December 3

Maharashtra HSC results declared, girls outdo boys yet again

first_imgGirls fared better than the boys in the Class 12 exams at the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (MSBSHSE) which was declared on Wednesday.Girl students recorded a robust pass percentage of 92.36% against boys’ 85.23%.There was a dip in the overall pass percentage as compared to last year. The cumulative pass percentage figure this year was 88. 41%, a slide in little more than one percentage point from last year’s figure of 89.50, but higher than the pass percentage figure of 86.60 recorded in 2016.This year, a total of 12.52 lakh students cleared exam successfully out of the 14.85 lakh students who appeared for the examinations held over a course of month between February 21 to March 20. 8, 34,134 male students and 6, 50, 898 female students had appeared for the exams.“This year, for the first time, we have made use of bar codes in both the question and answer sheets and provided online hall tickets in the Pune division besides scheduling a break of one day between important papers,” said Shakuntala Kale, Chairperson, MSBSHSE, expressing satisfaction at the successful conduct of the exams.The Science stream recorded a pass percentage of 95.85%. The Arts stream recorded a pass percentage of 78. 93%, a significant dip from last year’s figure of 81.91, while 89.50% of students in the Commerce stream cleared the exams, as compared to last year’s 90.57%. The pass percentage figure for vocational candidates was 88.41%. Besides, 91.78% of the students with disability successfully cleared their exams.Given below are the pass percentages for the nine divisions, along with the number of students appeared in each:Name of DivisionPass%Konkan94.85Kolhapur91Pune 89.58Aurangabad88.74Amravati88.08Nagpur87.57Latur88.31Mumbai87.44Nashik86.13Total88.41last_img read more

December 3

Two NC workers shot dead in Srinagar

first_imgUnidentified gunmen shot dead two National Conference (NC) workers and injured another in Srinagar on Friday morning, just three days ahead of the urban local bodies elections in Jammu and Kashmir.“The killings took place in the interiors of Srinagar. We are investigating the matter,” said Senior Superintendent of Police, Srinagar, Imtiyaz Ismail said.Shot from close rangeThe attackers fired upon the three NC workers — Nazir Ahmad, Mushtaq Ahmad and Shakeel Ahmad — from close range in the Karfali Mohalla.When Shakeel tried to flee, he was chased and shot at in a nearby lane.“Nazir and Mushtaq were brought dead to a nearby hospital,” said a police officer. The third victim “stable”, according to officials.Both the NC workers were close to MLA Shameema Firdous. The killings took place three days ahead of polls for the urban local bodies on October 8. Police sources said three candidates withdrew their nominations after the attack.The attack has sent the security agencies into a tizzy. Frisking has been intensified. An additional 40,000 security personnel will man the streets during the elections.The National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and CPI(M) have condemned the killing. “People who committed this dastardly act have no humanity,” said NC president and MP Srinagar Farooq Abdullah. He demanded a high- level and impartial probe into the incident. “It is an act of terrorism and a ploy to stifle our voice,” said NC vice-president Omar Abdullah.The NC said the workers killed had no involvement in the ongoing ULB polls.PDP president Mehbooba Mufti said she was pained to hear about the killing. “My heart goes out to their families and children,” she said.CPI(M) leader M.Y. Tarigami termed the incident “heinous”.last_img read more

December 1

Odisha govt. partners with Nobel laureates Abhijit Banerjee-Esther Duflo’s J-PAL to minimise poverty

first_img  Under the partnership, the organisation will provide Odisha government with technical assistance for scaling up evidence-backed programme to improve development outcomes.The partnership also establishes a collaboration between J-PAL South Asia and the state government under which the organisation will work with several departments to conduct policy-relevant randomised evaluations of new anti-poverty and development programmes, the official said.“J-PAL South Asia is very excited to enter into collaboration with Odisha government which has been focusing on transforming outcomes and improving efficiency through different initiatives, said Shobhini Mukerji, Executive Director of J-PAL, South Asia after signing the MoU on behalf of her organisation. J-PAL co-founders Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo, with longtime J-PAL affiliate Michael Kremer were jointly awarded the 2019 Nobel Prize in economics. Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo react after winning Nobel Prize The Odisha government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with an organisation co-founded by Nobel laureates Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo to maximise the impact of anti-poverty programmes across a wide range of sectors in the State.The MoU was signed with the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) South Asia on Thursday to devise a strategic evidence-based approach to policy-making.“As part of the 5T initiative, the State government signed an MoU with J-PAL. This is regarding development and welfare in various core sectors of our state,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told reporters after signing the MoU. Odisha has adopted 5T (Teamwork, Technology, Transparency, Time leading to Transformation) as its policy and this partnership aims at bringing transformation in the lives of people through research-based intervention in policy formulation, an official said.center_img Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo React After Winning Nobel PrizeVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:2301:23  last_img read more

