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1970 Asian Games champion wrestler Chandgi Ram passes away

first_imgRenowned Indian wrestler Chandgi Ram, who won a gold in the 1970 Asian Games, passed away on Tuesday morning following a cardiac arrest.The 72-year-old Ram, who is popularly known as ‘Master’ Chandgi Ram, was was born on November 9, 1937 at ‘Sisai’ village in Hisar district of Haryana.Ram, a recipient of the prestigious Arjuna and Padma Shri awards, served as Additional Director of Sports in Haryana and were conferred with the titles of ‘Hind Kesari’, ‘Bharat Kesari’, ‘Bharat Bhim’, ‘Rustom-e-Hind’ and ‘Maha Bharat Kesari’.The most impressive feat of Ram’s international career was the gold in 100 kg category in the 1970 Asian Games in Bangkok, where he defeated world champion Amvani Abuifazi of Iran en route the title.Two years later, Ram also represented India in the 1972 Olympics at Munich.last_img read more

India look for right balance in Oz warm-up tie

first_imgIndia begin their tour of Australia with a two-day warm-up game against Cricket Australia Chairman’s XI in Canberra on Thursday with the focus on acclimatising to conditions ahead of the gruelling Test series beginning later this month.India are high on confidence after their 2-0 and 4-1 wins in the Test and ODI series against the West Indies and they would straightaway get down to the task of getting a feel of Australian conditions which would be very different from what they had faced at home.The Indian cricket board had sent seven players, including the trio of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman five days in advance to train in Melbourne and prepare for what would certainly be their last tour of Australia.The remaining players, including skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and coach Duncan Fletcher landed in Australia on Tuesday and left for Canberra for the first warm-up game.It is to be seen if India will roll out a star-studded team for the first warm-up match at Manuka Oval, given that there is a threeday game starting on Monday against another CA Chairman’s XI boasting of Australian players like David Warner, Usman Khawaja and Phil Hughes.Dhoni, on Wednesday, said the tourists would use the game to introduce the less experienced players to Australian conditions while also aiming for a strong performance to start the tour on a positive note.”We would like to give our youngsters an opportunity to start off of course, some of them haven’t played much cricket over here,” said Dhoni.advertisement”You don’t really want to lag too much behind right from the very start, so going with a good start is very crucial,” Dhoni said. “We are here close to 12 days early and if 12 days are not enough then one month wouldn’t be enough so we have to adapt to the conditions.” One concern though would be the fitness of pacer Zaheer Khan, on whom the Indian team would rely on heavily in the tour in the bowling department.From what coach Fletcher had said in Chennai before departing for Australia, Zaheer could be rested for the first game and fielded in the second game starting on Monday.Dhoni had also said that remaining injury-free would be crucial, more so after pacers Praveen Kumar and Varun Aaron have been ruled out due to injuries after being named in the touring squad.Most of the batsmen were among the runs in the Test and ODI series against the West Indies with the likes of Virender Sehwag and Virat Kohli fresh from impressive shows.Tendulkar, who is still one short of 100 international tons, was below-par against the West Indies and would be eager to get into his groove before Boxing Day. The same would be the case for Laxman, who was not in the best form against the West Indies. Dravid, who was the stand-out performer against the West Indies and in England, would want to straightaway be in the thick of things.Teams: India: MS Dhoni (captain), V Sehwag (vice-captain), S Tendulkar, R Dravid, VVS Laxman, G Gambhir, Z Khan, V Kohli, A Mithun, R Ashwin, P Ojha, A Rahane, W Saha, I Sharma, R Sharma, V Kumar, U Yadav.CA Chairman’s XI: Ryan Broad (captain), Joe Burns, Tom Cooper, Alex Doolan, Peter George, Jake Haberfield, Josh Lalor, Tim Ludeman, Glenn Maxwell, Joe Mennie, Wes Robinson, Dean Solwaylast_img read more

