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first_imgMumbai, Oct 14 (PTI) Celebrity stylist Aalim Hakim says Shahid Kapoor is one such actor, who is open to sporting different looks in his films.Hakim, who has worked with a host of stars, made the revelation at a press conference for the second season of the show “Style INC with Aalim Hakim”. Also present at the event were with actors Varun Dhawan and Arjun Kapoor.When Varun asked the stylist to name a director, who likes his actors to experiment with their looks on screen, Hakim said, “Imtiaz Ali.”Varun, whose look in “Student of the Year” was styled by Hakim, said he loved the older version of his character in his debut movie.In the movie, Varun played a rich college boy named Rohan Nanda and had a clean shaven look. He also sported a rugged look when the story moved forward by ten years.”Aalim Hakim sir asked me what look I would want for my first film Student of the Year. In my debut film I had two distinct looks and I liked the older look more, its my favourite. Even the tattoos were his ideas.”He has been part of all my films as a stylist and he is part of my success,” Varun told reporters here.Varun was speaking at a press conference of season two of the show “Style INC with Aalim Hakim” where Arjun Kapoor was also present.The 29-year-old actor feels privileged to be part of this show. “Arjun is good host and I have seen him on television. He is good at acting as well,” Varun added.advertisementIn the show, Aalim will take audience into the life of actors by showing them their wardrobe and giving insights about their style statements.According to Aalim, styling for films is different as one has to work as per the demand of the script.”It is important to understand the character and story and accordingly style look of an actor, that is unique. Its challenging. There is lot of hard work that goes into creating a look of an actor,” he said.”We do research and work according to requirement of film. Actors also try different looks for a film and kudos to them,” the stylist added. PTI KKP NRB PSH PSH SDMlast_img read more

first_imgAtletico de Kolkata played out their third draw of the season as FC Goa held the former champions to a 1-1 stalemate in an Indian Super League (ISL) encounter at the Rabindra Sarovar Stadium on Sunday.South African winger Sameehg Doutie (6th) and Jofre Mateu (77th, penalty) netted either side of halftime as both outfits played out their third tie in ISL history. ATK’s Stephen Pearson and Goa’s Sanjay Balmuchu were given the marching orders in the second half.Courtesy Sunday’s result, FC Goa opened their account after four matches but remained on rock-bottom while ATK moved to third with six points from four matches.Zico ringed in as many as five changes with Subhasish Roy Chowdhury, Keenan Almeida, Gregory Arnolin, Richarlyson Barbosa and Robin Singh included at the expense of Laxmikant Kattimani, Reinaldo, Fulganco Cordozo, Lucio and Sahil Tavora.Atletico made three changes with Tiri (injured), Bikramjit Singh and Juan Belencoso making way for Henrique Sereno who made his ISL debut, Abhinash Ruidas and Stephen Pearson.The hosts got into the act straightaway. Hume was blocked by Raju Gaikwad near the box giving away a cheap free kick. Lara stepped up to swing in a delicious ball which was a bit too long but Hume headed it into the area.Raju was the culprit again as he failed to clear the ball out of danger with Doutie on hand to volley home a sumptuous goal from just outside the box.Goa’s best chance of the half fell to Robin whose shot from close forcing Debjit to produce an acrobatic save at his near post.advertisementAt the break, ATK led 1-0.The first fifteen minutes of the second half was eventful as both sides saw the dreaded red. First the home team suffered a setback when Pearson found himself at the end of a harsh refereeing decision for a fairly innocuous tackle on Trindade Goncalves.The visitors’ advantage was shortlived though as Balmuchu saw a second yellow for bringing down the impressive Prabir Das at the hour mark.Changes had to be ringed in by both managers with Molina drafting in Bikramjit Singh in place of Ruidas and Zico replacing the largely ineffective Robin for Mandar Rao Desai. Romeo Fernandes was also introduced in place of Keenan to add teeth to Goa’s flailing arsenal.Goa equalised against the run of play when Jofre’s corner was deemed to have been handled by Borja inside the box. The former Barcelona midfielder player slotted home from the spot sending Debjit the wrong way.last_img read more

