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Aaj Ka Panchang, February 9, 2024: Know Today’s Shubh and Ashubh Muhurat – Times of India

Daily Hindu Panchang or Aaj ka Panchang contains an important information such as Tithi, Nakshatra, Rahu Kaal and Hindu Month. With the help of these details, you can get know about the shubh muhurat or auspicious timings for special events or doing something new. In this Panchang, the astrologer also advise you to avoid ashubh muhurat or inauspicious timings before making an important decision, planning some events such as wedding, engagement, Mundan and Grah Pravesh.Let's dive into the world of Hindu astrology and explore Aaj Ka Panchang for February 9, 2024. Get ready to unlock the secrets of the stars and find out what they have in store for you today.Daily Panchang: 9th February 2024Tithi: Chaturdashi upto 08:04:44, Amavasya upto 28:31:04Nakshatra: Shravana upto 23:30:02Karana: Sak...
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Horoscope Today, February 9, 2024: Daily Astrological Predictions | – Times of India

Read today's horoscope, February 9, 2024. Today we'll be taking a closer look at what the stars have in store for each of the 12 zodiac signs. Our astrologer has analyzed the movements of the planets and the alignment of the stars to bring you the most accurate and up-to-date horoscope predictions for the day ahead. Whether you're looking for guidance on love, career, or simply a heads up on what to expect, this has got you covered.Let's dive in to see what the cosmos have in store for you today.AriesToday you are blessed by moon, you may hear good news from your sibling. You may spend your time with family and friends. With the help of creativity, you may plan to renovate your house or office. You may start new partnerships with the family member, which will be beneficial in near futur...
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Ranji Trophy | Old rivalries to be renewed as TN meets Karnataka in high-stakes clash

Mainstay: Mayank will play a huge role as Karnataka relies on its batting to counter the spin trial it is likely to face. | Photo Credit: M. Vedhan In the age of Twenty 20 and franchise cricket, the Ranji Trophy might not get the same attention it deserves as the country’s premier domestic tournament.But every now and then, there is a buzz surrounding a Ranji encounter. On Friday, old rivalries will be renewed when Tamil Nadu takes on Karnataka in the penultimate match of Elite Group-C here at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium.The stakes can’t be higher for both sides, as whoever comes out ahead at the end of this encounter will feel they have a foot in the knock-outs.The neighbours are evenly matched with contrasting strengths and are tied on top of the group, having 21 points, with the h...
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Sportstar Aces Awards 2024 | First-ever International Icon honour goes to spin wizard Muralitharan

One icon to another: Gavaskar recalled how Muralitharan used to pronounce Sehwag and Shoaib, leaving everyone in splits. | Photo Credit: Ritu Raj Konwar There they were, together on the stage. Sunil Gavaskar, Leander Paes and Muttiah Muralitharan indeed presented a picture of sporting excellence. Muralitharan was presented with the first ever International Icon award at the Sportstar Aces Awards 2024 here on Thursday. There could not have been a more deserving star than the Sri Lankan spinning legend, who took a stunning 800 Test wickets, for such an award.“I am lucky to get the first award in this category, and I would like to thank The Hindu and Sportstar as well as the jury comprising legends,” he said. “The first-ever match I got to see featured the legends Sunil Gavaskar and Kapil...
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Chocolate Day; Zodiac-inspired sweet treats for every astrological sign – Times of India

Romance and chocolate have long danced in a delicious symphony together. Chocolate has always been a popular choice for gifts, but did you ever consider matching your sweetie to your significant other's zodiac sign? This chocolate day, leverage the beauty of nature to surprise your significant other:AriesMars, the planet that rules Aries, is recognized for having a fiery sense of energy.When they take a bite, they want to experience excitement and aggressiveness. Just imagine chocolates that have been infused with flavors such as cinnamon or chile. These zesty flavors are a reflection of the spirit of Aries, which is full of passion and adventure.TaurusA rule of Venus Indulgence and luxury are extremely important to a Taurus. They have a deep appreciation for the more refined aspects of...
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Sportstar Aces Awards 2024 | Shami is Sportsman of the year in Team Sports

