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  1. If you are not familiar with the Malayalam language, youâd probably never switch to a football channel with Malayalam commentary, and that would be the logical thing to do. But once you listen to Shaiju Damodaran go nuclear on the microphone after Portugalâs Cristiano Ronaldo scored on a magical free-kick against Spain during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, logic would go right out of the window and Malayalam commentary is all you would be listening to. Cristiano Ronaldo's third (hat-trick) goal against Spain in #FIFAworldcup2018 with Malayalam commentary. ENJOY! pic.twitter.com/JvUYXVLaqO â Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) June 16, 2018 Ask the chairman of Mahindra Group, Anand Mahindra , he will tell you. Ok thatâs it. Iâm switching to this channel with commentary in Malayalam. No, I donât understand the language but I donât need toâthese guys are so pumped up they make the English & Hindi commentators sound tame! pic.twitter.com/yWqApVx6jp â anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) June 16, 2018 Damodaranâs career, which started out as a sports journalist with a Kerala newspaper over 20 years ago, has now evolved into an entire cult. Passionate football fans, mostly Malayalis from India and many other parts of the world stopped listening to match commentary in any other language. All they wanted to lend their ears to were his energetic words. âWhatever I am today, the reason why my commentary goes viral every year is because of all the Malayali sports fans out there. Be it India or Dubai or any other part of the world, it is because of them that my voice has reached out to so many people,â an excited Shaiju Damodaran tells MensXP. âAs a professional commentator, I just try to do my job to the best of my abilities and I am extremely fortunate to have so many people loving my work every single day.â Not every moment of every football match is equally exciting and while the viewers have the option of changing the channel or turn off the television altogether, the commentators canât afford to let the energy dip. It is their job, essentially, to keep the viewer dialled in. For Damodaran, however, the ability to maintain that level of energy is more natural than making a conscious effort. âWhenever a goal happens or a player executes a good move, my reaction comes out automatically. That energy comes from within. Main yeh jaan bhuj ke nahi karta (I donât do this intentionally),â he says. The brilliance behind the mic also originates from Shaijuâs hunger to outdo himself during his next assignment. Every match is a new opportunity. A million things can happen during a game that nobody foresaw and he looks at them as points that can change the entire flow of the game. As the only Malayalam commentator for the Indian Super League in the last six seasons, he has given his voice to more than 330 matches till date. For him, what happened during the last game is the thing of the past. If there is a match today, he will treat it like the greatest assignment he has been a part of, no matter what is at stake. âThe force that drives me every day is the realisation that I have to do each game perfectly and a little better than what I did during the previous match.â Shaiju Damodaran is a busy man. Between 2018 and 2020, the longest duration for which he got to stay at home and spend some quality time with his family was one week. He did commentary during the two seasons of ISL, the Indian Premier League for a Malayalam radio station in Dubai, the FIFA World Cup 2018 and the ICC World Cup 2019. To fill the gaps in between the major tournaments, he is also working at a regional level both as a commentator but also as a public speaker. As a human being, nobody can be in that ecstatic state of mind 24x7, 365 days a year. There might be days when we feel a bit low. Sometimes, bad things happen in our lives and sadness takes over. We feel like shutting out the entire world, staying in bed and just not doing anything. Imagine commentators being in a similar predicament. Think about a match wherein the commentator sounds dull or doesn't speak with the convection required to describe a game-winning goal. Professionals like Damodaran canât afford to âsound lowâ. âWhenever I am working, I try to keep away from social issues. I stay away from anything that can upset me. I even try my best to not get in a fight with my wife,â he jokes. âMy wife and my kids deserve a lot of credit behind my successful career. If something happened in my family that they think would upset me, they wonât tell me on the day I have to do commentary.â âIn the past couple of years, we have had three deaths in our family and they kept the sad news away from me until I came back home after doing commentary so that I donât get disturbed during the match,â he says. âIt is a big deal, I believe.â While Damodaran took his career as a commentator to the next level with hard work and endless dedication, he also witnessed the evolution (although, he prefers to call it a revolution) of ISL and how it has helped make club football a big deal in this country. âIf you look at the tradition of club football in India not too long ago, it was struggling to stand on its feet. Why do you think cricket overtook football by such a large margin in India? It was only because of the unavailability of proper broadcasting of club-football games, something the Indian cricket board did exceptionally well,â he says. âFootball culture in Kerala used to be huge over two and a half decades ago but died down eventually. It was only because of broadcasting club football live that the league brought to the country that that culture got reignited. Things like my commentary are just small parts of this revolution that ISL brought about.â You can draw resemblance in Damodaranâs way of delivering dialogue with how English commentator Ray Hudson does it, especially when he is describing Barcelona FC star Lionel Messiâs magic on the field. That Hudson is idolised by the Malayali star, and that shouldnât come as a surprise to you. His wish has always been to work in the same league as the Premier League and La Liga commentator but he also goes on to clarify that his heart lies with the ISL, the league that made him what he is today. âNo matter how big you become in life, loyalty should always be a top priority for you,â he says. View the full article
  2. Imagine thinking that people just don't like you because no one has reached out to you in months, but then finding out it's because everyone thinks you're actually dead. Yeah, this is a weird situation but, it also happened for real for 75-year-old Alan Hattel. The poor guy got so concerned that no one had called him in three-four months, only to discover his own grave. Yes, it's getting weirder. Talk about being buried alive. © Paul Reid The retired welder from Forfar, Tayside in Scotland said, "My phone hasnât rung for three or four months. Iâve been confused by it all but now I know why nobody has been calling. I donât even want to be buried â I plan to be cremated." Well, what's the perfect way to announce that you're actually alive? Posing dramatically alongside your grave, of course. © Paul Reid I'm a little upset he didn't use this rare chance to just mess with people by claiming how he died but came back to life. That would be hilarious. But, the main question is why would there be a gravestone with his name on it when he's clearly not in the grave. Well, according to him, it seems like the doing of his ex-wife. © Paul Reid He said, "Iâve never, ever said I wanted to be buried alongside my ex-wife. Weâve been separated 26 years and thereâs no animosity but Iâm struggling to take it all in. To find out you have a gravestone in a cemetery while you are still alive isnât something that happens every day." There's only one explanation- When your ex really really doesn't like you ....https://t.co/AJEyB5Iy3S â Brad Pridgeon (@bpridgeo) January 23, 2020 Well, at least he already has a headstone and everything when his time actually comes if he changes his mind about getting cremated. View the full article
  3. Quirky, eccentric and yet subtle - perhaps this is the most appropriate way to describe the style statements that we have seen Aparshakti Khurana make. Now, even though he, like most of our Bollywood celebrities, are born with an innate sense of style, he is rarely the one who comes up with the ensembles that we have seen him wear. © Jay Samuel The stylist who is responsible for the drool-worthy sartorial sensibility that we have come to associate with Aparshakti, is Jay Samuel, a London-based stylist, who, apart from Aparshakti has closely worked with a number of style icons from across the Indian subcontinent. © Jay Samuel Here's what Jay had to say, when we sat down for a candid conversation over men's fashion in India, the icons of style in Bollywood, and all things fashion. Tell us about your journey, how did you start out? I've always had an eye for detail and a passion for fashion from a young age. Over the years, this passion grew even more, since I was styling family friends for various events. I also understood how to shop cleverly and work around things that I have. Gradually this habit led to a sense of recognition, which I pursued further. What is your creative process when you are working with Aparshakti Khurana? Being a stylist entails coming up with ideas for someone else to pursue. Aparshakti and I have worked together for many years now. We share the same energy when it comes to fashion. He is open to ideas and not afraid of setting trends, trying out new stuff, so that definitely helps. © Instagram/jaysamuelstudio We have seen this new trend of celebs getting a shoot done before going out for public appearances, be it a red carpet event or for promotions. Why has this practice developed as the norm? We are living in a social media frenzy where everything is constantly being snapped - whether it is your gym outfit, or an airport look. Sometimes, the images are flattering. However, sometimes they are far from it. Therefore this new trends gives celebrities the opportunity to have those perfect images ready for posting online. Furthermore, it's a great way to credit to the designer and stylist. However, as a photographer, I don't always agree with this habit, as this diminishes the need for a proper and creative photoshoot. Does being a photographer allow you to visualise your styling projects in a better way? How does it work? Definitely yes. As a photographer, you envision the end result in your mind, way before the day arrives and you clicking the image. From a stylist's point of view, I will prepare everything else, keeping that image in mind. © Instagram/jaysamuelstudio Virgil Abloh in a recent interview said that streetwear will be dead in the coming decade. Do you agree? Why or why not? Streetwear has stepped up, it's not just about being comfortable anymore. It's adding that quirkiness to give ensembles a certain look and feel. In my opinion, streetwear will always be there. We have seen a rise in