The new budget will make (imported) running shoes dearer by a significant percentage so the time is ripe to revisit the reasons why we invest in a new pair. Beginners need the comfort first, but as you graduate to a regular runner, try to drop the cushion.”Here’s what I do: my training shoes are more cushioned than my race-day gear. So between two pairs of shoes, if one claims to simply be ‘faster’, avoid it. No point changing your running shoes simply because the colour clashes with your tee or wind-cheater. Old model-new modelWorse than admitting to a predilection for seasonal switches is buying a shoe simply because it alleges upgraded technology.

February 19, 2018 08:17 UTC

Gay freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy said it was a moment that he “never dreamed” possible as a child after he was filmed kissing his partner on live television at the Olympics. It has been hailed by some as a landmark moment in Games history and the footage went viral on social media. “My childhood self would never have dreamed of seeing a gay kiss on TV at the Olympics but for the first time ever a kid watching at home CAN! “Love is love.”The tweet garnered hundreds of messages of support and Adam Rippon, the gay American figure skater, wrote in reply: “Wow okay I just whimpered to myself so beautiful”. I definitely did not see a gay athlete at the Olympics kissing their boyfriend.

February 19, 2018 08:15 UTC

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan isn’t one to forget and forgive easily, and who would know it better than singer Arijit Singh. As per reports, Salman has asked the makers of Welcome To New York to not use any of Arijit’s songs. Apparently, the makers wanted to keep a song in Arijit’s voice in the film that also has a cameo by Salman. Salman once again Arijit’s song removed from the film. Now, with this new song in Welcome To New York, the tussle between the two has been revived.

February 19, 2018 08:15 UTC

Sensex shed 1.18%, or 400.29 points, to trade at 33,610.47, while the 50-share Nifty dropped 1.21%, or 126 points, at 10,326.30. Earlier, State Bank of India and Allahabad Bank disclosed Rs1,360 crore and Rs2,000 crore exposure to PNB. “We wait for dust to settle on PSU Banks’ stance,” said Credit Suisse in a 19 February report. Among public sector banks, Allahabad Bank fell 11%, Union Bank of India declined 10%, Punjab National Bank slumped 9%, Syndicate Bank and UCO Bank lost 9% each, and Bank of India and State Bank of India were down 7% and 5%, respectively. Nifty PSU Bank Index declined 5.6%.

February 19, 2018 08:15 UTC

"This is a terrible idea... You find an image on Google Images only for the image to be nowhere in sight. Talk about destroying your own successful service," one user tweeted.Several users suggested people should try rival image search engines such as Bing which still has a "view image" button. "The browser is focused on privacy and provides Google's search results but with no targeted ads and more privacy," the report said on Monday.Media reports said that Google will make copyright attribution and disclaimers more prominent in image search results. "The change is essentially meant to frustrate users. "ViewImage" adds the "Search by Image" and "ViewImage" buttons back to the Google images results page and the code for this extension is available on web-based hosting service GitHub.Users simply need to install this browser extension in Chrome or Opera and they would see the button back where it was.

February 19, 2018 08:15 UTC

About at the same time, England cricket coach Trevor Bayliss was calling for an end to T20 International cricket. “I wouldn’t play T20 internationals,” he said. "You've got guys that only play T20 and that's their chance to play international cricket, so I think absolutely its meaningful." It may have esclipsed the other formats, but T20 international cricket has not generated much impact in terms of legacy. This may result in higher stake and more interest in international T20 cricket.

February 19, 2018 08:11 UTC

It’s generally believed British Madras’s first church is St Mary’s in the Fort. Intriguingly, this was a Roman Catholic church Andrew Cogan, Agent of Fort St George, an Anglican settlement, permitted Fr. St. Andrew’s, aka the Portuguese Church, was built just outside the north wall of what became called the Inner Fort. Replacing it in time came St Mary’s Co-Cathedral and St Mary’s School. Even less known than this history is the fact that there’s still a Catholic St Andrew’s in the city and that the Kirk is not the only eponymous church in Madras.

February 19, 2018 08:08 UTC

A 25-year-old man from Nallasopara allegedly strangled a woman with a shoe lace at his residence because she refused to have sex with him, police said on Monday. The accused Haridas Nirgude and the victim Ankita More (20) became friends through social networking site ‘Facebook’, a senior police official said. After the victim reached there, he demanded sexual favours and as she refused it, Nirgude killed her, the officer added. Locals alerted the police, following which police officials reached the spot and took her body, the officer said. The accused was detained and he confessed the crime, the officer said, adding the process to arrest him was underway.

February 19, 2018 08:06 UTC

It seldom matches the real picture, which is invariably marred by the smudges of reality. Occasionally, the real picture comes close to the one we carry in our heads. On a section of Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR), I see a closeness between the real and the imagined. They would instead do a risky hurdle-run across OMR, jumping over the low median to reach the other side of the road. “Earlier, on OMR, the supply of work spaces for the IT sector was higher than the demand.

