This jewelry designer is also an architect Cops raid Manila office of Bayan, nab 3 activists for guns, explosive PLAY LIST 01:55Cops raid Manila office of Bayan, nab 3 activists for guns, explosive04:04‘Quiel’ now a severe tropical storm – Pagasa00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Bulgarian fans react during the Euro 2020 Group A football qualification match between Bulgaria and England at the Vasil Levski National Stadium in Sofia on October 14, 2019. (Photo by NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV / AFP)The Bulgarian Football Union was raided by special prosecutors and police on Tuesday just hours after its head resigned over racist chants that marred Bulgaria’s Euro 2020 qualifier defeat to England, an official said.According to the public Bulgarian national radio, 30 specialised prosecutors, anti-organised crime officers and police entered the headquarters of the BFU on Sofia’s outskirts, conducting searches and confiscating documents.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Special prosecution spokesman Bozhidar Dimitrov confirmed the raid to AFP but gave no further details, while radio reports said five officials were also reportedly taken in for questioning.It was not immediately clear if the searches were related to the resignation earlier on Tuesday of BFU President Borislav Mihaylov, as neither the BFU nor police provided any details.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceMihaylov, who had headed the BFU since 2005, caved in to pressure to resign earlier Tuesday after monkey noises and apparent Nazi salutes from some of the crowd forced Monday’s 6-0 defeat to England to be halted twice in the first half.The abuse directed at England’s black players overshadowed the match and caused an international uproar. Becoming his own man View comments Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Radio reports say however that the raid was conducted as part of a months-long probe into the work of the BFU’s refereeing committee, including referee assignments and suspicions of match-fixing.Allegations about the rigging of domestic games have long been rife in the Bulgarian media. The practice was made punishable by law in 2011 but no major convictions have been made since.Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, who demanded Mihaylov’s resignation, said earlier Tuesday that he had ordered a financial audit of the BFU.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Bulgaria football chief resigns as UEFA urges ‘war’ on racists
MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View comments UST star Rhenz Abando. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Entering the Final Four of the UAAP Season 82 men’s basketball tournament is usually a special achievement, be it for a first-timer or a veteran.These special occasions usually see players try to rock sneakers that would fit the moment and the likes of CJ Cansino, Rhenz Abando, and Wendell Comboy didn’t disappoint when they wore the yet to be released Kyrie 6 “Manila.”ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Super Cup: PH team shuts down PSL Sparkle ahead of Tsukuba U match Priority legislation in the 18th Congress Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Cansino and Abando, neophytes in the knockout stages, helped University of Santo Tomas trounced the graduating Comboy and Far Eastern University 81-71 in the stepladder game Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The Kyrie 6 “Manila” is part of Kyrie Irving’s Preheat pack for his sixth signature shoe and the Manila colorway, together with 10 other city-based shoes, will hit retail shelves on Nov. 11.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceAbando said wearing the shoes in his first Final Four was special for him and he described receiving the sneakers as if it was Christmas morning.“When I opened the package I was surprised that it had shoes inside it. I think this is a testament to my hard work this season,” said Abando in Filipino who had a near double-double of nine points, eight rebounds, and two blocks against the Tamaraws. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ LATEST STORIES Cansino, meanwhile, doubled up on the Kyries when he wore “Manila” 6s in the first half and switching to the “Sandy Cheeks” Kyrie Low 2 that was part of the Spongebob Squarepants pack in the second.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Abando added that it’s humbling for him to be receiving perks at this stage of his career after growing up in La Union where he had little to no access to premium sneakers.“It’s really surprising because when I was in the province I never got this kind of sneakers and now it’s being given to me,” said Abando.Comboy, who won a title in his rookie year and appeared in the Final Four in all his years with FEU, said he feels blessed to have been given the chance to wear the sneakers days before its release.The “Manila” colorway will only be available in the Philippines while the global release of the Kyrie 6, not including the Preheat pack, is on Nov. 22 with the “Jet Black” edition starting the line.“It’s like we’re wearing Kyrie’s new signature shoes at the same time that he got his. I’m really blessed to have these,” said Comboy, who had eight points and seven rebounds in his exit game, in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Rice industry paralysis
Rohtak (HR), Aug 28 (PTI) Kurukshetra BJP MP Raj Kumar Saini today pitched for 100 per cent reservation for all castes proportionate to their population in government jobs and educational institutions.”We want 100 per cent reservation for all castes, including Jats, so that nobody can cheat any community of its rights,” Saini said while addressing a rally in grain market at Rohtak amid tight security.”If somebody wants reservation by blocking roads, then it is better to give 100 per cent reservation to all communities as per their population,” said Saini.”People can be given reservation on the basis of economic situation and merit,” he further said.Saini said no political party has been able to eliminate the jaati pratha (caste system) in the country.”Even big political parties also look at castes as vote bank,” he said, adding, “when people belonging to upper castes come to power, they oblige their community and also claim the rights of people of lower castes. Therefore, 100 per cent reservation be given.”Saini also suggested dispensing with Rajya Sabha, alleging that members of the upper House “work against the country”.”This (RS) was set up by Britishers. But it continued to function after the Independence so that freedom fighters could give their valuable suggestions. But they are no more. A party which has majority in Lok Sabha does not get majority in RS for several years and members of Upper House with ill intention create obstacles in the government work. Therefore, it should be put to an end,” he said. PTI CHS VJ AQS SK AARadvertisement
India reclaimed the No.1 spot in the Test rankings and took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series beating New Zealand by 178 runs in the second cricket Test at the Eden Gardens here on Monday. (SCORECARD)The Kiwis, chasing a target of 376, were skittled out for 197 in the post-tea session on the fourth day. (India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test, Day 4: As It Happened)For the tourists, opener Tom Latham (74; 148 balls, 8×4) and Luke Ronchi (32; 60 balls, 4×4) were the principal scorers.Ravichandran Ashwin (3/82), Ravindra Jadeja (3/41) and Mohammad Shami (3/46) were the chief wreckers of New Zealand’s second innings.Earlier on Monday, resuming at 227 for eight, India were all out for 263 in their second innings.Wriddhiman Saha remained not out with 58 (120 balls, 6×4). Bhuvneshwar Kumar scored 23 (51 balls, 2×4, 1×6).Trent Boult (3/38), Matt Henry (3/59) and Mitchell Santner (3/60) were the prominent wicket takers for the visitors.New Zealand had scored 204 in their first innings in reply to India’s 316.India had won the first Test at Kanpur by 197 runs.
Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has suggested that Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku will be ready to return against Brighton in the Premier League on Sunday.The England winger missed the win over Leicester City having only just returned from his post-World Cup holiday, while Lukaku was only used as a second-half substitute.But both players could well be involved from the start against Brighton, with Mourinho suggesting that, following a full weeks’ worth of training, the duo are in better condition to feature. 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! He told the club’s official website: “I think we will have the same players [as against Leicester]. I think the injured players aren’t going to be back for Brighton.”What we have is Paul [Pogba] with nine days’ training, [Marcus] Rashford with 11 days’ training, [Marouane] Fellaini with nine days’ training and, of course, they will be in a better condition.”Normally, these boys that [against Leicester] were in a difficult situation will be ready to give a bit more [against Brighton] – more Lukaku, more Rashford, probably Lingard coming back, more Fellaini. I think normally we’re going to have more.”That means that United will still be without the likes of Nemanja Matic and Antonio Valencia, while Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo will also miss out having also been absent from the win over Leicester.The Red Devils will be looking to build on the opening-day victory over Claude Puel’s men, with Paul Pogba’s penalty and Luke Shaw’s first ever goal for the club ensuring they came out with a 2-1 win.After facing Brighton, United take on Totenham at Old Trafford on August 27 before a trip to Burnley on September 1.
The question of how to fit Isco into a Real Madrid side with three forwards is one that has never been properly answered, but the Andalusian magician insists it is asked, again and again.Thrown on to try and save Los Blancos from a first La Liga defeat of the season, Isco took just three minutes to pull Madrid level against Athletic Club and rescue a 1-1 draw at San Mames on Saturday.With a bright appearance from the bench Isco showed coach Julen Lopetegui he must be relied upon as Madrid attempt to wrestle the league title back from arch-rivals Barcelona. 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! The coach has not appeared overly keen to install him as a fixture in the Madrid side despite leaning heavily on him while in charge of Spain.Although Lopetegui never got the chance to lead his country at the World Cup after being sacked on the eve of the tournament after agreeing to take the Madrid job, Isco would have been his key man in Russia.Last season at the Santiago Bernabeu Isco failed to convince Zinedine Zidane he was worthy of a regular place, but the playmaker was crucial to Lopetegui’s La Roja.The coach has known him for over half a decade, having first managed the 26-year-old with Spain U21s, and saw him destroy both Italy and Argentina in the build up to the World Cup.However Lopetegui is refusing to play favourites in his Real Madrid meritocracy, only starting Isco in two of the four league games so far, against Getafe and Girona.Isco was given a half-hour cameo against Leganes and was parachuted in at the San Mames as Real Madrid chased the game at 1-0 down to Iker Muniain’s opener.On trotted the Malaga-born midfielder in the 61st minute. By the 64th Madrid were level, and he had scored it.Gareth Bale’s excellent cross found Isco all alone in the middle and although headers aren’t the magician’s forte, he dutifully nodded the ball home to equalise.And if the usually smart Benzema had taken half-a-second longer to decide what to do with the ball in the box in the 90th minute, he might have let the ball run to Isco instead of trying to force a pass through to Lucas Vazquez, which was intercepted.As usual, Isco had carved out a patch of space all on his own and was ready to strike, poised to preserve Madrid’s 100 percent record, but the ball never arrived.Lopetegui will argue that with lots of important games coming up it is important to rotate his squad, but the truth is that the question of how to fit Isco into a team with three forwards still hasn’t been answered.Bale’s injury problems meant Zidane switched to a 4-4-2 with a diamond midfield that placed Isco at the tip, which seemed to work, but Lopetegui seems sure he wants to use Bale, Marco Asensio and Karim Benzema up front together.Joining Isco up with that attacking trident would be too gung-ho for all but the simplest of home games, so Madrid’s No. 22 has to show Lopetegui that he is the solution, not the problem. And on a tense night in the Basque Country, he got the job started.
Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne says he feels good since his return from injury as he gets “back into the rhythm” of playing for the Premier League champions.The Belgian attacker was ruled out for two months after suffering an injury in the first game of the season, making his return in the last 30 minutes of Saturday’s 5-0 win over Burnley.He was back making an influence in the Champions League on Tuesday by assisting Aymeric Laporte for his side’s second in the 3-0 win at Shakhtar Donetsk. 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! And De Bruyne says he is happy to be back and in good shape after his spell on the sidelines. “I feel good. I’m back, I’m playing, I think I did well,” he told reporters. “I’m getting stronger and stronger, I just need games to get back into the rhythm but to play half an hour (at the weekend) and 70 minutes today is fine.”I think they did really well [while I was injured]. They didn’t lose, apart from the Lyon game, so I think the team did really well without me, but I didn’t expect anything different.”Although De Bruyne is unsure if City can go all the way to win the Champions League this year, he takes confidence from them being first in the group after three games.”We lost a game so we need to get back the points. It is important to be first in the group, now we’re there with three games to go,” he said.”I don’t know [if we’re better this season]. Last year was so good, the beginning has been really good, so I think it’s on the same level. We’re doing well.”Too early to say [if we can win it]. We’ll try to win every game and we’ll see what happens.”
The Mexican federation and the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys announced a partnership Wednesday that will see El Tri utilize North Texas as its training base in the lead-up to the 2022 World Cup in addition to playing a friendly match at AT&T Stadium each year leading up to 2022.The first friendly that is part of the deal will take place June 9 ahead of the Gold Cup, with the opponent to be announced at a later date.Previously, Mexico’s deal with Soccer United Marketing saw the national team play at least five friendly matches in various cities around the U.S. While many of those matches took place in North Texas, there now will be one a year at the home of the Cowboys. The partnership will continue with at least four matches taking place in other U.S. cities, but one game a year is locked into the Dallas area. 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! El Tri drew an announced attendance of 84,878 for a friendly against Ecuador in before the 2014 World Cup, 82,559 for a game against Argentina in 2015 and 79,128 earlier this year for a game against Croatia.Mexico also has played a number of Gold Cup clashes in the venue, including taking part in the 2009 doubleheader that was the first sporting event to take place in the venue.The agreement was announced at an event featuring Jerry Jones Jr. the Chief Marketing Officer of the Dallas Cowboys, Gilberto Hernandez, Secretary General of the FMF, Camilo Durana, Senior Vice President, properties and events for SUM, Jimmy Smith, FC Dallas Chief Operating Officer, and Monica Paul, Executive Director of the Dallas Sports Commission.While there are Mexico fans all over the country, with large population groups in cities like Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston, officials said the partnership with Dallas sports teams and the success of past events put Dallas over the top for the first agreement of this sort by the Mexico national team.”We’ve done some analysis and Dallas is one of the major cities where we can get fans to engage with the national team. All the games we’ve had here before have been really successful and the Dallas Sports Commission, the Dallas Cowboys, FC Dallas, they’ve all helped make this happen,” Hernandez said. “Since we’ve had such a great amount of fans here that can travel from all over Texas, it makes a lot of sense for the Mexican national team to engage in Dallas. Looking forward to the next four and then eight years toward the World Cup, which will be here, as you know, in 2026.”The long-term vision of Dallas playing a major role in the 2026 World Cup was a large part of the involvement of the Dallas Sports Commission and FC Dallas, which also may invite Mexico’s national team to train at the venues it runs, Toyota Stadium or MoneyGram Park, as part of the partnership.”We’re not hiding it. We want Dallas and North Texas to be the focal point of the World Cup in 2026, and as many touchpoints as we can have – whether it’s the International Broadcast Center, whether it’s training facilities, those things will help bring it here,” Smith said. “You can see the players saying this is a great place to play soccer, and along those lines it’s not just the stadium but the facilities we have in place.”
(Eds: Correcting name in headline)New Delhi, May 15 (PTI) Aparshakti Khurrana made a successful Bollywood debut with Aamir Khans “Dangal” last year and his actor-brother Ayushmann says he is glad that the newcomer got the movie on his own merit.Aparshakti played the nephew of wrestler Mahavir Singh Phogat (Aamir) in the biographical sports drama. His role of Omkara was the narrator of the film and provided comic relief to the plot.His second film was this years Alia Bhatt-Varun Dhawan starrer “Badrinath Ki Dulhania” where he had a small role.When asked if he gives career advice to Aparshakti, Ayushmann told PTI, “I think he takes his own decisions. I am glad he got the films on his own merit. In Dangal, he performed very well. He was the comic relief in the film. People loved his character as he was quite adorable.”Ayushmann says after making such a promising debut in Bollywood, his brother will be cautious about the kind of films he chooses to do.”As far as films are concerned, I think he is waiting for the right characters. Dangal was a very special project and his other films will also be special,” he says. PTI JCH BK