I can send Mayawati to jail any day: Mulayam Singh Yadav

first_imgBuzz of the WeekA cabinet reshuffle is likely to induct Ambika Soni, A.K. Antony, Gurudas Kamath, apart from Satish Sharma and one of the two aiming for the Sports Ministry-Suresh Kalmadi and Mukul Wasnik. “I am not for meditation, but for agitation. I meditate only to become a more dedicated,Buzz of the WeekA cabinet reshuffle is likely to induct Ambika Soni, A.K. Antony, Gurudas Kamath, apart from Satish Sharma and one of the two aiming for the Sports Ministry-Suresh Kalmadi and Mukul Wasnik.”I am not for meditation, but for agitation. I meditate only to become a more dedicated politician. I can’t ever imagine leaving politics.” Uma Bharati, BJP National Executive member”India has gone from being the world’s No.1 worry to being the world’s No.1 marvel.” Bill Clinton, former US President, on India’s efforts in combating AIDs”The media twisted my statement. I never extended a hand of friendship to Sharad Pawar.” Bal Thackeray, Shiv Sena supremo”I can send her to jail any day. But I have not as yet decided to pay Mayawati back.” Mulayam Singh Yadav, Uttar Pradesh chief minister, on his bete noire and BSP chief”If you look at the modelling industry, everyone wants to go to a fashion show to look at the women. Men want to see female models and so do the women.” Diana Hayden, actor and former modellast_img read more

Streaking Jazz make sweet music coming out of All-Star break

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I think he should be rookie of the year for sure, not just because of his numbers but his impact on their team,” Lillard said. “He’s basically leading them and it’s special to see a rookie be able to do what he’s doing out there.”Over All-Star weekend, Mitchell won the slam dunk contest.The Jazz also made an important addition with Jae Crowder, acquired in a three-team trade from the Cavaliers at trade deadline. Crowder’s father, Corey, played for the Jazz in the 1991-92 season.In three games with the Jazz, Crowder has averaged 14.7 points and five rebounds and seems to have a new outlook with his new team.“These guys, they welcomed me right when I walked through the door. And playing with them is very, very, very fun,” he said following his debut.The Jazz resume play Thursday, at home against Portland. Coach Quin Snyder was asked whether the All-Star break came at a good time for the Jazz.“There’s two schools of thought, right? Let’s get the rest, and get recharged. And then there’s well, we’ve got a rhythm. We don’t want to lose the rhythm, let’s keep playing,” Snyder said. “I’d like us to do both.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais FILE – In this Feb. 12, 2018, file photo, Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) celebrates as he runs off the court following their NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, in Salt Lake City. As the season picks back up following the All-Star break, the Jazz are riding an 11-game winning streak. They’re currently part of a tightly-clustered group Western Conference teams that are vying for playoff position with some two months left in the regular season. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)PORTLAND, Ore. — A few weeks ago, it appeared the Utah Jazz might be headed to the draft lottery. Those around the NBA weren’t buying it.“They’ve got some good players, so I don’t think anybody was surprised they fought their way back in,” Portland guard Damian Lillard said.ADVERTISEMENT As the season picks back up following the All-Star break, the Jazz are riding an 11-game winning streak. They are part of a tight cluster of Western Conference teams vying for playoff position with some two months left in the regular season.It’s been quite a rise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingUtah’s last loss was back on Jan. 22. The Jazz fell to 19-28 after losing 104-90 to Atlanta and were 18 games behind the conference-leading Warriors.“There were times where we kind of looked like we didn’t want to play, myself included,” Jazz rookie Donovan Mitchell said after the loss to the Hawks, who are last in the Eastern Conference. “That’s not us. That’s not our identity.” ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusivescenter_img MOST READ Rudy Gobert stressed it would be a painful road “until we start playing more physical and being more focused on what we have to do, individually and collectively.”Turns out the loss was a turning point of sorts. The resolve started the very next game with a 98-95 overtime win at Detroit. Along the way the Jazz beat the East’s top team, Toronto, on the road, and had victories over the Warriors and the Spurs. They downed Portland 115-96, ending the Blazers’ nine-game winning streak at home.“Everything is coming to fruition,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said about the Jazz. “They believe in the system. It takes awhile to put a system in. You have to have players of character who will understand it and execute it.”The Jazz rolled into the All-Star break with a 107-97 victory at home over Phoenix last Tuesday.Mitchell has been key, leading the team with an average of 24 points and four rebounds over the 11-game streak. For his rookie season, he has averaged 19.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe View comments Man City’s quadruple bid ends in shock FA Cup loss to Wiganlast_img read more

