Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes fellow Swede Victor Lindelof has the talent to shine for the world’s top teams amid growing speculation the Benfica defender is set to join his compatriot at Manchester United in January.According to British media reports, United have opened talks with Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira over a 38 million pounds ($47.01 million) move for Lindelof, who has 11 international caps, in the upcoming transfer window. (Also read: Evergreen Zlatan Ibrahimovic likens himself to fine red wine)”He (Lindelof) is growing. He has a lot of responsibility with the national team now,” striker Ibrahimovic told British media of the highly rated 22-year-old.”Is he good enough for United? I think he is ready for the big clubs out there. It is up to him what he wants and what the situation says. Whatever he chooses, it will be good for him,” Ibrahimovic added.”I know he is hot on the market so let him make the right choice for him.”Sixth-placed United, who have won seven of their last 10 games in all competitions, host third-bottom Sunderland at Old Trafford on Monday.($1 = 0.8083 pounds)
Mumbai, Jan 4 (PTI) Director Vijay Krishna Acharya, who has teamed up with Amitabh Bachchan for his next “Thugs of Hindostan”, says working with the megastar is a dream come true.”He is a talented actor and a great person. Most of us have come into the world of films because of him. I have told him that he is the big reason why I am in films. I am very excited and I am nervous as well to be working with him,” Vijay told PTI.”But in that nervousness also there is an excitement. Hopefully it will be all good. I am excited and nervous to work with him. I am big fan of him. It was my dream to work with him. I was dying to work with him,” he said.The Aditya Chopra produced movie will also feature Aamir Khan. This movie will be the second outing for Vijay after “Dhoom 3”.The “Dangal” star will have a lean look and has grown his hair and beard for the film. Bachchan too will be sporting a different look.”I always like to give and present my actors in a different look. Both (Aamir and Bachchan) will have a different look. But there is no drastic change in the look,” Vijay said.”I have worked with Aamir on Dhoom 3 and he has a great fitness regime. While Mr Bachchan looks good with anything,” he said.”Thugs of Hindostan” is slated to release on Diwali 2018. PTI KKP NRB SHD
Sachin Tendulkar has kept himself completely engaged in various social and business endevours after retirement. In a glitzy event in Mumbai, the cricket legend launched his own sports equipment and sportswear range ‘Sachin by Spartan’.To underline how much of a personal touch there is to his co-creation and his own knowledge of his equipment, Sachin shared some delightful insights at the launch event.OPEN TO ADVICE”If you have an open mind you can develop so many things. In Chennai it was a waiter who came up to me and said if you don’t mind and don’t get offended I want to tell you something. I said go ahead. He said my elbow guard restricts my bat swing. And he was 100 percent right.”I knew I was feeling uncomfortable but I never thought of doing it myself. A few years down the line I got hit a couple of times on my elbow guard and it hurt. That’s when I realised padding on elbow guard is inadequate. I instantly redesigned my elbow guard. I needed to re-open it and work on it. Get the fibre and cushion on either side to absorb the impact. In our country everyone from panwala to CEOs will give you advice. But one should still be open about ideas.”TRICOLOUR ON BAT “In the last match I played for India, my bat had India colours. It was my way of thanking the fans who have always stayed with me.”BAT SPEAKS WITH ME”Dwayne Bravo and Pollard once asked me what I do by checking the sound of the bat with my finger. I told them the bat speaks with me. “They tried to bowl me a fast one. They brought me four top bats and asked me to check them. I checked the sound they made with my finger, the way I normally do and told them they were ok but not great. I placed them in an order of the best to the rest for them.advertisement”They than gave me another bat saying it was a practice bat and asked me to check that one. I checked and told them their practice bat was actually the real bat. Both started laughing.”It turned out I got the order right and picked the best bat correctly. They were just trying to test me.”