multiple bags which started from the ramp and quickly could be seen on the streets. What is that one fashion trend that you don't like, or don't agree with? I didn't particularly like the trend of getting over the top, big hairstyles. I think they overpower the entire look. What are some must-have staples that men should hoard in their closets? A properly tailored white shirt, a smart jacket, a pair of brogues, a well fitted pair of jeans. Also, invest well in accessories, such as belts, watches and sunglasses. © Instagram/jaysamuelstudio What are some basic and often repeated mistakes that people make when putting together a look? I've always noticed that people often dress ignoring the kind of occasion they are heading to. For example, you often see men wearing the wrong shirt collar, for the tie they have chosen. If you opt for a bow tie then go for the right collar. Also the trend of wearing oversized garments. Although this may seem cool and look super comfortable, it can be overbearing for some people. How would you describe the last decade in terms of fashion? What trends, according to you, were huge? It was the decade of the smart suits paired with sneakers - sophisticated and yet comfortable. Also the whole neon effect for both women and men worked well. © Instagram/jaysamuelstudio And what trends do you see going big in 2020? Trench coats for both men and women will be a big thing. I do see people rocking more colours with spring emerging, particularly shades of yellow and orange. I also feel a comeback of the '80s trend of tailored blazer jackets with enunciated shoulder pads. What advice would you give to a budding stylist? The main thing is having that inner passion for fashion and style. Be creative and believe in your craft. Take inspiration from others but find your own style. Always work hard and remember to have fun. © Instagram/jaysamuelstudio How would you define your signature style? Quirky. Your favourite place to shop or look for new pieces to work with. I love shopping and I'm a creative but selective shopper, so the place doesn't matter. Just show me the stuff! © Jay Samuel One historical era that you find extremely fashionable? I loved the '70s in terms of fashion, with their fitted shirts and well-tailored trousers. One celebrity who can teach everyone else a lesson or two on how to pull off the Indian aesthetic elegantly, when it comes to menswear. It's between the godfather of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachan and Shahid Kapoor. They both have everything on point, every time. © Jay Samuel One thing men should never do while dressing up in traditional Indian wear. Get the shoes wrong, for some reason the outfits whether its grand sherwanis or just a plain kurta are always paired with the wrong kind of shoes…. Please can we show the footwear the same kind of love! One traditional Indian menswear item you believe every Indian man should have in his wardrobe, and why. A white or black kurta. It oozes comfort, but also looks very stylish, whether you are pairing it with a traditional churidar or some trendy chinos. © Jay Samuel 3 International Celebrities that you would love to style. David Beckham, Jennifer Lopez and David Gandy 3 Indian celebrities who have a natural flair for style. Ranveer Singh, Shahid Kapoor and Ayushman Khurrana Ethereal, elysian, and sublime - these words can often be used to describe the ensembles and outfits that we have seen Bollywood celebrities wear. However, more often than not, there is an entire team of people, working behind the scenes to bring us some iconic and memorable statement ensembles. As a series, Style Pundits looks at the eccentric people behind these ensembles and celebrates the ever-changing notions that have come to define India's sartorial sensibilities and the fluidity of our style. View the full article
  4. Security Council briefed by UN secretariat about situation on ground in occupied Kashmir. Photo: File NEW YORK: The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) met for the second time in less than six months behind closed doors to discuss the alarming situation in Indian occupied Kashmir. In August last year, the Security Council had met for the first time in over five decades, to discuss the critical human rights situation in the occupied valley. After the meeting, Chinese Ambassador Zhang Jun spoke to journalists confirming that the Security Council had met to review the situation in the occupied valley. “We had a meeting on Jammu and Kashmir,” Jun said, adding the 15-member Council was briefed by the UN secretariat on the situation on the ground. The Department of Peace Operations and the Department of Political and Peace-building Affairs briefed the UN Security Council on the situation in Kashmir, followed by a discussion on the situation among Council members in which all of them participated. India backtracking on Kashmir talks, Pakistan remains committed: FM Qureshi China has long voiced concern over the situation in occupied Kashmir and had requested the UNSC along with Pakistan to hold the meeting. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also attended the UN meeting in New York before jetting off to Washington later in the evening. The Chinese envoy said Qureshi had penned letters to the Security Council drawing its attention to the situation in Kashmir, where the people were suffering under a repressive military lockdown with all communications links cutoff since August 5. “The issue of India and Pakistan is always on the agenda of the Security Council," the Chinese ambassador said, pointing out that "recently, we have also seen some tensions” When asked what was China’s position on the situation in Kashmir, Jun said, “Our position is very clear. China regards Kashmir as a territory disputed between India and Pakistan and supports UN resolutions calling for the exercise by Kashmiri people of their right to self-determination through a UN-supervised plebiscite.” Read also: UNSC meets on situation in occupied Kashmir, urges parties to 'refrain from unilateral action' “I am sure the meeting helped both parties to understand the risk of further escalation and will encourage them to approach to each other and to have dialogue and to seek means to seek solutions through dialogues,” he added. Senior Russian diplomat Dmitry Polyanskiy who also attended the session tweeted after the meeting that the 15-member body had discussed the contentious Indian-administered region, where New Delhi has been accused of abuses against its mostly-Muslim population. “UNSC discussed Kashmir in closed consultations,” said Polyanskiy. “Russia firmly stands for the normalisation of relations between India and Pakistan. We hope that differences between them will be settled through bilateral efforts based on the 1972 Simla Agreement and the 1999 Lahore Declaration,” he added.
  5. Following a 2-0 win over Sri Lanka in the recently-concluded Twenty20 International (T20I) series, the Indian cricket team found their next challenge in the touring Australian brigade for three One-Day Internationals (ODIs). While India has been busy enjoying a dominant home run, the Aussies, too, have proved their worth by whitewashing Pakistan and New Zealand in Tests, recently. Apart from their form, the biggest cause of worry for the Indian team and their fans was Australia's spirited performance during their 2-0 win in the T20Is and a 3-2 triumph in the five-match ODI series. But, little did the home fans know of what awaited them at the iconic Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. © Twitter/@BCCI Amid all the buzz surrounding what was tipped to be an exciting contest, the Indian fans reaching the Wankhede were informed about the ban on black colour. The Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAA) has been the talk of the town with the nation-wide protests hogging the headlines of newspapers and taking social media by storm. The Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA), owing to the security measures, decided to ban any sort of black-coloured clothing inside the stadium. The measure is believed to have been taken in a bid to avoid protests against PM Narendra Modi-led BJP government's act which has met with a lot of criticism lately. *IMPORTANT NOTICE* Those who are coming for #INDvAUS match, kindly don't wear black colour tshirts Entries are restricted for some security reasons for the same@BCCI @MumbaiCricAssoc — North Stand Gang - Wankhede (@NorthStandGang) January 14, 2020 Ahead of the 1st ODI, the unique directive, banning spectators from wearing black colour, was tweeted by 'North Stand Gang - Wankhede' for the visiting fans. "Those who are coming for #INDvAUS match, kindly don't wear black colour t-shirts. Entries are restricted for some security reasons for the same," the tweet read. While the move came in the light of avoiding any sort of protest against the CAA inside the stadium, the Indian fans visiting the Wankhede and on social media expressed their displeasure on the 'black' ban. I'm at the Wankhede stadium today. The colour Black is being banned (t-shirts, caps, anything) because it's a "symbol of protest". **** you, MCA. **** you very much. — Rahul Desai (@ReelReptile) January 14, 2020 @bhogleharsha I am not sure you remember our conversation on Twitter a few weeks back, but this is what spectators go through after paying INR 5,000 per person for a sub-standard experience. Why such arbitrary rules without any public announcements? Even SL is better than us. — Anand Batra (@anandrbatra) January 14, 2020 The MCA/Police should've released a statement well in advance. People travel from far off to watch the game after paying a ransom for the tickets. Absolutely rubbish. — Aniket Bose (@ABnormalConnect) January 14, 2020 Ye kya rule hai â¹ï¸ — Sanika Sawant (@SanikaSawant10) January 14, 2020 Update: Friend in black t-shirt was allowed inside because he wrapped the Indian flag around his t-shirt ð — Rahul Desai (@ReelReptile) January 14, 2020 Well this is new... Ban on Colour...Way to go ... "Abhi ishq ke imtehaan aur bhi hain..." — Ajaz Md Ghalib (@iamghalib) January 14, 2020 This "black" ban has now inadvertently put the spotlight back on CAA right in the backyard of the mute Indian cricket team. Thanks, government. Job well done. — Rahul Desai (@ReelReptile) January 14, 2020 View the full article
  6. Famous Singer Umair Jaswal recently celebrated his birthday posting a photo of the cake he had received from the actress Sana Javed. Soon the social media was flooded with reports of the pair's wedding on the cards. It appeared that the rumors were triggered after Jaswal revealed in a comment on his photo that the cake was sent by Sana Javed. He thanked the actress for the cake and the idea for his next bike. While wishing the singer on his birthday, Sana Javed told him that she was glad that he liked the cake. In a nutshell, it was nothing more than an Instagram comment that became the cause for the rumors mill to start churning. As the speculations continued doing rounds on the social media, some unconfirmed reports said the pair has denied the reports of getting married.
