DU admissions: Over 5700 students enrolled after 4th cut-off

New Delhi, Jul 15 (PTI) Over 5700 students have taken admission in the Delhi University after the fourth cut-off list was announced on Saturday, officials said.

According to the DU, the total number of admissions till Monday stands at 58,558 after 1577 withdrawals.

After the third cut-off list, 52,813 admissions had taken place in the varsity.

The two-day strike called by the Delhi University Teachers' Association (DUTA) did not have much of an impact on the admission process, officials said.

At Ramjas College, 125 admissions took place and there are chances that seats for B.Com(Honours) might be filled up.

Ramjas College principal Manoj Khanna said he had urged most of the departments in his college not to be on strike since it would affect students coming from afar.

Aryabhatta College officials said there have been more admissions than the designated seats in BSC(Honours) Mathematics and BA(Honours) English courses.

A DU college principal, requesting anonymity, said the strike was called without consultation and planning and that is why it did not affect the admission process.

However, a DU official expressed apprehension about the admission process getting affected due to the strike on Tuesday.

According to the DUTA, the hasty implementation of Economically Weaker Section reservation in teaching positions is going to result in the displacement of hundreds of ad-hoc teachers. They had called for a two-day strike on Monday and Tuesday and urged teachers to not do official work.

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Mission ‘ode’

Superstar Akshay Kumar, who next features in Mission Mangal, says he was intrigued by the stories of women scientists of ISRO who struck a fine balance between their personal lives and their commitment to the space agency’s Mars programme. The Jagan Shakti-directed movie, touted as India’s first space film, follows scientists at Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) who contributed to the Mars Orbiter Mission. Besides Akshay, the film also features Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari and Nithya Menon.

“This is a work of 17 engineers and scientists at ISRO. While listening to so many real stories of women scientists, I found it amazing how they managed their homes while being so incredible at work. “Through this film, I want to tell them that they’re great. This movie belongs to these five girls, played by Vidya Balan, Sonakshi Sinha, Taapsee Pannu, Kirti Kulhari and Nithya Menon. This is their movie,” the actor said in a statement. Mission Mangal, produced by Cape of Good Films, Hope Productions and Fox Star Studios, is scheduled to be released on August 15 this year.


I am not my work: Robert Downey Jr on Iron-Man

Los Angeles, Jul 15 (PTI) For over a decade, Robert Downey Jr has been Tony Stark aka Iron-Man for Marvel fanatics around the world but the actor is clear, in real life, he is not the beloved superhero.

The actor, whose career stemmed from theatre, said his off-Broadway training taught him to maintain "aesthetic distance" from the characters he plays in order to remain in touch with his identity.

"I am not my work. I am not what I did with that studio. I am not that period of time that I spent playing this character (Iron-Man).

"And it sucks, because the kid in all of us wants to be like, 'No. It's always going to be summer camp and we're all holding hands and singing 'Kumbaya'," Downey Jr told The Hollywood Reporter.

But both Disney's Marvel Studio and the actor benefited from the mirror-like personas of the Hollywood star and Iron-Man.

"Initially, by creating and associating and synergising with Tony Stark and the Marvel Universe... And being a good company man, but also being a little off kilter, being creative and getting into all these other partnerships, it was a time when... what do they say? Owners start looking like their pets," he said.

The 54-year-old actor earned USD 50 million as backend profit participation for "Avengers" (2012), and he made USD 75 million for "Avengers: Infinity War".

Calling himself Marvel's "trust fund kid", Downey Jr noted post "Avengers: Endgame" an unknown road waits for him.

"There's always a dependency on something that feels like a sure thing. It's the closest I will ever come to being a trust fund kid," he said of his time with the studio.


Would love to be part of it: Kumail Nanjiani on 'The Eternals'

os Angeles, Jul 15 (PTI) Kumail Nanjiani has not confirmed if he has joined the cast of Marvel's "The Eternals", but the actor said featuring in the superhero film would be "great".

As per reports, the Pakistani-American actor is one of the artistes who is set to be a part of the new offering from Marvel Cinematic Universe.

"I cannot comment on that. It would be so great to be part of a superhero film. I would love it so much," Nanjiani told Variety of the rumours.

Details about the movie and what character he would play is currently under wraps and Marvel gave no confirmation about the actor's possible casting.

If true, the role would mark Nanjiani's first venture into the superhero realm.

Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, as well as Keanu Reeves, are also in negotiations with the studio to join "The Eternals".

Created by Jack Kirby in 1976, the story of "The Eternals" is set millions of years ago when the cosmic beings known as the Celestials genetically experimented on humans to create super-powered individuals known as the Eternals along with the villainous Deviants.

Chloe Zhao is directing from a script by Matthew and Ryan Firpo. Marvel head Kevin Feige is producing.


Deepika Padukone joins Ranveer Singh in '83'

Mumbai, Jun 12 (PTI) Deepika Padukone is set to star in upcoming sports drama, "83" with her husband, actor Ranveer Singh.

Deepika will essay the role of Romi Dev, wife to cricketing legend Kapil Dev, to be played by Ranveer.

Ranveer made the announcement on Wednesday on Instagram.

"*drum roll* All smiles as All-star @deepikapadukone joins the #83squad! @83thefilm @kabirkhankk," he wrote alongside a photo with Deepika and film's director Kabir Khan.

In another post, Ranveer dished put details about his frequent co-star's role.

"Who better to play My Wifey than My Wifey?! @deepikapadukone plays Romi Dev in @83thefilm! Genius casting courtesy @kabirkhankk," he said.

This will be the duo's fourth collaboration after last year's release "Padmaavat".

"83" will chronicle India's win under Kapil's captainship, when the Men in Blue defeated West Indies in the final to clinch their first-ever World Cup trophy in 1983.

The much-awaited film will release on April 10, 2020.

"83" is produced by Madhu Mantena, Vishnu Induri and Kabir, and presented by Reliance Entertainment.

The shooting is underway in Glasgow.


John Abraham, Emraan Hashmi in Sanjay Gupta's next gangster drama

Mumbai, Jun 11 (PTI) Actors John Abraham and Emraan Hashmi have been locked to feature in filmmaker Sanjay Gupta's upcoming gangster drama.

The film is set in the 1980s and 1990s and in a fictionalised manner revolves around the key events that turned Bombay to Mumbai.

According to a press release, the untitled drama will chronicle the closing of mills, the murder of a key businessman, the nexus between politicians, cops, the underworld and the business fraternity of the city.

"It's my third outing with John and I'm super excited to work with Emraan, I have always wanted to work with him and I am back to my base of filmmaking, gangster dramas and all I can say is...It's good to be home," Gupta said in a statement.

The film, scheduled to go on floors next month, is produced by Gupta's White Feather Films and Bhushan Kumar's T Series.


‘Better’ endgoal!

By Radhika Bhirani:

There’s an intrinsic verve that Mithila Palkar brings alive with ‘little things’ she does when she faces the camera. The actress, who will soon be seen in Chopsticks, says she is focussed on being a better artiste everyday, rather than chasing the stardom that entices many into the world of showbiz. Chopsticks, in which Mithila has Abhay Deol and a goat as co-stars, is touted as Netflix’s first Indian original film. Naturally, she is excited.

“Every first is special,” Mithila, who made her Bollywood debut with “Katti Batti” but was put back on the map with Karwaan, told IANS via recorded responses. Karwaan and Chopsticks have a common thread -- a journey. Talking about the new film, she said, “It’s a really fun and sweet movie about this girl who loses her car and takes the help of a conman to get it back. And then we also have a co-actor which is a goat! It’s actually a sweet comedy in tragedy kind of story. I am very kicked about it. Netflix is now home, so it’s good to be back.” She calls Netflix home because of Little Things, a delightful web series about how it’s the small gestures that count in helping a young couple sail through the tides of everyday life.

The series was acquired by the global OTT platform, which has changed the landscape of showbiz in India in a huge way. For actors, it means many opportunities to expand their horizons and visibility. “It puts you on a global platform and that is big enough for any artiste. Having these players in the game has essentially changed everything for a lot of artistes. I speak for myself... I am here to tell stories, I’m here to be an actor, and not a superstar. “If in the process that ends up happening, great. But that’s not my endgoal. My endgoal is to be a better actor than yesterday... and Netflix is giving me an opportunity to do that,” said Mithila. For now, she has joined forces with her Little Things co-star Dhruv Sehgal for a digital film for Taco Bell’s latest innovation Quesalupa, which is crunchy on the outside, cheesy on the inside. Shooting for it was “lots of fun” for the actress. “Dhruv and my friendship has grown because of the amount of work that we do together. It’s always fun to reunite with him on anything,” she said.

The campaign is built on the proposition of ‘uninterrupted indulgence’. For Mithila, that translates into her love for spending really long hours on her swing at home while the music plays on. That apart, it’s her work she loves. “If there’s one thing that precedes my sleep, it’s my work.” She admits she is “very selectiive” about the work she takes on. “Even when I was starting out, I knew there were certain things that I didn’t want to do or wanted to do. Now that I have been working for a couple of years, there is more clarity about what I definitely want to do. So yes. I am consciously selective of the work that I do.”


Woody Allen to shoot new film with Christoph Waltz in July

Madrid, Jun 5 (PTI) Embattled filmmaker Woody Allen will be shooting his next film, starring Christoph Waltz and Gina Gershon, in Spain.

According to a statement by studio MediaPro, the film, which will be Allen's 51st feature, has been tentatively titled, "WASP2019".

The movie will also star Wallace Shawn, Sergi Lopez, Louis Garrel and Elena Anaya. It will start shooting in July in San Sebastian.

The film, described as a romantic comedy, will follow a married American couple who attend the San Sebastian film festival only to fall in love with different people.

"She has an affair with a brilliant director of French cinema and he falls in love with a beautiful Spanish woman living in the city. A romantic comedy that is solved in a funny way," the studio said.

The project will mark the fourth collaboration between the studio and the filmmaker after "Midnight in Paris", "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger" and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona".

Jaume Roures of Mediapro said, "This latest movie has all the ingredients to be right up there along with what we've become accustomed to Allen's talent: an intelligent script and a first-rate international cast."

Allen's long-delayed "Rainy Day in New York" is set to premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September.

Dylan Farrow, Allen's adopted daughter with former wife Mia Farrow, has accused the director of sexually abusing her in the early 1990s while she was a child.

She reiterated her claims in a 2014 New York Times op-ed and other articles.

The allegations caught steam in the wake of the #MeToo uprising in Hollywood.


Hope I get to work with Leonardo DiCaprio again: Brad Pitt

Cannes, May 23 (PTI) Brad Pitt says he would love to work with his "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood" co-star Leonardo DiCaprio again.

The Quentin Tarantino directorial is the first collaboration between the two Hollywood stars and Pitt, 55, said they had a "fun" time working on the film.

"It was great, great ease, fun. I had a great laugh with him. And it's that thing of knowing you got the best of the best on the opposite side of the table holding up the scene with you.

"There's a great relief in that. We kept the same reference points, we came on (the sets) at the same time, had similar experience to laugh about. I hope I get to do it again," he told reporters.

According to Variety, the actor was speaking at a press conference at the ongoing Cannes Film Festival.

DiCaprio, 44, echoed Pitt's sentiments, calling him "a terrific actor" and "a professional".

He said the fact that Tarantino worked thoroughly on the backstories of the characters they play in the film helped them settle in as co-stars more easily.

"We kind of grew up in the same generation, got our start around the same time. Quentin gave us an incredible back story for our characters. He literally came to us with a bible that they had worked to put together about the friendship that they shared. What they have been through in the industry, they are now on the outskirts.

"There's sort of a new era in Hollywood and they are outsiders. That sort of fed into this immediate ease and comfort that he and I had with another and look. So when Quentin puts you in these improvised scenarios, we have a good foothold on the history of our characters. I think we together forged a great cinematic bond in a film about our industry together," the actor said.

The film, which had its world premiere at Cannes, is billed as Tarantino's ode to the Hollywood of his childhood and explores how the Golden Age of the industry came to an end with the murder of actor Sharon Tate at the hands of the Manson Family cult in 1969.

It features DiCaprio as Rick Dalton, an ageing, out-of-work actor, with Pitt playing his longtime stunt double named Cliff Booth. The two characters happen to be the neighbours of Tate, essayed by Margot Robbie in the film.

The film releases in July.


ആദ്യമായി മാധ്യമങ്ങള്‍ പ്രസിദ്ധീകരിച്ച ഡിജിറ്റല്‍ ക്യാമറയിലെടുത്ത ചിത്രം ജോര്‍ജ്ജ് ബുഷ് സീനിയറിന്റെ, 1989ല്‍: ഡിജിറ്റല്‍ ക്യാമറയുടെ ചരിത്രത്തിലൂടെ

അമേരിക്കയും റഷ്യയും തമ്മിലുള്ള ശീത യുദ്ധമായിരുന്നോ ഡിജിറ്റല്‍ ക്യാമറകള്‍ക്ക് ജന്മം നല്കിയത്? ഡിജിറ്റല്‍ ക്യാമറയുടെ ചരിത്രത്തിലൂടെ കടന്നുപോകുന്ന ആര്‍ക്കും തോന്നിയെക്കാവുന്ന ഒരു സംശയമാണ്. ഡിജിറ്റല്‍ ക്യാമറ മേഖലയിലെ ആദ്യകാല ഗവേഷണങ്ങള്‍ കൂടുതലും നടന്നത് അമേരിക്കയിലാണ് എന്നതാണ് ഈയൊരു സംശയത്തിന്റെ അടിസ്ഥാനം. ചാര ഉപഗ്രഹങ്ങള്‍ ഉപയോഗിച്ച് ചിത്രങ്ങള്‍ ശേഖരിക്കാനുള്ള ബുദ്ധിമുട്ട് ഒഴിവാക്കുക എന്നത് തന്നെയായിരുന്നു ലക്ഷ്യം. ബഹിരാകാശ പ്രതിരോധ മേഖലയില്‍ പ്രമുഖ സ്ഥാനമാണ് ഡിജിറ്റല്‍ ക്യാമറ സാങ്കേതികവിദ്യക്കുള്ളത്.1969. അമേരിക്കയിലെ ബെല്ലി ലാബ്. അവിടെ ഒരു മുഖ്യ ഗവേഷണ പദ്ധതിയുടെ ചുമതലക്കാരായ രണ്ട് ശാസ്ത്രജ്ഞര്‍ക്ക് അന്ത്യശാസനം വന്നു. എത്രയും പെട്ടെന്ന് ഗവേഷണത്തില്‍ പുരോഗതി കാണിച്ചില്ലെങ്കില്‍ ഉടന്‍ പ്രൊജക്റ്റ് അവസാനിപ്പിക്കാം. ശാസ്ത്രജ്ഞന്‍മാര്‍ വിരണ്ടില്ല. ഒരു മണിക്കൂര്‍ സമയത്തിനകം അവര്‍ തങ്ങളുടെ കണ്ടെത്തലുമായി വന്നു. അതാണ് ഇന്ന് ലോകം ആഘോഷിക്കുന്ന ഡിജിറ്റല്‍ ക്യാമറയുടെ കണ്ടുപിടുത്തത്തിലെ നാഴികക്കല്ല്. ചാര്‍ജ് കപ്പിള്‍ഡ് ഡിവൈസ് (സി സി ഡി) എന്ന ഡിജിറ്റല്‍ ക്യാമറയുടെ കണ്ണ് ആണ് അന്നവര്‍ കണ്ടുപിടിച്ചത്. ആ ഇരട്ട ശാസ്ത്രജ്ഞമാരായ വില്ലാര്‍ഡ് എസ് ബോയലിനും ജോര്‍ജ്ജ് ഇ സ്മിത്തിനും ഡിജിറ്റല്‍ സാങ്കേതിക വിദ്യയിലെ കണ്ടുപിടുത്തങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് 2009ല്‍ ഭൌതിക ശാസ്ത്രത്തിനുള്ള നോബല്‍ സമ്മാനം ലഭിക്കുകയുണ്ടായി.എന്നാല്‍ ഇന്ന് കാണുന്ന ഡിജിറ്റല്‍ ക്യാമറയുടെ ആദിമ രൂപം ഉടലെടുക്കുന്നത് കൊഡാക്കിന്റെ ലാബോറട്ടറിയിലാണ്. കൊഡാക്കിന്റെ അപ്ലൈഡ് റിസെര്‍ച്ച് ലാബില്‍ 1975ലാണ് സംഭവം. ലാബില്‍ നിന്നുകിട്ടിയ വസ്തുക്കള്‍ ഉപയോഗിച്ച് സ്റ്റീവന്‍ സാസണ്‍ എന്ന യുവ എഞ്ചിനീയറാണ് ആദ്യത്തെ ഡിജിറ്റല്‍ ക്യാമറ സംഘടിപ്പിച്ചത്. ആ കണ്ടുപിടുത്തത്തിന് 35 വര്‍ഷങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് ശേഷം നാഷണല്‍ മെഡല്‍ ഫോര്‍ ടെക്നോളജി ആന്‍ഡ് ഇന്നൊവേഷന്‍ പുരസ്കാരം ബറാക്ക് ഒബാമ സാസണ് സമ്മാനിക്കുകയുണ്ടായി. സാസണ്‍ എടുത്ത ജോയ് എന്ന കൊഡാക് ലാബിലെ ലാബ് ടെക്സ്നീഷ്യനാണ് ഡിജിറ്റല്‍ ക്യാമറയില്‍ പകര്‍ത്തപ്പെട്ട ആദ്യ മനുഷ്യന്‍. എന്നാല്‍ അത് സൂക്ഷിച്ചു വെക്കാന്‍ സാസണ് കഴിഞ്ഞില്ല.

ഒരൊറ്റ ബ്ലാക് & വൈറ്റ് ചിത്രം എടുക്കുന്നതിന് ഈ ക്യാമറ എടുത്തത് 23 സെക്കണ്ട് ആണ്. ഭാരം ഏകദേശം 4 കിലോഗ്രാമും. ആ ഇമേജ് സ്റ്റോര്‍ ചെയ്യപ്പെടുന്നത് ഒരു കാസറ്റ് ടേപ്പിലാണ്. 30 ഇമേജുകളാണ് ഈ കാസറ്റില്‍ സ്റ്റോര്‍ ചെയ്യാന്‍ സാധിക്കുക. ഇന്ന് നാം ഉപയോഗികുന്ന ഡിജിറ്റല്‍ ക്യാമറയില്‍ നിന്നും അജ ഗജാന്തര വ്യത്യാസമുണ്ട് ഈ ക്യാമറയ്ക്ക്. സാസണ്‍ ഉണ്ടാക്കിയ ക്യാമറയിലെ പ്രധാന ഭാഗം 1969ല്‍ ബോയിലും സ്മിത്തും കണ്ടുപിടിച്ച ചാര്‍ജ് കപ്പിള്‍ഡ് ഡിവൈസ് (സി‌സി‌ഡി) ആണ്സ്റ്റീവന്‍ സാസണ്‍ രൂപകല്‍പ്പന ചെയ്ത ക്യാമറ

സാസന്റെ കണ്ടുപിടുത്തത്തെ കുറിച്ചുള്ള വാര്‍ത്ത പടര്‍ന്നുപിടിച്ചതോടെ ലോകത്ത് പലയിടത്തും പ്രമുഖ കമ്പനികള്‍ തങ്ങളുടേതായ ഡിജിറ്റല്‍ ക്യാമറകള്‍ നിര്‍മ്മിക്കാന്‍ ആരംഭിച്ചു. എന്നാല്‍ ആ തിരക്കുകൂടലുകള്‍ ഒന്നും ഉടനനടി ഫലം കണ്ടില്ല.

വാണിജ്യാടിസ്ഥാനത്തില്‍ ആദ്യത്തെ CCD ക്യാമറ വികസിപ്പിക്കുന്നത് 1976ല്‍ ഫെയര്‍ ചൈല്‍ഡ് എന്ന അമേരിക്കന്‍ കമ്പനിയാണ്. MV -101 എന്ന ഈ ക്യാമറ പ്രോക്ടര്‍ & ഗാംബിള്‍ ഉത്പന്നങ്ങള്‍ പരിശോധിക്കാനാണ് ഉപയോഗിച്ചിരുന്നത്. തൊട്ടടുത്ത വര്‍ഷം കോനിക്ക C35-AFഎന്ന ലോകത്തിലെ ആദ്യത്തെ ഓട്ടോ ഫോക്കസ് ക്യാമറ രംഗത്തിറക്കി. 1981ല്‍ കല്‍ഗാരി സര്‍വ്വകലാശാലയിലെ ഒരു സംഘം വിദഗ്ധര്‍ ഫെയര്‍ ചൈല്‍ഡ് ആള്‍ സ്കൈ എന്നൊരു ക്യാമറ വാന നിരീക്ഷണത്തിന് വേണ്ടി തയ്യാറാക്കി. പൂര്‍ണ്ണമായും ഡിജിറ്റല്‍ എന്നുപറയാവുന്ന ഒരു നിര്‍മ്മിതിയാണ് ഇത്.

