Guwahati, Nov 28 (PTI) The North Eastern Council is facing acute shortage of funds, hampering implementation of several of its dream projects like setting up of educational institutes, skill development centres and sports academies.”We have so many dream projects to implement, but there is no money. Whatever little money we receive, it has over 99 per cent utilisation. So, we need more money,” North Eastern Council (NEC) Secretary Ram Muivah told PTI.Fund allocation to NEC substantially decreased after 9th Five Year Plan from 5.12 per cent of the total outlays for the North East to 0.03 per cent in the current fiscal, he added.”When NEC was established in 1972, the first years fund allocation was Rs 500 crore, which was a big amount then.However, it has increased to just Rs 950 crore in 2016-17.Out of that, Rs 150 crore directly goes to North-East Road Sector Development Scheme (NERSDS),” Muivah said.Besides, every year NEC gives Rs 3 crore to Border Roads Organisation, Rs 47 crore to Alliance Air as Viability Gap Funding for operating flights in loss making routes and Rs 100 crore to North Eastern Region Community Resource Management Project for sustainable livelihood programme, he added.”So practically, we are left with only Rs 600 crore in this fiscal. Out of this amount, around 70 per cent goes to ongoing projects or to clear liabilities, which currently stands at Rs 2,100 crore,” he said.That means, only 30 per cent of Rs 600 crore is left for new projects and this amount needs to be divided between eight states,” Muivah added.advertisementNEC has nine different sectors under it to work upon, but has not been able to take up any important new project only due to lack of funds, he added.Muivah informed that the North East-specific organisation wants to set up a number of educational centres as per global standards, including an international institute of mass communication and a school of architecture and planning, along with an institute of music, art and theatre. MORE PTI TR SUS KK MKJ LNS
Pakistan will not participate in the Uttar Pradesh Hockey Junior World Cup Men in Lucknow from December 8-18, International Hockey Federation (FIH) confirmed. Malaysia have now been invited to replace Pakistan in Group B. (Latest Sports stories)FIH said it had to withdraw Pakistan’s invitation after they failed to meet the deadlines.”Earlier today the International Hockey Federation (FIH) invited the Malaysian junior men’s team to take part in the Uttar Pradesh Hockey Junior World Cup Men, Lucknow 2016, being held in India from 8 to 18 December. The late invitation came after FIH had to officially withdraw Pakistan’s invitation to the event,” an FIH statement said.”FIH regrets that Pakistan’s men’s junior team will not be able to take part in this year’s Uttar Pradesh Hockey Junior World Cup even though they had officially qualified. FIH’s decision follows considerable discussions with the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF) and requests for confirmation that they had the necessary arrangements in place to be able to participate in the event.”
Dubai, Dec 8 (PTI) International Cricket Councils Anti-Corruption Unit GM Yogendra Pal Singh better known as YP Singh has tendered his resignation. Along with Singh, ICCs Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for 12 years Faisal Hasnain also resigned. According to a media release by ICC, it states: “Hasnain decided last month to leave the organisation to pursue other interests and opportunities, while Singh resigned last week so that he can rejoin his family in India. Both the gentlemen will be finishing their time with the ICC early next year.” Hasnain was the ICCs CFO for 12 years (March 2002 to 2008, and then July 2010 until now), while Singh joined the ICC in June 2011. ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said:”The ICC is disappointed to lose two highly qualified, experienced and knowledgeable colleagues in Faisal Hasnain and YP Singh. The two gentlemen have been incredibly valued members of the senior management team and have made significant contributions to the ICCs overall growth and operations. On behalf of the ICC, I wish them well for the future and thank them for their years of dedication to the sport.” PTI KHS KHS
Teenager Kylian Mbappe scored twice to give AS Monaco a 3-2 win at Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday in a Champions League quarter-final first-leg match that was postponed following an attack on the home team’s bus.Mbappe gave Monaco a 19th-minute lead shortly after Fabinho had missed a penalty for the visitors, and they went further ahead when Dortmund defender Sven Bender headed into his own net.Ousmane Dembele pulled one back for Dortmund in the 57th minute but another defensive mistake allowed Mbappe to break away and grab a third goal for the Ligue 1 side. Shinji Kagawa gave the German side hope with a neat finish six minutes from time.German media had questioned whether the game should have gone ahead so soon after Tuesday’s attack in which three explosions went off as the Dortmund team bus travelled to the stadium, injuring their Spanish defender Marc Bartra.Monaco, who beat Manchester City on away goals after a 6-6 aggregate draw in the last 16, should have gone ahead in the 18th minute after Mbappe won a penalty but Fabinho pulled his spot-kick wide of the post.One minute later Bernardo Silva burst out of the Monaco half and flicked a clever pass to Thomas Lemar whose low ball across the face of goal bounced off Mbappe’s knee and into the net.Monaco went further ahead in the 35th minute when Andrea Raggi sent an inswinging cross towards Radamel Falcao and, although Bender got to it first, he only succeeded in heading it past Roman Buerki and into the net.advertisementThomas Tuchel’s double substitution at halftime galvanized Dortmund who went out on the attack and deservedly pulled one back in the 57th minute.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang cleverly flicked Raphael Guerreiro’s cross into the path of Kagawa and the Japanese laid the ball into Ousmane Dembele’s path for the 19-year-old to tap into an open goal.It was the first time two teenagers had scored in a Champions League knockout tie.Falcao missed an open goal for Monaco before Mbappe, 18, intercepted a poor Lukasz Piszczek pass, ran on and calmly fired his shot past Buerki.The drama continued as Kagawa grabbed another goal for Dortmund and Aubameyang headed over the bar in stoppage time from six metres.
