first_imgThe decapitated body of a Delhi University lecturer was found on the railway track at Sarai Rohilla, while his mother was found hanging from a ceiling fan at their flat in Pitampura, the police said on Sunday.Allen Stanley, 27, who hailed from Kottayam in Kerala, was found dead on Saturday. Earlier that day, his mother Lissy, 55, was found hanging at their Ashiana Apartment flat, her mouth stuffed with cloth.According to the police, Stanley did his graduation from St. Stephen’s College and master’s from Hyderabad Central University. He was pursuing his Ph.D from IIT-Delhi and had joined St. Stephen’s College over a year ago as an ad hoc Philosophy teacher.“We suspect Stanley committed suicide after killing his mother. However, no suicide note was recovered from Stanley’s body, but a note written in Malayalam was found in the flat. The bodies have been sent for post-mortem. We are probing the case from all angles,” said a senior police officer.Murder case registeredPolice registered a murder case at the Rani Bagh police station after they found his mother dead in the flat.Stanley had been living in Delhi for five years and his mother came to stay with him seven months ago. They were depressed because of an abetment-to-suicide case pending against them in Kerala, and both were on anticipatory bail.“For the past six months, Stanley and his mother were facing legal battles over a property dispute and an investigation regarding the suicide of Stanley’s step-father,” said a close friend who wished not to be named.“After Stanley’s father passed away two years ago, his mother married again. Some seven months ago, his step-father committed suicide at his Kottayam house. Aunty was at her mother’s place in Thodupuzha village in Idukki district while Stanley was in Delhi,” he said. “The relatives of the step-father tried to cover up the death. But later, his mother got to know that it was a suicide and that her husband had left the property in their name. Upon learning this, the relatives filed a complaint against the mother-son duo,” he added.Suicide prevention helpline: Sanjivini: Society for Mental Health, Telephone: 011-4076 9002, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. -7.30 p.m.last_img read more

first_imgAn August 4 directive from the IGP of Kashmir Zone in Srinagar to shut down landlines to prevent the “misuse of data services” drew attention in the Supreme Court on Tuesday.Senior lawyer Vrinda Grover, for Kashmir Times editor Anuradha Bhasin, asked a three-judge Bench led by Justice N.V. Ramana why landlines were shut down to stop Internet data services in the Valley. She asked why landlines were not kept open so people could call each other in times of need.“Can restrictions on free speech be used to extinguish the very right of free speech?” Ms. Grover asked in court.The communication from S.P. Pani, IGP, Kashmir Zone, on August 4 to the BSNL authorities said: “In view of the apprehension of misuse of data services by anti-national elements, which is likely to cause deterioration in the law and order situation, you are directed to shut down the landline services in the entire Kashmir Valley except airport (old/new) with immediate effect till further orders”.Though the actual text of the IGP’s order refers to the shutting down of only landlines to stop data services, the subsequent affidavit filed by the J&K government in the Supreme Court on October 23 claims the IGP had banned not only landlines but also Internet and mobiles. The affidavit said a similar order was passed by the Jammu IGP too. It said the snapping of communication services was confirmed by the Principal Secretary of the J&K Home Department in terms of the Temporary Suspension of Telecom Service (Public Emergency or Public Safety) Rules of 2017.The August 4 communication was one of the bunch of documents the J&K government had produced in the apex court to prove the communication lock-down was duly authorised.Besides this, Ms. Grover said police authorities had ordered a reduction of data speed from 4G to 2G in the Valley. However, the Internet was shut down completely all these days.The Justice Ramana bench is hearing a batch of petitions challenging the restrictions imposed on movement and communication in J&K. It has been 90 days since restrictions were imposed in J&K following the withdrawal of the special status and the reorganisation of the State of J&K into two new Union Territories — J&K and Ladakh.The J&K government said the right to free speech is not absolute. The State can impose reasonable restrictions to protect sovereignty and integrity.The affidavit argued that restrictions could also include total prohibition. Anyway, the affidavit said telephone and mobile services have been restored and there is no restriction on movement in “99% of Jammu and Kashmir”.last_img read more

first_imgHe also credits his decision to stay with the franchise to other factors aside basketball, particularly his tight relationship with team owner Mark Cuban and the loyal Dallas fan base.“I think I’m old school,” Dirk, who led Dallas to an NBA title in 2011, said. “Some of these guys that are now stars are obviously younger. The business has changed a bit. You know, I never knew what to expect when I came to Dallas, but everything just came together here. The way, when I got here, that the community embraced me and wanted me to succeed.”He added: “Cuban buying the team at the end of my second year was a huge part of why I was here my entire career. He was a huge supporter of mine. He’s a friend of mine and he’s always supported me throughout my career. So I was here, I belong to this community, and for me, it was always easy for me to be loyal.” /raADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Folayang working on ground game, striking as he awaits next fight Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Dirk Nowitzki #41 of the Dallas Mavericks reacts during play against the Memphis Grizzlies at American Airlines Center on March 3, 2017 in Dallas, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFPDirk Nowitzki certainly knows a thing or two about loyalty.Although the German-born superstar has received a lot of enticing offers whenever he hits free agency, the 39-year-old forward has often made compromises to stay with the only team he has ever known, the Dallas Mavericks.ADVERTISEMENT BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers PLAY LIST 01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers00:50Trending Articles01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Now entering his 20th NBA season with the team, the one-time NBA MVP acknowledged that loyalty is a rare trait to have in the league these days.“The new NBA is a little different. It’s about making money and winning and not as much about being loyal anymore,” he said during an appearance on SiriusXM NBA Radio and relayed by The Score.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNowitzki recently inked a $10-million contract over the summer—which is a relatively modest contract for someone of his stature. Although he has gotten up in age, the 13-time All-Star remains as one of the best stretch forwards around.Having accumulated around  $245 million since entering the league in 1998, Dirk has willingly taken pay cuts in order to sign other talents and help improve the Mavs roster. View commentslast_img read more

