Over a lakh create record in Kota as Yoga Day witnesses enthusiasm across states; Nitish sets tongues wagging by skipping event

first_imgNew Delhi/Kota/Patna, Jun 21 (PTI) A world record was created in Rajasthan’s Kota today where over a lakh people got together to perform ‘asanas’ while similar energy and zeal was on display at events across states as big-wigs stretched and twisted along with millions of citizens on the 4th International Day of Yoga. The day also had its moments of controversy as BJP ally and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar did not participate in an event, which was inaugurated by Governor Satya Pal Malik and attended by Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi, raising many a political eyebrow. Tennis star Sania Mirza, meanwhile, earned praise from Union Women and Child Minister Maneka Gandhi for doing pre-natal yoga. Mirza, expecting her first child in October, had posted a photo of herself performing an ‘asana’ on Twitter. A major showpiece event of the day was in Kota, otherwise known as a hub of coaching academies for entrance exams. Yog guru Ramdev led the record-breaking yoga session, attended by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and her ministers, in the presence of two officials from the Guinness World Records. “A total of 1.05 lakh people performed yoga together at RAC ground in Kota. The record was created at 1.05 lakh and the counting of participants was still going on as it was estimated that nearly 2 lakh people were present for the mass yoga camp,” an official said. The previous record was of 55, 524 people performing yoga in Mysore in 2017. Executive officers in India on behalf of the Guinness Book of World Records — Swapneel and Ribika from London — presented the certificate to Raje and Ramdev.advertisement The largest yoga lesson was achieved by Government of Rajasthan, Patanjali Yogpeeth and District Administration at Kota (all India), at Kota, Rajasthan, India on 21 June 2018, the certificate mentioned. The camp started at 5 am and 15 yoga exercises of protocol for world record were performed from 6.30 am to 7 am. A beaming Raje announced the setting up of a yoga center at district headquarters. She also asked Ramdev to set up an Accharayakulam in Kota.          As many as 4, 500 inspectors were deputed to keep a close eye over the massive demonstration while drones in the air also tried to keep count of the numbers. In the eastern state of Bihar, the absence of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar from an event turned into a controversy. Both ruling JD(U) and BJP tried to downplay Kumar’s skipping an event which was inaugurated by Governor Malik and had top BJP leaders including Union Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad present. The JD(U) said Kumar had been practising yoga daily, even before June 21 was declared as the International Day of Yoga by the United Nations, adding “it would be wrong to attach any political meaning to personal decisions”. Prasad and Deputy CM Modi insisted the presence or absence of a public figure at an event must not be politicised. Thousands of people, meanwhile, took part in the International Yoga Day celebrations at the Patliputra Sports Complex in Patna. Speculation was rife that Kumar would take part in the celebrations this year, following his return in August last year to the BJP-led NDA. In New Delhi, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi performed prenatal yoga asanas along with pregnant women and advised them to practice the ancient Indian fitness regime under trained professionals. She was speaking at an event organised at the Natural Childbirth Centre. Tennis ace Mirza came under special praise from the minister after the former posted a picture of herself doing an ‘asana’. “International Day of yoga or any other day, #PreNatalYoga is my way of keeping fit during pregnancy .. whats yours? @MinistryWCD and @ManekaGandhiBJP (sic),” the tennis star posted on Twitter, along with the photo. Gandhi lauded Mirza for following the ancient Indian fitness regime during pregnancy.”Wonderful, Sania!! #PreNatalYoga is indeed an exhilarating way to be fit during pregnancy. @MirzaSania (sic),” the Union women and child development minister tweeted. The International Yoga Day was observed across Haryana and Punjab today, with Union minister Smriti Irani and Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar participating in programmes in Chandigarh and Jhajjar respectively. In Ahmedabad, around 750 differently-abled people joined Chief Minister Vijay Rupani in doing exercises based on the ancient Indian discipline. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu advocated inclusion of Yoga in school curriculums to “create a healthy nation”. Naidu participated in an event at Mumbai’s Bandra Reclamation Sealink Promenade where Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis was present. “The practice of Yoga is important for positive thoughts. If it is included in the school curriculum it is possible to create a healthy nation. Yoga also helps in relief from stress due to the changing lifestyles,” Naidu said.advertisement Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, in Amravati, said everyone should practice yoga for a complete and healthy life free from stress. The 4th International Yoga Day was celebrated in Sikkim with Chief Minister PawanKumar Chamling leading hundreds of people in performing asanas. In West Bengal, Union Culture minister Mahesh Sharma said Yoga had gone global with its origin rooted in Indian culture. In other states including Odisha, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Jharkhand, yoga events saw enthusiastic participation. TEAM ADS ADSADSlast_img read more

Manuel Neuer goes on holiday after Germany crash out of World Cup 2018

first_imgJune 27, 2018 will go down as a ‘dark day’ in Germany’s footballing history. They lost their last group game of the 2018 FIFA World Cup 2-0 against South Korea. They subsequently crashed out of the World Cup for the first time of the group stage of the tournament for the first time in their history.”It’s a dark day for German football,” Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer had said after the match.A week has passed since, the World has moved on and Neuer is trying too. He is currently on a holiday, trying to get over the loss in the World Cup.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”Ups and downs are normal in sports. Hard to believe that our holidays have already started…Missing the FIFA World Cup,” he posted on Instagram with photos of him on a holiday.There had been some worrying signs, though, in the buildup to the tournament. Germany failed to keep clean sheets in its last five friendly games before the tournament, even losing to Austria 2-1 in early June.Fans, media slam biggest disgrace in German World Cup historyIn Russia, the Germans got off to a terrible start with a 1-0 loss to Mexico, and their campaign ended on an even more bitter note after a stoppage-time winner from Toni Kroos against Sweden gave the false impression they had finally kick-started their tournament.German coach shocked after World Cup 2018 eliminationWhatever the reasons, the truth is that Germany never played as a team in Russia and the loss to South Korea marked the end of a glorious era. Aside from Kroos’ flash of brilliance, Loew’s players lacked team spirit and intensity.advertisementMissed opportunities will haunt me, says German star HummelsThey looked sluggish and most of the time deprived of ideas. Even worse, they were incapable of a strong reaction when they were told Sweden had taken the lead against Mexico in the group other match, meaning they needed to score a goal to qualify.”You have to say we do not deserve (to progress),” goalkeeper Manuel Neuer said. “In the second round everybody would have liked to play against us. How are we going to be dangerous to an opponent if we do not get our performance right? We gave a bad picture in the three games. I cannot answer why that happened. We have to take responsibility. We screwed up, we screwed up together.”All that Germany have is to look forward to the next time. Qatar 2022 will again give then them the opportunity to right the wrongs of Russia 2018.(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

