Jordan Henderson felt like England were “good enough to challenge” for World Cup glory on Russian soil, with their dreams dashed at the semi-final stage.The Three Lions arrived at a global gathering free of the pressure which has accompanied recent outings at major tournaments.With expectation levels around Gareth Southgate’s squad eased, an exciting young squad flourished to reach the last four. 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! Henderson admits he had dared to dream of going all the way, with England still waiting on a first senior honour since 1966. “I think we did very well,” the Liverpool midfielder said when linking back up with his international colleagues for the start of a Nations League campaign.”I think we did better than what people may have thought we were going to do but at the same time I felt as though we were good enough to go even further and possibly challenge to win it.”We can use the confidence that we went and performed in a lot of games in a massive tournament, but we can also use the other bit of the disappointment to want to keep going and want to keep pushing the boundaries.”It’s definitely the message since we’ve come back that we can use that disappointment that we had at the end by not quite getting over the line and use that as fuel to keep going and hopefully get to a final and win a trophy soon.”England came up short at the 2018 World Cup against Croatia – a side they are set to be reunited with in the Nations League.They eventually fell to a 4-2 defeat against France in a thrilling final, with Henderson disappointed at having missed out on the chance to show what the Three Lions could have achieved against a star-studded Les Bleus side.He added: “Anything can happen in the final. It doesn’t matter who you’re playing.”France are a fantastic side, don’t get me wrong, and so are Croatia, who got there as well.”You never know, hopefully we’ll find out one day in a final and hopefully that day’s not too far away.”England are set to face Spain at Wembley on Saturday before tackling Switzerland in a friendly date at Leicester’s King Power Stadium three days later.
Liverpool legend John Barnes believes that Jurgen Klopp’s side are ‘clear second favourites’ in the Premier League title race.The Reds and Manchester City are the only two teams in the league yet to lose a game this season, although Pep Guardiola’s side top the table by two points.And, while Barnes is pleased with the progress his old side have made under manager Klopp, elevating them above much of the chasing pack, he feels that City are still favourites for the league title. 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! “I am optimistic. I believe that Jurgen Klopp can maximise Liverpool’s potential this season,” he told Sky Sports.”Unfortunately, Manchester City are a top team as well so if you are going to say that Liverpool are going to win the league then you are saying that Manchester City are not.”They are still the favourites for the title, but we are running them much closer than we have done in the past and I do make us the clear second favourites. I am not saying that we cannot win it but that I think we are the closest to Manchester City.”The two sides drew 0-0 at Anfield when they met earlier this season, with Riyad Mahrez blazing a late penalty over the bar.Barnes also addressed the upcoming Merseyside derby on Sunday, with the blue half of the city having not tasted victory at Anfield this century and not in their last 17 attempts at any ground. However, Barnes feels Everton are a much-improved side these days under Marco Silva and will prove a sterner test than some fans might think. “Everton have not been in form in recent years so we have gone into the game as clearly the better team,” he added. “Much as we are a good team now, Everton are in better form than they were so I think it will be a much closer game.”Liverpool travel to France first as they take on Paris Saint-Germain in Champions League action on Wednesday night in a crunch encounter. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
India’s star shuttler PV Sindhu is focusing on coming championships and aims to give her best to achieve her ultimate goal – becoming World No. 1.After winning the Indian Open Super Series early this month, she was almost there, with a career-best ranking of World No. 2.The 2016 Olympic silver medallist, however, slipped to fifth place last week following a first-round exit from the Malaysian Open. She also lost in the quarter-final of the Singapore Open Super Series. (Parupalli Kashyap, Harsheel Dani in China Grand Prix Gold pre-quarters)The double World Championship bronze medallist, however, is not disappointed. “Winning or losing is part of life. Sometimes you will win, sometimes you will lose,” she said.The 21-year-old Hyderabadi also doesn’t want to put extra pressure on herself by bothering too much about rankings.”If you play well and give your best, it automatically gets your ranking up,” said Sindhu.She is now focusing on Asia Badminton Championships to be played in China between April 25 and 30. “After that we have the Sudirman cup in May,” said Sindhu, who hopes to do well in the two events.Sindhu, who defeated Spaniard Carolina Marin in the Indian Open final, lost 11-21, 15-21 to her arch-rival in the quarter-final of Singapore Open.With this win, two-time reigning world champion Marin has taken a 6-5 lead over the Indian in career meetings.The two had been facing each other in key contests since Sindhu lost to her in Rio Olympics final.Sindhu had avenged her defeat at Rio by beating the Spaniard in the Dubai Super Series final last year.advertisement”I have beaten her sometimes, I have lost to her sometimes. It’s all part of the game,” said Sindhu.She said off-court they were just normal friends. “On-court we fight each other because only one can win,” she said.The first Indian woman to win a silver medal at the Olympics, Sindhu also achieved another milestone last year by bagging her maiden Super Series Premier title when she won China Open. It was the only trophy missing from her cabinet.The series of wins helped Sindhu become only the second Indian woman after her illustrious city mate Saina Nehwal to break into the top five of the world ranking.
