India’s Ruchita Vinerkar claimed bronze in the women’s 10m Air Pistol, the last event of the 9th Asian Championship 10m (Rifle/Pistol) which concluded here on Thursday.Ruchita shot 175.5 points in the eight-woman final, while China’s Mengshue Xang won gold with a score of 198.8. Xang’s compatriot Yuemei Lin took the silver after shooting 194.3.India thereby concluded a successful campaign, finishing second overall with a haul of 15 medals comprising six gold, five silver and four bronze.China finished on top of the standings with a total of 32 medals — 14 gold, 10 silver and eight bronze medals. Hosts Iran and Japan followed the top two in the final standings.The highlight of India’s performance was Shahzar Rizvi’s gold in the men’s 10m Air Pistol event. Indians took the top two spots in the event with the seasoned Jitu Rai taking the silver.Shahzar shot a phenomenal 199.9 in the final to Jitu’s 197.5 to cap off a brilliant performance which also saw him partner Jitu and Om Prakash Mitharval for the team gold in the event.Among other notable Indian performances were Anmol’s gold in the men’s 10m Air Pistol Youth event where he shot a 199 in the final to finish on top.The Indian 10m Air Pistol junior men’s team comprising Saurabh Chaudhary, Hemendra Kushwah and Gurmeet also won gold for their country.
New Delhi, Apr 19 (PTI) Jaypee Group today said it has arranged funds from banks to start construction on its various real estate projects and deliver it to customers.Jaypee Group is facing protest from buyers because of significant delays in execution of its projects in Noida and Greater Noida, where it is developing over 30,000 flats.”The company is making its sincere efforts to complete and deliver the projects to the buyers and is in touch with them. Necessary funds required for the working capital have already been tied up with banks and the work on various projects will commence soon,” Jaypee Infratech said in a filing to the BSE.The company was replying to an explanation sought by the BSE on media reports.Stating that the real estate sector is facing a demand slowdown, the company said it is making a sincere efforts to assuage the sentiments caused by delays.The company said it launches projects only after obtaining requisite approvals from the concerned statutory authorities, as per the extant guidelines of relevant time.”The company is in the business, which includes real estate including retail sales and will obviously have some customers who are dissatisfied and initiate some unwarranted actions, for which the company does take appropriate steps to put forth its stand before the concerned authorities,” Jaypee Infratech said.Yesterday, the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) asked Jaypee group to pay the total outstanding amount of Rs 600 crore by August against 1,000 hectare land parcel allotted to the company.advertisement”We have given one month time to Jaypee group till May 15 to pay 15 per cent, which is Rs 90 crore. We have directed them to clear the remaining amount by August end,” YEIDA CEO Arun Vir Singh had told PTI.Earlier, YEIDA had asked Jaypee Group to pay 15 per cent of the total outstanding amount of Rs 600 crore by April 15.Jaypee Group had paid only Rs 10 crore out of Rs 90 crore to YEIDA and had sought four months time to repay the total dues. The group has developed sports city on some part of the total land parcel.Jaypee group has been selling its assets to reduce debt. Last year, the company announced sale of its cement plants with a total capacity of 21.1 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) at an enterprise value of Rs 16,189 crore to the Aditya Birla Group firm Ultratech Cement.Last month, Jaiprakash Associates had said it has got the approval of National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT) for transfer of its cement plants to UltraTech Cement.The deal will help the Jaypee Group firm to reduce debt, which runs into thousands of crores of rupees. The deal was subject to various regulatory approvals.The groups cement operations have a total capacity of 17.2 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) spread across Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Andhra Pradesh. PTI MJH BAL
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Jaguar today announced that it has started accepting bookings for the diesel variant of the Jaguar XE in India. Currently, Jaguar Land Rover sells the petrol variant of the XE sedan in India at Rs 41.69 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) for the Pure variant, Rs 43.69 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) for the Prestige variant and Rs 48.59 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) for the Portfolio variant. With this, Jaguar XE will be available in both petrol and diesel options.The Jaguar XE new variant will be powered by a 2.0l (litre) diesel engine that delivers a power output of 132 kW. This is in addition to the 2.0l (litre) petrol engine already on sale in India since February 2016.Rohit Suri, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover India Ltd. (JLRIL), said, “In the past one year, Jaguar XE has gained immense popularity and success in the Indian market and we are now pleased to offer the choice of diesel to our customers.”The Jaguar range in India includes F-TYPE sports car with price starting at Rs 1.26 crore and locally manufactured XF sedan has price starting at Rs 47.7 lakh.It also sells XJ sedan in India at a starting price of Rs 97.2 lakh (All prices ex-Mumbai pre octroi).Jaguar vehicles are sold from 23 dealerships across the country.ALSO READ:JLR slash prices of Land Rover Discovery Sport, Range Rover Evoque in IndiaALSO READ:Dealers start taking bookings for diesel Jaguar XE in India
Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan , who was called into the Gujarat Lions squad as a replacement for injured Dwayne Bravo for the remainder of the ongoing Indian Premier League season, has insisted that with four games remaining, his IPL team still hold an ‘outside chance’ to come closer to the title.The Gujarat Lions are currently languishing down to the seventh spot, having clinched just three wins from 10 games they have played so far.However, Pathan still remains hopeful that his team can come close to the IPL title by gaining maximum points from the remaining matches.”We are still left with four matches. We have an ‘outside chance’ to come close to the title, if we win all the remaining matches and maintain a good run rate. We are completely focussing on our remaining matches,” Pathan said, in an exclusive conversation with ANI.After spending almost three weeks watching IPL 10 at home, Pathan was thrown into the deep end straight away when he was asked to bowl in the final over by skipper Suresh Raina during the tied match against the Mumbai Indians on Saturday.Pathan, however, showed his class and proved why he was once India’s premier all-rounder as not only did he defend 11 runs of the final six balls, but also managed to tie the game and take it to a Super Over.Irfan admitted that although he was not doing much of bowling after going unsold during the IPL auction, he came out with a pretty good performance in his first game.advertisement”My ball was getting a continuous swing in all matches I played before this season. And because of the swing, I was also getting good number of wickets. When I was ignored in the IPL auction, I got a small break from cricket. Although I was training, my bowling was less. It obviously takes time to retain the rhythm when a bowler is not engaging in bowling as much as he should. The good thing is that I was ready for the challenge in the IPL match in Rajkot, despite not playing much of cricket before that. Had we won that match then the situation would have been entirely different,” Pathan said.Irfan, however, was dropped for the side’s last IPL clash against the Rising Pune Supergiants at the expense of Pradeep Sangwan.The Indian all-rounder said that he would try to work on his game and look to put his best foot forward in the remaining matches.”Hopefully, I will try to improve on my game in upcoming four matches. I have worked a lot on my fitness…I think if you want to take wickets, then the bowling should be attacking. The mindset of a bowler should always be attacking. I think this is the best way to work,” he said.Pathan also expressed his views on the upcoming Champions Trophy, beginning June 1 at England and Wales.The 32-year-old expressed hope that defending champions India would repeat the kind of performance they displayed in the previous edition.”I wish the Indian team for a good performance in the Champions Trophy. I hope whoever gets selected for the tournament performs well. It is good that the players are heading into the Champions Trophy after the IPL. I am sure they will be benefitted from this and would perform in the same way they did in the last edition,” Pathan concluded.
Andile Phehlukwayo delivered a superb final over as South Africa beat England by three runs in a thrilling Twenty20 international at Taunton on Friday. (Scorecard)South Africa made 174 for eight with JJ Smuts contributing 45 and skipper AB de Villiers striking 46 from 30 balls.England will feel they should have won after being well placed but they struggled in the closing overs.England opener Jason Roy, who had been struggling for form, led the run chase with a fine 67 before he was given out for obstructing the field.Roy shared a 110-run second wicket partnership with Jonny Bairstow (47) but with 29 needed to win off the final three overs, England fell short.The hosts required 12 from the final over but Phehlukwayo, bowling yorker length outside the off stump, restricted England to singles off the first three balls and debutant Liam Livingstone was run out after confusion over a second run.Liam Dawson smashed the penultimate ball for a one-bounce four but the final delivery from the South African seamer beat Dawson and the tourists levelled the three-match series at 1-1.The deciding match will be played at Cardiff on Sunday.
