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Traditionally, computer vision applications have relied on highly specialized algorithms painstakingly designed for each specific application and use case. This meant that designing for computer vision was hard, and this significantly slowed the adoption of vision-based applications. Additionally, this made new applications very expensive and time consuming.However, there has been a democratization of computer vision. By that we mean it’s becoming much easier to develop computer vision-based algorithms, systems and applications, as well as to deploy these solutions at scale – enabling many more developers and organizations to incorporate vision into their systems.Deep learning is one of the drivers of this trend. Because of the generality of deep learning algorithms, there’s less of a need to develop specialized algorithms. Instead, developer focus can shift to selecting among available algorithms, and then to obtaining the necessary quantities of training data.Deep neural networks (DNNs) have transformed computer vision, delivering superior results on tasks such as recognizing objects, localizing objects within a frame and determining which pixels belong to which object. Even problems previously considered solved with conventional techniques are now finding better solutions using deep learning techniques.As a result, computer vision developers are increasingly adopting deep learning techniques. In the Alliance’s most recent survey, 59% of vision system developers are already using DNNs (an increase from 34% two years ago). Another 28% are planning to use DNNs for visual intelligence in the near future.Another critical factor in simplifying computer vision development and deployment is the rise of cloud computing and much better development tools. For example, rather than spending days or weeks installing and configuring development tools, today engineers can get instant access to pre-configured development environments in the cloud. Likewise, when large amounts of compute power are required to train or validate a neural network algorithm, this compute power can be quickly and economically obtained in the cloud.Cloud computing offers an easy path for initial deployment of many vision-based systems, even in cases where ultimately developers will switch to edge-based computing to reduce costs. Our most recent survey found that 75% of respondents using deep neural networks for visual understanding in their products deploy those neural networks at the edge, while 42% use the cloud. These figures total to more than 100% because some survey respondents use both approaches.The world of practical computer vision is changing very fast – opening up many exciting technical and business opportunities. You can learn about the latest developments in computer vision at the Embedded Vision Summit, May 20-23, 2019, in Santa Clara, California. The event attracts a global audience of more than one thousand people who are developing and using computer vision technology. — Jeff Bier is the founder if the Embedded Vision Alliance. >> This article was originally published on our sister site, EE Times: “Tools, Algorithms Drive Embedded Vision.” For more articles related to embedded vision, see: – Embedded vision builds on specialized co-processors – Open-source software meets broad needs of robot-vision developers – Computer vision for the masses: bringing computer vision to the open web platform Can be deployed at low cost and with low power consumption Is usable by non-specialists Since we started the Embedded Vision Alliance in 2011, there has been an unprecedented growth in investment, innovation, and use of practical vision technology across a broad range of markets. To help understand technology choices and trends, the Embedded Vision Alliance conducts an annual survey of product developers.In the most recent iteration of this survey, completed in November 2018, 93% of respondents reported that they expect an increase in their organization’s vision-related activity over the coming year (61% expect a large increase). This increase would not be possible without extensive work on new algorithms and development tools to speed adoption of vision-based systems.Three fundamental factors are driving the proliferation of visual perception. It increasingly Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Continue Reading Previous Syslogic: rugged computers and HMI systems for construction machineryNext How smart sensors enhance ADAS designs Works well enough for diverse, real-world applications