In Devendra Fadnavis government, on an average 15 complaints are registered against public servants everyday with Lokayukta Maharashtra.Maharashtra was the first state in India to establish the Lokayukta in October 1972 to act as “Ombudsman” on complaints against public servants (Government officials and political representatives of the people). During the last 28 months, the office had disposed 12,237 out of 12,828 complaints, recommending action in 114 cases. This information was obtained under RTI by Mumbai based activist Anil Galgali.Galgali had sought information on the complaints filed, disposed and pending with the Lokayukta and the Up-Lokayukta of Maharashtra between November 1, 2014 and February 28, 2017. In reply the information he received was that 12,828 new complaints have been filed during the last 850 days. While 4,622 previously filed complaints were pending. A total of 12,237 complaints have been disposed, this figure includes even those complaints pending before the given date of November 1, 2014.”This is a really shocking information. It shows that many people are not happy with officers and that’s why they have complained against these officers. I had written to CM Fadnavis to look into this matter on urgent basis,” said Anil Galgali.Revenue department leads the tally in matter of complaints filed with 3030 filed against its officials. Urban Development department lead by none another than CM Fadnavis occupies second position with 1936 complaints, Rural Development and Water Conservation with 1828, Home with 886, Public Health with 421, School Education and Sports with 409, Public Works with 332, Cooperation, Marketing & textile with 326, Water Resources with 325, Agriculture with 324 and Higher and Technical Education with 312 complaints follow in that order.advertisement”This is a very serious information which activists have got. CM should take action against these corrupt officials as early as possible. Those who were talking about transparency during BMC elections should take immediate steps to curb corruption,” said NCP spokesperson Clyde Crasto.According to Galgali, Lokayukta office held back information in five cases under section12(3) of the Act, in which sharing of information publicly may cause danger to the life or well being of the complainant. In case the public servant is above the rank of secretary or minister, recommendations to initiate action are sent to the Chief Minister of the state.In all other cases Lokayukta can direct the concerned department to take steps to provide relief to the complainant and seek a report on the action taken, to be submitted to the Lokayukta office within one month of the issuing of order.In an SMS query regarding this issue, Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis replied by saying that he will look into the matter.Also Read:Is Fadnavis dragging his feet over BJP leader’s indictment in Rs 6,000 crore scam? Congress slams Fadnavis govt’s decision to hire Agusta choppers, says BJP’s double standards on corruption exposed Shivraj forces SC-ST department to review decision on Betul MP’s ‘fake’ caste certificate 1 lakh women signed petition for abolition of triple talaq, says Maharashtra State Women Commission chairperson
Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq are poised to end their storied careers on a winning note after Pakistan played their way into a strong position on day four of the third Test against West Indies on Saturday. (Scorecard)On a day when the match came alive, Pakistan declared at 174 for eight wickets in their second innings, setting West Indies a victory target of 304 runs at Windsor Park in Roseau on the island of Dominica.The home team were seven for one wicket at stumps, still requiring another 297 runs after leg-spinner Yasir Shah claimed the scalp of Kieran Powell, caught at silly point for four.Pakistan will fancy their chances of winning the third and deciding Test as the series comes down to the final day tied at 1-1.Younis and Misbah ended their batting careers less than four overs apart, both caught sweeping, Misbah for two and Younis for 35.Both players were given a guard of honour by their team mates as they left the ground, Younis bowing out as the highest ever Pakistani run-scorer, with 10,099 runs in 118 Tests at an average of just over 52.(ICC Photo)Captain Misbah departs with 5222 runs in 75 Tests at an average of more than 46.(ICC Photo)West Indies seemed set to dismiss Pakistan for a small total after reducing Pakistan to 90 for seven, but the tail wagged, and more importantly scored quickly, especially number 10 Hasan Ali, who slogged an unbeaten 15 off six balls, while Yasir scored an unbeaten 38.This allowed Misbah to declare in time for his bowlers to have a crack at West Indies’ openers, a decision that was rewarded with Powell’s dismissal.advertisementEarlier, West Indies were all out for 247 in their first innings, adding only 29 runs to their overnight score as five wickets tumbled quickly.Roston Chase, who had retired hurt for 60 after being struck on the elbow on Friday, returned to the crease but added only nine more runs before being bowled by a Mohammad Abbas yorker.Pace bowler Abbas finished with 5-46, his first five-wicket haul.