  7. After rain and leaking covers disappointed cricket watchers from all over the world a couple of days ago in Guwahati, the second T20I of the series between India and Sri Lanka more than made up for the loss. With Indian bowlers, led by the 27-year-old Navdeep Saini, showing up during Sri Lanka's batting and wrapping their entire roster for just 142 runs, it was a child's play for our batsmen to finish the game off early, go back to their hotel rooms and enjoy the pleasant Indore evening. That's that from Indore.#TeamIndia win by 7 wickets. Lead the three-match series 1-0.#INDvSL pic.twitter.com/5mtCxcHFHr — BCCI (@BCCI) January 7, 2020 And even though the Men in Blue ended the target with seven wickets and 15 balls to spare, thanks to the timely fireworks by Shreyas Iyer and skipper Virat Kohli, everyone was more interested in the kind of chemistry openers KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan were sharing at the beginning of India's innings. The duo started out on a positive note and Rahul, being in the wonderful form that he has been in lately, took over the game with his impeccable timing and world-class cover drives. On the other hand, Dhawan, who was returning to the pitch after suffering a knee injury, seemed to be hesitant and failing to connect with the ball. Despite the latter's struggles, the two went on to form a 71-run partnership for the first wicket which gave Kohli's men a more than comfortable push for the win. 50-run partnership comes up between @klrahul11 & @SDhawan25 ðªðª#INDvSL pic.twitter.com/2cHppP0glK — BCCI (@BCCI) January 7, 2020 For their display of camaraderie, Rahul and Dhawan were presented with the 'Ambuja Cement Atoot Jodi of the Match' award during the post-match ceremony which literally means “an unbreakable pair”. The irony behind this award could not have been more amusing as this pair is destined to get ripped apart. The rare occasion of Dhawan and Rahul playing together was only made possible as Rohit Sharma was rested for the Sri Lanka series. When you can't make choise b/w Dhawan and Rahul , So you give rest to Rohit and select both... ððð pic.twitter.com/RjjYo7KtMD — Parv Kapoor..ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ (@arrey_bhai_bhai) January 4, 2020 Sharma, who has had the best year of his international cricketing career in 2019 has more than earned his spot as the leading opener of the Indian batting order, while in Dhawan's absence due to injury, KL Rahul has stepped up and showed to the world why he deserves the spot of the co-opener. When 'Gabbar' was healthy, he was struggling to put up good numbers while Rahul was dominating the domestic circuit as he put on a show in match after another and demanded the selectors' attention with the kind of work he did with his blade during the Syed Mushtak Ali Trophy. Even during the match, commentators Sunil Gavaskar and Mahela Jayawardene kept an eye on Dhawan's difficulties on the pitch and discussed on several occasions whether it was Rahul's time to take away his spot when Sharma does make a comeback, especially with the ICC Men's T20 World Cup just around the corner. ðThis is the 14th consecutive T20I innings when Dhawan failed to reach a 50. ðIts been 12 innings since Dhawan's final SR was 150+. ðIn last 20 innings:- Dhawan Runs: 574 Avg: 28.7 SR: 123.4 50/100: 2/0 Rahul Runs: 707 Avg: 41.5ð¥ SR: 146.6ð¥ 50/100: 5/1#Dhawan #INDvSL — The Cricket Panda (@TheCricketPanda) January 7, 2020 Even Rahul couldn't help but pass a smile when former Indian cricketer turn anchor, Murali Kartik asked the athlete about his chemistry with the southpaw. Although he managed to get away with a well prepared, diplomatic answer, he made it clear that he had eyes for the opening spot for the T20 World Cup squad. The Sharma-Dhawan combo did the Indian cricket team a lot of good for the past couple of years but while Sharma has been able to take his game to a whole new level in 2019, it feels as if Dhawan has reached his ceiling and Rahul, at this point of time, clearly feels like the better fit for Kohli's side. View the full article
  8. Reason behind why Kendall Jenner does not wish to disclose her relationshipKendall Jenner answered fans burning questions regarding her and ex Ben Simmons. According to a report in TMZ, the ex-couple were seen entering a New Year’s Eve party at Attico in downtown Philadelphia. The reports reveal that the pair partied all night with Ben's basketball player's teammates, and stayed well past 12. Kendall Jenner has become well known for her on-and-off-again relationship with Ben. Peoples reported on her relationship status back in May of 2019, confirming their split. A source revealed back then, "They're on a break. The relationship ran its course. She’s spending time with her friends and back to being in fun mode." Kendall has never been one to publicly disclose her personal life, unlike the rest of her family, and before her breakup became official, the star told Vogue Australia, "I got a glimpse of how my sisters dealt with (the attention( and it’s cool to learn from that,” she had said. “For me, a lot of things are very special and very sacred, like my friends and relationships, and I personally think that bringing things into the public makes everything so much messier,” Kendall added.
  9. Miely Cyrus eager to put her past behind, wants to 'move on' from Liam HemsworthMiley Cyrus is not letting her past stop her from enjoying her life as she is eager to move on from ex-husband Liam Hemsworth. The 27-year-old singer who is currently dating Cody Simpson said that she was relieved when she her divorce with Liam got finalised. "Miley is relieved that she and Liam reached an agreement when it comes to the divorce," a source close to Miley told People. "She just wants to move on." Miley and Cyrus ended their beautiful decade-long relationship when they agreed upon details of their divorce settlement after announcing their split back in August. According to reports, sources told TMZ that Miley and Liam had a prenuptial agreement, so the division of property was likely not going to cause issues.
  10. The entire Indian subcontinent was left aghast on 27th November when the brutal rape and murder of Priyanka Reddy came to light. The 27-year-old veterinary doctor was treated far worse than animals by a group of men in Hyderabad, who raped her, smothered her and finally burnt her body before ditching it under a bridge. The country was left trembling with shock, fear and anger at what had come to pass, and how incidents of rape and assault are slowly becoming the norm in our country. Amidst huge public uproar and media outcry since the fateful day, not only were the accused apprehended but the case was also being pushed for a quick verdict against the perpetrators. © Twitter-RupsaChak However, before the legal system could do the deed, all the four accused in the police custody were neutralised during a police 'encounter' during the early hours of 6th December in Hyderabad. According to the police, the accused were taken to the scene of the crime for a reconstruction of events, when the accused allegedly snatched the weapons from the police and attacked them in a bid to flee from the location. Following which, all four of them were shot down during the altercation. © Twitter Yogita Bhayana One man, the Cyberabad Police Commissioner V C Sajjanar has become the face of this 'encounter' that a majority of the people in the country are in support of. While the debate is on regarding how right or wrong the 'encounter' was, here are 5 things you need to know about IPS officer V C Sajjanar, who is being hailed as a hero by many: 1. Officer V C Sajjanar is a native of Karnataka and is a 1996 batch Indian Police Service cadet. He is a Commerce graduate, and also holds an MBA from the Karnataka University. © Twitter-CP-Hyderaba 2. While IPS officer V C Sajjanar began his career as an Assistant Superintendent of Police, he has held many distinguished titles within the police force, such as Superintendent of Police Warangal, IG of Special Intelligence Branch and currently he was serving as the Cyberabad Police Commissioner. 3. Officer Sajjanar has been involved in two other heavy-duty encounters in the past. In 2008, three men accused of throwing acid on two girls were shot dead by police during an encounter. Officer Sajjanar was the Superintendent of Police in Warangal at the time. © Twitter-CP-Hyderaba 4. Yet again as the IG of the anti-Naxalite unit of the Special Intelligence Branch in 2016, Officer Sajjanar was given credit for the arrest of many top Maoists and the encounter of senior Maoist leader Mohammed Nayeemuddin. 5. Known by his colleagues and juniors as a soft-spoken and mild-mannered man, the Priyanka Reddy encounter would be officer Sajjanar's third high-profile encounter case in service. He is known to work passionately towards the cause of women and child safety, cybercrime and human trafficking. View the full article
  11. ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader and former interior minister Ahsan Iqbal said on Saturday that the government was hiding behind the armed forces and Chief of Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa over its failures. The...
