Pained by cowardly attack on our CRPF jawans: Cricketers condemn Pulwama terror attack

first_imgThe terror attack on the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday has shocked the world and there has been an outpouring of grief on social media ever since the news broke.Cricketers like Gautam Gambhir, VVS Laxman and Virender Sehwag were one of the first ones who reacted to the tragedy which is being touted as one of the deadliest terror attacks in the region.At least 44 jawans of the CRPF were killed in a dastardly terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama. The well-planned attack used a vehicle-borne improvised explosive device (known as VBIED) to target a CRPF bus that was part of a 70-vehicle convoy.The convoy was on the Srinagar-Jammu highway and was on its way to Pulwama when a suicide bomber belonging to the terrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad drove an explosive-laden SUV into the bus. The SUV — a Tata Sumo — was carrying explosives weighing nearly 300 kgs and the bus had 39 jawans on board.The bus targetted by the suicide bomber, who the Jaish-e-Mohammad identified as Adil Ahmad Dar, was completely destroyed in the attack. The site of the Pulwama attack resembled a war zone with body parts and vehicle debris strewn about.The Pulwama attack is the biggest in Jammu and Kashmir’s history.The attack took place when the convoy was passing through the Gundipoora section of the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Lethipora near Awantipora.The convoy was made up of buses, trucks and SUVs. Each bus/truck was carrying 35-40 jawans of the CRPF.advertisementTerrorist organisation Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the deadly attack. A spokesperson of the banned terrorist organisation said “dozens of forces’ vehicles were destroyed in the attack”.Also Read | Kashmir terror attack LIVE: Govt vows unforgettable lesson after Pulwama bloodbathDeeply saddened and disturbed by the news. I condemn the terror attack in #Pulwama. My condolences to the families of the jawans who sacrificed their lives.Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) February 14, 2019Sad and pained to hear about the dastardly attack on our brave CRPF men in #Pulwama in which many of our jawans have been martyred . I pray for a quick and speedy recovery of those injured in the attack.VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) February 14, 2019Really pained by the cowardly attack on our CRPF in J&K in which our brave men have been martyred . No words are enough to describe the pain. I wish a speedy recovery to those injured.#SudharJaaoWarnaSudhaarDengeVirender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 14, 2019Yes, let’s talk with the separatists. Yes, let’s talk with Pakistan. But this time conversation can’t be on the table, it has to be in a battle ground. Enough is enough. 18 CRPF personnel killed in IED blast on Srinagar-Jammu highway via @economictimesGautam Gambhir (@GautamGambhir) February 14, 2019Shocked and shattered with the images I’m seeing from Pulwama. My deepest condolences to the families and prayers to those who are injured. #PulwamaMayank Agarwal (@mayankcricket) February 14, 2019Really pained to hear about the attack on our #CRPF men who have been martyred in the attack in J&K. I pray the coward attackers are taught a lesson at the earliest.Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) February 14, 2019Appalled and deeply disturbed by the news of CRPF jawans killed in Kashmir’s Pulwama. My thoughts and prayers with the martyrs’ families.Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) February 14, 2019last_img read more

Shy Naomi Osaka must learn to deal with limelight, says Petra Kvitova

first_imgTwo-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova says Naomi Osaka’s shyness is a problem for her as she struggles to deal with the increased scrutiny in the wake of her success at the Grand Slams and her rise to the top of the world rankings.A tearful Osaka admitted difficulty in dealing with the attention of being the world’s top-ranked woman after a shock defeat by France’s Kristina Mladenovic at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Tuesday.It was the 21-year-old’s first match since her Australian Open triumph in January for the second Grand Slam title of her career. Kvitova said Osaka would have to get used to having a target on her back.”She’s number one, Grand Slam winner, everyone just wants to beat her. That’s how players are thinking,” Kvitova, beaten by Osaka in the Melbourne final, told reporters.”I remember when I was young, I totally had same mindset. That’s how it is … it’s about experiences and coming to the court knowing that you are the favourite of every match. Every player on the other side wants to beat you.”World number four Kvitova clinched her first Wimbledon title in 2011 but found it difficult to build on that success.”It took me a while, … three years to win another Grand Slam. I was still in the top 10. I was still fighting, but in the big stages I couldn’t do it,” Kvitova, whose career stalled after a knife attack by a home intruder in 2016, added.”She [Osaka] is kind of a shy person, probably like me at the time. It was really difficult for me, that time, for sure. I totally understand Naomi.”advertisementAlso Watch:last_img read more

