Hyundai upgrades the Eon by adding a touchscreen

first_imgKorean carmaker Hyundai has silently updated the Eon for the Indian market by giving it a 6.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system, dubbing it the Sports edition.The Eon is available with a 0.8-litre petrol engine and a 1.0-litre petrol engine as well. However, the Sports edition of the car is only available with the smaller 0.8-litre engine and not the bigger 1.0-litre motor.Also Read:Hyundai rolls out 2017 model year Creta, adds a variantThe Sports edition of the car is available in the Era+ trim at a premium of about Rs 16,000 over the stock variant. It is also available with the Magna+ variant for a premium of about Rs 10,000 over the stock car. In the Sports edition of the Eon, Hyundai has made minimalistic changes. On the outside, the Eon gets sporty roof rails and graphics on the side body. On the inside, the only update is the touchscreen system which has phone link, USB, AUX and Bluetooth connectivity.Apart from these changes, the Eon remains the same as before.Also Read: Hyundai Elite i20 given mild updates and an increase in pricelast_img read more

Leander Paes and Ramkumar Ramanathan in finals of Tallahassee Challenger

first_imgLegendary Leander Paes and young Indian Davis Cupper Ramkumar Ramanathan have reached the singles and doubles final of the ATP Challenger event in Tallahassee after winning their respective semi-finals.Ramkumar battled past Italian qualifier Andrea Arnaboldi 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 in the semi-finals of the $75,000 clay court event after two hours and 34 minutes.It will be first ever Challenger level final for the 22-year-old Indian, who next faces Slovenian qualifier Blaz Rola.The Slovenian edged past American Mitchell Krueger 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in the other semi-final.Paes and Scott Lipsky, the top seeded Indo-American pair overcame a stiff resistance from Ecuadorian pair of Roberto Quiroz and Gonzalo Escobar 6-1, 6-7, (10-3) in the semi-finals.They face Argentinian pair of Leonardo Mayer and Maximo Gonzalez for the title.Paes now has chance to win second Challenger level title of the 2017 season having triumphed in Leon, Mexico with Adil Shamasdin.last_img read more

Proposals for renaming Haryana stadia

first_imgChandigarh, May 16 (PTI) Nearly 90 per cent of the panchayats in BJP-ruled Haryana have recommended that sports stadia named after former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi be renamed after Bhagat Singh and other martyrs, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Anil Vij said here today. “..The gram panchayats concerned had been asked to send proposals to suggest names for the sports stadia.. These proposals are under consideration of the state government. ” he added.Too years back, Vij had said that he had recommended to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar that the sports complexes in the state named after Rajiv Gandhi be renamed after Shaheed Bhagat Singh.Vij had said that there are total 226 sports complexes in the state. The minister today also said that a special campaign would be launched in Haryana to deter sportspersons from indulging in doping. He said that during the campaign, the state would be divided into four zones and team of central government would be invited to inform sportspersons about the precautions that they may take to avoid accidental or habitual doping. With a view to reach out to every sportsperson, this campaign would later be launched at the district level, he said while addressing a function here, according to an official release. The sports minister said that with a view to promote sports activities in the state, sportspersons were being provided opportunities and facilities so that they could excel at national and international levels. PTI SUN AKK AKKlast_img read more

‘Uneasy’ South Africa not abandoning England tour despite Manchester attack

first_imgVisiting South African cricketers “are uneasy” following Monday’s suicide bomb attack on a pop concert in Manchester but abandoning their tour of England is not under consideration, the team’s manager has said.Britain has increased its security threat level to “critical” from “severe” following the attack that killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert at the Manchester Arena.South Africa begin their three-month tour of England with a one-day international against the hosts at Leeds on Wednesday and team manager Mohammed Moosajee admitted the players were concerned.”As you can understand we have some genuine concerns, the players are uneasy, there was a lot of chatter at the breakfast table,” Moosajee told reporters at the Headingley ground.”I am happy to say we’ve had constant communications from the ECB (England and Wales Cricket Board) and their security manager.”There have been guarantees put in place that security arrangements will be supplemented, starting today. We’re told there will be more visible police at the stadium, at practice sessions as well as the hotels we will reside at.”The Proteas, who will be eyeing their maiden global title at next month’s Champions Trophy in England and Wales, sign off their tour with the final Test of a four-match series in Manchester.”The hotel we will stay at when we are in Manchester for the last test match is walking distance away from where the events unfolded so there have been some genuine concerns,” Moosaji said.”I think the process has started to make sure the players are reassured that arrangements are being made to try and keep them safe.advertisement”As things stand, there’s no mention of us even thinking of abandoning the tour. If the intelligence information tells us something else we would obviously have to reconsider.”The International Cricket Council (ICC) issued a statement on Tuesday saying it would review security of both the Champions Trophy and the month-long women’s World Cup, also in England and Wales, beginning on June 24.South Africa will also play two other one-day internationals following Wednesday’s contest and three Twenty20 matches against the hosts as part of the tour.last_img read more

