Advertisement Read also:Football: Midfield Maestro announces retirement after bowing out of the World CupFootball : Mohamed Salah signs a long-term contract worth £200,000-a-week. AdvertisementWith a place in the last eight at stake, this game promises to be a blockbuster. Brazil are clearly the favourites to win this game but it might not be too easy for the Seleção on the field considering how this World Cup has turned out to be unfortunate for the big teams and former champions. While El Tri have upset the Germans, they were however completely blown away by Sweden. If they want to stop Brazil and secure a place for them in the final eight for the first time in over 32 years, they’ll need to replicate with greater fervour what they did to Germany, holding their ground at the back and counter-attacking with breakneck speed whenever the ball came to them.The pair have already squared up 40 times and Brazil have the edge historically with 23 wins to Mexico’s 10, plus 7 draws. Their last encounter was a friendly match held three years ago in Sao Paulo, which the hosts won 2-0 with goals from Philippe Coutinho and Diego Tardelli.This will be the teams’ fifth showdown in the FIFA World Cup, where they first crossed paths in 1950. Brazil have by far the better head-to-head record in this competition with three wins, one draw and 11 goals scored, whereas Mexico have never managed to breach the Brazilian’s defence. The most recent meeting took place in the group phase four years ago and finished 0-0.Can the likes of Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Paulinho breach the Mexican defence or will Guillermo Ochoa be the Mexicans’ saviour?The match will be played at the Cosmos Arena in Samara, Russia. It will begin at 07:30 pm IST and will be telecast live on Sony Ten 2 SD and HD, Sony Ten 3 SD and HD, Sony ESPN SD.The team line-ups: The teams are in for #BRAMEX! #WorldCup 👇👇👇 pic.twitter.com/cayJmgV2fJ— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) July 2, 2018
AdvertisementThe Indian cricket team skipper became the fastest batsmen to reach the milestone of 10,000 in One-Day Internationals during the second ODI of the five-match series against West Indies. Virat Kohli became the 13th batsman to surpass the 10k-run mark in ODIs.Virat Kohli celebrating one of his hundreds.While praises started pouring in on social media for the Indian batting mainstay, Pakistan Cricket Board also quoted a tweet from the International Cricket Council (ICC).Congratulations!Monumental effort.👏👏👏 https://t.co/YYj0fLuUg5— PCB Official (@TheRealPCB) October 24, 2018 The 29-year-old remained unbeaten on 157 at the YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Vizag. Kohli scored a century in the first ODI as well, and was just 81 runs away from the milestone. His idol and master blaster Sachin Tendulkar completed 10,000 ODI runs in 2001. He took 259 innings to reach the landmark at the age of 27, in an ODI vs Australia in Indore. Kohli reached the mark in just 205 innings consequently breaking Sachin’s record of being the then fastest to the feat.Apart from Kohli, four other Indian cricketers viz. Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and current ODI team wicket-keeper MS Dhoni also make it to the 10k-runs in ODI club. Advertisement
Mumbai, Feb 15 (PTI) A Maharashtra government-appointed taskforce on tackling the agrarian crisis has mooted a two-pronged strategy of having a distress management relief plan and restoration of agriculture extension services.Vasantrao Naik Sheti Swavlamban Mission (VNSSM) headed by Kishor Tiwari was constituted by the state government for redressal of farmers grievances and was asked to submit a report on measures needed to tackle agrarian crisis in the 14 drought-prone districts of Maharashtra.In the report submitted to Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis recently, Tiwari has proposed laying out a distress management relief plan that covers food security, health services improvement, providing 100 per cent fresh farm credit and crop insurance cover to every farmer.It also includes improving educational facilities in distress farm suicide area, zero pendency and corruption free local governance, livelihood management as well as job creation under National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and Mudra scheme.The second of suggestions includes restoration of agriculture extension services, participation of Krishi Vikas Kendras (KVKs) in agro-counselling, reintroduction of food, edible oil and pulses crop, soil moisture management, long term farm credit policy and income based resource mobilisation in rural economy.The activist also proposed that farmers of the 14 districts be made to shift from rain sensitive crops to cultivating edible oil seeds abd pulses while nalas, rivers that were dead be revived under the Jalyukt Shivar project.He also suggested that the government create post- harvest processing facilities, health care and educational facilities for farmers and their children and ensure hundred per cent fresh farm credit and crop insurance cover to every farmer.advertisementThe other suggestions include covering seven million families, farm labourers and landless farmers in the 14 districts under the National Food Security Act, which will give average annual relief of Rs 6,000 to every family. (MORE) PTI MM ARS RT RYS
