The international kite festival which attracts kite flyers from across the country and the world, began on Sunday in Ahmedabad. The international kite festival was inaugurated by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani at Sabarmati Riverfront. The Governor O.P. Kohli was also present on the occasion. Kite enthusiasts from across India and also foreign countries are participating in the week-long festival that is being celebrated across cities in Gujarat. The state government-sponsored festival will culminate on January 14, which is celebrated as Uttarayan (Makar Sankranti). Around 150 delegates from 44 countries, including the UK, South Korea, New Zealand, China, Indonesia and Malaysia, have arrived here to participate in the event. Nearly 100 kite enthusiasts from 18 Indian states and hundreds of them from Ahmedabad also displayed their kite flying skills on the occasion. Chinese dragon kites and hundreds of kites tied to a single string hogged the limelight.“People from different countries have come here to fly kites. People from different states are also here. For around eight days, kite festivals will be celebrated in different cities in the state,” Rupani told reporters after opening the festival. He said the festival will give boost to the kite industry which employs around 3 lakh people. The state Congress, however, criticised the government over spending money in organising the kite festival. The Opposition party said the BJP government should instead provide relief to thousands of families associated with the kite industry by removing the 5% Goods and Services Tax (GST) imposed on the sector.
Senior Trinamool Congress (TMC) leader and MP Abhishek Banerjee on Wednesday set a target of winning 250 plus seats in the next Legislative Assembly poll. Abhishek, who heads the youth wing of the TMC and is nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, said the BJP’s thinking of winning Bengal has no basis.“In the next assembly poll in 2021, we should fight to win 250 plus seats in the state. The BJP thinks it can win Bengal. But they are wrong. If our party supremo Mamata Banerjee permits, we would score 10 goals against BJP everyday and they won’t stand a chance against us,” Mr. Abhishek said while addressing TMC’s students wing-Trinamool Chatra Parishad- foundation day rally here. The total strength of the West Bengal assembly is 294. They (BJP) has emptied the coffers of central government and RBI and are lecturing others on financial issues, he said. While referring to Reserve Bank of India (RBI)’s decision to give Rs 1.76 lakh crore to the Centre, Abhishek said the reserve money of the central bank has also been exhausted due to the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government. BJP’s West Bengal unit president Dilip Ghosh, while reacting to Abhishek’s claim, said he is living in fool’s paradise.“He is living in fool’s paradise if he thinks that TMC will win 250 seats. The TMC would find it tough to get even 30 seats and acquire main opposition party status,” Ghosh said. The BJP, in the general election this year, bagged 18 of the 42 seats in the state, four less than the ruling TMC.The TMC’s tally came down from 34 in 2014 to 22 seats. In the last few years, the saffron party has made deep inroads in Bengal and emerged as the main challenger to the ruling TMC by pushing the Congress and the Left Front to distant third and fourth positions respectively. It’s leaders are now asserting that their next target was to unseat Mamata Banerjee in the 2021 assembly elections.
Practice makes perfect for PH booter Belgira Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ramirez said he was invited to the luncheon in the presence of some cabinet members where Go, who represented President Rodrigo Duterte, and Cayetano inquired about the status of 2019 Manila Games.“I was asked if there’s still a chance to push through and I told them that I have no problem with it (hosting),” said Ramirez.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIn a board meeting on Wednesday, Ramirez said the PSC board, which is also composed of commissioners Ramon Fernandez, Charles Maxey, Arnold Agustin and Celia Kiram, gave the go-signal for the hosting.“We were very upbeat and happy that there is a big hope of holding the 2019 SEA Games,” said the PSC chief. Barring any major obstacle, the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines will most likely push through as planned.Presidential assistant Christopher Lawrence Go and Department of Foreign Affairs Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano breathed life into the country’s hosting of the biennial sportsfest in a meeting with Philippine Sports Commission chair Butch Ramirez on Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Ramirez said he asked Fernandez to reconcile with Cojuangco in the spirit of unity and cooperation as the PSC board forms a partnership with the POC in the hosting.Ramirez said Fernandez has thrown his full support and even offered Cebu as a venue for equestrian.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ “The POC welcomes the government support for the hosting and will defer to Secretary Cayetano to announce it. The POC sees the support as a unifying force for Philippine sports,” said POC president Peping Cojuangco.Ramirez, however, added there’s a few more concerns that has to be settled as Sen. Cayetano tries to discuss the positive development with the Philippine Olympic Committee.A reliable source said Cayetano would be named chair of the local organizing committee, replacing Senator Migz Zubiri.The government initially declined to host the 2019 Games, citing the ongoing armed conflict in Marawi City.POC president Jose Cojuangco Jr. appealed to Duterte to reconsider the decision before the deadline on Aug. 18 during the SEAG Federation Council meeting in Kuala Lumpur.ADVERTISEMENT
Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View comments Star guard Kyle Lowry, the team’s longest-serving member, said on Twitter: “Grandma I know you front row already!!”The last time the city held a sports celebration of this magnitude was after the Toronto Blue Jays won the World Series in 1993. LATEST STORIES Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is to attend briefly. Mayor John Tory declared Monday “We The North Day” in Toronto, after the NBA champions’ slogan.Some 1.5 million are expected to be at the parade. The Raptors are traveling in open-air double-decker buses with the NBA championship trophy.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday PLAY LIST 03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss MOST READ ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, left to right, smokes a cigar holding his playoffs MVP trophy as he celebrates with performing artist Drake and his mother Kim Robertson during the 2019 Toronto Raptors NBA basketball championship parade in Toronto, Monday, June 17, 2019. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO — Jubilant Raptors fans decked out in team gear are jamming downtown Toronto for a parade for the NBA champions.Crowds packed the route and the square outside City Hall where the march is to end in the afternoon. Fans, many skipping school and work, filled the streets and subways as early as 7 a.m.ADVERTISEMENT Angelie Sabanal gains lessons from early loss in Shanghai Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew
DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess These clashing claims of control could come to a head on the June 25 special general assembly where Romasanta’s ascension as Vargas’ replacement will be questioned due to eligibility issues.Romasanta was instrumental in rescuing the SEA Games hosting that the country was set to beg off from. The long-time right-hand man of former POC president Peping Cojuangco Jr. sought Cayetano’s help to convince President Duterte to support a turnaround on the decision to defer hosting the SEA Games.“There are those saying that the POC should run the SEA Games,” Cayetano said. “Let me clarify this. That is the stand of former congressman Peping Cojuangco. Well, the President said ‘no.’”The former foreign secretary said part of the agreement to reassume the country’s hosting rights for the SEA Games was that the “government will nominate the chair for the organizing committee.”But Cayetano’s name-dropping of the President, and even President Duterte’s orders to the PSC to take control of the SEA Games may have one problem: The International Olympic Committee frowns on government intervention and has shown that it will not hesitate to crack the whip on erring countries.Romasanta also said national sports associations should run their respective sports in the SEA Games because they would be held accountable by their respective international federations if something happens.“You can’t expect a non-volleyball person to be on top of running volleyball events,” said Romasanta, who already sat down with Ramirez and Executive Sec. Salvador Medialdea to explain the situation.Cayetano said he is willing to thresh out whatever problems the new POC leadership has with the Phisgoc and even offered its officers a place in the organizing committee.“Everyone is welcome,” he said, while warning that a prolonged battle for control of the organizing committee would have serious repercussions on the event. “We are already past the halfway mark of preparations. We already faced a delay in the release of the budget, which was even cut by P2.5 billion.” Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP “[S]o we have all the rights to organize it in accordance to the mandate given to us by the Southeast Asia Games Federation Council,” added Romasanta on Thursday.Taguig City Rep.-elect Alan Peter Cayetano wagged a finger at that declaration.In a press conference also Thursday, Cayetano reiterated that the Philippine Southeast Asian Games Organizing Committee (Phisgoc) that he currently chairs will continue running preparations for the SEA Games.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Our task is simple,” Cayetano said, “[it is] to organize the Games and try to make it the best staging and the most-watched SEA Games.”And based on an order from President Duterte, it looks like the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) will also be on top of preparations, too—although the government sports arm and the ad hoc committee headed by Cayetano appear welded at the hip. “If this were a business enterprise, we can dissolve the partnership and just liquidate assets. But if we have [an organizational] transition at this point, we will have a big problem,” he said. “As it is, we are struggling to meet deadlines because of bureaucratic problems.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PSC chair Butch Ramirez said in a statement that President Duterte has asked him to make sure the Games go on as planned after Romasanta broached the idea of pushing the schedule to January next year and to ensure that the athletes are shielded from all the politicking that threatens to disrupt preparations for the biennial meet.“We must isolate our athletes from all these issues so they can focus on their mission,” said Ramirez, also the Philippine chef de mission of Team Philippines in the 11-nation Games.“The SEA Games will push through as planned. To our friends and leaders of the sporting community, I reiterate my call [for] unity,” said Ramirez.But Ramirez’s plea, a government source said, was a scrubbed-up version of the President’s marching orders, which was to make sure the PSC oversees what is happening with the SEA Games organization.The money, after all, is coming from the government,” the Inquirer source said Thursday. “The President practically told the PSC Chairman to stay on top of the preparations.”