Fingers crossed for more KXIP victories than hat-tricks: Sam Curran

first_imgSam Curran is the toast of Kings XI Punjab after his hat-trick in a thrilling win over Delhi Capitals but he has remained humble in the wake of the adulation and is eager to see his team win more matches in the 2019 Indian Premier League.Kings XI Punjab have been in superb form this season having won 3 out of their 4 matches. On April 1, KXIP secured one of finesh come-from-behind wins to stun Delhi Capitals in Mohali. Sam Curran had replaced the mighty Chris Gayle for that game and he stood up with a sensational display of pace bowling in the death overs.The slide started for Delhi Capitals when Mohammed Shami dismissed dangerman Rishabh Pant and Curran felt that changed the momentum in the game. Curran was also impressed with R Ashwin’s direct throw which caught Chris Morris short of his ground.The cricketing world has been in awe of 20-year-old Sam Curran who became the youngest player to take an IPL hat-trick. But Curran has instead chosen to focus on how good his entire team has been this season.”Fingers crossed for more victories than hat-tricks, hopefully the boys can. We got some nice momentum. We have got a nice bunch of boys in the team and we really enjoy winning games for each other and so far so good,” Sam Curran told AajTak.Curran said he had no idea he had taken a hat-trick but he recalled how Shami got KXIP back into the game.”I think Delhi needed about 30 runs off 28 balls, when Shami got Rishabh Pant. That changed the game and then Chris Morris got run out on the first ball by our captain, which was pretty cool.advertisement”I think we saw a few people leaving when they needed 23 off 21, I am sure that the people who left… It was an amazing win and the boys showed some great fight to get back into that position and luck that we got two points,” Sam Curran said.Also Read | Chris Gayle brings good vibes and pranks to Kings XI Punjab dressing room: KL RahulAlso Watch | KXIP bench strength very strong in IPL 2019: KL Rahullast_img read more

Rana Daggubati sheds oodles of weight for Virata Parvam 1992 with Sai Pallavi. See pics

first_imgRana Daggubati, who looked menacing as the towering Bhalladeva in Baahubali series, has lost a lot of pounds and looks lean now. Though he was sporting a relatively slim look in the two-part NTR biopic, the recent transformation is shocking. It is said that the actor has lost enormous weight for his upcoming film Virata Parvam 1992.An entertainment website quoted a source as saying, “He has shed more weight for his film with Sai Pallavi, which is Virata Parvam 1992.” Directed by Venu Udugula, the upcoming film has Sai Pallavi in the female lead role.Here are the latest pictures of Rana Daggubati: Rana Daggubati spotted at Hyderabad Airport As the title suggests, Virata Parvam 1992 is a period flick, which is predominantly a romantic film with many action sequences. The project was announced a few months ago but went on floors recently.Other than Virata Parvam 1992, Rana Daggubati is also wrapping up his multilingual project Hathi Mere Sathi, which also stars Tamil actress Vishnu Vishal in an important role. He also has Telugu film Nene Raja Nene Mantri and Enai Nokki Paayum Thotta, which are in the post-production phase.Photos: Yogen ShahALSO READ: Rana Daggubati fans watch Bhallaladeva at Baahubali special screening in Tokyo. Viral videoALSO WATCH | Prabhas-Rana talk about the ultimate face-off in Baahubali 2last_img read more

