Month: November 2019

Highlights: Sassuolo 3-1 Bologna

first_imgFrancesco ‘Ciccio’ Caputo returned and his impressive brace earned Sassuolo victory over Bologna in the Emilia-Romagna Derby. The Friday night Serie A match saw the Neroverdi take bragging rights from their more illustrious local rivals and surpass them in the standings too. Jeremie Boga also showed his impressive pace and cool head to find the net, while Riccardo Orsolini scored with an unorthodox finish. It was Caputo’s solo effort that stole the show at the Mapei Stadium, though. Click here for the full match report. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit:

Kalmadi condoles death of wrestler Chandgi Ram

first_imgIndian Olympic Association president Suresh Kamladi has condoled the death of 1970 Asian Games wrestling champion ‘Master’ Chandgi Ram, who passed away on Tuesday morning following a cardiac arrest.READ STORY: ‘Master’ Chandgi Ram passes away “The world of wrestling and, in fact, Indian sport will be poorer by Master Chandgi Ram’s absence,” Kalmadi said in his condolence message.”The remarkable thing about Master Chandgi Ram is that he continued to contribute to wrestling way beyond his active career. He encouraged women to take to the sport and set up an akhara in Delhi so that girls could play the sport, driving them to follow their dreams and carve a niche for themselves,” Kalmadi said.Ram, a recipient of the prestigious Arjuna and Padma Shri awards, served as Additional Director of Sports in Haryana and was conferred with the titles of ‘Hind Kesari’, ‘Bharat Kesari’, ‘Bharat Bhim’, ‘Rustom-e-Hind’ and ‘Maha Bharat Kesari’.The most impressive feat of Ram’s international career was the gold in 100 kg category in the 1970 Asian Games in Bangkok, where he defeated world champion Amvani Abuifazi of Iran en route the title.He also represented India in the 1972 Olympics in Munich.”For a man of his achievements, including the titles of Bharat Kesri and Rustom-E-Hind, Master Chandgi Ram has a genial presence. His stint in the Jat Regiment of the Indian Army and then as a school teacher, coupled with his sense of humour made him a towering figure in Indian wrestling history,” the IOA chief said.Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda also expressed deep sorrow and grief over Ram’s demise.advertisementIn his condolence message, Hooda said Chandgi Ram was a great wrestler who always kept the Indian tri-colour flying high at international championships.He said Ram would be long remembered for his contribution to Indian wrestling.last_img read more

IOA fails to break deadlock between Hockey India and Indian Hockey Federations

first_imgThe International Hockey Federation’s (FIH) threat to withdraw Olympic qualifiers from the country forced the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) to try and bring the two warring hockey factions together, but their meeting on Tuesday failed to break the deadlock yet again.Indian Olympic Association president Vijay Kumar Malhotra.Soon after the meeting, interim IOA president Vijay Kumar Malhotra admitted that there was no guarantee if Hockey India (HI) and Indian Hockey Federations (IHF) would be able to arrive at a solution that suits all the stake holders involved.For months, there have been numerous meetings to resolve the crisis in the Indian hockey administration without any fruitful outcome. The government tried to broker peace between the two factions and sports minister Ajay Maken even sounded optimistic about the developments.However, there have only been verbal assurances which have hardly moved in any positive direction and subsequently, (FIH) withdrew the Champions Trophy from India.”It is definitely a very complicated matter. We have asked the two bodies to leave their egos aside for the interest of Indian hockey. This was a preliminary meeting and we will wait for some more time to see how things move from here,” Malhotra told Mail Today.While Narinder Batra was present on behalf of Hockey India, IHF was represented by KPS Gill, Ashok Mathur and Amrit Bose at the meeting.”Both the bodies have taken very rigid stands and although we are working to improve the situation, still there’s no guarantee if the matter can be resolved in time.advertisement”We want to see India at the Olympics and certainly don’t want the qualifiers to be moved out of the country. That is the reason this meeting was convened today,” Malhotra added.The ongoing impasse between the two bodies has already taken away India’s Champions Trophy hosting rights and the FIH has also threatened to shift the Olympic qualifiers, scheduled for next year, out of the country.In a recent letter to the sports ministry, FIH president Leandro Negre reiterated the world body’s stand of a sole governing authority to run the sport in India.”We wouldn’t have liked to interfere in the functioning of hockey but in the current scenario, the IOA had to intervene because it will be the IOA contingent that we will participate at the Olympics,” said Malhotra, adding that Hockey India is the only body recognised by IOA to run the sports in India.In fact, the FIH also asked the ministry to release the money that India owes to the international federation for the World Cup last year.Meanwhile, the Lanco International Super Series hockey tournament in Australia, featuring both the men’s and women’s teams from India, will be telecast live on ESPN STAR Sports from October 20 to 23.last_img read more

