Bangkok, Jun 25 (PTI) Actor Rahul Bose, who is a former Indian rugby player, says he plans to make a film on the sport someday.”Sometime in my career, there will be a definitive sports film made on rugby. It hasn’t yet happened. It has to happen. I will make it,” Bose told PTI on the IIFA green carpet here.The 50-year-old actor, whose last directorial effort “Poorna: Courage Has No Limit” was well received by the critics, said he has found his next project and they start shooting in January next year.”I am just putting it together but I have got the producers and they loved the script. We are now just developing the entire project. We are going into prep in September,” Bose added.The actor posed for the shutterbugs with his “Mr and Mrs Iyer” co-star Konkona Sensharma at the green carpet.When asked if he will work with Konkona in another film, Bose said, “She is directing films and I’m also directing films. Who knows what will happen when? We have done three or four films together.”It’s always a privilege to act with Konkona. She is also a wonderful human being and a good friend. So, it is a win-win. If anybody wants to cast us, my meter is up.” PTI RB RDSRDS
Vladimir Putin jokes go viral after Russia’s World Cup heartbreakVladimir Putin jokes go viral after Russia’s World Cup heartbreak
Hosts Russia fought tooth and nail against Croatia on Saturday in the FIFA World Cup quarter-final in Sochi but in the end, it was not enough.Russia was on a high after overcoming a poor Spain in the Round of 16 and they showed immense character against Croatia too. Something, their fans were proud of.In the Fisht Stadium, it was Russia who scored first through a stunning strike by Denis Cheryshev. However, just minutes later Croatia equalised through a Kramaric header.Both the teams created chances and fought off for the rest of the game before Vida scored for Croatia to put the nation’s one foot in the semi-final.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGEHowever, Russia were not relenting, not on their home soil. Mario Fernandez scored with just five minutes of extra time were left to force the match into the penalty shootouts.Both those teams had been through the drama of a penalty shootout in the Round of 16 and while the pressure got the better of the Russian players, Croatia held their nerves to advance.But the Russian fans were even more unrelenting than their fans. Despite the heartbreak, Russian flag still kept flying, the fans kept singing.After all, this was their best performance since the break up of the Soviet Union.However, as the Russian empire in the World Cup fell, imminent jokes on President Vladimir Putin followed.Also read – FIFA World Cup 2018: Who plays who in the semi-finalsThroughout the tournament, there were no dearth of jokes on Putin. Be it saying that he was sitting behind the Video Assistant Referee screens to keep the match in Russia’s favour or even kidnapping David de Gea’s family so that Spain would lose, Putin was the butt of many jokes.advertisementIt was a similar trail on Saturday as Twitter got flooded by jokes on the Russian President.A user by the name of Ryma shared a doctored video of Putin where he is accepting that he did the various illegal things to help Russia win the World Cup and yet the players failed him.who made this??#RUSCRO #Putin pic.twitter.com/af11514byVRyma (@Ryymaaaaaa) July 7, 2018Another Twitter user lil lane said that Putin is now preparing to form Soviet Union 2 after Russia’s loss to Croatia.after Russias embarrassing loss to Croatia, Vladimir Putin introduces Soviet Union 2lil lane (@lilbunball) July 7, 2018Ricky Davila said that he was supporting Croatia only because he wanted to see an upset Putin.I cheered on the Croatian team just to see them defeat Russia and they did. Any loss that upsets Putin tickles me. That is all.Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) July 7, 2018If Putin was any good, Russia would still be in the Cup.ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) July 8, 2018Putin strikes me as the guy that will revoke visas and deport the remaining teams in the tournament after taking an L.Tito in Miami (@Tito305Sports) July 8, 2018Putin didn’t really expect to win both the #WorldCup and the American presidency.Real Fake P0TUS (@RF_P0TUS) July 7, 2018Its an all-NATO World Cup final four, and Russia out. Bad day for the Trump-Putin axis of ego.johnbrummett (@johnbrummett) July 8, 2018While Russia mourned the fact that they could not reach the semis, Croatia reached their first World Cup semi-final since 1998 and set up a last four clash against England.
Nokia 6.1 Plus aka Nokia X6 spotted on Geekbench ahead of global launchNokia 6.1 Plus aka Nokia X6 spotted on Geekbench ahead of global launch
HMD Global started off the month on a disappointing note as the company had to cancel its July 11 launch of the Nokia X5 aka Nokia 5.1 Plus in China due to some issue with the venue. The company is now widely expected to announce the global availability of the Nokia X6, which is tipped to be called Nokia 6.1 Plus, on July 19 in Hong Kong, if all goes well that is. The Nokia X6 has been one of the most popular phones from the company this year and it now looks almost certain that it is ready for its global launch as it recently popped up on Geekbench.The Nokia X6 was initially launched for the Chinese market only, but after seeing some very positive response from the fans, HMD chief Juho Sarvikas announced that the handset will be available globally as well. The phone is expected to be called the Nokia 6.1 Plus outside of China, and while HMD has not yet confirmed that the device will be the one unveiled in Hong Kong on July 19, a new Geekbench listing suggests its imminent launch. The listing not only confirms its name, but also specifications that are similar to the Nokia X6 including a Snapdragon 636 chipset, Android 8.1 Oreo and 4GB of RAM, among other things.The Nokia 6.1 Plus is expected to look and pack mostly the same hardware as the Nokia X6. The only difference you can expect is that unlike the Nokia X6 which comes with a custom Chinese skin over Android Oreo, the Nokia 6.1 Plus will be an Android One device with pure, stock Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box.advertisementThe reason behind the Nokia X6’s popularity is because it is the first Nokia phone to sport a notch, allowing for an edge-to-edge display with minimal bezels. The device also sees glass on the front and back as well as a dual rear camera setup. All of this makes for a very premium-looking Nokia handset that will sit in the affordable mid-range segment. There is no official word on whether the Nokia 6.1 Plus will make it to the Indian market, but considering a very strong Nokia user base in the country, we should hear something on it soon enough.The Nokia X6 brings a 5.8-inch FHD+ (1080×2280) TFT display and comes with a 19:9 aspect ratio with over 85 per cent screen-to-body ratio. The Nokia X6 also comes with 6GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage option with support for expandability up to 256GB via microSD card. Apart from a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, the phone also supports face recognition. The dual-SIM Nokia X6 houses a 3,060mAh battery with support for fast charging and also supports Bluetooth 5.0, 4G VoLTE and WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac..In terms of optics, the Nokia X6 brings a dual rear camera setup which includes a primary 16-megapixel sensor and a secondary 5-megapixel sensor, which definitely looks more attractive compared to the Nokia 6.1 which comes with a single rear camera. Up front, you get a 16-megapixel sensor. The cameras get some AI support as well which helps improve image quality and bokeh effect.The Nokia X6 has been priced in China starting at starting at CNY 1299 (approx Rs 13,800) for the 4G + 32GB variant, CNY 1499 (approx Rs 16,000) for the 4GB + 64GB model, and CNY 1699 (approx Rs 18,000) for the 6GB + 64GB version. If the phone does come to India, you can expect the Nokia 6.1 Plus to slot somewhere between the Rs 16,999 Nokia 6.1 and the Rs 25,999 Nokia 7 Plus.
