Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics This jewelry designer is also an architect Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘We deserved to lose’: Injury-hit PSG slump to shock home defeat by Reims LATEST STORIES P11-B loan for SEA Games hosting not an issue — Cayetano Taking Alvarez’ place is ONE World lightweight champion Christian Lee.Alvarez (30-7) got to the finals of the tournament after submitting former champion Eduard Folayang via rear-naked choke 2:16 into the Aug. 2 bout at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40Arslanaliev (8-1), meanwhile, knocked out former title challenger Amir Khan into the first round of their bout on May 17. Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’ PLAY LIST 02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue View comments Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MOST READ Becoming his own man Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MMA star Eddie Alvarez. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Eddie Alvarez has pulled out of his Lightweight World Grand Prix bout in ONE: Century citing injuries.ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong bared the news on his Twitter account with less than a month before Alvarez was set to take on Saygid Arslanaliev on Oct. 13 at Ryogoku Kokugikan in Tokyo, Japan.ADVERTISEMENT
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Chaotic scenes were witnessed today on both Vikramaditya Marg and Kalidas Marg, two roads in Lucknow synonymous with the Samajwadi Party and government. Angry and upset supporters of Shivpal Yadav started gathering again outside his official residence on KD Marg, just a few blocks away from the CM residence, after the midnight drama to express allegiance to their leader. They were told to express their anger to ‘Netaji’ Mulayam Singh Yadav.SHIVPAL’S SUPPORTERS RAISE SLOGANS AGAINST AKHILESHSoon the entire mass of people moved to the Samajwadi Party headquarters on Vikramaditya Marg in the hope of being able to persuade Netaji. They shouted slogans against Akhikesh likening him to a dictator and asked his father to ‘do justice’. Many supporters were seen sporting white tee shirts with Shivpal’s face printed on them. They alleged Akhilesh had insulted their leader and they would not tolerate that.Also read:Yadav clan reaches a truce: Shivpal to remain state party chief, Akhilesh gets big say in ticket distribution For the young Akhilesh, who has spent virtually four and a half years of his tenure in the shadow of his father, uncles and Azam Khan, the tag of a dictator may perhaps be a bit over stretched but the resentment in the Shivpal camp was clear. Protests also broke out in Etawah with even women stepping out to ‘plead’ with the party supremo to placate the warring factions.NO RIFT IN THE PARTY: MULAYAMMany of his supporters squatted outside the SP office in Lucknow and there was a massive rowdy rush as Mulayam Singh Yadav came to the headquarters post noon to address the party workers. He assured them that there was no rift in the party and also made the public announcement of Gayatri Prajapati’s return to the cabinet. Prajapati is seen as a man close to Shivpal.advertisementPost the announcement, as Shivpal left his house to meet Mulayam, unruly supporters ran along with his car shouting slogans of ‘zindabad’, knocking down bikes and other objects in their way. Some stood in the rains and continued to shout slogans only to be distracted by samosas that were being given out to supporters outside. It is this clout at the grassroots that Shivpal is using to leverage his position within the party as the family feud gets messy.
