Sachin Tendulkar falls six short of long-awaited 100th century

first_imgUnlike on the last three mornings of the Test match, on Friday there was unusually hectic activity on the Marine Drive, connecting the ‘D’ Road on which the Wankhede Stadium is located, barely 15 metres away from the junction.People looked anxious, even worried, as they looked around for tickets to get inside the venue with the hope to watch Sachin Tendulkar complete his 100th international century and make history.”Us gali mein jaao, sab milega (go to that lane, you’ll get everything),” a person was seen telling another person who was looking for tickets, just outside the main stadium gate. Officials claimed that all tickets for the fourth day of the third Test against the West Indies were sold out, but tickets were reportedly being sold in black.Just a little farther from the Wankhede, on the PM Shukla Marg-Marine Drive junction, MMK College (Bandra) students had put up a special billboard, calling for a ‘signature campaign’ for Tendulkar.The impromptu billboard had two giant photos of Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar (SRT) and the words ‘Young India Salutes You SRT’ on it.Millions of his fans around the world would have tuned in to either their television/radio sets or online streaming to be ‘part’ of the history that seemed imminent – Tendulkar required 33 more runs to become the first ever batsman to score the magical feat.Those who came late ran to their seats, eager that they don’t miss Tendulkar scoring the magic 100th run. But all of them were shocked to watch the maestro, at 94, slash at a rising ball from speedster Ravi Rampaul into the safe hands of captain Darren Sammy at the second slip. Suddenly, the packed and noisy stadium fell silent. All the anticipation and expectations came to nought as the maestro began the slow and long walk back to the dressing room.advertisementIt took some time for the spectators to accept the reality – that Tendulkar had indeed failed to get to his 52nd Test century; he has 48 tons in ODIs. He has now gone 16 innings, or eight months and 13 days – in both Tests and ODIs – without a century, though he had come close to it on a few occasions after scoring his 99th ton, against South Africa during the World Cup on March 12.And when normalcy returned to the Wankhede Stadium, people were quick to pronounce a variety of reasons as to why the 38-year-old righthanded batsman failed to score six more runs.While some felt he was too anxious to get to the mark, others insisted that he had become habitual of playing the uppish shot over the slips due to excess ODI cricket.There were others who said that Tendulkar would like to score the much-anticipated century of his 22-year international career in the five-match One-day International series against the Caribbean team, starting on November 29 in Cuttack. As it turned out, Tendulkar has been rested for the first three ODIs.last_img read more

Kahaani: Vidya Balan’s performance appreciated

first_imgAfter her outstanding performance in female-centric Ishqiya, No One Killed Jessica and The Dirty Picture, actress Vidya Balan carries forward the legacy of hits with Kahaani .Kolkata Metro objects to Vidya’s push scene in Kahaani. Watch video Bachchan sings for Vidya’s Kahaani. Watch video Kahaani music launch. See pics Vidya Balan, who turned the tables for female actors in Bollywood by carrying The Dirty Picture strongly and boldly on her shoulders in 2011, plays the lead in Kahaani.If she effortlessly essayed the role of a sex symbol in The Dirty Picutre, it was a cakewalk to play a pregnant woman in search of her husband in Kahaani, says Vidya Balan.Gautam Dutta, COO, PVR said that the film has superseded their expectation. It is being co-distributed by Pen India Pvt. Ltd, Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Boundscript Motion Pictures Pvt. Ltd”Women in Bollywood have always been secondary. It’s predominantly men who have taken centrestage in our films. Even earlier, barring some films like Mother India and Umrao Jaan, women in Indian cinema had marginal roles. In recent times, The Dirty Picture has been an exception,” film historian S.M.M. Ausaja said.Kahaani, the drama-thriller made at a shoestring budget of Rs.8 crore, is receiving positive response from both the critics and audiences.The film has opened very well. In fact, the collection in India on Friday was Rs.2.95 crore and on Saturday it earned Rs.4.5 crore. “Kahaani is a film that is made for serious and sensible cinegoers. Vidya’s performance is being appreciated by audience. The film is not entertaining like The Dirty Picture, that is why it has a niche audience. But it will not only recover its cost but also earn profits,” said Delhi based distributor Joginder Mahajan.In fact, the 33-year-old broke the stereotype that a commercial project about a woman doesn’t work.Between the 1980s and 1990s, Bollywood produced a mixed bag of female-oriented movies – some like Umraao Jaan, Prem Rog, Ram Teri Ganga Maili, Khoon Bhari Maang, Nache Mayuri and Damini were hits, while art films like Mirch Masala, Arth, Mandi, Rudaali, Lekin, Sardari Begum, Mammo, Mrityudand, Maya Memsaab and Fire earned critical acclaim.Indian women are also calling the shots in the corporate world, sports and politics and now it seems the film industry is trying to change as well.”India is changing; women are on top in every other realm and yet our heroines are the hero’s sidekick. I hope more writers see that potential in women-oriented scripts, or scripts where the woman is treated in a strong, powerful, real way,” actress Kalki Koechlin said.Many, like producer Ekta Kapoor, are furthering the cause with strong projects and bold themes. “I am about to sign a comedy movie which will begin after three months.” I have been asked not to disclose details about it. I wanted to try the genre for a long time as I have not got a chance to do an out and out comic flick,” Vidya said.Well, Vidya take a break and return with a bang.- With inputs from IANSadvertisementlast_img read more

