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  1. Realme is continuing its efforts to establish a name for itself in the budget smartphone segment in India with the launch of the new Realme 3 Pro. It comes hot on the heels of the launch of Realme 3, which is also a great budget offering from the brand. The phone has been priced at Rs. 13,999 for the base variant, going head-to-head with the Redmi Note 7 Pro. The Realme 3 Pro distinguishes itself from the other phones in this segment with the Snapdragon 710 chipset, which is known to have a few advantages of its own over chips like Snapdragon 675. Specifications As for the specs, the Realme 3 Pro sports a 6.3-inch FHD+ display on the front that's protected by Gorilla Glass 5. The display, as you can see, has a dewdrop design, giving it a screen-to-body ratio of 90.8%. Also, as mentioned earlier, the Realme 3 Pro is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 710 chip, and it comes in a few variants. © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The Realme 3 Pro comes in two variants, 4GB RAM + 64GB storage, 6GB RAM + 128GB storage. You can also expand the storage up to 256GB. As for the optics, the Realme 3 Pro sports a dual-camera setup at the back which houses a 16MP and a 5MP sensor. On the front, you get a 25MP selfie shooter. Realme is offering a bunch of shooting modes with the camera. You get modes like Nightscape, Portrait, Expert, Super slow-mo, and more. There's also a fingerprint scanner at the back, but you'll have to make do with a micro USB port. The innards of the phone will be kept powered by a 4,050 mAh battery, and you also get ColorOS 6.0 that's based on Android 9 Pie out of the box. Pricing & Availability © MensXP/ Karthik Iyer The base variant of the Realme 3 Pro starts at Rs. 13,999. You can also pick up the variant with 6GB + 128GB storage for Rs. 16,999. The phone will go on sale starting on 29th April Flipkart. Realme C2 In addition to the Realme 3 Pro, the company also debuted the new Realme C2. It's powered by an Octa-core Helio P22 chip and comes in 2GB RAM + 16GB storage and 3GB RAM + 32GB storage variants. The device sports a 6.1-inch HD+ display with a 'dewdrop' notch. © MensXP Other noteworthy specs of the phone include a 4,000 mAh battery, 13MP + 2MP Dual Rear Camera, AI Facial Unlock and more. The phone also looks beautiful with its Diamond-Cut Design, which is similar to what we've seen in the past. As for the pricing, the Realme C2 starts at Rs. 5,999 for the base variant. The variant with 3GB RAM + 32GB storage is priced at Rs. 7,999. You'll be able to pick one up starting May 15.
  2. Game of Thrones season 8 premiere was the show's most-watched episode ever. That's right, it was watched by a record 17.4 million viewers when it aired. But you know what? That number could have been much higher if more people would have watched it, you know, legally. According to a digital-piracy analytics company Muso, the “Winterfell” episode was pirated 54 million times globally in just 24 hours. The pirated views easily dwarfs the legal views that came on the day it was aired. Of course, the number will likely go up in the coming days as more people start watching it, but so will the pirated views. © HBO MUSO's data also shows that the most pirated views came from India. Roughly 10 million views out of the estimated 54 million came from India. MUSO speculates that the piracy in India was higher due to the difficulty of accessing the show there. China, on the other hand, airs a censored version of the show, so 5 million pirated views came from there too. United States, despite having the easiest access to the show via HBO, came third in charts with close to 4 million illegal views. So yes, it looks like people are not ready to pay to watch 'Game of Thrones' after all. Anyway, the next episode of 'Game of Thrones' season 8 airs Monday, April 22 at 6.30 AM on Hotstar in India. So, you still have some time to catch up if you haven't already.
  3. TikTok, a popular video sharing app that boasts over half a billion users worldwide, has officially been banned in India. The app is no longer available to download from both the Google Play Store and Apple's App Store as of today. The ban follows a request from the state court a few weeks back, asking the government to ban the app. Both Google and Apple were sent a directive earlier this week by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology(MeITY), asking them to remove TikTok from their respective stores in India. © MensXP Why, you ask? Well, high court had accused TikTok of allegedly 'encouraging pornography'. People were apparently using it for pornographic purposes. That said, this move definitely comes has a surprise since the app has been downloaded by over 230 million users in the country. Needless to say, the ban will most definitely affect TikTok's growth. © Reuters In an official statement, TikTok said it has faith in the Indian Judicial system. “At TikTok, we have faith in the Indian Judicial system and the stipulations afforded to social media platforms by the Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011. We are committed to continuously enhancing our existing measures and introducing additional technical and moderation processes as part of our ongoing commitment to our users in India.” In an official statement, TikTok said it has faith in the Indian Judicial system. “At TikTok, we have faith in the Indian Judicial system and the stipulations afforded to social media platforms by the Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules, 2011. We are committed to continuously enhancing our existing measures and introducing additional technical and moderation processes as part of our ongoing commitment to our users in India.”
  4. Indian parents behave very differently as compared to American parents wouldn't you agree? We asked Amanda Cerny to help us prove this point and she more than happily agreed. Check it out...
  5. We've seen quite a few impressive smartphones launched in the past; however, one of the most anticipated smartphones is around the corner. The leaks so far suggest a radical new design for the OnePlus 7 and if the leaks are correct, we will probably see at least two different models from the Chinese company. Just like every forthcoming OnePlus launch, the smartphone gets leaked and we get to know almost every specification possible. The OnePlus 7 is rumoured to have Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 chipset with 6GB, 8GB and 10GB RAM configurations. The device is also expected to have an FHD+ resolution display which will please many video content consumers. © Twitter, Slashleaks Other details that have leaked before suggest that the OnePlus 7 will have a few extra design changes this year. The rumours suggest that the OnePlus 7 will have a popup selfie camera similar to what we have seen in Vivo devices. The move comes to provide a seamless bezel-less experience on the smartphone. © Weibo Last week, new leak surfaced that suggests that there will be another OnePlus 7 device that will come with the X50 model for 5G connectivity. The device is said to be called the OnePlus 7 Pro and you can read all about it here. The OnePlus 7 Pro is also expected to have 8GB of RAM and 256GB internal storage if this leak turns out to be true. Previous reports have suggested that the smartphone will have a triple camera set up at the back and a sliding or pop-up selfie camera. The latest leak about the OnePlus 7 is to do with its launch date. According to tipster Ishan Aggarwal, the OnePlus 7 launch date is going to be May 14th, in China. We can expect the device to launch in India soon after. Having said that, the source does have a great track record when it comes to leaks but we suggest you take this information with a pinch of salt for now.
  6. Game Of Throne's final season is just around the corner and I bet every 'GoT' fan is sitting at the edge of their seats, wondering what to expect for the next one month. In India alone, people are throwing 'Game of Thrones' theme parties, doing season re-runs and taking one quiz after the other to catch up with whatever they've missed out on, so they're in tune with the latest episodes. It's phenomenal really, how the most watched show on earth has put people together in such an awesome way. HBO Just recently, Instagram came up with some interesting data concerning Indian 'Game Of Thrones' fans and we believe it to be absolutely true and alarming at the same time. The data was gathered by Instagram depending on the relevant GoT conversations happening on the platform since the last 30 days and a lot of information regarding fan theories and watching habits were revealed. HBO In the data summation, it was gathered that India ranks fourth when it comes to discussing 'Game Of Thrones' on Intagram, and of course it was the fourth country across the globe which is most excited for the final season! The number one to be most excited about GoT is USA, then Brazil, Great Britain, India and then Germany. Which means, Indians on Instagram do interact about what they're looking forward to the most or about probable theories that could come to light in the final season. The level of attraction where GoT is concerned is a lot higher than any other topic on Instagram, according to the data. HBO The influence of GoT across all channels is so prominent that even dating apps like OkCupid have a relevant GoT feature on their app. They have made it possible for daters to date each other according to their favourite TV show and since GoT ranks the charts, users have been allotted GoT badges to help them find their perfect match based on the favourite GoT character or kingdom. I think that's fairly innovative and a great conversation starter to say the least! HBO Another fascinating data search found that many Indians also have favourite characters and are looking forward to their screen time in season eight. The most talked about GoT characters on Indian Instagram are Jon Snow, ranking number 1, followed by Daenerys Targaryen, Aarya Stark, Sansa Stark and Tyrion Lannister. So three Straks, two Targaryen's and one Lannister, who probably is a Targaryen according a popular fan theory, is who people want to watch in season 8! Not bad if I must say so myself. The nominated characters on Instagram actually all have a wise fan theory behind them, that's why their demand to see them again is most talked about. Well, most people just want to see what happens between Dany and Jon next TBH! HBO So, in case you're a GoT fan and you have participated on Instagram discussing the show, you're responsible for this apt and accurate data accumulation a day before the final season is out and we're happy we're progressing towards pop-culture in a slow yet steady manner. Here's to hoping all your theories and wishes regarding the series see the light of day!