Yusa Katsumi scored the opening goal of the 2016 edition of the Indian Super League (ISL) as NorthEast United beat Kerala Blasters 1-0 to start their campaign on a positive note here on Saturday evening.After a barren first session where NorthEast United dominated for long spells, Katsumi scored the all-important goal in the 54th minute.The match was preceded by a colourful opening ceremony that saw over 500 performers including John Abraham, Sachin Tendulkar, Abhishek Bachchan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Aalia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Jacqueline Fernandez and Ranbir Kapoor perform on the stage.Badminton star P.V. Sindhu, who took Silver in the women’s singles category at the Rio Olympics, was also present on the occasion.NorthEast United were determined to get a positive result from the opener and fielded an attacking line-up with Nicolas Velez, Holicharan Narzary and Emiliano Alfaro in their forward line.Kerala, on the other hand, were content in soaking up the pressure which they did well in the first 45 minutes but succumbed to NorthEast’s might in the second session.NorthEast United started the stronger of the two teams although there were hardly any chances in the opening minutes.The home side got their first look at goal in the 24th minute, thanks to a sloppy pass by Kerala goalkeeper Graham Stack which was almost capitalised upon by Nicolas Velez. The lazy kick fell to Romaric who struck from a distance but had no power to beat and embarrass the rival goalkeeper.A free-kick midway into the first session saw Velez out-jump his marker and head towards goal but Stack did well this time to stretch wide and keep out the danger.advertisementNorthEast were continuously attacking in the opening 45 minutes but had nothing to show as the strikers were found wanting. (Also read: ISL: Midfield-heavy North East United FC eye better show in Season 3)The hosts’ defence was relaxed for most part of the first half but centre-backs Mailson Alves and Gustavo Lazzaretti were needed to stay alert whenever the three-man strike force of Kerala Blasters worked their way on top.Two successive attempts in the 35th and 36th minutes were the closest they got but Antonio German’s shot from about 30 yards fell into the safe hands of goalkeeper Subrata Paul and Sandesh Jhingan could not direct his header towards goal.After near misses in the first half, NorthEast United finally tasted success early in the second session. It was Velez who made it happen after dancing down the left flank and essaying a cross which the Kerala defence missed and Katsumi was only too happy to speed forward and tap it into the goal.Kerala Blasters tried hard to find the equaliser and came close just after the hour mark.Jhingan’s attempted cross sailed unintentionally towards goal and Subrata Paul dived frenetically to keep the ball away from danger. From the resultant corner kick, Subrata left his charge needlessly, got stranded but German’s strike from close range missed the target by a whisker.
New Delhi, Oct 11 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today extended his warm greetings to Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan on his 74th birthday, saying his versatility and humility has many admirers. “Dear @SrBachchan, wishing you a very happy birthday. Your versatility & humility has many admirers. Praying for your long & healthy life,” the PM tweeted.Union ministers like Rajnath Singh and M Venkaiah Naidu, and Bachchans admirers from the film industry and the sports world took to Twitter to wish their favourite birthday.”Birthday wishes to Shri Amitabhji @SrBachchan who is one of the finest actors of our country. May he be blessed with good health & long life.” Singh tweeted.”Greetings to @SrBachchan on his birthday. May he be blessed with long life with good health,” wrote Naidu.Actor Arjun Rampal, who shared screen space with Bachchan in “Aankhein”, tweeted, “Happy birthday @SrBachchan thank you for being such an inspiration, for setting such high standards. Love you always #thelegend.””There are heroes & then there are Legends!! Happy birthday legend @SrBachchan,” tweeted choreographer-director Farah Khan.While Bachchans “Shamitabh” co-star posted, “@SrBachchan many many happy returns of the day sir:).”Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma, known for his dry humour, wished Bachchan in this manner, “I celebrate today when planets conspired to get Sri Harivansh Rai n Sri Teji jis joint venture to give rise to phenomenon of @SrBachchan.””To the LEGEND… the best who is an inspiration to every generation!!!! Happy birthday Amit uncle @SrBachchan… you are the BEST!!” wrote filmmaker Karan Johar.advertisement”Many happy returns of the day to a legend !a gentleman ! and one of the most humble human being Ive ever met God bless you mr @SrBachchan,” wrote criketer Yuvraj Singh. PTI PSH PSH