Formula One fan survey says Lewis Hamilton most popular driver

first_imgFormula One is feeling a fresh wave of optimism under its new owners, while Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso are the two most popular drivers, according to an extensive fan survey released on Friday.The Motorsport Network’s Global Fan Survey, carried out in 15 languages and with feedback from 194 countries, found fans liked the sport’s new direction.The data was gathered since the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in March and published to coincide with this weekend’s showcase Monaco Grand Prix.U.S.-based Liberty Media took over as commercial rights holders in January, with former commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone moving aside.The data revealed that, compared to a 2015 survey, there was a 44 percent increase in fans’ belief that Formula One was ‘the pinnacle of motorsport’ and a 43 percent improvement in the statement that the sport fields ‘the best drivers’.It also showed that the average age of a Formula One fan was coming down — 26 percent of those who took part were under 25 — with an average age of below 36.There were also more female respondents than previously, albeit still only 10 percent of the total. But fewer fans were watching regularly compared to 2015 due to dwindling free-to-air opportunities.Hamilton, now a triple world champion, saw his popularity double compared to 2015 and the Briton commands a level of global fan support not seen since the heyday of seven-times champion Michael Schumacher.The Mercedes driver’s support was strongest in Europe and the Americas. Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were ranked third and fourth, behind McLaren’s Spaniard Alonso.advertisementRaikkonen was previously the favourite and while his levels of support remained broadly the same, the top two had seen a surge in popularity.Ferrari was ranked as the top team by nearly a third of respondents, almost double that of the Italian outfit’s closest rivals Mercedes.Mercedes was the most popular team in Britain, presumably due to Hamilton, but not in Germany.Red Bull’s 19-year-old Dutch driver Max Verstappen proved more popular among the over-45s than in his own age bracket.Fans in the Asia-Pacific region were 50 percent more likely to attend a race than those in Europe, and MotoGP was the next most followed series after Formula One.last_img read more

Sinha, Nihalani cause upsets at Asian junior tennis meet

first_imgPune, May 29 (PTI) Indias Nitin Kumar Sinha and Sabhyata Nihalani caused the first upsets at the HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championship today by knocking out sixth seeds J Otico of Philippines and M Sawangkaew of Thailand, respectively.In the boys first round, wild card Sinha ousted Otico 6-2 6-2, while in the corresponding round in the girls section Sabhyata tripped Sawangkaew 4-6 6-4 7-6(2).In other first round contests, boys top seed Siddanth Banthia, back in action after an injury lay-off, disposed off T Macherla 6-0 6-2, while Sacchit Sharma rallied from a set down to oust Thailands Tonkla Mulada 5-7 6-3 6-2.Elsewhere, girls top seed Mahek Jain, second seed Mihika Yadav and wild card Salsa Aher moved into the round of 16 with ease.The tournament is being organised by the HCL in association with the Maharashtra State Lawn Tennis Association at the MSLTA school of tennis courts at the Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi, here.Other results: Boys singles (1st round): Ho Ray (TPE) bt Atharva Sharma(Ind) 6-0, 6-1; 5-Seita Watanabe (JPN) bt Dev Javian (Ind) 6-3, 6-1; 3-Taisei Ichikawa (JPN) bt Siddharth Thakran(Ind) 6-1, 6-2; 7-Dhruv Sunish(Ind) bt Ching Lam (HKG) 6-4, 6-4; Christian Chin (Mas) bt Srivatsa Ratakonda(Ind) 6-3, 6-3; 4-Ryuki Matsuda(JPN) bt Karan Srivastava (Ind) 6-7(4), 6-0, 6-1; 8-Palaphoom Kovapitukted(THA) bt Pariskhit Somani (Ind) 6-2, 6-2; Digvijay Singh (Ind) bt Mritunjay Badola (Ind) 7-5, 6-1; 2-James Trotter (JPN) bt Piyush Salekar(Ind)6-1, 6-1.Girls: 1-Mahak Jain (Ind) bt Aesha Patel(USA) 6-1, 6-1; Salsa Aher (Ind) bt LI Xuanjin (CHN) 6-2, 6-2; Sabhyata Nihalani (Ind) bt 6-Mananchaya Sawangkaew(THA) 4-6, 6-4, 7-6(2); Sama Sathvika (Ind) bt Pratyusha Rachapudi(Ind) 6-2, 7-6(4); Funa Kozaki(JPN) bt Shivani Ingle (Ind) 6-0, 6-2; Punin Kovapitukted (THA) bt Nidhi Surapneni (Ind) 6-2, 6-0; 2-Mihika Yadav (Ind) bt Lasya Patnaik (Ind) 6-0, 6-1. PTI SSR RSYadvertisementlast_img read more

There was no need for BCCI to meet PCB, says sports minister Vijay Goel

first_imgSports minister Vijay Goel on Tuesday said there was no need for the Indian board officials to meet their Pakistani counterparts when they knew the bilateral cricketing ties were subject to clearance from the government.”I would want know why they went ahead with the meeting (when they knew that the series was subject to government clearance). What I can say is that we cannot play bilateral series with Pakistan until it stops cross-border terrorism,” Goel told PTI when asked about the meeting between BCCI and PCB in Dubai on Monday.The meeting between the two boards did not yield any decisive outcome and slim hopes of resumption of bilateral ties in the near future were dashed with outright rejection from the Indian government.The BCCI, represented by joint secretary Amitabh Choudhary along with CEO Rahul Johri and GM (Cricket Operations) MV Sridhar, discussed the pressing issues including the USD 60 million compensation demanded by the PCB.The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has sent a legal notice to BCCI claiming damages to the tune of USD 60 million (Rs 387 crore approx) for allegedly not honouring the MoU that had stated five bilateral series in the cycle between 2015-2023.Goel also met Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla at his residence on Tuesday and the two spoke about development of sports in north-eastern state.”We had already sanctioned a football field costing Rs 4.5 crore and we have now approved another synthetic football turf,” added Goel.last_img read more

