Hopes rest on Indian shuttle star Saina

first_imgIf there is one Indian athlete who most people in China recognise, it is Saina Nehwal. As the badminton diva begins her campaign at the Asian Games, she is aware what the pressure of expectations is like. Saina experienced it at the Commonwealth Games where she seemed down and out in the final before beating Mew Choo Wong of Malaysia from a point of no return.Saina Nehwal is the second seed for the women’s singles competition at the Asian Games.As one who had lost in the first round of Doha Asian Games in 2006, Saina’s journey in the intervening years in the world of badminton has indeed been a phenomenal one.As Saina begins her campaign on Saturday, she is aware what the expectations from her are. More so, as in the 48-year history of badminton at the Asian Games, no Indian has won a gold medal. There have been bronze medal efforts before but if Saina is the answer for a gold, it’s not going to be easy.The draw would suggest she has an easy passage till the semi-finals but in modern sport there is nothing like an easy match. The world number three is seeded second in the draw here and expected to face Hong Kong’s Pui Yin Yip, the sixth seed.As rules do not permit more than two Chinese in an event, Saina is billed to meet China’s third seeded Wang Shixian in the semifinals. She had lost to the same player in the quarter-finals at the World Championship recently.advertisement”I was not in good shape during the World Championship after winning three events in June. My body refused to take more load,” she says.Indian hopes in the men’s section revolve around Parupalli Kashyap, who emerged India’s star player at the Commonwealth Games with a bronze.One cannot forget the solid showing put up by Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, who won the doubles gold at the Commonwealth Games. Predictions are they will run into second seeded Chinese Shu Cheng and Yunlei Zhao in the second round.last_img read more

Sri Lanka vow to win it for their fans back home

first_imgSri Lanka are looking to win the World Cup as much for the people back home as for Muttiah Muralitharan, who will be playing his last international match on Saturday.Former captain Mahela Jayawardene made it clear that winning the coveted trophy for the fans was the foremost thing on every player’s mind – including Murali.”We started off the campaign thinking that we will win the Cup for our fans back home and it will remain the same. Obviously we want to dedicate the win to Murali but even for him the country comes ahead of everyone,” he said.Talking about one of his closest accomplices in the team, Jayawardene said: ” What he has accomplished is for everyone to see. But I would like to take this opportunity to disclose that he was the first person in the Lankan team to take me out for a meal when I made my debut. Even today, he is the first person to take a new member in the team out for a meal.” Sometimes his sweetness can be irritating like when he goes to the opposition camp and exchanges pleasantries with them,” he added.The stylish right- hander feels the sub- continent teams- three of which made it to semi- finals – were expected to play well considering they were playing in home conditions. ” I don’t believe in this shift in power. If three of the four sub- continent teams manage to reach the semifinals in the next edition in Australia- New Zealand, only then can we say that the power has shifted. At home, with conditions favouring our players, we were expected to prosper,” he said.advertisementJayawardene believes that it was the title triumph in 1996 that helped Sri Lankan turn a new leaf. ” The win in 1996 helped the players believe in themselves.Even players like me who were coming through the ranks then believed that we could compete and win against the best teams in the world. As seniors we now tend to do the same with the younger players,” he said.last_img read more

Orissa: Posco land acquisition halted due to rains

first_imgHeavy rains for the second day prevented the land acquisition for Rs 52,000 crore POSCO 12 MT steel plant project by Orissa government, even as social activists and leaders rushed to the area to support the anti-displacement brigade.”Like Friday, heavy rains prevented acquisition of land on Saturday also. Our teams were ready, but work could not be started because of rains,” Additional District Magistrate Paradip Sarojkanta Choudhury said.The process of land acquisition was stalled due to protests by locals as well as ‘Raja’ festival for five days since Sunday and will commence again on Monday.”Everything depends on the weather,” Jagatsinghpur district special land acquisition officer Surjit Das said.The district administration had made elaborate security arrangements with deployment of police force in the proposed plant site near Paradip to prevent any untoward incident.Meanwhile, POSCO Pratirodh Sangram Samiti (PPSS), which spearheads the agitation against land acquisition has plans to oppose the acquisition by forming human chains.Politicians, social and civil right activists along with educationists are now making a beeline to Dhinkia village in the proposed plant site.A group of activists led by Swami Agnivesh rushed to the proposed project area. “It is illegal to hand over fertile land to a multinational company. The government has no right to destroy a well developed agrarian economy in the name of establishing the country’s biggest FDI,” Agnivesh said.While a delegation of Congress is slated to visit Dhinkia soon, leaders of CPI and CPI(M) and a BJP team are scheduled to tour the area next week.– With PTI inputsadvertisementFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

