IISWBM, Kolkata admissions 2017: Apply for MBA course

first_imgThe Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management (IISWBM), Kolkata has released an admission notification inviting applications from interested, eligible candidates to apply for its full time Master of Business Administration (MBA) programme for the academic session 2017-19.The duration of the course will be of two-years.Eligibility criteriaEducational qualification:Candidates interested in applying for this programme must be holding an honours degree or equivalent, where honours courses are not available from a recognised university. Graduates from any professional course (engineering etc) LLB (5 years) of a recognised university are also eligible to apply.Selection procedure:Candidates will be selected on the basis of the cut-off marks of the CAT score. The shortlisted ones will then be called for a group discussion and an interview at IISWBM Kolkata. The final list of the selected candidates will be prepared strictly on the basis of merit.(Read: IIT JAM 2017: Registration ending on October 6) How to apply:The candidates are required to download the application form from the official website. The duly completed application form should reach the institute along with the receipted counter foil meant for IISWBM of the State Bank of India, Power Jyoti account No. 32495656710.Important dates:The last date for receiving a completed application form is December 15.Group discussion and interview will be conducted in second or third week of March, 2017.About IISWBM, Kolkata:IISWBM was constituted on 25th April,1953 by a resolution passed by the Senate of the University of Calcutta. Apart from its flagship programs MBA, MHRM, MPSM, PGDBM, the Institute also conducts full-time programmes in sports management, telecom management and retail management.advertisementRead: RPSC Junior Accountants and TRA Exam 2016: Admit cards released at rpsc.rajasthan.gov.in For information on more courses and admissions, click here.last_img read more

Nissan to bring 8 new products in India by 2021

first_imgJapanese auto major Nissan Motor Co will launch eight new products in India over the next five years, enhancing its presence across the country.The company, which is aiming at 5 per cent market share in India by 2020 will launch the new products under its Nissan and Datsun brands.ALSO READ:Nissan Terrano SUV to get AMT; launch this month”India is a very important market for Nissan globally. The Indian market has all the attention of the top management. We will be launching eight new products by 2021,” Nissan Motor Co Senior Vice President, Management Committee, Chairman of Africa, Middle East and India Region Christian Madrus told PTI.These new products will be equally distributed across Nissan and Datsun brands, he added.”This will help us position as one of the top brands in the country. We have already stated that we are looking for 5 per cent market share in India by 2020,” Madrus said.ALSO READ:India-bound Nissan Micra unveiled at Paris Motor Show 2016Nissan currently has around 2 per cent share in the Indian car market.While he declined to share more details of the planned new products, he said: “In recent years we have launched more Datsun products so the first one to be launched from the new ones will be a Nissan product.”Nissan India Operations President Guillaume Sicard said the company will launch the hybrid version of its top end SUV X-trail within this fiscal.On future products, Sicard said the company will focus on segments where there is latent demand.advertisementALSO READ: 2017 Nissan Micra teased ahead of world debut at Paris Motor Show”In India there is appetite for large hatchback and also for sedans with big loading capacity,” he said, adding crossover SUV is also on the cards.”Considering Nissan’s DNA, SUV is a given but it won’t be the only one,” Sicard added.Apart from the Indian market, Madrus said Nissan is also making India an export hub for Africa and the Middle East.ALSO READ:Datsun honours Olympic medallist P.V. Sindhu with redi-GO Sport”The products we have developed in India are also suitable for these regions. We want India to be the base for export to these markets,” he said.Besides, the three cylinder low emission engine that Nissan has developed for India will be exported to Brazil and Latin America, Sicard added.last_img read more

Confident India eye another big win over New Zealand at Kotla

first_imgBrimming with confidence after a convincing victory in the first One-Day International (ODI), limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will eye another big win when favourites India take on New Zealand in the second match of the five-match rubber at the Feroze Shah Kotla Stadium here on Thursday.With the conditions at the Feroze Shah Kotla favouring the spinners, the hosts will bank on their last ODI performance where Kedar Jadhav and experienced leggie Amit Mishra ran through the Kiwi middle and lower order.It is also expected that Dhoni will not make any changes to the playing eleven as each player seemed like complementing each other in the last match.Star batsman Suresh Raina will miss the second ODI against New Zealand as the southpaw is still recovering from a bout of viral fever.In the batting department, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey and Dhoni had decent starts in the last game and are expected to score big runs in the second game.The bowling department has settled down into a nice rhythm as pacers and spinners chipped in with vital breakthroughs when needed.Sent into bat in the last ODI, New Zealand would have been disappointed to be bowled out with 37 balls still remaining in their innings so skipper Kane Williamson will likely make some changes in the top order.Apart from Tom Latham, batsmen Martin Guptil, Ross Taylor and Williamson looked clueless against the Indian bowlers and will have to come good if they want to match India at Ferozeshah stadium.advertisementIn the bowling department, pacer Trent Boult will likely be included in the squad to support Tim Southee to trouble the Indian batting line-up. Spinners Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi had also found it hard to bowl on the flat Dharamsala track. But on the Ferozeshah wicket both spinners will like to make their case stronger as conditions there will support the spinners.The squads:India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain and wicket-keeper), Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Manish Pandey, Jayant Yadav, Axar Patel, Jasprit Bumrah, Kedar Jhadav, Mandeep Singh, Amit Mishra, Dhawal Kulkarni, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya.New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Anton Devcich, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Matt Henry, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi (wicket-keeper), Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling, Tim Southee.last_img read more

India vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI: As It Happened

first_imgHello and welcome to the LIVE coverage from the second ODI between India and New Zealand at the Ferozshah Kotla. (SCORECARD | BALL-BY-BALL COMMENTARY)As It Happened:New Zealand (242/9) beat India (236) by 6 runs. Jadhav (41), Dhoni (39), Southee (3/52). 5-match series level 1-1. This is New Zealand’s first win on this tour and their first-ever victory at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi.(AP Photo)21.31 IST: India need 10 runs to win off the last over with 1 wicket in hand.  21.29 IST: Big wicket for NZ!Hardik Pandya falls for 36 off 32 balls. India need 11 runs from 7 balls.21.26 IST:  India 227/8 in 48 overs, need 16 runs from the last two overs.21.20 IST: Another good over for the hosts, 8 runs came off it. India 221/8, need 22 runs from 18 balls 21.14 IST: This match is headed for a tight finish. India 213/8, need 30 to win from 24 balls. 21.10 IST: Good over for India! Southee concedes 9 runs with Umesh smacking a four in that over. IND 204/8, need 39 from 30 21.01 IST: Pandya ends Henry’s over with a much-needed boundary. India 193/8, need 50 from 42 balls. 20.48 IST: Another one for Guptill, he gets his 2nd wicket in the over as Mishra falls for 1. India 183/8, need 60 runs from 55 balls.20.44 IST: WICKET!Axar Patel holes out at long-on, Guptill gets the wicket. India 180/7, need 63 runs from 59 balls.20.37 IST: That’s Out!! Tim Southee takes a stunning catch off his own bowling to send Dhoni back to the pavillion. India 172/6 in 39.3 overs, need 71 runs from 63 balls.(AP Photo)20.35 IST: MS Dhoni, who is batting on 37 from 63 balls, needs 24 more runs to complete 9000 runs in ODI cricket. advertisement20.30 IST: Black Caps have kept the batsmen quiet for some time now. India 161/5, need 82 from 72 balls.20.19 IST: Anton Devcich is struggling with cramps. He might have to go off the field. India 152/5 in 35.5 overs, need 91 runs from 86 balls. 20.16 IST: 150 up for India in 35.1 overs, need another 93 runs from 89 balls.20.08 IST: Close! That almost carried. He’s got out in similar fashion before as well.Full on the stumps, Axar Patel drives this back on the up. It falls just short of the spinner who gets low to take it. The left-hander survives. India 147/5 in 34 overs, need 96 more runs to win19.56 IST: OUT!! Matt Henry gets the breakthrough against the run of play as Kedar Jadhav edges a full delivery to the keeper. He departs for 41. India 139/5 in 31. 1 overs, need 104 more runs to win. 19.51 IST: Dhoni and Jadhav have upped the ante now at the Kotla. Last five overs: 37 runs. India 134/4 in 30 ovs, need 109 runs to win 19.42 IST: Fifty-run partnership between Dhoni and Jadhav comes up with a boundary by the latter. India 123/4, 120 runs from 22 overs. 19.31 IST: Big Hit!! Kedar Jadhav brings up India’s 100 with a huge six off Santner. India 103/4, need 140 runs to win.19.23 IST: India 87/4 in 23 overs (Dhoni 8*, Jadhav 6*), need 156 runs to beat New Zealand.19.08 IST: Run Out!! Manish Pandey falls short while going back for a quick second run. India 73/4 in 19.2 overs, need another 170 runs to win. 19.01 IST: WICKET!! Ajinkya Rahane holes out to Corey Anderson at deep backward square leg, Southee gets the wicket. Evidence though, suggests that the ball may have bounced in front of the fielder. India 72/3 in 18.4 overs. 18.43 IST: At this stage New Zealand were 85/1 in 15 overs. India are 57/218.34 IST: Big breakthrough for NZ!!(AP Photo)Mitchell Santner bowls one wide down the leg side but even then Virat Kohli manages to get a faint edge to the keeper. India 41/2 in 12 overs. 18.27 IST: FOUR!! Kohli smashes one through the covers to collect his first boundary. India 35/1 in 10 overs 18.15 IST: WICKET!!(AP Photo)Rohit Sharma dismissed, caught-behind off the bowling of Trent Boult for 15. India 21/1 in 7.1 overs.18.09 IST: Consecutive maidens from Trent Boult. Brilliant stuff. India 18/0 in 6 overs.  18.04 IST: SIX!! Rohit deposits a full delivery from Henry into the stands behind the sightscreen. 89-meter six from hit-man. India 18/0 in 5 overs. 18.02 IST: Trent Boult bowls the first maiden over of the match. Watchful start from both the Indian openers. India 7/0 in 4 overs. India in chases at home (in last 5 years):  Target Instances Won Lost NR Tied Win Percentage 225-249 2 2 0 0 0 100.00 250-275 7 4 3 0 0 57.14 276-299 3 2 0 1 0 66.67 300-325 3 0 3 0 0 0.00 325+ 4 2 2 0 0 50.00 All 250+ chases 19 10 8 1 0 52.6317.50 IST: 281 is the highest successful run chase at the Kotla. India (281/4) chased down this total against Sri Lanka way back in 1982. 17.47 IST: India’s run chase is underway with Rohit Sharma getting off the mark. Matt Henry has opened the bowling attack for NZ. India 2/0 in 1 over. New Zealand end up with 242/9 in 50 overs vs India. Kane Williamson 118, Tom Latham 46, Amit Mishra 3/60, Jasprit Bumrah 3/35. A terrific comeback from the Men in Blue towards the end of the innings! At one stage the Black Caps were at 202/3 in 40 overs but then Williamson’s wicket triggered a collapse. The visitors lost 6 wickets for 40 runs in the final 10 overs thanks to some superb bowling from Bumrah and Mishra in the death overs. Going into the dressing room, India will be very happy with how they’ve finished with the ball.  advertisement#TeamIndia need 243 runs to win the 2nd ODI @Paytm #INDvNZ. Follow the game here – https://t.co/Sq099Mi6fk pic.twitter.com/16uCKIeSE0 BCCI (@BCCI) October 20, 201616.54 IST: Bumrah is Bang On!! An outstanding yorker from Bumrah castles Tim Southee, who falls for a duck. NZ 225/8 in 45.5 overs 16.48 IST: Brilliant Catch! Anton Devcich falls prey to a superb catch by Axar Patel at short fine leg. Jasprit Bumrah gets his first wicket of the match. Black Caps collapse continues. NZ 224/7 in 45.1 overs.Watch @akshar2026’s marvellous catch @Paytm ODI Trophy #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/QBT53v691a BCCI (@BCCI) October 20, 201616.44 IST: Last 5 overs – 19 runs, 3 wickets. NZ 217/6 in 44 overs16.41 IST: WICKET!!Axar gets his first of the match as Luke Ronchi departs for 6. NZ 216/6 in 43.3 overs16.38 IST: Centurion departs! Kane Williamson holes out at long-off for 118, handing Amit Mishra his third wicket of the match. NZ 213/5in 43.3 overs.16.28 IST: WICKET!!Amit Mishra traps Corey Anderson plumb in front of off-stump. NZ 204/4 in 40.5 overs16.25 IST: 200 comes up for New Zealand in the 40th over. Their next target should be 300 from here on. NZ 202/3 in 40 overs.16.07 IST: Magnificent innings from the skipper!! Kane Williamson reaches his eighth ODI hundred in 109 balls. This is the first time a Kiwi batsman has reached triple figures on this tour. NZ 180/3 in 36 overs Century for Williamson #INDvNZ. Follow the game here – https://t.co/Sq099Mi6fk pic.twitter.com/LmVoZkCUar BCCI (@BCCI) October 20, 201616.03 IST: Kane Williamson, who is batting on 98, has called for some medical assistance. NZ 176/3 in 35.1 overs.15.42 IST: WICKET!! Amit Mishra finally gets a wicket. Ross Taylor, in the quest for some quick runs, slog-sweeps a tossed up delivery but hits it straight to Rohit at deep mid-wicket. Taylor departs for 21 off 42 balls. NZ 158/3 in 31 overs. 15.29 IST: Close Chance! Ross Taylor survives a very close run out chance. NZ 143/2 in 27.4 ovs15.23 IST: India have managed to slip in a quiet few overs after the departure of Tom Latham. NZ 138/2 in 27 overs. 