Cong MLAs walk out during Guvs address in Goa house

first_imgPanaji, Mar 23 (PTI) The opposition Congress today walked out of the Goa Assembly during the customary address by Governor Mridula Sinha, protesting that she did not invite the party to form the government after it emerged as the largest bloc in the hung house. The Congress members turned upto the Assembly sporting black bands as a mark of protest. “It was a murder of democracy when the Governor refused us an opportunity to form the government,” Leader of the opposition Chandrakant Kavlekar said when Sinha stood up to read out her address. ?We were not allowed to form the government despite having the numbers on our side,” he said. All Congress legislators then rose in protest and walked out of the house as the Governor continued with her customary address. In the Assembly polls, Congress won 17 seats relegating the BJP to the second position with 13 in the 40-member House.However, the saffron party struck an alliance with regional outfits and independents to cross the half-way mark and form the ministry under Manohar Parrikar. PTI RPS DK NM NMlast_img read more

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SPORT-SMITH-DHONI 2 LAST

first_imgElaborating on his new role in the team, Stokes said, “I Elaborating on his new role in the team, Stokes said, “I am glad to be roped in by Pune team at the auction. I am hopeful to live up to the high expectation from fans in Pune as well as India. Playing for Rising Pune Supergiant is definitely going to be a high point of my career. “This is a chance which I will work towards my teams advantage with stalwarts like MS Dhoni, Faf du Plessis, Ravichandran Ashwin and Steve Smith, to learn and enjoy the games at the same time.” Rahane and the rest felt the team is well balanced this time around. “I am quite in sync with the team structure as this will be my second year with Rising Pune Supergiant. Our team is well balanced with a good mix of talent from both national and international players. “Ben Stokes is one of the most talented all-rounders in the world and we hope to get good support from him. Imran Tahirs inclusion is definitely going to strengthen our bowling department and will lend variety to the team.” On leading the side, Smith exuded exuberance. “I am looking forward to my new responsibility with much integrity and fervor. My experience of playing in India has been wonderful so far. This year we also have a new member Ben Stokes with us who will balance experience and skill in right dose. “High and orderly performance with good bowling, fielding and batting will be the benchmark for judging the team. We hope to make Pune proud with good cricket.” Pune Supergiant also announced Motorola as the team sponsor for the upcoming league. PTI AH AT ATadvertisementlast_img read more

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Is it a bag, is it a radio? Ranveer Singh has us confused

first_imgJoey  from F.R.I.E.N.D.S wasn’t the only one who liked the idea of carrying a man-bag. Ranveer Singh has apparently joined the list.Ranveer has become a synonym for extraordinary clothing, thanks to his unorthodox attires. His white spacesuit-like-outift at Shahid Kapoor’s birthday bash got everyone talking, and we knew there was more to look forward to.Photo : Yogen ShahWhat he sported yesterday is proof that Ranveer doesn’t believe in complying to the general social standard of clothing, like the idea that hand bags are for women.Also Read : Ranveer Singh’s latest avatar will make you miss Game of Thrones a little lessSpotted in all black at the Shankar Mahadevan studio yesterday, Ranveer was seen posing with something identical to a radio. A closer look, and we realised that it was a bag. He looked comfortable in a pair of running shoes and black joggers, and the bag was only making sure that he had his essentials along–even men have essentials to carry, guys.Photo: Yogen Shah Classic bearded Ranveer Singh with a sun hat on, and a white structured radio bag is just what the world needs to learn to be a little more exploratory.Ranveer was nonchalantly posing with his man-bag, holding it like a radio next to his ear–and we swear this is the level of composure and confidence we need in our lives.And Joey, we’re sorry for judging you.last_img read more

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How to Get Donors to Relate to Your Nonprofit—And Give More

first_imgPhoto credit: Big Stock Photo Just how much do personal connections influence giving? That’s the question Rebecca Ratner, Min Zhao, and Jennifer Clarke explored. They found that when people have a personal connection to a cause (or know someone who does), it can lead them — and others — to be more supportive. The researchers delved into the nuances of this “norm of self-interest.” What they found is incredibly important.In one study, research subjects were told different stories about a college student. In one case, the student’s parent suffered a heart attack. In another case, the student’s parent had been diagnosed with cancer. When the student graduated, he went to work for the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society. Some research subjects got a scenario that matched the parent’s condition and some did not.Research subjects were then asked how they would react if the student invited them to a volunteer event. When the event was directly related to the student’s personal experience, people were sympathetic and said they would have a hard time saying no. When the event was not — for example, the student whose parent suffered a heart attack was advocating for the Cancer Society — the effect was not the same.Personal connections and stories have a big effect on giving — so if you’ve got them, use them.Another way that giving is personal is that we give more when we feel we’re helping another person to whom we can relate. This has been called the “identifiable victim effect” or “singularity effect.”Researchers Tehila Kogut and Ilana Ritov have shown that people donate more when they can identify with one person in need. More than that, people are most likely to help an inpidual whom they perceive to be similar to their social category and nationality — or when they share that person’s ideology. The looser that connection and the greater the psychological difference, the weaker the identifiable victim effect.We’re biologically wired to process the concrete — that is, other people, not statistics. We grasp statistics, but they don’t tap into our emotional response.So how does a fundraiser reduce this feeling of social distance? Researcher Deborah Small recommends:When you talk about a cause, discuss the need in terms of people who are as relatable as possible.Stop with the statistics. Tell stories about one person in need.Use social fundraising techniques (such as Causes or Crowdrise) to win support for a cause. Have friends ask friends to help through personal connections and social media. When we know the person asking for money for a cause, we’re more likely to give. Giving is personal. The closer we feel to a cause, the more likely we are to give.last_img read more