first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Languido, Miranda nail Milo 42k finals slots Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Powerhouse squads Ceres Negros and Kaya Makati took a step closer to the four-team Finals Series with gritty wins on Saturday in the Philippines Football League.The Busmen leaned on a 27th minute goal from Bienvenido Marañon to subdue Stallion Laguna, 1-0, at Biñan Football Stadium, while Kaya slipped past Global Cebu, 2-0, at University of Makati.ADVERTISEMENT Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Kaya, with 44 points from 25 matches, is four points behind Meralco Manila which has already secured a place in the Finals Series, while Ceres remained in third with 42 points in just 19 matches.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:00PH military destroys thousands of illegal guns, ammo01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gameslast_img read more

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Bucks get Bledsoe from Suns for Monroe, 2 draft picks A US State Department official told AFP: “We are aware of reports of three US citizens arrested in China and stand ready to assist.” The official declined further comment, citing “privacy considerations”.UCLA had said Tuesday it was “aware of a situation involving UCLA student-athletes” and was cooperating with local authorities, but otherwise declined comment. Georgia Tech said none of its athletes were involved.The Pac-12 conference to which UCLA belongs issued a Twitter statement saying it was “very disappointed by any situation that detracts” from the China visit.“Whether in the United States or abroad, we expect our student-athletes to uphold the highest standards,” it said.LiAngelo Ball is one of three basketball-playing siblings who have emerged on the national stage in recent years, fueled in part by father LaVar’s aggressive promotion of his sons as future NBA superstars.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next MOST READ Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes PLAY LIST 01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes01:43Man arrested for slipping alcoholic drinks inside Manila North Cemetery00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The shoplifting reports threaten to tarnish that campaign, which has included LaVar Ball’s creation of the “Big Baller Brand” shoe and apparel line “inspired” by his three sons.The brand has promotional events planned for Friday in Shanghai, including an appearance by LaVar with autograph signings, according to the store where it will be held.Eldest brother Lonzo joined the Lakers this year after just one season with UCLA, while youngest brother LaMelo Ball is still in high school but also on the radar as a future professional.LaVar Ball is frequently criticized over his brash claims, and Twitter users wasted little time taking shots at LiAngelo.“Season hasn’t even started and he already leads the nation in steals,” said one posting, while others launched a cheeky #FreeLiAngelo hashtag. A Hangzhou government spokesperson confirmed to AFP that three American citizens had been arrested on suspicion of shoplifting but referred further questions to police, who could not immediately be reached.ESPN said the players were arrested Tuesday after around 20 police officers descended on their hotel in Hangzhou near Shanghai, where the team had gone to tour the corporate campus of China e-commerce giant Alibaba, a sponsor of the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutESPN had reported that police questioned members of both teams in the hotel before taking away the three UCLA players.The fate of the players on Wednesday, and whether they would face charges, was unclear. Shoplifting can bring a prison term of several years in China. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LiAngelo Ball of Chino Hills High School dribbles the ball down court during the game against Mater Dei High School at the Galen Center on February 24, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Josh Lefkowitz/Getty Images/AFPLiAngelo Ball, the younger brother of Los Angeles Lakers star Lonzo Ball, was among three college basketball players arrested in China on suspicion of shoplifting, reports said Tuesday.Ball, who is with the UCLA basketball team ahead of their season-opening game against Georgia Tech in Shanghai on Saturday, was detained with teammates Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, ESPN reported.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa View commentslast_img read more