Hyderabad, Jun 23 (PTI) The Hyderabad Marathon, in which around 20,000 runners are expected to take part, will be held on August 19 and 20 this year.The annual sporting event is organised by the Hyderabad Runners Society with the support of the Telangana government and Bharti Airtel, a release from the organisers said today.A 5K Run would take place on August 19 and a 10K, Half Marathon (21.095 km) and Full Marathon (42.105 km) are scheduled for August 20.The Run was announced at an event here today in the presence of Telangana IT Minister KT Rama Rao and others.”As Hyderabad Runners celebrated 10 years of promoting running as a healthy lifestyle choice, we are extremely delighted to announce the 7th edition of the Airtel Hyderabad Marathon.”We thank the government of Telangana, our sponsors and partners for their constant patronage and support for the largest annual sporting and social event in Hyderabad. In this Seventh edition of the Airtel Hyderabad Marathon, our focus first and foremost is on increasing runner safety and offering world class race amenities,” the release quoted Abhijeet Madnurkar, Race Director ? Airtel Hyderabad Marathon, as saying. PTI SJR NSK
Poland’s ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska recovered from a slow start to beat injury-troubled Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland 3-6 6-4 6-1 on Saturday and reach the last 16.Radwanska, beaten finalist in 2012, will face Russian eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the fourth round on Monday — a player she has beaten just four times in 17 meetings.The 28-year-old Bacsinszky, playing on Centre Court for the first time, mixed up the pace of her shots well to take the first set, but had to call a medical time-out at the end of the second set and received heavy strapping on her thigh.The injury, picked up when sprinting to the net, clearly affected the Swiss in the third set.”It’s quite frustrating, because I think I played a great first set. I was putting so much strength as well in my shots and I could go for the winners and I was able to really plant my feet solidly,” said Bacsinszky.”At around 3-2 in the second set, there was this sharp pain coming to my quad and more the adductor muscle. I was struggling a lot to get low in my knees and which had helped me very much in my first two rounds. I’m pretty sad that happened,” she said.Radwanska though clearly felt that the momentum had already turned in her direction.”I had a great match, especially (given) she’s a really tricky opponent. She can do everything on court and you can expect everything. Playing aggressive and then also slices, mixing up all the things. I think it was a great match from the beginning till the end.advertisement”After the second set I just found my game and I was trying to be more aggressive. I think, as well, I was serving better in the third set,” she added.Kuznetsova has proved a tough opponent for the Pole, who last beat the Russian on clay at Madrid in 2014 although she did triumph at Wimbledon in 2008.”We have played so many matches, so many good ones, so many three-setters. Playing her is always very challenging. You know, every ball is going to go to your side over and over again. You’re not going to have any free points,” said Radwanska.
Chelsea’s record signing Alvaro Morata and Michy Batshuayi will need to make an immediate impact in the upcoming season to fill the void left by striker Diego Costa, midfielder Cesc Fabregas has said.Morata arrived at Stamford Bridge last week for a reported fee of around 70 million pounds ($91.11 million) from Real Madrid. He will replace Chelsea’s first choice forward Diego Costa, who has been told he will not feature in the club’s plans next season.With Chelsea returning to Champions League, Batshuayi is also expected to shoulder Chelsea’s goalscoring burden after starting only seven games in all competitions last season.”They are two young strikers who will have to improve as quick as possible because they are our main strikers,” Fabregas told reporters.”When you are the main striker for Chelsea you need to fight for all the competitions and if you are going to fight for all competitions you need your strikers to score lots of goals.””He (Morata) has a lot of potential, the same as Michy to improve. It’s up to them how far they want to go.”Fabregas believes the entire squad will get more chances to prove themselves next season, with manager Antonio Conte’s side hoping to challenge on domestic and European fronts.”Last season, because of the schedule with no Champions League and we went out early in the League Cup, we were all fit for most of the season, the manager didn’t have to make a lot of changes,” Fabregas added.”The manager has said himself it is a long season ahead with lots of games …I’m sure we will have more opportunities ahead of us.”advertisementChampions Chelsea will host Burnley in the opening game of their league campaign on August 12.($1 = 0.7683 pounds)
If there was any doubt, consumers have no appetite left for tasteless cricket, the latest viewership data for sports channels in India drives home the point.Broadcast Research Audience Council India (BARC)’s data for sports channels between August 12 and 18 features no cricket in the top five most watched sports program list. The 3rd Test of the recently concluded India-Sri Lanka series began on 12th of this month but Sony Ten1 and Sony Six airing the Test series only find a 3rd and 5th position in the top five most watched sports channels ratings list for the week. The Test only lasted three days but the ratings of the past two weeks for the India-Sri Lanka series are equally bad.So who is it that is taking the top slots? Where are the cricket viewers going? Not to another channel broadcasting a better cricket series or to EPL. It’s the new age pro Kabaddi league (PKL); spiced up avatar of India’s indigenous sport, kabaddi that’s got the viewers hooked.Each of the top five most watched sports programs in the week are pro kabaddi matches played in prime time with the weekend matches played on Saturday and Sunday night being the most watched. Star Sports’ newly launched free to air Star Sports first, currently dedicated for kabaddi became the most watched sports channel with 206695 impressions (in 000’s) while Sony Ten which aired the India Test match finished third best with 79429 impressions.The ratings are revealing but experts suggest not everyone who was a traditional cricket viewer may have moved over to kabaddi. PKL with its novelty value of entertaining and fast paced action may have attracted an all together new viewer base. But the cricket viewer has become selective.advertisementDo the viewership numbers suggest cricket could not cope with a high drama alternative sports league? Not necessarily. Sample the BARC data of a couple of weeks back of 22nd to 28th July. The women’s World Cup final featuring India became the most sports program with 5922 impressions beating the inaugural pro kabbadi matches played during the same period. The first India-Sri Lanka Test match played during this period again failed to feature in the top five.Which throws up another question if its Test cricket that’s losing the plot? Again history suggests that may not necessarily be true. Competitive Test cricket featuring India has made the rights holders, a one stop sports destination over the years. Star Sports which owns and airs PKL have ensured kabaddi action does not clash with a marquee Test series it holds the rights for.India’s long home Test season (2016-17) where India triumphed against equals Australia and England was well received. When India goes to South Africa, early next year for a Test series, the traditional Indian cricket viewer would know the context. He would be keen to see if the No.1 Test side has it in them to win overseas, if their record-breaking batsmen have it in them to counter pace and bounce.Yet an India Test series featuring the cream of Team India and led by the darling of world cricket Virat Kohli not inviting viewership does suggest, even the dedicated cricket fan no longer has time for non conTests like the one against Sri Lanka.The Board of Control for cricket in India (BCCI) does not appear too worried though. They have merrily added another full series (Tests, ODI and T20I) against Sri Lanka at home to the calendar and invited New Zealand for a ODI and T20I series.They may be happy munching on the IPL pie for now but with the viewers wanting only the best and international cricket in India broadcast rights up for renewal next year, they may have to deal with some revenue corrections if they continue to schedule cricket only for ICC votes.