Mumbai, Dec 9 (PTI) A book on the life and times of Olympian wrestler late Shrirang Jadhav from Satara, was launched at the ongoing Maharashtra Kesari Wrestling Competition.Jadhav had represented India at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, along with Khashaba Jadhav, who won the bronze medal.The book, titled Ajinkyatara, and written by sports writer Sanjay Dudhane, was launched at the wrestling tournament underway in Pune, by the vice president of Indian Olympic Association Balasaheb Landge.Shrirang Jadhavs son Amar, who has carried forward his fathers tradition of training wrestlers, said former Maharashtra chief minister Y B Chavan had encouraged the late Jadhav to start a wrestlers training facility in Satara.Jadhav passed away in 1984 at 64, had also served as vice president of the Maharashtra Kustigir Parishad, the apex wrestling body in the state.The Olympian wrestlers school mate and noted orator, thinker and former vice-chancellor of Marathwada University late Shivajirao Bhosle has penned the introduction to the book, Dudhane said. PTI VT NRB
Cristiano Ronaldo will break his Juventus duck when the Serie A giants face Sassuolo, according to Massimiliano Allegri, who also believes the Portugal star deserves to win FIFA’s The Best Award.Ronaldo is still searching for his first Juve goal, despite having had 23 attempts across the first three Serie A matches of the season.The 33-year-old, who arrived from Real Madrid in the summer, has had more efforts on goal without finding the net than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues, but Allegri is confident that Ronaldo – who he claims should edge out Mohamed Salah and Luka Modric for The Best award – will find his form against Sassuolo. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “Cristiano worked well and I think Sunday could be his day,” Allegri told a press conference.”I believe that Cristiano deserves to win the FIFA World Player award, even if Modric has had a phenomenal year as well.”Ronaldo is not the only Juve forward struggling for form so far this term with Paulo Dybala having failed to score or assist in his two appearances.Allegri, though, has no concerns over the Argentine’s ability, insisting that the clash with Sassuolo represents the start of Juve’s season in earnest.”There can be no questioning Paulo Dybala’s qualities. I liked his performance against Parma. Like all the other players, he needs to reach peak condition,” Allegri said.”This is where the seasons starts. The first objectives are to qualify from our Champions League group and lead the way in the league in order to be fighting on all fronts come March.”In the first three games we conceded too much. We will have to find a different solidity. Sassuolo have enthusiasm and good players.”Allegri confirmed that no players who played two matches for their national teams over the past week, with the exception of Blaise Matuidi, will feature on Sunday, but Emre Can is in line for his Juve debut.”Sunday will see Can make his first start for Juventus. I’ll probably rest Miralem Pjanic, while I’ll decide on Sami Khedira later,” Allegri said.”Wojciech Szczesny will play [against Sassuolo], but Mattia Perin is ready and will be playing soon.”
Vasco, Apr 14 (PTI) Title aspirant Aizawl SC will be looking to garner full points when they take on Churchill Brothers in their crucial round 16 match of the Hero I-League, at Tilak Stadium here tomorrow. Aizawl FCs hopes of landing their maiden I-League title were dealt a blow by defending champions Bengaluru FC who struck deep in stoppage time through Marjan Jugovic to break Khalid Jamils boys hearts. With three rounds to go, Aizawl are now tied on 30 points each along with Mohun Bagan at the top and three points above East Bengal who are on third place. Aizawl, who got relegated last year but got a chance to play this season after three goan clubs (Dempo SC, Salgaocar FC and Sporting Clube de Goa) pulled themselves out of the I- League, are in race for their maiden I-League title along with Mohun Bagan and East Bengal. Aizawl coach Khalid Jamil is optimistic that his team can will the title. “We are just three round away and tomorrows match is crucial in our race for the title. We need to win to keep ourselves in race for the title. “The boys have been positive and have come all along the way and now they need to keep themselves focus and win tomorrows match before we play against Mohun Bagan at home next for the title clash,” said Jamil. “The last time we played against Churchill Brothers we won convincingly but after Derrick Pereira took over the reins they are a transformed side as they humbled Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan and East Bengal before they drew their last two matches against Shillong Lajong and Mumbai. We need to put up collective performance and not feel the extra pressure of winning the title,” stated Jamil. Churchill Brothers, who have pulled themselves out of relegation, are placed sixth with 17 points from 15 matches and are now looking to finish among the top five. The former Shivajians boss will look to stick with his top performers, especially Ansumana Kromah who has been in blistering form. He will be partnered by Anthony Wolfe upfront who was among the scorers against the gaffers former side. Adil Khan and Rowilson Rodrigues will look to helm the defence while Bektur Talgat will be charged with marshalling the midfield. All eyes will obviously be on the find of the season so far – the nippy winger Chesterpoul Lyngdoh who has been giving full backs nightmares. PTI MCS ATK ATKadvertisement
