SUVs drawing attention of consumers in India

first_imgWith the augmentation of ‘utility vehicles’, the automobile industry of India is changing significantly.These vehicles, which are lightweight, equipped with advanced technologies, stylish body, fuel efficiency and space fall in the affordable domain and have attracted the Indian buyers.ALSO READ:Tata Hexa SUV spotted testing, launch soonBusiness watch follows the new trend of “SUV” cars on Indian roads.Sport utility vehicles (SUVs), off-road capable cars and multi-purpose vehicles (MPVs), which were a rare sight on India’s roads a decade ago, are slowly becoming the most sought after cars.Rising congestion in cities and improvement in technology are one of the prime reasons for the rising demand for SUVs, which come equipped with latest technology such as automatic transmissions.ALSO READ:Mahindra and Mahindra to launch SUV TUV300 next month”With the challenges that one faces on the road, in terms of infrastructure or in terms of driving, it (SUV) is the need of the hour. When we look at it, as far as SUV is concerned – normally a perception of an SUV has been that SUVs are tough, rugged, in the face, but the customers are evolving and with customers evolving the needs and wants are changing,” Rakesh Srivastava, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Hyundai Motor India, said.”Today they are looking for a stronger product, they are looking for a stylish product, bold and beautiful,” he added.ALSO READ: Nissan to launch second-gen X-Trail SUV this yearAt present, compact SUV is the new buzzword for global automakers, who are aggressively targeting growth in India’s underdeveloped SUV market.advertisementThe companies have been launching new models to build up excitement in the market.”There are young people, who are buying these cars, young people get bored very quickly. So, therefore, they want something and they want something with attitude, something macho, something which gives them difference,” said Murad Ali Baig, Auto Analyst.ALSO READ:Maruti Suzuki to launch compact SUV in India soonThe car sales have increased over the last few months as the economy has shown signs of improvement along with interest rates cooling off to some extent.Importance of the Indian consumers in the global market can be seen with the large number of car launches that took place within a single week in India.”We are making a long-term commitment to India. We believe in the growth opportunity and we are working hard to have a product line and our entire ownership experience is designed specifically for the Indian customer that will take some time but we are making that commitment and you will see that unfold as we move forward,” said Mary Barra, Chief Executive Officer, General Motors.ALSO READ:An electric BMW SUV in the offering?India’s car market is the world’s sixth largest and is expected to grow to number three by 2020, with the rise in income levels.Compact SUV sales in India are likely to more than quadruple to 9,70,000 vehicles in the decade to 2020, according to industry reports.”As far as we prepare a good product for the customer, it means that the customer is expecting some change, something new, something different. If we provide such kind of product, maybe we can get some new customers and then we can expand our business further,” said Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director and CEO of Maruti Suzuki, India.ALSO READ:Hyundai launches compact SUV Creta at Rs 8.59 lakhFunctionality, space and comfort offered by the SUVs has vanquished the demand for sedans.Car owners in the Indian market are now looking to upgrade their driving experience.”I think it is a craze, you feel more grip on the road when you are in an SUV, that is the reason. I think craze is more we can say, plus if a family is big – joint family – then they need seven-seater then the only option left is SUVs,” said Avinash Garg, a customer.Analysts tracking the industry portray a gleaming future for the segment.last_img read more

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Pro Kabaddi 2019: All-round Puneri Paltan Beat Telugu Titans 34-27

first_img pklPKL 7PKL Live Scorepkl live updates First Published: August 30, 2019, 11:16 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. New Delhi: Puneri Paltan produced an all-round performance to beat Telugu Titans 34-27 in a Pro Kabaddi League Season 7 match at Thyagaraj Sports Complex here on Friday.Nitin Tomar (8 points) and Manjeet (9 points) were among the points for the Anup Kumar coached Pune side, despite a record-setting defensive display by the Titans who produced 7 Super Tackles. The win helped Paltan pip Titans for the 10th spot in the points tally. Paltan dominated the initial minutes of the match, thwarting Siddharth Desai’s raids while Nitin Tomar picked up valuable raid points at the other end.But Titans’ defender Vishal Bhardwaj, who has made a name for himself as the king of Super Tackles in Season 7, sparked off a series of Super Tackles and was ably supported by teammates Abozar Mighani and Amit Kumar to keep the Titans in the game.Titans produced 5 Super Tackles in the first half as Vishal Bhardwaj raced to a High 5 (awarded to defenders with five or more tackle points). However, the defensive masterclass was not enough to prevent an All-Out in the final minute of the half which ended 17-14 in Paltan’s favour.Desai was in no mood to let Paltan dominate him and started the second half positively, picking up four points in his first four raids after the break.Desai also reached a personal milestone of 300 Pro Kabaddi points with the raids. But sadly for Titans, the defenders struggled to replicate their first half form, with Vishal Bhardwaj making a mistake on an ankle hold that allowed Paltan’s Manjeet to escape with a 4-point Super Raid four minutes after the restart. The move allowed Paltan to open up a 6-point lead which they held on to firmly.Balasaheb Jadhav, Paltan’s find of the season, came in the second half to solidify the defence while Manjeet and Tomar took care of the raiding duties. Tomar reached a personal milestone of 400 Pro Kabaddi points towards the latter stages of the match as Paltan saw out a late challenge by the Titans. last_img read more

