RB Leipzig beat Bayer Leverkusen to go on top of Bundesliga

first_imgRB Leipzig came from behind to edge past Bayer Leverkusen 3-2 thanks to Willi Orban’s winner in a Bundesliga match in Berlin on Friday.Bundesliga newcomers Leipzig move to the top of the standings as Bayer Leverkusen surrendered their lead twice allowing the visitors to grab a comeback win, reports Xinhua. (Bayern Munich drop first points in 1-1 draw with Cologne)The hosts grabbed a fairy tale start on home soil as Kevin Kampl broke the deadlock with only two minutes into the game after poking home Julian Brandt’s square pass at the far post.Leipzig needed less than two minutes to respond as Leverkusen’s Julian Baumgartlinger deflected Emil Forsberg’ s cross into the wrong goal to restore the parity for the visitors in the fourth minute.However, the hosts took a 2-1 lead into the half-time break after Hakan Calhanoglu’s pass allowed Julian Brandt to beat Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi from inside the box in the 45th minute. (Bayern Munich stage fightback, Borussia Dortmund hit six)After the restart, Bayer Leverkusen should have added another goal to their lead but Calhanoglu were unable to overcome Leipzig custodian Gulacsi with a foul play penalty in the 54th minute.Newly-promoted Leipzig punished Leverkusen’s wastefulness in the 66th minute when Forsberg had enough time and space to shock goalkeeper Bernd Leno with a long range effort to level the issue at 2-2.Things went from bad to worse for the ‘Werkself’ as Forsberg’s cross to the far post found Willi Orban, who headed past Leno to complete the comeback win in the 81st minute. (Bellarabi’s quickest Bundesliga goal sinks Borussia Dortmund)advertisementWith this result, Leipzig became the best performing newly-promoted team after reaping their 11th straight game without a loss at the start of a campaign in Germany’s top flight.The ‘Bulls’ moved to the top spot and have edged past record Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich for the moment, while Bayer Leverkusen stay at the eighth place in the standings.last_img read more

Nyishi trade route has a lot to offer to adventure freaks

first_imgItanagar, Dec 2 (PTI): Members of the ?Lali Modi Exploration? team, led by Engineer Sangkoli Cheda and Seppa Extra Assistant Commissioner Dr Olik Taring, recently, embarked on the virgin trekking route that connects East Kameng and Papum Pare districts, the erstwhile migration route used by their Nyishi ancestors for trade purposes.The team which started its expedition from Jote, Wotte and Lasak Cheda villages under Pipu circle of East Kameng district on November 26 last, was flagged in at Midpu, here last night by state Urban Development & Housing Minister Nabam Rebia.The expedition was flagged off by Sports & Youth Affairs secretary Dani Salu from the Civil Secretariat here on November 24 last. It was sponsored by Gyadom Welfare Society(GWS).The 42-member team including supporting staff undertook rigorous trekking through rugged terrain and dense forest to explore the route. “Covering a distance of more than 80 kilometers, the team could cover only 10-15 kilometers per day,” said Sangkoli Cheda.The members of the team feel this route with its enchanting landscape, valleys and different species of endangered flora and fauna has a lot to offer to adventure freaks.Congratulating the team for successfully exploring the erstwhile migration route, Rebia said, ?Arunachal Pradesh has numerous such unexplored trekking routes which could be promoted as tourist destinations.? ?I am going to submit a proposal to the state government soon for establishment of tourist trekking route from Dabiowa Cheda to Mengio via Changhi Porang, Putte and Lali Ane to Kullung Tappo (Mengio),? Rebia added. PTI UPL SBNadvertisementlast_img read more

Ranieri demands Leicester focus on the present not past

first_imgLeicester City boss Claudio Ranieri has urged his players to forget their fairytale run to the Premier League title last season and be wary of dropping into the relegation zone in this campaign.Ranieri’s side, who are two points above the relegation zone, travel to bottom side Sunderland on Saturday and will hope that a first away win of the season can lift them up the table.”Believe me, I have forgotten completely what happened last season,” Ranieri told the club website. (Leicester goal machine Jamie Vardy splutters to a halt)”This is a new season and we have to react and come back. We know it will be a very, very tough match on Saturday.””Two points (from the relegation zone) is not satisfying… We have to be strong, play together and fight together.”Leicester, who have 13 points from as many games, are 14th after managing to win just three league fixtures this season.”The Foxes are fearless,” Ranieri added. “Also last season, when you are talking about looking forward (in the table), I look behind… we have to improve and make something better than we have done so far.” (Claudio Ranieri urges Leicester to evoke spirit of ‘great escape’)Ranieri also said Leicester must continue to display the character they showed in last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough when they fought back twice to share the points.”It was a very dramatic final but everybody believed that we could draw the match and at the end we drew the match. This is the spirit that I love,” the Italian said.advertisementlast_img read more

