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  1. It is a great matter of pride to share this news with you. The huge list of 'firsts in India' has now gotten slightly bigger, thanks to Indian Air Force flying officer Avani Chaturvedi. In 2016, a trio of female pilots, made history by getting inducted in the Indian Air Force fighter squadron. Even today, our hearts swell up with pride when we hear the names – Avani Chaturvedi, Bhawana Kanth and Mohana Singh. These women underwent intense and strenuous training programme to fly fighter jets. Twitter Avani was commissioned as the flying officer, along with Bhawana and Mohana; after the Government decided to induct women into fighter stream on an experimental basis for 5 years initially. Fast forward to the present time and Avani Chaturvedi has scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to fly a fighter jet solo. On February 19, Avani flew a MiG-21 “Bison”, an aircraft which is said to have virtually the highest landing and take-off speed in the world i.e. 340 kmph. Reportedly, she undertook the sortie from IAF's Jamnagar base. Twitter Before flying “Bison”, Avani undertook solo sorties in aircrafts like Pilatus PC-7 turboprops, Kiran and Hawk jet trainers. The whole nation is beaming with pride over Avani's remarkable feat. Honestly, Avani completely deserves all this love and support she is getting from across the country. Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi became the first Indian Woman to fly a fighter aircraft solo when on 19 Feb 2018 she flew a MiG-21 bison in her first solo flight. The photos attached were taken after her sortie. #Respect pic.twitter.com/QZ5oG5ybqY — Aditya Raj Kaul (@AdityaRajKaul) February 21, 2018 ð AVANI CHATURVEDI SCRIPTS HISTORY! ð¹1st INDIAN WOMAN to Fly a FIGHTER JET SOLOð ð¹Flew MiG-21 Bison which has the HIGHEST Landing& Take Off SPEED in the WORLD-340 Kmphð ððWATCH #AvaniChaturvedi SAY "Flying Solo gives a Special Feeling" ðU GO GIRLð#ThursdayThoughts pic.twitter.com/fzt2I5HBIm — Empressð¸ (@iempress_1) February 22, 2018 Congratulations to Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi for creating history and becoming the first Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft, the MiG-21 "Bison", solo. #AvaniChaturvedi #girlrising #touchthesky pic.twitter.com/uhjrBrO4OM — Suresh Prabhu (@sureshpprabhu) February 22, 2018 Congratulations to Flying Officer Avani Chaturvedi Ji for creating history and becoming the 1st Indian woman to fly a fighter aircraft, the MiG-21 "Bison", solo. Good wishes for your bright carrier Sister.#AvaniChaturvedi #girlrising #womenempowerment pic.twitter.com/7zIvH3ds3t — khemchand sharma (@SharmaKhemchand) February 22, 2018 Congrats Avani Chaturvedi to become the first woman in Indian history flying a fighter aircraft solo MiG-21 'Bison' which has world's highest landing and take off speed 340 mph. There's no force more powerful than a woman determined to rise!#AvaniChaturvedi #ThursdayThoughts pic.twitter.com/PcDtDo0DU8 — Geetika Swami (@SwamiGeetika) February 22, 2018 Salute our first woman officer #AvaniChaturvedi to fly fighter aircraft (MIG 21) alone. After one year, she can be deployed in combat missions. Way to go girl, fly in sky and inspire youth.#Vandematram pic.twitter.com/oIUzjnK8Jz — Neetu Garg (@NeetuGarg6) February 22, 2018 Flying Offcer #AvaniChaturvedi bcms first #IndianWoman to fly a fighter aircraft Solo on Feb19th - that too the legendary Mig21Bison ! Congratultns n #Respect ðð»ð Pics after her solo sortie (Pc ssbcrackofficial) “Touch the Sky with Glory” ðð» @IAF_MCC @adgpi @indiannavy pic.twitter.com/NjYKZmt4Tm — Rajeev Chandrasekhar (@rajeev_mp) February 22, 2018 Avani's achievement has compelled the whole nation to salute her and say “Kudiyon ka hai zamana.” And jokes apart, Avani's journey so far is proof that when a woman is decides to rise above all, no force is stronger than her determination.
  2. The deal of a lifetime is here. While we keep hearing about Cryptocurrency millionaires and billionaires, we don't even have a single unit of this really expensive currency. But, if you want to change that, there might be a really cool and inexpensive way. A new game has come out recently, and the makers are ready to award the first person to beat it one whole Bitcoin. Just to make things clearer, a single bitcoin is priced at â¹7,11,490 at the time of writing this. Wow, that's a lot of money but there's an easy (kinda) way of getting your hands on it. © MonteCrypto You just have to beat the PC game 'MonteCrypto: The Bitcoin Enigma' to get that one single Bitcoin. Now, this is what we call incentive! The game developers, Gem Rose Accent, humorously claim “this game must be amongst the hardest you've ever played.” It's basically a puzzle game where players have to navigate through a maze and solve 24 'mind bending' puzzles. Okay yes, puzzle games like this can get quite frustrating, especially for impatient people, but with this huge price money waiting at the finish line, who wouldn't want to give it a try. Moreover, you don't have to play alone as well, as the players will be able to leave clues for others once they've entangled one piece of the puzzle. But, you can play it smart as well, and leave fake clues to misguide the competitors. The game is available on Stream and is priced at â¹85, but people can get it for just Rs. 51 till 27th Feb. So basically, that means spending less than 100 bucks can get you upwards of 7 lakh bucks. I don't think I even have to say what a cool offer that is, it's just understandable. Here you go, start the game and win that one single Bitcoin.
