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  1. 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.”
  2. Last year in June, the Captain of the Indian football team, Sunil Chhetri had posted a video on Twitter urging the fans of the game to come to the stadium, become a part of the experience and support their side. He did so as it would act as a confidence booster for the players and motivate them to do better on the field while representing our country. This is nothing but a small plea from me to you. Take out a little time and give me a listen. pic.twitter.com/fcOA3qPH8i — Sunil Chhetri (@chetrisunil11) June 2, 2018 “... support us, encourage us, abuse us, criticise us, talk about the game, go back home, have discussions about the game. But, please get involved,” the Secunderabad footballer had said. So this is us criticising them for the horrible performance they'd put on in the World Cup Qualifier against a team like Bangladesh. The Salt Lake stadium was buzzing with a crowd of 61,486 shouting “Ma tujhe salaam” and a wave of roar emerged during the final words of our national anthem but when in the 42nd minute, Bangladesh's Saad Uddin scored a goal off a header, nothing but disappointment could be heard in the stands. There was dead silence as Saad directed the ball into the net with a touch, thanks to some horrible positioning by the Indian goalkeeper, Gurpreet Singh Sandhu who left the entire goal exposed as he ran forward to punch the ball away but was too late in making that decision. Gooooooooaaaaaaaaallllll Saad uddin..ð§ð©ðð¼ Our boys in roarð§ð©ðð¼#fifa2022 #Bangladesh — Zidaneâ½ (@zidaneymarjr) October 15, 2019 As the 21-year-old Bangladeshi ran across the field, celebrating the goal, Sandhu could be seen standing at one spot, shaking his head in disbelief. “They have undone themselves,” said the commentator, looking at the replay of the Sandhu's untimely move. Thanks to Adil Khan's header off a Brandon Fernandes' corner-kick that the Blue Tigers were able to save face very late in the match, in the 88th minute to be precise and the game went on to end in a draw. #fifawcq2022 IND vs BAN FT .. India- 1 Bangladesh-1 Last minutes goal by #Adilkhan pic.twitter.com/mYEyWVVbN6 — SAHID (@sahidalamxxx) October 15, 2019 To be completely honest, FIFA rankings stop being valuable after a certain number but for a team like India that currently ranks 104, to barely being able to draw the game against a 187th ranked team like Bangladesh is outright disappointing. And it wasn't just the early goal and the failure to score until the final minutes of the game that gives way to such criticism but the fact that the Indian defense completely collapsed on itself almost every single time the opponent attacked, that makes yesterday's show such a big upset. The unavailability of defensive mainstay Sandesh Jhingan and midfielder Rowliin Borges due to injury and suspension respectively, truly hurt the Indian roster. Unable to make the most out of their multiple open looks, Chhetri said, “One of those games where we could not take our chances. I don't want to get into the part about us conceding because you concede from set-pieces sometimes. But we got so many chances, which we should have buried. The good thing is boys gave everything but it was not enough.” In his typical optimistic spirit, the captain said, “For the matches in November we want to come back as fresh as possible and fight in every match.” Back in September, when a Chhetri-less team brought the match against Qatar to end in a draw, we showed our support for their efforts. Qatar are the reigning Asian Cup champions and far superior a team than India and we appreciated the scoreless finish. Clean sheet â Thunder â¡ Claps â Holding the Asian Champs â#QATIND â #WCQ ðð #BackTheBlue ð #BlueTigers ð¯ #IndianFootball â½ pic.twitter.com/wj2JAdaqfM — Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) September 10, 2019 It was Sandhu who led the team into the tense match and it was Sandhu who made a total of 13 magnificent saves against the fierce Qatari offense to help his side from drowning. But we can't say the same for yesterday's game. As far as the points table is concerned, after the draw, the Blue Tigers now have two points from three games to stay at the fourth spot in Group E while Bangladesh are still at the last place with one point.
