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I don’t shy away from it and I don’t think I’d ever give it up. what would it mean to be in the shoes of first Indian to fly into space. But in the recognition was a painful awareness.Commission.9 per cent of children are breastfed for the first year after birth, the exhibition witnessed the participation of brands from diverse disciplines of design – from product to interior design, However, 2017 3:28 am Top News Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said the government would bring in a legislation providing for appointment of Parliamentary? But it?t get a good start, explains Kumar For all the latest Mumbai News download Indian Express App More Related NewsParis: France’s strength in depth makes them the favourites for this week’s Davis Cup final against Belgium who will need David Goffin to be at his very best to stand a chance in the three-day showdown in Lille Belgium seeking their first title will be led by world number seven Goffin who beat Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer at the ATP Finals but nine-time champions France seem better armed In Thursday’s draw captain Yannick Noah named Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Lucas Pouille Richard Gasquet and Pierre-Hugues Herbert for the event Doubles specialists Nicolas Mahut and Julien Benneteau were omitted from the France team to play Belgium in the final starting on Friday Belgium captain Johan Van Herck Steve Darcis David Goffin Arthur De Greef Ruben Bemelmans and Joris De Loore along with France captain Yannick Noah Lucas Pouille Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Richard Gasquet and Pierre-Hugues Herbert pose with the Davis Cup trophy ahead of the final Reuters Mahut who has taken part in five of six ties since Noah became captain in 2016 and Benneteau had trained together this week Belgium will be led by Goffin and Steve Darcis with Joris De Loore and Ruben Bemelmans down to play Saturday’s doubles Friday’s first singles rubber will feature world number seven Goffin who reached the final at the ATP Tour finals earlier this month and Pouille Tsonga will then take on Darcis before Gasquet and Herbert face Bemelmans and Loore in the doubles The reverse singles rubbers will be played on Sunday Belgium have never won the title while France claimed the last of their nine wins in 2001 “I think the French team are the favourite” Belgium captain Johan Van Herck said “They play at home so for me they are the favourites But we are a good Davis Cup team we are going to challenge them I think it will be a very interesting tie but they will start as favourites” Belgium reached the final in 2015 but were beaten by Britain France lost the 2002 2010 and 2014 finals — the last time in the very same stadium against Switzerland — but this time enter the event with the odds on their side “We’re looking to write our piece of history As the French team we’ve won before but it was a long time ago” said captain Noah who skippered his country to Davis Cup titles in 1991 and 1996 "Now we’re preparing to do our own with this team This is what we’re looking for” Tsonga and Pouille go into the event in fine form Pouille beat Tsonga in the Vienna Open final last month after Tsonga won the Antwerp Open It would be easy to blame the weather for what we witnessed atThe Kalinga In the end all teams would fly away mentally gearing up for the next tournament or an upcoming tour But somewhere it needs to be understood that the match and the sport suffered through the rain In the end the reason why this sport orany sport survives is the fans They were treated worse than what climate issues are doing to the Polar bears in the Arctic Like a surreal film being shot in artificial rain more than 5000 fans gathered in the open stands black umbrellas open a few coloured canopies too dotting that black dreary landscape The stadium does not have a roof — the adjacent athletics stadium has one If they can have it why couldn’t hockey; though the sports ministry is the same The heavy rains made passing difficult on the artificial turf at The Kalinga Image courtesy: Sundeep Misra But even worse was the quality of hockey like rain water it too went down into the drains Quality suffered hockey suffered and the fans suffered But like so many things in life we will move on Both the coaches Argentina’s Carlos Retegui and India’s Sjoerd Marijne just shrugged their shoulders at the weather They said they could not do much about it and moved on But somewhere the International Hockey Federation (FIH) needs to protect the sport Recently during the Asian Championships in Dhaka the changing rooms had completely flooded when it rained The argument will always be that artificial turf facilitates playing in rain On Friday it didn’t But it did ensure that the match happened thus removing a scheduling headache for the FIH But the opportunity to have a classic match was lost “I am not going to watch today’s match again as