February 19, 2018 08:05 UTC

Syrian student Nour wistfully examines her bare ring finger, then scans fellow classmates around her at Damascus University. At 30, Nour says she is eager to get married -- but Syria’s protracted conflict means potential suitors have emigrated, joined the army or lost their lives. “I hope a wedding ring will decorate this finger someday,” says Nour, who asked to use a pseudonym to speak freely. More than 340,000 people have died in Syria’s war, and thousands of men have been deployed on front lines far from home. That has unravelled the social networks parents once used to find potential spouses for their sons and daughters, said Qassem.

February 19, 2018 08:03 UTC

Richard Branson is touting the tube-based transportation system to help address the infrastructure bottlenecks India is struggling with amid rapid urbanization. The founder of Virgin Group signed a preliminary agreement on Sunday in Mumbai for a broad hyperloop framework, the company said in a statement. Branson is touting the tube-based transportation system—first theorized in 2013 by billionaire Elon Musk—to help address the infrastructure bottlenecks India is struggling with amid rapid urbanization. The Pune-Mumbai hyperloop project could result in $55 billion in socio-economic benefits over 30 years of operation, according to an initial study by Virgin Hyperloop One. “I believe Virgin Hyperloop One could have the same impact upon India in the 21st century as trains did in the 20th century,” Branson said.

February 19, 2018 08:03 UTC

NEW DELHI: Telecom operator Idea Cellular has partnered with Panasonic to offer cashback on its 4G smartphone - P100. The telco is offering a cashback of Rs 1500 which would make the effective price of the device 25% lower than MRP, the company said in a statement on Monday.The move comes soon after Reliance Jio started offering cashback of Rs 2200 on select handset brands.Idea customers will get a cashback of Rs 300 after the first 12 months of use and after 12 months they’d be getting Rs 1200 cashback on the P100 smartphone priced starting Rs 5299.With Rs 1500 cashback, the effective price of the 4G device will be Rs 3799 and Rs 4499 for different variants.To avail the special offer, Idea customers will have to do a cumulative recharge of Rs 2500 during the first 12 months and the same amount during the next 12 months period. The customers will have to recharge with a minimum of Rs 199 or above, each month, to be eligible for the cashback.The recharge of Rs 199 is inclusive of unlimited calls across all networks, 28 GB data (1GB/day), 100 SMS/ Day, free roaming (outgoing and incoming) for a validity of 28 days.“Idea is committed to working towards increasing penetration of Idea 4G in India and provide seamless services to our customers along with offering affordable 4G smartphones through strategic partnerships and bundled offers”, said Sashi Shankar, Chief Marketing Officer, Idea Cellular.Panasonic P100 smartphone comes with a 5-inch HD display, 8 MP rear camera and 5 MP front camera.The device is powered by a 2200 mAh lithium ion battery and a Mediatek MTK 6737 Quad core Processor. The handset is equipped with Android- Nougat and is also integrated with the fingerprint sensor feature.The Panasonic P100 is available on Flipkart and will be sold through offline channels starting February 20.

February 19, 2018 07:52 UTC

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck southern Mexico early on Monday, sending frightened residents into the streets as seismic alarms echoed across the capital, although there were no immediate reports of damage. The tremor was strong enough to trigger earthquake alarms in Mexico City, more than 200 miles (320 km) away, but was shorter and less intense than one of Friday in the same area that damaged about 1,000 houses. Residents who rushed into the streets when the alarms sounded quickly returned to their homes once the quake stopped. The head of Mexico's civil protection agency, Luis Felipe Puente, said state emergency procedures had been activated in the affected states. Also read 13 dead in Mexico plane crash near earthquake epicentre"So far, no damage has been reported," he said on Twitter.

February 19, 2018 07:41 UTC

The rhetoric question my friend asked was ‘What is it that makes one lie?’For much of my growing-up years, I tended to lie particularly when I was frightened, thought I might be punished, and sometimes just to self-preserve. I also noticed I would lie when threatened or when spoken to harshly. Therefore, revealing the truth spares both the person and I embarrassment, particularly if the lie is discovered later. On some occasions, I have seen myself lie to create what I desired was a pleasurable and positive impression. I have, in recent years, learnt that whatever form of lie I say, it only leaves behind a residue of regret, and most often, when discovered, causes trust deficit in others towards me.

February 19, 2018 07:32 UTC

Alex Blackwell, Australia’s most capped female cricketer, has retired from all international and state cricket. Alex Blackwell played her first game for Australia in 2003 - a One-Day International against England - and went on to play 251 matches across all three formats for her country. Australia's Ellyse Perry directs Alex Blackwell and Meg Lanning during the ICC Cricket World Cup semifinal vs India at Derby, UK on July 20, 2017. Alyssa Healy , Ellyse Perry and Alex Blackwell celebrate during the WNCL Final match between Queensland and New South Wales at Allan Border Field on December 3, 2016 in Brisbane. She spent five years as vice-captain of the New South Wales side before being appointed captain ahead of the 2010-11 season.

February 19, 2018 07:30 UTC