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Simone Biles Wins 15th World Gymnastics Championships Title as US Claim Team Gold

first_img gymnasticsSimone BilesusWorld Gymnastics Championships First Published: October 8, 2019, 11:39 PM IST Stuttgart: US gymnastics star Simone Biles clinched a record-extending 15th world championship gold medal on Tuesday as the Americans won the women’s team title in Stuttgart.Biles, 22, collected her 21st medal at the championships to become the most decorated women’s gymnast, taking her one clear of Russia’s Svetlana Khorkina. She also moved to within two medals of the all-time record held by Vitaly Scherbo of Belarus, a men’s gymnastics star in the 1990s.It was a fourth team title for Biles in an event the Americans have dominated for the last eight years.They claimed gold with a tally of 172.330, well ahead of the Russians who took silver with 166.529, while bronze went to Italy on 164.796.Biles played a key role in a commanding performance by the USA, earning the most points in three of the four disciplines — the vault, balance beam and floor.She earned a loud cheer for landing the “Biles II” skill — a triple-twisting double back on the floor — keeping her pre-championship promise to perform it in “every competition” in Stuttgart.Her huge tally of 15.333 led a US clean sweep in the floor exercises alongside team-mates Jade Carey and Sunisa Lee, to hand the Americans gold.Biles is expected to add more medals to her dazzling tally as the favourite in the women’s all-around final on Thursday and this weekend’s apparatus finals. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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‘The Girl You Were Warned About’: Paris 2024 Logo Mocked Online

first_img 2024 Paris Olympics2024 Paris ParalympicslogoParis 2024 First Published: October 23, 2019, 4:12 PM IST Paris: The new 2024 Olympics logo is supposed to evoke French history but has instead earned ridicule online for its apparent resemblance to a stereotypical Parisian woman.Unveiled on Monday, the design incorporates the art deco style in vogue the last time Paris hosted the Games in 1924, depicting an Olympic flame within a gold medal. It also incorporates the lips and outline of Marianne, the personification of liberty and the French Republic since the revolution of 1789 — an addition that some mocked for adding an unnecessarily seductive character to the motif.”The French Olympic logo tumbles out of bed on a Parisian morning,” wrote Paris-based journalist Megan Clement on Twitter.”She tousles her messy bob, dons breton stripes and ballet flats and whisks down the stairs from her fifth-floor apartment to grab a baguette before enigmatically texting two men who are pursuing her romantically.”(She) has an expresso and a cigarette for lunch. She hops on a vintage bicycle and pedals past the Eiffel Tower on her way to a cafe where she will sit and read Baudelaire with her fluffy white dog at her feet.”Others compared the flame motif to the logo of dating app Tinder and suggested the silhouette of Marianne brought to mind the retro hairstyle made popular by Jennifer Aniston in the American sitcom “Friends”.”The artist’s muse, the poet’s dream, and the girl your mother warned you about. She’s fashionably late for everything. She’ll make out with your husband at a party and then wonder why you’re mad,” said one Twitter user.”I want to follow the French Olympic logo on Instagram,” wrote another.Parisians got their first glimpse of the new logo when it was unveiled at the French capital’s famous Grand Rex cinema on Monday. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more

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Football: Jose Mourinho out? Not so soon…

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementManchester United manager Jose Mourinho hasn’t had the best of starts to the 2018-19 season. Two losses in the opening three games has resulted in the special one coming under a lot of fire from critics and fans. Despite the shaky start, executive vice chairman Ed Woodward has decided to give Mourinho ample time and opportunity to turn the club’s fortunes around.United were defeated 3-0 by Tottenham Hotspurs in the final Premier League game for the month of August, following an equally dismal showing at the 3-2 loss away to Brighton and Hove Albion. Mourinho has been criticised throughout his United run for playing slow and defensive football, which doesn’t reflect the kind of football the club is famous for, yet in the first half of the game against Tottenham, United seemed to have a purpose about their game, creating several chances in the opposition penalty box but failing to convert any, including an open goal miss by Romelu Lukaku. They started the second half in similar fashion but two quickfire goal by the London club completely disoriented the mentality and the structure of the red devils, and a third one towards the end of the match sealed the deal for Mauricio Pochettino’s men.The loss wasn’t the least of Mourinho’s problems. During the post match press conference, he made a very bizarre scene as he brought up the past glories of his Premier League career, and it seemed like he had lost his touch with United after a fruitful two seasons with them.Despite there being rumours of a row between Woodward and Mourinho, the former is not willing to sack the special one just yet, to give him time to turn the club’s fortunes around. Parallels have been drawn after this decision with Mourinho’s 2015-16 season with Chelsea where he also had a poor showing and was sacked by the club mid season.Max Allegri, Didier Deschamps and Leonardo Jardim are some of the replacements the club might look into if the worst comes to pass but as of now, the special one’s immediate future is safe at Old Trafford.Read the full article here :https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/football/premier-league/manchester-united-jose-mourinho-latest-sack-next-manager-tottenham-press-conference-premier-league-a8511221.htmlRead also :The Real Reason Why Manchester United Ended Up Jose Mourinho Instead Of Pep GuardiolaEL GRAN DERBI: THE EARLIEST SEVILLE DERBY SINCE 1987/88last_img read more