Recognition: Shami had bagged 24 wickets to emerge as the top wicket-taker of the ODI World Cup 2023. | Photo Credit: K.R. Deepak India cricketer Mohammed Shami and chess Grandmaster R. Vaishali won the ‘Sportsman of the year (Team Sports)’ and ‘Sportswoman of the year (Individual)’ awards respectively at the Sportstar ACES Awards 2024 held at the Taj Mahal Palace here on Thursday.Shami bagged 24 wickets to emerge as the top wicket-taker of the ODI World Cup 2023. The pacer also recorded an incredible seven for 57 against New Zealand in the semifinal. Vaishali was a member of the Indian women’s chess team which won the silver medal at the Asian Games. At the Qatar Masters 2023, she earned her final Grandmaster norm. “I am from a place which has no facilities. My journey has hinged on l...
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Pisces Horoscope Today: Embrace Intuition and Creativity on February 9, 2024 | – Times of India

On February 9, 2024, Pisces, the stars align to highlight your intuitive and artistic talents, steering away from Aquarius's focus on innovation and community towards a deeper exploration of the inner self and creative expression. Today's cosmic energy encourages a general theme of introspection and creativity, inviting you to dive into the depths of your imagination and emotions. It's a day to connect with your spiritual side and to let your artistic inclinations flow freely. The universe supports endeavors that allow you to explore and express your feelings, whether through art, music, writing, or other forms of creative outlets. Embrace the fluidity of your sign and allow yourself to be guided by intuition.In love and relationships, the planetary influences enhance your empathetic na...
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Aquarius Horoscope Today | Unconventional Career Paths | February 9, 2024 | – Times of India

On February 9, 2024, Aquarius, the stars cast a spotlight on innovation, community, and individuality, shifting focus from Capricorn's disciplined approach to a broader, more inclusive vision. Today's celestial configuration encourages a general theme of humanitarian efforts and technological advancements. It's a day to embrace your unique perspective and to apply it toward causes and projects that benefit the larger society.The universe beckons you to break free from conventional norms and to pioneer new ideas that reflect your ideals and hopes for the future. Embrace collaboration with like-minded individuals and communities, as collective efforts are particularly favored.In love and relationships, the planetary influences highlight the importance of intellectual compatibility and sha...
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Capricorn, Horoscope Today, February 9, 2024: Focus on goals and responsibility – Times of India

On February 9, 2024, Capricorn, the celestial influences draw your focus towards structure, responsibility, and ambition, offering a counterpoint to Sagittarius's expansive energy. Today's astrological landscape underscores a general theme of diligence and long-term planning. It's a day for setting concrete goals and laying down the foundations for future achievements.The universe supports endeavors that require discipline and perseverance, aligning with your innate capacity for hard work and dedication. This is an opportune time to evaluate your progress towards your ambitions and to adjust your strategies where necessary, ensuring that every step taken is one towards your ultimate objectives.In love and relationships, the stars invite you to consider the structures and commitments tha...
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Ranji Trophy | Kerala seeks its first win of the season with qualification hopes dashed

Optimistic: Jalaj Saxena has a good record at St. Xavier’s College ground and will look for a breakthrough performance against Bengal. | Photo Credit: FILE PHOTO: VIJAY SONEJI It has been a disappointing show so far from Kerala at the Ranji Trophy this season. A series of underwhelming performances ended its qualification chances. The host will be playing for pride and will be searching for its first win when it takes on a strong Bengal side in the Ranji Trophy Elite Group B match at the St. Xavier’s College ground here on Friday. However, Kerala, which is lying sixth in the table with eight points, will have to improve on all fronts to challenge the fourth placed Bengal which has been boosted by the return of Abhimanyu Easwaran, Shabaz Ahmed and Akash Deep from their India A duty. Ke...
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It is a crucial IPL for everyone, reckons Deepak Chahar

