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Pandya brothers extend birthday wishes to Kieron Pollard – Times of India
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Pandya brothers extend birthday wishes to Kieron Pollard – Times of India

NEW DELHI (India): As the West Indies cricketer Kieron Pollard celebrates his 33rd birthday, Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya on Tuesday wished his Mumbai Indians teammate, saying that they will celebrate after the lockdown is lifted. "Let's celebrate together once this all goes away Polly Red heart Happy birthday big guy," Hardik tweeted. Let's celebrate together once this all goes away Polly ❤️ Happy birthday big guy 🤗✌🏾 https://t.co/te4HXs0Xz2— hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) 1589276253000 Mumbai Indians all-rounder Krunal Pandya in his wish revealed the lesson he had learned from Pollard. The Indian cricketer also expressed his gratitude towards Pollard for always guiding him during the Indian Premier League. "Happy birthday Polly Hugging face One lesson I've learned from you is to...
Home will become stadium as Star gears up for challenge of empty stands in IPL
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Home will become stadium as Star gears up for challenge of empty stands in IPL

Written by Sandeep Dwivedi | Updated: May 13, 2020 8:10:08 am Star and India CEO Uday Shankar (Source: Prashant Nadkar/File) Splicing clips of animated fans on the edge of their living room couch with on-field action during live telecast will be one of IPL’s major innovations as BCCI, like others around the world, prepares to come to terms with the eerie silence of empty stands and life post COVID-19 lockdown. While the European football leagues flirt with the idea of CGI fans and cardboard cut-outs to liven up games played behind closed doors, Star wants to keep it real in case IPL Season 13 takes place later this y...
Kobe Bryant’s sports academy retires “Mamba” nickname
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Kobe Bryant’s sports academy retires “Mamba” nickname

By: AP | Los Angeles | Updated: May 13, 2020 8:13:02 am Kobe Bryant’s portrait painted by muralist Jonas Never (Source: REUTERS File) The Southern California sports academy previously co-owned by the late Kobe Bryant has retired his “Mamba” nickname and rebranded itself nearly four months after the basketball icon’s death in a helicopter crash. Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others were killed as they flew to a basketball tournament Jan. 26 at the Mamba Sports Academy when the chopper crashed in thick fog northwest of Los Angeles. The Thousand Oaks-based facility announced Tuesday it would return to its orig...
‘Everyone has a camera phone, I just need to source them … You can be at home and on TV’
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‘Everyone has a camera phone, I just need to source them … You can be at home and on TV’

Written by Sandeep Dwivedi | Updated: May 13, 2020 8:09:10 am Uday Shankar (File Photo/Prashant Nadkar) With doubts being raised about the October-November T20 World Cup in Australia, BCCI officials says that IPL now has a window. Star and Disney India chairman Uday Shankar, while insisting that the tournament should only be played when it’s safe, talks about the creative challenge of broadcasting of what looks like the first ‘closed doors’ IPL. Speaking to Sandeep Dwivedi, the man on the top of world cricket’s power list explains the importance of imagination in dealing with this unique COVID-19 crisis, the fundamen...
Jofra Archer suggests crowd simulation to make up for empty stands – Times of India
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Jofra Archer suggests crowd simulation to make up for empty stands – Times of India

LONDON: England cricketer Jofra Archer feels playing the game in front of empty stands will be a difficult prospect for the players when cricket finally returns to the ground. All cricket has been suspended in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic that has hit the entire world. Authorities are trying their best for the resumption of the game and the option of playing behind closed doors has also been mooted. Archer believes not having supporters cheer for them will be difficult for the players. "Yes, it will be hard to play in a stadium without supporters but I understand it is necessary for things to start that way as we won't be able to test every single fan wanting to come into the ground," Archer wrote in his column for the Daily Mail. "Although the crowd is an aspect we can sort o...
Eyeing return to cricketing activities, tainted Saleem Malik decides to approach ICC
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Eyeing return to cricketing activities, tainted Saleem Malik decides to approach ICC