\R Lausanne, July 20 (AFP) The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday overturned a European ban imposed on AC Milan for violating UEFA’s financial fair play rules, calling the punishment “not proportionate.” UEFA banned Milan from playing in next season’s Europa League citing the club’s failure to meet the “break-even requirement,” which bars clubs from taking on debt to fund daily operations. But CAS in statement ruled that “some important elements have not been properly assessed,” by UEFA judges, notably that the “current financial situation of the club was now better following the recent change in the club’s ownership.” CAS referred the case back to UEFA as requested by AC Milan, whose executives appeared at the Lausanne-based court on Thursday to argue their case. The court “considers that the (UEFA’s) Adjudicatory Chamber is in a better position than the CAS Panel to issue a new proportionate disciplinary measure on the basis of the current financial situation of the club,” the statement said. AC Milan have spent a troubled 15 months since they were bought by Chinese businessman Li Yonghong from Silvio Berlusconi in April 2017. The takeover was partly funded by a high-interest loan of 300 million euros (USD 348 million) from American hedge fund Elliott Management. When Milan failed to make a repayment at the start of July, Elliott moved to take over, a process which is due to be ratified by club shareholders on July 21. The Chinese owners spent more than 200 million euros on players last summer and that, combined with the terms of the Elliott loan, triggered the interest of UEFA.advertisement At the end of June, UEFA ruled that Milan were in breach of “the break-even requirement.” AC Milan’s managing director Marco Fassone has blamed the club’s woes on Berlusconi. (AFP) AHAH
CPL 2018: Steve Smith to replace Shakib Al Hasan at Barbados TridentsCPL 2018: Steve Smith to replace Shakib Al Hasan at Barbados Tridents
Steve Smith will play his second T20 tournament after the ball-tampering scandal which led him to being banned from Australian cricket.Smith signed with Barbados Tridents which plays in Caribbean Premier League and will replace Shakib al Hasan who would no longer available for the tournament.Smith has played 64 Tests, 108 ODIs and 30 T20 Internationals for Australia and is currently the number one ranked Test batsman in the world.”With more than 3000 T20 runs, including a century and 11 fifties, Smith brings a huge amount of experience to the Tridents squad,” Barbados Tridents said in a statement.BREAKING NEWS : Steve Smith joins @BIMTridents for #CPL18 Welcome to the party @stevesmith49 Read more https://t.co/fWm4O0g0hN #BiggestPartyInSport pic.twitter.com/lcRCWJiZ4RCPL T20 (@CPL) July 25, 2018The Tridents get their season underway with an away trip to the Guyana Amazon Warriors on 12 August before a match against St Lucia Stars on 17 August. The Tridents will then play Jamaica Tallawahs in Lauderhill, USA before playing five matches at Kensington Oval, Barbados between 25 August and 2 September.The tournament will get underway on 8 August, with Barbados beginning their campaign against Guyana Amazon Warriors on 11 August. The tournament will go on till 16 September.”It is a huge blow to lose Shakib for the tournament but in Steve Smith we have a truly world-class replacement who can help to bring power to our batting lineup. As a man who has played cricket at the highest level all over the world we are very confident that Smith will be a big success with the Tridents,” said Tridents coach Robin Singh about the signing of Smith.advertisementSteve Smith last played in the Global T20 Canada for Toronto Nationals back in June. Though his team finished last in the tournamen, Smith scored 167 runs with two fifties at an average of 33.40 and strike rate of 119.28 in six games.David Warner, also banned by CA over the same incident in South Africa, took part in the event in Canada as well, playing eight matches for Winnipeg Hawks. Warner has signed up St Lucia Stars in the upcoming edition of the CPL.
