Air India set to have ‘Maharaja’ class seats on international flights

first_imgNew Delhi, June 20 (PTI) Passengers on most of Air India’s international flights are all set for a new experience as the airline will soon introduce ‘Maharaja’ business class seats, variety cuisines and new uniforms for crew, officials said. The revamped products and services is likely to be unveiled on June 22, which would also come on an eventful week when the government decided to put the breaks, for now, on the disinvestment plans for the loss-making carrier. “The airline would launch a revamped Maharaja business class,” Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha told reporters here. The existing first class and business class seats on its Boeing 777 and 787 aircraft fleet would be revamped for the Maharaja business class seats. These planes operate short and long haul international routes. Airline officials said the latest makeover exercise would involve overhauling of a section of the first class and business class with an upgraded ambience, upholstery and other new features. The night kits would also come with a new look, they added. Besides, variety cuisines and new uniforms for crew would be introduced, they said. “The objective of the revamping exercise is to bring about the much needed change in the airline, make it more customer-focussed with enviable service,” one of the officials said. Another official said the move is part of larger efforts to attract more passengers on its international flights and in turn generate more revenues as well as gain more market share. Currently, Air India has 17 per cent market share on international routes. It has over 2,500 international prime-time slots per week spread across 43 overseas destinations.advertisement According to the officials, the cabin crew of Boeing aircraft flying on the overseas routes would be sporting new uniform with a subtle western touch. Civil Aviation Minister Suresh Prabhu and his deputy Jayant Sinha are expected to unveil the new products. The Civil Aviation Ministry today said the government is committed to strategic disinvestment of Air India and a plan is being prepared to run the airline efficiently, weeks after the flagship carrier’s strategic stake sale failed to take off. “Air India has a very important role to play in the aviation sector of India. Therefore, to keep it healthy, efficient and forward looking airline is an important priority for the government,” Prabhu said today. PTI SAN RAMRAMlast_img read more

Lakshya Sen targets 2018 Youth Olympics after becoming Asian junior champion

first_imgIndia’s junior badminton star Lakshya Sen has his eyes set on the 2018 Youth Olympics after a successful Badminton Asia Junior Championship, where he defeated the world No.1 to win the gold medal.Just a week ago, Lakshya stunned the top seed Kunlavut Vitidsarn of Thailand 21-19, 21-18 to win the Junior Championship and became only the third Indian after Late Gautam Thakkar (1965) and PV Sindhu (2012) to win a gold medal at the Asia Junior Championship.Lakshya is also a former world No.1 in the junior category. Even as Lakshya is now focusing on making a smooth shift to the senior circuit, his goal at the moment are Youth Olympics and World Junior Badminton Championships.Lakshya, after winning in Asia, is high on confidence and will look to conquer the world.”I will try to win the Youth Olympics and World Junior Badminton Championship,” Lakshya said.Also read – Lakshya Sen wins gold in Badminton Asia Junior ChampionshipsReflecting on his win in Jakarta, the 16-year-old Lakshya said that he was very happy with the win as he had put in a lot of hard work for the tournament.When asked about his role model, Lakshya said it has to be former All England Champion Prakash Padukone as he has learnt a lot from the legendary badminton. Lakshya trains in Bengaluru at the Prakash Padukone Academy.Meanwhile, Lakshya’s father credited the entire team, including physios and trainers, for Lakshya’s success in the tournament.Throwing light on Lakshya’s future schedule, his father said that he would be participating in two events which would be held in Spain and Vietnam before heading to Buenos Aires for the Youth Olympics.advertisementWith the win at Asia Junior Championships, Badminton Association of India (BAI) had honoured Lakshya and announced a cash prize of Rs. 10 Lakh for the rising badminton star.The 2018 Youth Olympics is slated to be held from October 6 to 18.(With ANI inputs)last_img read more

Ghajinikanth Review: Interesting premise wasted by dull writing

first_imgIn Gautham Menon’s Achcham Yenbathu Madamaiyada, the name of the hero was kept a secret all through the film and was revealed to be ‘Rajinikanth’ towards the end, and it invoked a sense of intrigue and surprise. The name was out of place in a film that was trying to be that intense.But Ghajinkanth is the type of film where the hero can be named Rajinikanth or Kamal Haasan or Sivaji Ganesan or Suruli Rajan, yet it won’t matter much. The whole point is to not take anything seriously in a film which takes itself so lightly. So, even if a dark-skinned boy is shamed for his colour, or if a maid is treated as a sub-human being, one should be a sport and not complain.Rajini Ramanathan is an ardent fan of Superstar and names his son Rajinikanth. Apart from everything else, the son also inherits his dad’s love for the Tamil actor. But Rajinikanth has one problem – a severe case of memory loss. He forgets things in a short span of time, reminding us of Suriya’s film Ghajini. Hence, the title Ghajinikanth.When his dad expects his son to be kickass like Baasha Rajini, he ends up being Dharmathin Thalaivan Rajini and it is funny when Ramanathan laments the same. However, a larger part of the comedy doesn’t work in the film, ironically directed by Santhosh P Jayakumar, who is riding on the success of the adult comedies (Iruttu Arayil Murattu Kuthu and Hara Hara Mahadevki).advertisementSo, Ghajinikanth meets his love Vandana (Sayyeshaa), the shockingly gullible fair-skinned Tamil heroine who instantly approves of the flat-earth theory if it were to come from the hero. He hides his problem to make Vandana fall in love with him. His crimes vary from harmless lies to criminally offensive impersonation. But he has to convince Vandana’s father, who knows the truth, to accept their relationship.Amid all these, there is this one-dimensional villain, a police officer who is obsessed with Vandana. He has been written just for the sole purpose of a climax fight and to act as a truth-dispensing machine.Arya, though does very little in terms of acting, is convincing as an annoying and irresponsible bloke. We get a bit of surprise from Sayyeshaa, who takes her lines seriously and mouths her dialogues well. Her right expressions suggest that she is not clueless and is in the know of the proceedings of the film. But it is also a pointer of how less is expected of a heroine in Tamil cinema.ALSO READ: Will Arya’s Ghajinikanth work at the box office?ALSO WATCH | Tamil actor Simbu booked for obscene beep songlast_img read more

