Satish Sharmas long term as Aero Club of India chief ends

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 2 (PTI) Captain Atul Deo has been elected the new president of Aero Club of India bringing to an end the Gandhi family loyalist Satish Sharmas over three decades long innings as the head of the apex body of private and government flying clubs which train students to become commercial pilots.Capt Pankul Mathur was elected vice president at the Annual General Meeting held on Friday, while Anisha Suresh will be the new secretary general. The elections were unanimous.Prior to Sharma, ACI presidency was held by former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi who handed over the mantle to his long time aide after becoming PM.Reacting to the development, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha said,” Democratic processes had long been thwarted at the ACI and these have just been restored.”He said the elections were held in police presence and a Joint Director at the aviation regulator Directorate General Civil Aviation, Lalit Gupta, oversaw the proceedings as a representative of the government.”We have just allowed democratic processes to work and they had been thwarted for too long. The government?s job was to enable democratic processes to function, and once they were allowed to operate under normal circumstances, then we got the election result that the members of the Flying Club wanted,” Jayant Sinha told PTI.ACI sources said the overhaul was “steered” by Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy, himself a trained pilot, who recently became a member of the club council from Rajasthan.advertisementAn aviation expert said Rudy has been advocating strengthening aero sports in India and change in Aero Club leadership would help standardize the sector enabling Indian pilots to compete internationally.Rudy, when contacted, told PTI, “It was a bloodless coup as the functioning at ACI had become impossible under Capt Sharma.” Sharma could not be contacted for comments. PTI SKC SK SKlast_img read more

Sourav Ganguly advises Virat Kohli and Co to forget off-field matters and focus on cricket

first_imgThe victory at Eden Gardens was one of the sweetest for India as it secured the series win and the number 1 ranking in Test cricket at the cost of Pakistan. However former cricketer Nikhil Chopra believes the greater challenge lies ahead as the team is now going to be ‘hunted’.”When you become no.1 side in the world that means you are going to be hunted, you are the most wanted team around the world. The big question is can this team go to Australia, New Zealand, England and do well? If they get results in the next 11 Test matches then this team’s confidence is going to be sky high. No one or two players can make you no.1, it is a united collective team effort and I feel this team in terms of batting, in terms of bowling they have the arsenal to go out and be competitive in overseas conditions and also win Test matches abroad. For any team to be competitive around the world you need a settled side and this is a settled side,” Nikhil told India Today.Skipper Virat Kohli had made it his mission to reclaim the top spot early in his captaincy stint and he needs no reminder on how difficult the task is. “I mentioned this earlier, rankings are something that are just an incentive for what you do on the field. I didn’t even know how many points difference we had to get to No 1. We just want to win every game we play, it’s as simple as that. It doesn’t mean that we take the foot off the pedal in Indore. We don’t drop intensity there, we don’t drop our character, our vision is to win a Test match for the country”, Virat had said after the win at Eden. (Also read: India dethrone Pakistan, reclaim top spot in Test rankings)advertisementVirat’s focus has drawn praise from Sourav Ganguly. “He knows that this no.1 spot is not a fool-proof one. He needs to win in New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and England to be the No.1 side and he is looking forward to that and I think that is the right way to go. You got to be honest to yourself and you got to be honest to the Team and see how the team is progressing and I think that is the right way. Whether you are one or two you should not be bothered because that is only going to put pressure on yourself. You have just got to concentrate on your game and try and be better in that because that is the easiest way out,” said the former Indian captain.Despite BCCI President Anurag Thakur raising doubts over the India-NZ series after their face-off with the Lodha Panel over bank accounts, Indore is gearing up to host the final Test of the series. “We have not received any intimation from the BCCI till now and are going ahead with our preparations,” MPCA’s honorary secretary, Milind Kanmadikar, told PTI from Indore. (Also read: MPCA to carry on preparations for the third Test amidst cancellation reports)Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly also believes that the team should just focus on their cricket. “This has got nothing to do with them and don’t think they should be worried about it. The team gets picked completely on merit, it is a very good side and played outstanding cricket at Eden Gardens. It was not a typical subcontinent pitch where the ball has spun from Day 1, it had enough help for the fast bowlers. The New Zealand pacers got help on this surface and India came out on top on that surface. I think this win is a lot more creditable and I think this will give a lot of confidence to the team when they go abroad”, said Dada (Also read: Accounts freeze ruined BCCI reputation, says Anurag Thakur)Interestingly, while Indore is ready to host the final Test, the ODI series is scheduled to begin in the home association of the BCCI President Anurag Thakur. So will the President of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association roll out the red carpet for Team India & the Kiwis on October 16th in Dharamsala remains to be seen.last_img read more