November 28

Saina to take on Susan Egelstaff in semifinals today

first_imgBadminton ace and hot favourite Saina Nehwal will take on Scotland’s Susan Egelstaff in women’s singles semifinals match on Tuesday at the Delhi Commonwealth Games.Top sees Saina cruised into the semifinals after two impressive wins on Monday. She defeated Caroline Black from North Ireland 21-0, 21-2; after which she thrashed Anna Rice of Canada.Saina will take on Egelstaff aiming to book a spot for herself in the CWG badminton finals. The women’s singles semifinals will take place at Siri Fort Sports Complex at 5 pm on Tuesday.last_img read more

November 26

Marcus Rashford double helps Manchester United beat Arsenal 3-2

first_imgTeenage striker Marcus Rashford continued the dream start to his Manchester United career, scoring two goals and setting up another in a 3-2 win over title-chasing Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.Only playing because of United’s chronic injury crisis, the 18-year-old Rashford marked his league debut by scoring in the 29th and 32nd minutes to put his team 2-0 ahead – three days after a double in the Europa League against FC Midtjylland on his senior United debut.After former United striker Danny Welbeck replied for Arsenal, Rashford set up Ander Herrera for a shot from the edge of the area that deflected in off Laurent Koscielny.Mesut Ozil made it 3-2 in the 69th but fifth-place United held on comfortably to move three points off the top four. Arsenal, which put in an off-color performance against a young and injury-hit United side, dropped five points behind leader Leicester and hasn’t won in the league at Old Trafford since 2006.United manager Louis van Gaal, under much pressure amid the team’s troubles this season, delivered some light relief when he fell to the ground theatrically while remonstrating with the fourth official in the technical area.The Old Trafford crowd roared with laughter and finished the match singing Van Gaal’s name, adding to an atmosphere that was buoyant throughout the game as United’s youngsters proved too energetic for Arsenal.That was particularly the case with Rashford, who must think professional soccer is easy. In his first two games as a pro – both of them high-profile ones – in the space of three days, the striker has scored as many goals as Radamel Falcao did in a whole year for United last season.advertisement”I could imagine the first game he did that because he is a striker coming in to score goals and the first match is always good,” Van Gaal said. “The second match he has to do what the manager is willing him to do, and he did it fantastically.”Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was also impressed with Rashford, who hadn’t started a game above under-19 level before Thursday.”The timing and intelligence of his movement was great,” Wenger said. “He could be a very positive surprise for Man United.”With his direct running and composure, Rashford is showing no fear on the biggest stage and demonstrated to Van Gaal that the Dutchman has had a goal poacher at his disposal all along during the team’s rough patch this season. Injured pair Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial are among the strikers unavailable to Van Gaal at present.Rashford was given a standing ovation by United fans when he was substituted after 80 minutes.For his first goal, the young striker was lurking 12 meters out as Gabriel failed to adequately clear Guillermo Varela’s cross. A first-time shot was too pacey for Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech as Rashford became United’s third-youngest Premier League scorer.Three minutes later, Rashford was celebrating again after heading home a clipped right-wing cross from Jesse Lingard from just outside the six-yard box. Wenger, who said Friday that he hadn’t heard of Rashford, threw up his hands in disgust.Arsenal was flat, strangely, and its passing lacked the usual crispness. But the team managed to reduce the deficit before halftime when Welbeck got behind marker Morgan Schneiderlin at a free kick and headed in Ozil’s cross.Rashford wasn’t finished. In the 65th, with Arsenal’s defense backing off him in apparent panic, the teenager laid the ball off for the inrushing Herrera to shoot first time. The ball was heading for the far corner until it deflected off Koscielny’s chest to wrong-foot Cech.Ozil replied four minutes later, volleying in after David de Gea saved from Welbeck, but Arsenal didn’t threaten De Gea in the final 20 minutes.Arsenal has 11 games to make up ground on Leicester, and is also three points behind second-place Tottenham.”It is still possible,” Wenger said of Arsenal’s title chances, “but the answer will have to come quick and strong.”last_img read more