  7. The entire country is wrapped up in the hubbub around the 2019 General Elections in India, with the first timers thrumming with excitement to cast their first vote and become a part of history books for the future Indian Prime Minister's election. Yet, the masses are still busy focusing their attention to the biggest influencers they look up to on a regular basis in order to decide whether stepping out and voting would really make much of a difference as is being let on. © Twitter We are talking about the majority of Indian population's reliance on Bollywood stars for inspiration and motivation to get things done in life. However, as you might have already guessed from the headline of this story, there are a few beloved Bollywood stars who will not play their part in the General Elections this year since they are not eligible to vote, and here's why. Akshay Kumar © Instagram Akshay Kumar was born in Amritsar and regardless of all his overt show of patriotism, he will not be casting his vote because he holds a Canadian passport. Alia Bhatt © Instagram One of India's current favourites, Alia too shall not be casting her vote this election because Alia holds a British passport. You may recall that Alia's mother, Soni Razdan is also a British citizen. Deepika Padukone © Instagram Versatile actor Deepika too cannot vote in India. Having been born in Copenhagen, in Denmark, she holds a Danish passport and is therefore not eligible to vote in India. Katrina Kaif © Instagram Another Bollywood favourite, Katrina may be loved by thousands of Indians, but she is still an English citizen and has a UK passport. Imran Khan © Instagram Regardless of his short Bollywood stint, Aamir's nephew Imran is very much an active part of Bollywood. Since he holds an American passport, Imran cannot vote in the elections held in India. Jacqueline Fernandez © Instagram The 'Race 3' actress isn't Indian. She was born in Bahrain, and while her father is Sri Lankan, her mother is of Malaysian descent. Sunny Leone © Instagram Born Karenjit Kaur, with her roots in India, the actress can still not vote in India because she holds a Canadian passport.
  8. The state of torrents, and the sites from where you download them have drastically changed over the last few years. A lot of popular websites serving torrents started to disappear. We did compile a list of working torrent websites to download movies and games, but sadly not all of them are readily accessible today. But don't worry. We did the hard work of figuring out how to access the blocked torrent sites in the country, and here are some easy ways with which you can too: 1. Use A Web-Based Proxy © HideMyAss One of the easiest ways to access blocked torrent sites in India today is by using a web-based proxy. They're simply perfect for browsers and you can access pretty any torrent site, as long as it is active, of course. You can also use a dedicated proxy software like UltraSurf, but web-based proxies are the easiest ones to use. Simply access the proxy site, type the URL you want to enter and get going. 'HideMyAss' is a popular web-based proxy you can use. Of course, there are a ton of other web-based proxies out there, but not all of them are reliable. It is, however, worth pointing out that the proxy itself might be blocked by your ISP. Well, there's not a lot you can do in that case. 2. Use VPN © VPNHub A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, is a way of bypassing pretty much all forms of censoring. A VPN will essentially route all of your traffic through their network, so one will know of the sites you're visiting. VPN can also be used to access content that's normally blocked in your geographical region. Just use a server of some other region, and you'll be good to go. As for the VPN options, there are a ton of them that are readily available on the market. Tunnelbear, for instance, is a fairly popular and reliable option that you can use. You can down extensions for, say, Chrome browser and access the sites. Hola, DotVPN, are a few tried-and-tested options. 3. Tor © Tor If you are someone who likes to browse the internet with total anonymity, then we're sure you must have heard of Tor. Tor browser uses the Tor network to let you access the sites. The Tor network, in case you are wondering, works by constantly changing the IPs you are connected to, so it's almost impossible for anyone to trace back. Tor has been one of the most popular ways to access torrent sites ever since they were blocked in the country. However, Tor can be super slow and painful to use for the most part. 4. Look For Magnet Links © Unsplash Even the most popular sites like The Pirate Bay now hosts only magnet links instead of torrent files. A magnet link, for those of you who don't know, is essentially a hyperlink containing the hash code for the torrent, which your torrent client can use to start finding those files. Once you find the magnet link for the torrent that you are trying to download, you can simply click on it, and your browser will automatically open up your default BitTorrent client and start downloading. But where can you find these magnet links? Well, you'd find these magnet links easily on forums and some other third-party sites that host files. Honestly, if you know what to download, then you probably already know where to look for these links.
  9. There are more than 8,000 sports in the world that keep people engaged while they are not sitting in a rather uncomfortable office chair, hurting their eyes in front of a screen full of pixels. To quote the robot from the second season of Love, Death + Robots, “bouncing things were close to maxing out their (humans) cognitive range”. While you would not be too familiar with sports like 360ball, Apo-Apo and Basketrun, there are some games that are holding the reign of being the most followed sports all around the world. Here's a list of top five such sports: 5. Volleyball - 900 Million Fans #FlashbackFriday to the 2018 #VNL, when Argentina's ð¦ð· Santiago Danani @santidanani said NO! to Poland's ðµð± Aleksander Sliwka! ð Keep up with the 2019 VNL here: https://t.co/4a7AQS4gWP #VNL #BePartofTheGame pic.twitter.com/Ok0KcOzrc6 — Volleyball World (@FIVBVolleyball) April 5, 2019 Hailing from the lands of Western Europe and the United States, the game of volleyball has gathered massive fan following in the past couple of decades. With more than 900 million fans, the game involves characteristics of sports like basketball and tennis. With the growing popularity of the game in India, new leagues such as 'Pro Volleyball League' are making their way into the Indian market with hopes of massive viewership in the next few years. 4. Tennis - 1 Billion Fans Sad we couldn't face off in another epic matchup, but hopefully we have a few more to come. Get better soon Rafa. #Fedal pic.twitter.com/56wGwWjEGt — Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) March 16, 2019 Lawn tennis or tennis is truly a global sport. With individual talents like Roger Federer, Novak Djokowic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray, all coming from different countries and making it big on an international level, the game's popularity had to grow exponentially all over the globe. Thanks to athletes like Leander Paes, Mahesh Bhupati and Sania Mirza, the game was able to create a significant space for itself in the hearts of the sports enthusiasts of the nation. 3. Field Hockey - 2 Billion Fans UNBELIEVABLE! ð±ð± It's raining goals in Kuala Lumpur! Nikki joins the party with a fine flick in the 55th minute of the match! MAS 0-5 IND#IndiaKaGame #MASvIND pic.twitter.com/LeyTsfZqSG — Hockey India (@TheHockeyIndia) April 6, 2019 Coming in at the third rank, field hockey enjoys popularity amongst two billion people of the world. With near about equal fans in Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia, the game originated in England in the late 1800s and traits of football are clearly evident in the sport. Being the national sport of India, hockey obviously has a huge fan-following in the country. In the process of regaining the level of popularity it enjoyed during the days of fine athletes like Dhyan Chand, India has dominated hockey over eight Olympic gold medals. 2. Cricket - 2.5 Billion Fans #OnThisDay five years ago, @imvKohli played one of his great chasing T20 innings to defeat South Africa in the #T20WorldCup semi-finals! Click below to watch the full match highlights! ð — ICC T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) April 4, 2019 It does not get any more 'English' than this. With its origin traced back to the 16th century in the Queen's land, cricket was a sport of the people who belonged to the higher bracket of the society. With a following of 2.5 billion people, a majority of which comes from the UK and the Commonwealth countries, the “gentleman's game” is the second most popular game in the world. India does not consider cricket as a mere game. It is a religion here and probably one of the most lucrative businesses too. Pioneers like Lala Amarnath and Sachin Tendulkar were the reason for this game turning into a drug for Indians and modern day athletes like Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni continue to carry on with their legacy. 1. Football (Soccer) - 4 Billion Fans Pensar em grande ðµð¹ð pic.twitter.com/08MMNZx3w7 — Cristiano Ronaldo (@Cristiano) March 23, 2019 Like there was any doubt about which sport would lead the list. Football, which if called 'soccer' anywhere in the world other than the States could lead to a brutal case of homicide, is the most favoured sport for a population of 4 billion people across the planet. Literally more than half the earthlings follow football. With legends of different eras continuing to keep the fame attached with the sport at its pinnacle, athletes like Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are the stars of the present. Only second to cricket, football boasts an enormous following in India. Having lost the momentum for quite the stint, football is regaining popularity in the country thanks to tournaments like Indian Super League and I-league. Having recently moving up to the 101st rank on FIFA's rankings, players like Sunil Chhetri and Gurpreet Singh Sandhu have become national favourites.