first_imgHouston Rockets guard James Harden (13) loses the ball as he collides with Toronto Raptors forward CJ Miles (0) on a drive to the basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)HOUSTON, Texas—The Toronto Raptors have struggled to close out games against good teams this season.They solved that Tuesday night, getting 27 points from DeMar DeRozan while holding off the Rockets 129-113 despite a couple late runs by Houston.ADVERTISEMENT Masked man: Irving returns as Celtics win 13th straight MOST READ DeRozan and Serge Ibaka had back-to-back dunks after Harden’s big play to make it 120-107 with about three minutes left and send many of the home fans toward the exits.Harden had 11 assists and six rebounds. He has scored at least 20 points and had seven or more assists in every game this season.The Raptors scored the first five points of the second half to make it 81-64 and pushed their lead to 19 points midway through the third on Lowry’s 3-pointer.Toronto led by 21 before Houston made five straight points, capped by a 3-point play by Tarik Black. That was the start of a nice run for the Rockets, and they used a 9-3 spurt after that to cut the lead to 97-87. Harden made four points in that span, and Eric Gordon capped it with a layup.Houston led by eight points during the first half, but the Raptors used a 45-point second quarter to take a 76-64 edge into halftime. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC James Harden had 38 points and made 19 of 19 foul shots for the Rockets, who ended a six-game winning streak.“We weren’t sharp,” Houston coach Mike D’Antoni said. “Sometimes you let down and it’s hard to turn it back on. We tried, we got close in the second half, but we just didn’t have enough.”Houston scored six straight points, including three free throws from Harden, to make it 108-103 with about 7 1/2 minutes left.Delon Wright made a free throw for the Raptors soon after that, and OG Anunoby connected for Toronto’s first field goal in more than three minutes on a 3-pointer with 6:25 remaining. After Wright’s layup, Kyle Lowry stole the ball from Harden, and DeRozan finished on the other end with a dunk to make it 116-103.Harden got Houston going again with a four-point play. The free throw was his 19th, setting a franchise record for most foul shots without a miss in a game.ADVERTISEMENT Just as important, DeRozan thinks he knows the key for Toronto holding leads going forward.“Liking this feeling,” he said. “You’ve got to love this feeling so you don’t got to go out there having too many of them close games that you lost, feeling upset, got to wait until the next game. You’ve got to want to continue to have this feeling and that should work out everything else.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutToronto led by 12 at halftime and had to repeatedly shut down rally attempts from the Rockets.“Consistency in this league is a hard thing to grab, and that’s what we’ve got to reach for, grab for each and every night,” Toronto coach Dwane Casey said. “If we could bottle tonight, the energy, the toughness, the togetherness we had tonight, it (would be) special.” LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win PLAY LIST 01:08Huge Toronto crowd celebrates Raptors’ historic win03:12Kevin Durant out with Achilles injury; to undergo MRI on Tuesday01:43Who are Filipinos rooting for in the NBA Finals?01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA View commentslast_img read more

first_imgIt’s no surprise that the undermanned Gilas Pilipinas has been playing with full of heart of in the continental championships, already taking out powerhouse China and a taller Iraq side to clinch the top seed in Group B.Photographers from Fiba.com were able to capture the heartwarming sight of Gilas Pilipinas’ cheering squad in action.Cheering hard for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from Fiba.comFilipinos in Lebanon let our cheers in support of Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from Fiba.comTerrence Romeo gets some love from Filipino fans after the game vs Iran. Photo from Fiba.comRomeo, who has been starring for Gilas Pilipinas, take photos with fans. Photo from Fiba.comJapeth Aguilar mingles with Filipino fans.Gilas Pilipinas wave to Filipino fans in the gallery. Photo from Fiba.comFilipino fans react after a play. Photo from Fiba.comMatthew Wright nails a triple—and Filipino fans explode in cheers. Photo from Fiba.comWith game all but decided against Iraq, Filipino fans take photos with Gabe Norwood and Jayson Castro. Photo from Fiba.comThe Filipino gallery at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex. Photo from Fiba.comRising star Christian Standhardinger takes fun photos with Filipino fans. Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas bids the crowd goodbye after the big win over China. Photo from Fiba.comMore FIlipino fans in the gallery. Photo from Fiba.comArmed with banners and flags, Filipino fans in Beirut cheer for Gilas Pilipinas. Photo from Fiba.comSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters The support for Gilas Pilipinas from overseas Filipinos has been overwhelming so far in the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup. For the past two games, we’ve seen and heard them cheer their hearts out—something you can’t miss when you’re watching on your television here in the Philippines—and shower the players with love.READ: Players, coaches turn into fans after Gilas’ big win over ChinaFEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsWith games scheduled on weekdays, most of them must’ve taken a day off work just to watch at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut. They may have not been able to fill the entire stadium, but they were loud enough to make it feel like they did.READ: Gilas sews up QF berth  Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Gilas Pilipinas national team sing the national anthem. Photo from Fiba.comGilas Pilipinas may be a long way from home, but Filipinos in Lebanon have not failed to make the national team feel it was still playing on its home floor.READ: Philippines stuns China to open 2017 Fiba Asia Cup bid ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES McGregor holds strong on prediction of a knockout Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelolast_img read more

first_imgBJP on Friday said the raids on CWG Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi’s premises are an “eyewash” and demanded that others “including those in the PMO” should be probed in connection with alleged irregularities in Games projects.”Kalmadi is a symbol of corruption. Taking action against him is welcome. But he should not be made a scapegoat. His masters who took the decisions and sanctioned the funds should also be punished,” BJP President Nitin Gadkari told reporters in Jammu.He named the Prime Minister’s Office, the Cabinet, Cabinet sub-committee, Group of Ministers dealing with the CWG issues, expenditure committee, among others as those who were involved in the preparations for the mega event and said they should all be probed.”The Jawaharlal Nehru stadium could have been renovated at a cost of Rs 100 crore but Rs 980 crore was spent on it. Spending Rs 70,000 crore on the event was sheer waste of money. This is nothing less than a loot. 50 per cent of the people in this country earn less than Rs 20 per day,” Gadkari said.Asked about the Prime Minister, whose resignation was demanded by the BJP at its rally against corruption in New Delhi on December 22, Gadkari said, “Directly or indirectly” the permission for CWG projects and even the 2-G Spectrum allocation came from his office.”Action against A Raja (former Telecom Minister) and Kalmadi is an eyewash. Action against them is not enough. A letter written by Raja to the PM which has been published in newspapers shows the latter’s permission was taken,” Gadkari said.advertisementParty spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy earlier said, “The raids are too little, too late. This is what the BJP thinks on the development”.Party chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said BJP is “not very happy with this delayed raid, but would certainly expect a prompt, fair investigation and nabbing of the culprit as promised by the Prime Minister.””Why so much of a delay, why so much of documents being allowed to be misplaced deliberately. I think this explanation is required….so much delay in raiding the premises of Kalmadi, who almost became a disgrace for the country. It is a very sorry state of affairs,” he said, adding “None of the guilty should be spared including those who have given quick approval to the loot of public money”.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