Mumbai, Jun 3 (PTI) India are warming up for the June 13 AFC Asian Cup qualifier against Kyrgyzstan by taking on Nepal here on June 6 and medio Eugeneson Lyngdoh feels it was a key game for the national teams players to again jell well after playing for their respective clubs in the I-League.”The mood in the team is great. We are all excited to be representing the country again after the long season. The Nepal game is important so that we are set up before the game against Kyrgyzstan,” Lyngdoh told reporters here today ahead of his training session with the national team at the Football Arena in the Andheri Sports Complex.”Its the right preparation (for the game against Kyrgyzstan at Bengaluru) as playing against any team will help us to jell as a team. We are coming back after so many months and its important to get our system right before playing against Kyrgyzstan,” added Lyngdoh who had made his international debut against Nepal two years ago.”It was my first match and I remember it as a dream come true. Obviously I was a new player and senior players Robin Singh, Sunil (Chhetri) and a couple of other guys and coaching staff supported me,” he recalled about his debut in the first leg of the two-legged 2018 FIFA World Cup pre qualifier in 2015.Indias world ranking has improved by leaps and bounds and Lyngdoh has been part of the climb to the worlds 100th rank.”The journey has been tough. We have had ups and downs. There were games we played badly and there were games we played really well. Things have fallen at the right path and now we are 100 in the world,” said Lyngdoh about the progress.advertisement”We have a lot to learn and this is a start. We have greater things ahead of us. We aim to be among the elite and I dont see why we cant be as we have the talent,” added the 30-year-old Shillong-born player.Lyngdoh said the entire team has got a big boost by the availability of star striker and captain Sunil Chhetri for the game against Nepal after he looked a doubt following a hamstring injury.”Its obviously a big boost to the whole team. Hes been great and hes been proving himself time after time. We need him to lead us on the pitch,” he quipped.Manipur-born winger Udanta Singh will miss the game due to a serious hamstring injury and while ruing his absence, Lyngdoh felt there were others to fill in the breach.”Obviously he is one of our weapons, but we have players available to replace him as hes injured,” said Lyngdoh.Looking ahead to the Kyrgyzstan game to follow the friendly against Nepal, Lyngdoh said it was a crucial game in terms of qualifying for the 2019 Asian Cup.”Kyrgyzstan are one of the biggest sides in the group. Getting three points against them is very vital for our qualification. We will be doing our best to get three points so as to make it six points from two games,” he said.The team had beaten Myanmar earlier in an away game to get three points. Macau is the fourth team in Indias group.”We have a lot of confidence but we cannot be overconfident about our chances. But we do believe in ourselves that we can make it (to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup),” he added. PTI SSR NRB
New Delhi/Kolkata, Jun 27 (PTI) FIFA U-17 World Cups tournament director Javier Ceppi today expressed concerns over the lukewarm response to ticket sales in Delhi and Goa but said preparations in Kolkatas Salt Lake Stadium, venue for the final, is very close to completion. The mega-event will be held across six Indian cities from October 6 to 28. The tournament, a first in India, is exactly 100 days away. “The renovations undertaken in Kolkata are massive and every time we come, there are new things being done,” Ceppi said about Kolkata, widely considered the home of Indian football. “Luckily, 100 days from the World Cup, it is looking very close to completion on all fronts and only minor matters are pending, which we always knew would be the case.” The LOC has earmarked four practice grounds for the World Cup, two at the Saltlake Stadium and two more at the Sports Authority of India Eastern Centre. “The enthusiasm in the fans is fantastic and we are confident that Salt Lake will be a full house for the matches.” However, things are not as rosy as far as ticket sales are concerned in the capital and Goa.”The work in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and the New Delhi training sites is showing positive results and the facilities are looking much nicer with 100 days to the event. “The concern is the crowd response, as Delhi is lagging behind in the ticket sales and we hope that this situation can improve after the draw. The capital of the country deserves to show to the world, a full stadium, any other thing will not be befitting Delhi.”advertisementGoa, which hosted the AFC U-16 Championship 2016 has impressed Ceppi with its preparedness, but the low response from fans to witness the games live has not gone well with the Chilean. Speaking about the progress of preparations in Goa, tournament director of the Local Organising Committee Ceppi said, “With one hundred days until the tournament, most of the facilities in Goa are looking good. There is finishing work going on currently, that we hope is done soon. “The main concern has been the response of the crowd so far, as the ticket sales has been low. We hope that Goa picks up and that it justifies its status as one of the hotbeds for football in India.” PTI AH/TAP ATK ATK
Ahmedabad/New Delhi, June 28 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi will undertake a two-day visit to Gujarat from tomorrow to launch some projects and attend various programmes, including a Textile Summit and a roadshow.This will be Modis fourth visit this year to his home state where Assembly elections are due by the end of the year.”Will be in Gujarat for a two-day visit starting tomorrow. I will join programmes in Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Modasa and Gandhinagar,” the prime minister tweeted.His first programme will be in Sabarmati Ashram tomorrow morning. “I am looking forward to taking part in the centenary celebrations of Sabarmati Ashram,” he said.The 2nd programme at Sabarmati Ashram is an event to mark the 150th birth anniversary of Shrimad Rajchandraji, a Guru to Mahatma Gandhi.”I will then travel to Rajkot, where I will join the Samajik Adhikarita Shivir and interact with my Divyang sisters and brothers,” Modi added in another tweet.”The prime minister will