Gilas draws much-needed spark from youthful Ravena

first_imgJudiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe LATEST STORIES He was also given the task to be part of the closeout crew with Jayson Castro, June Mar Fajardo, Andray Blatche, and Gabe Norwwod.“I guess the preparation is just a matter of playing together, trusting the system, and trusting yourself as well, so all of us can step up in the big stage,” said Ravena. “The trust your coaches and your teammates give you is a big help.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power grid ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netKiefer Ravena is the youngest player in Gilas Pilipinas and he showed that youthful energy kn sparking the Filipinos’ win over Japan in the Fiba World Cup Asian Qualifiers.Gilas was down, 20-4, midway through the first quarter when Ravena singlehandedly started a revolution against Japan.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Romeo vows to be ‘ready’ for Gilas in 3rd window SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais MOST READ And the rally began with a 3-pointer by Ravena, three simple points that became the foundation to a massive 37-6 run that gave Gilas a 41-26 lead at the 4:58 mark of the second quarter.The 24-year-old PBA rookie said spending time with his older, and better, teammates allowed him to perform under the bright lights of Fiba.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“In terms of preparing for the big stage, I think it was a big thing that every day you get to spend time with the best players here in the Philippines,” said Ravena in Filipino after their 89-84 win Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.Ravena finished with 13 points, eight coming in the first quarter, a period that the Philippines ended with a 22-21 lead, with five assists and two steals. View comments BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimlast_img read more

Cockfights: A 125-year-old sport made famous by the Nawah of Oudh

first_imgLucknow, famous for its Moghul etiquette, is all cock-a-hoop. It is in the midst of reviving cockfights, a 125-year-old sport made famous by the Nawah of Oudh. After tasting the excitement of watching game fowls with names such as Sheru and Tiger fighting 20-minute bouts during the annual Lucknow festival,Lucknow, famous for its Moghul etiquette, is all cock-a-hoop. It is in the midst of reviving cockfights, a 125-year-old sport made famous by the Nawah of Oudh. After tasting the excitement of watching game fowls with names such as Sheru and Tiger fighting 20-minute bouts during the annual Lucknow festival last February, cockfight enthusiasts have formed themselves into an all India Aseel Club.The sport, which constituted a popular form of entertainment during the Moghul period, fell by the wayside as breeding and training became an expensive affair. Outside India, cockfighting had become a popular pastime in China, Persia and other Asian countries.The sport spread throughout Asia Minor and Sicily, the best cocks being bred in Alexandria, Delos, Rhodes and Tanagra. Although the Romans derided the Greeks for indulging in such a ‘barbaric’ sport, they could not eventually resist the temptation to indulge in it.From Rome the sport spread northwards against the wishes of the Christian clergy. The authorities often tried to put an end to the “cruel sport” but cockfighting remained a favourite pastime of the English nobility until the turn of the century.Those who indulge in cockfighting claim that theirs” is an amateur sport. The game offers an opportunity to gamble. Odds are placed on each bird, and as the fight progresses the odds change. Said C.P. Kakkar, general secretary of the Aseel Club: “We want to make this an annual event.”To avoid protests from the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals game cocks are not allowed to sport spurs of metal or bone. And the club has banned the traditional fights “unto death.” But the losing gamecocks end up on the dinner plates of their owners.advertisement- Pictures by S. Premilast_img read more