November 26

Zaheer Khan backs India to win World T20 at home

first_imgFormer India pacer Zaheer Khan said here today that he is confident hosts India will use the subcontinental conditions to good effect and emerge victorious in the upcoming World Twenty20.The tournament will be staged across eight venues in India from March 8 to April 3. The final will be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on April 3. The women’s semi-finals and final will be followed by the men’s knock-out matches.India, Pakistan, New Zealand and Australia are clubbed in Group 2 while South Africa, England, West Indies and defending champions Sri Lanka are in Group 1.India will take on New Zealand on March 15 in Nagpur in the opening match of the Super 10s stage. They will then face Pakistan on March 19, the qualifying team in the group on March 23 in Bengaluru and Australia in Mohali on March 27.”In this World T20, spin will play a big factor in subcontinent conditions. It will be an advantage and a challenge for the teams. I am sure India will come out with flying colours to win the WorldT20 here,” Zaheer said at a press conference where the International Cricket Council (ICC) announced an eight-year sponsorship (2016-2023) deal with money transfer services MoneyGram.The 37-year-old said the shortest format of the game has brought changes in the style of playing even in One-Day Internationals (ODI) and Tests.”T20 cricket is amazing. It brings more excitement and enjoyment to the game. We have seen a lot of innovation in the game after the advent of T20. Batsmen are trying different strokes and bowlers are trying to stay in the moving game. This format has brought changes even in ODIs and Tests. It has also brought a different approach to the game overall,” he said.advertisementZaheer also went down memory lane to speak about his impressive run in the 2011 World Cup which India won at home. The pacer claimed 21 victims to be the highest wicket-taker in the tournament.”The World Cup is a special tournament. You have to always enjoy playing the moment because you never know if you are going to play in the next World Cup. It was a special feeling to win the Cup in front of the home crowd,” Zaheer concluded.last_img read more

November 26

SPORT-BCCI-SCHEDULE 2 LAST

first_img(REOPENS BOM 3) (REOPENS BOM 3)The domestic cricket season will kick off in September with the Duleep Trophy, which was not held in 2015-16 season. The tournament is set to be played under lights with pink ball for the first time.This is being done to help Indian cricketers, all of whom are expected to take part, become familiar with playing under lights with the pink coloured ball, ahead of playing Test cricket in these conditions at home during the packed season.During the season, 918 matches are to be organised by the Board, including Ranji Trophy, Duleep Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy, Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Deodhar Trophy, Irani Trophy, womens cricket and all other age group cricket.Chhattisgarh has been added to the Ranji Trophy schedule for the first time.”This translates into 1,882 playing days between September 2016 to March 2017,” Shirke said.”I welcome the new Test venues hosting this prestigious format of cricket and their arrival will take Test match cricket, to every corner of the country,” said BCCI President Anurag Thakur.”We are equally excited about the domestic season as we will be playing the Duleep trophy with the pink ball under lights and take this opportunity to welcome Chhattisgarh, who will play Ranji trophy for the first time.””A combined team of Affiliate and Associate states will participate in the junior age group tournaments, which will provide the much needed opportunity to the emerging players from these areas. This further reaffirms our commitment to spread the game by providing the appropriate platforms to our next generation cricketer,” he added.advertisementBCCI secretary Shirke noted that the advance announcement of international match staging centres for the coming season will give them enough time to buckle up for the task ahead.”Some of the best teams of world cricket are coming to play in India this season and we are excited to announce the schedule well ahead of time. This gives the staging associations and the BCCI sufficient time to prepare and present one of the most memorable cricketing seasons for our fans,” said Shirke.”I have full faith in our team at BCCI to deliver international and domestic cricket simultaneously and engage the ardent fans on all fronts,” he added. PTI SSR NRB PM PMlast_img read more

November 22

Pakistan crush England in one-off Twenty20 game

first_imgPakistan routed England by nine wickets in the one-off Twenty20 international in Manchester on Wednesday to end their tour on a high.England, who won the one-day series 4-1, struggled to 135/7 after making a good start before Pakistan adapted to the conditions much better and eased to their target with more than five overs to spare. (Scorecard)Alex Hales and Jason Roy added 56 for England’s first wicket but Roy’s departure for 21 prompted a complete collapse as the hosts struggled to cope with some disciplined bowling.Sharjeel Khan and Khalid Latif shared a destructive opening partnership of 107 off 11 overs and after Sharjeel departed for 59 the touring side cruised to their target, Latif finishing unbeaten on 59 as Pakistan romped to victory.last_img read more

November 19

Beach tourism activities in Goa stopped as rains arrive

first_imgPanaji, May 31 (PTI) With the arrival of rains today, various beach tourism activities in Goa have been stopped with shacks being dismantled and lifeguards issuing advisory to the visitors against venturing into the sea.The sea remains rough during the rains making it dangerous for the swimmers to venture in.The state government has also directed the temporary beach shacks along the shoreline to be dismantled so that they can be re-erected in September, post-monsoons.”The tourism season 2016-17 draws to a close today. Most of the shack operations have closed and shack structures removed for the season.”Water sports and other adventure activities have also stopped for the season,” State tourism director Menino D?Souza told PTI.”We are certain that the season has been a successful one for most tourism stakeholders in Goa. The tourism department along with Goa Tourism Development Corporation (GTDC) is now ready for monsoon tourism and the next four months will be as promising as always,” he said.”The Sunday monsoon trekking expeditions, white water river rafting, monsoon festivals, tours and sightseeing to some of Goa?s popular waterfalls will be promoted extensively,” the director said.Drishti Lifesaving Pvt Ltd, a private agency manning the beaches, has issued advisory warning locals as well as the tourist not to venture into the sea.”We have put up red flags at all the beaches which means that the area is not meant for swimming. Its advisable to steer clear of the high tideline in such circumstances,” said P N Pandey, general manager (operations) of Drishti Lifesaving Pvt Ltd.advertisement”Our lifeguards present along the coast are monitoring the surroundings. The team is trained to carry out rescue operations even in rough weather,” he said.The Goa government prohibits swimming in beaches and all water sports activities are stopped during the monsoon season from June to September each year. PTI RPS RMTlast_img read more