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Nursery admission: HC stays AAP Govt’s decision to scrap nursery admission criteria

first_imgThe AAP government on Thursday suffered another setback after Delhi High Court stayed its decision to scrap two more criteria, besides the management quota and 11 other norms, for nursery admissions in private unaided schools.”Till further order of this court, criteria 2 and 24 are stayed,” Justice Manmohan said adding that the main petitions were yet to be heard on merits. The two criteria stayed relate to admissions to children of parents having inter-state transferable jobs and government employees.The court on February 4 had stayed 11 of the 62 criteria, including those relating to the proven track records of parents, their proficiency in music or sports, their achievements, the gender of the child and whether the kid was first-born or adopted.Granting relief to Sanskriti School, which had sought quashing of circular, the court issued notice to the education department and tagged their petition with the pleas filed by Action Committee Unaided Recognised Private Schools and Forum for Promotion of Quality Education For All.Also readNursery admissions: First list out, parents cry foullast_img read more

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SPORT-WT20-IND-BOARD

first_imgMumbai, Mar 12 (PTI) Scoreboard of the World T20 cricket Mumbai, Mar 12 (PTI) Scoreboard of the World T20 cricket tournament warm-up match between India and South Africa here today.South Africa innings (20 overs maximum) Hashim Amla c Dhoni b Bumrah 5 Quinton de Kock retired not out 56 Faf du Plessis c Jadeja b Shami12 JP Duminy c Jadeja b Shami67 David Miller c Dhoni b Pandya18 Rilee Rossouw c Jadeja b Pandya11 David Wiese c Dhoni b Pandya 0 Chris Morris b Bumrah14 Farhaan Behardien run out 5 Kyle Abbott not out 0 Aaron Phangiso not out 0 Extras: (LB-2 W-6) 8Total: (For 9 wkts in 20 overs) 196 Fall of wickets: 1/15 2/33 3/148 4/170 5/171 6/186 7/194 8/195Bowling: Harbhajan Singh 4-0-27-0, Mohammed Shami 4-0-37-2, Jasprit Bumrah 4-0-51-2, Hardik Pandya 4-0-36-3, Pawan Negi 1-0-12-0, Ravindra Jadeja 2-0-18-0, Suresh Raina 1-0-13-0. More PTI PDS PDSlast_img read more

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Hone your skills with RACR at Buddh International Circuit

first_imgRACR was started by Rajini Krishnan, one of India’s most prolific professional motorcycle racers. He is the first Indian winner of an international road racing event, with his victory at the Malaysian Super Series -150 cc – 2006. Rajini is the current Malaysian Super Bike Champion (1000 cc -2015, open class).Rajini is actively involved in professional motorcycle racing here in India and overseas. It has been his dream to start a motorcycle riding and competitive racing training academy. The reason is twofold, to help riders develop their inherent potential and two, to be able to give back something to this sport that has made him what he is.The Rajini Academy of Competitive Racing (RACR) was formed in 2015. The vision of the academy is to help riders hone their skills, whether on the road, or blaze international tracks in the superbike category. RACR conducts rider’s school for all categories of riders; commuters, touring, riders who do track days or racers.Some exceptionally talented Indian and foreign riders are instructors at the academy. Training comprises of classroom sessions and on track practice in 3 circuits- Madras Motor Race Track, MMRT, in Chennai, KARI Motor Speedway in Coimbatore and the Buddh International Circuit, BIC, in Greater Noida.The next training session is on the 30th and 31st of March, 2016 at the Buddh International Circuit, (BIC) off New Delhi.This schedule is open for riders of all levels – novices, intermediate and expert with different instructors to cater to their specific level of experience.This is RACR’s second stint at BIC.advertisementThis time at BIC, their special mentor is Nina Prinz, a rider of great repute from Germany. She is one of the top lady motorcycle racers in the world.DATE: MARCH 30TH & 31ST, 2016DAYS: WEDNESDAY & THURSDAYVENUE: BUDDH INTERNATIONAL CIRCUITTIME: 8.00 AM TO 5:00 PM (You can come at any time during the day)Fees: Rs 49,000/-last_img read more

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Cong accuses Modi govt of showing utter contempt of RS