“The President talked [to the PSC officials] and said that since the government is accountable for money that will be spent, it stands to reason that the PSC should have control over the organization of the SEA Games,” the source added.ADVERTISEMENT There is a looming head-on collision between parties looking to control the organization of the country’s hosting of the Southeast Asian Games.Joey Romasanta, who assumed the presidency of the Philippine Olympic Committee after the stunning resignation of Ricky Vargas, wants the Olympic body to supervise the SEA Games organization because it is “the franchise holder of the Southeast Asian Games here in the country.”ADVERTISEMENT Blaze Spikers in swashbuckling debut World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:50Trending Articles05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 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Harry Kane is back in full training and could return for Tottenham Hotspur’s away clash at Burnley in the Premier League on Saturday, the club confirmed on Thursday.The 25-year-old striker has been out since injuring his ankle in Tottenham’s 1-0 defeat against Manchester United on January 13.Tottenham’s leading scorer with 14 league goals this season had notched seven goals in his previous six matches in all competitions before suffering the injury in the closing stages of the United defeat at Wembley.Mauricio Pochettino’s side have coped well with Kane’s absence, winning four successive league games since then to stay in the title race and victory at Burnley would put them two points behind leaders Manchester City and Liverpool.Midfielder Dele Alli is still not available as he recovers from a hamstring injury but left back Ben Davies is also back in training after a groin injury.Danny Rose is doubtful for the trip to Turf Moor because of illness.
Novak Djokovic overcame some early jitters in his first match since his triumph at Wimbledon last month to see off Sam Querrey 7-5 6-1 at the Cincinnati Masters on Tuesday.The defending champion and world number one fired his 15th ace on match point to make up for his slow start on the sun soaked courts.”I made three double faults in my opening game and lost the break. I was quite a nervous at the start,” he said of falling behind 2-0 against the big-serving American.”I’m really glad to overcome a challenge like this and get myself going.”Djokovic, who defeated Roger Federer in an epic final at Wimbledon, said he needed time to recover from the surge of emotions.”That was one of the most epic matches I’ve been a part of and probably the most demanding one from the mental perspective,” he said of his five-set victory.”So it really did take me some time to recharge my batteries, especially in my head. My body was fine.”Swiss Stan Wawrinka overcame Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov 5-7 6-4 7-6(4) in a roller-coaster first-round match.Dimitrov clawed back from a double break down in the decider to level at 5-5 and after Wawrinka broke again, Dimitrov forced the tiebreak.The Swiss surged into a 4-0 lead but Dimitrov rallied once more before Wawrinka closed out the match with an ace.Young American Frances Tiafoe beat Frenchman Gael Monfils 7-6(7) 6-3 and Canadian Denis Shapovalov came from behind to see off Portugal’s Joao Sousa 2-6 6-3 6-2.advertisement
Arsenal Gabriel: I deserved more chances at Arsenal Goal Last updated 1 year ago 05:01 11/25/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Arsenal Valencia Premier League Primera División The centre-back was unable to establish himself as a star player in London but is off to a good start upon his return to Spain Gabriel Paulista says he faced undeserved criticism during his time at Arsenal and should have been given more chances in the first-team.The defender joined the Gunners from Villarreal in January 2015, but spent spells on the sidelines and started 37 of his 46 Premier League appearances for the club before being sold to Valencia in August this year.Valencia 3/1 to beat Barcelona Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The Brazilian has become a first-team regular in Spain once again, but feels he barely had the opportunity to cement his place in Arsene Wenger’s starting XI.”I deserved more of an opportunity. Sometimes I played because my team-mates were injured. I did play and sometimes even after playing well, I’d go home sad, given that I was only playing because my team-mate was injured,” he told Sky Sports. “I don’t think I deserved that. I think I had the ability to play and to start games because I deserved to do so, or because I did well in training, but that didn’t happen.”Sometimes I’d play three or four games and if Arsenal lost, I’d be dropped and everyone on the outside would say: ‘It’s Gabriel’s fault’.”That wasn’t good for me. People thought: ‘When that guy plays, Arsenal always lose.’ When [Hector] Bellerin got injured, I played at right-back and Arsenal started to lose.”I think I played in four or five games en route to the FA Cup semi-final against Manchester City and I played brilliantly in that game. I played really well and I received plenty of praise. Then I think we faced Tottenham away and lost, I gave away a penalty in that game and lost my place in the team. I didn’t play again.”I played in the last Premier League game because everyone was injured, all the centre-backs were out…I was quite down about how it went because of these reasons and it didn’t sit well with me.”Gabriel, 26, signed a five-year contract with Valencia and has made nine appearances in all competitions for the current second-place team in La Liga. His side welcome league leaders Barcelona to the Mestalla on Sunday.