16 students of Delhi University’s Daulat Ram College move court over admissions

first_imgSixteen students are fighting a legal battle to salvage their future after their admissions were cancelled following allegations of irregularities regarding admitting them under the sports quota to Delhi University’s Daulat Ram College.The entire issueOn August 2, the admission of 16 girls under the sports quota was cancelled by college Principal Savita Roy through a notice, conveying that admission of those admitted under the first list — issued on July 9 — “stands cancelled” and asked them to re-register on August 4 and 6.The college, however, in another communique issued on August 7, invited 12 out of 16 students to get admission under changed courses.No such offer was extended to four students, who, Roy has alleged, do not have the “merit” to be in the college and who managed to get admission only through “favouritism”.Petition by students to Delhi GovernmentThrough a writ petition in the Delhi High Court, students have since managed to get a stay on the August 2 notice. The court has asked the college to allow all students in the class until the next hearing on October 11.”Sixteen of us decided to not re-register ourselves and went to court because the principal said ”girls with high scores who didn’t get chance earlier as they were not given their preferred subjects should be given a chance, and I feel bad about them, this is why you should re-register”. Which is unfair,” a student who stood to lose her seat told news agency IANS.Explanation by principalIn her explanation, Roy stood by her decision against the four students and alleged irregularities committed by the sports committee in-charge in following the university guidelines and favouring certain students.advertisementRead: Following protests, TISS told to waive off hostel, dining charges for SC, ST students”I found that UG bulletin was not followed by the sports committee in admitting the students. For example in tennis, in which we have reserved two seats, the first and fourth ranks were given admission and not second and third, who were asked by the committee to wait for the second list,” she said.Counsel appearing for the students said the principal’s reasons for cancelling the admission are unsound and arbitrary.”Even if there are irregularities, there’s a procedure to follow. Did she convene a sports committee? Did the committee acknowledge in the minutes that there were any irregularities? She did not do it.,” said the advocate Mohit Gupta.”First she cancelled all 16 students and then she re-admitted 12 of them. There must be some record that those four students have done something wrong. There isn’t any,” advocate Gupta told IANSRead: Two IIT Hyderabad professors make it to NASI-Young Scientist Platinum Jubilee Awards 2018last_img read more

Jakarta and Palembang: Tale of two contrasting Asian Games co-hosts

first_imgBy Bharat Sharma Jakarta, Aug 30 (PTI) A bustling metropolis and a conservative capital of South Sumatra province, the co-hosts of the ongoing Asian Games — Jakarta and Palembang are like chalk and cheese. The two cities paint a contrasting picture even though Indonesia as a whole deals with rising Islamic influence in its sociopolitical landscape. Jakarta seems like any other modern city, welcoming you with a sea of skyscrapers which are tall enough to hide the poor pockets of the Indonesian capital. The hijabs that are a must for the women in Palembang, make way for the flowing locks in Jakarta. There is only one thing that unites them: their endless love for Bollywood and its famous son — Shahrukh Khan. Expectedly, due concerns were raised when it was decided that Palembang will be partially hosting the Asian Games alongside Jakarta. “Yes, there were concerns. We were not sure if there were enough hotels in Palembang to meet the huge demand during the Games. The city is also traditional, a bit on the conservative side,” Muhammad Buldansyah, media head of Games organising committee, INASGOC, told PTI. “But then we had the infrastructure in place and little time. In addition to that, South Sumatra governor was more than supportive.” Palembang is not an international city, certainly not the best advert of Indonesia, but the fact that it had a sporting history, having hosted the Southeast Asian Games in 2011, proved to be the clincher. Jakarta, being the capital and host of 1962 Asiad, was a natural choice.advertisement Originally, Surabaya, country’s second largest city, was picked to host the Asian Games but in the host city race, it lost to Hanoi in 2012. As things would pan out two years later, Indonesia was chosen as the host country by Olympic Council of Asia following Vietnam’s pull-out owing to financial constraints. It left Indonesia with four years to prepare with business tycoon Erick Thohir at the helm of affairs. Most of the infrastructure was in place, a full-fledged sport city in Palembang and a state of the art sports complex in the heart of Jakarta, but multiple cities hosting the world’s second biggest multi sporting event for the first time posed a stiff challenge. “It was a huge challenge but it was important for the economy of both the cites. This (two cities hosting) could actually be the way forward for the Asian Games,” Thohir had said in the lead-up to the event. Buldansyah, on his part added: “There were challenges, especially in Palembang, but the OCA was satisfied with the facilities. It gave its go ahead and we tried our best.” Traffic, terrorism and crime were also a major concern. But Indonesia put out all the stops to ensure a fairly smooth conduct of the Games. With three days to go for the closing ceremony, it won’t be pre-mature to say ‘a job well done’. PTI BS SSCSSClast_img read more

OnePlus 6T, iPhone XR, Pixel 3, Nokia 7.1 Plus coming to India in October so wait if planning to buy phone

