Arunachal sport dept rename trophy after martyr jawanArunachal sport dept rename trophy after martyr jawan

first_imgItanagar, Nov 23 (PTI) The sports department in Arunachal Pradesh has officially adopted the decision of Chief Minister Pema Khandu of renaming the Chief Minister?s Trophy for Football and Volleyball (mens and womens) after martyr Hangpan Dada. Khandu made this decision during the State Development Council (SDC) meeting convened under his chairmanship here yesterday. The state-level trophy for football and volleyball, both in men and women categories, would henceforth be called as Hangpan Dada Memorial Trophy. Havildar Dada, who died in Kupwara on May 27 this year after killing three terrorists, was awarded Ashok Chakra on the eve of Independence Day by President Pranab Mukherjee. Dada, 36, hailed from Boduria village in Tirap district, was posted in the high mountainous region in North Kashmir since late last year. The trophy, now renamed in his memory, had been launched at Sangay Lhaden Sports Academy at Chimpu in November 2013 by the then Chief Minister NabamTuki. The Sports Department holds competitions for men and women from the block level. The winners of block level competitions then compete in the district level, followed by state level competition. Finals of the competitions coincide with statehood day celebrations every year. The meeting was attended by Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Rajesh Tacho, Parliamentary Secretary Nyamar Karbak, Chairman, Sports Authority of Arunachal Gora Makik, Secretary Sports and Youth Affairs Dani Salu, Directors of Sports and Youth Affairs and other departmental officials, the release added. PTI UPL SUS SUSlast_img read more

Fernando Torres suffers muscle injury, likely to miss Osasuna gameFernando Torres suffers muscle injury, likely to miss Osasuna game

first_imgAtletico de Madrid’s Fernando Torres suffered a muscle injury in the left hip and will be absent on Sunday’s match against Osasuna, the team announced on Friday.Atletico’s medical team said the player underwent an MRI and will be subjected to specific workout in the coming two days, but did not determine his period of absence,reports Efe.Besides Torres, coach Diego Simeone will also be missing Filipe Luis, Augusto Fernandez and Alessio Cerci due to injuries for Sunday’s La Liga game.last_img

Salah really happy at Liverpool – KuytSalah really happy at Liverpool – Kuyt

first_imgMohamed Salah “feels happy” at Liverpool and is planning a long-term stay as the Reds chase down Premier League title glory, says Dirk Kuyt.The Egyptian forward has been a revelation at Anfield since returning to English football in the summer of 2017.He netted 44 times during a stunning debut campaign on Merseyside which earned him a Golden Boot award, PFA Player of the Year prize and nominations for the FIFA Best and Ballon d’Or. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The 26-year-old has been back among the goals this season, reaching 50 for Liverpool in record-breaking time, and committed to a new five-year contract over the summer.Former Reds star Kuyt believes Salah will be sticking around for some time as he is revelling in his current surroundings, telling the club’s official website: “It’s amazing. I talked to him on Wednesday after the game [against Red Star] – he is such a nice guy.“Everybody can see when they are watching in the stadium or on television that he is a great player; not everyone can see he is a very nice person who is very happy at Anfield at the moment.“That’s the most important thing: that he feels respected and that he feels happy at Liverpool Football Club. That’s why he is achieving those kinds of things.“Everyone knows he is a fantastic player. The fact he is here, that he is respected and that he is happy counts even more.“Hopefully he will be happy for a very long time here. Wednesday was the first time I met him in person; I respected him already as a player but as a human even more now.”Roberto Firmino Sadio Mane Mohamed Salah Liverpool West Ham Premier League 120818Kuyt added when pressed on why Salah has impressed at Liverpool having previously flopped at Chelsea: “The partnership between [Sadio] Mane, [Roberto] Firmino and Mo makes the difference.“Mo is very happy with Firmino, he is the type of striker who doesn’t live by goals – he lives by playing football, winning games and winning together. That has made it a pleasure for Mo to play with these kinds of players, who are not selfish and who know how to bring Salah into positions to score.“It’s all because of that connection, especially with the players up front who know what to do and know in which kinds of positions they need to bring Salah. He made a great goal and also a good penalty.”Salah has helped Liverpool to make an unbeaten start to their 2018-19 Premier League campaign and Kuyt, who fall agonisingly short in his bid for an English top-flight crown before returning to Feyenoord to conquer the Eredivise, says the African star is allowing the Reds to dream.He said: “When I arrived at Liverpool there was a hope to win the league. Now that hope is changing and people start to believe Liverpool can win the league.“That’s what football is all about: that you believe in the success you can have with your team. The supporters are starting to believe it’s possible to win the league again. It’s a long way but that’s the first step. You have to believe you can do it.“With Feyenoord we had the same situation, a little bit shorter but for 18 years we didn’t win the league title. From the first day we started the competition we believed in winning the league and that’s what I felt on Wednesday – that people are not hoping for success but believing in success for Liverpool. That’s a massive step forward.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Beetroot juice before exercise may make your brain youngerBeetroot juice before exercise may make your brain younger