World Cup: Indian fans set to transform SCG into sea of blue

first_imgOrganisers said that the Sydney Cricket Ground will be packed to its 42,000-seat capacityAustralia’s plea for a gold rush of hometown support for Thursday’s cricket World Cup semifinal is set to be washed away by a tsunami of patriotic Indians, who are out to turn the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) into a sea of blue.The organisers are privately expecting a staggering 70 percent of a sold out crowd at the SCG to be made up of fanatical Indian supporters, reports on Monday. Though the tickets are a bit expensive ($150 to $400 for ordinary stands and from $2000 to$5,000 for corporate boxes), almost all tickets have been sold out.Australian players like Michael Clarke and David Warner sensed the prospect of an ambush early and have issued impassioned calls to arms for fans to create a gold out on Thursday.But co-founder of the Swami Army (the largest organised group of supporters of the Indian cricket team, aimed at helping cricket fans worldwide watch the Indian team play) Kartik Ayyalasomayajula said India versus Australia is the biggest clash and fans in Sydney will gather in numbers to get the sub-continent feeling back.”India versus Australia in a World Cup semi-final, it doesn’t get much bigger than that. This country won’t have seen this level of support or atmosphere for cricket games,” Kartik said.”You have to go to the sub-continent countries to get that kind of feel, so we are effectively bringing that atmosphere to Sydney. It’s going to be a spectacle,” he added.advertisementThousands of Indian supporters are flying in to watch the semifinal from all over the worldOrganisers say there are no tickets available and the SCG will be packed to its 42,000-seat capacity.Thousands of Indian supporters are flying in to watch the match from even the United States, England, Singapore and the sub-continent itself.Captain Clarke and Steven Smith started the push for Australian fans to create a presence at the SCG less than two hours after his team stepped off the field from beating Pakistan.”I call on all Australian cricket lovers to paint the SCG gold on Thursday. We need your support. #goldout,” Clarke tweeted.Smith also joined his skipper and tweeted, “Great win by the boys last night. Back to Sydney now. Can’t wait for the semi final vs India. Let’s fill the place with Gold!”last_img read more

5 Olympics hosts of the past

first_imgIndia is vying to be the host for the 2024 Olympic Games. Not only is this great news for sports in India but also for us Indians who might just get to witness the Olympics in our own country. Here is a list of the predecessors of the to-be host of the 2024 Summer Olympics:1. London, United KingdomThe 2012 Summer Olympics took place in London, England from 25 July to 12 August 2012. Michael Phelps won his 22nd medal in this event becoming the most awarded Olympic athlete of all time. This Olympics also made history with the entry of the first female athletes from Brunei, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.2. Beijing, ChinaThe 2008 Summer Olympics was conducted in Beijing, China from August 8 to 24. It was the first time the Olympics were held in Asia after Seoul, South Korea in 1988. At these Olympics, 43 world records and a total of 132 Olympic records were set.3. Athens, GreeceHeld from 13 to 29 August 2004, the 2004 Summer Olympics and played host to 10,625 athletes. The games left Athens with an extremely improved infrastructure. Athens 2004 was the first time when all teams that has a National Olympic Committee were in attendance since 1996.4. Sydney, New South Wales, AustraliaAlso called the Millenium Olympic Games, the 2000 Summer Olympic Games were celebrated from 15 September to 1 October 2000. This was the second time that the games took place in the Southern Hempisphere. The first time this happened was in 1956 in Melbourne, Victoria5. Atlanta, Georgia, United StatesThe 1996 Summer Olympics was conducted between July 19 to August 4 1996. It set a record with 197 nations that took part in the games. With this, Atlanta also became the third American city to hold the Summer Olympics.advertisementlast_img read more

IPL 2015 opening ceremony: Anushka Sharma, Virat Kohli arrive together

first_imgThe hot and happening couple Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli were spotted together again. They arrived in Kolkata to attend the grand ceremony of IPL 8.There was a time when they didn’t want to bring their relationship in spotlight and now the couple is inseparable.Pic by Yogen ShahThe 2015 Indian Premier League (IPL) Opening Ceremony at the Salt Lake Stadium will see star performances by Farhan Akhtar, Shahid Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Pritam and Hrithik Roshan.According to a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) release, the entertainers will come together to mark the start of the eighth season of the cash-rich Twenty20 league with the evening’s proceedings being hosted by actor Saif Ali Khan.All eight team captains will be present to take the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Spirit of Cricket pledge. Gautam Gambhir, captain of defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders, will put the trophy back in play, signalling the start of the 2015 season.The two-hour show will start at 7:30 p.m. and the gates of the venue will open at 5:00 p.m. Tickets for the opening ceremony, which start at Rs.200, can be purchased online at or from gate No.1 and 4 of the Salt Lake Stadium.The programme will be telecast live on Sony Max and Sony Six and will also be streamed on mobile app Hotstar.last_img read more

