As India look to avoid a complete whitewash in the English Summer by winning the final One-day International in Cardiff on Friday, all eyes will on Rahul Dravid. The fifth ODI will bring an end to The Wall’s ODI adventures and he will no doubt be looking to sign off with a bang.”At the end of this ODI series, I would like to announce my retirement from ODI and Twenty20 cricket and concentrate only on Test cricket. I am committed, as always, to give my best to India in this ODI series and obviously the Test series that follows,” he had said ahead of the India-England encounters.It’s ironic that a man who has always shied away from the limelight has had to endure such a dramatic end to his ODI career.”I would like to sign off ODI career with a win. It has been a very difficult series for the team. We need to have good bowlers. We have work on bowling as an area if we have to do well. I had ups and downs in my career, but overall it was satisfactory. I have no regrets. I always did my best for the team, gave my 100 per cent,” Dravid told Headlines Today on Friday.When the desperate selectors threw him an ODI curve ball, The Wall graciously agreed to step up for his country, but put a stop to any more such requests.With one match remaining in the series, it’s clear the selectors’ desperation failed to pay off. Playing international ODI cricket after two years, Dravid has averaged a paltry 13 in the series.advertisementNow as he gets set to take to the field for the last time in coloured clothing, Rahul Dravid will no doubt want to go on a high.For someone, who has scored over 10000 runs in one-day internationals and is 7th in the list of the all time highest ODI run-getters, it will be a low-profile exit, but then, that’s probably how he would like it.There’s a perception that Dravid has got a raw deal in the 50-over format throughout his career, having been called in when the chips are down, dropped when the team is flying high.But the fact that The Wall has always given his best whenever called upon is testament to the brilliance of one India’s most reliable cricketers. Now it’s time the rest of the team steps up and finally gets a win for a fitting tribute to the legend.
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Xoxo pictwittercom/j7dQlBK8KS — Sunny Leone (@SunnyLeone) November 21 2016 The question here is how the celebs and commoners who till now were very protective of their image managed to irk Sunny and Bigg Boss According to the task the housemates were given a bed as their first prop and asked to make a video The housemates were divided into two groups for the task – Team A was headed by Lopamudra Raut with Manoj Punjabi Swami Om Mona Lisa Rohan Mehra as the group members while Team B was headed by Bani J who had Rahul Dev Manveer Gurjar Gaurav Chopra and Nitibha Kaul in her team @lopa9999 is definitely winning hearts with her moves #BB10 pictwittercom/9YRMlpUOoi — Bigg Boss (@BiggBoss) November 21 2016 To create a viral video Bani’s team decided to do a gay act during which they will aggressively rip off their clothes Meanwhile the other team had Manoj Punjabi and Mona Lisa enacting scenes which were considered inappropriate for national television In fact even Sunny Leone who is judging the entire task was surprised to see what they were up to Also read |Bigg Boss 10 21st November 2016 written update: Lopa Mudra performs a sensuous poledance The actor told Bigg Boss that she doesn’t think any video of such sort should be aired on TV Agreeing with her decision Bigg Boss called up Lopa and Bani to make them understand that they are not supposed to make video which adult content and scrapped the first video and provided them with another set-up Watch | Bigg Boss 10 November 22 episode preview Well it seems that a few of the housemates are giving way to their intentions while others are just figuring out the difference between viral adult video and viral entertaining video The result will be on the basis of likes or dislikes the videos get by Sunny Leone Whoever gets more like or thumbs up on their video – that entire team gets safe but the one who has more dislikes gets nominated for the week However Rohan in whatever situation will be safe from the nominations as he is the captain of the house So who do you think will nail the task For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Published: June 27 2016 12:02 am Reserve Bank of India Top News The Reserve Bank of India last week unveiled a document — “Payments and Settlement Systems in India: Vision 2018” — setting out a plan to encourage electronic payments and to enable India to move towards a cashless society or economy in the medium and long term The vision document could not have come at a better time After the first vision document on this subject was released four years ago electronic payments through the banking system in the form of the Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) and the National Electronic Fund Transfer (NEFT) have risen three-fold between 2012 