Dodger HR’s Beat Mets, 4-3

first_imgNEW YORK — Three long balls and a healthy Hyun-Jin Ryu made it a gratifying night for the Dodgers.Adrian Gonzalez homered for the third straight game, Yasiel Puig and Hanley Ramirez hit back-to-back shots and Los Angeles defeated the New York Mets 4-3 on May 21.Ryu (4-2) came off the disabled list and pitched the Dodgers to their 11th victory in 12 meetings with the Mets dating to July 1, 2012. Ramirez drove in two runs and Los Angeles enjoyed most of the vocal support from the 23,721 fans at Citi Field, many of whom turned out to cheer Ryu.“I was faithful to my rehab and what the trainers told me. I felt good. I felt ready, mentally,” Ryu said through a translator. “I’m glad to be back and eager to get the team going in a winning direction.”The lefty from South Korea, sidelined since late April with shoulder inflammation, went six innings and improved to 4-0 in five starts away from home this season. His return means the Dodgers have all five members of their projected rotation healthy together for the first time all year.“Like he was never on the DL at all,” catcher A.J. Ellis said. “He was in razor form, and total command of all his pitches.”Eric Campbell hit his first major league homer for the sputtering Mets, who fell to 5-14 in May with their sixth loss in seven games. David Wright, Juan Lagares and Wilmer Flores each had three of New York’s 13 hits.Los Angeles managed only five — but all of them went for extra bases.“Who needs singles, right?” Ellis said.Jacob deGrom (0-2) gave up three solo homers over six innings in his second big league start. Pitching in place of injured Dillon Gee, the shaggy-haired righty wasn’t quite as effective as last May 15, when deGrom went seven innings in a 1-0 loss to the New York Yankees.Lagares tripled in the ninth and scored as second baseman Dee Gordon made a nice play on Daniel Murphy’s groundout. Kenley Jansen struck out Wright to end it.Campbell hit a two-run shot in the sixth, when the Mets finally got to Ryu with four hits. Chris Young’s double-play grounder prevented what could have been a much bigger inning.Ryu had thrown 33 straight shutout innings on the road since Sept. 24, 2013, at San Francisco.“The guy’s a workhorse. When it’s his time to pitch, he prepares himself better than a lot of people that I’ve seen,” Dodgers reliever Brian Wilson said. “He knows what he’s doing.”Brandon League protected a 3-2 lead in the seventh, retiring Young with runners at second and third to end the inning. Wright’s two-out double squirted a few feet behind a diving Puig in right, but Murphy didn’t appear to be running hard all the way and was held up at third base.Los Angeles added an insurance run in the eighth when the Mets botched an opportunity for an inning-ending double play. Pinch-hitter Chone Figgins had a leadoff double against Jeurys Familia and scored on Ramirez’s comebacker with runners at the corners.“I got a little confused because I didn’t want to throw it away,” Familia said.Wilson worked a scoreless inning and Jansen got three outs for his 13th save in 15 attempts.Gonzalez homered into the second deck in right field leading off the second, his 12th of the season. The slugger hit a two-run shot in the series opener Tuesday night and has nine hits in his past 16 at-bats. “I went where I wanted to go with the high fastball. He caught up to it,” deGrom said.It’s the third time this season Gonzalez has gone deep in at least three consecutive games. Puig sent a solo drive to left-center in the sixth for his 10th of the year and Ramirez followed with his seventh, the second time the Dodgers have gone back-to-back this season.Puig has hit safely in 18 of his last 19 games, batting .408 with seven homers and 23 RBIs during that stretch. He was the NL co-player of the week last week.Ryu scattered five hits over the first five innings and struck out Curtis Granderson with the bases loaded to end the third. That left the Mets 6 for 41 (.146) with the bags full this season.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

NBA Suspends Hornet’s Taylor

first_imgCHARLOTTE, N.C. — The NBA has suspended Charlotte Hornets forward Jeffery Taylor for 24 games without pay after he pleaded guilty last month to misdemeanor domestic violence assault and malicious destruction of hotel property.Taylor will get credit for the 11 games he has missed, and will sit out an additional 13, which is slightly more than one-fourth of the league’s 82-game schedule.“This suspension is necessary to protect the interests of the NBA and the public’s confidence in it,” NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said in a release. “Mr. Taylor’s conduct violates applicable law and, in my opinion, does not conform to standards of morality and is prejudicial and detrimental to the NBA.”The suspension means Taylor will lose nearly $200,000 of his $915,000 salary this season.Taylor, 25, is in his third NBA season. He was sentenced to 18 months of probation. As part of his probation, he must complete 26 weeks in a domestic violence intervention program.The Hornets released a statement before the Nov. 19 game against Indiana, saying: “The NBA has informed us of its decision to suspend Jeffery Taylor. We understand and support the NBA’s position in this matter.”The NBA conducted an investigation into Taylor’s arrest in an East Lansing, Michigan hotel the morning of Sept. 25 following an altercation with a woman with whom he was having a romantic relationship.Taylor and the woman were drinking heavily and a loud argument ensued, prompting hotel guests to call security, the NBA release stated. The argument escalated and Taylor shoved the woman in a violent manner into the hallway, where she fell to the ground and struck her head on an opposite door.The release also said Taylor slapped her arm and punched a hole in the wall near his hotel room. The woman had marks on her upper arm and a bump on her head but declined medical treatment, the report said.Taylor was arrested by East Lansing police officers and according to NBA investigation was “belligerent and uncooperative.”Silver said Taylor also must enter an outpatient alcohol treatment program and perform alcohol sensor tests daily for 60 days. After that, he is subject to random testing by the probation department. He must also perform 80 hours of community service.The domestic assault charge will be dismissed if Taylor successfully meets the conditions of his probation. If Taylor fails to meet the conditions of his probation he could be subject to further punishment from the league.“While the suspension is significantly longer than prior suspensions for incidents of domestic violence by NBA players, it is appropriate in light of Mr. Taylor’s conduct, the need to deter similar conduct going forward, and the evolving social consensus — with which we fully concur — that professional sports leagues like the NBA must respond to such incidents in a more rigorous way,” Silver said in the statement.Taylor’s suspension comes at a time when domestic violence has dominated the sports landscape around the country, including Charlotte.Carolina Panthers Pro Bowl defensive end Greg Hardy was convicted in July on two counts of domestic violence. He is appealing, but is not allowed to return until after the trial is completed.Hardy played one game for the Panthers, before a video was released of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice punching his then-fiance in a hotel elevator, leading to the league changing out it handled domestic violence situations.Hardy was placed on the exempt-commissioner’s permission list three weeks into the season and continues to collect his $13.1 million salary from the Panthers.The Hornets learned of Taylor’s suspension before their game against Indiana Wednesday night.When asked if the suspension was too stiff, Hornets backup center Jason Maxiell said, “It’s hard to answer that one right now.”A second-round pick in 2012 out of Vanderbilt, Taylor missed most of last year with a ruptured Achilles tendon but is healthy now.The 6-foot-7, 225-pound Taylor has been competing for the past two seasons with Michael Kidd-Gilchrist for a starting spot at small forward. He played in 26 games with eight starts last season before suffering his injury in late December.As a rookie in 2012, he played in 77 games with 29 starts. He has averaged 6.6 points and 2.0 rebounds for his career.___By Steve Reed. AP Sports Writer. AP Sports Writer Mike Marot in Indianapolis contributed to this reportTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Islanders Ice The Devils, 2-1