Spotted: Katrina Kaif at Ranbir Kapoor’s house

first_imgKatrina Kaif and director Ayan Mukherjee were spotted at Ranbir Kapoor’s house in Bandra, Mumbai, last evening. Sporting a cap and in casuals, Kapoor Jr was seen seeing his friend Ayan and girlfriend Katrina off.Katrina (L) walks out of Ranbir’s house. Pic: Yogen ShahKatrina sported a black top and pants, and wore her hair in a ponytail.Director Ayan Mukherjee at Ranbir’s house. Pic: Yogen ShahThat Ranbir, Ayan and Katrina are thick friends is a pretty well-known fact, and the three have been spotted together on numerous occasions. Ayan had directed Ranbir back in 2009, in the film Wake Up Sid.Ranbir Kapoor at his house. Pic: Yogen ShahWhile the details of last evening aren’t quite clear, but the grapevine suggests that Ranbir and Katrina might have gone out on a movie date. On the work front, Katrina and Ranbir will be seen together on the silver screen in the film Jagga Jasoos, which is being directed by Anurag Basu.last_img read more

Kohli and Dhoni have tremendous mutual respect, says Ravi Shastri

first_imgIndian team director Ravi Shastri has quashed reports of unrest in the dressing room over captaincy issues and said Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have “tremendous” mutual respect between them.”What people don’t realise is that there is tremendous mutual respect there between Virat Kohli and M.S. Dhoni,” Shastri was quoted as saying by on Monday.”When M.S. was at his prime as India’s Test captain, Virat was only a youngster. There were times when Virat’s place wasn’t certain in the side and MS stuck by him. Such things are not forgotten. I can sense and see that respect without anyone having to tell me.”The reports of conflict within the Indian camp were sparked following the team’s first-ever One-Day-International (ODI) series loss to minnows Bangladesh as Test skipper Kohli expressed concern over the team’s decision-making.”Not too happy with the way we have played. We have been sort of doubtful in our decision-making and that shows on the field,” Kohli earlier said, fuelling speculations of a rift within the team.His comments followed team-mates Suresh Raina and Ravichandran Ashwin’s vocal support for ODI skipper Dhoni, whose personal coach has claimed “groupism” within the team as the reason for India’s loss.Asked about the biggest change Shastri as a director brought into the dressing room, the 53-year-old said: “Honesty and openness. I told the boys, ‘Whatever you want to say, say it in the dressing room, not behind anyone’s back’.””A conscious effort was made to bring this honest environment about. I cannot say if I did it or not but I have seen massive improvement. The players have opened up much more from when I joined the team. There is trust there and there are benefits there. I told the guys, ‘Whatever is on your mind, rather than keeping it all bottled up, get it out’.”advertisement”There is also mutual trust among the group. They want to play for each other and genuinely enjoy each other’s success. That is the healthiest quality a team can have.”Shastri’s involvement with the team has been lauded by a lot of players and he is said to have brought in a lot of positivity into the outfit.”It’s basically about making them believe in their own abilities and that as a unit they are one of the best in the world. When it’s constantly mentioned and when you have results to prove it, it becomes infectious and is transferred from one player to another,” said Shastri, who played 80 Tests and 150 ODIs for India, scoring 3,830 and 3,108 runs respectively.”In the eight months that I have been with the team, we have won about 75 to 80 per cent of the ODIs,” Shastri, who has 151 Test and 129 ODI wickets to his credit, added.The former Mumbai star is confident that the team will bounce back after the 1-2 series loss to neighbours Bangladesh.”Yes, we had a bad loss against Bangladesh but you learn from that and bounce back. This team has been through some tough terrain, in England and Australia, and they would have learned a hell of a lot from those tours,” he said.last_img read more