Witsel fears Martinez will take Madrid job

first_imgBelgium midfielder Axel Witsel understands why Roberto Martinez is being linked with the Real Madrid job but hopes he stays with the World Cup semi-finalists.The La Liga giants are searching for a new permanent head coach after Julen Lopetegui was sacked following a 5-1 Clasico thrashing at the hands of Barcelona last month.Antonio Conte and Mauricio Pochettino are among the other coaches to have been linked with the vacancy, although interim boss Santiago Solari has strengthened his case with three wins from three games. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! The Royal Belgian Football Association has said Martinez would not be able to join Madrid without the body’s approval.Witsel believes that while it would be a blow to lose Martinez, who led Belgium to a third-place finish at the World Cup, he can see why the former Everton boss is in the running.”It is not surprising after all the great work we’ve done with him the last years and for the last World Cup,” Witsel told reporters.”It is not surprising to see a club like Real Madrid, if the reports are true, to be interested in him.”No, we didn’t call each other to talk about our head coach and Real Madrid. We’ll all be together next week.”As I said, we’ve done a great job so far and we keep doing it. All the players, we’re all happy with the coach and his philosophy. If we lose him it would be a huge loss for all of us.”If it is really the truth and he was meant to leave, he will be frank with us I think.”Having taken @BelRedDevils to a historic bronze medal, coach Roberto Martinez reflects on Russia 2018 while at the FIFA Football Conference  pic.twitter.com/gkPr9Hk4Yf— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) September 23, 2018Martinez has yet to give any public indication whether he would want the Madrid job but Witsel feels any offer would be difficult for the 45-year-old to reject.”I do think it would be,” Witsel added. “It’s like it would be for a player, they’re Real Madrid!”Head coaches are like players now. One day you’re here and in six months, a year, two years you don’t know.”I personally hope he’ll stay with us. If he leaves it would be his decision and that’s it.”last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton puzzled by ‘odd weekend’ in Sochi

first_imgLewis Hamilton was left puzzling a ‘very odd weekend’ after struggling to fourth place in Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix while Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas celebrated his first Formula One victory.”I can’t explain it right now,” the Briton, still second in the world championship but now 13 points behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, told reporters.”We’ll do some work over this week to fully understand it. I have some feelings about how it (the car) felt in the race and qualifying, I have some ideas. Lots of work will be done to figure it out.”Hamilton arrived in Sochi as a two-time winner at the Olympic Park street circuit, a track where only his Mercedes team had won since the first race there in 2014, but he struggled to find his rhythm.Bottas, who had largely the same set-up, was consistently quicker and out-qualified him for third place on the starting grid behind the two Ferraris.While Bottas made a scorching start to seize the lead into the first corner, the triple world champion was feeling the heat.”Why is my car overheating?” he asked at one point. “I’m out of the race (to win) now,” he added, with about two-thirds of the distance remaining.Hamilton, whose bid for a fourth title last season was wrecked by reliability issues, finished 36 seconds behind the winner.It was the first time that he had finished off the podium since Malaysia in October 2016, when his engine expired while he was leading the race in what was ultimately a championship-deciding blow.advertisement”In the race I had overheating but I think I could have kept up with the guys ahead but I should have been further up with better pace in general,” he said. “And that was lacking from Saturday onwards.”From probably lap five onwards I had to just slow down and stay in fourth (place). A lot of turning down of the settings and (power) unit and then one of the cylinders was cutting because of the temperature issue.”So I was going to be fourth from very early on.”Team boss Toto Wolff said Mercedes had not been able to give Hamilton the car he needed.last_img read more

Friends-turned-foes? Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell meet for the first time since ‘shoulder mock’