4 വര്‍ഷങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് ശേഷമാണ് ആദ്യത്തെ ഡിജിറ്റല്‍ ക്യാമറ ഉപയോക്താക്കളുടെ കൈകളില്‍ എത്തുന്നത്. 1981ല്‍ സോണി ഇറക്കിയ മാവിക്ക (Sony Mavica-Magnetic Video Camera). പൂര്‍ണ്ണമായും ഒരു ഡിജിറ്റല്‍ ക്യാമറയായിരുന്നില്ല മാവിക. ഒരു അനലോഗ് ടെലിവിഷന്‍ ക്യാമറ ആയിരുന്നു അത്. വിപണിയില്‍ വേണ്ടത്ര ശ്രദ്ധ കിട്ടാത്തതുകൊണ്ട് സോണി തന്നെ ഈ ക്യാമറ പിന്‍വലിച്ചു.സോണി മാവിക്ക

1980കള്‍ അനലോഗ് ക്യാമറകളുടെ കാലമായിരുന്നു. 1984ലെ ഒളിമ്പിക്സ്, 1989ല്‍ ചൈനയില്‍ നടന്ന ടിയാനമെന്‍ സ്ക്വയര്‍ പ്രക്ഷോഭം, 1991ലെ ഗള്‍ഫ് യുദ്ധം എന്നിവയെല്ലാം അനലോഗ് ക്യാമറകള്‍ പകര്‍ത്തിയ ദൃശ്യങ്ങളിലൂടെ ലോകം കണ്ടു. യഥാര്‍ത്ഥത്തില്‍ ഡിജിറ്റല്‍ ക്യാമറകളുടെ യുഗത്തിലേക്കുള്ള കുതിച്ചുചാട്ടത്തിന്റെ ലോഞ്ചിംഗ് പാഡ് ആയിരുന്നു 1980കള്‍ എന്നു പറയാം

1986ല്‍ ജാപ്പനീസ് കമ്പനിയായ നിക്കോണ്‍ എസ് വി സി എന്ന ക്യാമറയുമായി ഡിജിറ്റല്‍ ക്യാമറ രംഗത്തേക്ക് കടന്നു വന്നു. 1988ല്‍ ഫ്യൂജി പുറത്തിറക്കിയ Fuji DS-1P ആണ് ആദ്യത്തെ ഡിജിറ്റല്‍ ഹാന്‍ഡ് ഹെല്‍ഡ് ക്യാമറ. ഇതൊരിക്കലും വില്‍പ്പനയ്ക്ക് എത്തിയില്ല. തോഷിബ നിര്‍മ്മിച്ച 16 എം ബിയുടെ മെമ്മറി കാര്‍ഡിലാണ് ഇതില്‍ ചിത്രങ്ങള്‍ സൂക്ഷിച്ചുവെച്ചത്. jpeg, mpeg ഫയല്‍ ഫോര്‍മാറ്റില്‍ ചിത്രങ്ങള്‍ കൈമാറാന്‍ ആരംഭിച്ചത് 1988ലാണ്.

1989ല്‍ Nikon QV -1000C ചരിത്രം സൃഷ്ടിച്ചു. മാധ്യമ മേഖലയില്‍ ആദ്യമായി ഉപയോഗിക്കുന്ന ഫിലിം രഹിത ക്യാമറയായി ഇത് മാറി. ജോര്‍ജ്ജ് ബുഷ് സീനിയറുടെ ഉദ്ഘാടനം കവര്‍ ചെയ്യാന്‍ അസോസിയേറ്റ് പ്രെസിന്റെ ഫോട്ടോഗ്രാഫറായ റോണ്‍ എഡ്മണ്ട് ഉപയോഗിച്ചത് ഈ ക്യാമറയാണ്. ഈ ചിത്രങ്ങളാണ് ആദ്യമായി പ്രസിദ്ധീകരിക്കപ്പെട്ട ഡിജിറ്റല്‍ ഇമേജുകള്‍.

1990 അവസാനത്തിലാണ് അമേരിക്കയില്‍ ആദ്യത്തെ ഡിജിറ്റല്‍ ക്യാമറ എത്തുന്നത്. ലോഗിടെക് ഫോട്ടോമാന്‍ വിപണിയില്‍ എത്തിച്ച Dycam Model 1. ആയിരം ഡോളര്‍ വിലയുണ്ടായിരുന്ന ആ ക്യാമറയും കളര്‍ ചിത്രീകരണ സാധ്യത കൃത്യമായി ഇല്ലാതിരുന്നതിനാല്‍ ഒരു പരാജയമായി.

1991ല്‍ കൊഡാക് കുറച്ചുകൂടി മെച്ചപ്പെട്ട ക്യാമറയുമായി രംഗത്ത് വന്നു. Modified Nikon F3. ഇതില്‍ ഇമേജസ് ഡിജിറ്റലായി പകര്‍ത്തിയതിന് ശേഷം ഫോട്ടോഗ്രാഫറുടെ ഷോള്‍ഡറില്‍ തൂക്കിയിടുന്ന ഒരു ഹാര്‍ഡ് ഡ്രൈവില്‍ സ്റ്റോര്‍ ചെയ്യുകയുമാണ്. 1.3 മെഗാ പിക്സല്‍ ആണ് പിക്ചര്‍ ക്വാളിറ്റി. 30,000 ഡോളര്‍ വിലയുള്ള ഈ ക്യാമറയാണ് ആദ്യത്തെ അറിയപ്പെടുന്ന ഡി എസ് എല്‍ ആര്‍. നാസ ഈ ക്യാമറ പിന്നീട് ബഹിരാകാശ വാഹങ്ങളില്‍ ഉപയോഗിച്ചു. എന്നാല്‍ ഡിജിറ്റല്‍ ക്യാമറ രംഗത്ത് കൂടുതല്‍ ഗവേഷണം നടത്താന്‍ കൊഡാക്ക് തയ്യാറായില്ല. പകരം അവര്‍ ഫിലിം ക്യാമറകളിലും റോളുകളിലും തന്നെ ഒതുങ്ങി നിന്നു.കൊഡാകിന്റെ Modified Nikon F3

വേള്‍ഡ് വൈഡ് വെബില്‍ ചിത്രങ്ങള്‍ കാണാവുന്ന മൊസൈക് വെബ് ബ്രൌസര്‍ നാഷണല്‍ സെന്റര്‍ ഫോര്‍ സൂപ്പര്‍ കമ്പ്യൂട്ടിംഗ് ആപ്ലിക്കേഷന്‍സ് 1992ല്‍ പുരത്തിറക്കിയത് ചിത്രങ്ങളുടെ വിതരണത്തില്‍ വലിയ വിപ്ലവം തന്നെ സൃഷ്ടിച്ചു.

1994ല്‍ ആപ്പിള്‍ ആണ് ജനപ്രീയമായ ഡിജിറ്റല്‍ ക്യാമറയുമായി രംഗത്ത് വരുന്നത്. ക്വിക്ക് ടേക് 100 (Quicktake-100). ക്വിക്ക് ടേക്ക് എടുക്കുന്ന ചിത്രം യു എസ് ബി പോര്‍ട്ട് വഴി കംപ്യൂറ്ററിലേക്ക് മാറ്റാന്‍ സാധിക്കുമായിരുന്നു. ആപ്പിളിന്റെ ഈ കണ്ടുപിടുത്തം ഡിജിറ്റല്‍ ക്യാമറ രംഗത്ത് വിപ്ലവം തന്നെ സൃഷ്ടിച്ചു. പിന്നീട് ഫ്യൂജി ഫിലിം ക്വിക്ക് ടേക് 200 പുറത്തിറക്കി.ആപ്പിള്‍ പുറത്തിറക്കിയ ക്വിക്ക് ടേക് 100

1995ല്‍ കാസിയോ പുറത്തിറക്കിയ QV-10 ആണ് പിന്‍ഭാഗത്ത് എ സി ഡി സ്ക്രീനുള്ള ക്യാമറ. അതേ വര്‍ഷം തന്നെ സ്റ്റില്‍ ഫോട്ടോയും മൂവി ഫൂടേജും ചിത്രീകരിക്കാവുന്ന ക്യാമറ രംഗത്തിറങ്ങി-Ricoh RDC-1

1997ല്‍ ഫിലിപ് കാന്‍ എന്ന ഫ്രെഞ്ച് ടെക്നോക്രാറ്റ് ആണ് സെല്‍ ഫോണ്‍ ക്യാമറയുടെ ആദി രൂപം നിര്‍മ്മിക്കുന്നത്. തന്റെ നവജാത ശിശുവിന്റെ ചിത്രം വയര്‍ലെസ് നെറ്റ് വര്‍ക്കിലൂടെ 2000 പേര്‍ക്ക് അയച്ചുകൊടുത്തു.ഫിലിപ് കാന്‍

1990 കളുടെ പകുതിയോടെ നികോണ്‍, കാനന്‍, ഫ്യൂജിഫിലിം, മിനോള്‍ട്ട, പെന്‍റക്സ്, ഒളിമ്പസ്, പാനസോണിക്, സാംസംഗ്, സിഗ്മ, സോണി തുടങ്ങിയ കമ്പനികളും ഡിജിറ്റല്‍ ക്യാമറ സെഗ്മെന്റില്‍ സജീവമായതോടെ ഡിജിറ്റല്‍ വിപ്ലവം തന്നെ ലോകത്ത് അരങ്ങേറി. അത് ഫോട്ടോ എടുപ്പ് എന്ന കലാ പ്രവര്‍ത്തനത്തിനപ്പുറം ബഹിരാകാശ് ശാസ്ത്രത്തിലും വൈദ്യ ശാസ്ത്രത്തിലുമടക്കം വലിയ മുന്നേറ്റങ്ങള്‍ക്ക് കാരണമായി. ആദ്യ ഗവേഷണം നടന്ന അമേരിക്കയല്ല ജപ്പാനീസ് കമ്പനികളാണ് ഡിജിറ്റല്‍ ക്യാമറ വിപണിയെ ഇപ്പോള്‍ ഭരിക്കുന്നത്


Leading joy

Actress Vidya Balan has confirmed she is playing the lead role in a film on mathematics genius Shakuntala Devi, who earned the moniker of ‘human computer’ for her ability to make swift calculations. Set for a summer 2020 release, the film is to be directed by Anu Menon of London, Paris, New York and Four More Shots Please! fame, and produced by Vikram Malhotra’s Abundantia Entertainment. “I am extremely excited to play the human computer, Shakuntala Devi, on the big screen. She was truly someone who embraced her individuality, had a strong feminist voice and braved many a naysayer to reach the pinnacle of success,” Vidya said.

“But what truly fascinates me is that you wouldn’t normally associate a fun person with math... and she completely turns that perception on its head.” “I am thrilled that Vikram, who I’ve worked with on Kahaani, and his team are producing the film. Vikram, Anu and I are proud to bring to life the story of one of the most inspiring women of this country,” said Vidya, who has been widely lauded for her versatility. “How incredible that ‘The Math Genius’, ‘The Human Computer’, was a small-town Indian girl, who took the world by storm,” she added. Shakuntala’s genius was first discovered at the age of 5, when she solved a math problem meant for 18-year-old students. Though she never received any formal education, her talent for numbers also earned her a place in the 1982 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.

Aside from her love for mathematics, she was an astrologer, cookbook author and a novelist. She travelled the world demonstrating her mathematical ideas -- at colleges, in theatres, on radio and on television. She also penned The World Of Homosexuals. The film on her is written by Menon along with Nayanika Mahtani, and the dialogue will be penned by Ishita Moitra. Producer Malhotra is confident that the “compelling story will resonate strongly with fans of all ages” and is especially excited to have Vidya on board. “I’m delighted to collaborate with Vidya once again.

Her versatility as a performer is unmatched and the passion that she has brought to this film is amazing. I am equally delighted to partner with Anu Menon, who has woven an entertaining and evocative narrative,” Malhotra said. “Shakuntala Devi was an extraordinary woman, who lived ahead of her times and on her own terms, unapologetically. Her love for numbers and the passion with which she spread the joy of maths, against all odds is truly fascinating,” Menon added. “Shakuntala is a true heroine for our times. And who else can capture the spirit of a woman like Shakuntala than the incredible Vidya Balan.”



Actress Felicity Huffman pleads guilty in college admissions scandal

New York, May 14 (AFP) American actress Felicity Huffman pleaded guilty on Monday for paying bribes to help her daughter gain admission to a prestigious university, avoiding what was sure to be a well-publicised trial and probably also dodging jail time.

The former "Desperate Housewives" star was the latest celebrity brought down by the wide-ranging college bribery scandal that's snared a slew of wealthy American parents.

In a tearful appearance before federal judge Indira Talwani in Boston, Huffman pled guilty to paying 15,000 to boost her daughter's SAT college entrance exam score.

The crime is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a fine of as much as 250,000, but by admitting guilt Huffman will likely avoid those penalties.

Federal prosecutors have recommended a sentence of a year's probation and a 20,000 fine, though the judge can modify the penalty if she pleases.

Huffman announced her intention to plead guilty last month, saying she was "ashamed" of what she had done. Sentencing is scheduled for September 13, US attorney for Massachusetts Andrew Lelling said.

Among the 50 people charged in the admissions scandal -- a group that includes CEOs and partners at major law firms -- 10 have already pled guilty, including five parents.

Another 10 parents have said they will also plead guilty in the scandal that saw some of the accused pay as much as 400,000 to get their children into their chosen college.

The ringleader behind the scam, William "Rick" Singer, who authorities say was paid about 25 million dollars to bribe coaches and university administrators, has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with authorities.


Keanu Reeves reveals John Wick's hobby was cut from original film

Los Angeles, May 10 (PTI) Fans have come to love Keanu Reeve's killing machine avatar as John Wick but the actor has revealed that his character initially had a noble hobby, which did not make it to the film.

Reeves revealed that in the first intallment of the franchise, he had shot a sequence where Wick, described as one of the most sophisticated assassins, is shown restoring old leather-bound books.

"In the first script they had John Wick described as working with old leather-bound books and book restoration," Reeves said.

"We filmed it. It's not in the movie, but we filmed it. He had a hobby and a vocation. That's what he did. Best case, yes, his wife had passed, and that's what he had decided to do once he got out after the impossible task, that was his vocation, the actor said in an interview with Uproxx.

Reeves is returning for a third adventure "John Wick: Chapter 3: Parabellum" and the actor said he is not averse to doing more films in the series.

"Yeah, knock on wood. Fingers crossed. For me it would just be depending on the story and who's the director. I love the role, so I'd love to play it," he said.

Directed by Chad Stahelski, the third film shows Wick on the run after breaking the assassin code by killing someone in The Continental. He has a bounty of USD 14 million on his head.


Vijay Deverakonda birthday fete wows fans

Banjara Hills: In a novel way 'Arjun Reddy' fame actor Vijay Deverakonda celebrated his birthday distributing ice creams to his fans in the city on Thursday. He visited Creamstone and distributed ice creams to his fans at Banjara Hills. Vijay planned 'Deverakonda Birthday Truck' in association with Creamstone Ice creams. It was started last year, and it happened in only Hyderabad with three trucks and distributed over 5 thousand Ice creams. This year with the help of Creamstone they were able to scale up to five states like Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.Speaking on the occasion, Viren Shah and Amrish Shah from Creamstone Ice Cream Company said, "This year Vijay Deverakonda's Birthday Truck is going to five different states like Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. As many as 3 trucks have been deputed for Hyderabad city and one for Warangal. The trucks were deputed to major cities like Tirupati, Vijayawada, Bangalore, Kochi and Chennai."


I am working 350 days a year, would like to take a break: Pankaj Tripathi

Mumbai, May 9 (PTI) Last few years have been really busy for Pankaj Tripathi with back-to-back releases as well as outings on the digital platforms but the actor says he would like to slow down a bit as he does not want to get "repetitive".

Tripathi, who has an equally busy 2019 lined up for him, says he wants to assess where his career is heading.

"I have already shot for about eight to ten films and web shows. I am constantly working. I do not count how many films or series I am doing in a year. Out of 365 days I am shooting 350 days but now I want to take a break, take a holiday and enjoy life.

"I want to take a break next year and think about what I should do workwise," Tripathi told PTI.

In 2019, he has already featured in two films -- "Luka Chuppi" and "The Tashkent Files" -- and Tripathi will also be seen in "Drive" and Hrithik Roshan-starrer "Super 30".

Tripathi says one of the reasons to take things slow is because he does not want to become "monotonous" and "repetitive" with his performances.

"I am worried about going in that direction. I try to pick the best from what is offered to me and then with roles also I try to add something new. There is a constant conflict to not become repetitive."

With his nuanced-yet-grounded performances, Tripathi has managed to strike a chord with audiences and the actor feels happy that they look forward to his roles.

"The connect that I have with the audience comes from my hardwork and sincerity towards my craft. And also because of the opportunities that I have had. I have been able to engage with my audiences. They observe my performances minutely. They think I will do some magic on screen. They like me because I don't do over-the-top acting," he adds.

The actor is currently in a happy space as his Hotstar's web-series "Criminal Justice" has been lauded by both the critics and audiences. He will next be seen in the season two of "Sacred Games" where he is set to play a key role.

For an actor like him, Tripathi says digital medium has emerged as a great space.

"In films, we depend on box office opening to determine whether a film is a hit or not, but there is no such thing on the web. The parameter of a hit or a flop is on the performance.

"Digital medium is turning out to be an advantage for actors like me. Gimmicks don't work here, performance and a good story matter.


Taking baby steps to merge healing with work, grateful for wishes: Irrfan

Mumbai, May 9 (PTI) Irrfan Khan, who is currently shooting for a film after a year-long break following his neuroendocrine tumour diagnosis, says he is on the road to recovery but still needs space to heal.

The 52-year-old actor received treatment in a London hospital and returned to the country early this year.

In a statement, addressed to his "friends in the media", the actor said he has been getting requests to share his story but needs more time to process it.

"Last few months have been on a road to recovery a period to heal to fight the fatigue and face the reel and real world.

"I am aware of your concern and request to talk to you, share my journey, but I am fathoming it myself inhaling and internalising, taking baby steps to merge my healing with work and trying to experiment the amalgamation of both," Irrfan said.

The actor is currently shooting for "Angrezi Medium", the much-anticipated sequel to his 2017 blockbuster "Hindi Medium".

Irrfan said he was grateful for all the well wishes he received from his friends in the media fraternity.

"I am deeply touched by your wishes, your prayers and it means a lot for me and my family. I truly respect the way you respected my journey giving me time and space to heal," the actor said.

"Thank you for your patience and the warmth and the love all through this overwhelming journey," he added.

Irrfan ended his statement with a quote from Austrian poet Rainer Maria Rilke.

"I feel an urge to share with you something. I live my life in widening rings which spread over earth and sky. I may not ever complete the last one, but that is what I will try. I circle around God's primordial tower, and I circle ten thousand years long; And I still don't know if I'm a falcon, a storm, or an unfinished song."

The National Award-winning actor first spoke of his health on March 5, 2018, when he revealed that he was suffering from a "rare disease" but was yet to get a conclusive diagnosis.

He later revealed he was diagnosed with neuroendocrine tumour, a rare form of cancer that can target various parts of the body.

Irrfan recently made a comeback to Twitter and had expressed his gratitude towards his fans for standing by him during his health crisis.


It ain't all roses: Kylie Minogue on fame

Los Angeles, May 6 (PTI) Pop star Kylie Minogue says being famous is not a cake walk and the celebrity status comes with a lot of "work, graft and insecurity".

The "Love at first sight" singer said success at times has a negative impact but it is important to stay strong.

'(It) takes a lot of work, graft and insecurity - not always what the wrapped-up end product looks like. There have been times when I've thought, 'I just can't.' But you've got to take the knocks because they're always coming. It ain't all roses. But maybe otherwise it wouldn't be as sweet in the end," Minogue told The Sunday Times Style magazine.

After spending four decades in the entertainment industry, the singer is still in no mood to slow down.

"I don't know how much time I've got before my showbiz hips and knees start to protest. They'll be like, 'You've been treading those boards for a long time, we think you should slow down a bit.' I keep threatening my team that I'm going to retire," she added.



Aamir Khan’s ‘Laal Singh Chaddha’ to release on Christmas 2020

MUMBAI: Superstar Aamir Khan’s next “Laal Singh Chaddha” will hit the theatres on Christmas 2020, Viacom18 Studios announced on Saturday.
The film, produced by Aamir Khan Productions and Viacom18 Motion Pictures, is a Hindi remake of Tom Hanks’ 1994 classic “Forrest Gump”.
“Secret Superstar” helmer Advait Chandan is directing the film from a script by actor-writer Atul Kulkarni.
Aamir, 54, had announced the project on his birthday in March. The actor, whose last film “Thugs of Hindostan” did not perform well at the box office, said he would be losing around 20 kgs for his role in “Laal Singh Chaddha”.
The actor had also revealed that he would be sporting a turban for some segments of the film.
The movie is expected to go on floors in October. (AGENCIES)


Wildly challenging

Award-winning wildlife filmmaker Ajay Bedi isn’t against the idea of roping in celebrities as narrators for his movies. But he says getting funds for such projects isn’t easy and adding big names will only increase the cost. Ajay and his brother Vijay belong to the third generation of wildlife filmmakers in a family that has a long history of expertise in this specialised field. The makers of films like The Policing Langur and Cherub of the Mist have always let the animals take the centre stage. Asked if they would like to have a celebrity as a narrator for their documentaries, Ajay told IANS in a telephonic interview:

“We did approach David Attenborough for the narration of The Secret Life of Frogs. Unfortunately, he was busy.” “Involving big celebrities involves a lot of cost. Cost is something that one needs to look into because having wildlife films funded, is a big challenge.” “Also, our animals are the heroes of our films. And sometimes, you don’t need any voice. For example, the Kumbara night frog.

The whole process of the frog putting mud on eggs, is so spectacular.” For Ajay, it’s more about reaching out to a large number of viewers. “The important part is that the film should be viewed. Once people view it, they can talk about it and once people start talking about it, our job is done,” he said. The Secret Life of Frogs will be aired on May 1 on Animal Planet and Animal Planet HD World. “We would like to thank Animal Planet for picking up this film and showcasing on their channel which is a huge network. People should be aware of the existence of these frogs.

“It is important to conserve them. They are beautiful creatures. If people see them and they fall in love with them, our job is done,” said Ajay. “The Secret Life of Frogs” is an attempt to draw attention to these tiny creatures as old as dinosaurs. It is said that more than 80 per cent of the 400 species of amphibians found in India are already on the endangered list.


'Avengers: Endgame' actors' salaries revealed

It may have been the end of the road for Robert Downey Jr's Iron Man but the actor won't feel the pinch financially, courtesy the contract he negotiated few years ago.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 54-year-old actor, who has been the face of Marvel Studios' money-minting Marvel Cinematic Universe, had managed to broker a "unique financial arrangement" with studio chief Kevin Feige couple of years ago that landed him massive paycheques for the next few films.

Sources told the outlet that Downey Jr is estimated to have made at least USD 75 million in salary from last year's blockbuster "Infinity War", which raked in over USD 2 billion at the global box office.