Video streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video have brought about a paradigm shift in how people watch television. Mainstream cable and DTH services are struggling to cope (especially in developed countries like the US) with the rapid rise of streaming services which allow people to binge watch their favourite shows in one go and are quite a bit cheaper than their traditional counterparts.With Amazon Prime Video’s entry in the country, streaming services are gaining ground in India as well and are fast becoming a practical alternative to cable/DTH.It was around 4 months back that I decided to take the plunge and cut the cord. I purchased a Google Chromecast, subscribed to Amazon Prime Video and Netflix and cancelled my DTH connection.Also Read: Airtel Internet TV: Everything to know about the box that makes TVs smartMy experiment was so successful at first that I convinced my brother as well as my father to follow suit. With three Chromecasts in the house, we were proud to call ourselves a forward thinking family who has cut the cord.Yes, Netflix is a bit expensive but as one account allows my brother, my parents and me to enjoy Netflix at the same time, it still worked out far cheaper than having three DTH connections with a top of the line package.But pretty soon a realization dawned upon us that escaping traditional TV is almost impossible. I am an avid fan of Formula 1, my father watches a multitude of sports and my brother wants his daily fix of National Geographic and Discovery. All of these cannot be seen on streaming services.advertisementAirtel Internet TV comes preloaded with Netflix, YouTube, Airtel Movies and more. In addition, the set top box also offers access to Airtel’s full suite of 500+ channels and services.Add to that my father’s incessant need to consume news, and we had to admit defeat and resume our DTH connections, albeit with a cheaper pack. Streaming services in India have not yet evolved to the point that they can be used exclusively. The major problem is the lack of sports and news coverage on these platforms.While I am yet to try Airtel’s new STB, the premise of ‘one device to rule it all’ sounds very intriguing. Airtel Digital TV’s answer to the threat posed by video streaming services is both radical and genius at the same time. Instead of shunning them, the company has realised they are going nowhere and has tried to seamlessly marry them with their existing DTH services.The concept of marrying traditional means of media consumption with online streaming services is perfect for developing countries like India where DTH/cable is going nowhere. As illustrated with my example above, it is very difficult in a country like India to completely shun your DTH/cable subscription. Both will exist together for quite some time.One might argue that a Smart TV or Chromecast combined with a DTH connection does everything Airtel Internet TV does but Airtel’s approach offers a way to combine both in one device in a seamless manner.This may sound like a third world problem but constantly switching between a Chromecast and DTH connection is a pain and is especially difficult for someone like my parents who are with all due respect a little technologically challenged. An ‘all in one’ box like the Airtel Internet TV is a perfect solution to this problem.The concept of marrying traditional means of media consumption with online streaming services is perfect for developing countries like India where DTH/cable is going nowhereAirtel’s new Android powered set top box comes preloaded with Netflix, YouTube, Airtel Movies and more. In addition to online services, the set top box also offers access to Airtel’s full suite of 500+ channels and services. Airtel is also in talks to bring other content providers like Amazon Prime Video, Voot and Hotstar to its platform.The set top box doesn’t skimp out on features either- It supports 4K content, allows you to play, pause and rewind live TV and record your favourite shows, supports external hard drives (of up to 2TB) and can also be used to play games downloaded from the Google Play Store on the big screen using your smartphone as a game pad or a physical controller.You can either embrace change or you can doggedly stick to old ideals. It is not often you see someone embracing the competition in such a manner. For me, Airtel Internet TV points towards an exciting future where old forms of TV consumption and new streaming platforms can exist together in harmony – in the same way that print media and online media have done.advertisementAlso Read: LG G6 vs Samsung Galaxy S8: A new era in smartphone design
Santosh Trophy-winning Bengal coach Mridul Banerjee was today appointed East Bengal coach less than 12 hours after Trevor Morgan stepped down following the team’s I-League debacle.The AFC-A license-holder was preferred over former Goan manager Armando Colaco, who was tipped to return to the Red and Gold camp last evening.”Mridul is our choice and has been appointed coach. He has been given a contract till the Federation Cup,” East Bengal General Secretary Kalyan Majumdar said.The 56-year-old recently coached Bengal to a record 32nd title in the Santosh Trophy National Football Championship stunning Goa in Goa.East Bengal are now third on the I-League table with 27 points from 16 fixtures, below title-contenders Aizawl FC and Mohun Bagan.East Bengal’s hopes for the elusive I-League title went up in smoke after their 0-1 loss on April 16 to DSK Shivajians – their fourth on the trot.East Bengal’s string of losses began with Churchill Brothers. They went on to be beaten by Chennai City FC as well.The derby defeat was enough for the fans, who laid siege at the club last week demanding “Morgan go back”.The club gave Morgan a lifeline till Federation Cup but the under-fire Englishman sent the resignation letter to football secretary Santosh Bhattacharya.