first_imgNew York, Apr 19 (PTI) Drinking beetroot juice supplement before working out makes the brain of older adults perform more efficiently, mirroring the functions of a younger brain, a new study claims.Researchers from Wake Forest University in the US studied about 26 men and women aged 55 and older who did not exercise, had high blood pressure and took no more than two medications for high blood pressure.The participants drank a beetroot juice supplement called Beet-It Sport Shot, three times a week for six weeks, one hour before a moderately intense, 50-minute walk on a treadmill.Half the participants received Beet-It containing 560 milligrammes of nitrate, the others received a placebo Beet-It with very little nitrate.When you exercise, the brains somatomotor cortex, which processes information from the muscles, sorts out the cues coming in from the body. Exercise should strengthen the somatomotor cortex, researchers said.So, combining beetroot juice with exercise delivers even more oxygen to the brain and creates an excellent environment for strengthening the somatomotor cortex.Post-exercise analysis showed that, although the study groups had similar levels of nitrate and nitrite in the blood before drinking the juice, the beetroot juice group had much higher levels of nitrate and nitrite than the placebo group after exercise, researchers said.Beets contain a high level of dietary nitrate, which is converted to nitrite and then nitric oxide (NO) when consumed.Nitric oxide increases blood flow in the body, and multiple studies have shown it can improve exercise performance in people of various ages, researchers said.advertisement”Nitric oxide is a really powerful molecule. It goes to the areas of the body which are hypoxic, or needing oxygen, and the brain is a heavy feeder of oxygen in your body,” said W Jack Rejeski of Wake Forest University.”We knew, going in, that a number of studies had shown that exercise has positive effects on the brain. But what we showed in this brief training study of hypertensive older adults was that, as compared to exercise alone, adding a beet root juice supplement to exercise resulted in brain connectivity that closely resembles what you see in younger adults,” Rejeski said.The study was published in the Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences. PTI APA SAR SARlast_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo becomes first man to score 100 Champions League goals as Real Madrid CF enter semi-finalsCristiano Ronaldo becomes first man to score 100 Champions League goals as Real Madrid CF enter semi-finals

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo scored a hat-trick to send Real Madrid through to the Champions League semi-finals with a 4-2 extra-time win and 6-3 aggregate success against 10-man Bayern Munich in controversial circumstances on Tuesday.A bizarre Sergio Ramos own goal forced the extra period after Robert Lewandowski opened the scoring for Bayern from the penalty spot and Ronaldo equalised.Marcelo twice cleared off the line for Madrid and Jerome Boateng did the same for Bayern in a thrilling game, which was tilted in Madrid’s favour by Arturo Vidal’s dismissal for two yellow cards, the second of which was harsh.Ronaldo put Madrid level at 2-2 on the night in the first period of extra time when he scored his 100th Champions League goal, from a clearly offside position, before he wrapped up his treble with another disputed goal and Marco Asensio added a fourth.Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti was furious, criticising Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai after the game and asking for the introduction of video technology. (Bayern Munich left fuming over Champions League ‘robbery’)”I think we played the game very well, we deserved more. You have the decisions that penalised us a lot, Arturo’s card was not a card and then two goals for Cristiano were offside,” said Ancelotti.”We are not happy about this. In a quarter final you have to have a referee with more quality I think. It’s time to introduce videos for the referees.”Bayern began well, with Thiago Alcantara’s close-range shot brilliantly blocked on the goal line by Marcelo. Arjen Robben lashed the rebound into the side-netting.advertisementMadrid began to find their feet and were soon dominating, with the effervescent Marcelo key in both attack and defence.Ramos nearly put the hosts ahead after the otherwise superb Manuel Neuer spilled a shot, but Boateng somehow blocked his effort on the line.However, it was Bayern who took the lead in the second half when Casemiro fouled Robben in the area and Lewandowski dispatched the penalty.Ronaldo levelled, heading beyond Neuer in the 76th minute from a fine cross by Casemiro, but Bayern restored overall parity within a minute when Ramos prodded into his own net after a scramble in the area. (Bayern Munich keeper Manuel Neuer breaks foot, season in doubt)With the game heading towards extra-time Vidal was sent off for a second booking after appearing to win the ball cleanly from Asensio, leaving Bayern with 10 like in the first leg when Javi Martinez was dismissed.It gave Madrid the upper hand going into the added 30 minutes and they took advantage when Ronaldo scored the crucial second from Ramos’s cross, despite being in an offside position.Madrid added two more late on, Ronaldo appearing fractionally offside again for their third of the night, leaving Bayern exhausted and angry.”The referee’s task is quite difficult, whether it’s for or against us I won’t get into it,” said Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane.”More than the second yellow (for Vidal) or the offside goals, the six goals we scored over the two games means we deserved to go through in the tie.”There is no luck in football, you must win, and we won both games.”last_img read more