I’m so proud of Dutee Chand: Ellen DeGeneres on Indian sprinter’s coming out

first_imgGlobally popular television show host Ellen DeGeneres, an advocate for gay rights, has said she is proud of Indian sportswoman Dutee Chand.Chand, a 100m record holder and winner of two Asian Games silver medals, recently opened up about her homosexuality. She revealed that she is in a same-sex relationship with a girl from her home town.Praising Chand for embracing her sexuality openly, DeGeneres tweeted: “She’s the 100m record holder and the first openly gay sportsperson in India. I guess she knows a thing or two about being first. I’m so proud of her.”She’s the 100m record holder and the first openly gay sportsperson in India. I guess she knows a thing or two about being first. I’m so proud of her. DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 21, 2019For Chand, the Supreme Court verdict in September 2018 that decriminalised same-sex relationships between consenting adults provided the impetus for them to arrive at a decision of spending their lives with each other.”When the Supreme Court ruling came on Section 377, then we decided that there is no harm in spending our lives with each other. We decided that we will get married and have a small family for ourselves.”She is from my town and a sports fan herself. She read about the struggles that I have gone through to make a career in sports and told me that she was inspired by my story. That is how we came in touch with each other,” Chand said.advertisementAlso Read | Indian Open boxing: Mary Kom assured of medal, Pawan Narwal advancesAlso Read | Sister’s blackmail, torture forced me to reveal my same-sex relationship: Dutee ChandAlso Seelast_img read more

India Open: Shiva Thapa, Amit Panghal lead home domination

first_imgIt was a spectacular homecoming for World championship bronze medallist Shiva Thapa, while Asian Games gold medallist Amit Panghal also lived upto his billing reaching the semifinals in 52kg category at the second India Open boxing tournament here Wednesday.Five other Indians also progressed to the semifinals at the Karmabir Nabin Chandra Bordoloi Indoor Stadium.Three years after he was crowned national champion at the same venue, a matured Thapa returned stronger as he clinically executed his plans to outwork his taller Mauritius opponent Hellene Damien 5-0 and set up a semifinal clash against D Krystian Sczepanski of Poland in the 60kg category.”I was facing a taller opponent like him for the first time in my category,” said Thapa, who will switch to 63kg after the tournament keeping in mind of the approved weight categories for Olympic qualification.”He had a better reach so my strategy was to hit him from the close range and then quickly go out of his reach. It worked out perfectly.”All the buzz of the day was about the 13th bout of the day as hordes of school children, Shiva’s family members including his father Padam Thapa waited anxiously for the local favourite to come inside the ring.”I can’t express in words the amazing feeling. The crowd was all at their toes and it was about living up to their expectation,” said Thapa, who last month became the first Indian male boxer to claim four consecutive Asian medals with his bronze at the Asian Championship in Bangkok.advertisementAnkit and Manish Kaushik also had 5-0 wins over their respective opponents making it a three-Indian lineup in the 60kg category.In the 52kg category, Indians ruled the roost with Panghal, national champion P L Prasad, former world youth champion Sachin Siwach and reigning Commonwealth Games champion Gaurav Solanki making it an all-Indian lineup.Panghal, who claimed the 49kg gold after defeating reigning Olympic champion Hasanboy Dusmatov of Uzbekistan in the Asiad final in Jakarta last year, opted to play a waiting game against Thailand Chakapong Chanpirom in the first round.Having moved up to Olympic category 52kg after winning gold at the Strandja meet in Bulgaria earlier this year, Panghal then stepped up his pace to win 5-0.”It took sometime for me to assess him and get a grip of his style of play but I’m happy that it paid off,” Panghal said.”It’s a tough category. Many new boxers will come in to meet the Olympic qualification standard. I have to watch both,” Panghal, who had clinched a gold in his new weight category in the Asian championship beating Dusmatov again, added.Panghal will take on reigning national champion Prasad in the semifinal, while the other half will see Siwach face-off against Bidhuri.Fresh from a bronze at the GeeBee Boxing tournament Finland, Siwach did his homework well to exact revenge on world championship bronze medalist Rogen Ladon of Philippines.The two-time former Olympian had defeated Siwach by a split-decision in the President’s Cup quarterfinals in Astana last year.Siwach rectified his mistake and waited to capitalise on the Filipino’s mistakes to go for the kill as he won 4-1 via split decision.”Last time I went for an allout attack that did not pay off. I watched videos of the bout and this time I could rectify my mistakes,” Siwach said as he also got the support of his father and uncle who had come all the way from Haryana to support him.He will next face Solanki, who had it easy against Louis Fleurot of Mauritius to seal a 5-0 win.”We never faced in a competition. But I’ve been his sparring partner in the camp. We all know each others strengths and weaknesses. I’m 100 per cent confident of an easy win,” Siwach said.Also Read | Indian Open boxing: Mary Kom assured of medal, Pawan Narwal advancesAlso Read | Injured player turns coach, guides Saurav Ghosal and Joshna Chinappa to historic Asian successAlso Seelast_img read more

