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  1. According to a report by Bloomberg, Apple has started to finalise locations for its first retail store that is set to open in India soon. The report said that the company has 'redoubled its efforts' in India to open its first store in an upscale location. © Pexels The first location is said to be in Mumbai and will probably be at a site similar to iconic locations such as Orchard Street in Singapore, Regent Street in London and Gift Avenue in New York. Currently, Apple sells its products via authorised partners only, as the company did not meet local manufacturing and sourcing requirements. Apple has now increased manufacturing in India and is currently in talks with the Government for a retail store, the report says. Wistron's factory application for a new $1 billion factory in India was recently approved by the country's IT ministry, which means Apple will soon have an additional manufacturing unit here in India. The new factory will be manufacturing Apple's iPhone 8, in addition to the iPhone SE, 6S, and AirPods. Additionally, the Foxconn project is also in progress, which could be commissioned to assemble the rest of the iPhone line-up including the new iPhone XS, XS Max and XR © Pexels “India is a very important market in the long term,” Cook said after the company's earnings report last week. “It's a challenging market in the short term, but we're learning a lot. We plan on going in there with sort of all of our might.” Last month, Apple slashed prices for the iPhone XR and offered a price cut of Rs 17,000. The price cut resulted in good sale numbers for Apple's latest smartphone and it seems like Apple is gearing up for a far more competitive strategy. Source: Bloomberg
  2. The world's most expensive player somehow managed to make headlines even when he is not playing on the field. The man himself, Neymar Jr, is currently healing from a foot injury which ruled him out even from the round of 16 clashes against Manchester United. Playing his second season with the French champions, Paris Saint-Germain, the left-winger has scored 20 goals and set up another 11 in just 23 appearances for his team this season. Making his way from Barcelona to PSG in 2017, the Brazilian might head back to La Liga in the coming years, but this time to the Los Blancos and not the Catalans. © Reuters The latest rumours have linked the 27-year-old with a return to Barcelona, however, his father Neymar Sr has ruled out his son's interest in the Catalan club and feels that Neymar is happy in PSG. Whereas in a recent interview in his home country, the Brazilian forward opened up on his potential move to Real Madrid. Despite admitting that he is happy at the French capital, the Sau Paulo lad didn't rule out a move to the current UEFA Champions league holder. "If I want to play for Madrid? They are one of the biggest clubs in the world," he told in an interview at Globo TV. “Any player linked with Real Madrid would feel attracted to player there.” © Reuters Clearing his statement the forward added: "For the love of God, I am not speaking about playing for Madrid, calm down. I feel happy in Paris, I am very well here... but, in the future, nobody knows.” "It is obvious that Real Madrid are a great team, one of the best in the world, I have great respect for them but, today, I see myself in Paris," he said. For the time being, the PSG star is working really hard to recover from his injury and join his side soon. © Reuters As far as PSG is concerned, they hold a firm grip over Manchester United in their Champions League 'Round of 16' tie, thanks to Di Maria and Kylian Mbappe who put up a sparkling performance at the Old Trafford. Coming back to Neymar, it's highly uncertain that the Brazilian would think of a change this soon. He probably will stick to the French champions for the time being and would look for a change in the coming years. Till then, we hope we get to see our beloved Neymar Jr., back on the field again.