  12. In what has been a tale of two halves, Rohit Sharma's cricketing journey has been full of ups and downs. Despite being tipped as one the upcoming talents in the country, the Mumbai batsman initially struggled to get going when he was roped in as a middle-order batsman. But, his ascension to the opening slot didn't just give a second wind to his career, but eventually gave India an irreplaceable batsman at the top. Since then, there has been no turning back for the rampant Indian opener. From carrying the baton for his side in crunch matches, taking some of the best bowling attacks to the cleaners to bulldozing his way to envious batting records, the 32-year-old, over the years, has undeniably established himself as one of the best in the business. And, the year 2019 appears to be no different. © Twitter/@BCCI With nine hundreds - including a Test double, eight half-centuries, 201 fours and 66 sixes, the 32-year-old is bossing international cricket this year. And, after scoring a blistering 43-ball 85 against Bangladesh in Rajkot, he is right on top of the leading run-scorers' list for the year. Given the repertoire of his strokes, the right-hander is more than capable of turning the game on its head - something that was thoroughly visible during his carnage at the Saurashtra Cricket Association stadium. Under pressure from their defeat in Delhi, the Indian captain led from the front to stitch a 118-run opening partnership with Shikhar Dhawan (31). The Mumbai batsman hammered the Bangladeshi bowlers all around the park, smashing six fours and as many sixes during his blazing knock that came at strike-rate of over 197. In fact, such was the confidence level of Rohit that he even contemplated the idea of hitting off-spinner Mosaddek Hossain for six sixes in an over before eventually settling for three. MUST WATCH: Chahal TV with the Hitman! ð From @ImRo45's 100th T20I to his 'secret' recipe to those monster sixes, this fun segment of Chahal TV has all the answers! ð @yuzi_chahal - by @28anand Full Video here ðð https://t.co/tPJpO7yDMo pic.twitter.com/HgEZXGgroF — BCCI (@BCCI) November 8, 2019 "That's what I tried, I wanted to go for six in a row but when I missed the fourth one I decided to go for singles. I knew that an off-spinner was bowling, and the wet ball was not going to turn, so my plan was to stand still and hit the ball without stepping out," Sharma told Yuzvendra Chahal on bcci.tv after the game. With 62 runs required from 11 overs, Rohit had Hossain ducking for cover in the 10th over. The Indian opener dispatched the Bangladesh off-spinner's first delivery for a six over deep midwicket. Then, another flat delivery was sent deep over the long-on fence for another maximum. The third delivery, another short of a length ball, got similar treatment as Rohit rocked back in the crease before heaving it over long-on to make it three sixes in a row. © Twitter/@BCCI However, couldn't quite connect with the fourth, a fuller delivery, and only got an edge, breaking the sequence. After 21 runs off the over, India got to their target of 154 with eight wickets in hand and 26 balls remaining. During his match-winning innings, Rohit's ability to hit sixes with relative ease was quite noticeable. For someone who doesn't boast of a typically muscular frame, Rohit has developed a knack for hitting sixes. So how does he do it, you'd ask? Here's the answer. "You don't need just big muscles or power to hit sixes. You need timing and you need to hit it from the middle, your head should be still, your body needs to be in the right position. When you take care of these things on a good wicket, you will be able to hit sixes," Rohit explained to Chahal. © Twitter/@BCCI With 2019 almost coming to an end, Rohit is eager to continue his fine form and finish his outstanding year on a high. "It's been a very good so far, just want to finish it off on a great note. "We've got a few games coming up, one against Bangladesh and then there's a whole West Indies series coming up as well. So yes, I'm quite looking forward to that, not to forget the two Test matches (against Bangladesh)," he said at the post-match presentation. Following a tame loss in the first match, the Rohit Sharma-led India produced a strong batting show to script a convincing eight-wicket win. After restricting the visitors to 153/6, Rohit (85), with adequate support from Dhawan (31) and Shreyas Iyer (24), helped the hosts in levelling the three-match series 1-1. Eyeing a series win, India and Bangladesh will now lock horns in the third and final T20I at the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium in Nagpur on 10th November. View the full article
  13. First impressions matter and for a lawyer, it is paramount that they make a great first impression, not just before a judge but also, their clients. Saurav Joon, a Delhi-based lawyer knows this. He also knows that his beard tends to have a mesmerising effect on people. For him, this isn't a new phenomenon. “Even when I was in school, I used to get a lot of attention because of how thick my beard was,” says Saurav. So, does a thick beard like his have its advantages? © MensXP “Let's just say that a good beard has its perks,” he says, with a cheeky smile. Saurav believes in keeping things simple when you already have the genes. Just a basic grooming routine, a little focus on hygiene and you are good to go. Here's his beard story. © MensXP 1. What's your beard maintenance routine? I get it trimmed regularly because no matter what, it always grows a little haywire. You can do it yourself if you have a trimmer that's easy to use and has features like a variable lock-in length. Other than that, I shampoo my beard and use some oil. 2. Did you have to face any issues when you started growing your beard? What did you do for that? At times, my beard got a little itchy. It still does. Sometimes I felt like getting rid of it, and chances are, other people may feel like doing that as well. I'll suggest that you just moisturise it or use some oil, and wait it out. That itchy feeling goes away. © MensXP 3. How often do you wash your beard? Any specific products that you use? I wash it every day. There are days when I have to wash it twice a day. I just use a shampoo to wash it, nothing too special. Other than that, I use a pomade just to style my beard and keep it in shape. A pomade or something like a is wax key if you want to style your beard. 4. Any advice for young boys who are trying to grow their first beard? I would say not to grow it out right now, they'll come to regret it. Your beard's not going to be as thick as you want it to be if you've just started growing facial hair. Wait it out, and grow it later, once your facial hair starts getting thick. © MensXP 5. How often does your beard draw attention? I have a golden tinge to my beard. It looks like I get it coloured, but I actually don't. So, when I tell people that it has a natural golden tinge to it, they think it's awesome, and give me a surprised look. 6. An actor's beard that you would like to try out? Not an actor, but there's this model named Chris John Millington. He is the guy that everyone should follow when it comes to beards. His beard styles and grooming routine are always on point. For me, he's the only beard celebrity that you should follow. © MensXP 7. What's your opinion on Handlebar Moustaches? They are way too rowdy for me. Being a lawyer, I have to look decent in the courtroom. A judge will throw me out if I turn up in such a rowdy style! As similar or varied as beard styles may be, courtesy the eclectic stylistic evolution across the multicultural stylescape of the nation, every man has his own beard story and a signature aesthetic in which he carries his beard. Short, patchy, long, thick, or full-bodied - beards add a distinctive character and charm to a face, irrespective of how one keeps it. '31 Days Of Beard' is a celebration of men from all walks of life, and their beards, in all shapes and forms. For all your grooming needs check out the personal grooming range by Havells.
  14. India's recent results in the Global Hunger Index should raise serious alarm, with a deplorable rank of 102 among 117 countries - ranking the lowest among both BRICS and South Asian countries - Pakistan ranked 94th, while Bangladesh stood at 88th and Nepal took the 73rd spot. © Concern Worldwide/Welthungerhilfe With a score of 30.3, India falls firmly within the 'serious' category of hunger. The GHI score itself is calculated by zeroing in on four different key figures - undernourishment, child wasting, child stunting, and child mortality. © Concern Worldwide/Welthungerhilfe While general trends seem to be improving (except for wasting) according to the report, it is said that for infants in India aged 6 months to 23 months, only 9.6% are fed a 'minimum acceptable diet'. This means that less than 10 percent of the infants in India are properly fed. © Reuters Because of its large population, India's GHI indicator values have an inflated impact on the regional numbers as well. India's child wasting rate is extremely high at 20.8% - the highest wasting rate of any country in this report. © Reuters Hygiene is also a serious issue that remains at large. “Even with new latrine construction, however, open defecation is still practiced,” the report reads. “This situation jeopardises the population's health and consequently, children's growth and development as their ability to absorb nutrients is compromised.”