Union HRD Minister Kapil Sibal decries politicisation of education

first_imgUnion Hhuman Resource Development (HRD) Minister Kapil Sibal on Friday spoke against the politicisation of education in the country. He was critical of the state governments and lamented their reluctance to reform the education system.Citing the example of 13 key Bills of his ministry that are stuck in Parliament, Sibal, who was speaking at the India Today Aspire Education Summit 2012, made a strong case for distancing politics from education.Everybody is thinking of when and how we will come to power. Where is the national vision? Nothing can be done unless political parties come together and realise that education is an area of national importance and should be a priority,” he said.I want to give degrees to students in the Indian Institute of Science, Education and Research (IISER), but I cannot because there is political consensus in the House,” he added, referring to the non- passage of the NIT Act Amendment) Bill 2011 in the Rajya Sabha.This means that the students of IISER in Pune and Kolkata who completed their five-year course in the summer of 2011 are left in the lurch, without any degree.The minister, who has been on the defensive in the wake of recent disparaging reports (Programme for International Student Assessment and Assessment Survey Evaluation Research) the state of education in India, went on illustrate how the central government even though it attracts the maximum flak for deficiencies in the education system – has little role play in on- ground improvement.The biggest challenge, he said, was to get the states to implement the reform policies introduced by the Centre. And any bid to exert pressure is misinterpreted as “interference” in state governance.advertisement”We (the Centre) can introduce policies and allocate funds. But it’s impossible for us to monitor if a child is receiving quality education in Bihar or Orissa. The reality is that the implementation of policies happens at the state level,” he said.Calling the task of empowering 20 million children through education “herculean”, Sibal said India would not be able to join the ranks of developed countries unless it created a “critical mass” of youngsters who will pursue higher education.Currently, 16 of every 100 students in India reach university level, whereas the figure is 40 in the developed world. The government aims to increase the number of university-going students from 16 million to 45 million by 2020.This gap, Sibal said, can be bridged through effective implementation of the Right to Education Act which was introduced almost two years ago. It promotes inclusivity in education and will democratise classrooms.”The Act will create an environment to nurture that critical mass that will go to university by 2020,” the minister added.The Act will lead to efforts to admit and retain more children in schools, which would, in turn, lead to a build-up of pressure at the university level.The minister also asked the states to increase their budget allocation for education and called on them, as well as the private players, to help meet the need of an additional 1,000 universities in the future.last_img read more

Sonakshi Sinha all set to don sexy new look

first_imgAt a time when going ultraglam seems to be the only ‘talent’ required to be heroine material in Bollywood, Sonakshi Sinha is naturally going all out to change the desi girl image she acquired in her debut film Dabangg.In her new film Son Of Sardar (SOS), a romantic thriller, which Sonakshi signed recently opposite Ajay Devgn, the actress has decided to go sexy and westernised with vengeance and also lose weight to fit into trendy attire.And so, ace designer Manish Malhotra is all set to chalk out a hip-and-happening wardrobe for Sonakshi’s look in the film, which also stars Sanjay Dutt and Juhi Chawla, and is directed by Atithi Tum Kab Jaaoge? maker Ashwini Dhir.Sonakshi, in fact, recently made it clear that she will only have Manish design her wardrobe for the film – or for any other film that she does in the future, for that matter. That was also the reason why Ajay and his co-producer of the film, N.R. Pachisia, wasted no time in signing Manish as the costume designer as soon as Sonakshi was finalised for the project and even before the rest of the crew was decided.”It’s good to look different in every new photo shoot or film. All my filmmakers want me to wear the sari after Dabangg but I will try and mix it up,” Sonakshi recently said.While details are yet to be drawn out on Sonakshi’s wardrobe for the film, the buzz is that Manish might give her lots of casual attire, including tees, denims, capris and short dresses.advertisementShatrughan Sinha’s 24-year-old daughter took the industry by storm with her debut act as a smalltown girl in Dabangg last year and drew applauds for the way she matched superstar Salman Khan’s screen presence. She has been flooded with offers since then. SOS apart, biggies starring Sonakshi that are scheduled to release over the next year include Joker and Rowdy Rathore opposite Akshay Kumar, Dabangg 2 and Kick opposite Salman, and Lootera opposite Ranveer Singh.Although she goes for a westernised makeover in SOS, Sonakshi has, however, made it clear that she will not be seen sporting a bikini on screen.While Sonakshi will go all out with glamour in SOS, co-star Ajay is all set to don a turbaned Sikh look in the film.Sonakshi, however, isn’t giving up her desi USP totally. “I am proud of my ‘desi-ness’ and that is the image I am being asked to play out on screen in most of my upcoming films. But it is always good to keep scope for change,” she said.The shooting for SOS, a remake of the 2010 Telugu hit, Maryada Ramanna, starts in Patiala this week.last_img read more