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Write to Invite: 5 Secrets to Inspire Action on Your Nonprofit Appeal

first_imgCLOSINGI hope you won’t simply read this article and delete it. Print it out, put an asterisk next to a few of the items that resonate with you, and commit to doing something new that will improve your writing.Better yet, join me and Network for Good for the Get Ready for Year-End Virtual Conference on November 14th. I’ll be offering a special, free webinar: How to Create a Fundraising Offer Your Donor Can’t Refuse. Make sure to register so you receive access to the recording if you can’t join us live. This will be useful whether you’re a seasoned pro or are writing your first appeal. You’ll get 21 actionable tips to really rock this year’s appeal! You want to raise money with your year-end appeal, right?Guess what?However you feel when you sit down to write is how your readers will feel when they sit down to read.Feeling anxious? Unprepared? Bored?Your feelings come through in your writing.So… first put a smile on your face! Think about what inspires you about your mission. What are you passionate about? What drew you here and keeps you here?Passion is contagious.You can do this – it’s just like talking to a friend about how important your cause is.Yup.  Your donor is your friend.Talk to them exactly that way.Becoming a writer is about being conscious. When you’re conscious and writing from a place of insight and simplicity and real caring about the truth, you have the ability to throw the lights on for your reader. – Ann LamottTIP 1:             Look at your last appeal; does it sound like you know who you’re writing to? If not, you’re likely writing on auto-pilot, talking at your donor rather than to them. You’re likely writing about what you care about, not what they care about. You’re writing unconscious.5 Key Secrets + 16 Sweet Tips to Nonprofit Year-End Appeal Success1. Know Your AudienceThis should be a no-brainer. How can you write to someone if you know nothing about their interests?The fundamental secret that underlies all donor-centric fundraising is this: show your donor you know them.How do you get to know them?The best way is not to assume or guess.Begin with facts in your database (age, gender, geography, profession, gift designation).Then think about what else you’d like to know about them in order to make them a compelling fundraising offer they won’t be able to refuse.Hmmn…Would it help to know something about their interests?  Their values? Their initial reason for connecting with you?TIP 2:             Create a mailed survey or pick up the phone to get answers to your questions. Design questions so you can better understand your donors’ values. All philanthropy is based on a value-for-value exchange.Don’t ask too many questions or you’ll depress response.Ask a mix of questions to collect demographic and psychographic data.Ask open-ended questions to get qualitative information.Why did you first give here?Why do you continue giving here?What do you like most about what we do?What do you like most about the information you receive in our newsletter/blog?TIP 3:             Create personas. This summarizes the characteristics of your key audience members so you can picture them. “Suzy Soccer Mom.”  “Bob Business Entrepreneur.” “Wanda Widow.” Personas help you create a mental picture of the folks you’re writing to. You may also find that different segments (e.g., monthly donors; major donors; online donors) have distinct traits, and you may therefore want to approach them differently.2. Use Your Audience’s WordsWhen you mirror people’s own language, they’re able to see themselves in what you do.If you do it right, they’ll see the person they want to be. Your hero!Use what you know about your audience from survey questions or phone conversations. Look for phrases or statements that tend to recur.When I worked for a comprehensive social services agency, the words we commonly heard when we asked folks to select an adjective to describe us were “caring,” “compassionate,” “community” and “necessary.”One of my clients, a theater company, found that the most common comments in Yelp reviews were “quality” and “intimate.”What great ways to position the uniqueness of these missions and what terrific words to use in fundraising appeals, donation landing pages, newsletters, blogs and social media!When we write without thinking about or using our donors’ words, we tend towards braggadocio. We use lots of data to boast about how many people we serve, how we’re the biggest and best, and so forth.TIP 4:             Draw words that will resonate with your supporters from surveys, thank you letters, phone calls, events and daily conversations. Keep a notebook at your desk, and every time you realize you’re hearing a word repeatedly, add it to the list.  This helps you to be conscious of what’s already in your donor’s head, enabling you to make your copy more relatable.3. Create a Sense of UrgencyYour donor needs a reason to give NOW, and to give to YOU rather than someone else.Put your appeal into a current context. What’s happening in the world that’s top of mind for your donors?Sprinkle the sense of urgency throughout your letter. Don’t wait until your final call to action to say “Please give today.”  The “why” should begin your appeal, and then permeate all through your writing.TIP 5:             Save appeals you receive that move you to action. Why did it work? Was there a sense of urgency? How did they create that urgency?TIP 6:             Try one of these urgent calls to action:Your gift will be doubled if you give before [deadline]Our doors will close unless we hear from you before [deadline]Someone is killed by gun violence every minute. Please give NOW.The cold of winter is upon us. Please get people into a warm shelter TODAY.TIP 7:             Put your urgent reason to give in your P.S. It’s one of the first things people read, and will capture their attention, drawing them in to read the rest of the letter.4. Make it Easy to Comprehend and DigestWrite at a 6th-grade level.People today are challenged for time. They skim. Short words and paragraphs make skimming possible.TIP 8:             Use the Flesh-Kincaid test (you can find this in your Word program). Write colloquially (i.e., how you would talk). Read your letter out loud, and take out anything over which your tongue trips. It’s okay to use contractions, one-word sentences, and to begin sentences with conjunctions. That’s what we do when we talk.TIP 9:             Dictate your appeal by using the voice tool on your computer or cell phone. TIP 10:           Use simple design. Plenty of white space. Indented paragraphs. Headlines, sub-heads, underlines and bullets. Compelling photos that tell a story.TIP 11:           A picture is worth 1000 words. Look at the photos you’ve used in past appeals. Do they stand on their own? Do they stand on their own once you add a brief caption?  If not, find something better.TIP 12:           Re-read your letter. How might you add headlines, subheads and bullets to break up the text and make it more readable.  Now look at how you might make judicious use of bold face, italics and underlines to call out important text.  I like to consider my letter to be a series of smaller letters. If folks read only the headlines and subheads, they’ll get the gist. If they read only the boldface, they’ll get the gist. If they read only what’s underlined, they’ll get the gist.  Since you never really know what parts of the letter your reader will read, it’s good to hedge your bets and repeat your core message more than once.5. Overcome Writer’s BlockSometimes you sit down at your desk and your mind goes blank.  You just can’t get started.  What to do to overcome this?TIP 13:           Talk to someone else about what you want to say before you sit down to write.TIP 14:           Find a quiet space where you can be uninterrupted.TIP 15:           Vanessa Chase Lockshin says “Fill up your inspiration cup.” If it’s been a while since you visited your programs, get out in the field before you sit down to write. Go through some old files of thank you letters from clients (ask your program staff). Rewatch some of your own video stories.6. Communicate for Understanding by Avoiding JargonIt takes a lot of awareness — and practice — to avoid falling into the jargon pit. It’s important that you so so, however, as jargon stops folks dead in their tracks. When people have little time to read your letter, they’re not going to keep reading if you make them struggle. Acronyms are bad. Annoying words are bad.TIP 16:           Always ask:Is there a more simple word?Is there a word that has more impact?Is there a word that’s more specific?If I took this word out, would the meaning be just as clear? More clear?Does this word unnecessarily (or stereotypically) categorize someone?last_img read more