  3. In the era where the likes of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were leaving everyone behind, Novak Djokovic undoubtedly stepped up his game to give the proven stars a run for their money and stake claim as one of the modern-day greats. His consistent performances on the big stage also helped him forge a partnership with Nadal and Federer as tennis' 'Big Three'. But, apart from running past opponents with his aggressive baseline play, the Serbian star has also struck a chord with tennis fans with his sense of humour. Staying true to his nickname 'Djoker', the 31-year-old continues to be an exciting prospect for his antics both on and off the field. © Reuters His pun and wit were once again in full display during a media interaction following his Australian Open triumph over Nadal in the final. Justifying his World No. 1 ranking, Djokovic proved to be too good for his Spanish counterpart, securing a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win in the all-important clash at the Rod Laver Arena. After winning his 15th Grand Slam title, a joyous Djokovic sent the press into hysterics by imitating an Italian journalist during the post-match media interaction. The Italian journalist was curious about Djokovic's thoughts on his record Australian Open haul. But, before the poor journo could complete his question, the Serbian interrupted midway to pull off a hilarious Italian accent while mocking him. .@DjokerNole sent the press into hysterics ð¤£#AusOpen pic.twitter.com/7blHxlDfHM — #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 27, 2019 “Novak, congratulations. Seven Australian Opens, 15 Grand Slams...,” the Italian reporter began. Not too bad (with an Italian accent),” replied Djokovic as the press room burst into laughter. The reporter quickly said: “Cannot complain.” Djokovic, with a wry smile, apologised saying, “Sorry but you're always like 'Okay, man, yeah (Italian accent)'.” What a charming Champion ! !we love DJOKO ! !! — philomene pierre eti (@rosecarmelpierr) January 27, 2019 While his antics left everyone in splits, Djokovic's latest triumph is no joke. After beating Nadal in the final, Djokovic lifted his seventh Australian Open title, going clear of Federer and the legendary Roy Emerson in the list of most title wins in Melbourne Park. He also has a 100 per cent record in Australian Open final and a defeat-less streak in the tournament's history as a world no. 1. Too funny! He is a loveable character! ð — Lizzie K (@lizkoroneos) January 27, 2019 When it comes to Grand Slam titles, Djokovic, following his Australian Open win, now has 15 to his name as he overhauled tennis legend Pete Sampras in the all-time list. He is now only behind Federer (20) and Nadal (17) in the all-time list of most Grand Slam title wins in men's singles.
  4. “Tennis is mostly mental. You win or lose the match before even going on the court,” this quote right here is by none other than the great Venus Williams. But now, just imagine, you're in the fifth set, sweating it out in the super tie break. You're leading by a good margin, and suddenly your right (in) ball is called out. You challenge it, it shows it's in, but instead of giving you the point or calling for a re-point, chair umpire hands over the point to your opponent. Which means you not only lose the point but the challenge also. How would you feel at that point? Devastated, right? Something similar happened in the 4th round tie of the Australian Open. The match was played between 8th seed Kei Nishikori and 24th seed Pablo Carreno Busta. Despite losing two sets in the match, Nishikori managed to pull off the next two and take the game to the fifth set. Nishikori, who eventually won 6-7 (8), 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (8), was trailing 8-5 in the super tiebreaker when a moot call changed the momentum and awaken the outrageous Carreno Busta. © AP The shot of the Spaniard clipped the net, and Nishikori reset to hit a backhand down the line after the ball landed near the doubles alley. A line judge called it out as Nishikori hit the ball down the line. The moment the ball was called out, Busta went for the challenge and was nowhere close to playing the ball. He challenged the decision, and the Hawk-Eye showed the ball hitting the line. Despite all the odds being on Busta's side, the point remained with Nishikori. It might be easy to play tennis but the fifth set is not just about tennis, it's also about the sheer nerves. More often than not, the player who's able to remain calm and composed, ends up coming out on top. And that's exactly what happened here. After that point, Carreno lost the next three points and Nishikori sealed the match with an ace. © AP After shaking hands with Nishikori, Carreno threw his bag into the court before collecting it and yelling at the chair umpire as he left the arena. We haven't seen the Spaniard losing his grip earlier, but here his emotions got better of him. Later in the post-match press conference, Carreno Busta apologised for his behaviour with tears in his eyes.