Fearless play by Team India brought down the mighty Australians: Peter Roebuck

first_imgPeter RoebuckDisplaying a rare mix of intelligence and combativeness more often seen on a battlefield, Sourav Ganguly’s team has brought down the mighty Australians. And it has been done not at a dust bowl in Delhi or in the searing heat of Chennai but under the beneficent gaze of St,Peter RoebuckDisplaying a rare mix of intelligence and combativeness more often seen on a battlefield, Sourav Ganguly’s team has brought down the mighty Australians. And it has been done not at a dust bowl in Delhi or in the searing heat of Chennai but under the beneficent gaze of St Peter’s Cathedral and with thousands of Australian supporters urging their side on. This was a mighty effort by a team that refused to be beaten, a team whose whole is greater than its parts, a team for a contemporary and confident country. If Kolkata 2001 will live forever in the memory as an extraordinary upset created by the inspired work of a few individuals, Adelaide will be remembered as the day India became a team. Perhaps, too, it will be for signalling the end of Australia’s run. Not that India can depend on replacing them at the top of the pile. It is one thing to topple a tiring and weakened champion, another to take its place on the pedestal.Really, it was a mind boggling victory. At stumps on the first day, a local newspaper had boomed, “We Cannot Lose”, and it scarcely seemed possible. Australia had reached 400/5. Was there a soul in India who did not lament? That night, a senior member of the touring party went for a walk along the Torrens river and sighed, “What about our bowling?” He need not have worried. Those same incompetents were about to dismiss an imposing batting order for a paltry total. Ajit Agarkar was about to become a hero … India was about to secure one of its most famous victories.Defiance lay at the heart of this performance, the defiance of men ready to reach deep into themselves like miners hunting for gold. They were searching for the strength needed to overcome the Australians, and they found it. India played without fear or an inferiority complex. Ganguly’s team did not gape in awe at the Australian powerhouses. ON A HIGH: Sourav GangulyIndeed, like Mohammed Ali meeting George Foreman, they found a way of turning aggression upon itself so that it became a weak point. Clever fields were set in the second innings, with men pushed back to stop the booming drives that have sustained Australia, withering statements of superiority that have sent bowlers running for cover. Suddenly, those shots were not bringing runs. Suddenly, there was this little fellow with big ears swinging the ball around and bowling maidens. It did not seem right. And so another Gulliver was brought down.Nor was it merely a matter of crafty tactics. Strong minds were needed because Australia is a hard place and many teams have been broken before a single ball has been bowled. In recent times, England and South Africa have appeared tense as they moved from the hotel to the ground, complaining about the newspapers and the conspiracy. Contrastingly, Indians have been relaxed, laughing about bad reviews and much else besides. Anyone arriving Down Under had better bring a sense of humour. Clive Woodward, England’s World Cup-winning rugby coach understood that. Informed by the locals that his team was boring, he replied, “Boring? You think that’s boring? My friends, you ain’t seen anything.” Likewise, Laxman only smiled when told that he could not handle fast bowling.Australian reporters have noticed the relaxed mood of the party and have begun to regret underestimating them. As India scored the winning runs, one experienced journalist admitted, “I’ve misread this lot.” The mistake can be forgiven. Not once in his long career had this practitioner seen Australia lose a home series; it had not even fallen behind since 1993-4. Moreover, India had not won a Test Down Under for 23 years. He was hardly going to tip the tourists. Down Under it works this way: respect has to be earned.BATTLE FIELD: Team effort won the gameIndia did not tiptoe into Australia. Ganguly’s team came ready for a fight. Australians are adept at sensing and exploiting weakness. Give them the proverbial inch and they will take a yard. Between them, Ganguly and Sandy Gordon, the team psychologist, realised the need to get on to the front foot. Ganguly said the Australians were vulnerable and his team believed him. After all he had beaten them before in the best series ever played. Significantly, too, he was prepared to confront the Australians, and the players watched him do it. It is the only way. Sunil Gavaskar, Imran Khan and Arjuna Ranatunga understood this and their records speak for themselves.Stat Surf…No team had chased more than 100 runs in the fourth innings to beat Australia at home in 18 years. The last team to do so was New Zealand in 1985….Only three teams in the history of Test cricket have conceded 550 runs in the first innings and gone on to win the Test….Rahul Dravid and V.V.S. Laxman are the first pair to put up a 300-run stand against Australia twice. They are only the third duo to put up a triple century partnership in Australia….Australia have lost only a single Test at home under Steve Waugh’s leadership, the fifth Test to England in the 2002-3 Ashes series. They last lost a “live” home Test in 1998-99 to England. Ganguly has a way of instilling confidence in his players, including the youngest and the least considered. Not that he is a soft touch. When Virender Sehwag and Ashish Nehra, an infuriating pair, both ignored a shot demanding their attention, their captain stared and cursed like a man whose horse had fallen at the final fence. But he loves his players and is not afraid to show it. The team huddles have been crucial, reinforcing a collective will that has not faltered in the face of the most severe setbacks. Australia has underestimated the Bengali. It is hardly surprising as he has the hallmark of an outlook they crossed the oceans to avoid. But they have misread him. Ganguly is more a warrior than toff.Notwithstanding these attitudes, India could not have managed without the towering contributions from Rahul Dravid and V.V.S. Laxman. Spirit alone is not enough. Someone had to score the runs. Someone had to take the wickets. Cricket is a battle between teams. It is also a struggle between bat and ball.Dravid’s influence has been immense. Significantly, he has refused to judge himself in Australian terms, refused to accept that this tour was going to define his standing in the game. Accordingly, he did not panic after failing in the first innings in Brisbane. In hindsight, Steve Waugh’s surprise declaration on that fifth evening at Gabba may not have been the masterstroke it seemed, for Dravid took the chance to acquaint himself with bowling and pitch. He has been batting ever since.Dravid’s game has been in perfect working order. It is an unusual combination of instinct and intellect, geometry and poetry. At the crease he conveyed commitment and pride, and is clearly the best batsman on either side. Although they would never admit it publicly, the Australians were almost in awe of him. Already they regard him as a great player. It has come to this. Dravid is the most prized scalp in the Indian team.Laxman was hardly less compelling as he played the game on his own terms, demolishing the spinners and ducking the bumpers. Nothing petty can be detected in his game, for the Hyderabadi is a man for the big stage and the great idea. His partnerships with Dravid work because they are on the same wavelength, two cultured men devoted to their task and proud of their country. Newfound conviction can be detected in their characters.STEVE WAUGH OF NERVES: Underestimating India was a mistakeAs usual, the game also threw up numerous conundrums, most of them concerning Sachin Tendulkar and the Australians. Waugh’s team looked tired. Several danger signs have appeared in the past few weeks. John Buchanan, the coach, started the rot by suggesting that the laws might need to be changed to contain the Australians.The sporting Gods save their greatest wrath for those daring to take them for granted. Waugh’s stage-managed retirement and the waving of the red flags has also distracted attention from more urgent matters. Indeed, the summer has been described as Waugh’s last stand. It is nothing of the sort. Rather, it is Australia’s attempt to recover the Border-Gavaskar trophy. Sometimes, the Australians seem to forget it is not in their keeping. Waugh’s subsequent running out of Damien Martyn added to a feeling of unease.Tactical mistakes have also been made. In its past two Tests against serious opponents, Australia has been unable to defend a total in the fourth innings. Far from playing on the nerves of their opponents, making them sweat for every run, Waugh has set aggressive fields, crowding the bat and not seeming to worry about the flow of runs. Normally an astute judge of the human condition, Waugh has allowed his commitment to attacking cricket to cloud his thoughts. Of course, Australia has also been playing without its leading bowlers, but the same can be said of their opponents. Tendulkar remains caught between youth and maturity, attack and defence.Uncertain of his path, he has batted without conviction. Brian Lara and Shane Warne count among his friends in cricket, an indication of his youthful state of mind. Searching for weight and yet reluctant to abandon instinct, Tendulkar is struggling to find the path of cricketing adulthood. Perhaps he will learn from Lara, whose reincarnation is preferable in every way to the boyish brilliance seen in his early years. Tendulkar is a good man and this crisis of confidence may be precisely the dark period needed to force him to complete the long journey from prodigal son to a masterful father.Peter Roebuck is a former Somerset captain and leading writer on cricket.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Mending bridges

first_imgAfter rattling the government for much part of his tenure, General V. K. Singh showed signs of burying the hatchet in the last 24 hours before his retirement. As the reasons for the turnaround were being speculated, it emerged that during this brief period, he had two meetings with Defence Minister A. K Antony.After he met three service chiefs recently, Antony spent some time with the outgoing general where the two sat across the table. The defence minister again met the general on Wednesday night at a wedding. The two are learnt to have spent considerable time together at the function.last_img