With the opening four races complete, Formula One’s return to Europe heralds the opening of a crucial development battle at the front and rear of the grid.The Spanish Grand Prix will see a host of upgrades rolled out and intriguingly a rerun of the phoney war in testing that should serve as a benchmark against which to judge the relative performance of Mercedes and Ferrari. features Share on Twitter Mercedes have opened the season with a record four consecutive one-two finishes. With the exception of Bahrain, where a mechanical problem cost Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc victory, they have deserved to take the flag in every case and have a 74-point lead over Ferrari in the constructors’ championship.Yet Toto Wolff has said the results flattered Mercedes. “There is no complacency about our situation because we know that it’s not truly representative of the balance of power this season so far,” the team principal said.His cautious assessment is based on the pace Ferrari showed in pre-season testing at Barcelona. In Spain, as Wolff put it, Ferrari were “blisteringly quick”, appearing to be as much as three-tenths a lap faster than Mercedes. But that pace did not carry over into the opening races.The Scuderia will be desperate to replicate that pace in Barcelona on Sunday. They brought an aerodynamic upgrade to the last round at Baku, centred around the bargeboards and rear wing, but have more to come in Barcelona – which is seen in the F1 paddock as the start of the European leg of the season if Azerbaijan politically and geographically sits in Europe. An engine upgrade – planned for Canada – will be brought forward for this week’s race.It shows just how urgent is their need to narrow the gap, as Ferrari’s principal Mattia Binotto acknowledges. “We are behind in the championship and we have to catch up,” he said. “Which we know means that our development work will be the key to this season.”The problem facing Ferrari does not seem to have been a lack of horses and their engine has been acknowledged as perhaps the best on the grid. Rather it has been in understanding how to put their cars in the sweet spot of the Pirelli tyres’ operating window and keeping them there, particularly through low-speed corners. Doing so is proving to be an intricate and testing task but when Ferrari have achieved it successfully, as Leclerc did in Bahrain, they were untouchable.A new engine will not necessarily make this task any easier but because Mercedes will doubtless bring their first major upgrades of the season to Barcelona, so Ferrari must a least match them in the relentless search for improvement. They have reason for optimism, however. Formula One 2019 Firmly last on the grid, Williams return to Barcelona with cautious optimism. Their car was not ready to run in testing and since then has been way off the pace and a handful to drive. In Baku they lost a chassis when a loose drain cover smashed into George Russell’s car and then Robert Kubica crashed in qualifying. They have yet to score a point.This week the deputy team principal Claire Williams said the team had finally cleared the backlog in manufacturing of parts which had consumed their time since the season began and were now ready to bring upgrades. The team are using Williams co-founder Patrick Head as a consultant and Russell believes they can make major advances.The updates in Barcelona will help show where they now need to focus and if Williams can do anything to rescue their position. “Based on those results it will help us understand if we’ve got any hope for the remainder of the season or not,” Russell said.There will be no sudden surge forward but after suffering only defeat and retreat, Williams are entitled to hope this battle in the development war is, perhaps, the end of the beginning. Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Planted through the corners and exceptionally quick, with no apparent tyre-window weakness, in testing Ferrari looked every bit championship winners. Repeat that performance and compare it to the data from the four opening races, and the biggest single development Ferrari may enjoy in Spain will be understanding how to unlock their potential and reigniting the title fight. It has, after all, been a good week for comebacks.Red Bull, who have been steadily developing their car’s aerodynamics, will be making what principal Christian Horner calls “subtle” changes in Spain: evolution rather than revolution. Based on the front and rear wings, this incremental approach is likely to complement a competitive start to the season that saw the Red Bulls move closer to Mercedes and Ferrari in China and Azerbaijan. If Honda continue to improve their engine, upgraded once already, a couple of tenths will put Red Bull up with the front two. Valtteri Bottas won the Azerbaijan Grand Prix to give Mercedes a record four consecutive one-two finishes. 