I can handle EPL pressure, says new Swansea manager Bradley

first_imgThe first American to take charge at a top division club in Europe, newly-appointed Swansea City manager Bob Bradley insists that he can handle the pressure of the English Premier League (EPL).New Jersey-born Bradley’s first game is expected to be a tough one as Swansea will travel to Arsenal for an EPL clash on October 15.”One thing you learn in management is they can get rid of you any time. The first time I was USA manager I was the interim coach. But we’re all interim managers in football,” Bradley said. (Angry Klopp sparks Liverpool revival at Swansea)”Whether I am judged after one, two, three or five games, it’s no problem. I can take it. But one thing you can’t be is fazed by it when you stand in front of the players. The second they sense you are worried about your job you are finished,” he added.”I’ve been fired five times before. So I get the pressure in football — but I am not fazed by it.”The fact that Bradley has no previous experience of the high pressure atmosphere of the EPL may not go down well with the club’s supporters, specially since the Swansea Supporters’ Trust, which owns 21 percent share in the club and has a place on the board, was not even consulted when he was drafted in from French Ligue 2 outfit Le Havre.Bradley, however, is confident that he will win over the sceptics. (EPL: Aguero leads Man City past Swansea, Liverpool crush Hull)advertisement”The fans are the lifeblood of every team. I remind players every day that when you step on the pitch that you must always understand all of the people who love the club and come rain or shine stand behind the colours.”For me, the number one responsibility you have as a manager and as players is to make the fans feel proud,” Bradley was quoted as saying by the Daily Express on Sunday.”The connection between the club and community, and the passion with the supporters is so important. (Premier League: Controversial Costa scores twice as Chelsea hold Swansea)”I will work hard every single day to make sure we step onto the pitch and remember how much our team means to our supporters,” he added.last_img read more

Suarez thanks Barcelona for European Golden Shoe

first_imgLuis Suarez has received a second European Golden Shoe of his career after becoming the leading scorer in Europe’s top domestic leagues last season.The Barcelona forward scored 40 goals in 35 La Liga starts, helping Barca retain the Spanish title. He ended the 2015-16 campaign with 59 goals in 52 appearances for Barca in all competitions.”I want to thank Barcelona for being here, for allowing me to achieve my dream and my aims,” the 29-year-old Uruguay international said in his acceptance speech on Thursday. (Pep Guardiola denies trying to take Lionel Messi, Neymar to Manchester City)”I have spectacular team mates, who make things easy for me although you have to be there to put the ball in,” Suarez said, acknowledging he had had “difficult times” before joining the club.Those difficult times included a four month ban from FIFA after Suarez bit Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. A Liverpool player at the time, Suarez signed for Barcelona after the tournament but missed the start of the season because of the suspension.He ended up winning the La Liga, King’s Cup and Champions League treble in his first campaign at Barca and last season, Suarez helped the club retain the league title and the King’s Cup. (Neymar poised to sign new Barcelona contract)His other golden shoe award came with Liverpool in the 2013-14 when he scored 31 times to help the Reds finish runners-up in the Premier League. He shared the prize that year with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo.advertisementlast_img read more

Neymar to face Liverpool – Tuchel

first_imgNeymar will be in the Paris Saint-Germain team to face Liverpool but Thomas Tuchel would not confirm where the Brazil superstar will play.The world’s most expensive player sat out Friday’s Ligue 1 win at home to Saint-Etienne after returning from international duty.But Tuchel said Neymar will be in his starting line-up for Tuesday’s Champions League opener away to last season’s beaten finalists. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Neymar has played in a number 10 role at times this season but Tuchel would not reveal whether the forward will feature in that position or from the left flank, while he is also keeping his plans for Angel Di Maria to himself.”I will not tell, of course,” Tuchel said at Monday’s news conference. “What is sure is that he will play, but in which role, I will not tell!”It’s never a risk to trust Di Maria. In which role though, same as Neymar – I cannot tell you. It would make it very easy for Liverpool to prepare.”The showdown at Anfield presents a difficult test for a PSG side that has struggled in the business end in the tournament in recent years, failing to move further than the quarter-finals since 1995.That has not deterred Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp from believing PSG are among the favourites for the Champions League title but Tuchel is not about to get caught up in favourites talk, as he does not think it brings any positives for his team. “We can talk about this for hours and hours, but it doesn’t bring you one centimetre closer to the title,” Tuchel added. “It doesn’t make sense to talk about things that happen next year. We like the challenge to play here and the challenge for our group.”In my opinion, a challenge, a game like this can never come too early. This will bring out the best in us, get us used to this pressure, this kind of level. There is no problem with that. What we need tomorrow is the best performance we have.”You can never be comfortable against Jurgen’s teams, or at Anfield, but this kind of opponent, atmosphere, brings out the best in us. I believe we can be a very dangerous opponent tomorrow.”Check out footage from PSG’s final training session before departing for Liverpool #LFCPSG#AllezParis pic.twitter.com/08xLp2jL0k— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) September 17, 2018Tuchel also bristled at a suggestion PSG must concentrate on the Champions League as winning Ligue 1 should be a straightforward task.”I disagree with you, it is not easy,” he hit back at a journalist. “It’s a point of view which does not help us in the club.”If we judge ourselves only by the biggest goal you can have in European football, then the possibility for disappointment is very high. Why should we do this?” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