Pakistan recall Umar Akmal, Azhar Ali for Champions TrophyPakistan recall Umar Akmal, Azhar Ali for Champions Trophy

first_imgPakistan have recalled former captain Azhar Ali and Umar Akmal in the 15-man squad for the Champions Trophy in England.Both batsmen were dropped for the one-day international series against the West Indies after Pakistan lost 4-1 in Australia this year. Azhar also quit the limited-overs captaincy and Sarfraz Ahmed was made the skipper.Akmal couldn’t pass the fitness test for the ODI series in the Caribbean, but chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said the middle-order batsman has improved his fitness.Akmal had also impressed in the ongoing Pakistan Cup, Inzamam said in a statement.Azhar, who has batted at a strike rate of 75 in ODIs and scored 1,605 runs in 45 matches, will likely open with Ahmed Shehzad.Pakistan’s new spin sensation Shadab Khan, has also been selected ahead of Yasir Shah after the legspinner’s impressive Twenty20 and ODI series against the West Indies.Pakistan are in Group B of the Champions Trophy and will open against defending champions India on June 4.South Africa and Sri Lanka are the others in the group, with the top two going to the semifinals.Squad: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Umar Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman, Imad Wasim, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Faheem Ashraf.last_img read more

The first win is the hardest, Niki Lauda tells Valtteri BottasThe first win is the hardest, Niki Lauda tells Valtteri Bottas

first_imgValtteri Bottas waited 81 races for his first Formula One win to come along but it will get easier for the Finn after Sunday’s success in Russia, according to former world champion Niki Lauda.”To win the first grand prix…is always the most difficult one,” the retired triple champion and non-executive chairman of Bottas’s Mercedes team, told reporters.”This I know out of my own experience. So every one that comes next, for him his life is easier. He has proven that he can win.”As soon as you win the first grand prix, a big load comes off,” added the Austrian, who was surprised Ferrari did not win in Sochi given their race pace and having both cars starting on the front row.Instead, Bottas roared past both Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen to seize the lead into the first corner in a move that decided the outcome.The Finn has had to wait longer than most to scale the top step of the podium but the man he replaced in January, retired 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg, took his first victory in his 111th grand prix start after also starting out at Williams.Fellow-Finn Mika Hakkinen, world champion in 1998 and 1999 with McLaren, took 96 races.Only last week, reporters were asking Bottas about having to accept so-called ‘team orders’ and help triple champion team mate Lewis Hamilton in the title battle against Vettel but it looks different already.Bottas is now just 10 points adrift of Hamilton and, having started the season as an emergency stopgap, can now quite legitimately see himself in the championship mix.advertisementThat situation poses another headache for Hamilton but is one that Mercedes are relaxed about having to manage. They do not expect the relationship to turn sour as it did between the Briton and Rosberg.”He (Bottas) took up that risky move to be Lewis Hamilton’s team mate, to take over the reigning world champion’s car, and I think that he has done a very good job,” said team boss Toto Wolff.”The relationship between the two is very intact, Lewis was one of the first to congratulate Valtteri on his first race victory and I think that shows the respect that they have towards each other.”Nevertheless, both of them are fierce competitors and they will want to win races and fight for a championship; But I don’t think it will affect the relationship and the dynamics within the team like it did in the last years between Nico and Lewis.”last_img read more

