If you and your better half are fitness-savvy and you didn’t get a “good enough” gift for her this Valentine’s Day, then maybe you could suggest working out together. A trend that’s coming up among couples of all ages in the capital, working out together is more like a buddy system, which also gives people with hectic schedules some more time together.Take the case of 29-year-old Gurdeep and Tushar, who have started working out together for an hour everyday (except weekends) for the last five months. She says, “We have a one and a half year old baby and I had put on a lot of weight after the pregnancy. I really wanted to join the gym, but that’s impossible due to my hectic schedule at work, where I spend all day working on laptops. So, I came up with the idea of working out together in the morning. Before getting married, I was inclined yoga and aerobics, and he used to go the gym. Now, instead of that we do a lot of cardio and yoga together, and he indulges in some weight lifting. We anyway get very little time together, and this not only ensures that we get some time together every morning, but also motivate each other to stay fit!” However, Gurdeep says that dieting is something that she finds impossible, thanks to the fact that she barely gets any time to cook.Pointing out how working out together can be beneficial in more ways than one would think, Dr Dharam P Pandey, Director and HOD, department of Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation, BLK Super Speciality Hospital, says, “Not only is it cost-effective and saves money, but people feel more connected to each other, supported and confident, and you also get a lot of additional time together. Also, you literally see each other at your worst, so it also improves your relationship and hence, intimacy.” Manmeet, who trains couples at Anytime Fitness opines that it’s important for a trainer to know about the bond and the relationship a couple shares,besides knowing their fitness levels, of course.advertisementAlso Watch: 5 basic yoga asanas you can do anytime, anywhere”Young people today are opting for a lot of cardio. I usually recommend 20-minute cardio and functional training or body weight exercises to people who come to me. Many also want to do ab exercises and of course, there’s the lot which has back issues due to their desk jobs. And it works out pretty well for people because you are working out with someone you’re comfortable with.” Manmeet, who trains about 10 couples a day, says that most couples have the same body type, and hence, have the same regime. “But sometimes, their body types are different or have injuries of problems, so we have to tweak a few exercises here and there to make it more convenient.” She recommends doing crunches with a ball, planks and trunk rotation with a band. Abhishek Sinha, Manager and Head Trainer Equilibrium, Faridabad, recommends abdominal workouts, leg workouts, chest workouts by body weight together, acroyoga workouts, circuit training together, running, cycling, body combat workouts and acrobatics in the swimming pool.41-year old Harsh and his wife Aditi (38) have figures out exactly how to tackle their health. He’s an interior designer who does a lot of field work and she’s a lecturer at Delhi University, and they both make it a point to work out for an hour at least five times a week. Says Harsh, “We are also very conscious about our diet, read up a lot about staying fit and pick up a lot of exercises for couples off the internet. We’ve divided up the work – she works on the mental part, which is all the studies on the internet on the exercises and the kind of nutrition needed, while I work on physical aspect like which weights to pick up, etc. It helps us train better and keeps us motivated. Though body weight exercises are a little tough, it’s easier to work with weights. We do a lot of push ups, pull ups, squats and bench tricep. Our cardio is a little different – we sprint for 30 seconds and then walk for three minutes – the body burns up all the fat directly in those three minutes and 30 seconds.” And as far as their diet goes, they eat a lot of natural foods and avoid processed foods. They also eat a lot of bananas, sports supplements like protein shakes, Chicken, eggs and meats in healthy preparations. But Saturday is their cheat day. Adds Harsh, “We don’t party every day or hit the gym. We just party on Saturdays, the only cheat day.”advertisementSweating out with each other brings intimacy. Photo: Mail Today Some exercises you can do at home with BAESweetheart squat: Couples should stand facing each other and hold their partner’s forearms. Make sure you maintain a secure grip as both the partners’ squat down and return to the starting position. This exercise will strengthen your legs, besides building a sense of trust between the two.Wheelbarrow pushup and squat: The Start with a push-up, and get your better half to hold your feet in their hands. brace your core, and do as many push-ups possible. as you lower yourself, your partner should lower into a squat, keeping his or her arms straight. repeat this 10 times in each position, and then switch places.Lovers’ toss: Both people should sit down facing each other with their knees bent and toes touching. One should hold a medicine ball into the chest. Keeping the spine straight and sitting up make one feel the abs engage. Hold that position and play catch with the ball.Partner running accompanied by tubing: Loop a resistance tubing or band around the hips of your partner. Walk backwards until there’s tension on the tubing, and hold it in place while your partner runs in place for few seconds. Partners can take turns and switch sides after every round.Dynamic lunge: Stand an arm’s length away from your partner whilst facing him/her. Hold each other’s hands. Lunge forward with your right leg as your partner lunges backward with their left leg. Now lunge backward with your right leg as your partner lunges forward with their left. Do this five times, then switch sides.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger left Sutton United with a deeper respect for non-league football after watching his Premier League charges being pushed hard by their far less illustrious opponents in the FA Cup fifth round.Arsenal ran out 2-0 winners at Sutton’s tiny Gander Green Lane ground on Monday, but Wenger was full of admiration for Sutton’s spirited display.”I didn’t really enjoy tonight because we absolutely had to do the job and it is tricky,” Wenger told the media after goals from Lucas Perez and Theo Walcott ended Sutton’s dream Cup run.”If we had come here in a relaxed mood we would have gone out tonight because they produced quality.” (Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says future will be decided “in March or April”)Sutton are 17th in the National League, 105 places below Arsenal in the English football pyramid, and while Wenger enjoyed the romance of the tiny club punching so far above their weight, he said he would never be able to manage at their level.”It is basically division five, and they are 17th out of 24,” the Frenchman added. “I will never go down there to manage because it is too difficult.”I come from a club that is smaller than that so it reminds me of my childhood. The changing rooms for me were fantastic — the closer you are, the more united you are when you go out there. (Title is Chelsea’s to lose, says Arsene Wenger)”They were organised and had a huge desire. If we were not mentally prepared we would not have gone through today.”advertisementArsenal have been drawn against non-league Lincoln City in the quarter-finals, a team that became the first minor league side to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals in 103 years when the beat the Premier League’s Burnley in the last round.
