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Business

Russia Frees US Basketball Star Brittney Griner In Prisoner Swap With Viktor Bout: Report

New Delhi: US basketball star Brittney Griner was released from Russian prison on Thursday in exchange for arms dealer Viktor Bout, who was held in US prison for 12 years, news agency Reuters reported. Griner, a two-time Olympic gold medallist, was in the Russian prison after being convicted of possessing and smuggling narcotics. US President Joe Biden said Griner was safe and on a flight home from the United Arab Emirates. "I'm glad to say Brittney's in good spirits... she needs time and space to recover," he said at the White House. It is to be noted that Brittney Griner had been in detention in Russia since February, when two vape cartridges, with small amounts of cannabis oil, were found in her luggage at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport. While Griner pleaded guilty, s...
Sports

Netherlands vs Argentina: Where the battle will be won

Lusail Stadium, 12.30 am (Sat) Van Dijk needs to shackle Messi Dutch will have to push Argentina to the flanks to negate attacking threat Average age: Netherlands: 27.4; Argentina: 27.8 Average height: Netherlands: 6’8”; Argentina: 5’8” Weight Likely starting 11 Netherlands: 3-5-2 Nopper; Timber, Van Dijk, Ake; Dumfries, Roon, De Jong, Blind, Klaasen; Gakpo, Depay Argentina: 4-3-3 Martinez; Acuna, Otamendi, Romero, Molina; Allister, Fernandez, De Paul; Gomez, Messi, Alvarez Defining area: Flanks As they did against Poland, Mexico as well as Australia, Argentina will aim to control proceedings while the Netherlands – just as they did against the USA – will be happy to sit back and look for opportunities to attack them on the counter. This means the Dutch will once again play a 5-3-2 sys...
Politics

Samadani appeals against shortening of runway at Calicut airport

M.P. Abdussamad Samadani, MP, has appealed to the Union government not to shorten the existing runway to expand the runway end safety area (RESA) at the Calicut International Airport.Mr. Samadani demanded that both the Union and State governments make a concerted move to end the impasse over runway expansion. “The future of Karipur should not be allowed to be impaired by procedural delays,” he said in an appeal to the Minister for Civil Aviation.Mr. Samadani made the request at a time when rumours were rife about a possible move by the Centre to expand the RESA at Karipur by curtailing the existing runway as there was an impasse over the extension of the table-top runway.Concerns were raised as the move to acquire land for the runway and RESA expansion hit a roadblock owing to procedura...
Travel

Twitter’s San Francisco HQ is Elon Musk’s ‘new home’ – Times of India

Among various changes Elon Musk brought since his acquisition of Twitter, one that recently caught people's eye is the modification of various conference rooms into bedrooms for "tired employees" who have chosen "hardcore" working hours. Now an ex-employee of the company claims that the new owner has been staying at the headquarters since he bought the firm. "Looks like a hotel room"BBC says it was provided with some photos of the newly-converted bedrooms, which San Francisco authorities are probing as a possible building code violation. One image shows a room with a double bed, including a wardrobe and slippers. "It looks like a hotel room," one former worker was quoted as saying. One of the pictures that BBC shared showed sofas at Twitter being used as beds. Earlier this week, a Forbe...
Politics

Dharmendra, Amitabh Bachchan’s Grandson Agastya Nanda To Star In Sriram Raghavan’s Next ‘Ikkis’

New Delhi: Dharmendra celebrated his 87th birthday on Thursday and a new movie was announced on the occasion. Dharmendra has teamed up again with his film 'Johnny Gaddaar' director Sriram Raghavan for the film ‘Ikkis.’  The film, also starring Amitabh Bachchan’s grandson Agastya Nanda, is a war film based on the life of Second Lieutenant Arun Khetarpal PVC. He is the youngest recipient of the Param Vir Chakra, who was killed during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971.  The film is produced by Dinesh Vijan under his production banner Maddock Films. The filming will start in 2023.  The project was first announced in 2019 on the 69th birth anniversary of Arun Khetrpal with Varun Dhawan attached to play the lead role. The film got pushed due to the coronavirus pandemic, leading t...
Sports

Tite defends Brazil World Cup goal celebrations | Football News – Times of India

DOHA: Brazil coach Tite has hit back at criticism of his players' dancing goal celebrations in their World Cup win over South Korea, dismissing suggestions they showed a lack of respect. The tournament favourites produced some carnival football as they crushed the Koreans 4-1 on Monday and celebrated their goals with choreographed moves, while even Tite himself joined in at one point. The celebrations divided opinion outside Brazil and the dancing by Neymar and his teammates has been one of the main talking points going into Friday's quarter-final clash with Croatia in Doha. "This is not my national team. It is the Brazilian national team for which I have responsibility as coach," Tite said when asked about the celebrations at a press conference on Thursday. "I am sorry for people who d...
Sports