The Man City youngster with Paul Pogba as his mentor

first_imgManchester City’s youth teams have continued to have their ups and downs since the start of October, with defeats common but hope coming in the form of a rousing UEFA Youth League win that keeps the Under-19s alive in the tournament following a poor start.That 4-1 victory over Shakhtar Donetsk at the ‘Mini-had’ came after City snatched a last-minute equaliser in Ukraine to keep their faint hopes alive.Other than that, results have generally been poor, with City’s EDS side sixth in the Premier League 2 table and seventh in the U18s standings. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Yet development is the aim of the game at that age and November was a particularly good month for Taylor Richards, who kick-started the Shakhtar victory to announce his return to regular football following a knee injury that hampered his progress last season.Taylor RichardsTaylor Richards Manchester CityRichards missed most of the 2017-18 season with that knee injury but at just 17 years old he has already become a regular for City’s Under-23s.And the right-sided attacking midfielder, signed from Fulham in 2015, has been able to count on Paul Pogba as a mentor.Though it has been a difficult season for City so far, Richards played a crucial role in what is probably the academy’s stand-out result of the campaign. A last-gasp draw against Shakthar in October kept Paul Harsley’s team alive in the competition, albeit only just, and when they went a goal down in the return fixture back in Manchester it appeared that the club’s Youth League campaign, of which so much was hoped at the start of the season, was heading for the rocks.But two goals from Richards, one a fine curling effort, inside the first 20 minutes of the second half turned the game on its head, with City going on to win 4-1 with further goals from regular scorers Benjamin Garre and Lorenzo Gonzalez.City are still three points behind Lyon and six behind Hoffenheim with two games to play, but Richards, speaking to the City website after his decisive display, believes all is not yet lost.“Qualification is still on,” he said. “It’s a tough task but never say never. We are all going to work hard after the international break and get back into training and keep pushing on.”Richards may well have benefitted from a word of advice from Pogba. The two have been friends since they were introduced when the France midfielder was at Juventus, and they are in regular contact to this day.”Paul’s like my big brother up here,” he said recently. “He always helps me. He gives me advice on what to do and if I have a rubbish game then he tells me.”He has [been to watch me and] tells me if I need to run more but that’s just Paul.”I feel like when I’m with him he gives me inspiration to go to the top and to be the best player I can be because I don’t want to leave anything behind. I just want to be at the top and he shows it’s there for you if you want to get it.”When he was at Juventus he came down and I met him and since then we’ve always been close. Sometimes I go over to his house for dinner.”It would be unfair right now to expect the youngster to replicate the kind of first-team exploits displayed by either Phil Foden at City or Jadon Sancho, who left the Blues for Dortmund.There had also been questions about his attitude at times, but after returning to fitness and now form, Richards admits he had been “lazy” in the past but is aiming to put that behind him.”It was a slow start to be honest — not playing and not being the Taylor I was before,” he said. “It was my first real injury. It was quite hard to take but with other people doing well you feel like you could push on yourself a bit.”But it happens in the game. My family was there for me and my teammates and now I’m here on the pitch and I’m just trying to push on.”Now I just don’t want to leave anything on the pitch. I run until I feel like I can’t run anymore and that’s what I’ve added to my game. Last time I wasn’t really running but now I feel like I work much harder than I did before.”To be honest I was a bit lazy. Now I feel like, since the injury, it wasn’t a good place where I was. Now I just don’t want to leave anything on the pitch, I want to go for it.”Other academy talking points Alongside Richards, Benjamin Garre, Felix Nmecha, Rabbi Matondo and Lorenzo Gonzalez have all scored twice for the EDS or U19s since the start of October. Matondo’s strike against Tranmere also sent the U21s through to the Checkatrade Trophy round of 32. Matondo, 18, was rewarded for his fine form when he was given his first senior Wales cap on Tuesday. The EDS shipped five against Hoffenheim and four against Chelsea in October but have rallied with wins against Tranmere, Blackburn and Shakhtar since. Things have not been much better for the U18s, who drew one and lost two of their three most recent games, with former City academy prospect Bobby Duncan sealing a last-minute victory for Liverpool. D’Margio Wright-Phillips, son of City hero Shaun, provided another assist for Cole Palmer in the U18s’ draw with Blackburn. Fisayo Dele-Bashiru and Jayden Braaf were on target as City’s U18s lost 3-2 to West Ham in the U18s Premier League Cup.Premier League 2 resultsMan City 1-4 Chelsea Everton 1-0 ChelseaMan City 3-0 BlackburnUEFA Youth League resultsHoffenheim 5-2 Man CityShakhtar 1-1 Man CityMan City 4-1 ShakhtarU18 Premier League resultsLiverpool 1-0 Man CityBlackburn 1-1 Man City All results since start of October Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

