Raanjhanaa director Aanand L Rai opens up on film with SRK, making Tanu Weds Manu and struggling days

first_imgTanu Weds Manu director Aanand L Rai was at his candid best at the National Film Development Corporation’s (NFDC) Film Bazaar in Goa. At the tenth edition of the event held at at Panjim’s JW Mariott which has temporarily become an adda for Indian independent filmmakers to meet film buyers, festival programmers, international sales agents, producers and more, Rai was looking for international partners for his production Nimmo, a film directed by his assistant Rahul Shankalya.ALSO READ: Shah Rukh and Raanjhanaa director’s film where SRK plays a dwarf gets working title – ‘Bandhua’ ALSO READ: Imtiaz Ali opens up on SRK-Anushka’s The Ring, AR Rahman and modern-day relationships ALSO READ: Shah Rukh-Alia’s Dear Zindagi wows B-Town, celebs tweet praises OPINION: Dear Zindagi is Shah Rukh’s natural evolution, not a change of track WATCH: No one understands me, says Shah Rukh Khan Meanwhile, he took some time out to discuss his cinematic journey at the Knowledge Series session. Over the course of an hour, Aanand L Rai covered a gamut of topics such as his next film with Shah Rukh Khan, setting stories in small town India, presenting strong female characters and also defending himself against accusations of promoting stalking through his film Raanjhanaa.Below are a few excerpts from the hour-long conversation:His two flops have taught him a lotRai didn’t have the most auspicious start as a director with back-to-back duds in Strangers and Thoda Life Thoda Magic. “My biggest teachings came from there,” he said. “I realised may be I was cheating myself.” Rai’s biggest lesson from his failings is “Woh kahaani sunaao jispe aapko yakeen ho. (Tell a story that you believe in).”advertisement”I’m a very good struggler. I need very little to survive.”The declaration drew a hearty applause from the audience as Aanand L Rai discussed his journey from Strangers, his first flop, to Tanu Weds Manu, his first hit. Talking about the experience of making Tanu Weds Manu, Rai said, “We didn’t have much to lose. We were a happy team.” Rai recounted how he assured his wife that either the Kangana Ranaut-starrer comedy would be successful or he would make a lot of money doing television shows in case it fails.Being fearless is importantAanand L Rai has acquired fearlessness after some 35 years. “I’ve got this weapon and it has made me more adventurous,” he said. “There is a certain growth and learning. There is nobody between me and my audience. I will come to know where I’m going wrong.”Rai credits his middle class upbringing – his father was a teacher – for helping him have this connection with the masses. “I’m a very blessed person. I have got my share of love and affection. There is a lot of theraav in me. I’m not competing, fighting or in a rat race with anyone. I just enjoy telling stories. Once the shoot is done, there is no anxiety. I know I have done my best,” said Rai.Unemployment brought writer Himanshu Sharma and Rai togetherRai spoke of how his successful partnership with Sharma came to be. The duo has been behind both the Tanu Weds Manu films as well as Raanjhanaa.”Berozgaari jab saath laati hai toh woh lambe time tak rehti hai (When unemployment brings people together, then that bond will stay for a long time),” said Rai, who is working with Sharma on his next starring Shah Rukh Khan. Every cast member is important”For a director or writer, it is not about lines or minutes on screen. It’s about the story and respecting your characters. We have always respected actors when we are casting,” said Rai.On what it takes to be a filmmaker”Falling in love and understanding people, I have survived on that,” said Rai. “I just love communicating.”On Kundan’s stalking-like behaviour in RaanjhaanaRai stood up for the protagonist of his fourth film stating that for Kundan (played by Dhanush) it was either “love or no love, acceptance or no acceptance”. “There is an innocence to it,” he said. “We took (the criticism) sportingly because we were never trying to sell an item number or a girl in bikini.” On the women in his film”The women’s role in society is growing. Women like Bindya, Zoya represent a certain kind of independence and confidence. For the writer it is inspiring to see this change in the last decade,” said Rai.On his latest role as a producer”I’m a very lazy person,” says Rai who has produced Nil Battey Sannata, Happy Bhaag Jaayegi and Nimmo, which stars Marathi actress Anjali Patil and releases next year.advertisement”I can’t go to anybody’s sets because I’m worried that they will make me work,” Rai joked. Describing producing as a very “emotional” job, Rai spoke of how he would be content if he could just cut down the hardships of a few directors by a few years.”Not many directors are lucky with work,” he said “The idea is to enable them to make what they want to make.” Rai was also forthcoming on the troubles with Manmarziyan which changed hands from Sameer Sharma to Ashwiny Iyer Tiwary and now is again in limbo. “I would rather lose money by stopping production,” he said, “than by losing and wasting the story.”On the much-anticipated film with Shah Rukh Khan”There is a story to tell even if he wasn’t playing a dwarf,” said Rai. “It will roll next year. All I can say is that it is a love story. If I sit down to talk about it then it will take an hour and a half. It will be something interesting. It is taking a lot of time on script but then making a good film is more important.”WATCH: Shah Rukh-Alia’s Dear Zindagi preview: 5 reasons to watch the filmlast_img read more

Lodha type recommendations must for other sports: Azad

first_imgNagpur, Dec 4 (PTI) Hailing the recommendations by the Supreme Court appointed Justice RMLodha committee for the BCCI, suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad has suggested that such proposal should also come in for other sports bodies in the country.”BCCI is like a spoiled brat obsessed with a toy that is cricket and unwilling to let it go,” said Azad at a meet the press programme organised by Bankers Sports Club of Nagpur at a city hotel today. “Why are they opposing Lodha committee recommendations?” questioned Azad.The high powered Lodha committee was appointed by the Supreme Court for overhaul of Indian cricket.Referring to the IPL mess, Azad said, it was not proper to single out Lalit Modi for the entire set of problems. “All members of the then 2009 Indian Premier League (IPL) governing council are equally responsible for the mess created in the league and singling out Lalit Modi is improper,” said the former cricketer.”Why didnt anyone (members of the governing council) show any dissent then?” asked Azad.On shifting of IPL games to South Africa and the mess that followed, Azad said, office-bearers of then BCCI at that time should have been aware of the law of the land. They unite for corruption and align for position.”Cricket is popular because of players and not because of administrators and why are the officials then clinging to power,” Azad said.On the issue of age and one state one vote, Azad said, that none of the north-eastern states and Bihar are having any votes or cricket development and the BCCI officials are silent for so long.advertisementDDCA is habitual offender and used, misused and abused government departments for their benefits and were illegal squatters of its premises, Azad alleged.Penalty should be levied for sub-standard wickets prepared, said Azad while replying on the neutral venue experiment by BCCI.Later in the evening Azad was the chief guest at the function to mark golden jubilee of the club. PTI COR RMT KHS KHSlast_img read more