Actress Priyanka Chopra , who is currently shooting for Quantico greeted some fans on the set of the third season of the American crime drama series. Michael Seitzman, showrunner of Quantico on Twitter, shared a photograph of Priyanka with her three fans from the set.In the image, the actress is sports a white hoodie paired with blue tattered jeans as she poses with three fans. Describing the Indian actress as a “star”, Seitzman captioned the image, “I told Priyanka Chopra that three girls were outside set in tears that their hero was here. So she invited them in. That is a star. Quantico.”I told @priyankachopra that 3 girls were outside set in tears that their hero was here. So she invited them in. #ThatIsAStar #QuanticoTV pic.twitter.com/qozwzE6GKD- Michael Seitzman (@michaelseitzman) October 23, 2017In the third season, Priyanka will be seen reprising her role of FBI agent Alex Parrish. Her social media fan following is rising rapidly as she strengthens her Hollywood presence. She has reached a following of 20 million on Twitter and she has said she would treat her fans to a question and answer session.Besides Quantico, the former beauty queen has already completed her next film Isn’t It Romantic, featuring Adam Devine, Liam Hemsworth and Rebel Wilson. It is slated to release on February 14, 2019. She will also star as a single mom in A Kid Like Jake alongside Jim Parsons, Claire Danes and Octavia Spencer.
After leading India to a historic final at the women’s World Cup this year, India captain Mithali Raj wants a Indian Premier League style women’s T20 league.She said that it will help build a pool of players in the country much like the IPL has done for men’s cricket in the last couple of years.Speaking exclusively to India Today Mithali said: “Maybe we can come up with an IPL kind of tournament for women. Once these things fall into place then you can have a lot more players who can come in and have a league like that. Things are very bright for women’s cricket and the expectations are so high that the coming matches that we play against South Africa or Australia, people are going to scrutinize our performance and see how the team is doing but that is again a part of being a successful team.”It was a historic World Cup for India and the rewards keep pouring in for the women’s team skipper. On Friday, she was today presented INR 1 crore and a house site of 600 square-feet by the Telangana government. Earlier, speaking to India Today, Mithali looked back at the sensational reception for her World Cup finalists at the airport.”Honestly, I did not expect this kind of a reception. We traveled in batches and the first batch did not give us any kind of heads up. When we reached the airport there was this huge crowd waiting for us and I had all these flashes on me and I just backed off thinking they have the wrong people. Half of the girls were traveling with me and were asking ‘Didi what will happen and how will we reach the bus?’ I said that we will manage somehow, it was a shock for us”, said the 35-year-old skipper.advertisement2017 was only the second time in the 44-year history of the Women’s World Cup that India made it to the final. The only other time was in 2005 — also under Mithali’s leadership. Speaking about the team’s journey in the tournament, she said: “As a captain I was more experienced than I was in 2005 and I had a very young side. Getting into the World Cup, not many gave us a chance that we would even qualify for the semis considering the last edition of the World Cup was very disappointing for the Indian women’s team. But the run up to the World Cup had been great and we got a lot of confidence from the first game when we beat England the hosts. It gave immense confidence to the team that when we can beat the hosts in their own backyard then we have the ability to do well in the world cup”.ALSO WATCH:
New Delhi, Dec 29 (PTI) The following are PTIs top stories at 8:00 pm: Stories on the wireNATIONDEL22MH-FIRE-5TH LD BUILDING14 killed, 21 injured in fire at Mumbai pub hosting birthday bashMumbai, Dec 29 (PTI) A fire that started at a rooftop pub during a party spread rapidly through the building, killing 14 people, including a woman celebrating her 29th birthday and many of her friends, officials said today.DEL10MH-FIRE-PTIPTI alerted disaster management control room about fire: BMCMumbai, Dec 29 (PTI) Mumbais civic body Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has credited the Press Trust of India for alerting authorities about the midnight blaze that broke out on the top floor of a building and claimed 14 lives.DEL17AS-NRC-SECURITYMassive force mobilisation in Assam ahead of draft NRCGuwahati, Dec 29 (PTI) Army troops are on stand-by while a massive number of 45,000 security personnel are being deployed across Assam ahead of the publication of the first draft of a list of the states citizens, officials said today.BOM10MH-FIRE-SUSPENDBMC suspends five officials for Kamala Mills fire tragedyMumbai, Dec 29 (PTI) The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) today suspended five of its officials in connection with the fire in a Central Mumbai pub that claimed 14 lives, a top official said.DEL9MEA-KABULIndia condemns cowardly terror attack in KabulNew Delhi, Dec 29 (PTI) India today strongly condemned the “cowardly” suicide terror attack at a cultural centre in Kabul, and said it is committed to extending all possible support to Afghanistan in its fight against terrorism.advertisementCAL4 MG-MLAS-LD RESIGN8 MLAs, including 5 from Cong, resign from Meghalaya Assembly to join NPPShillong, Dec 29 (PTI) Eight MLAs in Meghalaya, including five of the ruling Congress, resigned from the state assembly today to join NDA constituent National Peoples Party (NPP), just a few months ahead of elections.BOM24MH-LD-NEWS CHANNEL EMPLOYEESKamala Mills fire: Narrow escape for news channel employees(Eds: Adds details)Mumbai, Dec 29 (PTI) About 15 employees of the TV9 Marathi channel working the night shift had a providential escape when a fire broke out shortly after midnight in a pub above their ground floor office.DEL30 HP-MINISTERS-PORTFOLIOSHP portfolio allocation: CM Thakur retains Home, FinanceShimla, Dec 29 (PTI) Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur retained key Home and Finance departments with him after the portfolios were alloted today.PARLIAMENTPAR9LS-GDP-GROWTHIndian eco growth slowed down in 2016-17: GovtNew Delhi, Dec 29 (PTI) The Indian economy slowed down in 2016-17, with the gross domestic product declining drastically from 8 per cent in 2015-16 to 7.1 per cent the next year, government said today.PAR13LS-MEDICAL-BILLNational Medical Commission Bill tabled in Lok SabhaNew Delhi, Dec 29 (PTI) A bill to replace the apex medical education regulator — Medical Council of India (MCI) with a new body, to ensure transparency, was introduced in the Lok Sabha today.BUSINESSDCM51BIZ-STOCKS-LD RCOMRComs dream run continues; shares soar 17%New Delhi, Dec 29 (PTI) Shares of Reliance Communications continued their rally for the fourth straight session today, ending 17 per cent higher after Mukesh Ambani stepped in to bail out the debt-ridden firm by acquiring spectrum, tower, optical fibre network and other assets.SPORTSDEL8SPO-ANANDA wonderful surprise and amazing feeling, says AnandChennai, Dec 29 (PTI) Relieved after claiming his first rapid world title since 2003, Indian chess ace Viswanathan Anand said he entered the tournament in a “pessimistic” frame of mind but managed to surprise himself and the world with an unbeaten campaign. By C Shyam SundarDEL28SPO-WREST-LD BRAWLWrestlemania at CWG trials; Sushil, Rana supporters clash(Eds: Updating with more quotes and other details)New Delhi, Dec 29 (PTI) Double Olympic-medallist Sushil Kumars qualification for next years Commonwealth Games ended in ugly scenes after his supporters clashed with those of rival wrestler Parveen Rana, resulting in an unprecedented brawl after the trials here today. PTI TIR
By Zafri Mudasser NofilNew Delhi, Jan 11 (PTI) For publishers in India, 2017 was a great year ? an amazing range of books, new imprints, rewards and recognitions and prized acquisitions.The year saw numerous autobiographies and biographies, and books related to business, commercial and mass market fiction, besides literary fiction, sports, self help, chik-lit and culinary works. There were a number of works by new and little-known authors too.Penguin celebrated its 30th anniversary in India and HarperCollins India its 25th year. Bloomsbury India marked five years of its launch and the quarterly The Equator Line magazine completed five years.”We had a great year at HarperCollins. It was our 25th anniversary year and was really special. We celebrated the occasion with newly designed special editions of our 25 most iconic titles, launched an imprint for business books Harper Business,” says HarperCollins India CEO Ananth Padmanabhan.”We also launched a brand new childrens publishing program in November and a range of educational toys called FLAP (Fun a Learning and Play), the first by any publisher in India,” he told PTI.”We also won many awards; the best business book for Y V Reddys Advice and Dissent, one of the first books in the new list, Anuk Ardupragasams The Story of A Brief Marriage won both the Shakti Bhatt Prize and the DSC South Asia Prize. Our books were on every shortlist in 2017. In short it has been a spectacular and rewarding year of books and awards,” he adds.”At Palimpsest, we look back on 2017 with satisfaction particularly for three books we put on our list: Sophie Judahs Victory Tea Estate, Balraj Khannas iconic Partition narrative Line of Blood, and Demonetization in the Detail, a collection of essays edited by veteran journalist H K Dua,” says Bhaskar Roy, CEO of Palimpsest Publishers.advertisementHemali Sodhi, senior vice president (marketing) and publisher (children?s) at Penguin Random House India, terms 2017 as an extraordinary year.”We celebrated Penguins 30th anniversary in India. To mark the occasion, we published special collectors editions across both the adult and childrens divisions. Beautifully designed, the 30 books in the adult list and 10 books in the childrens list featured some of our most beloved and popular titles published over the last 30 years. We also celebrated the 30th anniversary through the year with some very innovative and fun initiatives and campaigns,” she says.”It was also a wonderful year for our local publishing program – our range of books and authors consistently