Also launched along with the return of the rejuvenated NS 200, was the updated version of Baja’s most committed sports bike, the RS 200. While sales of the bike never hit record numbers, the bike has found popularity amongst those who wanted home grown fun-to-ride motorcycle with aggressive styling.Design:Walking up to the motorcycle, the biggest change which will naturally catch your eye is the new graphics which Bajaj is now using. The new graphics which the customers now have a choice of choosing between are – Racing Blue and Graphite Black. The styling is now even more eye catching, with the sharp graphics extensively accentuating the design creases and body lines of this handsome bike.Bajaj RS 200Overall, the styling has definitely approved and will appeal even further to the boy racers of the country who insist on wanting a proper sport bike from the house of Bajaj.BS-IV compliant:Bajaj is priding themselves for being the first motorcycle manufacturer in the country to actually update every motorcycle in their range and have them ready to completely comply with the government’s Bharat Stage IV emission norms. The RS 200 gets these changes and along with the feel-good factor of riding something that is kinder to the environment, rider’s who are acquainted with the RS 200’s predecessor will also find a pleasant change, having to do with the overall improvement in NVH levels. Bajaj RS 200Engine:The 200cc single-cylinder motor was a smooth motor, however, with its recent updates, the vibrations have smoothened out even further. The motor is a very capable unit that will be right at home in city use but will start feeling a little stresses at highway speeds. The engine develops 24.5bhp and 18.6Nm, while the fuel injection technology always ensures a healthy and consistent fuel intake when the rider decided to get on the throttle, as hard as he wishes.advertisementBajaj RS 200Features:The bike also comes with safety nannies like ABS, 300mm front disc brakes and 230mm rear discs. Making use of these, the bike will always come to a stop safely and block out the hair-raising moments that come with not having them.Bajaj RS 200Verdict:Overall, the RS 200 is not a completely different animal and there are no radical changes. What 2017 brings is the right amount of changes to keep the ball rolling on sales and also keep the rider and boy-racers happy with this mid-life update that Bajaj has made.Bajaj RS 200ALSO READ: First Ride Review: Okinawa RidgeALSO READ: Yamaha FZ-25 first ride review
Akhilesh has the support of his fathers cousin, Ram Gopal.On 30 December 2016, Akhilesh was fired from the party by his father a day after he released a separate list of candidates for the upcoming elections, only to be readmitted the next day.The following day he was elected as the national head of SP by his partys national convention in Lucknow, replacing his father who termed it as illegal.However, as the UP polls were near the matter went to Election Commission, which finally recognised Akhilesh group as the real SP and gave it bicycle symbol.Armed with the EC order, Akhilesh went ahead with forging an alliance with Congress, much to the chagrin of his father Mulayam Singh Yadav.Akhilesh married Dimple Yadav on 24 November, 1999 and has two daughters and a son. Dimple is also a politician and MP from Kannauj.Akhilesh has keen interest in sports such as football and cricket. His favourite pastimes include reading, listening to music and watching films. PTI ABN SMI ZMN
Nissan launches new version of TerranoNoida, Mar 27 (PTI) Japanese auto major Nissan today launched an all new version of its SUV Terrano priced between Rs 9.99 lakh and Rs 13.6 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).The company will also launch hybrid version of its top end SUV XTrail by the end of this year as it looks to enhance portfolio in the fast growing SUV segment in India.Besides, the company is targeting sports hatchback and executive sedans segment as part of its plans to launch eight new vehicles in India by 2021.”We have interesting products lined up for India as per our plans announced earlier. This year apart from the new Terrano we will have the hybrid XTrail by the end of 2017,” Nissan India Operations President Guillaume Sicard (rpt) Sicard told PTI.He said India will be among the very few global markets where the hybrid XTrail will be launched as the companys “top management decided to bring the eco-friendly model considering the significance of the market here”.While there will be other updates on Datsun models this year, the Nissan brand will focus on consolidation of the SUV range.”From next year we will have many exciting products as we have said we will launch eight new products by 2021. We are looking at sporty premium hatchback segment,” Sicard said.”We also believe there is scope for a good roomy sedan. Overall we are targeting not just the SUV segment but also others in the Indian market,” he added.On the new Terrano, he said the fourth generation vehicle comes with 22 new features compared with the previous one, including enhanced safety features like electronic stability programme, touch screen navigation and hill ascent assist.advertisement”Globally Nissan is known for its SUV lineage such as the Patrol, Qashqai and the Murano. The new Terrano continues that heritage into India targeting young and successful customers who are well travelled internationally,” he added.The Nissan Terrano competes with alliance partner Renaults Duster and Hyundai Creta which are priced between Rs 8.65 lakh and Rs 14.61 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). Nissan had launched the Terrano in India in 2013.Nissan aims to increase its car market share in India from 2 per cent at present to 5 per cent by 2021 through new product launches under its Nissan and Datsun brands. PTI RKL SA
On February 16, 2009, I had the honor to present at the 2009 Emerging Program Institute at the McColl Center for Visual Art in Charlotte, NC. At the bottom of this article are a PDF copy of the slides for this presentation. In addition, I’ve included some of my favorite articles from here in the Network for Good Learning Center. Enjoy!Favorite Articles10 Things to Avoid in Email Campaigns11 Steps to Success with Social Networking33 Ideas that Change the Fundraising Game4 Basic Website Tweaks5 Elements of a Good Story9 Email Do’s and Don’ts for the SenderBring Your e-Newsletter from Snoring to SoaringCreate an Online Fundraising Plan – Step 1: Work Your WebsiteCreate an Online Fundraising Plan – Step 2: Evolve Your EmailsCreate an Online Fundraising Plan – Step 3: Match Up Your Online and Offline MarketingCreate an Online Fundraising Plan – Step 4: Know Your NumbersDeveloping a Strategic Communications Plan Eight Things Your Home Page Must HaveEmail Signatures: A Missed Marketing OpportunityFive Deadly Sins of Website DesignHow to Ask for DonationsReport: Can donation page optimization boost online giving?Sample Online Fundraising PlanShould You Send Emails to Supporters via Outlook?The Secret to Getting People to Give: 15 Reasons Why People Donate To Increase Charitable Donations, Appeal to the Heart — Not the Head