New Delhi, Apr 20 (PTI) Digital offline platform ShopX has entered into a strategic tie-up with Puma, which would help the German sportswear firm scale up its footwear business in tier II markets.Puma will leverage ShopXs digital offline model to scale up its footwear business and help it establish presence in over 1,500 retail outlets in tier II markets, ShopX said in a statement.ShopX CEO and Co-Founder Amit Sharma said: “Pumas brand pull, popularity, wide range of products, competitive pricing along with our wide and relevant distribution base should work as catalysts in making this partnership a success.”ShopX, in which former UIDAI chairman and Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani is a strategic investor, has built logistics efficiency through its “LMDN” last mile delivery network.”This will result in highly ROI driven retailer outreach for Puma. On the other hand, Direct brand partnerships through ShopXs platform will help retailers get access to the entire range of Pumas sports footwear category,” the company said.Within a year of launch, ShopX has empowered 45,000 retail partners across 230 towns in 10 states; serving more than 3 million customers.The company aims to provide the 600-million middle-income population in India access to digital commerce through its retailer partners. PTI KRH JM
India’s most anticipated film Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, which released on April 28, opened to phenomenal response from fans. So much so that Baahubali 2 became the first Indian film to enter the prestigious Rs 1000-crore club. While Baahubali 2 continues its dream run at the box office even on its fifth week, superstar Aamir Khan’s Dangal has reportedly beaten the records set by SS Rajamouli’s film.As per box-office figures, Dangal has earned Rs 1743 crore worldwide, while Baahubali 2 has netted Rs 1530 crore.With its WW gross collections, #AamirKhan’s #Dangal has officially beaten #Baahubali2 at the box-office. Well deserved success ?????? pic.twitter.com/R7b8cUZxc7- Haricharan Pudipeddi (@pudiharicharan) May 25, 2017It must be noted that Aamir Khan’s wrestling drama Dangal received overwhelming response in China and has earned Rs 810 crore. Dangal’s theme of battling patriarchy, gender bias and excellence in sports has struck a chord with the Chinese people. At a recent media interaction, Aamir Khan asked viewers to not compare Baahubali 2 and Dangal as they’re two different and ‘good’ films.#Dangal WW GBOC (Till May 25th 2017):#China – ? 810 Crs#Taiwan – ? 31 Crs (US$ 4.72 M)RoW – ? 744 CrsTotal – ? 1,585 Crs- Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) May 26, 2017On the other hand, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion was particularly praised for its breathtaking visuals and a gripping plot.#Baahubali2 becomes the 1st Indian Movie to do ? 1,000 Cr Nett in #IndiaHindi – ? 481 CrsTelugu, Tamil & Mal (Incl ROI too) – ? 520 Crs- Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) May 24, 2017Reports also suggest that Baahubali 2 will soon hit the screens in China. When that happens, the Prabhas-starrer is expected to fetch more moolah for the producers.advertisementLots of speculation about #Baahubali2 release in China… The update: #Baahubali2 makers have started the process of releasing in China…- taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) May 25, 2017Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah, Sathyaraj and Ramya Krishnan star in pivotal roles in this instalment of Baahubali too.ALSO READ: Dangal Movie ReviewALSO READ: Baahubali 2 Movie ReviewWATCH: Prabhas & Rana Daggubati talk about their ultimate face-off in Baahubali 2