first_imgNEW YORK — In a tight and physical game, the New York Islanders’ big fourth line came through to pull out a needed win.Casey Cizikas scored the go-ahead goal with 2:12 left in the third period to lift the Islanders to a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Nov. 3.Brock Nelson also scored and Jaroslav Halak stopped 23 shots for the Islanders, who had lost three straight (0-1-2) — including a shootout defeat at New Jersey on Oct. 31.On the winning score, Brian Strait sent the puck on goal, and it was tipped by Matt Martin before Cizikas jammed the rebound past Devils goalie Cory Schneider for his second of the season.The Islanders” vaunted fourth line of Cizikas, Martin and Cal Clutterbuck has six goals and seven assists this season, after combining for 24 goals and 24 assists a year ago.“There’s a purpose to what we do out there,” Clutterbuck said. “The way the league is today there aren’t many fourth lines that can’t play. Casey and Marty have been together here for years — we’re all capable of contributing the way we know how.”New York grinded out a win while playing without star center John Tavares for the third straight game due to what coach Jack Capuano said was flu-like symptoms.“They came out being very physical. We wanted to respond,” Martin said. “We did a good job of being physical. That’s what we need to do. … We try to play with a lot of energy. When we’re on the ice, we bring energy and excitement. We feed off of that energy from the crowd.”Travis Zajac had the tying power-play goal for the Devils early in the third period and Cory Schneider finished with 33 saves. New Jersey had won six of its previous seven after an 0-3-1 start.“Disappointing not to get a point? Yeah,” Devils coach John Hynes said. “We were in a tight game and we couldn’t make enough plays at the end to get two points.”Zajac tied it at 4:03 of the third. With the Devils on their fourth power play of the game, Kyle Palmieri’s shot was blocked and the rebound came to Zajac, who sent it past Halak for his fifth of the season.“We played pretty well, we created some chances but … have to find a way to get another one,” Zajac said.The Islanders’ Steve Bernier had a slap shot with about 5 1/2 minutes left that was gloved by Schneider.Nelson gave the Islanders a 1-0 lead at 7:23 of the first period with his third goal of the season. Marek Zidlicky sent in a shot from the top of the left circle that Schneider stopped, but Nelson poked at the puck and it went in off Schneider’s blocker.With all the success the Islanders’ fourth line has had, Capuano has made a point of keeping the trio together instead of breaking them up.“There’s just too much continuity with that line,” he said. “They know who they are and what their role and responsibility is. Very few times I moved Clutterbuck up last year, but for the most part we’ve kept those guys where they need to be and they give us great energy.“They’re not going to make the sexy play all the time. They’re going to chip pucks in, they’re going to grind it out. They’re going to give us the big goals, and they’re timely goals. Our other lines need to feed off that.”(VIN A. CHERWOO, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Lauterbach: TRACE32 provides JTAG debug support for Wind River VxWorks 653

first_imgLauterbach announce full JTAG debug support for VxWorks 653 Multi-core Edition, an ARINC 653-conformant platform from Wind River, including the latest release of VxWorks 653 Multi-core Edition, supporting Arm, Intel, and Power Architecture multi-core processors.As a Gold Partner of Wind River, Lauterbach has committed itself to support Wind River’s operating systems as soon as they become generally available. To this end, working in close cooperation with Wind River, Lauterbach extended its product TRACE32 to include a comprehensive debug environment tailored to VxWorks 653 systems.VxWorks 653 is a virtualization platform that supports multiple guest operating systems, including ARINC 653, VxWorks, and Wind River Linux, to independently execute at different safety and security criticalities. Debugging a multi-OS, multi-partition system with a hardware debugger is a complex undertaking. The debugger (and the developer) needs to know which partition is active and how to access a currently inactive partition in order to be able to access variables or set breakpoints anywhere in the system.TRACE32 for VxWorks 653 is able to detect all partitions and their memory configuration — the debugger can access not only the virtualization layer but also all created partitions and guest OS environments, whether they are currently active in a core or not. TRACE32 has extended its virtual addressing scheme allowing it to uniquely identify any address within any partition. Symbols of functions or variables are bound to this unique address enabling developers to access everything in the system at the same time simply by accessing the debug symbols.Each of the VxWorks 653 partitions contain a guest OS, like VxWorks or Linux. TRACE32 supports the viewing of multiple task lists and other OS objects in each partition, providing simultaneous visibility to all partitions even if they are running multiple instances of the same guest operating system. These TRACE32 JTAG debug capabilities are ideal for safety- and security-certified critical systems that need to limit access to I/O ports, and to test actual production hardware platform, not test hardware, for certification credit.Using Lauterbach‘s TRACE32 together with Wind River‘s VxWorks 653 platform allows the developer debug any code in the system at any time giving full access to all parts including the hypervisor and all partitions. This feature is immediately available and is provided with the standard software delivery of TRACE32.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous GrammaTech releases CodeSonar 5 with usability focusNext HCC Embedded supports ChibiOS-based designslast_img read more