Rohan Bopanna and his Uruguayan partner Pablo Cuevas beat Marcin Matkowski of Poland and Austrian Alexander Peya to enter the second round of the men’s doubles event at the Monte Carlo Masters tennis tournament here on Wednesday.Bopanna and Cuevas overcame a strong challenge to win the first round clash 6-3, 6-7, 10-2 in one hour and 27 minutes at the Monte Carlo Country Club.The Indo-Uruguayan combination will meet Raven Klaasen of South Africa and American Rajeev Ram in the second round. Ram and Klaasen were handed a bye in the first round.In the singles competition, top seeded Andy Murray of Britain beat Giles Muller of Luxembourg 7-5 , 7-5 in a tough second round encounter that lasted just under two hours.Third seed Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland also entered the third round with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 win over Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic.
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Anthony Joshua delivered one of the great nights in British boxing annals by stopping Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko in the 11th round to be crowned IBF, WBA and IBO world heavyweight champion in front of 90,000 fans at Wembley Stadium on Saturday.Britain’s unbeaten IBF title holder earned a sensational victory by knocking down the 41-year-old former champion twice in the 11th and penultimate round before the referee stepped in to save Klitschko from any more punishment.What was hailed as the biggest fight night ever staged in a British ring, watched by the largest crowd for a boxing show in Britain for 78 years, lived up to its billing.It was a thrilling contest which saw both combatants clamber off the canvas seemingly on the verge of defeat and looks destined to be recalled as one of the great heavyweight title fights.Joshua survived a knockdown for the first time in his professional career in the sixth round and looked close to surrendering his unbeaten record until his late bombardment forced the stoppage.In a sensational fifth round, Joshua knocked down Klitschko only to end up hanging on desperately at the end of the round as the Ukrainian launched a remarkable comeback.The veteran had even looked the more likely winner as he defied a 14-year age gap and was outboxing Joshua in the latter stages until the Briton produced a blistering finish to take his unbeaten record to 19 straight stoppage wins.Both men had to dig deep and both looked close to exhaustion before the 27-year-old Joshua’s youth, fitness and sheer power took over in a penultimate round that sent the huge crowd into ecstasy as two barrages sent Klitschko down.advertisement”What can I say? 19-0, three-and-a-half years in the game. As I said, I’m not perfect but I’m trying,” Joshua told the cheering crowd from the ring.”As boxing states, you leave your ego at the door and you respect your opponent. So a massive shout out to Wladimir Klitschko.””The best man won tonight and it’s a massive event for boxing,” responded Klitschko after his second defeat in succession at the hands of a British heavyweight following the loss of his titles to Tyson Fury 17 months ago after an 11-year reign.”Two gentleman fought each other. Anthony was better today. It’s really sad I didn’t make it.”The fight attracted a gate that had not been matched for a British show since Len Harvey fought Jock McAvoy for the British light-heavyweight title at another London venue, White City, in 1939.The mutual praise between Joshua and Klitschko echoed the civilised and respectful way the two former Olympic champions had behaved in the build-up to the contest but there was nothing civil about the brutal punishment they dished out to each other.After four rounds of feeling each other out, with Klitschko’s movement and Joshua’s power quite apparent, the crowd were not prepared for an astonishing fifth round.First, Joshua launched a blistering left hook and followed up with a flurry of punches that saw the Ukrainian drop to his knees and, when he rose groggily, take a standing count.Klitschko suddenly looked old and the end seemed nigh as Joshua roared in to finish the job but that was when he found his champion’s spirit in his desperation, landing a big left of his own to leave Joshua in real peril.The Ukrainian continued in the sixth, setting up his opponent with the jab before a huge right cross sent Joshua down.He scrambled off his knees but it did not look as if he would see the eighth round, uncharted territory for the Briton who had won all his previous fights within seven.Yet after Klitschko had, remarkably, looked almost the younger of the two fighters in the stretch, Joshua demonstrated real heart to go with his power as he unleashed a right uppercut that signalled the final assaults on the Ukrainian’s scrambled senses.