Watford claim first Premier League win over Tottenham Hotspur in 31 yearsWatford claim first Premier League win over Tottenham Hotspur in 31 years
Watford claimed a first win over Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League since 1987 as they defeated Spurs 2-1 at Vicarage Road on Sunday to maintain their perfect start to the 2018-19 season.After winning the first three matches of the season, this was Tottenham’s first loss and it came down to their lacklustre show and wastefulness in front of the goal.Three goals were scored in the match and all of them came from Watford. After a lose first half, Tottenham received a gift of a lead when Abdoulaye Doucoure scored an own goal in the 53rd minute, deflecting the ball in with his chest.However, Watford came back with a perfect response and went level in the 69th minute after Troy Deeney headed home Jose Holebas’s free kick. Craig Cathcart completed the turnaround, heading home from another Holebas set piece 14 minutes from time.Harry Kane wasted a good headed chance from Kieran Trippier’s cross as Tottenham tried to salvage something but Watford were not to be denied.| The run continues. #watfordfc pic.twitter.com/TaDEVhwM1FWatford Football Club (@WatfordFC) September 2, 2018It is only the second time in Watford’s history that they have won their first four matches of a league campaign — the previous time in 1988 in the second tier.”I think we have played better in other games but against Tottenham you have do things differently,” Watford manager Javi Gracia said.”You have to be very demanding. We have been confident until the end and with the support of our fans we got it.”advertisementAlso read – Lukaku scores brace to help 10-man Manchester United win at BurnleyFor Tottenham it was a rapid fall from grace after their 3-0 win at Manchester United on Monday and the defeat left them in fifth place with nine points.”We were so relaxed in the first half and we made a lot of mistakes. I’m disappointed because we need to do more and play much much better,” manager Mauricio Pochettino said.Mauricio: “A very painful defeat.” pic.twitter.com/k8vHfmnlzYTottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 2, 2018″If you want to be a contender you cannot concede the type of goals we conceded. The reality is so clear. When you lose you must learn and improve.”LACAZETTE SEALS POINTS FOR ARSENAL IN THRILLERCardiff City scored their first league goals of the season but Arsenal took the points as Alexandre Lacazette struck a superb late winner to secure a 3-2 victory in a Premier League thriller in south Wales on Sunday.YES!First away win of the season pic.twitter.com/3u9wI1PslJArsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 2, 2018Harry Arter wasted a glorious chance to give Cardiff the lead in the opening minutes following a dreadful mistake by goalkeeper Petr Cech and shortly afterwards Arsenal went ahead when Shkodran Mustafi powered home a header from a corner.Arsenal were dominating possession but when they carelessly gave the ball away just before halftime they were punished as Victor Camarasa got the better of Nacho Monreal before firing past Cech to spark joyous scenes.Arsenal restored their lead just past the hour mark when Mesut Ozil and Lacazette combined well to tee up Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to curl home from 20 yards but once again Cardiff responded with Danny Ward heading past Cech.Also read – Premier League: Chelsea, Liverpool maintain winning start to seasonLacazette sealed victory for Arsenal in the 81st minute when he was allowed to turn in the box by Sol Bamba before firing powerfully into the top corner from a tight angle.”I enjoyed the win, in the 90 minutes it was difficult. I think we controlled the match,” Arsenal manager Unai Emery said.”One goal for Lacazette, one for Aubameyang, but I think every other player worked well with commitment we want. We are happy for that and we are evolving.”pic.twitter.com/SwLJAY7qdhArsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 2, 2018Emery also defended keeper Cech whose distribution was again found wanting, passing the ball straight to Arter in the opening minutes of the game.”Petr has a big personality, experience which is what we want. We will continue working on controlling the ball, the build-up play with centre-backs,” he said.”He is also very intelligent when we needed a long ball to find the action more in the attacking third he did that.”(With Reuters inputs)
Co-founder of Salesforce buys Time magazine for USD 190 millionCo-founder of Salesforce buys Time magazine for USD 190 million
Washington, Sep 17 (AP) Time Magazine is being sold by Meredith Corp to Marc Benioff, a co-founder of Salesforce, and his wife, it was announced Sunday.Meredith announced that it was selling Time magazine for USD 190 million in cash to Benioff, one of four co-founders of Salesforce, a cloud computing pioneer.Meredith had completed the purchase of Time along with other publications of Time Inc earlier this year.The Benioffs are purchasing Time personally, and the transaction is unrelated to Salesforce.com, where Benioff is chairman and co-CEO and co-founder.The announcement by Meredith said that the Benioffs would not be involved in the day-to-day operations or journalistic decisions at Time.Those decisions will continue to be made by Time’s current executive leadership team, the announcement said.”We’re pleased to have found such passionate buyers in Marc and Lynne Benioff for the Time brand,” Meredith president and CEO Tom Harty said in a statement.”For over 90 years, Time has been at the forefront of the most significant events and impactful stories that shape our global conversation.”Meredith, the publisher of such magazines as People and Better Homes & Gardens, had put four Time Inc publications up for sale in March.Negotiations for the sale of the three other publications Fortune, Money and Sports Illustrated are continuing.The prospective sale is expected to close within 30 days.In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, Benioff said he and his wife were investing “in a company with tremendous impact on the world, one that is also an incredibly strong business.advertisementThat’s what we’re looking for when we invest as a family.”The purchase of Time by Benioff continues a trend of acquisitions of old-line media institutions by wealthy tech giants.The Washington Post was purchased by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos in 2013 for USD 250 million.Time, like other magazines, has struggled with continued declines in print advertising and newsstand sales.Started by Yale University graduates Henry Luce and Briton Hadden, Time first went on sale in March 1923. (AP) RUPRUPRUP
LG V40 ThinQ coming soon: Top features, expected launch date, India price and everything that we know so farLG V40 ThinQ coming soon: Top features, expected launch date, India price and everything that we know so far