Yuvraj to resume normal routine in 10-15 days, says mother Shabnam

first_imgThe fight against cancer has been won, but the battle is far from over for Yuvraj Singh , who is now determined to return to the Indian team at the earliest.According to Yuvraj’s mother Shabnam , the dashing left-hander has set himself a target of “10-15 days to return to his normal routine”.Shabnam also thanked Yuvraj’s fans , the entire country and the BCCI for support during the middle-order batsman’s time of crisis.Yuvraj has been out of action for most of the past 12 months, right since the time he played a pivotal role in Team India’s 2011 World Cup triumph.The explosive batsman received a hero’s welcome when he touched down in India after finishing his cancer treatment in the United States on Monday. He is currently staying with his mother at her Gurgaon residence.last_img read more

Boxers set their sights on London Olympic berths

first_imgShe is standing on the podium with a medal dangling around her neck and she punches the air. That’s how boxer Laishram Sarita Devi visualises her Olympic dream.”Since Vijender (Kumar) has done that after winning a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, I too can do it,” says the 60kg category boxer.But since a dream can’t be fulfilled without attempting to pursue it, Sarita has her eyes set on an Olympic berth when she launches her campaign on Wednesday at the lone Olympic qualifying event, the World Boxing Championships in Qinhuangdao, China.”From the time I got to know that women’s boxing will be a part of the Olympic, I have a dream to stand on the podium with a medal hanging around my neck. I know it’s not easy, but I’ll fight with all my might to achieve that goal,” the two-time former world champion said. “World Championships are the only step to book a berth for the Olympics, and I am confident to achieve that mark in China.”Sarita’s journey to London wouldn’t be easy as she may face three-time world champion Katie Taylor of Ireland at the World Championships. “The competition will be the toughest ever, especially as the competition is in the Olympic year. China, Thailand, Ireland and Kazakhstan are the strong contenders. But after winning the Asian title, I am confident of making it to the Olympics,” she said.At the World Championships, the Indian boxers will be competing in 10 weight categories, including the three Olympic categories – 51kg, 60kg and 75kg. A maximum of three Asian boxers can qualify in the 51kg and 60kg while there is two places are up for grabs in the 75kg.advertisementBesides, legendary five-time world champion MC Mary Kom (51kg), and Pooja Rani (75kg), are the other two Indians who will be vying for the Olympic berths.Mary is content with what she has achieved in career, but she is a firm believer that her life will come full circle if she wins an Olympic gold.”My five gold medals in the World Championships are a treasure which no one can rob of me. But an Olympic medal has its unique value in a game like boxing and in a country like India,” said Mary, who switched to 51kg category slightly before the 2010 Asian Games. “I am keen to win the Olympic title. But let me take one step at a time and focus on the target to qualify for the Games.”The Team- Pinky Jangra (48kg), MC Mary Kom (51kg), Sonia Lather (54kg), K Mandikini Chanu (57kg), L Sarita Devi (60kg), Meena Rani (64kg), Neetu Chahal (69kg), RL Jenny (81kg), Kavita Chahal (+ 81kg)last_img read more

East Bengal becomes first Indian club to win ASEAN Cup in Jakarta

first_imgStick together: The boys after the ASEAN winHold on to your hilsas – East Bengal netted a very big fish in July.One of the pillars of Kolkata football, EB became the first Indian club to win a club title on foreign soil, winning the ASEAN Cup in Jakarta beating Thai,Stick together: The boys after the ASEAN winHold on to your hilsas – East Bengal netted a very big fish in July.One of the pillars of Kolkata football, EB became the first Indian club to win a club title on foreign soil, winning the ASEAN Cup in Jakarta beating Thai giants BEC Tero Sasana 3-1.The Thais are Asian Club Championship finalists but the boys from Bengal didn’t show them too much respect.Baichung Bhutia played pivot and piston and the maverick ways of coach Subhash Bhowmick went mainstream.last_img

