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  1. Arguably one of the most intense and pulsating fixture in international cricket, India and Pakistan share a rivalry like no other. Owing to political differences and cross-border tensions, the neighbouring countries have struggled to see eye-to-eye over the years. That's probably why their duels on the cricket field tends to garner such massive viewership and immense public interest. While the Indo-Pak clash doesn't really need any hype or build-up, the broadcasters have often used the rivalry between the two nations to fire things up in a bid to garner public attention ahead of the match. Over the years, we've seen the iconic 'mauka mauka' that tends to mock Pakistan for their poor record against India. Though the broadcaster advertisements for matches between India and Pakistan have always bordered on the xenophobic, but the so-called 'ad war' reached an all-time low after a Pakistani channel - Jazz TV - took it too far by mocking the video released of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman by Pakistani military after he was captured a day after the Balakot airstrike. Jazz TV advt on #CWC19 takes the Indo-Pak air duel to new level. It uses the air duel over Nowshera and Wing Co Abhinandan Varthaman's issue as a prop. @IAF_MCC @thetribunechd @SpokespersonMoD @DefenceMinIndia pic.twitter.com/30v4H6MOpU — Ajay Banerjee (@ajaynewsman) June 11, 2019 Apart from bring in bad taste and mocking the sensitive issue of diplomatic tensions that had arose between the countries over the capture, the ad also has racist overtones as it shows Abhinandan's face blackened to show his dark complexion. Needless to say, that it drew a lot of flak on social media. As the 16th June, the date of much-anticipated clash between India and Pakistan at the ICC World Cup, comes closer, the Indian YouTubers seems to have come up with a befitting reply for Jazz TV's jibe at the Indian Wing Commander. An Indian YouTube channel going by the name of 'V Seven Pictures' released a brutal takedown of the Pakistani video. Awesome reply by India......#INDvsPAK pic.twitter.com/TybSKAVJg9 — Harsh Goenka (@hvgoenka) June 14, 2019 In the counter-response video, an Indian fan sitting in a salon can be seen watching Yuvraj Singh's iconic knock when he smashed record six sixes in a T20 international against England. In the middle of the match, a Pakistani fan enters the salon and offers a gift to the Indian fan which actually is a handkerchief. The Pakistani man tells the Indian fan that it will help him to hide his face after India loses against Pakistan in the World Cup match. In the remaining portion of the ad the Indian man and the barber target the Pakistani fan with a twist in Abhinandan's trademark style. India's delightful response struck a chord with the netizens and had the social media buzzing with its creativity. India's delightful response to Moronistan's distasteful ad on Abhinandan.https://t.co/9fZN4phrX7 — Sonam Mahajan (@AsYouNotWish) June 14, 2019 This one is too good ðð — Ram Sharma (@replysharma) June 14, 2019 There are very few times in life when you feel like whistling loudly at an at an ad...this was one of 'em — Yash Haresh Ratanpal (@YashHRatanpal) June 14, 2019 Epic like.. World Cup to bhul ja... Jhootha cup hi naseeb me hai ð¤£ð¤£ — Manisha ð®ð³ (@nameisMANISHA) June 14, 2019 Fantastic video.. India will beat Pakistan on 16th in Manchester.. — samking (@samking13476751) June 14, 2019 Unki aukat sirf tea cup ki hi hai. Pakistan walon.. "INDIA" naam yaad rakhna. — Manas Kumar (@Manas_tinnu) June 14, 2019 Very creative mind of the person who had made this ad ð — arorað (@arorafbd) June 14, 2019 Moral of the story - Baap Baap hi rehataa hai. Par Cup badal jaata hai. The Abhinandan Cup... — Santosh Kumar Sharma (@myangkorwat) June 14, 2019
  2. A little over two weeks into the tournament, the ongoing ICC World Cup is quickly turning into one of the most annoying editions in its rich history. Not that the quality of competition in the tournament has been bad, we've already seen some exciting encounters. The ICC mega event is currently bearing the brunt of unseasonal rainfall in England which has kept cricketing action at bay and fans frustrated. In the nineteen matches so far at the event, as many as five games have been affected by incessant rain. Three matches were abandoned without a single delivery being bowled, while one resulted in no result and another was decided through Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method. To sum it up, in the last five matches, three were affected by rain which is rapidly growing its reputation as a spoilsport in the ongoing edition. Keeping the rain factor in mind, cricket fans across the globe are keeping their fingers crossed for arguably the biggest clash of the tournament - India vs Pakistan at Old Trafford on 16th June. The contest between the two sides has a tendency of garnering public interest like no other and the rivalry these two cricketing giants share further makes theirs the mother of all battles. Reuters While the fans remain optimistic, the weather forecast for 16th June in Manchester doesn't paint an ideal picture. There are chances of clouds with spot showers during the much-anticipated match and it seems that wet conditions would persist for most period of the game. But, cricket fans aren't the only ones who're keeping close tabs on the weather, a lot is also riding on Sunday's clash for the broadcasters and insurance companies. The three washed-out games till date have dealt a severe blow of Rs 180 crore, which the insurance companies had to pay to various stakeholders in terms of compensation. Reports also suggest that broadcaster Star Sports reportedly had to incur the maximum amount of losses. According to Insidesport, Star Sports' claims for advertisement revenues and allied opportunities loss would amount to Rs 140 crore. The insurance premium has shot up to 300 per cent and the companies are reluctant to take the risk. But, that's just the tip of the iceberg. When it comes to the mega battle between India and Pakistan whose tickets were sold out within minutes, the stakes are much higher, not just for the two teams, but also for the broadcaster and insurance firms. Reuters Believe it or not, insurance companies are following the weather updates for Sunday's clash with bated breath as the cancellation of the Indo-Pak World Cup fixture can result in a blow of a staggering Rs 137.5 crore that will have staggering impact on Star Sports and big advertisers such as Coca-Cola, Uber, OnePlus and MRF Tyres. For a fixture that is known to rake in massive viewership, the Ind-Pak tie is reportedly expected to help Star Sports earn a whopping Rs 137.5 crore through advertisements. The advertisement slots for the Sunday's match are being sold at a 50 per cent premium - a lot more than the other World Cup ties. The channel has about 5,500 seconds of total inventory, which is the time slot they can sell to the advertisers. Now, the rates for these slots are usually in the range of Rs 1.6-1.8 lakh per second. However, for India vs Pakistan match, the cost has shot up to Rs 2.5 lakh per second and there's actually a rush among the advertisers for the slots. Reuters Star Sports had sold off most of the inventory much in advance, which meant that last-minute booking had to be done with even higher prices. So, if Sunday's tie gets cancelled due to rain, depending upon the package the advertisers have purchased, companies will bear the losses. The advertisers who are supposed to play their ads on the live programme and not the analysis and highlights suffer the most. Though the number of washouts this World Cup have been far more than the previous washouts of two matches each in 1992 and 2003 editions, let's just hope that rain gods, after having their fun, will allow us to witness scintillating cricketing between India and Pakistan on Sunday.
  3. Late last night when passengers travelling on the Goa-Mumbai Air India flight found themselves stranded in Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, due to a several-hour delay in their flight take-off, they were left distressed and fuming. The passengers began raising slogans within the airport premises after a four-hour delay. At this point, a Goa Forward Party office-bearer Ketan Bhatikar, who was one of the passengers on the delayed flight, decided to reach out to Goa CM Pramod Sawant and seek his intervention in the matter. Stranded at #Mumbai's #ChhatrapatiShivaji airport late on June 13 night for several hours, protesting passengers of an #AirIndia Bombay to Goa flight were offered free meal from an airport restaurant at the instance of Goa CM #PramodSawant, a passenger said. Photo: IANS pic.twitter.com/pf6wwG1VhR — IANS Tweets (@ians_india) June 14, 2019 Upon narrating their troubles, Sawant didn't only intervene but also gave a pleasant surprise to all the hassled passengers. The CM arranged food for all the passengers from Kebab Grill restaurant, and also made sure that the flight took off ASAP. What makes this all the more special is the fact that Sawant was not even in Goa at that point. He managed to get all this done sitting in the national capital where he was on a work trip. Several passengers including Goans thanked Chief Minister @DrPramodPSawant for helping arrange flight and food, the passengers were stranded at Mumbai Airport on Thursday night due to lethargy of Air India and were helped by CM Pramod Sawant. pic.twitter.com/QRTPCRONBX — PrimeTVGoa (@PrimeTVGoa) June 14, 2019 "I tried calling Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant who answered my phone within two rings at 1.13 am. He called me back five times, arranged food for all passengers at Indian Kebab Grill, and exactly at 1.27 am, he told me that the flight was ready to take-off in 30 minutes. We finally reached Goa at around 3.30 am," Bhatikar informed IANS. That was a very kind and thoughtful gesture on the Goa CM's part and shows other ministers the best way of holding offices and serving people in the truest sense.