and 2016 while mobile banking transactions rose seven-fold coupled with a surge in the value of transactions relating to use of cards and ATMs An enabling policy and infrastructure needs to be put in place keeping in mind the broader goal of reducing the levels of cash transaction in the economy The central bank hopes to achieve this by focusing on coverage or a wider access to a variety of electronic payment services ensuring convenience promoting the integrity and security of operations convergence a robust infrastructure responsive regulation and effective supervision besides addressing customer service and grievances Policymakers were slow in the beginning to recognise the transformational impact of electronic payments The emergence of firms in the digital payments segment such as Paytm Mobikwik Pay U and the trend of a growing number of consumers taking to paying utility and other bills through electronic platforms may have prompted them to reconsider their stance There are also other fundamental reasons The rapid growth in e-commerce and mobile banking channels over the last few years has highlighted the potential for boosting tax revenues discouraging tax avoidance and building of a multi-tier national payment infrastructure facility for payment of bills apart from providing an audit trail and lowering the costs of hand for the central bank Studies have shown that a higher use of electronic payments leads to improvement in both consumption and also GDP growth The often cited case is that of South Korea where a raft of measures including preferential tax treatment for customers making payments through cards contributed to a reduction in cash payments with a positive impact on economic growth Last year the revenue department had released its draft proposals for facilitating electronic payments which made out a case for tax benefits to consumers and merchants to encourage greater use of electronic payments It also nudged government departments and corporates to migrate to electronic payments Now that India has the infrastructure —the unified payments interface (UPI) which RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan reckons will revolutionise mobile banking — a growth plan and a regulatory road map a policy intervention in terms of incentives could complement moves underway to transform India’s payments landscape The government must act on it fast For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Updated: August 14 2016 8:31 pm Indian shooters had a dismal show at Rio 2016 Olympics (Source: PTI) Related News India’s dismal show in shooting at Rio 2016 Olympics continued as Chain Singh and Gagan Narang were failed to qualify for 50m Rifle 3 positions Chain Singh showed a bit of hope when the Indian marched into top six but was soon dropped down Chain Singh score a total of 380 in the Standing round and was placed 24 eventually with 1169 points Gagan Narang scored 384 in Standing stage and he was finally placed at 33 rank with a total of 1162 points As it happened # Chain Singh Gagan Narang fail to qualify for 50m rifle 3 positions #Chain Singh is losing his rhythm… Drops to 16 with 285 points # looking upon Gagan Narang he hasn’t been able to cope up with that struggling show… Narang at 36th slot #A bit of a dip in the rankings for Chain Singh… he moves to 10th spot now with a tally of 95 points in the first round of Standing stage #Keep adding to that tally as Chain Singh moves to 5th rank and 86 points #Chain Singh is back in the business and gets 38 to stay number 7 in the rankings # Gagan Narang is atthe Standing stage with score of60… But he’s still struggling at 30th rank #Chain Singh has got a terrific chance of qualifying this stage… Standing stage still left… To give a thought he got a perfect 100 oncein the Prone stage #Gagan Narang is placed 37 with 395 sub total in Prone # Chain Singh moves into top 8 now… He’s surely having some good time with 350 points in Prone #Chain Singh has got 100 apiece in first two rounds while Gagan Narang gets 99 99 # Chain Singh improves his rankings just as he starts the quest in Prone stage… He has so far scored a 100 and a 90 with a sub-total of 190 # Both Gagan and Chain have got a dip in their rankings just as the Prone stage starts… Chain Singh is at 21 and Gagan at 42 presently # Though Chain Singh is looking good we have Sergey at the helm of the list so far #Chain Singh ranks 19th at the end of Kneeling stage with 371 as sub-total while Gagan Narang is at 40 with a total of 336 # So we have Gagan Narang in action after Chain Singh was placed at 20 in Kneeling series #98 95 99… That’s the sub total readings for Chain Singh so far in the first three series # Gagan Narang moves to 318 as a sub total scoring 28 in the fourth series so far # Chain Singh moves to a sub-total of 312 as he has scored 20 points in the fourth series #At stage of kneeling Chain Singh’s present total is 282 Gagan Narang is 261 BUILD UP #For Indian shooters another ‘misserable’ day at Rio 2016 Olympics Gagan