  3. Google officially launched the Pixel 4 and 4 XL at an event in New York today however the smartphone is not going to be launched in India. At the launch event today, the company announced the two smartphones and all the new features that will be available exclusively on them. © YouTube The Pixel 4 and 4 XL are the first smartphones by the company that come with multiple cameras at the back in a square module. It comes with a 12-megapixel primary wide-angle sensor and an additional 16-megapixel telephoto sensor. Google has also added the ability to unlock the smartphone with facial recognition and will use the front camera and the Soli chip for scanning a face. The Soli chip can detect when you reach out for your phone and prepare it beforehand for faster face unlocks. © YouTube The Pixel 4 also comes with a dedicated Soli chip that can motion sense gestures. These gestures can be used to control certain application by simply waving in front of the screen. Other camera features also include previous features such as Top Shot, Night Sight, Super Res and HDR+. The HDR+ has now been improved upon and is now called 'Live HDR10+'. This feature uses machine learning to appromiximate HDR+ images and adjusts the exposure of your frame in real-time. The Pixel 4 comes with dual exposure controll which means you can lower the brightness of the capture, the shadow slider can be used to adjust the tone mapping. Google has also improved its marquee camera feature i.e. "Night Sight" where Google has added the “astrophotography” feature that enables the phone to take pictures of celestial objects in the night sky. Other specifications of the two smartphones include a 5.7-inch Full-HD+ OLED 90Hz display for the Pixel 4 while the larger XL variant comes with a 6.3-inch Full-HD+ OLED 90Hz display. The refresh rate on the Pixel 4 adjusts itself to conserve battery life and kick in the higher refresh rate when needed. Both smartphones are powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 chipset and come with 6GB of RAM. © YouTube Like the Pixel 3, the Pixel 4 also comes with an 18W PD fast charger and wireless charging and has a battery capacity of 2,800mAh (Pixel 4) and 3,700mAh (Pixel 4 XL) respectively. The Pixel 4 comes in various colours i.e. Just Black, Clearly White, and Oh So Orange. The Pixel 4 starts at $799 and will be available from 24th October. While the Pixel 4 will be available in select markets, the smartphone will not be making it to India as the Soli Chip uses the 60Hz mmWave frequencey that is not available for general use for the public. The 60Hz mmWaave frequency is used by the Soli chip for recognising gestures. As this is one of the main feautres on the Pixel 4; the smartphone will not be launching in India at the moment. "Google has a wide range of products that we make available in different regions around the world. We determine availability based on a variety of factors, including local trends, and product features. We decided not to make Pixel 4 available in India. We remain committed to our current Pixel phones and look forward to bringing future Pixel devices to India," a Google spokesperson said in a statement.
  4. Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work - APJ Abdul Kalam While in school, we were often fascinated with India reaching newer heights in space research and tactical warfare techniques in the armed forces. It was new and interesting and we looked up to all the scientists and engineers that worked hard behind these achievements. I remember on one of the annual functions held in my school, I was going to receive an award by the chief guest who'd make an appearance. And at that particular annual day, our chief guest was none other than Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, also known as the 'Missile Man' of India. Now when I look back, I am grateful to have been a part of a generation where I witnessed great feats by a man who was the best suited president for our nation. © Economic Times On his birthday today, which is also known as 'Student's Day', we want to remember all his contributions and achievements in the field of technology, results of which are still being reaped by thousands of engineers, scientists and a million Indians, every day, even after he's long gone. A man of great stature and vision, Dr. Kalam will live as an inspiration for thousands of students who aspire to contribute towards aeronautical and spatial technology, or even technology used in the armed forces. Here are some remarkable contributions the former president has made in the field of technology in India. (1) His Contribution At DRDO Dr. Kalam began his career at DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation), right after he graduated from the Madras Institute of Technology in 1960. He joined the Aeronautical Development Establishment (ADE) of DRDO as a scientist. He started with designing a small hovercraft at DRDO. In 1965 he started an independent project on an expandable rocket, at the institution and in 1969, he received the government's approval for the same and made the team bigger by hiring more engineers to help him out. © BCCL During his tenure with DRDO, he was in charge of two major projects, Project Devil and Project Valiant, which were aimed at developing