Hockey India recommends Sardar Singh for Rajiv Gandhi Khel RatnaHockey India recommends Sardar Singh for Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna

first_imgHockey India (HI) on Monday recommended senior player and former captain Sardar Singh for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, country’s highest sporting honour.Sardar made his India debut in the junior team during Poland tour in 2003-04.In 2006, he graduated to the senior side making debut against Pakistan. Known for his high fitness levels not only in India but worldwide, Sardar was included in the 18-men FIH All Star team in 2010 and 2011.He was the youngest player to captain the Indian team when he led the side at the 2008 Sultan Azlan Shah Cup. He has also received the Arjuna Award in 2012 and Padma Shri in 2015.Other players SV Sunil, Dharamvir Singh and Deepika have been recommended for the Arjuna Award while RP Singh and Sumrai Tete have been recommended for the Dhyan Chand Award.Coaches Sandeep Sangwan and Romesh Pathania have been recommended for the Dronacharya Award.A committee, formed by the Sports Ministry, will decide on the recommendations made by respective sports federation.Former player R P Singh represented the country during the 1986 and 1990 World Cup.Sumrai Tete, a former Indian women’s team captain and coach, was also a member of the gold medal winning team at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games.SV Sunil has now become a vital cog for the senior men’s team after having stellar performances in India’s recent success.last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy final: Virat Kohli impressed with Pakistan’s turnaround, says India focused on their own skillsICC Champions Trophy final: Virat Kohli impressed with Pakistan’s turnaround, says India focused on their own skills

first_imgPakistan’s “magnificent turnaround” has impressed Virat Kohli but the India captain said there was nothing that his side needed to be overtly concerned about ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy final against the arch-foes on Sunday.India eased past Bangladesh to enter the finals while Pakistan got the better of more fancied England in their semifinal clash.India have already beaten Pakistan in the ongoing tournament during the preliminary stage.Speaking about what is expected to be a high-voltage second clash, Kohli was nonchalant.”What we are going to try to do is repeat the similar sort of cricket that we have played so far, knowing the strengths and weaknesses they have. Obviously, we will have to plan a bit according to that, but I don’t know if there’s much that we need to change as a team,” he said.”I don’t think we need to look too far away from what we are doing as a group, I think focus on our skills and our abilities and believe in ourselves on that particular day, and we will give ourselves a good chance to go out there and do some good things for the team,” he added. (ICC Champions Trophy: Sourav Ganguly and Harbhajan Singh blast Aamer Sohail’s match-fixing claims)Asked if India made a statement to their bitter rivals with the nine-wicket triumph over Bangladesh on Thursday, Kohli dismissed the suggestion.”There are no statements in this game, honestly. On the day you arrive, if you are not feeling well mentally, it doesn’t matter whether you are 100 or whether you had a convincing victory. (India vs Pakistan, ICC Champions Trophy Final: Ravichandran Ashwin ready for a date with destiny)advertisement”And there will be days, when you score a zero and you feel great on the day as you have won a game of cricket. That’s how this game goes, and that’s the beauty of this game,” said Kohli when asked if Pakistan will be rattled by India’s performance.”No one is a winner beforehand, and you can’t predict anything in this game. We have seen some really surprising results, and it’s been amazing for the fans to watch and for the players to be a part of, as well. We just want to enjoy the finals and we deserve to be there,” the skipper had a calm confidence in his tone. (India vs Pakistan in ICC knockout matches: A brief history)Reuters PhotoBut, he insisted that his team never takes anything for granted.”We played some really good cricket. We are not going to take anything for granted for sure. It doesn’t matter whether we win by nine wickets, we win by one wicket. We are just going to go there and try to do the same things again and again. Be bowling as a team, and hopefully the results will come,” he added.He was all praise for Pakistan team’s turnaround in the competition.”Yeah, I am very impressed. The turnaround has been magnificent. Obviously, if you reach the finals, you have to play some good cricket, and credit to them, they have turned around things for themselves really well.”They have beaten sides that looked really strong against them, but the belief just showed on the field the way they played together as a team, and you know, regardless of who you play in the finals, it’s always going to be challenging because once you start thinking that it’s a big game, then your mindset changes,” the skipper gave a peek into the mindset of an international team.last_img read more

Virat Kohli’s dream run in Test cricket came under Anil KumbleVirat Kohli’s dream run in Test cricket came under Anil Kumble