‘Country comes first, take rest during IPL matches’: Madan Lal lashes out at Indian players | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Indian players have been grappling with fitness issues with star pacer Jasprit Bumrah and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja have not been part of the team for quite some time due to injuries. The injury concerns further mount for India on Wednesday when Rohit Sharma also suffered a blow to his thumb during the second ODI against Bangladesh which also ruled him out of the series decider. India already conceded the series after losing the second ODI by 5 runs. The Indian team's current form and injury issues has left former coach Madan Lal in a worrying state of mind and even expressed his surprise after skipper Rohit said that India "can't have guys coming in to play for the country half-fit." Referring to Rohit's observation, Lal, who is a member of the 1983 World Cup winning t...
Opinion

Battery from nuclear waste to power space missions

A file photo of a warning sign is displayed in a warehouse with containers filled with spent nuclear fuel. | Photo Credit: Reuters (This article is part of Today’s Cache, The Hindu’s newsletter on emerging themes at the intersection of technology, innovation and policy. To get it in your inbox, subscribe here.)Scientists working with the European Space Agency (ESA) are developing batteries made of Americium, a nuclear waste, to power space missions.The ESA expects the technology to be developed by the end of the decade to operate space missions in the dark side of the Moon or areas far-off from the Solar System where solar power is limited, according to science journal  Nature.Once developed, the same basic power system could be reused on any missions on which solar energy is unavailab...
Travel

Stellium Technology and Innovation Center (STIC) inaugurated at Alva’s – Times of India

Moodbidri: Stellium Inc’s- Stellium Technology and Innovation Center (STIC), a newest facility started operation at Alva’s Institute of Engineering Technology here on Thursday. Alva’s Education Foundation Chairman Dr. Mohan Alva inaugurated the tech center at AIET Campus. Stellium CEO Randeep Nambiar said STIC would be a site for Indian Industry along with Middle East and Asia specific clients. “At STIC, we innovate, design, build and deploy solutions; create beyond the tried and tested and we will be serving global and regional markets from our center,” he added. He added with utmost emphasis on innovation, STIC offers a fully functional experience center equipped with automated conveyor systems, mini warehouse simulations, technology demos and a learning hub. Stellium, in partnership ...
Politics

Gujarat Election Results: Ravindra Jadeja’s Wife Rivaba Wins From Jamnagar North Seat 

Rivaba Jadeja, wife of Indian cricketer Ravindra Jadeja, won from the Jamnagar (north) constituency, beating her nearest rival Karshanbhai Karmur of the Aam Aadmi Party by 53,570 votes. Jadeja, contesting an election for the first time, secured 88,835 votes and garnered 57.79 per cent vote share. She was given the ticket by the BJP over sitting MLA Dharmendrasinh Jadeja to ward of anti-incumbency factor in the state. Speaking to the media, the BJP candidate from the Jamnagar (north) constituency said, "Those who accepted me happily as a candidate, worked for me, reached out & connected to people - I thank them all. It's not just my victory but of all of us." "Manner in which BJP worked in Gujarat for last 27 yrs & established Gujarat model, people believed they ...
Politics

TRS becomes BRS: ECI approves party’s name change | Hyderabad News – Times of India

HYDERABAD: Twenty-one years after its formation, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has now become Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS). The Election Commission of India (ECI) issued a letter approving the name change of TRS to BRS on Thursday. ECI accepts the change in the name of 'Telangana Rashtra Samithi' (TRS) to 'Bharat Rashtra Samithi'. https://t.co/RuB8o8Nh3q— TOI Hyderabad (@TOIHyderabad) 1670502856000With the clearance from the ECI, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao has decided to organize the formation programme of Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) at 1.20pm muhurth at Telangana Bhavan where he would sign the official letter received from ECI as a reply accepting the order. Later the CM KCR would unveil the BRS flag and there would be a foundation ceremony also. KCR directed the party's...
Travel

Tata’s $90 billion tech bet: Making chips for smartphones, laptops and more – Times of India

It's official. One of the country's largest business group Tata Group is set to enter chip production. According to a report in Nikkei Asia, Tata Group will begin producing semiconductors in the country within a few years. Tata Sons chairman Natarajan Chandrasekaran confirmed the same to the publication in an interview. The company is likely to tie-up with semiconductor manufacturers and foundries in the US, Japan, Taiwan and South Korea are potential partners in the project. The confirmation comes just days after reports that Apple is getting into iPhone assembly in India. The group is reportedly in talks to buy Wistron Corp's only manufacturing facility in India for up to 50 billion rupees ($612.6 million). What N Chandrasekaran said"We have created Tata Electronics, under which we ar...
Sports