LG V40 ThinQ is coming! LG is launching the successor to its LG V35 ThinQ at a special event in New York on October 3 and in Seoul 4. Ahead of its launch, the internet is buzzing with the rumours of the Korean electronics giant’s upcoming smartphone. Earlier this month, LG shared a 10-second long video clip of its upcoming smartphone on its Korean newsroom. The video showed an image being captured from three different angles, indicating the presence of a triple camera setup at the back of the phone.But now, just days before the official launch, the alleged specs sheet of the phone has been leaked by the Android Guides. And unlike the rumours circulating on the social media, details available via the leaked specs sheet suggest that the phone would sport a dual camera setup with a 16MP and a 12MP sensor at the back.While LG so far hasn’t divulged any details about its upcoming V-series smartphone, there are plenty of details available online to keep the fans and enthusiasts all excited. Here’s a quick summary of everything we know about LG’s upcoming smartphone.Features– LG V40 ThinQ is likely to feature support for Quad DAC and Stereo Speaker Boombox audio technologies. The feature was spotted in LG G7+ ThinQ, which was launched earlier this year and the company is likely to continue supporting the feature in its upcoming smartphone with ThinQ branding.– Besides this, the V35 ThinQ successor is expected to come with a separate button for invoking Google Assistant- another feature that was spotted in G7+ ThinQ.advertisement Image CourtesyL Slash Leaks– In terms of design, the phone is likely to sport thin bezels on top and bottom and on the sides along with a notch that is likley to house two camera sensors.– The phone is likely to measure 158.7×75.8×7.79 mm and come with IP68 water and dust resistant technology.Specifications– Word is that the upcoming LG V40 ThinQ will sport a 6.4-inch quad HD POLED display. The leaked specs sheet seems to be confirming these details. Additionally, the leaked specs sheet also revealed that the phone will come with a resolution of 3120×1440 pixels.– LG V40 ThinQ is likely to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, another details which the specs sheet seems to be confirming.– As far as the camera is concerns, leaks so far suggests that V40 ThinQ will come with a triple camera rear setup with a 16MP lens with a focal length of f/1.9, a 12MP lens with a with focal length of f/1.5 and a 12MP lens with a focal length of f/2.4. However, as mentioned before, the leaked specs sheet suggests that the phone will come with a dual rear camera setup with a 12MP and a 16MP sensor. Image Courtesy: My Smart Price– As far as the front camera is concerned, the phone is expected to come with an 8MP and a 5MP camera.– In terms of memory, while the previous leaks suggest that the LG V40 ThinQ could sport 6GB RAM with up to 128GB storage space, new leaks indicate that the phone could come with a bigger 8GB RAM.– The phone is likley to ship with the latest version of Android Oreo. However, some leaks also suggest that V40 ThinQ could run on Android 9 Pie.– As far as the battery is concerned, LG V40 ThinQ will be powered by a 3,300mAh battery, a detail that has remained constant throughout the course of rumours.Price and AvailabilityLG has been steadily increasing the price of its V series smartphones. Earlier this year, LG launched its V35 ThinQ at a price of $900. Besides this, LG V30+ is available in India for Rs 60,000. So we don’t anticipate V40 ThinQ to be any cheaper. The phone could easily cost around $1,000.ALSO READ: New LG V40 ThinQ image shows front design with screen notchAs far as the availability is concerned, LG is yet to launch its V35 ThinQ in India. So, it’s highly unlikely that the phone would make its way to India anytime soon.
In a first, full-time foreign coach to be hired for junior playersIn a first, full-time foreign coach to be hired for junior players
By Bharat Sharma New Delhi, Sep 26 (PTI) Indian table tennis will soon have the services of a full-time foreign coach each for senior and junior teams, an unprecedented move aiming to build on the historic gains made this year. MP Singh, secretary general at the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI), told PTI that the Sports Authority of India (SAI) gave a go ahead to having a separate head coach for senior and junior teams after a dream campaign at the Asian Games where the country won a couple of bronze medals. The junior head coach will be appointed by next month while senior coach Massimo Costantini’s replacement will be named by December. The stellar performance at the Asian Games, where India won its first table tennis medal in 60 years, came after the high of Commonwealth Games where the nation topped the tally with eight medals including three gold. “We have to have two separate foreign coaches for seniors and juniors. With senior likes of Sharath Kamal and Mouma Das not getting any younger, we have to ensure the feeder lines keeps producing world-class players,” said the TTFI secretary. Sharath, who has been India’s finest for the last 15 years, is 36 and women’s veteran Das is 34. For now, there are enough men’s players to choose from but trailblazer Manika Batra is not getting the support she needs to challenge big teams. “2018 has been the best ever year for Indian table tennis. Results have been coming and to continue this upward trend, we have to strengthen our junior programme,” said Dhanraj Choudhary, long-time table tennis administrator who is now a advisor of TTFI.advertisement Till now, senior head coach was travelling with the juniors for important events like the Youth Olympics, putting additional burden on him. Foreign coaches were called for junior paddlers but only for camps. “Now, the junior head coach will be based out of India for the term of his contract. We have already recommended six to seven names to SAI. The appointment will be made soon,” said Choudhary. For Costantini’s replacement, TTFI is awaiting recommendations from world body ITTF. The Italian, himself, could propose a few names considering he will be working as ITTF high performance director. “Though 2019 is a lean year, the focus has already shifted to the 2020 Olympics. And for the CWG and Asian Games in 2022, we need to start now. That is why we felt the need of a full-time junior coach,” added secretary Singh. PTI BS KHSKHS
PCB fines Umar Akmal for late night outing in Dubai during Australia ODI seriesPCB fines Umar Akmal for late night outing in Dubai during Australia ODI series