  4. Within five days, a strike that started in West Bengal, has now spread to other cities with doctors from all over the country showing solidarity to the cause of protection of medical practitioners. It all started on Monday at the Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College and Hospital where a 74-year-old patient Mohammad Syeed passed away. The relatives of the deceased allegedly beat up the doctors blaming medical negligence for the death. The clash led to an intern getting a severe head injury. Kolkata:Junior doctors at NRS Medical College&Hospital go on strike after doctors were allegedly attacked by a patient's family who died yesterday.Chandrima Bhattacharya,Health Min,says,"Emergency is open&talks are on.4 ppl have been arrested in connection with attack on doctors" pic.twitter.com/EU3HNJvfnV — ANI (@ANI) June 11, 2019 Following that, doctors at NRS refused to release Syeed's body, demanding an apology for the incident. This was followed by some relatives and local residents storming the hospital and pelting stones at junior doctors. Reportedly, five relatives of the deceased have been arrested after an FIR. The incident led to a lot of outrage with people demanding safe working spaces for doctors. Apparently, the doctors are also wearing bandages and helmets as a way to protest. Following the incident at NRS, a lot of junior doctors from different hospitals in West Bengal also joined the protest. West Bengal: Doctors at North Bengal Medical College, Siliguri observe strike over violence against doctors at NRS Medical College & Hospital pic.twitter.com/qZvMkUEX0X — ANI (@ANI) June 14, 2019 With Delhi Medical Association (DMA) declaring a Black Day yesterday, the protest also spread to Delhi with AIIMS Delhi joining in. The Indian Medical Association also urged doctors to wear a black badge as a way to protest. Delhi: Doctors at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) prepare to observe strike over violence against doctors in West Bengal. pic.twitter.com/pza71njjum — ANI (@ANI) June 14, 2019 Yesterday afternoon, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee issued a four-hour ultimatum to end the doctors' strike while visiting the state-run SSKM hospital in Kolkata. She was quoted as saying, “[Doctors who are protesting] are outsiders. The government will not support them in any way. I condemn doctors who have gone on strike. Policemen die in line of duty but the police don't go on a strike.” She also said, “Medical services come under the Essential Services Act and the doctors cannot afford to do such protests. I don't understand medicine, but today I saw an accident victim lying without being attended to. He will die lying there because of the protest. Let good sense prevail or else we will be forced to take action.” While her stand till now is still understandable, she did bring in BJP and called it a conspiracy. She said, “This strike is a BJP conspiracy. Protesters are disrupting medical services. This should end at once. All anti-social people of one particular community are doing this under police protection.” Really not the time for this, tbh. While the strike is still continuing and doesn't seem to come to an end soon, there are two different narratives emerging. There are stories about how a lot of patients are suffering because the doctors aren't there to treat them. Delhi: Patients face difficulties as Resident Doctors Association (RDA) of AIIMS is on strike today over violence against doctors in West Bengal. Relative of a patient says, "My mother's dialysis was scheduled for today, we were told to go & get it done from somewhere else," pic.twitter.com/sFVF6D8VMj — ANI (@ANI) June 14, 2019 But, at the same time, there are a lot of posts about doctors wearing helmets and bandages as a symbol of protest while also treating patients. Delhi: Members of Resident Doctors' Association of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) work wearing helmets & bandages, as a mark of protest against "worsening of violence against medical doctors in West Bengal." pic.twitter.com/Fgrv6Jtjdq — ANI (@ANI) June 13, 2019 People on Twitter are mostly standing with the doctors and respect their fight for safety while working. A lot of people have also brought up the fact that a lot of other patients are suffering and that's not fair. This is what happened when 200 people came by trucks and attacked Doctors and interns at NRS Hospital. They thrashed an intern's skull bcz a 85 yrs old man died. It doesnt feel safe living in WB nowadays. It's a goon's era we are living in. The protest must go on. #standwithnrs pic.twitter.com/9WkqH2XHOI — Nabanita Das (@nabanita_speaks) June 11, 2019 Dear Doctors, I completely empathise with the fact that whatever happened in #NRS is deplorable & a strong protest is very valid but it's also true that making other patients, including small babies, suffer due for no to fault of theirs is also not something u can really justify — Babul Supriyo (@SuPriyoBabul) June 13, 2019 People are also calling out Mamata Banerjee. Attack on doctors happened in NRS college bt CM Mamata Banerjee went to SSKM college. Instead of condemning attack, she is condeming strike and clng students outsider & politicaly motivated. She is okay with doctors getting killed in line of duty. Again vote bank. #BengalBurning — Pradeep Bhandari (@pradip103) June 13, 2019 Summed up. A patient Mohammed Sayeed died in NRS Hospital in Bengal. Soon after that: 1. Hospital was attacked by a violent Mob of 200 People. 2. Rioters came in two lorries to attack the doctors. 3. Mob also pelted bricks. Many injured. One Doctor is struggling for life. Pray for him. — Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) June 12, 2019 As per the latest reports, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has announced a nationwide doctors' strike on June 17. The IMA said 3.5 lakh doctors will participate in the nationwide strike on Monday. Watch this space for more update.
  5. ICC World Cup 2019 started out on a great note, with fans from all corners of the cricketing world tuning in to witness some of the best teams take each other head-on at the greatest platform there is in the sport. Sadly, the infamous English weather took over and literally washed out all the excitement and entertainment right out of the quadrennial tournament. Exactly how bad are the weather conditions in England? Well, in the last four days, we have only seen one match and less than eight overs of another match in total with eight teams getting one point each without putting in zero to negligible effort all due to the rains disrupting some of the greatest matches of the Cricket World Cup, one of which included the clash between the two teams that remain undefeated during the ongoing contest ie, India and Pakistan. Things have become so frustrating that it is almost comical now. Indian bowling all-rounder Kedar Jadhav even pushed out a video on the internet requesting the heavy, non-stop rains to move to Maharashtra and let them play cricket. Haha Kedar Jadhav asking rains from England to shift to Maharashtra ðâ¤ï¸ #INDvNZ #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/ZcdoKcypkT — Saurabh (@Boomrah_) June 13, 2019 In the same comical tone, the fans of the Men in Blue have begun a fun banter with the supporters of Sarfaraz Ahmed's Pakistan cricket team, letting them know that their chances of winning against Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team are extremely slim. They went on to say that the only way for Team Pakistan to save themselves from a horrible and humiliating loss at the hands of the Bleed Blue army, is to pray that the downpour happens once again at Old Trafford, Manchester on Father's Day, this Sunday. This Sunday, the best way for Pakistan to avoid defeat in the match against India is to pray for rain, which is likely to spoil the game. Otherwise, Pakistan's defeat is sure. — Dr. Ashok Dhamija (@ashokdhamija) June 14, 2019 There is possibility that Pakistan will have a happy memory in this world cup. And may gain points against India There is plenty of chance for rain and match being washed out. — Chowkidar Vikram Joshi (@vikyjoshi3) June 14, 2019 Pakistan praying for rain and India showing them way to a na pakistan Train — MUKESH SURANA (@mukeshsurana) June 14, 2019 Pakistan team praying for Rain on Sunday against India because Baap rocks on Father's Day #ShameOnICC #ShameOnICC pic.twitter.com/B6Dkg62RJD — manish Agrawal (@MkAgrawal003) June 14, 2019 Only rain can save pakistan team from team india..#CWC — Puneet Suri (@Puneetsuri1) June 13, 2019 All jokes aside, India versus Pakistan is arguably the biggest match of World Cup 2019, maybe even bigger than the tournament final and if unfortunately, the rain does washout the Father's Day main event, the World Cup might lose out on whatever viewership it is enjoying right now.