South Africa captain AB de Villiers calmly guided his side to a tense four-wicket victory over New Zealand with one ball to spare in a rain-affected first one-day international in Hamilton on Sunday.De Villiers scored 37 not out and ensured number eight batsman Andile Phehlukwayo (29) kept a cool head as the pair put on 54 to reach their 208-run victory target and earn a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. (SCORECARD)The visitors, who had looked to be cruising to victory at 117/1 with 14 overs remaining courtesy of Quinton de Kock’s 69, lost four wickets in 14 balls to slump to 126/5 before Chris Morris helped his captain in a 30-run partnership.South Africa needed 22 runs from the final two overs and scored 10 from Trent Boult in the penultimate one which included a six from Phehlukwayo, who repeated the feat against Tim Southee in the final over.De Villiers belted Southee for four off the penultimate ball to clinch the victory.New Zealand made 207/7 after heavy rain over the past three days had forced a delay of more than three hours and reduced the match to 34-overs-a-side.”It was really tough out there,” De Villiers said. “The wicket turned so much in the evening. I thought it would skid on and get a bit flatter.”From past experience this becomes a good batting track in the evening and this was far from it.”I’ve never seen a wicket turn so much in my life.”New Zealand struggled for much of their innings particularly up front against tight bowling from Morris, who took the first four wickets as the hosts slumped to 82/4 in the 16th over.advertisementBut Morris, who had figures of 4/24 from his first five overs, was then taken apart by Colin de Grandhomme (34 not out) and Southee (24 not out) in his final two.De Grandhomme and Southee blasted 51 runs from 23 balls, including smashing 38 runs from Morris’s final 12 deliveries to blow out his figures to 4/62 from seven overs.”Bit of a shame really. We got ourselves into a good position but credit to South Africa, they adapted really well,” said New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, who top-scored for his side with 59.”We weren’t perfect with the bat but we felt that 5-1/2 a half an over would be tough to get on that surface and we had enough to make life difficult.”The second match is in Christchurch on Wednesday.
Leicester City returned to form in stunning fashion on Monday as Jamie Vardy scored twice in a 3-1 Premier League defeat of Liverpool that lifted the champions out of the relegation zone.In their first match since manager Claudio Ranieri was sacked after five successive defeats in which they failed to score a goal, Leicester produced the kind of vibrant display that carried them to glory last May.Liverpool were simply overwhelmed as their hopes of a top-four finish suffered a severe setback.Vardy gave Leicester the lead in the 28th minute with his first league goal since December.Danny Drinkwater made it 2-0 with a stunning volley six minutes before halftime and Vardy headed rejuvenated Leicester’s third on the hour as Liverpool crumbled.Liverpool enjoyed plenty of possession and Philippe Coutinho gave them a lifeline after 69 minutes but Leicester held on for a crucial victory which took them up three places to 15th.”It feels good, we need to enjoy it while it lasts and build on this,” Drinkwater said. “You could call it a reaction, we have come under a bit of stick.”Vardy said he could not put his finger on why Leicester had suddenly produced a performance worthy of champions after a pitiful defence of their title.”We’ve been working hard on everything we’ve been asked to do but it’s not been happening. Tonight it all clicked.”Leicester’s players looked fired-up from the first whistle and Vardy caught Sadio Mane with an ugly tackle inside a minute.advertisementLiverpool, well-rested after a two-week break and some warm weather training in Spain, lacked any rhythm and keeper Simon Mignolet was called into action to stop a Robert Huth header.Leicester’s caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare made only one change from the side that took to the field for Ranieri’s final game — last week’s 2-1 loss in Sevilla in a Champions League last-16 first leg — bringing in Shinji Okazaki for Ahmed Musa.Okazaki’s flying header forced Mignolet into another save before Vardy scuffed a volley at the Liverpool keeper having produced a wonderful piece of skill to control a high ball.The England striker, playing higher up the pitch on Shakespeare’s instructions, made no mistake in the 28th minute though, racing on to Marc Albrighton’s perfectly-weighted pass before drilling a powerful shot past Mignolet.It was Leicester’s first goal for 638 minutes, and 11 minutes later they had another. James Milner’s clearance bounced towards Drinkwater 25 metres out and the midfielder steadied himself before launching a rocket that flashed into the net.The expected Liverpool response never materialised after the break and Leicester went further ahead on the hour when Vardy timed his jump perfectly to head in Christian Fuchs’s cross.Leicester’s fans roared “3-0 to the champions” while also chanting the name of Ranieri and it was easy to imagine they had been transported back to last season when their team took the title by 10 points.Coutinho scored in the 69th minute with a cool side-foot finish and the visitors suddenly came to life, although it was too little too late for Juergen Klopp’s side who have won only once in seven league games.
