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ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsProbably one of the most hardworking and well respected members of the Indian and international cricket fraternity, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was one of the athletes who was kept in the spotlight for the infamous spot-fixing incident that took place in 2013. The event rose to actor Vindu Dara Singh and the Chennai Super Kings leader Gurunath Meiyappan being arrested by the Mumbai Police on alleged betting rows and maintaining close contact with the bookies. During the investigation, a lot of players were interrogated and pressurised to break, in order to come out with the truth. “The team was involved, I was accused too. It was a tough phase for all of us,” said a very serious MS Dhoni in the trailer for 'Roar of the Lion', a Hotstar documentary. “Fans felt that the punishment was harsh. Coming back was an emotional moment and I have always said, what doesn't kill you makes you strong.” In 2017, a committee established by Justice Mukul Mudgal surfaced a report which basically describes Dhoni's willingness to play according to the demands of the bookies against a match against the Rajasthan Royals. © India Today “The biggest crime that I can commit is not a murder, it is actually match fixing,” said the former Indian skipper. Watch how @msdhoni and a bunch of men in yellow jerseys wrote one of India's greatest comeback stories. #HotstarSpecials is proud to present #RoarOfTheLion. Trailer out. pic.twitter.com/nkWpV1EPnl — Hotstar Specials (@HotstarSpecials) March 10, 2019 When Meiyappan was found guilty of the crimes, the entire Chennai Super Kings franchise was barred from competition for two years, keeping the then two-time IPL champs away from the league in 2016 and 2017. During the span of two years, MSD was bought by the brand new franchise, Rising Pune Supergiant in 2016. While the franchise came seventh amongst eight teams that year, they succeeded to make it to the final the next season, only to lose to Rohit Sharma and the Mumbai Indians. After the ban on CSK was lifted the next season in 2018, Dhoni retained his 'Thala' status as he, along with Suresh Raina, got the city of Chennai their third IPL title.
Eight Years Ago, Tendulkar's 120 Vs Strauss' 158 Saw One Of The Best World Cup Encounters Ever
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsIt was a chilly Sunday afternoon in Bengaluru, the roads were empty and the offices closed. If you were new in the area, you'd ask out loud: “What has happened to one of the busiest and happening cities this nation?” The answer: India Vs England. People found themselves stuck in front of their televisions, unable to blink amid one of the most anticipated matchups of the 2011 ICC World Cup, the host, Team India was to go head-to-head against a dominating force in England. Paul Collingwood, skipper Andrew Strauss and the notorious Kevin Peterson had taken the Englishmen to heights never seen before. On the other hand, the Men in Blue looked rock solid with Sachin Tendulkar getting over his woes and thoughts of retiring from the sport, Virender Sehwag finding his mojo and MS Dhoni's outstanding winning streak, while a young Virat Kohli was on the rise. After winning the toss, in a not-so-popular decision, Dhoni decided to bat first. Unable to stick to the crease for long, opener Virender Sehwag was dismissed by Matt Prior off Tim Bresnan. However, it was the second opener and the 'god of cricket' Sachin Tendulkar who showed his true form to us mortals as he took the English bowlers to task. Be it pacer James Anderson or orthodox spinner James Yardy, the master blaster spared no one. In a beautiful innings, Tendulkar scored a toasty 120 to record his 47th ODI ton and the fifth World Cup century - more than any other player in the history of the game. Check out "WC 2011: Sachin Smashes 120 vs Eng" on Hotstar!https://t.co/aU9p38gFoz — Aditya Pandey (@adityapandey148) February 27, 2019 Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh were excellent sidekicks to Tendulkar's heroic performance as they scored 51 and 58 runs respectively. Team India built a mammoth total of 338 for England to chase. People expected England to swing for the fences from the first ball, but nobody expected captain Andrew Strauss to explode like that. Watching him destroy the spinners made people want to shoot themselves in the foot. Both Piyush Chawla and Harbhajan Singh were visibly frustrated as Strauss sent deliveries to every corner of the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium. After scoring an incredible 158 off 145 balls, the English batsman was finally sent away on an LBW appeal by bowler Zaheer Khan. Despite Strauss' sendoff, England managed to hang on to the ropes as future skipper Ian Bell shouldered the batting order, scoring 69 in 71. Even though the English tailenders were on the crease, the Indian fans were holding their breath as the fate of the match was to be decided on the very last ball. On a perfect delivery by Munaf Patel, Graeme Swann tried to go for the big one, but the ball went straight to the mid-off fielder Yusuf Pathan, who made no mistake in getting hold of it and the batsmen were pinned to taking a single. After 100 overs of action-pact innings spearheaded by Sachin Tendulkar and Andrew Strauss, one of the greatest encounters in the history of ICC World Cup ended on a tie as commentator Ravi Shastri very rightly said: “No team deserved to lose.”. One of the most exciting @cricketworldcup encounters ever? We think so!#OnThisDay in 2011, India and England tied a thriller in Bengaluru! ð®ð³ ð´ó §ó ¢ó ¥ó ®ó §ó ¿ pic.twitter.com/p1ndpaS6el — ICC (@ICC) February 27, 2019
