20 Nov

IIM Kashipur to announce three courses for online learners

first_imgIIM Kashipur has announced three new executive certificateprogrammes.The lectures will be delivered by eminent faculty of IIMKashipur, using direct-to-device technology, through ‘live andinteractive’ lectures and are aimed at meeting the growing demand for customer-centric marketing, digital marketing and entrepreneurial success.Programmes offeredExecutive Certificate programme in Digital MarketingExecutive Certificate programme in Marketing Analytics and Customer ValuationExecutive Certificate programme in EntrepreneurshipExecutive Certificate programme in Digital Marketing: It provides candidates with an analytical and theoretical framework to understand the emerging practices in the field of digital marketing. It will focus on the dynamics of digital marketing and advertising, web analytics, online listening and monitoring, search engine optimisation and social media participation.From interns and early professionals to mid-level professionals and senior managers, the course will help all to support key marketing decisions that influence the revenue prospects of the organisation.Starting date: The five-month course will start on February 12, 2017.Executive Certificate programme in Marketing Analytics and Customer Valuation:It is designed in response to the need for analytic talent in the market place. The highlights of the programme includes ‘Using advanced techniques to summarize marketing data’, and ‘Pricing, Web and Retailing analytics’.The course will convey the benefits of a systematic, analytical approach to marketing decision-making, and build skills, knowledge and confidence in undertaking such analyses.Starting date: The duration of this course is also 5 months and it commences on February 26, 2017.Executive Certificate programme in Entrepreneurship:It has been designed with the specific purpose of identifying, nurturing and supporting budding and aspiring entrepreneurs in realising their dreams. The programme imparts essential knowledge about starting one’s own business venture, building and presenting a business plan, obtaining funding and entrepreneurial finance, making the appropriate marketing strategy, acquiring and retaining talent and also covers other critical factors that influence successful set-up and sustainable operations. Graduates, diploma holders with work experience, business professionals and budding and aspiring entrepreneurs are eligible for this course.advertisementStarting date:  The duration of which is four months, and it is starting February 26, 2017.Talking about the association, Dr Gautam Sinha, Director, IIM Kashipur asserted, “IIM Kashipur has a shared vision of imparting quality education that is relevant in today’s day and age. Through these online courses, we want to prepare young leaders with aspirations to excel in their respective roles. Through our partnership with Talentedge, we are confident that we will be able to extend knowledge par excellence to a large audience seeking it.”About the training:The lectures will be delivered by eminent faculty of IIM Kashipur, using direct-to-device technology, through ‘live and interactive’ lectures that will be beamed online via internet to students’ terminals.The training will comprise lectures, interactive sessions and class exercises imparted by IIM Kashipur’s faculty in order to help participants gain knowledge and understanding of important aspects of digital marketing, marketing analytics and customer valuation and entrepreneurship.Students can chat real time with the professors during the live class and also post all other programme-related queries offline, on the Cloud Campus.This is an initiative of Talentedge, India’s leading Ed-Tech firm, offering ‘live and interactive’, anywhere learning in digital format Read: IIM Shillong hosts Golf Cup to connect managerial students with industry professionals For information on more such articles and updates, click here.last_img read more

19 Nov

Bale can fill Ronaldo void at Real Madrid – Giggs

first_imgGareth Bale is being backed to fill the “massive void” created by Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure from Real Madrid, with Ryan Giggs convinced the Wales international can be the Blancos main man.Parting with a five-time Ballon d’Or winner was never going to be easy for the Liga giants, with the club’s all-time leading goalscorer having left for Juventus in a €112 million (£101m/$130m) deal.No like-for-like replacement has been drafted in, despite an agreement now being in place to bring Mariano Diaz back to Spain from Lyon, with Julen Lopetegui keeping faith with those already on his books. 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! Bale, who had also hinted at a summer transfer elsewhere, has stepped up to shine through pre-season and the opening weeks of the 2018-19 campaign, with Giggs convinced that the 29-year-old is the ideal option to step into Ronaldo’s shoes as Madrid talisman.The Wales manager said: “When someone like Cristiano leaves there is always going to be a spotlight on who is going to replace him goal-wise and threat-wise.”It’s a massive void to fill but Gareth has the experience now of being at the club for a long time.”Every year there is pressure on him and he has handled it brilliantly.”It’s a bit different this year because Cristiano has left and there will be more focus on the players who are going to replace the goals.”But Gareth has shown his qualities in big games and that he can handle anything that is thrown at him.”Gareth Bale Real Madrid GironaFitness issues have held Bale back at times during his time at Santiago Bernabeu, with Giggs of the opinion that those enforced breaks are to blame for a fellow countryman still having something to prove in the eyes of those who have written him off.He added: “He has started this season on fire. But there’s never really a time when he is not playing well.”I think always the problem with Gareth is that when he has been injured, he’s then had to come back and get more game time.”But when he plays, he always plays well and more or less scores.”It was probably when I was 28 when I really started realising what was good for me.”Preparing for games, maybe not training as much or not as intensively and some days training more.”last_img read more

19 Nov

Good news for Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn could still play IPL 10, Umesh Yadav joins trainning