14.57 IST: WICKET! So it takes a part-timer to break a big stand. Jadhav traps Latham lbw as New Zealand slip to 120/2 in the 21st over. Latham and Williamson had orchestrated a strong fightback for the Black Caps after Umesh had removed Latham in the first over of the innings.14.47 IST: That’s 100 up for New Zealand and also a century-run stand between Latham and Williamson.Kane Williamson. (BCCI Photo)  14.44 IST: SIX! Latham positions himself well and early and puts it away. Gets low to this floated delivery and sweeps it over the deep backward square boundary for a maximum. Beautifully hit, that. Mishra gives away 9 runs. NZ 99/1 in 17 overs14.36 IST: FOUR! That’s 26th ODI fifty for Kane Williamson! He welcomes Amir Mishra with a boundary. NZ 85/1 in 15 oversadvertisement50 for Kane Williamson! The captain taking 56 balls to get there. Has got better & better as innings gone on. 85-1, 14.3 #INDvNZ ^WN pic.twitter.com/xbbdZaOno5 BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) October 20, 201614.35 IST: FOUR! Lovely shot by the southpaw. Fullish in length and angled across, Latham just crunches this through the cover region and sends it all the way. NZ  77/1in 14 overs14.33 IST: DROPPED! This one should have been taken though. Bumrah bowls it full and outside off, Williamson drives this one the up and ends up lobbing it towards mid off. Hardik Pandya is the man there and he runs to his left. Dives low and tries to take it but fails to keep a hold of it. Williamson is dropped on 47!14.31 IST: LBW APPEAL! But it’s turned down and rightly so. Good length delivery angling in sharply on leg, Williamson looks to flick it away but misses and is rapped on the pads. There’s a huge appeal for a leg before but the umpire isn’t interested as it was sliding down leg.14.29 IST: FOUR! He’s turning it up here. Showing his strengths as he plays the spinners brilliantly. It’s flatter around off, Williamson goes back and plays this very late. Cuts it past short third man and sends it all the way, beating the chasing fielder with ease. That’s a big over for NZ, 16 runs off it. NZ 71/1 in 13 overs14.27 IST: SIX! Wonderful from Kane Williamson, just oozes class every time he plays. Axar Patel tosses it up outside off, Williamson makes good use of his feet, gets to the pitch of the delivery and launches it over the wide long on fence for a biggie. Turning out to be big over!14.26 IST: FOUR! It’s poor from Axar Patel and Williamson is on to this in a flash. Rocks back quickly to this flat and short delivery and pulls it through the gap in the mid-wicket region for a boundary.14.18 IST: Fifty comes up for New Zealand and that’s a fifty-run stand between Latham and Guptill as well.14.15 IST: Latham and Williamson have stitched a steady stand after the loss of Guptill in the first over. The partnership has moved into 40s now.Tom Latham. (BCCI Photo)14.10 IST: Jasprit Bumrah is introduced into the attack!  14.00 IST: FOUR! NEAT! Fuller outside off, Latham gets in line and drives it nicely through extra covers for a boundary. That was sweetly timed. NZ 34/1 in 7 overs13.50 IST: This is how Umesh Yadav got rid of Martin Guptill with a beauty! BCCI Photo 13.44 IST: FOUR! Fuller on middle, Williamson gets across a touch and clips it nicely through mid-wicket for a boundary. Umesh was trying for the in-swinger but did not get it to swing this time. NZ 13/1 in 3 overs13.38 IST: FOUR! Latham gets his first runs via a boundary! That’s also 1000 ODI runs for him. Fuller outside off, Latham gets nicely forward and drives it through covers for a boundary. He gets off the mark in style. NZ 5/1 in 1 over. Hardik Pandya gets another go with the new ball.13.34 IST: OUT! That’s a beauty! Umesh castles Guptill for a duck! Angles it on a good length on middle and off, comes in with the angle, Guptill looks to defend from his crease but is beaten by the late movement away. Guptill’s horrible tour continues. New Zealand in early trouble. Perfect start for India here! NZ 0/1 in 0.2 overs. Kane Williamson walks in at No.3.13.30 IST: Guptill and Latham to open for the Black Caps, while Umesh Yadav will start the proceedings for India. Here we go! 13.26 IST: The players are heading out for the national anthems.MS Dhoni: We will bowl. They have reduced the grass so it may slow down. If there is no variable bounce, we will be happy. Dew will make it easier. NZ is a dangerous side. Important to respect the opposition. Have to start from scratch in the shorter formats. Would be much lesser in pace. Last game, the ball came on nicely. Bowlers will have to adapt to the length as this is a wicket with less bounce. Same team.Kane Williamson: Looks a dry surface, hope to make good use with the bat up front and get a competitive total. Short straight boundaries here so we will look to get the partnerships early. Have to adapt with the ball if the dew comes in. First things first, have to get to a good start. Openers, top order need to assess. Tough to say as it looks like a dry surface. 3 changes – Boult, Henry and Devcich come in. Bracewell, Neesham and Sodhi miss out.Teams:India: Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni(w/c), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit BumrahNew Zealand: Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Anton Devcich, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi(w), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent BoultPitch Report: The ball will come on to the bat. Similar to Dharamsala but will only turn more. And with the dew factor coming in, captains will want to bowl first. Dhoni did that in Dharamsala and nothing different is to be expected today from whoever wins the toss. The plan will be to restrict them under 250 and chase the target under the lights, reckon Simon Doull and Sunil Gavaskar. .@msdhoni wins the toss at Feroz Shah Kotla and elects to field first @Paytm ODI Trophy #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/60TcfX6cIt BCCI (@BCCI) October 20, 20161:00 PM  MS Dhoni has won the toss once again as India opt to bowl at the Ferozeshah Kotla. India are unchanged while New Zealand have made three changes – Boult, Henry and Devcich come in12:43 PM  The second ODI couldn’t have been timed more better with Virender Sehwag celebrating his 38th birthday, and the cricketing journey starting right from this venue. 12:12 PM  The second one-dayer was earlier scheduled for Oct 19 but later BCCI moved it to next day considering ‘Karva Chauth’ festival can affect footfalls at the Kotla. After registering an easy win in the first match in Dharamsala, India would look to continue in the same vein, while New Zealand need to pull up their socks in all the departments.Preview: Brimming with confidence after a convincing victory in the first ODI, limited-overs skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will eye another big win when favourites India take on New Zealand in the second match of the five-match series at the Ferozshah Kotla Stadium.With the conditions at the Ferozshah Kotla favouring the spinners, the hosts will bank on their last ODI performance where Kedar Jadhav and experienced legspinner Amit Mishra, who ran through the Kiwi’s middle and lower order.It is also expected that Dhoni will not make any changes to the playing eleven as each player seemed like complementing each other in the last match. While, Suresh Raina will miss the match as the southpaw is still recovering from a bout of viral fever.In the batting department, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey and Dhoni had decent starts in the last game and are expected to score big runs in the second game. (India haven’t lost an ODI at the Kotla in 11 years)The bowling department has settled down into a nice rhythm as pacers and spinners chipped in with vital breakthroughs when needed.Sent into bat in the last ODI, New Zealand would have been disappointed to be bowled out with 37 balls still remaining in their innings, so skipper Kane Williamson will likely make some changes in the top order.Apart from Tom Latham, batsmen Martin Guptil, Ross Taylor and Williamson looked clueless against the Indian bowlers and will have to come good if they want to match India. (Anil Kumble backs Hardik Pandya to continue good form)In the bowling department, pacer Trent Boult may be included in the squad to support Tim Southee to trouble the Indian batting line-up. Spinners Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi had also found it hard to bowl on the flat Dharamsala track. But on the Kotla wicket both spinners will like to make their case stronger as conditions there will favour spinners.last_img read more

