out 4-1 victors over Jamshedpur FC in an Indian Super League clash at the JRD Tata Sports Complex, here on Saturday.Robin Singh (17th minute) and Marcelinho (45+2) helped Pune storm to a 2-0 lead at half-time. A second goal for Robin (65th) and a fine strike from Ashique Kuruniyan (70th) made it 4-0 for the visitors.Carlos Calvo (76th) scored a consolation goal from the penalty spot for Jamshedpur who slumped to their first home defeat of the season.The thumping result puts a huge dent in Jamshedpur’s chances of qualifying for the play-offs while Pune City’s slim chances of going through remain alive. Cesar Ferrando’s side are now four points behind fourth-placed Mumbai City with two games remaining. Pune, on the other hand, are nine points behind Mumbai with three matches in hand.Meanwhile, Jamshedpur’s defeat means league leaders Bengaluru FC become the first team to qualify for the play-offs.The home side started the game with urgency and should have scored at least twice within the opening 15 minutes but for some wasteful finishing. Calvo moved forward from the left and picked out Farukh Choudhary at the far post. But Farukh blazed his volley over from point blank range.Calvo then forced Pune goalkeeper Kamaljit Singh into a save before Mario Arques went close twice. First, his shot from a corner was blocked on the line by Marko Stankovic. Two minutes later, a long ranger from Arques was denied by the crossbar.advertisementThe spurned chances came back to bite Jamshedpur in the 17th minute when Pune broke forward before Diego Carlos lashed a shot straight at Jamshedpur custodian Subrata Paul who could only parry it. Iain Hume latched on to it, but his shot hit the post before falling for Robin who swept it home.A rattled Jamshedpur mounted a fightback but did leave space behind that Pune looked to exploit. The urgency mounted from Cesar Ferrando’s men as the half wore on, but they were dealt a body blow right on the stroke of half-time from another quick Pune counter after a threatening Jamshedpur move was broken down.Hume was the architect, threading a brilliant through-ball for Marcelinho in behind the defence. Subrata came out to close down the Brazilian but could not clear the ball. It fell again to Marcelinho who had the presence of mind to swivel and lift a finish into the open goal.Jamshedpur, in a bid to find their way back into the game, threw on Michael Soosairaj but left themselves open at the back. Pune duly capitalised and scored twice after the hour mark.In the 65th minute, Ashique did extremely well to run down the left and keep the ball alive on the touchline. He found Robin inside the box who beat Paul at the near post with a thumping strike. Five minutes later, it was Ashique’s turn to score with a powerful side-footed finish following good work by Marcelinho as Jamshedpur looked crestfallen.Pune did gift Jamshedpur a goal in the 76th minute when Martin Diaz handled the ball inside the box and Calvo converted the penalty. But despite exerting pressure on the visitors, Jamshedpur were unable to find more goals and now have been left with a mountain to climb in the race for the play-offs.Also Watch:last_img read more