Asian Games 2018: India’s medal tally after Day 6

first_imgIndia grabbed seven medals on Day 6 of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta to take their medal tally to 25.India won medals in tennis, women’s kabaddi, shooting, rowing on Friday to end the day as the most productive one so far in this year’s Asian Games.Indian rowers started the day with a bang as they got three medals for their country early on in the day. Dushyant Chauhan bagged bronze in men’s Lightweight Single Sculls and it was followed by another bronze by Rohit Kumar and Bhagwan Singh in men’s Lightweight Double Sculls event. After two bronze medals in rowing, the Indian team finally struck in men’s Quadruple Sculls event.Later in the day, Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan clinch won gold in men’s doubles tennis.The next medal came when the women’s kabaddi team, much like the men’s team, failed to overcome the mighty Iranians and surrendered a lead to go down in the final and therefore, settele for silver.Heena Sidhu continued her medal-winning run at the Asian Games well as she settled for bronze in the 10m Air Pistol Women event.The last medal of the day came from Prajnesh Gunneswaran, who settled for bronze after losing his men’s singles tennis semi-final. Therefore, India ended the day with 25 medals (6 gold, 5 silver and 14 bronze)Dushyant bags maiden Games medal for India in rowingDushyant Chauhan bagged the bronze medal in the men’s Lightweight Single Sculls at the Jakabaring Rowing and Canoeing center in Jakarta.Dushyant finished third with a time of 7:18.76 to clinch the first medal for India on Day 6. This is also the first medal for the country in rowing at the Games.advertisementRowing team wins fifth gold medal for India The Indian rowing team clinched the country’s fifth gold in this year’s Asian Games (@Media_SAI Photo)The Indian rowing team clinched the gold medal in the men’s Quadruple Sculls final on Friday to add the third medal for the country.The Indian rowing team comprising of Sawarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh crossed the finish line in first place with a time of 6:17.13 to bag the yellow medal.Indonesia bagged the silver medal with a time of 6:20.58 while Thailand took the bronze with a time of 6:22.41.Rowers Rohit Kumar, Bhagwan Singh get bronze in Double ScullsIndian rowers won a gold and two bronze medals in an incredible start to the sixth day of competitions at the 18th Asian Games.The team comprising Sawarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh clocked 6:17.13 to win the gold medal in men’s quadruple sculls.Rohan Bopanna, Divij Sharan win gold in men’s doubles tennisIndia’s Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan won the gold medal in the men’s doubles tennis event after defeating Kazakhstan’s men’s doubles pair in the final.Bopanna and Sharan, who were the top seeds in the event, played to their billing throughout the tournament and beat Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr Bublik and Denis Yevseyev 6-3, 6-4 to scoop the top prize in the event.Bronze for Heena Sidhu Heena Sidhu bagged 10m Air Pistol Women event (AP Photo)Heena Sidhu settled for bronze in the 10m Air Pistol Women event at the Asian Games 2018 in Palembang while Manu Bhaker finished fifth on Friday as India continued with their good show in shooting.Heena shot an almost perfect 10.8 in her penultimate shot to go within touching distance of gold and silver but a 9.6 in the final shot meant she had to be content with the bronze colour of the medal.India women settle for silver in KabaddiIndian women’s kabaddi team settled for silver at the Asian Games 2018 after a 24-27 loss too Iran in the final.Their silver medal came after the men’s kabaddi team settled for a bronze for the first time since kabaddi was included in the multi-sport event.Prajnesh Gunneswaran settles for bronze in tennisPrajnesh Gunneswaran settled for bronze in men’s singles tennis event at Asian Games 2018 after he lost his semi-final match to Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin.Prajnesh became only the sixth India to win a men’s singles medal at the Asian Games.Prajnesh, who is ranked 161st in the world, fought hard but went down 2-6, 2-6 to world No.75 Istomin in 86 minutes. Prajnesh was no match to the strength and power of Istomin.Day 5: WRAP Shardul Vihan then earned silver in men’s Double Trap final (AP Photo)India returned with three medals on Thursday in the ongoing 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta to take their medal tally to 18.advertisementAnkita Raina earned bronze to kick start India’s day despite her loss 4-6, 6-7 to Shuai Zhang of China in a match which lasted for over two hours.15-year-old shooter Shardul Vihan then earned silver in men’s Double Trap final. Shardul shot 73 to claim the silver medal, while Korea’s 34-year-old Shin Hyunwoo clinched gold scoring 74.The last medal of the day was a bit of a shock as the Indian men’s kabaddi team lost to Iran 18-27 and were knocked out in the semi-final, therefore, settling for bronze.This was the first time the Indian men’s kabaddi team had to settle for anything less than gold in the Asian Games.Day 4: WRAP Rahi Sarnobat became the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the Asian Games (AP Photo)Rahi Sarnobat scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the Asian Games as she prevailed in a nervy shoot-off in the 25m pistol event.The 27-year-old got the better of Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon in a shoot-off after both shot a Games record score of 34 in the finals.India also bagged four bronze medals in the wushu sanda competition at the 18th Asian Games on Wednesday. This is the best ever medal haul by India in wushu at the Asian Games.Three medals came from the men’s competition as Santosh Kumar (56 kiloram), Surya Bhanu Pratap Singh (60kg) and Narender Grewal (65kg) lost in their respective semi-finals. Each losing semi-finalist is assured of a bronze medal.Day 3: WRAP Saurabh Chaudhary clinched the top prize in men’s 10m air pistol event (AP Photo)Saurabh, 16, clinched the top prize in men’s 10m air pistol event with Games record of 240.7 ahead of Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsuda (239.7).Saurabh’s compatriot Abhishek Verma won bronze in the same event with a score of 219.3.16-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary shoots for gold with record scoreSaurabh and Abhishek’s success was followed up by shooter Sanjeev Rajput, who bagged silver in Men’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions to take India’s tally to eight.Shooter Sanjeev Rajput claims 3rd silver medal for IndiaIndia also clinched a medal in a game that many would have been unfamiliar of. The Indian team settled for bronze medal in Sepak takraw men’s team regu.India win first medal in sepak takrawIn the last medal of the day came from wrestler Divya Kakran, who bagged bronze in women’s 68kg freestyle category.Divya Kakran gets bronze in women’s wrestlingWrestler Divya Kakran won her first Asian Games medal when she beat Taipei’s Chen Wenling in the bronze medal match in Jakarta.Day 2: WRAP Wrestler Vinesh Phogat won gold in 50kg category final (AP Photo)Vinesh defeated Yuki 6-2 in the 50kg category final to bag the top prize and take India’s tally of gold medals to two at the 18th edition of the Asian Games in Indonesia.Vinesh Phogat 1st Indian woman wrestler to win Asian Games gold medalEarlier in the day, Shooter Deepak Kumar and Lakshay won silver each in 10m air rifle and men’s trap respectively.advertisementIndia bag 2nd shooting medal as Deepak Kumar claims silverThe 33-year-old Deepak did not mind the long wait for a major medal, 14 years after he picked up the sport. Deepak shot 247.7 to finish second on the podium behind China’s Haoran Yang, who won the top prize with a Games record 249.1 at the JSC Shooting Range of this port city.Lakshay, on the other hand, picked up the gun only four years ago as a teenager and at 20, after managing to hit a total of 43 out of a maximum shots of 50.Shooter Lakshay bags silver in men’s trapLakshay is now a silver-medallist at the Asiad, equalling the feat achieved by former world champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu at the 2006 Doha edition.Day 1: WRAP Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar won bronze in the mixed rifle event (AP Photo)The first medal came for India when shooters Apurvi Chandela and Ravi Kumar won bronze in the mixed rifle event.The Indian pairing of Chandela and Kumar aggregated 429.9 after 42 shots in the 48-shot final and were in second spot for major part of the 48-shot finals before China overtook them to take the silver.Shooters Apurvi Chandela, Ravi Kumar win first medal for IndiaWrestler Bajrang Punia emerged as the star of the day after he opened India’s gold account at the 18th Games, as he won the 65kg category.Wrestler Bajrang Punia wins India’s first gold in Asian Games 2018An in-form Bajrang outclassed Uzbekistan’s Sirojiddin Khasanov (13-3), Tajikistan’s Fayziev Abdulqosim (12-2) and Mongolia’s N Batmagnai Batchuluu (10-0) to storm into the gold medal bout.In the final, he was tested by Japan’s Takatani Daichi but the Haryana grappler held his nerve to prevail 10-8 in an exciting battle.last_img read more