Leander Paes on Wimbledon win: Winning Grand Slam special to me

first_imgHe refused to pick a favourite among his 16 Grand Slams but veteran Indian tennis star Leander Paes said lifting the Wimbledon mixed doubles title with Swiss legend Martina Hingis does rank among the most special triumphs of his career.Paes and Hingis, seeded sixth, drubbed the fifth seeded Austrian-Hungarian team of Alexander Peya and Timea Babos 6-1 6-1 in the lop-sided summit clash which was over in just 40 minutes on Sunday.”It’s not about which one is the best among all of them but coming out and playing like that in one of the most prestigious courts that we have grown up knowing and winning a title in a Grand Slam without losing a set, that’s very special,” Paes said in the post-match press conference.It was Paes’ eighth mixed doubles title and second with Hingis after the Australian Open early this year. The 42-year-old Indian has eight men’s doubles crowns in his Grand Slam collection.”To be able to play this game for so many years and play with two of the greatest female players (former partner Martina Navratilova and now Hingis), it is fantastic. They epitomise greatness, they are the greatest on this planet across any sport,” Paes said.”We can talk of female athletes in other sports as well but to me in tennis, Martina Hingis and Martina Navratilova are right at the top. The champions that they are off the court is what I really respect,” he added.For Hingis, it was her second title in as many days, having won the women’s doubles with Sania Mirza. Overall it was the 18th Major title for the Swiss and third in mixed doubles.advertisementThe Swiss was lavish in her praise for Leander.”Leander is a great person, we practiced together and made each other better…With Leander, we played TeamTennis (in the United States) for the last two years. And Sania, I have been partnering since March. It’s been a great ride for me. I feel already like quarter India,” she laughed.last_img read more

Would you like to know your destiny destination? Here you go!

first_imgAriesPage of pentaclesYour usual take-charge, take-no-prisoners attitude may be missing in action at the beginning of the week. While it’s a little disconcerting, it’s not necessarily a bad thing; experiencing travel by observing and absorbing can be equally rewarding. Let your surroundings rub off on you rather than vice versa. And never fear — your active, initiating spirit returns Wednesday afternoon and stays for the whole rest of the week. You’re making fast friends out of chance encounters and drinking up the local culture ’til you’re all aglow. Cheers!TaurusQueen of SwordsTravel often prompts self-reflection, and your trip brings up some deep emotions (possibly surrounding relationships) on Monday and Tuesday. Let yourself experience the moods, but be aware that your sensitivity is heightened by new surroundings. After midweek, your ability to charm is amped up — especially regarding people of other cultures, as your natural empathy and genuine interest prompt them to tell their tales as well. By the weekend, seeing things from other perspectives brings your mindset full circle — you’re getting the kind of deep understanding you’d hoped for and are having fun doing it.GeminiThe DevilDo a little reconnaissance at the beginning of the week. Some observation of and insight about your surroundings and the tone of the local culture are in order; then you can calibrate your trademark charm and wit properly. By Wednesday, you’re connecting with people on their level and then taking it even deeper. It’s amazing to find kindred spirits who can change your life in such a short amount of time. You’ll want to make time for some solo-style activities this weekend, though; there’s no freedom like the freedom of the road.advertisementCancerThe MagicianYou’ve got that funny feeling where you’re already nostalgic for this trip at the beginning of the week — that’s how good it is. Stay in the moment and enjoy the gift of the present without thinking too much about the future. Meanwhile, be cautious about more pedestrian matters, especially when signing bills. After Wednesday, a little self-indulgence is in order, whether that means a solo hike, a relaxing massage or a great local meal. This weekend, you may need an interpreter even when conversing in your native tongue; make extra sure your intent is clear.LeoSeven of WandsYou never expected this would explode into a conflict, but that seems to be what’s happening. Someone has a bruised ego. And that’s never a pretty thing to deal with. It might be a good idea (just for the sake of your own sanity) to lay low. Do your own thing. Do some research. Listen to what other people have to say. There’s no sense in bringing your own ego into the mix, and if you play it cool for a while you’ll have so much more leverage later on.VirgoAce of SwordsCommunication’s key for your trip on Monday and Tuesday. You’ve got practical matters to discuss as well as stories to tell — and listening to others broadens your mind in amazing ways now, even (or especially) if they have very different points of view. These encounters are what travel’s all about. Be daring from Wednesday through Friday; what you get may not be perfect, but it’ll make the fabric of your trip so much richer and more interesting. Fun’s in the cards this weekend, as careful planning pays off (and in the unplanned department, you may encounter a little romance).LibraNine of swordsBalance your desire to get the best deal with getting the best experience at the beginning of the week. Come in under your travel budget in one area and enjoy a big splurge or buy a special gift for someone back home. Think local and explore like crazy from Wednesday through Friday; ask for recommendations, avoid chain stores, eat in little places that are crowded with happy-looking people. It’s natural to think about home and the past on the road, but don’t dwell on it this weekend — enjoy the here and now.ScorpioPage of CupsYou’re a world-class traveler at the beginning of the week, and your magnetism and confidence mean you’re treated like a rock star wherever you go. Tip generously and treat everyone like your best friend — right now, they all are. You don’t usually have to work to differentiate yourself from the herd, but beginning Wednesday be sure to show you’re a traveler, not a crass tourist. Your sensitivity and giving reflect well on you and your place of origin. The weekend’s all about plans, whether for the rest of your trip or the rest of your life.advertisementSagittariusThe HermitExplore your internal landscape as you do the same with your physical surroundings on Monday and Tuesday. There’s so much to learn about yourself and the world; allow ample downtime for absorbing and processing it all. From Wednesday afternoon through Friday, though, it’s all about pure enjoyment. You’re earning goodwill and admiration, having unexpected adventures and loving life. Leave the shopping to the crowd this weekend; you’ll find so much more (and meet more new friends) while taking in some local galleries or in the bargain seats at a sporting event.CapricornKing of pentaclesYour practical nature and the allure of travel put you in a unique mindset on Monday and Tuesday. You’re objective yet introspective, and while you take in everything around you, you’re settling some personal issues as well. Reaching an important decision and reorganizing your hopes are easy now. Do a reality check on your plans and itinerary after Wednesday; it’s possible to do everything on your roster, but feeling rushed makes it hard to get a full sense of enjoyment. This weekend’s all about you, in the best possible way — the stars say follow your bliss and watch the splendid results.AquariusPage of PentaclesCushion your emotions on the road at the beginning of the week; some surprising stuff may be brought out in you now. Find a new friend to share it with (confiding in a perfect stranger can be very liberating), or join up with a group for an intriguing activity you wouldn’t undertake alone. Some amazing connections can be made after Wednesday; it’s a small world indeed, and degrees of separation may suddenly disappear. If Saturday or Sunday offers up a challenge, decline to take it and find another, easier way.PiscesPage of wandsBe prepared to stand up for yourself in a transaction with a hotel, an airline or travel agency on Monday and Tuesday. Know exactly what you’re paying for, and don’t hesitate to ask for the manager or take your business elsewhere. By midweek, traveler’s luck is back on your side; listen closely for fascinating details and explore, explore, explore. Taking public transportation can be an adventure you’d never get in a cab or rental car. This weekend, your karma has a quick turnaround time — do something sweet for someone and watch it come right back to you.last_img read more