Liverpool’s defensive gremlins return at Arsenal

first_imgLiverpool Old habits die hard for Liverpool as defensive gremlins resurface at Arsenal Melissa Reddy Liverpool FC Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 06:20 12/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Roberto Firmino Liverpool Getty Images Liverpool Premier League Arsenal v Liverpool Arsenal Opinion Jurgen Klopp’s men were in command and 2-0 up at the Emirates before thrice conceding in five minutes to squander another maximum-point haul For 52 minutes, Arsenal hadn’t troubled a commanding but charitable Liverpool enough to land a shot on target. And then, in 388 seconds, they connected with an uppercut, an overhand and a hook.Jurgen Klopp’s men were 2-0 up courtesy of Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah, but they didn’t allow the celebrations for the Egypt international’s 21st goal of the season to marinate.Instead, a minute later, they removed the good-defending mask they’ve been wearing – only conceding two penalties in their last 6 games – to morph back into Individual Errors FC. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Simon Mignolet Liverpool ArsenalJoe Gomez switched off at the back post, allowing Alexis Sanchez to head in, before Simon Mignolet, fully aware of Granit Xhaka’s threat from distance, failed to deal with a 30-yard effort that was straight at him.A poor Ragnar Klavan pass and an Andy Robertson giveaway were followed by more mediocrity from the goalkeeper as Mesut Ozil dinked over him from close range.Roberto Firmino levelled matters with Petr Cech only able to push his left-footed strike backwards and into the net, but how Liverpool found themselves having to rescue a game they could have comfortably killed off in the first-half will rattle Klopp and, understandably, supporters too.This is not a one-off and while it is not a consistent problem, it happens with way too much regularity for a side with such lofty ambitions.Arsenal LiverpoolJames Milner, rightly, referred to being in control of a big match only to have heads bowed at the final whistle as a “theme”: the collapse in Sevilla last month, the Merseyside derby in this one and now the ridiculous scenes at the Emirates.“We’ve got to see the game out,” the vice-captain said on Sky Sports afterwards. “We’ve got to become more boring. All the goals were our fault. We need to sense when it’s time to keep the ball more, to tighten things up.”The defence is not solely to blame for Liverpool’s failure to solidify their position in the top four and put further space between themselves at Arsenal.Arsenal LiverpoolCoutinho should not have remained the only name on the scoresheet for the Merseysiders in the first 45, with Firmino, Salah and Sadio Mane all having the platform to further inflict misery on the muddled hosts.Liverpool’s unnecessary charity in the first half offered Arsene Wenger’s side respite they hadn’t deserved. “In the first half, we were paralyzed, frozen. We were completely inhibited,” the Frenchman conceded. “We played too deep. It was good, though, because we were only 1-0 down at half-time. We had nothing to lose in the second half, why not go for it?”That Klopp’s charges presented Arsenal with that possibility was unacceptable. That they combusted so heavily in five minutes was deplorable.As long as Liverpool continue to conspire against themselves, failing to cut out the errors and those who keep committing them, they will remain good to watch, but without anything truly great to show for it. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Villanova Remains No. 1 In College Basketball Polls, Duke Returns To Top 25

first_imgCoaches Poll from the 2015-16 college basketball season.USA TodayAfter a two week hiatus, the Duke Blue Devils are back in the Top 25 after dropping out of the polls for the first time in eight years on February 1. Duke has been playing better as of late, and secured a massive win over then-No. 7 Virginia on Saturday thanks to a controversial buzzer beater by Grayson Allen, launching them back into the two Top 25 polls.Here’s the far baseline view of Grayson Allen’s shot— The Cauldron (@TheCauldron) February 13, 2016At the top of the polls, Villanova hangs on at No. 1 for the second straight week after comfortable wins at DePaul and vs. St. John’s. The Wildcats may not be an overwhelming No. 1, but with their only losses coming to Oklahoma, Virginia, and in overtime to Providence, they are consistent in a year that’s been anything but for the college basketball world.Here is the full AP Top 25:1. Villanova 2. Kansas 3. Oklahoma4. Iowa 5. North Carolina 6. Maryland 7. Virginia T-8. Xavier  T-8. Michigan State 10. West Virginia11. Miami (FL) 12. Arizona13. Iowa State 14. Kentucky 15. Dayton 16. Oregon    17. Purdue 18. Louisville  19. Notre Dame20. Duke 21. SMU 22. Indiana23. Providence  24. Texas25. BaylorHere is the USA Today Coaches’ Poll:1. Villanova 2. Kansas 3. Oklahoma4. North Carolina 5. Maryland 6. Iowa 7. Xavier  8. Virginia 9. Michigan State 10. Miami (FL)11. West Virginia12. Arizona13. Dayton   14. Kentucky 15. Iowa State16. Purdue 17. Oregon    18. Notre Dame 19. Duke 20. Providence  21. Indiana22. Baylor23. South Carolina24. Texas A&M25. Texaslast_img read more