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West Ham United West Ham ‘prepared’ for more crowd violence following toxic Burnley clash, says Moyes Peter Hanson Last updated 1 year ago 01:44 3/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images West Ham United Premier League The Hammers’ players are ready to handle any more crowd disturbances at London Stadium this weekend, says the manager David Moyes is not expecting a repeat of the disturbances that marred West Ham’s last home fixture against Burnley, but insists his players are “prepared” and “mentally stronger” if more incidents happen at London Stadium.Five supporters were banned for life by the club after a series of unsavoury incidents during the 3-0 defeat to prior to the international break.Several fans invaded the playing surface, while a coin struck co-chairman David Sullivan’s glasses during a toxic atmosphere. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Captain Mark Noble tussled with one supporter, and West Ham confirmed a number of changes to security at their stadium for when fellow Premier League strugglers Southampton visit this weekend.But Hammers boss Moyes, whose side are one place and two points above 18th-placed Saints, is sure the fans will get behind the team.”I think the atmosphere will be great at our stadium,” Moyes told a news conference. “It has been great, with the exception of one occasion, since I’ve been here. I’ve got no worries about the supporters.”The supporters are right behind the team here and I still think they are right behind the team and I think they will show it as well.“Our first-half performance [against Burnley] was really good, but I’ve got to say Nick Pope made two fantastic saves which probably altered the game.”Burnley started the second half better, got the goal and then things changed. It was a dramatic change not just because of the goal but because of the whole atmosphere which the players didn’t enjoy.”But we’re prepared now, the players are prepared. If it happens again and we get in that situation we’ll be much better, we’ll be mentally stronger and hopefully do the right things.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Royal Enfield launches Bullet 350 and Bullet 350 ES with ABS, price starts at Rs 1.21 lakhNow that Royal Enfield Bullet 350 and Royal Enfield Bullet 350 ES have been equipped with ABS, the entire product range of the company comes with the braking system.advertisement Varun Singh New DelhiApril 5, 2019UPDATED: April 5, 2019 21:51 IST Royal Enfield Bullet 350 with ABS is now priced at Rs 1.21 lakh (ex-showroom, India).HIGHLIGHTSRoyal Enfield Bullet 350 and Royal Enfield Bullet 350 ES get a 346 cc, single cylinder, 4 stroke, twinspark, air cooled engine.The engine produces 19.8 bhp at 5,250 rpm and 28 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm.Royal Enfield had to update its models with ABS keeping in mind the new safety norms.Royal Enfield has launched Bullet 350 and Bullet 350 ES with single channel ABS (Antilock Braking System). The two models have also been equipped with RLP (Rear-wheel Lift Protection). With both the motorcycles getting fresh updates, customers will have to dish out Rs 3,500 more for Royal Enfield Bullet 350 that is now priced at Rs 1.21 lakh (ex-showroom, India) and Rs 1,400 extra for Royal Enfield Bullet 350 ES that now costs Rs 1.35 lakh (ex-showroom, India).Now that Royal Enfield Bullet 350 and Royal Enfield Bullet 350 ES have been equipped with ABS, the entire product range of the company comes with the braking system. Moreover, Royal Enfield had to update its models with ABS keeping in mind the new safety norms.Both Royal Enfield Bullet 350 and Royal Enfield Bullet 350 ES get a 346 cc, single cylinder, 4 stroke, twinspark, air cooled engine. The motor produces 19.8 bhp at 5,250 rpm and 28 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a five-speed transmission.Until recently, Royal Enfield Bullet 350 came with drum brakes at the front and rear, while Royal Enfield Bullet 350 ES was equipped with 280 mm disc at the front. With the ABS, the former is expected to get the same 280 mm disc up front.Earlier this week, Royal Enfield reported a 20 per cent decline in monthly sales to 60,831 units in March 2019 and a 1 per cent rise in total sales to 8,26,098 units for the financial year 2018-19.Last month, the company launched Bullet Trials Works Replica 350 and Bullet Trials Works Replica 500 in India. While Royal Enfield Bullet Trials Works Replica 350 is priced at Rs 1,62,345 (ex-showroom, India), Royal Enfield Bullet Trials Works Replica 500 costs Rs 2,07,104 (ex-showroom, India). For Kerala, Royal Enfield Bullet Trials Works Replica 500 is priced at Rs 1,99,899 (ex-showroom).advertisementALSO READ | 2019 Bajaj Dominar 400 vs Royal Enfield Bullet Trials Works Replica 350: Price, specifications comparedALSO READ | 2019 Bajaj Dominar 400: Everything you need to know about the updated sports tourerALSO READ | Harley-Davidson India announces paid internship programme to celebrate 10th anniversaryGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byVarun Singh Tags :Follow Bike updateFollow 2019 bike updateFollow Royal Enfield updateFollow 2019 ABS updateFollow ABS update Next