November 17

Keaton Jennings ‘cool’ with Kohli’s mic-drop gesture after Root run out

first_imgThe first day of the England vs India Test at Edgbaston on Wednesday was full of action with the visitors having the last laugh at the end of the day’s play thanks to a brilliant piece of work from captain Virat Kohli, which triggered a collapse in the final session.Kohli ran out his counterpart Joe Root (80 off 156 balls) with a direct hit in the post-tea session after the England captain had stitched a 104-run partnership with wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow (70 off 88 balls) for the fourth wicket.Kohli later celebrated by blowing kisses and dropping the mic, which was in response to what Root’s bat-drop during the final ODI against India after guiding England to a 2-1 ODI series win at Leeds last month.Root celebrated his unbeaten hundred and the win by dropping his bat with Kohli watching on.India vs England: Virat Kohli mocks Joe Root with mic drop celebrationNot one to forget such things easily, the Indian captain then gave it back to Root on Wednesday with an animated mic-drop celebration after the run out.Virat Kohli mic drop Version yesterday @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/wcrKHHvhzgVijayVarma (@VKVatsavai) August 2, 2018England opener Keaton Jennings later spoke about the incident in the post-match press conference and played down the celebration, which added a bit of spice to the proceedings on the first day.India vs England: Coach Ravi Shastri caught napping during Edgbaston Test”It’s fine. Everybody is entitled to celebrate how they want to. He celebrated, and that’s cool,” Jennings said at the end of day’s play.advertisementIndia vs England, 1st Test: We did well as a bowling unit, says ShamiReflecting on the English batting, which collapsed from 216 for 4 to 285 for 9 at the draw of stumps, Jennings said the hosts missed an opportunity but can still make it up. R Ashwin was the star for India with figures of 4-60 while Mohammed Shami picked up 2 wickets.DAY 1 HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARD | BALL-BY-BALL COMMENTARYIndia completely dominated England in the final session of play with Ashwin getting 3 wickets post tea. England lost six wickets in the final session to completely lose the advantage that Root and Bairstow (70) had provided.Mohammed Shami returns for India after public spat with Hasin Jahan”If we can come out and be pretty relentless in the way we go about hitting our areas, at some point, you don’t actually know what a good score is until both sides have batted,” Jennings said.Jennings also lauded Root for his knock, the end of which triggered the home team collapse.”Root played fantastically well. The way he goes about constructing his innings, builds it, communicates with me as a young cricketer, it is absolutely phenomenal. Having batted with him today, he’s taught me a hell of a lot, which is awesome, just to watch a master at his work.”He’s a fantastic player, fantastic guy and to watch him go about building a Test innings on a pretty tough surface was pretty good. I suppose it’s pretty disappointing for him personally not to go on and get a really big score,” he said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

November 17

PGA Tour adds Japan to Asian swing

first_imgTokyo, Nov 20 (AFP) America’s PGA Tour on Tuesday announced its first annual tournament in Japan with a purse of nearly USD 10 million, as it rejigs its Asian swing. The new Zozo Championship effectively replaces the CIMB classic in Malaysia which is dropping off the tour after six years. It will offer a purse of $9.75 million — a record for Japan — starting next October under a six-year deal, the PGA said. The new event, along with the CJ Cup in Korea and the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, will form a three-tournament swing in Asia for players from the world’s leading golf tour. “Japan’s passion for golf is widely recognized and something our stars have experienced first-hand through various events held here and the support of standout PGA Tour players like champion Hideki Matsuyama,” said Ty Votaw, the Tour’s executive vice president. Golf is one of the Asian country’s most popular sports. A Japanese golfer has competed in every PGA season since 1993, with two on the Tour’s roster for the 2018-19 season. “Today’s announcement further strengthens our presence in Asia and certainly comes at an opportune time with golf set to follow its highly successful return to the Olympics in Rio when Tokyo hosts the 2020 games,” Votaw added. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