first_imgBMW Motorrad has confirmed that their new small capacity motorcycle G 310 R will be launched in India in Spring of 2017. Furthermore the G 310 GS, the adventure variant of the motorcycle, will be launched in the second half of next year.Twitter user Anand (@pwrfanandroid) had tweeted to the official BMW Motorrad twitter handle (@BMWMotorrad) asking about the launch of the two motorcycles. The bike maker was pretty sporting and tweeted back to Anand, informing him of the launch time frame.Also Read:BMW India and Ola enter alliance to provide on-demand luxury mobilityThe G 310 R is long overdue in India with many predicting when BMW had first announced the motorcycle that it would start selling in India in the second half of 2016. Delays have however kept the motorcycle out of the Indian market.The new BMW G 310 R is built in India in conjunction with TVS, who will use the same engine on the new 300cc Apache motorcycle.Also Read: 2016 BMW 3GT launched in India at Rs 43.30 lakhlast_img read more

first_imgVirat Kohli, eight years after his debut, is already challenging batting greats Despite spending just eight years in international cricket, Virat Kohli is already giving several batting greats a run for their records.Faf du Plessis disputes ball-tampering verdict, denies cheatingDu Plessis pleaded not guilty but was found to have altered the condition of the ball using an artificial substance and was fined 100 percent of his second Test match fee.BCCI furious after ICC penalises women’s team for not playing PakistanThere are possibilities that Dhoni and Co. might not play Champions Trophy in protest against the women cricketers being made “soft targets” in the name of rules and regulations.Ricky Ponting interested in Australia’s chairman of selectors roleRicky Ponting has emerged as a possible candidate to replace Rod Marsh, who quit as chairman of selectors following Australia’s string of heavy ODI and Test defeats to South Africa.Dortmund break Champions League record, Real and Leicester advance to last 16Borussia Dortmund beat Legia Warsaw 8-4 victory to break the record for goals scored in a Champions League match, overtaking Monaco’s thrashing of Deportivo La Coruna 8-3 in 2003.last_img read more

first_imgShimla, Nov 29 (PTI) The Board of directors of Himachal Urban Development Authority today decided to release 5 per cent interim relief from August 1 and six per cent Dearness Allowance to the retired employees with effect from January 1, 2016.Presiding over the meeting of BoD, Urban Development Minister Sudhir Sharma stressed HIMUDA should commit itself to systematic planning and development of housing colonies and come up with indigenous strategies and innovative solutions for cost-effective and timely completion of housing projects.It also approved proposal of medical reimbursement to HIMUDA employees after retirement to be run through Appolo Munich Health Insurance Company Ltd.The Board accorded gave for the grant of bonus for the year 2015-16 to its employees as per the eligibility criteria.The Board accorded approval to signing of MoU with Singapore Co-operation Enterprises for developing a smart township at Jathia Devi near Shimla.Approval was also granted for construction of eight BHK flats including internal and external services in Residential Complex below BCS, Phase-II, Shimla at a cost of Rs. 2.71 crore.The Board gave approval for the use of vacant land for sports activities in Housing Colony at Solan and 5 percent discount to the allottees of HIMUDA on deposit of tentative cost in lump-sum.The Board also approved the proposal for purchase of land at Mauja Tatera, Tehsil Ghanari and at Mauja Chhetran, Sub-Tehsil Dulehar in district Una for developing of housing colonies. PTI PCL TIRlast_img read more

first_imgThe International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday said it had extended provisional measures against Russia over its doping scandal “until further notice” pending the evaluation of a World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)-commissioned report.The measures, first imposed on July 19 following the publication of the first part of the so-called McLaren report, include having no IOC-sanctioned events in Russia and urging sports federations to look for alternative locations for events.Some of the other measures, such as a ban on accreditations for Russian officials, were linked to the 2016 Rio Olympics.Canadian law professor Richard McLaren will deliver the second part of his report into state-sponsored doping in Russian sport on Dec. 9 at a London hotel.The much-anticipated report is expected to provide more details on an elaborate doping scheme operated by Russia at the 2014 Sochi Olympics which McLaren outlined in his original report released in July.That led WADA to recommend that the entire Russian team should be excluded from August’s Rio Olympics.Although Russian track and field athletes and weightlifters were banned from competing at Rio, the IOC rejected a blanket ban and let international sports federations decide which athletes were eligible to compete.last_img read more