US La Liga games will not happen – Lopetegui

first_imgReal Madrid head coach Julen Lopetegui has offered his support to players considering strike action over the prospect of moving La Liga matches to the United States.Last week, Spain’s top flight announced a partnership with sports and entertainment company Relevent – the organiser of the International Champions Cup pre-season tournament – to stage matches on the other side of the Atlantic as part of a 15-year deal.The Spanish Footballers’ Association (AFE) responded by claiming its members are “unanimous” in their opposition to the proposals, with Barcelona midfielder and the union’s vice president Sergio Busquets among those to voice concern. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Speaking ahead of Madrid’s trip to Girona on Sunday, former Spain boss Lopetegui saw no reason to break ranks.”We are thinking about other things, but I’m in agreement with the players,” he told a news conference.”I think they have their reasons to think what they think. It’s my opinion.”Those who have to decide will make a decision. But if you are going to ask me for my opinion, I’m in line with what the players think.”Of more immediate concern to Lopetegui is the conundrum of keeping two elite-level goalkeepers happy at the Santiago Bernabeu.Keylor Navas has starred in all of Madrid’s consecutive Champions League triumphs over the past three seasons, but Thibaut Courtois arrived from Chelsea to much fanfare earlier this month.The Belgium international has been forced to wait for his Los Blancos debut, with Navas retained for last weekend’s opening LaLiga win over Getafe.”We haven’t defined exactly what we’re going to do,” Lopetegui said. ” We have two good keepers, some have come a bit later than others.”We have to decide, depending on how each is doing. Whatever decision we make, we’re going to be okay because they are both good players.”We have games coming thick and fast in the future and there will be plenty of chances for all goalkeepers.”Madrid suffered a shock 2-1 defeat at Girona last season, with the host prevailing thanks to quickfire second-half goals from Cristhian Stuani and Portu after Isco opened the scoring.last_img read more