\R Moscow, Jul 12 (AFP) Croatia have relied on mental strength to defy limited resources and become the smallest nation in 68 years to reach a World Cup final, said defender Dejan Lovren. Zlatko Dalic’s men have taken the long road to a meeting with France in Moscow on Sunday after three lots of extra-time and two penalty shootouts in the knockout phase to squeeze past Denmark, Russia and England. Born to Croatian parents in the Bosnian city of Zenica, Lovren was forced to flee to Germany at just three years old when the Bosnian War broke out in 1992. His family eventually settled back in Croatia and the Liverpool defender believes a tough upbringing and fierce desire to make the nation of just over four million people proud are key motivating factors. “I think it is our mentality. We went through again a lot… wars, all these things, and even now the situation is not the best. But it is unbelievable how many talents we have in sports,” Lovren told reporters after Croatia ended England’s World Cup dreams with a 2-1 semi-final win. “We knew we could write history and we did it. Now there is only one game left to make it forever.” Lovren and his teammates have already gone further than Croatia ever have before at a World Cup, but can become legends if they gain revenge for France’s semi-final victory in the 1998 World Cup. French right-back Lillian Thuram scored his only two goals in a storied 142-cap international career in that semi-final 20 years ago.advertisement “I think now in many years people will remember us, not the ’98 team. This is what I wanted, this is why I’m proud and I deserve this.” added Lovren. “I was only nine. I remember my mum was screaming and she was crying after the France game. People were talking about Lillian Thuram, where did he come from? Maybe it is our time for revenge.” Having seen off Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium in 90 minutes and had an extra day’s rest following their semi-final on Tuesday, France will be heavy favourites to make amends for defeat to Portugal on home soil in the final of Euro 2016 on Sunday. However, Croatia have grown used to beating the odds, and will relish the role of underdogs once more. “France are definitely the favourites, there is no hiding from that, but we like that,” added Lovren. “We like to be the underdogs from day one. “Without being arrogant. I think if you are in the final, you are the two best teams in the world.” (AFP) ATKATK
PV Sindhu stormed into her second straight World Championship final on Saturday after beating Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi in the semi-finals.In a match that lasted 55 minutes, Sindhu registered a 21-16, 24-22 win over Yamaguchi.Sindhu, who lost in the World Championship final last year to Nozomi Okuhara, is hoping for a different result this time.”It was a good match overall. I hope this time it would be a better result than the last time. I have to prepare well for tomorrow, so its not yet over,” Sindhu said after the match.Sindhu entered the match with a 6-4 head-to-head record against Yamaguchi, who had defeated the Indian in big-ticket events such as All England Championship this year and Dubai Superseries Final last year. The duo faced off twice this year with each registering a win.Badminton World Championships 2018: Sindhu sets up final against Marin”We know each other’s game, we play very often, we played at the All England Championship. So we needed to be patience and consistent to win. I was prepared for long matches because both Yamaguchi and Okuhara are very good players and can go on and on in the rallies,” Sindhu said.”So I had to be on the court always. In the second game when I was down, I still had hope that till the last point it wasn’t over for me, so I kept trying. I had to work hard to get each point.”The 23-year-old from Hyderabad, who also won two bronze medals in 2013 and 2014, will face Olympic champion and former two-time gold medallist Carolina Marin of Spain on Sunday.advertisement”Tomorrow is going to be an aggressive match. Again we know each other’s game, so no easy matches, no easy points, just have to turn up and give my best tomorrow,” Sindhu said.Marin reached the final after beating China’s He Bingjiao in the first semi-final of the day.The Spaniard dished out a clinical performance as she registered a 21-17, 21-10 win over the home favourite.
New Delhi, Aug 11 (PTI) New Delhi has been granted hosting rights of the Combined ISSF World Cup, to be held before the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the development underlining India’s growing stature in shooting sport. The International Shooting Sport Federation’s Combined World Cup involves events in rifle, pistol and shotgun. This would be the seventh continental or global multi-nation shooting competition to be staged in the country since 2012. The decision was taken in principle at the ISSF’s ongoing Executive Committee meeting in Vienna and conveyed to National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) president Raninder Singh, who attended the meeting. A formal intimation by the ISSF will follow soon. Thrilled at the development, Raninder said, “We are extremely grateful to the ISSF president and the entire executive committee for reposing faith on the country’s and NRAI’s ability to hold such big and important world level competitions. “We shall not only not disappoint as usual but also exceed expectations. Such events help grow the sport in our country further and boosts the chances of our shooting athletes, both in terms of gaining confidence by competing with the world’s best at home and also in terms of gaining more spots in important competitions away from home, like the Olympics.” The capital’s Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range will also host next year’s first ISSF World Cup stage for rifle and pistol events in February, which will be a quota event for the Tokyo Olympics. Raninder added, “A big thank you also to the Government of India who have always been supportive and not the least to team NRAI and the entire shooting fraternity of the country for delivering to their tasks and creating new benchmarks in performance standards.”advertisement Since 2012, the year current president started his tenure, it would be the seventh major continental or global multi-nation shooting competition to be staged in the country. Among the major events hosted by India are the ISSF Combined World Cup in 2017, Asian Olympic competition before the Rio Games in January 2016 and the prestigious season-ending World Cup Finals. PTI AH ATKATK