Justice Mudgal to head selection committee for Dronacharya and Dhyanchand awards

first_img(Eds: fixing typo in headline) New Delhi, Sep 11 (PTI) Justice Mukul Mudgal, who headed the Supreme Court-appointed probe into the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal, has been named chairman of the 11-member selection committee to pick this year’s Dronacharya and Dhyanchand awardees. The panel headed by Mudgal, the retired Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court, has been picked by the Sports Ministry but it yet to be officially announced. “The meeting will take place on September 16 in Delhi,” a source in the panel told PTI. The selection committee features former Commonwealth Games gold-winning air pistol shooter Samresh Jung and shuttler Ashwini Ponnappa among others. The panel also comprises former national boxing coach G S Sandhu, hockey coach AK Bansal and archery coach Sanjeeva Singh apart from Sports Authority of India’s Special Director General Onkar Kedia and Joint Secretary (Sports) Inder Dhamija. The panel also has two sports journalists and Target Olympic Podium Scheme CEO Commander Rajesh Rajagopalan. Dronacharya award is presented to coaches for their outstanding and meritorious work on a consistent basis over a period of four years. The Dhyanchand honour is bestowed on sportspersons for their life-time achievements and contribution to sport during both their active career and after retirement. The National Sports Awards ceremony, held on August 29 every year to commemorate the birth anniversary of hockey legend Major Dhyan Chand, will be organised on September 25 this year. The change of schedule was done because of the clash of dates with the Asian Games, which concluded on September 2 in Jakarta. PTI AT PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