LG G6 is launching in India today: 5 reasons why you should keep an eye on this phone

first_imgThe LG G6, which is the flagship Android phone from the Korean company, is launching in India today. The launch comes days after Samsung, which also happens to be a Korean company and an arch-rival to LG, launched the Galaxy S8 in India. In the past the clash between the top phones of these two companies was always won by Samsung. The Galaxy S series phone has always been fairly fabulous. The Galaxy S8 continues the tradition. But this time something is different for the top G series phone from LG. The G6 looks like a phone that can bring LG back into the game. Even in India.The reason why the G6 seems so good is easy to notice. It is a phone that focuses on the basics. And in the process, promises consumers an experience that could be really polished. India Today Tech will have a better look at the G6 in the coming days. But for now, here are 5 reasons why you should keep an eye on it.Bigger than the sum of its partsThis year there seems to be a trend towards making flagship phones that are more than the sum of their parts. The idea is that hardware matters but it matters less than the overall experience. This is the same approach that Apple has used year after year, and up to an extent has been used by OnePlus. This year many more follow. But the best example of a phone that is bigger than what its hardware hints at seems to be the LG G6. It is powered by last year’s Snapdragon processor, has 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. But by spending its budget on features and parts that matter — such as the screen, camera, design etc, it seems LG is the right path.advertisementAlso Read: LG G6 pre-bookings open in India ahead of today’s launchSo far the reviews of the phone have been positive, its performance has been praised. It has been optimised well, or at least that is the impression.Dual camera with wide-angle lensUnlike the Galaxy S8, which comes with single lens camera — although it is a wonderful camera — the LG G6 comes with dual camera. Both of its cameras click 13-megapixel images but one of them has a wide 125-degree lens, which helps click wider photos. The result is that the camera in the G6, if its performance matches the claims made by LG, can be a really good shooter for those who love to click landscape images or close up photos with a different perspective.Waterproof metal and glass designLast year the LG G5 tried the modular design approach. Although innovative, that didn’t work out because it had usability issues. This is for LG it is back to basics. And how. The G6 uses a metal and glass design that makes it look fabulous. But best of all, it has incredibly thin bezels, which means it comes packed with a large 5.7-inch screen and is yet significantly smaller than the phones like the Google Pixel and the iPhone 7 Plus, which have a smaller screen. The G6 also sports a rugged body, complete with waterproof feature. LG says, “The G6 (has) passed 14 different military-standard 810G tests, so you can always take it the extra mile.” Sounds nice, although over here at the India Today Tech we will figure out how it all works out in the real world.Sets a trend with the screenDo you recall that Samsung Galaxy S8 infinity display with incredible curves and thin bezels? Well, the G6 doesn’t have those curves. But it can claim to kick-start a trend towards 18:9 aspect ratio screens. This is the same aspect ratio screen that Samsung Galaxy S8 also uses. What this aspect ratio does is that it allows a phone company to put in a big screen in a small phone. It also ensures that the phone, despite its big screen, is easy to hold and use. The LG6 comes with a 5.7-inch display — LG calls it FullVision Display — with 2880 x 1440 pixels resolution. It is also the first phone to come with the 18:9 display, with the Galaxy S8 being second.Also Read: This is how much the LG G6 will cost in IndiaPossible LG G6 price in IndiaAlthough there is nothing official about the LG G6 price in India, retailers are jumping the gun on it. Mahesh Telecom, a Mumbai-based retailer, who has been pretty accurate in his pre-announcement leaks, says that the G6 will cost Rs 51,990. But in addition to this, there is also a Rs 7,000 cashback on select cards, so effectively for many the price could be as low as Rs 45,000. For a flagship phone, that would be an impressive price, and definitely cheaper than the Galaxy S8, although for most consumers that may not matter.advertisementlast_img read more

Pakistan summon all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz as part of corruption probe

first_imgPakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has summoned all-rounder Mohammad Nawaz to appear before its security and vigilance department as part of its ongoing probe into corruption in the game.”This notice requires Nawaz to appear before the PCB Security and Vigilance Department for an interview in relation to possible breaches of the PCB Anti-Corruption Code,” the board said in a statement.The PCB is probing allegations of corruptions in the second season of the Pakistan Super League and has initiated proceedings against suspended players Sharjeel Khan, Khalid Latif, Nasir Jamshed and Shahzaib Hassan.In March, Mohammad Irfan was suspended for a year after the fast bowler failed to disclose two approaches made by bookmakers.last_img