  5. Ever since his arrival at Stamford Bridge, Alvaro Morata has, by far, failed to replicate his success in the Chelsea shirt. Scoring just 24 goals in 72 appearances for the Blues, Morata has struggled to get going in the English conditions. And, if reports are to be believed, the Spaniard may well be on his way out this month's transfer window, joining AC Milan in a swap deal for Gonzalo Higuain. But, during Chelsea's FA Cup third-round clash against Nottingham Forest, the 26-year-old silenced his detractors with two crucial goals that paved way for his side's comfortable 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge. The Chelsea forward put his side in the front with an easy finish in the 49th minute before doubling their lead in the 59th minute, capitalising on another delicious cross from Callum Hudson-Odoi, with another goal. For a man who has attracted a lot of criticism for his inconsistent form, Morata fared pretty well in front of the home crowd, getting his name on the scoresheet, not once, but twice to help his side march forward in the FA Cup. But, despite his goals, misfortunes doesn't seem to leave the Spaniard alone. General reminder that Morata somehow cost real human money. pic.twitter.com/Jxgk7XylOT — Dylan Walsh (@dylanwalsh_) 5 January 2019 Though his goals did entice the Stamford Bridge, Morata's howler during the match made him the butt of all jokes on the social media. The football fans were rather unforgiving towards the Spanish footballer after he made an absolute mess of a clear chance at an open goal from 3 yards out. Thankfully for Morata, he was ruled off-side, but the fans just couldn't digest that a professional player could miss from such a position and distance. The two things morata does best have been displayed in this vid. Being offside and missing a sitter ðð — Faris (@fariscoyg) 5 January 2019 Forest fans to Morata: "You're just a shit Daryl Murphy" — Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) 5 January 2019 MORATA! From... The CHOsen One! No, this is not a mistake. It happened AGAIN! Hudson-Odoi is single-handedly saving Morata. Wow. — Alex Goldberg (@AlexGoldberg_) 5 January 2019 Madrid really robbed Chelsea blind with morata. Then loaned them another lemon with Kovacic So Chelsea revenged with courtois. 3 deals , All round sadness — kenna (@kennagq) 5 January 2019 How did the sperm that formed Morata not miss the egg pic.twitter.com/kwbXPWpm1D — Brother Seun (@Bruhvaseun) 5 January 2019 So we have two problematic strikers- Morata and Giroud- and somehow, my club thinks the best thing to do is to get Cavani pic.twitter.com/P5Vc05kJFw — no one you follow (@Trillsamm) 6 January 2019 Alvaro Morata scores 2. Still looks Depressed. Ignores Sarri and walks down the Tunnel. Thank you for some good memories but it's time you leave. — Pys (@CFCPys) 5 January 2019 Incredible vision from Morata. Row Z was not even in the frame, yet he still manages to find it. pic.twitter.com/AtvlBsHGQq — Paddy Power (@paddypower) 5 January 2019 ð¬ Offside, but this is vintage Morata... pic.twitter.com/AjdfEJiEwz — Oddschecker (@Oddschecker) 5 January 2019
  6. A student's life isn't a cakewalk, especially when you are 16 and trying to figure out life amidst exam stress, family pressure, teenage love and passion. While reading comedian Kautuk Srivastava's first book- Red Card, one can't help but relate to the protagonist and everything that surrounds him. It's all real and feels like being hit by a wave of nostalgia from the good, old days. Penguin India Rishabh Bala is a 10th grade student, who finds himself hopelessly in love when the exam pressure is at its peak. And to top that, he is juggling his passion for football along with extensive tutorials. Rishabh is extremely energetic, enthusiastic, distracted and romantic. However, he is not the only one who is going through a similar dilemma. I spoke to 5 students, who like Rishabh, are dealing with puberty, career, parents and an unconditional feeling they call love: 1. Arjun, 15 "My parents want me to pursue science albeit my passion lies in theatre. They don't get it and there is no way I can make them understand. I don't think I am cut out for a 9-to-5 corporate job, but my parents are more worried about a secured future. I wish I could tell them that theatre will pay my bills too, not immediately but eventually." 2. Nikesh, 15 "My girlfriend and I have been dating for quite some time. For the world, it's just another adolescence love that will fade away. Not for me! I think it's the real deal. Although, there is always a fear of long-distance. She wants to study abroad and I have to finish my education in India. Sometimes, I feel insecure but I don't want to stop her from pursuing her dreams. It's a depressing situation, honestly." 3. Nilanjali, 14 "I am hopelessly in love with my best friend's boyfriend. And I think he feels the same for me. I don't want to hurt my friend but I don't want to lose him. Either way, I am going to lose someone precious. I know I have to make my choice. I am afraid I'll land up making the wrong one." 4. Vibgyor, 16 "I am struggling to keep up with my grades and my performance in cricket matches. My parents, teachers and coaches have a lot of faith and expectations from me. But sometimes, it's a little frustrating. I am tired of impressing everyone around me and I wish I could run away from all of it. I think that would be easier than letting people down." 5. Rusha, 16 "My body is changing and I look different. Not in a good way though! When I see other teenage girls, I feel extremely conscious. I have been body-shamed and my confidence has been shattered more than once. I try to remain strong but sometimes I feel people should start talking about puberty openly. And it must start at home." Rishabh is no different from all the teenagers above. But will he be able to keep it together? Can he win a trophy for his beloved school's football team? Will he face his first heartbreak? Give Red Card a read and find out how Rishabh copes with all his woes, one day at a time. Buy the book here.