distribute aid and devices worth Rs 35 crore to over 18,000 divyang people at a grand function at the Race Course ground on June 29. This will be the countrys biggest camp in terms of the number of beneficiaries,” Gujarat Minister of State for Home, Pradeepsinh Jadeja had said in Ahmedabad yesterday.After that event, Modi would reach Aaji dam on the outskirts of Rajkot city in the evening. The dam will be filled up with water from the Narmada river under the Sauni (Saurashtra Narmada Avataran Irrigation) project.”I shall attend a programme at the Aji Dam, where there will be irrigation & water related initiatives that will be dedicated to the nation,” Modi said.advertisementLater, he would lead a roadshow from Aaji dam up to the Rajkot city airport late in the evening.On Friday morning, there will be a programme to dedicate water supply schemes based on Vatrak, Mazum and Meswo Dams at Modasa in Aravalli district in north Gujarat.He will inaugurate two water supply projects worth Rs 552 crore for the region and address a large gathering at the venue, a BJP release said.In the afternoon the same day, he will inaugurate the Textiles India 2017 Summit.”Government of India is undertaking several initiatives to support the textiles sector, which is a source of employment for several Indians,” the prime minister said.In the evening, he would arrive in Ahmedabad where he would address youths at a programme in Maninagar area. The event will be held at TransStadia- a stadium complex in Maninagar area, the BJP release said.”On 30th evening, I shall inaugurate the integrated sports & entertainment ?Arena Project?,” Modi added. PTI PJT PD AKK AKK
Before the launch of the S8 and S8+, mostly everyone expected that both the phones will come with Daydream VR support, ofcourse because being the flagship killer. But, that didn’t happen, which surely raised some eyebrows. At Google I/O conference, the tech giant announced that it will soon roll out Daydream VR support for Samsung’s latest flagship phones — Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The Google Daydream VR support is finally official to both the S8 phones now.T-Mobile last month reported that Google Daydream VR support is provided to the flagship Samsung smartphones with its latest update, but hasn’t been enabled yet. But, now the Google+ account of search giant’s virtual reality department has officially announced that the Daydream VR support now hits the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. The post by Google VR reads: “The Daydream-ready update is rolling out now to Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+. Explore new worlds with #Daydream.”However, soon after, Android Police highlights in its report that the roll out might be a server-side switch rather than an OTA update. Android Police earlier reported that the Google Daydream app on its T-mobile Samsung Galaxy S8+ unit was unable to successfully run the VR service. But, now a Reddit user said that clearing the data of Google’s VR Service app enabled the Daydream support.The report also said that Daydream app doesn’t show up on Google Play and has been sideloaded from APK Mirror. But now, the app — Google Daydream VR is available on for download from Google Play store.advertisementAlso Read: Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ review: Cutting the edge and doing it in styleSamsung India recently launched a new Orchid Gray colour variant for its 2017 flagship phones — Galaxy S8 and S8+. By adding the new colour option, Samsung Galaxy S8 is now available in — Midnight Black, Maple Gold and Orchid Gray colour variants, while the Galaxy S8+ is available in four colour options including — Midnight Black, Maple Gold, Coral Blue and Orchid Gray.In terms of the specifications, Galaxy S8 comes with bezel-less design and 5.8-inch Infinity Display, while the S8+ comes with a 6.2-inch display screen. Further, the flagship phones are powered by industry-first 10nm processor – Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 SoC. On the optics front, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ come equipped with 12-megapixel camera on the rear, while sports an 8-megapixel front facing camera.The back camera comes coupled with Dual Pixel Technology, while on the other hand the selfie shooter comes with smart autofocus and F1.7 aperture which is said to allow users to capture bright and high-res picture even in low light situation. Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ also includes several other features like — IP68 water and dust resistance, hybrid dual SIM slot, always-on display and fast and wireless charging capabilities. The flagship phones come with 64GB of internal storage, which can be further expandable up to 256GB via a microSD card.
Indian motorcycle manufacturer, Royal Enfield, has launched a new version of its most versatile motorcycle, Himalayan – the all-new Himalayan Sleet. The motorcycle will sport a new colourway and pattern in shades of grey, taking inspiration from the mountains. Additionally, 500 exclusive Himalayan Sleets will come pre-fitted with the Explorer Kit, an assortment of Royal Enfield Genuine Motorcycle Accessories, making it a competent, adventure-ready motorcycle.The 500 pre-fitted Himalayan Sleets + Explorer Kit will be available at an introductory price of Rs 2,12,666 (on-road Chennai) exclusively on royalenfield.com/himalayansleet.The new Himalayan Sleet + Explorer Kit motorcycle will come pre-fitted with aluminium panniers, pannier mounting rails, aluminium handlebar with a cross brace and large engine guard. Backed by a 2-year warranty, only 500 of these fully-kitted motorcycles will be exclusively available online for a limited period. Beginning January 12th till January 30th, enthusiasts can go online and register themselves, thereby expressing interest to purchase. The sale will go live on January 30th, 2018, on a ‘first-come-first-serve’ basis.Genuine Motorcycle Accessories that will form part of the Himalayan Sleet Explorer Kit are two 26 litres water resistant aluminium panniers, off-road style aluminium handlebar with a cross brace for added strength, handlebar end weights for additional protection, and a powder-coated finish engine guard.