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Chris Lynn, who had injured his shoulder against Mumbai Indians, has undergone a scan and could still be available to play the IPL for the two-time defending champions. Meanwhile, pacer Umesh Yadav, who had been advised a two-week rest, also joined training.KKR co-owner Venky Mysore, laid to rest speculations Lynn’s injury with a tweet saying that he had aggravated an old injury on his left shoulder and is being treated. Venky Mysore further informed that Lynn has been kept under observation by the KKR doctors. He tweeted, “All those anxious abt @lynny50. He aggravated an old injury. Being treated & under observation by @KKRiders team.”All those anxious abt @lynny50. He aggravated an old injury. Being treated & under observation by @KKRiders team. ?? #duskiDAHAAD #AmiKKR- Venky Mysore (@VenkyMysore) April 11, 2017The official Kolkata Knight Riders handle also had a tweet saying Lynn had gone under an MRI scan, the report of which is yet to be announced. .@lynny50 has undergone an MRI scan on his left-shoulder. Reports are awaited. Send in your best wishes for him. #AmiKKR- KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) April 10, 2017Lynn had sustained the injury when he dived forward in an effort to claim an outfield catch to dismiss England batsman Jos Buttler off a Chris Woakes delivery. Watch the Video here The 27-year-old had immediately grabbed his shoulder on impact before being attended to by Knight Riders’ physio Andrew Leipus. He left the ground clutching his left arm close to his body and was later seen with an ice pack strapped to his shoulder.advertisementAnother player who looks all set to return to action is Umesh Yadav. The Indian speedster was sidelined after being advised by the official Team India doctors, to rest after a grueling season of Test cricket at home.Umesh posted a picture on Twitter of himself hitting the gym after joining the Kolkata Knight Riders. He looks all set to wreck havoc again after missing the first two games of the season.Ami KKR……First day with my team training time pic.twitter.com/rSCSZ8rYiw- Umesh Yaadav (@y_umesh) April 11, 2017Umesh Yadav’s death bowling was sorely missed in the game against Mumbai Indians, as last year he had picked up 10 wickets from nine games. Watch his wickets against Delhi Daredevils.last_img read more

19 Nov

Maria Sharapova slams International Tennis Federation for lack of doping warning

first_imgMaria Sharapova hit out at tennis authorities today for failing to warn her that a drug she had been taken had become a banned substance.Sharapova, a five-times Grand Slam champion, had an initial two-year suspension by the International Tennis Federation (ITF) reduced to 15 months after she tested positive at the 2016 Australian Open for meldonium.This was a medication the Russian had been taking when it was within the rules but which was later reclassified as a prohibited drug.”Why didn’t someone come up to me and have a private conversation, just an official to an athlete, which would have taken care of the confidentiality problem they talked about later?” Sharapova told The Times.However, she did accept she had become “complacent”, saying she was responsible for failing the drug test.”Ultimately the fault was mine,” she added. “I had been getting clearance on everything I was taking for seven years and I became complacent.”Meldonium was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency list of banned substances at the start 2016 after increasing evidence that it enhanced performance.Sharapova is set to make her return to competitive tennis at the WTA Stuttgart Grand Prix, which starts on April 24.last_img read more

19 Nov

State associations made aware of MPA pullout consequences by CoA

first_imgCommittee of Administration’s meeting with the state associations the state bodies were made aware of consequences of pulling out of MPA.It is not just one tournament that they will have to pull out of, but the entire eight-year cycle.There could be some drama over team selection as well and according to Amitabh Choudhry, he hasn’t convened any selection meet so far.The meeting may take place on Sunday and CoA has already made it clear that if BCCI doesn’t convene it, they will do it.Amitabh Choudhary hsa already miffed that the women’s team selection meet wasn’t convened by him, Rahul Johri had convened that meeting.There is still a section in the BCCI that wants India to pull out of the Champions Trophy, while CoA has advised the BCCI members against sending a legal notice to ICC.At, Saturday’s meeting, majority of the members categorically stated that they do not favour a pull out or any extreme action but some members wanted a letter to be sent.CoA reminded that negotiations is the only way out and they should bargain hard, and members were largely in agreement.With the BCCI SGM salted for Sunday, along with the IPL governing council meet, some decision may be taken regarding the IPL media rights.It has also been learnt that BCCI has already received the legal notice from PCB worth Rs 440 crore.last_img read more

19 Nov

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes all-time leading scorer across top five European leagues