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‘It’s difficult to speak’ – Thiago Silva asks for forgiveness

first_imgParis Saint-Germain captain Thiago Silva has asked supporters to forgive their team after Manchester United knocked them out of the Champions League on Wednesday.The Parisians had taken a 2-0 lead into the second leg of their last-16 tie on Wednesday night, but United pulled off a shocking 3-1 win to qualify for the quarter-finals on away goals at Parc des Princes.PSG had been set to go through until the referee awarded the Red Devils a stoppage-time penalty following consultation with VAR to establish Presnel Kimpembe had committed handball. 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! Marcus Rashford then lashed the penalty past Gianluigi Buffon to ensure the Ligue 1 side would not progress.Speaking to RMC Sport after the game, Silva said: “It’s difficult to speak. It’s a shame. We played very well over there, but here we didn’t do the things we talked about before the game.”We were on a good run and yet again it ends here. That’s football. Nothing worked today. I ask our fans to forgive us.”PSG frantically tried to attack David de Gea’s goal following Rashford’s spot-kick, but were unable to find a winning goal of their own.”Give a penalty like that, at the last minute, I did not see the pictures but… He told me that they were three referees and they all made the decision to give the penalty,” Silva continued. “It’s a shame because, with one minute, we did not have time to react, even if we should have reacted for the other 90 minutes.”The loss means the Ligue 1 outfit again miss out on their quest to become European champions, and will now have to turn their focus to their domestic league and the Coupe de France for the remainder of the season. “It’s difficult to explain, to talk to sad supporters, to our families who are there. We worked hard, it did not work,” Silva said.”We will have to get up fast, we must continue because we still have the championship even if we are a lot of points ahead, we are almost champion already. But we missed the opportunity to go into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.”last_img read more

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What’s your favorite song of the summer?

first_imgHaving a cruel summer? Whether you’re spending your summer in the city or blowin’ away on a summer breeze, you can turn those summertime blues away with the perfect summer jam.Don’t sweat the small stuff, freelancer, it’s summertime and the livin’ is easy. Share your soundtrack for an endless summer with Freelancers Union.So this week, we want you to help us make the ultimate summer soundtrack.Click here and share your favorite song of the summer with us! Next week, we’ll be choosing a few of your songs to build a killer summer playlist that we’ll have available on our YouTube page.So what are you waiting for? Share your favorite song of the summer with us today!last_img

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World Cup Qualifiers: Injured Romelu Lukaku misses Belgium’s trip to Bosnia

first_imgBelgium striker Romelu Lukaku will miss the World Cup qualifier away to Bosnia on Saturday but could play in next week’s final Group H game at home to Cyprus, the Belgian FA said on Thursday.Lukaku did not travel to Sarajevo with Belgium, who have already qualified for next year’s finals in Russia, after failing to train this week because of an ankle injury.The Manchester United forward will continue to train on his own in Belgium over the weekend in a bid to be fit for Tuesday’s match with Cyprus in Brussels.last_img