Chaminda Vaas roped in as Sri Lanka’s specialist bowling coach for India series

first_imgThe Sri Lanka Cricket ( SLC) has announced that former paceman Chaminda Vaas has been roped in as the specialist fast bowling coach for the upcoming series against India.The India’s tour of Sri Lanka will feature three-match Test series, five-match ODI series and a lone T20 match, beginning July 26 at the Galle.Vaas has been at the helm of the national programme working with the feeder squads since August last year and that he would guide Lanka’s pace attack for the India.The 43-year-old appeared in a total of 111 Tests taking 355 wickets and 322 one-day internationals amassing 400 wickets.Considered to be as one of Sri Lanka’s most successful fast bowlers, Vaas also had a stint with the senior side from May 2013 to April 2015 before taking up short coaching roles with Ireland and New Zealand.last_img read more

Cheteshwar Pujara’s form important when India start overseas tours: Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgFormer India captain Sourav Ganguly was all praise for India’s man of the moment — Cheteshwar Pujara.Pujara scored his 13th Test ton and third consecutive hundred against Sri Lanka as his unbeaten 128 helped India post 344/3 at the end of first day’s play in Colombo.WATCH FULL VIDEOGanguly wished him luck and hoped that he scores more runs as his form will be important for India when they start touring abroad.”Terrific player. It’s a remarkable turnaround since the West Indies tour. Doesn’t get picked in ODIs, doesn’t play IPL but he comes and gets runs in Test cricket. His hunger is amazing and it’s great to see him getting all these runs,” he said.”Wish him many more and hopefully he continues the run-scoring spree. India will start to go away and Pujara’s form at No. 3 will be important,” Ganguly added.The former India captain also heaped praise on KL Rahul, who slammed his sixth consecutive fifty on Wednesday. Rahul suffered a shoulder injury after the Australia series that kept him out of the IPL earlier this year. He also missed the first Test due to fever but made a strong comeback to score 82-ball 57 before getting run out due to a terrible mixup.”He’s a very good player. He’s a player for all formats for India. He’s got to be careful about his injuries. The more he plays the better he is going to be,” Ganguly said.”The run-out was a misunderstanding. It happens. Rahul will be disappointed to not get a 100 against this attack,” he added.advertisementThe southpaw also had good things to say about the patchy Ajinkya Rahane, who returned to form with an important unbeaten 103. This was his first century since his career-best 188 against New Zealand at Indore in October last year. The left-hander said that this will give Rahane great confidence as he’s an important member of the team.”He must be satisfied because he got a 100 after a long time. Had a tough time in the middle and he should be happy because he has come back and scored runs. Yes this is not the best attack as he has scored hundreds against. He has done so against stronger attacks like England and Australia’s. It’s just to push his confidence as he is an important part of this team,” he said.The 45-year-old also said that India are the clear favourites to win the game after a strong performance on Day 1 of the Test match.”Super start. Great toss to win on the surface and India are on the driver’s seat on day 1. It’s a simple game for India from this date,” Ganguly said.”There’s only one team who’s winning this Test,” he added.last_img read more

Champions League: Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge keen to make his mark in Europe

first_imgLiverpool striker Daniel Sturridge is eager to make a big impact in the Champions League as he hopes to get his first start in the competition for the Merseyside club when they host Serbian side Maribor on Wednesday.Sturridge joined Liverpool in 2013 and the club have since qualified for the Champions League twice, starting with the 2014-15 season when the 28-year-old failed to recover from his injuries before Brendan Rodgers’ side dropped into the Europa League.Juergen Klopp has led the side back into Europe’s elite competition and Sturridge, who won the competition with Chelsea in 2012, is raring to go.”We’ve been in the Champions League two times since I’ve been at the club,” Sturridge told the Liverpool Echo. “Obviously I missed out the first time but hopefully I can be a big part of this European campaign.”I played in the competition many times for Chelsea and we won it when I was there. It’s nothing new to me. You want to be playing at this level. I am ready for when the opportunity comes.”The manager picks the team. From my perspective, I’m feeling good. I want to stay healthy and I want to keep scoring goals for the team.”Sturridge has made substitute appearances in each of Liverpool’s three opening Champions League games but is yet to score as the club top Group E on goal difference with one win and two draws.The England international has started four out of 10 league matches this campaign and has scored twice with Liverpool in sixth position ahead of Saturday’s match at 16th-placed West Ham United.advertisementlast_img read more