  7. In the wake of India's own #MeToo movement – that has gathered momentum ever since Tanushree Dutta made sexual harassment claims against Nana Patekar, the first act of the 2018 Bryan Adams India tour will be opened by talented female singers from across the country. The Canadian singer-songwriter's Ahmedabad gig on Tuesday is set to be opened by the likes of Harshdeep Kaur, Aditi Singh Sharma, Abi Sampa and Syntyche Mongro. The gigs are lined up in support of the music veteran's current 21-track compilation 'Ultimate,' which released last November. "The artiste (sic) and the management feel Harshdeep Kaur, Aditi Singh Sharma, Abi Sampa and Threeory Band would be the ideal fit as the opening acts since their music sensibilities are quite similar,” said Shyam Tallamraju, Business Head, Entertainment Network (India) Ltd in a statement. Adams will be joined by Kaur in Mumbai and New Delhi, Sharma in Bengaluru, Rushil Ranjan feat Abi Sampa in Ahmedabad and Mongro's Threeory band in Hyderabad as the official opening acts. The tour kicks off with Ahmedabad on Tuesday, followed by Hyderabad (October 11), Mumbai (October 12) and Bengaluru (October 13), before wrapping up in New Delhi (October 14). Aditi says Adams' music has had a huge impact on her career while Harshdeep also has a nostalgic memory attached to it. Mongro remained unavailable for comment. Bryan Adams' worldwide hit 'Summer of 69' is a popular number both among India's music enthusiasts as well as partygoers, along with other tracks like 'Here I Am,' 'Let's make a night,' '18 till I die' etc. This is Adams' fifth visit to India after 19915, 2001, 2003 and the 2011 Bare Bones Tour at the time of the cricket world cup that co-hosts India went on to win.
  8. Just last year, the #metoo movement hushed the world with its great attempt to highlight closeted abuse prevalent in Hollywood. The movement trickled down halfway across the world and a lot of women came forward and spoke about their #metoo stories and brought them out in the open. It's beautiful to imagine that a movement, which started off in such a fragile environment, became larger than life and acted like a ripple effect. Every woman had a story to share and while I deliberate on the term 'woman', I am not forgetting the men who've come out with their stories under the hashtag #mentoo, giving other men the strength to talk about the abuse they've gone through. © Pexels It took a year, but the movement reached Bollywood this year when Tanushree Datta, an actress popular in the late 2000's came out with her story about the prevalence of sexual harassment in the industry. We all know it's there and it happens but the incidents are usually hushed up in more ways than one and they get swept under the rug, time and again. When Tanushree came forward and spoke about being harassed by her then co-star and veteran actor Nana Patekar, the entire industry was taken aback and decided to sit on the fence, while she talked about what happened with her, ten years ago on the sets of the movie 'Horn Ok, Please'. More than debating about the fact that a reasonably successful man misbehaved with a significantly new actress on the sets of the movie, people started questioning her motive and the 'timeline' of abuse. © Thinkstock Images Yes, the timeline. This is what this article is predominantly about. By timeline, I mean the time it took for her to come out in the open and talk about what the 'perpetrator' had done. Many people contested the fact that she talked about the incident years after it had passed, so it held no relevance now. But let me tell you a not-so-hidden fact. Abuse has no timeline. There is no way to reason out logically what your body and mind go through and when is the right time to talk about it. When you go through 'abuse' of any sort, be it mental, sexual, emotional or physical, your body takes time to process it, simply because you 'freeze' at the time it's happening and your first instinct is self-preservation by processing the incident. That is why abuse and harassment survivors come out after years of the occurrence and finally talk about it. It also takes a lot of courage and strength to mentally gratify your mind to finally be verbal about the incident and it's certainly not easy to do so. So, when Tanushree Datta talks about it ten years later, it's really not to berate the man in question but to open a fresh new chapter in Bollywood or anywhere else for that matter, and talk about it openly, regardless of the time gone by. © Twitter To make things more clear about how the timeline is not a question of importance for an abuse survivor, I rounded up 5 brave