ballistic missiles and he played a major role in developing missiles like Agni and Prithvi under the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP). Kalam is also remembered for his contribution in the Pokhran-II nuclear tests, which were carried out while he was the Chief Scientific Advisor to the then Prime Minister, and Secretary of the Defense Research and Development Organisation from July 1992 to December 1999. He even ended up receiving a Bharat Ratna for his contribution towards scientific research and modernisation of defense technology in the country. © Financial Express While the Pokhran-II tests took place, Kalam firmly made a statement for the international community stating that such arms were only being tested to deter other nations from trying to subjugate India and they were only meant to be used as 'weapons of peace'. (2) His Contribution At ISRO While working with ISRO (The Indian Space Research Organisation), Kalam made a significant contribution as a project director to develop India's first indigenous satellite launch vehicle, SLV-III, which successfully deployed the Rohini in near-earth orbit. He has also contributed towards the development of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). The man was also part of the National Committee for Space Research (INCOSPAR), which was set up by Vikram Sarabhai, the father of Indian space programme. The team of engineers under this programme set up the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS) that is used by ISRO to launch sounding rockets even today. © Indian Defence News © Indian Defence News (3) Other Significant Achievements · As we all know, the man served as the President of India from 2002 to 2007, after he won the presidential elections, beating freedom fighter Lakshmi Saigal to the position. In fact, in a rare show of unity, all political parties voted for Kalam as the 11th president of India. He was the first vegetarian bachelor to occupy the Rashtrapati Bhavan. © BCCL · After he completed his term as President, Kalam became a visiting professor, wrote extensively and started many initiatives on youth development. He wrote Wings of Fire (autobiography) and India 2020, books which have motivated a million people in the country and even outside. The books envisioned his dream of India being a superpower one day, with Indians urging towards being innovative and unique in their own way. © Universities Press · He received several prestigious awards because of his contributions and achievements in the field of technology. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan in 1981 and Padma Vibhushan in 1990 and the highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna in 1997. © BCCL Dr. Kalam's legacy will live on till time immemorial and his achievements and contributions toward science and technology will take India where it needs to be in due time. Today, let's remember one of the greatest scientists India's ever had while being grateful we've witnessed his reign during the time we were alive.
  5. With the serious spike in entertaining at home in 2019, more and more people are exploring new and innovative ways to outshine each other when it comes to throwing fun soirees. And, with Diwali kickstarting the wave of festivities, we could think of no one better than the fun, young Brand Ambassador of Glenfiddich India, Angad Singh Gandhi, to give us the lowdown on the best way to do cocktails DIY-style this festive season. __ECOMPRODUCT__247__ No surprises to hear him say that homegrown gin brands will continue their meteoric rise on the popularity charts, and single malts will be the way to go for those who love their whisky. And, when it comes to presentation, the glass you pour it out in will make all the difference, and according to Gandhi, Highball glasses are where it's at this year. Zero-Waste Cocktails With the world going down the sustainable route, zero-waste bars are shaking up the scene the world over. According to Gandhi, everything from citrus rinds that can be used as garnish to beetroot juice squeezed out of leftovers from your salads (and mixed with lime and honey) can go into your drinks. Minimising waste of every kind, and doing our bit to not distress nature is the way to go this festive season, and the next he says. How To Make A Ginger Beet Martini - Leftover beetroot as per the amount you need - 1 medium apple cored and peeled - A small piece of freshly peeled and sliced ginger - 30 ml vodka - 5 ml ginger syrup - 5 ml freshly squeezed lime juice Blend the beetroot, apple and ginger with about a 2/3rd cup of water until it turns into smoothie consistency. Sieve it well, and add more water and mix it well until it turns into a juice. Add about 5 ml of the beetroot juice, and 30 ml of vodka and a dash of lemon juice, and mix well in a cocktail shaker. Pour out into a chilled martini glass and garnish it with a lemon rind. Buh-Bye Sugar Close on the heels of sustainable comes the organic and healthy. Sugar syrups are being struck off ingredient lists at the hottest bars, and Gandhi's favourite DIY replacement is of course honey, and he also loves to experiment with different easy-to-make homemade elixirs. He uses everything from elderflowers to hibiscus, lemon zest, strawberries, chocolate, coffee, clove