Ludhiana, Aug 15 (PTI) On the occasion of the 72nd Independence Day today, the Punjab government conferred state awards to 17 people for their outstanding contribution in various fields. The awardees included social activists, sports persons, progressive entrepreneurs and governmentofficials, who had made extraordinary efforts to achieve their respective targets besides playing a significant role in the social sector, an official statement said. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh conferred a certificate and cash award to Sahil Chopra of Patiala for clinching eight international and 13 national medals, respectively, in swimming. The second recipient, hearing and visually impaired Yashvir Goyal from Bathinda, excelled in badminton and chess games and brought laurels to the state by winning several medals in state and national badminton and chess championships, respectively, the statement said. District Programme Officer Tarn Taran Hardeep Kaur was honoured for her commendable services in ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’ campaign. With her strenuous efforts, the Tarn Taran has been enlisted among the three best districts in ‘impressive community’ category. Eliza Bansal of Lehragaga, Sangrur district, was rewarded for securing the first position in the AIIMS entrance examination. Her award was received by principal Pardeep Kumar on her behalf. Forest and Wildlife Security officer Davinder Singh received the award for discharging his duties with utmost dedication, devotion, passion and honesty, according to the statement. Industrialist Anil Bharti, who is president of the Swami Vivekanand Swaraj Ashram Trust, Ludhiana, was honoured for his exemplary social services. Shalma Sall of Payal sub-division was rewarded for successfully running a gaushala and looking after 33 cows having nil milk production.advertisement Rupinder Kaur, who is the president of Power House Youth Club, Patiala, was honoured for her social services and fight against social evils like drug consumption, female foeticide and dowry. Renowned industrialist Sanjiv Arora was honoured for serving cancer patients and ensuring free of cost treatment to more than 100 cancer patients of poor families since 2005. The chief minister also honoured Sukhpal Singh, sanitary inspector of the Nagar Council Ferozepur for effectively implementing the Swachh Bharat mission and constructing 1,270 toilets. Gobinder Sohal, who is an artist by profession from Patiala, was honoured for his rare paintings relating to religious and historic importance. Jasmeen Kaur of Bathinda, who won the gold medal in the international sub-junior Asian Powerlifting Championship 2018, and Husnpreet Kaur of Charri village, Fatehgarh Sahib, who secured silver and gold medals during fencing competitions in England in July this year, were also rewarded. Mumtaz, who clinched bronze in fencing championship in England was also honoured. The awardees also included Bahadur Singh of Bullowal Hoshiarpur for donating blood 44 times and working against drug abuse, Dr Rajnish Kapoor for his valuable services in the medical field in Patiala district, and DSP Gurjot Singh Klair for excelling in countering the cyber crime. PTI SUN HP AQSAQS
Former India cricket captain Ajit Wadekar was cremated at the Shivaji Park crematorium in Mumbai on Friday with full state honours.Wadekar, who had led India to their first victory in West Indies and England in 1971, had died at a South Mumbai hospital on August 15 after a prolonged illness.An aggressive left-handed batsman, Wadekar made his first-class debut in 1958-59 but did not play for India until 1966-67.Wadekar served Indian cricket in different capacities — as manager, coach and a selector. A batsman par excellence, he was also the first to captain India in the One-Day Internationals.Farewell Ajit Wadekar: Captain Courageous, Gutsy ManagerWadekar’s body was kept at his Worli residence this morning for his well-wishers to pay their tributes.Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, Vinod Kambli, Sameer Dighe, former hockey captain MM Somaiya and past and present officials of the Mumbai Cricket Association offered their prayers and condolences.BCCI General Manager (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim also paid tributes on behalf of the cricket board.Politicians cutting across party lines, including Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut also offered their prayers.Ajit Wadekar brought out the best in us in 1990s: Sachin TendulkarWadekar’s body was then taken to the Shivaji Park Gymkhana (SPG) in Dadar in Central Mumbai in an open truck. At the Gymkhana, former India cricketers Sandeep Patil, Nilesh Kulkarni, domestic cricket stalwart Padmakar Shivalkar and officials of the SPG also offered their