Manmohan, Nitish in PM-headed panel to commemorate birth

first_imganniversary of Guru Gobind SinghNew Delhi, Nov 15 (PTI) Former prime minister Manmohan Singh, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav have been included in a high-profile national committee formed to commemorate the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh.Prime Minister Narendra Modi is chairman of the committee.Modi has already announced that government will celebrate 350th birth anniversary of Sikh Guru Gobind Singh across the country and has earmarked Rs 100 crore for it.A mega event is likely to be organised in Patna, birth place of Guru Gobind Singh, later this year or early 2017, a source said.Former BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu is also member of the committee.BJP president Amit Shah, LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan, Punjab Chief Minister and SAD leader Parkash Singh Badal will also be part of this high-profile panel.Various Union Cabinet ministers are also part of the panel including Home minister Rajnath Singh, Extrenal Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, Finance minister Arun Jaitley, Culture minister Mahesh Sharma and Food Processing minister Harsimrat Badal among others.The committee has prominent personalities from various spheres of life such as defence forces, film industry, corporate sector, arts and sports.Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra and Lata Mangeshkar have been included in this panel, while corporate leaders including Max Group Chairman Analjit Singh, Apollo Tyres Chairman Onkar Kanwal among others are also in the committee.Cricketer Harbhajan Singh, golfer Arjun Atwal, shooter Abhinav Bindra are also part of the panel. PTI JTR DIPlast_img read more