Narang had also failed to medal at the men’s 50m air rifle event (Source: PTI) For once the winds weren’t ominous He’s a little more phlegmatic than Rahul Dravid – if that’s possible – but Gagan Narang would’ve woken up to the rainy windy dawn outside his Games Village window and smiled a little like Dravid might have staring down a bouncy pitch with the ball moving like spitfires Windy was challenging but windy was good Windy was what Gagan Narang had grown up mastering windy was right up his stormy alley windy meant he could summon his considerable experience and technical prowess Considered India’s most talented shooter who read conditions on the range like gentle beasts sniffed out infrasonic hertz Gagan Narang was prepared for the winds But he didn’t regain his rhythm for the last five shots and crashed out on 6231 He’d seen the comfortable perch of 4th but things never really settle in shooting until the last shot and he would hang on desperately to the top-8 and then drop down with a resurgence never kicking in as it ought to have for the pro It was tired triggering towards the end of the sixth series and India couldn’t qualify for yet another final The wait for the medal wasn’t going to end at Narang’s door Gagan Narang loves his craft understands guns and reads conditions better than most Those little red flags you see fluttering – Narang’s shooting has an in-built anemometer a sort of a shooter’s sixth sense when competing on the outdoor 50 m range Not that indoor ranges are easy to tame but outdoor ones simply throw in challenges that demand added experience Gagan Narang wasn’t short on experience having medalled in recent years in 50m prone His advantage was that he could adjust to the unhelpful conditions But a routine break in the last series saw him return to start with a 95 This wasn’t a dramatic meltdown from the up-and-down winds – just flat low-intense shooting that didn’t get the job done Lanes 15 to 35 would record marginally better scores; Narang was in No 52 and though it demanded absolute focus and improvisation and Narang had his chances he couldn’t finish the work There were other big names that went out too – Yifei Cao Peter Sidi Oleh Sarkov Warren Potent The left elbow that steadies the gun could be said to have let him down as the triggering (finding the exact time to shoot figuring in conditions and alignment) failed this day ending India’s medal hopes in prone Narang who medalled in 10 m air rifle to kickstart medals at London couldn’t work the same magic or crack the level of efficiency this time around In its first week India remains medal-less and miserable Mental preparedness While serious medal hopes – Abhinav Bindra and Jitu Rai have maxed out reaching finals archers have gone out despite a month-long prep stay in Rio and almost driving them out into isolation Yet doubts remain on their mental preparedness for the precision events as well as peak physical fitness for both shooters and archers A strong body aids concentration keeps mental fatigue at bay and as such not all Indians have been known to be in top shape going into Rio India’s other big man discus dude Vikas Gowda also ended with a whimper and Shiva Thapa – considered a big medal hope before the draw pit him against the Cuban champ went down with much of a fightback Men’s doubles pairing of Leander Paes – Rohan Bopanna couldn’t do much and it meant it’s down to Yogeshwar Dutt and Saina Nehwal among the former medallists to step up While introspections will resume in India among the two federations of shooting and archery what is immediately evident is that Indians aren’t responding in the best manners possible to pressure situations And the solutions are as much psychological as they are technical There is urgent need for top-grade international coaches to help the markspeople to deal with various situations and Indians ought to start preparing in earnest for cold climes and the assorted challenges that brings in The mood in Rio for the Indian contingent has been quite gloomy and it’s not just the overcast conditions and clouds drooping low over SugarLoaf and the hills that hulk over the city Shooting has been India’s form sport for three Olympics now and India’s staring at a rout Archery riding on Deepika Kumari raises hopes but hasn’t struck the medal in two straight Games now Boxing is in a mess at a time when rule changes have altered the sport at Olympics and wrestling and tennis have gone through such bruising lead-ups that noone’s gotten down to scrunching the medal figures The last time India returned without a single medal was 1992 Leander Paes played his 7th Olympics but sadly there’s no medals for longevity alone There are winds there’s no change though Mairaj on 10th after round 1 Mairaj Khan shot impressive rounds of 24 25 and 23 to finish first day of qualifying in skeet at 10th position Mairaj is the first Indian shooter to participate in the skeet event at the Olympics The score of 23 in the third series pegged him back a bit but he firmly