first_imgIf you are looking to buy a premium smartphone, October may turn out to be the right month for you. There are so many (possibly) good or even great phones that will be in the Indian market soon. There is the OnePlus 6T coming, possibly launching on October 17. The iPhone XR goes on sale on October 26. The Nokia 7.1 Plus possibly launches on October 11. The Google Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL too are expected in October. Lots of choices.Google will be launching this year’s Pixel phones on October 9 in New York. Google seemingly has a lot of surprises in store for its Pixel fans, especially with the Pixel 3 XL. Then there is OnePlus that can’t help talking about its upcoming flagship — the OnePlus 6T, which is going to be the first smartphone from the company to come with an in-display fingerprint sensor. The list of phones launching this October also includes the Nokia 7.1 and the 7.1 Plus, the iPhone XR, the Redmi Note 6 Pro, and the Xiaomi Mi Mix 3. Here are the smartphones launching in India in October.Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XLThe new Pixel phones are among the most awaited smartphones of 2018. Why? Two reasons. One, the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL are going to be the official Android phones for this year. And two, the Pixel phones have always set new benchmarks for camera performance in a phone and we can’t wait to see what Google does with its new phones this year.Ahead of launch the Pixel 3 XL and the Pixel 3 have leaked fairly often. So we know a lot about these phones. The Pixel 3 may get a bigger 5.5-inch screen this year compared to the Pixel 2 from last year, but the overall design is expected to be the same. The Pixel 3 XL is getting a new design, largely because of its screen that will have a notch — a broad notch but a notch nonetheless. On the rear, both phones expect to sport a single camera, hopefully, that will be as good as the camera in the Pixel 2 that is best in any phone. On the front, both the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL are expected to come with two cameras.advertisement Image courtesy: Phone DesignerThe Pixel 3 display may have a resolution of 1080 x 2160 pixels and aspect ratio of 18:9. The reviews out on some Russian websites reveal that the Pixel 3 XL is slightly than the Galaxy Note 9. The Pixel 3 XL is said to sport a massive 6.7-inch display with 1440 x 2960 pixels resolution, 18.5:9 aspect ratio and a screen-to-body ratio of 94.4 per cent. Both the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset and run Google’s latest Android 9 Pie. Both the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL are also said to have a glass back which may indicate that the phones will support wireless charging, possibly with the wireless charger that Google may launch on October 9.The official prices of the Pixel 3 and the Pixel 3 XL are yet to be revealed by Google. But, rumours suggest the Pixel 3 XL will be priced around $750, which roughly translates to Rs 53,000, while the Pixel 3 will cost $650, which roughly comes around Rs 45,000. In India, expect the starting price for these phones above Rs 60,000.OnePlus 6TThe OnePlus 6T will come with an in-display fingerprint sensor which the users are going to fall in love with, Pete Lau, CEO and co-found of OnePlus told in an interview with CNET. OnePlus has already revealed a lot about the OnePlus 6T. The company has confirmed that with the OnePlus 6T it is finally ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack. The OnePlus 6T will come bundled with the newly-announced Type-C Bullets earphones which may come with price of Rs 1,490. Leaked images have shown that the OnePlus 6T will come with dual cameras and not three on the rear panel. On the front it will include one camera.Compared to the OnePlus 6, the OnePlus 6T is going to come with a slightly tweaked design. It may look similar to the Oppo R7 Pro and the V11 Pro because just like these two phones, the OnePlus 6T is going to come with water-drop notch. The screen will measure 6.4 inches diagonally, will use AMOLED panel and will have an aspect ratio of 19:9.OnePlus is yet to reveal the launch date of the OnePlus 6T, but indications are that this date is October 17. The OnePlus 6T will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 paired with up to 10GB RAM and up to 256GB internal storage. We also expect the OnePlus 6T to ship with Android 9 Pie with the latest version of Oxygen OS on top. Rumours suggest that the phone will be powered by a 3700 mAh battery.advertisementIn India, OnePlus 6T will be available exclusively on Amazon.in with a starting price of around Rs 35,000.Xiaomi Redmi Note 6 ProXiaomi Redmi Note 6 Pro has already been launched in Thailand for 6,990 baht, which roughly translates to Rs 15,600. We expect Xiaomi to bring the Redmi Note 6 Pro in India this month, even though right now there is no official word on it. The Redmi Note 6 Pro is a phone with a notch and four cameras.The Redmi Note 6 Pro comes with a bigger display than the one in the Redmi Note 5 Pro. The smartphone packs a 6.26-inch IPS LCD Full HD+ display with an aspect ratio of 19:9 and screen-to-body-ratio of 86 per cent. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The Note 6 Pro comes packed with a massive 4000mAh battery which Xiaomi claims can last for two full days. For the Redmi Note 6 Pro, Xiaomi has opted for micro USB port instead of USB Type-C port. The Redmi Note 6 Pro comes with four cameras in total, two on the back and the two on the notch in front. The back camera setup uses with a primary sensor of 12-megapixel paired with an f/1.9 lens, and a secondary sensor of 5-megapixel for depth sensing. On the front, the primary camera uses a 20-megapixel sensor paired with f/2.0 lens, and a secondary sensor of 2 megapixels.iPhone XRiPhone XS and iPhone XS Max are already available in India. The third iPhone launched by Apple this year, aka the iPhone XR, will be available in India from October 26 onwards. The iPhone XR comes in three storage models — 64GB, 128GB, and 256GB. The base model with 64GB will sell for Rs 76,900, the 128GB variant will cost Rs 81,900 while the 256GB variant will cost Rs 91,900. The iPhone XR will be available in 5 colours: Black, Yellow, red, blue and white.To recall, the iPhone XR comes with a 6.1-inch screen and uses the same A12 Bionic processor that is also inside the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max. The phone comes with the same primary camera setup as found inside the iPhone XS, but lacks that secondary camera. It packs a primary camera with a 12-megapixel sensor with f/1.8 wide angle lens. On the front, the iPhone XR includes a 7-megapixel with f/2.2 lens. It runs the iOS 12.Nokia 7.1 and Nokia 7.1 PlusHMD Global is expected to launch the Nokia 7.1 and the Nokia 7.1 Plus in London on October 4. In India, the phones are expected to launch on October 11. Rumours suggest that the Nokia 7.1 Plus will come with a notch, while the Nokia 7.1 will sport symmetrical bezels.The Nokia 7.1 Plus will sport a 6.1-inch display with 1080 x 2246 pixels resolution and will be powered by an octa-core CPU clocked at 2.2 GHz which could be the Snapdragon 710 chipset. The phone is expected to come in two variants — the base model with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, while the top-end variant with 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The Nokia 7.1 Plus is tipped to come with dual cameras on the rear, with a primary camera using a 12MP sensor and secondary camera utilising a 13MP image sensor. On the front, the smartphone will sport a 20MP selfie camera. Both the Nokia 7.1 Plus and the 7.1 are also going to Android One devices.advertisementThe Nokia 7.1 will be a toned down version of the Plus. Rumours suggest that the Nokia 7.1 will come with a 5.84-inch Full HD + IPS LCD display with resolutions of 2244×1080 pixels and aspect ratio of 19:9. The phone will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 636 chipset paired with 3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB of internal storage. The newly leaked pictures reveal that the Nokia 7.1 comes with Carl Zeiss cameras on the rear panel and the same is expected in the Plus version too. Image courtesy: Roland QaundtThe price of the Nokia 7.1 is expected to start at 350 euros, which roughly translates to Rs 29,700. This is for the 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage model. The 4GB RAM with 64GB storage version of the smartphone is expected to cost under 400 euros, which is roughly around Rs 34,000. In India, however, the price of these two phones is expected to start under Rs 30,000.Xiaomi Mi Mix 3Xiaomi President Lin Bin teased the Mi Mix 3 by posting a picture of it in August. He has also revealed that the Mi Mix 3 will come with a front camera that slides out when needed similar to the camera in the Oppo Find X. Xiaomi is yet to announce the launch date of the Mi Mix 3, but it has confirmed that the phone is coming in October. We expect Xiaomi to bring the Mi Mix 3 to India soon after the phone global launch.Ahead of the launch, a lot has been talked about the Mi Mix 3. Rumours suggest the smartphone will come with a taller display and thinner bezels. We expect the screen of the Mi Mix 3 to be bigger than 6 inches. Unlike the Mi Mix 2, the front camera of the Mi Mix 3 is going to be hidden inside the slider, which is expected to pop out when the camera app is opened. The Mi Mix 3 is expected to come with a 16MP primary camera and 12MP secondary camera on the rear panel. On the front, the phone is said to sport a 5MP camera.The Mi Mix 3 will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor paired with 6GB/8GB RAM and 256GB of internal storage. Rumours also say that the Mii Mix 3 will come with IP68 rating and hence is expected to be water and dust resistant. It is likely to run the latest Android Oreo-based MIUI 10. Rumours suggest that the starting price of the Mi Mix 3 in China could be around 3799 Yuan. In India, the Mi Mix 3 is expected to cost around Rs 40,000. This price is said to be for the 6GB RAM and 256GB storage variant of the phone.Samsung Galaxy A9 ProSamsung has announced “A Galaxy Event” for October 11. The company is yet to reveal what it is launching or what phone it is going to bring that day. But chances are that this phone is going to be the Galaxy A9 Pro. Rumours hint that this Samsung A series phone will come with four cameras. As of now, not much is known about the smartphone, but the launch invite notes that the Galaxy A phone will bring “more ways to express yourself” and will allow users to “capture the fun” which mean that it could be a camera focused smartphone.Honor 8XHuawei sub-brand Honor is launching the Honor 8X in India on October 16 at an event in New Delhi. The smartphone has already been launched in some markets including China, Dubai, UAE and Spain. In China, the Honor 8X has been launched with a starting price of CNY 1,399 for the 4GB RAM/ 64GB storage variant, which roughly translates to Rs 14,900. The price of the top-end 6GB RAM/ 128GB storage model goes up to CNY 1,899 (Rs 20,300 approx). The price of the Honor 8X in India is also expected to be on the same lines.ALSO READ: Realme 2 Pro, Nokia 6.1 Plus, iPhone XS: Best phones to buy in OctoberThe Honor 8X comes with a 6.5-inch full-HD+ display with 1080×2340 pixels resolution and aspect ratio of 19.5:9. It is powered by Huawei-made HiSilicon Kirin 710F SoC paired with 4GB/ 6GB of RAM and 64GB/ 128GB of internal storage. The Honor 8X sports two cameras on the back. The primary camera uses 20-megapixel sensor and the secondary sensor shoots 2MP images. On the front, the smartphone sports a 16MP selfie camera with f/2.0 lens. The smartphone comes with a 3,750mAh battery.last_img read more

