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Yellowstone 2024: See all we know about spin-offs release date, cast, plot

Yellowstone 2024, the latest installment in the Dutton family saga, promises to be a thrilling addition to the beloved franchise. With its official announcement in November 2023, fans are eagerly anticipating the next chapter in the Yellowstone universe.

The Economic Times 21 Feb 2024 1:50 am

Rohit Sharmas India arrive in Ranchi with aim to seal series against England

Rohit Sharmas India arrive in Ranchi with aim to seal series against England

India Today 21 Feb 2024 12:03 am

International Mother Language Day: Languages we may lose soon

Mang Pru Marma, 78, from Kranchipara of Bandarbans Alikadam upazila, is among the last seven speakers, all of whom are elderly, of Rengmitcha language.

The Daily Star 20 Feb 2024 11:30 pm

I was pinching myself: Jurel recalls his first interaction with Dhoni

I was pinching myself: Jurel recalls his first interaction with Dhoni Indian wicketkeeper-batter Dhruv Jurel opened-up his first interaction with former India skipper ahead of the fourth Test of the five-match series against England at Ranchi. Currently, the hosts lead the five-match series 2-1 with still two matches to go in the series. The fourth Test will commence on February 23 at JSCA International Stadium Complex followed by the fifth and final Test of the series to be played at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamshala. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took to their social media handle, X and shaared a video in which Jurel is talking about Dhoni. I was just watching him and I stood up and started thinking is this MS Dhoni standing infront of me. My first interaction with him was in IPL 2021 which was my first season. At that time, I was pinching myself to see whether it is a dream or not. My dream is to meet Mahi bhai especially after the match after an international game. Whenever I have talked to him, I have always learnt something new from him so I will hope that I get a chance to meet him during the fourth Test at Ranchi, Jurel said in a video posted by BCCI. The wicketkeeper-batter made his Test debut in the third Test at Rajkot. He was able to play only in the first innings where he played a confident knock off 46 runs with the help of three sixes and two fours. Jurel has displayed a quality performance in the iconic T20 tournament, Indian Premier League, where he appeared in 13 matches and scored 152 runs at 21.71 with a strike rate of 172.73 last season, thriving as a hard-hitting, lower-order finisher. In 15 First-Class (FC) matches Jurel has scored 790 runs at an average of 46.47, with a century and five fifties in 19 innings. His best score is 249. Jurel represents Uttar Pradesh in domestic cricket. Coming to the third Test, India secured a 556-run second innings lead, declaring their second innings at 430/4. The Three Lions while chasing 557 was bundled out for just 122 runs in 39.4, losing the match by 434 runs. Ravindra Jadeja took 5/41, while Kuldeep Yadav took two wickets. Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah took a wicket each. Jadeja was awarded the Player of the Match for his all-round performance in the Test match. (ANI)

devdiscourse 20 Feb 2024 11:24 pm

Khelo India University Games: Swimmer Shubhrant Patra dominates with remarkable perfromances

Khelo India University Games: Swimmer Shubhrant Patra dominates with remarkable perfromances Swimmer Shubhrant Patra clinched the men's 200m butterfly gold with a dominating performance and then returned to help Jain University claim the 4x100m freestyle crown and top the medals standing in the 4th Khelo India University Games 2023, Ashtalakshmi, here on Tuesday. Kalyani Saxena of Sarvajanik University, Surat and Danush S of Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences also added a second gold to their tally on the second day of swimming competition at the Dr Zakir Hussain Aquatic Complex as the race for the overall title heats up. With 32 gold medals decided in two days of competition, Jain University tops the standings with four gold, one silver and two bronze medals while Utkal University is second thanks to three gold medals from swimmer Pratyasa Ray, who added the women's 200m backstroke gold to her tally on Tuesday. Patra, who is originally from Odisha but now trains and studies in Bengaluru, bagged the 200m butterfly gold with a timing of 2:06.94s, finishing over half a second ahead of Chandigarh University's Harsh Saroha. Shubham Dhaygude of Savitribai Phule University clinched the bronze with a time of 2:11.18s. He then returned to the pool for the 4x100m freestyle relay, swimming the third leg, as he teamed up with Xavier Dsouza, Dhyan Balakrishna and Sambhavv R to bag the gold with a time of 3:37.76s. Anna University (3:39.35s) and the University of Kerala (3:41.65s) bagged the silver and bronze respectively. Earlier, Kalyani Saxena and Danush S proved that they were far ahead of the competition as they clinched the women's 400m medley and men's 50m breaststroke gold respectively. On Monday, Kalyani won the women's 200m breaststroke gold while Dhanush topped the men's 200m breaststroke race. Elsewhere, in the basketball competition, the University of Madras will take on Jain University in the women's final. In the semi-final, the team from Tamil Nadu hammered Guru Nanak Dev University 105-48, while Jain University got the better of Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science 85-61. In the men's category, Panjab University upset defending champions Jain University 89-87 to reach the final where they will face the University of Madras, who got the better of the University of Rajasthan 79-76. In the weightlifting competition, being held in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh, KIIT's Sneha won the gold in the 55kg category with a total lift of 172kg with Punjabi University's Ramandeep (165kg) and Kurukshetra University's Shalu (159kg) taking home silver and bronze medals respectively. Results Basketball (Semi-Finals) Men: Panjab University bt Jain University 89-87; University of Madras bt University of Rajasthan 79-76 Women: University of Madras bt Guru Nanak Dev University 105-48 Jain University bt Hindustan Institute of Technology and Science 85-61 Football Men: Group B: Mahatma Gandhi University vs University of Kerala Shivaji University bt Adamas University 3-2 Women: Group A: vs Chaudhary Bansilal University bt Goa University 4-0 Guru Jambeshwar University vs University of Madras 3-1 Hockey Men: Group A: Chandigarh University bt Manomaniam Sundamar University 4-3 Lovely Professional University bt Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University 7-4 Group B: Rabindranath Tagore University bt Sambalpur University 5-4 Bengaluru City University bt Guru Nanak Dev University 3-2 Women: Group A: ITM University bt Sambalpur University 2-1 Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University bt Guru Nanak Dev University 3-1 Group B: Rabindranath Tagore University bt Maharshi Dayanand University 5-0 Ranchi University bt Punjabi University 4-2 Kabaddi (Semi-Finals) Men: University of Kota bt Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University 37-33 Mangalore University bt Chaudhary Bansi Lal University 35-26 Swimming Men: 1500m freestyle: Gold - R Ruhunu Krishna (Uni. of Ker) 16:29.47s; Silver - Vikrant Bangale (Pandit Deendayal Energy Uni.) 17:36.05s; Bronze - Litheesh Gowda (Visvesvaraya Technology University) 17:43.22s 200m butterfly: Gold - Shubhrant Patra (Jain Uni) 2:06.94s; Silver - Harsh Saroha (Chandigarh Uni) 2:07.40s; Bronze - Shubham Dhaygude (Savitribai Phule Uni) 2:11.18s 200m backstroke: Gold - Subhasish Dey (Adamas Uni) 2:11.81s; Silver - Sai Nihar Bikkina (KLEF Uni) 2:12.90s; Bronze - Aaryan Bhosale (Uni of Mumbai) 2:13.31s 50m breaststroke: Gold - S Dhanush (Saveetha Institute of Medical and Technical Sciences) 28.66s; Silver - MS Yadesh Babu (Anna Uni) 29.50s, Shwejal Mankar (Savitribai Phule Uni) 29.50s 50m butterfly: Gold - Harsh Saroha (Chandigarh Uni) 25.20s; Silver - Vishnu G (Mahatma Gandhi Uni) 25.47s; Bronze - Veer Khatkar (Maharshi Dayanand Uni) 25.74s 4x100m freestyle: Gold - Jain University 3:37.76s; Silver - Anna University 3:39.35s; Bronze - University of Kerala 3:41.65s Women: 400m IM: Gold - Kalyani Saxena (Sarvajanik Uni) 5:26.71s; Silver - Firdoush Kayamkhani (Uni. of Kota) 5:28.36s; Bronze - Pratyasa Ray (Utkal Uni) 5:28.80s 200m backstroke: Gold -- Pratyasa Ray (Utkal Uni) 2:30.95s; Silver - Bhakti Wadkar (Savitribai Phule Uni) 2:33.11s; Bronze - Bharti (Chandigarh Uni) 2:37.84s 50m breaststroke: Gold - Vasupalli Naga Greeshmini (Mahatma Gandhi Uni) 34.78s; Silver - Aarti Patil (Uni of Mumbai) 35.42s; Bronze - Jyoti Patil (Uni of Mumbai) 35.93s 50m butterfly: Gold - Snigdha Ghosh (Adamas Uni) 28.90s; Silver -- Shristi Upadhaya (Jadavpur Uni) 29.30s; Uttara Gogoi (Chandigarh Uni) 29.81s Weightlifting Men: 55kg: Gold - Vijay Kumar Maheshwari (PRSU) 224kg; Silver - Balaji P (TU-TN) 217kg; Bronze - Donigolla Veeresh (CU) 213kg 67kg: Gold - Tharun T (PU-Tn) 255kg; Silver - Dinesh Chellamariappan (UCC) 254kg; Bronze - Tipannu Lakkhanvar (MU-KR) 205kg 73kg: Gold - Jaskaran Ram (SBBSU) 271kg; Silver - Bellamkonda Krishna (CU) 265kg; Bronze - Logeswaran Sankar (TU-TN) 263kg Women: 55kg: Gold - Sneha (KIIT) 172kg; Silver - Ramandeep (PU-PAT) 165kg; Bronze - Shalu (KU-HR) 159kg 59kg: Gold - Usha (CU) 185kg; Silver - Liza Kamsha (YVU) 181kg; Bronze - Balo Yalam (GKU) 179kg 64kg: Gold - Pooja Rajesh (GKU) 176kg; Silver - Sanapathi Pallavi (AU) 175kg; Bronze - Sukama Adak (CU) 172kg. (ANI)

devdiscourse 20 Feb 2024 11:18 pm

Jasprit Bumrah released from Indian Test squad, Rahul ruled out of Ranchi match

Bumrah has been released as part of his workload management. He is the leading wicket-taker in the Test series with 17 scalps from three matches. He singlehandedly bowled India to victory in the second Test in Visakhapatnam. Rahul had also missed the second and third Test after complaining of pain in his right quadriceps.

The Economic Times 20 Feb 2024 11:18 pm

4th Test: Rahul ruled out, Bumrah rested

Pacer Jasprit Bumrah has been released from the squad for the 4th Test against England in Ranchi. The decision has been taken keeping in mind the duration of the series and amount of cricket he has played in recent times. Meanwhile, KL Rahul has been ruled out of the 4th Test and his participation in the final game in Dharamsala is subject to fitness.