Angelique Kerber enjoyed the honour of opening Centre Court proceedings on Tuesday in the absence of title holder Serena Williams and, while she looked far from her best, she reached the Wimbledon second round with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Irina Falconi.The German world number one, a first round loser at the French Open just five weeks ago, has been struggling to recapture the form that carried her into three grand slam finals in 2016.However, Kerber, who won two of those majors and finished runner up to Williams at the All England Club last July, ensured she would not add her name to the list of Wimbledon top seeds to have perished in the opening round.Instead, she survived the plucky challenge of American qualifier Falconi to register her first win at a grand slam tournament since bowing out in the fourth round at January’s Australian Open.Falconi had her chances to chalk up her first win in five appearances at Wimbledon, breaking Kerber once in each set.However, the world number 247’s lack of experience eventually caught up with her and a double fault handed Kerber two break points for a 5-4 lead in the second set.The German converted the second and then finished with a flourish, holding to love to seal the match with a forehand winner.Next up for her will be Belgian Kirsten Flipkens.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has achieved everything one can on a cricket field, and that too with the characteristic coolness that he has come to be associated with.Throwing the ball to a certain Joginder Sharma for the last over in the final of the World T20 in 2007 against Pakistan or promoting himself up the order ahead of Yuvraj Singh, the man-of-the-tournament, in the final of the 2011 World Cup, Dhoni’s risks have come to be part of a larger cricketing folklore.The ever-growing myth’s surrounding the man have filled the back pages throughout the nation over these many years, but then again some instances reminded us of his ‘humanness’.The times in which he seemingly “lost his cool” made the billions that call themselves fans, love and admire him more.Be it Dhoni’s on-field quips or “runs ins” with the opposition, what shines through is his earnest attempts to give his all for the country. ANGRY WITH BOWDEN!An instance when MS Dhoni lost his cool was in a game against Australia in 2012 when Kiwi umpire Billy Bowden had overturned the decision of the third umpire to declare Mike Hussey not-out.The Indian keeper had stumped the Aussie batsman off Suresh Raina’s bowling, but television replays suggested that Hussey got some part of his shoes behind the line when the bails were removed. When the decision was referred to the Third umpire, he had mistakenly flashed OUT on the screens in the stadium forcing the left-hander to take the long walk back.advertisementThe on-field umpires asked Hussey to continue his innings as a visibly displeased Dhoni was seen uncharacteristically arguing with Billy Bowden. MUST-YOU-FIZUR?Something that Mustafizur shall always remember after his debut in the first ODI against India in Mirpur back in June 2015, is that never mess with MS Dhoni.Bowling first, Mustafizur was involved in an incident with Rohit Sharma, as he constantly kept straying onto the India opener’s path in his follow-through. In the 25th over of the innings the Bangladeshi speedster tried a similar tactic against the then Indian captain Dhoni, who wasn’t ready to have any of it.Dhoni wanted to take a single having tapped the ball towards mid-off, but Mustafizur, bowling from over the wicket decided to walk into Dhoni’s path after having a look at him over his shoulder. Dhoni continued his run and on his way nudged (read ‘shoved’) the debutant with his forearm who fell flat on the ground, and had to leave the field for a little while. Dhoni was charged 75% of his match fee, and Mustafizur 50%.QUIRKY QUIPSMS Dhoni is synonymous with his never-ending commentary from behind the wickets, be it calling the ball-by-ball action or correctly pre-empting the opposition batsman’s next shot.While setting the field for Pragyan Ojha against New Zealand, S. Sreesanth was shifting away from his assigned fielding position he reminded, “Oye Sree! Udhar girlfriend nahi hain, idhar aa ja thoda” (Hey Sree, it’s not like your girlfriend is over there. Move over here).Or, when Ravindra Jadeja was quick to be reminded of Pujara’s purpose on the field as he kept missing his length. “Yeh ghoomega toh Pujara ko isiliye idhar rakha hai, woh udhar volleyball khelne ke liye nahi khada hai” (It will spin, that is why I have kept Pujara there to field, he is not there to play volleyball).Dhoni has also never shied away from giving back when other’s tried to put on over Captain Cool. He answered the way he knows best, with his signature quick wit.Earlier this IPL season, while Dhoni was playing for Rising Pune Supergiant, England legend Kevin Pietersen was on commentary duty and he decided to have some fun. KP was speaking to Manoj Tiwary, who was wired in and fielding at first slip next to Dhoni.Pietersen asked Tiwary to tell Dhoni that he was a better golfer than the former India skipper. Dhoni was prompt with his reply and Tiwary repeated that word for word on live air: “Tell him (KP), he is still my first Test wicket.” The whole commentary box burst out laughing while KP learnt a valuable lesson that day – never mess with MS Dhoni.