‘Will go to national camp if Kolkata doesn’t provide all facilities’

first_imgStar heptathlete Swapna Barman has suggested that she might opt out of training in Kolkata in favour of Patiala if the facilities are not up to the standards. The Asian Games gold medallist has been an off-camper previously, but might consider training at the national camp starting from October 10.”For now I will be training at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) in Kolkata. If they provide doctor, masseuse, physio and other things properly then I will stay. Otherwise, I won’t hesitate to go and train at the national camp,” the 21-year-old track & field athlete told Mail Today on Saturday.Interestingly, if the situation arises where she has to move to national camp, it will probably lead to her parting ways with her coach over the years, Subhash Sarkar. The coach has said it won’t be possible for him to move to Patiala due to other commitments.”If Swapna later decides to move to Patiala to train, then it won’t be possible for me to coach her anymore because I train other athletes here and I can’t leave them all,” Sarkar said. However, he hopes that if AFI could run a national camp in Kolkata then he can continue to train her.For now, Swapna and her coach’s focus remains on finding a foreign coach who could help her improve in the 200m sprint, which has been her weakness among all the seven events.”Swapna’s performance has improved in all the events except for the 200m. It has been stagnant for two years now. So we need to work on that. Because of her six toes, her ankle moves slightly away, which costs her time. We are in search of a foreign coach who could help in fixing that flaw in the technique,” said Swapna’s coach.advertisementSwapna also updated that her back and knee injuries, which haunted her before the Asiad, are stable now and she is taking time off from training to heal her body for the upcoming season.last_img read more

Book looks into Bollywood’s unsung women stars

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 31 (PTI) A new book profiles the stories of 20 trailblazing women who have been working in Bollywood away from the public gaze – as studio heads, producers, directors, makeup artists, stylists, script writers, lyricists, editors, choreographers, stunt artists and set designers.”Changemakers: Twenty Women Transforming Bollywood Behind The Scenes” by Gayatri Rangachari Shah and Mallika Kapur is about these women who support the making of a movie and transform Bollywood.The authors say they have profiled those women who have cut through the ranks of a traditionally male-dominated field to establish themselves as undisputed leaders in their craft.The book pulls the curtain back on a group of women working in an industry that India is obsessed with, they say.”This book is about women in Bollywood. But it is not about those in the public gaze. The lives and loves, films and careers of actors are well chronicled. What about those women who work away from the limelight, behind the scenes of the Hindi film industry? They belong to a Bollywood we know little about,” they write.In the book, which was published by Penguin Random House India just before the #MeToo movement gained ground in India, the authors say about the campaign, “While India has not yet had its #MeToo movement, it is encouraging to see more women speak out about harassment, whether it’s in the judiciary, in sports or in cinema.”There is a national outpouring of rage at heinous sexual crimes against girls and women that will hopefully usher in the beginning of a zero-tolerance movement against such criminality. We hope it continues to fuel a growing confidence among the women in India, who are increasingly bolder, stronger and less afraid.advertisementThe journeys of the women mentioned in the book are, according to the authors, nothing short of extraordinary.”Charu Khurana took her fight for women to work as make-up artists in Bollywood to the Supreme Court. Priya Shah is a director of photography on commercial blockbusters. Anaita Shroff Adajania, who styles Bollywood stars, changed the way a generation of Indians dress. Geeta Tandon overcame years of sexual abuse to become one of the few women stunt artistes in the industry, the book says.Anupama Chopra redefined film journalism, Kiran Rao resurrected a languishing film festival, and turned the spotlight into indie cinema. By placing female characters centre stage, Gauri Shinde’s films make audiences rethink conventional wisdom and social norms.”Juhi Chaturvedi’s screenplays make sensitive subjects like sperm donation a topic of national conversation. Anita Dutt conjures up haunting lyrics. Geeta Kapur puts the oomph in our dance moves, Shubha Ramachandra ensures our movies are seamless. Amrita Mahal Nakai designs beautiful sets that transport us, for a brief while, to another world. Amrita Pandey helps run a global studio that takes Hindi films to key overseas markets like China,” it says.The book also talks about Shikha Kapur’s marketing of films, Shanoo Sharma’s casting, Guneet Monga’s productions, reputation manager Rohini Iyer, Hetal Dedhia’s lighting and Sneha Khanwalkar’s unique music. PTI ZMN BKBKlast_img read more