men, who openly talk about abuse and harassment they went through and how long it took for them to come out in the open with it. Because, #mentoo. (1) "It Took Me 5 Years To Process It" "I was in the local in Mumbai from Dadar to Andheri and it was crowded like it usually is. It was a normal day and I was heading to work and I was lost in thought. Suddenly I felt a hand all over my back and going down to my pants. Since the train was too crowded, I tried to move forward an inch. The hand went away but it came back again and this time, it grabbed my behind (butt) and started stroking it. I was feeling embarrassed and humiliated but it wouldn't let go. I finally turned around to see who it was but I couldn't find the man. I felt really disgusted and humiliated and decided to skip work. I also kept thinking about my sister and my women friends who travel every other day and what they go through. At least this incident made me think about that. But I couldn't talk about it to anyone. I was embarrassed and scared that people would make fun of it. Last year, when men started putting up FB posts about #mentoo, I gathered the courage to put a post as well and I was shocked at how well responsive and helpful the audience was. It's been 6 years since that incident. It Took Me 5 Years To Process It" - Gaurav, 28 © Pexels (2) "I Didn't Tell Anyone For Over Ten Years" "I don't want to go into the details because I've gone over the details of the incident too many times in my head, but I was molested by a close family member as a child, a bunch of times when I was 12. It was just easy for 'her' to come into my room and touch me inappropriately and I knew it was wrong. Of course, she asked me to keep quiet about it but even after I was a grown man, I couldn't even think of talking about it. I would shy away from 'touch' and wasn't too sexually active. I didn't tell anyone over ten years. A few years ago when I was facing difficulty forgetting the incident, I started seeking professional help and spoke to a therapist about it and finally opened up. Now I am glad a lot of people are doing the same. I don't feel left out. Honestly, it's okay to talk about it. Just need to be ready, that's all"! - Anonymous, 24 © Thinkstock Images (3) "Time Has Nothing To Do With It" "Time has nothing to do with it. I took a long time to come out and talk about the abuse and assault I went through in my boarding school as a child. It took me years and years to gather courage, confidence and strength to talk about what I had been put through by my seniors in school. I was scarred for life and scared of everything. Now that I have faced my demons, I can stand up to anything. I even looked into the eyes of my abuser when I saw one of them recently and told him off. It's only when you process it and accept it consciously, you let go of it slowly and gain yourself back". - Amit, 27 © Pexels (4) "I Didn't Tell Anyone For Two Years" "I am gay and I was 'date raped' two years ago. Recently I talked about the incident vocally for other gay men to come out and talk about similar instances. I feel it's not about the gender but about what you go through as a human being. I didn't tell anyone for two years because I was humiliated and raped without even my knowledge. But today when I recall the incident, I know I am safe talking about it, even though it happened two years ago. It took me that long to come to terms with it, and what I want to say is that it doesn't matter how long it takes for you to talk about abuse, as long as you bring it out in the open and face it, you're good and you're strong". - Rajat, 30 (name changed) © Pexels (5) "I Was Abused At 5 And I Am 50 Now" I went through sexual abuse at 5 and I am 50 now. This is the first time I am talking about it apart from talking to my therapist. I feel confident enough to talk about it now. I was abused by a man, while I was travelling with my mother on a train. I kept quiet for 45 years because I thought no one could understand what I went through. But when I met my wife, I told her about the small fears I had and she helped me a lot in opening up about it. Abuse has no age and when you want to speak about it has no timeline. You can come out whenever you want with it and you'll still hold your dignity intact. You will gain strength and courage to talk about it." - Praveen, 50 © Pexels Really, abuse and harassment, sexual or otherwise have no timeline. Recently I read a 90-year-old woman spoke about the abuse she went through when she was 10! Give yourself time and patience to deal with it accurately to process it properly and talk about it courageously, whenever you are ready.