The Times of India 20 Feb 2024 10:11 pm

Yashasvi Jaiswal sets eyes on Sunil Gavaskar, Virat Kohli records in Ranchi Test

Yashasvi Jaiswal sets eyes on Sunil Gavaskar, Virat Kohli records in Ranchi Test

India Today 20 Feb 2024 9:31 pm

Bumrah notable absentee as India arrive in Ranchi for 4th Test

Bumrah notable absentee as India arrive in Ranchi for 4th Test

India Today 20 Feb 2024 9:04 pm

Jkhand: FIR against designated terrorist Pannun for issuing threats to cancel India-England Test

Ranchi: The Jharkhand Police Tuesday lodged an FIR against US-based designated terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun for allegedly issuing threats to cancel the fourth Test match between India and England here. Pannun, who has been designated as a terrorist by the home ministry, also appealed to the banned CPI (Maoist) through a video uploaded on social []

orissapost 20 Feb 2024 8:42 pm

Khalistani separatist Pannun booked for 'threatening' to disrupt IND vs ENG Test in Ranchi

An FIR has been filed against Khalistani separatist and US-based Sikh for Justice (SFJ) leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannun under various sections of the UAPA and IT Act for allegedly plotting to disrupt the upcoming India-England Test match in Ranchi. India is set to face England in the penultimate Test of their five-match series at the JSCA International Stadium from February 23 to 27. According to the FIR filed by Sub-Inspector (SI) Madan Kumar Mahto at Ranchi's Dhurwa Police Station, Pannun had been making attempts through social media to incite fear among Indians and stir animosity among tribal communities against the government. The FIR also stated that Pannun released a video on YouTube urging the CPI (Maoist), a banned political outfit and militant organisation, to create disruptions and prevent the India-England Test match in Ranchi. Further, the FIR stated that Pannun had allegedly claimed in his video that the JSCA stadium in Ranchi, where the test match is scheduled, was constructed on tribal land. Pannun, in his video, remarked: Acquiring tribal land and constructing a stadium is an injustice to the tribal community. Therefore, no match of any kind should be held in this stadium. It is further stated in the FIR that Pannun had tried to disturb peace between the two nations and his video has created panic among people, which may result in financial loss to the BCCI and India. The FIR further sought to take action against Pannu under Section 10/13 of the UAPA and Section 66 of the IT Act. Pannun is one of the main leaders of the Khalistan movement, which is based on the ideology of seeking a separate homeland for Sikhs. The SFJ leader has been designated as a terrorist by the Union Home Ministry. In December last year, US authorities said they thwarted an alleged plot by an Indian national, Nikhil Gupta, to kill Pannun in the United States and expressed concern over India's involvement in the same. India has already constituted a probe committee to investigate the allegations. Khalistani separatist Pannun threatens to kill Punjab CM Mann, dares PM Modi to give up security

The New Indian Express 20 Feb 2024 8:21 pm

1,510 polling stations will be set up in Bapatla district, says Collector Ranjith Basha

More than 12.75 lakh voters will exercise their franchise during the elections in one Lok Sabha and six Assembly constituencies in the district, he says

The Hindu 20 Feb 2024 8:17 pm

FIR on designated terrorist Pannun for issuing threats to cancel Ind-Eng Test

Ranchi: The Jharkhand Police on Tuesday lodged an FIR against US-based designated terrorist Gurpatwant Singh Pannun for allegedly issuing threats to cancel the fourth Test match between India and England here. Pannun, who has been designated as a terrorist by the home ministry, also appealed to the banned CPI (Maoist) through a video uploaded on Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 20 Feb 2024 8:03 pm

ED files another case against Hemant Soren for disobeying summons

RANCHI: Creating more trouble for former Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Tuesday registered another case against him of disobeying summons issued by the investigating agency. Notably, ED had served 10 summons to Soren, out of which he turned up only twice before the agency for questioning. ED has filed complaint number 3952/2024 at the Chief Judicial Magistrate's court, which is to be heard next on February 27 after a preliminary hearing on Tuesday. ED in its complaint has stated that it had issued 10 summons to Hemant Soren in the money laundering case linked to the land scam, out of which he appeared before the ED only twice. According to the agency, Soren had disregarded the ED summons. The complaint has been filed under Section 63 of PMLA and Section 174 of IPC against Soren for disobeying the summons. Meanwhile, ED sources also informed that the 8.5 acres of land at Bargain in Ranchi, for which Hemant Soren was arrested, will be seized by the investigation agency. Interestingly, WhatsApp chats which surfaced during the scrutiny of the two mobile phones of Hemant Sorens aide Binod Kumar Singh, revealed that the 8.5 acres of land was being illegally acquired by Soren to construct a banquet hall. In a 13 page remand note submitted before the Special PMLA Court in Ranchi, ED said that a plan/map of proposed banquet was shared by Binod Singh to Hemant Soren on April 06, 2021 on his mobile phone. Ex-CM Hemant Soren sent to judicial custody, JMM launches 'Nyay Yatra' against alleged BJP plot Notably, the ED had issued the first summon to Hemant Soren in August 2023 in the land scam-related case and had asked to appear before it on August 14. After this, the agency sent 10 summons to him but he appeared only twice before the agency on January 20 and January 31, 2024. After skipping ED summons for the eighth time in land scam case, Hemant Soren for the first time agreed to join the probe, following which, he was questioned by ED at his residence in Ranchi on January 20 for more than 7 hours. Later on January 27, ED had sent a letter to CM Hemant Soren once again, asking him to decide time and place for questioning either on January 29 or 31. ED through its letter had asked Soren to decide any time and place from January 29 -31; otherwise they themselves would come to his official residence for questioning. Soren after the tenth summon, once again, had agreed for questioning for the second time on January 31. ED finally arrested Soren on January 31, 2024, after he duped ED officials and disappeared from his Delhi residence on January 29. Soren remained traceless for about 40 hours after he disappeared from Delhi and suddenly surfaced in Ranchi on the day of his arrest. After his arrest, Hemant Soren was interrogated for 13 days by ED, after which he was sent to judicial custody till February 22. ED is carrying out an investigation in Ranchi on the basis of the documents recovered from Bhanu Pratap's house, one of the key accused in the land scam case. According to ED, several important documents related to land were found during the raid from the house of Sub-Inspector Bhanu Pratap Prasad of Badagain zone. Next hearing on Hemant Soren's plea on Feb 27, ED seeks more time to file reply

The New Indian Express 20 Feb 2024 7:55 pm

IPL 2024 schedule to be announced in phases

RANCHI: While the 2024 edition of the Indian Premier League is likely to start on March 22, the announcement of the schedule is likely to be done in phases because of the general elections. As was the case in 2019, the entire season is expected to be played in India despite the Lok Sabha polls. The IPL Governing Council, chaired by Arun Singh Dhumal, is closely working with the government agencies to finalise the schedule and ensure the smooth conduct of the tournament. Meanwhile, it is understood that the schedule for the initial set of matches would be announced first to get the tournament going and the rest of the schedule will be announced once the election dates are out. We are planning to start it on March 22 and by that time, we will have the election dates out. Then we can take a call on the remaining set of matches. The initial set of schedule has to go out so that they can prepare for that. Once the election schedule gets announced, then we will announce the rest (of the schedule), a source keeping track of the developments told this daily. It is not the first time the league has seen a phased-out announcement. In 2019, another year that had general elections, the schedule for the first two weeks was announced first and the rest of the league games were announced in phases. Talks underway to hold IPL in State: Andhra Cricket Association secretary

The New Indian Express 20 Feb 2024 7:15 pm

Respite for England with Indias Jasprit Bumrah set to miss fourth Test

Fast bowler set for rest after not travelling to Ranchi Replacement will depend on pitch, with Patel return possible England appear set to receive a break from the threat of Jasprit Bumrah during the fourth Test after Indias attack leader was notably absent when the two teams touched down in Ranchi on Tuesday. India had been toying with how to manage the 30-year-olds workload and opted to push him into service during the third Test. Two more pivotal wickets followed to take Bumrah to 17 in the series overall and see the hosts win by a record 434 runs for a 2-1 lead. Continue reading...

The Guardian 20 Feb 2024 7:07 pm

In a first, voters in Jharkhand can sit in lounge, watch TV as they wait their turn

RANCHI: In a first-of-its-kind initiative in the country, all 29521 polling booths in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls in Jharkhand will be developed as model booths, having a lounge with seats, television and medical facilities for those waiting to cast their votes. To mark the festival of democracy during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, all 29521 polling stations across the state will be developed as model booths having all basic facilities in it, said Chief Electoral Officer K Ravi Kumar. All the booths will also be equipped with queue-less facilities for polling, he added. According to Kumar, the model booths will not have queues where voters stand to cast their franchise. Instead, voters will be seated in a lounge, with volunteers issuing them a token to go and cast their franchise, he said. The lounge will have seating arrangements, fan, and drinking water facilities along with a television, in which video clips of SVEEP Committee activities will be played. It will also have medical facilities and play material for children, said the CEO. In addition, some booths in each district will also be developed as theme based booths based on the local art and culture of that specific area, which will be decided by the district administration. Some of the specific polling booths will be completely manned by youth, women or physically challenged people in order to ensure everyones participation in this festival of democracy, said Chief Electoral Officer K Ravi Kumar. Besides that, some of the polling booths will be based on themes on the local unique feature of the region depicting the local art and culture, he added. Kumar further informed that some polling stations had earlier been developed as model booths at the district level and made attractive by providing all the basic facilities in it. But this time, preparations are being made to develop all the polling centres as model polling booths, he said.

The New Indian Express 20 Feb 2024 7:06 pm

Kiara In Don 3 | Pulkit-Kriti To Marry In March | Ranbir's 'Ram' Look | Salman's Action Film Line Up

Kiara Advani is the leading lady in the third installment of the 'Don' franchise. She will share screen space with Ranveer Singh. Pulkit Samrat and Kriti Kharbanda are set to tie the knot in March. Meanwhile, Ranbir Kapoor's clean shaven look is rumoured to have been finalised for his 'Lord Ram' look. We also have the action film line-up of Salman Khan. Watch today's entertainment news wrap for more.

News18 20 Feb 2024 6:57 pm

Lokpal matter: Delhi HC reserves its order on Shibu Soren's appeal

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday reserved its verdict on the appeal moved by Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) supremo Shibu Soren to quash the proceedings initiated by Lokpal against him, in connection with a disproportionate assets case. Soren was moving the appeal on Monday following last month's dismissal of his plea challenging the proceedings pending before Lokpal and its earlier orders which were initiated on the basis of a complaint by BJP MP Nishikant Dubey. On Tuesday, the division bench of Justice Rekha Palli and Justice Rajnish Bhatnagar reserved the order on his appeal, saying that the order will either be uploaded by Tuesday or by Wednesday. We will try and give you the order by today only, otherwise, by tomorrow. If it's not uploaded by today evening, tomorrow positively, you'll get it. We will not delay it more than tomorrow... We want to think over it, the bench remarked orally. The bench said prima facie it is not agreeing with the submissions of Senior Advocate Kapil Sibal, representing Soren. We are only at the point where, whether it is the stage or not, the bench remarked. On January 22, Justice Prasad termed Soren's petition at this stage as premature, saying that the court does not want to enter into this realm at this juncture and it is for the Lokpal to take a decision as to whether there is sufficient material to proceed further for investigation or not in order to subserve the purpose for which the Act has been brought out. ..Writ Courts cannot substitute themselves as an authority which has been vested with a duty under the Statute to consider as to whether there is material in it or not for ordering investigation. The writ petition, therefore, is premature in nature, the order read. Kids in Jharkhand government schools to study about tribal hero Shibu Soren The petitioner submitted that the entire complaint is completely motivated and Lokpal would invariably order for an investigation which cannot be accepted. The high court, in the order, said, .. the Office of Lokpal is completely independent and an argument that the Lokpal would be influenced by political consideration cannot be countenanced. This allegation that the proceedings before the Lokpal is vitiated and can be politically motivated, cannot be accepted. As per the allegations in the complaint, Soren in his name and in the name of his family members including sons, daughters, daughters-in-law, friends, associates and various companies etc. has acquired several immovable properties including plots of lands (residential, commercial and built up properties) in various districts of Jharkhand such as Ranchi, Dhanbad, Dumka etc. It was also alleged that Soren and his son Hemant Soren, former Chief Minister of Jharkhand, have invested in various companies owned by one Amit Agarwal and his family members. Agarwal had constructed a 22 storey building in Salt Lake, Kolkata in which the petitioner and his family members have invested huge amounts of money. It is further alleged that various shell companies have been incorporated for giving donations to the political party Jharkhand Mukti Morcha and its president which is none other than the petitioner. The complaint also stated that the petitioner has been indulging in corrupt practices for many years and has illegally usurped huge portions of lands belonging to people from the Santhal tribe at throwaway prices much below the prevailing circle rates. Shibu Sorens daughter-in-law Sita refuses to accept Kalpana as potential Jharkhand CM face

