Wednesday, October 21, 2020


Cong Bihar poll manifesto promises drinking water, free education for girls

PATNA:The Congress on Wednesday released its manifesto "Bihar Badlav Patra 2020' for the upcoming state Assembly elections. The manifesto promises access to drinking water, free education for girls from kindergarten to post-graduation level, farm loan waiver, electricity bills waiver, increasing irrigation facilities for farmers and other goodies if elected to power.

Judo is a priority sport, will enhance capacity: Rijiju

NEW DELHI:Indian Judo team will be participating in the Budapest Grand Slam -- which contributes to the Olympic qualification -- between October 23 and October 25. This will be the first tournament that the Indian judokas will be playing since the nationwide lockdown was imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Facebook introduces new ways to find videos in Watch platform

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook has introduced some exciting features in its video-on-demand platform Watch that is being visited by over 1.25 billion people every month.
Facebook Watch is the go-to place to discover videos across the platform from live events, to TV shows, sports, news or music videos.

Vet Varsity extends last date for applicants of B. V. Sc & A. H.

LUDHIANA: Dr HS Banga, Registrar, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University, Ludhiana (GADVASU) informed that date of receipt of applications for Bachelor of Veterinary Science & Animal Husbandry (B.V.Sc & A.H) has been extended till 20.10.20 (11.59 pm).

Google removes 3,000 China-linked fake YouTube channels

SAN FRANCISCO:As the US presidential election inches closer, Google said it has terminated more than 3,000 fake YouTube channels in July-September period which were part of a large spam network linked to China that attempted to run an influence operation on YouTube.

Europe continues to battle 2nd Covid-19 wave

BRUSSELS:Europe has continued its battle with a second wave of the novel coronavirus, with several countries reporting a record surge in the number of single-day confirmed cases.

Rana Sodhi appeals farmers to avoid stubble burning for saving environment and human lives

CHANDIGARH:Punjab Sports, Youth Services and NRI Affairs Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, on Thursday, appealed to farmers of the state not to burn crop residue in the fields as it has an adverse impact on the environment and causes road mishaps.

Small/Marginal Punjab Farmaers get right to Govt land in occupation for 12 year at reasonable price

CHANDIGARH:The Punjab Government has decided to allot land in occupation and cultivation of small and marginal farmers for more than 12 years to such farmers against a reasonable pre-determined price.

Telangana Assembly passes amendments to GHMC Act

HYDERABAD:The Telangana Assembly on Tuesday passed amendments to Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) Act 1955, which among other things, made it mandatory for the State Election Commission to take the state government's concurrence while conducting the elections.

SAI, NRAI to jointly take responsibility for national shooting camp

NEW DELHI:The two-month national camp for core Olympic shooters will begin at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range from Thursday. All Tokyo Olympic quota winners will be a part of the camp which will run till December 17. The camp will comprise of 32 shooters (18 men and 14 women), 8 coaches, 3 foreign coaches and two support staff.

Punjab Govt issues guidelines for opening of schools, coaching centers from Oct 15

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Government today decided to open more activates in the areas outside the containment zones after 15.10.2020.No decision has yet been taken on opening of cinema halls and multiplexes.

Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to lay the foundation stone of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh Punjab sports university at Sidhuwal in Patiala

PATIALA:Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh to lay the foundation stone of new building of Maharaja Bhupinder Singh Punjab Sports University at village Sidhuwal on October 25. The campus of the Sports University would come up at a cost of Rs 500 crore in around 96 acres of land.

Rana Sodhi mourns death of PU sports Director Dr. Parminder Singh Ahluwalia

CHANDIGARH:Punjab Sports, Youth Services & NRIs Affairs Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi today mourned on the sudden demise of Dr. Parminder Singh Ahluwalia (58), Director (Sports), Panjab University. He was died due to a cardiac arrest late night.

SOP for reopening of swimming pools: Max 20 swimmers to train in 1 session

NEW DELHI:The Sports Ministry has issued the SOPs (Standard Operating Procedure) for reopening of swimming pools outside the containment zones across the country in which one of the noticeable points is that not more than 20 swimmers will be allowed to train during one particular session at the Olympic-sized pool.

Construction of indoor stadium at Nakodar drags on and on

NAKODAR:An indoor stadium conceived for Nakodar town about 29 years back is still incomplete.

Unlock 5.0: J&K government announces guidelines

JAMMU:As the government of Jammu and Kashmir has issued fresh guidelines for unlock 5.0, Secretary Disaster Management, Relief, Rehabilitation and Reconstruction and Member Secretary State Executive Committee, Simrandeep Singh on Friday gave details about the allowed and not allowed activities.

Training sessions in individual games soon; avers Sports Minister Rana Sodhi

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Sports and Youth Services Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi today said that the sports department is planning to resume individual training sessions for the sportsperson in athletic games, in view of the constant decline in the number of COVID-19 cases across the state.

Training sessions in individual games soon; avers Sports Minister Rana Sodhi

CHANDIGARH:Punjab Sports and Youth Services Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi today said that the sports department is planning to resume individual training sessions for the sportsperson in athletic games, in view of the constant decline in the number of COVID-19 cases across the state.

School education department also decided to bring physical education and sports under the perview of Punjab Achievement Survey

CHANDIGARH:The Punjab School Education Department has also decided to bring subject of physical education and sports under the perview of Punjab Achievement Survey (PAS) and issued a date sheet in this regard.