Pakistan cricketer Umar Akmal has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee and has also received an official reprimand following his late night outing in Dubai after the fourth ODI against Australia.The Pakistan Cricket Board said on Monday that team manager, Talat Ali had held a hearing at which Umar pleaded guilty and also apologised for his actions.A video clip emerged on social media showing Umar having a late night outing after Pakistan had lost the fourth ODI in Dubai, following which a debate stirred on whether the batsman had shown indiscipline or his personal life should be respected.Video that is allegedly Umar Akmal last night at a concert by Akon in Dubai pic.twitter.com/bql2QtOakuSaj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) March 31, 2019The batsman, who has had a history of run-ins with the establishment and disciplinary issues, was recalled for the ODI series against Australia after showing good form in the Pakistan Super League after having spent nearly two-and-half years on the sidelines.Head coach Mickey Arthur, who had a run-in with Umar in Lahore last year, has said that while Umar’s attitude has improved, he needs to work more on his fitness.PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan said: “I am glad that Umar has realised his mistake and has accepted and apologised for his actions, which were clearly unprofessional and in no way can be ignored or overlooked.”The PCB expects a high level of professionalism and commitment from its players, and this action is a reiteration and timely reminder that any indiscipline shall not be tolerated or accepted.advertisementAlso Read | Maybe Brexit will prevent Kolpak deals from happening: Dale SteynAlso Read | Twitter poll instead of coin toss in cricket: ICC announces Test reforms on April 1
‘Anonymous Facebook ads influenced nearly 10 mn British voters’‘Anonymous Facebook ads influenced nearly 10 mn British voters’
London, Oct 20 (IANS) An anonymous political campaign on Facebook has reached nearly 10 million voters, asking them via advertisements to oppose British Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal, the media reported on Saturday.According to The Guardian, it was discovered by the digital campaign group 89up, which shared the details with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) panel into fake news.”In adverts micro-targeted to individual constituencies, voters are exhorted to tell your local MP to bin Chequers,” said the report.”This advertising is designed to specifically influence MPs,” 89up said.All that is known about the campaign is what can be found on its website, Twitter and Facebook accounts.”Going by the name Mainstream Network, the group writes and publishes news stories on its website with an almost exclusively pro-Brexit slant, shared on its social media accounts,” the report added.”Over the last couple of weeks, I received a flood of about 50 emails – some quite abusive – urging me to ‘chuck Chequers’ and vote for out-and-out Brexit,” Labour MP Paul Farrelly was quoted as sayingThe news comes at a time when Facebook is reeling under a couple of massive data breaches including the Cambridge Analytica scandal that impacted 87 million users earlier this year.Facebook says it has set a goal of bringing a transparency feature for political ads — now available in the US and Brazil — to the UK and India by March 2019.With the new ad architecture in place, people would be able to see who paid for a particular political ad.Facebook has also set up a War Room to reduce the spread of potentially harmful content.Facebook faced flak for not doing enough to prevent spread of misinformation by Russia-linked accounts during the 2016 US presidential election.–IANSna/kskadvertisement
Adam Voges expects Cameron Bancroft to join Western Australia a day after ban endsAdam Voges expects Cameron Bancroft to join Western Australia a day after ban ends
Western Australia’s coach Adam Voges is expecting Cameron Bancroft to join the team a day after his ball-tampering ban expires in December. Bancroft was handed a nine-month ban by Cricket Australia after he was found guilty in the ball-tampering scandal in March in South Africa.Bancroft was caught on cameras rubbing sandpaper on the ball to change its condition on the third day of the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town.In one of the clips, Bancroft was caught putting his hand in his pocket before working on the ball with an object. He later put it back in his pocket.In another clip, Bancroft was seen transferring the piece of sandpaper from his pocket to his underpants.Captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were also slapped with suspensions for one year by the Australian cricket board.WATCH: A ball-tampering demoWhile Bancroft’s ban expires on December 29, Voges said he expected the 25-year-old to be ready to slot into the Perth Scorchers’ lineup on the following day for their clash against Hobart Hurricanes in Australia’s Big Bash Twenty20 competition.”One thing I do know about Cam is he’ll be prepared,” Voges said in comments published on Cricket Australia’s website (cricket.com.au).”I know he won’t have played any high-level competitive cricket for a period, but it certainly hasn’t stopped him from trying to improve.”He’ll be ready to go. I see a real possibility that he’ll come straight back in for that game.”Governing body Cricket Australia is considering a submission from the Australian Cricketers’ Association, the players’ union, to lift the ball-tampering trio’s bans immediately.advertisementThe ACA made the request following the release of the Longstaff review into Cricket Australia’s culture which blamed the board in part for the ball-tampering crisis in South Africa.(With inputs from Reuters)
Virat Kohli is disrespectful and Perth Test made him look silly: Mitchell JohnsonVirat Kohli is disrespectful and Perth Test made him look silly: Mitchell Johnson
Former Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson is not impressed with how Virat Kohli shook hands and barely made any eye-contact with Tim Paine at the conclusion of the second Test between India and Australia in Perth on Tuesday.Australia beat India by 146 runs on the final day to level the four-match series 1-1 at the Optus stadium.At the end of the match, Kohli and Paine were seen shaking hands but the Indian captain looked visibly disappointed at his team’s loss.Johnson was extremely critical of Kohli’s behaviour during the Test.”At the end of the match, you should be able to look each other in the eyes, shake hands and say ‘great contest’,” Johnson wrote in a column for Fox Sports.”Virat Kohli could not do that with Tim Paine, shaking the Australian captain’s hand but barely making eye contact with him. To me, that is disrespectful.1-1 going into the Boxing Day Test. It doesn’t get much bigger!Be there: https://t.co/bRUCcSykGl #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/2hy6jDRgHycricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 18, 2018″Kohli gets away with more than most cricketers simply because he is Virat Kohli and he gets placed on a pedestal but this Test left the Indian captain looking silly,” he added.The two captains were consistently involved in banter during the match but both insisted that no line was crossed.”I think he brings out the competitive spirit in a lot of people”The two skippers have