Mirza-Hingis cruise through into China Open Final

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Beijing: The world number 1 duo of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis have marched into the final of the China Open, defeating the Chinese duo of Yafan Wang and Chen Liang 6-2, 6-3.
The match, which was clearly one-sided, lasted for one hour and seven minutes, where the leading pair came one step closer to claiming the $4.7 million prize money.
Mirza-Hingis made their presence felt on the court by winning 32 service points as opposed to 24 by their opponents. They also achieved 25 return points, which was five more than their opponents.
The duo had earlier beaten the Czech-German pair of Karolina Pliskova and Julia Goerges 7-6(5), 6-4 in the quarter finals on Thursday.
Sania-Martina are the reigning champions of US Open and Wimbeldon.
The Indian-Swiss pair is on a 15 match winning streak since they have come together in April and have won three tournaments in a row.
“We don’t feel invincible,” the 28-year old Mirza said. “We’ve both played enough tennis not to think that way, but what we have is belief. When we’re in a tough situation, like when we were trailing 1-5 today, we believe that we can find a way. We can pull it off.”

Edward Snowden debuts on Twitter, follows NSA

The 31-year-old joined twitter on September 29 Picture Courtesy: gradestack.com
The 31-year-old joined twitter on September 29 | Picture Courtesy: gradestack.com
New York: The NSA whisteblower and intelligence contractor Edward Snowden joined the micro-blogging website Twitter on Tuesday. His Twitter handle is @snowden.
Within a few hours of joining Twitter, he has close to 400,000 followers. Interestingly, Snowden follows only one Twitter handle till now: NSA.
His opening tweet was: “Can you hear me now?”
Snowden’s profile describes him as a former employee of the government. ‘Now I work for the public,’ he has added in the profile description.
Snowden, who has being living in Russia ever since he turned over top-secret documents to the media more than two years ago, has remained in news courtesy appearances and interviews via video links.
Snowden’s account was verified by Twitter within a few hours.
He is believed to have download close to 2 million classified documents before he left the United States. Earlier this year, while speaking to an audience in Geneva through video link, he said that he would like to be granted asylum in Switzerland.
Earlier, he has worked undercover for the CIA in Geneva.
Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-34395919

Hyundai recalls 4.7 lakh Sonatas to fix engine glitch

Sonata during at the North American International Show, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan Picture Courtesy: Andrew Harrer, Bloomberg, Getty Images
Sonata during at the North American International Show, 2014 in Detroit, Michigan
Picture Courtesy: Andrew Harrer, Bloomberg, Getty Images

 

Hyundai, the South Korean automobile multinational, is recalling 4,70,000 midsize cars in the United States to fix a big engine manufacturing problem that could cause them to fail.

The half a million sedans that are being recalled belong to the 2011 and 2012 model years, equipped with 2-litre or 2.4 litre gasoline engines. Incidentally, Sonata was Hyundai’s highest selling vehicle in the U.S.

Alongside Sonatas, the company is also recalling about 1,00,000 Accent cards because of the possibility of the brake lights failing. The Accent recall covers certain 2009 and 2011 models. This is an expansion of a recall issued in 2013.

According to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Hyundai cited the reason for the engine failure – metal debris may not have been fully removed from the crankshaft and with continued driving, the problem could cause the bearing to fail and engine getting stalled.

The company noticed the problem when owners started reporting engine noise. In June 2015, NHTSA raised the issue with Hyundai, which said that it did not consider the issue to be a safety problem because owners would get warnings.

According to reports, owners will be notified on November 2 and they will also get a second notice when the parts will be available.

 

 

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/international-business/Hyundai-recalls-470000-Sonatas-to-fix-big-engine-problem/articleshow/49105196.cms

FIFA confirms dates for 2022 Qatar World Cup

Zurich: In a move to confirm the 2022 Qatar World Cup amidst the controversy surrounding it, the FIFA (Federation Internationale de Football Association) on Friday, announced that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will begin on November 21.
 