Fervent support from Ginebra fans continues to amaze Cone

first_imgMOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Mayweather ‘adopts’ panda, names it after himself Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Tim Cone couldn’t help but liken his job at the helm for Ginebra to being the coach of Gilas Pilipinas.“It’s almost like coaching the national team. Everywhere I go, there are Ginebra fans and I just love that,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 LATEST STORIES Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Malditas save PH from shutout Cone couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed with the love the fans have showered him and the whole Ginebra squad through this endeavor, which culminated in back-to-back championship in the season-ending conference.“The fact that we played in front of 54,000 people in Game 7, I’m so proud of being a part of that and proud to be a part of these guys,” said the Granslam mentor, who to win not just two titles for the crowd favorites.“I’m just so proud to be a part of the Ginebra family and I’m so proud that we were able to win two championships for you,” Cone said. “We hope to win many, many more.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. And Friday’s fans day proved just that with legions of the ka-barangays trooping to Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan to celebrate Ginebra’s 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup for one last time.Some of the fans even spent the night waiting for the arena to open, hoping to be part of the first 2,500 fans to take home giveaways from the event.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe victory party also served as the final sendoff for the retiring Jayjay Helterbrand, who is officialy closing this chapter of his career.“All these people here, the supporters are the best thing of my career,” said Helterbrand. “Each and every game, they really made it worthwhile for us to play our best and they really give us the inspiration to go out there and give our all. You guys are the reason why we are here. We wouldn’t be here without you guys.” Fervent support from Ginebra fans continue to amaze Cone959 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay View commentslast_img read more

IPL final: Shah Rukh Khan dedicates KKR victory to his youngest son

first_imgKolkata Knight Riders (KKR) co-owner Shah Rukh Khan is elated after his team won the final of Indian Premiere League-7 (IPL).Shah Rukh, 48, who was accompanied by his daughter Suhana at the Chinnaswamy stadium, Bangalore last night, dedicated his second IPL triumph to his youngest son AbRam.”It still hasn’t sunk in to be Champions again. Thank you my KKR for making us so happy,” Shah Rukh posted on Twitter.Shah Rukh’s colleagues from the film fraternity took to Twitter to congratulate the ‘Chennai Express’ star for the win.”@iamsrk congrats-well deserved victory-big hug,” Riteish Deshmukh tweeted.KKR defeated Kings XI Punjab in a thrilling final by three wickets.’Don’ producer Ritesh Sidhwani posted, “@iamsrk congratulations to team KKR by far the best finals of all IPL seasons. Have to party when we get back.””Congrats to team KKR and @iamsrk !Woohoo!,” actress Bipasha Basu tweeted.The finale also witnessed the first look launch of megastar Amitabh Bachchan’s debut fiction show ‘Yudh’, directed by Anurag Kashyap.last_img read more

Sourav Ganguly joins Mudgal IPL probe committee

first_imgThe Justice Mudgal IPL Probe Committee met in Mumbai on Sunday and named former India captain Sourav Ganguly as the former cricketer to assist the committee in its investigation into the betting and spot-fixing scandal in last year’s Indian Premier League.”The Committee held its meeting in Mumbai on 7.6.2014 and 8.6.2014. The Committee considered the names of a few players and decided to appoint Mr. Sourav Ganguly as the player to assist the Committee in its probe,” a statement here read.”Consent was sought from Mr. Ganguly and he has agreed to assist the Committee as per the Hon’ble Supreme Court order dated 16.5.2014,” the statement added.The committee has to submit its report to the Supreme Court by August.The Supreme Court last month appointed Justice Mukul Mudgal — retired chief justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court — to probe allegations of spot-fixing and betting against 13 people, including some cricketers who played the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013, and inaction thereon by Board of Control for Cricket in India president N. Srinivasan.The other two members of the committee are L. Nageswar Rao (additional solicitor general of India) and senior advocate Niloy Dutta.Justice Mudgal will be assisted by senior IPS officer B.B. Mishra, who is deputy director general of the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB).The team will have three police officers, one each from police forces from Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. Except for powers to arrest, the investigating team will have all the powers to call and examine people it deems fit and record their statements.advertisementlast_img read more