  6. The International Space Station, as we all know, is currently the only fully functional space station in the Earth's lower orbit. It's the result of a partnership between European countries represented by the European Space Agency the United States, Japan, Canada, and Russia. Well, looks like there's going to be another space station by the year 2030 and it's going to be launched by none other than India. The same has been confirmed by the ISRO chief K Sivan during a press conference where he also talked a bit more about the project. © Reuters He made it a point to inform that India will not be joining the International Space Station (ISS) and launch its own space station, which will be an extension of the Gaganyaan project. “We have to sustain the Gaganyaan programme. So, subsequently, as a long-term plan, we are planning to have the space station in India. We are going to join the international community in manned missions to the moon, asteroids. We have a clear plan for the space programme,” Sivan said. The proposed space station will likely weigh 20 tonnes and it's said to be used for conducting microgravity experiments. India is targetting 2030 as the date to launch the space station and the preliminary plan is for the space station is to accommodate astronauts for up to 15-20 days in space. We still don't have a lot of details, but we hope to learn more after the completion of Gaganyaan mission. © Reuters As for the Gaganyaan mission, the government is said to have cleared a budget of Rs. 10,000 crore. It looks like there will be two flights from Sriharikota before the maiden flight with crew takes of sometime in 2022. ISRO's complete focus right now is on India's second moon mission, Chandrayan -2. It will take off on July 15 and will attempt to land near the South Pole of the Moon, which has remained an uncharted territory so far. You can learn more about the Chandrayan-2 mission right here.
  7. Arguably one of the most exciting sporting events in the world, the ICC World Cup has a tendency of garnering public interest like no other. The twelfth edition quadrennial event had already created a lot of buzz, even before the opening match. And, why not? The One-Day International (ODI) competition has a knack of bringing gripping contests and exciting individual duels to the fore. This year has, so far, proved to be no different. Thirteen games into the tournament, the ongoing World Cup has already enthralled fans with some memorable moments. But, apart from cricketing action, the ICC spectacle in England & Wales has been marred with persistent rain. © Reuters The ongoing tournament has already witnessed rain having its say in four matches. As many as two games have been abandoned, one led to no result and another was concluded via Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method - all because of rain. The disruptions have not only annoyed the fans, but might end up affecting the title aspirations of the participating nations. Continuing its irritating run, rain is once again proving to be a major winner, keeping the contest between India and New Zealand at Nottingham at bay on 13th June. While the players from both sides patiently wait for the rain to subside, cricket fans took matters into their hands on the social media. Well, the rain has got heavier and the covers are on #CWC19pic.twitter.com/8WYSK1Or4J — BCCI (@BCCI) June 13, 2019 It all began when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), in a bid to keep the fans updated with the rain situation, tweeted: "Well, the rain has got heavier and the covers are on #CWC19". In response to the BCCI's tweet, cricket fans indulged themselves into hilarious takes on the rainy situation. Time for our 12th player to perform ð¤£pic.twitter.com/vgD5nSK58h — Happyð®ð³ (@Cricketician_) June 13, 2019 pic.twitter.com/53iTCqlEFx — VIKASH KUMAR (@vkc1000) June 13, 2019 Ha ha hapic.twitter.com/2p1vmqBFzf — Jagannathprasad Panda (@Jaganna52904613) June 13, 2019 pic.twitter.com/NeAUziCLWQ — pawan_thanay (@npawanthanay) June 13, 2019 to ICC pic.twitter.com/PPWnPrluSF — Tere_Khayalon_Meinð®ð³ (@kingslayer112) June 13, 2019 Ind vs nzð¶ð¶pic.twitter.com/fVu7aHIlj1 — KettavanSarathy (@sarathy_twitz) June 13, 2019 #INDvNZ *ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 - Points Table* New Zealand - 6 Australia - 6 England - 4 India - 4 RAIN - 9 pic.twitter.com/zJcimzHTQD — StrSiva (@StrSiva13) June 13, 2019 World cup to itself #IndvNzpic.twitter.com/Iy8m7FuRrU — Prince Pandey ð®ð³ (@princepandey_) June 13, 2019
  8. Forbes just dropped their annual and much-awaited list of the world's 100 most highly paid sportsmen in the year 2019 and while some of the rankings were obvious, others were straight-out shocking and gave a sense of reality about the fan-following of various sports both inside and outside of India. To begin with the list-toppers, Lionel Messi became the highest paid athlete in the world at a whopping $127 million, which is $18 million more than the second person on the list, Cristiano Ronaldo, followed by Brazil sensation, Neymar Jr. at $105 million. This makes it for the very first time that footballers have dominated the top three spots of such a list. Global soccer icon Lionel Messi is only the 2nd soccer player to rank No. 1 on Forbes' list of World's Highest-Paid Athletes, after longtime rival Cristiano Ronaldo pic.twitter.com/4cLyTSZHtT — Forbes (@Forbes) June 11, 2019 Other world-known sports celebrities to make it in the top 10 include names like Roger Federer (Rank 5; Pay $93.4 million), Lebron James (Rank 8; Pay $89 Million) and Stephen Curry (Rank 9; Pay $79.8 million). Moving past the traditional endorsement model in many cases, LeBron James is the 8th highest-paid athlete in the world, and the highest-paid NBA player pic.twitter.com/A2CW3RvGsy — Forbes (@Forbes) June 11, 2019 Some of the shocking rankings include Serena Williams who is not only considered the unofficial face of women's tennis but has a massive payout of $25 million, thanks to her sponsors like Nike, Gatorade and Wilson. Having said that, Williams has had a bad year on the court, resulting in her 2019 'salary' plummeting to $4.2 million and bringing her down to rank #63. Tied for the No. 63 spot with Miguel Cabrera, Serena Williams is the only female on this year's list of the world's 100 highest-paid athletes pic.twitter.com/fkXrrAxMFX — Forbes (@Forbes) June 11, 2019 But to us Indians, the biggest disbelief probably came considering the ranking of the captain of the Indian cricket team and currently the best ODI batsman in the world, Virat Kohli who just made it to the Top 100, positioned dead last in the list at the 100th spot with the annual salary of $4 million and sponsorship worth $21 million, mounting his 2019 worth $25 million. Virat Kohli is the only cricketer among the forbes 2019 world's highest paid athletes.#CWC19 pic.twitter.com/cExJKRrhvw — Akki (@akkiakki973798) June 11, 2019 Now, make no mistake, a year worth $25 million is a GOOD year and being named is the list of the world's most highly paid athletes has to be an honour in itself but the fact that Kohli is last on the list and is the only cricketer in the list, says a thousand words about the popularity of the game of cricket outside of India. While our nation has put the game of bat and ball on a pedestal and given birth to the money-minting business that the Indian Premier League has turned out to be, cricket is still nowhere as popular as sports like football or basketball worldwide and therefore, do not bring in many international sponsorships and bigger deals. Having said that while the Indian cricket team is doing well on their ICC World Cup 2019 journey, having defeated both their opponents, we would like to congratulate Virat Kohli on this feat. Also see: Top 5 Most Viewed Sports In The World
  9. Samsung has launched a wide range of phones this year thanks to increasing competition from Xiaomi and Realme in the budget segment. The brand has been experimenting with different feature offerings and has actually filled every possible price segment with a new phone. Long gone are the days of buddy TouchWiz, and the new One UI software has received a positive response so far. Today, the brand announced the launch of Galaxy M40 in India. It incorporates high-end features like a triple rear camera setup, a punch-hole front camera, and a powerful Snapdragon processor. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla To start with, it features the same design language we've seen on other M-series branded phones. It's a basic design with a focus on utility. The back houses a fingerprint scanner and other authentication methods include face unlock. The front has a 6.3-inch Full HD+ (2340 × 1080 resolution) display that the company likes to call Infinity-O. The punch-hole is located on the top-left corner of the screen and houses a 16-megapixel front camera for selfies. We've previously seen this setup on flagship phones like the S10 and S10+. It includes Screen Sound technology that enables the display panel to generate audio vibrations natively - without using a conventional earpiece. © Samsung On the rear is a triple camera setup consisting of a 32-megapixel primary lens, 5-megapixel secondary sensor, and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens. The camera UI consists of smart HDR, auto colour saturation, stickers, as well as beauty enhancements. The phone is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 675 processor with four cores clocked at 2.0Ghz and four cores clocked at 1.75Ghz. This is coupled with 6GB RAM and 128GB internal memory, that is expandable via a microSD card. Lastly, these internals are backed by a 3500mAh battery with support for fast charging. The phone has been priced at Rs 19,990 and shall go on sale starting xx June via Amazon in India. The phone shall be competing against Xiaomi's Redmi Note 7 Pro, Realme 3 Pro, Nokia 7.1, and POCO F1.