Kerala Cricket Association secretary Jayesh George on Tuesday said they may soon announce India discard Robin Uthappa’s selection to play for Kerala in this year’s Ranji Trophy season.”Formal discussion is happening. May be this week, we will announce Robin Uthappa’s selection to play for our state in this year’s Ranji season,” George told PTI over phone from Kerala.The 31-year-old Uthappa, who hails from Karnataka, has represented the state since making his debut as a teenager in 2002.George said he would be calling up Uthappa to carry on the discussion which he had initiated when the batsman had visited Bengaluru as a part of Kolkata Knight Riders team to play against Royal Challengers Bangalore.”Former KCA president KC Mathew had contacted Robin during a match between KKR and RCB, and I also co-ordinated with him. He (Robin) is interested, and we are also interested to have him in our side,” he said.Uthappa had scored 388 runs for Kolkata Knight Riders during the recently-concluded Indian Premier League.Asked whether Uthappa has talked about his terms and conditions to join Kerala team, George said, “For now, I would not like to talk about it. When time comes I will let you know.”George said he was in touch with Uthappa during India-A team’s tour to Australia, but at that time he was concentrating on the tour and upcoming IPL season.”I was the manager when India-A toured Australia. He was in touch with me personally, also. That time he was concentrating on the tour and IPL, and hence I did not want to disturb him,” he said.advertisementGeorge said KCA were in search of an opener who can also communicate in Malayalam and Uthappa fits the bill.”We are in search of players. So, we made Robin our choice because he can communicate in our language also. We are also looking for an opening batsman,” he said.Asked to comment on the development, Uthappa said, “I would not give any off-the-record and on-the-record comments on the issue, but certainly talk about it when time comes.”
Never mind the 16 double faults, Kristina Mladenovic downed defending champion Garbine Muguruza 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 , sending the Roland Garros crowd into raptures as their darling reached the quarter-finals of the French Open on Sunday.After a jittery opening set, Spanish fourth seed Muguruza rallied but 13th-seeded Frenchwoman Mladenovic perfectly played the key points in the decider to set up a meeting with Timea Bascinszky.Mladenovic, who has been hampered by back problems, leads the tournament in terms of double faults, having served 40 of them since it started. Even though she won on Sunday, she added a big contribution to that total.’Kiki, Kiki!” yelled the crowd as Mladenovic, a player born of Serbian parents and who speaks good English and cheers herself up in Italian, negotiated her way through the tricky fourth-round match.”I love you, too,” she told the chanting crowd after the win on a sunbathed Court Suzanne Lenglen.She paused.”You make me cry,” she continued. “Let me try to speak. It’s a last-16 match against the defending champion. Big match, which I was waiting for.”It’s not perfect, there are little problems but I fight as I can. I served 35 doubles but it’s good because you give me so much strength,” added Mladenovic, who has been tipped as one of the tournament favourites after reaching the finals in Stuttgart and Madrid on clay this season.With Alize Cornet taking on Caroline Garcia in the fourth round on Monday, two Frenchwomen will be in the last eight for the first time since 1994.advertisementThat year, Mary Pierce, the last Frenchwoman to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup in 2000, reached the final, losing to Spaniard Arantxa Sanchez.