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 18 (PTI) Accusing the BJP led NDA government of showing “utter contempt” of Rajya Sabha for taking the money bill route to pass the Aadhar bill, the Congress today indicated that the matter could be challenged by “others” in the courts.”This is a very dangerous trend. The Government has taken this to bypass the Rajya Sabha. This is an assault on the Rajya Sabha. The Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha are two equal wheels of the same chariot of Indian democracy, if one of the wheel does not run, it will hamper democracy,” Congress Spokesperson Jairam Ramesh said here.Insisting that a series of conditions are specified in Article 110 and that Article 110 uses the word “only” if those conditions are prevalent can a bill be declared a Money Bill, Ramesh said that the Aadhaar Bill, which was passed as a money bill “ignored five recommendations made by the Rajya Sabha had many other provisions.”It had many other provisions and most constitutional experts have given the view that the Aadhaar Bill is not a Money Bill. While the prerogative of declaring a bill as a Money Bill or not is that of the Speaker and the Speakers decision is final but the recommendation to the Speaker to consider making it a Money Bill is that of the Government.”It is the government that decides whether it is a Money Bill or not and the Speaker only certifies it as Money Bill,” Ramesh said.”The two examples that the Finance Minister gave, that they were declared Money Bills in the past, were wrong. They were not Money Bills. The Juvenile Justice Bill of 1986 and the African Development Bank Bill of 1983 which the Finance Minister used to justify the Aadhaar Bill being the Money Bill, turned down to be completely erroneous and false,” he said.advertisementTo repeated questions on whether Congress will challenge the passage of Aadhar bill as Money bill in Supreme Court, Ramesh evaded a direct reply saying “we have not heard the last on the Money Bill issue. I dont think that you have heard the last on the Money Bill debate. The Money Bill debate will continue.”He said there is a petition already before a five judge bench of the Supreme Court which has not yet given its final verdict.”So, I am sure, there will be others who will take this issue but as far as we are concerned, we go by the Article 110. The Speakers decision is final. The Speaker has declared it is a Money Bill, it came as Money Bill, it was discussed as Money Bill, it was recommended as a Money Bill and finally passed as Money Bill and we cannot undo the history.” PTI AMR RGlast_img read more

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Indian Premier League 2016: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rising Pune Supergiants, As it happened