Odisha govt signs MoU with AIFF to host national camps, become home of Indian Arrows

first_imgBhubaneswar, Nov 13 (PTI) Odisha will host national team camps while also becoming the home of the I-League side Indian Arrows, according a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the All India Football Federation and the state government. The AIFF and the state government signed the MoU on Monday at the Kalinga Stadium complex here in the presence of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik. “As per the MoU, the Government of Odisha will act as the host of the AIFF national team camps as well as of the home of Indian Arrows. The training and connected infrastructure like gymnasiums, swimming pool, etc, will be housed at the Kalinga Stadium Complex,” the AIFF said in a statement. “I need to thank the Odisha Government and Shri Naveen Patnaik-ji for wholeheartedly supporting Indian Football as part of their overall support for development of sports. It is a very encouraging sign that more and more State Governments are coming up to support Indian Football,” AIFF President Praful Patel said. The Indian U-15 national team as well as the AIFF’s development side Indian Arrows, consisting of a bulk of Indian U-17 World Cup players, have been utilising the infrastructure here. PTI PDS PDSPDSlast_img read more

Miss World 2018: Miss India Anukeerthy Vas in top 30. Who is she?

first_imgManushi Chhillar broke the dry spell that India was under when she brought home the prestigious Miss World crown in 2017 the first time after Priyanka Chopra last won it in 2000.It seems like another one of India’s beauties is acing it at the beauty pageant that saw over 118 contestants participating in the race for the crown.We are talking about Miss India 2018, Anukreethy Vas. The 20-year-old student from Tamil Nadu won the crown of Miss India this year from among 30 promising contestants.But there are still some of us who do not know much about the girl. Take a look at everything you need to know about the stunner.Anukreethy is a student pursuing a Bachelors degree in French from the Loyola College in Chennai.She has been raised by a single mother and it was her mother’s dream that she takes up French as a course so that she could become a translator.Anukreethy finished her schooling from RSK Higher Secondary School in Thiruverumbur, Tamil Nadu.She loves to sing, dance and ride bikes. She is also a state-level athlete. Although she enjoys all sports, basketball and handball are her favourite.Anukreethy wants to pursue her passion in Fine Arts and also wants to be a supermodel. Her favourite photographer is Atul Kasbekar.She won the Miss India pageant not just because of her looks, but her exceptional intelligence too. The final question that was put to the contestants during the Miss India finale was whether success was a better teacher or failure.Anukreethy won the judges over with her amazing answer, that went like this:”I would say failure is a better teacher because when you get continuous success in life, you will feel content at a point and your growth will stop. But when you get failures continuously, the soul will have the fire and you will keep working hard until you reach the goal.”She continued:”It’s always been failure in my life that took me to this position. From a village-based place, from all the struggle, I am here. Not even a single person was there to support me other than my mother and I feel only the failures, the criticism I have gone through have brought me up as a confident and independent woman in this society. And experience is always the best teacher and that is what I can tell you. So keep trying.”Only an intelligent woman can think like this.Anukreethy is also an active member of the Beauty with a Purpose campaign. Her project is educating and improving the condition of the transgender community. She is intelligent, beautiful and a very gentle person who cares about others.And it is probably this very attitude of hers that has positioned her in the top 30 contestant list at the Miss World 2018 pageant.advertisementHer personal motto is this: The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. So be the best version of yourself everyday.The Miss World 2018 finale is all set to be held in Sanya, China on December 8. Manushi Chhillar will be crowning her successor at the ceremony. We hope that Anukreethy does the country proud again and wish her all the best.ALSO SEE | What has Miss India 2018 Anukreethy Vas been doing since her crown win?ALSO WATCH | Tamil Nadu girl Anukreethy Vas crowned Miss India 2018last_img read more

Ravi Shastri reveals why Ravindra Jadeja did not play Perth Test vs Australia

first_imgIndia and Australia will go head to head in the Melbourne Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), which is starting on December 26 with the four-match series well poised and levelled at 1-1. India won the first Test at Adelaide while Australia took the honours in the second at Perth. Ahead of the Boxing Day Test, Ravi Shastri revealed the reason behind Ravindra Jadeja not playing the Perth Test and took a dig at the detractors for jumping to conclusions.India had made changes to their Adelaide squad at Perth due to the injuries of Ravichandran Ashwin and Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli and the Indian team management were criticised for not going with a full-time spinner in a match that saw Nathan Lyon bag an 8-wicket haul.”When you’re millions of miles away it’s very easy to fire blanks. The problem with Jadu [Jadeja] is that he had taken an injection four days into coming to Australia, because of some stiffness in the shoulder and it took a while for that injection to settle down,” Ravi Shastri told reporters on Sunday.”So when you look at Perth, we felt that he was maybe 60-70 per cent fit and that we didn’t want to risk that in Perth. If he [Jadeja] was 80 per cent fit here [MCG], he will play.””He had taken an injection even in India but he played domestic cricket after that. It took longer than we expected, hence we had to be careful.”The last thing we wanted was someone breaking down after five or 10 overs and then we are stuck for players to pick for Melbourne or Sydney.advertisement”We’ll have to evaluate [Jadeja] fitness over a 24-hour period and take it one step from there, and also (evaluate) the conditions.”Shastri also said that there is still a doubt over the participation of Ashwin and Rohit Sharma in the MCG Test as they might not be 100 per cent fit to be fielded.”As far as fitness goes, Ashwin we are going to take a look and evaluate over the next 48 hours,” Shastri said.”Rohit Sharma looks good, he’s made a very good improvement. But then again, we’ve got to see how he comes up tomorrow but he looks good today. Pandya’s fit.”Former Australia batsman Michael Hussey on Friday said that conditions for the third Test in Melbourne will be a lot different from those in Perth and India should consider drafting in all-rounder Pandya to bring balance to their attack. Shastri, however, was also considering the fact that Pandya had played only one first-class game since his return from injury. Pandya had taken a 5-wicket haul in that Ranji Trophy match.Sunil Gavaskar, after the Perth Test, had said that he does not see Pandya fitting in the team right now but backed Mayank Agarwal to replace KL Rahul at the top and make his place in the opening combination.Shastri though did not make it clear if India were going to go for a change at the top but accepted that it was a “big concern”.”It’s a big concern,” Shastri said.”That accountability has to be taken by the top order and I’m sure they’ve got the experience, they’ve got the exposure over the last few years to get out there and deliver.”Also Read | Australia must carry the momentum in Boxing Day Test vs India, says Travis HeadAlso Read | Love Virat Kohli’s captaincy, India have learnt to give it back under him: Viv Richardslast_img read more