It was also revealed that for making an appearance in the 2017 film "Spider-Man: Homecoming", the actor received USD 5 million per day for just three days of shooting.

All these figures is expected to be topped by Downey Jr's paycheque for "Endgame", which has till now earned USD 1.2 billion and is still going strong.

His fellow "Avengers" stars -- Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth and Scarlett Johannson -- also negotiated their respective salaries for future films.

Evans, who portrays Captain America in the MCU, initially had a five-picture deal, which did not include cameos. However, he renegotiated the deal in the range of USD 15 million to USD 20 million, before his appearance in "Endgame".

Hemsworth, who originally signed on for five films back in 2010, renegotiated his contract to play Thor in "Infinity War" and "Endgame". He also managed to earn between USD 15 million and USD 20 million per film. He is said to be ready for the next phase of MCU films.

Johansson's salary for "Endgame" is still unknown. It is, however, reported that the actor is set to earn USD 20 million for both starring in and producing the new stand-alone "Black Widow" film, which is set for a 2020 release.

Actors Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier) and Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), who are set to star in their respective Disney+ shows, have also renegotiated their deals with the studio that are separate from the movie contracts.


Amazing faces and talents at Glamnfashion Model Hunt

Bangalore: GlamnFashion Magazine (GFM) held a fashion show and audition in Bangalore on Saturday to select the Glamnfashion Princess 2019 Season and talents for their upcoming designer show, Glamnfashion Fiesta. The event, a fashion and talent pageant show, was organised by Mr Feroz Khan, celebrity fashion photographer & fashion designer, CEO of & Feroz Khan Clix who has a knack to spot fresh and perfect faces for prestigious assignments. One amazing surprise, among the several contestants who participate in the show, was the education level and the prime career pursued by the contestants. Several of them were qualified software engineers budding actors. Some revealed their other talents like dancing and singing.Prominent judges from the industry assessed the contestants on their walking style, presentation and confidence level.Speaking to Feederfox News after the event, Tani Chatterjee, who hails from West Bengal and has made Bangalore her home now, also participated in the show as a judge. She is associated with leading consumer brands. She was thankful to Mr Feroz Khan (CEO- GFM), for inviting her for the show as a judge and also to provide tips and improvement points for the upcoming models who participated in the show. “Mr Feroz also involves these models in getting them suitable projects. I am really lucky to be part of this show and magazine so I can guide the young models to take them on the right path in this industry”.Shubha Sriram, Mrs India Karnataka 2016, participated in the show as a judge spoke about the confidence level of the participants. “Usually the contestants are a bit nervous in the beginning but those who participated in this show are so well prepared. I’m sure we have got the best models to make it big in the glamour world.” She also complimented Mr Feroz Khan on his model choices while filtering for this show.Another judge at the show, Dr.Gayatri Suresh, (Fashionista) who participates in beauty pageants and fashion shows all over India said: “The participants have great talents, intelligence and high confidence level. Their attitude and boldness is greatly appreciable. Earlier, we did not have the kind of opportunity and support Glam Fashion Magazine provides. I’m happy to have participated in this show as a judge. Thanks to Feroz Khan and his team for inviting me as a judge and also for his continued continued contribution to fashion industry in opportunities for Freshers.Dhruvita, an aspiring model and a contestant, praised the organizers for providing a platform for young girls like her to showcase talents in the glamour world. “I am very happy to have participated in the show and displayed my talents before the judges,’ she said.‘I am very excited to participate in this event as it provides an excellent platform for upcoming models like me. I am working as a software engineer at Infosys Bangalore and thrilled to be part of the show, said Sakshi Virmani another contestant.Shruthi Ojha of Bangalore praised the organizers for providing a “Platform for today’s youth who are fascinated with the glamour industry and make an impact. I’m very happy to get associated with GlamnFashion Magazine”.Summing up the event of the day, Feroz Khan, the man behind Glamn Fashion Season 2, said: “This is more than a business. It is my passion. I want to give a simple and easy platform for aspiring models to participate and shine in the world of ramp walk, movies, print shoots, etc. We are doing our best to uplift the youth of this country who want enter the world of modeling by providing various opportunities, taking them step by step all the way, grooming them and guiding them in the right direction to help them continue their future goals in this industry”.




Some people as they achieve success in life build their ego and then have an insatiable appetite to feed that ego. It is important for all of us to have an ego but not an ego problem.There is a saying “Bigger the ego,smaller the bank balance”. There is also an Australian saying “Be nice to people on the way up, because you meet the same ones on the way down again”. This is dramatically true as you go through life! Everyone has an amazing high and low and that message keeps us in good stead. Our self-image is the key to our success. We will perform exactly as we see ourselves and therefore our opinion about ourselves is important if we are aiming for success.

We all have heard the expression. “Some people are their own enemies.” They communicate through their actions and thoughts by literally putting themselves in a self-destructive mode. Sometimes, some people experience an inferiority complex and that is true as we proceed in life at sometime or the other. Some people are unaware of or emotionally will not accept the need to change. Some people have a peculiar contentment in wailing in self pity and to a certain extent become secure and safe. Success and achievement frighten them because they spend so much of their time thinking about their predicament that to break out of the pattern becomes too hard to do and their confidence and self-image plummet even further.

We all experience a lack of confidence from time to time particularly when we are doing something new. Many people believe that their confidence is the main instrument of success. Surrounding ourselves with the right kind of people is the right step while moving forward in life. We have seen leaders who could not succeed or grow because they were not comfortable with the idea that most of the people in their team were smarter than they were in many ways. We know that all bad habits start slowly and gradually and before we realise, we have the habit and the habit is with us. Bad habits becomes a part of our personally that before we realise, we collapse before we know.

The breakdown of morals start with small concessions. Once the level is lowered, it is easy to lower it further and then it becomes a habit. The real purpose of teachers, books and teachings is to lead us back to the kingdom of God within ourselves. Just as we are students throughout life, we are all teachers too. In fact, we learn best by offering what we desire to ourselves and others who are looking forward to learn something new. Wise people say that the main function of the body is to carry the head around.Itis not necessary to waste money for quick solutions when we face problems. My uncle used to say: “If you don’t succeed don’t quit. Success occurs when opportunity meets preparation. Opportunity for greatness does not knock. It is inside every one of us. We must work to get it out. Very few in the world like self-discipline; they like it in the long run.

There is no such person called a lazy person. He is either sick or uninspired. If he is sick he should go to a doctor. If he is uninspired he should listen to wise people. Put something into life before you expect to get anything out of it.” Whatever you are doing, work with the right attitude, right habits. Keep at what you do with tenacity and persistence. Keep working and success is around the corner. Working hard means the same thing like taking off in a plane or helicopter. The initial thrust is heavy and powerful. So push on and the closed door will open. We are taught that success is not a destination; it is onlyajourney. Desire is the ingredient that changes mediocrity to outstanding success. Card players know that in the game of Bridge, it is not the cards you are dealt but the way you make use of the cards.The man who wins exhibits his character.

Doing the best is much more important than being the best. Desire is the ingredient that makes the difference between an average person and a champion. God is not coming down from the Heaven and say that we have the permission to be successful in life. We are here in this world to learn lessons asthe world is ourteacher. When we fail to learnalesson, take it up again and again. In actual life we never run out of lessons. The very cave you are afraid to enter turns out to be the source of what you are looking for. Life is a ladder and so climb it to go up.


Disney's 'Avengers: Endgame' shatters box office records with $1.2 billion global debut

"Avengers: Endgame" has done the impossible. In just five days, the Marvel film hauled in more than $1.2 billion at the global box office. This shatters the previous record for the highest weekend total of $641 million set by "Avengers: Infinity War" last year. This has never happened before and marks the fastest a film has ever reached the billion dollar mark. "Infinity War" was the previous record holder with 11 days. In the U.S., the Marvel superhero flick took in a record-breaking estimated $350 million during its opening weekend, shattering expectations. The previous domestic record was held by "Avengers: Infinity War," which opened last year to $257.6 million. Disney bumped up its estimates for the film's full weekend Saturday after a record opening day debut, saying it expected the film to gross between $310 million and $340 million in the U.S. Industry predictions ahead of "Endgame's" opening had originally pegged the film's debut between $260 million and $285 million. However, on Saturday, analysts revised their estimates to be even higher than Disney's, suggesting the film could haul in $360 million or more before Monday. Internationally, "Endgame" has grossed an estimated $859 million, breaking the highest opening weekend haul of any film released internationally in the history of cinema. "The Fate of the Furious," the previous record holder, had earned $443 million during its opening weekend in 2017. "Kevin Feige and the Marvel Studios team have continued to challenge notions of what is possible at the movie theatre both in terms of storytelling and at the box office," Alan Horn, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, said in a statement Sunday. Only days ago, it seemed impossible that "Avengers: Endgame" could haul in even close to $300 million domestically during its opening weekend. Theater owners have contracts with other studios to show their films during the weekend and "Endgame's" running time — three hours two minutes — makes it difficult to screen the film more than three times in a 12- hour period. Additionally, no film has averaged more than $59,900 per theater before, a feat reached by "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in 2015. The film played in 4,100 locations during its debut and hauled in a total of $247.9 million in its first weekend. "Infinity War," which was the previous record holder for highest weekend box office gross in the U.S., showed in around 4,470 theaters when it was released last year and hauled in an average of $57,000 per theater, according to data from Comscore. Opening in 4,662 theaters, it was expected that "Endgame" would follow a similar pattern, earning between $60,000 and $65,000 per theater. Instead, it earned an average of $75,075 per theater. The film, the 22nd installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, is the long-awaited culmination of more than a decade of storytelling. Ahead of its release this weekend, advanced ticket sales on Fandango had led to more than 8,000 sold out showings of the film and theater owners were eagerly adding more screenings, some at odd hours, to meet the demand. In its opening day in North America, "Endgame" took in $156.7 million, including $60 million from Thursday night previews. This was a 32% increase compared to the previous record holder "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which opened at $119 million in 2015. Initially, it was believed that only a few dozen theaters had opted to do round-the-clock showings of the film. However, it has become clear that more theater owners decided to go against the norm and offer screenings at off hours. "Theaters created a situation for the film to earn the maximum dollars, by literally expanding the supply to meet demand," Paul Dergarabedian, senior analyst at Comscore, said Saturday. Showings at AMC and Alamo Drafthouse theaters, including ones at 4 a.m. and 7 a.m., have sold out or been very close to selling out. "At Marcus Theatres, we went all in on this title adding more show times based on demand prior to Thursday's opening," Greg Marcus, CEO of the Marcus Corporation, said. "Presales for the opening broke all records for presales we had for any other title." Marcus said that depending on the size of the theater, each of his company's 90 locations had between 60% and 80% of screens dedicated to showing "Endgame." "Though 'Endgame' is far from an end for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, these first 22 films constitute a sprawling achievement, and this weekend's monumental success is a testament to the world they've envisioned, the talent involved, and their collective passion, matched by the irrepressible enthusiasm of fans around the world," Horn said.


Kareena Kapoor joins Irrfan's 'Angrezi Medium'

Actor Kareena Kapoor Khan is set to play a cop in Irrfan Khan-starrer "Angrezi Medium".

Producer Dinesh Vijan confirmed the news and said the actor will be a "great addition to the franchise".

"'Angrezi Medium' is a very special film, and I'm excited that she's going to be a part of it. We wanted to introduce this character who would be taken forward in the franchisees to come, and she's perfect for it," Vijan said in a statement.

"Here she plays a cop, a role she's actually never done before. We will be shooting in London this June and it will be great to be back on set with her," he added.

The film, directed by Homi Adajania, went on floors recently and also stars Radhika Madan and Deepak Dobriyal, among others.-- PTI


इरफान की बहुत बड़ी फैन है करीना

बॉलीवुड अभिनेत्री करीना कपूर का कहना है कि वह इरफान खान की बहुत बड़ी फैन है। इरफान खान अपनी कैंसर की बीमारी से उबरने के बाद वह हिंदी फिल्म हिंदी मीडियम के सीक्वल इंग्लिश मीडियम से वापसी कर रहे हैं। फिल्म में करीना कपूर की भी अहम भूमिका होगी। करीना ने कहा कि वह इरफान खान की बहुत बड़ी फैन है। उन्होंने कहा कि मुझे लगता है कि ये मेरे लिए एक यादगार अनुभव होने जा रहा है। हमारे बीच कोई रोमांटिक केमिस्ट्री नहीं है। करीना ने कहा ये एक छोटा लेकिन बेहद दिलचस्प किरदार होने जा रहा है लेकिन मुझे लगता है कि इस फिल्म के साथ ही मुझे अपने कंफर्ट जोन से भी बाहर निकलने का मौका मिलेगा और मुझे एक अलग तरह की स्पेस में अपने आपको एक्सप्लोर करने का मौका मिलेगा। चाहे वो होमी अदजानिया हो, इरफान खान हो या दीपक डोबरियाल जैसे कलाकार, ये मेरे लिए पूरी तरह से अलग दुनिया है और मुझे लगता है कि ये मेरे लिए एक शानदार अनुभव होने जा रहा है। बताया जा रहा है कि करीना इस फिल्म में खाकी वर्दी में नजर आ सकती हैं। हालांकि अभी तक ये कंफर्म नहीं हुआ है कि करीना इस फिल्म में पुलिस के किरदार में नजर आएंगी या नहीं। राधिका मदान इस फिल्म में इरफान की बेटी की भूमिका में नजर आयेगी। इस फिल्म की शूटिंग राजस्थान में हो रही है। इस फिल्म का अगला शेड्यूल जून में लंदन में होगा जहां इस फिल्म के कई महत्वपूर्ण हिस्से की शूटिंग होगी। इस फिल्म को साल 2020 में रिलीज करने की योजना है।

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I will be quiet, that's my stand: Alia on attacks by Kangana's sister

Alia Bhatt and her family has been at the receiving end of comments by Kangana Ranaut's sister Rangoli Chandel, but the actor has stayed mum throughout and now she says she wants to focus only on positivity.

Recently, Alia, her mother Soni Razdan and father Mahesh Bhatt were targeted by Rangoli on Twitter.

She wrote, after Kangana refused to do a film for the Bhatts, Mahesh got so upset that he threw a slipper at the actor.

Sharing another tweet about the nationality of Razdan, Rangoli had written people should think about agenda of "these non-Indians who are living off this land, using and abusing its people and its resources..."

On Sunday night, a reporter lauded Alia for being "mature" and asked if comments directed to her family bother her.

To which, Alia told reporters, "If I am like this, then my family is ten times more mature and stronger than I am. I don't want to get into this. I want to be happy, positive, work hard and be a better version of myself everyday."

The 26-year-old actor said she would rather focus on her career.

"I should not pay attention to what people say or don't say. Everybody has the right to say what they want to. I will be quiet, that's my stand."

In an earlier interview, Kangana had blasted Alia as well as superstar Aamir Khan for not supporting her during the release of "Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi".

Kangana had also called Alia and her "Gully Boy" co-star Ranveer Singh "irresponsible" for their apolitical stance on current affairs.

At the event, Alia was also asked if she has introspected about her latest release "Kalank", which has received a lukewarm response from the audience.

"I'm not going to analyse my film because that is something not required. Audience verdict is the biggest proof for a film and if the audience does not accept a film, then it should not do well.

"That's just the way it is. We should accept it, come back, try and make sure they're not disappointed next time.

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Bonded request

Fleabag creator-actor Phoebe Waller-Bridge will be “polishing” the script of the next James Bond film, currently known as Bond 25. Daniel Craig, Agent 007 himself, has requested the multi-hyphenated personality to add her signature wit and humour to the screenplay, the Observer reported. Craig, who lives in New York with actor, wife Rachel Weisz, is a Fleabag fan and also of Killing Eve, which Waller-Bridge developed. Waller-Bridge has been in New York for the past few weeks, performing in Fleabag stage version.

Sources close to the film in the US said that she discussed with Craig how to improve the script of Bond 25, which he felt needed some “polishing”, by bringing in more humour and the quirky style of writing. Waller-Bridge would only be the second female writer after Johanna Harwood to help with a Bond film screenplay. Harwood, who helped with the screenplay of Dr No (1962) and From Russia With Love (1963), had been secretary to Harry Saltzman, the first Bond producer along with Albert Broccoli, current Bond producer Barbara Brocolli’s late father.

It was Saltzman who brought in Harwood to help with the two films. Bond 25 has had a tumultuous journey. It was previously set to be directed by Danny Boyle with a release date of November 8, 2019. After Boyle dropped out of the project over “creative differences”, along with frequent collaborator, screenwriter John Hodge, the film’s release date was moved to February 14, 2020. Cary Joji Fukunaga is now attached as director, with Scott Z Burns hired by MGM studio to pen a new script.

Neal Purvis and Robert Wade have already drafted a version of the script but it is being reported that the studio is unhappy with their story. The release of the film was recently pushed back to April 8, 2020. Proper filming is yet to begin despite some pre-production work on locations in Italy, Norway and Jamaica, plus Pinewood in the UK. Neither Eon Productions, which produce the Bond films, nor representatives of Waller-Bridge in the US, responded. Craig’s agent in the US said, “I’m not the guy to talk of rumours.”

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Crazy buzz

Actors Maisie Williams and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau find the buzz around the plot of the final season of Game of Thrones, crazy. “I remember having a little braid in my hair and the hair and make-up team would be like, you cannot leave with that braid in your hair, we have to take it out,” Williams said in a statement. “Because people will read into it and find some spoilers with just a braid. It’s crazy,” added the actress, who essays Arya Stark in the fantasy series. Coster-Waldau, aka Jaime Lannister, was cryptic in his response. “I think that it is the final season, so you would imagine we would move towards some resolution when it comes to the major questions,” he said. Maisie Williams says she got really emotional while wrapping up the hugely popular show Game Of Thrones.

What was your wrap day like? “I just said a few things about how the industry has been difficult but coming back to the show has always been worth it and that everyone was like a family to us,” Williams said recently. “Everyone was pretty emotional by that point, having watched everyone wrap,” added the actress, who essays Arya Stark in the fantasy series. On the final season, Williams said: "I just think in these final seasons all of the women have started to really come into their own.

One, that's been not very predictable. Two, it just makes a lot of sense. “ The show, based on George R.R. Martin’s novels, is about quest to claim the Iron Throne. But it also stands for complicated political gambits, scheming and the backstabbing nature of people and finding love in troubled times. Game of Thrones Season 8 will premiere internationally on April 14. One can watch the show along with viewers in the US through Hotstar Premium -- where it will stream on April 15 morning.


Salman Khan goes grey for 'Bharat'

Superstar Salman Khan, known for his chiselled looks, flaunts a bearded old look in 'Bharat'. The 53-year-old actor gave a glimpse into the look on Monday via social media. "Jitne safed baal mere sar aur dhaadi mein hain, usse kahin zyada rangeen meri zindagi rahi hain! 'Bharat'. (As many white hairs on my head and beard, I have had a more colourful life than that)," he wrote along with a poster of the film. While the film's teaser showcased five different looks of Salman, his salt-and-pepper look was kept under wraps. The poster also shows actor Jackie Shroff in the backdrop. He is playing Salman's father in the film. 'Bharat' is an official remake of a Korean film 'An Ode To My Father'. It depicts the history of India through the life of an ordinary man. Along with Salman, the film also stars Katrina Kaif, Disha Patani and Tabu in the lead roles. It is directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. The film will release on the occasion of Eid.


Bharat poster: Salman Khan's salt-and-pepper look from the film revealed

Bharat new poster is out! Salman Khan's look from his upcoming Eid release is finally here and it features the actor looking all intense and rugged in grey hair. Treating his fans with a sneak peek into his character from the film, the actor tweeted, "Jitne safed baal mere sar aur dhaadi mein hain, usse kahin zyada rangeen meri zindagi rahi hain (My life has been much more colourful than the white hair in my head and my beard.) [sic]"

Bharat is one of the biggest releases of 2019, which is being directed by Ali Abbas Zafar. Apart from Salman, the film features Katrina Kaif as the female lead, along with Disha Patani, Sunil Grover and Jackie Shroff, Nora Fatehi, Tabu and others in pivotal roles.
According to reports, the 'Dabangg' actor will be seen sporting five different looks in the film, spanning 60 years, including a crucial part which will showcase the actor in his late 20s, looking much leaner and younger.

The team of Bharat has finally started giving fans a closer look at the film. In January, the makers of the Salman Khan-starrer had unveiled the first teaser of the film. The one-minute and twenty-six-second teaser showed the Race 3 actor in different avatars, narrating the story of his character's life.


Junglee: Too comic-book simple

Elephants always remember. They are gentle giants. They are affectionate creatures: this and other elephant lore comes at us, in bits and pieces, in Junglee, a latter-day jungle safari featuring bad guys, good guys, and a bunch of lovable tuskers.

There’s not one ounce of complexity in the movie, unspooling in such a linear fashion that even two-year-olds would have no difficulty in understanding it. Maybe that’s the demographic the film will appeal to, with its bright colours and straight-forward story-line, and a smiling hero who can take on an army of scowling bad guys single-handedly.

In the deep jungle, there is an elephant sanctuary. It’s meant to be in Odisha, but other than some characters wearing Ikat saris, and a few vaguely Oriya-sounding lines slung about, it looks like a cross between Kerala and Thailand. Who cares?

Clearly, it takes a non-Indian director to blithely offer us an unapologetic mash-up of ‘kalaripapyttu’ ( an ancient form of martial arts which originated in the southern Indian state), which is what Raj, the most ripped vet on the planet ( Jammwal), practices. Said vet pats exotic long-tailed birds and pet dogs on their head, before heading out to the jungle, just in time to become the animals’ saviour.

Jammwal is a dab hand at action, and those bits are watchable. He is fluid and graceful and believable as he kicks and chops his way in and out of trouble. Those are the money shots: who doesn’t love bad guys getting a taste of their own medicine? And the locations are quite stunning—green, and lush.

But the rest of it is too comic-book simple. The villain is always on the phone to a canny hunter (Kulkarni) who claims he doesn’t hunt for money, but for the thrill of the kill. Kulkarni is kitted out in a sola topi, or something that looks a lot like it, and is surrounded by snarling henchmen with swords and guns.