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore and Kings XI Punjab are all set to face each other for the second time in the Indian Premier League this season but perhaps the contest between the two captains from either side will be more interesting to watch on Friday.RCB skipper Virat Kohli and Kings XI captain Glenn Maxwell will be facing each other for the first time since the infamous shoulder mock incident earlier this year. Kohli and Maxwell were known to be good friends with the Indian captain even featuring in the Australian all-rounder’s video blog during India’s tour Down Under in January last year.But tensions between the two sides flared up during the Border-Gavaskar series in February-March this year. Kohli’s relationship with some of the Aussie cricketers hit an all-time low thanks to numerous on-field incidents involving players from both sides. Maxwell mocking Kohli’s injury while saving a boundary during the third Test in Ranchi had made matters even worse.Kohli, not one to take things lightly, reciprocated by giving David Warner a send-off by gripping his injured shoulder with his left hand, seemingly as a dig at Maxwell’s alleged mockery earlier in the match.After the end of the series, Kohli was honest enough to say that the nastiness on the field had spilled over way too far and he was no longer friends with Australia’s cricketers, who had mocked his injuries and called his teammate a cheat. The same injury then forced the RCB captain to sit out of the initial few matches in the IPL including the first match against Kings XI on April 10.advertisementAlmost a month later both teams will once again square up against each other with only Kings XI still in contention of qualifying for the playoffs. Kohli’s team has endured one of its worst season’s in the IPL this year winning just two games out of 11 so far and are languishing at the bottom of the points table.Kings XI on the other hand, have been inconsistent in the tournament so far but with eight points from nine matches, they can still advance to the next stage. Kohli though has been performing better than Maxwell with the bat in hand but he’s been the only one in his team to score runs consistently while Maxwell has had the fortune of having most of his teammates in form.Even after missing four matches for RCB, Kohli has amassed 239 runs in seven games with three half-centuries while Maxwell has managed just 193 runs in nine matches at 32.16.Kings XI will have to win all of their remaining matches to have a chance of qualifying for the playoffs while the Challengers will only be playing for pride in the rest of their three games. But the battle within the battle between Kohli and Maxwell will be intriguing to watch given the history between the two mercurial cricketers.last_img read more

Angelique Kerber withdraws from Birmingham event due to hamstring injury

first_imgWorld number one Angelique Kerber has suffered a pre-Wimbledon injury scare, pulling out of this week’s Aegon Classic at Edgbaston due to a recurrence of a hamstring problem.The German is also unsure whether she will be able to play at Eastbourne next week due to problems with the left hamstring strain which forced her to retire during her third-round match in Madrid.”It started slowly and then I really felt it yesterday (Saturday) evening. It is my left hamstring, the same one I had in Madrid,” she told reporters.Kerber had a disappointing claycourt season and went out in the first round at the French Open. She said the injury flared up again when she returned to the courts last week.”It was OK and I started practising again after Paris and then I felt it again in the last few days. I don’t want to risk anything now, to do something (worse),” she said.Kerber is the latest big name to have pulled out of the Aegon Classic following Simona Halep’s withdrawal with an ankle complaint.Kerber is chasing an elusive first title this year after failing to get past the third round in her last five tournaments.The 29-year-old has struggled to impose herself in recent months and her only appearance in a final this year was at the Abierto GNP Seguros competition at Monterrey in April, where she lost to Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.The Eastbourne International tournament begins on June 25 with Wimbledon getting under way a week later.advertisementlast_img read more

Wimbledon 2017: Angelique Kerber knocked out by Garbine Muguruza, loses number one spot

first_imgTop seed Angelique Kerber was knocked out of the last-16 of Wimbledon by Garbine Muguruza on Monday, ensuring she will lose her world number one ranking.Muguruza’s 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory marked the ninth consecutive time Kerber has failed to beat a top-20 opponent. She last achieved that feat in 2016 and she has now been beaten by Muguruza in five straight matches.Romanian Simona Halep could take the world number one crown, if she can reach the semi-finals at Wimbledon. Halep was facing Victoria Azarenka later on Monday.Should Halep fail to advance to the semis then Czech Karolina Pliskova will take over at number one when next week’s rankings are announced.But there was a bitter irony for Kerber who, despite being somewhat hampered by her left knee, produced her best display in months yet bids farewell to Wimbledon and her status as the world’s best.Monday’s match was always destined to be close, pitting 2016 runner-up Kerber against her 2015 equivalent and there was little to choose between the pair in what was a high quality contest on Court Two.Kerber broke to go 5-4 up in the first set, when at the end of a fierce rally her Spanish opponent went wide and allowed the German to serve out, securing the set with an emphatic smash.The second set was on-serve until, with Kerber serving at 5-4 down, the tall Muguruza, who had saved three break points in the set, broke to secure it with a fine crosscourt winner.advertisementIt was just reward for Muguruza’s attacking and positive play and was warmly appreciated by temporary coach Conchita Martinez, Wimbledon champion in 1994.Kerber’s left knee, which she appeared to hurt in the first set, was reducing her push-off on serve with the consequent impact on her speed but the third set became a battle of nerves and stamina in the early afternoon heat.The German broke in the first game and led 2-0 but both were struggling to hold serve and it was soon 3-3 with two breaks each.In an epic 10-minute game, Muguruza held for 4-3 with the crowd appreciating some hugely entertaining rallies between the determined pair.Two games later Kerber dealt with two match-point threats, but Muguruza grabbed the third to book her place in the last eight.Muguruza will next face Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova after the seventh seed beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-4 in the last 16.last_img read more

