Rohit Sharma: I don't put pressure on players: Rohit Sharma

MUMBAI: Mumbai Indians are sitting pretty atop the table with some wonderful wins in the 2017 edition of the IPL . One of the many people responsible for this success is their skipper Rohit Sharma , who returned to captain the side after an injury lay-off. These are the kind of things I try and work with the help of the coaching staff, analysts, everyone. Pick your men, back them, and let them think about ways to succeed instead of just bogging them down with pressure in any way. However, I'll worry if I bat for a good 15-20 balls and then get out.

April 26, 2017 05:36 UTC

Maria Sharapova’s comeback starts in Stuttgart, promoters drool over profit

Maria Sharapova returns from a 15-month doping ban on Wednesday with tournament promoters drooling over profit margins while rivals condemn the smooth road prepared for the Russian superstar’s rehabilitation. Maria Sharapova returns to action on Wednesday after a 15-month doping ban. World number five Simona Halep, the fourth seed in Stuttgart, also believes that handing Sharapova a wildcard sends completely the wrong signal. On the eve of the Stuttgart tournament, world number eight Radwanska made similar remarks -- and was then placed in the draw as Sharapova’s potential second round opponent. French Open chancesThere is speculation that Paris might meet her half way by granting a wildcard into the qualifying tournament instead.

April 26, 2017 05:30 UTC

Naomi retains WWE SmackDown Women's Championship

Highlights 1 Naomi retained the SmackDown Women's Championship. 2 Her title showdown with Charlotte ended in a disqualification. Naomi retained the SmackDown Women's Championship after her singles match with Charlotte ended in a disqualification. Charlotte, the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, won the Raw Women's Championship on four occasions. Since the winner could not be determined, the Naomi and Charlotte rivalry is expected to carry over to Backlash, SmackDown Live's next pay-per-view on May 21.

April 26, 2017 05:26 UTC

TV actor Parth Samthaan denies molestation charges; issues statement to media

I request the media to refrain from publishing any information about the present highly sensitive matter and act in accordance with law. If the media wishes to print anything in respect of the present matter, I request it to verify the facts and any act in pursuance thereof will be at its sole risk and responsibility. "Samthaan has acted in se veral Hindi television shows, including `Kaisi Yeh Yaariyan' and `Best Friends Forever? '.The case was filed in March following a statement by the aspiring model, who claimed that Samthaan had demanded sexual favours from her. According to the police, the complainant who lives in Evershine Nagar, Malad (West), was acquainted with the accused.

April 26, 2017 05:26 UTC

Trump administration loses 1st trade battle with Mexico

Highlights 1 The US insists that any Mexican tuna sold in the US must be 'dolphin safe'. With the World Trade Organisation (WTO) ruling in Mexico's favour, allowing it to impose trade sanctions worth $163 million a year against the US, the Trump administration lost its first trade battle with the neighbouring nation. The US insists that any Mexican tuna sold in the US must be 'dolphin safe', meaning dolphins were not killed by tuna fisherman, which was once common. President Donald Trump wants to renegotiate Nafta, the free trade agreement between the US, Mexico and Canada. Now Trump has upset Canada and suffered a trade defeat from Mexico, according to reports.

April 26, 2017 04:52 UTC

China, HK stocks rise as Wall Street surges, mainland economy fears ease

Hong Kong benchmark Hang Seng index rose 0.6 percent to 24,598.85 points, while the Hong Kong China Enterprises Index gained 0.7 percent to 10,340.43. China stocks rose on Wednesday, continuing their recovery from recent declines, as renewed optimism about the U.S. economy and easing concerns about regulatory tightening on the mainland lifted sentiment in global equity markets. Hong Kong benchmark Hang Seng index rose 0.6 percent to 24,598.85 points, while the Hong Kong China Enterprises Index gained 0.7 percent to 10,340.43. A rebound in China stocks has also been aided by perception by some that fears of Beijing's deleveraging campaign, which had knocked down share prices to three-month lows, were overdone. Utilities and consumer staple stocks rose, while the start-up board ChiNext ended morning trading in negative territory.

April 26, 2017 04:52 UTC

Modi gets his revenge on Kejriwal: What the MCD election results mean for BJP

Here is what it means for the BJP:• Modi, the ‘wonder man’: The BJP will have another election result to show that Prime Minister Modi continues to generate “hope” and his “credibility” is intact. The civic poll results will further boost Brand Modi’s credentials of decimating rivals state after state. • AAP in trouble: The so-called Modi wave that saw the BJP sweep the 2014 Lok Sabha polls and subsequent state elections ran into Kejriwal. It was the AAP and Kejriwal who halted Modi’s victory march in the 2015 Delhi assembly election. • Gujarat relief: Kejriwal was eyeing Gujarat which is due to hold assembly election later this year.

April 26, 2017 04:41 UTC

Smartphone prices likely to go up under GST; here's why

According to a report by The Economic Times, such a levy is expected to take the prices of smartphones up by 5 - 10%. The move will give a boost to local manufacturing, encourage companies like Apple to make in India, and keep Chinese companies at bay, the report said. Several smartphone companies have set up assembling units in the country on the back of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Make in India program. "A lot of big mobile phone manufacturing companies have come, and if Apple comes fine, they are welcome," he said recently. Prasad said 72 global telecom firms had started production in the country over the last two years.