and star anise, and either just adds a few drops of the elixir when making a drink, or simply pre-infuses his alcohol with the ingredient so it soaks up all the flavour. How To Make A Vanilla Vodka - 1 Vanilla pod - 700 ml Vodka of your choice Cut the vanilla pod sideways, and release the beans and add to a glass jar, and pour in the vodka, and allow it to infuse for a week or two, before you strain it out into a bottle. Coconut People Coconut as a flavour is going to be a big winner this season, says Gandhi. No longer limited to just coconut-flavoured Malibu, or OTT Tiki-themed cocktails, the fruit has played subtle muse to many a bartender the world over this year - both as a supplement for sugar, and for the mild sweetness it adds as a flavour. Simply add the coconut water to a drink, or mix coconut milk in a shaker with the other ingredients. How To Make A Coconut Ginger Margarita - 10 ml Cointreau - 10 ml Tequila - 5 ml fresh lime juice - 5 ml coconut water - 5-7 sliced ginger coins Throw in all the ingredients into a cocktail shaker, give it a good shake, and strain over ice in a glass. Garnish with lime or candied ginger. Mixology is no computer science, and with a little research and the right tools, you can master the art of making a mean cocktail or drink yourself. Or, if you don't want to spend all night playing bartender, you can simply pre-make a bowl of punch, or a flavoured cocktail and serve it in a big bowl or glass canister.
  6. Since Sunday, there are primarily two things that Indians are talking about - first, how India defeated Pakistan by 89 runs, in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup, and second, Ranveer Singh. From giving major fashion goals, trying his hands at commentary to clicking pictures with Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Harbhajan Singh, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Hardik Pandya, K L Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan, Ranveer made sure that he makes the most out of his England trip. View this post on Instagram COME ON INDIA, COME ON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ð®ð³ @starsportsindia @icc @cricketworldcup A post shared by Ranveer Singh (@ranveersingh) on Jun 17, 2019 at 2:39pm PDT But, apart from encouraging and cheering for the team, Ranveer also displayed great sportsmanship when he consoled an upset Pakistani fan. While both Indian and Pakistani cricket fans were busy trolling the Pakistan Cricket team for their disappointing performance in England, there was one fan who was left disheartened by this loss. Ranveer consoled him and that video is now going viral on social media. Ranveer, in the video, hugs the fan and tells him, "There is always a next time. Don't be disheartened, they played well, they are committed, dedicated professionals and they will be back." View this post on Instagram #ranveersingh with a Pakistani fan. He is so sweet ð⤠A post shared by Viral Bhayani (@viralbhayani) on Jun 17, 2019 at 10:00pm PDT On the work front, Ranveer is currently busy with '83, where he will play the role of Kapil Dev and Deepika Padukone will be playing Kapil Dev's wife Romi in the film. Directed by Kabir Khan, the movie is expected to release in 2020.
  7. Virender Sehwag was one of the most destructive batsmen in the world at one point, and he put fear into the hearts of opening bowlers as he took his stance. Meanwhile, unknown to us all, he has also been a rabid Manchester United fan. It surfaced recently that while Sehwag was part of the broadcast team that was covering the India vs Pakistan match at Old Trafford in Manchester, he also visited the historic stadium of one of the most famous clubs in the world. View this post on Instagram Had a great tour of @manchesterunited ! Thank you for the gesture A post shared by Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) on Jun 18, 2019 at 1:16am PDT Manchester United also welcomed a host of Indian players Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar and Yuzvendra Chahal to their esteemed grounds before congratulating them for their 89-run (DLS) victory over famous rivals Pakistan. ð®ð³ @BCCI players @DineshKarthik, @VijayShankar260 and @Yuzi_Chahal visited Old Trafford last week ð¸ Congrats on your #CWC19 win over Pakistan on Sunday ðª pic.twitter.com/eaS66J54R2 — Manchester United (@ManUtd) June 17, 2019 Sehwag has amassed over 8,000 runs in Test and ODI Cricket and still boasts the highest score by an Indian in International Test Cricket, 319, which was also the number which he was presented by authorities at the club. Through their website Manchester United quoted Sehwag in the buildup to the blockbuster match on Sunday, “Wherever the India or Pakistan fans are living, they're coming from there to Manchester to watch this game. It's a very big game. But if you look at the history, the record the Indian team has against Pakistan in World Cups, they've never lost. It's 6-0. So hopefully we can play well tomorrow and beat them again and make it 7-0. Maybe Cristiano will be happy, because that's his number!” Given that Sehwag was particularly good in England with two Test centuries on the island, the gesture from the footballing giants and the collaboration between the two powerhouses of the sport was genuinely good to see.