India’s pace battery begins preparations for Australia tour

first_imgThe tour of Australia will be the last leg of the defining overseas tour this year for Virat Kohli-led Team India and after their failure to grab opportunities and win the series in South Africa and England, the pressure will be on its peak.In both the tours of South Africa and England, it were mostly the batsmen who let the team down by not scoring enough while the bowlers managed to pick 20 wickets almost every time.Though India will begin the Australia with a T20I series, starting November 21, the first Test will take place from December 6 and India fast bowler Mohammed Shami has already begun his preparations.Shami conceded that they are watching videos in order to prepare for the tour Down Under and will focus on “getting the line and length right”.”As a fast bowling unit, we did well in England. We are preparing for the Australia series and watching a lot of videos. The plan is to focus on the series as much as possible as the opponents are very strong. We will work on getting the line and length right,” Shami told reporters in Kolkata.Shami said winning or losing aside, the bowlers and the entire Team India will look to put their all on the pitch.”We will always try to do our best. Winning or losing also depends on luck. We will give our 100 per cent,” Shami said.Experts have termed this tour as India’s best chance to win a Test series Down Under considering Australia’s current form and the absence of their two key batsmen in Steve Smith and David Warner.advertisementSmith and Warner were banned for a year by Cricket Australia following a system-shaking ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town in March, earlier this year.However, recent reports have come that the board is considering reducing the bans on Smith, Warner and Bancroft after a thorough check in the entire Australian cricket system showed how much the board was on fault for letting such a culture breed in the national team.Shami felt that the absence of Smith and Warner definitely weakens the Australian team but in the end, it is about sticking to their strengths for Team India.”If those two don’t play, they will obviously be weakened. But in the end, you have to stick to your plan and work on your strengths,” Shami further said.Asked if Shami is looking ahead to the 2019 ICC World Cup next year, he said, “It depends on who is fit and who is not during that time. My performance will be evaluated and and I will expect to get a chance if I do well.”If I don’t, I have to accept that too. That’s too far away. We always think about the next series and that is more important for us.India squad for 4 Tests versus Australia:Virat Kohli (C), M Vijay, KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Parthiv Patel, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Khelo India Youth Games to start from January 9

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 9 (PTI) Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore on Sunday launched the jersey for the second edition of Khelo India, rechristened as Khelo India Youth Games, which will kick start from January 9-20 in Pune.Building on the success of the inaugural edition, the Minister alongside Khelo India stars Manu Bhaker, Jeremy Lalrinnunga, Saurabh Chaudhary, Lakshya Sen, Esha Singh, Tababi Devi, and Srihari Natraj started the countdown to Khelo India Youth Games with an evocative “#5MinuteAur” campaign.Scheduled to take place at Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune, the Games will see over 10,000 participants from 29 states and seven Union Territories taking part in the two age categories — under 17 and under 21.In its inaugural edition, Khelo India had a strong message “Kheloge Kudoge Banoge lajawaab” encouraging more kids to play every day, it was an effort towards changing an age-old belief. Building on the core of this message through the #5MinuteAur campaign, the Ministry wants India to encourage kids to play for those extra five minutes.”The success of Khelo India School Games is a testimony to the hunger and multitude of sporting talent in India. Buoyed by the terrific response for Khelo India School Games and with an aim to increase participation in sports across all age groups, we have not just added two sports this year but have also increased the age limit to allow even more enthusiasts to participate and flourish,” Rathore said.Star India has expanded the broadcast coverage for the second edition. The coverage of the upcoming season will include live telecast in five languages (Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and English) and telecast of all 18 disciplines of both age groups. PTI APA BSBSadvertisementlast_img read more

Boxing Day Test: Pujara hundred, rare away Test fifty for Rohit put India in command

first_imgCheteshwar Pujara scored his 17 Test hundred, Virat Kohli fell 18 short of his 26th hundred and Rohit Sharma hit his first Test fifty outside Asia since 2015 as India took a stranglehold over Australia on the second day of the Boxing Day Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.India declared on 443 for 7 – their highest score away from home in 2018. At stumps, Australia were 8 for no loss, trailing by 435 runs.It was another solid batting performance by India. On the opening day, Mayank Agarwal had stolen the limelight with his fluent 76 on debut. Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli had taken India to 215 for two at stumps – it looked like a promising position to be at.The MCG pitch had drawl flak from several experts – they called it a road. The deck appeared to be slow and rather easy to bat on. However, on Thursday morning, Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli, well set as they were, batted with caution.The pair added only 62 in the first session – more importantly, India did not lose any wickets against a tiring but disciplined Australian bowling attack. The Aussies gave little away but could not stop Pujara from scoring his second hundred of the series – also his slowest ever.At the other end, Virat Kohli was lumbering along. The India skipper is generally an aggressive batsman but he chose to bide his time in the middle. He was 69 not out at lunch and a promise of another century was real.But it was not to be.advertisementKohli appeared to battle a sore back. His sharp singles seemed to hurt him. Australia sensed Virat Kohli was in trouble and they tested him with the short ball. One from Mitchell Stac was dispactched to the fence as Kohli moved into the 80s. But the very next ball – another short one directed just outside the off-stump – had Kohli playing at it. Aaron Finch took an easy catch at third man and Virat Kohli was gone for 82.Pujara fell soon after for 106 before Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma joined forces.Rahane came out with intent and he raced away to 23 off 30 even as Rohit chose to take his time. The two added 62 for the fifth wicket before Nathan Lyon got his only wicket when he trapped Rahane LBW with a ball that kept too low.Rohit stepped on the accelerator as a declaration seemed imminent. Rishabh Pant walked out and also took his time before perishing for a 76-ball 39. And once Ravindra Jadeja fell to Josh Hazlewood with the Indian score on 443 for 7, Virat Kohli knew that was enough.Sitting on the edge of the boundary, Kohli ordered his batsmen to walk off as his bowlers took a shot at Australia’s openers. Marcus Harris and Aaron Finch survived the six overs but they will have their task cut out on a slow pitch where Jadeja and Hanuma Vihari could come into play.last_img read more