first_imgClinical Rising Pune Supergiants defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by 34 runs (D/L method) to put an end to their four-match losing streak and moveup to the sixth spot in the Indian Premier League table. (Scorecard)Highlights!Rising Pune Supergiants innings!00.06 IST: Clinical Rising Pune Supergiants beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by 34 runs (D/L) to put an end to their 4-match losing streak. 23.47 IST: Rain Gods have interrupted again! Steady drizzle stops the match once again! Pune are well ahead in their run chase, even on D/L method.  23.46 IST: OUT! Ashish Nehra strikes as MS Dhoni departs for 5. Pune 94/3 in 11 overs 23.38 IST: OUT! Henriques gets rid of Faf du Plessis on 30! Much needed wicket for Hyderabad! Bowls a length ball outside off, du Plessis looks to cut it away butgets a faint edge and Ojha takes a simple catch. Huge appeal from thebowling team and the umpire raises his finger. Two down for Pune now. Pune 80/2 in 9.1 overs 23.31 IST: 58 runs have come in the last 5 overs! Both Smith and du Plessis are dealing in boundaries! Pune 71/1 in 8 overs23.26 IST: Superb over for Pune! Smith, du Plessis take Bipul Sharma to the cleaners! Pune 63/1 in 7 overs 23.22 IST: Big overs back-to-back for Pune. Smith, du Plessis lead Pune’s run chase of 119 against Hyderabad. Pune 46/1 in 6 overs23.17 IST: Ashish Nehra gives away a plenty of runs – 11 to be particular. Pune 35/1 in 5 overs  23.08 IST: Expensive over from Mustafizur – 11 off it! Hyderabad can’t afford these. Pune 24/1 in 4 overs22.54 IST: OUT! Bhuvneshwar Kumar strikes early to give his team momentum! Good lengthball outside off, Rahane looks to slice it over point but couldn’t do as Morgan stationed at Point jumps to take that catch. First he fumblesbut takes it in the second attempt. Pune gets their first blow. RPS 0/1 in 1 over advertisementSunrisers Hyderabad innings:Hyderabad batsmen were not in the momentum tonight as they lostearly wickets and kept losing it in regular intervals. The captain David Warner got cheaply out and Dhawan stayed till the end. Shikhar waslooking for support from the other batsmen to form a good partnership to post a good total. Naman Ojha joined later and was backing Dhawan wellbut fell prey to Dinda. The first innings belongs to Pune as they wereoutstanding in their bowling as well as fielding which helped them torestrict Hyderabad at paltry total of 118. Let’s see if Dhoni’s men canchase it down or the hosts will defend it. Fabulous display of bowling from Pune after losing four consecutive matches. The bowlers were right on the money from the beginning of the innings and picked up early wickets. Ashok Dinda got the opportunity to play tonight and he proved that he is worthy as he was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets in his bag.22.36 IST: Ashok Dinda (3/23), Mitchell Marsh (2/14) help Pune restrict power-packed Hyderabad to 118/8 in 20 overs.22.25 IST: OUT! Sunrisers Hyderabad lose their seventh as Bipul Sharma is run out for 5. SRH 92/7 in 18.1 overs22.23 IST: SIX! Dhawan brings up his fifty with a huge six! That’s the only bright spot for Hyderabad tonight!  22.17 IST: OUT! Dinda is on fire! Dinda strikes again! Bowls a length ball on middle, Ojha swings his bat to play a big shot but misses the line completely and the ball breaks the stumps. The partnership was looking good but Dinda strikes to break it. SRH sink further, 79/6 in 16.4 overs  22.13 IST: Dropped! Ajinkya Rahane puts down a dolly to give a life to Dhawan. SRH 78/5 in 16 overs 22.07 IST: A big over for Sunrisers Hyderabad – 13 off it. Both Shikhar and Naman Ojha have targeted Rajat Bhatia. SRH 72/5 in 15 overs22.03 IST: Tidy over from Ravichandran Ashwin, gives away 6 runs. Dot balls are putting Sunrisers in pressure. SRH 59/5 in 14 overs. 21.55 IST: It has been a difficult night for Sunrisers Hyderabad. Meanwhile, fifty up for the home team in 12.1 overs21.50 IST: The home team is in a spot of bother as they have lost half of their side inside the first 10 overs and with only 40 runs on the board. Anything under 120 will not be a par total. SRH 42/5 in 11 overs 21:41 IST: Out. Mitchell Marsh returns back and gets another wicket in the form of Moises Henriques, caught brilliantly down the leg by MS Dhoni. 21:32 IST: Out. Ravichandran Ashwin gets into action straightaway as he removes Deepak Hooda for 1 caught by Dhoni. Hooda going for the reverse sweep gets a top edge and an alert Dhoni dives forward to take the catch. Sunrisers 32/4 after 8 overs. advertisement21:26 IST:  The Pune pacers have made good use of the conditions by pitching in the right areas. Ashok Dinda gets his second wicket by dismissing Aditya Tare for 8 and the next over Mitchell Marsh sends back Eoin Morgan for a duck. Sunrisers are now three down.21:17 IST:  The ball is shaping around for the seamers because of the initial rain in the evening. So far, Tare and Dhawan have been cautious in their approach. Sunrisers 19 for 1 in 4 overs. Aditya Tare joins Shikhar Dhawan at the crease. 21:03 IST: Out. Dinda strikes first over to send back David Warner cheaply for a duck. The ball was wide to be cut and Warner played it straight into the hands of Rahane at backward point. 20:59 IST: Finally good to see players out in the middle. Dhawan and Warner at the crease, Dinda to start the bowling proceedings for Pune. 20:54 IST: Covers coming off and play to start at 21:00 local time, still a full game. 20:45 IST Not again, steady drizzle is back again. Live visuals show groundsmen dragging the covers back to the middle. 20:33 IST:  Rain has stopped, covers also coming off. Play to start at 20:45 local time and it will be a full game.20:28 IST: Good news trickling in, it has stopped raining and the covers are being taken off. 20:14 IST: The rain is back and so also the covers.20:12 IST: News from Hyderabad is that it has stopped raining and the covers are coming off.20:08 IST Covers are still on with the drizzle getting a bit heavy, but the fans are enjoying the summer rain with Bollywood music playing in the background. We start losing overs after 21:00 local time. 19:58 IST: David Warner and Shikhar Dhawan make their way to open for Hyderabad. But wait, it has started to rain and the umpires ask the groundsmen for the covers. Players also head back to the dugout, looks like passing showers.Teams:Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Aditya Tare, Eoin Morgan, Deepak Hooda, Moises Henriques, Naman Ojha(w), Bipul Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mustafizur Rahman, Ashish NehraRising Pune Supergiants: Ajinkya Rahane, Faf du Plessis, Steven Smith, Thisara Perera, MS Dhoni(w/c), Mitchell Marsh, Rajat Bhatia, Saurabh Tiwary, Ravichandran Ashwin, Murugan Ashwin, Ashok Dinda Toss and team news: Rising Pune Supergiants won the toss and have opted to bowl. For Pune, Albie Morkel makes way for Mitchell Marsh and Ankit Sharma makes way for Ashok Dinda, while Ashish Nehra makes comeback for Hyderabad in place of Barinder Sran.Glad to have Yuvi Paaji back into the side! Time to go all guns blazing! @YUVSTRONG12 pic.twitter.com/vqaVsijyYX&; Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) April 25, 2016There was bit of rain in the afternoon but now nothing looks threatening, except for floating clouds here and there. Preview: Sunrisers Hyderabad will aim to continue their winning streak when they face Rising Pune Supergiants at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.Hyderabad had a poor start to their campaign, losing the first two matches. But they have staged a fine recovery by winning three matches on-the-trot, which has taken them to the fourth spot in the eight-team standings with six points from five games.advertisementThey have a strong batting line-up which includes the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, David Warner, Eoin Morgan, Kane Williamson and the veteran Yuvraj Singh.Warner has been in great form so far and has struck four half-centuries in five matches to be the second highest scorer with 294 runs. The Australian’s opening partner Dhawan seems to have finally snapped out of his prolonged run of poor form after good performances in the last two matches.The left-handed batsman batted through the innings along with Warner to post an unbeaten 53 and take Hyderabad to a 10-wicket win over IPL debutants Gujarat Lions. He was in fine touch in the last match against KIngs XI Punjab as well, and was unlucky to miss out on a half-century.Henriques, Morgan and wicketkeeper Naman Ojha have also done well with the bat for Hyderabad.Hyderabad also have a high quality pace attack spearheaded by New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult. Although veteran pacer Ashish Nehra is down with an injury, Hyderabad has not really felt his absence thanks to the in-form duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mustafizur Rahman.Bhuvneshwar is currently occupying the second place in the bowlers’ list with eight wickets in five games. Left-arm Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur has also been impressive so far, and is fourth on the wicket takers list with seven scalps. He also boasts a good economy rate of 5.75 runs per over.Ben Cutting of Australia and Barinder Sran, who recently made his debut for India, are also good options in the pace department. Hyderabad also have top class all-rounders in Yuvraj Singh, Moises Henriques and Karn Sharma.Pune, on the other hand, seem to have lost their way a bit. They started off in promising fashion with a commanding nine-wicket win over defending champions Mumbai Indians in the opener. But they have struggled to find the right combination since and have lost four consecutive matches. They are second from the bottom in the table with just two points.last_img read more