20 global Indians

first_imgFrom Silicon Valley to the boardrooms of Wall Street and Canary Wharf, overseas Indians have long walked the corridors of global corporate power. Now they are also making a mark in world politics, cinema and art.When immigrants around the world are feeling under siege, the Indian diaspora is coming of,From Silicon Valley to the boardrooms of Wall Street and Canary Wharf, overseas Indians have long walked the corridors of global corporate power. Now they are also making a mark in world politics, cinema and art.When immigrants around the world are feeling under siege, the Indian diaspora is coming of age and defying stereotypes. In the US, the daughter of Sikh immigrants from Amritsar is the unlikely face of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy at the UN, while the daughter of a Chennai doctor, elected the country’s first Indian-origin senator, is emerging among Trump’s fiercest opponents.In the UK, another daughter of India, born to Gujarati immigrants who fled persecution in Uganda, became one of the most prominent campaigners for Brexit. Indians overseas are emerging among the most powerful advocates for tolerance and openness. From the CEOs of the world’s two biggest tech giants to actors and artists, they have spoken strongly as the movement of people across borders comes under increasing threat.The world listens when they speak. And at a time of growing global uncertainty, their voices are needed more than ever before. Rank: 1 SUNDAR PICHAIAge: 44, CEO, Google Inc.THE FUTURISTBecause he became the highest-paid CEO in the US last year and is worth close to $1 billion.Because he has taken forward Google’s transformation into the world’s most advanced player in Artificial Intelligence and machine learning.Because he took a public stand against US President Donald Trump’s immigration ban when silence would have been a much safer option as a prominent CEO, and raised $4 million for refugees from Syria.advertisementBecause he is betting big on Digital India, with Wi-Fi enabled by Google now being used by millions in more than 110 railway stations.FEELING LUCKYReturning to his alma mater IIT Kharagpur this year, he not only left students inspired but also in splits over how he had to sneak into the women’s hostel as he courted fellow student Anjali, now his wife.  Rank: 2 SATYA NADELLAAge: 49, CEO, Microsoft Corp.CLOUD NINEBecause Microsoft stock is now trading at the highest levels since the year 2000, and he has accomplished what naysayers warned three years ago was Mission Impossible-reviving the sleeping tech giant.Because he has made Microsoft cool again after a lost decade where it was left eating the dust of Apple, Facebook and Google, with the company last year introducing a well-received new tablet and Xbox.ALL IN THE FAMILY Nadella has known his wife, Anupama, since childhood. Both Nadella senior, B.N. Yugandhar, and Anupama’s father, K.R. Venugopal, served as secretaries to P.V. Narasimha Rao.WORDSMITHNadella’s book Hit Refresh will be published this autumn.  Rank: 3 NIKKI HALEY / NEWAge: 45, US Ambassador to the United NationsTRUMP CARDBecause she is now the face of the Trump administration to the world and has the unenviable task of reassuring 200-plus countries that he won’t be a disaster.Because she has become for the world’s diplomats a key conduit to the still unpredictable Trump White House and will play a major role in shaping India’s relations with Trump’s America.Because the former South Carolina governor was confirmed in her new post with 96 senators’ support and only four against.IN HER FOOTSTEPS Haley, born Nimrata Randhawa, has said the example of her mother Raj Kaur Randhawa, who according to Haley could have become India’s first female judge if not disallowed by family, will spur her on to fight for women’s rights.  Rank: 4  GOPICHAND P. HINDUJAAge: 77, Co-chairman, Hinduja GroupENVOY AT LARGEBecause the Mumbai-born British tycoon known as ‘GP’ and brother Srichand P. Hinduja remain UK’s richest Asian with a net worth of $24 billion.Because he is set to play a key role in India’s relations with post-Brexit Britain.Because he has been consistently bullish on India’s economic prospects, now emerging as a brand ambassador for the Modi government.Because he is pledging $10 billion to invest in distressed infrastructure, power projects and solar plants for 1 GW in India.PIECE OF HISTORYThe group clinched a ?350 million deal in 2016 to acquire the War Office Building, once Winston Churchill’s office, for a luxury hotel project.  Rank: 5  INDRA NOOYIAge: 61, Chairperson and CEO, PepsiCoFORTUNE’S FAVOURITEBecause she was appointed to Donald Trump’s newly created strategic policy forum that will set the economic agenda for the new administration.Because she has batted strongly for women in male-dominated corporate America.Because PepsiCo stock rose 10 per cent last year, earning Nooyi a 15 per cent hike in compensation to $29.8 million for her leadership.advertisementIN LETTER AND SPIRIT Nooyi writes more than 400 letters to the parents of PepsiCo’s employees every year, thanking them for the contributions of their children.  Rank: 6 ANIL AGARWALAge: 63, Founder and Chairman, Vedanta Resources GOLD MINEBecause he has steered the resources giant through turbulent times in world commodity markets, diversified the group’s interests, and is now reaping the benefits as prices rebound.Because he has in the past year expanded the company’s presence in India, from the country’s first $10 billion LCD manufacturing plant that will come online next year to the long-planned mega merger with Cairn India.UNDER FIRE The company has been attempting an image makeover, from clean energy projects to sponsoring events such as the Jaipur Lit Fest in London, after criticism for reported environmental violations and displacing tribal people for its Niyamgiri mining project in Odisha.Rank: 7 KAMALA HARRISAge: 52, US Senator ONE TO WATCHBecause the daughter of a doctor from Chennai became the first Indian-American to be elected to the US Senate, from California.Because she lent a powerful voice to the millions who joined the women’s march on Washington the day after Trump’s inauguration, pledging to continue the fight on issues such as abortion.Because Harris, an attorney, is becoming a leading figure in reviving the Democratic Party as it searches for new leadership after Hillary Clinton’s defeat.QUICK START The first bill introduced by Harris was to guarantee legal access for those detained under President Donald Trump’s travel ban.  Rank: 8 SHANTANU NARAYENAge: 53, Chairman, President & CEO, Adobe Systems DIGITAL DONBecause he was elected this year as chairman of Adobe Systems to add to his titles of CEO and president, a strong vote of confidence on his record of leading one of the world’s most recognised digital companies.Because Adobe reported record revenues of $5.85 billion last year.Because he has shepherded Adobe’s transformation from a software provider to one of the biggest global cloud computing powerhouses.BEFORE INSTAGRAM Narayen first founded Pictra, a digital photo-sharing company, before joining Adobe in 1998.  Rank: 9 AJAY BANGAAge: 56, President and CEO, MasterCardSMART CARDBecause one of the world’s biggest digital payments companies grew under his leadership last year, with its stock rising by a record 22 per cent.Because the Delhi University and IIM graduate heads the influential US India Business Council, which will play a key role in advising Donald Trump’s Washington on ties with India.Because he spoke out for immigrants after Trump’s ‘Muslim ban’ despite being part of the President’s CEOs Town Hall.HERO OF THE HUNGRY Under Banga, MasterCard was felicitated by the World Food Programme for enabling electronic payments for more than 2 million Syrian refugees.  Rank: 10 FAREED ZAKARIAAge: 53, Journalist WORLD’S GPSBecause he re-emerged last year as among America’s most credible voices during a turbulent election, overcoming a storm of controversy over plagiarism allegationsBecause he remains one of the world’s most influential journalists, shaping opinion through his flagship foreign affairs show on CNN and his columns in The Washington Post.advertisementBecause he is among the most persuasive advocates of globalisation and free trade at a time when his country is divided over building walls.TRUMPED UPThe usually sober anchor has surprised viewers with colourful and forthright language he has used for Trump, describing him several times as a “bullsh*t artist” and using the b-word no less than four times on live TV. Rank: 11 YUSUF HAMIED80, Chairman, CiplaTHE CRUSADERBecause Cipla is becoming even more global, making inroads into its final frontier, the United States, where it acquired two pharma companies for $550 million.Because his four decade tenure at Cipla has seen the company emerge as the world’s largest producer of antiretrovirals, treating millions in India and Africa at a fraction of the market cost.Because at 80, the crusader of Cipla is still going strong in his global push to make drugs more affordable.HISTORY SEEKER Born to an Indian father and Lithuanian mother, Hamied had a statue in Lithuania built for Hermann Kallenbach, the Jewish Lithuanian architect who was Mahatma Gandhi’s close friend in South Africa. Rank: 12 LAKSHMI N. MITTALAge: 66, Chairman & CEO, ArcelorMittalSTEEL IN HIS SPINEBecause he doubled his net worth last year, to around $15.9 billion.Because his company weathered the collapse in the global steel industry. As steel prices recovered, ArcelorMittal recorded its biggest rise in earnings in seven years.Because his company will, in the coming year, put its weight behind Make in India, completing a joint venture with the Steel Authority of India for a Rs 5,000 crore plant for specialised steel products.FREE KICK Possessing a keen interest in sports, Mittal owns a stake in English football club Queens Park Rangers. Rank: 13 DEV PATEL / NEW26, ActorTHE CUB KINGBecause the Slumdog Millionaire star has become the first stop for anyone casting an Indian man in a Hollywood movie.Because he has built an impressive resume, working with Hollywood’s best, from Nicole Kidman in Lion to Jeff Daniels in the critically acclaimed TV series The Newsroom.Because of his widely praised performance in Lion, which earned him the first BAFTA award, beating favourites Mahershala Ali, Hugh Grant and Jeff Bridges, and a first Oscar nomination for best supporting actor.NET WORTHY Patel’s offscreen charm and humility have added to his popularity. He set the web alight after taking his mother as his date to the Academy Awards and for the adoring looks he gave his young Lion co-star Sunny Pawar.  Rank: 14 AZIZ ANSARI34, Actor and ComedianMASTER OF THE LAUGHBecause the Parks and Recreation star underlined his status as one of Hollywood’s hottest comedic talents with his critically acclaimed Netflix series Master of None earning him a Golden Globe nomination for best actor.Because of his eloquent monologue that delivered a stirring call for racial unity, when he was given the honour of becoming the first Indian-origin host of the widely watched show Saturday Night Live, the day after Trump’s inauguration.SUBTEXT Ansari co-authored a book on dating, Modern Romance, that studied the (often poor) texting habits of millennials. His advice: Don’t ever begin a courtship with a generic greeting (“Heyyyy!”) and avoid lazy spelling (“Dat wud b gud”). Rank: 15 PRITI PATEL / NEWAge: 44, UK Minister for International Development, MPTHE POSTER WOMANBecause she was a vocal advocate for Britain leaving the EU and played a key role in last year’s Brexit campaign.Because she is a leading figure for the 1.5 million-strong Indian community in Britain. An “Indian diaspora champion”, she works to strengthen the community’s links with the government.Because in her dual roles as minister and diaspora champion, Patel is well placed to play a key role in India’s economic relations with post-Brexit Britain.NEO THATCHERITE Patel is part of a new breed of politicians who, despite their immigrant roots, are staunchly right-wing and Conservative. Rank: 16 SALMAN RUSHDIEAge: 69, WriterSULTAN OF SURREALBecause he remains one of the world’s most influential writers, evidenced by the huge interest in his soon-to-be-published novel, The Golden House.Because he speaks truth to power, from advocating against China’s imprisonment of writers and activists to lambasting Trump and the fake news tide.Because he gives as good as he gets on social media, pulling no punches in tweets to his 1.26 million followers.DELAYED REACTION The Swedish Academy, which selects the literature Nobel, last year finally condemned Ayatollah Khomeini’s fatwa against Rushdie for The Satanic Verses. The 27-year-late condemnation came after Iranian state media outlets raised another $600,000 to add to Khomeini’s ‘bounty’.  Rank: 17 DR. SANJAY GUPTAAge: 47, Neurosurgeon and JournalistTELLY DOCTORBecause the Emmy Award-winning chief medical correspondent for CNN remains among the world’s most influential journalists.Because the globe-trotting journalist continues to shine his spotlight on global health issues that often struggle to find space in mainstream media.Because his widely watched CNN show, Vital Signs, has redefined health reporting.MEDICAL DETECTIVE Gupta is reportedly in talks with US channel ABC for a new medical drama, based on his life, telling the story of doctors working for a news television channel who travel the country solving medical mysteries.  Rank: 18 WARIS AHLUWALIA / NEWAge: 42, Designer and ActorMR MULTI-CULTURALBecause the Sikh actor and designer, who always wears his turban proudly, has turned prejudice into a message for tolerance-from getting kicked off an Aeromexico flight in 2016 and being called ‘Osama bin Laden’ in New York to having the NYC mayor declare October 19 as Ahluwalia Day.Because he has transitioned seamlessly from quirky and memorable roles in the Wes Anderson films The Darjeeling Limited and The Grand Budapest Hotel to starting his own designer label, House of Waris.MESSAGE TO TRUMP Amid a spike in racially motivated attacks, Ahluwalia had a strong message for Trump at the India Today Conclave in March when he said it was time to “find your humanity, find your truth”. Rank: 19 ANISH KAPOORAge: 62, SculptorARTIST AS ACTIVISTBecause his sculp-tures and installations have become perhaps the most sought-after landmarks for cities around the world, from Chicago’s Cloud Gate to the ArcelorMittal Orbit, Britain’s largest piece of public art.Because he has championed the rights of refugees and become a regular visitor to refugee camps around the world, at a time when many in Europe are championing building walls, not bridges.Because Kapoor, who is Jewish, last year became the fourth winner of the prestigious $1 million Genesis Prize, sometimes known as the Jewish community’s Nobel, and donated his earnings to the cause of refugees.BLACK MAGIC Kapoor’s studio owns exclusive rights to Vantablack, the blackest artificial substance ever made.  Rank: 20 SHALABH KUMARAge: 68, IndustrialistTHE CANDIDATE’S CONFIDANTBecause the Chicago businessman was Trump’s most prominent Indian-American supporter, claiming to have contributed $4 million to his campaign. His Republican Hindu Coalition hosted a mega bash for him.Because he enjoyed the ear of Trump the candidate, and will certainly emerge as a key conduit to the White House for Indian interests, even if the actual extent of his influence on Trump the President remains, as per critics, overstated.BETTING RIGHT Before Trump, Kumar was an early backer of Modi, arranging for three US Congressmen to visit Gujarat in 2013, pushing an American rethink on the once-barred Modi in the run-up to the 2014 general elections in India.last_img read more