first_imgMarch 18, 2011: Enjoy a special World Cup menu and beer buckets at Svenska Design Hotels, Oberoi Complex, Lokhandvala, Andheri. March 19, 2011: Take part in a music workshop by percussionist Taufiq Qureshi at Blue Frog, 6 pm onwards.March 20, 2011: Attend a photography exhibition for children (9 to 14 years) by Dr PKM Pillai. At Piramal Art Gallery , opposite Narian Bhawan.March 21, 2011: Get ready for Foster’s chill out loud nights by stand-up comedian Rohan Joshi at Rude Lounge from 8:30 pm to 10 pm.March 22, 2011: Attend a project management workshop titled Prince 2 at Hotel Lotus Suites, 9 pm onwards. March 23, 2011: Savour an Italian treat by Chef Daniele Capobianco at Trident Hotel, C-56, G Block, Bandra Kurla Complex.March 25, 2011: Attend a special screening of the movie City of God by Enlighten Film Society at NCPA, Godrej theatre. March 27, 2011: Enjoy the screening of the movie Dharavi, followed by a discussion with Sudhir Mishra at Cinemax, 12 pm onwards.March 30, 2011: Get ready for an orchestra performance by Maggio Musicale Florentino and Zubin Mehta at NCPA, Jamshed Bhabha Theatre.March 31, 2011: Enjoy a rocking performance by Les Boukakes at the Mathuradas Mills Compound, NM Joshi Marg.April 1, 2011: Be part of the Art and Design Trade Fair organised by Times at Nehru Centre, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli.April 2, 2011: Watch the big game-ICC World Cup final at the Wankhede Stadium, 2:30 pm onwards.April 4, 2011: Enjoy a solo exhibition of recent art works by Maya Burman at Art Musings, Admiralty Bldg, Colaba.cApril 5, 2011: Enjoy a seafood extravaganza at Intercontinental , The Lalit Hotel, Airport Rd, Vile Parle, 7 pm onwards.April 7, 2011: Celebrate Ravindranath Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary at Ravindra Natya Mandir, Syani Road.April 10, 2011: Indulge in the liquor chocolate fest at Pure Sin Chocolates, G-5, Pil Court, Maharishi Karve Road from 10:30 am to 6 pm.April 12, 2011: Attend a solo show by Poonam K Rangan representing Indian life at the Southern Art Gallery, Maxus Mall.April 13, 2011: Watch IPL league 2011-Pune Warriors vs Indi Commandos at Dr DY Patil Sports Academy, 4 pm onwards.April 15, 2011: Get your name and your favourite player’s number printed on your Manchester United jersey at Manchester United Cafe Bar, Mulund.advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe five-member Indian badminton team led by Saina Nehwal arrived in Delhi on Monday evening enroute to London for the Olympics beginning on Friday.The contingent comprising Saina, Ashwini Ponnappa, Jwala Gutta, Parupalli Kashyap and V. Diju will leave for London on Tuesday morning under the supervision of chief coach Pullela Gopichand. The majority of India’s 81-member Olympic contingent has reached London.”The reason we stayed back in India is that we prefer training amongst ourselves. We would do the same in London rather than sparring with players from other countries,” Ashwini, who will be representing India in the women’s doubles with Jwala, told IANS.World No.5 Saina, one of India’s brightest medal hopes in London, starts her women’s singles campaign on Saturday.Kashyap, ranked 21, will be the sole representative in men’s singles after pipping Ajay Jayaram for the Olympic qualification.A medal can be expected from Jwala and Ashwini, who made history by wining a bronze at the World Championships last year.Jwala will also pair up with Diju for the mixed doubles event.last_img read more