first_imgVirat Kohli enjoyed a plethora of success in international cricket last year. Kohli was on a record-breaking spree in 2016 but the  India captain reached even greater heights in Test cricket. He became the first Indian captain to score a double hundred outside India and was also a successful captain with five series victories.Interestingly the success that Kohli achieved came under the guidance of Anil Kumble, who was appointed the coach of the Indian team last June just before the tour of West Indies.CLICK TO WATCH FULL VIDEOUnder Kumble, Kohli slammed 1503 runs in 16 Tests at 65.34. The India skipper also scored five centuries, including four double hundreds. He became the first-ever batsman to slam double centuries in four consecutive Test series (West Indies, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh).Virat Kohli/A KumbleTests:1503 runs, ave 65.35,100/50:5/2ODIs 801 runs, ave 100.12, S/r 102, 100/50: 2/6T20Is:68 runs, ave 17.00, S/r 126- Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) 20 June 2017In One Day Internationals too, Kohli form was unmatched. The 28-year-old was in his best form of life with 801 runs from 13 matches scoring at an average of 100.12. He also struck two centuries and six fifties in that one-year period starting from the New Zealand ODI series and ending at the Champions Trophy final loss to Pakistan.In Twenty20 Internationals, Kohli scored 68 runs at an average of 17. Overall, Kohli has scored 1709 from 44 innings and averages 53.40 in the shortest format.Kumble has stepped down as India coach after falling out with skipper Kohli.Kumble’s original contract expired with the team’s Champions Trophy campaign, but the former captain was tipped to get an extension after enjoying a successful run during his year in charge.advertisementIn the last one year, the former leg-spinner, also India’s most successful bowler, led the country to 12 victories in 17 tests with just one loss.He also guided India to one-day international series wins over New Zealand and England with losses coming only in a Twenty20 series against the West Indies and in last week’s Champions Trophy final, where they lost to Pakistan.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Women’s World Cup: Mithali Raj calls on team to step up ahead of New Zealand clashWomen’s World Cup: Mithali Raj calls on team to step up ahead of New Zealand clash

first_imgAfter suffering a crushing eight-wicket loss against Australia in their round-robin match of the ongoing Women’s World Cup, India skipper Mithali Raj has called on her team to step up and improve their performance in what would be a virtual quarter-final against New Zealand on July 15.Raj made ODI history in Bristol on Wednesday but it was Australia who booked its place in the semi-finals of the prestigious tournament at The County Ground.India skipper Raj surpassed Charlotte Edwards’s record run total of 5,992 in one-day internationals during her 69, and while Poonam Raut also notched up a century, it was not enough with Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry unbeaten for Australia on 76 and 60 respectively.”Obviously we now have a decider ahead against New Zealand to get to the semi-finals. As a team, we have to step up, as if we perform again like this it will not be enough,” said the India skipper.”We really have to improve all over the pitch, especially producing more consistency from how we are bowling and fielding,” she added.Australia opted – as it has done throughout the tournament – to open with spin, and Lanning’s decision paid off almost immediately.Smriti Mandhana’s scratchy innings came to an end in the fourth over; having already survived top-edging Megan Schutt over the slips, she nicked Ashleigh Gardner behind to Alyssa Healy (making her 50th ODI appearance) for three.But that brought Raj to the crease needing just 34 runs to break Edwards’ record, and alongside Raut she got to work.advertisementBoth started slowly with India taking 18 overs to reach 50, but they accelerated expertly in a 157-run partnership.Raj, who survived two reviews during her innings, got to another milestone as she smashed an impressive six back over Kristen Beams’ head to become the first woman ever to pass 6,000 ODI runs.However both Raj and Raut (106 off 136 balls) were dismissed as they looked to push their side towards 250.Instead, India had to make do with 226 for seven, with Perry (two for 37) the pick of the Australian bowlers who combined to claim five wickets for just 17 runs towards the end of the innings.Nicole Bolton (36) and Beth Mooney (45) got Australia’s chase off to a solid start with an opening stand of 62, before Poonam got the breakthrough as Bolton went for a big sweep.She could only feather Poonam through to Sushma Verma, and while Aussie skipper Lanning oozed confidence – finding the boundary with regularity – Mooney was then run out thanks to a superb Deepti Sharma throw.But from there on Australia, and particularly Lanning, was in complete control. The skipper brought up her half-century off 55 balls and was supported ably by Perry, with the pair both finishing not out.Australia assured itself of advancing along with England and South Africa, who won their respective matches against New Zealand and Sri Lanka.last_img read more

CAC appointed Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid after consulting Ravi Shastri: BCCICAC appointed Zaheer Khan and Rahul Dravid after consulting Ravi Shastri: BCCI