  15. Ahead of this year's World Boxing Championships, when Manju Rani was leaving for Ulan-Ude in Russia, the 19-year-old promised her mother Ishwant Devi that she will return home with a medal - a promise she fulfilled in style. Making her debut at the coveted World Championships, the young Indian boxer ended her campaign with a silver medal after losing the light flyweight (48kg) final to Russia's Ekaterina Paltceva. Having missed out on the gold medal, Manju was a bit disappointed when she made a video call to her mother and said: "Maa...mai gold nahi jeet pai (I couldn't win a gold medal)". But, despite her loss in the all-important final, she was nothing short of impressive on her World Championships debut. © Twitter/@BFI_official She was the lone Indian boxer to enter the finals of the tournament after experienced campaigners like MC Mary Kom (51kg), Jamuna Boro (54kg) and Lovlina Borgohain (69kg) lost their respective semifinals bouts and settled for bronze medals. She also matched the heroics of her idol Mary, who had also reached the World Championships final on debut back in 2001. But, Manju's journey to the World Championships silver has been nothing short of a miracle. Just two years ago, Manju was nowhere in the national reckoning, let alone being a medal hope at the coveted tournament in Russia. A loss in the 2017 Rohtak district championships made everyone believe that she was not even good enough at the state or district level. It was the time when her mother recalled the inhibitions of her late father, who served as a Havaldar in the Border Security Force (BSF) before his untimely demise because of liver cancer in 2010, about Manju's career choice as a professional boxer. With no means of income other than a small pension, Manju's mother was already facing an uphill battle in putting food on the table while raising five children of her own and another two of a relative in the Rithal village of Haryana's Rohtak district. © Twitter/@BFI_official And, with Manju's unfavourable results in boxing, her mother thought it would probably be wise to pull her daughter away from the sport. But, just like every hero has a supporting pillar, Manju found hers in Saheb Singh Narwal - the only person who trusted the young Indian boxer to come good one day. Narwal had been a hockey and kabaddi player himself and coached the young kids of his village in the latter sport. And, boxing happened only by chance. When the Haryana government issued the SPAT (Sports and Physical Aptitude Test) scholarship program, Narwal's coaching helped 22 youngsters in securing the scholarship. As per the state government policy, a professional coach was sent to their village to train the youngsters. As it turns out, the coach allotted to Rithal - Sube Singh Beniwal - was a boxing instructor who insisted that the children learn to box. Despite his initial concerns about boxing, Narwal embraced the sport and offered up a piece of his own land to set up a small training centre. As the allotted coach Beniwal imparted boxing lessons to the children, Narwal, too, learned the sport. From observing Beniwal in the training sessions, visiting boxing academies in Bhiwani to watching boxing videos, Narwal taught himself the art of boxing. © Twitter/@BFI_official Irrespective of a rudimentary setup and coach who was learning the sport simultaneously, there was no shortage of results for the trainees at the academy. Even after Beniwal got promoted to a job away from Rithal, Narwal began coaching on his own and the medals continued to flow. And, as the skills of the young boxers improved, Narwal continued to do what he could to help them grow. He took a house adjacent to the Rajiv Gandhi stadium in Rohtak where he felt the girls could benefit from better facilities and competition. Next to his house, on a neem tree, he hangs a heavy bag which the children use to practice. And, none of this was cheap. "He doesn't charge a single rupee for any of the training he provides. He pays for their kit and gloves on his own. The car in which he took all the girls for the local competition is now completely broken down," Sunil Kumar, whose daughter trains with Narwal told ESPN. But, Narwal isn't worried about the expense. © Twitter/@BFI_official "Money is always an issue. I've sold off two plots of my family's farmland to pay for the coaching and travel and rent. There are times when I've had no money to pay for my next month's expenses but I've never worried too much about these things. If you worry about how you are going to do things, you won't ever do anything," he was quoted as saying by ESPN. For someone who values the future of his trainees, Narwal gets help from unexpected sources. A religious charitable trust near Rithal provides 30 litres of milk each day. A wealthy relative provided vehicles that allowed the children to travel to competitions across the state. A neighbour in Rohtak, who was a Railways coach, provided the equipment. And, all of those things combined to help Narwal nurture the talents of young children including Manju who remains one of his most prized pupils. She was among the first to join Narwal's SPAT training program and later showed great determination to make a name for herself as a boxer. And, Manju wouldn't be in the place she is, if it wasn't for Narwal. © Twitter/@BFI_official It was Narwal who took Manju along when he moved to Rohtak city. It was Narwal who pleaded with the coaches at the National Boxing Academy in Rohtak to enrol her as a day scholar. He was even urged them to take Manju ahead of his own daughter. It was Narwal who convinced her to continue her dreams as a boxer when she was gutted by her shortcomings in competitions. At a time, when no one believed in Manju, Narwal did. And, his faith seems to be paying off brilliantly. On the podium, when Manju was honoured with the silver medal around the neck, the whole country felt proud. So, as we celebrate Manju's exploits in the ring, Narwal, too, with his sacrifices and support behind the scenes in nurturing and grooming young talents like her, deserves the credit for the rise of his pupil on the international stage. For every Manju India seeks in future, there is an imminent need for a Narwal.
  16. The greatest honour in the world of cricket, for which every aspiring cricketer lusts after ever since they first dreamed about playing for their country and their colours, the ICC World Cup trophy is designed to perfection and feels worthy of a championship winning team. Coming after the era of World Cups trophies which were named after the primary sponsors of the quadrennial tournament through the years, the current trophy is the sport's first ever permanent reward that first came into existence in 1999. But how is the silverware actually made? “To be involved with the Cricket World Cup, to help bring the piece to fruition, is a real privilege for a manufacturer, a British manufacturer as well,” Steven Ottewill, the Trophy Director said in an interview with the International Cricket Council. How do you actually make a trophy like the @cricketworldcup? Ahead of the #CWCTrophyTour, here's a peek into its manufacture! pic.twitter.com/M7QYWmrYm8 — ICC (@ICC) August 22, 2018 “The piece weighs about 11 kilos. Its height is 650mm tall. The base is a hardwood base – with any concept trophy, we have to render, draw to scale. We either draw freehand or pen work. That's the starting point.” Dimensions and calculations are taken extremely seriously while the trophy is designed. After all, it is not only about drawing a mere sketch on a piece of paper, now is it? “It's a lot of responsibility,” says Zoe Clarke, the Design Manager. “You need to be artistic, and try to produce a nice, organic looking design. But then you need to also have the math behind to work out how it's being made, and to the drawings.” The thickness of the three columns shaped as stumps and bails, the curvature of the two hollow semi-spheres that complete the large globe atop the cup and the small details present at the base of the trophy are very important to Ottewill. He does not settle for anything less than a shiny, scratchless, 100 per cent balanced cup. Ahead of the #CWCTrophyTour, we're learning about how the @cricketworldcup trophy was made. Meet David Bedford, the man who engraved the trophy. He talks us through an art that allows no room for error. pic.twitter.com/GODCqGygHN — ICC (@ICC) August 21, 2018 Probably the most essential feature of the cup has to be the detailed engravings on the central globe and Ottewill knows just the man to get that done. “It's been near on 50 years, it's been my life. And a passion too – my wife says, 'I don't think you'll ever retire fully',” says David Bedford, the Hand Engraver who got into this profession way back in 1965. “You must be able to draw. Anything we do, to be able to cut it, you have to be able to draw. It's all done free-hand first – drawn, then scribed, then cut. Drawing skills are essential,” Bedford says. “I've got a selection of cutters here that I use for different projects,” he says. “Some of these handles are probably 200 years old, maybe. You can pick a cutter up and it just will feel correct – it's in you, it's in your hands. Years and years of concentrating, you pick up a cutter and you can just do it.” What goes into the design of an iconic trophy like the ICC Cricket World Cup? Ahead of the #CWCTrophyTour, we asked the team who made it! â¶ï¸ https://t.co/RipOnE3pKG pic.twitter.com/2WwLdNaYcl — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) August 19, 2018 As far as tradition is concerned, the original trophy which is prepared every four years does not get out of the ICC head office in Dubai, ever. Its replica, however, goes home with the champions. These copies aren't exactly the same. While the original cup consists of the names of the previous champions and consists of the ICC logo, the replicas only have the current winner's name engraved along with the logo of that particular event. The craftsmen involved in the process of converting metal into such a masterpiece echo the emotions of millions of fans of the game when they laughingly say: “It has to be perfect,” as it truly is.