I do always The circumstances are different I would really like to play Argentina in normal circumstances and see if we are good enough to beat them In these circumstances they were better Then I would really know where the team is” Maybe these words from Marijne should make the FIH think Maybe it’s time to have a wet weather tournament with a few teams better on such semi-flooded surfaces The match did remind one of district-level football tournaments played on flooded pitches where at times the ball floated Yet the match had its moments Ball players like Akashdeep Singh and Lucas Vila struggled But the Argentine showed what was required in the third quarter when he decided that passing would mean slowing down the pace and he wasn’t sure if the ball would actually reach the intended player So Lucas cut in beautifully bouncing the ball on the stick going past Rupinder Pal Singh and then three others before losing control Maybe India could have done that trick and seen if a change in style benefited on a day when the weather not skills dominated the match Gonzalo Peillat showed what is required by moving to his left and using the curve of his stick slightly inwards and towards the deep to send the ball high into the corner On the wet and flooded surface that was a neat piece of improvisation That remained the highlight of a match as India chased the equaliser for over three quarters But Peillat showed why match-winners are so coveted irrespective of where they play and under whatever circumstances Players like Peillat come good when required to do so In the 2014 World Cup he was the highest scorer and the reason why Argentina finished third and set themselves on the path that took them to the Olympic gold in 2016 Ironically former Kalinga Lancers player Peillat was the one to break the hearts of the local fans More than the loss of not going to the final it’s the match-up against the Olympic champions that everybody looked forward too The disappointment on Marijne’s face and the relief on Retegui’s face were all too visible Argentina are not a team on the ascendancy and a coach of the quality of Retegui knew the hazardous nature of the Indian team — he had seen enough of it in the match against Belgium Plus fans’ support would have lifted the Indians When the stadium staff started to drain off the water from the pitch it was evident this match was heavily dependent on a generous slice of luck Other than that it was simple logic — the more careful you were when releasing the ball the less turnovers happened And that was crucial in the first two quarters You could hit powerfully but the ball speed was killed and it reached the player usually in a bounce or two India have openly said the tactical part is to rely on counters and ensure that the players in the side have speed and use surprise as a weapon But on a pitch of this kind the match was reduced to just short of going through the motions But the rains spoilt what could truly have beena fascinating faceoff between one of the youngest teams in the fray India and Olympic champions who still rely on a majority of players aged over 30 India initially used the aerial route but Argentina defended well India chased the South Americans — flanks aerial balls cutting through the middle using Manpreet Singh and also stretching the Argentine defence on the sides But Retegui’s team knew how to play in the defensive zones and with the ball running slow it was difficult to control the passes on the last touch Yet India came extremely close in the last seven minutes; a ball running off the blade feet getting entangled deflecting off the goalkeeper’s pads Elements of luck too deserted India It was an Argentinian night in falling rain For India the evening brought just black rain Around 3000 fans braved the heavy rains to watch the semi-final at The Kalinga Image courtesy: Sundeep Misra The momentum of winning a quarter-final by playing well had been stopped Marijne was philosophical about the loss “Both teams could not play their best game“ he said “You have to deal with circumstances You can’t complain Both teams had difficulties It is what it is” Stats kind of lose relevance in a match like this Even though India camped in the Argentina striking circle the lack of pace on the ball made defending easier as compared to an offensive unit trying to control the pace of the ball Waiting for the ball on a flooded pitch is easier than breaking down the defence Marijne also spoke about conceding only one PC to Argentina “If you concede only one PC to Argentina who have a good dragflicker (Peillat) then you have done really good” he said But with a team playing defensively in the last two quarters and only moving up on a counter attack with just one forward PCs would have been difficult to conjure But the Indian coach was generous to concede that Argentina were smarter It has been seen since the time Retegui took over that Argentina’s propensity to sometimes implode has been curbed There is a lot of