first_imgBoard of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has clarified that the appointments of Rahul Dravid and Zaheer Khan as batting and bowling consultants respectively were made after consultation with head coach Ravi Shastri.BCCI reacted after the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman wrote to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) expressing unhappiness over Shastri’s demand for his own support staff.WATCH FULL VIDEO”The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) expresses its sincere gratitude to the members of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) who most willingly agreed to undertake the process of selection of the Head Coach of the Indian Cricket Team,” the BCCI release said.”The three members of the committee – Mr. Sourav Ganguly, Mr. Sachin Tendulkar and Mr. VVS Laxman – have executed the assigned task with total transparency, professionalism and commitment to Indian cricket,” the release further stated.Shastri was appointed Team India coach on July 11 while the CAC also named Dravid in the support staff for overseas Test tours as a batting consultant. Zaheer was appointed the bowling coach on a full-time basis. Shastri is likely to ask for Bharat Arun to be named the bowling coach.India already have a full-time batting coach in Sanjay Bangar, and with the addition of Dravid and Zaheer along with Shastri, the team now has a dream team in its support staff.”The recommendation for Mr. Ravi Shastri was made on the merit of his presentation and the vision that he projected for taking the team to greater heights. After taking the decision on his selection, the CAC consulted him and decided on having Batting and Bowling consultants on overseas tour-to-tour basis, as per the requirement of the team.”advertisementBCCI also thanked the CAC for showing transparency in the appointment of the coaches.The BCCI wishes to thank the CAC for the selfless pro bono service rendered to assist the Board in the selection process of India Cricket Team’s Head Coach.last_img read more

BCCI ready to adopt Lodha reforms barring five key pointsBCCI ready to adopt Lodha reforms barring five key points

first_imgThe Special General Meeting (SGM) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), which took place in Mumbai on Wednesday, is over with the board passing a resolution in which it decided to adopt the Lodha reforms barring five particular points.The reforms that have not been implemented are one state one vote,the size of the national selection panel, the size of the apex councilwhile the last one covers age cap and tenure of office-bearers.The @BCCI unanimously adopts all Lodha panel reforms barring five: Acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary- Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) July 26, 2017But these five issues are the ones which cover almost everything and pave the way for many, including former board president N. Srinivasan to make a comeback.Here are the issues which BCCI decided are impractical to implement.1. Matters pertaining to membership i.e retention of full membership structure as it stands now including Railways.  2. Distribution of powers and functions of executives.3. Constitution of the Apex council. Five office bearers, the BCCI isn’t too happy with the size of the council like it has one Vice President and it can’t cover the entire length and breadth of the country.4. Number of selectors not accepting 3 members.5. Restrictions on age and tenure and disqualification of govt servants and ministers. BcCI feels Railways can’t have an office bearer who is not a govt servant.It has been more than a year since the Supreme Court ordered the BCCI to implement the reforms recommended by the Justice R M Lodha-led panel.advertisementEarlier in the week, the Supreme Court barred former BCCI officials N Srinivasan and Niranjah Shah from attending any board meeting.They both are above 70 years of age and stand disqualified to be BCCI office-bearers as per Lodha reforms.The BCCI brass is happy that the Supreme Court is ready to hear some of the reforms that they have always found practically difficult to implement.The SC will be hearing the arguments on ‘One State One Vote’ and pruning of the national selection committee which the BCCI has always termed as unimplementable.”Look, the Supreme Court has given us new hope when they stated that they will hear some of the contentious issues once again. They have directed the BCCI to adopt as many reforms as possible.”So, when the Supreme Court hears the case on August 18, at least they are aware that we have adopted a majority of the reforms,” a state unit member from west zone had earlier said.”During that particular general body meeting, the members had agreed that around 80 percent of the reforms can be accepted. Also the special committee that was formed recently has also brought down the gamut of difficulties to four.”Therefore, if the unimplementable reforms are down to four, we can always accept the other reforms,” the official added.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

JNU student alleges beating by CISF personnel at Metro stationJNU student alleges beating by CISF personnel at Metro station

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 28 (PTI) A JNU student has alleged he was beaten up at the Rajiv Chowk metro station here by a few personnel of the CISF and told he would be “sent to Pakistan”, a charge rejected by the paramilitary force.In a Facebook post, Aman Sinha, 22, who is pursuing a Masters degree, said the incident happened yesterday evening and alleged the involvement of CISF personnel posted at the security check point of the station.Sinha, who was sporting a beard, claimed that the Central Industrial Security Force(CISF) personnel got enraged when he “defied” their instructions to take off his earphones, which is a laid down protocol that passengers are expected to follow.It was followed by a heated argument, he said.”Then another CISF person came and said you are spoiling the name of the nation, Pakistan bhejenge tum mussalay ko aaj.(You Muslim we will banish you to Pakistan today). They dragged me to the security office through the very long passage where there was no CCTV and no public.”They started abusing my mother and sister, thrashing and beating me very badly, saying that public k samne humara nam kharab kar diya. I tried to record it which they later made me delete it threw away my phone,” he alleged.When contacted, the CISF said the student was only asked to write an apology letter for his behaviour with the security personnel, and was neither “manhandled” nor “thrashed.””He started yelling and arguing with constables Shoeb and PC Bisht who were on duty after he was asked to remove the ear phones, which is a normal security drill in the Delhi Metro. He was unwilling and used abusive language after which he was taken to the metro control room,” a senior CISF officer said.advertisementHe added that Sinha was taken to the control room of the station where he tendered an apology in writing.As per CCTV records, the officer said, the entire episode lasted about 30 minutes and the student was then allowed to go. PTI CPB NES SBR GSN GSNlast_img read more