Team India’s new head coach Ravi Shastri sounded upbeat after being appointed to the high-profile position by the Cricket Advisory Committee on Tuesday.As many as 10 former cricketers had applied for the India coach role and five of them were interviewed on Monday by the CAC in Mumbai. Shastri was the frontrunner, thanks to his impressive interview. Besides, Virat Kohli was reported to be in favour of the former team director.WATCH FULL VIDEOIndia Today caught up with him on Wednesday and he said that he was not worried at all about the whole drama that was going on in India about the Team Indian coach’s job.Here are the top 10 things that Shastri said in his exclusive interview to India Today from London.ON SPEAKING TO KOHLI ABOUT WHAT HAS HAPPENED WITH KUMBLEI’ve not spoken to him. I will speak to him. I don’t carry baggage, what happened in the past is not my problem. I will start afresh. Whatever I discuss with Virat will stay between him and me.RAVI SHASTRI ON HAVING SLEEPLESS NIGHTS BEFORE HIS APPOINTMENTI was chilling. No worries. I’m used to this. Didn’t make any difference.ON ZAHEER KHAN AND RAHUL DRAVID’S PRESENCEI think invaluable. The inputs will be invaluable. Even when I was in charge of the team I had a chat with both these players and asked them to spend some time with the boys and share their experience. It’s invaluable. You need some fresh inputs and input always helps.advertisementON BEING GIVEN A LONGER CONTRACT THIS TIMEThis continuity will help. It gives me enough time to make this a team. It has the potential to be number 1 across all formats. ON WORKING WITH KOHLI & COThey’re a great bunch of boys and it will be great to be back with them again.HOW HE APPROACHED THE INTERVIEW WITH THE CACI was Ravi Shastri. Period.WHAT DID HE PRESENT TO THE CAC IN THE INTERVIEWThere are certain things confidential and they remain confidential.ON MSD AND YUVRAJ SINGH2019 is a long way to go. They’re two champion cricketers. We will deal with them when time comes. Will spend time with captain and take things forward.ON VIRAT KOHLI’S FORMHe is a champion and everyone’s entitled for the odd failure. He’s a champion cricketer. He hasn’t reached his peak and the next five-six years will define VK.ON THE TEAM BACKING HIMI must have done something good. It’s an hounor when the teams speaks about you in that fashion. I enjoyed the trust they had in me and the trust I had in them.
American carmaker Jeep has launched the much awaited Compass in India, with prices beginning from Rs 14.95 lakh and going all the way up to Rs 20.65 lakh. These are ex-showroom prices and will stay the same all over India.The Compass is the first model from Jeep that will be manufactured India. It is a big launch for the American carmaker, one that can make or break Jeep’s legacy in India. Keeping this in mind, the Compass has been priced aggressively in the country.The Compass is available with two engine options in India, one petrol and one diesel. The Petrol unit is a 1.4-litre MultiAir engine that puts out 162PS of power 250Nm of torque. It is available with a six-speed manual and a seven-speed DCT gearbox. The diesel engine is a 2.0-litre Multijet unit that pushes out 173PS of power and 350Nm of torque. For the time being, the diesel engine is only available with a six-speed manual gearbox, although a nine-speed automatic will be introduced at a later date. The petrol variant of the Jeep will be offered only in a 4×2 set up while the diesel trims will be available with a 4×2 and 4×4 set up.ARAI figures for the petrol engine are not availble yet, but the diesel engine is capable of returning a fuel efficiency of 16.3kmpl for the 4×4 version and 17.1kmpl for the 4×2 version.Jeep had entered India last year with the Grand Cherokee and Wrangler Unlimited. Both cars were brought in through the CBU route and their price tags left not many impressed. However with the Compass, Jeep is aiming to get mass numbers in India to cement its position in the market. Another area where FCA (Jeep’s parent company) needs to buck-up in India is its aster-sales service.The Compass is available in three trims, Sport, Longitude and Limited.advertisementJeep has revealed that even before launch, the Compass had garnered 38,000 enquiries and 5,000 bookings, These are pretty impressive numbers for a SUV whose price was not known until the launch. The Compass also gets a three year/1,00,000km warranty. Prices of all the trims are:ModelPrice (Ex-showroom, Delhi) 1.4 MultiAir Petrol Sport Rs 14.95 lakh 1.4 MultiAir Petrol Limited (AT) Rs 18.70 lakh 1.4 MultiAir Petrol Limited Option (AT) Rs 19.40 lakh 2.0 Multijet Diesel Sport Rs 15.45 lakh 2.0 Multijet Diesel Longitude Rs 16.45 lakh 2.0 Multijet Diesel Longitude Option Rs 17.25 lakh 2.0 Multijet Diesel Limited Rs 18.05 lakh 2.0 Multijet Diesel Limited Option Rs 18.75 lakh 2.0 Multijet Diesel Limited 4×4 Rs 19.95 lakh 2.0 Multijet Diesel Limited Option 4×4 Rs 20.65 lakhThe Jeep Compass’ main competitor in the market is the Hyundai Tucson but with its aggressive pricing, it could eat into the market share of cars like the Mahindra XUV500 also.Also Read: Made-in-India Jeep Compass launch date revealedAlso Read: Fiat officially commence online booking for upcoming Jeep Compass in India