  10. If you love to run on the streets or on the road and can do that only in the evenings due to our shitty weather or hectic work schedules, there's a sneaker especially for you. Often when running in the night, you're concerned about safety or enough lighting to get noticed by oncoming traffic. The answer to these concerns came to us way back in the 1980s and Adidas is bringing back the retro-styled sneaker to India. © Adidas The sneakers are ideal for runners who prefer a soft mesh knot and a lightweight ripstop that is essential in a running sneaker. These sneakers are specifically designed for night running as it has a hi0vis reflective body much you get to see on safety jackets on construction workers. It automatically catches the light from oncoming traffic's headlights or streetlights keeping the runner safe from accidents. You can find this reflective detailing on the laces, stripes, and other key strategic points. When it comes to the kicks, it's a hybrid of modern sneaker design with 80s aesthetics that make the sneakers perfect for running. It has a cushioned sole that keeps the overall experience comfortable and follows a chassis similar to the Ultra Boosts. It's got the right amount of width and roundness that may have been a borrowed design from Yeezys. © Adidas When it comes to breathability, the mesh and nylon ripstop makes it one of the more ultra lightweight sneakers you can find out there. The Adidas Nite Jogger will available to buy for Indian customers from 11th April 2019 with a price tag of Rs 12,999. These kicks will be available across all Adidas Original retail stores and the official website.
  11. Running a marathon isn't easy. Unlike your regular morning runs or evening sprints, running (and finishing!) a marathon requires an enhanced level of stamina, endurance, and commitment. Of course it also requires you to harbour the knowledge of which marathons you ought to be running in to begin with. After all, you can't just expect to leave your house and randomly chance upon a marathon you'd want to take part in! Well fortunately for all you avid runners out there, we at MensXP have done the required research for you, and as such, have come up with a list of the best marathons in India. So whether you're a beginner or expert at running, here are the top marathons in India that you need to check out. 1) The Hell Ultra Race © Official Instagram / @thehellrace Now here is a marathon that should pretty much be on every runner's bucket list. The Hell Ultra race is a truly unique sprint that will challenge your skills and endurance levels like never before. As you run through five mountain passes, reach an elevated height of 9350 meters, and encounter Himalayan rivers and streams on your way, you are guaranteed to indulge in an experience that you won't be able to forget anytime soon. Besides making you run a truly one-of-a-kind marathon on the Manali - Leh Highway, the Hell Ultra is also going to take your fitness game to new heights, making it one of the most exciting upcoming marathons in India that you ought to know about. When: 15th - 23rd June, 2019 Where: Manali - Leh Total length: 480 kilometers 2) The Solang Sky Ultra Race © Official Facebook / @thellrace Fair warning, this race is not for the feign hearted. After all, the Solang Sky Ultra race is considered to be India's only mountain running event. Don't let the total length of this marathon - approximately 60 kilometers - fool you into believing that it's going to be a cakewalk. In reality, you'll have to be properly prepared, both physically AND mentally, before you run this marathon. The run will take you to an altitude of 3,650 meters, and will be the ultimate test of your strength and endurance. Before you decide to run this extreme race, make sure you are carrying the proper equipment and gear. This includes two pairs of trail running shoes, a wind proof jacket, sunglasses, hydration pack, headlamp (with battery cells), reflective vest, and a whistle. When: 6th October 2019 Where: Solang Valley Total length: 60 kilometers 3) Uttarkashi 2019 © Shutterstock If you wanted to run a marathon that also brought you just a little bit closer to your spiritual side, then this is the perfect race for you. Making you run along River Ganga, peaceful villages, and lush hills, with the Himalayan mountains giving you company, running this marathon will also require you to climb a total of 34,000 feet! While the main marathon will let you run for up to 220 kilometers, those wanting to opt for a less exhausting run can opt for the 160 kilometers or 100 kilometers variants instead. When: 6th - 8th September, 2019 Where: Rishikesh - Dehradun Total length: 220 kilometers 4) The Kaveri Trail Marathon © www.myracephotos.in If you wanted to run a marathon and get close to Mother Nature at the same time, then you'd be pleased to know about the Kaveri Trail Marathon. As the name suggests itself, running this marathon will get you close to River Kaveri, but that's not all as you will also get to run past the Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary, and even natural waterfalls! There are three different versions of this race that you could opt for, including the 10 kilometers, 21.1 kilometers, and 42.2 kilometers variants. The best part about this marathon, however, is all the wildlife you'll get to encounter along the way - including wild ducks, wooley cranes, and even otters!! This is, undoubtedly, one of the best marathons in India that you could take part in. When: TBA Where: River Kaveri, Ranganathittu Bird Sanctuary Total length: 11.5 kilometers 5) The Delhi Half Marathon © Official Facebook / @runadhm The Delhi Half Marathon is probably the most popular marathons in the country. In fact, if there is one marathon that most runners (even beginners) would have participated in, it's this one. As such, it makes for the perfect option for all those who are either looking to run their first marathon, or just want to take part in a run that won't be too challenging. Having first begun in 2005, taking part in it has become no less than a ritual, one which not just Delhitites, but people from around the country excitedly indulge in. When: 20th October, 2019 Where: New Delhi Total length: 21 kilometers 6) The Mumbai Half Marathon © Official Facebook / @MumbaiHM Just like its Delhi counterpart, the Mumbai Half Marathon too is incredibly popular and attracts a large number of participants every year. The 2019 edition will be its fourth iteration, and is almost certain to be bigger and better than ever before. And just like the Delhi Half Marathon, the best part about this run is how almost anyone (above the age of 18 that is!) can participate in it. So the next time you want to do something to increase your stamina and endurance, or just want to adopt a healthier and fitter lifestyle, you should get yourself registered for the Mumbai Half Marathon. When: 25th August, 2019 Where: Bandra Kurla Complex, Mumbai Total length: 21.09 kilometers 7) Pune International Marathon © Shutterstock The Pune International Marathon has been taking place since 1983, and in the process has helped raise funds for many good causes, such as HIV/AIDS research. In 2006, the marathon attracted a whopping 50,000 runners! It also attracts a lot of international participants, and was even the host for the Asian Marathon Championship race in 2010. The route winds around Pune's historic and scenic locations, while spectators line up to cheer participants on. For those who might not want to do the full marathon because it might be too challenging for them, this event also offers half