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Law and order situation in Haryana “worrisome”, Khattar

first_imggovernment should resign: HoodaChandigarh, Jan 16 (PTI) Describing the law and order situation as “worrisome” in Haryana, the opposition Congress today demanded resignation of Manohar Lal Khattar led- government for its alleged failure in controlling things.With a number of rape incidents being reported from different parts of the state over the past few days, former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda said the party legislators will meet here tomorrow to discuss the burning issue and “rising crime graph” of the state .”The law and order situation in Haryana is worrisome. Four to five incidents of rape being reported within a span of just 48 hours is shocking. The crime graph has been going up during the past three years of Khattar government rule,” Hooda said.He said a party delegation will be meeting the state governor tomorrow to apprise him about the present situation.According to Hooda, Haryana witnessed major incidents of violence and lost several lives under the present BJP dispensation. “First it was the (self-styled godman) Rampal issue in November 2014, then (Jat) reservation issue in 2016 and the Dera issue in 2017. Besides, incidents of crime have become order of the day. “We demand that this government should resign on moral grounds and if it fails to do so, the governor should dismiss it,” Hooda told reporters. Notably, among the latest incidents of crime against women, two minor Dalit girls were allegedly raped and killed in separate incidents, barely a month after a similar case involving a six-year-old girl shook the state.advertisementHooda said under the Congress rule, Haryana used to be ahead in most of the spheres including investment, per capita income and sports, “but now it has fallen behind on many fronts”. “Despite the tall promises which the BJP had made to people of Haryana before the polls, during the last three years it failed to take a single decision to give relief to the common people,” he claimed.”What they did is only event management in the last three years,” he alleged.Meanwhile, without naming his bete noire Haryana Congress president Ashok Tanwar, Hooda took a veiled dig at the manthan shivirs (brainstorming sessions) being organised at various places in the state, beginning January 15, by the former. “It is not the time for manthans now, it is time to hit the roads and force this government to go,” Hooda, who himself is planning to take out a Rath Yatra next month, said when asked to comment on the shivirs of Tanwar. Hooda said he had already completed outreach programme by holding “Dalit” and “Kisan” Panchayats, traders Sammelans and now as the elections would be held next year, it was time to hit the roads. “This is the time to take the fight to streets and oust this anti-people government,” he said. While assembly polls in Haryana are due in the later half of next year, Hooda said: “Congress is ready even if the polls are held with the next Lok Sabha elections”. PTI SUN MGlast_img read more

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Postmen to wear new NIFT-designed khadi uniform

first_imgNew Delhi, Jan 29 (PTI) The government today unveiled a new uniform for the Department of Posts personnel, including postmen and multi-tasking staff, which is made of khadi.”Our Prime Minister has been promoting khadi. We started the process around 25 days back and decided to come up with this khadi uniform in khaki colour.”There is immense potential for Khadi (Khadi and Village Industries Commission) and Department of Posts,” Communications Minister Manoj Sinha said while launching the uniform.Sinha said the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) presented the design to the government and the postal department decided to accept it.The new uniform also replaces the “Gandhi topi” with a p-cap.The colour of the uniform for postmen and postwomen will remain the same. The new dress carries the logo of India Post on the pocket and the cap, along with red stripes on shoulders and shoulder blade.”Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his Mann Ki baat program said that khadi is not a cloth but it is a notion. Khadi is connected with livelihood of the artisan.”He said khadi for nation, khadi for fashion and now khadi for transformation. Postal department is the third to adopt it in this direction,” Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Giriraj Singh said.The uniform will be gradually made available at over 7,000 retail outlets of KVIC and will be priced at Rs 1,500 for men and Rs 1,700 for women.”It will be offered at discount of 10 per cent to postal employees,” KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said.advertisementSaxena said the total fabric required for making uniforms for 90,000 postmen and postwomen would be around 8 lakh metres, which would be supplied by top 37 khadi institutions of the country ? from Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Punjab, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka, among others.As per rules, it is mandatory for postmen and postwomen to sport a uniform. They are given a uniform allowance of Rs 5,000 every year.”The new uniform will help in ending variations in uniforms that postmen purchased from various places,” Department of Posts Secretary A N Nanda said. PTI PRS ABMlast_img read more

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Mohammed Shami’s wife Hasin Jahan to meet West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on March 23

first_imgMohammed Shami’s wife Hasin Jahan will meet West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata on March 23.Earlier this month, Hasin had accused Shami of adultery and domestic abuse. She had posted several screenshots of Shami’s alleged chats with other women on her social media platforms.Subsequently, Shami was left out of BCCI’s new central contract and an FIR was lodged against him over domestic abuse and attempt to murder.Watch: Mohammed Shami questioned by Kolkata Police in AmrohaAn FIR was registered against Shami and his four of his family members in Kolkata’s Jadavpur police station under several Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections, including section 498A, which amounts to cruelty to a woman by her husband or his relatives.Also read – Mohammed Shami says all hopes of re-uniting with wife Hasin Jahan are overThe other charges recorded against Shami are under Section 307 – attempt to murder, Section 323 – punishment for voluntarily causing hurt, Section 376 – rape, Section 506 – criminal intimidation, Section 328 and Section 34.Also read – Mohammed Shami should be beaten up on the road: Hasin JahanHasin had alleged that Shami abused her physically and mentally and was also involved in several extra-marital affairs. However, Shami has refuted all the allegations and said that someone was misleading his wife.Meanwhile, Shami was questioned by Kolkata Police on Sunday.On Sunday, Hasin had expressed her desire to meet the West Bengal CM and hoped Mamata would keep an eye on her “fight for the truth.””Today, I join my hands and request our respectable Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, that Madam, my fight is a fight for truth. I have been tortured, there is no fault of mine; I do not ask for your support, I only appeal that you just keep your eye on my fight for truth, meet me and listen to what I have to say and then judge what needs to be done. I want to meet you and share my pain with you. This is all I request of you,” Hasin had told the media.advertisementlast_img read more