Premier League: Peter Crouch comes off the bench to snatch a point for Stoke

first_imgPeter Crouch came off the bench to deny new Leicester City manager Claude Puel a second win in a week as Stoke twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with his club in the Premier League on Saturday.Leicester took the lead in the 33rd minute when Vincente Iborra swept home the ball from a corner to register his first goal in English football.The visitors had chances to immediately double their lead but it was Stoke who found the net six minutes after falling behind, with Xherdan Shaqiri racing on to a Maxim Choupo-Moting flick to equalise.On the hour, the visitors got their second goal when Riyad Mahrez fired into the bottom corner but Crouch — who equalled the record for the most Premier League substitute appearances after replacing Ramadan Sobhi — had the final say, heading home Shaqiri’s cross to snatch a point for the home side.The visitors started brightly, and were almost in front 11 minutes in, but Ryan Shawcross did well to block Jamie Vardy’s close-range effort. However, the pressure told as Iborra powered home the ball to break the deadlock after Harry Maguire had knocked a corner down into his path.Leicester should have quickly doubled their advantage but Jack Butland was equal to a Shinji Okazaki effort, before Iborra headed over from a good position.”We had a lot of chances today,” Puel said. “It’s a pity (Leicester didn’t win) but it is encouraging for the future. We are confident with our play and with the quality of our strikers.”advertisementSuch profligacy proved costly as Stoke levelled on the counter attack. The move was swift — Choupo-Moting flicked the ball through first time for Shaqiri, who opened his body up before slotting into the bottom corner.Mahrez then showed neat footwork to work space for the shot but saw his fizzing strike fly just wide, before Kasper Schmeichel again got down well to keep out a header from Shawcross.Moments later, though, Mahrez did find the net. The change of pace saw him skip past Erik Pieters and he cut inside before powering a strike underneath the despairing dive of Butland.However, Leicester were denied a second win in a week by a familiar face as Crouch got up highest to meet Shaqiri’s corner and earn his side a share of the spoils.last_img read more