The New Indian Express 20 Feb 2024 6:38 pm

BCB Appoints Habibul Bashar As Head Of Womens Cricket

Bangla National Cricket Stadium: Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Tuesday appointed former national skipper Habibul Bashar as the head of women's cricket. Amidst the backdrop of the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, where many historic moments in Bangladesh cricket have unfolded, Bashar's appointment was announced during a meeting of the women's wing chaired by Nadel Chowdhury. Habibul worked as a member of the national selection panel from 2016 to 2024 until it was dissolved. We have discussed how to go forward in the coming days with women's cricket, said BCB Chairman, Nadel Chowhury to reporters. I think it's a huge plus for the women's wing to have someone like Habibul Bashar as the head of the department. And, I think it's a big opportunity for him. As an in-charge, he will do the planning while David Moore (BCB programme head) will do the corresponding with different boards as well as ICC, and under the leadership of Habibul the operations of the women's cricket will take place, he added. For Bashar, the recent successes of the women's cricket team served as a catalyst for his decision to embrace this new responsibility. Inspired by their achievements, he envisions a future where women's cricket in Bangladesh reaches greater heights. His vision extends beyond the boundaries of the pitch, with a focus on grassroots development and the promotion of the sport at the school level. There is a scope to work in this field. Certainly, the recent results of the women's team inspired me to take up the job, said Habibul adding that his priority lies in school cricket at the moment for girls. I think if we can have school cricket for women it will be a huge step forward considering nowadays only a few women cricketers are playing the game. I would like to go to different schools and try to promote women's cricket and take others like current cricketers with me to help different school authorities understand the importance of women's cricket, he said. Recognizing the need for increased exposure and opportunities, Bashar advocates for the introduction of franchise cricket for women. He believes such initiatives will not only elevate the profile of women's cricket but also provide a platform for emerging talent to flourish. Additionally, he seeks to establish scholarships to support the training and development of promising young female cricketers, mirroring similar programs that have been successful in the men's game. I would like to play as many matches as possible and if franchise cricket takes place it will certainly be helpful but along the way, we also need to put focus on women's cricket because here the focus is very limited, said Habibul. I think if the franchise cricket takes place the focus will increase on women's cricket. The more matches we play the better because it will create opportunities for everyone, he said. In collaboration with BCB programme head David Moore, Bashar aims to implement a comprehensive strategy that encompasses all aspects of women's cricket, from grassroots initiatives to high-level competitions. I am happy to have David with me and we can have scholarship like the way we had for men's cricket when we send some cricketers outside the country for better training so that they can develop and perform and have many such plans like this, he concluded.

CNMSports 20 Feb 2024 5:30 pm

Bazball Is Overhyped: Kris Srikkanth Makes A Scathing Assessment Of England's Tactics

Kris Srikkanth: Known for his no-holds-barred aggressive batting, former India captain Krishnamachari Srikkanth has dissed the Bazball tactics employed by England in Tests under the management of head coach Brendon McCullum and skipper Ben Stokes, which has seen them trail India 1-2 after winning the first Test in the five-match series. With two more matches to go, Srikkanth delivered a scathing assessment of England's chances in the ongoing Test series against India, dismissing any hope of a comeback following their resounding defeat in the Rajkot Test. After a stunning victory in the series opener in Hyderabad, England slumped to consecutive losses in Visakhapatnam and Rajkot, the latest setback, a crushing 434-run defeat in the third Test has cast doubts on the efficacy of England's Bazball approach on Indian pitches. Srikkanth, a proponent of the slam-bang style of batting in a period when staying at the pitch for hours was the norm, ridiculed the Bazball strategy as overhyped and even suggested facetiously that England might consider catching the next flight home to avoid further humiliation. He expressed skepticism about the effectiveness of such tactics, emphasizing the need for skill and talent to succeed in challenging conditions. If possible, they can catch the next flight home. But, they have to play the remaining two Tests. I think this Bazball and all that are theories that they propagated. Where has it worked? Did it work in the Ashes? Frankly speaking, no strategy can work if they continue playing like this. There was so much hype about this Bazball theory. To back up all that talk, I think they needed the skill to bat in these conditions. You need the talent to bowl, said Srikkanth on his YouTube channel. England have won 14 of their 21 Tests, including home series wins against New Zealand and South Africa and a 3-0 whitewash of Pakistan in Pakistan. Despite England's impressive record under coach Brendon McCullum's Bazball philosophy, including notable victories against formidable opponents, Srikkanth remained unconvinced of its sustainability. While acknowledging individual success for certain players like Zak Crawley and Ben Duckett, the 1983 World Cup winner questioned the long-term viability of the aggressive batting approach. I don't think it (Bazball) will work in the long run. Just go there and try and hit every ball...I think Brendon McCullum can bat like that, Ben Stokes can bat like that. Not everybody can do that successfully. Sometimes, you need to adapt. I feel it's overhyped. That's my feeling. I may be wrong, said Srikkanth. Srikkanth's critique comes at a critical juncture for England, whose hopes of salvaging the series rest on the upcoming Test in Ranchi starting on Friday. With their recent track record in Test cricket raising concerns, England faces an uphill battle to level the series against a formidable Indian side.

CNMSports 20 Feb 2024 5:12 pm

'Yashasvi Jaiswal Has Not Learnt From You': Naseer Hussain Hits Out At Ben Duckett For 'credit' Remark

Rajkot Test Duckett: Former England captain Nasser Hussain has hit out at Ben Duckett for his remark suggesting that India's young batting sensation Yashasvi Jaiswal's aggressive approach in the Rajkot Test was influenced by England's Bazball strategy. Jaiswal's scintillating unbeaten double century propelled India to a resounding victory, leaving England to face a crushing 434-run defeat in the third Test of the ongoing series. Speaking at the end of day three of the Rajkot Test Duckett had praised Jaiswal for his century, but also said when you see players from the opposition playing like that, it almost feels like we [England] should take some credit that theyre playing differently than how other people play Test cricket. reacting strongly to Duckett's remark, Hussain said Jaiswal's success stems from his own upbringing, hard work, and experiences in tournaments like the IPL, rather than any influence from England's tactics. The comment on Jaiswal that he has learned from us, I am going to touch on that. He has not learned from you, he has learned from his upbringing and all the hard yards he has put in while growing up, he has learned from the IPL. If anything, I would look at him and learn from him, Hussain said during a discussion with former England cricketer Michael Atherton on Sky Sports. Jaiswal's stellar performance in the series has seen him emerge as the leading run-scorer, amassing a total of 545 runs at an exceptional average of 109 and a strike rate of over 80. Addressing England's lackluster display in the series, Hussain urged the Ben Stokes-led squad to analyse their mistakes and make necessary adjustments ahead of the fourth Test in Ranchi. Whatever they are saying in public and in that dressing room, I hope they are going back into their room with self-introspection. Otherwise, it becomes a cult, doesnt it? At times, Bazball has been described as a cult where you cannot criticise either within or externally. Even in this regime, there is room for learning and improving, Hussain remarked. With England aiming to bounce back after consecutive losses, the fourth Test is scheduled to kick off on Friday at Ranchi with an opportunity for England to level the series against a the hosts India.

CNMSports 20 Feb 2024 4:02 pm

Why oil autocracies and private equity bullies are coming for the NBA next

When it arrives, the flood of money from new sources into basketball will not be a shock, but American business as usual Booming team valuations, feelgood social justice and anti-racism initiatives, and repudiation of anyone standing in the way of the leagues expansion into markets across the globe: values, in both senses of the word, have been at the core of Adam Silvers 10-year tenure at the head of the NBA, and its never been entirely clear whether those of the ethical variety matter more to the leagues commissioner than numerical ones. On the one hand, Silver has won plaudits for setting up the NBAs social justice coalition , the group established in the wake of the George Floyd protests to advocate on behalf of the league for criminal justice reform and an end to racial inequality, and forging a path for professional basketball as a socially conscious sport amid the culture wars and toxicity of the Trump era. On the other, hes put distance between the NBA and franchise figures with outspoken views on foreign policy none more so than Daryl Morey, the former general manager of the Houston Rockets who almost got the NBA kicked out of China after tweeting his support for Hong Kongs pro-democracy protesters in 2019 and cultivated an institutional image of geopolitical neutrality to repair the leagues post-Morey reputation in China. Liberal pieties and accommodations with illiberalism have mingled seamlessly in Silvers NBA. For every Donald Sterling, forced to sell the Los Angeles Clippers in 2014 after he was caught on tape being racist, theres an Enes Freedom, the former New York Knicks star who was pushed to the sports fringes a few years ago for being a little too vocal in his support of Chinas Uyghur minority. Continue reading...

The Guardian 20 Feb 2024 3:30 pm

Kiara Advani joins Ranveer Singh in Don 3 | Watch

Ranveer Singh is set to replace Shah Rukh Khan as the iconic character Don in the much-anticipated Don 3, directed by Farhan Akhtar. Kiara Advani has been chosen to play the leading lady opposite Ranveer Singh, replacing Priyanka Chopra in the franchise. Farhan Akhtar made the official announcement of Kiara Advani's casting on Tuesday.

The Times of India 20 Feb 2024 3:29 pm

You Have To Be A Guru To Be Able To Topple India, Opines Matthew Hayden

Matthew Hayden: Former Australian opener Matthew Hayden has lauded host India's indomitable spirit and formidable home record and sees Rohit Sharma and Co. as the favourites to clinch the five-match Test series against England. After levelling the five-match Test series 1-1 at Vizag, India secured a thumping 434-run win to take a 2-1 lead in the series. Hayden emphasised India's ability to rise to the occasion, even in the absence of key players like Virat Kohli and KL Rahul. I think it's India all the way. I was looking at the result this morning and thought that India, as a touring side, is a challenge for this reason. It's a battle of energy and conservation of that resource, which is very limited, Hayden told Star Sports. Hayden also highlighted the mental challenges faced by visiting teams in India, where the relentless energy of the crowd and the intense pressure of the contest can be overwhelming. He stressed the importance of maintaining composure and focus amidst the fervent atmosphere, a test that England has struggled to pass consistently. The game, the spectators and the country just keeps coming at you. There's this great energy in India, especially in winning against England, and you can put Australia on that list as well, especially now. You have to be a guru and have to have a mindset of stillness just to be able to survive mentally there. You have already seen England this series get in front of games, but not be able to sustain it. And it is because of the relentless nature of having to turn up every moment, every ball, every session, Hayden said. Despite England's valiant efforts led by Ben Stokes, the task ahead remains daunting. While England remains optimistic about their chances, India's home advantage and unwavering resolve present a formidable obstacle. The fourth Test match is scheduled to kick off at Ranchi on Friday.