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CWG 2018: Shooter Shreyasi Singh stars in three-medal day for India

first_imgIndia clinched a Gold and two Bronze medals on Day 7 of the 2018 Commonwealth Games from Gold Coast.Shreyasi Singh won India’s first Gold in Women’s Double Trap Finals on Day 7 at Gold Coast. The shooter defeated Australia’s Emma Cox in a shoot-off to take the top spot.Ankur Mittal bagged Bronze in Men’s Double Trap event. Om Mitharval also clinched a Bronze medal in Men’s 50m Pistol Final.Indian shuttlers were in a rampaging form as they wrapped up their respective matches to enter pre-quarterfinals of the individual competitions.Currently, India have 24 medals. (12 Gold, 4 Silver and 8 Bronze).Commonwealth Games 2018: Medals TallyCommonwealth Games 2018: Full CoverageCWG 2018 Highlights, Day 7: Indian shooters dominate, Mary Kom assured of SilverThe Belmont Shooting Centre in Brisbane continued to be a happy hunting ground for Indian shooters and for a fourth successive day the country had a medal to celebrate. Shreyasi, a silver-medallist from the 2014 edition, won in a shoot-off to improve the colour of her medal from the last time.”This is the highest medal of my career, right up there. It is also very special because shooting is not going to be a part of the Commonwealth Games in 2022,” said the 26-year-old. (India at CWG 2018 on Day 8: India women eye final spot in hockey, Wrestlers open campaign)”It would be the one to cherish for a very long time,” she added.There were a couple of bronze-medallists as well in Om Mitharval (50m pistol) and Ankur Mittal (men’s double trap). And some disappointment too as 10m air pistol gold-medallist Jitu Rai signed off 8th in the 50m pistol final.advertisementFrom the range to the Oxenford Studios and it only got better for India. All eight of the male Indian boxers entered the semi-finals, while the redoubtable MC Mary Kom (48kg) entered the final.”It was difficult in the sense that this girl would just not come to me. I had to be careful because she was perhaps waiting for me to let my guard down,” Mary Kom said of her defensive opponent, Anusha Dilrukshi Koddithuwakku of Sri Lanka.Gaurav Solanki (52kg), Vikas Krishan (75kg) and Manish Kaushik (60kg) joined Manoj Kumar (69kg), Satish Kumar (+91kg), Amit Panghal (49kg), Naman Tanwar (91kg) and Mohammed Husammuddin (56kg) in the semis, making for a very happy Indian boxing contingent, shepherded by Swedish coach Santiago Nieva.There was good news from the hockey arena as well with India beating England in their final pool B clash to set up a semi-final with New Zealand. The spark that had been missing so far from their campaign was rediscovered to an extent and coach Sjoerd Marijne said he could finally recognise his team again.On the badminton court, the stars of the mixed teams gold medal winning campaign began their singles run and with easy opponents in opening rounds and the likes of PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth and HS Prannoy hardly took any time to move into the pre-quarters.Most of the table tennis and squash players made their way into pre-quarters of their respective individual and doubles events. In squash, the spotlight is on defending gold medallists Joshna Chinnappa and Dipika Pallikal, who won their opening match today.There was disappointment in the athletics arena where high jump hope Tejaswin Shankar ended up sixth after fouling all his attempts at 2.27m even though his personal best stands at 2.28m.It’s the first time I am experiencing something like this. I still have a lot of big competitions coming up this year. The biggest positive is that I could hold my nerve against these big competitors. I realised they are people like me, they are not gods, Shankar said later.Also finishing sixth was Hima Das, but in the 400m women’s race. She could, however, take solace from the fact that she achieved a personal best of 51.32sec.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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All Indian women wins at CWG 2018 are making PM Modi super proud!