November 14

‘Arsenal being left behind in contract farce’

first_imgTransfers Alexis gone and Ozil yet to sign – Arsenal warned they are being ‘left behind’ in contract farce Chris Burton 23:32 1/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Mesut Ozil Arsenal Getty Images Transfers Arsenal Premier League Mesut Özil Arsène Wenger David Seaman fears there could be more exit pain to come for the Gunners, with several players approaching free agency this summer and in 2019 Arsenal’s inability to tie key men to contract extensions has seen them “left behind” by rivals, says David Seaman, with there more exit pain to come.The Gunners have already seen Alexis Sanchez slip through the net after opting to run down his deal, with the Chilean making it clear that he saw his future elsewhere.That loss was countered by the arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan in a swap deal with Manchester United, but uncertainty continues to shroud several other players. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Mesut Ozil and Jack Wilshere are yet to commit to terms past the end of the current campaign, while the likes of Petr Cech, Aaron Ramsey, Olivier Giroud, Nacho Monreal and Danny Welbeck are all due to hit free agency in the summer of 2019.Legendary goalkeeper Seaman told talkSPORT on the contract mess in north London: “It’s important for the club to stabilise this sort of thing. It gets even worst next year.“The sad part is we’ve lost a quality player in Alexis Sanchez, and we don’t need that to carry on.“We want to get these guys signed up, get that all sorted out and then try and move on.“We do need to move one because we’re getting a little bit left behind.”Arsenal’s contract struggles stand in stark contrast to the successes enjoyed at Premier League rivals.North London neighbours Tottenham have experienced little trouble in tying the likes of Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Hugo Lloris and Christian Eriksen to fresh terms, while Manchester City have recently announced new deals for Kevin De Bruyne and Fernandinho.Wenger must now prove that he can do likewise, with it vital that another Sanchez saga is avoided and that stability and continuity are established at the Emirates.last_img read more

October 28

10 months agoBayern Munich chief Salhamidzic casts fresh doubt on future of Chelsea, Spurs target Hummels

first_imgBayern Munich chief Salhamidzic casts fresh doubt on future of Chelsea, Spurs target Hummelsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich sports chief Hasan Salhamidzic has cast doubt on the future of Mats Hummels.The Germany defender has been linked with Chelsea and Tottenham in the last 24 hours.And Salihamidzic was less than definitive when asked if Hummels was happy at the club.He also stopped short of saying that the ex-Dortmund defender would be staying in January.When asked about Hummels on Wednesday night, Salhamidzic said: “He wanted to talk to me and to Kalle [Karl-Heinz Rummenigge]. I told him my point and he’s got his.”But I think we’ve come to a common denominator. I’m not going to disclose the details of the conversation.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

October 25

Xiaomi Redmi Go quick review: Affordable and seems apt for first-time smartphone buyers