  17. Once considered to be just a temporary fix unless one got a 'real job', bartending has evolved into a full-blown profession in India, so much so, that skilled barmen from all over the country are competing among themselves to see who the best in the business it. Scotch brand Monkey Shoulder decided to bring together some of the most talented and skilled bartenders to lock horns in a multi-level 'Ultimate Bartender Championship' for their fourth straight season in the country with the second leg of the contest taking place at AMPM, Cyber Hub, Gurgaon on Tuesday. The idea behind the competition is to help these professionals get better at what they can do and also have a little bit of exposure beyond the bar counter as well. After gruelling levels of testing the various aspects that make a great barman, 20 finalists will be selected from the major metropolitan cities with the ultimate winner getting the chance to perform at the London Cocktail Week in October. The highest-scorer from North region, Akhilesh Sheoran working with Together At 12th – Le Meridien, Gurgaon commented saying, “Bartending is a passion for me, and I am very excited to be competing at the globally recognized event.” © Top Scorer from Gurgaon - Akhilesh Sheoran with Pankaj Balachandran Brand Ambassador for Monkey Shoulder We caught up with one of the leading bartenders of the country and the Indian brand ambassador of Monkey Shoulder, Pankaj Balachandran on the contest and what it takes to be successful in this highly creative, innovative and competitive industry: “The culture of bartending in India is growing at a very fast rate. In the last 10 years of my professional career as a bartender, I have travelled a lot of European and South Asian countries and I can confidently say that in the next five to ten years, India will be the leading destination for the cocktail industry and every brand in the world has their eyes on India. It is a good time to be in the bar industry in India.” “I think bartending is the best job if you have the passion for it. While a lot of people think that it is an easy job, I am here to tell you that it isn't. You have to work for a minimum of 10-12 hours, and you have so much prep work to do.” “You are working on the ingredients, you are serving the customers, you are regularly cleaning up your space and then, of course, you are preparing the drinks as well. So, basically, while making delicious cocktails, a bartender also works as a chef, a server and also the housekeeping.” “If you have the passion for it, the sky 's the limit for you. I have this personal hashtag, #SqueezeLimeAndTravelTheWorld, and that is essentially what bartending is to me.” View this post on Instagram The bottle is not big .. we just shrunk after that epic guest shift ! What an absolute pleasure sharing the stage with @karthikbarlife ! To more such evenings and more such cocktails ! Bengaluru you were amazing as always ! . . #cocktails #guestshifts #cocktailprogram #bartakeover #bartender #bar #drinks #cocktailsforyou #cocktails #monkey #monkeyshouldercocktail #monkeyshoulderambassador #ambadassador #badass #shift #crazy #bestbar #ambassadorlife #travellingjob #squeezelimeandtraveltheworld A post shared by Pankaj Balachandran (@isaynegroni) on Apr 12, 2019 at 11:54pm PDT “When I joined this industry, my whole family was against this decision of mine. My parents said things like 'Oh! You are going to become a cleaner or a cook' because the profession was new and people did not respect the waiters or bartenders back then but the situation has changed drastically in the last 10 years. I have seen people who went to good colleges, who used to earn good money and had 'real jobs' leave everything and join bartending.” “When I started off as a Management Trainee at the Taj, I began with a pay slip worth 15 grand but that has changed. Good bartenders are now pulling massive salaries like 1.5 - 2 lakh per month, which is amazing! It almost feels as if they were hired by Google or NASA.” “The biggest lesson that I can give to aspiring bartenders out there is to stay humble and be open to learning throughout your life. A lot of barmen, if they do well in such competitions, feel like they deserve a salary double of what they used to earn and feel like they know everything and this is where they get stagnant in their career.” “Money will come but the limes still need to be squeezed.”
  18. Mumbai Indians, which is owned by Mukesh Ambani and Reliance Industries Limited, has become the most successful Indian Premier League franchise in the history of the league after winning their fourth title, one more than the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team, Chennai Super Kings, whom, they incidentally beat in the final last night. While the game swung in favour of both sides during the two innings and was up for grabs until the final delivery of the match, the way in which the MIPaltan nabbed this victory, one can't help but wonder if there was a supernatural entity favouring Rohit Sharma's squad at the time of the need. So, we decided to have a word with the man who is the spiritual backbone of both the team and the team owners, Pandit Chandra Shekar Sharma, who specialises in 'personal coaching and lifestyle-motivational strategies and sharing deeper spiritual insights with the world' according to his Facebook Page. “It was a perfect stage for an IPL final with an intense feeling about the fate of the game, but I knew that Mumbai (Indians) had the potential to handle such a situation,” he said about yesterday's game. “They have a combination of everything. They have Jasprit Bumrah, who can do wonders during the death overs and they have a game-changer in (Lasith) Malinga and then they have the Pandya Brothers who can change the direction of the match in an instance.” When asked about Malinga's final delivery of the match which was much slower than anyone (even the batsman) would have expected, Pandit Sharma said: “After his first over, everyone was worried but Malinga has been in such a situation before as well. He is a renowned international cricketer and he knows how to play under pressure and that's what he did.” Unprecedented scenes from Hyderabad as @mipaltan became #VIVOIPL champs for the 4â£th time! Lasith Malinga showing his true class in the last over ð#MIvCSK pic.twitter.com/ZzVK0KHx5O — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 12, 2019 We also asked if the team believed in following any specific ritual before the matches and here's what he said: “We do the 'Chandi paath' ahead of every match and yesterday, we performed it during the entire match, until Malinga's final ball. It is lord Durga's 'paath' and is performed in order to enhance one's luck. It gives you the power and the energy to do something in the way that it was meant to.” We even asked him about the famous chants that Nita Ambami chants whenever the team finds itself in some kind of trouble. Hello Nita Ambani can you please accompany India on the world cup tour!!! Just to do that!! #IPLFinal pic.twitter.com/yDmWU3FdRW — shilpi tewari (@shilpitewari) May 12, 2019 “That is her secret!” *laugh* “That is her belief. When you believe in something wholeheartedly, it does happen and that's exactly what she does whenever she is a bit nervous, that's it.” So, if you believe in what team owner, Nita Ambani puts her faith in or not, the fact of the matter is that it is working for Mumbai Indians, who now have another championship that they can place in their trophy room and can boast about. And hey, “if it ain't broke…”
  19. Last week, Lionel Messi had strengthened his claim to this year's Ballon d'Or after a brilliant match-winning effort against Liverpool in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinals. The Barcelona talisman found the back of the net on two occasions including a spectacular free-kick from outside the box. As Barcelona romped their way to a 3-0 first leg win, many had claimed that he looks destined to, not only power the Catalans into the final, but might just win them the title.' Despite Liverpool's might and sensational form this season, Barcelona, with their first leg win, had to play really bad to throw away their lead and crash of the tournament. And, sadly for the visiting fans, that's exactly what happened at the Anfield on 8th May. © Reuters In what is now being touted as one of the most sensational comebacks in the tournament's history, Jurgen Klopp's men, despite the absence of Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, produced a spirited performance to overcome the 0-3 deficit and romp their way into the Champions League final with a 4-3 (on aggregate) win over lacklustre Barcelona. Divock Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum both scored a brace as Barcelona failed miserably to contain the Reds in front of a packed and noisy home crowd. From Messi's minimal presence to major defending errors, Ernesto Valverde's side proved no match to clinical Liverpool and, for better of the game, looked like a bunch of school kids struggling to keep pace with a professional team. © Reuters If Barcelona bottling a 3-0 lead for the second successive season in the Champions League wasn't enough to irk their fans, the fact that their team bus left their talisman Messi behind at Anfield after their horror show, further made them the butt of all jokes on social media. Messi was forced to undergo a procedural doping test and the process took longer than usual. Owing to fatigue and mostly embarrassment from the defeat, the Barcelona team bus left the Argentine at Anfield and departed for the airport. While it wasn't intentional, but quite understandable why Messi was left behind, the football fans just couldn't pass up the opportunity to troll the Catalans on social media. Was Messi at Anfield tho? — Andrew Jason (@AndrewJason89) May 8, 2019 Negotiating with Jurgen for a place on the Liverpool Bench next season. — 4Paul (@1974paul) May 8, 2019 That's a lie messi didn't went to Anfield — Deva Guss Nation FPL ð¯ð² (@deva_guss) May 8, 2019 He's still trying to score an away goal. Bless him. — inthezone (@inthezoneuk) May 8, 2019 He was still in KFC — Racing Thoughts (@racingmusings) May 8, 2019 He's playing on Sunday v Wolves — Tommy Parle (@kmathiesond) May 8, 2019