Audi A3 completes 5 years in India, premium sedan now priced at Rs 28.99 lakh

first_imgGerman luxury car manufacturer Audi has lowered the prices of its A3 premium sedan in India by nearly Rs 5 lakh. The entry-level Audi A3 35 TFSI Premium Plus now comes at a starting price of Rs 28.99 lakh. The car was launched in the country in 2014.Audi A3 is available in India in two engine options — 4-cylinder, 2.0-litre, 35 TDI (diesel) engine and 4-cylinder, 1.4-litre 35 TFSI (petrol) engine. The diesel motor produces 143 hp and 320 Nm of torque and comes mated to a 6-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission. The petrol mill delivers 150 hp and 250 Nm of torque and is offered with a 7-speed S tronic dual-clutch automatic transmission. The carmaker claims that the ARAI certified mileage for the diesel option is 20.38 kmpl and petrol option is 19.20 kmpl, respectively.The premium sedan features LED headlights and taillights. It also gets panoramic glass sunroof, tinted glass insert with manual, infinitely adjustable sun shield and an integrated wind deflector. Audi A3 cabin boasts of features like 3-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel, air vents in aluminium look, aluminium interior elements, dual-zone electronic climate control with sunlight-dependent control, interior electric front and rear windows, front and rear floor mats, interior lighting, sun visors and 17.78 cm display with high-resolution graphics.Audi A3 also gets the S line package and comes with S line front and rear bumpers and side skirts, S line radiator grille, S line rear diffuser, tailpipes in chrome, illuminated door sill trims with S logo and S line badge on the front fenders.Below are the variant-wise Audi A3 prices (ex-showroom).advertisementVariantNew PriceOld PricePrice DifferenceA3 35 TFSI Premium PlusRs 28.99 lakhRs 33.12 lakhRs 4.13 lakhA3 35 TFSI TechnologyRs 30.99 lakhRs 34.57 lakhRs 3.58 lakhA3 35 TDI Premium PlusRs 29.99 lakhRs 34.93 lakhRs 4.94 lakhA3 35 TDI TechnologyRs 31.99 lakhRs 36.12 lakhRs 4.13 lakhALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Baleno touches 6 lakh sales milestone since launch in October 2015ALSO READ | Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza petrol variant launch around September 2019?ALSO READ | Hyundai Venue: New compact SUV gets a thumbs up for price, features, enginelast_img read more


first_imgAn Iowa senate committee has approved a bill that would amend the Iowa Constitution to declare there is no right to an abortion in the state, making it eligible for debate in the full Senate.All but three of the 32 Senate Republicans have signed onto the bill, which the committee approved Tuesday.No Democrats have signaled support of the measure.Republican Sen. Jake Chapman introduced it in January, just days after an Iowa judge overturned last year’s fetal heartbeat law, which banned abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy.Chapman says his bill addresses what he considers judicial tyranny and overreach.Democratic Sen. Claire Celsi says the bill is a response to GOP frustrations over their lack of progress in the courts.last_img