  9. This is Liam Hemsworth. View this post on Instagram Morning! It's Monday. 6am. And I'm standing in the rain. Gonna be a good week! A post shared by Liam Hemsworth (@liamhemsworth) on Jul 24, 2017 at 3:08am PDT He's the actor in 'The Last Song', 'The Hunger Games' and 'Independence Day: Resurgence'. Lionsgate Films This is Liam Hemsworth hugging Rafael Nadal, after playing a gruelling match at the 2018 U.S. Open. Instagram Oh wait, that's...not...Liam Hemsworth. Or is he? via GIPHY Tennis fans across the world and millions of others watching the U.S. Open, were in for a shock when they saw Rafael Nadal's opponent, Karen Khachanov for his striking resemblance to the actor. View this post on Instagram We've had a great run here in Toronto at @rogerscup. Thank you everyone for your support. It meant a lot to me.Next stop- @cincytennis ðð» // ХоÑоÑÐ°Ñ Ð½ÐµÐ´ÐµÐ»Ñ Ð² ТоÑонÑо @rogerscup .СпаÑибо болÑÑое вÑем за ÑообÑÐµÐ½Ð¸Ñ Ð¸ поддеÑжкÑ.ЭÑо оÑÐµÐ½Ñ Ð¼Ð½Ð¾Ð³Ð¾ Ð´Ð»Ñ Ð¼ÐµÐ½Ñ Ð·Ð½Ð°ÑиÑ.СледÑÑÑий ÑÑÑниÑ- @cincytennis ðð» #Toronto #ATP1000 #TeamKhacha A post shared by Karen Khachanov (@karenkhachanov) on Aug 13, 2018 at 1:22pm PDT Honestly, unless I see both Liam and Karen together in a room, I refuse to believe that they are two different people. But then I stumbled upon Karen's Instagram and my mind was blown. View this post on Instagram What's up Torontoð¨ð¦ð¥âð»ðð»ðð» @rogerscup #Toronto #ATP1000 #USopenSeries A post shared by Karen Khachanov (@karenkhachanov) on Aug 5, 2018 at 3:42pm PDT The 22-year-old is a Russian professional Tennis player of Armenian descent. He has won 2 ATP singles titles and is currently ranked world no. 25 (singles). View this post on Instagram Last day in Biarritz before going to Moscow ðâð»âï¸ A post shared by Karen Khachanov (@karenkhachanov) on Jul 13, 2018 at 2:14am PDT We guess the Hemsworth clan should gear up to welcome the 4th brother in their family of insane hot genes. Well, we aren't suggesting this. Karen jokingly called himself the "4th brother" when someone asked him if he is related to Liam. Yeah I am the 4th brotherð¤ð¤« https://t.co/I5pG9vjixY — Karen Khachanov (@karenkhachanov) September 5, 2018 Although Khachanov lost the match to Nadal, he left the court with the tag of a heartthrob, and while we don't know about any prize money, he's definitely hit the genetic jackpot.
  10. Remember the 'Jurassic Park' film series? It features an amusement park where extinct dinosaurs are genetically cloned and bred. If you thought the movie is too ahead of its time, think again. A university in Russia is gearing up for the opening of a Jurassic Park-style cloning facility for extinct animals. The new Jurassic Park style facility will be a 'world class paleo-genetic scientific hub' in the world's coldest city, Yakutsk. The project currently has a budget of almost US$ 6 million and the project further project details shall be made public at the 4th Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, Russia. © MovieMania Working together with the South Korean SOOAM Biotech Research Foundation, Russian scientists from the Northern-Eastern Federal University will reportedly study the DNA and genetics of several extinct species once native to the area. According to experts, the centre will aim "to study extinct animals from living cells and to restore such creatures as the woolly mammoth, woolly rhinoceros, cave lion and breeds of long-gone horses". © North-Eastern Federal University Using tissue samples extracted from Siberian permafrost, the scientists seek to study animals that went extinct many thousands of years ago and, if possible, bring them back to life. The extremely low temperatures in the Siberian region have helped in preserving the soft tissue of animal remains and the DNA that the tissue cells contain. Though, extracting viable DNA would still be challenging as DNA tends