ICC Champions Trophy: Rohit Sharma to miss warm-up against New Zealand

first_imgAfter Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma will also miss India’s first warm-up game at the ICC Champions Trophy, against New Zealand at the Oval today.While Yuvraj is suffering from a viral fever and has “no major health concerns”, Rohit will join the team in England today. He was allowed by the BCCI to attend a family wedding on Saturday, according to a report in ESPNCricinfo.However, both players are expected to play the second warm-up, against Bangladesh on Tuesday before the team takes on arch-rivals Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 4.Rohit is expected to bat at the top of the order with Shikhar Dhawan despite not opening the innings for Mumbai Indians during the entire Indian Premier League.While it’s a different format, Rohit will certainly need to make some mental adjustments of facing the new ball first-up.He had played a couple of Vijay Hazare Trophy matches for Mumbai after recuperating from a hamstring surgery but that was also more than two and half months back.Rohit, who batted at No. 4 throughout the IPL season 10, had earlier insisted that he would be having no issues when he would open the batting for India in the Champions Trophy, beginning June 1 in England and Wales.Rohit was out of action since October 2016 after suffering a thigh injury which required surgery.The 30-year-old has so far represented India in 21 Tests, 153 ODIs and 62 T20Is in which he has scored 1184, 5131 and 1364 runs respectively.He is also the only batsman to have scored two double hundreds and a 250 in ODIs. His on field records keep everyone stunned, be it his stunning 209 in an ODI against Australia at Bangalore where he scored 209 runs or his record knock of 264 in an ODI against Sri Lanka at Kolkata.advertisementlast_img read more

Javier Mascherano out for six weeks, will miss Argentina vs Brazil clash

first_imgBarcelona says defender Javier Mascherano will be out of action for six weeks to recover from a right knee injury.Barcelona’s season is over, but the injury will rule out Mascherano from Argentina’s friendly against Brazil on June 9.Mascherano injured his leg early in Saturday’s final of the Copa del Rey, when Barcelona beat Alaves 3-1 to defend its title for a third straight season.He also cut his head during the collision with an Alaves player that produced the leg injury. He returned on crutches to join the team celebration.Argentina doesn’t play its next World Cup qualifier until it plays Uruguay on August 28.last_img

GST: Honda, Ford, TVS, Suzuki Motorcycle slash prices of select models in India

first_imgPassing on to customers the benefits under the new GST regime, automakers on Monday announced price cuts ranging from Rs 350 in case of two-wheelers to Rs 3 lakh on Ford’s SUV Endeavour.Honda Cars India, Ford as well as two-wheeler makers TVS Motor Company, Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India and Suzuki Motorcycle — all announced rate cuts arising out of the introduction of Goods and Services Tax from July 1.With the overall tax incidence on many of its car models coming down under GST, Honda Cars India Ltd (HCIL) cut prices by up to Rs 1.31 lakh with immediate effect to pass on the benefit to consumers.The company reduced price of its hatchback Brio by up to Rs 12,279 and that of compact sedan Amaze by up to Rs 14,825.  2017 Hyundai Xcent   Besides, it has slashed price of premium hatchback Jazz by up to Rs 10,031 and that of its recently launched model WR-V by up to Rs 10,064.Likewise, price of mid-sized sedan City has been reduced in the range of Rs 16,510 and Rs 28,005. The company’s SUV BR-V prices will come down by up to Rs 30,387.Its premium SUV CR-V has also seen a price drop of up to Rs 1,31,663. The revised prices are for ex-showroom Delhi and will vary from state to state.HCIL, however, is yet to decide on the revised pricing of Accord Hybrid, which is set to become costlier with GST rates on hybrid vehicles going up.TVS Apache RTR 160Ford India has also reduced vehicle prices by up to 4.5 per cent with immediate effect. While the reduction in prices will vary from state to state, the highest cut will be in Mumbai with the company’s flagship SUV Endeavour becoming cheaper by up to Rs 3 lakh.advertisementIn Mumbai, the prices will go down in the range of Rs 28,000 on Figo to Rs 3 lakh on Endeavour.”We will pass on the benefits in the range of up to 4.5 per cent across the range,” a Ford India spokesperson told PTI.In Delhi, price of hatchback Figo has been cut by Rs 2,000 and that of compact SUV Ecosport by up to Rs 8,000. Price of premium SUV Endeavour has been reduced by up to Rs 1.5 lakh.Ford India sells a range of vehicles starting from hatchback Figo to premium SUV Endeavour, that were priced between Rs 4.75 lakh to Rs 31.5 lakh (ex-showroom).     Ford AspireThe company, however, did not share details about the revised pricing of its iconic sports car Mustang. It is expected to go up.In the two-wheeler segment, TVS Motor Company has reduced prices of its models by up to Rs 4,150.”The price reduction is in the range of Rs 350 to Rs 1,500 in the commuter segment. In the premium segment products, the prices are reduced up to Rs 4,150 depending on each state,” TVS Motor Company said in a statement.      Another two-wheeler maker Honda Motorcycle and Scooter India (HMSI) said it has slashed prices of its products by up to Rs 5,500 depending on model and state.      The reduced prices effective from July 1, HMSI Senior Vice-President, sales and marketing, Yadvinder Singh Guleria said.Suzuki Motorcycle India and Yamaha have also reduced prices passing on GST benefit to customers.Suzuki GixxerMarket leader Hero MotoCorp has also cut prices by up to Rs 1,800 banking on the GST launch.Various automakers such as Maruti Suzuki, Toyota Jaguar Land Rover, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Audi have already reduced prices post GST implementation.ALSO READ:GST: Honda cuts vehicle prices by up to Rs 1.31 lakh in IndiaALSO READ:GST: Ford slash prices of Figo, EcoSport, Endeavour in India by up to Rs 1.5 lakhALSO READ:Toyota slashes prices of Fortuner, Innova Crysta and Corolla Altis post GSTlast_img read more