The Micromax Bharat 5 was unveiled with the tagline “The Power Of 5” as the phone highlights a massive 5000mAh battery and a 5-megapixel front camera that it says is the best in class, all at a budget price tag of Rs 5,555. The phone was launched a day after Xiaomi unveiled the “Desh ka smartphone” Redmi 5A at Rs 5,999 (Rs 4,999 for the first 5 million customers). Both the handsets look to offer something unique in the budget segment.The Bharat 5 is the most expensive budget offering in the Bharat-series yet. The phone is priced competitively and will look to take on the likes of the Redmi 5A. Initially, the Micromax’s phone may see slower sales until Redmi 5A’s price changes from Rs 4,999 to 5,999. The Bharat 5 mostly offers entry-level specifications and a design that has been seen in past Bharat phones. Here’s our quick first impressions. In terms of design, the Bharat 5 looks similar to the predecessors with bezels all around the display, a selfie camera and earpiece on the top and navigation keys on the chin. The rear panel is made out of plastic and sees the Micromax logo in the centre and a camera with LED Flash on the top left corner. The handset gives a very plasticky feel when holding it and the black panel is quite the fingerprint magnet, which can put you off. Budget phones typically offer an all-plastic back, but if you compare it to the recent Redmi 5A from Xiaomi, the Bharat 5 feels quite a let down. The Redmi 5A has a plastic back with a metal-like finish which gives it a more premium feel.advertisement The Bharat 5 sports a power button and volume controls on the right side of the frame, dual speakers on the bottom with a micro-USB port in between. The left side sees the SIM and microSD card slot and the 3.5mm headphone jack is on the top of the handset. Overall, the phone is compact enough to use with one hand, but it does feel a little thick and a tad bulky to hold, which is probably due to the massive battery pack inside.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi 5A quick review: Can be the go-to smartphone for everyoneThe Bharat 5 a 5.2-inch HD display, which is expected from a budget smartphone. The display is colourful and decent indoors, but not the brightest outdoors. You’ll some trouble using the device under harsh sunlight. In my brief time with it I found the general UI had a good amount of colours, but felt a little dull.Powering the handset is a 1.6GHz quad-core MediaTek processor with 1GB of RAM. At this price point, keeping only a single gig of RAM is disappointing. The Redmi 5A offers 2GB of RAM for around the same price point (lower in fact for initial 5 million customers). The Bharat 5 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box. Briefly using the device, I found that basic apps like message and gallery open without any hiccups. The user interface is fluid but not snappy and isn’t the most responsive to touch. I didn’t get a chance to use intensive apps or try multitasking at launch, but we’ll have more on that in our full review. The phone is offered with 16GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 64GB via microSD card.The Bharat-series has been about offering basic hardware at an entry-level price tag. But the Bharat 5 is priced over Rs 5,500, which means it doesn’t really fall in the entry-level segment now and the company couldn’t afford to offer something similar to its predecessors. So it bumped up the battery to 5000mAh, which promises to deliver around 2 days of usage and 500 hours of standby time. Since this is a quick review, we couldn’t test out the battery life, so you will have to wait for our in-depth review on that. Micromax at the launch of the Bharat 5 also said that the company wants to focus on the cameras for its budget offering as they are an important aspect for smartphone users. The newest Bharat phone features a 5-megapixel sensor with LED flash on both the front and back. While this is similar to what the Bharat 4 offers, the company has thrown in a Bokeh Mode for the rear camera, but don’t expect this to capture great bokehs. It typically takes an extra telephoto lens for depth-of-field images or Google’s software chops to do it with a single lens. The bokeh images with the Bharat 5 are below average and we’ll have more to talk about the cameras once we’ve played around with them a little more.advertisementBased on my first impressions, the Bharat 5 has essentially one big selling point – its 5000mAh battery. Apart from this, the handset is pretty similar to the Bharat 4. If having a big battery is important to you, then the Bharat 5 will likely not disappoint. Everything else is pretty much standard to an entry-level phone, only the Bharat 5 is no longer priced that way. At Rs 5,555, the phone may fail to impress users who have options like the Redmi 5A, which gives a better build and comes with a little more under-the-hood than the Bharat 5. We’ll have a more detailed review of the Bharat 5 in the coming days.
CLEVELAND — On a night of celebration, there were two surprising, strange sights: LeBron James back on Cleveland’s bench. The Knicks back in the NBA playoff chase.Carmelo Anthony shook off a congested chest and a horrid shooting start to score 26 points, leading New York to its third straight victory, 107-97 over Cleveland on a March 8 when James was briefly reunited with the Cavaliers.Amare Stoudemire added 17 points and 12 rebounds for the Knicks, whose winning streak began after a seven-game slide and amid reports Phil Jackson may accept a job in New York’s front office.Anthony missed his first six shots, but found his touch in time to help the Knicks in their late-season run at the playoffs. J.R. Smith scored 17 and Tyson Chandler added 15 points and 11 boards for New York, which is 3½ games out of the final postseason spot in the Eastern Conference.“You can see something different over the last couple of games,” Anthony said. “It seems like everyone has a sense of urgency right now. We’re playing for something. We control our own destiny. We want to win as many games as we can down the stretch.”Kyrie Irving had 30 points, eight assists and eight rebounds for the Cavs, who retired center Zydrunas Ilgauskas’ No. 11 jersey at halftime. Spencer Hawes had 21 points for Cleveland, which dropped to 0-4 in March.The Knicks were as good as done just a few days ago.But with New York fans ready to write them off again, and coach Mike Woodson’s future looking shakier than ever, the Knicks have responded with wins over Minnesota, Utah and Cleveland. There’s still plenty of work to do, and the Knicks will likely need some help, but a dreadful season to this point has some hope.