their say on the Perth verbals #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/Axs17biHyzadvertisementcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 18, 2018But reports in Australian media claimed that the world’s No.1 Test and ODI batsman boasted about being the best in the business during the showdowns.The BCCI however, came out in support of Kohli, saying the statement attributed to Kohli was just hearsay and he never bragged about himself.Johnson said that Kohli didn’t his keep words after making pre-series claims that he won’t initiate any confrontations.”Kohli has contradicted the things he said at the start of the series. He said he was a changed person – that he was coming in with a different attitude to last time and wasn’t going to initiate anything. What we saw this Test says otherwise,” he wrote.”From my experiences with him and what I am seeing as an observer now, not much has changed. It was disappointing and that is not the only area where he let himself down.”Johnson was also offended with Kohli for not acknowledging the standing ovation at Perth stadium after his dismissal.”To me the catch was given out so you accept it and move on and as a player who has scored a hundred you acknowledge the standing ovation,” he said.(With PTI inputs)Also Read | Virat Kohli surpasses Brian Lara with sixth hundred in a losing cause as captainAlso Read | Virat Kohli was confident of chasing down 287. Numbers don’t back him upAlso Read | Virat Kohli best batsman but world’s worst-behaved player: Naseeruddin ShahAlso Read | Team India no saints, they started sledging war in Australia: Sunil Gavaskar
Rishabh Pant reveals his mother and sister enjoyed his sledging in AustraliaRishabh Pant reveals his mother and sister enjoyed his sledging in Australia
Rishabh Pant is enjoying a much-deserved break from international cricket and making the most of this opportunity by spending time with his family and friends.Pant was the center of attention and dominated headlines in India and Australia throughout the Border-Gavaskar series. Not only did the Bharat Army dedicate a song to Pant, but he also returned back home having made quite a lot of new fans including the likes of Adam Gilchrist and Ricky Ponting.Even the Australian Prime Minister couldn’t help but praise Pant for his competitive spirit while also taking a cheeky dig at him as he hosted both teams at his residence. During the event he was also seen babysitting Tim Paine’s kids as he met with Paine’s wife Bonnie and the couple’s two kids.Not only did Pant break records with his glove-work and bat, the young stumper also became the broadcaster’s favourite during the series thanks to his constant banter with the Aussies from behind the stumps.The host broadcasters frequently switched on the stump mics during the series just to listen to what Pant had to say to the Aussie batsmen.It was Rishabh Pant’s turn for some fun on the stump mic today… #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/RS8I6kI55fcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 29, 2018Now back home in Delhi, the 21-year-old revealed that his family loved the way he sledged the Australian players, especially captain Tim Paine, during the series.”That is how I am. If someone provokes me, I’ll give it back. I had a duty to do for my team. But I know the code of conduct. I remember my values. I have sledged and people have actually loved it.advertisement”That my mother and sister enjoyed it makes me happy,” Pant was quoted as saying by the Times of India.Pant also went on to state that he idolizes legendary wicket-keepers Adam Gilchrist and MS Dhoni, but he doesn’t try to copy them in any way.”I do idolize Gilchrist and Mahi bhai (Dhoni). But that doesn’t mean I want to become that same person. It’s not about copying your idol. It’s more about learning things from them. I want to be myself. I want to be Rishabh Pant,” Pant added.The Delhi Capitals star recently shared a fragment of his personal life with his fans after he posted a photograph of his with his girlfriend, Isha Negi, on social media.Pant captioned the photo as “I just want to make you happy because you are the reason I am so happy.”Suresh Raina was quick to react to the photo with a set of emoticons ranging from approval to happy to laughing.Isha also shared the same photo on her Instagram and captioned it, “My man, my soulmate, my best friend, the love of my life.”Also Read | Rishabh Pant for World Cup 2019? Sachin Tendulkar weighs in with his thoughtsAlso Read | Harbhajan Singh bats for Rishabh Pant’s inclusion in India ODI squadAlso Read | Rohit bhaiya, more than happy to babysit Samaira: Rishabh Pant
Australian Open: Sharapova knocks out defending champion Wozniacki in Round 3Australian Open: Sharapova knocks out defending champion Wozniacki in Round 3
Former champion Maria Sharapova battled past holder Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 4-6 6-3 in a third round thriller at the Australian Open on Friday.Denmark’s Wozniacki raced to a 4-1 lead in the opening set but Sharapova raised her level and reeled off the next five games to grab the early advantage in the contest.The second set followed a similar pattern before Wozniacki took advantage of Sharapova’s sloppy serving late on to drag the match into a decider.The Russian was not to be denied, however, as she closed out the win on her second match point in two hours and 24 minutes.”(feels good?) It really is. I thought the level was quite high, I knew it was going to be tough. She loves this arena, I haven’t played many matches prior to this but this is what you train for and it’s really rewarding.”I am definitely not walking around thinking that I have experience because that will be dangerous but definitely experience helps.”(About next opponent Ashleigh Barty) I think her story is phenomenal, she loves playing here. She did really well in Sydney really well and she loves it here. She took a break and came back and is doing incredibly well. I know the crowd is going to be tough but I look forward to playing,” Sharapova said after the match.Five-times Grand Slam champion Sharapova, who won her last major at the 2014 French Open, hit 37 winners against 10 from her opponent and converted her second matchpoint to set up a fourth round clash with local hope Ashleigh Barty, who eased past Greek Maria Sakkari 7-5 6-1.advertisementMeanwhile in other matches, young American Amanda Anisimova upstaged 11th seed Aryna Sabalenka 6-3 6-2, hitting her way into the fourth round.The fearless 17-year-old bullied her much higher ranked opponent who looked shell-shocked by the power being generated at the other end of the court.It was Anisimova’s third consecutive straight sets win, which included a 6-0 6-2 destruction of 24th seed Lesia Tsurenko, signalling the arrival of a genuine new talent in the women’s game.Anisimova, the youngest competitor in the draw, will play the winner of Petra Kvitova and Belinda Bencic in the fourth round.