Sunil Gavaskar: Stuart Binny will lend balance to Indian team

first_imgFormer captain Sunil Gavaskar today said all-rounder Stuart Binny would lend much needed balance to the Indian team which is keen to bounce back after an embarrassing defeat in the first Test against Sri Lanka.Binny was drafted into the Indian squad as the 16th member after India lost the Galle Test by 63 runs.”I think it will be a very good pitch. It may help the seamers on the first day and half an hour everyday. If you want somebody who can have proper seam bowling to fill in some overs and then bat also, Binny is the man. He will lend balance to the team,” Gavaskar said ahead of the second Test which starts in Colombo tomorrow.”Binny can be the bowler who can give rest to your main bowlers and also get a wicket,” he added.But Gavaskar said if India goes with three specialist fast bowlers, he would pick Bhuvneshwar Kumar to be the third seamer in the team. Ishant Sharma and Varun Aaron were the two specialist pacers in the first Test.Also read:  5 things Team India needs to do to level series”If you are going with three specialist seamers, then I feel Bhuvneshwar should be included as he can swing the ball.Nobody can swing the ball in the Indian team better than Bhuvi and he can also be very stubborn down the order as he did in England,” said the former captain.Gavaskar said that veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh who performed poorly in the first Test may have to sit out.advertisement”I don’t think that Harbhajan will play in the second Test. Flying in Binny clearly indicates that one spinner from the Galle Test will be out,” he told NDTV.Gavaskar reiterated his earlier view that captain Virat Kohli should bat at number three and lead from the front.”By far he is the best batsman in the Indian team. A captain should lead by example and Kohli should bat at number three,” said Gavasakr.”He (Kohli) talks about the number four spot but why did he come at number five at Galle. He should have come at number four at Galle,” he said.Asked whether Cheteshwar Pujara should be included in the team for the second Test, Gavaskar said, “Pujara is a solid player. If the ball swings around early in the innings and in the mornings, he is the right man.last_img read more