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  4. EHang, a startup that has been working on flying passenger drones for years, has finally released the first footage of a manned flight. The company posted a video that showed the Ehang 184 in action through a series of manned tests. © Ehang The flying passenger drone comes in two variants and the video showed both single and double seat models. The video shows the drone undergoing some extreme testing conditions such as intense manoeuvres, high-altitude climbs and withstanding high wind speeds (typhoon-level winds). © Ehang It's worth noting that the video itself is heavily edited and does not show the flaws of the flying drone. Take a look: The video glorifies the flying taxi as a possible future transportation system, however, one should be wary of what it entails. Based just on the video, the future of the company looks bright and may launch the passenger drop internationally sometime soon. © Ehang There is no infrastructure or framework present for a flying drone in any city at the moment, however, it's assumed that individual travellers will take a car, or a helicopter if you need to fly. “What we're doing isn't an extreme sport, so the safety of each passenger always comes first,” said Ehang founder and CEO Huazhi Hu in a statement. “Now that we've successfully tested the Ehang 184, I'm really excited to see what the future holds for us in terms of air mobility.” According to Ehang, the passenger drone is electric and can carry a single passenger up to 10 miles and can last in the air for up to 23 minutes. It is safe to assume that the passenger drone will not be used for long distances however it can still be convenient for future travellers. The person in the cockpit does not fly the passenger drone, instead just feeds the destination into the console and enjoys the ride. The company claims the drone can take off and land autonomously and can navigate without any input from the passenger. If anything goes wrong, a human pilot can step in and take over the controls from a remote command station to safely land the drone. Would you ever fly in a passenger drone to get to places? Let us know in the comments what you feel about flying taxis. Source: The Verge
  5. Courtesy: BlackCaps official Twitter Pakistan had another nightmarish start in the first T20 international against New Zealand in Wellington on Monday, after suffering a 5-0 whitewash in the ODI series earlier. The tourists lost both openers Fakhar Zaman (3) and Umar Amin (0) early after being invited to bat first by the Kiwis. Mohammad Nawaz (7) and Haris Sohail (9) were the next to go, as Pakistan were reduced to 22-4 before six overs. Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed was dismissed soon after for 9. Shadab Khan, out for a golden duck, followed next, leaving Pakistan at 38-6. The hosts are on a high having just swept the one-day series against Pakistan and are backing themselves to continue that form as they switch to the shortest form of the game. However, they suffered a setback hours before the match when captain Kane Williamson was withdrawn as a precautionary measure after complaining of a tight thigh. Stand-in skipper Tim Southee said it was "not a typical" wicket at Westpac Stadium but he opted to bowl "as hopefully we will get something out of it early on." New Zealand are resting fast bowlers Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson for the match. Pakistan are without Shoaib Malik who is out of the series after a delayed concussion suffered during the fourth ODI. However, Hasan Ali who missed the final ODI with a groin strain was declared fit and named in the starting line up. Playing XI Pakistan: Umar Amin, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Sarfraz Ahmed, Babar Azam, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashradf, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees. New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Tom Bruce, Ross Taylor, Anaru Kitchen, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee (capt), Ish Sodhi, Seth Rance. Umpires: Wayne Knights (NZL), Chris Brown (NZL) TV Umpire: Shaun Haig (NZL) Match referee: Richie Richardson (WIS)
  6. Bollywood isn't confined to the same age old clichéd storyline anymore, where every other movie focuses on woman running away with another man, hero going against his family to marry the love of his life or evil in-laws trying to create problems in the lead couple's life. The movies today are focusing more on the socially relevant and sensitive issues that were left untouched until now. The directors and actors are trying to bring about a positive change through their movies and we saw a glimpse of this last year when Akshay Kumar's 'Toilet: Ek Prem Katha' was released. © Hope Productions 2017 was probably a great year for Akshay Kumar and by the looks of it, 2018 is going to be a great one as well. Not because of his killer line up of movies that are expected to release, it's because of a certain piece of information that will not only make his chest swell up with pride, but leave us overjoyed too. *Drum rolls*, Akshay Kumar's 'Padman' has become the first Indian movie to be screened at The Oxford Union, which is considered to be the world's most prestigious debating society. Twinkle Khanna has been invited to speak at The Oxford Union, where she will showcase the movie 'Padman'. © Twitter Akshay Kumar is one of the very few actors, who not only dared to pick a social cause for his movie but also turned it into one of the biggest blockbusters of the year. And now Bollywood's Khiladi is all set to impress us with his upcoming movie 'Padman', which is inspired by the life of Coimbatore-based social entrepreneur, Arunachalam Muruganantham. Arunachalam fought all odds and overcame several struggles to find a cheaper way to manufacture affordable sanitary napkins for women in his village. © Hope Productions Arunachalam tried to create awareness about the unhygienic practices around menstruation, which is till date considered as a taboo in several parts of the country. And now the whole world will come to know of his efforts through R. Balki's movie that is expected to release on January 25. The Oxford Union was founded in 1823 and stalwarts like Dalai Lama, Salman Rushdie, Malala Yousafzai, Morgan Freeman and Shashi Tharoor, have earlier been a part of this society. And this news was shared on their official Twitter page as well. .@mrsfunnybones is coming to the Union! ð®ð³ð½ï¸ Check out the event and how to ballot for a chance to meet India's bestselling female author, dedicated activist, and former actress here: https://t.co/lqSBMcnKSh.#PadManInOxford — Oxford Union (@OxfordUnion) 17 January 2018 The films today aren't restricted to the Indian audience alone and the immense success that movies like 'Dangal', 'Newton' and 'Baahubali' franchise have enjoyed globally, only cements the same. And now that 'Padman' has paved its way to the Oxford Union, all we can say is there is no looking back for Bollywood now.