Grand launch: Arik De, Chief Revenue Commercial Officer at Etihad Airways with Rakesh Singh, Director of CSKCL with players Deepak, Hangargekar, Mukesh and Simarjit at the event. | Photo Credit: RAGU R Indian pacer Deepak Chahar is raring to go in the upcoming Indian Premier League, knowing it could help him get in contention for the T20 World Cup later in the year in the USA and the West Indies.The 31-year-old played only one T20 International last year and had to skip the South Africa white-ball tour for personal reasons. “I took some time out because of my father’s illness. After that, I started practising. The next six months are crucial with the IPL and World Cup,” said Chahar on the sidelines of an event in the city to announce Etihad Airways’ partnership with Chennai Super Kings...
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Ranji Trophy | Table-topper Hyderabad should have it easy against Nagaland

Kicked up: The Hyderabad players are eager to deliver the goods and put the team back in the Elite division. | Photo Credit: FILE PHOTO: V.V. Subrahmanyam Hyderabad, having won all its five league games to top the table with 35 points, should have it easy against the fourth-placed Nagaland in the Ranji Trophy Plate Group semifinal at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium here from Friday. In the league phase, Hyderabad had drubbed Nagaland by an innings and 194 runs and the latter made it to the knock-outs with two wins, two losses and a draw. The Hyderbad batting is led by G. Rahul Singh (612 runs), Tanmay Agarwal (600) and Rohit Rayudu (273). In bowling, left-arm spinner Tanay Thyagarajan (34), who is the second highest wicket-taker in the league after Mizoram’s Mohit Jangra (36), capitalised on ...
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In huge shakeup, football referees will now be able to brandish blue cards: Report

In a groundbreaking move, the referees in football games will now be handed a new blue card to brandish at players whenever they are deemed to be breaking a rule. The International Football Association Board (IFAB) is all set to announce the introduction of the card as part of the new measures which will see a player getting expelled from the field for 10 minutes if they commit a serious foul or show dissent at the decision of the referee, according to a report by The Telegraph. Additionally, a player can now be sent off if they get 2 blue cards or a combination of a blue and a yellow in the duration of a match. According to the report, top-tier competition will be excluded from initial testing which might begin as soon as the summer with the FA Cup and the Women’s FA Cup the most like...
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Mohammed Shami opens up on the World Cup Sajdah controversy: ‘Mai kisi se nahi darta….if I wanted to do it, I would have’

India’s premium pacer Mohammed Shami has spoken out against controversy peddlers who suggested that India’s leading wicket-taker at the 2023 ODI World Cup didn’t wish to perform Sajdah after taking a wicket in India’s World Cup win against Sri Lanka last year. Taking to his YouTube channel, Shami responded to social media posts after India’s win in Mumbai, which spoke more of the controversy rather than his five-wicket haul as India bundled Sri Lanka out for 55. “There were people who were saying that I wanted to do Sajdah, but didn’t. Some people called out the country, others my caste. Jinke dimaag mai jo keeda tha wo bola (Whatever filth they had to mutter, they did). Rather than appreciating my bowling, people highlighted that controversy,” Shami said in the video. The said incident...
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Ali Raza: From bowling with torn shoes in Sheikhpura to almost taking Pakistan to the U-19 World Cup final

Three years ago, Muhammad Masroor, Pakistan U-19 assistant batting coach saw a 12-year-old with torn shoes bowling his heart out in the nets at Rana Naved-ul-Hasan cricket academy in Sheikhpura. The boy was Ali Raza, who on Thursday, almost took Pakistan into the final of the U-19 World Cup.“Raza is a future prospect,” Masroor had told The Indian Express on the eve of the semifinal. “He hails from Nankana Sahib in Sheikhpura. He has played most of his cricket in the village. He hates going to the gym. He just loves bowling in the nets; you have to literally pull him out. That part of Pakistan has always produced good pacers such as Mohammed Asif, Aaqib Javed, and Rana Naved-ul-Hasan. All three were masters of their craft,” said Masroor. It was Masroor, who spotted Raza’s potential and i...
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Magnus Carlsen to meet Ding Liren in a format called ‘Freestyle Chess’. What’s that?