Peter Cech stands firm as Arsenal and Liverpool play out goalless draw

first_imgLiverpool’s 100 percent start to the season ended with a hard-fought goalless draw against top-four rivals Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Monday.Arsenal were indebted to goalkeeper Petr Cech — at fault for West Ham United’s goals in a 2-0 opening-weekend defeat — in the first half after he produced a string of stunning saves to keep an impressive Liverpool at bay.Arsenal improved and enjoyed the better of proceedings in the second half but were unable to breech a stingy Liverpool defence which has yet to concede in three matches this season.Liverpool sit third with seven points — two behind early pace-setters Manchester City — while Arsenal, touted as serious title contenders before the season, have had an indifferent start and are ninth with four points.Bounce back “When you start your first game with a new club and everything goes wrong for you individually you need to go back to work and bounce back and this is what I tried to do,” Cech told Sky Sports.Also read: Barcelona open with win; Chelsea rebounds  “I was in the right place at the right time and I helped the team overcome difficult moments in the first half. It’s hard to believe after all the chances it finished 0-0″Having been humbled 4-1 on their last visit to the Emirates Stadium, Liverpool made an early statement on a wet night in north London with Philippe Coutinho rattling the crossbar in the third minute.That early scare brought Arsenal to life and only the narrowest of offside decisions denied Aaron Ramsey an opening goal five minuets later.advertisementInexperienced defence Arsenal were without experienced defenders Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny and their replacements Gabriel Paulista and Calum Chambers looked nervous against the physical Christian Benteke and skilful Coutinho.Also read: Romero wants De Gea to stay at Man United Arsenal commanded the majority of possession but it was Liverpool who carried the greatest threat against the hosts’ disjointed defence.Cech was called into action to deny first Benteke, with a stunning reaction save, and Roberto Firmino in quick succession.Cech had to be at his brilliant best again to tip Coutinho’s goal-bound shot onto the woodwork as Arsenal desperately held on before halftime.The Gunners came out with far more conviction after the break and Santi Cazorla and Olivier Giroud combined to create a the space for Alexis Sanchez to fire against the post.Liverpool were proving a tough nut to crack with Giroud, Ramsey and substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain were all denied by Simon Mignolet as the visitor’s defence stood firm.last_img read more

New device that uses air to wash hands developed in China

first_imgBeijing, Sep 18 (PTI) A group of seven Chinese students has bagged a top international prize for inventing a machine that uses air for cleaning hands and saves water. The device works by stepping on a peddle which mixes compressed air with a small amount of water vapour, allowing the user to efficiently blow the bacteria and dirt from their hands, said Shi Yukun, one of the inventors from Zhejiang University. “The equipment will save 90 per cent of the water, while achieving the same result as washing hands with water,” he said. The seven students spent a year creating the device, which took home top prize at the two-day Global Grand Challenge Summit (GGCS) in Beijing. The summit is co-organised by Chinese Academy of Engineering, the US National Academy of Engineering and British Royal Academy of Engineering, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. “We studied the function of water in the hand-washing process. Very few of the stains on our hands can be dissolved with liquid,but most of the dirt and bacteria have to be washed away by flowing water. We decided to use high-speed air to blow it away, rather than wash it away,” Yukun said. The group beat 13 other contestant groups from some of the worlds top universities, including Cambridge University and Hong Kong University. They shared a thousand-dollar start-up fund provided by the summit organisers. “We will use the money as start-up for our efforts to invent and produce water-saving equipment,” Yukun said. The first GGCS summit was held in London in 2013. PTI KJV MRJadvertisementlast_img read more