first_imgElite MLS sides New York Red Bulls and LAFC will have a showdown this Sunday at the Red Bull Arena in a classic east-meets-west tie.This will be the first time the two sides will meet and will prove to be a thoroughly entertaining encounter, with stars such as Bradley Wright-Phillips and Kaku coming up against Carlos Vela and Adama Diomande.The Red Bulls are currently third in the Eastern Conference with their California counterparts second in the Western Conference. 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! Here is everything you need to know ahead of Sunday’s Major League Soccer game. Game New York Red Bulls vs LAFC Date Sunday, August 5 Time 11pm BST / 6pm EST TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US) the game will be shown live on television on FS1 and available to stream live online via FOX Sports GO . US TV channel Online stream FOX Sports 1 FOX Sports GO In the United Kingdom (UK), the game can be watched live on Sky Sports and online via the Sky Sports app. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Sky Sports app Squads & Team News Position New York Red Bulls players Goalkeepers Louro, Meara, Robles Defenders Collin, Escobar, Kutler, Lade, Lawrence, Long, Murillo, Ndam, Parker, Politz, Redding Midfielders Adams, Casseres Jr., Davis, Etienne Jr., Ivan, Mines, Muyl, Gamarra, Royer, Rzatkowski Forwards Abang, Rivas, White, Wright-Phillips Midfielder Florian Valot and defender Kyle Duncan are both sidelined with injuries to the ACL, while Vincent Bezecourt is still recovering from an MCL sprain.Potential New York Red Bulls XI: Robles; Lawrence, Parker, Long, Murillo; Davis, Rzatkowski; Adams, Kaku, Royer; Wright-Phillips. Position LAFC players Goalkeepers Lopez, Lyon, Miller Defenders Beitashour, Blackmon, Ciman, Harvey, Jakovic, Moutinho, Silva, Zimmerman Midfielders Atuesta, Czornomaz, Feilhaber, Horta, Kovar, Mallace, Murphy, Nguyen Forwards Blessing, Brewer Jr., Diomande, Rossi, Saint-Duc, Urena, Vela Walker Zimmerman will need to be careful as he faces suspension if he earns a yellow card in this fixture. Goalkeeper Quillan Roberts is unavailable due to sustaining a right fibular fracture and midfielder Mark-Anthony Kaye having fractured an ankle.Potential LAFC XI: Miller; Beitashour, Ciman, Zimmerman, Harvey; Nguyen, Feilhaber, Atuesta; Blessing, Diomande, Vela.Betting & Match Odds A Red Bulls win is priced at odds of 4/7 according to dabblebet, while a draw is available at 10/3. An LAFC victory is up for 15/4.Click here to see all of dabblebet’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Daniel Royer NY Red Bulls 2018 MLSSunday’s clash will not only mark the first time that the New York side meet with LAFC, but also the first instance in which manager Bradley faces Armas, who was a key figure of the Red Bulls manager’s Chicago Fire side in 1998.The ’98 Fire squad completed an unprecedented MLS Cup-U.S. Open Cup double in the team’s debut season, and followed it up with another U.S. Open Cup title in 2000.Teacher will meet former pupil at the Red Bull arena, and will mark an occasion of a new era in US coaching with Bradley having pocketed 20 more years of head coaching experience at the professional level than Armas – who, on Sunday, will see him register his seventh game in charge with the Red Bulls.The Red Bulls boss previously said he was Bradley’s “biggest fan” as he has emulated the LAFC boss’s career path, having followed his career abroad.”When I was 14 years old, [Bradley has] always been supportive of me, as my regional coach,” Armas stated.”And now these days, it’s just each of us showing support for the other one. Along the way, I’ve been Bob’s biggest fan, watching him coach here or overseas or the World Cup. I think just on that day [I was appointed Red Bulls head coach], Bob just offered the support back and the best wishes. It’ll be great to see Bob and his staff.”The New York side registered just their second home loss of the MLS season to Columbus Crew SC last Saturday in a 3-2 defeat.LAFC had to make-do with a 2-2 draw with rivals LA Galaxy (in a derby nicknamed ‘El Traffico’) last Thursday night at the Banc of California Stadium.Both Carlos Vela – who is currently on six goals in seven away games this season – and Lee Nguyen scored inside the first 20 minutes. They looked on course to leave with the win, but Romain Alessandrini and Ola Kamara netted in the final eight minutes to further frustrate LAFC fans.On Sunday against the Red Bulls, however, Bradley’s side might not be as complacent.last_img read more