Three-times champion Novak Djokovic has been bumped up to second seed for next week’s Wimbledon championship despite slipping to fourth in the ATP world rankings while seven-times champion Roger Federer has also benefited.The seedings, released by the All England Club on Wednesday, have defending champion Andy Murray number one in the men’s singles with Germany’s Angelique Kerber the women’s top seed.Wimbledon differs from the other grand slams, in the men’s singles at least, with previous form on grass in the previous two years coming into play to re-order the top 32 in the world rankings — a system agreed by the ATP.Spaniard Rafa Nadal, who won a 10th French Open last month, is second in the ATP rankings but will be seeded fourth at Wimbledon after a mediocre record there in recent years.Despite winning the title twice, the 31-year-old has not been past the fourth round since 2011.Favourite Federer, fifth on the ATP rankings, is seeded third which means he will avoid one of his biggest rivals for the title until the semi-finals.Fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka, runner-up at the French, drops to fifth seed, from his world ranking of three.Other beneficiaries of the system include Luxembourg’s grasscourt expert Gilles Muller who is seeded 16th compared to an ATP ranking of 26. Muller won the recent Den Bosch tournament and reached the semi-final at Queen’s Club last week.Queen’s Club champion Feliciano Lopez, ranked 25, is seeded 19th.The women’s seeds stick strictly with the current WTA rankings. Romania’s Simon Halep, who could take over the top spot this week if she wins the Eastbourne title, is seeded two.advertisement
Germany will take on Chile in Sunday’s Confederations Cup final feeling like they have already won tournament after a fine run with a second-string team has yielded several top prospects for next year’s World Cup defence.Coach Joachim Loew is not a huge fan of a the eight-team event that acts as a dress rehearsal for the subsequent year’s World Cup and he opted to rest many of his first-choice players for the Russia tournament rather than shorten their off-season.Among those missing are Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Toni Kroos, Sami Khedira, Manuel Neuer and Marco Reus as Loew opted to take a team made up of young hopefuls keen to gain valuable tournament experience with 2018 in mind.Loew got more than he bargained for, however, and will be spoilt for choice on Sunday with several players, such as joint top-scorers Leon Goretzka and Timo Werner, and Lars Stindl, showing great promise at the Russian event.While a title against the South American champions, which would be Germany’s first in this competition, would be more than welcome, Loew is more interested in preserving team spirit ahead of the showdown in St Petersburg.”The boys are having fun, they are hungry for success,” Loew told reporters. “You can really feel that. I think what we are seeing is the creation of a team here.”It is this team spirit that has carried the Germans through the tournament after Loew’s squad selection initially raised eyebrows with the team having never played together before.advertisement”Chile are the strongest opponents in this tournament, we know them pretty well and we expect them to go for it in the final,” added Loew, whose team drew 1-1 with the South Americans in a group stage encounter.”They will be trying flat out to pull it off, as they are coming to the end of their season, and we will have to try and counter that.”We know the Chileans are flexible in their game. They have been pursuing their own style for many years now, a very good and positive development.”Hard-working Chile will again seek to challenge Germany for possession using a high-octane pressing game orchestrated by Alexis Sanchez but a better conversion rate of any chances that come their way is crucial to their hopes of success.They wasted a number of good opportunities in the semi-final against Portugal before edging out the European champions on penalties to reach their third final in three years after Copa America successes in 2015 and 2016.”We are from a country that might not be used to these kind of situations,” captain Claudio Bravo said of Sunday’s final.”So, by playing football, we have the chance to make our people happy so they can forget about their problems. That’s the most beautiful thing of all,” the goalkeeper added.