By: PTI | Karachi | Updated: May 12, 2020 11:45:39 pm Saleem Malik (File Photo) Tainted former Pakistan captain Saleem Malik has decided to approach the ICC after failing to get a reply from the country’s board on his plea to help him get back to cricket activities again. According to Pakistan Cricket Board sources, Malik cannot take up any cricket activities in the country despite a lower court overturning the life ban imposed on him on charges of corrupt practices. “I have written to the PCB asking them to send me the questionnaire which they want to ask me about my meetings in London and also have inf...
Pakistan’s many senior cricketers set to be dropped from central contracts list
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Pakistan’s many senior cricketers set to be dropped from central contracts list

By: PTI | Karachi | Published: May 12, 2020 11:24:36 pm Sarfraz Ahmed likely to get demoted in new PCB central contracts Source: AP) Senior players including former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Aamir will either be dropped or demoted in the new central contracts to be given by the Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday. A source in the PCB told PTI that head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq and chief executive officer Wasim Khan had sent the final list of contracted players to the chairman Ehsan Mani for approval. “Wasim and Misbah met today and finalised the list and have submitted...
Here’s why you should have wheatgrass juice in the morning
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Here’s why you should have wheatgrass juice in the morning

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Published: May 12, 2020 11:20:50 pm Superfood wheatgrass has multiple benefits. (Source: Getty/Thinkstock Images) Wheatgrass is considered a superfood, which is known to contain a variety of nutrients and antioxidants. According to a 2014 study published in the journal Appetite, the consumption of chlorophyll (which wheatgrass comprises) resulted in greater weight loss, over a period of 12 weeks. It’s pretty easy to grow the plant-based superfood at home. All you need is a small pot — ceramic, earthen or even plastic. Fill it with soil and sow some wheat or gehu and sprinkle water. In a few days...
Pace generation from short run-up makes Jasprit Bumrah injury prone: Michael Holding
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Pace generation from short run-up makes Jasprit Bumrah injury prone: Michael Holding

By: PTI | Updated: May 12, 2020 11:37:49 pm Jasprit Bumrah (AP/File Photo) With his short run-up, Jasprit Bumrah makes it extremely difficult for batsmen to measure his pace but the Indian pacer’ body may not hold for long because of that approach, reckons West Indies’ fast bowling great Michael Holding. Holding, who completed the famous West Indies’ pace quartet along with Malcolm Marshall, Joel Garner and Andy Roberts, said Bumrah’s ability to hit the deck hard with short run up is unique. “Bumrah hits the deck hard and that creates more problem. And especially with that short run, it is difficult for batsmen to formulate in ...
CBSE, ASI get new chiefs and UPSC gets new secretary in big-ticket IAS reshuffle
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CBSE, ASI get new chiefs and UPSC gets new secretary in big-ticket IAS reshuffle

North Block and South Block on Raisina Hill | (Representational image) | Photo: Manisha Mandal | ThePrint Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: In the second big bureaucratic reshuffle in the last one month, the Modi government Tuesday made several key appointments to the UPSC, CBSE, ASI, among other institutions. Special Secretary in the Health Ministry Sanjeeva Kumar, who was expected to become the secretary after incumbent Preeti Sudan’s retirement, was transferred out of the ministry, according to an order of the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC), which is headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Kumar, a 1986-batch IAS officer of the Assam-Meghalaya cadre, has now been appointed as the secretary, Departm...
Jubilant Life Sciences first in India to announce pact with Gilead for Covid hope remdesivir
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Jubilant Life Sciences first in India to announce pact with Gilead for Covid hope remdesivir

Medics walk past a swab testing cabin at Podar hospital in Worli | Represenational image | PTI Text Size: A- A+ New Delhi: Jubilant Life Sciences Tuesday became the first Indian company to announce a licensing agreement with US-based Gilead Sciences to manufacture remdesivir, an experimental drug that has reportedly shown promise in treating Covid-19. The Noida-based company made the announcement through a press statement.  Under their agreement, Jubilant said, the company will receive a technology transfer of the Gilead manufacturing process to scale up production of remdesivir and enable expedited access to the medicine in over 100 countries, including India, following approvals by the respective regulator...
Police await Covid-19 test result before arresting Gujarati journalist on sedition charge
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Police await Covid-19 test result before arresting Gujarati journalist on sedition charge