Virat Kohli on RCB’s huge loss to CSK: Good to get a game like this out of the way

first_imgadvertisement commentary No data available! scorecard Rajarshi Gupta ChennaiMarch 23, 2019UPDATED: March 23, 2019 23:37 IST Virat Kohli’s RCB opened their IPL 2019 campaign with a thumping loss against CSK. (IPL Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli said neither team had control over the pitch at the Chepauk after RCB lost to CSKRCB were bowled out for 70; CSK batsmen also struggled but won by 7 wicketsKohli admitted RCB should have batted better irrespective of the pitchVirat Kohli was not entirely pleased with the pitch on offer at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium after Royal Challengers Bangalore were bowled out for 70 and lost the opening match of IPL 2019 to defending champions Chennai Super Kings by 7 wickets. However, Kohli credited CSK and said the hosts deserved to win.It was a slow pitch which greeted both teams for the season opener. Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir picked 3 wickets apiece to blow RCB away. Chennai Super Kings took their time and brought up victory in the 18th over.However, Kohli said it was good to game the game out of the way and reckoned RCB would be ready to do better and appeared happy with the way his bowlers fought against a formidable batting line-up.IPL 2019 CSK VS RCB: HIGHLIGHTS | REPORT”No one wants to start like this, but it’s good to get a game like this out of the way – this early in the tournament,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.”We spoke of trying to be in the game, taking it to the 18th over was nice to see. The batting wasn’t good, it wasn’t easy to bat on, looked much better surface though, I thought 140-150 would have been an ideal score, especially with dew expected later on.”A scrappy start to the league, but I don’t think either team had control over it, the pitch was under the covers for 4 days, but we should have batted better, 110-120 would have been a fighting score. He (Saini) has been good in conditions where there’s some grass, got his chance now. I thought CSK played really well, they deserved to win, but I loved to see our team fighting all the way,” he said.advertisementRoyal Challengers Bangalore batsmen were clueless against Chennai Super Kings’ spinners. Virat Kohli, Moeen Ali and AB de Villiers fell to Harbhajan Singh. Imran Tahir also mesmerised RCB picking up 3 for 9 off his 4 overs.Ravindra Jadeja bowled brilliantly too and pocketed 2 for 15 off his 4 overs.RCB equalled their own record for the 6th lowest IPL total when they were bowled out for 70. They were dismissed for the same score against Rajasthan Royals in Abu Dhabi in 2014.RCB are now the only team to be dismissed below 100 in the opening game of an IPL season twice. In the first ever IPL match against Kolkata Knight Riders on April 18, 2008, RCB were bowled out for 82 when they were set 223 after Brendon McCullum’s sensational 73-ball 158 not out.Royal Challengers Bangalore will be desperate to put things right after the crushing defeat in Chennai. RCB had reached the final in 2016 but their fortunes dipped in the two following seasons.In 2017, RCB finished last in the points table after winning only 3 out of 14 matches. Last year, RCB managed to win 6 out of 14 matches and finished 6th in the points table.Also Read | Suresh Raina 1st man to score 5000 runs in Indian Premier LeagueAlso Read | IPL 2019: Harbhajan Singh roars back to form with Kohli, Moeen, de Villiers wicketsAlso Read | RCB first team to be dismissed under 100 twice in IPL opening matchesFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow CSK vs RCBFollow IPL 2019Follow Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow Chennai Super Kingscenter_img graphs Virat Kohli on RCB’s huge loss to CSK: Good to get a game like this out of the wayIPL 2019: Virat Kohli said no team wants to start a tournament the way Royal Challengers Bangalore did in Chennai but said he was happy to get a “game like this out of the way.” RCB lost by 7 wickets after being bowled out for 70. view more view lesslast_img read more