Injured Hardik Pandya out for six weeks, may miss England ODIs

first_imgIndia allrounder Hardik Pandya has been ruled out of competitive cricket for a minimum of six weeks after the shoulder injury he sustained during the net-session turned out to be a hairline fracture.The rehabilitation will start post recovery and it makes Hardik a doubtful starter for India’s ODI series against England starting in Pune on January 15.”BCCI medical team confirms that India allrounder Pandya has sustained a hairline fracture on his right shoulder.He will take minimum six weeks to recover from this injury,” a BCCI release stated.”BCCI medical team will monitor his progress and rehabilitation programme and update accordingly. Hardik was struck by a ball during a net session before the start of the third Test match against England in Mohali,” the releaseadded.Opener KL Rahul and wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha are already in the injured list.last_img read more

Ilayathalapathy meets Thalapathy: Vijay visits Rajinikanth on the sets of 2.0

first_imgVijay, who recently wrapped up the shoot for his upcoming actioner Bairavaa, met superstar Rajinikanth at MGR Film City, where the Kabali actor was reportedly shooting for 2.0.Though it was a cordial meeting between both the superstars of Tamil cinema, the news has created quite a stir in the Tamil circuit. ALSO READ: Kajol to work with Dhanush in Velai Illa Pattadhari 2? ALSO READ: Rajinikanth’s 2.0 budget goes up to a whopping Rs 400 croreSpeaking about the meeting, a source was quoted by The Times Of India as saying, “It was a surprise for the entire film unit to know that Rajini sir was shooting in the same location. Vijay immediately visited the set to have a friendly chat with Rajini sir. However, the actor didn’t pose for a picture with him, as Superstar was sporting a particular look for the film.”While Ilayathalapathy Vijay’s commercial entertainer Bairavaa will hit the screens on the auspicious occasion of Pongal, Thalaivar’s 2.0 will release on Diwali next year.Bairavaa, which is directed by Bharathan of Azhagiya Thamizh Magan fame, stars Keerthy Suresh, Sathish and YG Mahendra in pivotal roles.The teaser of Bairavaa was out on Diwali (November 28) and opened to great response from the audience and has clocked more than 10 million views on YouTube.WATCH HERE: All about Rajinikanth’s 2.0last_img read more

Resolute action needed to protect spirit behind sports:India

first_imgFrom Yoshita SinghUnited Nations, Dec 7 (PTI) India has called for concerted action to prevent corruption, violence and drug abuse permeate the world of sports,stressing that nations should promote a culture of sports for helping build peace and cooperation among people and countries.”Sport is a reflection of the society. The degeneration of values in the society- violence, corruption, hooliganism, deception and drug abuse have been noticed raising their heads in sport,” Minister in Indias Permanent Mission to the UN S Srinivas Prasad said at a General Assembly session on Sports for Peace and Development here yesterday.Prasad emphasised that “concerted vigil and resolute action” are needed to prevent intrusion of these societal ills and to protect the “noble ideals and spirit” behind the Olympic Games and other sports.He added that it must be the endeavor of nations to promote sports and a culture of sports in as a means of building, peace, friendship, cooperation and understanding among peoples.While sporting events have been used for political ends, including for propaganda and boycott, on the whole various sporting competitions overwhelmingly have served to bring people and nations together and uplift the human spirit collectively, he said.Citing Indias example, Prasad said national teams in popular sports such as cricket and hockey reflect the diversity of the countrys population, with players speaking different languages and belonging to different faiths and backgrounds playing together as one.He pointed out that the focus of Indias sports policy of broad basing of sports and developing sports infrastructure across the country is to draw more and more youth, both in the cities and rural areas, to sports and provide a platform for its potential to advance social and developmental goals.advertisementHe however acknowledged that India is still working to improve its performance in many of the Olympic disciplines but noted the exceptional performance by young athletes, particularly women, at the recent Rio Olympics.He said the fresh crop of young athletes had “endeared themselves with their courageous performance at the world stage despite the odds that they have faced in life.” He lauded the performances of Indias young sportswomen wrestler Sakshi Malik, badminton star PV Sindhu and gymnast Dipa Karmakar, who won medals at the prestigious games and “in their own ways conveyed the exciting story of womens empowerment in India.”He said Malik embodies the determination of women from the rural areas of Haryana to pursue their dreams overcoming a deeply conservative and patriarchal rural society, while Karmakar from the border state of Tripura highlighted the determination of young women from rural pockets of India to participate in sports despite lack of opportunities and facilities for women.”Their stories and exploits in the Olympics have resonated across India, making the Rio Olympics both a stage and a booster for womens empowerment in India,” he said. PTI YAS AMS NSA AMSlast_img read more