first_imgPep Guardiola defended Raheem Sterling’s World Cup performances after the England forward got back among the goals in Manchester City’s opening 2-0 Premier League win at Arsenal.Sterling fired the champions into a 14th-minute lead and proved a typical menace for the Gunners’ defence to deal with at Emirates Stadium, where Bernardo Silva completed the scoring with an emphatic finish after the hour.The 23-year-old started six matches for England in their run to the semi-finals of Russia 2018 and although tenacious, intelligent displays won praise in some quarters, Sterling’s failure to find the net drew a share of criticism. 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! He explained his celebration in north London after dispatching a 50th career Premier League goal – cupping an ear as he wheeled away – was in response to those naysayers.Guardiola acknowledged the often highly charged atmosphere in which Sterling’s performances for his national side are judged but backed him to produce the goods for Gareth Southgate’s team.”If you judge the players in the World Cup on whether you score a goal or not… I think Raheem has this special relationship with English football, but he is so beloved in the locker room,” the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss told a post-match news conference.”He made very good things in the World Cup – how he moves and creates spaces for the other ones, runs in behind.”He likes to score a goal. He tried but I am pretty sure that during the qualification for the European Championship he will be good for his country and sometimes score goals.”Sterling was thrust straight back into the starting line-up for City despite only returning to training on Monday and Guardiola marvelled at the physical attributes that allow his player to get up to speed so quickly.Great way to start the season, massive 3 points also really happy to have scored my 50th @premierleague goal today!!!!!— Raheem Sterling (@sterling7) August 12, 2018″His mum and dad gave him a special body shape,” he said. “He’s small, tiny – so these kind of guys in one week are ready.”We saw him be good in the training sessions. We needed a guy in that position and he did it well, except the last 20 or 25 minutes when he was a little bit tired. But that is normal.”There is sacrifice from a lot of the players – Kyle Walker, John Stones, Fernandinho. We trained just one week, two weeks – a short, short time, but the spirit is there and that’s the most important thing.”Someone say we weren’t ready? #Sharkteam 🦈— Kyle Walker (@kylewalker2) August 12, 2018At the end of his briefing, the topic of Sterling’s future returned to the agenda and Guardiola reiterated City’s desire to secure a contract extension, with the winger into the final two years of his present deal.”I am not a sports director. I try to make a good spirit in the locker room and win games,” he added.”We are delighted with him and we would like Raheem to stay. We count on him. After the difficult season before we arrived we said, ‘you are part of it, we want to help you’.”We like him to try to be happy. In the end, maybe the agents are not in agreement and it cannot happen. But he knows and his agent knows that we want him a lot.”last_img read more

first_imgThe right colours can make or break your ensemble; ‘improper colour choice’ also tops the list of dreadful fashion fiascos, and our worst nightmares. While we spend a fair amount of time carefully picking and pairing our clothes, Deepika Padukone has donned an all-time-hit formula–black and white.Black and white has been the classic fail-proof colour combination since time immemorial, and Deepika just reminded us of how it still stands at par with the most chic colour dressing. Bid adieu to all your colour-dressing worries, and time travel like these celebs to the black-and-white era of fashion.Embracing the idea of monochrome dressing, Deepika Padukone turned up at the Ambanis’ bash in a ruffled, white chiffon shirt. The lace embroidered Dolce Gabbana shirt and black high-waist trousers made for a spick-and-span outfit. Deepika looked extremely neat in the low-bun hairdo, and statement drop Gucci earrings. She picked pointy black-and-white pumps, and looked edgy as ever.Picture courtesy: Instagram/shaleenanathaniAlso Read: Deepika Padukone is giving us summer-clothing goals in her lace-white outfitTied hair, minimal jewellery and black-white clothing, she gave us the formula for chic and quick monochrome dressing. Sonakshi Sinha also went with monochrome clothing, and it won’t be unfair to say that the two actresses identically paired the two classic colours–white shirt and a black bottoms.Dressed in a white wing-sleeved shirt from Tommy Hilfiger, Sonakshi was easy-going, flapping her shirt wings for the camera. She wore a pair of black skinny jeans, and black stilettos, giving us one of the most trendy and easy monochrome looks to recreate. Get your hands on a pair of flappy wing-sleeved shirt like Sonakshi, and put on a pair of black jeans, and voila, you’ve just conquered the art of monochrome dressing!advertisementPicture courtesy: Instagram/AslisonaAlso Read: Hansika Motwani looks like a pink princess in this Manish Malhotra gownMira Rajput is also following the latest B-town trend of monochrome dressing. Mira was spotted in a white button-up top, and skinny charcoal-black jeans, being her comfortable and elegant self. She sported a pair of dashing black-fringe stilettos that brightened up her sober monochrome ensemble.Picture courtesy: Instagram/Mira_rajput These celebs have clearly ditched coloured clothing, and we are just so inspired. After all, who would want to be hassled with the task of picking colours, when monochrome dressing is so flattering.last_img read more