Jofra Archer probably going to be England’s X-factor at World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli

first_img Press Trust of India LondonMay 24, 2019UPDATED: May 24, 2019 09:03 IST Jofra Archer recently said that he is eyeing Virat Kohli’s wicket in World Cup 2019 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJofra Archer was recently included in England’s 15-man World Cup squad in place of David WilleyJofra Archer had an impressive IPL for Rajasthan Royals and recently made his England debutArcher has played only three ODIs but has been an asset on the T20 circuit with his death bowlingJofra Archer will be England’s “X-factor” in the upcoming World Cup because of his “very different” skill-set reckons India skipper Virat Kohli, who himself is a target of the Barbados-born pacer.Archer has played only three ODIs but has been an asset on the T20 circuit with his death bowling, which is eXpected to pose problems for visiting sides.”He is probably going to be their X-factor. He holds a skill-set that is very different from the rest. He can generate a lot of pace and he is just a great athlete. I am sure England is delighted to have him. It would be eXciting to watch him in the World Cup,” Kohli said at the official ICC press conference for the captains.”The way he’s come about in the IPL the last couple of years I’ve seen him, there’s good reason why he was fast-tracked into playing for England in a tournament like the World Cup” – Kohli World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 23, 2019Archer, who had an impressive IPL for Rajasthan Royals, recently made his international debut, and has world’s No 1 batsman’s wicket on his wish-list.He recently said that he is eyeing Kohli’s wicket in World Cup.”Jofra saying that is a big compliment because he himself is a world class bowler. The way he has come up in the last couple of years, I have seen him in the IPL, there is a good reason why he has been fast tracked into playing for England in a tournament like World Cup,” the Indian skipper added.advertisementHowever Kohli at the same time, made it clear that he is hardly bothered about a bowler’s goal.The captains. World Cup (@cricketworldcup) May 23, 2019″You don’t focus on these things. Even as an individual you don’t focus on who is wanting to get you out or you being spoken about. Our focus is mainly to contribute to the team in whatever way we can. I take a lot of pride in performing for the team, making impact performances for the team in every game.”Kohli also praised the talented Rashid Khan, saying that it was the first time during the recently concluded IPL that he could read the Afghan’s deliveries, sitting in the RCB dug-out.”I have seen him for three years now and this year was the first time I didn’t play against him. This was the first time that I could sit outside and predict 9 out of 10 balls that he bowled. Yes, it’s first time in three years and that’s how good he has been,” Kohli complimented Rashid.”He (Rashid) has been outstanding with his skills sets and pace on the ball is the key. Variations are really subtle and he doesn’t give you any time on the ball, let alone flight the ball and before you realise it hits the bat or through the pads and you get bowled or lbw or stuff like that,” said Kohli.What Kohli likes most in Rashid’s bowling is his fast-bowler like aggression.”He brings that fast bowler like intensity as a spinner, which is rare to see. I love competitive guys and his attitude is absolutely outstanding. When he bowls well, you want to sit and watch him bowl. He will be very important for Afghanistan.”The Indian skipper admitted that losing a home series 2-3 to Australia was a humbling eXperience and also showed that how self belief trumps everything else even when a team is in dire straits.”If a team on a given day gets together against a very eXperienced side and they believe that they can win, then they can. I think that is what we learnt from that series loss.”We were 2-0 up and we thought we would definitely win but they showed more passion, more character and more determination. They enjoyed every moment. We took a lot of learning from the series. In this World Cup, the team needs to have that passion and determination to win,” he concluded.Also Read | England seem to be obsessed with getting to 500 before anyone else: Virat KohliAlso Read | World Cup 2019: England name Jofra Archer in final squad of 15Also Read | World Cup 2019: England’s new jersey a throwback to 1992For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Virat KohliFollow Jofra ArcherFollow World Cup 2019 Jofra Archer probably going to be England’s X-factor at World Cup 2019: Virat KohliJofra Archer has played only three ODIs but has been an asset on the T20 circuit with his death bowling, which is expected to pose problems for visiting sides.advertisementlast_img read more