'Face of Nation' news portal editor Dhaval Patel | By special arrangement Text Size: A- A+ Ahmedabad: The detention of journalist Dhaval Patel, editor of Gujarati news portal Face of Nation, under the charge of sedition has caused an uproar in Gujarat, especially among the media and on social media, but the police is proceeding with its investigation. The police is currently waiting for his Covid-19 test results, which are mandatory according to the protocol laid down by the Gujarat High Court. After being detained from his residence, Patel was taken to the SVP Hospital run by the Amdavad Municipal Corporation. “We are waiting for Dhaval’s Covid-19 test report and would later arrest him. Right now, he is und...
Hardik Pandya could be the guy who breaks my record of fastest T20 fifty: Yuvraj Singh
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Hardik Pandya could be the guy who breaks my record of fastest T20 fifty: Yuvraj Singh

By: PTI | Updated: May 13, 2020 8:37:49 am Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya (Source: AP/PTI File photo) Former all-rounder Yuvraj Singh on Tuesday questioned India batting coach Vikram Rathour’s ability to guide Indian cricketers in the T20 format. Rathour had replaced Sanjay Bangar as the batting coach last year. “He (Rathour) is my friend … do you think he can help players of this T20 generation? Has he played cricket at the level to help them?” Yuvraj, who was part of the 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup winning teams, said during an Instagram session. Rathour played six Tests and seven ODIs for India between 199...
PM Modi announces Rs 20 lakh crore relief package; Lockdown to continue with new norms; more
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PM Modi announces Rs 20 lakh crore relief package; Lockdown to continue with new norms; more

In a big push to revive the Covid-hit economy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a Rs 20 lakh crore relief package for farmers, labourers, middle-class. Finance ministry is to give details of the stimulus package starting tomorrow.Also on the show, experts, political leaders and leaders from India Inc share their thoughts on PM Modi's stimulus package and how it will help in reviving the economy. Source link
Covid-19 lockdowns significantly impacting global air quality, reveals study – Times of India
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Covid-19 lockdowns significantly impacting global air quality, reveals study – Times of India

BERLIN: Scientists have found that the levels of two major air pollutants drastically reduced globally since lockdowns began in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, but a secondary pollutant -- ground-level ozone -- has increased in China. Two new studies, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, found that nitrogen dioxide pollution over northern China, Western Europe and the US decreased by as much as 60 per cent in early 2020 as compared to the same time last year. One of the studies also found that particulate matter pollution -- particles smaller than 2.5 microns -- decreased by 35 per cent in northern China. Such a significant drop in emissions is unprecedented since air quality monitoring from satellites began in the 1990s, said Jenny Stavrakou, an atmospheric scient...
Katrina Kaif dazzles in sequined outfits, here’s proof
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Katrina Kaif dazzles in sequined outfits, here’s proof

By: Lifestyle Desk | New Delhi | Published: May 12, 2020 9:40:56 pm From lehenga to pantsuit, trust Katrina Kaif to ace sequined ensembles. (Photo: Katrina Kaif/Instagram, designed by Gargi Singh) In an interview, Tanya Ghavri told the indianexpress.com that “Katrina Kaif likes sticking to one element which is not too fussy.” Rightly said. While Katrina likes to go for structured silhouettes while opting for colour blocking or florals, she also equally loves sequins. Whether it is a classic lehenga or a sharp jumpsuit, the actor’s love for sequins knows no bounds. Scroll down to know more. For the Vog...
Indian-origin journalist faces ‘racist abuse’ while reporting on UK street – Times of India
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Indian-origin journalist faces ‘racist abuse’ while reporting on UK street – Times of India

LONDON: A 50-year-old man was produced before a UK court on Tuesday charged with threatening and abusive behaviour in relation to an Indian-origin reporter for the BBC facing “racist abuse” just before she was to go on air from Leicester city centre. Sima Kotecha was lining up her guests to comment on British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's televised address to the nation on the gradual easing of the COVID-19 lockdown on Sunday evening when she had to cancel the broadcast amid the abuse. "While preparing to broadcast, our reporter, her production team and guests were subjected to racist and abusive behaviour. We will not tolerate racism or abuse of our staff," a BBC spokesperson said. The incident was reported to Leicestershire Police, which launched an investigation and arrested Russel...