  7. Ever since his debut in 2004, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has won accolades for his exploits on the field. He is one of India's most-successful captains of all time. There is little doubt that Dhoni is amongst the top wicket-keepers in the world. And, despite few wondering if he's past his prime, Dhoni continues to be a prolific finisher in the sport. His heroics with both the bat and gloves continue to aid India, but there is another quality that has earned him a lot of praise over the years. Dhoni's ability to remain calm and composed in pressure situations helped him earn the title of 'Captain Cool' amongst Indian cricket fans. © Reuters But, during the first T20 International between India and Sri Lanka, the Jharkhand cricketer appeared to have lost his cool while batting out in the middle. The incident occurred in the 17th over when Dhoni and young Manish Pandey were looking to accelerate the innings for India. Pandey was on strike when he got distracted by a cameraman who was foolishly standing right in front of the sight screen. Despite the Indian batsman's complaint, the cameraman was probably so busy getting the perfect shot that he remained frozen on the spot. The entire episode got Dhoni frustrated at the non-striker's end. And that's when the former Indian captain decided to take matters in his own hands. The 36-year-old was so annoyed that, at one point, he began walking towards the sightscreen to resolve the matter on his own. © BCCL Watching a furious Dhoni charging down towards him, the cameraman was so intimidated by the Indian star that he quickly realised his short stint of potential fun was over and ran a few metres away from the sightscreen. With the matter resolved, Dhoni returned to his end and play was resumed. While Indians recorded their biggest win in T20Is following a 93-run win over the Lankans, it was Dhoni who had the greatest impact on the game. The right-hander smoked a blistering 22-ball 39 to propel India to a competitive total of 180/3. He finished the innings with a last-ball six and then took two catches and affected two stumpings to record the most dismissals by a wicket-keeper in the shortest version of the game. Clearly, Dhoni looked like a man on mission in the first T20I and there was no way he was going to allow anyone, let alone a dumbfounded cameraman, ruin his momentum.
  8. Brisbane: Australia cruised to a crushing 10-wicket win over England to go one-up in the Ashes series in the opening Test at the Gabba on Monday, with captain Steve Smith praising his team´s character. Openers David Warner and Cameron Bancroft added to England´s agony by peeling off the required runs without the loss of a wicket before lunch on the final day. Warner finished unbeaten on 87 off 119 balls with newcomer Bancroft hitting the winning runs to remain 82 not out off 182 balls in Australia´s 173 without loss. In the process, they broke an 87-year-old Test record for the all-time highest unbeaten opening partnership in a successful Test chase. "We had to show some really good character throughout. Obviously losing the toss, and the wicket was a lot slower than we anticipated it would be. We had to work really hard," said Australian captain Steve Smith. "I´m pleased with the way we have played. Bowling first at The Gabba, it´s hard. The bowlers had to be on. The way we pulled it back to win from the position we were in it´s extremely pleasing. I´m proud of the way the boys fought." The Australians only needed 56 runs on the final morning go one up after England imploded on Sunday´s fourth day. England captain Joe Root said the result did not tell the full story. "For three days we were excellent. Bar Steve´s knock we were right in it," he said, referring to Smith´s battling first innings century. "It´s frustrating. We have to move on quickly and make sure we don´t make the same mistakes in Adelaide." It was Warner´s 25th Test fifty and ninth in the Ashes, while debutant Bancroft posted his first half-century in only his second Test innings. "It was good fun, to share a good partnership was nice. To get the win in the end was good," said Bancroft, who was allegedly headbutted by England wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow in a late-night altercation in Perth earlier in the tour. An England and Wales Cricket Board statement confirmed team management have asked Bairstow about the alleged incident. Gabba fortress Warner said it was great to get the win without losing a wicket. "That´s what we cherish, coming out being disciplined to try and get the job done as best as possible," he said. England´s doleful defeat was played to the background sounds of the travelling Barmy Army supporters singing ´We´ll Take the (Ashes) Urn Home´ in the sparsely-populated Gabba ground. It was an attritional battle between the traditional rivals over the first three days of the Test, raising England´s hopes of a first win at the ground in just over three decades. But skipper Smith´s match-defining unbeaten 141 over eight-and-a-half hours to give Australia a 26-run innings lead and Josh Hazlewood´s two late wickets on Saturday swung the momentum firmly Australia´s way. England were knocked over for 195 off 71.4 overs, losing their last six wickets for 82, to set Australia an unthreatening target to chase down in the remaining four sessions of play. Australia stretched their unbeaten record at their Gabba fortress to 29 years since their last defeat to Viv Richards´ West Indies team in 1988. England have not won in Brisbane in 31 years, a stretch of eight Ashes Tests. The five-Test series heads to Adelaide Oval for the first-ever Ashes day-night Test, starting on Saturday.
  9. Cameron Bancroft leans into a drive/Getty Images BRISBANE: A pulsating Ashes opener that had promised a grandstand finish will more than likely end early with a handsome win to Australia after Steve Smith?s side pushed within 56 runs of victory at the close of day four on Sunday. The teams will return to the Gabba on Monday to go through the motions, with Australia openers David Warner and Cameron Bancroft looking to mop up the winning runs after protecting their wickets with aplomb after tea. Australia were 114 without loss at stumps, with Bancroft (51) celebrating his maiden half-century in his test debut after vice-captain Warner (60) raised his 25th as shadows crept across the ground. ?Obviously a great day for our team, to finish the way we did with the bat, none down with 56 runs to get,? Australia paceman Mitchell Starc told reporters. ?Heading over to (the second test in) Adelaide, England will have to chase us. ?I?d rather be in our changeroom than theirs.? The denouement happens on Sunday but the game broke open after lunch, however, when England?s middle order suffered a ruinous collapse for the second time in the match. The loss of captain Joe Root for 51 before the first break was a blow but there was still hope as Moeen Ali and Jonny Bairstow drove England to 155 for five. From there it went sour as the tourists fell for 195, the capitulation triggered by a third umpire decision that may be debated for years to come. Having breezed to 40, Moeen was beaten by spinner Nathan Lyon and wicketkeeper Tim Paine whipped the bails off in a flash. England fans irked by ?Shoddy-line? decision on Moeen Ali Moeen Ali was not given benefit of the doubt when he was stumped on day four of first Ashes test The all-rounder?s foot was planted squarely on the line and long, tortuous deliberations followed as New Zealander Chris Gaffaney pondered various angles. None of the footage showed Moeen?s foot safely behind the line, so Gaffaney sent him packing. It was Lyon?s third wicket of a fine test for the offspinner and England?s breaking point after three days of mostly valiant cricket. They lost 4-40 and their last three wickets for 10 runs as Starc awoke to trample on their wafer-thin hopes. All-rounder Chris Woakes added 30 runs with Bairstow but his uneasy 57-ball knock ended on 17 when caught in the slips by Smith after being worked over by a short ball from Starc. Left to carry the tail, Bairstow instead threw away his wicket for 42 with a ramp shot over the slips that went straight to third man. Stuart Broad was Starc?s third victim four balls later when he feathered a nick and Pat Cummins wrapped up England?s innings with another bouncer that harried Jake Ball sent to fly slip. England were subjected to a tough day on the field/Getty Images Smith?s epic, unbeaten 141 on day three will take on an even greater significance, given the scant contributions of England?s batsmen in their second innings. Root made the only half-century for his team, but it will be a footnote in the match and he concedes an emphatic first-up defeat in his ongoing duel with Smith. ?Obviously very disappointed,? said Moeen. ?I thought the first three days we played well and we were in the game and then today we let ourselves down with the bat. ?It was a good pitch to bat on ... We got in and never really got on to get that score that we needed.? England?s veteran quicks James Anderson and Broad were left to try to pull off a miracle but they washed harmlessly against the wall of Warner and Bancroft, who opened their shoulders after a watchful hour. In the morning, it was Lyon who turned the screws with two wickets before Josh Hazlewood (3-46) claimed the prized scalp of Root. After England resumed the day on 33 for two, Lyon had opener Mark Stoneman caught for 27 by Smith at slip. The spinner and captain combined again when Dawid Malan nicked behind to fall for four.