CNMSports 20 Feb 2024 2:56 pm

'Madame Web' box office collection

As 'Madame Web' settles for second place, attention turns to Sony's plans for its Spider-Man universe movies. Fans eagerly anticipate updates on upcoming projects within the beloved superhero franchise. With the success of recent Spider-Man films and the expansion of the cinematic universe, there's significant anticipation surrounding future releases and potential crossovers

The Times of India 20 Feb 2024 1:44 pm

Kiara Advani to play the female lead in 'Don 3'

Kiara Advani will be playing the female lead in Farhan Akhtar's Don 3 . The film's production house Excel Entertainment made the announcement via a video on social media on Tuesday. Don 3 stars Ranveer Singh in the titular role. The film marks the return of Farhan Akhtar to the director's chair after over 12 years since Don 2 (2011). It will be the third part in the Don franchise which earlier starred Shah Rukh Khan in the lead. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Excel Entertainment (@excelmovies) Farhan Akhtar made a remake of the 1978 Amitabh Bachchan starrer Don--written by Salim Khan and Javed Akhtar-- in 2005, with Shah Rukh Khan in the lead. It followed the same story but gave it a modern twist. The film was followed by a sequel, Don 2, in 2011 which also starred Priyanka Chopra and Boman Irani in pivotal roles. This is what Ranveer Singh has to say to those who think he is not apt for 'Don 3' This story originally appeared on cinemaexpress.com

The New Indian Express 20 Feb 2024 1:35 pm

Kiara Advani Joins Ranveer Singh in Action-packed 'Don 3'

Exciting news for movie buffs! The creators of 'Don 3', Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar, hinted at a big reveal about their upcoming film yesterday. Social media was abuzz with anticipation as fans eagerly awaited news about who would play the female lead opposite Ranveer Singh, who was previously announced as the male lead. The announcement of Ranveer's casting had already created quite a stir among fans of the Don franchise. Finally, the moment arrived, and the makers revealed that Kiara Advani has been chosen for the coveted role in 'Don 3'. Kiara, known for her versatile acting and captivating performances, is all set to make her mark in the action-packed Don universe. Fans are eagerly anticipating the on-screen chemistry between Kiara and Ranveer, both celebrated for their talent and charisma. This collaboration marks their first project together, adding to the excitement surrounding the film. Directed by Farhan Akhtar, 'Don 3' is expected to deliver another thrilling installment, promising audiences a memorable cinematic experience. Produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani under the banner of Excel Entertainment, filming for the highly anticipated sequel is set to begin soon. Deepika Padukone Dazzles in Saree at BAFTA Awards Television Actor Rituraj Singh Dies of Heart Attack at 59

News Track 20 Feb 2024 1:30 pm

Sports News Roundup: NBA second-half betting: Finding value in MVP, Coach of Year odds; Penguins, Islanders meet with wild-card chase in focus and more

Sports News Roundup: NBA second-half betting: Finding value in MVP, Coach of Year odds; Penguins, Islanders meet with wild-card chase in focus and more Following is a summary of current sports news briefs. NBA second-half betting: Finding value in MVP, Coach of Year odds The NBA All-Star break moves the race for the postseason into high gear and opens some interesting options for betting on NBA futures. The injury to Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid forced a reset of the MVP odds, the Coach of the Year race has become a matter of translating the qualifications and the Boston Celtics remain the choice to unseat the Denver Nuggets for the NBA title in June. Penguins, Islanders meet with wild-card chase in focus It will be a Metropolitan Division showdown with plenty of implications Tuesday when the New York Islanders visit the Pittsburgh Penguins. Both teams are on the outside looking in as they chase a playoff spot, while each failed to protect leads while losing in a special event game. Reports: Red Sox to sign closer Liam Hendriks to 2-year deal The Boston Red Sox and All-Star closer Liam Hendriks have agreed to a two-year deal worth a guaranteed $10 million, multiple outlets reported Monday. The deal is pending a physical for the right-hander, who is coming off Tommy John surgery in August and is not expected to pitch much, if at all, in the 2024 season. If he does return, it would be well after the All-Star break, per the reports. William Byron wins Daytona 500 under caution The perfect script played out for Hendrick Motorsports at the end of the 66th Daytona 500 on Monday. Race leader William Byron finished a four-lap shootout under caution in a Presidents' Day Daytona 500 delayed a day because of rain, making him the winner of the Great American Race in Daytona Beach, Fla. OF Mike Trout expresses loyalty to Angels Mike Trout says he has no desire right now to leave the Los Angeles Angels, calling a potential trade he easy way out. The three-time MVP outfielder is heading into his 13th season with the team and has seven years and close to $250 million left on his contract. Panthers, unstoppable on road, head home to face Senators The Florida Panthers, who have surged to the second-best record in the Eastern Conference and are tied for the third-most points in the NHL, will face the lowly Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night in Sunrise, Fla. Florida has won nine of its past 10 games, and only two of those victories were by one goal. The Panthers' defense held the opposition to two or fewer goals in all 10 games. NHL roundup: Wild earn historic 10-7 win over Canucks Joel Eriksson Ek and Kirill Kaprizov each finished with three goals and three assists and the Minnesota Wild set a franchise record for goals in a single game with a 10-7 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Monday afternoon in Saint Paul, Minn. Matt Boldy and Mats Zuccarello each added a goal and three assists for Minnesota, which extended its point streak to six games. The Wild scored one goal in the first period, two goals in the second and a whopping seven goals in the third to finish off their historic performance. Rangers ride 7-game win streak into matchup vs. Stars The New York Rangers kept their winning streak alive with a memorable comeback in front of nearly 80,000 fans in a showcase event on Sunday, and their next challenge comes against a team playing nearly as well. The Rangers will attempt to extend their season-best winning streak to eight games on Tuesday night when they host the Dallas Stars, who have the second-most points in the Western Conference. Back on track, Kings return home to face Blue Jackets The Los Angeles Kings will try to continue their improved play under interim coach Jim Hiller when they host the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday night. Los Angeles is 4-1-0 since Todd McLellan was fired on Feb. 2 and Hiller took over. The Kings have won three in a row, all on the road, including back-to-back victories on Saturday and Sunday against the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins. Nets fire coach Jacque Vaughn after 21-33 start The Brooklyn Nets fired head coach Jacque Vaughn on Monday after less than two seasons. The Nets are currently 21-33, the 11th seed in the Eastern Conference amid the All-Star break. They lost five of their last six heading into All-Star weekend.

devdiscourse 20 Feb 2024 1:26 pm

Delhi HC reserves order on plea of Shibu Soren challenging Lokpal proceedings

Delhi HC reserves order on plea of Shibu Soren challenging Lokpal proceedings The Delhi High Court on Tuesday reserved its order on appeal of Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) Shibu Soren challenging the single judge order. The single-judge bench had refused to interfere with the Lokpal proceedings against Soren on the basis of a complaint filed by BJP MP Nishikant Dubey in the Disproportionate Assets (DA) case. The division bench of Justices Rekha Palli and Rajnish Bhatnagar reserved after hearing the submissions by senior advocate Kapil Sibal, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and Counsel for complainant BJP MP Nishi Kant Dubey. However, the court indicated that it is not inclined to grant relief. Most likely, we are not inclined, the bench said. Senior advocate Kapil Sibal appeared for Shibu Soren and argued that Lokpal can't initiate inquiry and can't issue notice to Shibu Soren as the matter is beyond the imitation of 7 years. He further submitted that Lokpal shall not enquire or investigate any complaint if a complaint is made after 7 years since that alleged offence is said to be made. He also submitted that the properties were purchased in 1992 and the complainant was made much later. On the other hand, Solicitor (SG) General Tushar Mehta stated that even the maintainability of the complaint can be decided by the Lokpal. SG Mehta argued that it is to be decided by the Lokpal whether the matter is beyond limitations or not. He further argued that there options available with the Lokpal. It can order for investigation, closure of proceedings, and departmental enquiry. The counsel for Nishi Kant Dubey said that more than 80 properties were accumulated. It is not only the question of disproportionate assets; it involves corruption also. The High Court said it will pass the order today. The Delhi High Court on January 22, 2024, refused to interfere with the proceedings of Lokpal. Soren has filed an appeal though advocate Vaibhav Tomar. It is submitted that the finding of the Learned Single Judge that the writ petition before the High Court was premature is erroneous as it was the contention of the appellant that it was a case of patent lack of jurisdiction of the Lokpal to issue process in the complaint filed under Section 20(1) of the Act. It is stated that there is a time limitation for making an investigation or inquiry by the Lokpal. The appeal said that the jurisdiction of Lokpal under Section 14 has to be read with Section 53 of the Act where the limitation to investigate or inquire into the complaint is provided. It is also submitted that Section 53 of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013 bars the Lokpal from enquiry or investigating into any complaint if made after the expiry of a period of 7 years on the date on which the offence mentioned in the Complaint is alleged to have been committed. The petitioner has stated that a bare perusal of the complaint would indicate that the offence is alleged in the complaint are beyond this period of 7 years. It was, therefore, the case of the appellant or the writ petitioner that the proceedings initiated before the Lokpal was without jurisdiction, nullity and not maintainable in law. In January 22 judgement, Justice Subramonium Prasad had said that This Court does not want to enter into this realm at this juncture and it is for the Lokpal to take a decision as to whether there is sufficient material to proceed further for investigation or not in order to sub serve the purpose for which the Act has been brought out. The High court had rejected the contention of learned Senior Counsel for the Petitioner that the entire complaint is completely motivated and Lokpal would invariably order for investigation cannot be accepted. The Office of Lokpal is completely independent and an argument that the Lokpal would be influenced by political consideration cannot be countenanced. This allegation that the proceedings before the Lokpal is vitiated and can be politically motivated, cannot be accepted, justice Prasad had said. The high court had held, The Lokpal will examine the entire matter independently and shall take a decision as to whether an investigation has to be ordered or not which order is always amenable for challenge under Article 226 of the Constitution of India. The CBI has submitted a preliminary inquiry and the Lokpal has to take a decision as to whether to proceed further in the case or not. The high court also said that the Lokpal is yet to apply its mind on the material provided by the CBI as to whether an investigation is necessary or not. It is well settled that while conducting an inquiry, the material that can be unearthed is limited compared to the material that is unearthed when an investigation is conducted by a competent authority, justice Prasad had Said. JMM Chief and Rajya Sabha MP Shibu Soren approached the High Court for quashing the complaint pending before Lokpal of India. The petitioner had also prayed for quashing orders of August 5, 2020 and September 15, 2020 and August 4, 2022 passed by Lokpal in the said complaint. BJP MP Nishikant Dubey had filed a complaint which was registered with Lokpal. It is alleged in the said complaint that the Petitioner in his name and in the name of his family members including sons, daughters, daughters-in-law, friends, associates and various companies etc. has acquired several immoveable properties including plots of lands (residential, commercial and built up properties) in various districts of Jharkhand such as Ranchi, Dhanbad, Dumka etc. It is also alleged that the Petitioner and his family members including his son have invested in various companies owned by one Amit Agarwal and his family members. It is stated that the said Amit Agarwal is a very close friend of the petitioner's family. The complaint stated that all the companies owned by Amit Agarwal despite having shown consistent losses in their books of accounts, have been purchasing large properties in and around Ranchi and Kolkata. It is stated that the Petitioner has acquired properties completely disproportionate to his known sources of income. It is also stated in the complaint that the Petitioner has been indulging in corrupt practices for many years and has illegally usurped huge portions of the lands belonging to poor tribals of the Santhal tribe at throw away prices much below the prevailing circle rates. Lokpal had passed an order under Section 20(1) (a) of the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Act, 2013, directing the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to conduct a preliminary inquiry against the Petitioner to ascertain whether there exists a prima facie case for proceeding in the matter. On July 1, 2021, comments were sought from the petitioner Soren as required under Section 20(2) of the Act, on the nature of acquisition, cost of construction and source of funds for the 82 properties annexed to the said notice on or before July 15, 2021. A reply was given by the petitioner on July 10, 2021 informing that he was not the owner of the said properties. The petitioner sought additional time of 60 days to submit his comments. (ANI)

devdiscourse 20 Feb 2024 1:25 pm

'If India Get Their Noses Ahead...', Graeme Smith Warns England About Their Chances In Test Series

Former South Africa: Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith has cautioned England regarding their prospects in the ongoing Test series against India, saying that if the hosts get their noses ahead then they are tough to catch. After winning the first match, England lost the next two matches on the trot and fell 2-1 behind in the five-game series. While praising Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum for sticking to their preferred style of play in India, forcing their opponent to contemplate their moves, Smith, now Cricket South Africa director of cricket, cautioned that It would be challenging to catch up with India in going forward. Theres always been a lot of talent, but they seem to have taken away the fear, provided a lot of security for people and look at the game in a really positive way. England are certainly sticking true to the way that they want to play in India by applying pressure on the opposition and making them think, Smith was quoted by Wisden. The former Proteas batter further advised England to stay mentally fresh and within their game plan as toiling against India, with lengthy days in the field coupled with the intense heat, can exhaust them as the series progresses. Its a very long tour and toiling against India like you have to, with long days in the field combined with the heat, can wear you down towards the back end of a series. Staying mentally fresh, positive, and within your gameplan is important. England have done that well so far and need to hang tough for as long as possible, because if India get their noses ahead then theyll be very difficult to chase down, he said. No one has beaten India in a series in India since 2012. Out of 44 Tests at home since the beginning of 2013, India have won a whopping 36 and lost just two (vs Australia in 2017 and vs England in 2021). Smith pointed to the ability to compete away from home as being what separates the best from the rest. Being able to win away from home is the differentiator between a good team and a great team. Theres no greater challenge than travelling into someone elses backyard for a few months at a time with their crowds, their media and their conditions, and proving that you have the team and the capabilities to compete there and win over an extended period. Thats something that we saw with the great West Indies side of the 1970s and 80s, and the great Australia side of the 1990s and 2000s they really did dominate around the world. The South Africa side that I captained went nine years without losing a Test series away from home, but that consistency on the road hasnt been present in the world game of late. India, Australia and now England have all had teams with plenty of ability since then, but if you want to really step up then you need to do it away from home, concluded Smith. With India leading 2-1 in the five-match series, England will look to level it up by winning the fourth Test, commences on Friday in Ranchi.