marathon,10 kilometers, and 5 kilometers variants as well. Moreover, wheelchair-bound individuals can take part in the Wheelchair Run as well. When: December, 2019 Where: Pune Total length: 42.195 kilometers 8) The Nilgiris Ultra 2019 © Shutterstock All aboard the fitness train! Hosted by Globeraces, and organised by Townscript, the Nilgiris Ultra 2019 is an intense and incredibly challenging marathon that will be in its seventh iteration this year. What sets this race apart from other marathons is the fact that you'll be running in the Nilgiris, which happens to be one of the most scenic places in India. While the main marathon will take you on a sprint of up to 100 kilometers (a treat for every fitness freak), you can also opt for its three other variants - the 75 kilometers, 50 kilometers, and 25 kilometers races. As it's scheduled to occur towards the end of the year, you have ample of time to start training and preparing yourself for it. When: 16th November, 2019 Where: Ooty Total length: 100 kilometers 9) Ironman 70.3 Marathon © Official Facebook Page / @IRONMANAsia Yoska, a Bengaluru based fitness-technology company, is all set to bring Ironman 70.3 triathlon to India, that too for the first time! The iconic IRONMAN series of events is considered to be the largest participation sports platform in the world with more than 230 events across 53 countries.The IRONMAN 70.3 race (also known as 'Half-Ironman') which involves 1.9 kilometers of swimming, 90 kilometers of cycling, and 21.1 kilometers of running is the ultimate test of endurance and stamina. The race will be flagged off from Miramar Beach, with a two loop swimming course in the Arabian Sea. The cycling race will pass through the city, for three laps of 30 kilometers each. Finally, the race course will begin and end near Miramar beach. Ironman 70.3 series and race is a trademark asset of the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) and popularly described as “the Oscars of endurance sport.” As such, it won't be wrong to state that it's one of the most exciting upcoming marathons in India. When: 20th October, 2019 Where: Panaji, Goa Total length: 113 kilometeres 10) The Hell Race Budha Trail © Official Facebook / @thellrace Nothing is more scenic and zen for a runner than sprinting through mountain forests, while soaking in the exquisite views of the Himalayas. The Hell Race Series is committed to taking runners through different terrains, with the 3rd race in its trail series, The Buddha Trail, taking them to the forests of the Sandakphu region near Darjeeling, which stands at a whopping elevation of 3,636 metres! The race, which is set amidst these forests, is scheduled during the month of May, and will take you through the Singalila Ridge, which actually crosses into Nepal! You will get to catch a breathtaking view of Mt. Everest, Mt. Makalu, Mt. Lhotse, and Mt. Kanchenjunga, making this not only one of the best marathons in India, but also an experience you cannot afford to miss out on. When: 11th May, 2019 Where: Sandakphu, Darjeeling Total distance: 60 kilometers
  12. The Huawei P30 Pro and P30 have finally made its way to India where “P” denotes the meaning for photography. It's definitely one of the salient features of the smartphones and we've been testing the phone for almost a week to find out for ourselves. The P30 Pro has a versatile camera system and has features such as 5x optical zoom, an RYB sensor and also a ToF (Time of Flight) sensor. The ToF sensor is capable of delving more accurate bokeh picture. The smartphone also comes with a 32-MP selfie camera. Specifications Roundup © Huawei The P30 Pro has a 6.47-inch OLED Display and a 6.1-inch OLED display. It has an aspect ratio of 19.5:9 and has a teardrop design which houses the selfie camera. The smartphone comes with an all-glass finish with a gradient design when it comes to colours. The P30 Pro is powered by Huawei's Kirin 980 SoC and runs on Android Pie 9.1 out of the box. The P30 Pro as a 4,200 mAh battery and it also supports reverse wireless charging, just like the Mate 20 Pro and some other devices like the Galaxy S10. With P30 Pro, you also get a 40W USB-C fast charger for rapid charging. © MensXP/Akshay Bhalla The P30 Pro is also water resistant and has a rating of IP 68 while the P30 has a rating of IP 53. In terms of cameras, the main sensor is a 40 MP 27mm sensor with an f/1.6 aperture and optical image stabilization. The second camera is an ultra-wide sensor with an f/2.2 aperture. The telephoto lens or as Huawei calls it the periscope lens is an 8MP sensor that supports 5x optical zoom. The P30 Pro also supports high ISO levels of up to 409600 (P30 Pro), which basically means it can take awesome low-light shots. Pricing and availability The Huawei P30 Pro will only be offered in one variant i.e. 8GB & 256GB internal storage, and it's priced at Rs. 71,990. You'll be able to pick one up from Amazon India starting 16 April. P30 Lite In addition to the P30 Pro, Huawei has also launched the P30 Lite in India. It's essentially a toned down version the P30 Pro, and it's powered by the mid-range Kirin 710 SoC. Though the P30 Lite has the same design aesthetics as the P30 Pro, there are a few noteworthy differences. The P30 Lite doesn't have an in-display fingerprint scanner and has a physical scanner at the back. It also has a smaller 6.17-inch FHD LCD display. Also, the P30 Lite only has three cameras on the back consisting of a 24 MP primary camera, an 8 MP wide-angle lens and a 2 MP camera for the depth effect. Moving on to the pricing, the P30 Lite will cost Rs. 19,990 for the 4GB + 128GB while the 6GB + 128 GB variant will cost Rs 22,990. You can pick up the phone from Amazon starting 26 April.
  13. Apple has officially cancelled its AirPower wireless charging mat, however, the demand for the product is still quite high. The charging mat was a bold wireless charger by Apple that would charge an iPhone, AirPods and Apple Watch by placing them anywhere on the mat. Currently, devices have to be placed on wireless chargers with a specific orientation in order for it to work. However, many companies have figured out a way to charge multiple devices at once ever since AirPower was announced. Just because you can't get your hands on the AirPower doesn't mean you can't enjoy wireless charging for multiple devices. Here are the best AirPower alternatives you can buy in India right now: 1. Baseus Smart 2 In 1 Wireless Charge © Basues This 10-watt wireless charging mat can simultaneously charge two smartphones and an Apple Watch. It's available in all white and is compatible with any Qi-certified device. It comes with Overload protection which means you don't have to worry about overheating. 2. Samsung Wireless Charger Duo © YouTube The Wireless Charger Duo consists of a stand and a pad, allowing you to charge two devices at once. Both spots support fast-charging which is always a plus to have. It is also Qi-certified which means it can charge any device that supports Qi wireless charging. 3. Boost Up Charging Dock By Belkin © Belkin The new wireless charging dock by Belkin can wirelessly charge your smartphone, Apple Watch and has additional USB-A port to charge other devices. It comes with a 45W AC adapter and can charge all iPhone models at 7.5W. The Apple Watch will be carted on 5W/1A via the USB port. 4. Nillkin Gemini Dual Fast Wireless Charger Charging Pad © Nillkin The Nillkin Gemini wireless charger can juice up two devices at the same time and has support for wireless charging. It can charge the iPhone with an output of 7.5W whereas, for Qualcomm devices, it goes up to 10W.