“There’s no room for error,” Woodson said. “We have to play each possession like it’s our last possession. The mental approach is a little different now. It’s been a tough season for all of us. Now, they’re playing for something.”The Knicks made four 3-pointers during a 14-1 run early in the fourth to take control.With New York down 80-77, Pablo Prigioni drained a 3, Smith followed with a long-range shot and Prigioni dropped another 3 to give the Knicks an 88-81 lead. After a Cleveland turnover, Anthony made his fourth 3-pointer, putting the Knicks ahead by 10 with 7:38 left.Cleveland never recovered and the Knicks outscored the Cavs 30-17 over the final 10 minutes.“We’re fighting for our lives,” Cleveland coach Mike Brown said. “This team was a game behind us and I just feel like we didn’t come out with the right mindset to compete with this team for the eighth spot.”The loss put a damper on an otherwise memorable night for the Cavs.At halftime, they retired Ilgauskas’ jersey during a poignant ceremony. The big man overcame serious foot injuries early in his career to become the club’s career leader in rebounds, games played and blocked shots.Ilgauskas thanked Cleveland fans during the ceremony, which included James sitting again on Cleveland’s sideline.James, who famously left Cleveland as a free agent in 2010, kept a low profile as Ilgauskas’ jersey was raised to the rafters, but afterward he greeted his close friend and then posed for photos on the floor with former teammates Delonte West and Daniel “Boobie” Gibson.Anthony said the long halftime break helped. “It was good for me because I got some rest,” said Anthony, who was unaware James was at the game. “I got a chance to lay on the floor and let Z do his thing. He took some time up. I appreciate him for that.”Anthony couldn’t buy a basket in the early minutes before heating up. He scored nine straight points to help the Knicks open a 45-35 lead, and then made his sixth shot in a row, a 3-pointer, to give New York a 14-point cushion.Hawes made consecutive 3-pointers to get the Cavs within six, but Smith dropped the first of his five 3-pointers and New York pushed its lead to 58-43.Irving, though, closed the second quarter with seven quick points to pull the Cavs to 58-50 at halftime.(Tom Withers, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
TweetPinShare0 Shares LAS VEGAS — Two fledgling professional fighters in Las Vegas are suing Floyd Mayweather Jr. and producers of a cable TV show, alleging they never consented to be part of a promotional training bout depicted as a “dog house” fight that was supposed to last until someone quit.Hashim Rahman Jr., 23, and younger brother Sharif Rahman, 18, accuse Showtime Networks and Mayweather of profiting at their expense.The lawsuit filed last week in Nevada state court seeks unspecified monetary damages of more than $10,000 from the New York-based network and Mayweather, who goes by the nickname “Money.”Mayweather’s attorney, Mark Tratos, declined to comment. Showtime officials didn’t immediately respond to a message.The lawsuit also accuses Mayweather of lying in testimony Sept. 23 before the Nevada State Athletic Commission about the All Access show at his gym.“Defendant Mayweather falsely testified that Hasim’s 31-minute fight did not happen as aired, and that the fighters took several breaks,” the document said.The lawsuit alleges that Mayweather forced Sharif Rahman to fight several rounds lasting five to seven minutes in length and said that if Rahman left the ring, he faced beating by others.“Sharif feared for his safety and was forced to fight,” the lawsuit said.The lawsuit also says Sharif Rahman didn’t sign a release agreeing to be filmed or having his name used for the show and that Hasim Rahman Jr. fought the same boxer for more than 30 minutes with no breaks.The Rahman brothers are the sons of former professional heavyweight boxer Hasim Rahman Sr.Their attorney, Vicki Greco, declined comment about the lawsuit filed Thursday in Clark County District Court.Mayweather was licensed this year as a promoter in Nevada. His attorney, Shane Emerick, told the athletic commission last month that Mayweather knows that gambling in the gym is illegal and scenes showing cash exchanging hands in bets on the fighting didn’t really happen.The boxer and his attorney also discussed the appearance of marijuana on the show. They said that despite All Access showing Mayweather at his Las Vegas mansion while marijuana cigarettes are rolled and smoked, Mayweather doesn’t smoke the drug or drink alcohol and wouldn’t be around secondhand pot smoke because it could show up in drug tests.Asked whether commissioners were satisfied with Mayweather’s responses, commission Chairman Francisco Aguilar referred questions to Bob Bennett, commission Executive Director. Bennett said the commission wasn’t a party to the lawsuit and declined to comment.(KEN RITTER)
NEW YORK — Long after they saw starter Bryan Mitchell suddenly exit with a bloody face and head to the hospital, the New York Yankees were greeted with a most welcome sight: the rookie pitcher was back in the locker room after a late win.Chase Headley hit a bases-loaded grounder in the 10th inning that Minnesota’s five-man infield bobbled, and the Yankees, despite losing Mitchell to a line drive that caused a nasal fracture, beat the Twins 8-7 on Aug. 17.“Really, really scary,” Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said.“It seems like your heart just drops into your stomach and you’re scared for the kid and you see blood coming out. I was really worried, but he has a small hairline fracture in his nose and we’re going to monitor him pretty closely the next 24 hours,” he said. “But he’s in the clubhouse and that’s good to see.”Eduardo Nunez hit the liner that injured Mitchell in the second inning. In a game that took over four hours, Nunez bobbled the grounder that drove in the winning run.Brian McCann homered, drove in five runs and sliced a double off left fielder Eddie Rosario’s glove in the 10th that set up the winning misplay. The catcher also threw out three runners trying to steal.Like the rest of the Yankees, he was thinking about the 24-year-old Mitchell, who made just his third major league start. “He just tried to get out of the way and luckily what could have happened didn’t,” McCann said.Added Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner: “I saw him here after the game for a minute and it seemed like he was doing fine.”Rookie Greg Bird doubled and the Yankees loaded the bases with no outs in the 10th against Glen Perkins (1-4). Twins Manager Paul Molitor took out right fielder Torii Hunter and added an extra infielder — the strategy was good, his team’s fielding wasn’t.Headley hit a hard grounder up the middle to Nunez, who had been playing shortstop. Nunez fumbled the ball and by the time he recovered, he had no chance for a forceout at the plate.Andrew Miller (1-2) got the victory as the AL East-leading Yankees started a season-high 10-game homestand with their third win in four games.The Twins, contending for a wild card, lost to begin a 10-game trip that also will take them to Baltimore and Tampa Bay.Knocked to the ground, Mitchell left with a towel over his bloody face. He was taken to a hospital and released.The Yankees will monitor him for the possibility of concussion symptoms.