HS Prannoy, Sourabh Verma reach quarter-finals at New Zealand Open

first_imgHS Prannoy on Thursday advanced to the quarter-finals of the New Zealand Open with a straight-game win over Hong Kong’s Wei Nan in the men’s singles competition of the Grand Prix Gold event.Fourth seed Prannoy, who had clinched the US Open last month, defeated 10th seed Wei Nan 21-18, 21-19 in a 46-minute match, to set up a clash with 11th seed Lin Yu Hsien of Chinese Taipei.Former National champion and seventh seed Sourabh Verma also reached the quarter-finals after emerging victorious in an all-Indian pre-quarterfinal battle against Parupalli Kashyap.The 24-year-old from Dhar prevailed over Kashyap 21-18, 13-21, 21-16 in a close match that last an hour and four minutes at the North Shore Events Centre.He will next take on Hong Kong’s Lee Cheuk Yiu.It was curtains for young Siril Verma after he lost 13-21, 14-21 to Chia Hung Lu of Chinese Taipei.Prannoy had lost to Wei at the Malaysia Open in 2014 but he avenged his loss today after dishing out a gritty performance.The World No. 17 Indian was leading 9-5 in the opening game but Wei managed to claw back at 10-10 and then earned a slender edge at the break when Prannoy hit long.Wei moved to 13-10 before Prannoy reeled off five straight points to turn the tables.The Indian eventually moved to game point when Hong Kong shuttler sent his return to net. Prannoy then won a net duel to earn the bragging rights.In the second game, Wei had a 10-6 advantage but Prannoy erased the deficit and levelled the score at 11-11 when Wei hit wide. What ensued next was a close battle as neither gave an inch and moved neck-and-neck till 16-16.advertisementThe Indian then dominated a parallel game and closed it when Wei hit wide again. He then grabbed another point at the net to make it 18-16.Prannoy continued to move ahead and grabbed two match points with a superb return on his opponent’s backhand. The Indian fumbled at the net once but sealed the issue next with a quick net play.last_img read more

Steve Smith a relieved man after Australia Cricket pay dispute ends

first_imgCricket Australia and the players’ union have reached an agreement to end a bitter, long-running pay dispute that had threatened to derail upcoming tours to Bangladesh and India and the home Ashes series against England.Australian senior men’s team captain, Steve Smith took to twitter to express his approval and joy at the new deal.”Great to get a deal done! It’s been a long and challenging process and it’s great that we can now get on with playing the game that we all love. I’d like to thank the ACA for negotiating on behalf of the players and I’m excited that we can all start working together again to continue to grow our great game. I look forward to Bangladesh, India and an exciting summer of Ashes cricket,” he tweeted.1/2 Great to get a deal done! It’s been a long and challenging process and it’s great that we can now get on with playing the game that we- Steve Smith (@stevesmith49) August 3, 20172/3 all love. I’d like to thank the ACA for negotiating on behalf of the players and I’m excited that we can all start working together- Steve Smith (@stevesmith49) August 3, 20173/3 again to continue to grow our great game. I look forward to Bangladesh, India and an exciting summer of Ashes cricket- Steve Smith (@stevesmith49) August 3, 2017Steve Smith’s Test squad was scheduled to assemble in Darwin next week to finalize preparations for a scheduled two-Test tour to Bangladesh which starts with a warm up match on August 22. A limited-overs series in India was scheduled after that, and before the Ashes series starts in Brisbane in November.advertisementAustralia coach Darren Lehmann posted his congratulations to both the players and Cricket Australia on Twitter, saying “Now for the great game to continue, and for all to entertain.”(With inputs from AP)last_img read more