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsIt's 1955. The Cold War is in full swing. Thriller writers are having the time of their life. As for the rest of us, the threat of nuclear armageddon hangs over us, like, well, a mushroom cloud. In the middle of all this, the USAF's B-52 Stratofortresses keep making sorties, flying out of bases in the UK, going up to the Soviet Union's border. Just in case… via GIPHY Fast forward to 2018. The world's changed unimaginably. The President of the United States argues with people on something we call 'Twitter'. But the B-52 is still soldiering on, flying missions in the South China Sea, reminding the PRC that the United States is still around, even if it's bogged down with fights over silly walls and whether the President had an affair! The Mean Machine - Boeing's B-52 Stratofortress The Boeing B-52 Stratofortress is a legendary war machine - it's been around for longer than most of us, and thanks to constant upgrades, it's still on the frontlines. © Tech. Sgt. Nathan Lipscomb for US DoD The Balkans, the Gulf War(s), Afghanistan. It's been there, bringing a reign of destruction on people Uncle Sam doesn't like. And it's gonna be around for many years to come... The B-52 project started in 1946 - just after the Second World War ended. The Cold War was starting, and the US wanted something to maintain its dominance. Designed to carry massive nuclear (and thermonuclear) weapons, the B-52 first took to the air in 1952, entering service in 1955. The B-52 Was A Harbinger Of Doom Even though the B-52 was later used with conventional weapons - it was responsible for carrying out several 'carpet bombing' missions in the Vietnam war - it was really meant for World War Three - carrying hydrogen bombs to attack the Soviet Union if the 'balloon ever went up'. via GIPHY One of the bombs the B-52 carried was the B61- which had a yield of nearly half a megaton. Another was the Mark 39 - which, hang on to your hats, had a yield of nearly 4 megatons! For reference, the bomb that levelled Hiroshima was just 20 kilotons. Always Ready As part of Operation Chrome Dome, B-52 bombers were kept constantly airborne - the reasoning being that even if the Soviet Union managed to 'take out' the US's ICBMs on their launchpads with a first strike, the B-52s (and the US Navy's missile submarines) would be around for retaliation. Even better, they could dissuade the Soviet Union from even trying to start a nuclear war. © Senior Airman Malcolm Mayfield for US DoD All That Flying With Nukes Was Risky Did you know that we nearly faced nuclear armageddon in 1961? The US and Soviet Union weren't about to attack each other (though they came close on several occasions in the sixties). What happened was that a B-52 carrying two Mark 39 bombs broke up in mid-air, and the crew eventually bailed out. As it turns out, the two bombs fell out of the aircraft, and one of them got activated - with only one final switch preventing it from going off! The B-52 Even Shot Down A Fighter Jet! You wouldn't imagine a big, lumbering bomber to be able to shoot down one of the most legendary fighter jets ever, but that's exactly what happened in Vietnam back in 1972 - the tail gunner in a B-52 managed to shoot down the newest, deadliest jet fighter of the time - the MiG-21. A one-off? Heck, no! Another crew in another B-52 repeated this feat some days later! Pretty impressive, isn't it? © Staff Sgt. Michael Battles for US DoD This Massive Bomber Might Be In Service For Another 50 Years The B-52, like every other piece of military equipment, has been getting upgrades throughout its life - the last major version first flew in 1961, with production stopping a year later. Of course, it's been given a lot of nips and tucks over the years, with fancy new electronics being retrofitted. © Senior Airman Jonathan McElderry for US DoD That means that even the youngest B-52 is well over 50 years old - but what's even more surprising is that the USAF might keep on flying these aircraft for another half-century. That's right, the B-1 Lancer (a gorgeous machine for sure), the F-117 stealth fighter, and the B-2 stealth bomber came much later, but nothing has managed to replace the B-52! © NASA There's a new upgrade programme on its way, with new engines, and new avionics, and who knows, the next generation might grow up marvelling at this 'Big Ugly Fat F@#er' (the nickname given to it by US troops in Vietnam) which has managed to outlast every other machine!