first_imgVirat Kohli could be back for Royal Challengers Bangalore as early as Friday (April 14) when they take on Mumbai Indians in their fourth match of the IPL this year.RCB have lost two of their three games so far this season and are languishing sixth on the points table after finishing runners-up in 2016.On Monday, the Royal Challengers welcomed back AB de Villier, who smashed an unbeaten 89 studded with nine sixes. However, AB’s heroics were still not enough to get them across the line against Kings XI Punjab in Indore.Kohli had injured his shoulder in the Ranchi Test against Australia and had to sit out the next Test, the series decider in Dharamsala. He also missed RCB’s first three matches against defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi Daredevils and KXIP.Kohli posted a video on Instagram which shows him training hard. The caption left little to the imagination: “Can’t wait to get back onto the field. Almost there now. 14th April.”The 28-year-old shattered several records in IPL 2016, amassing 973 runs and cracking four hundreds, the most ever in a single season.De Villiers was also in sublime form last season, smashing 687 runs including one hundred.last_img read more

first_imgIn football, intensity of a team can do wonders to their fortunes and Atletico Madrid set out to do exactly that last night.But Real Madrid CF comfortably eased past their city rivals Atletico Madrid 4-2 on aggregate across to the two legs of the UEFA Champions League semi-final, thanks to the first leg hat-trick by Cristiano Ronaldo.Overturning a 3-0 deficit against Real Madrid was always going to be a near-impossible task but Atletico showed agility, intensity and overall, bright prospects early in the game.Real Madrid had not conceded twice inside the opening 20 minutes of a Champions League match since 2004 but Atletico broke that record when Saul Niguez scored a header in the 12th minute and then Antoine Griezmann converted a penalty in the 16th minute. They now needed only two more goals without a reply to achieve the miracle.Atletico Madrid showed exceptional intensity in the first 20 minutes – fighting for each ball and going deep to dominate the midfield and edge Real with counter-attacks.But all that fizzled after the two early goals, Atletico allowed Real Madrid to play around and dominate the ball.After the initial ruckus, Real used all their Champions League experience to slow down the game and push back Atletico. Real were playing with the same formation as the first leg and Zidane made the same substitutions later in the game, yet Atletico Madrid failed to keep their early intensity that lost them the game.Twenty-five minutes on, Real dominated the possession, playing around the ball and looking for openings. Isco as usual danced around the midfield – that is the skill which has forced Zinedine Zidane to give him the start and his performances are making it tough for Zidane post Gareth Bale’s return.advertisementIt was Karim Benzema’s brilliance that got Madrid back on top in the 42nd minute. Benzema fought his way out from being surrounded by three Atletico defenders to pass to Toni Kroos whose effort was brilliantly saved by Jan Oblak only for Isco to be present at the right spot to shoot home the rebound.Atletico were back to square one then, needing 3 more goals to win the tie. That proved to be the nail in their coffin for Real Madrid aren’t the defending champions of the continental competition for nothing.last_img read more

first_imgAustralian controversial tennis star Nick Kyrgios has pulled out of the ongoing Italian Open due to a hip injury .The tournament organizers confirmed the news shortly before the 22-year-old was due to face Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in the opening round.Kyrgios will now be replaced by Ukrainian lucky loser Alexandr Dolgopolov, who suffered a defeat in the final round of qualifying,Sport24 reported.The 18th-ranked Australian also withdrew from the men’s doubles event of the tournament, where he was paired with Italy’s Fabio Fognini.The announcement of his withdrawal comes less than two weeks before the French Open, thus raising doubts about his participation at the Roland Garros.last_img

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 1 (PTI) Tata Motors-owned Jaguar Land Rover today reduced prices of its entire vehicle range in India on an average by 7 per cent to pass on benefit of reduced tax incidence under GST.The company said it is fully geared up for the new tax regime and its vehicles will be available under the new prices with immediate effect from any of its 25 retail outlets across India.”On an average, on the basis of ex-showroom Delhi prices, the reduction in the prices of our vehicles across the range will be around 7 per cent,” Jaguar Land Rover India President and Managing Director Rohit Suri told PTI.The Jaguar portfolio in India includes XE with a starting price of Rs 34.64 lakh, XF starting at Rs 44.89 lakh, F-PACE Rs 67.37 lakh onward and XJ with a starting point of Rs 97.39 lakh (ex?showroom prices across India).On the other hand, the Land Rover range includes the Discovery Sport starting at Rs 40.04 lakh, Range Rover Evoque at Rs 42.37 lakh upward, Range Rover Sport beginning at Rs 89.44 lakh and Range Rover with a starting price point of Rs 1.59 crore (ex-showroom in India).Under the new GST, large luxury cars and SUVs with engine capacity of over 1,500 cc are slated to attract a 15 per cent cess over and above peak rate of 28 per cent, thereby bringing down the overall tax incidence compared to around 50 per cent under the previous taxation system.Asked about the companys preparedness of the new system, Suri said: “We are absolutely ready. We have been working on this for the last 8-9 months to be ready. Although we had to modify some of the earlier plans closer to GST implementation, even our partners and supply chain is ready.”advertisementHe said that with the GST regime kicking in, the company expects reduction in transportation time for its vehicles from the companys Pune facility to different parts of the country. PTI RKL ARDlast_img read more