I’m a fan of Morgan Spurlock, the documentary filmmaker of Super Size Me fame. He has a new documentary on branding. To make the film, he let brands buy product placement throughout the documentary. The name of the film? The Greatest Story Every Sold. The reaction to his concept from ad agencies vs. feisty brands makes for a great story. He tells it here in his recent 2011 TED talk.Enjoy this thoroughly entertaining speech on the good and the bad of branding — and get inspired to go big or go home.
Your nonprofit’s social media outreach is a powerful way to share your impact, increase trust and credibility, and highlight constituents quickly and easily. Instead of making social media an afterthought, make it an integral part of your overall engagement strategy. When you do, people will connect with your organization and in the process become powerful allies and advocates for your cause.Here are the top four social media dos and don’ts—plus the “ultimate do”—to help you build engagement with every status update and tweet.Don’t include just a link in your Facebook posts.Do include both a link and an image to garner lots of likes, comments, shares, and click-throughs. (Check out the example on this page from Charity Water’s Facebook wall.) Avoid using stock images. Photos don’t need to be super high quality; they just need to be interesting. Gather snapshots from events or in the field, for instance, and develop a good backlog of images you can use with various types of content.Don’t post the same type of content over and over again.Do post a variety of content on all channels: blog posts, photo galleries, videos. People consume media in different ways. Mix up your media and content—tell a story, ask for donations, announce an event, etc.Don’t ignore comments and tweets.Do engage with your followers. Answer questions. Respond to feedback. Wish donors a happy birthday or even happy anniversary for, say, their fifth year as a supporter. Thank volunteers by name after a work party. We all love to be acknowledged, and we often respond by sharing those posts and telling our friends.Don’t try to manage eight different platforms.Do focus on just one to three platforms—and test everything. Keep it simple. Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are great places to start. Post different types of content to see what gets the most likes, shares, retweets, and comments. Learn where your audiences are, optimize your content for each platform, and make every post shareable, engaging, and unique.The Ultimate Do: Above all, make sure every post is shareable, engaging, and unique. If it isn’t all three of these things, don’t post it until it is.Adapted from Network for Good’s Nonprofit 911 webinar “How to Use Content to Boost Donations” with Taylor Corrado from HubSpot. Download the full webinar here
What’s the number one predictor of fundraising success? According the Individual Donor Benchmark Report, it all comes down to creating a nonprofit fundraising plan. In short, it’s not the fundraising plan itself, but the act of planning. Simply taking time to reflect and put goals in writing is the leading indicator of how much you’ll bring in this year, be it donors or dollars.In our Nonprofit 911 webinar The 7 Steps to a Stellar Fundraising Plan, Third Space Studio’s Heather Yandow and Caryn Stein, vice president of communications and content at Network for Good, shared how your organization can create a nonprofit fundraising plan for success.Step 1: Reflect on your past year.If you had a fundraising plan last year, look at how well you followed it. Gather data from your donor management tool. Or maybe you have to rely on memory. That’s okay. Use what you have.Start with these questions:How much did you raise last year? List your fundraising activities and their outcomes.What were your biggest successes? Look at where you made an impact and the things you’re proud of. You can build on these.What were your biggest challenges? Reflect on what didn’t go as planned or where you want to focus more attention, time, or resources, like meeting with donors or launching a recurring giving program.Step 2: Identify existing resources.What do you have now that can help your fundraising? Be realistic about resources in terms of availability and limitations. Money is the obvious one, but also look at time, staff, volunteers, and technology.Step 3: List activities to attract, renew, and upgrade donors.Now you’re ready to dig in. Make a list of activities that grow your individual giving program. Think about donor acquisition, donor retention, and upgrading current donors. Give equal weight to all three, because it costs much less over time to acquire, retain, and upgrade a donor than trying to fill that funding bucket year after year.Step 4: Create goals for each activity.Knowing what you’re aiming for is really important. A few goals to consider:Dollars raisedNew donorsRecurring giftsBoard participation (dollars or donors)The great thing about this process is how it helps everyone agree to priorities at the get-go and understand potential impacts if you change course or don’t reach a goal.Step 5: ID three focus points.Pinpoint three areas to focus on over the year to help meet your goals from step four. We know, for example, that online is really powering growth in individual giving. You might focus on launching a peer-to-peer campaign or participating in #GivingTuesday. If you’re just getting started in online giving, making your donation pages mobile-friendly and branded should definitely top your list.Step 6: Put your plan on the calendar.A fundraising plan feels a lot more doable when you map out the work over time. Set some deadlines—think of them as mileposts where you can gauge your success. Use whatever tool works best for you: paper calendar, Excel spreadsheet, or an online tool that syncs with other