Dubai, Mar 15 (PTI) A shipwreck discovered years ago off the coast Oman in the Arabian Sea is believed to be part of the fleet of 16th century Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama on his second voyage to India, according to a new study published today.The wreckage was first discovered in 1998 off the coast of Al Hallaniyah Island in the Arabian Sea, but an archaeological excavation to reveal more about the sunken ship has taken place over the last three years, an interim report published in the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology says.Researchers think that what they found is the remains of the Esmeralda, a ship from the famous explorers second voyage to India that is believed to have been destroyed in a storm.”The bay where the site is located was almost a perfect geographical match for where the ships [the Esmeralda and the Sao Pedro, another ship in the fleet] wrecked,” CNN quoted the study as saying.The artifacts found at the wreck site — including incredibly rare coins — also helped to determine the nationality and date of the wreckage, said David L Mearns, the director of Blue Water Recoveries.The coins were forged in 1499 after da Gamas first voyage to India, which helps date the wreckage, he said.”That was an amazing discovery,” Mearns said, adding that “It was like a thing you read about in a Hollywood story.”Since 2013, a team from the British company Blue Water Recoveries and the Oman Ministry of Heritage and Culture have explored a site in the Al Hallaniyah Islands Ghubbat ar Rahib Bay. PTI AKJ NTRadvertisement
From K J M VarmaBeijing, Mar 17 (PTI) China is building a tsunami alert centre in South China Sea, a senior official here has said and underlined that the facility in the disputed region has been approved by the UN.The facility is being constructed in the South China Sea, Wang Hong, chief of the State Oceanic Administration, told reporters on the sidelines of the closing ceremony of the annual legislative session yesterday.”In fact, it has begun operations and has already issued tsunami alerts to the international community, including neighbouring countries in the South China Sea,” Wang was quoted as saying by the state-run Global Times.He said the project has received United Nations approval.This is the latest announcement on facilities China is constructing in the disputed South China Sea, though Wang did not reveal the specific location of the facility.China defends facilities in the South China Sea like a light house saying that it will benefit all the countries in the region while critics say it is an attempt by Beijing to solidify its presence in disputed islands and reefs with permanent structures.Officials of South Chinas Hainan Province also announced that the province is building piers and restoring the ecological environment on the the Paracel islands which China calls as Xisha Islands.Lighthouses have started operating since October on Huayan and Chigua reefs in the Nansha (Spratly) islands, whilethe airport on Yongxing Island has been managing flights.China claims almost all of the South China Sea.advertisementIts claims are countered by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.United States Navy too is actively present in the area as Washington seeks to assert freedom of navigation in the South Chia Sea.”Sovereignty is not only protected verbally but is now exercised and governed through our actions. This will effectively enhance our presence in the South China Sea,” Ling Shengli, secretary-general of the International Security Study Centre at China Foreign Affairs University, told the Global Times.Chinas foreign ministry has reiterated that such construction falls within Chinas sovereignty rights and are civilian and public facilities aimed at better serving coastal nations in the South China Sea as well as maritime traffic from around the world.Ling stressed that China has been constructing facilities for civilian use and limited defence facilities to protect civilian infrastructure.Meanwhile, the US will continue to insist on so-called freedom of navigation in the region and may lead to disputes. But major conflicts are not likely between the two countries under the Code of Unplanned Encounters at Sea, Ling said. PTI KJV ASK AKJ ASK
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has suspended Bangladesh’s left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny and pacer Taskin Ahmed from bowling in international cricket with immediate effect after finding out their actions to be illegal. Both the bowlers went through assessments in Chennai last week, where their actions were reckoned to be illegal.Taskin and Sunny were reported for suspect actions during the World T20 match against Netherlands.However, both the bowlers can apply for re-assessment after changing their bowling actions, but at this stage can continue playing domestic cricket with their cricket’s board’s permission.The duo featured in Bangladesh’s first match in the Super 10 stage against Pakistan, where Sunny and Taskin returned with two wickets each. The Bangladesh Cricket Board is yet to name their replacements.