British Open: Indian golfer Anirban Lahiri memorable debut

first_imgIndian golfer Anirban Lahiri enjoyed a memorable debut at The Open Championship with a bogey-free 68 to lie four shots behind leader Adam Scott of Australia after the first round.The 25-year-old credited a hot putter for his superb start at Royal Lytham and St Annes on Thursday, holing several long efforts to keep the bogeys off his card in the year’s third Major. Lahiri, a two-time Asian Tour winner, got off to a flying start with a five-foot birdie and then rattled in a 25-footer on the 13th hole.”It’s a dream start for a first Open. Bogey free round with a 68, I’ll take that any day. I was really nervous out there on the first tee. But I hit probably the best shot of the day to five feet and made the putt,” said Lahiri, who ended the day in tied 14th place.”Every time I hit it into a bad position, my putter helped me out. It saved me a lot of shots as I holed at least three or four shots outside of 20 feet. That’s what you need on a course like this to keep your round together. It’s not easy to make a whole bunch of birdies. On the back nine, I hit it good. I could have made one or two more but I’ll take it.”With a late tee time, Lahiri spent his morning watching the early action and learned a few tricks which he said helped him put together a solid start.”My caddie told me to watch some of the Open and get a feel of how things are reacting. It can help you save some shots if you find some players repeating a pattern on a certain hole. It helped me out today,” said Lahiri, who won the SAIL-SBI Open earlier this year.”I saw Tiger hit some inspiring chips. He hit a great chip on the fifth hole and I had a similar shot on the third and I imagined it and hit a great chip as well.”With his father in the small gallery following his group, Lahiri struggled off the tee on the front nine and hit only one fairway. He scrambled superbly but knows he must be sharper off the tee in the second round to keep his magical run going.advertisementlast_img read more

Heritage Meets Modernity: The club culture of Kolkata

first_imgIf you thought that Kolkata was only about heritage with a dash of a colonial hangover, think again. Kolkatans may still like to indulge in one of the most British cultures of the city, but come a new era, the face of club culture is fast changing.  A residual feature of colonial British culture that still remains embedded in the very DNA of the city is that of the club culture. These clubs originally began as places of British refuge and entertainment for the officials who visited the city. Today, they stand as testimonies of the cultural past of the city. However, they are not just merely residues of the past. Most of these elite clubs are highly functional and as elite even today. This makes them interesting spaces where the past meets the present.  According to fashion designer Agnimitra Paul, a frequent face at the city clubs, the club culture of Kolkata is a unique feature of the city’s culture. “The people of no other city are as involved in the culture of the clubs as they are here in Kolkata,” said she.Clubs like the Tollygunge Club, the Bengal Club, the Calcutta Club, Dalhousie Institute are some such elite clubs that were set up in the British era. Even today, they remain as elite in terms of membership, with waiting lists that seem to stretch on forever. Although their events remain largely traditional and annual such as their famous Christmas lunches and so on, these clubs have adapted themselves to suit the changing times. While these events still remain annual and quite traditional, the ways in which they are celebrated now differ greatly from their colonial counterpart. With the use of DJs and events like fashion shows, annual club events have moved forward in sync with the changing times.advertisementArun Mukherji, president of the Tollygunj Club, affectionately called the “Tolly” Club, firmly believes that change is the key to the success of a club. “Tolly is a sports-centric club therefore modernisation of the sports facilities is an important factor to us. We must change with the times. In the 60s, there were dances that used to be organised here. Today, we have similar events, but they have been modernised,” said he.If a club is an area for interaction between people, it is imperative to study the changing demographics in order to understand the changing face of these clubs. These heritage clubs have been part of the city for years, thus membership has often run as a heirloom through elite Kolkata families. However, this is changing today. The members of yesteryears were what Mukherji calls “manor-born”. It is not entirely so today. Today, self-made individuals who may not come from traditionally affluent families are seeking membership at these clubs, thus diversifying the population.While these clubs themselves have been changing to keep up with the times, the city has also seen the rise of new-age commercial clubs. If the traditionally Brit clubs still have never ending waiting lists for memberships, these new clubs have happily opened their doors to the 21st century metropolitan citizen seeking the luxuries of a club life.Although these new age clubs promise to bring the luxury of the club life, they are markedly different from the traditional clubs. Spring Club, located on E.M. Bypass is one such haunt.However, Sanjeev Ghosh, General Manager at the Spring Club said, “These new clubs have come up due to the change in lifestyles of the people of this city. The old clubs are more traditional in their approach whereas new ones such as ours are free spaces for people to relax. Our events are very different from that of those clubs. They have annual, restricted events where you can bring up to three guests at a time. Over here, we have weekly parties, where you can entertain whoever you like.”This unique culture of Kolkata has its own set of takers of course. Sanjay Budhia, Managing Director of Patton Group, Eastern Region, is one such patron. “The traditional clubs like the Tolly Club and the Bengal Club are clubs which are very old and complete in their facilities. However, as they are traditional places, they are restricted to their particular zones in the city. I feel that the club culture is a rather relaxing culture that everyone should indulge in. It rejuvenates you and allows you to work better after. It is a place where I can blend work and leisure. I like to relax here with my family on weekends. But I also like to bring my international clients here to give them a taste of our unique club culture. They are never disappointed,” said he.advertisementWhile new clubs are springing up all over the city, patrons seem divided in their opinions about the two different lifestyles. There still exists a group of loyalists who still swear by their traditional clubs. However, some seem to be more open to the idea of having new clubs in town. Budhia seems to be one who is open to these new clubs. On this front he says, “The old clubs are quite excellent, but the problem with them is that they are constricted to certain parts of the city. I like the fact that there are new clubs in town. Now everyone can enjoy the club facilities throughout the city.”These new clubs are a step away from the traditional British culture of the traditional ones. While clubs like Tolly and CC&FC revel in Western festivities like Christmas and New Years’ Eve, the new clubs like Stadel and Spring Club are turning to Indian festivals. If Indian festivals are about the community coming together, and clubs are spaces of social communion, what better place to celebrate grand Indian festivals?”The Spring Club is a place with a family environment. There are family oriented events based on Indian festivals now like Bhai Dooj, Diwali, Baisakhi and so on, which is conductive for conserving our rich Indian heritage,” says industrialist Kamal Gandhi.Agnimitra Paul feels that the traditional clubs have their own place. Talking about the place of new clubs in the city, she said, “There clubs may not be as reputed or have the heritage of the older ones, but they do have top class facilities. Getting membership here is much easier and they also have events more frequently. If they keep up the quality, soon they will be at par with the old clubs.”With a blend of the old and a dash of new, the club culture in Kolkata is growing to become a rather interesting affair indeed.last_img read more