How embedded projects run into trouble: Jack’s Top Ten – Number One

first_imgWith age, one grows contemplative. In 46 years in the embedded business I have seen innumerable projects go awry, some of which have been my fault. As an engineer I’ve screwed some up royally; as a manager I’ve fallen into the usual traps that cause so much angst. Socrates said “The unexamined life is not worth living,” and while that dictum seems a bit harsh, it does have some wisdom. When my kids learned to drive I urged them (probably unsuccessfully) to occasionally reflect on their behind-the-wheel habits and to change those that were dangerous. In the embedded space it’s equally important to examine both one’s own imperfect behaviors that lead to project failures, and to look at the industry as a whole to learn from others’ mistakes.In this series of articles I’ve listed the top nine reasons why, in my experience, projects get into trouble. Here’s number one, a fail that is so common it could be called The Universal Law of Disaster.1 – Unrealistic schedulesI’ve done it. I’ve been a victim of it. And this seems so common it’s the zeitgeist of the industry. The schedule just does not reflect reality.And this is a problem that will never go away.We deliver a million lines of code in a month. Wow! But that means next time the company will want that sort of deliverable in two weeks. It’s called capitalism, and, while capitalism has been very good to most of us, it is an unrelenting and heartless mistress. For our competitors will figure out how to do it in three weeks, and to beat them, we must do better.When the boss gives us what seems like an arbitrary and capricious schedule we may not understand the reasoning behind it. Maybe there’s a critical show coming up. Perhaps there’s a law of nature – the launch window to Mars opens every two years, and you can’t negotiate with planetary geometry.Or there’s the need to pay the bills. In the 70s my boss demanded an impossible schedule. I protested; his response: “OK, if you can’t make that we won’t have the money for payroll, so you’ll have to lay off two people. Today.” So of course I promised to deliver on time. And of course we were late.A younger version of me used to think that once we saintly engineers got older and were promoted into management we’d break this cycle as we knew The Truth behind schedules. Alas, facing the pressures managers face, which are often far less tractable than those in implementing an SPI interface, there’s often no real choice but some sort of awful bargain with reality.Sometimes the boss can be arbitrary and capricious just to be ornery, or to score points with his superior. I think that’s less common than we suspect.And there’s the crooked aspect of scheduling and cost-estimation. Bid low but make it up in change requests. That DoD contract eventually cost the Feds half a billion dollars, but we won based on our $1m proposal. It’s a shame they wanted wings on that airplane; why didn’t they say so initially?But we’re often at fault as well. Too often we do a poor job coming up with an estimate. Estimation is difficult and time consuming. We’re not taught how to do it (see Wiegers and McConnell in the references for ideas), so our approach is haphazard. Eliciting requirements is hard and boring so gets only token efforts (see #9 in this series).Or we’re not given enough time to do a proper estimate. I find that using Wideband Delphi we need about two solid weeks of three to four peoples’ time to schedule a project that will result in 100 KLOC.Sometimes changes aren’t handled properly. There will always be scope modifications. The worst thing an engineer can say when confronted with a new feature request is “sure, I can do it.” The second worst thing is “no.”“Sure, I can do it” means there will be a schedule impact, and without working with the boss to understand and manage that impact we’re doing the company a disservice. The change might be vitally important. But managing it is also crucial.“No” ensures the product won’t meet customer needs or expectations. At the outset of a project no one knows every aspect of what the system will have to do.When facing an impossible schedule it’s tempting to throw more resources at it. That’s usually an exercise in futility. Brooks Law (see resources) states: “Adding people to a late project makes it later.” Steve McConnell (see resources) finds that throwing an infinite amount of resources at a project will net no better than a 30% speedup over a nominal schedule.Careful scheduling is vitally important. Unfortunately, even if we do a fantastic job at it, the other forces I’ve described may intervene to corrupt the end-date. But as engineers it’s our duty to present the boss with the best possible estimate we can.So there you have it, friends and colleagues. This concludes my Top Ten Reasons Projects Get Into Trouble. I hope you can avoid most of them!Resources: The Mythical Man-Month , Fred BrooksSoftware Estimation , Steve McConnellStop Promising Miracles , Karl Wiegers Continue Reading Previous Avoiding failure with ISO 26262Next Kontron: 3U VPX SBC features Layerscape quad-A72 ARM cores October 9, 2018 at 4:13 pm Jack Ganssle ( ) writes, lectures, and ruminates about embedded systems. His blog is here: www.ganssle.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods Ken_A says: “The above information is based on to solve the troubles in embedded system . I was attend the internship in trichy that help to do a projects and solve the troubleshoot problems.nFor details: https://inplanttrainingintrichy.co.in/internship-in-trichy. Log in to Reply center_img Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. “One more category, not listed:nMisunderstood use cases.nThe client may not communicate effectively how the product will be used in the field. Maybe some important edge case was known but forgotten until the product is deployed. Maybe the end user is not Log in to Reply jasminejoy says: October 22, 2018 at 10:42 am 2 thoughts on “How embedded projects run into trouble: Jack’s Top Ten – Number One” last_img read more

Watch: Juergen Klopp surprises Liverpool fans at team hotel in Michigan

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is a jolly man and enjoys his time on and off the pitch. The German is a lively character and has been in great mood after his team’s superb transfer window and a decent pre-season so far.Liverpool have won two of their three matches so far in the International Champions Cup in USA. Klopp’s men lost to Borussia Dortmund in the opener but since then, have been solid and beaten league rivals Manchester City and Manchester United in the following fixtures.And, prior to the match against United that they won 4-1 at the Michigan Stadium on Saturday, he decided to drop by at a Supporters’ Club event at the team hotel in Michigan and surprise the fans and music artist Jamie Webster, who was performing in it.Klopp arrived in the middle of a Webster song and enjoyed the atmosphere before singing along to ‘Allez, Allez, Allez’. Klopp’s entrance surprised the singer and sent him into utter disbelief before he, along with the fans, continued to sing the song.Also read – Fans chose the beach instead of watching Chelsea-Inter game: Jose MourinhoAllez, Allez, Allez has been Liverpool’s anthem throughout their sensational run to the final in last year’s Champions League.Liverpool’s game against United was their last in the States. They will now head to Dublin to face Napoli on August 4 before their Premier League campaign gets underway against West Ham at Anfield on August 12.And, their show against their cross-town rivals was a great way to end their stay in USA.advertisementSadio Mane had given Liverpool the lead with a penalty just before the half-hour mark before Andreas Pereira equalised with a stunning free kick minutes later infront of more than 100,000 spectators at the Ann Arbor stadium in Michigan.Substitute Daniel Sturridge made it 2-1 after 66 minutes before Sheyi Ojo scored Liverpool’s second penalty of the game after Andrew Robertson went down in the box. Swiss forward Xherdan Shaqiri, a recent signing from Stoke City, then scored a brilliant bicycle kick that capped the scoring and completed a resounding victory against a relatively inexperienced United side.A bicycle kick. On your debut. Against @ManUtd.All of the angles @XS_11official’s stunning goal……keep an eye out for Curtis Jones’ reaction! pic.twitter.com/55IOyMUSeULiverpool FC (@LFC) July 29, 2018As Liverpool fly off to Dublin now, their record signing Alisson Becker will join them and is set to make debut against the Italian side.last_img read more