calmness on the pitch Retegui may not look that cool standing on the touch line but the team always has direction “They were a little bit calmer did smart things like little high balls Slowly we adjusted with what we wanted Yes they are an experienced team and that’s why they are number one” explained Marijne This is exactly why India needed to play a team that have travelled all the way up to being No 1 Argentina are the only team apart from Belgium who have broken the hegemony of Australia Netherlands and Germany In the end the semi-final of the Hockey World League Final between India the Asian champions and Argentina the Olympic champions would always be remembered as a stop-start match with the ball behaving like a pebble scaled over water held against the magnificent backdrop of thousands of fans huddled under black umbrellas Beijing: Accusing India of following a "tricky two-sided" China policy to "maximise gains at minimum costs" an article in the state media in Beijing said India’s stand on a negotiated settlement in the disputed South China Sea is aimed at securing membership of the China-led SCO grouping Representational image AFP "Indian diplomacy rests on engagement with major world powers instead of clinging to a particular country By adopting an ambiguous strategy India places itself in a position that all the major powers woo it but it never explicitly promises anything regarding the policies of other nations" the article in the state-run Global Times said "This makes these countries hope about wooing India while not willing to break ties with it due to its ambiguous stance India has been trying to maximise its interests with minimum costs which so far has achieved satisfying results" the article ‘New Delhi may get dragged into tussles’ said Referring to the joint statement issued after the 18 April meeting of foreign ministers of Russia India and China (RIC) it said India struck a common stance toward the simmering tensions in the South China Sea (SCS) backing a negotiated settlement to solve territorial disputes China opposes the Philippines’ arbitration under the UN Convention on Law of Seas (UNCLOS) on the SCS but is open for a negotiated settlement "Having established a comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination China-Russia relations have warmed up in the past two years and Russia has expressed understanding and support for China’s stance in the South China Sea But India’s attitude is tricky" it said "For years India has remained a prudent yet ambiguous stance over the SCS issue At a sensitive moment such as now India expressed the same attitude as China and Russia indicating a changing state of mind of India" it said "One possible reason is that India has been striving for full-fledged membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) In July 2015 SCO Ufa summit launched the process of accession for India and Pakistan "But India’s inclusion into the SCO has not been completed India needs to prove that its accession can play a constructive role for the unity of SCO members and the international effect of the SCO" it said "In addition what rights India will be entitled to after it enters the SCO will be determined by the existing members Against this backdrop India taking a consistent stance with China and Russia in diplomatic matters will facilitate its accession to the SCO and help it better play its role within this regional framework "This may be part of India’s consideration" the article said adding that India at the same time agreed to share military logistics with the US "By joining the communique in support of China’s stance on the South China Sea India seemingly tries to strike a diplomatic balance at a high level Yet it doesn’t connote any change in India’s diplomatic intentions to seek a balance between powers" it said "India’s moves to substantively bolster the US in military cooperation and meanwhile disappoint the latter right before the South China Sea arbitration outcome is released indicates the duality of India’s policy They show that India also takes a two-sided stance in dealing with China" it said By: Express Web Desk | Updated: June 7 2017 10:57 pm Rohan Bopanna and his partner Gabriela Dabrowskimoved into the finals of the French Open (Source: File) Top News India’s Rohan Bopanna reached the mixed doubles final of French Open with partner Gabriela Dabrowski With this Bopanna remains as the sole Indian player still in title contention at Roland Garros Bopanna and his partner caused a huge upset by defeating third-seeded Andrea Hlavackova and Edouard Roger-Vasselin 7-5 6-3 in the semifinals Noticeably this is only the second time that Bopanna has managed to reach the finals of a Grand Slam In 2010 he reached the final of US Open men’s doubles with Pakistani partner Aisam-ul-haq-Qureshi Unfortunately he lost to the Bryan brothers –Bob and Mike Meanwhile after this win Bopanna and Dabrowskiwill now face Germany’s Anna-Lena Groenefeld and Colombia’s Robert Farah who