  10. KOLKATA: Cheteshwar Pujara made a gritty 52 before India were bowled out for 172 on day three of the rain-hit first Test against Sri Lanka in Kolkata on Saturday. Wriddhiman Saha (29) and Ravindra Jadeja (22) shared a 48-run sixth-wicket stand on a green Eden Gardens wicket while number-10 Mohammed Shami chipped in with a 22-ball 24. Pace spearhead Suranga Lakmal, who took three wickets on day one, finished with figures of 4-26 after Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to field. Lahiru Gamage, Dasun Shanaka and Dilruwan Perera claimed two wickets each.
  11. Ravinder Bhalla has created history and has stepped up as the first Sikh mayor of New Jersey's Hoboken city. He was endorsed by ex mayor, Dawn Zimmer. Thank you Hoboken. I look forward to being your Mayor! #TeamBhalla #FinishedStrong pic.twitter.com/UKPuXkDWGX — Ravinder S. Bhalla (@RaviBhalla) November 8, 2017 When Zimmer announced that she wouldn't be running in the election again, it did raise many eyebrows. Bhalla didn't have it easy out there. Soon after the campaign kicked off, it turned into a heated race. Ravinder Bhalla was subjected to a lot of communal hate and was even tagged as a 'terrorist', all in order to satisfy some unwanted political and religious propaganda. In fact, there were even flyers all around the city urging people to not vote for him. Yesterday, a flyer w/ word “terrorist” above a pic of me was circulated in Hob. Of course this is troubling, but we won't let hate win. pic.twitter.com/Ri9xrYF4Al — Ravinder S. Bhalla (@RaviBhalla) November 4, 2017 However, hate did not win this fight, but a will to serve his city and his country definitely did. “Thank you for having faith in me, for having faith in our community, faith in our state, and faith in our country; this is what America is all about. We've been through a bruising campaign... but now is the time we come together and see who we can work with to bring this city forward," he said. His win is a victory against bigotry. Congratulations! !! Mr Ravinder bhalla elected as Mayor of New jersi..Indias pride — Dev kumar Vicky (@dev7Vicky) November 8, 2017 Soon after his win was announced, #TeamBhalla started trending and people have been pouring their love and support ever since. 130 years after Sikhs first came to our great country, a New Jersey-born lawyer & Councilman becomes the next mayor of Hoboken & the first directly elected turban-wearing #Sikh mayor of a major American city in U.S. history. So proud of @RaviBhalla! #TeamBhalla #FinishedStrong pic.twitter.com/c7RN1iDxqi — Amandeep S. Sidhu (@amansidhu_dc) November 8, 2017 Ladies and Gentlemen, the next mayor of the great city of #Hoboken.... @RaviBhalla #teambhalla pic.twitter.com/HPZZUxs4t3 — Jason Freeman (@jfreemanNJ) November 8, 2017 Today Hoboken can become a shining example of standing up against hate and bigotry by voting for @RaviBhalla #TeamBhalla #Hoboken — Shankar Chaudhuri (@tschaudhuri) November 7, 2017 Hokoben has made history and hopefully Ravinder Bhalla will 'chakk de phatte' and do a damn good job as the new mayor of Hoboken!
  12. ISLAMABAD: The telecom imports into the country increased by 21.84 percent during the first quarter of the current fiscal year as against the imports of the corresponding period of last year. The telecom imports during July-September (2017-18) were recorded at $333.701 million compared to the imports of $273.895 million during July-September (2016-17), according to the latest data of Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). Among the telecom products, the imports of mobile phones witnessed growth of 30.18 percent during the first three months of the current year compared to last year. The mobile phone imports into the country were recorded at $190.795 million during the first quarter compared to the imports of $146.566 million during last year. The imports of other telecom products also increased by 12.23 percent by going up from the imports of $127.329 million last year to $142.906 million during the current fiscal year, the data revealed. Meanwhile, on a year-on-year basis, the telecom imports into the country witnessed decrease of 0.43 percent during the month of September 2017 compared to the September 2016. The telecom imports during September 2017 were recorded at $102.781 million against the imports of $103.229 million during September 2016. The mobile imports on year on year basis increased by 14.01 percent, from $53.859 million during September 2016 to $61.403 million while the imports of other telecom apparatus witnessed negative growth of 16.19 percent by falling form the imports of $49.370 million last year to $41.378 during the first quarter of current year. On a month-on-month basis, the telecom imports decreased by 12.08 percent in September 2017 when compared to the imports of $116.905 million during August 2017. The mobile phone imports witnessed decrease of 26.22 percent on month-on-month basis during September 2017 when compared to the imports of $56.083 million in August 2016 while the imports of other telecom apparatus also decreased by 28.48 percent in September 2017 when compared to the imports of 12.240 million in August 2016, the data revealed.