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Film by Dibrugarh boy to screen at Cannes

first_imgNew Delhi, May 17 (PTI) A movie by a young Assamese filmmaker based on the 1962 India-China war will screen at the Cannes International Film Festivals market tomorrow.The 108-minute English language feature film “1962: My Country Land” is 28-year-old Chow Partha Borgohains debut work which is produced by Marbom Mai under the banner Living Dreams.Borgohain is also the writer and cinematographer of the Rs 2.5-crore film whose music has been composed by legendary Manipuri folk artiste Guru Rewben Mashangva along with Shankar Shankini.The film was shot at Tawang and Mechuka in Arunachal Pradesh, Sohra in Meghalaya and in Guwahati.”Whenever people talk about Arunachal Pradesh, the stories of 1962 Sino-Indo war take a forefront. The stories of 1962 are fresh with the locals residing in the affected region but many others forgot the pain and torture the people went through during that time,” says Borgohain, who was born in Arunachal Pradesh and now based at Dibrugarh in Assam.According to him, Jawaharlal Nehrus iconic statement on AIR “My heart goes out to the people of Assam (at that time Arunachal was a part of Assam)” was “really disheartening as I wondered how our supreme leader could so easily give up on us”.And this “thought really pushed me to write the story further. I managed to search the archives and also interact with many people and thus the plot began evolving,” Borgohain told PTI from Cannes.The story of “1962: My Country Land” revolves around Luitya, an army Lance Naik who is given the responsibility of surveying the India-China Line of Actual Control in NEFA that may demarcate India and Tibets territory.advertisementWhile surveying, he and his porter Gyatso lost their way in the vast terrain of the Himalayan mountains and end up finding a patch of land which is neither in India nor in China.They encounter Wang, a trader from the Far East in that village with dark secrets and intentions, and the village chiefs daughter Yaka.Luitya and Gyatso discover that the patch of land is an unknown and unmapped territory and there is fierce fight between Luitya and Wang to take over the land.Wang tries to get Yaka but while resisting him Luitya falls in love with her. There an underground rebel leader tries to take over the land but Luitya, Wang and Yaka join hands to defeat him. Luitya, Gyatso, Yaka and Wang then all become friends.By that time, the war breaks out and Wang and Luitya are forced to return. Luitya promises to return to Yaka once the war is over. Wang sacrifices the land for Yaka and gives up his mission by betraying his nation. War gets over but Luitya is left heartbroken to find that Yaka and the village go missing. PTI ZMN BKlast_img read more

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Virat Kohli one of his kind, no one can play like him: Shane Watson

first_imgVirat Kohli has been in sensational touch in 2016. Even the greatest of batsmen struggle to score a century, but for someone hitting the three-figure mark four times in just 13 T20 matches in the ongoing Indian Premier League simply blows away the minds of fellow cricketers, commentators and of course the fans.And among them is Royal Challengers Bangalore’s star all-rounder Shane Watson who is completely in awe of his team’s skipper.”To be able to score one (century) in your entire career (in T20s) is an incredible feat, but for someone to score four hundreds in a (single edition) of the IPL!”No one can ever play like that!,” Watson was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.Kohli is aggregating 865 runs at a mindboggling average of 86.50 in the ninth edition of the IPL, with the help of four hundreds, five fifties.Kohli smashed his fourth ton against Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday in a rain-curtailed game as he went on to become the first batsman to reach 4,000 runs in the IPL. Gujarat Lions skipper Suresh Raina joined him in the elite list a day later.DIFFERENT GAMEWatson, who has witnessed Kohli taking the opposition bowlers to task from the dug-out, is amazed with the way ‘Batman’ Kohli and ‘Superman’ AB de Villiers have played.”Virat and AB (De Villiers) as well, they’re playing a different game at the moment. Their control and what they’re doing is mind blowing. It’s a privilege to be able to play with RCB, to get to know Virat and AB, off the field as well and see what incredible people they are,” he said.advertisement’WE ARE FLYING’RCB are placed third at the moment as IPL’s war to play-offs heats up. They are peaking at the right time and Watson is optimistic about his teams chances of reaching the next round.”We are flying. To be able to win and get ourselves in this position before the next round is an incredible achievement,” Watson said.last_img read more