  10. Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out for about two to three weeks due to an injury sustained on his thumb, due to a rising delivery from Nathan Coulter-Nile in India's second consecutive victory in this year's ICC Cricket World Cup. Dhawan went on to score a marvellously-paced century, being dismissed at a very well-made 117 from 109 despite playing through considerable pain. Reports have emerged claiming that the left-handed opener will not be available to play for the next three weeks due to the injury he sustained in the game. © Twitter/ICC A key player essential for the balance in the Indian top-order, Dhawan's absence will leave a gaping hole in the batting lineup for the Blues, as they look set to build on a remarkable start to the World Cup. The reactions have come pouring in from fans and experts alike and it is safe to say that he will be sorely missed for the rest of India's World Cup campaign. Breaking News: Shikhar Dhawan ruled out for at least three weeks with thumb fracture. ð² Me on Google: How to win multi national ICC tournament in England without #ShikharDhawan? — Durgansh Dixitð¨ð®ð³ (@DurganshDixit) June 11, 2019 Dhawan's injury is a huge blow to India. Rahul is an excellent player & should move up to open but he has not got the pedigree of Dhawan who is one of the world's best openers. His absence will make India a lot more vulnerable in P1 - the foundation of their success. #CWC19 — Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) June 11, 2019 India's entire strategy is built on the strength of their top three. Shikhar Dhawan's injury - if he's out for the whole tournament - is enormous. Who replaces him as opener is the biggest decision India's selectors have had to make in years. #CWC19 — Ben Jones (@benjonescricket) June 11, 2019 Rishabh Pant, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey & Prithvi Shaw outside the BCCI Headquarters after #ShikharDhawan is ruled out from the world cup due to thumb injury.#CWC19 #WorldCup2019 @DennisCricket_ pic.twitter.com/hlhCS9qjjr — Bilal Shahid (@BilalShahidRana) June 11, 2019 Rohit Sharma Right now #ShikharDhawan pic.twitter.com/8ZrzfURsBe — Kabiraa (@being_kabir) June 11, 2019 As India's stand-bys, Ambati Rayudu and Rishabh Pant look set to join the Indian cricket team in England for the rest of the campaign as KL Rahul is widely expected to fill Dhawan's position as opener alongside Rohit Sharma. Having answered all his critics with a brilliant century against one of the stronger teams in the World Cup, Dhawan's absence can prove to be a massive blow for India's bid to bring home the World Cup this year.
  11. Going into the ICC World Cup, the Indian cricket team was tipped as one of the favourites to lift the coveted trophy in England & Wales this year. Staying true to their reputation, Team India made their intentions pretty clear by defeating the likes of South Africa and Australia to post consecutive wins in the ongoing tournament. Apart from their victories, it's the domination of the Indian team in almost all facets of the game that has allowed them to establish themselves as serious contenders this year - something that was validated by Michael Vaughan after their triumph over Australia. But, just when you thought all was going well, the 'Men in Blue' were dealt a major blow after the disclosure of Shikhar Dhawan's injury. The Indian opener, who rediscovered his form with a brilliant knock of 117 runs against Australia, has been ruled out for about two to three weeks owing to an alleged hairline fracture on his left thumb. The left-hander was struck on his left thumb by a Nathan Coulter-Nile's bouncer during India's 36-run win over Australia on 9th June. © Reuters The news has surely got the Indian team in a spot of bother. For a team that relies heavily on their top three, India will undeniably miss Dhawan at the top especially after his return to form following some nervy starts earlier. But, that's not the only thing that has got the Indian team management and selectors in a fix. Dhawan's absence is bound to disrupt Team India's batting line-up and team balance. His injury means that India will now have to find someone to replace him at the top while ensuring the middle-order stays intact. And, as the Indian selectors and team management consider viable options, the chorus on social media seems to be in support of Rishabh Pant. The Delhi batsman has been one of the finds for India in the past few months. His breathtaking strokeplay and aggressive batting style is not only capable of taking on the best bowling attacks, but also looks pleasing to the eye - something that has made him a fan-favourite in a short period of time. © Reuters But, despite his heroics on overseas tours and the IPL earlier this year, Pant was overlooked for Team India's 15-man squad for the ICC World Cup - something that caused quite an uproar on the social media. Two matches into the World Cup, Dhawan's injury has got the Indian selectors facing a similar situation where the fans are gearing up to slam them if they overlook Pant again. But, is he worth it? Going by his form and ability with the willow, any team would be lucky to have a batsman as capable as Pant in their batting line-up. But, the current situation is not about Pant or his batting capabilities, it's about Team India and maintaining its balance. Don't agree? Allow us to help you understand. With Dhawan leaving a void at the top, the Indian team management is likely to push KL Rahul to the opening slot alongside Rohit Sharma - an obvious choice considering he's well acclimatised to the conditions. Now, Rahul's ascension in the line-up leaves the no. 4 slot vacant which holds key to Indian batting order's stability. © Reuters Now, Pant cannot just walk into the Indian team and open the innings. That's just too big a risk in a tournament of World Cup's stature. He can surely be vital for the middle-order, but being one-dimensional is not going to help his cause. With MS Dhoni being an immovable object in the wicket-keeping role, Pant cannot be included just for his batting skills. If you take a look at India's middle-order, the likes of Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya are capable of contributing with both bat and ball. Thus, when it comes to finding a potential replacement following Dhawan's injury, Vijay Shankar, and not Pant, appears to be the perfect fit in relation to the team balance. Shankar is a versatile batsman who is capable of batting anywhere in the middle. He is more than capable of holding the fort at one end in case of a collapse, and his wide array of strokes adequately allows him to accelerate the innings at the death overs. And, that's not all. Shankar's inclusion in the Indian team will not only bolster their batting, but will also add teeth to their bowling line-up - something that has left Pant in the shadows lately. In case of a bad day for frontline bowlers, Shankar can ease the pressure off by bowling in some of his medium-paced deliveries and giving his captain an extra option with the ball. In all fairness, Pant is a cricketer Team India can surely use, but cannot afford owing to the team balance. And, right now, given the situation, India needs Shankar who doesn't just fit the bill, but can prove to be crucial in India's dreams of clinching their third World Cup title this year.
  12. It was not a good day at the office for the Australian Cricket team as they lost to India by 36 runs at The Oval in London in match 14 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. A marvellously paced century from Shikhar Dhawan, a well-made 82 from skipper Virat Kohli and cameos from Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni led to a superlative batting performance that was enough for Team India to grab a second consecutive victory at the World Cup. © Twitter-cricketworldcup It was, however, the Indian skipper's outstanding sportsmanship that grabbed headlines after the game. During the first innings, when Kohli was batting in the middle, he noticed a large section of fans showing dissent towards Australian batsman Steve Smith and took matters into his own hands as he can be seen gesturing to the crowd to applaud Smith instead of booing him. The gesture was appreciated by not only Smith and the rest of the Australian team, but also from fans of cricket across the world. With India fans giving Steve Smith a tough time fielding in the deep, @imVkohli suggested they applaud the Australian instead. Absolute class ð #SpiritOfCricket #ViratKohli pic.twitter.com/mmkLoedxjr — ICC (@ICC) June 9, 2019 After last year's ball-tampering scandal, Smith and fellow australian David Warner have established themselves as the villains of international cricket. Having served a 12-month ban handed to them by Cricket Australia, they still cannot seem to break that image of themselves as they return to International Cricket. Speaking at a press conference after the game , the Indian Skipper mentioned that despite the fact that him and Smith have had altercations on the field in the past, he does not appreciate seeing something like that on the cricketing field. “If I was in a position where something had happened with me, and I'd apologised and accepted it, and came back and still I would get booed, I wouldn't like it either.”#ViratKohli on why he asked the fans to stop booing Steve Smith. #CWC19 | #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/CIMicjoSA0 — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 9, 2019 Kohli said “even in the IPL I saw him (get booed by fans), it's not good to see someone down like that.” Urging fans to forget about Smith's mistake in the past he then went on to say that “just because there's a lot of Indian fans in the crowd, I don't want to see them set a bad example.” India are well on their way to make a mark in this year's World Cup as they look to extend their run of consecutive victories against New Zealand on 13th June at Trent Bridge. As the Indian Team continues to raise the bar in terms of top order batting, death bowling and fielding; the Indian captain is showing how they are raising the standard for sportsmanship as well. All things said and done, it was an incredible gesture which will not be forgotten by Smith or Australian cricket fans anytime soon.