New Delhi: July 21, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.com NATIONAL Coimbatore: Goddess Maa Kaali Amman (A) Surat: Heavy rains (B) Balurghat: Farmer in paddy farm (A) Gandhinagar: Shankarsinh Vaghela at a public meeting (A+B) Guwahati: AITUC Dharna (B) Kolkata: TMC Martyrs Day celebration day in Kolkata (B) Dharamsala; Protest in Dharamsala (B) Srinagar: Protest against civilians killings in Srinagar (A) Bhopal: Haseena Parkar film promotion in Bhopal (B) Chennai: Women offer prayers in Chennai (A) Amritsar: Artist gives final touche to statues of Lord Ganesha (B) Jammu: J&K protest over sugar (B) Lucknow: SP and congress protest in Lucknow (B) Dehradun: Uttarakhand CM inaugurates workshop (A) Gurugram: Shivratri celebration (B) Chandigarh: Haryana CM Khattar addressing a press conference (B) New Delhi: A painting at the ongoing exhibition “My Journey To Portugal-Prelude” (B) Jerusalem: Palestinians run away from tear gas thrown by Israeli police officers (B) Lucknow: Terrorist Mohammed Saleem being produced in Lucknow court (B) New Delhi: J & K Governor N N Vohra in New Delhi (B) Kishanganj: Dolphin found at Mahanadi River bank (B) Bhopal: Haseena Parkar film promotion in Bhopal (B) Gurugram: Taapsee Pannu at an event (A) New Delhi: Piyush Goyal at agreement signing ceremony (B) New Delhi: Modi meets BJP MPs (B) Karnaprayag: Bus fell down in Karnaprayag (B) INTERNATIONAL Tokyo: Britains Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson shakes hands with Japans PM (A) Lebanon-Syria border: Hezbollah cannon pounding militants positions on the Lebanon-Syria border (B) Moscow: Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev steps down from a new self-driving minivan (A) St. Petersburg: Naval parade rehearsal in St.Petersburg (A) Ramallah: Clashes in the West Bank city of Bethlehem (B) SPORTS Chennai: Chennaiyin FC press conference (B) Nagoya: Nagoya Grand Sumo Tournament in Nagoya (B) PTI PHOTO VNA KISadvertisement
Samsung confirmed to launch the most anticipated device of the year — Note 8 on August 23. The South Korean company in its official teaser confirmed that the Note 7 successor will come with a massive display and S Pen. Now, Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst at KGI Securities has revealed that Note 8’s cameras will support 3x optical zoom feature. This was first reported by a Chinese micro-blogging site — mydrivers.com.With that, Note 8 is going to be the first handset by Samsung to sport dual cameras, if only the company doesn’t unveil the Galaxy C10 which is also tipped to come with two cameras at the back. Ming-Chi Kuo earlier said that Note 8 will sport a 12-megapixel wide-angle CIS (CMOS image sensors) which will be coupled with dual photodiode and enable users to capture better low-light shots. While the secondary camera will sport a 13-megapixel telephoto CIS with dual 6P technology and 3X zoom.Also Read: Galaxy Note 8 to launch on August 23, confirms Samsung as new leaked renders show dual camerasThe South Korean smartphone maker has started sending out media invites for the Galaxy Note 8 that mention “Do bigger things”. Rumours hint that the Galaxy Note 8 will come with a 6.3-inch display, slightly bigger than that of the recently launched Galaxy S8. In the invite Samsung also mentions “Find out what it means to do bigger things on 08.23.2017,” in its tweet. Samsung doesn’t say much about the smartphone though. All that it highlights is that the device with a big screen is coming.advertisementIn the invite image, shared by Samsung Mobile on Twitter on Thursday, shows an outline of a smartphone with an Infinity Display. So, this confirms that the upcoming Note 8 will come with the display similar to that of the Galaxy S8. Furthermore, it also hints that the device will come with the signature S Pen.A report leaked earlier this week reveals that Note 8 release will be carried out in two phases. The first phase will commence in early September, where Samsung is said to release the Note 8 in select markets like — US, South Korea, and the UK. While in the second phase which is to start in October, Samsung is said to release the smartphone in other markets. This means that the South Korean smartphone manufacturer may bring the Galaxy Note 8 to the Indian market sometime around the month of October.