Cooking up a storm

first_imgUbeid Khan, 29 Corporate chef de cuisine, TJ’s Brew Works and Nudos PizzaUbeid Khan. Photo courtesy: Danesh JassawalaA 13-inch topping loaded pizza, with just five grams of carbohydrates-that’s what Ubeid Khan counts as among his biggest achievements in the kitchen. “The total calorie count of this cauliflower pizza is less,Ubeid Khan, 29   Corporate chef de cuisine, TJ’s Brew Works and Nudos PizzaUbeid Khan. Photo courtesy: Danesh JassawalaA 13-inch topping loaded pizza, with just five grams of carbohydrates-that’s what Ubeid Khan counts as among his biggest achievements in the kitchen. “The total calorie count of this cauliflower pizza is less than 450 Kcal. It has 18 gm of fibre and around 34 gm of protein. This pizza is completely grain-free, gluten free, keto friendly and very low in glycemic load and index,” he says. Corporate Chef de Cuisine at Rian and at Gastronomy Hospitality which runs popular outlets such as TJs Brew Works and Nudos Pizzeria, Khan began his career in 2008 at the Hyatt Regency Denver, where he worked with some of the best American, Canadian and French chefs. “I learned most of my high-end cooking techniques there,” he says. On the Chopping Board An adventurous person who likes woodwork, pottery and photography, Khan enjoyed experimenting in the kitchen at a young age and went on to study Hospitality and Culinary Arts at the University of Pune.  Tushar Deshpande. Photo courtesy: Danesh JassawalaTushar Deshpande, 32 Sous Chef, Indigo Deli. PuneTushar Deshpande jokes that his wife calls him half-French because of his love for food from France. “The intricate techniques, the absolute finesse in execution and ability to produce dishes in many different ways using the same ingredients – that’s what French cuisine is all about. And of course, there is cream and butter,” he says. Donning the chef’s hat wasn’t originally a career plan for Deshpande, who had always enjoyed watching his grandmother cook and often accompanied her to the market. “I had the passion to cook, it’s just that I never realised it,” he says. So after completing a masters degree in computer science, he finally took the plunge and joined the Le Cordon Bleu, London. His first professional stint at the then one-star Michelin restaurant Cassis Bistro gave him a peek into cooking techniques. At Indigo Deli, Deshpande’s signature dishes include a delectable salmon tortellini with crab meat, arugula puree, truffle pesto and gorgonzola drizzle and a pistachio crusted lamb rack, with pomme dauphinoise and brandy-peppercorn jus. Spice BoxFennel and lemongrass are his favourites in the kitchen. “I love to work with ingredients which are heavy on the sense of smell and bring another influence in the final dish,” he says. On the PlatterEvery day, he says, is a new challenge and Deshpande is experimenting with molecular food and trying to merge that with the bistro-like setup of Indigo Deli.advertisementManan Maheshwari. Photo courtesy: Danesh JassawalaManan Maheshwari, 29 Chef-owner, Baked and Wired.Be it spending long hours at a flour manufacturer to get a special flour mix, making fresh pasta or gently convincing customers that he will not serve ketchup with pizzas at his restaurant Baked and Wired, Manan Maheshwari, is passionate about cooking and serving food just the right way. At Baked and Wired, he serves thin crust Roman pizza, Chicago style pizza and also the city’s first gluten-free options. The restaurant business wasn’t a planned move; after studying hotel and resort management at the Le Cordon Bleu, Adelaide, Maheshwari had to return to India after his temporary visa expired. “Back then, the hospitality industry in India was offering shockingly low pay packages,” he says.From the Oven Passionate about flour and yeast, in 2015, Maheshwari started a bread production and subsequently a pizza delivery unit that did rapid business. He worked on “perfecting” burger buns and hot dog rolls that wouldn’t crumble even when topped with vegetables, meats and sauces.Anuja Vilekar. Photo courtesy: Danesh JassawalaAnuja Vilekar, 35 Cloves CateringWhen she got her first order for catering for a home party in 2013, Anuja Vilekar, 35, travelled 140 km in two days delivering food and adding finishing touches to the menu. It was special because it came after years of struggling to explain the concept of a home chef. If some assumed she ran a catering service for weddings, others mistook her services for that of a cook who could be hired. So after a struggle, Vilekar shut shop only to restart her operations in 2013 with hope that the second innings would be successful. “When we started, Masterchef Australia Season 2 was just being aired. People in Pune didn’t know the concept of a home chef,” says Vilekar who has studied sports nutrition. In her Bowl Specialising in Maharashtrian style fish and meat curries, Vilekar’s bestseller is the vegetable biryani and fish and meat cooked with traditional recipes.Rachel Goenka. Photo courtesy: Danesh JassawalaRachel Goenka, 29  advertisementRestaurateur and chef, Sassy Spoon, Baraza Bars and Bites and Mandarin and Mirchi At the age of 10 she made her first tiramisu with a recipe from a Florence-based chef. “The joy of figuring it out and then improvising it was what really got me going,” says Rachel Goenka, a chef and restaurateur who owns five brands with restaurants in Mumbai and Pune. Her love for food took her to the Ballymaloe Cookery School in Ireland where she learned “all the aspects of cooking from bread making, to cheese, pastry, wine and meats” from noted celebrity chef Rachel Allen. Goenka followed it up with a Patisserie Diploma from Le Cordon Bleu, London and returned home to set up The Sassy Spoon in Mumbai in 2013. The accolades came instantly-in 2014, her restaurant was chosen by French chef Alain Ducasse to be part of the Gout De France movement and in four years, she followed up on her success by launching her restaurants.Sugar and Spice Goenka’s signature desserts are a red velvet cake, basil and chocolate fondant, seven textures of hazelnut and chocolate and the caramel peanut tart.Siddharth Mahadik. Photo courtesy: Danesh JassawalaSiddharth Mahadik, 30 Chef and Restaurateur, Le PlaisirAs a chef-restaurateur, Siddharth Mahadik, enjoys the freedom to experiment and cook what he wants. So, his much-appreciated restaurant Le Plaisir, which serves European food, has the menu only written on a blackboard; there’s no printed menu. The sourdough is one such experiment he’s been perfecting for the past three years. “I want to get it just right; the flour is sometimes a challenge,” says the marine engineer-turned-chef. A short wait to set sailing on his first assignment as a marine engineer proved to be the turning point in his life. “I suddenly realised that my passion lay in food,” he says. So, he joined the Le Cordon Bleu in Sydney, worked at various places for four years and came back home armed with experience in the kitchen. “I learnt everything there-how to hold a knife, how to chop onions,” he says. Even as his experiments continue, a few favourites remain on the menu such as a roasted chicken, mayonnaise and jalapeno sandwich, the classic French toast “that’s plated nicely” and an espresso panna cotta. “We go with our interpretation of a dish, so a good salad will have locally grown fresh greens rather than imported exotic lettuce,” he says.On the Chef ‘s Plate “A good steak with mash and vegetables,” and Japanese food.Jacopo Avigo.Photo courtesy: Danesh JassawalaJacopo Avigo, 26 Chef, Sorriso, Marriott SuitesJacopo Avigo, has a formula of five – no dish should have more than five colours or five ingredients. “And it should have a crunchy and a creamy side at the same time,” he says. Leading the kitchen at Sorriso, the Italian specialty restaurant at the Marriott Suites Pune, Avigo learnt how to chop and cook at the age of eight when he cooked for his parents and went on to work at a restaurant in Lombardy, Italy, when he was 15. “For one year, I cleaned the pans and plates and assisted the chefs,” says the chef who grew up in Pianura Padana in Italy. At 18, he decided to move out of home to get more exposure on world cuisines. Even as he picked up different flavours during his travels, Avigo often goes back to the traditional recipes that he grew up with. Mediterranean food is his favourite for the “lovely ingredients the land has to offer to the simplicity of their flavour.”advertisementSignature Dishes Ravioli De Zucca made with pumpkin parmesan and served with creamy butter and crispy sage, and Casoncelli Bresciani, a dish from the city of Brescia in Lombardy. A self-confessed cheese lover, the young chef experiments with blends of cheeses with different flavours like an Alphonso mango with a sharp blue cheese. A dish, he says, when cooked and presented well, helps create a memory. “The happiness that I offer to my guests through my cooking is the best part of my profession,” he says.Vikram Gakkan. Photo courtesy: Danesh JassawalaVikram Gakkan, 36 Corporate Chef, Malaka SpiceHelping his mother make Diwali sweets and eating them before his siblings could, was an annual routine that Vikram Gakkan never missed as a child. It was probably these fun memories that instilled in him a love for food. Gakkan went on to study at the Institute of Hotel Management in Hyderabad before joining Mumbai’s JW Marriott as part of the opening team. He learned under the “maverick Italian chef” Danio Galli where he understood the basics of cooking techniques. His multiple experiences as part of the pre-opening teams of various hotels in Mumbai, Pune and Chennai and a stint on a cruise helped Gakkan diversify his skills as a chef.Food for Thought He believes that good food starts with the right quality ingredients, and at Malaka Spice, he gets fresh herbs and vegetables grown at the owner’s Cherish Farms. With seven restaurants of the brand under him, Gakkan creates seasonal menus using local fresh produce. “I maintain the integrity of the ingredients such that their character is reflected when you eat,” he says. Even as he recreates traditional recipes from South East Asia, Gakkan enjoys Indian food the most. “Every place you visit in India has its own distinct culture food,” he says.JuryAniruddha Patil.Aniruddha Patil  An engineer and MBA with a passion for food, he founded the very active social food community, Pune Eat Outs which has more than 80,000 members.Protima Tiwary.Protima Tiwary A travel writer and blogger, she is forever in search of “culinary nirvana” with every visit to a new eating placelast_img read more