  13. Owing to a violent partition, the prevailing Kashmir conflict, political and cross-border tensions, India and Pakistan, over the years, have developed a complex and largely hostile relationship. Their topsy-turvy relations have also given birth to one of the most extreme and intense sports rivalries in the world, making their duels in the sporting arena much more than just ordinary contests. The current scenario is no different. The recent cross-border strikes eradicated any hope of resuming the bilateral ties between the two countries. And, the sporting bodies of both India and Pakistan are now completely governed by the political stands of their respective governments. Ahead of the ongoing ICC World Cup in England & Wales, there were calls by some Indian political leaders and cricket pundits to boycott Pakistan at the mega event. But, luckily for the cricket fans, the calls for boycott subsided and the much-anticipated clash between India and Pakistan will go as planned on 15th June. © Reuters In a more recent case, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has sought permission from the government to host the Pakistani women's cricket team for a One-Day International (ODI) series this year. Now, given the current mood in the country, the decision to host Pakistan at home is expected to leave many baffled and disappointed, especially after what the nation endured earlier this year. The chorus of keeping politics and sports aside has been doing the rounds over the years. And, it does make sense. For the countries who can't seem to see eye-to-eye, what better way to mend tarnished relations than using cricket, a sport that grips the populations of the two countries, as a platform to bring people together. Now, while that might seem a little far-fetched at the moment, the latest plea of the Indian cricket board is more on the lines of safeguarding the interest of its women's cricket team, than going against the mood of the nation. © Reuters The BCCI is seeking the government's approval to host the Pakistani cricket team for an ODI series as a part of International Cricket Council's Women's Championship - a tournament that will determine India's qualification for the Women's World Cup in 2021. The ICC conducts the Women's Championship where teams need to play each other on a home and away basis. The points system of this tournament further determines the ranking of the teams to qualify for the World Cup. The likes of Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka will be playing the ICC Women's Championship - a tournament that involves home and away tours over a span of two-and-a-half-years. The top four teams and hosts New Zealand will qualify directly for the ICC Women's World Cup in 2021. The remaining three teams will have fight for their World Cup spot in the Qualifier in 2020. © Reuters The Indian cricket board faces a tough challenge in getting the nod due to the prevailing political tensions between India and Pakistan which has prevented any bilateral series between the men's teams for six years now. In a letter sent to the sports ministry, BCCI general manager (cricket operations) Saba Karim explained the Indian cricket board's situation. "As per the schedule of the event, BCCI is to host Pakistan women's team for at least three ODIs in India between July and November. BCCI would like to seek necessary permission from the government for India before giving its consent to ICC on this subject," the letter, accessed by TOI, read. It remains to be seen whether India will have to forfeit points if the series is not cleared by the government, or the BCCI will host Pakistan at a neutral venue like UAE. But, if the government approves the bilateral series, it will not only help the Indian women's cricket team to stay in contention for a coveted tournament like the World Cup, but will also help in bridging the ever-increasing gap between the two neighbouring countries - a vital opportunity to kill two birds with a single stone.
  14. Robert Downey Jr. announced his plans to clean the Earth with the help of Nanotechnology during Amazon's Re:Mars conference in Las Vegas on Tuesday night. But that's not the only exciting announcement we heard during the keynote. The folks over at Amazon also unveiled the latest Prime Air drone design, which the company says it wants to launch in the coming months. Before we talk about the drone itself, check out this video showing the new drone in action - As you can see, the new Prime Air drone is essentially a hybrid aircraft that can do vertical as well as forward flights. The takeoff and landing look particularly smooth too. The video itself does a good job of showing us the drone's flying capability and it seems to be pretty good as far as flying is concerned. As for the safety features, well Amazon's consumer worldwide CEO Jeff Wilke took a good amount of time to emphasise the same during the keynote. According to him, the new drone will take advantage of a combination of hardware components and machine learning models to safely deliver the packages. © Amazon The drone that was showcased during the event is apparently fitted with thermal cameras, depth cameras, and sonar to detect hazards. It also has onboard computers that use machine learning to automatically detect obstacles and navigate around them. “We know customers will only feel comfortable receiving drone deliveries if the system is incredibly safe. From paragliders, power lines, to the corgi in your backyard, this drone has safety covered,” said Wilke during the presentation. © Reuters The rotors of the drone, as you can see, are also covered for safety and the packages for delivery are carried safely inside the fuselage in the middle. Prime Air delivery drones have six degrees of freedom as opposed to four in the normal quadcopters. It will allow for more dynamic and nimble flight. Amazon says the goal is to take advantage of drone delivery tech to fly up to 15 miles and deliver packages under five pounds to customers in less than 30 minutes. As mentioned earlier, we still don't exactly know when the Prime Air drone deliveries will begin since Amazon is waiting for FAA's approval. But that's just Federal Aviation Administration, which is a government body of the United States. For its use in India, the Ministry of Civil Aviation will have to approve it. And if history is something to go by, it may take a long time. So let's just rely on the delivery guys for our packages now.
  15. While the Indian cricket team is set to finally make their ICC World Cup 2019 debut against Faf du Plessis' Team South Africa at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground in Hampshire the news of an alternate jersey for Virat Kohli's boys is making rounds in the cricketing world. "For televised ICC events all participating teams will be required to provide for two different coloured kits, except for the host country who has a preference in the choice of colour and may, if it chooses to do so, provide only one coloured kit to be worn in all matches throughout the event. In advance of the event the teams will be notified which coloured kit will be worn in each match," the ICC had said in a release. In essence, during the Cricket World Cup 2019, the hosts ie; Eoin Morgan's Team England have the luxury to play in their traditional 1992 World Cup throwback jersey which is light blue in colour. The Men in Blue, ironically enough, will be wearing their alternate jersey which is being speculated to be orange with dark blue designs all over. Abiding by this new rule made by the ICC, countries such as Bangladesh and South Africa have already released their second kit: Who else is excited about the World Cup ? :) pic.twitter.com/PyiBKPHRud — Tamim Iqbal Khan (@TamimOfficial28) May 25, 2019 Team India however have managed to maintain a sense of suspense about their new look. "The BCCI marketing team is still working on the design and the jersey will be unveiled very soon," a BCCI source told PTI. Having said that, IANS has released a tentative design for the new look that India might wear against their match against the World Cup hosts on 30th June 2019. Credit: IANS And while people are presuming this orange jersey to be Team India's 'away kit', IANS quoted a source saying: "There has been a lot of talks and speculation and people have been calling it an away jersey. But it isn't. It is an alternate jersey that the team will wear when they play England on June 30. As per the new rules, the hosts get to retain their jersey colour when they play an ICC event. Since India also have a blue jersey like England, there is a slight change in colour.” Ever since 1992, Team India has been known to don blue jerseys in the shorter formats of the game with slight modifications being made to the uniform every year ever since. Sure, blue is one of the more popular colours in the sporting fraternity but the Bleed Blue squad has established a sense of ownership to the colour with their brilliance on a cricketing field. Watching them play in a different shade will surely be an uncanny experience but hey, change is always good, right?
  16. It is a well known fact that the Board of Control for Cricket in India or the BCCI is the biggest cash cow for the International Cricket Council. According to a Hindustan Times report, the Indian cricket board is the source of roughly 70% of the total revenue ICC earns annually, so it is but natural for them to keep BCCI in a happy place and put them on a pedestal. There have been various incidents when despite BCCI's unreasonable demands which gravely costs all the other members of the international board, ICC has nodded its head in agreement, the 'Big Three Financial model' being probably one of the biggest measures. According to this model, a major chunk of the ICC's profits will go to the cricket boards of India, Australia and England because of a simple reason that they bring in the most money. So on a base level, it can be said that the ICC is a puppet and BCCI, the puppeteer. Now, the question is whether the Indian cricket team is taking undue advantage of BCCI's power in the international organisation? According to what happened at the press conference yesterday, it sure feels that way. Two days ahead of the Indian cricket team's World Cup 2019 opening game against South Africa, the media manager of the squad decided to send a couple of their net bowlers, Deepak Chahar and Avesh Khan to the press conference instead of the head coach, Ravi Shastri or any senior member of the roster, as the rest of the teams have been doing. © Reuters The awaiting journalists were livid and decided to boycott the interaction altogether because they felt it was not fair for the media and the two young athletes to have a conversation about playing squad as they had no authority to answer team related questions. What further enraged the senior members of the press fraternity was the reason that the media manager gave for the absence of a relevant representative. According to him, the younger cricketers were brought to the fore because India didn't start their World Cup campaign yet. Similar situation had occurred during the previous ICC World Cup in 2015 when only skipper MS Dhoni used to be present at the media interactions post-games despite other people being the best performers. These performers were then only interviewed exclusively by the official website of the BCCI. © Reuters Not only does this show how casually Team India has been taking the ICC, but it also shows how little they care about the honour of being one of the teams to be participating in the World Cup and the media.