New Delhi: Aug 01, 2017 (PTI) EDITORS: Photos with Captions released today. To view thumbnails of these photographs, visit PTI website at..http.//www.ptinews.com NATIONAL Lucknow: Rahul Gandhi meets NHAI officials(B) Patna: Jitan Ram Manjhi meets Nitish(B+A) Dehradun: Harish Rawat press conference(A) Jammu: Shiv Sena protest against separatists in Jammu(B) New Delhi: Myanmar delegation visits Indian Parliament(A) Jammu: Devinder Singh Behl arrested(B) Udhampur: Heavy rainfall and landslide in Jammu(A+B) Srinagar: Clashes in Srinagar(B) Bhopal: Passing out parade of 9th batch of RTC, Bhopal(B) New Delhi : Arvind Panagariya resigns(B) Amritsar: Monsoon rains in Amritsar(A+B) New Delhi: Protest by Gorkhaland supporters in New Delhi(B) Srinagar: Clashes in Srinagar(B) Kolkata: Monsoon rains in Kolkata(A) Mumbai: Dinesh Keskaer at a press conference(A) Mathura: Shisha Mitra beg for their demands(B) Patna: Lalu Prasad addresses a press conference(A+B) Mumbai: Raksha Bandhan festival(B) Patna: Rabri at press conference(B) Jabalpur: Judge sits on satyagraha over frequent transfers(B) Shimla: Accident in Shimla(B) Agartala: Violent protest in Agartala(B) Howrah: Flood in Howrah(B+A) New Delhi : Blackberry mobile phone launch(A+B) Guwahati: Jackfruit festival in Guwahati(B) Patna: Heavy downpour in Patna(B) New Delhi: Delhi Metro construction works(A+B) Udhampur: Children in Udhampur going to school(B) Pulwama: Funeral of a civilian killed in a Pulwama encounter (B+A) Srinagar: Protest in Srinagar(A+B) Pulwama: Funeral of militant(B+A) INTERNATIONAL Shanghai: Nirmala Sitharaman in Shanghai(A) Mostar : a man dives from the Old Bridge in Mostar(A) Jakarta : Telegram co-founder Pavel Durov,smiles as he leaves after a press conference(B) Leipzig : Himalayan landscape in Leipzig zoo(B) Dresden : Resting swan(B) Munich : Waterfall in Munichs English Garden(B) Amman : Women activists protest in front Jordans parliament (B) Ankara : : Paramilitary police and members of the special forces escort former Air Force commander Akin Ozturk(A) SPORTS Mumbai: Indian Womens Under-20 Rugby team in Mumbai(B) PTI PHOTO GCS KISadvertisement
After being jailed for 20 years in two rape cases, godman Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s son Jasmeet Insan will be nominated as the next chief of the Sirsa-based sect Dera Sacha Sauda.Ram Rahim’s mother Nasib Kaur announced that Jasmeet Insan will be nominated as the next Dera chief.She announced this in Dera core committee meeting this morning. She also slamed other 45 office-bearers for not taking Ram Rahim’s case seriously.In 2007, after being charged with rape and sexual exploitation of two sadhvis, Ram Rahim had anointed Jasmeet to be his successor.”The committee has 45 members who handle Dera affairs. Naseeb Kaur called an emergent meeting and announced Jasmeet as Dera’s next nominee. She has asked the committee members to start the nomination process within a couple of days,” a highly placed Dera source told India Today.The source said Naseeb Kaur has appealed all the Dera followers to accept Jasmeet as the sect’s nominee and said they may not accept him as their spiritual guru but he will be managing all Dera’s affairs. Announcing her support to the Dera chief, Naseeb Kaur also equated Gurmeet Ram Rahim with Guru Gobind Singh who was compelled to leave Anandpur Sahib when things went against him.Sources say the Dera chief in 1990 had himself announced Jasmeet Singh as his legal heir when he had kicked off a controversy by wearing a dress of Guru Gobind Singh.However, the founder of Dera Sacha Sauda Shah ji Satnam had announced that Gurmeet Ram Rahim will head the day till the age of 60 years. Shah Satnam in 1990 while handing over the Dera to him had made this announcement.advertisementJasmeet became the first anointed successor in a bloodline at the Dera Sacha Sauda, which was founded by Shah Mastana Balochistani in 1948 as social welfare and spiritual organisation.The final announcement will be made in a day or two.Besides Jasmeet Singh, Honeypreet and Vipassana were also in the race to lead the spiritual sect, mirred in multiple controversies.Dera chief mother’s announcement may lead to dissidence within the family. While his son Jasmeet Singh, 33, daughters Charan Preet, 36, and Amar Preet, 35, are his legal heirs, his foster daughter Honey Preet, 42, is a third member who can stake claim on the properties. Though none of them have so far made their claims public but a legal battle is evident.Both his daughters are already married. Jasmeet heads the sports department of Dera and is popular among the followers. Honeypreet Kaur, the so-called foster daughter of Dera chief was seen with him on many occassions. Interestingly, his biological daughters were rarely