  20. For someone who was in the eye of the storm after his controversial appearance on 'Koffee With Karan', Hardik Pandya didn't just endure one of the toughest phases of his life, but seems to have returned to the field with better focus and rediscovered determination. While his controversial remarks about women on the chat show are still not forgotten, Pandya continues to do what he does best - enthral fans on the field. The ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been a notable example of how clinical Pandya has been. A vital cog in the Mumbai Indians (MI) setup, Pandya, despite batting lower down the order, is third in the list of leading run-getters for his side (only behind the likes of Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma). In the bowling department, Pandya has claimed 14 scalps for Mumbai this season. He is currently placed third in the list of leading wicket-takers for Mumbai, only behind Jasprit Bumrah (17) and Lasith Malinga (15). But, despite his consistent performances in the ongoing edition, Pandya continues to be targeted by trolls on social media. View this post on Instagram Mere Bhai Jaisa Koi Hard ich Nahi Hai ð¤ð» . . . . #brotherfromanothermother A post shared by ðð§ð®ð¨ð©ð¡ð ð¿'ð¨ð¤ðªð¯ð (@krystledsouza) on May 4, 2019 at 12:12am PDT In a recent incident, the 25-year-old was attacked by an Instagram user who tried to troll the Indian cricketer with a racist jibe. Television star Krystle D'Souza recently met the Indian all-rounder in a Mumbai pub and clicked a photo with Pandya. Later, she shared their picture on Instagram with the caption: "Mere bhai jaisa koi hard ich nahi hai". While some Instagram users reminded D'Souza of Pandya's sexist comments on 'Koffee With Karan', one individual, in particular, named Sameer, took it too far in his remark on the post. Targeting Pandya, the Instagram user posted: "Kaalu bhai. Aap West Indies team ke world cup squad main select kyun nahi huye?". As soon as the racist jibe appeared in the comments section, a lot of Instagram users and cricket fans slammed the individual for his distasteful remark. Actor Aparshakti Khurana told the user, identified as Sameer: "I think you should not write such comments and definitely not use such language. We all love Hardik because he is a performer. You should rather encourage the Indian team, especially before the World Cup." © Instagram/@hardikpandya93 "That's so well put! People are so mean and obnoxious and just because they are sitting behind a screen typing, they think they can get away with anything! I guess ignorance is bliss in this case! Their words make no difference to his superb performance... BUT thank you," Krystle also commented on Aparshakti's reaction. "thank you so much Apar for supporting Hardik and loving him! People should be against RACISM and support team India and @hardikpandya93 before World Cup and IPL finale! We all love you @hardikpandya93," wrote another user. "I mean he has done so much for India and definitely will do so much more. @sameer_3101 u have no right to say something like this to anyone. U really failed as an Indian citizen," commented zenu_zainabkhan. © Instagram/@krystledsouza "Even I don't like Hardik Pandya.. but I hv my own reasons.. & being dark is NOT one of them.. you hv no right to say this about anyone...??," said another user. Following his brilliant run in the IPL, Pandya will be expected to carry on his fine form into the ICC World Cup where Team India will surely need his services, as they aim to conquer the coveted title for the third time.
  21. The idea of motorsports is just a cog in the wheel of India's mass opinion. We consider it a largely elitist hobby that is only affordable for a privileged few, despite being among the world's largest automobile manufacturers. Maybe that's why the country has barely contributed to the global motorsport scene, both in terms of producing world-class race drivers as well as racing technology. Part of the Mahindra & Mahindra automobile conglomerate, Mahindra Racing is out to change the latter, and eventually, influence the former. First things first; Mahindra Racing is the only Indian team (and one of the founder teams) in the Formula E Championship, a quickly growing class of international motorsport that uses only electric cars. It has already garnered a sixth of the total viewership of the Formula 1 around halfway into the fifth season of its existence. A total of 11 teams are contesting for the team championship with two drivers representing each outfit in the 2019 edition. Click here for Formula E rules, points system and more Mahindra Racing had finished on the podium (at third) a couple of seasons ago, followed by a close fourth last year. This season, they were at a healthy third as I arrived in Paris on the eve of the ePrix on Saturday. Jérôme d'Ambrosio of Belgium, who drives the #64 for MR led the driver's standings by one point. “The fundamental line that we use in Formula E is,” Mahindra Racing Team Principle Dilbagh Gill tells me on the sidelines of the race track, “you don't go to the race, the race comes to you.” Dilbagh has had a more than a decade-long journey with Mahindra and comes on the back of a colourful CV with various international projects. He speaks with fervour about being an international pioneer in this field and you might recognise him from passionate mid-race garage visuals. © Mahindra Racing Naysayers were sceptical about the no-sound 'disadvantage' of these cars, the 'slow' speed of the race and the feasibility, he tells me. But Formula E has come a long way with 11 teams in contention this season, with the likes of Porsche and Mercedes said to be joining in from 2020. “It (Formula E) has become a genuine form of racing. It's no longer like Formula 1. This season, the seven races have had seven winners from seven different teams. And you still don't know who will win the eighth one,” he says. “Second part is if you see any traditional forms of motorsport, only males used to watch it. That is also changing, where it is becoming more family oriented. When the father, who is into motorsports and he brings his kid, he is actually having a conversation during the race with him, because they can speak to each other with the loud sounds of the Formula 1.” As a result, the female demographic has warmed up to the idea. “In F1, 80 per cent of the audience is male and 20 per cent is female. Here, it's 52 per cent male and 40 per cent female and 8-10% kids.” The renaissance of EVs in the 21st Century (electric cars held several performance records over internal combustion engine cars but fell behind in performance during the first decade of the 20th century, notable electric-only racing series have shown an upward trend in both cars and bike circuits. Apart from Formula E, there are the likes of the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy, the World Rallycross Championship, the World Solar Challenge and the MotoE World Cup. In other racing events, electric vehicles are competing alongside combustion engine vehicles, for example in the Isle of Man TT and the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and in some cases winning outright. In January 2017, a pure electric car participated in the Paris-Dakar Rally and completed the entire route of 9000 km through Argentina, Paraguay and Bolivia. The vehicle had been specially designed and built for the race. The car had a 250 kW engine (340 hp) and a 150 kWh battery. The battery consisted of several modules. Each module could be charged separately by a power cable to speed up the charging process. The obvious question here is that how does this global electrification impact India? “To a large extent, the user is millennial, says Dilbagh, “They are now delaying the decision to buy the first car. An Uber can pick you up from anywhere at the press of a button, so what's more convenient can be sought. That's why they are delaying those decisions. They are also getting conscious about the mobility coming from the electric and the conversation about sustainability.” With Mahindra Racing, he believes, new electric mobility technology also reaches the end-user quicker. “The transition from race-to-road is much higher and faster. What you see in the car today literally can be in a car within 18 months. While in a conventional model, it takes six years. We say that 2030 (with reference to India's Mission 2030 of going electric-heavy) is far away, but it is just 11 years away and in the next 11 years, Mahindra Racing will have 15 alterations in developing a new car (one race technology every Formula E season).” But where does that take us in terms of motorsport in India? Barring the maiden edition of the Formula 1 that took place in the then-newly inaugurated Buddha International Circuit in Noida, India has stayed away from the global motorsport map. Of course, due credit has to be given to Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok, but the impact has been hot and cold. Racers have not really lined up to participate in competitions like Indian Formula Manipal DJS Racing Indian National Rally Championship JK Tyre National Racing Championship SPCE Racing 4ZE Racing. “We just need a little bit more clarification in terms of regulations in India, because a lot of other drivers in the championship are still fighting the tax problems, they couldn't drive in Formula One. There is no clear directive yet, as to where does motorsport fall in terms of taxation,” says Dilbagh. Mahindra Racing is now aspiring to further its long-term goals by escalating driver education in India. They want to use the data from the race track and find a way to reach out to public transport and truck drivers in the country for better efficiency. Electric is the way forward after all. “There is a huge shift from three peddled and now going two to one peddle drive. While we talk of passenger cars also, if we can take some of this data and put it in commercial vehicle, you can increase the range by 15-20 percent by just using a peddle inside. At the end of the day you get more mileage and money. Mileage to money there is direct correlation.” I came to Paris with very little knowledge about e-racing but by the end of the weekend, there has been so much to take away despite a bittersweet race day for Mahindra Racing (where Jerome crashed and the team was unlucky to not start the race at the pole position). The beauty of Formula E lies in the fact that the eight race of the season saw its eighth winner, from the eighth distinct country. If we can find a way to channel the passion of the drivers, the ambitions of the manufacturers and the will of the powers-to-be, there could still be hope of saving the environment in a manner that is both simple and modern. © Mahindra Racing © Mahindra Racing
  22. Okay, in case you're waiting to savour today's insane episode of 'Game of Thrones' later in the evening, then you have been warned, because just like the night is full of darkness and terror, this one has a few major spoilers for you. For the rest of us who are still shook, here's what the next episode might bring. So, the Battle of Winterfell lasted long enough for a few people to die but it was crazy towards the end when Arya Stark struck down the mighty Night King. Now, the whole 'he just died in a jiffy' has left everyone with a bit of indigestion thinking how easy that was, if not quick. But we forget that this is 'GOT' and things can happen rather quickly and with only 3 more episodes to go, there are so many plots that need attention. With the battle now being won, it looks like Cersei and Khaleesi are ready for a face-off. So many people have scores to settle with Cersei, who conveniently decided to stay out of the war and now, Khaleesi only wants more bloodshed. © HBO Now, here's what I feel we can expect from the next 'Game Of Thrones' episode with the Night King resting in an ice cube somewhere. There will be another gory battle between the living. There has to a 'Cleganebowl' where we fear the Hound might die. The Starks and the dragon queen might have a slight tiff between them which could be tricky for a certain Tyrion Lannister and, of course, there is the anticipated madness that might grip our dear Dany given the threat to her throne in the form of lover Jon Snow and no Jorah to calm her nerves down. With so much left to witness, the action is only getting crazier.