State Assembly clears Maharashtra Universities Act

first_imgNagpur, Dec 8 (PTI) The Maharashtra Assembly today passed the Maharashtra Universities Act, seen as a major reform in the states higher education sector.The Act would allow Universities to conduct Board of Studies (BoS) elections, which were held up by the government for the last one-and-a-half years.The amended bill was tabled by State Education Minister Vinod Tawde in the House. He said, the bill was cleared by a joint panel of 25 legislators from both Houses after making as many as 56 amendments.The panel also comprised two former education ministers, college owners and experts from various fields.Deliberating on the new amendments, the Minister said the changes are aimed at extending maximum benefits to the students.He said now BoS would also have merit rank holder in the respective faculty examinations as one of the members.”So far only senior members were allowed to run the BoS. But introduction of fresh faces would make it a complete body,” said the minister.The minister added that earlier, students pursuing sports had to skip examinations if they were busy with various games. “Now, the universities could conduct separate exams for them, thus saving their precious academic year,” said Tawde.Same would be applicable for the handicapped students coming under Divyang category (handicapped), he added.Even choice-based credit system (CBCS) would be made flexible so that Arts stream student could study subjects like Biochemistry,” he said. PTI JOE RMT BSA SRElast_img read more

Ford launches Figo and Aspire Sports Edition in India; prices start at Rs 5.81 lakh

first_imgFord India on Monday launched the ‘Sports Editions’ of its hatchback Figo and compact sedan Aspire for a base price of Rs 5.81 lakh and Rs 6.16 lakh respectively. The Sports Edition features all-new tuned suspension, with bigger and wider 15-inch alloy wheels across two popular Ford models.Price: Models     Petrol     Diesel Ford Figo Sports Edition      Rs 6.31 lakh    Rs 7.21 lakh Ford Figo Titanium      Rs 5.81 lakh    Rs 6.71 lakh Ford Aspire Sports Edition     Rs 6.50 lakh    Rs 7.60 lakh Ford Aspire Titanium      Rs 6.16 lakh    Rs 7.26 lakhEngine:Both the models are available with a choice of two powertrains — 1.2l TiVCT petrol engine, generating a peak power of 88 PS and fuel efficiency of 18.12 KM/l and 1.5l TDCi diesel engine that generates class-leading power of 100 PS and fuel efficiency of 24.29 KM/l. The engines will be paired to a five-speed manual transmission.Ford Figo Sports EditionDesign:Both Ford Figo and Aspire Sports Edition boast of an aggressive, impressive look. Sharp, fresh exterior changes on the two models, include sporty grille, black inset on headlamp bezel and smart, dynamic graphics on the sides and rear.Ford Figo Sports EditionAn all-new black honeycomb grille across Figo Sports Edition further enhances the bold and trademark trapezoidal grille. The dual-tone exterior with a contrasting black painted roof, all-new black alloys and outside rear view mirrors (ORVMs). The Aspire Sports Edition also dons a new grille with smart black painted bars.Interiors:The sophisticated exterior theme across Sports Edition extends inside with sporty all-black interiors – from inner door handles to the centre console. The Ford Figo Sports Edition seats will don impressive red stitching while Aspire Sports Edition’s cabin will feature sophisticated fog grey stitching. The steering is leather wrapped and uses contrasting coloured seams.advertisementFord Aspire Sports EditionFeatures:The Sports Edition cars will also feature MyFord Dock — a first-in-class feature, offering drivers a unique solution for storing, mounting and charging mobile phones, MP3 player, and satellite navigation systems, and for integrating these devices into the car’s entertainment system.Safety Features:The Figo and Aspire Sports Edition make driver and passenger safety a top priority and will be equipped with dual front driver and passenger airbags, along with ABS and EBD as standard.Ford Aspire Sports EditionColors:The Ford Figo and Aspire Sports Editions will be available in five and seven exciting colours respectively ranging across Ruby Red, Sparkling Gold, Oxford White, Tuxedo Black, Deep Impact Blue, Ingot Silver and Smoke Grey.last_img read more

HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championship 2017 from May 29

first_imgPune, May 25 (PTI) Global conglomerate HCL will host the HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championship 2017, the most reputed tennis championship in the Asian circuit for the U/18 category in association with the Maharashtra State Lawn tennis Association here, from May 29.The Championship, which is the only B1 category tournament in Asia will take place from May 29 to June 03, 2017 at MSLTA school of tennis courts at the Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi in Pune, a media release said here.Players from 11 countries in the region (Thailand, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Philippines, Hong-Kong, Malaysia, China, Sri Lanka, Iran and India) are participating in the Championship.The Championship is the second highest tournament anywhere in the world after the junior grand slams, and provides top Indian players a chance to compete against their global counterparts as well as earn valuable ITF points to build on their overall international ranking, it said.Held under the aegis of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), Asian Tennis Federation (ATF), All India Tennis Association (AITA) and the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association (MSLTA), the six-day Championship will witness participation from over 100 Indian and international players in the Singles and Doubles categories for both boys and girls.Each category draw of 32, will include the top 22 players (basis their ITF ranking) who will get direct entry into the main draw and the remaining players will be drawn from the qualifying matches and wild cards. Eleven girls and eight boys in the main draws are from India, it added.Kaustubh Shah has been designated as the Tournament Director of the event, while ITF White Badge referee has been appointed as the ITF Supervisor for the event.advertisementIn 2016, Naoki Tajima from Japan (world ranking of 28) and Xiyu Wang from China (world ranking of 13) were the champions of the Asian Junior Tennis Champion, said the release. PTI NRB DK DKlast_img read more