last respects to departed soul.Jatin Paranjpe was also present at the Gymkahna, while his father Vasu Paranjpe was there at the crematorium.advertisementWrapped in the Tricolour, Wadekar’s body was later was taken to the crematorium.A few of his well wishers remembered the late India captain after the rituals were performed.Virat Kohli pays his respects to Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Ajit WadekarIn the presence of family members and well-wishers, Wadekar was bid a tearful adieu as Mumbai Police gave him a gun salute.Wadekar will be remembered for his gutsy knocks at the crucial number three position for years. He was also a great fielder in the slip cordon.Wadekar took over as captain of the Indian team from MAK Pataudi and proved to be a good leader of men. After leading the country to memorable series wins in the West Indies and England, Wadekar oversaw another series win over England in 1972-73, at home.However, Wadekar had to retire after India were blanked 3-0 on the tour of England in 1974.Wadekar also served as India manager in the 1990s and enjoyed a successful stint with then captain Mohammad Azharuddin. He was appointed as chairman of selectors in 1998.(With inputs from PTI)Former Indian cricketer Ajit Wadekar was honoured at his funeral in a most respectable manner. India Today’s @rkmrasesh brings the exclusive details.#ReporterDiaryMore Videos: https://t.co/FAHzdk9TO8 pic.twitter.com/K20rqvyzgJIndia Today (@IndiaToday) August 17, 2018
New Delhi, Aug 29 (PTI) Over 180 students belonging to SC and ST communities were honoured at the Dr Ambedkar National Merit Awards here today for scoring high marks in class 10 and 12 examinations.The awards were given by Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot at a function here.The merit awards are divided into three categories. Rs 60,000 in cash was given as first prize while Rs 50,000 was given as second prize. The third position was awarded with Rs 40,000.In his message to the students, the minister said, “Ambedkar was a source of inspirations for millions in the country. He was instrumental in the setting up of the Reserve Bank of India and several other institutions in the country”.He asked students to focus on sports activities besides academics for holistic development.Minister of state for Social Justice and Empowerment Vijay Sampla also addressed the students. PTI SAN DPB
By Amanpreet Singh and Bharat Sharma Jakarta, Aug 29 (PTI) Heptathlete Swapna Barman added a dash of heroism to her historic gold medal, triple jumper Arpinder Singh personified the predictability that comes with a favourite tag, while sprinter Dutee Chand continued to rediscover herself as track-and-field remained India’s happy hunting ground at the 18th Asian Games here. The surprise story of the day was table tennis where old warhorse A Sharath Kamal and new sensation Manika Batra broke new grounds, giving India a first ever mixed doubles medal at the Asiad — a bronze. As a result of these path-breaking performances, the country remained on course to better its previous edition’s haul and tallied 54 medals — 11 gold, 20 silver and 23 bronze. Competing with a plastered face owing to a teeth injury, described as a a case of infection, the battle-hardened Swapna topped the overall standings to garb her maiden Asiad gold. The daughter of a rickshaw puller who has been bed-ridden by stroke since 2013, Swapna logged 6026 points from the seven events competed over two days. She won the high jump (1003 points) and javelin throw (872 points) events and finished second-best in shot put (707 points) and long jump (865 points). Her weakest events were 100m (981 points, 5th position) and 200m in which she finished seventh with 790 points. But the tremendous overall effort was enough to make her the first heptathlete to notch up a gold at the continental showpiece. Another history-maker was Arpinder, becoming the first triple jumper in 48 years to fetch a gold after Mohinder Singh Gill (1970).advertisement The athlete from Punjab bossed the finals, making the gold-winning jump of 16.77m in just his third attempt and was never really threatened by the rest of the field. Then there was Dutee, continuing to enjoy her return to top flight athletics, by adding a 200m silver to the one she clinched in the 100m event. Dutee was not allowed to compete at the 2014 Commonwealth Games as she was embroiled in a hyperandrogenism case, which eventually went in her favour at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS). Today, she crossed the line in 23.20 which was 0.149 slower than the gold medal winner from Bharain, Edidiong Odiong (22.96). “I have faced a lot since 2014. No one has gone through such a bad phase. I am glad that I could win two medal for the country. There is always this fear that it might come back. But more the fear, the harder I train,” the diminutive runner said after finding her silver lining. The Indian table tennis contingent’s dream run also got better when Kamal and Batra, both Commonwealth Games gold-winners, exceeded their own expectations to win a historic mixed doubles bronze. It was only yesterday that the Kamal-led men’s team had secured a bronze, ending India’s 60-year-wait for a maiden medal at the Asian Games. Today, Kamal and Batra played four matches in a day and only