Premier Congratulates Sobeys on Groundbreaking of New Head Office

first_imgPremier Darrell Dexter was in Stellarton today, Aug. 16, to offer congratulations and support on behalf of the the province at the groundbreaking of the new head office building for Sobeys Inc. “I am pleased that Sobeys has chosen Stellarton as the site of its new head office, the same town where Sobeys got its start more than 100 years ago,” said Premier Dexter. “Congratulations to the company and all of its employees for a century of creating good jobs, growing Nova Scotia’s economy and supporting our local industries.” Since 1907, Sobeys has grown from a family-owned business into a $15.2-billion national grocery chain that operates 1,300 stores across Canada, including locations in 30 Nova Scotia communities. The head office on King Street will house a number of the company’s senior executives, as well as national finance, human resources, legal and loss prevention personnel. Construction will begin next month and it is expected to be completed by September 2011.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Halifax Regional Municipality

first_imgHALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Exit 13, Highway 118 Open Exit 13, from Highway 118 into Burnside Industrial Park on Akerley Boulevard, now has one lane open for inbound traffic. The second lane is expected to remain closed until dark. Both outbound lanes are open. The closure was necessary for clean up after a tractor trailer overturned. -30-last_img

I change myself as an actor with time says Achint Kaur

first_imgMumbai: Popular actor Achint Kaur says with time she has often changed her mindset and evolved as an actor to stay relevant. Moving from weekly to daily soaps, Achint said for her it was initially difficult to find her footing in the television industry. She has been part of shows like “Banegi Apni Baat”, “Swabhimaan”, “Saaya”, “Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi”, “Kahaani Ghar Ghar Kii”, “Jamai Raja” and others. “I am from the weekly era where the content was very intelligent. Then when daily soaps came in, it took me a year to understand how will I fit in. In TV I got lost (initially). During the weekly era, no one would offer me negative parts when I watched daily soaps I never saw myself fit into positive roles. I got to experiment with daily soaps. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “As actors, we get into our comfort zone and don’t push ourselves and then we start seeing the negative in the outside world but the fear is within us. I have realised this and put an end to this. I have always got good roles to play that have been impactful be it positive or negative or grey,” Achint told PTI. The actor said as an artiste she makes sure to learn about her craft as much as possible. “I am with the time, I change myself, I work on myself. I keep changing my performance abilities, I keep working on them. I take a lot of workshops. I do a lot of theatre to learn how to perform differently.” Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna The noted actor also has been part of films like “Om Jai Jagdish”, “Guzaarish”, “2 States” and “Kalank” among others. She is thankful to filmmakers for giving her the opportunity to present herself in a different avatar on the big screen. “Till date, people think they can only offer me a western character, I am stuck on that. Then ‘2 States’, ‘Kalank’ happened I am glad they (makers) saw me as a performer and not as Achint. These things will also keep happening,” she adds. According to Achint, the entertainment industry has become more acceptable towards older actors then it was during her initial days in television. “Roles are not changing but times are changing. There is work for every age group, every genre, for everybody because now canvas is large and you cater to a lot of people. Earlier people would not write for 60-year-old but today there are. “Today with content available on mobile, laptop, there is no boundary. Times are changing. I am confident that I can be ambitious now,” she added. The 41-year-old actor, who has been part of the industry for 25 years, said she is always looking for something that serves her creative hunger. “There is no destination as to what I want to play next if there is then I will again have to look for something that is new and different every time. Every day is a new path and I want to capture it as much as we can. I am clear, monotony is not what I want.” The hugely popular Zee TV show “Jamai Raja” starring Ravi Dubey, Nia Sharma and Achint in lead roles is back with season 2 – “Jamai 2.0” but it will now stream online on OTT platform ZEE5 from September 10. “It (web) is a brilliant platform, we can experiment a lot. The canvas is huge here. I want to do a lot of web. I am hungry. I am pushing for web, meeting people and calling people.” Talking about “Jamai 2.0”, Achint said, “There is no connection between the TV and web show. Only the word ‘Jamai’ is the same, the perspective is different. It is not a quintessential type. It (‘Jamai 2.0’) is a thriller, there are a lot of sub-plots, there is a lot of layering, there is realism and honesty.” In the show, the actor plays the role of a businesswoman, who is shrewd, opportunist.last_img read more