Sidhu holds talks with Australian high commissioner

first_imgChandigarh, May 4 (PTI) Australian High Commissioner to India Harinder Sidhu today held talks with Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu here to discuss mutual co-operation in education and sports sector.Sidhu, the minister for local government, tourism and cultural affairs told the high commissioner about the large number of students from Punjab studying in Australia and contributing towards the countrys prosperity.Appreciating the role of Punjabis living in Australia, the high commissioner said that Australia and Punjab stand a grand chance of gaining from co-operation in education as well as sports, an official spokesman said.Further elaborating, she said that the Punjab Institute of Sports recently inked an agreement with Australia regarding extending co-operation to each other which is working wonders for both parties on the sports front.Sidhu also discussed the smart city project with Harinder and articulated his plan of developing Ludhiana, Amritsar and Jalandhar as “Smart Cities”, the spokesman said.The minister also said that he is optimistic about getting whole hearted co-operation from Australia for this purpose.The high commissioner responded positively while also expressing happiness at the initiative to strengthen co- operation between the two sides.She also lauded the contribution made by Sidhu while representing India in cricket and MLA Pargat Singh in Hockey, the spokesman added. PTI VJ ASVlast_img read more

I hope to see Lionel Messi win a title with Argentina: Carles Puyol

first_imgSpanish football legend Carles Puyol is hoping to see his long-time Barcelona teammate Lionel Messi win a silverware with Argentina in the near future, something that has eluded him for long.Many believe that the Argentine magician’s legacy is incomplete without a World Cup triumph – undoubtedly the biggest title on the international stage.World Cup-winning skipper Puyol is in India to promote the upcoming FIFA U-17 World Cup.”The one thing about Messi is that he keeps improving and he has been consistent for 10 years, he keeps getting better and that’s because he has the drive, the passion.”I hope Messi wins something with his national team and not only with his club, then he would have won everything with everyone,” Puyol said during a facebook live session today.Messi has led Argentina to a major final in each of the last three summers but remains without a title after falling short at the 2014 World Cup, 2015 Copa America and 2016 Copa America Centenario.The 39-year-old Puyol has no doubt that Messi is ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo.”For me the best is Messi, I have played with him. Messi has given me a lot of joy. I would say both are great players, their competition is very intense and it helps them to keep getting better, and not get complacent.”Cristiano is one of the greatest in football history, but Messi is better.”Asked about India hosting its first FIFA event, Puyol said it will definitely generate a lot of interest in the country.advertisement”It’s a great step forward hosting the U-17 World Cup.This is where the future stars start their development process.”India is like a young football country in that sense but it has been going growing rapidly. Indian fans are passionate and I am sure that the World Cup will generate something much, much bigger in India and then more people will get introduced to the game.”When asked how India could aspire to improve its standing in international football, Puyol said it’s important that kids get introduced to the sport at a very young age and enjoy the practice sessions.”The important thing is to start early and practice, practice, practice, have the passion and enjoy the game. One should not think professional at that stage. This is the greatest sport in the world and you can have a lot of fun playing it.”While he has been a part of many a triumphant campaigns with Barcelona, Puyol has a special place for the Champions League triumph in 2006.”Champions League 2006 final has a special place in my heart because it was the only game my dad, who is no more, watched me live. Of course, it was also the first Champions League title triumph with Barcelona, but it also has a very emotional connect.”He said he was lucky to have played alongside some of the best players of the world and rated Gerard Pique as the best centre-back in the world.”At this point of time Gerard Pique is the best in the world. It is a very difficult thing to come to Barcelona and perform in that particular position and also Javier Mascherano.”In the youth system of Barcelona there are amazing players who will represent Barcelona in the future.last_img read more

IPL 2017 Final: Mumbai Indians wanted Steven Smith to “hit into the wind” in thrilling final over

first_imgIndividual brilliance can win a side few games but what is needed to win a tournament is team work, said Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma after his side lifted their third Indian Premier League title.Mumbai Indians rode on their bowlers’ superb display to eke out a close one-run win over Rising Pune Supergiant in a low-scoring final to win the IPL title Sunday night.”I feel individual brilliance can win you a few games but what is required to win a championship is team unity and team work. These are the factors which I believe personally is very critical to win a championship,” Rohit said in the post-match press conference.Rohit termed all three title victories as special and said getting the right combination is crucial for a team’s success.”All three titles are special. I personally feel it’s how you prepare at the start of the tournament, getting your combinations right. I feel that is the most critical part of winning a tournament,” he said.Rohit praised Australian left-arm pacer Mitchell Johnson, who bowled the last over in which Pune needed 11 runs to win, for turning the match in their favour.”We got some proven match winners in our squad. Mitchell Johnson is a proven customer. He (Johnson) proved again and again playing for Australia and he has done it for Mumbai as well. He has been in that atmosphere before for us. Yes, I could happily rely on him when I needed the most. The last over was very crucial,” the Mumbai skipper said.advertisement”It was fantastic to have him throughout the season.”Asked about Mumbai Indians’ strategy going into the last over with a set Pune captain Steven Smith at the crease, Rohit said: “There was no specific strategy. We just wanted to make it difficult by not giving him (Smith) pace. What we saw, he was trying to use the pace of bowlers. That’s something me and Johnson discussed.”He (Johnson) was bowling against the wind. So, we wanted Smith to hit into the wind. That will make it difficult for him.”Mumbai Indians made a paltry 129 for eight after electing to bat, and Rohit said they were 30-40 runs short of what would have been a winning score on this pitch here.”Our target on this wicket was 140 to 160. 160 on this wicket probably would have been a match winning score,” he said.Terming Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah as best death bowlers, Rohit said he always preferred a five-bowler attack.”Cricket is all about experience. You will always have some experienced and proven match winners and some inexperienced in your squad. I personally felt at the start of the tournament, it’s always good to have five bowlers theory,” he said.Rohit also praised Krunal Pandya, who was adjudged man-of-the-match for his vital 47 runs.Asked if he aspired to become India captain, Rohit gave a diplomatic reply.”It’s thinking too far ahead. I don’t think too far ahead. When the opportunity comes, it comes. I will grab it with both hands,” he said.last_img read more