the opener against Malaysia was comfortable. In the semifinals, Kamal and Batra made life tough for China’s Yingsha Sun and Wang Sun before going down 9-11, 5-11, 13-11, 4-11, 8-11. “It has been an unbelievable campaign so far. Not even in my wildest dreams, I thought of winning a medal at the Asian Games. Now I have got that too. I am still pinching myself,” said Kamal, who will also compete in the men’s doubles and singles competiton. The women’s hockey team provided the perfect end to the day, by making the finals with a 1-0 win over China. The team is now assured of a better medal than the bronze it won the last time around. Also on a roll were the squash players. In their best ever show at the Games, they were assured of two more medals after the men’s and women’s teams advanced to the semifinals. The men’s defeated Thailand, while the women sailed past China, both winning by by an identical 3-0 margin. The squash players had claimed three bronze medals in the singles competition and with two medals assured in team events, they have exceeded their 2014 performance in terms of number of medals won. There were mixed results in the boxing ring. Star boxer Vikas Krishan (75kg) overcame a bleeding left eye to be assured of an unprecedented third consecutive Asian Games medal, while Amit Panghal (49kg) produced a power-packed performance in his quarterfinal bout to guarantee himself a maiden podium finish. However, it was curtains for world silver-medallist Sarjubala Devi (51kg) after she lost her quarterfinal bout 0-5 to China’s Chang Yuan. Her loss means that Indian women boxers would be returning without a medal from the Asiad for the first time since the event was added to the Games in 2010.advertisement The overall haul from boxing is going to be just two this time, a massive drop from a gold and four bronze medals achieved in 2014. There was no end to disappointments in judo, and sepaktakraw, where Indians failed to register any result of significance. After delivering a surprise silver and bronze yesterday, the Kurash contingent endured a disappointing day, failing to win. Already out of reckoning, the Indian men’s handball team ended its campaign on a positive note, defeating Indonesia in a group 3 main round match. PTI AT/BS PM PM
India will host the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Masters, one of the most prestigious basketball tournaments in the world, for the first time starting September 22 in Hyderabad.The Hyderabad Masters will see participation from the leading international 3×3 teams and top two 3BL teams Delhi 3BL and Bangalore 3BL.The qualification for the Indian teams was decided on the basis of the results of the inaugural season of 3×3 Pro Basketball League (3BL) which was held from June 9 to August 26 across six cities in India.Members of the Delhi team comprise Inderbir Gill, Bikramjit Gill, Leandro Souza de Lima and Kiran Shastri. While the team from Bangalore includes Sowkin Shetty, Amit Sehrawat, Rajan Sharma and Lalrina Renthlei.Hyderabad Masters is the seventh stage of the FIBA 3×3 World Tour and is the first time an international 3×3 basketball tournament is being played in India.The participating teams will compete for a chance to qualify for the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Bloomage Beijing Final on October 27-28.The best international teams like Novi Sad (World No 1), Piran (No 3), Belgrade (No 9) and more, along with top international players like Simon Finzgar (World No 8) and Anze Srebovt (No 9) will compete in the event.”India is getting a chance like never before to host the FIBA 3×3 World Tour. Only nine other cities in the world have been the hosts in this edition,” Chairman, Hyderabad Masters, Yoshiya Katoh, said.”This is an opportunity for Indian basketball players to compete against the strongest opponents and improve their game. We are proud to be a part of this landmark moment.”advertisementLeague Commissioner, 3BL, Rohit Bakshi, said: “One of my biggest dreams has been to see an Indian team win a medal at an international platform in 3×3 basketball. Team Delhi 3BL and Bangalore 3BL both have the potential to emerge at the top in Hyderabad Masters and qualify for the FIBA 3×3 World Tour Finals.” PTI APA ATK ATK
New Delhi, Sep 11 (PTI) As many as 1.35 lakh students will decide the fate of 23 candidates in the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) polls on Wednesday.While the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) has promised the “Institute of Eminence” tag for Delhi University and thalis for Rs 10, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) has promised to spend 50 per cent of the union’s budget on women and social justice-related activities, along with a special attention to promoting sports and installing sanitary pad vending machines on college campuses.The Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) student wing, the Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS), and left-wing students’ outfit All India Students Association (AISA) are jointly contesting the DUSU polls.After the AAP came to power in Delhi in February 2015, its students wing had unsuccessfully contested the DUSU polls.It has promised to ensure installation of CCTV cameras, setting up of police booths on campus, ending the “culture of hooliganism” and opposing commercialisation of education.Around 700 electronic voting machines (EVMs) have been installed in 52 centres. The polling in the morning colleges will commence at 8 am and end at 1 pm, while in evening colleges, it will be held between 3 pm and 7.30 pm.The results will be announced on September 13. Last year, the polls saw a 43-per cent voter turnout. PTI SLB RC