New Delhi, Jul 6 (PTI) More than 2,500 people from different walks of life have so far applied for Padma awards which are to be announced on the eve of Republic Day.The last date for receipt of nominations for the top civilian honours for 2018 is September 15, 2017.The process of nominations for Padma awards is on and till June 30, more than 2,500 people applied for receiving the honour, a home ministry official said.Last year, the total number of nominations received was 18,761.Recommendations can be made by state governments, UTs, ministries, departments of the government of India, Bharat Ratna and Padma Vibhushan awardees, central and state ministers, chief ministers and governors of state, members of Parliament, private individuals and bodies, among others.The nominations or recommendations for the awards are received online only on the Padma portal designed by the ministry which is available on the address www.padmaawards.gov.in.Nominations are invited every year from all state governments, union territories, ministries, departments of the central government and individuals.The nominations are placed before the Padma awards committee, constituted by the prime minister every year.The awards seek to recognise works of distinction and exceptional achievements in different fields and disciplines such as art, literature and education, sports, medicine, social work, science and engineering, public affairs, civil service, trade and industry.Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri awards for the year 2018 will be announced on the eve of Republic Day next year.The 2017 Padma awards include seven Padma Vibhushan, seven Padma Bhushan and 75 Padma Shri awardees. As many as 19 of the awardees were women and the list also includes five persons from the category of foreigners, NRIs, PIOs and six posthumous awardees. PTI ACB AAR MIN AARadvertisement
By Philem Dipak Singh London, Aug 11 (PTI) Unheralded javelin thrower Davinder Singh Kang pipped a more-fancied Neeraj Chopra, becoming the first Indian to qualify for a final in this edition of the World Athletics Championship. Kangs participation in the World Championships was earlier in doubt after he tested positive for marijuana in June but he was named in the 25-member Indian team as the banned substance was in the specified list of the WADA Code and does not attract automatic suspension. No Indian has ever qualified in the mens javelin throw final round in any World Championships and Kangs performance brought some relief for the Indian camp, which has put up a shoddy show at the global event. While Chopra, a junior World Champion was touted as Indias biggest hope, it was Kang, who quietly slipped in from nowhere attaining the qualifying mark of 83m with his third and final throw that cleared a distance of 84.22m. Chopras best effort of 82.26m was slightly shorter than the qualifying mark. “After I came to know that Neeraj did not qualify, I wanted to qualify for the final round. I wanted to do something for the country, I wanted to do something which no Indian has done before. By the grace of God, I did something for the country,” Kang told PTI after his event. Coming into the championships, Neeraj was the cynosure of all eyes for the Indian contingent as he was considered the best bet for a top class show. His best effort came in his first qualifying throw. He fouled his second attempt before clearing only 80.54m in his third and final throw to finish seventh in his group and 15th overall. In fact, the 19-year-old World Junior record holders maiden World Championships ended with just thee throws. Taking the field after Neeraj in the Group B qualification round, Kang sent the iron spear to a distance of 84.22m in his third and final attempt. He had a 82.22m in his opening throw and then came up with 82.14m in his second. The 26-year-old Punjab athlete was under pressure to touch the 83m in his final attempt and he was the last man in that round. All the throwers who clear 83m or at least 12 best performers was set to make it to the final round to be held on August 12. But in the end, 13 throwers — five from Group A and seven from Group B — crossed the automatic qualification mark and all of them will compete in the final round. Kangs best effort of 84.22m put him in the seventh position among the final round qualifiers. It was though not a surprise for Kang to qualify for the final round as he has a personal as well as seasons best of 84.57m and so 83m mark was not beyond his reach. Kang had heavy strapping on his right shoulder due to an injury he carried into the Championship but is confident of putting up a good show in the finals on Saturday. “I have been carrying a right shoulder injury which I sustained in May during the Indian Grand Prix but it is not that a big problem. Our team masseur put these straps today and I am OK. But I had to ask my friend Sri Lankan competitor (Waruna Rankoth Pedige) to help me with some stretching before my third and final throw,” Kang said. “It (injury) will be all right after a days rest. I want to give my best in the final round on August 12 and win a medal for the country,” Kang said, even though it looked improbable. Neeraj came into the championships with high hopes and he was considered the best bet for India to have any shot at a medal. His seasons best of 85.63m puts him at 14th in the IAAF rankings coming into the World Championships. He has a personal best of 86.48m, which he did while setting a junior world record last year. He had three 85m throws this season and his two Diamond League appearances in Paris and Monaco last month — where he had finished fifth and seventh respectively– had given him confidence after rubbing shoulders with some of the best in the world. However, he failed to make it count at the second most prestigious event in the sport after the Olympics. “I tried my best but I could not clear the automatic qualification mark and I am disappointed. I gave a lot of effort in the first throw but it missed the 83m mark by a few centimeters. I have been training hard for this World Championships but I could not do well in the actual competition,” Chopra said after the event. “It would have been ideal if a coach had come with me but that is not in my hands. I dont know what had happened today, I cannot say now whether it was technical issue or other factors,” he added. PTI PDS KHS KHSadvertisementadvertisement