remains in contention for the semifinals if he marginally improves on his scores during the second qualifying round on Saturday The semifinals and medal rounds too will be held on Saturday #Gagan Narang Chain Singh fail to qualify for 50m rifle prone final Gagan Narang was off to a promising start rose to third position at one point but a 1030 in the fourth series pushed him down the table (Source: PTI) India’s barren run in shooting at the Rio 2016 Olympics continues as shooters Gagan Narang and Chain Singh fail to qualify for the men’s 50m rifle prone final on Friday It was the same story for Narang as it was during 10m air rifle qualifications The Indian shooter was off to a promising start rose to third position at one point but a 1030 in the fourth series pushed him down the table This 1030 came after fine show of 1047 1044 and 1046 in the first three series After losing way the only way back for Narang was by a spectacular finish That didn’t happen as he could manage another low score of 1040 and was pushed further down with a 1024 in the final series When the other shooters were done with their series Narang was placed at a disappointing 13th The Indian shooter Chain Singh posed no challenge as he too lost way after a 1041 in the opening series Disappointing totals of 1010 1044 1024 1039 1038 followed and Singh participating in his first Olympics finished at a miserable 36th There is still some participation left for India as Mairaj Ahmad is in the skeet qualifying and Gurpreet Singh in 25m Rapid Fire Pistol qualification Earlier Narang had a forgettable outing in the 10m air rifle qualifiers as he failed to progress to the final Abhinav Bindra did qualify but he missed the medal by 05 to end in the fourth position Whiskery away from a medal For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: Reuters | Rio De Janeiro | Updated: August 20 2016 3:55 am US will ride a 24-game Olympic winning streak into final where they will face the winner of Australia and Serbia Top News The United States continued their reign over Spain with a scrappy 82-76 win on Friday to put them through to the gold medal final of the men’s basketball tournament for a third straight Olympics The Americans will ride a 24-game Olympic winning streak into Sunday’s final where they will face the winner of Australia and Serbia who play later on Friday With the two top-ranked teams number one US and number two Spain both packed with NBA talent the game had the familiar buzz of a gold medal final The countries met to decide the gold at the previous two Olympics in London and Beijing with the US coming out on top both times “What I would say it was a very hard game” US coach Mike Krzyzewski told reporters “It wasn’t easy flowing and both teams had to make big plays “I thought our guys did that a little bit more than they did” The United States led from the opening tipoff but were never able to run away from a Spanish squad determined to end decades of frustration that has seen them lose all 12 meetings with the US team on Olympic or world championship hardwood dating back to 1936 After constructing a 26-17 first quarter lead the US would push into double digits in a stop and start second as referees robbed the contest of any rhythm by calling a string of technical fouls that had both coaches and fans expressing their unhappiness The US held 10 point or more leads in the second third and fourth quarters but each time Spain would claw their way back into the game keeping the outcome in doubt although the United States never appeared in danger of losing control Klay Thompson one half of the Golden State Warriors splash brothers with twice NBA most valuable player Stephen Curry broke out of his Olympic scoring funk in a big way dropping a team high 22 points while Kevin Durant chipped in with 14 But it was the improved US defensive play and the work of DeMarcus Cousins on the boards pulling down 16 rebounds that were singled out for praise “To win gold we need to continue to make that effort on the defensive end and if we play with passion like tonight we will be tough to beat” Durant told reporters “On the defensive end tonight and the last two games we were really good “This is where we wanted to be” For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: IANS | Mumbai | Published: September 9 2015 6:32 pm ‘Parched’ is an expression of what every woman wants to say I play a nautch dancer in the film It’s bold superficially but with a lot of depth” Surveen Chawla said Related News Actress Surveen Chawla who essays a nautch girl in “Parched” — ready for its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) — says the film is an expression of what every woman wants to say The Leena Yadav directorial is set in the heart of the parched rural landscape of Gujarat It traces the bitter-sweet tale of four ordinary women Rani Lajjo Bijli and Janaki “The film is one of the most beautiful journeys I’ve had in so many years of my work transforming me to a great degree ‘Parched’ is an