MCC approves introduction of Lord’s ODI honours boards for both genders

first_imgWomen will feature at the honours board of The Lord’s after the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) approved the decision to introduce an ODI honours boards for both men’s and women’s cricketers.For years, players who take a five-wicket haul or score a century in a Test match at the iconic cricket stadium have had their names written on the famous board in the players’ dressing rooms.The development means that England women pacer Anya Shrubsole’s match-winning haul of 6-46 in the ICC Women’s World Cup final against India on July 23 will feature when the new boards are installed.ESPNcricinfo quoted MCC’s chief executive Derek Brewer as saying that the club is planning to add the new board to recognise the exemplary feats of cricketers in the 50-over format.”We are looking into an honours board in one-day cricket for everybody,” Brewer said.”There are some practical issues we have to address first, such as where it will be situated and how long back in time we go but it is certainly on our minds and an ODI honours board for both men and women would be the way forward,” he added.Following the success of the widely watched final which saw a full-house on Sunday, Gerald Corbett, the club’s chairman said that “Lord’s is changing”.”We are much more open than we were. As the game changes we have to be at the heart of all those changes, whether it is T20, one day or women’s cricket because we are the home of cricket,” Corbett told cricket.com.au.advertisement’The Home of Cricket’, which only started admitting female members in 1999, has often been criticised in the past for discriminatory rules and policies towards women.last_img read more

Sauber cancel planned F1 engine deal with Honda

first_imgSauber’s planned Formula One partnership with troubled engine maker Honda from 2018 has been cancelled, the Swiss-based team said in a statement at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Thursday.Sauber, who currently use a year-old Ferrari power unit, said a new engine partner would be announced soon.”It is very unfortunate that we have to discontinue the planned collaboration with Honda at this stage,” said newly-hired team principal Frederic Vasseur, who was previously the Renault team boss.”However, this decision has been made for strategic reasons, and with the best intent for the future of the Sauber F1 Team in mind. We would like to thank Honda for their collaboration, and wish them all the best for their future in Formula One.”last_img