  17. 2019 has been an amazing year for gaming. Lots of games have already come out, and there are a lot more launches lined up throughout the year. So if you don't have a gaming PC or if you've been planning to build one, then now is the time to do that. We already have a guide to help you build a budget gaming PC build under Rs. 50,000. But if you have some more room to stretch your budget, then here's a quick guide to help you pick the right parts for a gaming PC build under Rs 90,000. 1) Processor: Intel i5-8600K - Rs. 21,000 © Intel For this particular build, we went with the Intel 8th Gen i5 8600K Coffee Lake processor. It's a hexacore processor with a base frequency of 2.8Ghz and can top out at 4.3Ghz boost on all cores. Six cores are all you need for gaming, so it can't get better than this. You can also go with the Intel Core i5-8400, however, you'll be dealing with a slightly slower clock speed with that CPU. 2) Motherboard: MSI Z370 Krait - Rs. 11,400 © MSI MSI is a popular brand when it comes to motherboards. They have an impressive lineup and we'll be going with the MSI Z370 Krait for this particular list. This particular board supports dual graphics card configuration with reinforced PCIe slots. You can also fit an M.2 SSD if your budget allows for it. BTW, this motherboard also comes with RGB lighting. 3) RAM: Corsair Vengeance 16GB 2,400Mhz - Rs. 6,400 © Corsair Considering the fact that you should at least have 8GB of RAM in your system, it's safe to avoid the bottleneck and go with 16GB of RAM. For this build, we'll be going with the Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB DDR4 2400Mhz memory kit. With this, you'll get two 8GB sticks, and they'll be working in dual channel on our motherboard, so you'll get superior performance. 4) SSD: HP 240GB - Rs. 2,800 © HP You'll definitely be needing an SSD to make sure your PC boot up time and other software loading times are less. Depending on your budget, you can go with either 240GB or 512GB SSD. We'll just be using a 240GB SSD to make sure our components are well within our budget. 5) HDD: Seagate Barracuda 2TB - Rs. 4,795 © Seagate Obviously, 240GB storage is not going to be enough for a gaming PC. So, you'll have to spend a bit on an HDD. Seagate's HDD's have been our preferred choice for a long time, so we suggest you grab this Seagate Barracuda 2TB HDD for your PC as well. 6) GPU: Zotac GeForce RTX 2060 - Rs. 32,000 © Zotac Alright, so the GPU. Nvidia's new RTX series of GPUs have been flying off the shelves, and that's what we're going with for this build. You can pick up an RTX 2060 GPU for this build, and you can get some solid performance. Games run very smooth on the RTX 2060 card, and you'll easily get frames above 60FPS on most AAA titles. 7) PSU - Corsair VS550 550-Watt - Rs. 3,500 © Corsair Corsair's VS550 is the best PSU you can pick up for under Rs. 4,000. It packs enough power to run all your components and leave enough headroom for future upgrades too. It's vastly compatible and a very reliable PSU. 8) Cabinet - Cooler Master MasterBox MB520 Case - Rs. 7,000 © Cooler Master Since we're dealing with a fairly powerful PC build here, you might want to pick up a cabinet that can show off all the components. Use this case, add some RGB lighting, and you've got yourself a cabinet which you'll love to show off online. If you are up for that, then we suggest you pick up the Cooler Master MasterBox MB520 cabinet. Well, that wraps up the list of components you can pick up for your gaming PC build. We hope you manage to find all these parts in stock online. If not, you might want to check with your local retailer offline. You might even end up grabbing some of them at a relatively cheaper price.
  18. Yesterday's swearing-in ceremony was quite eventful, but one of the biggest things everyone realized was Sushma Swaraj won't be a part of the Modi Government 2.0. The much loved former Minister of External Affairs of India did not take part in the Lok Sabha elections this year but people still had hopes that she would get a nomination for Rajya Sabha and become a part of the Cabinet. But, looks like following some health troubles, she won't be a part of the new government. Thanking PM Narendra Modi in a tweet for giving her the opportunity to serve the people of the country for five years, she said - पà¥à¤°à¤§à¤¾à¤¨ मà¤à¤¤à¥à¤°à¥ à¤à¥ - à¤à¤ªà¤¨à¥ 5 वरà¥à¤·à¥à¤ तठमà¥à¤à¥ विदà¥à¤¶ मà¤à¤¤à¥à¤°à¥ à¤à¥ तà¥à¤° पर दà¥à¤¶à¤µà¤¾à¤¸à¤¿à¤¯à¥à¤ à¤à¤° पà¥à¤°à¤µà¤¾à¤¸à¥ भारतà¥à¤¯à¥à¤ à¤à¥ सà¥à¤µà¤¾ à¤à¤°à¤¨à¥ à¤à¤¾ मà¥à¤à¤¾ दिया à¤à¤° पà¥à¤°à¥ à¤à¤¾à¤°à¥à¤¯à¤à¤¾à¤² मà¥à¤ वà¥à¤¯à¤à¥à¤¤à¤¿à¤à¤¤ तà¥à¤° पर भॠबहà¥à¤¤ समà¥à¤®à¤¾à¤¨ दिया. मà¥à¤ à¤à¤ªà¤à¥ पà¥à¤°à¤¤à¤¿ बहà¥à¤¤ à¤à¤­à¤¾à¤°à¥ हà¥à¤. हमारॠसरà¤à¤¾à¤° बहà¥à¤¤ यशसà¥à¤µà¤¿à¤¤à¤¾ सॠà¤à¤²à¥, पà¥à¤°à¤­à¥ सॠमà¥à¤°à¥ यहॠपà¥à¤°à¤¾à¤°à¥à¤¥à¤¨à¤¾ हà¥. — Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) May 30, 2019 This was followed by a lot of heartfelt messages, thanking her for all that she's done these past few years. H.E. @SushmaSwaraj leaves a lasting legacy as External Affairs Minister. Thank you Madam for being a true friend, and a partner to the Maldives. Your commitment to your people, your dedication to serve, and your passion has inspired several including me. Sincere best wishes. pic.twitter.com/wVMZlJLNiE — Abdulla Shahid ð (@abdulla_shahid) May 30, 2019 Obama, tho. With the big guys & little guys. As @SushmaSwaraj opts out of government, 2 unforgettable photos — with Obama & Bhutan's Prince Jigme. pic.twitter.com/XRpc4BYkSh — Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) May 30, 2019 This seems like a joke, but for real. Ab passpost ka matter hua toh kisko tag karna? — Sagar (@sagarcasm) May 30, 2019 People loved her a lot. The country will miss you in the cabinet . You brought in emotions and values to a ministry which always seemed so clinical! — Priyanka Chaturvedi (@priyankac19) May 30, 2019 Exactly. Govts may change, the cabinet may change, but Sushma Swaraj will go down as the most likeable cabinet ministers India has ever had. Hamid Ansari came back from a Pakistani Jail, he & his mother met Sushma ji on his return. Watch. I choked. pic.twitter.com/TVwqUC2Rxe — Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) May 30, 2019 So many 'miss you' messages. Miss u madam Because of her v all came to know the real meaning of external ministry #Sushmaswaraj #modisarkar2 pic.twitter.com/FpowADVjGw — RAJSELVAN Dr Thangam (@RajselvanT) May 30, 2019 Yep. Congratulations @SushmaSwaraj ji on a wonderful tenure! One the best EAMs India could ever have. India is truly indebted for your exemplary service to the country and its citizens. Wish you the best of health and happiness :) #SushmaSwaraj https://t.co/QfCqv9ncTg — Sukanya Iyer (@sukanyasiyer) May 30, 2019 Totally agree. Look whats trending... A person who is not even in cabinet these time. India is surely gonna miss you mam @SushmaSwaraj you were one of the best foreign minister India has ever witnessed, it would be too tough for the new person to follow your legacy..#ModiReturns #sushmaswaraj pic.twitter.com/7Pxcavzw9y — Manthan Shah (@ShahManthan89) May 30, 2019 She should've been. Why isn't #SushmaSwaraj part of the cabinet? She was by far one of the most effective and efficient ministers in the #ModiSarkar!#SwearinginCeremony — Aniket Pargaonkar ð®ð³ (@aniketsp) May 30, 2019 Yep. I did not realize (until 2 mins back) that #SushmaSwaraj @SushmaSwaraj is not swearing in, which means she will not be a part of #ModiSarkar2 I'm so disappointed because she was one of the best MEA India had. A shining jewel of the #ModiCabinet #ModiSwearingIn — Shantala Shenoy Nayak (@shanayatales) May 30, 2019
  19. Oppo announced its latest Reno series smartphones in India and comes with a very unique pop-up selfie camera that basically pops up from the side. There were two smartphones launched i.e. Oppo Reno and Reno 10X Zoom Edition. The smartphone comes with different configurations and pricing for the Indian market. Specifications © YouTube The Oppo Reno Vanilla edition comes with a single variant i.e. 8GB + 256GGB storage, while the Oppo Reno 10X Zoom edition comes in two variants, that is, 6GB+128GB and 8GB+256GB. In terms of specifications, the OPPO Reno comes with a 6.4-inch full HD+ AMOLED display and is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 710 chipset. In terms of cameras, the OPPO Reno comes with a 48-megapixel primary sensor and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The Oppo Reno has a 3765 mAh battery and supports 20W VOOC fast charging. © Youtube/Ben's Gadget Reviews On the other hand, the Oppo Reno 10X Zoom Edition comes with a 6.6-inch AMOLED display that has an in-display fingerprint scanner. The smartphone is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 processor and is paired with up to 8GB of RAM. The smartphone has a triple camera setup at the back where the primary camera is a 48-megapixel sensor. The second camera is a 13-megapixel periscope telephoto lens and the third being an 8-megapixel super-wide angle camera. The Oppo Reno 10X Zoom edition has a 4,065 mAh battery and supports 20W VOOC fast charging. Pricing Details © OPPO The Oppo Reno 8GB RAM + 256GB storage variant carries a price tag of Rs 32,990. The Oppo Reno 10x Zooom Edition 6GB RAM + 128GB storage variant will retail in India for Rs 39,990, while the phone's 8GB RAM + 256GB storage variant will be for Rs 49,990. The Oppo Reno series smartphones will be available for pre-orders from May 28 on Amazon and Flipkart.