expression of what every woman wants to say I play a nautch dancer in the film It’s bold superficially but with a lot of depth” Surveen said in a statement Share This Article Related Article “It’s a fantastic film and I cannot wait for its release” she added The movie also stars Tannishtha Chatterjee Radhika Apte and Lehar Khan in other key roles “We have had the most brilliant experiences” added Surveen who worked on the small screen before featuring in films like “Ugly” and “Hate Story 2” She last featured in the “Welcome Back” song “Tutti bole wedding di” TIFF begins on Thursday and will conclude on September 20 For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Sudha Pai | Published: September 30 2011 3:35 am Related News With the relative weakening of identity politics through this decade in the Hindi heartland statesand particularly following Nitish Kumars victory in Biharit looked as if developmental issues might play a more central role in the campaign for the UP assembly elections due next year Last yearthe backwardness of Bundelkhand generated considerable politics of development between the BSP and the Congressforcing the former to take some action Over the last six monthsconcerns such as land acquisitionlaw and ordercorruption and urbanisation assumed importance as political parties began to flag off their campaigns Howeverthe subject of reservations has once again been brought centre-stage by the Uttar Pradesh chief ministerMayawatiwho has written to the PM demanding that the Central government accord reservation in government jobs and college posts for three communities the upper-caste poorMuslims and Jats With thisissues of community and identity have assumed renewed importance and created greater space for competitive populism Through this stepMayawati hopes to carry forward the sarvajan strategy that underlay her victory in 2007 Sarvajan is a socially inclusive policy to cover all communities; the attempt is to build a broad-based political party like the erstwhile Congress but with a Dalit core AccordinglyMayawati hopes to obtain the support of three influential communities the minoritiesbackwards and upper castes whotogether with her core constituency of Dalitscould have a determining impact on othe 2012 elections Muslims constitute about 18 per cent of the populationcan affect one-third of the 403 seats in the UP assembly and have been constantly wooed by all parties Though the upper castes supported the BSP in 2007it is believed that this may have dwindled Mayawati now hopes to woo the poorer sections among themwho constitute about 12 per cent and fall below the poverty line With the rise of lower-caste parties and the decline of the BJPit is felt that this group needs attention The Jatsonce a prosperous landowning communityare now financially and educationally backward because of the decline of agriculturebut are influential in 55 assembly constituencies in western UPwhere they have been in the forefront of the recent agitation against land acquisition Already included in the UP OBC list in 2000they are threatening an agitation to be included in the Central list Traditionally supporters of the Samajwadi Party or Rashtriya Lok Dalwho do not support lower-caste partiesMayawati hopes to gain their support by seconding their demand for higher compensation in land acquisition and reservation Moreoversince assuming office Mayawati has tried to implement a number of developmental/welfare programmes for all communitiessuch as urbanisationhousinginfrastructurelaw and order and education to create a broader base for her party The BSP has the political space required to try out its strategy of sarvajanand despite opposition from a section of DalitsMayawati has not abandoned this strategy; ratherthere is simultaneously a greater emphasis on the needs of Dalits and the poorneedy and destitute belonging to all castes While some progress is recordedgiven the prevailing economic underdevelopment in UPfulfilling these goals is a Herculean task for any party Thusthese remain long-term goals and with elections approachingthere has been a retreat to old-style vote-bank politicsa shortcut to gain votes The move by Mayawati is also a response to the never-ending populist promises of reservation from opposition parties in the hope of obtaining votes from various communities This is particularly true with regard to the Muslim minority34 groups of which are already included in the official OBC list in UP Both the SP and the RLD who have been demanding reservations for Muslims point out that Mayawati has not taken any concrete steps to help this communityand that this demand is being made with an eye on the elections Several Muslim organisations also argue that the BSP has not done anything based on the Ranganath Committee reportwhich advised giving Muslims 15 per cent within the OBC quotaor passed a law against communal violence Mayawatis demand also comes at a time when the Congress party is considering giving reservations based on the Andhra modelin