MCA to host 44th Sub-Jr & 24th Fed Cup Carrom from Jan 2-5

first_imgMumbai, Dec 28 (PTI) The Maharashtra Carrom Association (MCA) will be hosting the 44th Sub-Junior National Inter-State Carrom Championship 2017-18 and the 24th All India Federation Cup Carrom Tournament 2017-18 in Dadar in Central Mumbai from January 2 to 5.The events recognised by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports are being organised by the All India Carrom Federation (AICF).Budding young players from 22 states will compete for the top honours in the cadet (Under-12) boys and girls and sub-junior (Under-14) boys and girls categories, a media release issued here said.However, the main attraction of the event will be the participation of five world champions and 40 Indian stars, who will exhibit their skills in the Federation Cup.The format of the competition in the cadet category will be only singles and direct knock-out rounds while the sub-junior event will consist of team championship which will be played on a league cum knock-out basis and individual singles.In the Federation Cup, competition will be conducted for mens and womens singles and doubles and will be played on a direct knockout basis, it added. PTI NRB NSK RDSlast_img read more

BCCI Anti-Corruption and Security Unit to get a new head soon

first_imgBCCI’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) will soon have a new head. India Today has learnt former Delhi police commissioner and IPS officer Neeraj Kumar, who is currently heading the unit in a consulting capacity, is on his way out.The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (COA) on Wednesday met in Mumbai and it’s learnt Kumar has only been given a temporary contract extension till March 31. CoA head Vinod Rai without going into details confirmed the extension. “It will happen, an order will be issued in due course,” he said.Kumar of the 2000 match fixing investigation fame also led the investigations during the 2013 Indian Premier League (IPL) corruption scandal that saw several players including World Cup winner S Sreesanth banned for life.He was hired by BCCI as a consulting head in April 2015 in wake of the the IPL fixing and betting scandal.The 64-year-old former Delhi commissioner is said to be on his way out under the new BCCI policy of retiring employees over the age of 60. But it’s also learnt his written communication to BCCI complaining about their ‘cavalier’ and ‘indifferent’ approach towards having an well equipped ACSU may also not have gone well with sections of the board.BCCI will soon advertise for the post looking out for a former IPS officer and a final call on the modalities of the appointment would be taken by CoA head Vinod Rai.last_img read more

Lot of good young badminton players are emerging, says Axelsen

first_imgChennai, Jan 4 (PTI) World number one Viktor Axelsen of Denmark is glad to see several young badminton players emerge from India and other countries, which he said is good for the sport. “A lot of good young Indian players are coming through. It is very nice. Also, players are coming from other countries as well. It is good for badminton,” the reigning World Champion said here. Talking to PTI ahead of the premier badminton league PBLs Chennai leg beginning tomorrow, the lanky Dane said Indians shuttlers like Kidambi Srikanth, H S Prannoy and the other were good players and one has to prepare really well for matches against them. “Of course, they are really good players. I respect them a lot. When I play against an Indian player, I really prepare well. Otherwise you will really lose,” he added. Asked who his toughest opponent was, the World No.1 said there were several who could win big tournaments on their day. “There is Srikanth, Prannoy, Lin Dan can also play well. Chen Long, Lee Chong Wei… There are a big group of players in the mens singles category, who can win tournaments,” he added. He said PBL was good for the game and was helping younger players gain experience and improve. “I think the PBL is a really good chance for many players to come here and play well. And get some good matches and good experience. It is really good match practice,” Axelsen said. The Danish shuttler further said he liked playing in India and the PBL adding the crowds here were very nice. “I love coming to India. I have been playing well in the Indian Open as well. I am happy to be here,” he added. The world champion, who has been critical of the world body (BWF) with regard to the schedule for 2018, said a long season was not good for the players physically. “Yeah definitely. I think that more tournaments will be tough for the body. So, you really have to take good care of yourself,” he said. The Dane, who has won the Dubai Super Series Finals twice in a row, criticised the new rules, terming the new service rule to be tested at the forthcoming All-England tournament as “ridiculous”. “I think the new service rule is a ridiculous rule. I think it is not wise to try it out at the All-England Championship, the most traditional tournament that started out there. Changing so many rules is not good for the sport,” he said. “The points system may be good. I think the service rule and the other stuff is a bit hard to understand,” he added. Axelsen had a memorable 2017 and achieved the World No. 1 ranking in September, following his good run which included a maiden gold at the World Championship in Glasgow and now aims to do well at the All-England and the Worlds. “My target for the year is All-England, the World Championship and Thomas Cup,” he noted. The 23-year-old shuttler said the legendary Morten Frost was a huge inspiration for players in his country and he too looked up to him. “Every player.. Peter Gade, me.. has been influenced by Morten Frost. Badminton is becoming popular in Denmark because of the good results achieved by the players,” he pointed out. PTI SS VSadvertisementlast_img read more