first_imgThe CWG 2018 has proven to be delightful for India with numerous wins in different areas of sport. The women’s teams, especially, have been doing extremely well — in sports ranging from table tennis, weightlifting to shooting.Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated the Indian women’s TT team, badminton team, weightlifters, and shooters on winning several medals at the Commonwealth Games.Silver for Tejaswini SawantSawant won a silver in the finals of the women’s 50m rifle prone, bringing up India’s medal tally to 25This is the sixth CWG medal for 37-year-old Sawant, following two golds in 2006 and a pair of silvers and a bronze in 2010Women’s double trap event excelled by Shreyasi SinghThe Indian shooting contingent has truly excelled in the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Today Shreyasi Singh has made 125 crore Indians proud by winning a Gold in the women’s Double Trap event. Congratulations to her: PM @narendramodi #GC2018 pic.twitter.com/2rHPpDAv6kPMO India (@PMOIndia) April 11, 2018Appreciating the Indian shooting contingent, Modi congratulated Singh on making the entire nation proud by winning a Gold in the women’s double trap event at CWG 2018.India claims maiden badminton mixed team goldThe power of teamwork! The Gold medal by our Badminton players in the Mixed Team Event has enthused the country. Congratulations to the team: PM @narendramodi #GC2018Badminton #GC2018 pic.twitter.com/k56sqWHlhpPMO India (@PMOIndia) April 9, 2018India’s historic first-time gold in the mixed team event of badminton was a brilliant surprise. Modi congratulated the team in a tweet.Indian women’s table tennis team’s gold at CWG 2018advertisementA well deserved and historic Gold for the Indian women’s Table Tennis team! Congratulations to the team. Delighted at this accomplishment: PM @narendramodi #GC2018 #GC2018TableTennis pic.twitter.com/6nITe8XCcoPMO India (@PMOIndia) April 8, 2018Terming the gold medal win by the Indian women’s TT team as ‘historic’, Indian Prime Minister expressed his delight over the accomplishmentThe Indian women’s table tennis team comprised Manika Batra, Madhurika Patkar, and Mouma Das — who led India to win its first-ever Gold in the eventDefeating defending champion Singapore 3-1 in an unexpected win, Manika Batra — World Number 58 — led from the frontManika beat Yihan Zhou in the final match of the Commonwealth Games eventMaking history today for #TeamIndia Women’s #TableTennis team winning their first #Gold! So proud of you girls!! #GoldQuest in #GoldCoast #GC2018 #CommonwealthGames #GC2018TableTennis #Congratulations pic.twitter.com/YAn9I2Z0XPIOA – Team India (@ioaindia) April 8, 2018Previously, she defeated World Number 4 Feng Tianwei by 3-2 — an unthinkable victoryBatra was down 1-2 after the third game but won the next two games to emerge as the winnerIt was the mother-of-all wins as prior to this final, the Singapore women’s TT team had never lost in the Commonwealth Games since the sport was inducted into the programme way back in 2002!Indian woman weightlifter wins gold at Commonwealth GamesIndia congratulates Punam Yadav for winning the Gold Medal in the 69 Kg women’s weightlifting event. Her dedication towards weightlifting is truly admirable: PM @narendramodi #GC2018 pic.twitter.com/cdVj0jr6WDPMO India (@PMOIndia) April 8, 2018The PM also wished weightlifter Punam Yadav for winning a gold, saying that her dedication is ‘truly admirable’. Yadav brought to us the fifth gold in the women’s 69kg category. She became the third woman in the event to snatch a gold for the nation.Indian women shooters win medals at CWG 2018It is amazing to see Indian athletes excel at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. With a Silver in the women’s 10m Air Rifle event, Mehuli Ghosh joins the fast increasing list of medal winners from India: PM @narendramodi #GC2018 pic.twitter.com/X5YcAKLXQgPMO India (@PMOIndia) April 9, 2018Pm also congratulated Mehuli Ghosh for winning a silver medal at the 10m Air Rifle event by saying that he is proud to see “Indian athletes excel” at CWG 2018Our shooters are distinguishing themselves at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Manu Bhaker continues her stupendous form and bags a Gold in the women’s 10m Air Pistol event. Congratulations to her: PM @narendramodi #GC2018 pic.twitter.com/Srqozik5nuPMO India (@PMOIndia) April 8, 2018Congratulating Manu Bhaker for her glorious gold, PM Modi appreciated her for maintaining her ‘stupendous form’ at the 10m Air Pistol event. Bhaker brought the gold medal tally of India to sixDelighted that Heena Sidhu won the Silver in the women’s 10m Air Pistol event. Congratulations to her and best wishes for her future endeavours: PM @narendramodi #GC2018 pic.twitter.com/eyUbu5BjBnadvertisementPMO India (@PMOIndia) April 8, 2018Following Manu’s win, PM Narendra Modi congratulated another one of our brilliant women shooters, Heena Sidhu, who won India a Silver at the same event. Bhaker and Sidhu pose together with their medals and the New Zealand’s mascot at Gold CoastCongratulations Heena Sidhu, for winning the Gold in the women’s 25m Pistol event and for setting a new record today: PM @narendramodi #GC2018 pic.twitter.com/plDrKlTpeOPMO India (@PMOIndia) April 10, 2018Heena also won the gold at the 25m air pistol event at CWG 2018 on April 10, and set a new record! Narendra modi is clealy happy.Heena is clearly very glad — not just for her win, but also Manu’s:Thankyou everyone for all the wishes!! Im very happy that we got two medals today. There was a lot of support from the Indians sitting in the crowd today. But this is not the end of the road. I can and will get better. For now enjoy the medal!! pic.twitter.com/xtgTAVyYXBHeena SIDHU (@HeenaSidhu10) April 8, 2018Here are some recent wins by Indian women teams at the Commonwealth GamesThe gold tally of India began on the opening day of CWG 2018 when weightlifter Mirabai Chanu grabbed the top spot in the women’s 48kg categoryThe second gold medal for India came after weightlifter Sanjita Chanu won the top spot in the women’s 53kg categoryIndia lauds Apurvi Chandela for securing the Bronze in the women’s 10m Air Rifle event. It is amazing to see Apurvi emerge as one of India’s finest shooters: PM @narendramodi #GC2018 pic.twitter.com/iYbgLgd6hyPMO India (@PMOIndia) April 9, 2018Apurvi Chandela won bronze in the 10m women’s air rifle event, and PM Modi applauds her for “emerging as one of India’s finest shooters”Mary Kom secured her first medal in the boxing event, as India awaits her gold in her upcoming events. Since this will be the last Commonwealth Games for her, the nation is cheering her on even more#TeamIndia ‘s @MangteC #MaryKom saw to it that she shares a piece of India’s #GoldQuest at the #GC2018Champion boxer has already secured herself a medal in #GC2018Boxing Women’s 45-48kg Event, but #Gold is the need! Appearing in her last #CommonwelathGames Lets #Cheer for her! pic.twitter.com/VRkddN3ooSIOA – Team India (@ioaindia) April 8, 2018(Main image source: Indian Olympic Association/ Twitter)Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