first_imgIndia Today Editorial Director M J Akbar.When propaganda works, it becomes conventional wisdom fairly quickly. As the Olympic torch fleets from hand to heroic hand on its way to the London Games, we offer it the aura of a tradition stretching back to that hoary past when this event was restricted to a few nude Greek men.There is certainly a very pre-electricity touch to this torch which conjures up visions of an olden golden age. A bit of reflection suggests that a torch could not have been much use, since the sports were held during daylight. In fact, this wheeze was dreamt up by the Nazis for the 1936 Berlin extravaganza as part of a publicity drive for Hitler’s pseudo-white Aryan maniac delusions. The world destroyed Nazis, but kept the torch.Nor did the logo, of five interlinked circles, originate in some great architectural symbol of ancient Greece. It was born in the intelligent imagination of the man who reinvented the Olympics, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, when he saw a magazine advertisement for Dunlop bicycle tyres with a similar display. It might however be the most significant contribution made by an ad agency to world history.This logo was first revealed in 1914, so in two years it will reach its centenary moment. Surely this is sufficient cause for the advertising and sports industries to pool their considerable talents, and raise sufficient funds to celebrate in the manner to which they are accustomed. 1914 also saw the advent of the First World War, but no one seems particularly eager to recall that first instance of organised, relentless and often pointless carnage on a multinational scale.Baron Coubertin became convinced that sport was a better option than war, and who can blame him. But, to succeed, he argued, sport had to be organised on the lines of religion, with its own church, dogma and ritual. This profound insight is the basis of the commercial success of all contemporary sport.Each sport has its own Pope, who is infallible as long as he is in office. His support system is a cluster of cardinals and a structured order of bishops. This should end all questions about why politicians want to be at the command centre. It is not the sport that they love, but the infallibility that they crave.There is nothing democratic about sports management. Its culture is that of an opaque cabal, and woe behold any heretic who attempts to disturb its secret society methods of insider trading, as the current Sports Minister Ajay Maken discovered when he thought that the Government of India was more important than the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The chorus that silenced him was a formidable all-party alliance.If the alliance that squashed Maken formed a coalition government in Delhi, it would be the strongest, most stable, policy-focused ruling partnership in Indian history. Perhaps Rahul Gandhi should, when he takes effective charge of Congress in September, hire Lalit Modi as consultant to decipher the BCCI code of management. If Modi is held up in London, there is always Jagmohan Dalmiya waiting to serve in Calcutta.Politics, far more than sport, needs the glue of symbols. The BJP revived from a near-death experience in the 1984 General Elections by turning a brick into a magnet during its campaign for the construction of a temple at Ayodhya. The Gandhi cap has rather lost its adhesive quality for the Congress. When its leaders are forced by protocol to wear them, they look faintly ridiculous. Moreover, Anna Hazare has co-opted the cap into his own brand image.A torch could be a good substitute. One can visualise the excitement created by Youth Congress volunteers holding aloft the Torch of Reform, as they race from village to village, behind a bus with dancing and music on the upper deck. This in turn would ensure TV coverage, as news channels need the barest excuse to show free footage of Hindi film songs. TV would also encourage sponsors to jump in with free packets of sweets for children among the spectators. Every PCC would send one torch to an AICC session; all of them would be used to ignite one giant flame to inaugurate a fiery start.Sceptics will always dismiss any revolutionary idea. When Baron Coubertin persuaded a few countries to throw a javelin, did he know that one day, more than a century later, a blond mayor of London called Boris Johnson would aspire to become Prime Minister of a Great Power on the strength of his Olympic skills? A sneer is the privilege of a pessimist.The Congress is in obvious need of a strong dose of optimism. The Olympic spirit is in the air. It should breathe deeply.advertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThe ability to look for goal scoring opportunities is what sets a striker apart. Sunil Chhetri’s header in the stoppage time in the first half against Syria in the opening match of the Nehru Cup exemplifies that point.The striker’s goal and substitute Anthony Pereira’s long ranger gave India a 2-1 victory over Syria on a rain soaked evening on Wednesday. Syria pulled a goal back in the 92 nd minute through Alaa Alshbli.The sparse crowd at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium did its best to cheer the Chhetri-led team but the Syrians matched them for every move. There was a stoppage of 15 minutes because of poor visibility due to heavy downpour but it is something the Delhi crowd is used to as the World Cup qualifier against the UAE last year was also played in similar conditions.Despite little assistance from the midfield, Chhetri was always on the ball and had his first look on the goal in the 10th minute but his snap shot went just wide. The Syrians responded by stitching a few good moves and did not allow the Indian midfielders to settle down.Debutant Sanju Pradhan made some moves down the right flank and on one such occasion found Chhetri, though the striker failed to control the ball.There was a flurry of moves from the Syrians and they made good use of the flanks. Hani Altayar came close in the 20th minute when an aerial ball found its way in the ‘box’ but Raju Gaikwad and Subrata Paul averted any danger.advertisementAlthough the players had difficulty in passing the ball, the Syrians had most of the scoring opportunities in the first half. Syria almost took the lead as Hani headed the ball towards goal in the 38th minute, but Subrata stopped it.The 15-minute stoppage proved lucky for India as Clifford Miranda went past the defenders down the left flank in the 40th minute and sent a cross. It was, however, cleared by the Syrian defence. Miranda’s efforts bore fruit after seven minutes as he went past a defender to find an unmarked Chhetri, who made no mistake in heading home from close range.In the second half, Syria made a few changes and started with an attacking intent. The Indians defended and made sporadic forays in the rival half by putting long balls to Chhetri, who was tightly marked by the Syrian defence.Slushy field meant that the players would lunge for every ball and the match saw a lot of fouls being committed. Uzbek referee Tseylin V was forced to dish out the yellow cards four times.India’s strategy in the second was hard to decipher as the players were hardly able to build moves. Deploying a 4-4-1-1 formation in the first half and later 4-5-1 in the second half, Chhetri was the lone man upfront and Pradhan had to be substituted in the 70th minute as coach Wim Koevermans looked for variety in his attack.The Syrians used their superior physical built to dictate terms in the midfield but the profligacy of their strikers let them down.The fact that goal-keeper Subrata Paul was also shown the yellow card shows that the Indians were a bit edgy.However, Pereira’s strike in the 84th minute eased the tension in the Indian camp.India coach Wim Koevermans praised the performance of his boys, saying that the conditions forced him to adapt a different strategy in the second half.”We started the game brightly and were good for the first 20-25 minutes. Rain had a huge influence on the game and passing the ball was risky. But the team defended extremely well and the goal we conceded was a momentary lapse of concentration. But we are improving,” said Koevermans.Today’s match: Maldives vs Nepal, 7 pm, Live on NEO Primelast_img read more