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo surpassed Jimmy Greaves to become the all-time leading scorer across the top five European league as he scored a brace against Celta Vigo last night in La Liga.Ronaldo’s brace helped Real Madrid cruise to a 4-1 victory over Celta Vigo and edge closer to their first La Liga title since 2011. Real Madrid now need only a draw against Malaga on May 21 to lift the coveted trophy over Barcelona who are three points behind the Los Blancos on the table.Jimmy Greaves had, in his glittering career, played for Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, AC Milan and West Ham United and was a prolific player in the 1950s and 60s. Greaves had held the record since 1971.Ronaldo has been in an exceptional form off late scoring two hat-tricks in the Champions League in the past month and three braces, one in Champions League, the other against Sevilla last weekend and now this!The only active player who is close to Ronaldo’s newly achieved record is Lionel Messi with 346 goals.Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo also share the record for most hat-tricks (7) in the Champions League. Cristiano Ronaldo, though, is the only player to score three hat-tricks in a single season and the only player to score two consecutive hat-tricks in the knockout stage.With the brace against Celta Vigo, Ronaldo reached 284 goals in his 264 appearances in La Liga.Recently, the 4-time Ballon d’Or winner also became the first player to reach 100 goals in the UEFA Champions League, having scored 10 goals in 12 games this season.advertisementReal Madrid are gearing up for a European double this season. With already a hand at the La Liga trophy, Real Madrid will take on Juventus in the Champions League final on June 3.ALSO WATCH: UEFA Champions League – Real Madrid CF’s aggression vs Juventus FC’s solidity after blockbuster semi-finalslast_img read more

19 Nov

Chelsea F.C. score five against Sunderland in John Terry’s final Premier League game

first_imgChelsea celebrated their title and captain John Terry’s last game at Stamford Bridge with a 5-1 defeat of relegated Sunderland on Sunday, bringing their season’s Premier League win tally to a record 30 games.A third-minute goal on the rebound from Sunderland’s Javier Manquillo did not mar the festivities and five minutes later Willian equalised after sustained Chelsea pressure.Most of the Chelsea players, as though warming up for the FA Cup final next Saturday, had a pop at the beleaguered Sunderland goal during the game.Eden Hazard made it 2-1 with a classic low shot into the bottom corner, Pedro scored a third goal with a header in the 77th and Michy Batshuayi added two late goals before officials wheeled on a mobile stage for the trophy presentation.Antonio Conte, aiming for the double in his first season in charge, brought Terry off in the 26th minute – his shirt number – to a standing ovation. The former England captain wept as he hugged his team mates and brought to an end a 22-year career at Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

19 Nov

Poor crowd in womens matches due to lack of TV coverage: Raj

first_imgJohannesburg, May 22 (PTI) India womens cricket team captain Mithali Raj has attributed poor attendance in international matches to lack of television coverage. Raj was speaking to local media in Potchefstroom on Sunday after beating hosts South Africa by eight wickets in a quadrangular series that also included Ireland and Zimbabwe. It was the fourth time that India beat South Africa in their last five outings, but there was a very small crowd to witness the final. “Back in India, we do have a lot of people coming and watching the matches,” Raj told TV channel News. “It is important that we market the sport. “If we are playing a series, or a bilateral series, it is important that it is broadcaster because a lot of people back home are so inquisitive to know the result of the game. “They do follow it over the net, but if it is broadcasted, it can make a huge difference for the profile of the game as well as for the players. “Raj said they got a lot of positive feedback from fans in India who followed the squad?s international games on the Internet, but they were keen to watch the matches on TV. “Unfortunately, that (the issue of broadcasting) depends on the home board,” Raj said. PTI FH BS BSlast_img read more

19 Nov

Mahindra pulls the plug on automatic variant of Scorpio

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 25 (PTI) Utility vehicle major Mahindra & Mahindra has discontinued sales of automatic variant of its popular sports utility vehicle Scorpio.The Mumbai-based company has already removed the Mahindra Scorpio AT variant from its official website.When contacted, a Mahindra & Mahindra spokesperson confirmed the development.”The automatic transmission that served the Scorpio well for all this time has come to the end of its cycle,” a company spokesperson told PTI.Going forward the company will take a considered call on introducing automatic transmission in Scorpio based on the markets requirements, the spokesperson added.M&M had launched the automatic variant of the new generation Scorpio in 2015 priced between Rs 13.13 lakh and Rs 14.33 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).The company had launched the new generation Scorpio, which has been built on an all-new platform, in September 2014.According to industry sources, the company is already working on a facelift of the SUV. The company is also said to be in the process of developing the fourth generation and launch it by 2020.The Scorpio range is currently priced between Rs 9.78 lakh and Rs 14.32 lakh.The Scorpio Getaway, on the other hand is tagged at Rs 9.29 lakh and Rs 10.28 lakh (all prices ex-showroom Delhi). PTI MSS SBT SBTlast_img read more

19 Nov

Shikhar Dhawan ‘stronger person, sportsman’ after comeback to Team India

first_imgIndian opener Shikhar Dhawan has been in an exceptional form ever since he made a comeback to Team India.Dhawan scored a total of 338 runs in the five matches of the recently concluded ICC Champions Trophy which included the best score of 125, while in the ongoing series against West Indies, he has smashed 87 and 63 in two appearances.The left-handed batsman said that he worked hard on himself before making a comeback to the Indian team.”Past months were quite unfortunate for me. That’s why I was out of the team. I went back and worked on myself, and am a stronger person and sportsman now. I knew I have those skills and capabilities to perform at the international level. I have been working hard and I never lost hope,” he said.”When I wasn’t doing well, I knew I will get out of the team. I went back and started enjoying domestic cricket. There was less pressure as compared to the international cricket.”That’s how I relaxed myself and stayed calm. But yes, at the back of my mind, I always knew I had to perform good and make a comeback and serve my country and achieve my goal,” he added.Commenting on the ongoing controversy relating to Anil Kumble’s stepping down as the head coach of Team India, Dhawan said, “I didn’t play much under Anil Kumble, so cannot comment on that. Moreover, I just focus on the game. Everyone has their own individuality and character. Anil Bhai, Dhoni Bhai and Virat, of course all are different.”advertisementMeanwhile, India, now with a 1-0 lead in the five-match series, will play their third ODI against the Caribbean side at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on June 30.last_img read more