Hyderabad, Aug 19 (PTI) The city police today arrested six persons and seized Rs one crore in demonetised currency from them.The arrested men were identified as Raj Kumar Bagadi, owner of a petrol pump in Putli Bowli area; Ahmed Bin Ali, owner of a sports showroom; Mohammed Salman; Mohammed Shabeer, a textile businessman; Mohammed Ahmed Shareef and Pedda Shetty Reddy Sekar, a retired Postal Department employee.A team of Central Zone Task Force of police raided Bagadis house in Barkathpura area and arrested them with Rs 1 crore in scrapped notes, said a press release.The accused had planned to get the notes exchanged for valid currency through some middlemen, and gathered at Bagadis house for this purpose.A case was registered at Kachiguda police station and further probe is on. PTI GDK KRK
European soccer’s governing body (UEFA) has opened disciplinary proceedings against Everton after one of the club’s fans tried to punch an Olympique Lyon player in a melee that broke out during Thursday’s Europa League game at Goodison Park.Merseyside Police are also investigating the brawl on the pitch between players from both teams, while Everton have banned one individual.”Disciplinary proceedings have been opened following the UEFA Europa League group stage match between Everton FC and Olympique Lyonnais (1-2), played on 19 October in England,” UEFA said in a statement on Friday.The governing body added that the English club had been charged with “Aggressions by supporters against players” under Article 16 (2) (H) of its disciplinary regulations.Everton captain Ashley Williams sparked off the trouble in the 64th minute when he shoved Anthony Lopes into the advertising hoardings after the Lyon goalkeeper had collected the ball from a corner.An all-out melee ensued with players from both sides getting involved, while at least one fan behind the goal was caught on video throwing punches at a Lyon player before stewards intervened.Everton issued a statement saying they had banned an individual from future matches after reviewing footage of the incident and would be making a formal complaint to Merseyside Police.The force said its detectives would review footage and speak to witnesses to establish what, if any, offences had been committed.Everton manager Ronald Koeman blamed poor refereeing for the scuffle near the Gwladys Street End stand in comments made after the match.advertisement”I think the irritation grows in the game for our players and in my opinion that was the problem by the referee,” said Koeman, whose team lost 2-1.”The referee was Dutch but he didn’t do anything against the theatre of some of the Lyon players. (Lyon captain Nabil) Fekir in the first half dived 10 times.”I understand with my players, that comes out of frustration. I don’t know what happened but I can understand it.”Defender Williams, who scored an equaliser for Everton minutes after the incident, and Lyon striker Bertrand Traore, who scored the winner for his side, received yellow cards.The loss increases scrutiny of Koeman, whose team sit bottom of their group with no wins in three Europa League games and on a two-game winless streak in the Premier League, where they are 16th in the standings.Everton host top four contenders Arsenal in the league on Sunday.
It was another final, another epic display yet another agonising loss!PV Sindhu contested her third major final in the last two years on Sunday and went within touching distance once more before falling painfully short again.It was an hour and 34-minute-long battle against Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the BWF World Super Series Finals Sunday night just as Sindhu and Nozomi Okuhara of Japan had fought for an hour and 50 minutes in the World Championships final in August. A year before that Sindhu went down to Spain’s Carolina Marin in the Rio Olympics final in one hour and 23 minutes. All the matches saw a similar result — Sindhu having to settle for silver.Visibly, Sindhu never gave up, she never does. It never looked like she has developed a mental blockade when it came to finals, what is it then that is stopping Sindhu from touching greatness?While the Rio Olympics final was Sindhu’s first big match where the entire country had her eyes on her, by the time the World Championships and Super Series Finals came, she was used to the expectations. In the 2016 Olympics, Sindhu had run out of ideas by the end of the match and Marin was finding angles that were tough for Sindhu to pick. Marin is one of the few left handers on the international circuit and that automatically gives her an upper hand in terms of finding angles but at that point of time, Sindhu was yet to mature.However, both the finals at Super Series Finals and the World Championships had a similar pattern to them – the fact that both those opponents were Japanese cannot be missed.advertisementHowever, what was most obvious to naked eye was how physically drained Sindhu got halfway through both those games.One can always argue that her opponents had got tired as well but clearly