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‘Feeling like 25, Universe Boss is back’: Chris Gayle after match-winning 63

first_imgThe “Universe Boss is back”, that is what Chris Gayle said with a big smile on his face as he collected the Man of the Match trophy in his maiden outing for Kings XI Punjab.The Gayle-storm hit Mohali as Kings XI Punjab defeated Chennai Super Kings by 4 runs in a closely-fought contest.There were no takers for him in the first two rounds of the IPL auction in January this year before Kings XI finally stepped in and bought Gayle at his base price of Rs 2 crore.On Sunday, Gayle showed the world exactly why he should never be ignored and announced his arrival at KXIP with a 33-ball 63 to power KXIP to 197 for 7 after being put into bat. (IPL 2018, KXIP v CSK: Injured MS Dhoni slams career-best 79* but Chennai lose)Gayle started off in top gear smashing the first fifty in just 22 balls but slowed down a bit in the second half of his knock before he was dismissed by Shane Watson in the 12th over.”This morning, got a text saying, ‘you’ll be playing’. It’s good to be back and back among the runs. I am very happy that I have got off to a winning start for this new franchise,” a beaming Gayle said at the post-match presentation ceremony.The big-hitting West Indian smashed four sixes and seven boundaries during his stay at the crease.”That’s Chris Gayle for you – hitting just fours and sixes and not worrying about ones and twos. Rahul took pressure off me at times as well. I am feeling like 25, the Universe Boss is back,” the 38-year-old added.advertisementNo player has scored more IPL hundreds than Gayle’s five. In 101 matches in the tournament, he has scored 3689 runs at an average of 41.44 and is the 8th highest-run getter overall. His 175 against Pune Warriors back in 2013 remains the highest individual score in IPL history. (IPL 2018: Heroic MS Dhoni doffs his hat to Mujeeb and Gayle after CSK go down fighting)But Gayle was still let off the roster by Royal Challengers Bangalore which came as a big surprise to many. His inconsistency in the last season was to blame for this as he managed just 200 runs in 9 games at an average of 22.22 with one score of fifty-plus.Prior to that he had managed 227 runs in 10 games at 22.70 with two half-centuries.Kings XI on the other hand, needed a big-hitting opener after roping in KL Rahul from RCB. Mayank Agarwal opened the innings with Rahul in the last two games before KXIP finally gave a chance to Gayle and he repaid the faith of the team management by smashing CSK bowlers all around the park.Gayle’s inclusion in KXIP could now turn out to be a master-stroke from the team management and owners, who picked him up towards the fag end of Day 2 of the auction.”It was a last-minute pick. Even if I wasn’t here at the IPL, life goes on,” Gayle said at the mid-innings break on Sunday.The Jamaican had earlier played for Kolkata Knight Riders in 2008-09 and Royal Challengers Bangalore from 2011-2017.last_img read more

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Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal out for rest of the season after knee surgery

first_imgBayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal has been ruled out for the remainder of the season undergoing a knee surgery recently.The Chilean has not played since going off injured during the first leg of Bayern’s quarter-final tie with Sevilla on April 3. He twisted his right knee during a training session on Saturday and underwent surgery on Monday.”Vidal underwent surgery on his knee yesterday, ruling him out for the rest of the season,” said a statement on Bayern’s official Twitter account on Tuesday.Gute Genesung, Arturo!Bei @kingarturo23 wurde gestern ein Eingriff am rechten Kniegelenk durchgeführt. #Vidal fällt damit für den Rest der Saison aus. Alle Infos: https://t.co/N8mpSZ456U #ComeBackStronger pic.twitter.com/h7YNaQRtXAFC Bayern München (@FCBayern) April 17, 2018Vidal was sent off when Bayern met Real in last season’s quarter-final second leg, which the Spaniards won 4-2 after extra time to clinch the tie 6-3 on aggregate on their way to winning the trophy.Bayern, who face Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday in a German Cup semi-final, were crowned Bundesliga champions earlier this month for a sixth consecutive season and are bidding to win the treble for the second time in their history.Jupp Heynckes’ side host Real in the first leg of their semi-final tie on April 25, then head to the Santiago Bernabeu for the return game on May 1.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

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LG G7 ThinQ rumour roundup: Notch display, dual cameras, AI button and everything else we know so far