19 Nov

BCCI committee mulls Sports Codes 12-year-1-break tenure

first_img(Eds: Repeating with correction in Paragraph 8) By Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, Jul 1 (PTI) The BCCIs eight-member committee today deliberated on the issue of three-year cooling off period with a couple of alternate suggestions, including a 12 -year tenure for office bearers in the proposed draft bill of National Sports Code. The Lodha Panel reforms states that a cumulative period of nine years for any BCCI office-bearers (separate 9 years for state units) with three-year cooling off between every term. “Nothing was minuted but there were some alternate suggestions discussed. One suggestion was office-bearers can have two straight terms of four years (total eight years) followed by four-year cooling off and a third (final) term of four years. “This is what is there in National Sports Codes draft bill. This was discussed at length,” a committee member told PTI on conditions of anonymity. The other proposal was to have a straight nine-year term without any cooling off. “This was also deliberated as some members felt that lets propose a full nine-year term without any breaks if 12 years with one break is unacceptable,” the committee member said. Tenure has been an issue with a lot of officials including Sourav Ganguly, who will have to relinquish his office on July 14 if one strictly adheres to Lodha reforms. Ganguly in fact joined the meeting via Skype from Kolkata. It was learnt that One State One Vote, increasing the number of selectors from three to five are issues that will be mentioned. “For Niranjan Shah, the issue was age cap of 70 years and he has objections,” the source added. The BCCIs acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary said that they will have another meeting in Mumbai on July 7, the second and last of this committee during which they will try to “bring down the gamut of difficulties to three or four”. “We are determined to translate the order of highest court of land. We have a few difficulties which we will bring before Committee of Administrators (COA) and Supreme Court. We have identified those difficulties as we travelled the distance today,” said Chaudhary “Theres still however some distance left, we will travel some distance on 7th of July. Thats the second and last meeting, 2 pm Mumbai. On 7th, the final die will be cast,” the former Jharkhand top cop said. An issue cropped up wherein Chaudhary and disqualified Shah were seem to be pulling in different directions concerning latters technical status in the committee. Shah today told reporters that he is a “member of the committee” while Chaudhary later clarified that “he is only a special invitee”. Asked about contrary statements, Chaudhary cut the discussions short. “Dont get into semantics on technical status of a person,” he said. On a different note, Chaudhary also informed that he will be checking the new application of coaches only after July 9. “I will check applications only after July 9 (last date of receiving application). The idea is to finalise a coach before Indian team embarks on their tour of Sri Lanka.” He also said that Anil Kumbles dues have been cleared. PTI KHS CM KHSadvertisementlast_img read more

18 Nov

I cursed myself after getting out in World Cup final: Veda Krishnamurthy

first_imgTeam India bat Veda Krishnamurthy said the nine-run defeat to England in the final of the Women’s World Cup last Sunday was a hard pill to swallow but the team is proud of what they achieved in the tournament.”We had it in our hands and it took a couple of days to sink in. Later we told ourselves nobody expected us to reach the final. We gave our best and everyone should be proud of what we have achieved,” she said.Veda, an aggressive bat by nature, was playing a gem of a knock but failed to take her team past the finish line after playing a rash shot to get out. The right-hander was playing aggressively throughout her innings. Although she gave away two chances, it was working for the team until she skied one to Natalie Sciver of the bowling off Anya Shrubsole in the 45th over. Speaking about the knock and how she felt after getting out, she said that she was cursing herself. (Smriti Mandhana reveals moments of heartbreak from India’s dressing room after World Cup final defeat)”I was literally cursing myself and saying what have I done? Everything boiled down to me and I said you have really spoiled the game. At the same time once I went to bat I was looking for runs. I was taking risks. But it was on one occasion that it didn’t come off. Won’t regret it but it will always stay,” said Veda.”Perhaps next time I will get the team through,” she added. (World Cup performance can bring about ‘revolution in women’s cricket’: Jhulan Goswami)advertisementThe Karnataka-born girl also said that she was happy that she got to play her natural game under pressure in a big tournament.”I’m happy I played my brand of cricket. In final I was never under pressure. I said to myself if it’s in your zone, go for it. If I had any self doubt, I would not have scored quickly. I’m happy that I have been able to play this way in a big tournament,” she said.  The 24-year-old said that she has always been an aggressive bastswoman and she’s not going to change her approach.”From the time I stared playing I never liked the defensive approach. Never played the anchor role. Have always been the person who goes there and gets runs as quick as possible. I have always enjoyed it. If I play 10 balls and get 29 runs, it’s more satisfying,” she said.When asked about playing big franchise based tournaments like Women’s Big Bash League and the Indian Premier League, she said that she would love to grab the opportunity and play outside her comfort zone.”If given as choice of playing Big Bash or any league I would be very happy because playing outside your comfort zone is great and teaches you as lot of things. I would be the first one to grab it,” said Veda.”If there’s an IPL for us…nothing like it because Indians would get to come in the limelight like men. So many have played India because of IPL,” she added.She signed off by saying that India will look to make the semis of the World T20 that is coming up next.”Next up is the World T20. We will not pressurise ourselves to win but try to get semis first then final,” said Veda before signing off.last_img read more