which 4 per cent of government jobs are reserved for Muslims Will the BSP benefit from thisor are such promises moving towards electoral exhaustion Electoral results over the last few years provide contradictory signals The BSP won all three assembly and two Lok Sabha seats in the by-elections held in April 2008 More importantthe victory demonstrated that the Muslims in constituencies such as Muradnagar and Azamgarhand the Brahmins in Khalilabad and Bilgramcontinued to prefer it to the Congress or the SP The BSP virtually swept the panchayat polls held in October 2010suggesting that the party still has a hold over its Dalit constituency But it could not perform well in 2009with observers arguing that substantial Dalit and Muslim votes had shifted to the Congress In sumwhile the policy of reservations was adopted at Independence to help groups that were historically disadvantagedover the decades it has become highly politicisedand parties use it to build patron-client relationships Consequentlyall social groups are demanding a fair share in reservations UPA 1 had made a new beginning in trying to provide rural jobsfood security and education based on a more inclusive approachgiving priority to need-based entitlements and rights on an economic basis rather than a purely caste-based approach A second model was attempted by Digvijaya Singh based on the Bhopal Documentof providing a share in government contractswhich would produce entrepreneurs among SC/STs Howevertoday all parties seem bereft of ideology and preferwhen elections are duethe same tired and divisive politicswhich does not benefit any group In factthe only way in which reservations can be made worthwhile is by linking them with economic criteria If notthey have outlived their usefulness and merely promote a race to be identified as backward The writer is professor at the Centre for Political Studiesand rectorat Jawaharlal Nehru UniversityDelhi For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsSingapore: French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko finished a disappointing WTA Finals on a high with a consolation straight sets victory over in-form Karolina Pliskova in Singapore on Thursday The Latvian easily won the White Group dead rubber encounter 6-3 6-1 in 66 minutes to clinch her first ever victory at the Singapore Indoor Stadium Jelena Ostapenko celebrates winning her group stage match against Karolina Pliskova Reuters With the pressure off Ostapenko 20 went for her shots showing glimpses of brilliance rarely seen in Singapore after a breakout season She hit 15 winners during an impressive first set and reeled off seven straight games to take a stranglehold of the match Ostapenko growing in confidence unleashed her powerful groundstrokes to dictate the rallies against an uninspired Pliskova A break in the second set’s sixth game her fifth of the match and a subsequent hold wrapped up an impressive victory for the world number seven "I think it is great to finish the season this way" Ostapenko said after the match "Today I had nothing to lose as it was my last match here I just tried to enjoy it as I really love to play here" It was her first win in three meetings against the third seed who claimed the marathon three-set classic at the Australian Open this year Ostapenko was eliminated from her WTA Finals debut after a three-set defeat to Venus Williams on Tuesday Pliskova who is in the running to finish world number one had already locked up pole position from the White Group after losing just eight games across her opening two matches Lacking intensity both players came out sluggishly in an error-riddled start Pliskova’s reliable big serve was uncharacteristically erratic with three early double faults as she was broken three times in the first set Despite the loss Pliskova is in the final four after failing in her WTA Finals debut last year London: Serena Williams clinched her 300th Grand Slam victory as the defending champion raced into the Wimbledon fourth round with a 6-3 6-0 demolition of Germany’s Annika Beck on Sunday Williams’s triple century moved the world number one above Chris Evert into sole ownership of second place in the all-time list with only Martina Navratilova’s Open era record of 306 ahead of her The 34-year-old has now won 82 matches at Wimbledon as she remains on course to equal Steffi Graf’s Open era record of 22 Grand Slam titles with her seventh Wimbledon crown Serena Williams remains on course to equal Steffi Graf’s Open era record of 22 Grand Slam titles after recording her 300th Grand Slam win AP She was in peak form on Centre Court hitting 25 winners and seven aces as she took just 51 minutes to set up a last 16 clash with Russian 13th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova "Oh was it Cool Oh nice I had no idea That’s awesome right I think that’s a lot of matches It’s a lot of wins" Williams said when told of her landmark "I thought it was good I still want to get out to a little bit of a faster start but I was really