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Ramachandra Guha is unlike the known academicians in the country. He may have just finished one of the bulkiest biographies on Mahatma Gandhi, but the intellectual air usually associated with a ‘scholar’ is missing.”Captain Cook is batting on 95,” Guha says, visibly excited to see the English opener on course of his well-deserved century in what would be his last match in Test cricket.Guha’s love for cricket is wellrecorded. But how did a cricket enthusiast stumble upon Gandhi? “I have been stalked by Gandhi all my life. I spent the first 15 years of my career working on the history of Indian environmentalism, whose main actors were influenced by Gandhian ideology. Even while writing cricket books, Gandhi’s name would pop up every now and then, which was odd given the fact he had a profound distaste for popular passions such as cinema and sports.”Guha says his book is different from others in the sense it draws from a much wider range of source materials, including the papers that were in the safekeeping of Pyarelal Nayar, Gandhi’s personal secretary.”Most biographers rely on collective works. Besides Pyarelal’s papers, I have based my work on newspaper stories, archival records, and even intelligence reports.” He also explains how he stumbled upon a lot of source material in the Maharashtra state archives.”I realised Gandhi was in Ahmedabad since 1915, which was then in Bombay presidency. Then, of course, he spent a lot of time in Pune jail, besides being at Sevagram, Wardha.”One of the strengths of the 1,129-page book is that it never tries to be judgmental. “I confess I continue to be a Gandhi admirer, but why should that stop me from not highlighting how his attitude towards BR Ambedkar was often patronising, or that he, for all his saintliness, was an overbearing Indian patriarch who wanted to control the lives of his wife and sons. But he definitely mellowed down later in life. By the 1930s, Gandhi and Kasturba were exchanging letters, and his relations with Devdas were cordial.”advertisementBut for all his fight against the malaise of the caste system, Gandhi had objected to his son Devdas marrying an ‘outsider’. Guha says it would be wrong to confine the decision to his parochial approach.”Gandhi’s initial resistance was influenced by several factors, including his fear of further offending conservative Hindus, already angry at his campaign against untouchability.”The same reason, he says, would have forced Gandhi to step in when his second son, Manilal, wanted to marry a Muslim. “The orthodox elements of both communities would have misused it to create tension.”The book also deals in detail on Gandhi’s relationship with Saraladevi, his “spiritual wife”, as he referred to her in a letter. “I think he was besotted by her and vice versa. They had intense relationship for over a year; then Gandhi cut it off on the advice of Rajaji, but it lingered on,” says Guha, reminding this relationship only makes him see the Mahatma in a more human, rather than saintly, way.Guha, however, agrees that Gandhi’s Muslim policy had its flaws, and so were his dealing with Mohammed Ali Jinnah, who he believed had the ‘last laugh’.”Gandhi formulated his Muslim policy based on his South Africa experience. What he forgot was that outside the country, everyone is Indian, caste and religious lines get blurred. But within India, these differences get overtly manifested.”The author has no time for those who swear by Jinnah’s secularism. “This is rubbish. You can’t quote one speech to whitewash his entire communal project called Pakistan, which was created on religious lines. There are enough evidences to show that he started pitching for Pakistan from 1940 itself.”Apart from Gandhi, if there’s another person who seems to dazzle Guha the most, it’s Ambedkar. “When I first read The Annihilation of Caste many years ago, I was struck by the originality of his thinking. He alone had the intellectual and moral authority to take on Gandhi. And he did, forcing the Mahatma to revisit his stand on caste and untouchability.”Guha’s sympathies are also because of Ambedkar’s modest upbringing. “Gandhi, Nehru and Tagore – the three other towering contemporaries – were all born in comfort. Ambedkar, in contrast, had an extremely tough childhood. He had reasons to have grudges, unlike others.”Guha, however, isn’t surprised to see both Gandhi and Ambedkar being wooed by the Rightwing today.”The RSS is trying to appropriate them, because the Mahatma is the most famous Indian globally, and Ambedkar could get the BJP Dalit votes,” he says matter-offactly. “But the fact is the RSS detested both of them when they were alive.”advertisementThe author’s admiration for Ambedkar – like Gandhi – is wholesome. So, can we expect his next biography on him? Guha laughs – but keeps the suspense intact. Instead, he looks at his mobile and exclaims: “Cook has hit the century!”