18 Nov

Vijender Singh invites Mumbai to see Chinese opponent beaten black and blue

first_imgFor all the flesh and blood we see in the ring, promoting a professional boxing bout is all show business. India’s most famous pro boxer Vijender Singh knows it very well now.72 hours before his next fight, Vijender is doing a light training session for the cameras at a gym in suburban Mumbai. He follows it up with some build up interviews where downplaying your opponent comes with the territory.”If I get a chance I will take him down. I don’t have to play the 10 rounds. I will try and knock him down by 4th or 5th round. That’s what I will try,” he told India Today.The 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medallist since turning pro is now the reigning WBO Asia Pacific Super middleweight champion and on a eight fight unbeaten spree. The winner takes all this time as his Chinese opponent Zulpikar Maimaitiali is also a WBO Oriental Super middleweight champion.”He got title, I have title. Thik hai yaar..We will take him. He has got 8 fights so have I but I have amateur career experience,” he speaks in disdain.The flavour of this fight is opponent Zulpikar’s Chinese nationality in light of India’s ongoing border tensions with China. Vijender takes the sentiment to the ring.”I love my country and have this feeling towards the nation. If I get a chance to fight, it may not be in war but in ring I will give my 100 percent and fight till the end. Can’t quit man. I will try to win the battle,” he roars.advertisementWith the fight this weekend scheduled in Bollywood town Mumbai, invites have gone to a whole host of film celebrities. So also cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar and yoga guru Swami Ramdev.”They are coming to see me fight. The boxing scenario will change in a few years,” he hopes.Playing down talk of the ultimate dream of being a World Champion one day, Vijender says, “I have no such dreams. I am more mature in the sport now. I just want to make boxing more popular in India.””I urge Mumbaikars to come and see the Chinese beaten black and blue,” goes another war cry.Landed in Mumbai for #BattleGroundAsia pic.twitter.com/cBWqA77liK- Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) August 2, 2017Mumbai me aap ka swagat hai ??? pic.twitter.com/0femAyEsRy- Vijender Singh (@boxervijender) August 2, 2017last_img read more

18 Nov

Maria Sharapova draws Simona Halep in first round of US Open

first_imgMaria Sharapova’s return to grand slam action will begin with a high-profile clash against Romanian second seed Simona Halep while Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal could meet in the U.S. Open semi-finals, according to Friday’s draw.For Sharapova, a former world number one and five-times grand slam champion who returned from a 15-month doping ban in April and was awarded a wild-card invitation to the U.S. Open, it will mark her first match since pulling out of the Stanford Classic three weeks ago with an arm injury.The 30-year-old Russian, who was banned after testing positive for heart drug meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open, has had mixed results since re-joining the WTA Tour and will need to be at her best early to keep alive any hope of her first title at Flushing Meadows since 2006.Defending women’s champion Angelique Kerber has a tricky test as she takes on Japan’s Naomi Osaka in the opening round and could face red-hot Elina Svitolina, who won a tune-up event at Toronto, in the quarters.Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza, who is one of the favourites and fresh from her triumph at the Cincinnati Open, could face former world number one Caroline Wozniacki in the quarters.Czech world number one Karolina Pliskova, runner-up at last year’s tournament, will play her first round against Poland’s Magda Linette and is projected to play 2004 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova in the last eight.Swiss third seed Federer, who is seeking his third grand-slam title of the year after wins at the Australian Open and Wimbledon, will open his quest for a sixth U.S. Open triumph against American Frances Tiafoe.advertisementFederer, who has been enjoying a remarkable campaign after missing the last six months of 2016 to heal his knee, would face two-times champion and long-time rival Nadal in the semi-finals should the top half of the draw go according to seed.The pair have never met at the U.S. Open, and while Nadal leads 23-14 in head-to-head meetings, Federer has won their past four clashes, including three hardcourt meetings in 2017 at the Australian Open, Indian Wells and Miami.Australian Nick Kyrgios, the 14th seed and recent Cincinnati runner-up, or American 17th seed Sam Querrey, who is enjoying a career-best year, would pose a threat to Federer in the fourth round.British second seed Andy Murray, who is returning from a hip injury that forced him to miss all the U.S. Open tune-up events, will play American Tennys Sandgren in the opening round while resurgent 21st seed David Ferrer of Spain is a potential fourth-round opponent.German fourth seed Alexander Zverev, who has five titles this year and is one of the favourites to win the year’s final grand slam, opens against a qualifier and could face Croatian fifth seed Marin Cilic in the quarters.The U.S. Open will be played Aug. 28-Sept. 10 in New York.last_img read more