won awards, garnered acclaim and hit the bestseller charts. We were awarded the publisher of the year at the Tata Literature Live, and also won all the industry awards for book production,” she adds.According to Bloomsbury Publishing India Vice President (Sales & Marketing) Yogesh Sharma, 2017 was the best since Bloomsbury was launched five years ago in India.”Our local publishing expanded significantly on the back of critically acclaimed books such as The Epic City: The World on the Streets of Calcutta by Kushanava Choudhury, ?The Windfall by Diksha Basu, Who Me, Poor?: How Indias Youth are Living in Urban Poverty to Make it Big by Gayatri Jayaraman, and Purveyors of Destiny: A Cultural Biography of the Indian Railways by Arup K Chatterjee, among others,” he says.”Both our trade and academic businesses including the digital collections grew as we strengthened our presence in sales and marketing. We grew by a record 32 per cent outstripping the industry average by far,” Sharma says.According to Oxford University Press-India Managing Director Sivaramakrishnan V, the focus of OUP in 2017 was achieving learning outcomes, technology adopted quickly and content rewritten and redesigned to adapt to a variety of emerging media.”Virtual and Augmented Reality was probably the most talked about trend of 2017. AR/VR technologies help learners experience and interact with digital learning objects to support their learning. Educators, who earlier had print or digital images/animations for teaching support, now can leverage these high-fidelity educational experiences to achieve better learning outcomes,” he says.Among the highlights of Pan Macmillan Indias publishing list in 2017 were the 10th anniversary edition of Ramachandra Guhas “India After Gandhi”; “Awaken”, the first book of Ashok Bankers Shakti trilogy; “The Demon of Cawnpore” by Jules Verne; “The Party Worker” by Omar Shahid Hamid; Chhimi Tenduf-Las “Loyal Stalkers”; “Mrs C Remembers” by Himanjali Sankar; and “Boy of Fire and Earth” by Sami Shah. PTI ZMN BK
SHENZHEN, China (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo now has a little more time to get ready for the NBA season.That would be an unwanted consolation prize.The reigning NBA MVP’s stay at the World Cup is over, even after a victory in the team’s finale. Greece needed to beat the Czechs by at least 12 points to have any chance of reaching the quarterfinals, and instead is heading home after an 84-77 win on Monday wasn’t enough to push it to the next round.“He’s proud of his team. … We gave everything we have,” said Thanasis Antetokounmpo, the MVP’s brother, along with his Greece and now Milwaukee Bucks teammate. “It’s crazy — you win and you don’t get to the next round.”Giannis Antetokounmpo fouled out with 5:32 left, called for charging on a play that left the Greek bench and fans howling in disbelief. Greece was up by 10 at the time, on the cusp of the margin it needed to advance.Greece’s coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos reacts during a match against Czech Republic for the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)Czech guard Tomas Satoransky of the Chicago Bulls knew it was a big call.“We knew that he would go for the Eurostep or try to force it,” Satoransky said. “In Europe, they’d probably call it. In the NBA, they wouldn’t call it, obviously, because they protect stars.”Giannis Antetokounmpo did not make himself available to reporters for the second consecutive game. He also told FIBA officials that he was too upset to speak Saturday after Greece’s 69-53 loss to the U.S.Antetokounmpo is the first reigning NBA MVP to play in the World Cup or the world championships. Only three reigning MVPs have played in the Olympics — Michael Jordan in 1992, Kobe Bryant in 2008 and LeBron James in 2012, all for the U.S., and all going home with a gold medal.“He came, he worked 100%, he tried 100% to get this game,” Greece coach Thanasis Skourtopoulous said.Greece, up by seven both times, had to take fouls three times in the closing seconds — unusual for a team with a lead, of course, but the only number that mattered was the scoring margin and the Greeks simply needed more points.Greece’s Thanasis Antetokounmpo tries to hold on to the ball against Czech Republic’s players during a match for the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)It almost worked: Nick Calathes’ deep 3-pointer with 7 seconds left pushed Greece’s lead to nine, but Jaromir Bohacik — who was 5 for 6 from the line in the final 20 seconds — made a pair with 4.6 seconds remaining, and that was the end for Greece.Greece had its chances, leading by as many as nine in the first half. But the Czechs closed the half on a 16-6 run — a stretch where Giannis Antetokounmpo went to the bench with 1:10 remaining after an ill-advised offensive foul, his third personal of the game — and, because of the point-differential tiebreaker, Greece knew it needed a dominant 20 minutes of second-half basketball to keep hope alive.And it wasn’t to be. So soon, it’ll be time to head back to Milwaukee.Greece’s Giannis Antetokounmpo tries to score past Czech Republic’s players during a match for the FIBA Basketball World Cup at the Shenzhen Bay Sports Center in Shenzhen on Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)The Bucks open training camp Oct. 1, play their preseason opener Oct. 7 against Chicago and open the regular season on Oct. 24 at Houston — in a game that will feature the last three MVPs, with Antetokounmpo, Rockets guard and 2018 winner James Harden and new Houston guard Russell Westbrook, the 2017 MVP when he was with Oklahoma City.Thanasis Antetokounmpo said getting to share the World Cup stage with his brother, even with a disappointing final outcome, was what he would remember.