spotted with him. His wife was also rarely seen with him.Dera’s Sirsa campus is spread over 700 acres and has multi-specialty hospital, stadium among other properties. Dera has its ashrams across many states including Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Delhi.Also read:Ram Rahim rape sentence: With folded hands, Baba cried like a child, begged for mercy over 20-year jailRam Rahim conviction: Dera chief’s henchmen planned arson and rioting, investigation revealsRam Rahim Family History: The story of a devil, a saint and Papa’s angelsRam Rahim’s rape was pardon: The guru’s gufa and maafi of a sex fiendJournalist who exposed Gurmeet Ram Rahim rape case was shot dead outside his houseAlso watch:Gurmeet Ram Rahim sentenced to 20 years in jail, fined Rs 30 lakh
China’s parliament on Monday began considering an amendment to stiffen punishments for showing “disrespect” to the national anthem, which could bring violators as long as three years in prison.A draft amendment for amending the Criminal Law was submitted on Monday at the bi-monthly session of the parliament, or National People’s Congress (NPC), standing committee, reported the official Xinhua news agency.”Violators in this regard may face punishments of up to three years of imprisonment,” Xinhua quoted the draft as saying.This follows a new national anthem law that came into effect on China’s national day, October 1, that cracks down on “inappropriate” use of the national anthem, such as playing the anthem at private functions or for commercial purposes, or modifying lyrics.The law called for 15 days detention for any violations, which the amendment now wants to extend to up to 3 years.The national anthem law said the anthem “shall be sung at formal political gatherings, including the opening and closing of National People’s Congress sessions, constitutional oath ceremonies, flag raising ceremonies, major celebrations, awards ceremonies, commemorations, national memorial day events, important diplomatic occasions, major sport events and other suitable occasions, according to the law.””It is now illegal to use the national anthem during funerals, inappropriate private occasions, commercials or as background music in public places,” the law said.The law said “violators, including those who maliciously modify the lyrics, play or sing the national anthem in a distorted or disrespectful way, can be detained for up to 15 days, even be held criminally liable”.advertisementChina’s anthem, called “March of the Volunteers”, was chosen in 1949 when the People’s Republic of China was established.WATCH VIDEO | Disrespecting national anthem may soon lead to 3-year jail term in China
2nd race : Nugu Dam Plate (Div-II) 1200M:2nd race : Nugu Dam Plate (Div-II) 1200M: Ireland (Babu Krishna Kishore) 58 Kiran Rai first Amazing 59 John second Forest Queen 55 Raghu third Precious Script 58.5 TS Jodha fourth Not Run: Accelarating Star and Elica Rest all ran Won by : Lnk, 1-1/2ls and Shd Time: One min:12.69 seconds Tote: Rs 83 for win.Rs 19,Rs 10 and Rs 140 for places Favourite : Amazing Winner trained by : V Appachu Forecast : Rs 197 Quinella : Rs 59 Shp: Rs 43 Trinalla: 70 pct Rs 11,356 30 pct Rs 6,083. (more) PTI CORR KKU RBS
Colombo, Nov 3 (PTI) Two Indian naval ships are on a five-day goodwill visit to Sri Lanka to participate in a number of training exercises in a bid to share professional expertise and strengthen friendship.The ships crews will also take part in a series of friendly sports events and community service activities organised by the Sri Lanka Navy during their stay in the country, Daily Mirror reported.Indian Naval Ships Tir and Sujatha and the Indian Coast Guard ship Sarathi arrived at the Colombo port yesterday on a goodwill and training visit, the report said.The ships crews will also take part in a series of friendly sports events and community service activities organised by the Sri Lanka Navy during their stay here.The Commanding Officers of the visiting Indian ships Captain D J Revar, Commandant Pankaj Agrawal and Commander KB Singh called on Sri Lankan Navys Commander Western Naval Area Rear Admiral Niraja Attygalle at the Western Naval Command Headquarters.They held cordial discussions on matters of mutual interest and exchanged mementos to mark the occasion.The Defence Advisor attached to the Indian High Commission in Sri Lanka Captain Ashok Rao was also present on the occasion.The visit took place amidst an increase in military ties with Sri Lanka.Last month, vessels from the Sri Lankan Navy completed a set of military exercises in India. The Indian government also provided an Offshore Patrol Vessel to the Sri Lanka Coast Guard. PTI CORR UZM