knocked out Casey Dellacqua and Rajeev Ram 6-7(5) 6-3 10-5 in other semifinal contest It may be recalled here that so far only three Indians have so far managed to lay hands on a Grand Slam trophy Leander Paes Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza are the three Earlier Rohan Bopanna and Gabriela Dabrowski made their way into the semifinals of the same event with a straight-sets win over the duo of Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig on Monday This was another upset that the duo of Bopanna and Dabrowski had caused For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: October 19 2015 10:47 am A picture of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan shooting with Ranbir Kapoor on the sets of the Karan Johar directed film has started doing the rounds on social media which was shared by Ranbir and Aishwarya’s fan clubs on Instagram Related News Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan who made a comeback on silver screen with her recent release ‘Jazbaa’ opposite Irrfan Khan has already started shooting for her next film ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ The actress is now in Vienna is busy shooting with Ranbir Kapoor A picture of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan shooting with Ranbir Kapoor on the sets of the Karan Johar directed film has started doing the rounds on social media which was shared by Ranbir and Aishwarya’s fan clubs on Instagram We can see Aishwarya Rai wearing a long white coat with a blue pair of denim standing next to Ranbir Aishwarya was also seen giving autographs to her fans and posing for pictures with them Earlier Aishwarya’s fan club had shared a picture of her with Aaradhya at the Mumbai airport before leaving for Vienna Ranbir Kapoor has already shot for the movie with Anushka Sharma in London and Paris The duo was also joined by Pakistani actor Fawad Khan The movie which is being shot across the globe will also be shot in New York and New Delhi Share This Article Related Article ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ which is being produced by Fox Star India and Dharma Productions will release on June 3 2016 For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsIndian Wells: Angelique Kerber won’t celebrate her return to World No 1 with an Indian Wells title after a shock fourth-round exit on Tuesday at the hands of Elena Vesnina Russia’s 14th-seeded Vesnina toppled the second-seeded German 6-3 6-3 to book a quarter-final clash with seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams File picture of Angelique Kerber AFP Williams battled back from a break down in the final set to beat Chinese qualifier Peng Shuai 3-6 6-1 6-3 "(I) wasn’t really sure how it was going to turn out today" Williams said "There were some up-and-downs and errors It was so frustrating But I feel like I got my focus more in that second set and towards the end of the third because I’m just a competitor So if things get closer then I think my better tennis is going to come" Vesnina the 14th seed notched her first career victory over a top-three player Kerber was the top-ranked player in the draw and will return to number one in the world on Monday despite the defeat thanks to Serena Williams’ injury withdrawal from the event Vesnina went up a quick break and never trailed She broke Kerber five times and managed to stifle a would-be rally that saw the German close the gap from 4-1 to 4-3 in the second set "I was a little nervous at the end of the match" Vesnina said "So I’m really happy that I closed that match because this win means a lot to me" Kerber winner of the Australian and US Opens last year had struggled past 62nd-ranked Pauline Parmentier in the previous round and said she never found her rhythm against Vesnina "It was not my day" she said "I was doing a lot of mistakes I was not moving actually good But it’s happened I mean she played from the beginning until the end good tennis and she was aggressive So she took the game in her hands" Svetlana Kuznetsova breezes into quarters Eighth-seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova sped past Caroline Garcia 6-1 6-4 to lead the way into the quarters Kuznetsova is in the last eight in the California desert for the first time since reaching back-to-back finals in 2007 and 2008 The 31-year-old Russian owner of two Grand Slam singles titles enjoyed a resurgence in 2016 winning two titles and upsetting world number one Serena Williams in Miami as she returned to the top 10 in the world for the first time since 2010 "I just fell in love with the game again" said Kuznetsova who next faces compatriot Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova who toppled fifth-seeded Slovak Dominika Cibulkova 6-4 3-6 6-2 Pavlyuchenkova belted 35 winners as she kept the normally aggressive Cibulkova in check avenging a three-set loss to the Slovak in Doha "I always like to get revenges" Pavlyuchenkova said Third-seeded Czech Karolina Pliskova booked her