first_img Sneha Saha New DelhiMarch 19, 2019UPDATED: March 22, 2019 08:11 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Xiaomi Redmi Go debuts at a price of Rs 4,499 in India.The Redmi Go is the cheapest phone Xiaomi has ever launched in India so far.The Redmi Go serves all basic requirements most first-time phone users may have.Xiaomi has partnered with Google to launch its first Android Go smartphone aka Redmi Go. The phone was launched by Xiaomi in India on Tuesday at an event in New Delhi. This is a very important phone, and although it debuts at a price of Rs 4,499 that seems fairly close to the regular Android smartphones, given that this is a Xiaomi phone it is bound to be noticed by millions of people in India who might be looking to move away from their feature phone to their first smartphone.For people looking to buy an affordable first smartphone, or even people who just want to buy a functional smartphone without spending too much money, the Redmi Go could be the best option.The Redmi Go is the cheapest phone Xiaomi has launched in India so far. Until now this distinction belonged to the Redmi 5A and the Redmi 6A. Xiaomi’s first Android Go phone will go on sale for the first time in India on March 22 on Flipkart, Mi Home store and Mi.com. With the Redmi Go, Xiaomi is targeting the first-time smartphone users in India and also aiming to move users from a feature phone, which continues to be in vogue even in 2019. Over here at India Today Tech, I spent some time with the Redmi Go.With the Redmi Go, Xiaomi is basically aiming to take on the likes of other Android Go phones like Nokia 1, Samsung Galaxy J2 Core and as well as the JioPhone 2, which is cheaper and has a good hold on the consumers who are looking to buy a smartphone but don’t want to spend Rs 7,000 or even Rs 5,000 on such device.advertisementIf you’re looking for a premium looking smartphone that is big on specs, the Redmi Go is definitely not meant for you. But if you’re looking to switch to a smartphone from a feature phone or looking for a secondary device which is easy to use and could be reliable, I believe that Redmi Go is a good option for you to consider at Rs 4,499. The Redmi Go serves all basic requirements most first-time phone users may have.The Redmi Go comes with a 5-inch HD display, decent design, 3000mAh battery, Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, camera on both front and back, among other things. The Redmi Go supports 20+ language support, and also allows users to use Google Assistant in English, Hindi and Hinglish. One of the best things about the Redmi Go is that its lightweight. The Redmi Go feels extremely light in the hands and is also very sleek, which usually isn’t the case with phones this cheap. For example, the Redmi 5A and also the Redmi 6A – which are pricier than the Redmi Go — are fairly bulky devices. All in all, I believe, the Redmi Go has the perfect size and fits perfectly in the hands, especially for people with small hands, like me.The Redmi Go runs Google’s Android Go program based on Android Oreo – yes, sadly no Android Pie for this Go phone. Also, while the software in the Redmi Go has the usual stock Android interface, there are a number of apps bundled with it. The phone ships bundled with several third-party apps like Amazon shopping, Mint Browser, Facebook Lite, Mi Community, Mi Drop, among others. Being an Android Go phone the Redmi Go comes packed with all Go or “lite” versions (which is smaller in size and hence eat up much lesser mobile data) of Google’s apps like Gmail Go, YouTube Go, Chrome Go and others.In India, the Redmi Go is going to be available in two colours – black and blue — and both look pretty good. I’m using the blue one. Overall, I’m particularly impressed with the design and the display of the Redmi Go. The screen of the phone on the first impression seems bright in both outdoor and indoor conditions. The Redmi Go sports a 5-inch HD display with resolution of 1280×720 and aspect ratio of 16:9. One feature that I’m glad to see in the Redmi Go is Night display mode. Even though the price is relatively affordable, the Redmi Go is a phone that comes with decent hardware. The Redmi Go includes a single camera on the back and front. On the rear panel, the phone has an 8MP camera, paired with LED flash while on the front the Redmi Go includes a 5MP selfie shooter. I clicked some pictures with the Redmi Go in bright sunlight and also in indoors and overall I feel both the front and back camera of the phone does a good job. The pictures aren’t very detailed or capture great colours but they look decent, at least that is the impression I get from the pictures clicked in the low light.advertisementFor example, see these images clicked with the Redmi Go. And do keep in mind that a phone with a price of Rs 4,499 clicked them.IMAGE SAMPLESI’m yet to test the overall performance of the Redmi Go or its battery backup. I will talk about these aspects in details in the full review of the phone in the upcoming days. The Redmi Go is powered by Qualcomm Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 425 chipset, paired with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage that can be expanded with up to 128GB microSD card. It is great to see a phone this cheap to come with dual SIM support. The Redmi Go comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack, dual microphones, bottom speaker grills and microSD port for charging. Inside, it has a big 3000mAh battery that Xiaomi claims can offer up to 12 hours of call time, 78 hours of music playback and 5 hours of video playback.We will talk about the Redmi Go and my more detailed experience with Xiaomi’s cheapest phone in India yet in our full review in the days to come. Stay tuned.ALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi Go launched in India: Key specs, top features, India price, and everything you need to knowALSO READ | Redmi Go launched in India with price of Rs 4,499, it is Xiaomi’s cheapest phone everGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow XiaomiFollow RedmiFollow Android GoFollow Redmi Go Next Xiaomi Redmi Go quick review: Affordable and seems apt for first-time smartphone buyersOn the best things about the Redmi Go is its lightweight. The Redmi Go feels extremely light in the hands and is also very sleek, which usually isn’t the case with phones this cheap.advertisementlast_img read more