Zinedine Zidane can stay at Real Madrid C.F. for life, says Florentino Perez

first_imgZinedine Zidane can stay at Real Madrid for life, club President Florentino Perez said on Saturday, after the Frenchman became the first manager to win the Champions League two years in a row with a dominant 4-1 win over Juventus.Real produced a ruthless second-half display after an evenly matched first 45 minutes. They put more goals past Juventus in 90 minutes than the Italian champions had conceded in their previous 12 Champions League games.The impressive win crowned a remarkable first full season in charge for former Real midfielder Zidane, who led the team to a first La Liga title in five years, delivering the club’s first European Cup and league double since 1958.”Zidane can stay at Real Madrid for the rest of his life,” Perez told radio station Cadena Ser.”Every Real Madrid fan is so grateful to him, he lifted our level of talent when he arrived in 2001 and was the best player in the world.”Now he is the best coach in the world. He has been our coach for 17 months but he has done everything possible.”It was Zidane’s stunning volley against Bayer Leverkusen that won Real the 2002 title in Glasgow, while last year, five months after replacing Rafael Benitez as coach, he breathed new life into a demotivated team and took them to the Champions League trophy.”I can’t say whether I’ll stay for the rest of my life but I’m so grateful for the club for everything it has given me,” Zidane told a news conference.advertisement”I played here for a long time and I feel part of the furniture. I’m also lucky to be part of this club and with this squad. Every player in the squad has played their part, and that’s been the key factor this season.”Real made a sluggish start to the final and while they took the lead through Cristiano Ronaldo’s low finish they were soon pegged back by Mario Mandzukic’s spectacular overhead kick.The Spanish champions were utterly dominant after the break, however.”I told the players to keep what they were doing but to play wider and put more pressure on them, and I said that when we got the ball play as you know how,” Zidane said.”It worked spectacularly. Scoring four times against Juventus is not easy.”last_img read more

Google brings Daydream View to India for Rs 6,499

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 12 (PTI) Tech giant Google has launched its Daydream View in the Indian market for Rs 6,499 as it attempts to cash in on the nascent, but growing virtual reality market in the country.The VR headset, which competes with the likes of Samsungs Gear VR and HTCs premium offering Vive, will allow users experience sports and live events in full 360-degree panoramic view.Googles Daydream View headset and controller will go on sale on e-commerce platform, Flipkart. The device was launched in markets like the US, the UK and Australia in November last year.”Swim with a pod of dolphins, stand at the edge of a volcano and even visit Pluto with Daydream View. Users can teleport from virtually anywhere to pretty much everywhere. Our aim is to make the VR experience mobile so that customers can easily carry it anywhere with them,” Google Vice President Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Clay Bavor said.He added that Google is working with developers, smartphone companies, and content creators to make VR accessible to all.Daydream View, however, works with Googles Pixel, Pixel XL and Moto Z currently and will soon be available for Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+.Daydream-ready phones are built with high-resolution displays, powerful mobile processors and high-fidelity sensors?all tuned to support great VR experiences, Google said.Daydreams controller is packed with sensors that respond precisely to a users movement and gestures, letting them interact with the virtual world the same way they would in the real world around them.advertisementSome apps and games on Daydream include NYT VR, Guardian VR, The Turning Forest, Netflix VR, Google Play Movies, Within, Fantastic Beasts, The Arcslinger, Need for Speed No Limits VR, LEGO BrickHeadz Builder VR. PTI SR SBTlast_img read more

Never give up on dreams is what this win taught me: Bopanna

first_imgBy Amanpreet Singh New Delhi, Jun 14 (PTI) Basking in the glory of his first Grand Slam title win, Rohan Bopanna says his mixed doubles title triumph at the French Open has strengthened his belief that “one should never give up on dreams”. Bopanna had to wait for 14 years after turning Pro to clinch a Major trophy, the French Open mixed doubles with Gabriela Dabrwoski, and the 37-year-old said it was worth the wait. Its not only the defeats and tough times that teach, certain victories too signal a few things. “Never give up on your dreams. That is something which stands out (in this win),” Bopanna, only the fourth Indian ever to win a Grand Slam, said in an interaction with PTI after meeting Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel. He is a late bloomer, who has contributed in some of Indias most memorable Davis Cup wins in singles, but it does not matter. “Age is only a number. You cant set a timeline (for achievements). As long as you believe in yourself and keep working hard, nothing can stop you. I worked towards my goal, every single day and I am feeling grateful that my team also put in efforts. Although tennis is an individual sport, everyone has contributed in it,” said the winner of 16 ATP titles. Mixed doubles is played only at Grand Slams and even considered a side show. Bopanna refused comment on the perception but asserted that to have singles champions, many things need to change in India. However, nothing can be taken away from Bopannas achievement since he took up a sport which hardly finds support from corporates in the country and is in the limelight most of the time for wrong reasons. When an athlete is recognised only after achieving something at the global stage, such victories are to be savoured and Bopanna is living every moment of it. “To get singles champions we need to have a system in place at the grassroots level. We have a very limited support from the Federation (AITA), or Corporates. We need that system to compete with European standards. We still have a long way to go,” he said. So there shouldnt be complaints about only having doubles champions and not singles? “Its not about complaining. We should look at it in a positive way. Everyone from outside plays a part (in progress of a player), whether it is Federation, parents, coaches. These guys need support from junior level and that is when you create champions.” Bopanna is doing his bit for the sport by bringing in foreign coaches at his academy — UKs Aubrey Barrett and Serbias Dragan Bukumirovic. “I am also bringing a couple of coaches to my academy in Bangalore from outside. They will be here for a year and help these kids. I tell the players if they go outside, go for a year not for a month or so. “In a month it does not really help improve much. Thats why I am bringing these coaches, lets hope the kids make good use of this opportunity, coming this month,” he said. Interestingly, the French Tennis Federation (FFT), which is keen to promote clay court tennis, is also willing to chip in to help Bopanna whose academy has clay courts. “We have been in talks. Unfortunately our schedule was such (during French Open) that we could not sit and discuss much. Nice that they are encouraging tennis in India.” Talking about his meeting with Sports Minister Vijay Goel, he said,”I always keep reading that they are doing so much for sports, so it was good to meet him in person. Its encouraging that they are working on a few things.” “He was happy that I have started my tennis academy in Bangalore. Lets see how the government and the players can come together and help the sport.” Asked if Bopanna will get the Arjuna Award, Goel said, “All deserving players should get it. We will constitute a committee which has set rules. It will decide on that.” PTI AT PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