Salaam Cricket 2017: I loved entertaining and have no regrets, says Shane Warne

first_imgShane Warne said he was happy to have played under great Australian captains Allan Border and Mark Taylor.Shane Warne, the legendary leg-spinner, is the best captain Australia never had but the iconic bowler has absolutely no regrets.Speaking at Aaj Tak Salaam Cricket 2017 , Warne, who finished with 708 wickets, never got to lead Australia. As he showed with Rajasthan Royals in the twilight of his career, Warnie could have been a great tactical captain.But several factors, not necessarily related to cricket, kept Warne away from the Aussie hot-seat.But the word regret has no place in Shane Warne’s dictionary .”I always wanted to go out there, do my best, let my character show and entertain. I am an entertainer and I want to be remembered for everything I did – I have no regrets.”Whenever I was captain, players enjoyed playing under me. It would have been nice to captain Australia but it did not happen.”I played under some great captains for Australia.”Allan Border and Mark Taylor were outstanding captains. Taylor was the best captain I played under, Border showed me what toughness was. I think the others guys Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting inherited very good sides,” Warne said.Contrary to what many players do, Warne read everything that appeared in the newspapers about him rather than waiting for someone else to come and tell him what was being written about him.”I used to read everything – it’s always worse when your friends tell you what others are writing about you. If it was someone who wrote an article I respected, I would go and find them and have a general conversation  about them. I never played to prove anyone wrong.”advertisementOn a lighter note, Warne admitted he had to read both the celebrity and sports pages because “I was in both.” Also Read:SalaamCricket 2017: Differences between captain, coach common everywhere due togeneration gap, says Sunil Gavaskarlast_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: New Zealand and Australia share points after washout

first_imgRain came to the rescue for Australia as its Champions Trophy match against New Zealand was frustratingly abandoned as a no result at Edgbaston on Friday. (Scorecard | Highlights)Set a victory target of 235 off 33 overs, the world champion was struggling at 53-3 after nine overs when the players went off the field for a third rain delay of the match.They did not come back on and both teams collected a point in Group A.The Australians can consider themselves fortunate as they were behind the run rate and lost explosive openers David Warner (18) and Aaron Finch (8), as well as Moises Henriques (18).Earlier, captain Kane Williamson’s assured century underpinned New Zealand’s 291 all out in 45 overs against Australia in their rain-affected match, after Luke Ronchi smashed 65 against the country he once represented.Williamson underscored his status as one of the players to watch in this tournament, easing into his 97-ball innings of exactly 100 before splattering Australia’s much-feared pace attack around Edgbaston with an array of shots. The captain struck eight fours and three sixes by the time he was run out with 6.5 overs remaining.That left the New Zealanders still well-placed on 254-4 but a late-innings flourish failed to materialize, and paceman Josh Hazlewood taking the final three wickets in a four-ball span for career-best figures of 6-52 off nine overs. Australia took the last seven wickets for 37 runs in 5.5 overs, possibly seizing the initiative.With rain falling during and after New Zealand’s innings, Australia was set a revised victory target of 235 off 33 overs in the Group A match between trans-Tasman rivals.advertisementEarlier, Ronchi – born in New Zealand but raised in Australia, for whom he played seven limited-overs internationals in 2008-09 – provided some entertainment with three sixes and nine fours in a 43-ball salvo as a pinch-hitting opener.The wicketkeeper, selected ahead of Tim Latham, struck 24 before showers arrived at the central England venue with New Zealand 67-1, then returned with more lusty blows amid the best atmosphere of the innings. It was his first ODI fifty in the last 37 innings, dating to January and his 170 against Sri Lanka.When Ronchi departed, caught at point by Glenn Maxwell, New Zealand was motoring along at 117-2. Williamson was joined by Ross Taylor and there was a mid-innings lull as the batsmen attempted to set a platform for a total above 300.The Black Caps didn’t quite manage it, and they would have wanted more especially after Williamson and Taylor put on 99 for the third wicket.Taylor went slogging for 46, and Williamson nudged a single for his ninth ODI hundred before departing moments later after deliberating with Neil Broom as they tried to nick a single.New Zealand wobbled late on, with Broom (14), James Neesham (6) and Corey Anderson (8) going cheaply. Adam Milne was caught for 11 on the boundary after hitting two boundaries and Hazlewood enticed a nick off Trent Boult (0) to collect the final four wickets.last_img read more

Sachin among stars in UN campaign to highlight fathers

first_imgcritical roleBy Yoshita SinghUnited Nations, Jun 6 (PTI) Cricketer Sachin Tendulkar joins a roster of global celebrities, including David Beckham and Novak Djokovic, for a special UNICEF campaign that highlights the critical role played by fathers in childrens early development.The UNICEF initiative Super Dads, coming just days ahead of Fathers Day, celebrates fatherhood and highlights the importance of love, play, protection and good nutrition for the healthy development of young childrens brains.The campaign, which highlights fathers critical role in childrens early development, features stars from the world of entertainment and sport including Tendulkar, Beckham, Djokovic, Academy Award winning American actor Mahershala Ali, British Formula One racing driver Lewis Hamilton and Australian actor Hugh Jackman.”When I was a young child, my father gave me the right amount of love, freedom and support to shape who I am today,” Tendulkar, a UNICEF Ambassador, said in a statement.”Every kid needs protection, love, good food and play to support growth and development, and it?s up to both parents to provide these,” he said.Djokovic said as a father, he has seen for himself the impact that love and positive action has had on his child during the early years of life.”Being a new parent isnt easy. There are many challenges that fathers across the world face. This campaign is about supporting and encouraging fathers so they can be the Super Dads their kids desperately need,” said the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.The heart-warming videos and photos of celebrity dads in the campaign will be coupled with stories of super dads from across the world, including those who are doing their best to raise their children in extremely difficult circumstances.advertisementOne such super dad is South Sudanese refugee Idro, who is raising three daughters aged 2 months, 3 and 13 years old in Uganda?s Bidi Bidi refugee settlement, the largest in the world. Idro fled his war-torn country in July 2016, and is doing everything he can to keep his young daughters? healthy, happy and safe, UNICEF said.”The earliest years of life present a critical, once-in- a-lifetime opportunity to shape childrens brain development ? and its their parents who hold the largest stake in this process,” UNICEF Chief of Early Childhood Development Pia Britto said.Britto added that the more fathers, mothers and other family members shower their babies and young children with love, play, good nutrition and protection.”The better these childrens chances are of reaching optimal health, happiness and learning ability. Good parenting for young children living in highly stressful conditions like conflict or extreme poverty can even provide a buffer, helping them to fully develop despite adversity,” Britto said.UNICEF added that good parenting in early childhood, especially during the first 1,000 days, sparks neural connections in childrens brains, laying the foundation for their future successes. Research suggests that when children positively interact with their fathers, they have better psychological health, self-esteem and life-satisfaction in the long-term.”We need to break down the employment and societal obstacles that deprive fathers ? and mothers ? of precious time with their young children,” said Britto.”It is critical that the private sector and governments work within their communities to give parents and caregivers of babies the time, resources and information they need to give children the best start in life,” he said.The Super Dads initiative forms part of UNICEF?s #EarlyMomentsMatter campaign, which aims to drive increased understanding of how children?s environments and experiences in early childhood can shape their future health, well-being, ability to learn, and even how much they will earn as adults. PTI YAS AJRlast_img read more

