PUNE Playing in an under-19 final with a squad majorly comprising of girls aged 14, Vidya Bhavan school lifted the Reliance Foundation Youth Sports Pune Girls trophy, after beating Bishop’s School, Kalyaninagar on penalties at the Hedgewar Ground in Pimpri on Wednesday. Vidya Bhavan have gone the entire tournament without conceding a single goal in normal time, having played four games and scoring six goals in the process; and two victories coming in penalty shoot-outs, including one in the final.The Vidya Bhavan girls squad of 18 players are coached by Sports Excel and 13 of the players in the team are aged 14, while the remaining five are aged 15. The comparatively young Vidya Bhavan side were desperate for silverware after their team finished second best in the Guru Tegh Bahadur Football Tournament earlier this month. In the first round, Vidya Bhavan were awarded a walk-over as their opponents did not turn up. In round two, they faced … [Read more...] about Vidya Bhavan goalie Ria Rajesh the hero as u-16 players win u-19 Reliance tourney
'As we reach 2022 we are creating a very new, different India where the Citizenship Amendment Act will be passed, NRC will be pushed through, Article 370 scrapped...' Illustration: Dominic Xavier/Rediff.com "A majority government is not the license to be a majoritarian government or create a majoritarian India," Rajdeep Sardesai, journalist, author and television anchorman, tells Rediff.com's Archana Masih in the second part of the interview. Part 1: 'Modi see himself as a man of destiny' In your book 2019: How Modi Won India, you say that the Jodi No 1 of Indian politics is determined to make India a modern Hindu nation. In 2022, 75 years after freedom, what will this India look like? We are seeing signs of what can be described as a majoritarian India. The Citizenship Amendment Bill effectively discriminates between communities. In a way it validates Mohammad Ali Jinnah's two nation theory. Muslim refugees will not be accepted but Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and other communities … [Read more...] about What will the India of 2022 look like?
Chirag stunning win in the opening bout spurned Gujarat Giants to the top of the table with a 5-2 win over MC Mary Kom-led Punjab Panthers in the Big Bout Indian Boxing League at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium Complex in New Delhi on Tuesday night. Though Mary Kom and birthday boy Manoj Kumar helped Punjab Panthers stay afloat after Gujarat Giants opened with wins in the first three bouts, the Amit Pangal-led outfit sealed a morale-boosting victory when veteran Sarita Devi upstaged a zestful Manisha in the women’s 60kg bout. Skipper Mary Kom believed she had done Punjab Panthers favour by blocking the 91kg bout, thus denying Gujarat Giants the chance to pick up a point through British champion Scott Forrest. But she was in for a shock when her teammate Abdulmalik Khalakov was out-thought and beaten on points by Gujarat Giants’ Chirag in the 57kg bout. The experienced Ashish Kumar rallied from some early, energetic pounding by young Mohit in the 75kg battle to place … [Read more...] about Big Bout Indian Boxing League: Gujarat Giants jump to top of table
A decade after Farhan Akhtar's debut movie 'The Fakir Of Venice' was to release, the film is finally seeing the light of the day on January 18. The makers of the film have released a new trailer which gives us a sneak peek into the hilarious journey of Farhan Akhtar and Annu Kapoor. Farhan plays the role of a con-man who is in search of a fakir (Annu Kapoor) who can participate in an art exhibition in Venice. The trailer takes us through different phases of Farhan's journey where he struggles to find a real fakir and finally convinces a man to act as the fakir. As part of the exhibit, the fakir has to submerge himself in the sand for a long period of time. The intriguing tale is embroidered with various twists as the two finally manages to pull out the fraud. Watch the trailer here - The film was originally scheduled to release in 2009 and would have marked the debut of Farhan Akhtar in Bollywood. However, production issues dragged on the film for almost ten years now. Helmed by … [Read more...] about ‘The Fakir Of Venice’ new trailer: Farhan Akhtar manages to stand out with his amazing chemistry with Annu Kapoor
Mayor Rajesh Kalia has now dropped Kolkata from the civic body’s upcoming study tour , saying the five-day tour starting December 21 will only be confined to Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala).This comes a day after Kalia faced major embarrassment with his statement that councillors will be studying smart city projects in Kolkata and Thiruvananthapuram despite the fact that West Bengal’s capital is not even on the Centre’s 100 smart city list, and Thiruvananthapuram ranked even lower than Chandigarh in the Centre’s last year smart city ranking.Now, Kalia claims he dropped Kolkata from the itinerary as most councillors who had agreed to go there had changed their minds. However, sources said that Kalia took the call after meeting party colleagues in the light of his failure to justify the tour’s agenda and growing public criticism against the trip.City residents were critical even of UT adviser Manoj Parida who sanctioned the tour … [Read more...] about ‘Embarrassed’ Chandigarh mayor drops Kolkata from study tour