I can enjoy my break now: Virat Kohli after India win ODI series vs New ZealandI can enjoy my break now: Virat Kohli after India win ODI series vs New Zealand
3rd ODI, Brief Scores: India (244/3) beat New Zealand (243) by 7 wickets to take an unbeatable 3-0 series lead. Rohit (62), Kohli (60), Rayudu (40*).Virat Kohli said he was pleased with India’s clinical cricket after clinching the ODI series against New Zealand on Monday. Chasing 244 in the third ODI, India got home with 8 wickets to spare thanks to fifties from Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Mohammed Shami was named man-of-the-match for the second time this series.Kohli said he was pleased with India’s relentlessness in the three ODIs so far: “It’s amazing. Three clinical games for us. Couldn’t have asked for a better performance after the first two clinical games. The relentlessness of the side is something that really pleases me. We really enjoy ourselves and the guys believe in their skills and they are showing it on the field.”When a guy doesn’t get runs in a couple of games the opposition still feels that he’s gonna fire. I haven’t had a break for a long time. It’s been hectic. I can relax and enjoy my break. Someday someone has to take your place and that’s how it goes. Shubman is a very exciting talent and I saw him bat in the nets and I was like wow I was not even ten percent of that when I was 19,” he said at the post-match presentation ceremony.Virat Kohli has been rested for the final two ODIs and the T20I series against New Zealand. Rohit Sharma will take over as captain for the five limited-overs matches.advertisementBut Kohli will be thrilled with the way his team played. India were clinical and ruthless as the batting and bowling units clicked together perfectly.After three matches, India’s top three happen to be the three leading scorers in the series. Shikhar Dhawan has 169 runs, Rohit Sharma has 160 while Kohli finished with 148 runs including two scores in the 40s and his best of 60 on Monday.Kuldeep Yadav with 8 wickets is the most successful bowler in the series. Mohammed Shami (7) and Yuzvendra Chahal (6) are second and third respectively while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Trent Boult are joint-fourth with four wickets apiece.No other New Zealand bowler has more than Boult’s four wickets and that itself reflects the massive gulf between the two teams.Also Read | Rohit Sharma equals MS Dhoni’s record for most ODI sixes for IndiaAlso Read | Ambati Rayudu barred from bowling in international cricket by ICCAlso Read | Hardik Pandya wants to forget what happened, was terrific in 3rd ODI: Sunil Gavaskar
Samsung Galaxy M30 India launch today, likely to be priced around Rs 15,000Samsung Galaxy M30 India launch today, likely to be priced around Rs 15,000
After launching the Galaxy M10 and Galaxy M20 recently Samsung is all set to launch the third M series smartphone in India today. We are talking about the Samsung Galaxy M30. Samsung India will be hosting a launch event for the Galaxy M30 at 6PM today in India. We believe the Galaxy M30 will be an upgraded version of the Galaxy M20.Ahead of the launch, the South Korean smartphone company has revealed some key details about the Galaxy M30. Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy M30 will come packed with a 6.38-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-U Display. One of the key highlights of the Samsung Galaxy M30 will be its triple rear camera setup which will include an ultra-wide angle lens. Another highlight of the Galaxy M30 will be its massive 5,000mAh battery that will come paired with 15W fast charging support.With just a few hours left for the launch rumours and leaks have revealed almost all the specs of the Galaxy M30. Rumours suggest that the Samsung Galaxy M30 will come with a 6.4-inch full-HD+ display with screen resolution of 1080×2220 pixels. On the hardware front, the Samsung Galaxy M30 will be powered by an Exynos 7904 SoC -paired with up to 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage.In terms of camera, the Samsung Galaxy M30 will include a 13-megapixel primary sensor paired with an f/1.9 lens, secondary 5-megapixel camera paired with an f/2.2 lens, and third will be a 5-megapixel camera with f/2.2 aperture. On the front the Samsung Galaxy M30 is expected to sport a 16-megapixel with an f/2.0 aperture for clicking selfies.advertisementThe smartphone will be available on Flipkart after it is officially launched in the country today. The Amazon India website shows the smartphone in pictures and highlights its waterdrop notch display, slim bezels, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. As for the pricing the rumours suggest that the Samsung Galaxy M30 is expected to cost somewhere around Rs 15,000. This means that the Samsung Galaxy M30 will go against the Redmi Note 7 which is all set to launch in India tomorrow, Feb 28. The Galaxy M30 is expected to be available in two colour variants — Black and Blue.ALSO READ | Redmi Note 7 has the looks and the camera to be a mid-range winner in IndiaALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy A50 with on-screen fingerprint sensor could launch under Rs 30,000 in IndiaALSO READ | Foldable phones: With V50 ThinQ, LG brings knife to a gun fight with Samsung and Huawei
Realme 3 to launch in India today: Expected specs, price and how to watch livestreamRealme 3 to launch in India today: Expected specs, price and how to watch livestream
Realme is al set to launch its first smartphone for 2019, and the company has already confirmed that it will bet the Realme 3. The successor to last year’s popular Realme 2 will boast of upgrades to the design and hardware as Realme looks to further capture the market share in India. The company has had a terrific start last year, launching a series of phones that have all received favorable reviews from customers and reviewers alike. In 2019, the company will look to bring out phones that abide by the company’s philosophy of “style meets power.” The Realme 3 will look to bring just that when it goes official on Monday, March 4.Realme has been teasing several new features about the Realme 3 over the past few days. From a gradient design language to a new Nightscape camera mode, and from a Helio P70 chipset to ColorOS 6.0, Realme has certainly been talking up the Realme 3. The company is holding an event in New Delhi, which is set to kick off at 12:30pm. You will be able to catch the live stream of the event on Realme’s website.Based on what we know so far, the Realme 3 will being an updated design and hardware compared to the Realme 2. The company has already confirmed a dewdrop display on the Realme 3, which means the notch is in the shape of a water droplet, as opposed to the wide iPhone X-like notch on the Realme 2. This means you can expect a large display, and more screen real estate on the Realme 2, perhaps something similar to the Realme 2 Pro.advertisementThe Realme 3 will be powered by a 2.1GHz octa-core MediaTek Helio P70 chipset. You may remember that this is the same chipset that powers the Realme U1 as well, and we were quite satisfied with the performance and speed of the chipset at the time. Realme claims the Helio P70 offers a 40 per