October 24

WB Chartering: Supramax Market on a Path to Recovery

first_imgzoom During the second quarter of 2016 the dry bulk market witnessed some improvements from the first quarter of the year, which was the worst quarter in the Baltic Supramax Index’s (BSI) history, according to Norway-based dry bulk operator Western Bulk Chartering.The index followed a remarkably similar pattern to last year albeit at much lower levels.Rates ended the quarter around USD 6,500/day, which was an improvement of 30% from the beginning of the quarter. As rates hovered around the USD 6,000/day mark for the majority of the quarter, volatility levels dropped again.The Atlantic basin was the main reason for the BSI uptick, with an increase of 88% to end at USD 8,000/day. The Pacific basin was more subdued but still added 22% after a slow April and May, ending at USD 5,850/day. The rates were helped by an increase in volumes of most commodities in the second quarter of 2016.Volumes for major bulk improved with increased demand from China for iron ore and coal as a first quarter credit expansion in the country started to take effect. Global volumes for iron ore are up 5.3% quarter on quarter and 5.6% ahead versus year-to-date.The world’s Supramax fleet grew by approximately 0.8% net of scrapping in the second quarter of 2016. The annualized growth currently stands at 5% which is down from 6.6% at the end of the previous quarter. Supramax scrapping equaled 1.5 million dwt removed from the market as rates remained unattractive especially for older members of the fleet. Deliveries of new vessels came in at 3 million dwt delivered and order activity for new vessels remains virtually non-existent.Although there were some improvements in the market during the second quarter, Western Bulk Chartering reported red ink with a net loss of USD 11.4 million in the period, against a net profit of USD 1.6 million seen in the same quarter a year earlier. For the first half of 2016, the company’s net loss stood at USD 18 million, compared to a net profit of USD 3.1 million reported in the first half of 2015.The company said that the Bulk Invest ASA bankruptcy in March had a negative effect on WB Chartering’s ability to arbitrage the market in the second quarter of the year, thus putting a strain on the net time charter margin. The net TC result in the quarter was USD -5.4 million for an operated fleet of 109 vessels, down from USD 6.3 million reported in the first quarter of the year for a fleet of 131 vessels.Additionally, the continued weak dry bulk market made it particularly challenging to find good opportunities in the spot market, Western Bulk Chartering said.The company said that the supply and demand balance is expected to remain challenging with a large number of vessels being delivered during 2016, adding that the near term outlook is a continued challenging market.“The delivery of new vessels is expected to slow down from 2017, as ordering of new vessels has halted and the order book is rapidly declining with the new deliveries this year. Hence, the medium term outlook is a gradual improvement in rates, as long as the demand growth and the recycling of vessels are at a reasonable level going forward,” Western Bulk Chartering said.last_img read more

October 23

NCLH Starts Year on a High Note

first_imgzoom Miami-based cruise company Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCLH) has started the year with a record revenue which reached USD 1.2 billion in the first quarter, representing an increase of 6.8% compared to USD 1.1 billion seen in 2016.This increase was primarily attributed to the addition of Oceania Cruises’ Sirena and Regent’s Seven Seas Explorer to the fleet, partially offset by five dry-docks during the period along with an increase in net yield due to strength in ticket pricing and higher onboard and other revenue.The company’s GAAP net income for the three-month period ended March 31, 2017 decreased to USD 61.9 million from USD 73.2 million reported in the same period a year earlier.“2017 is off to a solid start with strong first quarter results which include record revenue of USD 1.2 billion for the quarter,” Frank Del Rio, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, said. “The operating environment has remained favorable with strong close-in demand for Caribbean sailings and strength in onboard revenue driving topline growth above expectations,” continued Del Rio.Gross yield increased 5.7%, while the 2017 full year adjusted net yield growth guidance on a constant currency basis increased 100 basis points to 2.75%, according to the cruise line.Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings said that it expects to generate record earnings for full year 2017 and has increased its outlook, with adjusted EPS now expected to be in the range of USD 3.79 to USD 3.89.“A strong end to the most successful Wave season in recent history resulted in a meaningful improvement in our full year booked position, with both occupancy and pricing now well ahead of prior year,” Wendy Beck, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings, said.last_img read more

October 15

Bell launching discount prepaid wireless company Lucky Mobile in most major Canadian

first_imgBell is owned by BCE Inc. Bell says Lucky Mobile will also introduce an app that enables talk and text over Wi-Fi next year. (RYAN REMIORZ / THE CANADIAN PRESS FILE PHOTO) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter MONTREAL—Bell is launching a new discount prepaid wireless brand, Lucky Mobile.The service will initially be available in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia starting Dec. 4.Lucky Mobile will offer service in 17 zones covering most major cities including Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver and surrounding areas as well as province-wide and Canada-wide options. Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Plans will include voice calling and texting as well as other services, while mobile data options will also be available at 3G-equivalent access speeds.The company says Lucky Mobile will also introduce an app that enables talk and text over Wi-Fi next year.last_img read more

October 12

Youth must shoulder greater responsibility: Naidu

first_imgChandigarh: Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday said that the youth must shoulder greater social responsibility of exercising judgement while looking at social issues. “We will be able to fully realize the vast demographic dividend in the years to come only if we can empower our youth with the right skills and attitudes,” Naidu told the 68th Convocation of Panjab University, of which he is the Chancellor, here. Urging the youth to adhere to traditions of tolerance and respect and protect the country’s pluralistic culture, Naidu said that India of the future would be powered by the dreams, ambitions, character and competence of young people. Also Read – NRI marriage bill referred to Parl’s standing panel on External Affairs He also urged the youth to use means of communication that technology has provided, responsibly. He emphasized that these modern means of communication must be used to facilitate social harmony and to cultivate a culture of healthy and civilized discussion on many of the pressing problems such as class and gender inequalities and the needs of the less privileged in society. “We need to address these problems with empathy and sincerity,” he added. Also Read – Cong slams govt on economy, says move beyond ‘piecemeal approach’ Naidu said that Panjab University had a glorious past and was one of the oldest universities in India, set in a land which has witnessed centuries of civilization and dedication to spreading knowledge in ancient centres of learning like Takshila. He expressed happiness at the university’s relentless quest for academic excellence and the rapid progress it has made in providing quality education to over thousands of students. He congratulated Panjab University for having secured the 34th position among all academic institutions in the nation in the recent rankings under the National Institutional Ranking Framework (NIRF). He applauded the University’s focused efforts towards cultivating innovation and entrepreneurship among students. “I am very happy that the university has been recognized by the UGC as the ‘University with potential for excellence in Biomedical Sciences’ with facilities for stem cell Research and Drug development,” he said. The Vice President proposed that there was a need to “rethink and re-orient our educational system in the context of the 21st century when the concerns of ecology, of human welfare and the welfare of the planet are equally imperative. “It is possible only if we turn our system around, including aspects of curriculum and evaluation, towards critical thinking,” he said. The Vice President also felicitated Dr. K. Sivan, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organization who was honoured on the occasion with the Vigyan Ratna Award.last_img read more