India Today Web Desk ParisJune 9, 2019UPDATED: June 9, 2019 09:12 IST Ashleigh Barty had quit tennis for cricket after the 2014 U.S. Open (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAshleigh Barty outclassed Marketa Vondrousova 6-1, 6-3 in the French Open 2019 women’s singles finalBarty played for the Brisbane Heat cricket team in the 2015-16 Big Bash LeagueBarty also played a List A game for Queensland women in 2015 before returning to tennis in 2016Ashleigh Barty, who once hung up her tennis racquets in favor of cricket, on Saturday won her maiden Grand Slam title after defeating Marketa Vondrousova 6-1, 6-3 in a dominant display. Today, as she glances at her Roland Garros trophy, Barty sits as world number two, the highest ranking achieved by an Australian women since Evonne Goolagong in 1976.Barty, who came in the French Open seeded eighth, became the first Australian in 46 years to lift the women’s trophy at Roland Garros. Barty’s compatriot Sam Stosur got to the final at Roland Garros in 2010 but failed to get her hands on the Suzanne Lenglen Cup.Having ended 2011 as the world’s second-ranked junior, she played as a professional for three years, with little big-time success. Her Grand Slam record in those three years was seven first-round losses, and three two second-round defeats. What followed was an almost-two-year break which included a successful stint as an all-rounder for the Brisbane Heat cricket team in the 2015-16 Big Bash League.”I don’t even know if I’d be sitting here talking to you if I didn’t step away,” she smiled on Saturday, sitting next to the French Open trophy she had just won.”It’s obviously a part of my life that I needed to deal with, and I feel like it was the best decision that I made at the time, and it was an even better one coming back.”The decision was to quit the tennis tour after the 2014 U.S. Open. After impressing in the trials, Barty made her debut for the Big Bash League (BBL) team Brisbane Heat in 2015-16 season and impressed straightaway, scoring 39 off 27, including a huge six, in her league debut. She also played a List A game for Queensland women in 2015 in Adelaide.advertisementYou can take the athlete out of cricket, but you can’t take cricket out of the athlete!Congratulations @ashbar96, French Open tennis champion and former @HeatWBBL batter https://t.co/TnKZs6cv6W pic.twitter.com/XrKmFIJFE0ICC (@ICC) June 8, 2019She returned to tennis in June 2016 with a world ranking of 623.”I never closed any doors, saying, I’m never playing tennis again. For me, I needed time to step away, to live a normal life, because this tennis life certainly isn’t normal,” the 23-year-old Australian said.”I think I needed time to grow as a person, to mature. I left all of my options open.”Anatomy of a ChampionshipFull Gallery: https://t.co/p4bEUNuVdQ#RG19 pic.twitter.com/w1aO5urMuERoland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 9, 2019As part of her growth process, for Barty building relationships with her cricketing teammates was equally important.”It truly was an amazing period of my life. Probably more so I met an amazing group of people who couldn’t care less whether I could hit a tennis ball or not.”They accepted me, and they got to know Ash Barty. I still have those relationships to this very day.”I got an amazing amount of messages over the last couple of days from those cricket girls who were some of my best friends.”They are truly an incredible group of girls that I know I’ll have a friendship with for the rest of my life.”But she still missed the individual competitiveness that Tennis as a sport offered her and which she couldn’t find in her adopted game.”I think it was just a natural progression for me coming back to tennis. I was still involved in tennis every single day, working with Jim, my coach. I was still hitting balls, just not for myself,” Barty said.”Overall, it’s just – I miss the competition. I miss the one-on-one battle, the ebbs and the flows, the emotions you get from winning and losing matches.”They are so unique and you can only get them when you’re playing and when you become vulnerable and try and do things that no one thinks of.”Also Read | French Open 2019: Ashleigh Barty party underway post triumph in ParisAlso Read | French Open 2019: Ashleigh Barty clinches historic Roland Garros title in one-sided finalFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. 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Mumbai: The key Indian equity indices opened on a positive note on Monday due to buying activity in banking, FMCG and oil and gas stocks. At 9.35 a.m., the Sensex traded at 39,878.35, higher by 164.15 points or 0.41 per cent higher from the previous close of 39,714.20 points. It had opened at 39,806.86 and has so far touched an intra-day high of 39,920.93 and a low of 39,711.02 points. The Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange traded at 11,963.10, higher by 40.30 points or 0.34 per cent from the previous close of 11,922.80 points. The gains, however, were capped by a fall in the growth rate of the country’s GDP, analyst said. Data released by the Central Statistics Office on Friday showed that India’s GDP grew by 5.8 per cent in the fourth quarter of FY 2018-19 against 6.6 per cent growth in the preceding quarter and 8.1 per cent during the corresponding quarter of FY 2017-18.