18 Nov

Crowd trouble erupts in India-Sri Lanka ODI, MS Dhoni takes a nap on the field

first_imgAnnoyed with yet another lackluster Sri Lanka performance in the ongoing ODI series against India, fans at Pallekele threw bottles on the ground to disrupt the visitors’ victory march.India have dominated Sri Lanka on their long tour of the islands. The tourists had whitewashed Sri Lanka in three-Test series and won the first two ODIs.Photo Credit: AP Sri Lanka had shown some spunk in the second ODI, also played at Pallekele but Bhuvneshwar Kumar and MS Dhoni stole victory from the jaws of defeat on Thursday.In the third ODI of the five-match series, the hosts had another miserable day with the bat as Jasprit Bumrah pocketed his first wicket-haul. However, defending a paltry 217, Sri Lanka picked up four early wickets.But Rohit Sharma smashed his 12th hundred while Dhoni carved out a stylish half century to take India within eight runs of a win before trouble erupted in the stands.Jeez… this is sad to see !!! Never seen that before.. very very disappointing!!!- Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) August 27, 2017The umpires called the Sri Lankan fielders to the middle of the field as the players waited for the security personnel to bring the situation under control.I feel like l just fell in to a deep dark hole… so sad.. Embarrassed !! Apologies to everyone if it means anything at all !!- Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) August 27, 2017Meanwhile, Dhoni used the interval to take a short nap on the field, prompting funny remarks from the commentators on air.last_img read more

18 Nov

iPhone 8 will be launched on September 12, Apple ramps up production in China

first_imgApple will launch the iPhone 8, possibly along with the iPhone 7s, iPhone 7s Plus and a new Apple Watch that supports SIM card, on September 12. Although this is a date that has been much rumoured as the day when Apple will unveil the iPhone 8, now Wall Street Journal confirms it.The business newspaper in the US has been told by its sources, who have been briefed about the next iPhone launch, that Apple will indeed launch the new iPhone 8 on September 12. The report also notes the new iPhone 8, along with the iPhone 7s and the iPhone 7s Plus, will go on sale around 10 days after its unveil. Although no price for the phone has been mentioned, rumours earlier hinted that the iPhone 8, which is going to be the anniversary edition, will be the costliest iPhone yet.The iPhone 8 will also possibly come with a new design, whereas the iPhone 7s and the iPhone 7s Plus will be iterative updates to the current iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus. Here is what we know about the iPhone 8 so far:The iPhone 8 is expected to come with a price tag of around $1000 (expect India price of nearly Rs 1 lakh).The iPhone 8 possibly comes with a new design, which is said to include two layers of glass with a metal frame sandwiched between them.Currently, it is not clear how big will be the screen size of the iPhone 8. Although some rumours have hinted that this could be a 5.8-inch screen. We have also heard of the OLED panel, unlike the LCD panel that current iPhones use. The OLED panel, often seen in phones like the Samsung Galaxy S8 and the Galaxy Note 8, shows punchier, deeper colours. Although there is no consensus on the screen size, it has been hinted by analysts that follow Apple that the iPhone 8 will have a design with very thin bezels around the screen.The iPhone 8 is expected to do away with the physical home button. As for the TouchID, there are two rumours. One hints that the TouchID will move to the Apple logo on the back cover while another one says that it will be under the glass on the screen.The iPhone 8 is expected to come with a redesigned camera. Just like the iPhone 7 Plus, it will have two cameras on the rear: one a regular camera, and the other one with a telephoto lens for the portrait photos and closeups. But — and so say rumours — this time around Apple is also going to use a bigger image sensor in the iPhone 8 so that it competes with the camera performance of the Google Pixel and the Galaxy S8 in a better way, especially when it comes to low light performance.The redesign will possibly allow Apple to offer wireless charging with the iPhone 8, although reports say that the charging speed won’t be as fast as what consumers get with the Galaxy S8, which too supports wireless charging.It has been speculated that Apple is also beefing up the front and back cameras in the iPhone 8 to offer better augmented reality experience. If you remember, Apple introduced artificial reality APIs in the iOS 11, the software that is going to be inside the iPhone 8.The iPhone 8 will be powered by the Apple A11 processor and is sure to come with at least 32GB internal storage. To support better AR experience, it will also possibly come with 3GM RAM.The Apple iPhone 8 will support face recognition and users will be able to unlock the phone using face recognition technology. The phone will probably sport a sensor on the front that will help users get better face recognition even when the light is low.According to WSJ, the iPhone 8 will be unveiled at an event in Apple’s new office that has an auditorium with seating capacity of 1000 people. Apple has also reportedly, anticipating big demand for the iPhone 8 that is going to be the anniversary edition considering the fact that the first iPhone was launched in 2007, increased the production of the phone in China. Currently, there is one manufacturing plant in China making the iPhone 8, says WSJ. But soon the production is expected to expand to other plants where Apple and its manufacturing partner Foxconn make iPhones.advertisementAlso Read: Is this Apple’s anniversary edition iPhone 8?last_img read more