first_imgOn May 3, LG will unveil its next flagship smartphone in two locations simultaneously – New York and Seoul. The LG G7 ThinQ has been rumoured quite a bit over the past several weeks about the phone’s internal specs and renders giving away pretty much everything about the design. So we have a pretty good idea what to expect from the phone including the fact that it will sport a display notch like many other Android phones off late.LG last year introduced the LG G6 which came with a tall 18:9 aspect ratio, but disappointed in that it was powered by 2016’s Snapdragon 821 chipset. The company will look to make things right by loading the LG G7 ThinQ with flagship trimmings of 2018. Here’s everything that you need to know.– Several renders including ones from notable tipster Evan Blass reveal that the LG G7 ThinQ will sport a full-screen display with a notch cut out much like the iPhone X. Apart from the notch, the front will also see a chin and overall the phone should deliver a 19.5:9 aspect ratio with around 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio.– Unlike the iPhone X, the notch on the LG G7 ThinQ is not expected house a number of different sensors. It will likely just keep the front camera, earpiece and an ambient light sensor. As per a leaked screenshot doing the rounds, LG will allow users to hide the notch via software, similar to the Huawei P20 Pro. However, what might be a little different is that LG will allow users to select the shape of the corners of the black bezel once users decide to hide the notch.advertisement– LG this week explained that the 6.1-inch QHD+ (3,120 x 1,440) 19:5:9 FullVision display on the G7 ThinQ will be an IPS LCD panel and will be the brightest panel to date with up to a 1,000 nits. The company says that the bright display will make it easier to read under peak sunlight.– The company also mentions that the panel supports 100 per cent DCI-P3 colour gamut and the LG G7 ThinQ will also offer six sceen colour modes – Auto, Eco, Cinema, Sports, Game and Expert.– Renders of the LG G7 ThinQ also reveal that the phone will have a dedicated AI button on the left side below the volume controls. This may work similar to the Bixby button on the Galaxy S9, but its exact functionality is still unknown. Reports suggest the button will allow users to launch Google Assistant .– Additionally, the renders also reveal that the phone will sport a vertical dual rear camera setup and a fingerprint sensor just below. The bottom of the phone will see a single speaker grille and a 3.5mm headphone jack on either sides of a USB Type-C port.– As per past reports, the dual rear cameras will comprise of two 16-megapixel sensors with the primary telephoto lens getting a f/1.6 aperture and the secondary sensor getting a wide-angle lens with a 107-degree field-of-view.– LG is attaching the ThinQ moniker to its upcoming flagship phone like it did with the LG V30S ThinQ because the cameras will be heavily backed by AI. This means you can expect features like AI Cam that tries to recognise what is in a frame so that it can change the camera modes accordingly. Another feature called QLens works similar to Bixby Vision, which recognition an object and pulls up related search results on Amazon or Pinterest.– The LG G7 ThinQ is tipped to rock an octa-core Snapdragon 845 chipset which is Qualcomm’s flagship mobile processor for this year. The chipset will be backed by 4GB of RAM and a 6GB RAM variant is also expected as well. The phone will likely be offered with 64GB of internal storage and possibly 128GB and 256GB options as well.– As per past leaks, the flagship will be offered in as many as five colours – Aurora Black, Platinum Grey, Moroccan Blue, Moroccan Blue with a matte finish and Raspberry Rose. The LG G7 ThinQ will likely run Android Oreo out-of-the-box.ALSO READ: LG G7 ThinQ will allow users to hide the notch, launch set for May 3last_img read more

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PM Modi announces ‘Swachh Bharat’ internship for college students in ‘Mann ki Baat’

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday announced a summer internship linked to the ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign.Speaking during his monthly radio address ‘Mann Ki Baat,’ he urged the youth to take part in the ‘Swachh Bharat Summer Internship’ and make the initiative a success.”My young companions, today I am urging you to join for a very special internship. Three ministries of the Indian government have announced the ‘Swachh Bharat Summer Internship’,” Modi said.He added, “This is an opportunity for college students, National Cadet Corps (NCC), National Service Scheme (NSS), Nehru Yuva Kendra Sangathan volunteers, and people who want to do something for society and the country.”The internship is a joint initiative of the Union ministries of sports, human resource development and water.ALSO READ | Ambedkar laid foundation of India’s spirit: Highlights of PM Modi’s Mann Ki Baat speechALSO READ | What is GOBAR-Dhan Yojana that PM Modi talked about in Mann Ki Baat?last_img read more

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Hina Khan, Jennifer Winget and Mouni Roy win big at Gold Awards 2018; TV winners list inside

first_imgTelevision actors had a ball of a time at the recently held Gold Awards 2018. From donning the most stylish outfits to sporting the most trendy hair do… they made the most of the glitzy night.Actress Jennifer Winget, who is currently winning hearts as Zoya in Bepannaah, is no doubt one of the best actresses our Indian television has today. And rightly so, her amazing performance has fetched her Best Actress award at the recently held Gold Awards 2018. While, Vivian Dsena of Shakti Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki won the Best Actor award.The big winners of the night were Bigg Boss 11’s Hina Khan, Naagin 2 star Mouni Roy, Bepannahh’s Jennifer Winget among others.There were also some special categories that were introduced as a part of the big function, like Most Fit Actor and Most Fit Actress, won by Qayamat Ki Raat’s Vivek Dahiya, and Naagin 3 beauties Surbhi Jyoti and Karishma Tanna respectively.Here is the complete winners list:Best ShowYeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai and Ishq Main MarjawanadvertisementStylish DivaHina KhanMost Fit ActressSurbhi Jyoti and Karishma TannaMost Fit ActorVivek DahiyaRising Film Star AwardMouni RoyBest Supporting Actor/ActressSachin Tyagi Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata HaiParul Chauhan Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata HaiBest Actor/Actress in Comic RoleManinder Singh Kya Haal Mr PanchalKrystle DSouza Belan Wali BahuBest ActorVivian Dsena Shakti Astitva Ke Ehsaas KiBest JodiShivangi Joshi and Mohsin Khan (KaiRa) Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata HaiBest ActressJennifer Winget (Drama)last_img read more

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Lady Gaga attends NYC Pride Parade 2018

first_imgNew York, Jun 25 (PTI) Lady Gaga attended this year’s New York City Pride Parade and the pop icon was received by her fans with full vigour.The 32-year-old singer, who is an LGBTQ rights champion, was dressed in a white tank top and torn blue denims which were embellished with belts of rainbow colours.She sported a lemon yellow and striking orange eye shadow and completed her look with bangles representing the VIBGYOR.Gaga also took to social media to show her support to the community.”I love the LGBTQ community more than I can say. So I’ll sing it instead. Forever. And that’s a NY promise. One love! #equality,” she captioned a video in which can be seen holding a placard that read the title of her hit song “Born This Way”.The song was also played at the parade.In another video, the singer can be seen blowing kisses and waving at hundreds of fans from inside her limousine.”#HappyPrideMonth #pride #equality,” she captioned the clip. PTI RDS SHDSHDlast_img read more

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