  8. PUBG Mobile has had its fair share of controversies in India. But there's no denying that the game has a strong e-sports presence in the country too. PUBG Mobile just wrapped up the regional finals of the PUBG Mobile Club Open (PMCO) 2019 esports tournament, and the Indian PUBG Mobile team, 'Team SouL' claimed the victory after six long matches. PUBG Mobile's regional finals were held in Thyagraj Stadium in New Delhi on the 14th and 15th of this month. After a few hard-fought battles, 'Team SouL' won the contest to become the India champions of the Spring Split segment. Congratulations "Team SOUL" on winning the PUBG MOBILE Club Open India Finals! Also, Team IND and Team Indian Tigers who have advanced to the Prelims of PMCO Global Finals! See you guys at BERLIN! And a BIG THANK YOU for all in making this event a huge success! pic.twitter.com/AoyT0qCBvN — PUBG MOBILE INDIA (@PUBGMOBILE_IN) June 16, 2019 The winning team came out on top amongst 15 other competitors with a total of 256 points. Their victory also helped them grab a $60,000 cheque as the winning prize money along with tickets to Berlin where they'll be representing India in the PMCO Global finals. It's worth pointing out that 'Team SouL' was on the second position trailing behind 'Team IND' after match 11 on day 2. The winning team managed to push their score by a huge margin in the final match of the day 2. 'Team IND' then managed to get the second position with 246 points whereas 'Team Indian Tigers' came third. © Twitter In addition to the winning team, the second and third place winners also received Rs. 0.95 lakh and Rs 12.9 lakh, respectively. The stakes are as high as they can get right for 'Team SouL' as they now stand a chance to win a massive prize pool of $2.5 million i.e. Rs 17.48 crore. The dates for the finals are yet to be finalised, so stay tuned for more info.
  9. We've already seen a couple of gaming phones from the likes of ASUS, Black Shark, etc. in India. And now, the Chinese smartphone maker Nubia has also launched the new Red Magic 3 gaming phone in the country. The Nubia Red Magic 3 has a lot going for it like an internal cooling, flagship specifications like Snapdragon 855 SoC, and more. Well, here's everything that you need to know about this phone. © Nubia The Nubia Red Magic 3, just like the OnePlus 7 Pro, sports a 90Hz 6.65-inch FHD+ panel with support for HDR. As mentioned earlier, the phone is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 SoC and it comes with up to 12GB RAM and 256GB internal storage. The Red Magic 3 also has an Adreno 640GPU to take care of the graphics side of things. The Nubia Red Magic 3 is also the world's first smartphone to sport an internal cooling fan. Yes, this particular phone, regardless of the variant you buy, comes with a cooling fan to keep things nice and cool while you're gaming. In addition to a cooling fan, the phone also takes advantage of the liquid cooling system. © YouTube Yes, it sounds like overkill, but there's no such thing as 'too much' power when it comes to anything related to gaming, and we're glad that Nubia has decided to pack this phone with all these features. The internals of the Red Magic 3 will be kept powered by a 5,000 mAh battery with support for 27W quick charging, just like the Black Shark 2. In terms of the optics, the Red Magic 3 sports a 48MP Sony IMX 586 at the back, and there's a 16MP selfie shooter on the front. The phone is also said to be capable of recording 8K videos and we're sure the cooling fan will come handy in such cases. Other noteworthy specs of the phone include shoulder buttons for gaming and front-facing stereo speakers for an immersive media consumption experience. Pricing & Availability The Nubia Red Magic 3 will be available exclusively through Flipkart. The Red Magic 3 starts at Rs 35,999 for the base variant and it goes all the way up to Rs 46,999 for the high-end variant with 12GB RAM and 256GB storage.