Brady Goes After NFL Czar Goodell

first_imgFOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady wants to call Commissioner Roger Goodell as a witness in the appeal of the four-game suspension he was handed for “Deflategate.”The NFL players union said in its appeal of the penalties that Goodell can’t hear the appeal because one of the issues is his credibility.The union also said in the letter released May 15 it will call league Vice President Troy Vincent, who handed down the punishment.The Super Bowl MVP was suspended for four games and the Patriots were fined $1 million and docked a pair of draft picks for using illegally inflated footballs in the AFC championship game.The appeal also complains that the evidence collected in the Wells report doesn’t support such a harsh penalty.The union lawyers say that the suspension is invalid because only Goodell can punish players for conduct detrimental to the league. The penalties were handed down by Vincent, NFL’s executive vice president of football operations.Brady appealed the decision on May 14, and later in the evening Goodell announced that he would hear the appeal personally.Although the collective bargaining agreement gives him the right to do that, the appeal letter claimed Goodell cannot remain impartial because he will called as a witness.Writing to Vincent, the union said it intends “to call both you and Commissioner Goodell as essential witnesses in the proceeding.”And it told Vincent “your personal involvement in the game-day events surrounding this matter render you inherently biased in any disciplinary determination.”The union asked Goodell to appoint a neutral arbiter and threatened to go outside the league’s system of appeals if he does not.“If the Commissioner does not appoint such a neutral arbitrator, the NFLPA and Mr. Brady will seek recusal and pursue all available relief to obtain an arbitrator who is not evidently partial,” it said.The team has not said if it will appeal its penalties, which include losing a first-round draft pick next year and a fourth-rounder in 2017. The deadline to appeal is May 21.Wells concluded that Brady was “at least generally aware” of plans by two team employees to prepare balls to his liking, below the league-mandated minimum.The NFL requires a range of 12.5-13.5 pounds per square inch. Footballs with less pressure can be easier to grip and catch and some quarterbacks prefer those with less air.The union’s appeal letter said the Wells report contained “insufficient evidence to find that Mr. Brady committed any violation of NFL rules.” A day earlier, the Patriots issued a point-by-point rebuttal of the league investigation.Patriots attorney Daniel Goldberg, who represented the team during the investigation, wrote in the 20,000-word document that those conclusions are “at best, incomplete, incorrect and lack context.”The team’s rebuttal presented its own science to explain the loss of pressure in a more innocuous way. And it claimed that a ballboy’s reference to himself as “The Deflator” was just a reference to losing weight.It also says increased communication between Brady and the ballboys after the scandal broke were just normal expressions of concern, rather than evidence of the quarterback’s guilt.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Blue Jays Sweep Yanks, 2-0

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — Everyone already knew the Toronto Blue Jays could really hit. Turns out, it was a trio of splendid pitching performances that closed the gap in the AL East.Josh Donaldson and Jose Bautista launched long home runs, and the Blue Jays earned their eighth straight victory by beating the New York Yankees 2-0 on Aug. 9 to complete a three-game sweep that tightened the division race.“Everything seems more in reach,” Bautista said. “It seems more attainable.”Marco Estrada tossed three-hit ball into the seventh inning against the suddenly slumping Yankees, outpitching Masahiro Tanaka during Toronto’s second consecutive shutout.Boosted by some big acquisitions before the July 31 trade deadline, the streaking Blue Jays have won 11-of-12 to pull within 1 1-2 games of the first-place Yankees.A week ago, New York was up by six.“Incredible,” Estrada said. “It’s been a great ride. We’ve had a tremendous team this whole year and obviously just got a little better. Adding a few pieces helped a lot. Our confidence is pretty high and we’re all enjoying the run.”In a series that featured the top two offenses in the majors, New York mustered only one run and went scoreless over the final 26 innings.Not since May 1999 against the Angels had the Yankees been blanked in two straight — that stretch of 2,665 games between consecutive shutouts was the longest in major league history, the team said in citing research by the Elias Sports Bureau.It was the first time since May 2003 that Toronto swept New York in a series of at least three games.“We definitely took a punch this weekend, and good teams punch back,” Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez said. “For us, it’s all about how we respond that matters.”On an aggravating afternoon for the Yankees, Brett Gardner slammed down his helmet with two hands after grounding out with a runner on second to end the third inning.Moments later, he was standing in left field when he got hit in the back of the head by Bautista’s home run ball after a 15-year-old fan heaved it back onto the field.“I just wore it. Didn’t even turn around,” Gardner said. “I’ve got a hard head, so it’s all good.”Estrada (10-6) kept New York’s dangerous lineup off balance all day, masterfully mixing his 77 mph changeup with a 90 mph fastball and slow curve. He gave up three singles and three walks, striking out six.The right-hander was lifted after 89 pitches with two on in the seventh. LaTroy Hawkins got out of the inning, Aaron Sanchez pitched a hitless eighth and Roberto Osuna worked a perfect ninth for his 10th save.“This ballpark hasn’t been real kind to us in the past,” Toronto Manager John Gibbons said. “It’s been a tough spot for us. We’re just on a nice little roll right now.”Donaldson homered into the Yankees’ bullpen in right-center on the seventh pitch from Tanaka (8-5), who yielded three hits in six innings. He was relieved after 80 pitches.Bautista connected in the fourth, a mammoth drive that struck the facing of the second deck in left field.Donaldson also went deep in the first inning Aug. 7, when Bautista’s homer in the 10th sent Toronto to a 2-1 victory in the series opener.“This isn’t going to be comfortable the rest of the way,” Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira said. “We have to fight for every win and that’s what we expect every single game going forward.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Baseball Writer)last_img read more