“It was a dream come true,” he said.___By TIM REYNOLDS AP Basketball WriterNick Calathes of Greece drives against Vojtech Hruban of Czech Republic during the World Cup 2019 Group K match between Czech Republic and Greece at Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre, Monday Sept. 9, 2019 in Shenzhen, China. (Lintao Zhang/Pool via AP)TweetPinShare1414 Shares
Continue Reading Previous LDRA: tool suite selected to ensure safety in power wheelchair head controlNext VersaLogic adds global wireless capability to Arm-based computer product line Xilinx has extended its Zynq UltraScale+ Radio Frequency SoC portfolio with greater RF performance and scalability. Building on the multi-market success of the Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC base portfolio, next-generation devices can cover the entire sub-6 gigahertz (GHz) spectrum, which is a critical need for next-generation 5G deployment. They support direct RF sampling of up to 5 giga-samples per-second (GS/S) 14-bit analog-to-digital converters (ADCs) and 10 GS/S 14-bit digital-to-analog converters (DACs), both up to 6 GHz of analog bandwidth.Xilinx’s RFSoC portfolio is the only single-chip adaptable radio platform that is designed to address current and future industry requirements. The portfolio now includes:• Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC Gen 2: Sampling now with production scheduled for June 2019, this device meets regional deployment timelines in Asia and supports 5G New Radio.• Xilinx Zynq UltraScale+ RFSoC Gen 3: Provides full sub-6GHz direct-RF support, extended millimeter wave interface, and up to 20 percent power reduction in the RF data converter subsystem compared to the base portfolio. The product will be available in 2H 2019.The new products monolithically integrate higher-performance RF data converters that deliver the broad spectrum coverage required for the deployment of 5G wireless communications systems, cable access, advanced phased-array radar solutions and additional applications including test & measurement and satellite communications. By eliminating discrete components, the devices enable up to a 50 percent power and footprint reduction, making them ideal for the needs of telecommunications operators seeking to enable massive multiple-input, multiple-output base stations for their 5G systems.With pin-compatibility across the portfolio, customers can design and deploy their systems now using first-generation devices with a roadmap to Gen 2 and Gen 3 for greater performance. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components
Apple is widely expected to launch three iPhones this year that will include an updated iPhone X, a Plus model and a more affordable iPhone model with a 6.1-inch LCD display. All three iPhones, including the affordable model, are expected to come with a design language similar to the iPhone X with some subtle variations. Notably, reports in the past have suggested that the 6.1-inch iPhone will come with an LCD display instead of OLED to keep the cost down while still sporting a notch. Now, a case render has surfaced online that gives us an idea of what the affordable iPhone could look like.Early case renders such as the one provided by third-party case-maker Ghostek and leaked by BGR aren’t indicative of the final design. It’s hard to know what the display will look like from a case render, so it’s still unclear whether the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will sport an edge-to-edge display as the iPhone X. Since Apple was able to curve the bottom of the OLED display inwards to remove the chin, the same will not be possible (or for that matter a cheap affair) with an LCD display. But the render does give us an idea of what the back of the device may look like.The case render shows that a single camera module can be expected on the back of the 6.1-inch iPhone. This makes sense since the iPhone will miss out on a few high-end features (including 3D Touch) to keep the price low. Apart from this, the images tell us that the volume controls and volume slider will be seen on the left side of the frame. Meanwhile, the updated 5.8-inch OLED iPhone X is expected to come with dual cameras and there’s a slight possibility that the 6.5-inch Plus model could bear a triple lens setup to take on the Huawei P20 Pro.advertisementWhile the case isn’t indicative, the 6.1-inch iPhone may also come with a glass back for wireless charging support and will house Face ID tech within the notch on top of the display. The more expensive iPhone models may get a Face ID 2.0 with a notch that is smaller than the iPhone X. There’s still a good three months or so before Apple unveils its next set of iPhones so you can expect more rumours and leaks to develop in the meantime.