  10. Often labelled as the mother of all battles, the Indian cricket team's much-anticipated clash against Pakistan at the ongoing ICC World Cup on 16th June failed to live up to the billing. The contest, that pitted arch-rivals India and Pakistan against each other, turned out to be a one-sided affair as Virat Kohli-led brigade proved too good for their opponents at Old Trafford. While Rohit Sharma's blistering knock of 140 runs set the tone for India's mammoth total of 336 runs, a collective effort by their bowling unit, thoroughly complimented by some mediocre batting from Pakistani batsmen, powered Kohli & co to a 89-run triumph via Duckworth-Lewis method (D/L). A splendid 140 from Rohit Sharma, which came off just 113 balls, guided India to their seventh straight victory over Pakistan in World Cup cricket ð¥ The Hit-Man is our @Oppo Shotmaker for India v Pakistan. pic.twitter.com/CIDOxS7bo3 — ICC (@ICC) June 17, 2019 On one hand, where the Pakistani fans were left red-faced in the wake of their team's dismal show, the mood on the other side of the border was celebratory. From Bollywood celebrities, prominent politicians to crazed fans, everyone lauded the clinical show produced by the Indian cricket team which has now extended their unbeaten run to four games in the ongoing World Cup. Amongst the innumerable messages and celebratory videos, there's one that clearly stands out and sums up the mood of Indian fans. While Kohli & Co were busy cutting Pakistan a sorry figure on the field, Rishabh Pant and Ziva Dhoni were having a gala time in the stands. View this post on Instagram Partners in crime ð @ziva_singh_dhoni A post shared by Rishabh Pant (@rishabpant) on Jun 16, 2019 at 11:42am PDT Pant, who recently reached England as a backup following Shikhar Dhawan thumb injury, shared a video on Instagram where he was seen rooting for Team India alongside MS Dhoni's adorable daughter. Their cute video was liked and cherished by Indian cricket fans who also expressed their desire to see Pant donning Indian colours at the World Cup soon.
  11. As a child, I've always dreamt of appliances that I could control with a remote; simply because I am lazy and don't want to get up to switch off my lights or fans. Now that IoT devices are becoming more affordable, we now have smart bulbs that don't cost a bomb. Xiaomi is one of those companies that makes a smart bulb that costs a fraction of whatever else is available to buy. Xiaomi already makes Air Purifiers, LED strips and now has brought the 'Mi Smart Bulb' to India via crowdfunding. It costs Rs 999 for people who choose to back the product while the retail price could be anywhere between Rs 1,200 and Rs 1,500. Other companies such as Philips and Wipro do make similar products but are not as aggressively priced as Xiaomi's offering. © Xiaomi Unlike Phillips Hue smart lights, the Mi Smart Bulb does not require a bridge to operate. It connects directly to your Wifi and can be controlled from either the Mi Home app or the Yeelight app. You can use the app to customise the different moods for your room straight from your smartphone, as long as there is an internet connection. Setting it up is quite rudimentary and easy as you will have to first switch on and off the bulb five times. The bulb will then light up with rainbow colours signifying that is ready to pair with your smartphone. You then need to open the Mi Home app, find the bulb and pair the two devices. © Xiaomi Please note, the Mi Smart Bulb uses an E27 base which means you need to screw in the bulb into your lamp. If you own an older lamp with a B22 base, you can buy the converter from any local electrical shop. I hooked up the Mi Smart Bulb with one of my floor lamps and my bedside lamp with automated schedule and custom scenes. While watching a movie, I could simply change the mood to a preset from the app that is apt for movie viewing. Similarly, the Mi Smart Bulb can produce up to 16 million colours. You can set any colour you want as it uses 4 Red, 4 Green, 2 Blue and 12 White LEDs and adjust the intensity of the light according to your preference from the Mi Home app. © MensXP Now, about that childhood dream of mine of not wanting to get up to switch on or off my lamp; the Mi Home app gives you the option to schedule the on or off timings. You can even turn it off manually from your phone but it's just easier to have a schedule in place. For example, both my floor lamp and the bedside lamp are scheduled to switch on at 6:30 PM every day. You can also assign a specific