  23. 'Game Of Thrones' always pays great emphasis to the soundtrack, the songs and the music that become a part of the show somewhere or the other. Usually, the themes and end credit songs are something to always look forward to as they tell us a lot abbot the standing structure and theme of the particular episode citing incidents of historical importance. Just like how Podrick's song did in episode 2 of season 8: A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms. © HBO The episode is all about bidding final goodbyes in Winterfell before the eventual fate is faced the next morning, or so the mighty men and women seem to believe. While Arya wants her last night in the arms of the man she fancies, Sansa warms up to Theon after he chooses to fight against the dead. Greyworm and Missandei are making grand future plans to visit Naath after the war is over and a bunch of people are sitting around the fire warming their emotions and indulging in some worthy banter and storytelling. Jaime knights Brienne of Tarth, while Tyrion fills everyone's cups with ale, requesting someone to sing a song. The quiet and unassuming Podrick Payne steps up to the occasion and belts out an old time classic called 'Jenny's Song'. © HBO The song is taken directly from George RR Martin's book: The Song of Ice and Fire and it connects to the larger scheme of things in the storyline. The song is primarily thought to be about 'Jenny of the Oldstones', a girl Duncan Targaryen was madly in love with. Duncan happens to be Daenerys's uncle and the Mad King's elder brother, making him the rightful heir to the Iron Throne. Well, what does this piece of information have to do with what's going on right now? A lot apparently! The song directly relates to Duncan's love for Jenny, Rhaegar's love for Lyanna and Jon and Dany's love for each other. Just like how Duncan left his throne for Jenny, the assumption that Jon or Dany might do the same for one another, now that Jon is the rightful heir to the Iron Throne and Dany is well aware of that fact, bringing the Azor Ahai prophecy to light as well. The song plays on many levels, talking about making great sacrifices for the one true love, as it has always happened in history and might take shape in the present as well through the only two Targaryens left. © HBO So, if Duncan gave up his throne for love, will Dany do the same for Jon is the question, and that's what the song highlights. The song though has only presented the readers with one important line in the book: "High in the halls of kings who are gone, Jenny would dance with her ghosts". This reference goes back to 'Summerhall', a Targaryen castle, where a great fire broke out and killed Aegon Targaryen V and Duncan, Jenny's Prince. So, when the line reads "Jenny would dance with her ghosts", it means she'd be dancing with Duncan and Aegon V. © HBO But the version in the episode, the one that Pod sings to show off his vocal skills goes something like this: " The ones she had lost and the ones she had found, And the ones who had love her the most. The ones who'd been gone for so very long, She couldn't remember their names. They spun her around on the damp old stone, Spun away all her sorrow and pain. And she never wanted to leave. Never wanted to leave. Never wanted to leave. Never wanted to leave. Never wanted to leave. Never wanted to leave. Never wanted to leave. While the last lines repeat, we see a montage of Sam, Gilly and little Sam, Greyworm and Missandei and Theon and Sansa, characters that may not survive the war between the living and the dead. © HBO Well, Jon has forfeited love for duty in the past, when he gave up his love for Ygritte and sided with the Night's Watch because that was the right thing to do according to him and here he is, once again put up to a test and we're wondering if he'll forfeit his love once again for Dany! Well, only time will tell, that's all I can say. For now, the assumption that the song has something very significant to do with what lies ahead is very overpowering, because it talks about love from a long time ago, weaving its way into a love that's very much a part of the present. While we're not sure who gives up on their destiny of love first, we do know that perhaps both won't make it alive to the throne and whoever does make it, the sacrifices they made to get to the throne will haunt them for life. © HBO For now, to digest this heavy piece of information, give Jenny's Song a hear. It's performed by Florence and the Machine and it goes by the name 'Jenny of Oldstones'.
  24. The richest man in Taiwan has recently thrown himself in the presidential race and has a terrific reason as to why he decided to do so in the first place. Terry Gou, whose company Foxconn is known for building iPhones in China, is now going to run for presidential elections in Taiwan because a sea goddess by the name of Mazu has told him "to step forward and do something for the people of Taiwan" and we're really confused with this piece of information at the moment. © CNN If Gou is selected for the opposition party Kuomintang, as a presidential candidate then he will withdraw from daily operations of his $8 billion net worth company Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision. Currently, Foxconn is the largest electronics manufacturer majorly providing parts for Apple and Huawei. The company is widely involved in China where it employs a large amount of people to work for it. If selected as the president in 2020, Gou will works towards strengthening Taiwan's economy and straightening out the complicated relations Taiwan shares with China. © Unsplash That's all great for Taiwan we suppose but we're still confused about how he got in touch with the sea goddess who gave him this piece of wisdom in the first place. Apparently Gou announced his candidacy after visiting a temple in Taipei, which is dedicated to the Taoist goddess, Mazu, who is the guardian angel of seafarers. Gou openly declared proudly that MAzu had given him her blessings for candidacy and told him he must stand for the position. © Reuters "If Mazu says that you should step up, it is not in order to make money or for personal enjoyment, I tell you, I am like a godson to Mazu ... I will definitely respect and follow Mazu's will." Gou told an international publication in an interview. "I am not willing to accept being appointed (without being elected), I am definitely not willing to accept being appointed. If elected, I will represent the Kuomintang in the 2020 contest," he added. © CNN Well, we thought India was ridden by religious overbearing norms and rituals and 'obeying the God' you believe in to put forth ones political agenda's as mere whims but Taiwan isn't far behind either. Well, all we can say is we hope Gou follows through with the presidential elections and if he comes to power uses logic and rationale along with the sea goddess's Talisman's to bring changes in Taiwan as he deems fit.
  25. A processor is a smartphone's heart and soul, and without it, a smartphone is left crippled. Apple's A-series processors are considered to be the best of the lot and it's all thanks to TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company). The company has been Apple's only supplier of processors and the A12 Bionic chip is considered to be the most powerful chipset out there. © TSMC Not many processors have managed to deliver a performance similar to the A12. Huawei's Kirin 780 has managed to come close and Qualcomm has closed the gap with its new 7nm processors. However, none of them has actually managed to beat the A12 in terms of performance and reliability. TSMC has now announced a 5nm process technology that we will see soon on Apple devices. The new 5nm process has even more improved speeds and this is what the company had to say, “Compared with TSMC's 7nm process, its innovative scaling features deliver 1.8X logic density and 15% speed gain on an ARM Cortex-A72 core, along with superior SRAM and analog area reduction enabled by the process architecture.” Early numbers on an Arm Cortex-Are 72 core suggests that TSMC's new process will be able to deliver 1.8 times the density and 15 percent hike in clock speeds when compared to 7n. TSMC also says that the second generation of EUV will simplify the manufacturing process and “present excellent yield learning”. © Apple Now that the new process is ready, Apple can now move forward with producing a 5nm chipset that can power future iPhones and iPads. We could see it as early as 2020 which is not that far if we think about it. We won't be seeing the new processor on 2019 iPhones as these devices are expected to be powered with the 7nm+ process. © Qualcomm For Android devices, Qualcomm has managed to bring the 7nm process to its chipsets but has not been able to replicate the same performance as the A12. Now that the 5nm process is made available, we could see new Snapdragon chips debut shortly after Apple's new processor. TSMC is now considered the leader in chip manufacturing and dethroned the once market leader, Intel. Companies are gradually losing faith in Intel as TSMC's new process are now the preferred process.
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