  13. Mahendra Singh Dhoni had already established himself as one of the deadliest finishers and successful captains in international cricket. But, on 2 April 2011, those two unique qualities combined together and etched Dhoni's name in the history books. The moment he smashed Sri Lankan seamer Nuwan Kulasekara for a towering six in the 49th over to end India's 28-year wait for a World Cup title at the Wankhede stadium will always remain one of the most iconic moments in the history of Indian cricket. But, that was a long time ago. A time when Dhoni's willow breathed fire. A time when the Indian fans could lean back and count on India's No. 1 finisher to get them over the line. Sadly, that era is far gone. Reuters Today, Dhoni is 36 and no longer the finisher he once used to be. The Jharkhand cricketer has traded the finisher's role for the one of a consolidator. But, that doesn't mean he's not important or influential anymore. If the recent run of Team India is anything to go by, Dhoni has noticeably excelled in his new profile. But, then again, who doesn't miss those big hoicks over deep midwicket, right? Well, Dhoni might have mellowed down in the game, but when he's training in the nets, the former Indian captain is still seen smashing a few out of the park. A similar incident came to fore during Team India's net session ahead of the first ODI against New Zealand in Mumbai. In a video shared by the BCCI on Twitter, Dhoni can be seen stepping down the track and hammering the bowler for a massive six - similar to the one that earned India their second World Cup title. When @msdhoni hits a big one at the Wankhede Stadium, it invariably takes us back to that famous six in 2011. pic.twitter.com/UGZkvpHWJJ — BCCI (@BCCI) October 20, 2017 The BCCI captioned the video, "When @msdhoni hits a big one at the Wankhede Stadium, it invariably takes us back to that famous six in 2011." After beating India's Board President's XI by 33 runs in their second warm-up game, New Zealand will look to do just the same in their opening ODI enconter with India on October 22. Team India, who recently defeated Australia 4-1 in the ODI series, will be looking to continue their winning run against the Kiwis and reclaim the No. 1 spot in the ICC ODI rankings, which is currently held by South Africa following their win against Bangladesh following AB de Villiers' blistering hundred.
  14. Mahendra Singh Dhoni had already established himself as one of the deadliest finishers and successful captains in international cricket. But, on 2 April 2011, those two unique qualities combined together and etched Dhoni's name in the history books. The moment he smashed Sri Lankan seamer Nuwan Kulasekara for a towering six in the 49th over to end India's 28-year wait for a World Cup title at the Wankhede stadium will always remain one of the most iconic moments in the history of Indian cricket. But, that was a long time ago. A time when Dhoni's willow breathed fire. A time when the Indian fans could lean back and count on India's No. 1 finisher to get them over the line. Sadly, that era is far gone. Reuters Today, Dhoni is 36 and no longer the finisher he once used to be. The Jharkhand cricketer has traded the finisher's role for the one of a consolidator. But, that doesn't mean he's not important or influential anymore. If the recent run of Team India is anything to go by, Dhoni has noticeably excelled in his new profile. But, then again, who doesn't miss those big hoicks over deep midwicket, right? Well, Dhoni might have mellowed down in the game, but when he's training in the nets, the former Indian captain is still seen smashing a few out of the park. A similar incident came to fore during Team India's net session ahead of the first ODI against New Zealand in Mumbai. In a video shared by the BCCI on Twitter, Dhoni can be seen stepping down the track and hammering the bowler for a massive six - similar to the one that earned India their second World Cup title. When @msdhoni hits a big one at the Wankhede Stadium, it invariably takes us back to that famous six in 2011. pic.twitter.com/UGZkvpHWJJ — BCCI (@BCCI) October 20, 2017 The BCCI captioned the video, "When @msdhoni hits a big one at the Wankhede Stadium, it invariably takes us back to that famous six in 2011." After beating India's Board President's XI by 33 runs in their second warm-up game, New Zealand will look to do just the same in their opening ODI enconter with India on October 22. Team India, who recently defeated Australia 4-1 in the ODI series, will be looking to continue their winning run against the Kiwis and reclaim the No. 1 spot in the ICC ODI rankings, which is currently held by South Africa following their win against Bangladesh following AB de Villiers' blistering hundred.
  15. If the name Kavita Devi and WWE does not ring a bell, then chances are that you might have been living under a rock all this while. This professional wrestler has been hogging the limelight for quite some time now, after she savagely overpowered Dakota Kai in an epic combat in the Mae Young classic tournament. To refresh your memories, this is what we are talking about. Although she failed to knock out Dakota, she did manage to win our hearts by the end of the match. However, more than her killer moves, it was her appearance that was a shocker for people. After all, a salwar-kameez clad woman beating the sh*t out of her opponent in the ring is not an image you would associate with WWE matches. But after this, we don't think there's any room for the word impossible here. After proving her mettle on an international platform like the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Kavita recently added another feather to her hat of achievements by becoming the first ever Indian female wrestler to be signed by WWE. Following in the footsteps of The Great Khali and Jinder Mahal, this 31-year-old will now represent India on the coveted ring of WWE and we don't think there's anything stopping her from making it big in the wrestling world. This announcement was reportedly made by Jinder Mahal during his visit to Delhi. Kavita's training will most likely begin in January, in Orlando at the WWE Performance Center. © BCCL According to a report in The Times Of India, Devi said, “It was a privilege to be the first Indian woman to compete in WWE.” She further added, “Participating in the Mae Young Classic with some of the best female performers in the world was a great learning experience. Now I am looking forward to pursuing my dream of becoming the first WWE Women's Champion from India.” In fact, the legendary Jinder Mahal too wished Devi for this achievement and said, “I'm extremely proud to welcome Kavita to WWE where she has a great opportunity to become India's first female WWE Superstar. She is an inspiration to the youth of India and I wish nothing but success for her.” © BCCL Under the guidance of The Great Khali, Devi learned her ring skills and went on to win gold at the 2016 South Asian Games. Devi also happens to be the first Indian woman to compete in a WWE ring (her iconic Mae Young Classic tournament). While talking about the fresh recruitments, Triple H, WWE executive vice president of talent, live events and creative said, “Recruiting Kavita and Shadia to join our developmental system underscores WWE's ongoing commitment to building a talent roster as diverse as our fan base.” He further added, “We're confident Kavita and Shadia will inspire future WWE superstars.” Shadia Bseiso is from Jordan who is now the first Arab woman from the Middle East to sign a WWE developmental contract. With this achievement Kavita has inked her name in the golden pages of wrestling and we are brimming with pride.