colour or scene in the same schedule. There are 9 preset scenes you can choose from but my go-to scene is the “Warm Home” scene. It gives a bright yellow hue that almost matched with other bulbs in the house. The intensity is slightly brighter by default which can be adjusted from the Mi Home app. Similarly, both smart bulbs are also scheduled to go off at midnight, the time everyone in the house is either in bed or is already asleep. If you want to be even lazier, you can even hook the smart bulbs with Google Assistant or Alexa and control it by using the virtual assistants. The Xiaomi Mi Smart Bulb is probably the most affordable and easiest way to make your room smart. Currently, it is the cheapest option to buy and works flawlessly with Xiaomi's Mi Home ecosystem. For Rs 999, it is by far the best option in the market right now and you can keep expanding your setup to make your entire home smart. The only drawback is the E27 base, however, you can always buy the converter to make it work with all your older lamp bases.
  12. As a child, I've always dreamt of appliances that I could control with a remote; simply because I am lazy and don't want to get up to switch off my lights or fans. Now that IoT devices are becoming more affordable, we now have smart bulbs that don't cost a bomb. Xiaomi is one of those companies that makes a smart bulb that costs a fraction of whatever else is available to buy. Xiaomi already makes Air Purifiers, LED strips and now has brought the 'Mi Smart Bulb' to India via crowdfunding. It costs Rs 999 for people who choose to back the product while the retail price could be anywhere between Rs 1,200 and Rs 1,500. Other companies such as Philips and Wipro do make similar products but are not as aggressively priced as Xiaomi's offering. © Xiaomi Unlike Phillips Hue smart lights, the Mi Smart Bulb does not require a bridge to operate. It connects directly to your Wifi and can be controlled from either the Mi Home app or the Yeelight app. You can use the app to customise the different moods for your room straight from your smartphone, as long as there is an internet connection. Setting it up is quite rudimentary and easy as you will have to first switch on and off the bulb five times. The bulb will then light up with rainbow colours signifying that is ready to pair with your smartphone. You then need to open the Mi Home app, find the bulb and pair the two devices. © Xiaomi Please note, the Mi Smart Bulb uses an E27 base which means you need to screw in the bulb into your lamp. If you own an older lamp with a B22 base, you can buy the converter from any local electrical shop. I hooked up the Mi Smart Bulb with one of my floor lamps and my bedside lamp with automated schedule and custom scenes. While watching a movie, I could simply change the mood to a preset from the app that is apt for movie viewing. Similarly, the Mi Smart Bulb can produce up to 16 million colours. You can set any colour you want as it uses 4 Red, 4 Green, 2 Blue and 12 White LEDs and adjust the intensity of the light according to your preference from the Mi Home app. © MensXP Now, about that childhood dream of mine of not wanting to get up to switch on or off my lamp; the Mi Home app gives you the option to schedule the on or off timings. You can even turn it off manually from your phone but it's just easier to have a schedule in place. For example, both my floor lamp and the bedside lamp are scheduled to switch on at 6:30 PM every day. You can also assign a specific colour or scene in the same schedule. There are 9 preset scenes you can choose from but my go-to scene is the “Warm Home” scene. It gives a bright yellow hue that almost matched with other bulbs in the house. The intensity is slightly brighter by default which can be adjusted from the Mi Home app. Similarly, both smart bulbs are also scheduled to go off at midnight, the time everyone in the house is either in bed or is already asleep. If you want to be even lazier, you can even hook the smart bulbs with Google Assistant or Alexa and control it by using the virtual assistants. The Xiaomi Mi Smart Bulb is probably the most affordable and easiest way to make your room smart. Currently, it is the cheapest option to buy and works flawlessly with Xiaomi's Mi Home ecosystem. For Rs 999, it is by far the best option in the market right now and you can keep expanding your setup to make your entire home smart. The only drawback is the E27 base, however, you can always buy the converter to make it work with all your older lamp bases.