Chelsea defender Gary Cahill is not enjoying his time as a squad player under new manager Maurizio Sarri and is considering leaving the Premier League club in January.The centre back has not played under Sarri after he took over from Antonio Conte at the start of the season and is now contemplating his future after growing frustrated with the lack of playing time.”As it is now, I’m not really enjoying things. Having been a big part of things for seven years and played a huge part, not just a squad player, I’m definitely finding it difficult this year to deal with that situation,” he told British media.”I don’t want to jump the gun, but as things stand at this time, probably, yes. I’m not a guy who is willing to accept not playing. It’s all about playing.”Your career’s short enough as it is. I’ve got maximum respect for everybody here at the football club, for the fans and all the players. But sometimes you have to make tough decisions to keep your career going forward,” he added, when asked about leaving the club in January.Cahill, who won two Premier League titles, the Champions League and the FA Cup since joining Chelsea in 2012, is out of contract at the end of the season but he is hoping that Chelsea will let him leave in January itself.Chelsea let goalkeeper Petr Cech move to direct rivals Arsenal three years ago, taking into account his years of service and desire for first-team opportunities, and Cahill is hoping for something similar.advertisement”I think with Pete they saw he wasn’t getting the game time he would have liked and they rewarded his professionalism and his attitude by letting him go and get first-team football,” Cahill added.”He could easily have played any moment. He just wanted to… continue playing week-in, week-out. That’s why I used that as an example. I feel I’m in a similar situation.”Chelsea travel to West Ham United in the Premier League on Sunday.(With inputs from Reuters)
India vs West Indies 1st Test Day 2 Live Streaming: How to watch IND vs WI Live Streaming on Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel
India vs West Indies 1st Test Day 2 live streaming from Rajkot: Watch Ind vs Wi 1st Test match free live streaming online: Watch IND vs WI 1st Test Day 2 Live on Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV.Prithvi Shaw’s historic debut hundred highlighted a dominating first day for India in the first Test against West Indies in Rajkot. After electing to bat on a placid pitch, India lost KL Rahul to Shannon Gabriel in the first over but Shaw’s stunning hundred helped the hosts take the upper hand.Cheteshwar Pujara (86) and Virat Kohli (72 not out) were also among the runs as India finished day one on 364/4. This is now the highest score for India on the opening day of a Test match by India against West Indies.What time does the 1st Test between India vs West Indies start?Day 2 of the first Test starts on 9:30 AM IST on October 5, Friday at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.What TV channel and live stream is the 1st Test between India and West Indies Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs Bangladesh match.Where will the 1st Test between India and West Indies be played?Day 2 of the 1st Test between India and West Indies will be played at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot from 09:30 IST.Where can I watch the India vs West Indies 1st Test live?advertisementThe match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs West Indies 1st Test?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs West Indies from our live blog on indiatoday.in.What are the teams for the 1st Test between India and West Indies?India XI: KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep YadavWest Indies XI: Kraigg Brathwaite, Kieran Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Sunil Ambris, Shane Dowrich, Keemo Paul, Devendra Bishoo, Sherman Lewis, Shannon Gabriel
Patna, Oct 28 (IANS) Star defender Surender Nada was on Sunday appointed assistant coach of Pro Kabaddi League (PKL) outfit Haryana Steelers, whose Head Coach is Rambir Singh Khokhar.Nada, who was injured in the Steelers’ opening game this season, will lend his expertise off the mat for the remainder of the ongoing sixth season.This change in leadership was prompted due to the resignation of previously appointed Assistant Coach Narender Kumar, who had to return to his post in the Services.Delighted at his new role, the former captain of the Steelers said: “Injuries are always part of sport and I am aware of that. However, post injury I was determined to stay associated with the team and it was decided that I join the team as mentor and adviser.””I would specifically be working with the defenders for the rest of the season, as that part of our team seems to be slightly unsteady this season and I am hoping that years of experience and knowledge as a strong defender would be beneficial to the team,” Nada added.Nada, who was injured during the opening leg of the tournament in Chennai, has been working with the team of experts at Inspire Institute of Sport in Bellary post his surgery for a broken arm. He rejoined the team in Pune and will continue with his recovery with the team’s sports therapist while on the road.Head Coach Khokhar also highlighted the benefits Surender would bring to the team: “Surender has been one of the strongest defenders in the country and we could not have found someone more appropriate to be working with our team.””He is highly respected by the boys, having been a part of the team since the last season and I am sure he will have a strong and positive influence on the boys,” he added.–IANSdm/kk/shsadvertisement