things.Start with existing commitments—events, board meetings, grant deadlines, staff vacations—and put them in the calendar. Knowing you want to get something done to share at the July board meeting can be a great motivator. And if you see that the end of April is crazy, you’ll avoid starting new projects then.Write in your monthly and seasonal focus areas. Maybe March is when you target new monthly donors, and fall is busy with #GivingTuesday and year-end planning.Step 7: Set yourself up for success.Identify what helped you do well in the past. Some ideas: Find an accountability partner to check in with and make sure you’re following through on tasks. Set aside a specific time dedicated to calling donors. Hold regular team check-ins to report results, brainstorm, and share resources. And always take time to celebrate your fundraising wins!Sounds doable, right? It is! Now that you’ve taken the crash course, download Nonprofit 911: The 7 Steps to a Stellar Fundraising Plan for a deeper look at having your best year yet
If you’re new to mobile giving but are convinced it could benefit your organization and boost your fundraising campaign results, you may want to integrate one of the various types of mobile giving into your campaigns. There are four main categories of mobile giving, which provide convenience to your donors and opportunity to your organization.1) Text-to-Give CampaignsTexting is the most widely, and frequently-used, app on smartphones. Your supporters are already using text messages to communicate. Text-to-give campaigns give donors an easy way to make a donation or pledge.How does text-to-give work? Your organization will create a unique text number to be shared with donors. When donors send a text message to that number, they’ll receive an automatic reply that includes a link to your mobile-friendly donation page. From there, the supporter will complete a donation. This process saves donors the trouble of having to open the mobile browser and manually type in your URL.2) Mobile Email CampaignsPeople use email both for personal and business communications. Thanks to smartphones, they’re checking their email constantly. In fact, 50% of people report checking their email even while in bed! Mobile email offers donors a way to give through a tool they’re already using multiple times a day.Network for Good has found that mobile giving is responsible for 33% of all gifts on our customers’ donation pages. When supporters can instantly take action, you reduce the chance that they’ll wait and forget to follow up later when they’re at their desktops. Add donation buttons to HTML emails so recipients can simply click a button to make a donation.3) Mobile-Responsive Donation PagesBecause there’s a high likelihood that supporters are looking at your donation pages on their smartphones or tablets, your pages need to look good and function well on these devices. Small print, clunky navigation, or badly-sized images will cause frustration.Mobile-responsive donation pages dynamically change the layout and increase button size and text size to make it easy for supporters to navigate the page on a mobile device. Use your mobile-responsive donation page in every campaign you create. Direct donors to your pages via text messages, emails, and social media posts. (Network for Good’s donation pages are all mobile-responsive, so your pages automatically look good on mobile devices, without any special programming required.)4) Mobile Giving AppsSome people avoid using the internet browser on their mobile phones, preferring instead to use apps to access tools and services they use regularly. Apps save time by eliminating the need to type in URLs. Giving apps provide your regular donors with a convenient way to make donations, and they also give organizations the ability to send notifications to supporters. Social media apps can be used to collect donations, as in the case of Facebook and their “Donate” button. Organizations can also create custom apps, or they can use nonprofit giving apps such as Givelify. You can share a link to download an app to encourage your donors to use it.Each of these types of mobile giving can be used on their own or combined in various ways to create campaigns. dd them to more traditional methods like direct mail, to make your campaigns even more powerful.Download “The Ultimate Guide to Mobile Giving” to learn more about how mobile giving can boost your fundraising campaigns.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery says that his habit of early substitutions in games this season is down to his desire to spark change in matches rather than with any premeditated strategy.The Gunners’ replacements have contributed more combined goals and assists than any other team in the Premier League during the current campaign, with their manager’s knack for injecting fresh legs at the right moment reaping the rewards.The North London outfit currently sit fifth in the table, on level points with rivals Chelsea, and firmly in the mix to challenge for a Champions League place. 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! Emery however has played down his decisions to make changes sooner rather than later is dependent on the moment and the match in question, but that the philosophy comes from a mentality that any alterations will have an effect on the encounter.“I learned in Spain with one coach, Javi Irureta,” the 47-year-old told Arsenal’s website. “He trained in Deportivo La Coruna and had a big career as a coach.“[When] he was my coach, he said to us: ‘When I change it is because I want some change. Maybe it is positive, maybe it is negative but [it is a] change.’“This was the first idea I received and I do in my mind. At other teams I have coached, some criticism of me was that I changed usually very late. Here for example you are saying I change usually quickly.“It depends on the moment, how the match is going, but one situation we are living here is in the first half we couldn’t finish winning in the 15 matches in the Premier League. That is one reason, I need to [make changes].”Arsenal blew away Tottenham 4-2 in a hotly contested derby at the weekend before they were pegged back to a 2-2 draw away to Manchester United at Old Trafford.They next host struggling Huddersfield Town on Saturday before their final game of the Europa League group stages against Qarabag on December 13 at the Emirates Stadium.They will likely do so without Rob Holding and Aaron Ramsey, however, after the pair were injured against United.