‘Baseball’s No-Hit Wonders’

first_img“Baseball’s No-Hit Wonders: More Than a Century of Pitching’s Greatest Feats” (Unbridled Books), by Dirk LammersSpring is almost official, and that means the other season about to start is baseball season. Author Dirk Lammers examines the history of a pitcher’s dream to throw a no-hitter in “Baseball’s No-Hit Wonders: More Than a Century of Pitching’s Greatest Feats.” A perfect game, when no players reach base for the full nine innings, is even rarer, and he looks at those as well. The end result is a fascinating book that will appeal to both the historian and the die-hard fan.Lammers, an Associated Press journalist, goes all the way back to the beginning to find the first pitcher to throw a no-hitter, who officially was George Washington Bradley of the St. Louis Brown Stockings, who achieved that distinction on July 15, 1876. Joe Borden might have successfully accomplished this feat a year earlier, but records are hard to decipher due to the way statistics were kept at the time. Plus he also played under the alias Joseph E. Josephs, since he didn’t want his parents to know he was playing baseball.Some of the stories are sad due to the pitcher successfully throwing a no-hitter, yet it still ends up a loss due to the base-on-balls somehow crossing home plate. A game between the Chicago Cubs and the Cincinnati Reds on May 2, 1917, ended after nine innings with both pitchers having thrown a no-hitter. Unfortunately, the 10th inning broke the stalemate for one of the men.A more recent example, and memorable for the wrong reasons, occurred on June 2, 2010, when Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga was one out away from throwing a perfect game against the Cleveland Indians. The next batter hit a ground ball and Galarraga ran over to cover first base. He caught the ball thrown from the first baseman and touched the bag a full step ahead of the runner. The umpire at first base called the runner safe. Replays clearly showed the third out, and Galarraga had pitched a perfect game. Unfortunately, due to the umpire making the safe call, the perfect game was up in smoke. Later, umpire Jim Joyce publicly apologized for blowing the call. While the governor of Michigan declared Galarraga pitched a perfect game, Major League Baseball said no. Both Joyce and Galarraga later wrote a book together about the experience.Lammers tells many stories covering the history of the sport, showcasing the human element of each statistic. Whether one is a casual fan or someone who lives and breathes the sport, “Baseball’s No-Hit Wonders” is essential reading for fans.JEFF AYERS, Associated Press TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Lightning Zap The Isles, 7-4

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Lightning won a big game but lost a key player.Tyler Johnson and Jason Garrison scored 23 seconds apart midway through the third period and the Lightning beat the New York Islanders 7-4 on March 25.Tampa Bay defenseman Anton Stralman left in the first with a non-displaced fracture of the left fibula after getting checked by Anders Lee.Stralman will miss the rest of the regular season but coach Jon Cooper didn’t rule out a return at some point in the playoffs.“Naturally, if anybody gets hurt, especially someone like Anton, it’s a stinger,” Cooper said. “But I’m not going to sit here and say, one of our defensemen got hurt that’s it, we’re mailing it in. No way. Stral would be the first one to tell you, boys, let’s go extend the season so I can comeback. That will be our goal.”Copper said Stralman was rattled by the injury.“Hopefully, it can heal quick,” Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos said. “It’s a tough bounce for our group right now, especially heading down the stretch and into the playoffs.”Johnson had a go-ahead rebound goal at 10:09 before Garrison stopped a 26-game goal drought and put the Lightning up 6-4. Garrison also had two assists after going 18 games without a point.Tampa Bay also got goals from Nikita Kucherov, Vladislav Namestnikov, Stamkos, Andrej Sustr and Victor Hedman, who had an empty-netter. Ondrej Palat had three assists.The Lightning host Florida on March 26 with first place in the Atlantic Division at stake as both teams have 91 points.Brock Nelson, Shane Prince, Johnny Boychuk and Nikolav Kulemin scored for the Islanders. They remained a point behind third-place Pittsburgh in the Metropolitan Division.“It’s embarrassing to give up seven goals at this time of year,” Islanders center Frans Nielsen said. “It’s not a good feeling right now.”Kulemin got the Islanders even at 4 just 19 seconds after Sustr scored for the Lightning at 6:02 of the third. Sustr stopped a 25-game drought.Tampa Bay tied a team record for the two fastest goals and took a 2-1 lead when Kucherov (13:42) and Namestnikov (13:51) scored nine seconds apart in the first.Kucherov tied his career high with 29th goal on a nifty re-direction before Namestnikov beat Thomas Greiss from the low left circle.Greiss made 35 saves.“You’re not going to win many games in this league giving up seven goals,” Islanders captain John Tavaras said. “We battled back a few times. Obviously the back to back goals hurt us.”Kucherov has a goal in four consecutive games. He was slowed in the third period after taking a shot off his foot.After Stamkos scored his 35th goal on the rebound at 5:02 of the second, Prince got the Islanders within 3-2 just 23 seconds later.Garrison assisted on Stamkos’ goal for his 100th career NHL assist.Boychuk tied it at 3 from the blue line with 3:42 left in the second.Nelson opened the scoring by beating Ben Bishop from the left circle at 8:54 of the first.Bishop stopped 27 shots. Lee had a power-play goal disallowed 1:19 into the game because of a referee’s whistle.(MARK DIDTLER) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more