Play the podcast

first_imgPodcasts – audio files that listeners can either directly download to their computers or mobile device or play online – are a great way to learn stuff in an informative and entertaining way especially if you do not have the time to sit down and sift through numerous education blogs.,Podcasts – audio files that listeners can either directly download to their computers or mobile device or play online – are a great way to learn stuff in an informative and entertaining way especially if you do not have the time to sit down and sift through numerous education blogs. There are plenty of fascinating and informative options that are worth listening to which range from movies, music and pop-culture, tech news, food, product reviews and educational information. Here’s our short list of four informative podcasts so you can learn on the go.EcontalkThis is a series which takes place as a one-on-one discussion between Russell Roberts and another guest. An insightful discussion on the history of economics, EconTalk is one of the best podcast on the financial market today. The show highlights the theory behind economics and explains situations and topics that a wide variety of people can understand and relate to. The major theme of the podcast revolves around the evolution of markets and other economic phenomenon. However it sometimes also ventures into additional themes like the economics of sports, health and education. The show has featured some Nobel Laureates like Gary Becker, Milton Friedman and Joseph Stiglitz.From Stanford To StartupKevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, the co-founders of Instagram, one of the biggest online mobile photo sharing and video sharing service, narrate their first hand experience of the entrepreneurial process. Former Mayfield fellows with the Stanford Technology Ventures programme, the duo discuss the lives of entrepreneurs. They talk about identifying problems to solve and maintaining a balance between work and life. Through the podcast they also challenge the many myths surrounding startups.Science Refutes GodThe podcast by Intelligence Squared Oxford Style Debates revolves around the belief in the existence of God and also questions the co-existence of science and religion. In the panel stand Lawrence Krauss and Michael Shermer for the motion while Ian Hutchinson and Dinesh D’Souza stand against the motion. advertisementApart from the intriguing debates, the podcast along with the many others demonstrate the art and skill of high-level debating on issues like terrorism, religion, education and politics.Why Everybody Who Doesn’t Hate Bitcoin Loves ItBitcoin is described as ‘virtual gold’ and is viewed as a potential new technology that could underlie any number of transactions. The podcast begins by explaining what a bitcoin is and then goes on to highlight the enormity of the idea of a Bitcoin. It busts the myth that Bitcoin is only a digital currency. Featuring Stephen Dubner and Andreessen, a web pioneer, the podcast captures the gist of the controversy surrounding Bitcoin. It also touches upon the freedom the Bitcoin affords to criminals and addresses the major question on how widely Bitcoin will be accepted.last_img read more