Former England captain Michael Vaughan learnt the hard way that a comparison between a swashbuckling English wicketkeeper and an Indian cricket legend is not a good idea.Especially when that Indian legend has more followers on social media and fans around the world than Vaughan and the English wicketkeeper in question combined.Vaughan on Monday ran a poll on which wicketkeeper-batsman should be in a playing XI based on current form. The choice was between star English cricketer Jos Buttler and none other than MS Dhoni.The 43-year-old’s poll question read – “Intrigued what you all think…You are allowed 1 of these 2 now in your team… Who you going for on present form “Intrigued what you all think…You are allowed 1 of these 2 now in your team… Who you going for on present form !— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 22, 2018Just for the record, when this article was being written, Dhoni was leading by 60% of the total 55,430 votes.Almost 12 hours after he posted the poll online Vaughan conceded – “Note to self …. Never run a poll asking people to choose an England player over an Indian Player on here … !!!!!”Note to self …. Never run a poll asking people to choose an England player over an Indian Player on here … !!!!! #OnOn— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 22, 2018These are some of the responses that Vaughan got on the poll.Never mess with1. Indians2. MSDians.Peace— Jay Jadwani?? (@diehard_msdian) January 22, 2018next time put Tendulkar in Best WK batsman category in poll,ham use bhi jita denge.advertisement— H… (@Badnambacchan) January 23, 2018pic.twitter.com/GVb6kzQnrp— Raj Kumar Singh (@rajksdhoni) January 23, 2018Babu, you invented cricket. Agreed. We Indians are playing it with full intensity and made it a religion.We are 1.3 billions. No one can win a poll here when Indian is involved. Try any day— Inder J (@OfficialInderJ) January 23, 2018Pic 1 : ExpectationPic 2 : Reality pic.twitter.com/1oeiwALWeY— Mitul (@_chai_sutta) January 23, 2018Who is better batsman?— #HMP (@BUnlimted) January 22, 2018But Vaughan cannot really be blamed for running a poll between Buttler and Dhoni. Afterall, Buttler has been in brilliant form for England and has taken the Big Bash League T20 by storm this season.His unbeaten hundred in the third ODI against Australia powered England to a series win at Sydney on Monday.In the Big Bash this season, the 27-year-old amassed 202 runs in 6 matches at an average of 33.67 with two half-centuries and a highest score of 81 and with a strike rate of 143.26.Dhoni on the other hand enjoyed one of his better year’s in 2017. He played 29 ODIs in which he amassed 788 runs at an average of 60.61 with one hundred and six fifties to his name.In 13 T20Is, he scored 252 runs at 42.00 with one half-century. Last year’s IPL saw Dhoni score 290 runs in 16 matches at 26.36 with a highest score of 61 not out.But in terms of overall numbers Buttler, who made his international debut in 2011, is no match for Dhoni even if we compare the first seven years of their careers.So for the moment, poor Michael Vaughan will just have to deal with the trolls and flak he is receiving on social media for pitting a talented Buttler against a cricketing giant like Dhoni.