Aamby Valley auction process starts at Rs 37k cr reserve price

first_img(Eds: Updating with Sahara groups reaction)Mumbai, Aug 14 (PTI) A Supreme Court ordered auction process began today for embattled Sahara groups luxurious Aamby Valley resort town with the official liquidator inviting bids at a reserve price of Rs 37,392 crore.Sahara, which pegs the projects market valuation at over Rs 1 lakh crore, said the liquidator has initiated only first two steps of the auction by issuing advertisement for interested bidders and verifying their KYC (Know Your Clients) and the sale would be withdrawn if Rs 1,500 crore is deposited before the next date of hearing in the Supreme Court.The property, described by the liquidator as an “ultra- exclusive chartered city”, includes timber chalets, modern villas, golf course, hospital, school and airport, among other amenities.The official liquidator of the Bombay High Court published an auction notice today inviting prospective bidders for the integrated hill city township spread over 6,761.6 acres near Lonavala in Pune district, as also two land parcels measuring over 1,700 acres.The auction process has been initiated even as a Mauritius-based investor, Royale Partners Investment Fund, last week said it has offered to invest USD 1.67 billion (over Rs 10,700 crore) in the Aamby Valley project.Reacting to the publication of notice, Saharas advocate Gautam Awasthi said in a statement there are several steps before the auction takes place.Referring to the Supreme Courts direction last week, he said it allowed official Liquidator to execute initial two steps of auction process of Aamby Valley.”The first step is to issue an advertisement for seeking an invitation of the interested parties and the second step is of verifying the KYC of the interested parties. Beyond these, the Supreme Court has not directed any steps till the date of next hearing,” he said.advertisementAwasthi said Sahara had moved an application before the Supreme Court seeking permission for entering into an agreement with Viktor Koenig UK Limited with the nominee Royale Partners Investment Fund Ltd for inviting an investment of USD 1.67 billion into its Aamby Valley project.Stating that the court has permitted Sahara to enter into negotiation with this investor and deposit deposit Rs 1,500 crore before the next hearing, he said, “The Supreme Court has also said that if Rs 1,500 crore stand deposited before the next date, then the auction process will be withdrawn”.In reply to an emailed query by PTI, RPMG Investment, which owns this fund, had also confirmed the proposed funding.Last week, the Supreme Court had said the auction process can start on August 14, as scheduled, after the group requested for the auction to be postponed till September 16 to enable Sahara group chief Subrata Roy arrange the money.The official liquidator said in the auction notice that the prospective bidders need to submit their KYC forms and on qualification they will have to submit bids along with 15 per cent of the reserve price as earnest money.The properties on auction include an integrated hill city township spread over 6,761.642 acres in the great Sahayadri mountain range, 1,409.865 acres of land surrounding Aamby Valley City Development and land measuring 321.656 acres within the Satara district.The liquidator said the properties are being sold under two distinct phases over a period of two days, as an alternate to each other, “given the quantum of the properties to be sold”.About the resort town, the liquidator said: “The ultra- exclusive chartered city has residential options ranging from the Timber Chalets to fabulously modern and customised villas in distinct architectural styles and several amenities such as golf course, airport, hospital, adventure sports, retail, entertainment, international school and hospitality”.It also said the properties being auctioned will be sold /leased along with all subsisting licences, consents, permissions, registrations, approvals, grants and pending applications (as applicable) as per the Supreme Court order of July 25, 2017.Sahara lawyers had told the court that hotels in New York have been sold and soon money would be coming into the Sahara account after which Rs 1,500 crore would be deposited into the Sebi-Sahara refund account by September 7, as directed by the court.Sahara has been engaged in a long-running battle with the capital market regulator Sebi (Securities and Exchange Board of India).The apex court had on July 25 asked the Sahara chief to deposit Rs 1,500 crore in the Sebi-Sahara account by September 7 and said that it might then deliberate upon his plea seeking 18 months more time for making complete repayment. PTI BJ BALlast_img read more

360i Wins Three Digiday Awards, Including Best Content Marketing Agency

first_imgWe are excited to announce that 360i and our client partners were three-time winners during last night’s 2015 Digiday Content Marketing Awards, a program honoring the best content creation that connects brands with audiences. Among the accolades, 360i was named “Best Content Marketing Agency” of the year.Client Oreo and 360i received top honors in the “Best New Product Launch” category for our “Feel The Feelings” campaign which introduced Oreo’s limited edition red velvet flavor in a “delightfully awkward” manner.In addition 360i and client HISTORY took home a  win in the “Best Use of Twitter” category for  “Vikings Hashtag Raids”— a ransacking of the Twitterverse with Vikings-style raids co-opting popular hashtags.Congratulations to all of the winners and finalists this year, and to the 360i team and our client partners.Cover photo via Digiday.last_img read more

On International Women’s Day 360i Took Action for Those Who Couldn’t

first_imgAnna is from Texas and her boss threatened to fire her if she opted to participate in International Women’s Day strikes. Kate lives in California and couldn’t afford to cover childcare if she took the day off work. Meanwhile in Maine, Judy lives on a strict budget in an economically depressed area. She supports her household and as well as the women in the Trauma, Recovery and Empowerment group that she facilitates, she was in no position to take International Women’s Day off to strike or rally or march. The irony of last Wednesday’s activities for IWD, was that the women who would benefit most from its messaging, women like Anna, Kate and Judy, were the very ones who couldn’t afford to take action.Last Wednesday, employees across 360i’s four offices marched, striked and rallied on behalf of these and many more women. In recognizing our own position of privilege and our organization’s unwavering belief in equality, we decided to dedicate our actions, channels and voices to women like Anna, Kate and Judy. We collected their stories on our website and blog, and then amplified their names and stories on signs that read, “I’m here for ____________ because she can’t be.”In the end, these women’s voices, and so many others like their’s, were represented among the tens of thousands of people across the country who stood together on International Women’s Day. Read their stories here and see the outcome of 360i’s #EqualVoices campaign below:last_img read more