Mayor inaugurates State-level powerlifting championship

first_imgMangaluru, Jun 10 (PTI): The state-level senior powerlifting championship was inaugurated here today by city Mayor KavithaSanil, who lifted 100 kg on the occasion.The championship is being organised by Karnataka StatePowerlifting Association in association with Iron Games Promoters.Speaking at the function, the mayor said sports disciplines like powerlifting were not getting adequate support from thegovernment and sportsmen were struggling to getfunds to participate in competitions. She wanted the government to provide maximum encouragement to powerlifting and said efforts should be made to get it included in the Olympics. State powerlifting association chairman A Sadananda Shetty, secretary Satish Kumar, former powerlifter EssaPatel and Ananthamurthy Rao, son of former president of”Balanjaneya Powerlifting” were also present. PTI MVG RA SSlast_img read more

Five key moments that propelled Pakistan to Champions Trophy glory

first_imgFollowing are five key moments that helped Pakistan win the Champions Trophy for the first time with a crushing 180-run victory over holders India at The Oval on Sunday.Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed loses toss:India have done well chasing down targets so captain Virat Kohli opted to put his rivals in to bat first.It proved to be a good toss to lose as Sarfraz said he would also have elected to field if he had won it.”We wanted to bowl first. But the toss is out of our control. Hopefully, we can post more than 300,” Sarfraz said.Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman is caught by Mahendra Singh Dhoni for three – off a no ball:With his bat tucked under his arm, Fakhar begins the long walk back to the pavilion as the Indians celebrate grabbing their first wicket with only four Pakistan runs on the board.The celebrations swiftly change direction, however, when replays on the big scoreboard show that Jasprit Bumrah had bowled a no ball and Fakhar is called back to the crease.It proved to be a costly no ball as Fakhar goes on to score his first international century before falling for 114.Kohli fails to capitalise on a dropped catch on five:The Indian captain had come into the match with an astonishing batting average of 253 runs in this year’s tournament, having been dismissed only once in four matches.So when he was dropped by Azhar Ali in the slips off Mohammad Amir in the third over, huge cheers erupted around the arena. Pakistan made sure it did not turn out to be a costly mistake, though, as Amir dismissed him next ball.advertisementHis departure proved to be a bad omen for the Indians as the only other time he had been dismissed in this year’s Champions Trophy – against Sri Lanka in the group stage – the holders also lost the match.Amir back in the team after missing semi-final with back injury:Amir, once vilified for his role in the 2010 Pakistan spot-fixing scandal which led to him serving a prison term in London, was at his brilliant best when he produced a devastating opening spell.He removed India’s top three batsmen – Rohit Sharma (0), Shikhar Dhawan (21) and Kohli (5).After leaving India reeling on six for two following the dismissals of Sharma and Kohli, Amir’s figures read 1.4 overs, four runs, two wickets.His transformation into a hero was complete as his final tally was six overs, two maidens, 16 runs and three wickets.Hardik Pandya, India’s last hope, run out for 76 after showering the ground with sixes:Pandya came to the crease with India teetering on 54 for five after Yuvraj Singh and former captain Dhoni departed in quick succession.He raised hopes of pulling off a one-man Indian Houdini act as he hit three successive sixes to reach his half century. But just when it seemed that he was blazing towards a first international century, he was run out after a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja.India still had three wickets in hand but the deafening cheers from the Pakistan fans made clear that the end was nigh.India lost their last four wickets for the addition of only six runs.last_img read more

Gianni Infantino says ‘nothing in the way’ of using VAR at World Cup

first_imgFIFA President Gianni Infantino signalled that he is in favour of introducing video assistant referees (VAR) at next year’s World Cup following its success at the Confederations Cup, although he conceded the system needs to be improved.”Nothing is standing in the way of using VAR (at the World Cup), as far as I’m concerned,” Infantino told a news conference in the Russian city of St Petersburg on the eve of the Confederations Cup final.”So far it has been successful. We are learning, we are improving, we are continuing the tests.”VAR involves two video assistant referees watching the on-pitch action remotely and then drawing the match referee’s attention to officiating mistakes.FIFA said the system corrected six game-changing decisions during the Confederations Cup.”Without the VARs, we would have had a different tournament,” Infantino said. “And a tournament which would have been a little less fair.”But Infantino, who said that the system had been tested so far in 74 matches, added that certain aspects needed to be refined.FIFA President Gianni Infantino signalled that he is in favour of introducing video assistant referees (VAR) at next year’s World Cup following its success at the Confederations Cup, although he conceded the system needs to be improved.”Nothing is standing in the way of using VAR (at the World Cup), as far as I’m concerned,” Infantino told a news conference in the Russian city of St Petersburg on the eve of the Confederations Cup final.”So far it has been successful. We are learning, we are improving, we are continuing the tests.”advertisementVAR involves two video assistant referees watching the on-pitch action remotely and then drawing the match referee’s attention to officiating mistakes.FIFA said the system corrected six game-changing decisions during the Confederations Cup.”Without the VARs, we would have had a different tournament,” Infantino said. “And a tournament which would have been a little less fair.”But Infantino, who said that the system had been tested so far in 74 matches, added that certain aspects needed to be refined.Chile were denied a legitimate-looking goal after video review in their 2-0 win against Cameroon on June 18, and it was again used at the end of the same match to overturn a linesman’s offside call and award Chile a goal.Former World Cup final referee Pierluigi Collina, the chairman of FIFA’s referees committee, said on Saturday that the system was a “very positive tool” to help referees make the right calls and took pressure off them.”We are in a sort of work in progress,” Collina told reporters. “We see the very positive result we had but we are aware that we can improve. This is normal.”Soccer’s law-making body IFAB is expected to decide next March whether to allow video assistant referees to become part of the game on a permanent basis.Chile face World Cup holders Germany in Sunday’s Confederations Cup final.last_img read more

Mithali Raj, India’s female Tendulkar, becomes the highest run-scorer in the history of ODI cricket: Facts about the Indian skipper

first_imgIndia captain Mithali Raj on Wednesday went past England’s Charlotte Edwards’ record to become the all-time leading run-scorer in ODI cricket and became the first woman cricketer to score 6,000 runs in the history ODIs.Privileged 2 have now become the all time leading run-scorer. Its been an incredible time scoring each & every run for @BCCIWomen #WWC17 pic.twitter.com/eVRjU8rdvP- Mithali Raj (@M_Raj03) 12 July 2017The 34-year-old, who made her debut at the age of 16, has often been called the Sachin Tendulkar of Indian women’s cricket.Mithali needed just 34 runs to surpass Edwards’ record of 5992 runs before the start of this match and she had to score another seven runs to reach the 6,000-run milestone. She is the only Asian cricketer to feature in the top-10 leading run-scorer’s list. She recently achieved the feat of becoming the first woman to hit seven half-centuries in succession in the ODIs. The first of the seven fifties came against Sri Lanka when she hit 70 not out at Colombo in February, 2017. Following that, she scored an unbeaten 64 (South Africa), 73 (Bangladesh), 51* (South Africa), 54 (South Africa), 62* (South Africa), 71 (England).Here are some more interesting facts about Mithali:Before cricket, Mithali was very interested classical dancing. During her childhood and teenage days, she learned Bharatnatyam and wanted to make her name in the same fieldWhen she made her debut against Ireland, Mithali was just 16 years and 250 days old. This made her the youngest women’s cricketer to score a hundred in her ODI debutMithali scored an unbeaten 114 runs on her debut match in 1999, which is third highest score made by a woman cricketer in her ODI debut after Lynne Thomas (134 in 1973) and Nicole Bolton (124 in 2014)advertisementWhen Mithali became the second female cricketer to cross 5000 ODI runs, twitterati started calling her as ‘Lady Sachin’In the year 2003, she was given the prestigious Arjuna Award by Government of IndiaIn April 2015, she became the first female cricketer to win the Wisden India Cricketer of the Year and in the same year, Mithali was honoured by Padma Shri — India’s fourth highest civilian awardInterested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