Harry Styles Donates His Hair To Charity

first_imgOne Direction’s Harry Styles has cut his hair and given his famous locks to charity.Harry Styles Donates Hair To CharityThe singer has donated his hair to the Little Princess Trust in the UK, an organization that provides real hair wigs, free of charge, to boys and girls across the UK and Ireland that have lost their own hair through cancer treatment.To find out more about this amazing charity, click here.last_img

The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

iTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending January 20, 2019:iTunes Movies US Charts:1. A Star Is Born (2018)2. Once Upon a Deadpool3. Unbreakable4. A Simple Favor5. The Old Man & the Gun6. Split (2017)7. Hunter Killer8. Crazy Rich Asians9. Juliet, Naked10. Bad Times At the El RoyaleiTunes Movies US Charts – Independent:1. The Old Man & the Gun2. Juliet, Naked3. Mid90s4. Suspiria5. Eighth Grade6. Rust Creek7. Colette8. Wildlife9. Three Identical Strangers10. The Rewrite__(copyright) 2019 Apple Inc.By The Associated Press, The Associated Press read more

Security Council holds consultations on extension of UN Mission in Côte dIvoire

Without the removal of the present obstacles to a lasting peace between the government’s Forces Armees de Côte d’Ivoire (FANCI) and the opposition Forces Nouvelles, elections scheduled for 2005 cannot be held, Mr. Annan said.”In order to keep the Ivorian peace process on track, the fundamental issues behind the current stalemate must be identified and openly addressed,” he says, adding, “In the meantime, I recommend that the mandate of MINUCI (the UN Mission in Côte d’Ivoire) be renewed for a further period of six months.”The peace process, including the composition of the Government of National Reconciliation, has been governed by the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement, signed in France last January. The Forces Nouvelles and six other signatories to the agreement have protested, however, that President Laurent Gbagbo did not delegate enough power to Prime Minister Seydou Elimane Diarra and the National Reconciliation Government. In September, eight cabinet ministers from the Forces Nouvelles withdrew, severely handicapping the government, the report says.In the northern areas it controls, Forces Nouvelles has set up roadblocks to collect fees from travellers. Shooting into the tarmac, it held up a UN plane for “four hours of unjustified delays.” Forces Nouvelles soldiers have been reported to fight over spoils from three bank robberies and have threatened to kill seven military officers from MINUCI who were reconnoitring, the report says.Currently 34 UN military liaison officers in the country monitor security and help build confidence. Mr. Annan says he has approved the deployment of the remaining 42 officers in accordance with Security Council resolution 1479, which established MINUCI. The Mission’s civilian component is focusing on human rights and the media, as well as on preparations for the elections.Mr. Annan proposes a $29.9 million budget for the mission from 13 May 2003 to 30 June 2004. read more

US stocks falter after report shows manufacturing growth slowed more than forecast

by The Associated Press Posted Apr 1, 2013 12:02 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Stocks are edging lower on Wall Street after an industry group reported that U.S. manufacturing growth cooled in March.The Dow Jones industrial average was down 22 points, or 0.2 per cent, at 14,556 at noon Monday.The Standard & Poor’s 500 index dropped seven points, or 0.5 per cent, to 1,562.The Nasdaq composite fell 20 points, or 0.6 per cent, to 3,246.U.S. manufacturing kept growing for a fourth straight month in March, but at a slower rate, according to the Institute for Supply Management.The S&P 500 closed at an all-time high last week and is up 10 per cent for the year. The index has recaptured all its losses from the financial crisis and the Great Recession.EBay rose after predicting more growth in its e-commerce and online payments business. US stocks falter after report shows manufacturing growth slowed more than forecast in March AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Douze chevaux sauvages bientôt réintroduits en Bulgarie