New Delhi, Dec 7 (PTI) Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) today reported 10 per cent increase in retail sales at 52,332 units in November as compared with the same month last year.The company said sales during the month were primarily driven by the introduction of the new Land Rover Discovery and the Range Rover Velar. Besides, retail sales of Jaguars all new compact SUV, the E-PACE, began in the UK and Europe during November, JLR said in a statement.”November has been a robust month for Land Rover, driving sales up globally across all of our key regions,” JLR Group Sales Operations Director Andy Goss said.The Jaguar brand reported retail sales of 13,688 units last month, down 6.3 per cent from the year-ago period as strong sales of the long wheel base XFL in China were more than offset by lower sales of XE.Land Rover saw sales of 38,644 vehicles in November up 17.2 per cent, primarily reflecting the sales ramp up of the all new Discovery and the introduction of the Range Rover Velar. However, sales were partially offset by softer sales of Range Rover Sport”Retail sales of the refreshed Range Rover and Range Rover Sport (including plug-in hybrid variants) are due in the new year” the company said. PTI MSS SBT
Apple’s iPhone SE as of now is one of the most affordable iPhones one can get in India. Considering the Cupertino giant’s latest flagship, the iPhone X, is priced close to Rs 90,000, fans will be pleased to hear that the iPhone SE is still within grasp for many as it is now priced at Rs 17,999 for the 32GB variant, down from Rs 26,000. The iPhone SE can be purchased at this new price via Amazon India.Notably, this is the second time the iPhone SE has been brought down to this price. The latest pricing comes at an interesting time as Apple last week hiked the prices of its iPhones due to increase in custom duty from 10 per cent to 15 per cent. Luckily, the iPhone SE was an exception as it is the only iPhone to be assembled in India by Wistron since June 2017.At this new price, the iPhone SE has never been more attractive. Despite the iPhone 8 and iPhone X in the picture today, the iPhone SE is continues to provide a fluid and snappy experience. It also supports the latest iOS 11 for those wondering, but it will run on iOS 10 out-of-the-box. You not only get a solid performance, but great cameras as well.The iPhone SE sports a 4-inch (640×1136) display and runs on the company’s own A9 chip coupled with 2GB of RAM AND 32GB of internal storage. The phone features a 12-megapixel rear camera with 5-element lens and TrueTone flash and a 1.2-megapixel front facing camera. Unlike the iPhone X, the iPhone SE comes with Touch ID, for fans who still prefer Apple’s old biometric solution.advertisementAlso Read: Forget iPhone X, iPhone SE at Rs 17,990 is a steal dealAt Rs 17,999, the iPhone SE goes against the likes of mid-range Andriod phone like the Moto G5S Plus, Nokia 6 and Xiaomi Mi A1. While the latter three are stock Android phones, they come with processors that are arguably slower than Apple’s A9 chipset. In addition to the price cut, Amazon is also offering up to Rs 15,100 on exchange, which makes it an even sweeter deal.
By Philem Dipak SinghParacas (Peru), Jan 9 (PTI) Indias top endurance biker C S Santosh feels that his sport is so tough that life is not guaranteed and he does not know whether he will go back home after a days race.34-year-old Santosh is one of the two Indians competing in the 2018 Dakar Rally, considered as the toughest off-road race in the world.He is competing in the bike category for Hero MotoSports team. The other Indian is KP Aravind who is representing TVS Racing.”In a race like this, nothing is guaranteed. I might start but the first kilometre itself anything can happen. It is not say like a tennis match that after the match I am going to go home. For me, I dont know I am going to make home everyday. So, I keep a lot of faith with the man upstairs (God),” Santosh told PTI.”Motorsport is different. You put your life on the line. I have some belief and faith on the higher power,” he added.Santosh had a brush with a near fatal accident in May 2013 during the third stage of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. On an extremely hot day, the heat ignited to the fuel spilling from his bike and that left him with third degree burns.That is why he is superstitious and always wears his gear starting with the right boot and also carries his mothers watch as a lucky charm.”Yes, I am superstitious but I need to do that. Not only me, all the riders do something or the other like that,” Santosh said.advertisementHe also said that he does not speak to his parents and other people at home during this rally so that he keeps focus on the job at hand.”I dont speak to anybody, I am just here myself to do my job and enjoy in doing that. Here