not as quick and as much as the Indian. And no, that doesn’t amount to Sindhu being an unaccomplished player but rather to her style of play.AGGRESSIVE GAME PLAYSindhu is a very tall athlete and that inherently enables her to cover the court incredibly well and makes her shots from the back court very powerful. And that is exactly why she is feared on the circuit.However, her opponents have got wind of that — they engage her in longer rallies, find acute angles and force her to play lunged forehand net shot, which is definitely not her strength.After Rio Olympics, Sindhu worked a lot on her endurance knowing that she was not the most skillful player but a lot of work still needs to be done.Since Sindhu is tall, bending back and forth takes up a lot of her energy and though, she has worked immensely and has improved that bit of her game, she needs far more endurance to eke out crucial points.Also, Sindhu is a very attacking player, which means she thrives on her smashes which again requires a lot of energy.The tall Hyderabadi is a very committed player and she commits herself to every point from the very beginning of the game and that is exactly what tires her halfway through the match.In Sunday’s match against Yamaguchi and even against Okuhara in August, Pullela Gopichand was seen screaming instructions at Sindhu to preserve her energy and go for decisive shots only when they are at her tips. However, Sindhu had lost a lot of her energy by then and she was hoping for Yamaguchi to make errors. But that did not happen.Yamaguchi is technically very strong and along with her fitness, that is unique to the Japanese, her ability to create shots under pressure makes her an immense threat.Both those matches, Sindhu lost through unforced errors and that only highlighted her fatigue.ROAD AHEADSindhu is already working on getting some deceptive shots up her sleeve. She already has all kinds of smashes at the tip of her frame.Despite being a very good athlete, there one aspect that is needed to make her complete — fitness.Sindhu’s fitness still needs to improve by leaps and bounds. Her opponents are constantly targetting that. Engaging her in longer rallies and draining out all her energy has become the biggest weapon to defeat her.Now, she will have to work to counter that.There are lots of skillful players on the circuit but none as powerful as Sindhu and she needs to make that her strength.
Kevin Pietersen on Friday announced on Twitter that he has buried the hatchet with his former England teammate and captain Andrew Strauss, whose wife had been diagnosed with cancer.Strauss returned to England from Australia ahead of the ongoing Perth Test after his wife, Ruth, was diagnosed with cancer. In all likelihood, Strauss will not return to Australia for the remaining match and stay with wife and family instead.”Here ends ANY tension I may have with Andrew Strauss. What he’s going through with his family puts life into perspective. Thinking of the Strauss family!” Pietersen took to Twitter to express his feelings.Here ends ANY tension I may have with Andrew Strauss. What hes going through with his family puts life into perspective. Thinking of the Strauss family! ???- KP (@KP24) December 15, 2017Strauss and Pietersen were at loggerheads since 2012 after Pietersen sent defamatory text messages to South African players.In 2012, Pietersen played a key role in the Test series against South Africa. He hit a century in the first Test against the Proteas but said that the third Test in the series might be his last for England. He also talked openly about issues in the dressing room.In the coming days, allegations were made against him that he sent defamatory text messages to members of the South African dressing room. Names of Strauss and then England coach Andy Flower were also mentioned in the messages. He had talks with the ECB and he committed his future to all formats of the game but was dropped for the third Test.advertisementPietersen though made his return to the England team for the 2013-14 Ashes series in Australia.Pietersen was sacked from the team after a 5-0 whitewash in the 2013-14 Ashes series and was told in May in 2015 by former captain Strauss that he would not be considered for an international recall.Strauss was appointed the Director of England cricket in 2015 and soon after his appointment he accused Pietersen of “massive trust issues”.”The first thing to say is that I have never doubted his abilities, his record stacks up and he can be proud. But over months and years the trust has been eroded and there is a massive trust issue between him and I and because of that we’ve decided it’s not in the best short-term interest to have in the team,” Strauss said.”However, he is not banned from the side. It’s not about his capabilities, it’s about trust which we can’t rebuild over just a few days. Trust is imperative in any organisation. We can’t run away from the fact that trust isn’t there at the moment,” Straus had said at the time.Pietersen’s international career came to a premature end after the 2013-14 Ashes series in which he ended as England’s highest run-getter with 294 runs.