Kurtis Patterson earns Australia call-up for Test series vs Sri Lanka

first_imgAustralia have called up Kurtis Patterson for their two-Test series against Sri Lanka starting in Brisbane on January 24 after the New South Wales batsman scored two centuries in a warm-up match against the tourists.The uncapped Patterson scored unbeaten knocks of 157 and 102 for Cricket Australia XI in Hobart last week.”Kurtis has joined the squad in Brisbane today to commence our preparations for the first Test starting on Thursday,” national selector Trevor Hohns said.”We have been asking batters around the country to score hundreds if they want to be considered for selection.”Given Kurtis’s consistent performances for NSW and his two unbeaten centuries in last week’s tour match against our upcoming opponent, Sri Lanka, we believe he deserves to be added to the Test squad.”Patterson has played 58 first-class matches, scoring 3,813 runs with six centuries and 26 half-centuries at an average of 41.Australia squad: Tim Paine (captain), Jhye Richardson, Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Will Pucovski, Matt Renshaw, Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Kurtis PattersonAlso Watch:last_img read more

India vs New Zealand: Rohit Sharma on the verge of another special milestone in ODIs

first_imgHis penchant for hitting double hundreds is universally acknowledged and skipper Rohit Sharma will be eager to make his 200th appearance for India a memorable one with a solid performance against a below-par New Zealand in the fourth ODI here Thursday.With the series already sealed, Rohit, who has a good record as stand-in captain and has three double hundreds in ODIs to his credit, would aim to tighten the noose around New Zealand in what could be another batting friendly track at Seddon Park.A 4-0 lead will be India’s biggest series win (across formats) in their 52 years of touring New Zealand having first visited the country back in 1967.For India, the two remaining matches give the side an ideal platform to once again test the bench strength and give the younger men a feel of match situations.The status of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s hamstring injury is not known but according to team sources, there is nothing much to worry about. A decision on Dhoni’s availability will be taken before the toss on Thursday.In case Dhoni is available and the team management avoids tinkering with the combination, he will walk in as Virat Kohli’s replacement. Kohli has been rested for the remainder of the tour.However, if the visitors opt for a like-for-like replacement, then Indian fans could get a glimpse of the immensely talented Shubman Gill in the senior team jersey.Billed as one for the future, many experts have found a striking similarity in the 19-year-old Gill’s strokes with the ones that Kohli plays effortlessly.advertisement”I wasn’t even 10 percent of what he [Shubman] is, when I was 19,” Kohli had said after India’s series win in Mount Maunganui.Following Kohli’s effusive praise, Shastri and Sharma might just give Gill a go and check if he can also be an option at No 4, where Ambati Rayudu has done a decent, if not spectacular, job so far.In case both Gill and Dhoni are included, Dinesh Karthik could well be rested.The bowling department also looks settled with Kuldeep Yadav (8 wickets in 3 games) and Yuzvendra Chahal (6 wickets in 3 games) accounting for 14 wickets so far in the series.But Mohammed Shami, who has won back-to-back Man of the Match awards, could be given some rest as he has been playing non-stop since the start of the Australia Test series.In case Shami is rested, Khaleel Ahmed or Mohammed Siraj could be given another chance to stake their claim for the reserve pacer’s slot available in the World Cup squad.For New Zealand, everything seems to have gone haywire since the start of the series and skipper Kane Williamson has agreed that they have been completely outplayed by India.Their biggest problem has been the inability to read Kuldeep and Chahal, who have inflicted the maximum damage on the home team. Shami has also been pretty lethal in his first spell.Williamson has got starts but has not been able to convert them with scores of 64, 20 and 28 so far.Martin Guptill, an otherwise dangerous player, has also not been able to survive the new ball.Tom Latham and Ross Taylor have performed occasionally but none has been impactful consistently enough to change the complexion of the game.In the bowling department, the incisive Trent Boult has lacked support and Lockie Ferguson is far from a finished product. His was considered a USP but has been his biggest weakness in the series.Seamer Doug Bracewell and leg-spinner Ish Sodhi have also been mediocre, which makes the job of the ‘Black Caps’ tougher in the last two games.With all-rounder Jimmy Neesham added to the squad, he could well feature in the playing XI as the home team seeks some consolation from the humiliation that they have encountered so far.SQUADSIndia: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shubman Gill, Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Siraj, Ravindra Jadeja.New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, and Ross Taylor.Also Read | MS Dhoni spotted at nets after missing out third ODI vs New ZealandAlso Read | Captain Kane Williamson back in T20Is, Henry Nicholls droppedAlso Read | India batsmen hate getting out, says Mitchell SantnerAlso Read | Sunil Gavaskar wants India to try out Shubman Gill in final 2 ODIs vs New Zealandlast_img read more