to degrade over time. © Flickr Expert Dr Lena Grigorieva – who drafted plans for the centre – said: “There is no such unique material anywhere else in the world.” If the cloning and breeding are successful, there are plans for the species to roam free in Siberia's Pleistocene Park. The Yakutia district houses about 80 percent of the retrieved Pleistocene and Holocene animal samples. Even Harvard University geneticist Professor George Church might plan to inset woolly mammoth genes into an Asian elephant embryo by 2020. © Reuters Last year, scientists hit a gold mine of two perfectly preserved cave lion cubs that are reported to be 12,000 years old. As of now, there is no official date on when the lab and experiments shall commence from, but the Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to unveil the plan next week. Via: The Inquirer
  11. The U.S. Open turned out to be a famjam for Priyanka Chopra and fiancé Nick Jonas. After returning back from their Mexican holiday, the couple went on for a double date with Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner For the US Open. A man and the mountains. ð· @priyankachopra A post shared by Nick Jonas (@nickjonas) on Sep 2, 2018 at 4:12pm PDT #priyankachopra and #nickjonas spotted on a double date with Joe & Sophie ð #priyankanick #nickyanka A post shared by Priyanka Chopra 24/7 (@epicpriyanka) on Sep 4, 2018 at 7:05pm PDT Double date kinda night with Jonas brothers and their fiancé's ð«ð« and don't miss PC #fendidress #hollywood #bollywood #instapic #couplesgoals #nickjonas #priyankachopra #datenight ð A post shared by Fashion Central Official (@fashioncentral.official) on Sep 4, 2018 at 10:57pm PDT Looks like Priyanka and Nick just can't get enough of each other and are making sure they take out time from their busy schedules, whenever possible. More photos of that smileð She's glowing 𤧠NEWYORK ð #priyankachopra #nickjonas A post shared by Priyanka Chopra-Pedia ð (@priyankapedia) on Sep 4, 2018 at 6:31pm PDT The family was there to cheer Serena Williams who defeated Karolina Pliskova. Joining the couple was also Priyanka Chopra's mother Madhu Chopra, who enjoyed this family time. Taking to her Instagram, Priyanka shared a picture and captioned it, “It's a #famjam at the #usopen @nickjonas @sophiet @joejonas @madhumalati.” While the first picture is lovely, the second one looks pretty cute. It's a #famjam at the #usopen ððâ¤ï¸ @nickjonas @sophiet @joejonas @madhumalati A post shared by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on Sep 4, 2018 at 8:23pm PDT I'm probably gonna die today WOWWWWW ð· : @espntenis A post shared by Niyanka stan (18.08.18ð) (@priyankaaesthetics) on Sep 4, 2018 at 8:12pm PDT ð Cita doble de @nickjonas @priyankachopra's @joejonas y @SophieT in NYC on their way to US Open. #NickJonas #jonasbrothers #iconicks #priyankachopra https://t.co/wQk95bZbM3 A post shared by plobnrgnews (@plobnrgnews_) on Sep 4, 2018 at 8:53pm PDT Joe and Sophie were seen at the US Open earlier as well. In fact, a video of Joe and Kevin Jonas, flossing during the match, went viral like anything. It's funny, crazy and worth watching. #USOpen Star â­ï¸ Gazing: @kevinjonas & @joejonas shows us how to floss ðºð»ðºð». __ #kevinjonas #joejonas #celebritynews #fan #celebritynews #tennis #celebritynews #jonasbrothers A post shared by US Open (@usopen) on Sep 3, 2018 at 7:13pm PDT This adorable family outing was loved by the fans. No doubt Priyanka and Nick seem to be enjoying and relishing every moment before they tie the knot. The only way to do this... with Family and God. Thank you all for your wishes and blessings ðð¼♥ï¸ð A post shared by Priyanka Chopra (@priyankachopra) on Aug 18, 2018 at 5:38am PDT The duo got engaged in Mumbai last month in an intimate 'roka' ceremony, followed by a night-long party. However, the wedding date is not announced yet.