In a yet another fillip to the idea that smartphone can one day become your laptop or personal computer, HP Inc on Thursday unveiled Elite x3 – a 5.96-inch touchscreen device that runs Windows 10 Mobile and supports Continuum – a feature that allows the device to be attached seamlessly to a separate screen, mouse and keyboard.To be available in Asia Pacific and Japan in September this year and then in India, HP Elite x3 bridges phablet, laptop and desktop use cases from a single computing device while enabling users to run key productivity apps across seamlessly.”At HP, we are constantly pushing the envelope in design, productivity, security and entertainment to build innovative products for ‘One Life’,” Anneliese Olson, vice president of personal systems business, HP Asia Pacific and Japan, told reporters here.By utilising Continuum in Windows 10, the Elite x3 enables frictionless multi-screen transitions between a phone and a desktop PC. The device sports 8MP front camera and 16MP rear camera.For users’ security, the device has both a fingerprint reader and an iris recognition camera, offering biometric security as part of Window’s biometric Hello framework.”Users can dock Elite x3 with its ecosystem of accessories to render desktop and laptop productivity experiences while also retaining productivity on-the-go in a world-class premium and commercial-grade phablet,” HP added.Although Elite x3’s docking station is not new in the field but what takes HP device into a new league is its mobile extender that helps Elite x3 double as a laptop.advertisementAlso Read: HP’s new Spectre 13 is the world’s thinnest laptopThe Elite x3 offers a unique computing experience by leveraging the power of the Snapdragon 820 processor, the optional HP Desk Dock and the optional Lap Dock, allowing the device to let people work on their own terms no matter where the locale.Users can also enjoy easier, faster charging with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology.The Desk Dock offers a full featured desktop experience for the Elite x3.It includes a DisplayPort for external monitor support, two USB-A and a USB-C connection for business continuity and wired Ethernet to seamlessly scale users’ productivity at their desk.The Elite x3 docks in portrait mode at a comfortable viewing angle when sitting at a desk.The dock also supports the Elite x3 with and without a protective case.The HP Lap Dock creates a laptop experience using a near zero bezel 12.5-inch diagonal HD display that’s mere one kg.No data is stored on the Lap Dock for additional security and all of the apps, passwords and files are managed and stored from the Elite x3.The Elite x3 also allows users to work with the apps they love and rely on.HP Workspace – an app catalog designed by HP to easily enable access to virtualised apps – drives a seamless app usage experience.HP Workspace on the Elite x3 creates a virtual PC, giving users access to company curated catalogs of x86 apps via a virtualised solution.Users benefit from quick access to their virtualised apps with a full keyboard and mouse experience not typically available from a mobile device when using the Desk Dock and Lap Dock.HP is also partnering with Salesforce, the world’s leading customer relationship management (CRM) platform, to include Salesforce on every Elite x3, empowering users to run their businesses from their mobile devices with powerful tools that work in the cloud, keeping them up-to-date with whatever real-time data they need.The price of Elite x3 device is yet to be announced.
Now, Rajeev Shukla threatens to pull IPL out of IndiaAfter Board for Control of Cricket in India secretary Anurag Thakur, Indian Premier League chairman Rajeev Shukla has now threatened to pull the cash-rich T20 league out of the country from next season onward. Shukla said some people are trying to “destroy” the brand.Delhi Dardedevils face Mumbai Indians, eye third winDelhi Daredevils will be keen to extend their new-found momentum by winning the third consecutive Indian Premier League (IPL) match when they clash against Mumbai Indians in New Delhi on Saturday.High-flying Sunrisers Hyderabad take on struggling Kings XI PunjabOn a high after back-to-back wins, an in-form Sunrisers Hyderabad will aim to continue their winning run when they take on Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match on Saturday.7-year-old set to become first Indian participant at World Kickboxing ChampionshipTajamul Islam, a seven-year-old girl, is set to become the first Indian to represent the country at the World Kickboxing Championship in Andria, Italy, from November 14 to 19.Speculation mounts over Tiger Woods’ possible PGA Tour returnWith Tiger Woods hitting golf balls at a juniors clinic in South Carolina earlier this week, media speculation has been mounting that the former world number one could make his PGA Tour return within the next month.
New Delhi, Apr 29 (PTI) Professional Management Group (PMG), India?s first sports marketing company chaired by legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has signed Indian cricket?s youth icon Shikhar Dhawan for a three year period. As part of this long term association, PMG will now exclusively be looking after Shikhars brand endorsements and associations, corporate profile, patents and digital rights, with a special focus on image building and reputation management. PMG will provide a focused team working on Shikhar with special emphasis on enhancing his dynamic personality and his connect with youth. Commenting on the signing, Sam Balsara, Director, PMG & Chairman, Madison World said,”We are excited to sign up with Shikhar, one of the few batsman to play across all formats for India. He is one of Indias most gifted cricketers with right aggression, competitiveness & consistency. “He has made a place for himself with his solid and powerful batting skills. Being an instant crowd favourite, brands would love to associate with such a strong personality in order to project high spiritedness and exuberance amongst their target audience.” PMG signing youngsters like Sarfaraz Khan, Rishabh Pant and Prithvi Shaw, the signing of Shikhar now shows PMG?s intent of being serious player in the Player Management vertical. PTI KHS KHS