By Kushan SarkarNew Delhi, Jan 29 (PTI) Delhi Daredevils CEO Hemant Dua feels that Gautam Gambhir is back to where he belongs and would like to complete his “unfinished business”, which is winning the elusive Indian Premier League title for the franchise.Gambhir, who was a Daredevils player from 2008-10, will be leading the capital franchise after seven eventful years with Kolkata Knight Riders in which he led them to two trophies.”We were always keen to bring Gautam back home as he has unfinished business with the franchise (winning the trophy). He was the second highest scorer after David Warner during last IPL. And above all, he is a leader,” Dua told PTI during an interview.Dua is happy that the newly-appointed chief coach Ricky Ponting and Gambhir are on “same page” with regards to team building as the franchise gears upto win their maiden title.”I had personally ensured that both Ricky and Gautam speak to each other and express whats there in their minds. I am glad they are both on the same page on team building. They have had extensive discussions on the way forward,” the CEO said.Dua admitted that Gambhir wasnt a very tough choice once the player had told KKR not to retain him using Right To Match (RTM) card.”Look, there were only three potential Indian captains — Ravichandran Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane and Gautam Gambhir. There were five franchises who had settled captains — MS Dhoni for CSK, Steve Smith for Royals, David Warner for Sunrisers, Rohit Sharma for MI and KKR I believe have some plans, which I would not like to get into.advertisement”Therefore, our option was pretty straightforward. Once Ashwin was picked by Kings XI Punjab, we always knew that we would go for Gautam,” he explained.At Rs 2.80 crore, Gambhir seemed a real deal for DD and Dua isnt denying that.”Yes, we did expect some bidding and if you have seen Kings XI Punjab did bid for him. But we knew that we wanted him in our team.”Glenn Maxwell has been a maverick player, who has blown hot and cold in the cash-rich league but the CEO is confident that Ponting is the man, who will get the best out of the Victoria dasher.”We always wanted Maxwell and had a specific budget allocated for him as we had for each player. Also we never had doubts about his potential as a match-winner. One must remember before he became a star, the first IPL franchise to sign him up was Daredevils. So its like a homecoming for him,” Dua said.”And Maxwell for me is like that boat whose sail needs to capture the wind to sail long way forward. For Maxwell, Ricky is the man, who can get the best out of him. We at Daredevils are pretty confident about it.”Dua, who has been the head of the team management for the past five years, feels that rather than looking at Sandeep Lamichhane as first cricketer to bag an IPL contract from Nepal, one should purely look at him as an uncut diamond which can be polished.”Our assistant coach Sridharan Sriram (former India player) and myself were present when he had come for trials a couple of weeks back. That day it had rained in Delhi and we were set to conduct his trials at a ground in Dwarka. However due to overnight rain, the pitch was wet,” Dua fondly recalled.”We then had no option but to take him to an Indoor Sports hub in Gurgaon. The people out there were not ready to permit us use the balls taken by us as it was there facility. We somehow managed to convince them and made Sandeep bowl. We recorded it on our cell phones. He could effortlessly turn the ball both ways with an effective doosra,” he said.”He was first tracked during the Hong Kong Sixes tournament in Kowloon and also he was impressive during the U-19 World Cup in Bangladesh in 2016. We never revealed our interest as we wanted to get him discreetly not because he is from Nepal but because he is a talented cricketer,” Dua concluded. PTI KHS SSC SSC
Mumbai, Feb 10 (PTI) Hosts Mumbai City FC will be eager to record a crucial win against FC Pune City in the Maharashtra Derby tomorrow when the two sides face off in the Indian Super League.Mumbai are currently languishing in seventh place with 17 points after 13 matches and need a win to keep alive their hopes of making it to the last four and qualifying for the play-offs.On the other hand, the visiting Stallions are comfortably placed second in the table with 25 points after 14 matches and would be equally eager to score a win and boost their chances for the play-offs.When the two teams met last in Pune in November, the Pune outfit edged out Mumbai 2-1 and the hosts would thus be eager to avenge that loss and reclaim the bragging rights.In their last three home games, Mumbai City FC have suffered defeats at the hands of Jamshedpur FC (2-1), Bengaluru FC (3-1) and Kerala Blasters (1-0). Thus, the home players would like to erase those memories at the Mumbai Football Arena in the Andheri Sports Complex.Mumbais defence, especially Gerson Vieira and Lucian Goian, backed up by an alert custodian in Amrinder Singh needs to be on the alert.In attack, Balwant Singh, Brazilian Everton Santos and attacking mid-fielders Brazilian Thiago Santos and Cameroonian Achille Emana can breach any good defence on their day and Punes solid backline this season will be no exception.Pune have been in good form. Star striker Marcelinho, who has been a top-scorer for his side and also scored the only goal of the match to earn Ranko Popovics side a vital away win against NorthEast United in their previous fixture, has been in scintillating form recently.advertisementAlong with the Brazilian, the visitors also boast an effective forward line with Emiliano Alfaro and Diego Carlos to call upon.Mid-fielders Baljit Sahni Issac, Vanmalsawma, Jonathan Lucca and new recruit Marko Stankovic have all put in impressive performances so far this season.While FC Pune City has been firing on all cylinders, their backline of Adil Khan, Gurtej Singh, Rafael Lopez and Sahil Panwar along with in-form custodian Vishal Keith have proved they are a tough nut to crack.Spectators can thus expect an action-packed game when the two Maharashtra sides clash. PTI NRB SSR NP RDS
India’s tennis player Yuki Bhambri on Monday returned to top-100 for the first time since February 2016 on the back of his title-winning performance at the Taipei Challenger as he leapfrogged 22 places to a career-best rank of 83.This is the best rank an Indian has achieved in ATP singles chart since Somdev Devvarman touched a career-high 62 in July 2011.Yuki had first broken into top-100 late in 2015 but injuries did not allow him to climb further. However, the resilient 25-year-old has worked his way back to top-100 which, if maintained, will allow him direct entry into the Grand Slams and the ATP 1000 series Masters event.”It’s only the beginning, I have to move up a lot more and I am looking forward to the challenge,” Yuki told PTI..@yukibhambri enters the Top again after booking a place in the Semi Finals at the Taipei Challenger.Great going Champ! pic.twitter.com/fAfRiy26XMTata Open Maharashtra (@MaharashtraOpen) April 13, 2018Asked if top-50 was a realistic target for him, Yuki said, “Not at the moment. Too far.”Yuki has always maintained that he has the game to challenge the best players and has proved with his recent big wins over world number 12 Lucas Puillee (Indian Wells, March 2018) and world number 22 Gael Monfils (Washington, August 2017).His Davis Cup teammate Ramkumar Ramanathan too rose to a career-best 116as he jumped 17 places after ending runner-up to Yuki in Taipei.Sumit Nagal though lost two places to be 215 and was followed by Prajnesh Gunneswaran (266) and Arjun Kadhe (394).In the doubles, Divij Sharan further improved his career-best rank by moving up to 41, a gain of one place. Leander Paes, who became the most successful doubles player in Davis Cup, lost four places to be in 49th position.advertisementRohan Bopanna is leading the doubles chart for India at number 19.Meanwhile, Ankita Raina too improved on her career-best rank as she jumped three places to 194 while Karman Kaur Thandi dropped a place to 268.In the doubles, out of action Sania Mirza was unchanged at number 24.