  16. Ali Fazal is currently riding high on the success of his movie 'Victoria & Abdul', after delivering an impressive performance as the titular character of Abdul Karim. Moreover, for this movie, he starred alongside veteran actress and Oscar winner, Dame Judi Dench. Because its honest! Nothing more.. take it for what it is. We all scrutinize our times and leave out the positives. I'd rather be for something , in favour of something than against so many. Its easy to be against. I am For.... what are you .. A post shared by ali fazal (@alifazal9) on Sep 5, 2017 at 4:14am PDT Recently, when Dame Judi Dench was asked about working with Ali, the actress revealed, "Ali is a beautiful young man. He's kind of a romantic, and also a laugher. That's a good mixture. We got on very well indeed." He surely is a happy man these days, and it's not just because of the success of his movie; recently, he even made his relationship with actress Richa Chadha, Instagram official, by posting an adorable picture with her. One of my favourite pictures. हॠतॠहॠ। A post shared by ali fazal (@alifazal9) on Sep 14, 2017 at 2:30pm PDT 'Victoria & Abdul' debuted at no.2 at the U.K. box-office, with the movie grossing $4.7m in one weekend. After such a successful run, it comes as no surprise that the actor is already in talks with a Hollywood director, and this time for a biopic role, according to sources. A post shared by ali fazal (@alifazal9) on Oct 8, 2017 at 12:29am PDT When asked about the same, Fazal revealed that he was in talks for an international project and did in fact meet a director. But he stated, “It will hopefully roll in 2018. I can't elaborate further as I am yet to sign on the dotted line.” “Filmmakers are experimenting with unique topics and I want to grab these opportunities and not get typecast,” Ali added. A post shared by ali fazal (@alifazal9) on Oct 10, 2017 at 6:22am PDT Well, we don't know much about it as of now, since all the details are being kept under the wraps. We'll just have to wait and see.
  17. Hardik Pandya thumps one down the ground/AFP CHENNAI: Skipper Virat Kohli hailed Hardik Pandya´s game-changing performance Sunday after the all-rounder powered India to a 26-run win over Australia in the rain-hit first one-day international. Pandya smashed a 66-ball 83 and claimed two wickets to give the hosts a 1-0 lead in the five-match series at Chennai´s MA Chidambaram Stadium. Chasing a revised target of 164 in 21 overs after rain delays, Australia were frustrated by wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav who shared five wickets between them. They ended on 137-9. But it was Pandya´s gritty 118-run sixth-wicket stand with Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who made 79, that lifted India from a top-order collapse to 281-7 in 50 overs. "He (Hardik) believes in himself. That is the key in international cricket. Hardik´s innings was the game-changer. He is smart with the ball as well," said Kohli. "He possesses all three skills (batting, bowling and fielding) equally and we are lucky to have him," Kohli added. In reply, the visitors had to wait for two hours to start their shortened chase as constant drizzle threatened to spoil the contest. Pacemen Jasprit Bumrah and Pandya combined to hurt Australia´s hopes of reaching a tricky target with three early strikes including skipper Steve Smith for one. Bumrah bowled debutant opener Hilton Cartwright for one. He then took a stunning high catch at short fine-leg to send Smith trudging back to the pavilion off Pandya. Left-arm wrist spinner Yadav also joined the party after getting star opener David Warner caught behind for 25 as Australia´s innings fell apart. Yuzvendra Chahal gesticulates after dismissing Glenn Maxwell, India v Australia, 1st ODI, Chennai, September 17, 2017/AFP "I think 160 with one new ball would have made things a lot easier. When you have two new balls from both ends, as we saw throughout the game it was a new-ball wicket," Smith told reporters. "They found it hard. Was the same for us. When you are playing 20 overs you don´t have great deal of time to make things up...it was difficult in that aspect," he added. Glenn Maxwell tried to raise Australia´s hopes with his 18-ball 39, including three fours and four sixes, but Chahal cut short the batsman´s blitz. Leg-spinner Chahal ended with three wickets in his five overs. Pandya and Yadav took two each. Match-winning stand Earlier Australian fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile had made an impact with three wickets including the prized scalp of Virat Kohli for nought. Coulter-Nile, who returned after a string of injuries that kept him out since June 2016, put India in early trouble at 11-3. Rohit Sharma, who made 28, and Kedar Jadhav, who scored 40, tried to rebuild with their 53-run partnership before Marcus Stoinis sent the two batsmen back in the pavilion. Dhoni, who has captained the successful Chennai franchise in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament, then made his innings count along with Pandya for company. "We weren´t able to capitalise on a good start. MS and Hardik played very well. Their partnership certainly changed the game, proved to be match-winning," Smith said. "We started very well with the new ball and that´s a positive for us....and today we bowled to the conditions and got the ball in the right areas," he added. The duo thwarted the Australian bowling with some stubborn batting before Pandya let loose to take the attack to the opposition. Pandya took a special liking to Adam Zampa´s leg-spin as he smashed the bowler for a four and three successive sixes in an over to bring up his third ODI fifty. Zampa though did get Pandya out for his only wicket in the innings. But the bowler´s 10 overs cost his side 66 runs. Dhoni soon took over to blast some vital runs in the last five overs as he added 72 runs with number-eight Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who finished unbeaten on 32. The two teams now head to Kolkata´s iconic Eden Gardens for the second ODI on Thursday.