Pulwama fallout: Pakistan shooters will not take part in New Delhi World Cup

first_imgPakistan will not participate in the shooting World Cup in New Delhi after a top official of the national federation confirmed Tuesday that its marksmen had not been issued visas by the Indian High Commission.The Pulwama terror attack, which killed 40 CRPF personnel, had cast a doubt on Pakistan shooters’ participation in the season-opening International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in the Indian capital.”We were supposed to fly out by Wednesday morning as the championship begins from Thursday but we were not issued visas today [Tuesday] so the visit is as good as off,” Pakistan’s National Rifle Shooting Federation (NSRF) president Razi Ahmed told PTI.”I was a bit worried about getting the visas after the Pulwama incident and our fears have come true. It is disappointing that our shooters will not get a chance to try to qualify for the Olympic Games,” Razi said.A source in the federation confirmed that one of the shooters was also a Pakistan Navy Personnel.Razi said air tickets had been booked as well as NOCs obtained for taking the ammunition to New Delhi for the use in the championship.He said Pakistan had applied for visas for the two shooters — G M Bashir and Khalil Ahmed — in the rapid fire category as the event in New Delhi will also serve as a qualifier for the 2020 Olympic games.”We had also applied for a visa for the team manager,” he said.On Monday, the National Rifle Association of India had claimed that it had received confirmation from the Indian High Commission that visas were granted to the two Pakistan marksmen, scheduled to participate in the event, and one manager.advertisementRazi said the secretary of the Indian shooting federation had assured him that since the Indian Home Ministry has given clearance the Indian High Commission in Islamabad would issue the visas but that did not happen in the end.Meanwhile, National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) said it did not receive any confirmation on Pakistan shooters’ participation in the World Cup.”We have received no updates from Pakistan about their shooters’ participation,” NRAI secretary Rajiv Bhatia said.The ISSF event, which will offer 16 quota places for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, starts at the Dr Karni Singh Range on Thursday.Also Read | Visa granted to Pakistan shooters for Shooting World Cup in New DelhiAlso Read | Pakistan won’t send shooters to Delhi World Cup if visas not issued by Monday eveningAlso Read | Visa will not be denied: Pakistani players to be cleared for Shooting World Cup New Delhilast_img read more

India, Pakistan, England, Australia: Ganguly predicts 2019 World Cup semifinalists

first_imgThe current Indian team’s strength makes them “favourites” going into any competition leave alone World Cup where they are sureshot semifinalists alongside Australia, England and Pakistan.The former India captain, who led the team to the 2003 World Cup finals expects that current round robin format will be one of the most “keenly contested” tournament.”My pick for the four semifinalists spot would be India, Australia, England and Pakistan. India are one of the title-contenders of course,” Ganguly told PTI in an interview.Ten teams will be competing in the ODI cricket’s quadrennial extravaganza in a round robin format where every team plays each other before the semifinals.”It’s going to be one of the most keenly contested World Cups. Indian team is so strong that in any tournament they will be favourites. This World Cup will probably be the best format. The best four teams will reach the semi-finals playing all the teams. There are no easy teams,” said Ganguly.Kuldeep Yadav’s four wickets in nine games is not something that will affect his performance in the World Cup.”He will get wickets in the World Cup, don’t worry. He’s a superb bowler,” Ganguly said without reading much into Kuldeep’s below-par show for KKR.The Prince of Kolkata is now playing a pivotal role in the turnaround of Delhi Capitals in search of an elusive IPL title.”I don’t see the challenges as tough, I just find a way to try and make it work. Sometimes it works, sometimes it does not. It’s a great honour to help these players and turn around a team which has not done well in the past,” the Delhi Capitals advisor said.advertisementDelhi Capitals are occupying second place behind Chennai Super Kings in the leaderboard as they need one win from three matches to seal their playoff berth.”Delhi is a mixture of youth and experience. I can only advice so the credit should go to players who actually execute it.”The team has two legends at the helm with Ganguly working alongside his former Aussie counterpart Ricky Ponting who is the head coach of the franchise.”We are great friends for a long period of time. I was the runners-up in the (2003) World Cup which he had won. He has great experience. It’s been a pleasure working with him. The way he adjusts to player’s needs is a remarkable experience. He’s a fantastic coach,” Ganguly said showering praise on Ponting.Also Read | Dale Steyn’s injury leaves Cricket South Africa worried ahead of 2019 World CupAlso Read | ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: List of Players in all 10 teamsAlso See:last_img read more

Disha Patani on working with Salman Khan in Bharat: He is a sweet person, I never felt intimidated

first_imgBollywood superstar Salman Khan can be seen grooving to the peppy beats of the recently released Slow Motion song with actress Disha Patani in his upcoming film Bharat.”Aaja doob jaoon teri aankhon ke ocean mein, ‘slow motion’ mein!” says the lyrics of the foot-tapping song featuring Salman and Disha and we can’t wait to put our dancing shoes on.In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, Disha Patani, who plays a trapeze artist in Ali Abbas Zafar’s film, narrated her experience of working with the superstar.”Salman Khan is such a sweet person. I never felt intimidated because he makes everyone comfortable and is extremely helpful and co-operative,” Disha praised her Bharat co-star.”There’s so much to learn from him. At this stage also, he is so hard working and gives his 100 per cent to each take. I am fortunate to get this opportunity and be a part of such a big ensemble,” the actress, who is sharing screen space with Salman in the 1960s portion of Bharat, told the newspaper.Disha, who made her Bollywood debut in Sushant Singh Rajput’s film M.S. Dhoni:The Untold Story (2016), also shared her painful journey of shooting the Slow Motion song.”I remember breaking my knee while rehearsing. I was also practising gymnastics simultaneously. You must have seen the front flip and other stunts in the song. I was actually over training and broke my knee a week prior to the shoot,” the Baaghi 2 actress said.advertisement”I couldn’t walk and was literally on the bed before the shoot started. It was really hard for me. After every take, I had to use a cold press, which hurt a lot. But I am happy to see the result and feel that everything was worth it,” Disha added.Going by Salman Khan’s looks in the Slow Motion song that released on April 25, it seems it is set in 1960s. In a yellow sari, Disha Patani is looking like a sultry diva. The song is composed by Vishal-Shekhar and lyrics have been penned by Irshad Kamil.Have you watched Salman Khan and Disha Patani’s Slow Motion song yet? If not, then get ready to fall in love in “slow motion” with them.Bharat is an adaptation of the Korean film An Ode To My Father. Apart from Salman and Disha, it stars Katrina Kaif, Tabu and Sunil Grover as well. In the film, Salman sports five different looks.Bharat will release on Eid, June 5.Watch Slow Motion song from Bharat:ALSO READ | Salman Khan and Disha Patani in Bharat song Slow Motion teaser is just Sultan’s 440 VoltALSO READ | Tiger Shroff’s reaction to girlfriend Disha Patani in Bharat song Slow Motion: BijliALSO WATCH | Katrina Kaif talks about her experience being a superstarlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni sports Balidaan Badge, insignia of Indian Para Special Forces