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is maintaining a “good habit” Virat Kohli had demanded after the first match of the one day international series in Sri Lanka. Dhoni once again produced a solid performance with the bat and ensured India win the third ODI to capture the five-match series 3-0.Dhoni joined Rohit Sharma in the middle after India were reduced to 61/4 in 15.1 overs in their chase of 218. However, Dhoni looked to be the man on a mission as he slowly but steadily kept the scoreboard ticking along with opener Rohit, who went on to score his 12th ODI hundred.Dhoni played a calm knock, scored in singles and twos and allowed Rohit to take the attack back to the Sri Lankan bowlers.This helped India nullify the threat of Akila Dananjaya who once again rocked India with a couple of wickets with his off-break bowling. Dananjaya had picked up his career-best 6/54 in the second ODI and once again looked to put India in trouble. But Dhoni, who stood between Dananjaya and Sri Lanka’s victory in the second game, was once again the man India pinned their hopes on.Special night with the special man. Great way to win the series. #WeMarchOn #IceMan&Hitman pic.twitter.com/qad1WfGaR8- Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) August 28, 2017In the second ODI, India were staring at defeat at 131/7 chasing 231 when Dhoni and unlikely hero Bhuvneshwar Kumar stitched together an unbroken century partnership to give India a three-wicket win for 2-0 series lead.India were once again put in a kind of similar situation, tottering at 61/4 with Shikhar Dhawan (5), Virat Kohli (3), KL Rahul (17) and Kedar Jadhav (0) all back in the hut cheaply.advertisementBut Dhoni and Rohit forged a 157-run unbeaten partnership for the fifth wicket to guide India to their fifth successive ODI series triumph. The victory also helped India clinch their seventh consecutive ODI series against Sri Lanka.The former skipper was calm and cool as usual at the other end even as Rohit struck his maiden century in Sri Lanka, studded with 16 fours and a couple of big hits.Keep Calm and Carry On – @ImRo45 & @msdhoni #TeamIndia #SLvIND pic.twitter.com/tVSfYOl4RP- BCCI (@BCCI) August 27, 2017While Dhoni’s previous knock of 45 not out in the second game involved only one four, he belted a six and four fours in his unbeaten 68 off 86 deliveries in his 299th match.The 36-year-old also surpassed Mohammad Azharuddin’s tally of 9378 to become India’s fourth-highest run-getter in the 50-overs format behind Sachin Tendulkat, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid. Dhoni now has 9434 runs from 296 ODIs for India. He has also played three ODIs for Asia XI to take his aggregate score to 9608 runs.Dhoni loves batting against Sri Lanka and the stats don’t lie. In 61 ODIs, the wicketkeeper-batsman has scored 2261 runs at 64.60 with the help of two centuries and 18 fifties. His career-best of 183 not out also came against the island nation.Yet another match winning knock by Rohit and Mahi Bhai. Very well played. #IndianCricket #Cricket @ImRo45 @msdhoni #INDvSLPic: HT pic.twitter.com/qn1UjVW6kV- Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) August 27, 2017Dhoni’s form and future has been under the scanner since his Test retirement in December 2014. He stepped down from limited-overs captaincy in January and handed over the reins to Virat Kohli in all the three formats.Since relinquishing captaincy, Dhoni has batted in 16 innings to score 498 runs at an average of 83 with the help of a century and four fifties.Yet another match winning knock by Rohit and Mahi Bhai. Very well played. #IndianCricket #Cricket @ImRo45 @msdhoni #INDvSLPic: HT pic.twitter.com/qn1UjVW6kV- Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) August 27, 2017Enjoyed the way @ImRo45 batted tonight???Loved his positivity & maturity???One more crucial knock from @msdhoni ??? @BCCI- VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) August 27, 2017
McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, who made a big impression in the Indianapolis 500 this year, could enter the Daytona 24 Hours sportscar race in January ahead of a later attempt to win Le Mans.The double Formula One world champion, now confirmed for another year at McLaren, told reporters at the US Grand Prix that Daytona was under consideration.”The first priority was to finalise the F1 deal and now that is done, I will look at the other options,” he said when asked specifically about Daytona.”For the Indy 500 it was a nice experience, I felt very competitive but it was a big challenge that I took from zero, from no testing, not any similar race before it.”If I want to prepare Le Mans, maybe there are other possibilities to prepare Le Mans a little bit better than I prepared the Indy 500.”Relax, he’s staying ???Full story as @alo_oficial extends his @McLarenF1 deal >> https://t.co/wgOXdeGRn8 pic.twitter.com/VqrK6Fx8aA- Formula 1 (@F1) October 19, 2017McLaren executive director Zak Brown said Alonso’s new multi-year agreement allows him to race in other events so long as the Formula One team’s activities are not compromised.Alonso missed the Monaco Grand Prix to race at Indianapolis this year but that was fully sanctioned by the team and Honda because of their dismal performance in the Formula One championship.He’s signed a new contract, now time to get McLaren “back where they belong”, says Alonso #F1 #USGP ??º?? pic.twitter.com/71CIWoDu47advertisement- Formula 1 (@F1) October 19, 2017McLaren expect to be much more competitive next season with a switch to Renault engines but Le Mans would still be a possibility because that endurance classic does not clash with any grand prix.”If Fernando wants to do Daytona and we have a seat available, we would put his name on it happily,” said Brown, whose United Autosports team has an entry to that race.”We’ve started joking around about it, and we saw where jokes got us last time,” added the American.Alonso first started discussing the Indy 500 with Brown after a comment made in jest before Formula One’s Australian season-opener in March.”Zak asked me (about) my ambitions and my plans for the future. So I mentioned the Triple Crown. To be the best driver in the world,” Alonso said back in April when relating how the Indy plan came about.”I have to either win eight world championships, and have one more than Michael Schumacher, or be winning different series.”The Triple Crown — variously interpreted as the F1 championship, Le Mans and Indy 500 or the Monaco GP and the same two races — has been achieved only by Briton Graham Hill.Alonso has won both Monaco and the world championship and led at Indianapolis before his car’s Honda engine expired. The Spaniard said he had not yet spoken to any team about a Le Mans race seat.”If the opportunity comes, I will try to exploit that opportunity,” he said.”If that is something that makes sense, as we did with the Indy 500, we will try to do it.”
Srinagar, Nov 23 (PTI) Cricketer M S Dhoni paid a surprise visit to Army Public School here and emphasised the importance of education and sports during his interaction with the students.Dhoni, who holds an honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel, visited the school located inside the Chinar Corps headquarters in the Badamibagh Cantonment in a low key and unannounced event yesterday.The Chinar Corps put out a photograph of the former Indian Captain on its Twitter handle late last evening.”Lt Col (Hony) Mahendra Singh #Dhoni interacting with the enthusiastic children of #APS #Srinagar; emphasised upon importance of #studies and #sports,” the tweet accompanying the picture reads. PTI MIJ RCJ
We’re a few weeks away from the unveiling of the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ smartphones from Samsung, if it does happen at CES 2018 that is. We’ve already seen a bunch of leaked images in recent weeks that give us a pretty good idea of what to expect from the upcoming flagships. Another new render of the Galaxy S9 comes by way of mobile accessories manufacturer Ghostek, which seems to confirm the design language of the phone including the placement of the fingerprint sensor.The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are, of course, expected to carry forward the edge-to-edge design of their predecessors. This time around, you can expect even slimmer bezels to make room for a slightly larger Infinity Display on both the smartphones. The render listed by Ghostek indeed shows narrower bezels up front. While this was expected to be the case going into 2018, the rear panel has something new to offer, particularly the placement of the fingerprint sensor. This year’s Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ devices were met with middling reviews regarding the fingerprint sensor which was placed right next to the camera sensor, which many felt was a bit inconvenient. The latest render along with recent leaks seem to confirm Samsung will move the sensor to the bottom of the camera module.Speaking of the camera, it also looks like Samsung will go against industry trend of sporting dual camera systems and will continue to stick with a single sensor on the back. Much like Google did with the Pixel 2 series, the Galaxy S9 series may depend on software to create depth-of-field shots or bokeh. To recall, there were rumours back in October that the Galaxy S8 would get a Portrait Mode through a software update. Of course, one should take all of this with a pinch of salt, as it is possible that the Galaxy S9 could feature a dual rear camera setup like the Galaxy Note 8.advertisementAlso Read: Samsung Galaxy S9, S9+ rumour roundup: 18.5:9 aspect ratio, Snapdragon 845, dual rear cameras and moreBased on everything we’ve heard so far, the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are expected to sport a 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch displays, respectively, with both featuring Infinity Displays with 18:5:9 aspect ratios. Both the phones are expected to be powered by the latest Snapdragon 845 processors. The smaller flagship could be offered with 4GB of RAM while the larger phone could come with 6GB of RAM. The flagships are expected to run on Android Oreo out-of-the-box. The Galaxy S9 series are expected to be unveiled at CES in January and will go on sale in March.