New Delhi to get Rs 139cr sports complex soon

first_imgThe Delhi government on Wednesday approved Rs 139 Crore ultra-modern sports complex in Najafgarh, in outer Delhi.The proposal of department of education was approved in the Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, a government spokesperson said.Spread over 18 acres, the complex in Kair village will have features like a synthetic athletic track, a jogging track, a tennis court, a basketball court, a swimming pool, sports lighting for cricket ground, an athletic and football ground and an uninterrupted power supply system, the spokespersons said.Confirming the move Najafgarh lawmaker and Delhi’s transport minister, Kailash Gahlot hailed the decision saying it will turn Najfgarh into a sports hub.”The stadium will have international level facilities for football, cricket and other indoor games. Possible only due to the blessings of Arvind Kejriwal ji and Manish Sisodiaji,” he tweeted.A government statement on cabinet decisions said that the Directorate of Education (DoE), while submitting the proposal, felt that it does not have any sports sports complex or stadium in rural areas of Najafgarh and its nearby villages. The area has one small stadium which caters to student of eight government schools.”It does not fulfill the requirements of sports needs of Najafgarh itself, especially most popular games like football, cricket etc. Almost all the school students have to organize sports practices either in this small stadium or in their respective school playgrounds,” the statement said.The DOE also felt that the excellence in sports is best possible only when the sportspersons receive training in specialised sports residential academies. “It surveyed the entire area and found a piece of suitable land in village Kair,” the statement said.advertisementAlso Read | You are my batting inspiration, Smriti Mandhana jokes with Yuzvendra ChahalAlso Watch | India would not be too worried about 1st T20I defeat vs New Zealand: Sunil Gavaskarlast_img read more

Skoda Rapid Monte Carlo re-introduced in India, price starts at Rs 11.16 lakh

first_imgSkoda Auto India has re-introduced the Monte Carlo edition of mid-size sedan Rapid at an introductory price of Rs 11.16 lakh (ex-showroom, India). The new variant will be available across countrywide dealerships of the company in exclusive flash red colour scheme.The company had first launched Rapid Monte Carlo in India in August 2017. However, following a trademark tussle with a clothing firm having a similar name, the car had to be rechristened as Edition X.The car will come with a 1.5-litre TDI diesel engine and a 1.6-litre MPI petrol motor. The TDI produces 110 PS of power and 250 Nm of torque. It is mated to a seven-speed DSG automatic transmission and a five-speed manual gearbox. The MPI is good for 105 PS of power and 153 Nm of power. It gets a six-speed automatic transmission and a five-speed manual gearbox.For the diesel variants, the company claims a mileage of 21.72 kmpl on DSG transmission and 21.13 kmpl on the manual one. With regard to the petrol models, fuel efficiency figures of 15.41 kmpl and and 14.84 kmpl for the manual and automatic transmissions, respectively, are claimed. Rapid Monte Carlo sports black Skoda signature grille, gloss black mirrors and quartz-cut projector headlights (with chrome eyelashes), and LED DRLs embrace clean cuts and modern crystalline appearance. The black design elements underline the assertive and the dynamic appearance of the company’s offering. The car gets dual tone 16-inch clubber alloy wheels with glossy black bolt covers. The black decor on the B pillars with Monte Carlo flag badge, the black roof foil, the black tailgate spoiler and the black grained sporty diffuser add to the sporty character of the mid-size sedan.advertisement One is welcomed by premium Monte Carlo leatherette seat upholstery with grey vertical stripes inside the cabin. The three-spoke, supersport, flat-bottom, multifunction, height and length adjustable steering wheel and the gear knob come with black perforated leather and red decorative stitching. The interiors are perfectly complemented by piano black center console and the abundant chrome decor.The car gets several connectivity features. It comes with a 6.5-inch ‘Drive’ colour touchscreen central infotainment system. It supports MirrorLink, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. There is climatronic air conditioning technology along with adjustable dual rear AC vents. Other features include rain sensing wiper system, cruise control, a multifunctional display, tinted windows and windscreen and rear view camera.Dual airbags and ABS (Anti-lock Braking System) are standard across all the products of Skoda. Rapid Monte Carlo also gets five three-point seatbelts. Additionally, ESC (Electronic Stability Control) and HHC (Hill Hold Control) are available as well, depending on the variant.There is no dearth of space in Rapid Monte Carlo, which comes with a 460-litre boot, cooled glove box compartment, black waste bin for the front door pocket, storage compartment under the front center armrest and cup holders at the front as well as the rear.Below is the variant-wise price (ex-showroom, India) list of Rapid Monte Carlo.– 1.6 MPI (Manual) – Rs 11.16 lakh– 1.6 MPI (Automatic) – Rs 12.36 lakh– 1.5 TDI (Manual) – Rs 13.00 lakh– 1.5 TDI (Automatic) – Rs 14.26 lakhALSO READ | Mahindra XUV300 vs Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza: A detailed comparison between their technical specificationsALSO READ | Mahindra XUV300: Ahead of its launch on February 14, everything you need to knowALSO READ | Honda Civic engine details, fuel efficiency figures outlast_img read more