  20. The Pakistan cricket team is probably the most unpredictable thing about the ICC World Cup 2019, which begins in a couple of days in England & Wales. While their loss to a team like Afghanistan in their warm-up games shows just how bad the team can be, they consist of a few extremely talented players who can take Pakistan cricket to a new high, maybe even get their first ever World Cup victory against the Indian cricket team. Here are the five key players of the team who can win it all for the cricket-crazy nation: 1. Babar Azam © Reuters Referred to as the “Virat Kohli of Pakistan”, Babar Azam plays like the Indian skipper too. At the age of 24, Azam easily dominated some of the deadliest of bowlers on the current time in Dale Steyn, Kagiso Rabada and Duanne Olivier at the Proteas' home ground in South Africa a couple of months ago and seems to never lose his form with the bat. In his career in adolescence, Azam has scored 2544 runs in just 62 ODIs which includes 8 tons and 11 half-centuries. In 2019, Azam has batted in 10 innings for his team and scored 472 runs with an average of 52.4 runs per innings. 2. Imam-ul-Haq © Reuters Being the nephew of Inzamam-ul-Haq, Imam faced a lot of pressure during his introduction to international cricket during the U-19 Asia Cup in 2012. A fighter that he is, Imam has brought his flamboyant stroke-play to every match that he has played ever since. His debut for the national team of Pakistan occurred in 2017 against Sri Lanka, in which he not only chased the total and won the match but also struck his first ODI hundred. Imam's ODI journey has seen him play in 27 games while scoring a total of 1381 runs including his career's best single-inning performance, a 151 against the World Cup 2019 hosts a couple of weeks ago. 3. Fakhar Zaman © Reuters Probably as unpredictable as the Pakistan team, Fakhar Zaman is the opening batsman who will either bring you runs in big bundles or will not bring them at all. The series against England was the perfect example of his uncertainty as a batsman. Having said that, when he does stick to the crease, there is no force in the cricketing world that could stop him from getting a half-ton for his side. In his career, Zaman has featured in 34 ODIs, putting up 1585 runs on the board with a decent strike rate of 97.83 through his career. He has batted in 10 ODI innings this year and scored 367 runs. 4. Hasan Ali © Reuters While the team, which was once feared for their bowling attack, is now in search for some good bowlers themselves, 24-year-old Hasan Ali is probably the best they have heading into the World Cup, who's reverse swing with a slightly-used ball has got him some important wickets throughout his career. Ever since his 2016 debut in the ODI format of the game, Ali has scalped 78 wickets in just 47 matches with an economy rate of 5.56. 2019 has been a little expensive for the bowler as he has given an average of six runs per over in the past five months while collecting only five wickets. 5. Asif Ali © Reuters Pakistan's bravest athlete, Asif Ali faced a tragic loss in his personal life when cancer took away his two-year-old daughter from him a week ago. Aware of his duties towards the team and his fans, Asif returned to England to join the squad yet again before they take on West Indies on 31st May 2019. Stepping onto the crease at the number seven spot, Ali is known for hitting it strong and long on command. Ali has mustered 342 runs in the 16 games that he has played in the ODI format with a fierce strike rate of 131.03. In 2019, two of the four ODIs that he was a part of saw him raising his bat in the air for half-tons scoring 142 in total this year.
  21. The Indian cricket team is surely one of the leading contenders for the ICC World Cup 2019 with a great roster, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had a tough time limiting to a 15-man squad just because of the kind of talent that was available at their disposal. While the selectors had to drop great players like Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu, who, any other team would give anything to have, here's a list of five key players who would lead to the success of the Men in Blue this World Cup: 1. Virat Kohli © Reuters Even if Virat Kohli was not the leader of the squad, he would have been India's most valuable asset. After having the greatest year cricket in 2018, the batsman in Kohli continues to stay atop ICC World rankings in Test and ODI formats of the game. Having featured in 227 ODIs in the Indian kit, the skipper has already scored 10,843 runs and has a batting average of 54 in England, where the World Cup will take place. 2019 has been kind to the cricketer who notched 3 centuries in 11 matches this year. 2. MS Dhoni © Reuters Considered as the incognito captain of the team, Dhoni's skills as a middle-order batsman and still, a top-notch wicket-keeper give Team India the edge they need to become the world champs. Having played under pressure in and World Cup final and winning the trophy with a bang only adds to his already impressive resume. In 341 ODI matches throughout his career, Dhoni has scored 10,500 runs till date. Despite a nagging back injury, Dhoni took his IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings to the final while scoring 314 runs in 10 matches. In 2019, Dhoni has played 8 innings in which he has put up a total of 327 runs. 3. Jasprit Bumrah © Reuters The bowling attack of Team India will be spearheaded by 25-year-old Jasprit Bumrah who has been in tremendous form for the whole of 2018 and 2019 which not only helped his side restrict their opponents to small totals but also provided the pacer with the top rank in ICC World rankings in ODIs. Bumrah has played in 49 ODI games in his professional cricketing career and collated 85 wickets, 28 of which came in 2018 alone, with an impressive economy rate of 4.51. 4. Hardik Pandya © Reuters Hardik Pandya is a classic example of hard work paying off. Ever since making his ODI debut against New Zealand in 2016, he has quickly become an integral part of the national cricket squad as a talented all-rounder and is extremely useful as a death over bowler and a middle order batsman. In 45 one-dayers played by the all-rounder in the Bleed Blue jersey, Pandya has scored 731 runs with a scary strike rate of 116.59 while also scalping 44 wickets at a 5.54 rate of economy. 5. Kuldeep Yadav © Reuters Kuldeep Yadav just had an abysmal season of the Indian Premier League with Kolkata Knight Riders and was benched midway through the month and a half long event for the same. Nonetheless, the Chinaman has enough tricks up his sleeves to stun opponents with the ball and might as well be that x-factor of the team. In 44 ODIs, Yadav has already dismissed 87 batsmen off the crease at the economy rate of 4.94, which is extraordinary for a spinner. In 2019, while the lefty has been a little more expensive than his career average, he has taken 20 wickets ahead of the World Cup.
  22. Black Shark 2, the gaming phone that we've been waiting to get our hands on for a long time, is finally here in India. It packs pretty much everything that you'd expect from a gaming phone in 2019 like a powerful Snapdragon 855 processor, up to 12GB of RAM and more. Let's check it out. To start with, the Black Shark 2 packs a 6.39-inch Full-HD+ AMOLED display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio and 2340×1080 pixels resolution. It's doesn't have a 90Hz display like the OnePlus 7 Pro, but the display takes advantage of features like “Fast Finger” and “Magic Touchh”, and has a 43.5ms response time. The “Magic Press” tech, in case you're wondering, works like Apple's 3D display, meaning you'll be able to press down harder on the display to actuate different functions. © Black Shark Internally, the Black Shark 2 is powered by Qualcomm's 7nm Snapdragon 855 chipset, coupled with up to 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. It also features Liquid Cooling 3.0 for even improved heat dissipation. There are 2 vapour chambers and a copper plate inside the phone to keep things cool while gaming. As for the optics, the Black Shark 2 sports dual rear cameras with a 48MP (f/1.75) primary sensor and 12MP (f/2.2) secondary sensor. On the front, there's a 20MP (f/2.0) selfie shooter. The phone also comes equipped with a huge 4,000 mAh battery for which Black Shark is also including a USB Type-C 27W fast-charger. © YouTube All these beefy internals are packed inside a body that looks kickass from the outside. The company says the phone's ergonomic design resembles that of a sports car. Seriously, the Black Shark 2 looks like a true gaming phone with its curvaceous build and metal+glass design. Oh BTW, the phone also comes with LED strips on the edges and a glowing Black Shark logo at the back. Black Shark 2 Accessories In addition to the phone itself, the company also showcased a bunch of accessories to go along with it. There's a fancy cooling fan attachment and switch-style dual controllers. Lastly, you can also get an HDMI to USB Type-C cable and use the “console mode” to hook it up to, say, a TV. Pricing and Availability The Black Shark 2 gaming phone has been launched at Rs. 39,999 in India for the base variant with 6GB RAM & 128GB storage. You can also get your hands on the 8GB+128GB variant for Rs. 49,999. The phone will exclusively be available for sale on Flipkart from 4th June.