I have nothing to prove, says Sushil Kumar ahead of Asian Games 2018

first_imgIndia’s two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar is all geared up for the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta.Sushil, will compete in the 74kg wrestling category at the Asian Games, will return to the Asian Games after a gap of 12 years. He had won a bronze medal in 2006 Doha but opted out of 2010 and 2014 Asian Games in Guangzhou and Incheon respectively.Sushil’s defeat in the tune up event in Georgia raised a few eyebrows but the star wrestler dismissed it nonchalantly. Sushil lost his first bout in four years when he was defeated at the Tbilisi Grand Prix in Georgia last month.”So what. There will be defeats and victories in sportsman’s life. Real athlete is the one who stands up after defeat, prepares harder and makes a comeback. Real athlete is one who takes the mat after winning also. I am trying to do the same,” Sushil told PTI after a training session in Jakarta.ASIAN GAMES 2018: FULL COVERAGE”I have prepared well for the Asian Games but I am not out there to prove anything. Proving yourself is not sportsmanship,” Sushil said.Unnamed Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) officials recently told the media that they were concerned about Sushil’s form and promised not to exempt anyone from trials in future. They had even put two wrestlers on standby if Sushil was to opt out at the last minute.”These things happen,” he said, preferring not to react harshly.But he added: “People love me and wish well for me. People react sometimes. Why I have done well in my life is because I am a positive person. My coach and fellow teammates, they are all good and fill me with positive thoughts.”advertisementAsian Games 2018: India’s top medal contenders in Indonesia’TAPASYA’Sushil revealed that he has never been to a movie theatre and that’s the way he has trained all his life.”I am still following that. I don’t go to cinema halls. It’s ‘tapasya’ which I have been doing for years. I have not let my focus waver. I have to do what I have to do. I don’t have time also,” he said, adding that he watches movies on TV when he finds time.India at Asian Games 2018: Full squadTalking about his disciplined life, Sushil said that he practices celibacy for at least three months before big competitions such as the Asian Games.”That’s how I have trained all these years. I fix a period for myself and then follow it.”The Indian wrestlers, of late, have expressed a desire to train with foreign coaches and Sushil himself went to Gerogia for training.Asked if they don’t find Indian coaches good enough, Sushil dismissed the charge.”No. My base was prepared in India under my Guru ji (Mahabali Satpal). I am still following him. I went there (Georgia) for exposure, to learn tactics. The moves are same everywhere, but execution style is different. We learn different things when we train with different people.”Computer helps a lot these days in making strategies. And we have to keep pace with the times. But that does not mean our coaches are not good. I have prepared well. I have learnt tactical thongs in Georgia,” he said.Asian Games: A brief historySushil said he is focussed on the Asian Games right now but also has the World Championship and a third Olympic medal in mind.”Yes, I have to do that. Just need blessings of my people back in India. After Asian Games and recovery, I will start preparations in that direction,” he signed off.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

How 67-year-old Hema Deora bucked the trend to win Asiad medal in bridge

first_imgEach of the 69 medals India won at Jakarta Asian games have a back story, some spirited for successfully battling economic penury; others inspiring for sheer single-minded pursuit.Hema Deora’s is one such unique account, wife of late union minister and former Congress leader Murli Deora, who has returned home a proud bronze medal winner in the mixed team event in bridge.Holding her medal proudly, reflecting on her Jakarta returns while sitting in her opulent south Mumbai residence at Pedder Road, the 67-year-old knows fully well there is no rags to riches narrative to her achievement.”I got to interact with so many Indian athletes who had no access to nutrition their physical sport demanded. It was so good to stand as one with them as a fellow medal winner for the country,” Hema tells India Today.”But I am happy to have turned the tables in my own way. I remember when I would watch my husband play the card game with his colleagues and I would ask them to involve me in the contest, they would say ‘no no, this is not for you’.”Later when my kids grew up and I had fewer responsibilities, I began to take bridge lessons. They soon realised I had taken up the game quite well. So they would ask me to play with them and I could not because their game was different, mine was of professional level,” Hema recalls fondly.Hema warmly recalls a day her sporting excellence made her husband proud. “I had won a tournament in Delhi and they had invited Deoraji (husband) as the chief guest. He was the one who awarded me my medal.”advertisementHema also hopes the three bridge medals (two bronze and a gold) India won at the Games will go some way in dispelling the misplaced impression people have about the game in Indian society.”Before marriage even I was not allowed to play the game because they thought playing cards was all about gambling and time pass. I can tell them now it’s a mind game just like chess. It’s mental gymnastics,” she says.Son Milind, himself an active Congress politician and former minister tweeted mother Hema’s picture posing with the Prime Minister wearing her medal. “The family is so happy. I wish my husband was alive. He would have been so proud,” Hema says.So what next for the sexagenarian? “I am still young for bridge. I have seen people in their eighties and on wheelchair play professionally. So I want to learn more and will continue to play till my mental strength compliments me,” she says.Hema also hopes more Indians take to bridge, as the sport grows worldwide. “Today for younger participants there is online help, there is BBO (bridge based online) so there is lot of scope for people to pick up the sport. I am sure we will see more Indians coming forward after the medals we have won.”last_img read more

Youth Congress stage protest against Jaitley, demand his resignation

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 14 (PTI) The Delhi unit of Youth Congress Friday staged a protest against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, demanding his resignation over the issue of fugitive tycoon Vijay Mallya.Youth Congress activists took out a protest march from Udyog Bhawan and were stopped by police while they were heading towards Jaitley’s residence on Krishna Menon Marg.”BJP, that claims to be a champion of nationalism, has betrayed the nation. Youth Congress will not relent till Arun Jaitley steps down,” said Srinivas BV, vice president of the Indian Youth Congress.Protesters raised slogans against Jaitley and the Modi government, seeking a reply on Mallya’s escape from the country.They also sported masks of Jaitley, Mallya and Prime Minister Narendra Modi and also rode a vehicle to enact Mallya’s act of leaving the country.Mallya on Wednesday claimed that he met Jaitley before he left the country in 2016.Accompanied by party MP PL Punia, Congress President Rahul Gandhi Thursday demanded Jaitley’s resignation alleging that the Finance minister “colluded” with Mallya. Punia claimed he was witness to the meeting at Central Hall of Parliament House.The BJP said the allegations against the Finance minister were “false”.Mallya is facing a case in London regarding his extradition to India to undergo trial on fraud and money laundering charges. PTI VIT GJS DVDVlast_img read more

Pankaj confirms medal on Asian Snooker Tour

first_imgDoha, Sep 28 (PTI) Nineteen-time world champion Pankaj Advani continued his fine form in the first leg of the Asian 10-red Snooker by storming into the semifinals here on Friday. Advani registered a comprehensive victory over seasoned multiple world champion Darren Morgan. After dropping the first frame to his Welsh opponent, Advani picked up the pace and took control of the high quality quarterfinal clash involving two heavyweights of cue sports.In the best-of-nine tie, Advani won five frames on the trot to confirm another medal for India and set up a mouth-watering clash with in form Brendan O’Donoghue of Ireland.As the lone Indian left in the fray, after Manan Chandra, Varun Madan and Kamal Chawla failed to qualify to the last-16 knockout stages, Advani made the most of his experience to advance in the tournament defeating Haris Tahir of Pakistan 5-2 before facing Morgan. Results: Quarterfinal: Pankaj Advani defeated Darren Morgan (Wales) 5-1: 12-92(58), 47-27, 50-13, 58-18, 62-36, 45-14.Pre-quarterfinal: Pankaj Advani beat Haris Tahir (Pakistan) 5-2: 55-31, 42-44(44), 48-47, 0-73(51), 67(67)-0, 48-1, 49-25. PTI BSBSlast_img read more