October 7

Hells merchandise barred from Friday 13th

Outlaw biker gangs and their merchandise are no longer welcome at Friday the 13th motorcycle rallies in Port Dover.Norfolk council approved a ban on vendor’s permits for motorcycle clubs with a criminal history Tuesday night.This means Hells Angels are no longer able to sell hats, T-shirts and other items in Port Dover promoting “the Big Red Machine.”Council acted after an extensive in-camera consultation with senior OPP officials.Police shared a long list of concerns Tuesday about the evolution of Friday the 13th and its implications for public safety.A presentation to council ended with Insp. Joe Varga, head of the Norfolk OPP, asking council to consider moving the rally to private property with a private security detail.The primary concern is gang rivalries flaring up in the crowded core of Port Dover.An OPP tactical unit was stationed beside the Hells Angels display on Main Street during the well-attended rally last July.Police confirmed this week they had received reports of a possible incident occurring in Port Dover involving the Hells Angels and a rival gang. Nothing happened but police aren’t sure how long they can keep the peace.“Tensions are rising between motorcycle gangs,” Varga said after council voted. “These tensions are spilling over to the Friday the 13th event.”Varga shared a number of other concerns with council.In the name of tourism, Varga said the county has promoted Friday the 13th “to the point that the event has become dangerous in regards to public safety.”Friday the 13th had humble beginnings in 1981 as a one-night party at the former Commercial Hotel. Varga said it has since sprawled into a three- or four-day event requiring hundreds of police officers.He noted that the front-line complement at the Norfolk detachment totals 96 officers.Meanwhile – at last July’s event – a total of 450 officers were required from across Ontario. Nearly 200,000 people were in Port Dover July 13 along with more than 15,000 motorcycles.“The actions of Norfolk County over the years have sanctioned the growth of the event and have attracted known criminal organizations such as the Hells Angels,” Varga said.“By promoting the event and attracting these criminal organizations, Norfolk County has increased the risk to an unacceptable level to both attendees and county residents, as evidenced by documented events which took place at the July 13 event.“Norfolk County sells vendor permits for street booths to allow vendors to sell goods and earns income from these sales. The fact some of these vendors are known criminal organizations – Hells Angels – means Norfolk County is essentially supporting these criminal organizations and enabling them to fund criminal activity.”Delhi Coun. Mike Columbus, chair of Tuesday’s meeting, is also a member of Norfolk’s Police Services Board. He told council the OPP’s concerns are not new. Columbus said the PSB has frequently discussed the criminal element in association with Friday the 13th.“They are very concerned about public safety and liability to Norfolk County and its taxpayers,” Columbus said.Varga also told council that the presence of motorcycles on congested streets is a disaster waiting to happen. He said police, fire officials and paramedics agree the lack of access and egress due to the huge crowds is a serious threat to public safety.“Norfolk County is putting these police officers, general public and the motoring public at physical risk by continuing to promote an event that is essentially causing traffic chaos,” Varga said.“At a very minimum, the OPP would like to see the event moved onto a private-property venue and utilize licensed private security for some duties and paid-duty officers for required policing duties.”Council acknowledges the OPP’s concerns. But Mayor Kristal Chopp wonders how exactly the county would prevent motorcycle riders from showing up in downtown Port Dover on Friday the 13th.“As to Mr. Varga’s suggestion, it has merit but I don’t believe there is any way to stop enthusiasts from coming to Port Dover at this point,” Chopp said Wednesday in an email. “It’s a non-starter for this year. They are coming whether we like it or not and we need to be ready.“That said, we will certainly take the suggestion under advisement and the PSB and council will meet to discuss public safety and other issues for future events.”The next rally in September has the potential to be as large as the rally last July. If the weather is good, demand for a run to Port Dover will be high due to the 14-month interval between events.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more