Maharashtra politicians battle it out in football arena

first_imgMumbai, Aug 10 (PTI) On any other day, they would be at each others throats, but today, the ruling and the opposition party legislators were united for a cause: that of encouraging football.In a respite from the hustle and bustle of the monsoon session of the state legislature underway here, the legislators played a football match, in the parking area of Vidhan Bhawan in south Mumbai.Two teams– the Speakers Eleven and the Chairmans Eleven– played the match, with Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis inaugurating it. Both the teams had a mix of ruling as well as opposition legislators.While Fadnavis donned the hat of the match commenator, state sports minister Vinod Tawde was the referee.Fadnavis kicked off the match after the Chairmans Eleven won the toss.The match lasted for an hour and the legislators of BJP, Shiv Sena, Congress, NCP and AIMIM took part in it.Tawde had last week announced that the football tournament for legislators will be organised here, ahead of the FIFA U-17 World Cup.Ten lakh school students in Maharashtra will play football on September 8, ahead of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, Tawde said.The FIFA U-17 World Cup is being held in India from October 6 to 28 this year.”The September 8 event will be part of the Mission Million we are organising to mark the tournament,” the minister said.”On that day, the entire Maharashtra will turn into one happy playground,” he added.”One lakh footballs have been distributed in one over 30,000 schools in Maharashtra as part of Mission Million,” the minister said.advertisement”Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for ushering in sports culture in the country and we are organising the Mission Million event in response to his appeal,” Tawde said. PTI VT ND NPlast_img read more

UP madrassas told to celebrate I Day, event to be videograped

first_imgLucknow, Aug 11 (PTI) The Uttar Pradesh government has directed all madrassas (Islamic schools) to hold celebrations on Independence Day and videograph the event, according to minority welfare minister Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary.The event to be held on August 15 should include hoisting the tri-colour, singing the national anthem and paying tributes to freedom fighters.The Minister said it will inspire students and they will learn more about the contribution of the freedom fighters.He said the children can treasure the memories of the Independence Day celebrations through the photographs and videos which will also act as a source of inspiration for others.”Unlike the previous governments, which indulged in politics of appeasement, we are a government with nationalist bent of mind,” he told PTI today.The BJP government led by Yogi Adityanath took over the reins of the state in March.”Every citizen born in India celebrates different festivals ranging from Holi, Diwali, Eid and Lohri. But when it comes to national festivals, they are celebrated by the entire nation. “And, the madrassas should not exclude themselves from participating in the national festivals,” Chaudhary said. At present, around 8,000 madrasas in UP are recognised by the government body UP Madrassa Shiksha Parishad. Among these, 560 are fully aided by the state. The minister said celebrations in madrassas on Independence Day will be videographed and photographed so that good programmes can be encouraged and repeated in future. “Today is an era of technology. The videos made during the Independence Day can be shared among the students. They can treasure the memories of the Independence Day celebrations. Apart from this, it will act as a source of inspiration for others,” he said. Asked as to what prompted the government to issue the above directives to the madrassas, Chaudhary said, “Directives were issued as the government recognised that madrassas get funds from the state government and are supposed to celebrate the national festivals including Independence Day.”advertisement”Through different cultural programmes, the students will be made aware of the rich history of the freedom struggle and the heroic deeds of our revolutionaries and martyrs. They will definitely draw inspiration from their heroic tales.” Taking a swipe at political rivals, he said, “Those who are trying to impute motives and suspecting the intention of the government, I doubt their nationalist credentials.”According to the circular, on Independence Day, flag hoisting and recitation of the National Anthem will take place at 8 am. Following this, tributes will be paid to the martyrs of the freedom struggle. Students will sing songs on nationalism and will be told about the history of August 15 and the freedom fighters. Besides, cultural programmes will be organised on the theme of national unity, along with sports activities. Sweets will be distributed at the end of the session. The circular asks minority welfare officers to direct all madrassas to ensure that Independence Day is celebrated with zeal and that all the programmes mentioned above are organised. Welcoming the move, BJP leader Romana Siddiqui said, “August 15 is our Independence Day. Every institute in the country celebrates the day with full patriotic fervour, then why should the madarssas lag behind.”If convents and missionary schools celebrate Independence Day by holding a number of events, then why not the madarssas.” PTI NAV SMI RT GSN RTlast_img read more