New Delhi, Mar 21 (PTI) India will not bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games since its too late to make a proposal when so many nations are already in the contention, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President N Ramachandran clarified today. “There are too many people in the fray. Durban has not yet officially pulled out even though they are saying but Commonwealth Games Committee is still in discussion with South Africa,” Ramachandran, who today called on the Sports Minister Vijay Goel, told reporters. “UK has come forth saying that they want to do it in London, Manchester and Birmingham. So for the IOA to make a proposal at this late stage is not advisable.” A day after Durban gave up hosting rights because the South African government failed to give financial guarantees, there were reports that IOA is weighing the option of stepping in as a replacement. Asked if there are any other events which IOA and Sports Ministry are looking to bid for, Ramachandran said: “Yes but at this point of time it is too premature to talk about it. We are not only looking to bid for only IOC sessions but also multi-sports events.” “Look at China, this is exactly what China did 15-20 years ago. So we can adopt the same path. Unless there is any multi-sport event happening in India, our athletes will not get exposure and the push to do well will also not be there. So we are always looking for all possible multi-sport event. “For example, on a very short notice we hosted the SAF Games within 90 days and it was a tremendous success, so we are always looking for hosting some multi-sport event,” he explained. Asked about the upcoming Rurals Games, Sports Minister Vijay Goel said, “It has been postponed. We had planned it two months ago. But Delhi government linked it to politics and declined to provide the stadiums. We had two options either to bring it here or postpone it. So we decided to prepare for it properly after the elections are over.” Delhi Gramin Khel Mahotsav 2017 was supposed to be held in Delhi in association with Delhi Government from March 25 to 31. PTI ATK AT ATadvertisement
Recently we saw Nokia launching the Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3. Now, it seems some information about the Nokia 7 and Nokia 8 is coming on the web. Two design sketches of Nokia 7 and Nokia 8 have been leaked. They show both front and rear side of the devices. The renders hint at that the Nokia 7 and Nokia 8 will come with Carl Zeiss lens on their cameras.The sketches of the rumoured Nokia 7 and Nokia 8 have been posted by Nokibar, a social media user on Chinese site Baidu. The leaked renders show both front and back side of the upcoming smartphones and reveal several design details and specifications the devices might pack.Also Read: Nokia 150 with 1020 mAh battery and 32GB storage now in available IndiaBoth Nokia 7 and Nokia 8 are expected to come with Carl Zeiss lens. Although, we have to be a little cautious in making this assumption. There is no Zeiss lens in Nokia 6 or Nokia 5 and HMD, which makes these phones, recently hinted that it is because they have moved away from the Zeiss lens. But at the same time, HMD also sounds a little vague about the future phones. While replying to a Twitter user, Nokia’s official Twitter account noted that while the Nokia 6, 5 and 3 do not come with Carl Zeiss lens, future could be different. Coming back to the sketches, we can see that both of them mention “Zeiss” text right at the centre, exactly where the rear camera should be. However, no confirmation comes from HMD as of now. Further, one of the leaked design sketches also highlights the fact that out of the two Nokia smartphones, one will come with a dual rear camera setup.advertisementThe other sketch shows both front and rear panel of a smartphone with single camera setup. Yet again, the picture mentions “Zeiss” text on it. If the rumours are to be believed, this is the Nokia 7. This means that the other phone, the one with a dual-camera setup, is likely to be the Nokia 8. The Nokia 8 is also expected to the higher-end phone. This is surely not the first time you must be coming across rumours about the upcoming Nokia 7 and Nokia 8. As per a previously leaked rumour, both Nokia 7 and Nokia 8 are likely to be powered by Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 660 chipset. While other speculations suggest fullHD display for Nokia 7 and QuadHD display for Nokia 8.Further, both the smartphones are also expected to sport metallic unibody design and run on Android Nougat out of the box. No other features about the devices have been revealed for now. HMD is likely to launch the Nokia 7 and Nokia 8 in May.Also Read: Nokia 5, Nokia 3, Nokia 6 and Nokia 3310 launch in 120 countries expected soon
Premier League leaders Chelsea cannot afford to become complacent during the title run-in and must target victories to stay clear at the top, manager Antonio Conte said ahead of his side’s trip to Manchester United on Sunday.Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth on Saturday helped them maintain a seven-point lead over second-placed Tottenham Hotspur but the latter’s run of six consecutive wins has put the leaders under increasing pressure to pick up points. (Also read: Premier League: Chelsea in champion form at Bournemouth, Spurs chase hard)”It’s important now in every game to try and take three points, including at Old Trafford. We know this game will be very tough but we are in good form and the players have the right confidence,” Conte told British media. (Also read: Antonio Conte plays down exit talk, says future is at Chelsea)Conte believes Tottenham have an easier game this weekend as they host 15th-placed Bournemouth and the Italian also knows that fifth-placed United will be keen to prove they can both beat the leaders and keep up their fight for a top-four spot.”If you compare these two games — we face United away and Tottenham face Bournemouth at home — I think that it’s easier for Tottenham to take points in their home stadium,” Conte said.”I think Manchester United for sure will have good motivation because they are playing against Chelsea…We know our schedule is not easy.”We are having a good season but we want it to become a great season. To become a great season and to write history you must win.”advertisementChelsea have beaten United twice this season with a 4-0 win at Stamford Bridge in October and a 1-0 win in an FA Cup quarter-final last month but last won a league game at Old Trafford in 2013.