B-town veterans return with notable roles after forgettable outings

first_imgAn actor may fade away from the screen but rarely goes away from the hearts of loyal fans, thus goes the popular belief. The notion gets a re-confirmation each time a popular actor recognised for his or her skill, style or talent makes a comeback on the screen and brings back lost glory. Blame it on the irony of the fickle ways of showbiz that actors usually come with an expiry date and have to struggle with the dreaded ‘shelf life’. Collage of Bollywood veterns.In Bollywood especially, the affinity for unimaginative characters and dearth of writers trying to create novel characters that may suit seasoned actors is a major reason seniors vanish from the scene much before they deserve to. When Tabu made a poignant appearance in Vishal Bharadwaj’s Haider, it was a delightful treat for the audience waiting for the return of the National Award-winning actress. Known for her understated yet impactful performances, Tabu played Haider’s mother Ghazala, a character that was Bharadwaj’s interpretation of Queen Gertrude in William Shakespeare’s Hamlet.Coming after her disappointing and cliched appearance role as Salman Khan’s didi in her last outing, Jai Ho!, Tabu’s fans were relieved to see the actress finally get a role that does justice to her talent. Her role in Haider negated Bollywood’s unwritten rule that senior actresses are good enough to just play insignificant supporting roles as mother or elder sister or bhabhi .If Haider was a pleasant departure for Tabu fans who wished to see more of her beyond her appearances in Jai Ho! and Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi (where she had a blink-and-miss role as hero Suraj Sharma’s mother), megastar of the ’90s Govinda looks all set to return with a couple of interesting roles in the weeks to come. Govinda, who ruled the screen with his spontaneity and raw appeal, and made a quirky style statement with his yellow pants in his heydays, conspicuously took a back seat over the last decade as globalisation made urban cool and trendy fashion the buzzwords in Bollywood.advertisementThe actor mostly struggled over the past decade barring the mega success of David Dhavan’s Partner, disappointing fans with badly-made duds such as Life Partner, Do Knot Disturb, Money Hai Toh Honey Hai, Naughty @ 40 and Loot, and his only appearance lately was a forgettable cameo in Akshay Kumar’s Holiday. The return of Govinda and his brand of pink-pant panache in Shaad Ali’s Kill Dil has therefore created a buzz.He plays the antagonist in the film, mixing his brand of comedy with swagger. Govinda also has Saif Ali Khan’s next production Happy Ending, where his trademark dances has already emerged as the highlight of the film. Next year, he will be seen playing Ranbir Kapoor’s father in Jagga Jasoos, and has a vital role in the remake of Hero, which introduces Suraj Pancholi and Athiya Shetty.Rekha remained the undisputed queen of marquee for long before her talent was reduced to playing Hrithik’s mom and grand mom in Koi Mil Gaya and Krrish.Her appearances in duds such as Bachke Rehna Re Baba and Kudiyon Ka Hai Zamana saddened hardcore fans. If Rekha’s recent chirpy appearances on Bigg Boss and Comedy Nights With Kapil is anything to go by, it was clearly her way of connecting with the masses.She returns as Sharman Joshi’s grand mom in Inder Kumar’s Super Nani based on the hit Gujarati play Baa Ae Mari Boundary. Rekha will also play Noor in Abhishek Kapoor’s Fitoor, a Bollywood interpretation of the coldhearted Miss Havisham in Charles Dicken’s Great Expectation. Film buffs who considered Amitabh Bachchan and Rekha as the biggest onscreen pair can hope for some fireworks as R. Balki promises to unite the duo in his upcoming Shamitabh.TABULatest avatar: As Ghazala in Vishal Bharadwaj’s HaiderRECENT FILMS: Jai Ho (2014), Life Of Pi (2012), Cheeni Kum (2007), The Namesake (2007)Why fans want her back: National Award-winning Tabu has been one of the most natural performers, who took her films to another level with her moving portrayal in films such as Vishal Bharadwaj’s Maqbool based on William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Madhur Bhandarkar’s Chandni Bar and Gulzar’s Maachis. The reclusive actress shifted base to Hyderabad and reportedly turned down film offers for long. By effectively narrating the complexity of Ghazala, a woman caught in complex situation, Tabu reconfirmed her importance in Bollywood.ASHUTOSH RANALatest avatar: As Alia Bhatt’s strict dad in Humpty Sharma Ki DulhaniyaRECENT FILMS: Desi Kattey (2014), Zila Ghaziabad (2013), Ata Pata Laapata (2012), Kismet Love Paisa Dilli (2012) Why fans want him back: In the late ’90s, Rana emerged as one of Bollywood’s most promising villains after his role of a sinister psycho in Dushman and a transgender killer in Sangharsh. With roles becoming more realistic and with heroes taking over negative roles, Rana’s brand of loud villainy lost ground over the past decade. He returned to public eye playing the heroine’s conservative, strict father in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya. The role was a tribute to Amrish Puri’s character in the evergreen Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge.advertisementJACKIE SHROFFLatest avatar: As the villain Charan Grover in Happy New YearRecent films: Gang Of Ghosts (2014), Dhoom 3 (2013), Aurangzeb (2013), Shootout At Wadala (2013)Why fans want him back: A look at the forgettable roles he has been offered lately would make it seem impossible to believe that Jackie was the ultimate hero of the ’80s, who would make women go weak on their knees much before the six-pack era. Jaggu dada, as he was popularly known, was a lovable B-town hunk who carried his nonchalant persona of real life onto the screen. Last memorable outing was as the flamboyant Chunni babu in Devdas, after which he appeared in series of forgettable characters. Playing Aamir’s dad in Dhoom 3 and the villain in SRK’s Happy New Year has brought him back to the limelightREKHALatest avatar: Plays a jestful grandmom in Inder Kumar’s Super Nani, opening this weekRecent films: Sadiyaan (2010), Yatra (2007), Kudiyon Ka Hai Zamana (2006), Bachke Rahna Re Baba (2005)Why fans want him back: Rekha has remained a Bollywood diva for decades despite some dismal choice of films over the past few years. Ironically, she picked a few disastrous films which left her career graph in the lurch after films such as Raj Kumar Santoshi’s Lajja and Rakesh Roshan’s Koi Mil Gaya. Known to be a recluse, Rekha showed her uninhibited side when she interacted with the masses on TV shows to promote Super Nani, her new film. She playfully dropped Amitabh Bachchan’s name to revive old rumours on Bigg Boss 8. The legendary onscreen pair is all set to reunite in R. Balki’s Shamitabh. Next year, Rekha plays a desi Miss Havesham in Fitoor, a Bollywood interpretation of Charles Dicken’s Great Expectations.KAY KAY MENONLatest avatar: As Khurram in Vishal Bharadwaj’s HaiderRECENT FILMS: Raja Natwarlal (2014), Any Body Can Dance (2013), Gulaal (2007), Life In A… Metro (2007) Why fans want him back: Starting out as a promising TV actor, Kay Kay shot to fame with Sudhir Mishra’s Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi and later in Anurag Kashyap’s Black Friday. Kay Kay came in the mainstream league by making a strong statement as an unfaithful husband in Life In A… Metro and as a wayward son in Sarkar. He made a presence by deliberately picking small yet influential roles in prominent films over the last decade. He was applauded as Khurram the slimy politician in an incestuous relationship with his sister-in-law in Haider. In 2015, he will be seen in Neeraj Pandey’s Baby and Anuraag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet.GOVINDALatest avatar: As the antagonist in Kill Dil and a hyper superstar in Happy Ending, both films set to release in November.Recent films: Holiday (2014), Loot (2011), Naughty @ 40 (2011), Raavan (2010), Do Knot Disturb (2009)advertisementWhy fans want him back: Many among the’90s audience associated big-screen entertainment with Govinda’s brand of rustic slapstick and quirky dancing. His upcoming outing shows him donning pink pants with elan, as he return as the villain Bhaiyaji in Shaad Ali’s Kill Dil. The new generation gets a taste of Govinda-style dancing in song G phaad k in Saif Ali Khan’s Happy Ending. He will also be seen in Neeraj Pandey’s Baby and Anurag Kashyap’s Jagga Jasoos.last_img read more