  14. If you've been wanting to buy an iPhone and were waiting for a discount, now is the time to get one. Apple has slashed prices as a part of a promotional offer and will be available only for a limited time. The offer is in association with HDFC and basically cuts the price down by a considerable margin with other offers such as cash back. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla For non-HDFC customers, the iPhone XR will be available for Rs 59,900 (64 GB) and for HDFC Bank customers at Rs 53,900 with a special cash back. The offer will be available from April 5th and will be on for a limited period. Do note that the MRP will not be changed on Apple's official website but the offer will still be valid. © MensXP_Akshay Bhalla The iPhone XR is one of our favourite smartphones from Apple's current portfolio that comes with the same processor as the iPhone XS/XS Max. The A12 Bionic is Apple's latest processor that delivers one of the most stable, fast and reliable experience. The iPhone XR does come with a single camera however it is still capable of taking portrait images and have some lighting effects as well. The iPhone XR has a 6.1-inch LCD screen making it slightly smaller than the iPhone 8 Plus and larger than the iPhone 8. If you are currently looking to upgrade from an iPhone 6/7/8, then the XR would be a perfect fit. The limited time offer has discounts on every iPhone XR model and here are the different pricing details: Promotional Pricing details â The 10% cashback on iPhone XR is available only on HDFC Bank Debit and Credit Cards â Customers can also avail a No Cost EMI loans from Bajaj Finance Ltd. and HDFC Bank Consumer Loans â The cashback offer has no downpayment since it is available only on credit or debit cards â Start date is Friday 5-April-2019 -for a limited time till stocks last â 10% cashback only for HDFC Bank Debit and Credit Cards â The 10% cashback is available for customers making: â Credit Card full swipe/EM1 â Debit card full swipe /EMI
  15. Hardik Pandya might have courted controversy on his last TV show appearance. He may have deservedly attracted flak and, later, suspension from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for his comments. And, more recently, he might have been summoned by Indian cricket board's Ombudsman, Justice DK Jain, to be present for the hearings in relation to his controversial remarks about women. But, despite all that, hand this young lad a cricket bat and he'll show you what an absolute nightmare he can be for the opposition bowlers - something that's becoming more of a trend in the Indian Premier League (IPL) this season. The 25-year-old began this season with a forgettable duck against Delhi Capitals (DC) who eventually shocked the three-time IPL champions with a 37-run triumph. But, since then, there's been no looking back for Pandya. Twitter/@IPL He smashed a 14-ball 32 against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and, then, a 19-ball 31 against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). But, he saved his best for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) who bore the brunt of Pandya's willow at the Wankhede stadium on 3rd April. Against RCB, Pandya's blitzkrieg allowed Mumbai to accelerate from an average-looking 145 after 16 overs to a competitive 187 after 20. And, at home against CSK, the swashbuckling right-hander, once again, got a meandering Mumbai innings out of a ditch with an absolute carnage of an innings. Coming out to bat in the 17th over, Hardik swapped places with elder brother Krunal and was looking to give more strike to settled Suryakumar Yadav. He couldn't score a run on his first delivery and then a single on the second got him off strike in the 18th over. But, after Yadav got dismissed on the last delivery of the over, the right-handed batsman knew it was time to unleash the beast. Twitter/@IPL He smashed Shardul Thakur for a towering six over square leg on the first delivery of the penultimate over and followed it up with a single. With Hardik off strike, Kieron Pollard could only manage seven runs off four deliveries including a six on the fifth ball. At 141/5, with just six deliveries to go, both Hardik and Pollard knew they needed to up the ante to help Mumbai post a competitive total. M15: MI vs CSK – Hardik Pandya Six https://t.co/GjfmMNB7va via @ipl — Dixit Bhargav (@dixitbhargav09) April 3, 2019 While Pollard smashed a six on the third delivery (a no-ball) and ran three runs on the legitimate ball (a free-hit), Hardik went hammer and tongs at Dwayne Bravo on the last three balls of the final over. He helicoptered Bravo's yorker into the top tier - something MS Dhoni would have also enjoyed - on the fourth delivery. Then, he punched a drive through extra cover for a boundary. And, finally, slashing a fuller delivery over third man to finish with a six. MUST WATCH: The Pollard-Pandya last over carnage ð®ð® Full video here â¶ï¸https://t.co/7kgiaB3Nsc #MIvCSK pic.twitter.com/pLdU2pyRID — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 3, 2019 A staggering 29 runs came off Bravo's final over wherein Hardik was responsible for 17, Pollard scored 10 and two came as extras. From reeling at 119/4 in 17 overs, Mumbai romped their way to 170/5 - thanks to a slambang 8-ball 25 from Hardik and 7-ball 17 from Pollard. In 37 innings since the 2017 edition of the IPL, Hardik has come in to bat with roughly 26 balls remaining in the innings, which is extremely low for a hitter of his ability in a T20 game. While that may raise questions on Mumbai's decision to keep him much down the batting order, it undoubtedly highlights what kind of an influence, in just a few deliveries, this young bloke can have on a game - something Team India would need in the all-important ICC World Cup, slated to begin from 30th May.
  16. At just 18 years of age, Muskan Kirar must feel on top of the world after bagging four medals including two golds, one silver and one bronze medal and was crowned the 'Individual Champion' in Compound women category at the 2019 Asia Cup World Ranking Archery Stage-1 in Bangkok on Monday. NEWS. India's Muskan Kirar ð¹ ð®ð³ defends Asia Cup ðð gold in Bangkok #archery ð¹ð¯ https://t.co/Bs0izP4q65 pic.twitter.com/hyIKv4TIXN — World Archery (@worldarchery) March 29, 2019 As sports enthusiasts, we are a sucker for stories that epitomise the rise of classic underdogs and Kirar's narrative does not disappoint. Hailing from the town of Jabalpur, Muskan has never been the one to back away from hard work. In an interview with india.com, her father spoke of her rigorous regimen during which Muskhan spends around nine hours every single day, putting in the effort just to get one step closer to perfecting her craft. And as a dedicated sports person, her achievements speak a thousand words about her sincerity and affection towards the game. Making a stunning debut on the professional level a couple of years ago in 2017, she put the national selectors on notice during the Senior Asian Championship in Dhaka and even managed to reach the Asia Cup Stage-3 the same year in Taipei, Taiwan in the senior category. But the archer was able to win her first gold in the sub-junior category during the 2017 season of National Archery Competition in Bhubaneswar and did not look back ever since. Before dominating the range at this year's Asia Cup, Kirar visited Bangkok in 2018 and had taken 'Krung Thep' by storm and won the gold back then as well. However, a big portion of credit behind Muskan's skyrocketing career must be given to her father Virendra Kirar who runs a butcher shop in their hometown of Jabalpur. “None of us usually talk about my profession as people look down upon it… But with whatever money I earn, I help my children accomplish their dreams,” Mr. Kirar told india.com. A father of three children, Virendra has made sure to not compromise with the sporting dreams of his kids. With Muskan clearly making a name for herself, her father is also dedicated to send his younger daughter Saloni into archery as well while making his boy, Basu, a karate expert. How often do we overlook the wonderful support system an athlete's family becomes for them. Parents like Virendra Kirar, go through hell to earn a living, only to give up on their own dreams and aspirations and make the world happen for their children. While there is no doubt that Muskan Kirar's relentless pursuit of her dreams got her to where she is right now, we have to acknowledge the sacrifices her father has made to make it a reality.
  17. Apple has now started to manufacture the iPhone 7 in India which makes it the third device by the company that is being assembled locally. Previously, the company was assembling the iPhone SE and iPhone 6s in India as a part of the company's 'Made in India' initiative. © MensXP Apple said in an email to our sister website ET “We are proud to be producing iPhone 7 in Bengaluru for our local customers, furthering our long-term commitment in India,” According to Apple, two variants of the iPhone 7 i.e. 32GB and 128GB models will be manufactured in India and will sell for Rs 39,990 and Rs 49,990 respectively. The smartphone is being manufactured by Wistron, a Taiwanese contract manufacturer that will be assembling the iPhone 7 models. While making the iPhone 7 in India reduces the cost of manufacturing considerably, the Cupertino giant is not looking to slash the prices and instead use the extra funds for an aggressive marketing strategy in India. Previously, Tim Cook has admitted that the company has faced a decline in iPhone sales in emerging markets like India. The CEO attributed the struggle to issues like foreign exchange and “weak macro-transactions” which contributed towards slow iPhone sales in countries like India, Brazil and Russia. © MensXP iPhone 7 was launched by Apple in 2016 and features a 4.6-inch Retina HD Display. The smartphone is water and dust resistant and has a rating of IP67. The smartphone comes with a fingerprint scanner called “Touch ID” at the front and is powered by Apple's A10 Fusion chip. You can read more about the iPhone 7 here. Source: ET
  18. Alright! So, it's over. PewDiePie's fierce battle against T-Series has finally come to an end as the latter has gained a significant lead in terms of the subscriber count. In fact, Pewds knows that there's no coming back for him, and he has acknowledged his defeat in by releasing a new music video called 'Congratulations'. But you know what? The music video is not just PewDiePie conceding his defeat to T-Series. It's more about him taking a jab at the Bollywood music label and India, in general. To begin with, PewDiePie made it a point to accuse T-Series' executives by pulling out an old dirt on them. In the video, as you can see, he shows a Times Of India article from last year, which says that T-Series chairman Bhushan Kumar being investigated for tax evasion. He also noted how T-Series started its business by selling pirated songs. Pewds also revealed that T-Series sent him a cease and desist letter following the release of his original diss track called 'Bitch Lasagna'. He then used the video to pull out things which people usually regard as defamatory. He even took a racist-jab at Indians by saying, “Indians are poo-poo in their brains'. Felix then went on to talk about India's caste system, crippling poverty, and more. That being said, the video is not just about accusations, and poop slurs. Towards the end of the video, PewDiePie also took a moment to thank his fans for all the support. He said, “So this is it, thanks for sticking with my channel. Ever since I was a nobody, screaming at barrels. This is it, it's been an adventure. It's the end of the reign of Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg. Through all the change and controversy you've been by my side, there's no army in the world I would rather give me watch time. It's been a wild ride, so while I can still be heard, here's one last bro fist, from the number one in the world.” © Pewds - YouTube So unlike Bitch Lasagna, Congratulations is not essentially just a diss track for T-Series. It's just Pewds' way of showing his grievances with T-Series' cease and desist letter, and thanking his fans at the same time for all the support. It's a typical PewDiePie move. The music video has been watched over 10 million times in just 13 hours, and it's currently trending on the platform.