In pictures: Kerala’s famous snake boat races to be made into a big show like IPL

first_imgMove over Indian Premiere League, for Kerala’s famous snake boat race is on its way to get the makeover of a league sport.The state government has given all permissions necessary for a revamped Kerala Boat Race League (KBL) to take place this season.So far, however, only snake boats, which are known as “vallam kali”, have been allowed to be a part of the league. Other traditional boat races will take place outside the league.Kerala’s famous boat race. Source: nehrutrophy.nic.in”Only snake boats will be allowed to participate in the KBL. The competitions of small boats will be held as usual. We hope that from next year, KBL will get many more sponsors,” A TOI report quotes Finance minister T M Thomas Isaac.”The nine snake boats, which come in the last leg of NTBR, will qualify for the other eight competitions in the league. The snake boats, which score highest points in the competitions, will be declared as the champion in the league,” the report quotes K K Shaju, an expert committee member.Kerala’s famous boat race. Source: nehrutrophy.nic.inWHERE DID THE IDEA COME FROM?The KBL, comprising of nine races, is scheduled to kick-start sometime in August and last till October.Reports have it that the NTBR was the first to propose the idea of having a Indian Premier League-style version of Kerala’s traditional boat races.Kerala’s famous boat race. Source: nehrutrophy.nic.inTHE HISTORYThe snake boat gets its name from the shape of its front end, which is bents upward like a snake serpent about to strike (use your imagination to picture it).advertisementFor a race, a snake boat, usually 100-foot long, accommodates and needs around a hundred rowers to ride.The legendary Nehru Trophy Boat Race gets its name from the time when late Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was invited to watch a local boat race during his visit to Kerala in 1952.Kerala’s famous boat race. Source: nehrutrophy.nic.inThe snake boat races, held around the time of Onam, is said to be not only a major event in Kerala, but also “one of the biggest mass sporting events in the world.”We have the KBL gets telecast on TV for the whole country to enjoy.Kerala’s famous boat race. Source: nehrutrophy.nic.inlast_img read more

La Liga: Marco Asensio magic rescues Real Madrid C.F. against Valencia, Sevilla win

first_imgSpanish champions Real Madrid had to rely on two stunning strikes from a relentless Marco Asensio as they drew 2-2 at home to Valencia on Sunday while Sevilla grabbed a scarcely deserved first win of the campaign by beating Getafe 1-0.Asensio, 21, delighted the Santiago Bernabeu with a long- range opening strike but Valencia scored two impressive team goals either side of the break through homegrown youngster Carlos Soler and debutant Geoffrey Kondogbia.Marcelino’s side led with 13 minutes to go, forcing Asensio to rescue Real with a superb free kick in the 83rd minute.Madrid missed the presence of their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo and captain Sergio Ramos through suspension but almost stole the three points in stoppage-time when Karim Benzema’s shot was turned on to the post by Valencia goalkeeper Neto.”We’ve paid for the intense month we’ve had,” said Real defender Dani Carvajal after his side’s fifth competitive game in 20 days.”We had all types of chances and we could have got more from the game but Valencia are very strong opponents and they’ve taken a point off us.”Valencia coach Marcelino added: “We have to congratulate ourselves for how we played and the result. We leave here feeling very good about ourselves.”Real Madrid have four points from two games heading into the international break while Barcelona, Real Sociedad and Leganes won both their opening matches.Reuters PhotoAsensio, who is proving to be a specialist at sensational goals, struck for the third time this season to give Madrid the lead in the 10th minute.advertisementThe Mallorcan picked the ball up 30 metres out and headed straight towards the goal, pinging it into the bottom corner with an exquisite finish from outside the area.TEAM MOVEValencia responded with a perfectly executed team move between three academy graduates. Jose Gaya began the play with a darting run down the left and released 19-year-old Toni Lato who delivered the cross which Soler crashed past Keylor Navas.Madrid took a while to digest the equaliser but nearly went ahead again before the break, as Karim Benzema was denied by a fine low save by Neto.Madrid spurned two further chances before the interval but in the second half they found it much harder to get through this organised Valencia side, who look vastly improved from last season.Luka Modric fired a shot at Neto from range which the Brazilian tipped away but Valencia did most of the attacking, with Kondogbia and Simone Zaza missing the target and Navas tipping away a rocket from visiting captain Dani Parejo.Their second goal was another expertly crafted move, with Gaya bursting into the box and working the ball to Rodrigo Moreno who held it up for Kondogbia to crash the ball beyond Navas.Asensio, however, had other ideas.Reuters PhotoSevilla, who finished fourth last season, produced another unconvincing display at Getafe and are still finding their feet under Berizzo, but earned the win thanks to a moment of inspiration from Ganso.The Brazilian was being tightly marked when Gabriel Mercado’s cross came his way in the area and he nonchalantly stuck out his right foot to flick the ball into the far corner in the 83rd minute.Athletic Bilbao earned a first win under coach Jose Angel Ziganda by beating fellow Basque side Eibar 1-0 away and Leganes won 1-0 at Espanyol.last_img read more