Second-half goals from Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard sealed the deal for Manchester United against Everton on New Year’s Day.The win on Monday ended United’s run of three straight draws in the Premier League.United were dominant in the second half after a drab first-half display away at Everton. The change in style of play — led by their talisman Paul Pogba — in a more advanced role surely helped the visitors.WATCHMartial, who got the nod ahead of Marcus Rashford as the striker in place of the injured Romelu Lukaku, collected Pogba’s pass and curled high into the net from 20 meters out to give United the lead in the 57th minute.Lingard’s goal however, stole the show and some would say had a Lionel Messi-esque touch to it. The 25-year-old ran to the edge of the box in the 81st minute and sent a shot into the same top corner found by Martial.”It was a very good team performance. At half-time, we said we knew we could score, and we did. We believe in ourselves, we just need to wake up” – @PaulPogba#EVEMUN pic.twitter.com/SnAYuOXq87- Premier League (@premierleague) January 1, 2018With Liverpool winning earlier in the night thanks to a 94th minute winner from Ragnar Klavan, United had to win to avoid falling to fourth position in the league. Instead, United climbed to second above Chelsea, who play Arsenal on Wednesday. United are now 12 points behind leaders Manchester City with 16 games left.With draws against Leicester, Burnley and Southampton over the past week, the festive period has been disappointing for United and the title is likely out of reach.advertisementThis second-half display will have pleased United manager Jose Mourinho, though.Wayne Rooney was given a good reception by United’s fans in his second game against his former club, but he conceded possession to allow United to break forward and score the opening goal. Juan Mata found Pogba, who then passed across the face of the area for Martial to control and whip a shot into the corner.Everton was ponderous in attack, highlighting its desperate need for a striker in the January transfer window. The home side only really threatened in the final 20 minutes, with Oumar Niasse stooping to head a chance wide.Lingard was dangerous throughout and got the goal he deserved, his seventh in his last nine league games, to show why he is currently keeping Henrikh Mkhitaryan out of the team.Everton has lost its last two games, with the honeymoon period under new manager Sam Allardyce seemingly over.United will next host Derby in a FA Cup fixture on January 6.(With inputs from AP)ALSO WATCH:
India will approach 2018 as the year to shed their “poor travellers” tag, head coach Ravi Shastri said ahead of the team’s tour of South Africa.India top the Test rankings having sealed their record-equalling ninth consecutive series on Wednesday, six of which came at home and only one — against West Indies in the Caribbean — outside Asia.Sterner tests await Virat Kohli’s men next year when they also travel to England and Australia, where conditions will not be as conducive to their spinners as it is at home, and the moving ball will probe their batting technique.”This team is looking good and they have their priorities in place. They’re hungry to prove themselves home and away,” Shastri told a leading daily.”It’s often been argued that India are poor travellers. We want to be the team that helped change this perception and this is the year to do it.””Frankly, we’re not too hooked on to this ‘home and away’ thing, where a lot of chatter goes on about conditions that aren’t too familiar,” the former Test player added.”For instance, once you’ve played a Test match in Kolkata, how long does it take before you play another Test there? Two years? Sometimes three? It’s the same as an overseas tour.”So that mindset is quite passe. In this day and age, wherever you go, it’s home. You just got to walk in there and perform.”Starting on January 5, India play three Tests in South Africa — as well as six one-day and three Twenty20 internationals — and, for a change, they will be relying more on pace than spin to succeed against the world second-ranked side.advertisementIndia have named five frontline pacemen in their 17-man squad, handing a maiden call-up to Jasprit Bumrah, whose unorthodox action and ability to bowl yorkers have made him a limited-overs asset.”He has just worked his way to the top so well. He’s young, hard working, and has a unique action with which he can whip up quite some pace,” Shastri said of the 24-year-old.”Bumrah adds a lot of value to this attack. We have to earn those 20 wickets if we have to make any impact in a Test match and we need all the arsenal possible because it’s going to be quite a testing tour.”