Jallikattu effect: Bullock cart racing not to be permitted in Maharashtra

first_imgMaharashtra government today told the division bench of Chief Justice Manjula Chellur and Justice Nitin Jamdar that it would not grant permissions to bullock cart racing in the State, until and unless the rules as envisaged in the amendment to Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act is done.During hearing of the much hyped Tamil Nadu’s jalikattu case, Maharashtra government had brought about the amendment to the Prevention of Cruelty Act so the bullock cart racing could be undertaken in the State. However to implement the amendment the rules have to be formulated by the government, but it has not been done yet.The chief justice questioned the granting of permission to bullock cart race in absence of rules. The public pleader told the court that the draft rules are ready and they have been put on the website of Maharashtra government for inviting objections.However, inspite of the rules not being in place, bullock cart racing was organised in Pune, on August 17, without permission. Ajay Marathe, a Pune resident had approached court stating that the bullocks are ‘naturally’ not meant for racing like horses. He also claims that getting bullocks to race involves inflicting severe punishment on them. He sought a ban on such races on the grounds of cruelty meted out to the bulls before the race. He had also cited judgement of the Supreme Court in the landmark Jallikattu sport, wherein the apex court had held that bull-taming cannot be justified just because the said sport was centuries old.advertisementJustice Chellur too looked through the Supreme Court ruling and said “it is clear from the reading of apex court’s judgement that the bulls cannot be viewed as performing animals, since they are not anatomically designed for that purpose.”The court has noted that the amended act says that anyone who is found to be inflicting cruelty on animals would be subjected to a maximum fine of Rs 5 lakhs or 3-year jail term. However, “as of today, the State government is not in a position to place on record what procedure is contemplated to overcome pain and suffering likely to be caused while conducting the Bullock cart race.”With this the court asked the State government to say what mechanism it was going to put in place which would foresee that the bullocks are not subjected to pain.Also Read:Janmashtami in Maharashtra’s Thane: More than 20,000 take part in Dahi Handi festival45 persons injured during Dahi Handi celebrations in MumbaiAlso Watch:Mumbai gripped by Janmashtami fervourlast_img read more

All-India institute of excellence

first_imgMiles of corridors snake down the middle of each floor at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi. If you walk down these neon-lit corridors, you’ll come across closed doors on each side, sporting nameplates of doctors and departments, occasional academic posters on bright beige walls and, of,Miles of corridors snake down the middle of each floor at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi. If you walk down these neon-lit corridors, you’ll come across closed doors on each side, sporting nameplates of doctors and departments, occasional academic posters on bright beige walls and, of course, brusque signboards: “Medical representatives NOT welcome.” On most weekdays, the sound of your footsteps will reverberate down these quiet and tidy walkways. These are the corridors of knowledge, the academic arena within which students learn from their teachers the ways of the human body-how it works, what makes it tick.Further down the corridors, an unsavoury smell hangs in the air: the stench of disease. The temple of knowledge loses its way into a teeming mass of humanity, spilling over from every side. This is the out-patient department, where every day, over 4,000 people-ill, unwell or injured-throng the passages, a Rs 10 coupon in hand, and besiege the doctors. They wait for hours on uncomfortable wooden benches till their turn comes. In their little chambers, the doctors toil away, perfectly aware that for most of their patients, they are the last resort of hope. Dr Amlesh Seth, surgeon of urology, smiles: “It’s a great learning experience. Where else would students get to see such a wide range of patients and diseases?”What makes a university great? That’s the question to ask in this season of rankings. Is it one that matches academic credentials with stunning surroundings? In a World Bank report on what makes the best of the best universities, education economist Jamil Salmi writes that a high concentration of talented teachers, researchers and students distinguish top universities from their competitors. But every ranking of universities, globally, suffers from a problem: who will measure the quality of teaching in technical fields and how will the impact be quantified?The annual college rankings by the US News & World Report ignores ‘intangibles’, such as ‘faculty dedication to teaching’. The Times Higher Education rankings have tried to solve the issue by measuring reputational questions on teaching, teacher-student ratios and so on.advertisementLet us consider AIIMS: if about 9 per cent of nearly 6 lakh students who take the All India Pre-Medical/Pre-Dental Entrance Test (AIPMT, now NEET) exams get into a medical college, just 0.67 per cent of the 1 lakh students who take the AIIMS entrance exam every year are able to clear it.With manpower of over 10,000 people, including 826 faculty, over 700 scholars in various courses, 800-plus postgraduate trainees and fellows, it enjoys a very high student-teacher ratio of 1:1.2 overall. “The philosophy, ethics and patient management that our students get trained in cannot be found anywhere else,” says Dr G.K. Rath, chief of the Dr B.R. Ambedkar Institute-Rotary Cancer Hospital at AIIMS. “In the last 10 years, the number of people applying for teaching posts here has gone up 10 times. Senior people from other hospitals take up junior posts, just to be in AIIMS.”Another factor that sets top universities apart is their sizeable budget, reports the World Bank task force on higher education: elite institutions have higher funding for impressive facilities, good infrastructure, operational spending and research. “All these are vital part of the educational experience of students,” says Dr M.C. Misra, Director, AIIMS.As the premier-most brand, AIIMS has the largest budget sanctioned by the Indian state: Rs 1,000 crore for planned allocation and Rs 1,043 crore for non-plan in 2016. “An encouraging move,” says Misra. AIIMS has already started the process of hiring 100 faculty members and 1,000 nurses to further boost the institution, he points out. New projects are coming up: from expansion plans for the AIIMS?Emergency block and Trauma Centre to new OPD blocks and a mother and childcare unit. A significant focus area is research. About 1,100 annual publications is what AIIMS produces a year, ranking third in a review of the world’s largest database of peer-reviewed literature in the world, reports Current Medicine Research and Practice, April 2016, right after Massachusetts General Hospital and Mayo Clinic in the US.World-class universities invariably thrive in an ecosystem that fosters creativity, competitiveness and critical thinking. Flagship universities in North America and Europe are known for successfully combining freedom, autonomy and leadership. Jawaharlal Nehru’s dream institute, set up to foster a scientific culture in modern India in 1956 by an Act of Parliament, AIIMS has been an autonomous body under the Union ministry for health right from the beginning. It is not answerable to clunky bureaucracy and externally imposed standards. As a result, with its small student body of the brightest and most motivated young minds from around the country, the institution has been able to experiment with its unique model of curriculum and mode of learning: from modern, interactive, small-group teaching to problem-based learning, allowing students the lead time to spend more hours in anatomy classes, experiment with new teaching tools such as ultrascope, video-instruction systems, MRIs, CTs, X-Rays, ultrasonograms, e-learning and digital technology-breathing new life into the lecture theatre.advertisementBut you will never understand what AIIMS means unless you are a patient there. Take Dr Seth, for instance. Even his daily surgeries tantamount to sessions with students. And even patients, if they are not on general anaesthesia, can follow what is going on.As Nirmal Joshi, 78, a patient with initial stage cancer in the urinary bladder, says, “I saw my entire procedure on the screen in front of me. What’s more, with the doctor explaining to several of his students helping him in the OT, I understood the entire experience fully.” It did not just distract him during the procedure, explains his wife, it also made him more positive during the healing process, post-surgeries.So is it the beauty of a strong leadership team, a well-thought-out curriculum, qualified academicians and meritorious students? “AIIMS certainly provides some of that, but what makes it great as an institution is its ability to take the hard road when the chips are down,” says Dr Misra. “Here, the only thing we are interested in is making AIIMS a true place of learning.”last_img read more