focused and calm" "Obviously I love having that Sunday off but I’m a little behind in my matches so I guess I had to play an extra day" she said For only the fourth time Wimbledon had thrown open its gates on a middle Sunday and Serena’s longevity meant she was one of the few current players who had played on the last extra day 12 years ago defeating Spain’s Magui Serna Beck was just 10 then and she had reached the last 32 at Wimbledon for the first time this year thanks in large part to a first round escape act when she saved three match points before defeating Heather Watson Having avoided her earliest ever Wimbledon exit when she came back to win after dropping the first set against Christina McHale in the second round Williams had made a point of proclaiming she had a "warrior mentality" that couldn’t be broken If that was meant to serve as a warning to future opponents the world number 43 clearly didn’t heed it as she grabbed the first break in the third game But Serena had only lost to a player outside the top 40 once in 16 Wimbledon appearances and she was quickly into her stride taking five of the next six matches to win the first set The American raced through the second set giving the crowd little value for money but providing her with some valuable energy preservation ahead of Monday’s clash with Kuznetsova "Okay, Dhawal Kulkarni, She was given the fair play award by the IAAF in London,also directed the state government to announce the poll dates within three days after ? regained his rhythm just in time to storm back in a fever-pitch atmosphere. Raonic came within two points of victory at 5-5 in the second set tiebreak and kept his nose ahead in the decider until an exhausted-looking Murray pounced to break at 4-4. 21-15 triumph over Jayaram.
R. JFK and Barack Obama will be held by a man-boy who’ll spend his hours exacting Twitter vengeance against all who criticize him (and those numbers will be legion) We’ve embarrassed ourselves in front of our children and the world” The writer-producer said he does not think Trump can continue without committing an impeachable crime “Roxy I know my predictions have let you down in the past but personally I don’t think this guy can make it a year without committing an impeachable crime If he does manage to be a d*uche nozzle without breaking the law for four years we’ll make it through those four years And three years from now we’ll fight like hell for our candidate and we’ll win and they’ll lose and this time they’ll lose for good Honey it’ll be your first vote… The battle isn’t over it’s just begun” he wrote This is the full letter: Sorkin Girls Well the world changed late last night in a way I couldn’t protect us from That’s a terrible feeling for a father I won’t sugarcoat it—this is truly horrible It’s hardly the first time my candidate didn’t win (in fact it’s the sixth time) but it is the first time that a thoroughly incompetent pig with dangerous ideas a serious psychiatric disorder no knowledge of the world and no curiosity to learn has And it wasn’t just Donald Trump who won last night—it was his supporters too The Klan won last night White nationalists Sexists racists and buffoons Angry young white men who think rap music and Cinco de Mayo are a threat to their way of life (or are the reason for their way of life) have been given cause to celebrate Men who have no right to call themselves that and who think that women who aspire to more than looking hot are shrill ugly and otherwise worthy of our scorn rather than our admiration struck a blow for misogynistic shitheads everywhere Hate was given hope Abject dumbness was glamorized as being “the fresh voice of an outsider” who’s going to “shake things up” (Did anyone bother to ask how Is he going to re-arrange the chairs in the Roosevelt Room) For the next four years the President of the United States the same office held by Washington and Jefferson Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt FDR, 2013 4:53 am Related News Right Sight Teams led by Dr T P Lahane, Authorities have so far set up 12 relief centres and eight emergency kitchens for the Rohingya refugees. He was also concerned about the Ganga and other rivers.Narmada Samagra organisation founded by him works for the conservation of the river and its catchment areas through various activities and events. While being part of the Pakistani military which guards Pakistan’s territorial border, the ISI has nursed an ideological commitment for the Islamic Ummah and it stands to guard the ideological border of Pakistan as Madina-e-Sani (the second Medina), There can be no abatement of charges once the case is posted for judgement.her political ambition, the 29-year-old Briton will face either Spain’s Rafa Nadal or Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro.
Though Nishikori’s speed allowed him to punch back against Murray’s blazing ground strokes, It will take me three to four weeks to get to my full fitness and acclimatise with the team.” For all the latest Mumbai News.