  19. While India is going to experience the first phase of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the Modi government makes it a lot easier for people of the nation to decide whom to bring back in to power. © Twitter Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on the 27th of March that India shot down a live satellite in space, achieving a pertinent place in the global space power, while also displaying India's anti-satellite missile capability(ASAT). Obviously this action wasn't aimed against any country but it did determine the fact that India is now amongst the countries that are recognised as global space superpowers. © Twitter The PM took to addressing the nation on TV, radio and social media with a speech about the happenstance at noon on Wednesday, and said the following: "In the journey of every nation, there are moments that bring utmost pride and have a historic impact on generations to come. One such moment is today," 'Mission Shakti', as it's called, was a difficult target to achieve but it was completely successful within 3 minutes of the launch, the PM added. The idea was not to release the missile to violate any international laws and treaty and that the satellite was pre-determined target orbiting at an altitude of 300km. There were no other details divulged so we don't know who owned the satellite but there is assurance this wasn't a threat of any sort, to anyone. #MissionShakti is special for 2 reasons: (1) India is only the 4th country to acquire such a specialised & modern capability. (2) Entire effort is indigenous. India stands tall as a space power! It will make India stronger, even more secure and will further peace and harmony. — Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 27 March 2019 While the PM addresses the nation about the mission, it's actually the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) that is behind this project and they deserve all the credit that has gone into making this mission possible in the first place. The main aim behind the mission is to strengthen the country's overall security and with the success of this very mission, we have become the fourth country after US, Russia and China to acquire such specialised and modern technology. © DRDO "This is a fantastic capability to have and it gives us a deterrence in case our adversaries try to militarise the space or try to prevent us from using our existing space capabilities." said the former DRDO chief Dr VK Saraswat, in an interview with a news agency. #MissionShakti was a highly complex one, conducted at extremely high speed with remarkable precision. It shows the remarkable dexterity of India's outstanding scientists and the success of our space programme. — Chowkidar Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 27 March 2019 What Is 'Mission Shakti'? While we're happy at achieving such a technologically advanced feat, most of us might be a bit confused about what Mission Shakti entails exactly. Well, we're here to clear out any and every misunderstanding you may have. © Twitter Mission Shakti is primarily a mission that has a team of scientists, who successfully launched a missile at a satellite in low-earth orbit. The anti-satellite (ASAT)that was released into space, hit the mark and destroyed the existing satellite. The missile launched, completed the entire operation in about 3 minutes and it was created by DRDO entirely, for security purposes. . @DefenceMinIndia congratulates the scientists of @isro and @DRDO_India in developing and demonstrating ASAT capabilities. We are proud of you and wish you more glories in future.@PMOIndia @nsitharaman @DefenceMinIndia@PIB_India — Defence Spokesperson (@SpokespersonMoD) 27 March 2019 Former DRDO Chief & NITI Aayog member Dr VK Saraswat on anti-satellite weapon A-SAT: If today you want to have the deterrence capability that if adversaries, that means nation across the world, want to militarise the space, India has the technological capability to match them pic.twitter.com/4XcAp4iUDd — ANI (@ANI) 27 March 2019 What Are ASATs? ASATs are anti-satellite weapons that are specifically designed to destroy satellites during warfare, although they haven't been used during war yet and have only been demonstrated so far, to show force and power. Back in 2010, the then director-general and scientific advisor of DRDO, has said India has the capability to integrate ASATs to neutralise satellites in low-earth orbits. While speculations for developing ASATs to test them out have been ongoing since 2011, on 27th March 2019, the first one was tested to destroy a pre-determined target, making ASATs a success in Indian space technology. © Reuters Other countries with the same technology have already tested their ASATs in space. While US tested it back in 2008, by launching an ASAT to destroy its own satellite, which was decaying in orbit and they were successful in destroying it. China tested theirs in 2007 and had successfully destroyed a weather satellite using a SC-19 ASAT. The non-functional satellite was orbiting at an altitude 865 KM before it was destroyed. Lastly, Russia tested theirs in 2015 and again in 2016 and they have been successfully testing and launching ASAT missiles. While the DRDO chairman talks about DRDOs success by saying : "We have mastered anti-satellite capability and we have today shown that we can hit satellites at long ranges with a few centimeters accuracy," we acknowledge the great extent of work India has put in for the launch, we would also like to throw some light on why the mission is particularly special for space technology advancements in terms of security, for the country. Why Is Mission Shakti Special? There are numerous reasons why Mission Shakti has been given the importance it deserves. One of the prominent ones is that India is now amidst the league of superpowers who have the capability to ward off any threat from a spatial point of view. While China, Russia and the USA are pursuing anti-satellite weapons to a great extent, space has actually become a harsh concern to pursue and India's role in making counter-space capabilities critical by launching an ASAT, is quite significant. © Twitter Apart from Mission Shakti helping to strengthen defence technologies and safeguarding our space assets, the ASAT weapon will likely become an important tool for the armed forces, over the next few decades. Apart from the entire effort has been indigenous and it's a moment of pride to view a spectacular advancement in this generation. Here's hoping India's cohesively strategically work towards it's security continues with utmost honour and success.
  20. Unless you are living under a rock, you have to have an idea about who Michael Phelps is. Bringing about a revolution in the sport of swimming with more than a decade worth of non-stop dedication to his craft, multiple sessions of 2-3 hours of extreme exertion inside the pool and unbelievably strong self-discipline. Participating in four summer Olympics (2004-2016) during his time as a professional swimmer, the 33-year-old athlete has had two bronze medals, three silver medals and 23 gold medals placed around his neck. This astonishing feat of 28 medals in totality makes him the most successful Olympian in the history of mankind and the competition is not even close. It was, therefore, a moment of honour the sporting fraternity of India to host such a remarkable athlete who visited our land for the very first time. As a brand ambassador of Under Armour, a 23-year-old company that manufactures footwear, sports, and casual apparel, Phelps is here to inaugurate their very first commercial outlet that has opened up in DLF Promenade Mall in New Delhi. View this post on Instagram Level of excitement can't be contained just like the will of 1.3 billion Indians. Catch Michael Phelps at the official store launch of UnderArmour. #IndiaWill A post shared by Under Armour India (@underarmourind) on Mar 22, 2019 at 5:16am PDT During the press gathering of the inauguration, Phelps spoke about the kind of work ethic he used to follow when he was an active swimmer. “In the sport of swimming… if you miss one day, it takes you two days to get back. So, when I spent six years without missing a single day of training, I was getting so much more benefit than the other athletes,” said the 23-time Olympic gold medalist. “They (other swimmers) used to swim for six days. If you take an off on Sunday, you are not back by Tuesday and that's exactly where I was getting so much of extra benefit. Phelps also made it absolutely certain that he will not be returning to the pool after retiring from the game in 2016. “Now if I enter the pool, I don't have the same feel...” “I don't swim anymore. I have lost it,” he jokes. View this post on Instagram ðððððððð 10 years ago today i had the chance to share the pool with these guys once again. I couldn't have asked for better teammates to share this amazing moment with!! #aaronpeirsol @brendanhansen12 and @jason_lezak . I know as being a part of team USA how important the TEAM is! Thank you boys and I can't tell you how much of an honor it was!!! These guys and others helped me make history and do something that so many ppl thought was impossible! A post shared by Michael Phelps (@m_phelps00) on Aug 17, 2018 at 10:14pm PDT Another interesting question was raised by Under Armour CEO, Kevin Plank, who seemed to be equally fascinated by the swimmer as the rest of the reporters at the venue. Plank asked: “Do you love winning or hate losing?” Without hesitating for even a single second, Phelps reverted: “I hate losing. Yes, I do not like to lose. People ask me what goes on inside my mind when I am standing on the swimming block and I say 'nothing does', and that's how it should be. If a race is about to start, I am focused on winning it, and that's just it.” Phelps is the epitome of dedication and yet one of the most humble human beings to have graced the biggest stage of sports ever, and his regimen plays a huge role in building up such a character out of him.