Notes on the OSU-Texas game

first_imgWe are at the point of sarcastic cheers from Cowboys fans every time the Pokes get a first down. #okstate— Andrew Carter (@Andrew__Carter) November 16, 2014 Tyreek Hill tries to break free against Texas. (USATSI)Tyreek Hill tries to break free against Texas. (USATSI)I posted the 10 Thoughts over here — this is the rest of my notebook from tonight. Not going to lie, it’s a little more sparse than usual.• Texas ran 76 plays, OSU ran 52. Normally I wouldn’t say that’s a big deal but when you play a team as physical as Texas is, it seems like it matters more.• I loved Texas’ helmets. Not sorry.• Am I the only one who feels like Tyreek almost never hits the correct hole? Far be it from me to criticize the fastest dude in college football but I find myself saying “no, not that one!” pretty often.• “Daxx Garman has done a very good job of doing the best he could.” A real quote from Joey Harrington.• Strange but true: OSU still has zero fumble recoveries on the season. I can’t find a team this century that has finished a season like that. In fact, I can’t find a team that has had fewer than two since…OSU did it in 2003.• The one upside of horrific games is that Twitter is usually on point.They had to wake up Bullet from a 3 hour nap. #okstate— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) November 16, 2014 This win will make UT bowl eligible which means they’ll likely be ranked top 5 next year in the preseason.— Nolan (@nolancox) November 16, 2014• Had to feel for Desmond Roland tonight. First game back after his mom died, senior night. All of the emotions.• Kameron Doolittle led OSU in receiving tonight. Just gonna leave that right here.• Joe Davis, the head announcer (I think that was his name) at one point gushed about a Daxx incompletion saying “at least he set his feet and stepped into it!” That’s where we’re at, folks.• OSU was 2/13 on third downs. We’re now 51/153 on the season. Seems not good.• Pretty good analysis at halftime from The Visor.Gundys insight to robert Allen was awesome. “We aren’t very good”— d (@dbeeze_) November 16, 2014• OSU didn’t beat Texas in Stillwater in my teens or 20s. That’s a little depressing.• I’ve never seen a “leg whip” penalty.• You know who’s a boss? Orange Power guy at the games. He would show up and scream his head off if you were rolling 11 dudes out there that have contributed to this blog. I love him.• At one point in the second half we had 56 offensive yards and 55 penalty yards.• This sounds about right.Charlie Strong said he told his players to take off their cold gear before the game. Wanted to set the tone and create the right mindset— Brandon Chatmon (@BChatmon) November 16, 2014• I feel like Swoopes throws east-west a lot (or north-south in BPS). I noted it in the 10 Thoughts but are we positive he’s good? I know he does good things but I’m not convinced he’s a star.[1. We will lose by 52 in Austin next season.]• Monstrous. He’s been one of the few bright spots. I don’t know if he’ll get it but he should be All-Big 12.#okstate Emmanuel Ogbah becomes OSU’s first 10-sack guy since Greg Richmond in 2003.— Bill Haisten ?? (@billhaisten) November 16, 2014• This guy.• This was called roughing the passer. I truly hope Swoopes lives through it.• Still sick. Boone Pickens just grabbed the mic from Pres. Hargis at midfield: “Congratulations all of us, and Burns, my a$$ is cold.”— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) November 16, 2014 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! If OSU plays Kansas next week, they lose. Plain and simple.— Tyler Ames (@TyAmes93) November 16, 2014 This picture from tonight is amazing. #OkState— Kyle Boone (@PFBoone) November 16, 2014last_img read more