CNMSports 20 Feb 2024 1:10 pm

Barclays aims to cut costs by 2 billion in bid to boost returns

The British bank, which is mainly known for its global investment banking and markets franchise, achieved a return on tangible equity of 9% for 2023, according to a statement on Tuesday.

Money Control 20 Feb 2024 1:07 pm

Yashasvi Jaiswal has learnt from us, claims Ben Duckett. Nasser Hussain hits back at England team

Nasser Hussain rebukes Ben Duckett's claim that England deserves credit for Yashasvi Jaiswal's aggressive batting style. Jaiswal's success comes from his own background and hard work. The fourth game of the Test series will be held at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi.

The Economic Times 20 Feb 2024 12:40 pm

Is Kiara Advani taking up Priyanka Chopra's role in 'Don 3'? Director Farhan Akhtar confirms

Kiara Advani's recent announcement confirming her participation in 'Don 3' alongside Ranveer Singh has ignited a wave of excitement. Directed by Farhan Akhtar, the third installment of this beloved franchise promises to deliver a fresh and thrilling cinematic experience. As fans eagerly anticipate the unfolding of this iconic saga, Kiara's entry into the Don universe adds a new dimension to the narrative.

The Economic Times 20 Feb 2024 12:21 pm

From Ball Boy To Punjab Kings New Signing: Ashutosh Sharma Ready To Set IPL Ablaze

Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association: After a Punjab Kings batting camp in Mumbai, the new entrant, Ashutosh Sharma was sitting excitedly with his phone in his hand, waiting for former Indian cricketer Sanjay Bangar to arrive. Bangar, the Head of Cricket Development of the franchise, was delighted when Ashutosh showed his 12-year-old selfie alongside him. While Bangar was a part of the now-defunct Kochi franchise when the selfie was taken, Ashutosh was a young ball boy. Over a decade later, the 25-year-old cricketer will have a chance to train under one of his cricketing idols, as he was picked up by the Punjab franchise for Rs 20 Lakhs for the coming edition of the Indian Premier League. I remember my meeting with Bangar Sir. I was 10-11 years old at the time, and I asked him to advise me on my batting stance. Now, the dream is fulfilled and I am here at Punjab Kings, and will receive coaching under him Ashutosh said. Ashutosh, who hails from the city of Ratlam in Madhya Pradesh, began his cricketing journey at a young age. Due to a lack of opportunities in his hometown, he moved to Indore when he was 8 years old to train at Madhya Pradesh Cricket Associations residential academy. When I left home, I did not have enough money. I used to go to a camp and I started umpiring in matches to afford lunch. We were a family of limited means, and it was hard to do everything on my own so early. But I never let it affect my family about my struggles as I did not want them to worry he recalled. During a rough batting patch, while playing U19 cricket, Ashutosh thought of punishing himself by doing all his household chores without any help, believing it would bring discipline and remind him of the sacrifices he had made to reach the level. After doing so for a month, I scored a hundred, he recalled. The time spent on his own also made Ashutosh the chef among his friends, and cooking became one of his favourite hobbies. My signature dish would be paneer curry and rice. I also make amazing ginger tea, he said. Growing up, Ashutosh admired local Ratlam cricketer Naman Ojha as one of his childhood idols, along with Suryakumar Yadav. In 2019, despite a string of solid performances, opportunities did not come his way in Madhya Pradesh, and after three years away from the sport, Ashutosh shifted to Railways. Last year, in a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy clash against Arunachal Pradesh, the right-handed batsman smashed an 11-ball fifty, breaking Yuvraj Singh's record of the fastest half century in the shortest format, capturing the attention of the cricket community. It was one of the most memorable moments of my career, along with getting picked for Punjab Kings. Ashutosh recalled the day of the auctions and described the tense atmosphere at his house. Even though I was confident I would be picked, I was unable to sit in one place and completely skipped lunch, he said. When he was eventually picked by the Punjab Kings in the acceleration round after a long wait, Ashutosh switched off the television set immediately and the celebrations began. I stayed up with my friends till 5 AM. My phone kept ringing and eventually stopped working. Our relatives and family brought crackers and sweets. The people from the town put posters all over, celebrating that a player from the area has been selected. It was a great atmosphere. I called my coach and told him that the hard work has paid off, he recalled. Now, set to feature in the coming season of IPL, Ashutosh has his mission statement prepared. I want to express myself, he said. I have worked so hard to reach here. I will work even harder now so I can help Punjab Kings win their first trophy.

CNMSports 20 Feb 2024 11:52 am

Pathaan 2: Shah Rukh Khan Starrer To Get Its Own Standalone Sequel; Here's When It Will Start Rolling

Pathaan 2: Till now, in YRF's Spy Universe, only Tiger (Salman Khan) was converted into a franchise. But now, we all know that there's War 2 on the cards, so even Kabir (Hrithik Roshan) is having his own franchise.

Filmibeat 20 Feb 2024 11:29 am

Billion Spin-off Series: Everything We Know So Far

Billion Spin-off Series: Everything We Know So Far The acclaimed American drama Billions concluded its thrilling journey with Season 7, premiering its final part on August 13, 2023. Known for its gripping tales of power and wealth in the high-stakes financial world, Billions has captivated audiences for seven remarkable seasons. While the saga of Billions Season 8 has been shelved, the universe is set to expand with four confirmed spin-offs, promising to delve deeper into the intricate dynamics of finance and ambition. Billions has been a critical darling, boasting an impressive 87% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, thanks to its smart writing, complex characters, and intense drama. The series, helmed by Brian Koppelman, chronicles the epic battle between hedge fund titan Bobby Axelrod and U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades. Their cat-and-mouse game, rooted in real-world legal dramas, has been a source of entertainment and intrigue, concluding satisfactorily in its final season. Billions Season 7 marked the return of Axelrod, portrayed by Damian Lewis, reigniting the power struggles and strategic maneuvers that define Billions. With the assistance of Chuck Rhoades, played by Paul Giamatti, Axelrod navigates his way back to the pinnacle of the financial world, setting the stage for an open-ended conclusion ripe for further exploration in spin-offs. The Future: Billions Spin-off Series The continuation of the Billions universe is confirmed through four spin-offs, each exploring different facets of wealth and ambition: Billions: Miami focuses on the high-end world of luxury aviation sales. Billions: London dives into the English financial sector. Millions portrays the aspirations of young professionals eager to build their fortune. Trillions offers a glimpse into the lives of the ultra-wealthy. These spin-offs promise to retain the original series' cunning strategies, sharp wit, and compelling storytelling, exploring the limitless ambition of their characters. Billions Spin-off Series Cast and Characters While the involvement of the original cast in the spin-offs remains uncertain, the narrative potential for their return is vast. Bobby Axelrod, at the zenith of his power, and characters like Mike Prince and Taylor Mason, have unfinished stories that could seamlessly transition into the new series. Particularly, Taylor Mason's journey could become a central theme in Millions, highlighting their entrepreneurial spirit and brilliance in the financial world. The Billions spin-offs herald a new era in the franchise, expanding on its legacy of power, ambition, and the complexities of the financial industry. As we await further details, the anticipation for these new chapters builds, promising to deliver the same intensity and intrigue that fans of Billions have come to love. Also Read: Andor Season 2 Forges Ahead Without Director Orson Krennic

devdiscourse 20 Feb 2024 11:06 am

5 milestones Rohit Sharma can accomplish in Ranchi Test

Team India has made a terrific bounce back in the ongoing five-Test series against England.

NewsBytes 20 Feb 2024 11:03 am

Kiara Advani BREAKS Her Silence On Don 3 Casting, Says 'Seeking All Your Love And...'

Kiara Advani said that she is thrilled to be a part of the 'iconic' Don franchise.

News18 20 Feb 2024 11:02 am

Lionsgate Play debuts in Bangladesh

Lionsgate Play has partnered with Grameenphone to offer exclusive content to users in Bangladesh. The collaboration aims to provide seamless access to premium content, including billion-dollar franchises like John Wick and The Hunger Games, catering to Hollywood enthusiasts and expanding Lionsgate Play's presence in Southeast Asia.

The Economic Times 20 Feb 2024 10:45 am

Its Official! Kiara Advani Joins Ranveer Singh In Don 3, Netizens React

Back in 2023, it was announced that Bollywood actor Ranveer Singh would be taking over the Don franchise following the steps of Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan in the film. While Ranveer has been taken to replace SRK, now Farhan Akhtar has officially announced Kiara Advani as a part of the cast. Reportedly, Kiara will [] Read on Lehren - Its Official! Kiara Advani Joins Ranveer Singh In Don 3, Netizens React

lehren 20 Feb 2024 10:36 am

Don 3: Kiara Advani replaces Priyanka Chopra, joins Ranveer Singh in Farhan Akhtar's film, fans say 'chalegi nahi'

The makers welcomed Kiara Advani into the Don universe, but fans of the franchise aren't that welcoming. The announcement has met with mixed to negative reactions on social media.

DNA India 20 Feb 2024 10:24 am

CONFIRMED: Farhan welcomes Kiara in Don 3

Rumours have been rife for a while that Kiara Advani is the new female lead in the 'Don' franchise and well, Farhan Akhtar has now made it official and welcomed her to 'Don 3'.

The Times of India 20 Feb 2024 10:19 am

Who can replace Jasprit Bumrah for Ranchi Test? Details here

India's ace pacer Jasprit Bumrah will be rested for the fourth Test against England in Ranchi, as per Cricbuzz.