Seven killed in road accident in MansaSeven killed in road accident in Mansa

first_imgMansa (Pb), Oct 18 (PTI) Seven persons were killed and an equal number injured when an SUV collided with a truck near Bhikhi town here, police said today.The accident occurred at around 1:30 pm, they said. The occupants of the sport utility vehicle (SUV) were going to pay obeisance at a religious place in Rajasthan. All the 14 occupants of the vehicle belonged to Naya Gaon, near Chandigarh, police said.The deceased included two women and a child, they said.The vehicle collided head on with a truck when the driver of the SUV was trying to overtake another vehicle, said Inspector Paramjit Singh of the Bhikhi police station.The impact of the collision was massive and the bodies got stuck in the mangled vehicle, police said adding that it was after a lot of effort was made to extricate them.The injured were admitted to a local civil hospital, police said.A case has been registered in this regard, they said. PTI CHS ADSlast_img read more

Manoj strikes gold, Shiva settles for silver at NationalsManoj strikes gold, Shiva settles for silver at Nationals

first_img(Eds: updating with details)Visakhapatnam, Oct 30 (PTI) Manoj Kumar claimed his second successive National Championships gold but Shiva Thapa settled for a silver on an eventful day of summit clashes in the premier domestic boxing event here today.Manoj (69kg), competing for the Railways Sports Promotion Board (RSPB), got the better of Services Sports Control Boards (SSCB) Duryodhan Singh for his second successive gold at the event in a 4-1 decision.Another defending champion, Shiva, however, lost on a split verdict to SSCBs Manish Kaushik, settling for the silver medal in the lightweight (60kg) category. Shiva was competing for his home state Assam in the event.Manoj was adjudged the best boxer, while Manish was declared the most promising boxer.Kings Cup gold-medallist Shyam Kumar (49kg), who was representing RSPB, pulled off a close 3-2 win over Mizorams Nt Lalbiakkima in the final to claim the top honours.Commonwealth Games silver-medallist Mandeep Jangra, who is competing for the RSPB, won his maiden national title in the middleweight (75kg) category, after he out-punched Mizorams Vanhlimpuia 5-0.Asian Games bronze-medallist Satish, who turned up for the SSCB, defeated Haryanas Parvin Kumar 5-0 to claim the super heavyweight (+91kg) gold.In the other bouts of the day, SSCBs Madan Lal became the bantamweight (56kg) champion after edging past Goas Santosh Harijan 3-2 in a hard-fought contest.The light welterweight (64kg) crown went to SSCBs Dheeraj Rangi.Dheeraj did not even have to step inside the ring as his rival, Basant Thapa of Madhya Pradesh, gave him a walkover owing to an injury picked up his previous bout.advertisementSimilar was the case of Manish Panwar, who clinched the 81kg gold after a walkover from Delhi rival Neel Kamal.Haryana fetched just one gold medal in this edition with Naman picking up the heavyweight (91kg) top honours with a 5-0 win over Himachal Pradeshs Varinder Kumar.RSPBs Salman Sheikh beat Laldinmawia of Mizoram to claim the top honours in the 52kg division. PTI PM CM CMlast_img read more

Kohli is correct, need preparation time for SA tour: GangulyKohli is correct, need preparation time for SA tour: Ganguly