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Ganguly, Jones, Laxman feel pink ball is here to stay

first_imgKolkata, Jun 16 (PTI) With Eden Gardens set to host the countrys first day-night match with a pink ball in club cricket, an expert panel comprising Sourav Ganguly, VVS Laxman and Dean Jones today strongly felt that the innovation is here to stay. In its bid to host Indias first day-night Test, proposed against New Zealand in October, the iconic Eden Gardens will experiment by organising the final of the four-day Super League under lights with pink Kookaburra ball. The June 18-21 match will be telecast live by BCCIs official broadcaster Star Sports and the Sourav Ganguly-led Cricket Association of Bengal is leaving no stone unturned to make the experiment a success. Former Aussie batsman Jones, who did commentary in the first day/night Test between Australia and New Zealand at the Adelaide Oval, said the era of pink ball will make cricket an even contest. “Now what we see is a bully type of a game and batsmen are having it too easy over the last decade,” Jones said during a panel discussion on Indias first pink ball multiday match here. “But with pink ball it would be an even contest, and Im liking the thing here. I would like to see the ball swinging a little bit more. “I would like to see the defensive skills of the batsmen. I think it will be a better game to watch. Pink ball is here to stay.” He further joked that the night-watchman would mean in a true sense with the advent of day/night Tests. Jones further said a lot of research was being done on the kookaburra ball which would be completely dyed in pink and would retain the colour even if its get old. “Its pink right through. Pink ball is not here to save Test cricket but to serve as a catalyst to bring people back. Its like changing the work hours of a stall. People cannot sit in 45 degree sun for cricket. The pink is the new red,” he said. Ganguly, incidentally, had the experience of playing with pink ball when he represented MCC a few years back in the UAE and said he did not have any problem sighting the ball. More PTI TAP AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

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Rio Olympics: Missy Franklin, Ryan Lochte struggle against rising stars at US trials

first_imgOne by one, some of America’s biggest swimming stars are going down at the Olympic trials. (Latest Sports stories)First, Ryan Lochte. Then, Missy Franklin.Lochte, an 11-time Olympic medalist but slowed by a groin injury, missed out on his second chance to make the team in an individual event with a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter freestyle. There was some consolation: Lochte at least clinched a spot in the 4×200 relay, so he’ll be in Rio.Franklin can’t say that yet. The bubbly star of the 2012 London Games struggled to a seventh-place finish in the 100 backstroke, denying her a chance to defend the gold medal she won four years ago.Racing just 23 minutes after qualifying for the final of the 200 free, the 21-year-old Franklin couldn’t pull off the gruelling double. She finished nearly a body length behind winner Olivia Smoliga and runner-up Kathleen Baker, who will represent the U.S. in what was once Franklin’s signature event.Franklin was nearly 2 seconds off her winning time in London, touching in 1 minute, 0.24 seconds. Smoliga won in 59.02 seconds, followed by Baker at 59.29.”It’s going to be really hard not to be in that (event) this summer,” Franklin said. “But I cannot wait to watch how Olivia and Kathleen do, and I can’t wait to see what they’re capable of.”The only swimmer to finish behind Franklin was 12-time medalist Natalie Coughlin. The 33-year-old likely missed out on her best chance to make the team in an individual event, though there’s a chance she could still qualify in a relay.advertisementFRANKLIN DOWNFALL SHOCKINGCoughlin’s result was not unexpected as she winds down her career. Franklin’s downfall is shocking, though not a total surprise.The 21-year-old has struggled since turning pro last summer and seems a bit overwhelmed by the enormous expectations she faced going into an Olympic year, knowing everyone fans, sponsors, media, fellow athletes expected her to burn even brighter after she claimed four golds and a bronze while still just a high schooler in London.”I am feeling more pressure than I ever have before, but that’s all part of the process … learning how to deal with it and learning how to move forward,” Franklin said. “All I can do is the best I can do.”In the men’s 200 free, Lochte was second at the final turn but couldn’t hold on, either. Townley Haas surged to the victory in 1:45.66, just a hundredth of a second ahead of Conor Dwyer, who clinched his second individual event in Rio after also taking second in the 400 free.LOCHTE RELIEVED”I’m just happy that I’m going to Rio,” Lochte said, sounding downright relieved. “You can never go in knowing that you’re going to make the team, just because the U.S. is one of the hardest countries to make the Olympic team.”For good measure, another stalwart of the 2012 U.S. team failed to qualify. Matt Grevers, the defending Olympic gold medalist in the men’s 100 backstroke, finished third behind Ryan Murphy and David Plummer.Murphy won in 52.26, edging Plummer’s time of 52.28. Grevers touched in 52.76.”It wasn’t that tight. They beat me by a half-second,” Grevers said. “I think I’m a little stunned. I think after I let it sink in, I’ll be more distraught than I currently am.”Yet another Olympic gold medalist, Jessica Hardy, finished sixth in the 100 breaststroke to also miss out on the U.S. team. Lilly King and Katie Meili were 1-2 in the final, extending what has become a definite changing of the guard in Omaha.Ten of the swimmers who claimed likely spots for Rio on Tuesday night will be first-time Olympians.Over the first three days of the trials, that number could be as high as 17 – a drastic makeover for the world’s greatest swimming nation.But a couple of the most recognizable names are doing just fine.PHELPS, LEDECKY DOMINATEKatie Ledecky is living up to her staggering expectations, and the most decorated Olympian of them all, Michael Phelps, looked as dominant as ever in his first event of the meet.Ledecky was easily the top qualifier in the semifinals of the 200 free at 1:55.10, more than a second ahead of everyone else, as she looks to add a second event to her Rio schedule. She already won the 400 free, will be an overwhelming favourite in the 800 free and also entered the 100 free.Franklin was fourth-fastest at 1:57.33, leaving her little chance of knocking off Ledecky but more hopeful that she could at least get the second spot in Wednesday’s final to claim an individual race in Rio. A top-six finish likely would be good enough to put her on the team in the 4×200 relay.advertisement”Right now, I need to make the team in whatever way that looks like,” Franklin said, a tinge of desperation in her voice.Then there’s Phelps, who already has 18 golds and 22 medals overall – and came out of retirement seeking to win a few more before he calls it quits again.He was more than a second ahead of the next-fastest swimmer in the semifinals of the 200 butterfly, powering through the water with ease while his 7-week-old son, Boomer, watched from the stands, his mother covering the infant’s ears as the crowd roared for his dad.Phelps, whose time was 1:55.17, couldn’t help but notice all the newcomers on the U.S. team.”I don’t even know half of them,” he said. “It’s exciting to have new faces, where people are really pumped to come up in the sport. That’s a good thing to see as I’m on my way out.”last_img read more