You’re about to say something important. Maybe it’s an appeal, maybe it’s a speech, maybe it’s an acknowledgment.First, check:1. Does it make the receiver of your message feel seen and heard at the outset?2. Does it feel like it’s about you or the person you’re addressing? If it’s all about you, change it.3. Does it emotionally connect from word one?4. Does it contain something of value to the audience?5. Does it ask for a clear, simple action?6. Does it contain one amazing story?7. Does it invite conversation?8. Does it thank the person for listening?Yes? You’re good to go.No? Try to make it better. These are nonprofit marketing essentials.
Spring is in the air and it’s the perfect time to launch a fundraising campaign. Use this time to engage and renew donors, attract prospects, build awareness, and plant the seeds that sustain your organization. Tailor your spring campaign to:Raise funds to support a new initiative.Expand the impact of your annual gala.Boost your end-of-fiscal-year giving.You’re just 30 days away from launching a winning spring campaign. Use the steps found in our 30-Day Spring Fundraising Plan to plan and execute your spring campaign and raise more money before summer begins. Want a taste of what’s in the guide? Here are three areas you can’t afford to miss.Establish Action PlansTo create the most compelling spring campaign that will generate the greatest impact—financial, engagement, awareness—consider your fundraising and nonfundraising objectives, and then answer the following questions:What are you trying to accomplish?What would the ideal results look like?Whom are you trying to target?What do you most want them to do for your organization?What call to action would motivate your target audience?Would a one-time donation or recurring gift raise the most funds?Choose Your Focus or ThemeA good fundraising campaign calls for so much more than simply communicating your organization’s financial needs. Develop a campaign theme and call to action that is compelling, donor-centric, and tells a personal story.Focus your appeal on an individual and their story to better resonate with donors on an emotional level. Incorporate photos that capture who your donor can help and what they can achieve through your mission and programs. Imagery can create a powerful attachment between your donor and your subject. Use similar imagery on your donation page to continue that connection through the entire donation process.Create Appeals and AssetsThe design of your appeal is the heart and soul of your spring campaign. Its impact and effectiveness will directly determine your fundraising results. Create an appeal that:Features donor-driven, inspiring content.Shares a relevant story that climaxes with an emotional hook.Focuses on the impact a donor’s gift will have.Specifies a call to action with a sense of urgency.Include images and materials that demonstrate value and quality.Want more spring campaign tips? Download the 30-Day Spring Fundraising Plan today!Read more on The Nonprofit Blog
Turns out that sitting in a chair staring at a computer all day is terrible for you.According to a study by BMJ Open, reducing “excessive sitting” to under 3 hours a day would increase US life expectancy by 2 years. A doctor recently told the LA Times that “sitting is the new smoking.”And if that doesn’t faze you, how about a March 2012 study in the Archives of Internal Medicine with 200,000 Australian people found that regardless of sex, age and weight, sitting puts you at a higher risk of death from all causes.Unfortunately, unless you like standing at your desk like a Googler, you don’t really have much of an option. The number one way to mitigate all the above health risks? Take breaks! Especially a stretching break that gets your blood pumping and increases oxygenation throughout your body.These stretches are brought to you by freelance fitness instructor Christina Buchanan, who was assisted by professional stretching model Peter Hilton (just kidding).1. The “considering a quizzical topic” stretchEar to Shoulder neck stretch. Make sure your shoulders are relaxed. Right Lateral Flexion – Lower your right ear towards your right shoulder. Left Lateral Flexion – Lower your left ear towards your left shoulder.2. The itchy back stretchRaise your arm and place the palm of your hand down the center of your back with your elbow in the air. Place your other hand on your elbow and gently hold in place as you stretch your first arm. After 15-30 seconds, switch arms.3. The neck hugger stretchStretch your posterior shoulder muscles. First, bring your right hand to your left shoulder with elbow lifted. Press into the Right Elbow.Next, using your left palm, press into the right elbow stretching the shoulder. Hold for a few moments. Repeat with the arms in the opposite positions.4. The proud stretcher stretchStand with your feet wide apart and knees straight. Bend the right knee out to the side and lean to the right. Hold 10 – 30 seconds. Do the other side.5. The march step stretchFrom a standing position, raise your right knee while bringing your leg toward your chest. Wrap one hand or both around your knee or shin as you pull your knee up. Be sure the standing leg is straight and engaged.For stability, feel free to lean up against a wall. Squeeze your knee tight into your chest for 10-20 seconds. Switch sides and repeat.6. The kick-yourself-in-the-butt stretchGrasp or lift your ankle and gently pull your heel up and back towards your buttock until you feel a stretch in the front of your thigh. Engage your core and keep your knees close together. Hold for about 30 seconds. Switch legs and repeat. Have a chair or wall present in case of loss of balance.7. The robin stretchStand up tall, lengthening through the spine. Lift your chest, and relax your shoulders. Look straight ahead, clasp your hands behind your back, and slowly raise arms as far as possible. Hold for 10–15 seconds, breathing naturally.8. The winCongratulate yourself on a successful stretching session.