A female journalist wears shorts on an assignment in the jungle. Another eye-catching woman, a female mahavat, is doe-eyed and pretty, and wears beautifully fitted blouses. It’s all very Jungle Book, and the dangerous bits are kept carefully in check.

It’s the kind of movie in which our hero grabs a venomous snake, and chats with it, and is chatted to, in turn, by a tubby elephant god, who appears in a talking part.


‘വൈക്കം മുഹമ്മദ് ബഷീറാണ് നിങ്ങൾ അല്ലാതെ മമ്മൂട്ടിയല്ല; അടൂർ സാർ പറഞ്ഞു’

അടൂർ ഗോപാല കൃഷ്ണന്റെ സംവിധാനത്തില് മമ്മൂട്ടി നായകനായി എത്തിയ ചിത്രമാണ് മതിലുകൾ. വൈക്കം മുഹമ്മദ് ബഷീറായി മമ്മൂട്ടി വെള്ളിത്തിരയിൽ എത്തിയപ്പോൾ മികച്ച നടനും സംവിധായകനുമടക്കം നാല് ദേശീയ പുരസ്കാരങ്ങളാണ് ചിത്രം സ്വന്തമാക്കിയത്. മതിലുകളുടെ ചിത്രീകരണ സമയത്തും ചില ബുദ്ധിമുട്ടുകൾ നേരിടേണ്ടിവന്നിരുന്നതായി പറയുകയാണ് നടൻ ബാബു നമ്പൂതിരി. സഫാരി ചാനലിന് നൽകിയ അഭിമുഖത്തിലാണ് അദ്ദേഹം ഇക്കാര്യം പങ്കുവെച്ചത്.
‘ഷൂട്ടിംഗ് സെറ്റിൽ മമ്മൂട്ടിയുള്ളതു കൊണ്ടുതന്നെ അടുത്ത സിനിമയുടെ കഥ പറയാനോ, അഡ്വാൻസ് നൽകാനോ സംവിധായകരോ, സ്ക്രിപ്ട് എഴുതുന്നോ ആളുകളോ വരാറുണ്ട്. അപ്പോള് ഇങ്ങനെ ഒരു തിരക്ക് വന്നു തുടങ്ങിയ എന്നു കണ്ടപ്പോൾ തന്നെ അടൂർ സാർ മമ്മൂട്ടിയെ വിളിച്ചിട്ടു പറഞ്ഞു, ‘മമ്മൂട്ടി ഇങ്ങനെയുള്ള ആളുകളെ ഈ സെറ്റിലേക്ക് വരുത്തരുത്. ഐ ഡോണ്ട് ലൈക്ക് ദാറ്റ്. അങ്ങനെ വേണമെങ്കിൽ, അവർക്ക് സംസാരിക്കണമെങ്കിൽ ഈ സെറ്റിലെത്തുന്നതിനു മുമ്പ് ഹോട്ടലിലിരിക്കുമ്പോഴോ, ഷൂട്ടിംഗ് കഴിഞ്ഞു പോയിട്ടോ ആവാമല്ലോ? എന്തിനീ സെറ്റിൽ വരണം. അതുവേണ്ട. എനിക്കത് ഇഷ്ടമല്ല.മറ്റൊന്നും കൊണ്ടല്ല. നിങ്ങളിപ്പോൾ ഒരു ക്യാരക്ടർ ചെയ്യുകയാണ്. നിങ്ങളുടെ മേയ്ക്കപ്പും കഴിഞ്ഞും. നിങ്ങൾ ആ ആളാണ്. വൈക്കം മുഹമ്മദ് ബഷീറാണ് നിങ്ങൾ അല്ലാതെ മമ്മൂട്ടിയല്ല. അതിനിടയ്ക്ക് ഡിസ്ട്രാക്ഷൻസ് വന്നു കഴിഞ്ഞാൽ ഒരുപക്ഷേ നിങ്ങളറിയാതെ ഒരു മാറ്റം ആ കഥാപാത്രത്തിനുണ്ടായേക്കാം. മറ്റൊന്നും വിചാരിക്കണ്ട’- മമ്മൂട്ടിയോട് അടൂർ സാർ പറഞ്ഞു. മമ്മൂട്ടി അത് അന്നുതന്നെ അംഗീകരിക്കുകയും ചെയ്തു’.- ബാബു നമ്പൂതിരി പറയുന്നു.


This American pop star is a look alike of Anushka

Anushka Sharma is a household name
in India. In the last decade, Anushka
Sharma has acted in several flicks and created
a unique identity for herself. Anushka
is also loved by one and all in the cricketing
circles, for she is the wife of Indian skipper
Virat Kohli.
The ‘Zero’ actress is often spotted in the
cricket stadiums cheering her husband despite
the busy schedules. However, you will
be taken aback to know that there is another
person who resembles Anushka Sharma.
Yes. It’s Julia Michaels, an American pop
star. The singer and songwriter was born
November 13, 1993, Michaels is quite famous
and she even has over a million followers on
Instagram. In 2017, she was the opening act
for Shawn Mendes’ Illuminate World Tour on
the Oceania Leg which was a huge success.
Many have mistaken her as Anushka Sharma
and she even went on to tag the Bollywood
actress in one of her tweets.

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Australian sentenced to probation in air rage incident

Los Angeles, Jul 16 (AFP) An Australian model who assaulted a flight attendant and hurled obscenities while apparently drunk on a flight from Australia to Los Angeles was sentenced on Monday to three years' probation.

Los Angeles federal court judge Cormac Carney also ordered Adau Mornyang, 25, to perform 100 hours of community service and to undergo mental health and alcohol abuse counseling.

Mornyang, who migrated to Australia from war-torn South Sudan when she was 10, was in addition fined USD 2,000, but the fine was waived as she does not have the ability to pay it.

Mornyang was flying from Melbourne to Los Angeles on January 21 and had been drinking heavily when fellow passengers complained to the crew. A flight attendant intervened but Mornyang slapped him as well as other passengers and had to be restrained by air marshalls.

Mornyang, a finalist in the 2017 Miss World Australia beauty pageant, tearfully read a statement in court on Monday saying she felt embarrassed by her actions and was getting treatment for alcohol abuse.

"No human being should ever say the things I said that day," she said. "I made a terrible mistake due to my alcoholism."

Prosecutors had sought a one-month prison term and three months' home detention but Carney said he did not believe Mornyang should be incarcerated and took into account her history of "sexual, physical and verbal abuse."

"I do get the sense that she has a very strong desire for redemption and recovery," the judge said.

Mornyang garnered attention in 2017 when she streamed an hour-long live video on Facebook in which she spoke about being raped as a teenager but being pressured to not press charges.

A spokesman for the US Attorney's Office in Los Angeles said she is set to be deported from the United States and as such is not expected to carry out her community service.


Indian scientists: First ever blackhole images extraordinary feat

Indian scientists have hailed the compilation of the first ever real images of a blackhole as an "extraordinary feat" that sheds more light on the mysterious, warped region of the space-time fabric and how galaxies like our Milky Way evolve over time.

Blackhole, an object with such strong gravity that not even light can escape it, has fuelled human imagination and inspired numerous sci-fi movies and literature for generations.

In coordinated press conferences on Wednesday across the globe, researchers at The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) -- a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes forged through international collaboration -- unveiled the first direct visual evidence of a supermassive blackhole and its shadow.

The image reveals the black hole at the centre of Messier 87, a massive galaxy in the nearby Virgo galaxy cluster.

This black hole resides 55 million light-years from Earth and has a mass 6.5 billion times that of the Sun.

"We have taken the first picture of a black hole," EHT project director Sheperd S Doeleman of the Centre for Astrophysics at Harvard & Smithsonian announced.

"This is an extraordinary scientific feat accomplished by a team of more than 200 researchers," Doeleman said.

Several Indian physicists spoke about the significance and history made by the discovery.

"This is the first direct evidence of black hole. That way it is a game changer. Now there is no doubt at all about its existence. Earlier we had 99 per cent evidence, now it is hundred per cent," said Sudip Bhattacharyya, Associate Professor at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai.

"If we can directly see that there is something black in the background of light -- that is an incredible thing. That would be the direct proof of blackholes," Bhattacharyya told PTI.

The breakthrough was announced in a series of six papers published in a special issue of The Astrophysical Journal Letters.
"The unveiling of M87 shadow is a tremendous achievement by EHT and it provided by first independent estimate for the mass of the giant blackhole in M87," Achamveedu Gopakumar, an associate professor at TIFR told PTI.

"These results showed that the first direct observational proof (photo) of the event horizon and its size is comparable to the size of the solar system," said Gopakumar, who is a part of EHT's effort to image a massive black hole binary (candidate) emitting nano-Hertz gravitational waves, called OJ 287.

The EHT is the result of years of international collaboration, and offers scientists a new way to study the most extreme objects in the universe predicted by Albert Einstein's general relativity during the centennial year of the historic experiment that first confirmed the theory.

"Seeing is believing, and this is, by far, the most direct proof that black holes exist,¿ said Poshak Gandhi, an Associate Professor at the UK-based University of Southampton's Astronomy Group.

"The results by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) team also represent years of truly global cooperation," said Gandhi, who originally hails from New Delhi.

Black holes are extraordinary cosmic objects with enormous masses but extremely compact sizes.

The presence of these objects affects their environment in extreme ways, warping spacetime and super-heating any surrounding material.

"These are a class of supermassive blackholes that have a billion times the mass of the Sun," said theoretical physicist Rajesh Gopakumar, Director of the International Centre for Theoretical Sciences (ICTS-TIFR), Bangaluru.

"It is a very remarkable breakthrough because one has had indirect confirmation for a long time about blackholes, but this is a different category of blackholes which are so much more massive," Gopakumar said.

"These had always been guessed as there was indirect evidence but this the first time we can sharply see matter around it, how that is behaving and so on. These central powerhouse of the galaxies will tell us how the galaxies like our Milky Way will evolve over time a long time," he said.

Multiple calibration and imaging methods have revealed a ring-like structure with a dark central region -- the blackhole's shadow -- that persisted over multiple independent EHT observations.

"Going forward, new data should allow astronomers to test Einstein's relativity theory in great detail, to understand how plasma accretes onto and is ejected from, black hole environments at speeds close to that of light," Gandhi added.


End of an era: Germany's conservatives say goodbye to Angela Merkel

Merkel, a Lutheran woman who grew up in the former Communist East where she moved when she was an infant, has always been something of an outsider in the male-dominated, Catholic party.


UK can now cancel Brexit by unilaterally revoking Article 50, top court rules

The ECJ tweeted the ruling today writing online: "UK is free to unilaterally revoke the notification of its intention to withdraw from the EU - Case C-621/18 Wightman"


Kamala Harris to decide on presidential bid over holidays

Kamala Harris, the first Indian-origin US Senator, has said that she will decide whether to consider a presidential bid in 2020 during the upcoming holiday season, according to a media report.


Qatar to leave OPEC

Qatar said on Monday it was quitting OPEC from January 2019 but would attend the oil exporter group's meeting this week, saying the decision meant Doha could focus on cementing its position as the world's top liquefied natural gas exporter.


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Kurta is the new go-to trend

Kurta dresses are the new go-to trend for the ladies this season. From modest short kurtas with elegant tie and dye prints to embellished maxi-like long kurtas, these offbeat dress materials are the best and the chicest way to start the festive season on a fresh note.



Trim your hair every 4-8 weeks

Whether you're trying to grow your hair out or prefer to keep it short, trimming it will keep hair healthy, get rid of split ends, and give an overall cleaner, healthier appearance.



Soft drinks hing in sugar

One can of soft drink contains 10 teaspoons of sugar and the average American adult drinks 500 cans of soft drink every year, estimating about 52 pounds of sugar consumed in soft drinks alone.



Glam Fashion All Set to Host Season 2

Want to work part-time as a model in Bangalore? Want to get noticed real soon by clients for assignments? Want to be well-connected with a ready professional portfolio to make your mark in the modelling and film industry? Want to sizzle the ramp with the best designer collections? Then the best way out is to participate in GlamnFashion Princess 2019, Global Diva of India. Glamnfashion Princess 2019 is a Bangalore-based fashion and talent pageant show organised by Feroz Khan, celebrity fashion photographer who has a talent to spot fresh and perfect faces for prestigious assignments. Every year trends are changing in the fashion industry and many models are finding it hard to find paid assignments. The selection criteria for modelling is becoming stringent too. It is essential for a model to be well-groomed and trained for many projects. GlamnFashion Princess 2019 is a competition-based ramp show with 10 sub-contests and is the perfect platform for freshers to turn into models.What Kind of assignmnents will be provided to Finalists and Winners?It ranges from ramp shows, designer shows, exhibition, print shoots, calendar shoots, campaign shoots, magazine shoots and short films and album songs.Eligibility: Female with height 5'3 and above between 16 years and 28 years.Glamnfashion Princess 2019 is unlike most other pageant shows organised to make quick bucks with sold crowns that are not obligated to give work to the finalists, Glamnfashion Princess 2019 guarantees client projects to its finalists where they can establish themselves in the industry with proper guidance.Top 10 finalists who are title winners will be the face of our client brands. It's a perfect chance for corporates and college-going girls to get a deserving break in the industry.Fashion Rounds: We have auditions on April 27 and April 28, 2019 at Chancery Pavilion, Bangalore out of which 40 deserving contestants will be selected for the finale. In the finale we have 3 rounds- Introductory Round with a Fashion Designer- Wear Sequence, Western Round and Gown Round, out of which top 10 finalists will become in-house models at FerozKhanClix.If you are interested, then register for Auditions to be held on April 27, 28 @ Chancery Pavilion, Bangalore apply on this link GlamnFashion Princess 2017- Season 1: FB Page: Website: http://ferozkhanclix.com No. (Feroz Khan) : 9004596562Calling No. (FerozKhan): 7892474641



Don’t Seek Medical Advice From Google : Doctors’ Body

SRINAGAR — With more and more people in Kashmir Valley getting hooked to internet for health issues, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Monday cautioned against use of Google for medical advice.

“Google cannot substitute your doctor,” said DAK President Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a communiqué.

“Many people are treating Google as their doctor and the dangerous trend is on the rise,” he said.

Dr Nisar said the danger with the internet is that you can incorrectly diagnose yourself.

“The biggest problem is that a symptom that presents for one disease may also present for another.

While your headache may be due to migraine or sinusitis, you may end up diagnosing yourself with brain tumor by Dr Google.

You may get a label of indigestion for upper abdominal discomfort from your web, but actually it may be a sign of heart attack,” Dr Nisar said.

“Psychosomatic disorders are the other danger with Dr Google, he said adding that these disorders have no physical disease and physical symptoms in them are due to mental factors.”

Dr Nisar said the incorrect diagnosis can lead to incorrect prescription, which can make you more ill. You will be taking medication for an illness you don’t have.

He said Computers and Smart phones can’t replace medical professionals who use a complex symptom tree model to diagnose the cause of symptoms. Initial questions, tests and observations lead to secondary questions and tests, and so on until all but one diagnosis is ruled out.

“It is important to remember that technology will never bring the single most important aspect to medical care: the human touch.

Holding of patients hands, guiding them through their treatment and discussing all available options is something technology will never create.

The science can be replicated, sure, and in fact help in diagnosis and treatment plans, but the humanity of one life impacting another will never be matched,” said Dr Nisar.



The Power Of Outdoor Play: Getting Dirty

Do you despair every time your kids get grubby? Time for a re-think. Being outside and exploring nature is a vital part of your children’s development and getting filthy is all part of it. Here’s why… It keeps them naturally fit The benefits of the natural exercise your kids get from running around outside, playing games like hide and seek, ‘it’, or cops and robbers, are immense. Kids who are active have stronger bones and muscles and are less likely to get overweight.

And best of all, they won’t think of it as ‘exercise’ - it’s just fun! They feel braver Children learn to be more confident when they explore their surroundings in an unrestrained way. Learning new games, riding bikes, swinging on a rope and running races will help them develop confidence in themselves and in their environment, especially if they know they won’t get into trouble for getting messy in the process. Urge them to play freely (but safely) so they get the chance to learn to assess risk and develop the skills to manage new situations, which will make them more confident in the long run. It lets them be creative Playing ‘let’s pretend’ games and building camps develops your child’s imagination in ways that computer games and technology cannot. Whether working as a team to build a fort in the woods, making an elaborate sand castle or creating a mud ‘hotel’ for mini-beasts, your child’s imagination will be stretched and stimulated so they see the world and its potential in a whole new way.

They will also develop problem-solving and social skills and become more resourceful and inventive. It gives them a health boost Playing outside, means getting a much-needed dose of Vitamin D from the sun. This not only boosts energy and moods and provides calcium for stronger bones, but it also enhances your child’s overall health. And getting good and grubby will build up their immune system, exposing them to dirt and bacteria in a natural way so they are less likely to develop autoimmune disorders and allergies. How to make outdoor play easy and fun (for kids and yourself) Play clothes should be comfortable and sturdy.

Wellies or hiking boots should survive the slipperiest of conditions. Keep a box or big sturdy bag by the back door for muddy and dirty clothes to be dumped in as soon as they get home - taking boots off at the same time. This avoids the inevitable tramping of dirt through the house. Make sure you’re well stocked with Ariel so you can empty the bag straight into the washing machine and get those clothes clean, fresh and ready for the next outing. If your child is introverted or prefers to be home glued to their iPad, you may need to give the outdoor play a focus to tempt them out of the house. Try going foraging together, collecting shells or driftwood on the beach, or do a nature trail to spot specific plants and animals. Pitch a tent or let them build a den in the back garden so they’ve got somewhere to hang out and play with their friends. If you don’t have a garden head down to the nearest woods and play hide and seek or make a den there.



गरमी में इन फलों को खाइए

हमारे शरीर के लिए खाने से अधिक जरूरी पानी होता है। पानी का महत्ता का अंदाजा इस बात से हम लगा सकते हैं कि हमारे शरीर का करीब एक तीहाई हिस्सा पानी से बना है। जैसे ही हमारे शरीर में पानी की कमी होती है, हमारे अंग इससे बुरी तरह से प्रभावित होने लगते हैं। पानी ना सिर्फ हमारे अंगों का ख्याल रखता है बल्कि ये उन्हें उर्जा देता है और इनकी सफाई करता है। गरमी में हमारे अंगों का खास कर के पानी की जरूरत होती है। आमतौर पर जितनी हमें जरूरत होती है उसका 80 फीसदी हम पीते हैं और बाकी 20 फीसदी पानी को हम अपने सौलिड फूड यानी खानों से मिलता है। ऐसे में इस बात पर ध्यान देना और जरूरी हो जाता है कि हम गरमी में खा क्।या रहे हैं और उससे हमारे शरीर को कितना पानी मिल रहा है। इस खबर में हम आपको कुछ खास फलों के बारे में बताने वाले हैं। इनके सेवन से चिलचिलाती धूप में भी शरीर में पानी की कमी नहीं होगी। तो आइए शुरू करें

सब्जी, सलाद और रायते में खीरे का प्रयोग धड्डले से होता है। खीरे में कई जरूरी विटामिन्स और मिनरल्स होते हैं। ये शरीर को पोषित रखते हैं। इसके अलावा इनमें पानी की मात्रा अधिक होती है। इसमें लगभग 96.7′ पानी होता है इसलिए इसे खाने से आपका शरीर हाइड्रेट रहता है इसलिए गरमी के मौसम में खीरे का खूब सेवन करें। ये आपकी सेहत के लिए काफी लाभकारी होता है। इसमें 94.3′ हिस्सा पानी का होता है। आपको बता दें कि टमाटर में विटामिन सी और आयरन की मात्रा प्रमुखता से होती है। इसके अलावा टमाटर में एंटी औक्सिडेंट भी पाया जाता है।

आमतौर पर गरमियों में तरबूज मिलता है। रस से भरे इस लाल फल में पर्याप्त मात्रा में पानी होता है। फल का करीब 92 फीसदी हिस्सा पानी का होता है। इसमें कई ऐसे एंटी औक्सिडेंट्स भी मौजूद होते हैं जो इम्यून सिस्टम को दुरुस्त रखते हैं और शरीर को स्वस्थ्य रखते हैं।

हरी सब्जियां सेहत के लिए काफी लाभकारी होती हैं। इनमें विटामिन्स और मिनरल्स प्रचूर मात्रा में होते हैं। आपको बता दें कि पालक में करीब 91.4 फीसदी पानी होता है। इसके अलावा मैग्निशियम और आयरन का ये प्रमुख स्रोत होता है। गरमी में पालक का सेवन स्वास्थ के लिए लाभकारी होता है।

टमाटर आप किसी भी मौसम में खाएं सेहत के लिए फायदेमंद ही होता है। बहुत सी सब्जियां टमाटर के बिना अधूरी होती हैं। सब्जी, सलाद, सौस, चटनी और भी ना जाने किन चीजों के लिए टमाटर का इस्तेमाल होता है।

पानी के लिए अंगूर भी एक प्रमुख फल है। अगर आप गरमी में अंगूर खाते हैं हो आपको कम प्याल लगेगी और शरीर में पानी की जरूरत पूरी रहती है। इसमें 91.6 फीसदी पानी होता है। इसके अलावा ग्लूकोज, मैग्नीशियम और साइट्रिक एसिड का ये प्रमुख स्रोत है।

Published by: Sandhya Jyoti Darpan



घर पर बनाएं एलोवेरा साबुन पाएं निखरी, खूबसूरत और स्वस्थ त्वचा’