The tournament will be 28 days long and will finish on December 18. FIFA’s executive committee confirmed the 2022 dates six months after picking the December 18 date for the final, which happens to be a national holiday in Qatar.
 
Earlier, in March 2015, FIFA decided to switch the 2022 World Cup from the usual June-July schedule to avoid Qatar’s summer heat.
 
A 28-day World Cup is four less than the usual tournament and is designed to cause less disruption to clubs and leagues which must shut down for several mid-season weeks.
 
According to the calendar approved on Friday, clubs must release players to the 32 World Cup teams by 14 November 2022 – a week before the opening match.
 
No qualifiers for continental championships or friendlies have been set for October 2022. Instead, the two fixtures typically scheduled in October will be moved forward four months.
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Vyapam Scam: CBI registers two cases

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Bhopal: Commencing an investigation into the Vyapam Scam, the CBI on Wednesday registered two FIRs, naming among others, a member of the Madhya Pradesh Backward Classes and Minorities Commission and his son.

The FIRs have been lodged with respect to the Pre-Medical Test of 2010 and the pre-PG Examination 2011 held in Madhya Pradesh.

Earlier on Monday, the CBI had taken over all Vyapam scam cases from the Special Task Force of the Madhya Pradesh Police. While handing over the investigation to the CBI, the Supreme Court had also had requested it to inquire into the deaths of people linked to the Vyapam scam. According to the Congress Party, 49 people related to the scam have died in ‘mysterious circumstances’ so far.

To read more, go on: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/vyapam-scam-probe-cbi-registers-first-firs/article7425710.ece

Phil Hughes: 63 not out, forever

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He was only 25.

And his scorecard will forever read 63*; a star right above.

A short-pitched ball by Sean Abbott hit Hughes on his neck, causing vertebral artery dissection that eventually led to brain hemorrhage. Hughes fell face-flat on the pitch at Sydney Cricket Ground, never regaining consciousness.

Hughes, who had been an inconsistent addition to the Australian Team ever since his entry into the game in 2009, was on his way to make a mark with his innings at the SCG when the ball struck him at 63, probably even get a place in the national team to play against India next week. He was known for his unorthodox batting method and often even criticized for it.

The ‘freakish accident’ that resulted in the untimely and tragic death of the Aussie cricketer was the cause of the entire sports fraternity to come together and grieve in unison.

Flags were hoisted half-mast at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Adelaide, Sydney Cricket Ground and Lord’s in England – the spiritual home ground of the gentleman’s game. It is believed that there is an invisible flag of mourning above that is being honoured.

The Australian captain, Michael Clarke, was seen tearing up at the emotional press conference where he delivered a statement on behalf of the Hughes family – Greg, Virginia and Sister Megan Hughes. “We are devastated by the loss of our much loved son and brother Phillip.Cricket was Phillip’s life and we as a family share that love of the game with him. We would like to thank all the medical and nursing staff at St Vincent’s Hospital and Cricket NSW medical staff for their great efforts with Phillip. We love you and always will.”

 

Cricket fans all across the globe joined in by posting photographs of their cricket bats outside their homes, on Twitter with hashtags #putoutyourbats. Paul Taylor, from Sydney, came up with the idea and it quickly picked up pace. Twitter was flooded with photographs and tweets from several cricketers who joined the movement.

David Warner, who was a close friend of Hughes, posted on his Instagram, “#putoutyourbats missing my little mate so much!! I wish I can wake up from this bad dream. Once again not out on the cricket field and forever #63notout love you BRAZ!!”

Warner also posted a photograph of him and Hughes, the caption of which read, “RIP my little man. You will always be with me when I walk out onto the field. Not just a mate but a loved one to us all big man. Forever in my heart brother for life. Miss you buddy.”

Manchester United was seen following the trend of #putyourbats out as an ode of Hughes

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A fan, Ben Hughes, grieving the demise of Hughes

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The Indian legend, Sachin Tendulkar, also conveyed his condolences

He also tweeted a photograph of his bat when he was 25 years of age as a tribute to the young Aussie player.