It’s not necessarily about what you resolve to do, but how you go about doing it. A recent study from finder.com.au shows that sharing your resolutions with friends and family makes you more likely to accomplish them.According to the study, 2 out of 3 people fail their New Year’s resolutions. And 80% of those failures happen in the first three months! The beginning of the year is crucial.However, 3 out of 4 people who did succeed in accomplishing their resolutions attribute their success to sharing their resolution with others. Overall, you’re much more likely to succeed if you share your goals.What makes for a great resolution?• Set achievable goals• Hold yourself accountable by using some kind of tracker—finder.com.au provides one here.• Share your goals with others• Stick to it for 3 months!It doesn’t matter if your goals are personal or professional, or whether they have to do with health and fitness or travel. (Although 58% of folks have reported making health-related resolutions!) All that matters is how you go about accomplishing them. So keep things simple, hold yourself accountable, share your goals with others, and we’ll check in on you in March!Want more like this? Join Freelancers Union (it’s free!) and never miss a post.Larissa Pham is an artist and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She… hasn’t made a New Year’s resolution yet.
Simona Halep will be playing in her maiden Australian Open final after her hard-fought victory over Angelique Kerber on Saturday.The world number one is known for her limpet-like tenacity but in the final analysis of her compelling victory over Kerber in the Australian Open semi-finals, it was the 50 winners that swung it her way.WATCHShe was the more aggressive player during a rollercoaster of a match in which both saved match points before Halep prevailed 6-3 4-6 9-7 on Rod Laver Arena to reach her first Australian Open final.She will need to take the bull by the horns again when she takes on Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki on Saturday, with a long-overdue first grand slam title and the number one ranking up for grabs for both the protagonists.”A lot, eh? My brother just wrote me. I cannot believe it, actually,” Halep said when asked her about the 50 winners, 28 of which came in a spellbinding deciding set in which she had two match points at 5-4 and saved two at 5-6 before finally breaking down Kerber’s resistance.”I think (it’s the first time). And I hope is not the last.”I was aggressive. I had this in my mind, and I wanted to finish the points quicker, but was not that easy with her. She’s moving very well. She was returning every single ball.”The battle was so intense at times that Halep admitted there were times when “she had no power, everything was gone” — a feeling she surely experienced when Kerber won a 26-ball rally to break when Halep served for the match at 5-3 in the third.advertisementIn the following game Kerber saved two match points and two games later served for an unlikely victory considering she lost the opening five games in 13 minutes, winning five points.The German former champion, who struck 30 winners herself, said she had left everything out on court.”You know, you have days where you’re not feeling good, but my heart was on court, and I think this is, for me, the most important thing that I put everything on the court,” she said.While defeat was painful for two-times grand slam champion Kerber, she consoled herself with the knowledge that she is heading back in the right direction after dropping from number one to 21 last year.”I think I learned a lot. I know that I’m back,” Kerber, who will return to the top 10 next week, said. “The most important thing is I’m fighting. I have my heart there.”(With inputs from Reuters)
Paris Saint-Germain defender Dani Alves was banned for three games after reacting angrily at a referee’s decision during a Ligue 1 game.WATCHThe French League’s disciplinary commission also added a suspended one-match ban to the initial suspension. Alves was sent off by referee Clement Turpin after almost going head against head with him during PSG’s 2-1 defeat at Olympique Lyonnais last Sunday.Dani Alves was shown a straight red card in the 57th minute after a rough tackle on Tanguy Ndombele. Layvin Kurzawa had cancelled out Nabil Fekir’s early opener.Memphis Depay’s last-gasp goal earned Olympique Lyonnais a 2-1 home win against 10-man Paris St Germain, cutting the Ligue 1 pacesetter’s lead down to eight points.Depay fired home four minutes into stoppage time to put Lyon on 48 points from 22 games with PSG, who were without the injured Neymar, on 56 after their second defeat of the season.In Lyon, PSG were caught cold in the second minute when Fekir opened the scoring with a splendid free kick from 30 metres.Kylian Mbappe was taken off on a stretcher after colliding with Lyon keeper Anthony Lopes.PSG equalised four minutes into stoppage time as Kurzawa unleashed a brutal volley that went under the bar from Alves’s cross.