NewsBytes 20 Feb 2024 10:18 am

Cricket-England coach McCullum backs struggling Bairstow to come good

Cricket-England coach McCullum backs struggling Bairstow to come good England's Jonny Bairstow has come in for criticism after scoring just 102 runs in three matches in India but coach Brendon McCullum said it was important to show faith in the batter and that he has no plans to drop him for the fourth test in Ranchi. Bairstow's highest score in the series so far was 37, posted in the opener in Hyderabad. He scored four runs in England's 434-run thrashing in the third test in Rajkot and was trapped lbw for a duck in his first innings, making him the player with the most ducks against India in test cricket with eight. The 34-year-old's struggles with the bat prompted former England captain Alastair Cook to say he should be dropped from the side but McCullum is keen on helping him rediscover his form. Asked if Bairstow would make his 99th test appearance in Ranchi this week, McCullum told reporters: I haven't even seen the wicket. But I'd anticipate Jonny would be playing, yes. McCullum acknowledged that Bairstow had underperformed during the series but said he deserved some time to get back on track. I'm not blind but he's done so well for us and he's had such an impactful career ..., McCullum said. So from our point of view, we've got to keep on giving him confidence and block out a lot of the external noise as well and keep him really present and focused on what he's trying to achieve, and I'm sure Jonny will come good. (I will) spend a bit of time with Jonny and remind him that he's such a wonderful player. India lead the five-match series 2-1, with the fourth test getting underway on Friday.

devdiscourse 20 Feb 2024 10:05 am

'Managed To Bowl 100% In Warm Ups': Stokes Hints At Return To Bowling Duties In Final Two Tests

World Test Championship: England captain Ben Stokes has hinted he may make a return to bowling duties for the remainder of the series in India as the 32-year-old said he managed to bowl at 100 percent in one of the warm-up days. Stokes hasn't bowled during the first three Tests on the sub-continent as he continues to recover from an operation on his knee last year and his absence as a bowler has been felt as India have won two Tests on the trot to hold a 2-1 series lead in the five-match contest. The consecutive losses have also seen England slip to eighth on the World Test Championship standings and England need to salvage something from their final two matches in India if they are to stay in contention of reaching next year's final at Lord's. Being able to use Stokes with the ball would allow England to select a more balanced XI for the crucial fourth Test that commences on Friday and the experienced skipper was bullish about his prospects when quizzed on the idea following his team's 434-run loss to India during the third Test in Rajkot, ICC reports. I'm not saying yes, I'm not saying no. Me being me, I'm always very optimistic about most things. That will be a more detailed chat with the medical team about what workload I have done to pass me off as not being a massive risk. I managed to bowl at 100 percent in one of the warm-up days here which made me feel pretty good. I felt like I could have bowled in the game but that would have been stupid, said Stokes. England coach Brendon McCullum said it was a positive sign that Stokes is considering making a return to the bowling crease, but he doesn't expect his captain to put his hand up for lengthy spells unless thinks he's legitimately able to bowl. Well, it's good that he's actually getting into a state where he thinks he might bowl. But Ben is clever; he's really clever as well. He won't bowl unless he thinks he's legitimately able to bowl. The problem would be if he starts getting into a spell and then he can't get out of the spell. So we'll see what unfolds. If he does get that bit between his teeth, then let's see where the danger lies there and try and pull him away from it. But it's a good sign, said the head coach. McCullum also said a decision on Stokes' bowling availability and the make-up of his final XI would not be made until the team gets the chance to monitor the conditions in Ranchi. We've got two really good options on the sideline as well with Ollie Robinson and Gus Atkinson. So, we've got a really good squad to pick from. We just need to work out when we get there what conditions we're going to be confronted with and see the health of the army, and then make a decision on what we go with. Obviously we haven't seen the conditions in Ranchi yet. I think it might spin. I guess it should spin but we'll see when we get there. But, look, we're really comfortable with what we've got and we're certainly not going to add to the squad. We've got a group of players here who have played some outstanding cricket so far over the last three Test matches and whatever XI we decide to go with we will fully back. Hopefully we'll be in a different situation to what we're in now, said McCullum.

CNMSports 20 Feb 2024 10:02 am

UP Warriorz In WPL 2024: Preview, Squad & Schedule

The second edition of the Women's Premier League (WPL 2024 ) will kick off on February 23 (Friday) with a game between the Mumbai Indians Women and the Delhi Capitals Women. A total of 22 matches will be played between the five teams. This format will take place in a round-robin and playoff format, where the top three teams will benefit. Every team will play eight matches during the group stage. The team that finishes at the top will qualify directly for the final, while the next two teams will play Eliminator, and the winner will qualify for the final. The final game of the tournament will be played on March 17. The UP Warriorz are one of the five teams that will compete in the competition. They finished third last season and will look to do well this time around. WPL 2024: UP Warriorz Preview Owned by Capri Global, the UP Warriorz will see Australian captain Alyssa Healy lead the side in the WPL 2024. Jon Lewis is the coach, who is also coaching England's women's cricket team at the moment. The franchise signed five players at the WPL 2024 auction, including England's star keeper Danni Wyatt (INR 30 lakh), who was a steal pick at the auction. Hard-hitting, uncapped Indian batter Vrinda Dinesh caught the attention when the UP franchise spent INR 1.3 crore on her. Sophie Ecclestone, Lauren Bell, Tahlia McGrath, and Grace Harris are proven match-winners at the international level, and they will all be part of this team in the coming season. The franchise has done a good job to settle a mix of young and experienced players. Shweta Sehrawat, Deepti Sharma, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, and Anjali Sarvani are some good Indian players for the team. This will help them choose among a number of options while selecting a playing XI. The UP Warriorz will face RCB in their opening match on February 24 at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium. UP Warriorz Squad for WPL 2024 Alyssa Healy (Captain), Anjali Sarvani, Deepti Sharma, Grace Harris, Kiran Navgire, Lauren Bell, Laxmi Yadav, Parshavi Chopra, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, S Yashasri, Shweta Sehrawat, Sophie Ecclestone, Tahlia McGrath, Danni Wyatt (wk), Vrinda Dinesh, Poonam Khemnar, Saima Thakor, Gouher Sultana UP Warriorz: Overall Top Performers (Batting) Tahlia McGrath was the best batter for the franchise in the first season. The Australian all-rounder scored the most half-centuries in the tournament. She made 302 runs in nine innings at 50.33 with a strike rate of 158.11 and was the third-highest scorer overall. Tahlia McGrath - 302 runs in 9 matches Alyssa Healy - 253 runs in 9 matches Grace Harris - 230 runs in 6 matches Kiran Navgire - 155 runs in 9 matches Deepti Sharma - 90 runs in 9 matches UP Warriorz: Overall Top Performers (Bowling) Sophie Ecclestone finished the first season as the joint-highest wicket-taker. She took 16 wickets in nine matches at a strike rate of 6.61. Sophie will have the responsibility of leading the bowling attack in the coming WPL 2024 as well. She didn't get much support last time, but she will have good bowlers around her this time around. Sophie Ecclestone - 16 wickets in 9 matches Deepti Sharma - 9 wickets in 9 matches Rajeshwari Gayakwad - 7 wickets in 9 matches Anjali Sarvani - 4 wickets in 9 matches Parshavi Chopra - 3 wickets in 3 matches UP Warriorz Schedule In WPL 2024 Feb 24:Royal Challengers Bangalore vs UP WarriorzAtM Chinnaswamy Stadium Feb 26:UP Warriorz vs Delhi CapitalsAtM Chinnaswamy Stadium Feb 28:Mumbai Indians vs UP WarriorzAtM Chinnaswamy Stadium Mar 1:UP Warriorz vs Gujarat GiantsAtM Chinnaswamy Stadium Mar 4:UP Warriorz vs Royal Challengers BangaloreAtM Chinnaswamy Stadium Mar 7:UP Warriorz vs Mumbai IndiansAtArun Jaitley Stadium Mar 8:Delhi Capitals vs UP WarriorzAtArun Jaitley Stadium Mar 11:Gujarat Giants vs UP WarriorzAtArun Jaitley Stadium Also Read: Join Our WhatsApp Channel For World Cup Updates Full WPL 2024 Schedule

CNMSports 20 Feb 2024 9:25 am

Yashasvi Jaiswal hasn't learned from you: Nasser Hussain to Ben Duckett on his bizarre comment

Yashasvi Jaiswal hasn't learned from you: Nasser Hussain to Ben Duckett on his bizarre comment Former England skipper Nasser Hussain has responded emphatically to Ben Duckett's comments on India opener Yashasvi Jaiswal's aggressive batting. Duckett asserted that Jaiswal played an aggressive style of cricket as a result of England's much-discussed Bazball approach in the game's purest form. Jaiswal's attacking approach has yielded runs in tons for him across the three Tests played so far in the five-match series between India and England. However, Duckett remarked that England deserve some credit for the way Jaiswal has adopted an attacking brand of cricket in Tests. The 29-year-old England batter has faced plenty of backlash for the comment. Speaking about Jaiswal's effort after the third day's play, Duckett stated, When you see players from the opposition playing like that, it almost feels like we should take some credit that they're playing differently than how other people play Test cricket. The opening batsman's opinion did not sit well with ex-England captain Hussain, who chastised Duckett for his statements and urged England players to self-reflect when it comes to supporting 'Bazball'. He's not learnt from you. He's learnt from his upbringing, all the hard yards he had to put in growing up. If anything, lads, look at him and learn from him. I hope there's a little bit of self-introspection going on. Otherwise it becomes a cult - and, at times, Bazball and this regime has been described as such, where you cannot criticise within or externally, Hussain told Sky Sports. Jaiswal has scored the most runs in the series so far, with 545 in six innings at an average of 109. The left-hander scored double-centuries in consecutive Tests and finished unbeaten on 214 in Rajkot. Hussain said that England's optimism is admirable, but he bemoaned a lack of realism considering their lofty aspirations. When you're living in an environment in a bubble that has got so much good messaging and positive vibes, you go into a press conference and you're never going to step back and go, 'they may have got too many and we're just going to play for a draw'. I enjoy their positivity but there has to be a little bit of realism in there as well. Obviously, chasing 600 in India batting last is not a particularly good option to look, he added. With a 2-1 lead in the five-match Test series, India will face England in the fourth game at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi from Friday. (ANI)

devdiscourse 20 Feb 2024 9:23 am

Andor Season 2 Forges Ahead Without Director Orson Krennic

Andor Season 2 Forges Ahead Without Director Orson Krennic In an unexpected twist for Star Wars fans, Ben Mendelsohn, who masterfully portrayed Director Orson Krennic in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, has confirmed his character will not return in the eagerly awaited second season of Andor. The news arrives as Diego Luna, reprising his role as the titular character Cassian Andor, announced the completion of season 2's filming. Despite the wrap, the series' launch on Disney+ is slated for a distant 2025, aligning with Disney's broader scheduling of Star Wars content. The absence of Mendelsohn's Krennic from Andor Season 2 signals a significant narrative pivot. Initially, fans speculated on the potential for Krennic's return, given his pivotal role in the events leading up to Rogue One and his deep entanglement with the development of the Death Star. However, with this latest update, it's clear that the series aims to explore new territories within the Star Wars universe, focusing more intently on the formation of the Rebel Alliance and Cassian Andor's personal journey from a petty thief to a committed rebel spy. Andor has been praised for its gritty realism and deeper dive into the moral complexities of rebellion against the Galactic Empire. The first season laid a solid foundation, exploring themes of sacrifice, loyalty, and the cost of resistance. With Krennic out of the picture for season 2, the show has the opportunity to delve into fresh narratives, possibly introducing new antagonists and challenges for Andor and his companions. This move can enrich the series, offering viewers a broader perspective on the struggles within the Star Wars galaxy. Though Krennic's absence may disappoint some fans, Mendelsohn's openness to revisit his role leaves room for future appearances. The Star Wars franchise is renowned for its interconnected stories and characters, allowing for the potential return of Krennic in other projects. Whether through flashbacks, side stories, or tie-in content, the universe has a way of reviving beloved characters, keeping the door open for Mendelsohn's return. Also Read: The Impossible Heir: A Tale of Ambition and Revenge Set to Captivate Global Audiences

devdiscourse 20 Feb 2024 9:06 am

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The Times of India 20 Feb 2024 8:36 am

HDFC Bank stock call: #39;Buy#39; from Citi with 44% upside on strong franchise; Check target price

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Money Control 20 Feb 2024 8:35 am

HDFC Bank stock call: Citi puts a #39;buy#39; tag with target price at Rs 2,050, sees 44% upside

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Money Control 20 Feb 2024 8:35 am

Flashback To The Inaugural Edition Of Women's Premier League(WPL 2023)