Game of Thrones Artist Bids Farewell to HBO’s ‘Beautiful Death’ Series

first_imgHBO’s hit series Game of Thrones may have aired its final episode, but there’s still so much to be said about the show’s expansive pop culture legacy. Following the series finale, we caught up with Robert Ball – an artist who has spent the past half-decade illustrating the most iconic Game of Thrones deaths for HBO’s “Beautiful Death” series – to highlight his unique contributions to that legacy. Robert takes viewers through eight long seasons of murder, executions, duels, assassinations, among other key scenes, while also providing an inside look at his artistic process and the genesis of the “Beautiful Death” series.We worked with HBO and illustrator Robert Ball on “Beautiful Death” over the course of eight seasons, during which Ball recreated the most iconic deaths from each episode of Game of Thrones right after it aired. It’s been the longest-running, most comprehensive illustration project of its kind in entertainment history. The illustrations have been turned into posters, puzzles, calendars, and commemorative box sets, and has generated millions of tweets and other social posts. In total, Robert estimates he’s spent over 2,000 hours illustrating various devasting as well as satisfying deaths.The ongoing dedication to this highly detailed project reflects HBO’s commitment to premium craft not only in the content they produce, but also in their promotional efforts. Enjoy some of our favorite “Beautiful Deaths” below.last_img read more

How To Make Barista-Worthy Coffee At Home

first_imgMake coffee at home instead of buying fancy lattes at the local cafe (or, OK, Starbucks outpost), and you’ll save boatloads of cash each year.Shocking, right? If only it were that simple.Although financial gurus repeatedly trot out the so-called latte factor as a prime example of how we’re all busting our budgets, the tired tip fails to account for one major hurdle: taste. If we all boasted barista skills and our home kitchens had $1,000-plus espresso machines, the venti whatevers wouldn’t stand a chance. As it is… well, let’s just say it’s no surprise that so many people are willing to fork over $5 for a caffeine fix.The good news is, even cooks with little skill and a basic drip coffeemaker can improve the flavor of their home brew. It may not prompt you to switch altogether — despite her $0.40 blended coffee drink recipe, Frugal Foodie still occasionally indulges in the real thing from Starbucks — but even buying two fewer fancy coffee drinks per week save up to $520 a year.Use these tricks and recipes to make your homemade coffee more palatable straight up, or mixed into a fancier drink. (Plus, check out the food recipes below to further indulge your coffee addiction.)1. Stir the grounds mid-brewIt extracts more flavor and releases the essential oils, says Jill Houk, a chef with Centered Chef Food Studios in Chicago. Just pull out the basket a little bit to briefly stir the soppy grounds and water with a spoon. “You’ll be shocked how different this coffee tastes,” she says.2. Store beans with careDon’t keep beans or grounds in the refrigerator, advises former Starbucks barista Will Kruisbrink. “The environment dries up the essential oils that make coffee taste fresh,” he says. To maintain flavor, keep whole beans in an airtight container at room temperature, and grind them “at the last possible second.” Don’t store them too long, though, says Scott Lush, the founder of coffee roasting company RoastE. The flavors are best within 10 days of roasting. (Many companies will post the date of roasting on the bag.)3. Preheat the waterThe best flavors make their way out of the bean in the first four minutes of brew-time, but most drip coffee makers take a full 10 to 15 minutes, points out Chef Tom of Salt Lake City’s ABC4 “Cook With Tom.” That adds astringency and bitterness. Heat cold water in a tea kettle, and add it to the coffee pot just prior to brewing. “Your brew time will decrease dramatically, and you’ll get more of the good stuff, and less of the bad stuff in your java,” he says. (Don’t use the shortcut of taking hot tap water, which has lost much of its dissolved gas and results in blander coffee.)4. Make iced coffee the right wayHot coffee + ice = a too-bitter brew. Self-professed coffee snob Rob Pitingolo of Arlington, Va., uses a French press for a cold-brewing method. No press? Frugal Foodie has made a slightly messier version using a covered bowl, straining the grounds out with a fine sieve and cheesecloth.5. Get it off the heat“Transfer your coffee off the burner as rapidly as possible,” says Chef Tom.  Letting it linger at a high temperature keeps coffee warm, but also transforms some of the chemicals released by the bean into sour acids that ruin the taste.6. Experiment with flavorsAdd a cinnamon stick or a pinch of ground cinnamon to grounds before brewing for spicy kick, suggests Gail Dosik, the New York confectioner behind One Tough Cookie. Cardamom pods in the grounds offer “an exotic, citrus-y” kick, she says. Mint leaves can also be a great addition to iced coffee drinks.7. Add milk barista-styleOnly pour milk into the center of the cup, and not on the sides of the cup or in a swirling motion, Lush says. That keeps the milk in the middle for a perfect mix while you sip. A bonus for those looking for a prettier drink: it also creates a nice leaf-like pattern.Frugal Foodie is a journalist based in New York City who spends her days writing about personal finance and obsessing about what she’ll have for dinner. Chat with her on Twitter through @MintFoodie.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Related Post navigationlast_img read more