  12. Team India's inability to deliver the goods away from home is nothing new. And, it's quite understandable too. You see, playing tracks are generally prepared to favour the home team. Then there are the conditions. As alien as they might prove for the visitors, the home side is undoubtedly more comfortable in its own den. India does it too by deploying the spinning wickets. And the sight of visiting teams being blanked by Indian spinners at home is not really a surprise. So, if every team prepares the surfaces to suit their respective teams, how does one identify who's better? The answer is quite simple. While winning at home surely boosts the points in rankings for a team, it's their ability to perform in hostile territory that truly makes them a dominant force in the sport, worthy of being called the world's no. 1 side. And, that's exactly why Virat Kohli's men - currently the top-ranked Test team - must justify their no. 1 tag in the ongoing England tour. After showing signs of positive cricket at Edgbaston, the Indian cricket team were left red-faced owing to a shambolic batting display at hallowed Lord's. The world's best team in the longest format was ripped into pieces by the England quicks before being handed a loss of the magnitude of an innings and 159 runs. Such was the disappointment that the Indian captain had to publicly ask the Indian fans to "not give up on the team". © Reuters Amongst some noticeable problems for India, the biggest seems to be their opening conundrum. The men, tasked with the responsibility of giving their team a solid start and setting the foundation for the middle order, have failed miserably so far. The three opening options - Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul - have neither made a mark, nor looked convincing against the opposition's seam bowling prowess. It's not like these three men don't have the variety and skill to help India get off to a comfortable start, they surely do and their individual performances across the globe is a testimony to that. But, defeating England in their own territory demands special application and solid intent - something that has sadly eluded the three men in question. While Dhawan was sacked from the playing XI after scoring just 39 runs in the first Test, Vijay (26 runs at Edgbaston) and Rahul (17 runs at Edgbaston) could only add 0 and 18 respectively at Lord's - a catastrophe that pushed India's opening woes into the spotlight. If the three proven openers couldn't survive the test of master tormentor James Anderson and his mates, who would? © Reuters The collective failure of Indian openers switched our focus to the likes of Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw. Since the 2013-14 season, while Mayank has amassed over 3000 runs including eight hundreds in first-class cricket, Shaw has slammed close to 1500 runs including seven tons. But, that's domestic cricket on Indian pitches. And, the fact that Shaw is still in his teens and Mayank has no international experience surely ruins their chances. So, who else? Well, India's 'Hitman' has come up with an answer. Rohit Sharma, who has been force to be reckoned with in limited-overs cricket, is well-aware of India's ongoing opening troubles and has offered his help. The Mumbai batsman has offered to open the innings for India in the longest format. "Look, I have never been offered (to open the innings in Tests) yet but I am open to anything as in whatever the team management wants. I never thought I will be an opener in ODIs when I started playing or when I was playing for India. But it happened along the way, so I (want to) keep my options open. No option is shut for me, so if the opportunity comes, I will take it," Rohit said during a promotional event. © BCCL Now, it's quite generous of Rohit to offer his help at a time when Team India needs it the most. But, is he any better than the other three openers? On his day, Rohit is unstoppable with the willow, weaving the magic one generally associates with someone like Lionel Messi. But, just like the Argentine, Rohit tends to shoot blanks more often for his national team than hitting the mark with consistency. There is a reason why he is not a regular choice in the longest format and was not included in India's Test squad for the first three Tests. In the 16 Tests he has played away from home, Rohit has scored 710 with just four fifties to his name. In fact, the last time he played in England, the right-hander was dismissed for the paltry scores of 28 and 6 in two innings. Now, one might argue that Rohit's statistics in the limited playing time he got in the longer format might not do justice to his abilities, but there is no denying that the marauding right-hander lacks consistency, patience and temperament to stay at the crease - virtues of success in Tests. Rather than throwing Rohit as an opener into the turbulent sea, India would probably be better off giving another go to either of their current openers. If that seems far-fetched, then India would be better off roping in Shaw or Mayank despite their lack of experience. Trying the two youngsters might seem foolish, but didn't a young Sachin score brilliant hundreds in Australia and England after the senior batsmen had failed? © BCCL Shaw is nearly as much a genius as Tendulkar was in regards to his uncanny footwork and aggressive stroke play. And, there is a great possibility of the youngster coming good against a fearsome bowling attack as that of England. On the other hand, Mayank has a great hand-eye coordination like Virender Sehwag and even if his footwork is as flawed as Viru, he still makes for a potential candidate. The fact is Indian selectors should not overlook candidates just because they're young or lack experience. The only parameter that matters is the ability of a player to deliver the goods. If someone is capable enough, then he must be given a chance over those who've stuttered time and again. If France thought the same of Kylian Mbappe, we probably wouldn't have seen the genius of a 19-year-old on the world's biggest stage. Trying Rohit in the longest format is a recipe for disaster, especially when the likes of Anderson and Stuart Broad at staring down at the other end. The Mumbai cricketer is supremely talented by anyone in their sane mind would know that he would be the worst bet in the Test team, let alone opening the innings for India. Having lost two successive games, India are now just one loss away from suffering another Test series defeat in England. But, it's not only their no. 1 tag and pride that's on the line, the Lord's debacle showed how a cricket powerhouse like India can be made to look mediocre, highlighting their complacency at the top - something they must prepare for to negate such challenges in the future.
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