Prakash Padukone: We had sleepless nights when Deepika moved to Mumbai

first_imgPrakash Padukone is a renowned badminton player, but his daughter decided to make a career in Bollywood – a field very different to sports. And Deepika Padukone was all of 17 when she decided to move to Mumbai to try her hand at modelling.It were these modelling assignments that led to her being spotted by director Farah Khan, and as they say, the rest is history.On India Today India Tomorrow with Rajdeep Sardesai, Deepika said that she didn’t think much about moving to Mumbai back then, but now she realises what a big decision it was.”It was very very exciting. Today, when I think about the decision that I made when I was 18, I sometimes have that moment when I think ‘Wow. How did I even make that decision and how did I not realise that how big decision it was at that time. But at that time, it was very easy,” said Deepika.However, her dad Prakash Padukone revealed that it was a tough time for him as a parent. “It was extremely difficult for us. We were very nervous because she was not even 18. She didn’t have a place to stay. She was moving into a new field. At that time we felt she was too young to move out. But now when I look back, I think she did the right thing. Because in that profession, you need to start early,” said former badminton champion.Deepika added that she understood her parents’ concern but she was determined to do something big in life. “I am sure they had sleepless nights then but I think I was extremely focussed. I knew exactly where I wanted to be,” said the actress.advertisementALSO READ | Deepika Padukone in TIME 100: How the Bengaluru girl made it to the most influential listWATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW HERElast_img read more

Need to work unitedly to tackle terrorism, climate change: Modi (Roundup)

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 28 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said that only refraining from war cannot ensure peace. Instead, there is a need for “united universal cooperation” to combat terrorism, climate change and for economic development and social justice.Modi made the remarks in his monthly radio programme “Mann Ki Baat”, ahead of November 11 -the day when World War I ended a hundred years ago.Modi said India had no direct connection with the War but it was an important event because Indian soldiers fought bravely and sacrificed their lives. “The world witnessed a dance of death and devastation during the World War I. Around one crore soldiers and almost the same number of civilians lost their lives. This made the whole world realise and understand the importance of peace. “The definition of peace has changed in the last hundred years. “Today, peace does not only mean ‘no war’. There is a need to work unitedly to address issues such as terrorism, climate change, economic development to social justice through universal cooperation and co-ordination. Development of the poorest of the poor is the real indicator of peace,” Modi said. On climate change, the Prime Minister said people only have to look back at the glorious past and the rich traditions for remedial action and have to understand the lifestyle of the tribal communities who live in consonance and in close coordination with nature.”The tribal community believes in very peaceful and harmonious co-existence but if somebody tries to harm and cause damage to their natural resources, they do not shy away from fighting for their rights,” he said.Modi cited the example of Gurbachan Singh, a farmer from Punjab who during the marriage of his son, told the bride’s father to promise him not to burn stubble in their fields.He mentioned about the farmers of Punjab’s Kallar Majra who are mixing the stubble with the soil by ploughing their fields rather than burning. “A small constructive step plays a vital role in creating a positive environment.”Modi recalled Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s contribution in keeping India united and said the nation will pay him tributes on his birth anniversary on October 31 by inaugurating his world’s tallest skyscraping statue. Lauding the performances of Indian sportspersons in the Asian Para Games and Summer Youth Olympics, he said the country was setting new records not just in the field of sports but also in “uncharted areas” and stressed on the “4S” — spirit, strength, skill and stamina — as key elements in the field of sports as the core foundation of the nation.Recalling the successful organisation of the FIFA Under-17 World Cup in 2017, Modi said India was hosting the Men’s Hockey World Cup 2018 in Bhubaneswar between November 28 and December 16. Mentioning about ‘Self 4 Society’ portal which has been launched with a view to motivate employees of IT companies for social activities, Modi said their dedication and vigour can make every Indian feel proud. The Prime Minister congratulated Sikkim for winning the prestigious Future Policy Gold Award, 2018 for encouraging the sustainable food system and said the northeast region has made grand progress in organic farming.–IANSbns-rak/shs/mradvertisementlast_img read more

We can expect Olympic medals in equestrian from 2024: Army Chief

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 8 (PTI) Two equestrian medals at the Jakarta Asian Games shows that Indian riders have improved significantly, said Army Chief General Bipin Rawat, who is hoping that the country will win medals in the sport at the 2024 Paris Olympics. Like in many other sports, Indian Army has played a pivotal role in the growth of equestrian in India. Courtesy Fouaad Mirza, the country won its first equestrian individual event at the Asian Games in 36 years when he secured a silver in Jakarta earlier this year. India also won a team silver in the continental event. “We have to look forward to getting more medals in Asian Games and Olympics. As of now we are yet to reach the Olympic level,” General Rawat said on the sidelines of Delhi Horse Show here Saturday. “We are at level 1 and we need to reach level 3 but we are on the right track and we will get there.” The Indian riders can’t train with the best of horses in the country due to complications over their import but the Army Chief said that the process of importing horses has finally begun. “I don’t know the reason why we could not import them (in the last 10-15 years) but we have started the process of procuring them. Having a good horse is important but equally important is the chemistry between the ride and the horse and that takes time to develop. “So, we are not looking at 2020 Olympics. If our boys can qualify, then it is great but our aim is to win medals at 2024 Olympics,” he said.advertisement General Rawat also acknowledged the support provided by the government in Army’s sports program. PTI BS ATKATKlast_img read more