IIT-Kanpur tops India Today Best Engineering Colleges Rankings 2012

first_imgIIT-Kanpur students working on a project (Photo: Maneesh Agnihotri)Engineering has been dominated by Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) for decades, and there’s little to choose between the premier institutes scattered across the length and breadth of the country. To remain at the peak of this mountain takes some doing, and,IIT-Kanpur students working on a project (Photo: Maneesh Agnihotri)Engineering has been dominated by Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) for decades, and there’s little to choose between the premier institutes scattered across the length and breadth of the country. To remain at the peak of this mountain takes some doing, and IIT-Kanpur has managed to do just that, retaining its position as India’s best engineering college in this year’s India Today-Nielsen survey.Click here to EnlargeWhat sets the institution apart in a star-studded line-up? An all-pervasive entrepreneurial spirit driven by professors and imbibed in equal measure by the students entering the hallowed portals of IIT-Kanpur. Sample some of the research projects underway at the institution over the past year. IIT-Kanpur is coordinating a multi-institutional initiative called ‘Generation of Solar Hydrogen’ to tackle India’s perennial fuel crisis. The project aims at developing workable designs of a solar hydrogen system to bifurcate hydrogen from oxygen in water and use it as fuel. “This project, when completed, promises a long-term economic solution for the country’s economic growth and need for alternative fuel using multiple technologies,” says Sanjay G. Dhande, director, IIT-Kanpur. The institute is working on a GPS-based real-time train information system for Indian Railways codenamed Simran. Jugnu, a micro satellite developed by students which was successfully launched from Sriharikota, and Digital Mandi, an online market for farmers to sell their produce, are some of the other prominent welfare projects commissioned successfully by IIT-Kanpur in the academic year 2011-12.HISTORYIIT-Kanpur was established in 1959, with P.K. Kelkar as its first director. The institute began functioning in the borrowed building of the Harcourt Butler Technological Institute in 1959. Under the Kanpur Indo-American Programme between 1962 and 1972, IIT-Kanpur received technical assistance from a consortium of nine leading American institutes in setting up academic programmes and developing laboratories for instruction as well as research. When it began, IIT-Kanpur had just 100 students on its rolls.Today, the institution has over 5,000 students and 350 faculty members.Click here to EnlargeThe success has been achieved despite the constraints of the ‘system’. As Dhande points out, “The spirit of innovation that could have been unleashed in India remained trampled because most of the intellectual property was controlled by the British or foreign companies. The licence-permit era didn’t help either. At IIT-Kanpur, students have been encouraged to form start-ups after they pass out so that they can innovate. The research work undertaken by both students and faculty has often resulted in patents being awarded. All these activities make the academic environment at IIT-Kanpur invigorating.”The results are evident. During 2011-12, 15 technologies developed at the institute were licensed for commercialisation and 13 national patents were filed. Fifteen companies are currently being incubated at the SIDBI Innovation and Incubation Centre at IIT-Kanpur. “The number of externally funded ongoing projects has reached 522 with a sanctioned amount of Rs 344 crore. During 2011-12, the institute received sanction for 107 sponsored projects worth Rs 58.71 crore and 74 consultancy projects worth Rs 7.27 crore,” says Ajit Chaturvedi, dean (research and development).advertisementBIG-TICKET OFFERSFacebook offered Avani Nandini a package of Rs 65.50 lakh per year.Tower Research Capital LLC recruited Utkarsh Lath on an annual package of Rs 44 lakh.Tower Research also picked up Aditya Huddedar on a package of Rs 44 lakh per year.The Central Government’s Ministry of Earth Sciences and UK’s Natural Environment Research Council have sponsored a project underway at IIT-Kanpur on the structure and dynamics of groundwater systems in north-western India. “India is the largest user of groundwater in the world. North-western India is now the hotspot of groundwater depletion. This project is based on the premise that we must first understand the geology of the aquifer system to estimate the way it will respond to future stress,” explains Chaturvedi.Starting from the current academic session, IIT-Kanpur has implemented an Academic Programme Review Committee report on providing more flexibility to students. “Now students have choice to select the duration of their academic session. They can complete it in their chosen time-frame by opting for fewer semesters or by adding an extra semester, depending on their potential and choice,” says A.K. Ghosh, dean of students welfare, IIT-Kanpur. He also adds that the institute puts a premium on overall development through sports and extracurricular activities. Academic excellence, however, remains the focus. “The institute trains its students in such a way that they can deliver on their job from Day One,” affirms Vivek Agrawal, former president of IIT-Kanpur students union. “The institute had 91 per cent campus placements by May 5 this year,” says Dhande, with 714 of the 785 students who registered for placement getting job offers from 185 companies.advertisementStudents at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (Photo: Vikram Sharma)IIT-Delhi, which trails IIT-Kanpur narrowly in the rankings, has an unparalleled industry focus. It signed an MoU with the ASQ India in June to impart its students management concepts and leadership skills from the next academic year. “The idea is to make engineering students ready for industry by teaching them concepts like operations management,” says ASQ India Managing Director Amit Chatterjee. IIT-Delhi already is the toast of head-hunters after Swapnil Jain, who graduated from the institute, bagged a job at micro-blogging site Twitter at an annual package of Rs 70 lakh.IN THE FAST LANEA team of students is working on a miniature Formula 1 car that will be displayed at Auto Expo 2013 in Delhi.IIT-Kanpur students set up India’s first student-built planetarium on campus in the 2011-12 academic session.IIT-Kanpur’s music club is working on an album. It has composed three patriotic songs and is also composing an anthem for IIT-Kanpur.IIT-Kharagpur, third on the list, celebrated its diamond jubilee this year with the rollout of a dual degree programme in engineering and entrepreneurship as well as in engineering design and manufacturing. It received funding worth Rs 100 crore for different projects during 2011-12 academic session, besides additional funding of Rs 40 crore for projects undertaken by its Centre for Railways Research.The institute is also planning to start dual degree courses in energy science and engineering as well as environmental science and engineering from the 2013-14 session. The idea is to promote entrepreneurship. As Damodar Acharya, director, IIT-Kharagpur, explains, “We provide full technical and professional support to students who launch start-ups for two years so that they can stand on their feet. If the start-up fails to take off, the degree-holder can come back and we will facilitate his or her placement.”With IITs assuming the role of entrepreneurship enablers in such a big way, it’s no surprise that they have grabbed six of the top 10 engineering ranks this year.last_img read more