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Australia’s dressing room will take a long time to recover from Hughes’ death, says former England spinner Graeme Swann. “Phillip’s death will hit the Australia team very hard; those close to him will be devastated. So will other players who came into contact with him. I know England bowler Steven Finn was a good friend from when they played at Middlesex. For his family, it is going to be world shattering. I can’t believe it has happened. And the fact that he was only 25 – it’s cruel.”

Fellow Australian cricketer, Peter Siddle reacting to the accident

 

The accidental death of Phil Hughes is a dark moment for all in the world of sports. Where fans put these players on pedestals so high and consider them superheroes, capable of fighting back and emerging victorious in tough situations, Hughes’s death is a reminder that they are also mortals. A definite star in the making, gone too soon.

And also, a very happy 26th birthday, Phil Hughes.

One year without Sachin Tendulkar

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“Sachin! Sachin!“

This is the one thing every cricket fan in India has missed yawping while watching the Little Master play. The 5.5 inches tall, curly-haired, humble Maharashtrian who needs no introduction, entertained India with his prodigal skills for 24 years till he finally retired from all forms of cricket, a year ago.

16th November 2013, saw the most majestic farewell any cricketer has ever received. 34,000 people in attendance and 1.25 billion people present in spirit, were hooked onto their television and radio sets hoping to see one last fairytale ton from the master. The 74 he hit in his last test innings against West Indies was nothing short of magnificent. He lived up to his name and showcased some great cover drives – the ones he is well-known for.

Tendulkar’s farewell speech left everyone extremely emotional; with a void that has been impossible to fill; an overwhelming feeling of discomfort and reality that hit them hard, really hard – we will never see our dear Sachin play cricket again. “I can imagine cricket without Sachin, but I can’t imagine Sachin without cricket”, said his wife Anjali on his magical bond with the game.

In his unbelievably long career panning over more than two decades, Tendulkar went on to break many records. With a whopping 34,357 runs in his kitty, he has made 452 One Day International appearances and 200 Test match appearances – the highest by any cricketer in the world. His record of 100 centuries is also one that will remain unbroken for a long time.

Tendulkar made his debut against Pakistan in the year 1989. He faced fierce players like WasimAkram, Waqar Younis and Imran Khan. He proved his worth and from thereon there was no stopping the Little Master.

In the 90’s, when India was suffering from a huge economic and political crisis – globalization, assassinations of political leaders, the demolition of Babri Masjid, stark chaos all around – it was this humble man who, somewhere on the 22 yards was subtly creating magic; it was when Sachin came on the crease that people longed for him to stay longer. When he batted, people switched on their television sets and switched off their lives.

Back then, most of India’s batting pressure invariably went onto the shoulders of this petite man. Probably this is why people thought he would do miracles with his bat each time he would get onto the crease and raised him to the status of a ‘God’. It was only in the middle of the 90’s that his burden was reduced with the entry of the remaining triad of ‘The Fab Four’ – SauravGanguly, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman. These three were made heroes and Sachin thus became the ‘God’.

Tendulkar’s most memorable match still remains his devastating 134 against Australia in Sharjah. A close favorite by consensus is his fabulous innings at Gwalior in which he made a double ton. The first man to do so; no surprises there!

One of the best moments for any Indian has got to be when India won the World Cup in 2011. “It is the best day of my life!” Sachin exclaimed with the trademark childlike smile of his.

Virat Kohli rightly put all feelings into words by saying, “Sachin has carried the burden of the nation for 21 years on his shoulders, it is time we carried him on our shoulders now.” It is quite a weight to have expectations of 1.25 billion people on your tiny little shoulders.

Each time India won, it gave us a reason to celebrate; a reason to forget that we’re a land which thrives on divides based on caste, class, gender and religion. Cricket became a religion of its own that united each one and made them ‘Indian’, at least for a day.