Xiaomi launches Mi Car Charger Basic with Quick Charge 3.0 in India: Price, specifications and more

first_imgXiaomi is slowly expanding its accessories range for the Indian market and the latest one to be added to the lineup is the Mi Car Charger Basic. The car charging adapter is priced at Rs 599 but is available with a 25 per cent discount, for the time being, bringing down the price to Rs 449.The Mi Car Charger Basic expands Xiaomi’s car accessories lineup and brings a completely new feature into the limelight – Quick Charge 3.0. The Mi Car Charger Basic brings support for Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 to drivers on the move. All smartphone that supports Quick Charge 3.0 will be able to avail fast charging while travelling in a car. The Mi Car Charger Basic can support three Quick Charge 3.0 formats – 5V/3A, 9V/2A and 12V/1.5A.The Mi Car Charger Basic supports two types of output sockets usually found in cars these days – 12V and 24V. The Mi Car Charger Basic has a plastic body that Xiaomi claims is very compact and lightweight, making it easier to carry around. The top of the charger features two USB ports, out of which one supports Quick Charge 3.0 and is highlighted in red. The other port supports standard 5W charging for older devices. Both the ports can charge two devices simultaneously.The Mi Car Charger Basic also features a blue LED ring on the top to give out the location of the charging port while driving or travelling in the night. The LED ring will stay illuminated as long as the charger is plugged in the port. Xiaomi says that they have ensured the Mi Car Charger Basic complies with all safety norms. The charger uses four layers of circuit chipset protection to ensure the avoidance of any unlikely issues of overheating. The charger monitors the output current as well as voltage and shuts off when it exceeds the limits. The charger will also cut off in the event of a short circuit to protect both the device and the car. Also, the charger has built-in protection when it experiences higher temperatures.advertisementThe Mi Car Charger Basic is available for sale in India for Rs 449 and can be purchased via Mi.com. Xiaomi is offering a limited warranty of six months on the Mi Car Charger Basic. The Mi Car Charger Basic is only available in black colour as of now.last_img read more

You are paid to win, not to play: Cricket Australia bosses had told Steve Smith

first_imgBanned former Australian captain Steve Smith Wednesday said Cricket Australia executives James Sutherland and Pat Howard played a key role in spreading the toxic “win at all costs” culture in the team that led to the infamous ball-tampering scandal.Smith is serving a one-year ban for his role in the scandal that forced a review of Australia’s cricket culture.”I think back to Hobart when we lost there against South Africa (November 2016) and it was our fifth straight loss in Test cricket I think after three Tests in Sri Lanka. And I remember James Sutherland and Pat Howard coming into the rooms there and actually saying ‘We don’t pay you to play, we pay you to win’,” the 29-year-old Smith told ‘Fox Cricket’ host Adam Gilchrist in an interview.”So, for me, that was I think a little bit disappointing to say. We don’t go out there to try and lose games of cricket, we go out there to try and win and play the best way we can.”While Sutherland resigned from his position as CA chief executive after the incident, team performance head Howard was sacked last month after review by an independent committee.In fact, Howard was one of CA’s investigation team members that questioned Smith and other players in the aftermath of the scandal.”If you’re talking about cultures and stuff, you only have to look back a couple of months before South Africa and we won an Ashes series here in Australia 4-0 and people are saying the culture’s really good and everything’s good,” Smith said.advertisement”So, you know, things can change really quickly. Obviously events that happened in Cape Town make people say that the culture was really bad. People will have their own opinions on that. Personally, I don’t think it was a bad culture,” he added.Smith is likely to return to the Australian team for the ODI series against Pakistan in March next year after serving three more months of his year-long suspension.Even though Smith has been barred from holding any leadership role for one more year after his suspension, former captain Ricky Ponting backed the gifted batsman to return as skipper in future.Smith, however, is not looking that far ahead and is just focussed on making his return to the Australian team.”Look, it’s not something I’ve thought too much about at the moment,” Smith said about leading the team again.”For me, it’s just about getting back and I’d love to play under Tim (Paine) in the Ashes and under Finchy (Aaron Finch) in the World Cup and, you know, I’d do anything to try and help them and help the Australian team play some good cricket and play the right cricket and have some success as well.”That’s my ambition at the moment and I’m working forward towards that,” he added.Also Read | Ball-tampering scandal: Warner suggested me to carry out the action, says BancroftAlso Read | Steve Smith defied orders, spoke to media and got into troubleAlso Read | Australia ball-tampering scandal: How Steve Smith & Co. planned the couplast_img read more

Cheteshwar Pujara’s central contract likely to be upgraded to top pay bracket

first_imgCheteshwar Pujara’s stellar performance in the ongoing Test series against Australia could get him an upgrade to the topmost A Plus bracket in the central contracts as the BCCI is deliberating a relaxation of norms for the dependable No.3. Cheteshwar Pujara has so far scored 521 runs in seven innings with three hundreds at an impressive average of 74.42 in the ongoing four-match Test series which India lead 2-1.Cheteshwar Pujara’s performance is one of the primary reasons that India are on course for their first ever Test series win in Australia and the BCCI mandarins are mulling ways to reward his stupendous show. It is learnt that Committee of Administrators (COA) chief Vinod Rai, in all likelihood, will bring up the idea with chairman of selectors MSK Prasad along with the team management (captain Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri).After the revised pay structure approved in 2018, A Plus category players get INR 7 crore while A category, to which Pujara currently belongs, comes with a pay cheque of INR 5 crore. The B and C category players get INR 3 and 1 crore respectively. The A Plus category comprises skipper Kohli, limited overs deputy Rohit Sharma, all-format pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and senior opener Shikhar Dhawan.”Pujara’s brilliant performance deserves recognition. The CoA chief will discuss with the team management and the chief selector to check if the rule for all-format specialists in the top bracket can be relaxed,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.”Pujara’s elevation to the top bracket could well be a message for youngsters that performance in Test cricket will be given top priority,” the official said.advertisementAsked what will happen if COA member Diana Edulji opposes this move in case it is mooted by Rai, the official refused to comment.Test specialist Pujara has been repeatedly ignored by IPL franchises for the last few years during the auction.With 18 Test hundreds (second to skipper Kohli’s 25), there has been a lot of debate on whether Pujara’s contribution has been given the recognition it deserved.While there is a school of thought that the A Plus category should be reserved for all-format performers, opener Dhawan is no longer a certainty in the longest format in the coming days with the emergence of Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal along with KL Rahul in the mix.The central contract could see another course correction with Rishabh Pant, now the first choice wicketkeeper in Tests, being reinstated in the system after being dropped for the current financial year.The BCCI has also officially inked the deal with WV Raman, who will now be the Indian women’s team’s new coach.Edulji, who had opposed the move, had written to CFO Santosh Rangnekar not to formalise the contract but on Friday, the formalities were completed.Save Edulji, the appointment of Raman has been welcomed by everyone even though some office bearers objected to the process. However, nobody questioned the former left-hander’s calibre.Also Read | Sydney Test: India set batting records at SCG after Pujara, Pant smash daddy hundredsAlso Read | Cheteshwar Pujara thanks Team India physio after batting for 1258 balls in Australia serieslast_img read more