Bajaj Auto introduces Pulsar NS 200 with ABS

first_imgBajaj Auto Ltd, India’s motorcycle manufacturer, has introduced an ABS variant to its highly successful Pulsar NS200. The NS 200 is a next generation sports bike with an aggressive muscular form. The definitely Pulsar NS200 comes with a 200cc liquid cooled four valve, triple spark DTS-i engine and delivers raw power of 23.5 PS. It now comes with ABS in combination with bigger disc brakes and perimeter frame to provide the highest level of stability and control for the rider and ensure ultra-safe braking over any surface.”Commenting on the introduction of the Pulsar NS200 ABS, Mr Eric Vas, President – Motorcycles, Bajaj Auto Ltd said, We have received a large number of  requests from our customers for ABS and hence we are extending it to the  NS200 . We are No 1 in performance Naked Sports bikes with our NS200  with a huge fan following among young, performance seeking motorcycle enthusiasts due to its world class quality and style, backed by and its thrilling performance.The introduction of the ABS variant  will  enhance the bikes performance appeal and  strengthen our leadership in this performance segment.” NS, standing for Naked Sports, is an aggressive street fighter motorcycle coming in two engine capacities – the Pulsar NS200 and Pulsar NS160. The Pulsar NS200 ABS is available in 3 colours – Wild Red, Mirage White and Graphite Black and is priced at Rs. 109,715/- (Ex Showroom, Delhi). It is now introduced in all Metros and will be progressively available across all dealerships in the country.last_img read more