Certificate Verification started today for Telangana EAMCET 2014

first_imgThe Telangana EAMCET ( Engineering Agricultural and Medical Common Entrance Test) 2014 Certificate Verification process has begun on Thursday. It is essential to carry all the important documents for the same. EAMCET is an entrance examination  for admissions in engineering and medical colleges in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states. EAMCET is conducted statewide by Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad (JNTUH) every year. Around nine lakh people had appeared for the exam.EAMCET 2014 Centralized Certificate Verification for candidates, belonging to categories PH, CAP, NCC, Sports & Games and Anglo Indian, will be conducted from August 14 to 18, 2014 at Sanketika Vidya Bhavan, Hyderabad from 9.00 AM onwards.Certificates to be produced by all candidates:All original certificates and three sets of Xerox copies of :EAMCET Rank CardEAMCET Hall TicketIntermediate Memo-cum-Pass CertificateS.S.C or its equivalent Marks memoVI to Inter Study CertificateIncome Certificate issued after January 1, 2014 and Caste Certificate issued by competent authority PH/CAP/NCC/Sports/Minority Certificate if applicable.last_img read more

2015 Volvo XC90 premium SUV to be available in India from September next year

first_imgNew Volvo XC90Swedish vehicle manufacturer Volvo Cars unveiled its all new XC90, the Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) in Stockholm, Sweden on Wednesday. It will take on competition from dominating German arch rivals Audi, Mercedes-Benz and BMW in the growing luxury car market in India. One can expect this SUV from Volvo Auto India in September 2015.During Spring 2015, the new Volvo XC90 will be on sale in the UK at a starting price of 45,785 for the D5 AWD Momentum variant. The same premium SUV will be sold in India at a different price point.Sudeep Narayan, Director, Sales and Marketing, Volvo Auto India, said, “The second generation all new XC90 SUV will be available for sale in Europe in February-March 2015 and in India in September 2015.”According to him, the SUV is all set to debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October. “Filled with the Swedish manufacturer’s technological know-how, it will become one the safest, most hi-tech and most economical SUVs on the market.”Echoing the above sentiments, Tomas Ernberg, Managing Director at Volvo Auto India added, “This car is going to be a game changer for Volvo cars globally as well as for India.”What is newThe latest XC90 gets longer, taller and lower dimensions than the present model. Incidentally, it will be the first all-new car to emerge under the brand’s current Chinese ownership. At the front, it gets a prominent chrome-trimmed grille, a first from Volvo. An elongated and chiseled bonnet cuts back into the SUV’s shoulder line, all the way to the tapered rear lights. In turn, this design gives the vehicle a broad stance. advertisementCompetitionIn the Indian luxury car market, the new Volvo XC90 faces off against rival premium SUVs like Porsche Cayenne, BMW X5, Volkswagen Touareg, Mercedes M-Class and Audi Q7.last_img read more

Shanghai esports team ends 42-match Overwatch losing streak

first_imgKarl-Anthony Towns out with concussion for 1st missed game of his career SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Shanghai ditched its primarily Chinese roster after a dismal first season and replaced those players mostly with South Koreans. The league’s only female player, Kim “Geguri” Se-Yeon, is one of three players remaining from the inaugural roster.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAmong the players that helped Shanghai beat the Uprising was Noh “Gamsu” Young-Jin, who was traded from Boston to the Dragons earlier this month.“Overwatch” is a 6-on-6 first-person shooter, and the Overwatch League is the first city-based professional esport, including franchises in Asia, North America and Europe. The league plans to bring its franchises to their home cities in future seasons, but all matches are currently being played in Southern California. NEW YORK, NY – JULY 28: Philadelphia Fusion play London Spitfire during Overwatch League Grand Finals – Day 2 at Barclays Center on July 28, 2018 in New York City. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Blizzard Entertainment /AFPBURBANK, Calif. — A Shanghai esports team has finally secured a victory after losing its first 42 matches, a skid that carried into the Overwatch League’s second season.The Shanghai Dragons went 0-40 as an inaugural “Overwatch” franchise in 2018 and lost their first two matches this season before beating the Boston Uprising on Friday night. Players high-fived on stage after clinching the win, and fans at the 500-seat Blizzard Arena broke out a loud “Let’s go Dragons!” chant.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga townlast_img read more