first_imgKolkata, Nov 24 (PTI) Former India captain Sourav Ganguly today back current skipper Virat Kohli on the issue of cramped scheduling and said that the team needs more time to prepare for tough assignments like the upcoming South Africa tour.Kohli yesterday complained that cramped schedules are getting in the way of proper preparation for big series such as the upcoming tour of South Africa, a criticism that the BCCI promised to address with “utmost seriousness”.Echoing Kohlis concerns, Ganguly said, “He (Kohli) was talking about scheduling of cricket which is so correct. You got to give teams time to prepare when they go to South Africa.”Ganguly was speaking at the India Today Conclave East 2017 here.Ganguly also lavished praise on Kohli who has notched up 50 International century at the Eden Test against Sri Lanka.He said Kohli can challenge Sachin Tendulkars 49 ODI hundreds but the challenge would be to match the Little Masters 51 hundreds in Test.”Virat will get very close to Sachins ODI hundreds which is 49. He is already 32. He will get close to that. He has got to stay fit. When I was playing, from 1996-2003, I had 22 ODI hundreds in 7 years,” Ganguly said.”I see that with Kohli as well. He has got 30 odd in about nine years. It gets tougher with age. It got tougher for Sachin, it got tougher for me, it will get tougher for Virat Kohli,” said Ganguly, who has 22 centuries in 311 ODIs and 16 Test tons in 113 games.”He (Kohli) plays a lot of cricket. I personally feel he will get there to 50 international hundreds with the amount of ODIs that are played. The challenge will be in Test matches to get that far. Its a terrific feeling to have seen Sachin and now you are seeing this boy,” Ganguly added.advertisementAsked to compare Tendulkar and Kohli, Ganguly said they are from different generations. He said Kohli is more expressive and proactive as captain than Tendulkar.”Its not right to compare because these are two cricketers who are from two different generations. I have seen Tendulkar very very closely. An unbelievable cricketer. Some of the runs he has got, match-winning innings he has played is fantastic.”Kohli, a hundred a couple of days ago at Eden Gardens on that pitch, and you could see his expression when he finished. He is a lot more expressive than Tendulkar. He is a lot more proactive than Tendulkar as captain. Tendulkar was different, maybe the generation was different,” he said.Ganguly said hes like the average Bengali man at home but he had to change the attitude of the team he led because some of the players needed to be pushed and develop an aggressive Indian side.”I am a very quiet person off the field, very laidback like a lot of Bengalis. When I became captain, I realised we had to do something different. As Indians, we were very laidback. Sehwag was a fantastic talent but off the field, you would find him asleep and you had to push him. I had to get that atmosphere. It was a strategy to get the team going,” Ganguly said.Ganguly is best remembered for his aggressive captaincy, his success against Australia and that iconic moment when he was seen waiving his shirt at the Lords balcony.There could be mixed reactions to that episode more than 15 years later but one person who is convinced it was a fine act happens to be Gangulys wife, Dona.”It was a fantastic gesture,” said Dona at the India Today Conclave East.However, Ganguly, now a cricket administrator, said he would never do something similar again.”I would never do it now. Every time they would show that footage (on a sports channel), I called the producer and told him I have 20,000 international runs and several hundreds. But he said that is what he want to show,” the 45-year-old said.”It (the shirt-waving) was a lot more out of satisfaction. Do not forget the name on the honours board (for his hundred on Test debut at Lords). That will remain a lot more special.”The world knows Gangulys class as a batsman and his abilities as a leader but how is the great man like at home?There could be nobody better than Dona, his wife, to shed some light on the bhadrolok (gentleman).”He is Sourav at home. He takes control but in a nice, subtle way. He does control the house. He is very busy but when he is there, we respect him and do only what he wants,” Dona said. PTI US TAP PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 price leaked, could be priced under Rs 7000Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 price leaked, could be priced under Rs 7000

first_imgXiaomi is working on a new Redmi device. The smartphone will be called as Redmi Note 5. There have been several leaks and rumours of the device in the past few weeks. There have even been live images of the phone doing rounds on web. Now a website has revealed the price of the upcoming Redmi Note 5 and it is shocking.As per a report from gizmo china, Redmi Note 5 was seen in the list of prizes for a contest which will be hosted by Xiaomi’s China MIUI forum. The listing shows Redmi Note 5 priced at  699 Yuan which means it could be priced near about Rs 6800 in India. However, the same gizmo china report also suggests that it could be a typographical error  and the company might have intended to write Note 5A which is also price 699Yuan.Redmi Note 5 was also spotted on OppoMart website in November. The listing gives away some of the major specs of the phone. It suggests that Redmi Note 5 will sport a 5.99-inch Full-HD+ display with a 2160 x 1080 pixel resolution and 18:9 aspect ratio. This means that the phone will come with a nearly edge-to-edge screen.The Redmi Note 5 could be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor paired  with 3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB internal storage. This contradicts a previous rumour that suggests the smartphone could be powered by Snapdragon 636 chipset.  The device is said to run Android Nougat-based MIUI 9 and juiced up by a 4,000mAh battery.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 live images show off 18:9 bezel-less screen, full specs leakedadvertisementOn the optics front, the Redmi Note 5 is expected to come with 12MP back camera and a 5MP camera on the front. Past rumours have it that Redmi Note 5 could sports dual 16MP+ 5MP cameras on back. Redmi Note 5 is rumoured to run Android 7.1.2 Nougat but there are also chances that Xiaomi could bring Android Oreo with the new phone.There are also talks that Xiaomi could launch two variants of Redmi Note 5, one with Qualcomm  for markets like India and one with a MediaTek  processor for China.last_img read more