first_imgXherdan Shaqiri and Gokhan Inler will be crucial for Switzerland at the World CupPerhaps this is Switzerland’s best chance to make an impression at the World Cup.The Swiss have a talented group of mostly young players who are aiming to give veteran coach Ottmar Hitzfeld a fitting finale for his career.Here are five players to watch:XHERDAN SHAQIRIStill only 22, Xherdan Shaqiri should make many lists of potential breakout stars in Brazil.Shaqiri will be going to his second World Cup with talent has not yet been fully exposed.At Bayern Munich, the stocky wide attacker has to wait for his chance in the biggest Champions League matches behind Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and Thomas Mueller. In the Bundesliga, Shaqiri is a consistent scorer and assist provider for the runaway champions.Despite tight and physical marking from opponents in Brazil, Shaqiri has strength and balance to compare with the similarly sized Lionel Messi.The poor man’s Messi? It sounds like an insult, but really isn’t.GOKHAN INLERSwitzerland fans have long looked for Gokhan Inler to step up and be “patron” of the midfield.Now captain of the “Nati,” Inler has increasingly shown the strength and creativity to dictate play. However, it is an intriguing tussle for central midfield slots among Napoli teammates Inler, Valon Behrami and Blerim Dzemaili.Behrami and Dzemaili stood out in a 1-0 win over Brazil last August. Inler was benched because he would be suspended for a subsequent World Cup qualifier, so Hitzfeld paired the other two.advertisementInler soon returned and, celebrating his 30th birthday in Brazil after the group stage ends, should be in his prime.FABIAN SCHAERSwitzerland has often seemed to lack a world-class central defender in recent years. Fabian Schaer might be the solution.The 22-year-old Schaer has impressed in only his second season with Swiss champion FC Basel and since making his international debut against Brazil.With excellent long-range passing and the composure to take penalties for his club, Schaer has also scored three times in his first three national team matches.Defensively, Schaer is still developing and has missed valuable playing time with knee and ankle injuries since December.Schaer has already been linked with Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal and a good World Cup could make him the latest big sale by Basel.STEPHAN LICHTSTEINERStephan Lichtsteiner is a modern right-back with old school qualities.The Juventus player overlaps in attack, gets crosses in, scores his share of goals and does not shirk when the game gets feisty.Indeed, Lichtsteiner was a big reason that Brazil collectively lost its cool when losing to the Swiss last August.First-half flashes down Lichtsteiner’s right flank irked Neymar and Marcelo and let Switzerland know it had got under the skin of the World Cup hosts.A big-game attitude developed with the Italian champions should serve Switzerland’s needs well.HARIS SEFEROVICCentral striker might be the one position coach Ottmar Hitzfeld is most undecided about.Haris Seferovic was the No. 9 Hitzfeld thought he had. The Real Sociedad forward earned a run of selections by scoring a 90th-minute winner against Cyprus in qualifying last June.Seferovic led the attack in the remaining qualifiers but did not add to his tally. Then he spent the night of his 22nd birthday in February in a Spanish police cell with his wife after a public disturbance.Two weeks later, Hitzfeld gave Josip Drmic another chance in a friendly against Croatia, and the Nuremberg forward scored twice.Seferovic can win back his coach’s trust by recapturing his early-season form.last_img read more