first_imgSpain’s ‘Mr Consistent’ Roberto Bautista Agut reached the fourth round of a grand slam for the seventh time in his last nine attempts with a shock victory over Japanese ninth seed Kei Nishikori on Friday.The 29-year-old proved too solid for a listless Nishikori, winning 6-4 7-6(3) 3-6 6-3 on Court Three.”I could not get into my rhythm,” Nishikori told a large gathering of Japanese reporters.”It was really hard for me to be aggressive today. In the third set I began to move him around a bit but it didn’t last long enough unfortunately. I totally lost my rhythm out there.”It has been a mediocre year for Nishikori who is struggling to build on the promise he showed when he reached the 2014 U.S. Open final, losing to Marin Cilic.After reaching the final in two of his first three tournaments of 2017 he has not made one since and has been suffering with niggling injuries.On Friday he paid the price for failing to take his break point chances in the first set, especially at 4-4 when Bautista Agut saved one with a crisp forehand winner.The Spaniard broke in the next game to take the opening set.It was a similar story in the second set with Nishikori unable to convert any of the five break point chances that came his way before succumbing in a tiebreak in which Bautista Agut reeled off the last four points.Nishikori, who has never flourished on grass and is yet to go past the fourth round at Wimbledon, did briefly gain the upper hand as he took the third set.advertisementWhen he broke at the start of the fourth with a running forehand pass, to the delight of his fans, it seemed the match could swing his way but it proved a false dawn.Eighteenth seed Bautista Agut belted a forehand winner to break back for and delivered another hammer blow to move 5-3 ahead before sealing victory as Nishikori skewed a backhand out.Bautista Agut will face stiffer opposition on Monday when he plays Croatia’s seventh seed Marin Cilic.last_img read more

first_imgSonam Kapoor is currently in the US spending her vacation with rumoured beau Anand Ahuja.On Anand Ahuja’s birthday, Sonam Kapoor arranged a meeting with one of the extreme bicycle persons after his liking for the sport.Taking it to his Instagram, Anand Ahuja thanked Sonam for the ‘best birthday gift’.Sonam and Anand’s romance came in the spotlight when they made an appearance at Akshay Kumar’s Rustom success bash. When the actor was asked on Koffee with Karan about the “conjecture” that she has been dating a “business-boy from London,” she laughed, “I am always dating a businessman from London.”She went on to say that she likes to keep her private life private and she will never talk about it. However, Sonam has not announced her relationship with Anand officially yet.On the work front, Sonam will be seen in Padman opposite Akshay Kumar and Rajkumar Hirani’s Sanjay Dutt biopic opposite Ranbir Kapoor. Her home production, Veere Di Wedding, which will also feature Sonam in a leading role along with Kareena Kapoor Khan and Swara Bhaskar, will go on floors in August.SEE PIC: Rumoured lovebirds Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja on a lunch date ALSO READ: Is this how Sonam Kapoor and Anand Ahuja celebrated their first anniversary?ALSO READ: Sonam Kapoor-Anand Ahuja together? 5 other Bollywood stars who are dating non-film peopleALSO WATCH: I believe in ever afters and soulmates, says Sonam Kapoor  advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgJamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, who prepares to race for the final time in his illustrious career, has issued a stern warning to his fellow athletes, saying they must stop doping otherwise track and field will die.Bolt, an eight-time Olympic champion, will retire after this month’s World Championships where he will run in the 100m and 4x100m beginning Friday in London.”I don’t think it gets any worse than that,” the Guardian quoted him as saying while referring to the problems in Russia which he agreed had left the sport at rock bottom.”But it’s on its way back up now. Hopefully, athletes will see what’s going on and understand that if they don’t stop what they’re doing the sport will die,” he added.Bolt, however, said he was hopeful that these perennial problems could be tackled as doping is not at all good for the sport.”You can’t be happy about doping at all, it’s not good for the sport. But over the years we’re doing a better job, it’s getting clean and we’re catching up to a lot of athletes. There’s an understanding that, listen, if you cheat you will get caught. Over time the sport will get better,” he said.”I said a couple of years ago it had to get really bad, when there’s nowhere else to go but up. The only way track and field has now to go is up,” he added.The Jamaican sprinter, considered as the greatest sprinter of all-time, completed a ‘treble treble’ of 100m, 200m and 4x100m Olympic titles at the 2016 Rio Games, but had his 2008 relay gold stripped last month after teammate Nesta Carter’s re-tested sample showed traces of a banned substance.advertisementCarter was part of the Jamaican quartet that won the 4x100m in the Beijing Olympics. However, Carter has said he will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.last_img read more