“I get goosebumps talking about it,” Molitor said. “You’re playing the game, and then you see someone go through something like that.”“I know they’ve talked about trying to find that protective cap for pitchers. They haven’t come up with anything that looks very practical as of yet. The face is pretty much something that’s going to be unprotected, no matter what you do,” he said.Carlos Beltran hit a tying two-run homer for the Yankees in the sixth. New York loaded the bases with one out in the seventh, but reliever Casey Fien got McCann on a popup and fanned Beltran.Rookie Miguel Sano, Trevor Plouffe and Aaron Hicks homered for the Twins. Brian Dozier singled his first three times up, and then struck out after a long foul that umpires reviewed to be sure it wasn’t a home run.McCann hit a three-run homer in the first off Kyle Gibson and had a two-run single in the third that made it 5-all. McCann has enjoyed tremendous success in the first inning this season — in those at-bats, he is 17 for 35 with six home runs and 28 RBIs.Bird, in the game after Mark Teixeira injured himself on a foul, opened the 10th with a double. He made it to third on McCann’s double and Beltran was intentionally walked.(BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The rival Koreas took steps toward reducing their bitter animosity during rare talks Tuesday, as North Korea agreed to send a delegation to next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, hold talks on lowering tension along their border and reopen a military hotline.The meeting, the first of its kind in about two years, was arranged after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made an abrupt push for improved ties with South Korea following a year of elevated tensions with the outside world over his expanding nuclear and missile programs. Critics say Kim may be trying to divide Seoul and Washington in a bid to weaken international pressure and sanctions on the North.“I think we took an important first step toward the development of South-North relations,” chief South Korean delegate Cho Myoung-gyon said after the talks, according to media footage from the border village of Panmunjom, the venue.Cho’s North Korean counterpart, Ri Son Gwon, read a joint statement in which the two Koreas agreed to “actively cooperate” in the Pyeongchang Olympics to “enhance the prestige of the Korean people.”He said North Korea will send a delegation of officials, athletes, cheerleaders and journalists and South Korea will provide necessary services for the delegation.“I believe that North Korea’s participation in the Pyeongchang Games will provide us with a chance to reduce tension on the Korean Peninsula,” said Cho, whose official title is unification minister.During an earlier era of inter-Korean detente, athletes from the two Koreas paraded together at international sports events such as the Olympics and fielded a unified Korean team. The government of current South Korean President Moon Jae-in wants the two Koreas to agree to similar reconciliatory steps at the Feb. 9-25 Pyeongchang Games.North Korea is weak in winter sports and a pair of figure skaters, Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik, earlier became the only North Korean athletes to qualify for the Pyeongchang Games before the North missed a confirmation deadline. The International Olympic Committee said Monday it has “kept the door open” for North Korea to take part in the games.South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, left, shakes hands with the head of the North Korean delegation Ri Son Gwon after their meeting at Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone in Paju, South Korea, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018. (Korea Pool/Yonhap via AP)North Korea also agreed to hold military talks with South Korea aimed at reducing animosity along their tense border and to restore a military hotline communication channel, according to Cho and Ri.The restoration of the hotline was the second in about a week. All major inter-Korean communication channels had been shut down amid animosity over the North’s nuclear program in recent years.Cho said South Korea also called for talks at an early date on denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula to promote peace. He said the two Koreas would continue high-level talks but didn’t say when the next meeting would take place.South Korean officials earlier said they also suggested resuming temporary reunions of families separated by war. But the joint statement didn’t mention such reunions.The countries have a long history of failing to follow through with rapprochement accords. In 2015, negotiators met for nearly 40 hours before announcing a deal to pull back from a military standoff caused by land mine blasts that maimed two South Korean soldiers. But animosities flared again several months later after the North’s fourth nuclear test.The meeting’s venue, Panmunjom, is the only place on the tense border where North and South Korean soldiers are just meters (feet) away from each other. A North Korean soldier in November defected to the South across Panmunjom amid a hail of bullets fired by his comrades. He was hit five times but survived.An agreement on the North’s Olympic participation had been widely expected before the talks began, but the Koreas appeared to remain sharply at odds over how to improve their overall ties.North Korea was expected to demand rewards in return for South Korea’s proposal of family reunions, such as a halt to South Korean propaganda broadcasts and a scaling back or halting of military drills with the U.S. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the North made such a demand.Suspension of the military drills would be unacceptable for Seoul because it would seriously undermine its alliance with its chief ally, the United States, which wants to put more pressure on North Korea. The North views the drills as a rehearsal for an invasion.U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday expressed hope for some progress from the talks and said he was open to talking with Kim himself. But U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley later said the U.S. administration isn’t changing its conditions regarding talks with North Korea, saying Kim first needs to stop weapons testing for a “significant amount of time.”In his New Year’s Day address, Kim said he was willing to send a delegation to the Pyeongchang Games. He urged Seoul to halt the military drills with the U.S. and said he has a “nuclear button” to launch missiles at any target in the United States. Moon welcomed Kim’s outreach and proposed the talks at Panmunjom.Trump and Kim traded bellicose rhetoric and crude insults last year, as North Korea conducted it sixth and most powerful nuclear detonation and three tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles.—HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shares