18 Nov

Former minister and football body head Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi

first_imgdies; Leaders pay homage(Eds: With additional information)New Delhi, Nov 20 (PTI) Former union minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi, once a key Congress leader from West Bengal, died here today after a prolonged illness.He was 72.Dasmunsi, who had been in a coma since 2008 after he suffered a stroke, died at the Apollo Hospital here.”He had been critically ill over the past one month and succumbed to the illness at 12.10 pm. His family members including wife Deepa Dasmunsi and their son were at his bedside at that time,” a hospital spokesperson said.A five-time MP from Raiganj in West Bengal, Dasmunsi headed the All India Football Federation (AIFF) when he was taken ill in 2008 and had been in hospital ever since.The former president of the Indian Youth Congress and the West Bengal Congress — Priya-da to most supporters– held the key ministries of information and broadcasting and parliamentary affairs in the UPA-I government led by Manmohan Singh.President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Sonia Gandhi condoled the death of the former minister.”Sad to hear about the demise of former Union Minister and veteran political leader Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi. He contributed much to Bengal and to the administration of football in our country,” President Kovind said.Prime Minister Modi described him as a popular leader with rich political and administrative experience.”He did notable work to popularise football in India. Saddened by his demise. My thoughts are with Deepa Dasmunsi ji and family as well as his supporters,” Modi tweeted.advertisementBorn on November 13, 1945, in Chirirbander in Dinajpur East district, now in Bangladesh, Dasmunsi became the president of the state Youth Congress and a member of the All India Congress Committee (AICC) in 1970 at the young age of 25.He was first elected to the Lok Sabha in 1971, when he was barely 26, and became the president of the Indian Youth Congress the same year under the charge of Indira Gandhi.The West Bengal Congress leader was elected a member of the all-powerful Congress Working Committee in 1977 and was the Union minister of state for commerce from 1985 to 1989.He was also the West Bengal Congress chief in 1985.Dasmunsi became the Union Cabinet minister for water resources in May 2004 and the minister of information and broadcasting and parliamentary affairs in November 2005.Congress president Sonia Gandhi, in her message, termed his death an “irreparable loss” to the party.Describing Dasmunsi as a “devout” political activist and “one of the tallest” leaders of West Bengal, she said he served the party and government illustriously.”His immense work at the grassroots would be remembered for posterity,” Gandhi said.Despite his prolonged illness, he remained popular among his people, she said, adding, “His death is an irreparable loss to the Congress party and the country.”Gandhi expressed solidarity with the family, particularly his wife Deepa, a former minister, and other supporters.Top Congress leaders including former prime minister Singh, party chief Gandhi and vice president Rahul Gandhi paid homage to the former minister after Dasmunsis body was brought to the Congress headquarters on Akbar Road here.Deepa Dasmunsi said the body would be taken to Kolkata and then to Raiganj, his home-town.The Congress vice president described him as a good human being with a brilliant political mind.”We will miss Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi ji. A brilliant political mind and a good human being. Bengal and the Congress party have lost a tall leader. Our thoughts are with Deepa ji today,” he tweeted.A host of other leaders have also condoled the death of Dasmunsi.”Heard about the sad demise of Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi ji. My condolences to his loved ones and colleagues,” Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani tweeted.Her junior minister Rajyavardhan Rathore referred to Dasmunsis “rich legacy” in sports.”Saddened by the demise of veteran leader Shri Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi. He leaves a rich legacy in the field of sports, especially football…,” he tweeted. PTI PLB/ENM/NAB/ SKC/AKV BDSlast_img read more

18 Nov

Court awards Rs 1 lakh as damages to US brand Levi Strauss

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 31 (PTI) Two persons have been directed to pay Rs 1 lakh as damages to US-based jeans manufacturing brand Levi Strauss by a Delhi court for trademark infringement and selling identical products using its name and logo.Additional District Judge Anil Antil directed defendants Sanjay Kumar and Dinesh Mahto, who were running their business in Delhi and Bihar, to pay the damages for using a “deceptively similar” trademark of Levis.”The impugned trademark/label adopted and being used by defendants in relation to their impugned goods and business are identical, deceptively similar to the plaintiffs label, in each and every respect including phonetically, visually, structurally,” the judge noted while recording the submission of the counsel for Levis.”The suit is decreed in favour of the plaintiff (Levis) and against defendants… with punitive and compensatory damages for a sum of Rs 50,000 each,” the court said.The order came on a suit filed by Levi Strauss, based in San�Francisco, alleging that the defendant was found selling jeans, apparel, sports wear other goods under its trademark.The suit filed by the jeans company alleged that the defendants, who were engaged in manufacturing and marketing of readymade garments, sporting goods, footwear, and other related products, adopted and started using the trademark/ label Levis.It said that the duo was indulging in counterfeiting the impugned goods, which is in complete violation of plaintiffs statutory and common right in the said label/trade name.The defendant also copied the artistic features involved in the companys label and was infringing its copyright involved in its said trademark, Levis alleged. PTI AG ZMNadvertisementlast_img read more