SRH vs KXIP, IPL 2019 broadcast: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Kings XI Punjab Live Streaming

first_imgAfter facing defeats in their previous encounters, both Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Kings XI Punjab will look to turn back to the winning ways when they face each other at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Monday.Hyderabad had to face a crushing seven-wicket in their last encounter against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur. Defending 161 on Saturday, SRH bowlers struggled to get breakthroughs as Royals easily reached the target with five balls to spare and theoretically kept their chances alive of making it to the playoffs.Punjab, on the other hand, also faced defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in their previous encounter in Bengaluru. Chasing a massive 203-run target last Wednesday, the R Ashwin-led side managed to score 185/7 in their full quota of 20 overs, thus losing the match by 17 runs.Both the teams have 10 points with Kings XI standing below the SRH owing to lower run rate. And they would be hoping to get two crucial points and move upwards in the points table.Where will the IPL 2019 match between SRH and KXIP be played?The IPL 2019 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab will be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad from 8 PM IST.Where can I watch the IPL 2019 match between SRH and KXIP live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2019 match between SRH and KXIP?You can follow our coverage here – & are the squads for the IPL 2019 match between SRH and KXIP?Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Shakib Al Hasan, Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Kane Williamson (captain), Martin Guptill, Ricky Bhui, Shreevats Goswami, Wriddhiman Saha, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mohammad Nabi, Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Billy Stanlake, K Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan.Kings XI Punjab: Chris Gayle, Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin (captain), Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Ankit Rajpoot, Karun Nair, David Miller, Andrew Tye, Moises Henriques, Varun Chakravarthy, Murugan Ashwin, Simran Singh, Hardus Viljoen, Arshdeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Agnivesh Ayachi, Harpreet Brar.Also See:last_img read more

Bajrang Punia bags gold in Ali Aliyev wrestling tournament

first_imgWorld No. 1 Bajrang Punia on Thursday bagged his second title in two weeks as he defeated Viktor Rassadin in the finals of men’s 65kg freestyle in the Ali Aliyev wrestling tournament in Kaspiisk, Russia.Bajrang got the better of the local favourite 13-8 in his final bout after being down 0-5 at one stage.The 25-year-old Indian grappler had won a yellow metal last week at the Asian Championships in Xi’an, China.The two wrestled last in 2017 at the Dan Kolov where Punia won and finished as runner-up to Boris Novachkov of Bulgaria.Also Read | Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia recommended for Rajiv Gandhi Khel RatnaAlso Read | Bajrang Punia sweats hard to reclaim gold at Asian Wrestling C’shiplast_img read more

MS Dhoni’s jersey No.7 may not be worn by India players

first_imgThe upcoming World Test Championship will feature jersey numbers behind the white shirts for the first time but there are two numbers that the Indian team is unlikely to use during the Test series against the West Indies in Antigua starting 22 August.Sachin Tendulkar’s famous jersey No 10 has already been “unofficially retired” by the BCCI from white-ball cricket after pacer Shardul Thakur wore it briefly and was heavily trolled on social media.While no Indian players wear the No 10 jersey as a mark of respect for Tendulkar’s stupendous achievements, there is a strong possibility that jersey No 7 worn by Mahendra Singh Dhoni in limited-overs will also not be used in the days’ format.It is learned that most of the Indian players will opt for their limited-overs jersey numbers.”Virat is expected to wear 18 while Rohit wears 45. Most of the players will wear their respective ODI and T20 numbers. Since MS is no longer playing Test cricket, jersey No.7 is available but there is very little chance that any of the players will wear it,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on condition of anonymity.”People relate jersey No 7 with MS. The consignment of numbered jerseys will only arrive in the Caribbean only after ODI series,” he added.While a jersey can’t be retired officially, the BCCI may mull a move as Dhoni’s stature in Indian cricket is such and they also have the Thakur trolling incident on the back of their minds.Dhoni, who has been playing limited-overs internationals since 2015, has taken a two-month sabbatical to serve the Parachute Regiment under the Territorial Army where he is an Honorary Lieutenant Colonel.advertisementThe Ashes, starting 1 August, will be the first bilateral under the World Championship banner. It will also be the first such series where players will have jersey numbers.The move by ICC is an effort to popularise the game and help fans connect better with the players.Also Read | World Test Championship: FAQs and all you need to know about the inaugural tournamentAlso Read | In a 1st in Test cricket, Ashes jerseys to have players’ names and numberslast_img read more


first_imgA Pierce, Nebraska woman accused of kidnapping her newborn son from a Norfolk hospital has been sentenced to prison.34-year-old Lacee Tuttle was sentenced to one year for violating a custody order and 90 days for negligent child abuse.Tuttle pleaded guilty last month after prosecutors dropped a kidnapping count.Authorities say Tuttle tested positive for methamphetamine and marijuana while at the hospital, which is why custody of her child was given to a state agency.Judge Mark Johnson ruled the sentences are to be served at the same time but begin after Tuttle serves another 180 days for unrelated convictions of theft and intentional child abuse.Court records say Tuttle had a little girl with her when she was caught shoplifting from a store on those charges.last_img read more