एलोवेरा त्वचा के लिए बहुत फायदेमंद होता है। तमाम तरह के सौंदर्य उत्पादों में एलोवेरा जेल और जूस का प्रयोग इसीलिए किया जाता है। अगर आप एलोवेरा से बने साबुन का प्रयोग रोजाना करें, तो आपकी त्वचा हमेशा खूबसूरत और स्वस्थ रहेगी। एलोवेरा के प्रयोग से आप अपनी त्वचा में निखार भी ला सकते हैं। खास बात यह है कि एलोवेरा का ये साबुन आप घर पर ही आसानी से बना सकते हैं। बाजार के साबुन में कई तरह के हानिकारक केमिकल्स होते हैं, इसलिए घर पर खुद के हाथों से बनाया हुआ एलोवेरा सोप का इस्तेमाल करें, ताकि आपकी त्वचा हमेशा रहे खिली-खिली।
एलोवेरा साबुन बनाने के लिए सामग्री
250 मिलीलीटर पान, 750 मिलीलीटर ऑलिव ऑयल (जैतून का तेल), 110 ग्राम एलोवेरा जेल (ताजा हो तो बेहतर है), 110 मिलीलीटर कास्टिक सोडा, 10-12 बूंद इसेंशियल ऑयल (जो आपको पसंद हो)।
कैसे बनाएं एलोवेरा साबुन
एलोवेरा साबुन बनाने के लिए सबसे पहले पानी को एक पैन में डालकर गर्म करें।
पानी में उबाल आ जाने पर गैस बंद कर दें और पानी को ठंडा होने दें।
अब पानी में कास्टिक सोडा मिलाएं और इस मिश्रण को 1 घंटे के लिए छोड़ दें।
अब ऑलिव ऑयल (जैतून के तेल) को गर्म करें और इस मिश्रण में मिला दें।
इस मिश्रण को तब तक चलाते रहें, जब तक ये थोड़ा गाढ़ा न हो जाए।
अब अगर आपके पास एलोवेरा जेल है तो ठीक, अन्यथा पत्तों से एलोवेरा का पल्प निकालें और ब्लेंड करके जेल बना लें।
एलोवेरा जेल और इसेंशियल ऑयल को इस मिश्रण में मिला दें।
अब इसे किसी सांचे या ट्रे में निकाल लें और जमने दें।
साबुन को काटकर आप अपना मनपसंद आकार भी दे सकते हैं।
आपका होममेड एलोवेरा सोप तैयार है।
क्यों फायदेमंद है एलोवेरा साबुन
ये एलोवेरा साबुन त्वचा के लिए फायदेमंद है क्योंकि इसमें हानिकारक तत्वों को नहीं मिलाया गया है और शुद्ध रूप से घर पर ही बनाया गया है। एलोवेरा त्वचा के लिए एक बेहतरीन मॉइश्चराइजर की तरह काम करता है। ये चेहरे के दाग-धब्बे, कील-मुंहासे, झुर्रियां और झाइयां मिटाकर आपकी त्वचा को खूबसूरत और ग्लोइंग बनाता है। लगातार प्रयोग करने से धीरे-धीरे त्वचा पर निखार भी आने लगता है। इसके अलावा एलोवेरा से बना ये साबुन आपकी त्वचा के लिए सनस्क्रीन का भी काम करता है क्योंकि एलोवेरा सनबर्न और अल्ट्रावायलेट किरणों के कारण त्वचा को होने वाली हानियों से बचाता है।

Published by: Sandhya Jyoti Darpan



Shillong: An unexplored slice of paradise

Shillong: The north-eastern province of Meghalaya is an unexplored slice of paradise and is home to some of the most enchanting tourist spots that provide visitors with an unforgettable experience. One such tourist spot is the Shillong peak, located at a distance of 10 km southwards of the main city. Over the years, the mesmerising beauty of Shillong peak tucked away in the laps of nature has wowed tourists from across the globe. It has become the most talked about tourist destination of the state. The peak offers a breathtaking bird's eye view of the city and the Himalayan ranges. The state of Meghalaya has carved a niche for itself on the country's tourism map for its incredibly blessed natural scenic beauty. The state boasts of some of the best tourist spots that provide a major boost to the tourism sector of the state. Meghalaya's capital Shillong- the Scotland of the East- is an unexplored slice of paradise that those who visit this place can never forget it in their lifetime. A large number of both domestic as well as international tourists are seen every day exploring the unmatchable beauty of the state. "It is a beautiful place and I feel the whole country should seek inspiration from Meghalaya. People here are very warm and kind. We liked the hospitality. In fact, next time whenever we get time, we will definitely visit again," said a tourist. Engulfed in lush green mountains, picturesque landscape, surrounding waterfalls, the Shillong peak is a visual treat for the visitors. Shillong Peak is the highest peak of the province of Himalayas, standing at an altitude of 1,965 meters above the sea level and is one of the most visited sites of the hill station. One has to travel through deep gorges, zigzag roads with lush green scenery on both sides to reach the Shillong peak. The visitors can climb on the top of the peak to have a spectacular view of the city in its candid and casual avatar. Moreover, highly popular among locals and tourists, the Shillong Peak offers a panoramic view of the Himalayan range and Bangladesh plains on cloudless days. "It is extremely beautiful and nice. After raining, the sky is clear and it looks more beautiful and adds to the charm of the state. We are surprised by nature's beauty and it is mesmerising," said a tourist. Besides exploring the scenic beauty of the city right from the top of the peak, the visitors can have a firsthand experience of the culture and tradition of the Khasi tribe. For adventure lovers, treks can be an interesting part of their journey amid the rare flora and fauna. The Shillong peak is not steep and can be termed a gentle climb. Its structure is rather semi-circular. One can approach the Shillong peak through upper Shillong or the Jowai road by bus or car. Shillong is blessed with an abundance of natural resources which makes it inseparable from the rest of the country. And with a growing number of tourists every year, the Meghalaya tourism sector is likely to see a huge paradigm shift with tourists from around the globe converging to these tourist hotspots.



First person on Mars likely to be a woman: NASA

The first person on Mars is ‘likely to be a woman’, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has said.

“It’s likely to be a woman, the first next person on the Moon. It’s also true that the first person on Mars is likely to be a woman,” CNN cited Bridenstine as saying on a science and technology radio talk show “Science Friday”.

The NASA administrator did not identify a specific person but said women are at the forefront of the agency’s upcoming plans.

NASA will also have its first all-female spacewalk at the end of the month, when astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will get to float around in space. The spacewalk will last about seven hours, according to the US space agency.

“So these are great days. We have the first all-female spacewalk happening this month at the end of March, which is of course, National Women’s Month,” Bridenstine said.

Both McClain and Koch were part of the 2013 astronaut class, half of which were women. They came from the second largest applicant pool NASA has ever received -- more than 6,100. The most recent class of flight directors was also 50 per cent women, NASA said.

NASA has come a long way since 1978, when the first six women joined NASA’s astronaut corps. Currently, women comprise 34 per cent of its active astronauts, according to the agency.

“NASA is committed to making sure we have a broad and diverse set of talent and we’re looking forward to the first woman on the moon,” Bridenstine said.



3,000 kg solid waste collected from Mt Everest

Kathmandu: A total of 3,000 kilogrammes of solid waste has been collected from Mt Everest since April 14 when Nepal launched an ambitious clean-up campaign aimed at bringing back tonnes of trash from the world's highest peak, which has lately turned into a 'garbage dump.' The 45-day 'Everest Cleaning Campaign', led by Solukhumbu district's Khumbu Pasanglhamu Rural Municipality began on April 14 with the Nepali new year and aims to collect nearly 10,000 kilogrammes of garbage from Mt Everest.Dandu Raj Ghimire, Director General of Department of Tourism, informed at a press conference on Sunday that of the 3,000-kilogramme garbage collected so far, 2,000 kilogrammes had been sent to Okhaldhunga while the remaining 1,000 kilogrammes were brought to Kathmandu using Nepali Army helicopters for disposal. "Our team has now reached the Everest Base Camp for the cleaning campaign" Ghimire was quoted as saying by The Himalayan Times. "Under this campaign we will be collecting around 5,000-kg of garbage from Base Camp area, while 2,000-kg of garbage will be collected from the South Col region and around 3,000-kg will be collected from Camp II and Camp III area," he said



The prison of fear is a death sentence

There is a prison that has an inmate population in the billions. It's a prison without walls, without barbed wire, without guards and without any physical barrier. But it is the most effective prison in the whole world. Few escape it, but those who do find real and lasting freedom. That prison is in our minds. It is a prison that holds back our initiative, our talent, our ability to express ourselves and, most of all, it holds back the fulfillment of our full potential as human beings.That prison is fear. Our lives today are controlled by fear more than we know. Fear controls the choices we make, our actions, our habits and even our destinies. Fear has become one of the greatest threats to humanity in this day in its many forms. Terrorism has become the pinnacle of fear worldwide. Recent events in the world have shown how fear can drive even those that are powerful to behave desperately and inhumanely. But the effect of fear on our personal lives is more damaging that any terrorist can ever hope to achieve.Fear of life prevents most of us from living. Fear of life? Yes. "Too many people are thinking of security instead of opportunity. They seem to be more afraid of life than death." This observation was made by James F. Bymes. Overcoming fear – the many faces of fear In its extremes, fear in our personal lives causes anxiety and phobias. For people with such illnesses the prison of fear can seem like a death sentence. Their lives may be totally controlled by fear, making life totally unenjoyable and everyday tasks a real struggle. Fortunately, this is not the most common manifestation of fear.The far more destructive form of fear is one that we have come to accept because it is so common. For example, I remember very clearly how when I was in my first year at university I met a lot of fellow students that were spreading fear everywhere they went. They would say how difficult the first year of natural science studies was and how badly people were failing the course. They had all the statistics of how many people failed last year and the year before that. They'd say things like "50 people failed that course last year." What they didn't tell you was that 400 people passed the same course last year. All the seven years I was at university, were the same. Every year there were people speaking doom and failure. Often, it showed in the results they got. They were the same people struggling to pass. I, and many others like me, got through it fairly unscathed. We chose to see the 90 per cent that passed and not the 10 percent that failed. Overcoming fear – fear can stop you from progressing There are those of you out there with brilliant business ideas. What holds you back is fear. You think about all the statistics of how many businesses fail every year, or what your friends and family will think of you if you quit your job to pursue your dreams. The fear of not being able to pay your bills, fear of getting fired, fear of starting over and the fear of not having a job title all hold you back. It is fear that keeps most of us in jobs we do not enjoy and, sometimes, that don't even meet our financial needs. The fear of taking risks is one that few people are able to overcome. Risk is the potential harm that may arise from some present process or from some future event. In every area of life risk-taking is a necessary thing. If you propose marriage to someone you have to take the risk that they may say no. If you are in a race you have to take the risk that you may lose miserably. If you want to live life to its fullest you have to take the risk of failure. As Dorothy Thompson said: "Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live." Fear will paralyse you if you do not deal with it. It will absolutely stop you from living a life that you desire. Recognise it. Conquer it. Eleanor Roosevelt's advice is that "you gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do."



Good teachers don't impose their views

When love replaces ambition, truth is established in the place of success automatically. Where success is the only value of life, there cannot be truth. The central importance given to success has really killed truth. No, being successful is not all there is to life. Mere success is not a value in itself. It is more valuable and dignified to be unsuccessful in a good project than to be successful in doing a wrong thing. It is better to be unsuccessful in love than to be successful in competition. Is it not more valuable to be unsuccessful in religiousness than to be successful in amassing wealth?I do not see the value of life only in being successful. I see the value of life in truth, goodness, and beauty. But as long as success is the only measure, the soul of man cannot move towards truth, goodness and beauty. For truth, goodness and beauty to prevail, even failure will have to have its place in life. One should be able to see that in that direction even failure has dignity.It is a victory even to be defeated for truth, because in your courage to accept even defeat for the sake of truth, your soul is strengthened and it is able to touch those high peaks which are shining bright with the light of godliness. Winning and losing are meaningless. The meaning is in the path where there is victory or defeat. Is it the path of truth or untruth, love or hate, humane or inhumane activities? I say blessed are those who give up victory on the path of untruth, and embrace defeat on the path of truth, because that way they are victorious even in their defeat and attain to the deathless even in their death.But all this is possible only if there is a revolution in the system of education and the values given to winning and losing, which have for centuries troubled man, are taken away. Is it not fair that inquisitiveness in children be encouraged, that they should not be shackled with readymade solutions? They should be helped in developing their own questions; borrowed answers should not be dumped on them. If education can only send them out on the great journey of discovering the truth of life, its work is over. In my view, the teacher is one who arouses the dormant questioning in children, awakens inquisitiveness and makes children fearless and courageous enough to find solutions for themselves. One can be a teacher in this sense only if he himself is free from prejudices and biases. That is why becoming a teacher needs endeavour full of devotion. A soul with awareness, rebelliousness and alertness is required for becoming a teacher. A teacher in whom the fire of rebellion is missing will become, knowingly or unknowingly, a broker for some vested interest, some morality, some religion or some politics. Such a teacher will impose his beliefs and biases, of which he himself is a prisoner, on the children. This is a great responsibility. If the teacher is able to fulfil this requirement, only then a new man and new humanity can take birth. Abridged from Revolution in Education, Osho Times International



Ocean acidification a major threat to mankind globally

Washington: A recent study suggests that ocean acidification could have a serious impact on over a million people globally who depend on coastal protection, fisheries, and aquaculture. Ocean acidification describes a significant change in the chemistry of the ocean. It occurs when carbon dioxide is absorbed by the ocean to produce acid. Scientists say that only significant cuts in fossil fuel emissions will prevent the changes already evident in areas with projected future carbon dioxide levels becoming more widespread. The study was published in the Journal of Emerging Topics in Life Sciences. There are several studies that show the threats posed by ocean acidification in terms of habitat degradation and a loss of biodiversity.These have centered around the coast of Japan, where they demonstrated ocean acidification is having a major impact on marine life, and in the Mediterranean where they showed it was having a negative impact on wild fish. Both regions have volcanic CO2 seeps, where the escaping gas dissolves into the seawater and creates conditions similar to that expected to occur worldwide in the coming years. Their new publication provides a synthesis of the likely effects of ocean acidification on ecosystem properties, functions and services and is based on laboratory experiments and observations along natural gradients in CO2. Studies conducted on CO2 seeps worldwide have shown that reefs made by organisms with shells or skeletons, such as oysters or corals, are sensitive to ocean acidification. It has also been observed that degraded reefs provide less coastal protection and fewer habitats for commercially important fish and shellfish. This amplifies the risk to marine goods and services from climate change, causing shifts to seaweed dominance, habitat degradation and a loss of biodiversity in the tropics, the sub-tropics and on temperate coasts. "We are releasing around 1 million tons of carbon dioxide per hour into the Earth's atmosphere. About 25 per cent of this gas is taken up by the ocean where it reacts with seawater to form a weak acid, causing surface ocean pH to fall by around 0.002 units per year. The chemistry of this rapid change in surface waters is understood, yet there is uncertainty about its effects on society which is what we are trying to overcome in this study," said Dr Harvey, a researcher.



How life on desolate Antarctica thrives on penguin, seal poop

WASHINGTON: For more than half a century, biologists studying Antarctica focused their research on understanding how organisms cope with the continent's severe drought and the coldest conditions on the planet. One thing they didn't really factor in, however, was the role played by the nitrogen-rich droppings from colonies of cute penguins and seals - until now. A new study published Thursday in the journal Current Biology found the influential excrement supported thriving communities of mosses and lichens, which in turn sustained vast numbers of microscopic animals like springtails and mites for more than one 1,000 meters (yards) beyond the colony."What we see is that the poo produced by seals and penguins partly evaporates as ammonia," said co-author Stef Bokhorst from the Department of Ecological Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. "Then, the ammonia gets picked up by the wind and is blown inland, and this makes its way into the soil and provides the nitrogen that primary producers need in order to survive in this landscape."Braving bitter temperatures, the researchers waded through fields of animal waste - not to mention hordes of clamoring elephant seals and gentoo, chinstrap, and Adelie penguins - to examine the surrounding soils and plants using infrared gas analyzers that measured their respiration. Samples brought back and examined in labs revealed that there were millions of tiny invertebrates per square meter because of the lack of predators in their environment - unlike in European on American grasslands, where the number may typically be between 50,000 and 100,000. "The more animals we get, the larger the footprint there is, and we're finding higher diversity in those sites," Bokhorst told AFP, emphasising that species' richness was linked less with how cold or dry the region was and more to the nutrients added by the excrement. Ultimately, the research allowed the team to map the hotspots across the Antarctic Peninsula, finding penguin colonies to be a proxy for biodiversity. The maps can be updated in the future using satellite imagery to determine the size and location of breeding colonies, freeing future scientists from having to conduct treacherous fieldwork. For Bokhorst, Antarctica presented an "ideal natural laboratory" to study the relationship between nutrients and biodiversity because of the simplicity of the overall food web, in contrast to other parts of the world where ecosystems were far more complex. But the study also underscored how interconnected the continent's ecosystem was -- and therefore its vulnerability to human activity. All countries working on the continent are subject to the Antarctic Treaty System, which obliges them to protect its wildlife, but Bokhorst said the study showed "if you start poking at one end it will have an effect at the other end." "You need to keep a good eye that you're not overfishing the oceans so you're not harming food supplies, otherwise you're going to have an impact for biodiversity," he said. The peninsula's vibrant invertebrate communities face few predators, but the advent of tourism means there is an increasing chance people could bring seeds or even insects with them. These, in turn, could benefit from the soil enrichment and establish themselves, threatening the native species. "That's a very good argument (for) why we should be careful with the Antarctic," said Bokhorst.



Istanbul, The Magical Seven Hills City

A beautiful paradise of so many magical splendors, the blue mosques. the Bosphorus where no traveler is a stranger in this city. One word to describe Istanbul-"GLAMOROUS" As, all great empires of the world used to show off their power, intimidating enemies by designing ravishingly beautiful buildings and monuments. For Roman and Ottoman emperors, the old city of Istanbul was a symbol of grandeur with architectural masterpieces built on the highest point of each of the city's seven hills, which would become the iconic symbols of the empire and inspire many poets and authors for centuries.The Eastern Roman Empire Constantine the Great was so impressed by this city that it didn't take him much time to decide to establish his new capital city where- the city of Constantinople. The emperor took inspiration from the seven heavenly bodies the Babylonians which have already spotted- the sun, the moon, and five planets- establishing the city also called the "Nova Roma" the NEW ROME- on its seven hills. Both the Byzantine and the Ottoman empires protected the city's borders and designed impressive and monumental buildings on each of the seven hills, six of which lie along the Golden Horn and the seventh located one kilometer south of the Golden Horn.Constantinople I.e today's Istanbul is not very well known by the locals. There is an even a common misunderstanding among those who attempt to identify the hills, mistaking Calmica Hill for one of the hills, for example. Indeed, the seven hills all lie within the ancient city walls, as the area stretching beyond these walls is not considered as Constantinople according to few museum heads.The hill stretches from the City's acropolis all the way to the district of Edirnekapi. So, here we go in detail as to what exactly do these hills represent and where are they exactly The Very" First Hill" of Istanbul The first hill is popularly known as the heart of Constantinople where the imperial authorities all settled. This hill stretches up from the cape of the historical peninsula to an altitude of about 30 to 40 meters above sea level where Mehmed the conqueror built hill houses for Topaki palace in 1478. In both the Byzantine and Ottoman eras, Finally, this was chosen as the main settlement for the Royal Family. The Ancient ruins of the Byzantine Palace of the Boukoleon, The Topaki Palace, the Sultanahmet Mosque, The Istanbul Archaeology Museum, The Cagaloglu Bath House and the historic Sirkeci Train station along with the Million stone and Ibrahim Pasha Palace, which is currently serving as the Islamic Arts Museum are all located here. SECOND HILL Stretching about 10 meters higher than the first, the second hill is also home to a number of historic buildings, all of which extend along the Mese, Constantinople's main thoroughfare. Today, this is one of the hot tourist spots where the Firuzaga Mosque, the Grand Bazaar, the Cemberlitas Bath House, the Corlulu Ali Pasha Madrasa and the Spice Bazaar are located. THIRD HILL According to the geographical structure, this is one of the most-eye catching hills, The third hill reaches at an altitude of 60 meters and has one of the city's highest ridges. In the Byzantine era, Constantine the Great built a forum here that was later rebuilt and renamed the Forum of Theodosius by Emperor Theodosius. The Suleymaniye Mosque is the most eye-catching and striking building on the hill. Istanbul University, the Suleymaniye social complex and Zeyrek Mosque, which used to be the Pantokrator Church, are other historic sights worth visiting. FOURTH HILL One of the highest points the old city, this hill inspired Ottoman and Byzantine emperors to build prestigious architectural structures, including Faith Mosque and the Aqueduct of Valens, a major system that provided water to the Romans of Constantinople. Dedicated to 12 Christian apostles, the Chruch of the Holy Apostles, which used to stand on this hill, was used by the Ecumenical, the patriarch of the Greek Orthodox Church, before it was abandoned by the patriarch and replaced by Faith Mosque during the Ottoman era. FIFTH HILL The "FIFTH HILL" of Istanbul was once known for the Pammakaristos Monastery where the Museum of Conquest now lies. In 1591, the monastery was converted into a mosque and where tourists can visit the Yavuz Sultan Selim Mosque, and the Chora Museum, which has dazzling frescos. SIXTH HILL Lying behind the fourth hill, the city's sixth hill is 70 meters high. Mihrimah Mosque, presumably the most significant building on this hill, is located in Edirnekapi. The mosque is dedicated to the favorite daughter of Suleiman the Magnificent and Hurrem Sultan, Mihrimah Sultan by Mirmar Sinan who was said to have an unrequited love for her. Tekfur Palace, the only remaining buildings from the Byzantine-era Blachernae Palace Complex, is also on this hill. SEVENTH HILL The city's last hill which is separated from the others by a deep valley. Sixty meters in height, the hill used to be home to the Arkadius Forum built in 403 and was marked by the Arkadius Pillar in the Byzantine era. In Ottoman times, Hurrem Sultan's social complex and a mosque were built here.