BCCI announces cash awards for Indian Women’s team

first_imgOn the eve of Sunday’s Women’s World Cup final against England at the Lord’s in London, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday announced a cash prize of Rs 50 lakh for each member of the Indian team for their performance.The cricket board also announced a cash award of Rs 25 lakh each for the support staff of the Mithali Raj-led side.Aiming for their maiden Women’s World Cup crown, India rode on all-rounder Harmanpreet Kaur’s breezy 115-ball unbeaten 171 to knock Australia out by 36 runs in the semi-final at Derby on Thursday.NEWS ALERT: BCCI announces a cash prize of INR 50 lakhs for each member of #TeamIndia (Women) for their performance in the World Cup 2017 pic.twitter.com/R4a1H7fmxb- BCCI (@BCCI) July 22, 2017Announcing the cash awards the board’s acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary said: “The BCCI would like to announce a cash prize of Rs 50 lakh to each member of the squad and Rs 25 lakh to each member of the support staff. We wish them the best as they prepare for their biggest match tomorrow at the Lord’s Cricket Ground.”Hailing the performance of the side, BCCI’s Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai said: “I would like to congratulate the Indian women’s cricket team for their exemplary show in the ICC Women’s World Cup.””The team has shown tremendous character and the girls have raised the bar with each passing game under the able leadership of Mithali Raj. The women’s World Cup has been widely followed across India and this team’s spirit and performance on the field has won admirers all over the world. I am sure this team has inspired the next generation of cricketers and many more girls will take up the sport in the years to come.”advertisementActing President C.K. Khanna said: “The BCCI acknowledges the performance of the Indian women’s cricket team that has qualified for the final of the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.””The team has a good blend of young talent and experienced campaigners in captain Mithali Raj and Jhulan Goswami. The all-round performance was on display in the semi-final against Australia women, who have won the World Cup six times. The fearless batting of Harmanpreet Kaur mirrors the team’s approach under pressure,” Khanna added.This is the Indian women’s team’s second entry in a World Cup final, having lost to Australia in their first attempt in 2005 at Centurion.last_img read more

Eder Martins strikes twice as Inter Milan ease past Bayern Munich in Singapore

first_imgInter Milan striker Martins Eder scored two first-half headers as the Italian side continued to impress on their pre-season tour of Asia with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Bayern Munich at the Singapore National Stadium on Thursday.Inter have started well under new coach Luciano Spalletti, beating Lyon 1-0 in Nanjing, China on Monday, and their well-organised unit were able to both contain a formidable Bayern forward line and punch holes in the German side’s defence.The Italians would have been delighted with their first-half performance as Spalletti’s defence closed down almost every Bayern threat with the 2-0 scoreline also reflecting just how dangerous they were on the counter-attack.After a lively opening, Bayern manufactured the first good opportunity when winger Franck Ribery cut in from the left and unleashed a ferocious rising shot that Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic did well to tip over.The action switched ends as Inter opened the scoring a minute later when Antonio Candreva found space on the right and sent over a teasing cross that was guided home by Eder, who stooped ahead of Felix Gotze to head past Sven Ulreich.Bayern continued to press high up the pitch and after Kingsley Coman and James Rodriguez both went close with headers, Inter doubled their advantage on 30 minutes when Eder finished off another stylish attack.Croatian winger Ivan Perisic, reportedly a Manchester United target, was the architect of a fine goal when he raced on to a through ball down the left flank and floated over a pinpoint cross for an unmarked Eder to nod home.advertisementBayern coach Carlo Ancelotti would have been further dismayed by the sight of Ribery being carried off immediately after the second goal, the Frenchman appearing to receive a heavy knock to his right foot in a challenge.”We are still in training but this was a great performance against a strong Bayern side,” Brazil-born Eder said in a pitchside interview.”Spalletti is a great trainer and he has had nothing but a positive impact on the team so far.”Ancelotti made four chances at halftime, including the introduction of Thomas Mueller and Renato Sanches, as he looked to add a greater sense of urgency to Bayern’s play after a lacklustre display from his starting lineup.The German champions appeared more enterprising as Koman and substitute Marco Friedl went close to reducing the deficit as Inter continued to look dangerous on the counter.Sanches, who struggled to make an impact at Bayern last season, almost capped an assured performance in midfield with a goal when his long-range shot sailed just wide on 71 minutes but a solid Inter backline were otherwise untroubled thereafter.The tournament concludes on Saturday when Inter take on Chelsea, who lost 3-2 to Bayern on Tuesday, at the same venue.last_img read more

Vice President launches National Sports Talent Search Portal

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 28 (PTI) The Vice President of India Venkaiah Naidu today launched the National Sports Talent Search Portal, a government initiative to unearth sporting talent from every nook and corner of the country. Under the initiative, a child or his parents, teachers or coaches can upload his bio data or video on the portal. The Sports Ministry will select talented players and impart training to them at Sports Authority India centres. Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday made a mention of the portal launch during his Man ki Baat radio programme. Speaking on the occasion, Naidu said that the provision of infrastructure and training facilities and establishment of academies would be critical to India becoming a strong sporting nation. “We need to create good infrastructure for sports in all states and nurture sporting talent from an early age. Across the length and breadth of the country, we need more training academies and coaching centres to turn our young men and women into sports stars and role models for succeeding generations,” he said. “Barring cricket and hockey earlier as team sports, our success in sports events is sporadic and more on account of individual effort and excellence, rather than any state patronage and encouragement. That must change. Be it Sania Mirza, PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, PT Usha, Milkha Singh or Abhinav Bhindra, all of them did themselves and the nation proud through perseverance and tenacity,” he added. Talking about the Portal, Naidu said, “The platform of National Sports Talent Search Portal will be a game changer and enable the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and Sports Authority of India select the best. “This initiative will not only help in identifying the best talent, but will also provide a level playing field to all the applicants and create a competitive environment.” As one-seventh of humanity, there is no dearth of talent in our country, especially with more than 450 million youth. In fact, we are overflowing with talent but in order to harness it, we have to put in place a robust system to spot and nurture talent, and develop world champions.” Naidu also praised shuttler P V Sindhu for winning the silver medal in the World Championships yesterday. “Sindhu has shown that India can compete at the highest level. She should not feel disappointed (despite the loss in the final). She has proven that she is a role model for the future generation.” Sports Minister Vijay Goel said he hoped the initiative will go a long way in unearthing talented children in the country. “It has got a big boost to sports that Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked about the National Talent Search Portal at his Man ki Baat radio programme. The message has gone to all over the country. He also praised the Sports Ministry,” Goel said. “Today, the Vice-President launched the programme. I feel it is great achievement of the sports ministry. There will be transparency in this portal and we will get more talented children through this portal,” he added. He said the ministry has also decided to introduce 1000 scholarships of Rs 5 lakh each for eight years. Asked about Indias best performance in the Badminton World Championships in which P V Sindhu and Saina Nehwal won a silver and a bronze each, he said, “Women have gone ahead of men (in sports). Whether it was in Rio Olympics or in badminton, women have been doing better than men. “I am a bit said because India could have the first badminton world champion had she (Sindhu) won. But I will say both Sindhu and Saina Nehwal gave their best and there was nothing lacking from their end.” He said all the stakeholders, including the Indian Olympic Association and National Sports Federations, should play their roles for the development of Indian sports. “States will have to play a big role in the development of sports in the country. Sports is a state subject and we are bringing the subject in the Concurrent List (of the Constitution of India). “IOA and NSFs will have to work with more responsibility, it is not that you will become office bearers and after that you will not work. All the stakeholders will have to work there own job.” Goel refused to give any hint on whether hockey wizard Dhyan Chand would be named a recipient of Bharat Ratna, the countrys highest civilian award, this year. “It is the prerogative of the Prime Minister to name a Bharat Ratna. I understand that whatever decision will be taken, the Prime Minister will take it. We (Sports Ministry) have no role in this decision. Whatever role is there, that is for the Prime Minister.” PTI PDS AH PDSadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