first_imgPatna, Nov 20 (PTI) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today expressed profound grief over the demise of veteran Congress leader and former Union minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi.In his condolence message, Kumar said that Dasmunsis death has not only caused irreparable loss to the field of politics but also the sporting arena. Dasmunsi played an important role in popularising football in the country, the CM said in a release.Kumar said during his long political career Dasmunsi served as the Information and Broadcasting minister in the past Congress rule besides holding several other key positions, the release said.Kumar prayed to the almighty to provide strength to his family members, followers and admirers to bear the irreparable loss, it said.Dasmunsi, aged 72, was in coma after suffering a stroke in 2008. He was hospitalised since then. He passed away at a New Delhi hospital this morning.Dasmunsi was heading the All India Football Federation when he took ill in 2008. PTI AR SNSlast_img read more

first_imgApple has increased the prices of various iPhone models in India with immediate effect. The price rise comes after the government of India increased the custom duty from 10 per cent to 15 per cent. Given the fact that most of the iPhone units are imported in India, Apple had to increase the price. The price increase is on the MRP and is effective from December 18.The only exception is the iPhone SE, which is currently made in India. So it’s price remains same. Now, on Monday we wrote how the increase in the iPhone prices — the increase is around 3.5 per cent on average — may not mean that the market prices of the iPhones will go up. The phone sellers often sell the iPhones at prices that are lower than MRP so the overall impact on consumers after the iPhone price hike may not be much.That said, as far as the MRP is concerned, here is what the iPhones will sport now on their price tags.iPhone 6 32 GB: Rs 30780          iPhone 6s  32 GB: Rs 41,550       iPhone 6s 128 GB: Rs 50,660     iPhone 6s Plus  32 GB: Rs 50,740iPhone 6s Plus 128 GB: Rs 59,860            iPhone 7 32 GB: Rs 50,810          iPhone 7 128 GB: Rs 59,910       iPhone 7 Plus 32 GB: Rs 61,060iPhone 7 Plus 128 GB: Rs 70,180iPhone 8 64 GB: Rs 66,120          iPhone 8 256 GB: Rs 79,420       iPhone 8 Plus 64 GB: Rs 75,450iPhone 8 Plus 256 GB: Rs 88,750iPhone X 64 GB: Rs 92,430         iPhone X 256 GB: Rs 1,05,720So, after the price increase are the iPhones worth buying? It all depends on what iPhone you are planning to buy. Let’s take them one by one. Also, you should remember the 256GB or the 128GB iPhone is not exactly a value for money. But if you are buying a new model of iPhone — think iPhone 8 or the iPhone X — you should go for the one with more storage. An iPhone, unlike Android phones that need to be changed in 2 years or so, can be used for around 3 years because it will get the relevant software support. So it is worth buying the 256GB or 128GB variant.advertisementSo about which iPhone to buy and which not to buy… here is what India Today Tech suggests:Buy iPhone SE if under Rs 20,000We recommend the iPhone SE if you can find it selling under Rs 20,000. Usually, it sells under Rs 20,000. At this price point, it is better than any other phone out there, including an Android phone like the Xiaomi Mi A1. It has good hardware, is fast and has a great camera for its price. The screen size on the smaller side at 4 inches but overall this is a good enough phone to be used for two years even if you buy it today.Do not buy iPhone 6, iPhone 6s  and iPhone 6s PlusThese three phones are now overpriced. Even the iPhone 6, which you may get in the market for around Rs 25,000 to Rs 26,000 is overpriced. A phone like the Honor 8 Pro around the same price point is a better deal. These are too old, and they don’t offer enough over the Android phones in the same price bracket to make them worth buying.Also Read: iPhone prices increased in India from today, iPhone SE price is only exceptionIn fact, when you move to the price point at which the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus play (between Rs 35,000 to Rs 40,000), you can easily get a Nokia 8 and OnePlus 5T for the same amount of money. And these two Android phones are much superior compared to the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus.Buy iPhone 7 only if it is for around Rs 40,000The iPhone 7 was launched last year but it is still a fast phone, with fantastic hardware and a good camera. For many users, it can be a superior phone compared to the Nokia 8 or the OnePlus 5T. But go for it only if the price is right. According to Apple, the iPhone 7 MRP is now Rs 50,810. That is too much. The same is true for the iPhone 7 Plus, which has an MRP of Rs 61,060. That also is too much. But if you get a deal where the iPhone 7 is for around Rs 40,000 — plus or minus a few thousand rupees — go for it.Buy iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 PlusThese are fantastic phones. Although there are devices like the Galaxy S8 and the Pixel 2, which are better value for money and as good as the iPhones, if it is an Apple phone you want, don’t hesitate from picking up the iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus. Even at slightly increased prices, these two are good.advertisementBuy iPhone X if you can afford itAfter the price increase, the iPhone X now sells at an MRP of Rs 92,430. That is very expensive. But then so was Rs 89,000, its earlier MRP. The iPhone X is arguably — and India Today Tech argued that in its review — is the best phone you can buy right now. If you were willing to pay Rs 89,000 for it, don’t mind those extra couple of thousands. The iPhone X is still worth buying.last_img read more