  18. Udupi Ramachandra Rao, former chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and celebrated space scientist, breathed his last in the wee hours on Monday after prolonged illness, at his residence in Bengaluru. He was 85. Be it Indian or the international space scenario, Rao needs no introduction. He is the brain behind India's first satellite, Aryabhata; has spearheaded several ISRO projects including the Mars Orbiter Mission and took it to the heights where it proudly stands today. Rao's absence will definitely leave a huge void in the Indian space scenario. © Twitter The Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan awardee, Rao served as the chairman of ISRO for 10 years between 1984 and 1994. In his career span, Rao has won several accolades and international and national awards for his contribution. Rao was born in Adamaru in Karnataka and started his career as a cosmic ray scientist and worked under the guidance of Dr. Vikram Sarabhai. © wikimedia He was the first one to identify the continuous nature of solar wind and the effect it had on geomagnetism, using Mariner 2 observations. In fact, in 2013, he became the first Indian to be inducted into the ‘Satellite Hall Of Fame' in Washington. Under the leadership of U.R. Rao, India saw acceleration in the development of the rocket technology, leading to the successful launch of ASLV rocket in the year 1992. In fact, Rao was also behind the successful launch of INSAT satellites and the development of the geostationary launch vehicle GSLV. In 1995 he helped launch an 850 kg satellite into the polar orbit. © wikimedia He was serving as the Chairman of the Governing Council of the Physical research Laboratory, Ahmedabad and the chancellor of the Indian Institute of Science and Technology (IIST) at Thiruvananthapuram. He has previously worked as a faculty member at MIT and even published over 350 technical and scientific papers on interplanetary physics, satellite and rocket technology and cosmic rays among others. Rao's never ending list of achievements and awards speak for his work and his remarkable contribution that took the Indian space scenario to such great heights. He is survived by his wife and daughter. Prime Minister Narendra Modi too mourned the demise of Rao. Saddened by demise of renowned scientist, Professor UR Rao. His remarkable contribution to India's space programme will never be forgotten. — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 24 July 2017
  19. The Walled City of Ahmedabad became the first Indian city to earn the tag of a World Heritage City from UNESCO, beating New Delhi and Mumbai for the title in the process. The announcement was welcomed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani. UNESCO's official handle tweeted, "Just inscribed as UNESCO world heritage site: Historic city of Ahmedabad #India". The prime minister, in a tweet today said, "A matter of immense joy for India!" A matter of immense joy for India! https://t.co/qtCOxm8Kga — Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 9, 2017 Shah termed it as a "proud moment" for every Indian, while Rupani said that he was "thrilled" to learn about Ahmedabad being recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage City. English newspapers highlight the @UNESCO World Heritage City status acquired by #Ahmedabad pic.twitter.com/Qx3TOx4tDQ — CMO Gujarat (@CMOGuj) July 9, 2017 The walled city has now joined the privileged club of heritage cities like Paris, Cairo, Edinburg and two cities in the subcontinent, Bhaktpur in Nepal and Galle in Sri Lanka. Ahmedabad is believed to have been founded by Ahmed Shah some six hundred years earlier and has 26 ASI-protected structures, hundreds of ‘pols' or neighbourhoods that capture the essence of community living and numerous sites associated with Mahatma Gandhi who lived here from 1915 to 1930. The decision was taken at UNESCO's World Heritage Committee Meeting at Krakow in Poland. "It is truly an honor to stand here with the delegation of India to witness the inscription of a city with over 600 years of unbroken history," India's ambassador and permanent representative Ruchira Kamboj said in her message to the chair. "The journey began in 2010 when Prime Minister Modi proffered the dossier of Ahmedabad to UNESCO," she said. "Ahmedabad is where our Indian heritage speaks for itself." My speech this evening after the inscription. #WorldHeritage #Ahmedabad pic.twitter.com/AWAOO3in1x — Ruchira Kamboj (@RuchiraKamboj) July 8, 2017 The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has a heritage cell to implement a revitalisation programme for historic sites. The civic body and the State authorities expect a huge boost to tourism after the UNESCO's declaration. In 2011, UNESCO had featured the city in its tentative list of world heritage cities. Link - IndianExpress
  20. People can deny Global Warming all they want, but as of now one of our biggest problems is pollution. The air we breathe is getting worse day by day, and the condition of the environment is just not improving, especially in places like China and India. While our country is struggling, China has already started planning a perfect way to tackle this problem. Recently, the pictures of a road built on top of 5-storey building made us go crazy and now they're building a Vertical 'Forest City'. Honestly, the whole country is so experimental with their architecture, it's so impressive. © Stefano Boeri Architetti Covering buildings with trees and plants is already a prevalent way of reducing their carbon dioxide footprint. Since that sounds like a perfect and natural solution, China has gone and taken this philosophy to a whole other level. © Stefano Boeri Architetti As of now, Liuzhou is building a whole entire city covered in trees so that it will act like a huge air filter. The planned complex will span about a kilometre along the Liujiang River, and will have everything from office buildings and apartments to schools and hotels, all engulfed by around 40,000 trees and more than a million plants. © Stefano Boeri Architetti The main aim of the whole operation is to make the green towers soak up all the air pollution in the area and produce fresh and clean oxygen. The whole process will also help with the growth of other local flora. Along with that, the gardens are also planned in such a way they'll provide residents with shade from the sun, as well as natural insulation during the winter. © Stefano Boeri Architetti The man behind this simply amazing design is Italian architect Stefano Boeri, and he has also planned two similar ‘forest towers' in Eastern China. The Italian firm was commissioned to build the city in order to host 30,000 people, and be connected to nearby Liuzhuo via a fast-rail line and electric cars. © Stefano Boeri Architetti This innovative city is currently under construction, and is scheduled to be completed by 2020. If everything goes as planned, it is expected to soak up close to 10,000 tons of CO2 per year, while generating 900 tons of oxygen. China is going green, literally!