Only Ogbah Gets Drafted, Four Cowboys Signed As Free Agents

first_imgI asked Kyle Fredrickson before the NFL Draft started if he would be more surprised if Emmanuel Ogbah dropped to the second round or if the rest of OSU’s team went undrafted.Turns out, both things happened. Ogbah went No. 32 (which was the second round this year) and Kevin Peterson, Jimmy Bean and others went undrafted in the subsequent five rounds.Bean hasn’t been picked up in free agency but four other Pokes have. Here they are. Go Time! David Glidden @david6glidden signs with the @AtlantaFalcons #Entourage— Entourage (@EntourageMGMT) May 1, 2016 Former #OKState CB Michael Hunter will be headed to the New York Giants, per @CowboyFB. Played one year in Stillwater as a grad transfer.— Mark Cooper (@mark_cooperjr) April 30, 2016 Proud to call myself a Chicago Bear! ?— Kevin Peterson (@Pistol_Peterson) April 30, 2016!!! All I asked was for an opportunity… God is GREAT!!— Ryan Simmons (@RS_52) May 1, 2016 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Daily Mullets (November 8)

first_imgFootball NewsA must-read here on how Mike Yurcich is helping Mason Rudolph. [PFB]I wish I’d though to write about this. Mark Cooper on why OSU is more equipped to handle the final stretch run this season than it was last season. [Tulsa World]Guess what … Mike Gundy almost always beats the teams he’s supposed to beat. He’s 32-3 as a home favorite since 2010. [PFB]A list of the players who will be honored on Senior Day this weekend. Gonna miss Sterns and Burton the most. [NewsOK]Pro Football Focus has OSU as the No. 12 team in the nation. [PFF]But with success comes expectations, as evidenced by the fact that the Pokes opened as 12-point favorites over Texas Tech. That’s a lot of love from Vegas. Mentally, it’s an entirely different challenge when you go from feeling cheated and disrespected to being considered a legitimate contender. We’ll get our first glimpse of how this team will handle that new role on Saturday in Boone Pickens Stadium. [CRFF]You should come for Carson’s soundtrack for Sugar Loaf Daniels and stay for the winners and losers. [PFB]Austin Hays on KSU: “Truly, in our hearts, we never believed we were going to lose. And that matters. It really does.” [NewsOK]New pod — this was a fun one. Carson and I broke down the KSU game and what’s going to happen with the Big 12 title race. [PFB]This is very strange.Weird Mason Rudolph stat I thought of today.Against Baylor: 0-3Against all other B12 teams: 13-0— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 7, 2016This is very interesting. Has Oklahoma State at No. 21.My Top 40, based on a combination of Win %, FPI, SRS, S&P+, Sagarin, Massey, and my own assessment of wins/losses.— Matt Hinton (@MattRHinton) November 6, 2016Wut?!That 7-1 feeling #mannequinchallenge— Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) November 6, 2016Next year’s ReceiversMarcell Ateman will redshirt and hoooo boy that WR group coming back next year could be delicious … [PFB]… unless Washington goes pro which Mike Gundy doesn’t think he should. [PFB]Contain Patty Mahomes?Devante Averette on Patty Mahomes: “Sometimes it’s just backyard football. When (quarterback Patrick Mahomes) gets out of his first read, he moves all over the place, and a receiver will make a play. We’ve got to be able to adjust and get pressure on him to keep him in the pocket. He’s a great quarterback.” [NewsOK]Gundy says Patty reminds him of Dak: “He reminds me a lot of Dak Prescott. We played Dak when he was at Mississippi State when he was younger. At that time, the style of play, body, the strength, speed, ability to run and throw in different positions, reminds me a lot of him.” [O’Colly]Recruiting NewsKyle B. doing some work here evaluating the prospects at the safety position. [PFB]Around the league/countryOklahoma State and Oklahoma control their own destiny in Big 12 play. [PFB]You might not like day games but coaches certainly do. [NewsOK]Baylor’s coach thinks his staff might be distracted. Wait … might be?? [NewsOK]Also, yikes!omg— Pistols Firing (@pistolsguys) November 7, 2016Hoops NewsWe are rolling our our basketball preview stuff this week. Kyle Boone took a look at who Lindy Waters is. [PFB]Ranking the 2016-17 OSU freshmen. [PFB]Other Sports/NewsI wrote something short about Kyle B’s leap to CBS Sports. [PFB]Oklahoma State’s women’s soccer team plays Colorado in Round 1 of the NCAA Tournament. [Big 12]ElectionCan you imagine if Mike Gundy attended an Obama rally for Hillary? The meltdown would be spectacular. Harbaugh is in full “I’m 9-0 and make $9M a year” mode. [Yahoo]Hahaha.With this crazy election at home I just want to move to the opposite side of the world and live on an island… Oh wait nvm ✔ #RIPUSA— Mason Cox (@masonsixtencox) November 8, 2016#SponOne of our sponsors — Hoboken Coffee — is selling these sweet shirts along with a bag of coffee. [JustOK]If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Can Mason Rudolph Make Bedlam History With His Second Win In Norman?