After the immense success of the Indian Premier League , every cricket-playing nation introduced their own T20 league over time, which took the cricket world by storm. The Board of Control in Cricket in India (BCCI) took it to another level when they introduced a franchise league for women's cricket in 2022 called the Women's Premier League (WPL). The first edition of the WPL took place in 2023, with five teams taking part in the inaugural season. The blueprint of the WPL started back in 2022, when then BCCI president Sourav Ganguly promised to introduce a league that is likely to be a women's version of the IPL to replace the Women's T20 Challenge. And it ended up being one of the biggest women's cricket tournaments. Top names in women's cricket joined the league through auction, and it became a grand success. WPL: Women's Premier League Inaugural Season The inaugural season of the WPL had five teams competing with each other. The competition was played under the same structure as the IPL. There was an auction held ahead of the start of the tournament, which saw some of the biggest buys ever recorded in women's cricket history. Indian batting sensation Smriti Mandhana bagged an amount of INR 3.4 crore. Meanwhile, Australian star Ashleigh Gardner was the second-costliest player, with a deal worth INR 3.2 crore from the Gujarat Giants. There were 22 matches in the inaugural season, and all those games took place at Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai and DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. The Women's Premier League (WPL) 2024 will be the second season of the tournament and it starts on February 23. WPL 2023: Teams and Captains in the Tournament Delhi Capitals: Meg Lanning (c) Gujarat Giants: Beth Mooney (c) Mumbai Indians: Harmanpreet Kaur (c) Royal Challengers Bangalore: Smriti Mandhana (c) UP Warriorz, Alyssa Healy WPL: Women's Premier League 2023 The inaugural season was played with five teams competing in a round-robin and playoff format. The Delhi Capitals finished the group stage at the top with 12 points and made it to the final directly. On the other hand, the Mumbai Indians and the UP Warriorz, who finished second and third, respectively, played Eliminator. MI won the eliminator, made it to the final, and went on to win the tournament. They beat DC by 7 wickets to lift the championship, and Harmanpreet Kaur became the first WPL captain to win the title. WPL 2023: Stats & Records Most Runs in the Tournament (WPL 2023) DC skipper Meg Lenning ended up as the highest run scorer in the tournament. She made 345 runs in just nine matches and won the Orange Cap. Meg Lanning (Delhi Capitals): 345 runs in 9 innings Nat Sciver-Brunt (Mumbai Indians): 332 runs in 10 innings Tahlia McGrath (UP Warriorz): 302 runs in 9 innings Harmanpreet Kaur (Mumbai Indians): 281 runs in 9 innings Hayley Matthews (Mumbai Indians): 271 runs in 9 innings Most Wickets in the Tournament (WPL 2023) Hayley Matthews was possibly the most impactful player in the inaugural season. Apart from scoring 271 runs with the bat, she also picked up 16 wickets and won the Purple Cap award. Hayley Matthews (Mumbai Indians): 16 wickets in 10 matches Sophie Ecclestone (UP Warriorz): 16 wickets in 10 matches Amelia Kerr (Mumbai Indians): 15 wickets in 10 matches Issy Wong (Mumbai Indians): 15 wickets in 10 matches Saika Ishaque (Mumbai Indians): 15 wickets in 10 matches Other Stats of WPL 2023 Highest Total: DC (223/2) vs. RCB on March 5, 2023, at Brabourne Biggest Win: MI beat the Gujarat Giants by 143 runs on March 4, 2023, at DY Patil Stadium. Highest Individual Score: Sophie Devine (99 off 36 balls) for RCB against Gujarat Giants Best Bowling Figure: Marizanne Kapp (5/15) for DC against the Gujarat Giants Also Read: Join Our WhatsApp Channel For World Cup Updates Highest Partnership: Shafali Verma and Meg Lanning for 1st Wicket (DC) vs. RCB

CNMSports 20 Feb 2024 8:29 am

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DNA India 20 Feb 2024 8:11 am

'Terminator' star Linda Hamilton is 'done' with the franchise: 'It's been done to death'

Terminator star, Linda Hamilton, does not want to return to the franchise in the role of Sarah Connor, saying it's been done to death.

Fox News 20 Feb 2024 4:34 am

Jasprit Bumrah Likely To Be Rested, Fit-Again KL Rahul Set To Be Back For Ranchi Test

Rajkot, Feb 19 (PTI) Lead India pacer Jasprit Bumrah is likely to be rested, while batter K L Rahul is expected to come back after recovering from a quadriceps injury, in the fourth Test against England beginning February 23 in Ranchi. Bumrah is the leading wicket-taker in the five-match series with 17 scalps and singlehandedly []

thehillstimes 20 Feb 2024 2:25 am

Mamata Banerjee Questions Sudden Aadhaar Card Deactivation Ahead of Elections

KOLKATA: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday questioned the motive behind deactivation of Aadhaar Cards in the state ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Calling the sudden move shocking, the TMC supremo announced that her government would provide alternative cards to those affected by the action. The Chief Minister on Monday launched an online portal to enable affected people to record their grievances from Tuesday. Meanwhile, swinging into damage control mode, the BJP blamed the UIDAI Ranchi office for the deactivation and assured a reversal in 24 hours. In the letter to Modi, Banerjee complained that the Aadhaar Card deactivation was indiscriminate that affected the people, especially those belonging to the Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and Other Backward Class communities. She wrote, I would like to know from you about the causes for such sudden action of deactivationwithout assigning reasons. Is it just for the sake of depriving the eligible beneficiaries of the benefit or to create a panic situation among the people at large just before the ensuing Lok Sabha Elections? The Chief Minister said, I am really shocked to see such an action of deactivation of Aadhaar Cards in the state against the interest of SC, ST, OBC and the poor section of the society. She alleged that the UIDAI head office in New Delhi, without any field enquiry or hearing the people and taking the state government into confidence, has been directly issuing letters informing people about deactivation of cards under provisions of the Regulation of 28A of Aadhaar (Enrolment and Update) Regulations, 2016. She added, I have received a number of representations including those from Tapasili Federation. The present development has created chaos and hue and cry among the residents of the State, as a large number of people are approaching the district administration for redressal of their grievances. Every citizen in the State is in a state of fear on this matter. Leader of the Opposition Suvendu Adhikari posted on X, I convey my regards and gratitudes to Union home minister @AmitShah Ji and minister of electronics and information technology @AshwiniVaishnaw Ji for reversing the deactivation of the Aadhaar Cards by the UIDAI Ranchi Regional Office. I had spoken to both of them and also had sent a letter to Ashwini Vaishnaw Ji in this regard. He added, They have assured me that all the deactivated Cards will be reactivated wit in 24 hours. It seems that the Higher Level Officials and the ministry were completely unaware of such step taken by the Regional Office at Ranchi. An investigation is likely to be conducted to unearth the truth and to ascertain whether any conspiracy was hatched before the polls.

Deccan Chronicle 19 Feb 2024 11:05 pm

Horrible Bosses 3: A comedy sequel revisited, could it rise from the ashes?

Creating a successful comedy sequel poses a considerable challenge, as it often involves the risk of repeating jokes and concepts. The pandemic has further complicated the release of original comedies, making the emergence of new comedy franchises appear unlikely.

The Economic Times 19 Feb 2024 10:24 pm

Do you want normal or an even better Joe Root?: McCullum defends star batter's shot selection

Do you want normal or an even better Joe Root?: McCullum defends star batter's shot selection Following England's massive 434-run loss to India in the Rajkot, head coach Brendon McCullum backed under-scrutiny batter Joe Root and his reverse scoop shot, saying that the batter has been averaging high under the leadership of skipper Ben Stokes and the coach McCullum and his impact on the game is still very significant. England succumbed to a massive 434-run loss to India in Rajkot and a key highlight of this was yet another disappointing performance by Root, who lost his wicket to poor shot selection, including the reverse scoop itself. While many experts and former cricketers have slammed Root's Test shot selection, McCullum has come to Root's defence, who has scored just 77 runs in six innings in the series so far at a poor average of just over 12 and best score of 29. McCullum took aim at the critics who opine that England's highly attacking, positive and result-oriented 'Bazball' approach does not suit Root. During the course of this series, Root's career average has dropped below 50. Under Stokes-McCullum however, his average continues to be above 50 (50.12), significantly during his own tenure as captain, when he averaged 46.14. I think he has averaged about 50 with that shot (reverse scoop) [previously 60, now 30], plus what has happened after he has played that shot previously. He has got out twice doing it. You can get nicked off defending one or trying to drive one through the leg side. I do not know if it is as a high-risk shot in the modern game as what it appears in the previous game, said McCullum as quoted by ESPNCricinfo. I would say that his statistics in the last 18 months or so, whilst people see a shot like that and they go 'oh, Joe Root is struggling to deal with this new regime' - but have a look at the numbers. He is averaging higher. He is striking at a higher rate. His impact on the game is still very, very significant, he added. McCullum questioned critics if they want a ormal Joe Root or an even better version of the batter. Imagine if this becomes the norm for Joe as well (playing aggressively and averaging high), with the talent that he possesses and the history that he has got. And then what is the ceiling? So this is a point: do we want just a normal Joe Root, or do we want a Joe Root that is even better. How many games are we going to win if that happens?, he said. Two more wins would help England bounce back from a 2-1 trailing in the series. Previously, in the Ashes, England were down 2-0 before they fought back their way to a 2-2 draw, which very well could have been a series win if it was not for rain during the fourth Test. McCullum is happy with England's current method and argued that shifting focus to mistakes and what the Three Lions did last summer would be counterproductive. Rather, the team would double down during the must-win match at Ranchi. McCullum asserted that things could work out for England next time and the team's focus is on positivity. That is not a conversation we have ever had (about abandoning their current approach) because then you are starting to put peripheral thoughts into guys' minds and the whole idea is to free them up to allow them to make good decisions in the moment, to be totally present, and to be able to then adjust their games to be able to do so. To me that almost puts a limitation on what you can achieve, said McCullum. Ultimately, if you are going to beat India in India you have got to be able to be good enough against every single one of their bowlers regardless of if they are a man down or not. I was not against the method that they took, that we went out there with. It obviously did not work on this occasion and we're going to cop that sweet, but it might work next time. If you have got one crack at life you may as well enjoy yourself and remain positive throughout things, there's lots of people who see the grey sky not the blue. And to me that is not necessarily how you go about things, and it is certainly not how you want to play as a cricket team when you have got this much talent that sits amongst it. Yes, we will get it wrong at times. Guys in their own way will process that and be able to smooth out some of those rough edges. But a general conversation among the group about, 'we did not do this right, we need to do this next time' - it is detrimental to what you are trying to achieve and you need conviction in your methods, he concluded. (ANI)

devdiscourse 19 Feb 2024 10:13 pm

Schopman's future as Indian women's hockey team coach lies in limbo

Schopman's future as Indian women's hockey team coach lies in limbo Indian women's hockey team chief coach Janneke Schopman's days are numbered as she is unlikely to get an extension after her contract expires in July this year for failing to produce results, including the side's failure to qualify for the Paris Olympics. Schopman, who was the analytical coach in Indian women team's historic fourth-place finish in Tokyo Olympics, took over the reins of the national team after Spaniard Sjoerd Marijne's departure just after the quadrennial event. ''Her contract ends in July-August (Till Paris Olympics). Let us see what happens, I can't tell anything at this point of time,'' a HI source told PTI. It is, however, learnt that Schopman is unlikely to get an extension. The Dutch player-turned-coach's best result with the Indian team was the bronze medals that the side won at the Birmingham Commonwealth Games and the 2023 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China. But barring that feat, Schopman has nothing more to show as the Savita Punia-led side failed to win the gold at the Asian Games, which would have directly sealed its berth at the Paris Olympics. Schopman and her side had another chance to seal the Paris berth through the Olympic Qualifiers in Ranchi in January this year. But there too they faltered, losing to Japan in the bronze medal play-off with three top teams from the tournament sealing their berths for the Paris Games. In fact, Schopman's relationship with Hockey India secretary general Bholanath Singh soured after the Indian women failed to make the Paris cut through the Asian Games. It became bad to worse after her recent outburst in the media following India's last FIH Pro League game at home against USA, where she claimed that she didn't get the value and respect from some quarters of the national federation during her tenure here. Schopman, an Olympic gold medallist, also claimed that she felt ''alone a lot in the last two years'', and was critical of the differential treatment meted out to the women's team compared to the men's side. Hockey India, however, completely denied the allegations, stating that she was provided everything that she wanted. ''I don't know why she is saying these things. There is no discrimination in Hockey India. We treat both the men and women teams equally,'' the HI source said. ''Neither Hockey India not SAI (Sports Authority of India) has treated her badly. We have always given due respect and recognition to her.'' According to sources, Schopman, 46, wants higher salary at par with the men's team chief coach Craig Fulton and this was precisely the reason behind her recent rant. ''To demand higher salary what matters is results. She has done well with the girls but recent results are not in her favour,'' the source said. Schopman's next assignment with the Indian women's team is the European leg of the FIH Pro League in May.

devdiscourse 19 Feb 2024 9:30 pm

Will Poachers be expanded into a global franchise?