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FUNDING 3

first_imgDeepak Gaur, Managing Director, SAIF Partners said, “WeDeepak Gaur, Managing Director, SAIF Partners said, “We are very excited to be partners on BookMyShows terrific journey to be Indias leading entertainment platform enabled by technology and strong focus on customer experience. The current round of investment will further allow the company to make key investments in newer domains and enhancing the depth and coverage of entertainment needs of Indian consumers.”BMR Legal served as the legal advisor and Avendus Capital was the exclusive financial advisor to Bigtree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. during this round.About BookMyShow BookMyShow, (Bigtree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.), is Indias largest online entertainment ticketing platform that allows users to book tickets for movies, plays, sports and live events through its website, mobile app and mobile site. Founded in Mumbai (India) in 1999 and re-launched in 2007, BookMyShow is now present in over 350 towns and cities across India, currently meeting the entertainment demands of millions of customers. For more information, please visit:http://www.bookmyshow.com.About Stripes Group Based in New York City, Stripes Group is a leading growth equity firm that invests in Internet, digital media, software, and branded consumer products businesses around the world. For over a decade, Stripes Group has been partnering with market-leading companies with proven business models that are generating exceptional growth. For more information on Stripes Group, visit: http://www.stripesgroup.com. (MORE) PRN TLS TLSlast_img read more

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Anil Kumble suffers rough ride to West Indies

first_imgAnil Kumble’s maiden tour as Team India coach started on an unpleasant note. The former India captain, who landed in West Indies with the Indian team yesterday after a long and tiring flight, realised that his kit bag has been left behind at Gatwick Airport by the British Airways. (Team India reaches West Indies for four-Test series) However, British Airways was quick to notice their mistake and issued a witty apology to Kumble. The airlines tweeted that it is looking to “bowl” Kumble over with their service recovery. (Kumble’s fighting spirit will rub off on Indian players: Glenn McGrath)@anilkumble1074 We’re sorry your bags are ‘not out’ to St Kitts! They have been ‘caught behind’ your flight from Gatwick. We are looking 1/2 British Airways (@British_Airways) July 6, 2016@anilkumble1074 to ‘bowl’ you over with our service recovery. 2/2 British Airways (@British_Airways) July 6, 2016The Indian team landed at St. Kitts yesterday for four-Test series against West Indies with the first match being scheduled on July 21 at Antigua. This is Kumble’s first assignment as the chief coach of the team after the former leg-spinner pipped Ravi Shastri to bag the top post last month.Reached St. Kitts…long flight..@cheteshwar1 @klrahul11 @y_umesh Tour begins @BCCI pic.twitter.com/l2aEpOFSqp Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) July 6, 2016India will play a couple of warm-up matches against West Indies Cricket Board President’s XI on July 9-10 and July 14-16 at Warner Park, Basseterre. (Kumble gets his hands dirty again) Interestingly, this is not the first time that British Airways has made a goof up with an Indian cricketer. The passenger carrier came under severe public criticism last year when batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar tweeted about his “frustrating” experience with the airlines. Tendulkar took to twitter to say he was “angry, disappointed and frustrated” with BA’s service after they failed to confirm his family member’s ticket and tagged his luggage to wrong destination. He also complained about BA’s “don’t care attitude”.Angry Disappointed and Frustrated.. #BAdserviceBA Family member’s Waitlisted ticket not confirmed despite seats being available (1/2)advertisement sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) November 13, 2015And luggage being tagged by @British_Airways to wrong destination and don’t care attitude! #NeveronBA (2/2) sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) November 13, 2015last_img read more

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