At FIFA World Cup, teams reap rewards for playing through the wings

Spain tried a thousand passes against Morocco. When that didn’t work, they started to cross the ball. 21 attempts later, no goals came but the inevitable penalty shootouts did. Of the crosses attempted, Spain only landed two of them. It would be the story of a team that knows how to play in the middle of the park but found themselves at a World Cup where the football has been relegated to the wings. Crossing and effective play from the wings has been the story of this World Cup. With more and more teams employing a mid and low block to leave the central part of their pitch guarded, the wings are the only places left to begin attacks from in a World Cup where teams barely got any time to work on the complex positional play in the final third of the pitch. Wingers and fullbacks have becom...
Politics

New Zealand: Court Takes Custody Of Baby Whose Parents Refused ‘Vaccinated Blood’ For Surgery

The High Court of New Zealand took custody of a newborn on Wednesday after his parents insisted that he only receive blood from donors who had not been vaccinated against the coronavirus, a demand that the court said prohibited physicians from performing life-saving surgery, The Washington Post reported citing the court's order.  According to the court order, the 6-month-old baby, referred to as "Baby W" in court records, has a congenital cardiac abnormality and requires surgery to survive. “He remains in urgent need of an operation, and every day that the operation is delayed his heart is under strain,” the order said, citing one of the doctors.  Cole Reeves and Samantha Savage, Baby W's parents, had asked that the blood used in the surgery come from uninfected donors....
Politics

Girl who was stuck between platform and coach in Visakhapatnam succumbs to internal injuries

M. Shashikala, who was trapped in the gap between the train and the platform at Duvvada, died while undergoing treatment at a hospital in Visakhapatnam on Thursday. M. Shashikala, 20, who got stuck between the platform and compartment while alighting from a train at Duvvada Railway Station on Wednesday (December 7), succumbed to internal injuries at a hospital in Visakhapatnam on Thursday afternoon.Shashikala, hailing from Annavaram, was studying at a private college in Duvvada and used to shuttle between Annavaram and Duvvada by train every day. On Wednesday morning, she boarded the Guntur-Rayagada express at Annavaram as usual to reach Duvvada.While alighting at the Duvvada station, Shashikala slipped and got stuck in the gap between the coach and the platform. She began crying for h...
Politics

Congress’s Dhani Ram Shandil retains Solan, defeats son-in-law Rajesh Kashyap of BJP | Gujarat Election News – Times of India

SHIMLA: Veteran Congress leader Dhani Ram Shandil retained the Solan seat in Himachal Pradesh, defeating his nearest BJP rival and son-in-law Rajesh Kashyap in assembly poll, the results of which were announced on Thursday. Shandil, a retired army colonel and the oldest candidate in the fray at 82, had maintained a lead over Kashyap right from the start, and the final margin of victory was 3,858 votes. Four candidates, including one from the Aam Aadmi Party, had contested from Solan. Counting of votes for the 68-member assembly began at 8 am. In the 2017 assembly elections, Shandil could barely hold on to his seat, winning by a narrow margin of 671 votes against Kashyap, who had then contested from Solan for the first time. Shandil has also represented Shimla as MP earlier. The fact tha...
Politics

Bypolls: SP set to retain Mainpuri, BJP wrests assembly seat in Bihar from ruling alliance | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI/LUCKNOW: The Samajwadi Party was all set to retain the Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat while the BJP wrested the Kurhani assembly seat in Bihar on Thursday, dealing a blow to the Nitish Kumar-led ruling grand alliance in the state, as counting of votes was underway for the December 5 by-elections. Congress' Savitri Mandavi was leading in the Bhanupratappur Assembly seat in Chhattisgarh and Anil Kumar was ahead in the Sardarshahar Assembly seat in Rajasthan's Churu district. Both the seats were held by the ruling Congress in the two states. In Uttar Pradesh, the RLD and the BJP were ahead in Khatauli and Rampur Sadar assembly seats respectively, while the BJD was leading in the Padampur assembly seat in Odisha's Bargarh district. Dimple Yadav, the wife of SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, has t...
Politics

‘Don’t Know If It’s Fair To Make David Warner The Complete Scapegoat’ – Says Michael Clarke

New Delhi: Michael Clarke, former Australia skipper has blamed the cricket board of his country for being double standards and making David Warner the "scapegoat”.  It has been close to four years since the ball-tampering scandal and Warner is still facing the leadership ban. On the other hand, his colleague Steve Smith is set to lead Australia in the ongoing day-night Test against the West Indies. "You can tell he’s disappointed and frustrated,” Clarke stated on Big Sports Breakfast.  "I think the other thing that probably hurts a little bit more is the fact Steve Smith is going to captain this Test match." "I can understand Davey’s disappointment. In regards to where Davey is with his age, he’s unfortunately missed out on the captaincy opportunity in my opinion. I don...