How Much Coffee Is Too Much? A New Study Has the Answer

How many afternoons have you sluggishly moseyed over to the office coffee machine and wondered, Is this really my fourth cup of the day? Or wait, is it my fifth? We've all been there, but a new study shows refilling your cup too often could be hurting your health. The study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, suggests that drinking six or more cups of coffee per day may increase your risk of heart disease by up to 22%. Researchers from the University of South Australia analyzed the health records and self-reported dietary patterns of 347,077 participants between the ages of 37 and 73. They also looked to see which study participants possessed a specific gene variant, called CYP1A2, that enables people to metabolize caffeine faster than those without the variant.Overall, the researchers found that people who said drank six or more cups of coffee a day were 22% more likely to develop cardiovascular disease during the study period, compared to those who drank one to two cups daily. They also concluded that this association was independent of genetic makeup; in other words, people with the caffeine-metabolising gene were not able to safely drink more than those who don't have it.The study authors believe that coffee (in large quantities) and heart problems may be linked because excess caffeine consumption can cause high blood pressure, a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. According to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide, yet it's also one of the most preventable."Most people would agree that if you drink a lot of coffee, you might feel jittery, irritable or perhaps even nauseous," said co-author Elina Hyppönen, director of the Australian Centre for Precision Health, in a press release. "That's because caffeine helps your body work faster and harder, but it is also likely to suggest that you may have reached your limit for the time being." That doesn't mean that any and all coffee is bad for your heart, however. In fact, the researchers also found that participants who didn't drink coffee at all—and those who drank decaf—also had higher rates of heart disease (11% and 7% higher, respectively) than those who drank one to two cups per day. Previous research has found coffee is rich in antioxidants and may reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. That is, if it's consumed in moderation. A 2017 review published in Food and Chemical Toxicology found that intake levels of up to 400 mg a day, or about four 8-ounce cups of coffee, are not associated with health risks for adults. So no, there's no reason to completely cut out coffee, but it is smart to pay attention to how much you're really drinking. "Knowing the limits of what's good for you and what's not is imperative," Hyppönen said in the press release. "As with many things, it's all about moderation; overindulge and your health will pay for it."




By Rabia Jabeen

Bengaluru : With non-conventional treatments to ailments gaining popularity
people are increasingly opting for non-invasive healing methods as this cause
no side effects. Reiki is one that makes use of an internal energy to heal
oneselfIt even holds out a possible and effective treatment for cancer.
Reiki is an ancientJapanese method used for improvement of physical and
mental healing of the body. It uses a non-physical, unseen vital force or energy
within us called “Qi” (pronounced as ‘chi’). The technique used is called palm
healing or hands on healing.
The word ‘Reiki’is derived from Japanese. ‘Rei’ means soul, ‘Ki’ means ‘vital
force/energy’. Ki flows through all living organisms, plants, birds, animals.
It makes use of the energy Ki which flows through our body (also known as
chakras or meridians) and is around us (aura).
It was developed by a Japanese Buddhist called Mikao Usui in 1992, who
taught this technique to about 2000 people during his lifetime. It spread from
Hawaii to US in 1940s and Europe in 1980s. It has now gained popularity and is
widely accepted because of the number of books written about it and
popularization of the Japanese culture.
It facilitates stress reduction, relaxation and also promotes peace and
harmony. It heals the spirit and improves the lifestyle of people.
Ki is very responsive to our thoughts and feelings. Negative feelings accepted
by us, unconsciously or consciously, can cause negative energy to attach to our
energy fields and disrupt the flow of the force within our body. This causes
issues in the functioning of our body and lowering of our energy levels. (When
our energy is low, we are disturbed, irritated, or fall sick.When our energy is
high, we are healthy, happy and at peace.)
Reiki aims to alter this problem by increasing the vibration levels of our energy
fields in and around our body where this negative energy is attached, this leads

to breaking away of the negative energy. It clears, restores the natural flow of
the vital force with positive energy.
All living beings can go through this process of Reiki, including pregnant
women and children. (it does not require previous experience with practices
like meditation, and does not depend on intellectual capacity)
Reiki is a force that is passed on from the master to the student by a process
called attunement. The student usually lies on a massage table or can even
stand or sit, the master places their hand in a series of positions on or near the
patient’s body on specific areas of head, shoulders, limbs, torso, feet and uses
breathing techniques. Each hand position is held on a specific part of the body
until the master feels that the energy has reached that body part, and then
moves on to the next part of the body until the process is complete for the
entire body. This session lasts for about 90 minutes until the energy has
transferred from the master to the student.
Attunement of energy from one person to another does not lower the energy
of the master, but strengthens it.
Once its complete, the person will have Reiki with them for the rest of their
lives, it cannot be lost. Reiki done once is sufficient, but extra attunements can
strengthen the process and the energy for better quality of body, mind and
raised level of consciousness.
After Reiki, people usually feel relaxed, refreshed and free. Some might feel
warm, see colours and images of spiritual figureswith increase in psychic
It causes no harm. But there’s no scientific evidence to support the process of
healing through Reiki. Some say its electromagnetic waves or placebo effect or
Reiki promotes relaxation and stress reduction, which might facilitate healing.




Nipah virus (NiV) infection is a newly emerging zoonosis. NiV affects both humans and animals. The fatality rateofNiVisquitehighandspreads mainly through bats, pigs, and other animals. The deadly brain-damaging Nipah virus has resurfaced in tKerala a year after it killed 17 people, state health minister said. A 23-year-old student tested positive for the virus, which is transmitted to humans through direct contact with infected bats, pigsorotherpeople.KeralaHealth MinisterKK Shailajatoldreporters that four other people had Nipahlike symptoms. Another 80 people were being monitored, including some who were in close contact with the student.Shailaja said isolation wards had been set up across the state, where 19 cases were reported last year. Nipah virus (NiV) infection is a newly emerging zoonosis.

NiV affects both humans and animals. The fatalityrate of NiVis quite high and spreads mainly through bats, pigs, and other animals.Fruit bats of the Pteropodidae Family, Pteropus genus are the national reservoir of this virus. The first case of Niv was identified during an outbreak in KampungS ungai Nipah, Malaysia in 1998.NiV got the name from the place where it was first identified. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 265 patients were infected with the virus during the Nipah virus disease outbreak in 1998-99. About40percentofthosepatients who entered hospitals with the serious nervous disease died from the illness, it says. NiV can be deadly for humans as it causes asymptomatic infection, acute respiratory syndrome, and fatal encephalitis.

1. Symptoms of Nipah AccordingtotheCDC,thesymptoms of NiV infection can be seen after 5 to 14 days of the incubation period.The virus causes 3-14 days of fever and headache, followed by drowsiness, disorientation and mental confusion.In certain cases, within 24-48 hours, these signs and symptoms can progress to coma. Some patients have a respiratory illness during the early part of their infections, and half of the patients showing severe neurological signs showed also pulmonary signs, CDC says.

2.Earlydiagnosisandtreatment are essential Virus isolation attempts and real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) from the throat and nasal swabs, cerebrospinal fluid, urine, and blood should be performed in the early stages of disease. Later, antibody detection by ELISA (IgG and IgM) can be used. 3. Treatment Intensive supportive care is the primary treatment in human cases. As Nipah virus encephalitis can be transferred from the affected to other people, standard infection control practices and proper barriernursing techniquesareimportant in preventing infections. The drug ribavirin has been shown to be effective against the viruses in vitro, but human investigations to date have been inconclusive and the clinical usefulness of ribavirin remains uncertain, according to CDC.



Curiosity rover finds clay cache on Mars: NASA


NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has found the highest amounts of clay minerals ever found during its mission on the Red Planet, the US space agency said. The rover recently drilled two samples at rock targets called “Aberlady” and “Kilmarie” in a region of Mars called the “clay-bearing unit”. Both drill targets were unveiled in a new selfie taken by the rover on May 12, the 2,405th Martian day, or soul, of the mission, NASA said in a statement. This clay-enriched region, located on the side of lower Mount Sharp, stood out to NASA orbiters before Curiosity landed in 2012, the US space agency said.

Curiosity is exploring Mount Sharp to see if it had the conditions to support life billions of years ago. Clay often forms in water, which is essential for life. The rover’s mineralogy instrument, called CheMin (Chemistry and Mineralogy), provided the first analyses of rock samples drilled in the clay-bearing unit. CheMin also found very little hematite, an iron oxide mineral that was abundant just to the north, on Vera Rubin Ridge.

Other than proof that there was a significant amount of water once in Gale Crater, what these new findings mean for the region is still up for debate, according to the US space agency. It is likely that the rocks in the area formed as layers of mud in ancient lakes -- something Curiosity also found lower on Mount Sharp, NASA said.


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New Zealand coach calls for WC rules review, says 'feeling very hollow'

Wellington, July 16 (PTI) New Zealand coach Gary Stead Tuesday called for the ICC World Cup rules to be reviewed, saying the feeling is "very, very hollow" after England beat them on a bizarre technicality in the showpiece' final.

Both finalists could not be separated at the end of regular play as well as the Super Over, but England were crowned champions because they had a superior boundary count.

"It's a very, very hollow feeling that you can play 100 overs and score the same amount of runs and still lose the game, but that's the technicalities of sport," Stead told reporters.

Hailed by many as the greatest game in the history of one-day internationals, New Zealand were left to rue the boundary count rule a few minutes after a fortuitous, last-over overthrow came to England's rescue.

"There's going to be many things they look at over the whole tournament -- I'm sure when they were writing the rules they never expected a World Cup final to happen like that.

"I'm sure it'll be reviewed (and) there's many different ways that they'll probably explore."

The Black Caps coach shrugged off suggestions England had been mistakenly handed an extra run after a throw from the deep hit the bat of a diving Ben Stokes' and rolled past the boundary rope in the final over of regular play.

England were awarded six runs but former umpire Simon Taufel said they should only have got five as the batsmen had not crossed for their second run when the throw was made.

"I didn't actually know that. But at the end of the day the umpires are there to rule.

"They're human as well, like players, and sometimes there's a mistake but that's just the human aspect of sport.



Prithvi Shaw, Sarfaraz to attend Mumbai's off-seasoncamp

Mumbai, Jul 15 (PTI) Young opener Prithvi Shaw is among the 36 players announced by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) for the off-season camp for the upcoming domestic season.

An injury had ruled Shaw (19), who has already made his Test debut, out of India A's ongoing tour to the West Indies.

The camp is to commence at the MCA's suburban Bandra- Kurla complex and its dates would be announced soon, MCA sources said.

Apart from Shaw, India players Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, pacer Shardul Thakur have been included in the list of players put out by the association on its website.

A notable inclusion is Sarfaraz Khan who had represented the 41-time Ranji Trophy champions in the past before plying his trade in Uttar Pradesh, but had decided to return to his home association and also served the mandatory one-year cooling-off period.

The list of payers: Aditya Tare, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Shardul Thakur, Suryakumar Yadav, Akhil Herwadkar, Tushar Deshpande, Jay Bista, Dhawal Kulkarni, Royston Dias, Prithvi Shaw, Shivam Dube, Siddesh Lad, Eknath Kerkar, Sufiyan Shaikh, Shreyas Iyer, Akash Parkar, Vijay Gohil, Akarshit Gomel, Raunaq Sharma, Vaidik Murkar, Shubham Ranjane, Aditya Dhumal, Minad Manjrekar, Vikrant Auti, Krutik Hangawadi, Aquib Kureshi, Dhrumil Matkar, Prasad Pawar, Sarfaraz Khan, Shams Mulani, Akshay Jambekar, Parikshit Valsangkar, Sujit Nayak, Ankush Jaiswal and Karsh Kothari.



Heavy rain forecast ahead of India, New Zealand tie

Nottingham (PTI): Heavy rain threatens to play spoilsport when India face New Zealand in their next World Cup game at Trent Bridge on Thursday. However, as per weather forecast, the rain is likely to subside by lunch time on Thursday which means at least a curtailed game remains a possibility. There have been persistent showers across United Kingdom for the past two days and the local Met department has issued a warning for the residents."A Yellow Warning for rain is in force in the Nottingham area for most of this week," local website 'Nottinghampost' reported. The Met office's warning on its website covered a large area of England, including Birmingham, Peterborough and Newcastle. "There is a chance that heavy prolonged rain could lead to localised flooding and disruption to transport," it said. As per local Met Office weather forecast for Nottingham, the heavy rain will continue till 7pm on Wednesday. "That lighter rain is expected to finally come to an end at about lunch time on Thursday. The maximum temperatures will be around 13 degree Celsius and minimum overnight temperatures will be around 10 or 11 degree Celsius," the website reported.



Dhawan ruled out of WC for 3 weeks with fractured thumb

New Delhi, June 11 : Team India suffered a huge jolt on Tuesday as opener Shikhar Dhawan was ruled out of the 2019 World Cup for three weeks with a fractured thumb. Dhawan was hit by a ball from Nathan Coulter-Nile during his brilliant century against Australia at The Oval on Sunday. He was in pain but continued to bat with a tapped thumb. During the Australia innings, it was Ravindra Jadeja who took the field for Dhawan.Speaking to IANS, sources in the know of developments said that it didn't look very rosy after the swelling refused to subside. "Patrick Farhart has done the initial treatment and Dhawan had iced the thumb for quite a bit, but the swelling just didn't subside and that is when we decided that this needed a scan," the source said.Going into the game against Australia at The Oval, Dhawan didn't have the best of starts to this year's World Cup, but back at his favourite hunting ground, the opener looked in fine spirit as he hit his first hundred of the tournament. Speaking after the game, the opener had said: "We are happy with the result as it was a great team effort. It's a great sign for our team and I'm happy with this man of the match award. We are very happy with the performance overall."It is believed that K.L. Rahul will be asked to open the innings with Rohit Sharma in the match against New Zealand while a replacement will be sought after the team management decides on who they feel is most suited to fit into the playing XI. At present, Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri can pick one from either Dinesh Karthik or Vijay Shankar for the New Zealand match on Thursday.



It's time to move on: Yuvraj calls time on international career

Mumbai, Jun 10 (PTI) Fighting back tears, Yuvraj Singh Monday announced retirement from international cricket, ending a "rollercoaster" career during which he became the hero of India's 2011 World Cup triumph and fought a gritty battle with cancer.

"After 25 years, I have decided to move on. Cricket has given me everything and is the reason why I stand here today," the 37-year-old Yuvraj said addressing the media here.

"I was extremely lucky to play 400 games for India. I could have never imagined it when I first started playing cricket," he added.

Yuvraj played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs and 58 T20Is for India. He put together 1900 runs in the longest format, and 8701 in the one-dayers, the format in which he enjoyed most success.

"It was a love-hate relationship with this game. I can't explain what it really means to me. This game taught me to fight. I have failed more times than I succeeded and I will never give up," he said.

The attacking left-hander listed the the 2011 World Cup triumph, getting six sixes in an over against England in the 2007 World T20 and his first Test hundred, against Pakistan in Lahore in 2004, as the three most special moments of his career.

The battle with cancer soon after the 2011 World Cup triumph was perhaps the biggest challenge that he encountered.

"I was not going to let that disease defeat me," he said.

However, his cricketing form had been on the wane for a while. Yuvraj last played for India in a T20I against England in 2017. His last Test appearance was back in 2012.

He turned up for Mumbai Indians in this year's IPL but didn't get many chances.



Sindhu, Sameer make impressive starts at Australian Open

Sydney, Jun 5 (PTI) India had a mixed day in office as top shuttlers P V Sindhu and Sameer Verma progressed to the second round but HS Prannoy made an early exit at the USD 150,000 Australian Open World Tour Super 300 tournament here Wednesday.

World No 5 Sindhu, a silver medallist at Rio Olympics and 2017 and 2018 World championship, defeated Indonesia's Choirunnisa 21-14 21-9 in a lop-sided contest in women's singles.

The Indian will meet experienced Thai Nitchaon Jindapol next.

Sixth seed Sameer exacted revenge against Malaysia's Lee Zii Jia 21-15 16-21 21-12 in a thrilling opening round men's singles match. The Indian had lost to Lee at the Sudirman Cup last month.

The 25-year-old from Madhya Pradesh, who had reached the semifinals at World Tour Finals, will square off against Chinese Taipei's Wang Tzu Wei in second round.

Among others, former Singapore Open champion B Sai Praneeth, who had reached the finals at Swiss Open this year, beat Korea's Lee Dong Keun 21-16 21-14, to set up a clash with second seed Indonesian Anthony Sinisuka Ginting next.

Former Commonwealth Games champion Parupalli Kashyap also cleared the opening hurdle, entering the second round with a 21-16 21-15 win over Thailand's Suppanyu Avihingsanon. He will next cross swords with Lin Dan, who recently won the Malaysia Open.

However, Prannoy found the going tough against Lin Dan, going down 18-21 19-21 to the eighth seeded Chinese legend.

In men's doubles, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty defeated compatriots Manu Attri and B Sumeeth Reddy 21-12 21-16 to enter the second round.

The young duo will next fight it out against second seeded Chinese pair of Li Junhui and Liu Yuchen.

However, Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy lost 14-21 13-21 to Korean combination of Baek Ha Na and Kim Hye Rin.



Bumrah, Chahal restrict South Africa to 227/9

Southampton, Jun 5 (PTI) Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal grabbed four wickets, helping India restrict South Africa to a sub-par 227 for 9 in their opening encounter of the World Cup here Wednesday.

South Africa skipper Faf du Plessis' decision to bat under overcast conditions backfired with Jasprit Bumrah (10-1-35-2) setting the tone with twin blows in his opening spell.

Chahal (10-0-51-4) then tightened the noose on South African batsmen as they could never really force the pace during the middle overs. Incidentally, this was the best 10-over single spell (in terms of wickets taken) by any bowler in a World Cup game.

South Africa's total got some semblance of respectability courtesy Chris Morris (42 off 34) and Kagiso Rabada (31 not out off 35), who shared a much needed 66-run stand for the eighth wicket.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (10-0-44-2) coming in place of Mohammed Shami was impressive in his second spell.

Under a thick cloud cover and a pitch that offered bounce, Bumrah was unplayable in his initial five over spell where he pitched on good length or back of it, getting the deliveries to rear up awkwardly and shape away from openers Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla.

Bumrah dismissed Amla (6) with a beautiful delivery that rose from length outside the off-stump and the outside edge was taken low in the slips by Rohit Sharma.

De Kock (10) was out in his next over when his back of length delivery was angled across and the left-hander's slash was pouched by skipper Virat Kohli at the third slip.

Skipper Du Plessis (38 off 54 balls) and Rassie van der Dussen (22 off 37 balls) did add 44 runs for the third wicket but it was more of a consolidation job as they found scoring runs difficult.

The Powerplay yielded only 34 runs and even though the Proteas skipper hit four boundaries, he never looked comfortable.

Third seamer Hardik Pandya (6-0-31-0) also hit the hard lengths and one of his deliveries, a nasty snorter, hit Du Plessis flush on the gloves, leaving him in pain. Along with Kedar Jadhav (4-0-16-0), they shared the fifth bowler's duties admirably giving away only 45 runs.

Once Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav (10-0-46-1) started operating in tandem, something was waiting to happen.

Van der Dussen, who was showing composure till then, suddenly had a brain fade as the right-hander tried an ambitious reverse sweep to a delivery drifting on his pads only to be bowled.

From 78 for 2, it soon became 80 for 4 as Du Plessis failed to read a Chahal googly and was bowled through the gate.

Kuldeep then had a horribly out-of-form JP Duminy (3 off 11) plumb in-front with scoreboard reading 89 for 5. David Miller (31 off 40 balls) and Andile Phehlukwayo (34 off 61 balls) again had to carry out a repair job adding 46 runs but Chahal collected another two wickets quickly to reduce them to 158 for 7.

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Harbhajan reveals Watson batted with bleeding knee in IPL final

New Delhi: A dedication personified Shane Watson batted through a bleeding knee in the IPL final against Mumbai Indians, an act which earned him effusive praise from the fans. While his blood-stained lower was missed by the TV crew, his IPL teammate Harbhajan Singh revealed that the Australian required six stitches after the game, which Chennai Super Kings side lost by just one run. Harbhajan posted a Watson picture on his Instagram page, revealing the blood stains on his left knee as he struck one hard."Can you guys see the blood on his knee. He got 6 stitches after the game. Got injured while diving but continue to bat without telling anyone," wrote the Indian off-spinner on his Instagram page. Watson was run out in the last over after scoring 80 runs but it proved insufficient in the end. Later, the same picture was released by CSK on its official twitter handle, prompting fans to appreciate the dedication of the Australian all-rounder. A lot of CSK fans said they want Watson to come back as opener next season.



Every team to have dedicated anti-corruption officer during ODI WC: Report

London, May 14 (PTI) In a first, all the 10 participating teams of the upcoming ODI World Cup will have a dedicated anti-corruption officer attached with it to deliver a corruption-free tournament, according to a report.

The report in the 'Daily Telegraph' said the ICC will attach an anti-corruption official with each team starting from warm-up matches till the end of the tournament.

"Previously, the International Cricket Council's Anti-Corruption Unit had personnel deployed at each venue, meaning that teams would deal with a number of officials over the course of a tournament," the report said.

"Now, the same official will be assigned to a team from the warm-up matches to the end of the competition, staying in the same hotel as the players and travelling with them to training and matches."

It said the move was part of ICC Anti-Corruption Unit's effort to deliver a fixing and corruption-free World Cup and also an effort to build better relations between players and the ACU.

"By being with teams throughout the competition, it is also thought that anti-corruption officials will be better placed to spot any potential corruptors who lurk near players or back-room staff and so identify any behaviour that may be suspicious," the report further stated.