first_imgWhen we look back at the Oklahoma State quarterbacks who have beaten the Sooners, the list is predictably short. One name that does appear on that list is current Cowboy, Mason Rudolph.But if Rudolph leads the Cowboys to a victory on Saturday, he won’t be the first OSU quarterback with multiple Bedlam wins (although he would be the first to do it twice in Norman).Let’s look at the Oklahoma State quarterbacks that have been able to get multiple wins against the Sooners, in the modern era. (Bob Fenimore played halfback but led the team in passing both years as the Cowboys won Bedlam in 1944 and 1945.)Tony Lindsay1997: That last time Oklahoma State was favored in Norman was back in 1997. The Cowboys were led by the eventual Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year, Tony Lindsay. Lindsay went 9 for 16 for 129 yards and two touchdowns, including a 40-yard touchdown pass to R.W. McQuarters.Cowboys won in Norman 30-7.1998: As a redshirt-sophomore, Lindsay had an impressive four-touchdown outing at home.Going 16 of 24 for 138 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions, Lindsay also had a huge game on the ground. He rushed for 99 yards and two touchdowns, just shy of this fourth career 100-yard rushing game.Cowboys win at home 41-26, completing the first pair of back-to-back Bedlam wins in 30-plus years.Lindsay’s Bedlam record as a starter: 2-1Josh Fields2001: In one of the most dramatic games in OSU history, the heavy 27-point underdog Cowboys were led by true freshman Josh Fields.Okay, so technically Fields didn’t start this game. He came in after early after Aso Pogi went 2 for 9 with two interceptions and was “the guy” from there on out.Fields went 19 for 38 for 231 yards with one touchdown and one interception. But that one touchdown was a memorable one. “The catch” in the back of the end zone solidified Fields and all-time leading receiver Rashaun Woods in OSU lore.OSU won 16-13 in Norman.2002: Fields had one of the best games of his career going a super efficient 18 of 27 for 357 yards and four touchdowns. Rashaun Woods had 134 yards and two touchdowns and Tatum Bell added 106 on the ground.Cowboys win in Stillwater 38-28.Fields’ Bedlam record as a starter: 1-1 (but we’re counting him as 2-1)Mason RudolphSo were does that leave Rudolph?2014: The record-setting junior first endeared himself to Cowboy fans when he led his 21-point underdog team to a 38-35 nail-biting win in Norman.Rudolph went 19 of 35 for 273 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, looking stellar for a true freshman in just his second start.Oklahoma had pushed the lead back to 14 when, late in the fourth quarter, Rudolph hit Brandon Sheperd on back-to-back plays. A 14-yard pass followed by a 43-yard touchdown pass not only brought the Cowboys within a score with less than five minutes remaining, but made me believe Sheperd would go All-Big 12 his senior season.You probably know the rest of that story. Bob Stoops decided to re-punt and Tyreek Hill went house setting up the game-winning field goal in overtime by Ben Grogan.Not only did Rudolph beat Oklahoma, he reignited an offense that had been mostly inept the first ten games of the season.2015: Rudolph didn’t start the game due to an injury he sustained the week before against Baylor. He was unceremoniously trotted out for one series in lieu of J.W. Walsh with little chance of success. OSU’s coaching staff basically told Mike Stoops, “We’re going deep here.”. The result was an interception and some head scratching by all who watched.But this year Rudolph is healthy and for once in his career appears to have the running game needed to help his prolific passing attack flourish.If the Cowboys can pull it off this weekend, Rudolph will be the second OSU quarterback to win multiple starts and the first to win twice in Norman.Rudolph’s Bedlam record as a starter: 1-0 (and counting)If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Ogbah, Grogan Named Big 12 Players of the Week

first_imgDefensive end Emmanuel Ogbah had a quietly excellent performance on Saturday’s 30-27 victory. He finished the day with six tackles, two sacks, and 2.5 tackles for loss, which earned him Big 12 defensive player of the week honors. He’s been the catalyst for a defensive line that has exceeded all expectations in the early going of this season.Ben Grogan also had himself a fantastic day Saturday, scoring 12 of OSU’s total 30 points. (Also making my prediction come true). His landmark day earned him Big 12 special teams player of the week honors. He connected on two key field goals in the last 1:33 of the game, including the game-clincher with :06 seconds remaining.Congrats to @Eman_OSU38 and @ben_grogan on being named @Big12Conference players of the week. @CowboyFB #okstate @OSUAthletics— Kevin Klintworth (@KKlintworth) September 28, 2015AdChoices广告The full Big 12 release can be found here. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

‘Ancelotti has more trophies than I have underpants’

first_imgBundesliga Nagelsmann not gunning for Ancelotti’s job: ‘He has more trophies in his cupboard than I have underpants’ Stephen Creek Last updated 2 years ago 03:50 14/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) juliannagelsmann-cropped Bongarts Bundesliga Bayern München Carlo Ancelotti Hoffenheim v Sporting Braga Sporting Braga UEFA Europa League Hoffenheim The Hoffenheim boss said his remarks about one day coaching Bayern Munich “had no current reference” Julian Nagelsmann has moved to distance himself from comments he made about managing Bayern Munich in the future, saying the remarks “had no current reference”.The Hoffenheim coach prompted speculation that he could succeed Carlo Ancelotti at the Allianz Arena by telling Eurosport that his family were moving to Munich and that the city is important to him.However, speaking ahead of Hoffenheim’s Europa League clash with Braga, he made it clear that he was not seeking to undermine Ancelotti. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing “The topic had bigger impact than I wanted,” Nagelsmann said. “Unfortunately the interview has made waves, also regarding my colleague Carlo Ancelotti for whom I have great respect.”He has more trophies in his cupboard than I have underpants. I’ve sent Carlo a text to explain how I meant what I’ve said.”With that the issue is ticked off.”Julian #Nagelsmann: “Statements with regards to FCB aren’t relevant. I am the manager at #TSG and I’m more than happy here.”#TSGSCB— TSG Hoffenheim EN (@achtzehn99_en) September 13, 2017Nagelsmann’s side inflicted Bayern’s first defeat of the season on Saturday, when Mark Uth scored both goals in a 2-0 victory for Hoffenheim.The Bundesliga table after three games shows Bayern in sixth place, while Hoffenheim are up in second, and Nagelsmann insisted he is not making plans to move clubs anytime soon.”The interview had no current reference,” he said. “It was about visions and the planning of my life’s future. I have always pointed out that it is my dream to manage a world-class club.”These were open-minded and honest answers. I want to maintain this style. It was no candidature.”last_img read more