Agenda AajTak 2014: Who will win World Cup 2015?

first_img(Left to right) Gautam Gambhir, Shoaib Akhtar, Virender Sehwag and Mohammad Azharuddin.Former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin, Indian batsmen Virendra Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, and Pakistan’s former pacer Shoaib Akhtar gathered on a stage during ‘Yeh Cup Humara Hai’ session of Agenda AajTak in New Delhi on Saturday. The cricketing legends discussed the condition and problems relating to cricket. The players also talked about their favourite teams for World Cup 2015.1. Which team will win World Cup?Virendra Sehwag: Mercurial opener Virendra Sehwag said Australia and South Africa are his favourite teams. These teams have pretty good chance to win.Gautam Gambhir: Australia plays well in their home country, so they have better chances to win the Cup.Shoaib Akhtar: Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar said Pakistan comes under tremendous pressure due to expectations when it plays in World Cups.Mohammad Azharuddin: Former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin said India can win the world cup if they work towards it.Wasim Akram: Pakistani player Wasim Akram said South Africa is being seen as a strong team, chances are there that they might win the world cup.2. Pressure in matchesGautam Gambhir:  Gambhir said in any match, the pressure of match itself is more than that of fans.Virendra Sehwag: Sehwag said his main role was to make runs and not to bat for 50 overs. In 2011, before every match I use to say that we will lose but still at the end we won.Wasim Akram: Pakistani cricketer Wasim Akram said that former captain Imran Khan use to say that we will win the match which somehow increased the morale of the players.advertisement3. Are there any memories relating to cricket between India and Pakistan?Mohammad Azharuddin: Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni are eminent players for Team India.Wasim Akram: Supporting his teammate Shoaib Akhtar,  Akram said Shoaib was right in saying that there is pressure on players during match.Shoaib Akhtar: India’s batting line up is very strong and that is the reason why Indian team wins.4. What do you want to say on 2015 World Cup and teams?Wasim Akram: It is difficult to predict who will win world cup between India, Pakistan.Virendra Sehwag: Dale Steyn and AB de Villiers are my favourites.Shoaib Akhtar: 2015 World Cup will be the world cup of fast bowlers. 5. Were you afraid of any players?Shoaib Akhtar: I was afraid of Wasim Akram.Wasim Akram: Shoaib, it was necessary to make you afraid.Mohammad Azharuddin: I was afraid of Sunil Gavaskar.last_img read more

Saina beats Bae Yeon to enter Dubai World Superseries semifinal

first_imgIndia’s top shuttler Saina Nehwal defeated Bae Yeon Ju of Korea 15-21, 21-7, 21-17 to enter Dubai World Superseries semifinal on Friday.Saina despite playing well in the first game lost her way, which gave the Korean an opening to fight back. However, in the second game the Indian shuttler found her mojo back and dominated from the start.The Korean southpaw found herself in all kind of trouble handling Saina’s disguised drop shots, especially her net play. Eventually, Bae Yeon conceded the second game tamely 7-21.In the third deciding it was all nerves for both the players, but Saina kept attacking her opponent to close the game and match at 21-17.last_img