first_imgIndia’s opening game in the ongoing World Cup saw former skipper M.S. Dhoni once again profess his love for the security forces after he was spotted with regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces on his wicket-keeping gloves.During the course of India’s six-wicket win over South Africa at The Rose Bowl, Dhoni displayed the best of his game while stumping Andile Phehlukwayo and scoring 34 runs. The “Balidaan Badge” or the Army insignia was spotted on his gloves as television replays showed him stumping Phehlukwayo in the 40th over of the innings bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal.The pictures of Dhoni’s gloves went viral on social media within no time and fans poured in love and respect for the 37-year-old.That’s the regimental dagger insignia of the Indian Para Special Forces on Dhoni’s gloves: pic.twitter.com/YKoA5Az54oShiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) June 5, 2019Balidaan is a distinct insignia of the special forces, which form part of the Parachute Regiment. It has a commando dagger pointed downwards, with upward-extending wings extending from the blade and a scroll superimposed on the blade with “Balidaan” inscribed in Devanagari. Only Paramilitary Commandos are allowed to wear the Balidaan Badge.It was not the first instance when Dhoni was seen making his support for the Indian forces public on the cricket field. After the Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF troopers lost their lives, Dhoni had come out with an idea of wearing camouflage caps during an ODI against Australia in March. The entire team, along with Dhoni, was seen sporting camouflage caps in their bid to pay tribute to the security personnel who lost their lives in the terror attack on February 14.advertisementThe Indian Territorial Army had in November 2011 conferred the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Parachute Regiment to Dhoni. However, he did his training under the Para Brigade in 2015. In 2018, Dhoni had appeared in his Lieutenant Colonel uniform to receive the Padma Bhushan award at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on April 3.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Ziva Dhoni in the house as MS Dhoni joins forces with Rohit to beat South AfricaAlso Read | World Cup 2019: India have the ammunition to tackle Australia at The Oval, says Sachin TendulkarAlso Seelast_img read more

Nubia Red Magic 3 with turbo fan cooling is launching on June 17 in India, will sell on Flipkart

first_imgIt has been raining flagship smartphones this summer and Nubia is set to add into the downpour with its latest flagship offering – the Red Magic 3. Positioned as the latest gaming smartphone from Nubia, the smartphone comes with some serious specifications. Globally, the Red Magic 3 is positioned as an affordable gaming smartphone with prices starting under approximately Rs 40,000. Now, India is about to get the phone soon and a similar strategy is expected from the brand.In a listing on Flipkart, Nubia has announced the launch date for the Red Magic 3 in India. The gaming flagship will launch on June 17 in India and, as you may have already understood it, it will be a Flipkart exclusive. The Flipkart listing shows off the phone’s turbo fan cooling system, the dedicated button for switching to a gaming mode, a dedicated pin for Nubia’s custom gaming controllers and, of course, the Snapdragon 855 chipset.The Red Magic 3 has been in the news lately for its exceptional performance in benchmark. The device managed to achieve a very high score of 380,921 on AnTuTu, thereby beating every other Android smartphone with a Snapdragon 855 chipset. And that has to do with the fact apart for being equipped with a Snapdragon 855, the Red Magic 3 gets PC-grade custom cooling solution that involves liquid cooling as well as a fan-based cooling solution. The phone actually comes with air vents.Since it’s a gaming smartphone, the other specifications are also quite serious. The Red Magic 3 uses a 6.65-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 90Hz. The phone uses a nearly stock version of Android 9 Pie that’s been optimised for the hardware. To keep it alive, it uses a 5000mAh battery which can be topped with a fast 27W charger. For cameras, it uses a 48-megapixel primary camera at the rear and a 16-megapixel front camera for selfies.advertisementIn India, the Red Magic 3 will go up against many affordable flagship smartphones launched recently. The biggest competition will be from the OnePlus 7 series in which the Pro variant also happens to sport a 90Hz display. Xiaomi’s BlackShark 2 gaming smartphone was also launched recently with dedicated gaming features. Other Snapdragon 855-equipped smartphones include the Oppo Reno 10X Zoom, the upcoming Asus 6Z, and the soon-to-be-launched Xiaomi Redmi K20 series.ALSO READ | Nubia Red Magic 3 gaming phone to launch in India soon, features turbo fan cooling and 90Hz AMOLED screenALSO READ | Nubia Red Magic 3 launched: 90Hz OLED display, turbo fan cooling and other gaming-centric specificationsALSO READ | Nubia Red Magic 3 will be more powerful than iPhone XS, claims AnTuTu benchmark scorelast_img read more

World Cup 2019: Eoin Morgan sixathon helps England crush Afghanistan

first_imgEngland dished out one of their most devastating performances with the bat in the World Cup 2019 on Tuesday as they crushed Afghanistan by 150 runs in Manchester to grab the top spot in the points table with their fourth win of the tournament.This was the biggest win for England in terms of runs since the 1975 World Cup game against India which they had won by 202 runs.The game was taken away from Afghanistan in the first innings itself when England posted their highest World Cup score of 397 for 6 in 50 overs after opting to bat first.England skipper Eoin Morgan led the way with a swashbuckling 148 off 71 balls while Jonny Bairstow (90), Joe Root (88) and Moeen Ali (31 not out) played the supporting roles as the hosts ended up with the 6th highest team total in a World Cup.Afghanistan in reply, could never match up to the required run rate but they did show a lot of fight and were determined to get as close to the total as possible.Hashmatullah Shahidi (76), Rahmat Shah (46) and Asghar Afghan (44) made sure they didn’t give up without a fight and took Afghanistan to 247 for 8 in 50 overs.The match also broke the record for the most sixes hit during a World Cup game with 33, bettering the previous record of 31 which took place in the match between New Zealand and West Indies in Wellington in 2015.Adil Rashid and Jofra Archer were the pick of the bowlers for England as they bagged 3 wickets each while Mark Wood took two.advertisementEarlier, Eoin Morgan demolished the Afghanistan bowling attack and smashed the fourth fastest hundred in World Cup history as England reached 397 for 6. Morgan ended up clobbering 17 sixes, a world record in ODI cricket.England finished with 25 sixes in total which is also the most hit by a team in an ODI innings. 17 maximums were hit by the captain himself, while Moeen Ali hit four and Bairstow clobbered 3 sixes. Root also managed to hit one out of the park. Moeen Ali played a lovely cameo in the end, scoring 31 not out off 9 balls.Morgan was superbly assisted by Joe Root in the 189-run partnership for the third wicket during which Root made 88 runs off 82 balls. Before that Root was involved in a 120-run stand for the second wicket with Jonny Bairstow, who scored 90 off 99 balls.Morgan and Co took all the Afghanistan bowlers to the cleaners but the batsmen were particularly brutal against leg-spinner Rashid Khan, who conceded 110 runs from his 9 overs without taking a wicket, which is the most runs conceded in a World Cup match.Also Read | Most expensive spell in a World Cup: Rashid Khan goes for 110 runs off 9 oversAlso Read | Eoin Morgan hits 4th fastest hundred in World Cup historyAlso See:last_img read more