first_imgDouze chevaux sauvages bientôt réintroduits en BulgarieLes Pays-Bas et la Bulgarie se sont entendus sur un projet de réintroduction de tarpans, une espèce de cheval sauvage disparue de la nature européenne au XIXe siècle. Dimanche, douze de ces animaux originaires des Pays-Bas feront leur retour dans les montagnes de Bulgarie. Les programmes de réintroduction d’espèces se font aujourd’hui de plus en plus nombreux. Cette fois-ci, c’est donc au tour des Pays-Bas et de la Bulgarie de s’inquiéter du sort d’un animal : le tarpan, une espèce de cheval disparue de la nature sauvage il y a 100 à 150 ans.  À lire aussiPourquoi réintroduire des animaux captifs dans la nature n’est pas si simpleEn effet, les derniers ont été capturés en Pologne dans les années 1930 par des paysans locaux qui les ont ensuite élevés avec d’autres chevaux. Plus tard, ils ont alors été réintroduits aux Pays-Bas, puis dans l’est de la France, dans le nord de l’Allemagne, en Angleterre, en Belgique et en Lituanie, explique Stefan Avramov, expert en biodiversité auprès du programme bulgaro-hollandais de protection de la nature baptisé “The new thracian Gold”Bientôt, c’est donc la Bulgarie qui accueillera à nouveau des tarpans. “Douze tarpans originaires des Pays-Bas seront transportés dimanche prochain à Kroumovgrad au Sud-est. Ils seront élevés dans un espace clos pour s’adapter aux conditions montagneuses de la Bulgarie”, poursuit l’expert pour l’AFP. Un espace qui sera agrandi graduellement pendant un an pour une adaptation tout en douceur. “Aux Pays-Bas, les chevaux n’ont jamais vu de rocher, ni de montagne. Ils doivent s’adapter au paysage, à la végétation et apprendre à se protéger des loups”, a indiqué Johan Bekhauis de la fondation hollandaise ARK.Des tarpans et des juments Pour mieux les protéger, les tarpans seront d’ailleurs mis en contact avec des juments bulgares afin que celles-ci partagent leur expérience. “La meilleure façon pour eux d’apprendre à se protéger”, selon Johan Bekhauis dont la fondation a en partie financé l’opération bulgare grâce à une loterie réalisée aux Pays-Bas dans le cadre de ce projet de protection de l’environnement, du développement de l’agriculture bio et du tourisme écologique. Le 3 septembre 2011 à 11:58 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Asus plusieurs ordinateurs ROG annoncés

first_imgAsus : plusieurs ordinateurs ROG annoncésAsus a dévoilé et mis à jour plusieurs modèles d’ordinateurs spécialement dédiés aux gamers. Ces produits seront vendus prochainement.Asus a commercialisé deux PC équipés de processeurs Intel Ivy Bridge dédiés aux joueurs sur PC ou ordinateurs portables. Tout d’abord, le ROG CG8580 (pour Republic of Gamers) est un PC dont le boîtier est pourvu de cinq grilles d’aération et d’un bouton permettant l’overclocking. Ce PC est équipé d’un processeur quadri-cœur Core i7 de troisième génération, ainsi que d’une carte graphique Nvidia GeForce GTX 680 ou bien d’une (ou deux) cartes graphiques GTX 560. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Ensuite, le CG8270 est tout aussi adapté aux joueurs en tout genre. Il disposera d’un processeur Core i5 troisième génération et une carte GeForce GT 620, certes moins d’actualités. Ce qui permettra sans doute à cet ordinateur d’être vendu à un tarif abordable. Avec plus d’assurances au niveau des performances, les ordinateurs portables ROG G75VW et ROG G55VW sont mis à jour avec des processeurs quadri-cœur Core i7 de troisième génération épaulés par une carte graphique Nvidia GeForce GTX 670M ou 660M. Au choix, des écrans HD de 15,6 pouces ou Full HD de 17,3 pouces sont proposés. Les tarifs de ces ordinateurs restent pour l’heure inconnus. A l’instar des dates de disponibilités. Mais cela devrait être annoncé de source officielle sous peu.Le 11 mai 2012 à 09:06 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more