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsOur personal experience taught us that an average Indian wedding celebration lasts anywhere between 3 and 4 days. But, Bollywood made us realise that we've been wrong all this time. If the latest trend of Bollywood weddings is anything to go by, then there is no end to the pre-wedding and post-wedding parties. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) on Nov 28, 2018 at 7:00am PST For instance, let's talk about Deepika and Ranveer aka DeepVeer ki Shaadi. The couple first had their pre-wedding mehendi and sangeet, followed by two weddings (one in Konkani style and one in Sindhi style) and after the second reception, we officially lost the count. View this post on Instagram â¤ï¸ A post shared by Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) on Nov 15, 2018 at 6:36am PST But, after Deepika's latest revelation, it looks like we will have to start counting once again. Deepika, who dated Ranveer for 6 years before tying the knot with him in Italy's Lake Como, recently revealed that she got engaged to Ranveer four years ago. Deepika dropped this bomb during an interview with Filmfare. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Deepika Padukone (@deepikapadukone) on Dec 1, 2018 at 7:46am PST Seriously, guys! Why did you not throw a party back then? Why did you test Smriti Irani as well as our patience by making us wait for hours for your weddings pictures? On the work front, Ranveer is currently basking in the success of 'Simmba' and Deepika is gearing up for her upcoming project 'Chappak' that is based on the life of an acid attack survivor Laxmi Aggarwal.
Adhyayan Suman Says He Was 'Shamed & Humiliated' When He Shared His #MeToo Story 2 Years Ago
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsActress Tanushree Dutta's story has triggered a domino effect in the industry, leading to the #MeToo movement finally arriving in India. Her story has also given the power and courage to many women to come forward and share their harrowing experiences, and to let the world know who the real culprits are. Instagram Social media is flooded with stories of women getting assaulted or harassed at the hands of those in power, and names like Alok Nath, Vikas Bahl, Abhijeet Bhattacharya, Sajid Khan and more; have surfaced in the list sexual offenders. Although the movement is gaining momentum now, there was a male Bollywood actor who was humiliated 2 years ago, for sharing his #MeToo story. Instagram We're talking about actor Adhyayan Suman, who in a series of tweets, mentioned how he was shamed 2 years ago, "A lot of people asking me to share my #metoo story...I am sorry but when I did that 2 years ago I was shamed and humiliated...my parents whom I love the most had to listen to some obscene things on National TV." A lot of people asking me to share my #metoo story..iam sorry but when I did that 2 years ago I was shamed and humiliated...my parents whom I love the most had to listen to some obscene things on National tv ..I was clearly told that a guy with a failed career doesn't — adhyayen suman (@AdhyayanSsuman) October 12, 2018 In 2016, Adhyayan had spoken about his relationship with actress Kangana Ranaut, with whom he co-starred in 'Raaz: The Mystery Continues' and how she physically abused him when the two were dating. He further mentions in the tweet, "I was clearly told that a guy with a failed career doesn't have the right to share his painful and dark experience." Have the right to share his pain full and dark experience.The handful of people who supported me I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. And I am happy that at lest this moment is giving a chance to all the people who have had to #MeToo — adhyayen suman (@AdhyayanSsuman) October 12, 2018 Suppress thier dark and depressing experiences for so long ..I hope all these people at least get their closure without being judged the way I was! #MeToo — adhyayen suman (@AdhyayanSsuman) October 12, 2018 He further wrote that since he didn't get any support back then, wasn't taken seriously and was trolled instead, he does not want to retell his story, now that he has left his past behind and moved on. He hopes that all the people who are sharing their stories will get closure without being judged the way he was. #MeToo is a movement empowering men and women alike to come out in the open and speak up. My tweets were a way of reaching out to all the people who wanted to be heard and not to gain any publicity in this hot debacle. I spoke up 2 years ago and I was shunned , criticised on — adhyayen suman (@AdhyayanSsuman) October 13, 2018 national tv. I wasn't believed then and I don't want to waste time retelling a story already out for the public to read . To all the media houses calling me and asking me to speak up in an interview,I do not wish to. I didn't have ur support then and I definitely don't need it — adhyayen suman (@AdhyayanSsuman) October 13, 2018 now when I've left my past behind and moved on, a stronger man. Thanks. — adhyayen suman (@AdhyayanSsuman) October 13, 2018 We are not in support of or against anyone, nor are we trying to give out our judgement here. But, there's one point where we completely agree with Adhyayan Suman, #MeToo is not gender specific. It is a movement that empowers both men and women to come forward and speak up against those who did wrong to them.