Real Madrid defeated Leganes 2-1, earning its first win at Santiago Bernabeu in more than a month.With an eye on the second leg of the UEFA Champions League semifinal clash against Bayern Munich, Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane made plenty of changes to the starting lineup.Casemiro was the only regular starter included in the Zidane lineup against Leganes in the match on Saturday, with forward Gareth Bale in the fray from the beginning, Efe news reported.Bale tried from the beginning to find the back of the net, something he finally accomplished at minute 8 with a left foot shot.Real Madrid lacked intensity, something Leganes took advantage of, as it threatened the home side goal with Miguel Angel Guerrero firing into the woodwork.Borja Mayoral could have doubled Real Madrid’s lead as he connected an Achraf Hakimi cross, but his shot was blocked by a defenderHowever, Mayoral managed to score Real’s second goal in the first-half last gasp.After the intermission, Real Madrid seemed satisfied with their 2-0 lead, but Leganes did not throw in the towel.Leganes’ Darko Brasanac scored a goal off a cross by Nordin Amrabat at minute 66.The visitors were not able to seal their rally although they had plenty of opportunities to draw even.With the win, Real Madrid sits in the third spot on the La Liga table with 71 points, while Leganes holds the 16th spot with 40 points.(With IANS inputs)
Following are the highlights at 2100 hours TOP STORIESFGN37 PM-NEPAL-2NDLD RECEPTIONNepal at top in Indias Neighbourhood First policy: ModiJanakpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today assured Nepal that it is at the top of Indias Neighbourhood First policy as he announced a Rs 100 crore package to develop Janakpur – the sacred city for Hindus – while invoking mythological links between the two countries. By Shirish B PradhanLGD18 SC-3RD LD COLLEGIUMSC Collegium to unanimously reiterate Justice K M Josephs name for elevationNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Collegium today agreed in principle to reiterate the recommendation for elevation of Uttarakhand High Court Chief Justice K M Joseph as a judge of the apex court, after his name was returned by the Centre. DEL40 CHIDAMBARAMS-2NDLD CHARGESHEET IT dept files charge sheets against Chidambarams family members under black money law Chennai: The Income Tax department today filed four charge sheets against former Union finance minister P Chidambarams wife Nalini, son Karti, daughter-in-law Srinidhi and a firm under the Black Money Act for allegedly not disclosing their foreign assets.FGN35 PM-MEETINGSPM Modi pays courtesy call on Nepals PresidentKathmandu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid courtesy calls on President Bidya Devi Bhandari and Vice-President Nanda Bahadur Pun after he was accorded a guard of honour by Nepal Army.FGN28 MYANMAR-LD SWARAJIndia, Myanmar sign seven agreements as Swaraj meets Suu KyiNay Pyi Taw: India and Myanmar today signed seven agreements including one on land border crossing as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj discussed with the top leadership here issues related to peace and security and developments in the Rakhine State from where thousands of Rohingya Muslims had fled to Bangladesh after violence last yearadvertisement FGN39 PAK-FOREIGN MINISTRYPak defence minister gets additional charge of foreign ministryIslamabad: Pakistans Defence Minister Khurram Dastgir Khan was today given the additional charge of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, days after former foreign minister Khawaja Asif was disqualified by the high court here. FGN22 PM-3RDLD TEMPLEPM Modi performs special prayers at Janaki templeJanakpur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today visited the famed Janaki temple in this Nepalese town and performed a special 16-step worship ceremony, becoming the first Indian premier to hold such a prayer at the 20th century temple. NATION: CAL5 JH-RAJNATH-EXTREMISM Naxals anti-poor: Rajnath SinghRanchi: Calling naxals anti-poor, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said today the government wants to end left wing extremism by taking forward development works, and praised Jharkhand government for its efforts to curb naxalism.DEL33 EC-KA-POSTPONEEC postpones polling in Karnas Rajrajeshwari Nagar seat to May 28New Delhi: The Election Commission today ordered postponement of elections to the Rajrajeshwari Nagar assembly seat in Karnataka saying there is “definite inference” to suggest that efforts were made to induce voters.DEL32 PM-POKHRAN TESTSPokhran anniversary: PM praises scientists, political leadership of 1998New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised scientists and the Atal Bihari Vajpayee leadership as India observed the 20th anniversary of the May 11, 1998 Pokhran – II nuclear tests today. CAL9 AS-CITIZENSHIP ULFA Will withdraw from peace process if Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is passed: ULFA Guwahati: The pro-talk faction of the ULFA and four other outfits engaged in dialogues with the Centre warned today that they would withdraw from the peace process if the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016 was passed by Parliament. DEL30 BIZ-INDUSTRY-GROWTH IIP records 5-months low growth in March New Delhi: Industrial output grew by 4.4 per cent in March, the slowest in five months, due to a fall in capital goods production and deceleration in mining activity, according to the official data.LEGAL:LGD17 DL-HC-LD NEETHC upholds CBSEs upper age limit of 25 years for NEET New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today dismissed pleas challenging the CBSE notification laying down the upper age limit of 25 and 30 years for general and reserved categories respectively to apply for