LG G8 ThinQ will come with an OLED screen that will act as an audio amplifier

first_imgLG is scheduled to launch a bunch of new smartphones on the sidelines of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 that is scheduled to place in Barcelona between February 25 and February 28. Among other things, LG is also scheduled to launch the LG G8 ThinQ at its February 24 event, which the Korean giant has already confirmed will come with time-of-flight (ToF) sensors. And now, LG has confirmed another interesting feature that will be making its way to its G-series device.The LG G8 ThinQ will come with the Crystal Sound OLED (CSO) technology that will essentially turn the phone’s OLED display into an audio amplifier. The technology, as the company explained, would use the display as a “diaphragm, vibrating the entire surface to produce sound”. The company claims that its new audio technology would improve the overall quality of the sound produced.While in the normal mode the phone would use its OLED screen to produce sound, in the speakerphone mode, the phone will deliver the sound using the speakers that are placed on the bottom of the body and on top side of the display.Apart from the CSO technology, the phone would also come with a bunch of other audio technologies that we have already seen in some of LG’s older phones like the LG G7 ThinQ, which we reviewed last year. The list of audio technologies included in the upcoming LG G8 ThinQ are — DTS:X 3D Surround Sound, Hi-Fi Quad DAC, Boombox Speaker and Master Quality Authenticated.advertisementAs mentioned before, the LG G8 ThinQ will come with ToF sensors that will not only improve the accuracy of its facial recognition system but also increase the efficiency of its front camera.Notably, while LG has already confirmed some of the features, the images of the G8 ThinQ that were leaked online earlier this week have revealed that the phone will come with dual-camera setup at the back that will be placed just above the rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The images also revealed that the phone will come with a notch that will house its ToF sensors and it would sport narrow bezels on the sides and on the bottom.Additionally, the phone is likely to come with a secondary screen that can be attached to the main body. However, the company hasn’t confirmed this feature yet. And we will know more about the phone when LG unveils the phone later this month.ALSO READ: | LG G8 ThinQ images leaked online ahead of MWC 2019 launchALSO READ: | LG G8 ThinQ price leaked ahead of MWC 2019, in India may cost above Rs 60,000ALSO READ: | LG G8 rumour roundup: Attachable screen, sound on display and everything else we know so farlast_img read more

How crowdfunding can boost India’s struggling education scene

first_imgCrowdfunding is a way of sourcing funds for a project by campaigning to raise awareness and support for the project or idea. If and when people from around the world support your project, they will individually donate funds towards it, enabling you to turn your dream project into a reality. Crowdfunding websites provide a platform to the public in this regard.With innovation fast becoming a new point of focus, start-ups are gaining ground in India, especially with programmes like Make in India and Digital India. In such cases, crowdfunding comes as a blessing, enabling tiny ideas to become a reality through the power of the crowd.”Many students are keen on working in different innovative opportunities like this AUV but fail due to lack of monetary funds,” says the team leader of IIT Bombay’s robotics team, Varun Mittal, speaking about one of the first truly autonomous underwater vehicles they are developing — Matsya, with the help crowdfunding through Ketto.”No doubt they get support from their colleges, but for projects like the AUV, the amount required is huge. This kills talents and the creative output. In such a scenario, a crowdfunding platform like Ketto helps us a lot as it gets us most of the support we need allowing us to dedicatedly focus on developing the technology,” he adds.India Today spoke to Varun Sheth, Founder and CEO of Asia’s largest crowd funding website ‘Ketto’ regarding how the concept of crowdfunding is adding to India’s educational needs.Varun Sheth: The whole process is pretty simple for people to understand:advertisementFirst, you create a simple page on our site, explaining your ideaThen, you plan for success and start building a team to help you promote your projectNext, you tell all the people you know about the project, and some of them share it with their friends in turn… and so onAll the while, people who believe in your idea pledge money in return for a reward that they’ll receive if your project succeedsVS: Both students and educational institutes can directly approach a crowdfunding platform. They can start a campaign with a good genuine cause or play a big role in helping other people and campaigns by spreading awareness about different initiatives.VS: There are many ways in which crowdfunding can help in developing the education scenario in India:1. Funding fees: Crowdfunding platforms can be used to raise the fees for one’s personal education or that of other people. The money can come from friends, relatives or random people. Today, the digital platform has taken over the world making it easier for people to contribute with a click of a button.2. Funding ideas: Ideas are generic, they come and go. But the ones which are executed, wins the game. Every crowdfunding platform allows people to execute and grow their ideas into tangible long term goals. Accountability to the public creates a scenario that makes educational pursuits stay on track.3. Funding infrastructure and resources:Many teachers have come forward and used crowdfunding to save their respective schools and colleges. For instance, the principal of Sikkim Himalayan Academy is raising funds on Ketto to continue providing good education to underprivileged children from remote areas of Sikkim.4. Customized funding for specific educational endeavours: Ketto allows users to customize their funding according to particular needs and fundraising pages are categorized by need, such as fundraising for sports, travel, or creative projects.VS: Crowdfunding is a technology that is changing how we all think about financing. But this digital platform has both high and low of its own.Pros:There is no limit to reaching out to people for donation since crowdfunding allows a business to reach out to a global audience in an effective way even if they’ve never sold a single item or service beforeThe process is so easy and quick that there is no man power required for the execution. Everything happens at the click of a buttonA good amount of valuable feedback is yet another amazing thing about using a crowdfunding platform. Donors and people share their views as per their perceptions and that data is pricelessCons:Tax deduction is what the fundraisers don’t appreciate. But there are four types of tax deduction in crowd funding- sales tax, income tax, equity, or gifts. While it’s free to create and share your online fundraiser, Ketto deducts a fee of 6 per cent + PG charges (3 per cent) + service tax from each donation that the campaigner receivesSometimes, there is risk of the campaigner’s idea and project being copied by competitors who have better financing. Since, it an open public platform, duplication of ideas can be possibleadvertisementVS: There aren’t any such generic laws regarding crowdfunding; however, two years ago, in June 2014, the Securities and Exchange Board of India released a consultation paper which seeks to regulate crowdfunding, which is not pool managed, but invested into directly by the investor.Again on August 30, 2016, SEBI issued a press release titled ‘SEBI Cautions Investors’. It covers various matters pertaining to the stock markets. One issue pertains to the question of leagues/ schemes/ competitions that may involve distribution of prize monies.VS: We have few amazing campaigns that achieved success:A young school student named Juhi Goyal is the force behind the campaign ‘Awaaz.’ The campaign seeks to source crowdfunding for furthering the education of hearing impaired underprivileged children in the Samarpan Badhir Vidhyalaya in Agra. Aware that society tends to sideline the underprivileged and differently-abled, she decided that these were the children she wanted to help.You can check the project details here. https://www.ketto.org/success-stories/aawaazThe brutality of the Delhi gang-rape didn’t just shock the world, but also gave Nilima an idea of how rewiring certain mindsets is the need of the hour. The school syllabus lacks one basic subject that seems to be the need of the hour – gender education. So she decided to go to schools and speak about menstruation to children. Project iEsha came up with a colourful, fun, digitized and most important scalable syllabus designed specially designed to help children understand menstruation, sexuality, interaction between girls and boys. To turn this wonderful concept into reality, she needed funds. That’s when she decided to give crowdfunding a shot. She started a fundraiser to raise Rs. 1 lakh on Ketto.You can check the project details here. https://www.ketto.org/success-stories/ieshaYet another campaign was started by Jasmeet, a cyclist, who decided to partner with a Gurgaon based NGO called ‘Impact’ to provide quality primary education to girls from marginalised communities and makes them change agents. Jasmeet decided to raise funds in the most interesting way, ever! He decided to cycle from Mumbai to Delhi for a period of 10 days asking people to support the cause by sponsoring kilometres on Ketto. He ended up raising Rs 3,33,500 by cycling through various towns. “One of the sponsors further agreed to donate a crore to support the cause”, said Jasmeet enthusiastically.You can check the project details here. https://www.ketto.org/success-stories/jasmeetPrashant Thakker started a campaign and raised an amount of Rs 5 lakhs for the formation of a fund for Sepoy Janardhan’s 10-month-old daughter, Jignyasa. On September 18, 2016, Sepoy Kulmethe Vikas Janardan (KV Janardhan) was mortally wounded and martyred in the cowardly attack on the army barracks at Uri.You can check the project details here. https://www.ketto.org/fundraiser/sepoykvikasRead: Augmented Reality in education: Transform your surroundings to learn anytime, anywhere!advertisementRead: Game-based learning benefits: The new education process that can change everythingRead: 5 ways to decide if your chosen career suits your aptitude Click here for more education related news.For more details, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Singapore Open 2019: PV Sindhu storms into semi-final, Saina Nehwal bows out