Former Australia cricketer James Hopes has been roped in by Delhi Daredevils (DD) as their bowling coach for the upcoming 2018 season of the Indian Premier League. DD have also appointed ex-Assam and Railways cricketer Subhadeep Ghosh as the fielding coach.The duo will now join the staff led by head coach and former Australian captain Ricky Ponting, who was also confirmed in his role earlier this month. (Gautam Gambhir obvious captaincy option for DD?)The rest of the coaching staff, however, will continue to be the same with former cricketers Pravin Amre and Sridharan Sriram as assistant coaches.Sunil Valson is the team manager, whereas Paul Close continues in his role as physiotherapist along with Rajinikanth Sivagnanam as the fitness coach.Hopes featured in 84 ODIs and 12 Twenty20 Internationals for Australia, apart from representing Queensland for close to 15 years. He has also played in the IPL for three teams, including for the Delhi Daredevils in 2011. He retired from all forms of cricket in 2016 before moving into a coaching role for both Queensland and Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League (BBL).Ghosh represented Assam and Railways in domestic cricket, before turning a specialist fielding coach. He is currently the fielding coach of the Andhra Ranji Trophy side. Previously, he has been the fielding coach of Assam from 2009-10 to 2016-17. He has also done stints at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and the Zonal Cricket Academy (ZCA).”Once our auction strategy paid off, it was time to also appoint key personnel in the coaching staff. (Head Coach) Ricky (Ponting) has had great inputs in both the selection of players and the support staff. We are absolutely delighted to welcome both James (Hopes) and Subhadeep (Ghosh) into the Daredevils family.advertisement”For James (Hopes) it is a sort of homecoming as he has played for Delhi Daredevils earlier. Now he comes with immense experience both as a cricketer and a coach. He will be a great asset for the squad as we have some excellent young fast bowlers. Subhadeep (Ghosh) has been a specialist fielding coach for close to a decade at various levels in first-class cricket and the NCA. We are certain that he will add a lot of value to the squad,” added Dua.(With inputs from ANI)
Shillong, Mar 8 (PTI) Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma has distributed portfolios to 11 ministers of the NPP led Meghalaya Democratic Alliance (MDA) government, a senior official said today.Sangma kept finance, planning, and personnel, and some other departments to himself, besides those not alloted to others.”The cabinet had sent the list of portfolios to Raj Bhavan and Governor Ganga Prasad approved it,” the senior official told PTI.Former Congress leaders who deserted the party ahead of the February 27 elections were rewarded.Of them, Prestone Tynsong got roads, parliamentary affairs and labour, while Sniawbhalang Dhar was given transport, industries and community and rural development. Comingone Ymbon was awarded with buildings, government administration department and fisheries, the official said.National Peoples Party (NPP) MLA James K Sangma was given home, food and civil supplies and district council affairs.BJPs A L Hek was given health, arts and culture and Information and Public Relation, while UDP ministers Metbah Lyngdoh, Lahkmen Rymbui and Kyrmen Shylla were given tourism, border area development and social welfare respectively.Peoples Democratic Front ministers Banteidor Lyngdoh got agriculture, sports and youth affairs while his party colleague Hamlet Dohling was given urban affairs and information technology.Hills State Peoples Democratic Party minister Samlin Lyngdoh was given public health engineering and secretariat administration, the official said.With a 60-member Assembly, Meghalaya can have 12 ministers including the chief minister. PTI JOP NN
New Delhi, Mar 17 (PTI) Following are PTIs top/expected stories at 19:10 hrs: STORIES IN THE PIPELINE: *Report of ISL final. *Report of All England Badminton Championship. STORIES ON THE WIRE: SPO-IND-PREVIEW Confident India to start as favourite against gutsy Bangladesh Colombo, Mar 17 (PTI) A bitter, yet intense rivalry is expected to produce a cracker of a contest when a confident India take on a fiery Bangladesh in the final of the Nidahas Twenty20 tri-series, here tomorrow. SPO-SHAKIB I need to remain calm, says Shakib after ill-tempered T20 win Colombo, Mar 17 (PTI) Captain Shakib Al Hasan has vowed to keep his emotions under control after heated altercations and ugly scenes marred Bangladeshs dramatic win over Sri Lanka in a must-win game of the Nidahas Twenty20 Tri-Series here. SPO-IND-WOM-PREVIEW Pride at stake for Indian women in 3rd ODI against Australia Vadodara, Mar 17 (PTI) The series already lost, India women would look to salvage some pride when they take on mighty Australia in the third and final game of the series, a part of the ICC Women ODI Championship, here tomorrow. SPO-ITF-ANKITA Ankita ends singles title drought, wins Gwalior ITF event Gwalior, Mar 17 (PTI) Ankita Raina won her first singles title in more than three years when she fought past second seed Amandine Hesse in straight sets in the final of the USD 25,000 ITF womens event, here today. SPO-SHAKIB-FINE Shakib and Nurul fined by ICC for separate incidents Colombo, Mar 17 (PTI) Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan was today fined 25 per cent of his match fees and handed a demerit point for “remonstrating” umpires decision during their Twenty20 match against Sri Lanka, here on Friday.advertisement SPO-IND-KARTHIK Its perform or perish for comeback specialist DK Colombo, Mar 17 (PTI) Dinesh Karthik is aware that non-performance may result in him going off the radar but the wicket-keeper batsman says he would rather “embrace” the pressure rather than run away from it. SPO-IND- LD ITINERARY Hyderabad or Rajkot may host Indias first ever Day-Night Test New Delhi, Mar 17 (PTI) Either Hyderabad or Rajkot may host Indias maiden day-night Test match when the West Indies will arrive for a tour, later this year. SPO-CWG-BOX-COACHES In unusual move, Indian coaches left out of CWG contingent By Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Mar 17 (PTI) In a departure from convention, Indias chief boxing coaches S R Singh and Shiv Singh have been left out of the contingent for the Commonwealth Games to held in Gold Coast from April 4-15. SPO-BANGLA-COMMENTS India is tough but momentum is on our side, says Shakib Colombo, Mar 17 (PTI) As they gear up for the Twenty20 tri-series title clash against a formidable India, skipper Shakib Al Hasan says Bangladesh have “momentum” after their spectacular win over the hosts. SPO-BAD-IND Prannoys campaign ends in agony at All England Championship Birmingham, Mar 17 (PTI) Star Indian shuttler H S Prannoy produced a gallant fight before going down narrowly to Chinas Huang Yuxiang in the men singles quarterfinals of the USD 1000,000 All England Championship here. PTI AT AT
When squash coach Satinder Bajwa returned to Chandigarh from the US in 2010, he didn’t want to “give back” by nurturing Indian champions. Formerly director of Harvard University’s squash programme from 1999 to 2010, over his career he’d mentored eight-time world number one Pakistani squash player, Jansher Khan, and a,When squash coach Satinder Bajwa returned to Chandigarh from the US in 2010, he didn’t want to “give back” by nurturing Indian champions. Formerly director of Harvard University’s squash programme from 1999 to 2010, over his career he’d mentored eight-time world number one Pakistani squash player, Jansher Khan, and a host of others. But when he came home, he wanted to use sports to help the underprivileged. So he built a world-class squash facility in Attawa village near Chandigarh, with Rs 2 crore from his own savings.”Sport is a great equaliser. It gives you the push to move forward in life,” says Bajwa, whose centre has more than 60 trainees. Named Khelshala, the programme charges Rs 100 per month, compared with Rs 130 to buy a squash ball at a regular sports shop. His wards include children of rickshaw pullers, hawkers and domestic help. More than 10 of his trainees are playing at the national level, and 25 at the state level. Khelshala’s Priya Gupta (20) won the Women’s Open division of the National Squash Circuit in 2016 and 2017 and has been invited to apply for the Young India Fellowship at Ashoka University.Squash coach Satinder Bajwa (Photo: Sandeep Sahdev)Bajwa feels the most important contribution of the centre is towards the academic life of the trainees, who also study on their own at the premises.Currently in talks with the Chandigarh education secretary to offer squash as a physical education subject in schools, he hopes to take the model statewide.”In the West, sports are prioritised not to make top players, but to get children to make it to college,” says Bajwa, who holds a degree in Avionics engineering from England’s Southall Technological College. “You cannot be a champ for life, academics is what will take you far.”advertisement
Captain Kane Williamson’s valiant knock went in vain as Sunrisers Hyderabad lost to Chennai Super Kings by 4 runs in the first match of the Indian Premier League on Sunday.Chasing 183 for victory, Sunrisers rode on Williamson’s 84 off 51 balls and Yusuf Pathan’s quickfire 45 off 27 balls to reach agonisingly close to the target but the run chase fell apart once these two departed in the 18th and 19th over respectively.Hyderabad eventually managed to reach 178 for 6 in 20 overs to suffer just their second loss at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium since they came into the IPL in 2012.This was also Williamson’s second successive loss as captain this season after the hammering they suffered against Kings XI Punjab in their last game in Mohali.For CSK, it was fast bowler Deepak Chahar who did the bulk of the damage with three wickets for 15 runs in the powerplay while Karn Sharma, Dwayne Bravo and Shardul Thakur pitched in with a wicket each.The win helped MS Dhoni’s team climb to the top of the table where they are level on 8 points with Kings XI but are ahead owing to a superior net run rate. Kolkata Knight Riders occupy third position followed by Williamson’s team.That’s it from Hyderabad.The @ChennaiIPL win by 4 runs and now sit atop the #VIVOIPL points table. pic.twitter.com/RdVJSWiavVIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 22, 2018Earlier, Chennai rode on superb knocks from Amabati Rayudu and Suresh Raina to post 182 for 3 after they lost the toss and were put into bat first.advertisementRayudu hammered 79 from 37 balls while Raina scored an unbeaten 54 off 43 balls and the duo stitched together a 112-run partnership for the third wicket to propel Chennai to a challenging total. Dhoni also contributed with a quickfire 25 off 12 balls to add to his team’s total.Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rashid Khan were the only two bowlers to take a wicket each for Hyderabad while Ryudu was run out.Chennai will next face Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore at the M Chinnaswamy stadium on April 25 while Hyderabad will take on Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede stadium on April 24.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) will have their eyes on qualify for the play-offs of the Indian Premier League (IPL) when they take on Delhi Daredevils (DD) at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Sunday.MI will have to win the game to qualify for the play-offs while all DD is going to look for is — entertain the crowd and end the campaign on a good note.DD, with nothing to lose, showed their mettle against second-placed Chennai Super Kings on May 18 and MI will want to be vary of that threat.Apart from MI, Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab are still in the hunt to grab the lone available spot in the table.Also read – IPL 2018: Royals, MI and KXIP in line for final play-offs berthAfter a lacklustre show in the first half of the season, Mumbai finally shifted gears to win four of their last five games, keeping themselves alive in the cash-rich league.In their last game, Mumbai pipped Punjab by a meagre three-run margin. However, what could be a major relief for the team management would be Keiron Pollard finding his touch back.After failing in the previous games, the Caribbean all-rounder blasted a 23-ball 50 to help Mumbai reach a competitive total.Mumbai’s batting mostly relies on opener Suryakumar Yadav, who as amassed 500 runs 13 innings averaging around 38. He has found support from his partner Evin Lewis but, only on few occassions.Both the openers now carry the responsibility of handing a decent start to Mumbai, either to chase or for putting a good total on board.advertisementHowever, Mumbai’s middle order failed miserably including skipper Rohit.Barring Rohit’s match-winning knock against Bangalore, the Mumbai skipper has failed to live up to the expectations this season, accumulating 334 runs from 12 innings.The Pandya brothers — Hardik and Krunal — will also need to dish out something special if they are to stand any chance of making it to the final four.In the bowling department, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik and left-arm pacer Mitchell McClenaghan will have to bowl accurately to get rid of the Delhi batsmen.Delhi meanwhile, will be aiming to end their IPL 2018 campaign on winning note. The Shreyas Iyer-led side will also be flying high on confidence after thrashing a star-studded Chennai Super Kings by 34 runs here on Friday.Lying at the bottom of points-table with just eight points in their kitty, even a massive win will not gurantee them a play-off berth.With the doors already shut for them, Delhi will look to salvage pride and shatter Mumbai’s hopes of reaching the next stage.Delhi, on the other hand, will once again hope to entertain the fans with fireworks from Rishabh Pant, skipper Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw and Jason Roy.With nothing to lose, Delhi is expected to test their bench. In such a scenario, the likes of Manjot Kalra, Gurkeerat Singh Mann and Sayan Ghosh may get a look-in.Delhi’s bowling on a flat Kotla wicket was impressive on Friday as the likes of Trent Boult Sandeep Lamichhane, Avesh Khan and Harshal Patel restricted the strong Chennai batting line-up at just 126 runs.The bowling unit will once again look to continue the momentum for one final time this season.Squads:Delhi Daredevils: Shreyas Iyer (C), Rishabh Pant (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Gautam Gambhir, Jason Roy, Colin Munro, Mohammed Shami, Amit Mishra, Prithvi Shaw, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Daniel Christian, Jayant Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Trent Boult, Manjot Kalra, Abhishek Sharma, Sandeep Lamichhane, Naman Ojha, Sayan Ghosh, Liam Plunkett, Junior DalaMumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rahman, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan (wk), Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Mayank Markande, Akila Dananjaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne(With IANS inputs)