  21. With the sudden influx of immense talent into first class and mainstream cricket for Team India, even being great seems to be inadequate in order to become a member of the Men in Blue. The position requires brilliance beyond measure and with the margin of error negligible. That's a 5-wkt haul for @yuzi_chahal ðð#AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/GReuwxIjIu — BCCI (@BCCI) January 18, 2019 While Yuzvendra Chahal and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav have been well settled in the main team, players like Ravindra Jadeja, who have staggered just a little in the recent past, have been turned a blind eye towards by the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) selectors, it is highly disappointing to see a great cricketer like Ravichandran Ashwin waste his prime years sitting at home, waiting by the telephone, just hoping to get a call for the next ODI series. Having not played a single ODI game with Virat Kohli and the rest of the team since 30th June 2017 against the Windies at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, the last time Ashwin was seen representing India was on 6th December 2018 in the first of five Test-game series against Tim Paine's Australian cricket team at Adelaide Oval. Still on the 6th position in ICC rankings for all-rounders in Test cricket format, the 32-year-old's inability to stay fit has caused him his berth in the Indian cricket team and may finally have led to him losing it for good. Time and again, Ashwin has made various remarks over his growing vexation with not getting a call from the Indian selectors. "It entirely depends on what other people (team management and selectors) perceive of my cricket. It's definitely not in my control," Ashiwin had said in a press conference just days after being axed from the ODI roster in July last year. The competition for every single spot on India's ICC World Cup 2019 roster is not so easy, to say the least and despite Ashwin coming out in public and openly showing his desire to play on the biggest stage of the cricketing world dressed in the blue jersey, he might just miss out on the opportunity to play for his country this year. "There is competition in terms of Chahal and Kuldeep who have done incredibly well in the last few months. Massive credit to them. But I do feel there will be a time for me at some stage. Because I didn't go out on account of bad performances," a hopeful Ashwin had said on Salaam Cricket 2018. "I'm always hopeful of what I can achieve in any given game. Like most of the others I believe I can crack a game open with the way I bowl because I'm a very brave bowler. Keeping all these things in mind, World Cup is something which every cricketer wants to play and I do want to play it," Ashwin said. However, with less than two and a half months left for the World Cup, no hints have been dropped by the BCCI over Ashwin's spot in the team. After waiting for two years to return to the team, the frustration may finally have broken Ashwin. His so called “instinctive decision” to 'mankad' English batsman Jos Buttler in the IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royal therefore seems to be nothing more than an agitated cry for attention. Ashwin waited for him to get out of the crease. It is obvious for batsman to consider the ball is been released at that given moment when he completed the bowling stride. He just set a bad example as a captain! #mankading pic.twitter.com/4LXDzMcJhl — Chowkidar Devendra singh (@Devendra5611) March 26, 2019 Winning a simple league match at the cost of hatred from millions of fans of the game may not be what Ashwin had thought of heading towards Sawai Mansingh Stadium but the amount of attention the incident has gathered may bring back the spotlight on the Indian all-rounder.
  22. With the Indian Premier League (IPL) underway in full steam, we are bound to see many new-comers who will make a name for themselves and go on to earn laurels. Established youngsters such as Prithvi Shaw and Shubhman Gill, who are already in the limelight, can be the ones to replace the current Indian squad in the coming two to three years. These are the predicted top five youngsters who own the skills and determination to make it to the Indian team by the next World Cup, that is in 2023. 1. Prithvi Shaw (Delhi Capitals) © TOI The young Mumbai lad, Prithvi Shaw, is all set to make a comeback in the limelight of Indian Premier League under Delhi Capitals. Having a wonderful debut last year in the league, overshadowing Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and many other stars, Shaw definitely made a name for himself and got retained by the side during the 2019 IPL auction. Giving some prolific performances for the Indian Test side and that too at the age of just 18 is another proof of why he is referred to as the 'Next Master Blaster' of Indian cricket. Despite his worth still to be proven in limited overs cricket, he remains our top contender to make it to the Indian squad in the coming years, especially for ICC World Cup 2023. 2. Shreyas Iyer (Delhi Capitals) © Instagram The captain of the domestic as well as the IPL team of Delhi, Shreyas Iyer, is known to be the man of focus as this IPL season kicks off. Replacing Gautam Gambhir's leadership of Delhi Capitals since last year, Iyer has flowered as a captain and a better player too. From scoring in IPL to playing some great knocks for India A, the 24-year-old Mumbai lad has been in a prime form which if continues, will provide him with the great opportunity to support Virat Kohli by the World Cup 2023. 3. Shubhman Gill (Kolkata Knight Riders) © Instagram Soon after the arrival of Shaw, Shubman Gill became the next big thing to be talked about in the Indian cricket circuit. The 19-year-old batsman from Punjab is completely determined to achieve big things in international cricket and has continued to deliver consistently whenever the opportunity is provided. Ever since his phenomenal performance in the ICC U-19 World Cup 2018 in New Zealand, Shubman has been knocking at the door of the senior team. After being declared as the 'Player of the Tournament' during the2018 U-19 World Cup, he has been hailed by the experts as a player to watch out for. Getting an early entry into the Indian team and sharing the dressing room with big shots like Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn and Andre Russell for the Kolkata Knight Riders, Gill will definitely gain more knowledge of how to become a mature player. In the next few years, we will be seeing some major transformations in the youngster and we hope he goes on to break many records and might get us the 2023 World Cup too. 4. Mayank Agarwal (Kings XI Punjab) © Instagram “International cricket has made me calmer” was a statement given by Mayank Agarwal in an interview to Hindustan Times on Sunday. Having scored 2141 runs for the domestic team of Karnataka in the 2017-18 season and 3472 runs in 70 India-A matches, Agarwal's long wait of getting into the Indian team ended in December last year. Called to Australia as a replacement for Rohit Sharma, the 28-year-old was finally selected for the Boxing Day Test at the MCG, where he responded with a brilliant 76, the highest score by an Indian debutant in Australia, and a 42 in the second innings. Now, making a comeback after his thumb injury for Kings XI Punjab, he seems all set to show the entire world what he is made of. Regardless of all the difficulties and drawbacks that he has had, we would still opt him as our favourite to showcase in World Cup 2023. 5. Mayank Markande (Mumbai Indians) © Instagram 21-year-old Mayank Markande, recently added an achievement to his resume as he received his maiden call-up for the India T20I squad against Australia. Playing for Mumbai Indians and sharing the dressing room with legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Mahela Jayawardene, will surely be helpful to the young leggie. Keeping World Cup 2023 in mind, it will be interesting to see how young Markande fills the shoes of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.