first_imgHotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Utah Jazz roll over short-handed Miami Heat Curry said he was surprised by the reaction to his remarks, made in casual conversation with teammate Andre Iguodala, Atlanta Hawks player Vince Carter and Kent Bazemore and co-host Annie Finberg — the topics ranging from dinosaurs to golf clubs.“We ever been to the moon?” Curry asked, with several fellow guests answering “no”.“They’re going to come get us, I don’t think so either,” Curry said, then added: “Sorry, I don’t want to start conspiracies.”ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 “I was silently protesting how stupid it was that people actually took that quote and made it law as, ‘Oh my God, he’s a fake-moon-landing truther’ whatever you want to call it, yada, yada, yada,” Curry said.While Curry professed surprise that anyone took his conspiracy theory comments seriously, the two-time NBA Most Valuable Player said he will be happy to accept an invitation from NASA to tour the agency’s facilities, including the lunar lab at the Johnson Space Center in Houston.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief“One thousand percent,” he said of accepting the offer. “I am definitely going to take (NASA) up on their offer. I am going to educate myself first hand on everything that NASA has done and shine a light on their tremendous work over the years.“And hopefully people understand that education is power, informing yourself is power. For kids out there that hang on every word that we say, understand that you should not believe something just because somebody says it. You should do your homework and understand what you actually believe.” LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors reacts during their game against the Washington Wizards at ORACLE Arena on October 24, 2018 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPGolden State Warriors star Stephen Curry walked back his moon-walk skepticism Wednesday, saying he was joking when he suggested the lunar landings were a hoax.“Obviously, I was joking when I was talking on the podcast,” Curry told ESPN on Wednesday, after his causal comments on the “Winging It” podcast sparked stratospheric reactions.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_img“I think he’s not as powerful as advertised. He’s not heavy on the ground when he comes to pin, but he positions himself really well,” Banario, who was booted out early of World Lightweight Grand Prix following the loss, explained.“I think we’re even when it comes to jiu-jitsu. In my case I got caught in a crucifix. He has a great ground game, but it can be escaped from.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Justin Brownlee, Lamar Odom’s late 3 push Mighty Sports past Magnolia in tuneup Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants View comments SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netFilipino Honorio Banario couldn’t beat unbeaten American Lowen Tynanes last Friday, but the former ONE featherweight champion knows someone who could.Banario believes ONE lightweight champion Eduard Folayang would deal Tynanes his first defeat if the two end up meeting again down the road.ADVERTISEMENT “He (Tynanes) barely landed a punch on the feet. Should he fight Eduard Folayang again we must focus on wrestling defense,” Banario said. “He’s the same fighter who fought Folayang in 2012. He’s excellent, but may have already reached his full potential.”Tynanes stopped Folayang by TKO in the opening round back in 2012.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsBut Banario thinks the result will be different if Folayang and Tynanes figure in a rematch.Banario also took a first-round defeat to Tynanes last Friday in ONE: Hero’s Ascent at Mall of Asia Arena but he saw some things that could be exploited. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting MOST READ LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

first_imgSex could be the reason for the soccer teams powerful performances in the World Cup, as per a new survey by website Quartz. Pamela Supple, who’s a sex and relationship counselor from Sex Therapy Australia, explained that being intimate helps men connect and relax by letting loose a lot of “feel-good” hormones and chemicals, News.com.au reported. But it should be kept to a half-hour or an hour time period, which is apt for a sportsperson body to rejuvenate and feel fresh, followed by 8-9 hours sleep, as overdoing the activity could leave one very tired, she added. It should be noted that while all the eight teams that remain in the battle of 2014 FIFA World Cup, have permitted intimate contact between players and their partners for some extent, the teams namely Russia, Chile, Mexico and Bosnia and Herzegovina, which have been eliminated had clearly banned sex.last_img read more

first_imgSometimes you just have to grab fast food. Can you still eat a healthy meal if you do? Check out this helpful video for tips when eating out. Click the HD button to view in high-definition.Here are some links for other great information about eating healthy and losing weight::Health Risk AssessmentsHealth CalculatorsWeight Loss Care GuideYou can also click here for a transcript of this video.Page Love, MS, RD, LD, a leading expert on sports nutrition and eating disorders, is president of Nutrifit Sport Therapy, Inc. Reach her at featuredstories@adamcorp.com.Review Date:7/9/2008Reviewed By:A.D.A.M. Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Greg Juhn, MTPW, David R. Eltz.last_img