  21. Chinese stocks will be included for the first time in a leading US-based index of emerging market shares after three previous rejections, New York-based MSCI announced Tuesday. MSCI will include 222 large capitalization Chinese stocks in its MSCI Emerging Markets Index, representing 0.73 percent of the index. MSCI's decision has been closely-watched as a sign of China's growing importance on international financial markets.large capitalization Chinese stocks in its MSCI Emerging Markets Index, representing 0.73 percent of the index. MSCI's decision has been closely-watched as a sign of China's growing importance on international financial markets. MSCI said the move has "broad support" from international institutional investors and was the result of loosening of restrictions enacted by China on foreign ownership of "A" shares -- stock in mainland China-based companies -- ownership of which had once been limited to mainland citizens.loosening of restrictions enacted by China on foreign ownership of "A" shares -- stock in mainland China-based companies -- ownership of which had once been limited to mainland citizens. "International investors have embraced the positive changes in the accessibility of the China A shares market over the last few years and now all conditions are set for MSCI to proceed with the first step of the inclusion," said Remy Briand, MSCI managing director. "MSCI is very hopeful that the momentum of positive change witnessed in China over the past years will continue to accelerate." MSCI says its emerging markets index is tracked by more than $1.5 trillion in assets. The company said the Chinese representation in the index could be increased in time if China enacts additional reforms. MSCI has in the past cited obstacles such as China's restrictions on market access and on moving capital in and out of the country. Prior to Tuesday's decision, it had excluded Chinese shares for three years in a row. "We reflected the comments from the institutional investor community. They (Chinese officials) took them very seriously and acted upon some of them," MSCI chief executive Henry Fernandez told CNBC. Institutional investors praised a decrease in the number of stock suspensions in China, but said the current level is still an "outlier" compared with other markets, MSCI said. Chinese shares will go into a number of provisional indices before they are included in the flagship index starting in June 2018. China's inclusion would help around $8 billion flow into its stock markets, Capital Economics said, describing it as "a token inclusion" given that the weighting would be the equivalent of 0.1 percent of the domestic market's capitalization. Analysts nevertheless said China's admission to the index would be a good start. "A low number of shares and weighting is not important at the beginning," said Li Daxiao, chief economist at Yingda Securities.Daxiao, chief economist at Yingda Securities. "It is like opening a door. Even if it is just a crack, it is a huge improvement compared to being completely shut." Citic Securities analyst Zhang Qun said inclusion would have "more of an emotional effect than a practical one". "It is the change from zero to one. If in the next few years the degree of opening up increases... then it could go from one to 10 or even 100," Zhang said.
  22. KARACHI: All public and private educational institutes in Sindh will now be closed for the summer holidays from the first day of Ramazan. A notification issued by the Sindh government stated that all public and private educational institutes across the province will be observing their summer vacations from the 1st of Ramazan, said to begin at the end of this month, till July 31. Educational institutes will thus reopen on August 1. The reasons given for the change in the dates of the summer break are the high temperatures prevalent in the province as well the start of Ramazan. Earlier, the government had announced the summer vacations from June 1 till July 31.
  23. It has happened finally. ‘Baahubali 2’ has become the first Indian film to make Rs 1000 crores i.e. the highest grossing Indian film ever! Considering how the movie broke records in its opening week itself, this was expected. SS Rajamouli’s epic saga has really become the ‘Baahubali’ of Indian cinema, in terms of the sheer money it earned. The biggest milestone has been reached by the biggest blockbuster of Indian cinema!!!! #1000croreBaahubali @ssrajamouli pic.twitter.com/3zjExCl0J9 — Karan Johar (@karanjohar) May 7, 2017 Earning Rs 600 crores in the first 4 days itself, ‘Baahubali 2’ has been on a record-breaking spree. It began with breaking the opening box office record of Aamir’s ‘Dangal’ that grossed Rs 10 crore. And now by crossing the Rs 1000-crore mark, the film has set a first in the history of Indian cinema. #1000croreBaahubali 👌👌👌👏👏👏👏 It was nothing...#baahubali2 is gonna make more... pic.twitter.com/is6WakWSXu — M(r)s. Baahubali 😍 (@VivaciousVids) May 7, 2017 No Khan, no item number, and a smashing hit. The Day Never Forget...#May7th2017 When a Telugu is Totally Dominated the Grossers List of Indian Cinema..#1000CroreBaahubali pic.twitter.com/Xu9ySlFC8Y — Troll Cinema ;) (@TrollCinema_) May 6, 2017 Ooh, severe burn! Wow, man.#1000CroreBaahubali has happened. I assume that's more than the combined box office of all Bollywood Khans in 2017. — Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) May 7, 2017 The film has seen a tremendously successful opening not just in India, but across the world. Becoming the highest grossing film in worldwide collections, ‘Baahubali 2’ has, like they, ‘rocked’ the whole world! #Baahubali2 is TERRIFIC in NORTH AMERICA... Till Fri [5 May]: USA: $ 13,371,300 Canada: $ 414,728 Total: $ 13,786,028 [₹ 88.65 cr]@Rentrak — taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) May 6, 2017
  24. LAHORE: The fuel source for Nandipur Power Plant has been shifted to liquefied natural gas (LNG), as of Saturday, in what has been termed a successful transition process. The Nandipur Power Plant had been operational since July 2015 and was operating on furnace oil but was not able to produce at capacity. Following conversation to LNG the plant will produce an additional 100MW increasing its capacity to 525MW. In order to shift the plant from furnace oil to LNG, an 88KM pipeline was laid. The conversion, besides increasing output will also reduce operating costs. The conversion plans and plans to shift fuel source and increase capacity first came to light in February 2017 when a long-term operation and maintenance agreement for the plant was signed with Northern Power Generation Company Limited (NPGCL) and MS Hydro Electric Power System Engineering Company of China (HEPSEC) for a period of 10 years. At present, the Nandipur Power Plant is running on LNG on a testing basis, which will continue till May 1, before it launches the commercial output officially, the sources added.