Indias Manushi Chhillar is Miss World 2017

first_img(Eds: Adding details)Beijing, Nov 18 (PTI) Indias Manushi Chhillar today won the coveted Miss World 2017 crown at a grand event in China, bringing to an end the countrys dry spell of 17 years at the top pageant contest.The 20-year-old from Haryana, who is a medical student, edged out top five contestants from England, France, Kenya and Mexico.Chhillar was presented the crown by Stephanie Del Valle, the last years Miss World winner from Puerto Rico at the event in Sanya City Arena in China which was televised live globally.The announcement about Chhillar winning the Miss World crown was also made on the pageants official Twitter handle as well as on its Facebook page.”The winner of Miss World 2017 is Miss India Manushi Chhillar,” the tweet said.The first and the second runners-up were Miss England Stephanie Hill and Miss Mexico Andrea Meza.In the top five round, Chhillar was asked which profession according to her deserved the highest salary.”I think a mother deserves the highest respect and when you talk about salary its not always about cash but I feel its the love and respect that you give to someone. My mother has always been the biggest inspiration in my life.”All mothers sacrifice so much for their kids. So, I think it is the job of a mother that deserves the highest salary,” Chhillar said to a wide-applause.Chhillar is the sixth Indian to win the coveted crown, which was first won by Reita Faria back in 1966.advertisementAishwarya Rai had bagged the title in 1994, followed by Diana Haydon in 1997, Yukta Mookhey in 1999 and Priyanka Chopra in 2000, the last for India.According to Chhillars profile on the Miss World website, she aims to be a cardiac surgeon and wants to open a chain of non-profitable hospitals based in rural areas.A trained Indian classical dancer, Chhillar has a passion for outdoor sports and actively participates in paragliding, bungee jumping, snorkelling and scuba diving besides sketching and painting.Her personal motto, as described on the website, reads: “When you cease to dream you cease to live” and “Courage to give flight to your dreams and the ability to believe in yourself makes life worth living”. PTI RB KIS SC RB RBlast_img read more

Nitish condoles death of Dasmunsi

first_imgPatna, Nov 20 (PTI) Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today expressed profound grief over the demise of veteran Congress leader and former Union minister Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi.In his condolence message, Kumar said that Dasmunsis death has not only caused irreparable loss to the field of politics but also the sporting arena. Dasmunsi played an important role in popularising football in the country, the CM said in a release.Kumar said during his long political career Dasmunsi served as the Information and Broadcasting minister in the past Congress rule besides holding several other key positions, the release said.Kumar prayed to the almighty to provide strength to his family members, followers and admirers to bear the irreparable loss, it said.Dasmunsi, aged 72, was in coma after suffering a stroke in 2008. He was hospitalised since then. He passed away at a New Delhi hospital this morning.Dasmunsi was heading the All India Football Federation when he took ill in 2008. PTI AR SNS PSlast_img read more

Ashes 2017: England players safe after Melbourne car attack

first_imgThe England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) released a statement confirming that all its players are safe and accounted for after a car mowed down pedestrians on Flinders Street in Melbourne on Thursday.Australia and England are in Melbourne gearing up for the fourth Test of the Ashes series which will start on Boxing Day at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.”Following the Flinders Street incident in Melbourne, all players and management have been accounted for and are safe.” the ECB statement read.Cricket Australia (CA) have not released a statement but all its players are understood to be safe.England lost the Ashes urn to Australia on Monday as the hosts decimated the Three Lions by an innings and 41 runs at the WACA in Perth to take an unbeatable 3-0 series lead. Australia won the first Test at Brisbane by 10 wickets and the second at Adelaide by 120 runs.Victoria state police said the driver of the SUV and a second man were in custody after the incident, which occurred on Flinders Street in the city’s central business district just after 4:45 p.m. when the area was busy with Christmas shoppers. 14 people were injured in the incident.Commander Russell Barrett told media that while the motive of the incident was not immediately clear, “at this stage we believe it was a deliberate act.”Asked if police had ruled out terrorism as motivation, Barrett said only: “At this stage it’s early days in the investigation and the motivation is unknown.”Barrett confirmed 14 people had been injured in the attack. Several were taken to hospitals, and two were in critical condition, including a pre-school aged boy with head injuries. Earlier media reports said up to 19 people had been injured.advertisementWitnesses described horrific scenes from the incident, which started when the SUV ran a red light outside the city’s iconic Flinders Street train station and sped up to hit pedestrians crossing the road, striking more than a dozen people before crashing into a traffic barrier near a cable car stop.”I was crossing Flinders Street on the way to the train station. I heard an engine rev behind me and heard a thump,” one man identified only as David said on ABC TV. He said he turned around saw “people literally getting thrown into the air as it hit them.”Witnesses said when the car crashed it was rushed by bystanders who started pulling the two men out before police arrived a few minutes later.last_img read more