first_imgChennai will be eager to carry on the momentum from their last win as they take on Lahore todayWelcome to the coverage of Match 11 in the Champions League Twenty20 between Chennai Super Kings and Lahore Lions from the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore.The unfortunate result today has surely made things a little difficult for MS Dhoni brigade as far making the semifinals cut is concerned. As it stands, Chennai will have to win their final match against Perth at all costs to push ahead for the knockouts. If they falter against Perth, then it is the end of the road for the Men in Yellow. With 3 wins in as many encounters, Kolkata have already stormed to the semi-finals. Perth are also in the race. They can qualify if they win their remaining two matches.Match Update: The rain is pretty heavy here and the match officials have decided to abandon the game. Chennai Super Kings and Lahore Lions will have to share the points. Bad News: It has started raining at the M Chinnaswamy stadium. The players are off the field and there’s no official word on the toss yet. If there is no play by 10:45 PM local time, the match will be abandoned. Stay tuned for more updates! After losing their opening fixture against Kolkata, the Chennai stormed back to sink Sunfoil Dolphins in a run-fest. The former champions will seek to build on the momentum and gather more steam in the race to the semi-finals when they clash with Pakistan T20 champions – Lahore Lions – who are smarting from their defeat at the hands of Kolkata.advertisementHowever, considering the shorter boundaries at the M.Chinnaswamy stadium and the batting firepower in either side, another run-fest is in the offing.Quotes:”We batted really well, the wicket remained quite the same, credit to Raina and McCullum for a great start, it was important to utilize all our resources so we went really hard. With our bowling struggling slightly it was important to get those 15-20 extra runs, even if we go down trying to get those runs. I am sure that our batsmen won’t score 240 every time,” MS Dhoni said on Chennai’s bowling woes.”The domestic players in our team, outside of the six international cricketers, they need a clear picture of what is needed, an improvement with regard to fielding. I think CLT20 is providing them with that platform and the more they will play, the more they will learn. The team is playing very well as a unit, but we’ve to put in more efforts into fielding,” Mohammed Hafeez said on Lahore’s fielding blunders.Stats & Trivia:Suresh Raina has smashed 199 T20 sixes, the most by an Indian batsman.Dwayne Bravo stands eighth on the list of most T20 wickets. The Caribbean all-rounder has 203 T20 scalps, 22 ahead of Sunil NarineAziaz Cheema has been the bowler of the tournament thus far, collecting 10 wickets in 4 games at an average cost of 11.40. It may be recalled that he was on the brink of a hat-trick in each of his three qualifying matches.Chennai Super Kings:The batsmen, led by Suresh Raina, took the Dolphins’ bowlers apart with clinical ruthlessness only a game of Cricket ’97 powered with cheat codes could have matched. Brendon McCullum’s gravity-defying fielding lit up the M.Chinnawamy stadium as much as his fast hands did with the bat. Ravindra Jadeja and Faf du Plessis starred in blazing cameos as the Chennai charged to post 242 – the joint highest total in the history of the CLT20.The bowling continues to be an unchecked box for the Chennai, despite Ashish Nehra finding a second wind. Ravi Ashwin and Jadeja have not hit their rhythm, as evidenced by their mediocre combined output of 11-0-116-3. Dhoni can’t always rely on Dwayne Bravo’s assortment of slower cutters and Nehra’s experience.Mohit Sharma has showcased his increasing mastery over the back-of-the-hand slower ball, but he is also prone to leaking runs. While Ishwar Pandey bowled his full quota of overs against Kolkata, he was absent from the bowling attack against the Dolphins.Keeping in view Chennai’s bowling profligacy, Dhoni will be banking on the extra 20-run cushion from his batsmen.Lahore Lions:Every Pakistan team has two distinct personalities and Lahore Lions are no exception. Their CLT20 campaign has been a start-stop affair with their recent form reading: Loss, Win, Loss, Win. They have suffered another jolt with Adnan Rasool being reported for suspect action. The off-spinner has been placed on a warning list, but can continue to bowl, until he receives another report(while on the warning list)advertisementAhmed Shehzad, who scored a breezy 59 against KOL, will be their stick of dynamite at the top of the order. Their batting can assume dangerous proportions if the likes of Mohammad Hafeez and Umar Akmal convert flashes of brilliance into streaks of consistency. The onus is also on Nasir Jamshed to step up and deliver. The 24-year old has eked out only 61 runs in his last 8 T20 innings.On the bowling front, Aziaz Cheema and Wahab Riaz have looked potent, whether making early inroads or hitting the block hole at the death. Meanwhile, Asif Raza and Hafeez have assisted the duo with useful contributions.However, Lahore’s bowling strength has been dragged down by their kindergarten fielding.Teams(from):Chennai Super Kings: Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Smith, Suresh Raina, Brendon McCullum, MS Dhoni(c/wk), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishwar Pandey, Mohit Sharma, Ashish Nehra, Mithun Manhas, Pawan Negi, John Hastings, Samuel BadreeLahore Lions: Ahmed Shehzad, Nasir Jamshed, Mohammad Hafeez(c), Saad Nasim, Umar Akmal(wk), Umar Siddiq, Asif Raza, Wahab Riaz, Mustafa Iqbal, Adnan Rasool, Aizaz Cheema, Imran Ali, Mohammad Saeed, Ali Manzoor, Agha Salmanlast_img read more

first_img Ashwini Ponanappab sai praneethbadmintonchina open First Published: September 19, 2019, 3:12 PM IST Changzhou: PV Sindhu lost to Pornpawee Chochuwong of Thailand of the China Open World Tour Super 1000 tournament here on Thursday.Sindhu lost Chochuwong 21-12 13-21 21-19 in just 58 minutes. Sindhu, who came into the match with a 3-0 lead against Pornpawee, dominated the first game as she lead 7-1 early on but the Thai shuttler reduced the deficit to 10-11 at the break.However, Sindhu reeled off eight straight points after the interval to jump to 19-10 and eventually sealed the first game comfortably.In the second game, Pornpawee changed gears and moved to a 5-1 advantage initially. Sindhu clawed back to 7-9 before the Thai youngster jumped to 15-7 with six straight points and held her fort to roar back into the contest.The decider started on an even note as the duo fought hard, moving together till 6-6 when Sindhu surged ahead to enjoy a 11-7 cushion at the break.However, Pornpawee kept breathing down Sindhu’s neck and slowly moved to 15-19. From there, the Thai shuttler blasted six points to leave the Indian shocked.Earlier, the men’s doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty crashed out after suffering a straight-game loss to Japan’s Takeshi Kamura and Keigo Sonoda on Thursday.Satwik and Chirag, ranked 15th in the world, could not maintain their decent start against their fourth-seeded opponents and went down 19-21, 8-21 in the second-round match that lasted 33 minutes at the Olympic Sports Center Xincheng Gymnasium.This is the second instance this year, after the Japan Open loss in July, that Satvik and Chirag emerged out on the losing side against the combination of Kamura and Sonoda.Later in the day, the mixed doubles pair of Satwik and Ashwini Ponanappa, who stunned Indonesia’s world no.7 combination of Praveen Jordan and Melati Daeva Oktavianti in the opening round, lost 11-21 21-16 12-21 to Yuki Kaneko and Misaki Matsutomo of Japan.Parupalli Kashyap and B Sai Praneeth will also be playing their respective singles’ second-round clashes later.(With inputs from IANS and PTI) Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time.last_img read more