IPL 2019: Dhoni credits bowlers for easy win over Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 2

Visakhapatnam: Defending champions Chennai Super Kings entered their eighth IPL final and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni credited the clinical effort of his bowing unit for setting up the platform for a comfortable win over Delhi Capitals in the Qualifier 2 here. Opting to bowl, CSK first restricted DC to 147 for nine and then chased down the target with six wickets in hand, to set up a clash against Mumbai Indians in the IPL final in Hyderabad on Sunday. "The crucial part was to keep getting wickets. The credit needs to go to the bowlers. The captain only asks this is what I need. Then it's up to them to figure out how to bowl, and they have to put in the hard yards," Dhoni said at the post-match presentation ceremony."Thanks to the bowling department for where we are this season. I would have preferred it if the openers finished it off. Once they got the required rate below 6 an over, there was no reason to play big shots and get out. They did the hard yards," he added.Dhoni also lauded the entire CSK team for producing a clinical performance when it mattered. "It's the usual route, last year was the exception. The kind of response from the boys today was brilliant. The way we batted to get 140-plus runs was very nice," he said. "The spinners got some turn, and we kept getting wickets at the right time." DC captain Shreyas Iyer, on the contrary, blamed his batting department for the loss. "We had a disappointing start, losing two wickets in the powerplay, and it was hard to recover from that. They have amazing spinners. But we've had a great season," he said."None of the batsmen took the initiative to take the team through and there wasn't a partnership building. Disappointing for us but a good learning." Iyer spoke about the pitch this season at their home turf -- the Feroze Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi. "It's something to think about (the Delhi pitch). We didn't win too many home games, but we can't complain about pitches. We've been practising a lot on slow wickets. As professionals we can't give excuses," he said. "I think we've learned a lot, looking at seniors like MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma leading their teams. It's a proud moment for me, standing with them at the toss. They talk to me, share their experiences, and that's great for me." Shedding more light on his experience of leading the team, Iyer said: "I've heard Rohit and many of them talk about how difficult it is to be captain, and yeah, it's not an easy job to do, but I'm happy to be the captain. "Really proud of the boys. Loving the way we've gelled as a family. The coaches and support staff have been amazing. A lot more to come next season. We've found the base, now is the time to grow," he said. Man-of-the-match Faf du Plessis, who hit a 39-ball 50 during the chase, said CSK's experience of winning big games did the trick, even though they didn't have a very good outing in the last phase of the tournament this season. "We didn't have the best run in the last five or six games, but we do have a lot of confidence as a team that's won a lot of big games. We drew a lot of strength from that," he said. "Our strength is to get partnerships going and extend that, even if we take our time initially. We've got a lot of good batsmen down the order, and we back them to catch up with the required rate."



CSK VS DC for Q2

The Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals have one final opportunity to progress to the VIVO IPL 2019 Final when they clash in Qualifier 2. The match is on 10 May 2019 at ACA-VDCA Stadium, Visakhapatnam. Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, Murali Vijay, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar will be performing from Chennai Super Kings. Where as PrithviShaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Colin Munro, Axar Patel, Sherfane Rutherford, Keemo Paul, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Trent Boult will be playing from Delhi Capitals.
The winner of this match will progress to the Final, where they will take on the Mumbai Indians. For the team that finishes on the wrong side of the result, it will be the end of the campaign as far as VIVO IPL 2019 is concerned.



Man City on brink of Premier League glory as Liverpool cling to hope

London, May 10 (AFP) Manchester City and Liverpool have slugged it out in one of the most gripping Premier League title races of all time, going toe to toe in a monumental battle for the ages.

But it will all be decided on Sunday when City travel to Brighton and Liverpool host Wolves, with Pep Guardiola's team firm favourites to get over the line ahead of Jurgen Klopp's charging team.

The bare statistics from both sides this season are phenomenal.

City, on 95 points, have won their past 13 Premier League matches to wipe out a seven-point lead for Liverpool and are on the brink of becoming the first team to retain the title since Manchester United in 2009.

Klopp's men, with 94 points, have recovered from a mid-season stumble to record eight straight victories and are agonisingly close to their first English top-flight title since 1990.

The 18-time league winners face the scarcely credible scenario of ending the season with the third-highest points tally in Premier League history and a single defeat yet still missing out on the title.

City look almost certain to finish off the job on the south coast but Guardiola, speaking after a nervy 1-0 win against Leicester on Monday, is taking nothing for granted.

"The players are mature, and we have one more game," said Guardiola.

"It will be tough in Brighton. They took a result at Arsenal. We played a few weeks ago against them (in the FA Cup semi-final) and it was tough.

"They will play for pride but it's in our hands. We were seven points behind but we never give up. We are still there and we win 13 games in a row."

City cannot quite match the record 100 points they mustered last season but they have shown their ability to dig deep in recent weeks. Guardiola's side have been free-scoring for the majority of the campaign, racking up 91 goals, but three of their past four wins have been 1-0 victories.

A second consecutive title for the club, who remain on course for a historic domestic treble, would underline their status as the dominant force in the English game.

A Vincent Kompany thunderbolt settled the match against Leicester, although that astonishing moment has since been overshadowed by breathtaking Champions League comebacks for Liverpool and Tottenham.

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Klopp will have to re-focus his players' minds on their clash with Wolves at Anfield after their semi-final heroics against Barcelona as they cling to the hope that City will slip up.

"We will again try to collect the bones and go again against Wolves," said Klopp, who also has fitness doubts over Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson to deal with.

The Liverpool narrative has changed dramatically since they overturned a 3-0 first-leg deficit against the Spanish champions to reach the Champions League final 4-3 on aggregate on Tuesday.

They now know that even if they fall short they have the chance to become champions of Europe for a sixth time if they can get past Tottenham in Madrid on June 1.

But despite their European adventure, the Anfield faithful are desperate to see their team at the top of the domestic tree again.

"Now I know the atmosphere will be brilliant again and they will need to push us again because it is a difficult game on Sunday," added Klopp.

"We have to win, which is already difficult enough, and then we will see what happens in the other stadium." Behind the runaway front two, all the issues in the Premier League are virtually done and dusted.

Barring a spectacular swing in goal difference, Tottenham will finish above Arsenal and mathematically seal the remaining Champions League spot alongside Chelsea, while the highest Manchester United can finish is fifth.

Wolves, in seventh place, cannot be caught and will earn a Europa League spot provided Watford do not beat City in the FA Cup final.

At the bottom of the table, Huddersfield, Fulham and Cardiff are already preparing for life in the second-tier Championship.



We deserved to reach the Champions League final, says Frenkie de Jong

Leeds: After suffering a loss by Tottenham Hotspurs in the semi-final second leg of the Champions League on Wednesday (local time), Ajax FC's midfielder Frenkie de Jong said that the team deserved to be in the finals, given the way the team played in the whole competition. "I think we deserved to reach the final, given the way we played throughout the tournament and also in the first half tonight. In saying that, Spurs also earned their right with that second-half performance," quoted De Jong as saying."I think everyone enjoyed what we did in the Champions League this season, it was like a fairytale. Unfortunately, it was one with an unhappy ending. So disappointing to give it away in the last few seconds," he added. Ajax was left heartbroken as they conceded a goal in the 96th minute in the match against Tottenham, resulting in their last minute 3-2 victory in the semi-final second leg. Ajax had won the first leg semi-final 1-0 against Tottenham, but by suffering a 3-2 loss in the second leg, they were knocked out of the tournament as Tottenham progressed 3-3 on away goals to the finals of the Champions League."We showed in patches what we were capable of. But in the second half, they caused us a lot of problems. It is indeed the third tie in a row in which we've won away but failed to do so at home. I don't really know why," de Jong said. "We always try to play the same, home or away. And if we'd kept up our first-half performance we could definitely have won this evening," he added. Ajax stunned both Real Madrid and Juventus to progress to the semi-finals stage of the tournament. They are still in line to win their domestic championship and they next take on FC Utrecht on May 12. The finals of the Champions League will be played on June 1 between Liverpool and Tottenham at Madrid.



Pant is the best finisher among youngsters: Shaw

Visakhapatnam, May 9 (PTI) Delhi Capitals opener Prithvi Shaw heaped praises on teammate Rishab Pant, calling him the best finisher among youngsters after the 21-year-old helped Delhi Capitals beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by two wickets in a nerve-wracking IPL Eliminator here.

Chasing a target of 163, Delhi Capitals, who had lost the way after a blazing start, were brought to cusp of victory by Pant, who smashed 49 off 21 balls with five sixes even as West Indies' Keemo Paul finished it off in the penultimate ball of the innings with a boundary off Khaleel Ahmed on Wednesday night.

"In these T20 games, there's a lot of pressure. I was praying that we win. Pant did a brilliant job. I have said that he is the best finisher among the young players. He always opens up the game for us. He has been doing very well. Unfortunately, he could not finish it for us, but Keemo did well in the end," Shaw said at the post match press conference.

He also pointed out that Amit Mishra's single run was an important one.

The 19-year-old said it was important for him to get back into form after a few bad games.

Shaw top-scored with 56 off 38 balls on a "sticky wicket" to give Delhi a great start.

"First six overs are important because if you put runs on board, it will take the pressure off the other batsmen. It was a bit difficult to pull the ball. Since their bowlers were bowling cutters on a sticky wicket, it was not pulling. I waited and waited for the loose balls," he said.

Shaw said while playing in the middle he concentrates on choosing the bowlers who he can hit.

"While you're playing in the middle it is simple - just play your game and chose bowlers that we want to hit first and obviously (Mohammad) Nabi and Rashid (Khan) were the best bowlers on their side. It was an interesting game and I'm happy that we won."

On how he plans to tackle Chennai Super Kings bowlers in the Qualifier 2, to be held here on Friday, Shaw said the Delhi players have faced the defending champions in previous IPLs and they understand the game.

"The team will have a plan after reaching Chennai. How to face which bowler like Harbhajan (Singh) bahi, Jaddu (Ravindra Jadeja) sir or (Imran) Tahir sir. We will have to plan. We will look to do what we've done earlier."

Shaw said that it is not about who plays who but depends on how prepared the team is for the game.

"Personally, whichever ball is lose, I will smash that ball. Even with Harbhajan bhai and Tahir sir is bowling, I will obviously smash it," Shaw added.

When asked about Delhi's tendency to lose wickets at the most crucial moments, the batsman said, "I think we like to make every game interesting. Every time things are going well, we give away two-three wickets.

"But I think that's the charm of T20 cricket. Till the time you don't feel the pressure, its not as much fun."

Shaw also applauded Amit Mishra's (1/16) effort with the ball, saying: "We knew that the wicket was too sticky-ish and I think our bowlers did a fantastic job. Amit Mishra has got that experience. He has played 10-12 years of international cricket.

"Whenever he bowls those four overs, he knows exactly what his plans are. He has bowled to almost every player and he knows where to bowl to them. He has done a great job for the team and I hope he does the same in the next match as well."

Shaw thanked the management for not losing faith in him despite he not being among runs in the last few games.

"When you are not scoring runs for the last two-three games, then you need to get that form back, preparation is the best thing to do. I have prepared quite a lot. I wasn't scoring that good in powerplays and the team wasn't very happy but they never gave up on me.

"They believed in me and more importantly, I believed in myself and thanks to all the support staff...Sourav sir, Ricky sir, Praveen sir and Kaif sir, and players who give me lots of positive vibes. I just played my game out there," said Shaw.



Rohit rates Suryakumar as one of best players of spin

Talented batsman Suryakumar Yadav has earned praise from his Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma who described him as one of the best players of spin bowling after his match-winning 71 not out against Chennai Super Kings in the first IPL Qualifier here. Suryakumar's 54-ball unbeaten knock on a sub-standard Chepauk track ensured a smooth passage to the final for the Mumbai Indians as they beat the defending champions by six wickets. "He's (Suryakumar) probably is one of our best batsmen against spin. We knew the spin threat CSK possess will be a huge factor. Suryakumar plays spin very well. I have seen him at close quarters. The shots he plays behind the wicket, those are not easy shots. Always knew he was going to come good at some stage," Rohit said after the match on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old Suryakumar, who won the Man of the Match award, said he had decided to play most of his shots along the ground after watching how the pitch behaved when CSK batted. "After first innings, I saw what happened, not too many players were able to hit the shots in the air. So I wanted to play down the ground, pick singles and doubles. Had the chat after first innings that someone from the top-order will have to play towards the end because it won't be easy for players coming in later," the former Mumbai Ranji captain said.

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Warner, Smith help Australia edge New Zealand

Brisbane, May 6 (AFP) David Warner hit a quickfire 39 and Steve Smith 22 Monday in their first appearance for Australia since a major ball-tampering scandal as the home team edged a second-string New Zealand by one wicket in a practice match.

The Australians were set a target of 216 at Allan Border Field in Brisbane as they warm up for their World Cup defence, and scraped home with 10 balls to spare thanks to a tail-end rescue act.

They have now won nine one-dayers in a row, although this was an unofficial game and not counted as a full international.

Skipper Aaron Finch continued his rich vein of form with a measured 52, but fellow opener Usman Khawaja fell cheaply -- bringing Warner to the crease, to warm applause from the crowd.

He survived a dropped catch on nought before clicking into gear and turning on the form that saw him average 69.20 in 12 innings in the Indian Premier League.

Warner hammered 39 off 43 balls before falling to leg-spinner Todd Astle attempting a reverse sweep.

That brought out Smith who started nervously before hitting a pair of boundaries. He spent 43 balls in the middle before being caught behind off Matt Henry.

It was the pair's first game in Australian colours since serving year-long bans for their part in the "Sandpaper-gate" ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town that rocked Australian cricket.

After Smith departed, Australia lost five for 42 before an impressive 34 from Nathan Coulter-Nile helped steer them home.

Earlier, Pat Cummins grabbed two wickets in his first over before New Zealand, missing Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill and Trent Boult, recovered to post respectable 215 off 46.1 overs Tom Blundell led the fightback and top scored with 77. Cummins ended with 3-36 off eight overs, with Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jason Behrendorff also grabbing three apiece.

Australia play another two games against New Zealand this week before heading to England where they open their World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on June 1 in Bristol.




Patchy CSK banking on home advantage to outwit MI in Qualifier 1

Chennai, May 6 (PTI) Handed a reality check in their last league fixture, defending champions Chennai Super Kings would bank on home advantage to seal their place in the summit clash when they take on a confident Mumbai Indians in the Qualifier 1 of the IPL here Tuesday.

After the gruelling league phase of the ongoing IPL, the stage is set for the play-offs with CSK and MI clashing against each other for a place in May 12 final.

There is hardly anything to differentiate between the two sides as both CSK and MI have won the title three times earlier.

The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led CSK has been patchy after a strong start and finished its league engagements with a six-wicket defeat to Kings XI Punjab at Mohali on Sunday.

But CSK will be happy to return to their den to take on table-topper MI, probably its biggest IPL rival, to decide which team seals a spot in the May 12 final.

CSK boasts of a tremendous record at home this season, winning six of its seven games at the M A Chidambaram Stadium here and come Tuesday, it will act as a big advantage for the hosts.

A defeat, however, will provide both the teams a second chance in Qualifier 2 on May 10.

The CSK top-order has fired in fits and starts in the league phase and will need to come out all guns blazing against a formidable MI bowling attack that includes Jasprit Bumrah (17 wickets), Lasith Malinga (15 wickets), the Pandya brothers (Hardik 14 wickets and Krunal 10 wickets), leggie Rahul Chahar (10 wickets) and possibly Mitchell McClenaghan.

Skipper Dhoni (CSK's highest run-getter with 368 runs from 12 matches, 3 fifties) has been the mainstay of a rather inconsistent CSK batting unit and along with openers Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis and Suresh Raina holds the key in Saturday's game as the usually fluent Ambati Rayudu has struggled to get going.

CSK, however, will miss the services of the Kedar Jadhav, who sustained a freak shoulder injury in the match against Kings XI.

But Jadhav wasn't in the best of form and his absence would open up a spot for either Murali Vijay or Dhruv Shorey.

Bowling has been CSK's strong point so far this season and becomes even more potent on M A Chidambaram stadium's sluggish wicket.

Imran Tahir (21 scalps), the second highest-wicket taker this season after Kagiso Rabada (25), has been at the forefront of an effective CSK spin trio, also including veteran Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja (both with 13 wickets each).

And the success of Tahir & Co against the powerful MI batting line-up could very well determine the course of the match.

MI captain Rohit Sharma (386 runs), the impressive Quinton De Kock (492, third leading run-scorer), Hardik Pandya (380) and Kieron Pollard will be hard to stop once they get going and CSK's bowlers have a tough task at hand.

The onus would also be on the ever-improving Deepak Chahar, who has taken 16 scalps so far, to pick up early wickets for CSK and stifle the rival batting line-up.

Going by the head-to-head record this year, MI holds the upperhand having won both its encounters against CSK in the preliminary phase.

MI head coach Mahela Jayawardene would be aware of the job at hand and won't take CSK lightly despite the Lions' recent wobbly form.

CSK will certainly receive a boost by playing the Qualifier 1 at home with the crowd fully backing the team in what promises to be a cracker of a contest.

Teams (from):

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Anmolpreet Singh, Siddhesh Lad, Ankul Roy, Evin Lewis, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ben Cutting, Ishan Kishan, Aditya Tare, Rasikh Salam, Barinder Sran, Jayant Yadav, Beuran Hendricks and Lasith Malinga.

Chennai Super Kings: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K M Asif, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan, Scott Kuggeleijn.

Match starts at 7.30 pm.




Heena recommended for Khel Ratna, Ronak for Dronacharya

New Delhi:

The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has recommended the names of Heena Sidhu and Ankur Mittal for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. Asian Games bronze medallist Heena, in 2013, became the first Indian pistol shooter to win a gold medal in an ISSF World Cup finals when she won the 10m Air Pistol event.

The 29-year-old has also won a silver medal in the women’s 10m Air Pistol event, and a gold medal in the women’s 25m Air Pistol event. In 2014, she was conferred with the prestigious Arjuna Award. Ankur, on the other hand, had won a gold medal in Double Trap event at 2018 ISSF World Shooting Championships at Changwon, South Korea. He also won a silver medal at the 2017 World Championships.

In the 2018 Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast, he won a bronze medal in the Double Trap Shooting (Men) event. Last year, he was conferred with the Arjuna Award. Earlier, shooters Abhinav Bindra, Anjali Bhagwat, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Vijay Kumar, Gagan Narang, Ronjan Sodhi and Jitu Rai had been conferred with the prestigious Khel Ratna Award. Besides, the NRAI has also recommended the names of Anjum Moudgil, Shahzar Rizvi and Om Prakash Mitharwal for the Arjuna Award while Jaspal Rana and Ronak Pandit have been recommended for the Dronacharya Award.




Heena recommended for Khel Ratna, Ronak for Dronacharya

New Delhi:

The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) has recommended the names of Heena Sidhu and Ankur Mittal for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award. Asian Games bronze medallist Heena, in 2013, became the first Indian pistol shooter to win a gold medal in an ISSF World Cup finals when she won the 10m Air Pistol event.

The 29-year-old has also won a silver medal in the women’s 10m Air Pistol event, and a gold medal in the women’s 25m Air Pistol event. In 2014, she was conferred with the prestigious Arjuna Award. Ankur, on the other hand, had won a gold medal in Double Trap event at 2018 ISSF World Shooting Championships at Changwon, South Korea. He also won a silver medal at the 2017 World Championships.

In the 2018 Commonwealth Games held in Gold Coast, he won a bronze medal in the Double Trap Shooting (Men) event. Last year, he was conferred with the Arjuna Award. Earlier, shooters Abhinav Bindra, Anjali Bhagwat, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Manavjit Singh Sandhu, Vijay Kumar, Gagan Narang, Ronjan Sodhi and Jitu Rai had been conferred with the prestigious Khel Ratna Award. Besides, the NRAI has also recommended the names of Anjum Moudgil, Shahzar Rizvi and Om Prakash Mitharwal for the Arjuna Award while Jaspal Rana and Ronak Pandit have been recommended for the Dronacharya Award.




Sachin Tendulkar blames BCCI

New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar has rejected BCCI's observation that his alleged Conflict of Interest falls under "tractable category", terming the parent body "responsible for the current situation" arising due to his role as a member of the Cricket Advisory Committee and an 'Icon' of Mumbai Indians.

In fact, Tendulkar in his 13-point response to BCCI Ethics Officer D. K. Jain has requested him to call Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai and CEO Rahul Johri to "clarify their position".

According to the BCCI's constitution clause 38 (3) (a): "Tractable conflicts are those that are resolvable or permissible or excusable through recusal of the individual concerned and — or — with full disclosure of the interest involved".

All three CAC members — Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman — have been served notices by the Ombudsman cum Ethics officer and all have rejected any conflict of interest in their initial affidavits.

However what seems to have angered the legendary cricketer is BCCI CEO Johri's letter (in consultation with CoA) to Jain where just like Ganguly, Tendulkar's issue has also been termed as a case of "tractable Conflict of Interest", a contention that the iconic cricketer firmly rejected.

"Without prejudice to the aforesaid, the Noticee submits that it is surprising that the BCCI, being the very authority responsible for the Noticee's empanelment to the Cricket Advisory Committee ("CAC"), is presently taking a position that the Noticee is exposed to an alleged conflict of interest. It is reiterated that, the Noticee was declared as the Mumbai Indians 'ICON' post his retirement in 2013, which was much prior to his appointment to the CAC in 2015," Tendulkar has stated in his response.

Just like Laxman, Tendulkar also reiterated that neither the CEO nor the CoA had ever clarified the terms of reference with regards to his appointment in CAC.

"The Noticee (Tendulkar) has time and again sought clarification from the BCCI on the scope of his role in the CAC — but has not received a response from BCCI till date. BCCI is aware that the CAC merely performs an advisory / recommendatory role — and therefore, the Noticee's role as a Mumbai Indians Icon (which in fact has always been in the public domain) cannot, in any practical way, conflict with his involvement in the CAC.



Kings XI Punjab beats Kolkata Knight Riders

Kings XI Punjab (183-6) lost to Kolkata Knight Riders: 185-3 in 18 overs by 7 wickets on 4th May.

This was Andre Russell’s 300th T20 match.

Man of the Match was Shubman Gill, for his unbeaten 65 off 49 balls.



Beautiful tracks for batsmen but bowlers won't get lateral movement at WC in UK: Tendulkar

Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendukar Thursday said the World Cup in the United Kingdom will offer beautiful batting tracks but he doesn't expect the ball to swing much in the hot conditions that will prevail there.

The World Cup, which will kick-start on May 30 in the UK, will see all 10 participating nations face-off against each other.

"I am told it's going to be a hot summer. Even in the Champions Trophy the wickets were superb when the sun was out. In the heat the wickets get really flat. I am sure they will give beautiful tracks to bat on," Tendulkar said on the sidelines of the inauguration of the MIG Club pavilion named after him.

"I don't think there will be much difference in the conditions unless there is a heavy cloud cover. If there is a cloud cover, the ball might go around a bit. Even if that's the case I don't see that happening for a longer duration just the first over if at all," he added.

Several Indian players, including captain Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, are performing well in the ongoing Indian Premier League.