first_imgFourth seed PV Sindhu reached the semi-final of Singapore Open 2019 Super 500 tournament on Friday after surviving a scare against Chinese teenager Cai Yanyan.Sindhu started the quarter-final on a sluggish note but gained momentum to clinch the first game 21-13. However, Yanyan came up with a spirited fight in the second game to take it 21-17 and force a decider.Sindhu though maintained composure and took the deciding game without further setbacks. She was leading 11-5 at the mid-game intervals and didn’t look back from there.With the win over lower-ranked Yanyan, Sindhu has reached only her second semi-final on the tour on what has been a difficult year for the ace shuttler.Sindhu will face arch-rival and second seed Nozomi Okuhara in the semi-final on Saturday.Saina loses quarter-final in straight gamesEarlier in the day, sixth seed Saina Nehwal lost her women’s singles quarter-final match to Okuhara in a one-sided affair – 21-8, 21-13. Saina looked sluggish against the former world champion, who just needed 38 minutes to book a place in the semi-final.Notably, Saina had withdrawn from Swiss Open and India Open last month due to a stomach illness and it seemed the ace shuttler hadn’t recovered well from the setback.Saina started poorly, conceding a 9-0 lead to Okuhara and the Indian shuttler never recovered from the early setback. It was clearly not Saina’s day as the former world number one, known for making comebacks, let slip a four-point lead in the second game to end up losing it 21-13.advertisementDespite the lower seeding, Saina was having a slender edge over her opponent, having won their last three clashes, including the tie at Malaysia Masters earlier this year.Saina was made work hard in the second round by Thailand’s Pornpawee Chochuwong, to whom the Indian shuttler had lost in the first round of last week’s Malaysia Open.There is more Indian action on Friday as sixth seed Kidambi Srikanth will face a tough test against top seed Kento Momota in the men’s singles quarter-finals. Meanwhile, Sameer Verma takes on second seed Chou Tien Chen.The mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Sikki Reddy will also be in action later in the day as it takes on third-seeded Thailand pair of Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai in the quarter-finals.Also Read | Bad times are over: Lin Dan after ending title drought at Malaysia Open 2019Also See:last_img read more

2019 Maruti Suzuki Alto facelift with more safety features launched, price starts at Rs 2.93 lakh

first_imgMaruti Suzuki India today launched the new Alto with enhanced safety features, a BSVI (BS6) compliant engine and an updated design. The 2019 Maruti Suzuki Alto has been introduced at a starting price of Rs 2,93,689.The 2019 Maruti Alto now comes with safety features like ABS with EBD, reverse parking sensor, driver side airbag, speed alert system and seat belt reminder for both driver and co-driver as standard. The new Alto is also compliant with the upcoming crash and pedestrian safety regulations.Maruti Suzuki Alto facelift also gets a BSVI (BS6) compliant petrol engine. It is the same three-cylinder, 796 cc engine that produces 48 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 69 Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm. The engine is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox. The company claims a mileage of 22.05 kmpl for the 2019 Alto. To achieve compliance with BSVI emission regulations, Maruti Suzuki has upgraded engine hardware and software with the technological advancement of the exhaust system in the new Alto.The new 2019 Maruti Suzuki Alto sports fresh grille, sharp headlamps, refurbished bumper and side fender. There are dual tone interiors and seats in the new Alto. Also, dashboard and AC ducts are new.One will also find a new infotainment system christened as Smart Play Dock in the Maruti Suzuki Alto facelift, which gets Bluetooth connectivity. The Smart Play Dock transforms customer’s phone into a touch interface to access calls, music, navigation and more. Also, Maruti Suzuki is making available keyless entry system in the new Alto.”At Maruti Suzuki, we are committed to bringing innovations in India’s best-selling car brand Alto, which now has a stylish makeover with additional safety features. With cumulative sales of over 3.7 million since launch in 2,000, Alto has been a symbol of pride for Indian car users. Nearly 58 per cent of Alto customers have chosen it as their first car purchase. The New Alto is India’s first BSVI compliant entry segment car with a powerful engine and high fuel efficiency of 22.05 kmpl. We are confident that the New Alto will be a car that young Indians will be proud to own,” said R S Kalsi, Senior Executive Director (Marketing and Sales), Maruti Suzuki.advertisementBelow are the variant wise prices (ex-showroom, Delhi) of new Alto BS VI.– New Alto BS VI Std — Rs 2,93,689– New Alto BS VI LXI — Rs 3,50,375– New Alto BS VI VXI — Rs 3,71,709According to Maruti Suzuki, the hike in prices of 2019 Alto are predominantly due to factors such as additional safety features, new technology and design and compliance to BSVI regulation. Also, the car meets the End of Life Vehicles (ELV) obligations and is over 95 per cent recoverable and 85 per cent recyclable.The New Maruti Suzuki Alto will have a length of 3,445 mm, height of 1,475 mm and width (with side moulding) of 1515 mm. It will be available in six colour options — Uptown Red, Superior White, Silky Silver, Granite Grey, Mojito Green and Cerulian Blue.ALSO READ | Honda Amaze VX CVT launched in India, price starts at Rs 8.57 lakhALSO READ | Renault Summer Camp begins: Free car top wash, exclusive offers on spare parts, accessoriesALSO READ | Hyundai Venue vs Mahindra XUV300: Prices, specifications comparisonlast_img read more