  13. It has been less than a day since the ICC World Cup 2019 matchup between India and Pakistan took place at Old Trafford in Manchester, and the level of attention the game has received ever since has been out of control. So, we will go through a quick recap before talking about the main story: Indian opener Rohit Sharma scored his fastest ODI century. Virat Kohli became the fastest cricket to score 11,000 ODI runs, Vijay Shankar took a wicket on his first Cricket World Cup delivery, Sarfaraz Ahmed yawned multiple times during the game, and Virat Kohli declared himself out even when he was not! #ViratKohli scores his 11,000th ODI run! He reaches the landmark in 54 fewer innings than anyone else ðpic.twitter.com/mebDOLJESs — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 16, 2019 Oh, and the Men in Blue defeated the Men in Green again, taking their World Cup record against the neighbouring cricketing rivals to 7-0 wins. Now that you are up to speed, let's talk about this young fan of Pakistan cricket who visited Old Trafford to experience the legendary rivalry that India versus Pakistan was hyped to be, keeping in mind the brilliant encounters the two teams have had in the past. However, instead of watching the game of his life that he had expected, the fan got to witness a one-sided game which was dominated by Virat Kohli's men through and through. Losing the match by a massive 89-run margin, despite the Duckworth–Lewis–Stern (DLS method) with veteran batsmen like Shoaib Malik and Sarfaraz Ahmed getting dismissed for cheap at the hands of fierce Indian bowlers, absolutely broke the Pak support's heart. Here's what the poor guy had to say: Essentially, what the young lad is trying to say it that even though the Pakistani supporters love the team, being dominated by Team India like that was extremely frustrating to watch. The fan complains about the clear lack of fitness and lethargy that adversely affected Pakistan's performance. He feels that the Pakistani cricketers do not take health and fitness seriously and are irregular about their diet. As much as our heart goes out to the guy, him venting out his frustration like that is hilarious!
  14. It has been less than a day since the ICC World Cup 2019 matchup between India and Pakistan took place at Old Trafford in Manchester, and the level of attention the game has received ever since has been out of control. So, we will go through a quick recap before talking about the main story: Indian opener Rohit Sharma scored his fastest ODI century. Virat Kohli became the fastest cricket to score 11,000 ODI runs, Vijay Shankar took a wicket on his first Cricket World Cup delivery, Sarfaraz Ahmed yawned multiple times during the game, and Virat Kohli declared himself out even when he was not! #ViratKohli scores his 11,000th ODI run! He reaches the landmark in 54 fewer innings than anyone else ðpic.twitter.com/mebDOLJESs — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 16, 2019 Oh, and the Men in Blue defeated the Men in Green again, taking their World Cup record against the neighbouring cricketing rivals to 7-0 wins. Now that you are up to speed, let's talk about this young fan of Pakistan cricket who visited Old Trafford to experience the legendary rivalry that India versus Pakistan was hyped to be, keeping in mind the brilliant encounters the two teams have had in the past. However, instead of watching the game of his life that he had expected, the fan got to witness a one-sided game which was dominated by Virat Kohli's men through and through. Losing the match by a massive 89-run margin, despite the Duckworth–Lewis–Stern (DLS method) with veteran batsmen like Shoaib Malik and Sarfaraz Ahmed getting dismissed for cheap at the hands of fierce Indian bowlers, absolutely broke the Pak support's heart. Here's what the poor guy had to say: Essentially, what the young lad is trying to say it that even though the Pakistani supporters love the team, being dominated by Team India like that was extremely frustrating to watch. The fan complains about the clear lack of fitness and lethargy that adversely affected Pakistan's performance. He feels that the Pakistani cricketers do not take health and fitness seriously and are irregular about their diet. As much as our heart goes out to the guy, him venting out his frustration like that is hilarious!
  15. 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
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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