Juergen Klopp praises new ‘defensive’ shape as Liverpool run riot

first_imgLiverpool manager Juergen Klopp praised his players for adapting to a new system after his silky side threatened to run riot in a 4-1 thrashing of West Ham United on Saturday.Two weeks ago Liverpool left the capital with their tale between their legs after a 4-1 mauling by Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley, but have racked up 10 goals and conceded one since.”We changed the system and yesterday was the first time we did it, 4-4-2, which looked maybe from the beginning like a very offensive line-up,” Klopp, criticised for his gung-ho tactics against Tottenham, told reporters after his side moved level on points with Chelsea and Arsenal in sixth place.”We had a different idea — we wanted to defend deeper, more compact and using the space which we had for the counter-attacks. We will never know how it would have been if we don’t score the first one. We had to get used to it a little bit.”It looked like a very offensive lineup but it was a very defensive lineup. We had two No.6s, clear No.6s, two real midfielders on the wing in Sadio (Mane) and (Alex) Oxlade-Chamerlain and Roberto (Firmino) and Mo (Salah) had to really defend. That helps the last line and that’s what we did.Klopp on Salah: “It’s really nice to have him in the team. He is a real goal threat.” pic.twitter.com/ACxdpqxpFt- Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 4, 2017″It was a counter-attacking lineup to use our speed from a deep situation. 3-0, 3-0, 4-1, it’s a really good week.advertisement”It’s a good moment to have a little break.”Klopp was without skipper Jordan Henderson, who was ruled out late on, and Philippe Coutinho, but was boosted by the return of Sadio Mane after a month out with a hamstring problem.Mane lasted 77 minutes despite having had only two training sessions, while Georginio Wijnaldum lasted the full game despite looking certain to miss the match with an ankle knock.”We lost our skipper overnight and Gini Wijnaldum did not have his boots here,” Klopp said.Klopp on Gini replacing injured Henderson: “Wijnaldum came with us just so he could be close to the doctor. He had no boots with him!” pic.twitter.com/hpTT9mr713- Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 4, 2017″Then he said he had improved overnight. But we only brought him here so he is nearer to Amsterdam, he was flying there to see the doctor, and he played 90 minutes.”Senegal forward Mane’s searing pace terrorised West Ham’s defence and Klopp said it was a boost to have him available again. “Sadio is a naturally fit player…he is a little machine. In training you could see he enjoyed the intensity.”I said yesterday he was ready for 25 minutes but it was 25 minutes plus and it was good for us. We brought in Mane after one session. I never did it before, to be honest.”It was not the worst idea I ever had!”last_img read more

Assam to host AIBA Youth Womens World Boxing Championship

first_imgGuwahati, Nov 6 (PTI) Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal today said people of the state have highlighted their hospitality by helping the government organise world-class sporting events here.The International Boxing Associations (AIBA) Youth Womens World Boxing Championship would be held in Guwahati from November 19 to 26 where 193 registered boxers from 39 countries would participate and the prestigious competition will be held in India for the first time.”Many world-class tournaments are being organised in Guwahati regularly now and many more such tournaments are going to take place in the city in the near future,” Sonowal said while launching the official logo, mascot and anthem for the forthcoming championship.The government would develop 500 playgrounds in the state during 2017-18 and state-of-the-art sports stadiums will soon be constructed in Dibrugarh, North Lakhimpur and Sualkuchi in Kamrup, he said.The state governments focus has been to identify sporting talents from rural areas and nurture them for achieving success at the national and international level, Sonowal said.”Under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Centre is giving a big push to sports and the state government is also committed to make Guwahati the sports capital of the country,” he said.The tournament would also be the qualifying competition for the Youth Olympic Games to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2018, according to officials, an AIBA statement said.The championship would also mark the beginning of the journey for women boxers to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, the statement said.Five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom, the states leading boxer Shiva Thapa and singer Zubeen Garg have been appointed as brand ambassadors of the championship. PTI DG SBNadvertisementlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy J2(2018) could cost Rs 8,860, launch imminent

first_imgSamsung Galaxy J2 (2018) is set to launch soon. There have been numerous leaks and rumours of the phone in the past few weeks and now a Russian retailer has listed the phone online revealing the price of the device.Going by the listing, the upcoming Galaxy J2(2018) will cost RUB 7,990 which is roughly Rs 8,860. There are two colour options of the phone listed online- Black and Gold. The new Galaxy J2 (2018) will be a successor to the Galaxy J2(2017) which was launched in October this year. The launch price of J2(2017) was Rs 7,350.Past rumours hint that Samsung would stick to the 16:9 aspect ratio instead of the 18:9 format seen these days for its upcoming J2 phone. The phone is expected to sport a 5-inch Super AMOLED display with 540×960 pixels resolution, which is bigger than the 4.7-inch display seen in Galaxy J2(2017).Also Read: Samsung Galaxy J2 2018 leaked in images, tipped to launch soonThe dual SIM Galaxy J2(2017) will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 chipset with a quad-core 1.4GHz CPU, paired with 2GB RAM. On the optics front, the  smartphone will sport an 8MP rear camera with an LED flash and a 5MP front camera with a selfie flash.The new Galaxy J2 will lead in terms of storage also compared to its predecessor. The phone will come with 16GB internal storage in oppose to 8GB storage seen in J2, 2017 model. The smartphone is expected to pack in a removable 2,600mAh battery. Samsung could launch the phone in coming few weeks.advertisementWhile there’s still no confirmation from the company on the launch of the J2(2018), it has announced the price and availability of its refreshed A8 smartphones. The Galaxy A8 and A8+(2018) are expected to launch on January 6, 2018 in Vietnam first. The Galaxy A8 and Galaxy A8+ (2018) will come with a price tag of VND 10,990,000(approx Rs 31,000) and VND 13,490,000(approx Rs 38,000. Separately there are also rumours that Samsung could unveil the A8 along with A7(2018) in CES which is scheduled in January 2018.last_img read more