Asked if that will help them in the World Cup, Tendulkar said: "A good performance in any format is good news because it gives the player confidence. If you are confident in any format, that's important."

"The players have time to make some adjustments according to the conditions. All of them have played enough cricket to know what to do to improve," he added.

The 46-year-old, who also launched the Tendulkar Middlesex Golbal Academy camp here, recalled an interesting anecdote from one of playing trips to England.

"Once, we played a match in Essex and were travelling to our next venue and there was a major motor accident. In 3-3.5 hours we had just covered just 250 metres. We thought if we walk we might possibly cover more distance.

"Even now when all of us get together we discuss that day and how half a movie ended while our bus coach was stuck at the same place."

The cricket icon also extended his best wishes to another batting legend -- Brian Lara on his birthday.

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Dhoni credits tennis ball cricket for quick hands behind stumps

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is lightning quick behind the stumps and the veteran wicket-keeper batsman said it is a skill which he has developed from tennis ball cricket.

Talking about his super quick stumpings, Dhoni said, "I think it's something that's come from tennis ball cricket. But you still have to do the basics and graduate to that level. If you want to keep like that you can make mistakes; so I still think basics are most important."

Skipper Dhoni has been in super form in the ongoing IPL and after sitting out for a couple of matches due to fever and a stiff back, he smashed an unbeaten 44 off 22 balls to power Chennai Super Kings to 179 against Delhi Capitals on Wednesday night.

CSK were struggling in the beginning but thanks to Dhoni, CSK scored 20 runs from the last over bowled by Trent Boult with the stumper finishing off with two sixes off the final two balls.

Asked about his power-packed knock, Dhoni said he had spent enough time on the wicket to understand the bowling variations and unleash his game towards the end to lead Chennai Super Kings to a match-winning total.

"Watch the ball, hit the ball. You've spent time, you know the variations. By the 20th over you're almost ready and you swing at everything," Dhoni said when asked about his last-over exploits.

"It's easier for somebody who has played 10-15 deliveries than someone who has just come in."

Dhoni said the conditions actually favoured them though they lost the toss.

"We knew there wouldn't be much dew. What we've seen is if there's no dew, there's assistance for spinners. But when we started, Bhajju pa (Harbhajan Singh) didn't get any turn. But as they started losing wickets, it started spinning, it started turning. Cricket is such a game," he said after the 80-run win over Delhi Capitals.

Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who took three wickets, said the wicket helped spinners.

"Obviously I enjoyed bowling, the way the wicket was turning. I was bowling in good areas and the wicket was doing the rest for me," he said.

Asked how it helps having someone like Imran Tahir bowling in tandem with him, Jadeja said the South African has been "fantastic"

"He has been taking wickets whenever we needed. Me, Immy bhai and Bhajju pa (Harbhajan) as a unit, we are bowling the way we want to bowl. Still one more game to go. We need to continue our momentum. Everyone is in good form so we just need to keep the winning momentum going."

Jadeja said Dhoni can be described by one word and that is 'genius'.

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Kenyans Eliud, Brigid are victors


More than 40,000 people participated in the 39th London Marathon on Sunday, with many runner targeting over 80 Guinness World Records. Tennis ace Andy Murray fired the starting gun at this year’s event as the participants descended on the British capital for the race, the BBC reported. The marathon has raised 1 billion pounds since it started in 1981, according to race sponsors Virgin Money. Event director Hugh Brasher said: “No other mass participation event comes anywhere near this kind of fundraising. “We would like to thank every runner, supporter, donator, charity, volunteer, sponsor, spectator, staff member and everyone else who has contributed to this wonderful total.” Speaking about the funds raised for good causes, London Mayor Sadiq Khan said:

“This is an astonishing achievement and my congratulations go to everyone involved in making the London Marathon such a world-renowned fundraising success - helping millions of people over the last 38 years.” Men’s world record holder Eliud Kipchoge and home favourite Mo Farah headline a strong field for the elite men’s race.

Kipchoge, the Olympic champion who holds the course record, is looking for a fourth win in the race in five years. He has not been beaten over 26.2 miles since the 2013 Berlin Marathon. Eight-time winner David Weir will compete in the wheelchair race for the 20th consecutive year. A star-studded women’s field features four of the 10 fastest women of all time, the BBC said. Last year’s winner Vivian Cheruiyot is set to renew her rivalry with fellow Kenyan and world record holder, Mary Keitany.



Claire Polosak becomes the first female umpire to stand in a men's ODI

Windhoek: Australia's Claire Polosak said it was a "special day" as she made history in becoming the first female umpire to stand in a men's one-day international. The 31-year-old officiated in the final of the World Cricket League Division 2 between hosts Namibia and Oman at the weekend and admitted she would "sleep well" after her performance. "It was a special day for everyone and I wanted to do the best I can," said Polosak. "There was a little bit of intensity out there, some argy-bargy between the teams but I nipped it in the bud with a quiet word. "Everyone responded well, there were no issues with player behaviour." Polosak has already stood in 15 women's ODIs, the first one in November 2016 between Australia and South Africa. She has also umpired the semi-final of the Women's T20 World Cup in 2018 between England and India and four matches at the 2017 Women's World Cup. "I had a couple of big calls," she added of Saturday's game which was won by Namibia by 145 runs. "Big caught behinds, lbws which I was pleased with. You never walk off completely happy but I will sleep well tonight." Polosak has already blazed a trail -- she was the first woman to stand in a men's domestic fixture in Australia in her first List A match in Australia in 2017. In December last year, she and her South Australian counterpart Eloise Sheridan became the first female umpires to officiate on-field together during a professional match in Australia when the Adelaide Strikers hosted the Melbourne Stars in the WBBL.



India wins two gold in ISSF shooting WC

India opened its medal account with a gold each in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed and 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team events on the third day of competitions at the ISSF Shooting World Cup here Thursday.

Young shooters Manu Bhaker and Saurabh Chaudhary took the top spot in the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team event after Anjum Moudgil and Divyansh Singh Panwar opened the country's gold account in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team event.

Bhaker and Chaudhary outshot Jiang Ranxin and Pang Wei of China 16-6 in the final, which was held in the new format wherein top two teams battled for the gold medal.

The Indian pair, who had qualified for the final at the fifth spot with 482 points, won the first six series and dominated the final before the Chinese combination managed to open their account.

It was Bhaker and and Chaudhary's second World Cup gold in the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team event. The pair had won their first yellow metal together at the ISSF World Cup held in February in New Delhi.

Bhaker had failed to qualify for the women's 10m Air Pistol individual event final on Wednesday.

The other Indian pair in the 10m Air Pistol Mixed Team event, Heena Sidhu and Rizvi Shahzar failed to enter the final after finishing the qualification round at the 12 spot with 479 points.

Earlier in the day, Moudgil and Panwar had to fight tooth and nail to beat another Chinese pair of Liu Ruxuan and Yang Haoran 17-15 in the 10m Air Rifle Mixed Team final.

Moudgil and Panwar, who qualified for the final at the sixth position with a score of 522.7 points, were trailing 11-13 at one stage before they bounced back in style to emerge winners.

Another Indian pair in the fray, Apurvi Chandela and Deepak Kumar had finished a spot ahead of Moudgil and Panwar in the qualification round with 522.8 points, but couldn't hold on to their nerves and eventually finished sixth in the final.-- PTI



Steyn ruled out of IPL after brief stint

After a brief two-match stint, Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Dale Steyn was on Thursday ruled out of the Indian Premier League owing to an inflammation in his shoulder.

The veteran South African fast bowler, who had recently joined RCB as an replacement for injured Nathan Coulter-Nile, was forced to sit out of the match against Kings XI Punjab here on Wednesday after he picked up a niggle.

"Dale Steyn has been prescribed with ample rest due to inflammation in his shoulder. On account of state of his health, Dale will not be available to take part further in the ongoing season of IPL," Sanjeev Churiwala, Chairman of RCB, said in a statement.

The injury-prone pacer had returned to the IPL after a gap of two years and straight away contributed to team's winning cause by picking up four wickets in two games -- against Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings.

"His presence has helped the team immensely and we are very thankful for the inspiration and passion that he brought to the squad. The team will deeply miss his energy and presence around. We wish him a speedy recovery and all the luck for all future endeavours," RCB Chairman said.

With the ODI World Cup scheduled to start on May 30 in UK, Steyn may not be willing to aggravate his injury.

The shoulder injury that the 35-year-old had suffered in Perth against Australia in 2016 kept him out of action for two years.

Steyn went unsold in the 2018 and 2019 auctions. He had last played for the now-defunct Gujarat Lions in 2016.--PTI



Barcelona on cusp of Spanish La Liga triumph

Barcelona are closing in on their eighth La Liga title in 11 years after Clement Lenglet and Jordi Alba both scored in a 2-1 win over Real Sociedad on Saturday. Victory means Barca only have to beat Alaves on Tuesday and then Levante next Saturday to be crowned champions at Camp Nou, while three points against Alaves will be enough on its own if Atletico Madrid then lose to Valencia on Wednesday. Whether in three days or seven, it is now surely only a matter of when rather than if Ernesto Valverde's side successfully defend their trophy, despite Atletico keeping the gap to nine points after they edged past Eibar earlier on Saturday.

"We have to get it out of our heads that we are nine points clear," Valverde said. "We now have three days until we play again and it will be difficult." Wrapping it up early though would allow Barcelona the luxury of focusing completely on the Champions League, which could give them an advantage over their semi-final opponents Liverpool, who seem to be embroiled in a Premier League race to the finish with Manchester City. But this was no stroll, with Real Sociedad pulling level in the second half thanks to Juanmi's equaliser, even if parity lasted less than two minutes. Lionel Messi might not have scored but it was his cute pass that teed up the excellent Alba to score the winner after Lenglet had earlier powered in a header from Ousmane Dembele's cross.
Barcelona racing towards title
Barcelona stumbled out of the blocks this season but they are now tearing down the home straight. This was their 21st league game without defeat while Real Madrid sit 16 points behind them ahead of their game at home to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. "You always look at the matches of Real Madrid because you always consider them a rival," Valverde said. "In their case, they may be thinking about next season." It was a surprise when Messi failed to score with two free-kicks in the first half while Sociedad could have been in front but Juanmi was denied by Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Willian Jose spurned the rebound. There was nothing complicated about Lenglet's opener, the Frenchman rising high above two defenders and heading into the corner for his first league goal in a Barcelona shirt.

Ter Stegen and Alba were fortunate not to be punished for a mix-up and then La Real did score, in the 62nd minute, as Juanmi slid to connect with Mikel Merino's brilliant through ball. But in the 64th minute, Barca were ahead again as Messi weaved one way and then the other before finding Alba to his left. The defender jinked inside and drove a shot into the far corner.

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Barcelona on cusp of Spanish La Liga triumph

Barcelona are closing in on their eighth La Liga title in 11 years after Clement Lenglet and Jordi Alba both scored in a 2-1 win over Real Sociedad on Saturday. Victory means Barca only have to beat Alaves on Tuesday and then Levante next Saturday to be crowned champions at Camp Nou, while three points against Alaves will be enough on its own if Atletico Madrid then lose to Valencia on Wednesday. Whether in three days or seven, it is now surely only a matter of when rather than if Ernesto Valverde's side successfully defend their trophy, despite Atletico keeping the gap to nine points after they edged past Eibar earlier on Saturday.

"We have to get it out of our heads that we are nine points clear," Valverde said. "We now have three days until we play again and it will be difficult." Wrapping it up early though would allow Barcelona the luxury of focusing completely on the Champions League, which could give them an advantage over their semi-final opponents Liverpool, who seem to be embroiled in a Premier League race to the finish with Manchester City. But this was no stroll, with Real Sociedad pulling level in the second half thanks to Juanmi's equaliser, even if parity lasted less than two minutes. Lionel Messi might not have scored but it was his cute pass that teed up the excellent Alba to score the winner after Lenglet had earlier powered in a header from Ousmane Dembele's cross.
Barcelona racing towards title
Barcelona stumbled out of the blocks this season but they are now tearing down the home straight. This was their 21st league game without defeat while Real Madrid sit 16 points behind them ahead of their game at home to Athletic Bilbao on Sunday. "You always look at the matches of Real Madrid because you always consider them a rival," Valverde said. "In their case, they may be thinking about next season." It was a surprise when Messi failed to score with two free-kicks in the first half while Sociedad could have been in front but Juanmi was denied by Marc-Andre ter Stegen and Willian Jose spurned the rebound. There was nothing complicated about Lenglet's opener, the Frenchman rising high above two defenders and heading into the corner for his first league goal in a Barcelona shirt.

Ter Stegen and Alba were fortunate not to be punished for a mix-up and then La Real did score, in the 62nd minute, as Juanmi slid to connect with Mikel Merino's brilliant through ball. But in the 64th minute, Barca were ahead again as Messi weaved one way and then the other before finding Alba to his left. The defender jinked inside and drove a shot into the far corner.

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IPL 2019: Dhoni reveals why he refused to take singles in the 19th over against RCB

What's the story?
MS Dhoni refused to take three singles in the 19th over while chasing 162 runs against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Chennai Super Kings (CSK) needed 36 runs in last two overs.

In Case you don't know...
Royal Challengers Bangalore defeated the Chennai Super Kings by 1 run in close encounter last night at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.

CSK fell 2 runs short of the target despite MS Dhoni's heroics. He scored 84 runs off 48 balls at a strike rate of 175, with help of 7 sixes and 5 fours. He refused to take three singles in the 19th over bowled by young speedster Navdeep Saini. The batsman at other end was Windies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo.

The heart of the matter
Dhoni told Ian Bishop in his post-match interview,

"I think it was still difficult at the death. If you bowl that back of a length it was slightly spongy, it was not really coming on to the bat, which meant the new batsman who would have come, he would have also found it slightly difficult."
Many experts believe that MS Dhoni should have taken those singles as Dwayne Bravo is capable of hitting the big shots as well

MS Dhoni further told,

"Since I have played so many deliveries, I can afford to take that risk, because a lot of runs were needed. I think 10 or 12 deliveries, we needed some close to 40 runs or 36 runs or something like that, which meant a lot of boundaries were needed.""So yes, right now you can calculate, two runs over there, one run over there, and we are through, because we lost by one run, but at the same time what you have to see is what if there were a few dot balls, whether we could have got those extra boundaries or not."

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Smith, Warner Return For Australia's World Cup Defence

MELBOURNE — The return of Steve Smith and David Warner to Australia’s squad for the Cricket World Cup came as little surprise on Monday but selectors still managed to cause a stir by omitting strike bowler Josh Hazlewood and in-form batsman Peter Handscomb.

Former skipper Smith and Warner were eligible for Aaron Finch’s side after their 12-month ball-tampering bans ended last month but their return put a squeeze on the batting positions that saw Handscomb drop out.

“Steve Smith and David Warner come back into the squad. Both are world class players and it has been pleasing to see them produce some good form in the IPL (Indian Premier League),” Chairman of Selectors Trevor Hohns said in a Cricket Australia statement.

Warner has registered five 50-plus scores, including an unbeaten century, for Sunrisers Hyderabad in seven IPL matches this season while Smith, returning from an elbow surgery like his former deputy, has also looked in good touch for Rajasthan Royals.

Spinners Nathan Lyon and Adam Zampa have made the cut, with selectors going for the pace of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff, who has been in fine form in the IPL.

Hohns said Hazlewood, who has instead been named in the Australia A team for their tour of England in June-July, remained a big part of Australia’s Ashes plans.

The quick, who has taken 72 wickets in 44 one-dayers, has been sidelined since January due to a back injury but had been confident of being fit for the World Cup.

“Having not played at the highest level for some time, we feel this will provide him with the best preparation to get some quality cricket under his belt,” Hohns said.

“Our focus is to have Josh back bowling at his best for the commencement of a big Ashes tour.”

Starc and Richardson have both been selected subject to fitness.

“The advice from the CA medical team is they are progressing well and barring any setbacks will be available for selection ahead of our opening match against Afghanistan on June 1,” Hohns said.

Teams have to submit their 15-member squads by April 23 but injury replacements can be named until May 23.

Opener Usman Khawaja, player-of-the-series in Australia’s ODI series victory in India last month, was picked but may have to bat lower with Warner likely to partner Finch at the top.

Handscomb was left out despite his good form and the value he adds as a back-up stumper. Alex Carey has been named the sole wicketkeeper in the squad, which also contains all-rounders Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell.

The tournament, being hosted in England and Wales, runs from May 30 to July 14.

Squad: Aaron Finch (captain), Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa.



FC Goa are Hero Super Cup champions


FC Goa emerged as champions of the Hero Super Cup after defeating Chennaiyin 2-1 in a tense final at the Kalinga Stadium here Saturday. Ferran Corominas opened the scoring in the 51st minute with a simple tap-in, while Raphael Augusto’s deflected effort brought Chennaiyin back level. Brandon Fernandes scored a goal befitting of a title winner in the 64th minute to seal the contest in Goa’s favour. Despite Goa being billed as the favourites to take home the crown, it was Chennaiyin, who started the game as the better of the two sides. Rafael Augusto, Anirudh Thapa and Dhanpal Ganesh controlled proceedings from midfield. As the game crossed the 20-minute mark, Chennaiyin started imposing bundles of pressure on the Goa defence. They created three consecutive chances in a space of three minutes but could not make any of them count.

Augusto’s effort from Thapa’s cutback was brilliantly blocked by Mourtada Fall, denying an almost certain goal. From the resulting corner, defender Eli Sabia had a chance to break the deadlock but his fierce near-post shot was well saved by Mohammad Nawaz in goal. The young goalkeeper was given no respite as he had to prove his fine shot-stopping abilities when Ganesh’s header seemed destined for the far post. Slowly but steadily, Goa started gaining a foothold in the game and could have scored if not for some questionable finishing from Jackichand Singh. The winger only managed to sky his effort after some clever work from Hugo Boumous down the wing. In the end, both sides went into the break without finding the back of the net. In the second half, Goa drew first blood through their mercurial forward Corominas. After Thapa cheaply gave the ball away near the halfway line, Boumous drove towards Chenaiyin’s goal, before forcing Karanjit to make a save. However, the rebound fell perfectly to the Spaniard, who had the simple task of tapping the ball home. Just as it seemed that Goa would run away with the tie, Chennaiyin drew level.

Raphael Augusto pounced on a loose ball just outside the box, firing a shot which took a massive deflection to deceive Nawaz. However, the Gaurs didn’t let the goal deter them. Corominas was once again at the heart of the action as he picked up the ball 30 yards from goal and released Brandon with a perfectly weighted through-ball. The small-statured winger was quick on his feet as he beat Mailson Alves and Karanjit to slide the ball home – a truly remarkable goal. As the match reached its final quarter, Goa could have sealed the tie when Boumous once again let Jackichand through. The winger had only Karanjit to beat but could not make the most of it. The rebound fell to Corominas, who was brought down inside the box. However, the referee waved away Goa’s claims of a penalty, instead pointing towards a goal-kick for Chennaiyin. Nevertheless, it proved inconsequential as Goa held on till the final whistle to claim their first-ever Hero Super Cup trophy.



ICC World Cup 2019: Rishabh Pant's omission from India's World Cup squad angers fans

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar on Monday said he is surprised at young glovesman Rishabh Pant's exclusion from India's World Cup squad given his "exceptionally" good batting form and "great" improvement in wicket-keeping skills.

The 33-year-old Dinesh Karthik pipped Pant in the fight for the second wicketkeeper's slot in India's 15-strong squad for the World Cup, starting May 30 in England. Gavaskar said the move is surprising but backed Karthik as a better wicketkeeper.

"A bit surprised, looking at his (Pant's) form. He was batting exceptionally well, not only in the IPL but before that also. He was showing great improvement his wicket-keeping as well. He brings that left-handed option in the top-six which is very handy against the bowlers," Gavaskar told 'India Today'.

"The bowlers have to change their line (for a left-hander) and the captains have to do a lot of field arrangements.

Pant has so far scored 245 runs in the ongoing IPL, compared to Karthik's 111.

Karthik was chosen over Pant despite an indifferent IPL campaign with the Kolkata Knight Riders. Gavaskar said there was some merit in the move.

"On a morning when say, MSD (Mahendra Singh Dhoni) has a flu and can't play, you want somebody who is a better wicket-keeper. I think Karthik's wicket-keeping skills, more than anything, have won him this place," Gavaskar said.

Gavaskar said Tamil Nadu all-rounder Vijay Shankar, who made it to the squad for his "three-dimensional qualities", will be a very useful player for the team.

"He is a cricketer who has improved over the last one year. He has grown in confidence. Shankar is a very useful cricketer. He is a very very good batsman, handy bowler, and an outstanding fielder," the batting great explained.

Former Indian batsman Aakash Chopra said Pant's elevation to the top tier of the central contracts had him believe that the youngster would make India's World Cup squad.

"Wasn't Pant elevated to the top tier of the Central Contracts a few weeks back?? Not a certainty in two of the three formats," Chopra wrote on his twitter page.



Bumrah will be a big threat to the opposition: Tendulkar

Team India is in great form
as it has defeated storng
teams Australia and New Zealand
on their own land. Now
just a few international games
left in the countdown for 2019
ICC World Cup and team India
looks all but settled with
its team. India is seen as one
of the most strong contenders
which can lift up the trophy
as its doing well in all the department.
While there are still
a few concerns in the middle
order, the bowling department
looks pretty much sorted. Talking
about bowling attack, JaspritBumrah
is the key strength
of it. The legendary Sachin
Tendulkar believes Bumrah
will be an asset to India at the
upcoming World Cup and will
be creating a lot of troubles for
the opposition batsmen.



11 in the race for 3 places in INDIA WORLD CUP CRICKET SQUAD

ndia beat New Zealand 4-1 in
ODI series Before the World Cup
to be held in England from May
30, this team was India's last overseas
tour. India has only five ODIs
to play before the World Cup. The
Australian team will play one-day
series on March 2. In this series,
senior players like opener Rohit
Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan can
be rested. Team India coach Ravi
Shastri has also said such a thing.
Let us tell you that 12 players are
already selected for the worldcup
but for rest of the 3 vacant place,
there are 11 players in the line.


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