Union Minister of State Ananth Kumar Hegde’s officer on special duty has written to Karnataka’s chief secretary asking him not to include his name in the official invite of Tipu Jayanti.This is the second consecutive year that the minister has expressed displeasure about the state’s decision to celebrate Tipu Jayanti.”I condemn the state government’s decision to celebrate Tipu. He was anti-Hindu and anti-Kannada and there is no need to celebrate a tyrant. State government shouldn’t include my name in the official invitation.”- Hegde in his letterDeputy CM Parameshwar said that the government will go ahead and include Hegde’s name as per the protocol and it’s up to the minister to take part of not.”We shouldn’t be blamed later for not including his name.”- ParameshwarThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Karnataka has planned to protest against Tipu Jayanti this time too. According to the sources, issue like Tipu Jayanti will help the BJP consolidate their vote bank ahead of the 2019 elections.”People tomorrow will say celebrate Bin Laden Jayanti. Will they do it? Who is Tipu for them? Is he their father or grandfather, what is the need to celebrate him?”- BJP MLA CT Ravi criticised the governmentGovernment, as per schedule, will celebrate Tipu Jayanti on November 10. The police across the state have been told to be on a high alert as in the past there has been multiple reports of violence and casualties during Tipu Jayanti.Read more on Karnataka:Sunny Leone performs in Bengaluru peacefully as fringe outfits back offadvertisementRathore fumes after Karnataka mantri flings sports kits at athlete
Mohammed Shami has been given the ‘go-ahead’ by the BCCI to turn up for Bengal in the upcoming Ranji Trophy match against Kerala on the condition that he will bowl only 15-17 overs per innings.The decision to limit his workload in the Ranji game has been taken keeping the Test series in Australia in mind.India physio Patirck Farhat will also be updated every day on Shami’s fitness as he was rested after the first two ODIs in the series against West Indies.The series opener begins at Adelaide on December 6 and will be preceded by three T20s against Australia starting November 21.Also read – Virat Kohli promises to retaliate if Australia start sledging warThe Bengal pacer is the leading wicket-taker for India in Tests with 33 wickets this year. Bengal captain Manoj Tiwary played down the advisory from the BCCI.”Shami is a quality bowler, we have faith in his abilities and I don’t think we will need more than 15 overs per innings from him,” Tiwary said.Also read – Warner and Smith bans should not be reduced, says Ian ChappellBengal are yet to win a match this season and have six points from their matches against Himachal Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh in the Raji Trophy Elite Group B.(With inputs from PTI)Also watch –
COA member and former India captain Diana Edulji has brushed off the controversy surrounding Mithali Raj’s exclusion from the Indian side for the Women’s World T20 semi-final, saying team selection can’t be questioned and that the team just had a bad day in the Caribbean.Mithali was dropped for India’s eight-wicket defeat to England despite the former captain recovering from a knee injury that kept her out of the group-stage tie against eventual champions Australia.The team management’s decision kicked up a storm as fans and critics questioned the selection. Mithali’s manager Annisha Gupta slammed Harmanpreet, calling the skipper a “manipulative, lying cheat” before deleting her post on Twitter.”I think too much is being made out of it. The management (captain Harmanpreet Kaur, coach Ramesh Powar, vice captain Smriti Mandhana and selector Sudha Shah) made the decision of not changing a winning combination and that backfired. If India had won the game, I am sure nobody would have questioned their decision,” Edulji, a former Indian captain said.Also read: Will Mithali Raj retire from T20Is after World T20 fiasco in West Indies?”We can’t be questioning the team eleven. Another example is of Krunal Pandya, who was thrashed in the first T20 but bounced back strongly yesterday. These things happen in the game,” she said.In the two innings Mithali played in the tournament, she scored 51 and 56, against Ireland and Pakistan respectively.Also read: Ganguly relates to Mithali’s omission from World T20 semi-final: ‘Welcome to the group’Harmanpreet defended the decision to keep Mithali out of the eleven, saying “whatever we decided, we decided for the team”.advertisement”As I see it. It was just a bad day for India. The batting failed and when England were chasing, the dew made it tougher for the bowlers. The performance was unexpected, especially after the big win against Australia,” Edulji added.”I wish they had a bad game like that earlier in the competition and not in the all-important semifinal. The girls now have a New Zealand tour coming up, they must move on from this loss and work harder on their game.”No COA meeting planned yetEdulji also made it clear that no COA meeting has been planned yet with captain Harmanpreet and Mithali.Also read: Mithali Raj ‘terribly disappointed’ after World T20 semis axing, says personal coach”It was a selection matter. There is no need for the COA to intervene. If they want to have a word with us, then that can be looked at. We only step in when it is required like it was when Tushar Arothe stepped down,” she said.Arothe had to quit in July after he developed differences with the senior players over his training methods. Former India spinner Powar was appointed the full-time head coach in August and his term will end on November 30.
New Delhi, Dec 4 (PTI) The NBA Global Academy’s Princepal Singh has been selected to play in the Indian men’s team for the Super Kung Sheung Cup International Basketball Invitation Championship in Hong Kong from December 11 to 16. The 17-year old, based at The NBA Global Academy in Canberra, Australia, was previously a prospect at The NBA Academy India. Princepal has been a part of multiple camps organised by the NBA, including Basketball Without Borders Global Camp during NBA All-Star 2018. “The 6’10” player from Punjab is one of the most exciting prospects from India, following an impressive run during U16 FIBA Asian Championships in April where he averaged 22.7 points per game and 13 rebounds per game,” a press release from NBA India stated. Princepal is among 12 promising players at the NBA Global Academy, a training center at Basketball Australia’s (BA) Centre of Excellence at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) in Canberra. “I had a great experience at The NBA Academy India and I’m excited for the next stage of my development here at The NBA Global Academy. I look forward to applying everything that I’ve learned and represent the country with pride,” said Princepal. “We are committed to elite player development, and we are thrilled with Princepal’s continued progression as both an athlete and as a person,” added Yannick Colaco, MD, NBA India. PTI PM PM