  23. Life is unpredictable. We never know when the biggest curveball would be thrown our way, and if we will be able to maneuver through it and come out a winner. Hawaldar Raju Rawat of 56 Engineer unit of the Indian Army was posted in Sagar, Madhya Pradesh and was a celebrated canoe player in Army before life took a you turn on him a few years ago. Hailing from Uttarakhand, Raju became a well known name after he was selected to represent India in the Asian Games finale in 2014. But things changed in 2015 when Raju was diagnosed with cancer following a bout of pain and discomfort. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Recalling the time of his diagnosis her told TOI, “I had started feeling the pain after coming back from Asia Games but could not gauge about the problem. I even attended national championships and won gold medal.” Post the diagnosis, Raju decided to recover before moving any further as a canoe player. Raju stood out of the games for the next two years, and shifted to New Delhi to get treated at the Army Hospital in the city. He finally beat cancer and got back into the sport last year in 2018. © TOI Raju gave credit to the army and his coach for their support and encouragement, that helped him to recover and get back on his feet. Raju told TOI that, ““Without their support and encouragement, I would have never made a comeback.” As on Sunday, Raju has won two bronze medal for our country in the International Canoeing Championship which had 13 participating countries. He won under the 500m C-2 and 200m C-2 category. © Thinkstock/Getty Images Raju's journey is inspiring, because not only did he fight in the face of death, but he came out a winner, and reclaimed his former glory as a trusted national level player. The army is thoroughly impressed by Raju display of valour and they have started sending him to schools and colleges to give motivational speeches. The army coach has just one thing to give credit to for Raju's success, “He is an army man and such courage is very common in army,'' said the coach, and we totally agree!
  24. It's a good day to be alive because we have a fresh new batch of tweets from Uday baba, who's done a good job in the past keeping us entertained with his witty (or not) Tweets. (c)Pintrest This time Uday Chopra was deliberating one real profound and existential question we've all tried to seek answers to, in the past. His question was pertinent to the fact that is it okay to not believe in God in a country that's always exposed to a great deal of religion, rituals, languages and mythologies that are believed to stand true. He tweeted his query directly to his Twitter fans and said: “Are we allowed to be Atheists in India?” Are we allowed to be Atheists in India? — Uday Chopra (@udaychopra) 22 March 2019 Well, to be absolutely honest, that's a fair question to ask if you're thoroughly confused if a bunch of beliefs are thrown at you on a daily basis, when you know you don't want to be a part of them. It does leave someone who is conflicted about his or her views on religion and God, a tad confused and if they want to seek an external opinion, so be it! (c)Pintrest Upon reading Uday's Tweet, actor Farhan Akhtar gave his little witty remark, which was probably befitting to his question. He said: "God Knows", with an eyes rolled-up emoticon. God knows. ð — Farhan Akhtar (@FarOutAkhtar) 23 March 2019 Well, that's funny but Uday Chopra went on to deliberate a little more on the topic. He wrote: “People are fighting over each other's unproved imaginary beings and yet that's all ok but the moment one says I don't really believe in an an imaginary unprovable sky daddy, I'm the weird one.” People are fighting over each other's unproved imaginary beings and yet that's all ok but the moment one says I don't really believe in an an imaginary unprovable sky daddy, I'm the weird one! — Uday Chopra (@udaychopra) 22 March 2019 Did he just call God 'Sky daddy'? Well, yes, people are fighting over the unproved, imaginary sky daddy and I am sure that's created quite a conflict in the actor's head as he obviously doesn't believe in a so-called 'sky daddy'. Here's a thought: you can hold a gun to my head a force me to believe in your god. I'll even say yes I do...cause let's face it I want to live, but how do you know what I really believe in my head? I don't think even your god knows, most likely cause it's imaginary — Uday Chopra (@udaychopra) 22 March 2019 It's been quite an existential day to deliberate over certain dilemmas in Uday's baba life. Although, his point is fair and reasonable, it could have been better articulated we feel. Even so, his Twitter fans definitely replied to his Tweet and shared their perspective. If you are strong enough to handle dirty looks thrown at you or the frequent eye rolls, be one. — Varsha Patil (@DrVarshaa) 23 March 2019 Pick your battles wisely, some are not worth it. — Jolie Sohi (@jolie_sohi) 22 March 2019 Did you come to India today? — Sudip Dhiren (@sudipd_ABpos) 23 March 2019 Yes, we can be.. problem arises when we boast it!! ð — Murali Nair (@MuraliCRNair) 23 March 2019 under the current regime, you're not allowed to be anything but hindu — cool and good (@TheHedgehog123) 22 March 2019 You can be what you like as long as you don't announce it on social media! — Mini Ribeiro (@MiniRib) 23 March 2019 It is allowed but u'll have to be hard in listening abuses — Shubham Khandelwal (@shubham_2107) 22 March 2019 Well, this has been an entertaining thread Uday baba and we hope you keep giving us these small doses of thought-provoking conversations, every now and then.
  25. Cameras, as we all know, have become the distinguishing feature for phones. In fact, the camera quality and specs are usually the front and centre of a smartphone announcement these days. Last year, we literally got to see smartphones with as many as 4 cameras on the back. So, it's pretty obvious that OEMs are constantly trying to market something new and interesting. On the same lines, it looks like the word “48-megapixel” is going to be tossed around a lot. We already have a bunch of smartphones with a 48-megapixel camera in the market and I am sure a lot more are on their way. Well, if you are on the lookout for a smartphone with 48-megapixel cameras, then are some of the options that are worth checking out - Honor View 20 © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla Honor View 20 attracted a lot of eyeballs at its launch mainly due to its design. It was the first smartphone to arrive with a hole-punch display in India, and it was the star attraction. But do you know what else was it popular for? The cameras. The Honor View 20 was also the first smartphone to launch with a 48-megapixel camera in India. The 48-megapixel camera was paired with a large sensor and an extremely quick f/1.8 aperture. In our review of the smartphone, we called it a beast when it comes to the camera quality, as the Sony IMX586 sensor often managed to take detailed and sharp images. You can check out the full review of the Honor View 20 along with some camera samples right here. Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla With the Redmi Note 7 Pro, Xiaomi decided to make the 48-megapixel camera more accessible in India. The phone's 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor is quite impressive and manages to take some stunning shots. During our review, we found that the Redmi Note 7 Pro's cameras are capable of capturing pictures with right colours and crisp details. I even compared the Redmi Note 7 Pro's camera to iPhone XR's camera myself and found it to be surprisingly good. You can also read our full review of the phone here. Vivo V15 Pro © MensXP/ Akshay Bhalla The Vivo V15 Pro has a lot going for it. The phone is known for its innovative design, reliable battery life, stunning display, etc. It even has great cameras, which makes it easier for us to recommend it. The Vivo V15 Pro has a triple camera set up at the rear which consists of a 48MP primary sensor, 5MO depth of field sensor and an 8MP wide angle lens. The result? Well, let's just say it takes good photos. The Vivo V15 Pro also has a 32-megapixel pop-up selfie camera, which is just as delightful as it sounds. The selfies have a lot of details, and we found to be extremely accurate as well. You can check out the camera samples in our full review of the phone right here. Oppo F11 Pro © Oppo Oppo recently launched the F11 and the F11 Pro in India, and both of them have a 48-megapixel camera. The Oppo F11 Pro, which I've recommended in this list, sports a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor along with a 5-megapixel sensor for portrait photos. Much like the Redmi Note 7 Pro, the Oppo F11 Pro also shoots pictures at 12-megapixel by default, but you can turn on the “Ultra-HD” mode shoot images natively at 48-megapixel. Also just like the Vivo V15 Pro, the Oppo F11 Pro also has the fancy pop-up selfie camera, which can help you step up your selfie game. Oppo is popularly known for making phones with good selfie cameras, so I am sure you can count on this one too. Just don't go heavy on the filters, though. Well, that wraps up this list of smartphones with a 48-megapixel camera you can buy in India. Like I said in the beginning, we'll be seeing a lot of new devices with a 48-megapixel camera throughout the year. We'll be updating this list as and when we get to see more phones, so keep an eye on this list.
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