National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET)-UG, a pre-qualification for pursuing MBBS course.LGD27 SC-BCCISC to consider suggestions on BCCIs draft constitution on July 5New Delhi: The Supreme Court today said it would consider on July 5 the suggestions given by amicus curiae on the draft constitution of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). FOREIGN:FGN26 US-LD NKOREATrump to seek complete irreversible denuclearisation of Korean Peninsula: White HouseWashington: President Donald Trump would seek a “complete, irreversible and verifiable” denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula during his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 12, says the White House. By Lalit K Jha.advertisement SPORTS:SPF12 SPO-BAD-INDSameer Verma, Sa PraneethSydney: Fourth seed Sameer Verma was shocked by Chinese qualfier Lu Guangzu while second seed B Sai Praneeth was knocked out by Lee Cheuk Yiu as Indian challenge ended at Australian Open badminton championship, here today. PTI TVS TVS
(Eds: Updating with additional inputs, China’s reax) By Lalit K Jha Washington, May 24 (PTI) President Donald Trump today ordered a probe to determine if the import of vehicles, including trucks, and auto-parts was hurting the US’ national security, a move that may lead to imposition of new tariffs on foreign manufactured automobiles in the world’s second-largest auto market. Trump has instructed US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to consider initiating an investigation under Section 232 of the 1962 Trade Expansion Act to find if tariffs or other restrictions were needed on imported cars, after he met him at the White House to discuss the current state of US automobile industry.In March, the Trump Administration had used the same legal justification to slap steep tariffs of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum imports. The administration had also threatened tariffs on Chinese goods over intellectual property complaints. The investigation will determine whether imports of automobiles, including sports-utility vehicles (SUVs), vans and light trucks, and automotive parts into the US threaten to impair the national security.”I instructed Secretary Ross to consider initiating a Section 232 investigation into imports of automobiles, including trucks, and automotive parts to determine their effects on America’s national security,” Trump said in a statement.”Core industries such as automobiles and automotive parts are critical to our strength as a Nation,” he said.The move is likely to fuel new tensions with US trading partners like Canada, Mexico — the major car exporters to America, as new tariffs could raise the costs for overseas automakers to export vehicles.advertisementCanada, Mexico, China, Germany and Brazil are the biggest exporters of auto-parts to the US.Reacting to the step, Chinese Commerce Ministry said it will “firmly defend” its rights and interests against what it called the Trump administration’s abuse of national security provisions in trade.Abusing national security provisions would “undermine the multilateral trade system and disrupt the order of international trade,” Ministry spokesman Gao Feng told reporters in Beijing. Gao said China would follow progress of the investigation, assess the possible impact and “firmly defend our legitimate rights and interests.” According to the US government figures, about 12 million cars and trucks were produced last year, and the country imported 8.3 million vehicles worth USD 192 billion. Of the 12 million imported vehicles, 2.4 million were from Mexico and 1.8 million Canada. Both countries are part of the North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta), which the Trump Administration wants to renegotiate in a bid to boost the US manufacturing sector. The US is the second-biggest export destination for German auto manufacturers after China, while vehicles and car parts are Germany’s biggest source of export income. “There is evidence suggesting that, for decades, imports from abroad have eroded our domestic auto industry,” Ross said, adding that the Department of Commerce will conduct a thorough, fair, and transparent investigation into whether such imports are weakening US’ internal economy and may impair the national security.During the past 20 years, imports of passenger vehicles have grown from 32 per cent of cars sold in the US to 48 per cent. From 1990 to 2017, employment in motor vehicle production declined by 22 per cent, even though Americans are continuing to purchase automobiles at record levels, the Department of Commerce said.Now, American-owned vehicle manufacturers in the US account for only 20 per cent of global research and development in the automobile sector, and American auto part manufacturers account for only seven per cent in that industry, it said. Noting that the automobile manufacturing has long been a significant source of American technological innovation, the Department of Commerce said, this investigation will consider whether the decline of domestic automobile and automotive parts production threatens to weaken the internal economy of the US by potentially reducing research, development, and jobs for skilled workers in connected vehicle systems, autonomous vehicles, fuel cells, electric motors and storage, advanced manufacturing processes, and other cutting-edge technologies.Following today’s announcement, the Department of Commerce will investigate these and other issues to determine whether imports of automobiles and automotive parts threaten to impair the national security, the Department said.A notice will be published shortly in the Federal Register announcing a hearing date and inviting comment from industry and the public to assist in the investigation, it added. PTI LKJ SMJ AKJ SMJSMJ
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