  23. Gaming laptops have gotten a lot better over time. Some of the laptops like the Alienware Area 51m are so powerful, that you can even replace your desktop with them and get stellar performance. But you don't always have to spend a fortune to get a decent gaming laptop. There are a ton of options out there and here are some good ones that are worth checking out: 1) MSI GL63 8RC © YouTube MSI has been making gaming laptops for a long time and they have a lot of options ranging from budget notebooks to really expensive devices. The MSI GL63 8RC, which we have here in this list, falls under the budget category. It's priced at Rs. 55,990, and it's a really good option for those who're looking to dip their toes in gaming. This particular variant of the MSI GL63 8RC is powered by Intel's Core i5 8th-gen CPU and it's coupled with 8GB of RAM. It sports a 15.6-inch FHD TN panel on the front, which is one of the best panels out there. This base variant of the laptop boasts a GTX 1050 Ti, which should be good enough to play even some of the modern AAA titles at medium to high settings. Price: Rs. 55,990 2) Acer Nitro 5 © YouTube Acer's Nitro series is very popular among budget PC gamers, as it offers a decent rig at a reasonable price. Much like the MSI GL series laptop, the Acer Nitro 5 is also powered by an 8th gen Intel Core i5 coupled with 8GB of RAM. It also boasts a GTX 1050Ti GPU, which is a great entry-level GPU. The Acer Nitro 5 also sports a 15.6-inch IPS anti-glare display, which is just about what you can expect from an entry-level laptop. If you can stretch your budget a little, then you can also check out the Acer Predator Helios 300. It's a little more expensive, but it's said to have better thermal management. Price: Rs. 55,990 3) ASUS TUF Ryzen 5 © YouTube ASUS, much like MSI, is known for making some really good gaming laptops. Their new TUF series of gaming laptops are just perfect for gamers who are on a budget. This particular variant which we have here is powered by an AMD Ryzen CPU. The ASUS TUF Ryzen 5, as the name suggests, is powered by a quad-core Ryzen 5-3550H CPU clocked at 3.7Ghz. It has 8GB of RAM and features a Radeon RX 560X GPU to power through your games. This is also the only laptop in the list that sports a 17.3-inch 60Hz IPS panel. So if you are looking for a bigger laptop, then the ASUS TUF powered by the Ryzen is worth checking out. It costs just a little over our set budget of Rs. 60,000. Price: Rs. 60,890 4) HP Pavilion 15 © HP This one, in particular, doesn't have a gaming DNA, at least when it comes to the looks, but it still packs enough power to run modern games at decent graphics settings. It sports a 15.6-inch FHD anti-glare display and it boasts a GTX 1050 GPU. It's an entry-level GPU with 4GB VRAM, but it can still handle most modern AAA titles at decent settings. It is powered by an 8th Gen Intel Core i5 processor and it packs 8GB of RAM and 1TB HDD. The fact the HP Pavilion 15 Core doesn't have flashy RGB and an obnoxious design makes it a very compelling option for most people. Price: Rs. 59, 990
  24. Xiaomi's Redmi phones have been a huge hit for the company. So much so that 'Redmi' is now a separate sub-brand. So far the Redmi has been limited to the budget segment, but the company is about to change that with its upcoming flagship device - the Redmi K20. The Redmi K20, in case you don't know, is a flagship phone, and Xiaomi officials have been calling it the 'flagship killer 2.0'. We still have to wait for it to launch officially to see if it's really a flagship killer, but we do know quite a bit about the phone already, including a picture of it. Rumored Specs That We Know So Far The Redmi K20 has been confirmed to sport Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 SoC, which means the phone will enjoy its space as a flagship phone alongside the Mi 9. As a flagship phone, it's safe to say that it'll carry a minimum of 6GB of RAM, although you can also expect an 8GB RAM variant. © Weibo As for the optics, the Redmi K20 will feature triple cameras on the back. You can clearly see all the three cameras in the render. Here', take a look. © Twitter Furthermore, the primary sensor of the phone is said to be a Sony IMX586 with 48MP resolution. It's the same sensor that's being used by OnePlus for the OnePlus 7 Pro phone, and we're quite optimistic about the picture quality. As of now, there's no info about the other two sensors, so we'll wait for more rate than speculating. And if you're a sucker for slo-mo videos then make a note that the Redmi K20 will also support 960fps slo-mo videos. A few other things we know about the phone is that it'll have a Notchless display, it'll have a pop-up camera and there'll be an in-display fingerprint scanner. Redmi K20 Launching in India Soon Here's the best part - The Redmi K20 is said to be coming to India very soon. The same has been confirmed by Xiaomi India's head Manu Kumar Jain. Most amazing & awaited flagship device launch of the year - #Flagship #Killer 2.0! ð I am in China to attend the launch event next week - on 28th May. Only one week to go! ð Mi Fans! Can not wait to show this incredible device to all of you guys.. ð#Xiaomi â¤ï¸ #Redmi pic.twitter.com/eFTRf7P9xF — Manu Kumar Jain (@manukumarjain) May 22, 2019 Well, we don't have an official date for the phone's arrival in India, but we think it'll happen as early as next month.
  25. Driving in India is a tedious and nerve-wracking task. From shouting at pedestrians for jaywalking to being the only one who follows the traffic lights, it is stressful. And don't even get us started about the Indian roads. But, in spite of all the fuss about it, we Indians simply love the luxury of driving around and owning the best of the cars. And that gets us back to the big news – the entry of the Korean automobile brand Kia Motors in the Indian market. Anyone who is obsessed with cars would know what that means. Kia has announced their entry in India and is all set to roll out cars at the dealerships from August 2019. But here's our point – this should have happened way sooner, as Kia Motors makes the best of the cars and we've been missing out on them all. Here are 6 reasons why this brand should have come to India sooner: 1. We Need More Of Quirky And Compact We are a country of middle-class people who buy things that are paisa vasool – that means a car that looks great, is tech-savvy, practical and fuel-efficient, all at the same time. Keeping the demanding nature of this middle-class Gen Z in mind, Kia Motors offers a range of compact economy cars that are also performance-driven. 2. They Have Green Options Too Electric cars might have a niche market in India but thankfully, it is seeing a surge in popularity with more and more people looking for Green options. Kia Motors has the highly efficient Kia Soul & Niro Electric Vehicle. If introduced in India, this efficient and economic model is surely going to be a customer favourite. Kia 3. They Stand Out In A Crowd With Their Trippy Hues There is no dearth of options in India and that's why we need something that stands out from the rest – here's where Kia comes into the picture. With their sleek designs and trippy hues and unique shapes, they are everything that we've always wanted. Each of the Kia models has a different look completed with their signature Tiger grille. Their trippy colour palette includes hues like Mysterious Blue, Alien 2 Green, Caffeine Brown and Wild Orange. 4. It's Luxury With Quality Those of you who think that Asian cars are inferior in quality need to think again. Kia Motors has won multiple global quality awards like IQS for their fine quality, safety and designs that are an absolute value for money. Their interiors are just as polished and sleek as the exterior design of the car. With comfort the number one priority, the interiors give a more spacious and luxurious vibe to the car. 5. They Offer More For Less - The Power To Surprise Compared to other high-end brands, Kia Motors strive to offer the best and most up-to-date features in economy cars. In fact, Kia has been ranked in the list of Top 10 Best Midsize Cars for the Money. Kia 6. We've Been Settling With Our Safety Options While most of the cars rely heavily on airbags and camera-sensor rearview mirrors, the Kia Motors line up offers smart and advanced safety features that include Blind-Spot Detection, Lane-Change Assist, surround-view camera and Rear Cross Traffic Alert. Now that's what our accident-prone Indian roads need. Well, in spite of all that we've missed, let's just give a warm welcome to Kia Motors and say it's better late than never!
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