18 Nov

Sachin Tendulkar’s No.10 jersey retired because players refused to wear it

first_imgIndia woke up to the news of Sachin Tendulkar’s iconic No.10 jersey being retired by the BCCI. Only one player had worn the number since Tendulkar bowed out of international cricket in 2013 and he was brutally trolled.Shardul Thakur wore the jersey earlier this year during his ODI debut in Sri Lanka but the move attracted plenty of attention, all rather negative.However, Thakur clarified he wore the famous jersey – apparently he had something to do with numerology. He explained the reason behind choosing No. 10 saying that the digits of his date of birth (16/10/1991) add up to 28 and 2+8 equals 10.Teammate Rohit Sharma also trolled Thakur on Twitter for wearing the No. 10 jersey.”It’s a very individual choice. If players don’t want to wear a certain number, one can’t force them. ICC might just tell you that a team can’t officially retire a jersey but it would never tell you that it’s mandatory to wear that number,” a BCCI official told PTI.”The BCCI has not taken any such call (retiring the No.10 jersey). It’s a very informal thing among players. Also you don’t want young players to be abused like it happened with Shardul Thakur,” he added referring to the trolling Thakur was subjected to for wearing the number.Earlier, Mumbai Indians had also decided to retire Tendulkar’s No.10 jersey.FIFA does not allow international teams to retire jersey numbers but some clubs have done that in the past.last_img read more

18 Nov

Virat Kohli will be rated one of the greatest captains if India do well overseas: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly believes Virat Kohli’s Team India has the capability to be the best in the world in Test cricket.Kohli on Wednesday etched his name in the history books after India clinched the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka 1-0.With this series victory against Sri Lanka, Kohli has now led Team India to nine consecutive Test series victories. Kohli equalled former Australia captain Ricky Ponting’s record of nine consecutive series victories as captain. Under Ponting, Australia won nine straight series from 2005 to 2008.WATCH FULL VIDEOIndia have now joined Australia and England with nine successive series wins. England recorded nine straight series triumphs from 1884 to 1892.Kohli’s first series victory as captain came against the same opposition in 2015 in Sri Lanka. He followed that up with victories against South Africa (home), West Indies in 2016 (away), New Zealand in 2017 (home), England (home), Australia (home), Bangladesh (home), Sri Lanka (away).CHAMPIONS! #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/R7viJWJRU7- BCCI (@BCCI) December 6, 2017Ganguly, however, once again reiterated that India are yet to reach Australia’s level, who dominated world cricket in the past.”Best in the world and history in Australia, during our era and the WestIndies in our time. We have nine series win, out which I think seven inIndia so, they have to go away and do well,” Ganguly told India Today.”I believe they have got the capability under Virat’s leadership, who I think is a fantastic cricketer and a good leader. Under his leadership, they have got the capability but they haven’t gone to England, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand under his leadership so I think it’s not even close to being judged on their capabilities. I wish them all the best when they travel to South Africa and as I said, I believe they can win there and they can put up a good performance.advertisement”It’s too early to say, you only say after they have completed the entire circle of home and away. They have just done the home bit, I think 90 per cent of cricket they played in those nine series win was at home and then they go away now for the remaining about 15 Test matches on the trot away. So if they can do well, yes why not,” he said.Kohli and India will have the chance to topple Ponting’s Australia when they face South Africa in a three-match series starting on January 5 at the Newlands. It won’t be easy however, as the visitors have never won a series at the Proteas’ den.”I just get a feeling that the captain wants a team who can win abroad. Virat Kohli’s legacy will be what he does in the next 12 months in South Africa, England and Australia and then in the World Cup in 2019.”Of course, That 21 number will come, may be next series or the one after. He is going to captain India for a while, he is going to play for a while so that is going to come at some stage.”What will be important for Virat is not just numbers but the legacy. When you judge captain, how good they are, whether they are greats or all-time greats, it’s also about the legacy and about what they do. As I said 15 Test matches to follow, if he does well, wins a series away and does well in England, South Africa and Australia, he will be hailed as one of the greats,” he added.Kohli remains the third most successful Indian captain in the history with 20 victories from 32 matches. Mahendra Singh Dhoni leads the pack with 27 victories from 60 Tests as captain. Sourav Ganguly is second with 20 wins from 49 Tests as captain.2017 has been a momentous year for the Indian captain personally as well.Kohli finished 2017 with a staggering 2818 international runs across international formats. The India captain scored 1059 runs in 10 Tests, 1460 runs in 26 ODIs and 299 runs in 10 T20 Internationals.The 29-year-old hammered 11 hundreds including three double centuries (one vs Bangladesh and two vs Sri Lanka). He has been rested from the ODI and T20I series against Sri Lanka and will now play for India only from January 5 when the first Test against South Africa gets underway.Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara (2868) holds the record for most international runs in a calendar year. Former Australian batsman Ricky Ponting, who had amassed 2833 runs in 2005 is second in the list. Kohli is third.last_img read more