Greater Noida: A 65-years-old woman was found dead under mysterious circumstances inside her flat at Paramount society in sector 137 area on Wednesday night.According to police, the deceased has been identified as Renu Goswami, a native of West Bengal. Cops said that she was never married and lived with her brother’s family. However, after the death of her brother, a few years ago, she was living with her sister in law of same age at the 2bhk flat in paramount floraville society. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesAs per a police officer, the incident occurred matter came to light on Wednesday night around 9 pm when the deceased didn’t open gate for her sister in law. However she entered the flat with help of guards and found her dead in her bedroom Jitendra Deekshit, Station House Officer of Surajpur police station said that police have found no traces of poison from the spot. “When her sister in law broke into the flat with help of security guards, she found her lying in her bed room. When she didn’t respond after repeated attempts, the woman rushed her to nearby hospital where she was declared brought dead” said Deekshit. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: Javadekar”Initially it looked like that the woman died after she consumed poison but we didn’t find any traces of poison from the spot. We are also not clear of a foul play as her room was locked from inside. We suspect that she might have died of some health issues or by the chemical reaction of medicine which she used to take. We are waiting for the autopsy reports to ascertain the actual reason behind her death,” added Deekshit. The officer further said that police have not yet received any complaint into the case and will investigate if a complaint is received.
Wuhan: Venus Williams’ first visit to Asia since 2017 was cut short as she crashed out of the Wuhan Open first round on Sunday 7-5, 7-6 (7/5) to fellow American Danielle Collins. The 39-year-old Williams, a 2015 Wuhan champion now 59th in the world rankings, squandered a lead in the first set before eventually losing to Collins, who recorded just the second match win of her career on Chinese soil. The 35th-ranked Collins rallied back from 3-5 down in the opening set, winning a whopping nine games in a row to go up 7-5, 5-0. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuWilliams, a wildcard at Wuhan this year, finally stopped the bleeding, holding the serve to interrupt her opponent’s momentum. It was the start of a surprising five-game run from Williams, who saved two match points along the way as she drew level at 5-5. In the decider, Williams got the first mini-break but it was Collins who eventually created a 6-4 gap, converting with an ace on her fourth match point to move into the second round. It was Collins’ second triumph over Williams, who had also stumbled against the 25-year-old during the Miami Open last year. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai Masters”This is my first tournament here in Asia, I was just happy to come out with a win, said Collins, who next takes on defending champion and ninth seed Aryna Sabalenka, a 6-1, 6-2 winner over Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Former US Open champion Sloane Stephens battled past home favourite Zhang Shuai 7-5, 6-4 to take just her second win at Wuhan from four starts. Stephens had lost her last two matches against Zhang, and was relieved to get through unscathed. The American had won just one of her last seven matches on tour but said she wasn’t concerned about her performance this year. “I don’t really dwell on things, just move on,” the 14th-ranked Stephens said. “The season is not fully behind me, I’m still playing, but when I’m done, it’ll definitely be behind me. I’m just going to get in the best shape I can, have a great off-season, and get ready for next year.” Meanwhile, 2017 Wuhan runner-up Ashleigh Barty is making sure she has enough left in the tank for a busy closing stretch of the season, including her singles debut at the WTA Finals in Shenzhen and a highly-anticipated Fed Cup final between Australia and France in Perth. Barty is top seed at Wuhan and faces a stiff challenge in the fight for the year-end number one ranking from the likes of Karolina Pliskova, Simona Halep, Bianca Andreescu and Naomi Osaka. The 23-year-old Australian is first-ranked this week and would like to finish the year on top, but admitted that she has other priorities. “I think it’s a target without being a target,” Barty told reporters. “We’ve put ourselves in a position where it’s a possibility. I plan my schedule, the last six months of this year, well in advance. I think I’m not going to change it to try and chase it,” she added.”If it happens, it happens.” Barty will open her Wuhan campaign against 2017 champion Caroline Garcia, who eased past Russia’s Daria Kasatkina 6-2, 6-2.
New Delhi: In a major move towards education reforms, the government has decided to scrap University Grants Commission (UGC) as well as the All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) and proposed to constitute Higher Education Commission of India (HECI), which would replace both the institutions.According of officials in the Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry, a bill in this regard would be placed before the Cabinet in next month. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghEarlier, the HRD had last year announced its decision to replace the UGC by repealing the UGC Act, 1951. The draft bill was put in public domain and feedback and suggestions were sought from stakeholders. “The Higher Education Commission of India will be a single regulator and replace UGC and AICTE. The bill has been prepared after elaborate consultation with states. It will be taken to the Cabinet in October,” the senior official said, adding that the HECI will be created by repealing the UGC Act, 1951 and AICTE Act, 1987. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadUnion HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ had informed Parliament in July that the HECI will promote the quality of academic instruction, maintenance of academic standards and encourage autonomy of good performing educational institutions for free pursuit of knowledge, innovation, skills and entrepreneurship. “The aim is to be inclusive and offer opportunities to all, and also provide for comprehensive growth of higher education and research in a competitive global environment,” he had said. While the UGC is the regulator for universities across the country, AICTE acts as a regulator for engineering, pharmacy, management and other technical education colleges. Earlier, a draft bill had proposed HECI to control academic matters while an advisory board under the HRD minister would have been in charge of issuing monetary grants to universities. There was opposition from various student groups about handing over the financial control to the ministry.