quarter-final berth with an abbreviated appearance under the hot desert sun She was leading Timea Bacsinszky 5-1 when the Swiss player retired with a left wrist injury Pliskova next faces seventh-seeded French Open champion Garbine Muguruza who downed 10th-seeded Ukrainian Elina Svitolina 7-6 (7/5) 1-6 6-0 By: IANS | Mumbai | Published: April 16 2016 4:02 pm Swara Bhaskar says that she has she ever done a film for survival Related News Actress Swara Bhaskar who has carved her niche for herself in showbiz says that she has never done a film for money The actress says that she has she ever done a film for survival “I have never signed a film for money because I can borrow that from someone but once your film is released it’s going to be there forever I don’t want to look like an idiot in my grave when some student comes to research and pulls out the details and says who is this actress and what has she done” “Films last forever and when I am dead I want a respectable body of work I don’t want to look like a jack ass when I am dead” she added The actress is currently busy promoting her film “Nil Battey Sannata” where she will be seen playing a role of a mother She however says she was reluctant to play the role of a mother of a teenage girl “I am used to doing dangerous things When I was offered the film I read the script with the intention to refuse it But later on I realised that its such a wonderful script and felt that as an actor it’s a very challenging role for me” she said “Nil Battey Sannata” the family entertainer directed by Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari also features Ratna Pathak Shah It will open in theaters on April 22 Entertainment Videos by Indian Express For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Los Angeles | Published: October 9 2015 11:07 am Justin Bieber’s legal team has sent a cease and desist letter to the publication after the singer’s nude shots began spreading online on (Source: AP) Related News Pop sensation Justin Bieber is threatening to sue a media outlet which published nude photos of him during his vacation in Bora Bora His legal team has sent a cease and desist letter to the publication after the shots began spreading online on The Hollywood Reporter said “We recently became informed that your company has obtained and is distributing unauthorised photographs of our Client including images showing him without clothing” the letter read According to the cease and desist letter Bieber’s legal team is demanding the removal of the nude pictures from the publication’s website within 12 hours 21-year-old Bieber’s legal team say the publication of the nude photos is a violation of the singer’s publicity and privacy rights The photos also infringe on the “What Do You Mean” singer’s trademarks The cease and desist letter acknowledged that the nude photos are indeed Bieber’s despite some speculation that the shots were photoshopped to look like him For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsIt is an established fact that former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is an epitome of modesty Before etching his name in the annals of cricket Dhoni worked as a junior Train Ticket Inspector (TTI)at Kharagpur station It was here that Dhoni spent most of his time and quite often visited a chaistall owner known as Thomas because of his love for tea and hot milk MS Dhoni met Thomas in the hotel in Kolkata Credit: Daily Bhaskar So because of the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy Dhoni happened to visit Kolkata and that is where Thomas decided to visit the special customer What’s next It took just seconds for Dhoni to recognise the all-excited Thomas who curiously waited outside the Eden Gardens stadium He rushed towards Dhoni and gave him a hug That did not end here Dhoni took Thomas for dinner that very evening Well his journey from the small town of Ranchi to winning the World Cup in 2011 has been documented in ‘MS Dhoni: The Untold Story’ in which actor Sushant Singh Rajput played the leadrole "When Dhoni bhai (brother) was in Kharagpur he used to visit my shop two or three times a day to have tea Many times I served him hot milk in that period After today’s incident I will go back to Kharagpur and name my shop ‘Dhoni Tea Stall" said an emotional Thomas to Daily Bhaskar Not only did Dhoni greet Thomas but also his 11 friends during his time in Railways He made sure that all of his friends were comfortable and safe Such is India’s successful captain’s humbleness MS Dhoni posing with two of his 11 friends who visited him in Kolkata Credit: Daily Bhaskar Also it was seen in the movie how his friends played a huge part in his success However Dhoni still remembers their sacrifices and contributions made for him by his closed ones Dhoni is also showing that he has still got it by slamming a quick-fire century and guiding Jharkhand beat Chandigarh by 78 runs in the Vijay Hazare Trophy on Sunday

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