first_imgSmackDown Live women’s champion Charlotte Flair said that she is honoured to be a part of the Women’s Revolution that is going on in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).Charlotte, who is the daughter of legendary wrestler Ric Flair, will not be able to take a part in the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble because she is currently the SmackDown women’s champion. Talking about that, she said that she is kind of disappointed that way but being able to start the revolution and facing the winner of the first-ever rumble makes her proud.”That’s where I’m torn as my dad won the Royal Rumble in 1992 and some would say that’s one of his highlights of his career. So knowing that I’m a part of history because I will be facing the winner of the Royal Rumble but I won’t be having entrance and there won’t be like ‘Oh Charlotte has won the Royal Rumble’ but I will say that what’s most important to me is knowing that I have been a part of many historic moments that has led us to where we are today and that’s why we are having the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble match because the women have been changing the game over the last few years,” Charlotte said.The women’s revolution is in full swing in the WWE, with Stephanie McMahon’s announcement of the first women’s Royal Rumble marking the latest milestone.”The first ever women’s Royal Rumble match will mark a significant moment in the evolution of WWE,” said Stephanie McMahon on the latest episode of RAW.advertisement”WWE’s female performers are role models, inspiring and empowering women and girls to be confident and strong. They deserve their own match at Royal Rumble,” she said.At WrestleMania 32, WWE unveiled a new Women’s Championship title belt and re-branded the Divas Division to become the Women’s Division. Since then, WWE has placed a greater emphasis on its female superstars including recruitment of female talent from around the world, as well as the recent signings of the first female recruits from the Middle East and India.This year, WWE created the first ever women’s tournament, Mae Young Classic, which included 32 of the top female competitors from 16 countries, underscoring the breadth and international diversity of women in sports entertainment. In addition, earlier this month, WWE Superstars Sasha Banks and Alexa Bliss took part in the first-ever women’s match in the Middle East. This year also marked the first ever Women’s Money in the Bank ladders match too, which Carmella won.Excerpts from the interview:ON WOMEN’S REVOLUTIONI’m honoured to discussing the women making history again in the first women’s Royal Rumble match. Obviously I’ll be facing the winner in Wrestlemania 34. So I’m excited to talk about women showing once again that we can do anything.SIGNIFICANCE OF THE MATCH AND BEING A PART OF ITI personally feel that we have had so many historic events over the past couple of years. I know that everyone has been pushing for a Royal Rumble and to know that it is happening in less than two months…it’s hard for me to wrap my mind around it. Especially with Wrestlemania season happening again but I think what I am the most excited about is the possibility of who is going to come through the curtain because that is the excitement behind Royal Rumble. If there is going to be someone from the past, if it’s going to be someone, who shined in the Mae Young Classic, is it going to be someone whom we’ve never seen before and a completely different sports world. So I haven’t really wrapped my mind around it but I’m extremely excited.CHANCES OF SHAYNA BASZLER OR RONDA ROUSEY SHOWING UPI definitely think there’s a possibility especially with Shayna making her mark in the Mae Young Classic. For Ronda I have no idea but that’s the excitement in the Royal Rumble…anything can happen and we have seen that with the men over the past 20 something years. So do I see it happening? Yeah! Anything can happen in the Rumble.   DETAILS OF THE ROYAL RUMBLE MATCHIt will take place in January Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. It will be the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble and as far as I know, women from the past, NXT, the Mae Young Classic, RAW and SmackDown will have the privilege to participate in the unprecedented event and the winner will go on to face me head-to-head in Wrestlemania 34.last_img read more