cent lower power consumption, 30 per cent fast download speeds and 3 per cent better multi-core CPU performance compared to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 660. We still do not have any information regarding the RAM and storage capacities, and neither do we have details on its storage expandability as well.Realme has also confirmed that the Realme 3 will come with a 4,230mAh battery, which sounds pretty beefy and you can expect the company to tout a long-lasting battery life with this one. As for the cameras, we know the Realme 3 will sport a dual camera setup on the back and a single camera housed in the notch up front, but the configuration is still a mystery. That being said, Realme is teasing a Nightscape feature on the Realme 3, which seems to hint at a low-light photography mode that should offer better performance in the dark. Lastly, the Realme 3 could also be the brand’s first phone to come with gradient colours, perhaps a purple gradient as per one of the latest teasers.The Realme 3 will be available on Flipkart post its launch, and we should know its price and availability details during the event later today. The company is teasing an “unbelievable price” for the Realme 3, which means you can expect something around Rs 10,000 or below if the phone is expected to slot in between the Realme C-series and Realme U-series. Stay tuned to this space to know more about the Realme 3.ALSO READ | Realme 3 leaks in live photo ahead of March 4 India launch
World Cup 2019: Heart goes out to players who have missed out, says Ravi ShastriWorld Cup 2019: Heart goes out to players who have missed out, says Ravi Shastri
It has been exactly a month since BCCI announced the India squad for World Cup 2019 and since then the team selection has been a hot topic of discussion because of the notable omissions in the 15-member squad.The national selectors sprung up a surprise by leaving out young wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant. Instead, Dinesh Karthik was named as the second choice wicketkeeping option after MS Dhoni.Ambati Rayudu also failed to make it to the squad as Vijay Shankar pipped the 33-year-old because of his ”three-dimensional” qualities.India head coach Ravi Shastri admitted that a couple of capable players were left out of the World Cup-bound squad and empathised with those who couldn’t fetch the seat.”We can very well imagine there’s more than an opinion in place that some capable guys have missed out. Heart goes out to them,” Ravi Shastri told the Times of India.”Picking 15 from an immensely talented pool is never easy. I’d say to these guys: Keep going the way you have. Be prepared, in case there’s an unforeseen requirement that pops up. But, what the selectors have zeroed in on: I’ll say, it’s the best combination that’s been put in place after factoring in all aspects.”Several former players had put their weight behind Rishabh Pant after the 21-year-old wasn’t named in the World Cup team.Former India captain Sourav Ganguly had recently said, “India will miss Pant in the World Cup. I don’t know in whose place but he will be missed.”However, speaking beside Ravi Shastri, Virat Kohli explained that Dinesh Karthik was picked up for the World Cup because of the experience he carries under his belt.advertisement”In pressure situations, he’s shown composure. It was something that everybody on board was convinced about.””He has the experience. If, god forbid, something happens to MS (Dhoni), Karthik can be immensely valuable behind the wickets. As a finisher, he’s done well.”So, it was the overall exposure to a tournament of this magnitude that was taken into primary consideration.”The World Cup teams can change players until May 23 for the World Cup 2019 without the permission of the ICC. The World Cup starts on May 30 and India will start off their campaign against against South Africa on June 5.Also Read | When MS Dhoni suggested a Rs 10,000 fine, no one was ever late again for team meetingsAlso Read | Arjun Tendulkar shines with all-round show in T20 Mumbai League openerAlso See
Period cramps are affecting women’s academic performance worldwidePeriod cramps are affecting women’s academic performance worldwide
Menstruation, an inseparable part of a woman’s existence, comes back to haunt us every month and brings the unbearable cramps with it. It is more than just an uncomfortable feeling. Period pain disrupts the daily schedule of women, affecting even academic performance, while it lasts.According to a recent study, period pain significantly impacts young women’s’ academic performance worldwide.As part of the study, researchers pointed out that women tend to ‘put up with it’ rather than seek treatment.What did the study find?The study published in the Journal of Women’s Health found that, regardless of geographical location or economic status, more than two thirds (71 percent) of young women globally suffer from painful periods.Furthermore, one in five young women (20 percent) reported being absent from class due to period pain, while 41 percent reported that their concentration or performance in class was negatively affected.How was the study conducted?As part of the project, researchers examined the results of thirty-eight studies including 21,573 young women. Twenty-three of the studies were from the low, lower middle, or upper-middle-income countries, and 15 were from high-income countries.Women from school-age to university-age ‘put up with’ period painDespite the commonly held belief that women ‘grow out’ of period pain, rates of dysmenorrhea (period pain) were found to be similar between students at school and university.According to Mike Armour, lead author of the study, the research highlights the need for better education around period pain and has implications for the self-care and treatment of the disorder.advertisement”Young women, whether they were at school or university, experienced a significant negative impact on their education as a result of their menstrual symptoms,” Armour asserted.This lowered classroom efficiency during the period is something women often feel they must put up with, meaning that both adolescent girls and young women may be significantly disadvantaged in their studies by the impact of period pain.”This often occurs at a crucial time in their academic lives during their final schooling years when academic results can have long term consequences,” Armour pointed out.Other problems due to period painWomen also reported they had to restrict social, sporting, and other school activities due to menstrual symptoms, negatively affecting health outcomes.According to Armour, the belief that period pain is a normal part of becoming a woman and the inability of many women to identify the symptoms of period pain are barriers to women seeking help.He also suggested that improving women’s education about menstruation may help women make better choices about self-care and when to seek medical treatment.Read: IIT-Delhi students launch period pain relief oil-based formula on Women’s Day Read: On Menstrual Hygiene Day, here’s how workplaces need to deal with periods Read: This 24-year-old on a mission to change one million lives in 10 years educated over 500 girls about menstrual hygiene