Anil Kumble urges flexibility while selecting bowlers on tour

first_imgFormer captain Anil Kumble had said that the mindset of the Indian cricket team management must change and there has to be a more flexible approach in selecting the bowlers in the playing XI on overseas tours.The performance of the Indian bowlers in the recent four-Test series in Australia, which they lost 0-2, came for severe criticism, and Kumble felt “some portion of the criticism is justified”.”We have the quality of bowlers, it’s just trying to see who can adjust to the Test format and then choosing your best four bowlers who you think can pick up 20 wickets, that’s also been an issue,” Kumble told ESPNcricinfo in an interview.Kumble said that there has to be flexibility in selecting XIs when on tour as it can’t work on the theory of three seamers and one spinner every time.”We have gone into this theory of three seamers and one spinner the moment we sit on an aircraft which travels more than seven hours – that’s the mindset…If your 20 wickets are going to come with two spinners and two fast bowlers, so be it. If it comes with three spinners and one fast bowler so be it,” India’s highest wicket-taker in Test and ODI cricket, pointed out.Citing the example of the Adelaide Test, where on a track known to favour the batsmen and assist spinners from halfway through the Test, India went in with a single spinner in Karn Sharma.”So who got wickets for Australia then? If you look at the top two bowlers, it was one spinner and one fast bowler,” said Kumble.advertisementAustralian offspinner Nathan Lyon was the series’ top wicket-taker with 23 wickets. Kumble said that excess of limited-over cricket, both ODIs and Twenty20s, have led to the Indian bowlers “not being that disciplined in their approach to bowling when it comes to Tests”.”You are constantly thinking of pre-empting a batsman because you think he will play this shot – that’s what you do in one-day cricket. You are always guessing and trying to out-guess the batsman. In Test cricket you need to bowl line and length – it is that simple – and keep repeating the same thing. That will only come with playing more of this format, and that will only come with what kind of an approach (you have) prior to heading off (on tour).”It’s the simple thing that needs to be considered. Test cricket is all about building pressure and how you can sustain it, the longer you can sustain the pressure, the more successful you can be,” explained Kumble.The former legspinner said the Indian bowlers should “not look over their shoulder”.”You can’t be looking over your shoulder and ask which ball should I bowl, what field should I set? At the end of the day you know what balls to bowl and what fields to set, you have to be your own captain, you can’t be saying ‘Okay, set the field and tell me where to bowl and I will bowl’. That’s not how we play cricket. You have to be your own leader.”Stating that the BCCI and team management need to “monitor its 20 best bowlers”, Kumble said, “It is just a matter of managing the top 20 bowlers and trying to follow them during the course of their season, whether they are playing Ranji Trophy or IPL or Test cricket. At home they seem fine, they are pretty used to the conditions, but generally overseas you need to be stronger.”Kumble said the Indian bowling attack for Test cricket overseas can be built by studying which of the bowlers have the capacity to be stronger when playing the longer format in away games.”Not physically stronger, but bowling-wise stronger. People tend to mis-interpret, strength by saying I need to spend time in the gym. That’s not strength. You need to sustain yourself for longer when on tour. How long can you bowl? How effective you are in your last spell, whether you are a spinner or a fast bowler. That’s what matters in the end,” he explained.last_img read more

Kejriwal oath speech: Full text

first_imgArvind KejriwalArvind Kejriwal, after taking oath as Delhi Chief Minister on Saturday, delivered a speech thanking voters and outlining the AAP government’s plans.  Here is a translation of the Hindi speech he gave at Ramlila Maidan.”We had fallen short of a few seats but god has now fulfilled this wish too. We did not know people of Delhi love us so much – 67 out of 70 seats! People of all religion and all castes have voted for us – Hindus, Muslims, Christians and Sikhs. The poor voted for us. The rich voted for us too.Sixty-seven of 70 seats. This cannot be a human effort. This is nature’s miracle. We have to understand what god wants us do. God wants us to do something special. We are happy god has selected us as his representatives.But when you bag such a win, people become arrogant and then everything is finished.So we have to vigilant to make sure that arrogance does not arise. Then our mission will not succeed.So I have heard people on TV saying that we will contest polls in four states, 10 states. This shows arrogance.Why did the Congress lose? Since there was arrogance. Why did people defeat the BJP? Due to its arrogance.The last time we won 28 seats and arrogance arose in the party when we decided to contest across the country during the Lok Sabha and we lost.I have decided to work only in Delhi for the next five years.Some doctors came to me and said people come with AAP caps and do hooliganism in hospitals. But I am sure none of our workers can do this. But maybe people from the opposition parties can try to malign us by wearing our party’s caps.advertisementArvind KejriwalFrom this dais, I want to tell all policemen that if anyone seen doing any hooliganism while sporting our party’s caps, arrest them immediately and give them double the punishment.During Anna’s movement, we used to give slogans of corruption-free India, corruption free India. But we wondered if corruption will ever go. But during our 49-day rule, did we not end corruption?We are confident that in five years, we will end corruption from Delhi. We will make Delhi India’s first corruption-free state.I am going to make the same announcement that I made on December 28, 2013. If someone offers bribe, do not say no. Make a setting. Record the person’s voice on a mobile phone, give it to us and we will take action.We will also restart the telephone lines that had instilled fear among the corrupt.It is important to pass the Jan Lokpal Bill but I want to request people in the media who keep asking me how soon will we pass the bill?I want to tell them that the government does not run like this. We will do it as soon as possible. But we will do everything with conviction. We will work for 24 hours.Just as the results came, we began working.I had fever. I came after taking Crocin.There have been some incidents that made people of Delhi very angry. The efforts to start riots, a church was burned, some churches were set afire. We have never seen such incidents in the last 35 years. People of Delhi will not tolerate this. People of Delhi celebrate all festivals and want to live in harmony.With Delhi Police’s help, we will make sure that people of all religions feel secure.I met PM Modi and said we needed their cooperation and we will also cooperate with Centre to make Delhi a better city.In every BJP manifesto, the party sought full statehood for Delhi. I told this to PM. We have full majority in Delhi and you have full majority in Centre, and if we want, we can give full statehood for Delhi. We are ready and I hope he will consider our proposal.PM is a busy man. So I told him that let people of Delhi run Delhi. This AAP government is everybody’s government, if you voted for us or not.  I am everybody’s CM. We will serve all of Delhi.Some words for the traders of Delhi. We need money to run the government and I tell all traders that no department will harass you. But do give full tax. Your tax will not be stolen, I assure you.We will use to tax on education, health and on women’s safety.I my last tenure, I learnt that there was no dearth of money in the government. It’s about lack of intentions. The money is enough for good development.advertisementEmbrace people. They will bring development themselves.We want to end VIP culture. Tell me, do you like it when a road is closed for an hour since a minister is passing by.There will be no red beacon on any minister or MLAs vehicle.One sage told me that wherever a man reaches, he should not forget is status. I am a small man and four-five rooms are enough for me and my family.A few hundred people come to meet me and I need space to make them sit and need to do my work.In elections, there are winner and losers. Kiran Bedi is like my elder sister. She has been a good administrator and we want to take her along in our work. We will take her guidance. We will also consult Ajay Maken once in a while since he knows how to run an administration.We will work with all the good people in all parties so that poor and rich can feel proud over the city.I request god to give us wisdom.Aap volunteers are diamonds and gold and often tears come to my eyes listening to their stories. The MLAs got ministerial posts but what did they get after shutting their shops and campaigning for us?I want to sing a song. But you know my throat is bad but the lines of the song are apt in these times of religious disharmony.”last_img read more