Alia Bhatt's upcoming release 'Poachers' had its premiere in London. The show promises to captivate audiences with its compelling narrative. Richie Mehta expressed excitement about its potential to grow into a global franchise. The trailer unveils the shocking narrative of the largest ivory poaching ring in Indian history.

The Times of India 19 Feb 2024 9:11 pm

Stokes considers return to bowling ahead of fourth India Test

Captain fulfilling allrounder status could open up selection for Ranchi and Dharamsala

Espn CricInfo 19 Feb 2024 8:43 pm

I'd anticipate he would be playing: England coach backs struggling Bairstow

I'd anticipate he would be playing: England coach backs struggling Bairstow England Test coach Brendon McCullum backed Jonny Bairstow as the wicketkeeper-batter seeks to rediscover his lost form after registering scores of 0 and 4 in the team's 434-run defeat in the third Test against India. Bairstow's performances in the Test series have been underwhelming and he has an average of 17.00 from six innings. Before the beginning of the series, England skipper Ben Stokes had backed Bairstow to do wonders as he only had to focus on his batting with wicketkeeper Ben Foakes taking the responsibility behind the stumps. We saw what we managed to get out of him, and I don't want him to worry about anything other than batting at five, getting runs and what's in front of him in the here and now, Stokes said before the series as quoted from ESPNcricinfo. With Bairstow struggling to find his form and the Three Lions trialling 2-1 in the series, England's management would be in a dilemma whether to back the wicketkeeper-batter or bring someone else in his place. But McCullum gave a strong hint that the 3-year-old would retain his place for the fourth Test in Ranchi which would mark his 99th Test cap for England. You know I can't answer that, I haven't even seen the wicket. But I'd anticipate Jonny would be playing, yes, McCullum said, according to ESPNcricinfo. Bairstow showed his true potential during Stokes' first six matches as the captain of the Test team. He struck four centuries and amassed 681 runs at a rate of 96.59, and an average of 75.66. However, after that string of performances, he has struggled to put up runs and live up to his reputation. Yeah look, he's not scored the volume of runs he would have wanted and a couple of times he's got out kind of mildly for someone who's got the power game Jonny's got, McCullum said. I don't have concerns over him. I'm not blind but he's done so well for us and he's had such an impactful career. We know that a top-quality Jonny Bairstow is as good as anyone in any conditions. So from our point of view, we've got to keep on giving him confidence and block out a lot of the external noise as well and keep him really present and focused on what he's trying to achieve, and I'm sure Jonny will come good, he added. India will face England in the fourth Test in Ranchi on February 23. (ANI)

devdiscourse 19 Feb 2024 8:24 pm

McCullum defiant on 'Bazball' despite heavy criticism

England's hyper-attacking Bazball approach is coming under intense scrutiny after a crushing Test defeat in India but neither captain Ben Stokes and nor coach Brendon McCullum appear to be in the mood to change their gung-ho approach as the fourth Test in Ranchi looms.

The Times of India 19 Feb 2024 8:13 pm

New options from casual to fine dining will be opening soon in OFallon

A new culinary team takes over the KC fish fry, plus three long-anticipated restaurants are opening soon, and two national franchises are expanding.

mcclatchy 19 Feb 2024 7:30 pm

What's Brewing? Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar hint at a huge Surprise Announcement for Don 3

The Don franchise, created by Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtars Excel Entertainment stands as the ultimate choice for action movie enthusiasts, it has captivated millions and has left an indelible mark in the hearts of its devoted fans. Now, with excitement building up, fans can't wait for the next installment of this iconic saga and to take the enthusiasm a notch higher, the makers of Don 3 are gearing up to unveil a momentous development that will leave everyone incredibly thrilled. Amidst the sky-high anticipation around the film, the makers also announced the dynamic Ranveer Singh as the new Don, whos all set to infuse his unmatched energy and charisma into the role. Apart from that, Don 3 also sets the stage for a triumphant return of the visionary and skilled Farhan Akhtar to the directors chair after 12 years! Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar, the masters of their craft, are known for bringing out unforgettable stories with passion and precision in every film and show theyve made, the Don franchise is yet another example of the same. Since the inception of the film, Don 3 has excited millions of fans and promises to be a thrilling continuation of the franchise, blending heart-pounding action with gripping storytelling. Stay tuned for the exclusive revelation from Don 3 - because this news is something you definitely dont want to miss. Excel Entertainment's oeuvre comprises a string of box-office hits like Dil Chahta Hai, Don, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, Talaash, Fukrey & Toofaan. Alongside these blockbusters, Excel has also launched avant-garde ventures like Gully Boy, Indias first hip-hop film and the official entry to the Academy Awards in 2019 and Inside Edge, Indias first original series on Amazon Prime Video that was nominated for the coveted International Emmy Awards under the Best Drama category in 2018. In addition to commercially successful cinema, Excel has consistently garnered critical acclaim, Rock On being one such accomplishment that won the production house its second National Award in 2008. In 2023, Excel Entertainment's Dahaad was premiered at the Berlinale Film Festival and brought home many awards including Asian Academy Creative Award for Best Actor.

Web Dunia 19 Feb 2024 6:28 pm

Alia Bhatt Richie Mehta screen Poacher in London, hint at global franchise expansion

The series Poacher will stream on Amazon Prime Video from February 23 in English, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Tamil.

Money Control 19 Feb 2024 6:18 pm

McCullum backs Bairstow: 'I'm sure Jonny will come good'

England coach unconcerned by form of Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root ahead of must-win Ranchi Test

Espn CricInfo 19 Feb 2024 6:11 pm

Owais Shah believes England would want a turning wicket in Ranchi Test vs India

Owais Shah believes England would want a turning wicket in Ranchi Test vs India

India Today 19 Feb 2024 5:48 pm

Jonny will come good: England to retain Bairstow for fourth India Test

McCullum to remind Bairstow how good he is Ben Stokes back bowling at full pelt in training England are set to keep faith with Jonny Bairstow for the fourth Test in Ranchi that begins on Friday, with Brendon McCullum, their head coach, planning to spend the short turnaround reminding the Yorkshireman of his talents. Reeling from a 434-run defeat in Rajkot India registered their all-time record Test win by way of runs to take a 2-1 lead in the series the tourists face the toughest challenge of their aggressive methods and loyalty in selection for a must-win fixture. Bairstow, who lasted seven balls in his two innings in the third Test and registered a record eighth duck in India, is among the primary concerns; so, too, Joe Root who is having a similarly low-key tour. In the case of the former, the catalyst for Englands upturn in fortunes under McCullum and Ben Stokes in 2022, additional support is on the cards. Continue reading...

The Guardian 19 Feb 2024 5:30 pm

Delhi High Court to hear Shibu Soren's appeal against Lokpal order on DA case on February 20

NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Monday listed the appeal moved by Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) supremo Shibu Soren against its order denying him any relief in Lokpal proceedings in connection with a disproportionate assets case, for hearing on February 20. A bench of Justices Rekha Palli and Sudhir Kumar Jain posted the matter for Tuesday after the petitioner sought some time citing his counsel is appearing before another court. Taking into account that the regular bench is not sitting today, list tomorrow, the bench said. Subsequently, senior advocate Kapil Sibal appeared before the bench on behalf of Soren and said the complaint is also listed before the Lokpal on Tuesday. It (appeal) will come in the supplementary list. It will come early, the court responded. Last month, Justice Subramonium Prasad had dismissed Soren's plea challenging the proceedings pending before Lokpal and its earlier orders which were initiated on the basis of a complaint by BJP MP Nishikant Dubey. HC refuses to interfere with Lokpal proceedings in Shibu Soren case Justice Prasad termed Soren's petition at this stage as premature, saying that the court does not want to enter into this realm at this juncture and it is for the Lokpal to take a decision as to whether there is sufficient material to proceed further for investigation or not in order to subserve the purpose for which the Act has been brought out. ..Writ Courts cannot substitute themselves as an authority which has been vested with a duty under the Statute to consider as to whether there is material in it or not for ordering investigation. The writ petition, therefore, is premature in nature, the order read. Petitioner submitted that the entire complaint is completely motivated and Lokpal would invariably order for investigation cannot be accepted. The high court, in the order, said,.. the Office of Lokpal is completely independent and an argument that the Lokpal would be influenced by political consideration cannot be countenanced. This allegation that the proceedings before the Lokpal is vitiated and can be politically motivated, cannot be accepted. Jharkhand: Lokpal notice to JMM chief Shibu Soren in disproportionate assets case As per the allegations in the complaint, Soren and his family members including sons, daughters, daughters-inlaw, friends, associates and various companies etc. has acquired several immovable properties including plots of lands (residential, commercial and built up properties) in various districts of Jharkhand such as Ranchi, Dhanbad, Dumka etc It was also alleged that Soren and his son Hemant Soren have invested in various companies owned by one Amit Agarwal and his family members. Agarwal had constructed a 22 storey building in Salt Lake, Kolkata in which the Petitioner and his family members have invested huge amounts of money. It is stated that various shell companies have been incorporated for giving donations to the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha which is a Political Party and the Petitioner is the President of that Party, it further alleged. It is also stated in the complaint that the Petitioner has been indulging in corrupt practices for many years and has illegally usurped huge portions of the lands belonging to poor tribals of the Santhal tribe at throwaway prices much below the prevailing circle rates. The Lokpal had then directed the CBI to conduct a preliminary inquiry against Soren to ascertain whether there existed a prima facie case for proceeding in the matter. The single judge had also rejected the senior politician's allegation of malice and asserted that the Lokpal, which is an independent authority, was yet to apply its mind to the material provided by the CBI. (With inputs from PTI)

The New Indian Express 19 Feb 2024 5:30 pm

IND vs ENG: Jasprit Bumrah likely to be rested, star player set to return for Ranchi Test

With India leading 2-1 in the 5-match series, ace fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah is likely to be rested for the Ranchi Test, starting February 23.

DNA India 19 Feb 2024 5:11 pm

Shubman Gill designates as the 'State Icon' for Lok Sabha Elections 2024

Shubman Gill designates as the 'State Icon' for Lok Sabha Elections 2024 The office of Punjab's Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) on Monday designated Indian cricketer Shubman Gill as the 'State Icon' for the Lok Sabha elections this year. In this regard, Chief Electoral Officer Sibin C stated that Punjab resident Gill, popular among the cricket enthusiasts, especially the youth, has been appointed as the 'State Icon', and would assist in garnering more than 70 per cent of the votes during the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections. He mentioned that Gill will engage in various campaigns aimed at voter awareness to ensure the achievement of the target of Is Vaar 70 Paar. Prior to this, popular Punjabi singer, Tarsem Jassar has also been appointed as a 'State Icon'. Sibin C further informed that in a meeting with all the Deputy Commissioners of Punjab on last Friday, they were asked to identify such areas where the voting percentage was low during the last elections. He said that awareness campaigns and appeals made by Gill and Jassar in such areas, would motivate the voters, increasing voter turnout. The Chief Electoral Officer expressed hope that the first-time voting youth would be influenced by Gill and Jassar, and exercise their franchise, while also appealing to the people of other age groups to vote in large numbers. Currently, Gill is participating in the ongoing five-match Test series against England, which India currently leads 2-1. In three matches, the 24-year-old batter has scored 252 runs at an average of 42.00, with a century and fifty in six innings. His best score is 104. In 23 Tests, Gill has scored 1,292 runs at an average of 32.30, with three centuries and five fifties. His best score is 128. ODIs are his most prolific format, scoring 2,271 runs in 44 matches at an average of 61.37, with six centuries and 13 fifties. His best score is 208. In 14 T20Is, Gill has made 335 runs at an average of 25.76, scoring a century and a fifty each. His best score is 126*. (ANI)

devdiscourse 19 Feb 2024 5:10 pm