Islamabad: The death toll in the devastating earthquake that rattled Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and several north-eastern cities in the country rose to 37 on Wednesday as authorities stepped up rescue operations to save people trapped in debris of several toppled buildings. The epicentre of the powerful 5.8-magnitude earthquake, which occurred at around 4 pm on Tuesday at a depth of only 10 kilometers, was near Mirpur city in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), roughly 20 kilometers north of Jhelum in Punjab, according to the US Geological Survey. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportThe earthquake resurrected the haunting memories of a monster tremor that had wrecked the region 14 years ago. The quake which also jolted several cities of Punjab and Khyber-Pakthunkhwa province killed 37 people, Mirpur Divisional Commissioner Muhammad Tayyab was quoted as saying by the Express Tribune. According to the paper, figures showed that the worst-hit was Mirpur with 24 dead, nine in Jatlan and one person lost his life in Jhelum. Other people died in the areas located between Mirpur and Jari Kas, PoK’s State Disaster Management Authority Secretary Shahid Mohyiddin said. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protestsThe number of casualties was likely to increase as around 100 of the injured were admitted to different hospitals in a critical condition, the report quoted the SDMA official as saying. The areas worst hit were Mirpur city, a small town Jatlan and two villages Manda and Afzalpur, where buildings and homes collapsed, trees were uprooted and cracks appeared on roads large enough to swallow cars. Other cities where the tremors were felt included Islamabad, Lahore, Sialkot, Sargodha, Mansehra, Gujrat, Chitral, Malakand, Swat, Sahiwal, and Rahim Yar Khan. The quake was powerful and created panic as people ran out of building, eyewitnesses said. “I lost my house. I lost everything,” Abdullah Khan, whose home in Jatlan village on the outskirts of Mirpur was flattened by the quake, was quoted as saying by the paper. The affected people are also experiencing water and food shortages and amid reports of looting of relief material in the Sang and Sanwal Sharif area.
New Delhi: In a recent judgment, Supreme Court had directed the home buyyers to deposit the outstanding amount under the agreement entered with the Amrapali promoters within 3 months.The SC bench had instructed the UCO bank to collect the amount on its behalf. UCO bank has opened an account in the name of “Supreme Court Amrapali Buyers Project”. Moreover, the bank has made a payment gateway and the link for the same visible on its homepage (www.ucobank.com), where home buyers can deposite the amount online. The deposite system is online begining Wednesday onwards. The buyers can also make payment by visiting Noida and Greater Noida authorities website the same URL could be found.
Jammu: An Army porter was injured in a mine blast along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, officials said on Thursday. Sajjad Ahmed was carrying some material to a forward post along the LoC in Mandi belt when the mine exploded on Wednesday evening, they said. He has been admitted to a hospital.
San Francisco: Google is reportedly interested in purchasing US-based social video app Firework that lets users share short videos like Chinese player TikTok. According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, Chinese micro-blogging platform Weibo had also shown interest in acquiring Firework but “talks with Google are further along”. Based in Redwood City, California, Firework that entered India last month was valued at more than $100 million in a fundraising round earlier this year. TikTok’s parent, Beijing-based ByteDance, is valued around $75 billion. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year irework is part of a suite of apps created by Loop Now Technologies, a start-up that focuses on next-generation consumer mobile applications. Similar to Tiktok that allows users to post 15-seconed short videos, Firework allows users to create 30-second videos and with “Reveal”, its patent pending technology, it will allow creators to take both horizontal and vertical video in one shot from their mobile device. The app is currently available on both iOS and Android smartphones with over a million registered users. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India Firework has appointed Sunil Nair as CEO and MD for its India operations. “My vision for Firework in India is to become more relevant and give our users every opportunity to stay meaningful and seamlessly experience a new view from their lens,” Nair said in a statement. In November last year, Facebook also quietly released a stand-alone app called “Lasso” to compete with TikTok. On Lasso, which is currently available in the US, users can record themselves dancing and lip-syncing to music, similar to what they can do on TikTok. In addition, Facebook recently roped in former Google employee Jason Toff for a key portfolio and the speculation is rife about the social networking giant preparing the global launch of its short video-sharing app.