the mindset changes. Home reminds me of comfort. I want to suffer for two weeks and go back home. Then I will have my whole lot of people to enjoy with but now I need to these two weeks,” he said.”Dakar is very tough, especially the sand dunes here (in the Peru part of the rally). In India I only race in dirt tracks. Here there are no roads. I have never experienced conditions like this.”The weather is hot. The dunes like over here I have never experienced. They were massive, huge and soft. I dont think a lot of cars can finish. There were some places in the dunes where there are massive rocks immediately after that. “Dakar is such a tough event, the body takes a beating. One thing is to work but also to work smart and bring your game to the competition. I want to get out of Peru safely. That is my first priority. Bolivia is going to be hot and wet and that will be a different challenge.”The 9000-km long rally will enter Bolovia in the next few days and it will end at Cordoba in Argentina on January 20.Santosh had finished 36th in 2015, his best so far. He did not finish in 2016 while he was 47th last year. PTI PDS ATK ATK
MIAMI — Matt den Dekker laid down a successful bunt that proved to be a pivotal play in the New York Mets’ win over the Miami Marlins.Den Dekker, who had a career-high three hits, scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, and the Mets beat the Marlins 4-3 on Sept. 3. “The guys were back, and I saw that side of the field open,” said den Dekker, who got on base to lead off the inning.Travis d’Arnaud drove in den Dekker with a double for the go-ahead run, and Dilson Herrera also knocked in a run later in the inning to push the Mets’ lead to 4-2.Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a two-run home run for the Mets, who won two of three in the series with the Marlins and lead the season series 10-6.“The Mets have played us tough and they’ve hit our pitchers,” Marlins Manager Mike Redmond said.Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton homered for the third consecutive game to give him 36 on the season and bring the Marlins within 4-3 in the eighth after the Mets took a two-run lead in the top half of the inning.Carlos Torres (6-5) pitched 1 1-3 innings in relief to earn the victory. Jenrry Mejia got the final three outs in the ninth, following a leadoff walk, for his 23rd save in 26 opportunities.Den Dekker led off the eighth with a single off Mike Dunn (10-6), who also allowed a hit to Lucas Duda. Dunn was replaced by Bryan Morris, who immediately allowed an RBI double to d’Arnaud to right field to give the Mets a 3-2 lead. Herrera’s groundout then scored Duda.Jacob deGrom allowed one run and six hits in six innings for the Mets. He struck out six, walked two, and left with a 2-1 lead.Marlins starter Tom Koehler struck out a career-high 10 batters in seven innings and allowed two runs, five hits, and four walks.“I felt good, but unfortunately personal results don’t really matter right now when we’re trying to go on a little bit of a run here and win ballgames,” Koehler said. “I would have much rather have got rocked and we won the game.”The Marlins tied it 2-2 in the seventh inning. Adeiny Hechavarria doubled to deep center field off reliever Buddy Carlyle, and lefty Dario Alvarez came in to face Christian Yelich, who singled to right to score Hechavarria.Miami opened the scoring in the third with an RBI single by Casey McGehee. Nieuwenhuis’ third home run of the season gave the Mets a 2-1 lead in the fourth. The Mets are 14-2 this season when Nieuwenhuis starts.“I knew I hit it well, but in this park you never know,” Nieuwenhuis said.Juan Lagares led off the game with a single for the Mets, stretching his on-base streak to six consecutive plate appearances. He finished the game 2 for 5.A day after Mets captain David Wright had three hits to break out of a 7-for-50 skid, he struck out four times and went 0-for-5.(CHRISTOPHER STOCK)TweetPinShare0 Shares
SALT LAKE CITY — An ape at the Salt Lake City zoo has predicted the Carolina Panthers will win the Super Bowl.Zoo spokeswoman Erica Hansen says a 1-year-old orangutan named Tuah chewed up a cardboard Panthers sign and later kissed a papier-mache Panthers helmet. Hansen says he never touched the Denver Broncos sign or helmet.Hansen says Tuah’s older sister gave Broncos fans hope when she entered the enclosure later and put the Broncos helmet on her head.The annual event occurred Thursday. Animals at the zoo have correctly predicted the Super Bowl winner eight straight years.This was Tuah’s first time handling the duties. His dad picked seven straight winners before dying in 2015. A lion stepped in last year while Tuah was a baby and correctly picked the New England Patriots.TweetPinShare0 Shares