IPL: Paddikal & Bishnoi have shown great character, says Nehra

DUBAI: Former Indian pacer Ashish Nehra is mighty impressed with the performance of youngsters Devdutt Padikkal and Ravi Bishnoi in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Mi Smart Band 5: Hassle-free budget fitness wearable

NEW DELHI:Upgrading its popular Mi Smart Band series, Xiaomi has launched a budget-friendly next-generation fitness tracker Mi Smart Band 5 for just Rs 2,499 in India ahead of the festive season.

Wrestler Babita Phogat quits govt job to join politics

CHANDIGARH:International wrestler Babita Phogat, who unsuccessfully contested the 2019 assembly polls, on Wednesday resigned as the Deputy Director in Haryana's Sports Department.

Prince Khullar takes charge as Sr. Vice Chairman of PYDB in the presence of Cabinet Ministers

CHANDIGARH:Senior Vice Chairman of Punjab Youth Development Board (PYDB) Prince Khullar today takes the charge of his office at Municipal Bhawan Sector-35 in the presence of Local Government, Parliamentary Affairs, Elections, Removal of Grievances Minister Mr. Brahm Mohindra, Medical Education & Research, Freedom Fighters, Food Processing Minister Mr. O.P. Soni and Sports, Youth Services & NRIs Affairs Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi.

29-year-old Afghan batsman Tarakai succumbs after road accident

KABUL:Afghanistan batsman Najeeb Tarakai passed away on Tuesday after being involved in a fatal road accident last week. He was 29.

Xiaomi Mi Watch Revolve: Your affordable health buddy 24/7

NEW DELHI:Smartwatches have grabbed the attention of youth and fitness freaks in India who were accustomed to cheaper smart bands to monitor basic parameters. Smartphone leader Xiaomi has entered the growing segment with its first Mi Watch Revolve that aims to woo consumers who are not able to buy smartwatches owing to a heavier price tag.

22-yr-old Thiruvananthapuram railway employee electrocuted

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM:A 22-year-old railway employee was electrocuted on Saturday while working in the yard at Thiruvananthapuram station, said officials.

Navy captain dies in paramotoring mishap in Karnataka

BENGALURU:A naval officer has died in a paramotoring accident in Karnataka when the engine of the paramotor developed a snag and he plunged into the Arabian Sea.

Punjab CM virtually launches construction of 750 rural stadiums, flags off 12 ambulances

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Friday digitally flagged off a fleet of ambulances and construction of 750 rural stadiums/playgrounds, besides witnessing the signing of an MoU for conferring ownership rights on economically weaker sections, thus paving the way for further development and progress of the state.

Important for team to first return to old form & fitness, feels Ramandeep

BENGALURU:  Experienced hockey forward Ramandeep Singh has said he isn't too worried about not having international competitions this year.

IPL Champions: The chances of winning

Indian Premier League (IPL)’s 13th edition is underway with much hype among the fans. Originally scheduled to begin on 29 March 2020, after a lot of speculations on the season being cancelled, a revised schedule was announced. The Indian government have permission for the tournament to be conducted in the United Arab Emirates. (UAE).

Mirabai Chanu's training program in US sanctioned by SAI

NEW DELHI:  The Mission Olympic Cell (MOC) of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) has sanctioned weightlifter Mirabai Chanu's proposal of Rs 40 lakhs for a two-month overseas training program in Kansas, US along with her coach and physiotherapist, as well as her rehabilitation for a long standing injury that she had been carrying.

Rana Sodhi presents Astroturf gift to hockey fans on the Birth Anniversary of Shaheed Bhagat Singh

CHANDIGARH: On the 113th Birth Anniversary of legendary revolutionary Shaheed Bhagat Singh, Punjab Sports and Youth Services Minister Rana Gurmit Singh Sodhi, on Monday, presented a gift to the hockey fans and especially youngsters of border region by announcing that a Hockey Astroturf would be laid at Shaheed Bhagat Singh Stadium at Ferozepur.

IIT Madras, ESPN's AI tool 'Superstats' to enhance IPL experience

CHENNAI:  Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) and ESPNcricinfo's artificial intelligence (AI) tool 'Superstats' is once again enhancing the fans experience of the Indian Premier League (IPL) matches, the company said on Monday.

Special Olympics Bharat launches developmental sports

NEW DELHI: Special Olympics Bharat has launched developmental sports for young athletes to enable their transition to higher sport participation by learning sport specific skills.

Team moving in right direction in preparation for Olympics, says Vandana

Honoured to be part of PM Modi's Fit India Dialogue: Kohli

NEW DELHI: Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli has stated that he is honoured to be part of the Fit India Dialogue -- being organised to celebrate the first anniversary of the Fit India Movement -- where he will be interacting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with other renowned fitness influencers on Thursday.

Focussing on expressing myself & having a lot of fun this IPL: Stoinis

DUBAI:  Australia all-rounder Marcus Stonis, who played an instrumental role in Delhi Capitals' incredible win over Kings XI Punjab in their opening IPL 2020 encounter, has said that all he wants is to express himself and have a lot of fun throughout this year's tournament.

IPL: Shubman Gill focal point of KKR batting unit, feels Styris

ABU BHABI: Shubman Gill is a "terrific" batsman and is the focal point of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) batting unit, feels former New Zealand cricketer Scott Styris.

Men's hockey analytical coach quits, SAI yet to accept resignation

NEW DELHI:Indian men's hockey team analytical coach Chris Ciriello has resigned from his post, a Sports Authority of India (SAI) source said on Wednesday. SAI, with which the Australian has signed the contract, is yet to accept the resignation.

Digital India bats for Amazon, JioMart, Paytm, Byju's: BofA-Survey Monkey

NEW YORK:A 16-page survey by Bank of America (BofA) identifies Amazon, Jio, Paytm and Byju's as the stars that Indian consumers prefer in these times of Covid-19.