World No 1 Magnus Carlsen will face off against world champion Ding Liren across the chess board in a new, innovative tournament starting from Friday. It will be the first time the duo will command their miniature armies of carved pieces against each other since the Chinese GM sat down on the throne abdicated by Carlsen without a shot being fired.The duo will face off in a unique format with a twist — a format popularised by the American chess legend Bobby Fischer called freestyle chess. The format promotes creativity from players by having unique starting positions on the board rather than having pieces on the back ranks in the same positions. Besides the reigning world champion Liren and the current world no 1, the invitational tournament — called the Freestyle Chess G.O.A.T. Challeng...
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Paris Olympics will be challenging, need to be smarter: PV Sindhu | Badminton News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: As two-time Olympic medalist PV Sindhu gears up for a return after a series of injury setbacks, the ace India shuttler has her eyes set on the coveted gold medal in the upcoming Paris Games. Sindhu acknowledges the challenges ahead and said she needs to be smarter in her pursuit of the top prize. The former world champion has faced a lean patch marked by injuries and dip in form over the past year and a half.During her triumphant campaign at the 2022 CWG, Sindhu endured a stress fracture on her left ankle, followed by another injury to her left knee during the French Open in October last year. The setbacks sidelined her for three months. "I would say, this Olympics is going to be a different experience because the 2016 and 2020 Olympics were very different. Paris will be more...
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Australia edge out Pakistan by one wicket in a thriller, to face India in U-19 World Cup final | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Medium pacer Tom Straker impressive six-for was followed by a gritty half-century from opener Harry Dixon as Australia pipped Pakistan by one wicket in a thrilling second semi-final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Benoni on Thursday. With the tense win, Australia marched into the final of the tournament and will be up against defending champions India in the summit clash on Sunday at the same venue.Pakistan made a below par 179, built around two half-centuries by Arafat Minhas (52) and Azan Awais (52) as they struggled against pacer Straker (6/24).Despite having their own struggles against spirited Pakistan bowlers, the Aussies managed to reach 181 for 9 in 49.1 overs to seal the final berth with Dixon (50, 75b, 5x4) and Oliver Peake (49, 75b, 3x4) leading their chase.As It ...
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Story behind medals of Paris Olympics and Paralympics: How athletes get to take home a piece of Eiffel Tower

When one thinks of Paris, one thinks of the Eiffel Tower. In 2024, one thinks of the Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games too. And athletes from around the world who will finish on the podium at Paris 2024 will get to take home a piece of the Eiffel Tower. On Thursday, the organisers announced that the medals to be handed out at the Summer Games will be set with hexagon-shaped tokens forged out of scrap metal from the iconic monument. The idea was to link the Games with the symbols of France, said Thierry Reboul, creative director of Paris 2024. “The absolute symbol of Paris and France is the Eiffel Tower,” Reboul told reporters. “It’s the opportunity for the athletes to bring back a piece of Paris with them.” The Olympic medals usually follow a theme. Last time around, the medals were mo...
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Davis Cup: India drawn to meet Sweden in away tie in September | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India were on Thursday drawn to meet Sweden in an away Davis Cup World Group I tie in September.The Indian Davis Cup team had blanked Pakistan 4-0 in the World Group I play-offs in Islamabad last week while Sweden lost 1-3 to Brazil at home in the Qualifiers first round.India have never defeated Sweden in five meetings so far but will have a great opportunity to get their first win as the hosts do not boast of intimidating singles players.The last time India competed against Sweden was in 2005 when India hosted them in Delhi and lost 1-3.Sweden have a very talented Elias Ymer, who is ranked 160, in their ranks. India have higher-ranked Sumit Nagal (121) and if he is available, it will be an interesting tie.India captain Rohit Rajpal seemed happy with the draw, considering tha...