April 26, 2017 04:30 UTC

Rupee breaches 64-mark against dollar in early trade

NEW DELHI: The rupee continued its firming trend on Wednesday and was trading 27 paise higher at 64 against the greenback in early trade on sustained dollar unwinding by exporters and companies.The domestic currency breached the 64 mark against the dollar and hit its highest level since August 10, 2015. The rupee opened 7 paise higher at 64.19 against the dollar compared with the Tuesday’s close of 64.27.Domestic equity market opened in the green following firm Asian cues. The 30-share BSE Sensex hit a fresh all-time high of 30,030 in opening trade, while NSE’s Nifty50 was trading above the 9,330 mark.Foreign portfolio investors stood net sellers in the domestic equity market, as they offloaded shares worth Rs 226.89 crore with gross purchases and gross sales of Rs 4,049 crore and Rs 4,276 crore, respectively.Sovereign bonds rose for the first time in four sessions on Tuesday, as investors bought these notes to benefit from the recent price decline. However, an auction of the benchmark note later this week and the RBI’s deployment of tools to mop up excess liquidity kept the underlying sentiment muted.The benchmark 6.97% 2026 bond yield stayed almost unchanged at 6.94 per cent in Tuesday’s session. In the past three months, the rupee has jumped over 6 per cent and emerged top performer in Asia.

April 26, 2017 04:18 UTC

Rupee near 21-month high; gains 19 paise in early trade

The rupee appreciated by 19 paise to trade at nearly 21-month high of 64.07 against the dollar in early trade today at the Interbank Foreign Exchange amid sustained selling of the American currency by exporters and banks. Forex dealers said that apart from weakness in the dollar against other currencies overseas, foreign fund inflows and a higher opening in the domestic equity market supported the rupee. On August 11, 2015, the rupee had touched an intra-day high of 64.33. Yesterday, the rupee had gained 18 paise against the US dollar to end at a near 21-month high of 64.26 on sustained dollar unwinding from exporters and corporates amid positive global cues. Meanwhile, the benchmark BSE Sensex rose by 128.37 points, or 0.42 per cent, to trade at an all-time high of 30,071.61 in early trade today.

April 26, 2017 04:07 UTC

‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’ new poster shows Anushka Shetty in all her royal glory - ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’: Times when the S.S. Rajamouli epic made headlines

S.S.Rajamouli’s magnum opus, ‘Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’, is all set to hit the big screen on April 28 and we are sure fans can’t wait to see the film. As the countdown to the big day begins, the makers have released another character poster from the film – this time, it’s Anushka Shetty in her Devasena avatar. In the poster, Anushka, who essays Devasena in the film, can be seen sitting on a throne, looking regal in a royal blue saree and heavy jewellery. In ‘Baahubali: The Beginning’, Anushka played a tortured, harassed woman who was held prisoner by Bhallala Deva (played by Rana Daggubati), the cruel, ruthless king of Mahishmati. Now, in the sequel, the audience will go back in time and witness the journey of the young Devasena.

April 26, 2017 04:07 UTC

BSE Sensex, NSE Nifty hit new highs; rally continues in tow with global cues

The BSE Sensex touched a new all-time high of 30,071.61 on Wednesday. The BSE Sensex and National Stock Exchange Nifty index are on a record breaking spree in Wednesday's trading session. At the time of updating the copy, the 30-share index was trading at 30,124.79, up 181.55 points or 0.65% from previous close. NSE Nifty also opened in the green and was trading at a new level of 9,358.3, up 51.75 or 0.56% from previous close. BSE Sensex also came down from the new record level and was trading at 30,094.02, up 150.78 points or 0.50 from previous close.

April 26, 2017 03:55 UTC

Jeje: Indian football team’s immediate goal is 2019 AFC Asian Cup: Jeje

In 2016 our team Chennaiyin FC did not do well in the Indian Super League as compared to 2015 when we were the Champions. Mohun Bagan won the Federation Cup and it was a good performance but we would have liked to win the I-League as well. It was from a good build up play and good team work.We have done well to get to 101 and our next goal is to break into the top 100. He also won the Emerging Player award of the Indian Super League. Constantine has called up many new faces and we are going through a rebuilding stage which is good.The Indian Super League is very good as it has given players and football good exposure.

April 26, 2017 03:48 UTC

Letter warns of bombs on trains

more-inFollowing a bomb threat letter received by the Station Manager of Central Railway station on Tuesday, the Government Railway Police has filed a case and investigation is under progress. A police official of the Government Railway Police said a letter was received by the Station Manager of Central Railway station claiming bombs had been planted on four trains. The letter signed off by ‘Maoists’ stated bombs would go off in the Nilgiris and Mangalore trains near Arakkonam and Thoothukudi and Nellai trains near Melmaruvathur, he added.

April 26, 2017 03:40 UTC

Premier League: Chelsea breeze past Southampton, calm nerves at Stamford Bridge

Buoyant Chelsea extended their Premier League lead and calmed nerves at Stamford Bridge with a 4-2 win over Southampton on Tuesday that moved them seven points clear of their nearest pursuers Tottenham Hotspur. Chelsea's lead in the Premier League has been chipped away in recent weeks by a resurgent Tottenham, but Saturday's fiery Cup win had clearly boosted Conte's side. Costa, who has been misfiring of late, took his chance in the 53rd minute and powered in a header -- his 50th Premier League goal -- after a corner and one-two between Fabregas and Hazard. Southampton scored a stoppage-time consolation through another former Chelsea player Ryan Bertrand. The former Juventus and Italy coach has used 36-year-old former England captain Terry sparingly since arriving at Stamford Bridge last July.

April 26, 2017 03:33 UTC

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