Fly launches budget smartphone Snap at Rs 2,999

first_imgFly Mobiles has launched a new mobile handset in India in anexclusive collaboration with Snapdeal. The UK based mobile phone brandlaunched the Snap, which it claims, is the cheapest smartphone inIndia at Rs 2,999.The Fly Snap is powered by a 1.3GHz Quad Core processor ofan unknown make which is assisted by half a gig of RAM. It has a 5MP primarycamera and a 2MP front camera. It comes with a 4 inch IPS LCD display with aresolution of 480×800 pixels. It also offers 3G connectivity, GPS and Bluetooth. Thephone runs on a 1500mAh battery. On the storage front, the phone comes with 4GBinternal storage which is expandable to an extra 16GB with the help of aMicroSD card. The phone runs on Android KitKat 4.4.2 out of the box.Recently, Fly Mobiles also launched Fly Qik+ in India whichis an Octa-core processor phone priced at Rs 6,999 and is available onSnapdeal. The phone also sports a 13 Megapixel primary camera and a 5 Megapixelfront snapper. It sports a 5 inch HD screen with a resolution of 720×1280. Eventhe Qik+ comes with Android KitKat 4.4.2 out of the box.last_img read more

BCCI’s financial panel slams CSK, says team grossly undervalued

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) financial committee headed by Jyotiraditya Scindia slammed Chennai Super Kings’ valuation of Rs 5 lakh and said that the franchise has cheated the board.During the meeting, CSK’s valuation was discussed and the panel has promised of action by early next week. It has also been learnt that the BCCI expenditure on legal matters in the last two years went up to Rs 56 crore, which was disclosed during the meeting on Thursday.Due to the legal expenses skyrocketing in the past two years, the finance committee decided that infrastructure subsidy to tune of Rs 50 crore granted to the affiliated state associations will not be increased to Rs 75 crore as was proposed for the year.”In the last two financial years, the BCCI’s legal expenses have Rs 31 crore and Rs 25 crore respectively. It comes to the tune of Rs 56 crore and secretary Anurag Thakur and treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary rightly said that we can’t right away increase the subsidies. It was also agreed that a guideline will be prepared to check how the funds are being utilised,” a member of the finance committee told PTI on Thursday.It was also learnt reliably that Justice Mukul Mudgal committee probing the IPL spot fixing scam were paid Rs 1.5 crore while the BCCI has already spent Rs 3.90 crore for the Supreme Court appointed Justice RM Lodha committee.The finance committee also took note of the fact that women cricketers have been ignored and the committee decided to start the gradation payment system for them.advertisement”The likes of Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami will be brought under gradation ambit. By next finance committee meeting, we will be able to chalk out a programme as to how this gradation payment would work.”Also the junior and A team cricketers playing domestic cricket will be given more money.”Earlier, U-16 boys would get a meagre amount of Rs 500 per match day which the finance committee plans to increase it to Rs 1000 and similarly for the U-23, it would Rs 2500 per match day,” the source informed.(with PTI inputs)last_img read more

West Bengal sports and transport minister Madan Mitra supporters launch campaign for his release

first_imgJailed West Bengal sports and transport minister Madan Mitra may have been behind bars for over eight months now, but there seems to be no end to his fan following outside. His followers put up numerous banners, life-size placards and festoon across all vital installations, including the newly built state secretariat building, and busy traffic intersections to mobilise public support in favour of Mitra’s bail plea. They demanded immediate release of the minister who has been behind the bars since December 2014.Now after an extensive banner campaign, as many as 100 local clubs in Kolkata have decided to elect Madan Mitra as president of their organisation, in a bid to mount pressure on the Mamata Banerjee-led Bengal government to demand his release. “The forum was floated to mobilise public support for Madan Mitra. He is behind the bars for past eight months. He is still a member of the state cabinet but the state government is playing no role to demand for his release. It shows their indifference to the issue,” said a Trinamool Congress source and a close confidant of Mitra.He said Mitra’s contribution to the Trinamool Congress was enormous, especially during the Nandigram – Singur movement and when the party had reduced to only one Lok Sabha seat in the 2004 general elections. “It is unfortunate that the party and the government is keeping mum on the issue and our leader, Madan Da, is rotting behind the bars. This forum is floated to mount pressure on them,” he said. The West Bengal minister was arrested in December last year by the CBI for his alleged role in the Saradha Group chit fund scam under charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating and misappropriation of funds.advertisementlast_img read more

Ranji Trophy: Harbhajan Singh to lead Punjab, Yuvraj Singh named vice-captain

first_imgHarbhajan Singh will lead the Punjab Cricket Association squad in the upcoming Ranji Trophy season while his long time India teammate Yuvraj Singh has been named the vice-captain.However, Yuvraj will lead the team in the first match against Railways starting at I S Bindra stadium at Mohali from October 1 as Harbhajan will be away on national duty as a member of the Indian T-20 team against South Africa.Also read: Ishant confirms his availability for Delhi’s Ranji matches The other members of the side include Jeewanjot Singh, Manan Vohra, Uday Kaul, Mandeep Singh, Gurkreerat Mann, Geetansh Khera, Himasnhu Chawla, Sidharth Kaul, Barinder Singh Saran, Sarabjit Singh Ladda and Varun Khanna.The Railways team is expected to reach Chandigarh on Tuesday.last_img