Indian companies buy all SLPL teams

first_imgIndian business enterprises showed keen interest in the inaugural edition of the Sri Lanka Premier League and bought all the seven contesting franchises on offer, even as the BCCI decided not to allow its players to participate in the Twenty20 league.The Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) had even last year prohibited its players from participating in the league, which forced the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) to abort the opening season of the SLPL.While Wadhawan Holdings shelled out the highest bid — USD 5.02 million — for Wayamba, Number One Sports Consulting offered a bid of USD 4.98 million for Kandurata.The Uva and Ruhuna went to Success Sports and Pearl Overseas respectively for an amount of USD 4.6 million.Basnahira was bought by Indian Cricket Dundee at USD 4.33 million, while Uthura at USD 3.4 million went to Rudra Sports.Varun Beverages, meanwhile, spent USD 3.22 million for Nagenahira.The debut edition of the SLPL is scheduled to commence from August 10, with the final to be held on August 31.The matches will be played at capital city Colombo and the central province’s Pallekele.The franchises will be allowed a maximum of 18 players, including six foreign cricketers, for registration. However, a team can play only two foreigners in the playing eleven.The value of each player will be decided by SLC in the player draft to be held on July 5 and 6.last_img read more

Bulls’ Mirotic opts not to have surgery for facial fractures

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Simmons helps 76ers beat Rockets MOST READ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic brings the ball up court against the Charlotte Hornets during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski)Chicago Bulls’ Bobby Portis (5) handles the ball during a preseason NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)CHICAGO — Chicago Bulls forward Nikola Mirotic has decided not to have surgery to repair the broken bones in his face.Vice president of basketball operations John Paxson tells Chicago’s WBBM-AM 780 that Mirotic decided to let the fractures heal on their own. Mirotic suffered several broken bones as well as a concussion when he got into a fight with teammate Bobby Portis during practice on Oct. 17.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games The Bulls had said he would likely need surgery and miss four to six weeks. Because of the concussion, Mirotic, who was born in Montenegro, did not have the operation right away. Paxson says the bones have started to heal so it’s “best” not to undergo surgery.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingHe also says Mirotic will resume light activity on Tuesday.Portis was suspended eight games. View comments Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Palace: Robredo back to ‘groping with a blind vision’last_img read more