Swamy, Congress tear into Modi government on black money in Swiss banksThe Narendra Modi government’s claims of fighting against black money has taken a major beating.China holds civil-military drills in TibetChina’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) conducted “civilian-military” integration drills in Tibet, aimed at boosting logistics and strengthening capabilities following sweeping military reforms.Will Sanju be able to break Race 3’s opening day record?A fortnight ago, Race 3 opened to packed houses, and the film became the biggest opener of 2018, courtesy Salman Khan. For almost a decade now, Salman films and Eid have become synonymous, and the results have been magical, at least at the box office.World Cup 2018: 48 matches, 9 own goals, 3 red cards and other statsWith 16 more matches to be played at the FIFA World Cup 2018, the sporting spectacle has already created some new records. Here are the most interesting statistics.
New Delhi, July 2 (PTI) An utterly helpless All India Football Federation today said it is willing to send the national team to the Asian Games on its own cost while slamming the IOA for not having the “courtesy to officially intimate” them about its decision to not clear the side. As per the Indian Olympic Association’s regulations, only those national teams which are ranked between 1-8 at the continental level, are cleared for the Games. “I wrote a letter to the IOA explaining our disappointment and unhappiness of this decision without really consulting with us and trying to understand what is happening in football world. If expenses are an issue we are willing to pay for the team’s travel and stay,” AIFF general secretary Kushal Das said here. This was a day after the AIFF said the Narinder Batra-led body lacked “vision and competence”. Still wanting to cling on to hope, Das called it an “unfortunate” gathering of scribes at the Football House, on the outskirts of the capital. “I would like to state and put on record certain facts – firstly we have got no official communication from the IOA about the team’s non-participation, it’s all been verbal.” “I think it is strange that they did not follow the protocol or the courtesy to at least inform the federation, the basis on which the teams are not being not allowed to participate. No formal communication has ever come from them.” “They just arbitrarily took the decision and did not give us a chance to explain.”advertisement The AIFF will need a go-ahead from the IOA even if it is willing to bear the expenses. Asked about its next step, Das added, “We will make an official representation to the Sports Ministry, we have got a lot of support from the government and SAI (Sports Authority of India). We are hopeful that they would support us on this issue.” This will be the first time since the 1994 Hiroshima edition that an Indian team is set to miss the football competition of the Asian Games, which is an U-23 event with three over-age players being allowed. The ‘Blue Tigers’, are currently ranked 14th in Asia, after a string of good performances in international matches of late. Seeking to back his arguments with the team’s performance, Das thought the IOA’s response, on the other hand, lacked clarity. “I think I also did not understand the criteria too well. They said (those) who were ranked less than eight in the previous edition, which is four years back (will not be cleared). I don’t know whether they are talking about current ranking or the previous Asian Games, it was very, very unclear.” This is a crucial year for the Indian men’s team, as it has qualified for the marquee Asian Cup after a gap of eight years, having last played in 2011. “… I have said that you (IOA officials) have to look at football in a different manner completely, it’s a sport in which India has been doing well of late. We have been trying to develop the game, we have jumped from 173 to 97 in a couple of years. “They asked us to explain what is happening in Indian football. That was on June 4 but that there was again no communication from the IOA. “Finally, I told my president (Praful Patel) to intervene, but strangely there was again no communication from them.” The national team’s gradual rise was not lost on the AIFF, which sought to advertise its efforts, including through a video presentation. PTI AH PM PM PM
New Delhi, Sep 17 (PTI) Former national champion Chhote Lal Yadav, who is currently the assistant coach for Indian women boxers, has become a two-star coach in the International Boxing Association (AIBA) after clearing the certification course. Yadav, a three-time national champion and an Asian Championships quarterfinalist, cleared the exam conducted in July in Amman, Jordan. The former boxer from Uttar Pradesh is the personal trainer of five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medallist M C Mary Kom, who has claimed three gold medals in various international events this year alone. “Mr Chhote Lal Yadav has successfully completed the course and passed the examination. I look forward to his continuous dedication and support,” AIBA Executive Director Tom Virgets said in a letter addressed to Boxing Federation of India (BFI) President Ajay Singh. The 31-year-old Yadav, who is a Subedar in the Indian Army, is a coaching diploma holder from the National Institute of Sports in Patiala. He had topped the 2014-15 batch. The former boxer’s career highlights also include a South Asian Games gold medal and the junior Asian top honours. “My life has always revolved around boxing. I have tried to do my job with utmost sincerity and I am thankful to god for the results. Mary Kom trusted me with the responsibility of overseeing her training in 2014 and I am glad it has been a good partnership,” he told PTI. The AIBA two-star course is a seven-day programme, which follows the one-star level. The coaches are upgraded on the basis of an examination and it makes them eligible to be seconds at all AIBA-affiliated events. PTI PM ATKATKadvertisement